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Product: Audio CD
Title: The Phantom of the Opera (Original 1986 London Cast)
Label: Decca U.S.
Artist:
Rating: 3/5
Customer rating - 3 out of 5
Good music that suffers from terrible lyrics


This is such a timeless story...such an important lesson for all to learn. I was never into music like this, but I got to see Phantom in N.Y. about 10 years ago and feel in love. I can sing this soundtrack word for word. I love to play this loud...the only way it should be played!!!!!!!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Hotel Costes, Vol. 7
Label: Wagram Records
Artist: Stéphane Pompougnac
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Return to Form!


I agree with Larry - I think the Costes series had been in a bit of a slump over the past couple years. Volumes 5 and 6 just didn't get me and volume four was okay but... "I Have a Cat"? Hmm. Still, I respect that there are many people out there that feel that 5 and 6 may have been the bee's knees and that's the beauty of the series - the diversity and experimentation of some of the most cutting edge tracks in the trendy French music scene. For those that may be new, Hotel Costes spans 7 volumes, 8 if you include Stephane Pompougnac's own release "Living on the Edge", and they're on the Wagram label - the same label that gives you "St. Germain Des Pres Cafe", "Paris Lounge/London Lounge/Berlin Lounge" etc., "Buddha Bar" and several others.

But to me, this one was likea return of form. From the great opening trak, a remix to "Lavish", you get a good musical vibe. Sure, there's a bit of house in this one like the others but the feel of the cd is different, a bit sexier, more experimental and diverse! Fort Knox Five's "The BRazilian Hipster" gives you a funk feel, Bobby Hughes Combo has that jazz feel in "Clive the Runner and Club Des Belugas have a good party cut with the remix to "Hip Hip Chin Chin" that was pretty popular this summer. Mo Horizon's "So Ma Guisee", my favorite track on their New Bohemian Freedom cd, was an excellent inclusion to this compilation. Great guitar, great singing, just a song. And there are other tracks here that were fantastic - I especially dug Claude Monnet's cut too. For the life of me I cannot recall the classic Musica Popular Brasil track that they sampled for Takumi Kato's "Tone"... at the tip of my tongue and at home. But I do know you can hear the original on "Bossa Nova & Samba" done by the Gold Compilation series.

I Definitely recommend this! It is one of my favorite of the Costes series and represents a good evolution of the musical styles displayed in the earlier releases and the last two. There's something for everyone (I hope!). It isn't without fault though... I prefer Audiopharm's Brazilectro 6 as it was a bit ahead of Costes 7 and Costes 7 had some of the tracks from that cd on this one. And while I dig Thievery Corporation's "Heaven's Gonna Burn Your Eyes", it too has featured quite often on other compilations, same with Schema's Paolo Fedreghini and his cut "Please Don't Leave". Meanwhile there were some cuts I did NOT fall for, like Rodney Hunter's "Work That Body" and the remake to the old Simon & Garfunkle "Sound of Silence" was a bit of a head-scratcher. But the feel of the CD is great and it's a great return to form. Check it out! And if you dig it, check the other Wagram releases but be very careful of overlapping the songs.




Product: Audio CD
Title: Playing By Heart: Music From The Motion Picture
Label: Capitol
Artist: Various Artists, John Barry
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
This CD is cool; makes you want to run out and wash a poodle


This CD is a really outstanding eclectic mix of music. You'll really enjoy this CD, even more than getting a gift certificate to Home Depot!



Product: Audio CD
Title: The Fat of the Land
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: The Prodigy
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
IF THERE IS A BETTER ALBUM IN THIS GENERATION I'M SUPERMAN


MUSIC CAN POSSIBLY GET ANY BETTER. I DON'T BELIEVE THAT EVEN PRODIGY THEMSELVE CAN BEAT THIS ALBUM. THIS IS THE BEST ALBUM, I'VE EVER OWNED AND UNLESS THE GOD OF MUSIC COMES DOWN TO CONTRADICT IT, I AM NOT GOING TO LISTEN TO ANYONE TELLING ME THAT THIS IS ONLY GOOD. IF SOMEBODY STILL DOES NOT OWN IT, THEY NEED TO TURN THE COMPUTER OFF AND GET IT RIGHT NOW, AND IF THE MUSIC STORES ARE CLOSED, BRAK IN... EVERY SECOND WITHOUT THIS ALBUM IS WASTED.
I BELIEVE THAT PRODIGY HAS BEEN ONE OF THE TOPMOST BANDS FOR A LONG TIME, WITH TRACKS LIKE THEIR LAW, POISON, ETC.... BUT THIS ALBUM IS THE BEST IN ITS WHOLE GENERE... AND BELIEVE ME, I KNOW A LOT ABOUT MUSIC... I HAVE A DATABASE OF EVERY SINGLE RECORD RELEASED IN THE WORLD.. IN THE WORLD! SO GO AND GET IT NOW! I SAID