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


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    5-0 out of 5 stars knocks you on your back
    led zeppelin picks up where cream left off: solid blues riffs with a driving rhythm section that never lets up. this is widely considered one of the best debuts of all time. the album was recorded within a span of 30 hours, which is mindboggling when you consider the depth of some of the songs, like 'Dazed and Confused' or 'How Many More Times'. its not a flawless album. if you're not a purist/interested in rock's roots, the blues covers may get to you after a while. nonetheless, still a great album to be reckoned with.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A different sound from what was to come, and still great.
    There is a huge difference from the songs in "LZ I" and "LZ II"- and though "II" got a lot more airplay,
    I" is still a great album.

    Zeppelin's sound on this album is a lot less refined than "LZ II".But the raw power of this album makes up for so much.While the songs of "II" were a lot closer to the sound of "IV", Zeppelin's crowning album acheivement, "I" showcases their earlier sound, doing blues covers popular at the time (and throwing a lot of their own inprov into them), while beginning the chemistry that produced originals and throw all four of them into stardom.

    However, don't think this is just an album for the Zeppelin fan or collector.This really is a great peice of music for any rocker.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The beginning of the legend
    Zep's first effort is perhaps the most successful marriage of blues and rock to be heard. While their brand of music wouldn't be copied by all, they sure set the image for bands to come. ... Read more

    Asin: B000002J01
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


    Are You Experienced
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    As emblematic of its time as of its sorcerer-like creator, 1967's Are You Experienced unleashed Jimi Hendrix onto a world in the midst of such cultural and musical shakeups that it really didn't seem as "far out" as it actually was. It wasn't just Hendrix's virtuosic skill as a pure player that was so impressive; it was, even more, the range and scope of sheer sound that he coaxed, cajoled, and ripped out of his instrument. "Purple Haze," "Manic Depression," and "I Don't Live Today" filled ears with indelible sonic images, and songs like "Foxey Lady" and "Fire" pointed the way toward a new brand of rock-charged soul music. And how about a hand for drummer Mitch Mitchell? --Billy Altman ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Hendrix Masterpiece; Unveils Innovation To The World
    A musician with sensational creativity, a fascinating feel for the guitar, and, above all, a marvelous songwriter. Are You Experienced? is maybe the greatest debut album of all time, as it immediately and thoroughly lets us into the mind of one of the greatest musicians of all time.

    Alright, I won't put his songwriting above his guitar work, however many underestimate Hendrix's songwriting abilities, and, the fact of the matter is that they were exceptional. Possibly he branched them out even further after this album, nevertheless Are You Experienced? has ugly rockers, slow ballads, and guitar masterpieces all built around excellent lyrics.
    To give my impressions on some of the songs, I found Hey Joe to be a classic the moment I discovered it. It carries a contagious melody, with some mind twisting lyrics and guitar riffs beyond imagination. There of course is the metal sensation, Purple Haze, and the guitar blaster, Foxy Lady, 2 immediate classics. Manic Depression is a vicious rocker, stabbing guitar power down your eardrums the second it comes on. Fire is equally as powerful. Stone Free is a nice, energetic rocker. Love Or Confusion is beautiful lyric wise. Lesser known tracks like I Don't Live Today and Highway Chile are rock numbers with a solid core. A great deal of consistency lies on this album, in a sense that you're getting a great balance of songs, as The Jimi Hendrix Experience change the style of songs. Remember is a smooth track with strong riffs. 51st Anniversary, said to be the only Hendrix song on the album without a guitar solo has a light moving quality to it. The longest song on the album, Third Stone From The Sun, incorporates the band playing very well as a whole (of course that's the case on the entire album)and offering sensational jamming innovation. The bluesy song, Red House, should be among a list of the greatest blues songs ever written. Hendrix lets his feel for blues fly loose, and the guitar soloing in this song is so well timed and kept within the base of the song. The self titled track is also a keeper, very low key and less energetic, but certainly not a step down from any other song lying amongst this collection of tracks.

