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Monthly Archive for July, 2009

Yusuf: Roadsinger

Check Our Catalog “Roadsinger is an utterly solid catalog entry under either his adopted spiritual name or his former one [Cat Stevens]. Longtime fans will not be disappointed, and the rest of us should take note, too, because this kind of songcraft is seldom come by anymore.”–All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “Charmingly blunt and unpolished, Fortress instantly casts Maria as a distinctive talent among her established Scandinavian contemporaries.”–Slant Magazine

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Check Our Catalog “Thanks to the meticulous production values, the insane catchiness of the hooks, and the pure and true emotional underpinnings below all the gloss, the album is a total success of both sound and vision.”–All Music Guide “Refreshed and uplifted. Those are two things that the best pop records leave you feeling, and [...]

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Phoenix: Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Check Our Catalog “The group has polished its ’60s-rock-revivalist sound to near perfection, but keeps expanding its aural palette, experimenting with layered rhythms and sonic textures.”–Billboard

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Check Our Catalog “Live in Pittsburgh 1970 (2008) is the sixth (more or less) full-length live set from the Doors’ own Bright Midnight Archives. It is also one of its shortest and arguably most dynamic entries — a single CD capturing the quartet of Jim Morrison (vocals/hand percussion), Ray Manzarek (keyboards/bass pedals/vocals), Robbie Krieger (guitars), [...]

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Dvorak: Rusalka

Check Our Catalog “Most opera lovers only know one short excerpt from Rusalka: the ecstatic aria known as the “Song to the Moon.” But there’s a lot more where that came from. Conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras — heroic rescuer of unjustly neglected Czech masterworks — this recording reveals a luminous score brimming over with [...]

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Wagner: Die Walkure

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Check Our Catalog “A special collection of great Verdi tenor arias taken from Luciano Pavarotti’s classic recordings–all made in the prime of his career. Featuring all the famous Verdi melodies known the world over, such as “La donna è mobile,” “Celeste Aïda,” “Di quella pira” and much more. In addition to arias, this set includes [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Two-CD collection featuring the finest voices in Opera performing the most beautiful arias by the classic composers. An aria is a self-contained piece for vocals with orchestral accompaniment and this collection gathers together arias that will touch your heart and relax your soul as you are lifted by their beautiful melodies. 40 [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Originally released in 1970 as a triple-LP, MUSIC FROM THE ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK AND MORE: WOODSTOCK topped Billboard’s pop albums chart for four weeks, and was a Top 20 R&B album as well. As potent a musical time capsule as ever existed, it captures the three-day, 1969 concert event that united close to [...]

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Grizzly Bear: Veckatimest

Check Our Catalog “The Brooklyn quartet Grizzly Bear has earned a reputation for dense sonic buildups and gorgeous harmonies, and the group’s third album “Veckatimest” excels on both accounts.”–Billboard “Easily the band’s most engrossing and dense album yet, Veckatimest subsumes the listener in dreamy washes of colliding instrumentation and symphonic crescendos.”–Boston Globe

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Dave Alvin: And the Guilty Women

Check Our Catalog “A big part of the energy of Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women comes from the musicians, and while some might think Alvin might be aiming for novelty factor by recording with five women, one listen will wipe those thoughts from your mind. Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women is an album [...]

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Check Our Catalog “In January 2008, Sarah Brightman recorded and filmed Symphony — Live in Vienna within the mystical walls of Stephansdome Cathedral in the heart of where classical music evolved — Vienna, Austria. Renowned for its awe-inspiring Gothic architecture, the cathedral was the perfect setting to enter the magical world of Symphony lead by [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Given her artistic significance, the discography that mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson left at her death in 2006 was not large, so it’s heartening when new recordings of her work appear. This recital was taken from live recordings she made with the Orchestra of Emmanuel Music, the ensemble-in-residence at Emmanuel Church, Boston, between [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Even with its bloated running time, Sin is more thematically satisfying and sonically adventurous than anything Amos has recorded in years.”–Slant Magazine

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Check Our Catalog “Clapton and Winwood did three concerts together at Madison Square Garden in February 2008 and the results were fruitful enough to spawn this double-disc album…Ultimately, this isn’t an album of moments, but rather a sustained whole that finds Clapton and Winwood egging each other on to produce a wholly satisfying, if not [...]

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Eminem: Relapse

Check Our Catalog “By letting Dr. Dre take over the low-end-funk production, and rhyming about things he actually cares about, he comes up with a more painful, honest and vital record than anyone could have expected at this late date, up there with “The Eminem Show” or maybe even better.”–Rolling Stone

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Check Our Catalog “It could have easily gone any of several wrong ways, but Green Day’s punk has long since been tempered with pop’s most attractive attributes, and 21stCentury Breakdown, like its predecessor, is unapologetically accessible and relentlessly exhilarating.”–The Phoenix

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Nanci Griffith: The Loving Kind

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Check Our Catalog “Everyone knows that Martin can be very funny, but The Crow isn’t a joke. It’s a first-class banjo album.”–All Music Guide

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