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Price Of The Ticket
Price Of The Ticket
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pheww!!!, 29 Feb. 2016
This review is from: Price Of The Ticket (Audio CD)
Look....might as well get it out the way.....great pair of t*ts on the cover.......but if you only buying this album for the cover.....don't bother as I suspect your too shallow to get much of the wit and humor on this fabulously fun punky album by Ms James and a stellar cast.

Innocence, vulnerability, angst, anger, regret, naivety.... tender ballads, to crashing punk via 50's pop and a bit of Doorsesque psychedelia, and a great Dylan cover to finish you off....I suspect this will be my album of summer 16.

Undoubtedly one of the sexiest, intelligent albums in a long time....and that has nothing to do with the artwork.
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For All Kings [Digipack]
For All Kings [Digipack]
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And Kings They Are!!!, 26 Feb. 2016
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Oh man….a new Anthrax album!! And a second with Brother Belladonna back in the band.

A sneaky peak of the two previously issued songs, Evil Twins and Breathing Lighting left the average Anthrax fan something to be excited about. 2 very strong and yet quite different songs. The former one of the most politically brutal songs the band has done, whilst the later has a more melodic classic metal feel whilst incorporating a classic Anthrax riff following an acoustic intro. Both have been big in their recent live sets.
The disc opens though with a grand intro fitting of an episode of Game Of Thrones, before storming into You Gotta Believe…ah we’re home boys!!! This is classic Anthrax.

Monster at The End screams next single. Big chorus and hooks a plenty.

An acapella intro to the title track, For All Kings, highlights that Belladonna may indeed be the last in a line of that great original melodic classic metal singers. You’d have to be a schmuck to sack him from your band….oh wait they did…(and how quickly did we dump them!!)

Suzerain, All of Them Thieves and Zero Tolerance are the brutal harder edge Anthrax of Persistence of Time era.

Like “In The End” on Worship Music, the standout of this album may very well end up being the one you didn’t expect. “Blood Eagle Wings”, embellishes all the strengths of this band. A slow grower that pulls for repeated play and has that “epic” feel .

What I enjoy most about this album is it continuous the more modern development of the previous album(s), but the heritage of Spreading The Disease, Among The Living, Persistence, and indeed Fistful Of Metal is still very much evident and respected throughout.

The second disc of the “deluxe” version is classic live Anthrax, although the sound is not a rich sounding as the “Chile In Hell” set and you are left wondering why they didn’t just stick a full set on and full the disc. It is nice to see A.I.R return to recent set lists though.

It great to see the resurgence of this once great band again. It’s great to see their confidence grow again and that is the most evident on this album; they are all playing and singing (including and especially new boy Jonathan Donais) magnificently and with much confidence. This is a band reclaiming itself as a (much deserved) major force in Metal/Thrash after too many years lost.

In the past six months we have been spoiled. We have had Slayer’s “Repentless”, Megadeth’s “Dystopia” and now this offering from Anthrax…it was “The Big 3” right??
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Good!!..But I almost missed it., 9 Feb. 2016
This review is from: Dori Freeman (Audio CD)
Look, I will be honest...I probably wouldn't have given this a second look had a certain Teddy Thompson not been involved in production, and mentioned so on his would have been my loss quite frankly.

This is a wonderful blend of classic country folk music, with one of the most simple but beautiful (or even simply beautiful) voices I have heard in country for a long time...a voice so pure that at times anyone with a lesser talent would be swallowed by the arrangements. And what a songwriter for a first unbelievable will she be as she continues to develop?

The tracks are a mixture of sparse acoustic (You Say, Where I Stood) , classic country (Go On Lovin') and even verging on gospel with the acapella "Ain't Nobody". "Tell Me" and "Fine, Fine Fine" are a little Thompson-afied and could easily have been off one of his albums ....but she steals the limelight with a flirtatious performance that makes them her own and the arrangements compliment the songs rather than sounding imposed. Indeed Mr T sings background/harmonies on 3 tracks.....but be clear this is by no means an album by his "protege". His forthcoming album will need to be exceptional not to be overshadowed by this.

The album is 34 minutes long, but forget the short length, this takes you right back to the albums of the early seventies classic country, where the quality was phenomenal throughout and no filler. Today's generations doesn't get it...but less is more.

