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161. Weak
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162. Quattro Formaggi Ep
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5-0 out of 5 stars Whoah... Keanu's band is pretty damn fantastic!
What else is there to say?
I am a big Bret Domrose fan and i love all his work. He is the main singer and guitar player in Dogstar along with Keanu Reeves on bass (but you knew that!!) and Robert Mailhouse on drums.
32 Stories is beautiful, it is my favourite song.
I can't get the CD rom to work, but who cares when you have four great songs?
Happy Ending and Quattro Formaggi are probably best to get if you are new to this band as there are more tracks.
You can get Bret's solo CD at [website]
Go get it, i LOVE it.

5-0 out of 5 stars A *MUST-HAVE* item for the Dogstar & Keanu fans out there!
This is the MUST-HAVE item for Dogstar fans (AND Keanu fans) because of the enhanced portion of the CD! So many video clips--performances, conversations, interaction with fans! If you've never had the chance to see them perform live, you can get a good taste of it with this enhanced CD! The four tracks are: HONESTY ANYWAY, BEHIND HER, RETURN and 32 STORIES. Their music is something worth checking out. I took a listen and never looked back--I'm a fan for life! Band members are Bret Domrose (guitar/vocal), Keanu Reeves (bass) and Rob Mailhouse (drums).

3-0 out of 5 stars Not bad considering Keanu Reeves is an actor too!
Was kinda disappointed the multimedia part of the CD did not work...tried it on several computers. Music was good, but not spectacular. ... Read more


163. New York Ny: July 9th 2003
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Ok, this is my first live Pearl Jam album, so I didn't know what to expect. Nevertheless, I was not disappointed in the results.

This is two discs and roughly 2 hrs. and 30 min. of live material, so you can take a break in-between if you want to.

Now, to the album itself; it is superb production-wise, with each track flowing to the next, aside from Disc 2 which has two encore breaks, one being a 7-minute chat between Eddie and the fans, and the other being a 50-second segway for 'Go'. The solos in the songs, the extended length of the songs, all make this one of the greatest live albums I've heard. So, if you need a 32-song sampler (that is affordable) for Pearl Jam, go with this, I don't think you'll be disappointed.

P.S. When they cover The Ramones' 'I Believe in Miracles', listen to Eddie calling Johnny Ramones house. ... Read more


164. Lithium
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good Single
This single is good. The songs are good too. I like other songs more by Nirvana. I bought it before I got the box set and I intended to get rid of it after I got the set but I am keeping it. Only for one reason, it has different liner notes. It has the lyrics, yes, but it also has a scan of when Frances (Kurt's daughter) was in Courtney's stomach. It makes this single a one of a kind. But, yes, the songs are good. Curmudgeon is the main highlight of the CD... it's ONLY available on this disc. Go buy it. But, the box set is highly recommended. This is the reason I give the "Lithium" single 4 stars. Enjoy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Depends On How Big a Fan You Are
Should you buy this single? Well it all falls on how big of a Nirvana fan you are. If you are just a "kind-of" fan then don't bother with this one. Because it only contains 3 songs.
1. Lithium
2. Been A Son (Live)
3. Curmudgeon (Unreleased)
Now if you are a Nirvana addict like me, then it is well worth the money. I mean come on, a "new" Nirvana song! So you have to ask yourself which kind of fan you are. And then you will know wheather or not you need this album.

5-0 out of 5 stars Review
This single rocks! I, an obsessed and crazed Nirvana fan, own it as well every other CD they released and most of the singles and unreleased tracks. The three tracks found on the CD are awesome, as is expected from anything Nirvana.
Lithium, off of Nevermind, is probably one of the most well known Nirvana songs, and is amazing. The live version of Been a Son from the Seattle homecoming is also awesome. Been a Son is off of Incesticide, a released colection of covers and b-tracks, and is also one of my favorite Nirvana songs. Curmudgeon is, one again, amazing. It was never released on a full album, and can only be found either on this single or bootlegged off of other sites. It is slightly rawer and forshadows the feel of some of the tracks off of In Utero.
Overall, I give the single 5 stars. If you are a big Nirvana fan and don't have it, you're missing out. If you are just getting into Nirvana, or are interested in hearing more of their stuff, it's a great buy.
The single also has an added bonus. In addition to the three great songs, the sleeve contains a complete set of the lyrics to Nevermind. These are the lyrics as written by Kurt Cobain, not as interpreted by others who have posted lyrics on websites.
The Lithium single is awesome, and I highly recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great single all the way around.
The song "Lithium" is probably one of the most familiar Nirvana songs of all time, even to casual listeners. However, it is one of their best, and I for one, love this song, becuase it is one of the best representations of Nirvana's essence. One of the big selling points of this single is the fact that it includes all of the lyrics on Nevermind. I like the fact that it has these lyrics; I find them insightful.

Unlike what some people have said, I think the two b-sides are awesome. The live "Been a Son" is represented in fine form here, and is taken from a great show (the 10/31/91 Seattle homecoming show, which happens to be one of my favorites [I own it on CD]). "Curmudegon" is a demo recorded in the spring of '92, and its raw quality sounds quite unlike anything on Nevermind ("Lithium" included). In fact, "Curmudegon" heavily foreshadows the sound of In Utero.

In short, I would recommend this to people who already own Nevermind and In Utero, and are looking to gain further insight into the band. I would actually recommend getting this as part of the "Singles Box" (if you can find it cheaply), as it contains all of the singles and b-sides from Nevermind and In Utero. This single by itself, however, is still pretty damn good.

5-0 out of 5 stars for fanatics only
this is the cd you want to buy if you want the lyrics to NEVERMIND. finally, we can know what kurdt was singing and not what we thought he said. above that, there are two songs here. the first is been a son which was also released on incestiside as well as some other stuff. the song is ok. for me it was not one of kurdt's better songs. the second song is curmudgeon which i love. great song and great drums and great riff.
personally, i think if your a huge kurdt fan you may enjoy this but others may not be so happy. ... Read more


165. Even Flow
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5-0 out of 5 stars Quintessential Rock Song
What can you possibly say? This song, and the others, ROCK. This band continues to amaze me, 11 years later.