    AYE? will be rightfully considered a phenomenal debut and a Hendrix classic. Recommended to all listeners of music.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Groundbreaking Indeed
    Many revere Jimi Hendrix's Are You Experienced? as the most influential debut recording by a rock n roll artist.At the very least itsa high energy recording that is loaded with big hits.

    With six bonus tracks, now ten of the twelve songs from Smash Hits appear on Are You Experienced?Add to this sevven strong album cuts and you have a gem on your hands.

    Much of the recording is indeed hard rock.However, there are so many softer touching melodies such as May This Be Love, The Wind Cries Mary, and the jazz flavored Third Stones From The Sun.

    Its a true joy to listen to Jimi Hendrix, Noel Redding, and Mitch Mitchell weave their talents through these seventeen stunning tracks.Groundbreaking Indeed!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Overrated and So Dated
    Time Waits for no one, and this album is the proof why. Pruple Haze Indeed contains probebly the greatest Guitar riff ever recorded but the rest of the album not very much.Buy something from the Rolling Stones. ... Read more

    Asin: B000002P5Y
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (25 April, 1994)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Album
    Ive read alot of reviews for 311's "music" Some of them pist me off! This is 311's best album!!1 I cannot stress that enough. the best song in my opinion is Hydroponic. The newer stuff doesnt even compare to this album. Escpecialy Evolver which is by far (and i hate to say this cause i LOVE 311) their worst album. I own everyone except evolver it sucks. 311 is about making good fast-paced music with ketchy lyrics that kick ace. And anybody who dises on transistor should have there head examined.But i digress. Music is their best work to date. By this album and dont let it out of your site!!! 311 rulez!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars 311's Finest Work
    I have been a fan of 311 for about four years now, and unfortunately, I was unable to locate this CD until a few months ago. To state it simply, this is 311's best arrangement of music. In my opinion, it contains their most unique and original music as well as some of their most complex. "Visit" is one of the best 311 songs of all time. "My Stoney Baby" is also one of my personal favorites from 311. If you are a 311 fan, then beg, borrow, and steal for this CD. Casual fans may not like the different sound as opposed to their newer songs. However, if you have a bit of sense, then you'll enjoy this CD.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome-wo!
    This was the third 311 CD I had bought sence I've only been a fan for a year or half. But this Cd was greaat!! The rythem changes and voals were amazing. Especialy P-Nut's(bass player) superve funk-slapp bass playing. S.A(vocals) and Nick Hex(vocal) rap interchangable voices were really cool. And the guitar was perfect, heavy riffs when needed and light reggea-funk tunes at the right moment. Overall this CD was AWESOME! ... Read more

    Asin: B00005ABHV
    Sales Rank: 11740
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (27 August, 1991)
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    Part of the '90s Seattle grunge triumvirate completed by Nirvana and Soundgarden, Pearl Jam debuted with Ten, their most accessible, least self-conscious album. Over time, PJ's rep as a politically correct band just a little too above it all to prostitute its music on MTV has nearly superseded the music. But before that, they were a simply an in-your-face, in-your-head, loud, melodic rock band. And lead singer Eddie Vedder was known for his possessed stage presence and a primal growl that sounded like it required three vocal chords. The personal, narrative singles "Alive," "Jeremy," and "Even Flow" catapulted the reluctant band into the 10-million-plus-sales division. Subsequent albums are more intricate, subtle, thematically complex, and, in many ways, better than Ten. But the band may never repeat the stampede caused by this debut. --Beth Bessmer ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Good album...but not better than Nevermind
    I like Pearl Jam alot. Ten is a great album. Pearl Jam is one of the greatist rock bands in the past 25 years. I dont understand the arrgument between Pearl Jam and Nirvana. I prefer Nirvana and thats my opinion. I was reading in a magazine the other day about Pearl Jam was opening for Nirvana and Pearl Jam did "Smells Like Teen Spirit" for there last song and when thy went of Eddie said to Kurt "Remember we did it first". I almost died laughing. Ten is one of the greatist albums in the past 25 years. Pearl Jam is in the top 10 of the greatist rock bands of all time.

