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Black Rain
Black Rain
Price: 11.97

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a legacy beyond reproach, 18 Oct 2007
This review is from: Black Rain (Audio CD)
amount of tracks :10
excellent :0
v.good :4
good :3
fair :3
poor :0

Lets get something straight right away. this mans legacy and importance in the history of heavy rock/metal cannot be underestimated, and we, having achieved nothing in comparison, have no right to condemn him for becoming the tv celeb hes now become (sharon and her all consuming ego is the one to blame for that) in the light of these incredible achievements plus all the great things he continues to do in helping young bands with the continuing 'ozzfest' festivals. NO ONE has kept the spirit of metal alive more than ozzy osbourne. not only was he metals first ever voice, hes also, to this day, its greatest champion.
and this is also reflected in his recorded output. unlike many of his contempories who have mellowed into things unrecognizable from their glory days - ozzy continues to put out albums that refuse to compromise and are still prime examples of rock/metal. in all the years hes been at it (nearly 40 f****** years dont forget!) this enthusiasm and commitment to heavy music has never waned.
his last album 'down to earth' saw ozzy at his absolute peak. this album is not as strong and does sound rather processed, but its still pretty heavy and there are some great moments herein. its a sad fact that so many people dont take ozzy seriously anymore cos of the aforementioned media saturation and royal variety show performances etc - i hate it too. i hate to see ozzy portrayed in this way. but like i said, you can blame his wife/manager for that. sharon may well have saved his life but you cant help but resent her for what shes made of him in the last ten years. ozzy seems happy to go with the flow but i for one aint about to turn on him for some dubious career moves. as the old saying goes 'it is the doom of man that he forgets' - well, I dont forget!! and neither should you. ozzy, live long and prosper......
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Superunknown
Superunknown
Offered by actionrecords
Price: 4.75

4 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars great singer - shame you cant hear him!, 8 Oct 2007
This review is from: Superunknown (Audio CD)
amount of tracks :16
excellent :4
v.good :0
good :3
fair :8
poor :1

soundgarden, along with alice in chains, were definately the very best bands to come out of the so-called 'grunge' scene. and in chris cornell they had a truly great singer. the only problem is that chris was up against it for a couple of reasons - and continues to be so with 'audioslave' - and herein lys my problem with this album.

firstly its far too long, but most importantly, the material herein is not consistently strong enough to warrant such a lengthy album. theres a lot of filler here - and there was throughout all soundgardens albums. however, when they DID hit the mark, then they were premier league quality. for me the stand out tracks are the opener 'let me drown', the fabulous 'limo wreck' and '4th of july' - the rest of the material goes from ok to average. secondly, whilst the actual production on this album is very powerful, chris's vocals are buried in the mix throughout (except for a couple of tracks) - whilst chris is a serious singer, his only downfall is that his diction can be a bit lazy at times, and that, combined with the buried vocal sound, means that the majority of the time you cant hear a word hes singing about. maybe some people dont care about that too much, but for me, it spoils the whole album. with a voice this great, i wanna HEAR it man!
im not writing this as a putdown though - i think soundgarden were one of the most important acts to come out of the 90's. but this is not their best album. 'louder than love' and 'badmotorfinger' were superior and i think its significant that the band didnt last too much longer after this release
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War Heroes
War Heroes
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: 52.95

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awe - inspiring, 6 Oct 2007
This review is from: War Heroes (Audio CD)
amount of tracks :10
excellent :5
v.good :2
fair :3
poor :0

released a couple of years after his death, this album fuses tracks used elsewhere with brand new recordings rescued from the vaults and, after the indescribable brilliance of his debut album 'are you experienced', is jimi's most essential album.

the guitar playing on this album is so electrifying that it defies description. the ultimate example is on the epic instrumental 'midnight' which is quite breathtaking stuff and the prime example of how to write and construct a real SONG even when theres no lyric and melodies - rather than aimless widdling on extended improvized jams as so many would be guitar heroes seem to do. this track finds jimi at his most inspired and is the highlight of the album. the two other instrumentals, 'tax free' and 'beginnings' are equally as compelling whilst not quite as wild. there are also definitive versions of 'bleeding heart' and 'izabella' on here.
this album is a prime example of why i regard hendrix as the greatest ever rock guitarist. sure, on a technical level, hes been eclipsed many times by the new breed like satriani, malmsteen, vinnie moore etc. but cramming in a million notes at a million miles an hour does not make a great guitar player - i dont care how technically brilliant these people are. great guitar playing is no different from great singing - you need passion, soul and expression, as well as technical brilliance. the guitar has to speak to you. every note should be fully constructed and inspired. hendrix had it all. and he was a GENIUS songwriter to boot. this is what its all about!!!!


