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    Music
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (25 April, 1994)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Album
    Ive read alot of reviews for 311's "music" Some of them pist me off! This is 311's best album!!1 I cannot stress that enough. the best song in my opinion is Hydroponic. The newer stuff doesnt even compare to this album. Escpecialy Evolver which is by far (and i hate to say this cause i LOVE 311) their worst album. I own everyone except evolver it sucks. 311 is about making good fast-paced music with ketchy lyrics that kick ace. And anybody who dises on transistor should have there head examined.But i digress. Music is their best work to date. By this album and dont let it out of your site!!! 311 rulez!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars 311's Finest Work
    I have been a fan of 311 for about four years now, and unfortunately, I was unable to locate this CD until a few months ago. To state it simply, this is 311's best arrangement of music. In my opinion, it contains their most unique and original music as well as some of their most complex. "Visit" is one of the best 311 songs of all time. "My Stoney Baby" is also one of my personal favorites from 311. If you are a 311 fan, then beg, borrow, and steal for this CD. Casual fans may not like the different sound as opposed to their newer songs. However, if you have a bit of sense, then you'll enjoy this CD.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome-wo!
    This was the third 311 CD I had bought sence I've only been a fan for a year or half. But this Cd was greaat!! The rythem changes and voals were amazing. Especialy P-Nut's(bass player) superve funk-slapp bass playing. S.A(vocals) and Nick Hex(vocal) rap interchangable voices were really cool. And the guitar was perfect, heavy riffs when needed and light reggea-funk tunes at the right moment. Overall this CD was AWESOME! ... Read more

    Asin: B00005ABHV
    Sales Rank: 34086
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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    Grassroots
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (12 July, 1994)
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    Starting where Holland's Urban Dance Squad left off--thrash rock coupled with hip-hop beats, rapping, and Jamaican-style toasting--311 found their own voice on 1994's Grassroots. Here they prove to be an estimable groove machine on cuts such as "Applied Science" and "Omaha Stylee," blending turntable moves and ska rhythms like a kinder, gentler Fishbone. Avowed stoners, they dip into noodly Grateful Dead territory on the jammy "Taiyed," touch on Meters-style funk in the sleek "Grassroots," and echo the Bad Brains on the rasta-metal mosh "Salsa." Their dub-rock lexicon is spoken by the likes of Sublime, Limp Bizkit, and Sugar Ray--players in a rock genre of which Grassroots is a modern classic. --James Rotondi ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars I dont feel like registering
    Best album of any genre of music i've ever heard. Great guiar riffs, amazing solos, killer bass, great drum beats, and even a little d.j.ing by SA. Best songs are...

    1. Six
    2. Applied Science
    3. Homebrew
    4. Nutsymtom
    5. Omaha Syylee

    3-0 out of 5 stars 311 - 'Grassroots' (Capricorn)
    These Omaha natives return with their second CD.Keep in mind this was my first listen to the group.311 hit me like sort of a cross breed of,say The Beastie Boys and Red Hot Chili Peppers.Tunes I liked best were "Lucky",the hard-hitting "Silver","Salsa" and "Six".Still never got to see this act live as they often get booked in the medium to larger venues anymore when they tour.Might appeal to fans of Sugar Ray,Sublime and maybe Rage Against The Machine.A decent find.

    5-0 out of 5 stars 311 has Grass Roots. This album is amazing
    AHHHHH the sweeet sound of 311's best album Grassroots. When the boys of 311 came out with this album in 1994 they really hit the jackpot. This cd is such a great album to party to, to chill to or do whatever. It's very polished for a sophomore album too. Includes classics like Omaha Stylee, Homebrew, Lose and 1,2,3. here's a track by track analysis:

    1.Homebrew (5/5) one of the best on the cd. great melodic opener!!

    2.Lucky (5/5)just as good as homebrew

    3.Nutsymptom (4/5)A great song jsut doesn't do as much for me as the prior two songs. a real headbanger and like the weird intro b4 it breaks rite into SAs rapping.

    4.8:16AM (5/5)Wow a layed back chilling masterpiece

    5.Omaha Stylee (5/5) My sec fav song on the cd. long intro breaks into rocking melodic beat

    6.Applied Science (5/5) great beginning...mosh pit masterpiece..then a long but awesome drum solo followed by more rockin guitar and vocals

    7.Taiyed (5/5) i love the sound of the guitar in this song. great for chilling

    8.Silver (4/5) hard rocker..will get beginning riff stuck in your head for hours

    9.Grassroots (5/5) awesome song complete with a rockin beat and reggae beat

    10.Salsa (4/5) good song

    11.Lose (5/5) i love this song. i was obsessed with the nice laid back beat forever before i moved on the other songs. jsut an excellent tune.

