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40 Oz. to Freedom
Average Customer Review: 4.91 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (23 July, 1996)
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Ska music has been deeply ingrained in the punk rock culture since the Clash adopted their rude boy stance near the end of the British punk invasion and the 2-Tone label put ska on the map. Suddenly, punks stopped kicking the crap out of each other long enough to dance. The debut release by Orange County, California's Sublime is a positively infectious record that marries varied styles of dub, reggae, rap, sampling, scratching, and badass dancehall ska with old-school punk overtones. Musicianship on this record is exceptionally tight, featuring Brad Nowell's innovative guitar work and bright, soulful voice.Packed with 40 oz. of rock (21 tracks) including the ultimate pot-smoking anthem "Smoke Two Joints" and the novelty hit "Date Rape." --Gail Worley ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Genius of Sublime esp. Brad Nowell
40oz is without a doubt one of the best albums I have heard to date. The brilliant Nowell and company incorporates several genres of music - punk, ska, reggae, hip-hop (and even a bit of folk in the bonus track rivers of babylon.)to put him in genre all of his own. You can not define what Sublime is, it simply is what it is- incredible music. The fact that they can't be categorized is what you have to respect, they transcend barriers. Beyond the rhythm there are the lyrics which prove Brad's adeptness as a modern day poet. In my opinion Sublime is one of the best if not the best band to come out of this decade.Bradley Nowell's life was a beautifully gifted one cut tragically short. I urge all newcomers to Sublime to buy this cd (their debut) first here you get the truly ecclectic mix and you know what Brad was about in the end where he thanks everyone he can possibly think of at the end of the album -he was always about his music and that is what makes this album the best it has the raw intensity, drive, and most importantly passion that a lot of artists seem to lose later on in their careers. I can not think of an album that even compares to this one. However being the devoted Sublime fan I am their self titled and robbin' the hood are also must haves for any cd collection. I hope the spirit and genius of bradley lives on for a long time to come. Rest in peace Bradley.

5-0 out of 5 stars One word: Awesome !
I've been listening to Sublime only about a year now. I have three Sublime's albums. This must be the best one. Not only Sublime's best but one of the best albums I own. This is a must buy... especially if you are into reggae. Most of the song in this album are reggae.

When I bought this CD, I listened to the album a couple times, it didn't seem to be anything special. But after a few weeks when I started to learn the lyrics, it also started to sound better. Everytime I listened it again it sounded better. And it still gets better...

This is one of the albums I don't usually skip any songs. I can't really say which song is the best cause they're all great. But if I must name a few:

- 'Smoke Two Joints', a great reggae song!
- '54-46 That's My Number/Ball and Chain', awesome mix of ska, punk and reggae, I love it!
- 'Badfish', nice & soft feeling reggae!
- 'Let's Go Get Stoned', just a great song!
- 'What Happened', nice ska song!
- 'Date Rape', this is a classic!

Still don't have this? What are you waiting for? GET IT NOW! Click that "Add to shopping cart" button, You won't get disappointed.

We miss you Brad
R.I.P

5-0 out of 5 stars hot damn
You already know I'm rocking this and copping this album, why the hell wouldn't I? Think about it friend, this is a great album that just solidly encapsulates the whole mood and sound of Sublime. Sublime is a great band it really has a sort of sound that just touches on everything, but has such a solid consistancy that you would be damned to say that these guys suffer an identity crisis. Unlike many of the numerous (NUMEROUS) bands to bite sublimes style (Authority Zero I point my finger squarely at you!) there is a solid consistancy that comes from Sublime. I wish death on bands that bite their style, no there will never EVER be another band like Sublime so imatators... please stop! Anyways I'm feeling like talking about every song on this album... aight 1 2 3 here I go!

Waiting For My Ruca- what a great song! I just love the dum dum sort of beat on this. It is slow and it is dreamy, a quality song indeed.
40 Oz. To Freedom- mmmmmm good. The begining just kicks and you get into the hook as soon as you hear. Then comes the bangin' chorus with the charged guitar, oh it makes my body sweat.
Smoke Two Joints- is the worst song Sublime ever sang. I hate this song I think it is so annoying, I don't even have the faintest idea why all you pot heads think it's such a great song. Way too gimmicky.
We Are Only Going to Die For Our Own Ignorance- this song rocks em real tight boy. I likes it, it just has a punkish feeling to yet it stays with that sort of ska riff that... oh it just sounds good. This was when Bad Religion didn't suck.
Don't Push- a great reggae soundin' song. I like it much you can just chill back and rock ya head back and fourth, maybe even do something that involves ummmm well you know what I'm talking about.
5447/ball and chain- awfullly enjoyable I think this is the best song on the album... just about my friends
Badfish- a great song with just a kickin' chorus, the lyrics are tottally boss.
Let's Get Stoned- I enjoy the ending of this song with the jam atmosphere, though I usually don't like hearing bands "jam" this sort of hits the spot.
New Thrash- hell yeah! I love thrash, punk rawk!
Scarlet Begonias- yawn, kind of a weak song. I love Sublime but I just can't get into this song.
Live at E's- this is a really really good song. It has such a dreamy quality to it, you can just sit back and enjoy. One of the best things about Sublime is that you can just chill back and enjoy, they aren't trying to shake you and say "ENJOY THIS" like many bands try to do. They just let thier natural flava hit ya.
D.Js- I like this song, a little bit of a hip hop flava that is just right, oh don't forget dance hall!
Chipa Me Tipo- suck my tip, ha funny. Anyways yeah Brad speaks spanish, I don't know if I'm too hot on that but I kinda like it.
Right Back- I love this song. It just has that same chill back flava that I just savor. Oh this song has great lyrics, I can't ever write anything when I tweak (which is much at all, I've only done it like five times) so I'm glad Brad was able to.
What Happened- humorous and rockin', me like.
New Song- good, enough said my friends.
Ebin- this song is enjoyable, the tales of a friend who chose to go the wrong way. In fact this song rocks.
Date Rape- the single off this album. I dug this song a lot back in 7th grade. I still like it, though it makes me reminensce way too much.
Hope- I like this song a lot. It just captures that sort of skate punk that was around back in the day, it even has a sort of Descendants flavor to it. I really like this song.
KRS-One- tribute to a dope MC. Good song
Rivers of Babylon- it's aight, it is live so a good flava.
Thanx- I like this song cuz' they can fit more lyrics and stuff into the linear notes instead of annoying thank you's.

R.I.P. Brad thanks for the music! ... Read more

Asin: B000002P22


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Grassroots
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (11 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 Underated and Misunderstood Musical Geniuses
Despite the financial limitations placed on the production sharpness, Grassroots is 311's most ecletic and in my opionion the best album the band has ever done. Here 311 has mastered and perfected their quick yet smooth rapping. Songs like "Silver" and "Salsa" showcase Nick Hexum and SA Martinez's slickest and quickest lyrical rampages. However, the album has plenty upbeat and trippy melodies as well in songs like "Homebrew", and "Omaha Stylee". The songs are lyrically powerfull, touching on the importance of optimism, self-respect, and making the most of life. While this may seem like silly feel-good bubblegum content, 311 is able to deliver their neo-hippy idealism through a sonic storm of hip-hop, rock, reggae, latin beats, and revolutionary rhythm. No other band out there has the fast and dynamic rhythm that 311 has. Tim Mahoney's guitar work on this album is more free and jamming than on any other 311 album. If you like intelligent and positive songs that rock hard and get you groovin, 311's Grassroots is the cd for you. Even though this cd came out 1994, it still holds up with 311's newer stuff and with the rest of today's music. This album and 311 in general are often forgotten as being the best and most creative representation of hybrid music.

5-0 out of 5 stars 311 has grassroots
This is in my opinion the best album to start with if you're new to 311. So if you're reading reviews trying to decide if you should buy this CD then YES, BUY IT! 311 is my favorite music artist. I could listen to only 311 and be perfectly content. Here is an attempt at describing the songs on this fantastic album:
(1) Homebrew - This song has a great intro riff and has a section with Nick rapping at his best, then a chorus, then SA rapping at his best, and then another chorus. I've seen them play this song live several times and it is amazing live.
(2) Lucky - This song rocks really hard and was written by Chad (drummer). Great guitaring by Tim too.
(3) Nutsymptom - This song comes in hard and fierce with rapping by SA and then Nick, and then P-Nut plays a funky slap bass line and Chad does who-knows-what on the drums while Tim plays a beautiful solo. One of the best 311 songs ever.
(4) 8:16 AM - A nice jazzy chill song.
(5) Omaha Stylee - This song rocks really hard, a definite headbanger and a great song to see live. Great instrument playing by all.
(6) Applied Science - Another standard of their live show, they always expand the drum solo live and bring out more drums so that the whole band is doing these crazy beats that make you want to jump and thrash around.
(7) Taiyed - The only song other than several on Transistor in which SA sings the whole song. Nick plays second guitar while Tim plays the guitar solo parts.
(8) Silver - Another song that rocks hard with great creative guitar riffs and rapping by Nick and SA. The opening verse by Nick may be his best rapping in any song and has a great anti-racism message.
(9) Grassroots - A fun song with wise lyrics 'the roots underground are as big as the tree, can't you see, if not it will fall down'.
(10) Salsa - This album is the most difficult of their albums for me to choose a favorite song, but Salsa may be it. More awesome creative guitar riffs and great rapping by Nick and SA. I love how the guitar riff sounds like it is rising and then falls like a monster opening its mouth and chomping down.
(11) Lose - A nice slow jazzy/bluesy song unlike any others 311 has done. I really like this song, especially the guitar soloing by Tim.
(12) Six - The beginning of this song sounds like it is creeping up on you. This song has a great chorus sung by Nick, and great creative instrumentation in the middle of the song. Yet another fantastic song.
(13) Offbeat Bare Ass - Another contender for favorite song on the album, this song has verses by Nick and SA that are totally unrelated in their content. SA's lyrics are funny about gross pranks, and Nick sings more wisdom such as 'Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law until you violate the right of another, respect the space of your sister and your brother, the war on drugs may be well intentioned but it falls f***ing flat when you stop to mention an overcrowded prison where a rapist get parolled, to make room for a dude who was sold a pound of weed, to me that's a crime, here's to good people doing time'.
(14) 1,2,3 - The closer to this album is a nice chill song with interesting guitar effects. This is the only song on this album I didn't like right away but it has grown on me and now I really like it.
Grassroots is one of my favorite CDs ever but I must admit that my favorite 311 CDs are Transistor and Evolver. I love all of their albums though.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Lord, Yes...
Listening to GRASSROOTS today, I'm still overwhelmed by the variety of styles on this record. When it came out in 1994, it sounded like nothing else on the pop music radar. Here was a hard rock band that was equally comfortable playing reggae, latin-tinged ballads, "jam band" rock, rap and even a little jazz. Unlike many other versatile groups of the time (Phish, Dave Matthews) 311 rocked harder and very often melded these various styles into one seamless track. It's this type of musical alchemy that propelled 311 to their status as one of the top live bands in the U.S., while at the same time confusing lame critics (Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly) who were incapable of accepting a sound so utterly original.

