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20. Alive II

1. Angel of Retribution (With Bonus DVD)
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This Judas Priest release includes a DVD with the 30 minute Reunited documentary that lays the ground work for first new music from the original lineup in 15 years.From the slow crescendo of guitar and a scream at the beginning, this new outing from the reformed and re-invigorated Priest states one thing very clearly:The band is back and ready to reclaim their crown as hard rock titans.The songs, production, and performances are all on par with classics such as British Steel and Screaming For Vengeance.And the album definitely makes references Priest’s past, from the opening screech of "Judas Is Rising" to more direct lyrical name-checking (Painkiller in "Demonizer" and Sad Wings of Destiny in "Angel").But there is a newer experimentation - a slower, darker streak - also evident on Halford’s underrated Crucible, that lets the listener know the band is not resting on its laurels.The is very evident on the 10 minute closer "Lock Ness", an epic on par with songs off Opeth’s masterful Deliverance.Make no mistake:The Metal Gods are definitely back. --Robert Arambel ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Good music, but the lyrics kill it
It is my belief that, during the 15 years or so since Priest went into hibernation and the underground bands (i.e. Nevermore) began gaining status, the metal community has so gotten used to intelligent songwriting and serious lyrics that anything too cornball will stick out like a sore thumb.
Listening to this after that elapsed time really wakes us up to just how bad Priest are lyrically. I even went back and listened to all their older stuff and my vision cleared: my god those are really lame lyrics! Embarrassingly bad, in fact, and I am surprised that this time around they didn't drop all the goofy "characters" and write something relevant and meaningful.
My expectations weren't ridiculously high for this outing, but I was hoping for some music along the lines of the well-crafted epics they are so clearly capable of (i.e. "The Sentinel"), but based on some of the music on offer they just slept through the songwriting process. "Deal with the Devil" has to be one of their lowest points both lyrically and musically; "Judas Rising" is a great powerful song and a perfect album opener, definitely a classic; I can appreciate what they were trying to do with "Loch Ness", which has some excellent doom-riffs straight out of Candlemass 101, and frankly it is better lyrically than most of the other pedestrian songs present, but I think Angel Witch would've probably done better with the subject matter.
Again, my expectations weren't high, but they sure slept through the creation of this album. A clear case of resting on laurels and knowing the fans will lap it up just because of what it is and not what it has.

5-0 out of 5 stars Priest shakes off the dust.
Yah, this is good stuff. It sounds like a first album of sorts (Rocka Rolla).
Only a couple of quiggles:
Sometimes the -double bass drums- can sound like a typewriter but it doesn't bother me, it's more of a trapping of the introduction of the digital-industrial age when drums were starting to be triggered on stage and it doesn't consume the album so priest obviously knows what they're doing. They might have been eq'd slightly lower but I can adjust the eq for that. Also, the -double base drums- sound a little rusty although not without expertise as Scott Travis is a leader HERE. It's best to concentrate on driving the music or the tempo more with it (circa Painkiller) instead of just splashing it over all of the music (Hellrider), although I really like Hellrider. That's a (...) issue allot of today's musicians do to compete with each other.

4-0 out of 5 stars Classic Metal? You bet your a**!
These guys have done an incredible job in this record! The energy is all over the place, strong songs, and Rob Halford's voice drives you nuts as always. His vocals are all over the place, even at his age, he does things that most singers in their 20's can only dream of.
The DVD is also very nice, the interviews and the concert clips are very enjoyable. They only thing I don't like is that some of the songs got cut off between the interviews.

Like good wine, it gets better with age...these guys have created a classic!

4-0 out of 5 stars Call For The Priest!
I just saw the Priest live at the Budokan last week and they rocked!!! The band still has the magic and Rob was hitting all the high notes! My only disappointment was that they did not play anything from Defenders, not even my fav "The Sentinel". Anyways, they played half the songs from this their new cd. Some reviewers are calling AOR one of their best and some reviewers are calling it crap. I think it's the best thing they have done since DOTF so I am giving 4 stars. I don't understand the people who are complaining that JP are just rehashing the same material. If they came out with something completely different those same people would probably say that JP sold out. I do agree that Lochness is a bit silly. I wonder who said "Hey, let's write a 13 minute song about the Lochness Monster!". Also, there are not as many classic trade-off solos between KK and Tipton. But the riffs still rock! My favorites are Judas Rising (Halford howls!), Worth Fighting For (nice chugging riff after the chorus), Wheels Of Fire (cool mid tempo rocker), Angel (good ballad), and Eulogy (classic old Priest). The other half of the album is not bad. I can't say this is one of the best Priest albums ever, but it is worth getting. Check them out live if you get the chance!

5-0 out of 5 stars Stellar Comback -- Unlike So Many Other Bands' Attempts
I felt compelled to write a review for this new Judas Priest release because I have a somewhat unbiased approach to the CD.Though I do like Judas Priest's music, I'm not one who would be identified as a fan.In much the same vein, I like metal music, but I'm more of a casual fan. So, I listened to this CD with an open mind, but with no real expectations.Having said that, I was blown away by "Angel of Retribution."I can't think of a better comeback release for a band.Many artists or groups, like my favorite--KISS, often fail to live up to the bar set by earlier releases.However, Judas Priest have returned with a stellar effort that is powerful, unique, and deserving of a place among the Priest catalogue.If you're interested in this CD, I recommend it highly, even for casual fans like me.Though there are a few (very few) weak spots (corny lyrics at times) this CD is one of the most complete and enjoyable releases to hit shelves in many years!It's great to have Judas Priest back, and it's even better to have them release a CD that will stand up against their classics! ... Read more

2. S&M
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At a point in their career when most bands would rest their laurels upon a greatest-hits package or live album, Metallica has done both, but with a decidedly loopy twist. They've recorded a double-live greatest-hits package with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra "sitting in." Rock history and cutout bins are littered with previous attempts at a rock-symphonic fusion, from Emerson, Lake & Palmer to Deep Purple to the Moody Blues and the Siegel-Schwall Blues Band. But while previous efforts at mixing the low-brow with the high-brow have mostly ended up browbeating the intended audience, S&M plays like a precarious joy ride. Set against the shrewd efforts of a team of orchestrators and arrangers (who employ enough taste to keep proceedings from sounding like one long "Live and Let Die" outtake), Metallica plays for their lives, undercutting their general somber tone by ratcheting up their musicianship several notches. The most underrated player here is SFO guest conductor and soundtrack vet Michael Kamen, whose attention to detail and nuance--and intuitive grasp of the Metallica canon--keeps this unlikely meeting of the minds focused and on track. -Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars So many brainwashed
Its funny how alot of people think this is so amazing. I mean, they basically just did a show with a symphony playing with them. Metal and classical music combined, very nice. But many bands can have this same exact sound with just keyboards. There are of course loads of flaws on this cd. First off, metallica shouldnt even have a crowd out there, it ruins this beautiful concept. I think if they wanted to make it a live show too then sure, that would be cool, but first off they needed to just make this a live studio album, because it would sound better, when the songs close you dont have to hear the crowd the entire time screaming during the end of each song.

They add two new tracks which one I like. No leaf clover is a cool song. Good melody, an ok solo, excellent drumming, vocals are nice too, bass is missing again as usual, but we get used to that, and it isnt jason's fault because the bass is missing. Its hetfield's and lars who call all the shots, that is yet another reason why he left the band.

Lets face it though, metallica pretty much have ran out of ideas, I mean they havent even made a studio album in almost five years, instead they make the garage inc. album, covering old covers, and now we have this right after. OK, it has talent required yes, but come on, metallica knew that after re-load, anything new and inventive, people would dislike even more, oh but James and Lars, you gotta keep making more and more money then you even need, so you have to remain sell outs, and cant just go back to the real metal style you once had 11 years ago. I once respected metallica when they played better music. Metallica still is metal even though they betrayed the metal scene supporting all these poser nu metal bands, still some bands can mature, these guys failed miserably. I mean what is up with this new vocal style hetfield's got going on, all trying to sound demonic, wake up!!! And Hammet doesnt play really good solos, its just too simple the way his style is, he stole Mustaine's style in the 80's, then found his own on load, not that great.

Ok, I know this review will be hated because im saying metallica is thru, I admit metallica still have talent, but its a waste, time to retire boys, and go on with your lives, maybe do some solo stuff, hell maybe kirk could be Limp Bizkit's new guitarist, and hetfield could play guitar and sing with method man. WHo knows, this album has a beautiful concept, but a tragic waste, it doesnt fit. Your thru guys, its over. Damn traitors of metal!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Another great CD by a great band.
With the possible exception of Ride The Lightning (which I personally just didn't enjoy as much as other Metallica albums), Metallica's first four albums were basically metal masterpieces. Kill'em All was a wonderful first album, even if a bit on the immature side. Master of Puppets was the album where the band really took off, seemlessly blending thoughtful melodies with the speed and aggression that made Metallica famous, producing one fantastic thrash album. While And Justice For All only improved on Puppetz, using mature themes and amazing solos while pioneering the more "riff driven" style of music prominant in Metallica's later albums (listen to Blackened and you'll see what I mean). Then came the Black album, which unfortunately, did not live up to the standards set by the band's previous two albums. It wasn't so much the change in style as it was just the fact that the music didn't really seem as exciting or interesting. Then came Load, where I feel Metallica bounced back and gave me something that ranks next to MOP and Justice as their three best albums ever. I just couldn't force myself to dislike that album the way I feel at least 60% of these so called "Former Fans" do to prove how cool they think they are for listening only to speed/thrash metal. It's a good album to listen to when the sky is blue, there are almost no clouds in the sky, the sun's shining, and you're hanging out at the beach or anywhere in the outdoors. It certainly isn't James Hetfield's favorite Metallica album for nothing, you know. Then came ReLoad which, while good, just didn't have the excitement nor emotion of MOP, Justice, and Load. It was still a great album nonetheless, though. And with all these great albums Metallica released, a greatest hits collection was just what they needed. They "sort of" delivered with S&M, playing some of their best known songs with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra in the background.

