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Double Fantasy
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (10 October, 2000)
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Strange as it seems now, the last album John Lennon released in his lifetime was intended as a comeback, or rather as a parting wave at retirement: "Watching the Wheels" and "Beautiful Boy" celebrate the joys he found outside the star system, and "(Just Like) Starting Over" is a slightly awkward rocker about rejoining the domestic world that's also sort of about rejoining the pop world. The studio-pro arrangements are a little too slick, but Lennon rarely sounded happier. Ono, whose songs alternate with his in a series of thematic diptychs, was taking a stab at channeling her artier impulses into pop and is generally less successful--her voice works in a context of art-weirdness, but not as well in conventional tunes. This 2000 remastered reissue is fleshed out with a demo of "Help Me to Help Myself" and Ono's solo version of "Walking on Thin Ice," which was recorded on the same day her husband was shot to death. --Douglas Wolk ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars DOUBLE FANTASY Full of Great Songs
John Lennon's DOUBLE FANTASY is a must for Lennon fans and anyone who loves music. It is full of great songs. STARTING OVER is a theme for couples who have weathered storms. It's full of heart and will get you waltzing around the kitchen. CLEAN-UP TIME is upbeat, fun and gets the whole family moving. Kids of all ages love DOUBLE FANTASY.
It's also full of sweet love songs. DEAR YOKO,I'M LOSING YOU, and WOMAN, which is one of the all time great love songs. BEAUTIFUL BOY is the sweetest ode from a father to his son. Anyone with sons will have this song embedded in their heart as soon as they hear it. When John Lennons sings "I can hardly wait until you come of age," it is hard not to fill up with tears knowing he would be killed by an assassin a short time later and never get to see his son grow to be a man. As always Lennon is prophetic, and his words "Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans," echo loudly in the great space left by his death. Must Have.

3-0 out of 5 stars I Shot John Lennon
Is what you will hear if you put the 33-1/3 original vinyl on your turntable, disconnect the belt, then use your finger to spin it backwards. Really! I'm not making this up! It's on the Yoko Ono song "Kiss, Kiss, Kiss," in the opening in which she recites something, presumably in Japanese. It is, however, backwards masking for the very distinct phrase "I Shot John Lennon."

Creepy! And, I bought my copy of "Double Fantasy" about a week before Lennon was shot.

Actually, this album ought to have been called "A Fantasy and a Nightmare." First we hear an excellent song by John, full of fresh vigor and great melodies. Then, we are exposed to the deadly radiation of some pathetic noise from Yoko the Space Alien.

I really felt sorry for John Lennon: He could have done a lot better than Yoko Ono. As an artist and musician, she made Linda McCartney look like Diane Arbus and Bonnie Raitt (in fairness, though, Linda was a pretty good photographer). I often wonder: What kind of hold did Yoko have over him to make him interlace his imaginative fare with her weird, non-sequiter screechings?

To grasp the full impact of how this album is pieced together, take two science-fiction classic movies, Robert Wise's "The Day the Earth Stood Still" and Ed Wood's "Plan 9 From Outer Space." Superficially, they seem very similar, but just splice them together in alternating 5-minute intervals and you'll find yourself reaching for the remote control to get back to "Day the Earth Stood Still" because it keeps getting interrupted by that incompetent movie.

Unless, of course, you like a movie so bad that it's immortal. Listening to Yoko Ono for pleasure is in the same league.

Best songs: "I'm Losing You," "Woman," and "Watching the Wheels," and -- of course -- "Starting Over."

Too bad, though, that Lennon wasn't starting over with Cynthia, who bore his more talented son, Julian.

3-0 out of 5 stars The Final Cut
The wonderful thing about this album is that, for the first time since perhaps the Beatles "White Album" Lennon appears to have a sense of humor again, and that certainly led one to anticipate much better things from him in the 1980s and 1990s.Alas we'll never know, since he was assassinated shortly after "Double Fantasy" was released.

Lennon's contributions are so-so."Just Like Starting Over" isn't particularly interesting."Watching the Wheels" and "Woman" are solid, if unspectacular, medium tempo pop of the sort that became a Lennon fixture once he left the Beatles.Other songs are about the five year hiatus he took to raise his son Sean, and his life as a "house husband" and not particularly interesting.

The best song on the entire album is easily "I'm Losing You" which recalls Lennon's early 1970s work, but with restored humor; when Lennon says "Well, well, well" it's a pretty clear allusion to the song of the same name on Plastic Ono Band, but while the original was a cry of anguish, here it is sung with a wink and a smile.It's sad that so many "greatest hits" compilations do not include "I'm Losing You" since it's the strongest Lennon track on the recording.

Yoko's contributions are for her fans, and little more.It would have been preferable to for the two of them to put out separate albums as they did in 1970. ... Read more

Asin: B00004WGEK
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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Dangerous [Remastered]
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (16 October, 2001)
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Michael Jackson was still going for pop hits with 1991's Dangerous, but he also front-loaded the album with six straight Teddy Riley-assisted cuts. This half-hour swoop of tense, aggressive, often angular funk was Jackson's most interesting music since Thriller, and still sounds, well, invincible on this remastered edition. After that, the record's uneven, but there's nothing embarrassing about it, either. "Gone Too Soon," a non-Jackson composition about teen AIDS casualty Ryan White, is a quiet statement (particularly played next to the choir-laden "Heal the World," "Keep the Faith," and "Will You Be There") showing that the star doesn't always have to get showy. The sprightly "Black or White" is explicitly pro-interracial romance, an angle its video didn't go near, and the urgent "Give In to Me" is almost scary. Scary good, that is. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Sound and Fury. Listen to it once again...
...I love peach cobbler, but my doctor has cautioned me about the scourge of rich foods on my entropic, aging body. What makes matters worse, I sometimes get mixed messages from my friends. One dots his i's and crosses his t's with the likes of cholesterol lowering drugs and diabetic agents and the other says stuff like "Die Happy" as he uses his cell phone to order a large pizza with every thing and the accompanying extra orders...and I overall, in having to deal with all these slings and arrows on my desires and my appetites, still love peach cobbler.

Which somehow brings me to this CD from the Emperor of Pop. While I am a bit chargrined about what currently is going on with him, I like his music, and I really love this CD. It is brilliant and angry and mysterious and dark and full of begging for forgiveness and salvation and healing the world. If I were an editor, I'd trim about 20 seconds from JAM and Dangerous, but overall, the sound and the fury of this thing is magnificent...

A window smashes at the start of JAM and it leads to an aggressive DJ scratching, and itchy guitars pounding on your eardrums until horns attack your face...'nation to nation must all come together' Micheal says something like on the vocal track. I hear what he's saying but it somehow pulls together more on the next track (and one of my favorites--they shoulda played this one more on the radio--it may not be too late) WHY YOU WANNA TRIP ON ME... where teachers can't teach, diseases need to have cures for, police brutality has to stop...STOP TRIppin' Mike tells us. Surely, I won't do a play by play of the entire album, but there are many nuances (and some not so nuanced nuances) like Michael's channeling of a Jackie wilson like vocalese-scat on REMEMBER THE TIME and the full on gospel of KEEP THE FAITH....aw, screw it...I know the word is bandied about so much that it's nearly meaningless but Dangerous is a masterpiece. Let the young folks have Usher's Confessions. Michael here has confessed to some nebulous darknesses, forgiven his scandalisers, got forgiveness, looked for further salvation to save the children and to heal the world...in under some 80 minutes of, like I said earlier, sound and fury. And I love it. Regardless of why 'they' say I shouldn't. Just like peach cobbler. Or char-grilled t-bones. Or Jacky D, neat. Get the picture?

5-0 out of 5 stars Dangerously Awesome
Michael Jackson somehow manages to be both one of the most overrated and underrated artists. Thriller was very overrated, relative to the quality of his other albums (HIStory, anybody?), and by the same token, albums like Dangerous are entirely ignored. This to me is a great injustice, but I won't get into that.

Dangerous is an amazing work with its own unique sound. Although there are a few songs that would only be defined as "filler", most of the tracks are masterpieces.

1) Jam- This is one of the great songs on the album, a rhythmic and uptempo tune, a great beginning to a great album. 9/10 stars.

2) Why You Wanna Trip On Me- One of my personal favorites, at least the first sixty times. It has an excellent intro and harsh whispered lyrics... and then there's the chorus, an almost-yelled melody that makes you go "He has a point." 7/10 stars.

3) In the Closet- This one is incredible, although a little disturbing to some, maybe. It's a little more sensual than his usual style, but he definetely pulls it off. 7.5/10 stars.

4) She Drives Me Wild- To me, a twin of In the Closet. Same type of theme, same type of sound- not nearly as good as its brother, but not horrible either. 6/10 stars.

5) Remember the Time- A fantasic sounding melody with a hint of Egyptian flare. This is a definite hit for this album, it will have even the staunchest nonbelievers on the floor dancing. 8/10 stars.

6) Can't Let Her Get Away- Sadly, although it has a catchy bridge, this one always seems to be forgotten amidst all the hits. 6/10 stars.

7) Heal the World- A sharp change of background, with a more ballady feel. This song is beautiful, with a message that needs to be heard today. 8/10 stars.

8) Black or White- One of the songs that will never die. With an amazing melody and a deep meaning, this song is what Michael Jackson is all about. 10/10 stars.

9) Who Is It- Another of my personal favorites, but maybe it's because the video is so amazing. This song has an excellent underlying bass tune that makes the song come alive. A fantastic work. 9/10 stars.

10)Give In To Me- Has a more rockish feel to it- I love the intro and the guitar melody, this is basically an awesome song. 9/10 stars.

11) Will You Be There- An entirely beautiful masterpiece. What makes it as great as it is, of course, is the spoken verse at the end. 10/10 stars.

12) Keep the Faith- Possibly my favorite MJ song, I love the verses and the chorus and the bridge and of course the closing, with the choir in the background. This is a fantastic song. 10/10 stars.

13) Gone Too Soon- A beautifully sad goodbye to a young teenager, Ryan White, who died of AIDS around this time. The song isn't quite as catchy as others, had has a gorgeous melody. 7/10 stars.

14) Dangerous- One of the greatest songs on here, it has awesome spoken verses and a chorus that will have you singing all day. A spectacular close to a spectacular album. 9/10 stars.

And that's Dangerous. It is truly one of Michael Jackson's greatest works, the one that makes you see that Michael will live forever.

