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1. Rock of Ages: The Definitive Collection
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5-0 out of 5 stars R.I.P. Steve Clark!
I was really disappointed with Vault and the import of Best Of not having Switch 625 which is done by the legendary guitarist, Steve Clark!Steve Clark is one of the best guitarists in history and I do miss him!Out of all the instrumental songs I've heard I must say that Switch 625 is my all time favorite because Steve Clark really shows talent and I am so thrilled to have a greatest hits with this masterpiece!

Def Leppard is my favorite band of all time and they were also the first metal/hard rock band that I got into in the very early 90's.The very first song that got me into them was Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad and now it's my 2nd favorite rock ballad of all time next to Love Bites.Def Leppard are such a unique band and no album of theirs sounds exactly alike.Even between Hysteria and Euphoria, you can hear differences.My all time favorite song from them is Pour Some Sugar On Me and I always find myself dancing and singing along to it, it's so awesome!I love both versions of the song, the video edit and the album version, it would have been so cool if for this greatest hits 2 CD set for the Leps to have both intros from both versions before the actual song began.Like you would hear "Step Inside, Walk This Way, You And Me Babe, Hey Hey" and then right after hear that part in the intro to the video edit and then the song would begin.I know it would take some editing but it would be cool to have a special version of the song but of course the "Step Inside" part would have to be first!But the video version which is on this CD is awesome and since I own almost all the Leps CD's including Hysteria, I'll live.

I have heard every single song from this CD, and there's not one song that I don't like.There are a few like Slang which I might not like as much but I still like it.This is the ultimate collection of Def Leppard songs you could ever want, especially because of Steve Clark's masterpiece, Switch 625!I love that song so much that I'll put it on repeat and listen to it over and over again.Now don't get me wrong, I do like Vivian Campbell as well but I got to admit, I hear a lot more uniqueness in the songs with Steve Clark.Another favorite of mine is Women, I totally love the way Joe Elliott sings in this song!!I just totally love Joe's vocals!I know he's not an opera singer but I love his voice and I will be honest, he's got the best voice out of all the rock/metal vocalists ever!!!His voice is so sexy, another reason Def Leppard is my favorite!!

Another thing that I love about every greatest hits compilation they have put out is they don't put the songs in any particular order and I love it that way!I find that when they're all mixed up, it's a surprise as to what song comes next, you never know what's coming!And I love the album cover with the U.K. flag on it, gotta love those Brits!This whole collection is awesome and any true Def Leppard fan or rock fan should not leave this masterpiece out of their collection!

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally somebody got it right -- about TIME!
Like many long time Leppard fans, I was thrilled when they were scheduled to release 'Vault' as their greatest hits album many years ago (gee, has it been almost a decade already??), but when I finally saw it, I was profoundly disappointed.It was more like a 'Hysteria' tribute than anything else.Nothing against that particular album...it WAS enormously popular, and I believe was the 2nd best selling record of the 80's (behind 'Thriller') but c'MON!The absolute stupidity of ignoring their entire first album??!!What the heck...?I am happy to know I was not the only person who felt this way.

Jump ahead a few years, when the recording trend seems to be centered around How many versions of Greatest Hits by bands can we come up with?After several different incarnations of Def Leppard's Best Of stuff, we finally see a TWO record set that seems to (for the most part) give a decent, well-rounded view of this monumentally successful and horribly underrated band.First off they finally focused some attention to their first record, 'On Through The Night' by including 'Wasted' and 'Rock Brigade' but even though I enjoy both of these songs, it probably would have been a better choice to add 'Hello America' rather than Wasted.Either way, a pretty decent addition, and nice to see their first album recognized.

High & Dry has always been my personal favorite record by this band.Ignored by so many (so called) fans and once again, under-appreciated, this is Leppard at their creative and rocking best.I don't believe any of their records matches this one for it's sheer rocking dominance and incredibly catchy hooks and driving songs.Finally adding 'Switch 625' to the end of 'Bringing On the Heartbreak' was a natural which SHOULD have been done on ALL previous editions of their so-called Best Of releases.I could squabble over the addition of some songs over others, but without including almost every single track, nobody would ever be truly satisfied, so I felt they did right with this selection.

Pyromania certainly was the record that put Def Leppard on the map (at least in America).I was surprised to read in the liner notes how it wasn't until Hysteria that they finally made it big in their own country.A surprise to be sure.I was familiar with the band since before Pyromania hit the shelves in the States, so I wasn't surprised at ALL when this record went through the roof after the release of 'Photograph' (one of my least favorite of their bigger hits).But overall I felt they gave a great rendition of what this record had to offer.

Hysteria is really the record which re-defined Pop/Metal in America, and also put Leppard on the map in England.I still recall hearing 'Animal' for the first time in San Diego and without even being told who sang it, I just KNEW who it was.That perfect Leppard sound is quite unique in the world of music.Once again, nobody will be 100% satisfied with every selection from this album because somebody will ALWAYS believe they sacrificed one song for the addition of another, but after thinking about it, they DID include all the major popular hits.I would have been thrilled if they dropped 'Rocket' (their most popular 'bad' song) and added 'Excitable' instead, but lets not complain.

Adrenalize was another under-appreciated record which I found to be almost as good as Pyromania, and definitely gave us some great rockin' songs.The notable absence of 'Make Love Like A Man' is probably the biggest omission on this entire compilation.But again, only a minor complaint.

