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Dookie
Average Customer Review: 4.54 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (01 February, 1994)
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Take one part Ramones, one part Buzzcocks, and one part Husker Du, and you've got the basic foundation of Green Day, a punky, witty, melodic San Francisco Bay area trio who became overnight stars in 1994 when this album, their third overall release and major label debut, catapulted them to the top of the pop charts. Led by guitarist/vocalist Billie Joe Armstrong and their secret weapon, powerhouse drummer Tre Cool, Green Day put '70s and '80s punk in a compact '90s package with songs like "Longview," "Basket Case," "Pulling Teeth," and the hit semi-ballad, "When I Come Around." One the few modern alternative rock bands with a bona fide sense of humor. --Billy Altman ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars good, clean, fun staple of 90's rock
Yeah, it's vacant. And yeah, all the songs sound the same, but that's called "having your own style", people. Like Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, and Sublime, Green Day is one of the only 90's acts that has a distinctive voice.

And what does this voice want? Well, mostly it wants to drop out of school, screw hot girls, blow stuff up, and eat really sugary cereal. There's no pretensious crap on this record. It's made by normal guys trying to live a normal life, and the normal guys are only good at one thing: making 2-3 minute catchy punk songs.

The secret to this album is that EVERY SONG could have been a hit single, and if I remember right, nearly all of them were, or I heard them on the radio at some point. "Burnout" kickstarts the album and it doesn't stop, with Chump flowing into Longview, the decade's most profane radio hit (well, maybe NIN "closer" was worse). Welcome to Paradise, a reissue from an older record, is killer, especially when mike dint starts doing his bass execises in the middle. Then, like a drum-powered nuclear rocket destroying the sun, "Basket Case" comes on. It's the best summer song ever, the perfect LENGTH--you always want a minute more when it ends. You think the album's done and then that damn "When I COme Around" hook gets you. And are we done there? Nope, you still got "seeeeeventeen and strung out on confusion" coming up to smack you around, and when its all over, there's a hilarious hidden track.

This album is like a bowl of fruit loops, or a bowl of weed. It's just fun. Too bad green day could never branch out like Sublime to create 5 star music. If you have this album, you dont need any of their others.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pop-Punk Perfection
This is the first album I ever bought, and I remember it changing my life. When you're a teenager the words of Billie Joe Armstrong on this album just really seem to speak your language. This album is filled with infectious catchy hooks, amazing bass lines, and driving beats, it's just one of the greatest albums of all time. As Ben, a friend of mine, would say; "This album should be issued to kids when they turn 13". I couldn't agree more. Every song on this album is an absolute gem, there really isn't any song on here that I felt could have been left off. Let's take a look.
1. Burnout - A song about getting old but instead of feeling like you're growing up you just find yourself feeling bitter, jaded, and burnt out. Features an awesome drum solo.
2. Having A Blast - More themes of frustration with the people around you.
3. Chump - A simple verse/chorus/verse number in the vein of Ramones style simplistic punk.
4. Longview - The big radio hit from Green Day, featuring the greatest bass line ever with subtle hints towards boredom and resulting "fun time with self" time.
5. Welcome to Paradise - A song originally from "Kerplunk!", this song talks about moving away from home and at first being scared to be alone, but then suddenly enjoying the freedom. Catchy as hell.
6. Pulling Teeth - The story of a sadistic girlfriend and the poor bastard involved with her.
7. Basket Case - Yet another of the big radio singles, Basket Case is basically a story about cracking up. going crazy man! going crazy!
8. She - My take on it is that it's a story about a girl that has to live up to certain social expectations, and her eventual moment of breaking out of the shell she lived in. Great song that kind of changes pace for the first time on the album.
9. Sassafras Roots - By far my favorite song on the album. It's got that great anthemic Ramones simplistic feeling again. Also has the greatest chorus in song-writing history "i'm a waste like you, with nothing else to do, may i waste your time too?". Brilliant
10. When I Come Around - Yet another radio staple, I think I like this one the best of the singles. Great chord progression.
14. F.O.D - I hate to skip ahead but this is running long, so let's end it with the great final track F.O.D. This song is great, with a nice sing-along chorus of "you're just a f*ck, i can't explain it cause i think you suck, i'm taking pride, in telling you to f*ck off and die".

So thus end my review of the greatest record of the 90's (yeah, that's right, to hell with Nevermind), everyond should have their own copy of it so it can change their lives like it did mine.

5-0 out of 5 stars really cool; good for any fan
Really awsome for any Green Day fan, but if you're not, step away. I, being a HUGE Green Day fan, think that you'll LOVE most of these songs, I recomend "Pulling Teeth","Basket Case", "Longveiw" and "Welcome to Paradise". The only song on this CD I don't LOVE is "Coming Clean", not really interesting. All really strict parents who hate cuss words as small as "crap", this is a bad CD for your kids. ... Read more

Asin: B000002MP2


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Nevermind
Average Customer Review: 4.21 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (24 September, 1991)
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If Nevermind's sound is familiar now, it's only because thousands of rock records that followed itwere trying very hard to cop its style. It tears out of the speakers like a cannonball, from the punk-turbo-charged riff of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" onward, magnifying and distilling the wounded rage of 15 years of the rock underground into a single impassioned roar. Few albums have occupied the cultural consciousness like this one; of its 12 songs, roughly 10 are now standards. The record's historical weight can make it hard to hear now with fresh ears, but the monumental urgency of Kurt Cobain's screams is still shocking. --Douglas Wolk ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Never Mind is Right
Nirvana is a band which arrived at the perfect time. Selling their wares of teen angst and alienation, they appealed to a wide audience of disaffected Generation Xers. They were a group that played simple and catchy semi-punk rock songs and ultimately made it big. Despite this, I do not dislike Nirvana, but when people start talking about them in the same vein as Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, and other great musicians, I have to laugh. Kurt Cobain was a troubled artist and his lyrics come out honestly and forcefully. But the music itself does not measure up to the all-time rock and roll greats. In one of his songs, Kurt sings, "I'm worse at what I do best and for this gift I feel blessed, I found it hard to find, oh well, whatever, never mind." This lyric as well as the album cover are the band's way of revealing that they sold out to appeal to a broader audience. And make no mistake about it, Nevermind is a sell-out album. Although only subtly dishonest, it is abundantly clear that Nevermind was a slick con-job perpetrated by a band that needed to cash in on the grunge trend. I give it 2.5 stars.

5-0 out of 5 stars Maybe even underated perhaps?
'Nevermind' let down no-one, their fans and newly converted alike appetites had been whetted by "Smells Like Teen Spirit", anthem for a blank generation, for all the people who'd given up before they had started. Kurt Cobain had condensed the collective frustration/despair/apathy into a slice of pop genious not witnessed sinced the Sex Pistols heyday. "Come As You Are" is another piece of semi-acoustic bruised beauty while "Territorial Pissings" is as extreme as the record goes. Most of the other tracks lay somewhere inbetween, Cobain never letting the intensity level down for a minute, whether on the deceptively breezy "In Bloom" or the stinging "Breed". For a three peice, the group made one hell of a racket, but it was a racket which was never less than 100% focused, the Dave Grohl/Chris Novoselic rhythmic powerhouse underpinning every track with diamond-edged precision.

It's fair to say that 'Nevermind' literally changed the face of music, a crushing new sound for all types of music fans to celebrate. A pivotal record for a pivotal group.

If somehow you don't own this record, go out and spend some extremely worthwile cash!

1-0 out of 5 stars I've never listened to this album, but...
A friend of bought this album four months ago after repeatedly reading how utterly fantastic it was,how it was probably the greatest album ever. Today he uses it as a coaster for cups of coffee. ... Read more

Asin: B000003TA4


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Smash
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (15 April, 1994)
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Call them the Nine Inch Nails of punk. Like NIN, the Offspring preserve the essential ingredients of their chosen genre--guitars grinding out three chords, shouted vocals, and plenty of vitriol--and layer them over a melodic base that packs considerable popular appeal. The singles from Smash, the Offspring's breakthrough album, still receive considerable radio airplay: "Gotta Get Away," "Come Out and Play," and "Self Esteem."With these and Smash's 11 other tracks, the band chronicles the adolescent experience with clarity and surprisingly incisive wit. That pretty much describes all of their albums, but this is the one to get. It's got more shape than their earlier material and isn't as disturbingly poppy as their more recent recordings; it's the perfect blend of riffs and rage. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece!!!
Well, I can honestly say this is a great CD. It's also the one that brought the Offspring to their fame. Yes, Ignition and their self-titled album are also good, but they really weren't noticed until Smash. Many people also think this was the peak of the Offspring's career, but I have to disagree. They sound just as good now as they did back in 1994 when Smash was made. So, here's the track-by-track rundown:

Time to Relax- 8.5/10 This gets you in the mood for the rest of the CD. Seems like how they'd treat you in first class on an airplane.

Nitro (Youth Energy)- 10/10 A fast-paced song which is a great way to kick off the CD. Solid drumming plus the live fast lyrics make it a hit the whole way through.

Bad Habit- 9/10 Second song I heard on the CD, it's a solid piece. About a road rager who seems a little too much on the edge. Sadly, I know people who will end up like this.

Gotta Get Away- 9.5/10 A good opening baseline and chords kick this one off, and the lyrics suit the song well, along with the way they come out. It's about a guy who needs some "alone time" to really look at himself, kind of to be someone else.

Genocide- 9.5/10 This song depicts the life of a country fighting within itself, I think it could be a good song for Blackhawk Down. Solid guitar riffs and a fast-paced chorus.

Something to Believe In- 9.75/10 A lot of people don't like this song, and though the chorus just does repeat itself a lot, I think it's a well written tune, and the lyrics are strong and they show how people will try and get you to do something based on their beliefs.

Come Out and Play- 9.25/10 Easily the equivalent of Pretty Fly or Original Prankster, this fun song shows the violence of schools today, with a nice funky sound.

