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Product: Audio CD
Title: Ballads
Label: Grp Records
Artist: John Coltrane
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5

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Product: Audio CD
Title: Honky Chateau
Label: Mobile Fidelity
Artist: Elton John
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Old EJ is Best EJ!

Does anybody really know what "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters" is about? Then again, does anybody really care? The song is soooo rich and enchanting, and the lyrics so cryptic, that you're able to interpret the song however you choose. "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters" is thus an indispensable track among the ten timeless tunes on this album.
Indeed, Honky Chateau is another of the masterpieces from the beginning of Elton John's extraordinary musical career. This album, produced at the early stages of the Elton John/Bernie Taupin frenzy during the early 1970's, easily showcases the extraordinary talent of a man who has become one of the most legendary and world-renowned popular musicians ever.
Honky Chateau demonstrates the wide range of music Elton and Bernie could capably deliver. With its syncopated rhythm and infectious melody, it's no wonder that "Honky Cat" became a huge hit. Of course everyone knows "Rocket Man," a poignant song capturing the life perspective of an astrounaut, a topic that's most unique in contemporary music. The third widely known song from this album is "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters," which ranks on my list of all-time favorite tunes.
This album contains more than the big hits we've all heard on the radio, however. "Susie" is a driving, pulsating rocker that even today, after all these years, still beckons you to hit the 'repeat' button on your CD player. The gospel-oriented "Salvation" is a delightful blend with the bluesy "Mellow." A remarkable country-pop-rock-soul combination overrides this album with songs such as "Amy," "Hercules," and "Slave." The irony of "I Think I'm Going to Kill Myself" is craftily delivered in a message that belies the song's upbeat melody and performance. With so many well crafted songs, it's obvious that the greatest asset of Honky Chateau is the masterful songwriting behind each and every track on this disc. When Elton John and Bernie Taupin were writing music together in the early 70's, they were dynamite.
With the marvels of technology, today we're able to enjoy a digitally remastered version of Honky Chateau. What a treat it is to hear this album shimmering through digital channels on high-performance speakers! Music just doesn't get any better than this.
If you're thinking of taking a stroll down memory lane, or if you're considering a history lesson to discover the treasures of Elton John's early work, I'd highly recommend Honky Chateau. It's a magnificent album.

Product: Audio CD
Title: The Rising
Label: Sony
Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Inspirational, powerful mix of classic Bruce and new styles

Wow! Just got this today and spent the whole day digesting the music. Definitely among Bruce's best; I'll have to listen for a while to figure out exactly where it ranks. For today, tied for second place with TUNNEL OF LOVE after BORN TO RUN sounds right. I'm I diehard fan and admittedly biased, so readers of this review should keep that in mind. Springsteen's passion for writing about everyday people rising above adversity makes him the definitive musician to help us explore our reactions to 9/11. He accepted this burden and produced a truly great and powerful work. Traditional anthems like "The Rising" and "Lonesome Day" are comparable to fist-in-the-air sing-along-with-the-Boss songs from BORN TO RUN, the full of energy "Mary's Place" reminds me of "Rosalita", and darker but still inspirational pieces like "Into the Fire" and "My City of Ruins" brings to mind songs of endurance and faith from TUNNEL OF LOVE. The CD has a couple of relatively weak songs - the sappy "Let's be Friends" does nothing for me - but even that one plays a lighhearted role in a CD of such overall seriousness. What most impressed me were several songs where Bruce branched out in some new directions: the hard-edged rocker "Further on (Up the Road) was in more current style than what the E-Street Band has done before; and the true stand-out among all these great songs was "Worlds Apart" - an intriguing fusion of Middle-Eastern melodies and U2-like rock. Get this CD - it's an instant classic for rock purists, and it contains messages of faith and endurance that all of us can benefit from this year.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Jurassic Park: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Label: Mca
Artist: John Williams
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
An explosive score, to an explosive film

John Williams is, without a doubt, the best composer of movie soundtracks ever. What is disputable, however, is which soundtrack is his best work. Some say it's Star Wars, others E.T., and yet others Indiana Jones, but I say that it's Jurassic Park.
I vividly recall going to see Jurassic Park on opening day when I was still in kindergarten. The movie was perhaps the most captivating and spellbinding I've seen. The sight of realistic looking dinosaurs interacting with humans is the most inspiring sight a young boy could hope to witness. This inspiration, this sense of wonder and intrigue, is perfectly captured within John William's soundtrack.
The uplifting melody stays with you long after the music is finished. Whether or not you liked the movie, I can virtually guartentee you you will like the soundtrack.
Somewhere around the seventh track you realize that this music is as close to perfection as Williams has ever gotten.