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If You're Feeling Sinister
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (23 June, 1999)
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There are several schools of thought about Syd Barrett, the early leader of Pink Floyd. Some think he was a genius songwriter, even when he was utterly whacked out. Others think he was just a druggie tosspot (those people are wrong).If you subscribe to the former school, you need to hear Belle and Sebastian, who seem to inhabit a musical universe close to Syd's. Songs seem to fly off the cuff, as attractive as a summer day when you were 16. We're not talking self-conscious strangeness here, but just natural, organic weirdness with melodies that make these songs work. --Chris Nickson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I'm Feeling Sinister
This is truly one of the great albums of recent years.One of the reviews said that they "disagreed that this is a rainy day album, but that rather it was a sunny road trip record."Personally, I believe that it is both.It is a beautifully done record that can be scene as a sunny road trip record, or as a record to reflect to while sitting inside watching the rain spatter against the windows.With a single listen you don't realize all the nuances of this CD and just how great it is.

This was the soundtrack to my spring break in New York City and will forever bring me back to NYC whenever I here any of these songs.Belle and Sebastian incorporate a number of sounds to make their own distinct sound.If you like the Shins or Tegan and Sara, I believe that you will enjoy this CD.

Ratings of songs (Every song got an A, simply one of my all time favorite CDs):
1. The Stars of Track and Field - "A" This moody song has a number of different levels to it and is simply beautifully done.

2. Seeing Other People - "A" This is a light hearted song, a nice pick-me-up after the previous track.Once again beautifully done.

3. Me and the Major - "A" Yet another great song.Combination of the harmonica and piano sound great in the fast paced song.Nice lyrics.

4. Like Dylan in the Movies - "A" Continues the fast pace of the previous track but turns its that fast pace into a whole different song.Becomes wistful (rainy day song perhaps)

5. The Fox in the Snow - "A" Another "rainy day" song.Beautiful and fragile.Piano and guitar are great together.

6. Get Me Away From Here, I'm Dying - "A" Great song.Picks up from The Fox in the Snow.

7.If You're Feeling Sinister - "A" Fast guitar with a nice piano part.Kids playing in the background is a nice touch.Makes you reminisce about childhood.

8. Mayfly - "A" Different sound to the guitar as with the previous tracks.Awesome organ in the background.Female vocal backing up main male vocal is great.

9.The Boy Done Wrong Again - "A" Sad song.Rainy day song.Beautiful.

10.Judy and the Dream of Horses - "A"Nice cheery song that starts off sounding sad.Great closing track.

EVERY SONG IS GREAT!

3-0 out of 5 stars They've done good albums...this isn't one of them
Belle and Sebastian (on this album) are very, very, very melancholy. It's as if they're trapped inside "Eleanor Rigby"...not the song...actually BEING "Eleanor". I say this because they never step back and become detached from the sadness...they just allow it to swallow them whole and this continual focus on the downside of life tends to be wearing over the course of a whole album. Couple this with the limited range of the lead singer and influences (Smiths,Donovan) worn clearly on their sleeve and it becomes apparent that this is one of those albums people listen to so they can assure themselves of the superiority of "indie" music rather than out of any basis in the music itself.

BOTTOM LINE:
This one is extremely overrated. If you want a better B&S album, try BOY WITH THE ARAB STRAP or DEAR CATASTROPHE WAITRESS first. Those are more musically accessible and don't fall prey as often

4-0 out of 5 stars takes a bit of getting used to
When I first bought and then listened to this album only one thought went through my mind "i wish his voice was different" and what I am talking about there is his times where he is off key but aside from that (and the sometimes repetitiveness at the end of some of the songs" this is a great album. For some people it may just take some getting used to. ... Read more

Asin: B00000JHAU
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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The BBC Sessions
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (15 February, 2000)
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One of the most creative and explosive bands of the '60s, the Who didn't record an official live album until 1970. For fans of the revved-up, introspective, and humorous fare that made records such as My Generation, Sell Out, and A Quick One instant classics, 1970 was a good three years too late. Rather than referring to sometimes-dodgy bootlegs to discover what "Pictures of Lily," "Disguises," or "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" sounded like live, we are now presented with a surprisingly clear document of the band at--arguably--their peak. The CD, culled from archival live-in-the-studio radio broadcasts made between '65 and '73, keeps all the radio-announcer introductions and short interview segments intact, with a few bonus, real-life Sell Out jingles for good effect. A fabulous portrait of the artists as a young band, the disc brims with minor revelations--chief among them that they were pretty sorry as an R&B outfit and that (surprise) with Moon, Entwhistle, and Townshend bashing about, even a midtempo number like "Happy Jack" was a total scorcher live. --Mike McGonigal ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Long Live The Who
Because all the tracks here were recorded "live" so that the sound quality wasn't quite sharp and presented in "mono". In this CD you can find many of their best-known singles and album tracks from 1965 - 1972 presented in "live and alternative versions". The versions of "Substitute", "Happy Jack" and " A Quick One While He's Away" are my favourite tracks. In "Substitute", they played a little bit faster than the original single version. In "Happy Jack", less bass but powerful drums. In "A Quick One While He's Away", they played it just better than the stereo album version with more stable sound. Only for the diehard Who fans. Sadly MCA didn't put "I Can See For Miles" in it.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Who - 'The BBC Sessions' (MCA)
A great compilation CD of the Who's repertoire,that's been culled from the BBC performance archives dating from 1965-73.Total of twenty-five songs with a running time of 71 minutes.One thing I really like about 'BBC Sessions' is that many of these tunes tend to sound a bit different from the original lp versions.With cuts like "My Generation","Anyway,Anyhow,Anywhere",the James Brown rarity "Just You And Me,Darling","Pictures Of Lilly",the Motown hit remake "Dancing In The Streets"(better than Van Halen's version)and a couple of my two all-time Who favorites "The Seeker" and "I'm Free".Another thing that I fully appreciate about this CD is that the announcer's chatter between songs,introducing the band is a bit less than OTHER 'BBC Sessions' releases I've heard.Recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Tracking the progress of a band
This was almost my first Who album but eventually ended up being my fifteenth; I'm sorry I waited so long to get it, since it's a great way for a new fan to start.Because I passed up buying it when it first appeared in Best Buy, by the time I got my own copy (in another store) it no longer came with a bonus disc, but wonder of wonders I was contacted by someone who read another review I'd written of this album, and about two months later I had been sent a burned copy of the bonus disc, complete with the same cover picture and track listing the original ones have.The material on the bonus disc goes as follows:
"Townshend Talks Tommy" (a rare 1969 interview)
"Pinball Wizard" (like we really need yet another version of it)
"See Me, Feel Me"
"I Don't Even Know Myself"
"I Can See for Miles"
"Heaven and Hell"
"The Seeker"
"Summertime Blues" (the last two should have been switched; "The Seeker" is a better closing track)

The songs on the main disc are fantastic; since they go in chronological order, you can easily follow the progression and development of the band, in songwriting, musicianship, confidence, and most importantly Roger's voice.His voice wasn't very versatile in the early days, but after constantly doing 'Tommy' live, he got a huge boost of confidence which did wonders for his voice; in the songs that come after that period, you can really tell the difference, able to sound like an angel in one song and very deadly in another, not confined to the same range.Besides tracking their development as a band, you can also hear differences between the BBC versions and the milder studio versions; a number of songs are really put to shame by the BBC recordings, even songs like "Run Run Run" and "See My Way" that weren't that great to begin with.All of the songs sound grittier and rougher, since they were a live band more than a studio band.The fancy studio editing took away the edge of many of these songs.Even the flubbed verse in "LLR" is great; you can hear Pete almost start to laugh when he realises his error, but he goes on singing.Most modern acts would probably demand to start the song over if they messed up midway through, or be really embarrassed if this happened during a live broadcast.They just don't make music like this anymore. ... Read more

Asin: B00004D3DH
Subjects:  1. Album Rock    2. British Invasion    3. Hard Rock    4. Mod    5. Pop    6. Pop/Rock    7. Rock    8. Rock & Roll   


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Mirrorball
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (15 June, 1999)
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Grafted from McLachlan's supremely satisfying 1998 performances, Mirrorball is drawn almost equally from the multiplatinum Surfacing and its superior predecessor, Fumbling Towards Ecstasy. (Included also is the lovely, hard-to-come-by "I Will Remember You.") Live, a haunting ballad such as "Possession" becomes a fevered, aggressive bit of psychedelia. "Hold On" reveals new depths when performed behind the beat with morphing time signatures and driving piano. McLachlan's warmly expressive voice is still at the epicenter of her performances. She roams through these 14 songs with agile ease, riding the rails between singing for dramatic arena effect--huskily growling, airily trilling--and knowing what to play down with her sensually controlled crooning (witness such gems as Fumbling's title song and "Good Enough"). Overall, McLachlan's vocals match the heavily percussive intensity of her band and the build of her backing vocalists, producing a more spacious sound than the precise pitch rendered on her studio recordings. --Paige La Grone ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Mirrorball
I am appalled by the number of `true fans' dissing (there is no other word for it) this album.