5-0 out of 5 stars Truly his best
I agree, this is his best and most artistic album to date. As he evolutionized through music, he sampled with hard rock for some tracks. Amazing. I love his ballads and his dance tracks...they are beautiful and just take your breath away. What can you expect from the BIGGEST SELLING RECORDING ARTIST IN HISTORY.

my site: http://www.mjacksononline.tripod.com ... Read more

Asin: B00005QGAV
Subjects:  1. Club/Dance    2. Dance-Pop    3. New Jack Swing    4. Pop    5. Pop/Rock    6. R&B    7. Urban   


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Let It Bleed
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (27 August, 2002)
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One of the Stones' most beloved albums, 1969's Let It Bleed was a benchmark for several reasons. First, founding guitarist Brian Jones died during the recording process. Second, the Stones take their last significant look at pure blues (Robert Johnson's spooky "Love in Vain") and country ("Country Honk," the two-stepping alter ego of "Honky-Tonk Women") before folding both styles into a cohesive rock & roll vision. Third, it contains some of the band's most eerie hits, such as the flame-enveloped "Gimme Shelter," the drug-reality anthem "Monkey Man," the epic "You Can't Always Get What You Want," and Mick Jagger's menacing "Midnight Rambler." --Steve Knopper ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Finnland Guy is Nuts
Yeah, click on Mr. Finnland's reviews and you will find that he apparently dislikes pretty much everything, and has spent a great deal of time putting bad reviews on things he hates.(He is apparently incredibly stupid and just goes around buying every album of every band he hates, so he can review them like he knows what he's talking about.)Who knows what he actually likes, but if he doesn't like the Rolling Stones, he must not be from earth.Please get a life, Mr. Finnland, you are a soulless idiot.Ignore him, as another review states, he is full of bull, this is a great album, one of the classic Stones.Of course, you can't really go wrong with the Stones or the Beatles in their prime, I recommend any you can get your hands on.About Led Zepplin, I am not too into it myself, but I haven't really listened to much, it just doesn't turn me on as much from what I have heard, but that is just my taste, I'm sure they're music is fine.The Finn a--hole is giving them a bad name, if he actually likes them.

(Note: Who knows what planet the Finn guy is from, he's probably just jerking everyone's chain or something, so I hate to even rise to it, but whatever, ignore him.)

5-0 out of 5 stars a stones classic
let it bleed was the greatest stones album along with beggars banquet.ignore the retard from finland and get both albums.

1-0 out of 5 stars I have heard this album...
...and I can tell it is just piece of sc***! The Rolling Stones is possible the worst band in the history of rock...The Beatles and Led Zeppelin were better! ... Read more

Asin: B00006AW2G
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock    3. Rock/Pop   


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In Utero
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (21 September, 1993)
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Overwhelmed by sudden success, Nirvana promised to take a harsher, more abrasive route on their second major-label release. Enlisting Chicago-based noise maven Steve Albini (of Big Black fame), Kurt Cobain and company succeeded in producing a record that was violent, disillusioned, and deeply moving. Every song reads like a commentary on the cost of fame ("Serve the Servants") and the unhealthy relationship between performer and fan ("Milk It"). Of course, they might all simply be about Courtney Love. Gossip aside, there is no denying the sheer power of Cobain's songwriting, his singing, and the band's amazing, visceral power. Cobain even manages a John Lennon-like mantra at the end of the heart-wrenching "All Apologies." "All in all is all we are," he intones repeatedly, only for Cobain that's no consolation. --Percy Keegan ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars In Utero Raped to the Top
This is easily Nirvna's greatest album. Many believe Nevermind was but it gets tiring after awile. You can listen to this album thousands of times over. You can't really choose a greatest song on thatt album because they are all so good. "Serve the Servants" is about the troubles he had with his father and just sounds like a classic Nirvana song. "Heart-Shaped Box" combines a Nirvana ballad and distortion pedals. "Rape Me" the most controversial song on the album. Even so that Wal-Mart refused to sell it, but eventually edited it to "Waif me". It begins with "Teen spirit"-like riffs and gets harder and harder. Although it repeats a lot it is a great song. "Frances the Farmer will have her Revenge on Seattle" sounds like a mix of "(New Wave) Polly" and "Been a Son". "All Apologies" is just like "Heart-Shaped Box".
The album deals with sex, internal anatomy, abortion, etc. This album is a stupendous triumph of a time when gay-a** "gansta" rap was developing. Definetely one of the top ten grunge albums.
LONG LIVE KURT COBAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

3-0 out of 5 stars I Have To Give Them Credit
Nirvana is far from being the best the best grunge outfit. I don't know why people deem Kurt Cobain as a guitar legend. Seriously, he's not that great of a guitar player. If you want a guitar legend, how about John Petrucci of Dream Theater? Anyways, if it weren't for this band, the grunge era would have not been paved (or stopped), and as I am a Seattle native, I have experienced the sweet sounds of grunge, and I was only about 5 years when this was released.

Anyways, to the album: it's overrated, but it's not terrible. Not as overrated as "Nevermind", but still really popular amongst audiences. A song from this album that you are probably familiar with is "Heart-Shaped Box", possibly my favorite song from this album. It's very dark and tends to bring back the good old days (I miss the 90's). "Rape Me" is possibly one of the most vile Nirvana songs I've ever heard, but to be honest, it's fair. "Dumb", for some reason, is a favorite track. However, songs like "Pennyroyal Tea" and "All Apologies" weren't really necessary in this case.

To sum this all up, it's mediocre. It's not bad and it's not great. You may like it, you may hate it. However, I recommend "Bleach" or the B-sides album, "Incesticide", as they are much less overhyped and are a better breath of fresh air. But to be serious, I don't know why radio DJ's in Seattle are praising Nirvana as their god. To be honest, there were more underground grunge acts that were more talented than Nirvana, yet they got NO attention.

To sum this up: I'd only download some tracks and forget the rest. There are better grunge groups out there, like Soundgarden and Alice in Chains, or underground groups like Tad, Gruntruck or Love Battery.

2-0 out of 5 stars A work of genius?!?! YEAH RIGHT! HAHAHA!
Go listen to "Dirt" or "Superunknown" instead, n00bs. ... Read more

Asin: B000003TAR
Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Grunge    3. Pop    4. Rock    5. United States of America   


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Midnight Love [Bonus Track]
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (30 May, 2000)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Songs from the Boudoir Songs from the Chapel
Gaye's biographer called him a "Divided Soul."Addled by drugs and family dysfunction and unable to fully resolve the conflict between erotic and spiritual yearnings, Gaye was the suave classy performer onstage who succumbed to demons when out of the footlights.

His early 80's swansong "Midnight Love" joins the political "What's Going On?" and the sexual "Let's Get It On" as his trio of finest albums."Midnight Lady" opens the album with a rollicking tribute to nightclub hedonism with its images of lines of coke on the men's room marble."Sexual Healing" finds Marvin celebrating sex unabashedly, but there's a plea in his voice too--like he's begging his stern Pentecostal God to accept this point of view.Clever lyrics.A voice of grit and sweetness.

The good songs just keep coming."'Til Tomorrow" is a throwback to '73 and the "Let's Get It On" album with its piercing well-developed falsetto and erotic longing."Turn the Music On," Rastafarian and witty, imagines lovemaking through an entire double record set. "Rocking after Midnight" starts as a jangle-funk dance piece but slips into vocal caresses which almost sound like testifying or speaking in tongues!Underrated in its depth and beauty.

This eight song effort, despite some tinny early 80s production, would--on the strength of its songwriting, musicianship, and vocal performance--become the template for the perfect male R & B album over the next 20 years.See KEITH SWEAT, JONNY GILL, JEFFREY OSBOURNE, etc.

The musical equivalent of novelist James Baldwin, Gaye shared the writer's threatening father, religious immersion, and sexual voracity; this combination yielded for them both a rich body of artistic work, tortured and triumphant.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Soul Mans Final Album
The late Marvin Gaye remains one of the most definitive male voices in Soul music. He truly was an utter genius and had such a creative and artistic flair. He remains one of the key influences with todays new generation of wannabe Soul/R&B singers.

In October 1982, Marvin released his first (and his last) studio album for CBS Records, after fleeing from Motown Records in a bid, much like Diana Ross' exact reasons for escaping Motown, for wanting to exert total control over his career, an exercise he was most certainly capable of. The album would be the classic, Midnight Love, which though offered no social commentary or made any sort of profound political statement like much of his previous efforts had, it still stands as a compelling, solid production and a last triumph for the unbeatable legend of soul.

Marvin wrote all 8 songs on the album and also is credited as playing the rolling drum beats, synthesisers and bongos that can eratically be heard throughout each recording. Other highly acclaimed muscians included on the project were Gordon Banks on Guirtars, James Gadson on Drums and Bobby Stern on those neat Harmonica and saxophone interludes. Together they create what amounts too, a pure masterpiece!

The title track, Midnight Love opens the project. Containing multi-layered and complex musical arrangements, the synthesises effect are worked miraculously into a a startling combination of early 80's disco/pop/r&b. The track is a jamming affair with some shrewd vocal trade-offs where Marvin adds his own backing vocals. A nice beginning to the album.

Sexual Healing is perharps one of Marvin Gayes signature tunes. Its a song everyone knows all the words too and has remained refreshingly timeless. The cool, breezy musical arrangements are given startling ignition by Marvins surprisingly sensual, vibrant vocal delivery that blends fantastically well into the state-of-the-art soul production. Sexual Healing became one of his last hits before his untimely and tragic death.

Continuing in vastly the same mood is the sexually charged, Rockin' After Midnight which opens up with a slow, sultry beat that hastily leads into a striking late night, grooving and lush R&B number that is broken up by a glorious saxophone interlude which indeed proves to be a phenomenal instrument on each of these recordings, capturing the intended move perfectly.

Til' Tomorrow, begins with a sluggish drum beat and steers into a tidal wave of musical arrangements, which are enhanced further by Marvins smooth, erotic sounding vocal delivery. He changes his pitch remarkably well through various parts of the track which merley displayed his wide range of impressive and impeccable vocal abilities.

More laid back and sultry was Turn On Some Music where Marvin puts in an exuberant, crystal-clear vocal performance that gels neatly into the overly, well-crafted production. Marvin is in full romantic mood here and his delivery is touchingly genuine and sincere which always was the genius of Marvin Gaye with his straight-from-the-heart approach to his music which is probably why his work remains timeless.

The infectious, Third World Girl opens with bizarre, echoey vocal noises and leads to a flood of musical arrangements that cunningly encapsulates an exotic, Jamaican vibe. Marvins voice is once again enhanced by the customary synthsised effect.

Joy, is something of a mid-tempo masterpiece on the album. Bobby Stern works hard away on that effective tenor sax solo whilst Marvins delivery is truly exhilirating, mastered to utter perfection and merley adds to the over-all, dazzling effect.