Self-Esteem- 10/10 When I first got the CD, this was the only song I'd heard, and I figured it would be the only one I'd like, but I was horribly wrong. This song has some great chords, and Dexter's voice is really good on this one. It's about a guy who's girlfriend constantly mistreats him and cheats on him, but he thinks that's ok.

It'll Be a Long Time- 9.5/10 This is a solid song, although the singing seems a bit off. It's about how places can crumble in an instant, and it'll be a while before everything can be right again.

Killboy Powerhead- 8.5/10 It's a really short song, just like much of the second half of the CD is, and the chorus gets repeated for much of it. It's a cover of another band's song, and it sounds just as good as the original.

What Happened to You?- 10/10 Even though it's short, I like the ska-punk sound of it. It's about a friend who was once sane and in control, but after doing drugs is totally out of it.

So Alone- 8.75/10 A super short song, it's basically screaming thw whole time, yet oddly enough, it still sounds good. I'm not sure what this is about, though.

Not the One- 10/10 This is a great song about the fact that although there are problems in the world, it's not our fault and we shouldn't blame ourselves for them. A cool intro on this one.

Smash- 9.75/10 Nice song, saying how you shouldn't do stuff just because other people are doing it.

That's the rundown of the songs on of the greatest CDs. Definitely pick this one up, even if you don't like the Offspring. You will be amazed at how good this one sounds.

5-0 out of 5 stars Offspring's Finest
Smash is the album that made the offspring famous and its deffinatly their best work. Sure, this CD might be from 1994, but it's still awesome

1)Time to Relax- an intro, so nothing to worry about. no rating
2)Nitro (Youth Energy)- a catchy drum line at the beginning and powerful sound. the song has great lyrics that will fill you with energy. the song is basically a song about teens doing what they want. 10/10
3)Bad Habit- a very funny song that starts out w/ just slow bass, then turns into a really rocking song. the lyrics are amusing and shows the humor that these guys posess. the song is about someone w/ road rage 10/10
4)Gotta Get Away- 1 of the hits, it's got a great sounding intro and a catchy sounding chorus. the song is about someone who is paranoid and can't stand himself 9/10
5)Genocide- its got a very catchy punk sound w/ good but not great lyrics. the song is about how people fend for themselves and walk all over the little guy 10/10
6)Something to Believe In- 1 of their political songs, its about society falling apart. the song starts out slow, but gets faster and has a good sound 9/10
7)Come Out And Play- 1 of the hits, its the song that made them famous. the song has kind of a strange, but catchy middle eastern sound to it. it also has a great sounding chorus. the song is a sarcastic look on teenage gang violence 9/10
8)Self Esteem- 1 of the hits, the song has a more mid-tempo sound and is organized strangely, but has awesome lyrics. you can just visualize the situation going on- the guy trys so hard to look for love, but all hit gets is abuse. but that's all made up for when he gets sex(...) 10/10
9)It'll Be a Long Time- 1 of their political songs, it gets faster and has a more punk sound as it goes a long. the song is about how the the superpowers (ie usa and brits) do what they want, but in turn harm the rest of the world 9/10
10)Killyboy Powerhead- a dijets cover, the song has rather pointless and repetitive lyrics, but an ok sound with good guitar 7/10
11)What Happened To You?- a very fast paced song w/ high energy and almost a ska sound. the song has some good lyrics that move fast. it is about a good person who fried their brains on drugs 9/10
12)So Alone- the hardest sounding song on the CD, it is about loneliness and depression. however, the song is so short (a minute 15 seconds) that its hard too enjoy 7/10
13)Not The One- 1 of their political songs, it is about how society's problems are passed on to the next generation even though they didnt cause them. the song has a good punk bass and drum beat 9/10
14)Smash- the best song on the CD! it has an awesome sound and a great solo. it also has the perfect lyrics for a punk song and it is about doing what you want and not conforming. the song is actually 3 minutes long, but if you keep listening, there are about 5 minutes or so of instrumental pieces, after it 10/10

5-0 out of 5 stars this is why everybody likes offspring
this album rocks. the singles for this are the kinda songs you dont mind hearing over and over on the radio. the rest of the songs in this are good and is the best offspring cd out there. they may not be the most hardcore punk band out, but who cares? ... Read more

Asin: B000001IPL


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The Mark Tom and Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back)
Average Customer Review: 4.48 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (07 November, 2000)
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Punk rock is meant to be played loud and snotty. Blink 182 are a San Diego punk rock threesome whose interest in arrested development has led them to a sparkling array of sex jokes that cover everything from anal sex to masturbation to... Well, you get the idea--and that's just the between-song banter. This limited-edition live collection--a holding pattern until the band's fifth studio album is released in 2001--features a slam-dunk collection of the band's hits, fan favorites from their various studio albums, and new tunes ("Blew Job" among the enlightened tracks). One additional studio track, "Man Overboard" (already a hit on a radio near you), packs a harder punch than most, thanks to the studio finesse. But mostly these are revved-up versions of songs to break a skateboard by. With the added appeal of a color booklet and about seven minutes of "stage banter" tacked on at the end, guaranteed to either leave you in stitches or have you grounded for a month. --Rob O'Connor ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Blink Strikes Back
First let me get this straight, I didn't give this album 5 stars because it's a great live album, I gave it 5 stars because of the energy they have on stage. Even though they aren't the greatest musicians on the planet, the songs are really catchy and fun and the band is really into what they're doing. This album includes songs from all three of their full length albums, Cheshire Cat, Dude Ranch, Enema of the State, as well as some new tracks. It includes all of their hits including, What's My Age Again?, Adam's Song, All the Small Things, and Dammit. It also includes some lesser known songs such as Voyeur, Peggy Sue, Carousel, Pathetic, Aliens Exist, and Dumpweed. There are also some new songs, such as Family Reunion, The Country Song, and Blow Job, but these songs are short and mainly just jokes. Blink did however include a new studio track to the album called Man Overboard, this is a really great song, the lyrics are very catchy and the band sounds very tight. I can't end this review without mentioning the joke tracks on this album, after Man Overboard there are many joke tracks, and a lot of them are really funny, anyway this is a decent live album, I suggest anyone to get it, as long as you don't get offended easily

5-0 out of 5 stars Too fast? no way.... Oi oi oi!!!!
To start out, I'd like to say that is the bootleggers nightmare! A live CD that sounds decent? Yup... Anyways, this cd produced from 2 live shows is a great summary of Blink 182's history. It covers Blink's early punk days with songs like Carousel and Peggy Sue and the latest hits like Adam's Song and What's My Age Again.

To add to the live feel of the album, they included Blow Job and Family Reunion, some tracks which I consider not to be studio material, however, worth every second of time they take to listen to.

Blink's latest single, Man Overboard, is included on this album to finish the show. Note: this track is NOT a live recording. This latest experimentation with pop-punk goes to show Blink is still writing good material.

To conclude the cd, about 20 something tracks of immature toilet humor are included at the end. Good deal...

From a drummer's point of view, I'd just like to say that Travis Barker does some amazing stuff on this cd I can't even comprehend. Someone for any punk drummer to aspire to.

From personal experience, I must say that Blink 182 really acts like this live. They are a couple of children, and they love every minute of it. So do I. I can't wait for the next album so I can see them live again.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awsome Live CD!
This CD is the next best thing to actually being at one of their live shows. Listen to them as they ramble on about pointless crude things in between songs and hear the audience loving it just like you will. After the last song listed #19 Man Overboard, there is alot more on the CD. There is alot more tracks of them making lots of jokes and of course more crude humor. This is one of their best releases. Not only does it have songs from their extremely popular cd Enima of the State, but also songs from their older stuff too! Overall this is a great great cd! ... Read more

Asin: B00004Z30Y


Eve 6
Average Customer Review: 4.49 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (28 April, 1998)
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A California trio signed to a major label straight out of high school, Eve 6 plays the most potent brand of punk-pop this side of Green Day. The group's self-titled debut is an engaging mix of Jon Siebels's snarling guitars, Tony Fagenson's thundering drums, and bassist Max Collins's emphatic vocals and surprisingly erudite lyrics. These guys may have blown off their SATs to take a crack at rock stardom, but there's nothing lacking in their verbal skills on the hit singles "Inside Out" and "Leech." Hopefully, their math is good, too, so they can count the royalty checks from this short (it clocks in at under 40 minutes, rare in these days of overlong CDs), sharp rock gem. --Daniel Durchholz ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Inside-Out's all there is
When I heard Inside-Out, I rushed to the store to buy the album. That song sounded so great to me then... When I heard the CD, I realized that I should have listened to my normal feelings of being wary of one catchy single. They're one-hit wonders. The only other listenable songs after a couple runs through of the CD are "Leech"(a direct rip-off of "Inside-Out" but less catchy and less well-written) and "Superhero Girl"(maybe a little better than "Leech" but still not single-quality). All the other tracks blow. Songs like "Jesus Nitelight", "The Open Road", "Small Town Trap", and the first track are proof of what happens when record companies concentrate on singles and forget to cultivate consistent bands. And now, thanks to the massive overplaying of anything that ever hits #1 for modern rock tracks, I can barely stand "Inside Out". Don't bother with this one. Anyone who gave this 5 stars is probably someone who thought that Harvey Danger was a good album too(btw, that sux even more than this...i couldn't even listen to the other songs once...luckily i saw them opening in a concert so i didn't get fooled into buying that) or that Matchbox 20 invented their style. HA!

If you want energetic pop fluff, get Third Eye Blind instead. At least that has 5 singles and 3 or 4 other decent songs. It's no masterpiece or even a must-have, but it's a whole lot better than Eve 6.

