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Van Halen
Average Customer Review: 4.65 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (19 September, 2000)
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Van Halen Ever. At Least Six Stars!
This is the only Van Halen album I have, but it's so awesome, I don't care. Amost every song is kickass, and Eddie is amazing.

Runnin' With the Devil - Although the solo is a little weak for Eddie's standards, it is made up for with thae awesome intro that this song holds. Pure Hard Rock. 10/10

Eruption - Eddie Van Halen is a true god. Hopefully, with all the hip hop garbage today, he won't be forgotten. Best on the album. 11/10

You Really Got Me - A milkion times better than the Kinks' original version. Great solo, great vocals. Very Cool. 10/10

Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love - cool riff, cool guitar lead. Alex Van Halen's shining moment. 9/10

I'm the One - It has two solos. Enough said. 10/10

Jamie's Cryin' - I used to hate it, but now I love it. Killer riff. 9/10

Atomic Punk - Eddie is so incredicle here. My second favorite song on the album. 10/10

Feel Your Love Tonight - Not really too fond of this song, as in I don't listen to it that often. It's still good, though. 8/10

Little Dreamer - Again, not too familiar. 8/10

Ice Cream Man - I LOVE this song! It is simply awesome! 10/10

On Fire - Michael Anthony really shines here. Good stuff. 10/10

Average - 9.5/10. If that doesn't answer your question as to whether you should buy this album, then you might as well just take a chance and buy it. Long live Van Halen.

Peace everybody, and keep rocking.

4-0 out of 5 stars An Electrifying Debut (4.5 stars)
Van Halen's 1978 eponymous debut is one of the best guitar albums in the history of rock, and has a collection of some of the most energetic songs in their career. In fact, many of the songs on this album are regularly played on rock radio, like "Runnin With The Devil," "Jamie's Cryin," and their version of the Kinks' "You Really Got Me."

Eddie Van Halen's blistering riffs are the highlight on the album, definitely, even when David Lee Roth's vocals border on annoying (like in the liast 2 songs), and he is credited for introducing the finger-tapping technique to the mainstream (though Genesis' Steve Hackett also used it in the early 1970s). His solos on "Eruption" are almost impossible to duplicate, and his solos on songs like "Ain't Talking About Love" only add to the adrenaline rush produced by the band's music. It only gets 4.5 stars because the last 2 songs are sub-par, but it's one of the most essential hard rock albums ever, and a good album to getif you're into excellent guitar playing. Also kudos to Alex Van Halen and Michael Anthony for supplying an adequate rhythm section.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hey, Avril Lavigne #1 Fan!
Hey, Avril Lavigne Fan, do you wanna know why Van Halen, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Steve Vai aren't on MTV? Two reasons-1. MTV sucks and everyone who plays on there sucks! 2. Van Halen, Malmsteen, and Vai are so great at the guitar, they're too good for sucky MTV!!!! Blink 182, Avril, and Good Charlotte suck!!!!!!!!
EVERYONE WHO IS ON THIS PAGE...........BUY THIS ALBUM!!!!It is phenomenal!! ... Read more

Asin: B00004Y6O9
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Back in Black
Average Customer Review: 4.82 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (16 August, 1994)
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Most critics complain Back in Black, the album AC/DC recorded after the death of their original lead screamer Bon Scott, is ridiculously juvenile, obvious, snickering, bludgeoning, derivative, single-minded about sex and booze, a big cartoon. All true, of course, and--on rock 'n' ragers like "What Do You Do For Money Honey," "You Shook Me All Night Long," and the title track--all great. As Scott's replacement Brian Johnson reminds us, loud and crunchy, no-holds-barred "rock and roll ain't noise pollution...it makes good, good sense." Never trust anyone who refuses to drink domestic beer, laugh at the Three Stooges, or crank Back in Black. --David Cantwell ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars A good-tasting, energy-filled, meat-and-potatoes meal
The album Back in Black was released by AC/DC in 1980. Ten tracks are included, and they are in a straight-ahead hard rock musical direction. The songwriting is good, the musicianship is taut, and the sound quality is pleasing. I think that Brian Johnson is a unique, gritty-sounding, high-energy vocalist; this was his first album singing with the band. Even though I find every one of the cuts to be gratifying, the ones that I like the most are "Hells Bells," "Back in Black," "You Shook Me All Night Long," and "Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution." "Hells Bells"--the opening tune--is earnest and energetic in its delivery. The engaging, rousing song "Back in Black" sports a haunting and infectious main guitar riff. The well-written, brisk "You Shook Me All Night Long" features a strikingly forceful chorus and a cool principal guitar riff. The enjoyable, sprightly "Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution," the disc's closing piece, displays a memorable refrain and primary guitar riff. The CD insert does not contain the song lyrics, but there is a black-and-white photo of each of the guys. The disc is just over 42 minutes. Back in Black is a satisfying, lively, no-frills, cohesive album from AC/DC.

5-0 out of 5 stars Back in Black is hard rock's premier album.
If you haven't bought this record yet, then obviously you are new to rock. AC/DC's power chords have become their trademark, and with a large following in virtually every continent the band is one of the most recognized hard rock band throughout the entire world. 'Back in Black' is the album that brought about the peak of the aussie band.

Largely known for its classical tracks 'Hells Bells', 'You Shook Me All Night Long' and the title track, this record's other 7 songs are a great listen as well, thanks to the great song-writing of the Young brothers. Making his debut on this record as the new vocalist for AC/DC is Brian Johnson, whose voice is now one of the most recognizable voices in rock. Angus Young's simple-but-awesome combinations of just a couple of power chords rock the speakers, and the the true rock lyrics that talk about sex, alcohol and rock 'n roll make the songs complete.

'Back in Black' has sold well over 16 million copies in the U.S. alone, and stands as one of the best rock albums of all time. This album is a great introduction to hard rock, as it is the best record of one of the best rock bands of all time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Its Just RockNRoll
No Frills, Fun Rock'n'Roll. Its just good fun. The key To ac/dc's Simpleness Is That its Fun. Not to be taken too seriously. We have enough Rocknroll Musical geniuses around to please us (Hendrix, beatles, Pink Floyd etc etc etc) , But who is their to keep us rockin Day and night - AC/DC.
Ac/dc never got bogged down In the downside of rocknroll with boring songs about heroin addiction and all that mumbo jumbo, They Kept it fun and exciting, And 20 years on its still more fun and exciting thay any of these Pathetic new bands.Rock On Fellas

HAVE A DRINK ON ME! ... Read more

Asin: B000002JS6


Blizzard of Ozz
Average Customer Review: 4.85 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (22 August, 1995)
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The first solo effort by the former lead singer of Black Sabbath, Blizzard of Ozz became a classic, due in large part to Osbourne's partnership with the late Randy Rhoads. The most immediately recognizable song is "Crazy Train," whose distinctive riff has made it a staple of rock radio even today. "Mr. Crowley" and "Suicide Solution" generated considerable controversy, which is equivalent to good press when it comes to heavy metal. Other strong tracks include "Revelation (Mother Earth)" and the opening song, "I Don't Know." While Osbourne hasn't always been taken seriously, even by heavy metal listeners, his influence on the genre has been considerable. Blizzard of Ozz is an excellent example as to why. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC METAL AT ITS BEST
While not Ozzy's greatest album, it is still one of the greatest the metal genre has ever seen. "Blizzard of Ozz" contains the inhuman virtuosity of Randy Rhoads, my personal favorite guitarist of all time. The playing was so godly that it was only matched (at the time) by Eddie Van Halen (check out that debut also). His playing is the best aspect of this record, but doesn't overshadow Osbourne's enormous vocal talent at all. In fact, it only amplifies it.
1) I Don't Know - A classic Ozzy track. Amazing guitar work throughout, especially in the interlude where the song slows down and gives Ozzy's voice a chance to show its melodic side.
2) Crazy Train - Well what can I say? Ozzy's most popular song by far and a great metal guitar song. I'm not usually a big fan of big mainstream songs that everyone knows, but this song is flawless in every aspect.
3) Goodbye to Romance - Awesome tune where the pace slows down and gives the album a catchy, melodic song that can still kick rear. The best factor of it is the guitar solo's, which absolutely scorch.
4) Dee - Beautiful instrumental that shows Rhoad's virtuosity and also shows metalheads that classical guitar is compatible with shred in the hands of a master. If you truly apprieciate real metal, you'll like this track. Otherwise, go back to listening to your sweet little nu-metal junk.
5) Suicide Solution - From what I understand, this song created quite a lot of controversy back in the day, but I can't see why. Seems to me like it is actually against suicide. Anyways, it is a good rocking tune that I enjoy.
6) Mr. Crowley - Wonderful. Begins with a forboding organ melody that then transitions into a very heavy song that contains some of Rhoads' greatest recorded solos. A highlight of the album.
7) No Bone Movies - The only song of them all that I consider to be mediocre. Basic run of the mill rocker that doesn't contain anything special. Only track I would consider skipping over.

