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Product: Audio CD
Title: Grease (Original 1978 Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Label: Polydor / Pgd
Artist: Warren Casey, Jim Jacobs, Sha-Na-Na, Stockard Channing, Olivia Newton-John, John Travolta
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
A wonderful soundtrack album


The musical Grease, like West Side Story, is based loosely on the theme of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, so we have the theme of opposing gangs, and the storyline of boy gets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back. The movie of the musical is a wonderful seventies take on a fifties theme and I would imagine that most people who enjoyed the movie-- and there must be millions of them-- would also enjoy this CD.
You have quite a variety of performers here. Olivia Newton John, with her crystal-pure voice sings the movie's greatest hit Hopelessly Devoted To You, and then you have her in duets with John Travolta, who also has some solo numbers nicely done with an adolescent break in his voice that belies his maturity at the time of the recording.
Also from the movie are a couple of songs by Stockard Channing, one of which, There Are Worse Things I Could Do (Than Have A Boy Or Two) is one of my great favorites, even though it is rather short.
Then you have a bunch of period fifties rock and doo-wop songs by top artists like Frankie Avalon and Sha Na Na. Almost all the songs are enjoyable and very well recorded. It really is one of the best, probably THE best, soundtrack albums you can get, better even than Dirty Dancing, which is also a favorite of mine.
Wonderful music for driving in the car, listening to while you do the housework, or just about anything else.



Product: Audio CD
Title: About Face
Label: Sony
Artist: David Gilmour
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Vibrant Album - Even Today


David Gilmour continues to show what a great musician he has always been on his second - and so far last - solo cd. As on his first solo album, the songs are all familiar and hummable. "Until We Sleep" shows a typically lush vocal sound, "Out of the Blue" is a quiet number with heartwrenching piano, and "All Lovers Are Deranged" may be the best song; singing to Pete Townsend's fed-up words, Gilmour sounds angry and fed up himself on this track. Also check out the following track, probably a long-ago jab at Roger Waters, "You Know I'm Right." Gilmour couples his sincere, fairly obvious lyrics with great tuneful, always melodic, even thought provoking songs. He was the member of Pink Floyd who knew the value of a good song, melodic and sweet every time. Interestingly, neither of the two Pink Floyd albums he did without Waters match his solo work. Check this one out.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Medúlla
Label: Elektra
Artist: Björk
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Please stop complaining!


To put it simply- too many are complaining about this CD. The person who was going on about how this is only a "pop album" couldn't be further from the truth. How is this pop music? Bjork has always made music with a certain level of depth absent in most other artists' work and this CD is no exception. This album is darker and more obscure than ever before but this works to Bjork's advantage and what we get is something out of this world. I do however think that you'd have to listen to the whole album in one to really appreciate the music on this CD as it is more continuous than in the past. Fans of chart music will be in uproar (infact they already are) that there are next to no instruments used throughout the album, but once again I think that just improves the ambience. So no, this is not a mediocre album nor is it an album of decline for Bjork. It is simply a refreshing change to the music that we're used to..



Product: Audio CD
Title: The Painter
Label: Hearts of Space
Artist: John Boswell
Rating: 1/5
Customer rating - 1 out of 5
In Bad Taste


Why buy New Age instrumental music when you can hear them for free at supermarkets and in elevators? I got this as a present and now I don't know what to do with it (I can't burn it for fear of releasing dangerous chemicals into the atmosphere). New Age piano music is making some amateur pianists complacent of their abilities. Boswell, like Tesh and Yanni, exploits the sustain pedal like a romance author with foreplay, resulting in pretentious melodies without parallels. The success of these musicians is starting a dangerous trend: pianists cutting their training short to pursue solo careers. For the sake of good taste, banish this to where it belongs.