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Product: Audio CD
Title: Darkness on the Edge of Town
Label: Sony
Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Another five stars....


Everything the Boss released with the E-Street Band more NEBRASKA is five stars, simple as that. (I did not listen to THE RISING yet).
DARKNESS is the first album he recorded after the fierce judicial battle involving his ex-manager Mike Appel and the new management headed by ex-Rolling Stone reviewer Jon Landau. This battle took three years, and Bruce could not release any album during this period, only touring.
DARKNESS has a totally different sound than BORN TO RUN, dure basically to production, now at the hands of Srpingsteen and Jon Landau. It's a monumental album, it's Bruce, it's rocking, it's melodic, it's hard, it's harsh, a masterpiece.



Product: Audio CD
Title: David Gilmour
Label: Sony
Artist: David Gilmour
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
David Gilmour shines on his own


Pink Floyd guitarist and vocalist David Gilmour released his self-titled solo debut in June of 1978. The album was recorded during down time in Pink Floyd's history. While David was making his solo album, bass player/vocalist Roger Waters created demos for The Wall and Pros and Cons while drummer Nick Mason was producing The Damned and Steve Hillage and keyboardist Rick Wright was making a solo album of his own Wet Dream. David's album was recorded in late 1977/early 1978 in Superbear Studios in France with David producing and handling guitars, vocals and keyboards. Also joining him were Roxy Music/future Foreigner bassist Rick Wills and Quiver drummer Willie Wilson, whom both had played with David in the power trio Bullet in 1967. This album kicks off with the great instrumental Mihalis which is a great guitar workout for Dave. The next song is There's No Way Out Of Here which is a laid back classic delivered with the minimum of fuss and overdubbing; Gilmour's voice rarely rising above a breath. This track was originally recorded by the band Unicorn as No Way Out of Here and this song was the single off the album doing well on rock radio in the US in 1978. Cry From the Street is a great number with some great playing. So Far Away is a nice ballad which has Dave singing calmly throughout. Short and Sweet kicks off the second half and was co-written by Dave with Roy Harper and is a great song. Raise My Rent is the second instrumental with more fretwork from Dave on the Fender Strat and the riff was inadvertently resurrected in 1994 on Pink Floyd's The Division Bell on What Do You Want From Me. The bluesy No Way follows and has a great Dave vocal and superb lap steel guitar work. It's Deafinitely follows and has superb guitar work from Dave. The album closes with the atmospheric I Can't Breathe Anymore which sounds like it could have appeared on a Floyd album. The album was a modest success as it peaked at #29 in the US and went Gold. The album has held up well over the years and is Highly Recommended!



Product: Audio CD
Title: How Did You Find Me Here
Label: A&M Records
Artist: David Wilcox
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Dave's Best


If I had to create a top ten album list from my collection (over 1000), this CD would definitely be near the top of the list. The songs here are so achingly real that on at least one song, you'll wonder how Dave knows your life so well. For me it was "Saturday Night They'll All Be Back Again." I can remember the longing I felt to do "something" in high school and the contained prowling it led to. For me it was up Riverside and then back down Central, over and over again. The song captures the atmosphere so completely that every time I hear the tune I'm immediately transported back 20 years.
The rest of the album is like that too. Powerfully real, almost traumatically so at times. Each song takes you to a place and immerses you there, telling the story so well that you can feel the laughter and taste the tears. Many of the songs go deep below the surface and seem to have multiple meanings. A great example of this may be the title track which may speak to the redemptive quality of pure relationships but may also point to the artist's encounter with God on the eve of his baptism.
I can't recommend this album highly enough. I play it for ever one I know and most end up buying a copy. It belongs in your collection; really, it does.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Change Your World
Label: Reunion
Artist: Michael W. Smith
Rating: 3/5
Customer rating - 3 out of 5
You want good cheerful music, buy this one!


The music is upbeat, the words are uplifting, you'll go away feeling alot better than before you heard it! MWS continues to write songs that relate to young people, like "Somebody Love Me", which gives hope knowing you are not the only one needing to be loved. Though the music is encouraging and makes you feel good, I wish there would be more of a focus on Christ. However any Christian can still be ministered to and uplifted my MWS's positive words and music! This one needs to be in your tape deck!!