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Average Customer Review: 4.52 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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Probably Def Leppard's best album, and certainly their most successful, Hysteria pretty much sums up 80s hard rock: catchy, tuneful, and fun. It's also one of the few albums from the period that doesn't sound dated now, and singles like "Pour Some Sugar On Me", "Armageddon It", and "Rocket" remain staples of rock radio. The rest of the album is equally entertaining; "Animal" and "Hysteria", while mid-tempo, have the same slick intensity, and "Love Bites" is one of the few pop-metal ballads that doesn't sound saccharine over a decade after its release. Def Leppard may be remembered more for their hair than their music these days, but that's more due to changing tastes than anything else. It's still good. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Greatest Pop Metal CD of all time!
This here is what pop metal is all about. 7 singles released, 6 hitting the top 20. Not one weak track on this record in my eyes, every track could have been a top 20 smash. It has gone on to sell 12 million copies in the U.S and 17 million all together, an impressive feat. Here is my track by track review of Def Leppards Hysteria:
1. Women- An excellent opening track. Would have hit the top 20, had it been released earleir. Only hit #80. A mid tempo song, and the end gutair solo always gives me chills. 10/10
2. Rocket- An epic that was shortened on the Vault- Def Leppards greatest hits. An excellent song with a nice middle, and a fist pumping chorus. Hit #12. 10/10
3. Animal- A nice little pop rock tune that screamed radio. A catchy chorus and solid verses and gutair playing make this a great song. Hit #19.
4. Love Bites- Ah yes. The love/ power ballad everyone has heard. Great chorus, sentimental lyrics make this song a smash. Hit #1. 10/10
5. Pour Some Sugar On Me- The song everyone has heard. Leppards most recognizable song, is a great one. Different sounding then most their songs, but its still great. Hit #2. 10/10
6. Armageddon It- My fav. song on this album, and along with Photograph, my fav. Leppard song. Great Chorus and great playing by the band make it top notch. The end gives me chills. Hit #3. 10/10
7. Gods of War- The epic on the album, like Die Hard the Hunter off Pyromania. Great song, if it would have been released, it prob. would have been shortened taking away its power. Great song! 10/10
8. Don't Shoot Shotgun- Maybe the weakest track on the album along with L+A. But the weakest on this album still makes it an excellent song, still single material. More fast paced then most on the album. 9.5/10
9. Run Riot- This use to be my fav. song from the Lep when I was a little kid. Great fast paced rock with a catchy chourus and awesome verses, and an amazing guitar solo by the late Steve Clark. Spectacular! 10/10
10. Hysteria- The last single on the album, but a great one at that. Nice ballad that was perfect for radio. As good as Love Bites in my eyes. Hit #10. 10/10
11. Excitable- I love this song! Sure it gets repetitive, but it still is great. I love the verses and the chorus. It could have been a great single, but because of its dance like beat, the Lep would be called ultimate sell outs. 10/10
12. Love and Affection- A great song, but not as strong as Hysteria or Love Bites. Nonetheless, a touching ballad with a very strong eneding. Single worthy. 9.5/10

Overall this is what pop metal was all about. Def Leppard are masters of the rock genre, after all, they havent sold over 30 million records in the U.S because they [are bad]. this is my fav. band at their prime, so go on, pick up your copy of Hysteria and be ready for the ride of a lifetime!

5-0 out of 5 stars Leppard's best by far
With all of the mishaps, screwups, and just plain bad luck that befell Def Leppard between the end of the "Pyromania" tour in 1984 to the release of this album in late 1987, a lot of people were expecting the band to choke big time with "Hysteria." Not only did they not choke, but "Hysteria" became their best-selling album--and for a very good reason--it's great.

This is one of those very rare albums that quite simply does not have a bad track on it. From the pulsing, hypnotic rhythm of the opening track "Women," through the best known songs like "Love Bites", "Animal," "Pour Some Sugar On Me," and "Armeggedon It," to the powerfully arranged "Gods of War," to the fun dance tunes "Don't Shoot Shotgun" (my personal favorite track) and "Excitable", to the flat-out rockers "Rocket" and "Run Riot", to the pretty end track "Love and Affection," every single track is hook-laden to the max (to use an '80's saying). I can't even count how many times I've listened to this record or even how many copies I've owned--I estimate I've gone through five cassettes and three CD's. This is definitely one of my desert island disks. A must for the Leppard fanatic, a must for fans of '80's hard rock--actually, a must for any pop music fan.

3-0 out of 5 stars Why send men to do a robot's job?
In 1985, after putting the five then-current members of Def Leppard into a freeze-dried chamber, Robert John "Mutt" Lange began the follow-up to his last studio effort, "Pyromania." His vision was grander this time, and the work on the new songs was slow but precise. He recruited '80's-era T-1000 Robots to complete his singular vision, but the sessions were fraught with problems. Some of the T-1000's rebelled, and Lange, who was suffering through a terrible bout of stress, perhaps because he had not met Shania Twain at this juncture, soon had to take a leave of absence.

When Lange came back the T-1000's were in full control of the monumental "Hysteria" sessions, and he could do nothing but wallow in drug-induced self-pity. His only real contribution to the album was the opening riff on track 12, which the robots granted him. (It's really not a bad riff, Mutt!!)

By August 1987, "Hysteria" was ready to roll for public consumption, and the members of Def Leppard were released from their concubines. A tradgedy occurred when something went wrong with drummer Rick Allen's thawing process, and the young man lost his left arm. Luckily, the stilted beats the robots had concocted on "Hysteria" suited Allen's new playing style just fine, and everbody was anxious to proceed.

In another unexplained tradgedy with the band, singer Joe Elliott contracted the mumps while frozen, but he lived to tell his tale.

If you caught this tour in '87, '88, '89, you've caught history, no?? ... Read more

Asin: B000001FKY


Appetite for Destruction
Average Customer Review: 4.68 out of 5 stars
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A glimpse of the future, and not because of its huge influence and umpteen million sales. The poor-little-rich-boy protest "Out ta Get Me" intimates that Axl Rose's egotism and martyr complex were soon to grow bigger than his head; still, Appetite's night-train wreck of punk and metal sounds and sensibilities make it more than just an emblem of its time. Whether GN'R are dancing with Mr. Brownstone, penning a callow kiss-off letter to some chick named Michelle, or passing out on somebody else's sofa, this was and remains a savage journey to the heart of the American--or at least the Hollywood--dream. --Rickey Wright ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best heavy metal albums of all time
The significance of this album is unquestionable. This was the 80s metal album that united those who liked hair metal (Poison, Warrant, etc), and thrash metal (Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Slayer). It's an excellent mix of blues, hard rock, attitude and machismo.
Guns N Roses were one of the most essential and important bands of the 1980s. Axl Rose's aggressive and shrieking vocals were very adequate (despite the fact that he burned out too quickly and cheated his fans), and Slash's blistering guitar solos are amazing, and he's certainly one of the best guitarists ever. "Welcome to the Jungle," "Sweet Child O'Mine," "Paradise City," and "Mr. Brownstone," are already rock radio classics that still sound juts as awesome today as they did back in 1987. You can still feel the power of the band in those songs, and for other songs on this album like "Night Train," "Out To get me," and "Rocket Queen." What a great album. I listened to this all the time when I was 6 when I'd steal my Dad's tape of it, until my parents took it away from it because of all the 'dirty words' on it. It is one of the most essential albums of all time, especially in such an era like the late 80s where bad music was just as normal as apple pie.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best rock album of all time
Everythings been sauid about this album, but check out this guys post:

Yo hip-hoppa's, how ya'll be?? You know, just like everyone, when I turn on the radio, I wanna hear nu rock, nu metal and hip hopp!! Yet all I keep hearing is dumb old bands that have NO prupose now and have never had any purpose at any point in their careers actually!! Why is the airwaves clogged up with this junk anyway?? "Welcome To The Jungle" has a horrible riff, dumb lyrics, and is the theme song for the Cincinnati Bengals, the wrost football team ever!! "Sweet Child Ov Mine" is a cheesy toon about remembering childhood, "Mr. Brownstone" is about a cooky neighbor, and "Paradise City" goes on for about 6 minutes too long!! Enough with all the annoiyng guitar solos, their sooo annoying!! Axl also has the most whiny voice ever. Plus the bass playa sounds like he's just tapping his bottom string and not playing, listen to the intro of "It's So Easy" and ya'll see whut I be meanin'!!! For good music, look to bands like Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Disturbed, KoRn, Bubba Sparxx, Eminem, Puff Daddy, Puddle Of Mudd, Seether, Saliva, Nickleback, Drowning Pool and the new talent like Clay Aiken and Smile Empty Soul :]!! Skip this WASTE of plastic!!! Peace out G'N R dudes....