Of course, this album still had its critics who even criticized their covers of "older material" but I have one question in response to that: Did Load's shift from E minor to E Flat Minor have something to do with your problems with new Metallica? I'm amazed nobody else seems to have complained about nor complemented this, especially since it was one of the first things I noticed when listening to Load and is prominant in the band's covers of both their older and newer songs on this CD, giving the older songs in particullar a more "bluesy" sound to them (Which I like). Otherwise, Metallica's covers of their preLoad music still have the raw power and aggression of their originals, while the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra only improves upon them by delivering a whole new sound these songs that is bound to make them sound fresh regardless of the fact that they're really nothing new. The best song cover (both 80's and 90's) IMO is Battery (I guess Metallica wanted to save the best for last on this CD). The amazing aggression and guitar work of one of my all time favorite Metallica songs is in full force here. While the San Francisco Symphony helps to breath new life into an already great song with its own version of the original's tear shedding accoustic intro and its amazing background music. Other excellent covers include Fuel, Nothing Else Matters, Call of Ktulu (which succeeded in turning what I thought was originally a mediocre instrumental into something truely great), and The Thing That Should Not Be.

Unfortunately, two songs (Until It Sleeps and Devil's Dance) somehow just didn't sound right with the symphony orchestra IMO (They just aren't those types of songs that fit such a thing). I think they really should have left those songs off the setlist and played something like Orion, To Live is To Die, Sanitarium, or The God That Failed instead (which I feel would have made great symphonic orchestrations).

The two new songs, Minus Human and No Leaf Clover, are unique in the sense that even without the symphony orchestra they (especially Clover) manage to mix the amazing guitar work of Puppets and Justice with the mood of Load creating two fantastic songs that are sure to have your head banging and hair standing in no time. The Solo in Clover is especially great, somehow sounding very similar to some of the solos in Metallica's preLoad albums.

So overall, I recommend this album to fans of both eighties and nineties Metallica. Most of the song choices are excellent. While the symphony orchestra once again helps to breath new life into what are already great songs.

P.S. Sorry for the rather long review.

4-0 out of 5 stars Metallica's hits live with a Symphony
Metallica's S&M is a live concert with an orchestra. While the idea may scare fans off, the orchestra accompanying Metallica's songs is quite good. The playing from both groups is good, and what makes it even better is that being a live album, it removes the filler that often makes their albums dull and boring.

1-0 out of 5 stars Live with no meaning
I really do like Metallica , also I like live albums and greatest hits albums. But ever since Metallica caused such a stir in the music Industry they have not been putting out very good music . So I guess it is there cheap way to try to make a comeback . I have all of there C-D's so I am not or was not downloading any of they're stuff nor would I old stuff is the thing I think should be alloud. But Metallica is a great band but S&M sounds like a cheap try for a comeback to greatness that they once had.

5-0 out of 5 stars An interpretation of Metallica
No, I don't know much about heavy metal, or any genre for that matter. I know only what I hear on the radio, which these days is pretty pathetic. But I had to buy this album when I heard "No Leaf Clover" on the radio and I've become addicted. I will agree with some of the criticisms of this album, but I have to disagree with those that think this is a distaster, far from it. Metallica and Michael Kamen create a fabulous work, from the reimagining of "Call of Ktulu" (the orchestra turns up the volume on the guitar part that fades in and out of this song), to SFSO horns harmonizing with Metallica's guitars in "The Master of Puppets", to the full accompaniment of the SFSO over the guitar melody in "One". There may be some truth to the idea that Metallica sold out with this album. Since I've heard this album, I've bought "Ride the Lightning" and "Master of Puppets", and I listen to them on a regular basis. This album does have its flaws, but they are few. The only complaint I have about it is that I didn't go to see the concert.

Long live the memory of Michael Kamen and Cliff Burton. ... Read more

3. Live (Dlx)
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Double CD collector's edition of AC/DC's 1992 live albumdigitally remastered and reissued in a special digipak plus a 16 page full color booklet containing all original albumart, many unpublished photos, classic memorabilia and new2003 liner notes. 23 tracks. Epic. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars to indulgent for most tastes!
In 92 Ac/dC live came out in both single and double editions. Neither one is really that great! Ac/Dc is one of hard rock/metal's best groups,but just like everyone else, not everything that they do is good. One of the biggest flaws of the album is that it is too self indulgent. Most people don't want to hear songs in excess of ten minute running times. Another flaw is that the Bon Scott era is not represented very well, I know he's dead, but most of Ac/Dc's better albums were from the Bon Scott era. Highway to hell is only represented by the title track, big mistake there Highway to Hell is just as good as Back in Black if not better! Also not enough from High Voltage. The sound quality isn't that bad, but the song selections could have been better, so I must only recommend this album for die hard Ac/Dc fans, the ones why buy everything they release whether good or bad!

5-0 out of 5 stars If i could only rate it 10!!!!!
This was the first AC/DC album i brought and if you dont like this album ,get your head checked!

This is the ultimate AC/DC live album. Usually your bad reviews come from those fans that wont accept Brian took over from Bon and dont like Brian for it. Or they say it lacks the feel of a live show because a few songs fade out (its only crowed noise)

This is the best Live album ive ever heard! not a single song on here that dosent sound great! Make sure you get the 2 disc edition and not the one disc! Its not quite the greatest hits played live, but everyone of them is a great hit!

This is a great album , and if you dont have it, BUY IT (...)

A commen question that comes up about this album is "is the single disc edition, and the double disc edition diffrent tracks? or are they they same? The anser is; There the same! The double edition just comes with more songs, but there all the same songs as the single edition! Theres a rumour that Highway To Hell is diffrent, but its not!

My only problem with this re-issue is that they didnt include a track that came with the Japanese edition of this album "Hell Aint A Bad Place To Be" but its still the best live album out there next to to "If you want blood"

2-0 out of 5 stars AC/DC Live: Collector's Edition
Live albums used to mean something. Back when music was music, and video was video, and neither was a half-assed companion of the other, live albums represented a rare glimpse into a special moment in time; and at their best, they boasted highly original performances that added something new to the original studio tracks. But in the post-MTV era of visual overkill, the live album is more often than not (ab)used as a quick means of fulfilling contractual obligations, or padding the record label's fourth-quarter budget. Though hardly an overnight revolution, this sad trend was certainly brought home to many by the unimaginatively entitled Live, a disjointed double-disc set from the world's biggest little rock & roll band AC/DC. After delivering one of the format's undisputed classics with 1978's If You Want Blood, You've Got It, the Australian titans' second concert recording barely raised a pulse. "Bonny," the only unfamiliar track, turns out to be little more than a one-minute solo based on the traditional sea chantey, and even the "improvised" Angus Young solo that introduces "Jailbreak" is an obvious cut and paste job. At least the album serves as an impressive highlight reel for the band's hit-and-miss '80s output (1980's Back in Black and 1990's The Razor's Edge providing the bulk of the material) while making room for the Bon Scott-era essentials. By and large, AC/DC on a bad night are still usually better than most bands on a good one, but Live feels more like a greatest-hits album with crowd noise than a true live album. Still, a better buy than the edited, single-disc version.

3-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed in this one
I expected this to be a great live album, but there's definitely something lacking. The performances are a bit lazy--just phoned-in, going-through the motions type stuff, completely
lacking in vitality. These are great songs, of course, but they're performed exactly the same way as on the albums (some with a faster beat)and there's really no reason to own them over the originals; in fact, just get those instead. Be sure to listen to several tracks first if you're interested in buying.

5-0 out of 5 stars AC/DC Live: the vanguard of concert albums!
Although I have an aversion to concert albums, I decided to take a chance on AC/DC's Live 2 CD set. My curiosity over how well present front man Brian Johnson could perform the tunes originally sung by the late Bon Scott was the main attraction. Fortunately, I was not disappointed-- the new guy really gives his all doing "Sin City", "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap", "TNT", "Highway to Hell", and every other Bon Scott-era tracks in this collection, in that trademark raspy falsetto of his. After takin' my ear to this, I'd say he's more than worthy to croon the lyrics of his predecessor's tracks. Sigh... if only I could say the same for Sammy Hagar's renditions of Van Halen tunes from the David Lee Roth-era...

Fortunately Brian, Angus & Malcolm Young, and-- er, those other dudes had plenty of heart left over to do the rest of the play list ("Thunderstruck", "Hells Bells", "Are You Ready", "Shoot to Thrill", etc) with just as much apparent zeal and vigor as they had displayed in the studio renditions of those same cuts. Which is a quality I usually find lacking in most live CDs, and the main reason why I shy away from them. 'Course, it could've been worse: they could've put out one of them pansified, foofy-@$$ 'unplugged' dealies that were so big back in the 90s. Thank God their sheer machismo prevailed over makin' a quick buck...

