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Black Stone Cherry
Black Stone Cherry
Price: £4.57

5.0 out of 5 stars Here Comes The Rain!, 4 July 2008
This review is from: Black Stone Cherry (Audio CD)
Truly outstanding debut album from Black Stone Cherry, the most exciting band in rock at the moment. I've had the privilege of seeing them live a couple of times and they are the real deal! This album is grade a - from start to finish there really isn't a bad song, every one is top class. The energy is relentless and the playing exquisite, the South have a history of producing incredible music and these boys from Kentucky are the latest edition to that impeccable list. 'Rain Wizard' maybe the best album (and set) opener ever... but to pick it out as the highlight would overshadow the other 12 tracks! "Hey hey, My my, Rock 'N' Roll will never die"... It's been a long while since Ol' Neil sang those immortal words, but while bands like BSC (and Airbourne and The Answer, to name but a few) are still producing 'classic' rock of this calibre, he was certainly right. Turn this one as loud as your record player will go and rock on!

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Price: £11.55

26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pointless Reissued Import, 23 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Stormbringer (Audio CD)
Before I start, let's make one thing clear... 'Stormbringer' is a fantastic album, easily worthy of 5 stars and a Purple Mk 3 classic... But this is simply a reissue of the original album, no new material, no remastering...
'Stormbringer' is getting a remastering job, in process at the moment with the help of none other than Glenn Hughes! It's going to be released later this year/beginning of next year with full remastering, remixes and bonus tracks aswell, so hang on!
If you can't wait that long, get the regular cd edition that's been in print for ages and that Amazon sell for a very good price...
This is just a cd issued in America to replace the now deleted copy we still have over here...
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Rock Star Supernova [Australian Import]
Rock Star Supernova [Australian Import]
Offered by CD USA
Price: £4.32

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SuperNova Supergroup, 24 Nov. 2006
This is the debut album from reality tv assembled "rock supergroup" Rock Star Supernova, and as such really emphasises the pros and cons of using a tv contest to find a singer for a band.

Firstly, taken as an album out of context this is fantastic and gets 5 stars easily... Every song is memorable, catchy, and simply put, balls to the wall rock! Unfortunately, however, this album will not be reviewed without a direct reference, either explicitly or not, to the tv series...

Critics automatically dismiss it as a band with "a singer who won a reality tv show", and fans of the show have usually made up their mind before the album is ever made! Fans of Lukas will rejoice and relish every minute, fans of Dilana, Toby or anyone else will listen thinking it could have been so much better, such is the attachment made to contestants during a televised search for a singer...

On the plus side, the band have a lot of coverage they normally wouldn't get, and 4 or 5 of the songs on the album are already etched into the minds of viewers, meaning half the album has been showcased and such was the popularity of those songs more people will buy the album...

But let's try and, if possible, take this album as it is... 40 minutes of top notch rock music! Lukas sounds great, the band sound great... Rock on!

(pronounced 'leh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd)
(pronounced 'leh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd)
Price: £4.99

17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pronounced 'leh-nerd skin-nerd', 10 Nov. 2006
I'm gonna keep this review short and sweet!

Lynyrd Skynyrd's debut 'Pronounced leh-nerd skin-nerd' is, in my opinion, probably the greatest album ever made... ever! It is as close to perfection as is humanly possible! Every song is spot on so I won't bother naming highlights... Not even Free Bird can steal the show... well, just about! If you like rock music, or in fact any music, this album is a must in your collection. The musicianship on this album is second to none...

I really can't recommend this enough... It truly is a work of music art, and is a lasting memory of why 20th October 1977 was the darkest day in the history of music. Buy and you won't be disappointed, it's that good!

Fly high Free Bird...

Songs from the Eye of An Elephant
Songs from the Eye of An Elephant
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Price: £13.60

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Songs From The Eye Of An Elephant, 3 Oct. 2006
Ryan Star is a fantastic talent, and one more people should have heard of! The passion and emotion Ryan puts into his songs is amazing, and here, on a collection of songs recorded by the man himself without any polish more so than ever. I like many others, discovered Ryan on Rock Star: Supernova

and was blown away by his vocal range and ability.

'Songs from the Eye of an Elephant' really captures his songs, something hard to do, as these are the songs as they were originally recorded in Ryan's house, and it adds to the effect immensely. Hearing just Ryan with a piano or accoustic guitar, the way the songs were written is fantastic.

Without being over-produced the songs are raw, and this aids the songs and particularly, Ryans awesome voice. You can hear Ryan clear his voice or stamp his feet on the ground when playing and this makes you really feel like you are there with him!