Almost everything after Adrenalize has been an odd mixture of experimentation and sometimes it paid off (Euphoria was pretty good overall) and sometimes the fans reacted with an almost snubbing of 'Slang' and 'Retro Active'.Both records were not appreciated for what the band were trying to accomplish (at least this is MY opinion) and the dismal record sales sent a pretty clear message to the band:STOP EXPERIMENTING AND GET BACK TO YOUR ROCKIN' ROOTS.Unfortunately they continued the trend and gave us 'X' which was a full record of nothing but semi-lame Power Ballads, none of which were radio-friendly (I should know since I've been in radio 15+ years).I was SO looking forward to this album, and I was SO disappointed when they added absolutely NO hard-driving songs at all.I am still mystified by this odd decision.Again, the fans (which are quite diverse and many) for the most part virtually ignored this record because sales-wise, it was quite a disappointment to the Record Execs, and rightly so.Us fans have come to expect a few things from this band, and songs with heavy guitars and BIG sound is what we want and usually get, but with 'X' we were let down in a BIG way.I understand there are many who feel strongly that this record was and IS great and entirely upset at how the so-called Core Leppard Fans snubbed it.Oh well.I'm not going to like an album just because somebody ELSE liked it.I consider myself an honest-to-goodness hard-core LONG TIME Def Leppard fan (since 1981, PRE Pyromania) and I felt the record stunk to high heaven.I don't like to say that about my favorite band, but like it or not, that is MY opinion.But I am happy to say that by and large, if I were to choose my personal own Best Of album of Leppard tunes, it would be pretty dang close to what Rock Of Ages ended up being.All things considered, as I said earlier, Finally, somebody got it right.Leppard Fans world-wide REJOICE!

5-0 out of 5 stars Def Leppard's great overview best of
Def Leppard's latest best of Rock of Ages is a 2-disc overview to the band.
Def Leppard started out with lead singer Joe Elliott, bass player Rick Savage, drummer Rick Allen and guitarists Steve Clark and Pete Willis and over the course of 25 years Willis would be canned and replaced by Phil Collen. Then Allen would lose his arm in a violent car crash. Finally, Clark died and was replaced by ex-Dio axe-slinger Vivian Campbell. Musically, DL were one of the many bands to come from the NWOBHM(New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) which also spawned Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Motorhead among others but grew with time. Is this best of worth it or an avoid, read on.
There was the 1995 hits collection Vault, which saw some Def Leppard fans purchase it and others who didn't(I fell in the latter dept).
Disc One is an updated remastered version of 1995's Vault (which means, unfortunately, both Pour Some Sugar on Me and Rocket are once again edited). When Love And Hate Collide which was at the time new recoridng from Vault and is rightfully included here. Other tracks include are Photograph, Love Bites, Let's Get Rocked, Two Steps Behind, Foolin', Armageddon It, Have You Needed Someone So Bad, Rock of Ages, Hysteria, Miss You In a Heartbeat and Bringin on the Heartbreak. In addition to the Vault album, there are two additional tracks that have been included. First is Heaven Is from 1992's chart-topping album Adrenalize and is a solid midtempo rocker. Lastly, Switch 625 is the instrumental that Bringin' On The Heartbreak fades into on the band's 1981 High 'n' Dry album. It's great to have those two tracks back together again.
Disc Two is where virtually all of the band's key album cuts and later singles come into play featuring two tracks from 1980's On Through the Night being Rock Brigade and Wasted. 1981's High 'n' Dry includes Let it Go, Another Hit and Run, the title cut and Mirror Mirror. 1983's #2 charting Pyromania is represented by Rock Rock (Till You Drop), Too Late for Love, Die Hard the Hunter and the closing Billy's Got a Gun(without the drum solo at the end). The addition from 1987's chart-topper Hysteria is the first single Women which is a great rocker. Added from 1992's chart-topper Adrenalize is Stand Up(Kick Love Into Motion). The 1996 dud Slang is represented by its title cut and Work it Out. From 1999's Euphoria we get Promises and Paper Sun from an album which was to have brought DL back to the top but those rotten Chili Peppers came back! The 2002 flop X is represented by Now which was a flop for a single. Also included is a new trackwhich is a remake of Badfinger's 1970 hit No Matter What which will appear on an upcoming covers album. It's really a good song.
The liner notes and photos in the book are excellent, with the band members vididly recounting each song. This album is without a must have for all fans of hard rock. AVOID Vault and get this as a proper intro to DL so then you can buy the first five albums after this.

5-0 out of 5 stars "Do You Wanna Rokced...?" Listen To Def Leppard!
One of the finest hard rock bands was, without a doubt, Def Leppard. From "Photograph" to "Pour Some Sugar On Me" to "Armageddon It" to "Let's Get Rocked", they crafted some of the best rock and roll music since Led Zeppellin, and also created two of the finest rock albums ever made ("Pyromania" and "Hysteria").

When I got the 1995 hits collection "Vault", I was immediately a Def Leppard fan. I immediately loved every song (though I didn't really like "Pour Some Sugar On Me" at first, but that is now my favorite) and immediately craved more. Since I'm not the guy who likes to spend hismoney on every single album one band released, I was hoping a two disc best of would be released. Well, all my hopes were realized with "Rock Of Ages: The Definitive Collection", a two disc, 35 song collection of Def's best.

Disc One is where the hits are, containing all 15 songs from "Vault" (which means, unfortunately, "Rocket" is once again edited and, if I did my math correctly, there was just enough room to accomodate the whole song). I'm glad they included "When love And Hate Collide", the at the time new recoridng from "Vault". Usually, when a band puts a new song on their first best of album, this song is virtually ignored on all others. But they didn't do that here. "When Love And Hate Collide" is a great song amd I'm glad it's here. In addition to the "Vault" tracks, two other songs have been included. "Heaven Is" from 1991's "Adrenaline" is a solid midtempo rocker that I like. And "Switch 625" is the instrumental that "Bringin' On The Heartbreak" fades into. It's great to have those two tracks back together again.

Disc Two is where virtually all of the band's key album cuts come in, including "Rock Rock (Till You Drop", the intense "Another Hit And Run", "Die Hrad The Hunter", "Billy's Got A Gun", "Women" (the forgotten "Hysteria" single), "High 'N' Dry (Saturday Night)" and many, many others. Also included is a new track, a version of Badfinger's "No Matter What" from their upcoming covers album. It's really a good song. The only song I wish was here is their cover of Sweet's "Action".

The liner notes are excellent, with the band members vididly recounting each song. This album is without a must have for all fans of hard rock.