    12.Six (5/5) aweomse melodic song. one of the best this album has to offer

    13.Offbeat Bare-ass (5/5) hardest song on the album. AWESOME. one of my favorite 311 songs

    14.1,2,3 (5/5) MY fav on the cd. 311 def saved the best for last in this case. Trippy chilling song with positive lyrics. great way to end a night of partying.

    This is one of 311 best albums if not their best. This is also a great cd to get anyone into 311

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    Asin: B00005ABHN
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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    311
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (25 July, 1995)
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    Razor-sharp guitars, hip-hop and funk rhythms, and healthy doses of ska and dance-hall reggae make this one of the most surprising albums to come out of the American heartland. But what's most remarkable about 311's breakthrough release is its enlightened attitude: In an otherwise terminally aggro style of music, where everyone strives to be harder than each other, 311 put down deadly weaponry on "Guns (Are for Pussies)." "Hive," meanwhile, disses hard drug use (but they're pro-hemp, of course), and "Misdirected Hostility" encourages, of all things, positivity ("All that angst sh*t is just cheesy"). Vocalist Nick Hexum and rapper Doug "S.A." Martinez trade lines with ease, and the band dexterously shifts gears between heavy tracks like "Down" and "Brodels," the frantic "Jackolantern's Weather," and the laid-back "All Mixed Up" and "Sweet." --Daniel Durchholz ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars doesnt do it for me
    311.I have never been partial to them.I don't really like how they mix up the reggae stuff with their instruments; it just doesn't work for me.That's the root of my beef with 311.If you've heard any of their stuff, and you didn't like it, you probably shouldn't get this CD.If you did like it, go ahead and buy it much of their music is in the same style.

    4-0 out of 5 stars I can't believe i used to think this album sucked
    Im seeing some harsh reviews here.Screw it. I used to hate this
    album. Now i have rediscovered what a very good album this is.
    With the exception The rapping at times is laughable by nick hexum, but hes confident, so it doesnt really matter. This album has some awesome riffs, and catchy melodies. Like:
    Jackolaterns weather
    misdirected hostility
    DLMD
    Down-Yes their commercial effort which brought them to the masses, but one has to say so what? Down, is by far one of the heavyest and best 311 songs. All mixed up is good too. Let's not
    forget the in your face hive and totally kick @$$ t & p combo.
    I cannot stand don't stay home, and guns is the stupidest song
    they have ever done. This album is very rhymatic, they have
    a real ear for music. It's heavy and loud. Theres some slow down songs too, few as they are:
    Purpose
    sweet
    This freaking album rules. Don't let this stop the 311 findings. Just because you never hear any songs from grassroots, music, transistor,evolver or soundsystem doesnt mean you shouldn't check those albums out too. Do it.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Know that they have always been "down down".
    There's no doubt that this is a good album, and their big break-through to the masses, but front to back I like others of theirs more. This does however include numerous good songs, and the hits "Down", "All Mixed Up", and "Don't Stay Home". Besides directing a newcomer to the "Greatest Hits", I'd also suggest "Soundsystem", "Transistor", and the excellent debut "Music". This album is still pretty "Sweet" though, and I like the alien related packaging. ... Read more

    Asin: B00005ABHH
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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    Transistor
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (05 August, 1997)
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    With Sublime and Sugar Ray having made whitewashed reggae a hot commodity on the pop charts, it makes sense that the prime movers of the genre are making a headlong comeback into the fray. With Transistor, 311 goes for the jugular, cramming the disc with over 20 songs, and just as many angles on its melange of rock, hip-hop and Caribbean musical styles. There are hyper rap-metal rehashes of the hit "Down" ("Tune In," "Starshines," and "Borders"), chunky guitar tracks ("Beautiful Disaster"), and lots of frivolous reggae-lite songs ("Light Years," "Stealing Happy Hours"). --Aidin Vaziri ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Depending on my Mood, 311's Best..........
    Give this album and Grassroots and I am set for my island. This is 311's most experimental album by far and it showcases the wide ranges of talent they posess musically. Released in 1997 on the heel of the Blue Album, 311 were the princes of rock and this album was a curveball for many. It did still sell 4 million copies on the strengths of the previous albums residuals and the hit "Beautiful Disaster", but overall to mainstream critics it was a dissapointment. To many 311 fans however this album is a gem.

