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61. Judgment Night: Music From The Motion Picture
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5-0 out of 5 stars best soundtrack of all time
great movie great soundtrack the slayer/ice t song the three exploited songs together and biohazard /onyx masterpeices don't listen to any rap rock after this it all just posed.i highly recomend along with this movie this is one soundtrack from my youth i will never forget

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent combination of artists
This soundtrack joins rap artists and metal bands you would never expect to join together and they all do an excellent job doing it! The best songs on this cd I would pick would be Disorder, Judgement Night and Come and Die, all featuring great artists, Slayer, Ice-T, Biohazard, Therapy?, etc. If you like either rap or metal, buy this cd and listen to the great combinations of the both. Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Feelin' like DeNiro in Taxi Driver...
What PE and Anthrax began with "Bring The Noise", this disc continues and betters.

Over 10 years on and this album is still amazing. Listening to this makes you realize how mediocre many of the current stable of rap/metal bands are.

The pairings were inspired - and for the most part the tracks stay true to both contributors. Cypress and Sonic are amazing on "Mary Jane" - that track was why I sold most of my books and cds back in '95 to afford the trip to see them on the lollapalooza tour that year - but alas, no joint appearance materialized in Toronto. Helmet and House of Pain could blow the speakers off any system with "Just Another Victim"! And Slayer with Ice T makes you forget all about Body Count.

Once this album goes on my system, it never comes off until every track has been played.

Before you go out and waste your money on some of the stuff record companies are packaging lately, go pick this album up and educate yourself.

5-0 out of 5 stars Judgement Night a Must Have Soundtrack
This is a great soundtrack to own. If you liked Anthrax and Public Enemy together you'll love this "various artist" soundtrack. Most of the Rap/Hip Hop/Soul artists work well with the Alternative/Metal/Rock artist with Cypress Hill and Sonic Youth being the high point of the entire album. There was only one that didn't seem like they were even in the same studio when the song was recorded but I gotta leave some suspense find out and wonder why like I have. If you don't have it get it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Buy it before it goes out of print.
This Gem is hard to find. Get it before you can't. Gurnge,Metal and Rap collide. Just get it. You will play it and friends will ask who is this. ICE T and Slayer??? None of these bands will ever play together agin. Not only that it is good. ... Read more


62. Buzz
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4-0 out of 5 stars A Great CD Set (if you buy the set)
Yes, what the other reviewers are saying is true. The CD listed here is only the first disc of the set advertised on TV, hence the short track list. I received the TV set for my birthday (two discs), but I feel that it is important to note that what I got was this disc and the CD Non Stop 90's Rock, also by the same people, with a sticker on the case reading "The Buzz: Disc 2." Between the two, it was the true set, with the same track list advertised on the Musicspace website. Either you could order it from there or buy both CD's here... with Amazon's free shipping and the shipping cost at Musicspace, it will cost you about the same either way, give or take a dollar or two.

As for the actual set, I think it is great. Most of the songs are ones that I really enjoy, and rarely do I skip a track.
Also, I'd like to mention that my set was not edited for radio, at least, not all of the songs, most notably the Everlast track, which I believe was mentioned by a previous reviewer...

Actually, the last three listed tracks are different. Belly's Feed The Tree is not on the actual collection, and the last two are on Non Stop 90's Rock (or disc 2 of the Buzz).

Hopefully, if you choose to buy the CD, the option you choose will make you happy, because it is a great set.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Cds to Buy, Ever!!
this cd was the sweetest, most wonderful! buy it out! got the greatest new songs ever! not a waste of money at all.

1-0 out of 5 stars READ THESE REVIEWS AND BEWARE!!
I have done a search on both Amazon and E-Bay for "The Buzz". All the search results are the same. This ONE DISK CD. The offer presented on TV (www.musicspace.com) is a TWO CD set, with 33 songs. This one (and the others on EBay) are a reduced version of the two disk set.

2-0 out of 5 stars decieved
Watch out for this buy. The disc that Amazon sells you is not the same as advertised on TV. I was very upset when I saw that there was only one CD, half of the songs you see on tv arent even included.

5-0 out of 5 stars The grunge era revisited...(1992 - 1997)
After the New Jack Era of 1987-1992 (think: BBD, Bobby Brown, Paula Abdul, MC Hammer), the Alternative/Grunge movement effectively supplanted pop/R&B as *the* music of choice among America's youth. Led by Nirvana and supported quickly by acts like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and the Smashing Pumpkins, Grunge was a genre primarily constructed by "underground" artists who were more or less finally brought into the spotlight by the major labels.

By 1994, corporate America had figured out how to mass produce the music, and much of what you'll hear on this compilation is a result of that -- one hit wonders, more or less. However, that does not make this collection any less great to listen to. Among '94's best: "Shine" by Collective Soul, "Zombie" by the Cranberries, and "Far Behind," by Candlebox are included. Thankfully, "What's The Frequency, Kenneth?" by heavyweights R.E.M. makes the cut along with that fluke of a single, "You Get What You Give" by The New Radicals.

Be sure to get the two-disc version -- that also includes tracks by Blind Melon ("No Rain"), Counting Crows ("Mr. Jones") and one of my favorite songs of all time, "Fade Into You," by Mazzy Star. 94-95 were some of the best years for this music...Stone Temple Pilots' 'Purple' album anyone?

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63. Freak Show
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4-0 out of 5 stars This "Freak Show" is worth a visit
Despite all the harsh criticism Silverchair has received (ex. Nirvana In Pajamas, Silver High Chair), I decided to give this album (the first one I picked up from SC) and was quite surprised. "Abuse Me" nicely displays the soft/loud dynamic that the group mastered, and "Freak" is a catchy rocker despite sketchy lyrics like "No more maybes, your baby's got rabies". More impressive were some of the songs not released as singles, like "Slave", "Learn To Hate", and "The Closing", all of which were apparently written during a very depressing time in Daniel Johns's life. "Petrol & Chlorine" is a left-of-center slower-paced song with sitar, lyrically focusing on another depression related topic - suicide. A few tracks like "The Door" and "Cemetery" are not quite as strong as the rest of the album (the latter sounds like a re-write of the Smashing Pumpkins song "Disarm") and some of the lyrics verge on nonsense, but considering that the band members were about 17-18 years of age when they recorded this, the album is quite impressive. Unfortunately, their two follow ups were both bland, ballad-heavy affairs - I guess that the inspiration for songwriting faded once Daniel Johns found happiness and contentment. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to hear some solid mid-'90s rock.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
Wow. That will be your first thought after listening to this album. The first chords you hear will have you stuck to this CD for a long time. Freak Show contains almost metal songs (Learn to Hate) all the way to slower tunes (Abuse Me). Freak is probably the greatest silverchair song along with Anthem for the year 2000. Abuse Me, the first single, is an awesome song. The quick, rockin' tune of Lie to Me will catch you by surprise. This album is such a step up from Frogstomp it's amazing. It can't be put into words. Buy this CD right now.

4-0 out of 5 stars The only Silverchair album besides Frogstomp worth owning
Despite the fact I prefer Frogstomp much more, this album is still quite good, and unfortunately, the last decent album Silverchair have made. Neon Ballroom is a total bust excluding the wonderful "Emotion Sickness", and Diorama rips off countless artists' music, especially on its first track off the album which rips John Lennon's "Imagine". Too bad I'm the only person who seemed to notice that. But back to Freak Show; the only downfall is its thrash songs. "No Association", "Slave", and "Learn to Hate" are all songs on the thrashier side, and they don't move me with their needless, undirected aggression. Most of Silverchair's best songs have an elements of anger to them (like all of the songs off Frogstomp like "Israel's Son", "Pure Massacre", and "Suicidal Dream"), but they were angry for a reason. Daniel Johns just seemed to put angry songs on Freak Show just for the hell of it. I know that Johns was going through his bout with anorexia during the period this album came out, but that doesn't explain who or what he was directing his anger at with the thrashier songs. That qualm aside, the rest of Freak Show shines for the most part. "The Door" is classic, catchy rock. "Cemetery", "Petrol & Chlorine", and "Abuse Me" are all softer songs that have a side of beauty to them. Freak and Roses are catchy, straight-up rock music. "The Closing" and "Nobody Came" are a somber and ominous way to end the album, which is fine by me. If you're going to get some Silverchair music, I suggest Frogstomp first, and Freak Show after that. The single version of "Anthem for the Year 2000" is worth getting too. Try to get "Emotion Sickness" from a friend who already has Neon Ballroom. Also, there's an excellent non-album Silverchair song called "Untitled", so get that from a friend too.

4-0 out of 5 stars awesome
one of their best. check out copeland if you like silverchair. http://www.thecopelandsite.com take care

3-0 out of 5 stars Getting there...
This is a decent album. It has it's fair share of good songs, namely 'Cemetary', 'Petrol & Chlorine', and 'Door'. But there's also some tracks that I'm not very fond of ('Freak', 'Learn to Hate', 'Lie to Me'). I prefer the softer, weirder songs than the hard rock songs. The worn out themes of teen angst still run rampant through this album. It's a good album, but nothing special. ... Read more


64. Neon Ballroom
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It's the easy way out to dwell on a group's supposed "maturation," but considering the members of Silverchair were 14 when they released their debut album and are a whopping 20 years old with this outing, it's entirely appropriate, not to mention accurate. From a band of any age, though, Neon Ballroom is a stunner of an album. And it's also leaps and bounds beyond the Australian trio's two previous efforts, good if derivative grunge/classic-rock fare interpreted by impressionable young musicians. From the epic, dramatic opening cut, "Emotion Sickness," to "Ana's Song (Open Fire)," Neon Ballroom is a 12-song collection rife with emotions laid bare and songs fully realized with lush strings and piano (courtesy of David Helfgott, the inspiration for the movie Shine.) Silverchair singer/songwriter Daniel Johns outdoes himself with the sonic diversity and fragility of his tunes, especially the ethereal, delicate ballads, with the powerful "Dearest Helpless" smacking of Kurt Cobain at his most beautifully tormented. From the gentle "Miss You Love" to the punky-aggro "Spawn Again" to the flat-out speedy rocker "Satin Sheets," Silverchair have created a haunting, edgy, seductive soundtrack to a young life deeply felt. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Stunning
I admittingly just got into Silverchair. Neon Ballroom is the first album I have bought of theirs, and in my opinion, it is their best. Daniel's lyrics go beyond self-loathing and teen-angst and are derived from real problems, such as his struggle with Anorexia (as referred to in "Ana's Song"). The whole album itself is just brilliant. The use of the orchestra on the few songs adds much more texture and depth to the already mindblowing, gut-wrenching, emotional songs. The opening, "Emotion Sickness" covers almost every genre of music you can think of, a very diverse song and a perfect opening. Songs like "Spawn Again" and "Anthem for the Year 2000" are the easiest to rock out too, while "Miss You Love" and "Ana's Song" are beautiful, melodic and twisted. My favorite track of the moment would have to be "Do You Feel The Same." If you like bands like Nirvana, Soundgarden, etc. try Silverchair. Do not miss this album. I suggest to anyone that they go out and buy this. I'm glad I did.

