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Ride the Lightning
Average Customer Review: 4.76 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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Don't let that classical-guitar-ish opening to "Fight Fire with Fire" fool you--Ride the Lightning packs a heavy-metal wallop. While not as ambitious as the subsequent Master of Puppets, this early Metallica album is indubitably one of their best. Thematically, it explores death and dying from myriad points of view: nuclear war ("Fight Fire with Fire"), electric-chair execution (the title track), and drowning ("Trapped Under Ice"). Interestingly, the best track on this album is probably "Fade to Black," a slower, more introspective song about suicide. There's also "Creeping Death," which remains a concert favorite. An excellent mix of rapid-fire guitar riffs, rip-roaring solos, and singer James Hetfield's trademark growl, this is thrash metal at its finest. Very highly recommended. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Musical Overview
Metallica are purely original in sound, pioneers in the broad, unexplored spanse of heavy metal music. Ride The Lightning helped Metallica get to the top, where they still are today, so here's an overview from a musical perspective:

Fight Fire With Fire: 10/10 How could you not love this song? It starts off with a beautiful array of clean sound. Then it gets really fast, really heavy, and everything great. The only thing I can say against it is that the lyrics are kinda dumb.

Ride The Lightning: 10/10 I love the opening lick to this track. The singing part is pure brilliance. I love the solo. Very old school metal genius.

For Whom the Bell Tolls: 10/10 The guitar in the beginning (I guess thats a guitar. I dunno, maybe its a bass.) that accompanies the simple notes of the other guitar is really cool. Then, again, the lead guitar helps it shine. Then the verses start with a simple riff, but helped along with great vocals. The refrain is great. Simple, slow, amazing song.

Fade to Black: 10/10 YES! This song is worth a billion stars. The chord changes flow so purely, so fluently. One of the best of Hammet's solos begins this masterpiece. The vocals are nearly as brilliant as the guitar riffs. I love it more than almost every other Metallica song. ("One" may surpass.) After four minutes, the song changes into yet another of the greatest riffs, followed by another. It ends in a solo that takes you on a journey.

Trapped Under Ice: 10/10 Really fast. This song has a really fast solo to start it off. Not the best song on the CD, but VERY good, and awesome enough for an easy ten. Metallica pulls through mostly on the guitars on this one.

Escape: 9/10 Definatly not the best on the album, but wow, is that cool or what!? It makes me wonder how anyone could not consider Metallica as one of the best bands to ever live. The chord changes are few, but the changes in the refrain are really cool. The ending is the best part.

Creeping Death: 10/10 great harmonies, then an awesome riff that makes you want to scream. This song is about the Exodus, which makes for an ususual set of lyrics. Another one of the best guitar solos takes place in this song. I think that the chord changes in the refrain don't exactly connect the verses, but the vocals connect to it well. The bridge is the height of the song, besides the solos. At about 6 minutes into the song, Hammet does some pretty basic tapping, which adds to the song as well.

The Call of Ktulu: 10/10 A great instrumental. Much better than Puppet's "Orion." The chords are meant to be together. I love the melodic introduction. Fantastic. Very thoughtful and inspiring solos. This is the longest song on the album at about 9 minutes.It approaches the end in a melodic set of very cool chords. Then, Lars whacks a low tom a few times and they play a few boring ending notes. I wish it ended with the melodic stuff.

This is one of the most positive reviews I've given, not marking any song down at all, and that really says something: "This is one of the greatest albums ever!"

5-0 out of 5 stars The BEST album from these guys
This album is a GREAT album, actually their best. Better than Master Of Puppets(And that's saying a LOT).

All who think Master Of Puppets is the best, that's OK. It's a good album, no doubt, but Ride The Lightning is just a better album in my opinion. The Thing That Should Not Be is nowhere near as cool as For Whom The Bell Tolls, and Fade To Black is soulful and more melodic than Sanitarium.

Review of band:

James Hetfield(Rhythm Guitars/Vocals): Essential part of Metallica. He rocked the guitar scene and no one can change it. Apparently, he doesn't like the song Escape from this album. He sings pretty good, particularly in For Whom The Bell Tolls, Fade To Black, Trapped Under Ice and Creeping Death.

Cliff Burton(Bass): The life of Metallica. This guy rocks, Pulling Teeth from "Kill 'Em All" proves that. It's very sad to see him go. Jason was a good replacement, but NO ONE can fill the shoes of Cliff. R.I.P. Cliff, say hi to Dave Williams(Drowning Pool frontman) for me. His moments are in pretty much all of 'em.

Lars Ulrich(Drums): This guy was so kick ass back in the day, but then went downhill from there, and it was his cause, but still, you just can't just hate him because of St. Anger. Nice work Lars. His highlits have to be Fight Fire With Fire, For Whom The Bell Tolls and Creeping Death.

Kirk Hammett(Lead Guitar): OK, Metallica isn't Metallica without Kirk Hammett, FACT! He's a classic shredder on the axe. His solos are so cool, especially in Fade To Black, the title-track, Creeping Death, Trapped Under Ice and The Call Of Ktulu.

Ride The Lightning is their finest hour by far. Here's the songs:

1)Fight Fire With Fire(4:45): The classic guitar opening is a great addition to an otherwise kick ass album. 30 seconds in or something into the song and it becomes a masterpiece. This song, much like the other songs, has a message, this one is about Nuclear Warfare and the Apocalypse. Not the best song on the album, but still a kick ass song. 4/5(B-)

2)Ride The Lightning(6:38): Another kick ass song, I guess this one's message is the Electric Chair. "I don't want to die" one line from the song, is probably the reaction to it. It's a cool song. Not a favourite but still addicting. Not as good a title track as Master Of Puppets, but still amazing. 4.5/5(B)

3)For Whom The Bell Tolls(5:11): About Death and the funeral, the opening bells fit in perfectly. A good song. 3rd best song. It just rocks, it has the longest opening on the album. This song is DEFINATELY in their top 20. 5/5(A)

4)Fade To Black(6:54): Saddest song on the album. Talks about Suicide, and a very good message at that to such a melodic and sad song. Great use of acoustics by Kirk and James. This one is in Metallica's top 10. It's just that good. This song is tied with Trapped Under Ice for 2nd best song. Very moving song, sadder and more melodic than both One and Sanitarium. Nice job Metallica. 5/5(A+)

5)Trapped Under Ice(4:03): Shortest song, but I like it. Tied with Fade To Black for 2nd best song. OK, this song's message is about Drowning and Freezing to Death. Thrash at it's total BEST! Cliff and Lars aren't too bad, but Kirk's biggest moment is now. 3 solo's in one 4 minute song. That's a good moment. Well done again Metallica. 5/5(A)

6)Escape(4:23): Unfortunately, Escape doesn't quite live up to the work that the last 5 had to offer, and it's my least favourite song. Apparantly, James hates this song, so they'll probably never play it live. But still... This song talks about Claustrophobia and escaping this true-false world. Just not as good as the last 5 songs. Still better than Leper Messiah from "Puppetz". 3/5(C+)

7)Creeping Death(6:35): Best song on the album, HANDS DOWN! This one talks about Ancient times, how the Pharaoh used Creeping Death to kill all of the first born male child of every family and how Mosus diseased Pharaoh with the 7 plagues. Nice work from the band. Better than most of the songs on Master Of Puppets. A very DAMN good song. 6/5(A+)

8)The Call Of Ktulu(Instrumental)(8:54): Don't know what this one's about. A little difficult due to the fact that uh.. it's an instrumental. Still, this instrumental is cool, better than Orion, and tied with To Live Is To Die. James gives his throat a rest, he'd probably need it after the cool vocals he's done throughout the record, and just played his rhythm guitar. Kirk really shred for pretty long, seeing as it's 9 minutes long. Lars and Cliff don't rest at all, they rock the song as well. I find this song as the gem of the album. Great song, and a great ending to the album. 4.7/5(B+)

That's Ride The Lightning, I don't care whether you press the helpful or not helpful button, I just did this review to help you decide. And I did.

Pick up Ride The Lightning NOW, and get ...And Justice For All and Master Of Puppets as well. And get something from Pantera while you're at it, particularly Vulgar Display Of Power.

Thanks, now get off the computer, go down to your nearest record store, and Buy The Lightning.

5-0 out of 5 stars PHENOMENAL THRASH ALBUM...
Just for the record, I am not a Metallica fan (I listen to bands on Nuclear Blast mostly). But I will agree to review this album because this is the only Metallica record I care for. I bought this album a couple years back but it has mostly been sitting on a shelf right now. Nevertheless, this truly is a legend in the annals of speed/thrash metal. This is an exceptional concept album that explores many angles of death and doom:

Fight Fire With Fire- 5/5 Brutal thrasher about nuclear armageddon straight out of the deepest chasms of hell.

Ride The Lightning 5/5 Awesome take on electric-chair execution with one of Kirk Hammett's most outstanding guitar solos.

For Whom The Bell Tolls 5/5 Melodic metal marcher about funerals.

Fade To Black 5/5 Best track on album. Suicide is theme and features great acoustic guitar riffs and hauntingly beautiful intro solo.

Trapped Under Ice 5/5 Great fast number with THREE (gasp!) phenomenal guitar solos! Can't quite figure out what it's about, though.

