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The Early Learnings Of
The Early Learnings Of
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good start., 25 Nov. 2007
This review is from: The Early Learnings Of (Audio CD)
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I have to say that I quite enjoyed this album. It's far from perfect but it also has several good points. It is perhaps a bit on the short side in a world where albums seem to be getting longer and longer but the quality is quite consistant the whole way through and adding more (weaker) songs to make it longer would not have done it any favours, so I the length isn't a real negative factor for me.
Most of the songs here are enjoyable. Mostly they are quite upbeat. The first 5 songs on the album don't break the 2.45 mark in length but contain some of the album highlights, despite a couple of rather abrupt endings. One of my personal favourites is 'Monsters Under the Bed'. The album ends with 'A Girl Whom My Eyes Shine for But My Shoes Run From' which is another one that I like, but I could have done without the spoken "outro".
It's a good start from Eugene that shows that with a bit more focus he could be a very good artist. It's not an album that will set the world on fire but it is still enjoyable in its own way. If he can improve upon this then his next album will be something I'll be looking into.


Fused
Fused
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fused - Iommi/Hughes, 13 July 2005
This review is from: Fused (Audio CD)
This could be Iommi's best album he has ever done. Of course that will depend on you to make up your own mind but the material on this CD is worthy of being considered some of his best ever, if not his very best. We know what to expect from Tony by now, but as the DEP Sessions showed us he can do some different stuff as well and this CD has a few pleasant surprises as well.

Fused has everything you would expect from Tony Iommi. All the massive doomy melodic riffs are there and they form the backbone to most if not all the songs. In fact the riffs on this album are the best Tony has come up with in ages. He has more energy than most new bands these days and has the bonus of 35-ish years of experience to back up that enthusiasm.

Glenn Hughes plays bass and does vocals on "Fused" and he proves to be a worthy equal to Tony, being a rock legend in his own right and he isn't called "The Voice of Rock" for no reason. The vocals on this album are fantastic and the lyrics are not your clichéd metal lyrics. They are mature and some of the best I've heard from Glenn. And we can't forget session drummer extraordinaire Kenny Aronoff who puts in a really fine performance and his reputation as a great drummer is well deserved. His drumming is energetic and works perfectly with Glenn's bass playing as the rhythm support for Tony's riffs.

There are no weak tracks on this album, every single one incredibly strong which shows just how good the song writing between Tony and Glenn is. Also of note is the fact that none of the songs "fade out." Every single track has a proper ending to it and this really does let you see how good these two work together. Almost every other CD out there has fade out songs which often sound incomplete or unfinished. None of that here. Most of the tracks are not up tempo in the way Iron Maiden etc. so if you're looking for fast songs then there is probably only one here that will deliver for you. But then again if you're an Iommi/Sabbath fan you then a lack of fast songs won't bother you, I mean, how many fast songs did Paranoid have and it's their biggest selling album? The tracks are not slow, but neither are they fast, although there are several points during most of the songs where they do speed up.

For me the only track that ISN'T a highlight is "Dopamine". I still think it an excellent track but it is slightly more generic than some of the other songs. In terms of performance, song writing etc. the highlight of the album has to be "I Go Insane", the 9min 13 sec epic that closes the disc. Another interesting moment is the breakdown in "Grace" which always puts a smile on my face and "The Spell" is how Doom Metal should be done. "Resolution Song" has a great vocal hook and "What You're Living For" has some cool time changes and a killer solo. I could go into great detail about each track but I'll stop there or we'll be here all day.

In short this album has everything you could want from the musicians involved. Every track has something unique to offer and they are all equally strong (Dopamine is my least favourite, that isn't the same as worst! I'm sure it will be other people's favourite) Buy this album if you like Black Sabbath or hard rock performed with skill, maturity and class.


