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Confessor Joe Walsh
Confessor (1985) 4.5 stars
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5 starsJoe Walsh shows the way - great guitar work
Originally released in 1985, ”The Confessor” represents some of the best work Joe Walsh has made in his entire career. The album opens with a few nonsense songs like “I Broke My Leg” & “Bubbles,” but then he gets down to business, with tracks like “Slow Dancing,” “15 Years,” the epic title track “The Confessor” as well as the excellent “Rosewood Bitters” & “Good Man Down.” The guitar playing is front and center on this string of songs, with backing from Mark Andes, Denny Carmassi (both ex-Heart), Jim Keltner, Rick Marotta, Chet McCracken, Randy Newman, Jeff & Mike Porcaro, Timothy B. Schmit and Waddy Wachtel. Production work was handled by Keith Olsen, who did a terrific job. It’s the kind of album that ought to be released in the DVD-Audio format and with a DTS soundtrack as well, to give listeners the full experience of this magnificent record.
Submitted by a reviewer (Hvidovre, Denmark) 11/23/2008 Verified Buyer

Come Darkness, Come Light: Twelve Songs of Christmas Mary-Chapin Carpenter
Come Darkness, Come Light: Twelve Songs of Christmas (2008) 4.3 stars
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5 starsAlternative Christmas album from MCC
This is May-Chapin Carpenter’s first seasonal effort ever, and thankfully it doesn’t sound like the rest of the Christmas albums record labels usually release at the end of the year. Her original songs blend in nicely with the timeworn old stuff, and Carpenter’s wonderful warm voice is an amazing instrument. She’s supported by long time musical partners John Jennings and Jon Carroll and it shows. The only other artists I can recall doing something along these lines are Kathy Mattea on “Joy of Christmas Day” (2003) & Gretchen Peters on “Northern Lights,” which has just been released.
Submitted by a reviewer (Hvidovre, Denmark) 10/26/2008 Verified Buyer

Prisoner in Disguise Linda Ronstadt
Prisoner in Disguise (1975) 4.8 stars Gold; Original Master Recording
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5 starsAmazing record and amazing sound!
Linda Ronstadt’s voice was made for albums like “Prisoner in Disguise.” She has beautiful range, her emotionally charged voice coming out with great strength and conviction. I think she had found the right material at the right time and an excellent group of studio hands, including Andrew Gold, whose contributions as a session player (and arranger?) is heavily felt here. He delivered the same kind of magic on “Heart Like a Wheel” in 1974, as well as “Hasten Down the Wind” released in 1976. Ronstadt covers songs by Neil Young, James Taylor, Lowell George (Little Feet), Smokey Robinson, J. D. Souther & Dolly Parton, and the arrangements are just as diverse as the names of the songwriters might imply. But it all works wonderfully in the end. Linda Ronstadt was indeed the foremost of torch singers at the time, though I think Juice Newton soon would give her a close run for the money! The sound engineering is amazing. Hats off to Mobile Fidelity for this excellent reissue of the original master recording. Mofi did the same for Ronstadt’s 1973 release “Don’t Cry Now,” with the same awe-inspiring result. The CD is a bit pricey but it’s worth all the money considering the great sound. This remastered version is also a limited edition, so get it while you can!
Submitted by a reviewer (Hvidovre, Denmark) 10/19/2008 Verified Buyer

Sex and Gasoline Rodney Crowell
Sex and Gasoline (2008) 4.2 stars Digipak
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2 starsIs Crowell at the crossroads?
Rodney Crowell’s songwriting has been quite tedious lately, the major difference between his new album and albums like “Fate’s Right Hand” & “The Outsider” being the overt acoustic arrangements on “Sex & Gasoline.” Only the last two tracks “Forty Winters” and “Closer to Heaven” saves it from complete disaster. The rest of this bunch of songs is not very inspiring, especially compared to his old work. Either Crowell is deliberately avoiding the kind of graceful songwriting he is so well-known for or he’s lost that feel for writing meaningful and melodic songs. Let’s hope for something better in the near future. To tell you the truth, he could just as well write a book about the topics he is singing about. And that’s precisely what Crowell is doing. He is working on his autobiography, no less (!) – a project that has kept him occupied for several years. Sign of the times, I guess, but I still prefer Crowell the songwriter, not the writer. Maybe not a career low, but boy is he getting close!
Submitted by a reviewer (Hvidovre, Denmark) 10/19/2008 Verified Buyer

Dawn of a New Day Crystal Shawanda
Dawn of a New Day (2008) 4.3 stars Top Seller
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3 starsStrong voice but weak material
Listening to Crystal Shawanda’s debut album makes you wonder why so many albums coming out of Nashville sound like the ones released last month or last year. You’ll instantly recognize what a strong voice she has – warm, vibrant and at times very throaty. Yes, this lady can definitely sing! But her choice of songs leaves a lot to be desired. But then, maybe her record label made those decisions. Most of the songs sound bland and could have been recorded by practically everybody else in Nashville. There are few stand out cuts on the CD, but these include songs Crystal Shawanda co-wrote. The rest are not worth mentioning with the exception of the sentimental tearjerker “You Can Let Go” – a track that gives ample proof of her vocal range and singing style. Scott Hendricks who produced this effort is not very adventurous in his work. That’s a shame considering the quality of Miss Crystal’s vocal cords! Now here is what she should do: Go back to her native Canada (she’s a First Nation citizen as well from the Ojibwa/Chippewa tribe), reinvent herself, write her own songs and get another producer who has a more sympathetic view of capacities as a singer and entertainer. Fellow Canadians in the field of country music like Lisa Brokop and Michelle Wright have been down that road making albums worth hearing over and over.
Submitted by a reviewer (Hvidovre, Denmark) 9/14/2008 Verified Buyer