Escape 3/5 Weakest song on album, but kicks Leper Messiah's ass any day.

Creeping Death 4/5 Good swing-time rocker about Moses bringing the Ten Plagues to Egypt. The middle part ROCKS!

The Call Of Ktulu 5/5 I love instrumentals and this one sets the standard for all future Metallica instrumentals.

If you absolutely MUST have any Metallica albums, just get this one and you will be fine. For better speed/thrash metal, you should check out Nuclear Blast's catalog (two of my favorite NB bands are Dew Scented and Strapping Young Lads). ... Read more

Asin: B000002H2H


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


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

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

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

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

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

HAVE A DRINK ON ME! ... Read more

Asin: B000002JS6

Appetite for Destruction
Average Customer Review: 4.68 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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A glimpse of the future, and not because of its huge influence and umpteen million sales. The poor-little-rich-boy protest "Out ta Get Me" intimates that Axl Rose's egotism and martyr complex were soon to grow bigger than his head; still, Appetite's night-train wreck of punk and metal sounds and sensibilities make it more than just an emblem of its time. Whether GN'R are dancing with Mr. Brownstone, penning a callow kiss-off letter to some chick named Michelle, or passing out on somebody else's sofa, this was and remains a savage journey to the heart of the American--or at least the Hollywood--dream. --Rickey Wright ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars 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

Asin: B000000OQF


The World Needs a Hero
Average Customer Review: 3.93 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (15 May, 2001)
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The lineup is different. The record company is new. But vitriol-tongued Dave Mustaine remains Megadeth's constant. While more commercial and mature than such unbridled early releases as So Far, So Good . . . So What!, this follow-up to the poorly received Risk finds Megadeth mostly back to their metallic roots. Mustaine continues to alternately mine politics and self-reflection to good effect, and his solos still shred. The taut, hooky "Moto Psycho" is polished, millennial thrash, and though the rest of the material on this 12-song collection isn't as instantly memorable, it's certainly ambitious. Mustaine's biting vocal and the muscular musicianship of the powerful title track and the pained love-lost ode "1,000 Times Goodbye" hit the mark, as does the epic, string-laden ballad "Promises," though Mustaine's patented vocal seems out of place, as does the classical guitar on "Recipe for Hate . . . Warhorse." That said, old-school fans will worship the likes of "Moto Psycho" and the classic and brutal "Dread and the Fugitive Mind" and "Return to Hangar." --Katherine Turman ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars The World has Recieved its Hero.
Megadeth is back, and Back with a Vengeance. New lead guitarist, Al Pitrelli (ex Savatage, Alice Cooper) lays down some blistering solos and makes fans of the old band think to themselves "Marty Who?". This is by far Megadeth's heaviest release since 1995's Youthanasia, and judging by the fans embracement of the album, will easily be just as successful. With the Return of the Mega-Mascot, Vic Rattlehead, Megadeth return to their roots on Scorching songs such as, Disconnect, 1000 Times Goodbye, Return to Hangar, and Dread and the Fugitive Mind. David "JR" Ellefson's basslines on this album are the most prominent he has laid down since 1986's "Peace Sells". Jimmy Degrasso (ex Suicidal Tendencies, Alice Cooper) puts his touch on the album with some excellent blast beats and double bass drumming almost making old fans forget who Nick Menza is. Dave Mustaine's voice, rhythm, and lead work is right on. Just what we'd expect from a MEGADETH release. This album definately is NOT a RISK. This album is a Return to Form, and A splendid display of musical genious.

Dave titled his album "The World Needs a Hero" Well, Heavy Metal fans have 4 heros. Dave, David, Jimmy, and Al.


5-0 out of 5 stars Back to basics
This album clearly receives very high marks for the songs on here. Risk was a downer but this is better almost as good as Rust In Peace. 1)Disconnect is a very cool song and a great opening riff 2)Title track is pretty cool and heavy although I kinda laughed at the secretary parts 3)Moto Psycho is very awesome 4)1000 Times Goodbye is great as well 5)Burning Bridges is great 6)Promises is really good, it's like a love song in a way 7)Recipe For Hate...Warhouse took a while to get into but later became awesome 8)Losing My Senses is a great track and being a guitar player I like the verse riff 9)Dread And The Fugitive Mind is in my opinion the best on the album although it's all good. Really like the interlude 2 minutes in with that solo type riff 10)Silent Scorn is an instrumental that's very cool and mellow although the trumpet kinda throws it off 11) Return To Hangar is the sequel to the 1990 one and this one is cool but several riffs got cut like the intro, verse riff, post-verse and the outro but this new version is cool 12) When is the longest song and the first part of it, Dave sounds like he's speaking the words instead of singing but it's an awesome song

Get the album. It's awesome. Some songs not as memorable but a great welcome after Risk(shudders)

1-0 out of 5 stars The world needs a hero
Disconnect 1/5
Repetetive and sluggish song about not being in the present.
The world needs a hero 1/5
Slow paced song with nervewrecking chorus.
Moto psycho 1/5
Commercial song from top to bottom. No depth and no meaning.
1000 times goodbye 2/5
Pretty good music but the vocals are strained and doesn't sound too good.
Burning bridges 1/5
Very akward with bad vocals. Not very megadeth at all.
Promises 2/5
Ballad with orchestration. Way too much 'catchyness' is put in the chorus and instead of lifting the song it kind of ruins it.
Recipe for hate...Warhorse 2/5
Two songs combined to one where 'Recipe for hate' is the better one; sports spoken vocals.
Losing my senses 2/5
Song about 'different times different solutions'.
Dread and the fugitive mind 1/5
Commercial song from top to bottom. No depth and no meaning.
Silent scorn 2/5
Short instrumental with trumphets.
Return to hangar 2/5
Attempt at continuation of 'Hangar 18'. Lacks about all the brilliance of it's predecessor.
When 1/5
'Call of ktulu' and 'Am i evil' combined to one song and on top of that lyrics about hate and revenge. ... Read more

Asin: B00005EBQE


The Very Best of Dokken
Average Customer Review: 4.34 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (06 July, 1999)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Look....It's 80's Power Rock.....What's Not To Like ?
Like I said...what's not to like ? This was from an era that's, sadly, gone, but never will be forgotten. If only we could go back. Today's "hard rock" sounds so terrible, even Mr. Hankey would probably vomit within the first seven notes.

Dokken, to me, was mature-sounding, compared to other power rock era bands. The unique guitar style of George Lynch is, in my opinion, what sold the band. I'm greatly impressed with George's Gothic Octave style, and the wide spreads over the neck that it requires. My fingers HURT every time I try to practice that technique on a Les Paul...OWWWW !

Hey George...can I have your ESP Kamikaze ??? LOL

Don's vocal style never came across to me as sounding pretentious...it always sounded sincere and heart-felt. For my tastes, THAT made Dokken stand apart from much of the era's others in that they didn't write what I call "hard-rock bubble gum songs". I'd have to pick "Burning Like A Flame" as my first choice, because it's got blazing guitar sound, combined with a great message.

Now...if only today's bands could cop the same standards, we'd be back to good-time rock and roll in short order. Wish in one hand....

With that said, this CD gives me all my favorites, and none that I didn't like, though I still need to check out the Don Dokken solo effort stuff.

Keep on rockin' in the free world, man !!!
Paul the Producerguy

4-0 out of 5 stars Rockin' with Dokken
One of the greatest "power rock" bands to emerge from the eighties was, without question, Dokken. These guys could rock hard and rock right. With Don Dokken's killer vocals and George Lynch's unrivaled guitar superiority, the band whipped out some of the greatest rock songs ever recorded by ANY band. Recently, Rhino Records released this best of compilation. How does it measure up? Read on and see.

Let me start by saying that Rhino Records knows how to make good hits compilations. This proves to be no exception to that rule. If you're the casual fan who wants just about every hit the band has ever released, you will find them here. Breaking The Chains, Into The Fire, Just Got Lucky, Alone Again, Tooth And Nail, In My Dreams, It's Not Love, and Dream Warriors sound every bit as good as they did back in the eighties. This, my friends, is REAL rock and roll, not that junk that floods the mainstream these days. Even Dokken themselves have taken a massive hit in quality due to George Lynch's departure. Don't worry though, this compilation only covers the band in its prime. However, as good as this compilation may be, there is a problem (other reviewers have stated it as well) - The Don Dokken solo tracks. These are good, but considerably weaker than the other tracks. Why did those get put on instead of other Dokken classics that got deprived of their place here?

Final verdict? Dokken rocks, and this is their best single-disc hits compilation available to date. Casual fans of the band, this will be all the Dokken you'll ever need. I said it once and I'll say it again - This is REAL rock and roll!

5-0 out of 5 stars Keep on rockin' with the Dokken
This is the first greatest hits CD that I ever bought from Rhino records and I'm glad that they released this Greatest Hits CD on Rhino Records cause the sound quality is really good and the liner notes is very informative, it's everything that a Dokken fan needs to know, what got me into Dokken was hearing In My Dreams on the radio when I was getting ready to go to bed and I was packing up to go to Long Beach, Washington, I think that Dokken guitarist George Lynch is one of metal's underrated guitar players of all time and he can really play and I think that Dokken was one of the best hair metal bands of all time too cause they had good songwriting skills as well, this CD has 16 cuts from 1983-95 and 14 of it was from 1983-88 and we do get to have one Don Dokken solo cut called Mirror Mirror which is quite a good song and I'm surprised that the song didn't make it big, plus I had no idea that George Lynch formed a new band called Lynch Mob either.

