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Stiff Upper Lip
Stiff Upper Lip

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad, 21 Oct. 2005
This review is from: Stiff Upper Lip (Audio CD)
Stiff Upper Lip is the last album released by AC DC, and its reverted to the Let There Be Rock Days, of well produced riffs, and double entrende songs, but it lacks some of the balls that the last album ballbreaker had. There are some exellent songs on here like the title track,safe in new york city, meltdown and cant stand still (which brian sang in one take). But theres the 80s album fillers on here as well like all screwed up and damned. The best song didnt make it on to the album (Cyberspace) youve got to buy the imported version of it. The great songs are great and the fillers are poor, but that said its not a bad album to have int he collection especially stiff upper lip the song its worth it alone its great.

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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Return to form, 21 Oct. 2005
This review is from: Ballbreaker (Audio CD)
After the wilderness years of simon wright on drums, and then Chris Slade (who did a decent job), and the cock rock staduim filling era of the razors edge, AC DC returned with Phil Rudd on drums. This album is a return to the glory days of powerage and let there be rock, no nonsense blues ballsy rock filled with carry-on eseque double entrendres and amazing riffs. I was really suprised by how good this album is hail ceaser, ballbreaker, hard as a rock and the furor are as good ads the late 70s hey days. This songs fit well into the live set. Brian Johnson said in an interview having Phil back on drums was like fitting into your favorite jeans, comfortable. He's bloody right this is the best albums since back in black

If You Want Blood, You've Got It
If You Want Blood, You've Got It
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, 21 Oct. 2005
This album recorded in Glasgow (the home town of malcom and angus) back in 78 is perhaps the shining example of how rock and roll should be performed. With the greatest line up of the band the DC perform songs from powerage and the old faithfuls such as the jack, and high voltage. This was the first dc album I had and it changed my life. Its electric spectacular theres not a second on it which has been wasted. How i wish i was old enough to go and see them with bon ( I was two at the time). This album is at a ridiculously cheap price so go and get it. From the opening riff of riff-raff (sorry) to rocker the songs keep you in enraptured with the oral assult. Its not a whole unedited recording (they usually opened with Livewire during this time) but like Thin Lizzys Live and Dangerous it really does keep you going.
This is in the top five live albums of all time along side, live and dangerous, no sleep til hammersmith, live after death, and live in Japan.

Highway To Hell
Highway To Hell
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but not the Zenith!!!, 21 Oct. 2005
This review is from: Highway To Hell (Audio CD)
Highway to Hell is the a great example of a Bon Scott album. The production is excellent with Malcom and Angus's brother producing for the last time, and they actually manage to get convincing backing vocals. The album is crammed with drunk anthems, ( the title song, if you want blood youve got it etc). The two greatest songs for me are shot down in flames, and touch too much. If you buy the bonfire box set you can hear the orginal demo versions of these songs, and its amazing to see how they changed for the final album release. This is a great slab of rock as it should be, no-nonsense blues ballsy rock and roll. However for me as great as it is, its not as great as Powerage ( the previous album), powerage had that earthy feeling of true genuis, highway to hell is more smooth and slick and designed to be that way. Powerage was accidental genius, and more in your face ear bleeding rock power. However that said go and buy this album play it at 10 and remember that true rock is not going anywhere.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellence, 21 Oct. 2005
This review is from: Powerage (Audio CD)
For me this is the peak of AC DC's work, the album is down right dirty and full of the finest DC material, drinking, women, fighting. Theres not a song on this ablum which doesnt work, and if you get the Malysian import it has an extra song Cold hearted Man, which was redone and reworked on highway to hell album. Bon was at his peak on this album, Phil was masterful on drums, and the production is amazing. The band is so lean theres not a sound out of place, they fill the air with masterful (yet simple some would say) riffs, solos and rythem. Gone Shooting featured on the beavis and butthead OMST. Rock and Roll damantion is an amazing opening song, followed by down payment blues and then perhaps the highlight of the ablum RIFF RAFF. Highway to hell followed this album with the live album if you want blood youve got it, man you cant help but wonder what would have happened if Bon hadnt died tragically in London in 1980. Simply this is the single most credible example of lean blues rock you'll ever find. Im glad to see AC DC returned to this formula when Phil Rudd came back with the album Ballbreaker.