Global Blues Danny O'Keefe
Global Blues (1979) 5 stars
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5 starsOne of the great albums of the seventies
Danny O’Keefe sure picked an appropriate title for his 1979 release, with many of his songs depicting not only the current state of the world as in “Save the Whales” and “Atlas,” but also life in general and human relationships. His lyrical wit is just as amazing as it has always been, but the real surprise is to be found in the arrangements of the individual songs. “Livin’ in the Modern Age” & “The Jimmy Hoffa Mem. Bldg. Blues” dates back to the pre-rock era, with its jazz leanings making it sound like something coming out of Crescent City. The title track combines blues, rock and jazz in a highly original way and on “The Street” O’Keefe fuses some kind of a reggae/Caribbean rhythm track with Mike Boddiker’s excellent synthesizer work and Danny O’Keefe, Jay Lewis and Joel Tepp supply the howling guitars. The result is fabulous and lyric-wise the song has some interesting observations about street life that makes this song stand out. One of the lines goes like this: “Sign I saw on a wall yesterday – said don’t forget the SLA,” – a reference to the Symbionese Liberation Army & the Patty Hearst kidnapping in 1974! And the chorus: “Step into the future – Step out of the past – Nothing lasts.” But the rest of the song selections reflect the same high quality, both in terms of lyrics and music. Cuts like “(Keep Your) Back to the Wall,” Square Sun” and “Save the Whales” show how well Danny O’Keefe masters different styles. The first one of these is a great pop song filled with hooks and on the second he creates otherworldly sounds by clever use of guitars, keyboards, percussion and a Japanese instrument – a shakahachi – whatever that is! The album’s final song “Atlas” is a fitting end to this song cycle – and the decade. It’s quite a feat encompassing so many music styles on one record without losing sight of the goal. Danny O’Keefe is that rare kind of an artist, who’s capable of doing it. “The Global Blues” is a benchmark in Danny O’Keefe’s entire recording career. There’s something for all on this record and some of the topics he dealt with at that particular time are just as relevant today. Longtime Danny O’Keefe fans probably have the old LP version, if it’s not worn out by repeated listening a long time ago. This marks the first time “Global Blues” has been released on CD, along with several other O’Keefe recordings from the seventies like “O’Keefe,” (1972), “So Long Harry Truman,” (1975) & “American Roulette” (1977). All four Wounded Bird CD releases are highly recommended.
Submitted by a reviewer (Hvidovre, Denmark) 7/16/2008 Verified Buyer

American Roulette Danny O'Keefe
American Roulette (1977) 5 stars Reissued
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5 starsAnother milestone in the Danny O’Keefe catalogue
In many ways Danny O’Keefe represents what is best about the singer/songwriter genre. Still does in fact after all these years. He knows how to tell a story, writes memorable lyrics, creates fantastic music and works out arrangements in many different and surprising music styles that enhance his songwriter abilities. “American Roulette” came out in 1977 originally and it seemed that the public didn’t notice it at all. This album has enduring qualities just like Mr. O’Keefe himself. The songs are first rate and his guitar playing sounds perfect. At times it almost feels like a concept album and the music and arrangements add a dreamy feeling to many of the tracks. The title track is songwriting of epic proportions and would serve well as part of a soundtrack in many movies, and when the album ends with the heartfelt “Just Jones,” you know that you were in for a treat. With this CD release as well as “O’Keefe” (1972), “So Long Harry Truman” (1975) & “The Global Blues” (1979) his entire catalogue is finally available in the CD-format. Best of all, he still records and performs. 2008 has seen the release of his 10th album “In Time” – another classic contribution from Danny O’Keefe.
Submitted by a reviewer (Hvidovre, Denmark) 7/12/2008 Verified Buyer

