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Live In Manila [DVD] [2010]
Live In Manila [DVD] [2010]
Dvd ~ Journey
Price: 12.38

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Stop Believing !, 22 Nov 2012
This review is from: Live In Manila [DVD] [2010] (DVD)
Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain and Ross Valory dragged the legacy of Journey until today with or without Steve Perry. I wished for Steve's return in Revelation but was disappointed as many of his fans. Honestly speaking, I never had any of Journey albums but Greatest Hits. And all these years, Greatest Hits has been what Journey means to me. All the songs that you need to know about Journey are there in that Greatest Hits. These are the songs what Journey is all about. These are the songs that define Journey. The journey of Journey. Greatest Hits 2 is good but not better than the first.

I dismissed Revelation after just one listen as there was no Steve Perry. But the voice again sounded like of Steve's just like Steve Augeri. And so I googled and learnt about this new singer Arnel Pineda. It's full of grace his life story is. It made me go back to listening to Revelation again and I only thought it's alright.

I attended Journey's concert with Foreigner and Styx at Wembley Arena few years back. Amidst the Journey's matured musicians, Arnel with his powerful voice and energetic performance really rocked the show. The band did most of the songs from Greatest Hits, Revelation and the latest then Eclipse. I returned home with that full vibe of concert. I went back to play Revelation and Eclipse again and again and again and that's when I liked both the albums. Now both albums turn out to be my favourite Journey albums.

When I saw this DVD at HMV, I wanted to buy it and I bought it and I am happy I did. It reminds me of that gig. The band is so proud to bring their homeboy home here to Manilla. Arnel looks the most energetic force on the stage moving around and jumping while other founding members Neal, Jonathan and Ross look cool and fabulous. Neal Schon, my favourite guitar player, plays amazing. The drummer Deen Costronovo does couple of singing and sounds as wonderful as Steve Perry. I enjoyed watching this 2 DVD sets so much. It's just wonderful with all those greatest songs upto Revelation. Just wonderful.

Journey has two divisions of fans as I have seen. Those who love Steve Perry (Steve Perry only) and those who appreciate other singers too including Greg Rollie. I fell into both types. Forget re-union with Steve Perry now. Because that looks like it's never going to happen. Start fresh. Listen to the second disc on Revelation where the band re-recorded Greatest Hits on Arnel's voice. He sounds marvellous. Accept him. And enjoy this concert.

Don't stop believing!
Rock 'N' Roll
\,,/,


Mr Big - Back To Budokan [DVD] [2009] [Region 1] [NTSC]
Mr Big - Back To Budokan [DVD] [2009] [Region 1] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Mr Big

5.0 out of 5 stars As Big As They Can Be, 21 Nov 2012
I would never understand why this DVD is not available in Region 2 and PAL format. Though I could not keep my hands off of this DVD in HMV store because it is such a great concert. In 2009, I saw Mr. Big on their re-union tour at Shepherd Bush. They went to Japan to do the same gig and did this DVD. So I thought I must have it because that was one of the concerts I fully enjoyed myself to.

Just before the tour, they released 'Next Time Around - The Best Of' album. Again I wonder why it's not available here in Amazon. It's a nice compilation album with all their unforgettable old songs and couple of good new songs. Anyway they covered the songs from this CD in the gigs.

If you are into Billy Sheehan thing, Paul Gilbert thing, Mr. Big as the supergroup of those memorable ballads and guitar riffs thing, this concert is a must for you. Billy, Paul, Eric, Pat all look as cool, happy, energetic and big as they can be, shredding, screaming, singing, hitting, drilling and have a lot of fun. When I think of Mr. Big, I just take this DVD out and watch for the sake of good old days. I fully enjoy myself watching it again and again.

Daddy Brother Lover Littleboy, Green Tinted Sixties Mind, Take Cover, Just Take My Heart, Going Where The Wind Blows, To Be With You ...
Why Budokan and not Shepherd Bush? Ha ha! ... ;-)
Rock 'N' Roll
\,,/,


Blood & Bullets
Blood & Bullets
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: 32.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dee Does Melodic Hard Rock, 16 Nov 2012
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This review is from: Blood & Bullets (Audio CD)
I have always been an SMF of Twisted Sister and Dee Snider. After five great albums, the band disbanded and Dee disappeared. Actually I lost track of him as my musical taste was changing to the likes of Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. They came into sight for Still Hungry, Live At Wacken and Twisted Christmas and gone again. Now after many years Dee appeared with his twisted memoirs Shut Up And Give Me The Mic. I immediately got the book. Such a great autobiography.

