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Neil Young - Ragged Glory [VHS] [1991]
Neil Young - Ragged Glory [VHS] [1991]

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE FUNNIEST MUSIC VIDEO EVER, 14 Aug. 2002
Firstly, I want to say Neil Young is my favourate artist, and I like the album "Ragged Glory" a LOT and see it as probably his only work since 1979 to stand up to "Zuma" et al.
However, that doesn't stop this from being literally the most hilarious thing in the world. I recommened it to anyone with mood swings as it can truly cheer one immensly.
25 minutes of the most hilarious posturing with the scary aditions of Neil serenading a toilet, dressing up as a vicar and rising from the dead. BUY IT!


Sleeps With Angels
Sleeps With Angels
Price: £5.53

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid, his best record since RNS, 29 Oct. 2001
This review is from: Sleeps With Angels (Audio CD)
I really can't believe that there has only been one review previous to this, and that it gave the album a measly four. This record really is the best thing we've heard from Neil since the amazing Rust Never Sleeps, and I can see arguments for it toppling even that's might. I would go as far as to say if I were to own only 3 NY albums, I would have to choose Harvest (sorry, but it's undeniable), RNS and THIS. It displays so much, says so much, contains so much incredible diversity. Let me demonstrate the first track is a beautiful solo-Neil harpsichord-thing song, wonderful, lovely. The next is a full band grove, the first few times seemingly a dull guitar number that goes nowhere, but really a great song, trust me, with unusual for Neil subtle dynamic variation. Next is the depressing dirgy "Driveby", Neil rasping and heartfelt, the chance of it all. Next the short feedback-layered dark-metal (practically) of the title track, all about poor Kurt's death (we are led to believe, I remain sceptic). All of these four songs, so diverse and containing inexplicable beauty, standing so well next to each other, yet apart.
The rest of the album is better in places to, The stunning 16 minute "Change your mind" beats "Down By The River" in my opinion, even if it never touches "Cowgirl...". The six-minute outro "Blue Eden" isn't bad either. The other main highlight is "safeway cart", with it's slide-bass riff and spooky chord progression, a new wonderful direction for Neil. Oh, and I literally love "Piece of Crap", hilarious, trust me, political (shallow, I admit) too. The album ends with another harpsichord number, this time with the rest of the band though, not amazing, but a fitting end. There's so much I haven't mentioned. Perhaps the worst track(s) is/are "western hero"/"train of love" (they share the same vocal track, just contain different guitar feedback solos and vocal tracks), so its disappointing they show up twice, but they are strong lyrically and add a less dark element. This is truly a great record. Oh, by the way, don't base your view of this on a few listens, at first the only thing I liked was "piece ofd crap" (!) but as with all of Neil's best, with a bit of effort the reward is priceless. This really is an essential purchase alongside Harvest and RNS for a music fan, and for a NY music fan alongside ragged glory, goldrush EKTIN, TTN and lucky 13(and maybe more... silver and gold, freedom, on the beach, comes a time anyone?).
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Harvest Moon
Harvest Moon
Price: £5.62

6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sorry... but this is really not Neil at his best, 29 Oct. 2001
This review is from: Harvest Moon (Audio CD)
With all due respect to Neil and anyone who enjoys listening to this album, I would like to say that I find this record to be the poorest of my (admitadly, limp) 17 NY albums. Yes, there are some good moments, but those songs are mainly on Unplugged anyway (another bland emotionless affair). The last, long, political track, sounds like it's gonnna rectofy the whole album the first time you hear it, but it ends up boring even further, and the metaphor of nature as a MONUMENT i find particually underwhelming, hopefully not representing his true emotions towards the planet. Try Natural Anthem anyday. Anyway, itt's not a terrible record, just the only NY I own that frequently disapoints me, if you want a good gentle album to sit next to your copy of harvest check out Comes A Time instead, a lovley suprise comparitivley, or the recent and rather splendid Silver & Gold, probably his quietest album to date.


The Madcap Laughs
The Madcap Laughs
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Price: £4.99

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare wonder in the face of destruction, 4 July 2001
This review is from: The Madcap Laughs (Audio CD)
One of rock's most famous recluse's, the first of Syd's solo album contains some of his most fluent, and also incoherent work. Painstakingly put together this documents an amazing revolutionary artist in free-fall. Yes, "Piper..." may always be superior, but it will never have the emotional depth and intrigue this offers the listener. Ranging from the fuzzy "No good trying", to the frightening mental pain of "Dark Globe" ("Wouldn't you miss me?!?" he roars, titling his won best of 32 years later) and the sweet borrowed poem of "Golden hair". The range of moods and emotions, the way you can feel the difficulty Syd was going through this heartfelt work is amazing. This album is wonderful, and anyone considering investigating him should defiantly start here, not at that evil commercialised best of and see what this incredible songwriter managed to produce under the worst of circumstances. Miraculous.


