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Live At Shea Stadium
Live At Shea Stadium
Price: £18.87

5.0 out of 5 stars clash stadium rockers, 20 Dec. 2008
This review is from: Live At Shea Stadium (Audio CD)
the bonus of the album itself is the fact it has none of the enhancements and face lifts that would have robbed it of its soul since this live album documents The Clash in their prime before being torn in two by the fueds that led to them dissolving after the cut the crap album.

The songs sound immediate and full of adrenalin compared to their studio efforts with Joe, Mick, Simonen spitting out the words to the lyrics on their respective songs "London Calling", "Should I stay or Should I Go" and "Guns of Brixton" as if they where running against the clock with Terry Chimes drumming no different to the then disposed Topper Headon only heavier especially on "Tommy Gun" with the machine gun like drumming still enough to send those scurrying for cover.

Its good that another unreleased gem has seen the light of day that doesn't sound out of place and can hold its own against many of the other live albums since its raw, and full of spit and no polish like Thin Lizzy's live UK Tour 75 live album.

Happy In Galoshes
Happy In Galoshes

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars more to him than being a former frontman for STP and VR, 19 Dec. 2008
This review is from: Happy In Galoshes (Audio CD)
This is not to be confused with the proper double album release thats coming out on the 19th of January 2009 as this one is an exclusive US single disc release that is a taster for what we would expect soon as Scott Weiland openly demonstrates how he earned his chops with STP and adding another string to his bow fronting VR for two solid albums as on this first disc is a very eclectic mix of styles over substance as the first track "Missing Cleveland" is a loud number with a david bowie changes kinda feel to it whilst "Tangle With Your Mind" does what the title says lulling you into a fall sense of security into thinking its Bob Dylan rewinding back the years singing the lyrics to what is a catchy lounge song showcasing Scotts vocal talents behind a mic.

Theres much to discover on this album of which the duscovery is the 13th secret track "Be Not Afraid" is a beatufily sung tear jerking hymn and tribute to his late brother which was originally sang at church during Scott's tenure as an altar boy and was used at his late brothers funeral of which Scott shedded tears as said in a Kerrang magazine interview.

Love him or Loathe him theres a lot more to Scott than being a frontman for Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver and being a whipping boy for the media but his solo album his second since 1998's twelver bar blues shows a sensitive side to him rather than the image portrayed by the media as self obsessed junkie who couldn't handle being surrounded by musicians more well known than he was when he was singing for Velvet Revolver.

Hoover Dam
Hoover Dam
Offered by RareGroove
Price: £9.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hugh Cornwell's on form and happy!, 13 Dec. 2008
This review is from: Hoover Dam (Audio CD)
Kept playing Hugh Cornwell's latest album "Hooverdam" on repeat as its such a quality hard rocking album in places that is reminescent of The Kinks and The Who as each track bar the good instrumental "Philip K Riduclous" are simple and catchy enough to warrant a few repeated plays notably "Please Don't Put Me on the slow boat to trowbridge" and "Delightful Nightmare" which illustrates the effectiveness of being in a bad of three people as the quality of Caroline Campbell's bass playing matches the sublime guitar thrills of Hugh Cornwell's instrument backed up with solid drumming by Chris Bell.

The good thing about this album is that its not let down by any attempts at experimenting just Hugh sticking to the tried and tested formula of keeping things simple for us to remain interested.

Electric Arguments
Electric Arguments
Offered by Direct Entertainment UK
Price: £2.40

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to what he is doing best, 10 Dec. 2008
This review is from: Electric Arguments (Audio CD)
Electric Arguments shows Paul McCartney at his eclectic best rocking out our aural senses with the fiery "Nothing too much, just out of sight" which can leave us guessing where all this pent up aggression and vitirol is coming from? whilst other tracks such as "Two Magpies" is a lovely basic song with added acoustic flavours backed up by Paul's singing which hasn't aged a bit from his day's as a Beatle and the other "Sing the changes" is very uplifting which carries on in a similar vien with "Highway".

His solo career has often been met with added scorn and amazement at times but nobody can ever say he has ever written a boring tune as there is none on here to moan about!

Looking through the booklet that accompanies the album its funny to see Paul letting himself go with a canvas and paintbrush like a kid in a candy shop making the artwork that's seen on this album which despite all the problems he faced with his now ex-wife its good to see him letting himself go to keep us happy.

Classic Rock
Classic Rock
Offered by westworld-
Price: £20.00

8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars totally unbalanced by its track listings, 10 Dec. 2008
This review is from: Classic Rock (Audio CD)
This latest compilation does the term "Classic Rock" no justice as the 3cd set is hardly balanced well to be considered a good compilation this makes the Air Guitar series look even better on paper, cd1 starts off brighlty with Alice Coopers "Schools Out" and Budgies "Breadfan" which is offset by some weird inclusions of a bit of AOR from Foreigners "Urgent", and the punkisms of Iggy Pop's "Lust for life".

Disc 2 is another strange brew firstly track 1 rushes off into the New Wave Of British Heavy Metalisms of Iron Maiden's "can i play with madness" and then veering off into another direction with Jeff Beck's "Cause we've ended as lovers" and Jethro Tull's "Aqualung" then going head first again into Kiss's "Crazy Crazy Nights".

Disc 3 nearly keeps this questionable compilation from falling apart at the seams as tracks at the far end with Yes's "owner of a lonely heart", ZZ Top's "Tush", etc making the disc decent enough for a few listens but its another compilation designed to get people to throw away their cash expecting somthing to come good with the words classic rock for which i was silly enough to purchase in the first place!