From the book, I learnt that Dee did many projects after Twisted Sister which I never even knew. Released solo albums Never Let The Bastards Wear You Down and Dee Does Broadway, starred in movies, formed a band Desperado. One of the projects was this supergroup Widowmaker. I jumped to get this hard-to-find album blind folded along with the second album. Who doesn't know the guitarist Al Pitrelli? Joe Franco, the drummer from Love Is For Suckers? And Marc Russell on bass? I did not know what I was missing all those decades.

The last Twisted Sister album Love Is For Suckers had hair metal touch unlike their early albums. Actually it was supposed to be Dee's solo album while TS was slowing down to break up. Widowmaker descends from there. Don't get confused with the 70's British band with the same name. Dee's Widowmaker did only two albums. Blood And Bullets in 1992 and Stand By For Pain in 1994. It's total melodic hair metal like Hardline and Danger Danger. Blood And Bullets is more energetic and melodic than Stand By For Pain. Not a single track out of 12 songs that I wanted to skip.

Why this band was underrated I would not understand. Now I am a new and big SMF of Widowmaker for three reasons. I like Dee Snider. I like Al Pitrelli's guitar. And I like melodic hard rock. God knows how come I never knew this album then. I'm glad I found it here in Amazon. Buy it, mutha!

Rock 'N' Roll
\,,/,
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Music From Another Dimension!
Music From Another Dimension!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Amazing But F.I.N.E. ... I Like It !, 16 Nov 2012
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The CD art cover in the style of comics long tempted me to have this album. The single 'Legendary Child' convinced me that I must have it. And here it is in my hand and don't know how many times I have played it. I am going round and round and round. This album gave me a break from Monster by Kiss.

To me, Aerosmith is Permanent Vacation, Pump, Get A Grip, Nine Lives and Greatest Hits. Of course, I do like their music from the 70's. But I am more into their evolved heavy sound of the 80's from Permanent Vacation onwards. Definitely they are America's greatest Rock 'N' Roll band.

So my ears were looking for stand out numbers like Sweet Emotions, Dude Looks Like A Lady, Love In An Elevator, Janie's Got A Gun and all that. Maybe the album did not meet my high expectations. But I like this album lot better than the last one Just Push Play. Good album as a whole.

I rocked out to 'Luv XXX', 'Oh Yeah', 'Out Go The Lights', 'Street Jesus', 'Lover Alot', 'Freedom Fighter' and yes 'Legendary Child'. Surprised to hear different voice on 'Freedom Fighter' and 'Something'. That is Joe Perry singing. Can't remember him doing vocal on Joe Perry Project.

I always seek at least one good ballad in any rock/metal albums. Like Angel in Permanent Vacation, What It Takes in Pump, Crazy In Get A Grip, Hole In My Soul in Nine Lives, there is 'What Could Have Been Love' in Music From Another Dimension. Other slow ones of my favourites are 'Tell Me', 'Can't Stop Loving You' and 'We All Fall Down'.

The rest of the tracks are not too bad. The deluxe CD version has 3 extra songs making 18 in total. I listened to them too. They are not bad but honestly it doesn't matter to me as they don't do any better than the best ones here. People said that this album is mixed up of old and new Aerosmith. That made sense after many listens. What it takes is 'long and loud' to like Music From Another Dimension. Well ! I like it.

Rock 'N' Roll
\,,/,


Shut Up and Give Me the Mic
Shut Up and Give Me the Mic
Price: 6.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's not addictive SEX. It's not abusive DRUGS. It's pure dreams of ROCK 'N' ROLL., 7 Nov 2012
Being a big SMF and massive fan of Dee Snider, I downloaded the digital version of this book at once when I learnt the book was already published. I enjoyed every chapter thoroughly for I followed Twisted Sister all throughout Under The Blade, You Can't Stop Rock 'N' Roll, Stay Hungry, Come Out And Play and Love Is For Suckers. And Mr. Dee writes here about making those albums and Twisted Sister MTV videos of 'We're Not Gonna Take It' and 'I Wanna Rock' and all that.

Mr. Dee warned in Forewarned (Foreword) page that this book is not about Sex, Drugs & Rock 'N' Roll like autobiographies by other rockstars. But it's about Anger, Violence, Love & Rock 'N' Roll which is what Mr. Dee's life was about. His angry attitude as a young man. His devotion for his family all the way. And his dream of rock 'n' roll. His effort in making the dream come true and at the same time trying to be a good husband and a good father makes me adore this Iron Man of Rock ten times more.

