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Product: Audio CD
Title: Do Right Man
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Dan Penn
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Update to Dan in Florence,Alabama


OK it was LATE last night when I rambled on about Dan's performance at the Donnie Fritts Benefit. I got carried away and forgot that I was supposed to be reviewing DO RIGHT MAN. After wearing out two cassettes of this album, I bought it on CD and have proceded to to put numerous dents and scratches into the digital domain. I thought you couldn't wear a CD out! This is undoubtedly one of the best collections of songs to stir your soul and take you back that has ever been recorded. The songs are classics, recorded by a wide variety of great artists. But make no mistake! When you hear them done by Dan you'll realize where a lot of soul singers learned their licks. Dan's voice is the perfect match for these tunes, from "I'm Your Puppet" to "Memphis Women And Chicken". "Zero Willpower" and "Cry Like A Man" are glimpses into his soul, but Dan has always freely shown it. DO RIGHT MAN is an absolute MUST for anyone who cares about where the music came from!



Product: Audio CD
Title: John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
Label: Capitol
Artist: John Lennon
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
One artist's fight for survival


In retrospect, 1970 was the year of the great 60s backlash. The Beatles demonstrated that love is not all you need when they disbanded on less than friendly terms, and Bob Dylan seemed to be rejecting everything he represented by releasing the controversial "Self-Portrait." But it was John Lennon's first legitimate solo album, "John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band," that really hit home with its simple declarative statement: "The dream is over."
Lennon's greatest solo work (and, in my view, the best solo album from any of the Fab Four) may no longer be shocking, which it certainly was upon its initial release, but it still stands as a powerful artistic statement. The honesty that was always Lennon's most admirable trait, demonstrated in such songs as "I'm a Loser" and "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away," reached its peak here, as Lennon howls with fury at his painful childhood in "Mother," and bandages his wounds by rejecting all the illusions in his life (the remarkable "God" with its rejection of Elvis, Dylan, and, most dramatically, the Beatles).
Simply produced, and stark in its instrumentation, this album survives because it wasn't made to shock, which seems the only motive for much of the music that has been deemed shocking since, but to document one artist's fight for survival. It's one of a kind.
(And if Capital wants to add "bonus tracks" to an album, they should expand "Shaved Fish," the greatest hits collection. "Power to the People" and "Do the Oz" are out of place here.)



Product: Audio CD
Title: John Parr
Label: One Way Records Inc
Artist: John Parr
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
FABULOUS!


This piece is magnificent in AOR and rock FM style and very hard to find until this remaster! The voice is strong in Bryan adams or John waite style and the music recalls the mid80's sound ( same as Rick springfield, another star for me) which is not very popular in united states at present, unfortunately! But french fans exist! a very recommanded album with naughty naughty, love grammar, etc...all is good in this album. In fact J.P. made 4 album. This, first then runnin in endless miles (1986) 3* and man with a vision in 1992 or 93 3* (in europe) and a four worse than his usual production in 1996. Since 1996, no news, it's sad because what voice! Excuse me for the bad english (or american language)!



Product: Audio CD
Title: John Mellencamp
Label: Sony
Artist: John Mellencamp
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Another Jewel In Mellencamp's Crown


Face it: Mellencamp is a uniquely superb vocalist and has a knack for writing irresistable music with a more melodic edge than that other guy he's always been unfairly compared to...seems the critics can never get past the mention of that BS on any forthcoming review. Mellencamp's advantages have always been his ability to move the masses with his voice and intensely moving interpretations of mostly self composed lyrics more folks can relate to that have always been more easily accessable even by the casual innocent listener who falls prey to John's music while scanning the radio dial. Mellencamp unintentionally makes you FEEL his music. Though his first outing["JOHN MELLENCAMP"-1998]-this album - on his then new label, Columbia Records, is a strong lyrical effort, the diverse "sounds of the current era" Mellencamp incorporates into his unique brand of rock and roll just don't have the bite and impact he's built his reputation on and become best loved for. This man is a sincere no frills ROCKER from deep within his soul, blood, element - all the way down to his appearance and way of talking, singing...MELLENCAMP is THE MAN! Waiting 7 years to purchase this album has not changed my initial gut wrenching feeling that John had made a huge mistake by signing with Columbia...it's almost like the label just acquired him as a display jewel for their roster and totally ignored his immense talent altogether. Mellencamp was on a decade and a half prosperous and fruitful roll when his albums began appearing on Columbia. Promotion erroneously lacked intelligence and force from the mother label...the artist has acknowledged their indifference to his finest works. Sadly, his "King of Top 40" Multi-Platinum/Gold hit reign was interrupted at this point in time...The fruit of his labors at Columbia were not realized till his 2003 album, "TROUBLE NO MORE", which, for all the attention and impact it made, was too much, too little, too late. Columbia Records screwed up by not promoting such an incredibly talented artist as JOHN MELLENCAMP from the outset - they basically derailed his career. Too bad for the label! There are enough "hit worthy" tracks on this debut[as well as the two brilliant subsequent albums] to have continued his hot radio play-top 40 chart winning streak. Dunno why Mellencamp left Mercury, where he apparently was the priority artist - Kim Richey also left at a pivotal point in her career and was likewise subsequently derailed. Mellencamp is moving on and his career has been revitalized and reinvented with his new double disc "WORDS & MUSIC - GREATEST HITS"(2004) which has reestablished and revitalized him as a much loved and admired multi-platinum status artist and voice of America - that collection inspired me to seek out and purchase the three albums on this morose label I'd passed up initially...I bought them to support John. Can't wait to hear what he'll be cookin' up after his 2005 tour on his next album!