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Who's Next (Deluxe Edition) (2CD)
Who's Next (Deluxe Edition) (2CD)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who's Next--Landmark in Classic Rock, April 22 2003
The landmark is not just the big concrete block on their cover, but the music as well. The could not do it without the legendary bandmates. Pete Townshend, guitar hero; John Entwhistle, the complementary and skilled bassist ; Roger Daltrey, the 70's rocking Jesus figure with the "look" and personality; and the late Keith Moon, eccentric and beatful drummer. A nice dynamic allowed this group to do some cool things to lay out the traditions of rock music.
On this album, Baba O'reilly is a song that stood the test of time (used recently on the American Beauty Soundtrack). Good experimentation with synths. A good tune, and it flows into a new section with a different feel. A nice accomplishment of style not used as much as it should be today.
Bargain is cool. I like the intro particularly because it has a psychadelic song and is totally unrelated melodically to the rest of the song.
Love aint for keeping is cool. I think it's one of the best. A well written song. It just rocks at certain points.
My Wife is not the strongest track, but it's an interested melody by Entwhistle. It's cool.
This Song is Over is kind of cool. It's a little weak vocally, and the instrumental parts could be more cohesive. But it has a nice piano piano. And good solos from the instruments. They almost sound like a jam band.
Getting in Tune is cool, too. During some listens, I get kind of sick of this song, but it's a nice song. No reason not to like it.
Going Mobile is cool as well. Cool acoustic guitar. They just play their instruments really well. The vocal on this is nice.
Behind Blue Eyes is a nice little emotional, confessional acoustic jam. "I have hours only lonely" is my favorite line in this song.
Won't Get Fooled Again is often rated as the highlight of this album for its use of synths. I don't think it's the best on this album, I'd probably give that to Love Aint For Keeping. Yet you can see why this song would be popular.
Baby Don't You Do It is also a classic. Very consistent guys.

A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (Widescreen) [2 Discs] (Bilingual)
A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (Widescreen) [2 Discs] (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Haley Joel Osment
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kubrick and Spielberg, April 21 2003
Just like most Kubrick films, there is an unconventional disposition to the structure and other basic elements of this film. Spielberg should be applauded for bringing to life the late director's uncultivated concept while being faithful to his style at the same time.
Just like most Spielberg movies, a coherent and inspiring film is created out of an unbelievably out-of-this-world premise.
Hayley Joel Osment plays a great role, and is careful in showing us a very thematic characteristic--the ability to appear non-human but also grasp the sympathy of the viewer beyond belief. It is a strange dichotomy, one that appears nonsensical to many viewers. You can only enjoy this movie if you rid your mind of real-world limitations and take the movie for what it is--a fantasy.
However, A.I. is not a fantasy without logical bounds. Much of the logistics are explained quite logically and entertainingly in the movie. The opening scene introduces the premise of Artificial Intelligence and draws you in.
By the time you have watched the entire movie, which essentially takes you on this "boy's" journey, you can't even believe that the plot took you all this way. It's like you've watched several movies, yet this long-winded film has a purpose for every which way it takes you.
The film is absolutely beautiful. The creation of an alternate world here (arguably meant to portray the future)
would intrigue any imaginative individual. The progression of the plot and the themes that surface would evoke joy and passion from any emotional human.
If you watch it with the right attitude, it has benefits for you far beyond the myriad of average films.

Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band
Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sgt. Pepper, a critical response, April 21 2003
Not necessarily the most musically impressive collection of song, this album is more revered for what it meant to popular music at the time. In order to understand this fully, pretend to place yourself in 1967 during the summer of love. In an extraordinary time in the progression of American ideals and culture, there is a feeling of excitement to begin with.
The Beatles had spent the last two years creating two landmark albums, RUBBER SOUL and REVOLVER, which wooed the world with the Lennon, McCartney, and Harrison's songwriting craft.
You notice a progression from Rubber Soul to Revolver of heightened creativity and experimentation. SGT. PEPPER marks a sudden explosion of this deliniation, or it least what appeared to the public.
When first popped in, you hear the tuning of violins and the rustle of audience chatter, and you already know something is different about this album. Then McCartney rocks you on the title track. The unheard-of clarity thanks to George Martin and Paul's emulation of Hendrix are apparent on the track. Then a wonderful vocal introduction of "Billy Shears", the fictional leader of the so-called band, that flows right into the feel-good Ringo solo, "With A Little Help From My Friends". Pay attention to Paul's bass in this song.
Then a psychadelic adventure, "Lucy in the Sky", from John. You can hear them inventing new styles of music. Not the most naturally-flowing Beatles song, LSD is a clear example of a psychadelic style the Beatles were trying to accomplish.
"Getting better" is not my favorite song. It is one of several fair (on a Beatles-quality scale) songs on this album. Which underscores that this album was more a revolution of music style than a good collection of songs, for the latter of which REVOLVER, THE BEATLES, or even MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR probably takes the cake. Nonetheless, the production standard on this track is clearly superb.
"Fixing a Whole" (Paul's) is kind of a cool little song, but no masterpiece. You see the intuitiveness of the lyric, but not an extraordinarily arranged song, such as "Good Day, Sunshine" on his last album.
"She's Leaving Home" is widely considered to be Paul's follow-up to Eleanor rigby. He wanted to capture the theme of despair in a well-orchestrated work. He falls slightly short of his goal, as this song is much less clean-cut. The background vocals don't mesh well with Paul and the instruments. Paul creates a nice melody but fails on the delivery, placing this song somewhere in the middle of the album.
"Benifit of Mr. Kite", another John psycadelic piece, is quite enjoyable. Although it sounds a little weird to the virgin ear, you grow an appreciation for its almost funky yet thumpy harmonic cul de sacs.
"Within You Without You" is George's song-writing contribution to the album. The Indian influence owns this song. It is kind of cool, but comparitively, you cannot get lost in it as George would like to accomplish. A few more years, George, and you'll develop into a very prolific songwriter.
"When I'm Sixty-Four" is another creative and kind of romantic track by Paul, but no masterpiece.
"Lovely Rita" is another decent song.
"Good Morning, Good Morning" is a John song that sounds kind of sloppy. It is interesting and fun to listen to on one account, but nothing moving or inspiring on another.
The Reprise of the title track helps to round out the disc, making it into that concept album (Some argue that this is barely a concept album because of no unified theme, and that Tommy is more of a concept album. I argue that the variety of concepts explored on this album make it take the cake).
Then comes arguably the greatest Beatle venture on one track, "A Day in the Life". John opens with a beautiful, haunting melody, with haunting lyrics. A spectacular John performance. This song depicts the song-writing dynamic between Lennon/McCartney within the context of drug-induced creativity. It also shows George Martin's ability to work with the band, forming a creative relationship with the band and proficiently producing everything down to the subtle yet important details.
"A Day in the Life" is truly magnificent, and especially shows off John Lennon's rare way of really getting his grip on you.
Let the CD speak for itself, and don't hold my rating as fixed. That's how it was meant to be.

2002 Back In The U.S. Live
2002 Back In The U.S. Live
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3.0 out of 5 stars Paul brings back old magic in a nice package, April 20 2003
I heard this CD multiple times on a United flight. It is a great CD and very enjoyable for any Beatles/Paul fan, which is why I listened to it over and over again.
Paul certainly doesn't give his finest performance ever on this CD, but it is certainly a good MIX of Paul's career. He gives weight to periods according to what they deserve, as we see a high concentration of Beatles era, somewhat less of his 70's Wings hits, and even fewer recent songs. This is just another sign of McCartney's innate and meticulous understanding of popular music and puclic appeal. He is absolutely amazing at keeping his audience entertained, and I would attribute much of the Beatles' fame and success to this point.
The songs are almost all great, and he gives you a sense of his grand output as a song-writer. Included are thoughtful tributes to John and George, back to back. "Here Today" is a song he wrote in the early 80's in which he addresseds John as if he were still living. For George, he plays "Something" on the ukulele, an instrument George loved to play in his spare time.
The band with which Paul plays has talent and confidence. They help to recreate the songs as they were once performed as they simultaneously fine-tune and strengthen them.
Although this CD is great, I give it 3 stars because it is not the best buy out there. In fact, there is one MUCH better that has most of the same material and feeling--the "Back in the US" DVD. For a few dollars more, you get to SEE the concert instead of just hearing a live performance. Although the DVD has some superfluous material, it adds an element of excitement that is well worth the buck.