3-0 out of 5 stars this Retrospctive best covers there Career for me
I liked a few Def Leppard cuts but I was never all that much into them.they were a Huge arena Rock act back in the day without really leaving much timeless music.but some of the cuts here are good to listen to in reflecting upon another musical time period.but this covers all you will ever need from this Band. ... Read more


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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4. Journey - Greatest Hits
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Like other successful bands of the 1970s and 1980s, Journey's sound was built on the double threat of singer Steve Perry's upper-register vocals and guitarist Neal Schon's melodic solos. The band also used rich harmonies to embellish their hard edge. Greatest Hits shows that Journey knew how to craft a pop song with memorable tunes like "Anyway You Want It" and "Don't Stop Believin'." "Wheel in the Sky" was one of the band's more arty singles, while "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'" relied on a straight four-bar blues pattern, with Perry's vocals at their best. The band's power ballads gave them their biggest success, and are rightfully represented here: "Faithfully," "Open Arms," and "Send Her My Love." Another unlikely aspect further secured the band's success--you could actually dance to some of their stuff, especially "Anyway You Want It." --Steve Gdula ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A Good Overview
Critics bashed them (and still do), but Journey was a force to be reckoned with during the Steve Perry era. Their classic ballad sound is still a big part of soft rock radio today, with all-time favorites like "Open Arms," "Who's Crying Now" and "Faithfully." The band could rock, too--Perry sounded great juxtaposed against Neil Schon's fiery riffs, although Johnathan Cain's signature piano work clinched it for many fans of the band. The hit "Only The Young" from an obscure film called "Vision Quest" was new at the time, and it's a pounding rocker in the vein of "Wheel In The Sky," which is one of their best songs. High points include "Lights" from the early days and "Girl Can't Help It" from the "Raised on Radio" LP, although if you're a fan of the band, there's nothing here you won't enjoy. This collection was released in 1988 or so, so "When You Love A Woman" won't be found here. Definitely recommended for casual Journey fans, although the studio LP's "Frontiers," "Infinity," "Escape," "Departure" and "Evolution" are all recommended as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Summing up perfection
This is the ultimate hits album by what I consider the greatest band in the universe. Now if you are a true Journey fan you should also have the original albums. "Escape" and "Frontiers" are two of the best rock albums in history; "Infinity", "Evolution", and "Departure" are all fantastic classic rock albums; and even "Raised On Radio", which marked the beginning of Journey and particularly Steve Perry not rocking as hard, has some great tracks. All of these albums are represented on this collection. The big hit rockers and ballads are all here. In addition, you have the excellent inclusion of two movie soundtrack songs that were not previously on Journey releases: the top 10 "Only The Young" and the equally fantastic "Ask The Lonely". That alone makes this a must-purchase whether you have all their other albums or not. Just a fantastic summary of the premier years of one of the most enjoyable bands in rock and roll history. Sorry borish music critics: nothing "faceless" about this band--especially compared to most of the grunge and then boy bands of the '90's. This is as good as it gets--in any era.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff!!
"Wheel in the Sky" and "Faithfully" are the best...and oh yeah, a song played at many a democratic party politic rallies, "Don't Stop Beleving." Steve Perry has a unique voice that takes the group to the "next level."

1-0 out of 5 stars Are we in Wisconsin?!
What a cheese-fest! To refresh my memory, I looked over the track listing of this album. It crystallized for me my problem with Journey -- they did nothing original, and they never improved upon the sounds that they imitated.

At best, this collection is simply representative of an era of mindless, disposable rock. At worst, it is schlock that never should have been commemorated, since Muzak versions will forever be heard in elevators for the next couple of decades.

Before anyone goes sending hate e-mail my way, try tuning in some public radio to hear what "good music" really is. Or maybe you should get out your Jimi Hendrix, Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Who, Doors and U2 to hear how good Journey's stuff could have been.

3-0 out of 5 stars Best of Journey?
I didn't actually listen to this CD but I have the original albums containing most of the tracks. I mostly posted this because I was completely astonished that many people referred to Infinity as their "debut" album and to Steve Perry as the "original" vocalist.

Journey released three very good albums before Infinity and before Steve Perry: Journey, Look Into the Future, and Next. The mid-period albums also had Ansely Dunbar (later of Jefferson Starship) on drums, who is very different than their later drummer (Steve Smith?) I'd especially recommend either their debut (Journey) or the last non-Perry album (Next) to people not familiar with this earlier stuff.

Oh yeah, and I agree, "Stone In Love" should have been included. ... Read more


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I'd recommend this album to any Metallica fan.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5/5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


9. Foreigner - Complete Greatest Hits
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On the cover of Foreigner's newest collection, the letters that spell out Complete Greatest Hits are cut out from world currency. For example, there's an A from Antarctica, a T from Trinidad, an M from Mongolia, and so on. At least the drive behind this third greatest-hits compilation (fourth, if you count The Best of Foreigner Live) is clearly admitted. Still, if anyone deserves your money, an argument can be made for guitarist Mick Jones and singer Lou Gramm. They've been through it all, and along the way, they've written a slew of songs you know well enough to perform at karaoke (but never as well, admittedly--Lou has a hell of a voice). Whether you liked them when they rocked ("Cold as Ice," "Hot Blooded," "Juke Box Hero") or preferred the power ballads they were credited with inventing ("Waiting for a Girl Like You," "I Want to Know What Love Is"), this album makes it feel like the very first time again.--Laura Etling ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Well, it's about time someone got it right!
[Rating for this item is four and a half stars, not just four.]

In mid 2002, a new Foreigner hits compilation was released by Rhino Records. This was their third single-disc hits compilation (strangely enough, the single-disc hits compilations seemed to be just about ten years apart in terms of release (Records 1982, The Very Best And Beyond 1992, Complete Greatest Hits 2002.)) Why should you buy this compilation instead of the other two, or instead of the two-disc Jukebox Heroes compilation? Read on, and you shall see.

