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Product: Audio CD
Title: My Heart
Label: Decca
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Sissel's Taken Me to Hitherto Unknown Places

I first heard Sissel on a PBS special sometime during the 2003 Christmas season. I was surfing my local cable channels for a football game and was instantaneously mesmerized by a stunningly beautiful voice from an angelic and elegant woman that I have since come to know as Sissel. The remote never did take me to the familiar surroundings of that football game ....instead Sissel took me on a musical journey that I shall not forget. I was moved at the deepest level of my soul in a way that is totally impossible to describe. All I know is that I dared not lay hand on the remote and, after 2 hours of listening, found myself yearning for more of her velvet voice and enchanting smile.

Fast forward a couple of worn out Sissel CD's later to the day I purchased MY Heart. I tell ya, the thing was barely out of the wrapper when once again I succumbed to the beauty of her voice. The first time I listened to O Mio Bambino and Pie Jusu I flat out cried!!!. Although the mixture of pop, folk and opera on this CD may seem odd to some, Sissel succeeds in moving listeners in a truely eclectic way. This is what I think distinguishes Sissel from other artists and makes this CD so special. She is versatile beyond belief. When she sings a folk song she sounds like a great folk song singer. When she sings a pop song she sounds like a Pop star. Now I'm not an expert on opera but I can tell you this, when she sings an Operatic song she sound's as good as any of the many singers I heard during my younger years when my grandmother blasted Italian opera albums in my was like dueling banjoes... old grandma cranking up Pavarotti in the living room while I was blasting Led Zeplin and The Rolling Stones in my bedroom! I guess you could say that Sissel has brought me around to seeing things my Grandmother's way...I can see her now smiling in her grave and saying, " You-a see? I-a told-a you so-a my thick-a headed grandson"!! Hey grandma, you were right!!!

Product: Audio CD
Title: Sweet Freedom: The Best of Michael McDonald
Label: Wea International
Artist: Michael McDonald
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
The price is steep, but.....

Boy, is it ever worth it! This collection is SO much better than the newly released collection by Rhino.
After I finally got sick of waiting for the Rhino CD to come out, I gave up one day and bought this album. I had seen it many times before, but I held back 'cause of the price. Not any longer. This is the best compilation that this extyremely talented musician could've released.
I knew many of the hits and I was pleasantly surprised by the cuts I was unfamiliar with. Every one is just terrific!
Your collection definately needs this one ;)

Product: Audio CD
Title: Soul Temptation
Label: Higher Octave
Artist: Bryan Savage
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
This album is terrific -- definitely a don't miss!

Be sure not to miss this CD or any of his earlier recordings (4 before this one). A big hit in California, pass it on!

Product: Audio CD
Title: Milk and Honey
Label: Capitol
Artist: John Lennon, Yoko Ono
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
A Nice Improvement Over the Original

Contrary to what is written in another customer review, this is not the first CD issue of this album--the first CD was issued simultaneously with the LP on Polydor Records in 1984 (I own that edition). This one, however, is much better.
First, the sound quality is, like on the other Lennon remasters, greatly improved. The addition of bonus tracks (especially the interview) is a nice touch, also.
About the music. The Lennon material on this album is certainly good, but, aside from the hit "Nobody Told Me", not classic or essential. On this album, Yoko shines. Of her songs, "Your Hands", sung in Japanese, is my favorite. "You're the One" and "O Sanity" are also great tracks. I am glad that "Every Man Has a Woman Who Loves Him" was included here. The song was originally released on DOUBLE FANTASY with Yoko singing lead and John singing harmony in the background. For this version, which was originally issued on EVERY MAN HAS A WOMAN (an album of other artists covering Yoko compositions), John's harmony vocal is moved up front and actually works as a lead. It's nice to have all of this available on CD again in this improved edition.
Others have said that taking John's songs from DOUBLE FANTASY and MILK AND HONEY to compile one album would be an improvement. Don't dismiss Yoko's work out of hand, though. There are some treasures in her material that should not be missed. Give her a chance and you may be pleasantly surprised.
All in all, a good (although not great) album. It does make one sad, though, to imagine what would have come later. It really did seem like the Lennons were just getting started with renewed enthusiasm and spirit.