Too live...some complain. Now, pardon me, but does it not say `live' in ALL the product descriptions? If you don't like live, don't like fans in the background, then don't buy the dang cd and stop complaining.

How can Sarah swear? some wonder. Well, she's done it before, people. And I'm sorry, but you can't say that she shouldn't. She can, she does, and she will-and, you know what? She has every right to do so. It's not a perfect, clean, tidy, fundamentalist world, children. Get used to it.

And the fact that their re-releases? That should be obvious from the track listings on the back. If you don't want `em, don't buy `em. You say Sarah's wasting our money...who, may I ask, bought the cd?

Sarah McLachlan is the most amazing artist this world has or ever will see. If you don't want the cd, don't buy it and stop complaining.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mirrorball Is Beautiful!
Mirrorball is simply, simply beautiful. Sarah sounds less restrained in this CD than either Afterglow Live or Live Acoustic - though I love both of those CDs as well.

Building A Mystery ~ Building a Mystery is just a masterpiece. It hits you hard. I love how this version of Building A Mystery sounds - so choppy but so beautiful. "Holding on, holding it in"...you can just hear the emotion so clearly in Sarah's voice and the rash "you woke up screaming aloud" is only a slight surprise and just adds to the mood of the song. "You wear sandals in the snow and a smile that won't wash away, can you look out the window without your shadow getting in the way?"

Hold On ~ Hold On is simply amazing! A song that sticks with you forever. I've listened to the song so many times I can't even think of words to describe it - the beauty has just surpassed all words, filling up those little useless descriptions even further every time I hear it. "Hold on, hold on to yourself, 'cause this is gonna hurt like hell..." "So now you're sleeping peaceful, I lie awake and pray that you'll be strong tomorrow and we'll see another day"

Good Enough ~ Good Enough is lovely. A beautiful rendition of this song. Lovely, just lovely, as live Sarah always is. "Don't tell me I haven't been good to you, don't tell me I have never been there for you, just tell me why nothing is good enough"

I Will Remember You ~ By the time the first phrase is sung, you'll be capitivated. "I'm so tired I can't sleep, standin' on the edge of somethin' much too deep. Its funny how we feel so much, but can't say a word. We are screaming inside, but we can't be heard." The background vocals are a beautiful addition to the song, also. I just love this song deeply.

Adia ~ Adia is a truly beautiful song. Sarah always sounds perfect singing this song. "Adia, I do believe I've failed you"...Sarah is so, so beautiful in this song. "Its easy, we all falter...does it matter?" I love it, I love it, I love it.

I Love You ~ Sarah's voice sounds so heavenly in this song, with its whispered, breathy tones. However, its not a favorite of mine, although very beautiful. "But everytime I'm close to you, there's too much I can say...and you just walk away"

Do What You Have To Do ~ This song is more than amazing, more than beautiful, more than lovely, I can't express my love for it. I think this is my favorite Sarah song, and definitely one of my all-time favorite songs. Sad, flowing lyrics, telling of temptation and regret. "What ravages of spirit conjured this temptuous rage, created you a monster, broken by the rule of love"

The Path Of Thorns(Terms) ~ Beautiful. There's no other word to describe. "With fervor our dreams we planned a whole life long, now are scattered on the wind"

Fear ~ High and ethereal! Lovely! "Promises of a long-lost friend, speaks to me of comfort" "But I fear I have nothing to give, and I have so much to lose here in this lonely place"

Possession ~ "Listen as the wind blows across the great divide, voices trapped in yearning, memories trapped in time. The night is my companion, and solitude my guide - would I spend forever here and not be satisfied?" (This song really leaves no room for comment.)

Sweet Surrender ~ "Doesn't mean much, doesn't mean anything at all.." I LOVE this song. Its just awesome. A real gem! "Strip away the ugliness that surrounds me" The angelic background vocals add to the ethereal quality of this song.

Ice Cream ~ I never liked the "Ice Cream" on FTE, but I love this version! Adds a real new effect to the song when its live. I like how the audience takes a turn in this song :) "Its a long way down, its a long way down, its a long way down from the place that we started from"

Fumbling Towards Ecstasy ~ "Oh, all the fear has left me now, I'm not frightened anymore.." Simply beautiful. "And if I shed a tear I won't cage it, I won't fear love"

Angel ~ Angel just can't be improved. Lovely. "And everywhere you turn, there's vultures and thieves at your back, the storm keeps on twisting", "Its easier to believe in this sweet madness, in this glorious sadness"

OVERALL GRADE: 10/10! A must have!

I'm set to see Sarah in May, and I can't wait...but for now I'll have to settle with Mirrorball, Afterglow Live, and Live Acoustic. ;) I think I'll survive for now.

EVERY song on this song is a 5/5! Every SINGLE ONE, and there's no arguing on that point!

5-0 out of 5 stars She makes me cry
her music is very calm, sometimes sad, sometimes its love,and sometimes its a mixture of it all.but it goes well with her voice.this live album showcases her best songs from some of her earlier albums.i love ANGEL.it just makes me cry when i hear it because there's so much feeling and sadness in it.its just the way she does her music and you can't expect anything totally different from sarah but that could be a good thing too.her voice is really like an angels.its sweet,beautiful and hopeful. ... Read more

Asin: B00000IOSU
Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Alternative Pop/Rock    3. Pop    4. Rock    5. Singer/Songwriter   


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Euphoria
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (13 July, 1999)
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Euphoria make slide-groove "guitronica," blending spacey beats with looping spoken word, breathy vocals, multilayered guitar wash, and intense yet playful drum and keyboard programming. Featuring more fingerpicking and strummy noodling than their electronically centered genre sisters, Euphoria are a stylistic hybrid that works due to their low-key yet pointed adherence to aesthetics. The brief "Notting Hill Gate," for example, opens with deliciously blues-inflected fractured slide à la John Fahey and adds Dobro, ney, and swell cymbal to make something both exotic and altogether familiar. "Lost on a River" places Maddie Willis's multitracked soulful vocals at center, gorgeously complementing the unusual "orchestra" of funk guitars, Hammond B3, and acoustic bass. Elsewhere, Euphoria go all oozy with melting ambient drips of sound or forge new means of rhythmic travel (think Pell Mell) as on the beautifully orchestrated closer "The Road," featuring reverberating and chiming guitar work, harmonica, shattered key and drum accents, and brilliantly utilized bagpipes. --Paige La Grone ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Avant garde for the masses
Euphoria manages to be approachable at the same time as being avant garde, which is no small feat!The music is tranquil and refreshing, and while the genre is totally unidentifiable (another review referred to it as "guitronica"), listeners to pop, jazz, techno-trance, and country will all find something vaguely familiar in the tunes here.Think Enigma in a horrible transporter accident with David Lanz, George Harrison, and Union Station.What strikes this reviewer most is that some tracks are more jazzy, some more pop, and some more trance, yet the album stands as a cohesively unified whole.

Most of the tracks rely entirely on their instrumentation (which is quite well produced, balanced, and mixed by the able hands of Tom Elmhirst and Garry Hughes) but the occasional insertion of some beautiful female vocals from Maddie Willis, Julie Galiatsos, Juliet Roberts and Michaela Harrison adds to the euphonia of the experience.A number of subtle string arrangements are provided by Anne Dudley, who composed the soundtracks to "Buster," "Pushing Tin," and "The Full Monty."

Rush fans will be amused by the guest appearance of Geddy Lee (on keyboards and bass) on the final track ("The Road").He also produced the second track, "Is This Heaven?," in his Toronto studio.

The busyness of some of the drum tracks may make "Delerium" unsuitable as background music for a dinner party (although, ironically, the current reviewer did decide to purchase it over a somewhat unorthodox Italian dinner), but for personal listening, meditation, and inspiration, it's difficult to beat sound like this.

Like many people in northern California, this reviewer has been hooked on the opening track of this album ever since the first time he heard it.But given the limited exposure it had on the radio, you're probably reading this because a friend mentioned it to you.Take your friend's advice, listen to the samples on a couple of the tracks here, and dive in to a pool of sound, crystal clear.

5-0 out of 5 stars This CD is magic
Sensuous and melodic. This CD is an incredible blending of genres that will take you on a whimsical journey. Euphoria has managed to capture the best aspects of many different flavors of music and make a cohesive blend that seems magical.For anyone with a passion for music this CD is a must.

5-0 out of 5 stars Vanilla Sky
It was a pleasant surprise to hear "Delirium ", the opening track of this album, being used to promote the new Cameron Crowe film "Vanilla Sky" . I really like this song and its cool when I hear it used in stuff like Malcolm in the Middle, & Rosewell . I've heard other songs used as well , like "Is This Heaven" in the Wayne Wang movie "The Centre of the World".