Here are my ratings for each track.

Breaking the Chains: Dokken's first known song off of their debut album and it is the title track but this song is a classic, who can forget the video when George Lynch starts breaking the chains during the guitar solo part? 10/10

Paris is Burning (live): This live track is actually off of Dokken's debut album and it's awesome, I like the opening part of the song the best. 10/10

Into the Fire: Now we enter the Tooth and Nail album and this song is a classic, excellent chorus. 10/10

Just Got Lucky: This is one of Dokken's heavier songs but this song isn't quite one of my favorites. 8/10

Alone Again: This song was Dokken's biggest hit and I'm surprised that they didn't score a Top 40 hit on the Billboard charts. 10/10

Tooth and Nail: Not to be confused with Foreigner's version off of the Agent Provecatuer album which came out earlier that year. 7/10

The Hunter: Now we enter the Under Lock and Key album which contains this classic song. 10/10

In My Dreams: This is my favorite song by Dokken and this song is awesome, it should've been in the Top 40 but oh well, at least that it did well on the Modern Rock tracks. 10/10

It's Not Love: Another standout and this song reminds me of early 1999 when I heard this song on the Youth Gone Wild CD Vol. 2. 10/10

Dream Warriors: I think that this is the best song off of the Back for the Attack album. 10/10

Burning Like a Flame: I'm surprised that this song didn't make it on the Beast For the East live album which came out a year earlier but this isn't one of my favorite songs. 7/10

Heaven Sent: Not one of the better songs for Dokken although this song is a bit more ballad like. 6/10

Mr. Scary: An instrumental tune done by George Lynch and this is a really cool song. 10/10

Walk Away: Probably one of Dokken's most softest songs and this was off of the Beast From the East live album and this song doesn't do it for me. 6/10

Mirror Mirror: This is a really good song by Dokken's solo album and this song is on par with the earlier classics. 10/10

Too High to Fly: The longest song on this album (which clocks in at over 7 minutes) and this song isn't that great. 6/10 ... Read more

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Very Beast of Dio
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (03 October, 2000)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Give this man some platform shoes!!
5 stars is not enough for Ronnie here. Not a weak tune on the disc if you ask me. A majority of this album is from his 1st three solo efforts... and with good cause - these were his best. "Holy Diver" and "Last In Line" were easily Dio's masterpieces! The early Dio tunes featuring guitarist Vivian Campbell absolutely shread. Not to take anything away from the young bevy Dio has/had after Campbell's departure. Some personal favorite tunes that I would have liked to have seen on this cd: "Evilution", "Wild One", and "Don't Talk To Strangers". Dio & his production crew could have easily made this a 2 cd set... but they opted for the single package with his best known stuff. Most of Dio's solo stuff is just as good as his work with Rainbow and/or Black Sabbath. Granted in those two bands, he had a famed axe chucker like Rithie Blackmore or a Tommy Iommi helping him lead the way... but not on his solo stuff. Not to give any disrespect to Campbell or Tracy G and the likes - these guys are talented in their own rights. If you are a modest metal fan, this is a great place to start. If you want Dio's best studio album, pick up "Holy Diver". Either way, you won't go wrong. Every rock collection should have some DIO in some shape, manner or form!

4-0 out of 5 stars Classic Power Metal from the 80's
This compilation from Rhino is probably all you need to own from Dio to have a complete overview of Ronnie James Dio career. This CD is focused on the most succesful 80's albums (Holy Diver, Sacred Heart and Last in Line). After these, Dio slowly faded away in the 90's but continued to released records.

Dio was not the most representative band of the 80's power metal scene but this compilation shows that it was an inspired band with a very powerful singer.

5-0 out of 5 stars A beast of a compilation...
Released October 3rd, 2000, The Beast of Dio was the first domestically available compilation for Dio, second if you count the German Import Diamonds.

Ronnie James Dio. That name has been in music for over 40 years, When Dio got his start in a local band called the Electric Elves, later changed to Elf. After doing to albums with Elf, R. J. Dio left Elf to concentrate on harder rock, instead of the folky stuff he was doing, so joining up with Ritchie Blackmore, guitarist of Deep Purple, Dio and Blackmore formed Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, better known as Rainbow. Dio's popularity rose enormously as a vocalist while in Rainbow, and after only four albums with Rainbow, Dio joined the legendary Black Sabbath. There he recorded Heaven And Hell and Mob Rules, often praised as some of Black Sabbath's best records. After a dispute over the live album Live Evil, R. J. Dio left the band to begin a solo band. With Dio on vocals, ex-Rainbow bassist Jimmy Bain and ex-Black Sabbath drummer Vinny Appice, in addition to ex-Sweet Savage guitar shredder Vivian Campbell, Dio was set to rock the world! As the 80's went by, Dio released such critically acclaimed albums such as Holy Diver, The Last in Line, Sacred Heart, and Dream Evil, and as the new millennium came, Dio is still making music to this day! So how does The Beast of Dio, a compilation of the Mercury/Reprise label years, hold up? Read on to find out!

-IN CHRONILOGICAL ORDER- Unlike most compilations, The Beast of Dio is in order so you can see the growth and changes of Dio.
-YOU GET ALL THE BIG HITS IF YOU'RE A CASUAL FAN- When you get the Beast of Dio, you can be expecting such radio hits as "Holy Diver", "Rainbow in the Dark", and "The Last In Line".
-MANY UNDERRATED MASTERPIECES ARE HERE!- Arguably some of Dio's best songs are the non-hits, and underrated songs such as "Stand Up And Shout", "Straight Through the Heart", "We Rock", "Dream Evil", and many others prove that theory right.
-THE BEAST OF DIO CONTAINS TWO AWESOME 90'S SONGS!- Although most compilations tend to overlook a bands less popular era, The Beast of Dio contains "Lock Up The Wolves" and "Strange Highways", some of Dio's best and darkest songs.
-CHEAP- Unlike other Dio compilations, The Beast of Dio is cheap and easy to find in any CD Store, including Best Buy and Circuit City.
-THE BEAST OF DIO HAS TWO AWESOME LIVE TRACKS- Although the label says there is only one live track, "King Of Rock N Roll" is also a live track along with Dio's cover of Rainbow's "Man On the Silver Mountain". Both these tracks rock and show Dio live and in their prime.
-GREAT LINER NOTES-Inside the CD Booklet, you'll find page after page of a Dio Bio, which documents their history and every album. Very informative and interesting read!

-ALMOST NO MATERIAL FROM THE 90'S!- Although tracks like "Lock Up The Wolves" and "Strange Highways" are from the 90's, that is minimal at best. Albums such as Angry Machines, Magica, and Killing the Dragon get NO representation here, and that is disappointing!

Overall, this is one great compilation, and a great review of Dio's Glory Days. Although there is almost no material for the 90's, I won't deduct a star because there are at least TWO songs instead of none. I wish they would have done a Double-Set, but Oh Well, you don't always get what you want. Great for casual fans, but if you already own most of Dio's albums, there is really no reason to get this as there is nothing new here.


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Holy Diver-Dio
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Powerslave- Iron Maiden

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Asin: B00004YLGU
Sales Rank: 3966


The Very Best of Rainbow
Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (15 July, 1997)
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Founded by Deep Purple's founding guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, and originally called Blackmore's Rainbow, Rainbow was a revolving-door supergroup, in which artists like Ronnie James Dio, Cozy Powell, Joe Lynn Turner, and Tony Carey entered just long enough to establish themselves and bolster their resumes. Considering the band's instability, Rainbow created a number of surprisingly strong tunes over its 10-year career. The first half of The Best of Rainbow features Dio's inimitable vocals on such Deep Purple-styled stormers as "Man on the Silver Mountain," "Stargazer," and "Kill the King." The second part of the disc is from the later and more commercially oriented part of the band's career, and contains the Turner classic "Since You've Been Gone" as well as "Stone Cold" and "Power." If nothing else, The Best of Rainbow is loaded with the kind of mind-bending solos that earned Blackmore and Rainbow their stripes.--Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars Collecting the classics of an oft-overlooked powerhouse.
Started as a side project, then the reason to leave Deep Purple, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow went through several incarnations from 1975 to 1983 (and was resurrected briefly again a couple of years ago with all new players and Blackmore). The first four albums introduced the world to an unknown little singer named Ronnie Dio, who would go on to replace Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath and eventually do well fronting his own metal band. After Dio left Rainbow, he was replaced by Graham Bonnet for one album, who was replaced by Joe Lynn Turner for several. Rainbow is best known for its bookends -- Man on the Silver Mountain (1975) and Street of Dreams (1983)are the two best-known songs here, but the 14 songs in-between are all excellent rock music. Here was the mainstream introduction of classicism and medieval (musical and lyrical) themes in rock and roll. Here was Hendrix encountering Beethoven on a misty mountainside. From the crunch of the early stuff to the power balladry towards the end, always underpinned by top-notch session players, Blackmore guided Rainbow through an evolution that is very well-represented here. A must for Purple fans, guitar fans, Dio fans, and fans of good old rock and roll with a slightly improved IQ. Fans will be wistful for several missing selections -- but fans will have the albums and casual listeners will be well-served by the singles collected here, including the classic 80s b-side and AOR staple "Jealous Lover."