    5-0 out of 5 stars PEARL JAM'S 'TEN' vs. NIRVANA'S 'NEVERMIND' - the truth
    August 27th, 1991 - Pearl Jam released the revolutionary 'Ten'
    September 24th, 1991 - Nirvana released the "revolutionary" 'Nevermind'

    Another one for the ages in the classic example of one album vs. another - It's an argument to go along beside 'London Calling' vs. 'Nevermind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols' - 'Pet Sounds' vs. 'Sgt. Peppers' - 'Led Zeppelin 4' vs. 'Dark Side of the Moon' etc.. etc..

    I have opinions regarding those albums that can be bent & changed depending on my mood - What cannot be changed is my opinion of 'Ten' vs. 'Nevermind' -

    The Seattle revolution was praised for changing the music scene from hair metal, to honest rock n roll again - Nirvana getting most of this praise since they got big first, & afterwards with Pearl Jam getting big months later - In modern times, unfourtantely, the hype & legend of this scene has covered many points in reality that the music at the time was so praised for - Nirvana was thought of as revolutionary, nothing like 'Nevermind' was released before... right?


    - The Pixies. A band that combined the spirit of punk rock with basslines & drum beats wrapped around the guitars in a style not heard before.. the Pixies, while critically acclaimed, were not a well known band - Kurt Cobain, however, was one of their devoted listeners.. aswell as their biggest thief - He claimed that if it wasnt for 'Doolittle', Nevermind wouldve never been made... can't argue with the man there, he's right... 'Nevermind' is a blatant rip-off of 'Doolittle', aswell as 'Surfa Rosa'

    Nirvana basically took the exact same style of song writing & technique the Pixies invented, & made it mainstream... since the mainstream listening public is well known to be ignorant sheep, they hailed it as being "a revolutionary sound" - thereby annoying the christ out of all Pixies' lovers such as myself -

    So why did music critics acclaim 'Nevermind' then? - Guess what? THEY DIDNT - Rolling Stone magazine gave 'Nevermind' an average 3 stars for their effort ('Ten' got 4 stars)... it was only after the ignorant mainstream public loved 'Nevermind' to death, that it started becoming trendy to critically acclaim the album - It wasnt acclaimed from the beginning such as 'OK Computer' (whats that? it wasnt acclaimed because it was such a new sound? Bad argument. So was 'OK Computer' & it was acclaimed before it was released)

    Kurt was worshipped as being so "real"... guess what?

    Not really.

    the song 'Something in the Way' was reportedly written after Kurt was living under a bridge... Kurt NEVER lived under a bridge - He lied.. he was kicked out of his house when he was about to be intimate with a girl, & lived with friends for a while - Thats the true story, nothing dark, or sensitive.. just another case of the legend overshadowing the actual truth

    Here's some truth...

    the Pearl Jam song 'Release', written by Eddie Vedder, was a song he wrote about the death of his real father he never knew was his real father.. his mom never told him - This is a REAL song.. REAL emotion.. a TRUE story - not a legend, or a myth, just the truth.. also 'Alive' is based after the same story - Metaphorically believing his mom "raped" him

    Whereas Kurt seemed to keep things more self-centered in songs such as the simple-minded repetitive 'Lithium' & .. oh hell, every other song off Nevermind except 'Polly'... Eddie was writing songs reflecting the state of the world, in songs such as 'Jeremy', 'Even Flow', & 'Why Go?'

    Pearl Jam were original. No band sounded like Pearl Jam before Pearl Jam did - Sure.. Eddie had Jim Morrison type vocals, but thats as far of an influence you could hear through their music... anyone familiar with the Pixies, heard a blatant rip-off of the Pixies in Nirvana....

    Nirvana were not original. They were rip-offs. As much of rip-offs as Puddle of Mudd is to Nirvana, only Pixies were way less known - To further prove this fact, the amazon editorial review writes, 'Thousands of albums have tried to copy 'Nevermind's style" - Hey.. maybe they WERENT, maybe the bands thought of as trying to copy Neverminds style, were just ALSO heavily influenced by the Pixies

    Please listen to the song 'Gouge Away' off Doolittle (pixies) - & in that song, you'll hear every song Nirvana ever wrote summed up into one song.