This is a high quality album that has obviously attracted some of the best of the film and tv world .It deserves to be included in anybody's album collection. ... Read more

Asin: B00000JLJ9
Subjects:  1. Club/Dance    2. Electronica    3. Pop    4. Rock    5. Trip-Hop   


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Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space)
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (27 September, 1993)
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Digable Planets deliberately disavowed the toughness of hip-hop culture: the trio's leader called himself Butterfly, his foil Ladybug purred like Eartha Kitt, and they produced hooks out of lines like "We're just babies, man." Despite occasional flashes of sorrow (like the pro-choice recitation "La Femme Fétal"), the group's happy and laidback on this debut, with tracks made out of old jazz records and finger-snaps, and words that draw on 50s hipster slang. Reachin' spawned the Grammy-winning single "Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat)," and after this album, their joyous Blue Note-and-black-lights bounce lost some of its novelty.--Douglas Wolk ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I LOVE HIP HOP JAZZ.
CLASSIC.
LYRICS -------- 7/10
PRODUCTION COURTESY OF BUTTERFLY ------- 10/10
THEME -------- 10/10
ALBUM COVER -------- 10/10
CONCEPT -------- 10/10
STAND OUT TRACKS ------- WHERE I'M FROM REMIX
OVERALL --------- EXCELLENT.

O.KAKA AKA God's gift to the underground.

5-0 out of 5 stars Jimmy's Digging This
Digable Planets came off as a flash in the pan in the pages of hip hop history, which is a crying shame considering that this debut album of theirs is so good that it deserves a lot more respect than it's getting. Sylk 130, for starters, produces some of the best jazz-heavy beats of the early 90s, making it a truly up-lifting feel-good album despite the politically-charged nature of the lyrics. The MCs are also off the hook and, in my opinion, brutally slept-on. This album dropped in 1993, around when Illmatic and Midnight Marauders dropped. Both of these albums are heralded as lyrical masterpieces, yet I feel that Reachin' belongs right up there next to Nas and Q Tip. Butter, Doodle and Mecca have a smooth yet air-tight approach to the microphone, and their lyrics are both entertaining and socially relavent.

While these cats flew under the radar, mostly due to their ultra-left political alignment, I do believe that the Digable Planets deserve the same credit groups like A Tribe Called Quest are getting. The Digable Planets produced a more positive and empowering message than any group could ever even hope to achieve - an achievement that only the likes of KRS-One could ever boast. While De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest kept our summer days that much cooler with Three Feet High and Rising and Low End Theory, Digable Planets were doing the same thing yet at the same time spreading a message that was so important to the black communities of New York in the early 90s. Don't get me wrong, I think that most of the so-called d.a.i.s.y. hip hop acts brought a truly positive vibe to people's earphones, and I love them for that. But Digable Planets were on a whole other level. The passion that came out of their two albums was like no other. For me, groups like Tribe were about straight cold chilling; Digable Planets, however, were about straight inspiration and empowerment.

5-0 out of 5 stars DJ Moe Choi & Ladybug Mecca
This is one of the all time best hip-hop record ever!!! The era, the music, the vibe, the delivery, everything about this record is classic!!!!! Everybody knows Mecca is the one of the illest emcees that came in the game. Mecca is coming back!!!! Mec and her DJ - Moe Choi has a dope mixtape out called "Unfolding the Serious Mystery". This thing is fire. I mean really really crazy. I never heard a mixtape like this before. Mecca is rockin' over Mantronix to DJ Shadow to Kenny Dope, etc etc. She sounds so good. I specially love where she does spoken word over the Rehash track - beautiful & timeless.Where have you been Mec??? I really look forward to hearing her new album. ... Read more

Asin: B000000W31
Subjects:  1. Alternative Rap    2. Jazz    3. Jazz-Rap    4. Pop    5. Rap    6. Rap & Hip-Hop    7. Urban   


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Love & a .45
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (05 January, 2001)
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4-0 out of 5 stars good mix of cool songs
What I like about this CD is the mix of cool bands on it. I mean, I think Johnny Cash and the Butthole Surfers are pretty cool. The soundtrack and movie also complement each other well. Its just a good time. I'll list the songs since Amazon doesn't.1. Flaming Lips-turn it on 2. Meat Puppets-animal 3. Mazzy Star-ghost highway 4. Jesus and Mary Chain-come on 5. Kim Deal and Bob Pollard-love hurts 6. Reverend Horton Heat-the devils chasing me 7. April's Motel Room-black 14 8. FSK with David Lowery from Cracker-unter dem doppeladler 9. Butthole Surfers-who was in my room last night? 10. Johnny Cash-ring of fire 11. Courtney and Western-am i in love 12. Roger Miller-king of the road. Tracks 1,3,6,9, and 12 are worth getting this alone. The movie is "True Romance" meets "Natural Born Killers", just not quite as good, if anyone cares. ... Read more

Asin: B000059WGB
Sales Rank: 264355


A Little South Of Sanity [2-CD SET]
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (20 October, 1998)
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Drug addiction couldn't stop them, nor could the ascension of alterna-rock and the process of aging. Not only are Aerosmith still together, but they're still recording hit singles. Since their formation in the early '70s, the band has scored a multitude of platinum albums and Top 40 hits. Moreover, Aerosmith remain a flamboyant, energized live band capable of recapturing that magical, sexual endorphin rush of youthful rock & roll abandon. Yup, on a good night, seeing Aerosmith is like experiencing your first time all over again. So it comes as no surprise that this band's double live disc is no mere trip down memory lane. Vocalist Steven Tyler still sounds raw, untamed, and on-key, shrieking as passionately as ever and reaching notes Robert Plant and Ozzy Osbourne would sell their kidneys for. And guitarist Joe Perry's bluesy, blustery rhythms and piercing solos still echo with passion and hunger. The first disc is a bit bogged down with '90s material, but the band performs stellar versions of "Love in an Elevator," "Livin' on the Edge," "Cryin'," and "Janie's Got Gun." It's the second disc that really sizzles, as the Toxic Twins dip into their drug-addled past and unleash monsters such as "Back in the Saddle," "Dream On," and "Sweet Emotion." Get your rocks off! --Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars They're still "Livin' On The Edge".
A casual fan like myself might have been happy with one 15 track disc, but fanatics would be "Crazy" not to love this. 2 discs and 23 tracks of live Aerosmith. The sound is pretty good, or at least not bad enough to complain about. There's a wealth of 90's songs here, but at this point that is a big portion of their material. "A Little South Of Sanity" does have the hits covered pretty well, be they old or newer, and tosses in a few gems like "Mama Kin" and "Monkey On My Back" as well. Overall a good collection, and clearly proves that Aerosmith still has "What It Takes" to rock your socks off.

5-0 out of 5 stars Kicks @ss!!
This Ladies and Gentlemen is why Aerosmith has stayed
at the top for oh so long. There are ltos of other good
and great rock groups... But almost none of them can
give you a double CD that is this good.

I will not lie, there are some songs on here I don't
care for such as "Eat The Rich""Hole In My Soul"
"Cryin" and "Crazy" as the main ones. But the 70's
and a great deal of the 80's stuff sounds great
here. The truth is while the band sounds great
you can tell that some songs Steven really shines
and some the rest of the band shines.

After you get past the below average you get to
one of the better Aerosmith 80's songs "Love In
An Elevator" and it's one songs the band all
shines. It sounds just about as good as the
studio version. Then we got to "Falling In
Love" which is a fairly good tune considering
it's a ballad. But then we get to one of classics
in "Same Old Song And Dance" and Brad/Joe just
cook on this tune!

Here it starts to sputter just alittle bit as
we get alittle drugged down by the poor mans
Dream On. This one should have been left off
in favor of "Train Kept Rollin" or "Draw The
Line" and it's pretty much the same with
"Livin On The Edge" but luckly we get the
hard rocker "Monkey On My Back" in between
those two mediocre songs. It's not on par
with the stuff on disk two, but it's still
a great rocker.

We then get down to another ballad with
"Cryin" which really isn't a bad song
music wise, but the lyrics are just
alittle to whiney for my taste. But it
is a good enough tune to play every once
and a while. "Rag Doll" is up next and
it just rocks! I honestly prefer this
live version over the studio version and
while some old school fans might not like
it, it IS a Aerosmith classic and Steven
really shines and shows off that age hasn't
taken his voice away.

When the get to "Angel" a song that seems
to be hated by old school fans. However, I
think this is a great ballad. There really
is nothing wrong with a ballad every once
and a while and "Angel" is one the ballads
that do sound as good live as it does in
the studio.

The live version of "Janie's Got a Gun" is
really great! It really helps give a boost to
the weaker half of the album. Like "Angel"
Steven sounds great! Listening to the song more,
I think this is also better than the studio
version!

Amazing is another song that really doesn't
belong. Just another ballad on a disk that
has a few too many of them. Sick As A Dog or
even one of the Vacation songs could have
went here.. Or maybe even Adam's Apple!