From the vaults of Polydor Records comes a killer 16 song retro The Very Best Of Rainbow on Polydor-Chronicles. On this
16 song anthology you will find out exactly what made on & off Deep Purple star guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and his band
Rainbow one of the leaders in the Hard Rock field from '75 & '82. This CD covers the best of their 8 Polydor albums issued
between '75 & '82 and I honestly feel no fan of this band or Blackmore will be disappointed. Through out Rainbows golden
years for Polydor, vocalist Ronnie James Dio, Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover & ace drummer Cozy Powell (for more on
Cozy's drum work checkout The Best Of Cozy Powell on Poydor-Chronicles) all shared ranks in the Rainbow army at one
time or another. Amongst the golden 'rainbows' you will find on this CD are "Stargazer," "Long Live Rock 'N' Roll," "Man On
The Silver Mountain," "I Surrender" & "Jealous Lover ( originally issued as the '81 b-side of "Can't Happen Here"). All the

material has digitally overhauled and the booklet opens up to a very cool foldout poster! Get this CD and ride the Rainbow
once again!

4-0 out of 5 stars A variety of mystic and melody...
This collection does a wonderful job of showing a band going from one point of view to another. Ronnie James Dio brought a more dark-agish and cutting edge approach; while Joe Lynn Turner brought a more soulfull and meloncholic approach. To go from, "The Man on the Silver Mountain," to "Street of Dreams," is a wonderful and enjoyable ride to any ears. ... Read more

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Wide Open
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (15 November, 1999)
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1-0 out of 5 stars leatherwolf blows !
man after reading these reviews on leatherwolf i would prolly think they were pretty good but after hearing the cd i can honestly say they suck sooo bad i couldnt believe it !! i like more of a progressive edge to music with depth and a lot of talent and thinking behind the music like dream theater , symphony x and so forth ! all i have to say is these people that say leatherwolf is good, really have a dumb ear and dont know what talented music is ! im not here to run anybody down but i cant see sitting here and letting anyone throw away there hard earned money on a band that sounds like stuff me and my band play when were drunk and not even really trying to be serious about anything ! if you truly want a kick ass band , you need to check out any symphony x cd and youll know what i mean !

5-0 out of 5 stars Leatherwolf is back!
I loved leatherwolf in the 80's and even today and I really enjoy their music. I own all their albums on CD, Leatherwolf (1984 Grandslam), Leatherwolf (1987 Island), Street Ready (1989 Island), and yes I even own the ulrtra rare CD soundtrack to the film Return of the Living Dead Part II (1987 Island), which features the Leatherwolf song Alone In The Night, never before available on any of their albums. When I heard they released a Live album, I was reluctant to buy it because I am not a fan of Live music. I decided to anyway just to complete my collection. Plus the CD cover was a little lame. Surprisingly I loved it! Basically the only live CD I love. It even contains songs sung live that were not availble on their first albums. It's great! Leatherwolf fans or even just metal fans, pick yours up today!

5-0 out of 5 stars Leatherwolf ROCKS!
I have been a fan of Leatherwolf since I first saw them back in the late 80s. They are true perveyors of AOR, much like Scorpions or April Wine. I have a fever, and the only cure in MORE Leatherwolf. ... Read more

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The Best of Warrant
Average Customer Review: 3.83 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (02 April, 1996)
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Warrant is a schizophrenic band, a condition illustrated by this 16-song "hits" collection. The Los Angeles-based lineup's 1989 debut, Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich, featured such metal-lite delights as "32 Pennies," the title track, the insipid, self-referential trademark hit "Down Boys," the sappy power ballad "Heaven," the lascivious "Cherry Pie," and "Sometimes She Cries," all of which appear on this best-of. But by 1992's Dog Eat Dog, Warrant had gone heavier and grungier, befitting the musical climate of the era. Consequently, the quintet lost fans who perceived the group as bandwagon jumpers; actually, they do a decent job with heavier songs such as "Machine Gun" and "Hole in My Wall." Proving that singer Jani Lane and pals could be tender and memorable without being cheesy are the gutsy, bluesy "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and the beautiful "I Saw Red." Their cover of Queen's "We Will Rock You," on the other hand, almost manages to sap the song's inherent monster groove. While Warrant's move from image-conscious pop-metal to a heavier sound was awkward in execution, fans of either of the band's phases--and those who like both--will dig this diverse disc. --Katherine Turman ... Read more


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2-0 out of 5 stars The best of Warrant? hardly...
Even though I would rank Warrant as one of my all time favorite bands, I'd have to say the track selection here is such an unfair representation of their career. Sure, the most popular albums were "Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich" (very impressive debut) and "Cherry Pie" (pretty good except for the title track) but the absolutely underappreciated classic "Dog Eat Dog" and the even heavier "Ultraphobic" are far better releases, and those albums proved that Warrant could really rock with the best of them. Yet out of those albums only two tracks from "Dog Eat Dog" are selected ("Machine Gun", "Hole In My Wall"), and they're not even the best ones. Where's "April 2031", "The Bitter Pill", "Inside Out", "Let It Rain", "Andy Warhol Was Right"? I could put anyone of those songs on a list for my favorite tunes this decade. And "Ultraphobic" is totally ignored, sadly. People might think, "Oh it's a washed up hair band jumping on the 'grunge bandwagon' to sell records." but it's really not. It merely serves as a natural progression -- getting even heavier and more creative than "Dog Eat Dog", proving once again that they could transcend the party anthem boundaries. As far as what is here, it's still worth the effort. "Uncle Tom's Cabin", "I Saw Red", and "Sometimes She Cries" are anything but wasted, although there are much better places to start. "Warrant Live 86-97" is a much better representation of their best, and even that falls short. I'd recommend getting "Dog Eat Dog" for an idea of what the band really wanted to achieve.

5-0 out of 5 stars Warrant Rocks!!!
This album contains all the hits Warrant had and I think it's a pretty good representation...even though some of their later albums were ignored...which is fine with me because after Dog Eat Dog they kinda went alternative a little too much (but they're recording a new album with their traditional sound now). Tracks like Down Boys, Heaven, Sometimes She Cries, Uncle Tom's Cabin, and their cover of We Will Rock You are great. I like the album version of "I Saw Red" better than the acoustic version on this album, but now I have them both. The song "Cherry Pie" is much maligned, but heck, it's a great party song...I LOVE it! Lighten up. Probably the band's most diverse and underrated album was Dog Eat Dog. There are definitely some incredible songs and songwriting on this album. I suggest buying this Greatest Hits plus Dog Eat Dog to get the full Warrant impact. You will not be disappointed.

1-0 out of 5 stars You know something...
My sister knew a guy in high school who looked like the lead singer of Warrant. This guy would sit in the very back of the room and sniff glue all day long, since his only class aside from those required by the great state of Ohio was study hall. He would sometimes try to sing when he was on his glue highs. From what I people went to school with told me, he sounded like the lead singer of Warrant. And when school let out at 2:52, said Warrant singer lookalike would strut down the hall just like the real Warrant singer would on Warrant's "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" video. Wait a minute,... IT CAN'T BE!!! ... Read more

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Return of the Killer A's: The Best of Anthrax
Average Customer Review: 3.94 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (23 November, 1999)
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Return of the Killer A's is by no means a farewell to 13 years of pioneering metal. Rather, it's an assemblage of classics, B-sides, and covers that sums up their career. Scott Ian and bandmates cowrote the 1980s speed-metal bible in an era when most bands were fixated with hairspray, but the band persevered through metal's lean years. They defied convention by becoming one of the first metal acts to gain mass appeal with their reworking of Public Enemy's anthem "Bring the Noise." Their humorous "hit," "I'm the Man," is also here along with such mosh-pit faves as "Antisocial," "Indians," and a sprawling punk-enraged cover of Joe Jackson's "Got the Time." More recent tunes such as the Pantera-like "Hi Pro Glu" and "Crush" are included alongside a version of the Temptations' "Ball of Confusion," with early vocalist Joey Belladonna and current frontman John Bush sharing vocal duties. --Shanthi Sivanesan ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best of Anthrax
I don't think that this is the best of Anthrax. I like Anthrax very much (Pre- John Bush) and in order for this to be the true greatest hits album, it should include tracks like Caught In A Mosh, Be All End All, A.I.R., N.F.L., One World, A.D.I., Out Of Sight Out Of Mind. After Joey left they had no GREAT hits, they didn't even have hits! I just like the album becasue some of the older songs with Joey are remastered, to bad John has to sing on that track with Joey. (Dan Liker plays bass on that song also). They should Re-Release all of the Anthrax albums with Joey. Forget about John Bush, let him go back to Armored Saint.

5-0 out of 5 stars THIS ALBUM NEEDS FIVE STARS
Okay, I dont actually have this album, but I have just about every Anthrax studio album there is, and I have heard most of the remix albums too. Lets put it like this- Im a hardcore Anthrax fan. If you dont have any Anthrax CDS, get this one. Because it features just what it says, their greatest hits. See, Anthrax is a pretty hard band to get in to. They are the kind of band that you have to listen to their songs a couple of times before you get the knack of it. This album is good because it features most of their catchiest tunes and some personal favorites of mine, but to buy an Anthrax Album if you have never heard them is a risk. Espeacially if you are only used to thrash metal bands more like Metallica and Slayer or new metal bands like Korn and Staind, if that is what you are used to, chances are you wont like Anthrax. But give them a try, but this CD.