    Eddie Vedder wrote songs revolving around things that actually happened to him.. way more personal songs - & when he didnt, he wrote about songs for the state of the world -

    Kurt Cobain hardly wrote about songs he actually lived - In fact, their biggest hit, 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' was a song Kurt wrote about having friends....

    Awww... how sweet...

    Party music.

    Whereas Kurt insulted hair metal bands, he also cited hair metal leaders such as 'Van Halen' as huge influences...(anyone else notice that people who bought 'Nevermind' also bought 'Appetite for Destruction'?

    - In the end...

    Pearl Jam were always a more honest, & revolutionary sounding band than Nirvana... Kurts death overshadowed this, & he became a legend with fables told about him... theres no fables about Pearl Jam (except their name).. theyre just a true band.. & often times, non-fiction is much more amazing than fiction.. Pearl Jam vs. Nirvana is a case of this


    1) Pearl Jam's 'Rearviewmirror'
    2) The Pixies' 'Wave of Mutilation'

    Kurt hated Pearl Jam's music? Well guess what Kurt - Black Francis of the Pixies, your biggest idol, hated YOUR music as I read in Blender magazine recently (& why not? it was just a watered down version of the music his band already made before)

    FACT: Kurt called MTV behind the scenes, & told them to play more Nirvana music videos

    FACT: Pearl Jam quit making MTV music videos

    & people think Nirvana was so rebelious? ha..

    In closing, I'd like to say anyone who connects with 'Nevermind' more than 'Ten' (even if is more popular) - & anyone who connects with "songs about friends" more than the epic Pearl Jam's 'Black' - Is about as rebelious & has as much emotional depth as a bottle cap.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best album of 1991
    And yes you read that correctly, NOT Nevermind, which certainly has its place in music history but not nearly as good as Ten. But as far as debuts go, perhaps one of the best ever. Right up there with Appetite For Destruction and Definatley Maybe. Eddie Vedder captivates right from the beginning with his dark often brooding lyrics with a voice that could NEVER be duplicated no matter how many people try to copy it(Scott Stapp, i'm looking at you) but for me, the best song on this album is hands down "Alive", truly a piece of rock n' roll greatness with Vedder growling more passionate than ever, with incredible lyrics to boot "Son ohh she said, have i got a little story for you, what you thought was your daddy, was nothing but a...while you were sitting home alone at age 13, your real daddy was dyin', sorry you didn't see him, but i'm glad we talked" truly amazing with an excellent chorus. Best CD of 1991, a must own. ... Read more

    Asin: B0000027RL
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Grunge    3. Hard Rock    4. Pop    5. Rock    6. United States of America   


    Definitely Maybe
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (30 August, 1994)
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    With the swaggering chords of the opening "Rock'N'Roll Star," Oasis announced that big, brash Brit rock was here to stay--at least for a few years. They wore their rock & roll with an angry young sneer, a Mancunian petulance wedded to a vision of cathartic release. Their supersonic two-guitar attack took them "Up in the Sky," where they would "Live Forever" or burn out in a blaze of alcoholic glory. Noel Gallagher's songs weren't subtle--or shy of overt plagiarism--but, spat out in the Lennonesque snarl of little brother Liam, they took on a venomous power that had millions of young Brits taking them at their own arrogant word. In the U.S., meanwhile, the response was more Maybe than Definitely.--Barney Hoskyns ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Massive
    Whatever anybody has to say about this band there is no denying that this album is massive. It is amazing, start to finish. It kicked a hole in the music scene in the mid 90's and still sounds fantastic today.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Oasis's most definite.
    I have recently bought Oasis's Definitely Maybe album as a DUAL-CD, where one side of the CD is the album and the other side is a DVD.The DVD stuff is pretty cool and hilarious at times, especially with this one crazy British guy, who keeps on flipping-out during the interviews.Definitely Maybe is a great album to own, but you know...I always had one problem with it and that is the recording quality itself.The album just sounds muffled!I can't believe recordings from the early 90's already sound a bit primitive now a days, even though they are on CD's.I began to notice this with a lot of my albums from the early and mid 90's.Although, I think Definitely Maybe was recorder with a style/techniques that makes it sound even more muffled.Oh well, it's still a great album and most DEFINITELY Oasis's best.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Then dawned music... in a glorious display...
    Before this album... music was seeming stale and without any kind of meaning -- music was going downhill since the musical revolution of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones...Then came Oasis... and it inspired a generation... and I know I'm not exaggerating... and it's a scary wonderful thing...