First, DO NOT take this f*g seriously. He doesn't like guitar solos, and he listens to Eminem. Paradise City is the second best song on the album, and in no way is it to long. remember, most of the 2nd half is the outro solo, which, by teh way, is AMAZING. Second, if anyone's familiar with music here, you'll know that Bass is to support the band. To add bottom. Limp bIzkit and Linkin Parks bassists are 10 times worst than Duff (bassist for GNR) Plus, the intro to It's So Easy is played on the guitar you dumbass. it sounds like the bass, but it's not. Third, Mr. Brownstone is about the bands drug addictions, not some cooky neighbor.
This guy is obviosly a p*ssy a*s teen who doesn't appreciate real music. I mean come on, look what he said: " You know, just like everyone, when I turn on the radio, I wanna hear nu rock, nu metal and hip hopp." This guy doesn't appreciate rock n roll, so he has no buisness posting a review about music he hates. i think all Gnr fans should go post crappy reviews for nu bands liek Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit. I think i speak for all true rock fans, when i say that Appetite For Destrucion is a CD of true talent, and is, in my opinion, the greatest rock album out there. Long live GNR (the originals atleast!)

5-0 out of 5 stars Appetite for Amazement
"Appetite for Destruction" is a CD in a league of it's own. It surpasses "Led Zeppelin IV" and "Back in Black" by far. It is the best CD's ever by one of the best bands ever. Guns N' Roses came into the spectrum at the height of hair metal band faz. Such as Def Leppard, Poison, and Motley Crue were all the rage. Not that these bands don't rock, it's just that GN'R does so much better at it than them. This CD is the third best selling rock CD in the nation (behind the 2 earlier mentioned), and it is hard to see why it isn't numero uno. It definitely is in my book.

First off, there is Saul Hudson (Slash) on lead guitar. The best guitarist of all time. He has his own distinct style and has the speed to keep up with Eddie Van Halen and Toni Iommi. Although he has had his problems with drugs (he was clinically dead for over 30 seconds), what Rock-star hasn't. Next there is the amazing frontman Axl Rose (Bill Baily). That is simply all you have to say about Axl. Amazing. Although he doesn't have the best voice in the buisness, he makes up for it in stage presence and attitude. He has to be one of the best frontmen of all time. While the other members of the band aren't as prominent as Axl and Slash, they still deserve to be mentioned. Izzy Stradlin (Jeffrey Isabel) on rythym guitar. Steven Adler on Drums. And Michael "Duff" Mckaegen.

These songs were instant classics. Who can resist that opening to "Welcome to the Jungle." Or the emotion behind "Sweet Child of Mine," (plus the best guitar solos ever). This debut CD for the band was all about their lives, the good and the bad. Such tracks as "Mr. Brownstone," "Paradise City," and "Rocket Queen," have obvious drug and partying references behind them, and rock just much as they should.

This is the CD that spawned millions of fan-clubs and websites all about the band. It is one of the essential rock CD's to have and of course I recomend it. ... Read more

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Open Up and Say...Ahh!
Average Customer Review: 4.28 out of 5 stars
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The second song on this album from the premier pop-metal band of the '80s sums up perfectly what Poison was all about: "Nothin' But a Good Time" isn't exactly deep, but it's a fun song. There's other good stuff on what is unquestionably Poison's best album; "Love on the Rocks" and "Look But You Can't Touch" show that this band is at its best when it's not taking itself seriously, though the wistful "Fallen Angel" remains one of Poison's best songs. "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," on the other hand, has nothing to distinguish it from the flood of power ballads of the late 80s. The cover of "Your Mama Don't Dance," however, more than makes up for this, with the sense of fun and humor that made Poison so entertaining. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars poison!
This was my first Poison CD and I have to say, it is possibly their best. It is a great CD for in the car and just belting out on the hard rock and the beautiful ballads.

Love On The Rocks: one of my favourite songs, an awesome start off sound
Nothin' But A Good Time: everyone knows it, the best way to get a party started
Back To The Rocking Horse: a good song with amazing vocals by Michaels, an overall awesome tune
Good Love: a decent track, not one of my favs but still above average
Tearin' Down The Walls: I love this track, 'screaming, scratching' just a nice track to sing along to!
Look But You Can't Touch: a nice rock song, fans of 80s metal bands will love this song
Fallen Angel: obviously, one of their biggest hits - everyone knows it, it doesn't get old!
Every Rose Has Its Thorn: a sweet ballad that everyone loves
Your Mama Don't Dance: a remake, very good song to "bop" around to
Bad To Be Good: my favourite track on the album, an all around great song with great instruments.

(Bret) Michaels shows off his vocal talent throughout this album, C.C. Deville is possibly one of the best guitarist known to man, Dall is jamming and Rikki Rockett is simply amazing on the drums. I think Poison definitely had it going for them with this amazing album. I recommend it to anyone.

5-0 out of 5 stars Straight up ROCK
This is the album to buy even if you dont consider yourself a Poison fan. This Is Poison at their best. It has many succesfull singles...Nuthin' But A Good Time, Your Mamma Dont Dance, Every Rose Has Its Thorn (#1 Billboard song) and Fallen Angel. Maybe you remember them, but if you haven't heared them then I think you should. Even the non single songs Rock with the best of them. "Look But You Cant Touch" is a great rockin song that you'd love to hear a good bar band playing. Great Guitar on this album, and the mixing of the great Drums and vocals is perfect! everything is just the right volume... This is my idea of what Rock and Roll should be like. "Nuthin But A Good Time"!

4-0 out of 5 stars Poison's Best!!
I am so glad to see so many positive reviews for this fantastic, but unfortunately out of print CD. Each song is an 80's hair metal masterpiece. You will be tapping your foot and humming the chorus all day long to "Love on the Rocks" & "Back to the Rockin' Horse". Poison's charm was also probably the reason they faded so quickly. They provided the soundtrack for Strip Clubs, Drunken Parties, and back-seat quickies. There were never any "heavy" or "deep" songs. It really was about "Nothin But a Good Time". If you haven't heard half of this album already, then you must have been born during the Clinton administration, because I know during the late 80's, this disk never left the turntable of radio station 98 Rock here in Baltimore. If you like Hair Metal and you don't own this album, or the only Poison songs you have are part of collection like "Monster Ballads", then do youself a favor and pick this up. Big Hair, Loud Guitars, and women in spandex.....that is what Hair Metal is all about!!! ... Read more

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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Having proven its Sammy Hagar-led lineup a success with 5150, Van Halen followed that effort with OU812, an album that, despite its cheesy title, is every bit its predecessor's equal, burning with balls-to-the-walls hard rock that never leaves its pop sensibility far behind. From the sweeping power ballad "When It's Love" and the full-on rocker "Finish What Ya Started," to the stringbending showcases "A.F.U. (Naturally Wired)" and "Cabo Wabo" and even an uncharacteristic cover (of Little Feat's "A Apolitical Blues"), Eddie, Alex, Michael, and Sammy play with abandon and a palpable sense of fun. --Daniel Durchholz ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars A Real Letdown After "5150"...
"OU812" was Van Halen's second effort with Sammy Hagar, and coming on the heels of the exceptional "5150" (one of the best albums ever made), it was inevitable that this would be a disappointment. Not that it's a bad album by any means, but it suffers from an overall blandness. Keyboards creep even further into the mix to the point where you really wish they'd just go away, and when the band does choose to flat-out rock, it kind of has a been-there-done-that feel to it.

"Mine All Mine" is a fast synth-driven tune (i.e., very little guitar) with a heavy message about a guy who's got all the material possessions he could want, but still isn't satisfied because he seeks something a little more spiritual. It'd be pretty heady stuff if it wasn't on the same album as such dumbed-down crotch rockers like "Black and Blue" (probably the weakest lead-off single from a VH album ever) and "Sucker In A Three Piece". Sammy Hagar can sing circles around David Lee Roth, but as a lyric writer he's pretty weak.

"When It's Love" is of two token power ballads here, but compared to the excellent "Dreams" and "Love Walks In" from the previous album, it's pretty generic. Why this one became a big hit and those two didn't is beyond me. "Feels So Good" is actually the better of the two ballads. The keyboards really enhance that one.

The twangy "Finish What You Started" was another big hit, and give them credit for doing something outside of the box, but it winds up sounding like little more than a John Mellencamp tune. The best songs on the disc are the ones that stick pretty close to the tried-and-true Van Halen drums-bass-and-guitaerobics - "A.F.U (Naturally Wired)", "Cabo Wabo", and "Source of Infection". The CD-only bonus track "A Apolitical Blues" is something that should've stayed in the vault. Van Halen taking a stab at the blues (by way of a Little Feat remake) just don't work.

Overall, this is a spotty effort, nowhere near as good as "5150", which was also all over the map but seemed to pull it off a lot better.

The worst thing about this CD, however, is the fact that the tracks are listed on the back cover in alphabetical order, and not in actual running order. Drives you nuts, I don't know how many times over the years I've flipped that thing over to see which song was coming up next only to get burned. The running order is listed inside the booklet, but c'mon, who really wants to pull that thing out every time they play the disc?

4-0 out of 5 stars "Done And Plenty"
OU812 is the second album with Sammy Hagar. Sammy Hagars singing on this record proves that SAMMY HAGAR is the best singer that Van Halen has had. The album Kicks off with the hard rock song "Mine All Mine." The most popular song on here is "When It's Love." This record has a lot of Heavy Metal/Hard Rock tunes on it. The only comlained that I have is that Eddie's guitar playing changed a lot on this album. He use to be a guitar god, but now he makes a bunch of noise. And thats the only complaint that I have. It is a great record.