4-0 out of 5 stars Besides they'll only take what they want me to say
Warning - The version of Even Flow here is not video/re-recorded/far superior version played on MTV or even heard on the radio. To get that version you'll have to shell out 20 bucks for the Alive Japanese single or even more for the European version of Ten which also includes 3 other bonus tracks. But at this price, this single is still great for Dirty Frank. The remix of Oceans is not really much of a remix as it is near identical to the original Rough Mix of the song from the Ten sessions.

5-0 out of 5 stars DIRTY FRANK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This single is worth twice what it costs because of a little b-side that should by all rights be a single:DIRTY FRANK!!!! Dirty Frank is my all time favorite Pearl Jam song, and has become an anthem of sorts where I work. It cannot be beat!

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
This single is a MUST GET! The Oceans Remix is great, thats a song you can listen to over and over again for hours!

5-0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best b-side ever released by the band. A must!
Back in the day when Pearl Jam first hit the music scene I ran all over town trying to find every single I could. I had worn out my copy of TEN and needed more Pearl Jam. I bought bad bootlegs and good ones, but this single is one that has stayed in my CD collection over the years even though others have since been sold off and there is one reason why...DIRTY FRANK. This song, written and recorded while on tour opening for the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, shows definite glimpses of the Chili's funk influence on Pearl Jam at this time. The song is fun and funky and certainly doesn't get its due live anymore. But if fans started a drive, much like the BREATH or WASH efforts, I'm sure PEARL JAM would treat us to another live rendition of this classic from the early days. ... Read more


166. Ten (Sony)
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An edition of multi-platinum 1991 debut smash with three bonus tracks: 'Alive' (Live), 'Wash' & 'Dirty Frank'. 14 tracks total, also featuring the hits 'Once', 'Alive', 'EvenFlow', 'Why Go', 'Black', 'Jeremy', 'Oceans' and 'Release'. An Epic release. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Band that really says the "90s"
I remember when I was in 6th grade and I first heard Even Flow streaming through the airwaves into my battery operated radio. No other band says more about the "90s" to me than PJ. They started out as a raging crudge band from Seattle and has matured throughout the "90s" much as my generation has. I love the emotion and the inner power of their music and I feel as if I've grown up right along with them up to their latest album "Yield." Ten ranks up there with Vs. as my most popular albums, but they all get 5 stars in my opinion. Most people think of just Eddie Vedder when they think of Pearl Jam, but they are so much more. The whole entire band has always just kicked some @$$. I don't know what else to say here... but I'm a huge Pearl Jam fan. And if PJ would ever liked to come over to my house and Jam with me I'd thoroughly enjoy it. Just as long as I got to Sing right along with Eddie.

5-0 out of 5 stars of course it's good..if you're a fan I don't need to explain
I AM MYSELF LIKE YOU SOMEHOW

I'd like to start off by saying that many people claim to be pearl jam fans, but yet continue to over-look the importance and personability of No Code. Yes Eddie was selfish and it almost caused a break-up, but the guy was singing from his heart. Off he Goes is every bit as mentionable as Release or Black, or whatever other song you feel is personable to you. But if you were a true Pearl Jam fan you would realise that No Code is Vedder's personal feelings, just him and a guitar. For those of you who may have foolishly over-looked this album, go get it and give it another try. I'm sure you can find it cheap in your local used CD shop. Pay close attention to songs like In My Tree, Who You Are, Present Tense, and the aforementioned Off He Goes. I hope this has prompted you to reconsider. Email me with your feelings. Supporting all Pearl Jam fans across the globe. Let's join to keep one of the last remaining real rock and roll bands ALIVE!

5-0 out of 5 stars Add This One To Your Collection!
Of course, this being a Japanese cd, it goes without saying the audio is superb! If you want the bonus track to be a surprise, read no further.... The bonus track is a jammin' cover version of the Beatles' "I've Got A Feelin'"; and man does Eddy belt it out!! This is back when Pearl Jam was original and great. With each successive album since then, they have progressively gone downhill. I must complement them for releasing a ton of live concerts on cd from their tours. They're not much to look at, but they sure make a great souveneir of the show you attented. I wish others, like Eric Clapton and the Eagles would consider doing this. But, anyway, "TEN" is a great album if you wanna rock!!

5-0 out of 5 stars From a Collector
I thought this cd would be hard to find, and was suprised to see it on Amazon. It's the Japan version of the album. (SONY SRCS5634). The #12 bonus track is the Beatles "I Got a Feeling". The #13 hidden track is the same hidden track on the US release: an instrumental version of "Once".

This does not have the 3 extra tracks (Wash, Dirty Frank, Alive(live)) that is on the other imports.

5-0 out of 5 stars Better than the U.S. Release
If you thought the US version was good, the Beatles song will blow you away. If you aren't familiar with it, its from the Let it Be album (also great). However this should only be for Pearl Jam hardcores or those willing to spend a little extra money. Seems like double the price is too steep for one song, but I think it was worth it. ... Read more


167. King Buzzo
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5-0 out of 5 stars Get all three
I walked into this one expecting the heavy/fuzz laden Buzzo sound.I was actually suprised by the way this came off.In a way this is far more laid back than i could have imagined from King B. With that said,I really like the way this album is put together.I dont want anyone to think this one doesent have its heavy spots...it definately does.Its just that this album shows why these three guys did the "solo' thing anyway.Experimenting and showing an alternate side to your creativity.The first 3 songs rock and ,at times,are quite catchy little ditties.The last song is more of a joke put to music and features Dave grohl doing the vocal.All in all a very good purchase ,but i really think its best to get all three solo albums for the complete experience

5-0 out of 5 stars King Buzzo shows who is boss, with help from Foo Fighter
Melvins loves Kiss, and they honored them by releasing three solo EP's mimicking Kiss' solo albums from 1978. Then-bassist Joe Preston gave us some schlock, Dale Crover delivered some accessible music, but King Buzzo, well, he's King Buzzo. He receives help from a drummer named Dale Nixon, who is actually Dave Grohl (then Nirvana, now Foo Fighters) in disguise. Grohl is one of the best drummers in rock, and proves it in the three tracks he performs in (one is a sound collage piece). Nixon, I mean Grohl, then tells the listener about an experience in Amsterdam he had with a man who had something odd on his member. Just as scattered as any Melvins project, but also a sign of genius.

