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Product: Audio CD
Title: Cabaret: The New Broadway Cast Recording (1998 Broadway Revival)
Label: RCA
Artist: John Kander, Fred Ebb
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
IT COULDN'T PLEASE ME MORE............


The only way to truly experience "Cabaret" is in the theater, where its decadence and oppression can become overwhelming. The film version, celebrated as it is, simply does not compare to the live performance. Natasha Richardson and Alan Cumming had the challenging opportunity of facing inevitable comparisons to the indelible performances of Liza Minelli and Joel Grey (Unfortunately, I cannot speak to the performance of Lotte Lena, but I can well imagine what it must have been like). Ironically, the starker realism of the performances by Richardson and Cumming serve to heighten the musical's dramatic impact. In the opening number, "Willkomen," we can hear the audience responding to the caustic jibes of the Emcee, which is key to "Cabaret." The Kit Kat Club musical numbers are intended to be performed TO the audience and not just for them. I think it is vitally important to the performance of the play that you are sucked into the environment of this Berlin ratskeller. Many of the musical numbers are choreographed by Rob Marshall (co-director with Sam Mendes) to take advantage of the peculiar tenor Richardson and especially Cumming bring to their roles. This time there is no attempt at charm and the assault upon your intellect is more direct. "Caberet" is the most disturbing musical I have ever experience, and this studio recording is at least several steps in the right direction towards allow you to have a sense of the show's power in the comfort of your own home.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Ray of Light
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Madonna
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
BUY IT NOW!!


If you have ever liked a Madonna album or single, but have shyed away from her lately - now is the time to remind yourself what made 'Madge'so very good. This is her best, most spirituraly uplifting work yet. From heart wrenching ballads to dance floor stopmers - this album deserves a place in your collection!!



Product: Audio CD
Title: The Space Between Us
Label: Melankolic
Artist: Craig Armstrong
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Simply Stunning - dreams are like water


When I listen to this record, it is a journey through a world of strings and emotion and heart ache. The open crashing strings of "weather storm" (much better than the Massive Attack version) are alone worth the price for this album. Then it moves along to the Elizabeth Fraser sung "This Love" which is a gorgeous track, that Elizabeth . . .
"rise" and "glasgow" are other highlights for me, I love how "glasgow" gives me this impression of what the place must be like (i've never been there). With the near twilight/noirish night, after a rainstorm, a slight and attractive lonely feel, rich in spirit. "Let's go out tonight" gives me an indescribable feeling, it's like knowing that something is over, or will be over very soon, whether it be your death, the loss of a loved one, something really important to the stability of your life that will cease, whatever it is, knowing that this thing in your life is going to stop, but regardless of it, relishing in that one particular, late night moment before the sorrow comes.
Only two tracks are non-instrumental on this record, Armstrong's other (and very good) album, "as if to nothing" has a lot more vocals. This music creates a mood, give it a listen, alone, in the dark. Or in a room full of people with headphones, or on a train/subway. Anywhere.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Best of 1974-1979
Label: EMI Int'l
Artist: David Bowie
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
great collection of work


This David Bowie captures his career of the second half of the 1970s. It really shows the best songs from the period like 1984 and young americans.