4-0 out of 5 stars I still play it.
Though I also like the "David Lee Roth" era, because of my age I'm more of a "Van Hagar" person. I don't think this is as great as "5150", but it is the next best thing. Included here are the big hits "When It's Love" and "Finish What Ya Started", as well as the minor hits "Black And Blue" and "Feels So Good". I also really like the opener "Mine All Mine", and "Cabo Wabo". Overall it's a very solid album, and probably my fourth favorite over the course of their entire career, after "5150", the debut, and "1984". If you like their late 80's material, also check out "Sammy's" solo 1987 album "I Never Said Goodbye". ... Read more

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No Rest for the Wicked (Exp)
Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars This Is Honestly My Favorite Ozzy Album.
It seems No Rest For The Wicked has become "The Ozzy Album That Time Forgot." For many, Blizzard of Ozz and Diary Of A Madman are Ozzy's best albums. At the same time, The Ultimate Sin and Bark At The Moon are considered his weakest. No More Tears and Ozzmosis also get their share of critical acclaim and recognition. But it seems that for most fans, No Rest For The Wicked is just "there" and is pretty much regarded as "that other Ozzy album." Well, here's one fan that definitely has not forgotten this little gem. While I definitely won't deny that Blizzard of Ozz and Diary Of A Madman are very good albums (especially Madman), I find No Rest For The Wicked to be both Ozzy's heaviest and most enjoyable album.

The first thing that must be said about this album is that Zakk Wylde's guitaring is simply amazing. For those who were slightly disappointed with Jake E. Lee's performance in Ozzy's previous two albums, Wylde will definitely blow you away with his outstanding solos and catchy riffs. Unfortunately, he doesn't really do any of the neat guitar tricks Randy Rhoades did back in his day. But that isn't such a huge loss.

Second of all, Ozzy sings with almost as much passion as he did on the original Blizzard of Ozz (and that passion is probably what made Blizzard his most popular). Fire In The Sky, for example, seems to be a song Ozzy really got into when singing it, especially during its chorus.

Finally, the album as a whole is extremely powerful. The guitars and drumming seemingly go hand in hand to give the album a very heavy/pounding sound to it. This makes it very fun to listen to and definitely a good get-going type album.

So overall, this is one album that definitely should not be overlooked by Ozzy fans nor metal fans in general. It basically features everything we've all come to expect from Ozzy.. and more.

5-0 out of 5 stars No Rest For The Wicked? It's wicked awesome!
After his work on 1986's The Ultimate Sin, Jake E. Lee left Ozzy's band. In came his third main guitar player, and the one he's had to this day: Zakk Wylde. How would Zakk's performance measure up when compared to past albums? Read on and find out.

-Miracle Man: Mid-fast tempo hard rocker using some interesting voice technology, and great guitar playing. A+

-Devil's Daughter: Both melodic and heavy, this mid-fast tempo rocker features vocal delivery as the high point. A+

-Crazy Babies: Mid-tempo hard rocker with extremely well executed voice usage in the chorus. A

-Breakin' All The Rules: The high point of this track is the chorus, which features excellent drumming. A

-Bloodbath In Paradise: Fast hard rocker with awesome metal riffs. Melodic vocal usage and delivery makes this track a masterpiece. A+

-Fire In The Sky: Slow-mid tempo hard rocker with an ultra-melodic chorus. Featuring a killer guitar solo, this one is more than worth your time. A+

-Tattooed Dancer: Neither light nor heavy, this fast paced rocker is an excellent track. A+

-Demon Alcohol: Mid-fast tempo hard rocker. Many different voice techniques are what make this one cool. A


-Hero: Hard melodic track, with an excellent combination of the styles. A+

-The Liar: This one uses soft piano playing in a style similar to that of Supertramp, but the vocals are uniquely Ozzy. Excellent ballad. A+

-Miracle Man (Live): See above for review of this track. Excellent live version. A+

Too bad Zakk Wylde's debut effort with the Ozzman had to be his most underrated album. To my knowledge, not one of these songs was a hit. But most of these songs blow the hits away! Wylde would reach his all time high on Ozzy's next album, 1991's No More Tears.

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't know if it IS my favorite... but it is one of them...
This album is one of, if not the best album ozzy has ever released, I mean, this is awesome.

Miracle Man-Probably my favorite Ozzy song ever, if not tied with "Mr. Tinkertrain" Guitar riff is awesome(I can play it!!!) and the lyrics kick @$$. 10/10

Devil's Daughter-The tune is kinda fudged up, the way ozzy sings the verses is a little weird, but it's good... 8/10

Crazy Babies-Riff and all of the song EXCEPT the walk that walk part are pretty cool. 9/10

Breaking all the Rules-Awesome! Heavy track... the guitar is really good on this one. 10/10

Bloodbath in Paradise-Cool. Creepy. About the Manson family. "Helter skelter, spiral madness" 9.5/10

Fire in the Sky-Not as good as "Killer of Giants," "Goodbye to Romance," or the best balled ever "Road to Nowhere," but this song is alright. 8/10

Tatooed Dancer-Sweet song. Cool lyrics. 8.5/10

Demon Alcohol-Not such a cool song, but still a good track. 7/10

Hero-Pretty good song overall... i'm not too crazy about it. 8/10

*The Liar-Alright song... again not too crazy about it. 7.5/10

*Miracle Man(Live)-What the f***? This live version of one of the greatest songs ever SUCKS. The one on Live & Loud is better. 2/10

So overall this is a great album. A few weak points, but still great. This would've gotten 4 stars, but Miracle Man(NOT the live version bonus track) gave it the extra star. ... Read more

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Reach for the Sky
Average Customer Review: 3.88 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars A solid album
Ratt's fourth full-length album--1988's Reach for the Sky--is good. It sports worthy songwriting, tight musicianship, and crisp sound quality. The material is in a straight-ahead hard rock musical direction. Stephen Pearcy's vocals are unique, magnetic, and ambitious. Of the ten tracks, there is one power ballad--"I Want to Love You Tonight," a song which features a pretty guitar intro and smooth background vocals. Though I like all of the tunes, my favorites are "I Want a Woman" and "Way Cool Jr." The fun, energetic "I Want a Woman" exhibits a memorable, engaging refrain, tasteful rhythm guitar work from Warren DeMartini and Robbin Crosby, and a nice guitar solo from DeMartini. "Way Cool Jr." features cool singing from Pearcy and a notable, pleasing chorus; also, this cut contains brass instrumentation. Other compositions that I enjoy are "Bottom Line" and "What's It Gonna Be." "Bottom Line" presents an attractive refrain and a gratifying main guitar riff, while "What's It Gonna Be" has a likeable chorus. Even though the CD insert does not include the song lyrics, there is a color photo of the band. The album cover artwork is interesting. The disc is just over 39 minutes. Reach for the Sky is a recommendable piece of work from Ratt.

5-0 out of 5 stars L.A. rockers hit stratosphere on fifth release
By C.S.

Hair metal 1980's style is often criticized but filled a carloads of individuals who have little or no knowledge of the genre.
One of the bright spots on a seemingly mythical dark tale that is often told about 80's rock are the Los Angeles, California outfit known as Ratt.
With so much competition in the area - Motley Crue Dokken,and the already established Van Halen to choose from and to rock out to,it would seem impossible to gain a foothold of originality in this over- crowded marketplace.
With the cannonfire like drum beat and sound of Bobby Blotzer, the raspy and rough vocals of Stephen Pearcy, the dual guitar attack of Robbin Crosby (rhythm) and Warren De Martini (lead) combo and the penetratingly solid bass playing of Juan Crouchier (a former Dokken memeber),Ratt created a balanced metal sound .
The bass like tonation of Blotzer and Crouchier work in poisionous tandem with Crosby and De Marini on "Reach" and they strike a smooth balance - no one group of musicians overwhelm the other in the playing and recording process, making 'Reach For he Sky" a gem based on production alone.
Blotzer begins the assault with a funk -filled double bass-drum beat that fuels "City To City", while De Martini sprinkles the ingredients of wailing guitar riff on top of Pearchy's opening screams and Crosby's vicious co - lead on "I Want A Woman".
The next track "Way Cool Jr" is record company driven, elementary school pop all the way as a early resting point after the fast start created by the opening tracks..
The band step back into the club after a couple of drinks and set the tempo again with Blotzer opening up the floodgates for the reamaining musicians to jump over and in with his potent snare drum poops, slick cymbal/ hi- hat work, and stop on a dime breaks in pace on "Don't Bite The Hand That Feeds "
"Playing to the female auduence that fuels the industry, the boys hit the ballad button on "I Want To Love You Tonite".In stark comparison to the blatant commercialism of "Way Cool", the polished harmonies, smooth beat and polished craftiness of De Martini's solo over a tone setting rhyhtm riff by Crosby make for a more honest representation of how the band can work it's magic in slow- down mode.
"Chain Reaction is "Reach For The Sky's version of "Communication Breakdown" with it's Motley Crue like break neck tempo capped by Pearcy's suggestive line- "the only thing that sets me off will bring you to your knees"
If unconvinced or partially sold on the merits of Ratt the funky 'No Surprise" with it's backing vocal intro. heavy De Martini riff and avalanche of an intrusion by Blotzer with his opening beats make a strong case for crowd favorite in tandem with the stop and go,hard edged flow of "Bottom Line" where Blotzer fills in space beautifully around the exploits of his talented bandmates and wakes up the neighbors with his cymbal crashes and snap of the wrist drum rolls on " What's It Gonna Be" hi- lighted by the army of guitars gathered up by Crosby and De Martini that make for an rock- anthem flavored closing solo.
Though Pearcy and the gang may always be regarded as little or nothing songwriters, the pieces fall in place on "Reach For The Sky" in smoother symmetry than the spotty hit and miss nature of the previous LP "Dancing UnderCover".
This is Ratt N' Roll arguably at it's best, making 'Reach For The Sky" one of their top two or three albums and a worthy five star ranking.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Another great album........
Well, this is the one that got me into Ratt. I was 12-13 when this came out and I heard "Way Cool Jr." and I loved it. Then I went and bought the tape and didn't really care for the rest of it except for "City To City" and especially, "I Want A Woman". Then the more I listened to it, I liked this album. I then went out and got the rest of their tapes (at the time) and found out what all the fuss was about. There is very few filler songs here. And this doesn't just recycle the same sound that was found in their first three albums. This one tends to get a bad rap, but I think it's excellent. It's WAY better than "Dancing Undercover". In addition to the songs I already mentioned, "Don't Bite The Hand That Feeds", "Chain Reaction", "Bottom Line", & "What I'm After" are great cuts. And Ratt even did their first ballad for this one. "I Want To Love You Tonight" is a nice tune. I must admit, when this came out it did seem like Ratt was trying to get more commercial (hence the ballad and the more radio friendly sound), but who cares? It's good music and that's what counts. Buy this. ... Read more

