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Product: Audio CD
Title: Every Picture Tells a Story
Label: Mercury / Universal
Artist: Rod Stewart
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Believe This Picture


Rod Stewart's Every Picture Tells A Story is generally rated as one of the greatest records in the history of rock. In his book, The Top 100 Rock 'N' Roll Albums of All Time, Paul Gambaccini listed the album at number one. I'd disagree with Mr. Gambaccini that it is the best of all time, but it is among the elite. From beginning to end, every song is superb and he takes the sound from Gasoline Alley to another level. The title track is opens the album with a bang. The song is filled with descriptive and vivid lyrics and Mr. Stewart sings it with passion and fury. "Seems Like A Long Time" slows things down and has some very poignant lyrics. He does a roaring take on "That's All Right (Mama)" clearly inspired by Elvis Presley's version of the song. It sounds like it could have been recorded in some barn in the south. The song segues into a sampling of "Amazin' Grace" in which Mr. Stewart's gravelly voice gives it a degree of solemnity. "Tomorrow Is A Long Time" is another Bob Dylan cover that has a cool keyboard sound. "Mandolin Wind" starts off slowly and then builds to a fiery crescendo. The Faces join the party on a funky cover of The Temptation's "(I Know) I'm Losing You". "Reason To Believe" is a cover of a Tim Hardin song, but Mr. Stewart makes it all his own. "Maggie May" is the song that has become the album's definitive song and a radio classic. As a double A side with "Reason To Believe", it became his first number one single and as the album hit number one at the same time, he became the first artist to simultaneously hold the number one single and album in both the US & the UK. Though he would continue to record excellent music and have albums that sold more copies, Rod Stewart never release a more influential or important album.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Finally Woken
Label: Ato Records
Artist: Jem
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
If you are looking for the "next big thing", THIS IS IT!


Finally! Something that transends the bland post-Y2K pop music that we have been suffering through lately! With Fiona Apple on a seemingly permanent hiatus, I wasn't sure another female vocalist/songwriter was going to come along and fill that void any time soon. FORGET ALL OF THOSE REDICULOUS COMPARISONS TO DIDO AND JEWEL... This is music more in the vein of Fiona Apple, Beth Hart, and early Alanis Morissette with a little Evanescence thrown in for good measure. Right now, Jem is the best keep secret of true music fans. She is on the verge of blowing up and becoming one of the biggest female musicians of this decade. BUY THIS ALBUM AND BE AHEAD OF THE GAME!



Product: Audio CD
Title: One Summer Evening...Live
Label: Word
Artist: Bruce Carroll
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
A Great Collection of Classics


This CD is perfect for everyone familiar with Bruce Carroll's music. It features all his best songs from his first 5 releases and two "new" songs. "Shadow and Light" is a reflection on the struggle of Christians to live a holy life. "Simon Peter" is a classic from his concerts that deals with Peter's feelings of guilt after he betrays Jesus, ultimately ending with his new resolve after seeing the risen Savior. It's hard to pick favorites from the rest of the line-up of his radio hits, but I would have to include "I'm Still Here" and "Living in the Pages" as examples of his great songwriting and singing ability.
This CD does not have any stories on it, just Bruce singing and the audience reactions. As such, there is nothing that doesn't stand up to repeat listening. I find I listen to this CD more then any of his others. Definitely worth owning.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Homecoming
Label: Tooth & Nail Records
Artist: Craig's Brother
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
This CD is definitely a slick one!


Craig's Brother is an awesome Christian punk band whose awesome beat and lyrics really make you want to jump up and down! If you like MxPx, Slick Shoes or Blink 182, this BANDS for you!!!