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Product: Audio CD
Title: In the Beginning [Gravity]
Label: Import
Artist: Madonna
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Actually 3.5 stars


I own the cd pre-madonna which was released by a company called harmony. This cd is the exact same except it doesn't have the track ain't no big deal 97 edit version. Also the songs are listed in different order than on pre-madonna. This cd is really great for madonna collectors. It's basically a blue print to her first album. A couple of the songs didn't make it to her first album but they should have. One of my favorites is crimes of passion which reminds of get into the groove. Ain't no big deal the 81 version is also awesome. Every song is great. As everyone else has been saying stay away from madonna the early years. That cd is very sorry. Someone gave me the cd & I swear it deserves to be burned. I only listened to it for 30 seconds & that was enough for me. I have had it for 3 yrs now & I haven't picked it up since.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Beautiful Stranger
Label: Phantom
Artist: Madonna
Rating: 1/5
Customer rating - 1 out of 5
Rather boring I must say.


There is nothing in this single that hasn't been done before. Just another trivial pop song, from one of the most overrated female performers.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Pure Orchestra
Label: Garden City Music
Artist:
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
STELLAR PERFORMANCE ...ONCE AGAIN!


This CD has not stopped playing around me. Whether I am at work in front of my PC or at home reading this is a soundtrack of life. Thank you John! McKennitt's Mummer Dance is exquisite as is the Book of Days. As an old conductor used to say years ago, "Wunnerful, wunnerful".



Product: Audio CD
Title: The Rising
Label: Sony
Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Rating: 1/5
Customer rating - 1 out of 5
MAJOR Disappointment


Lets be clear: we will never get another 'Born To Run' or 'Darkness On The Edge of Town'. Those times are gone. BUT, Bruce can deliver something meaningful and relevant in the present.
This album delivers in spades. From the wonderful opener, through the hugely enjoyable "Waiting on a sunny day" and the haunting "Nothing man" to the pounding "Further On Up the Road" and the majestic "My City of Ruins".
Like all albums, this contains a few duds ("The Fuse" being one) but for 73 minutes you cant get much better, and I defy anyone not to just wanna sing along to "Mary's Place".
Also, the emphasis has been placed on 9/11 far too much. This is NOT a 9/11 album at all. Columbia should be ashamed of themselves for marketing it like that. These songs are relevant and meaningful to ALL people (even me - 3000 miles away from New York). "You're Missing" and "Paradise" are moving in deeper ways than most of todays artists could ever manage.
So, buy this album and absorb it into your blood. In my opinion, it ranks 3rd behind the two albums I started the review with. Not bad for a 52 year old!!!!
Roll on 2003 when I can see him live...