Also thrown in with the platters is a liner notes booklet that gives a brief yet informative history of AC/DC from their early days working the Australian pub circuit on through to the death of Bon Scott & the arrival of his successor Brian Johnson, and up to the then-present day (around 1992). It's a pretty fast read, and includes some interesting tidbits of info about the group and their struggles. If ya need to bone up on your AC/DC trivia, readin' this whilst takin' a listen to one of the platters at max volume (my personal fave: "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" on disc 1) is a good place to start. For ongoing lessons, is a good starting point. In fact, you can use the CDs on this set to unlock exclusive music, videos, and photos on the site! Well, at least that's what the blurb on the back of the CD case says, anyway; I tried to check out these exclusive features on a couple occasions, and my computer hung every freakin' time! Ya know, some times technology really blows...

'Late ... Read more

4. Performance -- Rockin' the Fillmore
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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the great Live Albums ever.
Humble Pie was an underrated band and this Live Album is one of the best live albums of the 70s if not ever. This is a must have for any serious 70s hard rock fan. Its worth twice the price alone just to have I don't need No Doctor Live. Steve Marriot was a hell of a good Rock and Blues Singer, Peter Frampton added so much to the vocal Harmonies and with his Guitar. The whole band is fantastic. Get this CD you won't be sorry.

5-0 out of 5 stars Rockin' the Filmore ... Quintesential Rock 'N Roll!!!
Listen, put simply, Rockin' the Filmore is probably not only the best live rock 'n roll record made, it is probably the best rock 'n roll record made period. The Pie were the band that didn't play rock 'n roll, they lived, ate, and breathed it, and frontman Steve Marriott ate up and spit out the competition.

Rockin' the Filmore is Humble Pies experiment into all forms of music, from hard rock, to blues, to soul, and to pyschedelic. It all works. The swapping of guitar leads and rythems between Marriott and Frampton are memorable excercises in contrasts as well as harmonies. Shirley on the drums pounds the skins as if his life was depending on it and Ridley's bass lines were never second to anyone.

If you don't like Rockin' the Filmore, there is hope for you yet... just go to the nsync or the Britainy Spears section and i'm sure you'll find what you like.

As to the reveiwers who said Marriott intro's were too chauvinistic (most early authentic blues is chauvenistic) and long, I'm sure your wives are proud of you you henpecked yuppies (remember the blues classic "Too much woman for a henpecked man"???). And about Rolling Stone being a bad cut, the only reason you don't like it is that your wives are old and fat (and by the way, that means they are unattractive boys) because talking about long things 'cuz you feel inadequate, and this is what the song Rollin' Stone is about!!!

Anyway, Marriott's voice is brilliant, and so are the voices of the other 3 members of the Pie whose voices were also top notch. The interpretation of blues and souls classics are original and pumped with testosterone...this is why the Pie don't really appeal to wimps, wimin' and thier henpecked counterparts. But, there is Oprah for them, and Pie for the rest! The Pie was simply loud, soulsy, ballsy and chauvenistic rock 'n roll and proud of it. God Bless the Pie!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Led Zep Eat Your Heart Out
one of the best LIVE albums ever.right next to the allman brothers fillmore live one.a must i repeat A MUST FOR ANY HARD ROCK OR HEAVY METAL HEAD.

5-0 out of 5 stars Humilty not necessary
There's nothing humble about this recording; one of the quintessential Fillmore releases, and in some ways much better than the much-touted 'Allman Brothers Live at the Fillmore' album.

"I'm Ready", "Rolling Stone" and "I Don't Need No Doctor" are the precursors to what meat'n'potatoes stateside rock would become with KISS, Blue Oyster Cult, and Cheap Trick, but blues-based rock and roll of this calibre, you just can't find anymore.

Absolutely phenomenal performance, wonderful sound, and rockin' attitude that's on par with any other live album on the market. Much better than Peter Frampton's overblown Winterland concert.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Live 70s Blues-Rock
PERFORMANCE- ROCKIN' THE FILLMORE is a great live album by Humble Pie, perhaps the top live act of the early 70s, with Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Outlaws being their later-in-the-decade counterparts. Besides bluesy singer-guitarist Steve Marriott, this lineup also boasted the more melodic Peter Frampton on guitar and vocals. This and HOT 'N' NASTY: THE ANTHOLOGY are the quintessential Humble Pie, so go out and get it- fast. ... Read more

5. Live Shit: Binge & Purge (CD & DVD)
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Convenient new size...Still f***ing huge! Metallica's Live Sh*t: Binge & Purge - the unprecendented box set featuring three complete concerts on three CD's and three VHS tapes, more than eight hours of live Metallica - is now being made available on three CD's and two DVD's at a special price. This colossal box has sold an incredible 613,000 copies since its 1993 release, and this reissue is sure to swell the ranks of those blown away by these shows. Nothing gets left behind -- the complete original 72-page full-color book is even included on DVD 2, and the commemorative backstage pass and scary guy stencil are enclosed as well. It's a one-two-three punch unmatched by any band, before or since, and the perfect gift for that special someone who needs their ass kicked hard by the world's greatest rock & roll band. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome
First of all, let me say that the quality of the DVD picture and audio is quite lacking. The picture is fuzzy and the camera angles are not very interesting and the views switch too fast. If you want a good Metallica DVD get Cunning Stunts, it's awesome. The box set gets a five from me because the three Mexico City CDs more than make up for the low quality DVDs. Almost all of my favorite Metallica songs are on them and they sound so much better live. I can't stand recordings that sound so polished that they seem fake. Kirk's guitar tone on these CDs has much more character than the ones on most of Metallica's regular CDs. Fade to Black is probably my favorite track because the intro with Kirk's solo is slowed down and it sounds amazing. Buy this.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good set, great value for money, but questionable sound.
I'd missed out on the chance to see Metallica live during this tour in support of the band's eponymous 'Black Album', so Live Sh*t: Binge & Purge is probably the closest I'll come.

This former boxed set is now available in two formats -- a double-CD case and a DVD-style longbox. As far as I can tell from their descriptions, the contents are the same, and typical of Metallica, they give you loads of material for a pretty good price -- three live CDs and two concert DVDs for only a little more than the price of two DVD movies.

The good points:

- The three live CDs span a broad range of songs from the band's history, rather than obsessively focusing on the Black Album.
- The sound quality of the CDs is quite good.
- The performances, especially James Hetfield's vocals and rhythm guitar, are searing.
- The DVD concerts are pretty well shot, if a little bit rough on the editing front. I'd always had reservations about getting this set because I was worried the concert footage would wear thin very quickly, but the band's fiery performances, the inventive staging (such as when Lars Ulrich runs across the stage in the middle of "The Four Horsemen" and jumps onto another kit at the other end) and multiple cameras helped make the viewing experience engaging.

The bad points:
- No booklet. I think they should have made the package a little bigger, a small boxed set, and included the booklet.
- The sound on the DVDs is horrible. I've never heard a professional music-DVD release with so many volume fluctuations and bad sound cuts. It's like listening to a live CD with the engineer whipping the faders up and down for no reason. The vocals are muddy, the lead guitar mixed too far back, and all of the tracks on the DVD sound like they have foam in front of the speakers.
- The format I'd bought, the double-CD case, is just not enough to hold five discs. They should have designed a special Digipak, or used three double-CD jewel cases.
- The live CD contains far, far too much crowd noise, banter and moments of waiting for the music. In a concert setting this might be okay, but as a listening experience, it's dreary to listen to a solid minute and a half of war sound effects before "One" can begin. They should have been more diligent with editing.
- No bonus materials. The videos from the Black Album, and especially the legendary music video for "One", would have made very enticing bonus materials for this set.

Despite its shortcomings, this was the last major official release from Metallica before it entered its bitterly contested 'Load/Reload' phase, so as a document of the band's history, this set is invaluable.

5-0 out of 5 stars Live WOW
A perfect chance to see Metallica at the height of their career. Hammering out classics like "Master of Puppets" and "Creeping Death", as well as fleshing out newer gems like "The Unforgiven" (rarely played since the Nowhere Else to Roam tour), Live Sh*t is the be-all and end-all of Metallica live albums. Rivaled probably only by S&M, the quality of songs on these music CDs and DVDs is nothing but astounding. Simply stated, an absolute must for a Metallica fan, or someone wanting to get into Metallica. Not recommended for casual fans for fear of serious "whiplash" (heh heh).

3-0 out of 5 stars From someone who had the originals...
Okay, so I just got done reading all 44 previous comments of this box set and I'm amazed that not a single person remembers Metallica's recording techniques when this originally came out. I owned (just sold it used) the original set that came with 3 VHS and yes, 4 CASSETTE tapes... I didn't have a CD player in my car yet, and hey, my girlfriend at the time gave it to me so I couldn't argue with the price.

Anyway, does nobody remeber the 'scandle'... the 'contraversy?' Yes, Metallica brought out all these production crews to capture the Mexico City, Seattle and San Diego performances. They did their job. BUT (and this is a big but to still call it a "LIVE" album), then Metallica took the raw tracks back to the studio and OVERDUBBED any and all flaws they could find. So to TRUELY call this a LIVE album is a lie. It's doctored.

Now with all of that said and done.... if they were willing to compramise it way back then, then WHY I ask, would they not touch it up that much more for 5.1 surround a decade later on the DVD?

