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Mental Jewelry
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (31 December, 1991)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Acoustic Roots
Who wouldn't like +Live+ with an acoustic flair?This is a debut album I own that exceeds and surpasses all other debut albums I may have.The mastering is perfect, the songs are harmonic, and the bandmembers' songwriting skills are top-notch from the very first track.

Pain Lies on the Riverside is the most upbeat, and starts the album off.From there, the album slows down and becomes slightly quieter.My favorite songs are The Beauty of Gray and Mirror Song.Gray is a wonderful song about reflection.I consider it part 2 of a trilogy of "gray" songs: Shades of Gray by the Monkees and Shades of Gray by Billy Joel.These three songs seem inter-related somehow.

The album is not my favorite of theirs.I think Throwing Copper is where they really shine with their electric sensibilities, but with Birds of Pray, they seemed to return to some of this acoustic sound that I love so very much.It almost brings them full circle.

5-0 out of 5 stars Correction of Reviewer
The reviewer from 11/14/03 said, "This album put Christian rock on the map."I have been a fan of Live for nearly a decade and I can assure you, as can any true fan, that Live is not a Christian band.From what I've gotten from Live's music is that life can be a very spiritful journey.I think that Live and especially the lead singer Ed Kowlczyk has gone through a lot of spiritual changes throughout their time together, but they should definately not be catorgized as being of one particular religion.
A line from "Operation Spirit" says: "I heard a lot of talk about this Jesus, a man of love and a man of strength.But what a man was 2000 years ago, means nothing at all to me today."Now, I've heard Ed say that Jesus in this song could be replaced by most any spiritual icon and the point remains the same - Find the truths out for yourself, don't blindly follow.
Anyway, just my $0.02.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Live Album (Hands Down)
Yes, you read correct.This is my favorite Live album.(Even better than Throwing Copper)Why you may ask?Let me begin by saying this is the first cd I ever owned, so it definitely has a certain amount of sentimentality attached to it.Secondly, this is Live at their rawest form.(Besides when they were Public Affection, but we will not get into that)Anyway, I guess I'm supposed to pick the album highlights but that is too hard since every song is amazing.I think they only had one single off this album which was "Operation Spirit".I remember the video they did for it where they all had their shirts off and they kind of looked like a boy band.(Boy, how times have changed)Sorry about that.If I had to rank all the albums here would be my list:
1. Mental Jewelry
2. Throwing Copper
3. The Distance To Here
4. Birds Of Pray
5. Secret Samadhi
6. V (last and a distant 6)

So if you're looking for something different from the same old boring crap you see on mtv then please do yourself a favor and pick this one up. (Wow, I make a pretty good salesman maybe I should work for Live)
Later ... Read more

Asin: B000003BQU
Sales Rank: 12165
Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Rock   


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Throwing Copper [Bonus Disc]
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (06 December, 1995)
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Ed Kowalczyk knows a thing or two about transmitting personal anguish through song. Even though the Live frontman is often derided as a budget-bin Michael Stipe, there is no denying his cathartic influence on this Pennsylvania foursome's musical direction. Throwing Copper is not only Live's most successful release (six-million-plus copies sold) but also the best showcase for Kowalczyk's fierce vocal prowess. From the violent "Selling the Drama" to the moving "Lightning Crashes," this is an album of unparalleled intensity by a singer and group of rare passion. --Aidin Vaziri ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars short and simple
This album is not worth buying compared to any other albums that were made near the same time. it has 2 good songs lighting strikes and selling the drama. Definatly do not buy, pick up some pearl jam or even candlebox, just basically anything is better.

5-0 out of 5 stars +It Was I Alone I Am Thankful For+
+1994+ I was driving eastbound on Belleview on my way to high school in my old Blue Jeep. The overpass to I-25 was directly in front of me...and the radio started playing "I Alone." I've never forgotten. But the radio went into some other song eventually. Maybe a week later I heard it again, this time driving westbound at night, and a female DJ said "That was Live..." I cannot express my frustration, having never heard of a band called "Live" (did I misunderstand her?) and the recording certainly *wasn't* live.

