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Product: Audio CD
Title: Double Fantasy
Label: Capitol
Artist: John Lennon, Yoko Ono
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Great Album GREAT MAN!!!


I had to write this review after reading the only review on this album.This album (Lennon Tracks NOT YOKO!)is a fantastic album by a man at forty years old looking to the future and writting about it.Songs like Starting Over and Watching The Wheels to Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)shows a man reflecting on life and how good it is.To say this album is mediocre is down right ignorant.This album is a great addition to your lennon collection and a must have!!!!!!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Steam Powered Aereo-Takes
Label: Rounder Select
Artist: John Hartford, John Hartford
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
a gift from a god of music


this cd is simply wonderful, the recordings were recently uncovered and assembled by hartford's band member and banjoist extraordinaire bob carlin, he has given us something really special. as important to own as the two albums that it overlaps with: steam powered aereoplane and morning bugle. now if someone could just release the never-released album radio john, we'd really be swimming in classic amazing john hartford music. this is some of that



Product: Audio CD
Title: The Best of Bruce Dickinson [Bonus CD]
Label: Metal-Is
Artist: Bruce Dickinson
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
A review in two parts - Disc 2


All too often rare surprise tracks are terrible. Die-hard fans may enjoy poorly recorded, shamefully written songs, but less ardent fans lose interest quickly. I had this kind of worry when I first played the second disc of The Best of Bruce Dickinson. It's 70+ minutes of rare tracks, and some of 'em are completely bizarre. But there's some great songs here -- most of them well-recorded -- which are worth additions to a Bruce fan's collection as well as a Maiden fan's. "No way!"
WAY!
During his time with Maiden, a movie company commissioned Bruce to write a song for the film A Nightmare on Elm Street. That song wound up being "Bring Your Daughter...To the Slaughter." Steve Harris ended up liking the song so much that he put it on Maiden's No Prayer for the Dying, and the original has been stashed away until now! It actually sounds very similar to the Maiden version, except the guitars are less elaborate and the recording isn't as good. There's another early version of a Maiden tune here as well. It's the 1997 recording of "The Wicker Man!" Originally, the song had been planned to go on Accident of Birth, but never quite got finished. Whereas "Bring Your Daughter..." is very similar to its reiteration through Maiden, the original "Wicker Man" is an entirely different beast. It's slower, with completely reworked arrangements and melodies. A line or two of the lyrics made it over, but that's about it.
"Darkness Be My Friend" is the lugubrious, sparsely orchestrated ballad recorded during the Tattooed Millionaire sessions. Bruce's frail vocals are accompanied by soft acoustic guitars and a sorrowful synthed flute. It's a brilliant song, and at little more than two minutes, one can only complain that it isn't longer. "Acoustic Song" is another quiet tune with spare instrumentation. An early recording of the power ballad "Man of Sorrows" is present, this one with a definite sense of gloom and a "wider" sounding mix, a great effect undermined only by the robotic drum machine.
There's some weird stuff here too. "The Ballad of Mutt" sounds like the kind of song you here in one of those dingy Blues bars. His voice is hoarse and low, like an old blues singer. "I'm in a Band with an Italian Drummer" is goofy, lyrically nasty, and fun. It's impossible not to find the chorus catchy, although it's hard to make out words in the rapid-fire verses. This song is a novelty more than anything else, but it incites a good laugh the first time you hear it.
A live cut of "Jerusalem" (from The Chemical Wedding) is featured, where the heavy metal base is informed by a touch of folk music. The delivery is intense, although I think this the studio form of this song should have been put on disc 1 (which had 15 minutes of room left on the CD) instead. Ah well.
Finally, a gallimaufry of every tune I couldn't intelligently work into a cohesive paragraph. "Real World" is good ol' hard rock a la Bruce with a touch of something like Aerosmith. "No Way Out" is garnished with glowing guitars and strings striking in jagged patterns, with a slick vocal melody juxtaposed with slammin' percussion. "Midnight Jam" is a spooky, echoic tune. "Re-Entry" exposes a Celtic influence over a bit of rock n' roll with its acoustic instrumentation and melodies. "Dracula" is the first song Bruce ever recorded. It may not be pretty, but it's good to have. Compare his thin voice here to the monstrous dynamics of "The Alchemist." Whoa!
To sum it all up, it's not the (...) disc I thought it'd be! It's a great companion to disc 1 (which I reviewed elsewhere, if you want to see it).



Product: Audio CD
Title: Room for Squares
Label: Sony
Artist: John Mayer
Rating: 1/5
Customer rating - 1 out of 5
I wanted to like this...


Ouch? What happened here? It's like Dave Matthews on a sleeping pill and forgetting his band! I dont see all the hype behind this fellow known as John Mayer. Looks could not buy him talent anyday. The lyrics are so childish and meaningless. He is trying to sing like Dave Matthews and it's funny as heck! Please, Dave is tone deaf and should not influence this young man. Believe me, this material is not innovative at all and is pure marketing hype for young girls who like young good looking guys (...) with guitars. Please avoid at all costs.