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Product: Audio CD
Title: Out of Order
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Rod Stewart
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Last great rocker for Rod?


(My rating system: 1-Bad 2-Average 3-Good 4-Very Good 5-Excellent/Classic)

This album sold like crazy for Roderick! It was deemed a "comeback" at the time, but Rod hadn't gone anywhere, and he hadn't stopped selling records either, so go figure....

Out of Order rocked harder than anything we'd heard from Rod in years, and certainly rocked MUCH harder than anything he's done since. It was a return to Rod the Rocker that many of his longtime fans had longed for. Teamed with Andy Taylor of Duran Duran, you wouldn't have expected this, unless you happened to listen to Andy Taylor's solo work. What Out of Order became was a strong mix of solid rock with Rod's balladeering and storytelling.

"Lost in You" was a lead single that immediately received heavy airplay. A little bit of "the Scot" thrown into a nice 80's rock sound. Second up was "The Wild Horse". An excellent tune, which was a bit of a throwback. A strong guitar, very Faces-like tune from Taylor, played at mid-tempo. Suits Rod's voice perfectly.

You had mega-hits "Forever Young", "Crazy About Her", & "My Heart Can't Tell Me No", all with ultra-cool Rod videos, which got constant airplay on your local video channel.

Lesser known rockers from the album are "Dynamite", which is classic Rod- Fast, partying, drinking, & chicks, all to a driving beat. "Lethal Dose of Love" was a nod to Rod's early 80's work. Sounds as if it could have been written for 1983's Camouflage album. Strong beat, fun lyrics. The cd contains a song not found on the original vinyl, "Almost Illegal" which is another fine rocker in the traditional Rod style.

Of course, it wouldn't be Rod without a not to his soul/Motown loving past, and you have a cover of "Try a Little Tenderness", and the lovely, "When I Was Your Man".

Sadly, Rod has never rocked this way since. His Out of Order tour saw his a man possessed on stage, mixing hits from this platter with his old classics. While I have no qualms about Rod's "softening" since then- we all get older- I hold Out of Order as a jewel in his output from the last 20 years. He showed flashes of it on When We Were The New Boys, released in 1998, but it was short lived.

A very good album any Rod fan should be happy with.



Product: Audio CD
Title: HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I
Label: Sony
Artist: Michael Jackson
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
yippsies! a wild pack of MUSIC.


Skimming the track list of the first disc is proof enough of its explosiveness. The second disc has been attacked for being weak and pompously placed after such a climax of greatest hits. It is also the first musical statement of Michael Jackson after being accused of child molestation. It was never given proper attention. It is a marvelous disc of stuff. The media has sought to destroy Michael Jackson and the public has for the most part endorsed such hatred. I am very disheartened by this.



Product: Audio CD
Title: The Lion In Winter (1968 Film)
Label: Sony
Artist: John Barry, John Barry
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Allons Gai Gai Gai...


Very good score! For the composer better known for his James Bond scores, John Barry surprises with his score for the 1986 film "The Lion in Winter". It features prominently excellent writing for choir, (see track 2, also throughout album) and a very decent, and simple theme, worthy of Prokofiev, with its harmonic twists. Exoticism throughout, hinting at 12th century English music. About 37 minutes of music, but overall a good buy. An excellent score for an excellent film!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Josh Groban
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist:
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Josh Groban is my hero!


Josh Groban is my hero! At such a young age his accomplishing so much. With his stunning voice he is taking the world by storm. I listen to this CD practically every day and I never grow tired of it. I'm nineteen with a broad taste in music and Josh stands above the rest. Josh's voice is amazing-there are not enough words of praise to describe it. I with my fellow fans wait anxiously for another album and a promotional tour. His CD is so great I can only imagine one thing better-a live performance.