Newest CD/Album Reviews

Christmas Eve and Other Stories
Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Christmas Eve and Other Stories
Label: © 1996 Atlantic Recording Corp. / Lava Records
Original Release Date: 1/1/1996
Re-Release Date: 10/15/1996
Review by: Pat R.. - 1/17/2018 12:10 PM


"by odd chance I was able to see them in concert back in 2001 and have been hooked ever since a very thrilling experience. very uplifting music not what you would expect for a christmas concert. the one song that I keep playing is the saravo track.very well done. the whole cd is worth listening to over and over again"

Heart & Soul
Lorie Line
Heart & Soul
Label: Time Line Production
Release Date: 9/12/1995
Review by: Jim S.. - 1/15/2018 9:50 AM


"This CD was very good. The ryhmths and melodies were memorable and satisfying."

Murder Nature
Head Control System
Murder Nature
Label: Jester Norway
Original Release Date: 1/1/2006
Re-Release Date: 4/4/2006
Review by: Shane C. (Trippie). - 1/14/2018 11:55 AM


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Olas Suaves
Obo & Sol Luna
Olas Suaves
Label: Blue Orchid/Da Music/Ka
Release Date: 3/24/1995
Review by: Jason G. (jasong). - 1/12/2018 12:19 AM


"Obo is very talented guitar player and this instrumental album displays his love of Latin/Flamenco sounds. The production is very clean and focused on his fluid style. Overall, an enjoyable listen - but to be honest - Olas Suaves is nothing ground breaking. But, sometimes it is nice just to let an album be on - still very much worth a listen for instrumental music enthusiasts."

Contemporary Mozart
Michael Omartian
Contemporary Mozart
Label: K-Tel
Release Date: 10/6/1995
Review by: Jason G. (jasong). - 1/11/2018 11:37 PM


"Track Listing: 1. Piano Concerto in A Major (6:07) * (Adagio) 2. Piano Concerto No. 21 in C "Elvira Madigan" (5:05) * (Andante) 3. Minuet In C Major (5:15) 4. Concerto For 2 Pianos in E Flat (5:20) * (Allegro) 5. Symphony No. 40 in G Minor (7:30) * (Molto Allegro) 6. Symphony No. 41 in C Major "Juniper Symphony" (3:20) * (Allegro Vivace) 7. Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor (6:10) * (Romanze) 8. Serenade No. 13 in G Major "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" (3:80) * (Allegro) 9. Requiem in D Minor (3:25) * (Introitus)"

Ocean Music
Chuck Lange
Ocean Music
Label: Uni/Northsound
Release Date: 8/22/1994
Review by: Jason G. (jasong). - 1/11/2018 11:15 PM


"On CD sleeve: Let yourself float on the waves of the Pacific Ocean as the sea swells with its own natural rhythm, first rushing towards tropical Hawaiian beaches, then sweeping onto the rugged shores of the Pacific Northwest. Original compositions by Chuck Lange blend with the surging waves on Ocean Music, creating a mystical and serene musical experience. Listerner's review: Again, I'm impressed with the label- Northsound - and their amazing field technicians (Keith Griswold & Josh Baldwin) capturing the varying sounds of the ocean. Lange let's the natural rhythm of the ocean guide his lulling new age keyboard melodies."

3 Pak: Classic Rock Hits
Various Artists
3 Pak: Classic Rock Hits
Label: Sony
Release Date: 8/21/2001
Review by: Scott C. (scotso). - 1/9/2018 7:06 PM


"Disc: 1 1. Working For The Weekend - Loverboy 2. Baby Hold On - Eddie Money 3. Frankenstein - The Edgar Winter Group 4. Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad - Meat Loaf 5. Eight Miles High - The Byrds 6. Hold The Line - Toto 7. Evil Woman - Electric Light Orchestra 8. More Than A Feeling - Boston 9. Carry On Wayward Son - Kansas 10. Cat Scratch Fever - Ted Nugent 11. Rock And Roll, Hoochie Koo - Rick Derringer 12. Take It On The Run - REO Speedwagon 13. (Don't Fear) The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult Disc: 2 1. Down Boys - Warrant 2. Black Betty - Ram Jam 3. Tuff Enuff - The Fabulous Thunderbirds 4. Flirtin' WIth Disaster - Molly Hatchet 5. You've Got Another Thing Comin' - Judas Priest 6. 867-5309/Jenny - Tommy Tutone 7. Pretty In Pink - The Psychedelic Furs 8. And We Danced - The Hooters 9. The Final Countdown - Europe 10. Voices Carry - 'Til Tuesday 11. Cum On Feel The Noize - Quiet Riot 12. Poison - Alice Cooper 13. What I Like About You - The Romantics Disc: 3 1. Black Magic Woman - Santana 2. Runaway Train - Soul Asylum 3. Cult Of Personality - Living Colour 4. Mississippi Queen - Mountain 5. Fantasy - Aldo Nova 6. Melissa (Live) - The Allman Brothers Band 7. Walk Like An Egyptian - Bangles 8. The House Is Rockin' - Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble 9. Barracuda - Heart 10. Lido Shuffle - Boz Scaggs 11. Jimmy Olsen's Blues - Spin Doctors 12. Shapes Of Things - Jeff Beck Group 13. Sweet Jane - Mott The Hoople 14. Hurdy Gurdy Man - Donovan"

