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The Beast Arises (Digipack)
The Beast Arises (Digipack)
Price: £16.26

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good songs, poor show, 13 Oct. 2014
This CD proves 2 things. The first 2 Iron Maiden albums are great, amongst the best the band ever released. But Paul Di'Anno no longer is the right person to bring this songs on a stage. The band is competent but I'm afraid Di'Anno isn't fully at the level he used to be a long time ago. Maybe the rough and tough live on the road takes its toll but I think I'll stick to playing those first maiden albums and keeping the fond memories and shelve this album somewhere in the back to never come out again. Just listen to the album and you know why it only gets 2 stars. Paul is turning into a caricature of himself and that hurts.


Ultralive Ballisticrock  (2cd + Dvd)
Ultralive Ballisticrock (2cd + Dvd)
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £14.49

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Skip the talking, 5 Nov. 2013
This Ted Nugent live release is not that different from any other Ted Nugent live release. You know the score, the guitar licks, the songs, not that many surprises there. You know what to expect and that's what you get. But this time it is slightly different: Ted talks, and he talks way too much. I competely disagree with all his right-wing extremist talking, it heavily spoils the experience. If all of this nonsense would have been edited out to let the music do the talking, at least 1 extra star would have been awarded.


The Art Of Live
The Art Of Live
Offered by giraffebooksandmusic
Price: £3.80

2.0 out of 5 stars Poor production kills the album, 26 Oct. 2012
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This review is from: The Art Of Live (Audio CD)
The songs presented on this album all get executed good to very good, the acoustic set is a nice break but the mix is very disappointing. Most of times Geoff Tate is way to prominent in the mix, meaning that about the only thing you can hear clearly is the vocals. After a while, it starts to get on your nerves and I tried playing with the settings of my stereo set to get a better sound, not being able to do so. As the material itself is strong enough, a nice remaster of this album bringing the instruments to the front or bringing the vocals a little more to the back would result in a far more balanced album and earn it another star or 2.


Lost in the New Real
Lost in the New Real
Price: £13.97

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Part works, part fails, 8 May 2012
This review is from: Lost in the New Real (Audio CD)
Like others said earlier, Arjen Lucassen has an enormous catalogue of great music, no matter if it is labelled Ayreon, Stream of Passion, Star One or under his own name. This album "borrows" from all of those. Many of the songs would fit seamlessly in one of the Ayreon, Star One or Stream of Passion albums but they are still different enough to make them stand out as great songs in their own right. If you got the 2-CD version, you got some extra tracks and a bunch of covers. And there is where the pain is. Some of them sound like they are Lucassen originals (The battle of Evermore is a great song in itself and fits in very very well), others sound completely out of place (Welcome to the machine sucks as an original and sucks as a cover). All in all a nice album but there are too few surprises to make it an essential. If you got the download, you can easily skip the crappy songs and compile your own almost perfect version of the album.


Gemini
Gemini
Price: £25.03

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Makes you long for the original, at leats of some of the songs, 9 Feb. 2012
This review is from: Gemini (Audio CD)
Yes, some of the songs work but most don't. Of course it is a matter of taste but I feel that most of the selected songs don't work out that well. It's a mixed set of songs with completely different backgrounds (Cream, Foreigner, Pretenders, and, for reasons completely beyond me, and awful lot of awful Pink Floyd) that don't blend. I prefer the original versions of some of the songs and the Lana Lane albums with original music; this is the least favorite of her albums for me.


Victory
Victory
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £12.74

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent voice ... but the songs???, 27 July 2011
This review is from: Victory (Audio CD)
I ended with very mixed emotions after hearing the CD, and it didn't change after successive spins. Yes, the guy can sing, there's no doubt. Listen to this album, listen to what he did with Saga and Final Frontier or during his guest appearances. The problem is the songs, they don't last. There are good ones, there are bad ones but there are no outstanding ones, songs that make you play an album over and over. The album can perfectly act as a nice background space filler and no one will be offended but no one will come over to ask what fantastic album you're playing. All ingredients are there, the man, the voice, the players, the sound, but it needs some spicing added to make it taste exceptional.


Live in Germany 1980
Live in Germany 1980
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £11.40

23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The world famous Rockpalast show, finally!, 11 July 2011
This review is from: Live in Germany 1980 (Audio CD)
I saw this broadcasted on German TV back in 1980. It started a few hours later then scheduled (I became a huge Ian Hunter fan after seeing his show before ZZ Top finally took the stage) but who cares if it enables you to watch and hear this magnificent performance. The show is also available on DVD and that version features the full performance where the CD omits a few songs ("I'm bad, I'm nationwide", "Funky dogs, nast kings", "El diablo", "She don't love me, she loves my automobile", "HIFI mama" and the final encores "Tubesnake boogie" and "Just got paid today") and brings it down by some 20 minutes to just under an hour. Both the video and audio were available before on peer-to-peer networks in a excellent quality but this CD version sounds better, crisper, brighter then any version I heard before (ranging from my original vinyl bootleg to high bitrate mp3 sourced from the re-broadcast). The package is nice, the liner notes give some insight in how a Rockpalast Night works. Conclusion: it is good this piece of history is finally available as an official release but it's a shame that it is not complete.


Teaser Deluxe
Teaser Deluxe
Price: £11.76

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Teaser 2.0 or Teaser completely reworked, 27 Jun. 2011
This review is from: Teaser Deluxe (Audio CD)
The album is called "Teaser deluxe" but a name like "Teaser 2.0" or "Teaser completely reworked" would have covered the contents far more accurately. I became aware of Tommy Bolin mid 70's when I got a compilation box of 2 LP's worth of (cheesy) love songs and 2 LPs worth of (hard & heavy) rock songs (yes, I know, strange combination) that included a James Gang track. A little later "Come taste the band" was released and for me that showed what a talent this man was. His 2 solo albums are very different from the Deep Purple album but both very nice outings. But now back to the release under discussion. Most of the deluxe editions we see released these days include the original album, maybe with some sonic upgrade and some bonus material that has been hiding on a shelf for ages. Teaser deluxe is different, is is a completely reworked version of the original album. It hardly resembles the original album: it adds half an hour of music by extending the songs, adding jam parts, stretching the intro or solo and just turning the song inside out and putting the parts together again in a new and fascinating way. And yes, there is an extra song that isn't on the original album, "Crazed fandango", and it is there in 2 (very) different versions. I love the (vinyl) original and I absolutely love this new reworked version. I hope we'll see a "Private eyes deluxe" that gives that album a similar treatment. Worth every cent of its money!


Live in London 23.01.2011
Live in London 23.01.2011
Price: £6.61

5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rocking performance, 3 May 2011
Of course Phil Lynnot can never be replaced and without him, Thin Lizzy will never sound the same. Does it matter? No, this is a great rocking performance delivered by a group of dedicated musicians who all share a passion for all the great music Thin Lizzy created over the years. They bring you an unsurpassed greatest hits show featuring all the highlights from a long history. A worthy monument for the man and his music.
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Live From Cadogan Hall
Live From Cadogan Hall
Price: £6.40

2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very poor vocal performance, 28 April 2011
This review is from: Live From Cadogan Hall (Audio CD)
The music on this CD is of the well known Marillion quality but I don't know what is/was wrong with Steve Hogarth as his performance is very poor. On several occasions het completely misses the notes or sounds out of key and out of tune. I think there are plenty of Marillion releases more worth spending your money on then this one.


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