I believe that this is a good compilation which has many of this bands classic hits.It is not perfect because it is missing some really good songs,but then again what compilations out there are ever perfect.If you dont have all their albums then this is a good place to start.METAL RULES!!! ... Read more

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The Best of Van Halen, Vol. 1
Average Customer Review: 3.83 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (22 October, 1996)
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It took over 20 years for Van Halen to release a Best of album, and even then, the band downplayed the effort. Instead sticking to the original plan of releasing a two-disc set--one of material with original frontman David Lee Roth, and the other with his 11-year replacement Sammy Hagar--the band opted for a single CD chronicling their entire career. For the previously uninitiated, it's a golden introduction to a band that changed the face of '80s hard rock. Guitar-blazing old tracks like "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love," and "Dance the Night Away" segue into more commercial numbers like "Jump" and "Panama" from 1984. These in turn, set the stage for Hagar's slicker, more polished vocals on "Right Now" and "How Do I Know When It's Love."But while newcomers will be thrilled with the delights within, old fans will probably find little of use, since the two highly touted new tracks with Roth are pretty disposable. --Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Slamming for the new kids
Disposable for the old fans. The two new songs with David Lee Roth weren't anything to write home about ("Me Wise Magic" was a decent song, but not up to standard), and the original idea was much better. Imagine the bang for your buck: two discs with 17 or 18 songs each from both eras of Van Halen. This way, early DLR gems like "Mean Streets", "Jamie's Crying", "Women in Love", "Hot For Teacher", "Ice Cream Man", "Drop Dead Legs" or "I'll Wait" would be included. This is not to mention the Hagar chestnuts like "Best of Both Worlds", "Summer Nights", "Spanked", "Black and Blue", "Runaround", "Not Enough" or "Feelin'". See the dilemma? There's probably a good 7 songs from each era they have neglected, almost all as good or better than the hits they included. I'd love to see an album like that put together, but it's easier to burn one. Besides, we couldn't risk any songs from "Van Halen III", the short-lived Cherone experiment...

2-0 out of 5 stars Ack! They should've stuck to the original plan
[This review is for the domestic release]

In the mid-nineties, Van Halen finally released a "best of" compilation after nearly twenty years of being together. Vocalist Sammy Hagar had just left the masters of rock and roll, and they must have figured releasing such a compilation then would help sales. Originally it was planned to have one disc of all David Lee Roth material, and one of all Sammy Hagar material. But NO! They made the foolish choice of sticking songs from both eras onto one disc.

Cramming two decades of music onto a single disc is NEVER a good idea, people.

Look at all the hits this is MISSING!
-You Really Got Me
-Jamie's Cryin'
-Feel Your Love Tonight
-Ice Cream Man
-You're No Good (never a hit, but one of my faves)
-Beautiful Girls
-Everybody Wants Some
-Oh Pretty Woman,
-And The Cradle Will Rock
-Love Walks In
-Finish What You Started

Look at all those missing tracks! How could they not stick to the original plan? And how could they separate Eruption from You Really Got Me? Sure, most of the hits from Roth's era are present, but THAT many omissions is simply inexcusable.

I LOVE Van Halen, people, but I can't believe how much material this so-called best of deprives people of. It also seems like they couldn't decide whether or not to make this a best of or a greatest hits (the title says best of and there are a lot of non-hits from the Hagar era, but with Roth they stuck to nothing but hits.) People, if you want to get into Van Halen, get their albums, not this horrid collection. It's blasphemy to call this the best of Van Halen.

4-0 out of 5 stars Bunch o winers
Well everyone will get their wishes Best of Both Worlds is a two cd set with van halen's best so everyone can calm down. It is out on July 20, 2004 so get your copy. ... Read more

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Vault: Def Leppard's Greatest Hits
Average Customer Review: 4.52 out of 5 stars
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To have resisted Def Leppard's radio power in their heyday, you'd have to have been a critic--and even some of us could hardly argue with the likes of "Photograph," "Animal," and "Bringin' on the Heartbreak." Vault covers a decade and a half of hits by the one-time wonder boys of the new wave of British metal, but perhaps inevitably concentrates on singles from the multiplatinum Pyromania and Hysteria. It offers little meaning beyond fun fun fun, but there are hooks here that Noel Gallagher would punch a paparazzo for. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Greatest Hits? Almost But Not Quite!
"Vault: Def Leppard's Greatest Hits" contains many of Def Leppard's most popular hits, you have one song from their 1981 "High N' Dry" album (Bringin' On The Heartbreak), three from their 1983 "Pyromania" album (Photogragh, Foolin', and Rock Of Ages), five from their 1987 "Hysteria" album (Rocket, Love Bites, Armageddon It, Animal, Pour Some Sugar On Me), several songs from their 1992 "Adrenalize" album (Let's Get Rocked, Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad), several songs from their 1993 "Retro Active" album (Miss You In A Heartbeat, Two Steps Behind), and one unreleased song (When Love & Hate Collide). My only gripe with this collection is that it completley avoids Def Leppard's excellent debut 1980 "On Through The Night" album. There were several hits from the album such as Rock Brigade and Hello America. Also, Def Leppard's "High N' Dry" album should have been better represented here by also including Let It Go, which was a hit. I would have easily given this collection five stars had it been a more complete collection of Def Leppard's hits from 1980 thru 1995. Note: There's a promo of "Vaults" that includes a bonus cd of the extra above mentioned tracks that were left off the commercial version. Why Mercury Records couldn't have included a bonus disc with this collection is beyond my comprehension. Let's hope that we'll see an even better collection of Def Leppard's material out in the near future. Hopefully it will be a 2-cd set!

4-0 out of 5 stars This band had some great singles.
And Vault, despite what rock purists may say about greatest-hits collections (ie. the songs should be considered in the context of their albums, etc.), is a great example of a greatest-hits album putting the music in better light than ever before.

Def Leppard albums tended to have their share of filler material, so a collection of their best songs works remarkably well. Critics from Rolling Stone have on numerous occasions mentioned, quite accurately, that Def Leppard's strength lies in songcraft, arrangement and studio detail. And it was on individual pop-metal gems like "Love Bites" (aided greatly by a stinging lead guitar that lends strength to the ballad, as with "Bringin' on the Heartbreak"), "Rocket" (thankfully, the wasteful "Whole Lotta Love"-ish middle section, the product of producer R.J. "Mutt" Lange's noodling, is excised; here the song appears in its single version); "Hysteria", "Foolin'", "Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad" and "Photograph". It is unfortunate that a) Joe Elliott's vocals did sound progressively like Bryan Adams over Def Leppard's career, and not in a good way; b) though drummer Rick Allen admirably carried on after the loss of his arm, his drumbeats post-Pyromania sound stiff and can never go beyond a techno-drone mid-tempo; and c) "White Lightning", the band's 1992 tribute to late guitarist Steve Clark and one of the band's strongest '90s songs, was not included on Vault.

In the '90s, Def Leppard does sound dated and almost a little overproduced. Still, at its peak, the band's songcraft was catchy and its energy infectious.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but incomplete
Although this is a very good starter CD for one of the bands that put metal in the mainstream in the 1980's, it's missing a little bit. It could have included at least one song from their debut, and at least two more from High n Dry. But the songs they did put on here are really good, and are their best. Let's Get Rocked is sort of reminiscent of an account I had involving a friend who listened to classical music. In short, this is a good collection for a great band, but it could have been better. ... Read more

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Best of the Beast
Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (24 September, 1996)
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The cover of the Iron Maiden retrospective Best of the Beast features the band's zombie mascot Eddie in seven of the various ghastly guises he assumed for the band's records. The image conveys volumes about the group's brash, visual form of heavy metal. Starting with Maiden's most well known track "Number of the Beast" (which was actually featured on the band's third album), the disc progresses through eight singles recorded during the height of its career and a handful of less memorable cuts that followed its glory years. Galloping beats, twin guitar leads, and eardrum-shattering vocals abound, along with lyrics that could have been plucked straight from the Tales of the Crypt comic books. Overall, a valid collection, but it suffers from the omission of classics like "Die with Your Boots On," "Flight of Icarus," and "Rime of the Ancient Mariner." --Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction to the best heavy metal band ever!
This double CD is an excellent compilation of the things that Iron Maiden did from 1978 to 1996. It contains very good material from all their albums, the CD artwork is excellent and it has the lyrics from all the songs there. I think that true fans maybe disappointed for the omission of "Flight Of Icarus", "Revelations", "Infinite Dreams", "Killers", among others, but people new to Maiden will really enjoy this magnificent compendium of songs.

My favorite songs are here, including the epic "Rime Of The Ancient Mariner (Live)", "Aces High" and Di'Anno's years masterpiece: "Phantom Of The Opera". "The Trooper" stands out along with "The Number Of The Beast". The "Running Free" live cut is awesome, even better than the original one (Bruce proves that he is an excellent singer on stage).

The 90's stuff has a lot of power on it. "Be Quick Or Be Dead" is a true Maiden song and "Fear Of The Dark" was recorded with an audience that the band hardly will never forget.