So Long Harry Truman Danny O'Keefe
So Long Harry Truman (1975) 5 stars Reissued
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5 starsGreat singer/songwriter album from the 70s
Though this 1975 release might seem swamped with big names hired to beef up the recording, the resulting effort is nothing less than brilliant. At a first glance the list of guest appearances does look like a who’s-who in Californian country-rock and West Coast music circles, with names like Linda Ronstadt, Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Randy Meisner (The Eagles), Bernie Leadon, Andrew Gold, Sneaky Pete Kleinow, Gary Mallaber, Larry Knechtel, David Lindley, John Guerin, Tom Scott, Richard Greene & David Grisman! Danny O’Keefe’s own guitar-playing is great and another noteworthy musician is Roger Kellaway, who provides eminent piano on several songs. O’Keefe and Kellaway also collaborated on “American Roulette” (1977) and “The Global Blues” (1979) – two other releases you shouldn’t miss. Danny O’Keefe is of course an excellent songwriter, which this – his 4th album – gives ample proof of. The title track sounds great with Ronstadt, Henley and Leadon harmonizing and Ronstadt also sings harmony on O’Keefe’s wonderful bittersweet divorce song “Quits.” Two of his compositions – “Covered Wagon” & “Steel Guitar” – were originally recorded on his 1971 debut “Danny O’Keefe.” But these new versions are much better – at least in terms of arrangements. Other fine examples of his songwriting are “The Kid/The Last Days” with its western theme sounding almost “cinematographic” and the gloomy “Hard Times” closing out this fantastic CD. He covers a lot of different styles as well, rock, country, jazz, rhythm & blues, honky-tonk songs and it all works out fine in the end. To top it off , Danny O’Keefe you’ve got his wonderful slightly nasal voice adding the final touch to each song. Danny O’Keefe has recorded 10 albums since 1971 including his new 2008 release “In Time,” but has never been a huge name on the charts. That is one of the great mysteries of life. He’s a better songwriter than let’s say Jackson Browne, and in my opinion ranks as high as icons like Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell. And then he is much more adventurous when setting words to music than his contemporaries, a fact that gives most of his albums longevity.
Submitted by a reviewer (Hvidovre, Denmark) 7/12/2008

Live in Concert Martina Mcbride
Live in Concert (2008) 5 stars Bonus DVD; Limited Edition
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5 starsGreat show
Martina McBride's live DVD is everything an avid fan could hope for. The DVD is a good mixture of hits from all of her previous releases, and she is supported by a great band. McBride's vocal cords are in excellent shape on all the tracks. Her voice has an incredible range, coming out loud and clear.
Submitted by a reviewer (Hvidovre, Denmark) 5/25/2008 Verified Buyer

Ice Storm Ice Storm (1997) 4.5 stars Widescreen
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5 starsMajor movie about America in the Nixon era
Ang Lee made one of the best movies about the seventies with this profound film. In "The Ice Storm" Lee takes a closer look at life as lived by the American middle class in the early seventies, while Nixon was still in office. As the movie progresses things fall apart, but in the end you sense that there must a light at the end of the tunnel. Magnificent screenplay, great directing and all characters are highly believable. This remastered Criterion release is a must have - especially if you're fond of Ang Lee films. But it's also one of the most important movies ever made about the seventies.
Submitted by a reviewer (Hvidovre, Denmark) 5/11/2008 Verified Buyer

There Will Be Blood There Will Be Blood (2007) 3.8 stars 2-Disc Widescreen
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5 starsDaniel Day-Lewis is magnificent
Daniel Day-Lewis proves once more that he ranks among the best actors of all time. His performance is just as riveting and disturbing as the one he gave in “Gangs of New York.” His Academy Award is well-deserved, as is Robert Elswit’s for “Best Cinematography.”
Submitted by a reviewer (Hvidovre, Denmark) 5/4/2008 Verified Buyer

Coal Kathy Mattea
Coal (2008) 5 stars Digipak
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5 starsA Personal Testament
Kathy Mattea has gone back to her roots in West Virginia - a journey that in part was inspired by a recent coal mine disaster. The playing is very inspired and Mattea's vocal delivery is something you have to admire. The songs have a timeless quality, and the predominantly acoustic setting shouldn't prevent you from listening to this album.
Submitted by a reviewer (Hvidovre, Denmark) 4/27/2008 Verified Buyer

Old Flame/Dirty Looks Juice Newton
Old Flame/Dirty Looks (2007) 5 stars Reissue
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5 starsGreat Country rock
Juice Newton has been around for more than 30 years with her own personal brand of country rock. This CD combines "Dirty Looks" (1984) & "Old Flame" (1985). Newton covers a lot of styles - straight country, folk, country rock, pop, rock - you name it. She sings effortlessly on every song and her range is amazing. Tracks like "Twenty Years Ago," "Runaway Hearts" and "For Believers" are really great. But the same could be said of the other songs.
Submitted by a reviewer (Hvidovre, Denmark) 11/28/2007

Preserve Wildlife/Give It Everything I've Got Mama Lion
Preserve Wildlife/Give It Everything I've Got (2007) 5 stars (Import)
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5 starsGreat blues/rock from - Mama Lion & Lynn Carey
Mama Lion was a blues/rock quintet formed in the early seventies by Canadian bass player, singer/songwriter & producer Neil Merryweather (born Robert Neilson Lillie, 1945 in Winnipeg, Manitoba) and Lynn (Catherine) Carey (born 1946 in Los Angeles) after the two had released one album “Vacuum Cleaner” as a duo. Other band members included Coffi Hall (drums), Rick Gaxiola (guitar) and Jim Howard (soundtrack composer James Newton Howard). This line-up recorded the debut album “Preserve Wildlife” (1972) with the now famous gatefold with Lynn Carey nursing a lion cub! With the release of the second LP “Give It Everything I’ve Got,” (1973) Gaxiola was replaced by Alan Hurtz. Both albums are included in their entirety on this 2-for-1 release by Picar Records in Valencia, Spain. The remastering is splendid and Carey’s bluesy interpretations are quite effective. Most of the songs were written as a collaboration between Merryweather and Carey, with a few covers thrown in for good. Not all the songs are “radio friendly” if you know what I mean. But sexual inuendo apart, there’s still something in the music and singing. Gaxiola is a great guitar player and you can tell that Jim Howard was classically trained by listening to the piano-intro on “Mr. Invitation.” Some of the songs show influences from jazz as well (“Life Is Just A Four Letter Word”). This shouldn’t put you off in anyway, because it only adds something extra to the many facets of Mama Lion. Top notch songs are “Be Bad With Me,” “Ain’t To Proud To Beg,” “Candy Man,” “Mr. Invitation,” Can’t Find My Way Home,” & “Cry” – all from “Preserve Wildlife” plus the title track from the second album, “Mama Never Told Me,” “Crazy Place,” & “Saved.” Lynn Carey has often been compared with Janis Joplin, but her vocal style could just as easily be compared to Kathi McDonald. Buy this CD and judge for yourself. You won’t be disappointed. And – lo and behold! – all original cover art and photos from both albums have been reproduced for this release. NOTE: Lynn Carey has an IQ of over 160, so it is possible to be blonde, brainy & beautiful – and sing the blues!
Submitted by a reviewer (Hvidovre, Denmark) 7/3/2007

