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1. Monster Ballads
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2-0 out of 5 stars Good to mediocre
This abbreviated version of the "Monster Ballads" double-disc (a television only offer) is a decent nostalgia trip back to the days of spandex, big hair and swaying lighters. Most of the songs on this compliation would be obscure to anybody born between 1985 and 1991. If this is you, your only exposure to this kind of music would be 20 second clips on Beavis & Butthead. You missed all the fun or were too young to appreciate it! On the other hand, if the soundtrack to your formulative years was Warrant and Stinger and you lost your virginity to Whitesnake, this CD might be worth checking out. The "highlight" here is Cinderella's "Don't Know What You Got", which is a pretty darn good song after all these years. What is Mike Reno's "Almost Paradise" doing here though? Wasn't that on the "Footloose" soundtrack? And I don't even remember a band called Sherrif! Still, "More Than Words" and Whitesnake's "Is This Love" are worth checking out as is the soaring "High Enough" by the Damn Yankees (perhaps the only hair-metal supergroup in history?

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent! But where are the missing monsters?
Compilations, whether by a certain artist or various artists, are usually hit and miss. It's a lot like a gold miner's life. Sometimes you dig up nothing, or unearth fool's gold. But every now and then, you'll get lucky and dig up a great treasure.

Monster Ballads is one of these great treasures. Originally released as a double CD on TV, it has now been split into two and distributed through hundreds of stores, both in real life and on the computer. There are some real gems here, such as "High Enough" (my favorite!), "Don't Know What You Got Til It's Gone", "Wind of Change", and "When I See You Smile". There are also some other nice finds (most of the other songs).

This is where the 'hit and miss' comes into focus, though. If you're real familiar with hair metal and late 80s/early 90s rock, you'll probably find yourself wondering why certain tracks are on here instead of others. Why is "Something To Believe In" on here in place of "Every Rose Has Its Thorn"? Why not include something like Journey's "Open Arms", Bon Jovi's "Livin' On A Prayer", or a Def Leppard song? Or maybe you just like other ballads by certain represented artists better than the one that was included. I know I would've rather had Extreme's "Hole Hearted" instead of "More Than Words," even though I know the latter was their biggest hit.

That's just the way it goes though; unless you create a compilation of songs yourself, you're likely to be dissatisfied with some of the picks. There shouldn't be any argument, however, that Monster Ballads is a really good collection of those old anthems that you used to live by--and now we can call them classics. If you see some songs that you're dying to have on this album, don't think twice about making the purchase. Don't forget to check out Monster Ballads, Vol. 2 while you're at it. It's not as spectacular as this one, but it has some great songs as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Good Collection of Rock Ballads
When I bought this CD 4 years ago, I was in for a good time cause it was the first time I've heard half of the years in many years and they're hard to find on FM Radio, The CD begins with Warrant's Heaven which was a Top 5 hit in 1989 and the boys in Warrant have a range for ballads, mid tempo rockers and party anthems as well, Poison scored a Top 10 hit in 1991 with Something to Believe In, vocalist Brett Michaels claims that this song was the hardest song he's ever written, Damn Yankess scored a huge hit in late 1990 with High Enough and it ended up being Ted Nugent's biggest hit of alltime, Ann Wilson and Mike Reno (of Heart and Loverboy, respectively) scored a big hit in 1984 with Almost Paradise and it's now a soft rock staple, Whitesnake scored a #2 hit in 1987 with Is This Love and vocalist David Coverdale was also in Deep Purple replacing Ian Gillan, Mr. Big scored their biggest hit in 1992 with To Be With You, Europe scored their biggest hit in 1987 with Carrie which went #3, Cinderella scored a Top 20 hit in late 1988 with Don't Know What You Got Till It's Gone and it was the first time that I've heard of that song in years, Extreme scored a #1 hit in 1991 with More Than Words and it still gets timeless airplay today, Winger scored their first Top 20 hit in 1989 with Headed For a Heartbreak, Firehouse had a hit in 1992 with When I Look Into Your Eyes and it was the first time that I have ever heard of that song, Scorpions reached their biggest hit in 1991 with Wind of Change and it goes to show you that bad boys have their soft side, Steelheart had their only hit in 1991 with I'll Never Let You Go and in my opinion, I actually don't care for that song due to highly emotional vocals, Bad English was a supergroup of Journey and Baby's with a #2 hit in late 1989 with When I See You Smile, Kix had a #11 hit in 1989 with Don't Close Your Eyes, Sheriff had a hit in 1988 with When I'm With You and that tops it off with the collection.

If you loved the power ballad era of the mid 1980's to the early 1990's, then look no further, Monster Ballads is finally at your nearby department store and the whole CD well take you back to those glory days.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the double cd
There used to be a double cd that was jam packed with hits. What happened. Why did they condense it? A lot of my faves were on the other set. Oh well :(

5-0 out of 5 stars The songlist is not hiding!
I read the songlist, bought the CD, and love most of it. I totally dont understand some of these other reviews...people keep saying they were disappointed that this is the shortened version of the TV offered CD. Dont they read the description and songlist?? Geez! ... Read more


2. Monsters of Rock [Razor & Tie]
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5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect Rock Compilation
Review of Album-
1.Quiet Riot-cum on feel the noise- 5 out of 5 stars
2.Great White-Once bitten, Twice shy- 4.5 stars
3.Alice Cooper- Poison-5 out of 5 stars
4.Europe-The Final Countdown- 4 stars
5.RATT- Round and Round-4.5 stars
6.Warrant- Cherry Pie- 4.8 out of 5 stars
7.Whitesnake- Here i go again- 4.5 stars
8.Poison- every rose has it's thorn- 4.7 stars
9.Winger- Seventeen- 4.5 stars
10.Living Colour- Cult of Personality-4.6 stars
11.Twisted Sister- We're not gonna take it- 4.8 stars
12.Judas Priest- you got another thing coming- 4.8 stars
13.Cinderella- Nobodys Fool- 4.5 stars
14.38 Special- Hold on Loosely- 3 stars
15.Autograph- Turn up the radio- 3.4 stars
16.Night Ranger- Sister Christian- 4 stars
Overall great collection of rock songs/Worth the money

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection
This is a terrific collection of metal songs that dominated the the music scene from 1983 through 1991. The era of pop-metal has been highly underrated in its place in rock history. Much of the best material from amny of the top artists are here. Some songs like the hard to finds "Turn Up The Radio" by Autograph and "The Final Countdown" by Europe are graciously included as are the huge and most memorable hits, Quiet Riot's "Cum On Feel The Noise" Great White's "Once Bitten Twice Shy" Poison's "Every Rose Has Its Thorn", Whitesnakes "Here I Go Again", "Cult Of Personality" by Living Colour, along with only slightly smaller hits including, Winger's "Seventeen", Cinderella's "Nobody's Fool", Ratt's "Round And Round" and Night Rangers underrated epic ballad "Sister Christian". They even highlight some of the genras founding fathers like Alice Cooper and Judas Priest. The only real foul-upss are in the form of Warrant deplorible top ten smash "Cherry Pie" and "Hold On Loosely" by 38 Special, which is an excellent song but also has no purpose on an album devoted to 80's metal and hair bands, not southern rock! MONSTERS OF ROCK isn't perfect ofcourse, but as perfect as it could be with the limited ability a company like Razor & Tie has with sighning top artists. By no means can a perfect 80's collection be made without missing its biggest stars like Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Guns N' Roses, major non commercial acts like Metallica and AC/DC, perhaps a take from those worn out veterans used to be known as Aerosmith, and ofcourse the decades biggest star, VAN HALEN.

5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific!
This is probably the best hair/pop metal collection ever, and there are quite a few. It includes the biggest hits from the greatest bands, including Warrant, Poison, Ratt, and Quiet Riot. My only complaint is that it should have included something from Motley Crue, which in my opinion, is the supreme hair band. But these songs are good. Get this to see what heavy metal was like in the 1980's. U will not regret it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Have it on tape
This is a pretty good album. There was a few songs that
don't fit. But when you have a collection of songs like
Final Countdown/Cum feel the Noise/Poison just to name
a couple then you have a winner.

3-0 out of 5 stars Should some of this stuff be on here?
I like the others, think some of this stuff should have been saved for the Monster Ballads C.D.Then there are some who have no need to be here at all.I for one think putting Autograph on here at all just shows why this music died the death it did.They should have been on the Monster one hit too many C.D.38 SPECIAL????Good band,wrong C.D. to be on!Dont get me wrong,it's a good disc but too disjointed with ballads and pop songs.It could be worse, it could be Monster Alternative Hits! ... Read more


3. Nativity in Black, Vol. 2: A Tribute to Black Sabbath
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A selection of popular Black Sabbath songs interpreted by longtime metallic favorites (Megadeth, Slayer), newer rock kids (Godsmack, Static-X) and a wild card (Busta Rhymes) makes for a fun, if surprisingly middle-of-the-road, listen. NIB 2 is the first release on Ozzy Osbourne's own record label, andone of the CD's dozen tunes features Oz doing the classic "N.I.B" with pranksters Primus; however, there's not enough of Les Claypool's bass peeking through on the otherwise stellar title. Static-X's otherwise distinct techno take on "Behind the Wall of Sleep" loses the song's inherent groove. Megadeth's true-to-the original version of "Never Say Die" is rollicking. Pantera doing the dirge "Electric Funeral" is not as aggro as one might hope; on the other hand, Slayer turn in a raw and dynamic version of "Hand of Doom." Truly unique renderings come from California band hed(p.e.), who do a trippy, hip-hop/funk version of"Sabbra Cadabra," and from Busta Rhymes, with his take on "Iron Man." Ultimately, though, NIB 2 proves that Sabbath did it first and best, and there's really no improving on the original. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome tribute album!
This album defines how a tribute CD should be done. Every band on here truly takes the song and makes it their own. Outstanding efforts come from System of a Down and their take on Snowblind, Static-X's trance metal version of Behind the Wall of Sleep is incredible, and my personal favorite, Soulfly's version of Under the Sun. All of the other tracks are awesome too, with two exceptions. Busta Rhymes' rather odd remake of Iron Man is actually somewhat humorous, but definitely can be skipped over, and should probably never have been included. Hed PE... maybe i just dont get their style, but i find their cover of Sabbra Cadabra to be absolutely terrible. It's like a strange funk metal take with unbearable vocals, another track that can be skipped over. I'd say this album is a must for any fan of todays "nu" metal scene and Black Sabbath, but don't expect to hear 12 tracks that sound like Sabbath, each one is unique and different than the original.