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Long Cold Winter
Average Customer Review: 4.36 out of 5 stars
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From the very first track ("Bad Seamstress Blues"), it was obvious that Cinderella was moving in a different direction with this album, toward a mix of the pop metal that was their forte with a bluesy inflection reminiscent of Aerosmith. Songs like "Fallin' Apart at the Seams" and "Gypsy Road" showed this influence clearly while making the album more musically interesting than its contemporaries, although the anthemic "The Last Mile" and the hit single "Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)" were definite highlights. Added to the mix were ballads like the title track, as well as less grandiose tunes such as "Coming Home." Not exactly a classic album, but a likeable listen overall. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Cinderella Studio Album
LONG COLD WINTER is where Cinderella move away from pure pop-metal into being an 80s version of Skynyrd or the Outlaws. Several songs on side one- "Gypsy Road", "The Last Mile", and "Second Wind"- have been very inspirational to me as a person, and the other two on that side- "Bad Seamstress Blues/Falling Apart At The Seams" and "Don't Know What You Got ('Til It's Gone)"- are stories of hard luck and loss that ring all too true today in this age of reverse discrimination. The second half doesn't cut quite as deep, but does contain a powerful ballad in "Coming Home." ONCE UPON A... is a better overall representation of Cinderella's history, but LONG COLD WINTER is one of their essential albums.

4-0 out of 5 stars One of the better late 80s hair band albums
After Guns N' Roses' "Appetite For Destruction" and Def Leppard's "Hysteria," this is my favorite album from the late-80s hard rock bands. The bluesy sound of "Long Cold Winter" makes it stand out from anything released in its time, and although it lacks the intensity and virtuosity of Guns N' Roses, it sounds far more authentic than many contemporaneous efforts (Warrant, Poison, Bon Jovi, Winger, etc.). Tom Kiefer is a gifted songwriter, and the best tracks on this disc (including the intensely bluesy "Long Cold Winter," the upbeat Wanderlust-ode "Gypsy Road," and the epic "Don't Know What You Got Till It's Gone") still hold up after a dozen years. Admittedly, doing hard rock by way of the blues was hardly an original idea -- a decade and a half earlier it had already been done by Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith, and Cinderella is not in their league. Still, this is a good effort, worth purchasing for fans of straight-out, unpretentious guitar rock.

5-0 out of 5 stars Only the Beginning
Long Cold Winter is an outstanding rock album, beginning with a blues song (Bad Seamstress Blues), and thereafter pulling the listener through one hard rocking song after another, slowing only for "Don't Know What You've Got (Till It's Gone)," the exquisite "Coming Home," and "Long Cold Winter." It is an excellent album...a tribute to some of Keifer's more obvious musical influences. It is also one of those rare albums that one can enjoy every song on.

The amazing thing is that it is only Cinderella's second album...and a mere prelude to what Keifer accomplishes later, in Heartbreak Station and Still Climbing. While there may be room for improvement, it is improvement only Keifer himself would be capable of, as he surpasses, with his artistic genius, the work of some of the very best songwriters of the previous era, still known for their long-reaching influence on rock and roll. ... Read more

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Blow My Fuse
Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
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Probably the best album from sadly defunct hard-rockers Kix. Never overwhelmingly popular, their only major hit (the anti-suicide ballad "Don't Close Your Eyes") is on this album. It's a radical departure from most of their material, which consisted mainly of good-time, party-on pop metal infused with genuine smarts and affection for the music. Hailing from Maryland, they incorporated the L.A. glam style into their music while maintaining a grittier edge that owed a good deal to AC/DC. This mix serves them very well on songs like "Get It While It's Hot," "Cold Blood," "Boomerang," "Dirty Boys," and the title track. With considerably more substance than most 1980s pop metal, this album holds up much better than its contemporaries. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Album From One Of The Best 80s Metal Bands
BLOW MY FUSE is a great album from one of the best of the 80s metal bands. Along with Tesla, Cinderella, Badlands, Blue Murder, Whitesnake, Night Ranger, Def Leppard, and a few others, Kix delivered hair metal that put quality over commerciality, and it's a shame that they didn't hit it as big as such inferior bands as Motley Crue and Ratt. Maybe someday, people will realize what they missed the first time around.

5-0 out of 5 stars A good album from an underrated band
Kix would have made it in the 80's metal scene, had they not been ripped off by Poison. Kix formed in the late 70's, and were a popular club band in Maryland. Bret Michaels and Poison were big fans, and often went to see them play in the clubs. Later, Poison moved to L.A., and made a name for themselves using Kix's stage show. They copied Kix's show in every detail. As you well know, Poison went on to be one of the worlds biggest hard rock bands, and Kix struggled through the rest of the 80's, before falling into obscurity. They did have a short moment in the sun in 1988, with this, their best selling album. It is an above average hard rock album, from a veteran group. Kix should have been one of the big groups of the 1980's, but they were often in the shadow of less talented bands. If you like classic hard rock and metal from the 70's and 80's, you'll like this album, and the rest of Kix's catalog.

1-0 out of 5 stars Wiped clean from God's good earth
By 1989, Kix were smeared clean from God's holy earth, crushed like a pancake by mightier bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and the Lemonheads. Thank you, God, for huge favors, since Kix represent all that is impure about ridiculous '80s rock.

Good day... ... Read more

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So Far, So Good...So What!
Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Underrated by many. Great record.
I agree to some people saying that Megadeth's "Peace Sells..." and "Rust in Peace" a superior to this album. But anyway, this is one of those classic thrash-metal CDs fully deserving a 5-star rating.

Despite his known drug-abuse problems and line-up changes, Dave Mustaine managed to put out yet another piece of high-speed, emotional, angry and hateful music, with venomous vocal rasps and lightning-fast solos.
I have to admit that this album got me acquainted with Megadeth back in 89, and it took a good amount of time to hook me up. But in the end it proved to be an excellent addition to Megadeth's series of thrash-metal greatness, continuing up until "Youthanasia" was released in 1994. Some call early Megadeth's style "thrash'n'roll", and they are not very far from the truth.
This record shouldn't be your first buy in Megadeth's discography, but it firmly belongs in the Top-5 of Mustaine's albums and I recommend you to buy it eventually.

PS I don't know if anyone mentioned it here, but the track "Liar" is dedicated to Megadeth's ex-guitarist Chris Poland. Nice one, eh? :)

3-0 out of 5 stars Not terrible, not great, just average.
After the Peace Sells tour, guitarist Chris Poland and drummer Gar Samuelson were fired from Megadeth. Jeff Young and Chuck Behler were their replacements who would last even shorter in the band than their predecessors. How does this album, the only one to feature this album, measure up? Read on.

Into the Lungs of Hell: Light instrumental that soon becomes a heavier one. Good as an album starter but not much else. B+

Set the World Afire: Extremely fast and heavy. Enough said. A-

Anarchy in the U.K.: Megadeth covers the Sex Pistols, and it proves to be one of their WORST earlier efforts. The style fusion didn't work great here. C+

Mary Jane: Eighties Megadeth at its best. This track combines heavy and melodic stuff perfectly.

502: Hard rocker with sweet instrumental usage and some of Dave's best vocals to date. A

In My Darkest Hour: Dark and slow, Dave pays tribute to deceased Metallica bassist Cliff Burton here. This dark side is AWESOME. A+

Liar: Mid-fast tempo hard rocker. Strong effort. A

Hook in Mouth: Fairly generic hard rocker. B-

Though good for the most part, this album isn't one of Megadeth's best. In fact, I consider this their WORST album. The next one is where they'd achieve true greatness for the first time...