Finally the album slowly grinds to a halt with My Love Is Waiting, where on the opening bars of the track, he pays credit to all the producers and muscians involved on the job as well as delivering a short religious ode. This then drives into this infectious offering which is incidentally much of a soundalike to Sexual Healing. Still Marvins passionate and full-throated performance is as refreshing as ever, riding neatly along the divine and sweeping musical arrangements.

Midnight Love (1982) is thriving with Marvin Gayes fire and spirit. His contribution to music was phenomenal and will never be forgotten! Finally after all these years after his death, much of his work is now seeking much wider acknowledgment and recognition. Marvin Gaye remains an unparalled artist.

Ian Phillips

5-0 out of 5 stars Marvin's Definitive Moment - Even Beyond Death . . .
Marvin became our voice, our collective conscience, our speaker for the excitement and pain of relationships.Because despite our failure to find the right woman, despite the hurt of not being the perfect man for the woman of our dreams and despite the anguish of losing out to another suitor, Marvin kept us all grounded in the reality of life and the struggle to try again. That, for me, was the basis of Marvin's appeal on a global level. People couldn't put their finger on it back then (drugs had clouded most peoples' mentalities and they couldn't think straight enough to figure it out).In my old age,I know what Marvin was trying to say. And he was quite eloquent at it.

This CD/album epitomizes the Marvin Gaye experience with women. He could satisfy them sexually, but he could also connect on a spiritual level;he could also relate on an intellectual level. Marvin got over because he knew the heart of a Woman was not to compete with her. Once you compete, you lose automatically.Women don't play those games.So Marvin gave what he had -- himself, totally and honestly, in all his songs . . . especially on this CD.It turned out to be his last, but it was also the one where you can just sit back, put it on and leave it for the rest of the night.

On a very selfish note, I have to highlight my favorite song on the CD.I don't know who the sax player is on "Til Tomorrow",but from a strictly aesthetic perspective, it is perfectly framed for this song.There are no ill-advised notes, there is no lapse in the structure, there are no flaws in the runs and riffs.It is clinically perfect, and in deference to players who specialize in running scales,this song really shows them how you have to blend the formal training with the street knowledge to produce the solo of your dreams.This guy, whoever he is, takes care of business.It is absolutely one of the best sax solos I have ever heard -- on a par with Gerald Albright, Kirk Whalum or Najee.I get a chill every time I hear it.It literally sets off the vocal inflections and the poignant lyrics as sung by a very sincere Marvin Gaye to his lady to just stay. What Woman could resist??Marvin made the men jealous of his power over them.You KNOW the Woman stayed!!!She would have stayed without the sax part!!!!!!!

You can't go wrong with most of Marvin's collection of songs. But this one, you have to get and you have to listen to (NOT JUST PUT ON, BUT LISTEN) to really get the most out of.Pure genius.I can't say enough about it.20 years after the fact, I still miss his surreal presence. There's no telling what he'd be doing if he were still here.And 20 years after the fact, this CD is still a classic. ... Read more

Asin: B00004THKZ
Sales Rank: 70786
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Quiet Storm    3. R&B    4. Smooth Soul    5. Soul    6. Urban   


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Who Are You
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (19 November, 1996)
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Posited between punk (Pete Townshend's instinctive ethos) and progressive (much of the music), Who Are You is ultimately a failed attempt to conciliate two camps that thrived on their opposition to one another. Neither the insurgent punks of Johnny Rotton's generation nor Townshend's comfortably numb peer group had the least need for one another. Townshend, on the other hand, seemed to want one thing from both forces: their contempt. It was something he could share with them. All of which led to one exceptional song (the title cut) and a handful of lesser statements (the modified minuet "Guitar and Pen," "Music Must Change," "New Song"). John Entwistle fills three song slots with the tactless "Had Enough," the slight but likable "905," and "Trick of the Light," an above-par classic-rock showcase for Roger Daltry. A generous five bonus tracks round out the reissue. --Steven Stolder ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Boring old farts making an album dissing boring old farts
How the mighty had fallen.When this album came out I thought it was OK. In all honesty the Who seemed to be on the decline, creatively and musically.The spark that made them great was almost gone. Townsend was beset by his personal demons, Daltry didn't seem to care to interpret the lyrics in any other way but bombastic, Entwistle, well he's still the Ox.And then there's the most tragic of the the four: Keith Moon.He just didn't have the energy, motivation or ability to play the drums anymore.When he was healthy the man was one of the greats, on this album he's sad and sloppy.If Who Are You was the first time somebody heard Keith Moon they just wouldn't get what all the praise was about.He died soon after the albums release from an overdose of a prescription drug designed to keep him from abusing alcohol.I think he was 32, sad.

Unfortunately the music on Who Are You is as tired as the men playing it.Not that the songs are bad, but the performances sound phoned in, and the mix and arrangements are simultaneously weak and overblown.The guitar tone is brittle without any power, and there is an overabundance of emasculatingly twinkly, prettified synthesizers that just saps the energy right out of almost every track.These songs demand some Townsend power chords and he doesn't deliver.Punk rockers were then calling the seventies dinosaur bands like the Who and Led Zeppelin boring old farts and Townsend and company do little on this album to dispell the slander.Daltry sings with all the sensitivity of a drunken football hooligan and completely ignores the emotional nuances that the lyrics demand.Moony as stated before is pathetic.Entwistle is just OK and Townsend is more involved with questioning his own artistic relevance than rocking, tarts up every song with gobs of synth and forgets about the guitar.Who Are You could have been great and that is perhaps the saddest thing of all because the Who's lackluster effort killed my interest in the band.I remember listening to Black Flag and the Dammed at a friend's house and then playing Who Are You.What a difference, Who Are You sounded so tinny and had an almost baroque fussiness about it whereasBlack Flag's Jealous Again and the Dammeds first album were so much more immediate and exciting.The Kenny Jones era band produced some good music, but their energy level continued to wane as did my interest.Punk rock, metal, post punk and new wave (whatever that is) came along and I just didn't care about the Who anymore.

1-0 out of 5 stars who are you? I know the answer!
This band has lacklustry called themselves Who are you. I have never heard of them but expect them to be some rockingroll outfit noise machine. To begin with the cover is genuinely filthy and unattended for. Do we need to X-pose people to some vain boredom? No way never ever would be my idea.

and thento the music.

It is boring.

It is very very boring and dull.

It is tremendously boring and dull and it opens your eyes to the facked that you have just made the wrong choice buying this ludicrous loser's (c)rap.

they
should
have called themselves
Who am I?

and after the answer would be found they'd do a good job perhaps in gardening or engineering or selling second hand lingerie in the market place, or running a bankdeposit down the rain or selling mucky shoes or dealing in murky stories or selling periwigs for fake poodles.

you get the ID.

All would be better than exploaring a musical career with such awful music painful to the very essence of the soul.

Instead these bad musicians are demollishing their precious instruments and they create a noise for deaf ears.

GOOD musicians are:

Spiderman soundtrack
Finding Nemo soundtrack
Scissorsisters
Angelo Badalamenti
Richard Clayderman
Andrew lloyd Webber
The Pricks (Detroit Punk)
Halo


thanks for the recommendation!

Tony 'Big Hoot' Russell

5-0 out of 5 stars Remastered, Redone, Re-This, Re-That...
The recent remastering of the Who CDs for the most part I think has been done well, and I'm glad to see the live and unreleased tracks getting to the light of day.I just wish there were more of this from the back catalog, than the constant reissuing of the "Greatest Hits."

Oh, well I digress.

The Who were at a pivotal time as they regrouped for what would become the "Who Are You" album.For the most part, they were hitting on three cylinders, as Keith Moon returned from LA, overweight, out of shape and out of practice.

His problems were well-documented by many, but his weren't the only ones.Studio problems, injuries to Townshend and "Rabbit" Bundrick, a fight between Daltrey and producer Glyn Johns and a bunch more marred and slowed the work.Eventually Johns left and Jon Astley took over producing the album.

Moon got the ship righted and the result is an album that paid homage to rock, but also noted the punk explosion, with the Who trying to find a space amidst that and disco.

"New Song" cuts right to the chase at the beginning, Townshend's clever track talking about the treadmill he and band were on (he felt)."Sister Disco" thunders along, and the 6/8 timed "Music Must Change" is a textural dream, with some nice guitar work from Pete.Keith couldn't handle the drumming for this, but added good minimal cymbal and percussion.

John Entwistle continued with strong bass work, and three songs, "905," "Guitar and Pen" and "Trick of the Light."All good, and there's a different version of the second on the remaster.

Daltrey was consistantly strong, especially on the title track, and really all the way through.

The swan song for Moon was a decent one, and the band showed that even at their dark periods, they could still get it together. ... Read more

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Subjects:  1. Album Rock    2. Hard Rock    3. Mod    4. Pop    5. Pop/Rock    6. Rock    7. Rock & Roll   


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Girl You Know It's True
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Burden of Genius
One of the great modern tragedies of our time rests within the story of Milli Vanilli. Universally misunderstood and ridiculed, they were not just visionaries, they were legends within their own time. This album represents the pinnacle of their commercial endeavors, a work brilliant in style and oft mislabeled as 'pop'. While the music itself is certainly of multifarious merit, the accompanying videos which manifest visually the passion imbued within the music are a rare achievement in perhaps surpassing the artistry of the music they represent. I strongly urge novice and fanatic alike to give more than a cursory viewing to the videos for "Girl you know..." and "Blame it on...". The layers of cultural commentary are deeper than the average viewer can discern, even after multiple viewings. From gender relations to housing and urban development, the videos touch upon the dizzying milieu of contemporary society and offer a veritable smorgasbord of insights that tap into the soul of even the most nefarious viewer. That was truly the pith of their message. Love, not hate. For even if your heart is broken, and weeping has ensued, fear not the storm clouds that hover and haunt so dauntingly. Blame it on the rain, yes, and remember that tomorrow will come and I am in love with you girl, cause your on my mind.

5-0 out of 5 stars One the best albums of the late 80s
Although Rob and Fab didn't sing the sensational tracks on this album it's still good. I understand this group caused an notorious scandal which made this album go out of print. Nevertheless you can still buy this gem. If you like this album buy All or Nothing another Milli Vanilli gem.

