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1. Mezmerize
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Four CD's and nearly ten years into their career, System of a Down continue to be the Gilbert and Sullivan of this generation, delivering razor-sharp political commentary via beautiful, quirky melodies and discordant harmonies.

The group has mastered the ability to be both successful and subversive--with 2001's Toxicity selling over six million copies and debuting at number one on the Billboard charts, their success in indisputable. As far are their subversive-ness, the lyrical content on Mezmerize is a solid stream of anti-war, anti-corporate and anti-celebrity sentiment. The disc's first single proves as beautifully schizophrenic as anything the band has released. "B.Y.O.B." opens with guitarist Daron Malakian's rapid-fire riff, then frontman Serj Tankian's anti-war screams of "Why do they always send the poor?"; less than a minute later, a nearly-surreal jump to a facetiously perky, beach party chorus that could easily be found on a Britney or Justin record: "Everybody's going to the party/have a real good time." Guitarist/co-songwriter Malakian takes increased vocal time on the disc, including the hilarious, size-obsessed "Cigaro" and celeb-slapping "Radio/Video". Witticism aside, musical and lyrical intensity peaks with the operatic "Question!" and the emotional piledriver that is "Sad Statue", the group¹s unflinching statement on war and Lady Liberty.

The only shortcoming of Mezmerize is, quite simply, that it is short. Clocking in at a mere 38 minutes, the reason given is that this release is one-half of a two CD set--with part 2, Hypnotize, expected in late fall 2005. --Denise Sheppard ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A new breath freshair for rock
If your die hard S.O.A.D. and you haven't still bought this album you should. If your not still you should sample this ablum. All of these disappoinmtent groups out their that they get loads of air time and play time on m.t.v. or v.h.1. This album will diffently prove the fact that S.O.A.D. will remain strong for many more years to come. Majority of the album is fast paced and like their debut album back in 1998. Also it's refrefshing because it sounds different from thier previuos ablums. Their isn't one bad track on this album.

5-0 out of 5 stars BEST YET
This is the best S-O-A-D CD, It will match or even top Toxicity's sucess. This CD brings out S-O-A-D's true Metal Roots
with lots of speed rifs and great singing by both Serj Tankian and Daron Malakian. Daron Has alot more air time in this CD than in the other ones. A MUST HAVE S-O-A-D CD~!

5-0 out of 5 stars GET MEZMERIZED!
I picked up this CD to Listen to BYOB a few times then give it to My G/F I put it in My CD Player and let it run all the way Thru and found myself enjoying every track on this Rock Masterpiece
I Always liked SOAD But, I didn't realize how Great They are 'till after listening to this CD
Producer Rick Rubin once again does his magic
SOAD is alot like Rage Against The Machine, 2PAC & Public Enemy They make this sound which isAngry,Dark,Untrusting,makes you question things and at the same time the music is Beautiful and has some of Hope!
The Boys of Metallica could learn a Thing or Two from listeing to this CD maybe how to Play Super-Fast again!

My Fav. Tracks are:
2. B.Y.O.B.
7. Violent Pornography
8. Question!
9. Sad Statue
10. Old School Hollywood
11. Lost in Hollywood(This could be called to slow and melo by some But, it's a awesome way to end this Album)

If you are a Fan of Toby Keith and "His American Take on Living" you'll Ears will Bleed and you'll hate this Album......
For everyone else looking to Hear something Different and Very Special check out this must have CD
My only problem with this Album is it's Short

Open Your Eyes and Free Your Mind
Check it Out -10/10

5-0 out of 5 stars "And we don't live in a fascist nation..."
Finally, System of a Down is back and this really is a mezmerizing album. Still political and strong. I'm glad they haven't changed their style trying to be like all the "new rockers" in the scene and they just stick to their own thing.

They also add some Armenian melodies in their songs which are very pretty. (And no, I'm not saying that only because I'm Armenian) It adds difference from what you normally hear in the Rock genre. I can't wait until Hypnotize hits stores!


And may I point out in a different review, this person quoted a line from B.Y.O.B. saying:

"And we live in a fascist nation"

And decided to define fascism. No thanks Webster, we don't need a definition. Get your lines straight...If you listen (and maybe read the lyrics) he says

"And we DON'T live in a fascist nation"


So use YOUR head, idiot.

2-0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for music, -3 for the politics
SOAD stands head and shoulders above the rest of the nu-metal tripe out there, fusing disparate elements and making it flow, instead a contrived jagginess that is packaged oh-so-often with experimentalish music. No one can deny this, even if you find them unlistenable. Facts are facts.

However, their ignorance of basic political theory (common to liberal talking heads and a few emotional, uneducated conservatives) absolutely kills it. I don't mind that they believe xyz, it's just that their so upfront about it. It increases their stupidity exponentially. It's the same old song and dance from celebrities who are completely out of touch with governments work.

In BYOB, Serj offers this gem repeatedly:

"Why don't presidents fight the war?"

Wow. Ignorance!

The other notably oblivious line is:
"We live in a fascist nation!"

No. USA IS NOT A FASCIST NATION, SIR. Here's the definition of "fascism":

"A system of government marked by centralization of authority under a dictator, stringent socioeconomic controls, suppression of the opposition through terror and censorship, and typically a policy of belligerent nationalism and racism.
A political philosophy or movement based on or advocating such a system of government.
Oppressive, dictatorial control."

This does not describe the US at all. Fascist nations do no have a codified freedom of speech. Past fascist leaders include: Mussolini, Stalin, Pol Pot, Hitler, and our favorite: Hussein. this is Poli Sci 101 and so obvious, I'm ashamed to even point it out. Where were their songs when Clinton ordered the disaster calld Bosnia? Were we fascist then or not? They don't know what they're talking about.

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2. Lullabies to Paralyze
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Nick Oliveri may have departed, taking his naked bass playing skills with him, but Queens of the Stone Age remains in good hands with co-founder Josh Homme. Putting extracurricular projects like Eagles of Death Metal and the Desert Sessions briefly on hold, the restless front man keeps things dependably loud and sludgy on the group's third album. Monster riffs, choppy rhythms, explosive melodies, and, yes, even a generous serving of cowbell, propel standout songs like "Medication" and "Little Sister" on the follow-up to 2002's breakthrough Songs for the Deaf. Friends also lend a hand. ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons shreds through the reverberating "Burn The Witch," while Garbage's Shirley Manson and the Distillers' Brody Dalle join Homme for a tantalizing threesome on "You Got A Killer Scene." -- Aidin Vaziri ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great album
So far, this is probably my favorite album of 2005.I first got into Queens of the Stone Age with Songs for the Deaf, which is one of the best hard rock albums of the past few years.Of course, the biggest change since then has been departure of Nick Oliveri, which leaves Nick Homme as the sole center of the band.By and large, he does a good job of keeping the flame, even if there's nothing on Lullabies to Paralyze that quite matches the blistering energy of "You Think I Ain't Worth a Dollar" or "Six Shooter."Instead, songs like "Tangled Up in Plaid" and "In My Head" take their cues from "No One Knows" and "Go With the Flow," while Mark Lanegan contributes the haunting opener.Homme is less successful when he tries to recapture some of the more manic material Oliveri was known for; "Burn the Witch" is excellent, but "Someone's in the Wolf" seems to run on too long and the two tracks that follow it aren't particularly memorable.On the whole Homme's forays into pop ("I Never Came") and funk ("You've Got a Killer Scene") work very well, which should come as a relief to those concerned about the future of the Queens after Oliveri's departure.Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Their best yet
The first time I listened to "Lullabies" was on an 11-hour flight to London so I had plenty of time to relax and let the music sink in.After my first listen, I couldn't believe what I had heard.The album seemed so boring and slow.After so much excitement from hearing Little Sister, I was incredibly disappointed.Yet I wanted to give it another shot.So I did, and I ended up listening to the album at least 15 times during my one week stay in Oxford.

It's now my favorite QOTSA album.I used to think Rated R was their best, because it had the most diversity but I just think Lullabies is a more cohesive album, and a creepy one at that.It definitely has a grotesque, nightmarish quality to it.I really can't get enough of it.I was too quick to write it off, but it gets better with each listen.Favorite song: The Blood Is Love.

For the full experience, listen to it in the darkest room you can find with a good pair of headphones.Mind blowing.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good, not great.
Josh is going it alone now. You can't compare it to "songs for the deaf." This cd doesn't blow your doors off right away, but after a couple of listens, it will grow on you. I like the mellow stuff. At least Josh keeps doing something alittle different but still rocks. It's a good listen.

1-0 out of 5 stars HORRIBLE!!!!
I hate this album! I ended up giving it away it sucked so much! the only DECENT song is Little Sister, and that gets old fast!

5-0 out of 5 stars QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, KINGS OF THE ROCK AGE
This is easily one of the best CDs I've heard this year(possibly this millennium). Josh Homme creates a world of children's fairytails haunted by nightmares better than anyone since obvious influences Black Sabbath.Nick Oliveri may be Stone Age history, but this album comes across as the most consistant of all QOTSA.It is not as heavy as SONGS FOR THE DEAF without Dave Grohl's pounding drums, but the phsycadelic trip guides your emotions with great melodies, catchy riffs and tripped out sounds like cowbells and the annoying beeping of a phone left off the hook that blends perfectly.

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3. Lost and Found
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4. Audioslave
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Average Customer Review: 4.27 out of 5 stars
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The debut of thundering supergroup Audioslave--featuring members of Rage Against the Machine post-Zack de la Rocha with ex-Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell--is as much curio as fascinating blend of visions. Cornell might be outnumbered, but his unmistakable holler and nihilistic imagery ensure that Audioslave, the album, recalls early Soundgarden. That's especially true since de la Rocha took Rage's signature rap and politicking with him. Still, if this is Soundgarden, it's Soundgarden set to stun. Rage guitarist Tom Morello is more of a mauler than Kim Thayil ever was--witness "Shadow on the Sun," which moves from bruising thud to psychedelic freak-out and back again--while the Rage rhythm section of Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk anchor the bottom end with pure instrumental cement. Intentionally or not, "Gasoline" bears passing resemblance to "Rusty Cage," while the sweeping "I Am the Highway" and slow-burning "The Last Remaining Light" best showcase Cornell's surprisingly New Age-y lyrical bent. Cover art by Storm Thorgerson, who gave Pink Floyd records their distinctive stamp, underscores the set's inherent celebrity. Fans of Rage and Soundgarden can raise clenched fists in unison, for Audioslave is win-win. --Kim Hughes ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Audioslave
Five years after the breakup of Soundgarden and three years after the release of Euphoria Morning, Chris Cornell is back. But now he is backed by one of the strongest groove bands in rock music today, Tom Morello, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford, who were formerly in the band Rage Against The Machine. This unexpected collaboration has formed an extremely strong, new style. Their sound ranges from atmospheric, with Cornell singing resplendant melodies(of haunting themes), backed by a Morello's trippy, delay soaked guitar, to bone-crushingly heavy. Cornell and Morello have a sonic connection in which the vocals and guitar seem to be one entity, moving together, soaring and decending, screaming and whispering. All the time, Tim and Brad never fail to lay down a rock solid groove. In my opinion, this is the best album of the year. If you don't own it yet, buy it! It is the essential rock album of 2002.

4-0 out of 5 stars Quite good-but sounds like a supergroup, not a polished band
Audioslave, the collaboration of surviving RATM members and former Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, brings lots of sound and fury. Unfortunately, the record as a whole doesn't signify anything greater than its parts. This is not to say it's not a good record. At moments, it is spectacular, easily some of the best rock 2002 offered. The opening 1-2-3 punch of "Cochise", "Show Me How to Live", and "Gasoline" are hard to match, as are the more classic rock sounding standouts, "Like a Stone" and "I Am the Highway". The rest of the album, unfortunately is not quite on par; they're all solid songs, but they often sound unfinished and more like a side-project and not a band that plays comfortably together.

Some critics have described Audioslave as RATM with Chris Cornell singing, or Tom Morello playing guitar with Soundgarden. Both such descriptions fit. On their debut, they sound like a supergroup, not a polished band. Even Morello himself seems to have lost some creativity. His guitar riffs still resonate, but even they seem to flow too closely to Sabbath's riff catalog. In the end, the guitar virtuoso seems to have somewhat run out of ideas. The glue here in this collaboration surprisingly is Cornell, whose emotive singing breathes life into the dirgy, thick material.