4-0 out of 5 stars Underrated
For awhile, this was my favorite Megadeth album, due in part to nostalgic reasons (it was my first Megadeth album). I love the way this one sounds, it's got great production, and some great songs. Jeff Young is overlooked as a great guitarist. I love everything about this one -- even the cover (front and back!). Recommended. ... Read more

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I'm the Man
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars ANTHRAX WRAPS IT UP
I was simply floored at the cover of SABBATH BLOODY SABBATH... it alone in my opinion is worth the purchase of this disc. The comical LiVE version of "I'm the man" is also done well. I think this album is definitely worth its weight in METAL..

5-0 out of 5 stars Who's The Man?
I'M THE MAN (CENSORED RADIO VERSION) ' This is from where many of today's bands draw their shtick (you know who you are!). A groundbreaking meld of rap, metal and warped sense of humour that still shows its strengths 15 years after it was recorded. Check out the 'blink-and-you'll-miss-it' sampling of Metallica's 'Master Of Puppets'!

I'M THE MAN (DEF UNCENSORED VERSION) ' The same track as above pushed up to ten on the attitude meter. Also check out the song's 'Halva Nageliah' riffs. Who said speed metallers had no sense of humour?

SABBATH BLOODY SABBATH ' A frenetic cover of a Black Sabbath classic tune. Joey Belladonna had the most melodic voice in the whole of Speed Metal, and a certain magic was lost after he was fired by Scott Ian and Charlie Benante.

I'M THE MAN (LIVE- EXTREMELY DEF ILL UNCENSORED VERSION) ' A highlight of the Belladonna era live set where Joey would change positions with Charlie and give the ol' tonsils a rest. This version shows the energy and fun of Anthrax performances with some killer audience participation.

I AM THE LAW (LIVE) ' This classic tune always goes down well live. Not many bands could pull of a tribute to Judge Dredd. Anthrax did it all the way in style.

CAUGHT IN A MOSH (LIVE) ' Another classic from the 'Among The Living' album captured live and snarling . . .the way the track should be played!

4-0 out of 5 stars Before the infamous "Bring the Noise".
Legendary thrash metal band Anthrax made history by being one of the first ever metal bands to include a blend of rap into their songs nearly a decade before the style became popular. To this day, I believe that Anthrax has never received the respect they deserve.

The main focus of this E.P. is obviously the groundgreaking single "I'm The Man". The song is quite simply hilarious, and the mix of musical stylings makes it perfect. The verses sound similar to a Beastie Boys song, and the chorus is pretty Gwar-like. Some of today's rock-rap bands who think making 60 songs about killing someone is "hilarious" should listen to the originaters and take notes. There's also another version of this song on "Attack of the Killer B's", but it doesn't compare to the genius of this one.

The cover of Black Sabbath's "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" is extremely well-done and and shows off a different side of Joey's vocals. The only flaw with this E.P. is the live version of "I'm The Man", which sounds disorganized and sloppily done (but even then, the ad-libbed stuff from the band members is still pretty funny). The two live songs originally from "Among the Living" ("Caught In A Mosh" and "I Am The Law") are a nice addition and almost as good as the originals. Overall, if you're a fan of Anthrax, or a fan of humorous rap-metal, this is a must have. ... Read more

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Blow up Your Video
Average Customer Review: 3.41 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Very underatted AC/DC Album, should have been turning point
This is an underated album. In my opinion it is AC/DC's best album since Back n Black, with the exception of Who Made Who. It has the most different sound and direction of any AC/DC Album and I think that's why it suffers from low ratings and people saying its the worst, it is different. The production shows them trying to evolve and refine their sound quality, maybe a bit more popish then previous too. It was a great direction for them to go. It has a matured AC/DC sound that I find extremely appealing. I also think it is the only Brian Johnson cd, all the others are him trying to emulate Bon Scott, Blow up your Video was his. But anytime something is different then usual or what people expect, they complain. They want Back n Black regurgitated to them over and over again. So AC/DC has gone backwards instead of forwards since then, and have been paying for it, with the exception of a few songs on the Razor's Edge everything else has kinda [not good].

I'm listening to this album while writing this. This is a good Album, the weakest song is This Means War, and its not that bad,just a little annoying. The rest are all good songs, certainly better then most of the [stuff] passing for rock and roll in 2002. Its much better then; For those about to Rock, Flick of the Switch, Fly on the Wall or any of those after it.

AC/DC is my Favorite Band, this was the 1st AC/DC album I bought (in 1988) so maybe I'm biased, there is just something about their music that feels right to me. Even as I age and find new music they are still the one. Led Zepplin may be the best Band ever, Tool the best thing since the 90's, Sinead O'conner the best female vocalist, Pj Harvey the Coolist, Pink Floyd the most ambient, Janes Addiction the Heirs to Led Zepplins thrown, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers the funkiest and Johnny Cash and Henry Rollins are, well, just who they are, but AC/DC is my Band. This album represents what could have been.

4-0 out of 5 stars Blows Away Most Rock (Vastly Underated!)
I didn't expect a whole lot when I picked up this album just recently due to the negative reviews and bad sales. This album, however, is just as good as many AC/DC albums of the Brian era. It does not reach the peak of Brian with Back In Black and doesn't touch any of Bon's work in terms of greatness, but I still love it for its different and darker sound.

A run-through of the songs-

Heatseaker: A little overated, catchy and crunchy guitar solo but the chorus doesn't hook you like it should.
That's The Way I Wanna Rock'N'Roll: An absolute classic! I don't care if this song was trying to be an anthem (ala For Those About.., It's A Long Way To The Top...), the riff is killer and the backround vocals kick some ....
Meanstreak:Great and features some great writing! Not as rocking but an excellent change of pace.
Go Zone: Catchy riff, and good solo.
Kissin' Dynamite: Not bad, not great but still gets your toes tapping.
Nick Of Time: Great feel but suffers again from a somewhat weak chorus.
Some Sin For Nuthin':Should have been on the radio with That's The Way and Meanstreak, features a great bluesy riff and catchy chorus and great crunchy sound.
Two's Up: An excellent darker sounding AC/DC cut.
This Means War: It took me a few listens of this song to really get into it, but I love it's fast pace (ala Rocker from Dirty Deeds) and relentlessness.

This album doesn't get four stars from me only because it isn't perfect and therefore does not get a perfect rating. It does rock though. If you want to sample the best songs on the album before you purchase it, I'd say That's The Way, Meanstreak, Some Sin..., Two's Up, and This Means War are the choice cuts.

5-0 out of 5 stars AWESOME ALBUM

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Back for the Attack
Average Customer Review: 4.13 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Dokken's finest hour.
I've heard stories from many people saying this was the first Compact Disc that they owned. "Back for the attack" sort of ushered in the era of 50-Minute plus albums. The cover is on my list of favorites, the classic logo over a detailed painting.

"Back for the Attack" is arguably Dokken's finest hour. Never again would they reach such stagerring heights. George Lynch put on a guitar show for the ages, he uses every trick in his arsenal on this album.

The melodies are incredible. Don Dokken was an extremely skilled vocalist. Starting song "Kiss of death" contains some steady riffing. The guitar and chorus of "Prisoner" blend perfectly. The lyrics of "Night by night" describe a dialog with a girl - "Baby, can't you see we live it night by night, it's just you and me". "Standing in the shadows" features a creative distorted lick that only intensifies once the Drums and Bass kick in. "Heaven Sent" is a great atmospheric track. As far as guitar instrumentals go "Mr. Scary" should be in the quality department with "Eruption". Materful shredding from Guitar guru George Lynch.

"So many tears" is engaging with strong lyrics "There's only so many tears you can cry/There's only so many ways you can say good-bye". The opening chords of "Burning like a flame" are engaging. The chorus goes "Our love that's burning, burning like a flame/Don't you know that it's Our love that's never gonna change/Every time I touch you, it just makes me go insane/Our love that's burning like a flame". The guitar solo is nice too.

If you only own one album from Dokken, "Back for the Attack" should be it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Some Good Songs; Great Guitar
Dokken went the opposite route of most metal bands of the 1980's. Each of their records tended to get heavier and heavier than its precedessor, while most bands seem to mellow out once they are tempted by success. I've always respected George Lynch and company for this reason.

"Back for the Attack" was the last Dokken studio album (until the silly reunion nearly ten years later). Biting guitar riffs and solos are found throughout and recommended to any fan of the post-Van Halen guitar style (though Lynch's screeching, very dirty tone might aggravate some). Lynch's signature instrumental piece "Mr. Scary" is a definite highlight, as are "Sleepless Nights", "Prisoner", "Kiss of Death", and "Dream Warriors".

The disc's 60 minute running time was one of the first to break the 40 minute confines of the LP, another reason I look back fondly on this disc with retrospect. While it certain didn't break any grounds in term of songwriting, the earnest behind this record make it stand above much of the crowded 1980's metal scene.