3-0 out of 5 stars No worse than Britney
When Girl you know it's true was released, I was old enough to enjoy Milli Vanilli's Europop rap-dance fusion, but not enough to understand the scandal that put an end to their hugely sucessful career. In my opinion, this thing never even should've seen the light of day : Frank Farian should've used the real signers' images instead of hiring models to impersonate them (to this day, I still can't understand what could possibly have possessed Farian to do such a thing, because it was bound to blow up in his face sooner or later), and Rob Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan never should've agreed to become puppets in Farian's hands. Now, look where their 15 minutes of fame took them : Rob never recovered from the scandal and died of an overdose, while Fab tries to pursue a solo career while being well aware that no one will ever take him seriously again. The only reason why people hate Milli Vanilli so much is because they can't accept the fact that they were so easily fooled. And it's a shame that their songs were erased from all radio playlists, because Milli Vanilli's music wasn't bad at all : it was merely lightweight, well-produced dance-pop. The same thing can be said of a certain Britney Spears, who's also been the target of criticism concerning her lyp-synching during her concerts. Just because she really sings on her albums(if you dare calling it singing...), does it make her more acceptable than Milli Vanilli? Because she too is a marketing toy whose career is based on her looks, not her talent. But this didn't stop her from selling millions of copies worldwide. Let's face it : pop music is based on looks, and it's unfair that Milli Vanilli had to be the ones to epitomize that fact. ... Read more

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Sales Rank: 4922
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Woodstock 99 Vol. 1: Red Album
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (15 February, 2000)
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1-0 out of 5 stars Garbage, total garbage- disgrace to rock music!
1999 was the year that the mainstream music scene started to sink, and continued to sink for a good 4 or 5 years, till it got 10 times bad now as it was then... However there ARE a few exceptions.. maybe I should go through this P.O.S. track by track:

1. Korn- YUCK! Korn sucks, sucks, SUCKS! I hate them, as I hate mostly all nu-metal

2. Offspring- I like their old stuff, everything up to Smash, but well this is one of their more tolerable newer songs...

3. Lit- bleh.. don't like pop-punk :P

4. Buckcherry- This band is pretty good, I wonder what happened to them...

5. Kid Rock- need i say anything here? :P

6. Limp Bizkit- Total GARBAGE- They are the worst band EVER next to Good Charlotte and Fred Durst is a stupid, immature, filthy, unholy pig! He represents all that is disgusting and wrong!

7. Rage- now THIS is rap-rock done RIGHT!

8. Metallica: i only go for their pre-Black Album stuff, and luckily they were smart enough to put a pre-Black Album song on..

9. Creed- I liked a few songs on 'My Own Prison', but NOTHING after that :PHowever this is a very nice cover of a Doors classic

10. Sevendust- One of the few nu-metal bands I really like.. how the hell do Korn and Limp Bizkit get more attention than them, just HOW???

11. DMX- yuck- I'm partial to SOME rap, but I can't stand DMX... Ice Cube would have been better, I think he was there too

12. Godsmack: another one of the few nu-metal bands I like,, and this is one of my favorite songs by them

13. Megadeth- BEST track on here from one of the BEST metal bands ever :)

14. Bush- I liked their 'Sixteen Stone' cd but other than that I find them kind of dull.. but this song luckily is from Sixteen Stone..

15. Live- not really a big fan, but this is one of their songs I really like

16. the fire interlude- what a waste of space... geez they could have put on a Collective Soul song or something!

17. RHCP- very nice cover of a Hendrix classic.. it's too bad that song lived up to their performance... oh well, SOME people,, ya know?

In conclusion, Woodstock 99 was a total waste of 3 very hot days... In 69 we had Hendrix and The Who, now in 99 we have Korn and Limp Bizkit... i think 94 should have been the final one.. THAT one at least had some good stuff...

And of course the blue disc is mostly crap- the only good mellow stuff that was there was Moe. and G Love & Special Sauce, and I like Everlast a little bit, and I'm partial to a few Everclear songs, even though I think they get kind of repetitve...

hope we dont have a 2004 one.. I can't imagine a WOODSTOCK with Good Charlotte and New Found Glory, or with Puddle of Mudd and Nickelback.....

5-0 out of 5 stars How Come The Blue Album Got A Better Overall Rating?
I don't know. The Blue Album's a complete waste. BUY THIS ONLY. It has the good bands: Korn, Kid Rock, The Offspring, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Godsmack, Metallica, Megadeth, etc. If they can maintane it this time, I wouldn't mind seeing another Woodstock...but that's just my opinion.

3-0 out of 5 stars Some Good Stuff.
It is fair to say that Woodstock '99 failed musically because it eventually turned into a riot-like spectacle of rape, drunk lunacy and one bad fire. And then again, the music isn't even that great. The first volume of the "Woodstock '99" set is more of an example of how much the music and culture have changed since the festival first took place in 1969 (where Jimi Hendrix performed the National Anthem). There are few notable great tracks here, but when they work they're some great hard rock. Bands like Limp Bizkit, Kid Rock, Korn and Sevendust offer nothing more than senseless distortion or just plain stupid lyrics and repetitive sound. This is music that grows lame with age. DMX is especially a big question mark, considering this is the rock album and aside from his completely retarded song, there's no point in him being here. Yet there are still some great performances. Rage Against The Machine delivers an exhilarating, crunching "Bulls On Parade" while Metallica tears up the place with "Creeping Death," a good reminder of what real heavy metal is. The playing is fast and intricate while James Heatfield delivers a devilish vocal. The best cut in the album is Creed performing "Roadhouse Blues" with Robby Krieger, guitarist for The Doors. Scott Stapp does a great job filling in for legendary frontman Jim Morrison. The irony here is that The Doors were somewhat snubbed from playing at the original Woodstock because of their reputation and the fear that they might bring a more violent air to the concert. 30 years later and one of the Doors gets to play and it STILL turns into a riot. Krieger pulls off a great blues solo while Mark Tremonti delivers a burning rhythm guitar. Bush is another notable track with their signature tune, "Everything Zen" which burns and pushes forward with an exhilarating feel (especially with some great slide guitar work). Gavin Rossdale delivers a ferocious, grungy vocal. One of the more fun moments is when the Red Hot Chilli Peppers do a cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Fire." It's a fitting tribute to Hendrix and the Woodstock spirit. In the end we get some memorable rock and some memorable crap, but for good or bad reasons, Woodstock '99 will be one to remember. ... Read more

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Sales Rank: 180817
Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Alternative Pop/Rock    3. Hard Rock    4. Heavy Metal    5. Pop    6. Post-Grunge    7. Rap-Metal    8. Rap-Rock    9. Rock   


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I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (28 February, 1990)
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Before Sinead O'Connor became conservative America's most reviled musician when she ripped up a picture of the Pope on TV and refused to perform live at a New Jersey venue following "The Star Spangled Banner," she vocally supported the IRA at home in Ireland and generally roused the rabble. Indeed, she's one female pop star who's truly earned her army boots. Though her once meteoric musical career has suffered due to her outspokenness, the powerful voice and presence found on her second album is beyond reproach. Best known as the source of O'Connor's breakthrough cover of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U," this is a moving, intensely passionate work full of dark beauty and longing, constructed with a fierce independence and a taste for the unique. This undeniably pop album (albeit with modern-rock and folk elements) has more than held up through the years. --Lorry Fleming ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars THE EXCEPTION THAT PROOVES THE RULE
This is the exception that prooves the rule of the dreaded Sophmore Slump. Many an artist has delivered a knockout debut only to fail miserably with their second effort. This is that rare exception. I Do Not Want What I Haven't Gotbetters Sinead O'Connor's debut the Lion and the Cobra on every level - musically, lyrically, vocally. This is an exceptional album.

5-0 out of 5 stars Venomous!
I found "I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got" shelved in my step dad's music collection, figuring that he probably just listened to "Nothing Compares 2 U" and shelved it, as my parents seem to do that: buy the album and listen to the big hit over and over when it's on the radio all the time. I skipped to "Nothing Compares 2 U" (...) And then it ran off in to "Jump in the River" as I was getting some ice cream from the freezer, and it was even better, so I listened to the album from the beginning, getting the idea that there was more to it than the Prince tune. "The Emperor's New Clothes," "Nothing Compares 2 U," "Jump in the River," and "You Cause as Much Sorrow" are the songs I found the most instantly likable. I figure if you can chose a well enough song to do your own rendition of, then you can probably write decent songs your self. In this case it's true. Not always, though. I went on to discover "Three Babies," as it's a song that blossoms, and can be missed, and "Black Boys on Mopeds," and when I heard "Margaret Thatcher..." I was locked in to what Sinead O'Connor might sing. "Margaret Thatcher on T.V./ Shocked by the deaths that took place in Beijing/ It seems strange that she should be offended/ The same orders are given by her." All my friend Garrett had to say about this record's that "It sounds very early 90's." I listen to it pretty often and love it. It fits with any vibe I've got.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nothing Compares To This....
I cannot relate or understand those who say that S. O'Connor is a unstable artist... that's just-- so NOT true. Just because she voiced her opinion and spoke forward, she's now disliked...too bad, cos you're missing out. I like artist's who are not afraid to speak out-loud, there are only few artists out there-- whom may involve politics & religion and have been looked down at because of their opinion...what a shame.......outspokenness...is what the world lacks...

My favorite song is ''Nothing Compares 2 U'' which is undeniably her most popular song even until today. The first time I heard that song, it made me soooooooo godamn depressed, and if you listen, at the end of the song, her last verses sound sooo miserable that it just made me bawl my head off....

Other great songs are ''Black Boys On Mopeds''-- her commented song on Margaret Thatcher is allot like that song Sting recorded called ''They Dance Alone'' where he comments/protests against General Augusto Pinochet (sometime good-friend of Thatcher...).

''Three Babies'' shows her excellent vocal range, also makes one hell of a haunting song, ''I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got'' probably has the best lyrics on the album. The rest of the songs are all good, except I wasn't so fond of ''The Emperor's New Clothes''.

This is another CLASSIC to add to your collection...Nothing compares to it... ... Read more

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Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Alternative Pop/Rock    3. College Rock    4. Ireland    5. Pop    6. Rock    7. Singer/Songwriter   


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Revolver [UK]
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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Revolver wouldn't remain the Beatles' most ambitious LP for long, but many fans--including this one--remember it as their best. An object lesson in fitting great songwriting into experimental production and genre play, this is also a record whose influence extends far beyond mere they-was-the-greatest cheerleading. Putting McCartney's more traditionally melodic "Here, There and Everywhere" and "For No One" alongside Lennon's direct-hit sneering ("Dr. Robert") and dreamscapes ("I'm Only Sleeping," "Tomorrow Never Knows") and Harrison's peaking wit ("Taxman") was as conceptually brilliant as anything Sgt. Pepper attempted, and more subtly fulfilling. A must. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Beatles' true masterpiece
1966 was The Beatles' greatest year.True, this year they ended touring, almost got killed in the Phillippines, and were denounced in America with record-burnings after Lennon said, "We're bigger than Jesus."Yet, out of this chaos rose The Beatles masterpiece, REVOLVER.

