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The Joshua Tree
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (15 June, 1990)
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Having nearly exhausted their capacity for pop-song politics on War and The Unforgettable Fire, U2 turned toward themes of personal identity and complex relationships on The Joshua Tree. Not that the group was willing to come down off the barricades entirely: "Mothers of the Disappeared" and "Bullet the Blue Sky" turned a jaundiced eye toward Central America and the United States' role there. But the predominant mood here is one of self-discovery and the hunger for something more on tracks like the pulsating "Where the Streets Have No Name" and the gospel-ish "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For." The album's masterstroke, however, is "With or Without You," a nasty love song dressed up as an ode of devotion and care. It ranks with the Police's "Every Breath You Take" as the most misread smash hit of the '80s. --Daniel Durchholz ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars You can't go wrong with this one.
Simply put, this is one of the best rock LP's of all time.It's songs are both brilliant and timeless.Bono hits his peak with lyrics while The Edge really starts to show his diversity.This recording is one of the reasons why U2 is still alive and kicking today.Great works like this only come along once in a while.For even the casual U2 fan this is a no brainer.I like to call this U2's "Revolver".It's where the early U2 sound starts to evolve from the same old thing....and for a real treat check out U2's "Sgt Pepper" "Actung Baby".

1-0 out of 5 stars U2's second best album!
This is full of sh** and garbage! Why make this kind of bad music? Led Zeppelin is great, this band is just full of sh**! Just like Radiohead!

5-0 out of 5 stars U2's best work
This band isn't overrated, it isn't boring, and so what if its mainstream. It seemes that having a good rock cd means you have to be extremely alternative or today's standards, have a bunch of screaming wannabe- anarchist. A lot of Rock people don't like this album because like their other albums they sing with meaning, which new music seems to lack.
If you listen to this cd you will know that there are other songs besides the first three tracks (yet the first three are the best). There is Bullet The Blue Sky which is a cool, loud but medium-paced song. It talks about America, but it is kind of hard to tell if they're hazing us, praisin g us, or both. I like the part where Bono starts talking about a guy slapping twenty dollar bills down.
In God's Country is also a very good song.Not as flashy as the first, phenominal tracks, it is worth listening.Also, One Tree Hill is yet another good song. These songs play like poetrybecause Bono's Lyrics writing was at its best here.A reason for U2's success during the 80's was that they were skilled at making such inspirational lyrics.
The Mothers of The Dissapeared is a great ending song with an obvious political message.
[The First Three tracks- Where The Streets Have No Name, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, and With or Without You were not mentioned earlier because Iwant people to know there are more songs]WTSHNN is a wonderful opening track with a symphony backing U2 up. The other two songs are love songs (no, notextremely slow acostic guitar songs).
If you have an open-mind buy this cd. If you like punk rock don't bother. If you like Jimi, maybe, U2 used him playing the star spangled banner in Rattle and Hum. He is also another one of my favorite.If you think U2's quality is that of Britney Spears, then that's just weird. ... Read more

Asin: B000001FS3
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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Hysteria
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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Probably Def Leppard's best album, and certainly their most successful, Hysteria pretty much sums up 80s hard rock: catchy, tuneful, and fun. It's also one of the few albums from the period that doesn't sound dated now, and singles like "Pour Some Sugar On Me", "Armageddon It", and "Rocket" remain staples of rock radio. The rest of the album is equally entertaining; "Animal" and "Hysteria", while mid-tempo, have the same slick intensity, and "Love Bites" is one of the few pop-metal ballads that doesn't sound saccharine over a decade after its release. Def Leppard may be remembered more for their hair than their music these days, but that's more due to changing tastes than anything else. It's still good. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

Reviews (185)

5-0 out of 5 stars Re-issue?
When will the record company EVER re-issue this album?A remastered 2CD set would be nice.All the B-sides on disc 2....NOT the Retro-active versions either! The real raw original recordings...my fave "Tear it Down" (remastered of course!). Not to mention a few unreleased bonus tracks...hmmm....how about some real old stuff? I can hear the original version of "Ride Into The Sun" buzzing in my head now....A head banger can dream can't he?

5-0 out of 5 stars Whatabout the price?
Are you nuts?. US$ 214????. This is the best band that I had ever heard but US$ 214.....I can buy all their cd collection for that money....finally, the normal edition sounds the same!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Transcendent Masterpiece
Every once in a while an album transcends it's own genre to become part of the mainstream.It's even more rare when the genre is hard rock.AC/DC's Back in Black did it.And, with this cd, DL did the same.There are several songs on here that make even the most conservative music lover reach for the volume knob to "crank it" when the first snippets of the song reach their ears.It is simply perfection in its production, musicianship and songwriting.This one should be part of everyone's collection for those moments when you want to play drums on your steering wheel in 5 o'clock rush hour traffic. ... Read more

Asin: B000001FKY
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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Appetite for Destruction
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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A glimpse of the future, and not because of its huge influence and umpteen million sales. The poor-little-rich-boy protest "Out ta Get Me" intimates that Axl Rose's egotism and martyr complex were soon to grow bigger than his head; still, Appetite's night-train wreck of punk and metal sounds and sensibilities make it more than just an emblem of its time. Whether GN'R are dancing with Mr. Brownstone, penning a callow kiss-off letter to some chick named Michelle, or passing out on somebody else's sofa, this was and remains a savage journey to the heart of the American--or at least the Hollywood--dream. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Best By Guns N' Roses
In my opinion, this is maybe the best GNR cd since the compilation came out in 2004! Other albums by GNR are terrible except for Use Your Illusion 2. I love Use Your Illusion I for
my favorite song of all time, November Rain. There are a few weak songs on this CD. The weakest songs on this would be My Michelle, You're Crazy, and Anything Goes. Maybe it is a must have for any rock fan!

Welcome to the Jungle - I think this is the greatest album opener
in years of rock and roll! One of GNR's big classic radio rock
songs.

It's So Easy - Kinda cool song for most GNR fans. I aint a huge
fan to this song but that's ok.

Nightrain - I don't like this as much! The lyrics are very boring and the end is mostly the worst. But I love the opening.

Out ta Get Me - This maybe one of the worst songs GNR ever wrote.

Mr. Brownstone - I love this song! This song has some great
riffs and great vocals done! One of my favorite songs on this
album.

Paradise City - A gnr classic! I love this song! It is one of my
favorites.

My Michelle - Ouch! Ugly, mean, dull, and sort of Back in Black
sort of album. If Brian Johnson were here, I would kill him! I hate this ugly dull mean song! Don't ever listen to it!

Think About You - Don't nesserely like this song that much.

Sweet Child O' Mine - I love this song soo much! It is a very great love song! This is my favorite song on this album. Axl
has great vocals in this song. Give it a five star rating.

You're Crazy - Kinda mean! The worst GNR song of all time.

Anything Goes - A dumb song! I don't like it.

Rocket Queen - I think this song maybe sort of a Don't Cry sort
of song with a sad melody at the end. Skip it after 4 minutes.

I think buy this album for Sweet Child O' Mine the most!

Sincerely from Telegraph Road.

5-0 out of 5 stars My review for .... Appetite For Destruction
Ok. I noticed that my other reviews are sorta short, so I was gonna make this one a lil more longer.This album is great.Every song is good.I mean every song.I will go more in depth later.Here are my reviews for the songs.

Welcome To The Jungle--- this song is probably the best opener for an album in metal history. Its Guns N Roses first album and they express how they live and what they are encountering.L.A. is in fact a jungle.This was even more so in the 80s.

It's So Easy--- This song is so cool.The bass lines are Duffs at his best.It has nice lyrics[ first song in which they say f*** ] which is good in every metal album.It is not a metal album unless it has f*** in it!

Nightrain--- This is by far the best song to open up a concert with.They did this on Use Your Illusion Tokyo World Tour.You can buy these two videos on Amazon.com and your local video store.They should have it.This song is great to wake up to.I dont like waking up at all so you would imagine.This is axl at his best.He screams with harmony.No screechs like me.

Out Ta Get me--- ok. People dont like this song.Just look at other Amazon reviews.I dont see how.This is a song to kick someones ass to.The guitars are great.It has one of the best openers in GN'R history.Its so simple, but so cool.Its to get you fired up.The drums are cool.Axl's voice seems to be sorta "out of it" in this one.

Mr. Brownstone--- This song is awesome too.The drums are cool in this one.It has way-over-the-top lyrics.

Paradise City--- ahhh.... everyone's favorite.This song is by far the best 2nd best... #1 being Nightrain.The few songs that I listed are enought to buy it.The drums are cool.The guitars are top of the game.

My Michelle--- very catchy tune.Not much to say about it.. its an awesome filler.

Think About You--- I DONT SEE HOW ANYONE COULD NOT LIKE THIS SONG!People are saying in other views that this song sucks.This is better this Mr. Brownstone and everyone likes Mr. Brownstone.The lyrics are average.The music is great.

Sweet Child O' Mine--- This song is so awesome.Everyone that likes music likes this one.Its top of its game.

You're Crazy--- This one is another one that people dont like.I still dont know why not.Awesome tune.

Anything Goes Tonight--- This one is another one.I like every single track on this record.Best metal record of the last 80s.

Rocket Queen--- This song is f***n' awesome.Yes. I cursed in this one.Anyone who doesn't like this is mental.Great way to finish an album.

Overall, I would give this album 9.99 out of 10.I say that and not give it 10 because the cover sucks. lol.


5-0 out of 5 stars a superb heavy rock album
this is the one gnr album to buy if you had to choose one.this fantastic album contains terrific songs like welcome to the jungle,paradise city and sweet child of mine.hugely recommended. ... Read more

Asin: B000000OQF
Subjects:  1. Album Rock    2. Hard Rock    3. Heavy Metal    4. Pop    5. Rock    6. United States of America   


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Permanent Vacation
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (20 November, 2001)
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While Done with Mirrors marked the beginning of Aerosmith's remarkable career comeback (and a gratifying return to rollicking '70s form), this is the album that both reclaimed their widespread fame and made even longtime cynics take notice. Fresh from rehab, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry lead the band through a strong collection that rivals such previous high points as Toys in the Attic and Rocks, though in a much more pop-oriented vein. That's largely the province of producer Bruce Fairbairn and hired-gun songwriters Desmond Child and Jim Vallance (hired upon Mirrors' commercial disappointment). But on this record, those outside influences are still largely invisible, even if Fairbairn's production sheen now seems '80s generic. Fueled by the playful staples "Rag Doll" and "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)," and seasoned with the Delta blues fetish of "Hangman Jury" and, of course, a patented Big Power Ballad ("Angel"), it's an album that's become all but ubiquitous. Thankfully, the band's own gritty sensibility still informs tracks like "St. John" and "Girl Keeps Coming Apart," as well as a rambunctiously reverent take on the classic Beatles B-side, "I'm Down." --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars DUDE LOOK LIKE A LADY
I love Dude (Looks Like a Lady) because it makes you laugh and it
makes you want to play it over and over again. I'll give this CD
5 stars because of that song. Angel is the worst songs Aerosmith ever recorded. Who cares about Ragdoll? Just buy this album just for Dude (Looks Like a Lady).

