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Product: Audio CD
Title: 30 on the Rail
Label: Atlantic
Artist: Mark Bryan
Rating: 1/5
Customer rating - 1 out of 5
Oh Lord...the guy thinks he's talented


At least on a hootie album, this guy has the advantage of hiding his mediocrity behind the other band members ( and since they're all trying to do the same thing, that's not easy).
Hello, bargain bin!



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
Amazing


Cabaret is not a musical for those who are looking for operatic levels of musicianship (although talented, Cumming and Richardson keep their voices restratined, to reflect the situation that they are in), nor is it for those who want a clean "wholesome" musical. As is only appropriate, the revival of this musical is decidedly provocative as well--you can hear the bleating of sheep during the performance of "Two Ladies" for instance.
But if you don't mind either of those things then I fully, 100% recommend this version of the cast recording. Richardson's Sally is very much a mediocre singer--at least compared to what you'd normally hear on Broadway. Cumming's Emcee is sleazy and decandent and it works perfectly in context of declining morality in a pre-Nazi Germany, and definitely earned the Tony he won.
I'd recommend this album to anyone, it's simply amazing



Product: Audio CD
Title: Born to Run
Label: Sony
Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
The Boss of all bosses


In 1975, the world of rock'n'roll woke up to what many of us along the Eastern seaboard had known for almost 2 years now: there was a new king in town, and his name was Bruce Springsteen. Powered by a title track written and recorded nearly a year before the album's release, Springsteen unleashed a powerhouse, a manifesto of the past, present and future (all tips of the hat to Jon Landau's famous quote in 1974) of rock'n'roll. With the E Street Band newly revitalized by the addition of drummer Max Weinberg and keyboard player Roy Bittan, not to mention the soon-thereafter arrival of Steve Van Zandt on rhythm guitar, this all-out, foot to the floor workout is truly one of the 10 best albums in the pop music lexicon.
Standouts include the timeless "Thunder Road", arguably one of the best (maybe best?) songs Bruce has written, "Backstreets"....what the hell am I saying. ALL 8 TRACKS ARE SUPERB!!! With a production technique that recalls the Phil Spector "wall of sound" and many tips of the hat to past rock and r&b icons, this album was like a breath of fresh air. It set the standard for many more artists to rethink their music and in some cases, downright emulate it (Bob Seger, John Mellencamp, and too many more to mention.) Bruce's vocals are strong, the band is explosive (thanks to Weinberg and Bittan, and Clarence of course) and the song writing superb. Life on the Jersey shore, life in America, life among the little town heroes with big dreams and bigger hearts. This is rock at it's finest. Despite the behind-the-scenes management power struggle that was brewing while this album was being created, (you could see the Mike Appel days on the wane and the Jon Landau era starting), one factor not often pointed out is the largely uncredited role that Van Zandt played just by being in the studio. You can hear it in the recording.
From short stories like "Meeting Across the River" to the explosive panorama of "Jungleland", the detail is astounding. This is one of those rare moments in music when the heavens and planets realign under a new musical force. You must own this album: whether you are a Bruce fan or not, this is one for the ages. You can hear rock being reinvented and revisited all at the same time, all in one listen. Not many albums could do that. And if this can't make you a Bruce fan, well...I feel sorry for you, pal!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Bach: Saint Matthew Passion
Label: Sony
Artist: David Lloyd, William Wildermann
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
A Wonderful Musical and Spiritual Experience.


I am certainly by no means a Baroque purist. I very much am a lover of Bach being an organist, but authentic baroque doesn't nessicerily mean an enjoyable listening experience. I love the fact that this recording is in English. It would be nice to have a lot more things recorded in English. I also appreciate the fact that this particular interpretation doesn't follow the typical authentic baroque practice of doing everything half a step flat. Overall, I am glad I own this CD. If someone from sony is listening, please release more great operas and choral works in English. Thank you