+Ten Years Later+ With today's Internet, it's easy to track down these things, but I wasn't so lucky in 1994. I still don't know how I found out who Live was, but I was fortunate to finally have this album placed into my hands.

+Throwing Copper+ is masterful, a thought-out, original, musically creative album that, in my opinion, hasn't been equaled until "Birds of Pray." Kowalczyk's lyrics are some of the best I've ever heard, and Live's music is shamelessly good. It took me a long time to get used to the "rock-frequency formula" -- Live's songs tend to start in a quiet trough, then reach a loud crest, fall quiet again, and finally become some super force of pure energy. "Iris" became an instant hit for me, and I've played this song thousands of times. "Pillar of Davidson" is underrated and is also one of my favorites.

+Also, something+ about the end of "White, Discussion" haunts me, as if I've heard it before...I guess I'll always wonder.

+To this day+ I have never had such a vivid recollection of a song on the radio, one that caught my attention, only to bring back floods of memories a decade later...I think that's a shame for the music world. But Live definitely struck a chord with me and I'm thankful I was even listening to the radio that morning.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent..!!!!
If you are a fan of Live, this is the best cd before Awake "great hits". Nothing more to say, just buy it.
Excelente cd, muy bueno, solo superado por el Secret Samadhi, buenos ritmos y armonioso sonido. "All Over you", "Selling the drama", "I Alone" "Lightning crashes".... tantas canciones buenas en un solo álbum. ... Read more

Asin: B0000071MW
Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Post-Grunge    3. Rock   


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Secret Samadhi
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (18 February, 1997)
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5-0 out of 5 stars perhaps my favorite album of all time
This album is perfect.Every song is good, with crashing choruses that leave your spine tingling, and verses, sometimes slow, sometimes driving to leave you thinking.It has a dark, gothic feel without the artsy fartsy-ness and glamour.This is the epitome of mid/late 90's rock.The choruses alone, not necessarily the lyrics, but the music theories involved, make this album what it is.Secret Samadhi was poorly received when it came out, because it lacks the live feel that Live had on Throwing Copper.Every song could've been a single on this cd.I definitely recommend Secret Samadhi.

4-0 out of 5 stars My favorite Live album at this point
The results of Secret Samadhi arises when a band goes to Jamaica to hang out, have fun, inhale some questionable aromas, and proceed to start working on a new album.

Despite the fact that some of the lyrics are quite juvenile, banal, and silly, the songs themselves provide great hooks, melodies and grooves that I still wouldn't mind cranking up at full blast in my home or in my car.

The subsequent albums thereafter however (The Distance To Here, V, Birds of Pray) had little to no songs that grabbed my interests.I didn't even listen to Birds of Pray in its entirety.Half way through, I gave up.Not one song moved me in any way.

Hopefully their follow-up to Birds of Pray will be better.I can only hope.

5-0 out of 5 stars If I could give this 10 stars, I would
I own every +Live+ cd and count them among my top three all-time favorite bands.I listen to at least one of their cds just about every day while in my car and think all but one (V) are masterpieces.Secret Samadhi was the first Live cd I bought and remains the jewel in their crown.The first time I heard the cd I was happily stunned.It wasn't like anything I'd ever heard before.The energy and passion in lead singer Ed Kowalczyk's vocals wowed me.The lyrics were intriguing, even weird in parts (I can't believe anyone would call them 'trite' -- trite is Mariah Carey's lyrics, people, not Ed Kowalcyzk's!) and the music was balls-out rocking.This quickly became my favorite cd and remains so, eight years later.You either 'get' this kind of intensity or you don't, and frankly I feel a little bad for those who don't. ... Read more

Asin: B000003BRW
Sales Rank: 45594
Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Post-Grunge    4. Rock   


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The Distance to Here [Australia Bonus Tracks]
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (28 March, 2000)
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Distance to Here (With Extra Mileage)!
If you're thinking about buying Live's new smash album "The Distance to Here", consider this 2CD bonus set.