2.5 out of 5

Now this is where the action really starts!
One of the better versions of "Back In The
Saddle" that I have ever heard! The whole
band just smokes and the old Aerosmith
starts to show up after lots of weeping
on disk one. Tyler plays to the crowd abit
before the smoking intro hits! Steve really
lets go and starts his pattened screaming
and it's just amazing how he hits these
notes! Just amazing!

We then get to one of the real highlights of
the album! Whitford really tears it up on this
tune! He takes the lead and boy does he do a
h*llva job! Last Child you can argue is the
best song on the album... And it's all thanks
to Brad. Truly underrated guitar player that
will leave you breathless with the power and
soul he puts into this song.

The Other Side is pretty much filler and isn't
worth talking about. Just skip it.

Coming of just hearing Brad Whitford tearing
it up on "Last Child" Joe Perry gets to take
charge with a pretty good version of "Walk On
Down" which is a nice addition to the disk.
Some might enjoy Joe as singer and some might
not... I really enjoy it and want to hear him
sing more in the future.

When now get into the meat of Aerosmiths long
catalog with one of the best versions of "Dream
On" that you are ever going to here. This song
always manages to bring out some real emotion
in me and it does so here. The haunting music
sounds just as good as it does on any of the
studio versions and Steven shows off his voice.

Then you should just skip 'Crazy" and get onto
In my opinion the highlight of the album with
"Mama Kin" as this is the song it REALLY comes
together for the entire band. It's also happens
to be the best Tyler vocals you are going to
get! You can feel the entergy really pickup
in this song after coming off one of the
dreadful ballads. This will always be my
favorite Aerosmith tune. The band just
connects on every level on this song.

We then get to "Walk This Way" which to
be honest, it isn't one of my favorite
Aerosmith songs... But here it sounds
fresh that I have to listen to it over
and over again. Glad that Run DMC isn't
here=)

Then we get to a "Dude(Looks Like A Lady"
and it's also well done. It really is hard
to tell that this is live. It matches the
studio version every step of the way. And
now the album closes with Aerosmiths country
like "What It Takes" that is rock solid. It
isn't the filler tune that "The Other Side"
is and you might find yourself surprised if
you give it a chance.

Sweet Emotion closes the album in good fashion.
It is alittle slower than I really would like,
but even slowed down the band manages to keep
good entergy with it.

I'm honestly not a fan of these type of albums
at all... But one day I just had an itch that I
had to scratch so I picked this up. The first
disk really doesn't deliver and is inconsistant
due to a number of ballads. The music is good
even on the ballads. It's just they just don't
fit what Aerosmith truly is and that is easy
to tell. I feel the second disk makes this
album worthy of 5 stars by it's self. Songs
like LIAE,SOSAD,JGAG and such are just gravy
to a great second disk.

5 out of 5 stars.

2-0 out of 5 stars I had to give up on this one
Great track list on "A Little South Of Sanity". I'm quite fond of Aerosmith, and I bought this double live album right after it came out. I listened to it several times, and then I sold it on eBay.
I just couldn't come to terms with this CD...the noise of the crowd is way too prominent in the mix, which also manages to be both cluttered and slick, sanding away all of the grit.

Sure, there are many great songs here, but they're all swamped by the hideous production. There is no separation, and the sound is just not realistic, it's synthetic and flat, and I never got to terms with it.
Weird, noisy album. And not in a good way. Go for "Live Bootleg" instead, that one sounds like a REAL live recording. ... Read more

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$19.98

40 Oz to Freedom
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (23 July, 1996)
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Ska music has been deeply ingrained in the punk rock culture since the Clash adopted their rude boy stance near the end of the British punk invasion and the 2-Tone label put ska on the map. Suddenly, punks stopped kicking the crap out of each other long enough to dance. The debut release by Orange County, California's Sublime is a positively infectious record that marries varied styles of dub, reggae, rap, sampling, scratching, and badass dancehall ska with old-school punk overtones. Musicianship on this record is exceptionally tight, featuring Brad Nowell's innovative guitar work and bright, soulful voice.Packed with 40 oz. of rock (21 tracks) including the ultimate pot-smoking anthem "Smoke Two Joints" and the novelty hit "Date Rape." --Gail Worley ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have
Sublime is one of the few bands that is (was) able to break down the barriers between genres and reach people that less diverse artists will never be able to. If this CD is not in your collection, you are missing out!

4-0 out of 5 stars an original piece
sublime's debut. all good songs, the only problems isthat a lot of the drums and guitar sound the same. but it's still worth buying.

5-0 out of 5 stars Appealing Album for most people
This is a good, upbeat album that defines a good genre. This in my opinion, is the band's best album, although the Self-Titled was also very good.

There are great melodies on this CD. Although these melodies are relatively simple and not complex, they are very enjoyable to the ear. Sublime has a really positive feel to it, and this album will leave you satisfied.

There are only a few songs on the album which resemble "Punk-Rock", as the majority are ska-like reggae music. It's easily recognizable that Brad Nowell was a good vocalist with talent. It's pretty easy to play these songs if you can play the guitar, but its not the complexity that makes the CD genius, it's the fact that the band was actually able to come up with the melodies that sound really good.

There's also humour in a lot of the lyrics which adds a good element to the music. It's always funny to hear Brad talking about stuff like encounters with the police, and getting high/drunk. The album flows really well, and you probably won't be dissapointed by any song. The album is appealing overall.
That's what made it a hit and in my opinion, a classic.
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Clumsy [Single]
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (15 April, 1997)
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You want to talk about pressure? Well, imagine if your first album (that's Naveed) sold nearly a million copies in your home country (that's Canada), the press described your group as the second coming and fans bordered on fanatical wherever you played live. Then (gulp) it's time to release your second effort and all eyes are upon you. That was Our Lady Peace's dilemma by the time their 1997 effort, Clumsy, hit the shelves. The release in the end did not reach the same level of intensity for most critics who provided a "been there, done that" sort of defense. Dedicated fans embraced the disc but in the end, "Superman's Dead" and "Automatic Flowers" did not provide the same out-of-nowhere surprise and mayhem that Naveed did. The band does have two very noteworthy fans, however; Jimmy Page and Robert Plant continue to shout the group's praises from the rooftops, which will undoubtedly bring new fans to the fold. --Denise Sheppard ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Our Lady Peace, Canada's Finest
Though this album isn't as big or suprising as "Naveed" it's still a rockable CD. Like many other people I never heard of OLP untill "Somewhere Out There" hit American Radio, then "Innocent", when I checked these guys out I was suprised to find they already had several albums to their name. Though Clumsy is a great album, it's far from flawless. The CD has a promising opening few tracks. "Superman's Dead," The best liked from this album is a great power song opening with a few gentle acoustic notes but it then explodes into a powerhorse of a song. "Automatic Flowers" follows continuing dazzle your ears and then continues on to "Carnival", Which I think is the best song on the CD. "4 A.M." is a glorious ballad that comes in a close second to "Carnival." Then, somewhere in the middle it sadly slows down and gets slightly dull and repetetive, it doesn't mellow out like it should, it just get's dull. "Clumsy" is the only break from the repetition.

This album really deserves five stars, I mainly blame the reduction on a fruity blend of several factors. I'll list them here, from the worst to the smallest grudges.

1. First and formost is the singer, not as I said above the redundency, but the singer, which enhances the repetition. He seems to have a love for adding his high pitched squeels and whines that make your ears bleed to bridges and whenever there's no lyrics present, I guess to break up the song somewhat. I don't know If I should blame poor production value or the singer himself. The CD starts off, his voice is soothing and very "pretty" dare I say, as the CD drags on his voice gets more and more irratating and mind wrenching and by the time it gets to "The Story of 100 Aisles" I can't listen anymore, this song makes me want to scratch a knife on a chalkboard to relieve the pain felt from his voice in this song, awfull! It really is a bruise (actually more like a tumor) of the CD- utterly horrible. "Car Crash" isn't as bad but is nearly as painful. Even the title song, "Clumsy" is sometimes annoying. Maybe a better track list would have remedied this problem, maybe if they removed "The Story of 100 Aisles" completely and ended the CD with "4 A.M." a much softer and much more pleasing song, It would have been a beautiful ending to a beautiful album.

2. Redundency. Starting with "Shaking" the CD gets boring and starts to lull you to sleep until "Story of 100 Aisles"'s nasty wake-up call, it starts sounding repetetive. That doesn't mean the tracks are bad or all sound the same by any means- they are just... repetetive and it drones you to sleep. Again, This could have been fixed by reorganizing the track list- drop down "Automatic Flowers" and "Carnival" to the second half of the CD break up the chunks.

3. The last grudge, some of the songs seem to be slightly uninspiring. Namely "Big Dumb Rocket" "Shaking" and "Hello Oscar." They're not bad songs, it's just they're very generic songs and if it wasn't for the singer's unique Billy Corgan-esque voice they would've sounded like they could have come from a hundred different rock acts. There's also no truly amazingly memorible and energetic songs like "Starseed" on this album, you could say this one is darker, but I'd say otherwise. This though is a minor complaint because the singer makes up for the lack of origonality by adding his own special touch.

