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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
AWESOME GRANDEUR


Although Darkness On The Edge Of Town is a dark album, it is not uniformly gloomy since its despairing moments are often spectacularly swept away by powerful blasts of defiance bursting forth in songs like The Promised Land or Badlands ("We'll keep pushin' till it's understood/and these badlands start treating us good").
There is an awesome grandeur in the tone and the sound, driven as it is by majestic guitars, thunderous drums, sweeping sax and wailing harmonica. The myth of the highway and the freedom it offers, following on from Born To Run, is most dramatically explored in songs like Racing In The Streets and Streets Of Fire.
The redemptive power of love surfaces on the beautiful Prove It All Night, whilst the title track is melancholy and erotic at the same time, a brooding ballad of evocative imagery. This is classic Springsteen, a very cohesive album that displays his mastery of both the fast-paced rock song and the introspective ballad. Powerful music.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Beethoven's Wig, Vol. 2: More Sing-Along Symphonies
Label: Rounder / Pgd
Artist:
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Classy entertainment, learning, and fun for kids AND parents


As if the first Beethoven's Wig hadn't already done enough by performing the miracle of getting my daughter interested in classical music, along comes Beethoven's Wig 2 with another wonderful surprise. Not only does its artistry and humor match the first Wig (an almost impossible act to follow), but it's like listening to a music history lesson from a lovable professor as enthusiastic and passionate as Beethoven himself. Richard Perlmutter's lyrics to these classical masterpieces are packed with factual historical references so cleverly embedded in the fun of listening that at first you don't even realize how much your kids (and you!) are learning. Even the CD booklet contains fun and interesting quiz questions and answers about these famous composers' lives and music. Whether it's learning about Dvorak's inspiring visit to America, or that Chopin's "Cat Waltz" was inspired by a cat walking across the keyboard, there's something for everyone in Beethoven's Wig 2. And, like last time, the CD also includes orchestral versions of all selections without the lyrics when you just want to hear these magnificent pieces in their original form -- so it really is like a double album. Vocal arrangements and production are world class, but the sheer inventiveness of it all trumps everything. I highly recommend it but, more importantly, so does my daughter.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Have Love Will Travel
Label: Have Love Records
Artist: Jim Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Dan Aykroyd
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Blues Fan


A great high energy blues CD you can rock to!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Strauss - Salome / Inge Nielsen · Hale · Goldberg · Silja · Schønwandt
Label: Chandos
Artist:
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Superb!


This is - also according to leading music critics from all over the world - the best "Salome" recording ever published! Inga Nielsen does not only sing Salome, she IS Salome. Stunning! Also the rest of the cast (Robert Hale as Jochanaan!) as well as conductor Michael Sch?nwandt and the orchetra are far above average. Go for it!