Manufacturer: Parlophone Brand: WEA Model: 28935091
Note:99% of the time playability issues are a result of turbtables lacking a tone arm with adjustments for vertical tracking angle, anti-skating, and counter-weight system -- not a result of the vinyl record. "The French twosome behind Daft Punk, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo, get away with an awful lot. They go around impersonating aliens and robots in their interviews, they put records out only once every three years, and they make music that evokes a million other artists--while not really sounding like any of them. The keyboard noodlings of Jean-Michel Jarre are in there somewhere, along with the otherworldly imagery and giant hooks of '70s rock icons like Boston or even Electric Light Orchestra. There are dashes of 1999-era Prince and oodles of new wave and disco cheese, from Harold Faltermeyer and Gary Numan to the Bee Gees, all set off with efficient house beats. So how have they managed to position themselves as electronic music's next great crossover artists? On Discovery, the fo...
Les Miserables (1987 Original Broadway Cast)
Manufacturer: Decca Broadway
After Les MisÃ©rables became a huge hit in London, it moved to Broadway, bringing along two stars from the London production, Colm Wilkinson as the heroic Valjean and Frances Ruffelle as the despondent Eponine. Filling out this 1987 cast are Randy Graff (Fantine), Terrence Mann (Javert), David Bryant (Marius), Judy Kuhn (Cosette), Michael Maguire (Enjolras), and Leo Burmester and Jennifer Butt (the ThÃ©nardiers). Whether you prefer the London cast or this one just might depend on which one you heard first, though minor revisions to the show since its London debut make the Broadway version more familiar to current audiences. In fact, the 10th anniversary concert might have the best overall cast of the lot, while the three-disc symphonic recording is a must for completists. Regardless of cast, Les MisÃ©rables has become a sensation. Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel SchÃ¶nberg's score is filled with beautiful ballads ("Bring Him Home," "I Dreamed a Dream") and rousing anthems ("One Day More," "Do You Hea...
Les Miserables (Highlights from the 1987 Original Broadway Cast)
Manufacturer: Verve Brand: CAST-BROADWAY Model: 2002832
No Description Available.Genre: Soundtracks & ScoresMedia Format: Compact DiskRating: Release Date: 28-JAN-2003 While not overly generous at 55 minutes, the highlights album of the 1987 original Broadway cast recording of Les Miserables is intelligently selected and likely to prove satisfying to most fans. It includes the best-loved numbers of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel SchÃ¶nberg's score, beautiful ballads ("Bring Him Home," "I Dreamed a Dream") and rousing anthems ("One Day More," "Do You Hear the People Sing?") alike, but eliminates some choral numbers ("Lovely Ladies"), redundancies ("Red and Black"), and connective tissue that propels the plot along ("Valjean Arrested," "Come to Me (Fantine's Death)"). Sure, a more perfect selection could have lasted longer than half of the two-disc set's 104 minutes by adding "At the End of the Day" and "In My Life," among others, but it's still a good representation on a convenient single disc. Of course, those who always want to re-create the theatrical experie...
Manufacturer: Parlophone Model: 1981065
Moon Safari French duo Air's debut album is a superlatively happy collection of experimental disco-mood sound nestled between ambient soundscape and breathy pop. It's jazzy and melodic, and mostly laid-back, but not excessively so. There are a few shake-it, shake-it numbers, too, like the absurdly daft hit "Sexy Boy." It's snap your fingers and hang out (while reading) music or dance around sexy-slow with your mate music. It's also the perfect music to do your ironing or some other chore to; it's hypnotizing wallpaper music. It slips in and out of your consciousness, forcing you to move around with a relaxed smile before you even realize it. Oh, and contrary to sampler fashion, Nicolas Godin and Jean Benoit Dunckel played the instruments themselves. Bravo. --Mike McGonigal
Manufacturer: Columbia Europe
Asian Version featuring Three Bonus Tracks: 'forget Me Not', 'i Know What Love Is', and 'je T'aime Encore'.
If you're familiar with Mariah Carey and Celine Dion, then you know the sound of Lara Fabian's self-titled English-language debut: 56 minutes of bland, predictable love songs, heavy on ballads, with plenty of vocal gymnastics. Already a French-language superstar, Fabian alternates between vulnerable softie ("Adagio," "You Are My Heart") and tough cookie ("I Am Who I Am," "Part of Me")--failing to prove she's either, but belting her heart out nonetheless. Lara Fabian is a good gift for a 13-year-old girl discovering the pain of unrequited love: there's no sexual content, and there are plenty of fairy-tale platitudes to go around. --Courtney Kemp If you're familiar with Mariah Carey and Celine Dion, then you know the sound of Lara Fabian's self-titled English-language debut: 56 minutes of bland, predictable love songs, heavy on ballads, with plenty of vocal gymnastics. Already a French-language superstar, Fabian alternates between vulnerable softie ("Adagio," "You Are My Heart") and tough cookie ("I Am Who...
Amelie (Music From the Motion Picture)
Manufacturer: Virgin Records America Model: 2131180
Amelie: Original Soundtrack Recording This sunny comic fable from idiosyncratic director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (City of Lost Children, Alien Resurrection, Delicatessen) boasts any number of intimate charms, not the least of which is Yann Tiersen's warmly inviting score. Composer and multi-instrumentalist Tiersen's work and training may have masterfully encompassed classical, pop, and rock, but his delightful AmÃ©lie music proves he is slave to none. In this, his fourth soundtrack, Tiersen displays an impressive command of idiom and melodic subtlety that's rightfully drawn comparisons to the great Nino Rota. With a Paris-set story driven by blossoming love, the composer frequently leans on the familiar Parisian street accordion motif as a starting point. If that sounds clichÃ©d, it's anything but; Tiersen's delicate touch incorporates Gypsy flourishes, classical string ensembles, electronics, stark and lovely solo piano, and even minimalist technique--often in the same charming cue. The result is music that m...
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