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The Essential Billy Joel (2CD) ~ Billy Joel
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
This compilation, despite its shortcomings, is an excellent way to get into the music of an artist who, in my opinion, has not received nearly enough critical acclaim or public recognition on this side of the Atlantic throughout his career. Billy Joel is one of the great performers - a virtuoso pianist with both Jazz and classical tendencies, and a powerful and versatile voice to match. What's more - he writes all of his own material - lyrics and music - virtually without exception. All this adds up to a deeply personal and highly original musical collection. I would agree with another reviewer that Billy Joel is very hard to categorise - largely because he is anything but a one-trick… Read more
The Very Best Of Michael Nyman: Film Music 1980 - &hellip ~ Michael Nyman
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
This is an excellent collection of Nyman's work. I purchased it after hearing the amazing soundtrack to "The Piano" and wasn't disappointed. To the untuned ear it is simple, hypnotic, original and emotional. Without losing any of these qualities it is still satisfying to the educated ear. Nyman's branch of minimalist music shares the rhythmic power of Jazz and popular music whilst enjoying fluency of classical orchestration and colour. This is avant-garde music, but still exploits the use of simple, charming melodies and has a much broader appeal than so much new "classical" music. Most of CD1 is written uniquely for his band. Highlights include "Chasing Sheep Is Best Left To Shepherds"… Read more

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