Not only does it contain Live's latest marvel album; featuring the killer hits "The Dolphin'sCry", "Run to the Water", and "They Stood Up forLove", it also has a bonus CD with recently released cuts of past andpresent hits.

Songs from the bonus CD include two different versions of"The Dolphin's Cry" as well as live versions of "IAlone" and "Turn My Head" from their Australian Tour.

Theradio edit of "The Dolphin's Cry" by itself, featured on thebonus CD, makes buying the whole set well worth the extra cash.

"TheDistance to Here" is 'Live' - Clean, Refreshing, Powerful, andComplete. The lyrics are beautiful, the tunes are high-spirited, and theband is at their best.

Whether for yourself or for a friend, exposeyourself to the greatness that is LIVE. And catch some incredible versionsof some of Live's best work...BUY THIS ALBUM! ... Read more

Asin: B00004RC8D
Sales Rank: 229839
Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Post-Grunge    4. Rock    5. Rock/Pop   


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V
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (18 September, 2001)
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When Live debuted in the mainstream in 1991, the band's earnest alt-rock effort Mental Jewelry balanced high-strung emotions with aggressive guitar work. On the band's fifth album, V, the earnestness has completely disappeared. Everything about this record feels forced and overproduced. Electronic beeps and loops swirl through songs like a U2 record gone bad. Guitar solos squeal in overarching metal-band style, and front man Ed Kowalczyk's vocals are so overdramatically pained, you can almost feel the veins popping off his neck for the most mundane subject matter. Even the band's use of Eastern influences feels slapped on, as in the intro to the nu-metal disaster "Like a Soldier." The guest appearance by Tricky--a partnership that only Kowalczyk's appearance on the last Tricky album can match in oddity--feels like nothing but a gimmick. What started out as a college rock act has sadly become just another attempt at grandiose sound with invisible substance. --Jennifer Maerz ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Grows on you
I'm a diehard LIVE fan, have been since Throwing Copper came out and I was in the 3rd grade (it was the first cd I ever bought).When I first bought V, way back in Sept. of 01, I was really upset becuase it wasn't what I was expecting and I was dissapointed that the band would make something so different.But now, four years later, I put it back in my cd player and it's amazing.It's not LIVE as they est. themselves up to that point, but they knew what they were doing and songs like "Hero of Love," "OK?," and "Like a Soldier" really pull the album together...but it is nearly impossible to respect the album for what it's worth if you're looking for a replication of their previous/current stuff

2-0 out of 5 stars First song's not bad, but then...
Live's first album Mental Jewelry was pretty good.Then came Throwing Copper which was even better.Then Secret Samadhi was almost as good, though not as popular.I didn't catch anything off the fourth album, but boy does this one dissapoint.Too much going on to really get into any of the music, and the lyrics sound more interested in making a rhyme than a point.

2-0 out of 5 stars Musical Atrocity -I Don't Believe 'Live' Created This Album
I love all of Live's previous albums ...But this -I really don't know what the hell I could say about this. This album was waaaaaaay overproduced and it just lacked every element that I ever associated with Live. The first time I heard "Simple Creed" I didn't even know that it was them. If you enjoy Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit and other overproduced media hype bands from around 2001-2002 with lifeless lyrics and crap like that then you might actually enjoy this album.

If you're looking to really get into to Live then I suggest starting from the beginning. Pick up a copy of "Mental Jewelry" (though that album isn't really for everyone seeing as it was never really looked at by the mainstream). A surefire album that most will definitely enjoy is "Throwing Copper" (it showcases everything that I ever associated the band with.) "Secret Samadhi" showcases a darker side of the band it's the follow up album to 'Throwing Copper'. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to listen to many songs from "The Distance to Here," but I hear it's an amazing album.