Long Live Rock 'n' Roll
Long Live Rock 'n' Roll
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Live Rock 'N' Roll!, 29 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Long Live Rock 'n' Roll (Audio CD)
The third studio outing for the Rainbow boys, and the last one to include Ronnie James Dio on vocals, before Blackmore went for a more commercial style. This album is proper hard rock performed by a band of musicians that would be hard to rival. The legendary singer Ronnie James Dio, hailed by many (including me) as the best rock singer ever. Ritchie Blackmore, lead guitarist of hard rock legends Deep Purple (although his work with Rainbow is better). Cozy Powell, one of the best drummers to ever live.
The songs on this album are all hard-rockers with the exception of "Rainbow Eyes", which is, despite its different style, one of the best songs on the album.
The album kicks off with the title track which is one of Rainbow's best songs. Lively and energetic it is certainly a high point on the album and an excellent song that will get you hooked on the album as a whole.
After that comes "Lady Of The Lake" which, along with a great riff makes use of fantastic fantasy lyrics.
Then we move onto "L.A. Connection", which is in my opinion the worst song on the album. It is mid-paced song that chugs along quite enjoyably. Its a good song, just not as high a standard as the rest of the album.
"Gate of Babylon" is nearly seven minutes long and is another high point. It has a sort of Arabian feel to it and is a classic that seems to be forgotten by many people.
At the start of what was on vinyl the second side is LLRNR's best song. The blisteringly fast "Kill The King". This again makes use of the fantasy lyrics that Dio is so good with and the whole band shine on this song. The last 10 seconds is the best bit of the song, where
"Shed (Subtle)" starts off with a solo from Ritchie and then leads into a hard rocker with an amazing riff. After that is "Sensitive To Light" which is quite a short song (only 3 minutes) but it is still of very high quality. As you would expect from one of the best Hard Rock bands ever. The last song is not something you would expect though. This is a very slow, soft song and still one of the best.
This is one of the best rock albums ever, by some of the best rock musicians ever. A must have for any rock fan.


Rising
Rising
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard Rock Masterpiece, 22 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Rising (Audio CD)
I can't praise this album enough. Certainly one of the top Hard Rock records ever, just for "Stargazer" and "A Light In The Black". Along with Long Live Rock 'n' Roll this is Ritchie Blackmore at his best. Never before or since has he given us music as good as that on "Rising". He seems positivly inspired. Without Ronnie James Dio however this album would not have come to pass. Ronnie sounds at his very best on this album and his Dungeons and Dragons lyrics are just perfect. This pairing is backed up by the powerful drumming of Cozy Powell, the best rock/metal drummer ever. If you listen to Stargazer you will see what I mean. Jimmy Bain on bass is excellent as well. Why Blackmore chose to replace him for LLRNR is a mystery. Now onto the songs.
Tarot Woman - The atmospheric keyboard solo at the start opens up into a massive hard rock track that pulls you into Dio's world of wizards and wolves. Second worst song on the album, and still a force to be reckoned with. It just shows you how good the musical talent is if this is one of the worst songs.
Run With The Wolf - the fantasy theme on this song is similar to the kind of stuff Dio would use through his whole career. Excellent riff, Magnificent drums and Wonderful bass, and still not even the best song on the album.
Starstruck - The catchiest song on the album about an obsessed fan. The best song from the first half of the album. There is fantastic energy from all of the band members that just wants to make you sing and play along.
Do You Close Your Eyes? - The worst song on the album. To me it just doesn't fit in with the rest of the music on the album. I think it would have been better off on LLRNR. A great song, but it just seems out of place.
Stargazer - Simply put, the best song ever. This song is the master of rock. An epic that just doesn't let up. Blackmore's solo is electifying, Cozy's drumming is the best he has ever done, Bain's energy and power shine through and then there's the Elf himself. He has never sounded more powerful than on Stargazer and the lyrics, they are perfect. About a wizard, his tower from the viewpoint of a slave. Buy this album simply for this song if nothing else.
A Light In The Black - A close second to Stargazer, and also its lyrical sequal. Stargazer II if you will. A blistering riff leads you through the final song on the album and Dio sings his little heart out. Great interplay between Blackmore and Tony Carey on keyboards.
In closing, Rainbow Rising is one of the best rock albums ever. It has two of the biggest legends in hard rock. Ritchie Blackmore is at his best and Ronnie James Dio reaches his peak, both lyrically and vocally for the next 8 or 9 years until Holy Diver (anothere highly recommended album). The whole group on this album seem to work so well together. You can feel the enjoyment they had recording it just by listening to it even now, nearly 30 years after it was recorded. If you like rock music or metal then this is a must.


