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Kiss, Best Of Vol 2
Kiss, Best Of Vol 2
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kiss for the MTV Generation, June 30 2004
This review is from: Kiss, Best Of Vol 2 (Audio CD)
for many of us who came of age in the 1980's, THIS is the Kiss we grew up with. I notice people are complaining about it, but must like how artists like Aerosmith and Eric Clapton have seperate GH collections for their 70's stuff and 80's stuff, why can't Kiss?
Granted, history (or KISStory) will never regard this era the way it did the 70's, but how many times can we honestly need to hear Rock N Roll All Nite again? Kiss released three great albums in the 1980's (IMO), Creatures Of The Night, Lick It Up and Animalize, all three are represented on here. Granted, there's no 70's Kiss on here, but how many freaking Kiss compilations are loaded with the 70's and may only contain 2 or 3 latter period songs.
If you like 80's hard rock/heavy metal such as Motley Crue and Ratt, you'll also like this era of Kiss. So it doesn't contain Rock N Roll All Night and Beth... so? and how many 80's and 90's Kiss songs have been snubbed off countless Kiss collections?

Reflections: Carly Simon's Greatest Hits
Reflections: Carly Simon's Greatest Hits
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4.0 out of 5 stars Missing one essential track, May 11 2004
this would be the essential Carly Simon cd to own, however, Carly's 1982 Nile Rodgers-produced smash dance single WHY is missing. WHY wasn't one of Carly's biggest hits, but it's absence on this collection is well-felt

If You Had My Love
If You Had My Love
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5.0 out of 5 stars A promising start to a dreadful music career, May 8 2004
This review is from: If You Had My Love (Audio CD)
in my opinion, Jennifer Lopez peaked with her very first single, If You Had My Love. 4 minutes of perfect r&b dance-pop produced by Rodney Jerkins. It quickly went to #1 and was a smash on the pop, r&b and club (the genre that J. Lo abandoned even tho I think her biggest following are dance fans) charts.
The song is soulful, funky, dancy and irresistably catchy all at once. I know quite a few people, including myself, who were in love with J. Lo when she released this song. However, she sabotaged it all once she hooked up with Ja Rule for the I'm Real remix, and she abandoned r&b dance-pop in favor of hip hop music.

Heathen
Heathen
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great, April 23 2004
This review is from: Heathen (Audio CD)
I notice a lot of people are calling Heathen Bowie's first "great" album since 1980. I disagree. I like the Heathen album, but there's something about it that keeps it from being in the same league as Reality or Earthling, and nothing on this album IMO is as great as either Heart's Filthy Lesson off Outside and Thursday's Child off ...hours.
On the pro sides... I thought it was great to see Bowie working with Visconti again. There's some GREAT songs on this album too. Slip Away and Slow Burn being the highlights in my opinion.
This is certainly a good album, but I don't understand why people make it out like it's the only decent album Bowie's done in the past 20 years, when I wouldn't even say it was his best in the past decade, as I think everything the man's done since 1993 has been worthy. Now check out Reality, Bowie's most flawless album in 20 years.

Earthling (W/4 Bonus Tracks)
Earthling (W/4 Bonus Tracks)
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE album of 1997, April 20 2004
When I think of 1997, this album comes to mind. On the heels of the brilliant Outside came Bowie's followup less than 16 months later.
If Outside reestablished Bowie as cutting edge, Earthling reaffirmed him as the coolest rock star ever. Bowie set out to do a dance album without any of the "anthem" pretences, and it works. The album starts off with Little Wonder, which was a great club hit in early 1997, and also proved the ability to be clubby and rocky at the same time. The album scored a #1 hit in Asia with Seven Years In Tibet.
Virgin released the album 97 but it went out of print a few years later, Columbia has reissued the cd for a new generation, as well as adding 4 remixes. The highlight of these (as well as the entire album) is the Trent Reznor mix of I'm Afraid Of Americans. The original album version is good too, but the Bowie/Trent collaboration probably opened the door (and showed none has come close) for the Michael Jackson/Justin Timberlake and Madonna/Britney collaborations. Bowie is Trent's biggest influence, and the meeting of the two of them was powerful and is a highlight of both careers.
This is a GREAT Bowie album.