8) Revelation (Mother Earth) - Epic, atmospheric, depressing. My personal favorite of 'em all. Starts out with a - oh, just listen to it already!
9) Steal Away the Night - Great rocker. Fast paced, catchy chorus and great musicmanship all around. Pefect recipy for a rock song. Great way to close a great album.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nevermind Ozzy, listen to Rhodes
Ozzy is a very good vocalist, and the lyrics often express great meaning, but the real high point of this album is Rhandy Rhodes' guitar playing. He is absolutely the greatest musician of the century, and this album showcases his abilities better than any other except the live Randy Rhodes Tribute album. The guitar solos on "Mr. Crowley", "Revelation", and "Dee" show how much feeling a skilled musician can communicate without words, and give modern "Rock" bands something to aspire to. After hearing the prevailing style of guitar in recent music which seems to consist of little more than ripping on the instrument with no regard for the sounds produced, the clean, precise riffs and chords Randy plays are simply amazing. Content on this album is very good as well. The first two songs "I Don't Know" and "Crazy Train" (yes, the song from the Mitsubishi commercials) set the tone for the whole album without being overly serious or imposing. "Goodbye to Romance" is an excellent ballad that addresses Ozzy's feelings about leaving Black Sabbath. "Dee" is a great 40 second acoustic solo by Rhodes, the only imperfection in it is that it is so short. "Suicide Solution" is a decent song, but the lyrics can easily be misunderstood. With the exception of the guitar solo, "Mr. Crowley" is forgetable. "No Bone Movies" is either a joke or a production mistake, because it is not at all good and seems to be filler. "Revelation" is really, really good, and it is almost impossible to pinpoint the moment when the song switches from a ballad to a fast-paced rock song. The last 90 seconds or so of this song are possibly the greatest in all of music. On any other album "Steal Away" might be considered the centerpiece, but it just can't hang with most of the other songs on this album. In conclusion, regardless of you opinion of Ozzy as an individual or Metal as a music style, this album is excellent simply for the way it showcases the brilliant Rhandy Rhodes at his very best.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Blizzard that shook the world!
Released in 1980, this was Ozzy Osbourne's first record in his solo career, and his most popular.

After being kicked out of Black Sabbath for disorderly conduct, Ozzy Osbourne set out to find instrumentalists for his new solo band. First off, he hired former Quiet Riot guitarist Randy Rhoad,Don Airey on keyboards, and Tommy Aldridge on drums. With his lineup complete, Ozzy and Co. set out to make the album that would eventually become Blizzard of Ozz. Ironically, being kicked out of Black Sabbath was Ozzy's blessing, as he found much greater success in his solo career, and Black Sabbath made Heaven and Hell with Dio, one of their best albums if not the best.

Released in 1980, this record immediately received rave reviews from critics, impressed at the mastery of Rhoads' guitar playing and Ozzy's soul-searching vocals, and the sheer amount of variation in the songs, from all-out rockers like "Crazy Train" to melodic ballads like "Goodbye to Romance". Although Blizzard of Ozz only got as high as #21 on the Pop Album charts, and "Crazy Train" only charted as high as #9 on the Mainstream Rock charts, This CD's legacy still lives on today with such radio staples as "I Don't Know", "Crazy Train", and "Mr. Crowely".Unfortuneatly, this album was greeted by angry parents because of such songs as "Suicide Solution", and that's what originally hurt sales. With Randy Rhoads legendary Guitarmanship, he equaled and even beat out Eddie Van Halen for the best guitarist, and even though he only made two albums with Ozzy, Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman, his legacy is still as pronounced today as it was in the 80's. So is this CD overrated or is it truly a classic that should be owned by everybody? Truly it is a classic, and read below for song ratings to see why.

Track Ratings:

I Don't Know-10/10:Starts off the album perfectly, introducing the listener with an insane riff by Rhoads that Ozzy perfectly dishes out his vocals over. The Chorus is great, and at about 2 minutes 30 seconds in, Ozzy dramatically changes the song with a ballad-like quality, but then he quickly switches back to the full-throttle rocking! Good musicianship!

Crazy Train-15/10:Who hasn't heard this? Played at football games around the world, it truly is hard not to hear. Starts off with Rhoads' legendary riff and Ozzy's "Aye Aye" that perfectly starts the song off with a bang. Great chorus, and maybe the best guitarmanship on the whole album.Perfect solo by Rhoads, and it shows why he was one of the best soloists out there.

Goodbye to Romance-10/10:For all you ballad-haters out there, this happens to be one that you might like! With the Soul-searching melody and Ozzy's brooding vocals, this song makes you feel like you want to cry. A great chorus("Goodbye to Romance, Goodbye to friends"), and a solo by Rhoads that fits the tone perfectly. One of the best ballads out there PERIOD!

Dee-8/10:A tribute to Randy Rhoads' mother, it shows a softer side to Rhoads with a heartfelt solo off an acoustic guitar. Gets downgraded because its only 50 seconds long.

Suicide Solution-9/10:Really good lyrics from Ozzy, and this is the song that angered many parents because of its slightly mature lyrics, but really they overdid it. Ozzy's vocals sound sardonically sarcastic, and it really enhances the song's dark tone. Gets downgraded for a lack of a good solo from Rhoads, but he does play a killer riff.

Mr. Crowely-10/10: The Organ solo rocks! The organ solo perfectly develops "Mr. Crowely"'s dark and mysterious tone, and Ozzy's haunting vocals truly make this a song perfect for any horror flick. Great solo from Rhoads, and the solo clocks in at about 40 seconds long.

No Bone Movies-10/10: I don't understand why people say this is a filler song! This is a flat-out tough rocker with Ozzy's sarcastic vocals and an absolutely lovable riff from Rhoads, with a great solo coming in about 1 minutes and 45 seconds in. Aldridge's drumming is also a highlight here,as his drumming sounds more pronounced than on most tracks.

Revelation(Mother Earth)-10/10:A slow ballad that tries to warn people about the end of the world, it's a very soulful song that would fit in any horror movie. Gets harder as it goes along,with a superb solo from Rhoads and great keyboarding.

Steal Away(The Night)-10/10: Another hard rocker that never fails to please, this is probably the fastest song on the album, and Rhoads' riff is pure bliss. Great Chorus and killer solo, as usual.

