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Product: Audio CD
Title: If I Could Only Remember My Name
Label: Atlantic
Artist: David Crosby
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
The Reason God gave Crosby a Second Chance

Some of you may wonder why an aging rocker like Crosby is still hailed, or why VH1 bothered to do a special about the "saving kidney. Musically speaking this CD is the reason. Other than Deja Vu, and some of his work vith Nash, this CD represents David Crosby's finest work. His voice is at its dramatic peak, the songs -both melodies and words are his most beatiful ones ever- and, to top ot all off, he's backed by the who's who of the West Coast "Psychedelic Intelingentsia." Everybody who was anybody, is here! I probably worked my way to three vinyls already. If you'd like to find out what rock was like when creativity was a requirement for recognition, or remember what moved us, back in the Sixties, to see the poetry of life in every single thing, this is an absolute must-have.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Black Cherry
Label: Mute U.S.
Artist: Goldfrapp
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Different, but just as good

What can I say about Goldfrapp? The music almost defies description. Well, perhaps that was true of Felt Mountain, and perhaps that's why many feel it is the better of the two offerings by Goldfrapp thus far. Does flying in the face on convention for its own sake, a masterpiece make? Not necessarily
Black Cherry does NOT defy description. It's wonderful, and yet it can be listened to without the listener immediately suffering from James Bond opening credits syndrome. It's sweetly melodic, and demonstrates far more variety that virtually any other electronic artist on the market has acheived in a single album. In addition, it's far more applicable to daily life, sort of the 'practical Goldfrapp' if you will. Hairy Trees reminds us who we're dealing with, and songs like Crystalline Green show us that not only can Goldfrapp shock us with its unconventional nature, but that they can also keep us entertained with some truly well written electronica.
If you were hoping to feel as if you were living the opening credits of a James Bond movie again with Black Cherry, well you're going to be disappointed. But if, like me, the sheer audacity of their first album convinced you that there's simply no predicting what they would do next, I think you'll be thoroughly pleased.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Born in the U.S.A.
Label: Sony
Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Rating: 1/5
Customer rating - 1 out of 5


What's the deal? Just about every major Top 40 artist has had their catalogs sonically updated EXCEPT YOURS.

Why can we buy the "Tracks" editions, and get glorious HDCD-encoded sound, but "USA" sounds like it's coming out an AM radio?

OK, you did your best, but Dubya's back in the White House for the next four years, and Kerry's home in his underwear watching the Weather Channel. You should have plenty of time on your hands now... GET BUSY!

Let's see some remastering!

Product: Audio CD
Title: The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust (EMI) [ENHANCED CD]
Label: Virgin Records
Artist: David Bowie
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
evocative and exuberant

If "Ziggy" were Bowie's only release, his place in Rock's pantheon would still be assured. This album pretty much established Bowie as major artist in the U.S. Just a couple of observations; this album is unusually "Beatle-esque". Note the layered/textured harmonies, the insistent lead guitar (Mick Ronson's guitar style lends itself beautifully to this material), the almost omni-present acoustic rhythm guitar, and last but not least, the uncanny resemblance of "Five years" to John Lennon's "The dream is over" (Lennon and Bowie apparently were close friends - John is featured on "Fame"). I personally enjoy the many moods of this album; brooding - "Five Years", whimsy - "Starman"/"Moonage Daydream", defiance - "Suffragette City", urgency - "Hang on to yourself", this track being perhaps the least appreciated and most musically inventive of the CD, again beatle-esque, especially the chorus. Bowie's facility with melody still astonishes me after 25 years. If you need somewhere to start with Bowie, this has to be the place.