The laugh is squarely on the critics now. 311 have been together for almost 15 years now, and they're as big as they've ever been. Yet GRASSROOTS remains their masterpiece; 45 minutes of essential 311 music.

01. Homebrew 10/10 - The perfect opening salvo with a killer Led Zep guitar riff and lyrics inspired by an acid trip.

02. Lucky 7/10 - Weakest track on the CD. Still salvaged by its percussive groove and funny lyrics.

03. Nutsymtom 9/10 - Heavy intro groove, breaks into a Santana-like jam for the second half with a killer Tim Mahoney guitar solo.

04. 8:16 am 9/10 - Very pretty mellow rocker. Exactly the type of song you wouldn't expect from this sort of band and a great example of their genre-smashing greatness.

05. Omaha Stylee 9/10 - Awesome rap-flavored track is a shoutout to their home town.

06. Applied Science 8/10 - Nice groove, killer Chad Sexton drum solo.

07. Taiyed 8/10 - Another good change-of-pace track. SA handles all the lyrics himself while Nick Hexum sits in on second guitar. Another wicked Tim Mahoney solo (the CD in general is totally loaded with his genius lead guitar work.)

08. Silver 8/10 - One of the heaviest cuts on the disc. Yet another killer groove and more astute lyrics from Hexum.

09. Grassroots 9.5/10 - Title track does a fantastic job of combining 311's many styles into a whole greater than the some of its parts. Total 311 synergy.

10. Salsa 8/10 - Another propulsive headbanger with some great lyrics from SA; "the girl who gave you her sex I heard was homeless..." Priceless!

11. Lose 9/10 - Out of nowhere, a great Caribbean flavored jazz ballad with Hexum coming across like a male Billie Holiday. Guarenteed to impress even the biggest 311 hata.

12. Six 9/10 - Sinewy riff establishes a menacing groove that relents on the ska-infected chorus. The ending on this one is incredible.

13. Offbeat Bare-Ass 9.5/10 - This album is loaded with bad-ass guitar riffs, but this one may take the cake. Lyrics here about being horrassed by the cops for having a Dead sticker on your tour bus are insightful and have a keen sensitivity beyond the grasp of most "alternative rockers".

14. 1-2-3 10/10 - This beautiful slow jam seals the deal for GRASSROOTS as the best 311 album of all time.

Overall, this is an album that-- despite limited commercial success upon its release-- has grown in reputation to be one of the bona-fide classics of the genre. Highly recommended to all fans of great rock music. ... Read more

Asin: B000003CL7


Nevermind
Average Customer Review: 4.21 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (24 September, 1991)
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If Nevermind's sound is familiar now, it's only because thousands of rock records that followed itwere trying very hard to cop its style. It tears out of the speakers like a cannonball, from the punk-turbo-charged riff of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" onward, magnifying and distilling the wounded rage of 15 years of the rock underground into a single impassioned roar. Few albums have occupied the cultural consciousness like this one; of its 12 songs, roughly 10 are now standards. The record's historical weight can make it hard to hear now with fresh ears, but the monumental urgency of Kurt Cobain's screams is still shocking. --Douglas Wolk ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Never Mind is Right
Nirvana is a band which arrived at the perfect time. Selling their wares of teen angst and alienation, they appealed to a wide audience of disaffected Generation Xers. They were a group that played simple and catchy semi-punk rock songs and ultimately made it big. Despite this, I do not dislike Nirvana, but when people start talking about them in the same vein as Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, and other great musicians, I have to laugh. Kurt Cobain was a troubled artist and his lyrics come out honestly and forcefully. But the music itself does not measure up to the all-time rock and roll greats. In one of his songs, Kurt sings, "I'm worse at what I do best and for this gift I feel blessed, I found it hard to find, oh well, whatever, never mind." This lyric as well as the album cover are the band's way of revealing that they sold out to appeal to a broader audience. And make no mistake about it, Nevermind is a sell-out album. Although only subtly dishonest, it is abundantly clear that Nevermind was a slick con-job perpetrated by a band that needed to cash in on the grunge trend. I give it 2.5 stars.

5-0 out of 5 stars Maybe even underated perhaps?
'Nevermind' let down no-one, their fans and newly converted alike appetites had been whetted by "Smells Like Teen Spirit", anthem for a blank generation, for all the people who'd given up before they had started. Kurt Cobain had condensed the collective frustration/despair/apathy into a slice of pop genious not witnessed sinced the Sex Pistols heyday. "Come As You Are" is another piece of semi-acoustic bruised beauty while "Territorial Pissings" is as extreme as the record goes. Most of the other tracks lay somewhere inbetween, Cobain never letting the intensity level down for a minute, whether on the deceptively breezy "In Bloom" or the stinging "Breed". For a three peice, the group made one hell of a racket, but it was a racket which was never less than 100% focused, the Dave Grohl/Chris Novoselic rhythmic powerhouse underpinning every track with diamond-edged precision.

It's fair to say that 'Nevermind' literally changed the face of music, a crushing new sound for all types of music fans to celebrate. A pivotal record for a pivotal group.

If somehow you don't own this record, go out and spend some extremely worthwile cash!

1-0 out of 5 stars I've never listened to this album, but...
A friend of bought this album four months ago after repeatedly reading how utterly fantastic it was,how it was probably the greatest album ever. Today he uses it as a coaster for cups of coffee. ... Read more

Asin: B000003TA4


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311
Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 July, 1995)
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3-0 out of 5 stars An original album lacking in a few areas
The minute you hear this CD, you immediatly hear 3 different musical genres - Rock, Rap and funk. 311 stake their claim with hits like "Down", "All Mixed Up", and "Hive." "Down" is a fast and furious tune with a great guitar hook layered throughout. "All Mixed Up" has a slower tempo but is the best produced song on the album. "Hive" is a good rap/rock song that could put the likes of Limp Bizkit and Korn to shame. The best part of the song is the chorus - similarities with the Beastie Boys comes to mind. The rest of the album more or less sounds like one of the above mentioned songs. It's still a descent album, however, because of the originality that 311 pocessess. If you are a 311 fan, this is an essential. If you are just getting into the band, try "Grassroots" first - arguably their best album.

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing
Are you the kind of person that has a very wide selection of music? I'm talking about having KoRn, Ice Cube, Bob Marley, and Greenday in the same CD holder? Well, this amazing genius band mixes soothing reggae, headbangin' punk/metal guitar, throbbing beats and raps, with a dash of jazz and pop, and it actually comes out sounding GOOD. Yes, my friend, I can only be talking about one band: 311. The amazing Nick Hexum, P-nut, Chad Sexton, Tim Maxwell, and S.A. Martinez release their third amazing album, Self-titled. In the mood for something loud and obnoxious? Try "Down" or "Hive." Want to settle down a little? Try "All Mixed Up" and "Purpose." Want to dance and get the bass thumpin'? Try "Brodels" or "T&P Combo." No matter what mood you're in, 311 satisfies your music cravings with music that is too amazing for words. If you wanted a band like them for me to recommend, I couldn't help you there: 311 is the only of their kind. Buy this album and every other one, too, and enjoy 311!

1-0 out of 5 stars 311 are talented musicians who need to quit the rap front
"Down" and "All Mixed Up" are both excellent tracks. The rapping doesn't bother me much on these cuts because the music behind the vocal mix is so good. Aside from those two songs, the only other cut I enjoyed was "Don't Stay Home". The rest of the songs consist of absolutely horrendous "white boy" rap of the worst kind. Don't get me wrong, I like quite a few 311 songs like the aforementioned three cuts off this album, and nearly everything off Transistor, but the material on here is just so juvenile and played-out that it's downright hokey. "Don't Let Me Down", which is supposedly about "some girl" getting beaten, is laughable. It sounds like Hexum made the whole thing up because he's way too vague. I'd like to know who the girl is, and why we should care about her plight, because vague crap like that ain't going to tug on my heartstrings. What makes it even funnier is that 311 go against everything they preach in every other song they wrote and say that "If you touch her again/I'll f*ck you up. For guys so preachy about "love and unity", they of all people should know that violence isn't solved by more violence. Stupid hypocrite stoners. Oh, by the way, did I mention these guys love weed? I think I should, because that's virtually all they sing about on this album. Do yourself a favor and get Transistor instead of this album. The instrumentation is actually creative, and there isn't dominated by Hard Rock/Rap like this one is. I also have their Live album from 1998 (on cassette no less!) which contains many songs from both Grassroots and Music, and based on those songs, 311's first two albums sound just as hokey as this one does. I personally think that 311 need to stay away from turntables and fight the urge to rap, because they actually are very talented musicians, and songs like "Beautiful Disaster", "Color", "Use of Time", "Stealing Happy Hours", "Light Years", "Rub A Dub", Creature Feature, and the cover of Cure's "Love Song" illustrate that. ... Read more

Asin: B00005ABHH
Sales Rank: 10321


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Legend
Average Customer Review: 4.82 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (31 May, 1990)
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Even as greatest hits packages go, this is an utter gem. Every song is inspired, in a class of its own, whether the real version of "I Shot the Sheriff," the hymnlike "No Woman, No Cry," or the sheer joy of "Jamming." Even allowing that Marley never wrote any bad material, then Legend is still the crème de la crème, the heart and soul of the Jamaican people packed into one five-inch compact disc. He was unique, and the message of this record, more than any other, is that he died far too soon. --Chris Nickson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Don't stop here
These are his "greatest hits" on one cd. However if you would like to buy a more thorough assembly of his songs I would recommend the box-set Songs of Freedom, a chronological compilation of songs, (and you can do without legend.) Here is some other essential Bob Marley material- Babylon by Bus(live), LIVE (the Wailers first live album), Catch a Fire (first Wailers album),Rastaman Vibration. And here is a list of songs that I like just as much as any song on legend (from each album in chronological order):

soul rebel
concrete jungle
slave driver
no more trouble
burnin' and lootin'
lively up yourself
them belly full
trenchtown rock
rebel music
positive vibration
roots rock reggae
want more
who the cap fit
war
rat race
jah live
natural mystic
the heathen
punky reggae party
natural mystic
africa unite
one drop
wake up and live
coming in from the cold
bad card
work
zion train

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Albums EVER!
This is certainly one of the best Reggae albums that you can buy today, and perhaps one of the best albums of any genre. No-one sticks out way above the rest in their particular music genre as Bob Marley does with Reggae, and this album is a collection of legendary tunes.