5-0 out of 5 stars NIB II Comes Through Despite 2 Weak Tracks
I have been waiting about a year for the release of this album and now that it's here, I must say it's been worth it. Since there are 12 different bands on the album I'll review each track individually on a scale of 1-5. 1). Sweet Leaf -Godsmack. 5/5. This is a geat rendition of the song and a perfect opener for the CD. These guys have a bright future. 2). Hole In The Sky - Machine Head. 4/5. Great job on the song, definitely rocks but pales a little in comparison to the sound that MH has on "The Burning Red". 3). Behind The Wall of Sleep - Static-X. 3.5/5. Good song, but lacks some intensity and the vocals could be better. This band's original stuff is pretty damn good though. 4). Never Say Die - Megadeth. 3/5. This song rocks but Mustaine's vocals sound mousy and I've never been a big Megadeth fan anyway. 5). Snowblind - System Of A Down. 5/5. This song is a great original sounding version of the Sabbath classic. I normally hate SOAD, but I must say they've turned in a great tune with this. 6). Electric Funeral - Pantera. 4.5/5. Great version, sounds very close to the original, but they could have thrown in a few more of their own twists. It's Pantera though, so you know it's got to be good. 7). N.I.B. - Ozzy with Primus. 4/5. This also sounds pretty close to the original and Les Claypool's bass intro is great. 8). Hand of Doom - Slayer. 4.5/5. Great job on this one with Slayer adding their own sound to a tightly knit version of the original. 9). Under The Sun - Soulfly. 4/5. Really heavy and rocking, this sounds more like a Soulfly original than the lesser-known Sabbath cover that it is with Max Cavalera's growling vocals. 10. Sabbra Cadabra - Hed(pe). 1/5. This song sounds so stupid I can't really put it into words. There should not be any reggae/funk sounding stuff on this record and the singer sounds like he's constipated. For a great version of this, check out Metallica's take on it. 11). Into The Void - Monster Magnet. 3/5. This song really sounds awesome - when it finally starts. I'de give it a higher score, but the 2 minute intro, 30 second pause, and 1 minute long outro really annoy and fill up time on the cd for no apparent reason. 12). Iron Man (This Means War) - Busta Rhymes. 1.5/5. Once again, I'm not sure how this song got on here. It's terrible and no one should have to hear this song disgraced by a rapper going on and on about his "ni**as" over and over again. I gave an extra half a point for Ozzy's new chorus which is pretty cool. Overall, this cd is great. Buy it now, and forget about the last couple of tracks.

2-0 out of 5 stars From fawning to self-indulgent
The first NIB tribute album perhaps suggested a second, more like a do-over. Nobody pushed the material in a compelling direction. NIB 2 is more a self-indulgent exercise by artists far to full of themselves given their meager talent. Once again, like 1,000 Homo DJs (a Wax Trax project that included great talent like Trent Reznor, Jello Biafra, Al Jourgensen) mutilated "Supernaut" on NIB 1, the aimless Monster Magnet ruined another Sabbath song crying for a great remake, "Into the Void" on NIB 2. The Magnet version sandwiches a pretty nice cut at the core of the song between several minutes, beginning and end, of typical Magnet noise-crap studio filler. "Supernaut" and "Into the Void" remain hit singles in waiting for any ballsy artist who'll step up.

What I listen to on this album after a few turns...I'm not big on screamo, but Soulfly's turn on "Under the Sun" grows on me. Not bad. Slayer's rendition of "Hand of Doom" may outdo the original, less preachy and more urgent.

On the other hand...Busta Rhymes's waste of time has so little to do with the original, it is bizarre. System of a Down's "Snowblind" eradicates all that made the song great without injecting anything worth hearing. Static-X is devoid of talent; they simply slap "Behind the Wall of Sleep" into their techno formula and go on. Pantera is simply flat and disappointing on "Electric Funeral." Godsmack recorded its version of "Sweet Leaf" a little before the band found its stride, so it is nothing special. And "Hole in the Sky" is far too powerful a song for Machine Head to do anything special with it.

One wonders why Metallica, which owes its existence to Sabbath, never appeared on these tributes. It's not as though these recordings were devoid of capable artists. Just sounds as though, for the most part, they did not try very hard, or they were intimidated by the original versions of these songs.

NIB 1 and 2 are wastes of time and money. Listen to Sabbath instead. Much more rewarding.

3-0 out of 5 stars Pretty darn good, but definitely has some serious flaws
The only way for me to effectively review this CD is by song breakdown, so, here it is:

1. Sweet Leaf - Godsmack - Very good version, very true to the original, but without the crazy riffing at the end. 4/5

2. Hole in the Sky - Machinehead - Quite different from the original, it's o.k., but not as good as pantera's version. 3/5

3. Behind the Wall of Sleep - Static X - I haven't heard any other Static X songs, but while, not as good as the original Static comes through with a pretty good cover. 3/5

4. Never Say Die - Megadeth - Megadeth is one of my all-time favorite metal bands, but Never Say Die is one of Sabbath's worst songs. However, since Megadeth does such a great job with it...5/5

5. Snowblind - System of a Down - Wow! At first I didn't really like their version, it's so different from the original but it still manages to be just as great as a traditional cover. 5/5

6. Electric Funeral - Pantera - Perfect. Pantera doesn't change a thing, which is why it turns out so great. 5/5

7. N.I.B. - Ozzy with Primus - Awesome! This might be the best version of the song I've ever heard. 5/5

8. Hand of Doom - Slayer - This is one of those Sabbath songs that's incredibly underrated. Slayer, like Pantera and Megadeth, do not stray from the original. Also, I was so surprised that Tom Araya (bass and lead vocals for Slayer)can actually SING. 5/5

9. Under the Sun - Soulfly - Musically, very true to the original, but vocally Max Cavalera just doesn't fit with the song. Since this is one of my favorite Sabbath songs...4/5

10. Sabbra Cadabra - Hed (PE) - Never heard of this band and don't ever want to hear anything from them again. They took an awesome jam and turned it into a wretched piece of ... . 0/5

11. Into the Void - Monster Magnet - Decent, but too different from the original and the last two miinutes are completely useless, all they do is say the F word a million times. 2/5

12. Ironman - Busta Rhymes and Ozzy - How in the heck this recording came to fruition is beyond me, it's absolutely terrible. What the heck is Busta Rhymes doing on a Sabbath tribute album? 0/5

1-0 out of 5 stars nativity in blecch
Now that Black Sabbath's 30-year-old 'mallet-to-the-mullet' stoner rock has been elevated to saintdom by a new generation of metalheads, it might seem fitting that understudy gloom n' doomers bottlefed to Master Of Reality be given the opportunity to pay tribute to their wrinkled heroes. Gong! However heart-warming the gesture, Black Sabbath's lasting legacy doesn't need a rejig: Ozzy Osbourne's pubed-out howl, Toni Iommi's three-chord bludgeon and the solid rhythm section of Geezer Butler and Bill Ward (best described as a dummed-down blues band on steroids) may have been incredibly simple but it was a gloomy musical powerhouse nonetheless - which of course was the charm. It's why listening to a bunch of speed metal freaks, aggro-rappers and spittle-drenched noisemakers with tattoos, pan-white, mascara, leather and pins in weird places (Godsmack, System Of a Down, Pantera, Busta Rhymes, Monster Magnet) dosing old Sabbath classics like Sweet Leaf, Behind the Wall of Sleep and Iron Man in a 'far-too-serious' ho-hum dysfunction of hyperkinetic riffing, Uzi-fire beats and 'Honey I Ate the Draino' vocal vomit serves only to remind one and all how brilliant the originals really are. Call it Naivety in Bleccch. ... Read more


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5-0 out of 5 stars Making Sabbath Proud!
Finally, a Sabbath tribute album that does the original band justice! I don't think there could've been a better collection of bands on this album. The opening track (After Forever) by Biohazard is crushingly brutal compared to Sabbath's original version; and that's saying ALOT. Megadeth's version of "Paranoid" is great, and Dave Mustaine's vocals suit the song perfectly. The two highlights of the album however, are Sepultura's brutal rendition of "Symptom of the Universe" and Type O Negative's take on "Black Sabbath". Max Cavalera and Co. turn "Symptom" into one of the hardest hitting songs ever; it just goes to show how damn good Sabbath would've sounded if they were reborn today. Type O Negative's version of "Black Sabbath" is reason enough to buy the album though. The first half of the song is turned into a slow, gothic rumble; as the original speed is slowed WAY down from the original Sabbath track. In the outro of the song, they launch into the "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" classic, "Killing Yourself To Live"; and when they jump into that riff, the heaviness reaches it's maximum point! And just when you think they're done blending Sabbath classics, the organs start playing the theme from "Fairies Wear Boots" while the rhythm section is still pounding on "Killing Yourself To Live"! That basic song idea pretty much sums up the idea of this album; paying homage to your heroes, and taking it to a whole new level of excellence!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Tribute
Having listened to the original versions of all the songs on this album many times, I must say every band has done Sabbath justice on this Tribute CD. In my opinion Black Sabbath by Type O Negative is an amazing rendition of the orginal, infact I think it's even better. One person said Sabbath doesn't sound good in "goth". Well in my opinion the song Black Sabbath is the premier Gothic Song and who better to cover it then todays premier Gothic Band. I love hearing Bruce Dickinson and Rob Halford sing "Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath, and "The Wizard", It's really cool to hear these other metal "gods" sing Sabbath songs. My only complaint is in the linear notes of the CD the person who put this CD together said something like we could had enough bands doing Sabbath songs we could have had a two CD set. Well, why didn't you then, I would have loved to have heard Metallica, or Pantera or other similar bands do a song for this CD. Especially since Metallica has done Sabra Cadabra and Pantera has done Planet Caravan, on there own CD's. Both songs being excellent covers of course. And why arn't there any songs past the Sabatoge Album. Songs from DIO's albums or there other stuff would have been great on this CD. But, anyways all in all it's an amazing CD that Sabbath and non-Sabbath fans(are there any non Sabbath fans out there?) should buy.