Dancing on a Cold Wind Carmen
Dancing on a Cold Wind (1975) 4 stars
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4 starsCarmen still rocks!
This second album by Carmen includes a few bonus tracks as well. The mixture of flamenco and rock music still worked very well, but maybe not to the same high degree as on the debut album. Nevertheless you will be thouroughly enjoyed by most of the songs including the suite "Remembrances." The line-up was the same as on the first outing and the interplay still worked very well. Great music.
Submitted by a reviewer (Hvidovre, Denmark) 6/3/2007 Verified Buyer

Fandangos in Space Carmen
Fandangos in Space (1973) 5 stars (Import) Japan
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5 starsCarmen's fusion of flamenco and rock still sounds great
In the early 70's Carmen released 3 albums, with "Fandangos In Space" being the first - and probably the best. Producer Tony Visconti did an excellent job on this album as well as the second release "Dancing On A Cold Wind." The line-up was fronted by David Clark Allen (guitar/vocals), his sister Angela Allen (vocals, footwork/keyboards), Roberto Amaral (vocals/footwork/keyboards) - all Americans) - supported by an excellent British rhythm section featuring the late John Glascock on bass/vocals and Paul Fenton on drums. Combining flamenco guitar, latin rhythms, progressive rock etc. they came out sounding entirely different compared to contemporary rock music at the time. It still sounds perfect all around. The tight rhythm section works perfectly behind David Allens flamenco & electric guitar playing and to top it off you've got the fantastic footwork of Angela Allen and Roberto Amaral still sounding vibrant and very much alive! The song cycle is not exactly a concept album, but something very similar. These days you can hear world music and latin rhythms on the radio all day long, but it's nice knowing that someone else did the groundbreaking work more than 30 years ago - and were really good at it. Buy these excellent Japanese import titles while they are still available. Enjoy!
Submitted by a reviewer (Hvidovre, Denmark) 6/3/2007 Verified Buyer

Atlantis Earth & Fire
Atlantis (1973) 5 stars (Import) Japan
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5 starsExcellent Dutch rock
Great concept album from Dutch band Earth & Fire, originally released in 1973.
Submitted by a reviewer (Hvidovre, Denmark) 12/25/2005 Verified Buyer

One To One Carole King
One To One (1982) 4.5 stars
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5 starsExcellent album from pop music's greatest writer!
This album was released decades ago, but only now is it possible to get a copy of it in the CD format. As usual Carole King demonstrates strong songwriting underlined by her trademark pianoplaying and warm voice. She was good back then - and she still is!
Submitted by a reviewer (Hvidovre, Denmark) 7/18/2005 Verified Buyer

Eagles - Farewell I Tour: Live From Melbourne Eagles
Eagles - Farewell I Tour: Live From Melbourne (2004) 4.6 stars Top Seller Digipak
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5 starsGreat Show!
This first (!) "Farewell Tour" is living proof of a great live band, blending California country-rock and the singer/songwriter tradition in equal parts in songs that most of the time are graced by their high harmonies. The lin-up is the same as on "Hell Freezes Over" but this time around seasoned session hand Steuart Smith (of Rodney Croweel & Rosanne Cash fame) has taken the place of Don Felder. Eagles is supported by a few other players as well as a horn section. But rest assured: Joe Walsh still plays wonderfull lead guitar, even when he is joking with the audience and the other band members between and during the songs! A lot of the people probably turned up because they wanted to hear the old hits. Most of the hits are included in this performance, but there has been room enogh for some of the lesser known old songs as well as few new tracks such as the Joe Walsh-penned autobiographical "One Day At A Time" about his alcohol problem and Glenn Frey's "No More Cloudy Days."
Submitted by a reviewer (Hvidovre, Denmark) 7/8/2005 Verified Buyer

Hotel Rwanda Hotel Rwanda (2004) 5 stars Closed Captioned; Widescreen; Additional Footage; Soundtrack English; Soundtrack French; Soundtrack Spanish; English Subtitles; Spanish Subtitles; French Subtitles
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5 starsRiveting drama
Hotel Rwanda is an excellent and exciting drama unfolding in the shadow of the horrifying genocide that took place in Rwanda in 1994. Don Cheadle, Nick Nolte and especially Sophie Okonedo deliver the goods. She was nominated for an Academy Award for "Best Supporting Actress" for her performance. This movie is an intense experience, one which you shouldn't turn your eyes away from -just like the United Nations did and the rest of the world. Highly recommended.
Submitted by a reviewer (Hvidovre, Denmark) 5/6/2005 Verified Buyer

