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Graz 1975
Graz 1975
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Deep Purple cottage industry continues, 17 Sept. 2014
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This review is from: Graz 1975 (Audio CD) another archive release hits the rack,this gig however has long been anticipated by Purple experts as it contains a superb performance arguably one of the best.if not the best from Purple Mark 3.

It should be noted that only 3 tracks are previously unreleased ('Gypsy','Lady Double Dealer' and 'Smoke....',the others were released on the 1996 release Mark III the final concerts,indeed 'Burn & Stormbringer are mentioned historically as being on 'Made In Europe way back' in '76

The sound quality is as good as your going to get for a release from this time period almost 40 years old and it comes with a average booklet nothing more.The release states its the complete concert,many fans believe its not as there's no 'Highway star' which was alledgedely performed as an encore(it certainly was at the PARIS gig).

Still its the music we're here for, the shorter tracks such as 'lady Double Dealer/Gypsy/Stormbringer etc are superb,the rendition of 'Burn' is,for me.the best ever recorded version,of course 'Smoke on the Water always brings a smile.The lengthier tracks obviously contain moments of class (and the occasional self indulgence) if your a purple fanatic,then you know what your getting,its not a release for the casual fan.

4 stars and worth everyone.
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Status Quo The Frantic Four's Final Fling
Status Quo The Frantic Four's Final Fling
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME...., 13 Sept. 2014
..essentially a rerun of the previous release,the Frantic Four capitalising on the wave of interest the reunion had generated.Should you buy another live disc? of course, if your a die hard for the casual fan maybe not as essential.

What do you get?.. well its the same set list with 'Dont Waste My Time' being replaced with 'Caroline',they couldnt have left it out again and 'Gotta Go Home' tacked on at the end of '4500 Times'

So whats the difference ,well the passion from the crowd is reduced(no surprise.the initial reunion was carried along on raw emotion) but the bands performance is much better,the band tighter not as loose,they sound superb.

So its a great release,you pays your money your takes your choice and its nice to see the lads smiling in the booklet pic's.If it is the final fling then the boys done well.
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Live At The Rainbow
Live At The Rainbow
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5.0 out of 5 stars back in the day.........................., 9 Sept. 2014
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This review is from: Live At The Rainbow (Audio CD)
.... in the early 70's Queen were a consumate heavy rock band and were the equal of most around,history shows that the band moved on,so we should cherish this small nugget,a timepiece from the heavy rock days,it quite glorious,had it been released in the 70's it would be as revered as many other classic 70's live albums.

2 superb recordings from 1974,the main disc, for me, is disc 1 concentrating on the ist 2 albums,listen to Brian Mays guitar ,that tone,that sound accompanied by the unheralded,at the time,rythmn section, Deacon & Taylor, underpinning the guitar,while Freddie does his thing,slightly restrained compared to future years. Magnificent versions of 'Father To Son' 'Ogre Battle','Great King Rat & 'Liar',i could go on,its excellent.

I could have died happy with that,disc 2 is a welcome bonus... Late '74 with,'Now Im Here ' continuing the rock theme while '....Leroy Brown'. indicating future directions.

Both discs include the dreaded rock n roll cover versions although they're done with gusto and actually enjoyable.

Sound quality is excellent given its 40 yrs old,,the deluxe edition comes in digi pak with excellent booklet,a truly superb release

Space Invader (Ltd Digi)
Space Invader (Ltd Digi)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ace is back......... and he told you so !!!!, 24 Aug. 2014
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Lets be honest Ace's solo career has been all over the place since he left KISS, every solo album held up against the classic Kiss solo album from 1978.

So how does this one match up, well the '78 disc is still his best but this is easily the most consistent and enjoyable solo album since then,the good points from his previous disc ANOMALY have been carried forward with this one,its all the better for it.

All the Ace'isms that we've come to expect are there in spades,he's not a great singer,lyrics are goofy but some of his guitar playin' is superb.

