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Duel
Duel
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5.0 out of 5 stars Edgy, March 24 2003
This review is from: Duel (VHS Tape)
A very simple story that plays out in a series of stunts, punctuated by some unsettling quieter moments, Duel is guaranteed to have you looking into your rear-view mirror carefully on your next road trip. A harrassed businessman, played by Dennis Weaver, takes a seemingly routine car journey to meet with a prospective client. Probably glad to have a break from his overbearing wife, witnessed in early scenes, Weaver's journey is thrown off-track (literally) by an unseen menace in a huge truck, who initially irritates, then frustrates, and ultimately scares, the defenceless Weaver. Why this vendetta occurs is never explained, but the movie does not suffer for this. Instead, the viewer is enthralled as Weaver's paranoia and desperation increase as his foe constantly reappears. Shot in real time, the movie, as befits the thunderous chases sequences, zips along, and seems to pass by in no time (usually the sign of a good film). A more conventional film than its early 1970s counterpart Vanishing Point, but equally entertaining and definitely worthy of repeat viewings.

American IV: The Man Comes Around
American IV: The Man Comes Around
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond legendary, Nov. 5 2002
Nearing 50 years since his first recordings, Johnny Cash at 70 years old has retained the steely resonance of his classic recordings to create another album to rank alongside his very best. His voice, which could never be described as polished, has become even more rugged, but has not withered: this voice is still a force, and carries more authority and grit than any other in music. From the opening track - a brand new self-penned song, also the title of the album - Cash returns to his classic themes of God, love, and murder. The Man Comes Around is biblical in content and is an excellent opening track. Glancing at the CD cover, before listening to the album, we can wonder what Cash will do with well-covered songs such as Bridge Over Troubled Water, Streets Of Laredo and Desperado. Naturally, he makes them his own, and on Bridge Over Troulbled Water and Danny Boy he shows that his vocal range is greater than he is often given credit for. A rockabilly cover of Depeche Mode's Personal Jesus is another highlight, but the real standout track is his cover of the Beatles' In My Life. Cash delivers the lyrics with conviction and great feeling.
This album deserves to further add to the legend that is Johnny Cash. A musical giant, his integrity and unwavering beliefs sound out in every note of this great album, which is unquestionably the best release of the year by any artist.

Elvis 30 #1 Hits
Elvis 30 #1 Hits
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential... even if you already own these songs, Sept. 24 2002
This review is from: Elvis 30 #1 Hits (Audio CD)
Another Elvis Greatest Hits? Yes, but not just another. Credit must be given to the incredible job the production team have done as these well-known and well-loved tracks sound fresher than ever before. This is particularly true of Don't Be Cruel, Return To Sender and She's Not You. Elvis' voice has never sounded clearer on any disc and it's an absolute joy to hear his vocals in such clarity, even on songs which are so well known.
Mention must also be made of two alternate takes (not listed as such on the CD case): A Fool Such As I features Hank Garland and not Scotty Moore on the instrumental break, while a slightly re-worded The Wonder Of You is included, from Las Vegas in February 1970, a different show than the "original" version.
I own dozens of Elvis albums, many featuring these songs, and I did initially hesitate about buying this; having decided to add it to my collection, I'm glad I did, and so will you be.

Forever Blue
Forever Blue
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best album of a great career, July 25 2002
This review is from: Forever Blue (Audio CD)
Chris Isaak has yet to record an average album. His current release, Always Got Tonight, is one of his best, but is still bettered by his 1995 release, Forever Blue. A beautiful, melancholy, romantic, despairing and strangely hopeful thread runs through the songs, all inspired by a painful break-up with his then girlfriend. There are his trademark ballads, the best of which being the title track which recalls the plaintive simplicity of Elvis in Love Me Tender mode. This is offset by the opening track, Baby Did A Bad, Bad Thing, again directly about and without doubt sung directly to the girl who did the "bad, bad thing". This is an angst-ridden rockabilly blues classic, and a song that Isaak continues to perform live in every concert. This CD is an essential purchase and the defining moment (so far) in the artist's career.