I can only pay the album this final compliment...I traveled to work today, listening to this album....I have no idea how I got there but this album became an instant part of my life. If your reading this, it means your it.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Addition To Megadeths Heritage., 22 Jan. 2016
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This review is from: Dystopia (Audio CD)
So….next new album….new band members… although we have been here before and Dave always steers the ship through these developments….but it feels special this time…Chris Adler and Kiko additional to the band has brought an energy even before any music has been released. And even talk of a “return to Thrash roots” (did they go away??).

Album starts of tremendously with the three previously issued songs…The Threat is Real, Dystopia and Fatal Illusion, which having had time already to digest highlight that this is the strongest start to a Megadeth album for a while. All 3 have little signatures of past glories, as does the album as a whole , almost an embracement of the bands heritage, but the personnel bring a fresh perspective to this.

It doesn’t relent there either and believe me this album rarely relents…and when it does there wonderful flashes of the classical influence of Dave’s recent venture into that genre and Kiko’s natural style…Poisonous Shadows eloquent classical guitar intro (similarities to Maidens “Wasted Years” anyone??) and these elements are present elsewhere throughout the album including the phenomenal instrumental Conquer Or Die.

I would say that the ITunes version contains two extra tracks not available on the CD – Looks Who’s Talking and Last Dying Wish. Whilst nice to have, they add very little to the album and the CD version to my ears feels more complete. Less is more.

I’ve been here since the beginning…bought my vinyl MFN copy of Killing is My Business back in 85. I do not consider myself a metal fan per se and my love of Megdeth stems from the fact that these are musicians and songwriter(s) at the highest level. I love each album for different reasons and thought the last, Super Collider, was truly a great album…a great piece of work from Mustaine…and a great example that an artist can remain true to the original blue print and still develop and even incorporate other music forms into the agenda. Dystopia is a stunning counterbalance to that last album, and will no doubt satisfy those who did indeed felt they had lost their “thrash roots”.
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4.0 out of 5 stars She Could Sing Anything For Me!!, 25 Sept. 2015
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It’s disappointing that this release is a cover album, especially as she is one of the most special songwriters of her generation. I appreciate that she’s not the most prolific writer and that any new material is being kept for a collaborative album with Steve Earle to be released in the future; but… another covers album?? Especially from someone whom has already issued a previous covers album (Cover Girl - 1998).

12 songs written by artists such as Springsteen, Robbie Robertson, Gerry Rafferty amongst many more…interestingly none by other females, which in her autobiography (Diamond In The Rough) she explains was something she consciously did with covers to give a new twist to the interpretation, being sung with a females voice.

As with all cover songs, there are two ways to approach a song…a straight cover or change it completely…a little of both goes on here, albeit more in the former camp. Here the approach is primarily Colvin’s acoustic guitar and vocals with minimal support by steel guitars and bass, and are primarily straight acoustic renditions.

The album starts off with Springsteen’s “Tougher Than The Rest” which stripped down to acoustic exposes the gentler heartfelt lyric, sung with blue collar bravado in Springsteen’s original. American Tune is the second track and the first of a few pedestrian numbers that includes Waits “Hold On” and Fogerty’s “Lodi”. Stunning songs in their own right but nothing new brought to the performances here and do not encourage repeated plays if you are already familiar with them, although this be more my fault for owning the same record collection as SC already and accept others may be hearing these songs for the first time.

Interestingly the Crosby, Stills and Nash connection is where she strikes gold on this album. “Baker Street” with David Crosby is a simple arrangement and beautiful, exposing the lyrics and removing the (in)famous sax interlude. The version of Nash’s “I Use To Be A King” is the major highlight of the album. The first performance on the album with real fire and passion and highlighting just what a great songwriter he was and what a great interpreter she can be.

Crowded Houses “Private Universe” follows the Nash tune and again her interpretation is so good you start to understand why she undertook this project. I would happily buy this album for those two songs alone. Her version of Arcadian Driftwood is brave choice and given how beautiful her version of Twilight was on Cover Girl I can see why she has revisited The Band songbook…but to be frank, no one will ever improve the original of this particular song….the perfect blend of 3 voices and 5 spirits.

