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Product: Audio CD
Title: Outside Pt. 1
Label: Pid
Artist: George Michael
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Done Everywhere


1998 proved to be a tough year for George Michael. Nevertheless, after his incident in the restroom, he comes out with a vengence, and takes a bad john situation into something even better. His track, Outside, the standout single for George Michael's 1998 greatest hits, Ladies & Gentlemen, The Best Of George Michael, is a great danc pop song. It just sounds even better than a lo of the tracks George put out from his earlier studio album, Older. The song itself is very enjoyable, and assertive to George's standout soulful voice. Outside is a great song to get up and dance to, and it sounds like George's best song ever. Hopefully, George Michael can keep making some great songs like this one, as well as his recent hit Amazing soon.



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
Fun pop/rock collection


This record was a #1 hit all around the world for Elton John in early 1973 at a time when the English singer/pianist was continuing to get more and more popular, flamboyant and confident. As a result, Don't Shoot Me... is a very enjoyable set, and contains much more "showbiz" than any of his previous albums. By 1973, Elton was a genuine teen-appeal pop star, and was dressing in colourful costumes and oversized spectacles. Unlike many of the fleeting pop stars he competed with on the singles charts of that year, Elton was a great composer of songs, and this album kept his quality level very high indeed.

Here, the best one is Daniel which is perhaps his all-time loveliest melody. This is always in his concert set to this day, and is a poignant tale of a returning serviceman, blinded in some war. His most fun-filled, throwaway song to date was Crocodile Rock, a very popular #1 hit in Australia and the USA that was aimed at his rapidly-expanding fanbase of young folks. The more measured, orchestrated syle of early albums like Madman Across The Water and Tumbleweed Connection also appeared here, represented by slow ballad epic Have Mercy On The Criminal, and Texan Love Song - an ode to conservative yokels everywhere. His newfound teenage popularity was reflected in I'm Gonna Be A Teenage Idol, apparently inspired by fellow glam rocker Marc Bolan. I especially like the terrific ballad album closer High Flying Bird, which has great echoey backing vocals performed by Elton's band: Dee Murray, Nigel Olsson and Davey Johnstone, and nice strings backing it. The gentle Blues For My Baby And Me has good strings in it too, and a travelogue tale of travelling on a Greyhound bus in America. Elton rocks on the groovy tune Midnight Creeper (where he namechecks Tina Turner!), and on the uptempo pop rocker Elderberry Wine (Crocodile Rock's B-side) Daniel's B-side was a re-recorded version of lovely 1969 song Skyline Pigeon, and this song sounds great here on CD with excellent instrumentation (it was clearly recorded at the same time as the rest of the album).

The other bonus tracks on this "Classic Years" version of Don't Shoot Me... were actually recorded for Goodbye Yellow Brick road later in 1973, but were added here instead. All were later B-sides for singles later in 1973. Whenever You're Ready (We'll Go Steady Again) is another fun teen rocker, while Jack Rabbit is a brief , fun country rocker, and Screw You fits in better with the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road style of song than here, but is also a pretty good biting sort of lyric.

This album was one of the most popular records of its year, and is still lots of fun today. 5 stars!!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Frontier: Legends of the Old Northwest
Label:
Artist: David Arkenstone
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Superb! - Arkenstone is underrated!


You don't hear a lot about David Arkenstone compared to some other more well-known New Age artists (like Yanni). But watch out! If Mr. Arkenstone can continue to produce works as good as "Frontier", he's going to become well-known amongst all music fans! (Not just the "new age" set.) This album has got it all! Great melodies and superb sonics. Highly recommended.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track
Label: Polydor / Pgd
Artist: Bee Gees
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
i really love the songs of this cd. espcially staying alive


i wud appreciate if you can tell/give me lyrics/song's wordings, cos my niece is really crazy of this song staying alive. she isn't sure abt the wordings and to sing it. i tried finding the lyric books for this song a cudn't. i only need for staying alive.