Call of the Wild
Call of the Wild
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 9.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the greatest female voice youve never heard of, 6 Oct 2007
This review is from: Call of the Wild (Audio CD)
amount of tracks :11
excellent :1
v.good :0
good :2
fair :8
poor :0

you think youve heard great girl singers? you havent heard nothing till youve heard this gal! very curious that she never broke through and became a hell of a lot more recognized. i think this is down to a couple of factors which i'll list here
firstly she was around in the mid-80's big hair/glam rock world which was a really male dominated scene and aimed mainly at the then plentiful real rock chicks (great days eh boys!). acts like bon jovi,motley crue,whitesnake etc were the big guns and the industry was right behind them. lee, being a rock chick herself, was always gonna play second fiddle to these acts simply because, being female, she just wasnt as marketable.
secondly, a lot of her music was pretty standard, of its time, big hair rock which had much of the horrendous 80's production we've now all come to hate so much and i feel that perhaps this incredible voice was wasted on most of it.

cos boy oh boy could this girl sing! - ive picked this album to review out of the 3 or 4 ive heard because of one AMAZING song that highlights this voice like no other

the track in question is 'barely holding on' which is, for me, without question, THE greatest rock ballad ever recorded. the power,expression and anquish in lees voice here just has to be heard to be believed. in fact i would say that this is the greatest vocal performance by a female of any song EVER! - dont believe me? well then, youd better go buy this album, turn it up, and find out for yourself. its the reason why i give this album 5 stars. nothing else on it comes close in terms of quality but this track is just so essential that it warrants the rating.

girl power? yeah, i hate that term too, created as it was by a bunch of businessmen to promote their worthless act. but if girl=power is what you want then this is IT! i heard that lee is now fronting a jazzy type act which means we'll never hear her letting rip again like she does here. so what we have is a bit of a wasted talent, criminally overlooked and under-rated. a contender for the best female rock vocalist ever.
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Spice
Spice
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 2.72

9 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars wheres my machine gun?, 6 Oct 2007
This review is from: Spice (Audio CD)
amount of tracks :10
excellent :0
v.good :0
good :0
fair :0
poor :10

AMAZON PLEASE PRINT THIS REVIEW!

you know, its real funny doing these reviews for amazon and seeing all the negative votes coming in. ive had them for my less than gushing reviews of the clash,yes,jeff buckley, paul weller,my chemical romance etc....its great! re-affirms my opinion that most people who buy music simply havent got a clue, but it goes deeper than that. it makes me wonder about their actual mental stability and makes me ask whether thats the reason why our moral, spiritual and basic human values have gone so far downhill and why the planet itself is heading down the drain.

nothing, NOTHING re-affirms this theory more than the saga of this 'group' - i hold my head in despair at how theyve managed to sell out their comeback arena tour, a dozen or so dates, in a matter of minutes. that means several thousand people are actually gonna TURN UP for this tripe!!! unbelievable. but i digress....i better start talking about the music, before amazon ban this review!

ok....where do i start....... is this music?????? - musically speaking, these talentless wasters picked out of magazine adverts can barely hold a note between them - the 'music' is the same oh-so-typical mediocre,souless,production line manufactured,computer generated 'pop' churned out for acts like this and countless other boy/girl groups like girls aloud/sugarbabes/boyzone etc etc ad nauseum. where the girls supposedly 'contribute' to the songwriting the results are just the same simply because their muddled mindsets have been programmed to respond to this pap, in the same way that 'groups' like 'take that' sound just like everyone else even when they write their own stuff. we're talking about a whole brainwashed and blank generation here!!!!!

but i digress again....let me continue - to compare this to a real talent like madonna is totally laughable!! the 'songs' are fine examples of the industrys contentment to aim all recorded music at the middle of the road and employ the same clique of songwriters to ensure that this is exactly what happens. the 'songs' are souless, cold, passionless and empty. the 'girl power' publicity stunt dreamt up by these nobodies management team is such a joke. and its even funnier that the silly little girls listening to the hype bought it! you want girl power? look at a seminal rock act like 'girlschool'- what about the runaways? suzi quatro? lee aaron? - theres many more. real women with real talent. this blurb attributed to this act disgraces women everywhere.

theres always been girl/boy groups put together by record companies and management teams, going right back to the shangri-las and the supremes. the difference is, back in the day, people actual cared about QUALITY. look at the motown acts! compare that music to this and all the others! - the gap in QUALITY is so wide its not even comparable!