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Set
This is worth 60 bucks. It has five discs. 3 cd's and 2 dvds. The whole collection is over 8 hours long. It has 177 minutes of music, a 200 minute concert and a 155 minute concert. How can you turn this offer down. I just dont get why the vhs set is 80 bucks and the dvd set is 60 bucks. Stick with what you want more cause its all good. ... Read more

6. Salival (Limited Edition)[CD & DVD]
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One disc of this deluxe two-disc set serves up 74 minutes (eight songs) of live material and outtakes; the other offers a DVD (in Surround 5.1) of Tool's four grotesquely artistic videos, plus the bonus clip, "Hush," from their 1992 Opiate EP. Although there's little that's new here, it's put together with as much intensity and attention to detail as the quartet's other releases. The musical high point is the driving but delicate take on "Pushit." It's also entertaining to hear singer Maynard James Keenan in a Neil Young kind of mood on "Lame." This elaborately packaged set is really just a reminder of how creative and powerful this hard rock group can be. --Janiss Garza ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars disappointed
Reading the rest of the reviews, I agree with most peoples assesment of tool-they are truly original and talented. However, most are obviously overexcited about finally getting something new from this band.

I was disappointed with this package. First, contrary to what some have said, I found the sound on the CD poor and muddy (and I played it on several systems so it wasn't my player). Next, don't be fooled by the unreleased "tracks." They are sketches at best, self-absored wanking at worst. Although I did like their version of "No Quarter," the other live tracks are ok. I've seen Tool live several times and believe me something is definitely lost in the translation.

But not all about the package is bad. The sound on the DVD is excellent, and the great videos are enhanced by the digital format. But be aware, for the price you only get about 25 minutes of music on the DVD. This could have been so much more, but I'm glad I own the videos. Unless you're a diehard fan, I suggest you wait for the new CD.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must for Tool fans
The DVD is awesome, and contains their videos for Sober, Prison Sex, Aenema, Stinkfist, and one I've never seen before for their song "Hush". The menus for the DVD aren't labeled, but are instead done very artistically, making browsing the DVD an experience in itself. I'm still hunting through it trying to figure out if there are any hidden items on the DVD disc. The CD is excellent as well, with some great live tracks of some favorites, and also contains some new studio tracks at the end: a cover of Led Zeppelin's "No Quarter", and another track "lamc" which seems to be another "joke" track like many found on Aenima, but then breaks into a hidden song at the very end which was a nice surprise. Over all, not much "new" music, but still a great Christmas gift for the Tool fan on your list.

5-0 out of 5 stars Life Altering, But $160 Used??????
Everybody knows that anything Maynard touches is gold, and that Salival is spectacular as are all Tool releases, but I cannot believe that some sellers have the audacity to ask for $160-$260 for this box set. I've never even paid $160 for Tool tickets, let alone a used box set of theirs. You're much better off trying your luck at Best Buy or a local used cd store, and I know for a fact that Barnes & Noble carries this box set in their stores for no more than $40 (I used to work there and sell this quite often!) I just had to share that with fellow Maynardologists, do not get sucked into buying this box set at such a ridiculous price!!

5-0 out of 5 stars tool what you think it could be bad
ok ok this isnt really an labum but it has alot of things for a tool fan to appreciate. it has a full video collection up through aenima. the cd half is totally bad it features live stuff that isnt liek the studio stuff and a song that is totally awesome and a cover of no quarter its just a suggestion but pick this one up

5-0 out of 5 stars Third eye opened - finaly a tool Video collection
This is what all Tool fans waited for - collection of their controversial and mostly banned we all know that tool like's to disturb their listeners and watchers their Videoclips are far from standards.videos like "Prison sex" or "sober" are really creepy and sometimes dissgusting...
really - a must have for every tool fan and a metal fan...
and there is a bonus CD - very interesting collection of Rare songs...there's a stunning performance of epic suite "Third eye" (sounding not much different from original, but still it is great),a different mix of "message to harry manback", rare live track "You lied" and many more....the hidden track "Lame" shows shows more calm face of the band - whole song sounds a bit like Led Zeppelin of 21 century...but the ending shows who really plays it.....
switch the dvd or cd on and float into the dark world of Tool... ... Read more

7. Strangers in the Night
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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best live Rock albums of all time
I bought the 8-track of this back in the day and played it constantly. At the time my 8-track was beginning to die and in doing so started eating away my tape collection, so I would just take the tapes back and have them replaced at the record store. I quickly gave up on replacing the rest of my collection but I must have replaced this tape 15 times. (Of course the number increases with time) It's simply one of my favorite albums of all time so now having a remastered version with 2 extra songs isn't going to change my mind. It captures UFO at their very peak. Michael Schenker has always been one of my favorite rock guitarists and I've always felt he's been somewhat overlooked. (Perhaps due to his attitude?) I was out to lunch as far as catching them live (even though I saw just about every other big act that year) but this is the next best thing. If you like UFO at all, this has to become part of your collection.

5-0 out of 5 stars SO GOOD IT'S SCARY
I wasn't a huge UFO fan back in the band's heyday, but when a friend introduced me to this album I finally learned what I was missing. This is probably in the top two if not #1 live hard rock album of all time. I've never heard a harder yet more melodic live album. Michael Schenker picks so fast and clean it's amazing. The songs are top-notch, incredible tunes. Anyone who isn't familiar with this great band should check this out - they will be blown away.

5-0 out of 5 stars This CD is Unbelievable!
This has always been a classic UFO album, the band is in top form here. I have the vinyl album of Strangers in the Night. I am NO audiophile by any means, but I will say this: whatever they did to this Remastered Strangers in the Night CD, completely surpasses the vinyl in every way possible, and most of the other CDs I own. Why? I don't know. Quite frankly, this CD sounds as if it could have been recorded in 2004. I'm not exaggerating, it's that good. You can hear every single note clearly played by Schenker & Mogg's vocals are very clear as well. The Bass & Drums come through perfectly. I bought this CD several years ago now, and find I listen to it quite often. I would highly recommend this for anyone interested in UFO & Michael Schenker's guitar work.

5-0 out of 5 stars the best live record by ufo
this record highlights schenker and mogg and the
rest of the band as one of the greatist live concerts
that you could ever hear from the late 70's,they were
at there peak,great record.

5-0 out of 5 stars Impressive
I bought this cd because UFO were a major influence on Iron Maiden. I wasn't sure what I was going to get and was pleasently blown away! These guys rock. It doesn't matter what style of rock'n'roll you like because these cats transcend all styles. They are just pure, straight forward rockers. ... Read more

8. Jane's Addiction
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It may have taken until 1991 for punk to break as a commercial form, but the genre was hardly new. In that story, even Jane's Addiction were latecomers to the revolution. But it was the frenzied trailblazing rock of this quirky Los Angeles quartet that made the later successes of Nirvana, etc. somehow inevitable. In this recording of a hometown club gig, Jane's offer raw versions of songs that would appear in a more refined form on their debut album, along with a dubious cover of "Sympathy for the Devil." Hear a noticeably younger and shriller Perry Farrell while guitarist Dave Navarro plays out his Jimmy Page dreams across a punk canvas the rest of the world would soon discover. --Steve Appleford ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars incredible promise
The band Jane's Addiction is one of the most important bands in the last twenty years of music. They brought rock and roll back to a music scene dominated by pop acts. This is their debut indie release. It documents their early life on the streets of Los Angeles. A series of live cuts including covers of the Rolling Stones "Sympathy for the Devil" and Lou Reed's "My Time." Not on the level of their follow up classic albums "Nothing's Shocking" and "Ritual de lo Habitual" this self titled album offers an early look at what will become one of the greatest bands of our time. An early version of the now-classic "Jane Says" and "Chip Away" are the best songs on this album.

4-0 out of 5 stars Ear-blowing
Jane's Addiction is the only band I know who released a live debut album. Any other band would run too great a risk doing that. Not Jane's. They already had an incredible live reputation by 1987.

Particularly the first 5 songs on this live CD prove how good Jane's Addiction already were back then. The interplay of Perry's echoed vocals and Dave's juicy, voluminous guitar playing cause an eargasm, no more no less.
Compared to the band's 1988 studio debut "Nothing's Shocking", however, this is just an embryo. Later, as we know, it would grow into a voluptuous, beautiful girl.

Not every song works as well as the opener "Trip away" or the conscious, street-smart "Whores" and "1%". The covers of "Sympathy for the devil" by Rolling Stones and "Rock'n'roll" by Lou Reed don't leave any impression- these songs were only played for this record and didn't belong to the band's repertoire.

This album features 2 early versions of Jane's Addiction classics "Jane says" and "Pigs in zen", the best song ever written about pigs with a spoken part not featured on "Nothing's Shocking": "The pig is led to the slaughter/This he says is the price some pay for a simple life". Perry's lyrics- deep and insightful as on any Jane's Addiction album.

4 recommending stars for this ear-blowing live disc

4-0 out of 5 stars Shockingly good.
Their other albums might have gotten more attention, but this debut from "Jane's Addiction" is just as good as the next two. In some ways it's better. The big difference is that this is live, and has a much more raw feel, and captures their sound before they got more popular. A much younger "Perry Farrell" adds alot to the music with his unique voice, and "Dave Navarro" plays guitar better than he possibly does today. Plus some absolute classic songs are on here, like "Trip Away", "Whores", "I Would For You", "My Time", and of course "Jane Says". There's also great covers of the "Stones" and "Velvet Underground". Anyone new to this should be greatly impressed, and any major fan will find this as essential as any other album.