Forbidden
Forbidden

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Certainly not Forbidden, 6 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Forbidden (Audio CD)
Black Sabbath's last studio album (at time of writing) and they certainly went out with a bang. Forbidden has Tony Martin back again and Tony Iommi is on top form, giving us more massive riffs to deafen ourselves with. When compared to its predecessor, the fantastic "Cross Purposes", it does seem a bit weaker, but not much.
The opening track, "Illusion of Power" is a slow song about insanity and mental insecurity, and even features guest vocals from rapper Ice-T. Yes that's right, a rapper on a Black Sabbath album, but it works incredibly well. The opening track is a great start to the album. "Get a Grip" is another good track, about average for the album and that is good quality. "Can't Get Close Enough" starts of quiet and then kicks into a heavy riff that I personally love. One of the best song of the album. "Shaking Off the Chains" is another good old Black Sabbath head-banger. "I won't Cry For You" is the ballad of Forbidden and is a good songbut not as good as many of the other Sabbath ballads. "Guilty as Hell" is the worst song on the album and doesn't really add much to it. "Sick and Tired" is also slightly below average of the other songs but still a good track (and does benefit from Cozy Powells drum entry). After that we have the real gems of the album. "Rusty Angels" is an excellent track with excellent lyrics. Not much more to be said. The title track is the best song on the album and is Sabbath at its best. The riff is high quality and all the other band members shine out as well. The last song is the heavy and slow "Kiss of Death". The lyrics might be a bit too different for some but I think they suite the song perfectly.
Overall Forbidden is a great album. It misses that something to be called a Classic but only by a small ammount.
Ah yes, and as a tip, if you order this from the amazon.com and not .co.uk then you can get it and get the superior and Classic Cross Purposes and including the postage from the US will not cost you more than £16. I would recommend getting Cross Purposes with this album as they make a wonderful pair.


Master Of Reality
Master Of Reality
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Master of more than just Reality, 6 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Master Of Reality (Audio CD)
In 1971 Black Sabbath were unstoppable. They had just released the classic Paranoid and now they would follow it up with an album full of classics. The opener "Sweet Leaf" is a prayer to Sabbath's drug of choice and is one of the songs that apparently inspired "grunge" 20 years later. After that is "After Forever" and this is one of the songs that I let people listen to if they call Sabbath devil-worshippers. They generally don't say it again, with the songs religious attitude. Then "Embryo" leads us into the best song on the album, and arguably the best Black Sabbath song from their whole career. "Children Of The Grave" is a heavy masterpiece about revolution and if you like heavy metal you will love this song. The second half of the album is not as strong as the firt half, but is still the kind of quality that evades most other bands. "Lord of this World" is a heavy rocker, and the worst song on the album, but it is by no means bad. "Solitude" is the softest track, and is similar to "Planet Caravan" from Paranoid. The album finisher is the dirge-like "Into The Void" telling of how we should leave this world behind and is a typical piece of powerful metal by Black Sabbath.
Tony Iommi is showing us hard rock/heavy metal guitar at its peak and backed up by the rythmn section from Hell, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward it just works so well. Add Ozzy wailing over the top of these three master musicians and you get something that is haunting, powerful and brilliant. These four somehow manage to make something that is more than the sum of its parts.
Overall "Master Of Reality" sounds quite raw and brutal and this sound gives it a brilliant atmosphere, which I personally love.


Master of Reality
Master of Reality
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Master of more than just Reality, 2 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Master of Reality (Audio CD)
In 1971 Black Sabbath were unstoppable. They had just released the classic Paranoid and now they would follow it up with an album full of classics. The opener "Sweet Leaf" is a prayer to Sabbath's drug of choice and is one of the songs that apparently inspired "grunge" 20 years later. After that is "After Forever" and this is one of the songs that I let people listen to if they call Sabbath devil-worshippers. They generally don't say it again, with the songs religious attitude. Then "Embryo" leads us into the best song on the album, and arguably the best Black Sabbath song from their whole career. "Children Of The Grave" is a heavy masterpiece about revolution and if you like heavy metal you will love this song. The second half of the album is not as strong as the firt half, but is still the kind of quality that evades most other bands. "Lord of this World" is a heavy rocker, and the worst song on the album, but it is by no means bad. "Solitude" is the softest track, and is similar to "Planet Caravan" from Paranoid. The album finisher is the dirge-like "Into The Void" telling of how we should leave this world behind and is a typical piece of powerful metal by Black Sabbath.
Tony Iommi is showing us hard rock/heavy metal guitar at its peak and backed up by the rythmn section from Hell, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward it just works so well. Add Ozzy wailing over the top of these three master musicians and you get something that is haunting, powerful and brilliant. These four somehow manage to make something that is more than the sum of its parts.
Overall "Master Of Reality" sounds quite raw and brutal and this sound gives it a brilliant atmosphere, which I personally love.


