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Product: Audio CD
Title: Music for Elevators
Label: Biabd / Beautiful Is
Artist: Anthony Stewart Head, George Sarah
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Not what I expected ... so what?

Admittedly when I bought this album I was expecting a softer, more folk-oriented sound, but a good deal of the material I found to be surprisingly moving. So, in fact, I found this to be not what I expected twice. The "guest" vocalists weren't out of place, and of course there's ASH's lovely smoky tenor in which to revel. I can't say I cared much for the adaptation of "We Can Work It Out" ... it ends up sounding about as obsessive as "Every Breath You Take".

Product: Audio CD
Title: Michael Rose
Label: Heartbeat / Pgd
Artist: Michael Rose
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
One of the best!

If you had to pin me down, I'd probably say this is my favorite reggae CD, leaving out Bob of course. Michael Rose has a voice you'll never forget, though it has matured and gotten huskier since his Black Uhuru days. And the songwriting here is exceptional. Every song sounds different and creates a mood that is indescribable with words. You just have to hear it! To say Michael Rose is "cool" is an understatement. From his hypnotic, irie wailing in Black Uhuru to this sparkling solo achievement, there seems no end to his ability to make those little hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Of course, being in the "mood" makes this CD all the better, but either way you'll come to view it as one of the reggae genre's crowning achievements.
If you're a reggae newbie and want some direction, check out the following artists:
Anthony B -- e.g., Universal Struggle
Junior Reid -- e.g., Junior Reid and the Bloods
Don Carlos -- e.g., Just a Passing Glance
Mikey Dread -- e.g., The Prime of Mikey Dread
Big Blunts vol.1 -- lots of killer songs by different artists.
Peace, love, and I-nity.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Grease (Original 1978 Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Label: Polydor / Pgd
Artist: Warren Casey, Jim Jacobs, Sha-Na-Na, Stockard Channing, Olivia Newton-John, John Travolta
Rating: 3/5
Customer rating - 3 out of 5
Still the word in movie musicals after 20 years

Has it really been 20 years? I was just finishing high school when the movie GREASE opened and became the biggest hit movie (and soundtrack album) of the summer of 1978.
Now its back - and many of the movie's fans who sing along with the songs in the theatre were not even born when the movie first came out. Much as it reminds me of my advancing age, I am thrilled that a movie musical - and, lets face it a pretty silly one at that - can still inspire such passionate support.
GREASE was not exactly new to me that summer of 1978 - having already seen the Broadway show which had premiered 6 years earlier and would continue for another 3 years after the release of the film. But the stage show is really a different animal: the kids are tougher, and the score was orchestrated for a more authentic 50s feel.
GREASE, the film, smoothed out the rough edges and cleaned up some of the rougher language. It also fiddled with the song lineup cutting "Freddy My Love", "Mooning", "Alone at a Drive-in Movie" and "All Choked Up" and adding a handful of genuine 50s tunes as well as the songs "Sandy", "Hopelessly Devoted to You", "You're the One that I want" and the title song - all of which are vast improvements. In fact, it might be smart for a Broadway producer to find a way to include these songs in future stage revivals.
The soundtrack album has been a best-seller for years now, but the CD transfer makes the same mistake that marred the original 2 LP set: The songs are in the wrong order making it impossible to follow the story. The CD booklet is no help as it offers no synopsis or notes of any kind.
To correct this glaring error one must program the CD to play: #23, #24, #2, #7, #3, #8, #9, #6, #19, #12, #13, #16, #14, #15, #11, #5, #20, #21, #4, #22 & #1.
Note that #10, #17 & #18 are not used in the film.

Product: Audio CD
Title: 18 Til I Die
Label: A&M Records
Artist: Bryan Adams
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
You know what to expect from Bryan

After "Waking up the neighbours" he put a new border for 5 stars, so this one deserves 4. A half of album is 4 to 5 stars, the rest is 2 or 3 stars. If you are fan or like to listen BA's R&R, this is for you. Else.... buy "Waking..." or at least "So far..." if this is gonna be only BA album in your collection.