5-0 out of 5 stars At once, reflective and inspiring.
I can't remember what it was that actually prompted me to buy this cd, but I'm so very glad I did. As opposed to their previous efforts this album is original and stunning. Finally focusing on the vast possibilities music offers, Daniel Johns explores more layered sounds and comprehendable lyrics. Highlights are "Emotion Sickness","Do You Feel The Same" and "Steam Will Rise". The former a result of an inspired collaboration and a truly amazing sound. The latter being exapmles of writing serving as an emotional catalyst. Simply put, I couldn't stop playing this cd for the first 8 weeks after I got it. And now that I listen less often, when I do play it I feel an even deeper response than the first time. Admittingly not the usual fair for these boys but certainly not bad. Softer doesn't mean weaker ie.(miss you love) it hits you just as hard but in a more subtle way. The overall feel of this album is more dark and somber at first but after a few listens a transition occures and you are released from this into a new and stronger out look. Definitely one of my most favorite this year.

1-0 out of 5 stars These guys are too old to convincingly pull of angst anymore
The only wonderful song off Neon Ballroom is "Emotion Sickness". "Miss You Love", "Ana's Song", "Black Tangled Heart", "Point of View", and "Paint Pastel Princess" are all whiny, plodding schlock. Nearly everything off Neon Ballroom sounds like a cliche... and a whiny, pretentious one at that. Daniel Johns and the rest of his bandmates are too old to convincingly pull off angst anymore. All of the genuine edge and caginess that was found on Frogstomp and Freak Show is absent. And in the short bursts Johns tries to recapture what he once expressed on his first two albums, he comes off as whiny and pathetic (just take a listen to "Spawn Again", and have a good laugh at Johns once again trying to be thrashy for no reason). "Spawn Again" ranks right up there with "Minor Threat", "Trash", and "Lie to me" as some of the most stupid, pointless Silverchair songs ever. Frogstomp and Freak Show are great Silverchair buys because the guys were still teenagers trying to find their place in the world. They were young enough to get away with being moody and unsure of themselves. But when Ballroom was made they had been adults for quite some time, and any smart person should have been able realize that that Johns should have given himself a more mature portrayal than he does on this album.

5-0 out of 5 stars A CD Packed With Emotion
This CD is the best one that I own, hands down. The lyrics are so emotional that you feel like you know Daniel Johns personally. He gave away a piece of himself when he wrote the lyrics to these songs. This CD has actually helped me deal with my own emotions and problems. This CD lets you know that you are not the only person that has these feelings... it lets you know you're not alone. " Emotion Sickness" sets the mood for the cd in the very beginning. You would expect them to start out with a punk song, but they start out slowly, as if saying "Hey... we're doing our own thing, and if you have a problem with it, you can turn this off right now." This is a truly touching CD. A must buy for everyone!!

5-0 out of 5 stars BEST CD EVER!!
This is a MUST! Nomatter who you are or what genre of music you normally listen to.... THIS CD WILL PLEASE EVERYBODY!!! My favorite, most listened to CD EVER!! Love this! I wish they made more music like this... they just don't make music like they use to. ... Read more


65. Dust
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The Trees' third and best major-label album wasn't an easy one to make: the band felt compelled to scrap the first recording with producer Don Fleming and re-record the songs with George Drakoulias of Black Crowes and Tom Petty fame. But the creative malaise and personal chaos that reportedly plagued the follow-up to 1992's gold-selling Sweet Oblivion are nowhere in evidence in the finished grooves.Dust is a complex, layered effort that transcends the grunge tag so often hung on the band by emphasizing deep roots in psychedelia and folk-rock that have been obscured in the past by the fuzz and fury. As always, Mark Lanegan's smooth-as-bourbon vocals and Gary Lee Conner's thunderstorm guitars are two of the most distinctive instruments Seattle has produced. But what makes this album special is the ensemble playing and the dynamics: The band seems to have listened to Lanegan's call in "Make My Mind" to "Take a minute just to breathe." Sitars, tabla, harmonium, and Mellotron adorn moving midtempo rockers such as "All I Know" and "Dying Days," adding to a world-weary but overall optimistic vibe. Dust could be considered the combination of MTV Unplugged in New York and From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah that Nirvana was never able to realize--it's a mature, melodic album that doesn't sacrifice the energy of youthful rock & roll abandon. --Jim Derogatis ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The New Classic Rock
Dust is my favorite album of all time. If you stranded me only one CD in my discman, I would be content to hear this record and only this record for the rest of my life. Mark Lanegan is the consummate rock vocalist. His singing can both beckon with its warmth and frighten with its growl. Dust is defined by its immediacy and a beautiful sensibility for texture; not one of the ten tracks fails to fulfill these qualities. The album's centerpiece, "Sworn and Broken," particularly glows as one of the most beautiful songs in all of rock-- the mellotron solo is sublime. I can't say enough good things about Dust by the Screaming Trees.

4-0 out of 5 stars Under rated classic rock
Forever the underdogs of Grunge, Screaming Trees finally received the recognition they deserve with Dust, an album of quality over image. Gentler and less angst than their peers, the collection of ten fine songs has "timeless" written all over them. Still not household names, and probably never will be, many critics praised the album as a masterpiece on release with sandpaper vocals and wide range of instruments. This is most relevant on 'Sworn and Broken' with an unexpected harpsichord coming in. 'Look At You' is moving and inspired and 'Witness' could be considered the most upbeat number on offer. Never likely to break into the mainstream or be played on the radio, Dust is low key and relies on musicianship rather than the current embrace of technology.

5-0 out of 5 stars Tragic Masterpiece
In the early nineties pop-grunge seattle based band Nirvana were topping the charts and in turn becoming one of the most populer bands in recent times.A lot of other seattle based grunge bands took this oppurtunity to hitch a ride and become rich and famous.Yet the Screaming Trees stay in the shadows the whole time, this is most unfortunate because in my opinion they were the crown jewel of the whole genre.And even with their lead singer working with some of the most popular bands today eg. Queens of the Stone Age the Screaming Trees still get minimal radio or television play.In my opinion this is the definative grunge album, as well as one of the best rock albums of the nineties.Just buy it I promise you won't be disapointed

5-0 out of 5 stars Criminally overlooked masterpiece...
I know of two criminally overlooked albums in the 90s-and then again a busload which were "simply" overlooked.
Those two are the eponymous album by Mad Season and "Dust" by the Screaming Trees.
The thing about the 'Trees is that for years it was anticipated they'd deliver a brilliant album and for years it wasn't happening. A true riddle really, since all the necessary elements were there: an incredible singer, and a truly great band to back him up. Yet, if you listen to their earlier albums the mystery gets solved. Internal band strifes, bad producing, or simply the chemistry not really coming together were the factors responsible for those rather "so and so" early efforts.

Once all the components were just right, the result, in "Dust", was exactly what many people were hoping for:
absolutely stunning.

The thing is that by then, noone was expecting anything much from the Trees and thus this masterpiece went largely unnoticed, when in fact, well, in fact it was one of the very best albums of the whole decade!

But it gets more interesting actually. "Dust", despite what many people think (in their desire to categorise everything) was not just "another grunge album". It probably had as little to do with grunge as Soundgarden did. What it was, was a gorgeous bluesy but unmistakably rock album with a capital "R".
But that alone isn't what makes it so great.
What makes it stand out is that it's one of those albums where the intensity of the music and the singing is so capturing that it's irresistible. "Dust" isnt one of those albums to listen to a few times and put it away for good. It's without a doubt an LP that you will come back to many times for years to come because it leaves a mark on
the listener like few albums do.

Mark Lanegan gives here the performance of his life. The moody and often very melancholic songs are
delivered by Lanegan in such a way, you feel you have a good friend over telling you his sorrows... The band go one better, and dress the whole thing up with some seriously heartwarming rock melodies, of the grandiose kind, songs that qualify easily as rock classics.

Basically, it's futile to try and describe how good "Dust" is. Or maybe there's not enough superlatives i could think of.
If you're looking for truly timeless music, this album will serve you more than well.

4-0 out of 5 stars "Dust" is a must.
Everytime I listen to "Screaming Trees", I'm amazed they weren't as huge as others in the genre, especially with this album. It's almost too good. I love "Sweet Oblivion" also, but "Dust" is just one of those albums that you hope you're blessed enough to hear in your lifetime. "All I Know" was the almost hit from this, however each track is a stand-out, and the album as a whole is excellent. Any fan of the band, or the great voice of "Mark Lanegan", or classic grunge needs to hear this. I'll be playing it until my "Dying Days". ... Read more


66. Mansfield Ma: July 11th 2003
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5-0 out of 5 stars Pearl Jam eases into its epic 48-song marathon!
Pearl Jam eases into its epic 48-song Mansfield, MA, show with the poignant "Long Road" from the 1996 film Dead Man Walking. It is the perfect opener for these aging alternative giants who have made a mission out of avoiding the path of least resistance and putting on marathon live shows. This first set of the evening sticks to acoustic versions of fan favorites like "Indifference" and "Sometimes" before breaking for a Sleater-Kinney set (not included). Set two kicks off with an ominous version of "Can't Keep" from Riot Act before exploding into brutal, full-throated renderings of "Breakerfall" and "Brain of J." Eddie Vedder sounds tired yet incrementally possessed as the show continues, delivering the anthemic "Why Go" with its chorus of "Why go home/Why go home" like a schoolyard dare. The audience takes his advice and screams through three encores, including classics like "Jeremy" and classic covers like "Fortunate Son" and "Rockin' in the Free World," before delivering the enduring singalong B-side "Yellow Ledbetter" like the blue-collar road dogs the band has become

5-0 out of 5 stars A must for Pearl Jam fans
This terrific cd shows why people still come to Pearl Jam's live shows. They still have not "lost it."(...)
In this unusual setup, Pearl Jam was their own opening act, so to speak. They came out early to do a (mostly) acoustic set for almost an hour. Following the performance of their real opening act (Sleater-Kinney), they returned for their main set, for about another two-and-a-half hours!
Disc one includes the acoustic set. Eddie Vedder thanks the crowd for coming early "to the experiment". The set starts with the lesser-known "Long Road." This song is so good,one wonders why it isn't on one of their regular albums. Excellent versions of "All Those Yesterdays", "Thin Air", and the b-side "Footsteps" are included.
The main set is included in thier entirety on the second and third discs (except for "Arc", which isn't on any of the live cds).
This tour was in support of the "Riot Act" album, and killer versions of songs from that album appear here. "Can't Keep", "Ghost", and "Cropduster", for examlple, show why "Riot Act" ranks among their best albums. (...)
PJ include a wide variety of songs from thier entire catalog here, and do them well. Big hits, album cuts, b-sides, songs that only PJ fans know all appear here.
The "man" trilogy appears here, highlighted by the crowd singing along with "Betterman". Proof positive That PJ still thrills and excites their audience. Even early fan favorites such as "Blood", and "Jeremy" are still played to the hilt. There is no "walking through" these songs,even after having played them a zillion times over the years.
Sleater-Kinney return to play CCR's "Fortunate Son" and Neil Young's "Rockin'in the Free World" with PJ. The set finishes with "Yellow Leddbetter."
Filled with outstanding live material, this 3 cd set is a "must own" for any and all Pearl Jam fans.