4-0 out of 5 stars The classic album that marked their return to the spotlight
Permanent Vacation (1987.) Aerosmith's ninth album.

After Aerosmith broke up circa 1980, they reunited about two years later, only to find that they were no longer desired by the public. Their first two albums following the reunion, 1982's Rock In A Hard Place and 1985's Done With Mirrors, while good albums, achieved very little popularity. Fortunately, Aerosmith was long overdue for their return to the spotlight, and with the release of their 1987 album, Permanent Vacation, their popularity almost instantaneously was restored - and they've been popular again ever sense! Read on for my review of Permanent Vacation.

It is appropriate that this album restored the band's fame, because it is an excellent recording. The record is certainly an improvement over Done With Mirrors. Here the band discovers a new sound that fuses elements of pop rock and hard rock, and in many ways, it's the sound they've been using ever since. Rag Doll, Dude (Looks Like A Lady), and Angel have since become known as Aerosmith classics. The band even covers another Beatles tune, I'm Down. You get plenty of pop rockers, hard rockers, and some tracks that fall somewhere in between. Many songs feature outside songwriters, which improves the band's diversity. There really isn't a whole lot more I can say about this album. It restored the band's popularity and is a great album, however I still prefer the band's classic seventies material over it. That's not to say it's bad stuff, though - it's some of the finest rock of the eighties.

Aerosmith's catalogue got remastered and rereleased, but the remasters series is one of those lame ones that doesn't really add anything. You don't get any bonus tracks, twofer albums, or even any expanded liner notes or new/rare photos. This is a geniune example of now NOT to reissue albums.

In the end, I am very satisfied with this album. They say the third time is the charm, and in the Aerosmith reunion, that couldn't have been more true. This, their third post-reunion album, re-immortalized the group. Even to this day, many songs from this album get heavy rotation of classic rock radio stations. If you're a fan of the band, Permanent Vacation is well worth adding to your collection.

5-0 out of 5 stars THIS ALBUMS GREAT CAUSE OF DUDE LOOK LIKE A LADY
I LOVE TO GET THIS ALBUM, THIS ALBUM HAS MY FAVORITE SONG, DUDE
(LOOKS LIKE A LADY). IT'S SO FUNNY AND MAKES ME WANNA LISTEN TO
IT OVER N OVER N OVER AGAIN. STEVEN TYLER MAKES ME LAUGH IN THAT
TRACK. THIS MAY BE MY FAVORITE AEROSMITH ALBUM NEXT TO TOYS IN
THE ATTIC AND GET YOUR WINGS. ... Read more

Asin: B00005QEO0
Subjects:  1. Album Rock    2. Arena Rock    3. Hair Metal    4. Hard Rock    5. Heavy Metal    6. Pop    7. Pop-Metal    8. Pop/Rock    9. Rock   


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Lonesome Jubilee
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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The Lonesome Jubilee continued Scarecrow's stylistic and thematic examination of the rustic and rural. While it's not quite the knockout its predecessor was, the album does find Mellencamp and band in an undeniable groove. It's also hard to dispute the details of vignettes such as "Cherry Bomb" or treatises like "Paper in Fire." --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars One Of John Mellencamp's Best
THE LONESOME JUBILEE is one of John Mellencamp's best albums ever. The songs basically warn us not to be too sure of our luck and to appreciate, and hang on to, what we have. These messages have now inspired me to look at pictures of pretty actresses to remind myself not to overindulge or associate with people whose negative attitudes might get me down and cause me to become more withdrawn. On the whole, THE LONESOME JUBILEE is an album of rootsy folk-rock and multilayered lyrical messages.

5-0 out of 5 stars Some of the Best Songwriting of the 80'
I love this album for three songs...Paper in Fire, Check it Out, and Cherry Bomb.The rest of the album could be Mellencamp singing about bug spray with a bouzouki accompaniment and I wouldn't care.These three songs are some of his best ever.The best way to listen to Lonesome Jubilee is with the headphones on and WAY UP.Cherry Bomb is one of the most melodic, well played, touching songs in rock and roll.The bridge with the WEIRD and WONDERFUL accordion break is absolutely amazing, and still makes my spine tingle after hearing it over and over for the last eighteen years or so.

While the entire album is not up to Scarecrow's standard, these three songs blow away anything on Scarecrow (well, maybe not Minutes to Memories).It makes me sick that there is nothing like this on radio anymore.I remember hearing these songs on the top 40 in high school.I can't imagine a young person from today looking back in 20 years and fondly remembering the garbage they are listening to now.

I do, and this is the music I remember.

4-0 out of 5 stars Still sounds Great!
Produced in 1987,this is probably John Mellancamp's finest moment.Loved it @ the time & most of the songs still cut it.
Down & out is James Brown with a Squeeze Box,Rooty Toot Toot is
Great ol' Rock'n'Roll,We are the people Rocks - Borrowing From
Springsteen, But Cherry Bomb is one of my all-Time Favourite
Tunes - all artists. A Feel-Good sing-a-Long anthem.
Superb. ... Read more

Asin: B000001FMJ
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


Among the Living
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (15 June, 1990)
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If Metallica and Slayer invented speed metal, Anthrax brought it to the East Coast and imbued it with the attitude and excitement of New York hardcore. Among the Living is, without a doubt, their finest hour--a roaring, adrenaline-pumped collection of flailing beats, precise, razor-edged riffs and shout-along refrains. Unlike most full-throttle metal vocalists of the era, Joey Belladonna chose to sing as well as shout, giving songs like "Among the Living," "Indians" and "Efilnikcufecin" ("nice fuckin' life" spelled backwards) a decided melodic edge. Yet Scott Ian and Dan Spitz's buzzsaw guitar flurries, and Charlie Benante's insistent drumming, prevented the songs from ever degenerating into the run-of-the-mill heavy metal they so despised. --Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A band before it's time, yet still great in their time!
I always liked Anthrax.I think it is because they have great driving riffs, a good beat..and much "crescendo" in their songs.

Among The Living is perfect, from the cover art to the songs and the messages they deliver.Many people would look at the title of this band and say "sounds like thrash metal..I don't like thrash metal".Well it may have some thrash but it is not SPEED metal so you can understand the words tap your foot to it...so to speak.It's very driving music, and If you have never listened to this band, why not go out there and give some of their songs a chance, you will not regret it!

PS--a band that tried to somwhat copy this bands style would be limp bizkit.Don't let that deter you, like I said.."they tried" to "copy" it.Anthrax and early Faith No More pioneered the rap/rock sound. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

1. Among the Living
2. Caught in a Mosh
3. I Am the LawListen
4. Efilnikufesin (N.F.L.)
5. Skeleton in the Closet
6. IndiansListen Listen
7. One WorldListen Listen
8. A.D.I./Horror of It All
9. Imitation of Life

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Ever
This made me an Anthrax fan, twenty-whatever years ago or so. Heard it thousands of times over the years. It should be in the library of any Neo-metal fan today.

That is all. Just get it. Classic Anthrax at their best. I say its their best because I came in after Spreading The Disease, so ATL has special signifigance for me.

5-0 out of 5 stars Randall Flagg tips his hat to you
Anthrax unleased this monster of a album on the unsuspecting public in 1987. Many fans would probably agree that this is by far the absolute peak of Anthrax's creative and musical genius. I myself would agree, since i have worn-out at least 4 copys of this album from repeated listenings. This was were Anthrax found themselves after a generic "Spreading The Dieses",unfortuanatly "State Of Euphoria" wasn't so good.

The first thing is that this album has the coolest cover art ever(that is if you are a Stephen King fan like i am), a illustration of Randall Flagg in the middle of a crowd of faceless people, just smiling.If you have ever read The Stand by Stephen King, you will know that he is one of the most evil characters in modern fictional literature. That was one of the things i have always liked about the guys in Anthrax, while their contemporarys were writing about gruesome subjects (like Slayer and Megadeth namely), these guys wrote songs about pop-culture, movies/books/people that they liked and some things that they hated. This album has all of that and more, some of the most clever song subjects and lyrics call this album home, and it is all put to the best thrash(w/ a dash of hardcore)you will hear in your life. The album kicks of with the title track which lyrically is inspired by The Stand from Stephen King, going from a haunting crawl to an all out thrash fest. CAUGHT IN A MOSH is one of thier most famous songs, it argueabley invented the term "mosh" and moshpits. I AM THE LAW is one of my all time favorites! they decided that they needed to write a song about the exploits of the bands favorite comic book character, DUDGE DREDD. I gotta tell you that Dredd is one of my all time favorite characters, and this song makes me estatic. N.F.L.(EFILNEKUFESIN) was venting anger over the death of comedian legend John Belushi. SKELETON IN THE CLOSET is another Stepen King song, based on his novella Apt Pupil. INDIANS is the first song where the band tried to tackel a world issue, in this case, the treatment of Native Americans by the U.S. goverment. This is IMHO the best song Anthrax ever wrote, just listen to the chorus and the power of Joe Bellodonna's voice on this, add to that, that Joe is of Native American decent and it only adds to the songs genuiness. ONE WORLD is another serious song, although it's lyricaly a bit dated. It was an attack on Ronald Reagan and his policies, but one could easily apply this to the idiot in the oval office right now. After all of the awesome songs on this album which almost plays out like a greatest hits, the only complaint i have (a minor one at that) is that it ends on a rather bland note. A.D.I./HORROR OF IT ALL is 7 minutes of pure filler, i listen to that hypnotic acoutic intro, then skip it. IMATATION OF LIFE had potential but let me down. Even though the last two tracks are duds, that does not diminish the power of AMOUNG THE LIVING in the least bit. This is simpley one of the greatest things i have listened to in my life. When people name greatest thrash albums of all time, some will say "Reign in Blood", others "Peace Sells", most say "Master of Puppets" and a minority will say "Bonded by Blood", but i always think AMOUNG THE LIVING when the mention of the gendre comes up, to me, this is the essential thrash album. All of the songs are fist pumping, with angry shout-outs to boot, its got that essence of hardcore in it as well, mainly because of Charlie Benante's drumming and the backing vocals.I was disapointed with the follow up STATE OF EUPHORIA, which sounded like a watered down version of ATL, and don't even get me started on that clown John Bush. The thing is that i think that all of their other albums are just average to this, it has kind of spoiled me to the rest of Anthrax's music, oh well!

