Newest CD/Album Reviews

Same
Same
Label: XXX
Review by: ERIK E. (Kadath). - 8/21/2017 5:10 PM


"This is a band called Notorious (1990) fronted by Sean Harris (vocals) of Diamond Head and guitarist Robin George. TRACK LISTING 1 - The Swalk 2 - This Night 3 - You Need More 4 - Arrianne 5 - Losing You 6 - Radio Silence 7 - Eyes Of The World 8 - Touch 9 - Love Fades 10 - I Believe In You"

Guitar By The Sea
John Foley
Guitar By The Sea
Label: Sunshine Mountian
Review by: IC B. (icberry). - 8/18/2017 7:44 PM


"Just to clarify -- as an Amazon reviewer explained it: There is another audio cd titled Guitar By the Sea by NatureQuest that is sometimes confused with this cd. The NatureQuest cd contains "15 tracks, this cd has 9 tracks. The cd is very soothing, with gentle guitar strings playing against the soft background of ocean waves..." A very nice recording. On Majestic Moods; Sunshine Mountain Productions. From 1998."

Original Movie Themes (Box Set) - CASABLANCA, WIZARD OF OZ, GONE WITH THE WIND, A.M.O.
Louis Armstrong, Wizard of Oz, Glenn Miller, Alexander's Ragtime Band
Original Movie Themes (Box Set) - CASABLANCA, WIZARD OF OZ, GONE WITH THE WIND, A.M.O.
Label: Membran
Release Date: 6/10/2008
Review by: Kevin G. (kkg-ct). - 8/17/2017 9:24 PM


"Very pleased with the scope and content. A number of 1930's and 1940's cuts direct from the soundtracks off the films. A mixed blessing , If a MOVIE person the cuts are straight soundtrack with the over production and dead on appeal as heard in the movie. If MUSIC, well the mix is a bit rich and fast. Full studio orchestras glam up straight forward musical numbers. A mix of MGM, Warner Brothers and a smattering of others with a wealth of Shirley Temple, but also incidental Music from Casablanca (PURE GOLD) including Bogart dialog on all the gin joints in all the towns....for me worth the price of admission alone....and Lena Horne, Ethel Waters from Cabin in the Sky very underrated musical that shines nova bright. Young Lena and world weary Casabance Rick....oh my.....read all the contents and guaranteed you will find gold."

Windsongs: Korean Wind Instrument Bamboo Flute Iron String Zither Ocarina Music by Kim Young Dong
Windsongs: Korean Wind Instrument Bamboo Flute Iron String Zither Ocarina Music by Kim Young Dong
Review by: IC B. (icberry). - 8/17/2017 1:14 AM


"This orginal music by Korean artist Kim Young Dong is traditional in spirit but modern in execution. Showcasing the simple wind instrument called the "Hun", known elsewhere as a kind of ocarina, it has eight holes, not five, which makes a much wider range of notes available to it. "The Hun has the unique quality of sounding like both the wind, and the earth," writes Kim Young Dong, of the tiny instrument. Other musical instruments featured here are the iron-stringed Kumongo, a kind of zither, played with both a stick and a roller, the Quena, actually a Peruvian instrument very like the Korean upright bamboo flute known as the Tanso, and the Tapo, a wooden instrument a little like a Marimba, various other traditional percussion instruments and the Tageum, a bamboo flute. The tracks are instrumental, although wordless vocals are introduced occasionally almost as another kind of "sound" as well. Electronics and electric guitars are included: this is no dry "field recording", but rather an exploration of traditional forms from the mind of a contemporary artist. This is a dreamy fantasy on traditional music. The liner notes, in Korean and English, provide background about these original pieces, but my favorite comment explains in an extremely straight-faced way that on one track, "one may hear the sound of the wind" -- created by the swinging of a garden hose! A very interesting and pleasing recording."

Celtic Christmas II
Kevin Burke; Michael O Domhnaill, Maighread Ni Dhomhnaill
Celtic Christmas II
Label: Windham Hill Records
Release Date: 9/17/1996
Review by: IC B. (icberry). - 8/16/2017 10:24 PM


"A lovely Windham Hill sampler, with -- as has been noted -- apparently nothing whatsoever to do with Christmas. Points to the label for the major marketing-ploy that cost nothing but a snowy picture and the word "Christmas" in the title, but let's lay that aside for the moment. There's no denying this is a beautiful record, produced by no less than Michael O Domhnaill himself. The credentials are impeccible here, and the music is authentic -- though not "traditional", full of warmth and delicately rendered. The mood is gentle, here. So ignore the title if you're imagining the worst (pennywhistle renditions of O Little Town of Bethlehem? no) and just enjoy it for the serenity in the music: after all, you'll be enjoying Maighread Ni Dhomhnaill's beautiful voice, James Galway's flute, the close harmonies of Nightnoise and more in the same gentle mood besides. Or hold it for December anyhow: this record could very easily become entwined with your own traditions, even if there isn't a Christmas Carol in sight, here. Very well worth having for the beauty of the music and the mood of Ireland -- recommended."

