With his lucrative sideline as Entertainment Tonight host covering the bills, John Tesh seems to crank out albums of new age/pop-classical instrumental noodlings in the time it takes most of us to sit down to a good dinner. While Backstage with John Tesh is recommended for Tesh's loyal legion of elavator theme music fans only, others can begrudgingly appreciate the elegant execution of this CD-ROM product. The interface metaphor leaves you at the controls of either a CD player, video player, or television camera for most of the modules. The TV camera lens frames a mock interview where you can ask Tesh a series of stock questions on everything ranging from his career moves and favorite family vacation to...wait for it...romantic advice. You can select performance and backstage videos for the virtual VCR, and choose among John Tesh's Greatest Hits for the CD player, which can be left playing in the background as you turn your attention to databasing your recipes or whatever. A CD sampler skips through soundbites from all the songs on various Tesh albums (offering more smaltz, even at ten seconds a clip, than one can personally stomach). However, when you attempt to access the tracks from Tesh's then-recent release, Backstage reveals its true colors with the message: "That song sample is not available. Sax by the Fire is available in music stores everywhere, or you can order it through the CD catalogue module on this disc."
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