4-0 out of 5 stars MUCH better than N.I.B. II
Black Sabbath are often considered to be the first true heavy metal band, so it's no real surprise that many modern hard rock artists wanted to pay homage to them. And what better way to do it than with a tribute album? In 1994, this tribute was released. Read on to see how it measures up.

1. After Forever - Biohazard
A popular modern band takes this Sabbath classic and redoes it with excellent results.

2. Children of the Grave - White Zombie
I'm not a huge fan of White Zombie, but they're version of this Sabbath classic is a VERY good one, and it's no surprise this became the most popular cover song on the album.

3. Paranoid - Megadeth
Megadeth is one of my favorite metal bands, and when one of my favorite metal bands covers another one of my favorite metal bands, the results can ONLY be good.

4. Supernaut - 1000 Homo DJ's
This is a band that was thrown together exclusively for this tribute. Their version of this song is pretty good, too.

5. Iron Man - Ozzy Osbourne with Therapy
I don't really see why Ozzy needed to play on his own tribute, but still, this is an excellent rendition of the Sabbath classic.

6. Lord of This World - Corrosion of Conformity
A popular modern hard rock band takes this Sabbath classic and redoes it with excellent results.

7. Symptom of the Universe - Sepultura
A modern metal band breathes new life into an old favorite. Bravo, Sepultura.

8. Wizard - Bullring Brummies

Yuck. I was expecting A LOT more from a track that had Rob Halford, Bill Ward, and Terence "Geezer" Butler. The song completely loses its bluesy charm here.

9. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath - Bruce Dickinson with Godspeed
They don't call Bruce Dickinson a metal god for nothing. His vocals are unsurpassable by any heavy metal singer, and here it shows.

10. N.I.B. - Ugly Kid Joe
I'd never heard of Ugly Kid Joe before I listened to this tribute, but I must say, this is a GREAT version of this song.

11. War Pigs [Live] - Faith No More
Many pass Faith No More off as a one-hit wonder due to the smash success of their (appropriately-titled) Epic, but truth be told, their version of War Pigs is even BETTER than the song often referred to as their lone hit!

12. Black Sabbath (From the Satanic Perspective) - Type O Negative
Huh? Type O Negative slowed down this song too much, and their singer sings in a very monotone voice. It's almost like he's reciting a poem and not singing at all.

All in all, this is an excellent tribute, way better than the godawful N.I.B. II that followed it. All of the artists who play on here are hard rock/heavy metal arists, unlike the sequel which contained rap-rockers, and even a dedicated rapper (Busta Rhymes!) If you only get one N.I.B. CD, make it this one.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not Perfect, but very close to it!
Being a huge Sabbath fan, I looked forward to my purchase of the Nativity in Black Tribute CD, and I have not regretted my purchase. With all CD's, there are excellent tracks, and there are abysmal tracks. Fortunately this album contains much more excellent tracks than abysmal ones. Here is a quick review of the tracks on the CD, and my opinion.

1.) Biohazard-After Forever (9/10): A great opener in my opinion of a very underrated Sabbath song. The guitar work is great, just like the original with a "modern" touch.

2.) White Zombie-"Children of the Grave (9/10):" Great remake of a classic Sabbath song. The little voice overs in here, although they seem to make little sense, give this song the haunting mood it needs while still maintaining it's metal groove.

3.) Megadeth- "Paranoid (10/10):" A great metal band which knows how to cover another great metal band, which is what all the tracks need. Guitar solo in the middle is excellent, and helps earn this track as one of my favorites on the album

4.) 1000 Homo DJ's "Supernaut (10/10):" This is another perfect track. The "advertisement" in the beginning is classic, in my opinon the best part of the track.

5.) Therapy? with Ozzy "Iron Man (9/10):" Almost identical to the original due to ozzy's vocals, but in a faster groove, which makes this track great.

6.) Corrosion of Conformity "Lord of this World (8/10):" Before listening to this track, I didn't really like Lorof this World, but this track was good enough for me to give Sabbath's version a chance.

7.) Sepultura "Symptom of the Universe (4/10):" This is one of the abysmal tracks I was talking about. The riffs and drums are OK, but the vocals are death metal like. This track should have been put on Hell Rules as it is more so death metal lyrics.

8.) Bullring Brummies "The Wizard (10/10):" This group consists of Bill Ward and Geezer Butler, original Sabbath members, and Rob Halford, along with a guitarist who I cannot remember the name of. Since Butler and Ward are the rhythm section for the band, it is no surprise that this song is one of the album's centerpieces.

9.) Godspeed with Bruce Dickinson "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (9/10):" Excellent remake of my favorite Sabbath song. The only problem would be the solo, which was nothing like the original, one of my favorite solos. Regardless of this however, this is a great track that is a must listen.

10.) Ugly Kid Joe "NIB (9/10):" This is my second favorite version of NIB aside from Primus' cover. A slightly diferent touch on the guitar riffs gives this song a new sound while maintaining its old feel. Good track.

11.) Faith No More (War Pigs (LIVE) (6/10):" An average track. While not abysmal, it is far from perfect. The voclas could use a little help too. Perhaps if it was a studio track t would have been better.

12.) Type O Negative "Black Sabbath (3/10):" The lyrics here are all death metal like. A bad way to end the CD. After all the perfect and near perfect tracks, the album ends with a horrible cover of a classic Sabbath song.

Overall, the album is a must buy for all Sabbath fans. While there are a few bad tracks here, there isn't enough to not purchase this otherwise excellent tribute album.

4-0 out of 5 stars good tribute
I'm normally not really interested in tributes, but this one is actually pretty good. I never do song-by-song reviews, but here I'll make an exception, since there's so many different bands.

1. Biohazard, "After Forever" - Cool cover. Biohazard's a pretty good band, and they put their own spin on it quite nicely. I like.

2. White Zombie, "Children of the Grave" - Yeah! One of the best on here. It's just too awesome. Proof that Rob actually did make good music at one time.

3. Megadeth, "Paranoid" - At this point, I'm gasping for breath. This is another favorite. Dave like triples the speed of the solo. Yow!

4. 1000 Homo DJ's, "Supernaut" - Who is this band? I heard somewhere it was Trent Reznor, but it doesn't sound like it. The worst of the album, for sure.

5. Ozzy/Therapy, "Iron Man" - It's good, but not really much different from the original. Why is Ozzy singing on his own tribute?

6. COC, "Lord of this World" - COC! Sludge-tastic rendition of this underrated classic.

7. Sepultura, "Symptom of the Universe" - Eh, it's ok. Sepultura has seen better days.

8. Bullring Brummies, "The Wizard" - You may ask yourself, "Who are these guys?". Well, it's none other than Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi singing with...Rob Halford! Too sweet.

9. Bruce Dickinson/Godspeed, "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" - THE best on here without a doubt. Bruce is God! I wish he had his regular band with him, though. Oh well, this one works.

10. Ugly Kid Joe, "NIB" - I never cared much for Ugly Kid Joe, but this song is pretty good.

11. Faith No More, "War Pigs" - I love Faith No More, I love "War Pigs", I HATE this version. It's really terrible. The studio version is good, but the live one is almost an insult. What were you thinking, Mike?

12. Type O Negative, "Black Sabbath" - Whoa! This is creepy! Pete Steele's deep, ethereal vocals make this song 1000 times scarier than it ever was before. Very, very cool.

Get this tribute if you like Sabbath, and most of the bands on here. I think it's much better than NIB2, which I won't even bother with. ... Read more


5. Working Man
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2-0 out of 5 stars Bad example of a "tribute" album!
Obviously the musicians playing on this album had nothing better to do than trying to duplicate Rush's songs. This is exactly how a tribute album should not be like, but it's the same problem with nearly any other album of this kind. O.K., the musicians are talented, so why didn't they try to bring some new interpretations? Plus, I have a very own problem with this record:I my opinion Rush were so successful and enjoyable, because they always added great pop melodies to their sound. But this tribute album offers a harder rocking sound, and Rush's fine songs are demoted to dull and cliched heavy rock tunes. This album may be of interest for hardcore Rush fans, for the rest of the world it's not worth a listen.

5-0 out of 5 stars I really like this CD; read the review for why
I've long liked Rush. As a band, however, even their live sound is awful similiar to the album. I also like well done covers, just to hear variations on my favorite songs. There are some very good musicians on this album. Steve Morse, an excellent guitarist, contributes to "La Villa". The version of "Anthem" here is better(!) than the original. "YYZ" is an interesting and stronger soloed version of the original. "Natural Science" actually loses some of its harsh edge and becomes a better tune. Although rabid Rush purists won't care for the disk, I really liked it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Tribute Album Ever
This is such a great album. I found it used in a local record
store and really had my doubts. Tribute albums are usually a
way to make a quick buck. My local record dealer has headsets
and players available to listen to CD's before you put down your
money for them (what a novel idea). Anyway, after listening to
the first 20 seconds of "Analog Kid", my favorite Rush song, I
realized that this was a no-brainer and bought it. The other
reviews on Amazon are amazing! You people obviously are NOT Rush
fans. One guy even said that the musicians on this album were
one step above "garage band". Mike Portnoy, Deen Castronovo,
Steve Morse are that bad? Dude, next time you take your medication, cut the dosage in half. What a joke! This album is
as progressive, professional and mind-blowing as it gets. They
must have had a blast recording these tunes. They didn't exactly
do the "easy" ones, either. Natural Science, Jacob's Ladder, YYZ,
Red Barchetta, etc. My only wish is that these same musicians would get together again and record a "Working Man, Part 2". Mike
Portnoy is astounding. Neil himself must love this guy. I would
recommend this to anyone that truly loves Rush and loves their
entire catalog. The negative mindless reviewers should be ignored. They should be listening to 80's Elton John. For the
rest of the Rush fans, get this and put a smile on your face.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not so close to the heart.
Artists with floundering careers and overactive egos are not a fitting tribute to the magical chemistry of Rush. A band that has managed to stay intact(for the most part) deserves more than this. I would have been more impressed if this album was full of interpretive tracks. I give them an "E" for effort, but unfortunately this album fails to capture the point of Rush's approach to songwriting. Maybe an all piano album by Ben Folds would have been better... then again, maybe not.