5-0 out of 5 stars Gives me goosebumps
After a bit of last minute rushing around (including a strange run-in with a couple of jerk parking lot attendants), I was lucky enough to attend this show, and it was more than worth both the overpriced ticket and the afformentioned difficulties. PJ made good on their promist to cover as much of their catalog as possible and both the band and the crowd got quite a workout. Starting in the late afternoon with an acoustic set (disc 1), the band offered a nice laid back mix of old favorites and rarities highlighted by some of my personal favorites like "Footsteps", "Off He Goes", "Drifting", "Thin Air", and ending with a powerful version of "Indifference". Then after an OK Sleater-Kinney performance, the fun really started. With Great Woods' stupid time restraints, the boys had to hurry through the set, but it ended up being a good thing as the sped-up versions of songs like "Brain of J", "Why Go", "Spin the Black Circle", and "Given to Fly" were even more powerful than usual. They slowed it down a bit and Eddie interacted with the crowd, asking for our help to sing along with the end of "Wishlist" and then went into the Man trilogy, in which the entire crowd took over on lead vocals for "Betterman". Listening to it now makes me tingle. The 3rd set included a great rendition of "Breath" and an even better version of "Habit". Then they closed the 3rd set with "Black" & "Jeremy", the latter in which we all were reminded why we loved this band in the first place as we all belted out the final "Oooooooooohhhhhhoohhhoooo!" (very loud and accurately I might add). After being joined by SK for the Encore version of CCR's "Fortunate Son" they teased us with a one note song, and sent us all home satisfied with the only song they repeated over the 3 shows they played at Mansfield, "Yellow Ledbetter". This was one of the most incredible shows I have ever attended and I was so pleased to learn the bootleg was out. I listen to this constantly despite my usual distaste for live albums, and I never get sick of it. It is a great reminder of a great night, and the set list is so good that it is still worth the price of the set even if I hadn't been there. Any PJ fan would have enjoyed the show, and luckily for those who missed it, the excitement is captured here. Simply a great show.

3-0 out of 5 stars Addendum to my previous review
I had to submit a new review, this one at 3 stars, to balance out my 5 star review for a total of 4...the previous reviewer, Todd M. Goff, is going to be disappointed when he gets his discs for this show, because Pearl Jam decided not to release the song where "Veder (sic) worked - seemingly adlib - recording his voice one layer on top of another. Each time they would play it back, he would add another layer on top of it. He did this for about 5 minutes until the recorded version - containing all the various layers he had just cried out - became this melodic and haughting melody; it absolutely kicked my ass and I can't wait to hear it again." This song is called "Arc", appears in shortened form on their album "Riot Act", was performed 9 times (and since this was dedicated to the 9 people who died at the Roskilde Festival, some claim that it was performed one time for each person who died, though there's no band confirmation of this)....and does NOT appear on any official bootleg release, including the 8 other shows where this appears that were distributed through Sony direct only. I'm so glad I taped in Council Bluffs, and you can find the performances from Council Bluffs, Fargo, and this one if you look around. Pearl Jam is ok with taping so you don't have to worry about piracy or "angering the band" so long as you don't PAY anyone to obtain this recording.

5-0 out of 5 stars Retaining the Memory
Okay. I've actually just purchased this CD. I write this review already knowing the content because I was there at the third show in Mansfield. I have been a solid fan for many, many years and have attended some spectacular shows of their's while living in Atlanta during the 90s. This show in Mansfield blew everything else away. The vast majority of the show was songs that you almost never would hear @ your run-of-the-mill PJ concert. If you've been looking for a recording holding many alternative Pearl Jam songs, look no further. One song in particular was stunning. Veder worked - seemingly adlib - recording his voice one layer on top of another. Each time they would play it back, he would add another layer on top of it. He did this for about 5 minutes until the recorded version - containing all the various layers he had just cried out - became this melodic and haughting melody; it absolutely kicked my ass and I can't wait to hear it again.
I write this knowing what's in store for me. I can't wait to get it. It's unlikely I will ever see another of their shows that will out do this one - buy it today. ... Read more


67. Ocean of Confusion: Songs of Screaming Trees 1989-1996
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5-0 out of 5 stars in the "dying days" of music we remember what once was
this cd is great first off. i bought this without having ne other screaming trees albums and this got me hooked. at first i listend 2 the first 4 songs and thought o this is just ok, and dont get me wrong the first 4 songs r good but they are kind of bleak and lead 2 no were. But then the rest of the album isnt just good its amazing. so dont waste ur time reading this go out and buy this cd, but if ur expecting it 2 b grunge like mudhoney aic nirvana or soundgarden its not its much more relaxing and pretty but yet rocks hard the vocals reming me alot of later kurt cobain, the vocals r a mix of american gothic and folk music i think which is a cool spin. well hve fun listn 2 this album

4-0 out of 5 stars The best of their almost popular years.
So you've always wondered about Screaming Trees but never got any? Well here you go. A very good and lengthy collection from mostly the last three albums. The first track is from the "Something About Today" EP, the next three are from "Uncle Anesthesia", the next seven are off the excellent "Sweet Oblivion" album, then three non-album tracks, and five from "Dust". My only complaints are, only three songs from "Uncle Anesthesia", and where is "All I Know" from the last album? But, what's here is awesome stuff, from a very underrated band. Personally, I like Screaming Trees just as much as Pearl Jam or Soundgarden, and will listen to them until my "Dying Days". ... Read more


68. Lucy
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5-0 out of 5 stars Lucy-One of the BEST albums of the 90's!
This album is great in the form that it's mellow; a nice change. I thought this album sucked until I actually listened to it. Kevin Martin is by far the best lyricist out of the 90's. The best songs on this album are"Simple Lessons," "Drowned," "Lucy," and "Vulgar Before Me." If anyone thinks Candlebox have lost their edge, they're wrong!! In the words of Peter Klett:"We can be mellow, but we can also rip their faces off."

5-0 out of 5 stars Different yet just as good
Candlebox's second album has gotten many bad reviews and criticism over the years. This is because it doesn't sound just like the first. I for one, think this is a great thing. Lucy is raw, underproduced, and fairly powerful. And I mean underproduced in a good way, cause it's done quite well here. So if you're looking for a repeat of their first album, this ain't it.

The good stuff here- Butterfly (Reprise) is the best song in my opinion. It's an epic song which goes from soft to extremely loud, a very well written song, with great vocals and lyrics by Kevin Martin. The solo here is quite good also. Understanding, Drowned, Vulgar Before Me, and Bothered are all great as well. This album is much more experimental than the first, and comes closer to a truer "grunge" sound. Everything sounds much rawer here, from the distortion in the guitars to Kevin's voice. The musicianship isn't as refined as on the first album, but I think it adds to the value of this one in the overall scheme of things.

The bad stuff- Not much is bad. I didn't really get into Best Friend too much, but the whole album is listenable. Not every song is memorable here though.

Conclusions- Had this been their first album, and the self-titled been their second, I think this would've sold/been rated a lot better. "Lucy" sounds more like a debut album than anything else. But for what it is, it's great. If you liked the first album and aren't afraid of change, pick this one up. And if you're a Candlebox fan and don't already own it, get it.

2-0 out of 5 stars What A Huge Step In The Wrong Direction!!!
... I have the first Candlebox album and I absolutely love it. It has 6 great songs ... This album has one good song (Simple Lessons) that reminds me of the first album. The rest of the songs are just noise to me. It's absolutely nothing like the their debut. I have over 3,000 cd's and I have to rate this one within the top 10 worst albums I ever bought. The first is in my top 100. There's a reason this band broke up! They failed to catch that original magic!

4-0 out of 5 stars Almost As Good As The Debut
This album nearly spelled the end of this 90s style metal outfit, though it's hard to see why. They still make hooky, radio friendly hard rock in the style of Alice In Chains or Soundgarden, and there is no real change in style or tone from their well respected debut. Maybe the label just printed too many copies or maybe their day had passed, rap metal a seems to have sucked up all the teenage rebellion boys not worshiping Snoop Doggy Dog Dog Dog. Fans will not be disappointed. All the tracks are fine, I especially liked 'Simple Lessons' 'Become (To Tell) and 'Drowned'.

5-0 out of 5 stars I like all three Candlebox albums
The third album was a little weaker, but I like it and it's growing on me. As far as Lucy, I was letdown at first cause it didn't rock like the first, but now songs like Butterfly amaze and touch me. If you like either of the other two albums, you MUST get this one and give it a few listens, perhaps in the background. It will grow on you. (Or maybe you'll dig it right from the start, some people do). ... Read more


69. Hype! Surviving The Northwest Rock Explosion - The Motion Picture Soundtrack
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Subtitled "Surviving the Northwest rock explosion," the film is a wry documentary about the rise and fall of Seattle as grunge central. The mostly-live original soundtrack covers every major (Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden), mid-size (Posies, Mudhoney), and shouldabeen (Fastbacks, Flop, Supersuckers) act imaginable. Think of it as an instant collection of rare Sub Pop, Frontier and C-Z singles. --Jeff Bateman ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars I can't believe.....
I bought the !Hype video a few years ago,just to see and hear the first live performance of smells like teen spirit(with the alternate lyrics)...and I found that there is a soundtrack for !hype now,these years later,and I can't believe that version of smells like teen spirit is not on it,I traded nirvana bootlegs for years,This album would have sold many many many more copies if it had that song because you can not find a good quality audio or video of it anywhere in the the bootleg trading circles. The rest of the cd has some good songs,but for me it would have been 10x better with the good audio of slts.

5-0 out of 5 stars Buy Now You,
I love love love this cd. It rocks like no other. I use to listen to more mainstream rock but after watching the film HYPE! and listen to this cd, my taste took a 180. I live for underground kick ... rock. Keep punk alive, and support your local scence. It's time to end corporate rock for good!!!!!
Favorite tracks are gas huffer's hotcakes, fastbacks song. And 54/40 makes me laugh everytime.