But What Will the Neighbors Think/Rodney Crowell Rodney Crowell
But What Will the Neighbors Think/Rodney Crowell (2005) 5 stars
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5 starsGreat musical legacy from country music's greatest songwrite
Rodney Crowell's second and third album rolled into one is a kind of a treasure trove. He has a certain way with lyrics and his sense of music is unparalleled in the world of country. The production on "What Will The Neighbors Think?" is sparse and serves to highlight the lean backing and the strong lyrics. The closing cut "The One About England" is one of the gems. The self-titled 3rd. album "Rodney Crowell" is closer to the Crowell we knew in the 80'es and early 90'es, including some well-known tracks like "'Til I Gain Control Again", "Shame On The Moon" and "Ain't No Money" - songs popularized by Emmylou Harris, Bob Seger & Crowell's former wife Rosanne Cash, to name but af few. This is an album for all Rodney Crowell fans and those who prefer country-rock on the cutting edge.
Submitted by a reviewer (Hvidovre, Denmark) 4/22/2005 Verified Buyer

Honeysuckle Sweet Jessi Alexander
Honeysuckle Sweet (2005) 4.5 stars
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5 starsFine country debut album
This is a very promising debut from newcomer Jessi Aexander. Great music and songwriting.
Submitted by a reviewer (Hvidovre, Denmark) 4/10/2005 Verified Buyer

Everything Chely Wright
Everything (2004) 4 stars
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5 starsThe transformation of Chely Wright
Wright's change of record label and especially her involvement in songwriting and producing, have made for a great professional change in her music. The songs are very personal and her singing is so emotionally strong that it is almost tangible at times. The bonus DVD includes the highly original music video "Back of the Bottom Drawer", one of the best in many years. It took a while for Chely Wright to get aross, but "Everything" and the new "The Metropolitan Hotel" have made a lasting impression on me. So what will come next? A live CD/DVD perhaps? Let's hope so!
Submitted by a reviewer (Hvidovre, Denmark) 4/9/2005 Verified Buyer

Metropolitan Hotel Chely Wright
Metropolitan Hotel (2005) 4.4 stars
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5 starsOutstanding album!
Chely Wright's career has practically been revitalized overnight with the release of "The Metropolitian Hotel" as well as "Everything" in the fall 2004. Her performance is very strong and the backing and arrangements seem to fit her powerful vocal delivery in the best possible way. A great personal triumph and achievement compared to her earlier stuff.
Submitted by a reviewer (Hvidovre, Denmark) 4/8/2005 Verified Buyer

Draw Me Close: Songs of Worship Kathy Troccoli
Draw Me Close: Songs of Worship (2005) 5 stars Top Seller
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5 starsWonderful!
Kathy Troccoli's new effort is a very laid back affair. Supported only by piano, guitar and cello she sings her way through a batch of songs, that emphasizes her vocal delivery - warm and powerful at the same time. Don't get fooled by the sparse arrangements, because the album works just as well as her more pop-flavoured outings. Great stuff!
Submitted by a reviewer (Hvidovre, Denmark) 3/18/2005 Verified Buyer

Shawn Colvin - Polaroids: A Video Collection Shawn Colvin - Polaroids: A Video Collection (2004) 4.5 stars
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5 starsGreat stuff!
A splendid mixture of videos and live performances, "Polaroids: A Video Collection" proves once again that Shawn Colvin is an artist to be reckoned with. Her excellent voice comes out loud and clear and the backing on the live cuts is topnotch, especially bassist Larry Klein and guitar ace Steuart Smith. The question that remains now is: When can we expect an entire live DVD from this talented folkrock performer?
Submitted by a reviewer (Hvidovre, Denmark) 2/20/2005 Verified Buyer

Frampton Comes Alive! Peter Frampton
Frampton Comes Alive! (1976) 4.4 stars Dolby Digital 5.1 Re
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5 starsElectrifying Show!
This DVA version of "Frampton Comes Alive" is a vital and electrifying live performance by Peter Frampton from the seventies. The 5.1 surround sound mix is crystal clear and the guitar playing is great. Frampton is indeed alive and kicking on this album!
Submitted by a reviewer (Hvidovre, Denmark) 1/26/2005 Verified Buyer