Kraak
Psychick Warriors Ov Gaia
Kraak
Label: Kk Records Belgium
Release Date: 5/1/1995
Review by: IC B. (icberry). - 8/16/2017 10:06 PM


"This is PWOG....sinister downtempo music. AKA Psychick Warriors Ov Gaia, they have also been known as known as Thee Disciples ov Gaia and Sluagh Ghairm. Described as a "mysterious formation from Holland" (Tilburg), this group specializes in blends of deep techno, subtle trance and ambient soundscapes. The group has included Bobby Reiner, Boris Hiesserer, Joris Hilckmann, Reinier Brekelmans, Reinoud van den Broek, Robbert Heynen (eXquisite CORpsE) and Tim Freeman. From AllMusic: "Just as lighthearted ambient house began to hit the mainstream in the early '90s, Psychick Warriors Ov Gaia foreshadowed a move to sinister downtempo music, more influenced by Coil and Psychic TV than the Orb. The Dutch group's shadowy nature and lack of connection to the close-knit dance community mystified some (their live shows were often performed behind large screens), but the band's sound -- organic tribal-trance with an understated use of samples -- became quite influential, as many groups mirrored the move to darker rhythms later in the decade." read more from AllMusic, here: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/psychick-warriors-ov-gaia-mn0000320221/biography"

Live on Planet Earth
Neville Brothers
Live on Planet Earth
Label: A&M
Original Release Date: 4/19/1994
Release Date: 4/19/1994
Review by: Marie L.. - 8/16/2017 12:00 PM


"This is a great example of the Neville Brothers music. I did enjoy it and did a little dancing to it. They all shine on this cd and it reminded me of the concerts I went to see them. Just close your eyes and your in New Orleans for a moment."

Three Snakes & One Charm
Black Crowes
Three Snakes & One Charm
Label: Sony
Original Release Date: 1/1/1996
Re-Release Date: 8/11/1998
Review by: David P. (heepster). - 8/13/2017 6:32 PM


"My favorite Crowes album. They just wrote great songs and knew how to present it perfectly."

Cheap Trick - The Greatest Hits
Cheap Trick
Cheap Trick - The Greatest Hits
Label: Sony
Original Release Date: 10/1/1991
Release Date: 10/1/1991
Review by: David P. (heepster). - 8/13/2017 6:30 PM


"If you're not a die hard fan this is the only Cheap Trick disc you'll need. Good from start to finish. Not a bad song on it."

Ted Nugent
Ted Nugent
Ted Nugent
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
Release Date: 11/30/2011
Review by: David P. (heepster). - 8/13/2017 6:29 PM


"the bonus tracks give this version an extra star."

Close to the Edge
Yes
Close to the Edge
Label: Atlantic
Original Release Date: 1/1/1972
Re-Release Date: 8/16/1994
Review by: David P. (heepster). - 8/13/2017 6:28 PM


"My favorite Yes album. I cannot put this on without listening all the way through."

Gaia
Kurt Riemann
Gaia
Label: Nightwork
Review by: IC B. (icberry). - 8/12/2017 6:41 PM


""Kurt Riemann's latest work is a musical homage to the planet, seen as a living being who "...is all around us, giving and sustaining life...always maintaining the balance necessary for the survival of her creatures." The 14 short tracks are like musical snapshots of different geographical areas and aspects of the planetary process. From the gradual unfoldment of the opener "Dawn" to the elegaic final track "Apotheosis," we are led through spaces that are by turns beautiful, murky, powerful, and serene. Kurt Riemann's background in classical music is everywhere evident, as he skillfully orchestrates each piece, many of them so full of subtle details and structural developments that it is hard to believe they are only three or four minutes long. World music touches abound, as on the visionary "The Dreaming," where the trance-like drone of the dijeridoo summons us into another dimension, or on "Bali/Cicada" with its galloping gamelan rhythms. "Mind in the Waves" features gradual piano crescendos that climax in a wash of breaking waves, while "Dance" explores complex disjointed rhythms, with crashing gongs, stinging sequencer patterns, and Middle Eastern melodic fragments. The centerpiece of the album is "Arctic Light: Spring, Summer, Autumn," a space music tour-de-force, resplendent with shimmering synthesizer flurries, modulated drones, and starry sound effects. Elsewhere, looming cellos, swooning violins, thundering tympani and delicate bells add to the melange of moods and atmospheres, fleshing out the picture of the "larger nature" that connects all the creatures of the planet. Gaia is not easy-listening background music, but is a mature multi-faceted work full of treasures for those willing to give it their attention." (Allmusic)"

Bernstein Conducts Candide
Leonard Bernstein, London Symphony Orchestra, Adolph Green, Christa Ludwig, Della Jones, Jerry Hadley, June Anderson, Kurt Ollmann, Nicolai Gedda
Bernstein Conducts Candide
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 4/15/1997
Review by: Nate G.. - 8/10/2017 12:21 AM


"wish"