    Their albums were all amazing... though this one holds a special place being the first...It was like the shy yet bold step out from behind the curtain...and when gazing upon this new wonder... many grabbed hold... some were scared of it... but only one thing is certain --- the music is amazing... and no one has ever been able to say a thing negative about the music which is true... ... Read more

    Asin: B000002AS3
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. British Trad Rock    3. Britpop    4. England    5. Hard Rock    6. Pop    7. Pop/Rock    8. Rock    9. Rock & Roll   


    Texas Flood
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (23 March, 1999)
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    This legendary 1983 debut by the fallen torchbearer of the '80s-'90s blues revival sounds even more dramatic in its remixed and expanded edition. Stevie Ray Vaughan's guitar and vocals are a bit brighter and more present on this 14-track CD. And the newly included bonus numbers (an incendiary studio version of the slow blues "Tin Pan Alley" that was left off the original release, and live takes of "Testify," "Mary Had a Little Lamb," and the instrumental "Wham!" from a 1983 Hollywood concert) illuminate the raw soul and passion that propelled his artistry even when he was under the spell of drug addiction. Texas Flood captures Vaughan as rockin' blues purist, paying tribute in his inspired six-string diction to his influences Larry Davis (who wrote the title track), Buddy Guy, Albert King, and Jimi Hendrix. His own contemplative "Lenny," a tribute to his wife at the time, also suggests a jazz-fueled complexity that would infuse his later work. --Ted Drozdowski ... Read more


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    5-0 out of 5 stars Bonnie is an Ignorant Slut - ONE OF THE BEST DEBUT ALBUMS
    First of all Stevie Ray Vaughan was not a Hendrix rip off. Anyone who knows the blues - as Bonnie doesn't - knows that SRV AND Jimi were from the Albert King School of guitar. If you want to really hear what Stevie is about check out the cd "In Session" with him and Albert King. If it weren't for the difference in tones between SRV's Strat and Albert's Gibson you wouldn't know who is who! Stevie definately pays homage to King on every song. However, that doesn't mean that Stevie was a rip off. I haven't heard one truly original new, contemporary, blues guitarist - except Robert Cray - in my 15 years of professional playing. We ALL copy from our influences.
    The most important point of Stevie's playing is his soul. I was lucky enough to see him 6 times during his brief career and I can tell you that there was nobody in the business that played harder than he did. It doesn't come across well on cd but if you watch him on dvd you will see that he plays (and sings) with every ounce of heart and soul that he can muster - I think he even steals some from the audience!
    This cd - despite what anti-music lover Bonnie says - will be considered one of the best debut albums ever - along with Led Zeppelin's first and Jimi's "Are You Experienced"

    5-0 out of 5 stars How about shutting up Bonnie
    This bonnie character obviously has no knowledge of what great guitar sounds like.This album is fantastic.Every song is at least good if not great.From Love Struck Baby to the previously unreleased version of Wham.Pride and Joy, Texas Flood, and Lenny are my favorites on this one.I don't know what bonnie was talking about here because SRV has more talent in his fingernail than any of the clowns she mentioned.If you don't like SRV bonnie thats fine, but that doesn't mean he wasn't a hell of a guitar player.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Overrated Tripe
    Lets face it this guy is awful.I agree with the other reviewer all he plays is blues that is Hendrix rip-off.Then Vaughan the joker tries to play jazz on his other records.First I laugh, then I cry.I laugh at how pathetic this coke head is in this context in a vain and sad attempt to be Wes or Kenny Burrell.
    Then I cry because so many ignorant beer sluggers think this is great guitar.My advice, check out Uli Jon Roth, Michael Schenker, Larry Carlton or Wes Montgomery for players with soul and SKILL!!!!!
    Leave this overrated bum with his caveman skill level and Micheal Bolton-esque voice behind. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Album Rock    2. Blues-Rock    3. Contemporary Blues    4. Electric Blues    5. Electric Texas Blues    6. Modern Electric Blues    7. Modern Electric Texas Blues    8. Pop    9. Rock    10. Texas Blues    11. United States of America   


