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The Guess Who - Greatest Hits
The Guess Who - Greatest Hits
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5.0 out of 5 stars Burton Cummings was Certainly an Underrated Vocalist!!!, February 14, 2006
When one mentions the best rock singers of all time, how come Burton Cummings' name doesn't come up? All the evidence exists on this disc that he was one hell of a singer, delivering some of the greatest vocals to some of the greatest songs ever. Perhaps because The Guess Who was seen as a Top 40 group has kept him from his due? Let's start with one of the top three songs ever put to tape, "These Eyes." This masterpiece has all the ingredients of a timeless song - moving bass line, masterful strings, catchy rhythm, and the pained vocal stylings of Burton. Elsewhere, he shines on "Undun," "No Time," and elevates the standard "American Woman" to legendary, something that Lenny Kravitz had no chance of doing. Kudos to the compilers of this for going with the full length version of "American Woman" - the intro is absolutely essential to its impact. I don't forsee The Guess Who ever making it to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but let's at least recognize one of the greatest voices in rock and letting these timeless tunes wash over us in AM ecstasy!!
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Now That's What I Call Music! 19
Now That's What I Call Music! 19
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Contains some of the best songs of 2005!, February 2, 2006
Most NOW compilations are hit and miss affairs (more often miss than hit), but NOW 19 has the distinction of having four of the best songs of 2005, regardless of your taste in music. Obviously, "Hollaback Girl" was unavoidable in 2005, and it had the added benefit of teaching everyone how to spell "Bananas." The second song of note was "1 Thing" by Amerie. Rich Harrison sampled the most amazing drum break of the year from The Meters and it elevated this song above so much other R&B. John Legend's "Ordinary People" was excellent in its simple piano and real life lyrics about relationships. And finally, the song of the year, whether you're tired of it or not, had to be "Feel Good, Inc." by the Gorillaz. It combined so many different elements into absolute musical perfection. These four songs, plus a few good others, make NOW 19 an essential purchase for anyone trying to feel the pulse of music in 2005.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Greed Will Cost the Record Company Money!!, January 23, 2006
This review is from: Madagascar (Audio CD)
Like virtually everyone who saw the movie, I came out humming "I Like To Move It," as did my seven year old son. But when I went to itunes to try to download the song, I discovered that you had to buy the entire album to get that song!! Since I had most of the other songs, and the album was only 31 minutes long, I passed. I borrowed the CD from the library and got the song I was after. This way, the greedy record company won't get one dime from me! First off, the soundtrack should have included some of the hilarious penguin dialogue, thus making the album longer. The individual songs should have been available on itunes. If the record company had done that, every parent in America would have downloaded "I Like To Move It," generating some serious revenue for the record company. But no, they had to get greedy and shoot themselves in the foot, once again. When will these corporate shills learn to give people what they want?
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The Best of Sade
The Best of Sade
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5.0 out of 5 stars A No-Brainer Superior Greatest Hits!!, January 6, 2006
This review is from: The Best of Sade (Audio CD)
Too often, the problem with many greatest hits albums is that they leave off crucial tracks, thus forcing people to buy the original albums that they may not want. Most people buying a greatest hits compilation just want the essentials, and in that case, this CD succeeds stupendously. Each of their four albums is given generous representation, and the CD is well over 70 minutes of excellence. Though Sade has been unfortunately lumped in with the reprehensible "smooth jazz" crowd, their music is so much more. Take "Is It A Crime" for instance. The song was recorded live in one take, and is purely organic and totally haunting. Who can't relate to the emotions expressed in this song when one has gone through a breakup? Though many of these songs are now 20 years old, they have lost none of their appeal, sound amazing, and show why Sade still has a career ahead of them.

Dub Reggae Essentials
Dub Reggae Essentials
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5.0 out of 5 stars You May Need Medical Attention From Nodding So Much!!, November 16, 2005
This review is from: Dub Reggae Essentials (Audio CD)
Seriously, this compilation brings the bass and head bobbing of the best dub reggae. For 66 minutes, you too can bob along to the masters of this art form, from the architect, King Tubby, to his offspring (Scientist, Dillinger, etc.). There's a great reworking of the classic "Night Nurse," as well as a modern updating of two Black Uhuru tracks, pulling dub into the 21st century. If you happen to think that P. Diddy invented the remix, you should first slap yourself, and then get this compilation to further your musical education.