    The first 7 tracks are good (especially Prisoner and Inner Light Spectrum), but the album really gets moving with Jupiter and takes off with Use of Time, probably one of the top 5 songs 311 has ever done, with Nick Hexum lamenting about writers block and creating music. The 2nd half of the album (which is 21 tracks and takes up most the cd time allowed) showcases 311's dub influences (Strangers, Rub a Dub)and their ability for laid back stoner grooves (Stealing Happy Hours, Running). There is also a few rockers (Tune In, Starshines) and a track that reminds me of the opening theme from Adam's Family (Light Years). My only complaint is that there sems to be a rushed feeling to many tracks on the 2nd part of the album. 311 has stated they were pressed to get a massive concept like this finished on time. Maybe more time and an expansion of some of the song ideas into a double disc could alleviate this problem.

    311 has a lot to be proud of. Still together after 13 years and putting out records that still are relevant (everyone of their proper studio releases has charted in the top 10 since The Blue Album). They also have continued their tradition as a strong live act. This album is the peak of 311 as their subsequent work never again reached the work of the first four albums. Enjoy It!

    5-0 out of 5 stars I AGREE BEST 311
    THIS IS THE QUINTESSENTIAL 311 ALBUM. TRUST ME- IF YOU WANT TO GET A 311 CD- GET THIS ONE. GREAT MUSIC- SONGS FLOW PERFECTLY INTO ONE-ANOTHER- GREAT GREAT SONGS!

    5-0 out of 5 stars THE ABSOLUTE BEST 311!
    1. Transistor - catchy lyrics and some good guitar parts; the end is nice :) ***

    2. Prisoner - Spacey feel, great song. *****

    3. Galaxy - Building intro., then Tim and Nick trade guitars while S.A. crushes the mic in 2 killer raps. ****

    4. Beautiful Disaster - First single, classic sound, rocking end, overall quite nice. ****

    5. Inner Light Spectrum - Absolutely amazing use of instruments and vocals here. Very trippy and spacey. One of S.A.'s best slow vocals. *****

    6. Electricity - This song was originally titled, "F%$k the KKK." Good guitars and positive, unifying lyrics. ****

    7. What Was I Thinking - P-Nut owns this song. Original slap-bass intro. leading into slammin' guitar. Nick's voice is really distorted on this one, but not too hard to decipher. *****

    8. Jupiter - Another spacey intro., Nick and S.A. trade positivity, ends w/ great guitar. ***

    9. Use Of Time - Cream of the Transistor crop. Absolutely amazing. Great value, amazing soloing. Must hear. *****

    10. The Continuous Life - Dreary feeling intro. leading into S.A. rapping slowly. Guitars and vocals pick up and lead into sweet chorus. ****

    11. No Control - Odd sounding beginning w/ Nick describing how a person w/ so much can still be depressed. S.A. flies in w/ a new guitar sound, nice chorus. Original. ****

    12. Running - Tim and Nick trade guitars again while S.A. sings about not regretting anything. Catchy chorus. Great guitars. ****

    13. Color - Instrumental. ***

    14. Light Years - Creepy guitars and odd lyrics. Interesting though. ***

    15. Creature Feature - I hardly listen to this one. It's probably the worst on Transistor. Kinda bland. *

    16. Tune In - Good harmonizing and nice guitar breakdown. Energizing. ***

    17. Rub A Dub - A really nice island vibe song. Makes you wanna dance. ****

    18. Starshines - Guitars are mediocre and lyrics are weird. Takes a while to get into. Outro leads into next song's intro. ***

    19. Strangers - Bubbly guitar sound, nice flow, cool lyrics, just chill. ****

    20. Borders - Rockin' guitars throughout. S.A. and Nick trade raps w/ good lyrics. Chorus is alright. ****

    21. Stealing Happy Hours - Another one of those really relaxing, trippy songs. Great CD ender. Guitars are traded well in this mellow piece of art. *****

    -All of these songs sound real nice on headphones too.
    -My favorite CD of all time.
    -Go purchase it NOW.
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    Asin: B00005ABI6
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Rap-Metal    4. Rap-Rock    5. Rock   


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    Live
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (01 September, 1998)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars 311 Live
    This album ranks in the top three albums of all time.This band is simply the best...nobody can match their punk, funk, rock sound. A must have.

