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Viva! Hysteria
Viva! Hysteria
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hysteria & much more live, 1 Nov 2013
This review is from: Viva! Hysteria (Audio CD)
What an absolute stunner of a live record. Up there with all the best live rock albums.Great sound & energy throughout.
Of course you get Hysteria in its entirety played to perfection with the guitars a bit grittier to denote it is all live. For me having much of High N Dry & tracks from Pyromania in the set is a real bonus. High N Dry is my favourite Leppard album & you get the whole of the original side 1 plus a couple more. This is what Leppard were really about before thay went too technical.Raw with heavier guitars a real wall of noise. Pyromania was always a close second & is represented by 3 tracks. Their debut album has a couple of tracks with Wasted nice & heavy a real standout.There are a few tracks from later years including Undefeated & Promises which fit in well. An acoustic set rounds things of nicely. Maybe a couple of tracks from Adrenalize could have featured but it does not detract from the quality on offer here.
There are always songs missing that are a personal favourite but such is the quality of the record this can be easily overlooked.This was always going to happen playing the whole of Hysteria.
Go out & buy but remember to play it loud.

All Hell Breaks Loose [Special Edition]
All Hell Breaks Loose [Special Edition]
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Lizzy sound but Black Star Riders put their own mark on it., 30 May 2013
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This is not Thin Lizzy.It is however an album hugely influenced by Lizzy.Scott Gorham was 1/4 of the classic Lizzy line up so has every right to be part of their legacy. He has a distinctive guitar sound which of course is evident throughout. I have always liked Ricky Warwick and his vocals sound the same as he has always sounded. Maybe the odd phrasing is similar to Phil Lynott as is the way some lines are delivered.There is some of the twin and harmony guitar play that Lizzy made their own evident throughout. Damon Johnson supplys plenty of blistering guitar play.Mendozo and Degrasso are both solid giving a platform for the rest of the band to perform.The music far exceeded my expectations and I cannot find a track I do not like. Bound For Glory has perhaps become over familiar as the safe track to introduce the band (in advance of the album) with its obvious comparison to the classic Lizzy sound.All Hell Breaks Loose the opener while a little restrained has a great guitar solo. Kingdom Of The Lost has an obvious Celtic sound. Bloodshot has an Irish feeling with its guitar hook.Kissin The Ground and Hey Judas have Warwick's delivery of his vocals close to Phil Lynott but sounding 100% Warwick.The guitar solos in both songs a strong nod to Lizzy.Hoodoo Voodoo has a very catchy hook which is infectious and I defy anyone not to tap their feet or nod their head.Another great guitar harmony and solo. Valley Of The Stones picks up the tempo a little with guitars full on. Someday Salvation brings the music back down a little but is another catchy little number.Before The War full of emotion with a killer guitar solo that sadly ends too soon. For me the standout track is Blues Ain't So Bad.Haunting riff a real blues song as the title suggests.The guitar work makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and Warwick's vocals have never been better.Bonus track Right To Be Wrong a straight ahead rock song. In short a great album which I can highly recommend and guarantee it will not leave my playlist for some considerable time.Black Star Riders have arrived can't wait for the tour.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Saxon's twentieth album rocking better than ever., 13 Mar 2013
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This review is from: Sacrifice (Audio CD)
I bought Saxons first album back in1979.They have continued to produce great rock music with the longest period between albums being three years.Twenty top quality albums never resting on their laurels. The legacy continues with Sacrifice. It amazes me how the band have remained motivated and continued to produce such high quality music. If you already love Saxon you will buy this album.If you used to like them reintroduce yourself to the band.If by some strange chance you love rock/ metal but have no Saxon albums start here.Powerful music, great riffs,& Biff's unmistakable vocals. Songs about shipbuilding, steel works (You can smell the molten metal.)& the Terracotta army amongst many subjects which add to the music. Catch them live if you can as they never disappoint.

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