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Spovied Kryvi
Spovied Kryvi
Offered by hotshotrecordsgermany
Price: 9.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Tull meets Burzum!, 26 July 2012
This review is from: Spovied Kryvi (Audio CD)
Imagine if Jethro Tull got together with Burzum to record an album. And, assuming Count Varg didn't stab Ian Anderson, "If No Sun" (the English title) is what you'd get!

In The Heart Of Nothing [Explicit]
In The Heart Of Nothing [Explicit]
Price: 7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars KILLER Black/Goth Metal from Finnland!, 29 April 2011
This is USA calling...
Y'know, it's amazing- and a damned shame- that bands this INCREDIBLE are so obscure!This is Beyond the Dream's third full album... and it's a mindblowing fussion of Marilyn's "Mechanical Animals:, 69 Eyes' "Wasting the Dawn", CoF's "Thornography" and HIM's "Venus Doom". With influences like that what more could you ask? Best Goth Metal album of 2011 along with Beloved Enemy's "Thank You For the Pain" (so far...).

Born Again
Born Again
Price: 4.99

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Let's have a"deluxe" version!, 6 Jan 2011
This review is from: Born Again (Audio CD)
This is USA calling...
Granted, "Born Again" is often conidered Sabbath's equivilant of "The Elder" or "Cold Like". But it has gotten better with age, worts, bad sound quallity & all. And since to other lesser-received-in-their-day efforts were just given the 2 CD treatment ("Seventh Star" and "Eternal Idol") it wouldn't hurt to see an extended version of this.
And, believe it or else, there's enough from the 83-84 period for THREE CD! First disc: the original LP; second disc: the unreleased original mix that Ian Ginnan liked but Gezzer didn't (hence the grungey mix we've had since 83) as well as the outtake "the falling". Third disc: a soundboard live show with Gillan crooning the Ozzy standards (plus "Heaven & Hell" and occasionaly "noen knights") concluding with Iommi covering "smoke on the water!"
As someone who's heard the bootlegs it's fun hearing Iommi's interpretation of Blackmore's trademark riff. Let's give it an official release!

Plastic Faces
Plastic Faces

5.0 out of 5 stars A CD that should've come out a LOOOOONG time ago!, 17 Nov 2010
This review is from: Plastic Faces (Audio CD)
This is USA calling...
France jumped on the punk bandwagon early. The French were releasing punk records before the debut LPs of Patti Smith, the Dictators or the Ramones and thge debut 45s of the Damned and Pistols. The early French punk (Little Bob Story, Telephone) recalled the Velvet Underground fussed with early Stones.
The Stinky Toys were probably the first French punkers to play in England- they were sharing the stage with the Pistols and the Buzzcocks as early as mid 76! And their 1977 debut should have been rereleased on CD a LOT earlier than today! I even pestered Captain Oi to hurry up n put this one out. (They only said they's consider it.)
Imagine a faster version of the first albums of Jagger & Company with crude-but-sinsear female vocals. Y'know, I have a feeling this CD won't be availible very long- grab it now!

The Eternal Idol (Deluxe Edition)
The Eternal Idol (Deluxe Edition)
Price: 13.07

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The last great Sabbath!, 11 Nov 2010
This is USA calling...

"Eternal Idol" is one of the GREATEST albums to carry the Black Sabbath. Sure, it has no Ozzy or Dio but it's easily their best-ever effort without them! In fact, Sabbath released 9 near flawless LPs: the first six with Ozzy, the first two with Dio and this!
I am also happy to see the unreleased first version with Ray Gillen is now availible officially (after years of bootlegs). Here's hoping for a 2 CD edition of "Born Again" with the never-released original mix that Ian Gillan wanted!