First of all, the pros of this collection. If you want a single-disc Foreigner hits compilation that will show you the true genius of Lou Gramm and Mick Jones, THIS IS IT. Unlike the last two compilations, NOT A SINGLE HIT WAS OMITTED. Feels Like The First Time, Cold As Ice, Long Long Way From Home, Blue Morning Blue Day (about time they put this one on a hits compilation!), Double Vision, Hot Blooded, Dirty White Boy, Head Games, Urgent, Juke Box Hero, I Want To Know What Love Is, and Waiting For A Girl Like You are all here for your listening pleasure. What's really great is that unlike the last two compilations, this one doesn't rely on just the hits. The underrated masterpiece Headknocker, from the band's debut album, IS HERE! Other underrated masterpieces, including Women and Girl On The Moon are included as well. One mistake the previous compilation made is that it overemphasized the post-4 years. NOT A PROBLEM HERE. Of the twenty tracks, only the last few are from that era. Another mistake other compilations made is putting the songs way out of their original release order. Once again, that's not a problem here!

Good as this compilation may be, is isn't quite perfect. Feels Like The First Time and Hot Blooded are EDITS! I'm guessing these are the SINGLE VERSION edits and not the radio edits, since the original LP versions are what get played on the radio. Also, even though the compilation keeps the post-4 material to a minimum, the compilation still could've done without it. It should have been omitted in favor of more underrated masterpieces from the band's golden age, like Woman Oh Woman, Love On The Telephone, and At War With The World.

My final verdict? The flaws here don't derail this compilation very much. If you're a casual fan and are going to get only one Foreigner hits compilation, THIS IS THE ONE FOR YOU! It's got more tracks than the last two single-disc ones, and it's a better value than the two-disc Jukebox Heroes compilation. Rhino Records accomplished what no one else before had done - They made a Foreigner hits compilation, and they did it right.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just want to be a Juke Box Hero
Yes I'm one of those. I have a dream, I own plenty of second hand guitars, and my music is probably the only thing I'll leave behind when I'm gone.

Yes this is another Foreigner Greatest Hits package. Yes it has many of the same songs as the others. Of course it has the classics that you've heard on the radio for twenty years. 'Cold as Ice", "Hot Blooded", "Urgent", "Dirty White Boy", "Feels like the First Time", etc, they're all great songs.

But to guitar players, Foreigner has a special conection to them. Juke Box Hero is one of the greatest songs ever written. Simple yet beautiful. Every word is the truth and every guitarist knows that no matter what, all your blood, sweat, and tears, go into that piece of wood with six nickel plated strings.

To all the thrashers, bluesmen, shredders, and rockers, Juke Box Hero is your song and you must have it. When you feel too tired to practice, or don't feel like doing the same old gig with the same old songs, crank up Juke Box Hero. It'll give you a rush and send chills down your back. You'll remember why you picked up the guitar in the first place. Rock on.

4-0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars.... Foreigner's Definitive "Greatest Hits"
This is the 3rd go-around of Foreigner's best, following 1982's "Records" and 1992's "The Very Best... and Beyond". So what does "Complete Greatest Hits" (20 tracks, 77 min.) have to add to this?

There is little difference in the songs found on "The Very Best" and "Ultimate Greatest Hits". The major difference is that "Ultimate" sequences the songs chronologically, and it really does make it a much better listen overall. A nice touch is that "Ultimate" includes "Soul Docter", one of the new songs on "The Very Best". In the end, "Ultimate" is your best choice. As always, the great folks at Rhino did a great job packaging the CD, with great liner notes and pictures.

It is worth recalling that Foreigner really did have a major splash on the singles and album charts for a ten year period (1977-87). That is a LONG time. I happen to have seen them twice in the last year (actually, one of those was "The Lou Gramm Band", haha). Couldn't help but wonder what was going through Lou's head when he was singing the lines "That Was Yesterday/ When I Had the World in My Hand/ But It's Not the End of the World/ Just a Slight Change in Plans".

5-0 out of 5 stars This Rocks!
I love this CD! My favories on here are Urgent, Cold As Ice, Dirty White Boy, Double Vision, Jukebox Hero, Hot Blooded, and Head Games. This CD rocks and I dont't even wanna know why you are reading this when could could be buying it already!

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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14. "Queen - Greatest Hits, Vols. 1-2"
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Queen brought a whole new meaning to the phrase over the top. While rock & roll flamboyance stretched back at least as far as Little Richard, Freddie Mercury continued to camp it up, taking little seriously and smirking at the music's growing pretensions while partaking in them no small bit. Many of the band's singles hold up extremely well, later tracks such as "Hammer to Fall" as much as prime-era numbers such as "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Killer Queen," and "You're My Best Friend." The quartet's canny sense of melody and sophisticated vocal harmonies--not to mention Mercury's raised eyebrow--have traveled well through the years. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Get the America versions instead
This 2-disc set compiles the original British versions of "Greatest Hits I & II". You do get some songs on here that aren't on the American versions ("Greatest Hits" & "Classic Queen") like "Breakthru", "The Invisible Man", "Innuendo", "It's A Hard Life", "Flash's Theme" and "Friends Will Be Friends". But chances are you aren't familiar with most of those songs, most of which are from Queen's synth-happy 80's period. The American versions include "Keep Yourself Alive", "Stone Cold Crazy", "Tie Your Mother Down", and "Body Language" all songs that were semi-popular on this side of the pond, and all of which (except "Body Language") are extracted from Queen's more rocking golden years of 1973-1980. Together, "Classic Queen" and "Greatest Hits" represent the ultimate Queen collection. If you'd rather explore the songs that were more popular from Tony Blair's point of view, by all means get this (I will admit, the songs on GH I & II are sequenced more chronologically then they are on the haphazardly-presented American versions).

5-0 out of 5 stars All the Queen You Need
The 1991 death of Freddie Mercury and the inclusion of "Bohemian Rhapsody" in the film "Wayne's World" ignited a renewed interest in Queen. Known for their over-the-top arrangements and Mercury's undeniable stage presence, Queen was one of the most popular international acts ever. "Queen Greatest Hits 1&2" is the definitive collection of the group's material. These guys dabbled with rock ("We Will Rock You"), pretentious pop ("Bohemian Rhapsody"), Chic-inspired r&b ("Another One Bites the Dust"), compelling, sap-free love songs ("You're My Best Friend"), rockabilly ("Crazy Little Things Called Love"), and even synth pop ("Radio Ga Ga"). Few groups could claim a body of work so varied as Queen, and all the hits are compiled on these two discs. Other favorites of mine are "I Want to Break Free," the soaring, tear-jerking "Who Wants to Live Forever" and "The Show Must Go On," which had to be written as a hint of Mercury's eventual passing. My only gripe is that this set excludes the synth-heavy "Body Language," which I personally liked. Queen isn't one of my all-time favorite groups, but only a fool would deny their indelible mark on pop music.

