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Product: Audio CD
Title: Best of
Label: Madacy Records
Artist: John Denver
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Heart and Soul


John does not hesitate to let his feelings flow through his music. You can feel his pain when singing the songs he wrote for his wife. I listen to this CD often while taking a bubble bath and contemplating on my life and where it is going. It is a very uplifting CD.



Product: Audio CD
Title: How Lucky I Am
Label: Elektra
Artist: Bryan White
Rating: 1/5
Customer rating - 1 out of 5
amazon reviewer has it right


Full disclosure: Someone bought this for me, as an ill-conceived present. More like a gag gift. And, I mean "gag" in every sense of the word.
This music has no muscle, no personality, no energy. It's like Michael Bolton without the integrity, if you can picture such a thing. It just sits on your CD player like a limp piece of lettuce. I don't much like the "hot young country" crowd, but I can see the appeal of, say, Alan Jackson or even John Michael Montgomery, even if I don't particularly care for those fellers. That said, I can't picture anyone but teenage girls swooning at Bryan White's boyish face (ooooh those dimples, that hairless chin!) who would like this junk. I read all of the laudatory customer comments and I still don't get it. Of course, read these "reviews" closer. They sound like they're written by the Bryan White fan club executive board, rather than true music fans -- Congratulations on your engagement indeed. If you want music to be more than just a pretty face and a personable video hunk, stay away from this piece of junk. In fact, that wilted lettuce is sounding pretty good about now....



Product: Audio CD
Title: Ziggy Stardust [30th Anniversary Edition]
Label: Virgin Records
Artist: David Bowie
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Ziggy Plays Guitar Again


OK, we've all heard this before -- so why buy this disc? One reason: It sounds better (if only marginally). I have a very good discman, and there IS a difference. The Ryko mix is good, but this one sparkles. Every layer is crisp and details emerge that are muddy on other discs.
The booklet is nothing special; actually, it's disappointing. It doesn't even include basic materials such as the lyrics, which were on the Ryko edition. Here, they refer you to davidbowie.com for the lyrics, which is a pay site Bowie is promoting as a sort of lifestyle choice. Furthermore, I suspect all the good stuff was saved for the glossy, overpriced...book they want you to buy. Oh well, I guess Ziggy is a capitalist.
This is definitely for fans. But practically everyone is a fan, so maybe this one is for audiophiles. If you don't have equipment good enough to tell the difference, you don't need it. 5 stars for the music, 3 stars for the booklet.
PS: My vote for the next couple of sets is: "Heroes" and "Scary Monsters."



Product: Audio CD
Title: Summon the Heroes
Label: Sony
Artist:
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Olympic Triumph


Williams brings the glory of the olympics to music. Number's 1,3,12 on this cd are awesome. They make you want to get up and conduct. (maybe your friends will think you're a little weird) The B Boston Pops are at their finest, as usual, and their trumpets.... magnificent. Listen to this in the car on the way to work occasionally to get away from hard, 90's rock. You don't have to be a music lover to love this cd, you just need taste!