Overall, Blizzard of Ozz is nearly perfect, with "Dee" being it's only low point, but that's only because it's 50 seconds long. This album perfectly shows us why Ozzy Osbourne and Randy Rhoads' names have lived on for over 20 years, and their legacy on Rock N Roll will never be forgotten. If you are a fan of Rock in General, you should already have this album or be ordering it off Amazon now.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!PERFECT FOR ROCK FANS AND THIS IS THE ALBUM TO BUY IF YOU ARE TRYING TO GET INTO OZZY!EVEN THOUGH THIS ALBUM IS AWESOME, CHECK OUT DIARY OF A MADMAN IF YOU WANT TO SEE A TRULY SUPERB CD! Thanks for Reading!ALSO, GET THIS VERSION INSTEAD OF THE EXTRA TRACKS REMASTER! ... Read more

Asin: B000002B7M


Stay Hungry
Average Customer Review: 4.35 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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Influenced by New York punk bands like the Ramones and Dictators, as well as by traditional heavy metal ensembles, Twisted Sister created brash, simple songs that buzzed with subversive energy, giving the band the appeal of bad-boy cartoon characters. Their third album, Stay Hungry, featured the classic rebel anthem "We're Not Gonna Take It" as well as more uptempo tracks like "Burn in Hell" and "S.M.F." (which, in true metal fashion, stands for "Sick Motherfucker"). No one disputes Twisted Sister's competence level. Simply put, they couldn't play well enough to save their five-year recording career, but frontman Dee Snider's outrageous stage presence and accidentally hilarious lyrics ensured that their time in the limelight was thoroughly entertaining. --Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Twisted Sister Reaches Their Pinnacle
In between 1982's raw "You Can't Stop Rock & Roll" and the putridly slick and melodic 1987 release "Love Is For Suckers"; Dee Snider & Company put out a down right fun and hard rocking album. 1984's "Stay Hungry" found Twisted Sister in the middle of the glam metal scene - right up there with Quiet Riot, Ratt, Motley Crue, Poison, etc. Dee Snider was more vocal than any of the other band leaders (Kevin Dubrow, Stephen Pearcy, Vince Neil, Brett Michaels, etc) and deservedly so. The man can talk. The new millenium finds him on the radio doing his "House Of Hair" natiowide broadcast... a true testiment to the 80's and 90's glam and hair bands. Dee has the gift of gab - and the radio suits him perfectly. Mega smash hits with "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock" are here. Along with classic rockers "Stay Hungry" and "Burn In Hell". The only filler tune here is "SMF". Snider writes all the tunes here and it's evident he's a dry-witted educated man - he writes great (and often funny) lyrics... and his music is simple. To this day, I can't help but remember the video's from "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock" featuring the 'Maestro' himself Mark Metcalf (aka: Doug Neidermeyer from "Animal House"). Classic 80's rock album with some classic cuts here. Every rock library needs some Twisted Sister - and if you have to have one - this is it.

5-0 out of 5 stars You're an S.M.F.
This was the album that put Twisted Sister on the map. I had been listening to Dee Snider's radio shows and heard some of the songs on this album, so I decided to give it a shot. I figured I would like it since I'm into metal from the 80's. I couldn't stop playing it for the first few weeks I got it. There is some great music on this album. Unfortunately, as an earlier reviewer mentioned, people dismissed them becuase of their redicoulus costumes, long hair, and comedic music videos, but if you put "Were Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock"(which I think are great songs by the way)aside, Dee wrote some good lyrics to the title track, the "Horror-Teria" medley, "The Price", "Don't let me down", and "The Beast". The album closer "S.M.F." of course went on to become the name of their fans, and 20 years later people are still banging their heads to this album. Plus, he kept the music simple, and sometimes the most simple things can be the most effective. This album is no exception. Dee is also keeping it real as a DJ, hosting the "House of Hair" radio show, which I listen to every saturday, in which he plays the best of the Hairband/Heavy Metal era. A big up to Dee for keeping the music of that era alive, because it's alot better than half the stuff out their today. Don't pass up this piece of that era. Buy it, and as it says in the booklet: PLAY IT LOUD, MUTHA! S.M.F.'s unite!

4-0 out of 5 stars We're right, yeah...
Many a Metal fan in the 1980s would tell anyone who would listen that all Glam Metal was for poseurs and any one of hundreds of different synonyms for homosexual. Glam Metal was for poodle haired cross dressers more interested in make up and picking up chicks than making music with any redeeming value whatsoever. By and large, this was true. Witness for example the excesses of Motley Crue, the effete foppery of Poison, the commercialised Pop/Rock of Bon Jovi, and the failings of any one of a number of other bands, like Faster Pussycat, Tiger Tailz, LA Guns, Bang Tango, Great White, Ratt, ad infinitum.

Occasionally though, a Glam Metal band managed to produce an album masculine enough to appeal to True Metal fans. WASP managed it with two or three albums, and Motley Crue almost achieved it with the rough and ready "Girls Girls Girls". "Stay Hungry" by Twisted Sister was another of these albums, and by far and away the most successful.

Pre-dating the decadence of the LA Glam Metal scene by a good few years, Twisted Sister moulded the hard rocking theatrics of Kiss and Alice Cooper to their own shape. While many bands forgot to learn the basics, like playing instruments and writing songs, with Twisted Sister, the music always came first. The outrageous image was merely a marketing tool. Iron Maiden were also wearing multi-coloured Spandex in 1984, and no one was questioning their musical validity.

"Stay Hungry" will always be best remembered for the two huge singles it spawned, and their hilarious accompanying videos. 'We're Not Gonna Take It' and 'I Wanna Rock' are both lowest common denominator shout along anthems of simplistic teen rebellion at it's basest level, but damn it, they are just so addictive, and the fun factor negates their obvious commercial intentions.

If you look past the singles though, the rest of the album is reasonably dark. You thought Glam Metal was all about partying and chicks and lightweight throwaway Rock n Roll? Think again. Some of the riffs would have done Judas Priest proud at the time. And while some blame Glam Metal for the eventual decline of the solo because the guitar players were not technically proficient enough, don't point fingers at Twisted Sister- try Mick Marrs and CC De Ville.

The most obvious starting point is the creepy double shot of 'Horror-Teria'. First up, 'Captain Howdy' explores the psyche of a deranged child killer, not unlike Freddy Krueger. "You think you're going home to your own little bed/ But that's impossible, you can't sleep when you're dead". Captain Howdy was caught and tried for his crimes, but wasn't convicted, so a lynch mob formed and meted out 'Street Justice'. "Now before you shake your head/ Think if it was your child instead". While not the deepest, most meaningful pair of songs ever, would any of Twisted Sister's contemporaries have stopped thinking about their dicks long enough to produce songs like these?

'Burn In Hell', 'The Beast', 'Don't Let Me Down' and 'The Price also have negative lyrical themes, exploring where things and people fit in the world. 'Burn In Hell' and 'The Beast' would not seem out of place on a traditional Metal album, while 'The Price' is an Ozzy-esque power ballad.

Although not the heaviest album ever, look carefully in the hidden corners of many a Metal fan's collection and you might just find the familiar picture of Dee Snider feasting on a bone. "Stay Hungry" was perhaps the greatest entry-level Metal album of the early 1980s, and deservedly so. ... Read more

Asin: B000002IGV


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Crazy from the Heat
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (16 June, 1992)
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4-0 out of 5 stars I ain't got noboooooooooooooody!
Looking at the cover of David Lee Roth waist deep in the waters off the Seychelles, one might come up with an image of something more relaxing compared to the heavy metal theatrics of Van Halen. And it shows that rather than dipping his toe in the water to test for a viable solo career, Roth confidently knew what he was doing, even though he returned to the same Van Halen-type rock in Eat'em And Smile.

Dan Hartman's bluesy "Easy Street" is definitely a change from "Panama" or "Jamie's Cryin'", with Edgar Winter's sax helping out. In fact Roth thanks the Frankenstein man in the liner notes for inspiration.

The jump swing and jiving swagger of 1940's-50's artists like Louis Jordan or Louis Prima fits Diamond Dave's persona well on the medley "Just A Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody." And Roth's rapid-fire scat vocals following Edgar Winter's sax before he launches into the final reprise of the number adds to the retro-40's sound. Figures, as he grew up listening to Frank Sinatra and Louis Prima, the latter whom I know covered this, but whether he was the original artist, I know not. Despite the difference in instrumentation, jazz instruments versus rock instruments, the engaging swinging sound is well-preserved.

