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John Conlee - 20 Greatest Hits
John Conlee - 20 Greatest Hits
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny, June 10, 2002
The title says it all. From "Rose Colored Glasses" to "Old School", and everything in between this collection captures John Conlee at his best. Other great songs include the Harlam Howard penned "Busted" as well as autobiographical songs such as "Common Man." "Lady Lay Down", "Back Side of Thirty", and "Friday Night Blues" are all great songs as well. This is one of those collections that I can listen to without skipping a single track. If you come across it or find someone selling it do not hesitate to pick it up.

Part II
Part II
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better sophomore effort, June 19, 2001
This review is from: Part II (Audio CD)
Brad Paisley picks up with "Part II" where "Who Needs Pictures" left off. The albums are linked perfectly with the ending chords of "The Garden" from "Who Needs Pictures" and flows right into the opener "Two Feet of Topsoil", which is about a man who didn't think he could feel any lower but feels like he's sunk lower than that when his former lover is clearly in love with somebody else. "I'm Gonna Miss Her" is about a man who is forced to choose between his woman and fishing and he chooses fishing. It was written by Paisley and producer Frank Rogers. Alan Jackson had a chance to cut it but held off and Paisley cut it for this record. "Part Two" is written by Paisley and freguent cowriter Kelley Lovelace (writers on Paisley's hit "He Didn't Have to Be") and the song expresses the wish that love could be like Hollywood movies in that the best relationships should have sequals or second chances to work out. "Wrapped Around" deals with a man who can't live without his significant other so it's time to put a ring on her finger. "Two People Fell in Love" is another top ten hit for Paisley and is pretty self-explanatory. "Come on Over Tonight" is written by Paisley and fellow country singer Chely Wright and is about a stubborn man who finally is ready to say those three magic words that he swore he'd never say. "Too Country" is a collaboration with George Jones, Bill Anderson, and Buck Owens. It deals with the country lifestyle and not so much the traditional style of country music that "Murder on Music Row" promotes. There is also an instrumental ("Munster Rag") and a live accoustic track ("The Old Rugged Cross) recorded at the Grand Ole Opry last December included in this 13 track album. Another very traditional sounding record by Mr. Paisley which may help spark a revival in traditional country music. Lyrics are included in the booklet and are also found at Paisley's website ... for those who love lyrics. It's a great all-around album by a great all-around entertainer.

Best of Van Halen, Vol. 1
Best of Van Halen, Vol. 1
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could be better, May 18, 2001
The guys should have stuck with the original idea of releasing a 2-disc compilation. For those not familiar with Van Halen's music, this serves as an excellent sampler of some of their best music. From the Roth era, "You Really Got Me", "Beautiful Girls", "Everybody Wants Some", "I'll Wait", "Top Jimmy", "Take Your Whiskey Home", and their version of "Oh Pretty Woman" would have been nice additions to a double-disc collection. As far as the Hagar era is concerned, "Love Walks In", "Best of Both Worlds", "Cabo Wabo", "Finish What Ya Started", "Top of the World", "Runaround", and "Not Enough" would be nice additions. Having said that, what is included can't be argued with. Hits such as "Jump" and "Panama" helped make "1984" one of their best-selling albums. Every album had at least one track included on this collection with the exception of "Diver Down." Regardless of what happened to cause Sammy Hagar to leave Van Halen, it's nice to see "Humans Being" from the Twister soundtrack included. "Right Now" is one of the most memorable songs Sammy has sang and he's been around for roughly 30 years. If you have everything Van Halen has put out you might want to avoid this collection or just buy it for completion purposes and to have many of their best tracks on one album. It's a great introduction for those wanting to get acquainted with their music.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Should be Called Evolution But They Already Used That Title, May 3, 2001
This review is from: Arrival (Audio CD)
In terms of the sound it's not an evolution but the fact remains; Steve Perry is gone and things change. Some may forget that Perry wasn't with the group for the first few albums.
Arrival is a solid album and better than Trial By Fire. Steve Augeri's voice is smoother than Perry's voice, which was rough on the last album. There are 15 tracks and the running time is 73 minutes, 58 seconds. "Higher Place" has received airplay on the rock radio formats and the second single, "All The Way", is getting airplay on soft rock formats. It might beome this album's version of "When You Love a Woman" in that it may become an adult contempory favorite. Other good tracks include "Livin' to Do", "World Gone Wild", "Live and Breathe", and "Lifetime of Dreams" which all range from classic Journey arena rock to more of a progressive rock sound. Lyrics are included in the booklet.