    4-0 out of 5 stars something
    live and in the house we are rockin east coast style this cd is awesome go out and buy it

    5-0 out of 5 stars 311 Kicks so much A$$
    311 is a great band to get into and start listing to if the thought even crosses your mind to buy the CD then you have to get it you will love it and if you dont i will refund you 770-645-8226 peace ... Read more

    Asin: B0000088IM
    Sales Rank: 231527
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Funk Metal    3. Pop    4. Rap-Metal    5. Rap-Rock    6. Rock    7. Rock/Pop   


    Live [Clean]
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (03 November, 1998)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars you have to hear it for yourself!!
    311 is the greatest band that has ever been, is, and will be.Their unique blend of musical styles is so apparent on this CD, and the energy on it is no less than it is at one of their concerts.If you want something to take you back to the greatest experience of your life (a 311 concert, of course!), _this_ is the CD for you! :-)

    NOD YOUR HEAD!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars This CD is sik-
    On the way to the 'Sprite Liquid Remix Tour' my friend threw this cd in and i thought it was great....didnt know many of the songs but it sounded nice....when we get to the concert 311 was on the bill and they were the best out of the 6 groups there (3 rock and 3 rap) it was unbeleivable so i went out and bought this cd...it just puts me back in the mosh pit

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good But Missing The All Time Fan Favorite
    This is a great live album with alot of great tunes like Applied Science with the extended drum solo.Some of the songs are a little slow but still great.On here, you can find the fan favorite cover or Human Rights' Who's Got The Herb? which is a non album track found on the Hempilation:Freedom Is Norml benefit compilation.Also, Tribute, a non album song from the blue album sessions from ETSD.The one flaw I'd say this cd has is the absence of the all time fan favorite Fu88 the Bullshi8 and the more little known Summer of Love.Still this is a great album that doesn't deserve a Parental Advisory or and edited version (then again, nothing does).I own the regular one. ... Read more

    Asin: B00005ABHO
    Sales Rank: 135206
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Funk Metal    3. Pop    4. Rap-Metal    5. Rap-Rock    6. Rock   


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    Soundsystem
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (12 October, 1999)
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    When "Down" shot up the singles charts in 1996, it was the culmination of eight years of hard work for Nebraska-bred, Los Angeles-based 311. Soundsystem ups the ante on the quintet's good-time, never-forced amalgam of hip-hop, rock, funk, and reggae. "Come Original" features Nick Hexum's identifiable talk-singing style, and the tune's lilting dancehall and reggae overtones make it perfect for convertible cruising. From the odd but compelling rhythms in "Freeze Time," to the Santana-influenced stylings and Tim Mahoney's intricate guitar work in "Life's Not a Race," to the almost metallic riffing of "Evolution," 311 have constructed a diverse yet cohesive collection. The band's crisp, edgy sound, well showcased by producer Hugh Padgam (XTC, the Police), is especially winning on the irresistible and rollicking "Mindspin" and the aggro closing cut, "Livin' & Rockin'." It's a good bet that this Soundsystem will find its way onto the sound systems of fans old and new. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Don't Believe The Nazis
    Dont' believe those music Nazis that always claim that once a band has gone big all their work then sucks.Sure, for the most part this may be true.But its not an exact one-to-one ratio.Some bands have the ability to maintain artistic importance after they've made it big.
    This album by 311 is a good example of this.Each and every song, barring the last two, ebb and flow together well.They keep up the upbeat message with 'Life's Not A Race'.Tracks, 6-8 will keep ya bumpin' and movin' for a long time.I've had this album for about 5 and a half years now, and I still listen to the album like I picked it up yesterday.I'm not saying this album overshadows their previous work, but it definetly keeps the pace.

    3-0 out of 5 stars 1990's death by a Groove***1/2
    Though not a huge fan of the band, I'm impressed with 311's inability to be easily categorized.S.A. has helped us out with that problem through this album's lyrics; "dancehall," "punk guitars," "funk-slap bass," and "the mics in their hands."This is easily my favorite of the band's albums.