5-0 out of 5 stars .
Just listen to the sound sample of "Isabella" above

4-0 out of 5 stars All Hail Buzzo!
One must bow before Buzzo's greatness. He alone is able to turn a guitar into an instrument of destruction. Big, heavy and fuzzy Buzzo does not fail to amuse. ... Read more


168. Alice in Chain's Greatest Hits
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1-0 out of 5 stars Where's the bass?
I only own 4 SACD's and about 600 CD's and this is one of the worst mixes I've ever heard. It sounds like a mono track spread out among the 6 channels. For some reason I can't hear a bass guitar or a bass drum anywhere in the mix let alone the backup vocals.

1-0 out of 5 stars This is the worse sacd yet
I love Alice and chains music,,, But the sound quality for a SACD sounded like they recorded it from my grandmother 8 track...

1-0 out of 5 stars Look what they've done to my song, ma!
Part of the joy and enthusiasm that fans hold dear regarding the ill-fated Alice In Chains is their harmonies, vocal and instrumental, and their not-by-the-numbers approach to crafting excellent songs and stand-out albums. One could always expect that, upon playing any of their CDs for the first time, the music would be exceptional and the aural landscape pleasing. The CD greatest hits package sounds very good, but fans are more likely to shell out for the individual CDs in addition to the Greatest Hits package. When the SACD version of the their Greatest Hits was released, I expected the mix to be that much more interesting. At worst, I expected the lily to be gilded. However, the soundscape of this SACD, as played through multi-channel speakers is ABSOLUTELY ATROCIOUS. A horrible job has been done in separating the two-way stereo into 5.1, so much so that the entire sound is completely artificial. Compounding the problem is the becoming-more-frequent habit of engineers (specifically those those who engineer stereo CDs into 5.1 multi-channel) to REMIX the tracks in addition to the necessary repositioning of tracks to specific channels. In too many instances to count, the mix of these great, familiar songs is completely and very unsatisfyingly changed. This does not have anything to do with making a multi-channel mix from a stereo 2-channel mix, per se, but has everything to do with obliterating specific percussives, add-on guitar overdubs, and vocal tracks that you come to expect to hear. Example: In "Angry Chair" on the CD version, you hear Jerry Cantrell sing "I don't mind, yeah/ I don't mind" and expect to hear Layne Staley follow up with the background "I, I, I". Layne is gone from the mix on the SACD! This is only one example of countless many that make the SACD version of Alice In Chain's Greatest Hits a horrible, incomprehensible expenditure of the engineer's time and our money. I agree with "A music fan from Santa Monica"'s assessment but am more disappointed than he'she; as for "ballparkvisitor", you don't have a clue.

3-0 out of 5 stars too good to be reduced to one cd...
Alice in Chains has a catalog of incredible music that I just don't think should be compressed to the list of primarily radio singles that appears on this greatest hits cd. If you are buying this album because you want to learn about this band, then try the original albums. Pick one. Any one. They're all fabulous and well worth a listen.

2-0 out of 5 stars Unimpressed
I can hardly see what benefit getting this particular album on SACD may be. Save your money and look at some others. I felt the same way about the Aerosmith "Big Ones" double SACD - it was extremely disappointing as well. ... Read more


169. Live 4/30/96
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Average Customer Review: 4.86 out of 5 stars
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The long-awaited CD Digipak issue of the fabulously limited live album from emo's most beloved champions Jawbreakerreleased on drummer Adam Pfahler's own Blackball imprint.Recorded at San Francisco's Warfield Theatre on April 30th, 1996, it's a beautiful mess of melody, angst, power,discomfort and emotion that runs the gamut of the band'sstoried career. Includes three songs 'Gemini', 'For Esme',and one top-secret track that have never been releasedprior, as well a song that was not included on the LPversion. The undisputed masters of the sound invite you totheir regularly scheduled heartbreak. (Blackball Records) ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Live works for jawbreaker
This is a really good tight set played by jawbreaker with a few new tracks on it aswell the only real let down is that they only played a small set and as good as the music is it would have been better to hear more from jawbreaker before they split having said that the cd is worth picking up it's just about half an hour long so you get a little bit of a listen out of it but it's not one of jawbreakers more pre-eminent releases. I would recommened etc or bivouac and Dear you to this but still you cant beat live shows in alot of ways i only own a few live cd's - willie and lobos - live one, no use for a name - live, face to face - live and bracket - live and all of those releases are pretty good to listen to. When you listen to this live cd you cant help but wonder why they could'nt have been more live recordings in the jawbreaker archive to put on this disc or a similar disc. When you see a band or hear a band live you get to find out whether they are a good band and whether the instruments complement each other like they do on the studio performances well in this case they do which clarifys jawbreakers quality as a band. It would have been a great show to be at and this is the closest your going to get.

5-0 out of 5 stars do you really need a review
If you've come this far, you don't need my to tell you why you should own this. just do yourself a favor and buy it.

5-0 out of 5 stars jawbreaker is bigger than the beatles
this album rules.......everything about it just is great, the songs, the recording, everything. you cant go wrong with it. even if you dont like jawbreaker, youll like this. its one of my favorite cds but the only downside to it is that its too short. but hey, any jawbreaker is worth it.

4-0 out of 5 stars as with their life, this disc is too short!
when i initially heard about the lottery for the lp version of this record, i was bummed to find i'd missed its deadline by less than two weeks. i was excited to see the cd release, and am stricken with nostalgia after listening to it: the old favorites and the new songs (in particular "gemini," a bruiser of a rock tune) are done with the expected greatness, the performance is energetic, and the production is nearly squeaky-clean. i only wish that there was more on this disc - $ for a 9-song disc, while more economical than most of the other less-rocking major label dreck out there, is still a little steep. If the extra buck or so goes to putting out a b-sides/rarities compilation, though, I'll be pleased as punch. Buy this if you haven't already (and you probably have, right?).