Get this if you know whats good for you! I brought this over to my freind Tony's place, and he S H I Ta brick when he heard it. This was much differant from his standard rotaion stack of Pantera,Whitezombie/Rob zombie,Static X and Manson. I tell you that fans were born that day!



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Asin: B000001FTD
Subjects:  1. Heavy Metal    2. Pop    3. Rock    4. Speed Metal    5. Thrash   


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Robbie Robertson
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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Lightning does strike twice. Robbie Robertson's breathtaking 1987 solo debut was every bit as remarkable as another debut he'd masterminded two decades before, The Band's Music from Big Pink. Even more impressive was the fact that Robertson's new sound owed so little, other than a shared vision, to the sonic Americana he'd created with The Band. Robertson cashed in The Band's rustic tones in for a lush, beat-box womb created by coproducer Daniel Lanois. His own weird, almost spectral voice, also turned out to be the right vehicle for the words he'd been handing to others for so long. Bono, The BoDeans, and Peter Gabriel join in on keepers like "Fallen Angel" and "Broken Arrow." --Michael Ruby ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Broken Arrow
How often has it been said of 'The Band' that its glory days were in the late 60s and the subsequent attempts for its individual members to pursue their music have been neither convincing or sustained. Robertson, whose song writing and guitar coloring were prodigal at Big Pink eventually launched his solo career with this work. Inevitably you'd find yourself looking for that bridge from say,'Arcadian Driftwood',or 'It Makes No Difference' from 'Islands' to this work. A rope bridge is all that's offered, and I've not made the crossing to this or any subsequent outings. It's Hollywood all the way, big production sound, impeccable gloss, with heavies, Peter Gabriel and Daniel Lanois to pump the ambience, Sammy Bo Dean, Garth Hudson, and Bono to boot in occasionally. Though some distance from the transporting powers of,'Islands'few highlights, I'm moved by the grief of,'Fallen Angels'. And I'm seduced by the atmosphere of,'Somewhere Down the Crazy River'in large part due to Sammy Bo Dean's alluring choral work. The real problem here is the leaden literality of the songs. Robertson's voice is more than passable, and brilliantly nuanced by Bono's and Bo Deans'. But his writing muse has deserted him, no matter the company he keeps or how determinedly sincere his search for his 'cross-breed' roots. For those thrummings I'll turn to Link Wray.

5-0 out of 5 stars Supernatural aphrodisiac
Vaporous passion. Robbie Robertson created ghostly beauty with this one. His album makes me horny just listening to it. I find the crazy river song perfect for a naked night of lust in the hottub with a glass of wine. Truly remarkable Robbie. He is so handsome to look at too. Gives me butterflies in the tummy,,music. Reminds me of having sex under water in the deep blue ocean with my soul mate.

3-0 out of 5 stars Robbie's first solo recording...
Robertson has done a complete sonic shift in the case of his solo
work, and as a Band fanatic I can only say that the sound is not
what one would expect. That is a good thing, especially for a
talented artist who likes to reinvent himself, but sometimes there are shortcomings. Robbie wrote a song called "The Rumor",
which was recorded by The Band, and that is a runner up for the
best song ever written PERIOD. So while I can't deny that Robbie
is one of the greatest songwriters ever, and that he is my
favorite rock songwriter, this album presents a totally different picture in modernistic terms. Lyrically, he has done it again, by creating smart and impassioned tales that have meaning and character, plot and power. However, his voice can only hold up for so long, and none of these compostions can hold a candle to the work done by The Band. I like this album, and believe it is one of the best of modern times, but if one compares it to Robbie's past work and guitar playing, they are going to be in for a shock. "Testimony" is my favorite song; that one will get your blood pumping again (and if he would have sang like that on all of the songs, I doubt you would have heard any complaints about his poppy voice). Still, it's highly recommended before you purchase any other artists' work. ... Read more

Asin: B000000OQL
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Bad Animals
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars 2ND BEST EVER
If there is a song that represents the music of my life it would be "Who Will You Run To"(WWYRT) from Heart's Bad Animals recording.

This was the second best recording I bought in the 1980s(Heart 1985 being the first) and within the top 5 of the best recordings I have ever bought. The high-powered, shotgun-blast effect of WWYRT was Heart's apex in making high-powered rock & glam songs.

Ann Wilson was at her best musically and professionally with Bad Animals.

At her 1987 stage show she carried herself as someone who had accomplished great things and she sounded the best ever, but she didn't break down into frenzied dances like she did at the 1985 show. In my view, she didn't do the dances at the 1987 show because she already proved what an incredible stage performer she was. Just as in her WWYRT video, she performed andsang mega-cool.

Just as a 1960's young adult might have been impressed by the Beatles and thought of a "Hard Day's Night" as being the song that represented all that was great during the 1960s, "Who Will You Run To" representedthe best of the 1980s to me. Being a younger adult at the time, WWYRT also represented a high-powered, energized, exuberant & happy state of mind and style of carrying oneself.

WWYRT sounded so great it made me feel cool thatthe song I loved was also a big radio hit. To me it also represented an accomplished & mega-cool way of projecting oneself.

That powerful feeling & energized way of carrying myself is gone, but the greatness of hearing Ann Wilson singing "Who Will You Run To" is still there. It's timeless.

The song "Bad Animals" shows off Ann Wilson'shigh-volume, exquisite voice, but the song is too slow-paced instead of being a fast-paced rocker like it should have been.

All the songs are good on this recording. When I initially bought Bad Animals the day the record store put it out for sale, I thought it was a little soft except for WWYRT, but nonetheless enjoyed all of it. "RSVP" is the best soft song. Now in 2005 I think some soft songs should have been replaced by WWYRT-styled songs.

Without a doubt the WWYRT video is the best music video EVER. Ann Wilson has that captivating, mesmerizing, high-powered, confident, yet mega-cool style & look in the video. She has captured my attention & held it for 1/5 of a century now. WWYRT was out 18 years ago, yet the song and video are still unmatched in their greatness.Ann Wilson is rock music's crowned queen and Bad Animals is one of her many jewels. High-powered rock & glam shows made her music royalty to be cherished forever.

Heart ruled female rock in 1987 yet they didn't get the media mention they deserved for their music & stage shows. Instead the media focused on untalented women churning out dance & pop-soul music.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but not one of Heart's best releases
Bad Animals (1987.) Heart's ninth album.

Although Heart faded into obscurity early in the eighties, by the middle of the decade the band had made a huge and unexpected comeback. With a drastic sound change, the band seemed ready to take on the pop-rock superstars of the day. Their 1985 self-titled comeback release proved that they still had what it takes in the music industry. Needless to say, the record company was pushing the band for a follow-up record. Fans were eager for one, too. And two years later, in 1987, the Bad Animals album was released. How does this one measure up? Read on for my review.

Bad Animals is a solid entry into the Heart catalogue, but it is not one of the group's stronger releases. The record company must have realized just how successful the power ballads on the 1985 album, because for the most part, that's what this album consists of. The thing I liked about the 1985 release is that it showed the band doing pretty much everything every band in the eighties was doing - hard rockers and power ballads alike. I was hoping for Bad Animals to be like that, too, but sadly it isn't. Bad Animals features power ballad overkill. This is obviously one of the group's most commercial efforts, trying drastically to appeal to the masses with their ballads. More likely than not, this was record company pressure that led the band to do this, so I don't blame the band. And all of this is besides the point of the music. Although I'm not too crazy that the band recorded an album of almost nothing but power ballads, the fact of the matter is that this are damn good power ballads. Heart knew how to make good ones! Among them is the classic Alone, which went onto become one of the group's biggest hit, and the minor hit Where Will You Run To. From start to finish there is nothing but excellent music here - the only thing it lacks is diversity. If you're a big-time Heart fan, get this album. Otherwise, don't bother.

Most of Heart's albums have only been released on CD once. This is a shame, since some of them got remastered and reissued with expanded liner notes and bonus tracks. Why can't this happen to ALL of their albums!? Most of them are long overdue for remastering and reissuing, due to the mass decline in their availability. If record company executives are reading this - REISSUE THESE ALBUMS!

Bad Animals is a good album, it's just not one of my favorite Heart releases. These are good songs, no question, but I'm sure fans of the group wanted more musical diversity. If you only get one eighties Heart albums, the 1985 self-titled release is a much better bet than this one. I don't suggest buying this one unless you're a die-hard fan, or unless you just want to get it for the hit singles. This one may take a little more time to grow on you than some of the other releases in the Heart catalogue, but when you do grow to love it, you'll agree that it's a very good album - for what it is.

5-0 out of 5 stars Heart: Bad Animals (1987)
1985 was the year that saw Heart as becoming bigger and better when they released their album, HEART in June of that same year. In 1987, Heart kept the music going when they released their tenth album, BAD ANIMALS. The album climbed all the way to the #2 position, but still was heavily favored by the real fans of Heart. I never get tired of this album.

WHO WILL YOU RUN TO
The second single from the album. This song is light rock fused with that of slight pop and it sounds amazing. This is another one Heart's greatest songs. And they make a rather good point: Who will you run to when your love falls down?

ALONE
The first single from the album. The album may have gone to the #2 spot, but this song had gone to the #1 spot, making it Heart's second #1 hit single. I still find this a great song to listen to. Ann's voice is amazingly powerful and beautiful.

THERE'S THE GIRL
The third single from the album. This is another song that I favor very much because it was written by Nancy Wilson and it was sung by Nancy Wilson. Seems as though that I love all the songs sung by Nancy.

I WANT YOU SO BAD
The fourth & final single from the album. When I first reviewed this album, I had stated that I never cared too much for this song. But you know what? I am re-writing this song's review, because I misjudged this completely. This song kicks a** so hard like you wouldn't believe.

WAIT FOR AN ANSWER
This is another great song, but I have also worn this out for myself.

BAD ANIMALS
The album's title track. Great song.

YOU AIN'T SO TOUGH
This one should have been a single. I don't know if others would have gone for it, but I certainly love it. The song is just amazing all the way around, with Heart's great harmonies that are given in the chorus.