REVOLVER was considered Just Another Beatles Record when it was released in August 1966 and to some was considered their swan song in the dying days of Beatlemania.However, REVOLVER has stood the test of time and today outshines SGT. PEPPER.The reason is that the 1987 CD release ignored the inferior 11-track U.S. version of REVOVLER (omitting John's I'm Only Sleeping, And Your Bird Can Sing, Dr. Robert) and belatedly presented to North Americans the complete British 14-song album.

REVOLVER represents The Beatles at the top of their game.The level of composition is at its highest, outshining PEPPER and everything that followed.There is not a weak song here, lyrically or musically.The instrumentation by all four Beatles reaches its peak.Ringo, especially, earns top markssongs like She Said She Said and Tomorrow Never Knows.Lastly, the level of experimentation and breath of style is staggering.There are so many styles of music on REVOLVER, from classical to Indian raga to ballad to hard rock to soul and sampling (then called "tape loops") that the album almost bursts at the seams.Above all, this is a group effort which is lacking in later records such as the The White Album.

George takes a quantum leap forward on REVOLVER.He kicks off an album for the first time with Taxman, which features some of the sharpest lyrics ever to appear in a Beatles' song.Taxman signals that this is no Beatles album like any other.The lyrics are not cute, but bitter and biting, backed by one of Paul's best-ever bass lines (copped by Beck in The New Pollution).George's anger is also heard in the Raga-ish Love You Too, a rocking song that left many fans puzzled in 1966, but which has aged better than Within You Without You.His I Want To Tell You is a fine contribution to side two.

Paul displays his melodic, gentle side with two of his finest love songs, Here There and Everywhere and For No One, which feature exquisite vocals in the former, and a sparse but mournful arrangement in the latter.Unlike Michelle, Paul here avoids sentimentality and achieves beauty.Got To Get You Into My Life is a driving number featuring towering horns a la Stax, and actually describes an early pot experience (not acid as widely believed).Yellow Submarine (sung by Ringo) is a fun children's song, and Good Day Sunshine is also lighthearted and catchy without being shallow.

Most of all Eleanor Rigby stands as Paul's masterpiece, more mature in lyric and arrangement than Yesterday and not melodramatic and overproduced like the later She's Leaving Home.Rigby remains one of the Beatles' best lyrics and perhaps their most haunting tune.It never ages.

John too reaches a peak with REVOLVER.I'm Only Sleeping is an introspective song featuring backward guitars and confessional lyrics.She Said She Said recounts an acid trip in L.A. with Peter Fonda, and features some of Lennon's most harrowing imagery and stunning guitars-and-drums.And Your Bird Can Sing and Dr. Robert are fine rock songs.

Tomorrow Never Knows is the stunning conclusion to the album, full of tape loops, Ringo's hypnotic drumming and otherworldly lyrics inspired by the Tibetan Book of the Dead.Nothing ever sounded like this before and arguably not since.

REVOLVER is the culmination of four talents peaking at the same time.Others will insist on PEPPER as the definitive Beatles statement, but PEPPER has weaker songs, is self-consciously psychedelic, and is lopsided, favouring McCartney.REVOLVER sounds as fresh today as in 1966, and stands at the pinnacle of the Beatles' recording career.This is my favourite Beatles album and I never tire of playing it.Few albums by any band continue to sound fresh.

All Beatles albums have their qualities, but if there is one Beatles record you must pick up, this is the one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Revolver is The Beatles' masterpiece
How do you begin to describe perfection? You look for a synergy of several different elements, where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. With this, the Beatles' greatest achievement, we find a combination of the best songwriting, the best sonic texture, a complete lack of pretension (compared to their next album) while at the same time exploring where complete artistic freedom of expression will lead you-- with the help of your mates, various "stimulants", and a superb producer in George Martin.

An overlooked and underappreciated aspect of this album is the strength of George Harrison's songs: "Taxman", "Love You To", and "I Want to Tell You". He had help from John and Paul with some of the words to "Taxman", and Paul contributed that incredible guitar solo and thumping bass line. "Love You To" (to what?) is all Indian musicians George had befriended, and there are some wonderful little touches on "I Want to Tell You", such as that little dissonant piano part and the great fade-in on that circular guitar riff. The sonic quality is unparalleled and beautifully recorded.

"Yellow Submarine" has a simple structure of course, but the snippets of "ship sounds" and Paul's wonderful echoing on the final verse give the song greater complexity, not to mention that the words of the song itself are quite impressionistic even in their simplicity. Finally, there is a harmony during the chorus on the word 'submarine' where the middle syllable goes down and goes down again on the final syllable of the final 'submarine'. Little things like this are the sonic equivalent of looking at the brushstokes of Rembrandt. They go almost unnoticed but add something ineffable even to the album's most "throwaway" song.

The remaining 10 songs are equally divided between John and Paul. These are the best five songs Paul ever had together on one album. Are there better songs that he wrote before and after? Perhaps, but on no other album does he have as many great songs all together. "Eleanor Rigby" and "For No One" are poignant and serious, which we never quite heard often enough from him. Interesting that he employed a string quartet for one and makes the second a piano-centered piece. It is as though he needs to move away from guitar/bass to be a more serious composer.

"Good Day Sunshine" and "Got to Get You Into My Life" form another natural pair and are songs that are sunny (the horn charts create this mood) and romantic without being cloying. The lyrics are superb and the arrangements are utterly sympathetic.

"Here, There, and Everywhere" is as perfect a romantic pop song as has ever been written, and might well have inspired George to write "Something" a few years later. The harmonies are tight, creating a lush aural texture that mimics the hazy eroticism we experience when we fall in love. Probably Paul's best song, along with "Hey Jude".

Finally we come to John's contributions. His five songs are not collectively his best, but in terms of his willingness to experiment with sonic textures, they are The Beatles' best and actually leave the most lasting impression over the decades. The sneering "Doctor Robert" is the weakest of the five, but has a catchy melody and is expertly woven into the sonic fabric of the rest of his songs on the album. "I'm Only Sleeping" showcases a sound and vocal quality that is very evocative of that dreamy "I'm calling in sick today" deliciousness.

Even though John hated the words to "And Your Bird Can Sing" it is the dual guitar lines, the strong harmonies, and the melody which make the song great in spite of John's misgivings.

But the two songs that cement John's place on this album (and which closed each side of the LP) are "She Said She Said" and"Tomorrow Never Knows". They are serious explorations sonically and psychically, mesmerizing and undoubtedly enormously influential. With help from Ringo on the latter and once again great guitars on the former, we have reached perfection.

This, friends, is the apotheosis of The Beatles' recording career, and the greatest recording in the rock and pop genres, while transcending both because it is also a great work of art.

5-0 out of 5 stars Got To Get This Into Your LIfe
Lets get right to it, shall we? Revolver is a pretty good Cd, and although there were really only two hits on this album, most, if not all, of these songs are quite amazing. This is the official transition from the early, touring, ed sullivan appearing, drug-free beatles, to the drug-addled, beautifully lyrics, and innovative sounds.

Taxman- A good opener. George Harrison was my fave Beatle, but still, a good song. I especially like the intro, and the song takes a lot of influence from the old Batman theme song. 8/10

Eleanor Rigby- A great song, classic. Love the string selection, extremely sad, yet very thougt-provoking, and McCartney is awesome in this song. Great vocals. 9/10

I'm Only Sleeping- In my opinion, the best song on the album. Incredibly underrated, amazing lyrics, catchy tune, awesome chorus and verses, and classic Lennon vocals. Crazy how awesome this song is. I really, really love it! 10

Love You To- Another Harrison song. Pretty awesome intro, cool lyrics, and his voice is pretty awesome to boot. George is the only one playing on this track, and uses his beloved sitar, first used on Norwegian Wood (Rubber Soul). This track ends the energy-filled start of the album temporarily, but the energy will come back quite soon. 8/10

Here, There, And Everywhere- A great ballad by McCartney, with a very catchy tune, and awesome guitar in the background. Very realxing, a great love song. Continues the pause of the uptempo songs in the beggining of the album. 8/10

Yellow Submarine- Pretty good song for the kiddies, good lyrics, Ring does a pretty good job, but the song soon gets incredibly annoying. 6/10

She Said She Said- Written by Lennon during an acid trip w/ George and Peter Gonda. Apparently, George had such a horrible trip that he saw visions of his own death, and was totally "freaking out, man." But, Peter Fonda, who almost killed himself when he was a little boy, calmed George down. He kept saying, "I know what it's like to be dead," thus leading to that line in the song. Good sound, even better story. Also resets the album with a heavy chorus.7/10

Good Day SUnshine-Written by Paul, a nice little diddy with great sound. 7/10

And Your Bird Can Sing-John, who wrote this awesome song, hated it and even went as far as to say, "That song was a piece of trash, a piece of Sh*t," in an interview. A little harsh, considering that the guitar here is pretty awesome and strong for a beatles tune. 9/10

For No One- Pretty boring...sounds sorta cool..yeeah...(cough)..6/10

Doctor Robert- About Robert Freymann, adoctor who supplied celebs with drugs and stuff. Awesome song, will grow on you, especially the "Well. well, well, you're feeling down.." part. 8/10

I Want To Tell You-Another Harrison song, with a pretty cool intro. natch. 8/10

Tommorow Never Knows- Tied for the best song along with "I'm Only Sleeping," throughout the whole song is a c-pedal playing, and Lennon again is uncanny on this drug-influenced track. 10

Basically, it goes like this; 4th-rubber soul, 3rd-Revolver,2nd-Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band, and the best ever is Abbey Road. ... Read more

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Erotica
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (20 October, 1992)
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5-0 out of 5 stars "Explicit lyrics?"
To appease the losers at Wal-Mart?Hello, people, time to stop patronizing neo-Nazi Big Brother to save a few pennies.

Madonna has proven her point yet again: That this country is so uncomfortable talking, reading, or even thinking, about sex (which, sorry to report to Wal-Mart, is the way we all got here) that they demand that artists release "cleaner" versions of their albums.I wonder if the $18.99 per CD is worth the censorship.

This is one of Madonna's best 90's works: She completely reinvented herself here, creating a more funkier beat to fit in with the new decade and showing that, once again, she can keep up with the rest of them.

My favorite cut here is "Secret Garden."Yeah, we all know what it's about but the jazzy melody makes it a standout.

Loved the video for "Bad Girl," about a single woman who finds solace in the bottle and jumping from guy to guy."Rain" is another goody (something tells me she listened to The Beatles song of the same name and decided to come up with her own ditty).

"Why's It So Hard?" is her standard "what's wrong that we all can't get along" tune.I like the meaning behind "Words" (but the video was a bit strange) and "Waiting," again, has a good, funky beat.

