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A Different Kind Of Truth
A Different Kind Of Truth
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Dave & Eddie Show Rides Again!, 25 Feb 2012
For many Van Halen fans, there has only ever been one lead singer of the band, and that is David Lee Roth, and now finally reunited again on an album with guitar genius Eddie Van Halen, his exhuberance, intelligence and sense of humour once again have the perfect platform from which to entertain us all.

Now free from the earnest, MOR rock of the Sammy Hagar days, Van Halen are once again the best party in town, and ADKOT is brimming with big tunes, daft jokes and lyrics, and insane guitar wizardry. In short, it's everything you want form a classic Van Halen album.

Of the 13 tracks here, I reckon at least eight would grace any of Van Halen's best albums; You And Your Blues, Big River, She's A Woman and Blood and Fire all have stone cold killer hooks, whilst single Tattoo is a complete earworm, and Stay Frosty even outguns Ice Cream Man for blues on steroids. The rest of the songs are no mere filler, they keep the pot boiling nicely with some incredible playing and, as always, an entertaining lyric.

Drawing upon many old unused demos for a lot of the songs has proved to be a master stroke by the band. This new Van Halen album is no let down, in fact it's such an unexpected return to form and joy, that is hasn't been off my stereo since I bought it. Who'd have thought it??


Rocking Horse
Rocking Horse
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Rocking Album with Epic Highlights, 23 Jan 2012
This review is from: Rocking Horse (MP3 Download)
This is the Mustangs' second album and you can hear their sound and style developing on from Let It Roll, For starters, Jon Bartley and Ben McKeown came in to play drums and bass, and the beats are much stronger and drive the songs harder than before. McKeown proved to be a great songwriting addition too, as he chips in with some great numbers such as This Town, Empty Bottle and Baby You're in Charge.

There's a really tough, tight sound to the record that is perfect for tracks like She Came To Call and the title track, and Derek Kingaby contributes some great songs like Give Me Some Time and the swing song My Kind Of Woman. River Man, by singer/guitarist Adam Norsworthy is a slow burning epic, as is Bitter Taste by about-to-depart second guitarist Mark Hobbs.

A really solid album, which sort of closed the door on the band's early days.


The Mustangs - Let it Roll
The Mustangs - Let it Roll

4.0 out of 5 stars The Mustangs' Bluesiest Album, 23 Jan 2012
This is the Mustangs' first album, and the rawness and bluesiness is there for all to hear, compared with their bigger sounding more recent albums. This is basically a blues album, and despite its age it contains a handful of songs the bands still plays live. Stand outs are the rocker Double Headed Romeo and the beautiful In Need of You as well as Derek Kingaby's driving classic No Time For The Blues.

The production is raw and the band is not as tight or as heavy as on later records (this is mainly due to the rhythm section being completely different), but many of the songs are really good and their quality shines through - especially on Prohibition Blues and Long - departed guitarist Mike Hobb's I See Red.

A fascinating debut, but there was so much more to come...


Shaman And The Monkey
Shaman And The Monkey
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5.0 out of 5 stars PROG BLUES CLASSIC!, 15 Dec 2011
This review is from: Shaman And The Monkey (Audio CD)
The Mustangs have to be one of the most interesting blues bands you will find. Every one of their albums is crammed with different blues styles, and then they throw in great lyrics and melodies, and this album is full of them.

The sound on 'Shaman' is bigger and richer then before, and it seems they have spent more time on production, because it sounds awesome - very deep and rich in texture. Of course, it's a blues album - but in that mad Mustangs way, which means you are never quite sure what you are going to get; I can hear all kinds of influences on here - Robert Cray, Bo Diddly, JJ Cale - and some unclassifiable sort of Prog Blues, such as on the superb 'Monkey On Your Back' and 'The Chancer'.

There are loads of classic Mustangs moments - the brilliant opener 'The Line' and the great rocker 'Cracking Up' but it also has 'Find Your Love' - a really dark, intense blues song about yearning and uncertainty. It sounds incredible and may be my favourite song of theirs ever.

Six albums down the line, the Mustangs are still coming up with really, really good records. How are these guys not better known?!?


Cut Loose
Cut Loose
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Mustangs album yet, 31 Jan 2011
This review is from: Cut Loose (Audio CD)
The Mustangs have been getting better and better with every album, and Cut Loose is the sound of a band on top form. Once again they include out and out rockers alongside big anthemic songs, ballads and blues. Somehow they make it all hang together beautifully and you never get a bored listening to an album that constantly changes and has many highlights.