The standout cut here is the Beach Boys classic "California Girls," in which he enlists the aid of Carl Wilson and Christopher Cross for backing vocals. This retread is boosted by a harder-edged guitar compared to the original as well as Edgar Winter's synthesizers, but loses none of that laid back beach music flavour due to Mr. Wilson's contribution. Both this video and the one for "Just A Gigolo" comprise early MTV memories for me.

Finally, a cover of the Lovin' Spoonful's "Coconut Grove," which is a laid back affair compared to the previous three numbers.

So, we have a 70's instrumentalist who worked with the Winter Brothers, a prime example of swaggering jump swing, and two songs from the 60's, the laid back California sound and a group known for its good-natured "electric good time music." It shows the various influences and appreciations that the Van Halen frontman had for music.

Producer Ted Templeman, who produced all the Van Halen albums up through 1984, clearly followed Diamond Dave on this album and his first full-length solo album, Eat'em And Smile. Crazy From The Heat isn't a bad EP and launching ground for solo stardom. Unfortunately, it led to a schism in Van Halen fans, Roth loyalists who derogatorily referred to the reformed Van Halen as Van Hagar, and those who sided with the Van Halen brothers, snidely thinking "David Lee Who?" Chances are though, there were those who accepted the split and both, such as your humble reviewer here.

2-0 out of 5 stars Get "The Best" instead, you'll get 3 of these 4 songs
I have no problem with the material here, especially since it contains two of Dave's biggest solo hits - "California Girls" (one of the few remakes where the imitator blows away the originator) and "Just A Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody". The other two are fun but inessential songs. No matter what though, this is a pretty steep price for what is essentially a four-song CD single. Three out of these four cuts are available on "The Best of David Lee Roth", along with 17 other songs, for only a few bucks more than this one. I would recommend that instead.

4-0 out of 5 stars SHORT AND SWEET
A great singer, he ain't, a great showman he is. And his showmanship comes thru on this cd, and he puls it off with out the help of Eddie Van Halen. All four songs are good, and do not tax his limited vocal ablities. Overall a great start for the former Van Halen lead singer. ... Read more

Asin: B000002L7D
Sales Rank: 19138


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Love Gun
Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (12 August, 1997)
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The last album with the original lineup (unless you count the 1998 reunion Psycho Circus), Love Gun contains a few missteps (such as the reworking of the classic "Then He Kissed Me") but is mostly packed to the gills with the good, fun, trashy rock & roll that made Kiss legendary. One frequently overlooked high point is the song "Almost Human," which strikes a positively creepy note. Then there's Ace Frehley's first stint on lead vocals with "Shock Me," the un-PC but affectionate "Plaster Caster," and the well-known title track. True, there's no equivalent to "Rock & Roll All Night" (the obvious attempt falls flat), but that doesn't stop this from being not only classic Kiss, but classic 1970s rock. -- Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER HIT FOR THE NEW FAB FOUR
Kiss' 1977 effort is well worth a first listen, and a second, and a third...actually, I have long since worn out my copies on cassette and vinyl. The album is not quite up to the standard they set with 'Destroyer', but then again, every band has one album that stands out as their best. I'd have to say that this is Kiss' second best, with the standout cuts 'I Stole Your Love', 'Love Gun', and 'Christine Sixteen', as well the song that introduced the world to Ace Frehley's voice: 'Shock Me'. If you are a rock fan (not necessarily a KISS fan, then this is one you should add to your collection as a reminder of the days when rock and roll was fun!

3-0 out of 5 stars Overall, a rather weak performance
I don't think that 'Love gun' is even half as good as 'Rock and roll over'.
Like it's predecessor, it has the same producer in Eddie Kramer, and overall the same feel as 'Rock and roll over'. But the end result is bland at best.
There are some stand out moments here, including "I stole your love", "Almost human" and "Shock me". The latter being guitarist Ace Frehley's first lead vocal on a KISS record and is, in my opinion, the best song on the album.
Weaker songs on the album include "Tomorrow and tonight", "Then she kissed me", and the much overrated title track.
There isn't much else to speak of with the rest of the album, other than mentioning the top 20 hit "Christine Sixteen", and the irony of "Hooligan", which is drummer Peter Criss' second rocker in a row from the band's then ballad singer. (His other rocker being "Baby driver" from 'RARO').
All in all, as I've mentioned before, this album isn't up to par with 'RARO', but there are some high lights that make it worth the occasion listen or two.

5-0 out of 5 stars The final album of KISS' classic era
KISS' sixth album Love Gun was released in June of 1977. Love Gun was the band's sixth studio album in a 3-year period, an amazingly prolific output considering how many bands today release only one album during the same period. Love Gun's not only when the band was at the height of their success but also when tensions were started to show in their armor. This album was once again a Platinum seller which hit #4 on the album charts and saw the band co-producing with Eddie Kramer. Love Gun was the first KISS album to have all four members have a lead vocal. Rhythm guitarist Paul Stanley sang the killer opening I Stole Your Love, the anthemic Tomorrow and Tonight, the rocking title cut and the closing cover of The Crystals' Then He Kissed Me retitled as Then She Kissed Me and KISS' version was much better than the original turning a sappy song into a great rocker with great solos from lead guitarist Ace Frehley whom made his vocal debut on the killer Shock Me. Bassist Gene Simmons sang the hit Christine Sixteen, the rocking Got Love For Sale, the heavy Almost Human and the rocker Plaster Caster. Drummer Peter Criss sang his best rocker with Hooligan on this album. I first got this album on cassette in December of 1988 and upgraded to CD in July of 1993 but the sound was eh. The 1997 remaster with the original artwork is the definitive version of Love Gun. This album is highly recommended! ... Read more

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Shout at the Devil
Average Customer Review: 4.15 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Shout At The Devil
This album is without a doubt Motley Crue at it's best. The band released many good album's after this including Theater Of Pain, Girls Girls Girls, and Dr FeelGood but I feel none can match up to this one. This is raw heavy Motley Crue. Almost each and every song on the album is a classic. The bonus tracks are awesome for any true Motley Crue fan. This album shows just how bad ass Motley Crue was when this album came out in the 80's. For a band who is known as a Glam Metal band, hearing this album wouldn't make you think for one second they were glam metal. Shout At The Devil besides being the name of the album is a classic Crue song and by far one of they're most popular. Then there is Looks That Kill which along with Too Young To Fall In Love are my two favorite songs on the album. They did an excellent cover to the Beatles original Helter Skelter. Plus every other song on the album is good and I don't think there is one weak thing about this album and it is heavy and solid the whole way through. Sure the bands albums have toned down alot after this one but this one was the stand out for the band. This is a must have for any Motley Crue fan. If you are just starting to get into 80's Metal I highly recommend this album as one of your firt albums along with Skid Row's self titled album, Iron Maiden's Number Of The Beast, Metallica's Master Of Puppets, and Megadeth's Peace Sells But Who's Buying. Trust me this album will not be a disappointment.

5-0 out of 5 stars Shout, Shout, Shout!!!!
The absolute best album of the early 80's. If you're expecting glam rock, you'd better turn away from this monstrocity!

In The Beginning: A tale written by Nikki Sixx and narrated by Allister Fiend. A great way to set the atmosphere of the brutatlity to come.

Shout At The Devil: A definite classic! Driving riff and screeching vocals propel this song to the Motley Cosmos!

Looks That Kill: Killer guitars and soaring vocals! Great chorus and typical Motley lyrics make this a classic.

Bastard: Cool lyrics and pulverizing guitars. One of the albums best.

God Bless The Children Of The Beast: A great instrumental composed by the most underrated guitarist in rock history, Mick Mars. Very cool.

Helter Skelter: Yes THAT Helter Skelter and it brings the Beatle's sound to new heights.

Red Hot: Crushing bass line and awewome chorus! This is one to headbang to!

Too Young To Fall In Love: Great vocals and a really awesome riff make this a Motley Crue staple.

Knock Em' Dead Kid: Full blown metal!!!! Rocks hard from beginning to end.

