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Product: Audio CD
Title: American Pie, Pt. 1 [Germany CD]
Label: Wea International
Artist: Madonna
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
INCREDIBLE!


Madonna is fantastic. Her is voice is wonderful. Her body is great. I used to hate this song. I still hate the original. But Madonna made me love this new version. Madonna simply rules. By the way, take a look at what Don McLean said about Madonna's cover":"Madonna is a colossus in the music industry and she is going to be considered an important historical figure as well. She is a fine singer, a fine songwriter and record producer, and she has the power to guarantee success with any song she chooses to record. It is a gift for her to have recorded American Pie. I have heard her version and I think it is sensual and mystical. I also feel that she's chosen autobiographical verses that reflect her career and personal history. I hope it will cause people to ask what's happening to music in America. I have received many gifts from God but this is the first time I have ever received a gift from a Goddess."



Product: Audio CD
Title: The Black Balloon
Label: Shanachie
Artist: John Renbourn
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
The Black Balloon


The best John Renbourne by far. I have the vinyl album, worn though it may be -- but I've since bought the CD. If this is your first Renbourne, get the Black Balloon.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Make Believe
Label: P.S. Classics
Artist: Jessica Molaskey, John Pizzarelli
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Molaskey Sings and Broadway Swings


On her 3rd CD effort, Jessica Molaskey reaches back to her Broadway beginings and puts a Spin, a Shine and a Swing on such old chestnuts as "I Can't Say No", "Guys and Dolls", "Hey Look Me Over" and my persoanl favorite, "Stepsister's Lament".

And when she joins with hubby/producer/guitarist John Pizzarelli, the two go after the brilliant arangement of "Cloudburst/Not Getting Married" as if they were trying to set an Olympic record for "lyrics per minute." It cooks!

Her rendition of "All Tha Jazz" is reminiscent of the Depression Era pathos that surfaced in her 1st hit CD, "Pentimento"...only this time Molskey gets to show off a touch of that marvelous high-belt voice that has keep her employed on Broadway for years. But make no mistake - this is no "I can outsing all the other Divas"...no this is pure Hip, pure Cool and pure Jazz.

"Cradle and All" not only proves Molaskey's prowess in turning a phrase, but is to this writer the most poiginant omage to adolescent dreams and family disappointments to be penned since A Chorus Line's "At the Ballet".

"Make Beleive" hasn't been out of my CD player for a week - give it a listen - you won't be sorry!






Product: Audio CD
Title: Encore [Decca]
Label: Decca
Artist:
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Watson is magical


Everything seems to be right as regards the singing in this album. The notes are perfect, the style is appropriate and the interpretation are true to each song.
The performances here capture every nuance of the music. Just listen to other singers perform them, and you'll realize at once how magical Russell Watson makes the songs. No one wonder people listen to his CDs endlessly.