Taken against other modern rock, Audioslave is amongst the elite. Juxtaposed against either of their former bands, both Soundgarden and Rage packed more punch and left a greater impression. Still, any and all from either band or their respective band members is worthwhile. Recommended.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good for Rage fans, awesome for Soundgarden fans
This is the collaboration of the recently disbanded Rage Against The Machine and Chris Cornell, the incredible voice of the also broken up Soundgarden. So, you would think they might make a record that's got a heavy funk rhythm section(RATM), with a powerful rock vocal(Cornell), wouldn't you? Well, no surprises here. That is exactly what you get, and I like it.
For those of you who were fans of Rage, it all depends on why you were a fan whether you appreciate this record or not. If the real appeal for you was Zach De La Rocha's rap-style vocal more than the bombastic groove of the band, then you may not enjoy this release as much as I did(and still do). With Cornell on the mic you get Soundgarden-like song structure, but you still have the perfect groove of Rage. These songs are MUCH less political, and more radio friendly.
This is usually a bad thing when it comes to hard rock. So many bands lose their edge when they try to appeal to a more mainstream audience, but I don't believe that's the case here. The edge is still there, just not in every track. These songs aren't experimental in an instrumental sense, or a lyrical sense. They are just typical, serious, well-crafted, straight forward rock songs. We even get quirky guitar wiz Tom Morello playing a straight forward acoustic-like track (see "I Am The
Highway"). His experimental playing takes a backseat to Cornell's haunting vocals on many of these songs. I think that Rage realizes what they have in Chris Cornell, and they want to showcase it. All lyrics were written by Cornell, and this is very obvious. In one of the best tracks on the release("Show Me How To Live"), Cornell rants "Nail in my hand, from my creator, you gave me a life, now show me how to live." An incredibly powerful lyric, but very different than the Rage lyrics.

All in all, I think the Soundgarden fan will enjoy this much more than the Rage fan. And, fans of just plain good music should enjoy most of this release. Your getting an extremely talented band doing what comes naturally with the situation they have. It's not all good, but for the most part it has a lot to offer.

Check out these best tracks: "Cochise","Show Me How To
Live","Gasoline","What You Are","Set It Off", "I Am The Highway", and "Like A Stone".

OVERALL RATING (1-10;10 being superior): 6
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3-0 out of 5 stars Everything sounds the same on here
The three hits from this album, "Cochise", "Like a Stone" and "I am the Highway" are all good, but not great. Chris Cornell's voice has clearly gotten better since Soundgarden, but he doesn't do his signature yell nearly enough. The instrumentals just seem lazy to me, and don't live up to Rage standards. Also the eleven other songs seem to be trying to imitate one of the three songs I have listed already.
I give the CD three stars because it still is quality rock music, and sadly better than 95% of the other Rock music out there today.

1-0 out of 5 stars How could something that looks so great on paper go so bad?
Rage Against the Machine and Sound Garden were both awesome bands apart from one another, they had completely different styles and sounds and thats how it should have been, after the demise of these 2 bands when I heard about Audioslave I was all for it, it would be like the coming of 2 amazing bands molded into 1, but alas it wasn't to be. After hearing the minor hit Cocheise I lost some of my faith for the band but I still had hope that it was first single jitters...then I heard like a stone. This song sucked abysmally, it pissed me off more then anything, it lead me to champion for the return of rage and garden, because this song was nothing of what these bands used to be, long drawn out moody songs COMING FROM FORMER RAGE PLAYERS?! THIS IS WRONG!! And with that song it signaled my now hatred of Audioslave, personnally if Sound Garden doesn't get back togeather oh well thats a shame, but if Rage doesn't get back togeather then its a crime because they are needed, because now more then ever political bands are need to help sway the mind of a country needing a regime change. ... Read more


5. Greatest Hits
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If time is the true test, then Guns N' Roses' Greatest Hits confirms that they really were one of the greatest rock & roll bands in the world. While, in retrospect, fellow graduates of the class of 1987 are about as cool as poodle perms and spandex, the L.A. bad boys still rock like gods. Listening to the sun-drenched chords of "Paradise City" and the ensuing stadium-sized swagger is enough to make wearing leather trousers and bandanas seem like a good idea. Of course, it helped that for them sex, drugs, and rock & roll was a way of life, not a fashion statement. As Axl Rose wails "I wanna watch you bleed" on "Welcome to the Jungle" like a chain-smoking lunatic possessed, it's hard not to believe he meant it. Yet equally, it was his surprisingly poetic nature that made genuinely touching love songs of "Patience" and "Sweet Child of Mine."

Though none of their subsequent albums matched the drug-crazed genius of Appetite for Destruction, they did, as the Greatest Hits reminds, have their moments. From the bloated Use Your Illusion I & II came ultimate rock ballads "Don't Cry" and "November Rain," along with the primal rage that was "You Could Be Mine." And while the covers of the The Spaghetti Incident? were largely forgettable, the fact that their final single was a seedy sneer through the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil" seems spectacularly fitting. --Dan Gennoe ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars A Rather Disappointing Compilation
Given Axl's unwillingness to release "Chinese Democracy",you probably can't blame Geffen for wanting to put out any new G&R product.Thus we get a "Greatest Hits" set that while containing the big hits like Sweet Child O' Mine,Patience,Welcome To The Jungle,Paradise City and November Rain,the disc is rather unbalanced,giving more room to latter-day material than the band's reckless,raucous early work like It's So Easy,Mr. Brownstone and I Used To Love Her.(The album contains more songs from their dismal Spagetti Incident than their G&R Lies album.Also such UYIs 1 and 2 cuts like Estranged,Dead Horse,Garden Of Eden,14 Years and Breakdown are absent as well.)Futhermore the disc's high quintent of ballads,epics and cover songs(Knockin On Heaven's Door I can understand,but their horrible takes on Since I Don't Have You and Sympathy For The Devil-COME ON!)doesn't give a true picture of the raw,messy vitality Axl Rose,Slash and the boys delivered in its prime.While "Greatest Hits" may have great remastering,most folks will(and should)be content with "Appetie For Destruction" and the "Use Your Illusion" albums rather than this skimpy and unsuccessful compilation.It's time for [to] release a new one!

4-0 out of 5 stars An album from Guns N' Roses...but not Chinese Democracy
Like Stone Temple Pilots, the band's greatest hits album was my introduction to GNR. I listened to it all the way and didn't think much of it. We just went on vacation and I decided to bring it with me. I'm glad I did. "Don't Cry", "Paradise City", "Patience", "November Rain", and "Sweet Child o' Mine" are fantastic. "You Could Be Mine", "Knockin' On Heaven's Door", and "Welcome to the Jungle" are also very good. The last few tracks aren't very good in my opinion. Like a lot of people, I wondered why over a third of the album were cover songs. I know GNR didn't release a lot of albums, but they certainly could have pulled a few more songs out. I would have liked to have seen "It's So Easy", "Nightrain", "Rocket Queen", and "Estranged", "Dust N' Bones", and "14 Years" on there. I think it's a great intro to GNR, and for that, it's worth getting. It's gotten me into them, that's for sure. After buying this Greatest Hits album, I've gone out and purchased all of their albums. Use Your Illusion II is my favorite.

5-0 out of 5 stars 14 of GNR's finest.
This is GNR's best songs from each of their albums on one CD. Welcome To The Jungle, Sweet Child O' Mine, and Paradise City are from Appetite For Destruction. Nightrain or Rocket Queen would've been nice additions to this album. And Patience the only hit from GNR Lies is a great acoustic song. 7 of the songs are from the Use Your Illusion albums, my favorite is November Rain and Knockin' On Heaven's Door (which is a cover of Bob Dylan's song). And on The Spaghetti Incident Ain't It Fun (The Dead Boys) and Since I Don't Have You (The Skyliners) are 2 great cover songs and are very underrated. Also Sympathy For the Devil a rolling stones cover song was great, in fact it's better then the rolling stones version and its underrated. It could've had maybe Estranged, Nightrain or Rocket Queen on it.

Anyways, if you want all of GNR's hits on 1 CD instead of buying 6 CD's to have all these songs then buy it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great compilation inspite of the tracklist
Inspite of all the complaints about the track selection, this CD still ROCKS!!!!! But if Interscope/Geffen really wants to put out "new" GN'R product, they should offer up remastered and upgraded copies of APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION (1987), GN'R LIES (1988), USE YOU ILLUSION I & II (1991) and THE SPAGHETTI INCIDENT (1993)...and hopefully they will in the near future!!!

1-0 out of 5 stars sucks
this album sucks, go listen to some lil jon and get some crunk in yo system and stop wasteing your time on some fag wit french braids and acid wash jeans f*ck guns and roses.!!!!! ... Read more


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


7. Metallica
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Called "the Black Album" by many (due to its monochrome cover), Metallica marks the group's entrance into the mainstream, with shorter songs, simpler song structures, and slower tempos overall. That said, this is an excellent album, featuring some of the best songwriting Metallica has ever done. "Enter Sandman," "Wherever I May Roam," and "God That Failed," despite being slower and more groove-oriented than the band's earlier work, feature the same heavy riffs and heavier rhythms that have always been a feature of Metallica's music. The band goes introspective with "Unforgiven," and proves that they can write a ballad with "Nothing Else Matters," which succeeds better than one might expect. Overall, this is a high-energy album despite its laid-back approach, and is in many ways superior to the previous . . . And Justice for All, which was weakened by overly complicated song structures and mediocre production. -- Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars The last good Metallica album
Although this album is decredited for having brought Metallica into the mainstream, it's still a damn fine album. I'd recommend Ride The Lightning as the best of the bunch, but here is my review of each song on the black album.

1. Enter Sandman - 8.5/10 This song has a great opening. Excellent lyrics combined with some great guitaring, made this song a hit. Good video too.

2. Sad But true 9/10 Superbly powerful guitaring,lyrics, and another great intro, makes this one of the best songs on the album.

3. Holier Than Thou 6.5/10 Although quite good, this song is average by Metallica standards

4. The Unforgiven 10/10 A true classic. This epic tune is one of the greatest ever Metallica songs. Wonderful solo in the middle. Excellently written.

5. Wherever I may Roam 7/10 This is fairly good. Some good guitaring, but doesn't really stand out

6. Don't Tread on Me 8/10 Simple, yet hugely effective. A great intro, and brilliant heavy guitaring throughout.

7. Through the Never 7.5/10 Again, this doesn't really stand out. However, it's decent enough.

8. Nothing Else Matters 8/10 A mellow song, unlike any Metallica song in the past, yet they still put it together excellently.

9. Of Wolf and Man 9.5/10 Superb. Fantastic guitaring and brilliant lyrics. Highly underated

10. The God That failed 6.5/10 Not so great...this one's overated

11. My Friend of Misery 7.5/10 Great verses are let down by the poor chorus. Otherwise, it would score higher.

12. Struggle Within 8/10 Ah, back to the old thrash roots. This is a good way to finish the album. Excellent.

I'd recommend this album to any Metallica fan.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Album for New Metallica Fans
Ok, most of everybody has probably already heard the songs "Enter Sandman," "The Unforgiven" or "Nothing Else Matters." Why? Because they get some radio-play. They are probably the songs that get most listeners into this band and pretty soon they purchase all the albums and become a metallica fan. That's how i became a metallifan because The Black Album was the first studio album i bought. Now i own all the albums and i would have to say that their best are 'Master of Puppets' and 'Ride the Lightning.'
But the Black Album is a great album with a more melodic side compared to the previous album "..And Justice for All." Their songwriting has evolved into a more complex meaning. The rhythm in all the songs are very catchy and well all the solos are strong and powerful because Hammett remains as probably one of the best lead guitarist along with Dimebag Darrell, Kerry King and Marty Friedman.
Here are reviews for the songs:

Enter Sandman: One of their best and most popular songs of all. 5/5

Sad But True: Great song with great drum beats. its too bad kid rock took the rhythm for this song to make 'American Badass.'
4/5

Holier Than Thou: Probably one of the heaviest songs in the album. Otherwise a great song.
4.5/5

The Unforgiven: A great slow song that talks about the government controlling weaker peoples' lives.
5/5

Wherever I May Roam: The intro is really great. This is one of my favorite songs in the album.
5/5

Don't Tread on Me: .."Liberty or Death" this sounds something like from 'Justice for all'. Better than average song.
3.5/5

Through the Never: Another really heavy song. Not as good as Holier Than Thou.
3.5/5

Nothing Else Matters: THE SLOWEST SONG metallica has ever done. It is another radio-played song that is dedicated to loved ones.
4.5/5

Of Wolf And Man: Great intro and a catchy tune. Lars Ulrich does great with this song. some wolf moans and noises make this song be a perfect song for a Werewolf horror movie.
5/5

The God That Failed: Great song with a great bass tune in the beginning. This song is mostly about broken promises.
4.5/5

My Friend of Misery: Another of my favorite songs. It is the longest song in the album and has probably the best songwriting.
5/5

The Struggle Within: The last and probably the heaviest song in the album along with 'Holier' and 'Through the Never'. AMAZING drumming from Ulrich makes this song a favorite for the heavy-preffered fans.

