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Fabulous: Music From Ceremonies Gay Games VI
Fabulous: Music From Ceremonies Gay Games VI
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: 39.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It really is FABULOUS!!!, 22 Feb 2003
Compilation CD's aimed specifically at the gay market are usually hit and miss affairs. Often they can be filled with wonderful, uplifting tracks that stir our emotions and fill us with an elated feeling of happiness and a sense of belonging. Sometimes though, they are nothing more than cheesy affairs packed to the brim with 'gay athems' and monotonous dance beats put out onto the market to sell a bucket load and therefore earn a profit. Fortunately, FABULOUS falls into the former catagory.
The Sydney 2002 Gay Games were a huge success. Gay men and women from all over the world came to Sydney not only to participate in their sport (or artistic endevour), but to also come together as one big family and make new friends and share experiences from other cultures. The music on this CD, from the opening ceremony, has been carefully choosen to reflect that sentiment.
The tracks on this CD are:
You gotta be (Shauna Jensen) - A wonderful beginning to the CD, this track explores becoming aquainted with your own emotions, dealing with them, and no matter how hard life seems to get, 'love will save the day'. Starting from a slow, pensive mood and working up into a mellow dance beat, this song is very inspiring.
You'll never walk alone (K D Lang with the Sydney gay and lesbian choir) - A track recorded exclusively for the CD, I had tears and goosebumps by the end. A very inspiring and uplifting song that gives the message that there are others out there that share your emotions and experiences.
Sexual Revolution (Leah Howard) - starts from a slow tempo and building up to a wonderful uplifting dance tempo, this explores the concept that we are able to be free amongst ourselves in our own communities, which is a wonderful liberation when dealing with other negative stigma in our lives.
Why (Bronski Beat) - very eighties, but very danceable and inspiring with an important message about first love, coming to terms with internalised homophobia and fighting homophobia.
This is my life/I am what I am (Judi Connelli) - Judi is a very successful and well respected cabaret/musical theatre performer in Australia with many many years in showbusiness. It is wonderful to hear her sing this medley of these 2 empowering sounds, pouring raw emotion into them. Judi's classical voice combined with modern dance beats provide a song that is very uplifting.
Suffragette city (Paul Capsis) - Paul is an alternative cabaret artist/rock musician and actor here in Australia. He is not afraid to challenge the 'norm', and on this song we have pure rock with a 70's feel dealing with themes of being 'on the edge' - of not only straight society, but within the gay community itself. He asks for tolerance for being individual....which is a trait becoming less acceptable in the gay community where labelling people and trying to 'define' them is becoming a way of life.
Dali Mana Gamarada (Deborah Cheetham) - a very mellow, atmospheric and relaxing song to promote internal reflection and meditation. Starts quietly and builds up with a dance track. Has a wonderful 'world music' feel to it...
Celebration (Kool & the Gang) - the original 70's 'get up and party' anthem. Appropriate for the gay games and the times in our lives when we should be celebrating ourselves and each other.
Shackles - praise you (Mary Mary) - modern dance track dealing with the theme of 'breaking free' and inspiring to be yourself. A wonderful track to dance to.
Free (Ultra Nate) - a more mellow dance track, with the theme of being 'free to do what you want to do'. Obviously the target state of being for all gays and lesbians everywhere - overcoming our inhibitions and internalised homophobia.
Think (Aretha Franklin) - I think everyone has heard this song at least once! The ultimate empowering song giving encouragement to stand and fight for the right not to be discriminated against and trying to get others to take responsibity for their discrimination.
I'm every woman (Chaka Khan) - a classic dance track, inspiring to lesbians and gay boys who worship female icons. Dance and be free!!!
I Believe (Jamestown feat. Jocelyn Brown) - another dance track about reaching out and giving your love to others and being receptive to love from others. Very appropriate in the gay community as we seem to be heading towards a direction of crass commercialism and uncaring attitudes.
A Deeper Love (Clivilles & Cole) - somewhat of a 'dance music ballad', this explores the theme of learning to love yourself - learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all (as Whitney used to sing!)
We are family (Sister Sledge) - another 70's track, and one that perfectly sums up the theme of the gay games and the gay community in general. Despite our differences, we are connected through our sexuality and hopefully we can get over our current state of segregation to become a loving, caring, sharing 'family'.
I don't think I have ever come across a CD containing a more diverse set of tracks that are so uplifting and inspiring to gays and lesbians everywhere. Listening to this CD will have you forgetting your blues and making you smile - and hopefully thinking more about yourself and your fellow gay brothers and sisters.