4-0 out of 5 stars Yes I know it's different, but I like it!
I know most Rush fans hate this tribute album; some claim the music is too heavy, some say it doesn't sound like Rush, and some think no one should cover this band. Well, I don't know. Rush is a great band. I absolutely worship them, particularly their 70's to mid-80's stuff, but on the other hand, I can't understand the kind of fans who think they possess this band, and anyone who attempts to bring something new to the table is bashed violently. I've been listening to Rush for years now but see nothing wrong with some very prolific prog musicians offering us their interpretations. No one can deny that more than half of these musicians grew up listening to Rush and probably even picked up their instruments because of Lee, Peart or Lifeson. So why the hate? There are so many terrible tribute albums out there because sometimes the bands on it don't even know how to play the songs right, but on Working Man, we have tons of talented artists who are more than capable of delivering the tunes--in their own way.

The songs on this disc don't sound like classic Rush, but that's exactly why I dig them. I've been spinning this CD for over two years now and actually consider it a very worthy addition to my record collection. I'm not too big on tribute albums, but this one's really good. It's got the groove, the spirit, the energy, the progressiveness and the intimacy of the band Rush we all love. I honestly don't think it would have exceeded my expectations if Billy Sheehan had tried to emulate Geddy Lee and Mike Portnoy just imitated Neil Peart. Stu Hamm's bass lines are amazing, Deen Castronovo plays with taste, as always. Then we also have Sean Malone and Sean Reinert of Cynic and Gordian Knot. All of these musicians are extemely tight rhythm sections in their own bands. James Murphy is a phenomenal guitar player and I was actually very amused to hear him playing Rush solos. The Canadian singers Sebastian Bach, James Labrie and one of my current favourites Devin Townsend all do a great job. Not that their work needs any justification.

We also have singers from the 80's including Eric Martin of Mr Big and Jack Russell of Great White. Ray Alder of Fates Warning and Mike Baker of Shadow Gallery also add the songs their own share of personality.

Some of the guitar players here are John Petrucci, George Lynch, Jim Matheos, Michael Romeo, Marcel Coenen, Jake E. Lee and Steve Morse. Keyboardists are Michael Pinella of Symphony X, Trent Gardner, and Matt Guillory of Dali's Dilemma & Zero Hour. Long-time Rush producer Terry Brown has done an enormous job mixing Working Man and no one could do a better jon than the guy who mixed the original versions of this stuff.

A detailed explanation is given in the CD booklet as to who plays in which track so I'm not going there. I really enjoy this work from beginning to end. I have to admit I had a hard time placing some of the tunes, but in that case, I just accepted them as new compositions and it was great hearing them that way. I would understand if this was just a "below-average tribute wanna-be" album, but I'm sorry, it's not. This is like a million amazing prog artists getting together to pay homage to one of the greatest bands of all times. Why can we just enjoy it? ... Read more


6. Best of 80's Metal, Vol. 2
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good ballad/hard rock collection, but not really "metal"
"Here I Go Again" - A good, strong song, and everybody has probably heard it once in their lives. It's a favorite song of mine.

"Once Bitten Twice Shy" - A fine glam-rock song. No problems here. See Mott the Hoople for similar styles.

"Seventeen" - Arg. Kip Winger's ballad of underaged romance. Good about the first 50 times you hear it on the radio.

"Nobody's Fool" - Cinderella, as corporate, manufactured, and radio-friendly as Bon Jovi, but the song isn't bad. Once more, a slow-ish song.

"Sister Christian" - Van Halen - "Jump"-esque synthesizer enriched song.

"Kiss Me Deadly" - It's a good song, and those fond of women vocalists in metal should probably check out music by Warlock, Doro Pesch, and Sinergy.

"Final Countdown" - It's a classic song, and people have probably heard it everywhere, even if they don't realize it. Someone who likes this type of song might be interested in power metal bands like Sonata Arctica and Rhapsody (two favorites of mine).

"Rainbow in the Dark" - In the company of all the other songs on this album, this song is amazingly odd. Ronnie James Dio (ex-Black Sabbath and Rainbow) is really, honestly heavy metal. This was the first heavy metal song I ever heard that turned me on to metal past the regular radio friendly power ballad type song. This song is a true masterpeice of rock music. I would say that it's in worthy company with "Stairway to Heaven." So it belongs here, maybe as a quiet booby trap to convert others.

"Ballad of Jayne" - Not much new here. If you're fond of this type of song, look into Skid Row as well.

"New Thing" - More than the average hair metal blog, this is a good song. Fresh compared to what you'd normally think of as "80s rock." Somebody will probably hang me for saying this, but it reminds me of some mutant version of a song from Nirvana's Nevermind album.

To end, a better name for this would be "Hard Rock Power Ballads of the 80s." It's a good compilation of that (tweaking out the Dio), but not really a "metal" album. When I think metal, I think Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, WASP, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Metal Church, Accept, and the like.

So for someone who might be wanting to get into metal a baby step at a time, this could be a good companion. For baby-steppers, try the "Double Shot Metal" compilation put out by K-Tell, and the Rock Aid Armenia/The Earthquake Album put out by various companies. (I'm not sure if this album is in print. If not, look for a track listing online. There is a version comming out of some place in Europe that has found its way to dollar store cut out bins, but it is missing three or four tracks.)

For people who just want the radio tunes from their high school days, I guess this is just what they want, so I won't say anything regarding that.

5-0 out of 5 stars A very good way to enjoy eighties metal.
This was one of the best compilations that I have come across. It starts out powerful and ends a little slow but every song is good and it made memories come back. ... Read more


7. Strangeland
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Old- and new-school metalheads unite on this 18-track soundtrack to Dee Snider's film. The best songs here come from the vets. Snider's track with Anton Sanko, "Inconclusion," is dark, Tool-influenced music; it's well-executed and far removed from the Twisted Sister frontman's roots. Megadeth's engaging, Indian-influenced "A Secret Place" and Anthrax's grooving "P-N-V" also rock with energy and melody. But there are some surprises from the new generation of heavy rockers: System of a Down deliver the amusingly tongue-in-cheek, retro-Goth "Marmalade," while the ever-annoying industrial group Bile offer the appropriately sleazy and somewhat catchy electro-rock assault "In League." Twisted Sister themselves reunite for "Heroes Are Hard to Find," an amiable anthem delivered in their classic '80s style. There are also two curious Twisted covers provided by dayinthelife... and Crisis, each group handling one half of the two-part epic "Horror-Teria," the tune from Sister's Stay Hungry that inspired this horror flick. Overall, it's a very mixed bag, but the Snider and Twisted originals are the attraction here, with a few other tracks being pretty decent. --Bryan Reesman ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars More like a sampler than a soundtrack
Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider put together a horror movie with mixed results, and the film's soundtrack is no exception. Combining more newer material from older bands and the at the time "up and coming" (now look them up under washed up) nu-metal bands, this soundtrack feels more like a sampler, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Dee Snider's moody "Inconclusion" is surprisingly good, while Pantera's "Where You Come From" (from their live album) and Anthrax's "P-N-V" are standout newer tracks from two legendary bands. Other standout cuts include Sevendust's "Breathe", Snot's "Absent", and a reunited Twisted Sister's "Heroes are Hard to Find", but the cuts from Kid Rock, Soulfly, Bile, and (hed)pe are nothing special. Also, of all the Megadeth songs, why "A Secret Place"? I can think of so many other songs by them that would have better suited this soundtrack. All in all, despite it's flaws, the Strangeland soundtrack is an above average metal collection.

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent soundtrack
this soundtrack is among the best compilations i own. actually almost every song is very good on here (exception: the twisted sister track and kid rock). it is put together excellent out of great old metal bands and some nu metal stuff. the highlights are the opening track by former twisted sister vocalist dee snider, breathe by sevendust (in my opinion one of their best songs), p&v by anthrax (a nice old-style metal song), absent by snot (their last and one of their best songs. probably the best on here) and last but not least marmalade by system of a down. the previous released stuff on here (soulfly - eye for an eye. (hed)p.e. - serpent boy, coal chamber - not living and so on) is pretty good too

4-0 out of 5 stars hello!
hello! i personally think that this is one of the best soundtracks i own, however, there is only one disapointment i have. durring the film, when Carleton Hendrix was in the instituation, there was an interesting song playing while he was walking around and i have no idea who it's by or what it's called. if anyone has absolutly any information on this music, please email me at fuzzybubble40@hotmail.com

5-0 out of 5 stars Best soundtrack EVER
Dee Snider picked one hell of a lineup for this soundtrack. Almost ever single track is good, excluding Megadeth, Kid Rock (the WORST track, and it's not even cause I dont like Kid Rock, it's just BAD), and Crisis. Sevendust's "Breathe" is a great track, and Sevendust fan should own this because it is one of their best songs. The Pantera track is awesome, but if you own the Pantera live album, then you already have this track. The rest of the tracks are all good, but the high point is definetly Snot's "Absent". Not only is it the best track on the album, but it even beats out most of the stuff on "Get Some". While it is sad that Snot is no longer together (R.I.P. Lynn Strait), there couldn't have been a better track for them to go out on. Every Snot fan should own this because of that song. Overall, I highly recommend this cd, because all fans of metal, old and new, can find something they like on here.

5-0 out of 5 stars Soundtrack not to be forgotten.
I just recently ordered this cd from amazon and received it in the mail on Tuesday. Well, it is now Saturday, and I can tell you, this is THE BEST soundtrack I own. It has great unreleased songs from Sevendust and System of a Down. And the Major highlight of the cd, is the VERY last Snot, song, Absent. This will probably be the song that you will think of from now on when someone says "Snot". Simply mindblowing. There is also a diff. version of Not Living by Coal Chamber that sounds more like their first album. Then there are the songsn that I already have: Serpent Boy, by (hed) pe and Eye For an Eye By soulfly. If you want a GREAT mix of metal, Strangeland is the way to go, also check out the movie, it too is amazong. ... Read more


8. Monsters of Rock, Vol. 2 [Razor & Tie]
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3-0 out of 5 stars What?
Ya just don't know what a letdown this is after Vol. 1. Some of the songs on here aren't even rock. The second half gets a lot better, but it still is a real letdown after the glorious metal on the first and third volumes. Asia is not metal. They are hardly rock. I don't understand what they are doing here. The songs by Danger Danger and Enuff Z'Nuff are great and so is Aldo Nova's bone-crunching Fantasy, but some of the stuff on here is for pop fans. No I'm not kiddin'.

