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Archived from the original on October 17, Retrieved September 9, After the label completed its deal with MCA Distributingthey continued to produced LPs of their soundtracks despite the fact that sales of vinyl were plummeting due to the successful emergence of the CD format which allowed for a more sonic experience as well as putting on more music on a CD more so than LP that could only hold approximately 45 minutes and barely more.

The LPs were simply assigned VS and followed by the catalog number. All LPs featured the exact same artwork as the CDs as well as musical content. However, not all of the CD releases had an LP counterpart which was largely due to reissues from other record labels such as Arista RecordsMCA, Sony and others which were not produced by the label.

Their releases concentrated on everything they produced and released by them which included hit films such as Die Hard 2Total RecallBack to the Future Part IIITerminator 2: Judgment Day and Ghostwhich is one of the label's all-time best selling albums. The final LPs produced by the label were in late when the label switched strictly to CDs and cassettes only.

Their initial releases in this series are often held in high regard by collectors, especially those without a barcode which all discs were printed and produced in Japan by the Japan Victor Company JVC. This series was supervised and started by Tom Null, who supervised the classical releases along with the soundtracks with co-producer Chris Kuchler and then Richard Kraft came on board around and co-ran the label with Null until the end of to ease the label's transition after they reached a deal with MCA Distributing in which didn't take full effect until mid Townson would take over and oversee the label in early after Kraft's departure.

This series was notorious for many catalog number gaps especially during late and the entirety ofwhich many speculate were titles that were released as LP and cassette during this period. One such title, King Kong Lives was actually produced by the label but acquired by MCA Records in late as the film was figured to be a big holiday release late that year and was released through them instead.

Townson with the help of Kraft and Null would go on to start a Limited Edition Club of mail order only releases that would finally come to fruition during the spring of after being promoted in late and throughout after long delays. Townson's label, Masters Film Music, would get the first releases which included reissues which consisted of ObsessionBernard Herrmann Concert Suites an elaborate four-disc reissue set of the original Decca LPs featuring stunning artwork and was a full-fledged production and Jerry Goldsmith Suites and Themesthe first live concert performance on CD by the famed Oscar winning composer which also featured equally stunning artwork as the other releases by Happy Birthday - Rod McKuen - At Carnegie Hall (Vinyl late Bob Peak.

Many of these titles stayed in print for at least two decades or more and others quickly went out of print. The very last title produced by the label for this run, The Serpent and the Rainbow VCD was one of the rarest titles in this series due to its low print run of an estimated copies. This title was probably caught under the label's transition with MCA Distributing and was barely released throughout the country.

This also goes for the label's strange handling of reissues of PhantasmLiquid Sky and Dawn of the Dead which also were supposed to be released during or after the MCA transition and received very limited runs and also became collectors items as a result of this.

This numbering system stems from their digital LP series of titles featuring a few soundtracks i. Suspect and also could be seen as rearranged as These titles featured specific lettering and package design not unlike the series and this lettering and package design would run until the first batch of the series, which would later reinstitute the font lettering they used during the series permanently until This series features a few cancellations including one rumored title of Dead Heat by Ernest Troost and one confirmed but announced title, Bad Dreams [29] in which collectors were willing to pay top prices for until the label revealed and confirmed its cancellation when they finally released it on CD as part of their LP to CD Subscription Series that ran from June to May When the MCA and PolyGram families merged inwhich created Universal Musicthe newly merged company used PolyGram's catalog-numbering system, which used the main six digits of the UPC barcode numbers 5 through 10 in the standard number UPC set as the basis for the catalog number and since the original MCA numbering was already based on part of the UPC number specifically digits 7 through 10the number sequence was not changed.

This run starting from VSD ended during the series as Concord Records assumed control of the company during the middle of and started a new numbering system as a result. Catalogue numbers without a title are usually assigned to a release that is not ready to be officially announced by the label.

In some cases, older unassigned numbers are the result of a production delay, but usually it is because they have been canceled. For collectorsthe curiosity of knowing what a number has been assigned to is part of the demand for a complete discography.

There have also been some soundtracks released as digital download titles that are not currently on CD at the moment. Colosseum Records, which is featured here as well on this listing, was the label's international division located in NurembergGermany, which released all US soundtrack releases as well as European films that were able to release under their banner. Like the US versions of these soundtracks, the German pressings featured the same artwork, but instead of the black JVC design on the label side, they feature a silver label side with the JVC design in red.