The Bayley's songs are outstandings. They show the full writing ability of the band on "Virus" and Harris's supremacy on "Sign Of The Cross".

This CD is a sample of some of the best Maiden songs ever, despite several tracks missing, such as: "Children Of The Damned", and the aforementioned ones.

It's a shame that this CD is out of print. However, try to get the live albums for a true Maiden experience. "Live After Death" and "Rock In Rio" are just OK!

5-0 out of 5 stars This is great for anyone who is new to Iron Maiden
This is the first Iron Maiden album that I bought. Being only 14 years old means that I was not about when Maiden were REALLY huge, and seeing as my taste in music is quite old it means that I have to rely on compilations like these. Anyone who is relativly new to Iron Maiden should certainly buy this album, especially seeing as it has been re-released with 2 CDs (and yes, I am upset about that!!). The album kicks off with The Number Of The Beast, which is, in my opinion, one of the best Maiden songs ever. It also contains brilliant songs such as Aces High, Bring Your Daughter to the Slaughter and Hallowed Be Thy Name. If I went on to list all of the good songs I'd be talking about the whole album, so I think that I will stop there. The whole feel is also still there, even though it is lost with most other compilation albums by other bands. In short, I think that this is great. Why? Because I love music that is fast and furious, and both Heavy Metal and Grunge (Grunge meaning bands like Offspring and Nirvana) give me that type of music in one. Add that to the fact that Iron Maiden are most probably the best Metal group about. Keep up the good work guys!!(Maiden, I mean)

4-0 out of 5 stars The best Maiden hits package
[This review covers both the single and double-disc versions of this compilation. The average rating of the two rounds up to about four stars.]

In 1996, Iron Maiden released Best Of the Beast, its first hits compilation. It was available in both single and double-disc versions. Many of the band's fans were turned off with the arrival of new vocalist Blaze Bayley, so they must have thought a compilation of their classics would be a good way to win the fans back. Read on for track-by-track summaries. The songs on the compilation are arranged in reverse chronological order, but for convenience, I've put them in true chronological order (songs with an asterisk (*) are ONLY on the two-disc version.) Read on.

Iron Maiden (Demo)*- Ultra-rare version from the Soundhouse tapes. Doesn't quite touch the original, but it's still an excellent track.

Strange World (Demo)*- Another Soundhouse demo, but this one isn't too far off from the original.

Phantom Of The Opera*- One of the two "big masterpieces" from the Paul Di'Anno era.

Sanctuary*- Along with Running Free, the most overrated song from the Di'Anno era. It's not bad, though.

Wrathchild*- The other masterpiece from the Di'Anno era.

Hallowed Be Thy Name- A classic. This was an excellent track. Do I need to say anything else?

Run To The Hills- One of the band's most popular songs. That opening riff is just unbeatable.

The Number Of the Beast- Though it was controversial in the States at its time of release, this one has become a fan favorite.

The Trooper- An all-out rocker in which Smith and Murray play better guitars than they ever have and/or probably ever will.

Where Eagles Dare*- A highly underrated track from the Piece Of Mind album, I'm pleased to see this here.

Aces High- By far Maiden's best aerial combat song, this one tells the story of the Battle Of Britain.

Two Minutes To Midnight - By far the band's finest song not written by bassist Steve Harris.

Running Free (Live)- Mediocre song, mediocre performance. Bruce Dickinson just can't do the Paul Di'Anno songs very good (sorry, Bruce, but it's the truth.)

Rime Of The Ancient Mariner (Live)*- The thirteen-minute-plus epic, in all its uncut live glory. EXCELLENT track.

Wasted Years- One of the finest tracks from the band's progressive years. Besides, A. Paul Melin would probably kill me if I spoke badly about it.

Heaven Can Wait*- Another excellent progressive era tune, seeing this here pleases me.

The Evil That Men Do- A tad overrated, but still an excellent tune worthy of a place here.

Can I Play With Madness- By far the band's most overrated song ever, but it's still an excellent one, worthy of a place here.

The Clairvoyant- Can anyone say "awesome song?" They don't get much better than this.

Holy Smoke*- WTF!? Holy Smoke on a BEST of Iron Maiden? Whoever compiled this set must have been experimenting with mind-numbing drugs!

Bring Your Daughter... To The Slaughter- Not a very good song, but it deserves to be here since it was the band's first number one hit in their native England.

Be Quick Or Be Dead- An all-out rock assault that's tough to beat by any standard.

Fear Of The Dark (Live)- Excellent track, excellent live performance.

Afraid To Shoot Strangers (Live)*- Blaze Bayley does the vocals on one of Dickinson's songs, and fares surprisingly well.

Man On The Edge- I'm not a big Blaze fan, but this is an EXCELLENT song, and I'm glad to see it made the cut.

Sign Of The Cross*- Good tune, but way too long. They could've filled the space with TWO tracks that were both better!

Virus- A new Blaze song. It's basically a generic rocker.

I was shocked to see how many tracks were omitted from this compilation. These include, but are not limited to masterpieces like Flight Of Icarus, Stranger In A Strange Land, Infinite Dreams, and Tailgunner. Plus, it doesn't have any post-1996 material, and the band has had some excellent tracks since then. However, I remain confident, this is a better hits compilation than Ed Hunter or Edward The Great. If you must get a hits album, get this one. I recommend getting all the albums rather than this compilation (starting with Number Of The Beast.) However, if you're budget-minded, stick with this. ... Read more

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M?tley Cr?e - Greatest Hits [Motley/Beyond]
Average Customer Review: 4.24 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (27 October, 1998)
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Through lead-singer strife and domestic blisters, the Crüe have endured. Greatest Hits is a breather for the group and provides an opportunity to look back at the construction and destruction of this much-maligned multimillion-record-selling ensemble. Sure, much of what's here overlaps with Decade of Decadence, but we do get three tunes from Generation Swine ("Glitter" receives a tender remix) and an eight-panel foldout booklet with essays from each of the rug rats. Most important, two new tracks--"Bitter Pill" and "Enslaved"--feature golden-boy knob twiddler Bob Rock, who oversees two no-nonsense, no-electronics blasts through the candy-metal past. The future looks glam, indeed. --Martin Popoff ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars ...for nostalgic reasons!
I hadn't heard Motley Crue in many years but one day out of the blue, I found myself singing on "Smoking in the boys room". I couldn't get rid of the song in my head, so what to do? Yes, I went down town to try to get the album "Theater of pain" which featured the mentioned song. I couldn't find it (guess these guys don't sell too many albums these days...), but I stumble upon this "Greatest hits", maybe even a better choice (?).

But with hindsight, Motley Crue's fame and popularity seems to have been more about image and attitude than making good music. Most of the songs sounds very thin and the guitar sound is far from good (is Mick Mars playing in a tin barrel?). Vince Neil's singing abilities can sure be questioned and the same goes for skills in the writing department. Motley Crue were high priests of the dreadful L.A. metal scene that were doomed to collapse and leaving a permanent stigma.

"Smoking in the boys room" (a cover of course...) is still good, and some of the other songs can be listened to mainly for nostalgic value, but over all Motley Crue isn't a band that make you excited anymore. My point is that you should be aware of the fact that some music doesn't stand the test of time, and what you thought was cool, groovy or whatever some 15 years ago may be rather ridiculous today!

Nobody can deny that Motley Crue is the definition of "Metal" for a lot of metalheads. This album delivers. There are two previously unreleased songs, a remix, and the rest is pretty much exactly what you remember the songs to be. I personally find this album to be one of Motley Crue's best. It contains a good mix of their work, without any tracks that tap dance on average. This is not a band that I always found to have an album that was polished from start to finish. I think anybody who felt the same way about Motley Crue but still enjoyed their music should definitely pick up this album. It goes without saying that if you loved anything they did you'll love this album. If you love "Hard Rock/Heavy Metal" you definitely should have at least this album from Motley Crue in your collection. As for other albums you may like if you like this band, well, starting in 1998 and moving forward into early this year there has been a phenomenal amount of activity within bands of this genre. Being incredibly curious I started cross referencing and came up with some great news! A lot of bands bailed out because of all the "grunge" (obviously that isn't the great news). Three that came up frequently in cross referencing that are out of commission are Skid Row, White Lion and Winger. White Lion's last release was 1992. Winger gave up and Kip Winger has released a new album but it sort of has a Bruce Springsteen flavor to it. Skid Row booted their vocalist Sebastian Bach and that was the end of that. I am happy to report that Sebastian Bach has released his first solo album, and to date it is one I personally would rate as a five star album. Sleeze Beez (sort of a Skid Row meets Warrant sound) has re-released a killer album. Unfortunately, for those of us who love this genre, they have split into two bands, neither of which would fall into this category. I would still say that their singer, Andrew Elt, has vocals worth checking out in his half of the split (with fellow Beez member Don van Spall) in a band called The Moon. Lizzy Borden's last release was 1995, Poison's and Quiet Riot's were 1996, and Whitesnake "broke up" again only to re-release a title in 1999. I wouldn't count any of these folks out yet. As for the rest...prepare to be surprised. The rest of these bands have new or re-released titles between 1998 and early 1999. AC/DC, Accept, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Bang Tango, Baton Rouge, Bon Jovi, Cinderella, Danger Danger, Dangerous Toys, Def Leppard, Dokken, FireHouse, Great White, Guns 'N Roses, Heavens Edge, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Kane Roberts, Kiss, Kix, L.A. Guns, Metallica, Motley Crue, Mr. Big, Ozzy Osbourne, Ratt, Saigon Kick, Scorpions, Slaughter, Steelheart, Twisted Sister, Tyketto, Van Halen, and Warrant. I personally haven't heard all of these records yet, so I have to admit that it's possible some of these folks, like Kip Winger, have gone much more "Pop" than "Rock". I will say that of those I've heard that hasn't been the case. So, to quote Quiet Riot, "Cum on Feel the Noize". (For those who are unfamiliar, that's how they spelled it on the album!) You can start right here with this album, "Motley Crue's Greatest Hits"

4-0 out of 5 stars As good as eighty minutes of the Crue could be...
These days, people tend to pass Motley Crue off as "just another hair metal band from the eighties." I strongly disagree. They were one of the most excellent bands of the decade. This compilation demonstrates that beautifully. Read on for my review of Motley Crue - Greatest Hits.