4-0 out of 5 stars Ngative is really negative creep by nirvana!
good cd, a little stale though

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, but missing a few key songs.
Ok- I'll start by telling you that I love every song on this CD. The main reason that kept it from getting five stars is the exclusion of so many great songs from the motion picture. I mean, the movie went so far out of it's way to showcase some of the best bands ever crammed on to a documentary, and then the soundtrack for the most part followed the mistakes that the major record labels made when signing seattle bands- They didn't go far enough! What about Zipgun, Coffin Break, Hammerbox, and don't even tell me that the bassline & drums from the opening song (Bandages by Crackerbash) didn't make you wanna jump out of your seat and break something. All in all, a good collection, but too many bands on here that everyone has heard of already and not enough of the ones that we haven't.

3-0 out of 5 stars OK
Why didn't they include the Melvins' Night Goat? That was by far the best song in the movie. The stuff on here is entertaining enough, but I hardly ever listen to it anymore. ... Read more


70. Happy Days
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Blowing away any hint of its shoe-gazing past, Catherine Wheel have matured into a swaggering, boys-with-big-guitars outfit capable of turning on the style and mainstream appeal. "Little Muscle" and "Shocking" are standout songs.--Jeff Bateman ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Something wrong here, but has moments of greatness
This is the Catherine Wheel's least accessible album. It is just too abrasive for the most part. It has some excellent tracks, though: God inside my head, Heal, Eat my dust..., and Judy Staring at the Sun are some of their best, but the rest are rather tough going. I totally agree with the other reviewer who said that most of the tracks sound like bad Smashing Pumpkins; too fast & harsh. But if you're a CW fan, you'll like at least some of this.

5-0 out of 5 stars Can't go wrong with this one
As with some of Catherine Wheel's albums, this one takes a little getting used to. Once it starts to grow on you, however, there is no denying the true genius in their music. This album definitely isn't their easiest one to conform to quickly. If you are looking for a good Catherine Wheel starter album, try Ferment first. That was my first exposure to Catherine Wheel and it was one of those albums that you learn to love on the first listen, from beginning to end.

Happy Days has quickly jumped to the top of the list when I think of the best albums from Catherine Wheel. It has a good mixture of songs. I like to consider it a blend of song types from both Ferment and Chrome; some hard songs and some beautiful slower tunes. The gutiar and vocals that are found in almost every Catherine Wheel song makes any album worth the purchase.

I wouldn't recommend Happy Days for the first time Catherine Wheel buyer, but it is definitely a must have for anyone that is remotely familiar with their music. Songs like Hole, Kill My Soul, Shocking, and God Inside My Head qualify this album as money well spent....

5-0 out of 5 stars "It's how high you are and the time it takes to heal"
Happy Days is the third and last of the great albums put out by Catherine Wheel (IMO, the next release, Adam & Eve, was a few steps backwards for the band). The title is very ironic as this album is the band's most intense, angry, heavy, and abrasive release. As always, they start off with a rocker. "God Inside My Head" is very heavy: "A mushroom cloud!" Almost metal with killer guitar and bass but also catchy with excellent duel vocals. "Waydown" was the first single off this album and I was not impressed with it. Most of the tracks here are much better. "Little Muscle," and "Empty Head," are killer rockers. "Receive" is amazing and offers some of Rob Dickinson's best vocal work: "I destroy myself!" "Hole" is also a highlight in tortured vocals. "My Exhibition" is almost thrash. More accessible tracks include the catchy "Shocking" and "Judy Staring at the Sun," the latter of which features the backing vocals of Throwing Muses co-founder, Pixies and Breeders vocalist, and Belly founder Tanya Donelly. The ultimate gem here, however, is "Heal." I could almost to put this track ahead of "Black Metallic" as Catherine Wheel's best song but...not quite. It's close, though. It is unbelievable and worth a CD purchase by itself. Happy Days broke Catherine Wheel out of the shoegazer mold. It is not their most solid album (was "Eat My Dust You Insensitive ****" really necessary?) but is still excellent. If you like your alternative rock on the heavy side, this album is for you. Rob Dickinson's heavy metal relative Bruce Dickinson may have had an influence on this album!

5-0 out of 5 stars Sexy, Self-Obsessed, Very Intense
This is heavy, guitar-driven rock. HAPPY DAYS has much more of a conventional rock sound than the dreamier atmospheric guitar wash of previous albums, but the music is far from typical. The album tackles the subject of self-indulgence (not unfamiliar ground for CW) both celebrating it and portraying its ups and downs. Relationships are also explored as well as drug behavior and self-destructive thinking.

As good as the heavy songs are (most fit that description), the slow songs could be the best. "Eat My Dust You Insensitive F***" has a quiet power that really grabs hold while "Fizzy Love" is encircling, sensuous and sexy. Its string section is brilliant, too. Each song is truly great except for the limp "Shocking" and "Judy Staring At The Sun." "Judy" is good but not the greatest. I do like Tanya Donolly's contribution to "Judy" although it was slightly better before Rob Dickenson stole one of her lines (that she originally had on an early promo tape of the album that I have). It just goes to show his selfish trip is for real, I guess! My favorite song is the joyous "Love Tips Up" even though I tend to favor the darker material.

I must admit, I really dig male singers with sexy voices like Jim Morrison, Gavin Rossdale and CW's Rob Dickenson even though I'm a heterosexual male. It must have something to do with imagining the singer is me . . . anyway, I have no doubt I'm not the only one who thinks that Rob fits into this category. There's something hedonistic, almost luxurious about his deep, dreamy voice. His songs sound quite convincing, so I imagine he's singing from a place of experience. It may take a listener who's "been there" to fully appreciate these songs, but anyone can jam on this excellent rock 'n' roll.

5-0 out of 5 stars Catherine Wheel's most sonic album
I would say that this album would fit into my top ten 90's albums. In your face songs like "Waydown", to the mellow, haunting sarcasm of "Eat My Dust, You Insensitive F**k", to the fun "Judy Staring At The Sun", to the tearjerker (in my opinion) "Heal" where Rob Dickinson wails "I wish I knew ... How to change. 'Cause veryone needs someone..... To live by" will leave you with a lump in your throat by the time he's done. You understand what he's singing about.
Robs uses his smoky tenor voice to perfection on each song, and the masterful production of guitars, organs, etc. make this a top notch album. ... Read more


71. Ultramega OK
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5-0 out of 5 stars Soundgarden's raw, dark masterpiece of an album
After two very good EP's on Sub Pop Records-Screaming Life and Fopp-Soundgarden moved to SST Records to record their first full-lenght LP. And what a smashing debut it was. Ultramega OK offers a faint glimpse into what would become Soundgarden's signature sound:an intense,brooding mixture of wailing vocals, dark,noisy riffs, crunching rhythyms,steady but powerful drumming and intelligent,thought-provoking lyrics channeled through gloomy metal,punk fury,and surrealistic pschyedelia. This album opens with the chunky chords of the very heavy,very trippy ''Flower.'' Other highlights include the fiery,punkish ''All Your Lies''and the speed-changing,mood-changing brilliance of ''Mood For Trouble.'' But the record's centerpiece is ''Beyond The Wheel,'' a song with earth-shattering vocals and mind-blowing guitar sounds. Buy this cd, as well as all of Soundgarden's other cd's.

5-0 out of 5 stars UltraMegaOK: Grunge without compromise
After the Screaming Life/ Fopp EP's first pioneered grunge as a commercial genre, Soundgarden's debut LP, UltraMegaOK, came as a blast of aromatic air to the world of rock, still overcoming the horror of the overproduced sound of the 80's.
With the wailing and howling of Chris Cornell in his prime, the dexterous and despairing guitar work of Kim Thayil, and the inventive and powerful drumming of Matt Cameron, combined with the cerebral yet dark songwriting meant that 2 years before Bleach, Soundgarden proved that they were easily better than Nirvana.
The major quality of UltraMegaOk is the ability of Soundgarden to mesh loud, distorted guitar and howling vocals with wailing, depressed interludes, with out losing any of the power of the song. The quality of UltraMegaOk is best experienced on the angry, growling Flower, the slick All Your Lies, the winding paths of Mood For Trouble, the frenetic twists of Circle of Power, and the eerie, brooding Smokestack Lightning. This interspersed with bassist Hiro Yamamoto's weird and wonderful 665-667, and coming to a snail paced climax with Incessant Mace.
Its just a shame that Soundgarden never managed to keep this kind of quality yet understated sound through the 90's, as they succumbed to the 'pop hooks' so adored by critics on 'BadMotorFinger' and 'Super Unknown'.

4-0 out of 5 stars Better than "OK".
I admit, this first full album from "Soundgarden" may not be as mindblowing as some of their others, but it's still pretty killer. It's a great mix of styles: metal, stoner-rock, punk, and I suppose grunge overall. "Chris Cornell" may not have mastered his voice yet, but he still lets loose on "Beyond The Wheel" and "Circle Of Power". The opener and single "Flower", is a great early "Soundgarden" song. I really like the cover of "Smokestack Lightning", which is an old blues song, and they also end with John Lennon's "One Minute Of Silence", which is just what it says it is. "Ultramega OK" needs remastering, but it still rocks, and is a must for any real fan. The best thing is, each album after this one gets better and better.

3-0 out of 5 stars calm before the storm
soundgarden went on to become one of the greatest bands ever in rock. they combine wailing vocals with distorted guitar to support dark lyrics. a meld of many most notably, zepplin and sabbath with some melvins thrown in, soundgarden do not really shine yet on this album. it is good but not great. this album is not very ear friendly as the production is raw and under produced.
chris cornell had not yet grown to his true brilliance of vocal mayhem while kim thayil was still growing as a guitar player. hiro yamamato and matt cameron were, also, growing as a rhythm section. the songs are good but not great. they are gritty with an understated sound that makes this one cd to check out. i agree with the idea that if all you own is the "great" loud love and up then you are missing out

3-0 out of 5 stars not the band's best but still good
Compared to Soundgarden's later albums like louder than love, Ultramega OK doesn't really stand out. The songwriting isn't as great as badmoterfinger or superunknown. The sound quality of the album isn't perfect, probbaly due to the shoe string budget.

However, the album does provide a usefeul introduction into what would become one of the greatest heavy metal bands ever. Defenitely worth listening to. ... Read more


72. 24 Hour Revenge Therapy
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Another monster from the reluctant pre-emo kings of the Bay Area. This was their last studio album before signing toDGC. A work of enduring strength and beauty. Packaged in aDigipak. (Tupelo Recording Company) ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal
The first Jawbreaker song I ever heard was "Chesterfield King", when it was covered (very well, I think) by Face to Face on their new album. I immediately went out to my local store to find Bivouac....they didn't have a copy on hand, so I picked up the only Jawbreaker CD they had, '24 Hour Revenge Therapy'. I was totally blown away. From the opening notes of 'Boat Dreams On A Hill', to the humorous (I thought) 'Boxcar', all the way through to the end of the album, I found myself wanting to listen to each song again and again before I went to the next. I have now owned this CD for three weeks, and I listen to it every day. The song 'Ache' is one of the most beautiful mixes of sorrow, poetry, and music that I've ever heard. '24 Hour Revenge Therapy' impressed me so much that I am currently in the process of buying any and every Jawbreaker album I can. My only regret is that I missed out on seeing these guys live. I'm sure they put on an oustanding show.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest punk albums I have ever heard
24 Hour Revenge Therapy is an excellent album. It is my favorite Jawbreaker album and one of my favorite punk albums.

