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  • Audio Cassette (27 Feb. 1994)
  • Label: Wea/Elektra/Chameleon
  • ASIN: B000001A3S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Zebulebu on 17 Sept. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Before Queens Of the Stone Age, Josh Homme and Nick Olivieri were in one of the most influential rock bands of the nineties. That band was Kyuss, and 'Sky Valley' is possibly the best of their albums - although 'Blues For The Red Sun' and '...And The Circus Leaves Town' are damn fine records too.
Criminally ignored by the mainstream music press (unlike QOTSA, who seem to be everyone journalist's band of the moment), Kyuss nevertheless gained a huge underground following, and it was a surprise when they split so suddenly whilst seemingly on the verge of greater success. Apparently, there were internal problems within the band - namely they all hated the singer!
Still, you'd never guess there was friction in the camp whilst listening to this huge slab of stoner metal. The opening track 'Gardenia' fuzzes into view with an immense, snaking riff, and doesn't relent for nearly six minutes before giving way to the spacey 'Asteroid' - which starts with a clean, quiet intro followed by another juggernaut of a riff.
An example of the sheer inventiveness that set Kyuss apart from their peers is heard when bizarre, atonal guitars pop in halfway through a song which has all but broken down into nothing ness. The song then gets faster and faster as it reaches its climax before cutting straight into the best track on the album, the amusingly-titled 'Supa Scoop And Mighty Scoop'.
This monster of a song possesses what must surely be the best metal riff written since Master Of Puppets. John Garcia screams over the top 'Don't try to take me away; Like I can't live without you' - it sounds cheesy but fits the song perfectly. Halfway through the song changes into another garganutan riff with a completely different feel, the rhythm changes on this album are fantastic.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By James N. R. Goad on 2 Mar. 2006
Format: Audio CD
This album changed my life.
When I first heard Sky Valley in about 1996 - 97 It was a revelation. A perfect plend of dense, heavy music with melody & riffs that Black Sabbath would kill for. An unpretentious, progressive form of Rock music that swells with raw energy. Nothing else sounded like this at the time although many people have been influenced by the Kyuss sound since. Kyuss should have been huge but were hindered by the fact that they did not fit into the Seattle scene & did very few interviews, photo shoots etc.
The album starts with the monolithic intro riff to 'Gardenia' one of the finest songs Kyuss ever recorded. The album then ebbs & flows in a beautifully structured way, moving from the heavy rocking of tracks 3 & 4 to the gentle, qiuet 'Space Cadet' with ease. Next up - 'Demon Cleaner' a warm but bitter, heavy but ambient song which is the defining moment of the album. 'Odyssey' is an angrier track with a groovy breakdown section & the next 2 tracks round Sky Valley out perfectly. Finally we have ' Whitewater', an epic song which gives me goosebumps every time.
This easily makes it into my all-time top 5 albums. They were the Led Zeppelin of the 90's.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "kungfu_em" on 15 Jan. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Any self respecting rock fan needs to have a Kyuss album or 4! I heard this Album in 1995 and eventually tracked down a copy to buy. (Not before I had many puzzled looks from the staff at HMV) They were from then on my favourite band of all time, and I still hope that they might re-form one day. But until then I will have to content myself and listen to demon cleaner and dream. Why do I like them and why should you buy this album? Well I promise you, you are in for a treat. Many bands that have made it to stardom these days do not sound half as good. Kyuss are timeless even now this album will put a shiver down your spine and a big silly grin on your face. It is a Classic in that it is exquisite and perfect, a groundbreaking album and it should defiantly be on your list of to own albums...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "benie_monkey" on 10 Nov. 2002
Format: Audio CD
if it consists of four men jamming in a desert under the influence of various psychedelic drugs, creating a laid back wash of unthinkably cool riffs and solos you can get lost in (and often do) creating a vibe that brings joy to the listeners ears then this must surly be the epitamy of what your looking for.
the sound is what many people would call heavy but thats not it, satisfyingly phat is a better description, each instrument goes on journeys that could go on forever and magically blend back onto the ever changing main riff. these songs are amazingly satisfying to play and to listen to because that is mood they where written in.
this is a must have for anyone who LISTENS to the music and pays attention to all the subtleties that have been added the highlight of which are the multy layered solos in most songs (yes theres only one guitarist) and the off road forays of the bass line. enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jasper Wong on 29 Aug. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Kyuss(*) is invariably listened to by me on scorching hot days where it seems like all other music's power is drained away. Thinking back to long rides on buses through the desert in Inner Mongolia for hours upon hours in the sweltering heat now only conjure up memories of 'Gardenia', 'Asteroid', 'Whitewater' and 'Supa Scoopa and Mighty Scoop'. Kyuss and their three main albums 'Welcome to Sky Valley', '...And the Circus Leaves Town' and 'Blues for the Red Sun' are very much products of their environment. Indeed, it is seemingly impossible to envision these stoner-rock pioneers being based anywhere else but the dusty desert town of Palm Desert. Kyuss' down-tuned, sludgy, sledgehammer riffs lead a sonic assault so dominated by the bass that the vocals, though obviously sung/screamed extremely loudly, are almost entirely submerged in the mix. The vocals on Kyuss are the weakest link, but when listening to such sludgy, heavy riffing it hardly even matters. Likewise, lyrically the album consists of the semi-coherent musings of a stoner...at best. However, I do not fault the album at all for this: Just listening to the steadily accelerating final riff of 'Asteroid' or the 'Planet Caravan (Black Sabbath)'-like 'Space Cadet' is enough to understand that in this album the vocals serve as just another auxiliary instrument: less of a focus than the guitar, bass and drums. It should be noted that 'Whitewater' has one of the greatest riffs in metal, stunning in its simplicity but ever more heavy in spite of (or perhaps due to) it.Read more ›
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