5-0 out of 5 stars What could have been
Hearing 4/30/96 made me break out all my old Jawbreaker albums, and wonder what else Jawbreaker could have put out if they were still together. Especially after I listened to the radio and how many bad bands are out there now (i.e. Blink 182, stained, creed, etc). This is an excellent recording of the best live band I have ever seen. If you have no prior experience with Jawbreaker's music, this is an excellent place to start. Jawbreaker made great music, this album captures only some of it. I'm glad Blake is out there again making music with Jets to Brazil, its very good, but I dont think im alone when i say, miss yah Jawbreaker. Anyway, its useless to be angry about the break up of a great band, just enjoy what they have left, this album definately helps. Check out Jets to Brazil too! ... Read more


170. Electric Children
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4-0 out of 5 stars Grunge Is Not Dead Yet
With Mudhoney disbanded there are precious few outlets remaining for raw cathartic rock & roll. The Monkeywrench's Electric Children - consisting of two former Mudhoney members - is perhaps the best alternative to emerge from modern music. The band formed in the early nineties to produce the album Clean as a Broke Dog Dick, but than took the rest of the decade off. Electric Children is a triumphant return. Everyone who claims grunge is dead has clearly never heard the very much alive music of The Monkeywrench. Comparable to the works of Mudhoney or Green River, The Monkeywrench has produced an exciting album (best played at high volumes) that stimulates adrenaline flow and is likely to irritate the average baby boomer at the same time. Songs like "Love is a Spider" & "Bring On the Judgement Day" incorporate different styles to create a dynamic blend of sound. Grunge is alive and The Monkeywrench is its wet nurse. ... Read more


171. Eleventeen
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3-0 out of 5 stars Everything IS Weird.
To most people, this would just sound like a bunch of noise, annoying, and possibly made with a chainsaw. But if you're not one of those people, you should love it. In truth, this band sounds like they learned their instruments right before recording, like the "Sex Pistols" at their worst, but they still pull it off. The better tracks are "I Feel Insane", "Hope Your Dreams Come True", and the really good "Love Your Money". It's also nice to hear a woman sing (or hysterically scream), over this kind of music. This is out of print now, but I would have recommended getting it used anyway.

4-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Insanity!
Daisy Chainsaw was one of the most imaginative bands I have ever had the chance to listen to. It's sad that the band was somewhat short lived and most people have no idea who they are, and they are severely missing out. Each track of beautiful insanity with catchy instrumentals and Katie Jane Garside's vocals, at times screaming, gasping for breath or even vomiting (I love the Future Free.) is just...great. Eleventeen is a fantastic album and it is a shame that it is out of print. And since that is so, if you can get your hands on an album don't ever let it go!

4-0 out of 5 stars captivating madness! :)
I bought this cd out of curiosity, having bought Queen Adreena: 'Drink Me' and 'Taxidermy', of which some tracks were appealing. Having listened to Eleventeen however I much prefer it to Queen Adreena's stuff because it conveys a complete air of wierdness and insanity. Katie's style of singing is more mad and interesting - Q. Adreena's stuff is a lot more polished. Despite the freedom of the record, the music holds together and is catchy. Strong tracks for me were You Be My Friend: threatening, mad and catchy at the same time; and Use Me Use You, a piece without percussion about absolute loneliness and depression and makes you feel just like that, like you're at the bottom of some abyss. One let down is that you often can't tell what Katie's saying, even less than you can in Q. Adreena, which wouldn't be a problem except there are no lyrics in the cd case. But what the hell, exact kind of music that appeals to me, wish I was into rock then! PS - was wondering if anyone's listened to any other of Daisy Chainsaw's cds or knows of any generally wierd music??:)

4-0 out of 5 stars Imagine a girl singing hardcore...
OK, so if you haven't heard of Daisy Chainsaw, you're missing out. It may also mean you haven't heard of Queen Adreena, which would be a grave travesty. Daisy Chainsaw are the earlier incarnation of Queen Adreena, and while Queen Adreena encompasses the more melodic aspects of DC, the sheer vitality of Daisy Chainsaw is not to be sniffed at. With interesting yet beautiful vocals layered over a punk/rock/metal/eclectic musical background, lyrics that will leave you scratching your head, and maybe other parts as well, I highly recommend this album to anyone, especially fans of female fronted punk.

4-0 out of 5 stars Hoping All Your Dreams Come True...
What more can be honestly said┬┐ If you have not known about this band more than you do 'not' hear of them too this day, then:
a.) you either have been under a rock OR...
b.) you were not Enjoi'ing yourself upon spending the early 90's looking for an alternative to Silverfish (another fine example of this genre & sound as well!)
Upon reading; know that this was PRE-Nerdvana / Manson-esque days here w/ all the glammy, grungecore gore they could glop on top! Overproduced & under-rated were this band of post-rockers w/ a flare for the brash et al. ::PLUS:: This Hi-Fi more punker than thou lp contains more *unf* too boot than the above lamercore.
If you are lucky enough to come across this relase at this point buy, hide it, & cherish it as it were out of stock as the "relic of loveliness" that it is!
Did i forget too mention that they looked DAMN kool as well┬┐!?

Enjoi! ... Read more


172. Chemical Vacation
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5-0 out of 5 stars Angry Scars
At last a proper rock band pure nuts out rock of the old school.Get this cd and get educated,these boys play good hard rock and thats what you get. ... Read more


173. Living in the Gleam of an Unsheathed Sword
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174. Hot Boxing
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5-0 out of 5 stars A great power pop album by an underappreciated band
Magnapop was a band that came out of the Athens/Atlanta scene during the early 90's. The band is probably most famous for their collaboration with such celebrated alternative figures as Micheal Stipe who produced the bands first album and Bob Mould who produced Hot Boxing.