Upon first listening to it, I remember being immediately hooked on the first few songs, especially "the boat dreams from the hill", with its thick opening bass and catchy guitar. I thought the later songs on the album were okay, but the first few I loved.

After several listens, however, I appreciated the other songs more and more. Songs like "outpatient" and "condition oakland" are lyrically poetic, do not follow the usual fast paced punk sound, and are somewhat reminiscent of early Jawbox. Other songs, such as "jinx removing" and "ache" reminded me of later Husker Du, mixing speeds and providing almost dialogical lyrics.

This album is lyrically excellent, and has a great combination of sounds found in other Jawbreaker albums but done best on this album. After years of listening to this album, I still find myself popping it into the stereo for the thousandth listen.

One other point: I tend to avoid criticizing others' reviews; however, one past reviewer compared Jawbreaker to Screeching Weasel. While I like Screeching Weasel, their sound is very different from Jawbreaker's. Screeching Weasel has a very Ramones type of sound (they've even covered several Ramones songs), whereas Jawbreaker is more akin to Jawbox, Husker Du's last four albums, and Samiam with a more punk edge.

5-0 out of 5 stars TRY TO IMITATE.... BUT YOU NEVER WILL........
Thats what a lot of bands will try to do. This album has(in my opinion)to be one of the Top 10 most influential ablums for, got I hate to say it, the "PUNK/EMO" genre. This ablum atually deserves 6 stars. There is so much I want to say about this album but I can't even put it in words. If you don't have this album go out and get it NOW.

This album will hopefully open your minds into good music that deosn't get played on the radio. This album has made me get into music so much, I actually read the lyrics to the songs now. I know, I'm an IDIOT. I used to buy so called "punk" music, put it in my cd player and rock out. BOY was I wrong. Their is soooo much good music out their today that is not being heard because corporate America is buying you guys out. Don't listen to the critics on albums and don't buy the cd's MTV is puching down your throats. You all walk like zombies listneing to the same crap music. Hopefully I shed some light on just one person to go out and get this CD, or if this is to raw/hard go out and get Jawbreakers Dear You CD very well produced and AMAZING lyrics.

Who is more foolish? The fool or the fool who follows?

5-0 out of 5 stars Get a pony keg of buy this CD
This is my second favorite CD ever, and there's really not a lot to say about it except it is AWESOME and there's nothing wrong with it in the least. Seriously, all of the songs are incredible. I really am having trouble deciding my favorites, but I'd have to say Ashtray Monument and West Bay Invitational. If I said any more, I'd have to let them all in. When he yells "isn't it always?!" in West Bay Invitational...my god. It's amazing. Except for the Thing part of the Pixies song The Happening, that's probably my favorite part of any song I've ever heard, even if it is only for a second.
Another thing that really sets this album apart from their others is the strength of their joke-type songs. On Dear You, Bad Scene Everyone's Fault is great and quite funny, and I like Lurker II as well. But others, especially Oyster, I can just live without. On here, Boxcar is amazing and very funny (you don't know what I'm all about/like killing cops and reading kerouac). Anyway, don't hesitate, if you are hesitating. I wish I could have seen them live. I saw jets to brazil in June and Blake told us he's quitting rock music to be a visual artist, I guess, so that's a shame. Jets to brazil lost it after Orange Rhyming Dictionary, but that's also a great CD.

5-0 out of 5 stars What more could you ask for in a punk cd?
This is my third favourite of Jawbreakers perfect discography and would be on my desert island disc list for certain. I was lucky enough to actually find this in a local HMV (which is very rare) so picked it up not really knowing what to excpect (already owning bivouac and Dear you!) without doubt one of the most influential bands out there along with the likes of the clash or Steve Tilston according to taste. Pick it up you wont regret it. Stand ou tracks include Indictment, ashtray monument, ache and Jink removing. ... Read more


73. Piece of Cake
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5-0 out of 5 stars Their best album by far
Piece Of Cake was when Mudhoney as a band really hit their stride. Up until then they'd basically been nothing but bland "fuzz grunge" but here they expand their horizons and then go past them. This is an underrated original masterpiece. Definitely one of the best grunge era albums of the 90's.

5-0 out of 5 stars This album will make you happy
This is my favorite Mudhoney album. This is one long record of really great songs, one right after the other. As everyone else has said, theres not really any filler on the album. Their earlier albums are probably regarded more as classics then this one but as far as I'm concerned this album is actually more fun to listen to ... and it came out in 1992 when music was still good right?

4-0 out of 5 stars just short of "classic" status
What's the real skinny on this album? Well, about 50% of the songs are brilliant. The other 50% are just fine/ok. Now realize that in the music world you are often lucky to find an album which has three good songs together. This record has a lot of tracks, and you can find at least 7-8 gems. There are no "skip" songs, and you can listen right through very nicely. It's true- a lot of the grunge and postgrunge movements have owed a lot to bands that just missed the high point in the hype (the Pixies also come to mind)-- Mudhoney is one of the best of these protogrungers.

2-0 out of 5 stars Piece of Crap
Mudhoney was one of my favorite bands until this album. After hearing this i just couldn't get into them anymore. "Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge" and their Self Titled LP are far far superior releases. I guess when they started making money, they were able to afford better equipement, thus ruining their great sound. a shame.

5-0 out of 5 stars masters of grunge
no nirvana without these precedent-leading genuises. i cannot begin to tell you the impact, at least at a subconscious level, these guys are accountible for in relation to the music scene today. ... Read more


74. Uncle Anesthesia
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4-0 out of 5 stars If You Are Reading This Get It
I figure if you are here you came here for a reason. It's either because you stumbled upon this CD by fate or you have heard of the Trees. Either way, get this CD. If you enjoy music that isn't just about some inane, simplistic vision of love, or rock n roll that does more than just rock(which this does). Pick this up. It's the musical equivelent of magic realism. Forget the 'psychadellic' crap. It's full of imagary and imagination, and a sense that there is more, not just out there but in us. It rocks and it makes you feel. Mark Lanegan's voice thick, smooth and full. It's a man's voice, not some whiny kid's voice. The music is fierce while remaining melodic. "Beyond This Horizon"'s ending drum fills swirl and phase shift around your head. "Before We Arise" will haunt you. "Closer" ends in a bluesy fury. As a whole it's just really, really cool. Just buy the disc. It's ten bucks. Buy it. Ten bucks. Buy. Disc. Ten. Disc. Buy. ;)

5-0 out of 5 stars Bargain bin treasure!
I'm guessing that this album sold a lot of copies in the mid 90s, after the movie Singles came out, and waves of people jumped on grunge-wagon, looking for more of the "Nearly Lost You" pop bonanza and anything flannel. 12 years later, you can find it in used cd bins for pretty cheap, which indicates to me that a lot of people jumped off that wagon rather hastily in the face of newer, slicker, more cleverly marketed trends. Their loss is your gain. Go buy this cd immediately.

Hours after buying this album, the song "lay your head down" had become one of my all time favorites, and etched itself a slot on the big mix-tape of my soul. The Trees blend full-on metal with punk rock, beatlesque pop, new wave and psychedelia. Mark Lanegan sings within himself, never stretching and straining to hit high notes, but getting wonderful nuances out of every breath. There are even traces of the JL Pierce influence to be heard beneath it all. This might have been one of the best albums of the grunge era, and unless you are a big dope like Max Kellerman, you owe it to yourself to seek out music like this and find a place for it in your cd collection. File it in between Royal Trux's "Thank You", and the Psyclone Rangers "Devil May Care" as one of the all time bargain bin finds for 90s music.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome grunge cd
I think the screaming trees are one of the best grunge bands. I think the best part of it is Lanegan's voice. I would call him the Tom Yorke (Radiohead)of grunge. All the songs are good, but tracks 3,7 and 10 are the best. These guys woud have been as famous as pearl jam and alice in chains, but from what i've heard, the would get in drunken fights and break up, then start back again.
I also recommend tad, meat puppets, nirvana, alice in chains,system of a down, radiohead and slayer(DON'T ASK).

5-0 out of 5 stars if I were on a desert island...
It has always been one of my all time favorites. Not just from this band, but by any band. Excellent.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Best CD's of the 90's
Uncle Anesthesia definitely ranks as one the most under-appreciated recordings ever.....and easily one the best 20 CD's put out by anyone in the 90's. When compared to 'Sweet Oblivion' & 'Dust', I feel like UA is just musically superior. There is absolutely no filler on this one. ... Read more


75. Dry As a Bone/Rehab Doll
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5-0 out of 5 stars glam grunge punk sludge at its best!!!!!
this is just a great album buy some of the best names in seattle the band members are to be what is mudhoney, mother love bone and pearljam.this album does not sound like really any of those bands but if you listen closely you can hear a litte stooges and newyork doll influence.this is the secound album realise the first was a little more metal with steve turner on guitar(mud honey)but this has some of the best sounds from that area know as seattle .it was a creative peck and you can see why the band fell apart thet did what they had to do start a revolution.the falling did help pave the way of all the other bands to follow the trend of grunge rock.so if you dig the history of seattle grunge or just like raw punk intense rock. but if you are looking for other bands that might sound like pearl jam or mud honey go find the real thing instead!!!!!!!1

3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but not that good
Yes I know this was one of the first important grunge bands, yes I know Stone and Jeff from Pearl Jam were in Green River but come on this ain't that amazing as some of you have stated. It's interesting to see how to grunge sound or whatever it is called nowadays has evolved from this but the music is really so/so some songs rock, but it's pretty much redondant and boring. I guess I expected too much, I mean c'mon Stone and Jeff are great musicians but they're talent isun't displayed constitantly throughout the album, only in short spurts. I'll give Green River credit, they most likely influenced a good deal of bands with they're approach, I just couldn't get into it is all. So if you've heard this band before and like what you've heard than I'm sure you'll like this album alright, luckily from the ashes of the band we got MudHoney and later on Pearl Jam.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Beginning of Grunge.
People from pearl jam and mother love bone are in this band. The cd is great. I liked it the first time I heard it. It's definately worth checking out. This band is a huge piece of grunge. They deserve just as much respect as Soundgarden, Mudhoney, and The Gits. If you don't like punk, then you might not like it. How could you not like punk? This takes it one step further. It's something many bands weren't able to do. They didn't sell out. Yet, they have all the raw energy and attitude that rock is. I'm surprised Pearl Jam doesn't have these guys jump on stage to do few tunes at their shows. That would be great!