5/5

This album is REALLY GOOD and it's probably the best album to start off from. If you prefer the more heavy-metal style, then 'Master of Puppets' would be the best. But overall, this one and the previous albums are the best.

5-0 out of 5 stars Do the words, "Best CD Ever," mean anything to you?
There is no better hard rock band than Metallica. That issue isn't even up for question. They are amazing musicians who have stood the test of time and will never back down. Getting that out of the way, THE BLACK ALBUM as it is fondly called is specatacular. Although it has a few more slower tracks than fans are used to, it still has the in your face thrash metal that Metallica fans love.

Everybody knows who Kirk Hammet is, and if you don't, you don't know rock music. He is one of the greatest guitarists ever and is a brilliant musician. His bandmate James Hetfield is also amzing. Besides being a great guitar player, he is and excellent frontman. He has a low growling voice that can have it's softer moments too. Lars Ulrich, the drummer and the founder of the band is also a revolutionary rock musician. His drum solos are that of legend. And to think, he was almost going to be a pro-tennis player instead of a drummer for the best band ever.

Introductions done with, let's get to the CD. It starts out with the ever popular ENTER SANDMAN. This is one of Metallica's most famouse songs thanks to the ever present MTV. Besides it's overplay, it is a fantastic song. Next is SAD BUT TRUE, a track that really shows Lars' true abilities. There is nothing "sad" about this song. HOLIER THAN THOUGH comes next with a true Metallica spirit behind it along with good lyrics(like in every song). My favorite track comes next, THE UNFORGIVEN. It is the first of the slow ballads, but it still has it's kick-ass moment, such as Kirk's amazing solo. Following THE UNFORGIVEN, are three hard-hitting metal songs that all have self-explanatory titles. WHEREVER I MAY ROAM, DONT TREAD ON ME, and THROUGH THE NEVER. Another slow song comes next, that is and instant classic. NOTHING ELSE MATTERS. With great lyrics, guitar parts, and vocals, this song has nowhere better to go. All the other songs are great, but you've probably stopped reading this by now, and I'm tired of typing.

All in all, this is a great CD that I recomend for every rock fan out there, no matter what genre you like, you'll like this.

5-0 out of 5 stars not suprising i have alwase loved metallica
this cd didnt suprise me how good they are. i am a metal fan and alwase have been but this cd made me honor metal more. my altime favorite songs are on this cd and they are metallica's enter sandman, the unforgivin which i am listining to right now and metallicas nothing else matters. these songs show not only the band itself but james hetfields best.

5-0 out of 5 stars This time, 15 million copies sold is NOT wrong
That's right. Commerical isn't ALWAYS synonymous with crappy. The Black Album spawned (count 'em) THREE Top 40 hits: "Enter Sandman", "Nothing Else Matters", and my favorite song on the album, "The Unforgiven". "Enter Sandman" has one of the best opening riffs in all of rock music, in the same vein as Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water". Radio staples "Sad But True" (heavy) and "Wherever I May Roam" (has a Middle East feel to it) are both awesome tracks, while the older thrashier Metallica fans will surely enjoy "Don't Tread on Me", "Through the Never", and "Struggle Within". This album displays some of the finest songwriting ever to come out of James Hetfield. As usual, Kirk's solos are masterful, and thanks to Bob Rock's excellent production, Jason's basslines are clearly audible (esp. on "My Friend of Misery")! Even if you are not a Metallica or heavy metal fan, this CD should still find a home in your collection. Indeed, Metallica changed its sound, but the songs are still of high quality, unlike their subsequent albums :( And for the record, this CD is in every single way (songwriting, musicianship, production) superior to Nirvana's Nevermind. ... Read more


8. Toxicity
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5-0 out of 5 stars Do you really want to think and stop?
Is the sophomore effort by SOAD as good as their eponymous debut? Absolutely! As a matter of fact, it bests the first album in just about every way. The songs are strong, melodic and fierce, and the instrumentation is much improved. Every song on this disc is good to great, with prison song, needles, chop suey, science, toxicity, psycho and the immense aerials leading the way. The songs are so good simply because they are a breath of fresh air at a time when conformity and sameness permeate the music business. From the alternating crunch/beauty of Chop suey, toxicity and aerials, to the sheer variety of sounds they ... coax out of their instruments (sounds like Daron Malakian is playing a mandolin on Chop Suey), these songs sound like no other. In addition, Serj's voice is an additional instrument as he seems to have several different styles (from deep-throated growl to pleading wail; the only other hard rock vocalist with a range like Serj is Glenn Danzig). Anyway, do yourself a favor a pick up a copy of this CD (the bonus CD stuff is cool too)and enjoy some flashlight reveries caught in the headlights of a truck.

Paul M

5-0 out of 5 stars I WANT TO BUY AN ISLAND AND DICTATE IT
After hearing Chop Suey I had to get this cd. As soon as I heard the first song, Prison Song, I knew I would love this cd. (I could rant for hours and hours about the drug war and the current ridiculous drug policy but "Prison Song" pretty much sums it up). Other very good songs are Forest, ATWA, Deer Dance, and Toxicity, but those are just my personal favorites-all the songs are good. There's little filler on this cd, if any. System is kind of different and not everyone will like them, but people who decide to give them one star should at least have enough musical knoweledge and intelligence not to compare System and Drowning Pool. They have different styles, System's being far superior, much more unique, interesting, and talented than Drowning Pool's (who should be classified under unoriginal, untalented, headache-inducing, Korn clone *expletive*-(censored courtesy of Amazon.com). This is completely random, but speaking of censoring isn't it great when Mtv shows some video that has fairly explicit and graphic scenes and then they go and beep out the "s word". Well anyway, to sum up all the points in my random useless review I think the drug policy in the U.S. is idiotic, Drowning Pool sucks, I don't like censorship, and the System cd is awesome and everyone should go buy it.

1-0 out of 5 stars corgancobainmalakian is a dipsh*t!!
corgancobrainmalakian, you make me want to vomit!! Zach De La Rocha is a much better singer than Serj Turkian (he's a stupid Turk) will ever be!! So what if RATM isn't around anymore, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath aren't together anymore. I'm glad RATM isn't in Hot Topic, its a sign that they're too good for that. Daron Malakian is a terrible song writer and guitarist. Soil's guitar solo was NOTHING to scream about. 99% of his songs don't make sense. RATM isn't one dimentional, each of their songs sound completely different from the rest. SOAD is a hypocritical no-talent new-metal (not nu) band, get that through your empty head you ass-raming chode!! If you're from England and if Amazon has a British website, go to that one you retard!! Stay in your own website!! I hate you and I hate any band who's main influences are Slayer and Cannibal Corpse. Go listen to the kids in my school, ha!! All the kids in my school are retarted, they listen to rap, or the rock kids listen to pop-punk emo crap like Simple Plan and Dashboard Confessional. The metal kids listen to Korn and SOAD. I hang around the classic rock kids. They can actually sort out good and bad music (something you can't do). Another reason SOAD sucks is because they're in favor of religion over science, why don't these guy might as well say creationism is more factual than evolution!! Face it corgancobrainblahblahblah, RATM was, is, and always will be better than SOAD. If you don't like the truth, suicide is your answer.

2-0 out of 5 stars SOAD ROCKS THE ALL TIME MAX DUDE!!!
The System has been my favorite band since I first heard their music, Toxicity is the best of all 3 albums I love the songs Toxicity and Chop suey If you are a true rock fan you will listen to this Kick @$$ CD!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars KarlMarxEmilioZapata is a retard!
Karl Marx you (...), how dare you slag off the legends that are System of a Down? And you say they rip off RATM? Don't make me laugh you goon, RATM had some cool guitar work but apart from that they were 1 dimensional, every song sounds the same and Zach De La Rocha's nasally rapping gets old. Serj Tankian on the other hand has the best voice in rock, I'd like to see Zack De La Blah Blah try & sing the harmonies to "Aerials", haha yeah right. I don't care if SOAD are in Hot Topic you nut licker, RATM aren't in Hot Topic because they split up 4 years ago you dork, otherwise they would be too.

Now on to Toxicity. The best tracks are: Aerials, Chop Suey!, ATWA & Needles. Daron Malakian is the best song writer in music, he is the most important figure in music since Kurt Cobain, SOAD are GODS!!! If you think Malakian can't play listen to the solos on "Soil" from their debut album.

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9. O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits
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Over a remarkable 30 years, Aerosmith has delivered near-perfect hybrids of rock and balladry, converting generations of listeners into devout fanatics. O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits drives chronologically through 30 of their best songs, providing a tour of the construction process. And what a process! Listen to "Mama Kin" and you might not recognize Aerosmith at all--here is a young Tyler, before finding his distinctive gritty wail, fronting a simple blues-bar band. But the phenomenal energy and synchronization that developed between Tyler and Perry starts here, and is followed up by successive wonders. "Dream On" captures plodding despair; "Last Child" bears witness to Tyler's mastery of harmony and shriek; "Back in the Saddle" explodes with swagger. Built from the low-end up, Aerosmith's heavy kick, driving bass lines, steady rhythm guitar, and blaring exclamation-point horns create a perfect foundation. And the dirty, harmonic souls of Steven Tyler and Joe Perry do what they do best--put on an over-the-top, flawless show.--Laura Etling ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars O, Yeah! O. O.K.?
Aerosmith is one of those artists' that you get so use to that their music, is great no matter what the material. And on O, Yeah! Their ultimate greatest hits and classics along with the recent hits are found here, but with that said this album just is their "Young Lust"-anthology all over again minus the live versions and studio recordings, but don't get me wrong, O, Yeah is still a good hits package, on this hits package we find, hits like ones you'd expect like "What It Takes", "Janie's Got A Gun", "Cryin'", "Jaded" and "Dude(Looks Like A Lady)", you know the hits, and there are also additions from "Nine Lives" like "Fallin' In Love" and "I Don't Want to Miss A Thing" which appears and an Aerosmith album for the first time ever(remember the song originally appeared on the Armageddon soundtrack), and plus their two new songs, "Lay It Down" and I can't believe I'm going to say this, the pointless current song "Girls Of Summer" which doesn't sound like Aerosmith it sounds more like an 'N Sync-type song. And also the album is missing some songs not alot, like "Hole In My Soul", "Fly Away From Here" and "Sunshine". But with all of that the album is still good and that is why I bought it, because it's Aerosmith enough said. Grade B.

4-0 out of 5 stars 4 Decades Of Rock N' Roll
Yet another Aerosmith best-of-compilation has hit the shelves, although the last one ("Young Lust: The Aerosmith Anthology") was released not even one year ago. However, "O Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits" (what a name!) is the first collection (after six best-of's and four live albums) which really covers Aerosmith's musical journey from the very beginning in 1973 to today.

Disc one takes you from 1973 to 1989, including their classic hits "Mama Kin", "Sweet Emotion", "Walk This Way" and the prototype powerballad "Dream On". It's a pleasant surprise to see "Seasons Of Wither" here, but other favorites like "Train Kept A Rollin'", "Toys In The Attic" or "Rats In The Cellar" are missing. Just two discs don't seem to provide enough space for all of Aerosmith's hits. And their 80s repertoire already follows, with popular songs like "Janie's Got A Gun", "Love In An Elevator" and "What It Takes".

Disc two shows us the slick, hit-producing Aerosmith of the 90s, including alltime-favorites like "Cryin'", "Crazy" and "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing". And there are two new songs: "Girls Of Summer", a catchy midtempo popsong and "Lay It Down", a emotional ballad, focused on Tyler's vocals.

So, who should buy this album. Die-hard fans might buy it for the two new songs (it's your decision). And it's definitively a good point to start an Aerosmith collection for "beginners", as say get quite a good overview of their music over four decades. But we have to realize, that a double-album is way to little to give a complete representation of this band. However, it's a well recommended buy for the casual listener.