Keeping The Legend Alive Poco
Keeping The Legend Alive (2004) 4.5 stars (Import) Includes bonus DVD
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1 starsWhat happened in the studio?
I've listened to the new live CD and watched the matching live DVD from Poco and I have been experiencing some problems with the overall sound quality. This is very evident on the DVD. According to the info on the CD case, this concert was recorded in Dolby Digital 5.1 surround. The sound is very unfocused and the LFE track is not active at any time during the entire show. Switching to the Dolby Digital Stereo mix changes things for the better soundwise - but not that much. It sounds as if the lower register has been left out completely, making drum and bass playing sounding very reedy. But at the same time you can watch with your own eyes that the band's interplay is working very well and there's an enthusiastic reaction from the audience at all times. Somehow it doesn't fit together. The music is barely audible and this goes for the bonus material as well and the CD too. The band interview will force you to turn up the volume control on your receiver to new heights just to be able to hear what they have to say. This can't possible be right. Has something gone wrong with the mixing and mastering of this disc? Compared to the recent release of Poco's wonderful live CD "The Last Roundup" recorded in 1977 "Keeping The Legend Alive" is close to disaster on a sonic level. Poco's performance is just as good today as it was way back in 1977. As I am a sucker for this band and always have been you can possibly appreciate my frustration by now! Poco's official web site, has informed customers and fans alike, that they have been experiencing problems with the picture quality. A fact which I can verify is true. But they mention nothing about the real problem - the sound qualilty.
Submitted by a reviewer (Hvidovre, Denmark) 1/22/2005 Verified Buyer

Matapedia Kate & Anna McGarrigle
Matapedia (1996) 4 stars
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4 starsgreat music from Canadian McGarrigle Sisters
Another interesting outing from Kate & Anna McGarrigle. Though I still rank their first releases as their best works this one is not bad at all. The sound may have changed somewhat, but the songwriting abilities of these sisters and the musicianship are first class. As on all other McGarrigle albums the harmonies are out of this world.
Submitted by a reviewer (Hvidovre, Denmark) 1/8/2005 Verified Buyer

Heartbeats Accelerating Kate & Anna McGarrigle
Heartbeats Accelerating 4 stars
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4 starsExcellent music!
The McGarrigle Sisters is still one of the most original acts in music history and though this album might not reach the artistic level of their first three masterpieces it is still a whole lot better than most releases these days. Few - if any - can match the vocal harmonies of these performers. Very organic music, masterful songwriting and thoughtful arrangements. And then those voices. Being siblings must count for something in this case or maybe it's just second nature.
Submitted by a reviewer (Hvidovre, Denmark) 1/8/2005 Verified Buyer

Tapestry (Import) Carole King
Tapestry (Import) (1971) 5 stars (Import) Bonus Tracks; Japan; Remastered
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5 starsA Classic!
Carole King's "Tapestry" is still one of the all time greatest albums. Her natural talent for songwriting is very powerful. And then the sound on this DSD-mastered Japanese version has been improved as well - much better than its SACD counterpart. Great music
Submitted by a reviewer (Hvidovre, Denmark) 12/7/2004 Verified Buyer

Last Roundup Poco
Last Roundup (2004) 4.8 stars
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5 starsGreat live album
The release of this 1977 live recording is a wonderful addition to your Poco collection. This vintage performance is proof of Poco's enduring qualitiesthen and now: High harmonies and perfect interplay. Add to this Rusty Young's contributions on stringed instruments like mandolin, dobro, banjo, steel guitar (off cause!), rhythm- & slideguitar plus Paul Cotton's perfect guitar solos and lead vocal. After listening to this album you wonder what else might have been tucked away in the vaults of the record company waitin for release...
Submitted by a reviewer (Hvidovre, Denmark) 12/4/2004 Verified Buyer

Guess Who, The - Running Back Thru Canada Guess Who
Guess Who, The - Running Back Thru Canada (2004) 4.8 stars Top Seller
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5 starsExcellent concert!
Going back home can be difficult at times and then add a tremendous thunder storm rolling in at the same time! Well, this didn't stop the reformed Guess Who from performing in their home town Winnipeg. And here's the result: a live DVD concert with all the old hits as well as some BTO favourites. The show encompasses acoustic and electric sets.Randy Bachmann proves once again what a wonderful guitarist he is and Burton Cummings is back in form. A lot of the tracks still sound ok even though they first got airplay as far back as 1970! This DVD is actually a lot better than double-CD set from the same tour soundwise. Wonderful entertainment from one of Canada's best bands.
Submitted by a reviewer (Hvidovre, Denmark) 11/26/2004 Verified Buyer

Missing Missing (2003) 4.8 stars Widescreen
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5 starsThrilling Western
Ron Howard's Western movie is an envigorating experience filled with stellar performances from Kate Blanchett, Tommy Lee Jones, Eric Schweig as well as the stunning performance by child actress Jenna Boyd. The film works on all emotional levels. It's a traditional Western in some aspects, but a highly original and modern psychological thriller in others. The cinematography is overwhelming which naturally is enhanced a lot in this Superbit version. And the you get a DTS 5.1 surround sound mix in the bargain. Excellent stuff!
Submitted by a reviewer (Hvidovre, Denmark) 11/21/2004 Verified Buyer

Dressed to Kill Dressed to Kill (1980) 4 stars Widescreen; Unrated
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4 starsExciting thriller a la Hitchcock
This movie still holds up quite well. Great acting, funny lines and all the while the suspense is building until the final climax - just like the classic Hitchcock thrillers. Great entertainment.
Submitted by a reviewer (Hvidovre, Denmark) 11/13/2004 Verified Buyer