4-0 out of 5 stars Nirvana Who?
If you wanna listen to grunge at its best then listen to this. Many people make the miscalculation that pearl jam and Nirvana are the epitemy of grunge. Well their not. Their brilliant in every way besides the fact that they werent really grunge.You can really see how much Gossard and ament have changed while jamming out to Green river. Songs like "Queen bitch", and "ozzie", exemplify what grunge was really about. check it out you ll like it. And why your at it pick up a mother love bone, or tad record. discover true grunge.

2-0 out of 5 stars Stop it with the nostalgic sappy praise.
Just because they were underground, and Mudhoney came from them, doesn't mean they were good. All you "Grunge mania!" hyper addicts that think everthing to come out of Seattle was gold need to take a step back. (...) This kind of music tries to bridge the gap between the two cliffs of hardcore and arena-rock, and falls short somewhere between country and metal. They do sound like pre-fame soundgarden in that the singer, Mark Arm, sounds obnoxiously passionate. This album has a few good things going for it, but a 2-star rating is being kind. ... Read more


76. Live
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While Live may be a stopgap measure to bide time for a troubled band that hasn't released an album of new material since 1995, it's also a cool and comprehensive live portrait of a sonically superb band. The 14 tracks, recorded at various venues between 1990 and 1996 and featuring both bassists--ex-member Mike Starr and replacement Mike Inez--show a vitality and looseness not evident on the band's serious studio albums. AIC's spirit is most evident on the countrified "Queen of the Rodeo," although their personalities shine throughout. Sequenced from a booming 1990 version of "Bleed the Freak" through "Dam That River," captured during AIC's stint on a 1996 Kiss tour, Live provides a striking cross section of performances from a seminal hard-rock band. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars LIVE! - AS REAL AS IT GETS!
I purchased "LIVE!" on the day it was released. A live Alice In Chains CD had been long overdue. There was a prior live CD, "MTV UNPLUGGED", but that's different. "UNPLUGGED" is a come in, sit down, dim the lights, fire up some candles, and play some laid back music for a television audience kind of thing mainly directed by the suits at MTV and Columbia Records. Somewhat like going to a church service. Don't get me wrong, any church service led by Layne Staley and Jerry Cantrell is going to be damn interesting church service, and well worth adding to your CD collection, it's just . . . well . . . not the Alice In Chains live CD I had been longing for.

"LIVE!" is the REAL DEAL! "LIVE!" is to Alice In Chains as "From The Muddy Waters Of The Wishkah" was to Nirvana. "LIVE!" is Alice In Chains the way an Alice In Chains concert was - LOUD!

Jerry Cantrells guitars are crisp, Layne Staleys vocals are awesome, and the rest of the band is tight. Sure, they may misfire once or twice among the tracks from the '86 shows, but nothing demeaning in any way. The track list is top notch and the sound quality is superb. The AIC standards are here, Man In The Box, Bleed The Freak, Angry Chair, Rooster, Would, Them Bones, etc. Queen Of The Rodeo is one of those rarities that no AIC fan should be without. My only real complaint with the track list is the omission of a live version of Down In A Hole. All things considered, LIVE represents an excellent Alice In Chains concert.

If you don't already own any of their live stuff, then buy LIVE first, and then go for MTV UNPLUGGED. Both are ESSENTIAL ALICE IN CHAINS.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Live offering; wish there were more songs
Don't get me wrong. Alice in Chains "Live" is a great album. But I wish there were more songs on it.

There are fourteen, so it's well worth the price; I certainly didn't get cheated. But AIC had so many great songs, more than enough for two such albums. Wonder if Columbia will try to put out another album sooner or later?

The album starts off with "Bleed the Freak," from the album Facelift. Very good rendition; showed Layne Staley in top, energetic form and showcased the emotional power of AIC to perfection.

Next was "Queen of the Rodeo," a sort of updated version of Johnny Cash's "A Boy Named Sue" for the 90s and beyond. Staley's "Queen" is more than a bit confused; his idea of fighting is to "scratch and bite," he wears nylons and makeup because his mother didn't know how to raise a boy, but . . . don't think he's a woman just because he's a transvestite, as Staley growls, "Last night I met your mother . . . I hope you understand, 'cause she did!" (profanity omitted because I don't want to get the review banned)

Very funny song. Showed AIC's humorous side to perfection.

Many other great songs are here, including "Angry Chair, "Man in the Box," "Love, Hate, Love," "Rooster," and "Would?" "Man in the Box" is done at a slightly faster tempo, with Staley ever-so-slightly emphasizing different words in the delivery. Cantrell harmonized with Staley flawlessly, once again adding a different dimension than just about any other rock band could claim. Staley effortlessly hit the high notes in this song, something that was more troublesome later in his career; in a way, it encapsulates the message even more firmly, putting this song into historical perspective.

Simply put; as every other reviewer has touched on, Staley had a drug problem. Died from them. Even here, he knew it, and wasn't happy about it; "Man in the Box" is a lamentation about his own situation, people in similar situations, and also points out the danger of trying to put _everyone_ in the same box. The sarcasm evident in this song often goes unnoticed; too bad, because Staley, Cantrell and the others were smart men, and very artistic. Hopefully one of these years the rock community will wake up to it, and they'll get voted into the Rock Hall of Fame, or something.

(Granted, too late for Staley. But better than nothing for the rest of 'em.)

My personal favorite, though, is "A Little Bitter." This, like "Get Born Again" from "Nothing Safe," would have been great to hear in a studio performance, on a new album. Staley's raw, tortured voice works very well here, showing a man who's more than a bit upset with how his life has went. From the instrumental intro, which almost seems to be crying, "Remember me! Remember me!" to Staley's haunting, evocative vocals about how his mind "shouts out for rest," and how he wonders if his life is a test sent from the Almighty, and asks aloud, "Oh, Lord, is this a test? Was it fun creating me? My God's a little sick . . . ", it's a superlative song about a tremendously unhappy man, reaching out to others who also were unhappy, trying to show *them* the way while he couldn't find his own.

To me, that encapsulates Staley's life. I read the Rolling Stone interview he did; seems to me that songs like this, "Don't Follow" from "Jar of Flies," and many others, were Staley's way of saying, "I'm messed up and I know it. Please do not do this; find another way, for this does not work."

Because Staley was able to articulate his pain, and the rest of AIC was able to help him give it beauty, meaning and purpose, he may have done more than just be a great rock singer. He might have given many people the idea that there were more people than usually believed that were depressed, and helped them realize they were not abnormal.

If so, Staley's death in 2002 is even more of a shame and a waste, because he had great gifts. Even more so than seen here.

Rest in peace, Layne Staley.

Oh, and for the rest of you, buy this album. It's definitely well worth the price, gives the idea of what a live AIC concert was like, and is a well-balanced collection.

If only Columbia will put out another album from the vault, preferably with Cantrell, Kinney and Inez's input, I'll be satisfied.

5-0 out of 5 stars excuse me
are none of you people writing reviews aware of the fact that layne staley is dead??? scratch your head and figure out if maybe thats not the reason they havent released any new material since 1995.

any alice in chains is good alice in chains. so whether its a re-released song youve heard 45,689,273,465,872,463 times or a live recording from glasgow, it doesnt matter. buy the cd.

4-0 out of 5 stars "LIVE" ups the Ante in Emotion; diminishes the Sound Quality
To confess the blameworthiness of this cd (and the series of ALICE "cds" from 1999 to 2001) that's transparent already: this cd is a corporate exploitation of its fanbase that it deceives will receive more Alice songs, without even caring about if what they release will be worth it. This cd wasn't even constructed with Alice's supervision probably. For these, but not restricted to alone, reasons, I didn't buy this and instead took 'em from alternative means, where I didn't have to spend my money for callously cold, corporate, consumer-raiding schemes.

In a certain, scorching sense, the years after Alice In Chains' last cd which featured original, new material (Get Born Again, Died from Music Bank) have been implacably barbaric for the legions of AIC loyalists thirstily waiting for new work from the band. The tragedy here is that, profanely clearly, the exploitative record company has been taking advantage of said yearning fans by malevolently and teasingly snaring them by subsequently, from 1999 to 2001, releasing crap, basically, in the form of incrementally uncharitable, falsely new, unreleased material. Case in point, this "LIVE" offering is just another, in the record company's plans, subtly and slightly alternative offshoot or version in a severe rehashing of the same limited number of Alice In Chains songs. That said, "LIVE" is still just a repulsively marked, subtly different enough derivative of Alice In Chains' catalog to warrant a new listening, even if it is albeit grudging.

The ethical dilemmas-of clashing interests between the band, not being involved in its promotion, and the company prostituting the music-aside, I'm divided on the songs on this cd. Not as much which songs were chosen to be delivered for its "LIVE" set, but the unpardonably shoddy, failure of quality! The heavily and hinderingly crippled sound quality is objectionably, wretchedly awful, that on even the most powerful tour-de-force versions of their live stuff, it drenches the excitement. For instance, the crushing noise level of the savagely roaring masses of crowds that Alice In Chains was playing to is, infrequently but disturbingly present nonetheless, heard unedited on the live track, which, stupidly bluntly, disrupts the enjoyment of the Alice In Chains song. Other times there are other plagues, like Staley's voice being flimsily dilapidated and thus not emerging as transparently audibly as demanded to appreciate an Alice In Chains song.