what we have now is an industry completely dominated by businessmen like fuller and cowell who have no interest in music whatsoever but are totally interested in making money and, with the filthy media in tow, are experts in creating publicity stunts like this that all you idiots go and lap up in your millions! this is all a total, complete and utter CON!! a joke! and the jokes on YOU you maniacs! - you should get your heads together and boycott this act and all other modern music that follows suit. this garbage is the flag bearer for the soon to be death of western civilization
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Album II
Album II

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars another frustrating genius, 4 Oct 2007
This review is from: Album II (Audio CD)
amount of tracks : 12
excellent :3
v.good :2
good :4
fair :3
poor :0

like nick cave, don mclean and so many others, loudon could be incredibly inconsistent and therefore frustrating with his records, with the average always outweighing the great but making all his albums worth finding cos you just know that SOMEWHERE youre gonna find a song that makes it all worthwhile! - this album, along with 'history' is probably his most consistent offering. i always prefer loudon when he stays in the quieter, more serious zones, and theres a couple here that show him at his very best.
'motel blues' seems humourous at first but is in fact a quite lonely little tale. the 3-part 'i know im happy/suicide song/glenville reel thing is great songwriting, with only the third slightly letting the mood down. 'suicide song' itself is a real desperate little number which fits its title very well. the highlight for me though is 'old friend' which paints a vivid picture of time going by and values changing. at his best, loudon is definately in the premier division of singer/songwriters, though it is incredibly frustrating dealing with his albums looking for the great numbers. some of his albums have no such great numbers, but you just gotta keep looking cos when they come along theyre well worth it! this album is the best place to start if you wanna check the man out


In Search Of The Fourth Chord
In Search Of The Fourth Chord
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: 6.99

8 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars oh no quo!, 3 Oct 2007
amount of tracks :14
excellent :0
v.good :0
good :2
fair :4
poor :8

the problem with quo fanatics, like fanatics of all other bands, is that theyre so enamoured with their heroes that they refuse to face the truth even when its staring them in the face. EVERYTHING is great! the band can do NO wrong! - but in the real world, its simply not true. in the early 70's i was a big,big fan of this band and saw them live many times. they were as exciting as hell and anybody who wasnt around at the time can have no idea of how powerful and exhilerating this band were. but its a long way down the road and quo have tarnished their status beyond repair. the slide down became apparant in 1978 with the loathsome 'rocking all over the world' lp. this was when the piano, always a very dodgy element in quos music, turned from subtle rock infusions into boogie-woogie and thus into cabaret and down into chas and dave land. they have never recovered. i bought this album cos i SO wanted them to regain their glory but it hasnt happened. ok, some of the songs rock along. but its rock without any of the raucous production and playing that quo had in their glory years. its all very slick and safe and predictable and, i hate to say it, old. you just cannot, in a million light years compare this to the incendiary 'mean girl' or 'paper plane' or any of the other great quo tracks from the 70's before the rot set in. it just doesnt stand up. quo have become a cabaret band, going through the motions without any passion as the limp versions of their classic songs in the live arena prove. FACE FACTS PEOPLE!!!! this album is another embarrasing nail in the coffin of a once truly great band
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No More Shall We Part
No More Shall We Part
Price: 7.87

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars frustrating, 3 Oct 2007
This review is from: No More Shall We Part (Audio CD)
amount of tracks :12
excellent :3
v.good :1
good :4
fair :4
poor :0

That cave is a real genius songwriter there is no doubt. but, the frustrating thing for me whilst listening to his work is that for every track that makes your jaw hit the floor in wonder there are plenty more alongside it that are so disjointed that you wonder whether the same artist is responsible! most of his early work is unlistenable to me, being just a racket with no sense of itself. all noise and bluster with no real power, regardless of how good the lyrical imagery is. his later work settled down somewhat and this album is probably his very best. and its his best because half of it is in the area that suits this man best - on slow, introspective numbers. cos when he and his band raise the bar they cannot cut it in my opinion. there are half a dozen lovely songs on this album, the title track itself is a fine peice of work (we'll forgive him slipping out of tune!) 'god is in the house' is also a great track. by far and away the highlight of this album though is 'love letter' - surely one of the greatest peons to love ever written and an incredibly sad and moving peice of music. harrowingly sad in fact! its so frustrating that this guy can hit such heights of songwriting - real premier division stuff - and then in the next instant descend into chaotic bluster. it beats me why he cant see where his true strengths are and capitalize on them. its alright to say that albums need light and shade, but in caves case the quality between the introspective numbers and the 'uptempo' ones are so wide that it makes that argument valueless. another prime example is from his recent 'abbatoir blues' album where only one track, 'hiding all away' saves the album from being a wasteful mess

