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Product: Audio CD
Title: Heroes Symphony
Label: Philips
Artist:
Rating: 2/5
Customer rating - 2 out of 5
Not so impressive


I was disappointed by this album. I love David Bowie's music, and his work with Brian Eno on the legendary "Low" album has always been one of my favorites. The "Heroes" Symphony credits Bowie, Eno and Glass, so I thought this would be another winner. Wrong.
Glass's idea of orchestration is to run a sequence of repetitive, two-note patterns behind the melody. The overall effect is like listening to the song while being spun around on a washing machine agitator. A sort of musical vertigo ensues. It's only made worse if you wake up in the middle of the night and you can't get those blasted gyrating tones out of your head. To me, Glass's unsubtle attempts to hypnotize the listener are more annoying than mesmerizing.
Listening to this album made me wish I was hearing the original Bowie songs, in all their unpretentious rawness, instead of an electronic regurgitation.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Pieces in a Modern Style (Includes Bonus CD)
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist:
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
I could listen to this all day.


I'm always thrilled when I find updated versions of classical works (eg. Lara Fabian's ADAGIO, Julian Lloyd Weber's VARIATIONS, Eric Carmen's Rachmaninov-based songs, etc.). This CD contains no less than thirteen updated versions of classics. When I put this CD on for the first time, I thought I was in heaven! William Orbit's tastes in classical music must be near my own because he took the time to prepare seven beautiful electronic arrangements of my favorite pieces. The best are the two bonus technopop remixes of Samuel Barber's ADAGIO FOR STRINGS, IN A LANDSCAPE by John Cage, Ravel's PAVANE POUR UNE INFANTE DEFUNTE (tr. Melody for a Dead Princess) and Handel's XERXES.
I understand that the Ferry Corwin remix of Barber's ADAGIO topped the pop charts in Great Britain a few years back. Now that I've finally heard it myself, I can understand why. William Orbit has done a wonderful job of keeping the classics alive.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Music [US CD/12" Single]
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Madonna
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
THE BEST MADONNA MAXI IN YEARS!


This is a great maxi-cd by Madonna..Sure, NRM had 10 mixes, but did anyone really like all of them?!?! nope..these mixes of Music appeal to everyone! hex hector's mix is awesome..perfect for clubs, calderone's enforces his status in mADONNA'S BRIGADE, DEEP DISH'S IS THUMPIN! Be sure to listen to tracy young's remix...awesome!!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Coltrane Plays the Blues
Label: Atlantic
Artist: John Coltrane
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
good music


John Coltrane was one of jazz's top instrumentalists along with dolphy and charlie parker, and this is a good example. Speaking of Dolphy, check out his album 'out to lunch' also Frank Zappa's Hot Rats. thanks.