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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bang! On Form!, 8 Nov. 2008
This review is from: Bang! (Audio CD)
Bang! is another album packed with the usual ingrediants of what makes thunder tick tracks like "On the Radio" is a riff roaring pleasure reminiscent of the track "Dirty Love" coupled with the ageless vocals of Daniel Bowes whos at his best on the saucy tongue in cheek lyrics of "Have Mercy" which is amusing and catchy at the same time.

Apart from Tesla who have released another good album Thunder seems to be one of the few like the Wildhearts to continue flying the flag for Rock.

Its good that their split was temporarily short lived.

Runnin' Wild
Runnin' Wild

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars worthwhile buying it again for the dvd, 4 Nov. 2008
This review is from: Runnin' Wild (Audio CD)
The tour edition of Airbournes Runnin Wild album is a worthy purhcase alone for the dvd which shows them at their best playing out their rose tattoo brand of songs to a crowd at the wacken open air festival whilst the video's to "Diamond in the rough", "Too much too young, too fast" and of course "Runnin wild" FEATURING no other than Motorhead's Lemmy Kilminster as a truck driver aiding the escape of the band from the law is must watch.

Maybe pointless for those having to shell out more money for an album they already have but these guys show they have lot more in common with Rose Tattoo than AC/DC mainly for the fact their songs are about drinking and women rather than bluesy sex boogism of the rock behemoths from down under.

Pictures: 40 Years of Hits
Pictures: 40 Years of Hits
Offered by Revolution Media
Price: £9.17

9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars best to get either the 2cd/dvd or ear book, 4 Nov. 2008
The 2 disc standard edition of Status Quo - pictures: 40 years of hits is a bit weak in comparison to the 2cd/dvd and ear book editions which contains far more tracks and other added bonuses.

Yes it contains some of their best hits and others that missed the spirit and macho rocking of Alan Lancaster and John Coghlan but this is a bit more in the vein of Xcess to all areas.

All the Right Reasons: (Special Edition 2008) plus DVD
All the Right Reasons: (Special Edition 2008) plus DVD
Offered by msales-8
Price: £7.69

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their music matters!, 30 Oct. 2008
Nickelback have always been at the forefront of the press and music critics tongue wagging citing them as humourless but when it comes to the music that matters as All The Right Reasons is a uplifting album especially on the good humoured track "Rockstar" with Billy Gibbons add a number of spoken word lyrics and "Photograph" would possibly end up on future power ballad compilations due to its lovely slow building riffs and lyrics sung sweetly by Chad Kroeger who then turns it around for "Animals" and Dimebag Darrell tribute track "Side of a bullet" courtesy of Dime's guitar solo whilst the lyrics condemns the guy in the song for robbing such a respected musician in the world of rock with his finger trigger.

No matter what everybody else thinks for that matter but Nickelback deserve their place in rock just for churning out quality albums that have made the critics eat their own words.

4:13 Dream
4:13 Dream
Price: £5.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4:13 wake up rise and shine!, 30 Oct. 2008
This review is from: 4:13 Dream (Audio CD)
The songs "Perfect Boy", "The Only One", "Freakshow", "Sleep when im dead" are typical Cure songs that reflect the state of mind Robert Smith's in which vary from the upbeat with a tortured sense of romance which is the theme for this record as since there is more to come which the second half of the material is darker than 4:13 as if The Cure are building up our hopes and emotions ready to shatter tham in an instant blink of the eye.

This is a much improved album than their self titled 2004 effort and fans should appreciate that amidst the x-factor produced rubbish thats infiltrating the charts like a virus that won't go way atleast when it comes to the Cure they can come up smelling of roses when they need to rather than be dictated by fan opinions.

Runnin Wild
Runnin Wild
Price: £10.51

5.0 out of 5 stars short sharp shock, 29 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Runnin Wild (Audio CD)
Their debut album hardly dissappoints as even though its short at 35 minutes its enough to give you a sharp shock to the system with the boys rocking out on tracks like "Too Much, Too Young, too fast" and "Runnin Wild", "Diamond in the rough" "Heartbreaker" which is in a similar vein to the much loved if underrated aussie rockers Rose Tattoo rather than the sex boogie of AC/DC.

