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Graz 1975
Graz 1975
Price: £9.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Coup de Graz, 17 Sep 2014
This review is from: Graz 1975 (Audio CD)
While Deep Purple MKII was the ultimate live band, MKIII was a close contestant. Graz 1975 is one of the last 3 dP shows featuring Blackmore on guitar, it was also recorded for the release of what would become "Made in Europe" (at least part of it), and is now released for the very first time officialy in its entirety (well, sort of).
The say the least, the music on this cd is brilliant, with the powerhouse MKIII absolutely on fire playing their classic 75 playlist including songs from both MKIII albums and some older tracks.

You Fool No One and Space Truckin are playgrounds for Blackmore, Lord & Paice showcasing their absolute brilliance (although, hell, they cut the drum solo so that the show would fit on 1 cd...Shame!), while Mistreated is where Coverdale shines as a (still) very young rock/blues singer.

Not to forget the stunning bass performance of Hughes (while his vocals and "whooping" might not be to the everybody's taste...).

The classic songs are accompagned by the then newer tracks from Stormbringer (Stormbringer, The Gypsy, Lady Double Dealer) which didn't get played that often by MKIII or any MK at all for that matter.

This recording is a testimony of a band on the verge of breaking up, but not giving up. It's very angry and as most 70's dP live releases, very dangerous. It's a fearless band playing as there was no tomorrow (which...).

The other reason why this is an absolute must have, is that-as I stated before-it is the first time that that show appears officialy ( as oppose to the other releases in that same serie).

Now the question is: do you have to be a dP die-hard fan to buy this one?
I'd say that for the casual fan it's a very good show to have, but maybe not the absolute must-have, but when it comes to the die-hard fan, this is one of the most exciting release that's been made availble in a long while!

The only reason why I gave it a 4 stars it's because it's missing the drum solo (in YFNO) and probably the encores (Goin Down and Highway Star), although maybe these two weren't recorded back in the day...


Come And Get It
Come And Get It
Price: £11.58

4.0 out of 5 stars CaG IT, 17 Sep 2014
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This review is from: Come And Get It (Audio CD)
There are so many bluesmen and women that one might wonder where to start...
I've tried many of those artists, and all have left me cold, but with Christina Skolberg this is quite a different story. First of all what I appreciate here, is that this album feels like a solo effort but with a band spirit, meaning it's not just guitar solos-a-gogo buttered on a halfdecent rhythm section. No, what we have here, is a SOLID bass/drums section, well produced, some solid rhythm guitar playing and some great guitar and organ solos (and some additional arrangements).
While this is the main attraction for me, I also very much enjoy her guitar tone, it's very ballsy and never gets mellow or clinical. This is blues/ rock with a hint of soul territory.

While Christina might not be a first class singer, I think she delivers pretty well in that department too (She's got that Sue Foley "thing" in her voice that I really appreciate).Never does it feel like she's overdoing it.

The songs (and the album) are relatively short, and I definitly wish that some soloing had been extended, but this is a minor criticism.

Yes, come and get it!


Space Invader (Ltd Digi)
Space Invader (Ltd Digi)
Price: £11.16

5.0 out of 5 stars Ace, 17 Sep 2014
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I'd say this is easily Ace's best album since his Kiss solo effort. The songs are really great, not a filler! Ace's style (as a guitar player and singer) are still very distinctive, and I believe that on Space Invader, Ace delivers his best performance in decades. "Toys", "Past the Milky Way", "Inside the vortex" and "Reckless" are instant classics!
The cover of "Joker", while very well executed might seem a bit out of place-or is it simply because I've heard the original so much that I'm fed up with it? I could have done without it.

The closing track (on the regular version) is another one of Ace's trademark instrumentals, although there is no reference to "Fractured Mirror" in the title ("Starship"), this is clearly another eposide of the mirror's adventures, and one of the best to boot!

Great to have the Space Invader back.


CLASSIC ROCK PRESENTS: World on Fire
CLASSIC ROCK PRESENTS: World on Fire
Price: £14.16

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Set on repeat., 17 Sep 2014
"World on Fire" is definitly much better than its predecessor. As it has been mentionned before, this sounds like a band effort, the musicianship is very good and inspired and sounds very genuine. The album perspires "Appetite" all over, but this time, it doesn't feel like old re-heated material. The tracks are straight forward r'n'r, and at first it might be difficult to tell one from the other. The stand out track after a few listenings is "Beneath the Savage Sun", a dark moody, very intense track. The production is also much better than on "Apocalyptic Love" which for me was a big let-down.
17 tracks is a lot to absorb at once, but I believe that repeat listening will make this album all the more pleasant.