"Erotica" and "Deeper and Deeper" are two titles that make the know-it-all censors sweat and that's always a good thing.

Definitely a must have for all serious Madonna fans (and those who are looking to know her music better).

4-0 out of 5 stars I do not have a problem with Madonna's Erotica album
At present, Madonna's Erotica cd can be purchased edited in stores.I have listened to the edited cd, which largely means that I do not have the song, Did you do it?Except for Where life begins, all of the other songs are actually good.Some of the standout tracks include, Bye Bye Baby, Deeper and Deeper, Waiting, Thief of Hearts, Words, Rain and In this Life.

5-0 out of 5 stars The #2 Madonna album
Although 1992' Erotica can't hold up to 1998's Ray Of Light, neither in themes nor in music, it is evidently the #2 album in the lady's career. It is a highly underrated album, it hasn't become a big commercial success ever since (which means around 5 million copies sold) and it is not liked by many people even nowadays.

The critics didn't like it and the cause of this might be the Sex book which was published along with Erotica. Believe me: the book and the album have nothing in common. Many people conjoined the two efforts and they were wrong. While the book was really about sex, the album's got nothing to do with erotica. The themes are love, sex, relationships & the abuse of these things but the tone is markedly chilly here. There is a slight trace of warmth here but Erotica is anything but erotic.

Lyrics are everything here and Madonna takes a dangerous turn with this album - she tells about her infamous love life. The thoughts are real and I think most of us had one if not all of these feelings in our lives. This is a strange combination - mostly up-tempo "dance" songs with meaningful lyrics. This is the first time in her career when we can say that Madonna's lyrics are true and great.

The opener song, "Erotica" takes us into this strange world, we are introduced to "Dita" who will be our mistress here. My favorite lines of the whole album come here: "Only the one that hurts you can make you feel better, only the one that inflicts pain can take it away". That's true.

"Fever" is hardly recognizable. The real fever of the original version vanished. I've never seen such a cold fever. "Bye Bye Baby" is the weakest song in the whole production. "Deeper and deeper" was one of the two hits from this album. I liked the Spanish guitar in the middle part and I liked the lyrics as well.

"Where Life Begins" got big publicity. Yes, it is about oral sex. Anyway, I don't think it is offensive. It is smart, the lyrics are great and I like the sultry beats. "Bad Girl" was a hit single with a great video featuring Christopher Walken, one of my favorite actors.

The next three songs, "Waiting", "Thief of Hearts" and "Words" have the same themes, although the structure and the songs aren't a bit alike. The theme is abuse here and it is handled perfectly. "Waiting" is one of the strongest songs on the album, the beats are captivating.

"Rain" was the biggest hit and its success was deserved. The song is perfect from the beginning till the end. "Why's It So Hard" is a great song about bad relationships. "In This Life" is about a man dying of AIDS. It is a bit overlong and boring when you listen to it 3 or 4 times.

"Did You Do It" borrows the beats from "Waiting" and in my opinion it shouldn't be here. Not that it's bad. It simply doesn't fit in this structure. "Secret Garden" is the closing song, it is average.

In the final analysis I think this album was the first "serious" Madonna album and unfortunately it wasn't appreciated. The music was 2 years ahead of the trend in 1992 and the people didn't like it. If you listen to this album today, you might wonder what could have been wrong with this music, but in 1992 the trend was something else. Nevertheless the lyrics take the test of time and stand out as the best lyrics on any Madonna album, ever. It is the #2 album of the lady, only Ray Of Light is better. And only a slight bit better. ... Read more

Asin: B000002MFN
Sales Rank: 22034
Subjects:  1. Adult Contemporary    2. Club/Dance    3. Dance-Pop    4. Euro-Dance    5. Euro-Pop    6. Pop/Rock    7. United States of America   


Killer
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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The fact that Alice Cooper's fourth release housed the gritty "Halo of Flies" would be reason enough to buy the CD, even if the rest of it were garbage. An essential piece of the rock canon, it may not have served up the hits that his other releases did, but it still stands as a classic. Loud, brash, sloppy, and hard, it's the kind of listen that makes you check for grime under your nails. Cooper's rock/shock aesthetic was coming into full bloom here and "Dead Babies" shows he was satisfied with his formula of hard rock, bad taste, and images outside the realm of Middle America. The title track hints at the shape of things to come, laying the ground work for works as seemingly disparate as "Only Women Bleed," and "No More Mr. Nice Guy." Briefly ostracized by the "hipper than thou" sect, Killer is one of the reasons Cooper is now fully appreciated as the pioneer that he was. - -Steve Gdula ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome rocker from my Dad's era, Definately Alice's best!
I love it, I am a slipknot fan, a Metallica fan, as well as a Led Zeppelin fan and a Guess Who fan...just to give you an idea.My dad suggested this CD, since I picked up Alice's greatest hits...I LOVE IT.Billion Dollar Babies is good too, but this one is defiantely Alice's best!Pick it up for cheap!

5-0 out of 5 stars the original band at it's best
To me, this was the original band's finest moment. From the classic rock opening riff of Under My Wheels to the freaked out psychoatic white nosie the albumcloses with (which scared the crap out of me the first time I heard it), this was Coop's most uniformly satisfying album. Be My Lover has one of the greatest bridge riffs I've ever heard (the guitar part right after Alice sings I'm still on my own), it still gives me goosebumps it is so great. Halo of Flies, Desperado, and Dead Babies/Killer are mini sagas within themselves, Killer's music especially sounding like it could have been the soundtrack to an old mystery or spy movie. But my favorite song on the album has to be You Drive Me Nervous. I love the cymbal sound Neil Smith has throughout the song (almost identical to Ian Paice's sound at the very end of Smoke of the Water, but Neil got it out there first!!) and Michael Bruce and Glen Buxton's guitar interplay. Those guys were both so underrated as guitarists it's a crime. Just a fabulous song all around, not that there is a weak track on this album. The only thing I question on the whole album is why did they put horns on the last chrous of Under My Wheels? It takes away from the band.

5-0 out of 5 stars Completely twisted
Let's face it - Alice had issues. Thank God. If he didn't, we would never have been given this string of wonderfully off center masterpieces.
There have never been any songs like "Halo of Flies" or "Dead Babies" in rock music. Only the original Alice could have gotten away with such insanity. Again, the thing that put Alice over was the humour. Everything on this disc is served up with an evil grin. Delicious. Classic. ... Read more

Asin: B000002KDS
Subjects:  1. Hard Rock    2. Heavy Metal    3. Pop    4. Rock   


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25 All-Time Greatest Sun Recordings
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (06 June, 2000)
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4-0 out of 5 stars A Bit Dated But Still A Lot to Like
There are enough Jerry Lee Lewis compilations that you need not slaver over this one.I was there just 90 miles from Sun Records to hear all of their artists from the beginning.You know the standard JLL songs, stuff not to be denied; they're history.Also herein you get Stick McGee's "Drinkin' Wine Spo-De-O-Dee", the original dating back to the 40s, Roy Orbison's "Down the Line" and my favorite version of Hank William Sr's "You Win Again" (just listen to Jerry Lee on his 88s on THAT song).There are two songs used in the movies ("High School Confidential" and 2 versions of "Breathless"); they were not the last movie tunes by Jerry Lee.His singing is quite stylized in an earnest attempt to make others' songs his own BUT....Due to the age of the early tunes, many songs done RECENTLY (IN THE 50'S) have now been done to death and "Cold Cold Heart" sounds a hundred years old.They could have been left out for stuff like "What Made Milwaukee Famous" and a host of other country songs he recorded.Still, I think it deserves 4 stars.But keep your options open before you buy.

5-0 out of 5 stars The place to start
For those of us who cannot afford the Box sets of Jerry Lee Lewis, this is a good place to start. It contains the early hits that JLL made when he burst upon the national scene in the 195os, and by and large it contains most of the Good sides he recorded for Sun Records.Sun records kept Jerry recording tunes throughout the fifties and early 1960s and did not release many of those sides until the 1970s or 1980s. Despite the fact that there were many great tracks there, it is a good thing that almost none of those recordings were released on this Sun Collection.

This is the stuff that broke big. Several of these songs were number one hits on the pop, country, and R&B charts at the time.
You get a lot of the youthful energy with spare production.You get just a lot of JLL here.

Jerry Lee Lewis is a serious artist. He has continued performing until today and like any serious artist he developed over time. I believe in the 1960s he was the best Rock and Roll performer ever, but unfortunately his music wasn't being picked up by many people and, sadly, Rock came to replace rock and role. Likewise, I think some of the sides he released in the 1970s which were more in a Southern groove were great music in and of themselves.Finally, his great country recordings of the late 1970s and early 1980s are among the finest recordings anyone has ever done in Country music. Finally, there are some real gems on some of the albums produced by Jimmy Burton that the Killer has released in the last 20 years.

One needs to have it all, or suffer the fact that our society is so backward as not to supply every citizen with all of the JLL that can be absorbed.However, this collection is a good place to start, a good place if you are interested in the history and development of rock and roll. Maybe you do just have to get it all!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection
It's a pity that Lewis isn't given more credit these days and it's a mystery why he's sort've forgotten. This CD will settle the score and prove conclusively that Jerry Lee could really rock! This is a marvelous collection and by far the best single-CD collection out there on Jerry's music. Most people listening to this music for the first time can never stop at just one CD, so this will serve as a fine introduction to some of the best music you'll ever hear. Though these songs are all more than 45 years old, they wear well and are timeless.

Most casual rock fans can name only a few Lewis tunes, "Whole Lotta Shakin'" and "Great Balls of Fire," but there is so much more than that. This collection includes several of his most haunting, beautiful slower tempo songs, as well as some awesome rockabilly.

Jerry Lee Lewis was a genuine innovator and talent. This compilation proves that. The sound quality is superb, I can't recommend this CD enough. ... Read more

Asin: B00004TGT6
Sales Rank: 9950
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock    3. Rock & Roll    4. Rockabilly    5. Traditional Country   


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Elvis Presley [1999 US Bonus Tracks]
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (18 May, 1999)
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4-0 out of 5 stars First full-length LP from the King of Rock and Roll
Elvis Presley (1956.) Elvis Presley's first album.

In the mid-fifties, Elvis Presley came onto the musical scene - and fast became popular. However, not all of that popularity was well-received - many parents thought that the music that he performed and the moves he did while on stage were a bad influence to their children (looking back at this, it's actually rather funny that that stuff, which is pretty tame by today's standards, caused all this controversy.) Elvis, started his musical recording career on Sun Records, but ended up switching record labels. And on his new label, he released his first, full-length LP - the first rock and roll album to ever hit number one on the pop charts! How does the debut album from the man who would become known as the King of Rock and Roll measure up? Read on.