A should-have-been-perfect CD was blown out of it's chance at being a big contender in the music world due to one atrocious song and a couple slight mishaps by the band and/or producers.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite rock albums
First I have to admit that I am not a hardcore OLP fan, as I have only heard Clumsy and Gravity. Gravity is okay but Clumsy is a great rock album worthy of more than 5 stars really. Like a lot of people I was hooked after hearing Superman's Dead which is my co-favorite song by the band. The other is Clumsy, a great song that starts off sounding like a downer but turns into a song with a great message.I could say there are only about 2 songs that dont do anything for me, but some other really good ones are Automatic Flowers, Carnival and Let You Down. The lyric are meaningful, the vocalist sounds great and when you get to the bottom line this album just rocks. No 2 ways about that. It is a good album to have and I recommend it, but I think some of the older albums from them might be better by reading some of the previous reviews. It doesn't matter though, I love this cd and I will be checking out some other stuff from OLP.

4-0 out of 5 stars OLP aren't clumsy
What i like the most about this band is how they can make beautiful songs of hope and down-to-earth living with rock music. They are one of the best. ... Read more

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Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Post-Grunge    4. Rock   


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LJ Plays the Beatles
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (13 June, 2000)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent and then some.
As many of us are, I am a long time and never ending admirer of the Beatles and all they encompassed. Over the years I've taken interest in various tributes, variations etc. of their music and usually am disappointed. Somehow I missed this one and stumbled onto it recently. Halfway through the second track I knew I found one of those great albums that will always stay above the surface. There's too much to go into here...all I can say is I can't imagine anyone past the entry level Beatles fan not enjoying this. Juber has pulled off a great and rare thing here, making tribute to the music we all know and love like a lifelong, irreplaceable best friend, while displaying his inventive arrangement skills and breathtaking talent as a guitarist. There's some twists and turns and depth to challenge us but he's not out to lose us and forget what brought us all here in the first place. Beyond that, or I guess in addition, it's simply an acoustic guitar daydream, perfectly produced. Impressive stuff to put it mildly. I just wish I'd found it a few years earlier...

5-0 out of 5 stars An amazing artist
I had the privilege of seeing Laurence Juber in concert earlier this year, in a small, intimate setting.Prior to that evening, I only knew his name through his brief tenure with WINGS.While I have always been a Beatles/Paul McCartney fan, Mr. Juber's name was only that - a name in some liner notes.

After hearing the 1st selection, I had to sit up and take notice.Here was someone who was not simply a competent player, but an artist.Both the Beatles selections I heard that night (which are featured on this album), as well as his original compositions, kept my wife and I mesmerized throughout his entire set.

Some other reviewers have said that Mr. Juber sounds like more than one guitarist on certain selections.It's true.I watched him play some of these arrangements, and I still don't know how he did it....but it was just LJ and his guitar - there was no overdubbing or accompaniment of any kind.He is an amazing artist, and this album is a must have for any lover of the Beatles or the guitar in general.Bravo, Mr. Juber.

5-0 out of 5 stars Relaxing Beatle guitar pleasure!!
Great Guitar.....

Great lazy day Background music......

Great before bed .......

Great for lullaby for small child..

Great twist on Beatle classics..

Great CD... ... Read more

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Subjects:  1. Guitar Virtuoso    2. New Age / Meditation    3. Pop    4. Rock & Roll   


$18.99

Every Breath You Take: Classics
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (12 September, 1995)
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Love 'em or hate 'em, there was no denying that Sting and the boys released some great singles. The title track practically distills the essence of perfect pop, while "Roxanne," "Don't Stand So Close to Me," "De do do do, de da da da," and "Every Little Thing She Does is Magic" helped define a generation. --Chris Nickson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars perfect in sound and material
If you haven't heard all of these songs or at least most of them, you must have been living under a rock during the 80's.The drumming and white reggea aspect of these songs is what made me into a fan.just get this cd if you don't have it already, you can't beat this wonderful single disc collection!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Police kick ass!
Okay, so I recently bought this compilation because I was looking for something new, and the crap on today's radio isn't worth listening to anyway. Anyway, this compilation has some of the best Sting and The Police's songs! My favorite is "Walking on the Moon". I've listened to it at least 30 times. "Roxanne" is another classic everyone has heard at least once in their life. "Every Breath You Take" is on here as well, it's another classic. Even Puff Daddy (P. Diddy) sampled it to create his 1997 hit "I'll Be Missing You".

In short: You need this compilation, even if you've only heard one of their songs. It's great.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Comprehensive Album of The Police
What a great collection! The Police were an enigma and Sting is an amazing lyricist. The version of "Don't Stand So Close To Me" is layered with harmony and instrumental additions that aren't in the original. Overall, this is a good collection for huge fans and people who have just heard The Police on the radio... ... Read more

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Midnite Vultures
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (23 November, 1999)
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When Beck mangles folk, hip-hop, country, blues, and lo-fi rock into a unique sonic species, he pays homage to his influences in a way that is utterly entertaining. Indeed, the alt-rock vagabond is responsible for some of the 1990s' most indispensable music. In his lesser moments, however, Beck's attempts at emulating his preceptors fall flat, creating only B-grade versions of the genuine articles. Midnite Vultures splits down the middle between the great Beck and the not-so-great Beck. About half the album gorges on retro pulp fiction, a"Becksploitation," if you will, where his relatively straightforwardimpersonations shortchange his influences. On the slow-burn soul tracks "Peaches and Cream" and "Debra" or the 808-driven tributary "Hlwd. Freaks," he lacks the pipes, heart, and history to pass as a legitimate double-breasted soul man or old-school rapper. The other half, finding Beck in his element, is exhilarating. His unfalteringstudio mastery is especially evident on standouts such as the horn-punched "Sexx Laws," the steamy, slap-bass-blasted "Nicotine and Gravy," and the wah-wah bombast of "Mixed Bizness." The album proves that Beck playing the straight-up funkateer will never match ranks with the raw talents of Marvin Gaye, George Clinton, or Prince, but as long as he adheres to more inventive genre splicing, he remains compelling in his own right. --Beth Massa ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars groovin Beck
love this cd, its always in my player. I cannot stay in a bad mood after hearing these tunes. Audio prozac. Love ya beck

5-0 out of 5 stars Beck's Party Album and a hell of a fun record!
Beck's 1999 record Midnite Vultures wasn't a return to the inventiveness of 1994's Odelay!, but it was exactly what was needed after the acoustic beauty of Mutations.From the opening trio of Sexx Laws, Mixed Bizness, and Nicotine and Gravy to the pretty Beautiful Day, Lonesome Train, this album runs the gamut.Check out the rap-laden Hollywood Freaks and the album's closer, the hilarious Debra, where Beck does his best Prince impression.Overall, while not Beck's best album, it *is* a great album and ONE of his best!

3-0 out of 5 stars Beck tries on a Prince mask
Beck Hansen hates to stand still. "One Foot in the Grave" was his love letter to acoustic blues and traditional folk. "Mellow Gold" and "Odelay" were..his, well, attempt to celebrate ALL music at once with a batch of genres in a Cuisinart.."Mutations" saw him slap on a cowboy hat. This time, Beck wants to funk you up with an album that's 90% Prince but you'll hear some George Clinton and New Order in there, too.

HIGHLIGHTS:
The brass bravado of "Sexx Laws" gets everything off on the right foot. "Mixed Bizness"'s "alllll right...turn it up now" falsetto chorus is instant singalong. "Get Real Paid" uses processing to make Beck sound like a woman, though a plastic and distant one. "Peaches and Cream" uses the oddest imagery ("you make a garbage man scream"), bizarre juxtapositions (He cops the gospel standard "keep your lamplight trimmed and burning" as a counterpoint vocal near the coda) and his most Princesque scream. The gospel vs. hedonism here is probably his best aping of the Prince ethos. "Debra" is a great mix of 70s wah-wah, tinkly electric piano and Prince falsetto laid over creamy bass. The lyric "I want to get with you/only you/and your sister/I think her name is Debra?" is priceless. There's also a self-deprecating afterthought as the song tails off "I'm a full-grown man/And I'm not afraid ta..." (you never find out what he has in mind..perhaps he's all posturing?)

VALLEYS:
"Hollywood Freaks" is an OK tune but it's definitely low on groove though it's probably the most 70s derived (think wah-wah by the truckload) except for an odd section that apes old school rap. "Broken Train" is lifeless. "Beautiful Way" is a beautiful country-tinged lament, but it just sounds out of place here. It would have been a better fit for "Mutations". "Pressure Zone" doesn't really have a good hook and throws kitchen sink production over it to try and hide that fact. Once again, there's a hidden "song" of various keyboard blips, guitar skronk, etc. It's just studio goofing and of no consequence musically.