-If you're the casual Crue fan, and you want the big hits (Kickstart My Heart, Without You, Girls Girls Girls, Shout At The Devil, Dr. Feelgood, and their cover of the Brownsville Station classic Smokin' In The Boys Room) you've come to the right place!
-The two unreleased tracks, Bitter Pill and Enslaved, are surprisingly good.
-It's an affordable compilation, and an excellent alternative to buying every album.

-One major track is missing - The band's cover of the Beatles classic Helter Skelter (from Shout At The Devil.)
-As much as I like the unreleased tracks, they are obviously a ploy by the record company to sell more copies of this compilation.
-It's hard to represent a band this good with just eighty minutes of material.

Don't let my complaints throw you off - this compilation is EXCELLENT! In fact, it's more than just excellent, it's a casual Crue fan's dream come true. ... Read more

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The Best of Motorhead [Metal-Is]
Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (12 September, 2000)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great way to start, but...
When you're a band whose career spans several decades and so many great anthems, a "Best Of" can't be other than fantastic. And this is surely a fantastic compilation, better than previous ones like Anthology or No Remorse. This is so because it presents a more evenly balanced overview of Motorhead's works, and because it contains the previously hard-to-find single with Girlschool.

My only advice to Motorhead novices is, don't limit yourself to this album. There are so many great songs which had to be left out. Stone Dead Forever, Stay Clean, Another Perfect Day, Capricorn, Dirty Love and On Parole, to name but a few of the absolute classics, aren't even on this album. So you'd better complement this compilation with just about every Motorhead album up to, and including Orgasmatron, and you'll be fine...

5-0 out of 5 stars Pure Motorhead, Pure Rock'N'Roll- A Great Intro To The Band!
For anyone who has ever felt a chill go down their spine when Motorhead vocalist Lemmy screams "We're all going to die!" in the hit "Ace of Spades", this extremely comprehensive compilation is a perfect addition to your CD collection. Whether you have every album, from "Overkill" to "We Are Motorhead", or, like me, this is your first Motorhead album, you must own this one! That's what's so perfect about this collection, it has something for everybody. There are plenty of hits as well as some live tracks and real rarities, such as the "Headgirl" tracks, which were a collaboration between Motorhead and the band Girlschool back in the early 80's. Topping it off is a very thorough essay examining the history of one of rock's greatest, but most underrated, bands. I have enjoyed Motorhead's music for years, but for some reason never bought any of their albums. They have had so many compilations come out, that it was just difficult knowing where to start. "Best Of Motorhead" proved to be a wise choice, as the track listing is flawless and I have become a sudden and diehard supporter of the band! Unlike all of the other compilations, this one does not ignore the band's most recent material, collecting excellent tracks from all of the band's 90's albums as well as the hits from their "classic" period in the 70's and early 80's. I only came away from the release with two gripes. One, I wish it had a better cover gallery, as Motorhead have some of the most dynamic and recognizable covers out there and I would love to see them get their due. Two, the album was too short! Sure, there are 40 magnificent tracks, but I could have easily listened to another 40! If you love hard rock, punk, heavy metal, or just headbanging, fist-in-the-air anthems, then do yourself a huge favor and get this CD! Lemmy will personally come to your house and kick your A$$ if you don't!!!

1-0 out of 5 stars Could be the worst Metal Album in the history of the world
Take it from a true lover of Heavy Metal: This is a bad CD anthology; a pretty damn bad one. It was done by a band that has been through 6 major lineup changes and went through some pretty bad quality drops from an already marginal level. This music is poorly written. It is badly performed. The musicians have poor tallent and poorer skill sets. The recording quality is marginal at its best level, and horrible at its worst level. They didn't even both to normalize the audio output levels, so you constantly have to adjust volume if you bother to listen to it all the way through to the bitter end. They did not remaster the analog. What you have is precisesly the recording that showed up on the original records (not CDs) with all their many imperfections and blemishes spectacularly intact. The lineup changes shows up in bold relief in this "anthology".

Believe me, this band can't hold a candle to Tool, Metallica, Filter, Mudvayne, Disturbed, Godsmack, AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Accept, Damage Plan, Pantera, Rob Zombie, Powerman 5000, SevenDust, Korn, Ozzy, Mushroomhead, Sepultura or any of a plethora of other solid Metal acts out there. This is worse than Slipknot. Why Motorhead continues to hang around is absolutely beyond me. Brethern, you are embaressing me by voting for this band with your dollars. ... Read more

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Deadly Sting: The Mercury Years
Average Customer Review: 4.54 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (15 July, 1997)
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Although the 2 CD set Deadly Sting: The Mercury Years starts with the Scorpions' fifth studio album Lovedrive, it effectively traces and relives most of the German outfit's development from buzz band to rock stars. Beginning with their Billboard debut Lovedrive, which featured "Loving You Sunday Morning" and "Holiday" (contained here), the first disc follows the band through the platinum success of Blackout and the mind-blowing popularity of Love at First Sting. Included are the guitar-buzzing, pulse-pounding cuts "The Zoo," "No One Like You," "Rock You Like a Hurricane," and "Still Loving You." But with the second disc, Deadly Sting unabashedly captures a star-dazed band on the way down. Four cuts from the sappy, mediocre Savage Amusement are included, as well as numbers from the equally unimpressive Crazy World and the comeback-of-sorts Face the Heat. Although only the first CD is essential, it's the entire package that reveals the complete picture. --Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more


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3-0 out of 5 stars I have to comment
....on Jon Wiederhorn's editorial review. Contrary to what he states, "Face the heat" really isn't a universally acknowledged comeback-album, neither are 'Savage amusement' and 'Crazy world' sloppy let-downs. It is really the other way about, believe me.

Scorpions have had a about 100000 compilations released so far, so it's hard to find anything to say about Deadly sting. They have so many quality songs to choose from.....I have the 1 CD version and it's of course packed with great songs, with the exception of the obligatory new song "Edge of time". I really hate the inclusion of 1 or 2 new song(s) into a compilation.....the smell of rip-off can be felt miles away.

But for anyone who doesn't own any Scorps-CDs and is interested in their music this is a good introduction, even if it doesn't have their early diamonds like 'Sails of Charon'.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great compilation, but not a definitive one
First of all, a small correction to the editorial review: Lovedrive is the 6th studio album, and 7th album overall. The previous releases (RCA Records) are:

1972 Lonesome Crow 1974 Fly to the Rainbow 1975 In Trance 1976 Virgin Killer 1978 Taken by Force 1978 Tokyo Tapes (live)

Now, this compilation has all of their commercial and worldwide succesful songs, plus some of the finest album cuts of the band. It's definitive (rather excesive) for the casual fans , but for hardcore Scorpions fans it's not representative of their whole career (They started in 1969) This is a better compilation than Best of Rockers and Ballads, since it also includes their 90's hits. It's a good starting point for this specific era of the band of commercial success.

If you're more interested in Scorpions 'the cult european metal band' you should check the compilations BEST OF and BEST OF Vol. 2 by RCA Records. They're currently out of print, but the music there (that includes virtuoso guitarist Uli Jon Roth) worth the search.

If you're the kind of fan who's searching ONLY the hits, you should try the european single disc compilation BEST, released recently.