5-0 out of 5 stars Dokken's Fourth Great Album
BACK FOR THE ATTACK is Dokken's fourth great album in a row. Most of the songs are exceptional, and the playing has remained top-notch. Many of the songs are about love in its many permutations, which is a lot better than the sex and violence found in most heavy metal lyrics (e.g. Twisted Sister). This was, alas, their final studio album before the live BEAST FROM THE EAST and the first split. Although the group got back together in 1995 and has weathered numerous changes in guitarists, producing a number of good songs along the way (including the anti-substance "Too High To Fly"), they never truly recaptured the chemistry they had on their first five albums. ... Read more

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Savage Amusement
Average Customer Review: 4.53 out of 5 stars
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Four years after turning the radio market upside-down with the double platinum success of Love at First Sting, the Scorpions had lost much of their sting. Maybe it was the success of the sentimental love ballad "Still Loving You" that convinced Klaus and the boys to slow their stride and soften their tune, but the release of Savage Amusement was nothing short of a disappointment to fans that craved the high-octane intensity of the group's earlier work. "Don't Stop at the Top" may have insinuated that Scorpions were still hungry and aggressive, but songs like the lackluster "Rhythm of Love" and the sappy "Passion Rules the Game" indicated that their bellies were full and they were tired. --Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars PLACID LUCIDITY
Ah The Scorpions. In my humble opinion, they are rock music's greatest band. With an impressive career spanning 30 plus years, they are also rock music's most under appreciated band. The Scorpions simply aren't given credit for the influence they had on the hard rock, heavy metal scene. You think bands such as Ratt, Dokken and even Twisted Sister would've sounded the way they did without The Scorpions' influence? Though The Scorpions are always hit with the power ballad, hair band tag, this is a band that was actually quite daring. And they were daring before it became cool and hip to be daring. Listen to "Is There Anybody There" from the album "Lovedrive". Do you recognize that sound? You can't believe it, can you? Yes, that's genuine reggae music they're playing and that album was released in 1978! "Savage Amusement" is a stunner of an album whether or not it's compared to it's master piece predecessor "Love At First Sting". "Don't Stop At The Top" gets your morning going with its feel good "you can't stop me" message. "Rhythm Of Love" is typical Scorpions styled excellence. "Passion Rules The Game" has its base firmly planted in "No One Like You" territory while not quite as effective but it's enjoyable none the less. "Media Overkill", at least to me, is quite a catchy number. "Walking On The Edge" is an under rated song that straddles the fence between power ballad and slow stomper. Surprisingly, inspite of its title, "We Let It Rock, You Let It Roll" is a bit of a disappointment on the album but its value is boosted in a concert environment. "Every Minute Every Day" is semi-hard ballad that's quite good. My absolute favorite song on the album, "Love On The Run" could actually be considered out of place on this album because of its breakneck speed but it's so good, you just have to forgive them. "Believe In Love" is a beautifully written ballard the actually sounds sincere. Normally, when I review an album, I make a comparison between the sound of the album reviewed and a contemporary. That's not appropriate here because The Scorpions sound like no other band during that period. Simply put, listen to this album if you enjoy great melodic hard rock.

3-0 out of 5 stars Yes its a later album, but...
By 1988 alot of things had changed in the musical landscape. Newer but not neccesarily better production techniques were being used and everyone from Judas Priest to Yes were using more "modern" sounding things like drum machines or an "echoey" mix. Now the Scorpions are "guilty" in using some of these techniques on this album, and all songs seem tailored to be hits, BUT, this album is not without great songs that can match up to anything from "Blackout" or "Love at First Sting". "Rhythm of Love" and especially the very inspiring "Don't Stop at the Top" can be definitely called classic songs. Good for the hardcore fan and some of the last truly melodious material they worked with.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of their last truly great albums
Savage Amusement (1988.) Scorpions' tenth album.

By the time the mid-late eighties rolled around, the Scorpions had proven themselves to be one of the finest metal bands on the face of the planet. Despite the changes of many band members early on and a number of changes to their overall sound, the band managed to survive - and remain excellent. Following the release of their 1984 album Love At First Sting, the band had a tough act to follow. It took them four years before they released their next full-length studio release, Savage Amusement. How does it measure up? Read on for my review.

Many Scorpions fans call this album lackluster. Many think it's the beginning of the end for the band. I think those fans need to have their heads examined, because this is one of the band's finest albums. Sure, the band had shifted in a much more mainstream direction, but so what? Many times, the principle of "selling out" destroys a band, but the Scorpions managed to remain excellent. Three fairly big hits emerged from this album. The first of which is Don't Stop At The Top, a classic hard power rocker. In my opinion, this is the best one of the big hits the band ever recorded. This song must be heard to be appreciated. It's a shame it doesn't make it on to more hits compilations. The slower tracks, Rhythm Of Love and Believe In Love also went on to become pretty big hits. Despite what people say, these are excellent tracks. Sure, they're not up to the quality of what the band did in the seventies and early eighties, but they get the job done. And before the album's over with, the band manages to shell out some more excellent rockers, including Passion Rules The Game, You Let It Rock... We Let It Roll, and Media Overkill. I really don't care what anyone else thinks about this album - I think it's one of their best.

So, what exactly is everyone's problem with this album? I think that some fans have a hard time accepting that the band they have known and loved for so long has "sold out" and gone mainstream, and accordingly they fail to realize that the band's sound is as fresh and fluent as it ever was. If you're a Scorpions fan, this is yet another album that will go great in your collection. ... Read more

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The Best of Britny Fox
Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great songs from a great band
Britny Fox was my favorite band in 1989, when I was a junior in high school. I instantly fell in love with their music when I heard them via MTV with their debut video, "Standing in the Shadows." And today, I am rediscovering their energized, feel-good, rockin' music. The music of today just doesn't have the same appeal, so I--like many children of the 80s--find myself looking back to the music I used to turn to to feel good in those days. Despite what people may say about B.F. being a "hair band," their music is really great and definitely rockin'! "Long Way to Love" and "Standing in the Shadows" are two of the best rock songs of the era. Dizzy Dean's voice is the voice of Britny Fox in my opinion and the band was not the same after he departed. They have been compared to Cinderella and AC/DC, but let me assure you, B.F. is an original. For all you Britny Fox fans of the 80s when Dizzy was king, this one is sure to please. Rediscover these guys today!! And as Dizzy once said to me, "ROCK ON"!! And for all of you out there who have yet to experience this great band, this CD is the one to get. Britny Fox didn't stay on top for long, but it's not because of lack of talent or great songs. They rocked then and they still do!

4-0 out of 5 stars AC/DC Influenced Hard Rock!
Brity Fox was one of the many unsung hair metal bands from the late 1980's. They had everything that their more successfull contemporaries had, it's just that they came at the wrong time, they not 'commercial' enough for the mainstream audience, or something smelling lke that. Britny Fox had talent, they had leather and lipstick, but they never really hit it big. This is a fantastic collection, though. Britny Fox was a very AC/DC influenced band, as they showcased on such songs as 'Long Way To Love, 'Girlschool', and 'Standing In The Shadows. Although I could do without the singer's voice, this collection stands as proof that just because a band never hit it big doesn't mean they are not talented. Some of the best songs are the aforementioned 3, the Slade cover Gudbuy T'Jane, and Dream On(not the Aerosmith song of the same name).

3-0 out of 5 stars NOT a Hair Band!
Britny Fox were NOT a hair band. All of the guys wore wigs! ... Read more

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Operation: Mindcrime
Average Customer Review: 4.59 out of 5 stars
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Long dubbed "the thinking man's metal band," Queensryche have always been difficult to classify; somewhere between Iron Maiden and Pink Floyd. Mindcrime was their breakthrough album, garnering the band commercial and critical success. Arguably their best release, this is a complex, ambitious effort, with top-notch music and a complicated storyline (a disillusioned fortune hunter of the Reagan era joins an underground movement to assassinate political scumbags) that flows smoothly from start to finish. The combination of experimental, progressive music with shorter, more radio-friendly songs works well, and enabled the band to release singles from the album while keeping the story intact. These shorter songs provide the album's most exciting moments; "Revolution Calling," "Eyes of a Stranger," and "I Don't Believe in Love" are some of the best metal songs out there. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars "In the wooden chair beside my window..."
Back in 1988 the state of radio was equally bland as today's festering Nu-Metal swampland. There was "Hair-Metal," with horrible bands like Cinderella, Warrant, and Great White(shudder). But in the midst of that rank wave of music, a few beacons of excellence shone through, keeping loyal fans buoyant with great songwriting. "Operation:Mindcrime" was just such an album. This is a landmark album in which all subsequent concept albums are measured. At CircuitCity.com this album is often referred to with reverance as a benchmark to calculate the greatness of other efforts. Examples include "Declaration of War" by Mayhem, and "The Odyssey" by Symphony X; and I should not forget the obvious influence they have on Dream Theater. This album finds Queensryche at their most ambitious, mixing Progressive Metal with Pink Floyd, and all the while Geoff Tate's amazing voice soars over the complex arrangements. I tried to get a co-worker into Queensryche, but being from the Grunge generation, he called Geoff Tate's vocals "'80s Vocals." So, with that in mind, the casual(younger) buyer should start with their greatest hits collection. I grew up on Iron Maiden and Judas Priest and Dio, so faux-operatic vocals don't turn me off, but for those who did not come to appreciate such powerful singing through that era, the greatest hits collection is the way to go. But after that, if you want a remarkable experience listening to a bona-fide Metal masterpiece, this album is that and much, much more. This album is stunning!

5-0 out of 5 stars What rock is all about
My first time with Queensryche was with the wonderful Greatest Hits cd. I started working my way to the seperate albums, buying them as I could find them. Out of them all, nothing can compare to Operation: Mindcrime, a concept album about a man who finds himself manipulated by the wrong hand of right. Its a tragic tale about corruption, murder and insanity, drugdealing and lies, and in the end, there is no hope, only the pain of the memories and the scars of the nightmares.

