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Powerslave
Powerslave
Price: £7.99

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The last great Maiden album, 3 Jun. 2005
This review is from: Powerslave (Audio CD)
This is a splendid album and marks Maiden's very zenith as a force in hard rock. Between the career best riff on "2 minutes to midnight" (with lyrics to match), to the perfectly balanced twin lead solos on the "Dualists", this was in my opinion as good as it got with the band. With this album America lay at their feet and they presented to the world a confidence and ability similar to when the "Metallica" the album was issued a decade later by Hetfield et al. To me this album marks the high-point of the NWOBHM, with all of the lesser bands (Jaguar, Diamond Head etc.)of that movement already extinct. Only the best had lasted this long, and Maiden were in pole position. Unfortunately for them metal was already in transition and Maiden would increasingly become yesterdays men, but this (and the Live After Death video and LP) would remain a lasting testimony of their dominance of the scene at that time.


Led Zeppelin II
Led Zeppelin II

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Untouchable chapter in the Cannon of 70's rock, 3 Jun. 2005
This review is from: Led Zeppelin II (Audio CD)
You can argue interminally with fans about which is the best Zep album and why. For me there really is no point, each record presents distinctly different steps in the evolution of an incredibly creative group. All I can give is a personal opinion, that for me, after 25 years of listening to Zep, volume II is just a nose ahead of the rest of the equally unmissable vols I, III and IV. It was the first hard rock opus that I ever bought, and I only have to hear the opening bars of "Whole lotta love" to feel again the original excitment at listening to the most insanely influential, talented and original hard rock band of all time. What are the bum tracks ? It dosn't even enter into the discussion. Its like having to choose which miss world entrant you would like to date. For any collector of classic rock you simply cannot omit Vol II. Simple as that.


Wave of Mutilation - The Best of the Pixies
Wave of Mutilation - The Best of the Pixies
Offered by Fast Fulfilment
Price: £7.71

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the money, 15 Jun. 2004
Having bought most of the Pixies on vinyl and tape many years ago, I really havn't listened to them for quite a while. Time had dimmed the memory of just how good these guys were, and it was not 'til I forked out for this "best of" that the rush of listening to their 3 minute wonders flooded back. From "Monkey goes to heaven" to "Here comes your man" it was a solid hour of pleasure. I could proselytize about their importance and how they've influenced so many bands, but that's best left to Mojo and other assorted pundits. For me its simply worth the money.


Digital Connectivity [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Digital Connectivity [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been so much better, 14 Jun. 2004
First out, I'm a long standing fan of FF. I admire their work-rate, album quality, musical skill, concept and songs. I liked the idea of a band retrospective since I've followed them closely since "Fear is the mind killer". The big disapointment here is the discrepancy between their album output and this DVD.
It simply was a let-down from a band who puts so much effort into their other work to release a haphazard, poor quality peice as this. The only saving grace is that it collects a number of there promotion videos together. One for the bargain-bucket only


Live at Donington [DVD] [1991] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Live at Donington [DVD] [1991] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: £9.96

13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 14 Jun. 2004
I'm not big into music DVDs but this live concert from DC has been in my player for the last 2 weeks. Maybe its the fact that there are 26 cameras buzzing around - so it dosn't get boring visually. Maybe its the excellent sound quality which I'd be happy to listen to regardless of the film. Maybe its the setlist which had all of my favourites, all played perfectly. Or simply maybe its seeing the hardest working, no messing, biggest riffing band in the world at their peak.


Vol.3 - The Subliminal Verses
Vol.3 - The Subliminal Verses
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Most structured album to date, 14 Jun. 2004
Keeping in short and sweet three reasons a metal fan should at least listen to this is: 1) Rick Rubin (Slayer, Johnny Cash et al) produced this, consequently this opus has phenomenal production, which is crystal clear without losing the brutality. 2) The highlight songs "Duality" and "Pulse of the Maggots" are the best compositions these guys have ever come up with. 3) Finally a rythm section that is surgically tight - I would even venture to say that it equals Fear Factory at times. Having listened to both its predecessors (Slipknot and Iowa) Volumn III is simply their most structured, concise and focused album todate.


W.A.S.P. / The Last Command
W.A.S.P. / The Last Command
Price: £5.99

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Illigitimate child of Alice, 11 July 2002
Just bought this double again on CD, and really enjoyed it. Its not Led Zepplin and was never supposed to be, its just loud, raw, riff-based metal. This was the time when Blackie Lawless sent Christmas cards to the tabloid post "sliding down the hill on rusty razor blades... to the air of Jingle Bells" and their stage show included four foot heads (of the band members) on blood covered spikes. In the absence of speed/death/black/thrash etc. in the main stream, WASP was as nasty as it got - bless our innocense.
As for the music its still fun, Blind in Texas, I wanna be somebody etc. are stomping good anthems, and if you listen close enough you can still hear the crowds roaring the chorus back at the band. While tracks like "widow maker" show Lawless to be more than just a good showman and self publicist.
Having these two albums together is good as it shows the band at its best. To be honest WASPs later albums were a very mixed affair (including the latest release), and with Lawless getting into ecology and the environment lyrically it never had the same punch. The loss of guitarist Randy Piper to LA Guns also lost WASP alot of their bite you can hear on these two exhibits.
Definitely not for the intellectuals, but nevertheless some of the best 80's heavy metal


Blind
Blind
Offered by Smaller World Future
Price: £74.75

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What Metallica could have been, 28 Feb. 2002
This review is from: Blind (Audio CD)
When Metallica had decided to become the next Judas Priest/Accept, Anthrax had become simply comical, and Slayer were stuck in a rut (still the same sound and ideas), this album came completely out of the blue and left the competition and pundits like rabbits in a headlight. If your looking for a sound-bite for this opus, then power is the theme that runs straight though it. Whether you consider the guitar sound, vocals, production or lyrics you're left in no doubt that these guys knew their business and how best to get the message across. Songs like "Vote with a bullet" and "Damned for all time" are executed in a way that most bands, then and now, can only dream of. There is not a note out of place and every phrase is judged for best impact. Unlike a lot of their contemporaries, speed is matched with pace, and balanced with control (they never showed off how well they could play, just for the sake of it). The best thing though, is that unlike all the rest, this had a real live feel to the overall sound, and was not dogged by stale production which plagued early Metallica and Slayer albums up to that time.


In Your Face & Up Your Ass
In Your Face & Up Your Ass

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "In your face.." is 80s LA-style hardrock at its best.., 22 Feb. 2002
When I now listen to TKOs contemporaries like Motley Crue, Poison and Keel et al, their albums from this period havn't aged well. This isn't surprising given that presentation was 90% of the package. That can't be said of TKO, and this album was the proof. It still sounds tight and edgey even after 15 years. "In your face..." is 80s LA-style hardrock at its best,with tight riffs, sleasy lyrics, good production and no pointless fret-work. And this was an album, not a vechicle to sell two singles (i.e Girls, Girls, Girls). Absolutely good to the last drop. Hand-on-heart, having listened to, and loved 25 years of hardrock from Zep to Deftones, this is still in my top ten. TKO never made it out of the metal charts, but in a way this is nice, as this album is really for collectors and aging rock fans only. It made my week when it was re-released on CD.


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