#1 Love Songs of All Time
#1 Love Songs of All Time
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doing justice to the classics, Feb. 8 2002
Engelbert Humperdinck's long career - now in its fifth decade - is largely down to his versatility as well as his enduring voice. He has retained the impressive vocal range that he first displayed in the 60s with hits including Release Me, The Last Waltz and There Goes My Everything. His loyal fan base continue to buy concert tickets in droves, and he has continued to record new albums at a rate of at least one per year during each of the past 35 years, a statistic that none of his contemporaries from the 60s can claim. Still recording new and original material, Englebert occasionally returns to his musical roots to record classics from the 50s and 60s - the content of this recently-recorded album is one such project. A long-time fan of Nat King Cole, Engelbert's emotional performance of Cole's Too Young is a worthy tribute. Another highlight, and another triumph, is Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - this song is one of popular music's most demanding, requiring superb breath control to sustain the repeated crescendoes that feature throughout the song. Engelbert delivers quality performances on every song, equalling (and sometimes surpassing) the standard set by the original artists. An essential album for Engelbert fans and anyone who enjoys classic 50s and 60s love songs.

Diamonds And Dirt
Diamonds And Dirt
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5.0 out of 5 stars Landmark country album, Jan. 24 2002
This review is from: Diamonds And Dirt (Audio CD)
After years of modest solo chart success and as a member of Emmylou Harris' Hot Band, Rodney Crowell struck gold with the 1988 release "Diamonds And Dirt". Five country number one singles were released from the album, a first in the history of the music. The album was critically acclaimed, rightly so, and fourteen years later remains an essential album for any country/Americana fan, or any fan of excellent singer/songwriters. The album contains Crowell's "career song", the Grammy winning "After All This Time", a beautiful, yearning ballad. More upbeat, almost rockabilly material including "Brand New Rag", "She's Crazy For Leavin'", "I Couln't Leave You If I Tried" and "I Know You're Married" allowed this album to remain firmly in the repeat play mode on anyone's CD player. This period in country music produced some classic albums - Randy Travis' "Storms Of Life", Clint Black's "Killin' Time" to name two - but neither achieved the lasting impression of "Diamonds And Dirt". If you enjoy this album, don't miss Crowell's 2001 release "The Houston Kid", which is an outstanding work and confirms Crowell's longevity is not undeserved.

Road Less Traveled
Road Less Traveled
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great return to form, Jan. 18 2002
This review is from: Road Less Traveled (Audio CD)
George Strait set very high standards for himself with virtually every album he recorded between 1981 and 1994. Since then, although his popularity has continued to rise, his albums have been more uneven in terms of song quality. With this album, Strait is back at his very best, which guarantees a rock solid country album by a true legend. He experiments with his sound on Rodney Crowell's "Stars On The Water", complete with voice distortion. The singer of "All My Ex's Live In Texas" allowing voice distortion? Yes - and the results are superb, still unquestionably George Strait. His trademark honky tonk sound is represented by "Good Time Charley's" and "The Real Thing", while anyone who hears "Don't Tell Me You're Not In Love" on the way to work will be whistling it for the rest of the day - a very strong melody in the best Strait tradition of "Easy Come, Easy Go". The album finishes with a cover of Merle Haggard's "My Life's Been Grand" - so good it could have been on classic Strait albums such as "Beyond The Blue Neon", "Holding My Own" and "Livin' It Up". This album is as good as anything he has recorded in the past - the real thing, indeed.