This album is essentially a power pop album and draws alot from punk rock. But where Magnapop's brillance lies in their ability to combine punk asthetics with pop. Even guitarist Ruthie Morris, who wrote most of the music for this band has been quoted as saying "Pop is where it's at". Most of the songs on this disk are short catchy power pop songs. Highlights include "Skinburns", "Slowly, Slowly", and "The Crush".

It is a shame that this band was droped by Priority records sometime in the mid-90's. Ever since then the band has produced nothing and has led me to speculate that the band may have broken up. Even though Magnapop have not produced any material after their "Rubbing Doesn't Help" album, "Hot Boxing" serves as Magnapop's best and what this band could produce.

5-0 out of 5 stars Its a powerfull punkrock album!
This album was produce for Bob Mould (yes, the same person that you listen in Husker Du; Sugar a his solo project), he was a good job, the powerfull songs, powerfull riff guitars and sweet vocals make a great cd. You must buy if you like the old spirit of punk rock like Ramones, Clash or Buzzcocks. ... Read more


175. Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge
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2-0 out of 5 stars A Definitive Statement From Masters Of *Ecriture Masculine*
As regards its approaches to non-disclosure of self, Mudhoney's *Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge* is every bit the classic many people were told it wasn't during the band's heyday, that brief period of enthusiasm during the early '90s for bands from the Northwest not making the cultural historian's "punk" cut. If Mudhoney was definitive of this whatever "this" was is still pending clarification, as the "beauty immobile" of Bumbershoot Seattle had no particular "upshot" nor mindset regarding its artistic reception. This is music for the big city, and expectations should be adjusted accordingly.

1-0 out of 5 stars Too diffuse to be memorable
Back in the day, Mudhoney was considered by many to be the purest expression of Seattle rock. It was made up of some of the most defiantly uncommercial scene musicians. But somehow the various elements of Mudhoney's music just never gelled. Soundgarden, Nirvana, and lesser-known groups like Love Battery and Screaming Trees has much more of an identity. Apart from a few songs, Mudhoney just sounds like a generic punk band. Even Green River, the band that broke up into Mudhoney and Mother Love Bone, was, in retrospect, a better band than Mudhoney.

I remember listening to this album when it first came out and asking "Is that it? Shouldn't there be something more?" It's hard to define what the missing quality is, but it's not an albuem I've been tempted to dig out and listen to for ten years.

5-0 out of 5 stars when mudhoney took there garage rock seriously...
if not one of the best probably actully the best album to come out of grunge town.it is way to bad that this album came out the same time as nevermind but it did.(ohhh welll).when i first saw the video for good enough (on 120 mins)it was an awesome sight.i looked for this album for weeks and listend to it for even longer when i got it.and it still sounds good today after all that hype of that scene has died down.this is great collection of songs when mudhoney took them selves very seriously.(not the last 2 albums (WOOFF).so this is there last album from there founding lable sub pop and its a shame at that.that lable cared about mudhoney.. so as far as the album its raw full of great riffage from steve turner(the eric claptin of garage rock) and madman drums from dan peters the bestrock drummer since keith moon.)and mark arms vocals are just amazing kind of sceaming wailing and talking all at the same time.the quality of the album is very much like listening to a garage band with massive talent.but thats what these guys were all about being one of the best garage bands of all time to bad they where thrown into that heap of music from grunge town.they were already doing just fine in the first place.so every track on this album is good so i cant tell ya the best.but what i can say this is to me a album that must be listened to VERY LOUD to be fully enjoyed !!!!! also if you decide like this one find the single that came out at the same time that features when the money rolls right in and a different version of cheakout time..then find marks and steves new band monkeywrench.which is a new band they are taking seriously again pure garage bluespunk rock!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Poor Mudhoney, Poor Mudhoney, Pour Mudhoney another drink...
Mudhoney was always talented. Mudhoney always wrote good records. Unfortunately for Mudhoney they lived in this indie-rock bull crap world where it was cool to be Lo-fi. So while Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Alice In Chains and Candlebox (who would have ever thought?) walked into studios and recorded great records that in turn sold MILLIONS of CD's, Mudhoney was content to stay in the garage and turn into Seattle's version of The Replacements. Mudhoney is a great band with zero business sense and the weight of all things indie-rock resting firmly on their drunken shoulders. They story gets better; they eventually made it to a major label and still made the same sounding garage band records (on none other than reprise records, the Replacements major label). Eventually trends end and a scene dies, history is written and I'm not sure if Mudhoney is happy being the footnote as the band that didn't become Pearl Jam. The biggest crime of it all is that Mudhoney wrote good songs that die under crappy production. So sad... it shouldn't have turned out this way.

5-0 out of 5 stars A materpiece of Grunge
Taking their cue from Neil Young (even borrowing a few riffs) the boys from Mudhoney truly stomp the savoy with Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge. Back in the days of grunge, everyone was wild about Nirvana and Soundgarden. Yes, some of your friends will claim that they also liked Mudhoney, and they were there when . . . But the truth is simple: Mudhoney embodies the spirit of Grunge. I was in the army during the early 1990's and I would help my roommates record music on a little 4 track. My friend Chad (almost sounds like a band name), the drummer, turned me on to Mudhoney with this album. At first I could only hear an hommage to Neil Young, but the more I listened to the album, the more I saw that Mudhoney was actually picking up where Neil Left off. Well, grunge has faded as a popular and in style music fad, but those of you who were wise enough to hide rock and roll for the lean times that always seem to come after a great time of music (where we are now with boy bands that have virtually become a parody of themselves) should get this album if you don't already own it. The reviewer after me besides being all too brief must not have had someone like my friend Chad to teach him about this collection of songs. Broken Hands shows up on every cd I burn for myself. ... Read more


