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1. Led Zeppelin IV (aka ZOSO)
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Also known as the "rune" album or Zoso because of the medieval symbols adorning the inner sleeve, Led Zeppelin's fourth album, released in 1971, turned them from mere superstars into giant behemoths of the rock world. On tracks like "Black Dog," "Misty Mountain Hop," and "Rock and Roll," the combination of Robert Plant's banshee wails and Jimmy Page's frenetic guitar playing forever altered the stylistic bent of hard rock music. And the foreboding "When the Levee Breaks" demonstrated that Zeppelin could indeed play the blues fairly straight if they so desired. Still, everything here ultimately took a back seat to the album's (and, ultimately, the band's) magnum opus--the expertly constructed and deftly executed classic, "Stairway to Heaven." --Billy Altman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Zep's arguable greatest triumph
After the critical hammering and somewhat commercial sales of Led Zeppelin III, English hard rock legends Led Zeppelin struck back with their classic untitled fourth album. The album kicks off with the Top 20 charting classic Black Dog which was a great opener with Robert Plant's vocals kicking ass. Also, Jimmy Page's guitar work, John Paul Jones' bass playing and drummer John Bonham just kicked ass on the track. The rocking Rock and Roll follows and is a superb track. The Battle of Evermore follows and is a great folk song with Robert and the late Sandy Denny singing lead vocals. Next is the album's classic Stairway to Heaven, always voted greatest rock song ever. At eight minutes, this song has held up well, even today. The heavy Misty Mountain Hop follows and is a killer song. The track Four Sticks follows and is so-named that Bonham used two drumsticks per hand whilst recording this track. The folk-tinged Going to California follows and is another great song. The album closes with the bluesy When the Levee Breaks which is a kick ass rocker with killer harmonica work from Plant and slide work from Page. This album has sold over 21 million in the US alone because of the material within and not because of the name. It may have peaked at #2 in 1971 but is consistently voted greatest hard rock album ever and Zeppelin proved that the band was about SUBSTANCE and not style(unlike other acts that permiate music today). Highly recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
When you hear the words Led Zeppelin, Stairway To Heaven is probably one of the first things that comes to mind. This album has the big hits Stairway To Heaven, Black Dog, Rock And Roll. However unlike other albums with huge hits, not one song overshadows another. This album is one of the most consistent albums I've ever heard. Every song flows perfectly into one another, giving this album a very even feel. Led Zeppelin's 4th album is also very versitile, ranging from acoustic songs(Going To California, Stairway To Heaven) to hard rocking songs(Black Dog, Rock And Roll, Misty Mountain Hop) Four Sticks is another interesting song. Its a hard rock song but at the same time its folky and somewhat experimental. John Bonham plays with four drum sticks on this song so thats how it got its name. Robert Plant sings great vocals with Sandy Denny on The Battle Of Evermore, which is the folkiest song on the album. The closing song on the disc is When The Levee Breaks. 100% pure electric blues. This is the heaviest, darkest song on the album with Bonham's echoeing drum beats that sound really heavy, it sound like he's using tree trunks rather than sticks. This album is the height of Zep's myticism and tolkien fantasies. In short this is one of the best rock albums created and has sold 22 million copies since 1971 for good reason.

4-0 out of 5 stars One of the definitive rock albums of all time!
Alright, to kick off this review I would like to assure everyone that the Avril Lavigne#1 fan was obviously a joke account satirizing modern pop culture (being 13 I can see right through this)I'm going to give a step by step review of what I think of this album:

Black Dog (9/10) What a great way to kick off an album! rocking riffs from Page and screaming vocals from plant define this track, a great way to get motivated.

Rock n' Roll (8/10) Another great track with wailing vocals from Robert Plant, the only flaw is that it can be repetitive at times, but otherwise this song is great.

The Battle of Evermore (9/10) A bit laidback compared to the previous two tracks but beautiful nevertheless. The lyrics with Sandy Denny's vocals add a great presence to this Zep track.

Stairway to Heaven (10/10)I'm going to be different in saying that this is definitely not the greatest song of all time, but it's a classic, an epic. And a song with such variety packed into less than 10 minutes has yet to be duplicated. (Especially by Slipknot)

Misty Mountain Hop (8/10) You cant go wrong with this one, Very interesting vocals throughout the whole of it. A bit too poppy for my tastes.

Four Sticks (6/10) A decent track, great drumming from Bonham throughout, but it doesn't have much else going for it.

Going To California (9/10) Pretty folksy for Zep. The first time I heard this on the radio i fell asleep, I know that doesn't sound complimenting but it also happened with "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" by The Beatles, and it's a good thing.

When The Levee Breaks (8/10) A very strange sounding track that's a trip and nothing less. Heavy Blues is what I would call it.

5-0 out of 5 stars A rock fan's holy grail
Although the title would seem to indicate that this is for rock music listeners only, I'd say this album should be enjoyed by all--there is so much variety to the tracks. A couple are bluesy ("Black Dog", "When the Levee Breaks"), some are just straightforward hard rock ("Rock and Roll", "Misty Mountain Hop", "Four Sticks"), a couple possess a dreamy fantasy aura ("Battle of Evermore" and the ubiquitous "Stairway to Heaven") and a mini-ballad ("Going to California") even calls this album home. Zep truly pulled out all the stops on this disc. After listening to this album once, you will be convinced that JOHN BONHAM WAS THE GREATEST DRUMMER THAT EVER LIVED!!

5-0 out of 5 stars led zeps best album
led zep four also known as zoso was their best along with their debut,second and physical graffiti albums based on terrific songs like black dog,rock and roll,when the leevee breaks and the gretest song ever stairway to heaven.this album is a masterpiece.go and get it today. ... Read more

2. Queen - Greatest Hits
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5-0 out of 5 stars Some of Queen's Greatest Hits
Queen released albums from 1973 to 1995. In that time Queen made a lot of music that was "great". Thus, as with most artists that have been around for more than 20 years, it is impossible to capture all of their hits or best music on a single CD. Recently this difficulty was recognized with a boxed set of three CDs that captured a much greater cross section of their music.

I consider this collection of Queen music their popular music. Much of it was mellow or radio friendly, and thus much of it hit the top 10. Given that Queen had a very eclectic repertoire, you'll find quirky songs such as "Fat Bottomed Girls" next to the mellow love song "Somebody to Love". Queen's progressive rock and harder rock songs are only barely represented on this particular collection, though strains of their harder edge show through in songs like "Bicycle Race" and "Another One Bites the Dust".

In many ways Queen was an album group. While most of their albums stop short of being true concept albums, most of their albums did have a theme. Also, their music was organized carefully to provide a presentation of the music that was greater than the sum of the individual songs. Thus, listening to a "greatest" collection does little to express the true scope of this group. I recommend this CD as one that provides a small sampling of Queen, and some of their more mellow music at that. You need to also have "Classic Queen" to additional hits such as "Bohemian Rhapsody". You may also want to consider "The Platinum Collection: Greatest Hits I, II and III", which is perhaps the most comprehensive set short of buying albums.

Though this CD is lacking in its breadth, I still give it 5 stars because Queen was such a great group, and the songs here do represent a small portion of their incredible talent.

5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT Compilation!
This is one of those rare high quality "greatest hits" compilations that deal a hearty selection of great Queen Songs during their finest hours. If you want only one Queen CD with a solid grouping of Queen's work, this package is the way to go. You not only get their signature songs, but also a great sampling of their best songs that got little radio play like "Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy," "Seven Seas of Rhye," and "Now I'm Here."

All of Queen's albums from their debut up until the 1978 release of "Jazz" are, in my opinion, such excellent pieces of work that any could qualify as a "Greatest Hits" collection. In fact, the only reason I would want to steer you away from this CD is because while everything here is very good, there is so much premium Queen music packed into each of their individual albums of that era. "Sheer Heart Attack" is a masterpiece, and "News of the World" is such a strong album that it is almost one big song unto itself.

My only disappointment with this CD is the lack of material from their first two albums. Songs like "Keep Yourself Alive," "King Rat" and "Ogre Battle" would have been great on this collection. Still, this is a minor complaint, since this CD is a much tighter and solid collection than the other two prominent Queen compilations: "Classic Queen" does have "Keep Yourself Alive" but is a hit-&-miss album overall, and the 2 disc "Greatest Hits" is good, but does not let the band's greatness shine like this CD does.

If you are just getting familiar with Queen's work and want to sample a CD to get a feel which tunes grab you, this is a really good place to start.

4-0 out of 5 stars No Bohemian Rhapsody
This is a very Queen album, but it doen't have Bohemian Rhapsody on it and thats their best song. Still you should definitley get it if you can.

5-0 out of 5 stars Definitely worthwhile
This collection is necessary to anybody who likes rock. Queen are the greatest band ever (in my opinion).

Queen are famous for 'We will rock you' and 'we are the champions', but those aren't the best songs on the album. 'Another one bites the dust' and 'Crazy little thing called love' are all-time classics, and they were Queen's first two #1 hits in the US.
'Killer Queen' and 'Somebody to Love' are both brilliant songs. Other notable songs are 'Bicycle Race', 'Now I'm here', 'seven seas of rhye', and 'Don't stop me now.'
There are, however, two minor errors.

1) Bohemian Rhapsody, the best song in the history of the world, is missing. But it's on 'Classic Queen', so now worries.
2) 'I want to break free', although a fantastic song, was released in 1984, when everyhting else was before 1982. Classic Queen is supposed to pick up where this album left off.

Classic Queen MUST be bought with this to do justice. It covers Queen's later works.

2-0 out of 5 stars WHAT??!?!?!?!?
this is a pretty good queen greatest hits cd with just most of their popular radio hits and i gave it two stars for the one problem i had with this cd WHERE IN THE HECK IS BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY?!?!?!?!?!?!?? for that reason alone nobody should buy this cd go and look for a better greatest hits cd of queen one that has RHAPSODY!!! ... Read more

3. "Queen - The Platinum Collection: Greatest Hits I, II & III"
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What once seemed Queen's greatest liabilities--a preening flamboyance and pompous, overwrought theatricality--have ironically become their most enduring charms in a gray, postmodern pop-music landscape. While it eschews the glammy, pre-punk hard rock of live faves like "Stone Cold Crazy" and "Tie Your Mother Down" for the band's more quirky club-beat string of latter-day hits, this 51-track triple-CD anthology goes a long way toward documenting the true dimensions of the band's music and fame. Some songs may not be instantly familiar to American fans because of yet another irony: just as their U.S. fortunes waned during the punk and new wave era, the band was exploding into true international superstars. Thus, there may be a sense of discovery here, whether of latter-day Queen material or solo work by Brian May and Freddie Mercury, whose duet on "Barcelona" with diva Montserrat Caballé transcends boundaries of both time and genre. A previously unreleased live performance of "The Show Must Go On" featuring Elton John on vocals is also included. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Make yourself a Queen fan!
I dare you not to be a Queen fan after buying this CD set. This is probably the best Greatest Hits compilation I have ever seen. It includes all their best work, without leaving one or two of the best songs off, so that you have to buy a whole other CD just to get them, a novelty in today's market. Queen had a very unique style, created by four very talented men. Freddie Mercury, particularly, is one of the most talented rock singers I've heard. His untimely death was a great loss to rock music, curtailing what should have been a successful career continuing through today. The music Queen created has something for everyone, from rock 'n roll anthems, to dance flavored pop, to easy listening ballads, to swelling show-type tunes.

All of the songs in the collection are good, including nothing that could be classed as "filler". Disc 1 contains their hits up to about 1980, while Disc 2 covers their eighties hits, all of which are pleasantly representative of their era. I even like the unpopular "Greatest Hits 3". I like the samples of the band members' solo work, and the covers/samples of Queen's music by other artists, the standout of which is "Somebody to Love" by George Michael + Queen. I even like the remix of "Under Pressure", and I am someone who doesn't like remixes (especially when they do it to a favorite song), but this one is actually good, and contains some vocal variations from Freddie. And since I'm feeling kind today, I'll even say that the Wyclef Jean number on "Another One Bites the Dust" is interesting, and shows Queen represented in yet another form of music, hip-hop.

This is a great collection that is also a great bargain, especially for those new to Queen who want to sample the best stuff before diving into their pockets for the rest of the catalogue. So buy it, but be careful, because Freddie Mercury and Queen have converted me, and I'm now compelled to buy the rest of their cds; You just might feel the same!

3-0 out of 5 stars 2 for the price of 3?
Note the name of this compilation of songs. "Queens greatest hits". Not the best of, or queen stuff or something like that. The first 2 Cds are great but the third is pure rubbish! Maybe it is because the 3rd is severely wanting that they felt the need to combine it with the other two. What is the point? You probably already own at least GH one or two or maybe "classic queen" but there is no real reason to own GH3. Don't buy it!

Queen is one of my all time favorite rock bands and i own 2/3 of all their albums. I persoanlly think it is an abomination that songs performed by other people would make a so called queen CD. If somebody wants to do a queen tribute Cd using various artists much like they did with elton john's songs it would be great. But to throw these songs onto queen greatest hits CD? It's obvious that this is just a way to keep the wheel greased. That maybe; probably; a wycliff jean, david bowie, elton john or george micheal fan will snap this up just because they appear on it. I just think it harms the queen legacy.

I also object to using marginally popular solo efforts on a GH CD. Including freedie's or brian's solo material just cheapens evertything. The solo stuff just isn't the same, isn't as good. Sorry.

Want to experience queen? Than buy the first album "Queen". Then buy "Queen 2" and then maybe "Night at the opera". Experience one of rock's great bands the way you should.