5-0 out of 5 stars So great, they desserve MORE THAN 5 STARS!!!
One day I was driving with my best friend when "Inside Out" came on the radio. I fell in love with the song the instant I heard it. I had to have the CD, so I bought it the very next day. Let me tell you, that was the best $ I've ever spent! The first song, "How Much Longer" just starts to get you going, then "Inside Out", "Leech", "Showerhead", and "Open Road Song" continue rocking. "Jesus Nitelite" is a more mellow, low-key song with excellent lyrics provided by the EXTREMELY talented Max Collins. The CD picks up slack with "Super Hero Girl", continues with "Tongue Tied" and "Saturday Night" which are excellent and very well put together. "There's a Face" and "Small Town Trap" end the CD on a very high note. This CD is definately a MUST HAVE, and if you have the chance, you must see them live. They are simply excellent. Honestly, words cannot describe their greatness. Plus, they're really nice guys. And don't say "How do you know" because I met them and they were very nice and extremely sweet. Well, if you haven't already picked up Eve6's debut CD, get up off your a**, get to a store and BUY IT!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Eve 6 - Eve 6
Eve 6's debut album is nothing but sensational. Despite what many think, Eve 6 is far from a One Hit Wonder. A song with the depth and sheer display of talent like "Inside Out" belongs on a second or third album after the band has picked up a few things in the music business, but this punk-rock trio came out of high-school ready and set. The "Go" was no problem for this band. The first 5 songs, are all catchy, and after listening for awhile, you'll find yourself singing along. But this is where this album loses a star. The rest of the album is nothing special. You can't get attached to the songs like you did the in the beginning. The only songs worth listening to beyond this point are "Tongue-Tied" which is a fine song, and "Superhero Girl" which loses appeal being the only song with noticable cursing ["She pulls that black hair back and sighs, f--k that night out with the guys"]. Standout songs are "Inside Out", "How Much Longer", "Leech", and "Showerhead". These first songs make the entire album worth purchasing. Highly reccomended! ... Read more

Asin: B00000638F


Third Eye Blind
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (08 April, 1997)
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4-0 out of 5 stars A good, solid effort
This album doesn't break any musical barriers, but it is a very enjoyable listen. Too often I read reviews that focus on whether the CD is original or "moving music into the next millenium" whatever the hell that means. People now rate CDs on how they fit into pop culture, which is not the real issue. Just take this album at face value, that is, its music, and you will like it. Don't be influenced by these people who are way too serious and have their musical priorities out of whack. These types of people try so hard to be different and "alternative" that they miss the real point: the music. Third Eye Blind writes good, if unadventerous, pop rock music. The radio hits are good tunes, but the real gems are at the end, when the boys slow it down a bit on songs 11, 12, and 13. If you've got a spare ten or fifteen bucks, this is a solid buy.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums of our times
I'm generally not a huge fan of this genre of music...what I guess I want to call "medium pop-rock" or something like that, but this debut album from Third Eye Blind (3EB for short) is absolutely positively one of the best albums EVER, regardless of genre. For those who only remember the bouncy sounds and fast lyrics of Semi-Charmed Life coming over the radio, you are missing out on one of the most coherent pieces of musical work ever made.

Although each song is well-written, with good hooks and deep and poetic lyrics, what makes this album five stars is the way in which all the albums weave together and tell an intricate story when played beginning to end. Now, the story it tells is up for interpretation, but I've always imagined it as the story of a man who is watching his life crumble away before his eyes...he is abandoned by his girlfriend and his loved ones, he grows to feel empty and shallow, and he is torn emotionally as a series of difficult situations arise...for instance, the girlfriend, who was only exploiting him but he still holds love for, is caught in a horrific accident in "The Background" and he has to decide to put his heart on the line again or walk away from the girl he loves.

There are so many other examples that I could go on for pages, but to summarize, this album is so ripe with a coherent and intricate love story that you could write a novel based on this album. That puts Third Eye Blind's debut album near the top of a short list of the best albums ever made, period.

3-0 out of 5 stars 3EB, "Thanks A Lot".
Unfortunately, these guys have suffered the same fate as many others, like "Sugar Ray". They got huge right away with their debut, then with each release people kind of lost interest. Well, regardless of all that, this is a great disc. I've heard a few make comparisons to "Pink Floyd" and "Jane's Addiction", and while 3EB is nowhere near the caliber of those bands, they're much better than say "Matchbox Twenty", or similar VH1 bands. Most all of these tracks are good, but the hits are "How It's Going To Be", "Jumper", "Losing A Whole Year", and the way overplayed to the point of being annoying "Semi-Charmed Life". Their next album had some good tracks like "Never Let You Go", but this is the disc to own. You should be able to find numerous copies at your local used cd store. ... Read more

Asin: B000002HOK
Sales Rank: 5049


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Weezer
Average Customer Review: 4.82 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (10 May, 1994)
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There's a classic episode of The Little Rascals where one of the gang can't join everybody else on the ballfield because he has to stay home with his younger brother, who has the croup. "I can't come out and play," he whines. "I've got to stay home and grease Wheezer!" Nobody at Geffen Records knows whether this was the inspiration in naming Weezer, but it makes sense. Like many of their peers, the members of the Los Angeles quartet seem to have spent their formative years in front of the TV; when they were a little older, they were just as entranced by college rock. Finally, ala the Rascals, one of the gang said, "Hey, kids, let's put on a show!," and the result is Weezer's uplifting, unpretentious, and extremely endearing debut.

The self-titled Weezer is lean and mean at 10 short, punchy tunes, but nearly every one is powered by a larger-than-life chorus or a simple but effective lyric. "Undone-The Sweater Song" uses an unraveling sweater as a metaphor for a relationship on the rocks; "Buddy Holly" pays heartfelt tribute to the '50s rocker, and "In the Garage" paints a scene of suburban teens jamming while surrounded by posters of Kiss. Producer Ric Ocasek of Cars fame pushes the vocals and rhythm guitars, and this bare-bones approach may earn comparisons to fellow garage-pop band Green Day. But Weezer has more in common with the late, lamented Big Dipper, another group of slacker wiseguys that you just had to love. --Jim DeRogatis ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Geek Rock Masterpiece
This album is simply great. Definately one of my all-time top 10 CDs I have ever heard. I was not the biggest fan of most alternative music of the time, but something about Weezer was different. Every track is awesome, the lyrics are great, and the guitars.....well, the guitars are monstrous. Rivers Cuomo blends catchy melodies, lyrics of teen alienation, boredom, etc.., with hellaciously distorted guitars, and it sounds beautiful. There is only one way to listen to Weezer: LOUD. It's hard to pick the stand-out tracks. I personally love every song on the album, as well as on Pinkerton (better pick that one up too..). There are the singles : Buddy Holly (a guilty pleasure of many ), Undone ( THE definitive Weezer song, in my mind ), and Say It Ain't So ( remember the video with the hacky sack?? ). No One Else, Surf Wax USA, and In The Garage are also classics which I find myself listening to and jamming out to very regularly. It is my goal in life to spread the word of Weezer! Geek rock will live on!

5-0 out of 5 stars Stop weezin' and start weezer
Overall this was a great album! Weezer was founded on February 14th 1992. In 12 years they have made 4 excellent albums:
Blue Album (this one)
Pinkerton
Green Album
Maladroit
The best one was definetly this one, the blue one simply because it has the best songs and lyrics. Rivers has a great voice which you could also exhibit in the other albums.

MY NAME IS JONAS (10/10) This song was so good, the melody was wonderful.
NO ONE ELSE (9/10) This song is great but it repeats itself a lot.

THE WORLD HAS TURNED AND LEFT ME HERE (8/10) It was too slow for my liking but like I said before every song is great.
BUDDY HOLLY (10/10) You probably heard this one before on the radio, if not its great and quick.
UNDONE THE SWEATER SONG (8/10) It is funny but I didnt like the long intro and the end is creepy.
SURF WAX AMERICA (7/10) This gets boring but it is still great!
SAT IT AINT SO (10/10) This is a great nice beautiful song!
IN THE GARAGE (9/10) I loved it but its pretty sad.

HOLIDAY (8/10) cool song cool tune.
ONLY IN DREAMS (7/10) to slow for my liking and too lon of an intro, beautiful.

Thats all. I listen to this album so much listen to me. If you like it I would buy the other weezer albums but none of them are this good. This is the best album by far. Buy this album.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Weezer!
I have been a weezer fan from the start(so like when i was 4)! Personally I think Blue Album is the best because it has great guitar parts and lyrics. I think this is a great cd for about anybody(especially if you like alt. and emo). It is great for road trips or just hanging out. If you get this cd you will love it! tracks 1,5,7,8, and the last are the best. The last track starts off quite and kinda quites down and then takes off and really starts rocking! Any weezer cd is good and you will absolutely love it all! ... Read more

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Cracked Rear View
Average Customer Review: 4.18 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (05 July, 1994)
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Cracked Rear View marks the commercial debutof these college buddies from South Carolina, and it sold anastonishing 13 million copies in its first year of release.WithDarius Rucker's ringing baritone and Mark Bryan's muscular guitarframing Jim Sonefeld'sbluesy, energetic southern folk rock tunes,it's easy to understand its success: It's the kind of thoroughlylikable album people sing along with on the car radio.When Ruckerdemands, "Stand up and let me see you smile," there's something thatfeels real and convincing behind it; sure, it's a formula, but asincere one, and it works over and over again.Songs like "Let HerCry," "Hold My Hand," and "Running from an Angel" lay down the rhythmfor a cohesive, feel-good collection.There may not be a lot ofvirtuosity behind it, but there's plenty of fun. --Barrie Trinkle ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Damn the airwaves!
"Cracked Rear View" was one of the finest albums to come out in the '90s; it is one of the best albums in my record collection. I have not had the tolerance anymore to sit through a listening session of it, though, for almost three years. Thanks to radio and television for overplaying Hootie & The Blowfish's first release, I became completely sick of my copy. I was fortunate enough, however, to buy the album several months before it skyrocketed and thus had the opportunity to listen to it at my own leisure for a period of time.

As "Time" magazine wrote in their review, the record sounds like a Southern-fraternity rock album. It does not contain complex lyrics and instrumentation, but it represents everything fine about pop music nonetheless. The songs are very catchy, Rucker's voice is beautiful, and the harmonies are superb.