STRANGERS OF THE HEART
This is, yet, another heart-felt power ballad that I cannot get enough of. Another song that should have been a single.

EASY TARGET
Not bad.

RSVP
Not bad.

I was really impressed with this album and it goes to show you that Heart was nowhere near finished with their career. This album also means that you don't stop buying Heart's music. Buy this album now and you won't regret it. ... Read more

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Sales Rank: 27756
Subjects:  1. Album Rock    2. Hard Rock    3. Pop    4. Pop/Rock    5. Rock   


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Tango in the Night
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Thanks to the long shadow cast by the group's blockbuster Rumours, this 1987 effort was inevitably regarded as something of a letdown. That's too bad, since it's an underrated set that contains plenty of inventively catchy tunes, with a quirky sonic edge that gives the songs added sonic and emotional depth. Lindsey Buckingham's eccentric, vaguely menacing "Big Love" is a standout, as is Christine McVie's brightly bittersweet "Little Lies," along with such dark-horse winners as "Seven Wonders," "Caroline," "Mystified," and Stevie Nicks's typically mystical "Welcome to the Room ... Sara." --Scott Schinder ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars This is the "classic" lineup's weakest effort
For my money, even though there have been some very good Mac albums before Nicks and Buckingham joined, the years between the "white album" (1975's Fleetwood Mac) and this one comprised their finest hours. On this CD, the magic is running out. There are fewer solid gems, more workmanlike average tunes, and a few outright clunkers.

The hits here are "Seven Wonders","Big Love", "Everywhere" and "Little Lies". Of the four, Stevie Nicks' "Seven Wonders" is the most lackluster. It's pleasant, but it doesn't really stick with you. Christine McVie's resignation to a phony love affair in "Little Lies" as well as the full blush of infatuation in "Everywhere" fare best. Lindsey's "Big Love" is surprisingly "commercial" for him, but it's also kind of bland.

Of the album tracks, Lindsey's "Family Man" is a catchy cut (seemingly a "we're all in the brotherhood of man" theme) with some nice flamenco styled guitar although a bit overlong. "Isn't it Midnight" probably SHOULD have been a hit. "You and I, Part II" has a calypso-ish melody and a similar theme to "Little Lies".

On the downside, Christine and Lindsey's "Mystified" is so lowkey, it's faceless. "Welcome to the Room,Sara" is too obtuse to connect with most listeners (apparently it's supposed to be about a stay in drug rehab) and "Caroline" and "Tango in the Night" just never fully grab me.

You'll want to have this if you're a Mac fan but you'll probably play it less than others. If you just like the radio singles, you're probably better off not buying this one and just getting "Greatest Hits".

5-0 out of 5 stars Yah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Muy Bien!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Woh I just discovered this

I love track 7 its like my favorite song know!!!!!!!!

Tell me sweet little lies...

I only love 2 songs on here but still...

3-0 out of 5 stars Less Experimental, but a Solid Effort.
Following 1982's release of "Mirage", the core members of Fleetwood Mac would take a hiatus.This would be a hiatus that would about five years in which during this time many of the members would explore solo efforts.One did not know what to expect when the band would reconvene for their fifth studio album with the current lineup. The two follow-up albums that followed the mega-album "Rumours" had failed to recapture the magic of that album. The first follow-up, "Tusk" was an experimental effort and didn't have the commercial success.The second album, "Mirage" still had some experimentation, but still didn't have the emotion (or commercial success) of "Rumours".While "Tango in the Night", still doesn't measure up to the emotions that surrounded "Rumours", it does provide a fresh perspective to the core members of the band. It would also be the last studio album for the core members of Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, John McVie, and Mick Fleetwood as Buckingham would depart the band to pursue his own solo career.

While "Mirage" did have its moments and continued to show an experimental side to Fleetwood Mac (i.e. Retro style songs, a Country-Western feel), one problem it had was that outside songwriters were brought in collaborate with the core members.For Mirage. although either Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, or Christine McVie had a songwriting credit, many of the songs were co-written with outsiders. While the use of outsiders may have contributed to some of the innovative experimentation, it did take away from the emotion. On "Tango", the use of collaborating with the outside songwriters is a lot less.Only three songs are collaborations:"Seven Wonders" (Stevie Nicks with Sandy Stewart), "Little Lies" (Christine McVie with Eddy Quintela) and "Family Man" (Lindsey Buckingham with Richard Dashut). Another point on "Mirage" was that Buckingham, Nicks, and McVie would do no songwriting between each other.The good news is on "Tango in the Night", there are collaborations with Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham ("Mystified", "Isn't It Midnight", and "You and I Part II"). Perhaps less of the use of outsiders is why "Tango in the Night" is a lot less experimental, but the good news is that the effort of "Tango in the Night" more fresh and a lot less forced than "Mirage".

On "Tango", I do think the Lindsey Buckingham tunes that feature Lindsey on lead vocals and have him as the primary songwriter are the weakest.It might seem like I'm picking on Lindsey on this album, but I think Lindsey's strength is in his guitar work and background vocals - not his lead vocals or songwriting. This is an album where Stevie Nicks really shines.

Here is a song by song review of this album:

"Big Love" is the opening track and a Lindsey Buckingham track in terms of songwriting and vocals. I'm not a big fan of this track and think its very overrated for a Fleetwood Mac tune.However, it was the first song released from "Tango" and helped solidfy Fleetwood Mac's comeback.I also don't like the background vocals.

"Seven Wonders" is probably the strongest track of the album.This is a Stevie Nicks track as she co-wrote the song and has lead vocals.Stevie draws a parallel between the Seven Wonders of the World and a relationship.Perhaps the person with the "intensity" she is referring to is Lindsey Buckingham?Usually a Stevie tune has great Lindsey Buckingham background vocals and although they are on this track - it's Christine's background vocals that shine.

"Everywhere" is a Christine McVie track in terms of songwriting and vocals.Good bass work by John McVie on this song.This is another solid song - Stevie and Lindsey do a great job on background vocals.

"Caroline" is a Lindsey Buckingham track in terms of songwriting and vocal.It's a weak track, but the intro does take you back to the "Tusk" days with some good Mick Fleetwood percussion.

"Tango in the Night" has a slight "Tango" music feel to it. It's another Lindsey track.It probably is the weakest song of the collection.Other than the "Tango" feel, it doesn't do much for me.

"Mystified" is a McVie/Buckingham track.Christine handles the lion's share of the vocals.Still not one of my favorite tracks - but it does have some nice harmonies.

"Little Lies" was probably one of the biggest hits off the album.Great melody and beat to this song.This is a complete effort by the band - from Christine's vocals and keyboards,to Lindsey's guitar work, Stevie's background harmonies, John McVie's bass, and Mick Fleetwood's drumming.

"Family Man" is another Lindsey song and it doesn't impress.

"Welcome to the Room...Sara" is a Stevie Nicks track.In this song, you hear the classic Lindsey Buckingham background vocals that Stevie almost always seems to be able to blend in.Great lyrics as well.

"Isn't' it Midnight" is another underrated track. It's a Christine track and has a very 80s beat to it.The song has a lot of intensity and some very good music to it.

"When I See You Again" is anothe Stevie Nicks track.It has a slower beat to it.Stevie has some powerful vocals to support the lyrics.Once again Stevie blends Lindsey's vocals in beautifully.

"You and I Part II" is another solid track - in some ways takes you back to the sound from "Rumours".This is a track where Lindsey does a good job on lead vocals.

The liner notes include all of the lyrics and songwriting credits.The production credits are also listed. Despite some of the shortcomings, I do think this is a pretty good effort by Fleetwood Mac and might be the second strongest of the five studio albums done by the core members from 1975 through 1987. This is an album that should keep both the Fleetwood Mac fan happy as well as the fan looking to build a Fleetwood Mac collection. ... Read more

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Document
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (27 January, 1998)
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Singer Michael Stipe finally confesses that even he doesn't know what he's trying to say--among the lines flying by are "tryin' to tell you something we don't know" and "there's something going on that's not quite right." But R.E.M.'s roar is at its sharpest, as Peter Buck's guitars twist up surf riffs and the Bill Berry-Mike Mills rhythm section captures the force of forebears Big Star and the Byrds. After half a decade of college-rock heroism, R.E.M. achieved its first hit album thanks to the rambling "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" and the gentle (but subtly barbed) "The One I Love." --Steve Knopper ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars The scourge of Scott Litt begins
At the time of its release, I welcomed the clean production that Scott Litt brought to R.E.M.'s 5th album. It was the first time in a while that the band didn't sound muddy.

"The One I Love" was the first single and made it further up the charts than any previous R.E.M. song. I love this song, play it with my band at every show, often first because it is impossible to forget the words.

This album contains some of Peter Buck's best guitar solos, which over REM's history have tended to be brief and infrequent. "The One I Love" solo is classic Buck, with a little bit of southwestern kick. On the infectious "Strange" Buck lets out his loopiest solo yet. It sounds like a couple guitars overdubbed, but I've seen Buck pull it off by himself incredibly in concert. "Lightnin Hopkins" is loopy riffs all the way through.

Unfortunately, R.E.M. became infatuated with Scott Litt's production and stuck with him for at least the next ten years worth of albums. Then the scourge of his input became apparent: he makes R.E.M. sound toothless, too radio-friendly.

"The One I Love" is a good song, but listen to any bootleg recording of it that predates Document (they played it on the Lifes Rich Pagent tour). This song used to be a manic explosion, but now it's kind of a plaintive cry. From then on, every time I'd see REM play an unreleased song in concert, I'd be sorely disappointed by the lackluster version that would make it to the record (Undertow, The Great Beyond, etc.). REM's association with Litt also coincided with them leaving behind most of the Southern flavor that made them distinctive. Litt also started substituting drum machines for Bill Berry, which may have contributed to Bill leaving the band. Enjoy this R.E.M. album, the last one before they were spoiled by Litt and a big WB record contract.

5-0 out of 5 stars Songs from my childhood.
It's hard for me to believe: I'm almost thirty now, and I wasn't even ten years old when this record came out. I remember hearing "It's the End of the World..." and "The One I Love" when I was in fourth and fifth grade, and being intrigued by the songs, but not knowing who the singers were. It wasn't until Green and "Stand" that I found out who R.E.M. was. And I've loved them ever since.