Juice/Quiet Lies Juice Newton
Juice/Quiet Lies (2006) 5 stars
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5 starsJuice Newton shows the way
This 2-for-1 album is a must for all Juice Newton fans. Quiet Lies has never been released before in the CD format. The two albums represent all the enduring qualities of Juice Newton's career. The albums were originally released in 1981 and 1982 respectively. Newton seemingly handles every style, as she dives into country, rock, pop and a slew of wonderful ballads with her soaring voice everywhere. Then too, she was good at picking the right material for her albums. She's a great interpreter of Texan songwriter Bob McDill (Shotful Of Love, I'm Dancing As Fast As I Can) and on tracks written by her longtime collaborator, guitarist Otha Young. Her rendition of "Ever True" is first-class. The changes she goes through vocally on "Love's Been A Little Bit Hard On Me" is proof of her range. The hit song also features Andrew Gold's wonderful guitarsolo. Great music and singing throughout that sounds a whole lot better than most of the records that Nashville is churning out these days.
Submitted by a reviewer (Hvidovre, Denmark) 11/13/2004 Verified Buyer

Ice Storm Ice Storm (1997) 4.5 stars Widescreen
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5 starsBrilliant movie about the '70s
Taiwanese born director Ang Lee's portrayal of suburban life in the '70s is literally a chilling drama. Lee takes a hard look at disintegrating family life in the American middle class. Joan Allen and Kevin Kline are sublime in their respective roles as one of the troubled couples at the center of this intense film. A winner!
Submitted by a reviewer (Hvidovre, Denmark) 11/13/2004 Verified Buyer

Air Force One Air Force One (1997) 4.6 stars
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5 starsHarrison Ford for president!
Air Force One is excellent entertainment that shouldn't be taken to seriously. German director Wolfgang Petersen has made a high-octane thriller most of which takes place on Air Force One. It's the kind of character(job?!) that Harrison Ford is well suited for. He plays it to the hilt! And you believe every word of it no matter how unlikely it might seem in the real world. Gary Oldman is the bad guy.
Submitted by a reviewer (Hvidovre, Denmark) 11/2/2004 Verified Buyer

Alamo Alamo (2004) 4.3 stars Top Seller Widescreen
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5 starsWonderful entertainment
John Lee Hancock's "The Alamo" delivers the goods. It's a very entertaining affair with wonderful cinematography. In some ways this movie is a stripped down and much more realistic version of the events that took place compared to the movie John Wayne directed and starred in decades ago. Billy Bob Thornton plays David Crockett - complete with funny lines, tall stories and real-life quotations from his political career and participation in The Creek War. It's a very memorable performance along with Jason Patric's vitriolic personification of Jim Bowie. All in all a very satisfying and enjoyable film.
Submitted by a reviewer (Hvidovre, Denmark) 10/23/2004 Verified Buyer

Where I Belong Rachel Proctor
Where I Belong (2004) 4.8 stars
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5 starsExcellent country
Rachel Proctor's debut album is a promising start. Good voice, excellent playing and production work.
Submitted by a reviewer (Hvidovre, Denmark) 9/24/2004 Verified Buyer

Melonie Cannon Melonie Cannon
Melonie Cannon (2004) 3.4 stars Enhanced CD
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3 starsGreat voice but the music lacks something
Melonie Cannon is obviously a talented singer and songwriter, but unfortunately most of the tracks have been given acoustic arrangements, which makes it hard to distinguish one song from the other in the end. Maybe this sets her apart from the rest of the mainstream acts in Nashville, but the album is really not that interesting in the long run.
Submitted by a reviewer (Hvidovre, Denmark) 9/24/2004 Verified Buyer

Goodfellas Goodfellas (1990) 4.6 stars Widescreen; Special Edition
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5 starsGreat movie - De Niro, Pesci and Scorsese deliver the goods!
Well, what can you really say that hasn't been said before? This motion picture is still one of the best movies about the mob. I'm a great fan of Martin Scorsese's work as he is able to make his point in most of his pictures. Very few directors are able to accomplish the same magic on the screen as Scorsese does, no matter how big a budget they might have to begin with and no matter how many Hollywood stars they can line up. Though Ray Liotta obviously is at the center of this story, you should watch - and enjoy - this movie because of Robert De Niro's performance in general and Joe Pesci's performance in particular. As the story unfolds you are reminded of how gifted a director Martin Scorsese really is. This goes for the dramatic impact, the excellent cinematogaphy, music score etc. This one is a priceless contribution you should add to your DVD collection. But don't forget Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Mean Streets, Cape Fear or Gangs of New York!
Submitted by a reviewer (Hvidovre, Denmark) 9/18/2004 Verified Buyer

Notorious Cherry Bombs Notorious Cherry Bombs
Notorious Cherry Bombs (2004) 4.6 stars
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5 starsPerfect country album!
The Cherry Bombs with Rodney Crowell and Vince Gill at the front is a wonderful musical experience. The band includes original and longtime members of Emmylou Harris' famous Hot Band dating back to 1975 - and later functioned as Rodney Crowell's backing band. The musicianship of course is firstclass and one of the true delights of this CD is Crowell's contribution as singer and songwriter. This is much better stuff than his previous solo output "Fate's Right Hand." It's country, rock, rockabilly and seemingly everything in between. Bingo!
Submitted by a reviewer (Hvidovre, Denmark) 8/20/2004 Verified Buyer

