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Alice Cooper - Raise The Dead - Live from Wacken
Alice Cooper - Raise The Dead - Live from Wacken
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5 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More of the Same,,,, Again, 30 Oct. 2014
I have been a huge fan of Alice since 1971, but this is just awful. How many more times are we going to have the same old somgs recycled.

Even of the new songs, Bite your face off was on the last live LP and Caffienne has to be the only rubbish song on W2MN. It was replaced later by the much better Congregation but not here.

I have so many copies of all these songs live over the years, that I am afraid this is offering nothing at all really, unless you like the covers, which, frankly, I don't...

Chasing Clocks
Chasing Clocks
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Beautiful album, 10 April 2013
This review is from: Chasing Clocks (MP3 Download)
I must say that I cannot add very much to what has already been written about Lucy's stunning debut album.

I saw Lucy perform Live at the Skegness Blues and Rock Festival earlier this year, and I was hooked. This album contains so many beautiful haertfelt ballds and uplifting songs, all delivered with an assured touch and Lucy's beautiful voice.

I really would recommend this album to anyone who likes traditional folk acoustic and country style music. You won't be disappointed !!

Static On The Airwaves
Static On The Airwaves
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Levs Doing what they do Best !!, 25 Jun. 2012
This review is from: Static On The Airwaves (Audio CD)
I got this album on Saturday and Haven't stopped playing it since !! The Levellers really are doing what they do best on this album.

In terms of comparisons, the sound and production is similar to Letters From the Underground ( which I really liked ), but this album is more realised. Jon Sevink and Charlie Heather are on particularly fine form and the album contains a couple of very good ballads, which is one thing that LFTU seemed to be missing.

So, to take it from the top, the opener is a short intro piece featuring radio waves crackling and leads into We are All Gunmen, a great song with a very solid rhythm section and classic Levs railing at the state of the world.

Next up is Thruth is, a fine Violin driven Folk song with Typical Chadwick sentiments and a great chorus.This is followed by After the Hurricane, a lovely accoustic guitar piece that evokes memories of songs like No Change from the early days. Some excellent Simon banjo picking and a fully realised chorus, tuneful and melodic. This is followed by Our Forgotten towns, a lament to the death of the high street with group vocal chorus all sung over Jons Fiddle.

No Barriers is next with electric guitars, driving drums and a brilliant fiddle melody. This followed by Alone in this Darkness, a lovely heartfelt ballad with lovely guitar, fiddle and a thoughtful vocal.

Raft of the Medusa is next ( for me the highlight of the album ) with a drum driven rhythm and a great sound similar to Pale Rider on LFTU. Then Comes Mutinty, a classic Levs track and could have come off Zeitgeist and has some nice piano work from Matt.

Traveller is next, another ballad with another thoughtful performance from Mark Chadwick. This track would have not been out of place on Mouth to Mouth and again features some melodic keyboards from Matt. Second Life follows an is another toe tapping upbeat folk piece with Jon's Fiddle very much to the fore and Simon picking away in the background, excellent !!

Finally, The recruiting Sargeant, a traditional folk song that the boys have 'Levellerised'. I thought it was great and it has a very Pogues sound to it, very good.

Well, all in all I would say that if you are a Levs fan and you liked Weapon, Levelling the Land,, Zeitgeist and Letters, then you will love this album as it truly is classic Levellers. If you are new to the Levellers, this by no means a bad place to start. Enjoy!!

Live! - Nobody Likes Me
Live! - Nobody Likes Me
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Again, 29 May 2012
This review is from: Live! - Nobody Likes Me (Audio CD)
How many more recycled reissues of this ancient product do we have to endure ?

Every time I see a new CD cover I think, Oh great, something new. Think again. Another reissue of the Toronto recording....

Blood on My Chopper
Blood on My Chopper
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Blood on My Chopper, 25 April 2012
This review is from: Blood on My Chopper (Audio CD)
This is Just another rehash of the Toronto 69 concert that has been released in numerous formats under numerous titles, avoid.