5-0 out of 5 stars Definite Aerosmith
"O,Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits" is definite Aerosmith. I have been an Aerosmith fan for a long time, and I can think of nothing better than a box set with great Aerosmith music for more than two hours. None of the songs on this box set are bad. The best things about this box set are two new bonus tracks ("Girls of Summer" and "Lay it Down"), the South Beach mix of "Pink", the radio remix of "Just Push Play", and the version of "Walk This Way" Aerosmith performed with Run-D.M.C. But even though those bonuses are the best part of the whole box set, the best song is "Angel" because the lyrics, music, and singing are pretty. Also,when I listen to it, it reminds me of a very special girl who is very important to me. Plus, if you want a girl to think you're romantic, playing this song for her on a date would do just that.

4-0 out of 5 stars Definitive Aerosmith
First let's address the album's atrocious title. On top of being a mouthful, "O Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits" is one of the lamest names for a Greatest Hits collection ever. But to be fair, Aerosmith have put out so many hits collections that they're running out of good titles to use. That said, this is definitely the Aerosmith hits collection you'll want to get. "Greatest Hits" and "Big Ones" were both snapshots of a certain point in Aerosmith's career, but "O Yeah!..." encapsulates their entire career (through 2002). All their bigs are here, conveniently in chronological order, except for the Run-DMC version of "Walk This Way" which is wisely put at the end of Disc 2 (the original is on Disc 1). Listening to the songs in order, it's easy to track Aerosmith's career from rock underdogs to the comeback kids to '90s ballad kings. And since everybody has a favorite Aerosmith track, or five, you can be guaranteed that the album will have something for everybody.

On top of 28 of their hits, the albums includes two new numbers: "Girls of Summer" and "Lay It Down". The former is something of a miss: it's basically just generic top 40 summer rock. The latter is a should-have-been-a-hit ballad in the vein of "Angel".

Inevitably Aerosmith will continue to release albums, and by extension, greatest hits albums. But for right now, this is the one with all their hits, and it's worth every penny you'll spend.

4-0 out of 5 stars Their best collection
And there are many out there. But Aerosmith has rarely let the standard drop over the years, and this two-disc set boasts strong remastered sound and a wealth of great tunes. The first ten on Disc One approximate the original Greatest Hits, including classic rockers like "Walk This Way," "Same Old Song and Dance," "Sweet Emotion" and "Back In The Saddle Again" as well as the oft-played "Dream On." There's also the humorous "Big Ten Inch Record," which you can't be without.

The last half dozen tracks on Disc One pick up with the 1987 LP "Permanent Vacation," and although there's more ballad and melody in the now-clean band (i.e. "Angel," "What It Takes"), there's plenty of finger-snapping rock and roll: "Rag Doll" echoes "Walk This Way," and "Janie's Got A Gun" displays a social conscience and is one of their most powerful songs. There are several big hits from the album "Pump" to open Disc Two, with memorable rockers like "The Other Side" and "Livin' On The Edge," and the more recent stuff is strong as well. Sure, "Don't Want To Miss A Thing" is a tad sappy, and "Just Push Play" nods obviously to hip-hop. But "Pink," "Jaded" and "Falling in Love Is Hard on the Knees" are classic Aerosmith.

The remake/hybrid of "Walk This Way" with Run DMC is included, and it's enjoyable in the spirit intended--Perry's guitar sizzles, by the way. The final tracks, "Girls of Summer" and "Lay It Down," were new at the time of release. "Girls of Summer" is a melodic rocker with just a hint of Eastern influence. "Lay It Down" is a fine ballad. Sure, there are countless compilations of this great band out there, and I'm sure Aerosmith diehards get tired of seeing them. But for the casual fan, this is an awfully good place to start. ... Read more


10. Led Zeppelin II
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Riff rock had been what Jimmy Page's former band, the Yardbirds, were all about, and on Led Zeppelin's second album, released, like its predecessor, in 1969, the inventive guitarist demonstrated that he'd indeed learned his lessons well. Witness "Whole Lotta Love," a woozy epic based on one simple, head-banging-friendly guitar riff. Or the mock-dramatic "Heartbreaker," propelled by far more intricate but similarly effective note squashing. Between Page's sonic wizardry, John Bonham beating his drums into submission ("Moby Dick"), and the juice running down Robert Plant's leg ("The Lemon Song"), Led Zeppelin here just about succeeded in raising rock & roll excess to an art form. --Billy Altman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Led Zeppelin II
Zeppelin's "II" is simply put, the most influential hard rock album to ever be stocked on shelves. It fuses blues and straight-up rock to a perfect degree, and includes elements of folk, and even traces of metal in it as well. This album gets off to an exceptional start with "Whole Lotta Love," and its infectious riff (the electrifying guitar solo is also one of Page's best, and is worth waiting around for through the dark and imaginative midsection). "What Is and What Should Never Be" is another classic that goes from light to heavy in an instant. The slide guitar and gong are nice touches. "The Lemon Song" is pure blues mayhem with wild solos, Plant sounding annoying (as usual), and a hot bass line. "Thank You" is a surprisingly good love song that has some great drum outbreaks, all credit to Bonham. Next up are "Heartbreaker" and "Living Loving Maid"(She's just a woman). These two tracks go together perfectly, with both of them being medium-paced, blues-based rock tunes. Heartbreaker contains a superb solo, first unaccompanied, and then played together with two other guitars. "Ramble On" showcases John Paul Jones' bass playing expertise, and has some of the greatest lyrics of all of Led Zep's songs (inspired by Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings"). "Moby Dick" is built upon a fantastic guitar rhythm section, and the monster drum solo by Bonzo is a brutal dose of percussion at its finest. Finally, the album ends with "Bring It On Home" to bring the album to a close, and this song features Plant playing an electric harmonica, and Page's explosive riffs shredding through the otherwise peaceful tune, half way in. All of the songs on "II" differ from one another, which makes one view this album as more of a compilation than a one-themed release, and this variety accounts for it being considered one of the greatest albums of all time. It still sounds fresh today, due mostly to unpredictable rhythm changes and top notch recording quality. If you like rock music, or any of the other genres that branch out of it, you will not be disappointed. I strongly recommend this album.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Ramble on baby...
This is one of my favorite LZ records, mostly because of the outstanding bass guitar work by John Paul Jones, but also because of the memorable sungs, increasing presence of Robert Plant and classic riffs by Jimmy Page. John Bonham plays some mean drums, too.

I wavered between 4 and 5 stars, but had to knock a star off for lyrical rip-offs during the Lemon Song and the vocal black-face portrayal in Bring it on Home. Still, I highly recommend this album, especially for novice rock musicians and fans just becoming acquainted with the Led Zeppelin catalog. There's a lot of good stuff here.

"Whole Lotta Love" kicks things off with one of rock's all-time classic guitar riffs. Plant's vocals are much more self-assured here, and we can sense the beginnings of his 'golden god' image, plus there's that orgasm sequence in the middle, with all those crazy guitar effects. One of Page's better electric solos here, crystal clear like you're sitting right next to the amp. Great dynamics, especially by Bonham, who had superb timing and could really coax feeling from his drums.

"What is and What Should Never Be" has a nice mellow groove, snaky bassline, and soft/loud dynamics that rise above the lyrical content. Nice guitar/bass interplay during the solo, and great energy at the end.

"The Lemon Song" features some not so subtle innuendo and imagery copped from Robert Johnson. "Squeeze my lemon..." While this is mostly standard white blues with edgy guitar, Jones balances with tissue paper touch on the bass and a fine extended solo. The tempo changes give this one a lot of energy.

"Thank You" is probably one of the least misogynistic tunes in the LZ catalog, a pledge of undying love even "if the sun refused to shine." Plant sings with emotion. There has always been something about the transitions and harmonies of this song that were awkward and didn't quite work for me.

"Heartbreaker" is another classic riff and rock/blues progression, with cool bass licks backing the vocal lines. This song has a quirky solo that starts with some cool licks, then dissolves into a stuttering, sloppy pick frenzy, before gathering speed again with a second solo part, then back into the verse. If I had to rate Page as a guitar player, I would say his acoustic and electric rhythm playing were exceptional, but his electric solos were hit and miss.
There's hardly a missed beat before going right into "Living Loving Maid" with a driving rhythm, with more outstanding bass and drum interplay, another memorable Page lick and interesting rhythm/tempo changes.
"Ramble On" is on of my favorites, with a beautiful bassline, excellently strummed acoustic guitar and gently tapped percussion. One of Plant's better vocal performances, wonderfully modulated. Check out that bass work during the choruses. The lyrics begin to introduce us to Page and Plant's interest in fantastic mythology, mentioning Gollum from Lord of the Rings, and a love story involving a ranger-type character.

"Moby Dick" is an instrumental with a basic rock/blues progression, built to showcase a drum solo by John Bonham.

"Bring it on Home" begins with a Delta-style blues feel, some cool harmonica, and Plant singing in an affected American South dialect that sounds ridiculous. Still, I like the way this song builds from blues into a hard rock piece. Nice guitar overdub interplay, and Plant redeems himself with his vocals on the rock part.

Add this one to your rock library. It's a classic.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Man what can I say, amazing CD, been hooked on Led now for 2 or 3 months and every new Zep CD I buy i get addicted too. This is a amazing CD, Starting off with Whole Lotta Love a awesome song for both Plant and Page, the guitar riffs rock, and Pages singing is at its best. Then What is and What Should Never Be, I loved this song its just amazing. Next The Lemon Song, the first part is great, with awesome guitar, the last part isnt too clean though, not a huge deal and i still love this song but not my fav number. Thank You is a great tune, Then Heartbreaker and Living Loving Maid, super songs, again not the cleanest but amazing guitar as always and super singing. Ramble on, again not my fav Zep tune but still great, Then Moby Dick, words cannot explain this song, amazing John Bonham proves he is and was the greatest drummer to live. And lastly Bring It On Home, good song great Plant vocals. To sum it up I would say this is Jimmys CD the guitar riffs are like non other absolutly fabulous.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another High Five.
I've been looking for albums I consider all fives. One of them is rock legend's 'II.' Led Zeppelin, a contender against the more prolific and modest 'The Who', were loud, raw, and action packed. This is the album that delves into this description.

The sequel to 'I', 'II' picks up right where their previous debut left off. Songs like 'Ramble On', where the fine, catchy rhythm blasts into the hard paced, loud mouthed Robert Plant are so rocking, you can't stop and think, 'Man, these guys still freakin' rock.' 'Heartbreaker' is another fine example of fine tuning. With the infamous scale that is one of rock's greatest hooks, the song really has you headbanging as if it's raw power is something new.

The album has it's moments and it has it's shines. 'Moby Dick' is one of them, but in essence, this is definitely not a studio song. If you want the real deal, buy 'How the West Was Won' and you'll understand. Nevertheless, it's still killer. 'What It Is and What Should Never Be' is such a fine example of different sounds, it's worth the price of the album alone. Along with the overdone, but still medium rare 'Whole Lotta Love', Led Zeppelin 'II' is one of those albums where every song is great and every song can be played over and over...on the same listen.

This sits proudly next to 'Tommy', 'Out of Our Heads', 'The Doors', etc in my vinyl collection. On CD, this rests kindly on my dashboard and I'll always put it in. 'II' is better than 'I' in my opinion, and I think you might see it that way as well.