It is difficult to know where to start when trying to describe which tracks are the highlights in this collection. Certainly 3 of the most recognised (and stirring) songs are his live performance of No Woman No Cry, and the political and historical tunes of Buffalo Soldier and Redemption Song. However there is not another song on the CD that is dissapointing.

If you already have this CD then you may wish to look at "Natural Mistic: The Legend lives on" a second 'best of album' featuring some other great tracks. If you are getting into reggae, or even if you are not a reggae fan - then you should still listen to this album. It is an essential compilation about which one cannot say enough.

5-0 out of 5 stars An essential cd to own
I honestly can't say that I am a fan of reggae music. For me, the music sounds the same no matter who is singing. However I will make an exception with Bob Marley, namely his greatest hits cd "Legend". I consider myself more as a casual fan of Bob Marley's music so I felt that it was appropriate that I would be better off with "Legend". "Legend" is a good representation of Bob's stellar career. My all time favorite Bob Marley song is the politically charged "Buffalo Soldier". I have always loved that song since I first heard it on a mix tape from my brother. Another personal favorite is "No Woman No Cry". The Fugees did a nice cover of the song but nothing beats Bob Marley's version. "Redemption Song" is another great Bob Marley song. It is such a great uplifting song. I love all the songs on the cd. It is a great cd to listen to at a party, and I know I have heard it many times at lots of house parties in my college days. ... Read more

Asin: B000001FY9


Sublime
Average Customer Review: 4.76 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (30 July, 1996)
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For all his tattoos and bulked-up frat-boy persona, singer Bradley Nowell had real soul, which made his fatal heroin overdose even more tragic. There's more to this Long Beach, California, trio's debut, released shortly after Nowell's death in 1996, than white suburban punks imitating Jamaican ska music. The band comes up with great songs, notably the catchy MTV hit "What I Got"; spooky dub-reggae undertones, produced by the Butthole Surfers' Paul Leary, to go with the snappy horns; and surprisingly progressive lyrics that attack sexism and other social ills, especially on "Wrong Way." Like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Fishbone, obvious forebears, Sublime become slightly tiresome after 17 songs, but the band is great in short doses. --Steve Knopper ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars RADIO HIITS, WHO CARES, STILL A GREAT CD!!
I don't get why some people will give a cd a lower rating cause it gets radio play. You shouldn't like or dis-like a cd cause some of its songs on the radio. Anyway i'm a huge Sublime and own all there cd's (execpt stand by your van) I think this cd doesn't get enough credit just because excellent songs like what i got, wrong way, santeria and doin time are played on the radio. It also holds some other gems like Garden Grove, April 29, 1992 (Miami) which has a great story line, Same in the end, Burritos, Get Ready and Caress Me Down. The best song has to be what i got (reprise) when you listen to it just makes u feel good. In my oppion this is Sublimes second best album behind 40 oz to freedom, but it is still great.......... mad love out to lou dog and RIP BRAD..........PEACE!!!!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE GREATEST CDs OF ALL TIME
If you haven't heard Sublime before, I suggest buying this CD. It's full of ska, reggae, punk, rap, and hip-hop. All of the songs are great, energetic, and they all sound different. This is how I would rate each song:
(1)Garden Grove:A++
(2)What I Got:A+
(3)Wrong Way:A+
(4)Same In The End:A+
(5)April 26, 1992:A+
(6)Santeria:A+
(7)Seed:A+
(8)Jailhouse:A
(9)Pawn Shop:A
(10)Paddle Out:A
(11)Balled Of Johny Butt:A
(12)Burritos:A
(13)Under My Voodoo:A
(14)Get Ready:A
(15)Caress Me Down:A+
(16)What I Got(reprise):A
(17)Doin' Time:A+

This is the last CD that Sublime made before Brad passed away, and it's one of their best. It's to bad he went away at the height of their success, but he new some day he would "lose the war".-Pool Shark

R.I.P. Brad Nowell

5-0 out of 5 stars Bradley Nowell sounds even better now that he's Dead.
"Sublime" is one of my favorite albums of all time and it is by far the best Sublime record. Listening to "Sublime" is like the equivelant to watching an episode of Cops. There are songs about prostitutes, pawn shops, weed, race riots, and guns. All good fun!
Some highlights are:
"Garden Grove"- I like when Bradley goes through the list of reasons why his soul is unsound.
"Same in the End"- Totally rocks.
"Seed"- Totally rocks too.
"Burritos"- Should have been another single. ... Read more

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Houses Of The Holy
Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (19 July, 1994)
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Buoyed by the runaway commercial success of Led Zeppelin IV, Jimmy Page used this 1973 follow-up to hone his already impressive production skills, and the result was a collection sporting an impressively expansive sound. Benefiting--especially on tracks such as "Dancing Days Are Here Again," "The Crunge," and "Over the Hills and Far Away"--was Zeppelin's always underrated rhythm section: thunder-fisted drummer John Bonham and rock-solid bassist John Paul Jones. Jones also emerged here as a secret weapon on keyboards with his subtle work on more pensive fare such as "No Quarter" and "The Ocean." And the goofy "D'yer Ma'ker" showed that Zeppelin had more of a sense of humor than most people ever gave them credit for. --Billy Altman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Zeppelin Hasn't Failed Us, But Did They Ever Anyway?
This is a great album for anyone who likes Led Zeppelin, let alone classic rock, heres my song by song review.

The Song Remains The Same: Fast Paced And Fun, but hard to understand 8/10

The Rain Song: A slow ballad. I'm generally more into Zeppelin's heavier stuff, but this is still good 9/10

Over The Hills And Far Away: Great Acoustic, Electric Blend! A pure ledgend 10/10

The Crunge: A weird deisco funk thing, but funny and fun. 9/10

Dancing Days: A cool driving song! 10/10

D'yer Mak'er: One of the best expieremental songs Zep has ever done 10/10

No Quarter: Zzzzzzzz! But it's kind of cool 7/10

The Ocean: My favorite Zeppelin song, need I say no more 10/10

Thats a pretty good album, Zeppelin fans, Metal fans, Classic rock fans, and just about any kind of rock fan alike will love this album! Overall 9.5/10!

4-0 out of 5 stars A good but differnt side of Led Zeppelin!
This album sounds like the albums put out after 'PG' but this is like 1000 times better! I think it would be easier to review this songs by song since its such a complex album!
-The Song Remains The Same, is a good song with killer lead guitar by Jimmie Page but Robert Plants lyrics suck! 3/5
-The Rain Song, is classic Zepp. George Harrison said they didnt have enough ballads so Jimmie Page wrote this and it became a classic 5/5
-Over The Hills And Far Away, a hard rock song played with Acoustic guitars, shows what a genius Page is, another classic!. 5/5
-The Crunge, is a very strange song and probley the worst on the album, and Robert Plant sounds like Rod Stewart on this one. 3/5
-Dancing Days, has a great page riff and John Bonhams drums are top notch! another classic! 5/5
-D'yer Mak'er, dont be fooled by the name or what other people say this is an awesome song from star to finish, and Plants voice is great here. 5/5
-No Quarter, is John Paul Jones' song on the album and this song gives me the creeps! 5/5
-The Ocean, best song on the album with a killer guitar solo and riff, Bonham's Drumming is great same with Jones' bass and Plants voice is at the top of its game! 5/5
This is a classic Zeppelin album that you must own!

1-0 out of 5 stars One star
This CD just not good. Man who sing songs look a like a man and sound like woman, like woman feeling painful too much, guitar player use guitar that sound cheap, just loud and songs making no sense. Also naked children on CD cover! I just try to warn people careful spending good earned money on strange CD. And music fan from Houston, in your review you misspell many words so it look like your english not so great either. ... Read more

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OK Computer
Average Customer Review: 4.66 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (01 July, 1997)
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Radiohead's third album got compared to Pink Floyd a lot when it came out, and its slow drama and conceptual sweep certainly put it in that category. OK Computer, though, is a complicated and difficult record: an album about the way machines dehumanize people that's almost entirely un-electronic; an album by a British "new wave of new wave" band that rejects speed and hooks in favor of languorous texture and morose details; a sad and humanist record whose central moment is Thom Yorke crooning "We hope that you choke." Sluggish, understated, and hard to get a grip on, OK Computer takes a few listens to appreciate, but its entirety means more than any one song. --Douglas Wolk ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars the absolute best
I can't say too much other than this is Radiohead at their absolute creative best. Every single song is polished to perfection with so many musical elements that it is often difficult to listen to the song and hear all that's going on. I am a huge Radiohead fan and I love this album; my copy often doesn't play because I've listened to it so many times.
If you don't own this, go out and buy it right now! It is as essential as the Beatles's Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band or Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon or Led Zeppelin IV. Every song is musically amazing (except perhaps for the bizarre and disturbing notes of Fitter Happier, which I'm not sure can be considered as "music" but can still be appreciated by a hard-core Radiohead fan). The tracks are astounding; Karma Police, the ultimate mix of swirling electronic sounds, piano, hard overdriven guitar, and acoustic chords, and No Surprises, perhaps the album's most stunning and perfect track, and of course, Paranoid Android, the album's most chaotic, powerful, and well-known track.
I can't see how anyone would rate this anything under 5 stars. As a musician myself (Radiohead songs from this album and others often pound out of my amp) I can appreciate this musical equivalent of a breath of fresh air that has not grown stale from its 1997 release. Radiohead are amazing. Buy this.