all caves albums suffer from this malady, some more than others. this is the least affected and therefore the most recommended. what this means is, no matter what, you have to plough through all his work cos theres gems out there and those gems are solid gold and must be heard. tracks like 'love letter' 'weeping song' 'nobodys baby now' - staggeringly beautiful songs, but like i said , you have to trawl through some dross to get there
if this sounds like a put-down, its not meant to be as i consider cave to be one of the most important artists around. but he is so very unpredictable that he makes for truly frustrating listening. as for this album, id give it 5 stars for 'love letter' alone, but cos of this unpredictability and inconsistency, it doesnt warrant more than a 3 star rating as a whole. do, however, seek it out just for the aforementioned tracks, and also go seek out all his other albums cos theres treasures out there! be advised though, the journey is a very rocky one......


Looking on (remastered)
Looking on (remastered)
Offered by Andthebeatgoeson
Price: 15.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars monstrous!, 26 Sep 2007
This review is from: Looking on (remastered) (Audio CD)
amount of tracks (not including bonus tacks) :7
excellent :4
v.good :1
good :2
fair :0
poor :0

if you wanna know where queen 'borrowed' their style from look no further than this album. the move were a quite fantastic pop act, and of roy wood there can be no praise high enough - surely THE most under-rated british songwriter of them all. the moves pop hits during the late 60's were easily as good, if not better, than anything the beatles or the stones were turning out (especially 'blackberry way' surely one of the greatest singles ever released) by 1970 the band were close to imploding, theyd released the patchy 'shazam' which, however, contained one track 'cherry blossom clinic', which was a staggeringly good song and was kind of a pointer for where they were going next.

which was here! in 'looking on' the band straddled the heavy rock sound which peaked in 1970 (even genesis were heavy in 1970!!), and came up with a real masterpeice. the album is very heavy, but with a very unusual and completely original sound. listen to the track 'open up said the world at the door' and then tell me that queen didnt base their entire sound on the move! right down to the multi-tracked harmonies

this is quite simply an incredible, indispensible slice of pop/rock/heavy rock/metal/prog/folk history which defies categorization! (as you can tell!)overlooked for too long, the move were one of the greatest bands of all time , and as for roy wood, well, the man was a musical genius. buy this album and i promise your chin will be on the floor in amazement at its brilliance! class with a capital C
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Songs Of Love And Hate
Songs Of Love And Hate
Offered by momox co uk
Price: 3.25

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars into the void, 26 Sep 2007
This review is from: Songs Of Love And Hate (Audio CD)
amount of tracks:8
excellent:6
v'good:0
good:2
fair:0
poor:0

As the amazon outline says, it doesnt get any deeper or darker than this. all of cohens work in the 60's and 70's(with the exception of 'death of a ladies man') is indispensible stuff. this one is perhaps the bleakest and most compelling of them all. the opening track 'avalanche' is perhaps the most mournful and harrowing song cohen ever submitted to tape. bleak is not the word! the wordplay is of course, fantastic, compelling imagery as per all his best work. the following track 'dress rehersal rag' is just as bleak if not bleaker! cohens monotone vocal approach turning this into a truly nightmarish experience where you can almost touch the song characters despair. these two songs alone would be more than worth the price of admission but it doesnt end there! 'last years man' 'love calls you by your name' 'joan of arc' and 'famous blue raincoat' follow suit and each one portrays a story of terrible loneliness. if all this sounds dramatic in its description then, yeah, it is dramatic! this is high art. these are true works of genius. it always used to seriously aggravate me when people sniggered at cohen and called him 'depressing' - the responses of mindless idiots who havent got the artistic depth or culture to appreciate the true value of this material.

of the remainder of the album, there are two more uptempo numbers, which, while still lyrically bleak, dont really do it for me like the six aforementioned slow numbers. i always felt that cohen went out of his territory when he tried to liven things up. but this is just my personal take on it

all in all then, a truly wonderful album which should be bought immediately by anyone interested in music with true soul and passion. buy this along with 'songs of' 'songs from a room' 'new skin' and 'recent songs' (his last great album)

as a footnote i would like to say that i find it hard to believe that this is the same writer and performer who now turns out such throwaway cocktail bar music. cohens work since the start of the 80's has been uniformingly poor, consisting of overblown and clumsy instrumentation and a whispering, lazy vocal tone which makes him sound like lee marvins perverted brother. i despair when i hear it and compare it to the staggering heights of his early work. if youre new to the man and want to hear him at his very best then i urge you to steer clear of all the recent stuff that the media drool over and go back to the stuff that the same media laughed and sneered at back in the day. you all know what wankers they are dont you? of course you do!
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