5-0 out of 5 stars Definitive Queen!
The perfect collection to get introduced to Queen or have all their hits in one set. A fantastic buy, I couldn't love it more. Queen is AMAZING and always will be. They are truly the champions and one of the most underrated artists EVER!!! If there is one Queen collection to own, this is IT!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Collection at a Great Price
Although this is by no means a "definitive" collection it is a good introduction to those who may be new to Queens music, and a worthy addition to any existing fans home library. The chronological format demonstrates well the broad range of the bands talents, and their ability to grow and adapt to the music scene around them, coming back contantly into the charts for over 30 years. Gifted multi talented musicians in their own right, and long time friends, the flawless studio session reproduction is superb, the band who bragged about never using synthesizers (until the mid 80's when they had to give in)used a host of intruments and music styles throughout their long career, and after the tragic loss of Freddie Mercury in the 90's, consolidated their material, and added some new versions. The third disc is more eclectic, and although not personally my favorite has some good covers of the bands songs (with their participation) by other well known artists, as well as the excellent Under Pressue & Barcelona, and almost painfully bittersweet These are the Days of Our Lives. At under $30 for a 51 track anthology this really is GREAT value, and a timeless collection that will continue to enthrall each subsequent generation of listeners.

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT collection of Queen Favorites
(...)Disc 1 and Disc 2 of this box set are the great songs, disc 3 is not that good. But the price is totally worth it just for those first two! Queen is the classic rock band that will have to go down as one of the all-time greats. Even if there had never been "Bohemian Rhapsody", there are SO many other great tunes these guys created as well. Freddie Mercury had freakishly bad buck teeth and was a gay guy who died of Aids, but he was a golden individual in about a million different ways, and nothing can take away anything from the glory of this band. Their best songs are eternal.

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4. Greatest Hits: We Will Rock You Edition
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5. Led Zeppelin
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Here are the original monsters of rock in all their epic, bombastic glory. The Who may have had more decibels (a dubious distinction), but no band took hard rock higher into the stratosphere than the Zep did with their cosmic mixture of deep blues, gothic melodrama, and the supernatural chops of Page, Plant, Bonham, and Jones. For listeners new to the Zep canon, there's no better primer of the band's range and power than this 4 CD box set, compiled and remixed in 1990 by Page himself. All the obvious song choices are here. But even if you've already heard "Black Dog" once too often on the car radio, this set wisely spotlights several overlooked gems, including their ultimate blues lament "I'm Gonna Crawl." It's a blueprint that later generations of head-bangers tragically failed to follow. --Steve Appleford ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Zeppelin..can it get any better?
Well certainly. If you get this box set. The only way to come close would be to purchase all ten studio albums, but this box set will save you some cash and give you the best of the best.

Naturally Robert Plant sound great, Jimmy Page's guitar smokes and wails, John Paul Jones' bass thumps with rhythm and John Bonham sets the pace and pounds on the drums.

Disc 1 rockets you right into "Whole Lotta Love" and on to "Heartbreaker" (one of my favorites), a lot of great tracks on this one. "Communication Breakdown", "Dazed and Confused", well, you get the picture. Also included is "Travelling Riverside Blues", almost worth the price of the box set by itself.

Disc 2 starts opens with the unmistakable sound of "Black Dog", the churning "Immigrant Song", the lovely "Tangerine", the psychedelic "Misty Mountain Hop", and then closing it all out, "Stairway to Heaven". Sure it's been played to death on the radio but it's an awesome song and rightfully deserves all the attention it gets.

Disc 3 starts with "Kashmir". A classic with the driving drums of Bonham and the string arrangements. "Trampled Under Foot" is great, as is "No Quarter". "When the Levee Breaks" is propelled once again by Bonham on the drums, providing a sampler's frenzy (just ask the Beastie Boys). Then there's the ten minute longer, smoker, "In My Time of Dying".

Disc 4 is where the radio Zepp fan might not be familiar. Most of the songs are from the later albums. No filler here though, just more greatness. "Candy Store Rock, "The Ocean", and "The Wanton Song" have to be heard to believed. "Fool in the Rain" is beautiful, as is "All My Love". Providing a fitting ending to this collection.

I've listened to the CDs in this box set tens, if not hundreds, of times, and they get better with every listen. It's classic Zeppelin and you can't go wrong with that. Enjoy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Heavy Metal Heaven
This was the first compilation of Zeppelin to be released, and it still remains the best. Excellent sound quality, and a very generous amount of music for the hefty investment--the five hours of tunes covers more than half of the band's recorded output.
Zeppelin's studio albums were all excellent, especially the first half dozen. Therefore, it's very difficult in detemining what deserves its place here and what doesn't. Jimmy Page handled the sequencing of these songs, and he deserves a great deal of credit--they sound as if they came from one big album instead of being compiled from nearly ten.
As a devoted fan of the band, there's simply no way to knock Discs One and Two at all. They are letter-perfect, covering the very best tracks from the first four LP's. Only Disc Four shows any signs of letdown, with tracks from "Presence," "In Through the Out Door" and "Coda." A pair of previously unreleased tracks were also offered, including "Hey, Hey, What Can I Do."
A companion box set was released a couple of years later, offering the remaining tracks not covered on this one. Not surprisingly, it doesn't hit quite as hard, although Zeppelin's lesser moments were often superior to what was generated by their competitors. This one has all the goods, though. If you're just discovering Led Zeppelin--or if you're interested in hearing these classics after a great remastering job--take the plunge. It's truly an excellent box set.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Set from the Greatest Band
Before this set, I was a fan of Zeppelin, but not a huge listener. Sinec buying these 4 cd's, I am a hardcore Zeppelin fan, and at least one of these cd's can be found in my cd player at all times. There are some songs that were missed that I felt should have been added (livin lovin) but all in all, this covers all you need, and the reading material that accompanies the set is a valuable addition.

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOXED SET
I am someone who thinks Zeppelin is the greatest band of all time, and happen to have most of their stuff: Zeppelin 1-3, ZOFO, House Of The Holy, Physical Grafitti, The Song Remains The Same, BBC Sessions, How The West Was Won, Early And Later Days, and BOTH this and the later 2 CD set. I happen to think this is a great set and well worth the money. I think that this set is for someone who is a Zeppelin fan, but not yet a completist. When I got the set (Then the second boxed set), I decided that after listening more than once, I should finish the collection (And I will later this year). As for the negative comments here, I cannot believe ANYONE who really knows Zeppelin can put them down (Unless of course, they are nothing but trolls out to cause trouble).I cannot overstate how good this set really is, so you should get it for your collection: You will love it, it really is a great boxed set.

1-0 out of 5 stars All boxed up... and ready for the dump
Comes with four discs, which make excellent brake rotors for your car. ... Read more

6. The Very Best of Deep Purple [Rhino]
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Deep Purple The Very Best Of Deep Purple (Warner Archives/Rhino)

The Very Best Of Deep Purple (Warner Archives/Rhino) collects 15 of Purples' hardest hitting tunes from the various incarnations of the band from the very first LP Shades Of Deep Purple in 1968 to Perfect Strangers in 1984. These songs are culled from the huge Purple box set Shades 1968-1998 (Warner Archives/Rhino) and all are digitally remastered and are FIREBALLS! All songs are the original long album versions except "Kentucky Woman" that is the single version & "Speed King" which is the U.S. Deep Purple In Rock album version and is a shorter version than the release on the U.K. album. All the hits are here "Smoke On The Water," "Hush," "Woman From Tokyo" & "Demon's Eye" to name a few. The booklet has some nice pictures, U.S. album discography and song by song info by 2 DP archivists. Play this LOUD & BURN! A+.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a great compellation!
Deep Purple are of the best hard rock bands to ever play together. And I am a strong beliver that when Richie Blackmore isnt in Deep Purple, its not Deep Puprle, I mean the man is a pain, but man can he play the guitar. I love Deep Purple while Blackmore is their, and when he isnt Deep Purple isnt a good band. THis is a good compalation cause it gets the best of the Blackmore years, you get the worldsmost famous song 'Smoke On The Water' and the classic 'Highway Star' and 'Woman From Tokyo' you also get the ever so underrated 'Knocken At Your Back Door' all of which have killer drumming, Keyboards, Vocals, bass, oh and of coarse that amazing guitar. But 'Child In Time' to me is Deep Purples best song and in my openion Blackmores best solo, and probly the best solo of all time! All the good stuff is her, so you are missing out if yo dont own this, but you must pick up Machine Head, and In Rock as well as this collection!

5-0 out of 5 stars Some Older Songs, Some Newer Songs
This album explores the songs of the three major line-ups and clearly shows Purple's movement from Hammond-heavy songs to riff-crazy hard rock classics. Classics such as "Smoke on the Water" and "Hush" are found here along with lesser known gems such as "Kentucky Woman" and "Demon's Eye." There's something for everyone to like here. My only complaint is that the record label appears to think that The Very Best of Deep Purple just so happens to be their top hits, when I think that's quite the opposite. I don't doubt that every song from the Machinehead album that appears on this album belongs here, but why include "Woman From Tokyo?" Sure, it was a 70's hit, but it's also one of their least Purple songs; not at all indicative of their talent or style.

I think that it's significant that this cd ends with 1984's "Knocking at Your Back Door," since that's when Deep Purple put out their last great album. I know that's harsh, but it's significant for the new listener to be aware of this band's strong albums and weak albums. The ones following 1984's Perfect Strangers are really for hard core Deep Purple fans as they don't really feature memorable songs.

I would suggest that you start with "Made in Japan" and then move on to this cd. Purple is a great live act, then and now. Remember that this is just a beginner's guide, so to speak, to a very complex and ever changing band.

5-0 out of 5 stars Better than Deepest Purple
Overall, I think that this CD is better than Deepest Purple and When We Rock, We Rock and When We Roll, We Roll but this greatest hits compilation isn't quite perfect but I'm going to review it song by song.

Hush: Deep Purple's first hit released in the summer of '68 hitting the Top 5 on the American Billboard charts but this song isn't one of my favorites, it's a good psychedelic song but it isn't a great Deep Purple song. 4/5

Kentucky Woman: Despite the fact that this is only the single version but I think that this is a great song to listen to and it's one of the few remakes that I actually like better, that's something that I don't say too often, sadly for vocalist Rod Evans he left within a year later after recording this song. 5/5

Black Night: I don't know which album this song was off of but it's a really cool song, wish that it can be a little longer but this is the song that we get to hear Ian Gillan sing and hear Roger Glover play. 5/5

Speed King: Ian Gillan can really sing on this song and it rocks! 5/5

Child in Time: This is a good song and it's hard to believe that it's over 10 minutes long although it doesn't seem like it, believe it or not, they actually used the opening riffs from It's a Beautiful Day's Bombay Calling. 5/5

Strange Kind of Woman: I love this song and it's probably my favorite Deep Purple song from the pre-Machine Head albums, good catchy chorus. 5/5

Fireball: Great organ riffs by keyboardist Jon Lord, this song reminds me of the washing machine! 5/5

Demon's Eye: Although this song has a great chorus but this song isn't one of my all time favorites, it's still good. 4/5

Highway Star: When I first heard of this song on Dazed and Confused, I used to think that it was called Highway Storm, ain't that funny or what, this song is about fast cars. 5/5

Smoke on the Water: Despite how much airplay this song gets, this song has one of the best riffs in hard rock history, and this is also Deep Purple's most famous song. 5/5

Space Truckin': Another minor hit off of Machine Head but this song isn't one of my favorites. 4/5

Woman From Tokyo, Another one of the classic rock staples and this is a cool song, I like the fact that it goes in different directions, sadly vocalist Ian Gillan and Roger Glover would leave the band within a year or so later but this song is a classic. 5/5

Burn: Here we meet new vocalist David Coverdale (who would later go onto great success a decade later with Whitesnake) and new bassist Glenn Hughes, this is probably my favorite Purple song with David Coverdale on vocals. 5/5

Stormbringer: It is my understanding that guitarist Ritchie Blackmore was dissapointed by the album cause they didn't want to record a remake of a certain song that he liked and this song isn't nearly as good as Burn. 4/5

Knocking at Your Back Door: After almost a decade of Deep Purple breaking up, they got back together and recorded a strong Deep Purple album called Perfect Strangers. 5/5

If you're a casual Deep Purple fan you'll want this album and I wish that Deep Purple would make a double greatest hits album cause there are songs that I would want to hear on a compilation album like Mary Long, Mule, Mistreated, Sail Away, Gettin' Tighter, Perfect Strangers and Lazy, other Deep Purple albums that I would recommend is Machine Head.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff
This album Kicks As*! The title is right,it is THE BEST OF DEEP PURPLE. Its amazing how old this band is...Deep Purple is WAY before my time, but i still love them! If your just getting into Deep Purple, i suggest this CD.

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7. Complete Studio Recordings
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5-0 out of 5 stars Everything From The Greatest Rock Band And More.
I was truly AMAZED when I recieved this as A gift. This is the ultimate Zeppelin collection.

As you probably know, this box set contains: Led Zeppelin I,II & III, Zoso, Houses Of The Holy, Presence, Physical Graffiti, In Through The Out Door & Coda. Coda contains four bonus tracks. Each album is digitally re - mastered and sounds great.

This is also A whole lotta music for not A lotta cash. The box set is about 14 hours. This is A great value!

This is A must for all Zep fans.

You also get A book with A mini - biography, photos and all the track listings.

This box set contains every thing! All the hits ( Good Times, Bad Times, Stairway to Heaven, ect..) and much more. Sit back, relax and let Robert, Jimmy, JPJ and John B take you to the beginning of their legend.

5-0 out of 5 stars This box set is perfect in every way.
At college, a bunch of my CDs were stolen, including every Led Zeppelin CD I owned. My insurance replaced them within a week. I didn't own every Zeppelin album on CD, and I owned two of the pre-remastered editions. When I replaced them, I got this set to compensated for my stolen Zep. I could not be more pleased with the results of this box set. There are three great things about it that will be discussed here.

THE MUSIC: Every true rock fan knows the greatness of Led Zeppelin. Every song and album is a gem, and is essential to any music collection. Everyone has heard songs such as "Whole Lotta Love," "Stairway to Heaven," "The Song Remains the Same," and "Kashmir," to name a few. There are also many not so well known great tracks here, including "Achilles Last Stand," "In My Time of Dying," "All My Love," "Bron-Y-Aur Stomp," and "Black Mountain Side," to name a few. Plus, with the album Coda, you get bonus tracks unavailable anywhere else unless you buy the other two box sets, including the non-LP B-side "Hey Hey What Can I Do," the outtake "Baby Come On Home," and the excellent songs recorded for the BBC "Travelling Riverside Blues" and "White Summer/Black Mountain Side." Once you buy one Zeppelin album, you will want to buy more, and more, and more (just ask anyone), so you may as well get it all and more now instead of buying all the albums separately and wishing you had just bought all of them this way and also gotten the great bonus tracks. Plus, though not in the short run but definitely in the long run, it is cheaper to buy all the albums this way than to buy them separately, and this way, you get more for less.