The album closes of with Not A Drop Of Rain by Robert Earl Keen, which I must admit was the only song on the album I was not previously familiar with and could easily have passed as one of her own, and is another highlight of the album; and ‘Til I Get It Right – made famous by Tammy Wynette – but written by Red Lane and Larry Henley.

On the previous covers collection, Shawn took others songs and turned them into simple things of beauty…that innocence is missing from this collection…and maybe that’s the point…the girly energy of the previous collection is replaced by an experienced woman’s view of these songs.

Not the reward that an album of original material would have been and feels like a bit of career filler, but quite frankly anything is beautiful from this girl. Though I do suspect that like an increasing number of cover albums, I’m not sure how much this will come off the shelf after the initial rotation.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome addition to any Stills Collection, 29 Aug. 2015
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This is the third Stephen Stills “unofficial” live recording to have been issued, with the previous 2 being “The Bread & Roses Festival” (1978) and “In Concert” (1976 & 77) , and is part of an ongoing plague of radio recordings that due to some European law means anybody can issue if they so desire.

The reality is most of these have been doing the rounds for years anyway and could be sourced if you so desired. As I stated in my review of the previous two releases, I am of an age where I no longer see much value in live albums, and rarely purchase them…..but Stephen stills is different, and especially in the 70’s, he could display so much energy or grace in equal measures and the sets during this period always contained something of interest away from the usual culprits. There was always a genuine thrill of listening to Stills live as he was always striving to produce something magical although he frequently ran the thin line sometimes between genius and mediocre. This set, containing 2 shows from 1979, offer both.

Whilst there is no getting away from the fact that these are no better than "bootleg" versions of 1970's radio shows; of the two shows, the Brookhaven, Long Island show (7th September 1979) represents the best sound and is extremely clear, although there are a few dodgy editing moments, assumedly to accommodate the radio show that it was recorded for. What the Central Park show (2nd July 1979) lacks in sound quality, it makes up for in show quality and there is more drive to this set that the former.

It’s purely my own opinion, however the inclusion of Mike Finnigan keyboard throughout both versions of Cherokee, although a sound of the period, are hard to stomach.

That said when you hit those moments of genius, where it all falls in place…and it always does in a Stills show…all is forgiven and your glad you made that effort. And probably more so on this release, there are the nuggets that the fans will want to hear…Precious Love, Fine Love, Part Time Love…all Stills originals not heard elsewhere and intended for an album release in 1979 that never happened…and the covers….Hooker, Johnston, Waters, Walsh, Mitchell…all included here. The highlight for me is the acoustic version of Thoroughfare Gap from the Central Park Show.

Stills is probably one of the most underrated artists, overshadowed by the frequently mediocre Mr Young; but as these recent unofficial recordings highlight, he was as raw and existing as anything his colleague and sometimes bandmate could release. It’s a shame Stills has not seen fit to release an archive live series, as these releases highlight there must be a demand, and I’d rather stick the money in his pocket than others.

If you’re a Stills fan….don’t hesitate, just buy.

PS – Would love a Manassas live set!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Rock Revolucion, 2 Jun. 2015
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This is a really great sounding record, really great collection of songs…..heck, it’s damn near perfect rock and roll to be honest.

Its harder and rawer than the first album, however for me, the addition of John Corabi to this band lifts it from being an fairly decent rock band to something special. World class even. And that’s saying something given the pedigree of musicians on this album….but it feels like they have raised their game on this one. Their collective backgrounds means even within the same song there is a cauldron of styles at play.

I could have lived without their version (or any version for that matter) of Willie Dixons “Evil” – but there are a numerous gems in there, such as Mexico, Empty Heart and Sleep to name the ones that have caught attention on first few listens, although others are catching up. Their cover of The Sensational Alex Harvey Band’s “Midnight Moses” is exceptionally good.

And yet…and this is a minor grip, but having listened to this a few times, you get the feeling that this band has just not quite hit their potential yet. It hasn’t fully gelled yet. And this is not meant for one second to undermine how good this album is, however some of the songs were obviously written prior to Corabi joining the band (they are co-written with previous singer Jon Stevens) and you just feel that if this “collective” get the opportunity to write a set of songs together for a next album, it will be more cohesive and extraordinary.

Buy it though…this is a fabulous good time R'n'R record ...and this might just be the new kings of classic rock.