4-0 out of 5 stars We Will Rock You
It is so hard to imagine Greatest Hits records these days. They all seem to be anticipated very well at first, but they all seem to lack a lot of great songs in the process. It just never ends. Even some of the greatest Rock N' Roll bands also have that problem. That comes with the case of Queen. Although Freddie Mercury died several years ago, his feeling for what Pop music is in the industry, was more imaginitive and creative than anything that has ever come out. Still, there are a whole amount of people who want to cash in on Queen. Recently, Britney Spears, Pink, and Beyonce Knowles conjured their version of We Will Rock You for a Pepsi commercial, which was the worst remake ever, considering they don't have what Queen had, a legacy.

Queen Greatest Hits 1 & 2, released in 1994, was a combination plate of the first two Queen hits collections. The songs that Roger Taylor, Freddie Mercury, John Deacon, and Roger Taylor created were all their own. The legacy Queen made is truly felt right here. The first disc contained hits from their days in the 70's and early 80's. The songs include a wide amount of hits including operatic classics Bohemian Rhapsody, Bicycle Race, and Somebody To Love, as well as classic Rock anthems like We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions. The songs range here so well by Queen from Rock, R&B, Dance, Opera, and much more.

The second disc is where their popularity failed in the U.S. during the 80's, but still recieved massive airplay in Europe. The songs here are also widely recieved including Radio Ga Ga, The upbeat Invisible Man, Under Pressure with David Bowie, the dramatic Innuendo, and one of their most covered classics The Show Must Go On. The only dissapointment with this collection, is that a vast amount of songs here could've been added, including live performances, and songs like Tie Your Mother Down. Largely considering, the first disc was much shorther than the second one in the process.

Considering with this collection, a lot of fans might be torn into 2 different directions. In 2002, the colection was reissued with the Greatest Hits Volume 3. Another factor is that both collections are about the same price too. If you can't find this collection, get The Platinum Collection instead. It is one of the best Greatest Hits collections out there.

4-0 out of 5 stars excellent compilation
The reason why I gave it only 4 stars, is because it's a double compilation. I just think it's a little too long. But the tracks are pretty good. I think the disc one is better than the disc 2. Because I like the older songs are better. If you really don't wanna buy lots of their albums, you may try this.

5-0 out of 5 stars ROCK AS THEATRE
This double-CD is by far the most complete of all the greatest hits and best of collections by this theatrical UK band. Although they weren't always highly regarded by rock critics, Queen's popularity is remarkably enduring. That is perhaps explained by the fact that they didn't only offer over-the-top schlock-rock, but created remarkable versatile music, especially in the hit singles.

This is best demonstrated on Disc One, where the faux-classical Bohemian Rhapsody appears next to the funky dance classic Another One Bites The Dust. There's also the rockabilly flavoured Crazy Little Thing Called Love, power ballads like the impressive Somebody To Love and anthemic numbers like We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions.

On Disc Two my favorites include the catchy Under Pressure (with David Bowie) and the hypnotic, synth-driven Radio Ga Ga. Above all, Queen's strength lies in their gripping melodies, innovative arrangements and spectacular harmonies. Their best work dates from the seventies and eighties but even the later singles have lost none of their sing-along appeal.

This is a great compilation of ageless songs from one of the top UK bands of all time and it comes with a fact- and photo-filled booklet tracing their history and their achievements. An album set that definitely ought to be in every rock lover's collection. ... Read more


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


16. Vault: Def Leppard's Greatest Hits
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To have resisted Def Leppard's radio power in their heyday, you'd have to have been a critic--and even some of us could hardly argue with the likes of "Photograph," "Animal," and "Bringin' on the Heartbreak." Vault covers a decade and a half of hits by the one-time wonder boys of the new wave of British metal, but perhaps inevitably concentrates on singles from the multiplatinum Pyromania and Hysteria. It offers little meaning beyond fun fun fun, but there are hooks here that Noel Gallagher would punch a paparazzo for. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars This band had some great singles.
And Vault, despite what rock purists may say about greatest-hits collections (ie. the songs should be considered in the context of their albums, etc.), is a great example of a greatest-hits album putting the music in better light than ever before.

Def Leppard albums tended to have their share of filler material, so a collection of their best songs works remarkably well. Critics from Rolling Stone have on numerous occasions mentioned, quite accurately, that Def Leppard's strength lies in songcraft, arrangement and studio detail. And it was on individual pop-metal gems like "Love Bites" (aided greatly by a stinging lead guitar that lends strength to the ballad, as with "Bringin' on the Heartbreak"), "Rocket" (thankfully, the wasteful "Whole Lotta Love"-ish middle section, the product of producer R.J. "Mutt" Lange's noodling, is excised; here the song appears in its single version); "Hysteria", "Foolin'", "Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad" and "Photograph". It is unfortunate that a) Joe Elliott's vocals did sound progressively like Bryan Adams over Def Leppard's career, and not in a good way; b) though drummer Rick Allen admirably carried on after the loss of his arm, his drumbeats post-Pyromania sound stiff and can never go beyond a techno-drone mid-tempo; and c) "White Lightning", the band's 1992 tribute to late guitarist Steve Clark and one of the band's strongest '90s songs, was not included on Vault.

In the '90s, Def Leppard does sound dated and almost a little overproduced. Still, at its peak, the band's songcraft was catchy and its energy infectious.