2-0 out of 5 stars Overrated Rock, Overrated Rock, Overrated Rock
I used to love LZ, but they've soured on me as well because of all the law suites over old blues songs. And that they were pretty much a studio band posing as something they were not. Man, was I disappointed. LZ really weren't that original after all.
SCORESHEET:
WHOLE LOTTA LOVE- good impact, but a Willie Dixon and Muddy Waters rip-off
and that ugly jam section in the middle. Dixon took them to court in 1977.
WHAT IS AND WHAT SHOULD NEVER BE- one of their better songs.
THE LEMON SONG- another rip-off (a remake of killing floor) and it is boring.
THANK YOU- a nice ballad, but nothing that you really need to own.
HEARTBREAKER- an FM staple, a classic! It is the 'wallpaper of our lives'.
LIVIN LOVIN MAID- LZ putting down woman again. Good riff, but a bad message!
RAMBLE ON- a good song that is simply overplayed. Vocalist Plant is no Ian Gillan!
MOBY DICK- a great riff, but that drum soloooooooooooooboring.
BRING IT ON HOME- starts off good, but gets repetitive by the end. Another rip-off too!
Look for their greatest hits collections before buying their regular albums.
If your looking for even more hard rock that swings, try Deep Purple 1970/1973 (In Rock, Fireball, Machine Head, Who Do We Think We Are or Made In Japan). ... Read more


11. Master of Puppets
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One of the defining albums of thrash metal, Master of Puppets is arguably Metallica's best album (as well as their last with bassist Cliff Burton). Focusing on the concept of power and abuses thereof, this is a collection of complex, intelligent music, played at about a hundred miles an hour. Not that these are short songs; this eight-song album clocks in at over an hour, which makes it all the more impressive that not one moment on this recording is boring. In tackling various approaches to their subject, Metallica is insightful lyrically as well as musically: "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" is from the point of view of an institutionalized inmate and "Disposable Heroes" is the perspective of a soldier. If all you've heard of Metallica is what's been on the radio recently, check this one out. You're in for a surprise. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars "...Blood Will Follow Blood..."
Just how good is "Master Of Puppets"? You could take all of the Metal bands, from hair bands to thrash to Nu-Metal, put them together, and they still wouldn't equal the excellance of this album. These eight songs, all of which clock in at 5-8 minutes, possess a power and beauty that no other band, even the almighty Metallica themselves, will ever hope to match. Like its predecessor, "Ride The Lighting," "Master Of Puppets" has a concept to it: exploring the abuses of power. The opener, "Battery," perfectly sets the tone of the album, both lyrically and musically. The song starts off with a hauntingly beautiful melody on flamenco guitar, the melody is then carried over by an electric guitar, then the melody disappears and out comes the monster. It's like a beast that lures you in with sympathy and then breaks loose from its cage only to attack unmercifully. Lyrically, the song is potent and vicious; it's exactly as the title says, about battery. The title track has been called the best Metal song ever by many. It clocks in at over eight minutes and never ceases to amaze. Dealing with substance abuse, the song is less of a song and more of journey. From James' shouts of "Master!," to the skull-crunching rhythm section, to the absolutely beautiful break in the middle of the song, "Master Of Puppets" is definitely epic Metal at its finest. The slowest song here, "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)," is one of the most haunting songs music has to offer. The haunting melody that runs through the song is amazing, but it's James' lyrics that really haunt the listener. There is no real way to describe it, the songs is just a masterpiece. "Orion" is, in my opinion, the greatest Metal instrumental there is (yes, I believe it's better than "Call Of Ktulu"). "Orion" lasts over eight minutes, and that's why it's so impressive, not one second is boring. Each second has you hanging on to the next, and it's like watching something evolve. Before there was "One," there was "Disposable Heroes." While nowhere near the level of beauty that "One" is, "Disposable Heroes" still manages to impress (and pummel) with anti-war lyrics and brutal music. "Leper Messiah" is, while not as fast as "Battery," a sludging, buzzsaw, Metal masterpiece. James' has always sang about the reality of religion, and this is one of his best. "Marvel at His tricks, need your Sunday fix, blind devotion came, rotting your brain." I just want to shake James' hand for telling it like it is. The only time the abuses of power theme goes off track is with "The Thing That Should Not Be." It's not that the lyrics are all that different, they're just not about the same theme as the others are. Nevertheless, the song is a very strong and flawless track, not unlike "Leper Messiah" in its heaviness. Metallica saves the most brutal track for last. "Damage, Inc." is an absolute monster. The intro to the song is simple, yet completely spellbinding. Then buzzsaw guitars give in and the song lives up to its name. "Master Of Puppets" has got to be the greatest Metal album ever. Lars' drumming is the equivalent of machinegun fire in both power and speed, James' lyrics are bitter and intelligent (not to mention his guitar playing, the guy plays so fast your brain can't even keep up), Kirk's soloing is frenzied (to say the least), and Cliff shows us why he is easily the greatest Metal bassist there is (sadly, this would Cliff's last album, as he died in a tragic bus accident. RIP Cliff.). Not one second of "Master Of Puppets" is boring, all of it is enthralling with beauty, intelligence, and sheer power. Every single riff, drum beat, solo, bass note, and lyric mesmerize and draw the listener in time after time after time. If you have any interest in Metal whatsoever, you owe it to yourself to buy the genre's best album. Consider yourself cheated if you don't own "Master Of Puppets." "Korn"? "Paranoid"? "Back In Black"? Nah. They all fail when compared to this. This isn't just the greatest Metal album ever, this is one of the finest pieces of art I've ever had the pleasure of enjoying. Just perfect.

5-0 out of 5 stars Metallica's best album
"Master Of Puppets" is my pick for Metallica's best album, epitomizing classic heavy metal. All the songs have epic structures, brutal lyrics and riffs and great solos. It starts out innocently enough, with gentle acoustic guitar strums, but a few seconds later, the headbanging ritual begins. "Battery" cooks up a storm of relentless energy and brutality, and begins the "abuse of power" theme present throughout the album. The next track, "Master Of Puppets", seems to sum the entire album up perfectly, with its' lyrics (master of puppets i'm pulling your strings/twisting your mind and smashing your dreams), its' riffing, and complex middle section. "The Thing That Should Not Be" grinds along like the demon character the song was inspired by, and "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" is the ultimate anthem for the mentally disturbed (no more can they keep us in/listen damn it, we will win), featuring one of Kirk Hammett's finest solos. "Disposable Heroes" is another excellent epic told from a war perspective, and "Leper Messiah" is a booming metal anthem, driven by relentless guitar riffing. The last couple of songs, "Orion" and "Damage, Inc.", brilliantly pay tribute to bass genius Cliff Burton, who sadly was killed in a tour bus accident while the band was on tour for the album. "Orion", an over eight minute long instrumental, has some equally aggressive and inspiring moments, including a middle section where Burton really shows off his talents. A simliar section occurs at the beginning of "Damage, Inc.", before James Hetfield's lyrics and riffing allow the song to go into a ballistic and unstoppable fury, capping an equally unstoppable metal classic.

1-0 out of 5 stars One Word, SUCKY
I can't stand Metallica, they're the absolute worst band ever. Thats right all you old metal lovers, WORST BAND EVER. I don't get what some people see in them, the lead singer has the worst singing voice ever, and the lyrics are all about stupid stuff that stupid bands like Metallica sing about. The songs also are way too long, they can't even make a song under 7 minutes. All that this awful band does is just play guitair solos, cause thats all they can do. I can see why this band was popular 13 years ago, but not now. If there is anything positive about them, if anything. It's their old music when rock actually was played like that. Not now, now rock is good, and Metallica is screwing it up, their newest cd St.Anger and ecpessily that single is the worst cd ever. Look at your calenders all you Metallica fans, it's not the 80's anymore, its freakin 2004. Metallica sucks!

3-0 out of 5 stars Metallica at the top of their game!
Metallica's third album and first gold record, "Master of Puppets" shows Metallica at the height of their powers. "Master of Puppets" is the best that Metallica has to offer. The album starts off very well with the opener Battery, then comes their greatest song of all time and the highlight of the album the title track Master of Puppets. If you must own a Metallica album this is the one to get.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very good CD
Very good CD...I still think AJFA is better, but this one definately rocks. The title track Master of Puppets may be their best song ever, too. Worth owning even just for that. ... Read more


12. Karma and Effect
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4-0 out of 5 stars Seether's Seething Sophmore Album
Seether's second album, "Karma And Effect" has officially arrived, atfer being put off a bit too long. Around the time they probably should have released the follow-up to 2002's "Disclaimer," they received some late-blooming success, thanks to a re-working of the track "Broken" which featured Evanescence frontwoman (and Seether frontman Shaun Morgan's significant other) Amy Lee on background vocals. Instead of a new album, we got a remixed and repackaged version of "Dislaimer," simply titled "Disclaimer II." Sure, it featured some bonus tracks, but brand new material is what we all wanted, and finally, it has arrived.

Seether seem more than a little annoyed by their success, and as such, haven't altered their sound or style one bit, which unfortunately is a double-edged sword. Regardless, they must be commended for their efforts, as most hard-rock bands that receive success for showing a lighter side tend to soften up in time (we'll forgive Staind however, as their frontman actually found happiness). That's just not the case here. The same group that made "Disclaimer" re-appears on this new album. And yes, I do see the irony in that statement, as there are two new members in the band. All thirteen tracks on "Karma And Effect" sound like they were made just to please Seether's fanbase, and they definitely will. 3/4 of the album is made up of agressive, but infectious, rockers in the same vein as "Gasoline" or "Needles." Sure, there is the catchy radio-fare of "Remedy" and "I'm The One," but other songs, such as the album opener "Because Of Me" and "Burrito" (which apes lyrics from the aformentioned "Needles") will rip up your speakers. For fans of "Driven Under" and "Fine Again," songs like "The Gift," "Never Leave," "Tongue" and "Plastic Man" are perfect successors and are destined to become classics. The main problem, however, with this album is that is just feels too familiar. The stubborn attitude and resistance to change becomes a big problem, as it feels like we are just listening to the same album again. Hell, the album even begins heavy and ends soft, just like it's successor. Some of the riffs are a bit tired, and the lyrical content gets a little redundant as well, as Shaun seems too insistent on taking strikes at the music industry and their record label -- which reportedly instructed him not to swear, to tone down the album cover and change the name, which was originally "Catering To Cowards."

However, with all flaws aside, it's still a solid follow-up, and hopefully it should continue to ride the wave of success that got started last year. Fans of the band would be hard pressed to not find something on here they like, and each of the thirteen tracks could easily be a hit, which is hard to pull off. So the bottom line is, if you liked "Disclaimer" and are hungry for more, "Karma And Effect" will satisfy your appetite.

5-0 out of 5 stars No sophomore jinx here!
Not to put a ki-bosh on the band, but this is just a superb follow-up effort to a great initial recording. Unlike DISCLAIMER, the band has cleaned up its vocabulary to meet modern right-wing corporate sensibilities, and the resulting effort is MUCH more focused as well. Seether breathes soul and meaning into modern adolescent (and otherwise!) angst.These guys are a breath of pure oxygen after listening to the daily grind of politics and business as usual, never mind the mindless pop-radio crap that passes for "music" coming from the mainstream, sycophant, conservative press.Seether too negative?Is that even be possible given the current state of world affairs?I assert that perhaps Seether is merely one of the more RATIONAL (nevermind lyrical) voices currently out there.Seethe me baby!These guys are pure rock (skip straight to #6 and put your amp and speakers on the line) as it was always meant to be!Not a bad track to be heard - a "Repeat All" CD for sure! Tell me #13 "Plastic Man" doesn't rival or exceed The Beatles' "Yesterday" in all respects (I'm 47, I heard the original "power ballad" originally). Buy it, warn the neighbors (better yet, invite them over), listen to it VERY LOUDLY!, and love it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Good CD
Great follow up! This is an awsome CD. Its good to see a band that keeps rocking on thier sophmore album. unlike Audioslave's new album which went soft.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I was afraid to buy this album because I didn't think it would measure up to their last Disclaimer album.Now that I've listened to it a few times, well, I think it's better than Disclaimer and that's saying a lot.Seether is truly a talented band.Buy this album if you liked Disclaimer!

3-0 out of 5 stars Mediocre At Best
The original Disclaimer had roughly four good songs on the album.The alleged "Remedy" hit which I have never heard of until now is whiny at best.The album lacks a heart and soul, and the lyrics sound like something from the George Lucas love story vault.If you're a fan you'll learn to accept your fate that you've wasted $14.00. ... Read more


13. Houses Of The Holy
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Buoyed by the runaway commercial success of Led Zeppelin IV, Jimmy Page used this 1973 follow-up to hone his already impressive production skills, and the result was a collection sporting an impressively expansive sound. Benefiting--especially on tracks such as "Dancing Days Are Here Again," "The Crunge," and "Over the Hills and Far Away"--was Zeppelin's always underrated rhythm section: thunder-fisted drummer John Bonham and rock-solid bassist John Paul Jones. Jones also emerged here as a secret weapon on keyboards with his subtle work on more pensive fare such as "No Quarter" and "The Ocean." And the goofy "D'yer Ma'ker" showed that Zeppelin had more of a sense of humor than most people ever gave them credit for. --Billy Altman ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Led Zeppelin changes the pace
Following the huge success of ZOSO (Led Zeppelin IV), Led Zeppelin had the confidence and reputation to go for a different sound and style. That change is evident on Houses of the Holy, their next release. Although it doesn't quite match up to it's predecessor, HOTH is still a solid release in it's own right.

