Release Me Barbra Streisand
Columbia/Sony

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

"release me" is another, just another, spectacular album by the one and
only barbra streisand. sure, she's released more than sixty albums, but barbra
has never released an album olf a group of secret songs before. that's
right, we are treated to eleven tracks that have been hidden from her huge
number of grammy fans. now, she hasn't followed the rock trend, but her
enthralling voice has captivated everyone who has heard it. and she has used her
singing as a stepping stone to other careers, as a stage and film actress and as
a film director. and, most incredible of all, we both created legendary
worlds as broadway stars.

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When Chicago Got The Blues Various Artists
Universal Music Enterprises

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

this astounding album of remarkable blues legends including howlin' wolf,
muddy waters, etta james and many others are included on the album entitled
"when chicago got the blues." the blues moved north following world war 2,
taking on an urban energy in chicago, where clubs and street markets fostered
colorful and creative performers who amplified the genre and laid the
groundwork for the rock 'n' roll revolution.

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Glad Rag Doll Diana Krall
Verve/Universal

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

"glad rag doll" is another astounding album by diana krall. this work of
art is an acutely personal reflection about the end of an affair, scored with
desolate magnificence and sung by an eternally girlish woman. it's hard to
believe how fresh this sounds, how brilliant, hip and instantly classic.

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Blues For Jimi Gary Moore
Eagle Rock

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

"blues for jimi" is a superb live release in both cd and dvd by the late
gary moore. jimi hendrix captured a moment when the entire world of music was
being turned upside down. and only a guitarist like gary moore had the
nerve and skill to provide us with a real taste. jimi inspired millions of fans
to get excited to start making music for the first time. and his artistry
had a galvanizing effect on artists like gary moore to reassess themselves to
create spectacular music.

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Indivisible Various Artists
Sony Music

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

"indivisible" is a dramatic album by artists including paul simon, bonnie
raitt, otis redding and many more. this is a soundtrack for facing and
overcoming adversity. times are hard, but music fortifies the soul as we work
together to make things better. find strength in these songs of challenge and
triumph.

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Sounds That Can't Be Made Marillion
Eagle Rock/Edel

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

"sounds that can't be made" is the 17th breathtaking album from marillion.
i still don't know what they are trying to say, but i love it. they have
always been an amazing mystery.

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Livin' Live Wire
Way Out West

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

"livin'" is the first dramatic album by livewire. i just love hearing a
touching vocal story in three minutes. as a budding lyricist, that's what i'm
trying to learn how to do.

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Tales of a Gypsy Johannes Linstead
earthscape

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

"tales of a gypsy" is an astounding album by the master of the
latin-guitar, johannes linstead. he writes and plays anthems so beautifully that
everyone can say--"that's me."

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Sun Money Tondrae Kemp
Kwality

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

"sun money" is an astounding album by tondrae kemp. this touching blues
album shows he's a true contender. it brings back comforting melodies, but
reveals a man who is restless and hungry.

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Glad All Over The Wallflowers
Columbia/Sony

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

"glad all over" is another sensational album by the wallflowers. led by
jakob dylan, bob's son, they are filled with serious songwriting chops. this
band, and this album, prove again that the wallflowers are a talented band
that knows how to play good old-fashioned no-nonsense american-heartland rock &
roll.

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Chasing Shadows The Strange Familiar
Varese Sarabande/Krian/Fontana

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

"chasing shadows" is a peerless debut album by the strange familiar. this
album introduces us to a new singer/songwriter, kira leyden, vulnerable and
inviting and wide open with her soul, and the result is a dazzling joy. as
bruce once sang, kira is all that heaven will allow.

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On The Way Nagroni's Trio
AA

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

"on the way" is a stirring album by jazz legends negroni's trio. as always,
they create sounds that make you want to jump off a diving board and fly
away.

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Detonation Dave Fields
Field of Roses

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

"detonation" is another sensational rock album by dave fields. the man has
two sides--rock and blues. and he holds every note with his magical guitar
and powerful voice until you feel it. he makes you listen. a "must buy" album

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Eleven Drops Paz Del Castillo
Neurontum/Oniria

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

"eleven drops" is a thrilling album by spanish pianist paz del castillo.
she is one of the greatest piano players i've ever heard--purely emotional,
conveying the true spirit of her soul. hopefully, her fingers will be flying
over the keys forever.

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Exhibitionist Micah Sheveloff
WIRC

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

"exhibitionist" is a remarkable album by micah sheveloff. forget the
style--this magnificent record is also purely inventive--so far ahead of
its time that it will always sound radical.

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Muscle for the Wing The Maldives
Spark & Shine

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

"muscle for the wing" is the second dramatic album by the maldives. the
singer/songwriter jason dodson has wisdom that matches his spirit--cussing,
cracking wise and casually breaking your heart. the maldives have triggered
another resurgence of roots/rock in our northwest. the album draws you into the
maldives world and won't let you go.

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self-titled Angel Mary & the Tennessee Werewolves
self-released

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

this self-titled ep by angel mary & the tennessee werewolves have created a
magnificent record that is delightful and irridescent. we are treated to a
buoyant country world with plaintive vocal surrender. mary invites us to
follow her dreams.


Dance With My Father Luther Vandross
J/RCA/Columbia/Sony

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

"dance with my father" is a provocative album by the late and great luther
vandross. his touching tenor captured the soul and pop crowds. his vocal
charms and allure never failed, and his romantic style certainly didn't fail as
he sang with artists like beyonce, queen latifah and busta rhymes on this
classic album.

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Redhills I Draw Slow
Pinecastle

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

"redhills" is another matchless album by i draw slow. their incredible
irish bluegrass sound is a sensuous, grooving masterpiece. the stories are gentle
and lilting, and their voices sound better than great love. a "must buy"
album.

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Everything's Fine The Summer Set
Razor & Tie

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

"everything's fine" is a stimulating album by the summer set. the power is
stolen by brian dales, the lead singer. the road fantasies, garage-rock
razzle, and busted love lyricism all peak at once. and the summer set sound like
an integrated band, bonded by roots and subversive delights.

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Away From The World Dave Matthews Band
Bama Rags/RCA/Sony

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

"away from the world" is another extraordinary album by dave matthews band.
their quiet revolution with a jazzy world-beat sound that appeals to
collegians on their way up, and peasant-attired hippies on their way down the
road is as pure as ever. they have kept their multicultural and unconventional
sound, and are, as always, a tour act. and they helped launch a jam-band craze
that thrives to this day. may they last forever.

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