Collection
Collection
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5.0 out of 5 stars great overview of the all-too-short career of 98 Degrees, April 20 2004
This review is from: Collection (Audio CD)
before I start this review, I must let it be known that I was not a big champion of the late 90's TRL pop invasion. I did like Aqua and Spice Girls, but to me, both of those were more Europop than TRL. I've never thought Britney was a particularly good singer, and I only think N'Sync had a handfull of good songs in them. Plus, I was 19-20 when 98 Degrees hit their peak. Yet I loved them!!! Their music was irresistable, and looks-wise, they were by far the hottest of all the boy acts (tho 98 wasn't a boyband, they were lumped in with them) of the day.
This collection covers their entire recording career, from 1997's top 20 Invisible Man to their 2002 Why (Are We Still Friends). These guys walked a thin line between r&b and pop music that is rarely seen these days. Unlike Backstreet Boys and N'Sync (Justin solo is another story, but both BSB and N'Sync proclaimed themselves r&b influenced), 98 Degrees actually scored on the r&b chart as well. And at the same time, 98 Degrees were able to reach a pop audience that wasn't really into Boyz II Men, Next or K-Ci And Jo-Jo. While Backstreet Boys and Ricky Martin were the biggest selling artists of 1999, I think it's hardpressed to say that 98 Degrees didn't rule the year 1999. They were everywhere for those 12 months. All of the hits they had that year (Because Of You, The Hardest Thing, I Do, This Gift) are collected here.
The four-part harmonies of Nick Lachey, Jeff Timmons, Drew Lachey and Justin Jeffre are already proving to be timeless. 5-6 years on, these songs are still great.
98 Degrees had a nice run from 97-01, but they took an extended break after their summer 2001 tour, a lot of us believe they've broken up as Jeff is now listed as "FORMER 98 Degrees vocalist". Nick Lachey and Jeff Timmons have both gone solo (Jeff's album is available exclusively through JeffTimmons.com), and Nick's probably unfortunately better known now as "Mr. Jessica Simpson" than for his music, and it's a shame.
I recommend this collection to anyone who has the least casual of interest to 98 Degrees. If you're just learning who Nick Lachey is through Newlyweds, pick up this cd and you'll understand why so many of us are kinda disapointed that he's now playing Jessica Simpson's second banana.

98 Degress/the Col.
98 Degress/the Col.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best DVD treatment the guys could get!, April 20 2004
This review is from: 98 Degress/the Col. (DVD)
While I was never a big fan of the late 90's pop explosion (I did like Spice Girls and Aqua, but both were more Europop than TRL), I always found myself being a closet 98 Degrees fan. I thought they were cuter than N'Sync and their music was a lot better than Backstreet Boys. These guys had great harmonies, and Nick and Jeff were both foxes.
This DVD, which coincided with their Greatest Hits cd of the same title, contained the now-out-of-print-on-VHS "Heat It Up" documentary from 1999, and it also contained a complete video collection. Some of the videos overlap on the two, but however you get the original b&w Invisible Man (the video featured in Heat It Up was featured later and introduced a clean-shaven Jeff Timmons, while he was scruffy in the original), the videos for I Do Cherish You, This Gift and a live performance of Still, and also the 3 Revelation videos.
98 Degrees had a nice run from 97-01, but they took an extended break after their summer 2001 tour, a lot of us believe they've broken up as Jeff is now listed as "FORMER 98 Degrees vocalist". Nick Lachey and Jeff Timmons have both gone solo (Jeff's album is available exclusively through JeffTimmons.com), and Nick's probably unfortunately better known now as "Mr. Jessica Simpson" than for his music, and it's a shame.
if you have an interest in 98 Degrees in the slightest, this DVD release is worth every cent. Even if you've just gotten exposed to Nick Lachey featuring Newlyweds, check it out.