Kicking off the album is the heavy rocker The Song Remains the Same, a frenzied tune you can't help but like. Following is one of Zeppelin's most underrated songs in The Rain Song. Much more laid back than SRTS, Rain Song is very beautiful thanks to some great keyboard accompaniments by John Paul Jones. Next up is the folksy Over the Hills and Far Away, the albums most enduring track radio airplay wise. It showcases Jimmy Page at his acoustic best. After Hills comes the funk inspired The Crunge, which is probably the weakest track of the album, although it features some great drumming by John Bonham. Dancing Days follows, which also recieves a lot of play time on the airwaves. D'yer M'aker, which displays a sense of humor rarely seen in the band with it's catchy lyrics. No Quarter is next, and along with SRTS is the song of the album. Dark, moody, and electrifying, the song works in part once again to some wonderful keyboarding by Jones. Closing out the set is The Ocean, another heavy rocker with a neat a capella section in the middle of the song.

Unfairly compared to other Zeppelin releases, HOTH is probably the one album that receives the most divided opinions from fans. Depending on your view, it's a fine, varied release or a huge disappointment considering the album that came before it. Perhaps what's most unfair of all is that it happens to be sandwiched between the band's two best releases, the 22 million selling ZOSO and their epic masterpiece, Physical Graffiti.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best From Zeppelin
After the runaway success of "Led Zeppelin IV," Led Zeppelin reconvened and did the absolutely astounding---they recorded a follow-up album that's even *better* than "Zeppelin IV" (though I certainly love "Zeppelin IV," mind you). 1973's "Houses Of The Holy" is, in my opinion, the band's masterpiece, a barnburning album that showcases all different sides to this legendary group, from the thrilling, galloping rock of "The Song Remains The Same," to the stunningly beautiful "The Rain Song," to the excellent acoustic/hard rock hybrid "Over The Hills And Far Away," to the cheerful, masterful, good-time rock of "The Crunge," "Dancing Days," "D'yer Mak'er," and the fun finale, "The Ocean." But the album's secret weapon, if you have to pick one, is "No Quarter," a magnificent, heavy, ominous song, and one of the band's most potent numbers. Robert Plant's vocals soar and swoop throughout the album with great gusto, Jimmy Page blows the doors off you with his magnificent fretwork, John Paul Jones' bass is a booming work of art, and his keyboard playing throughout is supreme, while the late, great John Bonham, is, as always, a towering monster on the drumkit. Cap it all off with Page's brilliant production and a stunning, memorable album cover (in this case, anonymous nude girls climbing on rocks) and you've got yourself a Led Zeppelin masterpiece. "Houses Of The Holy" is a thrilling Zeppelin album, with Led Zeppelin totally on top of the world and on top of their game. An outstanding rock classic.

1-0 out of 5 stars One star
This CD just not good. Man who sing songs look a like a man and sound like woman, like woman feeling painful too much, guitar player use guitar that sound cheap, just loud and songs making no sense. Also naked children on CD cover! I just try to warn people careful spending good earned money on strange CD. And music fan from Houston, in your review you misspell many words so it look like your english not so great either.

1-0 out of 5 stars To music fan from Houston
Ok, ok I not review this CD again. I just try and warn people before they spend their good earned money on strange CD. Maybe they be sorry they buy it! And my english teacher say I doing good in english for being here only six month. Your english not so good either. I FROM Chicago, not "form" like in your post. And THEREOF one word, not "there of" like you say. And it GRAMMAR, not "grammer" like you spell it. Clean up your own chicken before they come home to roost!

And nothing wrong with Maddonna. You listen her CD, you see how much talent she have. Brintey Spears new CD good too. She the next Madonna. Better than strange band who make CD using cheap guitar and singer who look a like a man but sound like woman and like he feeling in pain so much.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hey...Music fan form Chicago!
Music fan form Chicago shows the intelligence level (or lack there of) of your typical Madonna / Britney Spears fan. Do us all favor ...never write another review ever again. Also...take some gammer classes. Maybe one day you can learn how to spell, and form complete sentence without sounding like an idiot. But maybe that's just wishful thinking. ... Read more


14. Back in Black (Deluxe Digipak)
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Most critics complain Back in Black, the album AC/DC recorded after the death of their original lead screamer Bon Scott, is ridiculously juvenile, obvious, snickering, bludgeoning, derivative, single-minded about sex and booze, a big cartoon. All true, of course, and--on rock 'n' ragers like "What Do You Do For Money Honey," "You Shook Me All Night Long," and the title track--all great. As Scott's replacement Brian Johnson reminds us, loud and crunchy, no-holds-barred "rock and roll ain't noise pollution...it makes good, good sense." Never trust anyone who refuses to drink domestic beer, laugh at the Three Stooges, or crank Back in Black. --David Cantwell ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Still the best
In February 2003, the American distribution rights to AC/DC's back catalog transferred over to Epic, their new label. Epic then reissued the band's catalog as remastered digipacks containing lavish, expanded booklets with plenty of rare photographs, memorabilia and notes.

Although the digipacks may wear a little too easy, the sound is terrific, clean and muscular, enhancing the raw qualities of the original record. And "Back In Black" certainly deserves this kind of loving treatment; it is AC/DC's best and most popular album by far, having sold well over forty million copies worldwide, which makes it one of the ten best-selling albums ever, regardless of genre.
(AC/DC remains the single best-selling hard rock or heavy metal band in the world, nearing the 150.000.000 mark, and outselling bands like The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, and even the mighty Led Zeppelin.)

"Back In Black" is one of rock's all-time classic records. Not a single weak track is included, even the lesser-known album tracks are strong, and it is filled with powerful riffs, huge hooks and tough, bluesy grooves.
The lyrics are a joke, of course, all booze and sex and rock n' roll, and Brian Johnson screams rather than sings, but AC/DC at the top of their game wrote the best, catchiest hard rock songs you can imagine, like the grand, anthemic "Hell's Bells" or the magnificent title track.

And AC/DC doesn't just thrash away or plod along like your average heavy metal band; they literally swing on "Have A Drink On Me", and rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young churns out one sturdy riff after another. Just listen to the incredible groove he lays down on songs like "Given The Dog A Bone", "Back In Black", "You Shook Me All Night Long", and the slow, bluesy (and superbly sleazy) "Let Me Put My Love Into You".

Hard rock doesn't get any better than this. In fact, it barely ever gets this good.

5-0 out of 5 stars Still the best
In February 2003, the American distribution rights to AC/DC's back catalog transferred over to Epic, their new label. Epic then reissued the band's catalog as remastered digipacks containing lavish, expanded booklets with plenty of rare photographs, memorabilia and notes.

The sound is terrific, clean and muscular, enhancing the raw quaities of the original record, and "Back In Black" certainly deserves this kind of treatment; it is AC/DC's best and most popular album by far, having sold well over forty million copies worldwide, which makes it one of the ten best-selling albums ever, regardless of genre.
(AC/DC remains the single best-selling hard rock or heavy metal band in the world, nearing the 150.000.000 mark, and outselling bands like The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, and even the mighty Led Zeppelin.)

"Back In Black" is one of rock's all-time classic records. Not a single weak track is included, even the lesser-known album tracks are strong, and it is filled with powerful riffs, huge hooks and tough, bluesy grooves.
The lyrics are a joke, of course, all booze and sex and rock n' roll, and Brian Johnson screams rather than sings, but AC/DC at the top of their game wrote the best, catchiest hard rock songs you can imagine, like the grand, anthemic "Hell's Bells" or the magnificent title track.

And AC/DC don't just thrash away or plod along like your average heavy metal band; they literally swing on "Have A Drink On Me", and rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young churns out one sturdy riff after another. Just listen to the incredible groove he lays down on songs like "Given The Dog A Bone", "Back In Black", "You Shook Me All Night Long", and the slow, bluesy (and superbly sleazy) "Let Me Put My Love Into You".

Hard rock doesn't get any better than this. In fact, it barely ever gets this good.

5-0 out of 5 stars Their masterpiece
Where to start with Back in Black? This is easily AC/DC's best work and is certainly one of the greatest hard rock/metal albums ever made.

A tribute to former signer Bon Scott, Back in Black opens with the tolling of bells in the intro of the haunting Hells Bells. It only gets better from there. Each of the 10 tracks on Back in Black are outstanding. Of course the 'hits' Back in Black and You Shook Me All Night Long have helped this album maintain it's popularity. But there are a lot of albums with two 'hits' that don't have the staying power of Back in Black.

24 years after it's initial release Back in Black still delivers. If you are a fan of hard rock or heavy metal you will love Back in Black.

5-0 out of 5 stars BEST ALBUM EVER MADE
now look at some bands where a band member dies and they go away forever,did ac/dc....NO!this album contains so much emotion,after the great bon scotts death people and critics thought ac/dc would never be the same,they were correct,they were even better.EVERY song is a hit and a classic!the album took a while to sale in the us.now look at it the 6th (or 7th)best selling album of all time!!brians vocals,angus and mals guitar riffs,cliffs bass playing power,phils groove,and the emotion and sadness make this awwwwwwwwesssssoooooooommmmmmeeeee!

4-0 out of 5 stars an AC/DC classic
Brians first album with AC/DC. This album has some great songs on it Back in Black, Shoot to Thrill,Hells Bells and a many others the only dumb song on this album is Givin the Dog a Bone a really cheesy track indeed. I reccomend getting the remastered version over the original CD release. Epic has also re-issued all of AC/DCs albums on high quality vinyl so go and get this classic gem. ... Read more


15. Getting Away With Murder
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5-0 out of 5 stars Papa Roach's CD ROCKS!
First of all I just wanna say that Jacoby's voice is awesome in every single song! Here's my ratings for each song: Blood- 10/10 An excellent start for the CD, one of my favorites. Guitar is great in it. Not Listening- 7/10 I personally don't like this song, its kinda annoying to me, but its a good song, but I hate the chorus. Stop Looking/Start Seeing- 10/10 An awesome song, great guitar, and I LOVE the chorus! Take Me- 9/10 Pretty good, it gets easily stuck in your head though, but its a good thing cause its a good song. Getting Away With Murder- 11/10 One of the bests on the CD, Jacoby's voice is great in it and same with the guitar Be Free- 8/10 No comment, just good. Done With You- 8/10 Good song. One of the slower ones.. Scars- 9/10 This song is awesome, one of my favorites. Sometimes- 10/10 A slower song, but rrreeally good! Blanket of Fear- 6/10 I personally did not like this song that much, the chorus just wasnt that catchy. Tyranny of Normality- 11/10 I love this song, good chorus, good beat. Do or Die- 9/10 Good ending to the CD. Great song, too.

5-0 out of 5 stars GAWM rocks!
GAWM is awesome! Some songs are a little harder than before and some songs are a little slower than before, but they still did a great job. At first, with the slow songs, you might think "What the heck is this?" But once the song starts going, Jacoby doesn't disappoint. The band plays great too. GAWM (#4) the actual song, Scars (#8), Sometimes (#9), and Not Listening (#2) are some of the better songs. It's definately worth buying.

5-0 out of 5 stars getting away with murder a good thing?
this is the 3rd papa roach album i have bought and it just doesnt get any better then this. GAWM has pure emotion and awsome guitar riffs, the lyrics are unbelievable. the song (Take Me) which is my favorite track had tears welling up in my eyes because i could relate to the song so well. Jacoby's voice has really evolved along with the music and its great to see that the band has really matured over the years. i just cant wait until the next album is released!