The Purple Album
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fine addition to the Whitesnake Heritage/Purple Legacy, 18 May 2015
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D'you know, I have been a fan of classic Whitesnake since Lovehunter came out in 1979 (and kind of lost them at Slip Of The Tongue until a reunion with Forevermore), and whilst I went back and bought the proceeding Trouble, Snakebite EP and the two David Coverdale solo albums, I never did ever make the effort to check out those Deep Purple albums. Why?? Admittedly my only knowledge of Purple was the earlier Gillan albums, but was neither entertained by his wailing nor Blackmore's general stinking attitude (did see them live once and His Lordship stormed off in a huff about something and wouldn't play for 20 mins or so - left a lasting impression).

So I come to this album and these songs with no prior knowledge or emotional attachment, and can thankfully appreciate this quite simply for what it is...a great sharp classic rock album and a worthy addition to the Whitesnake cannon. It is a fine tribute to Purple, but in a very (and predominantly) Whitesnake style. Now arguments over the decision to record this tribute or the merits of the various Whitesnake styles ("Classic" over "Americanised" Snake) or the choice of musicians, will always be up for debate with this band- all a bit "damned if you do" to be perfectly frank.....- but with one foot firmly in the classic camp, I think this and Forevermore - which this feels like a sister album to - finally find Whitesnake with a credible sound after many lost years. It's a harder and louder wall of sound than in the past, but definitely a contemporary modern rock sound.

If like me you have no previous knowledge of the songs then this plays out like a great new Whitesnake record...which will no doubt make me want to go back and check out those three DC Purple albums. And if getting people acquainted with the originals is what DC achieves then surely he should be applauded. I however think he has achieved more than that. I think he has worked damn hard to reclaim the Whitesnake legacy over the past few years and I personally can't think of many others whom are musically reaching the same scale as this band.

If you're still not sure about this album, there are plenty of opportunities to sample it first - the band did release 4 videos prior to the album release. If you like what you hear then simply buy the album. You won't be disappointed.

Little Box 'O' Snakes - The Sunburst Years 1978-1982
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5.0 out of 5 stars Packaging issues resolved!!!, 8 May 2015
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I bought this collection in May 2015, and it would appear the packaging issues mentioned in other reviews has been resolved. My box came with a lift off lid (as oppose to the cigarette box packaging others have had issues with) and the CD's are extremely accessible. I assume the label listened to concerns and changed the packaging.

As for the music.....impeccable!!!!. Bought to replace LP's and tapes that I had not listened to for many years (with the exception of "Saints and Sinners" which remains my firm favourite), and feel mildly stupid for leaving it for so long ("Slip of the Tongue" had a bad effect on my love for the band!!!).

Live in Concert
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for Stills fans, 7 May 2015
This review is from: Live in Concert (Audio CD)
This is another one of the seemingly unlimited number of “unofficial” live recordings that are flooding the market currently due to some law change. Primarily sourced from radio shows, most of the recordings will have been released as bootlegs somewhere or another at some point. I have mixed feelings regarding recordings being released where the artist will not be rewarded, but that's not an issue for this review.

So the main points you want to know if your considering this album are A) is the sound good. B) is the performance worth having.

This CD is made up of two performances; Portland Oregon 1976 & The Palladium New York 1977. The recording is obviously of (a slightly better than) bootleg quality however in this instance very listenable, probably due to the (predominantly) acoustic nature of the sets, although the New York show has the edge in terms of sound quality.

What however makes both recordings worth listening to though is the sheer quality of the performances by Stephen Stills. As mentioned these performances are in an predominantly acoustic settings, on guitar, piano and even banjo (electric guitar brought out towards end of New York show), and this is where Stills excels….untouchable even in my opinion. The performances are very relaxed but they are still incredibly thrilling to listen to. The song selection contains some of the songs that can be found on the acoustic side of the earlier official “Live” album, however there are also great rare performances of Stateline Blues, Black Coral and Make Love To You, amongst others not heard frequently. I suspect the jewels for collectors is a very early version of Daylights Again and a rare take of Stills doing a solo version of Graham Nash's Taken At All.

I’m getting on a bit in age and stopped seeing the worth in live albums a long time ago and Stills remains the only artist that I make an exception for. If you too are a fan, this is pretty much essential.

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