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Product: Audio CD
Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Label: Atlantic
Artist:
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
John Williams "Scores" again!


I have not yet listened to the CD, but I've heard several exerpts from it, and it is everything one would expect from John Williams. It has your essential Williamsesque cinematic theme music, of course, but the main theme is magical, sometimes spooky, sometimes whimsical...Kind of reminds me a bit of Edward Scissorhands, or something from the Nutcracker. There are some other types of music in there, too, and it will be so neat to see how they are used! If you're wondering, yes I've read the books, and loved them -- and yes it fits! A movie like this depends SO MUCH on the music, and listening to it makes me so much more excited to see it! Even as I listen to it now, it's sending chills down my spine! I am SO going to buy this CD!



Product: Audio CD
Title: John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
Label: Capitol
Artist: John Lennon
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Lennon's Best Solo Record


This is a great rock album, arguably the best of 1970, one of the very best of the 1970s, and right up there with the best of all time.
Which is not to say this is "easy listening". This isn't Strawberry Fields. Rock at it's most raw. Just the basic instruments. Lennon is just out of Primal Scream therapy, which dates the work now, but also infuses it with its power.
The Beatles virtually never made quetionable move, from each song on an album, to the cover, to the choice of singles. On their own, the restraint was lifted. The album's cover is weak, and choosing the annoyingly long, intensely personal, "Mother" as the album's single was terrible judgement, all the more so with the shorter and most honest song about love ever made - "Love" - right there.
Lennon was not much of a guitarist, but certainly competent. One wishes he had brought Clapton along for this one, particularly "Well, Well, Well" after the Live Peace in Toronto album. But in any event this album is full of gems that put contemporary music to shame (if anything the BS of the industry is infinitely deeper today than in 1970).
"I Found Out", "Working Class Hero", "Isolation", "Remember", "Love", "Look At Me", "God", showcase Lennon at his lyrical best, and most vocally powerful.
The decision to include extra tracks is indeed puzzling. No extra tracks are needed, but if I were to name one that belongs it would be the single version of "Cold Turkey" (which also has a kind of Primal Screaming in it). "Instant Karma" a top 10 hit earlier in the same year would have been preferable to either of the cuts chosen. Power to the People and Do the Oz are moronic inclusions and would go much better paired with the "Some Time In NYC" album.
Buy this record, and understand there was a time when music mattered, and qualified as "art" (art being eternal). They'll be listening to this one in 2070, and you can't say that about many works, then or now.



Product: Audio CD
Title: John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman
Label: Grp Records
Artist: John Coltrane, Johnny Hartman
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Superb...


This early-60s collaboration between John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman is one of the greatest albums of all time; it transcends any category...this is just beautiful music. Hartman's voice is deep and lush; Coltrane's soft blowing is sensual and sophisticated; McCoy Tyner's fingers lovingly coax the chords out of the keys...This is beautiful background music, conducive to cocktail chat and intellectual discussions. It's good music by which to compose and create. It's romantic, in a non-sexual way. It's everything music should be.
"Lush Life" and "They Say..." are marvelous. The second you hear the first track, you'll be hooked.
Good Listening.
--dd



Product: Audio CD
Title: Britney
Label: Jive
Artist: Britney Spears
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
'Britney' is Ms.Spears Best As Of Yet!


The highly antcipated 3rd album "Britney" from the infamous Britney Spears, is definitley this talented singers best as of yet! The album is a more mature, harder pop, with twists of R&B, Rock, and Funk/Dance. The first single and track, "I'm A Slave 4 U", produced by the funkalicious Neptunes, mixes R&B beats with smoothe vocals to make it an awesome first single, which shows off Britneys new musical direction! Next theres "Overprotected", which is definitley one of the best on the album. Its a hard pop beat produced by Max Martin (did most of 'Baby...' and 'Oops...' albums), as well as "Cinderella", both written by Britney herself! Next theres the sole ballad on the album, "I'm Not A Girl...", penned by Dido, which is by far her best yet. Then theres R&B influenced songs such as "Boys", produced by the Neptunes as well, a rocker song "Lonely", produced by Rodney Jerkins as well as "Let Me Be", which are both written by Britney too, and of course sound great as well. Theres "Thats Where You Take Me", a classic techno-ballad written by Britney, and "Bombastic Love" which are Pop/Dance influenced as well, with great lyrics and beats! Brit did an awesome cover of the Joan Jett classic "I Love Rock N Roll", another produced by Rodney Jerkins, which is also more R&B, which actually lives up to the original. A pop-disco song "Anticipating", written by Britney as well, is a great song to sing to and dance as well. Finally theres "What It's Like To Be Me", which was produced by Britney's boyfriend Justin Timberlake from *N'SYNC, and Wade Robson, their choreographer. The song is like a rock opera, with Justins vocals in the background. This CD also has an extra enahnced feature, where when you put the disk in your computer, you can watch an exclusive performance of "Overprotected", as well as outakes from Britney's first starring motion picture debut, "Crossroads", due out February 2002. All in all, this is an all around GREAT album, and a defenite MUST-BUY! Britney shows off her new styles and sounds in this provocaticve new album, which is the best she has ever done!