Highlights - easy the title track and 'Past the Milky Way' are classic Ace while 'Inside the Vortex' might just be one of the best tracks he ever produced.

Others such as 'Gimme A Feelin' just struts along while 'I Wanna Hold You' and 'What Every Girl Wants' remind me of Ace circa the UNMASKED era.

Naturally we get an instrumental 'Starship' quality once again and of course a cover version,2 versions of 'The Joker' the extended version being the best,

Love the sound quality,sounds great,the packaging is excellent.although couldnt unfold the poster as it appears the folds are actually stuck together.

And who didnt have a smile at the inside cover with Ace's make up face on his t shirt,might have sold the rights,but you cant keep the man down. excellent release

Redeemer of Souls
Redeemer of Souls
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Price: £11.14

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4.0 out of 5 stars Return of the Priest, 20 Aug. 2014
This review is from: Redeemer of Souls (Audio CD)
Have to be honest,i wasnt sure what to expect,'Nostradamus' didnt really do it for me so i took a gamble and bought the deluxe edition at a bargain price,thankfully it was worth it

At this point in their career its damned if you do(change your sound/approach),damned if you dont(and revisit old ground),so they cant win.

For what its worth this is a very good album,time will tell if the fans hold it up as a classic,initial listening wont.Over the piece they manage to capture elements of all era's,tracks such as 'Crossfire' and my personal favourite ' Beginning of the End' transport me back to the 76/77 period while 'Metalizer' could be the 90's.

Opening with a thunder clap leading into 'Dragonaut' followed by the superb title track was a statement of intent if ever there was,i personally love Halfords vocal approach.

Yes there are a few cliched titles,would have thought MANOWAR would have had 'Halls of Valhalla' copyrighted,its true both that and 'Sword of Damocles' do sound Maidenesque,it doesnt detract from the tracks themselves.Why focus on that when the likes of 'March of the Damned' and 'Down in Flames' are quinntessential Priest,as i said this covers all bases.

The bonus disc is also quite interesting, 'Snakebite' is probably the closest to mid 80's on the whole package,yet failed to get a place on the main disc,while to these ears 'Creatures' could easily be from the Ripper years and i do believe it might have been a mistake to leave off 'Never Forget' from the main disc another little beauty.

The deluxe edition iis packaged beautifully,i didnt have any problems removing the discs from their sleeves,the sound quality outstanding. An easy 4 stars
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4.0 out of 5 stars its uncle Ted, what more do you need to know?, 20 Aug. 2014
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This review is from: ShutUp&Jam! (Audio CD)
The clue is in the title,this is a back to basics ,low fi recording that sounds as if he jammed in the basement with a few friends,it sounds superb.

From the opening thrust via the title track,straight organic rock n roll Ted's doin' what he does best -rockin hard,other highlights ,easy ''Fear Itself' is struttin rock while 'Everything Matters' takes you straight back the to glory days circa 75-77,no doubt helped that Derek St Holmes guests on vocals.

others to take note of the 'blues' version of 'Never Stop Believin' while 'Trample the Dead....' has Ted waxing lyrical as usual.

Throw in the strident 'I Still Believe' and the hard rock stomp of 'Do Rags and A 45 ', and you cant go wrong..

This album wont please everyone but i love it...

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4.0 out of 5 stars Starcastle 2010 rock candy edition, 20 Aug. 2014
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This review is from: Starcastle (Audio CD)
Originally released in 1976 this album got a well deserved makeover via this Rock Candy release in 2010,superb sound ,excellent booklet,the complete package.

There's no deny their influences,it would be stupid to try,prog rock at its best with an american twist, opening with the epic 'Lady of the Lake' the bands prowess there for all to hear with former Reo Speedwagon vocalist Terry Luttrell times, uncannily like Jon Anderson.If the band did indeed inhabitate a STARCASTLE then i hope they called it YES TOWERS,seems only fair,ha ha.