BOTTOM LINE:
B-grade Prince..but since Prince himself's been making C grade music lately ("Come","Chaos and Disorder" though "Musicology" is a bit of a return) this'll be a nice slab of funk for his fans. For Beck aficionados, it is what it is...a predominantly uptempo album to dance to. It definitely won't make fans of stripped-back acoustic Beck or mad genre scientist Beck happy.

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Morrison Hotel
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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The next-to-last Doors album, recorded prior to Jim Morrison's still mystery-shrouded death in a Parisian bathtub, eschewed much of the band's previous penchant for baroque musical, poetic, and philosophical pretensions (this was, after all, the back-to-roots era of the Beatles' Let It Be, the Stones' Let It Bleed, and Dylan's Nashville Skyline). Instead, the Doors circa 1970 wisely seeped themselves in a bluesy, no-frills approach that might have hinted at creative exhaustion in a lesser band. Instead, the Doors of "Roadhouse Blues" and "Peace Frog" reinvented themselves into arguably one of the greatest bar bands ever, with Morrison's well-documented demons frolicking in a welcome new ambience. "Waiting for the Sun" and "Ship of Fools" may hearken back to the band's cabalistic and Kurt Weill leanings, respectively, but framed in an edgier, more effective way. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A Great Doors Album (4.5 stars)
Morrison Hotel/Hard Rock Café is a well influenced blues/rock album, and by many critics, is considered a prime choice for Doors albums. Although maybe not as psychadelic as some other efforts, it is very artistic and poetic in rockish sense.

The first side is easily the best, beginning with the heavy rocker, Roadhouse Blues, an instant hit with killer lyrics and an awesome metal riff. The album doesn't slow down from there taking us into Waiting For The Sun, a beautiful, poetic composition with a masterful chorus. You Make Me Real is a good, energetic rocker, and Peace Frog is a thrilling track, especially for its killer basslines at the beginning and unbelievable guitar riffs. A slower track comes with Blue Sunday and it is fairly well done, but Ship Of Fools gives it a much needed lift, with a great, rock based melody. Land Ho! is a solid rocker. The Spy has some nice keyboards and is a pretty ballad.
Morrison closes out with a nice bluesy number, Maggie Mcgill, The Doors giving us strong instrumental performances, with obvious blues roots built into nice keyboard vibes and spins.

Morrison Hotel achieves success with certain key components where some Doors albums didn't. I found the key to its success was consistency, as it stays very rooted to the essential theme of the album, and no track really breaks away from that theme. Lyrically exceptional as always, and it features easily one of the Doors greatest rockers, Roadhouse Blues. An absolute must fordiehard Doors fans, and possibly essential for the casual fan too, featuring some great rock numbers that most 60s rock listeners can appreciate. All in all a great album, and highly recommended.

4-0 out of 5 stars A return to greatness
For me, 'Morrison Hotel' is a really solid album and a return to the rock/blues/jazz grounding that made the Doors great.The reason they sound so confident on this album is because they returned to making the music that sounded right to them.

And now, an overall rundown of the album itself.

Roadhouse Blues: a straightahead blues number with some fine harp.(10/10)

Waiting for the Sun: the liberal use of slide guitar, synthesisers and ominous lyrics creates an overall pleasing sound.(10/10)

You Make Me Real: almost a nod to the rock and roll of the 1950s.A bit cliched.(7/10)

Peace Frog: a downright funky number with some cool lyrics from Morrison.(10/10)

Blue Sunday: decent song but can be a bit boring.(6/10)

Ship of Fools: an upbeat song with some great musicianship and interesting lyrics.(10/10)

Land Ho!: sounds like it could easily be a sea shanty.Lots of fun.(9/10)

The Spy: a creepy-sounding song with a slow tempo.(8/10)

Queen of the Highway: musically, this song just keeps on building.(9/10)

Indian Summer: kind of boring.(5/10)

Maggie M'Gill: good old-fashioned blues with some great slide guitar.Foot-stomping fun!(10/10)

Even though this album has some forgettable songs, there are some fantastic songs that more than make up for it.A great album!

5-0 out of 5 stars Why do I need to title? You KNOW what I'm writing about...
I discovered "Peace Frog" while running around my hometown between my junior and senior years of high school with an ex-girlfriend (although decidedly not at the time)when it came on the ONLY decent radio station in NE Wyoming. "That was the Doors? It sounded like Jim Morrison, definately weird enough", "They got all funk'dified" (Had been listening to Parliament earlier). Fortunately that particular station is good for actually telling you what you had or were about to listen to... and I got the name of the song. I don't normally buy an album based on a song, which probably puts me in a minority for the under 25 crowd, but I'd been a fan of the Doors anyhow. This is a very good album... it has quite a bit of diversity if you know what to look for, although some songs definately stand out above the rest.

There are some EXCELLENT reviews below for this album if you'd like more specifics... just bear in mind there are three types of Doors "fans". Those that appreciate inventive and thought provoking music, those that like some of the more overplayed songs (think "touch me") - and claim to be Led Zeppelin fans because they like "Stairway to Heaven", and vapid stoner losers who think substance abuse justifies debasing a remarkable band's musical contributions by assimilation by habits.

If you are either of the two groups, you're either insulted, or confused... but you are more than entitled to your own opinion and the recording industry will proudly support your buying habits. ... Read more

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Pulp Fiction: Music From The Motion Picture
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (27 September, 1994)
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Dick Dale's surf-guitar provided the memorable title theme("Misirlou"), for Quentin Tarantino's 1994 smash, and although thatsound runs throughout the soundtrack (along with bits and pieces of dialog fromthe movie), this is a pretty eclectic bunch of really terrific songs.I don'tknow how it all manages to hang together, but it does (you might say the samefor the interwoven stories in the movie).Where else are you going to findChuck Berry, Maria McKee, Al Green, The Statler Brothers, Kool & the Gang, UrgeOverkill (singing a Neil Diamond ballad!), Ricky Nelson, Dusty Springfield, andthe Tornadoes (among others) one album? McKee's beautiful "If Love is a RedDress (Hang Me in Rags)" is a standout, partly because it's less familiar.One of the few soundtracks of the '90s that went into the CD player and stayedthere for weeks and months thereafter. --Jim Emerson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Pulp Fiction is one of those movies that, if you like it (or love it, as many people do), it's almost essential to have the soundtrack. The songs in the movie are integral to the movie's mood, and this soundtrack preserves that atmosphere. Alot has been said of the surf music in the film, but most of the soundtrack is composed of several different genres. This includes R&B, country, even a little rock and roll.

The album kicks off with, as you could expect, the "theme" of Pulp Fiction- "Miserlou." "Jungle Boogie" is a song we've all heard before, and could be called the other theme, since this song is also present in the beginning of the movie and the trailers. Another notable track is "You Never Can Tell" (from the infamous Jack Rabbit Slim's dance scene). This is followed by another excellent track.. "Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon"... a Neil Diamond cover from Urge Overkill. The CD ends with the excellent surf song used for the end credits... "Surf Rider." Well actually, it ends in style with Jules reciting Ezekiel 25:17, and then Jules and Vincent blasting you away. So good luck with that.

I recommend seeing the movie before purchasing the soundtrack.. it enhances the experience of listening to this CD by leaps and bounds.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good movie - Worth watching : But not for all
The name of this movie is as unforgettable as the movie itself. However, I do not find it the best movie ever as some people would put it. It is not even the best movie of 90's given the fact that the 90's saw movies like 'Philadelphia' and 'Titanic', which shall remain memorable for the story and ability to touch human heart. However, it is not fair to compare this movie with those as this movie is a different kind of cinema which presents the things in a cruder way than they really are in order to stimulate audience to watch it.

I watched this movie on TV which I would highly recommend rather than spending money on buying a DVD. I thought a lot about this movie after watching it not because of the movie itself but because of the opnions ofothers about this movie.

What makes this movies special is the way the story is told, the settings, the characters and most importantly the music which invisibily maintains the pace of the movie.

Some memorable scenes from this movie:

1. Dance scene in the club ( John Travolta and Uma Thruman )
2. Murder of John Travolta
3. Adrenaline shot scene

Please avoid this movie if you do not like black morbid humour, blood, drugs and explcit language.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pulp Fiction Soundtrack
With a really great movie, comes a really great soundtrack with it. Please note people that it says Explicit Lyrics, but do not pay attention to it because there only like 3 or 4 songs with a few cuss words. These words usually come from the little diaglogues, or the talking before the song. Other than that this is a great cd with all the good songs from the movie. It may be missing out on like 3 or 4 songs, but this will suffice. All QT soundtracks are like this, so check out the others too. BUY IT. ... Read more

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Boston
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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"Better music through science" was the Epic Records-coined slogan that Boston leader Tom Scholz hated, but this masterwork of studio-happy, high-school-parking-lot music earned it. Scholz fine-tuned his overdubbed guitar orchestra to a pitch that a thousand subsequent album-rockers couldn't resist. And why should they? Where the band's later records were hardly worthy of note, Boston pulls together classic after classic: "More Than a Feeling," "Peace of Mind," "Hitch a Ride." The pseudo-cosmic ambience invites scoffs as the year 2000 approaches, but it's really just part of the disc's charm. Let it take you home tonight. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars don't have it yet
I don't have this album yet. I was not a Boston fan till I heard
songs such as Foreplay/Longtime and Smokin on the radio. I own the song Foreplay/Longtime which is one of my favorites.