5-0 out of 5 stars Own this Album
For a live album, this disc is incredibly crisp & audible. You can hear the energy of the band and can't help but jam out. The tracks are a lot of fun... I particulary like the cover of the Rolling Stones' SYMPATHY. Not to mention, TRIP AWAY is a great rolling tribal beat that is easy to get lost in... awesome!

4-0 out of 5 stars Bringing back the medicine train...
Probably the most incisive thing ever said about Jane's was a comment my brother made, just after we got out of one of their early gigs. Something along the lines of (my paraphrasing):

"You know, people make such a big deal about the hype, and the "new Led Zeppelin" thing that they forget the band just seems like four guys that want to play music."

Here's the proof. A no-frills, underproduced live album made up of some early "Nothing's Shocking" material, a few covers ("Sympathy For The Devil"; average--Lou Reed's "Rock&Roll"; quite good), and some all-around great pop tunes ("My Time", "I Would For You").

I'm not going to say I was there since the beginning; like most of us, I began with "Ritual..." and made my way back. And in this case, the search is worth the time spent on it. Disregard, however, the "Live 1986" album which is poorly recorded. ... Read more

9. Live Era: '87-'93
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Guns N' Roses' career could be neatly summed up in a lyric from their song "Pretty Tied Up": "I just found a million dollars that someone else forgot." Indeed, GNR satisfied a grassroots public hunger for bigger-than-life hard rock at a time when legions of alternative bands were enjoying their first burst of overweening critical attention and commercial cachet. The last and most spectacularly successful band to prosper from Hollywood's burgeoning 1980s Sunset Strip glam-metal scene wrapped a couple decade's worth of sometimes tired clichés around a tight, assaultive musical attack that enticed millions yearning for poor role models. And if their edgy songs often blurred fantasy and reality, the best of them had a street-level honesty that couldn't be denied. A de facto greatest-hits collection culled from performances recorded around the world, Live Era best documents the early, ferocious performing prime of GNR's original quintet on its first disc, leaning heavily on their landmark Appetite for Destruction album to great effect.But the second volume often chronicles the band's steady decline into bloated self-parody and neo-Vegas "professionalism." This band needs a horn section like Slash needs another drink! --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars great appetite
This is a great live album. Some tunes sound incredibly good,as good or even better than the studio versions, like nightrain, Mr. Brownstone, welcome to the jungle, my michelle, you're crazy, pretty tied up, move to the city, roquet queen, estranged and paradise city. As you can see, with the exception of pretty tied up, all old material, leading to the conclusion that the former Guns, specially Axl, performed better in the old days." Patience" and " Don'T cry" , specially in the part that Axl raises his voice, demand your " ear patience" and deserved something better because are great songs. The great dissapointment, however, is Sweet child o`mine.Axl`s voice sound as bad as in regular concerts and it makes you wonder how the worst live recordings of this great song might be if the best is this, included on the " Live Era". " You could be mine" could be better too. Apart from these details it's a great CD and if you like hard rock, a priority.

3-0 out of 5 stars Like most live albums, only for the hardcore fans.
Guns n Roses were certainly a tricky bunch to pinpoint. Theybegan as one of the highlighted blues-rock Aerosmith disciples of thelate 80's, then, within the space of 3 years, succeeded in turning into a perfect blend of Elton John / Queen excess and firmly rooted hard rock. The main reason for all the electicism in the band, however, was Axl Rose and Izzy Stradlin's creative tension that ultimately destroyed them. Live Era is the last remnant from the Gunner's era, and it's not the highlight people make it out to be. Instead of focusing on prime Appetite for Destruction era performances, the band chose to concentrate their recordings on their later days, when Axl's voice was shot and they liked to do silly things like throw in a horn section during 'Move to the City' or give Dizzy Reed solos while shafting Slash and Izzy. Some of these songs hit the spot perfectly. Rocket Queen, Welcome to the Jungle, November Rain, Estranged, and a few others are perfectly executed, (albeit studio enchancement can be detected.) whilst songs like Paradise City, Knockin on Heaven's Door, Dust and Bones, and Used to Love Her are rendered into parodic jokes because of Axl's shot vocals and the band's occasional flat sound. When Axl cries 'Gimmie some Reggae!' during Knockin on Heaven's Door, one can't help but laugh. Live Era has it's bright spots but there's nothing here that's superior to the studio recordings, and there's way too much overindulgence. Like most live albums, this one's for the die hard gunners. END

4-0 out of 5 stars Awesome live G N'R, must have for fans
Live Era is a fantastic collection of live Guns N' Roses tracks. "Recorded across the universe between 1987 and 1993" as the booklet says, it presents a pretty awesome portrait of the band as a live act. For those of us who were too young to catch G N'R in their prime, this set is most welcome. The song list is great, just about any Guns song you most want to hear live is included. Every track from Appetite For Destruction except for two ("Think About You" and "Anything Goes") are performed on this CD, as well as some of the best tracks from Use Your Illusion. "Patience", "Used To Love Her" and "Move To The City" from G N' R Lies are here and a cover of Black Sabbath's piano-based "It's Alright".

The performances are high energy and hard rocking. Axl is in good voice (most of the time), Slash plays with his usual intensity, Izzy (sometimes Gilby Clarke) provides the solid rhythm guitar and Duff and Steven/Matt anchor the band very well. The only problem really is the fact that the performance dates and locations are not listed, so what performances these are is anybody's guess. Still, it's great stuff and should be welcome in any rock fan's collection.

Guns N' Roses was an electrifying hard rock band and these two discs give us a glimpse of what this rock behemoth sounded like at the peak of their power. Hopefully more live performances will be released from the vaults in the future. As the success of the recent Greatest Hits collection shows, the world is hungry for more Guns N' Roses.

5-0 out of 5 stars Yesterdays
While this double cd set may be a said memory of a band that imploded under pressure, it is also a thrill ride, hightlighting a band that dominated their time. While it was recorded across the world, geffen did a great job of making it feel like one big show.

Disc 1 kicks off with Nightrain, a fast, adrenaline rush thatwill get you jumping around the house. Next comes a AFD classic, Mr. Brownstone. Its an average version of the song, but the highlight is the 2 minute soundclip of Axl trying to get the crowd to back up after the song. Next comes another AFD classic, Its so Easy, which is a thumping reminder of the bands past. Next comes the
GnR trademark song, Welcome to the Jungle, featuring a heart pounding intro by Axl. Next comes a underrated song sung by Izzy, Dust n Bones, which is by far better than the recording. Next comes the song My Michelle which on record was a dark song, but live seemed not quite so intimidating. Then you get You're Crazy which features a monotone sounding Axl. After that you get one of Gnr's most controversial songs, Used to Love Her, with a funny yet disturbing intro. Then comes the only Lies hit, Patience, with a very excited crowd that sings along louder than Axl. Next is It's Alright as an okay intro to the monster hit, November Rain, which ends CD 1 on a nice note.

Disc 2 starts with a boring version of Out Ta Get Me, then a better than recording version of the ever ironic song, Pretty Tied Up. Next is the happy song, Yesterdays. Then you get the low point of the set, Move to the City, which includes a 5 minute solo section by the unecessary horn section. After that the rest of the cd is amazing, which is the reason of my rating. You get You Could Be Mine, Rocket Queen, Sweet Child O' Mine, Knockin on Heavens Door, Dont Cry, Estranged and Paradise City.

While disc 1 is aimed for the hardcore fan that knows the songs that werent hits, disc 2 is aimed for everyone with a run of monster hits. Any Gnr fan, hardcore or casual should definetely pick up this set, which hightlights the last great rock band, Guns N' Roses.

5-0 out of 5 stars First Guns 'n' Roses album I ever owned!
As I wasn't able to locate "Appetite for Destruction" right away, this was the first GnR album that I ever purchased. I plan to buy more of their albums in the future. There are only three minor downsides to this album: not all the recordings were from one show, it doesn't tell you where and when each song was recorded, and the live version of "Paradise City" disappointed me. But those are minor annoyances compared to the quality of the music on the rest of the album. My favorite recording on the album is "Move to the City". I like the way the band strayed from their original sound in that song so that they could give it a jazzy sound. I thought that was really cool. Next time you're listening to this album, listen to "Move to the City" again. When it gets to the second saxophone solo, listen to that solo very closely. To me, the first part of that solo sounds like the melody that the Scarecrow, the Tin-man and the Lion sang in "The Wizard of Oz". Does it not sound that way to you? If it does, then please reply to me on this site. I would be interested to know if the first part of that solo was indeed inspired by the melody from that song that the three characters mentioned above sang in "The Wizard of Oz". ... Read more

10. Foghat Live
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3-0 out of 5 stars good, basic hard rock live album
Foghat was one of those hard working bands that made good, basic rock music. Live always seemed a step better than studio, capturing the good time, blues-ey feel of the band. This album captures one of those moments. The songs are simple, boogie influenced, guitar showcases, featuring the slide work of rod "the bottle" price. "Fool for the City" is great opener diving right into the show with foot stompin' road song. "Home in my Hand" carries on nicely, leading into a collection of burner blues songs. Particularly outstanding is "Honey Hush" that rises into a scorching guitar duel that ends by feeding directly into a nicely drawn-out version of the band's almost anthem, "Slow Ride." This live version boils with price playing faster and faster until you wonder if he's going to melt the strings. While this album doesn't push the envelope like earlier blues rock bands (e.g. cream or hendrix) and it doesn't even attempt the braininess of other mid-seventies acts (e.g. yes or elp), it sure does make you tap your feet and smile!

