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Product: Audio CD
Title: Home Free
Label: Sony
Artist: Dan Fogelberg
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
One of my all time favorite albums.


I have worn this album out, so am ordering the CD. It has a little bit of everything, a slight folksy, country sound, but great meaningful songs and melodies. His first album and a real taste of what was to come. If you like Dan Fogelberg, this is a must have.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Keep It Together
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Madonna
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Totally Forgotten Gem


None of these remixes are bad, but none of them stand out like the dynamite ones on "Remixed Prayers" or the "Secret" maxi singles do. In those cases there were actual improvements on the original song, or at least remixes that were just as good. In this case, the original is a lot better than any of the mixes. The mixes generally are just club stuff, and aren't very interesting or varied. I absolutely love the original and I wouldn't recommend this one.



Product: Audio CD
Title: First Impressions (1959 Original Broadway Cast)
Label: Drg
Artist: Polly Bergen, Hermione Gingold
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
a delightful Broadway-flop


FIRST IMPRESSIONS is a rather-enjoyable Broadway flop that is, believe it or not, a musical version of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice"!
Polly Bergen, in her third Broadway show (after JOHN MURRAY ANDERSON'S ALMANAC and THE CHAMPAGNE COMPLEX) is a delight as Elizabeth Bennet, the eldest daughter of Mrs Bennet (Hermione Gingold). Bergen sings some lovely songs in this score, but her big payoff comes in the eleven o'clock number "This Really Isn't Me", which she colors with her husky and warm voice. More recently the incantory Ms Bergen has returned to Broadway in the revival of FOLLIES as Carlotta Campion; and subbed for Carole Shelley in the role of Frau Schneider in CABARET.
Farley Granger (in his Broadway musical debut) sounds quite ill-at-ease with his songs, though his comical duet with Bergen in "A Perfect Evening" is quite enjoyable.
Hermione Gingold is perfectly-suited to the role of the pushy Mrs Bennet, and is backed up beautifully by Phyllis Newman (SUBWAYS ARE FOR SLEEPING), Lois Bewley, Lauri Peters (THE SOUND OF MUSIC) and Lynn Ross as her other daughters.
The score by Robert Goldman, Glenn Paxton and George Weiss is quite interesting, though hardly suits the time-period of the piece.
All-in-all, a great recording for Broadway buffs.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Here Comes the New Folk Underground
Label: Universal
Artist: David Baerwald
Rating: 2/5
Customer rating - 2 out of 5
In Retrospect I Should Have Left It Alone


In retrospect, I think I was trying to make a hat out of a pair of shoes, and should have left well enough alone with the material on "A Fine Mess". Though I'm as narcissistic as the next guy, I honestly can't really recommend this album. Better to track down a copy of "A Fine Mess", if you're interested. Or better yet, "A Love Supreme". Just my two cents.
David Baerwald