4-0 out of 5 stars Greatest Hits? Almost But Not Quite!
"Vault: Def Leppard's Greatest Hits" contains many of Def Leppard's most popular hits, you have one song from their 1981 "High N' Dry" album (Bringin' On The Heartbreak), three from their 1983 "Pyromania" album (Photogragh, Foolin', and Rock Of Ages), five from their 1987 "Hysteria" album (Rocket, Love Bites, Armageddon It, Animal, Pour Some Sugar On Me), several songs from their 1992 "Adrenalize" album (Let's Get Rocked, Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad), several songs from their 1993 "Retro Active" album (Miss You In A Heartbeat, Two Steps Behind), and one unreleased song (When Love & Hate Collide). My only gripe with this collection is that it completley avoids Def Leppard's excellent debut 1980 "On Through The Night" album. There were several hits from the album such as Rock Brigade and Hello America. Also, Def Leppard's "High N' Dry" album should have been better represented here by also including Let It Go, which was a hit. I would have easily given this collection five stars had it been a more complete collection of Def Leppard's hits from 1980 thru 1995. Note: There's a promo of "Vaults" that includes a bonus cd of the extra above mentioned tracks that were left off the commercial version. Why Mercury Records couldn't have included a bonus disc with this collection is beyond my comprehension. Let's hope that we'll see an even better collection of Def Leppard's material out in the near future. Hopefully it will be a 2-cd set!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but incomplete
Although this is a very good starter CD for one of the bands that put metal in the mainstream in the 1980's, it's missing a little bit. It could have included at least one song from their debut, and at least two more from High n Dry. But the songs they did put on here are really good, and are their best. Let's Get Rocked is sort of reminiscent of an account I had involving a friend who listened to classical music. In short, this is a good collection for a great band, but it could have been better.

3-0 out of 5 stars Great for casual listeners, not so much for the die-hards...
Vault is Def Leppard's first greatest hits/best of collection. It was released in 1995, and covers the time period of 1981-1995.

In the late seventies and early eighties, Def Leppard was one of the top bands in the NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal.) As the decade progressed, the band shifted toward a sort of pop-metal sound, but managed to keep their audience. As the band entered the nineties, they began to change their sound once again. At the record company's recommendation, the group released a greatest hits package. So, how exactly is this greatest hits collection the band released? If you want to see, keep reading.

Album: On Through The Night (1980)
Tracks featured here: None
Comments: There are NO tracks from On Through The Night - which is unforgivable. Although this album is drastically different from the band's later works, it is my favorite album they released. This means the cover lies - as it distinctly says that the set covers 1980. The omissions of masterpieces like Sorrow Is A Woman and the Overture is the ultimate sin! But what's really unforgivable is the lack of Hello America, a fairly popular song from the album, and the lack of Wasted, the band's first true single. Why?

Album: High 'N' Dry (1981)
Tracks featured here: Bringin' On The Heartbreak (EDIT)
Comments: The lone song from this album featured here is one of the band's finest compositions, but this is an edited version that fades out early and doesn't go into the Switch 625 instrumental. I'm also deeply disappointed that this was the ONLY track they chose from this album. Where are Lady Strange, Let It Go, and the title track? One of the things I hate most about this set is the lack of emphasis on the first two albums, and you can already see why.

Album: Pyromania (1983)
Tracks featured here: Rock Of Ages, Photograph, Foolin,
Comments: As I suspected, the big hits from this album were put on the album. Too bad they forgot one - Too Late For Love. Also, they didn't bother to put any of this album's underrated masterpieces on here, including Comin' Under Fire, Die Hard The Hunter, and Billy's Got A Gun. For shame.

Album: Hysteria (1987)
Tracks featured here: Rocket (EDIT), Animal, Armageddon It, Hysteria, Love Bites, Pour Some Sugar On Me (EDIT)
Comments: The band really went overboard with the Hysteria material - THIS IS HALF OF THE ENTIRE HYSTERIA ALBUM! And yet, the band managed to forget Women, the other of the seven hit singles. And like with the previous album, the band didn't do any underrated masterpieces. Where's Gods Of War, my favorite song from the album? Oh, and I almost forgot to mention that Rocket is an edited version! Pour Some Sugar On Me is an edited version as well, but it's the VIDEO edit, which is actually a longer and better version of the song, so its being edited is a GOOD thing. Hysteria is a good album, but this many songs is overkill.

Album: Adrenalize (1992)
Tracks featured here: Let's Get Rocked, Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad
Comments: Adrenalize was never too popular, so I'm not surprised to see its limited emphasis here. Let's Get Rocked was an excellent song choice, but I could care less for the other selection. Heaven Is and Make Love Like A Man (BOTH of which are on the UK edition of Vault) would have been better choices.

Album: Retro Active (1993)
Tracks featured here: Two Steps Behind (Acoustic Version), Miss You In A Heartbeat (Acoustic Version)
Comments: These are two pretty good acoustic songs, BUT THE ELECTRIC VERSIONS ARE WAY BETTER. Likewise, how could they omit the cover of Sweet's Action? The omissions of Desert Song and I Wanna Be Your Hero are also disappointing. Oh, well.

Album: [Other, non-album tracks]
Tracks featured here: When Love And Hate Collide
Comments: The band includes a new composition on this set. Sadly though, this new recording is really nothing special. Still, it' good to have it here as an extra feature.

Overall:
Overall, my final views of this compilation are quite simple - it falls flat in many areas. I strongly recommend that the Pyromania and Hysteria albums be your first Def Leppard purchase. However, if you're a casual fan and NOTHING MORE (and you never plan to be), Vault makes for a pretty good listening experience. Just don't expect the compilation to give you the whole story - it doesn't.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pure genius!
Probably one of the greatest bands from the 80's. Their music is pure genius. You can really appreciate it if you listen with headsets. Great selection of greatest hits! I was not a big fan of metal when I was a teenager in the 80's, but this CD made me fall in love with this type of music as a 30-something-even my kids can't keep up with me! This is one of the best CD's I own. Every song is a masterpiece! A must for your collection! ... Read more


17. Greatest Hits: We Will Rock You Edition
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18. Appetite for Destruction
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A glimpse of the future, and not because of its huge influence and umpteen million sales. The poor-little-rich-boy protest "Out ta Get Me" intimates that Axl Rose's egotism and martyr complex were soon to grow bigger than his head; still, Appetite's night-train wreck of punk and metal sounds and sensibilities make it more than just an emblem of its time. Whether GN'R are dancing with Mr. Brownstone, penning a callow kiss-off letter to some chick named Michelle, or passing out on somebody else's sofa, this was and remains a savage journey to the heart of the American--or at least the Hollywood--dream. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars It *really* is a classic
It was the record that kick started the re-birth of hard rock in the late eighties. The orginial Guns N Roses line up of Axl Rose, Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan and Steven Adler only managed one actual full studio album before things started to fall apart and the personnell began to change. But what an album it was, and well over a decade since its release, it is still a bona fide classic.