I listened to the whole album when I was nineteen, and I played it over and over again. This disc is a true masterpiece from beginning to end; all the songs form a cohesive whole, from "Finest Worksong" to "Welcome to the Occupation" to "Lightin' Hopkins."

These four men were some of the people who taught me how to listen to music. It was because of them that I went back and listened to the blues, to jazz, and to early rock and roll. No history of rock and roll or of American music would be complete without R.E.M.

5-0 out of 5 stars A minor correction
Just a minor correction to the review submitted by David Zasloff -- the song Strange, although it may have been recorded by Pylon, was actually a cover of a song by WIRE, a post-punk late 70's / early 80's british band. :-)

By the way, REM's Document is a great album. "King of Birds" is a beautifully done, often underrated song.

Standing on the shoulders of giants... ... Read more

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Nothing Like the Sun
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Sting's second and most conceptually dense solo album moved on from jazz to ideas picked up from Latin music. Even when he's not using Latin music's tricky polyrhythms, the melodies of the ballad "Be Still My Beating Heart" and the hit dance single "We'll Be Together" suggest he'd been listening to lots of salsa. If you can sting, you can cross-pollinate, too, and there are some other subtle hybrids here, notably the Gil Evans Orchestra's gliding arrangement of Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing" and the reggae-in-a-Cole Porter suit of "Englishman in New York." Of course, the former schoolteacher has some lyrical messages to deliver and the three songs that originally made up the second side of a double LP are a bitter meditation on Latin American politics and history. --Douglas Wolk ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The debut that shoulda been
This, the follow-up to "Dream Of The Blue Turtles" was Sting's REAL debut LP, or at least, where he finally arrived at true artistic brilliance.

His pop sensibilities are still present, here... check out 'Englishman In New York' and 'We'll Be Together' for evidence, but added to all this is a bit of picked guitar ("Fragile"), some jazzy polyrhythms ("They Dance Alone"), and a great cover of Jimi Hendrix' "Little Wing".

It's as essential an 80s document as Peter Gabriel's "So" album was, and still holds up, even nearly 20 years later.

3-0 out of 5 stars Sophomore jinx?
While I like this album in essence I feel that Sting was in a process of finding his own way on this collection of songs.No doubt that there are high points."They dance alone" is a wonderful, haunting gem;"Fragile" has shown itself to be a true classic;"We'll be together" is one very funky and fun cut; and "Rock Steady" is a great example of his great sense of humor and clever phrasing.Other than that, however, the songs sink into a jazzy mediocrity that doesn't age well at all.And the half-hearted cover of "Little Wing" should have been left for some future box set.It just doesn't measure up to even Derek and the Dominoes version.After this Sting evidently had a true epiphany and set out to create his most personal and creative album to date - The power-packed "Soul Cages."

5-0 out of 5 stars a masterpiece
One of the best crafted pop albums of the last 20 years - a true masterpiece. Sting is a genius. Track for track this is one amazing recording. ... Read more

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Alphabet City
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars ALPHABETICALLY YOURS
When looking back to those dazzling disco/techno pop days of the eighties, there are so many acts that had one or two songs that were really memorable.ABC, however, rises above this "one hit wonder" status, and none so as eloquently as in this "Alphabet City."
What has always worked for these debonair gents is their flair for esoterically correct vocals and their stunning string arrangements.And while many of their songs can be considered a little "glitzy" or "forced," the songs on this collection work because of their unique approach to their subject matters."When Smokey Sings" is a tribute to Smokey Robinson, and has some clever lyrics, and while it may be seen as a self-confident ode to themselves, I think it's more of a salute to a man whose influence in popular music cannot be underestimated.The synthesized instrumentals saluting "Minneapolis" and "Chicago" are filler fluff, but not bad in that respect.For me, the album's showcase is both the opening "Night You Murdered Love," and it's counterpart (The Whole Story).In this version, the female responds to the male's accusations.It's done in rap and it's so funny and appropriate; also shows that rap music can be done with orchestral backups and gives the singer much more support and is much more interesting than the garbled garbage that exists in rap today.
A clever, well produced and truly listenable musical experience.Hats off to Martin Fry and Mark White.

RECOMMENDED.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nothing can compare!
What is it about ABC? If you're familiar with their albums, you know what I mean... there's something about them that seems so wonderfully starry-eyed, from the twinkly styles that decorate their music to theirlove of filling both their lyrics and their album covers with references tobeautiful clouds, starry nights, stars (LOTS of those!) and lovelycityscapes at midnight. That's part of the reason I love them so, ofcourse. There's no denying that their work, as catchy and funky as it is,is part of the great "starry-eyed disco" tradition, if you knowwhat I mean, music created that seems to be dropped from the same edge ofheaven that gave us Saturday Night Fever's gorgeous Bee Gee tunes and TheElectric Light Orchestra--music which is not only dazzlingly fun to danceto but is also beathtakingly beautiful at the same time. And WOW, WHAT AVOICE that Martin Fry has (in elegance and range, it can top GeorgeMichael's)! The only thing that amazes me is how this album can be out ofprint in the USA when it had so many hits on it in this country--deservedlyso. "When Smokey Sings", their tribute to Smokey Robinson, stillshines on and the entire album continues from there in the same note. Amasterpiece--and be sure to also check out "How To Be AZillionaire" and "Abracadabra", if you can! CHEERS!

5-0 out of 5 stars Lexicon Of Love revisited
This fourth ABC album marked a return to the sound of their debut, and even though Beauty Stab and How To Be A Zillionaire were good albums, this blue-eyed soul is the type of music that suits Martin Fry and Mark Whitebest. The sales revealed that the public thought so as well. Big, lushproduction with layers of keyboards and string arrangements on funky rhythmtracks is the essence of this album, on which The Night You Murdered Love(a great Chic pastiche), funk/disco thumper Think Again, the rockingArk-Angel and the delicate ballad Bad Blood stand out, showcasing Fry'stypically quirky lyrics. I'm probably not the only person wishing that ABCwill one day return with more of this. Please. ... Read more

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Whitesnake
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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When Whitesnake broke into the spotlight with Slide It In (1984), a battalion of cynical critics predicted the band's success couldn't last, but Coverdale and company silenced all the naysayers with 1987's self-titled album, which rocketed to No. 2 on the Billboard album chart. The record was driven by the pumping rocker "Here I Go Again" and the tender power ballad "Is This Love,"but the band's mainstream appeal might have had as much to do with their unabashedly sexual videos as with their bubblegum metal. The clips, which seemed to splash across MTV every 20 minutes, starred Coverdale's girlfriend and B-movie actress Tawny Kitaen, and highlighted her busty, scantily clad body in various provocative poses. Volume and T&A--a metalhead's wet dream. --Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Don't be a victim
This is a great album by Whitesnake.

As I received my package from Amazon, I was looking forward to listening to the album. I ripped the plastic wrap off the album and opened it, ready to reach in, grab the CD, and throw it in the nearest CD player.

Then, to my shock and amazement, there was nothing in the jewel case. Nothing. Zip. Zilch. Nada.

Amazon's CD return policy is of course "items must be unopened and still in their plastic wrap."

I am out of luck and out of bucks.

I guess I should have bought a miniature scale beforehand, and weighed the unopened jewel case. I could have compared it to one that actually contains a compact disc. Then I would have known to not open it.

I think I'll send the CD-less CD to Geffen Records. Maybe they could use an extra jewel case now that the music industry is tanking.

Again. Great album. Bad service.

5-0 out of 5 stars A bluesy past brings on a more pop friendly,more metal album
WHITESNAKE - WHITESNAKE<br /> The year is 1987, hair metal is at the top, and Whitesnake releases their big break through album.Though this was the bands peak they have been making classic blues driven rock since the 1970's.1984's Slide It In suggested this is where the band was going with this album which brought on a more pop but a more metal sound.The tag team of David Coverdale and John Sykes on guitar is something out of this world.Though this is a very pop oriented album it is one of the greatest hard rock/heavy metal albums to ever be released.It kicks off with "Crying In The Rain" and rocks all the way through to "Don't Turn Away".Sandwiched in the middle of the album is the mega power ballad "Is This Love" which had a memorable video back in '87.When hearing the opening guitars by Syke's and Coverdale's howling on "Bad Boys" I get the chills every single time.This song is f---ing metal.Syke's shreds away and performs an amazing solo mid way through the song."Still of the Night" is a memorable tune with an astonishing guitar break down that knocks me off my feet every time I hear it.This album also produced what is Whitesnake's biggest hit "Here I Go Again" which is recognized as a hard rock anthem.The band's follow up Slip of the Tongue was very good but I still say that this is the definitive Whitesnake album.This album should be owned by anyone who considers themselves a hard rock/heavy metal fan.If you get the chance to see Whitesnake live anytime soon please do so.Reb Beach and Doug Aldrich are the two current guitarists and it is just unreal to witness it live.If you have any doubts about this band being metal they have a dvd on the way sometime in 2005, pick it up and afterwards you'll be picking your jaw off the ground. (5/5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Dynamic album!
I didn't get to hear the whole album until 1989, but I recall Whitesnake's impact in 1987 and 1988 with the mileage they had with it!Dynamic rock songs here, especially Still Of The Night and Here I Go Again.Bad Boys I also like with its attitude and fast pace! As I'm writing this, the song Is This Love might be playing on some stations.Adult contemporary pop stations still love this record a good 17 years later!It is a well crafted song with its reflective breaks that match with the song's lyrics and David Coverdale's longing for that woman.I like the guitar solo, of which they play it a lot more versus the single version.The other members such as John Sykes, Vivian Campbell and Adrian Vandenburg played an important part in this album!I still like Still of The Night, and its rocking sections and reflective section in the middle before rocking once again. It's kind of something Led Zeppelin would do if they had continued.This is a phenomenally done effort, one of the '80s best albums in terms of the big production and bombast!Coverdale matched romanticism and emotional sides with aggressive rock all in one album with his band! ... Read more

Asin: B000000OPZ
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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Once Bitten ...
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Once Bitten, twice addicted!!
When I first heard "Rock Me" back in 1987, I knew that Great White stood above the rest.I went out and bought "Once Bitten" and after hearing it, I promptly began buying every bit of GW music I could find. This album sets the standard for blues based rock. If you don't own this disc, drop what you are doing and buy it now!! Mark Kendall's guitar work is a perfect mix of Jimmi Hendrix, Jimmy Page and his own original style. And what can you say about Jack Russell's voice? He is the man! A great album from a great band!!