Welcome 2 My Nightmare
Welcome 2 My Nightmare

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could be The Best Alice Cooper Album Ever !!, 14 Sept. 2011
This review is from: Welcome 2 My Nightmare (Audio CD)
Just to set the scene, I have been a big fan of Alice Cooper ever since his iconic performance of School's Out on Top of the Pops in 1972. Since then I have purchased every single Alice Cooper Album ( Many are reviewed on Amazon ) and I have seen him live some 15 times down the years.

I tend to feel like like many long term Alice fans that his very best work was done in the early days with the original Alice Cooper group ( Bruce, Buxton, Dunaway, Smith ). In my honest Opinion the first seven albums where the best ( Pretties for you Through to Muscle of Love ) with a few ( Killer, School's Out, Billion Dollar Babies & Muscle of Love ) being absolute classics.

After Alice went Solo I felt that nothing really quite rivalled these early classics. That Said, obviously Welcome to My Nightmare was a brilliant album albeit with a totally different feel to the earlier albums. Then down the years a number of albums stood out to rival the early work. From The Inside, A brilliant and classy Concept album about Alice's stay in the sanitorium, Da Da a very dark and underrated concept album was a bit of an overlooked classic, Hey Stoopid was a pretty good album it's own right and I thought The Last Temptation was brilliant and was the first solo album to truly compare with the early classics.

In recent years Dragontown and Dirty Diamonds were both pretty good albums. So, why am I saying all this ? Because I reckon that Welcome 2 my Nightmare represents his very best work ever. As a long time fan I was stunned by just how good this album is.

The opening track, I am Made of You sets the scene with the first notes culled from Steven on the 1st Nightmare album. It's also a ballad ( I don't think Alice has ever opened an album with a ballad before ) and a classy one at that with a top drawer guitar solo from original nightmare collaborator Steve Hunter.

Caffienne is a straight ahead rocker followed by the Nightmare Returns, a short piano piece that sends shivers down the spine half way through as the notes from Steven Dramatically reappear to set the scene for the nightmare.

This is followed by A Runuaway train, co written with Dennis Dunuaway and Bob Ezrin this is a briliant throw back to the old days. Performed with the original band it reminds us what an outstanding drummer Neal smith is and what a great rhythm section he formed with Dennis Dunuaway. Mike Bruce's guitar actually sounds like a train whistle in this fast paced but melodic rocker.

Last Man on earth is a brilliant vaudevilian style number reminiscent of Crazy Little Child from Muscle of Love with Alice trying to imitate Tom Waits with some great piano and Banjo work. The Congregation features a great accoustic and organ intro before building into a great drum driven rocker with some outstanding guitar work and Rob Zombie commentary.

I'll Bite your face is penned by Neal Smith and performed by the original band and could have come straight off Killer. Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever and Ghouls Gone Wild are linked and are both great. The first having disco undertones and the second with a great Chorus with handclaps and a nod at doo wop.

Something to Remember Me By written with Dick Wagner may well be the Best Ballad Alice has ever done. It's amazing with a tremendous vocal performance from Alice. When Hell Comes home is the third song performed by the original band and written by Mike Bruce. Very Heavy guitar sound, pounding drums and Bass at a slow tempo with brilliant lyrics. Again this could be on any Early Alice album.

What Baby Wants is a brilliant collaboration with Ke$ha of all people, but it Really rocks with another great Chorus. I gotta get Outta Here is another great song with great lyrics and melody with the Ambiguous finish ( What part of DEAD don't you undrstand ). It sounds a little like 'It's Much to Late' on Dragontown.

The Final track The Underture is a kind of Labour of Love from Bob Ezrin. It's a band & Orchestra collaboration mixing many of the tunes from the original album and the new. It's great and a fitting Finale to this Nightmare sequel.

I think that the return of Mike Bruce, Neal Smith and Dennis Dunaway with a really on Form Alice and Bob Ezrin have contributed to this being the best Alice Album ever. Plus if you are an Alice Fan you must get the Ltd edition with the Classic Rock magazine. It's a fantastic read and a great collectors item with the mask and the School's Out Tie Pin.