4-0 out of 5 stars Cheesy with a capital "C"
Back in the late '80s when good music was starting to become endangered, radio was polluted with either teen pop or hair metal. I unfortunately fell victim to hair metal but it sure beats the New Kids on the Block any day. The music was so unbelievably cheesy, and the music videos even more so. I bought "Monsters of Rock, vol. 2" a few years ago because I was feeling nostalgic for those good ol' days. Most of the songs on the cd I love, cheesy but I still love them. As silly as the lyrics are, I still find myself enjoying White Lion's "When the Children Cry". Hearing a hair metal band sing about child abuse is like listening to Kathie Lee Gifford talk about other people than her family, in other words a foreign concept. I also still adore Scandal's "The Warrior". Patty Smythe always did have quite a killer voice like Pat Benatar. Although I always have and always will despise Nelson, I can't help but enjoy "(Can't Live Without Your)Love and Affection". It is a major guilty pleasure of mine. Ditto with songs by Danger Danger, Enuff Z'Nuff, Vixen, and The Outfield (one of my personal favorite '80s songs). Unfortunately I could have easily lived without "Love of A Lifetime" by Firehouse, the cheesiest hair metal ballad of all time. Can't stand Yes's "Owner of a Lonely Heart" or songs by Britny Fox and Aldo Nova. "Monsters of Rock, vol.2" is a nice reminder of my yesteryear. I almost miss the hair metal scene compared to what is being passed off as rock music today.

4-0 out of 5 stars Some old favorites - plus some one hit wonders
I enjoy this CD very much. It has many hitsthat I haven't heard in a long time. Someof the songs belong more on a pop and balladcollection than on a rock collection, but I still enjoyed them. Just one low point thatI've noticed so far: Most of the prelude onAldo Nova's Fantasy was cut out.

4-0 out of 5 stars Volume 1 is for the Metal Heads!
Volume 2 of Monsters of Rock is more for the people who like not so much metal and more regularly played 80's songs. The CD is great, I bought it, but Volume 1 contains the real metal bands like Alice Cooper, Whitesnake, and Poison!

5-0 out of 5 stars NICE COLLECTION OF 80'S ROCK
This collection being the 2nd volume of Monsters of Rock continues to impress. There is a variety here with Asia, Scandal, Aldo Nova, Yes and the Outfield. Most of these songs became popular with early MTV viewers. There is no denying that the 80's rock was in a class of its own. Groups such as Vixen, White Lion, Danger Danger and Enuff Znuff depicted the 80's metal (melody and hard rocking guitars). All in all this is a worthwhile collection (16 songs) and any die hard fan of 80's metal will eat this up. Be sure to check out the first volume of this collection as well. Recommended. ... Read more


9. Love Bites : More Romantic Power Ballads
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5-0 out of 5 stars A great price for all the eighties ballads!
I have to admit I'm a sucker for the eighties. I'm also one who has suffered through many bad break-ups especially in the eighties so this brings me back to all those sad days spent crying and watching my boyfriend walk down the halls with another girl. This is music you listen to on Valentine's Day as you watch a sappy movie and eat a box of candy you bought for yourself.

This is a great quality cd with good sound and all the old ones. My favorites on here are "Two out of Three Ain't Bad", "Nobody's Fool", "Total Eclipse of the Heart" and especially the bluesy "What Love Can Be" which is kind of a rare song for a compilation. There are also plenty of other great ones from popular bands from that time. Its definitely a good one for us ladies to look back at that era and remember the old days good or bad.

All in all, one of the best ballad compilations out there. Its a great price. Yes, its sappy but a great buy!

4-0 out of 5 stars Attention all 80's children
For the late 20 somethings and early 30 somethings, this CD will bring you back to your high school years. If you like nostalgic 80's music, you'll like this CD. If you grew up in the 80's, listening to love ballads than you will appreciate the music on this CD. For those who do not like 80's music, especially heavy metal love ballads, STAY AWAY. You will not be satisfied with this CD.

On the other hand, those who grew up in the 80's will enjoy rehashing old times with friends while listening to this dated collection.

4-0 out of 5 stars 4 out of 5 ain't bad!!
This CD has a collection of what's supposed to be one of the best Romantic Ballads in the music.. The bands there, well most of them are now out of date.. but some are still giving to the music industry.. The music there is great, as to be of the old ballads that can never be forgotten.. more likely a collectors edition for those who like romantic rock melodies.. i recommend this CD as a gift to an older person, or someone who really needs to hear some REAL good music!! ... Read more


10. Youth Gone Wild: Heavy Metal Hits of the '80s, Vol. 1
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great collection of hard rock and heavy metal music
I think that this series has the best known songs on one disc and the best known songs are Scorpions: Rock You Like a Hurricane, Poison: Talk Dirty to Me, Ratt: Lay it Down, Twisted Sister: Were Not Gonna Take It and Quiet Riot: Cum on Feel the Noize, there are some other cool songs that I really like which is Accept: Balls to the Wall, Krokus: Screaming in the Night, Dio: Last in Line, Y&T: Summertime Girls and Motorhead: Ace of Spades, the only song that I don't think belongs on this CD is Rainbow: Street of Dreams, I would rather hear Man on the Silver Mountain on this CD instead although it came out in 1975, or Death Alley Driver which is a great song, overall if you love 80's metal or hard rock music then this CD is a must have.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good compilation of 80's metal
I think that this CD out of the Youth Gone Wild collection has the best known songs and you sometimes hear those songs on classic rock radio and the best known hits on this CD is Scorpions' Rock You Like a Hurricane, Poison's Talk Dirty to Me, Quiet Riot's Cum on Feel the Noize and Twisted Sister's Were Not Gonna Take It, the other noteworthy songs is Motorhead's Ace of Spades, Krokus's Screaming in the Night, WASP's Blind in Texas and Ratt's Lay it Down, the only song that doesn't fit in the category is Rainbow's Street of Dreams cause the song is too mellow to be on here, I would've chose Death Alley Driver instead or Stone Cold, I would love to put Rainbow's Man on the Silver Mountain but that song originally came out in 1975 and there would be 2 songs sung by Ronnie James Dio on this compilation but don't let that discourage you, if you're a casual fan of old school metal then this CD is a must have.(...)

4-0 out of 5 stars bang for your buck
here we have a compilation of songs that you wouldn't run out and buy on the original releases.the quiet riot,dio,w.a.s.p. and accept stand out as the strongest tracks and are arguably the best from the respective bands.y&t and rainbow are also strong but not the best from those two bands.you could do without the poison and the motorhead,but thats pretty obvious.

5-0 out of 5 stars 80s Hair Metal at its Best
This is one of a set of four compilation discs which do this genre of music a huge favor by showcasing some of the best music of the time. Many high points! This CD, along with the other three volumes will not disappoint.

5-0 out of 5 stars Heavy Metal Hits of the 80's, Vol. 1 (various artists)
This is a Very good CD if you like good easy listening heavy Metal. It has alot of the best hits. I own it, and am buying it for my brother who likes, and wants it as well. ... Read more


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4-0 out of 5 stars Hair Band Gems
This album is very good. It includes some of the best songs from the hair band era(1986-1991). It is a joy to listen to. Some of the songs aren't too good, so it got 4 stars instead of 5. It includes Giant's classic I'll See You In My Dreams, as well as Motley Crue's Dr Feelgood and Poison's Unskinny Bop. The only songs that doesn't really fit in is Faith No More's rap-rock classic, Epic. But it is a very good song, as well. This is some of the best songs from the hair metal era, at a low price.

1-0 out of 5 stars [Price] for ONE GOOD SONG!
Silent Lucidity is the ONLY song that makes this CD worthy of being bought...for any sum of money.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic Gems
Every song on this cd is good, not every one of them is a classic tho. Silent Lucidity altho good fits in a wee bit odd in this collection since most of the rest of the album is kinda sugary and that track is pretty down beat.

After you get past queensryche you're right back on track to fun. I love these songs because not only were they good but they bring back memories. And I know that there are others out there that loved these songs. Theres a million Hard rock compilations out there but this one looks pretty unique.

3-0 out of 5 stars its not all good but ok
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12. Humanary Stew: A Tribute To Alice Cooper
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Alice Cooper terrorized parents across America long before Marilyn Manson was out of his dirty diapers. On this album, compiled by former Meat Loaf sideman and one-time Cooper touring guitarist Bob Kulick, members of metal's biggest bands pay tribute to the artist formerly known as Vincent Furnier. New life is breathed into Cooper's classic tunes as hardheads such as Alice in Chains ' Mike Inez, the Who's Roger Daltry, Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson, and Slash rework (and add their own distinctive licks to) "No More Mr. Nice Guy," "Billion Dollar Babies," and the anthem for graduating seniors everywhere, "Schools Out." The most unexpected contribution, however, comes from former Deep Purple bassist Glen Hughes, who after spending most of the '90s off the radar screen, wrings out a wickedly dramatic version of "Only Women Bleed," Cooper's dark paean to feminism. --Jaan Uhulzski ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Alice Cooper Rules and so does this tribute
This is a very good album. The songs are all very good musically and there are some amazing musicians on this album. All on one CD you've got guitarists like Slash, Mick Mars and Marty Friedman, you've got Ronnie James Dio and Bruce Dickinson on vocals and the list goes on. In my view the highlights are Schools out (With Dave Mustaine and Marty Friedman from Megadeth), Cold Ethyl(With Vince Niel and Mick Mars from Motley Crue) and Go to Hell (With shock rock deity Dee Snider and Ex-Ozzy guitar whizz/beer monster Zakk Wylde). All the songs on this album are very well performed, this is the sort of album you can listen to all the way through without being tempted to hit that skip track button.

I bought this album as a birthday present for my dad (a big Alice Cooper fan) and he liked it a lot too. I have listened to it a few times and might just have to buy my own copy.

The only dissappointment for me is that many of the great musicians that collaborated with Alice on 'Trash' and 'Hey Stoopid' did not appear on this album. For example: Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Ozzy, Joe Perry, Steve Tyler, Zodiac Mindwarp (They wrote 'feed my frankenstein'), Richie Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi. Had these superstars contributed as well then this great album could have been even greater. I am not too dissappointed that songs off hey stoopid and trash were not covered because those songs already have lots of guest stars on them, and are just about as good as tock music gets . However I do feel that if someone did decide to do a tribute to Alice's eighties albums then it would be pretty awesome, just so long as the quality of musicians remained constant and the artists who appeared on the original tracks only played on tracks that they did not originally perform.