5-0 out of 5 stars brand new
Papa roach has always put out good music all of it has a message that they want everyone to hear this album is by far their best it just shows how much talent the band really has every album just shows more and more talent musical evolution many bands strive for it but fall short Papa Roach pulls it off successfully with no questions asked this is a great cd lots of time was put it to it and it shows
peace
buy this album you wont regret it
"I tear my heart open i sow my self shut and my weakness is that i cant do much and my scars remind me that the past is real i tear my heart open just to feel"

5-0 out of 5 stars By far the BEST!
Papa Roach's new album, "Getting Away With Murder" is one of the best this year. The beats are catchy, the lyrics are unbelievable. The songs are relatable. All the tracks are well worth listening to. Go and buy the cd today if you haven't purchased it yet! ... Read more


16. Devil's Playground
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Those rankled by the seeming cynicism of Billy Idol willfully re-embracing the vintage, hit-making sonic cliches of "Dancing With Myself" and Rebel Yell should look on the bright side: It could have been Flock of Seagulls instead. Stepping back into the spotlight with veteran guitarist Steve Stevens and producer Keith Forsey (key architects of Idol's career-making hits) again in the fold, the now 50-something Rock of the '80s icon offers up a slate of fist-pumping, not-so-new wave here that manages to echo the original's sound and fury--and more than a few of its faux rock rebellion cliches. With a voice that no longer particularly strains to sound like nine yards of beef gristle, Idol gnaws and gnashes his way through rawk-hard anthems like "Scream" with improbable conviction, abetted as on "Rat Race" and "Super Overdrive" by the familiar, careening metallic fretwork of Stevens. A left-field cover of the goofy trucker's lament "Plastic Jesus" argues the lads are still all-too-human, yet "Lady Do or Die" proves there's still a little seductive purr lurking 'round the Idol tonsils, with Stevens gratifyingly making more like Brian Setzer than hair-band Hercules in the bargain. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Idol Never Left...
Being in awe with Idol for over 20 years, I was thrilled to hear a couple of these songs live 2 years ago in concert.When I realized a new CD was in the works, I was excited to say the least!This CD blew me away.You think 'Scream' is awesome, wait til you see him and Stevens perform it live!The CD is absolutely rockin'.Idol's range is amazing and Steve still is one of the most brilliant guitarists ever.Billy never left, he was just waiting for the right time.What's cool about this CD is Idol stuck to his roots, but at the same time, venturing out a bit.I hear people complaining about "Yellin' At the Xmas Tree."It's a fun song, simply put.I've waited for this CD for a long time and it was worth the wait!If Billy, Steve and the Boys come to your city, please do go.You will have the time of your life.

2-0 out of 5 stars "DOWNwith the devil"...
OK Im 35 yrs old and used to be a big Billy Idol fan in the 80's. So here's my 2 cents:
The lyrics are ridulcously SHALLOW (most of them anyway)
The music and chorus work is very catchy.Steven Stevens sounds as great as ever, and Billy definetly wants to take us all back the 80's hard rock sound (not that it's such a bad idea).

HERES WHAT I DONT GET.
Why are so many of these songs ANTI-church and in favor of the devil?!


Surely Billy Idol could've selected better subject matter when it comes to writing songs then to pay homage to Satan?
WHAT A WASTE of talent this is!!!

While I'm not an overly religious person (about going to church etc).I do believe in Jesus, and in His power to save me from my sins.While I understand Idol's song: "Plastic Jesus" has nothing to do with the real Jesus, I still think Billy is foolish for naming his album: "Devils Playground"and for paying any respect to satan at all in his song lyrics.
It's all so unbelievably MORONIC!

I feel sorry for Billy, who may find out one day that these things are gonna actually mean something when he goes to meet his Maker (just like the rest of us) who will give account for what we do while we are here on earth.

I HAVE NOT bought this CD, nor will I.
I got to see the lyrics and listen to it compliments of my public library.

Thank God for the public library

5-0 out of 5 stars Real rock & roll is not dead!!
Being 34 years old, I am very familar with Billy Idol's career but I never got into him enough to buy any of his albums.I heard "Scream" on the radio and being starved for some real rock I decided to buy the album.It is one of the best I've heard in a long time.It's got a great variety of music: rock, punk, rockabilly, pop and even a Christmas tune (just in time for summer!?) I would recommend this to fans my age as well as younger fans that need to hear some straight ahead rock.(Yes, with guitar solos) This is the way rock used to be played.I respect Billy and Steve for sticking to their guns.I've been hearing "Scream" alot on the radio so I guess the album is selling.Let's hope this caliber type stuff comes back and squeezes out the empty pop and rap that saturates the radio.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Album - Great Tour
This is a great album and I have been to two current Tour concerts and both have been awesome. I have been going to see Idol live since 2001 when Steve Stevens got back together with Billy after 13 years apart. Every concert has been one of the best I have attended in ages.

Billy and Steve really seemed focused again. Hopefully more great new songs and concert are to come the next several years.

5-0 out of 5 stars Father of Punk Rock Still Got da Beat
Just recently I got to see Billy Idol in concert.WOW!!!! After all these years he still looks great, sounds great, and gives his all in concert as well as the recording studio.This album is vintage Idol, with the Christmas song a real suprise.My fav is "Scream"is so very Idol.What I would like to point out here is that his longtime guitarist, Steve Stevens, is an awesome player.He is very underappriciated and has real talent.He really rocks in person.This is a great album, with a more sedate Idol.Thats OK, he's grown up, so have we.Rock on Billy...your my Idol. ... Read more


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

...............socks

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

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

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

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18. System of a Down
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This debut by the L.A.-based quartet is a hybrid of explosive rap-metal, politically incendiary lyrics, and wide-ranging cultural influences. The members are of Armenian descent, but their diverse stylistic background transcends easy cultural labeling. Singer Serj Tankian's throaty roar competes with any mosh-pit rocker around, but his real trademark is his emotional wail and refreshingly melodic singing, especially on songs such as "Spiders" and the condemnatory "P.L.U.C.K."Guitarist Daron Malakian, bassist Shavo Odadjian, and drummer John Dolmayan lock in tight on the capricious arrangements of"Know," "Ddevil," and "CUBErt." Their musical diversity runs wonderfully wild on "Sugar" and "Suggestions" with dizzying shifts of style and intensity. The tracks "Peephole" and "War?" reveal the band at perhaps its eclectic best, with vaguely Eastern European-sounding guitar riffs, passionate battle cries, and samples provided by legendary hip-hop producer Rick Rubin. --Mark McCleerey ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars worth every star...
When i first heard System of a Down i was blown away by their unique sound, heavy riffs and Serj Tankian's amazing singing voice, where he ranges from epic wails of emotion to quick maniacal singing to ear throbbing screams in one breath. The music features complex arrangements, and the trio of Shavo Odajin (bass), Daron Malakian (Guitars) and John Dalmayan (drums)are incredibly tight and focused and the added use of programming creates another element of surprise to one of metals most original sounding bands.

The first track Suite-pee is excellent as is Know, Sugar, War?, Peephole and Cubert but the tracks that stand out the most on this brilliant album are the explosive Soil (with awesome guitar solo), the beautiful ballad Spiders and the political album closer P.L.U.C.K. Also pick up Loud Rocks, Strait-Up and Nativity in Black 2 which feature more madness from this awesome quartet.

5-0 out of 5 stars This cd rocks!
This is an awesome album. One of their best! Sugar and Suite-Pee are some of their best songs on the album.

1.Suite-Pee 10/10. Cool lyrics and pretty fasy. Nice opening song.My 2nd favorite on the album.

2.Know 9/10.Great song. Loud vocals. Cool song.

3.Sugar 10/10. My favorite song. I like playing this song on my guitar.It's really easy. I love this song! I don't know why a whole bunch of people don't like this song.

4.Suggestions 8/10. This song is funny. Especially the high pitched voice near the end.

5.Spiders 9/10. Slow, but very good. I love the guitar solo in the beginning.

6.DDevil 9/10. This song is funny too. Too bad it's so short.

7.Soil 10/10. This song is fast. Great song! This is another great song on the album.

8. War? 9.5/10 Cool intro. Good song. Nice guitar riffs. Cool chorus too.

9.Mind 7/10. I don't really like this song.Some of it is good but it's pretty bizarre.

10.Peephole 9/10. Good song. It sounds like its about getting high. I like the intro it kind of shows you whats in the song.

11.CUBErt 8/10 this song is pretty good but kind of weird.

12.Darts 9/10 Its pretty weird but i like it.

13.P.L.U.C.K. 10/10. Awesome closing song! I love it.

Over all, if you don't have this album you should buy it! It's totally awesome.You should buy Toxicity too.

5-0 out of 5 stars AWSOME
i dont know what you would call this music but it is nonetheless awsome. i like every song in this cd and is one of my all time favorites. not only is this a good cd but its political. there is alot of punk crap that has nothing to do with anti government. system of a down isnt even trying to be punk and this cd is more punk than what most of those crappy bands try to do. its only too bad that their later stuff fails to keep up with this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars This album kicks ass!
Some people think this band sucks and that it's not metal. I don't think that it's real metal either, but just because it's not metal doesn't mean it sucks. This is a good CD and you should buy it. Toxicity is a better album. Buy both of these while you're at it. Below are the songs in order of how they appear on the CD and how I rated them from 1- 10(10 being the highest).

1.)SUITE-PEE: 7/10- It has an awesome beginning. The middle's pretty good. Overall it's pretty good, sort of.
2.)KNOW: 8/10- I like the way it starts. It is a cool song. It is one of my favorites on this CD(pretty much all of the songs on here are anyway).
3.)SUGAR: 10/10- This song kicks ass. It is awesome. Although I really don't understand it...How does "sugar" have anything to do with the song? Other than the reason that it says it throughout the song. Who are the Kombucha mushroom people? Well anyways I am an idiot and no one really cares what I think. Now do they? This song is awesome.

4.)SUGGESTIONS: 8/10- I like this song a little better than Know. It sounds cool. I laughed a little when I heard the end where what's-his-face talks in a high-pitched voice. Pretty good song, overall.
5.)SPIDERS: 10/10- This is my second favorite SOAD song(Chop Suey! being the first). It is sort of quiet most of the time. For some reason it reminds me of ATWA. This song is the best one on this CD, in my opinion.
6.)DDEVIL: 7/10- It sounds cool. The part where it says "shake your spear at Shakespeare" and "stupid people do stupid things, smart people outsmart each other, then themselves"...Well I don't get it... Shakespeare's dead...Oh...Nevermind... The devil is not lovely at all... How do you say the name? Is it just the same as devil? Oh, who cares?
7.)SOIL: 7/10- This song is pretty good. It sounds pretty cool. And don't you just realize that evil lives in the skin??? Ghaaa!!! Who knows? I thought it lived in the mind...
8.)WAR?: 8/10- This is a pretty cool song. It sounds cool. Bes cool. Shut your cool. Cool??? KOOL... Who are the heathens? Oh, yeah... ME!!! It gets better when it gets to "We don't speak anymore of war"... Until it is time...Man shut my face!
9.)MIND: 8/10- This song sounds cool and then gets cool, and turns cool again. It is a pretty good song. Look at each other.
10.)PEEPHOLE: 9/10- This song is very good, but not as good as Sugar...Yeah...well...It sounds cool once it starts playing the cool dunka...SHAA...no sense?
11.)CUBErt: 8/10- This song is cool. I like it a lot. It is actually an eight and a half of ten...but oh, well...
12.)DARTS: 7/10- This song sounds sort of cool. Yeah. Screachy...
13.)P.L.U.C.K.: 10/10- This song is awesome! It is the second best song on this CD, pretty much. It sounds very cool when it says Never want to see you around over and over and over...three times only... then another three or four...whatever... Good song.(Politically Lying, Unholy, Cowardly Killers)
Sorry about not giving you any musical information about the songs. Oh, well...you know? Who gives a s***? BUY THIS OR DIE!!!(politically die)

5-0 out of 5 stars Not like any other...........
I'm a SOAD fan,i have to say,each of their albums i have are great.Its hard to find bands that are bold enough to be different in the music world.I'm not that type of person who can accept any type of music easily,i'm the type that expects the music to capture,not only my ears but also my heart.I believe that the heart brings out many feelings.When i first listened to this album,it did not capture my attention that much,but soon, as i slowly listened to each and every of their songs,something grew in me,it was a mix of craziness,anger,creepiness and i don't know what else.i don't mean to exaggerate but these miscellaneous feelings exploded till it popped out of my mind,"GENIUS!".From SUITE PEE to PLUCK,each and every song was different and beautiful,the lyrics in some songs may sometimes be repetitive,but who cares,just enjoy the freakin music!Songs regarding issues on religion,war,drugs,politics and other issues that i believe are important for us to listen and understand.The lyrics in most of the songs makes you think.Usually, most of the time, when i listen to bands like KoRn,Mudvayne,Deftones,Slipknot or any other metal or hard rock bands,their music makes me 'feel' than think,what do i mean by 'feel',i'm trying to say that their music brings out a lot of feelings out of me.But when i listen to SOAD,its a different story,their music makes me feel and at the same time think.
FAV songs:all except for cubert(this song is just okay to me.)
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19. Led Zeppelin
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As it turned out, Led Zeppelin's infamous 1969 debut album was indicative of the decade to come--one that, fittingly, this band helped define with its decadently exaggerated, bowdlerized blues-rock. In shrieker Robert Plant, ex-Yardbird Jimmy Page found a vocalist who could match his guitar pyrotechnics, and the band pounded out its music with swaggering ferocity and Richter-scale-worthy volume. Pumping up blues classics such as Otis Rush's "I Can't Quit You Baby" and Howlin' Wolf's "How Many More Times" into near-cartoon parodies, the band also hinted at things to come with the manic "Communication Breakdown" and the lumbering set stopper "Dazed and Confused." --Billy Altman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The first re-birth of blues
A lot of people look down on Led Zeppelin for their use of not-so-original lyrics. This album contains quite a few blues rip-offs lyric-wise, however, it more than makes up for it with the raw power in which the band plays, and in which the band would come one of the greatest rock bands in history.

