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Product: Audio CD
Title: Sleeping Gypsy
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Michael Franks
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
For Harry....... a true " Sleeping Gypsy "


I suspect that I should preface this review with a dedication of sorts. I am rarely able to listen to Michael Franks "Sleeping Gypsy" without thinking of an ex-coworker and one time friend Harry. Being an avid fan of Mr. Franks, it was he who introduced me to this wonderful artist and his completely original lyrics and melodic style of jazz. And so it is to Harry that I give thanks.
That being said, "Sleeping Gypsy" is a delicious slice of jazz, Brazilian tempos, R & B, all tied together with a wonderful 'pop' sensibility. Starting off with perhaps the discs strongest track, "The Lady Wants To Know" a song that is simply indescribable but with a melody so compelling that it's a stand out song that Michael performs at each of his concerts. Also included is Michael's ode to Antonio Jobim, an artist he has always admired and he pays his respect with "Antonio's Song" and "Down In Brazil" two numbers with a Bossa Nova feel tha work incredibly well. The other highlight, at least for me, is "B'wana He No Home" a song that I certainly can't describe but nonetheless is extremely humorous. Now if I could only figure out what it means! Plus, let's not forget that Michael has the good sense of using some of today's truly great jazz musicians such as Wilton Felder, David Sanborn, Joe Sample and Larry Carlton. Altogether a wonderful package and since the majority of these discs have been reduced to budget prices I can't imagine not starting your collection with "Sleeping Gypsy" and moving through Mr. Franks entire back catalogue.
In ending, Michael Frank has consistently put out a wonderful product year after year and while his recent discs don't quite live up to his earlier recordings I can still wholeheartledly suggest having at least this cd in your collection. Any artist who can throw in "...I hear from my ex on the back of my checks", is one that I can truly appreciate! And as for Harry, a man who taught me a little about wine, a little of France and a lot about living the "Good Life"....thank-you. I still owe you!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Born
Label: Decca
Artist:
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Awesome Instrumental for Modern Listeners


Bond has transformed the expected sounds of stringed instruments into heavenly tunes for the modern listener. Fans of classical music may well be turned off by their unique sound, but pop, new age, and other open-minded listeners may appreciate their daring use of classic instruments.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Travellers
Label: Soundart Recordings
Artist: Butch Baldassari, Robin Bullock, John Reichman
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Delicious mando treat


Clean, sparkling mando playing and harmonies; celtic and hispanic tunes. I can't stop playing it, and I can't stop picking out these tunes on the mandolin. If you like mandolin, you will love this recording. If you don't like mandolin, get this recording; it will cure you. Nothing too flashy, just sweet, clean and refreshing.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Believe
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Cher
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
BELIEVE IT! IT'S CHER!


The voice! The hair! The face lift! The diva is back! This album could be easily mistaken as a Stock Aitken Waterman project and surely will make Donna Summer green with envy. Although most of the tracks in this album sound similar from one to another but Cher's energy saves the day. Apart from everybody's favorite title track, Strong Enough and the next single Dov'e Amore should get to your attention. The Latin beat of Dov'e Amore reminds me of Gina G's 'Ti A Mo' a couple years back. By the way, both songs were written and produced by the boys at Metro. Pop this CD into your car and enjoy the ride.