Nonetheless, though, my faves on this inhumanly succinct 'collection' are: Bleed the Freak; Love, Hate, Love; Rooster; Junkhead; A Little Bitter and God Am. The reasons for my choosing this set of six are, primarily, that they boast the superbly commanding guitar wizardry of Cantrell that their studio albums are brimming with, and, also, that set of six songs features Staley rawly singing his heart out, giving the utmost exertion for his delivery. As a matter of fact, and I hear it this way, since the 14 songs chronicle Alice's belting capacity from 1990 to 1996-because Staley was dilapidating himself continually exhaustively-you can actually hear the hurt sound quality of his viciously degrading vocal chords. It's scarily true; you can hear that on songs like "Again", this cd's "Dam that River", and 1996's "Would". Somehow though, on possibly the most ferally stormy AIC song, God Am, even though performed in their 4-city opening act tour, Staley finds the vocal mastery from internally deep inside of him and unleashes one of the fiercest vocal offensives in AIC history. Cantrell's opening guitar chords, that are blaring and searing, also add to the lust one has for this song. The live "Bleed the Freak" is intimidatingly masterful, and persecutes you to listen in awe at the full, total, Alice live experience. Staley's singing is ungodly mean here. That raises it to the most unprecedented heights of aggressive, ferocious wailing, which complements AIC's loud music perfectly! Love, Hate, Love is singly the best of the live group. If I can expand just a bit, Love, Hate, Love is one of Alice In Chains' songs that's on par on a classic level with other instant-classics like Man in the Box. It sounds even heinously MORE better than on Facelift! On "LIVE", Love, Hate, Love touches on shades of an almost sacredly sanctified quality, as the dreadfully miserable, yet somehow temptingly sweet, rush of Staley's powerfully subduing vocalization and Cantrell's scathingly fierce guitar playing impose the listener with connotations of a menacingly impending force to be reckoned with. Staley's singing is outrageously superlative, so much so, that live, it sounds like a guy about to irreversibly, terminally lose control-and awesome because of it! Cantrell's monstrously, harmoniously wild playing is even far superior to the cd. His solos and effects, live, on this song are unholy, grossly excellent. It could almost be a religious experience (for an atheist); they're just wickedly, appallingly sweet. On Rooster and Junkhead, respectively, Staley's dominant singing is once again seizing control of the impression of the band's performance. His singing is willfully, extremely abused, that you feel that he's throwing his vocal chords clear out. Also, ever-dependable Cantrell improvises severely, the already superhumanly, abusively amazing solos from Rooster and Junkhead. On Rooster, for one, Cantrell turns the solo from the cd into something unforgettably remarkable, as he molds the originally depraving solo chords into frenetically splintering warbles. These 6 songs epitomize the highest level of cohesive excellence that a live band could attain, and also the most superior that AIC could strive for, being healthy enough to concentrate on music.

Disquietingly lapsing, are live inclusions of better songs than some on this horrifically lax list. I would have literally killed to hear live versions of 'Down in A Hole', 'Rain When I Die', 'Sickman', 'Hate to Feel', 'Nutshell', 'Rotten Apple', 'Grind', 'Head Creeps', 'Shame In You', 'So Close', 'Over Now', 'Heaven Beside You', 'Brush Away', 'Confusion', 'Sea of Sorrow', 'We Die Young', 'It Ain't Like That', and 'Sunshine'. Also not to be overlooked are some live versions of their Music Bank-featured demos, which I'd have liked here.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not enough songs
Great band that put on excellent shows during its heyday. The earlier recordings really showcase Layne's powerful voice. Rooster was probably my fave. However, there weren't nearly enough songs on this CD. I'm sure this bothered many other AIC fans out there.

Also, they shouldn't have put some of their later work on here. "Them Bones" was from a 1996 recording, when Layne's voice was obvisouly suffering...the track sounded like garbage. I know for a fact there were better recordings of this.

All in all, this is still a must have for AIC fans, but one can only hope that someone puts some effort into a real "Live" album, and showcases their best work. Oh, and more songs....where was "We Die Young"?? ... Read more


77. Superfuzz Bigmuff (Plus Early Singles)
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It's up for debate whether or not this hellaciously fun, sexed-up, blues-dirge rock band single-handedly "invented grunge" when they burst onto the Seattle scene in the late 1980s. Mudhoney's act notoriously featured loud guitars lathered in distortion, pummeling drum assaults, hair flying all over the place, and a singer who sounded like a drunken, horny werewolf. This collection proves they were masters at rollercoaster rave-ups with "You Got It" and "No One Has." Mudhoney even mustered up ballad-esque beauty for the self-deprecating, elegiac "If I Think." Alas, these 12 early songs from 1988-'90 are the group's highlight. Mudhoney lacked the focusing rage of youngster Cobain to propel their grooves away from their hard-partying origins or into the popular consciousness they deserved. --Mike McGonigal ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Bile. Piss. Vinegar and catchy, dirty guitars!
hey all,

I first heard this in Junior High and I was speechless! Their guitars were so distinct! unlike the commercial pop that's passed off as "Rock". Mudhoney successfully combines Blues, Garage Rock,etc. with ease, and for this they attract a diverse audience.

Steve Turner's FUZZED out, sometimes out of time/key solos remain an inspiration for me. No doubt, the boy can play, but he doesn't flaunt his ability like the pretentious rock stars who regularly grace the cover of Guitar World.

Singer Mark Arm(I'll keep the identity of his last name a secret, thank you!) sings with Piss & Vinegar, a Bluesy voice that expresses his pain and anger, and his range and talent improves with every release! I can't say I relate a whole lot to the lyrical content of this album, but their later releases have me sharing some similar feelings.

Mudhoney didn't bother cashing in during the media hyped grunge explosion. Its evident because they outlasted the majority of their peers. It was refreshing to see them in NYC. Their previous material still excited me, and their slow dirty Blues songs shined.

Mudhoney's side project, MonkeyWrench (Estrus Records) further displays their love and passion for Blues, I highly recommend it. Bassist Matt Lukin has left the band and Mudhoney's future is in question, but even if the Fuzz gets shut off there's no denying that Mudhoney impacted me with their diverse mix of Punk, Garage, Blues, etc. Thanx guys!

5-0 out of 5 stars named after the best distortion pedals ever made
mudhoney were grunge before grunge existed, before it was en vogue. this is one loud fun album. distorted guitars that sent the scene for grunge bowl me over. the music is garage rock sprinkled with some blues and a touch of punk. rising from the ashes of green river, mudhoney were a force to be reckoned with. proof of that is that they outlasted most of their grunge peers.
dan peters is such a unique drummer and matt lukin plays his bass with more passion than most other bassists. steve turner is a loud loose and great player who does not need to flaunt his style. he just lets his music speak for itself. mark arm? well he sings and i like him very much but his voice is different and some say an acquired taste. all in all a fun great rock and roll album that makes me feel all warm inside.

5-0 out of 5 stars inventors of grunge?
While I agree with everyone else that this is a great album I dont agree that Mudhoney were "the inventors of grunge" in fact, Mudhoney was formed by ex-band members of other grunge bands so it is impossible for them to have started grunge if they were already in other grunge bands before. They did however make the genre more popular. Anyhow, this is a great album and an essential to any grunge rock collection.

4-0 out of 5 stars A highly cromulent collection
Mudhoney are yet another band that, unfortunately, got left behind in the aftermath of the whole alternative-rock explosion of the late 1980's and early '90's. In fact, they've been even more unfairly neglected than the Pixies, Faith No More, and Jane's Addiction. As a result, I'm just getting into them now, but I must say these guys held their own with any of the genre's leading lights. This collection of early singles, packaged along with their EP "Superfuzz Bigmuff," showcases a blues-dirge-punk sound somewhat similar to that of early Soundgarden, but with an even higher level of guitar fuzz produced by the distortion pedals that gave "Superfuzz Bigmuff" its name.

Leading off this collection is their first single, "Touch Me I'm Sick," which is the perfect summation of Mudhoney's musical mission and easily one of the defining songs of the "grunge era." With the volume and distortion both cranked way up, "Touch Me I'm Sick" boasts one of the biggest, rawest, dirtiest, and above all catchiest riffs in history. The drumming sounds like they took a guy having a seizure and put him behind the kit, and Mark Arm spits out the depraved lyrics in his unmistakable feral howl. Put it all together, and you've got everything that rock music is supposed to be compressed into two and a half triumphantly lowbrow minutes.

The disc never quite reaches the lofty heights of "Touch Me I'm Sick" again, but there's certainly a lot more great stuff here. For the remaining eleven tracks, fast-paced, fuzzed-out blasts of aggression share space with slower, bluesier material that allowed the band to stretch out its sound. "Sweet Young Thing Ain't Sweet No More" and the Sonic Youth cover "Halloween" are slow-burning, woozy dirges highlighted by swirling guitar noise and Mark's acidic voice. As much metal as it is alternative, the dark, chugging "No One Has" would've sounded right at home on an early Alice In Chains album. "If I Think" is an early display of the loud-soft dynamics that would later make Nirvana famous. And there's plenty more explosive, addictive riff-rock to be found in the form of songs like "Burn It Clean," "You Got It (Keep It Outta My Face)", and "In 'N' Out Of Grace."

By the time this CD ended with the swooning mini-epic "Mudride," I was in full-fledged shock that Mudhoney didn't get more attention than they did. Of course, since it's nothing new for great music to be underappreciated, maybe I shouldn't be surprised. That said, if you're a fan of the better-known bands to emerge from the Seattle scene, you need to pick this one up pronto.

4-0 out of 5 stars Got grunge?
Got grunge?

This is one of the best grunge CDs ever recorded in the history of grunge/rock music. I should know, for I live at the Home of Grunge, Seattle, WA.

Anyway, you can't go wrong with songs like "Touch Me I'm Dick," from the mega-hit movie "Singles" in 1992. That part where Dillon was singing the chorus and it was big in Bangladesh was priceless!!!

Got grunge?

This is a historical guitar record that can't be beat. It has a definite '90s retro feel that grunge-listeners will eat up with abandon!! Also, the black + white front cover brings back memories of yore, when all grunge photographs were being shot in Seattle by some famous camera picture-taking dude who was drunk all the time.

Got grunge?

But anyway, I digress. If you like bands like Queens of the Stone Age, Stone Temple Pilots, Creed, Weezer and Smashing Pumpkins, you'll surely love this grunge classic. The lead singer screams with grunge-like abandon, the drums are boxy and tight, and the guitars are out of tune and perfect!!!

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78. Bullhead
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5-0 out of 5 stars Rockall, anyone?
This is Melvins for me. Just the pair of "It's Showed" and "Zodiac" made many wild nights for me back in the early nineties. This is the album where King Buzzo explores the sound of the barbed wire guitar and gets away with it.Dale Crover? In his Speedos he's better than anyone. The best album by Melvins ever? Not likely. Check out "Bullhead" and "Lysol"

5-0 out of 5 stars Another great melvins album
The Melvins were an aggressively abrasive unit from the very beginning and have always been an acquired taste to say the least, even to most grunge audiences. However, even the dauntingly heavy Gluey Porch Treatments and the thoroughly twisted Ozma had hints of punk melodies or catchy garage rock licks lightly sprinkled throughout, but on the firmly anti-commercial trio's third full length effort, any and all signs of normalcy are stripped away and quickly discarded. What results, is Bullhead, a hulking pile of dense metallic fury forged in a veritable orgy of feedback experiments and pure and utter dementia. The opening 3-chord assault of the oozing "Boris" says it all. Bullhead is an exercise in endurance, completely unrelenting in its resistance to accessibility. The tempos are slowed down the point of excruciating slowness; every note hanging for what seems like an eternity, with Buzzo and associates reveling in every second of crawling sonic bliss. Conjuring up the mental image of a stream of magma slowly flowing from the mouth of an erupting volcano, The Melvins' third album is power incarnate; its sheer display of might an incredibly impressive document of the band's bizarre yet fascinating musical agenda. Then again, Bullhead is not completely devoid of melody. "It's Shoved" has a swirling funk undercurrent that proves to be the group's poppiest composition to date and "Zodiac" is a far tighter, more focused version of the thrasy Brutal truth original. Even in the midst of a full on war against conventional rock, The Melvins don't forget their foundation, moving ahead, but stressing the importance of the past as well. As one would expect, Bullhead recruited a literal army of detractors, but the immensely influential LP also gained the Melvins a large group of admirers, including the heavily indebted Boris, named after Bullhead's first track. Love it or hate it though, Bullhead is undeniably a monumental feat in the world of heavy music and for any fan of The Melvins, punk, metal, or just noisy music overall, this CD is mandatory listening.