The artwork also featured "LC" which stood for a Colosseum version. The label released titles that were only available through imports that were not released here and many of those titles featured numbers to what were cancelled releases to movies here in the US. They also kept in print many of the out of print and series titles for a long period of time which included D. November 26, — New York City. July 3, — Anaheim, California. Wilson, Bob Norberg.

June 27, — Fillmore East. Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller. Wilson, Murry Wilson. Huddie "Ledbelly" Ledbetter. Jack RieleyC. Wilson, Van Dyke Parks. November 23, — Carnegie Hall. June 11, — Blossom Music Center. Is On the Way " mix, previously unreleased.

Jacques BrelRod McKuen. Wilson, Daryl Dragon. Wilson, Rick HennDon Ralke. Rick HennB. Juventino Rosas. John Lennon, Paul McCartney.

Wilson, Tony Asher. Streisand was not happy with the direction of the project and it was scrapped. At the beginning of the s, Streisand started focusing on her film directorial efforts and became almost inactive in the recording studio. Ina four-disc box set, Just for the Recordwas released. A compilation spanning Streisand's entire career to date, it featured over 70 tracks of live performances, greatest hits, rarities and previously unreleased material.

The following year, Streisand's concert fundraising events helped propel President Bill Clinton into the spotlight and into office. Streisand's music career, however, was largely on hold.

A appearance at an APLA benefit as well as the aforementioned inaugural performance hinted that Streisand was becoming more receptive to the idea of live performances. A tour was suggested, though Streisand would not immediately commit to it, citing her well-known stage fright as well as security concerns. During this time, Streisand finally returned to the recording studio and released Back to Broadway in June The album was not as universally lauded as its predecessor, but it did debut at No.

InThe New York Times music critic Stephen Holden wrote that Streisand "enjoys a cultural status that only one other American entertainer, Frank Sinatra, has achieved in the last half century". Tickets for the tour were sold out in under an hour. Streisand also appeared on the covers of major magazines in anticipation of what Time magazine named "The Music Event of the Century". The tour was one of the biggest all-media merchandise parlays in history. Following the tour's conclusion, Streisand once again kept a low profile musically, instead focusing her efforts on acting and directing duties as well as a burgeoning romance with actor James Brolin.

It reached 8 on the Billboard Hotand was her first significant hit in almost a decade and her first top 10 hit on the Hot and first gold single since The album received generally favorable reviews and once again debuted at No. Following her marriage to Brolin inStreisand recorded an album of love songs entitled A Love Like Ours the following year. Reviews were mixed, with many critics complaining about the somewhat syrupy sentiments and overly-lush arrangements; however, it did produce a modest hit for Streisand in the country-tinged "If You Ever Leave Me", a duet with Vince Gill.

On New Year's EveStreisand returned to the concert stage, selling out in the first few hours, eight months before her return. A two-disc live album of the concert entitled Timeless: Live in Concert was released in Streisand performed versions of the Timeless concert in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia, in early In advance of four concerts two each in Los Angeles and New York in SeptemberStreisand announced that she was retiring from playing public concerts.

Her performance of the song " People " was broadcast on the Internet via America Online. Streisand's most recent albums have been Christmas Memoriesa somewhat somber collection of holiday songs, and The Movie Albumfeaturing famous film themes and backed by a large symphony orchestra. The song is included on Bennett's 80th birthday album, Duets. Streisand's duet with Bennett opened the special. InStreisand announced her intent to tour again, in an effort to raise money and awareness for multiple issues.

Special guests Il Divo were interwoven throughout the show. The show was known as Streisand: The Tour. Streisand's concert tour set box-office records.

She set the third-place record for her show of October 9, at Madison Square Garden, the first- and second-place records, of which are held by her two shows in September She set the second-place record at MGM Grand Garden Arena with her December 31,show being the house record and highest-grossing concert of all time.

A collection of performances culled from different stops on this tour, Live in Concertdebuted at No. The Ireland date was marred by issues with serious parking and seating problems leading to the event's being dubbed a fiasco by Hot Press. In FebruaryForbes listed Streisand as the No. This album debuted at No. On February 1,Streisand joined over 80 other artists in recording a new version of the charity single " We Are the World ".

Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie planned to release the new version to mark the 25th anniversary of its original recording.

These plans changed, however, Play Off: The World I Used To Know view of the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12,and on February 12, the song, now called " We Are the World 25 for Haiti ", made its debut as a charity single to support relief aid for the island nation. On October 11,Streisand gave a three-hour concert performance before a crowd of 18, as part of the ongoing inaugural events of Barclays Center and part of her current Barbra Live tour in Brooklyn her first-ever public performance in her home borough.

The concert included musical tributes by Streisand to Donna Summer and Marvin Hamlischboth of whom had died earlier in Streisand is one of many singers who use teleprompters during their live performances. Streisand has defended her choice in using teleprompters to display lyrics and, sometimes, banter.

This album topped the Billboard with sales ofcopies in the first week, making Streisand the only recording artist to have a number-one album in each of the last six decades. A featured track in this album is "Don't Lie to Me. Her first film was a reprise of her Broadway hit, Funny Girlan artistic and commercial success directed by Hollywood veteran William Wyler.

Streisand won the Academy Award for Best Actress for the role, [83] sharing it with Katharine Hepburn The Lion in Winterthe only time there has been a tie in this Oscar category. During the s, Streisand starred in several screwball comediesincluding What's Up, Doc? Streisand's initial outing with First Artists was Up the Sandbox From toStreisand appeared in Top Ten Money Making Stars Pollthe annual motion picture exhibitors poll of Top 10 Box Office attractions a total of 10 times, [87] often as the only woman on the list.

After the commercially disappointing All Night Long inStreisand's film output decreased considerably. She has acted in only eight films since. I'm impressed with her choosing Yentl ; it was extraordinary. But for some reason, Hollywood turned against her Christ, she could have played Cleopatra better than Liz Taylorwith her enormous power and the subtlety of her singing She is one LP) the great actresses and she hasn't been well used.

Streisand produced a number of her own films, setting up Barwood Films in There was controversy when Yentl received five Academy Award nominations, but none for the major categories of Best Picture, actress, or Director.

Upon completion of the film, its screenwriter, Pat Conroywho also authored the novel, called Streisand "a goddess who walks upon the earth. Streisand also co-scripted Yentl with Jack Rosenthalsomething for which she is not always given credit. She reprised the role of Roz Focker alongside Dustin Hoffman. Streisand has been set to star in a film adaptation of the musical Gypsy — featuring music by Jules Stynea book by Arthur Laurents and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim — with Richard LaGravenese reportedly attached to the project as screenwriter.

In plans emerged for Streisand to direct a feature biopic about the 18th-century Russian empress Catherine the Great based on the top Black List script produced by Gil Netter [99] with Keira Knightley starring.

Streisand possesses a mezzo-soprano vocal range[] [] which Howard Cohen of the Miami Herald describes as "peerless". Even though she can't read or write music, Barbra hears melodies as completed compositions in her head.

She hears a melody and takes it in, learning it quickly. Barbra developed her ability to sustain long notes because she wanted to. She can mold a tune that others cannot; she's able to sing between song and speech, keeping in tune, carrying rhythm and meaning.

While she is predominantly a pop singer, Streisand's voice has been described as "semi-operatic" due to its strength and quality of tone. The former quality led classical pianist Glenn Gould to call himself "a Streisand freak".

In recent years, critics and audiences have noted that her voice has "lowered and acquired an occasionally husky edge". However, New York Times music critic Stephen Holden noted that her distinctive tone and musical instincts remain, and that she still "has the gift of conveying a primal human longing in a beautiful sound".

Streisand has been married twice. Her first husband was actor Elliott Gouldwhom she married on September 13, They announced their separation on February 12, and divorced on July 6, They broke up in during the making of Yentlbut remain friends.

She is the godmother of his daughters, Caleigh Peters and Skye Peters. She dated actor Don Johnson from December through at least September In andrespectively, Streisand briefly dated actors Richard Gere [] and Clint Eastwood. From toshe was involved with composer James Newton Howard.

Streisand dated tennis champion Andre Agassi from to Writing about the relationship in his autobiography, Agassi said: "We agree that we're good for each other, and so what if she's twenty-eight years older? We're simpaticoand the public outcry only adds spice to our connection. It makes our friendship feel forbidden, taboo — another piece of my overall rebellion.

