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To Live is to Die: The Life and Death of "Metallica"'s Cliff Burton
To Live is to Die: The Life and Death of "Metallica"'s Cliff Burton
by Joel McIver
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Great little book, 12 Jun 2011
If you are into Metallica, and particularly if you were at the time of the infamous bus accident (yes, i am that old), this goes some way to answering the 'Oh no, how did that happen?' type questions that were instictively raised but never seemed resolved at the time. It also gives a real flavour of the man himself which is nice, plus real insight into what a seriously good musician he was and how much influence he had on the band. The tips on checking out early Cliff performances on Utube was a great idea and something i'd not come across in a book before. Many interesting nuggets of info are included, but for me, one in particular made the books purchase worthwhile - hopefully this isn't considered a spoiler - well stop reading now if you're worried. Towards the end of 'Orion' there's a pretty standard Hammet solo, then a haunting harmony solo section takes over, well that was Cliff on the bass! Written at short notice too. It's a beautiful piece of music that i had always assumed was played on 6-string guitar, i guess the change of tone should have been a clue. Might not mean much to the casual non-musician reader, but when i checked that bit out on vinyl, i was stunned.

In short - a very revealing, interesting and enjoyable read.

Wolverine Blues
Wolverine Blues
Price: £7.93

5.0 out of 5 stars A classic metal album, 22 May 2010
This review is from: Wolverine Blues (Audio CD)
Great groovy riffs, superb drumming, hordes of energy and aggression, with a few blues based solos (no widdly widdly stuff here). Pretty dark and heavy, but the sheer class and particularly how it grooves gives it long term appeal. One of the few albums of it's genre from that period that i still really enjoy. The non-melodic gruff vocals are arguably a little wearing, but that would be my only possible criticism if pushed.

Basically, i think it's great, it's cheap too, even a new copy.

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