    "Soundsystem" suffers in the same way as 311's other work, namely a few very strong songs and an equal amount of filler, but the four opening tracks could be the band's legacy."Freeze Time" is second only to "Down" as the band's best opening song."Large in the Margin" is equal funk, rap, and pop, and it's infectious as anthrax.And of course "Come Original" and "Flow" are the band's call to arms of originality in rock music.

    Unfortunately, despite sparatic bright moments in places like "Life's Not a Race," the album never really recovers after the Big Four, but that's fine considering the rest is an above average party disc.Not a bad way to leave the 90's behind.

    Overall:7 out of 10.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Mediocre - 2 and a half for strong musical performance
    However, it does have "Eons" and "Flowing," two of my favorite 311 songs. The music is strong dynamically, but it is basically the same as all their other albums. Only not as good; I find rapper SA's vocals to be annoying, not sounding anywhere as good as they did on Transistor, which I believe to have the best perfomances from him. The lyrics are pretty mediocre. Save for 5 or 6 songs, not to great of an album. It all right, but now worth purchasing.

    Here is my opinion on their albums, from best to worst:

    1) Grassroots
    2) From Chaos
    3) Transistor
    4) 311
    5) Evolver
    6) Soundsystem - this one

    I don't have Music, but I've heard nothing but good things about it. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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    Flavors (Complete Single Collection)
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (30 December, 2000)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars 311 -An Overview
    This is a good CD if you want a quick overview of 311's whole career.If your new to 311 pick this up, if not this is just all the singles they released of their albums.

    5-0 out of 5 stars buy an actual album instead
    fine, i'll give it 5 stars because these tracks are all gold, but i don't see a situation where this album's worth buying. if you're a huge 311 fan (i am) then you probably have their albums and have no need for a repeat of a few tracks. if you're new to 311 buy transistor or grassroots- you'll get hooked and that will lead to the rest, i garantee it. if you prefer upbeat hard 311 music then buy grassroots, if you like the trippy side of 311 then buy transistor.

    maybe i'm confused- but this cd just seems like a gimmic. its a glorified mix cd. use a cd burner instead.

    5-0 out of 5 stars 311 ROCKS
    311 Rocks. They are the best band ever. This CD consist all their singles. ...1)Large In THe Margin 2)Flowing 3)Come Original 4)Beautiful Disaster 5)Prisoner 6)Transistor 7)All Mixed Up 8)Down 9)Don't Stay Home 10)Lucky 11)Homebrew 12)Feels So Good 13)Visit 14)Do You Right. If you are not a true hardcore 311 fan iI would not recomend getting this CD, but if you are go for it. It is really hard to find now and will probaly be expensive so good luck and hope I helped you. ... Read more

    Asin: B000054A2K
    Sales Rank: 356180


    311 - Enlarged to Show Detail
    by 311
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    VHS Tape (05 November, 1996)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Hang out with 311 in this video
    This video shows the public the life of 311.Where else can you burn one down with 311?!?!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Where to start....
    First off...words can't even begin to explain how awesome this DVD was. I mean i know it is just a "documentary" type movie but if you actually start to watch it--it grows into more than that.You begin to love the band even if you didn't like them before.

    The movie contains mainly concert footage and interviews with the band.But added on are some truly HILARIOUS moments that were recorded on tour from the band using just a home-camera. These guys are not like any other band. This movie shows people how 311 manages to keep it serious with their music--but at the exact same time, screw off and have the times of their lives. It's not just all about music to these guys.Its about music and having a good time. Even during the interviews they get crazy and say things that are funny--even if they arn't supposed to be funny.

    The DVD extras contain 4 music videos for "Down", "Don't Stay Home", "Homebrew", and "All Mixed Up".It also has a trailer for 311's "Enlarged To Show Detail 2" home video, and comes with a bonus CD with 4 unreleased tracks.

    311's "Enlarged To Show Detail" is something you can't pass up. If your a hardcore 311 fan, like myself, you can't live without this. And if you are not a huge fan or even a fan at all, you will still enjoy this movie.

    The movie runs for about an hour.It does have a parental advisory on it and is not for kids. It contains explicit language throughout and has extremely explicit drug content.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A "must have" for any 311 fan!
    bought this video just when has been released, and I gotta say: It's very awsome! Funny, smooth, beautiful... Wee! hehe
    I love it! I'm a 311 fan for a long long time, and if you are too but you don't have this video, BUY IT! Look for ETSD 2 too!
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    Eu comprei este vídeo logo que saiu e eu teno que dizer: É muito legal! Engraçado, Suave, Lindo... e tem muita loucura também! Eu amei! Eu sou um grande fã da banda à muito tempo, e se vc é também e não o tem, COMPRE! Procure também pelo Enlarged To Show Detail 2 também!