5-0 out of 5 stars This And HOOKED Are Great White's Best Albums
ONCE BITTEN is Great White's first great album. Most of the songs are first-rate, with "Rock Me" sounding like slightly modernized Led Zeppelin and "Never Change Heart" reminding the listener to always remember their roots. Many Outlaws fans wouldn't be caught dead with a Poison CD, but an Outlaws fan AND a Poison fan can both like Great White. If you get this one, HOOKED, and GREATEST HITS, you'll have the perfect Great White library.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great White Hamptons Gods
The best Great White mass marketed album. A "Tour de Force", start to finish.
From the unbelievable opening M.K. guitar riff to the closing: this is an inspired and unforgettable work.
Great White stands on their own material high above any record company expectations.
Mr. Russell, his voice, talent, and "desires", have outlasted them all. Comparisons do not apply.
Buy this album...Rock destination reached. ... Read more

Asin: B000002UD5
Sales Rank: 197868
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Back for the Attack
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Dokken's Fourth Album-Back for the Attack
This album will probably appeal the most to people who are more interested in George Lynch's guitar talents than the Dokken songs as a whole. George is a little more self-indulgent(I'm not saying that's a bad thing) with his guitar playing than on previous discs as the leads are lengthier, more flamboyant, and more frequent. This album also features Dokken's first full length instrumental which is great but some of the disc can drag at times. After this and a live album Don would break the band up. It is well known that Don and George did not get along much of the time and they just were together for the bands success at this point.

Kiss of Death: A fast-paced hard rocker with George contributing with really unique playing on the verse. Awesome soloing in the middle and at the end of the song. Don deserves props here also for his singing. 9/10

Prisoner: Super melodic mid-tempo rocker and George plays his guitar super clean. 8/10

Night by Night: This one is more of a George Lynch showcase with a long solo and lots of lead-breaks but the song itself is only average. 7/10

Standing in the Shadows: Upbeat rocker but there is not much else to say about it. 7.5/10

Heaven Sent: This song is way overrated and I don't know why it makes their compilation discs. More good work by George though: 6.5/10

Mr. Scary: The first full-length instrumental for Mr. Scary himself. He definately earned the nickname with this one because that is a scary good tone: 9/10

So many tears: This should have been a hit instead of Heaven Sent. One of their most melodic songs is great throughout. 9/10

Burning like a Flame: This was a minor hit for them but is a little too radio friendly for my tastes: 6.5/10

Lost behind the wall: This methodical rocker is alright but it just as easily could have been left off the disc(why not the song "back for the attack" instead) 6.5/10

Stop Fighting Love: This is a good soft-rocker that can really stick in your head: 8/10

Cry of the Gypsy: Another George dominated song. Let the fireworks begin: 7.5/10

Sleepless Night: A more classic sounding riff than Dokken usually achieves is featured here. George really wails to finish the song off. Most impressive. 8.5/10

Dream Warriors: An excellent way to finish the album with this song that most rock fans have probably heard. Don really hits the absolute high notes at the end: 9/10

Overall Score: 7.5/10 and thanks for reading

5-0 out of 5 stars Dokken at their finest hour!
This album has to be, by far, the best album in the Dokken catalog.From track 1 to track 13 this album rocks.It also includes one of the most rocking instrumentals of all time, Mr. Scary.I would advise any old school rocker who was into Dokken or guitar based rock in general to pick this up.If you are a guitarist this is a must for your collection.Pick it up now.Back for the Attack will only make you smile in remembrance of the good ol' days of pop-metal.

4-0 out of 5 stars Another good CD that was not acknowledged by "Best Of"
The so called Very Best of Dokken is alright but it misses a couple of great songs, one of which is on this CD.The two that I'm thinking of are "Unchain the Night" from Under Lock and Key and on this one, "Kiss of Death".Kiss of Death is likely Dokken's finest moment.Unfortunately, there is no remaster of this CD currently available other than the Japanese one, which costs a mint.Still, the sound quality of this CD is pretty good.There are several really good songs on this CD:Kiss of Death, Prisoner, So Many Ways to Say Goodbye, Night by Night, Dream Warriors, and one or two more.The only two really awesome songs are Dream Warriors and Kiss of Death, though.Therefore, this CD can only be given four stars.I really like the CD.George Lynch is so great on this CD it will blow your mind.Wicked tone, memorable riffs, insane pinch harmonics, pull-offs, tapping, you name it.If you like shredding guitar this is a CD you want.I can see now why many consider George to be just as good as Eddie Van Halen.I wasn't listening to Dokken in the 80's but I am now.And someone wrote on a review that Wild Mick hits the drums too hard.Maybe that reviewer should stick to Cyndi Lauper.This is hard rock.Mick, keep hitting the drums hard! ... Read more

Asin: B000002H4O
Sales Rank: 17416
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Dream Evil
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars - Dio's final album of the eighties
Dream Evil (1987.) Dio's fourth album.

In 1987, Ronnie James Dio's solo band suffered an unexpected loss - guitarist Vivian Campbell, the axeman who had played lead on the first three albums, left the group. With him gone, Dio recruited replacement Craig Goldy. Dio had never recorded solo material without Campbell at his side, meaning this would be the time in his career that would define whether or not he could survive without the virtuoso at his side. Would Goldy lead Dio's band into a new golden age, or would Ronnie James crash and burn without the man whose riffs had made his first three albums metal masterpieces? Read on for my review of 1987's Dream Evil - the first album to feature Goldy.

This album is, believe it or not, an improvement over Sacred Heart, the final and weakest album of the Vivian Campbell era. It's not Holy Diver or The Last In Line, but very few albums by any artists, even Dio himself, even come close to those two. The sound here features some mild keyboards and it is somewhat commercial-sounding, albeit not nearly as much as the previous album. The end result is one of Dio's finest and most underrated solo efforts. There are a ton of excellent songs on this album, and sadly, none of them became very big hits for Ronnie James. Among the excellent songs on this album is the awesome opener, Night People. Why didn't this song become a bigger hit? Also we've got the lengthy, semi-epic masterpiece All The Fools Sailed away - another masterpiece the critcs overlooked. Even some of Dio's fans overlook it! Naked In The Rain shows off Dio's musical diversity, creating a song that is more melodic than what he normally does, but it's still excellent. Overlove serves up bluesy hard rock not unlike that of Coverdale-era Deep Purple, and it too is excellent. One of the more popular songs on the album was I Could Have Been A Dreamer, which is one of Dio's most commercial-sounding solo songs. Despite the obvious attempt at commerciality, the song remains excellent. Ultimately, every song on this album is solid, although not to the same level as the first two solo albums (Dio would NEVER top those.) If you're a fan of Dio, you must add this one to your collection.

Dio's albums (the Warner ones) were reissued several years back, but the time has come for better editions to be released. Remastering would be nice on these albums, as well as expanded liner notes and bonus tracks. These current versions of the album are okay, but seriously, they could use the reissuing/remastering/revamping badly.

Dream Evil was a truly excellent album, and it's a shame it's the most underrated album of Dio's eighties catalogue. Craig Goldy is an excellent guitarist, and it really is disappointing to see that he never got as much credit as that sell-out Vivian Campbell (Campbell sold out BIG TIME after leaving Dio, going onto the pop-metal version of Whitesnake and the oh-so-pathetic modern incarnation of Def Leppard.) Many Dio fans call this his last great album, and while I would beg to differ, I would say that it is indeed, the end of an era for Dio - he'd never sound like this again, ever. To put it simply - if you've got a classic metal collection and you're working on filling up the Dio portion of it, don't overlook this underrated album.

5-0 out of 5 stars "the dark that you find in the back of your mind"
I became a metalhead in the late 1980s and immediately became a fan of Ronnie James Dio.Dream Evil (1987) was the first Dio album I bought and it was and remains one of my favorite metal albums of all-time.In fact, it is definitely in my top 3.I went on to buy Dio's back catalog of albums, but Dream Evil is still the best.Dio's previous albums are great, of course, but there are at least one of two weak tracks on them: "Mystery" and "Eat Your Heart Out" on The Last in Line, maybe "Shame on the Night" off Holy Diver, and, let's face it, several tracks off Sacred Heart.Dream Evil is absolutely solid!Every track is awesome!When I make Dio compilation tapes, it is difficult to decide which Dream Evil tracks to leave off.

The best of the best are the powerful title track, the adrenaline-driving "Faces in the Window" and the beautiful epic track "All the Fools Sailed Away."The latter was a single with a cool, dark, nautical video complete with bon fires, spooky sailing ship, skeletons in a lifeboat, and Ronnie and the boys looking great in their classic frilly shirts and jackets. "I Could Have Been a Dreamer," another excellent track, also offered a rarely-seen video. "Naked in the Rain" is another favorite of mine.The line: "Two children, guns loaded, take aim and blow all the dreams away" is my favorite part of the track.It is musically, and lyrically very powerful.The use of keyboards in "When a Woman Cries" really makes the last track unique. So I do not sound like a sycophant, I will give one criticism: "Sunset Superman" is extremely repetitive at the end. Other than this one gripe, Dream Evil is just about perfect.If you only have Dio's first two more well-known releases, and somehow missed out on Dream Evil, get it now!It will not disappoint!

3-0 out of 5 stars Dio - 'Dream Evil' (Warner Brothers)3 1/2 stars
This was Dio's fourth lp as I have never had any doubt that Dio would last THIS long as he continues to release decent CD's every couple of years.'Dream Evil' appears to be more melodic than his previous three albums.The playing,arrangements and song writing are pretty well done as I've always enjoyed listening to this disc.Tracks that did it for me were the title cut "Dream Evil","Sunset Superman",the metal ballad "All The Fools Sailed Away" and "I Could Have Been A Dreamer"(love the video for this song).Line-up:Ronnie James Dio-vocals,Jimmy Bain-bass,Claude Schnell-keyboards,Craig Goldie-guitar and Vinnie Appice-drums.LONG LIVE ROCK AND ROLL!! ... Read more

Asin: B000002LCE
Sales Rank: 7684
Subjects:  1. Hard Rock    2. Heavy Metal    3. Pop    4. Rock   


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Hall of the Mountain King
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Criss Oliva=Legendary metal guitar playing
Savatage's HALL OF THE MOUNTAIN KING was their return to power after the disapointing and frightningly hair metal-esqe FIGHT FOR THE ROCK.This was my introduction to Savatage and i feel it still remains the best after digging into their past albums and more recent ones with Zak Stevens. This is basically the bridge between the old crunchy basment metal Savatge (Sirens, Dungeons are Calling) and the epic rock oprea Savatag (Gutter Ballet, Streets, Edge of Thorns). HOTMK is one of those albums where you can hear elements of a bands transistion into a differant direction musically, although not completely. This is still heavy, crunchy Savatage, with Jon's menacing growls and pirceing shrieks (and AH's), but you can still hear elements of future Savatage as well with tracks like PRELUDE TO MADNESS, this album was masterful in terms of melody mixed with metal. I stole my freind's cassette copy (borrowed and never gave back) in 8th grade and never looked back.