King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown Deluxe Edition
King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown Deluxe Edition
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Is Where It All Started!!!, November 11, 2005
Those who like hip hop, techno, or any other musical development of the last quarter century would do well to acquaint themselves with this masterpiece. This is where remixing began and no one has done it better than King Tubby in the ensuing years. Able to reduce a song down to its core elements and still make it utterly mesmerizing, Tubby paved the way for virtually all modern music. This is an album to play at maximum volume, while the bass and the groove wash over you with that perfect riddim. You can't call yourself a connoisseur of music without getting inside this rhythmic beast.

Taxi - The Complete Third Season
Taxi - The Complete Third Season
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comedies are Supposed to Make You Actually LAUGH!!!, September 27, 2005
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As a kid, I would stay up late to watch reruns of "Taxi," all the while having to stifle my laughter so I wouldn't wake anyone up. It seems obvious, but a good barometer of a comedy is how much you laugh, and "Taxi" does that better than just about any series in history. I found myself watching this box set and laughing hysterically (in the middle of the day thankfully) at things I had seen many times before. If people are wondering why the sitcom has seemingly hit rock bottom, just take a look at the exquisite writing on this show for some pointers!

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2.0 out of 5 stars Where is the Yam Who Remix????, August 23, 2005
This review is from: Somersault (Audio CD)
If you look at the "Somersault" CD single on itunes, it has an amazing 8:24 remix by Yam Who. If that remix is on this CD single, then it definitely deserves 4 or 5 stars. If it's not available on the CD, get yourself to itunes immediately and download this baby. Yam Who takes what was a good song and elevates it into the stratosphere with dynamite percussion, haunting organ, and sweet strings. It is truly an experience not to be missed!!!
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Magic Time
Magic Time
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Van is now in a League All His Own!, June 22, 2005
This review is from: Magic Time (Audio CD)
A decade ago, Van was keeping company with Neil Young and Bob Dylan, two other legends who released consistently amazing work and were still fairly prolific, despite their ages. Since then, Dylan and Young have released new music sporadically (missing muses?), while Van has continued to release regular, high quality music. Who else has released virtually an album every single year since 1968 of worthy stuff? Nobody!! "Magic Time" continues that longstanding tradition. Van usually has the same kinds of songs on each album (a couple romantic numbers, a couple with Irish imagery, a couple of rants against the music industry, etc.), but he keeps these styles sounding fresh. Many have commented on his diatribes against the industry and the invasion of his privacy. I would be curious to learn more about this, since Van is not exactly Britney Spears, and probably does not have photographers rummaging through his garbage :)

Of final note on this collection is the guitar playing of Foggy Lyttle, who is singled out in the liner notes since he died shortly after this was recorded. I noticed the tasty guitar before I read these notes, so this recording is a fitting tribute to a wonderful musician. In response to a previous reviewer, perhaps Van will have an anti-Starbucks rant on his next album, about his music being sold by a corporate behemoth? What exactly rhymes with "espresso?"

The Offspring Greatest Hits
The Offspring Greatest Hits
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still Room to Spare!, June 22, 2005
As Der Kommisar previously mentioned, a couple of their big radio hits were not present on this compilation. Since the disc itself is only 50 minutes long, they seemingly easily could have added these two songs with room to spare. However, that minor quibble aside, there is a treasure trove of great songs here. Unlike many modern bands who make their songs too long to prove they have "depth," The Offspring usually stick to three or four minute tunes, which heightens their impact. Having heard most of their albums over the years, they are a band best served by a compilation like this. The cover of The Police's "Next To You" that's tacked on at the end of the last song is a nice treat, also. Bottom line: If you're headed out the door to drive somewhere, make sure you have this CD with you and a powerful amp in your car, because LOUD is what it calls for!!!

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