Ten Seconds To Love: A great rocker dedicated to the funnest activity known to man, sex. Good riff and good vocals.

Danger: One of the album's best. Beautiful vocals and pulsing rhythms.

*the following songs are from the Crucial Crue version*

Shout At The Devil (Demo): More raw than the final version and the vocals are slightly different.

Looks That Kill (Demo): Basically the same song, although a bit more raw.

Hotter Than Hell (Demo): This is the demo to the song "Louder Than Hell" which is on the "Theatre Of Pain" album. I actually like this one better. It is a great rocking song.

I Will Survive (Unreleased Track): This is my favorite song on this album and I don't know why it wasn't on the original version. The vocals are really great, and the lyrics are some of Nikki Sixx's best.

Get this album if you have ears!

5-0 out of 5 stars Seminal
Shout at the Devil is a critically important album. While its predecessor, Too Fast for Love, was quite good, SATD lunged forward with a fury that left the aforementioned release in a glamorous dust. SATD is heavy--in pacing, in mood, in lyrics, in its mantra. But it's an image of a moment in musical time and location that will never happen again. It never could happen again. Ask anyone who survived it. You can hear the Sunset Strip beginning to unravel even here in 83'--well before Cobain--and in many ways this sad imminent doom is every bit as punk as albums that are officially labeled as such. This album never tried to be punk; it just is, and that is what makes it so, even if it is in a non-standard way.

Knock em Dead Kid -- Loomis ... Read more

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The Number of the Beast [Limited Edition]
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Throughout the 1980s, a damning generalization held true: British metal was essentially working man's food, loosely descended from biker-meets and Northern pubs; whereas, in the States, it was an outgrowth of stadium rock, which traditionally subordinated substance to spectacle. Plug-ugly and cartoonishly morbid, Iron Maiden were typical of the Brit effort, since they effectively emphasized a driving, no-nonsense approach to the music. Among metal aficionados, this album ranks as one of the defining moments of the entire genre. Of the nine songs here--including Maiden classics like "Run to the Hills" and the title track--only "Gangland" falls flat, though it's immediately overshadowed by "Hallowed Be Thy Name," acknowledged by many as this band's apotheosis. --Andrew McGuire ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Say hello to one of Maiden's crowning achievements
[Before you start reading this review, I want to apologize for making it so long. I had a lot to say, and there was no short way to do it.]

In 1981, it finally happened. Due to increasing dependence on alcohol, the band was finally forced to expel vocalist Paul Di'Anno from the band. Many fans of the band were horrified by this turn of events and felt that no one would be able to fill Paul's shoes. However, Steve Harris had an ace up his sleeve. He had previously collaborated with another NWOBHM band, Samson. He was impressed by their lead vocalist, Bruce Bruce (better known to us fans as Bruce Dickinson.) Since Samson wasn't going anywhere, Steve welcomed Bruce to Maiden as their new lead vocalist. Many felt Bruce would never fill the shoes of Paul.

Boy, those people must feel stupid now!

Read on for my review of this album, as well as my comments on the remaster series.

Invaders - An awesome hard-rocking opener. An excellent way for the band to introduce fans to Bruce's vocal style.

Children of the Damned - A hard and gloomy track, this one has become a fan favorite, and with good reason.

The Prisoner - If the intro to this song doesn't give it away, this song is about the cult sixties television series of the same name. It's an excellent rocker in which Bruce's vocal delivery (especially in the chorus) is the high point.

Twenty-Two Acacia Avenue - The second song in the "Charlotte The Harlot" series. This is all-out hard rock with a darker sound to it. Not the best song here, but nothing short of excellent.

Number of the Beast - Oh, yeah. Though this song was the source of controversy in the States at its original time of release, it's since become a fan favorite. It's a song that must be heard to be appreciated.

Run to the Hills - The most famous song on this album, and one of the band's finest. The riff in the opening verse will show you why people love Dave Murray and Adrian Smith so much. Who would've thought someone could make a cool song about the slaughter of Native Americans?

Gangland - This is probably the weakest track here, but I don't see what everyone's problem with it is. It's a good solid rocker with the band playing in its prime. This would've been a better track if it had opened the album, or not come right after two of the band's biggest hits.

Hallowed Be Thy Name - The closer starts out dark and gloomy, but it becomes a fast and furious rocker in no time at all. How could you NOT love this song, people?

BONUS TRACK:

Total Eclipse - THIS SONG IS IN NO WAY RELATED TO "TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART" BY BONNIE TYLER. It's basically a typical rocker. One of the weaker tracks here, but still pretty damn good.

Now for my comments on the remasters series - as a die-hard Maiden fan, I AM SEVERELY DISAPPOINTED. Sure, the sound quality is improved over the original CD issues and there is some cool enhanced CD footage (all the remasters before the X Factor have this), but this reissue is lacking the most important thing a remaster needs: BONUS TRACKS. We get one bonus cut (Total Eclipse), but that just isn't enough. The total play time doesn't come too close to the eighty minutes that can fit on a CD. There were a plethora of rare tracks from this era that have never before been issued by the band (except for in the restrictively expensive box set. These rarities include B-Sides, interviews, BBC session tracks, and others.) To put it simply, if you already own the original issue of this album on CD, it's really not necessary to get the new remaster.

Are you just getting into Iron Maiden? THIS IS THE ALBUM YOU SHOULD START WITH! Don't bother with hits compilations, as not one of them to date has captured the true essence of the band. Buy this one first, and if you like it, get the other albums with Bruce (Don't get the ones with Paul Di'Anno and/or Blaze Bayley unless you're a DIE HARD FAN.) Number Of The Beast is a true metal classic. You've gotta hear it for yourself to believe it!

2-0 out of 5 stars VERY OVERRATED ALBUM!!!
Why people are always saying that this is the best Iron Maiden album? Let me say two things; the songs are heavy, fast, but...
some of them are quite simple (of course heavy metal talks about feeling, but I think there better albums which are more elaborated and tells the same)
Invaders; is an ok track, but there are some heavy metal songs like this. For example, 24 hours ago, from Savatage, is more original.
Children of the damned; reminds me a lot of Children of the sea, from Black Sabbath's Heaven and hell album. Again, there are many songs in this style.
The prisioner tries to be diferent, but simply I didn't like it so much.
22 Acacia Avenue; continues Charlot the harlot, and also my indifference.
The number of the beast and Run to the hills are considered Maiden clasics, but I don't like them, they don't tell me nothing
Gangland and Total Eclipse are two very dumb tracks, Total disapointment!!
The one which I really liked is Hallowed be thy name, GREAT track with lots of time changes. Bruce does it well!
After reading my review, some Maiden fans may hate me, but that's my opinion!. So, some metal listeners will love this, but if you like more sofhisticated and elaborated metal I recommend you to buy Powerslave, Somewhere in time or Seventh son of a seventh son. Also Piece of mind and Iron Maiden had some great tracks.

5-0 out of 5 stars 5 star, of course
One of the top 10 albums in heavy metal history. ... Read more

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Screaming for Vengeance
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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After releasing Screaming for Vengeance in 1982, Judas Priest began a creative slide from which they've never recovered. However, if you're going to be remembered for something, it might as well be a record as heavy, incisive, and melodic as Screaming. The disc features the band's biggest hit, "You've Got Another Thing Coming," a sonic inferno that is as hook-laden as it is heavy. But the album also contains uncompromising turbo-blasts such as the title track and the steely "Electric Eye." Throughout, Rob Halford growls and sings in a voice that could at high volumes kill rodents and small dogs, and guitarists K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton unleash their arsenal of inspired and engaging riffs. Classic. The 2001 remastered reissue includes two bonus tracks--a previously unavailable studio extra called "Prisoner of Your Eyes" and a live take on "Devil's Child." --Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars "Thunderbolt from Hell shattering aloud"
After much pondering, I've decided that Screaming for Vengeance is my favorite Judas Priest album-edging out Stained Class, Defenders of the Faith, and British Steel. This 1982 release is one of their most solid albums and the best tracks on this album are also THE best Priest tracks of all time.