    PS/OBS.: There's the VHS version too! / Também há a versão em VHS. ... Read more

    Asin: B00005AAB6
    Sales Rank: 49752
    Subjects:  1. Music Video - Pop/Rock   


    From Chaos
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (19 June, 2001)
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Under the Radar***
    "From Chaos" tends to be one of the least mentioned albums by 311 fans.This is both interesting and unsurprising, since the album is nothing new or special, but packs some of the band's best singles.Truely 311 may get a bad rap for predictability, but after a decade, they can still surprise you.

    Though it may be a typical 311 outing, the band does offer something new: emotion.They do rehash a few tricks, namely the funk-punk of the harder numbers, like "Sick Tight," "Hostile Apostle," and "You Get Worked."Even pop numbers like "From Chaos" and and the borderline hair-metal of "You Wouldn't Believe" are nice, if not calculated.But the real treat are the ballads."Champagne" bubbles with slow grooviness, aching for a chill-party like nothing 311 has accomplished previously.And "Amber" and "I'll Be Here A While" proved to be two of the most surprise come-back singles of the year.Buy it for the band.Stay for the singles.

    Overall:6 out of 10.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This album rocks
    311 is a premier band in our day and age, and they stand apart from a lot of musical acts that are out there and creating waves.I believe they nailed their sound with this record, and I commend them for doing such a good job by recording it live.The rock songs are energetic, the ballads are lovely, and I can tell they are having a blast playing them.That's all I can really ask for when I anticipate a new album from these guys.They come up with song ideas that are good, melodies that are refreshing, while fusing many styles with funk and zest.

    It's amazing that they've been around this long, surviving under the spotlight of media criticism that circulates and stabs what it basically doesn't understand (in the form of 311).In the end it's all about what you like, and what your personal taste is (like if someone hates steak, who are they to tell you not to eat it?).Not everyone can enjoy 311, while others revel in their majesty.I like to consider myself enlightened to their work, and feel very fortunate to have found them in my life.

    This record feels like a revamp of some of their older albums at times (especially on the first track "You get worked"), but it still carries a flavor that is fresh and welcoming to the ears of a loyal fan.Sort of, here's something new, but here's something we know you'll love.You get the best of both worlds.
    Ron St. Germain produced what is the sixth album from 311, and he seems to bring out the best in them (he is said to have been jumping around while they were laying down tracks in the studio).He produced the "blue album" in 1995 which was 311's biggest commercial success, and I believe they wanted to recapture some of that magic and optimism that they were feeling a few years ago.Before then they had been virtually unknown to most radio stations or MTV, so they sort of made it big with him.I think bringing Saint aboard really gave them an edge this time around.

    If you pick apart the music, listening to the guitar riffs, the bass lines, the drum beats, and the subtle programming in the background, you will understand how hard 311 worked on this album.I really enjoy their lyrics, which are positive and inspiring, much like the words of an old friend.They keep me going when sometimes no other mediums can.There's a real connection I feel.I can only hope that they continue their musical journey and bring ear candy to all of their "enlightened ones" in the years to follow.It will be interesting to see where they go with their sound.With this band, so much is possible.

    4-0 out of 5 stars They should have just released the entire session.
    This album could have been a classic.

    The major flaws in this album are lyrics, and the duration of tracks. SA Martinez and Nick Hexum quite easily release the worst 311 lyrics on this album. The angst lyrics do not work for them.. especially not with the nasal SA voice.

    The sessions produced great outtakes like Bomb the Town, We Do It Like This, TWO GREAT songs that could have been intermissions, Dreamland and Will the World, and the acoustic I'll be Here Awhile would have made a nice bonus feature.