Greatest Hits 1970-2002
Greatest Hits 1970-2002
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elton--top of the music world for contributions and persona, April 20 2003
This review is from: Greatest Hits 1970-2002 (Audio CD)
Like many of Elton's compilation CD's, songs get repeated from previous "Greatest Hits" albums or "Love Songs", for example.
Yet this music is a pretty fair representation of Elton's carreer and eclectic areas of accomplishment.
Check out this CD certainly if you want to get into Elton John's music and haven't already. But if you already own Elton CD's you will surely own multiple copies of one song.
Essentially, to rate this CD, you are rating Elton's career--which, let's admit is absolutely stunning. One of the biggest acts in music and longest-performing as well. With occasionally dry periods, Elton has proved with absolutely no doubt that he was made to be a performer, and a brilliant, talented one at that. One of the few "piano men" performing with wide appeal, of course Billy Joel being the other substantial one.
My personal favorite tracks are:
"Your Song", which is just one of the loveliest tunes and is Elton at his freshest and surprisingly very profilific times.
"Rocket Man", a full-package song that explores a unique subject.
"Someone Saved My Life Tonight", though it could have been recorded better to bring out Elton's voice a little more and accent certain things, is a tune that moves the soul, and elicits a certain feeling that it seems only music can give you.
There are some other great ones. "Bennie" is bluesy, "Can you feel the love" has this maturity to it and also was a huge radio hit of the 90's.
The first CD is clearly the cream of the Elton. The second CD might have music that is less pulpy, but it has its fair share of hits. It's almost "The greatest hits of Elton's non-hits".
A clear function of this CD and the reason it garners such a high rating is because it gives a full, fair representation of Elton's career, which is one of the most consistent and lengthy careers of anyone in the very volatile business.

Legend - The Best Of Bob Marley And The Wailers
Legend - The Best Of Bob Marley And The Wailers
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bob Marley lives on in his music; perfect CD to prove it, April 20 2003
Bob Marley is a figure that attracts attention from any music lover.
Leading and popularizing the entire Reggae genre, Bob Marley's music and persona are larger than life. He tackles themes of inequality and Rastafarian doctrines in his lyrics to energetic, heartfelt songs.
The CD opens with "Is this Love", as the bouncing and almost funky guitar make way to Bob Marley's lovely voice. Just a fun song to listen to while chilling. The best part of the song is the verse.
"No Woman No Cry" is a live cut, and a change of mood, to soft and poignant. Very simple the whole way through, it's not his best song but an important classic nonetheless.
"Could You be Loved" has this amazing energy, a kicking beat. The switch between relative major and minor tonality is an example of Marley's ability to naturally elicit emotion through the music. When he gets to the part "Could You be Loved, and be loved", you are forced to feel it.
"Three Little Birds" is a great song to with great harmonies from the ladies. A nice arrangement by Bob, and another great message from Bob.
"Buffalo Soldier" is a cool song, one of my favorites. Great instrumentals from the band.
"Get Up Stand Up" is a song that describes Bob's answer to much of the injustice in Jamaica and the world. Meaningful and funky, Marley means business.
"One Love" is a lasting melody that you've surely heard on resort commercials, such as Sandals. It speaks Carribean.
"Shot the Sherrif", covered by Eric Clapton, is a strange song. Original concept. It is one of the most bouncing, so I like it. Bob goes all out vocally as well. Nice vocal effects too.
"Waiting in Vain" is cool. Very relaxed. Almost has an American R&B feel to it. Very chill. A nice fadeout at the end.
"Redemption Song" is an emotional song with good lyrics. This is a special one. The chorus gives insight into some of Bob's longing.
"Satisfy my Soul" is a bit jazzy, but follows the basic Marley songwriting formula. Again, another song from his collection that shows he's a songwriter.
"Exodus" reiterates his theme for the progression and equality of his people. Not one of the best songs on the CD, yet a memorable chorus.
"Jammin" is one of the best songs on the CD. Pure and beautiful, it's impossible not to feel the rhythm on here.
The two bonus tracks are interesting and welcome.
Bob's all about simple messages put to very relaxing music. That's what Bob's music is all about, very basic and raw emotion, which makes the music timeless and shouts out "Life".