And for all you diehard Live fans -I feel your pain. I don't know what got into the band as musicians or when it came to the production of this album. I'm still a fan of Live, and there are a few songs off the album that grew on me but I don't consider this a "Live album", it's a completely inadequate portrayal of them as a band. I see this album more like a corporate media mistake than anything else.

I respect that they tried something new but it really didn't work for them at all. The lyrics are shallow and lack that soulfulness that Ed always incorporated into his work. I didn't mind the sampled beats too much except the fact that it didn't work for this band at all. This album reminded me of a terrible fusion between Creed and Linkin Park.

All in all, the album is somewhat catchy but it lacks everything I ever expected from Live. I forgive them, considering a few songs really aren't bad but this really wasn't them. ... Read more

Asin: B00005NZKG
Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Post-Grunge    4. Rock    5. Rock/Pop   


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Birds of Pray (Bonus DVD)
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (20 May, 2003)
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Live was originally labeled the poor man's U2, thanks to their anthemic choruses and earnest spirituality. Unlike the Irish superstars, however, the Pennsylvaniaquartet have found what they're looking for on their sixth album. Singer and principal songwriter Ed Kowalczyk proclaims in "Heaven" that he not only has gotten his faith back, but also has seen God in his infant daughter and a sunset. Gooey sentiments, perhaps, but Kowalczyk delivers them with a sweet sincerity that delivers a solid psychic punch. The band seemed to have lost its way around the turn of the century by embroidering their trademark guitar-heavy sound with an abundance of frivolous loops, gadgetry, and gratuitous fretwork. This time out, they thankfully reverted back to basics, throwing out the trashy keyboards and again pounding out their rhythmically charged rock. Kowalczyk is also writing less ponderous lyrics. The singer has found his salvation in love, which has softened his stern demeanor and given his stream-of-consciousness songs a playful spin not heard before on a Live record. --Jaan Uhelszki ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable album
Can we stop comparing albums to other albums? A great band not only creates great music consistently, but evolves over time. With the exception of "V", all of Live's records have been great and also different! No, it may not be as good as Throwing Copper, but I think it is unfair to expect a masterpiece like that to be replicated. Secret Samadhi has several excellent songs (Heropsychodreamer, Gas Hed Goes West, etc.) but also had some very boring tunes. Birds of Pray, on the other hand, is enjoyable from front to back. It says something that the lone single from the album is one of its weaker tracks.

I can't say there are many great songs on the cd, but every single one is good. Nothing groundbreaking is done here - There are no incredible drawn out guitar solos, the songs rarely depart from the traditional pop song structure (verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-chorus), and nothing is shocking or controversial about it. What it is, however, is a collection of very catchy, often thoughtful, enjoyable songs that will tempt you to sing along and push the repeat button. It is an album to be listened to in the car, at home alone, at a party, when you are happy or depressed.

The heavy Lighthouse, political What are We Fighting For?, and Sanctity of Dreams are some of the most memorable songs in my opinion. Out to Dry is probably my favorite track. Short and sweet, it has possibly the catchiest chorus of any Live song ever.

I believe that most great albums grow better and better with each listen, and that it often takes time to truly realize and appreciate their greatness. However, if you are impatient and don't like to wait for music to grow on you, Birds of Pray would be a good investment. It's good from the first listen.

5-0 out of 5 stars BIRDS OF PRAY
PERSONALLY I THINK BIRDS OF PRAY IS EVERY BIT AS GOOD AS THROWING COPPER. I WAS VERY IMPRESSED WITH THIS CD. IT IS ALWAYS GREAT WHEN THERE ARE SEVERAL GREAT TUNES INSTEAD OF 1 OR 2. PLUS THE DVD AT THE PINK POP IN THE NETHERLANDS IS AWESOME.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great album
This is my first Live albim I've bought; it's so good I'm looking into more of thier albums. It rocks hard and has great melodies. If you like rock music with real singing this album is a great choice. ... Read more