THE SOUND: Having heard two of the albums before Jimmy Page himself took control and remastered them, I know from personal experience that the new sound shows a difference between night and day. Before, they sounded like a lot of old, unremastered CDs do, dull, not enough volume, and need improvement. Here every single track from start to finish sounds so fresh, almost as if it were recorded quite recently. It shows that Jimmy Page really cares about the fans, as there are many under 21 who are discovering or will discover Led Zeppelin, and fans from the time upgrading their music collection to CD, and the sound should be as sharp and "current sounding" as possible. And here, Jimmy Page not only satisfied himself, but also satisfied CD buyers everywhere with the incredible sounds coming off of these 10 discs.

THE PACKAGING: The way this box set is packaged is excellent. What exactly is on the cover of the box, I do not know, but it is cool. The lid of the box set fold up and can be pushed in so you can access the CDs right from your shelf without having to take the box off the shelf and disassemble it, which is quite convenient. Inside there are five hardcover books, each housing 2 CDs. In order for the packaging to work, the Presence album is coupled with Houses of the Holy in order to give the double Physical Graffiti its own book. But that doesn't matter, you can listen to the CDs in any order you want. Each of the books contain graphics of the original vinyl packaging, such as the six different covers (front and back) from In Through the Out Door, the turning wheel from III, all the inner sleeves, everything is here. There is also a very entertaining booklet, filled with a biography and plenty of pictures.

If you like Led Zeppelin at all, this is the way to go. All the studio albums with graphics of the original vinyl and as originally sequenced. Please take my advice, if you like Led Zeppelin, invest your money and buy this set. If you have any hesitations at all, it is very likely that you have friends that like Led Zeppelin. Listen to their copies of the ablums and find out for yourself. Even if you have to make sure that the investment is worth it, you will not be disappointed in the end. This is sure to provide you enjoyment for a long time to come.


5-0 out of 5 stars An incredible collection, worth every penny
I had been interested in Led Zeppelin before this set, but my knowledge was scattered and I was missing tons of their very best songs. When I got this collection I became hooked and now Zep is my favorite band. It introduced me to a whole lotta great songs. I've had several friends borrow it and they have all loved it as well. The bonus tracks are nice, and the packaging and cover art is excellent. A must for all fans, and its a great initiation for those who aren't old enough to have seen Led Zeppelin at their height (like me).

5-0 out of 5 stars Cover Art Too Small
How can I write a review that encompasses all of Led Zeppelin's studio material and not give 5 stars? This stuff is legendary. Nevertheless, I have something negative to say about this particular box set. Firstly, I think this box set has beautiful packaging, excellent photos etc. Also, this is a great way to buy all the studio albums and save some $$$. HOWEVER, the cover artwork was really designed to be presented on the 12" x 12" cover for a vinyl record. Many people would argue that the 5" x 5" jewel case booklet that comes with standard CDs is too small to really appreciate the covers of many of these albums. Here, the cover artwork gets even smaller, so there's a black area of unused CD case around the artwork. Other than this drawback, I highly recommend buying this box set.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent box set and cheap way to buy all of Zep's discs
Led Zeppelin's The Complete Studio Recordings which was released in September of 1993, is a great box set featuring all of the band's studio albums in one place instead of spending an extra $30 or so buying them individually. The real treat is Coda has four bonus tracks which were four of the five bonus tracks on the two separate Led Zeppelin box sets released in 1990 and 1993. The sound of the albums as a whole never sounded better, especially Presence and Led Zep III(two of my favorite albums of theirs). Also, the albums come with the original vinyl artwork and excellent liner notes courtesy of Cameron Crowe. The bonuses on Coda are Baby Come on Home(OK), Travelling Riverside Blues(excellent and was a rock radio hit in 1990 and MTV promoted the Zep box set when MTV was good), White Summer/Black Mountain Side and the long-lost B Side Hey Hey What Can I Do. This set is well worth the $100 price tag(10 CDs for over a $100, a bargain). Hugely recommended! ... Read more

8. Angel of Retribution (With Bonus DVD)
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This Judas Priest release includes a DVD with the 30 minute Reunited documentary that lays the ground work for first new music from the original lineup in 15 years.From the slow crescendo of guitar and a scream at the beginning, this new outing from the reformed and re-invigorated Priest states one thing very clearly:The band is back and ready to reclaim their crown as hard rock titans.The songs, production, and performances are all on par with classics such as British Steel and Screaming For Vengeance.And the album definitely makes references Priest’s past, from the opening screech of "Judas Is Rising" to more direct lyrical name-checking (Painkiller in "Demonizer" and Sad Wings of Destiny in "Angel").But there is a newer experimentation - a slower, darker streak - also evident on Halford’s underrated Crucible, that lets the listener know the band is not resting on its laurels.The is very evident on the 10 minute closer "Lock Ness", an epic on par with songs off Opeth’s masterful Deliverance.Make no mistake:The Metal Gods are definitely back. --Robert Arambel ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Good music, but the lyrics kill it
It is my belief that, during the 15 years or so since Priest went into hibernation and the underground bands (i.e. Nevermore) began gaining status, the metal community has so gotten used to intelligent songwriting and serious lyrics that anything too cornball will stick out like a sore thumb.
Listening to this after that elapsed time really wakes us up to just how bad Priest are lyrically. I even went back and listened to all their older stuff and my vision cleared: my god those are really lame lyrics! Embarrassingly bad, in fact, and I am surprised that this time around they didn't drop all the goofy "characters" and write something relevant and meaningful.
My expectations weren't ridiculously high for this outing, but I was hoping for some music along the lines of the well-crafted epics they are so clearly capable of (i.e. "The Sentinel"), but based on some of the music on offer they just slept through the songwriting process. "Deal with the Devil" has to be one of their lowest points both lyrically and musically; "Judas Rising" is a great powerful song and a perfect album opener, definitely a classic; I can appreciate what they were trying to do with "Loch Ness", which has some excellent doom-riffs straight out of Candlemass 101, and frankly it is better lyrically than most of the other pedestrian songs present, but I think Angel Witch would've probably done better with the subject matter.
Again, my expectations weren't high, but they sure slept through the creation of this album. A clear case of resting on laurels and knowing the fans will lap it up just because of what it is and not what it has.

5-0 out of 5 stars Priest shakes off the dust.
Yah, this is good stuff. It sounds like a first album of sorts (Rocka Rolla).
Only a couple of quiggles:
Sometimes the -double bass drums- can sound like a typewriter but it doesn't bother me, it's more of a trapping of the introduction of the digital-industrial age when drums were starting to be triggered on stage and it doesn't consume the album so priest obviously knows what they're doing. They might have been eq'd slightly lower but I can adjust the eq for that. Also, the -double base drums- sound a little rusty although not without expertise as Scott Travis is a leader HERE. It's best to concentrate on driving the music or the tempo more with it (circa Painkiller) instead of just splashing it over all of the music (Hellrider), although I really like Hellrider. That's a (...) issue allot of today's musicians do to compete with each other.

4-0 out of 5 stars Classic Metal? You bet your a**!
These guys have done an incredible job in this record! The energy is all over the place, strong songs, and Rob Halford's voice drives you nuts as always. His vocals are all over the place, even at his age, he does things that most singers in their 20's can only dream of.
The DVD is also very nice, the interviews and the concert clips are very enjoyable. They only thing I don't like is that some of the songs got cut off between the interviews.

Like good wine, it gets better with age...these guys have created a classic!

4-0 out of 5 stars Call For The Priest!
I just saw the Priest live at the Budokan last week and they rocked!!! The band still has the magic and Rob was hitting all the high notes! My only disappointment was that they did not play anything from Defenders, not even my fav "The Sentinel". Anyways, they played half the songs from this their new cd. Some reviewers are calling AOR one of their best and some reviewers are calling it crap. I think it's the best thing they have done since DOTF so I am giving 4 stars. I don't understand the people who are complaining that JP are just rehashing the same material. If they came out with something completely different those same people would probably say that JP sold out. I do agree that Lochness is a bit silly. I wonder who said "Hey, let's write a 13 minute song about the Lochness Monster!". Also, there are not as many classic trade-off solos between KK and Tipton. But the riffs still rock! My favorites are Judas Rising (Halford howls!), Worth Fighting For (nice chugging riff after the chorus), Wheels Of Fire (cool mid tempo rocker), Angel (good ballad), and Eulogy (classic old Priest). The other half of the album is not bad. I can't say this is one of the best Priest albums ever, but it is worth getting. Check them out live if you get the chance!

5-0 out of 5 stars Stellar Comback -- Unlike So Many Other Bands' Attempts
I felt compelled to write a review for this new Judas Priest release because I have a somewhat unbiased approach to the CD.Though I do like Judas Priest's music, I'm not one who would be identified as a fan.In much the same vein, I like metal music, but I'm more of a casual fan. So, I listened to this CD with an open mind, but with no real expectations.Having said that, I was blown away by "Angel of Retribution."I can't think of a better comeback release for a band.Many artists or groups, like my favorite--KISS, often fail to live up to the bar set by earlier releases.However, Judas Priest have returned with a stellar effort that is powerful, unique, and deserving of a place among the Priest catalogue.If you're interested in this CD, I recommend it highly, even for casual fans like me.Though there are a few (very few) weak spots (corny lyrics at times) this CD is one of the most complete and enjoyable releases to hit shelves in many years!It's great to have Judas Priest back, and it's even better to have them release a CD that will stand up against their classics! ... Read more

9. A Night at the Opera [Hollywood]
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Nothing succeeds like excess--at least that's the case with Queen's breakthrough classic, A Night at the Opera. On one level, the title is a reference to the band's operatic pretensions, best in evidence here on the classic "Bohemian Rhapsody," which was championed by headbangers a generation before being revived by the Wayne's World set. Of course, A Night at the Opera was also the title of a Marx Brothers movie, and the reference isn't lost on Queen, who seldom scaled the heights of pomprock without a knowing wink. The album is remembered for its meticulously produced bombast, but the truth is that there's a wide variety of material here, from the gorgeous piano-based "You're My Best Friend" and the McCartneyesque "39" to the music-hall-style "Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon" and the pedal-to-the-metal rockers "Death on Two Legs" and "I'm in Love with My Car." A Night at the Opera is viewed by most as the quintessential Queen album, and justifiably so. --Daniel Durchholz ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Another classic from the mighty Queen
Queen's fourth album A Night at the Opera was released in December of 1975. The album was the band's sink or swim album, if it flopped it would have been the end of Queen. Here is a track-by-track summary of the album. Death on Two Legs(Dedicated to...) kicks off the album in a hard rocking manner which was frontman Freddie Mercury's ode to an ex-management company whom treated the band like dirt. The vaudevillian sounding Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon follows and is great with its 1930s-ish sound and harmonized heavy metal guitar solo at the end is amazing. Drummer Roger Taylor's ode to the automobile I'm In Love With My Car follows and is a kick-ass rocker sung by Roger. The ballad You're My Best Friend follows and is a nice song written by bassist John Deacon for his wife Veronica(whom he is still married to today) and was a US Top 20 hit in the summer of 1976 peaking at #16. I love the melodies and harmony parts. Guitarist Brian May's '39 is a great skiffle (folk) song with Brian singing. The song is Queen's sci-fi song about a man who goes time travelling for a hundred years but comes back one year older. Musically sounds like an outtake from either The Beatles' Rubber Soul or a Kingston Trio album. Brian writes the next track, the rocker Sweet Lady which is a great hard rock track. Freddie's vaudevillian sounding Seaside Rendezvous ends the first half. Got to love those voice orhestrations from Roger and Freddie imitating horns. Brian's epic The Prophet's Song kicks off the second half in epic style and all I can say is WOW! The song was written while Brian was sick with the curable form of hepatitis and an ulcer. It's a great epic, superb vocals. Especially with Freddie's vocal solo which was pure genius. Freddie's Love of My Life follows and is a great song about a breakup. Brian's Good Company is next with Brian's jazz guitar orchestra, ukulele and vocals on this track kicking ass. Next is the album's biggest hit Bohemian Rhapsody. The song is Freddie's 6 minute magnum opus and a song unlike any in rock history. This song reached #9 in 1976 in the US but reached #2 in 1992 in the US when re-released because of Wayne's World. Brian's classic rendition of the British anthem God Save the Queen closes this masterpiece. When this album was released, it went to #4 in the US and became Queen's first million seller and has sold up to 3 million copies to date in the US alone. Highly recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars Flawless Compilation
A Night at the Opera is one of the most flawless albums ever put together by anyone... ever. It's a huge affair that is charming, operatic, rockin', progin', and even loveable.

The album opener is Death on Two Legs (9.5/10), a hateful yet awesome song with a cool guitar and bass riff about their former manager, followed by the silly (yet charming) Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon (7.5/10). I'm in Love With My Car (9/10) is a hard-rocker provided by Roger Taylor, whose voice is a nice contrast from Mercury's. You're My Best Friend (8/10) is a love song John Deacon wrote for his wife which has a very nice tune. '39 (7.5/10) is reminiscent of Paul McCartney, very country-ish song that is suprisingly sci-fi themed. Sweet Lady (9/10) another cool rocker, average, but great anyway. Seaside Randevouz (7.5/10) is much like Lazing on a Sunday afternoon, but maybe a bit better, except without the cool solo. The Prophet's song (10/10) is a huge, sprawling masterpiece which sports a long acapella in the middle, one of the finest songs ever cut, which melds well into the beautiful Love of My Life (9/10). Good Company (6.5/10) is the lowest point in the album for me, but it uses the ukele nicely. Bohemian Rhapsody is another huge-sprawling masterpiece, one of the best singles ever released by anyone, ever, using dozens of vocal tracks and the best pseudo-classical outro ever (excluding maybe Yes' Roundabout). The Closer "God Save The Queen" is a nice way to end the album, sort of like a calm after the storm of Bohemian Rhapsody.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
A lot of people are familiar with this one due to "Bohemian Rhapsody", but that's not the only good track to be found here! Just about every song on this album is very good, and the different songwriting styles of the band members are represented here. Queen is an "album band", not a "single band" -- each song is very different than the next, but they all have something to offer. Great album.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beyond classic
This is Queen's best career album.It is excellent from DEATH ON TWO LEGS all the way through GOD SAVE THE QUEEN.It is a must for any rock music fan collection.My favorites are the ballad LOVE OF MY LIFE(that should've been an American single),YOU'RE MY BEST FRIEND(which was),'39 and the epic masterpiece BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY.Another wonderful gem is the PROPHET's SONG which features some of the most amazing lyrics and enchanting vocals I've ever heard on a record.An A plus for the boys!