The Hour Of Bewilderbeast
The Hour Of Bewilderbeast
Offered by Todays Great Deal
Price: £2.49

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice, inoffensive, uneventful, 4 July 2001
"The shining", seemingly on every free-CD under the sun, opens this album in lovely orchestrated style, his mediocre vocal ability being used to great affect. You think your in for something special, and your only halve wrong. The 18 tracks on offer, many recorded simply on a four-track defiantly have a gentle sleepy beauty to them most of the time, but the album is decidedly dull and repetitive, and hard to really love. It's very nice and I think most music-listeners would appreciate its inoffensive dinner party-style, but it hardly breaks down barriers or leaps up and asks to be bought.


Nu-Clear Sounds
Nu-Clear Sounds
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Price: £2.61

4.0 out of 5 stars More mature and rounded effort than 1977, 4 July 2001
This review is from: Nu-Clear Sounds (Audio CD)
An older Ash regroup, employ a new guitarist for a beefier sound and come up with a much mature record than the successful predecessor. Sadly, although it gained the critics praised it, sales where low, which maybe explains "Free All Angels" 1977-ey sound. Anyway, this combines heavier, angsty rock behemoths like "Numbskull" with gentle, sweet, and often depressing slow ballad moments ("I'm gonna fall" et al.), whilst occasionally slipping back to the schoolboy pop-punk with "Wildsurf", but we'll let them off. Avery good record, they should have stayed like this...


1977 [East West Release]
1977 [East West Release]
Offered by Telstar Entertainment
Price: £4.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than average slice of guitar pop/punk, 4 July 2001
A good catchy album from our favourite (or not) youthful upstarts Ash. This is a good happy, uplifting, fun record. Like "Girl from mars"? then you'll like the rest. The My Vitriol-esque mess of "Lose control" is storms along incredibly, "Lost in you" is a sweet intelligent ballad and the aforementioned "Girl from mars" is 4-chord pop-punk perfection with all the dynamic changes awesomely timed. A good effort, if slightly immature and patchy in places, my personal preference lies with the more rounded mature "Nu-Clear Sounds"


School's Out
School's Out
Price: £3.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic conceptional rock, 4 July 2001
This review is from: School's Out (Audio CD)
This is a very fine revolutionary album. Known mostly for it's commercialised singalong title track, this album is a totally different beast altogether. This is a brilliant album form the BAND (not individual - that came latter) Alice Cooper. A unique blend of jazzy experimental rock combined with a theoretical satire. This album is very special, the title track is great, but don't expect the rest to be similar inferiors, this album is bizarre and truly very good. And funny.


Little South Of Sanity
Little South Of Sanity
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £8.66

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good live action but hardly essential, 4 July 2001
This review is from: Little South Of Sanity (Audio CD)
Contractional kiss-off to geffen whilst the band return back to home Columbia, this compilation is hard to rate. The recordings vary in quality ludicrously, as does the performance by the band, better moments including Joe Perry's "Walk on down" and the duet of "Mama kin". Tyler's laughable introductions are good for comedy value but on repeated plays irritate and sometimes their inclusion is really wondered about. Still, the material, when played and recorded well, is of course splendid. The first disc was recorded on the "Get A Grip" tour and concentrates more on the current MTV-Aerosmith, whilst the second disc from the "Nine Lives" tour concentrates mainly on the classics from their earlier days and thus could be seen as superior. It's a good listen at a reasonable price, but questionable track selection and the presence of the earlier live albums really deem this release unnecessary for most.


Nine Lives
Nine Lives
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Price: £2.52

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Splendid fresher record, 4 July 2001
This review is from: Nine Lives (Audio CD)
After 3 "clean" samey Aerosmith albums, culminating in the lacklustre 3-ballads-in-5-tracks of "Get A Grip", the band regroup and produce this gem. Overproduced, maybe, but the variation is generally a godsend to the turgid predecessor, OK there's filler material in the place of "The Farm", but the range of sounds and styles on offer is diverse and breezily refreshing in a way. Released with the hit cover movie tie-in "I don't want to miss a thing" (one of the few ballads I still fall for) this is sadly undeniable. The storming title track, the thoughtful "Full circle", even the manic "Crash", are all examples of a band reaching a little bit beyond there tired formula (how many years?) and achieving great results. Yes, maybe I am a bit too in love with this record to produce and unbiased review but I like it quite a lot, and I think you should too. Of the MTV albums, it swerves in nicely just after "Pump", of course, early Aerosmith lapped this lot long ago...


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