As soon as you begin listening to this album, one fact will instantly become evident - These recordings are considerably more raw and stripped-down than most of the Elvis Presley recordings that fans of the King have come to know and love over the years. Despite the shoddy production, this is still an excellent album. With the King's first LP, he covers a plethora of the musical stylings of the time - country-styled songs, fifties-style love ballads, early rock-style tunes, and a variety of others. Many of the tunes present here are actually covers of other fairly well-known tunes of the day. For instance, Blue Suede Shoes was originally performed by the King's former Sun Records mate, Carl Perkins (although it was Elvis who would make this song popular.) Sure, many of these songs pale in comparison to some of the King's later work, but you can't deny it - every song on here is excellent, and has stood the test of time.

When this album was rereleased on CD, they did more than just rerelease it - they also added bonus tracks! There were many tracks that Elvis recorded in this era that were only released as singles, and weren't put on the LP (in this era, rock and roll was generally a singles-oriented genre, not an album-oriented one like it is today, so it wasn't unusual for artists to release songs as singles and not put them on albums.) Tracks 1, 2, 15, 16, 17, and 18 are bonuses that weren't on the original LP, but were recorded in the same era. Among them are the legendary Heartbreak Hotel, which has since become a fan favorite. It's an excellent album without the bonus cuts, but they're the icing on the cake.

Can I really say anything else? The King's first full-length LP is a damn fine album. If you're a fan of early rock and roll, or just a fan of Elvis Presley in general, his first LP is one that you need to add to your collection. If you're new to the King, you might be better starting off with a hits compilation, such as the Thirty Number One Hits set. Although not perfect, this is still a highly recommended LP. Four out of five stars.

5-0 out of 5 stars Elvis Presley: The First Rock'n'Roll Album ?
I have an appreciation for many forms of music but my musical growth stemmed from this one seed. This was the first album I ever bought when I was 9 or 10 years old (1973). Of all the music I've enjoyed in my life, my favourite genres are Rhythm & Blues, Rockabilly and Rock'n'Roll. And in the center of this musical era, you can't avoid Elvis Presley. If you collect the finest albums of the Rock'n'Roll/Rock period, this album is a must!
At the time that this album was originally released (March-April 1956), Elvis was a singles artist having only his smash hit single 'Heartbreak Hotel'/'I Was the One' on the national charts. RCA Victor's A&R man, Steve Sholes (supervisor of country and R&B recordings and the man who purchased Elvis and his Sun recordings from Sam Phillips in 1955) assembled this album from the collection of Sun singles and new RCA Victor Nashville recordings (Elvis' first RCA recording session, January 1956) where Sholes hoped to replicate the Sun sound.
The result is an album that documents an emerging new sound that will not only excite millions of young ears but will also influence many Rock, Pop and Country music artists all around North America and, more interestingly in terms of Rock history, overseas. The new sound here is Rockabilly and what we're hearing is a classic '50s Rockabilly quartet: Scotty Moore on electric, lead guitar, Bill Black on acoustic "doghouse" bass, D.J. Fontana on drums (lots of snare), and Elvis as the centerpiece, with vocals, acoustic guitar, and, for the stage audiences, gyratin' visuals. Elvis envisioned himself as a Pop ballad singer (a la Dean Martin) but this was the new style and sound that Sam Phillips, who originally produced and recorded black R&B talent at Sun Records, convinced him would make him stand out and be noticed. From 1954 to 1956, Elvis and the band honed this sound to a unique style through the sessions at Sun and through continuous live performances throughout the South. This, now, is the point where Elvis and his new sound is moving from being a regional phenomenon (via the regional Sun singles recordings, live stage performances and local radio play) to a becoming a national sensation (via a big-time record label, along with its publicity machine, and national television appearances).
Elvis came to form in a truly unique period in American music history and his style and tastes were formulated from many musical sources available to him in the early- to mid-1950s Memphis, Tennessee region: Gospel, black Rhythm & Blues/Rock'n'Roll, Pop, Country and Hillbilly (from which he helped develop Rockabilly). These sounds merged at this time and Elvis did not discriminate. He was infuenced in them all and he let them pour out developing his own style and genre.
Most of the selections were covers of other records by other artists but it's the sound that was cutting-edge, new and exciting. Five of the selections are Sun Session recordings on an album for the first time. The others are new Country and Rockabilly recordings including then-Rockabilly king, Carl Perkins' 'Blue Suede Shoes' which was one of Elvis' staple live-performance numbers along with the Ray Charles, Little Richard, Joe Turner and Lloyd Price R&B covers included in the selection. I find it interesting that his covers of the R&B tunes are the most hard-hitting rockabilly numbers on the album. Critics of Elvis who diminish his contributions to Popular/Rock music due to his frequent use of cover tunes, especially those of black R&B artists. Elvis was never about "writing his own songs." Elvis was about style, performance, talent and originality. Let the Beatles and the Rolling Stones be famous for writing their own songs (even though many of their early recordings were cover songs). For me, Elvis has been the focal point from which I have been able to research my fond interests in black Rhythm & Blues music (c. 1941-62) and old Country (c. 1928-70).
Selections 3 through 14 make up the original selections from this classic album. The remaining six tracks are bonus selections which were originally three 7-inch singles recorded during the same session period.
And the album cover! It was a uniquely simple creation, a '50s-style design classic in itself!
Each time I listen to this seminal album, I am awed to be taken back to a truly original sound that would launch a great new era of music that has become known to us as the Rock Era! To complete the journey, I recommend this CD along with one of Elvis' Sun Session collections.
'Elvis Presley': The new sound of Rock'n'Roll, the "fad" that never died!

4-0 out of 5 stars Awesome
It was an excellent cd except for his song Tutti frutti.That song is the most nerve racking version ever recorded.The best is Blue Suede Shoes and I Got a Woman.Elvis was the "BEST EVER" recording artist and has a sensational voice. ... Read more

Asin: B00000IZ6H
Sales Rank: 38707
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Pop/Rock    3. Rock    4. Rock & Roll    5. Rockabilly    6. Traditional Country    7. United States of America   


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Strictly Commercial
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (22 August, 1995)
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Frank Zappa 101. As close as anyone has come to a definitive greatest hits set, Strictly Commercial manages to encapsulate much, if not most, of a career that deliberately defied any such attempts. This is the most accessible single collection of Zappa's music available, containing familiar ditties such as "Don't Eat The Yellow Snow," "Joe's Garage," and the radio hit, "Valley Girl." Those skeptical of his guitar work will most certainly find the included selections, "Sexual Harassment in the Workplace," "I'm the Slimeand," "Muffin Man" to be educational. Excellent for whetting the appetites of potential Zappa fanatics. --Andrew Boscardin ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars A good overview for casual fans but...
For a cheaper price you can get CHEAP THRILLS and SON OF CHEAP THRILLS which are, im my opinion much better than Stricly commercial.

5-0 out of 5 stars Frank Zappa(A true Musical Legend)
Frank Zappa is one of the greatest musicians the world has ever seen. And, on top of that, one of the most unique. He had his own style which the world will never see again.This man is a true genius. The songs I like are "Dancing Fool", "Yellow Snow", "Disco Boy", San Ber'dino", and "Montana". This man will 4 ever be a music legend.

5-0 out of 5 stars Give this to someone and watch their life change
I am a Frank Zappa fan. But even the most hard core fan will admit that some of Zappa's work is just too overbearing. I enjoy Apostrophe, Hot Rats, Thing-Fish, and of course Joe's Garage. I also like his other stuff like 'Shut up and play your guitar' and 'Arriving too late to save a drowning witch.' But these albums have compositions that are too long and lose my interest.

However, Strictly Commercial' is the perfect album to introduce someone to the world of Frank Zappa. I do enjoy the longer version of 'Joe's Garage', but other than that this album is perfect. You got songs that can really reel in new Zappites. 'Don't eat the Yellow Snow' and 'Montana' are songs I have personally seen get folks hooked on The Great Zapp.

Valley Girl will bring back memories for those who remember it on the radio and even punk rockers have to admit that 'My Guitar wants to kill your mama' is as punk as it gets.

Is there someone in your life that you want to expose? This is the definitive collection that will not scare away people, but rather embrace them.

It's a shame that years after his death, Zapp never got the recognition he deserved. Why isn't he in the rock n roll hall of fame yet?? ... Read more

Asin: B0000009VS
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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Never Mind the Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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Recognizing that there's no such thing as bad publicity, manager-Svengali Malcolm McLaren molded the Pistols into the most confrontational, nihilistic band rock & roll had ever seen. Propelled by Johnny Rotten's maniacal vocals, Steve Jones's buzz-saw guitar, and (most importantly) bass player Glen Matlock's hook-filled compositional skills, the Pistols' early singles "Anarchy in the U.K." and "God Save the Queen" defined the raging style of British punk. By the time they recorded their lone 1977 album, Matlock had been bounced, replaced by the image-correct but utterly untalented (and ultimately group-dooming) Sid Vicious. Not a 10th as good as the singles, the album nontheless remains a bile-filled emblem of the times. --Billy Altman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Get your facts straight!
Okay, the original lineup for the Sex Pistols was this:
Johnny Rotten-vocals
Steve Jones-guitar
Glen Matlock-bass
Paul Cook-drums

These were the four who played on the band's first single, 'Anarchy in the U.K.'Then, Matlock was fired and replaced by Sid Vicious, who COULD NOT PLAY HIS INSTRUMENT.HE HAD ABSOLUTELY NO TALENT AT ALL.You may ask, well, then who played the bass? The group rehired Glen Matlock as a session musician on their next single, and their one and only album, 'Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols.'You may also may wonder who played bass in concerts.Well, to avoid the problem of Sid Vicious messing up all the songs, they just turned the bass all the way down.Anyway, this is all right, and if anything conflicts with this, it is WRONG.

By the way, the album is a must-have.

5-0 out of 5 stars England Punk.
England had some good bands like The Cure,Dreadful Shadows,Sex Pistols, Stone Roses. Sex Pistols is the type of band you dont want to bring home to meet the parents. Johnny Rotten with his angry voice and Sid Vicious with his guitar skills together made the band popular. Later on they changed England forever, so many people looked up to the Sex Pistols. Soon alter God Save the Queen became the Anthem in England all around. Even though they were banned in 78, they are still a great band to this day.

