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Girls Like Me /Love Me Like You Used To
Girls Like Me /Love Me Like You Used To

5.0 out of 5 stars Two of Tanya's best, 25 Nov 2014
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Tanya Tucker as far as I'm concerned is the real Queen of Country Music, and these two brilliant albums marked her comeback. After a few years off the music scene, Tanya established her once again as a major recording country artist. This re-issue contains both LPs on two separate CDs. The only downside is that it is a criminally obscure release, and rather pricey at the moment, so be prepared to have to wait a while before you're able to get your hands on it.
Both are available as single releases, but 'Girls Like Me' is often equally expensive, though 'Love Me Like You Used To' can sometimes be picked up at a good price.

I have reviewed both albums separately already, and here are my comments:

1986 Girls Like Me
Towards the end of Tanya's first term as a major country music artist, her sales were dropping. She had been a consistent hit maker since the age of twelve, but her 1983 album 'Changes' only peaked at no.47, which was low for Tanya. She disappeared off the music scene for a while after this, spiralling even further into drink and drug abuse.

But she made a comeback in 1986, with a major new record label and a slightly different sound, her music was now more of a contemporary country-pop flavour, with a little bit of soft rock thrown in for good measure. Although she didn't go into rehab until two years after 86, her recording career as a chart artist was back on track as soon as she released 'Girls Like Me'.

The title track is an outstanding country rock ballad about a woman who has never found real love but has never stopped trying to find it, and I was shocked and disappointed that this great tune was never issued as a single. Those that were though, were also excellent. The poppy 'Just Another Love' gave Tanya a number one country hit, the upwardly positive 'I'll Come Back As Another Woman' and the album's bouncy opener 'One Love At A Time', rose to #2 and #3 respectfully. The final single, 'It's Only Over for You', is another heartbreaker, and reached #8.

Tanya was clearly ready for a comeback, and with an album of such high quality as this, it shows. Justice was done, and Ms. Tucker stole back her crown as 'The Queen of Country Music'. Her next string of albums were equally as successful, and Tanya was just as popular in the mid '90s. But all of that later success started here, and 'Girls Like Me' is a must for any fan of the woman who was once known as 'The Texas Tornado', and the perfect album to convert a potential fan.

1987 Love Me Like You Used to
After the outstanding success of Tanya Tucker's comeback record 'Girls Like Me', Tanya returned with a second album in 1987 that proved her return to good music and chart success was no fluke.

'Love Me Like You Used To' produced a string of hit singles, including the title track, a heartfelt ballad that topped the country charts, the number one collaboration with Paul Davis (who penned many songs for Tanya during this period, including the title song) and Paul Overstreet, 'I Won't Take Less Than Your Love', and the feisty rocker 'If It Don't Come Easy'. The album, loaded with ballads, entered the top ten Country Albums Chart.

The songs on here are all of a high standard, but I have a real soft spot for the up-tempo 'Alien', which is a clever little gem, a quirky and wacky song with a tune that you just can't get out of your head.

Tanya was really on the comeback trail when she gave her fans 'Love Me Like You Used To', it's a great album, and one that started to convince those few silly people that Tanya was a serious adult artist, and not just a talented teen from the past who could belt out a good song.

Almost Unplugged
Almost Unplugged
Offered by Giant Entertainment
Price: £4.19

5.0 out of 5 stars The mighty Europe!, 24 Nov 2014
This review is from: Almost Unplugged (Audio CD)
They were mocked by some in the 1980s, but ever since the guys from Sweden returned with a new album and sound in 2004, their fan base has increased, as well as their respect, and rightly so. This excellent live performance from 2008 captures Europe at their very best.

Here you have unplugged versions of the band's biggest hits and fan favourites from through the years, a great mixture of old and new, as well as songs that have influenced their sound over the years, covers from the likes of Led Zeppelin and Thin Lizzy.

The track listing:
1."Got to Have Faith"
2."Forever Travelling"
3."Devil Sings the Blues"
4."Wish You Were Here"
6."Love to Love"
7."The Final Countdown"
8."Yesterday's News"
9."Since I've Been Lovin' You
14."Rock the Night"

DVD companion available here: Almost Unplugged [DVD]

The Stepfather [DVD] [2010]
The Stepfather [DVD] [2010]
Dvd ~ Jon Tenney
Offered by Jasuli
Price: £7.30

4.0 out of 5 stars Inferior remake, but still enjoyable, 24 Nov 2014
This review is from: The Stepfather [DVD] [2010] (DVD)
The original 1987 movie 'The Stepfather' was a great little thriller, by no means a classic in the world of horror, but it has become something of a cult. This 2009 remake, as is often the case, doesn't match up to the first one, but it is nevertheless enjoyable and will hopefully encourage younger viewers to seek out the original.