A Harmonic Fusion
Divine Collaboration
A Harmonic Fusion
Review by: IC B. (icberry). - 1/8/2018 1:38 PM


"Quiet, reflective solo piano music, designed for healing. From http://www.harmonicfusion.com: "Divine Collaboration™" is a melodic fusion of heart, mind and soul. Classically trained pianist Ursula Lamberson offers her evocative musical harmonies as a gentle accompaniment to your inner journey, whether that be meditation, yoga practice, healing, or simply relaxing and enjoying. Treat yourself to a collaboration with your own divinity. Ursula Lamberson is a gifted pianist who over the years has developed her unique style of expressing music through a medium that she calls “harmonic fusion.” This music is a gentle yet powerful soundscape that has the ability to engage and transform the listener. Ursula has also been a healing practitioner for the last 25 years, during which time she has utilized many different healing modalities, all of which ultimately led her to the recognition of the healing power of sound and vibration."

The World Flutes Collection
The World Flutes Collection
Review by: IC B. (icberry). - 1/7/2018 3:33 PM


"The World Flutes Collection is a two-disc anthology from Lifescapes, whose name always means calming, relaxing music. Here the focus is on flute-like instruments from around the world. This note is included on the back: "Take this global journey and find your place of peace and relaxation. Ancient flutes of bamboo, bone and stone give voice to melodic tradition from the heart of history and soothe the mind, body and soul." Fans of Lifescapes recording artists will recognize contributors John August, Timothy Franzich, guitarist Dean Magraw, Wayne Jones, Jeff Victor, Dan Schwartz and Laura MacKenzie. The 5th Element and Fiction also appear. Of special note here is the name of Kavin Hoo, whose work always stands out as especially beautiful. The packaging is elegantly designed, as suits the music. The two-disc set is contained within in a kind of "trifold digipak" that folds out left and right with a tray for each disc. 29 tracks, and over 100 minutes of music."

A Voice in the Wilderness--Mannerist Motets of the Renaissance
Monteverdi, Wert, Lassus Gesualdo, Alexander Blachly, Pomerium
A Voice in the Wilderness--Mannerist Motets of the Renaissance
Label: Old Hall Recordings
Review by: Peter S.. - 1/5/2018 12:50 PM


"Based on reviews I've read on other sites, I'm sure this is a wonderful CD, and I would like to order it, but I am not spending 14 credits for something which is really only 14 tracks, NOT 14 discs! Check out CDBaby, where you can see a track list: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/pomerium2"

Classical Loon
Classical Loon, Various Artists
Classical Loon
Label: Northsound
Release Date: 8/22/1994
Review by: Jason G. (jasong). - 1/4/2018 9:36 PM


"On CD Sleeve: "Classical Loon is an artful blending of music in the classical style with the haunting calls of the loon". Listener Review: When I first put this CD on my wife and I had a laughing fit. But, we actually ended up enjoying the blend of classical music with the loon calls - it is relaxing back round music and my son went to sleep right away with it playing (good thing? bad thing?). The production is superb and the playing is playful and the loon calls are mixed in well as a whole. Bob Baldwin is the audio artist who recorded the loon calls live in their natural world - which is quite astounding that they turned out so well."

Sara Watkins
Sara Watkins
Sara Watkins
Label: Nonesuch
Original Release Date: 1/1/2009
Re-Release Date: 4/7/2009
Review by: Pam R.. - 1/4/2018 5:44 AM


"This is a great CD. I first heard Sara Watkins when she was with Nickel Creek, and she is just as impressive on her own. Beautiful voice, excellent fiddling, and wonderfully performed songs!"