Operation Mindcrime can ALSO be enjoyed as a album with seperate songs, you dont need to connect the story or understanding whats happening between the lines, because the melodies and the texts are so incredible strong, both alone and together. This was a moment of Glory for Queensryche, top of the inspiration, full of ideas and a desire to make their voice heard. Unlike Empire, which was a more straigth rock album(Yet with good, deep texts about Life), Operation Mindcrime can be as complicated or simple as you want, but it is certainly more impressive when heard as a whole story.

If I must break it to pieces, I`d say that the best songs individually is: Anarchy-X, Revolution Calling, Operation Mindcrime, Spreading the Disease, Suite Sister Mary, Electric Requiem, I dont believe in Love and Eyes of a Stranger. Wow. Thats about all of the songs. They can all be enojyed as stand alone songs, but they mean much more in the whole picture.

The band is in top shape, they have full control over their music, and they arent afraid of saying it like it is. Operation Mindcrime became a beloved album for many people, some love its hidden messages, some adore the sad story, and some just bang their heads out from the great songs.

Whatever your call is, chances are you are gonna experience one of the best records newer music has seen.

2-0 out of 5 stars wow, sad
Am I the only one who can hear how incredibly cheesy this music is? Why is it that so much prog music has to be all cheesy? Listen, if any of these bands (Dream Theatre, Apocalyptica, etc.) stripped down their songs to a normal length, they would just be cheesy hair-metal ripoffs, and they would sound just like Spinal Tap. Only Spinal Tap, a real band or not, had the decency to admit that they were a joke. This album makes me think of fat guys in ponytails with AC/DC t-shirts (and if that's you, it's nothing personal).
If you want real progressive rock with some emotion, get albums by Godspeed You Black Emperor (They have "concept albums") or the Mars Volta but for pete's sake don't even think about buying this crap. I gave it two stars because they are good musicians, but don't let that fool you-this is butt-rock hair metal to the max... ... Read more

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Average Customer Review: 4.58 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (26 October, 1990)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Coulda - Woulda - Shoulda
The Bulletboys were a classic 1980's hard rock hair band. Marq Torien had the classic holler/wail and the high pitched rough edged singing/screaming. Guitarist Mike Sweda could shred with the best of them. Were they Van Halen wannabe's? Torien had all of David Lee Roth's moves and techniques memorized. Van Halen-esque tunes were commonly noted. Ted Templeman produced and the label was Warner Bros. On this release "Crank Me Up" and "Shoot The Preacher Down" sound vaguely similar to VH's "Hot For Teacher". They even managed a ripping version of a cover tune ("For The Love Of Money" by the O'Jays) like early VH usually did on their releases. This is still a FINE debut. Sure, the Bulletboys sing mostly about sex drugs and rock & roll... but at the time, who wasn't? A few throw-away tunes ("Badlands", "F#9") managed to find their way onto this cd, but their were several hits - their best and most memorable "Smooth Up In Ya", followed by "Hard As A Rock", and "For The Love Of Money". Another gem is "Ode To Joe" (love that cowbell). I don't care about all the reviewers calling the Bulletboys "VH clones"... these guys rocked. All I remember reading about in the 1990's was how the band couldn't get along... these guys should have (could have) been bigger. Their 2nd release "Freakshow" is a decent effort, as is their 3rd "Za-Za". Their 1st tho, is still the best in my book.

5-0 out of 5 stars this album is hard as a rock
total, butt-kicking rock and roll. with a prominent van halen influence, lead singer marq torien comes off like a david lee roth/bon scott/robert plant hybrid, with the voice and showmanship to compete with any frontman. with great production by ted templeman, their self titled first album has a classic sonic crunch/deep groove sound. if you think this album rocks, check out their sophomore effort, ' freakshow '. with generic turds like matchbox 20 and third eye blind dominating the weak charts right now, it's nice to listen to a band like bulletboys, because you can't find good hard rock and roll anymore.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Adolescent Aria
Intellectually challenging? No. Socially significant? Ah...No. A unique and groundbreaking endeavour into the limits of musical possibilities? Listen, you get my meaning, J.S.Bach, this recording ain't.
What is this disc? It's a party. Remember the parties you threw when you were young? Someones parents would take a vacation leaving one of your friends in charge of an empty house. Girls, booze, mayhem and music soon ensued. Close your eyes and picture yourself in the living room at this party. The year is 1988. Furniture is damaged, your little sister is dancing with a guy resembling Nikki Sixx, the keg just exploded and Bulletboys first album is the soundtrack. Catchy, fun and totally irresistable hard rock. Singer Marq Torien's bombastic vocals and supersonic screams are among the finest on record. Bottom line: If you don't like this disc, you weren't at the party. ... Read more

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Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
Average Customer Review: 4.58 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars The Last Chapter of Iron Maiden's Golden Era
I am not a Iron Maiden fan and I don't like most of their albums! Iron Maiden have some songs that I enjoy to listen for exemple Aces High and Fear of the Dark. Still, this album is a really good and I almost buy it. There are nine songs and almost all are terrific! This album sounds are brighter and more variable than Maiden has ever been. Moonchild is a fine opening track allthought its chorus lacks.( 3-/5) Infinite Dreams sounds almost perfect heavy rock song which middle part shows Harris musical skills.(5/5) Can I Play With Madness is a guaranteed Maiden material with hooky chorus ( 4-/5) Evil That Men Do is a great song ( 4/5) Seventh Son of a Sevent Son is long tracks that has many good parts ( 4/5) Prophecy is a little bit boorin but workable song ( 3/5) Clairvoyant is one of the Maiden classics with brilliant quitar riff!( 4½/5) Only the Good Die Young ends this album its own interesting way and with great style ( 4/5)

4-0 out of 5 stars ...or at least close to 4 stars
Some people claim that "Seventh son of a seventh son" (1988) shows Iron Maiden at their creative peak. To me, these kinds of comments have very little bearing because this album is very similar to many others regarding the material. Still, the opening track, "Moonchild" is one of the bands finer efforts and there are of course some moments here and there when Steve Harris and Co shine musically.

The previous album "Somewhere in time" was criticized for its use of guitar synths and some fans thought it lacked power, that it was a light metal album. But "Seventh son of a seventh son" has a couple of lighter numbers as well, and "Can I play with madness" is perhaps Maiden's most commercialized track ever. "The evil that men do" is a rather easy listening track with Harris' galloping bass lines that has become a sort of trade mark, and "Infinite dreams" is a pleasant song with the characteristic changes in tempo and beat. The title track is an epic one, almost 10 minutes long, and it follow the same structure of many others, both previously and to come. "The prophecy" and "Only the good die young" are typical Maiden songs, rather enjoyable without having the ability to stand out from the rest of the material. "The clairvoyant" is another song built around the tempo and beat changes and even if it's a rather good one, it also gives a medley feeling since the pieces don't naturally fit into one another (but that doesn't seem to have ever bothered Steve Harris).

Over all, this is a fine Iron Maiden album and you certainly get what you expect - there are no surprises! Still, I do think that albums like "Piece of mind" and "The number of the beast" are better, but "Seventh son of a seventh son" is clearly a stronger album than "No prayer for the dying" and "Fear of the dark", or anything with Blaze Baley" for that matter. Even if Maiden have sounded very different from this one at times, "Seventh son of a seventh son" might represent the Maiden approach best.

5-0 out of 5 stars 5+
Maiden went up and down(very slightly) and up, and way up(7th Son) and stayed there until there dissappointing follow up albums(F.O.T.D., and N.P.F.T.D.). The atmosphere of this album, and the visions it prevokes, makes it one of the best metal albums ever, maybe even the best. I don't like to get long winded so: This album simply stated is Maiden's Crown Jewel. ... Read more

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Average Customer Review: 4.12 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars One big yawn
I didn't think Winger was anything more than a typical generic hair metal band based on hearing the song "Seventeen". I thought this song was incredibly stupid and cliche. Well, this album did not change my mind about the band at all, sorry to say. Hell, I consider "Seventeen" to be one of the highlights of this "mind challenging opus". What more do you need to know? Opener "Madalaine" sounds like an incredibly mediocre 80s style KISS song, and it's basically all downhill from there -- reaching rock bottom with their version of "Purple Haze", which has to be one of the worst cover songs I've ever heard. The lyrics are absolutely nothing to write home about (typical hair metal sleaze), and musically it doesn't budge in the slightest... arggghh. As a result, almost every song is interchangable from each other. Thankfully, they'd actually fine-tune their skills in both these departments two albums later with "Pull", which still seems to me like the album Def Leppard should have put out after "Hysteria" instead of the misstep called "Adrenalize" (Kip really pulls off a Joe Elliott vocal style on a great deal of the tracks). Only three redeeming songs in "State Of Emergency", "Headed For A Heartbreak", and "Seventeen" (which I have actually grown to like, courtesy of the great solo by Reb Beach and the cool time changes.) The rest is forgettable.

4-0 out of 5 stars The fusion of Dokken and Ratt
I only heard of the band, Winger, two years ago on a local radio station after listening to their song, "Seventeen." Being impressed by that catchy, upbeat and Motley Crue/Ratt-style song, I very recently purchased Winger's self-titled debut (which I knew included "Seventeen"), placing blind faith that the CD would not disappoint.