5-0 out of 5 stars Should've been a double album
FOGHAT LIVE is perhaps one of the best live albums of its day. Powerful, super-charged rock with a Stadium fel to it. Recorded at the War Memorial in Rochester, this album portrays Foghat in their heyday; at their height. Six wonderful blues rock songs with some of the very best slide guitar ever recorded from Rod Price. Lonesome Dave's vocals are on the merk this night, not to mention the incredible rythym section of Roger Earl and Craig McGregor. Any rock fan should get this album. There's no question as to why this went double platinum upon its release. The only problem is that it's only six songs, about 43 minutes worth. This really should have been a double album, and I want to believe that there were more songs recorded on this tour that would make up a wonderful re-release on the complete concert. Wouldn't that be special. The production is awesome, the performance flawless. GET THIS CD!!! RIP LONESOME DAVE.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Live Record From A Great 70s Metal Band
It is said that the live discs from Kiss, Skynyrd, Seger, the Outlaws, UFO, Ted Nugent, Deep Purple, and Foghat are the ultimate in live 70s rock. This album features a hot band before a live audience, and they really tear it up on stage. This should be one of the first Foghat albums you buy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best Live Recording
As a drummer, I must say that this is the classic live recording ever for good ol' rock n'roll. Roger Earle's bass drum work on Slow Ride is legendary...single BD too! I heard Slow Ride on a Seinfeld episode when Elaine was waking up...great! I ran to my LP and got reacquainted with this classic. Listen to it as you drive to work...your going to have a great day!

4-0 out of 5 stars Rocks
This is my favorite Live album. "Fool for the City", "Home in my Hand", and "I Just Want to...." actually sound the best here, live. That is the first side, I'm still listening to it. All three of these songs sound better than the studio version and it's some of the best lead guitar you'll ever here. ... Read more

11. Live After Death
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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest Iron Maiden & live Metal albums ever
This is, without a doubt, Iron Maiden at their peak. The recording is great and the song selection is excellent, too, although the setlist is heavy with tracks from Maiden's three albums prior to this one (Number of the Beast, Piece Of Mind, and Powerslave) and pretty light on the ones before that (only 3 songs from the debut album and one from Killers). Still, the performances are awesome, and its cool to hear songs that they probably haven't performed live in years, like Revelations, Rime of the Ancient Mariner, and Powerslave. Anyone who has the original Capital Records version of this disc and is still a fan of it is best replacing that version with this, since that version contains only the first disc of this 2 disc set, so you're missing out on more great tunes like Phantom of the Opera and Wrathchild (which were on the original vinyl and cassette versions of Live After Death; I can't imagine why Capital left them off the CD). Iron Maiden was never better than this. The next couple of releases that followed were pretty good, but the band started to slide once guitarist Adrian Smith left, and they really fell off once vocalist Bruce Dickinson departed. The line up changes, combined with changing tastes and styles in the metal community really left the band hurting. Still, you can't disregard the quality of this album. A must for any Maiden fan and any fan of early eighties metal before thrash and glam took over and split up the scene.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best Maiden's live album
Great songs, great performance, great stereophonic sound, I had that album in Vinyl in 85 and still rocks!!! =)

Im still waiting for the DVD...

5-0 out of 5 stars The best live album out there! Get it now
First of all... let me just say that double CDs in one package rule!!! LAD was Iron Maiden's longest tour ever!(almost a year)
Now, I really don't have much to say about this album except that any Iron Maiden fan who doesn't own this album is worthless. Every Maiden fan should wake up everyday realizing that they got the greatest live album by Iron Maiden. The tracks on this album were unbelievable, the second CD is crammed with old classics from the Di'Anno era. That's great because I haven't heard much Di'Anno songs live. Take my advice, get this CD while you can or admit to the fact that your a worthless Maiden fan.

I realize that I'm being a little meaner than in my past reviews, sorry! I just got Live After Death and well, I don't know what we Maiden fans would do without this album.

Up The Irons!

5-0 out of 5 stars Live and Powerful
I can review this quite simply by saying that a friend of mine who is a muscian and into all sorts of music has said "This recording ruined a lot of concerts/live recordings for me". He would go to shows or buy live recordings and be let down by the lack of energy, or the band sounding totally different live. I feel this is the standard for live recordings for metal bands, thought not perfect it is an excellent addition into any Maiden fans collection. It's hard to believe how big Iron Maiden was back then without any radio air play in the US, and yet they sold out show after show in the largest arenas. I feel LAD captures everything that propelled Maiden to the top.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest live metal albums ever.
British metal is my favorite metal subgenre, and Iron Maiden remains not only my favorite Brit metal band, but one of my overall favorite metal bands, period. And "Live After Death" is one of the greatest live albums ever by a metal band. The band hit on all cylinders when they recorded LAD, and Dickinson is one of metal's all-time great vocalists. Some of my favorite cuts include "Aces High," "Trooper," "Powerslave," "Phantom of the Opera," "Run to the Hills" and the epic masterpiece "Rime of the Ancient Mariner." Two decades later, this live set still kicks major (backside). "Live After Death" is a great introduction for someone just getting started into Iron Maiden, or British metal in general. ... Read more

12. Alive!
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The fact that Alive! is arguably Kiss's best album highlights the fact that they are performers first, musicians second. There's nothing wrong with that, especially when a live album sounds this good. Stuffed to bursting with classic tracks, Alive!, originally released in 1975, is a classic metal album. "Deuce," "Strutter," "Hotter than Hell," "Black Diamond," "100,000 Years," and especially "Rock and Roll All Nite" (probably the most well-known party song in existence)--they're all here, and wonder of wonders, they still sound fresh after all these years. The success of Kiss's 1996 tour shows that they've still got plenty of fans; Alive! is one album no Kiss fan should be without. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars My Introduction to Rock 'N Roll
When I was 5, my dad played this record for me on vinyl to get me into rock early, but I was most enamored by their painted faces and zany costumes. I have heard the record so many times and bought the original recording on CD and eventually bought the remastered. The music rocks out! It takes the highlights of Kiss' first three albums and just makes each version faster, which alone made Kiss a much better live band than on albums

I'll rate the songs:

Deuce- 5/5- Killer intro song that gets you pumped up
Strutter- 4.5/5- Classic Kiss sound
Got To Choose- 4.5/5- The chorus is very catchy
Hotter Than Hell- 4/5- I could always do without this song for some reason on the record
Firehouse- 4.5/5- Who doesn't love the siren at the end of the song?
Nothin' To Lose- 4.5/5- Solid Kiss number, I believe Ace sings here
C'Mon and Love Me- 3.5/5- One of the lesser songs
Parasite- 4.5/5- The most underrated track, by far, it rocks
She- 5/5- Unbelievable transfer from the actual song to a killer guitar solo
Watchin' You- 4.5/5- Catchy tune
100,000 Years- 5/5- PETER CRISS DRUM SOLO!!
Black Diamond- 5/5- Great Ace solo, great fireworks, and great transfer from soft to hard rock
Rock Bottom- 4/5- I wish the band could have extended this cut longer than it was
Cold Gin- 4.5/5- Great Guitar work, as always, by Ace
Rock and Roll All Nite- 5/5- This is better than the original
Let Me Go, Rock 'N' Roll- 5/5- My entirely favorite tune on the disc

After 12 years, I still love this record most above all and Kiss above all...Hope their tour with Aerosmith is nothing short of incredible

5-0 out of 5 stars Alive! is the best live album of all-time!
This is the album that broke KISS and made them a household name. With quadruple platinum sales, Alive! sold more copies than anyone ever dreamed! Heralded by many as the best live album of all time, Rock and Roll All Nite (Live) was released as a single and the album began selling like mad. Deuce opens Alive! with an energy that surpasses the original version on KISS. Deuce sets the pace for a fantastic hour-and-a-half of KISS at their best: LIVE! Firehouse whips up the crowd with the siren wailing at the end of the track; Parasite has never sounded rawer; and 100,000 Years allows Peter's drumming to shine. She gets a real kick in the ass having the end riff of Let Me Know tagged on, coupled with Ace's ripping solo. Paul's narrative and Peter's percussion gets the crowd whipped up for Cold Gin and it's a real hoot to revel in its 70's cheesiness. Closing with Let Me Go, Rock N Roll, Alive! leaves the listener wanting to hit rewind/repeat on his or her stereo to start all over again. I'm not usually a fan of live albums but Alive! stands heads above the rest.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing Alive!
This is truly one of the definitive rock albums of the 70's. It's ironic of rme because I didn't discover it until the 90's, but I liked it so much because it just rocked. I was over the KISS fanaticism, and loved this album for its energy and its excitement. Songs that didn't become singles like "She" & "Parasite" are incredible rockers. I also love Paul's banter with the audience; I can't imagine someone doing it better. If you truly love guitar based rock and roll, then this song will deliver for you, song after song. Let me go, rock 'n roll, indeed.

