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Product: Audio CD
Title: Les Miserables - The Musical That Swept the World (10th Anniversary Concert at the Royal Albert Hall)
Label: Relativity
Artist: Claude-Michel Schonberg, Colm Wilkinson, Judy Kuhn
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN- THE ULTIMATE DREAM CAST


This is an ok album, but I personally like the OLC and the CSR better. Colm Wilkinson is PHENOMINAL in this CD and Philip Quast is as well, although I personally prefer Michael McCarthy, who isn't on any CD as Javert, but who is the foreman in this CD.Ruthie Henshall isn't my favorite Fantine - she just doesn't convince me of being a mother, but it is to my understanding that she was sick the night of the performance, so maybe that had something to do with it. At least she looked the part. ALun Armstrong and Jenny Galloway are worth listening to and make a wonderful, comic pair, even though Barry James and Gay Soper of the CSR are slightly better. Michael Ball, is wonderful as Marius and Michael Miguire is a handsome, convincing Enjolras.Lea Salonga, however, could have been better - she was a bittoo mean to be Eponine in my opinion. The chorus is wonderful, being made up of top London actors, and Judy Kuhn's Cosette istouching, her voice lovely as always. This isn't the best CD, but it certainly overrides the Broadway one! This is a great CD for new Les Mis fans - it was my first and it did teach me a lot about the play.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Die Another Day
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Madonna
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
still the greatest


Madonna's back ! I first was surprised by the tunes and the video of the song (what it's truely remarquable, 'cause i'm a fan since 1985 !). And although i didn't liked "music", i'm impressed with "die another day". Lyrics & music, all that has a purpose. All is calculeded, so professional, every details is controlled. If you see the movie and know something 'bout Madonna's public life, you'll know what i mean. Madonna is an icon. no doubt.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Letter to Evan
Label: Grp Records
Artist: David Benoit
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Letter to Evan


I am writing this in the hopes that David Benoit will read it. David: please, please, please give us, your fans, more of this music! For me, it is your crowning achievement.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Kind of Blue
Label: Sony
Artist: Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Bill Evans
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Certainly one of the very best


It is now not unusual to hear that this is THE best jazz record of all time. That is a proposition hard to confirm or reject. How does one compare the genius of Miles Davis with that of, say, Duke Ellington? Obviously, both are among the most major figures in jazz. And equally obviously this is among Miles's best recordings, and one of the most significant and best albums since World War II. I was lucky to be around 20 when this and many other major jazz records were produced, and to live in Amsterdam, where what was then called "modern jazz" enjoyed a warmly receptive response - one often at least as well-informed and discerning as in the US itself. In retrospect, I realise only too well that I lived, as a young listener, through one of the most satisfying and productive periods in jazz. This particular record struck us at the time as something unusual: a real "event", where the sum of the music was greater than its parts, and where some fundamentally innovative structures were introduced for the first time, with complete success. As for the personnel, Davis himself was already the leading trumpet player of his time, and had been for some years. One hears here all the most striking characteristics: the unique, immediately identifiable tone (whichever way it gets produced), the subtlety of his phrasing, and of his variation (even within individual notes), his inventiveness, and the extraordinary emotional RANGE of his playing. Coltrane was, on this record, a revelation. To me, he had too often sounded uncontrolled, but here he proved himself masterfully authoritative, producing deeply fulfilling well-structured music of great profundity, originality and power. I do not think he ever played better, even on later recordings, though some of those are stunning (e.g. "Africa Brass"). "Canonball" Adderley was at the least equal to the demanding task that he had to face in being the third horn. The rhythm section was eminently flexible and dynamic; this was the time when rhythm sections were becoming a good deal less "mechanical", and Miles's were always among the best. All in all, then, this was - and remains - an absolute classic, a performance of enduring value, tremendous interest, imagination, vitality, and great feeling. One never ceases to enjoy this record, no matter how often one plays it, decade after decade. - Joost Daalder