Tyr
Tyr

19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heaven Really is In Black, 20 Jan. 2004
This review is from: Tyr (Audio CD)
This album deserves equally as much praise as Heaven and Hell or any of the other post-Ozzy albums and at least half of the albums with Ozzy. It is a fantastic album to enter the 90's which were generally missing any good Heavy Metal albums because of grunge.
The album has a Norse theme most of the way through and unlike it predecessor, Headless Cross, it hardly ever mentions Satan. Tony Iommi has some excellent riffs on this album, such as on "Anno Mundi", "Jerusalem" and "The Sabbath Stones". The riff from last of those three has got to be one of Iommi's heaviest, most brutal riffs ever, with Cozy Powell on drums adding something extra that only he can.
Tony Martin's vocals are once again excellent. Apart from Ozzy he recorded more albums with Sabbath than any other singer and deservses credit for his work. Personally I think he should be considered the voice of Black Sabbath as much as Ozzy, but due to the bands dip in popularity most people wouldn't even know that he sang for them.
There is no way that I can choose a list of tracks to say "These are the best" because they are all equally as good. Even the short instumental "The Battle of TYR" has its charms.
I honestly believe that TYR is one of the best Black Sabbath albums you could buy (dangerous words indeed) and is a must have for any Sabbath fan. It has everything you could hope for on a Sabbath album. Dark, heavy guitars, thumping drums, excellent bass and magnificent vocals and a gothic theme the whole way through.
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Eternal Idol
Eternal Idol

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eternal it truely is..., 20 Jan. 2004
This review is from: Eternal Idol (Audio CD)
From the best metal band ever comes this fantastic album. I only gave it four stars because it is not as strong as other Black Sabbath albums, but if it is not being compared to any of the other Sabbath albums then it is a 5 star album. So thats 4 stars compared to Sabbath, 5 stars compared to everything else.
Tony Martin joins the band here and his vocal talents suit Sabbath down to the ground. Tony Iommi is there as always and as usual the riffs are powerful and heavy, yet still musical and melodic. His soloing skills have not diminished since his early days and even if you don'tlike Martin's voice I would recommend this album simply for the guitars.
The title track is 6 and a half minutes long and is a slow and heavy masterpiece. It is without a doubt one of the best Black Sabbath songs ever, which puts it up against some hard competition. "The Shining" is also one of the main attractions of this album but all of the tracks are typically strong and it doesn't get tiring listening to it.
Well worth it for any Sabbath fan, unless you are one of those "fans" who only accept Ozzy. A must buy for the casual collector and completist alike.


Headless Cross
Headless Cross

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enter through the Gates Of Hell, 17 Jan. 2004
This review is from: Headless Cross (Audio CD)
When start listening to this album that's exactly what you do. You go down into the fires of Hell and you don't return to Earth until the end of Nightwing. This album is brilliantly dark and evil.
The lyrics to all the songs refer to Satan or his lackies and it sets a brilliant mood throughout and Tony Martin sounds at his best on this album, but without a doubt the real star of the album is Tony Iommi as usual. The riffs on this album are massive and haunting. The solos are great and there is even a guest soloist in the form of Queen's Brian May.
The album has the rhythmic thumping of Cozy Powel on drums which sounds loud, booming and cavernous. It is true to say that there is 80's excess on this album but in my opinion it just helps the album and does not hurt it in the slightest as it also exagerates the atmosphere.
The best songs are Headless Cross, Kill In The Spirit World and Nightwing. These tracks are deffinatly amoung some of the best Sabbath tracks ever.
Overall Headless Cross is a monster of an album with great riffs, singing and rhythm section and is most deffinatly the best of the post-Dio albums and possibly even the equal of some of the Ozzy/Dio classics.


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