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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Wanted The Best.........., 29 May 2014
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This review is from: KISS 40 (Audio CD)
....... You Got The Best !! Kiss 40 ha ha, is that 40 years or 40 compilations?,fantastic career spanning 2 cd set,whilst never going to satisfy everyone,yes i would have had a different track list,most of us have our own favourites,this is as close to a track list that should suffice,its not aimed at the die hards,although there a couple of lesser known tracks plus the unreleased demo to keep us happy.

Sound quality is excellent,most noticeable on the likes of 'Let Me Go Rock And Roll','Down On Your Knees' & 'God Of Thunder (demo),much better than on their previous releases,the demo is a fun 'Gene' tune,clearly cannibalised for 'Christine 16',surprise surprise it follows on next.

When you can only chose 1 track per release,then you've got a difficult job on your hands,they've done it well,the compilation flows pretty smoothly and a plethora of live tracks helps get a few fan favourites included.

As a pointer to their career,it effortlessly shows that they have rocked when required,gave it some heavy when neccesary and been 'Pop' if the mood took them,throw in solo albums and tear stained ballads ,then you've had the lot.

The packaging is the only real disappointment,no liner notes,they could have given the full story right up to the Hall of Fame induction,still there a some decent photos,not many you wont have seen before.

Still i'll give it 5 stars,i was always going to get it,if you haven't tried the band before,you could do worse than start here.
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California Breed
California Breed
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent album, 25 May 2014
This review is from: California Breed (Audio CD)
Despite the quite horrendous cover,i thought i'd take a chance on this,using the money my kids gave me for my birthday,i thought i'd treat myself and what a treat,this is stunning.

From the opening groove of 'The Way' to the closing moments of 'Breathe' this is superb, a cohesive collection of tracks that flow seamlessly into each other.

Highlights? plenty listen the simple but effective 'Sweet Tea' or the outstanding 'Chemical Rain' or 'Midnight Oil' which reminds you of decades past and will make you smile,listen to 'All Falls Down' .. goose bumps every time.

Desite enjoying Black Country Communion on album and in concert,this is way better,Hughes has channelled his every being into this,every part of his past can be referenced,of course the Deep Purple rock is there with the funk of his solo career, throw in touchstones from Zeppelin alongside the likes of Humble Pie and you got a 5 star stunner.

This is a power trio in the true sense of the word,the production excellent captures Bonham perfectly and what a find Andrew Watt is,a fantastic performance.

This might just be the album of the year

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5.0 out of 5 stars take a Journey back in time...., 14 May 2014
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.. to when Journey were at the top of their game,taking away the 2 solo tracks your left with 17 songs ,of which 13 come from 1981's ESCAPE disc and its follow up '83's FRONTIERS,(some of the tracks have been available before on Greatest Hits Live)

Its not a complete show because its a radio broadcast complete with occasional voice over,so some tracks have been missed such as 'Separate Ways' & 'Any Way You Want It'.

The band are on form,what a triple salvo to open with 'Chain Reaction',Wheel In The Sky' and 'Line Of Fire',outstanding,you want a ballad then soak up 'Send Her My Love/Faithfully' and a superb 'Lights'.

You want Rock then revel in 'Stone in Love','Edge of the Blade,throw in mega hits 'Who's Cryin Now' & 'Dont Stop Believin',toss in a nugget like Schon 'n' Hammer's 'No More Lies',what more can you ask. Its a great track listing only 'Back Talk' being a clunker,sound quality is more than acceptable,packaging comes with a slip case,sleeve notes average.

Just enjoy the band in their pomp,Schon's lead guitar playin magnificent,Perry's vocals just beautiful,reminds you of what we're missin.

Live In Maryland 1977
Live In Maryland 1977

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4.0 out of 5 stars Live and Raw!!!, 14 May 2014
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Another of the ever expanding semi legit releases that appear to be flooding the market,unlike the majority of the others ,this isnt a radio broadcast,rather audio lifted straight from the bonus disc 'Live in Largo 1977',which came with some versions of KISSOLOGY VOL 1 1974-1977.

Its raw and potent,an exciting more authentic represntation of Kiss circa '77,not polished and touched up like the fabled ALIVE 2 release.

Its not essential unless your a Kiss nut like myself,sound is rough and ready,packaging standard fold out digi pak with non descript liner notes,at this price you cant expect much more,completists only

The Ritz on Fire (Live)
The Ritz on Fire (Live)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heavens on Fire...., 14 May 2014
..Well the Ritz was that night,had this gig for years on VHS,its also on Kissology,this version on CD is the original radio broadcast complete with occasional voice over.

Kiss were rockin at this point in the late 80's,Kulick and Carr had dovetailed into a superb unit with Gene and Paul,tight efficient,lean and mean and it shows.

Classics like 'Duece' & 'Love Gun' sit nicely alongside singles such as 'Heavens on Fire','Lick it Up' and 'Crazy Crazy Night',and the crowd lap it up.