176. 25/5/00 - Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain
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It's the little things that make each show a band plays unique--the between-song banter and stories, the song selection, the slight variation in performances. This set, early on in Pearl Jam's 2000 European tour, has the feeling of a waking beast that is groggily pulling itself from a long slumber. The roiling dark clouds of "Long Road" and the edgy "Breakerfall" from Binaural give a lurching start to a set that doesn't fully ignite until Ten's "Even Flow," when guitarist Mike McCready pulls out an extended solo that is expressive and explosive. Vocalist Eddie Vedder is upbeat and conversational throughout, warning the crowd to "Be careful, we're going to be here a long time," and talking about Barcelona's own "Hendrix," famous artist and architect Antonio Gaudi. Plenty of the hits are played with gusto ("Alive," "Black," "Daughter," "State of Love and Trust," and "Last Kiss"), but a couple of less commonly played tunes, "I Got Shit" and the sweet, simple "Thin Air," are noteworthy at the end of the regular set. --Adem Tepedelen ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Still getting going....
This is the second show of Pearl Jam's 2000 tour. The opener at Lisbon was a perfectly solid performance, surprising since it was the first show. It is at Barcelona that Pearl Jam shows that they're still warming up. The show is a little more ragged than Lisbon, but it is to be expected. This does not mean that there are no great performances to be found here. There are several, most notably the opener "Long Road," "Even Flow," and a blistering take on "Breakerfall" on the first disc, and "Black" and "Yellow Ledbetter" are highlights on disc two.

But as stated above, the show is ragged, with mistakes to be found on "Light Years," "State Of Love And Trust," "Wishlist," and "Elderly Woman." Normally pounding rockers such as "Hail Hail," "Animal," and "Do The Evolution" don't have nearly the amount of furious energy they should, and the first tour performance of "Rearviewmirror" is incredibly rusty. This night's performance of "Daughter" is better than the opening night at Lisbon, but as the bootleg series progresses, the song becomes much better than what is featured here.

However, I don't blame Pearl Jam for a bad show at Barcelona. It's a competent performance by a band that isn't completely warmed up yet.

4-0 out of 5 stars Shaking Out the Cobwebs
Disclaimer: Owner of all 72 official PJ bootlegs. This second show of Pearl Jam's mammoth 2000 world tour really shows the band waking up and starting to get down to business. The tour opener in Lisbon was very rusty and disjointed (understandably); but this follow-up in Barcelona, while still a little ragged, is a great improvement and shows that the band is really ready to get this tour rolling. There must have been a great atmosphere in this venue, as the band sounds incredibly relaxed and limber. Thus the songs have a very loose feel, and a bluesy, groovy sound is the result. This is especially true of Jeff Ament and Matt Cameron, who deliver a little extra swing tonight. Stone Gossard and Mike McCready are relaxed and perfectly in sync, giving each other plenty of room to operate. Good examples of this extra groove are the more mid-tempo numbers, like "Given to Fly," "I Got S**t," and "Betterman" (which here is more compact and is not yet the jam-session vehicle that it would become later in the tour). Never fear, because the loose mood also improves the heavy rockers, like "Animal," "Even Flow," and "State of Love and Trust." This show begins and ends in an impressive fashion, with extra emotional renditions of "Long Road" (a highly effective opener) and "Yellow Ledbetter." Unfortunately, the groovy feel of this show doesn't last, and miscues and errors start to pile up towards the end of the set, making this bootleg rather average overall (as compared to all the other bootlegs), but it is still enjoyable.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best live discs I've ever heard
I had the privelege of stumbling into this concert while backpacking around Europe this past May. I have always been a big Pearl Jam fan, but never had been able to see them live, given the difficulty just about every Pearl Jam fan has had trying to get tickets to one of their rare shows.

This concert was perhaps the best I've ever attended. It was general admission, and the large floor in front of the stage was packed full of people. Despite a mostly Spanish audience, the crowd sang along, word for word, to every song.

In the recording, Eddie's vocals drown out the crowd in most parts, but during some refrains the echoes really add to the feel of the disc. Rear View Mirror features one of the coolest Pearl Jam jams I've ever heard.

Pearl Jam flat out played their hearts out on May 25, 2000, and everyone in the audience could feel it. I will never forget that concert, and after hearing this release, it makes perfect sense why. If you are a Pearl Jam fan, buy this album!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Show
I was at this show and it was truly amazing. I have since been converted to being a PJ fan (many can't believe I wasn't before). The boys were extremely excited to be doing the show and they absolutely cranked.

5-0 out of 5 stars help the cause.
great live album, but that isnt really the point. everyone who even likes pearl jam at all should buy at least one of their 25, two disc set, official bootlegs. pearl jam is great live and that they would release uncut concerts is great. more bands should try this. i have a theory, the more successful pearl jam's official bootlegs become, more bands will think that this might be a good idea. wouldn't you like to hear an entire radiohead, counting crows or your favorite band's tour uncut. sure you could hunt down a tape of this set made with a recorder held by a person who keeps yelling in the mic and get a decent idea of what the concert sounded like. wouldnt you rather have a professionally recorded version of the same concert? support official bootlegs!!! buy at least one of pearl jam's official bootlegs. on this set i enjoyed the versions of elderly woman in a small town, and do the evolution quite a bit. yellow bedletter is always good. eddy's between song banter is great. you cant beat a european crowd either. SUPPORT THE CAUSE, BUY OFFICIAL BOOTLEGS!!! SHOW THE RECORD EXECS THAT YOU ENJOY SPONTANEOUS MUSIC. MAYBE NEXT YEAR YOUR FAVORITE BAND WILL TRY THIS SAME THING. ... Read more


177. Defenders of the Universe
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3-0 out of 5 stars Good for what it is.
Heh.I got this way back when it came out.I had the first disc already but was pretty much strictly into metal by the time DOTU came out.For some reason I chose to pick it up anyway.Basically, it was for the funny title and curiousity.It's pretty cool.As another review said, it's power pop/alternative.There are a bunch of cool, catchy songs and, despite the fact I sold this some 6 years ago, I can still remember a bunch of the songs.I don't like this type of music but this is one of the best albums of it's kind I've heard.It was the last alternative/modern rock album I ever bought and the last one to leave my collection.If you can find it cheap, buy it.It'll be worth your while.

