Mark Blackburn

Helpful votes received on reviews: 98% (103 of 105)
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada
In My Own Words:
A former television news reporter who spent ten years in Bermuda, this 55 year old Canadian resides in his wife's hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba. After a lifetime of studying the world's great religions (and getting to know or work with three saints, one Cambodian Buddhist, one Turkish Sufi mystic and one Christian--from Calcutta) this spiritual pilgrim became a committed Christian seven years ago… Read more


Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,963,287 - Total Helpful Votes: 103 of 105
Sinatra Sings Gershwin ~ Frank Sinatra
Sinatra Sings Gershwin ~ Frank Sinatra
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Legacy!, 29 Oct 2003
Frank Sinatra's daughter Nancy said recently she particularly enjoys listening to her father's early recordings. Now, after listening to this latest in the Sony 'Legacy' series from the 'Columbia years' I can understand why others so cherish 'The Voice' when it was still in its twenties. Like many Sinatra fans I can't get enough of my favorite singer's SPEAKING voice. Hearing him discuss his favorite subject in his own words is a rare treat -- and an additional reason to purchase this latest release, as Sinatra introduces many of the tracks himself.
This terrific package was co-produced by Sinatra scholar Charles L. Granata, author of what many regard as the most scholarly, readable… Read more
Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 1 & 4, Rhapsody on a &hellip ~ Philippe Entremont
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
45 years ago my English-born grandfather---a gifted, classically trained pianist and music critic in Ottawa Canada---introduced me to what he claimed was "the best recording of the best piano performance" he'd ever heard. I can still see that black vinyl record with its gray 'Columbia Masterworks' label turning on my grandfather's record player---as I, with goose bumps, listened for the first time to Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini. A young French pianist, Philippe Entremont was performing with the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Eugene Ormandy.
One year ago(February/02) I received from a new copy of the Sony CD remix (but with a different cover) of this,… Read more
My Way: The Best Of Frank Sinatra (2CD) ~ Frank Sinatra
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
This two-CD Reprise collection includes among its 46 selections many of the very best recordings Frank Sinatra ever made. Count this reviewer among those who believe FS reserved his very best performances for his own record label (please see my review for "The Very Best of Frank Sinatra"). The simple fact is, Sinatra didn't reach the peak of his vocal powers until 1963---three years after the first Reprise recordings included here.
It's now fully 40 years since two of the selections here---"Bewitched" and "America the Beautiful"---were recorded for what the singer himself considered his crowning achievement (in his best 'bel canto' style) --- "The Concert Sinatra" album. Almost 30… Read more