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Product: Audio CD
Title: Two Against Nature
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Steely Dan
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Maybe no Pretzel Logic, but very good.


Some Steely Dan fans have expressed disappointment with this new release, but I can't see why. It's as good as almost any of their earlier albums and better than some (particularly the last two.) Musically there are no real changes from the seventies except for an increase in funk; in that respect it could be said to continue a trend started in Gaucho 20-odd years ago. "Cousin Dupree" and "Janie Runaway" are as good as anything they did in their heyday, as far as I can see. The strange thing is that Two Against Nature makes it seem as if they've hardly been away rather than taking an extended hiatus through most of the 80's and 90's. I look forward to their next album in 2020.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Andrés Segovia: A Centenary Celebration
Label: Mca
Artist:
Rating: 2/5
Customer rating - 2 out of 5
this once was a great recording.


I totally agree with the fact that every classical guitaristowes great respect to Segovia, but the reason I gave this recording such a low rating is a simple matter of evolution. Unlike instruments like the violin, the classical guitar as we know it today is a very young instrument (+-1 century). It also didn't get the recognition it deserved untill segovia came along. From that moment on, the classical guitar's popularity increased immensely, actually it is still growing. As a logical result of this growing popularity, the quality of the technique improved and interpretations were refined. Though Segovia was incredible guitarist in his time and situation (he was the ONLY international preformer that played this instrument), it would just be irrational to claim that the dozens of great preformers later on never improved compared to segovia. It's like denying that einstein's theories are more accurate than those of Isaac Newton, because Newton was the rock on wich fysics were mostly build.
These recordings are interesting for those who would like to do some historical research on the classical guitar, but for those who just want to listen to a good preformance, I would really recommend the more recent recordings (Russel, Fisk, Sollscher,...).



Product: Audio CD
Title: Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player
Label: Island
Artist: Elton John
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Where To Start


If you are familiar with only the hits, but have a desire to invest in an actual album, this is definitely the route to go. Nearly eight years ago, this was the first E.J. album I picked up, and presently, I have them all. I originally wanted the album for "Crocodile Rock", and "Daniel", having no idea what I was about to discover, or how much music was about to change for me, forever. Aside from the hits, the first songs to really pull me in were "Teacher I Need You" and "Blues For Baby And Me". The latter, features "Madman Across The Water" type strings, and is a beautiful ballad, that paints the ideal picture of being able to take off with your girl(or guy), and leave all the bad behind."Have Mercy On The Criminal" was probably the next track to reel me in, a song that could fit so many situations, whether a person is stuck in a life they are not content with, or facing some type of heartache, or you actually are a "criminal", it fits anyone who feels trapped, and simply longs for one more chance, and an escape. Though Elton wouldn't truly "rock" until his next release, he certainly comes close with songs like "Elderberry Wine" and "Midnight Creeper". What's left to say? I've only touched on my favorites, but every song here is first rate, with the possible exception of "Texan Love Song", but even it slides by as a witty stab at country. As for the bonus tracks, I will admit, that I have some mixed feelings about adding extra tracks to a carefully crafted album, but the majority of these tracks are winners. "Screw You(Young Man's Blues)" is fun, and deserved to be on an album, along with the poignant, classic piano version of "Skyline Pigeon".



Product: Audio CD
Title: Pure Funk, Vol. 2
Label: Utv Records
Artist: Various Artists
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
too hot


this one is even better than the first one. check out "shes a bad mama jama" its super jamin!