Reading this book feels like as if Mr. Dee is doing the talking and I listening in some pub drinking beer. I laughed many times. He talks about his life as a kid, family and school. His childhood obsession of being centre of attention. His adolescent hanging around streets with school buddies. His teenage dream to be a rockstar. Joining Twisted Sister. Finding his true love and future wife Suzette. Some ugly insight into the music industry. His Grammy Award presentation experience and of other TV shows, radio shows, broadway shows and movies. PMRC issues and his statements. And a lot more. He pours out all his anger, sentiments, hatred, egotism, mistakes with one hundred percent of honesty.

It was interesting to learn about his bands before and after Twisted Sister such as Desperado and Widowmaker. But most of the book revolves around the Twisted days like the Club Daze. The rise from the bars to the stars and then downfall. The fall of the Monster of Rock. In the last chapters, I was moved by his story of achieving the rock stardom where he lived like a king and then back at hitting rock bottom where he had to sell his house and everything. Kinda The Story Of Anvil.

What makes me feel sorry is that Mr. Dee talks mostly about his self-importance in Twisted Sister and many credits go to himself alone. He doesn't give much credits to other band members as much as he gives to Ms. Suzette. That enough says the members surely had big problems (or hatred?) between themselves and on the other side it shows how much his love of life means to him. Of course, no doubt about Mrs. Snider's responsible role in designing unique TS costumes and make ups. We all SMF love Suzette and Suzette's song. And no doubt about Mr. Snider's talent, creativity and extraordinary showmanship. In all twisted albums I have, almost every Twisted song reads 'written by Dee Snider'. I think it's his stage attitude, performance and powerful vocal (together with TS music and the band's musicianship of course) that drew worldwide attention.

What also makes me think is what is the cause that completely destroys the career of Iron Men of Rock or specially Dee Snider, the most talented frontman in the heavy metal world? Was it the dawn of a new generation, the grunge alternative rock music, the 90's? Was it the MTV undergoing a revolution? Was it that Mr. Dee's stubbornness to refuse to listen to people in the business, i.e., for Come Out And Play? Was it the band members' personal problem with each other? Was it the record company? Or was it the powerful politicians linked with PMRC who may have control over the industry?

Whatever ... I believed in enigmatic and energetic Dee Snider. I believed in Jay Jay, Eddie, Mark and AJ. I believed in Twisted ****ing Sister. It would be great if Twisted Sister would come up with one more album like their peers. The book ends (epilogue) with Mr. Dee's positive attitude towards life. That he has not lost his family and happiness which has always been the most important and blessed thing for him. And he hasn't given up on his dreams. He believes in Don't stop believing, Hold On To That Feeling. At the end, photographs from the author's personal collection brought smile on my face. I wanna read more, Mr. Dee! Just shut up and give us the second book!

Enjoy reading, Mutha !
Rock 'N' Roll !
\,,/,
an SMF.
;-)


Rock of Ages
Rock of Ages
Price: 7.05

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia, 24 Oct 2012
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Although I am not that much fond of musicals, I ended up watching it for its soundtracks to be the songs that I grew up listening to and I still do. I expected the movie to be something like School Of Rock or Rock Star. But never mind! I watched it on DVD and I loved it. It's the eighties. It's rock 'n' roll. And I thought I must buy the soundtrack and I did.

Almost every song on the CD are my all time favourites like David Lee Roth, Poison, Def Leppard, Guns N' Roses, Twisted Sister, Extreme, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, Journey, Warrant, Scorpions, Night Ranger, Foreigner, Pat Benatar, Starship, Reo Speedwagon and Joan Jett. What makes this CD special and enjoyable is that all the songs are sung by the actors themselves. And the music is performed by different musicians, arranged slightly differently and in the style of medley. I've been just playing this album on and on at home and car everywhere we go and me and my brother just love singing along to it.

If it was just the collection of the original songs by the original artists, I could not be bothered because I already have them. The only song I skip is 'Undercover Love' (track 16) which just ruins a great rock collection for me. But it's alright.

I can not believe it's Tom Cruise who solo sings Paradise City and Pour Some Sugar On Me, duet sings Wanted Dead Or Alive and I want To Know What Love Is and group sings few other songs. That's like mission impossible. He has such a great rock voice. Amazing! He should do one rock album at least. I bet it will top the chart and I will be the first one to buy.

These are the same songs that I've played million times in my life since teens until this day. I lived on them. I learnt to sing them. I learnt to play them on guitar. I dreamt. I rocked. I was in love. I was young. I was wild. I was free. ... Twenty years and I still rock. Those were the days.