If you didn't notice this record during its heyday, or if you are a very young music fan going on five years of age -- I recommend this album to you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great CD, most likely their best!
Yea, sure. Hootie and the Blowfish may be long over with and it may be "un-cool" to be a fan or even listen to them anymore, but I really don't care. Hootie and the Blowfish have blown me away with this album. "Hannah Jane", the CD's first song, has a great beat and was a good choice for the opener. "Hold My Hand" has got to be one of the best songs (if not THE best) ever recorded by the band! The lyrics are amazing, the music perfect and the beat is really catchy. "Let Her Cry" is a nice ballad about someone who hasn't had their life go their way, but it's from the heart and very easily addicting after a while. "Only Wanna Be With You" is a song about relationships and how people find the only person they want to be with. Skipping a few and going to "Time", that's just a great song with catchy lyrics, music and beat. Hootie and the Blowfish have always rocked my world, and they're sure to rock yours!!

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best-selling albums of all time - deservedly so
Unless I'm mistaken, Cracked Rear View still has to be one of the most successful debut albums ever released. This album was huge, boasting several hit singles and getting more airplay than just about anything else out there for months on end. Strangely enough, the group only managed one small blip on the radar in the years following this release, but that doesn't take anything away from the success of this, their first and most successful commercial release. Being from North Carolina, I felt a special affinity for these South Carolina brethren of mine, and indeed at one point I actually acquired the moniker of Hootie myself (for reasons I could probably not explain even if I could remember them). I also loved the obvious influence of Bob Dylan in their music; heck, these guys actually incorporated some of the lyrics from Dylan's classic Tangled Up in Blue in their hit single Only Wanna Be With You.

Speaking of hit singles, Hold My Hand and Let Her Cry (along with Only Wanna Be With You) dominated the airwaves for a few weeks short of forever, and I do believe Time also registered on the charts. I seem to remember Hannah Jane also coming out as a single - if it didn't, it certainly should have as this, the album's leadoff track, in many ways typifies the type of music Hootie and the guys perfected. Running From an Angel also stands head and shoulders above most of the songs recorded during the somewhat dead years of the mid-90s. Darius Rucker's voice just has a special quality impossible to describe - soothing in a sandpapery sort of way. He could be the king of the party, and he could also touch something in your soul when his musical mood turned melancholy. If you secretly search the CD collection of anyone between 30 and 50, you will most likely find this little gem there somewhere, as it sold upteen millions of copies. You don't have that kind of success without something extraordinarily unique that appeals to a wide cross-section of music fans. Cracked Rear View was a great album in 1994, it's a great album now, and it will be a great album for all the years to come. ... Read more

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August and Everything After
Average Customer Review: 4.81 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (14 September, 1993)
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It's amazing the difference a year makes. Upon its release, August and Everything After sounded remarkably fresh, a welcome change from the crunch and screech of grunge. Blending the vocal athleticism of Van Morrison with the moody rock of The Band, the Counting Crows turned on a whole legion of fans turned off by modern rock. But what sounded fresh soon became stale as dozens of bands flocked to the radio with euthanized versions of the Counting Crows' sound. But you shouldn't hold that against the Crow boys. August and Everything After is a fantastic rock album. Though "Mr. Jones" was the moneymaker, the disc features such standout cuts as the dark lilt of "Anna Begins," the morose "Rain King," and the outstanding U2-meets-Grant Lee Buffalo anthem "Murder of One." Maybe time, and another listen, will heal the damage wrought. --Tod Nelson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Some of the most beautiful music of the 90's
The first I heard of Counting Crows was the radio-hit Mr. Jones, which while being okay, it didn't exactly change my world. A few months later after borrowing the CD from a friend, I had a new all-time favourite band.

I find the whole album, and in fact the Counting Crows, can be defined by the pictures in the CD-booklet - set in a washed-out, gloomy, run-down part of town, just a group of guys laughing and jamming on the side of the street, doing what they love - no hollywood hype here.

Duritz's voice tends to be a love it or hate it whine. Pray you don't hate it, because it's a voice full of emotion. Pack that on top of some of his lyrics, and its soul-stirring stuff. Most of his songs are about the trials of relationships, about love, pain, and yearning. And it comes off. It has that lonesome highway feel, grey skies and small towns, yet has enough heart to avoid sinking into bleakness. Melancholy may just be the word.

Its also one of the few albums where I feel no urge to push the skip track button (although Time and Time Again has a slightly repetitive chorus). Real highlights include:

Round Here - sounds just a tuneful catchy beat at first, but the deeper you delve the more substance you find, until you realise its one of the most moving songs on the album. Some real cool lyrics.

Perfect Blue Buildings - A restrained song of a kind of quiet desperation, and the yearning for release into the blue. The sort of song to listen to at 4.30 am.

Anna Begins - A story about falling in love - 'nuff said.

Raining in Baltimore - My fave. A simple song, just Adam on the piano and vocals, about being alone and the aching longing for someone. Beautiful.

If it's bubblegum and glitter you're after, this might not be your thing. Some of my friends call this album depressing, but to me it's much more, and covers the range of emotions, from the dreaming of Mr. Jones, to the quiet sadness of Sullivan Street, to the defiant hope of A Murder Of One. Like most singer/songwriters try to do, Duritz has opened up a piece of his life to let us peer in. If the music can be judged by how well people connect with that piece, he has more than succeeded.

5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite CD, period.
I hate reviews because outside of factual information all you have is opnion, and if someone disagrees with your opnion they like to grab facts and start sling.... So I'll just say, yeah... On this album, you can hear REM, Van Morrison, U2, if you want to strike off marks for unoriginality then go ahead... But none of those bands have ever put togeather an album this great, with every song containing epic songwriting on a Dylan scale and simplistic deep melodies that haunt you with the lryic (Sullvan Street, Time and Time Again), never have I ever felt an artist pain more... Where REM touched on with hits like "Losing My Religon" Counting Crows almost bring the listener to tears with tracks like "Raining In Baltimore". Every track is incredible bringing imagery to live, from the opener Round Here, Adam Duritz pulls the listener in and begins talking "Step out the frontdoor like a ghost into the fog where no notices the contrast of white on white/and in between the moon and you, the angels get a better view of the cumbling differences between wrong and right" from their your drawn into Adams world and with every song you can feel his emotions....

If you're just into listening to music and being happy, this one probably isn't for you, if you want to hear the work of a group of artist expressing themselfs, you won't be able to stop listening.

5-0 out of 5 stars "Round Here" Will Fascinate You
Ever since I got a promotional copy of "Round Here" I became fascinated with this song. The lyrics, the voice, it just makes such a perfect ballad to move anybody's heart.
"She has trouble acting normal when she's nervous..."
"She's always on my mind..."
I don't know why this song never reached the popularity it deserves (people will always see this album as the "Mister Jones'") but hey, just give it a chance! ... Read more

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Crash
Average Customer Review: 4.54 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (30 April, 1996)
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It's tempting to label the Dave Matthews Band as torchbearers of the Grateful Dead's moderate rock fusion and send them off on the next summer tour featuring either Blues Traveler or the Spin Doctors. But there is more at work here, particularly on the band's second major-label release. Crash pairs soothing sounds (flute, acoustic guitar, six-string bass) with a dark emotional undercurrent. The South African (by way of Virginia) frontman reveals a rare intensity on the title track and the free-form "41," while the group shows that it's not afraid to let loose on songs such as the stirring "Too Much." Producer Steve Lillywhite adds an impressive sheen to the recordings. --Aidin Vaziri ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars This is Good Stuff.
This is a fabulous cd. The band's sound is upbeat and refreshing, and just about every song is a pleasure to listen to. The use of violin and sax creates a jazz-rock feel that keeps the music bright and refreshing. The best songs on the cd are probably "So Much to Say," "Crash Into Me," "#41," and "Tripping Billies." Pay close attention to the bass line on "Crash Into Me-" it's simple, but beautiful. As good as this cd is, i found 2 problems with it. first of all, just about every song is too long. They seem to drag on a bit, and they can get very repetitious- one song runs over 9 minutes without making much progression musically. The second problem is the song "Let You Down." It's slow, it's dull, and it doesn't even have a gorgeous melody like the other mellow songs. If you buy the cd, just skip over the track. So, I would recommend this cd to just about anyone- disregarding "Let you down," the only setback is the ridiculous length of the songs- but it shouldn't bother you too much. At least they're long good songs, and not short bad ones.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Some people give Crash a hard time, but it gives amazing classics like Two Step, Tripping Billies, Lie in Our Graves, Too Much, and of course, #41. Now, even though it's true that these songs are better live, this is still an amazing album. Really the only track I dislike is Let You Down, but with that exception, it's a very good album to listen to from start to finish. Someone in one of the other reviews basically said that Drive In Drive Out is a bad song that you can only give "a few listens" to. Well, let me just say that Drive In Drive Out is one of DMB's best studio songs ever, and is a staple of this CD. As far as how it compares to other DMB CDs, Under the Table and Dreaming is a classic with a fresh and energetic feel, Before These Crowded Streets is a dark masterpiece with such depth that it can seem more like a novel or a movie rather than a CD, and this album, Crash, is literally and figurativly somewhere in the middle but is an excellent album nonetheless.

Lastly, if you like or love Dave and play accostic guitar, then you need to buy Live at Luther College. Okay, that's it, hope my ramblings help someone a bit.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome CD
This CD is so good only one word can desbribe it,(...)Go buy it right now. ... Read more

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Live Stages
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great musicians, great songs. They are the next big thing.
This album does what many people thought was impossible: capture the energy and rockin' good time of a live Vertical Horizon concert. The songs range in style from short catchy pop songs ("Heart in Hand") to longer complex musical explorations that feature tremendous guitar playing and wonderfully harmonious vocals ("Wash Away" "Falling Down"). What they all share, however, is a very high level of professionalism and tightness. The band also sets itself apart from its peers with its inciteful lyrics and lucid songwriting. I highly recommend this album.