This is a great tribute to early Alice, Buy it!

4-0 out of 5 stars One fantastic tribute album
I am coming into this tribute not listening to Alice Cooper for many years. I think that gives me an advantage in some ways. Anyway this CD is loaded with talent. Highlights for me were Ronnie James Dio in an unbelievable version of "Welcome to my Nightmare", Bruce Dickinson doing "Black Widow" and Dee Snider singing "Go To Hell" I've never been a fan of Dee but I've got to admit he nails this song. The week point for me was Glenn Hughes on "Only Women Bleed" part of the problem is I don't like the song. Glenn is a fantastic singer but I just don't like what he does here. Overall a great line up of talent doing some great songs.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best tribute albums
OK, we all know that tribute albums generally suck, but this one delivers the goods and then some. Instead of relying on bands to cover each song, different musicians from different bands join together for each track. That way we have Dave Mustaine and Marty Friedman (Megadeth) joining Eric Singer (Kiss) and Bob Daisley (Sabbath/Ozzy) for School's Out. All the tracks feature this mix-up approach that works remarkably well and gives each song a fresh feel. The album rocks from start to finish, and most of Alice's hits are included. Also the musicians included truly pay tribute by sticking pretty close to the original arrangement of the song, this a good thing or bad thing depending on your point of view, the only real difference is that the songs sound a lot heavier!

1-0 out of 5 stars Save Your Money
As much as I want to like this disc, I find it impossible to get past two major obstacles: unbalanced production and weak performances. Bruce Kulick (Producer) had a great idea with this, and to have access to the individually talented performers included is remarkable. However, something went wrong with the chemistry. Suffice it to say that this is an aimless waste of good material. Obviously, I am a Coopaholic, otherwise I wouldn't care. I assume you are, too. Take my advice... if you need an Alice fix, buy the box!

5-0 out of 5 stars awesome tribute
in my opinion this is one of the best tributes i have ever purchased, the variety of artists that are on this is awesome, some of the best cover versions ive ever heard, i would reccommend it to anyone. ... Read more


13. Best of 80's Metal, Vol. 1
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5-0 out of 5 stars How can you go wrong with Quiet Riot and Twisted Sister
This is a very good compalation album. I would recommend this album to anyone who is sick of the crappy music of 1999.

4-0 out of 5 stars The music takes you away!
This compilation shows the easy going, party animal side of the 80's metal bands. If you are in the mood to do your own thing, this CD will help you relax and feel like having some fun. ... Read more


14. Hard Rock Essentials: 1980s
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5-0 out of 5 stars REALLY GOOD
I didn't think that Amazon had this cd for sale but when I say they did I was very excited. It has some really great hard rock songs from the eighties that will always be remembered. ... Read more


15. Vol. 2-Wwf X-Press the Album
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5-0 out of 5 stars THE TRUTH ABOUT WE GOTTA WRESTLE!!
I've seen alot of reviews for this CD, but never a completely accurate one. First of all, it's NOT the same as WWF Volume 2.
Here is the TRUE LIST of differences between the 2 CDs.
(1) There is no Ken Shamrock or Dude love Theme. (2) Ahmed Johnson (pearl river rip) is 2:43 long on this CD. on volume 2, it was 3:16 long. (3) jake 'the snake' roberts (snake) is on this cd. it is NOT on wwf volume 2. (4) Faarooq (nation of domination) is the ORIGINAL VERSION WITH RAP LYRICS, not just the instrumental from WWF Volume 2. (5) Rocky Maivia (destiny) is the song used by Rocky BEFORE the WWF Volume 2 song. it is completely different and should not even have the same name as the one on Volume 2. (6) Flash Funk (can't get enough) does not have the "oh flash you are so funky" intro. other than that, it's the same. (7) Sunny (i know you want me) is the original version used by Sunny BEFORE WWF volume 2. it makes the volume 2 version look more like a REmix. (8) shawn michaels (bad attitude) is here, but NOT on WWF volume 2. it is song he used for a short time in 1997. THERE YOU HAVE IT!! I hope that EVERYBODY has a clear view of this CD now. It's about time :-) as far as my credibility here, I own both CDs so this is ACCURACY AT IT'S FINEST. Now you can decide for yourself if it's worth the buy. I give it 5 stars. I LOVE IT.

5-0 out of 5 stars This record was great!
This was probably the best album out there for wrestlings music, absolute thumbs up!

1-0 out of 5 stars his really stunk
it is the same as wwf vol.

1-0 out of 5 stars About this CD
This CD is the same as WWF We gotta wrestle. Not to forget, it is the same as WWF THE MUSICS VOL.2 only has Jake The Snake Roberts Theme by removing Ken Shamrocks Theme.

3-0 out of 5 stars The Germans call it "Hits of the WWF: We Gotta Wrestle"
This is basically a European version of WWF Vol. #2 with a few changes. No Dude Love, no Shamrock, no Sexy Boy theme. This disc has 14 tunes which include Jake "the Snake" Roberts' theme and HBK's short lived "Bad Attitude" theme. Other themes are slightly altered (Snap & Destiny) while another is completely rearranged: Nation of Domination. This cut actually features the rap of J.C. Ice & Wolfie D did when the N.O.D. was brand new. The disc includes some fan stuff: A booklet that lists some of the wrestlers including Double J Jesse James, Jake the Snake, Crush & Brakkus. On a slightly funny sidebar, Marc Mero's picture is listed as Crush, another pic lists Wildman Marc Mero but shows GoldDust & Jesse James scrapping. There's also a 20" X 24" Sunny poster (w/ a wierd list on the back that contains hundreds of German names) & five 1" round stickers of Bret Hart, Sycho Sid, Sunny, Undertaker & HBK. The quality is excellent and well worth the buy if you like subtle changes in the U.S. product or if you are a rabid collector of wrestling lore. I give it 3 stars when compared to the U.S. version. ... Read more


16. Power Ballads
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4-0 out of 5 stars A surprise to someone who didn't know the songs
When I bought this CD, I wanted only one song: "House of Pain" by Faster Pussycat. I knew a couple of the other songs, like "When the Children Cry" by White Lion and "The Search Is Over" by Survivor (which I had never thought of as a "heavy-metal power ballad" but like nonetheless).

Surprise! There are some great songs on here! "Don't Close Your Eyes" by Kix; "Goodbye" by Night Ranger; and "Fly High Michelle" soon became my favorites. I love buying a CD and finding out that you either know more songs than you thought you knew OR discover some great new songs that you can't believe you've never heard before.

BOTH were the case for me with this CD. So I suggest that even if you don't know all of the songs on this compilation, give it a try. There are only a few songs I skip when I listen to this CD. Good collection.

5-0 out of 5 stars Forget the Nineties!!
For the 23+ crowd, take a nostalgic journey back in time when music had real soul and emotion. Some of the best rock ballads from the 80s are all in this CD; Whitesnake, Slaughter, just to name a few. It's music like this that puts to shame the empty sounds of the 90s. Accolades to VHI for making an effort to revitalize a style of music that didn't get the recognition it deserved! ... Read more


17. The Guitars That Rule The World, Vol. 1
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1-0 out of 5 stars Self-indulgent garbage
I tried to listen to this several times, but it is BORING! The songs all sound as if they are slight variations of the same theme: "Look how fast I can play". No interesting ideas, just fast, repeated riffs. There are so many talented guitar players out there, I can't imagine why anyone would want to waste their time listening to this cd. The previous reviewers thought it was good - maybe to a pre-pubescent kid with a brand new electric guitar, but to any with even slightly mature taste, this offers nothing but a headache.

5-0 out of 5 stars Top-notch guitar playing.
Well, everyone is correct by saying this album is AMAZING, but I just wanted to make a little side comment. I saw the release date here at Amazon, and it says 1998... well, that's the "commercial" release date, because this album was recorded and "released" actually in 1993 or 1994, and it was sent as a gift to suscribers of a guitar magazine, I forgot which one. I first heard this album in 1994 and was blown away by it. By the way, on the first song, Reb Beach plays all instruments if I'm not mistaken.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing Guitar Album
This album rules. There are so many great guitar players on it. It's also cool because whoever was on it had total creative freedom, so they could play however they wanted to. This album really has everything from metal to funk to blues.

Former Winger, current Dokken guitar player Reb Beach opens the album with Black Magic. This song is pure metal, and Reb's smokin'. This is my favorite song on the album. Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi is next performing Mr. Sambo. It also features Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres and bass player Hugh McDonald. It is another metal song. It really shows Richie's talent. Next up is Yngwie Malmsteen. Every serious guitar player knows he's amazing so there's no need for me to elaborate on this song. Let me just say that you won't be disappointed. Next up is Paul Gilbert of Racer X and Mr. Big. His playing is amazing. The song I Understand Completely is a primarily acoustic but is filled with sound effects and electric overtones. At the end of the song he comes in full electric. Paul Gilbert's great because he plays with amazing speed and precision. Zakk Wylde does something totally unexpected for his song, Farm Fiddlin'. Being Ozzy's former guitar player and fromntman for the ultra heavy Black Label Society you expect a country intro for his song on this album but that's exactly what you get. He starts off with a lightning speed country piece before kicking into the metal style that he's known for. He like pretty much everyone else on the album plays with amazing speed. This song is also great because it shows all of his influences. In the middle of the song it goes into this whole blues piece before kicking back into metal which ends the song. Next up is Nuno Bettancourt former Extreme guitar player. His song Bumble Bee (Crash Landing) is excellent. He is an amazing guitar player. His playing on this song is no exception. It is however very short. Alex Skolnick is up next. He is the former guitar player in Testament and Savatage. He is also a very underrated guitar player. On Filet of Soul he serves up a very funky type song. It also features Les Claypool of Primus on bass. He is amazing as usual. The middle of the song slows down to display Alex's style. It also shows what a great guitarist he really is. Next up is former Poison current Mr. Big guitarist Richie Kotzen. His song Chype Fluxx shows his talent as a musician because he played all of the instruments on it. The song is successful in showing his guitar playing skill as well as his bass playing which sounds pretty decent. Next up is bluesman Albert Collins. His song "Blues for Stevie" is a tribute to the late master Stevie Ray Vaughan. It features amazing blues playing in the style of Stevie. Next up is former Allman Brothers Band guitar player current Gov't Mule frontman Warren Haynes and Allman Brothers guitar player Dickey Betts. The song Willie and Poor Bob is very different, if I had to describe it I'd say it was country blues. It features impressive slide and harmonica work. Next up is David Bowie's sidekick Reeves Gabrels. His song "Why Do I Feel Like I'm Bleeding" is an excellent song. It shows that he can play fast as well as slow. The song is very hard to describe. There is a drum machine that starts it off then some slow guitar. It doesn't kick in to the fast playing until about the midlle of the song. This album is great, but I only recommend this to guitar players or serious fans of guitar playing. If you like this album I also have a few suggestions such as Joe Satriani-Crystal Planet, Dokken-Erase the Slate, Back for the Attack, Extreme-Pornograffiti, Yngwie Malmsteen-Rising Force,Trilogy, Ozzy-No Rest for the Wicked, Racer X-Street Lethal, and Steve Vai-Passion and Warfare, Fire Garden, The Ultra Zone, Alien Love Secrets.