Clearly a 'semi legit'l release,its well worth adding to the collection.

Mtv Unplugged
Mtv Unplugged
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a box full of stingers, 6 May 2014
This review is from: Mtv Unplugged (Audio CD)
a real surprise package,this one,have to be honest i didnt initially think they could pull this off,2 discs of acoustic versions from a band whose forte has always been polished heavy rock,what do i know,this is an excellent vindication of the bands prowess and quality.

C'mon 'Speedy's Coming acoustic !! yet it works alongside an eclectic selection,stuff from the 70's 'Born to touch your Feelings',just beautiful right up to the title track of their last studio disc 'Sting in the Tail'.

For me,a totally unexpected success story.

Time to Turn
Time to Turn
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5.0 out of 5 stars TIME TO TURN your attention to this band...., 6 May 2014
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The follow up to '82's Planets disc and the continuation of the story,should have released them as a double,now that would have been amazin',this album containe the first line up change for a couple of years,with future SAXON drummer Fritz Randow coming aboard.

Opening with the superbly titled 'Through a Sombre Galaxy' once again the track is carried along on some suprb bass playing courtesy of Klaus Peter Matziol (quite underated) before some Floyd like guitar,you'll swear its Gilmour,its hard to believe its not.

Next up its 'Behind the Walls of Imagination' with more outstanding bass playing,the title track traverses' another Floydian soundscape,before some more ballsy bass launches 'Magic Mirrors'.

Finally we get to the albums' standout track,the epic 9 mins plus of 'End of an Odyssey' withs its magnificent keyboard intro and )listen on the headphones,those cymbals moving from one ear to the other),unsurprisingly the remainder of the album struggles to live up to that,although we end on an upbeat note with the optimistic ,acoustic led 'Say Is It Really True?'.

The 2005 remaster has an excellent sound once again,no bonus tracks this time

Planets [German Import]
Planets [German Import]
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5.0 out of 5 stars if the PLANETS have lined up...., 6 May 2014
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.. then you'll already have bought this album,a quite superb example of Sci Fi rock at its best,in the early days Heep & Purple would be the main influence alongside the obvious Floyd and Hawkwind references,by the 80's the band had develped its own sound,quite frankly they stepped into the black hole left by Rush as they moved into a different Hemisphere.

Opening with a stunning little keyboard introduction we're then left to marvel at a quite excellent track 'On the verge of darkening lights' propelled along on some stunning bass playing,before track 3 bounces out of the speakers 'Point of no Return' again carried along on a bass riff (reminds me of Sabbaths Heaven and Hell).

Highlights,well all of it,if pushed i'd plump for the 'epic 'Mysterious Monolith' with its keyboards of delight while 'Spinx' is just other worldly cosmic rock at its best.

The original album was released in 1981,the uk didnt get it until '82 complete with stunning Rodney Matthews sleeve,this is the 2005 remaster,sounds outstanding,comes with booklet containing the story which covers this album and its 1982 follow up 'TIME TO TURN',it also contains a rather uneccesary bonus live track,recorded in Paris 1983

Blue Horizon
Blue Horizon
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4.0 out of 5 stars Over the Horizon and far away...., 6 May 2014
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.. well thats how it felt,it took so long for the disc to reach me,was it worth the wait,definitely,its a great album,the first thing that catches the eye is the quite striking cover on the digi pak.

The music well unlike say Magnum's fist pumping rock on their recent release,this is more laid back,like an old pair of comfy slippers,an easy fit just sit back and let the music wash over you.

Having spent the last few albums stating that they are as far removed from ARGUS as you can get,then its with much irony that opening track 'Take It Back' immediately reminds me of that disc.

The likes of 'Deep Blues/Way Down South & Mary Jane,keep a smile on my face and my foot tapping,excellent stuff.

Favourite tracks - the title track's laid back class and the folky feel of album closer 'All there is to Say'.

There are some great individual performances on here,yes its laid back and the 'rock' days are long gone but its still worth purchasing for some genuine class music.

Magic Mountain
Magic Mountain
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take a ride on the Magic Mountain groove machine..., 6 May 2014
This review is from: Magic Mountain (Audio CD)
I'm fairly new to the BSC world but this is great,a quite superb album,all the usual references are there that people have mentioned thru the reviews of their various releases,Sabbath/Zeppelin power and riffs,a touch of Southern rock and if i may,to my ears,i hear little nods to Masters of Reality circa the 'Blue Garden' disc.

There isnt really any weak moments here,most of the tracks have a groove of their own but combine catchy sing along choruses,such as 'Holding on to letting go' and 'Bad luck to hard love' while the excellent 'Peace Pipe' has a refrain with a commercial sheen that still rocks , the sort of level Bon Jovi could have reached had he got some dirt under his finger nails.

The rest stunning classic rock with the likes of single 'Me and Mary Jane' and 'Hollywood in Kentucky' holding the candle for Southern rock. Beast track,a close call but the Title track gets me every time..

A 5 star release,easily,if this doesnt take them to the top,nothing will

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