Winger's style of hard rock is similar to that of many other '80s "hair metal" bands (esp., Def Leppard, Dokken, and Ratt) -which most people today seem to find cheesy and outdated. The name, "Winger," also sounds very cheesy. But don't let the name fool you. Winger is as good a hard rock album as I've ever come across.

There's good reason that "Seventeen" is one of the two Winger songs I've ever heard on the radio: It's probably the catchiest of all the songs on this album and also my favorite, but most the others are very Ratt-like catchy and upbeat, also; esp., "Madalaine" which is another favorite of mine. "Hungry" will remind you of some of Europe's pop-metal and "Headed For a Heartbreak" is startingly reminiscent of some of Chicago's '80s Pop/Rock. "Purple Haze" is a Jimi Hendrix remake and I, personally, like Winger's version much better. It's very similar to the original but Winger's version is much harder and faster and simply rocks. The remaining songs have a sound and style similar to either Ratt or Dokken.

The instrumentation of Winger, while not spectacular, is very good, nonetheless. Reb Beach's blazingly fast guitar leads and solos on certain songs are comparable to Eddie Van Halen's best.

The only minor weaknesses that Winger has is that -for the better and worse- several songs contain Dokken-like refinement but also Dokken-like lack of personality. (For numerous reasons, I consider Dokken to be the "Honda Accord" of '80s hard rock bands.) Hence, several songs -though not necessarily "fillers"- don't have much flair or distinction, either. All in all, however, Winger is a surprisingly solid and catchy, upbeat debut from a very unpopular group that should please any hard rock enthusiast.

4-0 out of 5 stars Harder brand of hair metal with powerful guitars and vocals
In the wave of hair metal that was coming out, one of the harder ones was Winger, which strongly benefited from guitarist Reb Beach's crunching guitar and with all band members accompanying bassist Kip Winger in the chorus and pre-chorus segments. His vocal register is high like David Coverdale, and there are times when he emulates Robert Plant's banshee-like yelps. Other times, imagine if Jon Bon Jovi had the bestial intensity of Gene Simmons. He sounds like that when he's belting'em out.

"Madalaine" was their first single and is just the latest in a long line of women over whom a warning sign should be placed: "Beware the girl/beware the pain." Pretty intense guitars and power vocals here, as there are in many of the other songs.

Their use of actual strings on the melodic soft portions of "Hungry" must count for something where others were using synths. The rest of the song is straight up slow metal.

The hard-rocking and hook-catchy "Seventeen" was the second single I heard from them. I will have to say KISS had that beat with "Christine Sixteen" via the age of the girl, but the forbidden love aspect is hinted with "Daddy says she's too young/but she's old enough for me." Love that fiery guitar solo towards the end.

With its keyboards and lighter electric guitar, "Without The Night" could've been a good power ballad single, just as good as "Headed For A Heartbreak."

Their take on "Purple Haze" is definitely heavier than the original, and while there is some aping of Hendrix's guitar, probably Dweezil Zappa's left-side solo, it's still an exercise in bombastic hard metal.

"Time To Surrender" with a chugging guitar riff, is an all-out "no mas" against a woman he's had enough of. I wonder about the poker analogies that always come out in these situations: "I won't play your game and I won't play your fool" and "Best be makin' your move/play your last hand"

"Poison Angel" is very high energy metal and guitar theatrics. That is followed by "Hangin On", with some Eddie Van Halen-style guitar. Come to think of it, David Lee Roth could've made something of this, 1984-era.

Power keyboards are prominent in the light rocker "Headed For A Heartbreak", and which probably helped it hit the Top 40.

"Higher And Higher" is another power rocker and is about one of those kind of women. What kind? "Primal scream, she's got the body of sin/should be a law against such an invention", which usually means she's bad news, and she is.

Harder than Poison or Whitesnake, more on the Def Leppard end of the spectrum, but nothing surpassing early Ozzy or KISS's Animalize. Their heavy sound is what carries this sound, thanks to Reb Beach's guitar and Kip Winger's vocals. ... Read more

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L.A. Guns
Average Customer Review: 3.25 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Good album(only good album)
Saw these guys open for King Diamond upon national debut.-Great support album for this tour and highly reccomend this album if you like Guns&Roses or Buckcherry. Although there follow-up's are lame Hollywood posser crap.tracii Guns is now w/ Nikki Sixx in 'Brides of Destruction'.-finally something new.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellant album.......
I had heard LA Guns was a decent band but had not purchased any of their recordings. I purchased this cd as well as 2 other LA Guns cd's and I have to say that I was very surprised, this cd rocks from start to finish. This band is heavy and they sound awesome!

3-0 out of 5 stars A solid album
This self-titled debut album from L.A. Guns was released in 1988. The material is in a stripped-down hard rock musical direction. The songwriting is good, the musicianship is tight, and the sound quality is pleasing. Of the 11 cuts, nine are straight-ahead hard rockers, one is an instrumental, and another is a power ballad. I like Philip Lewis' energy-filled, meat-and-potatoes vocal delivery. "Sex Action," "Cry No More," and "One Way Ticket" are examples of compositions I enjoy. "Sex Action" is a vigorous tune that sports ambitious, feisty singing from Lewis and a cool guitar riff. The short instrumental "Cry No More," clocking in just over a minute, is pleasantly serene and is augmented by a string arrangement. The power ballad "One Way Ticket" is nice and also contains a string arrangement. The CD insert does not include the song lyrics, but there is a black-and-white photo of the band. The back of the CD jewel case displays a color illustration. The disc is just over 37 minutes. This album from L.A. Guns is worthy, cohesive, concise, industrious, and sprightly. ... Read more

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Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Lita's Best Album
I think this is Lita Ford's best studio album. The music is solid and melodic with a fast driving beat throughout the CD. Lita's guitar playing is in top form and sings great on every song. Mike Chapman did a great job producing this and the sound quality is better than her previous recordings. BACK TO THE CAVE, BLUEBERRY, and KISS ME DEADLY are my favorites, along with CLOSE MY EYES FOREVER. Lita Ford is one the most beautiful women in rock and this is her finest album.

5-0 out of 5 stars Kiss this girl deadly!
OK, Mike Chapman is best known for producing Blondie and writing songs with Holly Knight for countless artists (Heart, Tina Turner, etc.) but who would have thought he was able to jump-start Lita Ford's solo career into gear? After the forgettable Dancing On Edge and Out For Blood, Lita Ford switched labels from Polydor to BMG, got Sharon Osbourne as her manager, and some songwriting help from her producer as well as Nikki Sixx and Lemmy Kilimeister. Result: an album with a harder-edged sound and which yielded her two best charting singles.

"Back To The Cave" demonstrates Lita's fiery guitar-playing abilities and a sound that outdoes Slippery When Wet-era Bon Jovi, but then, she ups the mileage on the next song. "Can't Catch Me" with its express train guitar and organ keyboards is by far the best song here. Small wonder, as Motorhead's Lemmy wrote this. The sound more than makes Lita's point that she's no Sandra Dee, nobody to pushed around, and someone who appreciates a little taste.

The Chapman-penned "Blueberry" is a guitar rocker with Ron Nevison-like keyboard fills, but nothing that dilutes the metal in this song. With a refrain like "I'll be blue for you" and a line, "I take him hard, make it hard against the wall," well, figure it out.

Then comes the single that got Lita into the Top 40 for the first time. With metal guitar riffs and keyboards, but with pop sensibilities without diluting its power, "Kiss Me Deadly" seemed to be one exception to non-thrash groups that weren't churning out pop metal but still making it in the charts--I count Def Leppard, Cinderella and Motley Crue as other heavier than average charting groups, for example.

Which reminds me; "Falling In And Out Of Love" was co-written by Nikki Sixx of the Crue, where the protagonist does the title in her daydreams and fantasies after a real love yielded a cold winter.

"Fatal Passion" ends the heavy metal streak on this album, as things become more tempered soundwise and thematically for the next three songs, starting with the haunting keyboards and drums of "Under The Gun," soon to be accompanied by guitar.

Seeking some solace after the disillusionment of "Broken Dreams" and longing for a naive idealistic outlook of yesterday is underscored by a heavy guitar and keyboards.

The final song, "Close My Eyes Forever," a sobering and melancholy song of betrayal and regret that drove one to death was both sung and written by Lita and Ozzy, with terminal overtones: "And when we sleep, would you shelter me/in your warm and darkened grave." A tragic operatic aura of a final sleep is created by the synths in the last chorus repeat. Given what Ozzy went through with the "Suicide Solution" trials, I was surprised no-one went after him and Lita for this song.

In the early 80's, it was impossible for Lita Ford to get into the mainstream. In 1988, with groups like Bon Jovi, Europe, Poison, and Motley Crue having paved the way for hard rock/metal for mass acceptance, it was possible for Lita, and with results that outdid most male metal bands. Third time's the charm, with some deadly kissing metal.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!
Don't listen to the putzes who tell you Lita can't rock because she's female and sexy as hell. It's sexist bullsh*t. She IS a lady who is sexy as hell BUT she rocks too and this is a great CD with some killer cuts and a helluva lot of awesome blistering guitar. Lita f*cking rocks!! ... Read more

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