\,,/,


British Lion
British Lion
Offered by Dirty Deals UK
Price: 6.29

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars IF IT WAS NOT FOR STEVE HARRIS ..., 14 Oct 2012
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I am not rushing straight away to write this review. I am not writing out of my high expectations from this album. I am not writing anything only comparing to Maiden albums.

First of all, I own all of the Maiden albums. From self titled debut album to The Final Frontier. 16 in total. And I love Iron Maiden from Paul Di'Anno to Bruce Dickinson to Blaze Bayley. I'm a huge fan of Iron Maiden and I'm a huge fan of Steve Harris. And here it is - British Lion. When I first previewed it on Amazon MP3 samples, I was not sure if I liked it. But despite many negative reviews I decided to buy it. And now I am holding the CD in my hand and I've been playing it continuously since I received my copy from Amazon a week ago.

Instantly people like me got disappointed by is the vocal. Because after heavy guitar and bass riffs comes a soft vocal of Richard Taylor. Not energetic at all. After several listens I did not find it is the case. There I heard beauty in Mr. Taylor's voice and singing. Soft but beautiful and melodic. Then I thought if it was really compulsory to have powerful high pitched screaming voice in music like British Lion. Blending such voice with heavy music is maybe what I think the main idea of Mr. Harris. Or is it? Steve Harris has been a primary force of Iron Maiden whose legend he kept alive over many decades until this day. And the idea of doing solo album by such a talented person in this way can not be wrong. At least not for me. It must have been for purpose of creating different and another good music. After thorough and careful listening, I even see replacing the vocal with Bruce Dickinson's and putting Adrian Smith, Dave Murray and Janick Gers on guitars with some added dual solos and Nicko McBrain on drums would make British Lion a perfect Maiden album. I don't know about good or bad mix. But I'm blasting it loud on my iPod iPhone and it's blowing my ears and mind.

I did not have to skip any songs. British Lion rocks. But having said that, if I did not know Mr. Harris was doing solo album, I would never know this album.


Monster
Monster
Price: 12.10

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE RETURN OF THE MONSTER OF ROCK, 8 Oct 2012
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You wanted the best !
You got the best !
The hottest band in the world !
KISS !

Yeah man ! I will never forget that 'Sonic Boom Over Europe' concert at Wembley Arena on the 13th of May 2010. Never.

Kiss returned after a decade with album Sonic Boom three years ago. And they rocked the Army. Personally I liked the album very much. It was overall a very good album like Crazy Nights which is my number one favourite Kiss album.

I have been staying tuned eagerly for months after hearing about this next release 'Monster'. And finally here it is in my hand. Second album from the new line up of Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer for Sonic Boom being the first. There may never be another Crazy Crazy Night, Deuce, Detroit Rock City, God Gave Rock 'N' Roll To You, I Was Made For Loving You, Heaven's On Fire, Rock 'N' Roll All Night, etc. But not a single song that I felt like skipping in this album. I was looking for another Forever or Reason To Live. But it rocked hard from the opener Hell Or Hallelujah to the last one Last Chance just like in Sonic Boom. Good guitar riffs intros solos chorus. Paul and Gene can still Shout It Out Loud.

I, as well, Love It Loud. Not sure at first but now it rocks non stop in my iPod. And I know I'll be rocking to it for few more weeks. For sometime now I don't need to look for anything else to quench my thirst for rock 'n' roll that I always seek. Old is gold. Can't get enough of Kiss. Mwha ! ;-)

Long Live The Legends \,,/,


Aftermath Of The Lowdown
Aftermath Of The Lowdown
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Price: 10.49

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Six Strings, Mr. Bluesman And The Cowboy Wanted Live !, 17 Sep 2012
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Yeah! Richie Sambora. My great influence of all time.

I follow Bon Jovi from Slippery When Wet until today. When New Jersey came out, I'll Be There For You is the song that clearly took my attention by the melodic, harmonic, high pitched backing vocal. After that I became a big fan of Richie. Even bigger than of Jon's. Guitar player and backing singer. My greatest influence.

Just as I was wondering why wouldn't he do solo album with such a great voice while Jon did his solo album Blaze Of Glory, there he came out with Stranger In This Town. When the group Bon Jovi's lyrics were mainly about heart broken love songs, Stranger In This Town was different in terms of music and lyrics. When Bon Jovi sounds a bit pop rock, Stranger In This Town bluesy rock. I remember reading one magazine called him 'Eric Clapton of the new generation'. No doubt about it. More than 5 stars.

Then came Undiscovered Soul after several years. It didn't sound a bit like the debut album. Disappointed at first, slowly it grew on me and I liked it very much too. Not at all like Stranger In this Town but fantastic in its own way. 5 stars.