Drive
Drive
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still true to his roots and himself, Jan. 18 2002
This review is from: Drive (Audio CD)
In a career that has produced hit upon hit while maintaining the true spirit of country music, Alan Jackson has recorded his greatest work so far with "Drive". There will inevitably be much focus on the tribute song to the victims of September 11, "Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)", which is included twice on this album, as recorded in the studio and also live at the 2001 CMA Awards. Of the many songs about that terrible day, this one best captures the feelings and emotions that we all experienced after the tragedy struck. Hopefully it will provide some comfort to those most affected.
This is a very strong album. Jackson has consistently recorded excellent country music throughout the 12 years since his first album. Encouragingly, in recent years, his own songwriting and choice of other writers' songs has actually improved upon the high standard of his earlier recordings. His albums, particularly Who I Am, High Mileage, When Somebody Loves You and now Drive, have been entertaining, personal and of the highest quality, matching the best of George Strait's recordings. Strait featues on this album in a duet, "Designated Drinker", which gets better with repeated listening, although its tune will be familiar to anyone who has heard Johnny Paycheck's "Don't Take Her She's All I've Got". Jackson has always displayed a sense of humour in his work and that's well represented here with "I Slipped And Fell In Love" and "Work In Progress". Apart from "Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)", the highlight of the album for me is "First Love", which tells the story of the singer's first car, which he sold, regretted it ("you can't drive a check"), only to be reunited many years later when he receives it as a present. Those of us who love our car will identify with this song.
I strongly recommend this album and predict that, even in January, we already have the country music album of the year.

Who Needs Pictures
Who Needs Pictures
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5.0 out of 5 stars The next legend, Jan. 18 2002
This review is from: Who Needs Pictures (Audio CD)
Finally, a new male country singer who is a genuine talent and who performs real country music. Independent labels include great talents such as Dale Watson, but who seem destined never to make a major commercial breakthrough. Mainstream success does not always signify greater talent, but Brad Paisley has, in the past three years, proved that he can combine true country music with enormous commercial success. Surely the next superstar in the making, Paisley has a similar vocal style to George Strait and Mark Chesnutt, and can also be classed alongside Alan Jackson, another modern country great who has never "sold out" to the demands of country radio. Standout songs on this, Paisley's debut album, include the frenetic and very funny opening track, "Long Sermon", the equally fast and fun "Me Neither", and the quality ballads, "Who Needs Pictures" and the album's best song, "He Didn't Have To Be". Paisley is also a fantastic guitarist and plays lead guitar on every track. The inclusion of the instrumental "Nervous Breakdown" highlights what a great guitarist Paisley is. This album has the same first impression as Randy Travis' "Storms Of Life": that means it ranks alongside the very best of modern country music with a traditional feel. He should enjoy the same success as George Strait and Alan Jackson if he continues to produce music of this standard.

The Cold Hard Truth
The Cold Hard Truth
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5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure, Jan. 11 2002
This review is from: The Cold Hard Truth (Audio CD)
What could have been George Jones' final album - he was involved in a serious road accident soon after recording the album - would certainly have been a fitting final chapter. Thankfully, he survived and went on to record the wonderful "The Rock" CD in 2001. This CD is one of his many artistic highs in a career that has seen him rightly described as country music's greatest singer. What makes this album all the more remarkable is that these songs were not in every case intended as the final takes. His accident and recovery period meant that producer Keith Stegall was left to work with what he had. With most singers, that would have been a disastrous situation - not so with George Jones. It's difficult to see how he could have improved on these recordings and we are left with an album that is nothing short of a classic. The opening song "Choices" gave Jones his highest charting single for some years. He takes the Billy Yates song (the writer's own version, recorded before Jones' version, is impressive) onto a different level. This is a perfect opening performance: the listener is immediately aware that this singer is something special, not that we ever doubted it. The album's title song follows next, another true country song that Jones gives the full "treatment": his trademark vocal style is on full display, bending and caressing notes with immaculate breath control and unrivalled feeling. The album continues with a mixture of upbeat, fun songs - the best of which, "You Never Know Just How Good You've Got It", finds Jones deep in "White Lightning" territory and never fails to bring a smile - and more wonderful, traditional ballads, of which I particularly enjoyed "Our Bed Of Roses" and the album's closer, the fittingly-titled "When The Last Curtain Falls". Let's hope it is a long time yet before the curtain falls on George Jones' career: this man is a treasure, the very last (and still greatest) legend of this type of country music. He has survived and will continue to add to his reputation with every recording, especially if he maintains the quality of this great album.

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