"Hellion/Electric Eye" (the first track being a short instrumental introduction to the second) is classic Priest. "Electric Eye" is my all-time favorite Judas Priest song! The haunting lyrics, the verses that build up to the chorus, the killer guitar solos; I can't write enough about it! "Riding on the Wind" is a catchy rocker. It begins with a furious drum intro by Dave Holland (now in prison for a sexual assault conviction). It bugs me a little because parts of it sound like another Priest song but I can never figure out which. Maybe "Heading Out to the Highway." Still, it is one of the better tracks on Screaming. "Bloodstone" is awesome! It is another favorite of mine. It is a driving rocker and the guitar riffs are unbelievable! "(Take These) Chains" (written by R. Halligan Jr.) is a slower, catchy track. I'm sure a lot of fans find themselves singing the chorus. The line "Take them off of my heart" I've always thought was a little sappy but I like Halford's vocals in the line "I can't sleep at night." "Pain and Pleasure" is a monster track. I don't like it quite as well as the others, but a below average song off Screaming is better than most average tracks elsewhere.

The title track is the most furious song Judas Priest has ever done before or since. It kicks so much butt, words cannot do it justice. The fast and screeching "Freewheel Burning" off Defenders of the Faith has nothing on this track! "You've Got Another Thing Coming" is classic Priest. Next to "Living After Midnight," it is probably their most played single. Unlike "Living...," it is not commercial rock 'n roll, but powerful metal. "Fever" is an interesting track. It is slow in parts and then rocks. It has a beauty to it and is very catchy with excellent guitar at the bridge. "Devil's Child" is another rocker with killer, screeching vocals at the bridge. As for the bonus track "Prisoner of Your Eyes," I have a 1988 article from Blast! magazine that states that Glenn Tipton called the ballad one of the best songs Priest has ever done. "Devil's Child" as the live track is a bit disappointing as it is not nearly the best song off Screaming and it plays so close to the studio version. Still, with or without the bonus tracks, Screaming for Vengeance is awesome (it also sports the best Priest album cover). If you own only one Judas Priest album; this should be the one!

5-0 out of 5 stars Jackhammer-Style Priest, and their Best Ever!!
The first Priest song I ever heard was "You've Got Another Thing Comin'" back in 1982 when it came out. Oh, man...what an introduction to Judas Priest!! At this stage, I was going on 15, and just beginning to open my mind and my ears to heavy metal. I had previously just assumed that Judas Priest and Black Sabbath were total noise, without even hearing anything by them; such was my prejudice.

The first time I heard "YGATC," I was quite surprised at how melodic it was, at well as being heavy. It sure didn't sound like noise to me! My mind slowly started opening, and eventually, I bought the album on vinyl. Now that I have SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE (REMASTERED) on CD, I want to share how I feel about each song on it:

"The Hellion" is a nice slow electric (and instumental) buildup to the fast, smokin' "Electric Eye." Rob Halford growls the song out menacingly, his voice going thru a voice synthesizer for an 'electric' feel. "Ridin' On The Wind" is a total blazing, speed-of-light experience which gets your heart beating FAST; it's the precursor to "Freewheel Burning." Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing trade off Stratocaster leads that are sharp enough to cut through marble. One of Priest's fastest songs ever! "Bloodstone" is THE perfect follow-up to "Ridin' On The Wind." It starts with a great slow, but intricate, electric guitar intro which melds into a catchy groove...and then the bass of Ian Hill and the drums of Dave Holland kick in. It's a great mid-tempo metal tune. "(Take These) Chains" is the one slow song on this album; it's a power ballad that existed even before the term first got into use (with Dokken's "Alone Again"). Written by the talented-yet-much-maligned songwriter Bob Halligan, Jr, it has been unfairly criticized by many Priest fans as being boring and trite. I say just the opposite: It is the perfect slow number, placed in just the right spot on the album, which provides a nice respite from the faster, heavier tracks before it and the ones to come after. "Pain and Pleasure" is a pumped-up mid-tempo song with some coy allusions to S&M. But then it's the title song, "Screaming For Vengeance" which is an ultra-blistering, ultra-screaming, ultra-muscular, ultra-speed-metal workout. It screams, shrieks, and skids right into "You've Got Another Another Thing Comin'" which is one of the greatest driving songs ever, and still one of Judas Priest's greatest tunes ever. The guitar solo is to die for. I've heard this song at least a thousand times in my life by now, and I never get sick of it. Next comes "Fever", which starts off soft (and is slower-paced in general) but it eventually turns into another great song to listen to while driving. "Devil's Child" is really cool, with a great Strat lead guitar solo and a catchy chorus ("I believe you're The Devil/I believe you're The Devil's child"). It provided a great end to this album when it was released back in '82.

But wait! Now there's more: We now get a previously unreleased song recorded in 1985 during the TURBO sessions, the seven-minute-plus epic love song "Prisoner of Your Eyes." Uncharacteristically for a Priest song, it begins with slow, swirling keyboards, and builds gradually into a rare Priest epic (that contains one hell of a beautiful extended guitar solo). Then we get a blistering live version of "Devil's Child" to finish things off.

Putting it simply, SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE is one of the 10 greatest heavy metal albums EVER made. I wish that I could give the Remastered version TEN stars! MOST RECOMMENDED

5-0 out of 5 stars A Metal Masterpiece
You have to OWN "Screaming for Vengeance". This album showcases one of the greatest bands of the 70's & 80's (and hopefully with the newly reunited Priest of the 2000's?!) I see other reviewers have tried to do a song by song rundown of the tracks on this disk, I won't even attempt that. The entire album is a guitar driven dream, Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing are truly Metal Gods! And the fantastic vocals by Rob Halford make "Vengeance" on of the greatest rock albums of all time! This was the golden age of metal for Priest and if you have been hesitant in buying this disk because you thought that maybe the music wouldn't hold up after twenty years, think again! "Vengeance" is still as exciting and fresh as when it first arrived. If you are only vaguely familiar with Priest or plan on seeing them for the first time this year as Ozzfest, then start your Priest collection here! ... Read more

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Condition Critical
Average Customer Review: 3.71 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Metal can be silly, but this was just silly
The best tune on this album is the first one. I really liked 'Sign O' the Times', it had great potential to be an arena rocker. From there, there isn't much else. Another Slade remake 'Mama weer all crazzee now' does not help the band the way 'C'mon feel the Noize' did on Metal Health.

'Party all night' is an OK tune except for that British sounding chorus. Party all night? Right on. Potty all night? uh, no thanks. 'Red alert','We were born to rock', 'Scream and shout', and 'winners take all' try to follow in the vein of Metal Health, but missed the mark somehow.

Quiet Riot is not known for a long string of successful albums, but if you like them, I would guess that you have this album already.

Stomp your hands, clap your feet is as ridiculous as it gets.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very strong follow-up to METAL HEALTH
Condition Critical was Quiet Riot's follow-up to their multi million selling METAL HEALTH record. This record sold decent, about 1.5 million in the states, but not nearly as much as its precedor. I do feel, however, that this album is superior to METAL HEALTH. I still dont' have the CD, only the vinyl, but it is great. the first side is great. Sign of the Times, Party All Night, and Winners Take All are among the highlights. The second side has 2 great catchy songs: Red Alert and We were born to Rock. However, you can't forget the "hidden gem" on this record, which is the title track. If you are a fan of early 80s commercial metal, and you liked the songs on METAL HEALTH, pick this one up. You are in for a real treat!

4-0 out of 5 stars More of the same...
Condition Critical (1984.) Quiet Riot's fourth album.

Although Quiet Riot gained very little popularity in America with their first two studio albums (featuring Randy Rhoads), their third studio album Metal Health brought them instant overnight success. In fact, it became the first metal album to top the pop charts! Headbangers across America were obviously anxious to see what the boys would serve up next, and in 1984 their question was answered. Read on for my review of Quiet Riot's fourth studio album, Condition Critical.

