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Product: Audio CD
Title: John Lee Hooker: The Legendary Modern Recordings 1948-1954
Label: Virgin Records
Artist: John Lee Hooker
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Indispensable early John Lee Hooker

There's so much Hooker material available that it's hard to know where to start. This CD compilation of early Modern sides is a very good place indeed. Even if you already have many of his Chess and Vee-Jay recordings, these early versions of famous songs such as "Boogie Chillen" and "I'm In the Mood" (and much else) are riveting as blues performances and interesting from a historical perspective. As to the charge (from the Pennsylvania music fan) that he played the same song every time, much the same thing could be said about the likes of Chuck Berry, Wynonnie Harris, Joe Turner... in fact, everybody who released music before record albums really came into vogue (as anything more than dumping grounds for hits and b-sides that is), which is to say, pretty much everyone before 1965 or so. This was music recorded and released as SINGLES and meant to be listened to one (or two) songs at a time. It certainly wasn't meant to be taken in marathon doses of 20 songs or more at a time. That was a problem with LP-record compilations of old jazz, blues, country, r'n'b, and early rock sides, and it's only been exacerbated by the interminable playing time of compact discs. But look at the bright side: they can fit more good music onto one (overpriced) CD than they ever could have on one (slightly overpriced) LP, so that's more music for your money, no matter how long you take to listen to it. This particular CD should get your foot tapping and fingers snapping. Plus, the front cover is great.

Product: Audio CD
Title: No Strings Attached
Label: Jive
Artist: *NSYNC
Rating: 3/5
Customer rating - 3 out of 5

I really like some of the songs on this CD, like Bye Bye Bye, It's Gonna be Me, and This I Promise You. But, most of the rest of the songs aren't that great, which I think ruins the reputataion of an album. This is a funky, upbeat CD that I would reccommend to anyone who likes to dance and stuff like that.

Product: Audio CD
Title: 70's Pop Hits
Label: Sony
Artist: Various Artists
Rating: 2/5
Customer rating - 2 out of 5
This is a slack compilation

I think the seventies have many more representative hits than the offered in this compilation. A good compilation needs at least 10 cd's to bring together the highlights of "golden era of music production" This is not a good stuff to buy. I recomend AM Gold Collection, Superhits of the 70's (have a nice day) - rated by myself as the best - , a year of your life, and others.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights
Label: J-Records
Artist: Various Artists
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5

I saw the movie first and now I'm getting the soundtrack. Both are phenomenal. Although the first movie will always be a favorite of mine, this one is intoxicating and the music is just as wonderful. I highly recommend both.