Caroline O'Connor: From Stage to Screen
Caroline O'Connor: From Stage to Screen
Price: 12.07

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another gem from Caroline...., 15 May 2002
Caroline's first solo CD 'What I Did for Love' has been one of my favourites for quite a while, so I was eager to get my hands on a copy of her second solo recording. Featuring songs taken from her one woman show 'From Stage To Screen', this CD is a compilation of songs from various films and musicals. I must admit when I first heard this CD I was a little disappointed. It didn't have the initial 'grab' of her fist solo CD. But slowly this CD has really grown on me. With an interesting choice of numbers (including a version of Abba's 'Dancing Queen'), Caroline's wide vocal range once again shines as she pours raw emotion into her voice. It's amazing to hear how easily Caroline slips from the musical jollity of 'I Can Cook Too' and 'Look What Happened To Mabel' to more comtempary hits such as 'Dancing Queen' and 'What Kind Of Fool'. This is a must have CD for all Caroline fans, and if you love wonderful voices that stir the senses and tingle the spine, be sure to give this a listen. I'm sure you'll be pleasantly surprised.


What I Did For Love (CD)
What I Did For Love (CD)
Price: 10.26

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true musical performer...., 15 May 2002
I first came across Caroline when I saw her perform the role of Velma Kelly in a revival of Chicago The Musical in Melbourne and Sydney. I was so totally blown away by the performance of Caroline that I ended up seeing the show 4 times. Needless to say I was estatic when I found Caroline had released a solo CD. Caroline is not merely performing, but she becomes totally engrossed in the role so the audience sees the true character and not just a performer playing a part. This really comes across on this CD - the characterisations on this compliation of musical numbers really comes across, which is no doubt helped by Caroline's wide vocal range and her ability to change from sweet soft singing to gutsy outpouring of emotion, sometimes even in the same song. This CD is packed with wonderful numbers from a wide range of musicals, my personal favourite being 'Who will love me as I am'. Even if you're just remotely interested in musicals, buy this CD. you won't be disappointed.


Moulin Rouge
Moulin Rouge
Offered by TwoRedSevens
Price: 4.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the wonderful Moulin Rouge....., 6 Sep 2001
This review is from: Moulin Rouge (Audio CD)
If you've seen the film, you'll know how wonderfully wacky and off-beat it is. This album follows the same direction....from mainstream pop songs like Rhythm Of The Night to the excellent version of Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend, this album is a great way to re-live the magic of the movie. Of course, the biggest drawcard is the chance to hear Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman sing, and they measure up very nicely. Their vocal talents are showcased on several tracks, but the highlight would have to be Elephant Love Medley - a collage of many love songs, where Nicole and Ewan really shine in their vocal abilities. Another standout track is Diamonds Are A girls Best Friend, with Nicole in lead vocals. This would have be the best version of this song - a throughly modern version of a wonderful classic. A slight disappointment is the exclusion of 'Like A virgin' - if you've seen the movie, you would know how hilarious this version is. Do yourself a favour - go and see the movie and buy this CD!


Dont Stop Movin [CD 1]
Dont Stop Movin [CD 1]
Price: 7.68

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Catchy pop at it's best...., 31 Aug 2001
This review is from: Dont Stop Movin [CD 1] (Audio CD)
I first heard this on the radio and was immediately hooked - this song is a wonderfully catchy pop song! Cleverly crafted, excellently performed, and it even contains that 'synthesizer voice' the Madonna used on her single 'Music'. The CD also contains another mix of 'Don't stop movin'' and another catchy song called 'Right Guy' (a more mellow song but still good). A bonus is the inclusion of the video for PC owners. Bring on the album guys!