Legend - The Best Of Bob Marley And The Wailers
Legend - The Best Of Bob Marley And The Wailers
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bob Marley lives on in his music; perfect CD to prove it, April 20 2003
Bob Marley is a figure that attracts attention from any music lover.
Leading and popularizing the entire Reggae genre, Bob Marley's music and persona are larger than life. He tackles themes of inequality and Rastafarian doctrines in his lyrics to energetic, heartfelt songs.
The CD opens with "Is this Love", as the bouncing and almost funky guitar make way to Bob Marley's lovely voice. Just a fun song to listen to while chilling. The best part of the song is the verse.
"No Woman No Cry" is a live cut, and a change of mood, to soft and poignant. Very simple the whole way through, it's not his best song but an important classic nonetheless.
"Could You be Loved" has this amazing energy, a kicking beat. The switch between relative major and minor tonality is an example of Marley's ability to naturally elicit emotion through the music. When he gets to the part "Could You be Loved, and be loved", you are forced to feel it.
"Three Little Birds" is a great song to with great harmonies from the ladies. A nice arrangement by Bob, and another great message from Bob.
"Buffalo Soldier" is a cool song, one of my favorites. Great instrumentals from the band.
"Get Up Stand Up" is a song that describes Bob's answer to much of the injustice in Jamaica and the world. Meaningful and funky, Marley means business.
"One Love" is a lasting melody that you've surely heard on resort commercials, such as Sandals. It speaks Carribean.
"Shot the Sherrif", covered by Eric Clapton, is a strange song. Original concept. It is one of the most bouncing, so I like it. Bob goes all out vocally as well. Nice vocal effects too.
"Waiting in Vain" is cool. Very relaxed. Almost has an American R&B feel to it. Very chill. A nice fadeout at the end.
"Redemption Song" is an emotional song with good lyrics. This is a special one. The chorus gives insight into some of Bob's longing.
"Satisfy my Soul" is a bit jazzy, but follows the basic Marley songwriting formula. Again, another song from his collection that shows he's a songwriter.
"Exodus" reiterates his theme for the progression and equality of his people. Not one of the best songs on the CD, yet a memorable chorus.
"Jammin" is one of the best songs on the CD. Pure and beautiful, it's impossible not to feel the rhythm on here.
The two bonus tracks are interesting and welcome.
Bob's all about simple messages put to very relaxing music. That's what Bob's music is all about, very basic and raw emotion, which makes the music timeless and shouts out "Life".

Simon and Garfunkel's Greatest Hits
Simon and Garfunkel's Greatest Hits
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sentimental Value gives CD 5-Star Rating, April 20 2003
This CD was one of my favorite at a time when I was nursed emotionally by music. I found the music very beautiful and appealing, which I found out is rare and peculiar for my generation (the one currently at the college age).
I believe I first fell in love with "Mrs. Robinson" from watching the film FORREST GUMP. Then I hooked this CD and listen to classic after classic. Each song has a quality about it, it conveys a certain s
"Boxer" is despair, "Bridge Over Troubled Water" is friendship, "Bookends" is memories, "Cecilia" is sexual excitement.
There isn't an emotion that Paul Simon doesn't cover in his song-writing. Garfunkel complements his childhood friend almost perfectly.
The classic duo of popular music will remain a favorite of mine for the rest of my life, and the songs will have a certain value for me that I almost cannot describe, so I will not try. Buy the CD and see if the songs click with you. They helped me shape my tastes of music so perhaps that is why I like it so much.
But perhaps my favorite song, "America"--I just find it so beautiful that I cannot fathom how anyone wouldn't fall in love with this song.

Home Alone 3 (Widescreen)
Home Alone 3 (Widescreen)
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1.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely terrible threequel., April 20 2003
This review is from: Home Alone 3 (Widescreen) (DVD)
I don't really care that this movie was made. However, when I saw it this was not the case. I was the biggest fan of the first two Home Alones, and that caused me to dispise the 3rd one for ever being made.
It had nothing that made the other two movies attractive to me. The John Williams music, The acting, the house that is located near Chicago and had a certain symbolism--all of these were missing from the 3rd one. It was a totally different movie that seemed to keep the plot but changed the whole mood.
Absolutely terrible, and I stand by this assessment. Especially if you are a Home Alone fan.

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (Widescreen)
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (Widescreen)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Home Alone Renewed, (4+1/2)s, where s=stars, April 20 2003
This movie captures the same Christmas feeling as the first film. It captures the mischievousness of Culken's character Kevin, the pathetic dynamic between Pesci's and Stern's harmless villains, and the plot of the first movie. In fact, the plots are almost parallel.
Compare Kevin's old neighbor (rumored to have used a shovel to commit homicide) in the first movie with the pigeon lady in the second. In both of them, Kevin helps them to solve their life/self-esteem problems. By using the fictional sequel of the fictional "Angles with Filthy Souls", HA2 is almost parodying itself.
It is actually quite comedic; you certainly don't have to be a child to enjoy it. In fact, there is humor aimed toward all different age groups.
This is highly recommended and is already a quasi-classic with the first at least for my generation, the one currently in college.

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