    The only real weak song on this album is Full Ride, other than that.. the highlights are the most melodic songs on the album. Sick Tight, and I Told Myself have nice chorus work, but the guitar work just seems rushed. However, this album does have a cohesiveness that brings it together. It's good work, but it could have been made so much better. ... Read more

    Asin: B00005KBBL
    Sales Rank: 12949
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rap-Rock    3. Rock   


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    From Chaos + 1
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    311: Grassroots
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    Subjects:  1. Music    2. Musical Instruments - Guitar    3. Songbooks - General   


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    311 - Enlarged to Show Detail #2
    by 311
    VHS Tape (11 December, 2001)
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    311 - Enlarged to Show Detail
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    DVD (11 December, 2001)
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    311 - Enlarged to Show Detail #2
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    Weezer (Green Album)
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    Weezer, those geek rockers who topped mid-'90s charts with those oh-so-precious pop fables "Undone (The Sweater Song)" and "Buddy Holly," were almost undone by 1997's bombastic Pinkerton. Their sophomore release turned its back on the band's clean-cut debut, with a thrash approach more influenced by Sabbath and Kiss than the Beach Boys. On their third album (self-titled, like their first, but referred to as the "Green Album"), the band makes a concentrated effort to return to anthemic '60s punky pop, demonstrating that, for Weezer at least, it's rather easy being green. In fact, one could say they're almost as green as Green Day, especially on "Knockdown Dragout." At their best, Weezer show such boundless energy and gleeful aplomb that you'd swear you were listening to a lost Badfinger album. Conversely, Rivers Cuomo's twisted genius makes its way onto the anxious and paranoid "Hash Pipe" and the jittery "Glorious Days," making the "Green Album" the most absorbing and rounded vision from these pop masters yet. --Jaan Uhelszki ... Read more

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    Weezer
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    There's a classic episode of The Little Rascals where one of the gang can't join everybody else on the ballfield because he has to stay home with his younger brother, who has the croup. "I can't come out and play," he whines. "I've got to stay home and grease Wheezer!" Nobody at Geffen Records knows whether this was the inspiration in naming Weezer, but it makes sense. Like many of their peers, the members of the Los Angeles quartet seem to have spent their formative years in front of the TV; when they were a little older, they were just as entranced by college rock. Finally, ala the Rascals, one of the gang said, "Hey, kids, let's put on a show!," and the result is Weezer's uplifting, unpretentious, and extremely endearing debut.

    The self-titled Weezer is lean and mean at 10 short, punchy tunes, but nearly every one is powered by a larger-than-life chorus or a simple but effective lyric. "Undone-The Sweater Song" uses an unraveling sweater as a metaphor for a relationship on the rocks; "Buddy Holly" pays heartfelt tribute to the '50s rocker, and "In the Garage" paints a scene of suburban teens jamming while surrounded by posters of Kiss. Producer Ric Ocasek of Cars fame pushes the vocals and rhythm guitars, and this bare-bones approach may earn comparisons to fellow garage-pop band Green Day. But Weezer has more in common with the late, lamented Big Dipper, another group of slacker wiseguys that you just had to love. --Jim DeRogatis ... Read more

    Asin: B000003TAW
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock    3. Rock/Pop   


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    Document
    Audio CD (27 January, 1998)
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    Singer Michael Stipe finally confesses that even he doesn't know what he's trying to say--among the lines flying by are "tryin' to tell you something we don't know" and "there's something going on that's not quite right." But R.E.M.'s roar is at its sharpest, as Peter Buck's guitars twist up surf riffs and the Bill Berry-Mike Mills rhythm section captures the force of forebears Big Star and the Byrds. After half a decade of college-rock heroism, R.E.M. achieved its first hit album thanks to the rambling "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" and the gentle (but subtly barbed) "The One I Love." --Steve Knopper ... Read more

    Asin: B000002UW1
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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    Yellow Submarine (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
    Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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    The most dashed-off of the Beatles' records, Yellow Submarine doesn't have much to it: the goofy title track and "All You Need Is Love" are reprised from earlier discs, George Martin's trifle of a score to the animated Submarine feature takes up the second half, and that leaves just four relatively insubstantial new tracks. The Beatles' throwaways are anyone else's classics, though: "Hey Bulldog," the last song Lennon and McCartney wrote in full collaboration, has the instinctive urgency of their best work, Paul's singalong "All Together Now" is awfully cute, and more than one band has dedicated its career to trying to replicate what George's guitars are doing on his dazed, pulsing "It's All Too Much." --Douglas Wolk ... Read more

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    Asin: B000002UB0
    Subjects:  1. British Invasion    2. British Psychedelia    3. Pop    4. Pop/Rock    5. Psychedelic    6. Rock    7. Rock & Roll   


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    Yellow Submarine (Songtrack)
    Audio CD (14 September, 1999)
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    Asin: B00000K4ES
    Sales Rank: 10925
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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