Mountains
Lex Azevedo
Mountains
Label: Aubergine Records
Release Date: 2/14/1995
Review by: Jason G. (jasong). - 1/3/2018 12:04 PM


"Review from AllMusic: Having enjoyed a successful career as a producer, composer/arranger in Hollywood studios, Lex decided to make music to his own satisfaction. Mountains is music straight from the heart, inspired by his love of the Utah Wasatch Mountains. His keyboard compostions combine cuts of touching intimacy with a more driving, sophisticated, jazz orientation. Azevedo's piano and synthesizer work is complemented by violin, sax, cello, percussion, flute and clarinet. Review from listener: A very pleasant care-free listen. New Age instrumentals - that will work in any environment (deep meditation, or relaxing back round music while reading or working at the office). The linear notes contain stories about how each song was inspired - which are interesting to read while listening to the music. The production on the album is really well down - you can feel all the nuances of what Lex De Azevedo was going for. Track Listing: 1) Park City 2) Hart to Heart 3) Meadow 4) Jackson 5) Night in Bahia 6) Wildflowers 7) Dark of the Moon 8) Tahoe 9) November 1st 10) Black Diamond 11) The Mountain"

Merging With the Brook
Sui Vesan
Merging With the Brook
Label: World Village USA
Original Release Date: 1/1/2006
Re-Release Date: 1/10/2006
Review by: IC B. (icberry). - 1/3/2018 10:23 AM


"The second album by Czech-born singer/songwriter Sui Vesan is perhaps best described as the point of triangulation between Yma Sumac's transcendently odd jazz exotica, the art pop of Björk or Kate Bush, and the crosscultural vocal experiments of Anglo-Indian singer Sheila Chandra. Vesan sings in her own made-up language, "Tatlanina," and at times her vocals recall Chandra's vocal percussion technique. The arrangements, built on acoustic guitar lines played by Vesan's mono-named husband Rado, incorporate kalimba (the African thumb piano), South American-style wooden flutes, Middle Eastern rhythms, and other world music signifiers. However, Vesan is such a singular talent as a singer and arranger that Merging with the Brook doesn't come off as a mishmash of stolen ideas the way so many similar "worldbeat" albums do: rather than merely draping exotic skins over a basic framework of Anglo-American pop, Vesan twists pop conventions to her own end on bizarrely catchy songs like "Running Through the Hollow Tree." Merging with the Brook is a vivid example of unique creativity and an endlessly fascinating listen. -- allmusic"

Soul Jams
Various Artists
Soul Jams
Label: Spg Music
Original Release Date: 1/1/2007
Re-Release Date: 12/4/2008
Review by: Eric K. (SoulfulStuff). - 1/1/2018 7:24 PM


"This 2-disc 2006 Canadian set combines some well-known mainstream funk/soul hits from the 1970s and 1980s, with other less-familiar songs, including some Canadian talent largely unknown outside the country. DISC ONE CURTIS MAYFIELD Move On Up (3:56) WATTS 103RD ST RHYTHM BAND Express Yourself (3:51) MAZE/FRANKIE BEVERLY Before I Let Go (5:02) JEAN KNIGHT Mr. Big Stuff (2:45) BRAND NEW HEAVIES Never Stop (4:11) SOUL II SOUL Keep on Movin' (5:52) PPP Your Day Is Done (3:30) (Detroit's Platinum Pied Pipers) ERYKAH BADU On & On (3:46) D'ANGELO Brown Sugar (4:44) J'DAVEY No More (5:57) (L.A. duo, "The Black Eurythmics") DEBARGE Stay With Me (3:32) PATRICE RUSHEN Remind Me (5:13) KOOL & THE GANG Summer Madness (4:19) ISAAC HAYES The Look of Love (3;17) DISC TWO AL GREEN Love & Happiness (5:01) MARVIN GAYE Inner City Blues (5:26) STAPLE SINGERS I'll Take You There (4:20) IVANA SANTILLI Lonely Lullaby (3:36) (Toronto singer, 1999) SUNSHINE ANDERSON Heard It All Before (4:51) CHRIS "HOMINY MANCHILD" ROUSE Majik (4:22) (Canadian, 2000) DWELE Find a Way (4:06) (Detroit singer, 2003, Billboard Soul #42) BIG BLACK LINCOLN Rock n' Roll (3:15) (Canadian hip-hop, 2006) DONALD BYRD (Fallin' Like) Dominoes (4:09) FAZE-O Riding High (5:17) INDIA ARIE Brown Skin (4:57) DARONDO Didn't I (3:25) (San Fran area singer, used in "Breaking Bad") OHIO PLAYERS Ecstasy (2:20) ROY AYERS Everybody Loves the Sunshine (3:57)"

...all this time
Sting
...all this time
Label: A&M
Original Release Date: 1/1/2001
Re-Release Date: 11/20/2001
Review by: Jeff V. (ElJefe). - 1/1/2018 9:33 AM


"Solid live album including the hits and some forgotten gems. Kind of a subdued atmosphere since it's right after 9/11, but the performance is top notch."