5-0 out of 5 stars More to Vertical Horizon then just Everything You Want!
Eveything You Want is now a song that is all over MTV but this album is a tribute to what went before. The quality of VH songs is healthy to see. There is not one bad song on this album. It is very well produced and has such brilliant songs as Heart In Hand, On the sea and Great Divide. The early VH stuff was more acoustic as is this whole album and is very different from their new stuff. I love it none the less. It is great for acoustic guitarists also with great riffs and solos. What makes this a great live album for me though is how songs are varied to their album versions. You'll hear extra bars and solos here and there, which is the sign of a great band. Not just doing their stuff in the studio, VH are a live band and I cant wait for them to come to England! A great way to discover VHs early songs which still sound as fresh as ever.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sweet live cd
all the songs rock. i think there are a better live band than studio. one of the best live cds i have heard. if you like there music i would say go get it you will love it ... Read more

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Californication
Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (08 June, 1999)
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Reunited with producer Rick Rubin and guitarist John Frusciante (both of whom were on board for the 1991's breakthrough Blood Sugar Sex Magik), the Chili Peppers waste no time in burying their last effort, the so-so One Hot Minute. Californication's kickoff cut, "Around the World," swaggers around the room, reacquainting itself with old fans and welcoming new ones. Fuzzy Hendrix vibes and popcorn bass lines still rule the roost, along with a heaping helping of disco magic and some unexpected twists. Ten years ago, Anthony Kiedis and company wouldn't have been comfortable doing revamped new wave ("Parallel Universe") or unpretentious ballads (the acoustic "Road Trippin'"), but such material fits Californication's extra-wide canvas. Except for a few meandering numbers that could have been excised, the Red Hot Chili Peppers succeed and regain their footing on the mountain of adrenalized funk. --Jason Josephes ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Pride of Ca.
I've listened to the Red Hot Chili Peppers offhandedly throughout the years, but "Californication" was definitely the album that made me stand back and take notice of these guys. I was lucky enough to see them live, where they still perform with heart and energy, and it was the songs from this album that got to me the most in the large arena I was in. "Californication" deserves all of its accolodes and multi-platinum status. Anthony Kiedis gets his b-boy chops going immediately on the frantic opener, "Around the World," one of several hit radio singles from this album. Right away, you get a sense of confidence, love of life, a peaceful way of thinking, diversity, and collective musical communication from each member. No lie, these guys turn it on in a big way. "Parallel Universe" is another prime example of the Pepper's lust for life, a vibrato guitar-heavy tune that make you want to jump all around in ecstacy, especially at the boastful chorus. These guys have gone from fun-loving funk rockers to definite classic rock status, on such sweet tunes as "Californication" and "Scar Tissue," the latter of which contains wrenching guitar licks by John Frusciante and great vocals on the chorus tag line.

I must also say that I'm most impressed with the lyrics of Anthony Kiedis, a man who seems to go from braggartly silly to pretty heavy from one song to the next like there's nothing to it. He usually doesn't hide his lyrical content with strange metaphors or mumble his words or drown them out with the surrounding music. The guy is bold, clear-as-a-bell, and obviously happy to be one of the biggest current frontmen in rock and roll music. Song after song on "Californication" just blows you away. Danceable tunes include "Get on Top," "I Like Dirt," "Purple Stain," and "Right on Time." These tunes send out a righteous and positive vibe, an aura that guys like Limp Bizkit couldn't convey with hand written instructions. If you buy this record simply for the radio hits, you'll be amazed at what you stumbled upon. The non-hits like "Easily" and the entire back half of the album are every bit as good.

"Porcelain" slows everything down to a tender moment, Kiedis taking a break from his non-stop rhyming assault, singing, and vocal belting of everything under the California sun. "This Velvet Glove" is a lyric heavy song where Kiedis gracefully lays it all out: "It's such a waste to be wasted in the first place," he complains knowingly. "My will is well," he cries out later, making it a song of new-starts and redemption. John Frusciante is to be commended for his quircky guitar work and contributing soft vocals, which offset Anthony's more bellowing tone of voice. Finally, if these guys choose to release another single, they would do well with "Purple Stain," a song with a hip-hop, funk beat, a drawling chorus that states once again their State of choice within the Union, and finally, a murky haziness of guitars that end the awesome song. Friends, do yourself a favor and discover these guys all over again.

5-0 out of 5 stars Smart, Touching, Cruel, and Honest
A blend of everything that is American music comes together in the Red Hot Chili Peppers. As the millenium closed and rock was dying, out came Scar Tissue. Spewing blood and past memories on the floor, a group of former heroin-junkies released a tired salsa-flavored pop-rock tune. At first scoffed at, it caught on to symbolize something much more than the Red Hot Chili Peppers. It symbolized an America that was looking over its shoulder scared and running from something.

Even though America looked back with Scar Tissue, it gave the Peppers hope. The album that wasn't supposed to sell started to sell. The ... Red Hot Chili Peppers had written an album's worth of morose twisted tales with equally enchanting, and beautiful drumming, basslines, and guitar work.

Anthony Kiedis deserves props for the lyric sheet to Scar Tissue alone. Added onto that "Other Side" and "Californication" and Kiedis became the poet laurette for rock music in 1999.... On this album though, [Guitarist Jon Frusciante] takes it one step further. He becomes a certifiable rock God, that all guitarists should look to to copy.

Flea is just the best bassist out there. Only Sting and Paul McCartney have had a bigger impact on modern music using the bass.

The drummer Chad Smith deserves props because he never had an ... addiction and stuck with the three above nutcases. He also is just a bruising, great drummer.

This CD is a river of nightmares, but also of dreams, it is ultimately the Chili Peppers exorcism into the new millenium. A fitting end and a great beginning.

5-0 out of 5 stars Top heavy, good stuff nevertheless...
"Californication" is top notch Chili Peppers, but the best tracks on the album are definitely in the beginning. 'Around the World' is one of the best openers ever, and it rocks hard. 'Scartissue' is a radio hit and so is 'Otherside', and 'Easily' is easily (sorry) one of the best tracks on the album. The title track is the best track and speaks of West Coast superficiality. The rest of the album is scattered and not very cohesive, but it includes a variety of different songs and some sound a little experimental. "Californication" was one of the most successful rock albums of the 90's and rightfully so. Highly recommended. ... Read more

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Core
Average Customer Review: 4.54 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (29 September, 1992)
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5-0 out of 5 stars STP's Finest Accomplishment
STP's Core came out during the grunge hype, but they sounded heavier than the grunge bands that were huge at the time. Many people attacked them for being Pearl Jam imitators, probably because Scott Weiland's voice was coarse and some compared him to Eddie Vedder, but if anything, their crunchy style sounded more in the league of Alice In Chains (circa Dirt).

Despite who they might be compared to, Core sounds original and fresh, and added more of a hard-rock bombast to the alternative scene, since the band boasted bands like Zeppelin as an influence, as opposed to Huser Du or the Sex Pistols. Eric Kretz's drumming sounds larger than life, and Dean DeLeo's guitars are screaming, and he is one of the most overlooked guitarists ever. For a debut, STP sounded like they connected very well early on in their career, and their compositions were very sophisticated and confident for a new act. Core still stands above the rest of their impressive catalogue, and still stands above a lot of music out there today, even after STP and their ilk of music seemed to 'go out of style.' This album is full of classics, like Creep, Plush, Crackerman, Sex Type Thing and Sin. One of the greatest rock albums ever.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Huge Debut
Heavy riffage abounds on STP's formidable debut, as Scott Weiland begins with a muffled cry that is none too positive. From there, a thunderous snare pound by Eric Kretz sets "Core" off and running. "Core" is everything critics have made it out to be, both appraising and not so appraising. Yes, it is grungy. Yes, it does contain elements of Alice in Chains and Nirvana. Yes, "Core" is bombastic, lengthy, and ambitious, especially for a band accused of being full-fledged con artists. Finally, "Core" could be construed as a rather trendy, cliched album, in that it followed the overriding grunge-mania that the aforementioned groups had well established just minutes before. It's funny, however, how all that copy-cat talk now seems so irrelevant. With the early 90's well over, Stone Temple Pilots seem more pioneer rock artists than mere fakes, four people who actually made masterful songs at the onset of grunge. STP formed well before the members of Pearl Jam even knew each other (1987), and were even rumored to be a metal-like hair band in their infancy. Whatever, STP created a masterpiece with "Core." The album sounds almost "classic" these days, as countless rock/grunge/punk/electric/swing/rap-metal 90's acts create their "hit" and fall obscurely by the wayside, unrenowned for much of anything. Say this for the Pilots, they always get some sort of reaction. If rocking out was in vogue during the early 90's, "Core" sure didn't disappoint. "Sex Type Thing," "Sin," "Naked Sunday," and "Crackerman" are all cornerstones of the albums guitar-laden sound that put STP on the map and made them so popular. In their loud array of chugging riffs comes an undeniable pop melodicism, mixed with well written songs that are too good to be brushed off. What seperates the determined "Core" from such BUSH-league acts like Sponge is its tough themes, truly haunting sound, and its overall morose outlook, which is far from staged. The album is further set apart by the genuinely crafty songwriting, courtesy of the Deleo brothers. For his part, Weiland's lyrics don't shy from life's darker moments. Despite all this talk of darkeness, these songs are all radio-ready and meant for the masses. "Core" stands out for its boldness and heavy musical savvy.

3-0 out of 5 stars STP's worst, but a solid foundation
This is a good album, but it's hard to listen to after listening to the following four STP albums. Weiland's voice lacks the vocal quality that it has on the next four albums, the songwriting lacks the melodic and artistic qualities that the next four albums have, and Core simply lacks the diversity that the next four albums have.

It's certainly a very good album to rock to, but it pales in comparison to the STP of the future. Purple was already several times more melodic than Core. Tiny Music expanded upon that with new vocals and several directions. No.4 combined Core and Purple with Tiny Music, and pumped out some nice power-ballads. Shangri-La was simply a beautiful artistic album. Core seems like a generic rocker compared to those.

