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Product: Audio CD
Title: Encore [Decca]
Label: Decca
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
"The Many Voices" of Russell Watson

If you already have the U.K. version of 'Encore,' as I did, and are trying to decide whether or not to buy the U.S. version, go for it. The balance of selections is better and the pop additions are generally very good. The abrupt transition to 'Aida' on the U.K. CD has been corrected and enhanced by the addition of The 'Bohemian Rhapsody.' That selection alone is fabulous and worth the cost of the CD. His duet with Lionel Richie, 'The Magic of Love,' is especially appropriate at this time and a surprisingly wonderful blend of voices. I was classically trained on piano & violin, and realize that purists will have trouble with his version of 'Va, Pensiero' from Nabucco by Verdi,and probably also with his vocalization of some operatic favorites. So be it. If you listen with an open mind you will have the musical experience of a lifetime. This young man sings with warmth, enthusiasm, humor, love and is a huge talent. Appreciate him for what he is - simply a great entertainer with a wonderful gift.
I'm giving this CD 5 stars, but with one reservation for the record: If only someone had the sense to remove 'Somewhere,' an overblown, over-produced, over-the-edge mess, this would truly be a 5 Star CD. But I can't enter 4 1/2 stars, so I'll go with 5, because it deserves it in every other way.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Nebraska
Label: Sony
Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
I'm an all set Cobra Jet...

This is probably his darkest album. this one or 'Ghost of Tom Joad'. It really marks the beginning of his storysongs. On this album The Boss gives you a great compilation of songs about people's sad fates. I suppose most of us know Atlantic City. That song is the type of songs featured on this album. Dark and poor recorded. Atlantic City is actually said to have been recorded in Bruce's bedroom using an old fourtrack. But that's all part of what makes this album so magnificent. The human touch. As with all Springsteen records, this one touches your heart, again because it's so real. In my opinion it ranks right up there with 'Born in the USA' and 'Darkness on the edge of town'.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Label: Atlantic
Artist: John Williams, William Ross
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
John Williams does it again!

John Williams' score to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is another masterpiece from our modern day musical master. This score shares just enough in common with the score from the first movie so that we feel comfortable that, yes, we have reentered Harry Potter's world. However, there are some great new themes that are extraordinary. The track "Fawkes the Phoenix" has quickly become my favorite Harry Potter theme and is worth the price of the CD alone.
How does the music fit in with the movie? Very well, thanks. After all, this is John Williams. Chamber of Secrets is a darker and more intense movie than the first installment. And the music reflects this. The Flying Car, The Spiders, Meeting Aragog, and Dueling the Basilisk are all examples of intense music that synergizes the visual action. The emotion is all there: sadness, fear, happiness.
Oh, and don't forget: at least with the initial release, the CD comes with 6 different cover inserts. (I got Hagrid). The regular movie insert is also present behind the collectable inserts.
Overall, this gets my 5 star rating for movie soundtracks.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Three Fugitives (1989 Film)
Label: Varese Sarabande
Artist: David McHugh
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5

A pretty good soundtrack to a pretty good movie.