5-0 out of 5 stars It's GOOD to get outside the box!
Richie Samoboa, Dickey Betts, Zach Wylde, Richie Kotzen, Nuno Bettencourt, and others! Yes, you have to have grown up in the late 80's to know these people, but it's a really fun CD.

The theme is to let a bunch of well known guitar heroes compose songs and perform them outside of the normal music confines of their normal band. The creativity here is fantastic and the types of "guitar music" is greatly varied giving it a constant interest (vs. say hearing all of a Satriani CD, which is great music, but can sound the same).

This is a perfect CD to mix in with a CD/r! They are all cool songs and can be used to spice up some of your usuall music themes.

I give it 5 stars for the creativity and fun/cool songs that developed. I give it a 3.8 as far as CD's I listen to consistently.

5-0 out of 5 stars This deserves more than five stars!
Unbelievable! This is one of my cds that I'm surprised isn't worn out. If I had the cassette, it would have been in a week. I love all the songs on this cd, but Zakk Wylde's "Farm Fiddlin'," in my opinion, is one of the best songs ever written by anyone in the history of life on this planet! It is absolutely perfect. As a whole, so is this cd. If you're into guitar music, then you will kick yourself until the day you die if you don't buy this. Then after you're dead, your friends will kick your body. I kid you not. ... Read more


18. Randy Rhoads Tribute
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10 track tribute to the late guitarist best known for his work with Ozzy Osbourne. Artists include Sebastian Bach (SkidRow), Joe Lynn Turner, Mark Slaughter, Rob Rock (Petra), Jake E. Lee (Ozzy Osbourne, Badlands) & Chris Impellitteri. Songs include 'Crazy Train', 'Mr. Crowley' & 'Diary Of A Madman'. 2000 release. Standard jewel case. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Tasteful versions of a legend's work
It is great when a group of musicians get together to honor a legend. It is even better when this legend is an icon of a generation, Randy Rhoads.

Randy's classically-inspired compositions are loved by heavy metal fans around the world. Now his music is brought back to us by world-renowned guitarists, singers, and other musicians, fresh and updated while staying true to the original sound.

Of course, it must be said that the guitar work is lagging in certain spots. Which is understandable, for it is almost impossible to emulate a genius like Randy Rhoads. For example, I didn't like Jake E. Lee's performance on Crazy Train at all. There are good points to the soloing; such as Mr. Crowley by George Lynch, who performs this classic tastefully; or Revelation by Kyoji Yamamoto, which sounds like something Randy himself could have played at a live show; finally not to be discarded, Chris Impellitteri's mindless shredding on Over The Mountain definitely adds interesting flavor to the song.

On the last note, if you have ever thought that Randy Rhoads deserved a better sounding frontman than Ozzy, this album delivers just that, with vocal performances from some of the top singers in the genre.

Get this album, you won't be disappointed.

2-0 out of 5 stars Hmm...maybe it's just me...
...but I fail to see how desecrating a great musician's work with much worse versions of his songs are a tribute. Maybe they're meant to illustrate how great and tasteful Randy was by comparison? Anyway, check it out if you're curious, but I'm always weary of these so-called tribute albums, and this one is no exception. Ozzy already put out a "Tribute" to Randy, and in my opinion, Randy's the only one who knew how to play his songs.

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally A Genius Remembered
Finally the music commumity is remembering Randy Rhoads for his amazing playing and well structured songwriting. Let's start with the singers. Sebastian Bach(I Don't Know, Crazy Train, Believer) does an amazing job capturing the power of these songs. Joe Lynn Turner(Mr Crowley, Over The Mountain, and Diary)does his usual pro job. Rob Rock(Goodbye To Romance & S.A.T.O. does a great job(a singer to watch). Mark Slaughter Revelation-Mother Earth & Flying High Again)sing better than I've heard him sing in years. Now for the guitarists. Jake E. Lee(Crazy Train & Revelation) plays like I have never heard him play before. Roy Z(Goodbye) does a respectable job. George Lynch(Mr Crowley & Flying High Again)does a downright "Scary" job. Japan's own Kyoji Yamamoto(Revelation)does the closest impression to Rhoads I've ever heard. Chris Impellitteri(Over The Mountian)does a good job, a true Rhoads fan here. DimeBad Darrel(Believer) has the standout preformance here, so good it's frightening. Chet Thompson(S.A.T.O.) does an inspired job, an interesting side note, he took lessons from Rhaods as a teen in California. Thompson plays with a fire I haven't heard in years. Finally Wolf Hoffman(I Don't Know, Diary of A Madman)plays ok on I Don't Know, but plays with a passion of the early Accept albums on Diary. Now the backing band.Kane Roberts(guitars):Alice Cooper.Al Pitrelli(guitars):Megadeth Michael Cortellone(drums):drums. Mike Brignardello(bass):unknown. Bob Parr(keyboards):studio musician. Make a stellar band to pump up the energy on this cd. Michael Wagner handles the production duties here and does his usual tight sounding job. Although it has not been released in America. It is well worth the extra money if you are a true Randy Rhoads fan. Thanks for listening, Kelly D. Cordahl

5-0 out of 5 stars The best will always be with us
After 18 years since the death of Randy Rhoads, he still lives within us all.Whoever put this album together must of been reading all of Randy's fans minds.They deserve the highest recomendation. Listening to these classic's is like he never died. NO GUITARIST alive or other wise could EVER compete with Randy Rhoads! It don't get any better than this. This is a must for every Randy Fan out there! Long Live Randy Rhoads.

5-0 out of 5 stars The BEST for the BEST
Randy was the best the will ever be! Yet them managed to find the best of our times to put this album together.Everyone one this project did a great job and should be very highly commended.You guys are awsome and I love what you have done. Thanks for bringing all the great stuff Randy did back to us and with such vibe and energy.....Rock and Roll will never die ! ... Read more


19. Ozzfest: Second Stage Live
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There's no messing about on Ozzfest: Second Stage Live. Metal purists will possibly be scared off by the sprinkling of eyebrow-pierced alt-metal types, and some will say that, even in the context of metal's obsessive rigidity, we've heard all this before. But you know what you're going to get on Second Stage Live, and it's appealing, not least because, unlike most albums recorded live at festivals, it actually sounds live, and loud. And it gets progressively louder. Disc two is where things become very serious: Neurosis plough through an ultra-belligerent "Locust Star"; the Max Cavalera lineup of Sepultura sound like the moon rolling through your room; and Slayer perform "Angel of Death"--and you can never really hear Slayer do "Angel of Death" often enough. Ozzy Osbourne, of course, provides the climax, sounding maybe a little out of breath, but as heroic as ever. --Taylor Parkes ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars The worst live CD ever made!
The thing I hate about live CDs are that the sound quality 25% of the time .... This CD is the epitomy of ... sound! I could barely hear a single word any of the singers were saying. That is why I immediately gave this to my cousin. I couldn't stand it. I was hesitant about buying The Second Millenium, but I looked at the record labels producing it and it was Ozzy's label Epic records and I knew it would a good quality record. I was right. That CD is a better buy, but good luck finding an edited version. I bought what I thought was the edited version (it had an edited and a Parental Advisory sticker) but it had a lot of cursing which did not make me very happy. Do not buy this CD period! I can't wait for Ozzfest 2002: The Live Album . I will be getting the edited version since I don't care much for explicit versions.

3-0 out of 5 stars Flavor of the week metal and a left over disc
I have been going to Ozzfest for 3 years straight, 1998, 1999 and 2000, and every year it just seems to get more diluted and boring. True, there are always great acts that far outweigh the bad, but the first CD does not show that at all. Instead of all the great acts that Ozzfest2K had to offer, we get the focus on the Second Stage, which usually isn't bad. While it benefits from crushing tracks by Soulfly and Taproot and a great rare song by Queens of the Stone Age, it just suffers from so much other mediocre nu-metal junk. The second disc is a great disc, but just repackaged in with the second stage. It features great live stuff from Fear Factory, Sepultura, Slayer and Biohazard. But nothing makes this 2 disc live set more satisfying than Ozzy himself, who personally closes out each set himself.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best CD Ever
This CD is so good you can be in the pit itself. Each song rocks.

DISC ONE

1. Soulfly- Eye For An Eye: Awesome crowd noise Great Beginning Sweet Intensity

2. Disturbed- Voices: Dan Donegan pumps the crowd up with the single VOICES

3. Slaves on Dope- Pushing Me: Can't go wrong Slaves perfect this song and Rockman(LEAD SINGER) is screaming in the background

4. Kittie- Suck: Never have I heard such a good girl band

5. Primer 55- The Big F**K You: Loud and disturbing

6. Queens of The Stoneage- Ode To Clarissa: These guys get pumped up with the 2 minute track Ode to Clarissa

7. PITCHSHIFTER- KEEP IT CLEAN: Easily the best song, loud noises coming from the English Band PITCHSHIFTER

8. Taproot- Mirror's Reflection: Good Song

9. Soulfly- Pain: Features Jason Rockman with guest vocals excellent song

You Know OZZY

4-0 out of 5 stars Almost as good as being there
First off, I had wanted to attend Ozzfest last year, but couldn't get off from work on the day it came to my town. Grrrr. So I was excited when I heard that a live CD from last years OZZFEST was being released. I just got the CD on Saturday, and although nothing can truly equal being there, this Ozzfest CD comes close.