Strong Enough to Bend
Strong Enough to Bend
Offered by CD-Blitzversand
Price: £17.53

5.0 out of 5 stars Tanya is phenomenal!, 23 Nov 2014
This review is from: Strong Enough to Bend (Audio CD)
The 'Strong Enough to Bend' album came hot off the back of her two smash hit albums, Tanya's 1986 comeback 'Girls Like Me', and it's follow-up 'Love Me Like You Used To', which was released the following year. This 1988 release was yet another masterpiece from the Queen of Country music, and returned her to the top ten.

The brilliant title track, a tender love song about maintaining lasting love was a number one hit on the country music charts. Further single releases, the up-tempo, loaded with attitude 'Highway Robbery' and the wonderful 'Call on Me', both settled within the top five. Another notable mention is the emotional 'Daddy and Home', about her father, and the album's opener, the rather haunting 'You're Not Alone', which has some very cute lyrics.

This is pop-country, with a hint of rock thrown in at it's best. Tanya Tucker really is something else, let's have a new album T!

Paul Ross - Greeting Card (Pack of 2) - 7x5 inch - Art247 - Standard Size - Pack Of 2
Paul Ross - Greeting Card (Pack of 2) - 7x5 inch - Art247 - Standard Size - Pack Of 2
Offered by Art247
Price: £4.00

5.0 out of 5 stars What a fine pair!, 23 Nov 2014
Maybe I'm being a little biased here as I am self-confessed Paul Ross addict, and collect just about anything 'Paul' that I can get my sweaty, over excited hands on. What can I say, you have to be a fan boy of something or someone, and can you honestly think of anybody better to have an ongoing fascination with? No? I thought not.

Now, how many times have we been so bitterly disappointed when we've opened up an envelope, took the card out, only to find Paul Ross' face just isn't on there, and no matter how how hard we try to use the power of imagination, we just can visualise this God of a man, and even when we do, it's just not the same!!! Thankfully Amazon have answered our prayers and heard our desperate pleas and now offer us with a double pack of Paul Ross greeting cards!! If you need to show anybody just how much you really care for them, send out one of these bad boys out to them, and you'll be either BFFs or lovers for the rest of your life. Now, be sure to keep one for yourself (which I know goes without saying) and the next time you go boogying on down to your nearest Paul Ross collectors' convention and Saint. Pauley is there in person (after you've screamed the place down and made a complete ass of yourself due to over excitement, I've been there, I know), get him to sign one in the inside for you - I have and it's a wonderful collectors item for me.

With Christmas coming up, I strongly recommend you buy a few of these as Christmas cards. Be creative and have fun, just add a few stars and sparkles or find a picture of a Santa Clause hat (on cardboard ideally) and place it on top of Paul's head, and you'll become Mr or Mrs Popularity virtually overnight during the Festive period. May God bless you Amazon! This Christmas is going to be one to remember.

Photo Mug of from Flpa
Photo Mug of from Flpa
Offered by Art247
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars I'd have to have been a mug not to, 23 Nov 2014
As a collector of all things 'Paul', I was made up to find this beautiful photo mug of possibly one of the most influential television presenters of the last 100 years. It matches my Paul Ross canvas, and although my hunt still goes on for Paul Ross socks, I understand that Amazon can't be expected to have everything (and I also strongly suspect that they did stock them, but due to heavy demand they sold out within the first like 15 minutes). The search will have to continue I guess, but thank God I can have the pleasure of sipping my tea out of a mug with Paul's cherub like face on it whilst I search for even more memorabilia of 'Ross the Boss'. You show me a man or a woman who says that they don't want one those of these babies - and I'll show you a liar.

Extended Versions
Extended Versions
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £5.83

5.0 out of 5 stars A live compilation, 23 Nov 2014
This review is from: Extended Versions (Audio CD)
The title of this CD is misleading, for you are certainly not getting rare extended versions of Europe's biggest hits, well, at least not the studio versions. But what you do have instead is a neat little compilation of electric live performances from the band, sort of a 'live best of'.

The bulk of the material, tracks 1-3, 4-5 and 7-9 were recorded in the UK at the Hammersmith Odeon, whereas tracks 4 and 6 are from gigs in Sweden, and track 10 was recorded at the Ahoy Stadium in the Netherlands.