Rose is not the greatest vocalist in the world, but it is clear that as a song-writer he pulls no punches. The almost-metal assualt of 'Welcome to the Jungle' and 'It's So Easy' are perfect showcases for what GnR are all about. Slash demonstrates why he was to become one of the most respected gutarists of his age while the Adler/McKagan/Stradlin combination give the lead guitarist a powerful rhythm to hang his memorable hooks on.

Even though they are raucous, there is a definite Stones/Aerosmith groove about GnR's music. 'Nightrain' is bluesy, 'Mr Brownstone' could almost makes you dance and 'Think About You' is a crooning rock classic.

When they do slow it down a little, the results are equally as memorable. 'Sweet Child O' Mine' with it's acoustic melody and seering lead licks is an all time classic, while 'Rocket Queen' successfully mixes a hybrid of styles before roaring off to a rocking conclusion.

'Out Ta Get Me' and 'You're Crazy' are fast and furious, 'My Michelle' and 'Anything Goes' fall into the more whimsical category of hard rock but are just as enjoyable as the rest of the album.

No turkeys, just twelve magical slices of rock music.

5-0 out of 5 stars A classic of course, but...
For its impact alone this album deserves 5 stars. It had 3 major hits with "Sweet Child O' Mine", "Welcome To The Jungle", and "Paradise City" which actually cover every facet of big rock bands. The ballad, the hard rocker, and the bombastic anthem. What makes it a great album though is that "It's So Easy", "Night Train", "Mr. Brownstone", and "My Michelle" swagger with attitude and scenes of a seedy lifestyle and Axl Rose's ego. "Outta Get Me", "You're So Crazy" and "Rocket Queen" work well too, although they don't have quite the same strut. "Rocket Queen" is an especially strong track. "Anything Goes" is a toss-away about sex. But the thing I've always wondered is why "Think About You" is on the album. It has NONE of the standard Axl swagger or ego, and isn't even a self-obsessed dirge. It's simply a love song played really fast. It has none of the power of "Sweet Child" and quite honestly the only reason I can think of for it being on the album is that someone thought there should be 12 songs. Of course with CD players it's easy enough to avoid this one clunker. And with the rest you get the album that was THE tour de force of late 80's hard rock.

5-0 out of 5 stars Appetite for Amazement
"Appetite for Destruction" is a CD in a league of it's own. It surpasses "Led Zeppelin IV" and "Back in Black" by far. It is the best CD's ever by one of the best bands ever. Guns N' Roses came into the spectrum at the height of hair metal band faz. Such as Def Leppard, Poison, and Motley Crue were all the rage. Not that these bands don't rock, it's just that GN'R does so much better at it than them. This CD is the third best selling rock CD in the nation (behind the 2 earlier mentioned), and it is hard to see why it isn't numero uno. It definitely is in my book.

First off, there is Saul Hudson (Slash) on lead guitar. The best guitarist of all time. He has his own distinct style and has the speed to keep up with Eddie Van Halen and Toni Iommi. Although he has had his problems with drugs (he was clinically dead for over 30 seconds), what Rock-star hasn't. Next there is the amazing frontman Axl Rose (Bill Baily). That is simply all you have to say about Axl. Amazing. Although he doesn't have the best voice in the buisness, he makes up for it in stage presence and attitude. He has to be one of the best frontmen of all time. While the other members of the band aren't as prominent as Axl and Slash, they still deserve to be mentioned. Izzy Stradlin (Jeffrey Isabel) on rythym guitar. Steven Adler on Drums. And Michael "Duff" Mckaegen.

These songs were instant classics. Who can resist that opening to "Welcome to the Jungle." Or the emotion behind "Sweet Child of Mine," (plus the best guitar solos ever). This debut CD for the band was all about their lives, the good and the bad. Such tracks as "Mr. Brownstone," "Paradise City," and "Rocket Queen," have obvious drug and partying references behind them, and rock just much as they should.

This is the CD that spawned millions of fan-clubs and websites all about the band. It is one of the essential rock CD's to have and of course I recomend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of Rock n Roll's greatest debut albums!
In the time of hair metal, Guns N Roses came crashing onto the scene with their hard rocking, gritty debut album "Appetite for Destruction" bringing great Rock n Roll back to life in an era of techno crap and a lot of faceless pop/hair metal bands. Appetite starts with the feriocious opener Welcome to the Jungle, and runs through twelve classic tracks. Every song on this album is a winner, and at lease half of them are classic rock radio staples to this day;Sweet Child O'MIne, Paradise City, Mr.Brownstone,etc all sound great pumping out of the stereo.Instead of going to the music store for the newest radio hits, pick up "Appetite for Destruction" instead,you won't regret it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Album Ever
Appetite For Destruction was the first album I ever got and amazingly it has always been my personal favorite. The entire thing is just plain stunning in its stylistic diversity (for a metal album), its raw energy and feeling and utter perfection throughout. Nothing more to say except that this is one of rock n roll's greatest albums and I recommend it to anyone. ... Read more


