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jeffAudio - The Music of Jeff Hentschel - Wormhole Download Update
Wormhole Download Update 
My new album Wormhole just hit 50 downloads through Jamendo! Thanks to everyone for your support. If you haven't already downloaded it, head over there or contact me for a real copy that includes a cover and everything. You can also download individual tracks. You can look forward to more updates soon!
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Album Downloads 
I have recently added my music onto the website Jamendo. This site is an amazing site with a ton of good free music in all different genres. I have downloaded many different albums from here and always pleased at the quality of work people are willing to do because they love music. You can choose the format you want the album in (mp3 or ogg) and download it via bittorrent or eMule. After that, you can star the album, rate it, or whatever. You can also listen to the complete albums online if you want to listen before you download. My latest album Wormhole should be available within a few days. In the meantime, check out all of the other albums they have to offer. Jamendo recently passed the 2000 album mark and is gaining in popularity.
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Rating System Explained 
In case anybody is wondering about the rating system I've been using for the CD Reviews, it's relatively simple. Really, anything above 6 is worth looking at. Furthermore, the ratings aren't really that reliable anyways since it mainly reflects my mood about the piece at the time I played it. The editorial is more unbiased in this matter. More detailed information after the jump.

I've rated all of the songs in iTunes with the following specifications:
1 - I loathe it
2 - I find it unsatisfying
3 - It's good music, but nothing special
4 - This music is nice. This is the minimum required for many of my playlists.
5 - Only the most spectacular music makes this rating.

The rating for the album is an average of the scores out of 10.
Under 2: This is not possible, the music would have to be horrible.
Under 4: This album is really bad.
Under 6: Unless specified, this cd probably isn't worth the bother.
Under 8: This album has some good songs, and it's not bad.
Under 10: If it got this far, the cd is really good.

If an album gets 10/10, it is so amazing you should go buy it immediately. There are only 2 albums in my collection that have this rating - Enigmatic Ocean by Jean-Luc Ponty and Genesis Live by Genesis (Pre 1976). I will post reviews of these at a later date.
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CD Review: Mahavishnu Orchestra - Inner Mounting Flame 
Inner Mounting FlameInner Mounting Flame by Mahavishnu Orchestra
Genre: Jazz, Rock, Fusion
Released: August 14, 1971
Rating: 8.8/10

The debut album of the Mahavishnu Orchestra brought John McLaughlin's vision of what fusion should be to world. This album maintains a forceful presence throughout the entire album giving each member of the band a chance in the spotlight. All of the members are high caliber players, so this is no dissappointment whether it be Jerry Goodman's violin playing or Billy Cobhams's rock solid beat.

Even the quiet "You Know, You Know," (I have done a version of this piece) there is still a special energy that is present in the music. McLaughlin, however, doesn't like to sit still. Most of the pieces include super-fast solos and themes. Throughout the pieces, McLaughlin will run a line in unison with Goodman or Hammer (on keys) that creates an especially unique tone that I've come to love in all of his music.

This is an amazing album and along with Birds of Fire, it is one of the band's best. If you are looking for a representative album of some of the style of Mahavishnu Orchestra, this is a great place to start. It also exemplifies the rock oriented side of the fusion genre and is an imperative addition to any fusion library.

CD Universe
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CD Review: Beach Boys Greatest Hits Vol. 1: 20 Good Vibrations 
Greatest Hits Vol. 120 Good Vibrations by Beach Boys
Genre: Rock, Surf
Released: November 10, 1999
Rating: 9.8/10

With their carefree attitude, the Beach Boys sing simple songs about Cars, Girls, and Surfing. Sure, you won't find the complex rhythms or melodies found in other music; but the music is catchy and speaks about everyday things and it's relatively easy to sing along.

Beach Boys 20 Good Vibrations is a great cd that showcases some of the band's more well known works such as "California Girls," "409," and "Wouldn't it Be Nice." All of the songs are light-hearted and joyful, always putting a positive spin on life.

The Beach Boys were a group that had many single hits. This album puts a large chunk of those hits into one place for you to enjoy. There is also a second volume called "20 More Good Vibrations" if you are wanting more.

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