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Savage Amusement (Bonus DVD)
Savage Amusement (Bonus DVD)
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Savage!, 26 Nov. 2015
When this album came out, back in the days, I completely ignored it, having been dissapointed with "Love at first Sting" and the direction of Hard Rock in general, choosing instead to listen to heavier (thrash) metal bands.

It's only now-some 25 years later- that I listen to Savage amusement for the first time. Of course I was familiar with the hits from the album, but didn't think much of them, now that I have the full album and that I made peace with the late 80's early 90's style, I can definitly say that it's a great album even if the production is typical from that period and can sound "sterile" or "computerized" at moments. The songwriting is fantastic, I believe it's as strong as "Blackout" (the album) and there's some great singing and guitar playing.

This 50th anniversary edition also presents some bonus tracks, which are less produced than the album itself and sound like "Blackout" outtakes. These are very good bonuses (unlike for instance the "Taken by Force" unfinished demos where Klaus Meine just hums along).

Overall I think that "Savage amusement" sounds better than "Love at First Sting" and that the songwriting is as good if not better (except maybe in the "ballad" department). More rockers than ballads, more rockers than fillers!

A very good surprise for me.

Price: £7.99

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great music, awful vocals., 11 Nov. 2015
This review is from: Perfectamundo (Audio CD)
Don't know what to think about this album. On the one hand I really like it, it's got great music and great arrangements, lots of percussion and Hammond and guitar layers which makes it very interesting. On the other hand, I think the treatment on the vocals is awful; they sound completely fake and computerized, and also the "rap" parts just make me jump. Shame cause the instrumentation is awesome, very rich and wide (rock, boogie, cuban, electronics,...). A lot of experimentation on both the music and the vocals, works for me on the instruments, not on the voice.
Half and half for me.
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Price: £20.55

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it, 8 Nov. 2015
This review is from: Interstellaires (Audio CD)
Stellar return for Mylène Farmer, who frankly released some rather poor albums in the last ten (+) years. This is a come back to a more "rock" sound mixed with "techno" elements rather than the other way around (as it was for "Monkey me" or" Point de sutures").
Dark slows songs mixed with mid-tempos (no real up-tempos here), and the usual magic eerie universe and voice of Mylène.
"Stolen Cars" with Sting might not be her best duet (I thought "Regrets" with Murat and "Les Mots" with Seal were better), but it's still a very good song, and probably the most uplifting track of the album.
As a long-time fan (started to listen to her in 1990), I'm very pleased with this release, which to me is the best album since "Anamorphosée" (1995).

And November is just the right time to listen to Mylène...

Belief And Illusion
Belief And Illusion
Price: £16.81

4.0 out of 5 stars Cinderella men, 24 Oct. 2015
This review is from: Belief And Illusion (Audio CD)
Another band firmly anchored in the seventies, but this time instead of the Led Zep/ Black Sabbath influence, there's a definite Rush (A Farewell to kings-era) feel to it. Hard rock with a prog mix, some "medieval" influences, a clever work of keyboards/ guitars reminiscent of the best Yes moments (Topographic, Relayer), a voice that reminds me of Geddy Lee (not the super high pitched though), sophisticated structures but with a real care for the melodies as well. Although technically not as stunning as Rush could be, the musicianship is of a very good level (not sure how this is gonna work "live" since there's one drummer, one singer and a third person who plays all other instruments). As for the production, it's just perfect: not clinical but very organic and alive.
I find it a refreshing album and will definitly enjoy it and keep an eye for future works from this band.

Bow Wow
Bow Wow
Price: £10.49

3.0 out of 5 stars Only the Beginning..., 15 Oct. 2015
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This review is from: Bow Wow (Audio CD)
This is a cool journey at the beginning of a young japanese band, but frankly this is not up there with some of their later releases. The production is very weak and some of the songs are almost more "power pop" than "hard rock". The overall feel is light and inconsistent (especially in the vocals department) but they're are also some great moments, such as the guitar solos, some killer riffs and nice nods to Jimi Hendrix, Status Quo or Deep Purple.
Bow Wow will become Vow Wow and produce some great heavy hard rock, but this is not there yet. I'd add that this is more in the vein of "Lazy" rather than in the vein of "Loudness", to give some type of comparaison with Japan's most famous HR band.

