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Live Chronicles
Live Chronicles

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best live albums I've heard, 16 July 2001
This review is from: Live Chronicles (Audio CD)
This albums sticks two fingers up at anyone who has ever slagged the Hawks off. Sure, they have had their moments, but this proves they can be a force to be reckoned with. Recorded on the Black Sword tour of '85, this album follows on nicely from the studio concept album about the adventures of Elric of Melnibone, a pale hero in a fantasy world created by Michael Moorcock. Moorcock was a collaberator with the Hawks since the early days and it's good to see the bands admiration of the author manifesting itself in the releases they had in '84 & '85. Live Chronicles allows you an insight to the excitement and extravagance of their live show at this time. The pace of the album is fast and heavy but well played and well produced. Hi-lights are 'Dragons and fables' 'Masters of the universe' and 'Magnu' Huw Lloyd Langtons guitar playing is fantastic and unmistakable. Live albums can be hit and miss, and lets be honest although Hawkwind are a great and mysterious band, their recordings were often lacking in the studio never mind on stage. This is a pleasing exception and should be heard by not only Hawkwind fans but any sceptic who never embraced the band. This may change your mind.


Hall Of The Mountain Grill
Hall Of The Mountain Grill
Price: 4.99

8 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One of the good HW albums available on CD, 16 July 2001
What a shame you cant get better albums by Hawkwind on CD. Their best stuff seems beyond our reach now, although I'm sure many a fan would disagree. HOTMG has hot spots as well as the inevitable Hawkwind 'dodgy bits' 'Psychadelic Warlords' is an excellent opener, it rocks gently in it's own cloud of smoke with a classic feel. An example of Hawkwind when they were prepared to work for it. 'Wind of change' and 'D-Rider' are also fine tracks. There are a few other moments but to be honest, there a far better albums.


Discipline
Discipline
Offered by dutchtoni
Price: 16.49

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A timeless and original work by the strangest band ever, 15 July 2001
This review is from: Discipline (Audio CD)
This album still sounds fresh after all these years. Adrian belew and Fripp work brilliantly together. The bizzare and changing time sinatures and rapidly altering moods are typical of Crimson, but on Discipline' there is a new dimension in Belews voice and the approach to production that the band employed in the early '80's. In the sleeve notes Fripp mentions that he discussed doing away with cymbals altogether and challenged Bill Bruford to find an alternative. He didn't but you can hear that they have been diluted deep down in the mix in order for Fripp to achieve the sound he wanted. Belew's eccentric 'Talking Heads' slant on the album also works well with Fripps vision. It's clear why Frank Zappa worked with Belew! The album has a funky feel to it as well as pleasantly ambient in parts, although those not used to Crimson may find the unusual time signatures a bit of a chore, but that applies to most prog rock. It could be said that this album has a potentially broader appeal than previous KC albums. Highpoints are 'Frame by frame' and 'Matte Kudasai'.


Red
Red
Offered by dutchtoni
Price: 18.94

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard, cold, and unique, 15 July 2001
This review is from: Red (Audio CD)
KC always managed to avoid prog rock cliches, while still seeming to fall into the prog category. The emphasis on 'Red' is on guitar and you can clearly hear the blue prints of Seattle grunge being laid down here, particulaly on 'Fallen angel' The opening instrumental track 'Red' is a brash starter that makes you jump if you amps turned up louder than you thought it was..be warned! While Wettons voice can grate a little and believe it or not Bill Bruford does seem to momentarily lose it a bit on a few tracks (not like him at all!!)Fripp's guitar never fails to hold you attention. A great visionary rock album.


An Introduction: from the Least to the Quiet Zone
An Introduction: from the Least to the Quiet Zone
Offered by kevin26821
Price: 7.49

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye opening and breath taking!, 15 July 2001
VDGG do not conform to the typical '70's prog rock formula. Thats why their music works so well. They are completley original and although their music is not immediate when it does grow on you, you'll never look back! This is a good album to start with if you have never heard any of their others. There is a broad cross section of tunes on this album that covers their erratic stop/start career from 1970 - 1977 ish. Witness the unique power of Hammil's voice and the crushing and stirring Hammond organs and the refreshing lack of lead guitar heroics! There is'nt a duff track on here but the best have to be 'Killer' 'Sleepwalkers' 'Man-ERG' and 'Still life' Moving and powerfull stuff which sadly never really made a huge commercial dent on the UK or US markets. They appeared to enjoy most of their success in Italy. Somethings never change, though. It's the same today as it was then, some of the best music around is just a little to 'out there' for the masses to get to grips with. Mind you, who cares? At least it's there for the rest if us!