Outside (W/1 Bonus Track)
Outside (W/1 Bonus Track)
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's back! Bowie's 95 renaissance, April 19 2004
by the mid 90's, David Bowie was at a crossroads. It'd been nearly a decade since his last success, and while his last album, Black Tie White Noise, was good, it quickly went out of print thanks to the label closing it's doors less than 2 months after it's release. Enter the mid-90's alternative era. Nirvana scored a hit with their Unplugged cover of The Man Who Sold The World, and Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor became a superstar making music that was very Bowie influenced, especially from Bowie's late 70's Berlin trilogy with Brian Eno.
Bowie and Trent quickly became friends, and subsequently went on tour to promote this album. Taking note at how Low/Heroes/Lodger was influencing a whole generation of new musicians, Bowie hooked up with Brian Eno and recorded what was to be the first of a trilogy. Outside was released in September 1995 with plenty of hype. MTV, which hadn't played Bowie since the Never Let Me Down video, played "The Heart's Filthy Lesson" in heavy rotation for a month before the album hit. That song may very well be not only the best song on the album, but David's best song of the entire 1990's.
In many ways, Outside is spotty. The story of the kidnapping of Baby Grace still makes very little sense 9 years on. However, it showed that Bowie was back in full swing again and he quickly reclaimed his place in music. While the seeds of Bowie's return to relevance (which has lasted through today) were planted with Black Tie White Noise, it blossomed with Outside.
Columbia (Virgin released the album in 1995, and it went out of print a year or two ago) reissued Outside in March 2004, and added Get Real, a track that appeared on the Japanese pressing of the album and the single for Strangers When We Meet. Try it out, not Bowie's best by a long shot, but one of his most interesting works.

Cross Road Best Of
Cross Road Best Of
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great starter for a Bon Jovi collection, but needs a pt. 2, April 17 2004
This review is from: Cross Road Best Of (Audio CD)
Cross Road is a 14 track (11 previously released) Greatest Hits collection Bon Jovi released in 1994. The album was a huge success and gave them one of their biggest singles, Always.
The bulk of the album focuses on Bon Jovi's peak in popularity, roughly 1986-1990. With Slippery When Wet and New Jersey, Bon Jovi were one of the top hard rock bands of the late 1980's. 3 tracks off each album.
With Cross Road, you can get the biggest of the big Bon Jovi hits from 84-94 on one package, prepare to ride on the steel horse or be shot down in a blaze of glory whenever you wish to be.
However, I think it's time for a Cross Road 2. Bon Jovi's had quite a few hits since this album, and they can put in some of the "missing" hits off this album, such as the #3 Born To Be My Baby, the #9 Living In Sin, the radio smash Never Say Goodbye, the top 20 In These Arms, and others.

Their Greatest Hits  Record
Their Greatest Hits Record
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pop perfection, April 12 2004
I received this CD a few months ago after my mother passed away. She loved the Bee Gees. I always liked some of their 70's hits, but never to a point to buy any of their albums.
Boy what was I missing!! This set spanning 1966-2001 is the best Bee Gees collection on the market.
Some people in here are complaining that it's not The Beatles. Okay... So? If you refused to listen to any artist because they're not The Beatles then you'd have a very limited scope in music. The Gibb's have made a lasting impact in music and have written plenty of amazing songs. All of the big hits from their late 60's/early 70's phase are here, as well as the disco-pop songs from 1975-1979. The only problem I have with this set is that actual Bee Gees hits were replaced with songs they wrote for other artists. More Than A Woman and If I Can't Have You I can understand as they recorded those in the 1970's, but in place of Emotion, Islands In The Stream (which they add in parts of Ghetto Superstar) and Heartbreaker, I would've liked to see some other Bee Gees singles. This set would've been perfect to place the two top 40 hits off the infamous Living Eyes album. Also, why is Barry's duet with Barbra Streisand on here? Guilty is a good song, but there's plenty of Streisand compilations this song is already on.
But enough with the nitpicks. This collection is filled with so many classic hits that if you appreciate classic pop album, you have absolutely no excuse to not own this album in your CD collection

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