5-0 out of 5 stars The album that immortalized KISS
KISS' fourth album and first live album entitled Alive! was released in September of 1975. The first three albums were slow sellers with each album doing better than the previous. Alive!, however became the first top ten album KISS made which reached #8 and remained on the charts. Depends on who you believe, Alive wen quadruple platinum sales (4 Million) according to the band, but is still only at Gold according to the RIAA(KISS may be exaggerating the sales maybe?). Alive! was the band's first album where they worked with producer Eddie Kramer whom worked with legends like The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Led Zeppelin. Kramer would go on to produce three more seminal KISS albums from their peak era in the 1970s and then would produce guiatrist Ace Frehley's '78 solo album (he also worked on most of Ace's solo output in the 80s). Alive completed the original contract that KISS had signed with Casablanca Records. Since the first three albums weren't successful upon release(despite charting higher and higher), Alive! had to either be a hit or else. The album was recorded from shows in 1975 from Detroit, Ohio and New Jersey. It wasn't until VH1's special last year that the band members have also admitted that the whole album was doctored (overdubbing of vocals and instruments). Some fans have turned awy because of this controversy but some don't care. They didn't have the technology to splice in bits from shows to fix the problems back in 1975 so re-recording was the only route. I first got this album on cassette in October of 1988 but the songs were way off sequence. I then got the CD in October of 1993 but the sound stunk. The 1997 remaster is the best of the versions out there. From the opening Deuce to the closing Let Me Go Rock and Roll, you are in for a ride. Among the highlights are Hotter Than Hell, Firehouse, She(with Ace's guitar solo), Black Diamond, 100000 Years(with Peter's drum solo), Cold Gin with Paul's stage banter and the Top 20 hit Rock and Roll All Night. This live album is still a classic despite some of the phase sounds date it slightly. Otherwise, highly recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!!
In 1974 Kiss had a little bit of a problem. They could fill an arena and put on a great show, but still their albums were barely selling. They solved that with this album. This album captures some of the raw energy that is displayed when kiss plays live, and managed to sell 4 million copies. It took Kiss from being an average band to being a household name. This album shows the band in thier prime, and still sounds good today.
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13. Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium
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4-0 out of 5 stars What every Rage fan wants
I am a big live album junkie, and a concert document of Rage Against The Machine has long been on my wish list. I've never had the pleasure of seeing the greatest band of the 90's in concert- in fact, I didn't even become a fan of theirs until after their breakup- so Live At The Grand Olympic Auditorium will have to do. And it doesn't disappoint.

I agree somewhat with the reviewers who said the mix is muddy- it is, on some tracks. Tim C's bass is noticeably high in the mix, but never ruins any of the songs. "Sleep Now In The Fire" comes to mind as a good example of a time where it almost does- the bass is just absolutely *exploding* through, sometimes overshadowing Tom Morello's guitar riff- but doesn't mar his solo (more forceful and passionate than the by-the-numbers studio version, I might add) at all.

The songs are mostly performed very raw and powerful. And while none of the songs' running times deviate drastically from their studio counterparts, they aren't just copies of the CD versions. The aforementioned "Sleep..." has a great vocal performance by Zach de la Rocha, coming across almost spoken-word. He also performs Maynard James Keenan's part on "Know Your Enemy," which absolutely ruined the studio version for me (otherwise it's a fantastic song).

The setlist is good, although it's pretty much a "greatest-hits in concert" collection (Rage did have awesome singles though, didn't they?). Opening a concert with your biggest hit ("Bulls On Parade" in this case) is only something that the best artists can do successfully.

I would have loved a live recording of my favorite song of theirs, "Township Rebellion," but oh well. And "Renegades Of Funk," one of their two or three best singles, is missed (although I don't even think they ever performed that song live, so you can't blame them).

Overall a must-have for any Rage fan, or really any other person who wants a greatest-hits collection for the best band of the 90's.

Oh, and Audioslave rocks.

5-0 out of 5 stars RAGE'S BEST YET!!!!!!!!!
When i found out Rage Against The Machine broke up three years ago, i was pretty disappointed. I loved their music, but at least they ended on a good album, Renegades. Earlier this month i was on Rage's official site for the first time in about a year. As i scrolled down the screen i saw something new! "Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium" I was very excited! This is a recording of Rage's last two nights together as a band. Once again they proved they were one of the most creative and politically active bands to ever hit the stage. They also porve they're the most powerful bands of the last decade. Not only is Rage a great band, but they're at their best live! So i decided to buy this CD the day it came out. I did and i was not disappointed! This CD is everything i expected and more. If you'd like to hear one of the greatest rock bands ever, then pick up this CD or one of their earlier ones. If you don't like rock much, i'd still recommend you check Rage out. Or if you like a much softer version of Rage then listen to Audioslave, Rage's sister band.
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1 Bulls On Parade
2 Bullet In The Head
3 Born Of A Broken Man
4 Killing In The Name
5 Calm Like A Bomb
6 Testify
7 Bombtrack
8 War Within A Breath
9 I'm Housin'
10 Sleep Now In The Fire
11 People Of The Sun
12 Guerrilla Radio
13 Kick Out The Jams
14 Know Your Enemy
15 No Shelter
16 Freedom

5-0 out of 5 stars Flawless, absolutly flawless
First of all, this cd kicks majorly! Some don't think the sound is good, and I'll give 'em that one. But, its still one of the best dang live recordings out there. No one matches the rage and energy as Rage does. It was absolutlye beuatifull. The only two beafs to this wunderfull cd is that whoever mixed needs to have thier head rearagened. I hope the band had nothin' to do with this, for one reaseon.(two really) One is where the hell is "How I could just kill a man?" That song was wild! B-Real and Sen Dog actually came out and preformed it with them! It was dope yall. The other only problem I could'nt ignore was that they copletly took out Zack's rantings! I mean what the heck man?!?!?!? I wanna hear him discuss these things. You can hear and see 'em on the dvd though, but still. Other than that, it was a great cd full of energy and an overall great preformence

5-0 out of 5 stars Rediscovering Rage
When Rage Against The Machine disbanded in 2000, they left behind a mere four studio albums and a massive fanbase that was thirsty for more material. Well, luckily for us, their last two concerts were recorded and edited into one disc for all of us fans to feast on. Recorded on September 12 & 13 of 2000 in Los Angeles, CA, 'Live At The Grand Olympic Auditorium' is a snapshot of Rage in their best form: performing live. Although I never got to see them live (they barely toured to begin with), this disc serves as the next best thing. All of the intensity and integrity of Rage's music translates well onto this disc. The collection almost serves as a "Best Of..." compilation as well, as all the classic cuts are here, along with a few covers & rarities. It's hard to imagine any fans being displeased with the package. The standout performances to me would be the powerhouse opener "Bulls On Parade," "Calm Like A Bomb" (come on, we were itching for a live version of this), "Know Your Enemy," "No Shelter," "Guerrilla Radio," "Freedom," and "Born Of A Broken Man." The disc as a whole is superb; as odd as it is, I think this is their second best recording (their self-titled being their best), which is just a testament to how well they hold up live and how their music stands the test of time. One of those bands that you never really fully appreciate until they are gone.

5-0 out of 5 stars one last glimps...
I truley belive rages best days where ahead of them befor zack unexpectedly called it quits. This album is rages last two performances ever, and boy it is a killer. They defenetly went out with a bang and even tho I love this record, It sucks knowing this is the last thing to ever be realesd by the greatest band of the 90s. ... Read more

14. Five Man Acoustical Jam
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5-0 out of 5 stars The ORIGINAL unplugged album
One of the more annoying trends of the early '90's (along with the dominance of grunge) was to have artists "unplug" their music and show a more "sensitive" side to things. It was so contrived and unspontaneous that it became downright tedious. However, before any of that happened, one of the greatest, most underrated hard rock bands in history decided to unplug--and did so with great success. This album is anything but contrived, and despite it's unplugged nature is still quite rocking. I was instantly blown away when I heard the opening track "Comin' Attcha Live" break into "Truckin'" (and I'm not even a Grateful Dead fan). Same thing when "We Can Work It Out"--a great Beatles' cover--turns into the classic "Signs", which Tesla has made a legendary hit of their own. It is remarkable to hear the way such songs as "Before My Eyes" and "Paradise" came across accoustically as compared to their electronic counterparts. Just an incredibly spirited performance from a band that has always done it right. Now, 11 years after this release, I look forward to an electric double-CD set from this band that will be out soon. Tesla is indeed back together! For me, they never truly went away, with masterpieces such as this.

5-0 out of 5 stars An awesome acoustic-rock album !!!
This cd is awesome. Tesla recorded this live acoustic before the beginning of the show "MTV unplugged" but it's in the same spirit. "five man acoustic jam" is for me the best of Tesla. the versions of "the way it is", "before my eyes", "paradise", "love song" and "modern day cowboy" are among the best acoustic-rock songs ever. Frank Hanon plays the kind of guitar-solos you want to listen 5 times in a row (at least!!!)... conclusion, if you like rock and acoustic guitar, you can't go wrong with that album...

5-0 out of 5 stars Tesla Fever
One of the Best Live Albums out there ! A must have for your collection .