2112
2112
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 5.87

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A turning point for Rush!, 18 Mar 2001
This review is from: 2112 (Audio CD)
I cant describe how much of a fan I was of Rush in the 80's. At the age of fifteen I tuned into this brilliant act, my heavy metal inclinations at last tamed and my mind open to new concepts like melody and sensitivity in music! Every time I went out to buy a new Rush album I would be shaking at the counter in Our Price. I was bowled over by their capacity for mystery and drama, their ability to construct different atmospheres while not utilising the full range of technology available to them at the time, unlike their prog counterparts who revelled in using as much BIG gear as possible. 2112 represented a change in direction for Rush. They became more progressive while not snubbing their hard rock roots. This semi concept album is full of drama and blue prints for what Rush went on to do afterwards. Best tracks I would say are 'Presentation' 'Oracle' & 'Grand finale'


The Sentinel
The Sentinel
Price: 31.85

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Take cover!! Prog attack..80's style!, 18 Mar 2001
This review is from: The Sentinel (Audio CD)
For those who dont remember or didn't give a monkeys at the time, there was an uncomfatable prog revival in the eighties which spawned a gaggle of 'intelligent' acts who tried to mimmick the likes of Genesis and Yes among others. Marillion were far and away the most commercially sucessful, but bands like Scotlands Pallas had a worthwhile crack to. The Sentinal is a tribute to Yes in my view, right down to the artwork on the sleeve. This seems to be a semi concept album about Atlantis. Arguably the kind of idea that should have been laid to rest in the seventies, but neverthless some of the music is impressive. The thing that stops this being a complete Yes 'tribute' is the voice of Euan Lowson, nothing, thankfully like the bollock squashed squealings of a young Jon Anderson! Lowson had been renowned for his theatrics immediately attracting, possibly unfair, comparisons between himself and Peter Gabriel. He left the band after this album and was replaced by a Gabriel/Fishy frontman from prog hell. The band tightened their sound and produced the 'Wedge' album. The sentinal is a mixture of drama (Cut and run) and touching melodies (Ark of infinity) These melodies sometimes get a bit overbearing and a little too: ALL JOIN HANDS NOW, COME ON! This smacks of YES as does the processed Rickenbacker bass guitar sound, prominant throughout. Who's the producer?? Eddie Offord notheless, a production favourite of...yes you guessed it..'YES' Definelty worth a listern, though. Despite what many may have thought at the time, the eighties needed some prog in order to make sure that not everyone was sucked into the trivial world of yuppiedom and all the negative culture that accompanied that.


The Sentinel
The Sentinel
Price: 31.85

10 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Take cover!! Prog attack..80's style!, 18 Mar 2001
This review is from: The Sentinel (Audio CD)
For those who dont remember or didn't give a monkeys at the time, there was an uncomfatable prog revival in the eighties which spawned a gaggle of 'intelligent' acts who tried to mimmick the likes of Genesis and Yes among others. Marillion were far and away the most commercially sucessful, but bands like Scotlands Pallas had a worthwhile crack to. The Sentinal is a tribute to Yes in my view, right down to the artwork on the sleeve. This seems to be a semi concept album about Atlantis. Arguably the kind of idea that should have been laid to rest in the seventies, but neverthless some of the music is impressive. The thing that stops this being a complete Yes 'tribute' is the voice of Euan Lowson, nothing, thankfully like the bollock squashed squealings of a young Jon Anderson! Lowson had been renowned for his theatrics immediately attracting, possibly unfair, comparisons between himself and Peter Gabriel. He left the band after this album and was replaced by a Gabriel/Fishy frontman from prog hell. The band tightened their sound and produced the 'Wedge' album. The sentinal is a mixture of drama (Cut and run) and touching melodies (Ark of infinity) These melodies sometimes get a bit overbearing and a little too: ALL JOIN HANDS NOW, COME ON! This smacks of YES as does the processed Rickenbacker bass guitar sound, prominant throughout. Who's the producer?? Eddie Offord notheless, a production favourite of...yes you guessed it..'YES' Definelty worth a listern, though. Despite what many may have thought at the time, the eighties needed some prog in order to make sure that not everyone was sucked into the trivial world of yuppiedom and all the negative culture that accompanied that.
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