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Product: Audio CD
Title: Best of
Label: Capitol
Artist: O'Bryan
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
I LOVE O'BRYAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


O'Bryan takes me back to high school days, the CD is good, but I was a little disappointed that they left off some of his other good songs - namely "Together Always" However, it is definately a treat!!!!!!!!!!!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Harem [Australia Bonus Tracks]
Label: EMI Int'l
Artist:
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
"Harem" Is One Fabulous CD! Beautiful and Moving!


The first time I heard Sarah Brightman was when she sang the song "Deliver Me", from the movie sound track of "Broke Down Palace". I was immediately drawn to her voice and melodic style of singing. Soon after, I came across her CD, "La Luna". I loved the mix of different styles; from classic pop to opera, all with a melodic, ethereal "new age" type of sound with orchestral arrangements (a BIG sound). I came to discover that she performed a lot of straight ahead opera (which can be hard for me to take). Some of her older CDs I just couldn't listen to. So, when the new CD, "Harem" came out, I wasn't sure what to expect. I was hoping it would be in the same vein as "La Luna". Well, I bought it and my wish came true. If you like "La Luna", you will love "Harem"! The production (Frank Peterson) and mastering (Bob Ludwig) are awesome! Most (not all) of the songs have an middle eastern influence because of the instruments and orchestration used, but it's not overbearing. The melodies, the orchestral arrangements, the ethereal moods, and of course Sarah's voice are all there. You can sit back, close your eyes and be taken to a far away eastern world unlike any other. I really hope that Sarah Brightman continues in the style and sound of this and her previous CD. Two things, however, are bit different than her last CD (1) the use of "dance club" type beats and (2) there is very little in the way her usual opera style. I personally could do with out the "dance" beats, but they are not overdone, and do work in the context of the tunes. To give you and idea of how some of the songs sound, while listening to track #3, my wife and daughter thought they were listening to something from the "Moulin Rouge" soundtrack. It did sound something like that. There is very little new music out there that moves me the way Sarah's latest efforts have. I almost forgot! If you get this CD, get the one that has the bonus DVD included. The DVD has a nice video of the title track, "Harem", along with some behind the scenes of the making of the CD, which is very interesting. An unbelievable amount of time and work went into making the music on this CD. Many different studios and talented musicians were used. Simply put, this CD is fabulous!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Britney
Label: Jive
Artist: Britney Spears
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Britney At Her Best


Ok, so let's start off by sayin that unlike other reviews of this record who quote wrong lyrics (i wanna have sex with u???) that I find this to be Britneys best album yet. Obvious that she is now writin her own lyrics this album reminds me a lot of Janet Jackson's Control album. "Anticipating" is the greatest song Britney has recorded to date and is unquestionably a summer anthem. "Let Me Be" and "That's Where You Take Me" are great and never grow old. The only disappointment with the U.S. release are the omittance of two tracks "Before The Goodbye" and "I Run Away". I highly recommend this cd.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Pin Ups [ECD]
Label: Virgin Records
Artist: David Bowie
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Bowie pays tribute to his influences on this outing


"Pin Ups" is David Bowie's paean to the groups that either influenced him musically or that he admired as a fan. He brings is own unique treatments to "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" by The Who, "Friday on My Mind" by the Easybeats, and a host of other selections originally recorded by the London Mod bands. One of the real treats on this album is the frequent sax solos by Bowie himself (he trained as a jazz musician and is actually very adept on the instrument). Case in point: "Sorrow," which is my favorite piece on the album. There is an absolutely brilliant solo riff on this cut. This is one of the best early Bowie albums, and an essential for any collector. Interesting side note: the female model on the cover with Bowie is Twiggy, who was quite famous as a Carnaby Street model during the time period from which this music derives.