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Amboy Dukes - Survival Of The Fittest - Live
Amboy Dukes - Survival Of The Fittest - Live
Price: £11.71

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated band, 25 Sept. 2014
Excellent raw live recording from a time when the talented Nugent and the Amboy Dukes were at their best. This was recorded in 1970 at a time when the band was primarily still psychedelic but it is much heavier then the more "tin can sounding" studio albums which preceded it so you could actually sense in what direction the Amboy Dukes and Nugent were heading. This transition period was the bands best. The sound quality is very good considering it was recorded in 1970. Andy Solomon (keyboards, vocal) was still in the band when this was recorded and the balance vs Nugents guitar playing is excellent. As far as I know the only song on this recording which has appeared on a studio album is "Prodigal Man" (on Migration) so in that respect it is a rather different record. (In the notes it says that none of the songs have been released as studio recording but that is apparently wrong.) There is not a weak number on the record but "Mr Jones Hanging Party", "Prodigal Man" and especially "Papa's Will" are my favourites.. The latter is fantastic. I have listened to it so many times. This live recording plus "Call of the Wild" and "Tooth Fang & Claw" are fantastic records and must. I rate this live recording amongst the best ever in the genre of "hard rock". (I don't like the term "metal".)

Rumble: Best Of Link Wray
Rumble: Best Of Link Wray
Price: £13.93

16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shell Shocked, 19 May 2008
I first stumbled across Link Wray's "Rumble" just a few years ago via a sound track from some Quentin Tarantino movie and thought: "What's this?" You see, in the past, I never rated anything that had to do with the fifties. Link Wray played the "right music" at the "wrong time" and must be one of the most influential guitar players of all times. I was "shell shocked" when I bought this album. The "missing link" is probably a worn phrase but appropriate. Having loved Led Zeppelins early albums, I know know where Jimmy Page got the sound from. Link Wray paved the way for "hard rock" and "heavy metal". There is great stuff here: Rumble, The Black Widow, Big City After Dark, Deuces Wild, The Shadow Knows, Ace of Spades and Jack the Ripper (The live version is excellent) All stood the test of times.

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