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Product: Audio CD
Title: Essential Verdi
Label: Decca
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Just Stunning!

Ever since I picked up a CD of "Puccini's Greatest Hits" I have been looking for similar collections for other great opera composers and I am very happy to report that the "Essential Verdi" goes well beyond my highest expectations for such a collection. What you get here are 40 selections on two discs covering pretty much every opera written by Verdi, so not only do we have arias from La Traviata, Aida, Rigoletto and Il Trovatore, but from Luisa Miller, I Masnadieri, Nabucco and Simon Boccanegra as well (18 different operas in all plus Verdi's "Requiem"). Obviously this collection gets well beyond the "essential" works of Verdi. If you think the breadth of selections is impressive, then look at the vocal talent: Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, Leontyne Price, Jose Carreras, Montserrat Caballe, Sherrill Milnes, Katia Ricciarelli and Placido Domingo. I bet that as much as you enjoy hearing Pavarotti sing "La Donna E Mobile" or Sutherland doing "Libiamo Ne' Lieti Calici," you will be pleasant surprised by the "lesser" talent doing an aria that is new to your ear (for me it was Margaret Hillis doing "Patria Oppressa" from Macbeth, which I know I must have heard at sometime in the dim dark past growing up in my mother's house, but I simply do not remember hearing it before). Now that I have found the "Essential Verdi," I need a CD collection for Puccini that is this good.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Two Against Nature
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Steely Dan
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Great CD

I thouroughly enjoyed this CD. Some of my purist musician friends criticize it as being very commercial - but I really enjoyed it. The sidemen, as always, shine. Chris Potter sounds great!

Product: Audio CD
Title: It Had to Be You... The Great American Songbook
Label: J-Records
Artist: Rod Stewart
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
The best album ever

I cannot say enough good about this album, the songs are beautiful, Rods voice never sounded better! I hope this becomes a trend with other "Rock" singers, these songs should never die.And most importantly, the album is loved by all generations in my family, and that is a first.

Product: Audio CD
Title: In The Zone
Label: Jive
Artist: Britney Spears
Rating: 1/5
Customer rating - 1 out of 5

I have seen the many specials on TV for Britney and thought I would give her music a try. I picked the wrong CD for experimenting with music from Britney. This CD really stinks. Needless to say, I won't be buying any more Britney CD's.