Set This Circus Down
Set This Circus Down
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Circus is just getting started, April 24, 2001
This review is from: Set This Circus Down (Audio CD)
Multi-platinum country superstar Tim McGraw returns with his latest Curb Records release "Set This Circus Down." "Grown Men Don't Cry" continues to climb up the chart. It examines a man's perspective of different situations that make him cry because of both sadness and happiness. "Things Change" is an advocate for country music in that it says it doesn't matter what today's country sounds like when compared to that of the past because it's just good music and it's changed. Faith Hill assists her husband with background vocals on "Angry All The Time", which is a pleasant departure from their normal sappy ballads. "Angel Boy" is about a boy who goes astray and wonders if he can be forgiven. That song has some good guitar work. "Let Me Love You" is a Spanish-influenced song in the style of Ricky Martin about a man who wants the opportunity to show a woman what he has to offer. "Set This Circus Down", the title track, is simply about settling down. All in all, Tim McGraw does another fabulous job of selecting songs people can relate to. For those who love lyrics, they are included in the booklet. "Set This Circus Down" is Tim McGraw's best album to date.
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Steers & Stripes
Steers & Stripes
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music for everybody, April 18, 2001
This review is from: Steers & Stripes (Audio CD)
There's something here for everybody on Brooks & Dunn's Seventh studio album and ninth overall with "Steers & Stripes." "Only in America" may be cliched but it's still a typical Brooks & Dunn opening track as it is very upbeat. Ronnie Dunn demonstrates the range of his voice in this track as well. "The Long Goodbye" will tug at the heartstrings as it's about a couple hanging on but not knowing why. It's about delaying the inevitable. The David Lee Murphy penned "Last Thing I Do" is another upbeat track and is similar to "Six Days on the Road" in that it's a trucker song about a man who can't wait to get home to his significant other. The Spanish-flavored "My Heart is Lost to You" offers a different style of music that's a departure from Brooks & Dunn's normal honky-tonk style of country music. "Go West" finds Kix Brooks singing about a yearning to leave with his significant other and heading out west. "Good Girls Go to Heaven" is yet another upbeat fun song. The title is self-explanatory. "When She's Gone, She's Gone" is another heart-wrenching song and Kix delivers the song with a lot of emotion in his voice. "Ain't Nothing 'Bout You" has been climbing up the charts and may become their next number one. Overall this 14 track collection has a little of everything found in today's country music genre. Lyrics are not included in the booklet but it says they can be found at Brooks & Dunn's official website.

Say No More
Say No More
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clay at the top of his game, March 31, 2001
This review is from: Say No More (Audio CD)
Clay Walker issues his sixth studio album and seventh overall with "Say No More" and it seems the material is more of a bittersweet nature than that found on his previous effort "Live, Laugh, Love." "She's Easy to Hold" is the most traditional sounding of the 11 cuts on this album. Walker's cover of "La Bamba" is excellent. The title track, "Say No More", is a bittersweet tale of a woman who wants to end a relationship but she doesn't want to hurt the man's feelings. He knows what she's been pondering so he tells her to "say no more" as he wants to make it easier on both her and himself. "Cound I Ask You Not to Dance" is sort of along the same lines as the aforementioned track. The man is heartbroken and seeing his ex having a good time is hard on him so he wants her to hold off her dancing activities until he's left. "I Love It" is about a man who is in love with a not so conservative woman. "Real" is the kind of ballad you would expect from Walker and it's probably my favorite song on the album along with the title track. "You Deliver Me" is another ballad that finds Walker putting all his heart and passion into the vocals. This is a great album and don't be discouraged by the fact that Byron Gallimore (helped produce the not-so-country Faith Hill album "Breathe") is one of the producers on this record discourage anybody from giving this album a listen because it's excellent.

Jukebox Heroes: The Foreigner Anthology
Jukebox Heroes: The Foreigner Anthology
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the only retrospective any Foreigner fan needs, March 24, 2001
Some may call this anthology redundant but I disagree and here's why:
First off, not only does it cover the hits like "The Very Best and Beyond" and "Records" did in their respective times of release, but it also collects the hits those compilations missed. In addition many great album tracks are thrown in and let's not forget the solo work of Lou Gramm and Mick Jones as well as the Spooky Tooth songs. This anthology captures the essense of Foreinger from its preconception clear through to the two songs from their last studio album "Mr. Moonlight."
Enclosing, if you already have all the studio albums you may either want to steer clear of this since there's nothing (from Foreigner anyway) here that you don't already have. If anything one may pick it up for completion purposes or to have all their most recognized and best work on a more compact two cd collection so there's no need to switch between their eight studio albums for certain songs. If you haven't listened to Foreigner than this serves as a perfect introduction and thorough sampler of their work.

Hybrid Theory
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Transcends a few genres of music, December 18, 2000
This review is from: Hybrid Theory (Audio CD)
First off, I have to agree with Dudemandustin's review in that this cd appeals to both alternative and rap music fans. There are elements of industrial rock as well, but the combination of a vocalist and a rapper is unique and works well for Linkin Park's sound. Track 1 is an excellent opening track which leads into the radio hit (which also appears on the Dracula 2000 soundtrack) "One Step Closer." I also prefer the heavier stuff but even the rap stuff is good and those who prefer rap will probably like the later songs better but they are all great. I hope this is only the beginning and their sophomore effort and future releases are as good, if not better.

Mr Moonlight
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Until the end of play, December 18, 2000
This review is from: Mr Moonlight (Audio CD)
This cd is rather hard to find but well worth it if you're a Foreigner fan and you come across it. This is one of those albums you can just put in your cd player and just leave it. There really isn't a bad song. My personal favorites are "Until the End of Time", "Hand on My Heart", "Rain", and "Running the Risk." It's a shame this album didn't get much recognition when it was first released in '95. It was probably a combination of lack of promotion by the record company and maybe also the fact Lou was diagnosed with a brain tumor not long after. If you like the long drawn-out songs synonymous with '70's rock, you might like "Real World" which clocks in at over 6 minutes. It's worth the money.

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