Decade In The Sun
Decade In The Sun

25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars worth paying that little bit extra, 5 Dec. 2008
This review is from: Decade In The Sun (Audio CD)
Six studio album's in the best of stereophonics decade in the sun single disc and deluxe edition may seem premature but theres enough quality spread out with their best moments on disc 1 with tracks like "Have a nice day", "Local Boy in the photograph", "Pick a part thats new" sounding fresh and uplifting as ever which is evenly balanced by the last track "Handbags and Gladrags" a lovely song made even sweeter by Kelly Jones gritty impassioned vocals.

Disc 2 on this deluxe edition of decade in the sun is a much needed added boost to disc one as it contains enough rarities, live tracks and b-sides that makes listening to the box set worth while especially the tom Jones collaberation of "Mama told me not to come",and with Jools holland "im alright (you gotto go there to come back) first time i ever saw your face", and the two tracks from the thousand tree's and from more life in a tramps vest ep's "i stopped to fill my car up carrot cake and wine" and "Bill Davey's Daughter Raymond's shop"

I felt myself that i just had enough education in not perfoming but to go out and pay that little bit extra for this deluxe box set as this has a lot more to it than the single disc best of.

Like Manic Street Preachers before them they don't make bands like these anymore.

Day & Age
Day & Age
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.00

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So atmospheric it feels as if you are flying thru space itself!, 30 Nov. 2008
This review is from: Day & Age (Audio CD)
The Killers third album "Day & Age" feels so atmospheric you feel as if you are flying thru space itself, just listen to the beauty of "Human" and let yourself be become 1 with the song as it's beutifully crafted guitars and drums coupled with Brandon's singing is uplifting to the point where you don't want to come back down which can be said for the quality of "Losing Touch", "Spaceman" and "Joyride" backed up by the welcome bonus of "Crippling Blow".

While their debut album Hot Fuzz was a complete rush of blood to the senses Sam's Town and their latest Day & Age mark a different kind of direction of where they are going as they reach each level with a different kind of focus whilst perfecting the art and craft of what makes them tick with quality!

Kind of like Depeche Mode on happy pills and U2's Bono without the rediculous Stetson.

Worldwide Metal
Worldwide Metal
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: £6.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars worth it for the game alone!, 25 Nov. 2008
This review is from: Worldwide Metal (Audio CD)
The world wide metal compilation and game are notable for its two bonuses the quality of thrash acts that make up the bulk of the UK AND Scamdanaivian cd's and the game Extreme Metal Racing which was fun to have a go with racing along hells highway to beat your opponants and run down Zombies to gain skull points and access to the special bonuses whilst racing along to a bundle of impressive acts filtering the soundtrack coming from the likes of Mortiis,Decapitated,Morbd Angel,Akercocke etc etc.

Perfect music for when the sun goes down and enter NIGHT!

Chinese Democracy
Chinese Democracy
Offered by Direct Entertainment UK
Price: £3.24

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars was it worth the wait? it certainly was!, 23 Nov. 2008
This review is from: Chinese Democracy (Audio CD)
Chinese democracy was worth the wait in gold of course its epic granduer will not wash with some hardcore GNR fans wanting a repeat prescription of Appetite For Destruction but who cares this album may have taken a good part of 15 years or so after the poor 1993 release of The Spaghetti Incident to make but listen closely without prejudice you start to feel a certain closeness of nolstalgia when allowing yourself to be absorbed by the tracks array of influences that was never to be seen or heard on any of the 5 studio albums made with the original line up.

Let me explain the title track of the album "Chinese Democracy" is so catchy you can hardly pin down whose actually playing rythmn or lead guitar but due to its industrial surround sound it has to be ex-NIN's Robin Finck and with the lead solo's coming from no other than Buckethead since the credits state that in the Albums booklet.

My other favourite Track has to be "Street Of Dreams" don't ask me why but its reminiscent of another ballad "Estranged" from Use Your Illusion its starts off nicely with a bit of piano playing till Axl shows his emotional side with his vocals upto the Guitar solo's as if it came straight from Slash himself.

"If the world" is a different change of direction it feels it has a bit of the R'n'B feel to it with Axl Vocals shining clearly on it pretty ironic you can actually make out what he is saying since most of his other songs from back then had made you feel as if you where gasping for air and forcing out the vocals from your depleted oxygen supply just to keep up with him.

While Also "T.W.A.T" and "Catcher In The Rye" are lovely ballad sounding tracks which are balanced out well by "Shacklers Revenge" and "Riad N'The'Bedouins".

Was it worth the wait?

It Certainly was!

At the end of the day lets be grateful that its been released finally and that it does not sound half baked and rushed as some naysay reviewers have pointed out so to speak its an album sure to keep tongues wagging for quite some time wether it measures up to the previous work in the beginning but why should that be held against the current incarnation of GNR as its a piece of work suited for the times and that could set a template for other rock bands to follow for years to come showing that its okay to incorperate other ideas that most dinosaurs are not quite prepared to take risks for.

Cosmic Universal Fashion
Cosmic Universal Fashion
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: £3.99

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Red Rocker is back, 19 Nov. 2008
Its good to see the red rocker is back as he's no slouch when it comes to writing and singing his own material especially on tracks like "Loud" and "Cosmic Universal Fashion" which is a mix of the old school heads down rocking and partying like its 1989.

Still a damn shame he does not get the recognition he deserves for giving Van Halen another side to their ability to rock as his singing was more in tone with their rocking melodic capabilties in comparison to the corn dog persona of David Lee Roth.
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