As you've probably heard many a heavy metal fan say, this album is essentially "Metal Health all over again." So, to put it simply, if you liked Metal Health, you're going to like this album. If you disliked Metal Health, you're not going to like this one either. Admittingly, though, this is a more commercial effort than the previous album. The opening track, Sign Of The Times, serves as a strong (and surprisingly lengthy) opener. If you're a fan of classic eighties metal, this track is sure to grab your attention and hold it all the way through the album. Red Alert and Scream And Shout are two of the band's finest rockers, because they really give guitarist Carlos Cavazo a chance to show off his guitar mastery. I can't believe that vocalist Kevin DuBrow dislikes the latter song! A lot of people say that Randy Rhoads was a better guitarist than Cavazo, but I don't really agree with this (although I DO think Rhoads BECAME a better guitarist when he joined Ozzy Osbourne's band.) The title track is a slower track, but it's surprisingly heavy - everything a title track on an album should be. And, of course, the band covers another Slade song - this time around it's Mama Weer All Crazee Now. Although not nearly as popular as their cover of Slade's Cum On Feel The Noize, it's an excellent cover nonetheless. Another excellent rocker featured here is Stomp Your Hands, Clap Your Feet. The band even serves up a slower, slightly more melodic track on this album - Winners Take All. This is a severely underrated track that really must be heard to be appreciated. Overall, this album DOES seem like a copy of Metal Health, but it more than holds its own.

In the end, we're left with a pretty solid album. My final verdict is simple - if you liked Metal Health, don't hesitate to pick this album up. If you didn't like Metal Health, you're not going to like this album either. Quiet Riot was a damn fine eighties metal band, and it really shows on this release. ... Read more

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Armed & Dangerous
Average Customer Review: 3.57 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Average
This is a okay CD for 80's heavy metal fans. I like the newer Anthrax sould better than the old.

3-0 out of 5 stars Dangerous
This album has good start: "Armed And Dangerous" is a very rebellious song. Anthrax is ready to fight to get in the music business. "Raise Hell" is a little bit too monotonic and Sex Pistol cover isn't so good either. The live tracks are very good and played loud. "Soldiers of Metal" and "Howling Furies" will be classic forever. Anthrax makes true metal!

5-0 out of 5 stars A TRUE GEM
ARMED AND DANGEROUS is the first time that we get to hear ANTHRAX with Joey Belladonna on lead vocals, and it is a preview of what is to come. Yes the album sounds dated by todays standards, but this album is almost 20 years old what do u expect. The songs have killer riffs, combined with Joey's almost opera sounding voice, show why ANTHRAX is a metal band that sound be mentioned in the same breath as METALLICA or SLAYER, and MEGADETH. SOLDIERS OF METAL is a great song full of energy, and GOD SAVE THE QUEEN is a great cover of the SEX PISTOLS classic song. After this album the band would continue to polish their sound, but this album is a must for REAL metal fans. Buy it while u can, when its gone, you will regret not buying it. ... Read more

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1984
Average Customer Review: 4.32 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars It's kind of scary how good this is!
Van Halen's "sneeze and you'll miss it" masterpiece of an album. Clocking in at a whopping 33 minutes, "1984" wastes no time giving you a lesson in Van Halen 101.

After years of nagging, Eddie Van Halen convinced David Lee Roth that it was okay to include keyboards on an album. Not only did Roth give in, they ended up writing one of Van Halen's greatest songs, "Jump", on the very instrument that Roth loathed.

There isn't a bad song on this album, although, if "I'll Wait" had been left off the album, I would have never missed it. "Panama" and "Hot For Teacher" are the type of songs that other bands spend their whole career trying to write, and often never can. Van Halen has two of these songs on one album.

The pinnacle of Van Halen's career, "1984" remains one of the greatest rock albums of all time.

4-0 out of 5 stars A triumphant exit for Diamond Dave.
This album was the last one that David Lee Roth recorded with Van Halen and he definitely left on a high note. This is a very fun album, with the classic feel-good song "Jump." This song seems to have set the tone for a lot of bands in the years following. "Panama" is one of Van Halen's most beloved songs and can still be heard often on the radio. "Top Jimmy" is one of my favorite songs ever by Van Halen. It's a great country/blues number that is one of their best foot-stompers. "Hot For Teacher" is another highlight, with it's great intro and fast, furious playing. You can tell they probably had a lot of fun doing this one, including the video for the song. Every song is cool on this one and if you've never heard this before, this is essential 80's hard rock that you should definitely check out. If you're already a Van Halen fan, make sure that this is in your collection!

5-0 out of 5 stars Needless to say, this album is one of the best out there.
While it may not have as good guitar work as VH1 from 1978, this album has the same quality of song writing which is proven when one considers the fact that they can hear practically every song from VH1 and this album on any good classic rock station. Songs like "Panama", "Hot For Teacher", "I'll Wait", and the classic "Jump" all became classics on the radio and made Van Halen even larger than they were after their 78 debut that launched their careers. The only down side to this album is the fact that it was Diamond Dave's last with the band before Sammy Hagar took over. Don't get me wrong, I like Hagar for his solo and Van Halen songs, but the band just wasn't the same without their original frontman. Never the less, this album is a must have for any fan of good classic rock or fun metal. ... Read more

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Theatre of Pain
Average Customer Review: 3.91 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good songs, but poor sound quality
After the classic metal of "Shout At The Devil", this is where the Crue began to sell out. Or so the music critics and fickle fans say. Yes, this album did spawn the Crue's first top 40 hit--the remake of "Smokin' in the Boys' Room", which to me was a great cover, as well as the classic ballad "Home Sweet Home", which I consider one of the best rock ballads of all time. To me, this is a fine rock album with tracks like "Tonight (We Need A Lover)" , "Louder Than Hell", and "Save Our Souls". Not quite as good as their other '80's albums both before and after, but still good tracks. To me the biggest problem is with the sound quality of the album. If this had been mixed better, the album probably would have sounded better and more rocking.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great follow up to SHOUT AT THE DEVIL
THEATRE OF PAIN was the highly anticipated follow up to SHOUT AT THE DEVIL and the band didnt disappoint their fans. I was 14 or so when this album first came out and it just totally rocked. I admit I was alittle turned off by thier look, but I got pass that and listened to them. Music is what matters and the CRUE are a great rock and roll band that will go down in history as one of the greatest of all times. This album has some killer tracks: SMOKIN IN THE BOYS ROOM, HOME SWEET HOME, LOUDER THAN HELL, TONGIHT(WE NEED A LOVER), are just killer rock tracks that I always find myself going back and listening to. I bought this remastered version even though I already had an older CD, and I can say that I like the demo versions to the songs before the final takes that made the album This album rocks.

5-0 out of 5 stars Classic Crue
I bought this when albums were still being sold. I listened to this every day then all my albums got stolen. I just recently started getting all the albums I had, but in CDs. This is classic crue. ... Read more