My favourite tracks are the bluesy I'll Meet You Anytime, the Zeppelin-like Honey Rock and the closer Precious Time, which is a stunning, beautiful ballad that ends the album on a bittersweet note. But there's loads of stuff inbetween to enjoy too. These guys are brilliant live and I think this is the first of their records that really captures that excitement. If they carry on getting better and better, I can't wait for the next one....!


9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 10
9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Raw, dynamic, challenging Oils, 23 Jan 2011
This review is from: 9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 10 (Audio CD)
There is an unfortunate review of this album on Amazon that I think will completely mislead people. This is the Oil's fourth album, long before the worldwide commercial success of Diesel & Dust, and as a result it still has the raw, twin guitar led sound of their early days. If you want the smooth, produced, big choruses of their later records, you will have bought the wrong record, but what you will get is, I think, far more exciting and ultimately rewarding.

The key factor being that this album is a stayer..it warrants repeated listens and before long you realise that behind all the committed political lyrical posturing, and Peter Garret's (admittedly acquired taste) vocal style, there are some fantastic tunes and huge riffs. US Forces and Read About It were fearsome live favourites for many years after this came out, but there is also haunting beauty in Scream in Blue and Tin Legs & Tin Mines....and Power and the Passion was a huge hit in Oz and remains something of a radio classic to this day.

One of the album's most interesting factors is the band's first significant use of keyboards...employed to great effect alongside the crashing angry guitars. The result is a record that sounds, to my ears, unique evokes an eerie, desolate (but beautiful) mood throughout.

This album is not to everyone's taste, but if you like bands like the Clash you may find a lot in here to enjoy... if you like electrifying, passionate raw rock music, you may well enjoy the whole record!
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Live From Madison Square Garden
Live From Madison Square Garden
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent record of a great concert, 20 Oct 2010
If you were at one of these shows, this CD is a perfect record of it. If you weren't, it's still a great example of what made these two artists great all those years ago. Great songs, excellent sound quality and, above all, some of the best playing Clapton has done in years - especially on an extended Voodoo Chile. Winwood's voice may not quite be all that it once was, but it's still spine tingling to hear him sing Can't Find My Way Home or Presence of The Lord...and then when Clapton lets rip as he does over and over again on tracks such as Forever Man and After Midnight, you can just sit back and wallow in some good old late 60s/early 70s rock heaven.


Blind Faith
Blind Faith
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Time to re-evaluate?, 14 May 2010
This review is from: Blind Faith (Audio CD)
This album was hugely criticised when it first came out - it was accused of being rushed and self-indulgent, and it's probably guilty on both counts, but that doesn't mean it hasn't got anything going for it. On the contrary, any album that boasts stone cold classic like Had To Cry Today, Presence of the Lord and Can't Find My Way Home can't be all bad.

All three of these tracks still sound great, but even the less celebrated songs such as Well All Right and Sea Of Joy now have a late 60s, guitar rock charm to them. Only on Ginger Baker's Do What You Like, at the end, does the over indulgence really start to grate, but by then we've already had all the great and the good.

Not the greatest thing any of Clapton, Winwood or Baker ever did by any means, but they should all be proud to have it in the back catalogues.


Reality
Reality
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reality Does the Business, 28 Oct 2003
This review is from: Reality (Audio CD)
Firstly it's important to know that Reality is NOT in the same league as Ziggy, Hunky Dory or Low etc etc...but then, think about it, what is? If you are expecting those highs you will be disappointed - but that doesn't mean Reality doesn't have delights of its own....New Killer Star, Pablo Picasso and Fall Dog are the highlights among many good songs, and I think if they had been tucked away on any of his 70s 'peak' albums, you'd be very happy with them. The reality is (har har) that even in his 'wilderness' years in the late 8os/early 90s, Bowie was making very good, but overlooked music (Buddha, much of Outside) and now he is 'back' again his last two albums have shown a definite sharper focus and application....and are extremely good as a result. Reality is a solid, very enjoyable Bowie album. It won't change your life like Hunky Dory did, but then we're all a little old for that now, aren't we?


In Time: The Best of REM 1988 - 2003
In Time: The Best of REM 1988 - 2003
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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most of the Hits from America's Greatest Working Band., 2 Oct 2003
Although this isn't quite all of REM's Warner Brother singles (no Shiny Happy People, Lotus or Find the River, for example) there is still plenty here to remind the listener just how good a band they are at their best. It's impossible not to sing along to nearly all these songs, and it's wonderful to hear the lesser-known later singles like Reno and Daysleeper more than holding their own with classics like Losing My Religion and Everybody Hurts. With three solid new songs (especially Bad Day), this isn't only a must-have for anyone who doesn't own any of the band's albums since 'Automatic For The People', it's pretty much essential for anyone who loves feelgood, guitar driven pop rock, with the occasional twist. Pretty much peerless stuff.


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