Now after 14 bloody long years comes out Aftermath Of The Lowdown. I did not know what to expect. Stranger In This Town or Undiscovered Soul? But nothing like both. Richie's music has changed.

At first listen, I was only playing 'Every Road Leads Home To You' again and again and nothing else. And for the rest of the album I almost gave it one star. Then I thought wait a minute. I played the whole album again and again. Then boy! Even giving it 5 stars wouldn't justify it. 'Sugar Daddy' is good for live shows as well as 'Burn The Candle Down'. I like the intro rhythm in it. Both rocking! 'Nowadays' is catchy fast number maybe targeted for new young audience. 'Learning How To Fly With A Broken Wing' surely fits in Keep The Faith. 'Taking A Chance On The Wind', 'Weathering The Storm', I'll Always Walk Beside You', 'Seven Years Gone', 'You Can Only Get So High' and 'World' are all good ballads. You know how Richie and/or Jon can sound. In short, if you liked Bounce, you'd definitely like this album. The only thing I hated is it's only available on sleeve format.

I also recently discovered On Lead Guitar album available for download. It's an album, Richie stuff, Bon Jovi stuff, recorded live at San Diego at the time of Stranger In This Town. Listening to the album is tempting me into going to the sold out concert at Shepherd Bush this October at any cost. I can't be missing it. Because Bon Jovi may tour every now and then, here and there still. But Sambora, if not now, don't know when. Mr. Bluesman has been wanted dead or alive for long.

Richie rocks!
Rock 'N' Roll \,,/,
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The Story Of Light
The Story Of Light
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Price: 12.95

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4.0 out of 5 stars Shut Up ! We Know You Can Play. ;-), 10 Sep 2012
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From David Lee Roth to Whitesnake and from Passion And Warfare to Real Illusions : Reflections, I have always been a true and loyal fan of Vai. I grabbed this CD at once. Because anything Steve does, I love it. How he makes the guitar scream and cry. The melody from the heart of Jem. The whammy bar. The tone. Gonna see him on the tour for the third time this December.

Real Illusions : Reflections is the first album of the trilogy series that Steve started seven years ago which is fantastic indeed loaded with Building The Church, Glorious, K'm Pee Du We, Freak Show Express and Lotus Feet. The Story Of Light is sequel to that. Long wait. I expected it to be better. But more or less it's the same.

The first track 'The Story Of Light' is a good album opener which I feel like it picks up from Under It All, the end track from Real Illusions : Reflections. 'Velorum' and 'Gravity Storm' are two Bad Horsies in the album. Both being my most favourite head banging stuffs. 'Racing The World' gives Fever Dream and rocks me on the road. 'Creamsicle Sunset' is a cool soothing like a lullaby that almost put me to sleep. I've never had enough of seventh songs and he delivers one here too - 'Mullach A'tSi' which tells me so much of Whispering A Prayer. Beautiful ! 'Weeping China Doll' is another slow and heavy and I like it. Oh ! How I wish David Lee Roth would join and sing on 'Sunshine Electric Raindrops'. It would be great. My favourite VaiTunes #2 'The Moon And I' is also included in the album. 'No More Amsterdam' is Steve's duet singing with Aimee Mann (never heard before). Not bad for sentimental stuff. Sorry to say that 'John The Revelator' and 'Book Of The Seven Seals' (remix of an old song) maybe good but are my least favourite. Better off as VaiTunes? Don't know. Beverly McClellan (never heard before), the winner of the voice contest so they say, does the vocal job on these two. Good to still have Dave Weiner on rhythm guitars and Jeremy Colson on drums. Philip Bynoe (remember G3 : Live In Concert?) is back on bass. Yeah!

This copy that I pre-ordered from Amazon is so-called Digibook which comes in book kind of thing. 32 pages of photos, liner notes with song by song breakdowns and bonus DVD with exclusive Steve Vai interview. Feels great to hold it in hand and go along page by page with the music. Very beautiful.

I have played this album many times now. It's grown on me. As I said, I love anything Steve Vai does. So my review here will be bias for this album. Listen to it and know for yourself if it's good or bad. I am stuck between 4 and 5 stars. Maybe my expectations were too high. The final in the trilogy series, Steve knows what and when and how, will be better I hope. It will be the best of all. It will give us another For The Love Of God, Sisters, Juice, Die To Live, Tender Surrender, Whispering A Prayer and more. Just can't get enough of Vai.

Steve rocks!
Rock 'N' Roll \,,/,
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