5-0 out of 5 stars Punk was born on that day...
The Sex Pistols...one of the greatest bands of all time. One of my favoret. You can pick Sid Vicious's voice out of ANYWHERE. It's so angery and revolting. This is what punk was and should have staied that way. The music on this album is so amazing. It has God Save the Queen, E.M.I., and of course Anarchy in the U.K. This is the ranchiest most rebeling agenst goverment album that I have heard out there. England produces such great bands...and this is proof. ... Read more

Asin: B000002KIE
Subjects:  1. Britain    2. British Punk    3. Pop    4. Punk    5. Rock   


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Led Zeppelin 1st
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (21 June, 1994)
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As it turned out, Led Zeppelin's infamous 1969 debut album was indicative of the decade to come--one that, fittingly, this band helped define with its decadently exaggerated, bowdlerized blues-rock. In shrieker Robert Plant, ex-Yardbird Jimmy Page found a vocalist who could match his guitar pyrotechnics, and the band pounded out its music with swaggering ferocity and Richter-scale-worthy volume. Pumping up blues classics such as Otis Rush's "I Can't Quit You Baby" and Howlin' Wolf's "How Many More Times" into near-cartoon parodies, the band also hinted at things to come with the manic "Communication Breakdown" and the lumbering set stopper "Dazed and Confused." --Billy Altman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars It's coming back home to you!
Led Zeppelin's first album was a hell of an impressive debut.I think it's safe to say that the world had never heard anything like it before.It's complex, subtle, idiosyncratic and visionary.Just listen to the acoustic grace of "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You", the heaving inevitability of "Communication Breakdown", the enveloping roar of Robert Plant's vocals on "Dazed and Confused" and the pop flavoring of "Your Time is Gonna Come".This is a great album that presaged a lot of the hard rock music of the '70s, and I highly recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars geniuses
Led Zeppelin is one of my all time fav. bands ever...There all geniuses. If you dont know who Led Zeppelin is or havent heard many songs you should, there a true legend. With a great songwriter and a great guitar player and drummer. This band showed to many people how bands should have talent. Not many bands quit after their drummers die neiter which made them even better to most people, cause most bands go out and find new ones but they proved that John was their best friend and would never replace him.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Zeppelin
I absoutly love and admire Led Zeppelin. Musical geniuses. I just want to point out to the people that who don't like legends like zeppelin and the who that some of your fav. bands..have covered their material. To respect the present and future of music...you have to learn to respect the past. ... Read more

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Blizzard of Ozz [Bonus Track]
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Blizzard of Ozz, the first solo effort by the former lead singer of Black Sabbath, became a classic, due in large part to Osbourne's partnership with the late Randy Rhoads. The most immediately recognizable song is "Crazy Train," whose distinctive riff has made it a staple of rock radio. "Mr. Crowley" and "Suicide Solution" generated considerable controversy, which is equivalent to good press when it comes to heavy metal. Other strong tracks include "Revelation (Mother Earth)" and the opening song, "I Don't Know." This 2001 reissue includes the bonus tracks "You Lookin' at Me Looking You." While even heavy-metal listeners haven't always taken Osbourne seriously, his influence on the genre has been considerable. Blizzard of Ozz demonstrates why Ozzy commands lasting respect. Following a spat between band members, the parts played originally by bassist Bob Daisley and drummer Lee Kerslake have been recorded over. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Randy must be rolling over in his grave
As a kid, I listened to this album countless hours.I was a HUGE Rhoads fan, and I always dug Ozzy's voice.I was flat out disgusted when I heard this version of Crazy Train on the radio yesterday.These new guys didn't even bother to take the time to get the tone right, or try to mimic the original.Keep in mind, mimicing the original isn't always a good thing, especially when the new musicians are better, but these new guys suck.Why didn't that dishrag Ozzy didn't get Tommy Alridge or Rudy Sarzo to re-do the album?I'll tell you why, because those guys have CLASS and would have refused to it.

Bah, I'm through with Ozzy, this is version of the album is LAME!!

2-0 out of 5 stars This album should be called Blizzard Revisited
This is not a remastered version of Blizzard of Ozz as one would think. The original drum and bass track have been RE-RECORDED by DIFFERENT MUSICIANS than those on the original.

I was fooled when I bought this. Hoodwinked. Bamboozled.

PLEASE don't make the same mistake!

This album should be called Blizzard Revisited. You can't re-record significant parts of an album and call it remastered!!

Not recommended!

4-0 out of 5 stars my favourite album
This album is great.I like this album so much because Randy Rhoads was probably the best guitar player ever.This album also includes a bonus track which is great.If you are a Ozzy fan this is a must have ... Read more

Asin: B000063DFT
Subjects:  1. Album Rock    2. British Metal    3. England    4. Hard Rock    5. Heavy Metal    6. Neo-Classical Metal    7. Pop    8. Rock   


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Thriller [Bonus Tracks]
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (16 October, 2001)
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Where Off the Wall was pretty much straight good times, Thriller introduced dread into Michael Jackson's solo work. By 1995's HIStory, this element curdled into overwhelming self-regard and out-of-touchness, but here it's bracing. While Thriller offers its share of cute ("The Girl Is Mine," a duet with Paul McCartney that was the album's first single; "P.Y.T."), the most memorable cuts remain "Billie Jean," "Beat It," and "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'," all of which meld musical imagination and worried-mind lyrics.

There's also the title track, which takes a cue from Parliament's concept pieces in employing Vincent Price to warn that nonfunky forces will "terrorize y'all's neighborhood." Thriller, of course, continues to battle with the Eagles' first greatest-hits package for the title of biggest-selling U.S. long-player ever. Bonus material on this edition includes "Someone in the Dark," from Jackson's E.T. children's album, and a Quincy Jones interview in which the producer cites "My Sharona" as the inspiration for "Beat It"--and, even better, the real-life Billie Jean's claim that Michael was "the father of one of her twins." --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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  • Original recording remastered
  • Special Edition
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5-0 out of 5 stars Best Album Of All Time
Regardless of your own personal taste in music, this album has a little bit for everyone. Spanning the waters with songs for "Billie Jean" to "Beat It" this album isn't just great for the hits. Songs like "Baby Be Mine", "P.Y.T.", and "Human Nature" are also equally amazing. The special edition has some cool features like interviews and unrealeased songs ("Carousel" is great!) but its best feature is the very rough home demo of "Billie Jean". If you only by one album, this is it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Music Please!
To the reviewers who write about this album...but insist on talking about Jackson's so called strange persona...STOP! Michael Jackson is not strange...but innocent!

Anyways...this album is a masterpiece! 63x platinum...need I say more?

5-0 out of 5 stars IT SHOULD BE A SIN IF YOU DON'T OWN THIS!
What can one say about the Thriller album? I mean, it IS the biggest selling album in the world!! Thriller offers something for everyone. There is a little pop(example:Thriller), R&B(the lady in my life), and even rock(Beat It). How can I not mention the classic Billie Jean?! This album is definitely a true masterpiece and proves that good music cannot be replaced, remade, and never go out of style. Basically, I am saying that if you don't already own this album, GO OUT AND BUY IT RIGHT NOW!!!



ALSO----MICHAEL IS INNOCENT! I LOVE YOU MICHAEL! ... Read more

Asin: B00005QGAZ
Subjects:  1. Club/Dance    2. Dance-Pop    3. Funk    4. Pop    5. Pop/Rock    6. R&B    7. Rock    8. United States of America    9. Urban   


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Motley Crue - Greatest Hits
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (04 March, 2003)
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Through lead-singer strife and domestic blisters, the Crüe have endured. Greatest Hits is a breather for the group and provides an opportunity to look back at the construction and destruction of this much-maligned multimillion-record-selling ensemble. Sure, much of what's here overlaps with Decade of Decadence, but we do get three tunes from Generation Swine ("Glitter" receives a tender remix) and an eight-panel foldout booklet with essays from each of the rug rats. Most important, two new tracks--"Bitter Pill" and "Enslaved"--feature golden-boy knob twiddler Bob Rock, who oversees two no-nonsense, no-electronics blasts through the candy-metal past. The future looks glam, indeed. --Martin Popoff ... Read more

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Reviews (32)

4-0 out of 5 stars Not the best Crue compilation available,but pretty good
Motley Crue's "Greatest Hits" compilation,while it is not the best compilation available by the group,is pretty good.It covers all of The Crue's career from 1982(the year their debut album,"Too Fast For Love",came out)to 1997,which was about a year or two since Vince Neil had returned to the group and John Corabi,who had been hired as Neil's replacement lead singer,had left the group and would eventually go on to form Union,a late 90's rcok group with Bruce Kulick,who was one of KISS' replacement lead guitarists. Like I already said,this compilation is pretty good,the only songs it doesn't have that it shouldn't are "Live Wire"and "Piece Of Your Action" off of "Too Fast For Love",but several of the band's classics,such as "Girls,Girls,Girls","Dr. Feelgood","Looks That Kill","Kickstart My Heart","Home Sweet Home",etc. are here,plus two tracks that had been previously recorded for this album:"Bitter Pill" and "Enslaved",as well as a remix of the ballad "Glitter" off of "Generation Swine"(their reunion album with Vince Neil)and the alternate version of "Shout At The Devil"that also appeared on "Generation Swine":"Shout At The Devil '97". Overall,a decent compilation,if You're already a die hard Motley Crue fan who owns all of the albums plus their new two disc greatest hits set "Red,White,and Crue" then unless you need everything under the Motley Crue logo,then you probably don't need this album. But if You're new to Motley Crue and You're on a budget(I don't know how much it costs on Amazon,but when I bought the "Red,White,and Crue"album that I just mentioned at Target,it cost me $19.98)then this CD should serve you as a decent purchase before(or if)you decide to buy the rest of their albums(which is my recommendation,but it's your money and your decision and not mine).

4-0 out of 5 stars Long live the Crue
I just picked this CD up about a month or two ago and still find myself listening to it at home, walking to school, in my car, and anywhere else i go.At first I couldn't decide if I wanted Girls, Girls, Girls, or Dr. Feelgood album, but then I saw this one and it had all the songs I wanted.The only thing I don't like about it is Shout At the Devil '97.You can barely hear the vocals, the music is crappy, and it is just a really poor song.Anywho, if you like the Crue, 80's metal, this is the album for you.

2-0 out of 5 stars The Most Overated Hair Band
"Home Sweet Home" and "Don't Go Away Mad" are brilliant pieces that prove that Motley Crue had/has talent.Additionally they are light years ahead of all the other hair bands that littered the airwaves in the 80's however none of their records warrant(sic) a 5 star rating. They did improve when they shed the stupid makeup and machismo posturing and got clean but still the bulk of what they've done is basically simplistic diatribe about strippers/satan/girls with big hair and loads of other crap.Tommy Lee's last solo album showed promise if only Motley Crue as a group could do the same. ... Read more

Asin: B00008J2GI
Subjects:  1. Album Rock    2. Hair Metal    3. Hard Rock    4. Heavy Metal    5. Pop    6. Pop-Metal    7. Rock   


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