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Product: Audio CD
Title: Enchantment
Label: Sony
Artist:
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Its a must


I think that Charlotte has come a long way from the first poorly recorded creations form SONY. This is well done all the way. A nice set of choices and lovely arrangements.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Nothing Really Matters [US Maxi CD Single]
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Madonna
Rating: 1/5
Customer rating - 1 out of 5
Madonna Doesn't Matter


She's right- nothing really matters including her and her music. Dumb video too. A bunch of people with plastic bags and Madonna dancing in a tunnel. Is that art?



Product: Audio CD
Title: More Than This: The Best Of Bryan Ferry And Roxy Music
Label: Virgin Records
Artist: Bryan Ferry, Roxy Music
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Hodge podge singles collection


I'm not sure what Virgin was thinking of when they put this collection together. It's not exactly new (the same CD was released overseas a couple of years ago)and the song selection is curious. Clearly this was designed for those folks who had heard Roxy's (and Ferry's) most popular singles.
While the choice of Roxy tracks are fairly predictable, the Ferry tracks are downright bizarre. The solo tracks aren't representative of Bryan's best songs. Instead, we see a couple of popular singles, but no songs from his best album (The Bride Stripped Bare)and latest album (Mamouna). Ferry's 5 albums with original material could easily be condensed into a single, great Best of collection. The same is true of Roxy Music. The band's 8 studio albums (and three live albums) would be represented better by a 2 disc retrospective. The key word here is marketing, marketing and, oh yes, marketing.
What More Than This lacks is depth. Sure Ferry and Roxy crafted some terrific singles (most of which are overlooked on this collection)but by focusing on the singles the strongest album tracks are neglected. Clearly someone at Virgin didn't feel that there were enough "hits" to sell the package. That fact alone hints at the real reason this package exists--it's product.
Streetlife (the previous Roxy/Ferry greatest hits combo) has a stronger selection of tunes and has a couple of surprising album tracks (although it, too is far from definitive). For Roxy Music fans that came on board with Avalon, Manifesto or Flesh & Blood this collection will probably be the perfect compilation. Unfortunately for the bulk of fans and casual listeners this CD isn't the best place to start.
If you like Bryan Ferry I'd suggest The Bride Stripped Bare, In Your Mind (it has a stronger R&B feel than Ferry's Roxy stuff), Boys & Girls, Bete Noire and Mamouna. I'd suggest Roxy Music, For Your Pleasure, Stranded, Country Life, Siren and Manifesto as these are some of the stronger albums from the band. If your a fan of Roxy's dreamy romantic Avalon sound I'd suggest that album along with the r&b tinged Manifesto and new wavish dance album Flesh & Blood.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Blue Ridge Rangers
Label: Fantasy
Artist: John Fogerty
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Strong first solo album from John Fogerty


Fogerty's first solo album was started concurrently with the last CCR album. While it's nice to have it in print on CD, it's desperately in need of remastering. Fogerty aquits himself quite well on these remakes of classic country & western and gospel tunes. The arrangements don't necessarily improve the originals but have Fogerty's classic sound crafted around the original songs.
While his one man band isn't perfect, there's a charm and some very nice playing throughout the album. A suggestion to Fantasy Records--since you don't have enough material to do a Fogerty box set why not reissue the album with the follow up Blue Ridge Rangers single Back in the Hills/You Don't Owe Me as bonus tracks and reissue it in state of the art 24 bit sound (or in the SACD format).
Since Fogerty's self title debut isn't available in the US but is available as an import, I'd suggest doing the same with that album. Fogerty cut a strong single prior to the release of John Fogerty (Comin' Down The Road/Ricochet). Adding that single to Fogerty's second solo album (the first offically issued under his name) with enhanced sound would be greatly apreciated by CCR/Fogerty fans.