19. ...And Justice For All
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This record has so much good material that it's a shame the production is so shoddy. Songwise, this is probably Metallica's most sophisticated album, exploring the theme of justice and perversions thereof with a vengeance. "One" is one of their best songs ever, building from a slow, edgy beginning into effortless overdrive. The title track is excellent and never boring, despite clocking in at more than nine minutes. It's the epic of the album, but all of the songs are long, displaying impressive chops and songwriting. Metallica took a commercial turn after ...And Justice for All, and it's interesting to speculate on what would have happened to their music had they continued in the direction suggested by this album. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Another fine Metallica offering
Following the release of 1986's epic Master of Puppets, Metallica lost legendary bassist Cliff Burton in a tragic bus accident while touring. Recruited was now-departed thrasher Jason Newsted, and the band entered the studio to follow up on their landmark effort. Despite Justice being slightly under the standard Puppets set, it's nothing short of an outstanding release.
"Blackened", the opener and one of the few 'Tallica tracks actually penned by Newsted, ranks among the band's best songs. It's heavy, wickedly fast, and full of brilliant work by axeman Kirk Hammett and drummer Lars Ulrich. "Eye of the Beholder", though a bit repetitive, is incredibly heavy with a killer groove; frontman James Hetfield's voice sounds outstanding during the bridges. "Harvester of Sorrow", Metallica's most violent offering ever, also has a place among their best tunes. It's heavy, mean, and packed with riffs. "To Live is to Die" is another animal, however. Essentially a compilation of unreleased material written by Burton before his untimely death, it's a ten-minute opus arranged by Hetfield and Ulrich. No less than thirteen different riffs are found. The melodic interlude halfway through is vintage Burton and hearkens back to the Puppets days. "One" is a truly brilliant offering, and many consider it to be Metallica's best song ever. It begins with the sound of machine gun fire, followed by a beautiful crystalline intro. The last four minutes of the song are vintage Metallica, full of blazing speed, heavy riffing, fantastic solos by Hammett, and harmonies. Finally, "Dyers Eve" is genuinely vicious and bears comparison to "Damage Inc.", the closer from Puppets. It's five-plus minutes of pure thrash and will no doubt please fans of Kill 'Em All.
Justice undoubtedly includes Ulrich's finest work, and Hetfield's signature growl is at near perfection throughout. The song structure is incredibly complex nearly everywhere on the album, and the harmonies used by the band on Puppets are set to a meaner, heavier, faster groove here. "The Shortest Straw" is the only track that disappoints. Despite being buried in the middle of the album, "The Frayed Ends of Sanity" is an above-average offering that bests nearly everything Metallica has recently released. The title song, while a bit drawn out at nearly ten minutes, is another fine track. In short, Justice no doubt ranks among the band's top three releases.

5-0 out of 5 stars Tinny sounding but solid as iron
Following the death of Cliff Burton there was a big question mark surrounding Metallica's future. The band wasted no time recruiting former Flotsam & Jetsam bassist Jason Newsted and churning out the covers EP "Garage Days Re-Revisited", but the issue remained just how much of an impact Burton's influence had on Metallica's material.

When "And Justice For All" was finally released in late 1988 it was not only a breath of fresh air but the dawning of a new era as well. "Justice" furthers the sociopolitically charged vision of "Master of Puppets", a bit icier and more distant, but no less potent in either it's intelligent lyrics or the increasingly challenging song structures. "Blackened" is the lead off track, and despite having enough song ideas to fill an entire EP, the melange of riffs works well as a cohesive whole. Metallica weren't the first thrash band to express an environtmental lean, but with lyrics such as "see our Mother [Earth]/put to death/see our Mother die" there weren't many fans who were ready to write them off as born again hippies.

The title track and "Eye of the Beholder" continue to heighten the standards for the rest of the album until we at last arrive at what is perhaps Metallica's all-time magnum opus: "One". When Lars announced in pre-release interviews that the song would be about a guy with no appendages, no sense of sight and sound, and no way of communicating with the outside world it reminded of those old jokes. Ie. what do you call a man with no arms and no legs that hangs on the wall? Art. What do you call a man with no arms and no legs swimming in a pool? Bob. Etc etc.

Of course the end result turned out to be nothing so exploitative, but instead a tone poem set to the theme of the old Dalton Trumbo flick "Johnny Got His Gun". This is not only one of their more complex songs thematically but it's far from aimless art school wankering, building up to a riveting climax and a powerful denouement. As a postscript, "One" has turned into one of those oft-played tunes that has more than worn out it's welcome amongst many rock fans, similar to other songs like "Stairway to Heaven" (or "Highway to Hell" for that matter). However, that in no way detracts from the objective quality of the song, and it's only the radio programmers we have to blame for ruining all of the above examples through unmitigated repetition.

The truth is, "And Justice For All" is equally as compelling as "Master of Puppets" from a songwriting and performance perspective. There is only one reason I can see that it doesn't get the same amount of reverence as its precursor, and that is the infamous production of Fleming Rasmussen. Fleming also produced "Puppets", and this would be his last Metallica production, so he has been given the blame over the years for essentially ruining what should have been a flawless masterpiece. However, with the similarly awful production on "St Anger" I can't help but wonder if the band members didn't push for this sonic experimentation themselves.

Here's hoping that one day the masters will be brushed off and remixed (a la the Beatles' recent "Let It Be: Naked") and "And Justice For All" will be recognized for the landmark that it is.

4-0 out of 5 stars 4.5 *
1. Blackened 5/5
2. ...And Justice for All 6/5
3. Eye of the Beholder 4/5
4. One 100/5
5. Shortest Straw 3/5
6. Harvester of Sorrow 3/5
7. Frayed Ends of Sanity 4/5
8. To Live Is to Die 4.9/5 too long
9. Dyers Eve 4/5

almost every song starts off the same way, but other than that, a very good album.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Metallica at their best
In my opinion this is Metallica's best cd. It's one of the greatest heavy metal cd's of all time: no questions asked. I peed my pants listening to it. How does Metallica make such a kick ass album?! Buy this cd and you will be happy forever! I guarantee!

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best metal has to offer
...And Justice for All is an extremely powerful Metallica album. Released following the death of original bassist Cliff Burton, Metallica finds themselves angrier in this album than perhaps any previous. ...And Justice for all offers up a tapestry of Political violence and Manipulation characterized in amazing riffs and James Hetfield's familar growl. Although the songs are all very long with usually complex structure they still manage to pull you in and keep you listening until the very end. Most Notable for "One," the haunting metal classic about a solider who lost his arms, legs, voice, hearing, and sight, in World War I. The album also offers the Monsters, "Blackend" and "Harvester of Sorrow" and the bands amazing instrumental tribute to Cliff Burton "To live is to Die." ... Read more


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