Asin: B000093FKB
Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Alternative Pop/Rock    3. Pop    4. Post-Grunge    5. Rock   


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Run to the Water
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (28 March, 2000)
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5-0 out of 5 stars great extras
Any fan of the band could tell you that 'Run to the Water' is one of the most finished sounding songs that Live has ever written.It is beautiful to say the least.Take that and add 4 bonus tracks and this is one incredible single.Track 2 is an acoustic version of 'Dolphin's Cry'--an interesting take on the song--that is worth a listen.It is hard to find a bad version of 'I Alone' and this particular version is nothing to be sad about--one of the better versions out there.Then you get the radio version of 'Dolphin's Cry' which is arguably better than the album version.And finally 'Turn my Head' which is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard.This is a must have for a true fan, and worth having if you aren't a true fan. ... Read more

Asin: B000056B47
Sales Rank: 384638
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


Dolphin's Cry [Radio Edit]
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (1999)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Must for a LIVE fan
This single is well worth buying because you getting 'Vine Street' which is a very cool song. It's a song that would fit well on Throwing Copper and is a shame it never made it to a general release album.Also, a mix of 'Sun' which i like to play over and over again because there's a primal energy to it. hate to repeat myself but it's a must for a LIVE fan

5-0 out of 5 stars Vine Street on a Welcome Album
Why Vine St. didn't make the cut for The Distance to Here is beyond me.It is just an awesome song.Before the album came out Live played Vine Street at a preview concert, and I liked the song immediately.You can buythis single because you like The Dolphin's Cry, but I guarantee you thatyou will also love Vine Street.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Dolphin's Cry is an excellent song.The words are meaningful, the music composition makes you want to shout from rooftops! One in a million! ... Read more

Asin: B00002SWH6
Sales Rank: 105983
Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Post-Grunge    3. Rock/Pop   


They Stood up for Love
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (11 July, 2000)
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Stood up for Music!
This version of this single is the best buy and includes 5 acoustics that will tell you how good music can truely be. Live is a band that to me proves to me that theres a big problem with record companys and what they promote. This EP really is so stonge and soft. You can feel Edward's feelings on his subjects. Lets review this tracks....... . . . 1. They Stood Up For Love (Radio Mix) - This to me was more of a reason to make this EP. It is a truely great song. It is heavyer than the album version. 95% . . . .2. Run To The Water (Acoustic) - This song delivers as it did on the album but he delivers more feeling in this version. I would rather hear this version than the album copy. 95% . . .3. The Distance (Acoustic) - I thought I would never hear this song cause it's so hard to sing. But He did it and I was so imprest! Truely the most shocking song ever! 100% . .4. The Dolphin's Cry (Acoustic) - A desent song. It sounds very well performed and they perfomed perfect. 95% . . .5. I Alone (Acoustic) - The only song not on they "TheDistance to Here". The words in the song were updated and performed pretty good. Sort of added the feeling left on they recent album as well. 90% . .6. They Stood Up For Love (Acoustic) - Soft and very well done. Sung so well it really gets to you. This truely will make anyone happy. 100% . . .If you like this EP then I would suggest: Live-The Distance to Here, Live-Throwing Copper, Collective soul- collective soul, Jars of Clay-Drummer Boy (Both versions), Live- Mental Jewlry.

5-0 out of 5 stars LIVE like you have not heard them
This is a treat for any fan of LIVE!I was skeptical at first but after listening to this truly talented group of musican play the songs I already loved, acoustically, I am hopeless searching for more acoustic versions of LIVE!I must say their latest album, The Distance from Here to There is their best work in my opinion, and now that I have heard their acoustic renditions, I wish the whole CD had been done this way!You have to click buy now if you're a LIVE fan and you still have to click buy if you just really appreciate truly great music.I promise, you won't be in the least bit disappointed!!