Fizzy Pop
Fizzy Pop
Offered by FLASH
Price: 6.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars ...Why?, 19 Nov 2008
This review is from: Fizzy Pop (Audio CD)
Their incredible debut was an excellent fussion of "Never Mind the Bollocks" and "Appatite For Destruction". One of the best of 06! "Fizzy Pop" comes across as a watered-down Bay City Rollers- a sound that became passe starting January 1st 1977... and has NEVER come back in vogue, even as nostalgia.
Why'd they do this? To snag some American airplay, perhaps? I'm a "Yank" and I never heard their first album on American radio- no surprise there. Stateside, as Iggy once said, "DJs hate rock n roll cluttering up the airwaves." Still, as lame as US radio is (and has been since 1973!), "Pop" without the promised "Fizz" still wouldn't cut the muster Over Here.
Back to the ol' drawing board, guys...

Cloak & Dagger
Cloak & Dagger
Price: 10.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest under rated NWOBHM LP EVER!!!, 25 Sep 2006
This review is from: Cloak & Dagger (Audio CD)
This is USA calling.
After being dealt a series of bad breaks- loss of first vocalist, record label going bankrupt- Witchfynde, after a three year absence, resurfaced out of nowhere with this masturpiece! "Cloak & Dagger" is one of those rare albums (metal or otherwise) with NO pointless filler tracks! Every sons is great but the highlights include "rather go wild", "somewhere to hide", "start counting", "living for memories"(the BEST moment & should have been a hit 45) and "rock n roll".
Witchfynde never caught a decent break- after this album their second label konked out... as did their third label that releaed their first (and second best) effort "lords of Sin".
Other great-but-under-rated NWOBHM: A II Z- "Witch of Berkly" (1980), WIDOW- s/t (83), CLOVEN HOOF- s/t (84), HANDSOME BEASTS- "Beastiality" (81) and WITCHFINDER GENERAL's "Friends of Hell" (83).
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CBGB's And The Birth Of U.S. Punk
CBGB's And The Birth Of U.S. Punk
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: 11.38

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best intro to American punk, 26 May 2002
This is USA calling. I was very pleased to see the inclusion of rare 60s punk (Sonics, 13th Floor Elevators) along side legends such as the Velvets, the Ramones, the Dolls & Iggy. 60s garage bands usually don't appear on these "histories" and are limited to "60s Punk" comps.
As with all retrosectives the only drawback is not with what's here but what isn't. The liner notes appologise for the exclusion of Talking Heads. But other essential US band aren't represented: MC5, Dictators, Patti Smith, Devo, Germs. Fortunately a "Vol. 2" was promised- maybe all the afore mentioned will then appear.

The Witching Hour
The Witching Hour
Price: 13.08

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back, guys!, 20 Feb 2002
This review is from: The Witching Hour (Audio CD)
This is USA calling! The NWOBHM gave us a lot of great bands (ie Maiden, Demon, Witchfinder General, Trespass) but IMHO the best of the lot were WITCHFYNDE! From 80 to 84 they gave us four indredible albums: "Give 'Em Hell" and "STagefright" (both 1980), "Cloak & Dagger" (MY all time favorite metal LP from 83) and "lords of Sin" (their second best from 84). You can immagine how excited I was to hear these guys had reunited to do a fifth album! "Witching Hour" has only three new songs (all great) but several good re-recordings of their 80s classics (some here are even better than the original versions). Here's hoping for a sixth album soon (with all new material)!

Offered by Blind Owl Records
Price: 14.92

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Needs a third disc!, 20 Feb 2002
This review is from: Punk (Audio CD)
This is USA calling! "Punk" is probably the best retrospective of this late 70s/early 80s revolution, even better than the original "Burning Ambitions". "Ambitions" didn't even include the Dolls, VU, Stooges or MC5! However, there are some important sub genres that are still ignored here: Oi, American hardcore and the REAL anarchy of the "peace" punks. This comp needed a third CD to include the Cockney rejects, Angelic Upstarts, Business, Black Flag, Dead Kennedy's, Germs, Crass, Conflict and Poisen Girls. Maybe Columbia should be talked into releasing "Punk Vol. 2".

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