Standouts here are Creep (the only different sounding song on the album, aside from the pointless "Wet My Bed" and "No Memory.") and Plush (a classic). The rest of the album is just a collection of good/decent rock songs, that could be best described as filler. As I said, not a bad album, but a good rock album and a good start. But it has nothing on the STP that would develop over the rest of the decade. ... Read more

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Ten
Average Customer Review: 4.55 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (27 August, 1991)
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Part of the '90s Seattle grunge triumvirate completed by Nirvana and Soundgarden, Pearl Jam debuted with Ten, their most accessible, least self-conscious album. Over time, PJ's rep as a politically correct band just a little too above it all to prostitute its music on MTV has nearly superseded the music. But before that, they were a simply an in-your-face, in-your-head, loud, melodic rock band. And lead singer Eddie Vedder was known for his possessed stage presence and a primal growl that sounded like it required three vocal chords. The personal, narrative singles "Alive," "Jeremy," and "Even Flow" catapulted the reluctant band into the 10-million-plus-sales division. Subsequent albums are more intricate, subtle, thematically complex, and, in many ways, better than Ten. But the band may never repeat the stampede caused by this debut. --Beth Bessmer ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Beginning Of A Dynasty
Okay everyone knows how Pearl Jam came to be, the members of Pearl Jam rooted in the seattle bands Green River, and Mother Love Bone, its lead singer (Eddie Vedder) who was with the seattle supergroup, Temple of the Dog. Ten was their debut release following the heels of the groundbreaking "Nevermind" by Nirvana. Everyone also knows it would be Ten that would launch Pearl Jam in the same orbit as Nirvana. but lets break down what Ten is, although it is Pearl Jam's most commercially sucessful album to date (due to the following albums absence of music videos, which i fully support), the sum is greater than its parts. Aside from Evenflow and Jeremy, we have the sonic rocker Deep which i find is sort of Eddie Vedders road map to stardom. The deep perplexic Garden, The gorgeous ballad Oceans, To the most underrated track in the Pearl Jam catalog, the moving Release. Which sometimes makes me still cry after all these years. Some say this is the album for all new Pearl Jam listners to get, I say get it because its the foundation. Even if your looking for something listen to or a group to get into, pick this one up and discover the dynasty's foundation.

4-0 out of 5 stars Emotional Release, Not Pent Up Anger
Admittedly I don't take to Pearl Jam the way many of their more hardcore fans do. I understand that PJ represents a complete change in the music scene, but as far as the "these guys changed my life" sentiments, I'll have to pass.

What PJ and their debut album Ten are at heart is good rock. PJ are a throwback to the 60s when rock was supposed to send a message to the listener. Personally I've always found those types of recordings a bit preachy. But PJ does it in such a way that it's more of a release than a burden to listen to.

Ten deals more with emotional letting go and dealing with things than in the actual rage that you bottle up because of these awful things. In this respect they are the exact opposite of Nirvana. It is the release of this rage and the catharsis that it brings on that makes Ten an emotionally charged album.

Ten is easily PJ's most rock oriented album. There's little experimentation here. The songs are basic and they rock. Ten is not my personal PJ favorite, but it's a very close second to Vs.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic music, great debut album
Not so often, have I seen and heard so much good music on one record. I got the album two years after it was released and it was like an explosion, literally, at least for me. I was a little bit sceptical at the beginning, especially not liking Nirvana, but so surprised after hearing it. It was nothing like anything I heard before. The music is absolutely absorbing, breathtaking and soulful at the same time, great guitar playing, good rock with still enough rhythm to be listened to by the crowd. Not to talk about Eddie Vedder's voice and his way of singing. The first time I heard Alive I couldn't believe anybody can have a voice like that and can sing a great and said story like Jeremy or deeply personal lyrics like Alive or Black so well. Truly amazing. I would recommend this album to absolutely everybody who appreciates good music, good lyrics, and great voice. Probaly the best voice.... ... Read more

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My Own Prison
Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (26 August, 1997)
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It took a few years, but the "Seattle sound" migrated south. In 1997 Creed emerged from the sunny state of Florida wielding dark and dulcet postgrunge tones. Their 10-cut debut, My Own Prison, has became a surprising success by filling a niche for needy teen gloom-rockers. Singer Scott Stapp has the soulful and rich Eddie Vedder inflections down pat, but despite Creed's slightly hackneyed approach, My Own Prison is full of strong, memorable, tuneful songs (and numerous solid singles) coupled with compelling and dark emotions. Titles such as "Illusion," "Unforgiven," "What's This Life For," and "Torn" clearly peg Creed as dour introverts. But despite lyrics such as "Their souls are lost / Because they could never find / What's this life for," Creed is musically tight and dynamic, drawing on melodies that are often moving and uplifting... in a depressing sort of way, of course. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Creed's music - ain't it what's this life for?
Many started with their second (now absolutely fabulous) album, and many turned to their first release only after. No wonder, and no big deal: the quality of their debut's music is by no means lower, and never suffers from the fact that it's appreciated later than could be. Creed rocks from the very first sound of the very first song on MOP.

Torn is a perfect starter for the cd. The initial slower tempo quickly enough turns into the faster and heavier guitar riffs and passionate vocals of Stapp that shape the whole style of the band. The song might be a signature tune of the guys. Just perfect.

My own prison and Pity for a dime possess the equally catchy tunes and the refreshing bursts of the angry and heavy guitars. Both are strong enough, including the lyrics, though only the first was chosen for the single release.

Unforgiven is a more metal-like stuff, a faster tune, with nice heavy guitars, that sounds really good for 1997.

What's this life for is one of the catchiest tunes on the cd, and, objectively, one of their best songs ever. Meaningful lyrics will only add to other features of the song, and if you like it brief: a piece of art, nothing else.

One is definitely for those who prefer a slightly faster stuff, but also cares of the good memorable music and lyrics. All of that is right in the song.

Overall, a good album, though, comparing to Human Clay, may sound a little rougher, a little less professionally commercial. And those tunes full of energy and passion, like What if, Say I, Are you ready, and Beautiful would hardly be found here. Anyway, if you liked Human Clay you must have this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best of Creed..
Ok now Creed is definately one of my favorite bands, from MOP to Weathered they've gone far, but their best will always remain their debut cd. So heres my song by song review.

1)Torn(5/5)-The best opener to a cd I have ever heard, right when Marks guitar kicks in you know its going to be awesome, the longest one the cd at 6 minutes.
2)Ode(5/5)-Awesome guitar, awesome chorus, and awesome vocals made this song Creed's opener for concerts for many years. Listen for the secret message during the bridge.
3)My Own Prison(5/5)-Creed's first single and the best lyrics on the whole cd,moving song that Scott wrote at 4 in the morning, living in an apartment with nothing but a towel, paper, and pen. The bridge is excellent.
4)Pity for a Dime(4/5)-Voted best solo by Mark Tremonti and you'll see why, it's cool. Other than that it's nothing new covered.
5)In America(4/5)-Kind of wierd, you might not like it depending on which political party you're in.
6)Illusion(3.5/5)-worst song on the cd, but it's still good, so that tells you something about the cd. I really don't like the bass solo at the beginning so that just kind of ruined it for me.
7)Unforgiven(4/5)-Starts off strong and never lets up until the end. Mark said this was his favorite song to play live. It's kind of disturbing when he keeps yelling "No more raping innocent" Listen to Wash Away Those Years for more on that subject.
8)Sister(4/5)-The one they almost never play live, its ok, no clue what its about but it sounds uplifting.
9)What's This Life For(5/5)-Sounds like Some of their newer stuff, the only song they've ever cursed in, it's kind of depressing, but in an uplifting way.
10)One(5/5)-A very good ending, about racial boundries, but it's very good. Leaves yo8u with a sense of closure.

So take my word for it, it's worth it. Check out their other cds too.

1-0 out of 5 stars 1000 times better than human clay, which is not saying much.
Ugh.

Bad music. Ick. Ugh. Yick.

Bad, bad music!!! BAD!!! BAD!!!!

El stinko humungo!

C'est garbage!! ... Read more

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Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
Average Customer Review: 4.65 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (24 October, 1995)
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Emotionally over-the-top pop extravaganzas like the string-swelling "Tonight Tonight," the Metallica-influenced alternative rock of "Zero," the techno via new wave of "1979"--the 28 songs on this swell two-disc album are as eclectic as their themes are epic and ambitious. Billy Corgan's thin whine isn't much of an instrument, but he makes the most of it by writing smart songs that take emotional chances that more-typical alt rockers would deem uncool. Pessimistic and feeling trapped but still wanting to believe in love, in a future, in something--this is the sound of Gen X at the millennium, with all the self-indulgence and power that would suggest. --David Cantwell ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A near-perfect musical journey...
Not many albums leave me with as many conflicting emotions as this one. I love a great deal of the songs on "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness", but I can't stand a good number as well. However, the feeling I have when I have completed the album is like no other. I always feel like I have just taken a magnificant and long journey.

Overall, I like the melodic songs better than the hard rockers, but there are a few exceptions. My favorite soft songs include "Tonight, Tonight", "Cupid de Locke", "Porcelina of the Vast Oceans", "Take Me Down", "1979", "Thru the Eys of Ruby", "We Only Come Out at Night" and "Lily (My One and Only)". I do also like many of the rockers, including "Zero", "Bullet with Butterfly Wings", "Muzzle", and "XYU".

However, my least favorite song of all time is the awful "Tales of a Scorched Earth". When I listened to it (I skip it now) I used to think, I thought the Smashing Pumpkins were an ALTERNATIVE band. When did they decide to try to be hard core metal? The song does not work.