5-0 out of 5 stars THEY STOOD UP FOR LOVE
I Have been a fan of LIVE for years and this CD is a must have for anyLIVE fan.The acoustic version of They Stood Up for Love is incredible andsounds like a completely different song from the radio edit.Eddie's voicesounds amazing!You won't be disappointed. The Dolphin's Cry is alsoawesome. ... Read more

Asin: B00004XQW1
Sales Rank: 108711
Subjects:  1. 5"CD Singles    2. Pop    3. Post-Grunge    4. Rock   


Woodstock 99 Vol. 1: Red Album
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (15 February, 2000)
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1-0 out of 5 stars Garbage, total garbage- disgrace to rock music!
1999 was the year that the mainstream music scene started to sink, and continued to sink for a good 4 or 5 years, till it got 10 times bad now as it was then... However there ARE a few exceptions.. maybe I should go through this P.O.S. track by track:

1. Korn- YUCK! Korn sucks, sucks, SUCKS! I hate them, as I hate mostly all nu-metal

2. Offspring- I like their old stuff, everything up to Smash, but well this is one of their more tolerable newer songs...

3. Lit- bleh.. don't like pop-punk :P

4. Buckcherry- This band is pretty good, I wonder what happened to them...

5. Kid Rock- need i say anything here? :P

6. Limp Bizkit- Total GARBAGE- They are the worst band EVER next to Good Charlotte and Fred Durst is a stupid, immature, filthy, unholy pig! He represents all that is disgusting and wrong!

7. Rage- now THIS is rap-rock done RIGHT!

8. Metallica: i only go for their pre-Black Album stuff, and luckily they were smart enough to put a pre-Black Album song on..

9. Creed- I liked a few songs on 'My Own Prison', but NOTHING after that :PHowever this is a very nice cover of a Doors classic

10. Sevendust- One of the few nu-metal bands I really like.. how the hell do Korn and Limp Bizkit get more attention than them, just HOW???

11. DMX- yuck- I'm partial to SOME rap, but I can't stand DMX... Ice Cube would have been better, I think he was there too

12. Godsmack: another one of the few nu-metal bands I like,, and this is one of my favorite songs by them

13. Megadeth- BEST track on here from one of the BEST metal bands ever :)

14. Bush- I liked their 'Sixteen Stone' cd but other than that I find them kind of dull.. but this song luckily is from Sixteen Stone..

15. Live- not really a big fan, but this is one of their songs I really like

16. the fire interlude- what a waste of space... geez they could have put on a Collective Soul song or something!

17. RHCP- very nice cover of a Hendrix classic.. it's too bad that song lived up to their performance... oh well, SOME people,, ya know?

In conclusion, Woodstock 99 was a total waste of 3 very hot days... In 69 we had Hendrix and The Who, now in 99 we have Korn and Limp Bizkit... i think 94 should have been the final one.. THAT one at least had some good stuff...

And of course the blue disc is mostly crap- the only good mellow stuff that was there was Moe. and G Love & Special Sauce, and I like Everlast a little bit, and I'm partial to a few Everclear songs, even though I think they get kind of repetitve...

hope we dont have a 2004 one.. I can't imagine a WOODSTOCK with Good Charlotte and New Found Glory, or with Puddle of Mudd and Nickelback.....

5-0 out of 5 stars How Come The Blue Album Got A Better Overall Rating?
I don't know. The Blue Album's a complete waste. BUY THIS ONLY. It has the good bands: Korn, Kid Rock, The Offspring, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Godsmack, Metallica, Megadeth, etc. If they can maintane it this time, I wouldn't mind seeing another Woodstock...but that's just my opinion.

