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Product: Audio CD
Title: Xmas Eve
Label: Narada
Artist: David Lanz
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
The most beautiful Christmas CD ever recorded!


I admit it: I'm a huge fan of David Lanz. I love almost everything he's ever recorded. I also love listening to Chritmas music. It's about the only way I can get in the right mood for the season anymore. Lanz has a way of taking songs that have become very familiar, and changing them, ever so slightly, until they are fresh and new again. My first taste of his music was on the original Narada Christmas Sampler. He did a version of "O Holy Night" with Paul Speer, that is a highlight of that CD. The version of that song that he does on this CD is even more beautiful, because it is just David, sans accompanyment, at his home, with his piano. One year, as a Christmas gift for my mother-in-law, I gave her a tape that included songs from this CD, along with many other Christmas songs. She is a very traditional woman, and I was worried that she wouldn't like the tape, because there weren't any of the usual renditions of Christmas songs that she had grown up with. She listens to the tape year-round. It helps calm her and lets her sleep more peacefully. This is truly music for anybody who appreciates beauty.



Product: Audio CD
Title: John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
Label: Capitol
Artist: John Lennon
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Love hurts


And in the end - the Beatles chapter closed and John's opened. Pieces of his life, fractured and splintered into the sounds on this record, each sound coalescing into a song fragment that pulsated and bled with raw, unvarnished talent. The scripts were now all John's to write, and in his own write he wrote "Working Class Hero", "Isolation" and "God"; songs to help him flee the strictures of "pop".
Finally, he, and us, break free. "Well, Well, Well", and SCREAM!
Nothing more needs to be said.



Product: Audio CD
Title: The Essential Bruce Springsteen
Label: Sony
Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Best Compilation Yet.


This compilation is first rate. It includes much of the essential Bruce. In the past, many of the offerings were far from being as thorough as this one. I picked it up for less than twenty dollars which is pretty amazing when you consider how much is included. A "can't go wrong" selection.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Josh Groban
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist:
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
OH MY JOSH!


All I can really say is WOW. What a beautiful, beautiful voice. This young man is truly blessed. This CD is certainly a musically eclectic collection, and I love the blend of classic opera and 'pop' ballads. I've heard the selections 'You're Still You,' 'To Where You Are,' 'Vincent' and Josh's duet with Charlotte Church on 'The Prayer" on TV/radio, but I'd never heard more than bits of Josh singing opera, until I bought this CD. Each operatic track is lovely and unique, but 'Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring' brought tears pouring from my eyes. I closed my eyes and felt as if I were rising up to Heaven, and the little electric guitar 'lick' was so delightful I giggled. This CD makes me want to dance and fly and laugh and cry. Make room, Pavarotti. There's a new kid on the block.