Good work.

3-0 out of 5 stars Is there an echo in the building?
It sure sounds that way to me...LOL!

Everybody always talks about the "crisp, clear sound quality" on this album and how Tom Scholz was a "genius".If you ask me, I think the production is a bit TOO crisp and clear.To me it sounds tinny and echoey.But what would you expect from a self declared "genius", who put this album togeather over five years in his basement studio?

I've heard that this album was home-made for only $10 000, and I definately believe that.The guitars blare and drone, and there is an irratating echoing noise throught the album.It sounds like the band moved all their equipment into a big, empty barn and recorded the whole album in there!

No offence to all the Boston fanatics, but I just don't like Tom Scholz being hailed as a brilliant producer, when he is really just an amateur.The myth of Tom Scholz being a genius is so widespread that I thought I'd better clear that up.

Bye!

5-0 out of 5 stars An enduring classic for all time
Classic 70's albums bring into mind Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, Led Zeppelin's fourth album, and Blondie's Parallel Lines, to name a few.Add to that Boston's debut album, which sold 16 million copies in the US and was in the album charts for two years.Much of the success was due to the intelligent songwriting of Tom Scholz and rock vocals of Brad Delp, who by the time of their third album Third Stage, were the only two from the original lineup left.

The remembrances of summers past and a girl named Marianne is embodied in their first single "More Than A Feeling," one of the best known rock singles of the 70's.Reaching #5 in 1976, it featured all the components that made Boston a force to be reckoned with.Delp's soaring vocals, accompaniment from other members, and Tom Scholz's distinctive squealing and revved guitars, particularly during the chorus.

"Peace Of Mind," the third single, which barely showed its face in the Top 40 (#38), is more a rocker throughout.It's a song showing the wisdom of not getting caught up with the fierce competition in the music world:/Can'tcha you see there'll come a day when it won't matter/Come a day when you'll be gone/I sometimes find myself liking this song more than "More Than A Feeling."Why didn't this get into the Top 5 as well?

The second single, "Long Time," has as an accompanying prelude "Foreplay," with its rambling organ solo and snarling guitars.After 2 mins 23 seconds, "Long Time" begins with a squealing guitar and Brad singing.This #22 song has the long-term dream or vision, much like "Peace of Mind" and the need to move on from one place to another to find it.The "got to move on" dynamic is also explored in "Hitch A Ride," only on a more cosmic level, where hitching a ride to the other side and leaving for the last time is the final departure.

"Rock N Roll Band" is an autobiographic song of how the band made it from local gigs till their discovery.Just as engaging if not more than"Peace of Mind."There are some nods to old-fashion R&R in the verses of the jamming "Smokin'."Jamming, or should I say smoking?

All the songs are singleworthy, due to a consistent strong guitar, heavy bass, drums, in other words, the forerunner of what would later be termed arena rock.Corporate rock is another term that comes to mind, although later, Boston's most recent album would be named Corporate America in denunciation of the type of music his band had been a part of.

Not many artists have a best-selling pop debut album like Boston, although two that come to mind are Whitney Houston and Hootie & The Blowfish.An enduring classic that still hasn't lost its touch all these years. ... Read more

Asin: B000002572
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In Concert
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (21 May, 1991)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Dead cats, dead rats, Doors Live,
Nice to have all the live releases combined on one cd release.The songs seem to flow together and the sound quality is really good.Some highlights include "Back Door Man", "Gloria", and most of the popular Doors catalog of hit songs.Jim sounds in true form and the band rocks and keeps the energy pumping throughout this release.This will be one of your most often played cd's.

5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT CONCERT COLLECTION

This was my first Doors CD ever, I bought it back in 1992 when I was 11. I was just amazed of the energy Morrison could proyect on stage. This Double live album includes the LP's : Absolutely Live, Alive she cried and Live at the Hollywood Bowl with minor arrangements in the track order. You wont hear the differences, the songs are perfectly matched and mixed you wont believe they are from different shows. Instead of spending all your money on the three CDS, buy this collection for a fair amount, buy the three separated only if you want the track order and a few more songs here and there. Anyway, listen to it and judge yourself. Best Live Doors album.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best live albums I've heard.
The sound quality of this CD is great. A lot of live albums fall short because the producers try to make the recordings sound like a studio album--all you hear is a stadium-esque roar at the end of each song that sits way back in the mix. What I love about this album is the same thing that I love about Frampton Comes Alive: the band is inspired, full of energy, and we can actually clearly hear individual people in the crowd yell and interact with the band. It gives one the impression that they're one step closer to actually being in the front row. You'll simply laugh at some of the things Morrison says to the crowd, and admire his incredible stage presence, which is felt all over this record.

The only thing I didn't like was the Back Door Man "medley." I wish they would have played the whole song because the little they played sounded great.

You'll either love or hate the "Celebration of the Lizard" portion of the first disc. It demonstrates the band's most uncommericial, though poetic, side.

It's also worth noting that a version of Gloria is on the second CD, though it sounds like it was recorded in the studio. ... Read more

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Woodstock 99 Vol. 2 - Blue Album
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4-0 out of 5 stars Sure as hell better than the red album...
While the first half of the Woodstock 99 recording flopped more than inspired, the Blue Album is full of musicians with an actual message to get across and trying to accomplish something musical, unlike imbecile acts such as Kid Rock, Limp Bizkit, and DMX, who seem to have nothing to say and are only there as drunken entertainment. The Red Album did have its shining moments, as Rage Against The Machine, Sevendust, Megadeth, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Live, and even Creed performed wonderfully, and thankfully the blue disc saves the entire Woodstock recording experience. Although there are several artists who I am not a fan of on this disc, all the musicians featured here have undeniable ambition that I can appreciate either way, such as Jewel, Sheryl Crow, Elvis Costello, Alanis Morissette, and Bruce Hornsby, all of which deliver more musically than most of the horrible alt-metal acts at Woodstock.

The rest of the CD shines even moreso, with Dave Matthews Band churning out an awesome version of "Tripping Billies", The Roots performing "Adrenaline" flawlessly, and Our Lady Peace delivering intensely with "Superman's Dead". The utter funkiness of G. Love & Special Sauce combined with Jamiroquai and with the folkish rocking of Rusted Root make the whole recording a winner in some form or another, not to mention the amazing Everlast delivering "Ends" on a silver platter and the Chemical Brothers serving up "Block Rockin' Beats" in their usual mind-bending electronic soundscape. Guster and Everclear also dazzle the stage.

If you're going to get one of the Woodstock 1999 recordings, get this one instead of the Red Album, the other disc will only disappoint save for a few tracks, where as with this half the listener can appreciate all the music and energy, regardless of whether they're fans of each individual artist. Hopefully the potential Woodstock 2004 won't be such a calamity as '99.

5-0 out of 5 stars I LOVE IT!
From hard-hitting Metallica to 80's rockish Buckcherry, this live Woodstock set is a winner all the way. No metal/rock/punk/whatever fan should go without! ... Read more

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...And Justice For All
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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This record has so much good material that it's a shame the production is so shoddy. Songwise, this is probably Metallica's most sophisticated album, exploring the theme of justice and perversions thereof with a vengeance. "One" is one of their best songs ever, building from a slow, edgy beginning into effortless overdrive. The title track is excellent and never boring, despite clocking in at more than nine minutes. It's the epic of the album, but all of the songs are long, displaying impressive chops and songwriting. Metallica took a commercial turn after ...And Justice for All, and it's interesting to speculate on what would have happened to their music had they continued in the direction suggested by this album. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Justice is awesome!
This is arguably Metallica's heaviest cd. It's got powerful guitar and drums, good added sounds (like the battle noises at the beginning of "One"), but the recording is a little different. Still fairly good sound quality though. I love the song Harvester of Sorrow great lyrics and music, heaviest metallica song ever, almost. Definitely a change of pace from their previous cd Master of Puppets, but in a good way. Overall, I liked it a lot but thought some of the songs were lacking the right ingredients...you've got to listen to it to know what i mean. But its still awesome, great way to tribute Cliff. Amen.