5-0 out of 5 stars Queen's proper launch to superstardom
Queen's fourth album A Night at the Opera was released in December of 1975. The album was the band's sink or swim album, if it flopped it would have been the end of Queen. Here is a track-by-track summary of the album. Death on Two Legs(Dedicated to...) kicks off the album in a hard rocking manner which was frontman Freddie Mercury's ode to an ex-management company whom treated the band like dirt. The vaudevillian sounding Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon follows and is great with its 1930s-ish sound and harmonized heavy metal guitar solo at the end is amazing. Drummer Roger Taylor's ode to the automobile I'm In Love With My Car follows and is a kick-ass rocker sung by Roger. The ballad You're My Best Friend follows and is a nice song written by bassist John Deacon for his wife Veronica(whom he is still married to today) and was a US Top 20 hit in the summer of 1976 peaking at #16. I love the melodies and harmony parts. Guitarist Brian May's '39 is a great skiffle (folk) song with Brian singing. The song is Queen's sci-fi song about a man who goes time travelling for a hundred years but comes back one year older. Musically sounds like an outtake from either The Beatles' Rubber Soul or a Kingston Trio album. Brian writes the next track, the rocker Sweet Lady which is a great hard rock track. Freddie's vaudevillian sounding Seaside Rendezvous ends the first half. Got to love those voice orhestrations from Roger and Freddie imitating horns. Brian's epic The Prophet's Song kicks off the second half in epic style and all I can say is WOW! The song was written while Brian was sick with the curable form of hepatitis and an ulcer. It's a great epic, superb vocals. Especially with Freddie's vocal solo which was pure genius. Freddie's Love of My Life follows and is a great song about a breakup. Brian's Good Company is next with Brian's jazz guitar orchestra, ukulele and vocals on this track kicking ass. Next is the album's biggest hit Bohemian Rhapsody. The song is Freddie's 6 minute magnum opus and a song unlike any in rock history. This song reached #9 in 1976 in the US but reached #2 in 1992 in the US when re-released because of Wayne's World. Brian's classic rendition of the British anthem God Save the Queen closes this masterpiece. When this album was released, it went to #4 in the US and became Queen's first million seller and has sold up to 3 million copies to date in the US alone. Highly recommended! ... Read more

10. Paranoid
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Though most of Black Sabbath's classic material from this album ("War Pigs," "Iron Man," "Fairies Wear Boots," and the title track) can also be found on the collection We Sold Our Soul for Rock & Roll, Paranoid is essential for the completist. One of the best albums from one of the bands to define heavy metal, this album is chock-full of the best stuff from Sabbath's Osbourne years. (Where else will you be able to hear "Rat Salad?") The music isn't exactly complex, but it doesn't need to be; its importance lies in its evocative power, with which any teenager will be able to identify. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Still unmatched after all these years
In 1969, Black Sabbath single-handedly created Heavy Metal with their self-titled debut album. And the people rejoiced and saw that it was good. "Let there be a follow-up", boomed the band members, and wangled a bank loan to take them back into the recording studio. And so, 'Paranoid' saw the light of day and remains to this day, one of the greatest Heavy Metal album of all time. It has everything. The guitar...well...look up 'Power' in the encyclopaedia and you'll find a picture of Tony Iommi playing his Gibson SG, There are lyrics depicting scenes of unparalleled misery and carnage ('War Pigs'), insanity ('Paranoid'), gothic terror ('Iron Man') and drug-induced hallucinations ('Fairies Wear Boots'). Importantly, there's a sense of humour that can sometimes be lacking in some metal acts (notably northern European ones). And how can you resist an album with songtitles like 'Rat Salad' and 'Hand of Doom' (this was 1970, remember). For my money, 'War Pigs' is the best metal song ever: long, slow, heavy, epic, beautiful. Ozzy is in fine form, heralding the imminence of our destruction with authority and panache. Sabbath made a whole string of top-flight albums in the 70s but Paranoid is the crispest. And has the best cover.

4-0 out of 5 stars Among Sabbath's best two or three albums
According to legend, an accident at work cost guitarist Tony Iommi the tips of the fingers on his right hand, and Iommi, being left-handed, had problems fretting the strings, so he loosened them, tuning down, and thus created the slow, sludgy sound that will forever be associated with Black Sabbath.

This is one of the best-known, and certainly most essential, heavy metal albums of all time, and it encapsules the essence of Black Sabbath in the early seventies, all gloom and doom and huge, heavy riffs. Black Sabbath's music is not as sophisticated as Led Zeppelin, or as cross-over friendly as Deep Purple and AC/DC with their big hooks and sing-along choruses, but this is what people mean when they talk about real heavy metal. Or maybe not, but if it isn't, it's because they don't know what they're talking about.

The title track off "Paranoid" was by far Sabbath's biggest hit, peaking (if I remember correctly) at #4, but it's not really very typical of the band's sound. "Paranoid" (the song) is much faster and more traditional in its arrangement than most Sabbath songs, including the grand "War Pigs" and the deliciously macabre "Iron Man".

If you just want the very best of the classic Ozzy Osbourne-era, get the excellent retrospective "Symptom of the Universe: The Original Black Sabbath (1970-1978)". But if you want to delve deeper, this is a must-have, and one of the very first Black Sabbath albums you should buy.

4-0 out of 5 stars awesome
Try as I might, I don't think I'll ever be a metalhead. I may be pi$$ed about certain things that frustrate me in my life, but I don't think I'll ever be that angry (in fact, I can turn happy-go-lucky insanely fast when five seconds ago I was in a violent rage), but it can't stop me from enjoying some metal music. I like all sorts of music, and metal is one of my favorite genres, and Paranoid, one of the first metal albums ever, is awesome in my book, and it starts out with one of the greatest, if not THE greatest, song of all-time.....

1. War Pigs 100/10 How people could consider the title track a classic over this monster boggles my mind (even though the title track is great). From the slow, vast intro, to the hi-hat tapping and Ozzy's opening operatic vocals, to the ass-kicking riffage and soloing, to the mindblowing outro, you can wait and wait for this song to get boring and it never will, and I'm not even a hardcore metal fan. Speaking of the outro, as if the rest of the song isn't amazing, the outro is incredibly powerful, and gives me goosebumps every time I hear it, beginning with a simple arpeggiated chord progression, coming to four climatic riffs, and a crushingly beatiful haunting, dark, but faintly hopeful riff to finish it off, topped by what has to be Iommi's best solo. I'm not sure if it will stay this way, but for now this is definately my vote for the best rock song EVER

2. Paranoid 7/10 A good song, but I think it's a bit overrated, especially after the religious experience of the previous track. But its lyrics I can definiately relate to when I'm frustrated and bored and just out of it.

3. Planet Caravan 10/10 Many people don't like this track, but it's dark, vast, slow, and haunting (i like stuff like that). Iommi also has a phenomenal jazzy solo for an outro, coupled with piano chords. All I can say is this must sound amazing stoned....

4. Iron Man 8/10 When I first heard this track, I was an Ozzy novice. Seeing him all out of it on MTV and hearing the computerized "I am IRON MAN!", I just thought it was kind of corny, but listening to it it's one awesome track, but not as good as WP. The speeding up for the solo was a great twist, something which Sab does often and makes them great. The outro soloing is amazing as well.

5. Electric Funeral 8/10 Wowwowwowewohhhhhh! The deep rumble of the opening notes definately sounds like the thunder of Armaggedon, which is basically what this song is about. I personally think it sounds scarier live, the song gets scarier as it progress to an almost jig-like beat with Ozzy's Cold-War era nuclear war lyrics slamming you in the face.

6. Hand of Doom 10/10 Sabbath epic #3 on this album, dealing with the mad drug addiction of a crazed Vietnam veteran, starts with a slow bass riff, which progresses into the album's first actual chorus, before kinda randomly going into a totally new jam with Ozzy's anti-drug rants, "But you, you know you must be blind...", it keeps progressing and surpising you, until the fantastic solo, and finishing out with slow dark lyrics of the painful death of the addict. Best song on the album except for War Pigs.

7. Rat Salad 5/10 I don't really like instrumentals, but if I do listen to them, I'll listen to Metallica's, and not this. It does feature an awesome drum solo that just goes to show you what a phenomenal drummer Bill Ward is, as if you couldn't pick that up with his primal pounding on the previous tracks. It also features what sounds like a jazzier improvization on Hand of Doom's solo.

8. Fairies Wear Boots 9/10 What a weird song. I don't like the lyrics because they really are CORNY, but I guess if you're doing drugs, you will write crazy stuff like that. The power of the track is in the awesome riffage and soloing on the part of Iommi, and bassist Geezer Butler and Bill Ward continue to pound out awesome rhythms. It kind of ends with an anticlimax which is dissappointing: they should of finished with something epic and powerful like the way Metallica's "Creeping Death" finished, something that stays with you a long time, but its still great.

All in all, I'm not a nut about this album like metalheads are, but this is awesome, and even if you hate tracks 2 through 8, buy it for War Pigs, you won't be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Started the Heavy Metal Era
All discussion aside, this is without a doubt the greatest album in metal history. Never since Black Sabbath has any metal band revolutionized rock music so much. Toni Iommi, the god of heavy metal guitar, is in his prime on this album, with some of his fastest and heaviest riffs ever, even with two butchered fingers. Ozzy Osbourne, revered as the Godfather of Modern Metal, is awesome here, seeing as no one could sing songs like these as well as the Ozzman himself did. Bill Ward truly rocks on this album, even having his own drum solo. And last, bust CERTAINLY not least, Geezer Butler, possibly the greatest bassist to ever grace the world of music, proves himself nowhere else better than on Paranoid, the primier heavy metal band's second musical effort.

1) War Pigs - This is Black Sabbath's best song, bar none. Absolutely breathtaking. 11/10

2) Paranoid - One of the rare moments when a filler becomes a band's most popular song ever. Short and sweet, this song never gets old. 10/10

3) Planet Caravan - I used to hate this song, but now i listen to it just as much as the others. A very underrated tune, this bizarre smoothe rocker displays some of Geezer's best work. Try the Pantera cover as well. 8/10

4) Iron Man - One of the heaviest, doomiest, and catchy of any Sabbath tune. Awesome distorted guitar, fast bass playing, clever drumming, vocals, everything on this track is sure to please any metalhead. 10/10

5) Electric Funeral - Starts off as a slow, sludgy, doomsday song, then slowly transitions into a quick and powerful blues/jazz tune. Good stuff. 9/10

6) Hand of Doom - Probably my second favorite Sabbath song. One of the few songs ever in which the bass does a good job at carrying the song, especially for 7 minutes. An incredibly underrated track, this, like many other Black Sabbath songs, is overlooked for either its meaning, length, or some other excuse. Listen closely, this song holds an important message. 11/10

7) Rat Salad - A 2 and a half minute instrumental, 45 seconds being a talented drum solo. Sort of a tribute to John Bonham's Moby Dick on Led Zeppelin II. 8/10

8) Fairies Wear Boots - The album closes with a big bang with the jazz-inspired 'Fairies Wear Boots'. Kind of a funny song about the perils of drug addiction. Awesome song. 9/10

Average - Exactly 9.5/10 (5 stars)

If you do not own this album, you should be ashamed for calling yourself a Black Sabbath fan. This album proves that all good music will stand the test of time. Buy this album. It's that simple. You won't regret it, I promise.

Peace, everyone, and keep rockin'.

5-0 out of 5 stars A landmark in heavy metal
Black Sabbath's Paranoid album is not only the band's finest hour but also one of the best heavy metal albums ever produced. Although there were many great moments on their first five albums, Paranoid is their only release that is fantastic from beginning to end. Also worth noting is that Paranoid, with the exception of AC/DC's Back In Black, is the best metal album ever recorded where the songs are based on heavy memorable riffs.