5-0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece!!!
This is one of the most brilliant albums I own. Its hard to explain just how brilliant these guys are. This album combines their raw, rock talent with a hint of electronica and a barrel load of style.

After the success of 'The Bends', Radiohead invested wisely in production and have comprised an album that will be heralded for many many years to come. With its meaningful lyrics, amazing guitar riffs, bass line, drums, samples and sound manipulation, Radiohead have produced a complete package. No track is lacking; not even the bizarre "Fitter Happier", which, when you actually listen to it, has some amazingly apt descriptions of society and its vices. Radiohead, and Thom, love to sing about their angsts and the general disfunction of modern life; they question it, deride it and the results are effective.

The standouts on this album for me are "Paranoid Android", which is a beautiful classic with many changes and climaxes; what sound!!, "Subterranean Homesick Alien", which is a smooth song with awesome lyrics: "...about all these weird creatures who lock up their spirits, draw it all to themselves and live for their secrets..." powerful stuff. "Exit Music (For A Film)" is another golden nuggety journey that starts with slow tranquility and develops with simple beats into a distortion laid grasp of hope and passion. "Karma Police" is a triumphant and proud sounding anthem that is just awesome, and "Lucky" is another favourite.

The entire album is without flaw. Radiohead here make a lasting statement about their ability and undeniable talent. This is without a doubt a masterpiece and should be owned by everyone; inspirational!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Genius.
This is the exception to the rule that the music on the radio from my generation sucks. This is purely wonderful music, of genius caliber. Radiohead, with each song and album that the release, will simply put you into a state of awe. This are five seriously talented musicians. Thom Yorke(lead singer) is a modern musical genius, and his other four bandmates (Colin Greenwood, Johnny Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, Phil Selway) work together to produce a sound that no other group of musicians has ever done. Radiohead is a band that will be remembered for generations to come, and OK computer is the pinnacle of their work. Radiohead is a name that will be remembered along with the likes of The Beatles and Pink Floyd. ... Read more

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Ten
Average Customer Review: 4.55 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (27 August, 1991)
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Part of the '90s Seattle grunge triumvirate completed by Nirvana and Soundgarden, Pearl Jam debuted with Ten, their most accessible, least self-conscious album. Over time, PJ's rep as a politically correct band just a little too above it all to prostitute its music on MTV has nearly superseded the music. But before that, they were a simply an in-your-face, in-your-head, loud, melodic rock band. And lead singer Eddie Vedder was known for his possessed stage presence and a primal growl that sounded like it required three vocal chords. The personal, narrative singles "Alive," "Jeremy," and "Even Flow" catapulted the reluctant band into the 10-million-plus-sales division. Subsequent albums are more intricate, subtle, thematically complex, and, in many ways, better than Ten. But the band may never repeat the stampede caused by this debut. --Beth Bessmer ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Beginning Of A Dynasty
Okay everyone knows how Pearl Jam came to be, the members of Pearl Jam rooted in the seattle bands Green River, and Mother Love Bone, its lead singer (Eddie Vedder) who was with the seattle supergroup, Temple of the Dog. Ten was their debut release following the heels of the groundbreaking "Nevermind" by Nirvana. Everyone also knows it would be Ten that would launch Pearl Jam in the same orbit as Nirvana. but lets break down what Ten is, although it is Pearl Jam's most commercially sucessful album to date (due to the following albums absence of music videos, which i fully support), the sum is greater than its parts. Aside from Evenflow and Jeremy, we have the sonic rocker Deep which i find is sort of Eddie Vedders road map to stardom. The deep perplexic Garden, The gorgeous ballad Oceans, To the most underrated track in the Pearl Jam catalog, the moving Release. Which sometimes makes me still cry after all these years. Some say this is the album for all new Pearl Jam listners to get, I say get it because its the foundation. Even if your looking for something listen to or a group to get into, pick this one up and discover the dynasty's foundation.

4-0 out of 5 stars Emotional Release, Not Pent Up Anger
Admittedly I don't take to Pearl Jam the way many of their more hardcore fans do. I understand that PJ represents a complete change in the music scene, but as far as the "these guys changed my life" sentiments, I'll have to pass.

What PJ and their debut album Ten are at heart is good rock. PJ are a throwback to the 60s when rock was supposed to send a message to the listener. Personally I've always found those types of recordings a bit preachy. But PJ does it in such a way that it's more of a release than a burden to listen to.

Ten deals more with emotional letting go and dealing with things than in the actual rage that you bottle up because of these awful things. In this respect they are the exact opposite of Nirvana. It is the release of this rage and the catharsis that it brings on that makes Ten an emotionally charged album.

Ten is easily PJ's most rock oriented album. There's little experimentation here. The songs are basic and they rock. Ten is not my personal PJ favorite, but it's a very close second to Vs.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic music, great debut album
Not so often, have I seen and heard so much good music on one record. I got the album two years after it was released and it was like an explosion, literally, at least for me. I was a little bit sceptical at the beginning, especially not liking Nirvana, but so surprised after hearing it. It was nothing like anything I heard before. The music is absolutely absorbing, breathtaking and soulful at the same time, great guitar playing, good rock with still enough rhythm to be listened to by the crowd. Not to talk about Eddie Vedder's voice and his way of singing. The first time I heard Alive I couldn't believe anybody can have a voice like that and can sing a great and said story like Jeremy or deeply personal lyrics like Alive or Black so well. Truly amazing. I would recommend this album to absolutely everybody who appreciates good music, good lyrics, and great voice. Probaly the best voice.... ... Read more

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Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix
Average Customer Review: 4.59 out of 5 stars
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Experience Hendrix brings together the major singles with a stack of majestic album tracks and the career-defining live Woodstock version of "The Star Spangled Banner" on a fat 20-tracker. While best used as a sampler to direct new listeners to the immortal Are You Experienced, Electric Ladyland, and so on, the CD (which supplants the short-lived Ultimate Experience collection) does hang together as a listen. Its blend of Hendrix the rocker and Hendrix the underrated soul man is suggestive, painting a picture of a multifaceted genius and transcending its plainly mercenary origins. In the end, its effect--like that of all Hendrix's best records--is to remind us of a Jimi very, very much alive. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Get Experienced!
Jimi Hendrix forever changed the face of rock n roll his music was truely amazing. Hendrix did more things on guitar in a short 4 year career that most guitarist could not do in 20 years. He is the best guitarist, and shall ever remain the best. Not one single person in 30+ years has toped Jimi Hendrix. Jimi Hendrix was the man to get me into playing the electric guitar now he got me experienced, and I have a band all thanks to Jimi Hendrix. Experience Hendrix will get you turned on to Jimi Hendrix's music. This greatest hits compilation includes all of the hits like Purple Haze, Foxy Lady, and Hey Joe. Also songs from Axis Bold As Love like Spanish Castle Magic, Little Wing, and Bold As Love.

Then their is the songs from the masterpiece that changed the face of rock n roll Electric Ladyland.....Songs like All Along The Watchtower, Crosstown Traffic, and Voodoo Child(Slight Return). So far this includes all of the three complete studio albums Are You Experienced, Axis Bold As Love, and Electric Ladyland. Then their is the songs most people have never heard like Dolly Dagger, and Freedom from First Rays Of The New Rising Sun Hendrix's last album that was uncomplete when he died. Then their is also the Star Spangled Banner performed Live at Woodstock.

This album covers all of hendrix's known greatest hits that everybody loves. I recomend this to all of the early hendrix listeners this one is for you. I do think their should have been some songs added to this including Machine Gun a highlight from Hendrix's career he performed at the new year of 1970. But wait their is more Jimi Hendrix albums that are either rare studio work or live like South Sentra Delta, BBC Sessions, and The Band Of Gypsy's. Once again BUY THIS~Highly Recomened!

5-0 out of 5 stars The ultimate experienced CD right here!
As a single-disc compilation, Experience Hendrix: The Best Of is an easy not so hard to beat thing. Drawing from all the original digitally remastered reissue MCA albums. This 20-track collection contain his hits of all the major highpoints in Hendrix's career songs like "Purple Haze", "Foxey Lady", "All Along The Watchtower", "Little Wing", "Red House", "The Wind Cries Mary", "Manic Depression" a live version from Woodstock of "Star Spangled Banner" and "Angel". It gives an accurate impression of why Jimi Hendrix was so revolutionary and influential in rock music history itself. All of his completed studio recordings are mandatory listening. As it is for a terrific guide introduction to this legendary guitarists own groundbreaking work!