5-0 out of 5 stars Underwater Anvil Chorus
Auh, those were the days, indeed. I've been fortunate enough to catch these guys several times, but the first was around the "Bullhead" & "Eggnog" period. I had never heard a band play as loud & slow; they actually drove people outside . . yeah, THAT loud.

"Bullhead" opens with the shuddering chords of Boris, one of the heaviest things you will ever hear. After several minutes of this absurdly heavy number, there is a brief stop, & then the second part of this song continues to ooze on, quietly, with the same simple, lurching riff, as Buzz cranks up the creepy ratio even more with disjointed, anxiety riddled whispers about Boris seeing through his eyes, manipulating his arms, legs & spine . . er, however you choose to interpret it. Oddly enough, the "quiet" part is every bit as menacing as the steamroller first half, if not more.

There has always been an uneasy authenticity to this bands dark music, but this song alone engraves the strange heaviness of Melvins into the listener's consciousness. Melvins gained the reputation as one of the loudest & heaviest while somehow defying categorization, & it's because of their style & arrangement, & those atypical flourishes, such as the 2nd part of Boris, the opening of If I Had An Exorcism, & so on, that makes their material so unique. Even though they've since released about a gazillion albums, Bullhead remains, for me, the quintessential Melvins record . . the guitar sound is alive with sounds primitive & frightening. It's a real monster.

5-0 out of 5 stars holy cow!
the melvins are quite possibly the heaviest band in the world. These are the guys who invented sludge rock. From start to finish this album is a definite head ripper offer. it all starts with "boris" which is a 9 minute massacre of supreme sludge. And it ends with "cow" which features a 4 minute awesome drum solo from mr. dale crover. The highlighs in between are "anaconda","it's shoved", and "zodiac". Which really make you remember a cross between the stooges and black sabbath. and if you like the melvins you will love acid king.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best
If you are new to the Melvins and want a solid album from start to finish, this is it. No filler, no experimental BS. If you like this album then continue with Houdini and The Maggot. If you are still interested then try Stoner Witch and Stag which have excellent songs but also have a lot of experimental BS that Melvins like to perform. ... Read more


79. Working Class Hero: A Tribute to John Lennon
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3-0 out of 5 stars An OK tribute to Lennon
I must admit that the reason I bought this CD is because I'm a fan of John Lennon and of the grunge scene of the early 1990's. So needless to say, I enjoyed the cover of "I Don't Want To Be A Soldier" by Mad Season (LAYNE STALEY'S VOCALS ARE ALWAYS AMAZING) and "Steel and Glass" by Candlebox, but for me the best track was "Working Class Hero" by The Screaming Trees. Mark Lanegan's voice is unbelievable and this cover is closest in my opinion to the original in quality. A pleasant surprise were Mary Chapin Carpenter's surprisingly good cover of "Grow Old With Me" and the cover of "How Do You Sleep" by The Magnificent Bastards. Collective Soul does a very good cover of Jealous Guy. Now, on to the bad. No surprise The Red Hot Chili Peppers would be found here with their cover of "I Found Out", I never liked "Power To The People", so I was going to skip it anyway, but The Minus Five didn't do all that bad with it. It actually shocked me that an established band like Cheap Trick couldn't pull off "Cold Turkey".

All in all, this disc is really worth picking up used, I'm glad I didn't pay full price, but it is a keeper since about half the tracks are at least decent.

4-0 out of 5 stars Best cover album i've come across
I got this disc at a used CD shop in town for six dollars, I wasn't expecting much, as most of the Lennon cover/tributes i've heard were pretty lacking. I was dead wrong. There is only one bad cover on this dics, every other is great!

Red Hot Chili Peppers/I Found Out - Slow, Angry, and funky. Something the peppers haven't ever done before and its cool to hear them do a song that doens't stick to their style. 3/5

Mad Season/I don't Wanna Be a Soldier - I never liked this song, but I think this cover is more enjoyable than to original (to me) Driving guitars and bass, and some really good vocals. 3/5

Candlebox/Steel and Glass - Awesome cover off the Walls and Bridges album. It's especially good because the guitar were buried by the string in the original, but Candlebox's cover features loud guitars and stand out bass. Cool guitar solo too 5/5

Blues Traveler/Imagine - Pretty standard in the beginning, with some cool bass fills, but after the first verse things get really blusey and some harmonica come in. Good rendition! 4/5

Screaming Trees/Working Class Hero - I always thought this was one of Lennons best, but the only cover i've heard was by Cyndi Lauper and it was awful (love cyndi though) The song starts out with just two guitars chiming with vocals, but it builds up and adds a cello and evtually drums and bass come in and give the song a lot of power, great cover. 5/5

The Minus 5/Power To The People - I head this song tacked on as a bonus track on "Plastic Ono Band" and this cover is millions of times better than the original, believe me. It is amazing Minus 5 were able to see the potential of this otherwise lackluster song, fuul of energy absolutely great. 4/5

The Magnificent Bastards/How Do you Sleep - Rockin cover. Performed with all the spite and malice of the original, featuring a cool guitar interlude. 4/5

Flaming Lips/Nobody Told Me - Amazing! recorded with cheap, super distorted guitars, it sounds perfect. Great drumming and basswork from the lips as usual. 5/5

Super 8/Well Well Well - Sounds just like the original, except for the extra loud guitars on the chorus and the awesome vocals (not to mention the solo!) 5/5

Cheap Trick/Cold Turkey - I don't like Cheap Trick, I don't like Cold Turkey, I don't like this version. Weakest cover on the disc 2/5

Collective Sound/Jealous Guy - Acoustic guitar instead of piano doing th cords on this one, no stirngs either, really cool! The only reason I don't give this one a 5 is because Elliott Smith's cover of this song is ten times better. 4/5

Sponge/Isolation - The biggst suprise on this disc. Opens with a strat playing arpeggios with the vocals, sounding very sad and eerie, but then the chorus comes in with an explosion of power chords and drums. Best cover on the disc. 5/5

Toad The Wet Sprocket/Instant Karma - a very happy, clean sounding cover. Not much else to say, very enjoyable! 4/5

Mary Chapin Carpenter/Grow Old With Me - Very sparse mostly her and a piano. The sound is so lush and beautiful, and her vocals are outstanding. 5/5

George Clinton/Mind Games - here's something unexpected, George Clinton from the funk grou Parliment giving this song some soul. Clinton does a superb jop, lots of strings and guitars, and delight and a great way to end the album! 5/5

5-0 out of 5 stars Gooood music


Outstanding tribute album that collects Lennon's best and starts off with an incredible kicker "I found out," performed by the Chili Peppers.


"Working Class Hero" and "Imagine" are a little overdone, though, and I tend to skip through them. "Imagine" is especially drippy with emotion.


Kinda grungy guitar sounds in this with some great vocals. Definitely recommend to anyone who wants Lennon filtered through 90s rock.


-- JJ Timmins

4-0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly enjoyable set of grunge-tinged covers.
I'm pretty shocked at the negative reviews above, but its kind of the nature of tribute albums. I really enjoy this CD-but I'm a big Beatles fan AND a fan of 1991-95 "Seattle Sound" type grunge. The latter part is important for enjoying this disc. "I Don't Want to be a Soldier" by Mad Season (with members of Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam) and "Working Class Hero" by Screaming Trees (another lesser known Seattle band) are the standouts, along with "I Found Out" and "Well Well Well". I thought these were excellent meldings of Lennon's awsome lyrics presented in an alternative rock format that might be more accessible to younger listeners. Then maybe they'll chase down the originals-and that's always a good thing.

There's a cohesiveness to the songs and artists. It doesn't feel forced or disjointed like the Led Zep Encomium disc (where you could just see the A&R guys doling out asssignments to the "hot" bands on the label). I play 75% of this disc when I dig it out. It's worth your time and $$$.

3-0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing
John Lennon's music was so intensely personal that it can be difficult for someone to convey his emotions in a cover version. Also, this album contains covers by several flash-in-the-pan groups who don't seem to have a clue what they are singing or why.

In the category of trying to re-create a personal song, there is 'How Do You Sleep?' performed here by The Magnificent Bastards. Although the lead singer sounds appropriately angry, what is he angry about? John Lennon was angry at Paul McCartney at the time he recorded the song, so that cannot be re-cycled. Another intense song of Lennon-angst, 'Well Well Well' gets a fairly good turn from Super 8, but nothing could match Lennon's misery on the original version. I was very disappointed with Cheap Trick's version of 'Cold Turkey' which is virtually unrecognizable and sounds like a pop tune rather than the painful tale of a man overcoming heroin addition.

There are very few highlights on the album, where the artists create their own version of the Lennon song, but keep true to the emotion of the original, without sacrificing their personal stamp. To me, the best versions on the album are 'Imagine' by Blues Traveler, which is very folky and mellow, but also very distinctive with John Popper's vocals. Collective Soul do a very good version of 'Jealous Guy' and Mary Chapin Carpenter's version of 'Grow Old With Me' is tender and memorable.

I wouldn't recommend buying this cd, since most of the versions are forgettable. It's not really worth it for the few good songs on the album. ... Read more


80. Apple
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Includes the Original Album Tracks and Original Artwork plus Two Rare Bonus Tracks, Digitally Remastered, this Album Will Be Lemon Recordings First Release and is a Rock Collector and Grunge Fan Must Have. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars What's the point?
I am a guitarist in a 5-piece rock band. I think our songs are pretty good, and I love to do stuff with two-guitar interplay. As soon as I put on "Apple" and "This Is Shangrila" kicked in, it made me want to cry, because the songs were so perfect that I knew I could never hope to write anything that good. Don't get me wrong, there are lots of great grunge bands out there (Mudhoney, Screaming Trees and Soundgarden all come to mind), but even Stone Gossard's other bands (Pearl Jam and the Andrew Wood tribute Temple of the Dog) cannot come close to comparing to the genius songcraft shown here, melding alternative, punk and glam-rock. In short, the top of the heap of grunge bands. Better than Nirvana, better than PJ or Soundgarden or even Mudhoney (my previous favorite). Buy this album even if you think it's not your cup of tea--you might be surprised.

4-0 out of 5 stars grunge at its best
Stone Gossard is GOD! mother love bone rules BUY THIS! ... Read more


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