WILDEST DREAMS
WILDEST DREAMS
Price: £11.15

4.0 out of 5 stars Dream on, 10 Sep 2014
This review is from: WILDEST DREAMS (Audio CD)
A modern slice of west coast-inspired psychedelia. Check out the album cover and compare it to Randy California's Kapt Kopter album, and you'll see where Wildest Dreams is leading you.
Long instrumental passages, rather atmospheric than prog...In fact, not prog at all!
Dipped in Spirit, The Doors, Hawkwind, this is a fine record that takes you back in time in a very positive way.
Peace, man...


Transylvanian Tapes
Transylvanian Tapes
Price: £14.80

5.0 out of 5 stars Great cats!, 29 Aug 2014
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This review is from: Transylvanian Tapes (Audio CD)
I'm usually not a big fan of the rockab genre, and got this mainly because it features Jyrki69 from The 69 eyes, but this album is just amazing! Great guitar playing, steady and experienced rhythm section, and of course the goth/ Elvis/ Astbury/ Sisters of Mercy voice of Jyrki. It's a rather rockin' experience that should please rockabs, goths and hard rock-oriented fans.

Great selection of covers, with as highlights "Sweet Transvetite", "Werewolves of London" "Sunglasses after dark" and "People are Strange", along with superb instrumentals "Necromance for Guitar" and "69 guitars".

The production is absolutely perfect, not too polished, nor too garage.

An absolute winner.


Under The Spell Of Joy
Under The Spell Of Joy
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Price: £12.60

4.0 out of 5 stars Hard blues jammin', 20 Aug 2014
This review is from: Under The Spell Of Joy (Audio CD)
It's noisy, it's bluesy, it's proggy. With hints of (old) King Crimson, Blue Cheer, Zep. A lot of wah-wah, jams and a voice that sometimes reminds me of The Mars Volta (although less annoying). What else can I say, among the hundreds of new bands playing retro-rock, some people will like this one over another or vice versa.
At least, Joy doesn't go for the recycling of classic Black Sabbath riffs, and really unleashes its potential in lenghty compositions and that's what caught my attention.


Shutup&jam
Shutup&jam
Price: £15.73

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It feels good and that's all., 10 July 2014
This review is from: Shutup&jam (Audio CD)
Remember the song "I'm A Predator" from Intensities in 10 cities? Well, that's about the level of poetry you'll get on this album!
Don't get me wrong, this album rocks, but it's a bit weak in the novelty department. Do we care? No!
Do we mind that Ted tells us how good it is to rock, eat and how bad women can be? No! Do we like to hear " I love my BBQ-that's what americans do" or hear "My baby is gone" over and over in a duet with Sammy Hagar? Yes, it's kinda fun!
Is it okay for Ted to re-visit "helter Skelter" or " Goin Down"-like songs...It's all fine.

Shutup&Jam sounds like jams roughly thrown into songs, but it rocks. The playing is great, we get the idea that Ted is happy playing guitar, hunting and blessing the american dream, and that ain't so bad!

this might very well be my album of the summer, but more than likely not of the year. Good fun!


Sun Will Rise Again
Sun Will Rise Again
Price: £45.85

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rise again...Indeed, 26 Jun 2014
This review is from: Sun Will Rise Again (Audio CD)
After all these years and all their releases, I keep waiting for the quality of Loudness music to drop, but it's still not the case. Almost every year Loudness comes back with a new album and the energy and passion is the same. Heavy metal (with a thrash metal twist) at its best. Akira Takasaki remains one of the best shredder, but also a very innovative and experimental guitar player. The rest of the band (all original members except the drummer who died a few years ago) is a well-oiled, fearless machine.
At first, I found the sound of the drums a bit bizzare, but realised that it was just a more "natural" sound than all the HM productions. To me this album sounds a bit more "old school heavy metal" than previous albums such as "Eve to dawn" or "King of pain".

Those guys are masters at what they do, and "the sun will rise again" is another proof of that.

Get it while the price is still reasonnable.


Once More Round The Sun
Once More Round The Sun
Price: £7.98

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The "Déjà-vu" paradigm, 24 Jun 2014
This review is from: Once More Round The Sun (Audio CD)
The first image that came to my mind after listening to this new album was "auto-pilot". The band has delivered some seriously highly inspired albums in the past years, change their ways and approach with a constant evolution. With "Once more...", Mastodon offers a good album of high class metal, extremely well-played, but with all ingredients taken from the their back catalogue.
Some might see it as a confirmation of their talent, I see it as a step backward in the creative department.
Are they running out of ideas, or is this simply a slow-down in their artistic process? Too soon to tell...

In terms of comparaison, I'd say this album is to Mastodon what "Hold your fire" is to "Rush", a good album, but not very exciting, with lots of good ideas but no real sparkle...Something safe.

I'd say that far from being a bad album, "Once More..." just doesn't hold up to the (high) standards of its predecessors.
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