A brief run down of all the tracks on the first CD:

1: Eye for an Eye--Soulfly. Ok, I was dissapointed in this thrack. For some reason it doesn't sound anywhere near as loud or explosive as the studio version from my Soulfly CD. Granted this is live material, but this song just lacked some "ummph" for me. 3/5

2: Voice--Disturbed. Luckily the CD picks up from here on out. The frontman for Disturbed gets the crowd hyped and then goes in with a smashing cut of Voices. Great song, both live and studio. Great song to crank the volume up on your stereo in the morning when you're trying to get rolling.

3:Pushing Me--Slaves on Dope. I have a confession: Before Ozzfest I had never heard of Slaves on Dope. However, the crowd in Phoenix ::were the CD was recorded did:: because they were shouting the bands name before the song starts. Great live thrashing song, and I'll look forward to hearing more from this band in the future. 5/5

4: Suck--Kittie. Oh god no. The worst song on this album. The song itself is poorly done, the vocals are crap and even the instruments sound horrible during this one. Kittie seems like the biggest joke of a metal band out there. 1/5

5: Big F*** You--Primer 55. Now I'm normally not a big fan of rapmetal but this one was fairly well done. Not too much to say for this one. 3/5

6: Ode to Clarissa--Queens of The Stone Age. Why this song was not released on "Rated R" is beyond me. It's a great metal song,the crowd sings along, and it's well played and powerful. One of the highlights of the album. 5/5

7: Keep it Clean--Pitchshifter. The lads from the UK demonstrate their usual sense of humor with this one. Good electro/metal mix 4/5

8: Mirrors Reflection--Taproot. Good emo metal, powerful, great live. 5/5

9: Pain--Soulfly. Ok, this one loses a star for the simple reason the live version pales in comparison to the studio cut for the simple reason Chino Moreno and Will Grady were there to assist for the studio verion. The lead for Slaves on Dope helps sing in the live cut, but its just not the same. Still, I love the song. 4/5

10: I Don't Know--Ozzy Osbourne. Instant 5/5. If you don't know why, you have no buisness listening to metal. At all.

And so ends the CD.

BUT THERE'S MORE!

As a bonus, you get the CD from the first ever Ozzfest back in 96. Some really good retro metal complete with Slayer and Sepultera.

Overall a great well balanced CD. Worth every penny.

4-0 out of 5 stars Ozzy Rules
This album rounds up the best metal around. Ozzfest is the place to be in the metal world! This album has 19 tracks, and they are all wicked. The likes of Soulfly, Disturbed,Taproot,Slayer and of course Ozzy all made phenomenal contributions. Ozzfest remains the festival to be at, it is yet to be matched and this album is just a small portion of what Ozzfest has to offer. ... Read more


20. Ozzfest 2002 Live Album
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5-0 out of 5 stars Best Ozzfest cd!
Ozzfest 2002 is the best metal cd to date. With great bands shuch as: System of A Down; Rob Zombie; Black Label Society; and many more, you can't go wrong. This was my first experience to Ozzfest and since then I have bought every other one, but none as good as this. If you are a fan of Hard Rock or Metal, then you have to get this cd!

4-0 out of 5 stars An excellent reminder of your Ozzfest experience
2002 was my second Ozzfest experience. I have a blast every year, but what was awesome that year was they recorded the tracks for the live album the day I was in Mansfield, MA. I would've bought the CD anyway, because it helps remind you of your own experiences at Ozzfest. Hearing all the great live tracks, the fans, and the awesome bands help someone remember when they were in the thick of a pit with their ear drums being pounded and the bass driving into your stomach. My only complaint is that one of my favorite bands that year, Otep (which everyone should check out because the woman's voice is frighteningly loud), isn't on the album. But Soil's "Halo" with the greatest guitarist in the world, Zakk Wylde, backing them up is one of the best tracks. Not all the tracks are great, but neither is the set list at any Ozzfest. You'll always have bands you like, and a few you don't. If you like metal, and especially if you've been to Ozzfest, pick this CD up. Also check out Otep and the Ozzfest 2001 CD.

5-0 out of 5 stars If I can only say one word about this album, I'd say AWESOME
Awesome Live Album. I mean, 16 of the world's best bands. My 3 favourites are 1. Drowning Pool - Creeping Death, 2. Rob Zombie -
More Human Than Human and 3. Ill Nino - Liar

1. Ozzy Osbourne - War Pigs: Great song. Great guitar, the fans go insane in the background and it's OZZY OSBOURNE. 5/5

2. System Of A Down - Needles: A pretty decent song, but not as good as the studio version though, but a good song though. 4/5

3. Rob Zombie - More Human Than Human: Finally, the Zombie gets on the Main Stage, deservingly so. And they did a great White Zombie song as well. 5/5

4. P.O.D. - Outkast: Good song, this song never did get any respect on the studio version, but it's great live. 4/5

5. Drowning Pool - Creeping Death: My favourite song right now, A Metallica cover (I'm not sure if Metallica is pleased or not. Hehehehehehehehe)that was really good, but DP's version I think is better. Just simply great. 5/5

6. Adema - Freaking Out: A decent song, but not much impressive though. 2/5

7. Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society - Berserkers: Another great song, much like Ozzy's War Pigs, it's simply an awesome song. 5/5

8. Down - Ghosts Along The Mississippi: As far as this song goes, this band has got the best singer: Phillip Anselmo. You add members of Pantera, EYEHATEGOD and Crowbar together and you make Down. This song is the best Down song. 5/5

9. Hatebreed - A Call For Blood: Not so imprssive. 2/5

10. Soil with Zakk Wylde - Halo: Again, it's not so good. It only gets a 3 because Zakk Wylde is in it. 3/5

11. Flaw - Payback: Pretty decent. 3.5/5

12. 3rd Strike - All Lies: I'd say, it's not that good. 2/5

13. Pulse-Ultra - Big Brother: Do you think that at the second stage the songs get worse as it goes on, still pleasing though. 3/5

14. Ill Nino - Liar: This song, along with Down, are the only two best songs on the second stage. 5/5

15. Meshuggah - New Millenium Cyanide Christ: Another song that's worth listening to. 4.5/5

16. Andrew W.K. with Kelly Osbourne - She Is Beautiful: Pretty good. Unfortunately, Kelly's appearance docked 2 points. Sorry Kell. 3/5

My thoughts, and I'm keeping them. I wonder what Ozzfest 2003 is gonna be like. I know one thing..... LINKIN PARK'S COMING BACK!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Ozzfest,some low points
Okay let me get started by saying this is a decent CD. Some of the bands on here are good but there shold have been some different bands on here. Here's how I rate the songs:
1.Ozzy's War Pigs 5/5-This song would be better if he actually sang but I'll give him a 5 cause' he's Ozzy.

2.System's Needles 5/5-Really good song from a great band. It's a little different from the album version.

3.Zombie's More Human than Human 4/5- Nothing special.

4.P.O.D.'s Outkast 2/5-I was really disapointed when I heard this song. I like P.O.D. but this song is just bad.

5.Drowning Pool's(actually Mettalica's) Creeping Death 4/5-Okay.

6.Adema's Freaking Out 1/5-Not that different from all those other bands out there like Sum 41 and Blink 182 just a pinch heavier. Not very good.

7.Black Label's Berserkers 5/5-I don't really like it but he's a good guitarist.

8.Down's Ghosts Along the Mississippi 5/5-Really good,kinda old school metal.

9.Hatebreed's A Call For Blood 0/5-I hate this song.

10.Soil/Zakk Wylde's Halo 4/5-Nothing to brag about here.

11.Flaw's Payback 1/5-Oh, sorry isen't this Adema.

12.3rd Strike's All Lies 3/5-Again another okay song.

13.Pulse Ultra's Big Brother 1/5-Is this Adema or Flaw?

14.Ill Nino's Liar 5/5-My favorite on the CD. It's pretty heavy but it's good.

15.Meshuggah's N.M.C.C. 4/5-This is a really heavy band,an aquired taste.

16.Andrew W.K./Kelly Osbourne's She is Beautiful 4/5-It's not really good,more of a tap your foot song.

This CD is pretty good even though some of the bands aren't very good the good ones make up for it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another great live Album
OzzFest has done it again! I love this festival! Great bands, great music. Here it goes

1. Ozzy Osbourne- War Pigs 5/5- Great Black Sabbath cover and Zakk Wylde does an amazing job on guitar.
2. System Of A Down- Needles 5/5- Amazing song. Pretty different from the album version. These guys are more humorous than aggresive, and this song proves it.
3. Rob Zombie- More Human Than Human 4/5- Not the best song on the disc, but pretty decent.
4. P.O.D.- Outkast 10/5- By far, the best track on the disc. I've heard this song probably over 1000 times and it still sounds as fresh as the day I bought this CD.
5. Drowning Pool- Creeping Death 4/5- Pretty good. Metallica is a great band, and so was Drowning Pool. Metal had truly lost a star-on-the-rise when Dave Williams died.
6. Adema- Freaking Out 3/5- Good Band, decent song. Voice sounds a bit strange, but it isn't bad.
7. Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society- Berserkers 4/5- Good song. Funny intro.
8. Down- Ghosts Along The Mississippi 5/5- The best of the second stage tracks. Phil Anselmo RULES!
9. Hatebreed- A Call For Blood 1/5- This song is better than last year's "Last Breath", but still too hardcore for me.
10. Soil w/Zakk Wylde- Halo 5/5- Amazing song, and with Zakk Wylde, it just makes it better.
11. Flaw- Payback 4/5- Pretty good song. I love Flaw, but this song isn't as good live.
12. 3rd Strike- All Lies 4/5- Good song, bad band.
13. Pulse Ultra- Big Brother 4/5- The guy's voice is a bit strange (like Admea's), but that doesn't mean it isn't a good song.
14. Ill Nino- Liar 3/5- Nothing special here.
15. Meshuggah- New Millennium Cyanide Christ 4/5- The third headliners for the second stage put on a decent show with this song.
16. Andrew W.K. w/ Kelly Osbourne- She Is Beautiful 3/5- Pretty good song, but docking 2 points for Kelly Osbourne's take in the song. Sorry, Kelly. ... Read more


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