How great are the tracks here? Three of the greatest heavy metal songs ever, "War Pigs", "Iron Man", and the title track are all present here with the latter two being the band's only Top 100 hits. Lead singer Ozzy Osbourne still performs all of these songs regularly whether it's with his solo band or with Black Sabbath on the Ozzfest tours. "War Pigs" is arguably one of the greatest anti-war tracks recorded, which is astounding since these issues were typically touched on more by singer/songwriters like Bob Dylan and Neil Young than bands of their genre. "Iron Man" is still one of the coolest guitar riffs ever recorded and along with the title track still receives generous airplay on classic rock radio. Amazingly, the rest of the album is very strong as well. The tracks "Electric Funeral" and "Hand Of Doom" both feature slow memorable riffs in the chorus and verses and then go into killer jams during the middle of the track. The instrumental "Rat Salad" is also excellent, carried by Bill Ward's underrated energetic drumming. The heavy shuffle of "Fairies Wear Boots" and the moody "Planet Caravan" are also great tracks. This is also their most influential album as Paranoid encouraged literally thousands of teenagers to pick up a guitar and later form heavy metal bands. You can still hear this influence in many of today's heavy bands like Staind and Disturbed. An essential album for all heavy metal fans. Highly recommended. ... Read more

11. Prince of Darkness
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Not entirely a career retrospective and decidedly not a vault raid that reveals the junk in the trunk, this four-disc collection chronicles Ozzy’s hot-burnt and all-too-brief Blizzard Of Ozz and Diary Of A Madman post-Black Sabbath era with Randy Rhoads and also the long road the Ozzman traveled in search of a guitarist that could ever come close to matching his late friend’s creative spark. Listening to material from albums such as Bark At The Moon and The Ultimate Sin reveals that even when Osbourne wasn’t flying all that high musically he did keep evolving and, in the often risk averse world of heavy metal, he often took chances that could have potentially alienated core fans ("Thank God For The Bomb" reveals that Ozzy may care about the planet but he doesn’t possess the same knack for politics as Bob Dylan) but made them embrace him even more. He managed to hit another career high with guitarist Zakk Wylde and the No More Tears album which provides some of the second disc’s finest moments. ("Mama I’m Coming Home" proves one of the underrated balladeer’s most poignant moments.) But the back end of this collection shines as much as its front with a disc that compiles various collaborative efforts, including a tussle with Miss Piggy on "Born To Be Wild" and a strange detour with Was (Not Was) on "Shake Your Head (Let’s Go To Bed)." The real gem is the fourth platter which finds Ozzy covering some of his favorite tunes from the past, including a moving and wholly accurate reading of John Lennon’s "Working Class Hero," a song that almost seems to have been written with Osbourne in mind. Ozzy may be the prince of darkness but he’s also the king of heavy metal and this set demonstrates, once more, exactly why. -- Jedd Beaudoin ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars a major disappointment, a rip off
i was so excited when i heard ozzy was releasing a box set, but what a waste of money, its a glorified version of "the essential ozzy osbourne"...if you are thinking about buying this box set, DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY!...if you really like ozzy i suggest just getting the essential ozzy osbourne, its the same good songs without all the crappy filler tracks you'd pay for if you get the box set

1-0 out of 5 stars Ozzy, please get some help
Oh, and leave Sharon while there is still 5 or so years left in your life. I know, I know, you love Sharon. We have all heard you mumble those words (albit hard to decifer) a few hundred times. This box set proves it.
Most fans don't need to hear remakes of songs that are true hard rock classics. Mississippi Queen? That might be the worse thing Ozzy has ever done. I think a box set can serve 2 different purpuses. 1, So casual fans don't need to go out and buy every CD or (2) to give hardcore fans a bunch a stuff they can't get anywhere else. This does neither.
Years ago Ozzy used to represent everything that is good in hard rock and heavy metal. I remember parents of other kids not letting them have Ozzy Osbourne records. 2005, Ozzy is not a harm to anyone, but himself and reading in the box set book that He talks down about Ronnie James Dio, I'm sure he will lose any true fans he may still have. Poll... # of Dio albums that have kicked as in the last 10 years?4, maybe 5. # of Ozzy albums that any true fans cared about. A big fat ZERO. So that is what Ozzy has resorted to. Fans arn't as stupid as they were in 1995. When you talk down to the true god of metal, they will turn their back on you. Sorry, Ozzy you did this to yourself. If you can put out a good album in the next 2 years you may have a chance to redeem yourself, but Sharon won't let that happen.

5-0 out of 5 stars Prince Of Darkness does it again
I have been a big fan of Ozzie Osbourne since i can rember. And, the Prince of Darkness aimed to please. From start to finish this album gives the oz fan just what they want. From it numerous live performances, its demo versions of the songs that everyone knows and loves, to it duets with Kelly Osbourne, DMX, and dirty Bastard. From start to finish it's an ultimate insight into the music made famous by the oz man. If your looking for the best Ozzie Osbourne album, look no further.

3-0 out of 5 stars Worth it - just for the remastered/alt takes of a few songs
This boxed set was on sale locally for $32 and change, including a buy-one-get-one-free ticket to Ozzfest (inside the original packaging), so it nets out at about $17 if you're going to Ozzfest- for 4 CD's! In the huge booklet, Ozzy himself laments that much has been redone again and again, but here it is in excellent quality audio at least. The versions of 'Crazy Train' and 'You Can't Kill Rock and Roll' are easily the best on record, as is the live 'Flying High Again.' Geezer's bass work sounds better than ever on these mixes- see if you can tell him from Mike Inez! The bands on this set are the finest studio and road units ever associated with Osbourne over 2-plus decades. So, the covers are mostly a drag but 'Workingman's Hero' is quite moving. The track with Crystal Method and the rappers takes a while to sink in- it's extremely weird but really well done. A lot of creative effort went into this set so save your cryin' and whinin'- throw out discs 3-4, if you want, and call it a bargain!

5-0 out of 5 stars ROCKS
I almost didn't buy Prince of Darkness because of some of the other negative reviews. You have to be totally brain dead not to love this new Ozzy set of music.Especially Symphony for the Devil, gone is the cacophony of the original Rolling Stones recording, step aside and let Lucifer do his thing, in this marvelous Ozzy rendition. And what about Ms. Piggy-Born to be Wild never had it this good. This set Rocks, and Rocks even more. There is a great deal of new Ozzy music in this set, and so what if you have some different renditions of his older music, they still shake the house down. ... Read more

12. How The West Was Won
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For a band with such an overarching legacy, the official record of Led Zeppelin's legendary--and unpredictable--live act has heretofore been poorly represented by the disappointing, scattershot soundtrack to The Song Remains the Same. But this triple-disc live set (culled from 1972 Long Beach/LA shows in advance of Houses of the Holy) addresses history with a vengeance, if a few decades late. These shows have rightfully assumed cult status in the bootleg market, showcasing a band at the peak of its creative and performing powers. Zep faithful will welcome the belated release as evidence for enduring loyalty, but younger fans may find its diversity and dynamics even more enlightening--indeed, whole careers have since been built on the musical ideas Jimmy Page and company toss off here as decorative filler. Crucially rooted in the amped-and-hammered American blues of the guitarist's former band, the Yardbirds, the marathon workouts of"Dazed and Confused" and "Whole Lotta Love" (which consume nearly an hour all by themselves) somehow encompass Ricky Nelson, Morocco, James Brown, Holst,Elvis Presley, and Muddy Waters amidst their trademark sturm und drang, while the acoustic set that closes out disc one showcases the band's--and particularly Robert Plant's--good-natured, crypto-Celtic folk appeal with energetic aplomb. Bigger and brasher than just about any rock act that followed in its historic wake, yet ever fan-loyal to its myriad influences, Led Zeppelin's live juggernaut finally gets the monument it deserves. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A LIVE CLASSIC
The Who had LIVE AT LEEDS and The Stones had GET YER YA YA'S OUT. LED ZEPPELIN has released the ultimate live recording, HOW THE WEST WAS WON. The three disc set starts with LA DRONE and 14 seconds later IMMIGRANT SONG blasts from the speakers followed immediately by HEARTBREAKER and BLACK DOG. ROBERT PLANT introduces OVER THE HILL AND FAR AWAY and PAGE begins to play the delicate beginnings of the song. JOHN BONHAM'S drums have never sounded more powerful and lift each song to another level. SINCE I'VE BEEN LOVING sounds strong but the real highlights on disc one(in my opinion)are STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN and GOING TO CALIFORNIA. Disc one closes with THAT'S THE WAY and BROY-YR-AUR STOMP. Disc two starts with A 25 minute version of DAZED AND CONFUSED and then into excellent versions of WHAT IS AND WHAT SHOULD NEVER BE and DANCING DAYS. Disc 2 closes with a 19 minute version of MOBY DICK with JOHN BONHAM in top form. JOHN BONHAM'S drum sound like thunder throughout the three disc set. Disc 3 begins with WHOLE LOTTA LOVE and then into ROCK AND ROLL and THE OCEAM. BRING IT ON HOME closes disc 3. The music sounds great, the musicianship is top notch with PLANT and PAGE in great form. JOHN PAUL JONES is an excellent musician as well and adds mandolin, keyboards and bass to the mix. I heard JIMMY PAGE live in 1977 with LED ZEPPELIN and again in 1986 with THE FIRM. Hearing his guitar on the three disc set brought back memories of those concerts I saw in Oklahoma City. My only complaint is the packaging. There is no booklet and no photos, just a brief statement from JIMMY PAGE about HOW THE WEST WAS WON. I highly recommend this
three CD set. I will be purchasing the DVD in the very near future.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bootlegs aside - this is Led Zeppelin's best live recording
No comparison. "How The West Was Won" released by Atlantic in 2002 puts "The Song Remains The Same" (1976) to shame. Page, Plant, Jones & Bonham are all in top form.

WHAT YOU GET: 17 songs on 3 discs - that probably could have fit on 2 discs - recorded in 1972 from shows at California's LA Forum and Long Beach Arena. OK - there are really 18 tracks listed, but I'm not including the 14 second waste of an opening track "LA Drone". 17 songs compared to "Ths Song Remains The Same" and it's 9 tracks. Better, tho not superior sound quality (remember this is 1972). Great song selection tho I must say that only one song ("Dazed & Confused") is featured from Led Zep's brilliant 1st album; 5 songs from Led Zep II; 4 songs from Led Zep III; 4 songs from Led Zep IV; and tho not released yet, 3 songs ("The Ocean", "Over The Hills & Far Away" and "Dancing Days") are featured from their soon to be released "Houses Of The Holy". Anyone else notice how quiet the audience was after these songs ended? You get 4 marathon songs with "Moby Dick", "Whole Lotta Love", "Bring It On Home" and "Dazed & Confused"... each containing some medleys within (assorted early rock covers, blues, and a small taste of "The Crunge").

WHAT YOU DON'T GET: No expansive liner notes (what they give you is the bare minimum here), no history or roots of the band, no booklet with cool pictures. The song selection is top notch, but for me personally I miss some of the stuff from Zep's debut (even the really short songs like "Good Times Bad Times", or "Communication Breakdown" would have been cool), as well as from Zep's second "Ramble On" or "Thank you". The ONLY song I miss from "The Song Remains The Same" is "Celebration Day" - this was probably my favorite song from this one.

Overall a great recording and a definite must-buy for even the slightest of Led Zeppelin fans and any rock & roll fan who grew up in the 1970's. Essential? Hell yes.

5-0 out of 5 stars "The Best Live Recording"
This is Led Zeppelin's Long Beach/LA performences at describes Jimmy Page their peek of their career doing their best. You hear a variety of songs that everyone just loves. I like hearing Dancing Days, and The Ocean live as well as the twenty minute Dazed And Confused. This is the best live recording out their. This has been bootlegged for so many years being a crappy recording until this three disc set came out this crappy recording turned out to be a masterpiece. This is the best live recording Led Zeppelin had...... worth 100 stars.

5-0 out of 5 stars You Can't Get Any Better Than This
First off, I have no beef with The Song Remains The Same, so don't throw your copy of it away (contrary to what one reviewer said). But the title of my review basically says it, this 3-disc set and the 2 DVD set are the greatest Led Zeppelin releases ever, outside of the albums of course. Both HTWWW and the DVD set capture Led Zeppelin at their finest. Any Zep fan would love this collection beacuse you've got all of the classics (before 1973) here, and you get to hear versions of songs from their fifth straight great album (Houses of the Holy) before they were put on tape. Now I think I need to address a few issues that other reviewers have brought up. First of all, "Dazed and Confused" is NOT too long, the problem is that you all who say that have been raised in a world of 3 to 5 minute songs that are so full of hooks that there's no real music. As a result, your attention spans aren't long enough to tolerate improvisation. Same with "Moby Dick", you all just can't handle a song more than 5 minutes long. Also, I see many comments that Jimmy Page's guitar playing was really sloppy. Being a guitar player, I'd have to disagree. It takes a lot of technical ability to play the guitar parts to Zeppelin songs (try looking at the tabs). The audio quality is also pretty good considering its over 30 years old and the mixing is pretty good, there's nobody that's invisible in the mix. As for my favorites, probably "Heartbreaker", "Black Dog", "Over The Hills...", "Since I've Been Loving You", "Stairway To Heaven", "That's The Way", "Dazed and Confused", "Moby Dick", "Whole Lotta Love" (gotta love the good old rock standards), and "Bring It On Home." I'm also happy to see that they've credited Willie Dixon on "Whole Lotta Love" and "Bring It On Home" (although I wasn't too upset that they didn't on the original album). The great thing about this album is that it captures the sheer power of Zeppelin on stage. If you haven't already...BUY THIS! And while we're at it...BUY THE DVD!!

On a side note, someone said that Zeppelin made "arena rock" famous. The problem is, Zeppelin wasn't arena rock. Sure they played in big arenas, but arena rock was made by the likes of Genesis, Journey, Peter Frampton, all those people, whose music and lyrics were incredibly generic and had no real depth to them. Can't say that about LZ, can you?

5-0 out of 5 stars Can't go wrong with live LZ
This is what a live abum should be. The playing is excellent and most of the songs are performed at least a little bit different from the studio versions. Who wants the same thing you can get from a studio album when a studio album desn't have the applause, and doesn't suffer from the lesser sonic quality inherent in a live set? Actually the remastering is excellent. Jimmy Page pumped up the bass here like he did on Coda so you can better hear the drummer John Bonham, here in his prime. Several of the songs are here extended into fuller forms. Dazed and Confused, Moby Dick, and Whole Lotta Love all are about 20 minutes. The guitar solo in Heartbreaker is drawn out to the point of improvisation and the performace of Stairway to Heaven is truly breathtaking (though I prefer the version included on the self titled DVD). First timers to live Led Zeppelin will be a little put-off by the tone the 12 string electric guitar gives to the beginning of Stairway to Heaven, though (changing from an acoustic 12 string to an electric 6 string apparently took too much time for it to be feasable on stage in the middle of a song, dang). This is actually a compilation of the best from two separate concerts. Discs 1 and 2 are filled about to the 70 minute mark, while disc 3 is filled to the 50 minute mark to avoid repeating songs from the other show is my guess. My only complaint is the track arrangement. Discs 2 and 3 both have 4 tracks but if you want to skip either of the 20 minute Dazed and Cofused, Moby Dick or Whole Lotta Love, you only have a few minutes left of shorter songs. I would have preferred an arrangement of the 3 longer tracks on disc 2 and the 5 shorter tracks on disc 3. It would have a better playability. ... Read more

13. Classic Queen
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5-0 out of 5 stars Hottest hard rock hits by Queen themselves!
Essentially, this 17-track album compilation picking up the story and taking it to the end of Queen's career. But the collection also contains a few tracks like "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Under Pressure" that appeared on that first set, as well as a couple "Stone Cold Crazy" and "Tie Your Mother Down" from the same era. The remaining 12-tracks culled from The Works, A Kind of Magic, The Miracle and Innuendo Queen's own albums. Represent songs that were not big hits in the US. Nevertheless with a resurgence of interest in Queen and the second coming of "Bohemian Rhapsody"courtesy of Wayne's World 1992's motion picture film soundtrack. This album on CD returned Queen to platinum status and the US Top Five for the first time since the early eighties!