Moulin Rouge: MUSIC FROM BAZ LUHRMANN'S FILM
Moulin Rouge: MUSIC FROM BAZ LUHRMANN'S FILM
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 9.72

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the wonderful Moulin Rouge....., 22 Aug 2001
If you've seen the film, you'll know how wonderfully wacky and off-beat it is. This album follows the same direction....from mainstream pop songs like Rhythm Of The Night to the excellent version of Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend, this album is a great way to re-live the magic of the movie. Of course, the biggest drawcard is the chance to hear Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman sing, and they measure up very nicely. Their vocal talents are showcased on several tracks, but the highlight would have to be Elephant Love Medley - a collage of many love songs, where Nicole and Ewan really shine in their vocal abilities. Another standout track is Diamonds Are A girls Best Friend, with Nicole in lead vocals. This would have be the best version of this song - a throughly modern version of a wonderful classic. A slight disappointment is the exclusion of 'Like A virgin' - if you've seen the movie, you would know how hilarious this version is. Do yourself a favour - go and see the movie and buy this CD!


She's So Unusual
She's So Unusual
Price: 4.52

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cyndi at her unusual best...., 10 Aug 2001
This review is from: She's So Unusual (Audio CD)
I distinctly remember, at the tender age of 12, receiving as a gift the vinyl version of She's So Unusual in 1984. Cyndi Lauper was all the rage then; her garish, multicoloured costumes in her frequently aired videos made her one of the more popular female artists in 1984 (possible even more popular than Madonna in that year). Many years after last listening to that vinyl record, I became reaquainted with She's So Unusual on this CD. The music is as dynamic and fresh today as it was back in 1984. I'm sure most people are familiar with the gimicky Girls Just Want to Have Fun, but the rest of the tracks are just as wonderful in their own way. From the beautifully sad ballad Time After Time to the bouncy She Bop, this album is a wonderful showcase for Cyndi Lauper (who unfortunately has never been able to duplicate this first success), and for 80's pop in general. Also included are live versions of Money Changes Everything, She Bop and All Through The Night - excellent additions for the serious fan.
Buy it...and step back in time to a wonderful era in music....


The Best of
The Best of
Offered by FUNTIME MEDIA
Price: 7.47

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful CD capturing a great time in music...., 10 Aug 2001
This review is from: The Best of (Audio CD)
This album encompasses everything about the UK '80's production/writing team of Stock, Aitken and Waterman - that is, wonderfully classic pop tunes. The music is very '1980's' in it's sound (oh those 80's drum machines!), but the great beats, catchy tunes and wonderfully composed lyrics give this a timeless quality. One of the precursors to modern dance music - get this to relive a golden age in music.....


Enjoy Yourself [Australian Import]
Enjoy Yourself [Australian Import]
Offered by Prestivo2
Price: 19.16

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful pop music from Kylie's early years..., 10 Aug 2001
This is Kylie's second album produced and written by the production and writing team of Stock, Aitken and Waterman. This album sounds as fresh today as when I first heard it in 1989. Every track is a carefully composed pop song what will have you up and dancing around the lounge room! Contains the hits 'Hand on your heart' and 'Wouldn't change a thing', my favourite song would have to be 'My secret heart', a wonderfully composed ballad that has lyrics that I can very much relate to. A wonderful album and a great showcase of Kylie's early years.


Impossible Princess + Bonus Track
Impossible Princess + Bonus Track

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kylie the experimenter...., 10 Aug 2001
I love Kylie's SAW albums, and have become reaquanted with Kylie through her latest Light Years, so I was a little skeptical about Impossible Princess, considering that it flopped both critically and commercially. When I first played this album, I was totally shocked. This is Kylie as you have never heard her before. Highly experimental, this album encompasses many different musical styles (pop, rock, caberet,even a touch of classical). It definitely has a harder edge, with several rock songs included (Some kind of Bliss, Did it again). There are no mega-hits like I Should Be So Lucky here....this is a wonderful experimental album with Kylie stretching her wings as an artist (she wrote and cowrote every track) and as a vocalist. Recommended.


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