5-0 out of 5 stars True Rock.
This album definitly has a lot of great material, and will appeal to any Jimi Hendrix fan and most other people as well. Although some may argue about which song should or should not have been placed on this disk, it doesn't really matter, because almost everything Jimi played was good anyway. Please disregard "seawasp" if you are considering buying this album. He either has extremely poor taste in music or has never listened to the CD and just writes reviews for fun. ... Read more

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Right Back
Average Customer Review: 4.57 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (28 September, 1999)
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On their sophomore outing, the Long Beach Dub Allstars display accomplished musicianship and stoned enthusiasm as they create a unique blend of southern California reggae, dub, and punk rock. Rising from the ashes of the now-defunct Sublime, bassist Eric Wilson and drummer Bud Gaugh lead this seven-piece groove ensemble with resolute determination. Featuring the good-time vocals of Opie Ortiz as well as an array of keyboards, turntables, saxophone, and percussion, the Allstars shift from traditional reggae to hard-edged ska-punk with graceful abandon. Including an appearance by reggae singer Barrington Levy on the Sublime cover "Saw Red" as well as cameos by rasta-punk hero H.R. and Jamaican toastmaster Tippa Irie, Right Back is an enjoyable excursion into American roots-rock-reggae. --Mitch Myers ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Its' Key!
KEEP IN MIND: LBDA IS NOT SUBLIME. That being said, this is a highly original recording straight from our buddies at Skunk. Like Subime, it gets better each time you listen to it. I asked the people at the record store if I could put a hold on the cd on its release date, but they said that you could only do it ON the release date. I figured I wouldon't have any problem, since the only other people at the store and basically in the community who knew who LBDA is were the people who worked at the record store. So there I was on 9/28/99 with my brand new cd! I was disappointed that "Computerized Dub" and "Have a Little Faith" (my favorite lbda song) were not on the album (they ARE on the 1998 Skunk Fall Sampler), but there were other goodies, like Rosarita. I prefer "Saw Red" on the acoustic album, or with Gwen, didn't like it on this album. BUT DON'T GET ME WRONG, ITS GREAT! Okay, let me put it this way; Say you love Limp Bizkit, but sometimes you put the cd on and it isn't very appealing. That is what this cd is kind of like. If you put it on expecting to hear Sublime style songs with a singer who fools many into thining he's Bradley, you will be disappointed. If you get this cd with the attitude of experimentation, such as buying a new Skunk Label band whom you've never listened to, but hear about, you'll absolutely love it!

4-0 out of 5 stars this disc makes me happy
To begin with - if you're so closed-minded that you cannot accept this cd because it's different than sublime, then phooey on you. Of course Opie and Ras don't sound like Brad - who does? The man had one of the most soulful, raw, unpolished voices ever in american music. But Bradley's gone, and I'd rather hear new stuff from the remaining members than rereleases of rereleases ad infinitum.

That being said, this is a great album! A little lighter on the punk than Sublime, but the rhythm section, always expertly anchored by Bud and Eric, is actually more polished than ever. This album is so bright and toe-tappable - it's ideal for driving down the highway, windows open, on a sunny blue-sky day. Long live so-cal reggae/punk/dub/rap/rock soul.

4-0 out of 5 stars moving on
the band that was sublime is no more. these cats need to stop expecting long beach to be sublime- which is utterly hopeless. it is just different with brad gone. as much as we all miss him and wish he were here creating wonderful music, his passing must be accepted. long beach, as far as i know, doesn't claim to be sublime. it's evident in their music. they have progressed and really are still an excellent group. you can't hold them responsible for brad or hold them to that musical style. you can still feel a little of the old sublime with long beach, but they obviously will never be the same. well, enough about the past...right back is a really solid album. i really enjoy this album for what it is as any one must do. you will not like it if you can't accept that it's a new band, so be open minded. A must have for any collection and i find it to be extrordinarily good in the summer time ... Read more

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Dark Side of the Moon
Average Customer Review: 4.66 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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Dark Side of the Moon, originally released in 1973, is one of those albums that is discovered anew by each generation of rock listeners. This complex, often psychedelic music works very well because Pink Floyd doesn't rush anything; the songs are mainly slow to mid-tempo, with attention paid throughout to musical texture and mood. The sound effects on songs like "On the Run," "Time" and especially "Money" (with sampled sounds of clinking coins and cash registers turned into rhythmic accompaniment) are impressive, especially when we remember that 1973 was before the advent of digital recording techniques. This is probably Pink Floyd's best-known work, and it's an excellent place to start if you're new to the band. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Their Break-through
By condensing the sonic explorations of Meddle to actual songs and adding a lush, immaculate production to their trippiest instrumental sections, Pink Floyd inadvertently designed their commercial breakthrough with Dark Side of the Moon. The primary revelation of Dark Side of the Moon is what a little focus does for the band. Roger Waters wrote a series of songs about mundane, everyday details which aren't that impressive by themselves, but when given the sonic backdrop of Floyd's slow, atmospheric soundscapes and carefully placed sound effects, they achieve an emotional resonance. But what gives the album true power is the subtly textured music, which evolves from ponderous, neo-psychedelic art rock to jazz fusion and blues-rock before turning back to psychedelia. It's dense with detail, but leisurely paced, creating its own dark, haunting world. no other record defines them as well as this one.the album set the all time record for longevity on the billboard charts.....stayed on the top 200 until the late 1980's (over 700 weeks), if you doubt it, look it up.

5-0 out of 5 stars Blew my mind
This album is it for me and has been for three years. After I made the insecure decision to add it to my CD collection, when it consisted of only one disc of older material, Bob Marley's Legend, for a mere $13, it melted all of my other CDs and made me never want to waste time on any more juvenile punk rock, frivolous jam bands or trivial modern rock and search the entire spectrum of psychedelic colors, scorching hard rock, experimental ambiances, lyrical soul searching and far beyond for an equally orgasmic musical experience, a search which helped turn one callow youth, subject to agony and doubt at the words and opinions of his snotty peers into a young adult with a rock & roll heart.

Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon is not the kind of album to which you listen; it is experienced, submerged into. The rich, clear, crisp, innovative sound tingles and ripples with the perfectly sync sound effects as well as Roger Waters' surrealist lyrics and well chosen archetypes which resound in perfect poetic form (Time), perfect cryptic message (Brian Damage/Eclipse) or perfect, traditional rock and roll (Money). It is an album that searches the psyche as much as the soul. Was the creative brilliance, credited to authors and painters ever meant for that rebel force called rock and roll? If it was, I believe that gift was delivered to Pink Floyd during the recording of Dark Side of the Moon.

5-0 out of 5 stars simply amazing
this cd is not only a cd that everyone should own, but it's one that everyone should tell their children about. pink floyd is not my favorite band, and dark side is not my favorite cd, but it is the one i could listen to the most. after numerous listenings it will never get old, you only appreciate it on deeper and deeper levels. ... Read more

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Quality Control
Average Customer Review: 4.64 out of 5 stars
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The thrill of invention never stops on this first full-lengthalbum from Jurassic 5. Coming out of L.A.'s kinetic hip-hopunderground, the multitalented combo whips up an irresistible flow ofcharisma and keeps the fun at a high-voltage level. J5 can pivot on adime from one style to the next--street-corner barbershop, turntablefriction, or kick-ass swing. But the constant focus is on theessentials of the art: Quality Control fuses fantastic wordplayand MC skills with a killer grab bag of beats. It's the achievement ofJ5 to look back in a way so fresh it shines a light ahead. --ThomasMay ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The best pure hip hop album of 2000
Jurassic 5 comes correct with their first full length album. Quality Control continues the string of top notch releases from J5, following the Unified Rebelution 12-inch and the J5 EP. J5 combines old school style harmonies of four emcees with the beats of DJs Cut Chemist and Nu Mark. Reccommended to anyone who likes Hip Hop, especially Blackalicious, De La Soul, Mos Def, Freestyle Fellowship, A Tribe Called Quest, The Beastie Boys, or Common. It's fresh hip hop.

5-0 out of 5 stars J5 are Quality!!
This is an excellent album by 4 talented MCs and 2 teriffic DJs. My first exposure to J5 was when my mate played me "Quality Control", which had me hooked to their great sound and lyrical ability.

J5 are brilliant because they use a wide variety of instruments and influences in their music, from keyboards, guitars, piano and drums to strings, sax, clarinet and a whole range of percussion instruments. When the DJs mix the sounds, add scratching and samples the result is funky jazzy. Then you get the pleasure of hearing some of the most unique and meaningful raps and lyrics on top of that great sound.

All the tracks on this album are excellent and the album is without a weak song. They are true hip hop artists in it for the fun and freedom of making expressive music. This can be heard in "LAUSD" with "...for those that appreciate those with skills..." pointing out their reasons for producing such good music. "LAUSD" and "WOE Is Me" are two standout tracks with great lyrics. Two other tracks that I enjoy and that should be pointed out are "Contribution" and the 30's swing influence "Swing Set", which is close to my favourite piece on the album. It really shows the vast array of talent this group has. Also check out "Great Expectations" and the short but potent "Contact". All the songs are worthwhile.

These guys obviously have a good thing going. They mesh well together and their combined sound will make this a hip hop classic for the ages. If you want really funky sound and great, authentic hip hop, then this should be in your collection right next to The Roots, A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul. All I want to know is whens the next album coming out? As J5 say "...the more drums in our kit, the more jobs we can handle..." Pick this album up today!

3-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good but not mind boggling.
I brought Power in Numbers first, and was absolutely in love with it, I purchased this one and it was alright.

Te End.

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Music [Clean]
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars 311 - Music
311's 1st album is a compilation of all their earlier LP's with other material. Any 311 fan will tell you this is must have because of famous songs such as Do You Right, Feels So Good, and Fat Chance (F!@k The Bulls#$t). These songs are traditionally played at their amazing concerts and usually bring the house down. This album blends relaxing tunes such as Nix Hex with some loud songs that get you pumped up like Feels So Good. This is a musically rich album with a lot of melodies. A necessity of anyone who likes 311 or rap-rock or almost any type of music. Chad Sexton on percussion is incredible to listen to for those who play the drums or to the casual listener. P-nut's bass skills are nearly unmatched in the music business. Tim Mahoney wails out some great melodies on guitar while leadman Nick Hexum and Singer/DJ SA Martinez bust out the rhymes. Unreal album, you will not regret by this album after the 3rd straight month it's in your cd player.

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't Say No To Drugs
311's debut album is an infectious mix of funk-metal and hip-hop. While the band fails to come up with a consistently solid batch of songs, their raw energy makes up for the lack of strong songwriting.

