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Live At Kelvin Hall
Live At Kelvin Hall

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Live in the 60's, 30 Aug. 2012
This review is from: Live At Kelvin Hall (Audio CD)
I'm not a Kinks fan at all. In fact, except for a couple of songs here and there, I find their studio albums quite boring. And yet I find this live album quite exciting. There's a lot of crowd noise (typical for those pop bands from the late 60's), and it could be annoying, but I think there's a good interaction between the band and the public. The opening track is a bit buried in the mix, especially the vocals, but songs like "Sunny afternoon" and the medley "Milk cow blues/ Batman..." really give some great action.
Probably not a must have, but a good live album!
If you have the courage you can even listen to the mono and the stereo mixes back to back on the same cd...
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Destroyer: Resurrected
Destroyer: Resurrected
Price: £6.15

2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Defective masterpiece. Hold on!, 23 Aug. 2012
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This review is from: Destroyer: Resurrected (Audio CD)
Destroyer is a masterpiece, no doubt about it, and this "resurrected" version, even if lacking a potential second disc is a good addition to any Kiss collection.
Although I wouldn't recommend this product to anyone, simply because it is DEFECTIVE. Somehow there's been a mistake somewhere along the process and track 5 (Flaming youth) has a "gap" or a "glitch",...Something that just ruins the song and therefor the album.It has been debated here and on different Kiss forums that this "glitch was intentional or not, but clearly it is not (if it is I simply apologize!).
Something similar happened with the 25th anniversary of Deep Purple In Rock. The first press of the cd had to be taken off the market and re-pressed after having been fixed. This is what should happen to this Destroyer edition, and this is why you should probably wait until you can get a decent version of this remixed classic album.


Classic Rock Presents: Last of a Dyin' Breed
Classic Rock Presents: Last of a Dyin' Breed
Price: £14.62

3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Classic Rock early release? Don't think so!, 22 Aug. 2012
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This review is not about the music found on this album nor about the magazine itself, but more the way it is advertised.
This release is suppose to be available SOONER than the regular version and is suppose to feature special bonus tracks...Well, this is UNTRUE!
If you are interested in the magazine, then fair enough, get this version, otherwise, I would suggest you take your car and go to your nearest music store and get the digipack cd edition (released on the exact same date) and also featuring 4 BONUS TRACKS. Of course, and that's where it gets interesting, the bonus tracks are DIFFERENT. Instead of getting two studio tracks and two live songs (yet another version of...), you get 4 NEW STUDIO TRACKS.

So, I ask you: why are those classic Rock releases suppose to be so special? Why do they get a supposedly early release?

And this is not the first time it happens either: same went for Slash-Apocalyptic love (album came on the same day with a bonus dvd AND the extra tracks), same for Rush-clockwork angels (although no extra material), Whitesnake-forevermore (same release date, more and different bonus tracks), etc...
In fact it happened twice to me, that I had pre-ordered the CR release from amazon, and found the regular cd (with bonus) in a regular store DAYS BEFORE the package arrived to me. So, amazon and/or CR, either set an earlier shipment or stop advertising this product the way you do!

So I guess it all comes down to what you really want to get: the extra's or the magazine (which to be fair is always a pleasure to read), but I hate to be taken for a fool and told that this Classic Rock release is somehow the only available in the beginning!
Of course, the fan will wanna get both versions...

As for the content of the cd, I've only listened to it once, which doesn't suffise to give a good opinion of the product, but it seems fair to say that the album sounds (again at first) like good rockin' Skynyrd as it should.
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God Told Me To (CD+DVD)
God Told Me To (CD+DVD)
Price: £14.25

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beat this!, 13 Jun. 2012
This review is from: God Told Me To (CD+DVD) (Audio CD)
John 5's most eclectic solo album to date. Truely one of the most creative shredders around.
Heavy, goth, country, hispanic...You name it, John 5 will do it! A huge display of technique without ever lacking feeling or depth.
Great album!


The Strange Case Of... [Deluxe]
The Strange Case Of... [Deluxe]
Price: £11.81

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bites me!, 13 Jun. 2012
I read at lot of reviews about this album, watched a couple of clips on Youtube, and was very impressed when I heard "Love bites", a brilliant song. I was hoping the rest of the album was going to be in this vein, but instead this album fits right between Miley Cyrus or Selena Gomez pre-teen rock and Metallica or Aerosmith MTV period (love both bands but they both went too far...).
Even my wife had a giggle and was wondering if I was listening to my seven year old girl cd collection!

