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Product: Audio CD
Title: Tunes Until Dawn
Label: Marquis Music
Artist: David Greenberg & Doug MacPhee
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Raw, Lively Fiddle Music


This album gives new life to the wonderful Cape Breton fiddle style, using all traditional elements in these beautiful tunes. Greenberg, MacPhee, and the several other musicians who appear on the album are immensely talented such that the moment you begin to listen it evokes a raw sense of an older time and pure musical exhileration. Trust me on this one. OK, so that sounded flowery, but the point is that this album is the opposite: the instrumentation is perfectly simple although the music itself can be fascinatingly complex. This is REAL music, music that sounds like a village dance in the old town hall or any other such traditional-and-colorful image that comes to mind for you. OK, that was cheezy to, but the tunes are not. They are high-spirited with such INTEGRITY that at some point you've got to get up and dance. Favorites? I love most every track, but especially "Mary Gary," "Welcome Sara Malaney," "Compliments to Annabelle," "Delvin Slide," "Togo Farewell" (truly beautiful), "Corporal AB" (very intersting and almost a canon) and "Joe's Favorite" (a downright great dance tune). In short, if you're looking for the perfect introduction to traditional fiddle styles OR a great album to add to your collection, I recommend this one extremely highly. I love every track on here, each brings something slightly different to this exciting album packed with musical integrity.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Aida (2000 Original Broadway Cast)
Label: Disney
Artist: Elton John, Tim Rice
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Greatest Love Story Ever Set to Music


Because I go to see Broadway shows all of the time, I frequently get promotional CDs in the mail and Aida was one of the CDs that I recieved a few years ago. I believe the songs on the CD were "My Stongest Suit", "Elaborate Lives", and "The Gods Love Nubia". From just listening to those three songs, the lyrics and the heart and soul put into the actually delivery of the song made me want to buy the whole Aida cd and tickets to see the show. It was, by far, worth the money. Heather Headley gives an amazing performance on the CD and through each song the emotion can be felt by the listener. Adam Pascal, who originated the lead role in Rent, has a very unique voice, not one you would typically find on Broadway; but nontheless also does a wonderful job on the CD. Usally on every CD I buy there are always 1 or 2 songs I skip over, and for how amazing this CD is, there are two songs I don't really like, "Another Pyramid" and "Like Father Like Son"; I'm not sure why I don't like them, but I just don't think they fit in very well with the rest of the CD. I have seem this show 4 times and have tickets to see the closing performance on September 5th. I recommend that you try to see it before it closes because it is by far the best love story and if you are a romantic like myself, you will love EVERY minute of it!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Sogno
Label: Philips
Artist:
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Amo questa musica!


Sogno to me is an album which seems to bring out feelings of epic proportion, Andrea's voice to me carries with it the weight, and lightness, of the story of the world. There are moments which just seem to lift you up, and others that melt the heart, and his ability to let his voice 'die' as if it hovers over peaceful pastures and fades away into the distance is truly marvellous. The focus of this album seems to be to reach people not otherwise drawn that much to classical repertoire, with popular influences woven through it, though not forsaking that background. To those more at ease with classical repertoire, the drums mixed with the strings at times might seem superfluous and somewhat degrading to a particular song, but then again, this is due to the focus of the album. But none the less to me it is a work of beauty and i know i will enjoy it for many years to come. So thank you, Andrea, for reaching many people in this way with your wonderful voice.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Russell Watson · The Voice
Label: Decca
Artist:
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
The Voice


I think this is one of the best CD's I have ever purchased. My wife and I listen to it at least three times a week And we never get of it.
I look forward to a DVD live performance release.