Glenn Gould - The Composer
Glenn Gould, Nicolas Rivenq, Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, Claron McFadden, Harry van der Kamp, Marie-Therese Keller, Emile Naoumoff, Gilles Apap, Gerard Causse, Alain Meunier
Glenn Gould - The Composer
Label: Sony Classical
Original Release Date: 1/1/1992
Re-Release Date: 10/6/1992
Review by: Nate G.. - 8/10/2017 12:11 AM


"wish"

Jelly's Last Jam (1992 Original Broadway Cast)
Jelly Roll Morton, Susan Birkenhead, Luther Henderson, Gregory Hines
Jelly's Last Jam (1992 Original Broadway Cast)
Label: Decca Broadway
Original Release Date: 9/22/1992
Re-Release Date: 6/14/1994
Review by: Nate G.. - 8/9/2017 10:35 PM


"wish"

Man of La Mancha: A Decca Broadway Original Cast Album (Original 1965 Broadway Cast)
Mitch Leigh, Joe Darion, Richard Kiley, Joan Diener
Man of La Mancha: A Decca Broadway Original Cast Album (Original 1965 Broadway Cast)
Label: Decca Broadway
Original Release Date: 1/1/1966
Re-Release Date: 3/6/2001
Review by: Nate G.. - 8/9/2017 10:33 PM


"wish"

Guys & Dolls: A Decca Broadway Original Cast Recording (1950 Original Broadway Cast)
Frank Loesser
Guys & Dolls: A Decca Broadway Original Cast Recording (1950 Original Broadway Cast)
Label: Decca Broadway
Original Release Date: 1/1/1950
Re-Release Date: 6/27/2000
Review by: Nate G.. - 8/9/2017 10:28 PM


"wish"

Playlist: The Very Best Of Gretchen Wilson
Gretchen Wilson
Playlist: The Very Best Of Gretchen Wilson
Label: Sony Legacy
Release Date: 1/31/2012
Review by: K. K. (GAMER2012). - 8/7/2017 2:36 PM


"It only had one song I liked on it."

Kneel at the Cross
Various Artists
Kneel at the Cross
Label: Sparrow / Emd
Original Release Date: 1/1/2007
Re-Release Date: 7/31/2007
Review by: Angela C.. - 8/6/2017 3:05 PM


"Absolutely love it can't beat the old time country Gospel"

Live From Las Vegas: The Las Vegas Centennial Collection
Live From Las Vegas: The Las Vegas Centennial Collection
Review by: Scott C. (scotso). - 8/6/2017 9:41 AM


"1. I'M SHOOTING HIGH NAT KING COLE 2. EVERYBODY LOVES SOMEBODY DEAN MARTIN 3. MACK THE KNIFE BOBBY DARIN 4. BIG SPENDER PEGGY LEE 5. I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU FRANK SINATRA 6. TOO MARVELOUS FOR WORDS LOUIS PRIMA 7. I CAN'T GET STARTED NANCY WILSON 8. I'VE GOT THE WORLD ON A STRING WAYNE NEWTON 9. YOU'RE NOBODY 'TIL SOMEBODY LOVES YOU BOBBY DARIN 10. I'VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN KEELY SMITH 11. ARE YOU HAVIN' ANY FUN? TONY BENNETT & COUNT BASIE 12. MR. WONDERFUL DEAN MARTIN"

Playlist: The Very Best of Bad Company
Bad Company
Playlist: The Very Best of Bad Company
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
Release Date: 2/19/2016
Review by: Tracy B. (TracyB). - 8/5/2017 5:16 PM


"This is LIVE music, not impressed."

Footloose: Music From the Motion Picture
Various Artists
Footloose: Music From the Motion Picture
Label: Atlantic
Original Release Date: 1/1/2011
Re-Release Date: 9/27/2011
Review by: Russell B. (Slim). - 8/3/2017 5:56 PM


"The new version of Footloose was nice. as were Lets hear it for the boy and Almost Paradise. I had high hope for Holding out for a Hero since I love the original but the slower version was a bit disappointing. Did like new Fade ID song and Dance the night away."

Harmony of Discord
The Destro
Harmony of Discord
Label: Ironclad Recordings
Original Release Date: 1/1/2009
Re-Release Date: 10/6/2009
Review by: Shane C. (Trippie). - 7/27/2017 3:18 PM


"I'll never understand why talented musicians settle for very mediocre vocalists which is the case here. I'm hard pressed to even call this guy mediocre as he can't even scream that well. Do yourself a favor and pass on these guys..."

Great Opera Melody
Mantovani
Great Opera Melody
Label: London
Release Date: 10/25/1990
Review by: Scott C. (scotso). - 7/23/2017 6:13 PM


"although this is listed as "orchestra" this is the true songs of Mantovani. My dad could tell right away. And you can tell, by the label, London/Decca"

Living years
Mike & the Mechanics
Living years
Label: Import
Review by: K. K. (GAMER2012). - 7/22/2017 4:42 AM


"It had one song I liked and the rest of it sucked!"