Head Over Heels Poco
Head Over Heels (1975) 4 stars (Import) Japan
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5 starsSuperb country-rock!
Fittingly this album opens with soaring vocal harmonies on a Timothy B. Schmit-penned song supported by a single acoustic guitar. But as on other Poco albums released after the departure of Richie Furay, the songwriting and musical skills of Paul Cotton and Rusty Young played an ever more important role in the development of the band's music notwithstanding the qualities of the aforementioned opening cut "Keep On Tryin'" by Schmit. Songs like Young's "Lovin' Arms" and "Makin' Love" works splendidly as well as Cotton's rhythm & blues-infected "Down In The Quarter." Good to know that Poco is still around making music. A classic.
Submitted by a reviewer (Hvidovre, Denmark) 8/1/2004 Verified Buyer

Little Queen Heart
Little Queen (1977) 4.9 stars Bonus Tracks; Remastered
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5 starsHeart is beating!
If possible "Little Queen" sounds even better today than it did when it was originally released almost 30 years ago.A good mixture of folk and rock - including one of their signature tunes "Barracuda" and the title track. A must have.
Submitted by a reviewer (Hvidovre, Denmark) 7/26/2004 Verified Buyer

Court and Spark Joni Mitchell
Court and Spark (1974) 5 stars Definitive Album
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5 starsMitchell was great way back then -and still is
If you want to start to build up a Joni Mitchell CD collection, maybe this is the place to begin. The influence from jazz is felt very strongly on several tracks, but she was still very much the folkie that she had been for several years. Her singing and her lyrics are woderful and note the extraordiary crisp sounds coming from the late John Guerin whose drumming is sorely missed today. What a trip this is!
Submitted by a reviewer (Hvidovre, Denmark) 7/26/2004 Verified Buyer

Danny O'Keefe Classics Danny O'Keefe
Danny O'Keefe Classics (2004) 5 stars (Import)
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5 starsA Work of Art
This much needed compilation showcases Danny Okeefe's songwriting to the full. The 22 tracks have been culled from 6 original albums released between 1971 and 1979. Some of the albums like "American Roulette" and "The Global Blues" have never been released in the CD format before. The songs from these two albums and "So Long Harry Truman" are examples of his diversity as a songwriter, singer and musician. The backing is excellent, no matter what style O'Keefe preferred at the time. What an extraordinary body of work this is. When the final cut "The Street" stops you're reminded what a clever singer/songwriter Danny O'Keefe was and still is. Couldn't Rhino, Atlantic & Warner Bros. be persuaded to release the original albums? We can hardly do without a songwriter of this magnitude who represents something of the best of the Seventies and fortunately still carries on the tradition in the new millennium in great style.
Submitted by a reviewer (Hvidovre, Denmark) 6/26/2004 Verified Buyer

Queen Margot Queen Margot (1994) 4.8 stars
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5 starsEpic drama
This is a historical drama of epic proportions directed by actor Patrice Chereau, whom you might remember in Michael Mann's adaptation of "The Last of the Mohican's" playing general Marquis de Montcalm. "Queen Margot" is based on the book of the same name by Alexandre Dumas and it works splendidly throughout! The love story unfolds amidst the royal wedding festivities in Paris, August 1572, when the Massacre of St. Batholomew took place. The royal family and the city of Paris are torn between different religious beliefs, as Catholics and Protestants clashes with one another. A moving and horrifying film with outstanding performances by Isabelle Adjani, Daniel Auteuil, Jean-Hugues Anglade - and Virna Lisi as Catherine of Medici (the Queen Mother) who masterminded the infamous massacre - and many others. A motion picture for history buffs that's for sure, but this movie deserves a broader audience. Because when material as this is placed in the right hands, it shows that a movie about power politics and religious beliefs can turn out to be wonderful entertainment and enlightning at the same time. Buy this stunning movie immediately. You won't regret it.
Submitted by a reviewer (Hvidovre, Denmark) 5/8/2004 Verified Buyer

Skins Skins (2002) 4.7 stars
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4 starsWelcome to America!
One of the thrills of this movie is the interplay between Graham Greene and Eric Schweig. Schweig is a native reservaion cop on the Pine Ridge Reservation fighting a desperate struggle to save his older brother (Greene) and just about anyone else on the rez from alcoholic and social destruction. Graham Greene is marvellous - but Eric Schweig is wonderful as the cop caught between duty and personal revenge - trying to prevent his kin from going down the drain. This is by no means a big Hollywood production, but the movie does get down to the nitty gritty of modern day reservation life in America -showing us how desperate life can turn out to be when cultures clash and you have to face the hard facts of life. Going through all the hardships and problems Schweig comes to terms with his family, ending up as a person who has a clear vision of what he is going to do with his own life.
Submitted by a reviewer (Hvidovre, Denmark) 4/11/2004 Verified Buyer

Extravagant Worship: The Songs of Darlene Zschech Darlene Zschech
Extravagant Worship: The Songs of Darlene Zschech (2001) 5 stars
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5 starsExcellent worship album
This worship collection is an excellent cross section of Darlene Zschech's work work with the Australian Hillsong outfit. Most of the songs are a mixture of gospel and modern pop music. Maybe not very original you might think, but the two discs are filled with joyous harmonies and with Darlene Zschech up front on all songs.
Submitted by a reviewer (Hvidovre, Denmark) 3/27/2004 Verified Buyer

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