This album has a lot of blues, and many different styles. From the folk-tinged Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, Black Mountain Side and Your Time is Gonna Come, to the raw blues such as You Shook Me, I Can't Quit You Baby, and the fantastic finale jam How Many More Times. They showed signs of their direction in Communication Breakdown and Good Times Bad Times, which reflect on the heavier riffs that would come in the extremely popular album Led Zeppelin II. The one song that really shines is the immensly popular hit Dazed and Confused. This song seems to tell a story in the music... it begins soft and quiet with Robert Plant's vocals fluctuating from whispers to screams... and a while into the song guitarist Jimmy Page takes a short break on guitar (being played with a violin bow)... and the rest of the band comes back with a rejuvinated beat. This song is really quite a trip whenever I listen to it, and it remains to me the highlight of the album.

All in all, there is not a bad song on this CD. This album is a truly amazing debut by the band that took the blues and made it hard, raw, rock'n'roll.

5-0 out of 5 stars A rare no-filler album.
I've always loved Led Zeppelin. I have 3 of their albums, yet I don't think they're the greatest band ever like a lot of people do. I don't understand the 5 negative reviews. Yes, I know they rip off blues. Everyone knows, SO STOP COMPLANING! Anyway, this is a perfect album. It starts out with Good Times Bad Times, which is the only single off the album. Very catchy, and very rocky. Yet it only got to #84 on the U.K. charts. Weird. Babe I'm gonna leave you is a great ballad/rocker song. I'm glad it's on the greatest hits. You Shook Me is pure blues, and John Paul Jones's organ solo is incredible. Check out the drum and guitar break. NOW THIS IS HARD ROCK! Dazed and Confused is pure hard rock, with a touch of Pink Floyd before they were popular. Great effects with the violin bow. Then there's Your Time Is Gonna Come. Despite the way-too-long organ intro, this is a nice singalong folk song. Black Mountain Side is my favorite since i'm a guitarist. Good chord usage. Communication Breakdown is a fast energetic rocker. I agree with the guy who said that this is close to punk as they'll ever get. I Can't Quit You Baby has some amazing singing by Robert and great slide work by Jimmy. Did I mention that the drums rule on this album? John Bonham IS the drummer. He breathes and lives on drums. Then there's the great How Many More Times. Excellent. Nice bass line. It's phychadellic blues! How strange. The whole album is great, and i sinks bands like Limp Bizkit and Distirbed into the ground. Enjoy.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Beginning Of It All
Yeah, this is where it all began for the mighty Zeppelin, and what a great first album! It's also probably their rawest, but it's still great and you don't need to skip any tracks either. It's also amazing that they even recorded this before they actually had a record deal. "Good Times, Bad Times" is a killer opening track because it showcases every musician's talent very well. You've got great guitar work by Jimmy Page, excellent bass lines by JPJ, great drum work by Bohnam, and of course Plant's vocals are also showcased well. "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" starts out in a folksy acoustic way, then crescendoes into the full band (a precusor to "Stairway"), and another killer track. "You Shook Me" is a great workout of a Willie Dixon standard and features great guitar solos by Page, great organ solos by Jones, and pretty good harmonica by Plant, but then it transitions into "Dazed and Confused," arguably the best track on the album. You've got a classic bass riff to start it out, then you've got Page's violin bow solo in the middle, and then the guitar solo to finish it out. It provides the template for their improvisation that they did in concert, where they usually stretched it out to about 30 minutes. Another interesting note is that the Yardbirds performed this song, with different lyrics, under the title "I'm Confused", and it actually sounds pretty close to this version. "Your Time Is Gonna Come" is another stellar track beginning with an organ solo by John Paul Jones. From there, the album moves on to "Black Mountain Side," a two minute instrumental with guitar and tabla, which makes for a very eastern-sounding song. It's also similar to Bert Jansch's "Black Water Side." "Communication Breakdown" is the next track, and is a real rocker that is even better played live. "I Can't Quit You Baby" is another excellent workout of a Willie Dixon song, and really demonstrates Jimmy Page's gutiar skills (his solos are magnificent). The last track is "How Many More Times" which is another great rocker that has some great solos by Page (he also uses the violin bow again, but he didn't use it live).

So all in all, this was the Big Bang that started it all for Led Zeppelin, and if you want to start a Led Zeppelin collection, you have to start here, not at Four Symbols, and not at II. You gotta start from the beginning, and work your way through the catalog.

1-0 out of 5 stars Oh brother!!!
I sucked into buying too many CD by man at work who say they really good. Each one I listen to too many time and none good, this one too! Man who sing the song sound like a woman, like a woman feeling painful. And too much scream and yelling. Wish I could take back. My english not so good but my music taste very good and know this CD not so great! Songs all sound like same too. Just scream and yell, loud guitar, too much noise. Not good!

5-0 out of 5 stars VERY IMPRESSIVE ZEP CD
I bought this CD last, after In Through The Out Door. If I would of known how good of a CD LedZep1 was before I bought In Through The Out Door, I would of bought it first.
This CD has some of my other favorite Led Zeppelin songs (every CD holds about 5 for me..), such as Good Times Bad Times, where the Pagemaster roars out his riffs in perfect tune and John Bonham bangs away at those bass drums.
Another favorite off this album is Communication Breakdown. This may of been the very first song I heard by Zepp (either that or Stairway to Heaven, though it probably was Communication Breakdown). This song has so much energy inside it. Every time I listen to it, it makes me wanna headbang.
But, out of every song on the album (and there's not a huge amount either....), my favorite song would have to be Dazed and Confused. I first heard this song at my friends house. I then heard it again on a movie I saw. The song became attached to me.I think the lyrics are very cool and Jimmy Page does a wonderful guitar (again) on the guitar.
The people that give this album 5 stars are absolutely correct. Anyone who gives less doesn't appriciate Zepp for their true music talents. ... Read more


20. Ride the Lightning
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Average Customer Review: 4.76 out of 5 stars
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Don't let that classical-guitar-ish opening to "Fight Fire with Fire" fool you--Ride the Lightning packs a heavy-metal wallop. While not as ambitious as the subsequent Master of Puppets, this early Metallica album is indubitably one of their best. Thematically, it explores death and dying from myriad points of view: nuclear war ("Fight Fire with Fire"), electric-chair execution (the title track), and drowning ("Trapped Under Ice"). Interestingly, the best track on this album is probably "Fade to Black," a slower, more introspective song about suicide. There's also "Creeping Death," which remains a concert favorite. An excellent mix of rapid-fire guitar riffs, rip-roaring solos, and singer James Hetfield's trademark growl, this is thrash metal at its finest. Very highly recommended. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Lightning Strikes
Ride the Lightning sees Metallica exploring the endless possibilities of song writing as an art form. Complex rhythms and harmonies, fast-paced meter changes and brilliant lyrics mke up this album. "Fight Fire with Fire" foreshadows mans demise at his own hands in nuclear holocaust. The title track deals with a man on death row facing execution pondering how it all came to be. The third song, "For Whom the Bell Tolls" is an epic masterpiece all its own that is a pinnacle in the craft of musical storytelling. AWESOME! "Fade to Black" deals with a dying mans last reflections on his life right before he ends it. "Trapped Under Ice" also looks at death and "Escape" looks into the trappings of life itself. "Creeping Death" is a heavy and thundering tale about the plagues put on Egypt that finishes with Metallica chanting "DIE! DIE! DIE!" in the background which has become a crowd sing along favorite live. And the 8th and final track is an instrumental marvel that evokes an other-worldly atmosphere of dark and stormy nights and fog-ladden graveyards that will have you curling up with "The Best of H.P. Lovecraft." This album is one of Metallica's best and is just one step in their progression towards world domination. A must have.

5-0 out of 5 stars better than their debut
this is almost as good as puppets,i really miss the days when metallica used to write good music.the album starts off with fight fire with fire it acoustic but then it becomes EXTREMLY fast,the title track dude,ride is one of the best songs ever brutal riffs and james screaming on the part "someone help me OH PLEASE GOD HELP ME,they're trying to take it all away,i dont want to die" classic,for whom the bell tolls has a good bass intro by the almighty cliff burton(R.I.P.)and awesome leads too,fade to black is metallicas first ballad its awesome the best track on here, everytime when i feel like i wanna kill myself i listen to this song makes me feel comfortable and better,trapped under ice has nice riffs and i dont know what else to say about this song,escape yeesh least fav on the album but its okay,creeping death dude i loves this a lot it sounds much better when played live,and last but not least the call of ktulu which is metallicas best instrumental.puppets is better than this,but this is another album for you if your startin to become a metallica fan

5-0 out of 5 stars PHENOMENAL THRASH ALBUM...
Just for the record, I am not a Metallica fan (I listen to bands on Nuclear Blast mostly). But I will agree to review this album because this is the only Metallica record I care for. I bought this album a couple years back but it has mostly been sitting on a shelf right now. Nevertheless, this truly is a legend in the annals of speed/thrash metal. This is an exceptional concept album that explores many angles of death and doom:

Fight Fire With Fire- 5/5 Brutal thrasher about nuclear armageddon straight out of the deepest chasms of hell.

Ride The Lightning 5/5 Awesome take on electric-chair execution with one of Kirk Hammett's most outstanding guitar solos.

For Whom The Bell Tolls 5/5 Melodic metal marcher about funerals.

Fade To Black 5/5 Best track on album. Suicide is theme and features great acoustic guitar riffs and hauntingly beautiful intro solo.

Trapped Under Ice 5/5 Great fast number with THREE (gasp!) phenomenal guitar solos! Can't quite figure out what it's about, though.

Escape 3/5 Weakest song on album, but kicks Leper Messiah's ass any day.

Creeping Death 4/5 Good swing-time rocker about Moses bringing the Ten Plagues to Egypt. The middle part ROCKS!

The Call Of Ktulu 5/5 I love instrumentals and this one sets the standard for all future Metallica instrumentals.

If you absolutely MUST have any Metallica albums, just get this one and you will be fine. For better speed/thrash metal, you should check out Nuclear Blast's catalog (two of my favorite NB bands are Dew Scented and Strapping Young Lads).

5-0 out of 5 stars Still fresh after so many years
Metallica's "Ride the Lightning" CD has been in my collection for over eight years and I still listen to it several times a week. This disc is home to my all-time favorite Metallica song: "Fade to Black". The other highlights are the title track, the haunting instrumental "Call of Ktulu", and the concert staples "For Whom the Bell Tolls" and "Creeping Death" (which is about Passover!). But the other tracks, "Fight Fire with Fire", "Trapped Under Ice", and "Escape" are solid tunes as well and are a must for any metalfan along with all the tracks previously mentioned. FWtBT and FtB prove that music need not be fast in order to be heavy. To be sure, this is a first-rate album and it is second only to MoP in Metallica's catalog.

If you like Metallica, don't miss out on Iron Maiden's 80s albums--they're also very good.

5-0 out of 5 stars My Personal Favorite album from Metallica
This was my second Metallica purchase when I first got into them about 7 years ago. I was blown away by how fast but perfect this album actually is. Metallica's 2nd album was monstrous to the metal community and this was a glorious sign of amazing things to come later on in the careers of these Bay-Area Bashers. Metallica eventually became the fastest and most influential metal band ever to come from America.

The opening intro to 'Fight Fire With Fire' goes from happy picking to speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour! The ending fits in perfectly with one of my favorite intro's of all time with the title track, 'Ride the Lightning.' 'For Whom the Bell Tolls' is a timeless classic from this band along with 'Fade to Black,' which is considered by many to be Metallica's best ballad. My favorite song from this album is the song, 'Creeping Death,' with lyrics from the Biblical book of Exodus about the plagues that ravaged Egypt. The song is another name for the Angel of Death, or the 10th and final plague against the ancient Egyptians. This album ends perfectly with a breathtaking instrumental called, 'The Call of Ktulu.' For anyone who is new to Metallica, this is the album to start out with, along with Master of Puppets and the Black Album. These were the glory days for Metallica! Albums like, 'Ride the Lightning' are a rare gem that only Metallica could've ever created, and they did a magnificent job! ... Read more


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