Live In Boston 1988
Live In Boston 1988
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Price: £16.56

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Sonic Mess..., 8 Oct. 2015
This review is from: Live In Boston 1988 (Audio CD)
Such a sad release! As a long time Elp and 3 fan, I knew what to expect to hear musically here, but the sound is just awful. Soundboard? Maybe, I'm not sure. The drums are a complete mud, the keyboards too high then too low, messy.
Some reviewer on talked about "official release" and "fantastic sound"...I don't know what he's talking about!

Yes, the setlist is wonderful, and the playing is great, and yes some quieter songs aren't such a sonic mess, but all in all, this is a painful experience I wish I would avoided, especially at that price!

Blood, Guts And Puss
Blood, Guts And Puss
Price: £13.68

5.0 out of 5 stars A bloody ride!, 5 Oct. 2015
This review is from: Blood, Guts And Puss (Audio CD)
Some 25 years ago I rented this cd, and put it on tape (still have it somewhere). This was my introduction to the Dwarves and their sheer noisy punk! After that I bought some of their other records (Come Clean, ...) but still this one remained my favourite.

Only a few days ago, I jumped in and bought the Lp, because frankly this is some awesome artwork!
And the music remains fast, dirty and thrashy. Not even fifteen minutes long, but what a bloody ride!

Spacewalk - A Salute To Ace Frehley
Spacewalk - A Salute To Ace Frehley
Price: £11.46

3.0 out of 5 stars Good but..., 3 Oct. 2015
Cool songs (of course), good interpretations by some of the best guitarists. Most of the drumming is done by Scott Travis (Judas Priest), but the sound of the drums is flat and buried in the mix. The bass frequencies are also much too present and the whole thing sounds very compressed allowing very few dynamics. Some mixers/ mastering engineers should really check their work on "regular" speakers, not everybody has "pro" material at home! I bet it will sound good and heavy on my Mp3 player though.
A fifty fifty affair...Too bad cause Ace Frehley crafted some really great tunes and inspired legions of awesome musicians!

The Albums Collection
The Albums Collection
Price: £20.50

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 classic albums + some rarities., 1 Oct. 2015
This review is from: The Albums Collection (Audio CD)
Even though-and as previously reviewed on these pages-this is far from being a complete affair, it seems completely unfair to give this box only 2 stars. This box features the "Gillan" albums as they were released back then on Lp + an album of Rarities, and those albums are killer albums! "Future Shock", "Glory Road" and "Mr Universe" are classic hard rock albums with stunning tunes, great playing and amazing vocals. Some of the best tunes Ian Gillan has recorded outside of Deep Purple.

So, yes, it is incomplete (in terms of bonus tracks), but to be honest some of those bonus (like the bonus tracks from "Magic") are quite forgettable (I listened to this album today, and was frankly annoyed by those bonuses...).
The only extra tracks that I would recommend are from the "Future Shock" sessions.

Anyway, 5 fabulous albums, a cd of rarities, this is definitly worth getting!

From The Setting Sun...(In Wacken)
From The Setting Sun...(In Wacken)
Price: £12.99

19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From the best Live band ever..., 1 Sept. 2015
This gets a five stars from me because it's an amazing performance from the Deep Purple current line-up. The set list-which features both old classics and new songs-is energized by the kick of playing for a huge "heavy metal" crowd, clearly a challenge for Deep Purple, who are used to play in front of their own audience. The set list is definitly on the "heavier" side too: the opening trio of "Highway Star", "Into the Fire" and "Hard Lovin Man" is a kick-ass opening.
Ian Gillan is in real fine form, and the main soloists (Morse and Airey) are really inspired during the whole show.
Stellar versions of new songs "Hell to Pay", "Vincent Price", "Above & Beyond" and other post-reunion now-classics.
Uli Jon Roth (ex-Scorpions) comes jammin on "Smoke on the Water" before the band finishes the show with the now classic ending of "Hush" and "Black night" slightly shortened for the timming of the festival.
Deep purple remains a true driving force and an exceptional Live band, and here's a proof of it!

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