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Appetite For Destruction
Appetite For Destruction
Price: £5.90

21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Album Guaranteed To Please, 4 Jun. 2007
During the apparent onslaught of the LA hair metal scene in the mid to late 80s (bands like Poison and Motley Crue), one band was formed in 1985 in Los Angeles by two desperate musicians - Axl Rose and Tracii Guns, who decided that it was time for the age of big hair, glitter and makeup to come to an end. And Guns N' Roses did just that. Though Tracii left to form his own band, LA Guns, Axl stayed behind and recruited four talented musicians: guitarists Izzy Stradlin and Slash, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Steven Adler. Together, these four, along with Axl Rose, literally shoved aside hair metal with the release of their first major label debut Appetite For Destruction and started to bring the "true" metal back to the mainstream. Within a year of its release, it had sold over 25 million copies and went to #1 in the USA. Though they did release a self-produced EP titled Live ?!*@ A Suicide in '86, GNR made rock history with Appetite For Destruction a year later.

Let me start off by saying that every (yes, EVERY) rock fan, from Hendrix to Green Day, needs to own this album. From the gritty sleaze-rock "Welcome to the Jungle" to the trashy headbanger "You're Crazy" to the punk rock "It's So Easy," every song on here is a masterpiece. Though it contains a few fillers ("My Michelle," "Think About You" and "Anything Goes" being the best examples), Appetite For Destruction is one of those CDs that you don't have to skip songs to get to the good ones. Too bad the original band lineup featured on this CD isn't around anymore - now GNR has Axl's whole new set of musicians that just isn't the same. In addition, is it any wonder that Axl can't sing like that anymore. I mean, listen to his vocals on such songs like "Out Ta Get Me," "Paradise City" or "Sweet Child O' Mine." And what about Slash? GNR's new guitarist, Robin Finck (Nine Inch Nails), doesn't play with the same style Slash played with, and doesn't sound like him at all. So I guess that just proves that things just come, go and pass and you should enjoy them while you can. My point here is that Appetite For Destruction is one of THE GREATEST ALBUMS EVER RECORDED and that one like this comes along once in a great while.

But boy am I glad I bought this album when I did. But like most people, the only songs I heard from this album before I purchased it were the three hits that brought GNR to fame worldwide: "Welcome to the Jungle," "Paradise City" and "Sweet Child O' Mine" (sadly the only ones from this album to make it to Guns N' Roses's Greatest Hits CD). But the remaining tracks are NOT to be ignored. Don't get me wrong, those 3 are great - "Paradise City" probably being the best out of the 3 - but the highlights as far as I'm concerned would have to be "Out Ta Get Me," a rebellious, mean, 4-minute explosion that features some of Axl's best growls and snarls; "Mr. Brownstone," one of the songs that could have made it to GNR's Greatest Hits without complaint from anyone; the sadly underrated "You're Crazy," a thrashy tune that will get you "air guitar"-ing in no time flat; and the album closer "Rocket Queen," a great and catchy tune that starts off really grungy but eventually transforms into a great hard rock anthem. So if you can't afford the entire album, buy those 4. And if those alone won't do it for you, purchase also "Nightrain," another great hard rock headbanger.

Guns N' Roses's 1987 release Appetite For Destruction. Absolutely incredible. Amazing, superb, fantastic, any other postive adjective that you can think of will perfectly describe the astonishingly great music of this album. It will blow anyone away, from the most die-hard hard rock/metal fan to a guy who's never bought a rock album in his life. You know occasionally along comes an album that never gets old no matter how many times you listen to it (other examples being Def Leppard's Hysteria, Led Zeppelin's IV and Queensryche's Operation: Mindcrime)? Well if Appetite For Destruction isn't on your list then you are missing out on something that nothing ever has, can or will replace as one of the greatest rock albums of all time. No joke.
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Operation: Mindcrime: Remastered
Operation: Mindcrime: Remastered
Price: £6.67

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy Prog-Metal Masterpiece, 17 May 2007
This is supposedly the album that Queensryche is known by throughout the world, and I can see why. Each song on here is a masterpiece to me, and it gave Queensryche the right to be one of my favorite bands of all time.

Lead vocalist/keyboardist Geoff Tate is the dominant element of the music on this CD. His intense yet surprisingly calm voice is perfectly fitting on this incredible album. Queensryche drummer, Scott Rockenfield, would have to be my favorite drummer in the history of music, standing alongsides other drum legends like John Bonham. Absolutely amazing bass line by bassist Eddie Jackson, especially found in "I Don't Believe In Love." Guitarist Chris DeGarmo is one of the main writers of the songs on this album, and is one of my favorite guitarists. His shredding riffs and solos are what I most anticipate throughout the record.

I won't spoil any of the story on the Mindcrime album, but there are several highlights. However, the one I was most impressed with was the opera/progressive-metal "Suite Sister Mary." The song opens up with some dialogue, and then eases into a slow operamatic soft rock verse and quickly fires up with some great riffs, drums and bass and plenty of vocals and headbanging mess. An essential song and the one I most recommend you get if you can't get your hands on the others. Apart from this one however, others are the high-energy "Speak" and the thrashing "The Needle Lies," both excellent songs to add to any prog/metal playlist or collection.

All in all, Operation: Mindcrime was one killer concept record. Highly recommended and a great addition to any metal CD compendium. 5/5

Back In Black
Back In Black
Price: £7.59

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Essential Addition To Any Hard Rock Collection, 14 April 2007
This review is from: Back In Black (Audio CD)
Back In Black was and is without a doubt a great album. It was released in July of 1980, only about five months after the death of former lead vocalist Bon Scott. The album sold over 42 million copies worldwide - half of which were in the U.S. alone - and it was at one point the second highest-selling album of all time, next to Michael Jackson's Thriller (but that place was eventually taken by Def Leppard's Pyromania). And I can see why. Angus Young's great riffs and solos, new lead vocalist Brian Johnson's screams and the catchy choruses of this album prove it to be a worthy addition to any CD collection. Anyone who likes rock needs to own this album, as well as other AC/DC classics like Highway To Hell and The Razor's Edge.

The album opens up with a slow beat of loud tintinntabulations on the intro to "Hells Bells," by far my favorite track on the album. After being exposed to one of Angus's greatest guitar intro's ever, you are greeted with a loud pumping lead guitar, vocals that drive under your skin and a killer solo. This song is definitely one of AC/DC's best. Track two, "Shoot To Thrill," is a catchy five-minute tune with plenty of riffs and great vocals. The remaining tracks are all excellent, including the classic title track, the catchy "Givin' The Dog A Bone" and the loud banging "Rock And Roll Ain't Noise Pollution" are all great highlights to the album. All in all, I highly recommend this album to any hard rock fan. Some good ol' hard rock 'n' roll is featured here, and is a good and worthy addition to any collection for anyone, AC/DC fan or not.

AC/DC's Back In Black. Great riffs and solos by Angus Young. The only downside was that the basslines by Cliff Williams were not as great as I thought. But the album contains plenty of highlights for you fans to enjoy and listen to again and again.

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