A couple of great tracks, which proves that the band has a great potential, a fantastic voice, but the whole thing is so sugar-coated and generic, it's not even funny (or interesting for that matter!).
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Kill Devil Hill
Kill Devil Hill
Price: £11.95

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasing release., 6 Jun. 2012
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This review is from: Kill Devil Hill (Audio CD)
Kill Devil Hill is a good record, BUT it is exactly what I thought it was going to be: a mix between Heaven and Hell and Down.
Is it as good as those two bands?...Well no: while very good, the singer is no Dio or Anselmo, and the song-writing is below the standards of the aforementionned bands, although a couple of tracks really stand out.
So a very good heavy rock album in the vein of H&H, Down, Black Label Society,...For Heavy fans!


Classic Rock Presents: Apocalyptic Love (fanpack edition)
Classic Rock Presents: Apocalyptic Love (fanpack edition)

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tries too hard, 31 May 2012
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I have only listened to this album twice so far, but what I feel is that it tries too much to sound like Appetite for destruction, and quite simply fails!
And if there is one album that nobody should try to recreate, it is indeed the classic "Appetite"!
Why does Myles Kennedy feels the need to sound like Axl Rose? Why is the sound of the drums so compressed? Where are the dynamics in the production, the fresh ideas regarding the compositions?

While I though the previous Slash solo album was absolutely great, fun and diversified, I really have to say that Apocalyptic Love is just re-heated Guns stuff.

The mag is great, interesting interviews, especially with Myles regarding his early carreer and jamming with the Led Zep legends.
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Electric
Electric
Price: £9.24

5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding album., 27 May 2012
This review is from: Electric (Audio CD)
A great album, sharp, ferocious, rock 'n' roll.
Electric is very different from anything else The Cult has released and has a strong personality. Stuck in between the mystical Love and the arena-rock giant sonic temple, Electric gave The Cult some of its best tunes: Wild flower, lil devil, Love removal machine to name only a few classics. Rick Rubin givin it a raw, stripped-down, minimal production, providing Astbury and Duffy with maximal room for their amazing talent.
Brilliant album, great artwork...A MUST HAVE!


Choice of Weapon
Choice of Weapon
Price: £10.38

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The "Cultest" Cult album., 24 May 2012
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This review is from: Choice of Weapon (Audio CD)
Well, it's always party time for me when a new The Cult album shows up, and this ain't different this time!
I can't say there's any Cult album I don't like, so if you want neutral, fair opinion, maybe I'm the wrong person to ask, but there's always some albums that are better than others.
As a whole, I believe this one is much better than Born into this or even Beyond good and evil.
The band (yes a true band now, not just Astbury/ Duffy & some guys) is very tight and focused, the identity of THE CULT has never been clearer and solidely branded into the songs.
Half rockers, half mid-tempo/or ballads (well, Brother wolf type of ballads), the whole thing is very strong, and feels very achieved.The production serves the music extremely well, not over-produced (somebody said Sonic temple?), not too stripped-down (Electric anyone?)...Just right.
There are definitly some recycled riffs or vocals here and there (from Dreamtime to Sonic temple or Love), but it never feels like a lack of creativity rather than an affirmation of their style.
I personaly wouldn't have mind some longer solos from Billy Duffy...But whatever, people seem to favor shorter tracks (download syndrome?).

As I said Weapon of Choice as a whole is probably better than the two previous efforts, although so far, it seems to me like it's lacking a "Tiger in the sun", a "Breathe" or a "True believers"...An anthemic song.
Although "Life> death" and "Elemental Light" are serious contenders...So let's wait a while.

The deluxe edition is definitly worth every penny (especially if you didn't already owned the capsules), "Embers" being one of the best song of that duo-pack.

It's been said in other reviews, if you're a THE CULT fan, you won't be dissapointed, and if Born Into This was a bit too experimental or scattered for you, then you'll certainly enjoy this one better.

For the time being, I'll give it 4 stars, but I'm sure that in a couple of days I'll come back and change that to five!

Okay after two days of heavy listening, I wish I could give this album 6 stars. IT IS THAT GREAT!


Thunderbox
Thunderbox
Price: £10.22

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album, what about the edition?, 24 May 2012
This review is from: Thunderbox (Audio CD)
I know this album, it is my fav Humble Pie along with the eponymous album.
But I'm just wondering, maybe somebody can help me here: how good is this particular version? I have bought several cd's from the label Lemon, and they're often just a transfer of the Lp onto cd (Pat travers, Cozy Powell,...). Is it the case here? What about the booklet, Do we get the full picture?

Anyway a great album, just curious about this edition. Comments welcome!


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