That misstep aside, "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness" is a gem of an album, a breathtaking musical experience and an amazing double album. Buy it. You won't be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars The 90s Answer To The "White Album"
Bigger,better,faster,more--"Mellon Collie" is every significant musical and stylistic innovation of nineties rock times ten.Coming on the heels of thier global smash"Siamese Dream",and following much public sniping over who's playing what and who's in charge,the Smashing Pumpkins retrenched into the studio,mustered unprecedented levels of creativity and stamina,bolstered thier team with production wizes Flood and Alan Moulder,and set forth to steam-roll all opposition.What blasted forth is quite possibly the grandest epic-double-disc blow-out in rock history.Clocking in at at around eleven-and-a-half-hours,and with one-hundred and thirty-nine tracks(not really),the album sprawls all over the map,from churning,grinding,industrial-age monstrosities("Jellybelly","Tales Of A Scorched Earth","Bodies"),sweeping,elaborate operettas("Porcelina Of The Vast Oceans","Thru The Eyes Of Ruby"),haunting,minor-key laments("Thirty-Three","To Forgive","Stumbeline"),and jaunty new-wave pop oddities("1979","Lily[My One And Only]"),to flat-out rockers("Zero","X.Y.U.).That doesn't even mention "Tonight,Tonight" and "Bullet With Butterfly Wings",two classic singles that garnered the Pumpkins a slew of awards in '96.This album's length may seem a bit daunting to the uninitiated at first,but trust me,give it a chance.Wait until you have about two hours of free time,go in your room,turn out the lights,strap on your headphones and dive in feet first.I guarentee you within moments this'll be on your top ten.

5-0 out of 5 stars Quite Simply the Greatest Album ever created.
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness is the greatest combination of musical genius ever created. I feel that Billy Corgan achieved Musical Immortality with the earth shattering collection that is these two CDs. A huge collection of all types of rock, so no matter what your flavor, you will find it all in this stunning variety. It's the only album I have ever listened to that I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of the songs. Galapogos, Tonight, Tonight, Bullet With Butterfly Wings, Stumbleine, and Zero rank among my all time favorite songs. I completely recommend the collection of B-Sides from this album found in the "Aeroplane Flies High" box set. If you have never heard of the Smashing Pumpkins (Shame, if you haven't) or simply have never picked up this album, do now, as you will enjoy it till the end of time. It's just too bad the greatest band ever formed is no longer around, but their music will live on forever ... Read more

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Metallica
Average Customer Review: 4.28 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (12 August, 1991)
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Called "the Black Album" by many (due to its monochrome cover), Metallica marks the group's entrance into the mainstream, with shorter songs, simpler song structures, and slower tempos overall. That said, this is an excellent album, featuring some of the best songwriting Metallica has ever done. "Enter Sandman," "Wherever I May Roam," and "God That Failed," despite being slower and more groove-oriented than the band's earlier work, feature the same heavy riffs and heavier rhythms that have always been a feature of Metallica's music. The band goes introspective with "Unforgiven," and proves that they can write a ballad with "Nothing Else Matters," which succeeds better than one might expect. Overall, this is a high-energy album despite its laid-back approach, and is in many ways superior to the previous . . . And Justice for All, which was weakened by overly complicated song structures and mediocre production. -- Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Not near their best
People are always going on and on about how this album is Metallica's best. Um.. look at the name METALlica and you'll see the name "Metal" in there. Their previous albums were masterpieces, just works of art. Then they pretty much go downhill after "... And Justice For All". Is it a coincidence that after Metallica's self proclaimed "Black Album" that their other CDs turned out to be total crap? This CD is the one that killed Metallica.

"Enter Sandman" - I think that they were trying too hard on this song. The guitars, drums and bass guitar were decent, but by no way standard to any of their talent.

"Sad but True" - They sold out with this song. Listen to Kid Rock, and you'll know why.

"Holier Than Thou" - This song is actually very good. One of the better songs on the CD.

"Unforgiven" - If Ulrich wrote this song, he should die. But if Hetfield did, he should just be whipped.

"Wherever I May Roam" - Just.. blah.

"Don't Tread on Me" - Actually one of the better songs Metallica has produced. Reminds me of the old Metallica.

"Through the Never" - This song sucks so much, I can't even remember how it goes.

"Nothing Else Matters" - What.. in the hell.. were they thinking? I mean, don't get me wrong, it's a good song. But it's too slow.

"Of Wolf and Man" - Lyrics are horrendous, riffs are original. But it is a catchy song.

"God That Failed" - Bass guitar was good, that's about it.

"My Friend of Misery" - Reminds me of the last song.

"Struggle Within" - Cheesy song.

If you're a true Metallica fan, you will agree with me that this is not even near their best album.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Album for New Metallica Fans
Ok, most of everybody has probably already heard the songs "Enter Sandman," "The Unforgiven" or "Nothing Else Matters." Why? Because they get some radio-play. They are probably the songs that get most listeners into this band and pretty soon they purchase all the albums and become a metallica fan. That's how i became a metallifan because The Black Album was the first studio album i bought. Now i own all the albums and i would have to say that their best are 'Master of Puppets' and 'Ride the Lightning.'
But the Black Album is a great album with a more melodic side compared to the previous album "..And Justice for All." Their songwriting has evolved into a more complex meaning. The rhythm in all the songs are very catchy and well all the solos are strong and powerful because Hammett remains as probably one of the best lead guitarist along with Dimebag Darrell, Kerry King and Marty Friedman.
Here are reviews for the songs:

Enter Sandman: One of their best and most popular songs of all. 5/5

Sad But True: Great song with great drum beats. its too bad kid rock took the rhythm for this song to make 'American Badass.'
4/5

Holier Than Thou: Probably one of the heaviest songs in the album. Otherwise a great song.
4.5/5

The Unforgiven: A great slow song that talks about the government controlling weaker peoples' lives.
5/5

Wherever I May Roam: The intro is really great. This is one of my favorite songs in the album.
5/5

Don't Tread on Me: .."Liberty or Death" this sounds something like from 'Justice for all'. Better than average song.
3.5/5

Through the Never: Another really heavy song. Not as good as Holier Than Thou.
3.5/5

Nothing Else Matters: THE SLOWEST SONG metallica has ever done. It is another radio-played song that is dedicated to loved ones.
4.5/5

Of Wolf And Man: Great intro and a catchy tune. Lars Ulrich does great with this song. some wolf moans and noises make this song be a perfect song for a Werewolf horror movie.
5/5

The God That Failed: Great song with a great bass tune in the beginning. This song is mostly about broken promises.
4.5/5

My Friend of Misery: Another of my favorite songs. It is the longest song in the album and has probably the best songwriting.
5/5

The Struggle Within: The last and probably the heaviest song in the album along with 'Holier' and 'Through the Never'. AMAZING drumming from Ulrich makes this song a favorite for the heavy-preffered fans.

5/5

This album is REALLY GOOD and it's probably the best album to start off from. If you prefer the more heavy-metal style, then 'Master of Puppets' would be the best. But overall, this one and the previous albums are the best.

5-0 out of 5 stars Do the words, "Best CD Ever," mean anything to you?
There is no better hard rock band than Metallica. That issue isn't even up for question. They are amazing musicians who have stood the test of time and will never back down. Getting that out of the way, THE BLACK ALBUM as it is fondly called is specatacular. Although it has a few more slower tracks than fans are used to, it still has the in your face thrash metal that Metallica fans love.

Everybody knows who Kirk Hammet is, and if you don't, you don't know rock music. He is one of the greatest guitarists ever and is a brilliant musician. His bandmate James Hetfield is also amzing. Besides being a great guitar player, he is and excellent frontman. He has a low growling voice that can have it's softer moments too. Lars Ulrich, the drummer and the founder of the band is also a revolutionary rock musician. His drum solos are that of legend. And to think, he was almost going to be a pro-tennis player instead of a drummer for the best band ever.

Introductions done with, let's get to the CD. It starts out with the ever popular ENTER SANDMAN. This is one of Metallica's most famouse songs thanks to the ever present MTV. Besides it's overplay, it is a fantastic song. Next is SAD BUT TRUE, a track that really shows Lars' true abilities. There is nothing "sad" about this song. HOLIER THAN THOUGH comes next with a true Metallica spirit behind it along with good lyrics(like in every song). My favorite track comes next, THE UNFORGIVEN. It is the first of the slow ballads, but it still has it's kick-ass moment, such as Kirk's amazing solo. Following THE UNFORGIVEN, are three hard-hitting metal songs that all have self-explanatory titles. WHEREVER I MAY ROAM, DONT TREAD ON ME, and THROUGH THE NEVER. Another slow song comes next, that is and instant classic. NOTHING ELSE MATTERS. With great lyrics, guitar parts, and vocals, this song has nowhere better to go. All the other songs are great, but you've probably stopped reading this by now, and I'm tired of typing.

All in all, this is a great CD that I recomend for every rock fan out there, no matter what genre you like, you'll like this. ... Read more

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Hampton Comes Alive
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (23 November, 1999)
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There is a level of trust given to Phish by their fanatical audience that is quite liberating to the band. The folks stroll into the venue and give themselves up to the band, allowing the musicians complete freedom to take them wherever the moment dictates. Anyone who saw Phish during their club-playing days can attest that the quartet has always operated under that principle: Fishman was singing "Purple Rain" and playing vacuum cleaners long before fan devotion and major-label support bore them out. Herein lies the key to Phish's appeal, a precarious balance between artistic integrity and self-deprecation that allows them to blow fans away musically while convincing them that they're just regular goofy guys--valedictorian and class clown in one package. So then, what to make of this creatively packaged six-disc set, which collects in their entirety two back-to-back shows recorded in Hampton, Virginia, in November 1998? Well, for one, the range of covers is vast, including Gary Glitter, Bob Dylan, bluesman Son Seals, Ween, Will Smith, the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, bluegrassers Hot Rize, Jimi Hendrix, the Beastie Boys, and Chumbawumba. The original tunes are equally as eclectic and span the whole of Phish's career, many of them making their initial official appearance on CD. The real joy is in hearing it all magically and seamlessly unfold as they move from intense focus to astute parody to sheer buffoonery. Make no mistake: Phish requires effort on the part of the listener, not to mention patience, open-mindedness, and flexibility. Those unwilling to invest the effort will inevitably be disappointed. However, those who are either trusting or carefree enough to write them a blank check are just as inevitably rewarded. Or to quote from the movie Airplane: "They bought their tickets. They knew what they were getting into." --Marc Greilsamer ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Phish show in a box
Finally, they managed to squeeze the experience of going to a 2 night stand onto CDs. They're not mixed down, not cut, not edited, and the quality is perfect. I've seen complaints of show selection and flubbed songs, but as a veteran of 50+ shows and a huge tape/CDR collection, I can honestly say that this set is the perfect mix of all of Phish's genres and truly captures the energy of a live performance. People are getting too nitpicky about this release; this show has been revered as an excellent show way before they even announced this release, and the fact that they decided not to overdub the few and very minor flubs, just adds to 'being there' factor of the show. Get HCA, it's the best Phish release to date! On a side note, it's great to have high quality, official releases of show-only songs, my highlights are Driver, Possum, Ha Ha Ha, Dogs Stole Things, NICU, BBFCFM, etc. I'm especially surprised, and delighted, to see that they successfuly captured the energy of Piper on this set.