3-0 out of 5 stars Some Good Stuff.
It is fair to say that Woodstock '99 failed musically because it eventually turned into a riot-like spectacle of rape, drunk lunacy and one bad fire. And then again, the music isn't even that great. The first volume of the "Woodstock '99" set is more of an example of how much the music and culture have changed since the festival first took place in 1969 (where Jimi Hendrix performed the National Anthem). There are few notable great tracks here, but when they work they're some great hard rock. Bands like Limp Bizkit, Kid Rock, Korn and Sevendust offer nothing more than senseless distortion or just plain stupid lyrics and repetitive sound. This is music that grows lame with age. DMX is especially a big question mark, considering this is the rock album and aside from his completely retarded song, there's no point in him being here. Yet there are still some great performances. Rage Against The Machine delivers an exhilarating, crunching "Bulls On Parade" while Metallica tears up the place with "Creeping Death," a good reminder of what real heavy metal is. The playing is fast and intricate while James Heatfield delivers a devilish vocal. The best cut in the album is Creed performing "Roadhouse Blues" with Robby Krieger, guitarist for The Doors. Scott Stapp does a great job filling in for legendary frontman Jim Morrison. The irony here is that The Doors were somewhat snubbed from playing at the original Woodstock because of their reputation and the fear that they might bring a more violent air to the concert. 30 years later and one of the Doors gets to play and it STILL turns into a riot. Krieger pulls off a great blues solo while Mark Tremonti delivers a burning rhythm guitar. Bush is another notable track with their signature tune, "Everything Zen" which burns and pushes forward with an exhilarating feel (especially with some great slide guitar work). Gavin Rossdale delivers a ferocious, grungy vocal. One of the more fun moments is when the Red Hot Chilli Peppers do a cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Fire." It's a fitting tribute to Hendrix and the Woodstock spirit. In the end we get some memorable rock and some memorable crap, but for good or bad reasons, Woodstock '99 will be one to remember. ... Read more

Asin: B00004HYN3
Sales Rank: 181130
Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Alternative Pop/Rock    3. Hard Rock    4. Heavy Metal    5. Pop    6. Post-Grunge    7. Rap-Metal    8. Rap-Rock    9. Rock   


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Time Bomb Recordings Kroq: B.O. Acoustic Christmas
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (23 November, 1999)
list price: $11.98
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Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars Alternative bands take the stage to make a 5 star live disc
This is a best of live compilation from KROQ's Acoustic Christmas (in New York) throughout the years. Only half of the songs are acoustic though, nor are there any Christmas songs on here either (incase you wondered). The slip on the inside of the CD features pictures of all of the concert posters for the 10 years that the Acoustic Christmas has been held. The CD starts with a stellar "non acoustic" performance from Blink 182 of a less than stellar songs. It's a very fast paced song complete with electric guitars. Stupid Girl by Garbage has some nice crowd reaction and it's a very nice version of the song, different sounding than the original version. I don't care for Everlast, but even What Its Like was pretty good to hear. Hole performing Doll Parts was nice, even though it does sound a lot like the original. Walking On The Sun performed by Smash Mouth, is not as good as the original song, just because this version is sang very slow, so you can understand the singer clearly. Spiderwebs has a fast new swing to it than the original has, but unfortunately the crowd is not into the song at all, when singer Gwen asks for the crowd to sing the next verse... there is absolute silence (its awkwardly funny). Everclear plays a slow country style version of I Will Buy You A New Life, singer Art's vocals sound slightly muffled though. Everything Zen has an incredible crowd reaction, girls screaming in the background, and the performance is every bit as good as the original. I'm not a big fan of Cake, but the Distance was performed excellently, with some good crowd noise and horns backing up the lead vocals. Fake Plastic Trees is probably the worst song, in fact I tend to fall asleep to it, because it is so mellow and slow paced. Unfortunately I have heard I Alone performed live so many times by the band Live, I no longer care to hear it. Finally, Blister In The Sun, I am surprised KROQ or anyone else remembered Violent Femmes! It's a very short and crazy performance, getting the crowd going.