Fly On The Wall
Fly On The Wall
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The 80s Exile, 21 Oct. 2005
This review is from: Fly On The Wall (Audio CD)
The problem with this album (and in a sense the rest of the 80s albums) was that AC DC where lost without phil rudd, when he stop drummig the albums were poor. The writing was on the wall with for those about to rock, but this is the worst ac-dc album there is. Its very badly produced with 80s reverb on the drums and Brian Johnsons lyrics mixed so far in the back ground all you can hear is his trademark growl. Thats not to say the songs are bad they just lacked Phil's totemic druming. It's a shame but this was the low point of their career, with Blow Up Your Video there was a slight improvement to the dawning of the new age with Ballbreaker and then Stiff Upper Lip. AC DC are best when they play no nonsense blues rock, like the great Bon Scott albums highway to hell, powerage,let there be rock and Dirty Deeds. This album is a long way from it.

Invasion of Theed (Star Wars Episode I Adventure Game)
Invasion of Theed (Star Wars Episode I Adventure Game)
by Bill Slavicsek
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Suprisingly Good, 5 Dec. 2002
This is one of those (lamentably few) products which you buy thinking the worst and getting a pleasant suprise from it.
Designed to be an easy going introduction to the world of star wars and roleplaying in general this "adventure" games comes with a light version of the rules, character cards, maps, little counters aplenty, dice and a miniture of chewbacca.
The only problem I find when playing such games as these, is that the characters are pre-generated and there are no rules for making your own. This is a quibble which will only affect the more experienced player granted, but one which in a way spoiled my enjoyment of the game.
This product is if you like an advertisement for you to buy the complete star wars rpg system, and in a way it works. The rules are very clearly laid out and simply, the adventure is well designed, however the little counters you get with it to represent the different creatures/characters etc can be lost easily and it takes a long time to set the game up!
I played this game with my 9 year old niece and my 7 year old nephew who both being star wars crazy loved it, and could both grasp the rules (which I found amazing!).
The only problem I have with them now is that they have completed the adventures within the box and want to progress to the senior game! Which sadly at this moment in time is a bit beyond them I fear.
Still good, entertaining stuff.

The Lord of the Rings RPG Core Book
The Lord of the Rings RPG Core Book
by Matt Forbeck
Edition: Hardcover

14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Change will do you Good, 5 Dec. 2002
An interesting little tome this book is, and a refreshing departure from the D20 style of play which permeates the world of Role Playing in general.
This book goes to great pains to convince you of the "tolkien-esque" qualtities within it. Throughout the book there are thousands of quotes culled directly from the primary texts which for the most part are relevant, a splendid array of differing stills from the first movie are here in force as well. However I cant help but feel that this book has been desinged for a novice players, people who have seen the amazing cinematic releases and who could do with an introduction to the game. This saddens me somewhat as, there is genuinely a lot to offer the veteran player within here. It is not as complicated as rolemaster or as sterile as D+D, it has managed to encapuslate very well the essence of the "epic" nature of high fantasy. You will find two chapters worth of guidelines on how to create a classic adventure within the world of lord of the rings, a world which does not have the dubious morality, and strident magic of most other fantasy settings, this I feel is to be welcomed. It offers a welcome departure from the tried and tested hack'n'slash and the dungeon crawl, and imbues the players and the narrator with a sense of purpose, a sense that you are trying to achieve a loftier goal than simply destroying the tomb of a mummy.
The mechanics of the game I will not delve too deeply into as it would be disingenous for me to do so when reviewing the book. However I will say that the rules system based upon Decipher's CODA rules (i.e D6) is simple to use and to understand and is a half way house to blandness of D+D and the complicated and often bizarre rules of Rolemaster.
There are notable differences as well in character generation, the characters you make in this game are hugely more powerful than those of a D+D game, this is to reflect the heroic status of your characters, and also to downplay the role of magic. The rules are excellent for adding depth to your character and helping you go through the process of character creation although a simple chart which goes step by step for beginners would be useful.
Magic is perhaps the greatest attraction to this game, the development and use of it is true to tolkien's style there are no 5th level wizards wielding mighty wands and blasting fireballs every where. Magic is subtle and magicians need to rely on other things than merely their wits to survive. The rules on magic items are also welcome as they strongly disregard the proliferation of magic swords and armour, these items are rare indeed and even the most minor magical item is something to be treasured.
But perhaps the fines thing this book imbues is the role of the character within the game, there are strong and well written guidelines to help the player attain a purpose and goal within the world of middle earth.
But I digress is this book worth buying? Yes Is it a good gaming system? Yes Will it appeal to veterans and novices alike? Yes
If you want to start roleplaying you could do a lot worse than trying this system. However there are no other support materials yet, Decipher seem incredibly slow to produce anything, there is not even an introductory adventure included within the book. You will need to use you imagination, however this is good and will appeal to the more experienced gamer.
Go get it, try and never go back to D+D

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