5-0 out of 5 stars this is a great CD, I especialy love the song'paradise'
there s just something about that 'paradise' song that I just have to keep playing it over and over again. ... Read more

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Do You Want More?!!!??!
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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Typically, we're better off ignoring the boasts of a rapper who claims to describe his own music, but when the Roots' lead voice Black Thought opens up his group's debut album by saying, "You are all about to witness some organic hip-hop jazz," it's a good idea to listen up. Organic is a fitting adjective for a hip-hop crew whose m.o. is as different from the typical studio-locked DJ/MC combo as grass is to Astroturf.

Nothing wrong with a little artificial grazeland, of course, but the Roots are making tasty roughage that blooms into real songs, where raps wind around bass, drums, keys, and horns, and where instruments coil up to voice cadences--where music and lyrics meet and grow together naturally, not coincidentally. You can hear the Roots' heart pump hardest when they pull off the things loops and samples cannot: just check the vocal/instrument interchanges of "Essaywhuman?!!!??!" or the left-turn instrumental digression midway through "Mellow My Man" to witness the living sounds of rap.

The Roots' Philadelphia-based groove collective build slick acid jazz playing around the smooth East Coast rhyming of A Tribe Called Quest and wild West Coast freestyling to create sounds as formless and fluid as jazz, but never unrecognizable as hip-hop. The music picks up where the mad scatting and melodic trills of L.A.'s defunct Freestyle Fellowship left off, and wakes up the tired hype of jazz/rap cross-polination to new possibilities. The roots of this kind of fusion have long been around, though perhaps these Roots are hope for a new dawning. --Roni Sarig ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars one of the best...ever
If you're a neophyte or a long-time fan of hip-hop, this album has something to offer. By far the best example of the boundaries of hip-hop, "Do you want more???" is the opus of the Roots. Not to say that their other albums don't hold muster (because they do), but this was truly the best the collective had to offer. The anthem of the Roots is "What goes on," which combines the talents of their drummer, ?uestlove, their then-beat boxer Rahzel (since aptly replaced by Scratch) and their MCs, Black Thought and Malik B to create a world of rap in which one could exist forever. Other notable songs on the album include "Mellow my man," which exemplifies the tempo changes that are the hallmark of jazz, "The lesson," a freestyle-type song over an incredible beatbox courtesy of Rah, and "Distortion to static," one of those songs that becomes an immovable force in one's head. If you love music and creativity, this is the one album you must own.

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't miss out on such a classic
Obviuosly I got this album like 8 years after it was released but I can't live without writing about this classic Roots Project. I've seen The Roots play live and it was an experience I'll never forget. However, this album took a while to grow on me. After one night of heavy concentration and patients it was evident that this album is amazing and so are the roots. The thing that I love about this album and the roots is that they are so different compared to the other hip hop acts. Not only are they well spoken; not concerned about cars, jewelery, and guns, they play live instruments with rarely any sampling involved. My favorite tracks on the cd are "Mellow My Man", which is just fly, "Datskat", "Lazy Afternnon" all 3 verses are the same but it's an interesting concept, "Do YOu Want More" the titled track, " What Goes on Pt. 7", Silent Treatment". I also enjoy listening to "? vs. Rahzel". THough the Roots band members have changed such as Malik B. departing, ?uestlove, Black Thought, Dj Scratch, Hub are a forced to be reckened with. The thing that I like about this cd is that it is very creative, innovative, nd jazz originated. I just laugh when my my friends ask me whos's in my cd player at the time and when I say the Roots they give me a weird look. I guess they're just brainwashed with this stupid 50 Cent and Cash Money Millionaire madness. They really missing out.

5-0 out of 5 stars I am back from Kentucky this is also a great album
This hip hop album from the Roots in 1995 is an excellent blend of Jazz backgrounds and the raps are pretty tight.This is some top of the line hip hop right here.keep bumping this album folks this album here is a great release.
Lyrics 10/10 Production 10/10 X Factor 10/10 Classic 9/10 Me 9
Overall-48/50 This album gets 5 Mics

Also Recomended:If your ever in Green Rivers Kentucky go to Miss Patti's 1880s settlement and buy the 2 inch pork chop even a vegetarian you will love the food.I know this has nothing to do with the Roots but still its the best food ever you can also recoomend some other Roots albums ... Read more

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Sublime Acoustic: Bradley Nowell & Friends
Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing CD..
This is definitely in the top two of my favorite Sublime cds. It gives a great view at the band's music that you don't get with their studio albums. Some may be a little turned off by the sound quality on a few of the tracks, but others make up greatly for this. And even with the bad quality Mary along with a cover of "Big Salty Tears" is an awesome track. The Marley Medley (including This Train, and Guava Jelly) is my favorite on the cd. A few of the tracks can be found on other cds, but the rest of the songs are well worth the buy. Buy this cd now. It's awesome.

5-0 out of 5 stars the BEST cd
well I'm a HUGE fan of sublime. and I've been one for a very long time. I'll have to say that this is Sublime's best album. oh and the person before that said some of them are crap well he probably thought that because there are lot's of people talking in the backround of some of the songs. those songs are from The Firecracker Lounge. a place run by Gwen Stefani. and that wrong way demo, that's from there too. that performance is his best ever. it was pretty much him tellin stories all night long and playin on his accoustic. well for all you BIG sublime fans. get this CD. but if the only CD you have is the self titled one and you only like Wrong Way, Santeria, and all the big name ones...don't waste your money and find a different band. peace out

3-0 out of 5 stars Good songs - poor recordings
This is a good selection of songs, but the sound quality of the recordings is very very poor. ... Read more

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My Own Prison
Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (26 August, 1997)
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It took a few years, but the "Seattle sound" migrated south. In 1997 Creed emerged from the sunny state of Florida wielding dark and dulcet postgrunge tones. Their 10-cut debut, My Own Prison, has became a surprising success by filling a niche for needy teen gloom-rockers. Singer Scott Stapp has the soulful and rich Eddie Vedder inflections down pat, but despite Creed's slightly hackneyed approach, My Own Prison is full of strong, memorable, tuneful songs (and numerous solid singles) coupled with compelling and dark emotions. Titles such as "Illusion," "Unforgiven," "What's This Life For," and "Torn" clearly peg Creed as dour introverts. But despite lyrics such as "Their souls are lost / Because they could never find / What's this life for," Creed is musically tight and dynamic, drawing on melodies that are often moving and uplifting... in a depressing sort of way, of course. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Creed's music - ain't it what's this life for?
Many started with their second (now absolutely fabulous) album, and many turned to their first release only after. No wonder, and no big deal: the quality of their debut's music is by no means lower, and never suffers from the fact that it's appreciated later than could be. Creed rocks from the very first sound of the very first song on MOP.

Torn is a perfect starter for the cd. The initial slower tempo quickly enough turns into the faster and heavier guitar riffs and passionate vocals of Stapp that shape the whole style of the band. The song might be a signature tune of the guys. Just perfect.

My own prison and Pity for a dime possess the equally catchy tunes and the refreshing bursts of the angry and heavy guitars. Both are strong enough, including the lyrics, though only the first was chosen for the single release.

Unforgiven is a more metal-like stuff, a faster tune, with nice heavy guitars, that sounds really good for 1997.

What's this life for is one of the catchiest tunes on the cd, and, objectively, one of their best songs ever. Meaningful lyrics will only add to other features of the song, and if you like it brief: a piece of art, nothing else.

One is definitely for those who prefer a slightly faster stuff, but also cares of the good memorable music and lyrics. All of that is right in the song.

Overall, a good album, though, comparing to Human Clay, may sound a little rougher, a little less professionally commercial. And those tunes full of energy and passion, like What if, Say I, Are you ready, and Beautiful would hardly be found here. Anyway, if you liked Human Clay you must have this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best of Creed..
Ok now Creed is definately one of my favorite bands, from MOP to Weathered they've gone far, but their best will always remain their debut cd. So heres my song by song review.

1)Torn(5/5)-The best opener to a cd I have ever heard, right when Marks guitar kicks in you know its going to be awesome, the longest one the cd at 6 minutes.
2)Ode(5/5)-Awesome guitar, awesome chorus, and awesome vocals made this song Creed's opener for concerts for many years. Listen for the secret message during the bridge.
3)My Own Prison(5/5)-Creed's first single and the best lyrics on the whole cd,moving song that Scott wrote at 4 in the morning, living in an apartment with nothing but a towel, paper, and pen. The bridge is excellent.
4)Pity for a Dime(4/5)-Voted best solo by Mark Tremonti and you'll see why, it's cool. Other than that it's nothing new covered.
5)In America(4/5)-Kind of wierd, you might not like it depending on which political party you're in.
6)Illusion(3.5/5)-worst song on the cd, but it's still good, so that tells you something about the cd. I really don't like the bass solo at the beginning so that just kind of ruined it for me.
7)Unforgiven(4/5)-Starts off strong and never lets up until the end. Mark said this was his favorite song to play live. It's kind of disturbing when he keeps yelling "No more raping innocent" Listen to Wash Away Those Years for more on that subject.
8)Sister(4/5)-The one they almost never play live, its ok, no clue what its about but it sounds uplifting.
9)What's This Life For(5/5)-Sounds like Some of their newer stuff, the only song they've ever cursed in, it's kind of depressing, but in an uplifting way.
10)One(5/5)-A very good ending, about racial boundries, but it's very good. Leaves yo8u with a sense of closure.

So take my word for it, it's worth it. Check out their other cds too.

1-0 out of 5 stars 1000 times better than human clay, which is not saying much.
Ugh.

Bad music. Ick. Ugh. Yick.

Bad, bad music!!! BAD!!! BAD!!!!

El stinko humungo!