5-0 out of 5 stars ...and justice for all
first off let me say this is a great cd. this is some really heavy stuff that we're dealing with. its got one of the best metallica songs on it (one). they played this song when i saw them live and the intro was amazing. there were big explosions on stage and they played the battle sounds. it was sooo cool. blinding and deafining but cool. there are no bad songs on this cd. the production is a little weird though so it doesnt sound as smooth as usual but that really doesnt make any difference. this is also the first cd the band made without cliff burton and it is the last cd before metallica went through their big change. (which really isnt wasnt that bad... in my opinion)

5-0 out of 5 stars My review for .... ...And Justice For All
This album came out in 1988.Megadeth's So Far, So Good...So What! came out the same year.I'm gonna review that but for now gonna do .. And Justice For All.This is the first album without cliff.Although the death of cliff is very depressing because he had such potential,he was sorta the Jimmy Page of Basses, I'm not sure this album would of been so successful without the death.This album holds one of the greatest songs of all time.It makes you wanna cry but when you listen to the music.. you dont wanna cry.. you wanna suck it up and have a good time and bang ya head.Thats what metal is all about....And Justice For All proved that sad songs can make you headbang.The best song on this album and also the main highlight is One.This is my all-time favorite Metallica song.Its sorta like Megadeth's In My Darkest Hour as far as music structure goes.. but One is written better.As you may know.. its based on a movie about a landmine taking everything away from a man.I never saw the movie.. but according to the lyrics. he lived.. he had to face living with no arms, no legs, and worst of all no soul.Metallica proved that they could make a song out of nothing.Other highlights would be Dyers Eve.. This is about neglection.This is the 2nd best song on the album.Really good stuff.The rest of the songs are ok.I really wouldn't know what to say if i had to review the songs.. but i can tell you that they are awesome.. and make the album a lil better than Ride The Lightning, and you gotta know that that's pretty hard to accomplish.I highly recommend this album.The same for Ride The Lightning. ... Read more

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29/6/00 - Spectrum, Oslo, Norway
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Cool Set List, and a Surprisingly Solid Performance
Disclaimer: Owner of all 72 official PJ bootlegs. This show in Oslo has not garnered much attention from collectors of the Pearl Jam bootleg series, but I feel that this one is a little underrated and is actually a surprisingly good performance if you sit back and let it sink in. Stone Gossard and Mike McCready are both in especially prime form tonight, working perfectly in unison and delivering slamming versions of the heavy rockers "Hail Hail," "Spin the Black Circle," and "Last Exit." Jeff Ament and Matt Cameron add an unexpectedly funky groove to the inevitable jam sessions in "Daughter" and "Porch." Another advantage for this show is a rather unusual set list, starting off with the quiet but effective "Sometimes," and adding the rarities "Evacuation," "Sleight of Hand," a grandiose "Immortality" and an incredible "Red Mosquito" in which Mike's slide solos are extra mindbending. Eddie Vedder talks about The La's to the uncomprehending Norwegians before the band launches into its sparkling cover of "Timeless Melody." The only unfortunate aspect of this bootleg is the feeling you get about the tragedy that would occur at the very next gig in Denmark, where nine fans would die.

5-0 out of 5 stars They're still one of the best
I just want to say that Pearl Jam is amazing on this records, they are still one of the best live groups around, this CD has a good set and very good new versions of old songs like immortality, but especially Daughter when Eddie shows the crowd that he is a great singer, also has a good version of Timeless Melody.The band show that they are better musicians than before, Mike is playing incredibly well, and Matt is really a good drummer I guess that the best Pj. ever had.I just hope that one day Pearl Jam visit Costa Rica, i really love that to happen.

5-0 out of 5 stars allRIGHTYthen
I was present when Pearl Jam kicked off in Oslo. I was very exited, FINALLY I got to see Pearl Jam live! They have not been to Norway since 1993, 7 years. The concert was incredible! The sound, the mood, Pearl Jam gave 9000 norwegian fans a fantastic show. It is very nice to see that PJ still can hit life into their old hits. Also, to see them playing their song, the way they put energy and soul into them. It becomes magical. I have bought all of the 25 albums. "Rolling stones" rated Oslo 21. I believe it decerves better. The version of "Immortality" is the highlight of the setlist. "Daughter" was also very good. Ed brought the croud into the song.. Best concert : Fila Forum. It contains songs like "State of love and trust", "Garden" and "Jeremy", personal favorites. Thank you Pearl Jam, for giving us the opportunity to keep all the memories from a great show. I Thank you! ... Read more

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The Great Radio Controversy
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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Their blues-influenced, grittier edge set Tesla apart from the bands that littered the hard rock landscape from the late '80s to the early '90s. The Great Radio Controversy is arguably their best album, with enough hooks to catch the listener, and good, solid songwriting. Songs like "Heaven's Trail (No Way Out)," "Flight to Nowhere," and "Party's Over" show that Tesla is at their best when tackling anthems; by avoiding the overblown riffs and musical posturing of their peers, they keep these songs from sounding pretentious. Likewise, "Love Song" lives up to its title, a straightforward ballad that doesn't drip with treacle the way most hard rock power ballads do. A solid effort all around, if somewhat dated. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Rock as it should be
my friend gave me this cd because he thought id like it.of cource since i had never heard of tesla before hand i didnt expect much out of it.i popped it inside my cd player expecting mindless screaming and off key guitaring.from the very first track, i felt this band was something special.after i heard the chorus to "Hang Tough"I just felt so much power coming from jeff keith's voice, it was incredible.following that track is another underrated track "lady luck"catchy verses flow into an even catchier chorus.i can totally relate to the song, i feel many can. basically hes saying hes getting pretty screwed over and he wants to know whats up.after that track is the epic "No way out" i love them rhythem guitar at the beginning, very in your face as long with the lyrics. "you know im on a slick trip im always ready!! to kick ***"by the time you hear the chorus you realize its not the song you thought it was.i dont want to give 2 much away but the bridge mixing with the chorus is incredible "makes me feel, like im, heading down, a one way dead in street, THERES NO WAY OUT NO WAY OUT, of this living hell, NO WAY OUT NO WAY OUT, unless your walk heavens trail"very emotional i felt.the next track i didnt care for so im not going to discuss that.track 5, "Lazy days Crazy Nights",one of my all time favorites from tesla.it starts off with a very unique sound, sort of sad sounding and at the same time very gritty.after hearing the chorus you will feel you have heard many bands sing about the topic of partying but will realize none have ever sounded like this, thats what i like most about it.i didnt care for track 6 either.track 7 is one of the fastest tracks tesla has done. its entitled "yesterdaze gone"this is another very unique song.its very fast paced, yet its about heartbreak.its a great song to listen to full blast, speeding down the highway.track 8, "makin magik" another great song, very catchy chorus.this song has great rhytem and easy to sing lyrics.but what i notice most is the chorus with jeff keith almost screaming MAKIN MAGIC MAKIN MAGIC!!!, it aint no mystery.this song is about sex, yet its not as strait forward with it like some bands sing about it.the next track is entitled "the way it is" although its one of their better known songs, i never really cared for it.track 10, entitled "flight to nowhere"i like the helicopter sound at the beginning but i didnt care much for the lyrics, but did have a catchy chorus "GOING DOWN im on the flight to nowhere" not my favorite from tesla.next is their most known song and for good reason, the love ballad entitled "love song"it starts off with 2 acoustic guitars.sounds almost midevil themed.very sweet sounding song.its about how his heart was broken, but he found new love.his message is, dont let heart break get you down, love will find a way.beautiful track.the music is incredible as well.the next track entitled "paradise" is another love song.it starts off with a unique sound, thanks to studio recording.its about how hes off on the road and has to say good bye to his love, in the end of cource he makes his way back to her.another great tesla song.the last track is my least favorite of the cd, but still isnt bad.i hope you find my review helpful.this is must buy for rock fans.

hang tough-7/10
Lady luck- 7/10
no way out- 9/10
be a man- 3/10
lazy days crazy nights 8/10
Money (forgot the title) 2/10
yesterdaze gone 6/10
makin magik 7/10
way it is 6/10
flight to nowhere 5/10
love song 10/10
paradise 8/10
partys over 5/10

5-0 out of 5 stars Tesla's Second Record Is Just As Good As The First
Tesla's second record, THE GREAT RADIO CONTROVERSY, is just as good as the debut. The songs are a little bit more developed, but the band still sound as if they're playing their guts out. You should own this record, too.

4-0 out of 5 stars Proof that the 80s didn't completely suck...
I was about 14 years old when I heard this album for the first time--and then as now, what blew me away about it was the conviction, and the songwriting.

Melody beats bombast every time--refer to Van Halen's early albums for this lesson--and song for song, "The Great Radio Controversy" is arguably Tesla's best album (others give that title to "Psychotic Supper")."Hang Tough" (not to be confused with NKOTB), "Lady Luck", "Lazy Days, Crazy Nights", and "Makin Magic" all sway from verse/chorus/verse in various tempos but never vary in quality.

Besides, the harmony vocals are what set Tesla aside from their contemporaries--see them as a smart Poison with better chops and even better taste in influences.Check out "Love Song" (one of the best power ballads of all time), and "Paradise" (note the G'n'R homage in the 2nd half of the song) for proof.

It's aged a little--I have to be honest--but it still holds up. ... Read more

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