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Product: Audio CD
Title: The World Is Not Enough: Music From The MGM Motion Picture
Label: Mca
Artist: David Arnold
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Arnold. David Arnold.


What can I say - the score was a perfect fit for the film. As with "Tomorrow Never Dies," David Arnold did a fabulous job of combining synthesized music with the orchestra. This time around, at certain intervals, I felt that he did go a bit overboard with the synthesizer. What was disappointing, though, was that in the very beginning of the film (before the boat chase) and when Bond and Elektra jump out of the helicopter and ski down the mountain (before the parahawks chase them) - that music is NOWHERE to be found on the soundtrack. The skiing sequence had an "Out of Africa" type of melody, which I found very moving. The use of the Bond theme throughout the score was fabulous and fit just right with events in the film. I've always loved the theme music and am glad that the scores for the last two films have been so Bond-like, if you will. I'll never forgive the producers for the score from "GoldenEye," that was just pathetic choice for cutting corners during production. I've heard mixed reviews about "TWINE," but I can't see how a person couldn't love this Bond film - in a word it was.....awesome. Pierce has settled in the role and can only get better as time goes on. If you've seen "TWINE," you've probably already bought the soundtrack. If you haven't, go ahead and buy it now, because you'll want to after you see the film :) I hope Bond films are made forever, because it's a good thing to have a film come along every couple of years that is clearly dedicated to 100% pure political incorrectness. James Bond Will Return.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Believe
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Cher
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Cher is enduring


Cher has one of the greatest underated set of pipes out there today, and yesterday, for that matter. She sings with power and conviction, soulful, playful, sexy and direct. I love the title track, as well as Takin Back my Heart, but Taxi Taxi is one great disco mover! Welcome back superwoman!!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Verdi - Rigoletto / Sutherland, Pavarotti, Milnes, LSO, Bonynge
Label: Decca
Artist:
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
A magnificent Rigoletto!!!


What a choice recording! Here we find all three principals at the top of their powers. The real show stopper here though is the great Luciano Pavarotti. Here he is singing the high notes of the Duke of Mantua with great ease and security, including a High D at the end of the cabaletta "Possente Amor" (something one does not hear from this great Tenor today). Of the three recordings of Rigoletto that Maestro Pavarotti has made, this is by far my favorite. Sherrill Milnes is a very sympathetic Rigoletto. Dame Joan may be a bit long in the tooth for Gilda, but she sings her music very beautifully. This recording is considered by many critics as, arguably, the greatest recording of Rigoletto ever made. Bonynge's conducting is also very fine here. This would truly make a great primary recording of Rigoletto for anyone's collection.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Slow Turning
Label: A&M Records
Artist: John Hiatt
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Timeless


This Hiatt disc never gets old, especially the perfect line-up of the songs.