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Chuck B Covered: Chuck Berry Tribute
Chuck B Covered: Chuck Berry Tribute
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Price: £17.95

3.0 out of 5 stars Could Have Been So Much Better, 29 July 2016
I have to agree with the previous reviewer that this is an extremely disappointing "tribute" album to one of Rock n Roll's legends. Chuck Berry is undoubtedly one of the most covered Rock n Roll artists of all time yet we have just a miserly 14 songs on this album and only 2 of which, Rod Stewart's Sweet Little Rock n Roller & Johnny Winter's Thirty Days I would consider quality covers although the Peter Tosh version is worthy of note for putting a reggae spin on a rock n roll classic. There are so many great versions out there that are far superior. I certainly would have included The Beatles or ELO's orchestral re-working of Roll Over Beetoven and The Beatles version of Rock n Roll Music over the Beach Boys' lame effort. Back in the U.S.A by the Mc5 is a far more energetic and convincing cover than Londa Ronstadts and John Lennons slower tempo version of You Cant Catch me is far more original cover than the Blue Projects version. George Thorogood's fast and furious version of It Wasn't Me is far superior than his version of No Particular Place which does nothing to improve upon the original. I have listed below a few others that I believe would of been worthy of inclusion;
1. Bye Bye Johnny - Status Quo
2. Nadine - Juicy Lucy
3. Carol or Around and Around - Rolling Stones
4. Little Queenie - Flamin Groovies
5. Promisd Land - Elvis Presley
6. Tulane - Steve Gibbons Band
7. Let it Rock - Dave Edmunds
8. Almost Grown - Mike Sanchez
9. Johnny B.Goode - The Pirates
10. Talkin About You - Dr Feelgood


Strung Up (New Extended Version)
Strung Up (New Extended Version)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Glamtastic!, 31 May 2016
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Although known primarily as a glam rock band Sweet used their b sides and live shows to promote their hard rock credentials. This concert was no exception with self penned heavy rock numbers intermingled with their glam rock hits.Tracks such as Burning/Someone else Will (featuring the 'f' word 3 years before the Sex Pistols made it cool & trendy to use) and Done me Wrong Alright (including an extended Dazed & Confused-type guitar break) would not seem out of place on "Made in Japan". However, their desire to be acknowledged as a serious hard rock act is unfortunately lost on an audience that is made up of mostly screaming teenage schoolgirls. Although the sound quality varies between songs this recording still manages to highlight the excitement and energy Sweet could generate live and emphasises what a great rock n roll band Sweet were. This expanded edition includes extra live and studio bonus tracks not on the original vinyl version and features all their singles from Blockbuster to Fever of Love. A must for all Sweet/Glam Rock fans.


Light Up The Sky
Light Up The Sky
Price: £14.37

5.0 out of 5 stars Music to light up the sky, 23 May 2016
This review is from: Light Up The Sky (Audio CD)
The long anticipated follow up to their brilliant debut album Blind sighted Faith has been well worth the wait. This is a definite step up, 12 beautifully crafted melodic songs with a strong emotive edge epitomised by the single Lucky Ones & tracks such as She Whispers, Never too Late and the gospel inspired Will you wait for me. Quite possibly the best album I have heard this year.


Children
Children
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Their Best, 15 May 2016
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This review is from: Children (Audio CD)
When I originally bought this album I hated the inferior sound quality. This remastered version has improved the sound thou it still suffers from the same problem. If you put the volume of a rock album to 10 you would have to put this to 14 or 15. The album has its high points, the singles Beyond the Pale & the anthemic Tower of Strength as well as stand out tracks such as Fabienne, Kingdom Come, Child's Play & Breathe but this is balanced out by a few mediocre songs and an insipid cover of Aerosmiths Dream On that does nothing to improve upon the original. There was the view at the time that The Mission were trying to head in a more hard rock direction which is noticeably on the guitar driven Hymn for America & with Led Zeppelins John Paul Jones brought in to produce the album. However, this album didn't really catapult them into stadium rock territory as envisaged and as their goth counterparts The Cult achieved with far greater success. The Missions next album Carved in Sand was a far more satisfactory and complete album and sounds more like the natural follow up to Gods Own Medicine. This remastered version does contain some worthwhile bonus tracks including the orchestral-inspired Instrumental Tadeusz which is simply sublime.


Another Night In The Sun
Another Night In The Sun
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Fakin It, 15 May 2016
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This is a blistering live set oozing with raw power recorded in Michael Monroes homeland in front of a passionate & adoring crowd. It's not a half bad band line up either featuring Ginger from The Wildhearts, Steve Conte from the New York Dolls and Monroes old mate from the Hanoi Rocks days, Sam Yaffa. Including songs from his solo album as well as the brilliant but largely forgotten Demolition 23 album, the set is completed by a couple of Damned covers and inevitably a handful of Hanoi Rocks classics. The show closes in kick ass style with a balls to the wall cover of the stooges classic 1970. This is what a live album should sound like.