What puts this above most other metal albums? simple, it's the SONGWRITTING! Every single song on this thing burns! My favorite tracks were the title track, 24 HOURS AGO, BEYOND THE DOORS OF THE DARK, PRICE YOU PAY and DEVASTATION, although all are really superb.Its also interesting to know that while pretty much every other popular metal band at the time(MetallicA, Slayer, Anthrax, TestAmenT)was making thrash, these guys were producing what would later be called "Symphonic Metal".I think it might be time for me to retire my old cassette version of HOTMK and upgrade to disc. I saw all of the other reviews and i'm surprised and delighted that there were others who liked this band/album as well because in my neck of the woods all of the kids are into the so called "metalcore" bands like Chimira, Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage and countless other f**king retarded crap that pollutes the airwaves.

Savatages new stuff is also great, check out titles like WAKE OF MAGELEAN, DEAD WINTER DEAD and HANDFUL OF RAIN as well as any of the TSO stuff.I really wish people who are fans of the "new age" of Savatge not insult their old works, i mean you just come of as ignorant and snobbish.

4-0 out of 5 stars One of Savatage's Finest
Before Zak Stevens took over on vocals in 1993, Jon Oliva was the dark and menacing voice of Savatage...The "Mountain King" as he is sometimes referred. And on their 1987 effort HALL OF THE MOUNTAIN KING, you have a great mix of earlier Savatage power metal (1982-1985) and more straightforward metal (1985-1986) and you can even hear slight additions of opera-metal that makes up their later albums (1991-present).

The album kicks off with nothing but head banging anthems, 3 in a row to be precise, and they are the three best tracks (as well as the title track) on here. Savatage wanted to prove that they could still rock hard and heavy after the more commercial and lighter sounding previous release FIGHT FOR THE ROCK (1986), and in my opinion they accomplished it and then some. The songs I am referring to are "24 Hrs Ago" (complete with a great Criss Oliva solo towards the end), "Beyond the Doors of the Dark" and "Legions". You could easily be persuaded to by this album based around those tracks and the title cut alone.

Next you have "Strange Wings" a big power ballad (it sounds to me like there is another vocalist joining Jon here??), most people don't care for this song as it sounds too commercial or aimed that way purposely, I think it is a great song, if you are in the mood for it, and I believe it fits nicely in after the three heavy tracks...a nice break before you have the hint of their rock opera future ("Prelude to Madness") which serves as a great introto the aforementioned title track. The video for this song is pretty damn cool too, seen it on MTV Headbangers Ball, the original Headbangers Ball...anyway...

The album slows down a bit after this. "White Witch" is fair and not a bad song at all but after this the album, to be honest, gets a bit boring. All in all, the songs are held together by pounding drumming, a really thick bass and of course some of the BEST and intense solos you will EVER hear from the late Criss Oliva...on this CD more so than others, he puts down his best work. He is very much missed and if you pick this album up and give it just one spin, you will clearly see why. 8/10

5-0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!, BEST AMERICAN METAL BAND EVER!
GOD KNOWS HOW LONG I'VE HAD THIS ALBUM ON CASSETTE. WHEN I FIRST GOT THIS ALBUM I DIDN'T THINK ANY THING MORE THEN "PRETTY COOL I GUESS" AND JUST THOUGHT OF IT AS AVRAGE, NOTHING MINDBLOWING, BUT AS THE YEARS PASSED AND I LISTENED TO THIS ALBUM ON AND OFF, IT STARTED TO GROW ON ME, GROW ON ME TO THE POINT WHERE I CAN SAY "HOW COULD ANYONE NOT THINK THIS IS MINDBLOWING!?" IT TOOK TIME TO GROW ON ME BUT NOW I LOVE IT MORE THAN ANYTHING.
SAVATAGE IS WITH OUT A DOUBT IN MY MIND THE BEST AMERICAN METAL BAND IN EXISTANCE AND THAT WILL EVER EXIST, WITH ANTHRAX A VERY CLOSE SECOND. IT IS A SAD SHAME AND CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY THAT PISS POOR BANDS LIKE METALLICA AND PANTERRA GET ALL THE FAME AND NOT THESE GUYS, THERE TECHNICAL ABILITY IS UNMATCHED. KIRK HAMMET AND JAMES HETFEILD AIN'T GOT NOTHING ON CHRISS AND JON OLIVA. THESE TWO BROTHERS COULD SMOKE THESE CLOWNS HAMMET AND HETFEILD BLINDFOLDED AS WELL AS HANNEMAN AND KING, MUSTAINE AND COUNTLESS OTHER POSERS. ANOTHER THING ABOUT THIS BAND AND ALBUM AS WELL IS THAT THE BASS IS VERY ADDICTIVE AND AUDIBLE, WHICH CANNOT BE SAID FOR MANY AMERICAN METAL BANDS LIKE METALLICA OR SLAYER WHERE THE BASSIST IS DROWNED OUT BY GUITARS AND CANNOT BE HEARD. JOHNNY LEE MIDDLETON IS ONE OF METALS FINEST BASS PLAYERS AROUND, HE KNOWS HOW TO PLAY AROUND JONS RHYTHM GUITAR WHILE CREATING HOOKS OF HIS OWN IN THE PROCESS. THEN THERE IS DR KILLDRUMS,WHO MAKES LARS ULRICH SOUND LIKE A ONE ARMED HIGHSCHOOL DRUM STUDENT HOPPED UP ON DOPE. I WISH CHRISS WAS STILL WITH US TODAY SO HE COULD SHOW ALL OF THESE SELL OUTS WHAT A REAL GUITARIST IS, I ALMOST PUKED WHEN THEY NAMED KIRK HAMMET THE BEST METAL GUITARIST IN A NOT TO LONG AGO POLE IN A GUITAR MAGAZINE,FORGET THIS 2ND RATE.

I JUST LISTENED TO THIS LAST NIGHT IN THE DARK, KICK@$$!!!!!!!!!! ... Read more

Asin: B000002ILK
Sales Rank: 5893
Subjects:  1. Heavy Metal    2. Pop    3. Progressive Metal    4. Rock   


$9.98

Sign 'O' the Times
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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It begins with the insistent drip-drop of a sequencer and ends with some old school R&B. In between, the artist who was still calling himself Prince unfurls an encyclopedia of moods, genres, and grooves. Widely heralded as a groundbreaker in 1987, when it was released, some of the music in oh-so-'80s synths sounds a bit dated. Yet this two-CD set is clearly the sound of a performer at the height of his power. On songs like the title track, "If I Was Your Girlfriend," and the thunderous "The Cross," Prince proves why the hype was justified. --Amy Linden ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars What the hell is this guy ON?
The peak of his powers. Not his best album (Purple Rain) but not far behind. Prince was only capable of brilliance at this point in his career. He still makes brilliant music nowadays. Some people don't like the way he's moved into more strickly "black" (heh) music, but he is just moving, changing always. If he was still playing music like this now, people wouldn't treat him seriously. Sometimes people don't now, but he still gets a lot of respect and sells out concerts and his newest album was at the top of the charts for a long time. If he feels like it, he can be at the top. If he doesn't, he doesn't.
Either way, in almost every album he's done, he oozes artistic credibility. Yes, he's a pop star, but a self perpetuating pop star. Even if he had no record label deal, he could do albums even if he had to play and produce every note. Wait... he's already done that!

Anyways, to this album. Every song is great. Every song is immaculately arranged. He had ditched the Revolution on this album for some reason, so it's back to one man band. But this isn't the one man band of 1999: this is a different one man band, a man who has learned lessons from being a band, and while there is a scaling back on the lushness and improptu energy of a Revolution recording, he still makes these songs full, and REAL sounding, one of the only one man artists who can make an album where he plays all the instruments sound like a funky band improvising. God bless the man. Even his weirdness.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Last TRUE Prince Album!!
"Sign O' The Times", for me, was the last of the great Prince albums from 1978's "For You" and '79's "Prince",
to the groundbreaking "Dirty Mind" in 1980, "Controversy" in '81, the futuristic "1999" in '82, to the zenith of
"Purple Rain" in '84, and the interesting and eclectic
offerings of '85 and '86..."Around The World In A Day"
& "Parade"!! (Man, those were the days!)

Sign O' The Times had it all!--The funk, experimentation,
silky slow jams and straight up spiritual and sexual exhaltation!---Prince took everything he had learned from the
preceeding albums and condensed it into a concentrated piece
of pure late 80's pop/funk/rock genius!
Definitely a classic offering and worth the money!

5-0 out of 5 stars I never review albums but this one is THE ONE EXCEPTION
This album is one of the greatest double albums ever made.It is in the same league with The White Album, Black Moses, and Songs In The Key Of Life.Sign O The Times:Great song, and you must see him do this song live in the movie. Play In The Sunshine: Fun Song.Housequake:A really funky song that is funkier with the Camille voice.Dorothy Parker: Great lyrics.It:I don't listen to this song anymore because of the lyrics, but it fits on the album.Starfish And Coffee:This song meant a lot to me when I was growing up because people made fun of me because I was a white rapper.Prince basically said, "Be who you are."Slow Love: Great Horns.Hot Thing:Classic lyrics.Forever In My Life:Great conclusion to Side 1, remember cassette tapes? U Got The Look:I didn't really like this one.I don't know why.The voice is sorda Camille and sorda Prince.He messed with the speed of this track too much, but he is a studio wizard.If I Was Your Girlfriend:This song is so good that it's kinda creepy.I love it when he says "Maybe we could go to a movie and cry together"That lyric is so real and very passionate the way he expresses it.This song was on the charts, but nobody understood it.But it's the best song on here.Strange Relationship:I didn't like this one growing up, but now it's one of my favorites.The instruments sound so fat.It reminds me of Stevie Wonder's Songs In The Key Of Life.Never Take The Place:Great guitar solo like the end of Purple Rain.The Cross:Great lyrics.Praise God for the Cross of Jesus Christ.Beautiful Night:We get to hear The Revolution one last time.And the curtain goes down with a BANG! "Detroit Crawl!"Adore: I love this one.Here Prince says goodbye till the next LP.Whenever my girl asks me if I love her I always use the immortal words of Prince:"Baby, love is too weak to define what you mean to me."