The song selection is as follows:
1. The Final Countdown
2. Danger on the Track
3. Carrie
4. Time Has Come
5. Rock the Night
6. I'll Cry for You [acoustic]
7. On the Loose
8. Cherokee
9. On Broken Wings
10. Let the Good Times Rock

Final Countdown: the..
Final Countdown: the..
Price: £7.40

5.0 out of 5 stars Rock the night with Europe, 23 Nov 2014
This review is from: Final Countdown: the.. (Audio CD)
This is a great double disc album of Sweden's number one rock band Europe, containing the hits, fan favourites and highlights from over five albums that were released from 1983-1991. The early material was really heavy stuff, and then came 'The Final Countdown' era and mainstream success with other songs like 'Rock the Night' and 'Carrie', which the guys followed up with two quality, and more mature albums. If you are only familiar with a handful of songs from their vast musical catalogue, this set will seem like a real treasure trove. To make things more interesting, there is the obscure 'Long Time Coming', which was never released on any album, and the dancey re-make of 'The Final Countdown' which brought the band further UK chart success in 2000.

With 36 cuts, 'The Best of Europe' is very good value, and the booklet contains a fairly good write-up of the forever revolving band, with a mention of their 2004 comeback album 'Start From The Dark', and subsequent releases like 2006's 'Secret Society', where their style changed quite dramatically compared to the majority of music you'll find here.

Out Of This World / Prisoners In Paradise
Out Of This World / Prisoners In Paradise
Price: £12.03

5.0 out of 5 stars Two classics re-issued together, 23 Nov 2014
As far as I'm concerned, and this is a totally biased opinion as 'Out Of This World' and 'Prisoners In Paradise' are my two favourite Europe albums, this CD set is better than a greatest hits package. Sure, it omits the chart topping 'The Final Countdown', and the other biggies 'Carrie' and 'Rock the Night', but these two classics represent Europe at their very best.
Both albums appear over two CDs, and the sound quality is excellent. Whilst there are no extra tracks to be found, this re-issue includes extra pictures that weren't included on the original releases, as well as some very good information about each album.

'Out Of This World' was Europe's fourth album, released in 1988, two years after 'The Final Countdown', and a finely made heavy metal record loaded with rockers and ballads. It spawned the hit singles 'Superstitious', 'Open Your Heart' and 'Let the Good Times Rock', as well as the fan favourite 'Sign Of The Times', which has the nicest of guitar solos at the start of it. If 1980's melodic hard rock is your thing, you'll want to hear this top 20 UK smash. 4/5

'Prisoners In Paradise' came next, and was released in 1991. In my humble opinion, it remains the band's masterpiece, but struggled in the UK charts, despite making the top 10 in Sweden, and the top 20 in Switzerland. Two of it's singles though, were hits in England, including 'I'll Cry For You', which spent five weeks in the top 40. I regard the title track as one of the band's greatest ever songs, and it's certainly my favourite. But literally every track on here is gold, particularly the sad and reflecting 'Hometown'. There is no cheese to be found, the album demonstrates a harder rock style than it's predecessor, and it was the be Europe's last offering until their 2004 comeback album 'Start From The Dark', which brought the boys from Sweden a whole new generation of fans. 5/5

If you haven't already heard these albums, now is your chance to own both!

Goes To Hell
Goes To Hell

5.0 out of 5 stars You'll have a 'hell of time' with this album, 23 Nov 2014
This review is from: Goes To Hell (Audio CD)
This excellent 1976 concept album is almost in a way like a sequel to the preceeding 'Welcome To My Nightmare', as we see Alice Cooper leave the land of dreams to head downstairs to meet the devil.

I know that 'Goes To Hell' still divides the fans, but it's always been one of my all-time favourites, I mean with an album cover like the one that this one has - surely that alone merits more than a one star review?

The music here is good, experimental and varied stuff. The opening title track is one of Alice's best, and the standout only single that this release spawned, 'I Never Cry' was a big hit over in the US. The rocker even goes disco with the fun track 'You Gotta Dance', and if your looking for beauty, take a listen to 'Wake Me Gently'. You even have the old classic 'I'm Always Chasing Rainbows' to listen too, which might have looked odd on paper, but on record, it worked.

Please take all the negative comments you might hear and read about 'Goes To Hell' with a pinch of salt, because I for one very much enjoy it as much as I've always done.

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