3-0 out of 5 stars Classic?!?! Not in my book...
not enough early Queen, IMHO, and way too much late '80s Queen. Plus, almost all the hits are on the GH album.

Maybe the record company thought if they FORCED us to listen to the later stuff, we'd like it. I don't. Just too much unknown crap. Of course, the songs that ARE good are GREAT... so it gets three stars. But it ain't Classic.

5-0 out of 5 stars Freddie And The Boys Put The Class in Classic Rock
Freddie Mercury had one of the most beutiful and versatile voices in all of Rock history. From Opera to balls-to-the-wall Heavy Metal to syrupy ballads, Freddie could sing them all with seemingly boundless energy and gusto. He was a brilliant live performer (who literally stole the show at a little thing called Live Aid} and all around showman, sort of like Mick Jagger crossed with Liberace. The thing I really like about this album is that it spotlights their underrated 80's period. They were never favorites of rock music critics but they were really getting unfairly trashed for this very material at the time. In America, their career started to slide around '85 or '86, although their international popularity was at an all time high. A few 70's classics are peppered in here for flavoring, but the album belongs to the 80's and their final recordings in the early 90's.
Some of these songs are heartbreaking as Freddie must have known he was running out of time here on earth as he sang them. "Who Wants To Live Forevor", "These Are The Days Of Our Lives" and finally "The Show Must Go On" are written by a man in touch with the fragility of his own mortality and are emotionally heightened by Freddie's otherworldly vocals and the band's always on point playing. Songs like "Hammer to Fall", "Headlong" and "One Vision" are overlooked hard rock masterpieces. Rest in peace Freddie. We will not see the likes of you ever again. Thanks for all the great music and all the great live shows. You were a giant among pygmies.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Classic Hits
"Classic Queen" is a compilation of some of Queen's greatest hits from 1973-1991. Though majority of these tracks were originally released after their US downfall, which began in 1984. However, they remained monsterous up to the time of Freddie Mercury's unfortunate death in 1991. The high musical quality of these featured tracks released between 1986-1991 should have placed them at a higher US ranking than before. This album shows that the US wrongfully missed out on a lot of Queen classics during that period. Despite the track selection for this album, this includes what many critics have hailed as their greatest single in the 1970's, "Bohemian Rhapsody". This album release and the film "Wayne's World" influenced the 1992 re-release, which caused many to headbang during the heavy rocking part in their cars. This proves that they never lost their influence through the years.

They prove that they continued to evolve greatly as artists from the beginning ("Tie Your Mother Down") to the end ("The Show Must Go On"). Their combination of hard rock, experimental rock, pop, and opera continues to astonish listeners to this day. Their experimentation in particular other genres kept them at their best. Freddie Mercury's voice continued to grow bigger and more intense through the years. Such amazing talent makes him one of the greatest rockers in music history, in fact, one of the few rockers with actual vocal talent. Brian May's guitar talents remain amazing and hard to miss. John Deacon's bass performance and Roger Taylor's drum performance are also great. Such writing and performing talents rightfully place them as one of the most influencial rock acts in musical history. Their final hit single "The Show Must Go On" is a great way to end this album as it closes a piece of rock history. It expresses how they'll be recognized in the future, though not Queen's intention.

"Classic Queen" is the essential album for all hardcore Queen fans. This is sure to please many listeners. Fans of this album should also buy their 1992 release "Greatest Hits", which compilates their releases from 1974-1984. Such combination makes for a great musical experience.

2-0 out of 5 stars latest songs
I think that if they call it a classic queen, it's supposed to be a double compilation. Because it's missing a lot of early songs. Such as Fat bottomed girls, We will rock you, We are the champions, or Somebody to love. And the list goes on and on. I would call this compilation "Queen's later hits", or something like that. Better get their first album or jazz. ... Read more

14. Early Days & Latter Days: 1 & 2
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Full Title - Early Days & Latter Days - The best of Volumes One and Two. This special two-disc set captures thelegendary power of Led Zeppelin's finest moments in acollection of 23 classic tracks selected by Jimmy Pagehimself. As if that weren't enough, Early Days Volume oneincludes a never-before-heard live version of'Communication Breakdown' recorded circa 1969. Latter DaysVolume two is enhanced with never-before-seen performancefootage of 'Kashmir' filmed at London's Earl Court back in1975. 2 standard jewel cases housed in a slipcase. Atlantic. 2002. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Gods of Rock
Okay many may wonder why i gave this such a high rating. yes the albums are better because Led Zeppelin was a band that could not release a greatest hits albums because they had so many of them. I still give it five stars (particarly Early Days) because these cds got my into Zeppelin in the first place. Before buying them, the only songs i new they had done were Kashmir, Stairway to Heaven, and Rock and Roll. And yes i am 17 so i grew up around rap and hip hop fans. That is until i discovered classic rock on the radio. I bought this mainly because of Stairway and Kashmir.Now after being a Led-Head for over two years I've already bought several of the albums. But if your new to Zeppelin or never heard of them (e.g. my girlfriend) these are a great way to introduce the GREATEST ROCK BAND IN HISTORY. For fans of the band i recommend Led Zeppelin II, Led Zeppelin IV, Houses of the Holy, and How The West Was Won. And you absolutly CANNOT forget to purchase the new DVD (not The Song Remains the Same) Or if you have the money just go out and buy the ten-disc set.

3-0 out of 5 stars get the remasters
I would recommend the two-disc version of the remasters, since the song choice on this collection is pretty deficient. My other complaint is the short length of the CDs. Finally, virtually ALL of Led Zeppelin's music has stood the test of time, and so there is no reason to separate eras (for example, "D'yer Mak'er" from 1973 sounds very good alongside "Fool in the Rain" from 1979). Using all available 80 minutes, the following would be MY recommendation for best two-cd collection of the best of Led Zeppelin:

Disc One:
1. Whole Lotta Love
2. Immigrant Song
3. Misty Mountain Hop*
4. Heartbreaker*
5. Living Loving Maid*
6. Communications Breakdown
7. Rock and Roll
8. Houses of the Holy
9. Black Dog
10. Nobody's Fault But Mine
11. The Ocean*
12. Since I've Been Loving You
13. Dazed and Confused
14. In the Evening
15. Kashmir

Disc Two:
1. Stairway to Heaven
2. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You
3. Going to California*
4. Over the Hills and Far Away*
5. Hey Hey What Can I Do*
6. Your Time is Gonna Come*
7. Ten Years Gone
8. Ramble On*
9. Down by the Seaside*
10. What Is and What Should Never Be
11. Trampled Underfoot
12. Dancing Days*
13. D'yer Mak'er*
14. Fool in the Rain*
15. All My Love

This would be the most memorable three to five songs from every record (counting "Hey Hey What Can I Do" is a b-side from Led Zep III) except 'Presence', the band's undisputed low point - and the songs in this running order sound quite coherent.

5-0 out of 5 stars I'm dazed and confused
I like these CD's. Led Zeppelin are good guys.

4-0 out of 5 stars Needs more songs!
Overall, this is a good best-of CD for Led Zeppelin. I wouldn't leave out or change this CD at all but add more. I was expecting "Ramble On" and "Over the Hills and Far Away" and many other great Zeppelin songs to be included on this compilation.

5-0 out of 5 stars A GREAT CD
I have a lot of Zeppelin in my collection: I have BOTH the 4 and 2 CD set, "How The West Was Won", "BBC Sessions", "The Song Remains The Same" (Very unappreciated, but brilliant CD (Except No "Black Dog")), "Physical Grafitti" and "House Of The Holy", so I know Led Zeppelin. This is a great CD, it concentrates on their best work, which is "Zep 1" thru "Physical Grafitti", with a few extras like "In The Evening" thrown in. Does it mean that this CD is perfect? No, I would have had "Heartbreaker" and "Living Loving Maid" on it, but there are no weak songs from it such as "Candy Store Rock" or "Hats Off To Roy Harper", or material from "Coda". As for the "COMPLETE studio package. it does NOT included "The Song Remains The Same", so right off the bat it is INCOMPLETE, not to mention the fact that Zeppelin did some bad songs (Everyone does), so it is a waste of money. As for this CD, if you are new to Zeppelin, or would like some Zep to listen to, with NO changing of songs (Like in the gym or in the car), you should get this CD. ... Read more

15. Angel Of Retribution
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This Judas Priest release includes a DVD with the 30 minute Reunited documentary that lays the ground work for first new music from the original lineup in 15 years.From the slow crescendo of guitar and a scream at the beginning, this new outing from the reformed and re-invigorated Priest states one thing very clearly:The band is back and ready to reclaim their crown as hard rock titans.The songs, production, and performances are all on par with classics such as British Steel and Screaming For Vengeance.And the album definitely makes references Priest’s past, from the opening screech of "Judas Is Rising" to more direct lyrical name-checking (Painkiller in "Demonizer" and Sad Wings of Destiny in "Angel").But there is a newer experimentation - a slower, darker streak - also evident on Halford’s underrated Crucible, that lets the listener know the band is not resting on its laurels.The is very evident on the 10 minute closer "Lock Ness", an epic on par with songs off Opeth’s masterful Deliverance.Make no mistake:The Metal Gods are definitely back. --Robert Arambel ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Classic Metal? You bet your a**!
These guys have done an incredible job in this record! The energy is all over the place, strong songs, and Rob Halford's voice drives you nuts as always. His vocals are all over the place, even at his age, he does things that most singers in their 20's can only dream of.
The DVD is also very nice, the interviews and the concert clips are very enjoyable. They only thing I don't like is that some of the songs got cut off between the interviews.

Like good wine, it gets better with age...these guys have created a classic!

3-0 out of 5 stars Nice To Have Priest Back, But Hope For Better Next Album
Been living with the new Priest album for a couple months. Feel the same way about it that I felt about Maiden's Brave New World: A few really great numbers, but just not up to snuff.

Judas Rising: Not to keen on the heavier numbers on the album. That being said, this is the best of those and a really good rocker. Always wondered what happened to the Sad Wings of Destiny angel....

Deal With The Devil: The Priest I know and love! Love the look back at their rise to stardom. One of my faves. Sound like it could've come off Defenders OfThe Faith album.

Revolution: Great follow up to Take On All The World and United. A bit on the repetitive side, but thoroughly enjoyable.

Worth Fighting For: As far as I'm concerned, THE track of the album. My fave hands down. Great imagery and also a great sequel to Desert Plains. Always wondered what happened to that rider. Also love how Rob's vocals are surprisingly subtle on this tune. Old school priest, all the way. This could've come off of Point of Entry.

Demonizer: Very catchy chorus is the best part of the song. Kind of a standard Ripper-era kind of Priest song, though.

Wheels Of Fire: Was taken aback at first of how simple this song is, but it really grew on me. Could've been a lost Screaming For Vengeance album track. Very catchy, especially the chug-chug of the guitars. Love this one...

Angel: Nice to see them do a heartfelt ballad; it's been too long. This could've been on Sin After Sin or Hell Bent....great tune!

Hellrider: Just doesn't excite me. Meh!

Eulogy: Nice little slow number reminescent of Eulogy on Sad Wings.

Lochness: Possibly one of the biggest, longest,dumbest songs recorded by anyone. What were Priest thinking??? BOO!!!!

Order: Worth Fighting For/Deal With The Devil/Angel/Wheels Of Fire/Judas Rising/Revolution/Demonizer/Eulogy/Hellrider/Lochness

They have several better albums, overall. Hope their next one is just as great as Maiden's Dance of Death and that this was just a warm-up album.

5-0 out of 5 stars the resurgence of priest
angel of retribution has been one of the most succesful albums after defenders of the faith and hell bent for leather,and with the reassembling of the classic lineup with rob halford at the helm things are only going to get better.get this album.

5-0 out of 5 stars judas rises again
angel of retribution is a suerb album from the great judas priest and contains superb songs like judas rises again,deal with the devil and demonizer.very highly recommended.five stars.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Priest are back
First of all, I've heard people say that the Dual-Disc version of AOR gave them problems. So farI haven't experienced any problems at all, the cd plays fine in my cd player. Well anyway, let me say that the Priest is back together and better than ever. AOR is one of my favorite Priest albums along with Screaming for Vengeance and Defenders. My favorite songs on AOR are Deal With the Devil, Hell Rider, Judas Rising, and Demonizer. If you like the Priest, buy this album today. ... Read more

16. Essential Ozzy Osbourne
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3-0 out of 5 stars An Album + 2 Tracks Missing
This Ozzy Osbourne's collection is worth buying if you buy the album "The Ultimate Sin" too because there's no singel track from it in this album although there's Ozzy's hit singel "Shot in the Dark". Of course there's also a duet with Lita Ford "Close My Eyes Forever" and one of Ozzy's greatest songs "Back on Earth" missing. (This advice is for them who aren't so big Ozzy fans).

Track list should have been more like this:
CD 1:
1)I Don't Know
2)Crazy Train
3)Goodbye to Romance
4)Suicide Solution
5)Revelation (Mother Earth)
6)Mr. Crowley
7)Over the Mountain
8)Flying High Again
10)Diary of a Madman
11)Rock'n'roll Rebel
12)So Tired
13)Bark at the Moon
14)Killer of Giants
15)The Ultimate Sin
16)Shot in the Dark
17)Close My Eyes Forever
18)Paranoid (live)

CD 2:
1)Miracle Man
2)Devil's Daughter
3)Crazy Babies
4)Fire in the Sky
5)I Don't Wanna Change the World
6)No More Tears
7)Mama, I'm Coming Home
8)Mr. Tinkertrain

10)Road to Nowhere
11)Perry Mason
12)I Just Want You
13)See You on the Other Side
14)Back on Earth
15)Gets Me Through
18)Time After Time

4-0 out of 5 stars A Pretty Good Compilation
First off, I like how the music was fairly evenly distributed. However, there were more songs from "Blizzard of Ozz" & "No More Tears" than the others, and the extras from those could have been used for something from "The Ultimate Sin". It's understandable though since Ozzy doesn't like that album, and he has every right not to like and not to include it, since it's his music. "The Ultimate Sin" isn't that bad of a CD though, except for Shot In The Dark. It's a terrible track in my opinion, and though I can't explain why, I'll just say it doesn't seem like it's a song that should have came from Ozzy.

