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Product: Audio CD
Title: The Phantom of the Opera (Original 1986 London Cast)
Label: Decca U.S.
Artist:
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
The Primer for Soundtracks


Got this cd as a gift and it is absolutly fabulous! Worth every penny! The cool part is that most of the play is ON the cd. I saw the show on Broadway 2 months ago. All the headlining talent may not be with the show anymore, but the spirit is still there. Plus, this play is superb anyway! My highest props to Andrew Lloyd Webber. What a genious!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Seabiscuit
Label: Universal
Artist:
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
trailer music


People who were asking about the music in the trailers -- Music you hear in the trailer for a movie is rarely (if ever) the actual music for the movie. This is for two reasons -- (1) the music hasn't been mixed and recorded yet, so it isn't ready when the trailer is ready for theatres, and (2) if the music is finished, it is likely that the copyrights haven't been completed so they won't be able to release the music with the trailer. That's why you'll often hear the score from a familiar movie on the trailer of a new movie. Hope this helps. And Seabiscuit is a wonderful movie with great music!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Love Devoton & Surrender
Label: Sony
Artist: Santana, John Mclaughlin
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Stupendous, perhaps grandios, still original after 26 years


Nothing I have ever heard compares to the over the top exuberant madness of this performance of the traditional Christian hymn 'Let Us Go Into the House of the Lord.' The beautiful core of the song is reprised by Carlos in the audio blurb available here. The same blurb establishes, after a long introductory section,the nifty bass line as well as the beautiful voice of Armando Peraza's bongos which are the true root of the performance.
McLaughlin paints wonderful figures behind the Santana front and then he takes over with an ax attack which is awsome, and indescribable. Into the mix are two, possibly 3 drummers, it is difficult to tell but the liner notes mention Jan Hammer, Billy Cobham and Mike Shrieve and Larry Young's organ flittering around between the rhythm and the music.
The result can best be described as an assault on the senses. After 26 years I still find it exciting, uplifting and beautiful.
Two other songs in the same vein and a quiet guitar duets by the boys are fine also. The duet, Namia and the first song on the album, A Love Supreme are of course by John Coltrane. It is probably fair to say he is the inspiration behind these performances.
My love of this record is undoubtably highly ideosyncratic and I doubt 1 in 100 will get it at all. While the record is classified as fusion it is something else perhaps, something unique, and as I said, unmatched ever since it was made 26 years ago.
I have always wonderd what John McLaughlin thinks of this work now. If anyone has a clue drop me a line.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Songs from the Last Century
Label: Virgin Records
Artist: George Michael
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
An Interesting Change of Pace


You have to wonder why someone like George Michael would have attempted an album comprised of songs from the "20th Century." First off, I hardly think this collection is really a good representation of the many different styles of music we were blessed with in the 1900's! But, that said, the result is surprisingly entertaining, and in some cases, brilliant. George possesses a voice that is distinctive, but not awesome. His arrangements, except for the upbeat "Secret Love" (Why make this beautiful song into a lounge song?), are fun. His version of "Roxanne" is quite refreshing and impressive. He doesn't do anything new with "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," but at least he matches Roberta Flack's sincere delivery. He does a nice job on "Wild is the Wind," an old Johnny Mathist tune, but why this song when there were so many better Mathis tunes? And his "Where or When" is enjoyable, because this song is great to hear anytime. All in all, a diverse collection that shows Mr. Michael's adventurous side. I don't think it'll be a huge success, but he gets an A for effort.