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Product: Audio CD
Title: Master and Commander
Label: Decca
Artist: Christopher Gordon, Richard Tognetti
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
I Love This Soundtrack

It is good to have a soundtrack of diverse music as on this CD. It is very enjoyable. I put it on when I am doing work on my PC. It really creates the background mood in your subconscious.

Product: Audio CD
Title: As Time Goes By
Label: Virgin Records
Artist: Bryan Ferry
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5

If you love the old standards, this is a must have. The selections, accompayments... you won't be able to keep your feet still. I listen to it over and over. What a departure from Roxy!

Product: Audio CD
Title: The Richest Man in Babylon
Label: Esl Music
Artist: Thievery Corporation
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5

It's difficult to place Thievery Corp into any set musical category -- their music is a bit of freestyle and mood, with a bit of Joycean stream-of-consciousness to go along with it.
This album tries, more than any one of theirs before, to mix a touch of Middle Eastern/Indian influences to make an irresistible sound all to itself. It would perhaps stand tall as a new age record too, but they add their signature downlounge touch creating numbers that are both exotic and frequently jazz-tinged. First time I've heard horns and clarinets from Thievery.
Minor wonder: The album itself comes with a neat 40-page or so booklet of snapshots of various people from third world countries although the the album's lyrics have nothing really to do with this (unless you include a bit of ecelectic talk of peace and unabashedly standing up for what you believe in etc.)
Music-wise, worth every penny!

Product: Audio CD
Title: Greatest
Label: Capitol
Artist: Duran Duran
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
One of the most underrated bands ever

"Duran Duran" I feel is one of the most underrated bands in history. These guys have cut two number one hits and numerous top twenty classics. Though they rely more on synthesizers and image more than many other bands, the music is still catchy and packs a punch to it. They have recently made a comeback of sorts with "Astronaunt", which itself is a pretty solid album. "Greatest" packs together all their hits from the 80's up to the mid 90's.

The CD is not ordered chronologically, but you can still tell the evolution of the band from listening to the CD. Songs like "Rio", "Hungry Like the Wolf", "Girls On Film", and "Planet Earth" were helped in popularity thanks to their very creative videos that were played back in the day non-stop on MTV. More than that though, they are strong songs that'll make you dance. "A View To a Kill" was the James Bond theme from the movie with the same name starring Roger Moore in 1985. It is a very cool song and it hit number one. The other number one, "The Reflex", is also included, though personally I find the song to get annoying and I don't like it as much as the other cuts on the CD. Other cuts from the early 80's that you probably will recognize and enjoy include "New Moon on Monday", "Wild Boys", and "Is There Something I Should Know".

"Notorious" signals a transition in Duran Duran. Two of the members left the band, creating a trio. Still a strong song (sampled by the late Notorious B.I.G. in a song), it does have a different sound to it than the earlier cuts. Some of the stronger cuts in this period (the late 80's) besides "Notorious" include "I Don't Want Your Love", "Union of the Snake", and "Skin Trade".

The 90's were relatively a quiet period for Duran Duran, but two songs did hit the top 40 and make some noise on radio stations. "Ordinary World" sounds much more mature and mellow compared to the glam, synth driven songs of the 80's. Though it is different, I like the song a lot. It's a pretty reflective song and a good one to listen to if you are in a thinking mood. "Electric Barbellia", a song named after a famous villiness, is the other song from the 90's. The song is a dance hit, but sounds much more modern since there are not many synthesizers used and has a more calmer sound than their dance hits from the 80's.

If you are a casual fan of Duran Duran and don't want to spend money on all the albums, interested in seeing what Duran Duran is about, or just looking for music to add to your 80's collection, "Greatest" is a great (no pun indeeded) album to pick up. If you have gotten into Duran Duran recently with their reunion comeback (the original five together for the first time since 1985!) and want to see what their past work is like, pick up "Greatest" to hear one of the video pioneers: musicans with synth soaked beats and lots of glam to entice their image. Ah, to be young again.