Starting with the albums best track might lead you to belive it would be all downhill after that,fear not the class continues with the likes of 'Elliptical Seasons',a fabulous title or the superb instrumental 'Stargate' which ELP would have been proud of.

Housed (originally) in a beautiful sleeve,the booklet still conveys its magnificence,this is the real deal,dont hesitate,its superb

Love Grenade
Love Grenade
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Price: £5.97

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3.0 out of 5 stars a bit disappointing 3.5 stars, 3 Aug. 2014
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This review is from: Love Grenade (Audio CD)
After the 2 previous studio albums,this is ,in my opinion,disappointing,no where near the standard set on the two earlier releases,another line up change saw Marco Mendoze replaced on Bass by Barry Sparks, while some special guests appeared to give a helpin hand Eric Martin & Tommy Shaw helped out with backing vocals whilst former Damn Yankees pal Jack Blades contributed Bass on 3 tracks including the title track,he also co -produced.

Despite having a stunning sound,this disc lacks the spark of the 2 previous,yet its starts so well,the title track and follow up 'Still Raising Hell' are excellent and can be held up high,the rest? well 'Funk U' is just average as is 'Girl Scout Cookies'.

Add to that the mid section grouping of 'Geronimo & Me/Eagle Brother/Spirit of the Buffalo and Aborigine,they are just plain boring,throw in an uneccesary cover 'Journey To The Centre Of The Mind' then sadly the middle of the disc sags badly.

'Stand & 'Broadside' are valiant attempts at pulling it round while 'Bridge over Troubled Daughters' is memorable only for the humourous title.,Thankfully 'Lay With Me' finishes the disc in some style(if your still listening at that point

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must If You Love Ted Nugent, 3 Aug. 2014
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This review is from: Craveman (Audio CD)
5 years after the under rated 'Spirit of the Wild' album,Uncle Ted bounced back with arguably his best studio album since the mid 70's,14 tracks,all killer,no filler.

Highlights? all of it, opening with 'KLSTRPHNKY',which had appeared as an instrumental on the previous years 'Full Bluntal Nugity Live 'release,this is simply amazin',a down and dirty riff that rattles the speakers,Ted's manic vocal in the back ground,indeed he sounds manic several times thru the course of this album.

Tracks such as 'Crave' and 'Raw dogs & War Hogs' have a direct conduit back to the 70's,while those such as 'At Home There' can be tracked back to the blues.

He's clearly having fun on this disc,as 'Wang Dang Doodle' is a playful nod the the classic track from CAT SCRATCH FEVER,while 'Earthtones is a beautiful instrumental highlighting yet again what a superb guitar player he is..

Sound quality is superb, band is on fire Mendoza still on Bass ,although Tommy Aldrige has been replaced by Tommy Clufetos on Drums,still makes for a stunning rythmn section.His old partners from Damn Yankees co write a couple of tracks,indeed 'Damned If Ya Do' could easily have sat on one of their albums.

5 stars all the way stunning

Metromania [German Import]
Metromania [German Import]
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5.0 out of 5 stars stunning Sci Fi Rock, 3 Aug. 2014
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The 4th and final of the albums released in the UK by Heavy Metal Records Label,this came wrapped in a stunning Rodney Matthews sleeve,arguably one of his best..

Opening with the upbeat driving rock of 'Escape to the Heights' with its electronic synths & 'drums soundscape and treated vocals,it may not be to everyone's taste,you could argue its a little dated but it just works,it worked then and still grabs me now.

In what would the final album by this line up,the band covers all the bases, Heavy rock with gutteral guitar on the superb 'Nightriders',while the title track bounces out of the speakers with an almost dance beat(proggy disco ? ha ha).

'All Life Is One' is carried along on a menacing repetive bass/drum track while the albums highlight 'Follow The Light' is a wonderful contradiction of prog rock keyboards,strutting guitars and an insanely catchy chorus provided by the female back up singers,it shouldnt work but it does,quite superb

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