    Catch a Fire [Bonus Tracks]
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (12 June, 2001)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars great debut album
    When the Wailers were signed to island records in 1972, this marked the beginning of reggae to an international audience.The Wailers were already famous throughout the Carribbean, but worldwide they were nobody's.Catch a Fire changed all that. This was packaged as a rock album and the original album sleeve was actually a zippo lighter and when you opened the lighter the record would come out.Thisartwork is not original.The sound tapes were actually overdubbed with rock giutars and other instruments to make this album appeal to an American and English audience.To hear the original versions, check out Catch a Fire Deluxe Edition which has the original Jamaican versions, and the versions heard here.This is still a great recording, but the Deluxe Edition has the original Jamaican versions which are a real treat.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Catch a fire so you can get burned!
    This is a good reggae album period and all of the songs have strong statements. The 2 songs that Peter Tosh does, 400 years and Stop that Train, are very good. The rest is solid with that classic reggae Bob does. Recommended for the reggae fan looking for something good to listen to.

    5-0 out of 5 stars "Burnin' ", "Catch a Fire" stellar "debuts" never surpassed
    In The Wailers' "Catch A Fire" and "Burnin'" (both released in the same year, 1973), the group released two instant classics that they never surpassed in terms of artistry, musicianship, rhythm foundation or edginess. And these two albums were also the last two that the original Wailing Wailers (Marley, Tosh, Bunny) made together.
    A blend of new and old (such familiar tracks as "Concrete Jungle," "Slave Driver," "400 Years," "Stop that Train" from "Catch A Fire," and "Put It On," "Small Axe" and "Duppy Conqueror" from "Burnin'" were remakes), these albums were the Wailers first releases with the intent to reach an international, mainstream audience. Blending in some rock influences such as the guitar style, and toning down the bass and drum for more treble sounds to reach the rock audiences in Europe and America, the Wailers debut on Island label snuck up slowly on these listeners, just as the intro to "Concrete Jungle" slowly rolls in, opening the "Catch A Fire" album. There may be some lesser, lighter moments on both albums, but no songs are throwaway, no songs are filler.
    Sadly, despite being full of gems and instant Wailers classics, original members Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer left to start solo careers, feeling they were in the shadow of Bob, and had their own stories to tell musically. It was more unfortunate, because Bob Marley and the Wailers (as the group became known) never surpassed the quality of these albums on later efforts. With Tosh's departure went the edgy, bassy rhythm sounds, and with both Bunny and Tosh went the delectable harmonies they provided behind Bob's lead vocals. If there are only two albums in the Wailers library of music, they go by the names "Catch A Fire" and "Burnin'." They both had a stark, unadulterated emotion and edge that Bob Marley's more pop-influenced efforts lack. With the departures of Tosh and Bunny, it felt as if a light was being extinguished. But listening to these albums again, makes me remember back to a time, when the childhood friends were like brothers, making music together until the sun came up. Listening to these albums is bittersweet, but I can still relive those times listening to the sweet, harmonious music they made together, as family, reminiscing to a time when something truly mystical, magical was happening in the studio. But with the breakup of the original Wailing Wailers, the circle was broken, the fire doused, and what once was one, was splintered into three, to never join back together again. "In the ghetto, bitter was sweet....." ... Read more

    Asin: B00005KB9T
    Sales Rank: 13259
    Subjects:  1. Jamaica    2. Political Reggae    3. Pop    4. Reggae    5. Roots Reggae   


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