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Station To Station
Station To Station
Price: £9.40

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 4 Sept. 2006
This review is from: Station To Station (Audio CD)
This album came at a bad time for Bowie. He was not really him self (mainly due to large intake of cocane) and his wife had left him. The album is mainly a lament for her.

I fell in love with this album as soon as i heard the first few notes of the epic opener "Station To Station". It's sound is deep, lavish and dark. It is easy to see that Bowie is not in a sane state of mind. The second track is also brillient. "Golden Years" is a perfect peice of souly pop. "Word On A Wing" is a great ballad. "TVC15" is yet another fantastic pop song, and would go on to become one of Bowie's staple's to perform live. "Stay" is a fantastic guitar track, and would be the rockiest that David did for a few years to come. But the most heart breaking song on the album is the final track. "Wild Is The Wind" shows David at his most vonerable. No ones voice has ever sounded, nor will ever sound like this again.

Abbey Road
Abbey Road
Offered by the_record_factory
Price: £9.95

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a fantastic end to a dazling career, 4 Sept. 2006
This review is from: Abbey Road (Audio CD)
This is The Beatles swansong, their bow out to the world, and what a way to go!. After the francly appauling "Let It Be" (which would be realised afterwards, despite being recorded before "Abbey Road") the band had to come up with something good to make up for their mistakes before they disbanded (this was mainly Paul's idea, John didn't really want anything to do with it).

The first side of the LP is very good, opening with Lennon's fantastic "Come Together" and vearing into Harrison's masterpeice "Something", the album already has the making of something utterly amazing. Unfortunatly track 3 is Macca's most hated song "Maxwell's Silver Hammer". Often said to be the worst Beatles' song of all time, it isn't actally all that bad (listen to "Wild Honey Pie" on "The White Album" and tell me that "Maxwell..." is the worst song). However McCartney makes up for his ways with the excellent "Oh Darling". We are then treated to Ringo's nursery rhyme "Octopus's Garden" (with George's fantastic guitar). The song that ends the first side is a brillient guitar track. "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" slowly builds into a monster from a simple base line. However the real genious of the record comes from the second side. Starting off with "Here Comes The Sun", George sets things on the road to what is probably the best peice of music...ever! "Because" is wonderful, but the true excellence comes through on Paul's "You Never Give Me Your Money" which starts off the 20 or so mins of medley, ending on the fantastic "In The End", where everybody has a solo (yes even Ringo on the drums - a peice of pure magic when u first hear it).

So if you buy one album, make it this one, you'll never regret it.

Rubber Soul
Rubber Soul
Offered by positivenoise
Price: £9.23

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the forgotten masterpeice, 4 Sept. 2006
This review is from: Rubber Soul (Audio CD)
In the shadow of "Sgt. Pepper...", "Revolver", "The White Album" and "Abbey Road", "Rubber Soul" is often forgotten. It is where The Beatles stopped writing songs about holding hands, and started to write real serious stuff. "Norweigian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" talks of adultary, and is the first song to contain a citar (courtisy of George). "In My Life" is a fantastic song of nostalgia, while "I'm looking through you" is about a love affair that's gone awry.

This is the first classic album, and diserves a place in everyone's collection (it inspired "Pet Sounds" for goodness sake!). This is a sign of what was to come.

Don't Believe the Truth
Don't Believe the Truth
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Price: £4.76

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a real return to form, 2 Sept. 2006
This review is from: Don't Believe the Truth (Audio CD)
This is a good solid album. There is a variety that isn't found on many other artist's albums from today. I think that this is the best album of 2005. The main reason that this album is good is the fact there are four songwriters rather than one (not that Noel is a bad songwriter, anyone who can write "(What's The Story) Morning Glory" single handedly is a genious, pure and simple), but this makes sure that the songs don't all sound the same. The album has a slightly toned done feel compaired to "Definately Maybe", but they are old men now, i think they're allowed to write "nice" music. Every song has a positive point, there isn't a bad song on the album; Liam has even turned into a good songwriter (compare his songs from this album to "Little James" on SOTSOG).

To put it shortly, i like this album, and i still like Oasis (although i know i'm probably in a minority).

The Stone Roses
The Stone Roses
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.89

6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True Classic, 2 Sept. 2006
This review is from: The Stone Roses (Audio CD)
there are very few albums of the last 25/20 years that can stand up next to the classics of the 60's and 70's, but this is one of the few which can. Every track is wonderful, and Squire's guitar playing is frankly amazing. Although i love the singing on all the tracks (especially "I Wanna Be Adored") the best track on the album is "I Am The Reserection" when the band begin to jam at the end of the record. This is a truely uplifting collection of songs, and definately worth the money.

Face To Face
Face To Face
Price: £5.99

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic british pop, 2 Sept. 2006
This review is from: Face To Face (Audio CD)
After a couple of years of singles chart succsess, Ray Davis longed for a change in direction in The Kinks sound, and this album is where he honed his song writing into what was to become one of the most respected in pop history. Gone are the rip roaring hard rock riffs of singles such as "You Really Got Me", this album supplies the listener with a mostly acoustic guitar driven sound, where the emphasis is on the lyrics rather than the music. But thankfully the music doesn't suffer. It's as enguaging as ever, with clever melodies interwoven through out. Unlike the album cover suggests, the tracks are not particulary pyschedelic. Most have dark content (well for the 60's anyway) such as "Rainy Day In June", which starts off with a thunderclap and then proceeds to discribe a sunny day turning grey. However the best track on the album is of course "Sunny Afternoon".