What is left to say ? Two things. First I really hiope Alice does a major tour with this album and plays all the songs along with some from the original Nightmare. Second can we please have an album to follow with just Alice, Bob, Mike, Dennis and Neal. Although this is an impossible act to follow.
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The Eyes of Alice Cooper
The Eyes of Alice Cooper
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Eyes Have It !!, 3 Sept. 2004
I'm not so sure if this a return to form as such but it is certainly a departure from the overbearing metal sound of Brutal Planet.
On this album Alice has gone for a lighter sound that borders on pop. However this should in no way detract from the fact that this is a very good album. All of the songs weigh in at 3 - 4 minutes and so the album does lack something like Halo of Flies, Black Juju or My Stars to make it complete.
However most of the songs have a great rhythm section and are very accessible. Standout tracks for me are Novocaine, Detroit City and Love Should Never Feel Like This all of which could have comfotably sat on Love it To Death or Killer. The ballad Be With You awhile is a pleasant track that offers a change of pace in the middle of the album.
This House is Haunted is very different from the rest of the album but is superb. With creepy atmosphere and keyboard sound it would have sat on Welcome To My Nightmare just fine. The underrated Song That Didn't Rhyme is actually an excellent song with Alice's trademark irony and Humour.
The album is badly let down by two utterly mindless and irritating cacophonies of noise namely Backyard Brawl and I'm so angry. If Alice had ditched these and added in a six or seven minute centrepiece then this album would have merited the full five stars. In any event if you liked Alice's early seventies stuff then I reckon you will enjoy this album.

Alice Cooper: Trashes The World [DVD] [2004]
Alice Cooper: Trashes The World [DVD] [2004]
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Concert Average DVD, 30 Jun. 2004
Although Lacking in extras of any kind this DVD is worth having for the concert alone.
Featuring a number of the songs from the Trash album ( This was the tour for that album ) such as Poison, House of Fire, Bed of Nails and Trash. The concert also features some old classics such as Billion Dollar Babies, Muscle of Love and Under My wheels.
The concert kicks off with Trash and the first section showcases must of the new songs and some old ones all delivered as straight up rock and roll. Desperado is a particular highlight. After that Alice takes us into the nightmare section featuring songs such as Welcome to My Nightmare, Only Women Bleed, Gutter Cat and Ballad of Dwight Fry. This is the theatrical part of the show featuring monsters, straight jackets and the gullotine.
Alice concludes the show with Poison, Spark in the Dark, Bed of Nails and some older songs including School's Out. All in all a great concert well worth owning despite the lack of extra's

Visions of Plenty
Visions of Plenty
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of Vision, 13 Dec. 2002
This review is from: Visions of Plenty (Audio CD)
A superb offering from the sadly little known Kate Campbell.
The opener is a lively accoustic song about Struggling farmers in the South. Bowl a Rama is an excellent jaunty number about a bowler who missed a perfect game by 1 point. Some great humour here.
Crazy in Alabama is an excellent and thoughtful song that deals with racist issues in the deep south and sung over some excellent guitar work. Deep tang is another quiet song all about ruination of the earth. Kate is very aware of social issues but never forces opinions through her songs. Bus 109 is another lively song that deals with the school bus system introduced in the USA and what it meant for different people.
Perfect world is a solo piano effort and is superb. Funeral food gives a very humorous view of funeral get togethers.
All in all a superb album. Kate really does deserve to be musc better known.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Monumental !!, 7 Nov. 2002
This review is from: Monuments (Audio CD)
Another superb offering from talented singer/songwriter Kate Campbell.
In content the album is similar to the excellent Visions of plenty. The opener 'Yellow Guitar' is a raunchy accoustic classic with some superb harmonica. Corn in a box is a good rocker while 'Strangeness of the day' is I think the best song on the album, with lyrics focussing on the technological progress of man sung beautifully over a hammond organ and accoustic guitar.
Joe Louis' Furniture is a ballad featuring some lovely strings while 'New South' has a real new orleans trad jazz feel about it. Petrified house is a lovely ballad reminscent of 'Look Away'.
The way home is a solo vocal and piano classic and the albums closer 'Walk among Stones' is another accoustic classic with great lyrics.
If you like Kate's earlier albums ( songs from the levee, visions of plenty etal ) Then I think you will love this. If you are not familiar with Kate's work but like Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams and the like then you would likely enjoy this. All in all a great album robbed only of five stars due to the disappointingly short running time ( only 39 mins ).

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