Asin: B00000J7I7
Sales Rank: 58342


Pyromania
Average Customer Review: 4.74 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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Def Leppard's rock sensibilities shot them right to the top of the charts in the '80s. On their third album, Pyromania, the band reconciled new wave melodicism with heavy metal and catchy hooks without compromising any of its edge. The album has sold over 10 million copies, due in part to heavy rotation on MTV. But even without their ubiquitous television presence, anthems like "Rock of Ages" and "Foolin'" still had the stuff that drove the kids crazy. Bursts of screaming guitars and simple power riffs joined forces with choruses that begged to be shouted along to. Guitarists Phil Collen and Steve Clarke may have provided all the pyrotechnics on Pyromania, but the focal point of Def Leppard's sound, particularly for their teenage female fans, was singer Joe Elliott's voice (and, of course, his hair). The record--an essential brick in the foundation of '80s metal--also contains the hit "Photograph." --Steve Gdula ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Albums Ever Made!
Def Leppard's "Pyromania" still stands as one of the best rock albums ever made. It's one of those albums you can crank day after day, year after year, and truly never tire of. Everyone has heard the classic hits "Photograph," "Rock of Ages," and "Foolin,'" but undoubtedly every song on "Pyromania" could have been released as a radio single. "Die Hard the Hunter" and "Billy's Got a Gun" could possibly be their best songs ever, while "Stagefright," although not really recorded live, gives Def Leppard a vengeful and menacing sound that we don't hear after this album. It's hard to explain, this is just truly a special album. It propelled their fame and proceeded their major tradgedies. Though the production is tight, one can imagine these guys unparalleled on stage back in 1983-84. If you like great rock music, "Pyromania" is simply a must.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Album
Def Leppard's Pyromania is probably one of the best album ever made and by far the best Def Leppard album along with the less-known and under-appreciated High'N'Dry. This shows are talented and great that band really was when they concentrated on making great Rock And Roll music with the great Steve Clark as a main act. There is no denying in Hysteria quality but Pyromania is simply far better in music quality and you don't hear those too much radio-oriented songs that are on hysteria. There is absolutely no fillers on this album , 8 really awesome tracks that are standing out with 2 other less known good songs being Comin'under fire and Action. Photograpg is their greatest songs, Too Late for Love is an awesome track, Die Hard The Hunter and Billy's got a gun shows you how talented the two guitarist were. There's also the two great show openers song Rock Rock and Stagefright. In all an awesome album from 1-10 that can take you as high as beer or drugs, or even better if you mix it... A must buy fro every die hard music lover who likes the perfect mix between the no-sense Hard Heavy Metal and the stupid Radio pop. Get Pyromania and play Photograph 10 times in a row if you want too!

5-0 out of 5 stars Def Leppard knows how to ROCK!!
I borrowed this CD from my father's extensive classic rock collection, and I was completely blown away. This is potent stuff right here; some of the best music I've heard! I'm mostly into modern music (not that rap/rock BS, but true rock/metal such as Tool, Nirvana, Metallica, Disturbed's 2nd CD, Pantera, etc.). However, I listen to some of the more classic rock groups like Guns N' Roses and AC/DC (Led Zeppelin is very talented, but too bluesy for my personal taste). However, while most modern rock lovers will dismiss classic rock as "old people music" for those who can't accept change, I am willing to give anything a chance. I can't stop listening to this CD, and my father often gets p*ssed at me for hiding it from him. Hopefully, this helps to prove that people who actually like modern music don't have totally bland tastes in music. These guys know how to ROCK ON! ... Read more

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W.A.S.P.
Average Customer Review: 4.84 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (19 May, 1998)
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5-0 out of 5 stars SLEEPING IN THE FIRE
Absolutely the best single release by W.A.S.P.! This was a phenomenal album when it first came out and the CD is still great to listen to today. This is metal at it's finest! The band would continue to put out good material for years to come, but in my opinion, this was the pinnacle of their creative careers. Every song here is good, whether it is heavy or slow. If I had to pick a weakest moment it would be the track "Hellion", simply because I can't even remember it at 3 in the morning, but the others ring loud and clear.

As far as good songs go, there is more than an ample supply. Tracks worth a close listen include "B.A.D.", "School Daze", "On Your Knees", "Tormentor", and "The Torture Never Stops". Exceptional songs that should have been huge hits are "I Wanna Be Somebody", "The Flame", "LOVE Machine" and my favorite "Sleeping in the Fire". The bonus tracks make this an even better deal as you get "Animal", a great version of "Paint It Black", and "Show No Mercy".

Blackie Lawless vocals are very good on this CD, but the high point is probably the guitar work of Chris Holmes and Randy Piper. Not quite as good as the twin leads of Thin Lizzy, but very good indeed! The production and musicianship make this an excellent release. NO great metal collection should be complete without this recording. This is one of my 100 all-time best. If you like this you may try HEADLESS CHILDREN.

5-0 out of 5 stars The album that launched the most outrageous band in rock!
I really like this album. It may seem cheesy but it is 100% real rock and roll. Every song on this masterpeice is simply bursting with Raw Heavy Metal energy. My favourite songs on this album are 'Hellion', 'Animal', 'I wanna be somebody' and 'School Daze'. The guitar work is great on this album, Chris Holmes is a great guitarist. All the songs are very well written, Blackie Lawless is a materful METAL songwriter who writes music that should be listened to at MAXIMUM VOLUME.

This album come highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars A hellova fiery debut album
W.A.S.P.(1984). W.A.S.P.'s debut album.

Back in the early to mid 80s, glam metal was beginning to surface, with many of those bands like Def Leppard and Quiet Riot coming out of the earlier NWOBHM scene (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal to the uneducated). At the time, most of these glam metal bands were just starting out and the scene wasn't satuated with tons of cookie cutter bands and ridiculous clothing yet (that would come into effect in 1986). So many were just concerned with writing good hardrock/heavy metal songs. To me, I've always found the better glam metal bands to be the ones that always borderlined on real heavy metal music, but stayed commercial enough to keep in the realm of the glam metal genre. These include Twisted Sister, Kick Axe, and of course, W.A.S.P. This Los Angeles based band consists of lead singer/bass guitarist Blackie Lawless, lead guitarists Chris Holmes and Randy Piper, and drummer Tony Richards. This band appears as a much darker act than most glam metal bands, especially with their Priest-esque leather & studs outfits and the bloody stage props. Cheesy, yes, but it sort of adds to the appeal, and they're not overworked on the looks like say... Poison or Cinderella. With all the disgusting props, these guys were sure to be shunned by anyone associated with the Washington Wives, Tipper Gore and Susan Baker. Anyways, the music is what's really important, and in that they truly deliver. Sounding like a perfect medium between Quiet Riot and Twisted Sister, W.A.S.P. serves up 10 tracks of pure metal anthems, with nary a filler moment to be found. And thanks to the 1998 remaster treatment, not only do the tracks sound better than ever, but we also get three bonus tracks, including the A-side which was previously only available on their first single. Let's take a look at W.A.S.P.'s debut.

Starting things up is the aformentioned "unreleased" A-side, 'Animal (FLAB)'. This was an excellent track and I'm definitely glad to see it on here, though you can clearly see why is was originally cut. The next two catchy, bouncy rockers, 'I Wanna Be Somebody' and 'L.O.V.E. Machine' follow nicely, and are easy to get stuck in your head. 'The Flame' is a rocker which definitely brings to mind Metal Health-era Quiet Riot. 'B.A.D.' slows the pace down, but it's still very noteworthy. If anything is to be said, it's that W.A.S.P. likes to use initialed words in ther song titles, much like Anthrax. 'School Daze' is sort of your typical "rebel kid" anthem. Then there's the awesome fast rocker 'Hellion' (NOT the Judas Priest song), which sports a giant chorus. 'Sleeping In The Fire' is the album's ballad, though not a wimpy ballad by any means. 'On Your Knees' is a favorite blazing rocker of mine, and 'Tormentor' pounds all the way through. 'The Torture Never Stops' is a galloping rocker, like a cross between Iron Maiden and Yngwie Malmsteen. Both the B-sides are a welcome addition as well. 'Show No Mercy' sounds very similar to 'On Your Knees', and 'Paint It Black' is an excellent Stones cover, and does the original great justice.

If you're a fan of Quiet Riot and/or Twisted Sister, you will be right at home with W.A.S.P.'s debut. It has plenty of catchy metal anthems to bang your head to, and most importantly, it rocks like few can! So it gets my full 5 stars. I haven't checked out W.A.S.P.'s other albums yet, but I'm sure they've followed suit to the debut's style. I believe they're still around today. Simply put, if you want a decent glam metal band that plays good and memorable songs, but without all the decadent qualities, then W.A.S.P. is your prime pick. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Other similar albums:
-'Metal Health' by Quiet Riot
-'Vices' by Kick Axe
-'Under The Blade' by Twisted Sister
-'You Can't Stop Rock N Roll' by Twisted Sister ... Read more

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