5-0 out of 5 stars Scorpion's best Greatest Hits CD.
I actually got this CD for Christmas and this is a really good CD and I encourage that all of the Scorpions fans to buy this CD, whether you're a hardcore fan or a casual fan and beware that this CD costs about $27-$35 and if you're on a budget then I would recommend Bad For Good: The Best of the Scorpions which contains 18 songs while this CD contains 33 songs from the 1979-95 period and this is about all of the songs you need if you're a casual fan. ... Read more

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Forty Seasons: The Best of Skid Row
Average Customer Review: 3.74 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (03 November, 1998)
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Boosters of Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach may not find this 1998 CD to be a truly objective best-of Skid Row. The 16-song disc, compiled by bassist Rachel Bolan after Bach's departure from the band, leans toward Bolan-penned hits, leaving out a couple of the band's best in the Bach tunes "Wasted Time" and "In a Darkened Room." For a casual fan, though, the expected trademark anthems, including "Youth Gone Wild," "18 and Life," and the bass-heavy "Piece of Me," are there, as are the beautifully produced power ballad "I Remember You" and requisite rockers "Monkey Business" and "Slave to the Grind." A demo, remixes, and a live track included here may be interesting to the faithful, though they also highlight the biases that color the song selections. The previously unreleased 1988 rocker "Forever," however, is a rarity worth having. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Decent Compilation
Forty Seasons is is a greatest hits album hilighting one of the best late 80's bands, Skid Row. This album features all of their hits with the exception of the hit from Slave to the Grind, Wasted Time. This album also features remixes, 2 unreleased tracks, and a live performance. The first songs on the album are their hits from the debut release. There are the hits I Remember You and 18 and Life as well as the anthem Piece of Me and probably their most well known song, Youth Gone Wild. This album hilights mainly the Slave to the Grind album, with five songs from it. Including the hits Monkey Business and the title track which is one of their heaviest songs. Especially on this album you can hear how their music changed over the years. The next three songs are remixes from their last studio album with Sebastian Bach, Subhuman Race. I don't know why they decided to remix the songs but all it seems they did was turn up the bass. Some of the best songs from Subhuman Race are on this album such as My Enemy, Into Another, and especially Breakin Down, which is one of my favorite songs. They also put a demo version of the song Frozen which is pretty good but nothing special. The live version of Beat Yourself Blind sounds good but I wish they would have put other live tracks on it or release a live album because it leaves you wanting more. The next two songs were both unreleased. The first song Forever was left off their debut, and to be honest I don't know why. This song is amazing. In my opinion it is worth the price of the album. The last song Fire in the Hole is a demo from the Slave to the Grind sessions. Though Sebastian was not happy with this song being released I think it's a decent song but you can tell why it wasn't finished, it cannot even compare to Forever. This is the perfect album for first time Skid Row fans, it will get you familiar with they're style and then you can decide if you want to get more into them or not. I also reccommend this to fans of the band for the unreleased songs and the live version of Beat Yourself Blind.

3-0 out of 5 stars Skid Row was MUCH better than what this CD has to show
Skid Row was one of the most talented "hair" bands to come out of the late 80's. They stuck around til the mid 90's and they still have quite a following, with Sebastian Bach's new role on Broadway and solo projects.

With that said, this album is sadly missing perhaps Skid Row's best 2 songs of all-time, in "Wasted Time" and "In a Darkened Room". Why they left these two tracks off is beyond me. Instead, they put a terrible "Beat Yourself Blind (LIVE)" and a mediocre at best "Psycho Love" in their place.

I liked the fact that they threw a few unreleased tracks on there, but to leave off "Wasted Time" and "In a Darkened Room" was the ultimate of sins. In my opinion, here were Skid Row's greatest Hits:

1. Youth Gone Wild 2. 18 and Life 3. I Remember You 4. Midnight/Tornado 5. Monkey Business 6. Quicksand Jesus 7. In a Darkened Room 8. Wasted Time 9. Firesign 10. Eileen 11. Into Another 12. Breakin' Down 13. Psycho Therapy

No need for any other songs, because none of their others are "greatest hits" worthy. They had some other good songs, but these should undoubedly be on the album. In addition to the two songs they left off that was ridiculous, they should have also included "Midnight/Tornado", "Firesign", "Eileen", and maybe "Psycho Therapy" (I liked it).

By leaving off so many key songs, I can't give this album more than three stars.

3-0 out of 5 stars Coulda Been A Lot Better
This CD should have included Big Guns. That is one of the best Skid Row songs ever, and this CD does not have it. Also, there are too many remixes and unreleased versions. Why can't it just stick to the only two decent albums this band ever released: Skid Row and Slave To The Grind. So therefore, this could have been a GREAT greatest hits CD, while it ends up being a mediocre one. ... Read more

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Poison's Greatest Hits: 1986-1996
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (26 November, 1996)
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Pop pundits might contend that a Poison greatest-hits collection should be an EP. Yet despite jeers from critics, these glam-metal pretty boys produced big hits, filled arenas, and fueled MTV in the late '80s. And the opening track on this 18-cut compilation sets the record straight: "Nothing but a Good Time," indeed. From down 'n' dirty rockers such as "Talk Dirty to Me," "Look What the Cat Dragged In," and "I Want Action," to mega-ballads "Something to Believe In" and "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," this is a treat for those who like big hair and bigger hooks. Included are two previously unreleased songs, "Sexual Thing" and "Lay Your Body Down," the latter a lush, likable five-minute power ballad. One complaint: the song-by-song notes by singer Bret Michaels somewhat lack the pizzazz one anticipates from a band with such a colorful comportment. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Everything a hits compilation should be!
When one thinks of the eighties hair metal movement, there's usually one band that will stand out in their mind above all others - a little foursome called Poison. The glam metal genre had a number of players, but these guys stood out above all others. They had the teary-eyed ballads that won the women over, but their rockers were fast and heavy enough to earn them a place in the heart of every male fan of the genre. TO PUT IT SIMPLY, IT'S THESE GUYS THAT MADE METAL SO SUCCESSFUL AS A GENRE! Bret Michaels, Bobby Dall, C.C. Deville, and Rikki Rockett weren't just another metal band - they were THE metal band! And in 1996, the band released a retrospective of its career to the point. Read on for my review of Poison's Greatest Hits - 1986-1996.

-If you're the casual Poison fan who doesn't want to shell out cash for every album, this compilation WILL NOT DISAPPOINT! You get just about all the big hits - I Want Action, I Won't Forget You, Fallen Angel, Every Rose Has Its Thorn, Nothin' But A Good Time, Life Goes On, Unskinny Bop, and many more!
-This compilation doesn't just rely on the hits. There is even a track from the short-lived (one album) Ritchie Kotzen era called Stand. For those of you not familiar with the band, Kotzen replaced Deville on guitar because he was becoming increasingly unstable, but Kotzen had an affair with Rockett's wife, and was IMMEDIATELY expelled from the band.
-You get two all new recordings! Every band's greatest hits compilation needs some bonus tracks, and this one serves up two excellent ones!
-The compilation is VERY affordable.
-Most stores carry this compilation, so you shouldn't have to look too hard for it.
-NOT ONE SONG IS EDITED! Many hits compilations feature edited versions of some songs just so they can squeeze in a few more tracks - but that sure as hell ain't true here!
-The booklet is VERY nice, in that it contains notes by the band about EVERY song featured on the compilation! THIS is the kind of booklet EVERY hits compilation needs!

-The most frequent complaint I hear about this compilation is one that I can relate to - the band's hard-to-find cover of the KISS classic Rock And Roll All Nite isn't on here! Had that been on here I would probably have given this five stars.
-THE SONGS AREN'T IN RELEASE ORDER! Would someone mind telling me why hits compilations have to scatter the songs across the disc with no running order in mind? This is so stupid!
-No lyrics.

-The compilation has NOTHING past 1996.

This is a GREAT compilation, even if it has a few problems. The band recently released a new compilation entitled Best Of The Ballads And Blues - DO NOT BUY IT! BUY THIS ONE INSTEAD, SINCE THE NEW COMPILATION OFFERS NOTHING BUT WHAT IT SAYS IT DOES. Poison was the ultimate glam metal band, and this compilation proves that point multiple times.

4-0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 stars--great selection of songs
While I found a lot of Poison's singles fun to listen to back in their heyday, they were never one of my favorite '80s "pop metal" bands. This collection, however, is definitely worth the purchase because it has just about everything you could possibly want from them. For sure, they had a bunch of hits.

I love the track choice used to start off this album. What better choice to lead off with than "Nothin' But A Good Time"? For sure, that title says it all. "Talk Dirty To Me" and "Unskinny Bop" continue the fun--great, uptempo, non-serious top 10 rockers. Then comes the big hig ballad "Every Rose Has Its Thorn". While I question the overall musicianship of Poison compared to some of its contemporaries, this simple ballad is very nicely done. All top 40 songs by the band are in fact here.

The big hits continue throughout the collection, but not at the expense of truly representing various albums from Poison's career. Album cuts which weren't huge hits such as "Look What The Cat Dragged In" and "I Want Action" are included, as are more obscure top 40 tracks from later albums such as "Ride The Wind" and "Life Goes On". The only song I can think of that might have been interesting to include but wasn't was their cover of Kiss' "Rock and Roll All Night"--which was a B-side from one of the singles on their 2nd album. Not that it's a great cover, but it would have been neat to have that rarity added to all the other single and album hits.

The two new tracks are put at the end--a raunchy rocker in "Sexual Thing" and a power ballad in "Lay Your Body Down". These songs for sure represent the two sides of Poison. All in all, this is a very enjoyable collection which I particularly recommend for people like myself who liked but maybe didn't love everything by Poison. Also recommended for their biggest fans as well as general fans of '80s "pop metal" as a great summary of their career. 4 stars for the quality of the songs themselves, but 5 stars for the selection chosen from the band's catalog.

5-0 out of 5 stars Da Peace Dogg is a fairy
Wow, what an amazing collection. There is everything on here and it all blows............you away. Da Peace Dogg is just bitter about how his pitiful life turned out and apprently resents anyone who actually has a better life than he does. Buy this CD, if you want to get your socks blown off, or just whine about working a really crappy 9 - 5 because you suck at life. It's really your choice. ... Read more

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