4-0 out of 5 stars Dig It, Baby
This is a fantastic album.The lyrics are wonderfully witty and the music is bright and powerful.The songs are very catchy, but not annoyingly so - I can literally listen to these guys all day and never get sick of them.I can't really describe it, you just have to hear it for yourself.It's a crying shame that they don't get any radio play; they're better than 90% of the garbage out there.My favorite songs include Whose Side You On, Little Pill, and the ever-so-subtle Bashing In Your Head.

4-0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Cd
Dig are a funny little band in that they have great lyrics and great music - really a great sound - but no radio play. I found this cd in a catch that a friend got from a friend (sort of as a gift, there were about ten cd's), and popped it into the player. We all soon found that we liked it. Some of us went to buy this cd and many others git their hands on copies the fastest way they could. It quickly became an inside thing. The sound that they have is great, an alternative cd that is better than the average alt that is out there. This is a great cd, even if they only have a small following. They diserve better, buy this cd and judge for yourself, and spread the word!

4-0 out of 5 stars A wall of sound!
This is the second offering by this band (the first being"Radioactive" from 1993) and is a solid, straightforward album ofrock music. If you are tired of the poser bands with immitation licks andfake gravelly voices, this may be the band for you.

Musically, there areenough little surprises to keep you interested throughout and power rightfrom beginning to end. The music isn't that different from some bands thatare getting airplay with similar styles (maybe Foo Fighters) which makes itsurprising I've never heard them on the radio or in clubs (NJ/NYCarea).

If you like this album, you should definitely get your hands onthe first. Though "Universe" has less of the flowing guitarworkings of "Radioactive," it makes up for it in pure energy. ... Read more


178. 26/5/00 - Velodromo Anoeta, San Sebastian, Spain
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"Release," a rare treat from the band's debut, Ten, leads off this second set from Spain, recorded in San Sebastian. The crowd is immediately singing along to the slow but powerfully cathartic opener, and vocalist Eddie Vedder is singing with absolutely unbounded passion. As seems to be the pacing of Pearl Jam's sets on this tour, instead of kicking off with a sonic blast, the momentum is built slowly and with great care. By the time they get to the rare treat of "Jeremy," which is played infrequently on this tour, they have hit full stride and are cruising. This night's encore, peppered with tunes that don't show up on many of the other dates, such as the brilliant "Last Exit," "Immortality," and "Whipping" from Vitalogy, and "Smile" from No Code, is the most exciting part of the performance, keeping the crowd going with mainstays such as "Alive," "State of Love and Trust," and "Last Kiss." --Adem Tepedelen ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS CD!
This CD is incredibly good and like all the CD's in the series is of excellent sound quality. The reason this CD was my choice out of all the live shows was the superb track selection. It starts of slow with "Release" with the crowd singing along well to the opener and it is not long before it really livens up. By the time we reach "Jeremy" which is rarely played on the tour Pearl Jam are in full flow. "Even Flow" and "Daughter" are also played to the crowds delight on the first disc. The second CD starts off with an incredible version of "Better Man". "State Of Love And Trust", "Alive" and "Last Kiss" are performed like all tracks on the 2 discs brilliantly. The final song "Yellow Ledbetter" completes a great nights entertainment for the lucky Spanish crowd. I will definately be buying more discs from the series but if you are only going to buy 1 or 2 I would strongly reccomend this one. To sum up an essential purchase.

5-0 out of 5 stars How did they top Wembley?!?!
I have written one previous review for one of the Pearl Jam live series, which was the live from Wembley on the 29/05. I thought having been there live and buying the superb recording that it couldn't be topped, but not for the first time, I have been proved wrong by Eddie Vedder and co. His Spanish outing in San Sebastian is so far, the finest of all of the series (remember I have only 11, so I may be proved wrong, if so let me know any better shows!)

I had no idea Pearl Jam were so big in Spain, but they tear the city apart with this blistering set. Even when the band aren't firing on all cylinders, as in 'Alive', they make light of it, by offering the croud the oppotunity to choose the next number, and by admiting there shortcoming, and in doing so, endure themsleves to the croud even more than previously.

Stand out tracks on this album are 'Last Kiss', Jeremy, Release which has never been so haunting, Immortality and the all too absent 'Whipping'.

In conclusion, if you only by one or two of this series, buy this one, if you buy all of them, buy this one first as it is sure to sell out early!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Un concierto fantastico!
I'm biased as hell for writing this review because it was the first on only pearl jam concert i've ever seem. The CD set does justice about as much as a bootleg can. An incedible CD of an incredible concert. From the opening chords of "Release" to the closing harmony of "Yellow Ledbedder" this cd is phenominal. The sound quality is also noteworthy since the venue was so small (only about 9,000 max capacity) which really adds to the acuoustics and the overall quality of the recording. True, errors were made on the bands part, some of them downright embarrising, but thats what makes this CD set so endearing. And the story of PJ surfing that afternoon in the middle of a huge storm is priceless (especially since I remember that storm and how wet I got waiting outside before the show!)

3-0 out of 5 stars Unfortunately disjointed and uneven.
This is the third of Pearl Jam's 72 official bootlegs.

And it also happens to be one of the most frustrating. About half of the show is a mess, while the other half is really brilliant. Mistakes abound, but in between those mistakes are some wonderful performances.

To start off with what went wrong, ten of the songs on the bootleg contain flaws whether they be major or minor. Eddie Veddr flubs minor lyrics on "Do The Evolution," "Even Flow," "Last Kiss," "Yellow Ledbetter," and "Whipping." That isn't so bad, however. The major mistakes happen mostly toward the end, and it slows the pace of the show down terribly. Eddie messes up "Immortality," and the band has a tough time getting "Last Kiss" and "Smile" off the ground. "Light Years" is played in the wrong key, and "Daughter" is a mess for the first minute or so. Then there's "Alive." Pearl Jam messes up one of their best tunes so badly that it's actually funny to listen to. the mistakes are so numerous that Eddie jokes, "So much for being a professional rock band."