C'est garbage!! ... Read more

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The Beatles (The White Album)
Average Customer Review: 4.41 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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Better known as the "White Album," this was meant to be the record that brought them back to earth after three years of studio experimentation. Instead, it took them all over the place, continuing to burst the envelope of pop music. Lennon and McCartney were still at the height of their powers, with Lennon in particular growing into one of rock's towering figures. But even McCartney could still rock, and the amazement on "Helter Skelter" was that he had vocal cords at the end. From Beach Boys knock-offs to reggae and to the unknown ("Revolution #9"), this has it all. Some records have legend written all over them; this is one. --Chris Nickson ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars "I got blisters on my fingers!"
Don't get me wrong, this is a great collection of tunes. Recorded in 1968, The Beatles aka "The White Album" has arguably generated more debate than any other Beatles LP. This album is also the beginning of a lot of inner turmoil within the group, which might explain some of the dysfunction. The Beatles had done the India thing, Ringo quit for a few days, and Yoko Ono was hanging out in the studio.
The Beatles got away from the studio tricks of Sgt. Peppers and Magical Mystery Tour era songs, especially with the more organic, acoustic-guitar based tracks they wrote in India. "Dear Prudence," "Blackbird," and "Mother Nature's Son" are all very beautiful songs. There are straight ahead rock numbers like "Back in the USSR" with its mock Beach Boys chorus and twisted Russian lyrics. Paul plays drums on both Prudence and USSR. Other tunes like "Birthday" and "Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey" proved the Beatles could still really rock, and "Helter Skelter" is raw metal.
If George Martin had had his way, this would have been a classic single album, but we would have missed quirky tunes like "The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill" with Yoko's warbled "but when he looked so fierce" lyric. Or the multi-style, multi-time signature "Happiness is a Warm Gun" with some bizarre John Lennon lyrics and not so hidden theme.
The best song of this set is George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" with its haunting rhythm, world-weary lyrics and Eric Clapton guitar solo. There's a beautiful, intimate solo acoustic version on Anthology 3 that's not to be missed.

Why do I give this only four stars?
1. It's disjointed, like it was thrown together with no sense of dynamic. "While My Guitar" is sandwiched between "Bungalow Bill" and "Warm Gun." Really loud songs are right next to really quiet songs, with no cushion.
2. Paul was pretty self-indulgent at this point, with "Wild Honey Pie," "Why Don't We Do it in the Road" and "Honey Pie." I think Honey Pie has a nice melody, but when Paul sings "I like this kind of music" it's a direct poke at Lennon's disdain for Paul's "granny songs."
3. Revolution 9. Love it or hate it, this experimental avant garde montage should have been released on a John and Yoko solo work. Thankfully, they had Ringo sing "Goodnight" to close the record and bring us back to earth.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing
What can I say about The White Album that hasn't been said before? An amazing two disc set with 30 songs total. Opening with Back In The USSR, Ringo sings a Beach Boys parody/ tribute/.... Next, John gives us two amazing songs: Dear Prudence is a down-tempo ballad and Glass Onion is like I am The Walrus, a poppy song with strings. Ob-La-Di is a cheesey (yet catchy) song by Paul. It's an up-beat piano song with an odd bass line. Wild Honey Pie is the first filler track: Paul screams HONEY PIE over strange noises for barely a minute. Bungalow Bill is a folk song about a hunters that switches tempo nicely. While My Guitar... is George's first contribution. It's an excellent ballad with Eric Clapton (!) giving an awesome performance on lead guitar (obviously). Happieness... is John's strange tempo-switching rocker. It starts as a bluesy ballad, gets fast and straight than, without warning, turns to 1950's Doo-Wop. Marth My Dear is Paul's poppy ballad about his dog. I'm So Tired is an amazing ballad by John that gets faster as John's lyrics get more bitter, than slows down. Blackbird is optimistic ballad by Paul (I think). Piggies is another George song, with a harpsicord and bizarre lyrics. Rocky Racoon is Paul's mock country song, armed with only an accoustic guitar, a piano, funny country lyrics and a strange accent, Paul delivers. Don't Pass Me By answers the age old question: "How come Ringo never writes songs?" It's an Okay song with a strang piano-thingy and a fiddle. Why Don't We... is another filler song, slow and bluesey. I will is a song Sir McCartney could of written in his sleep, very radio Friendly. Julia is another great ballad by John. Birthday, Me and My Monkey, and Helter Skelter are all good, hard rock songs, particullarly Helter Skelter. Yer Blues is (suprise) a blues song by John. Very bluesy and loose feeling. Mother Nature... has Paul succeeding at writing a Lennon ballad. Sexy Sadie is a soft, piano rocker. Long... is another George song that's unbearably quiet. Reveloution is an interesting, laid back Lennon rocker. Honey Pie is a 1920's sounding ballad. George continues his roll with Savory Truffel, a horn-driven rocker about a box-o-chocolates. Cry Baby Cry is a ballad. #9 is John Lennon screwing around with a tape recorder, mixing a guy saying "Number Nine...." with backwards vocals, people yelling, and noise in general. A good idea, but not for eight ... minutes! Good Night is sung by Ringo and closes off th album in a string-laden ballad fashion. IGNORE THE EXPENSIFE PRICE BUY THE ALBUM!

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5-0 out of 5 stars A brilliant musical hodge-podge
The Beatles left very deep footprints, and, love them or hate them, they are a cultural force to be reckoned with. The White Album represents both the peak of their art and the nadir of their personal relationships within the group (only to be surpassed by the gruesome Let It Be sessions...). Less of a group effort, each of Fabs here showcase their individual songwriting and singing talents, using the others as session players. They decisively destroy the image of the four happy pop clones of 1964. It was a liberating move for the musicians, but it can also be a jarring experience for the listener. It is a massive, sprawling masterwork that occasionally verges on complete collapse. The Beatles were never afraid to push the envelope to breaking point and beyond: The White Album is a case-in-point. As a historical document, The White Album can be heard as the "come down" from the Summer of Love, a testament to the idealism and disillusion (and dissipation) of 1968 (the year that saw the murder of both Martin Luther King and the death of the dream of peace, both within the US and internationally with the escalation of the Vietnam War). The minimalist cover artwork can be seen as the inevitable antidote to the colorful and florid excesses of Flower Power fashion. The White Album is a historical moment preserved in song. Matching the anguish and uncertainty of the era is the anguish and schizophrenia of the Beatles music on this record.

Many (including producer George Martin) have complained that the album is too long and includes tracks of inferior quality, that it could have been boiled down to a single album of solid gold. Honestly, there is something here to offend everybody. While most people (including Paul McCartney) find Revolution #9 unlistenable, it was a major achievement of experimental electronica at the time, and it bears repeated listening (but not when you're in an Obla-di Obla-da mood!). You may find yourself consistently skipping over several tracks, like Why Don't We Do It in the Road?, Wild Honey Pie, Good Night, Don't Pass Me By because they're all put-ons.

I find myself skipping over some tracks, like Yer Blues, not because it's a poorly written tune, but because it's just too emotionally painful, which is actually an acknowledgement of Lennon's success as an artist. He was in pain, and he conveyed it all too clearly. Helter Skelter, on the other hand, is completely empty of meaning, yet is absolutely hair-raising, perhaps the most terrifying pop song ever (after I Am the Walrus). The frantic clanging of Everybody's Got Something to Hide matches perfectly with Lennon's manic mood and mystical mind at the time. He describes the most profound LSD and/or meditation experience - "Your outside is in/when your inside is out" - but the way he sings it, it sounds like he's being torn apart by the experience, making the song both inspiring and frightening. I'm So Tired is such an effective evocation of apathy, insomnia, and frustration that it also makes my hair stand on end, esp. when he screams "I'd give you everything I've got for a little peace of mind!" That song has fit into the soundtrack of my life alarmingly well. In short, some people might be put off by The White Album because it is too emotionally charged and artistically adventurous. It wasn't designed as musical wallpaper and refuses to be reduced to that. You have to be prepared to listen to The White Album. When you are, it's an exhilirating experience. If not, it might make you want to puke.

The contrast in mood between the tracks is most jarring. Lennon snarls at his fans in Glass Onion, layers sarcasm on gun lovers in Happiness is a Warm Gun, pointedly berates the Left in Revolution #1, savagely attacks the Maharishi in Sexy Sadie, wails of suicide in Yer Blues. In contrast, McCarney offers some of his mildest, sweetest songs - I Will, Blackbird, and Mother Nature's Son, as well as the syrupy, music hall kitsch of Honey Pie, Martha My Dear, and Rocky Raccoon. None of McCartney's tracks here are "deep," but if you're in the mood for some tasty musical candies, these fit the bill quite nicely. Obladi Oblada is perhaps the best of the fluffy treats here. If this is your first exposure to the Beatles, you might well wonder how the group could contain such dramatic differences in temperament. (In fact, it couldn't, and would soon collapse because of those very differences in personality).

The classic tunes of this collection certainly more than justify the purchase of the two-disc set. John offers the stunning ode to his lost mother (and to Yoko) entitled Julia. George Harrison scores perhaps his greatest triumph with While My Guitar Gently Weeps (featuring Eric Clapton on lead guitar). Lennon's Dear Prudence is another touching masterpiece, written to order to induce Prudence Farrow to quit hiding out in her bungalow at Rishikesh. Ultimately, The White Album has something to delight everyone. If you prefer to avoid some tracks, you are among the majority of listeners. That's par for The White Album course. Once again, the inconsistency of the album accurately portrays the mind of each of the Beatles at the time as well as the larger cultural environment of 1968. It is required listening for anyone interested in 20th c. pop music. But be forewarned, it's not a smooth ride. ... Read more

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Led Zeppelin IV (aka ZOSO)
Average Customer Review: 4.47 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (19 July, 1994)
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Also known as the "rune" album or Zoso because of the medieval symbols adorning the inner sleeve, Led Zeppelin's fourth album, released in 1971, turned them from mere superstars into giant behemoths of the rock world. On tracks like "Black Dog," "Misty Mountain Hop," and "Rock and Roll," the combination of Robert Plant's banshee wails and Jimmy Page's frenetic guitar playing forever altered the stylistic bent of hard rock music. And the foreboding "When the Levee Breaks" demonstrated that Zeppelin could indeed play the blues fairly straight if they so desired. Still, everything here ultimately took a back seat to the album's (and, ultimately, the band's) magnum opus--the expertly constructed and deftly executed classic, "Stairway to Heaven." --Billy Altman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Arguably Zeppelin's finest hour
After the critical hammering and somewhat commercial sales of Led Zeppelin III, English hard rock legends Led Zeppelin struck back with their classic untitled fourth album. The album kicks off with the Top 20 charting classic Black Dog which was a great opener with Robert Plant's vocals kicking ass. Also, Jimmy Page's guitar work, John Paul Jones' bass playing and drummer John Bonham just kicked ass on the track. The rocking Rock and Roll follows and is a superb track. The Battle of Evermore follows and is a great folk song with Robert and the late Sandy Denny singing lead vocals. Next is the album's classic Stairway to Heaven, always voted greatest rock song ever. At eight minutes, this song has held up well, even today. The heavy Misty Mountain Hop follows and is a killer song. The track Four Sticks follows and is so-named that Bonham used two drumsticks per hand whilst recording this track. The folk-tinged Going to California follows and is another great song. The album closes with the bluesy When the Levee Breaks which is a kick ass rocker with killer harmonica work from Plant and slide work from Page. This album has sold over 21 million in the US alone because of the material within and not because of the name. It may have peaked at #2 in 1971 but is consistently voted greatest hard rock album ever and Zeppelin proved that the band was about SUBSTANCE and not style(unlike other acts that permiate music today). Highly recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars A DEFINING MOMENT IN ROCK 'N ROLL HISTORY
By 1971 Led Zeppelin were no longer strangers to the music industry. They were one of the leading bands during that time and it was a big year for rock 'n roll. Led Zeppelin's fourth album is arguably one of their greatest. It only had eight tracks but these songs defined rock 'n roll music.

