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Sunday, October 09, 2005

#413 - Ashes Are Burning, Renaissance

"With electric guitarist Andy Powell sitting in on the title track, Renaissance delivered its best, and first fully formed album, mixing Russian, French, and Indian influences in musical settings that are both lively and elegant. The title track is one of the few lengthy progressive-rock pieces of the era that holds up, and the rest of the material runs the gamut from folk ("Carpet of the Sun") to Impressionist ("At the Harbor"), all of it hauntingly beautiful and enlivening." (allmusic guide)

#412 - Jesus Christ Superstar, Original Sountrack

"Jesus Christ has been very good to Andrew Lloyd Webber. Indeed, the Rock of Ages inspired one of the greatest stories ever sold and launched composer Lloyd Webber to musical theater superstardom; lyricist Tim Rice hasn't done too bad for himself, either. Though oft touted by its creators as the first rock opera (a claim that might raise the hackles of fans of Pete Townshend's and the Who's Tommy), Lloyd Webber's "rock" sensibilities often had a decided Brill Building bent that's dated about as well as Don Kirshner's leisure suits."

#411 - Hopes and Fears, Keane

"Fans of the seductive melodies of such bands as Coldplay and Travis will find another ally in Keane, whose soaring, falsetto vocals nimbly bend around a sound so epic it doesn't seem like it could have been created by a trio. "Bend and Break," "Somewhere Only We Know" and "Everybody's Changing" are a few of the many highlights." (real music guide)

#410 - Live!, Bob Marley & The Wailers

"Passionate and symbiotic energies constantly cycle between the band and audience, the net result of which is one of the most memorable concert recordings of the pop music era. With the addition of lead guitarist Al Anderson during the recording sessions for their previous long-player, Natty Dread, the Wailers took increasing strides toward a seamless transition into the consciousness of the rock music audience." (allmusic guide)


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