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Asin: B000002LBM
Subjects:  1. Club/Dance    2. College Rock    3. Dance-Pop    4. Funk    5. Neo-Psychedelia    6. Pop    7. Pop/Rock    8. R&B    9. Soul    10. United States of America    11. Urban   


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Let It Loose
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (01 June, 1987)
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After several albums as the featured singer in the Miami Sound Machine, Gloria Estefan finally stepped up to top billing on Let It Loose, and her coming-out party became a major success. The album features no fewer than four Top 10 singles, including the hot Latino club grooves of "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You" and "1-2-3," and the sweet, affecting ballads "Anything for You" and "Can't Stay Away from You." By the time of the album's release in 1987, Estefan had not yet grown into the assured and charismatic singer she would become. And some of the songs here bear the cheesy production techniques of their time. Overall, however, Let It Loose shows an artist beginning to assert herself with considerable charm and &eacute;lan. --Daniel Durchholz ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Let It Loose (1987) Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
In 1986, a year after the release of Primitive Love, Miami Sound Machine decided to do a name-change. They changed the name to Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine, since Gloria was the main focus of the band. By 1987, the band seemed to be even more famous than they thought, and only after releasing two albums: Eyes Of Innocence (1984) and Primitive Love (1985).

In 1987, Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine released their third album, Let It Loose. Although, it did well on the charts, I don't favor the album too much, but there are some songs from this album that I love.

BETCHA SAY THAT
This one of the songs that I favor from this album. It's lyrics are amazing and the sounds it really catchy.

LET IT LOOSE
A pretty good dance song.

CAN'T STAY AWAY FROM YOU
The first single from the band. Another one of my favorites. She can't stay away from her ex-boyfriend, while I can't get enough of this song.

GIVE IT UP
Not a favorite.

SURRENDER
Okay.

RHYTHM IS GONNA GET YOU
The second single from the album. Another incredible classic. The beat is amazing and the song will remain an undestroyable classic.

LOVE TOY
Okay.

I WANT YOU SO BAD
Not bad.

1-2-3
The third single from the album. Another undestroyable classic.

ANYTHING FOR YOU
The fourth and final single from the album. Not as great.

This is a pretty good album, but I don't favor it too much as I hoped I would, but it's still worth the money you're willing to pay.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the top albums of 1987 and 1988
Gloris Estefan rose to superstardom with LET IT LOOSE. I remember seeing the video for BETCHA SAY THAT. Big hits from the album are CAN'T STAY AWAY FROM YOU,RHYTHM IS GONNA GET YOU,ANYTHING FOR YOU and 1-2-3. I WANT YOU SO BAD is not to be confused with the same title on Heart's BAD ANIMALS album,released in 1987 just like this album. This is the next to last album bearing the artist Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine. This album was produced by Gloria's husband Emilio Estefan & The Jerks(obviously some buddies of his). Gloria's Epic Records labelmate Michael Jackson had a hit album in '87 also,BAD.

3-0 out of 5 stars LET IT LOOSE! IN A FREESTYLE WAY!
After the introduction of "Eyes Of Innocence" & the success of "Primitive Love", Gloria Estefan and Gang had a very difficult challenged to overcome, prove that "Conga" wasn't a stroke of luck!, and they're weren't just flavor of the month, "Let It Loose" prove many critics wrong, their third delivery outsold the first two LP, had 4 top ten singles + one top 40, and sold over 4 million copies. If that's not enough, "Anything" became their first #1 single in the Billboard 100. To listen to this album nowadays is difficult because, you have to understand, that the Miami Sound Machine tried to fit into the scene of pop music of the late 80's, with that brought to the attention, many songs, specially the ones that didn't became singles like "Give It Up, Surrender, Love Toy" sound extremely dated, with synth's and calypso beats, and really simple lyrics, that tried to alienated her latin spirit away.Surprisely the song that sound less dated than anyone in the Record is the most latin flavored one "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You" and the message was clear, this song made to the top 5, and was the first single, and the strongest in the whole album."Betcha You Say That" became the sad 2nd single, a song that failed the top 10, because it was simply boring, without innovation and pretty away from the style of Estefan, it was no mistake this was her most poppy AC attemp, but it failed, the third single "Can't Stay Away From You" her first ballad of this album to be release, is a nice easy goin track, but as many songs in this record sound dated and without strong feelings, the 4th single "Anything" their first #1, is a timeless Estefan classic, and it will sound in radio waves from years to come, because, it's reunites everything a song should have, a great hook, great lyrics, timeless music, and amazing memorable vocals, great message, great song.The last single "1-2-3" made it into the charts with a slightly different remix, this song is the most easy goin' and radio friendly of all, no wonder it was a hit, party stomper by those days, a none release song "I Want You So Bad" made recall Donna Summer's sexy songs, but it's no lie, that Gloria is more friendly, than sexy vixen, so with all that in mind, "Let It Loose" made it big with the four singles that became top 10. but the half of the album sound dated, this is a most have for any fan of Gloria or the late 80's, but if you're casual listener buy the Greatest Hits. ... Read more

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Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Pop Vocals   


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Bad [Bonus Tracks]
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (16 October, 2001)
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"We wanted a tough album," producer Quincy Jones recalls in a bonus interview on this special edition of Bad. Though the 1987 blockbuster would appear to be Michael Jackson's most personal statement to date--9 of its 11 cuts were written solely by him--its appeal also rested more on craft than the idiosyncratic art of Thriller and Off the Wall. At the same time, most of Bad has aged well in spite of its digital brittleness and MIDI treatments of gems like Jimmy Smith's organ solo on the title track. While the third best of his first three Epic solo discs, Bad carries a lot of what people love about Jackson's music. This disc also benefits from two fine outtakes, the exciting, uptempo "Streetwalker" and the Carpenters homage "Fly Away." Either could easily have extended the record's run of hit singles. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Was Jacko trying to tell us something here???
DISCLAIMER: This review is my sick attempt at topical humor. It is NOT to be taken seriously!

On with the show...

I don't really know what the #ell's goin' on with the Michael Jackson molestation case. I get a few snippets of news here `n' there, and that's about it. But after takin' a few listens to his "Bad" Special Edition CD the other day, I suddenly took on the role of armchair psychoanalyst, and began wonderin' if this album was a symbolic & subliminal admission of malfeasance and/or cry for help from the "King of Pop" several years before alla' these molestation allegations started pilin' up on the Neverland Ranch doorstep. Just look at some of the song titles and lyrics:

- There's the title track where tells you, "Ya know I'm bad! I'm bad! Ya know it!"

- Then there's "The Way You Make Me Feel", where he declares that his "lonely days are gone".

- Is "Just Good Friends" an example of lyrical self-deception, or a sincere statement regarding his relationships with the young'uns he's taken in over the years?

- "Another Part of Me": I don't even WANNA know the meaning of this one...

- "Man in the Mirror": In the song, Mikey is telling himself to "change his ways". Makes me wonder what ways he's tryin' to change...

- "I Just Can't Stop Loving You": In this tune he states, "If I stop, then tell me just what will I do?" Perhaps he's trying to tell us that he can't help himself, and is unable to control certain... impulses?

- "Smooth Criminal": This one pretty much speaks for itself.

- "Leave Me Alone": Is this Jacko's reply to the paprazzi, or his charges' replies to certain... activities he wishes to partake with them?

- "Todo Mi Amor Eres Tu'" (Spanish version of "I Just Can't Stop Loving You"): Could this mean he's planning to run away before he can be convicted to some Spanish-speaking nation that has few if any extradition treaties with the U.S.?

- "Fly Away": Could this be the mode of transportation he'll use to escape the authorities should he go on the lam?

Needless to say, Jacko better hope the prosecution doesn't jump to the kinds of conclusions I did with my breakdown of this CD, or he might have several years of playin' "Celebrity Drop-The-Soap" to look forward to. And there ain't nothin' more pathetic than bein' Robert Downey, Jr's. b!+c#, lemme yell you...

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3-0 out of 5 stars This album is pretty "Bad" for MJ
I can listen to this and only think that MJ wanted to have Thrillermania all over again.
He didn't seem to move anywhere with his craft from Thriller and never really evolved as an artist.
Only caught up in the fame and fortune game, and the excitement of yelling and screaming fans.
As this was the year Janet was becoming big and her Control album was bigger than this album. Madonna also released her mega hit album True Blue this year.
MJ was fearing them taking his throne so he got weirder and weirder.
This was the same year MJ started molesting children but that was unknow. Yeh he was bad, real bad, and evily bad.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bad, It fails to top Thriller, but it's still amazing!!
It was 1987, 5 years after the greatest Album of all time, "Thriller", was realeased. Thriller was the cause of 3 amazing music videos, one becoming the Number one video ever made (Thriller). Thriller was the cause of one of the greatest musical preformances in the history of music (Motown 25), Thriller caused te planet to buy over 50 million albums in about 20 years. Now comes Michael's 2nd album, "Bad". The MJ fans were anxious and patient, and they got an excellent album in return.

This album was different then the R&B/Soulish funk of the 70s album hit, "Off the Wall"...or the Popish quick, sounds of "Thriller". This album was hard to the core,made for dance and to represent badness. Some people didn't like this, but almost all MJ fans did. I did, that's for sure. Here's my opinion on this album.

(The songs below are being arranged by how good they are, 1 being the best, 11 being the worst).
1.Smooth Criminal: Gotta love this one.
2. The way you make me Feel: Aww...Michael's Chasin after a girl, soo cute!
3. Bad: Tough, rough, sweet!
4. Leave Me Alone: If your in a bad mood, listen to this. I do.
5. ANother Part Of Me: Good, good.
6. Dirty Diana: Pretty good, It's to hard for me!
7. Liberian Girl: I like this one
8. Man in the Mirror: Too soft, I think it's okay, but it's not my fav.
9. Just good Friends: Ehh...
10. I just can't stop loving you: Double Ehh..
11. Speed Demon: Eww...skip it skip it skip it!!

Good album, it's a must have. It beats Off the Wall, but just barely, it doesn't top Thriller (Definately), but it beats all of Michael's newer 90s albums...unfortunately, this is the beginning of the end for Michael. But ya gotta gotta love this!

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Asin: B00005QGAX
Subjects:  1. Dance-Pop    2. Pop    3. Pop/Rock    4. R&B    5. Urban   


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