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THE CANADIAN CONNECTION

Avalon Don "Avalon Don"
The list author says: "Canadians taken for granted as compared to say the British Isles have made a strong dent in Rock/Pop music. Here is some of best out there....."
Blue
Blue
"Joni's greatness starts here.  In my book she's the top female in the history of rock. ( singer, songwriter, acoustic / electric guitars, pianist, folk, pop, world and jazz sounds )"
Harvest
Harvest
"The king in rock guitar fusion.  Five decades of great songwriting.  This is his best album backed by a wonderful group of musicians led by Linda Ronstadt.  Country in rock becomes cool."
The Last Waltz (Special Edition)
The Last Waltz (Special Edition)
"The epitome of a rock documentary.  The Band, Dylan, N. Young, Clapton, Joni, Dr. John, Emmylou and many others in one heck of a farewell concert."
Solace
Solace
"My favorite album of the new queen of folk / pop / rock.  Her Lilith Fair opened new doors to a bunch of unknowns.  "Into The Fire" is Sarah at her rocking peak."
Five Mile River Road
Five Mile River Road
"For the record there are now two artists floating around using this name.  This Laura Coyle was a Billboard Singer/Songwriter Award Winner.  She's  delightful to hear as a vocalist and acoustic based guitar player.  This release is a solo sleeper pick, easy on the ears."
Clouds
Clouds
"The dark stripped down one.  "Clouds" is my personal choice of the Joni Mitchell album catalog.  The CD captures quiet moments with no LP / Tape hiss."
The Best Of Ian & Sylvia
The Best Of Ian & Sylvia
"My vote for the alltime best duo in male / female harmony in folk music."
Ladies of the Canyon
Ladies of the Canyon
"The album of her most famous songs - "Big Yellow Taxi", "Woodstock" and "Circle Game".  Joni begins to really incorporate the piano into her album work."
After The Gold Rush
After The Gold Rush
"Neil's early years essential which laid the groundwork for the rest of his career."
Fumbling Towards Ecstasy
Fumbling Towards Ecstasy
"The critic's pick of Sarah's song for song top CD.  Outstanding sound quality and mix.  She gets a little happy on "Ice Cream"."
Miles of Aisles
Miles of Aisles
"Joni's best live album w/Robben Ford and the L.A. Express......."Painting With Words And Music" DVD is a close second."
Decade
Decade
"This sampler covers most of his familiar songs if someone is looking for just a  Neil Young collection."
Studio: Selected Studio Recordings 1986-1995
Studio: Selected Studio Recordings 1986-1995
"Mesmerizing. Hypnotic. Escapism.  All these words apply to the Cowboy Junkies.  No rock band does it better in the "Slow" catagory.   One fine live act as well."
Unplugged
Unplugged
"Neil goes laidback playing many of his most famous songs.  He keeps it all in the family using his sister Astrid on backup vocals.  The only let down is no "Old Man" in the set."
Sarah McLachlan - Fumbling Towards Ecstasy Live [VHS]
Sarah McLachlan - Fumbling Towards Ecstasy Live [VHS]
"A well packaged live concert on video with good behind the scenes camera work of Sarah and her bandmates.  It closes with the hard to find "Ol 55"."
Court and Spark
Court and Spark
"The commercial pop breakthru song to AM radio - "Help Me".   Joni starts to dip into jazz.  In the album era, "Court And Spark" was her most popular."
Live Rust
Live Rust
"Mr. Young showcases why he's a top notch performer in electric and acoustic guitar work - "Hey, Hey, My, My"."
Misses
Misses
"A superb collection of obscurities. ( One side note : After seeing Joni's "Life Story" DVD which has edited live songs, it's time for a 4 CD/booklet box set similar to B. Dylan's "Bootleg" series )."
Live At Newport
Live At Newport
"The duo wins over the American audience at Newport.  The live sound at Rhode Island is like no other. ( Recommended viewing "The Festival Express" DVD )"
Turbulent Indigo
Turbulent Indigo
"The grammy comeback album of the 90's includes "How Do You Stop" with Seal and the deep, honest "Sex Kills"."
Harvest Moon
Harvest Moon
"The mellow magic returns decades after the first "Harvest".  "From Hank To Hendrix" is lightweight Americana at its best."
Whites Off Earth Now
Whites Off Earth Now
"Intense, serious alternative Rock Blues shake the walls."
Surfacing
Surfacing
"Sarah increases her fan base crossing over to easy listening FM channels - "Building A Mystery"."
Taming the Tiger
Taming the Tiger
"Joni's finest in world music.  The key ingredient is the backing musicians led by Brian Blade on drums.  An important message also for the ladies "Happiness Is The Best Facelift"."
Freedom
Freedom
"A rocker who will never sell his soul.  This is Neil holding nothing back in rock guitar, fusion, and feedback.  The highlight is  both versions of "Rockin' In The Free World"."
Afterglow Live (CD/DVD)
Afterglow Live (CD/DVD)
"When Sarah does a concert in Canada the extra warmth can be felt in music."
For the Roses
For the Roses
"The transition album from folk to other genres..... "You Turn Me On" ( I'm A Radio ), Joni has a little fun at 70's commercialism in the music industry."
Cowboy Junkies - Open Road (Includes Audio CD)
Cowboy Junkies - Open Road (Includes Audio CD)
"Playing outdoor before a large festival audience The Junkies raise the beat."
Lift Your Head
Lift Your Head
"This is Coyle's first album in a more "Plugged In" form. She is one of special artists out there who is not a household name.  "Uncle Ezra" comes out smokin' right from the get go."
Joni Mitchell - Shadows and Light
Joni Mitchell - Shadows and Light
"A very entertaining show from Santa Barbara featuring some great backing musicians..."
Collection
Collection
"MODDERN ROCK ADDITIONS.....The twangy voice, therapy rocker of the 1990's."
The Suburbs
The Suburbs
"A breath of life for the 2000's because they don't yell on the vocals. (Warning: The mix has the singing drowned out too much by the lightwight alternative sounds of the times)."
Festival Express
Festival Express
"DVD FESTIVALS.....Incredible line-up playing multiple concerts across Canada traveling by train."
John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band: Live in Toronto '69
John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band: Live in Toronto '69
"A one day concert with John Lennon, Eric Clapton & The Plastic Ono Band plus oldies legends from the past."