3-0 out of 5 stars Phish Verite
HCA realistically represents a Phish experience, containing both the good and the bad moments of a Phish show. More than anything though it seems to represent what makes Phish loved by its fans. The music is real, and every time that it is played it is unique. Yes, there are plenty of mistakes, but would any popular top 40 band be daring enough to put themselves in a situation to make a mistake? NO, unlike Phish, top 40 bands rely on the safety net of playing album cut renditions of their hits. Phish remains true to the music, expanding on it every time they play it. Sometimes it comes off well (Harry Hood, Bathtub Gin, Divided Sky) and sometimes not so good (Wilson, Stash). This is neither the best Phish show nor the worst one, but rather a typical example of what Phish has to offer. In the same sense, this box set is really only for true die hard fans, if you want a good Phish live experience go to a show, buy A Live One, or get some tapes.

5-0 out of 5 stars ... comes alive in my living room
Received Hampton Comes Alive as a Christmas gift, and it's a live set I'd been eagerly awaiting. Having read the reviews I was almost worried but after listening to discs 1-5 over the weekend while on a roadtrip, and listening to disc 6 right now, I have to say that I am not disappointed at all. What some fans comment on as lackluster or otherwise imperfect performances, I embrace. Those so-called "glitches" serve as a valuable reminder - these boys are real, they're genuine, they're everything that cookie-cutter, over-rehearsed "musicians" are not. They're human, and I think that any serious musician can appreciate that. That said, I love it. There are tracks on here that I haven't heard live yet and in a couple cases, hadn't heard at all. All six discs will definitely be in heavy rotation from now until... I dunno, I download this year's NYE run? A great buy, for either the hardcore Phishhead or the unlucky soul who has yet to see a live performance. ... Read more

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Best of 1
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (05 June, 1997)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Best of Vol. 1, Six Reviews in One
Throughout the years the suits at Columbia, then Sony have tried to make more money of Mr. D by mixing and matching his material, not just in a Greatest Hits compilation, but as a "Best of Import" from Japan, Holland, Sweden, or some other far away place. They tout them as better, different, remastered, a gold version and lots of times they'll build these compilations around a song that hadn't appeared on any other album.

The current favorite is the wonderful song, "Things have changed," which shows up on five different sets available today.

"The Best of series Vol. 1 and Vol. 2" Imports are the only one of the 5 sets that you can get separately and, since they couldn't put "Things Have Changed on both CDs, they put "Shelter From The Storm," from the Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding move "Jerry Maguire" on the first disc. If you were to buy both discs in this set you'd be out over fifty bucks. Of course, there isn't a bad song on the discs, but if you're like me, you already own most of them.

"The Very Best of Vol. 1 & 2" Swedish version has 33 songs on it, all available elsewhere except, of course "Things Have Changed." The songs are about the same as on the other compilations and this one will set you back thirty-three dollars.

"The Ultimate Collection," is of course not the ultimate collection, but it is a collection of 33 songs, very similar in scope to the songs in the other collection and built around, "Things Have Changed." This version will shrink you wallet by thirty-nine dollars.

"The Essential Bob Dylan" double CD set has 30 songs on it and has a nice flow to it. Like the other compilations mentioned here it features "Things Have Changed." You'll have to fork over twenty-one dollars to get this one. It's the most reasonably priced of the bunch, and so it's the only one I'm giving five stars to.

"The Essential Bob Dylan" Import has six more songs on it and it'll cost you 16 more dollars. That's a lot of money to pay to get those extra six songs.

Okay after rounding them up and telling you a little about them, I have to say that I'm pretty disappointed in Sony about this group. Unlike "Greatest Hits, Vol. 2" which like these isn't really a Greatest Hits compilation, these CDs cost a whole gang of money and give us only one new song. "GH 2" gave us a half dozen new tunes, so we (not me, cuz I wasn't born yet) didn't feel ripped off when we bought it. Also, the "Biograph" compilation was stuffed with new songs. Ah well, my recommendation would be to buy the American version of "The Essential Bob Dylan" for twenty-one dollars and shine the rest of them on. Five stars for that one, four for the rest.

Reviewed by Stephanie Sane

5-0 out of 5 stars What is a true fan?
This album cuts right to the heart of the thorny question: "Can you be a true fan of an artist if you are primarily a fan of their greatest hits compilations?" Much as it hurts me to say this, my gut has always told me the answer is "no". Why does it hurt so much to arrive at this answer? First, I absolutely adore Creedence Clearwater Revival's Chronicle Volume I - it has to be one of my top 10 all-time favorite albums. But since I don't love any of CCR's "real" albums, I'm not a true fan of CCR according to my rigid standards for true fandom. It pisses me off to have to admit that. My second reason involves my girlfriend. She is hopelessly devoted to Bob Dylan's imported Best of 1 - I reckon it is her favorite album. And yet, she rarely listens to his other material. I mean, she has several of Dylan's albums, but it is Best of 1 that she returns to time and again. So, according to my standards, she's not a true Dylan fan. Don't get me wrong, she's more than just a casual fan. But a true fan? I fear not. In my opinion and (I suspect) those of several influences from my formative years (Chris S., David F., and Steve M.), a true fan appreciates most of, if not all of, an artist's works. So, I'll keep enjoying my Chronicle and N.G.A. will keep enjoying her Best of 1, but until we develop more complete appreciations of CCR and Dylan, respectively, we simply won't qualify as true fans.

What do I think of Best of 1? That's easy. There are a bunch of amazing songs here and it would be foolish to even consider giving this album less than 5 stars. There's not much I can say about the individual songs that hasn't already been said more eloquently by countless others over the past 30 years. On this one album, you will hear timeless folk music, classic rock, and the roots of "the (alt-country) movement". Heck, Dylan even had a punk attitude long before that genre was born. Simply put, if you don't have any of Dylan's other albums and have at least a passing interest in popular music, this album belongs in your collection.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bob Dylan: A True Musical genius
This treasure has all of Bob Dylan's greatest- Like A Rolling Stone, Don't Think Twice It's Allright, Times They Are A Changin, Mr Tambourine Man, Forever Young, Just Like a Woman, Blowin in the Wind, and the list goes on & on. Would've been complete if it had Tangled Up in Blue. Bob Dylan has an EXCELLENT live show- I saw him at the First Union Spectrum in Philadelphia PA on November 17th 2001- he has a great band- See him if you ever get the chance!
Dylan has had such an influence on many other folk-rock artists out today:
Counting Crows: "I wanna be like Bob Dylan"(Mr Jones)
Hootie & The Blowfish: "Ain't Bobby so cool? I only wanna be with you. Yea I'm tangled up in blue, I only wanna be with you."(Only Wanna Be With You)

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Asin: B000006ZPU
Sales Rank: 172578
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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Three Snakes & One Charm
Average Customer Review: 3.95 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (19 December, 2000)
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  • Original recording remastered
Reviews (19)

4-0 out of 5 stars A little disjointed, but a great record....
This band throws away so many killer songs that and I don't know why - The flow of this album is where the problem lies, but there are at leaat 8 amazing tunes that are musical and lyrical bliss - If you're sick of the usual Crowes "full throttle" approach, then this record is a great listen - A lot of drugs are incoroporated into this album, which makes some tunes classics and others a little silly - With 3 Snakes, you'll find a mixed bag of music including some jazz and funk, and as always the usual soul from Chris - But you won't be dissappointed with the interesting direction the boys have decided to go with a more selfish approach.....

4-0 out of 5 stars Better than most people give it credit for
THREE SNAKES AND ONE CHARM once again show the BLACK CROWES evolving their sound, while still being able to still show their influences. Yes, it does sound different than their first two albums, but different doesnt mean worse. Yes, you have to give this album a few listens to get used to it, but I think thats what makes this album good. UNDER A MOUNTAIN and GOOD FRIDAY, help to start the album off. These songs are slow with some good melodies and I think that Chris Robinson's vocals sound real well on this songs. GOOD FRIDAY just might be the best song from this album. NEBERKANEZER has a rough sounding, rockin beat that rocks. Another hit. ONE MIRROR TOO MANY, and BLACKBERRY are just straight rockin songs that are also hits. GIRL FROM A PAWNSHOP is another ballad type song that once again shows off the vocal abilities. I also like the organ playing on this one, way to go Ed!!! I also recommend that you give a listen to (ONLY) HALFWAY TO EVERYWHERE, BRING ON, BRING ON, LET ME SHARE THE RIDE, BETTER WHEN YOURE NOT ALONE, and the bonus tracks JUST SAY YOURE SORRY and MELOW DOWN EASY. Out of the 14 songs, there were only a couple that I couldnt really get into, but this is still a great album and it does deserve some merit.

1-0 out of 5 stars Noisy and annoying!
Hmmm, Black Crowes...well...
To me, and obviously to a lot of other people, Black Crowes music is very influenced by Rolling Stones but Stones have something that Black Crowes lack - it takes more than pot, attitude and a slobby approach to be a rock and roll band. Of course they managed to perform one or two great numbers every once in a while, but mostly it's rather boring and the vocals can really annoy you. This release includes NO great tune at all, the only decent one is "Just say you're sorry". The rest is awful!

Once I had four Black Crowes albums. First I sold "Amorica", and now is this one "Three snakes..." in the pile for cd's to be sold. That leaves me with "The southern harmony..." and "By your side"...for the moment... ... Read more

Asin: B000054OX9
Sales Rank: 252464


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