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Product: Audio CD
Title: The Order
Label: Superb Records
Artist: Original Soundtrack, David Torn
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Hauntingly refreshing

The Order is by far one of the best movies I have seen. When watching this if you don't hear the music in the back ground. It forms the entire movie. Even if you don't like the movie you love the music. It's probably one of the most excelent cds I have accuired. It blends chants with haunting music. Listen to it in the dark, in the light, doesn't matter. It's quite amazing. I personaly love listening to it in the dark with candles lit. Do yourselves a favor and pick it up, you won't regret it!

Product: Audio CD
Title: The Best Of Friends
Label: Virgin Records
Artist: John Lee Hooker
Rating: 3/5
Customer rating - 3 out of 5
***1/2. Polished latter-day Hooker

Author Stephen Thomas Erlewine once said something like this about "The Best Of Friends":
"This is for people who like to think they like Hooker, but really just want to hear Eric Clapton wail away."

A blues purist's point of view, perhaps, but one with a lot of truth to it. Many people who aren't attracted to John Lee Hooker's raw, gritty 40s, 50s and 60s recordings will certainly find these guest star-heavy re-recordings much more accessible, and who knows...maybe some of those who got to know John Lee Hooker when he suddenly popped up on MTV at age 73 can use this music as a "gateway" to the REAL blues.

This is a compilation of songs from the Hook's last five guest star-heavy albums (plus a couple of previously unreleased recordings). There is really nothing here to match Hooker's magnificent VeeJay-recordings, his best ever band backed material, but this is certainly not bad music...with the possible exception of two stylistically challenged numbers, "Chill Out" and "The Healer".
Van Morrison appears on two numbers, "I Cover The Waterfront", and a slow, soulful "Don't Look Back", playing guitar and singing a verse or two, and his contributions are really the only ones which add something new to the songs.
Eric Clapton plays relatively restrained guitar on a pretty good "Boogie Chillen", and "This Is Hip" and "Dimples" get a nice swaggering groove going, although neither of them come anywhere close to surpassing the original recordings.

"Burnin' Hell" is marred by the monotonous guitar playing of Ben Harper, and "Baby Lee" and "I'm In The Mood" are too slick, but "Tupelo" is classic John Lee Hooker, just the Hook himself and his guitar and a piece of plywood to stomp on! And "Big Legs, Tight Skirt" is really good as well, although not as good as Hooker's definitive rendition which he cut for VeeJay in the mid-50s.
This is a pretty good album, especially for "casual" blues listeners, but it does fall a little flat when compared to the gritty and powerful waxings Hooker made when he was in his prime.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Here Comes the New Folk Underground
Label: Universal
Artist: David Baerwald
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
david baerwald

David Baerwald is back, with a soulful vengeance, and his first studio album in nine years is his best ever. it brilliantly showcases his growth, originality, melodic ability and wicked insight on a level that easily surpasses 95% of what's currently being foisted on us as 'music'. who else writes lines like, 'love is long as it lasts', 'sometimes it gets so ugly, all you can do is crack sick jokes...a little cyanide humor about lampshades and soap', and, 'life is so weird and demanding'? he gets it - and he shares it generously, with biting wit, such human warmth, and superb melodies and playing. plus that voice - there's nothing like it. if you love falling in love with a song so much that you play it 5 times a day for weeks on end, then pick this album up ASAFP, because there'll definitely be one on there for you. if not, then you're a fool! and i pity you...

Product: Audio CD
Title: Kind of Blue
Label: Sony
Artist: Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Bill Evans
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
One of the best!

No other piece of plastic deserves the words of Keats as much as Kind of Blue: "A thing of beauty is a joy for ever". Uncountable stars.