There was a few tracks that didn't need to be on there (Rock 'n' Roll Rebel, I Don't Want To Change The World (Live), No Easy Way Out), but that's just my opinion, and it all depends on people tastes in music. Most of the tracks are good though, and I'm pretty pleased with the CD.

Following the trend, here's what my version of "The Essential Ozzy Osbourne" would have looked like (You won't see any songs originally by Black Sabbath on here because in my eyes they belong on a Black Sabbath compilation, or on Speak/Talk of The Devil):

*Disk 1*

01 - I Don't Know
02 - Crazy Train (realistically you can't not include it)
03 - Goodbye To Romance
04 - Dee
05 - Mr. Crowley
06 - Revelation (Mother Earth)
07 - You Lookin' At Me Lookin' At You
08 - You Said It All (Live)
09 - Flying High Again
10 - You Can't Kill Rock And Roll
11 - Diary of A Madman
12 - Bark At The Moon
13 - Centre of Eternity
14 - So Tired
15 - Slow Down
16 - Killer of Giants
17 - Shot In The Dark (from Just Say Ozzy)

*Disk 2*

01 - Miracle Man
02 - Fire In The Sky
03 - Hero
04 - The Liar
05 - Mama, I'm Coming Home
06 - No More Tears
07 - S.I.N.
08 - Time After Time
09 - Road To Nowhere
10 - Mrs. J
11 - Ghost Behind My Eyes
12 - Old L.A. Tonight
13 - Aimee
14 - Back On Earth
15 - Dreamer
16 - You Know...(Part 1)
17 - Running Out of Time

18 - A brand new song that leaves a great ending.

Notice I included a lot of the extras and B-sides (You Lookin' At Me Lookin' At You, You Said It All, The Liar, Mrs. J, Aimee). They're all great songs.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good collection, but not needed.
Like I said, it covers his biggest hits, but not all. I would simply recommend to buy his complete collection, but if you just want Ozzy to look good, than get this. As for Black Sabbath being excluded, this is SOLO! Get it? The Sabbath songs on here are being played by solo members. Get Symptom of the Universe or even better, The Black Box if you want Black Sabbath. I personally would love a greatest hits with on disc Sabbath and one Ozzy. That would sell loads to newcomers. Or buy this and Ultimate Sin (so you get a bit of everything)

4-0 out of 5 stars good.....not great
ok...think of this cd as an ozzy starter set. if you have never heard ozzy before then you will absolutly love this cd. if you already have alot of ozzy albums, then you might wana skip this one. some of my favorite songs are Crazy Train, I Dont Want To Change The World (which is frigin asome), I'm Comin Home, Miracle Man, and a ton of others. paranoid is a good song too.. but its much better on the black sabbath Past Lives album. if you have never heard ozzy before, you should know that alot of his music is pretty "pop-ish", which is different from his black sabbath stuff... but both are great. BOTTOM LINE...IF YOU ARE NEW TO OZZY...BUY THIS CD!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome collection of Ozzy's solo career!
This collection of Ozzy songs is absolutely wonderful. When I bought the CD I knew very few songs by Ozzy(Crazy Train, Flying High Again, Paranoid, Mama I'm Coming Home, No More Tears), but this collection is so good, now I love nearly every song on the album. Whether it's the early stuff with Randy Rhoads (Crazy Train, Mr. Crowley, I Don't Know, Over the Mountain), Bark at the Moon with Jake E. Lee, or the newer stuff with Zakk Wylde (No More Tears, I Just Want You, Miracle Man) everything is awesome. I highly recommend this to anyone who's a fan of metal/hard rock. It's simply this best Ozzy collection one could want! ... Read more

17. Number of the Beast
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Throughout the 1980s, a damning generalization held true: British metal was essentially working man's food, loosely descended from biker-meets and Northern pubs; whereas, in the States, it was an outgrowth of stadium rock, which traditionally subordinated substance to spectacle. Plug-ugly and cartoonishly morbid, Iron Maiden were typical of the Brit effort, since they effectively emphasized a driving, no-nonsense approach to the music. Among metal aficionados, this album ranks as one of the defining moments of the entire genre. Of the nine songs here--including Maiden classics like "Run to the Hills" and the title track--only "Gangland" falls flat, though it's immediately overshadowed by "Hallowed Be Thy Name," acknowledged by many as this band's apotheosis. --Andrew McGuire ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Iron Maiden's breakthrough album
Iron Maiden changed on this album. With new vocalist Bruce Dickinson, Iron Maiden turned into one of the greatest Metal bands ever. Although this album didn't please me much, it still had some good songs:

Invaders: 4/5 - Cool intro, fast, good music, nice solos and good singing but the chorus sucks.

Children Of The Damned: 5/5 - My favourite track, has everything I hoped for - awesome guitars, thundering bass, pounding drums and cool vocals. Worth the price of this album alone.

The Prisoner: 3.5/5 - Haven't seen the show, but the intro's cool. This song is ok, one of the average rating songs on the album, and takes a while to get to the vocals. Chorus is alright.

22 Acacia Avenue: 5/5 - The second song of the Charlotte The Harlot series should've been a single, has the most incredible music of all the songs on this album(maybe except for Hallowed By Thy Name), also Bruce's vocals shine on this track.

The Number Of The Beast: 5/5 - The title track of the album is a fan favourite and an album single. At first I hated it, but after a good few listens I realized that I was wrong for dissing this track. DON'T skip this track like I did, you'll regret it.

Run To The Hills: 4.6/5 - Awesome riffs at the intro as well as great drum beats. a single off the album. Great song but the chorus is kinda weird.

Gangland: 3/5 - Not much of a great song but has it's moments. A filler but worth a listen.

Total Eclipse: 5/5 - Like Sanctuary and Twilight Zone from the past two albums, this song is a bonus track on the remastered series, and is worthy for a place on this album. Cool song, if you don't have it on your original versions of this album, I suggest you download it.

Hallowed By Thy Name: 5/5 - In my opinion, the hit of the album. Haunting at the beginning, awesome afterwards. Now I know why it's played at most live Iron Maiden shows, it's just too damn good.

Bruce Dickinson - Vocals
Steve Harris - Bass
Adrian Smith - Guitar

Dave Murray - Guitar
Clive Burr - Drums

Overall: If it wasn't for the bad-marked songs, this album would've been my favourite. It's good but may need some better tracks.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
I think that this gotta be Maiden's best effort, cause every single song has something catchy to it.

Invaders: A good opener, though not as good as Where Eagles Dare or Aces High , but still good.
Children of the Damned: Excellent song with great vocals and guitar.
Prisoner: Tough I didn't liked it very much at first, now it's a good song with great bridge and chorus.
22 Acacia Avenue: I think that this is one of the best songs in the album, and probably one of Maiden's best.
It has a great beggining and a completely amazing chorus, along with the good lyrics about Charlotte.
The Number Of The Beast: Nothing but a great rock song.
Run to the Hills: Probably the most known song from Maiden, and it has a catchy groove to it that makes this song excellent along with the thumping bass from Steve Harris.
Gangland: Maybe the weakest track , but still good.
Total Eclipse: A bit strange but it's a grower.
HALLOWED BE THY NAME: This gotta be Maiden's best song, with amazing lyrics, great drumming, and excellent guitar, not forgetting one of Metal greates voices: Bruce Dickinson.

All in all this a classic, this is a great album and i think it's the heaviest by Maiden thanks to the great non-stop drumming by Clive Burr(Is he better than Nicko? Maybe...)

4-0 out of 5 stars The classic album that made millions bang their heads
This is one of my favorite heavy metal albums of all time. It's just a really good album, everything that one needs to be a good metal album. The only song that stops it from being a five-star album is the sort of filler 'Gangland'. But that doesn't take away the glory of songs like '22 Acacia Avenue', 'Invaders', and, of course, 'Run To The Hills', which deals with the plight of the American Indian, which is a subject rather hackneyed, but Maiden were really the first headbangers to do it. Many old adults did not like this album at the time of its release, but now, with all the death metal garabage going on, the slightly Satanic lyrics seem tame. This is one of the greatesr metal albums to be ever recorded. Everyone should appreciate it, cause no metalhead's collection is full without it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Cookie Monster's choice
This album is one of Iron Maiden's best. It was a make or break album for the band after the GREAT Paul Di'Anno left. I must say that I prefer Di'Anno's vocals more than Bruce Dickinson although Dickinson must surely rank as one of the greatest metal vocalists of all time. This one really grabs you by the cajone`s and doesn't let go favorite tune is probably Total Eclipse or the title track. Overall this is prime classic British Heavy Metal and is way better (...)

5-0 out of 5 stars Maiden's arguable triumph
Iron Maiden's third album The Number of the Beast was originally released in April of 1982 in the US on the Capitol subsidary Harvest(same label that Pink Floyd was on from late 1969-73 and The Little River Band's first four album was on this label here in the US as well). This album was their second with producer Martin Birch and guitarist Adrian Smith but was the first with new frontman Bruce Dickinson whom was light years ahead of predecessor Paul Di'anno in the singing and stage presence departments. This album was recorded and mixed at Battery Studios in late 1981 but it doesn't sound like it at all. This album has no weak moment and bassist Steve Harris was on fire with his songwriting contributions on all tracks except as noted. It kicks off with the thundering Invaders which signalled that Maiden meant business. Next was Children of the Damned which is a classic track as well. The Prisoner follows(co-written by guitarist Adrian Smith) and is based on the show of the same name that was huge on television in the 1960s. Next is 22 Acacia Avenue which is part two to Charlotte the Harlot(and co-written by guitarist Dave Murray) and Bruce just wails on this track. The legendary title cut follows and had some controversy when released as the band was labelled Satanic by Jerry Falwell and Tipper Gore's PMRC but this song just kicks ass. Next was the album's first single and still a classic on rock today Run to the Hills which was about the desecration of the American Indian tribes. Gangland follows and was the only track not written by Harris, this time it was Smith and Maiden drummer Clive Burr who wrote it. It is considered a weak tune but Bruce's vocal was unearthly as he hit high screams which were not heard since either Robert Plant, Rob Halford or Ian Gillan. The original album concludes with Harris' epic Hallowed Be Thy Name about a lowly soul about to be executed and can't imagine why he cries when he is about to die. Total Eclipse is the bonus track on this remastered edition and was not used on the original album due to lack of time but is a killer track. The Number of the Beast turned out to be Iron Maiden's US breakthorugh hitting the US Top 40 and going Gold(eventually Platinum). This album sold because the songs on here are brilliant and have aged well unlike some 80s new wave artists like either Bananarama or Duran Duran, whose music is completely dated. Highly recommended! ... Read more

18. Pure Cult
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The hard-rocking Cult have come along way from the early Native American stylings of Dreamtime and the dodgy goth tendencies evident on their classic album, Love. Blame Rick Rubin, who helmed Electric and steered them down the rocky road to metal heaven. This best-of collection brings together tracks from the span of their career, and is a worthy testament to their rites of passage. "She Sells Sanctuary" sounds as refreshing as it did in 1985. There are some dubious inclusions from the twilight years of their career, such as "Star" and "Coming Down (Drug Tongue)," but when they have to hold their own alongside "Fire Woman" and "Lil' Devil" it's hardly surprising that they are found wanting. --Helen Marquis ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A great compilation from an overlooked band
This CD brings back a lot of memories, the Cult is one of those bands who blends material from other bands exceptionally well, while sounding completely original in the process. Most of the time they're combining AC/DC and Led Zepplin, sometimes shamelessly, fortunately none of that is apparent on this CD.

She Sells Sanctuary still sounds as fresh as it did when it debuted in 1985 (heard the Nissan Sentra commercial?), Edie (Ciao Baby) was the first heavy metal tune to use an orchestra, and Fire Woman put them on the map. Talk about an album to drive to!

This collection is sure to get you going from start to finish, it's great fun! Enjoy...

5-0 out of 5 stars Pure Cult is Powerfully Different
When you hear this CD, you will notice that the band's sound varies from track to track. However, this is refreshing because sometimes metal bands' songs tend to sound the same. Having only heard "Sonic Temple," this CD was a treat to me, having never heard the majority of the songs.

"She Sells Sanctuary" is an awesome 80's song. Think U2 with more balls vocally. "In the Clouds" is pure, Rick Rubinesque- inspired hard rock. The second verse is amazingly simplistic and yet anthemic. "Coming Down (Drug Tongue)" and "Star" are hedonistic, hung-over, strung-out tunes a lot unlike the songs from "Sonic Temple" and "Ceremony" but nonetheless powerful.

Like Zeppelin, The Cult's lyrics are spare but memorable...

"I'm just a breed of society..." (Wild Hearted Son).

"I took no holy vow, won't you hold this pagan soul?" (Star).

"I'm sure in her you'll find...Sanctuary....and the world..the world drags you down" (She Sells Sanctuary)

"Stroll your bones, yeah, sow your oats" (In the Clouds).

"You've gotta bleed a little while you sing...lest the words don't mean a thing" (Heart of Soul).

"All you hip young things...trying to make a out forbidden dreams" (Sweet Soul Sister).

"Can't eat, can't sleep, can't do a thing right, little honey...since I set my eyes on you" (Fire Woman)

"Well, the girl's coming to you...gonna show you what is true...the witch, she need a lover boy...maybe it could be you...took awhile to understand....whoa yeah...try your sex on a mortal man" (The Witch).

"I'm coming baptize me...I don't wanna drown...yeah, your drug tongue's spoken" (Coming Down).

"A sweet little sugar talker...a paradise, dream stealer...Warhol's little angel with a broken wing" (Edie [Ciao Baby]).

