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Product: Audio CD
Title: White Ladder
Label: RCA
Artist: David Gray
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Almost perfect


This CD is amazing. I can listen to this CD all day long and not tire of it. David Gray does it all and at times reminds me of a Tracy Chapman/Bob Dylan/John Denver hybrid. Music from the soul...pure, and simple. Very soothing and enjoyable CD.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Grand Canyon: Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Label: Milan Records
Artist:
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Once you hear it, it will never let you go.


A single E minor note in the bass, followed immediately with a short, quick arpeggio by an electric guitar which fades off into the distance. A choir begins to sing a haunting sequence of chords, accentuated by conga drums. After two such sequences, a synth bass pattern fades in, gains strength, and blends in with the choir. This bass pattern is not unlike that heard several times in "The Fugitive", which would be made two years later. The drum kit and electric guitars jump in periodically with accentuating chords of their own. This pattern continues until the music does a complete 180 degree turn and becomes livelier, signaling the start of the slow motion TV basketball sequence.
So begins the Main Title of "Grand Canyon" by James Newton Howard, composer of such dramatic scores as "The Fugitive", "The Devil's Advocate", "A Perfect Murder", "Outbreak", and the theme from "ER."
The first time I saw the movie, I couldn't get that haunting synth bass pattern from the theme out of my head. After the second time, I was that much more determined to find this recording. Most of the cues on this album are for the more climatic action sequences in the film (the shootings, finding the baby, the dream scenes, etc.) But the album does have its bright points. The Warren Zevon song, "Searching for a Heart" is here, heard as Roberto is saying goodbye to his summer girlfriend from camp. And at the end of the album, the "Grand Canyon" theme, played triumphantly by a brass section, resounds with the knowledge that if we keep hope alive, good will forever conquer evil. A very touching album.



Product: Audio CD
Title: The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist:
Rating: 3/5
Customer rating - 3 out of 5
Not the best of the trilogy.


I'll be brief and say that I consider the ROTK soundtrack to be the weakest when heard on its own. Overall the music is better suited and appreciated when accompaning the film. I don't consider it to be as outstanding or memorable as The Fellowship of the Ring or Two Towers soundtrack.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Bach: The Organ Works
Label: Polygram Records
Artist:
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Superb collection


Hurford is outstanding in these performances and I never get tired of listening to his playing. The organs range from the massive Ratzeburg Cathedral to smaller but authentic "German" baroque organs, all with mechanical tracker action. The famous Toccata and Fuge in d features unbelievable sounds from the Ratzeburg organ, best heard with a very large subwoofer and a very powerful amplifier. But there are other organs which are equally magnificent, too. His registrations are always imaginative, sometimes surprising. His technique is flawless. If you want all of Bach's organ music, you can't go wrong with this one.