It's hard to see why this album didn't sell. Perhapse it is down to the sub-par production, or the aquired taste of Ray Davis' singing, or the fact that it came out around the same time as The Beatles fantastic "Revolver", but still this is a must buy for music fans.

Hunky Dory
Hunky Dory
Price: £6.99

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the first Bowie classic, 2 Sept. 2006
This review is from: Hunky Dory (Audio CD)
before the outstanding "...Ziggy Stardust..." Bowie released this piano driven, glam rock classic. Each track is brilliantly structured, from the opener "Changes" to the wonderful "Life On Mars?" (who cares if the base line was nicked) to the eerie ending track "The Bewley Brothers". This is a must for Bowie fans, and anyone that wants something slightly off the wall, but not completely mad.

London Calling
London Calling
Price: £4.99

21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars V. Good, 2 Sept. 2006
This review is from: London Calling (Audio CD)
This is a truely great and inspiring album. To be truthful there isn't much "punk" as such to be found on this album, this is very much the sound of '79 rather than '77. Obviously the attitude is completely punk, but the album is more of a showcase for Strummer's and Jones' songwriting and skill to adapt to any type of music. There are great reggie, ska and pop songs to be found on this album, showing a variety that many other bands of the era would not be able to acheive. This is a double album of great class, there are no filler tracks, each of the nineteen songs could have been released as singles. The production is of high quality and much easier on the ears compaired to their first album. The obvious standout song is the title track. The relentless guitar and pounding bass create a great basis for Strummer's snarl. This is all in all a good album, and confirms The Clash as one of the great bands.

Highway 61 Revisited
Highway 61 Revisited
Price: £5.74

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His Bobness at his peak, 4 July 2006
This review is from: Highway 61 Revisited (Audio CD)
I've never used to like Dylan, and i never understood the hype. However one day i said "what the hell" and bought a copy of "Highway 61...". I was mesmerised by the intencity and brillience of this album. Every track is so powerful and has both a lyrical and musical depth that is very rarely heard in popular music. The opener "Like A Rolling Stone" is simply one of the best songs of all time, and the Epic "Deselation Row" that finishes the album is almost god-like. The musisianship from the band that would later be known as "The Band" (how did they think of that name!?!) is great and Dylan's raspy voice conveys every single feeling and idea he poured into the lyrics with a starck intensity that many frontmen have failed to aspire to. Admitidly the stereo interferance on some of the tracks takes a little away from the songs, surely it would have been easily to leave it as a mono album considering the simplistic nature of most of the tunes and of Dylan's songs structures. It's easy to why some many people have been inspired by Dylan. This album converted me to a Dylan it now!
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Wheels Of Fire
Wheels Of Fire
Price: £6.99

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They're On Fire!, 6 Jun. 2006
This review is from: Wheels Of Fire (Audio CD)
This is a classic. It unfortunately doesn't quite reach the peaks that "Disraeli Gears" had the previous year, but gets very close.

It starts with a cracker; "White Room". This is one of rock's classic tracks which mingles Jack's weird and wonderful lyrics with Ginger's crashing drum beats, an opening that sounds like it's out of a spaghetti western and Eric's wah-wah laden solo that that comes from nowhere and eclipses most things done before or since. Things quieten down slightly with the old blues staple "Sitting On Top Of The World". "Passing The Time" is probably the albums weakest track, but has a nice hypnotic feel to it. "As You Said" is an weird track for Cream, cos it's acoustic. It's very creepy at points, but brillient - it's probably the first time someone thought of putting a cello with an acoustic guitar. "Pressed Rat And Worthog" is a very funny (what's this!?! humor on a rock album!) and adds a variety to an album already laden with different types of music. "Politician" takes us back to good ol' blues with a crunching base riff. "Those Were The Days" isn't a classic by all means, but still packs a punch. "Born Under A Bad Sign" is an excellent cover version of another blues track. "Deserted Cities Of The Heart" is a fantastic ending to the first disc, with violins, acoustic guitars and a fiery solo from Clapton. However it's not till we get to the "Live At The Fillmore" disc do we get to hear Cream in all their glory.

The second disc starts off with "Crossroads"; the quintessential Clapton track. It takes an old fashioned blues song by Robert Johnson (yeah the guy who sold his soul to the devil at the crossroads to be a good guitar player) and brings it bang up to date with a furious beat and the inferno that is Eric's guitar playing. The solo is quite simply genius. It's worth buying the album just to hear this track. "Spoonful" is yet again a blues cover, and provides the guys a simple basis to go all out and over the top. Jack's singing is better than ever and the 10+ min improvisation is classic Cream, with everyone going crazy, especially Eric. "Traintime" gives Jack a chance to show off. Ginger keeps a locomotive beat as Jack gets jiggy with the harmonica while singing yet again in great voice (yes men can multi-task aswell). Heaven knows how he keeps it up for 7 mins without collapsing. And then the track stops with Eric crancking out the distortion on his guitar for "Toad", Ginger Baker's tour de force. After 2 mins 23 secs Jack and Eric leave Ginger to it, and we're treated to a quarter of an hour of the best drummer in the business - mesmerizing.

It's a classic. Buy it now!
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