And the leads are simple yet beautiful. There's no over-the-top, mile-a-minute excesses here. Just well-planned, melodic, and well-timed masterpieces.

This is an outstanding compilation of The Cult. Buy this CD!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Hard Rock!
The Cult were one of the greatest arena hard rock bands of the 1980's. They acheived their greatest success with 1989's GNR-ish Sonic Temple, but their earlier, more goth flavored sound is just as spectacular. It opens with the impossibly catchy 'She Sells Sanctuary', which is my all-time favorite Cult song. It then goes into the arena anthem 'Fire Woman', which is a really, really good song. The third track is the highly amplified blues rocker, 'Lil Devil'. All the other songs, including the AC/DC influenced "Love Removal Machine" and the lighter-waving ballad "Edie" are all great songs. But there is one little problem: The version of 'Sun King' included on this album is the shorter, radio edited version. This sucks, because 'Sun King' is probably one of their best songs and the entire track should have been included. No matter, this is an all-encompassing collection of one of the greatest hard rock bands ever. Also try Soundgarden, GNR.

5-0 out of 5 stars Rip Off
You can buy the same cd, at least 18 of the 19 songs under high octane cult for $3.69 in Amazon used. CD has nice music if you like Cult ! But dont fool yourself, they are no Def Leppard or Iron Maden, however, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Pure Single Driven Cult
When Beggars Banquet Records took over the rereleases of The Cult's albums (yes, I know about the Southern Death Cult and Death Cult rereleases) it only made sense to update 1993's 'Pure Cult' somewhat and kick off the rereleases (of those, 'Dreamtime', 'Love', 'Electric' and 'Sonic Temple' have excellent expanded over the top packaging with interviews, single discographies and pictures or artwork. For some reason, 'Ceremony' and 'The Cult' didn't get the same treatment) in the US. Although some of the edits on here are horrible ("Sweet Soul Sister" - if anyone has noticed, the single edit has always excluded the bridge, whereas the 7 inch edit, as the promo CD says, has the bridge with additional guitar tracks from the LP version as well as the edit to make the bridge shorter - this is the same as the video music), the best edits are that of "Spiritwalker", "Heart Of Soul", "The Witch", "Coming Down" and "Star". All the singles are here and it's an excellent album (they could have left "Revolution" off and put "Nirvana" on instead, personally). My copy has the 'Cult Rising' ticket stub in it, seeing that all they played that tour were the hits and some classic album tracks. This is a great start to The Cult if you haven't heard them or own any other albums. ... Read more

19. Powerslave
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5-0 out of 5 stars IRON MAIDENS Best Album
Powerslave is perhaps Maidens best album ever.Bruce Dickinsons vocals are amazing! And Murrays and Smiths guitar are great!

Aces High 10/10
2 Minutes to Midnight 10/10
Losfer words(big orra) 9.5/10
Flash of the Blade 11/10
The Duelist 9/10
Back in the Village 8.5/10
Powerslave 15/10 favorite song.
Rime of the Ancient Mariner 9.2/10

Overall Powerslave is maiden at its peak. Id recommend this album to any heavy metal fan.

4-0 out of 5 stars Aces High!
Iron Maiden's fifth album is like the third and the fourth. Full of metal power by Bruce Dickinson and co.

1. Aces High - a fast song about war. Great vocals! Especailly the echoes are very good! A good single track too! 5/5

2. 2 Minutes to Midnight - a good single track, probably the best track in this album, Bruce Dickinson sings better than ever! 5/5

3. Losfer Words (Big 'Orra) [Instrumental] - a good instrumental song! Good guitars! 4.25/5

4. Flash of the Blade - great vocals and a great song. Good lyrics! 4/5

5. The Duellists - vocals are great!!! Good lyrics! 4.5/5

6. Back in the Village - the worst track in this album. The lyrics are boring and so is the melody! 1.5/5

7. Powerslave - a great song musically about Jesus Christ. The instrumental part in the middle of the song is too long but this is quite a good still. 4.75/5

8. Rime of the Ancient Mariner - a long but good song. Great lyrics! 4.75/5

5-0 out of 5 stars Despite what certain spastic children may say...
...this CD is an amazing piece of work from the best of the NWOBHM bands. Sadly, a fellow by the name of "lucifer_666" doesn't appear to agree. He appears to prefer King Diamond, stating that "those guys [Note: He means King Diamond here, sadly, not Iron Maiden] are an awsome band with talent and originality and amazing solos with intense lirycs".
Now, I've never heard any King Diamond, so I can't judge them as opposed to Iron Maiden. But if this is the intelligence level of their average fan, I shall stay as far away from them as humanly possible. I don't know if Steve Harris ever has written "intense lirycs", but this is probably because I don't know what the hell a "liryc" is. Sigh. Still, I suppose that this is all you can expect from someone that calls themself "lucifer" in order to get attention. I AM TEH EVIL! PAY ATNETION TO MEEE!!1111!!!!1111 OMG LOL

Really, though, this album rules. You can't beat Rime Of The Ancient Mariner. Best Maiden song ever. Aces High, 2 Minutes To Midnight, The Duellists, and Powerslave (the title track) itself ain't exactly bad either. Second best Maiden album - nothing beats Number Of The Beast. Powerslave, however, is better than even the substantial achievements of Brave New World, Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son, Piece Of Mind, and Somewhere In Time. And I won't even go into how superior it is to the Blaze Bayley albums. To summarize: Get this album. But try to listen to other tracks than "Flash Of The Blade", which is horrendously overrated.

5-0 out of 5 stars MAIDEN OWNES!!!!
I must say that this is probably my all around favorite Iron Maiden album. I actually recieved this cd as a gift, and wasn't exactly sure it was going to be as good as other Maiden albums I had previously heard. To my delight i was WRONG!! some of its songs are different from old Maiden, but still amazing. The song (other than Powerslave) that caught my ear immediately was Flash of the Blade, simply an amazing sound all around, especially the vocals and the solo's.In fact the only song on here that i didnt think to be excellent is Back in the Village. It's still a pretty good song, but it just doesnt seem to fit with the others as well. Anyways, buy this album if your any bit interested in Maiden, and if your not than buy it anyway and you will be. heres my rating for each track:

Aces High 9.8
2 Minutes to Midnight 8.8
Losfer Words (Big 'Orra) 9.2
Flash of the Blade 10.0+
The Duellists 9.3
Back in the Village 7.6
Powerslave 10.0+
Rime of the Ancient Mariner 10.0

5-0 out of 5 stars A True Heavy Metal Classic
This is one of the greatest heavy metal albums of all time. The album is actually genius, how they made metal the way it was in the 80's, with albums like this. As you can see from the album cover, the whole album has an overall Egyptian theme, especially the title track. This is where Iron maiden found their true sound. Not to say that Number Of The Beast wasn't genius, it's just that the evil lyrics are a little overboard. But this, what can I say? This is one of the best albums from the best band in the world. Get this and you'll be banging your head for the rest of your life. ... Read more

20. Piece of Mind [Limited Edition]
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5-0 out of 5 stars Wow...
I am only 14 and have just started to get into this kind of music about 2 years ago. I borrow alot of stuff from my uncle, who has every 80s metal album you could think of. A few months ago, I borrowed this one from him. I have to say, it blew my head off. I play the drums, so I am truly stunned by Nicko McBrain's abilities. The songs on this album are all the prrof you need that Iron Maiden is one of the best bands ever.
1.Where Eagles Dare 5/5 A+
2.Revelations 5/5 A+
3.Flight of Icarus 4.5/5 A
4.Die With Your Boots On 5/5 A+
5.The Trooper 4.5/5 A
6.Still Life 5/5 A
7.Quest For Fire 4.5/5 A-
8.Sun And Steel 4.5/5 A
9.To Tame A Land 4/5 B+

This album is truly a masterpiece.You might call it: A Masterpiece of Mind!

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the finest Iron Maiden albums ever!
This is Iron Maiden at arguably their finest. It is their fourth album and follow-up to their breakthrough "Number of the beast". It's not as well known and is often forgotten, but in my opinion it's not only a better album, but their very best next to "Somewhere in Time". It's much heavier and darker then their three previous albums. It opens with the the long and fast "Where Eagles Dare". The next song is one of my favorite Maiden songs ever, "Revelations". It shows the songwriting talent and ability of Bruce Dickinson rivaling the previously creatively dominant bassist Steve Harris. A great song overall. Great melodies, time changes, solo, and lyrics. Classic Iron Maiden at their best. The folowing song, "Flight of Icarus" was one of the two hits and singles off the album along with "The Trooper". These two songs have very catchy rhythms and chorus', along with great, expected, back to back solo's from Dave Murray and Adrian Smith. "Still Life" begins slowly and is a very good song, with dark creepy lyrics. "Sun and Steel" features another catchy chorus and is followed by the long thematic closing track, "To tame a land". Very heavy, and great guitar melodies. Overall, a great classic album from the masters. Every song is good, no fillers. I would recommend it to anyone who's into Metal. I would by it along with "Number of the beast" first if you're a newcomer to Iron Maiden. It's a little heavier and darker but offers a different side to the band. One of my favorites.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing stuff
What's to be said about "Piece of Mind" that hasn't been said already? Yes, any self respecting metal head or Maiden fan knows of such classics as "Number of the Beast", "Powerslave", and "Killers"; but "Piece of Mind" is just yet another album which shows Maiden at their best. The roaring opener "Where Eagles Dare" shows the band at their musical best, followed by "Flight of Icarus" which has an amazing and catchy chorus that you won't be able to deny yourself to headbang to. "Die With Your Boots On" is a classic track, and oh yeah, there's another song on here called "The Trooper" which you may have heard of. There isn't a single song on here that seems out of place or could be considered filler, and "Piece of Mind" is just another classic album from the legendary rockers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Maiden's best ( Right Along side with almost every album)
Every song on this album is awesome so I'll just give them all 10/10.
Where Eagles dare kicks off with awesome drumming, the second best on the album.Revelations defines the overall sound on this album. Flight of Icarus in my opinion is second best on POM.
Die with your On is a wierd ass song about the apocalypse except its awesome. The trooper is the most popular from the album.
Still Life is out of control and crazy about the fear of drowning but is up in the best. Quest for Fire is the most underrated song until "No Prayer".Sun and Steel is written about some Samurai who wrote a book.

.... But out of all these songs none can touch the closing song which I believe slaughters Rime of the Aincient Mariner on Powerslave.
To Tame A Land is based on the greatest Sci-Fi book ever, Dune by Frank Herbert.The song starts off with a melodic guitar which breaks into a heavy section and you get to hear a worm-rider if you know what that is at all. The first part of lyrics describe the set of Dune, the desert world of Arrakis while part 2 refers to the plot more. Then it breaks into the best drums I've heard since Neil Peart of Rush.It becomes a legendary solo and the track fades out.
Overall Maiden gives 110% on this album, unlike Metallica and Linkin PArk.

5-0 out of 5 stars The album that made Iron Maiden legends
Piece Of Mind was the album that fans believed turned Iron Maiden from breakthrough artists into legends of the rock business. I still can't believe how quickly this album was
sold-out here in Kuwait. Man, glad I found one. The songs on this album are just too amazing that once again, I think it's time I gave you my report on this all-time classic:

Where Eagles Dare: 5/5 - The song that introduced Nicko McBrain's rage on the drums at the beginning. Few lyrics and too much music can turn this song bad right? WRONG! The instrumental part is the best section of this song, in my opinion of course.

Revelations: 5/5 - Bruce Dickinson's first solo-written song proves that he's capable of writing as well as singing. This classic song is one of the best on the album and also has awesome lyrics.

Flight Of Icarus: 5/5 - Any one heard of the story of Icarus from Greek Mythology? This probably includes the whole story if you haven't read it. Awesome chorus, great music and a perfect song to play at live shows.

Die With Your Boots On: 5/5 - At first I didn't like this song but then I heard it on the radio and smacked myself real hard!(honestly) I told myself why did I skip this track? It's an amazing song and the music is way, way better than the vocals...or maybe not.

The Trooper: 5+/5 - This here is the best song on the album, and the first of the two greatest songs before the World Slavery Tour. Dave Murray and Adrian Smith's guitars both work perfectly together than ever before! Both guitarists shine on this song. One more thing, the intro's really cool an well as the singing.

Still Life: 5/5 - Still Life is actually this album's
title-track...minus the title. Great song, with a nice slow part ant the beginning. I really laugh at the part "will give me piece of mind", I just want to know who's awesome voice was that?

Quest For Fire: 5/5 - Saved by the music!!! I can't understand why most fans don't like this song? It's not bad. Well, yes the lyrics where crappy a little but the music earned this song full-marks. Haters of this song, give it another shot, it's worth. "In a time when dinosaurs walked the earth..."

Sun And Steel: 5/5 - Another extremely underrated song. Why? I don't think I want to know. It's a pretty good song and was saved this time by the vocal rythems and music, even though I couldn't understand most of the lyrics.

To Tame A Land: 5/5 - Another try at Hallowed By The Name only using the movie 'Dune' for reference. Nice song, haven't seen the movie..yet but it seems to be good. The lyrics shine here the most, or maybe tied with The Trooper(i'm not sure). Also the solos are good, like from fast speed to average speed.

Rare tracks from this era:
Cross-Eyed Mary: 5/5 - I just can't understand why so many good tracks weren't included in this album! Great lyrics, talks about a school girl, also this song has a great bass near the end. Download if you haven't heard it.

I've Got The Fire: 5/5 - Oh my! A song that really deserves to be on the album. It has a great sound to it and speaking of sound, the solo here kicks ass! I love the way Bruce yells "I've Got The Fire".

Bruce Dickinson - Vocals
Dave Murray - Guitar
Adrian Smith - Guitar
Steve Harris - Bass Guitar (I'm gonna call it Bass Guitar from now on)
Nicko McBrain - Drums

Overall: Well, judging from the marks I've given each song I'd have to say that this is perhaps Iron Maiden's proudest moment (I don't know what I'm saying) but not my favourite album before the World Slavery Tour. Still, I recommend this album for what it's worth, check it out if you ain't got it yet. ... Read more

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