Good Time Gone Bad
Good Time Gone Bad
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Rock n Roll Classic, 20 Mar. 2016
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This review is from: Good Time Gone Bad (Audio CD)
The greatest loudest raunchiest ass kickin ball breakin hard rockin album since Appetite for Destruction, say no more


Black Station
Black Station
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even Better than the Real Thing, 6 Nov. 2015
This review is from: Black Station (Audio CD)
Scandinavia seems to be leading the way for heavy rock music these days influenced largely by classic rock bands from the 70s such as Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Motorhead, Bad Company and in particular AC/DC. (I could name at least half a dozen AC/DC sound-alikes around at present). Some of these bands are very good, others not so good. Fortunately Swedish band Dynamite falls into the former. Inspired largely by the Bon Scott-era AC/DC this latest offering is a steady improvement on their powerful debut album Lock n Load.
These type of bands are not going to set the rock n roll world alight and they may lack originality and imagination but that aside they still play great no nonsense balls to the wall rock n roll. And let’s face it, it still sounds better than what AC/DC themselves are churning out these days.


Electric Peace
Electric Peace
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4.0 out of 5 stars Let there be Peace, 6 Nov. 2015
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This review is from: Electric Peace (Audio CD)
The Cult were always going to struggle to eclipse their epic previous album Love. Nevertheless, they seemed to be heading in the right direction with excellent new recordings such as Love Trooper, Groove Co & Zap City. But for whatever reason they decided to change musical direction, possibly influenced by the popularity of hard rock music at the time, and ended up with the misguided, misdirected and misfiring Electric album. I am not sure who was responsible for turning them into 2nd rate AC/DC clones but I expect producer Rick Rubin had a lot to do with it. At the time this album alienated many of their die hard fans from the Southern Death Cult days but the Cult were on a mission to become stadium rock gods and they more or less achieved this with their next album Sonic Temple.
Electric has its moments, Lil Devil, Love Removal Machine (Start it Up riff aside) & Outlaw are raw, stompin rock songs with a more back to the basics sound. But too many songs are average at best and the Born to be Wild cover is best forgotten altogether.
Hearing it again after many years Electric sounds like the natural middle ground between Love and Sonic but at the time the transformation from goth to rock seemed a bit too extreme and a bit too unforgiveable for some fans.
Beggars Banquets 2 disc deluxe version has minimal cover notes and lacks any basic information about the tracks which is disappointing and gives the impression even they don’t want to have much to do with this album. But at least with this release you get the inclusion of the far superior songs from the scrapped Peace album on Disc 2 and I know which disc I will be playing the most.


Viva Equals
Viva Equals
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Price: £76.93

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Many Equals, 1 Nov. 2015
This review is from: Viva Equals (Audio CD)
Shamefully I had heard very little of the Equals apart from their no.1 smash hit Baby Come Back & a blistering cover of their song Police on my Back by The Clash. Thankfully having now heard this superb 28 track compilation there is plenty of evidence to suggest that the Equals were one of the UKs best ever pop/soul bands and were far from one hit wonders as fabulous songs like Viva Bobby Joe, Hold Me Closer, I Wont Be there, Green Light (more recently covered by US Garage/Rock outfit the Detroit Cobras), Soul Brother Clifford, Softly Softly , Lets Go to the Moon, Georgetown Girl, the Glam influenced Diversion & the bizarrely named Michael & the Slipper Tree will testify. Not that the Equals were only capable of writing catchy footstompin’ pop songs with a soulful twist, songs such as the aforementioned Police on my back, the funk influenced Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys & Stand Up & Be Counted were all politically inspired & serious in tone. I expect even the late great Joe Strummer would admit that Police on my back had far more relevance sung by a mixed race band in the 60s than an all white punk band in the 70s. Unfortunately the fact that they were one of the first mixed race bands in the UK has distracted from what a great songwriter Eddy Grant was & what a wonderful soul singer Derv Gordon was. The Equals should be regarded as one of the most important and inspirational British pop/soul bands of the sixties and certainly deserve as much recognition and acclaim as other great British soul outfits such as Geno Washington & the Ram Jam Band & Jimmy James & the Vagabonds.


Sixes, Sevens & Nines
Sixes, Sevens & Nines
Price: £16.36

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5.0 out of 5 stars Give Junkyard Their Due, 17 Oct. 2015
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This review is from: Sixes, Sevens & Nines (Audio CD)
I was a big fan of this band back in the late 80s & regarding their self titled debut album in the top ten best rock albums of the decade. I'm not sure why that first album hasn't got the remastering treatment but this second album is almost as good. Whilst lacking classic hits like Hollywood, Blooze, Simple Man & Hands off it still retains that raw power & southern rock sound with a punk rock attitude that made their first album so distinctive. I only ever saw this band once & that was as a support act for The Almighty! which says it all really. I just don't know why they never made it big but these 2 albums was all we got before the band fell into oblivion. And this is what makes this re-issue so appealing as it features 8 previously unreleased tracks all worthy of inclusion. The bonus material includes a surprising cover of Ray Charles' Hallelujah I Love her So whilst the last track Playin to Win sounds like the love child of Lynyrd Skynyrd & Motörhead. The other appealing factor of this re-issue is playing it again reminds you what a s*** hot rock 'n' roll band they were & what a great album this is.


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