Dating Barbra Streisand is like wearing Hot Lava. During the early to mids, Streisand was in romantic relationships with several high-profile men, including newscaster Peter Jennings [] as well as actors Liam Neeson[] Jon Voight [] and Peter Weller. Her second husband is actor James Brolinwhom she married on July 1, Streisand is the owner of multiple dogs, and she loved her dog Samantha so much, that she had her cloned.

In MarchStreisand apologized for her controversial statements about Michael Jackson 's accusers. Streisand changed her name from "Barbara" to "Barbra" because, she said, "I hated the name, but I refused to change it.

You know, people were saying you could be Joanie Sands, or something like that. My middle name is Joan. And I said, 'No, let's see, if I take out the 'a,' it's still 'Barbara,' but it's unique. In the early years of her career, Streisand's interest in politics was limited, with the exception of her participation in activities of the anti-nuclear group Women Strike for Peace in and Streisand has long been an active supporter of the Democratic Party and many of its causes.

She was among the celebrities on President Richard Nixon 's list of political enemies. Kennedy School of Government about the role of the artist as citizen, in support of arts programs and funding. Streisand is a supporter of LGBT rights and backed the "No on 8" campaign in an unsuccessful attempt to defeat California Proposition 8. InStreisand stated, "The new laws requiring U. These regressive laws are themselves the most dangerous voter fraud threatening American democracy.

In Juneshe helped celebrate the 90th birthday of Shimon Peres held at Jerusalem 's international convention center. Introduced by Rufus WainwrightStreisand appeared on stage and made a speech. She said, "This is a dangerous time in this nation, this republic: a man who is corrupt and indecent and is assaulting our institutions. It's really, really frightening. And I just pray that people who are compassionate and respect the truth will come out and vote.

I'm saying more than just vote. Vote for Democrats! InStreisand donated the Emanuel Streisand Building for Jewish Studies to the Hebrew University of Jerusalemin the Mount Scopus campus, in memory of her father, an educator and scholar who died when she was young. Clinton Foundation in support of former President Bill Clinton 's climate change initiative. At Julien's Auctions in OctoberStreisand, a longtime collector of art and furniture, LP) items, with all the proceeds going to her foundation.

Items included a costume from Funny Lady and a vintage dental cabinet purchased by the performer at 18 years old. There's two types of deception. One: Deception. Two: Self Deception. I think that the latter is the harder one to deal with. If someone deceives you, you may think, "Man, that person deceived me! When we deceive ourselves, we don't know it's going on! We think we are fine.

It's as if we look in a mirror and see nothing wrong. It's when we peel back the layers and find out that we have deceived ourselves and then the revelation happens. He is only one of millions that will deceive themselves in this life. How many will end up losing their life in eternity because they were blinded? Far too many. Our world is headed for a major deception as the end of time draws upon us.

I would hope that believers will pray to know wisdom in this time. I know it's what I pray for. We don't have to look very far do we? Wall Street's meltdown, Enron, and others should remind us that we truly are in a deceptive world. What do we do? I know this much: The Word of God is true. I personally believe that if we keep our noses in the Book and pray for wisdom we can weather the storm of deception that is taking hold on our nation. God takes no pleasure in a deceived heart. It would be easy for people to say, "Well, that person got what they deserved.

For after all, I'm sure glad that I didn't get what I deserved in life. Christ died for me so I don't have to reap the whirlwind. May the peace of Christ be with you all. So, there you are. Cleaning out the garage to make room for the car that actually goes there. You come across an old weed-eater that doesn't work, a rake with a broken handle and a box of old electronic stuff that you had forgotten about.

With hesitation and a sigh you think, "Well, I might really need this stuff. I can tape the handle on the rake, maybe I can fix the weed-eater and certainly I'll find use for the old box of electronics. I admit, by nature, I am not a packrat.

If I don't need it, it goes. A relative of mine yesterday said men like things too simple. I told her that it's not that I like things too simple but I believe in practicality.

I will always go for substance over style any day. I'd rather have things that are easy to use, easy to clean and maintain themselves. For example, I hate when I see a decorative tie back over a shower curtain. That's just one more thing to mess with.

Isn't it easier to just use a shower curtain? You open it, you close it, finis! But no, we gotta have that extra curtain for decoration that just gets in the way and you have to use the ties to pull it back when you're done. Well, I'm getting on a rabbit trail now.