That's the bad stuff. The good stuff is also there, but the listener has to dig for it. The opener, "Release," is excellent. "Corduroy" features a fabulous guitar solo, "Of The Girl" is great, and "Even Flow," even with the minor flub, is the best it's been out of the first three shows. "Daughter" is very good once it gets off the ground; "Rearviewmirror," "Betterman," and "Hail, Hail" are the strongest they've been so far. "State Of Love And Trust" is good, and so is "Last Kiss" once the kinks are worked out.

Pearl Jam has played much better live. The unfortunate part about the San Sebastian concert is that the mistakes overshadow the bright spots by far.

5-0 out of 5 stars 90% Brilliant, 10% Disaster, and All Good
Disclaimer: Owner of all 72 official PJ bootlegs. This third gig in the bootleg series is a pretty difficult one to review, because it gives you two extremes. Most of the tracks are brilliant, and are among some of the finest performances of the tour. But then there are a few disasters that are just so bad they're good! After a rusty tour opener in Lisbon, and a more competent show in Barcelona, the band really hit their stride for this third show, but not without proving in a few songs that it's still early in the tour. The good numbers in this show include a majestic "Release" as the opener, and scorching takes on the rockers "Last Exit," "Hail Hail" and "Whipping." There are a few surprises like "Faithful" and "Smile," and even a pretty enjoyable blues jam that the band improvised to kill some time in the encore. Plus, you get the strongest "Even Flow" of the early part of the tour.

But this is a special show because of the errors, which are such disasters that they're really hysterical, and you just love the band even more because of them. Stone Gossard screws up the intro to "Light Years" by playing in the wrong key, Eddie Vedder forgets at least half of the lyrics to "Immortality," and "Last Kiss" gets off to such a disjointed start that they have to stop and start over again. By that point the band was really flustered, because of their catastrophic attempt at "Alive." First, Eddie forgets the first verse, then the entire song breaks down during the solo, with everybody except Jeff Ament having to stop playing and figure out a way to get going again. The fault is apparently Eddie's, as before the solo he sings the "yeahyeahyeah yeah yeah yeah" that really belongs after the final chorus, and half the band goes into the solo while the other half goes into the outro! What a disaster, but like I said, it's so bad it's good. Of course Eddie apologizes profusely for the rest of the show. One of the great things about this bootleg series is that Pearl Jam have left their mistakes in plain view, while any other "official" live album would have the glitches edited out. This is a real treat for the fans, and show the band's humanity. So San Sebastian is indeed a "very special" performance, 90% slamming, 10% horrendous, and all enjoyable. ... Read more


179. Mariposa
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180. Heavy Bag
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4-0 out of 5 stars One of the few times "criminally ignored" really applies.
If released today, this album might be a moderate success.Back in 1993, there was little airplay for anything this heavy on mainstream radio.Since Stick lacked the cliched themes of suicide and gore film-style violence, it had no appeal to the niche "Metal" market; Pantera was as "alternative" as most metalheads got back then.

To make things worse, the promotional responsibilities for this Lawrence, Kansas band fell into the hands of the folks at Arista -- the very same ones in fact who managed the account of Ace of Base.The most I ever saw in terms of promotional material was an ad in Tower Records' free "Pulse" magazine, with the tagline "It is what it is, 'cause it is what it should be."That may have been the case, but it didn't tell potential listeners a thing about the band or its sound.After one over-produced video that aired maybe once on MTV's "Headbangers' Ball", Stick quietly disappeared off the musical radar screen.

So what DOES Stick sound like? Comparisons could be made to Helmet, Korn, and especially Clutch, mainly because Stick employs a similar "drop-D" tuning, giving their instruments a heavier sound, since superseded by today's "Nu metal".The All Music Guide wants to label them "grunge", and I guess that is fairly accurate, even though I've never understood what that term means.It simply serves as a convenient catchall for describing the sound of rock being reborn in the early 90s, with Seattle bands leading the charge.Anyway... the album opener, "Grind", launches with a multiple-octave wall of distorted guitar and doesn't let up from there."No Groovy" was, I believe, chosen as the first single, which was a mistake -- it's a good song, but the slower tempo is not as immediately enticing as some other tracks."Stoning" and "Disposable", tracks 3 and 4, are simultaneously the most punishing and the most accessible.Throughout the album, the guitars are heavily layered, the chords are better than run-of the mill (slightly dissonant, but not as jazzy as Helmet), and Darrel Brannock's bass playing is understated, yet adds subtly to the bleak feeling. These guys were more musically creative than the majority of the heavy bands out there today.Stick is angry, intense music that is perfect for "moshing" and requires the volume cranked all the way up.

Stick was a racially diverse group, and the lyrics are amazingly socially conscious.These guys are clearly "p.o.ed" (I can say that on Amazon.com, can't I?) at society, particularly big corporations; no doubt BMG, parent of Arista, has since joined their list. "No Groovy" and "Conditional" are full frontal attacks on apathy, "Grind" and "Taught to Lose" are written from the viewpoint of the downtrodden and oppressed, "Zero" is an interesting take on a minority's point of view on American society, and "Fuel" deals with (on one level anyway) alternative energy sources.I can't think of another vocalist to compare to Mark Smirl.He's a bit nasal and doesn't have a huge range, but he stays on key and gets his message across, all without obnoxious screaming.In some ways, he sounds a bit like the lead singer for Paw, another Kansas band.Come to think of it, if you like Paw's "Dragline", you will almost certainly like "Heavy Bag".Sadly not included here is the ultra heavy, anti-racist single "Resistance", found only on 7" vinyl.Pick it up if you can find it; the B-side features a cover of Henry Rollins' "Drinking and Driving".

This CD appears to be out of print, and will probably never be reissued.If you can get it used for cheap, I highly recommend it.The members of Stick have formed or joined other bands since the mid-90s, but there is also a rumor that a second album was released independently, apparently titled "Disgruntled X-Employee".I have never seen it anywhere. ... Read more


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