Sounds of Aborigine
Didgeridoo
Sounds of Aborigine
Label: Nesak International
Release Date: 4/16/1995
Review by: Kevin G. (kkg-ct). - 1/1/2018 8:57 AM


"Very interesting and a very solid find for the world music collection. I have enjoyed the didgeridoo as an element of World and experimental works and wanted some undiluted real. This is solid without ornamentation for effects. If your tastes run to the elemental components of hypnotic movement and percussive, great stuff.....if a studio polish type looking a for a taste of World , start with Ravi and the Sitar. Want some fun?, mix a little sitar, bagpipe , and didgeridoo, a fallen empire sampler."

Down by the Sea - A Collection of British Folk Songs
Blossom Street, Hilary Campbell
Down by the Sea - A Collection of British Folk Songs
Label: Naxos
Release Date: 7/30/2013
Review by: Kevin G. (kkg-ct). - 1/1/2018 8:49 AM


"Toughest kind of review, content very good, just not what I expected. This is first and foremost a chorale selection regards British Folk Songs. The production its well done if contrary to "folk" , too much polish. If I was familiar with the song diction of British folk songs the lyrical content would have been more clear to me. A practiced ear for choral will enjoy since quite good."

Wild Thing
Fancy
Wild Thing
Label: Collectables
Original Release Date: 1/1/2006
Re-Release Date: 3/14/2006
Review by: Eric K. (SoulfulStuff). - 12/31/2017 10:09 PM


"This British group from the 1970s had two top 20 American hits, both in 1974: "Wild Thing," the Troggs/Hendrix classic, hit #14, and the follow-up, an original called "Touch Me," reached #19. The two hits racked up a combined 27 weeks on the Hot 100. The band were essentially UK studio musicians fronted by singer Annie Kavanagh. This is a reissue of the group's first LP, issued here in the USA on Big Tree records at the time. Like many Collectables reissues, this one is minus any meaningful liner notes, etc. You get the music but not much more. Besides the hits, the original "Between the Devil and Me" sounds a lot like Brit pop from about eight years later...think Bow Wow Wow or Adam & the Ants. And there's a worthwhile version of the Leiber/Stoller oldie "I'm a Woman" (Peggy Lee, 1963 & Maria Muldaur, 1975). Kavanagh's vampy vocals and some serious guitar work make the overall effort convincing more often than not. In 1989, the track "Feel Good" was sampled by the Beastie Boys on "Paul's Boutique." Oddly, Fancy didn't chart anything at all in their native England. One additional LP was released but it yielded no further hits and that was it. Guess that makes them a "two-hit wonder.""

Heavy meadow
Dean Magraw
Heavy meadow
Label: Acoustic Music
Review by: IC B. (icberry). - 12/31/2017 9:40 PM


"Acoustic Music; Compositions for solo guitar. From joyful steel string frolics to moody nylon string musings, Dean Magraw examines the emotional landscape of the solo guitar. Sample: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CucClvUOCaE"

The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions
Howlin' Wolf
The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions
Label: Chess
Release Date: 11/22/1994
Review by: Paul S. (spokes). - 12/31/2017 1:01 PM


"I have this on vinyl from 1974 and I still listen to it regularly. Just great rocking blues."

Kisses on the Bottom: Deluxe
Paul McCartney
Kisses on the Bottom: Deluxe
Label: Pid
Release Date: 2/14/2012
Review by: Myles M.. - 12/24/2017 4:00 AM


"What an amazing CD! Sir Paul did this one for his daddy, is my understanding, and he did his papa proud with this collection. Paul has always had an affinity for this style of music, and he absolutely shines here."

As Good As It Gets
Various Artists
As Good As It Gets
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
Release Date: 3/1/2008
Review by: Sirry D. (SirryD). - 12/20/2017 5:41 PM


"I loved the film and I enjoy the soundtrack. Favorite is Art Garfunkel singing Always Look On the Bright Side of Life, which closes out the film. Also all 13 track titles are printed right on the disk!"

Cheap Thrills
Janis Joplin, Big Brother & the Holding Company
Cheap Thrills
Label: Columbia
Review by: Otheriver W. (Otheriver). - 12/19/2017 10:08 PM


"Track list: 1. Combination Of The Two 2. I Need A Man To Love 3. Summertime 4. Piece Of My Heart 5. Turtle Blues 6. Oh, Sweet Mary 7. Ball And Chain"

Ignite & Rebuild
Life in Your Way
Ignite & Rebuild
Label: Indianola Records
Release Date: 6/7/2005
Review by: Shane C. (Trippie). - 12/16/2017 9:43 AM


"Reading the review from the guy below claiming these guys are better than Hate breed is blasphemy and laughable!!! Where is "Life In Your Way" today? Where are "Hatebreed"? Do you want to compare the 2 bands resumes? That's what I thought. Life in your way is exactly that. In the way. Glad they pulled over and let the good bands pass them by."