More importantly is the subject I'm really trying to tackle. In my own life it's easy for me to let go of material things that get in my way. It's not so easy for me to "let go" of old memories, hurts and rejection that have come my way at times. Can you relate? Happy Birthday - Rod McKuen - At Carnegie Hall (Vinyl you been there? Has something ever been said to you that, even though you have forgiven, it still lingers in the recesses of your mind?

I know it does with me from time to time. I have a saying I use. It's called, "keeping short accounts. An unkind word, a verbal jab, a disagreement, etc.

How many people in life are living with emotional scars of things gone by? But, in church you gotta look good, smile and say the proverbial "amen" all the time. Well, frankly, I'm fed up with that premise. We need authentic believers that will help bear the burdens of those around us.

I know I've been guilty of not living up to this. The Lord knows my heart as I write, we need authenticity as never before. Recently a family member and I had a difference over some things.

It strained us emotionally for awhile. I was the one who was wrong. It took a lot of courage in the Lord to call him and tell him to forgive me for words that were spoken. I saw him Saturday night over dinner. We are fine! I know I need to "let go" of things that are in the past.

My prayer the other night to the Lord was simple but profound for me. It was me asking God to "let go" of things that no longer mattered. Secondly, I gave him thanks for the life he has given me.

At times I've whined like the children of Israel in the desert. As Keith Green would put it, "So you wanna go back to Egypt? And if I never accomplish anything else, I've had more of a life than many have had. I say that humbly. With no false humility involved, I've often wondered why God would use me?

Before I went into Christian radio I would sing a certain song over and over. It went like this: "Jesus use me, please don't refuse me, certainly there's a work that I can do! Today, if you are hurt over past words from someone, you were abused, or you suffered greatly Forgive and be forgiven. Sure, if you were a victim of abuse, violence or any other atrocity, you may have to live with the scars.

However, I much rather live with the scars knowing I am forgiven, than to live with a grudge in my heart. I speak for myself knowing that the "letting go" process works. After all, we nailed Christ to the cross. How can we, as children of his, hold on to grudges when the King of the universe forgave us when we were in the depths of sin and had no way out? The Sacred Romance. They contend that much of the Bible is written with stories in mind.

People love to hear a good story. The whole premise is that God wants us to draw nearer to him. In essense, that is the grand scheme of things. God wants us! Why, I'll never know. Page after page tells us that this earth and our lives aren't the way it's supposed to be. We suffer loss, we crave love and things just don't measure up at times. There is a yearning in all of us that something is missing. So, we bury ourselves in activities, work, adventure, books, movies, and ad infinitum.

We do so because we "know" something is missing. That missing part is the great romance of God and us! The part of the book that got to me was one section in particular. Not verbatim, but it talked about the newness we felt when we came to Christ, the day we got married, our first home-run, etc. Where did those times go? Our lives should be a daily "wonder" so to speak. In one chapter of the book, one of the authors said to a neighbor, "How's it going?

NO, it shouldn't! When I was a boy I had many days playing baseball, climbing trees, and walking by the stream in the woods that was next to our home. I was full of life and wonder.

When I received God's invitation to come to him, I did! I was full of rapture and gladness. Now, I'm a bit older. Some of the flicker, it seems, has gone out. I want that passion renewed. So, with reading this book, I'm starting a trek. A trek that will lead me deeper in the arms of God. God said we'd find him if we'd search for him with our whole hearts. If my love for anything else is greater than my love for him, I have truly missed the whole secret of life.

I know I've mentioned this many times. It mentioned the daughters of Jeruselem. It irks me when pastors just slap that whole book into a doctrinal stance that it is just "the bride of Christ. But, it's also a love story. In fact I adore love stories.

Do yourself a favor and read this book. You see, I knew Rich at least well enough to know the wonder he saw in this world and his total abandonment to the call of Christ. He was a lover of God! Plus, we know that God so loved him! May we all fall deeper in our love for Jesus. Over the weekend I prayed while walking through a parking lot. I told the Lord that at times my feelings run hot and cold, but he never changes in his love for me.

If we truly are the bride of Christ, let's live like it! God is the bride groom and he wants a spotless bride. Unfortunately, at times, I have played the harlot in the theater of life with him. How I recant in my wandering from the one who loves me so that he would add in Solomon's book, "Draw me away and we will run after you! Wednesday, September 3, Sarah Palin.

