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Product: Audio CD
Title: Measure of a Man
Label: Rca
Artist: Clay Aiken
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Measure of a Man Measures Up


I love Clay Aiken, and yes, I could probably listen to him sing the phone book. BUT, this album is truly fantastic, IMO. My favorite song changes daily, even hourly, and I love every track on the CD!! I can't remember this happening since Carole King's Tapestry, umpteen years ago! I love romantic, sing-along-able songs and this CD is loaded with them. Not enough edge, some critics are grousing?? Hey, there's more nerve-grating edge than I can bear in today's music world; give me more, more, more of this kind of music, and I'll buy as much as I can possibly afford, for myself and for gift-giving!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Aida (2000 Original Broadway Cast)
Label: Disney
Artist: Elton John, Tim Rice
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
AIDA ALL THE [Great White] WAY !


This album is absolutely amazing, and it stays true to the musicals intent and presentation. After seeing a show and you think that it was wonderful, you would buy the CD in order to relive the magic that you felt on stage. Some of the time, the CD isnt what you felt on stage, and it doesnt do justice to the piece. FORTUNATELY, this CD keeps the amazing vocal talents of Heather Headley, Adam Pascal, and Sherie Rene Scott ALL intact and they are absolutely fantastic both on stage and on the CD. So if you want a soundtrack to teh latest musical on Broadway, this CD is for you! :) :)



Product: Audio CD
Title: Walk On
Label: Capitol
Artist: John Hiatt
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
will he ever get the acclaim he deserves?


if you've read any of the online reviews of his cd's you've seen the adjectives: brilliant,witty,creative,and oh by the way practically unheard! the reason i've reviewed this and crossing muddy waters is because rolling stone,spin and entertainment weekly won't! why not? in a world full of brittney's and backstreet boys john hiatt should be celebrated for the unique talent he is.is it going to happen? not in this lifetime. i think john hiatt is the most talented songwriter of his generation this album is the perfect showcase for his songwriting, from the propulsive first track cry love to the hidden gem mile high this cd has a batting average of 1,0000. my favorite songs are the river knows your name a beautiful lulaby,your love is my rest which features a haunting solo by david immergluck and ethelyne with its burping bass lines and hilarious,profound lyrics "some men avoid love like it was a plague or something so they can leave the seat down when they ..." "sipping hot coffee after making love til daybreak well ethelyne only a fool would ask for more" if your're out there searching for someone new,someone great remember john hiatt the greatest unknown songwriter ever!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Close Encounters Of The Third Kind: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Label: Varese Records
Artist: John Williams
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Close Encounters Of The Best Kind


The Close Encounters Of The Third Kind score finally gets some respect on CD The previous release of this masterful score, while good in its own way, doesn't quite match up to The Collector's Edition. Riding the wave of many popular film scores from the 70s and 80s that have been reissued over the last few years, this score follows other Williams favorites like Raiders Jaws Superman and the Star Wars films, and gets the royal treatment.
The Music-People who have a sountrack collection undertand how important the music is in any film. It can help move the story along in a figurative sense, it can also help to evoke an emotional response from the viewer that (hopfully) is the same one the director was counting on, or in very rare cases, the music is connected to the film's storyline. The Close Encounters score manages to accomodate all three of these critera. It is at times pulse pounding, while at others, very sentimental, operatic, yet whimsical While, "Lightshow" demonstrates how a basic 5 note composition, advances the plot in a literal sense, and captivate one's imagination at the same time.
The Collector's Edition CD-This represents the complete score for the film. It comes with informative liner notes/score analysis by film documentarian Laurent Bouzereau, who also interviews John Williams about the score, for this edition. The CD has many unreleased cues and a few alternate unused cues as well. The score is sequenced in its original film order. The 26 track CD has a playing time of 77 minutes and 19 seconds. The music for the film has never sounded better then it does on this version. I highly recommend this CD to any fan of the movie or soundtrack collector