If they do not let any internal strife or the demonic curse of sex drugs and rock n roll prevent them from fufilling their potential even further then they could become legends of their own making.

Perfect Symmetry
Perfect Symmetry
Offered by positivenoise
Price: £3.89

5.0 out of 5 stars adventurous, 26 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Perfect Symmetry (Audio CD)
Perfect symmetry is a adventourous blend of synthesizers and bombastic sounds which carry an 80's groove especially on tracks like "Spiralling"
"Lovers are losing" and "better than this" which are balanced by the piano's, guitars and drums which seems to elevate them from being just a band that followed the likes of coldplay and snow patrol in the boring ballad stakes.

it seems with each album they are improving with age and grace.

Eliminator (Collectors Edition) 2CD
Eliminator (Collectors Edition) 2CD
Offered by Side Two
Price: £14.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best album ever!, 26 Oct. 2008
Eliminator was the real deal back then but to be re-issued with the added bonus of a few decent if patchy live tracks of their best hits and a dvd of their tube fame is worth the money alone but its a mystery why its no longer selling on amazon since it has not been issued as a limited collectors edition.

Back to the album the sound quality alone has improved a lot unlike the older eliminator album where having to turn the volume up to 11 meant only hearing the finished product at half strength whilst the legs single version is re-introduced in all of its extended glory giving the album a welcome shot in the arm which is still a hit with songs to match like "You got the six, "Give me all your lovin", "Sharp Dressed man" etc but like i say about the three bonus live recordings they sound relatively patchy whilst the dance version of legs is decent but virtually a track that should have been left off the album as its mainly dominated by bleeps and virtually no lead guitar from Billy Gibbons.

But the dvd is a added bonus seeing the three sharp dressed men tearing it up for great viewing pleasure live on the tube whilst the video's to gimme all you lovin, sharp dressed men, legs and tv dinners are hilarious beyond belief.

Of course there are other albums like tres hombres that are highly regarded above any of zz tops eighties albums but atleast this one is better than any of the later stuff they made that failed to recapture their former glory.

Alright, Still
Alright, Still
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £3.57

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars decent but held back by childish rants, 24 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Alright, Still (Audio CD)
When it came out i felt at the time it was an album that signalled the start of the summer with sunny pop kissed tracks like "Knock em out", "Smile" and "LDN" and the cheesy catchy "Alfie" but i felt someone should have been there to rub the rough edges off her lyrics which started to be downright childish with the potty mouthed swearing and veering on the malacious especially on the track "Not Big" whilst making a poor attempt at an rnb/ballad in "Littlest Things".

If she is to do any better on her second album whenever it sees the light of day she should start growing up a little and be more precise with herself and the lyrics instead of repeating a tried and tested formula that has long gone past its sell by date!

The Very Best Of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
The Very Best Of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars decent best off but no proper linear notes and information, 24 Oct. 2008
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich may have not enjoyed the same success as the beatles and all of the other acts the tail end of the 60's spawned but atleast they did get a mention during one of the few scenes from Quentin Tarentino's Grindhouse first half double with Death Proof where "Jungle Julia" who asked a dj to play "Hold tight" is amusingly trying to explain the history and origins of the band and the song which is in pale comparison when the song cuts off as the car they are in is involved with an intended head on collision from Kurt Russel's "Stuntman Mike"'s death proof stunt car.

back to the best of all i can say is that its a decent package containing all of their best hits like "Xanadu", "Hideaway", etc but its a let down since the only thing its booklet represents is no more than a different line up of the band with only two of its original members with no linear notes or any information that does not do them justice.

The bonus recordings of "Here's a heart" is lovley with an added sense of emotion coming from the lead guitar solo while "Pinball wizard" and "Stairway to heaven" are decent attempts but so much more could have been done in making this a ultimate best of.

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