Governor Sarah Palin will take the stage tonight. I hope she does well. I'm sure there are many who are interested in what she has to say. I don't speak too much on politics but I just had to on this one. I think McCain was on target for picking her for the VP spot. Tonight's convention should be an interesting one. Saturday, August 23, Draw Me Lord. It would be easy to say I live on the mountaintop most days. However, if we are truthful, sometimes that just isn't the case.

Lately, to my chagrin, I've been fumbling my way through the valley. At these times, I feel very alone. However, I've learned more in my valleys than I've ever learned in the good times. Sure, I like feeling good, don't all of us want it that way? Sometimes life just throws us the curves when we are looking for the straight away fast ball. I have to do an attitude check from time to time.

I'm due for one right now I believe. Not easy, but well worth it. Lately a song that David Baroni wrote has touched me deeply. By the way, David is a tremendous writer and singer. I have admired his music since the mid eighties. The song has been popular by Selah. Simply called, "Draw Me Lord. Also my Calvinistic tendencies come through.

Verses that say, "we love him for he first loved us" and "you have not chosen me but I have chosen you. I'll run after you! However, that's the very time I need to run "to" him.

When will I ever learn? Let the clip of this song touch you. No, it's not Selah's version, but you'll like it just the same. I'm hoping anyway! As always, and they aren't just words, may the peace of Christ be with us all! Draw Me Lord Clip. Sunday, August 10, Homeschooling Victory. This was some great news! Here's the link. My friends Roger and Andrea homeschool and I know they have to be happy about the headline.

I've never believed it was the government's responsibility to have control over all areas of a person's life. Now, if parents "choose" to send their children to public schools, then fine. But I still believe it's a fundamental right for the parents to decide what's best for their kids and not Big Brother. Thursday, August 7, Wasted? It's hard to believe this is Nick Nolte. At one time he was voted the sexiest man alive by People. Now, I heard two stories about this pic.

One, he was wasted and driving hazardly down the road when stopped. The other was that he looked the way he did because of a part he was filming and that was "his" role outfit! Either way, he sure does look different than the great days of when he filmed "Rich Man Poor Man. Well, I had nothing else to write about at length today What did I do before it came along?

I thought I'd never be interested in one. But, I'm one of the millions now that have one. The Ipod. I was joking with Rosemary the other day about how technology sure has come a long way.

She said, "Randy, I remember the day when I thought the transistor radio was the coolest gadget around! When I was a boy I remember getting my first portable reel-to-reel player.

Now this was even before cassette tapes! I remember Mom took me into the local five-and-dime store to get one. As a note, how many remember what a five-and-dime is?

I'm sure a few of you do. I was so excited to get that player that could actually record a person's voice! Then, cassette tapes came along. It was in those early days when they had the under the dash mounting brackets to house the unit for the car. Boy, is that going back in time! Even before that, remember 8 track tapes? The thing that annoyed me with that format was simple: A song would fade out in the middle of the tune, the 8 track would change to the next track, then the song would fade in and continue.

Just when a person was getting into the tune, it faded out! I went with the Beta format. Which to this day I feel was a far better format than VHS. But, marketing has a way of changing the buying habits of consumers. The venture of CD technology hit in the mid eighties if I remember correctly. I didn't get my first home CD player until It was a cheapie unit that Bill, a co-worker at the radio station, talked me into purchasing.

Summer (Funk Matazz Club Mix), Win Or Lose (Original Instrumental), (You Dont Know) The Blues, Showroom Dummies - Kraftwerk - The Man Machine / Trans Europe Express (Cassette, Album, Album), Dont Ever Leave Me! - Polly Bergen - Bergen Sings Morgan (Vinyl, LP, Album), Another Kind Of Soul - Cannonball Adderley - Sophisticated Swing: The Emarcy Small-Group Sessions (C, Winter Wonderland - Nashville Harmonica - Nashville Harmonica At Christmas Time (Vinyl, LP, Album), To Each His Own, Goo-Gung-Gung - Asa-Chang & Junray - Jun Ray Song Chang (CD), Baby Im Sorry - Ricky Nelson (2) - Lonesome Town (CD, Album), Blud (Radio Edit), Groen Is Die Land Van Natal - Dennis Van Rooyen - Vrolike Orrel (Vinyl, LP)