I can't recommend this album enough, take a chance, you won't be disappointed! The CD actually contains 20 tracks, including 'Back of your Car', made famous when Ryan was a finalist on Rock Star: Supernova -

1 - We Might Fall

2 - So Ordinary

3 - Famous Love

4 - Losing Your Memory

5 - Psycho Suicidal Girls

6 - "O"

7 - Back Of Your Car

8 - Saw You In Heaven

9 - The Same When I'm Alone

10 - Dance With You

11 - Sink Or Swim

12 - Perfect

13 - Famous Yet

14 - The First Time

15 - Waiting For Love

16 - Here Son

17 - Take A Ride With Me

18 - The Fairy Tale

19 - The One You Know

20 - Lullaby Suicide

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Price: £29.95

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Album You've (Probably) Never Heard..., 25 Feb. 2006
This review is from: Teaser (Audio CD)
Tommy Bolin's 'Teaser' is one of the best albums I own and have ever heard. I'd put it in the top bracket along with, say, 'Led Zep IV', 'Machine Head' and 'Wish You Were Here' as my other favourite albums.
The thing that makes 'Teaser' such a good album for me is the sheer diversity of the tracks. There are out and out rockers (Teaser), Latin-inspired Spanish guitar (Savannah Woman), a ballad of sorts (Dreamer) and even an almost reggae-ish number (People, People).
I couldn't pick a stand out track or two because of the consistent quality Tommy and his band deliver, no filler in sight, this is top quality from start to finish.
If you are a Deep Purple fan and know of Tommy only through their extremely underrated classic 'Come Taste The Band', buy this and you won't be disappointed. 'Private Eyes', Tommys' second and final solo album before his tragic death in '76 is also good, but not as consistent as this one.
Turn it up loud and "come hear 'em howl"...

Live in Paris 1975
Live in Paris 1975

41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep Purple Mk III - The Final Concert, 24 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Live in Paris 1975 (Audio CD)
Deep Purple - Live In Paris 75 is a fantastic album for a number of reasons. First of all, the history, you may or may not know, but this Paris gig is actually the very last Mk III concert (Blackmore, Coverdale, Hughes, Lord, Paice). After this show Ritchie Blackmore would leave the band to start his band Rainbow. Therefore, the show was always going to be special, full of emotion, and it did not disappoint. The music is as always top draw, but the thing that sets this show apart from other Mk III gigs is the volume of material. Included in this shows are of course the favourites from Mk II days (Smoke On The Water, Highway Star) and the favourites from Mk III's Burn album (Burn, Mistreated) but also performances of songs from Mk III's other album Stormbringer (Gypsy, Lady Double Dealer) not heard on classic gigs like Live In London and California Jamming. As i said the music is fantastic, Deep Purple always stood out to me as a band capable of fantastic things, and unlike many other bands they seem to deliver every time! From Mk II's Made In Japan all the way to this brilliant album, and beyond, DP have always been a top live band. Not a lot of people (myself included) were lucky enough to see the great Mk III line-up because of the simple fact that they were only together just under two years. This is album is definately the next best thing, be it Ritchie's sublime guitar solos (notably Mistreated) or Glenn and David vying for vocals this band always put on a great show and if you only buy one DP Mk III live album, make sure its Live In Paris 75.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep Purple - BURN, 12 Dec. 2003
This review is from: Burn (Audio CD)
One word, wow!
After the collapse of MK II, everyone thought that was the end, even the band themselves! But after exstensive auditioning, two men were selected to replace the irreplacable (Ian Gillan and Roger Glover)
David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes were plucked from obscurity to front the greatest rock band on Earth, and they don't fail to fill the shoes of Glover and Gillan.
Burn is the first album by DP MK III, and is definately the best. The title track, Burn, is 6 minutes of pure rock heaven. However, the 7 other songs on Burn are equally impressive. Stand out tracks would have to be Sail Away and Mistreated, although, it's all good!
If you like Burn, have a look at MK III's best concert, Deep Purple Live At The California Jam. The songs are great and Ritchie manages to destroy a television camera AND blow up half the stage!!!
However, Burn proves that there is life after MK II, and it still sounds very, very good!

Machine Head - 25th Anniversary Edition
Machine Head - 25th Anniversary Edition

11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Machine Head - The Best Of The Best, 5 Dec. 2003
What can be said about 'Machine Head' that hasn't been said before? Smoke On The Water is still, without doubt, the greatest song ever written. It has some of the best lyrics, and 'that' unforgettable riff, possibly the most well known riff in the history of music. But, Smoke On The Water aside, every other song on 'Machine Head' demands the listener sit up and take notice. For example, the powerful Highway Star, or the epic Lazy. A personal favourite is Space Truckin', you have to hear this live to fully appreciate its genius.
DP, in my opinion are the ultimate rock band, combining one of the all time greats on lead guitar (Ritchie Blackmore) with the only singer who can genuinely contend with Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) for the greatest rock vocalist of all time (Ian Gillan), and you've got a winning formula.
Mk II of Deep Purple was undoubtedly their top lineup, and one listen to 'Machine Head' and that becomes aparant. Although this is the best of the original Mk II albums, any of 'DP In Rock', 'Fireball' or 'Who Do We Think We Are?' will satisfy and impress.
Buy 'Machine Head' and crank the volume to Max. Sit back, and enjoy one of the greatest bands of all time, in their finest hour.

Permission To Land
Permission To Land
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Price: £2.72

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Darkness - Men What Do Rock, Baby, 10 Aug. 2003
This review is from: Permission To Land (Audio CD)
Permission To Land is without a doubt the album of the millennium! From start to finish Justin, Dan, Frankie and Ed will rock your world. Once you buy this album it will never leave your CD player, and will eat away your what are you waiting for, this is the closest you will get to musical heaven, without seeing The Darkness live! There are no single highlights, as the whole album is top class rock. Hand on heart this is the best £10 you will ever spend. Rock On Baby!!!

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