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Product: Audio CD
Title: The Return of Bruno
Label: Razor & Tie
Artist: Bruce Willis
Rating: 1/5
Customer rating - 1 out of 5
on the dark side...

Bruce can't sing. What else is there to say? Plenty. As I sat listening to this disc, I wondered who was in the booth mixing the music. Bruce's cover or "Respect Yourself" made me think of how much respect I had lost for myself buying into this ego trip. His vocals fall flat, the arrangements and band always outshine the aimless lead singer, and the Temtations are wasted in the background. Mr. Willis, wearing shades does not make you a blues man. One thing is certian, This Bruce will never ever be confused with that other singer named Bruce...

Product: Audio CD
Title: Make It Big
Label: Sony
Artist: Wham!
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Second Album by "The Boys From Wham!"

What a suprise it was for us Wham fams who loved the first album "Fantastic" to see the boys go from white rap music to "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go". Still, this album, their most successful, was full of top-notched material which will permanently mark it's place in time. Of the songs on the album, George Michael's Blue-eyed soul never sounded better than it did on "If You Were There", a remake of an old Isley Brothers song. The rest of the album is pop music at it's sugar-coated best. Although the themes were a bit more mature ("Everything She Wants", "Like A Baby"), this was still light hearted music which made us happy.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Saving Private Ryan: Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Label: Dreamworks
Artist: John Williams
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
The most powerful music I've heard for a motion picture

After having listened to quite a bit of film music over the last decade, the singularly most moving film music I've heard for a motion picture- and not just from Williams' discography but from any film music composer- is for Saving Private Ryan. Steven Spielberg's gritty monumental film demonstrates personal honour, unmitigated courage, and selfless endeavour; and William's "Hymn To the Fallen" in this soundtrack mourn supreme sacrifice, but yet salute resolute heroism. The score here has been highly praised on the Amazon customer reviews; and I'm glad to add my vote with the other supporters here too of this magnificent music-making. I'd add however that I found not just the Hymn inspiring; but the second last track, "The Last Battle" (heard just after Captain John Miller is wounded and takes on the last Panzer tank, and lasts all the way until the modern day visitation back to the cemetery), worked equally as well. In fact, aside from the Hymn, and the "Han Solo and Princess Leia" theme from the closing moments of The Empire Strikes Back, there hasn't been another cue from any motion picture that has so powerfully brought back the emotions I felt when watching the motion picture on the big screen.
I was just reading a film critic's review of this score, and William's work here was described as one where apart from the Hymn, otherwise had no recognisable theme, or suspense; ultimately leading to an slow, boring listening experience. Truth to tell, when one compares the score for Saving Private Ryan (SPR) to other Williams' works, particularly that of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones trilogies, there is indeed a marked lesser use of strong, bold themes to personify an event or a person; the Imperial March, or Yoda's theme from the Star Wars trilogy being examples of such "theme-based" music. Directors like Steven Spielberg and George Lucas may have made Williams' music a very central compliment to their motion pictures before, but the absence of this music style did not make the SPR score ultimately any less moving for me. Yes, the music is often subdued, quiet and slow. But does this make it any less effective? This score worked for me not because I could listen to it in isolation and be moved. It was, in fact, a deeply touching- almost religious- experience when listening to it because it effectively brought back vivid memories of the great emotional burden I felt when seeing the countless brave young men make the ultimate sacrifice for their country during the war. And that for myself, is the very purpose of film music; to make me recall, and to feel again the passion of a motion picture.
For myself, the most powerful film score I've ever heard.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Bruce Springsteen - Greatest Hits
Label: Sony
Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Rating: 3/5
Customer rating - 3 out of 5
Most of his "greatest" are not on this CD

In my opinion, Springsteen's greatest work was on his early albums with the E Street Band (in order of preference): Born to Run, Darkness on the Edge of Town, The Wild & The Innocent, and Greetings from Asbury Park. I think these albums reflect the real Springsteen. His later work seems driven more by appeal to the mass radio market (e.g., Born in the USA).
Therefore I don't think it's accurate to call the songs on this album his greatest hits. It only includes one song, "Badlands," from Darkness on the Edge of Town, and no songs from Wild & Innocent or Greetings. How can you make a list of his greatest songs without including songs like "Lost in the Flood," "Jungeland," "Incident on 57th Street," "Rosalita," or "Backstreets"? Any one of those songs could easily replace most of the songs included on the "Greatest Hits" CD. If you want Springsteen's "greatest", I believe you would get much more for your money by buying "Born to Run," "Darkness on the Edge of Town," and "Wild & Innocent."