Although truly Led Zeppelin IV is not a huge change from the group's previous albums it is none the less one of the band's best albums. It has more variety than their earlier albums. Whether it be hard rockers like Led Zeppelin I or II or beauitful acoustics similar to Led Zeppelin III this album has both styles.

The opening track BLACK DOG is a huge rock classic that has been considered by many one of Zeppelin's best tunes.
ROCK 'N ROLL basically defines the genre of music as wild raw and raunchy. BATTLE OF EVERMORE is amazing check out the mandolin! Of course everyone knows STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Led Zeppelin's most popular song and it was never released as a single! MISTY MOUNTAIN HOP is a fun tune. I find FOUR STICKS is kind of repetitive and the weakest song here but it is still listenable. GOING TO CALIFORNIA is a beautiful acoustic ballad with a touch of mandolin. And finally WHEN THE LEVEE BREAKS is an awesome hard rock closer.

In conclusion Led Zeppelin IV is perhaps the band's best album although it is not my personal favourite (Led Zeppelin II is for me) it is definelty one of the group's finest works.
The bottom line is if you don't have this album you are not a true Led Zeppelin fan because this is truly a Rock 'n roll monument! Highly recommended!

4-0 out of 5 stars One of the definitive rock albums of all time!
Alright, to kick off this review I would like to assure everyone that the Avril Lavigne#1 fan was obviously a joke account satirizing modern pop culture (being 13 I can see right through this)I'm going to give a step by step review of what I think of this album:

Black Dog (9/10) What a great way to kick off an album! rocking riffs from Page and screaming vocals from plant define this track, a great way to get motivated.

Rock n' Roll (8/10) Another great track with wailing vocals from Robert Plant, the only flaw is that it can be repetitive at times, but otherwise this song is great.

The Battle of Evermore (9/10) A bit laidback compared to the previous two tracks but beautiful nevertheless. The lyrics with Sandy Denny's vocals add a great presence to this Zep track.

Stairway to Heaven (10/10)I'm going to be different in saying that this is definitely not the greatest song of all time, but it's a classic, an epic. And a song with such variety packed into less than 10 minutes has yet to be duplicated. (Especially by Slipknot)

Misty Mountain Hop (8/10) You cant go wrong with this one, Very interesting vocals throughout the whole of it. A bit too poppy for my tastes.

Four Sticks (6/10) A decent track, great drumming from Bonham throughout, but it doesn't have much else going for it.

Going To California (9/10) Pretty folksy for Zep. The first time I heard this on the radio i fell asleep, I know that doesn't sound complimenting but it also happened with "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" by The Beatles, and it's a good thing.

When The Levee Breaks (8/10) A very strange sounding track that's a trip and nothing less. Heavy Blues is what I would call it. ... Read more

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Appetite for Destruction
Average Customer Review: 4.68 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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A glimpse of the future, and not because of its huge influence and umpteen million sales. The poor-little-rich-boy protest "Out ta Get Me" intimates that Axl Rose's egotism and martyr complex were soon to grow bigger than his head; still, Appetite's night-train wreck of punk and metal sounds and sensibilities make it more than just an emblem of its time. Whether GN'R are dancing with Mr. Brownstone, penning a callow kiss-off letter to some chick named Michelle, or passing out on somebody else's sofa, this was and remains a savage journey to the heart of the American--or at least the Hollywood--dream. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best heavy metal albums of all time
The significance of this album is unquestionable. This was the 80s metal album that united those who liked hair metal (Poison, Warrant, etc), and thrash metal (Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Slayer). It's an excellent mix of blues, hard rock, attitude and machismo.
Guns N Roses were one of the most essential and important bands of the 1980s. Axl Rose's aggressive and shrieking vocals were very adequate (despite the fact that he burned out too quickly and cheated his fans), and Slash's blistering guitar solos are amazing, and he's certainly one of the best guitarists ever. "Welcome to the Jungle," "Sweet Child O'Mine," "Paradise City," and "Mr. Brownstone," are already rock radio classics that still sound juts as awesome today as they did back in 1987. You can still feel the power of the band in those songs, and for other songs on this album like "Night Train," "Out To get me," and "Rocket Queen." What a great album. I listened to this all the time when I was 6 when I'd steal my Dad's tape of it, until my parents took it away from it because of all the 'dirty words' on it. It is one of the most essential albums of all time, especially in such an era like the late 80s where bad music was just as normal as apple pie.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best rock album of all time
Everythings been sauid about this album, but check out this guys post:

Yo hip-hoppa's, how ya'll be?? You know, just like everyone, when I turn on the radio, I wanna hear nu rock, nu metal and hip hopp!! Yet all I keep hearing is dumb old bands that have NO prupose now and have never had any purpose at any point in their careers actually!! Why is the airwaves clogged up with this junk anyway?? "Welcome To The Jungle" has a horrible riff, dumb lyrics, and is the theme song for the Cincinnati Bengals, the wrost football team ever!! "Sweet Child Ov Mine" is a cheesy toon about remembering childhood, "Mr. Brownstone" is about a cooky neighbor, and "Paradise City" goes on for about 6 minutes too long!! Enough with all the annoiyng guitar solos, their sooo annoying!! Axl also has the most whiny voice ever. Plus the bass playa sounds like he's just tapping his bottom string and not playing, listen to the intro of "It's So Easy" and ya'll see whut I be meanin'!!! For good music, look to bands like Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Disturbed, KoRn, Bubba Sparxx, Eminem, Puff Daddy, Puddle Of Mudd, Seether, Saliva, Nickleback, Drowning Pool and the new talent like Clay Aiken and Smile Empty Soul :]!! Skip this WASTE of plastic!!! Peace out G'N R dudes....

First, DO NOT take this f*g seriously. He doesn't like guitar solos, and he listens to Eminem. Paradise City is the second best song on the album, and in no way is it to long. remember, most of the 2nd half is the outro solo, which, by teh way, is AMAZING. Second, if anyone's familiar with music here, you'll know that Bass is to support the band. To add bottom. Limp bIzkit and Linkin Parks bassists are 10 times worst than Duff (bassist for GNR) Plus, the intro to It's So Easy is played on the guitar you dumbass. it sounds like the bass, but it's not. Third, Mr. Brownstone is about the bands drug addictions, not some cooky neighbor.
This guy is obviosly a p*ssy a*s teen who doesn't appreciate real music. I mean come on, look what he said: " You know, just like everyone, when I turn on the radio, I wanna hear nu rock, nu metal and hip hopp." This guy doesn't appreciate rock n roll, so he has no buisness posting a review about music he hates. i think all Gnr fans should go post crappy reviews for nu bands liek Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit. I think i speak for all true rock fans, when i say that Appetite For Destrucion is a CD of true talent, and is, in my opinion, the greatest rock album out there. Long live GNR (the originals atleast!)

5-0 out of 5 stars Appetite for Amazement
"Appetite for Destruction" is a CD in a league of it's own. It surpasses "Led Zeppelin IV" and "Back in Black" by far. It is the best CD's ever by one of the best bands ever. Guns N' Roses came into the spectrum at the height of hair metal band faz. Such as Def Leppard, Poison, and Motley Crue were all the rage. Not that these bands don't rock, it's just that GN'R does so much better at it than them. This CD is the third best selling rock CD in the nation (behind the 2 earlier mentioned), and it is hard to see why it isn't numero uno. It definitely is in my book.

First off, there is Saul Hudson (Slash) on lead guitar. The best guitarist of all time. He has his own distinct style and has the speed to keep up with Eddie Van Halen and Toni Iommi. Although he has had his problems with drugs (he was clinically dead for over 30 seconds), what Rock-star hasn't. Next there is the amazing frontman Axl Rose (Bill Baily). That is simply all you have to say about Axl. Amazing. Although he doesn't have the best voice in the buisness, he makes up for it in stage presence and attitude. He has to be one of the best frontmen of all time. While the other members of the band aren't as prominent as Axl and Slash, they still deserve to be mentioned. Izzy Stradlin (Jeffrey Isabel) on rythym guitar. Steven Adler on Drums. And Michael "Duff" Mckaegen.

These songs were instant classics. Who can resist that opening to "Welcome to the Jungle." Or the emotion behind "Sweet Child of Mine," (plus the best guitar solos ever). This debut CD for the band was all about their lives, the good and the bad. Such tracks as "Mr. Brownstone," "Paradise City," and "Rocket Queen," have obvious drug and partying references behind them, and rock just much as they should.

This is the CD that spawned millions of fan-clubs and websites all about the band. It is one of the essential rock CD's to have and of course I recomend it. ... Read more

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