5-0 out of 5 stars this cd
i have this cd and its all live, i didn't go to the xmas concerts those years, but i went to the KROQ acoustic xmas concert this year and let me tell you... IT WAS FABULOUS!blink 182 is the best and the rest of the CDis pretty good too so if you like all these bands you'll love this CD

5-0 out of 5 stars Wide variety of rock
I live in LA and every year I enjoy the almost accoustic christmas concert, and to the idiot who thought this was supposed to be Christmas songs, go buy Kevin and Bean's Last Christmas!(my fav is I won't be cominghome for xmas by blink 182) I own a couple of the CDs from the bands onthis CD, and I have to admit that I was surprised that I liked some of theolder songs like Blister in the Sun. ... Read more

Asin: B00002EPM1
Sales Rank: 213421
Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Christmas    3. Christmas / Chanukkah    4. Grunge    5. Pop    6. Post-Grunge   


Woodstock 94
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (08 November, 1994)
list price: $22.98
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Reviews (8)

5-0 out of 5 stars Blind Melons Performance of 'Soup'... Worth the price and more
5 stars for Blind Melons Performance of 'Soup'... Worth the price and more. That and Nine Inch Nails 'Happiness in Slavery'. I've had this since it came out, haven't really listened to it since, cept' the pre mentioned songs. But it's worth all of it just for those 2 songs.

4-0 out of 5 stars only 6 reviews?!?
i thought EVERYBODY had this...at least everybody that grew up in the 90s.

i admit it, i got this because it was 75 cents at half.com and because i had it back in the day and listened to it way too much. so this was a nostalgia purchase, and a good one, it turns out. despite the cheese factor of this whole shindig, and the datedness of the bands included, this compilation is actually really well put together. transitions are smooth, the stage announcements really make you feel like you're there, and some of the performances (though not all), like blind melon playing "soup," red hot chili peppers with "blood sugar sex magic," metallica with "for whom the bell tolls," peter gabriel with "biko," and especially, the best of all, primus with "those damn blue collar tweekers" (including a beautifully done, seamlessly inserted rendition of jimi hendrix's legendary "star spangled banner"), are jaw-droppingly good. not bad for under a buck.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellentbut small sampling of the event.
The CD set here is not meant to represent the concerts themselves but the event as a whole. the songs (and announcements) reflect the moods, styles, genres, humor and talents of the artists as a snapshot. This means that some bands may not have their best or most popular songs on these CD's. Both Cd's have a mix of:

Popular bands playing hits ( Melissa Ethridge, Cranberries, Collective Soul),

Popular bands playing lesser known songs ( Blues Traveler, Live, Candlebox, Cypress Hill),

And classic bands playing from their catalog ( CSN, Peter Gabriel, Joe Cocker).

Leading the second disc, Metallica dominated the set with an energy no one else seems to bring. (As I said some of these songs dont represent the bands' overall performance very well)Another review stated that this song, "For whom the Bell Tolls" was the definitive live recording of the band and I totally agree. The recording of this song is required for any metallica fan. The clarity beats any bootleg and the intensity beats the few live recordings the band is willing to sell.

Other standouts include: Cypress Hill, NIN, Blues Traveler, Aerosmith, Dylan, Chili Peppers, Primus and the Neville Bros.

Some may be dissapointed by Jackyl, Green Day, Blind Mellon, Salt N Pepa's song Shoop has dated very poorly, and the stage announcements can get repetitive. I personally found "Come Together" to be a little gratuitous as a reference to the original music of Woodstock. As a side note, I believe that Slash from GNR plays on "The Hunter" with Paul Rodgers though i could be mistaken.

It is possible to refute one complaint I have seen about the set (and the event). The sampling of the discs makes it clear that the bands selected are for the most part not platinum sellers, and those few that were, normally didn't have the "hit" song selected for the cd. The commercialism of the event itself may be an entirely other matter. Still I believe that at least 17 of the 27 bands have never seen platinum or achieved mainstream success. Bands like "Rollins Band" are talented but are so niche they are never likely to do so.

All in all I love the set. I believe it is worth the purchase if only for the Metallica song. However, this does not represent even a fraction of the music at the event and a true box set should be made available. ... Read more

Asin: B000002G2W
Sales Rank: 62739
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


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