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Product: Audio CD
Title: Body Wishes
Label: Wea International
Artist: Rod Stewart
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
The best of his best

It was not long ago (the memories never fade) when everybody danced Baby Jane at the summer clubs of Myconos and Skiathos. Best dance hit ever in Rod's best album.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Moon Safari
Label: Caroline
Artist: Air
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Oh my GOD, what a beautiful CD.

The simplest ideas are indeed the best and 'Moon Safari' is something of a simple idea: Hitherto unknown French duo Jean-Benoit Dunckel and Nicolas Godin get together in Paris and London and record cracking album of self-penned acoustic and synthesizer oriented, jazzy, ambient anthems and almost put Gallic music on the map. The album became an instant hit with critics and record buyers alike and is a perfect 'morning-after' record - particularly the stunning opener 'La Femme D'Argent'. It clocks in at over seven minutes in length and is a neat summation of what is to come over the following nine tracks. The electric piano (played by Dunckel) and the bass (Godin) meander to excellent effect and help make 'La Femme D'Argent' a rainy day classic. The musicianship is excellent throughout and Dunckel and Godin are shrewd in their combination of acoustic guitars and pianos and synthesizers - 'All I Need' being an excellent example. The aforementioned also features Beth Hirsch who gives a beautifully sensitive and unintrusive turn on vocals. She reappears on the later track 'You Make It Easy' which introduces some actually French sounding music to proceedings with the string and harmonica break in the middle. The following track 'Ce Matin La' carries on the theme of Gallic melancholia with beautiful results and soon becomes one of the best tracks on the album with the mellow tuba part achieving the greatest sound here. One suspects that Air will be here to stay for a while following the success of such an assured and strident debut recording - indeed the boys Dunckel and Godin have been busy fellows since 1998 writing soundtracks etc. - but can any future recording from them match the joyous warmth and mellow vibes exhibited in 'Moon Safari'?

Product: Audio CD
Title: Urinetown (2001 Original Off-Broadway Cast)
Label: RCA
Artist: John Cullum, Mark Hollmann, Danny Marcus, Hunter Foster
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
"What type of musical is this?"

After seeing the show I had to get the music. The worst part about the show and the music was the tile, as anyone will tell you. Yet the subject of the songs is not one that you talk about over the dinner table, ex: "It's a Privilege to Pee." But that is also why the music is just so funny. The best part about the music is that it makes fun of everything and one including its own show. This show does not have a great score, yet the lyrics are fantastic. It is a fun show and if you don't like the songs, at least like the title.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Cowboy Songs
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Michael Martin Murphey
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Classic western tunes rendered in fine voice by Murphey

Listening to STREETS OF LAREDO by Murphey brings new meaning to it's traditional lyrics. Murphey brings out a fine set of classics and a few newer tunes and delivers them in a style reminiscent of Marty Robbins in his "Gunfighter" albums. Murphey's voice may not be on a par with Robbins, but yet he brings out every nuance of the bi-lingual "Spanish Is The Loving Tongue", a tune that I never tire of hearing. For those who think country music is all Alan Jackson & The Dixie Chicks, this is a great place to expand your horizons. One of my Desert Island Discs...