3-0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Without Big Pretension.
Recorded at Trocadero Club in Philladelphia on July 2 1990, Five Man Acoustical Jam is - from my personal point of view- a precursor and probably the musical idea that generated the "unplugged" concept which would be developed by you know who shortly afterwards.
Tesla delivers an acoustical set, if not brilliant, adequate and well performed. The best tracks are the obvious hits "Modern Day Cowboy" and "Love Song". Due to the lack of musical background - at that time- of the band, Tesla intelligently supports the show with pleasant acoustic versions of rock classics such as the Rolling Stones' "Mother Little Helper", CCR's "Lodi" and prominently "Signs" originally recorded by the obscure act Five Man Electrical Band which became the album's major hit.
Five Man Acoustical Jam in short, is an enjoyable record without big pretension. The ideal CD to listen to on any given hot summer afternoon with a cold six pack next to your favorite couch.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of my top live albums of all time
The first time I listened to this album I was surprised at the audacity of a hard rock band releasing an acustic album. At the time it almost sounded classical to me (consider that at the time, Poison and Warrant were the coolest). It effectively expanded my musical horizons. Tesla is one of the most underrated bands ever, both Tommy Skeoh and Frankie Hannon are amazing and talented guitar players, their rythm section and vocals are top notch. The song selection is excellent, mixing both some of their best songs and classics from other bands like the G. Dead and the Beatles. Do yourself a favor, get both the CD AND the video. In the video you'll get an extra song plus an extended acustic guitar solo before Love Song (probably their biggest hit). Plus you'll get to figure out what they're talking about in between songs. ... Read more

15. One Wild Night: Live 1985-2001
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One Wild Night? Well, that's not strictly true, as this live album was recorded at Bon Jovi concerts spanning three decades. But why be pedantic when the result is a live album that effectively doubles as a greatest-hits collection? Bon Jovi's songs are tailor-made for stadiums and arenas, and, from classic fist-in-the-air rockers ("Livin' on a Prayer," "Bad Medicine," "You Give Love a Bad Name," "Runaway") to lighters-in-the-air numbers ("Keep the Faith," "Wanted Dead or Alive," "Something to Believe In"), the choices are suitably larger than life. The career-reviving single "It's My Life" sounds right at home, as do great covers of Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World" (recorded, appropriately enough, in Johannesburg in 1995) and the Boomtown Rats' "I Don't Like Mondays" (performed with Sir Bob Geldof). --Robert Burrow ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Party CD With All Invited
The 80's were a time of big hair, cool songs, and loads of fun. The 90's were a time of depression and deep thought. The new century, thus far, has seemed to be heading a little bit back to the 80's mentality and who better to usher in the new millennium of rock music than Bon Jovi?

Arguably the greatest Rock band of all time, personally my 6th favorite band, Bon Jovi released "One Wild Night' a compilation of the band's greatest hits performed live since 1985 in various different locations. One Wild Night, a cool song off their most recent album "Crush," serves as the title and I have to say that this is going right next to my set of party rock CD's next to ACDC Live, the KISS Alive set, and Poison's Power to the People. It is, without question, one of the better CD's of my collection which is not what I expected it to be.

It's a party CD. Plain and simple, it's not necessarily basic pop, it's not necessarily dance music, it's just a feel good, shake your bootie, bang your head good time. Though track 1 is "It's My Life," which I never really found too musically appealing live as I think the guitar should be used more prominently in the song as it does sound hard rock, not like it ended up sounding. The rest of the album is a giant rock and roll party. They take songs like Keep the Faith, which I never was a big fan of, and turn it into an incredible melody of blazing guitar and energetic chorus. Also, Rockin' in the Free World is something to keep your eyes open for.

Topping it all off is the one and only studio song on the album called One Wild Night 2001. Though the original One Wild Night came out in 2000 and was a hard ACDC meets Ricki Martin type dance song, this version drops the Ricki Martin aspect (which I applaud) and brings in more of the older Bon Jovi sound to create a "hair metal" sound that quite honestly makes me wonder how anyone could ever laugh at bands like Poison and Motley Crue, whom I've never turned my back upon and never will. All in all, Bon Jovi has gained my faith once again after a fairly unsavory review that I gave to Crush (though I think it's better than the boy band music out today by leaps and bounds). This is everything you'll ever need if you're a Bon Jovi fan, and all you'll need to become one.

2-0 out of 5 stars Fan's we love others will hate
okay i'll cut the crap i'm a die hard bj fan so this album was such an exitment for me when i recieved the album i wonderd what classics will be on this? i was saddended to see no,always,bed of roses,blaze of glory,lay your hands on me,in these arms born to be my baby,hey god,i'll be there for you,and many more but instead i was faced with,bob geldof with the rendition of ''i don't like mondays'''!why. This was on a previous album so was rockin in the free world,to madden me more bad medicine was cut at the end! why!? bon jovi are the best live act around and they produce this!an album that left me queesy because it let us down it let bj down. If you buy this and think this is what bj sound like live than your wrong this album was cheap and tatty and that's hard for me to say but i still stuck on the old classic's like bad name and keep the faith.But a word of warning you are not buying a bj live experience your buying a studio album which is produced and produced again.I blame the record company!

2-0 out of 5 stars Not Wild Enough - and not good enough
On the surface Bon Jovi's "One Wild Night" seems like a great concept. For starters, it's a long awaited Bon Jovi album. The concept seems interesting - it isn't really a live album from one night's worth of performance, but rather a compilation of 16 years of Bon Jovi's live performances (The title "One Wild Night" actually refers to a new studio track that is included with the CD). Although there are some good points, from an overall CD standpoint the concept doesn't work very well and this album is a disappointment.

By having a compilation of live songs as opposed to a live concert, the flow is disrupted. A complete concert flow would have added a better touch and give the listener an opportunity to hear the CD as if it were concert as well as get a better Bon Jovi experience. As for the songs themselves, one would expect a very high energy level with the performances. After all - this is Bon Jovi and the album is "One Wild Night". I never get the impression of a "party" on stage at any point on this collection. Songs such as "Livin on a Prayer", "You Give Love a Bad Name", and "Bad Medicine" are just extremely weak when comparing them to the studio versions. It just seemed like the "A" game was missing when these songs were performed. I would consider Bon Jovi's peak period in 1986-1990 (i.e. the "Slippery When Wet" and "New Jersey" albums), yet there are no live performances from this period. That is a shame, because we probably would have gotten a glimpse of Bon Jovi during their heyday. Instead we get the many of the performances from 1995 and 2000 - doesn't make much sense. The songs don't seem ordered very well either. I don't think "It's My Life" is enough of a classic to open up a live performance (and that is the first track). I also don't like "Bad Medicine" as the wrap up song. Plus "Livin on a Prayer" and "You Give Love a Bad Name" are tracks 2 and 3 - so by track 4 you already have passed the 2 biggest hits from their biggest hit album ("Slippery When Wet"). Finally, Bob Geldof joins Bon Jovi on stage for performance of "I Don't Like Mondays" from London. "I Don't Like Mondays" is one of the biggest hits from Geldof's band, the Boontown Rats. My question is - why Bob Geldof and the Boontown Rats? I understand it was a moment from the London concert where they brought Geldof on stage, but to me - Bon Jovi's cover of this song with Geldof is not that good. The inclusion of this song was at the expense of other Bon Jovi songs (i.e. In These Arms, Lay Your Hands on Me, Social Disease, etc) that were left off the album. The new song "One Wild Night" is pretty average - nothing special.

There are some positives though. Bon Jovi does another cover - this time Neil Young's "Rockin in the Free World" (recorded in South Africa). This particular cover is very good and is one place where I do feel some intensity in the performance. The beginning chords of the song almost sounds like a U2 song, but then it bridges very nicely into a good hard rock version of the Neil Young classic. Despite the fact "Wanted or Dead Alive" is included from a year 2000 performance (again a over a decade since it was released), the song doesn't seem to lose a beat. Bon Jovi puts a "western like" spin on it that gives it an "electric/acoustic" feel to it. "Wanted Dead or Alive" is the best performance on the collection. Following "Wanted Dead or Alive", there are two Bon Jovi "classics" - "Runaway" and "In and Out of Love". These songs also have a great deal of intensity and since they were recorded on the same night (April 28, 1985) in Tokyo - that might explain it. "Runaway" has a pretty good ending that could have easily been the CD's "finale".

The liner notes are very difficult to read. There is a nice writeup on the the Bon Jovi concert experience by Lonn Friend, but because it is written in "marquis like capital letters", I find it very difficult to read. The same holds true for the production credits. The concert dates are actually on the back cover of the CD. The CD has a bunch of tour like memorabilia and concert pictures. Again, it really doesn't do much for me. The lyrics for the new song are not included.

This collection is pretty good if you want to have live Bon Jovi cuts in your collection, but overall it was a major disappointment to me. You probably aren't missing out on anything if you don't add this to your collection.

5-0 out of 5 stars best album in the world
all my farorits on one cd and it is live, only Blaze of glory is missing

3-0 out of 5 stars What happened???
Bon Jovi is one of the best live bands I have ever seen in concert, (and I have seen such mega acts as Paul McCartney, U2, Aerosmith, the Rolling Stones and Nirvana) but this album did not seem to reflect the energy and quality of the live shows I have seen the group perform. It really is not a bad album, per se, BUT it could have and should have, been better. I am REALLY looking forward to their live acoustic album coming out in the fall, because if you have not heard such classics as "Livin' On A Prayer" or "Wanted Dead or Alive" acoustically, you will be in for a treat. Let's hope they get it right with that release, and even put some covers on it as well. ... Read more

16. Unleashed in the East (Live in Japan) [Expanded Edition]
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While Judas Priest's first three Columbia albums displayed a band that seemed musically restless and a bit wary of becoming just another rock caricature, their first official live album offers up a strong distillation of the musical sense that informed those records (along with earlier material from Sad Wings of Destiny) and is a testament to their KK Dowling/Glen Tipton fueled twin-guitar fury. The fact that vocalist Rob Halford's tracks (allegedly damaged in the recording process) were later replaced in the studio has long been a bone of contention to purists (though hardly an unusual practice in the industry), but fresh ears may find the "problem" actually resulted in a better-sounding record. More gratifying, the original album's manic sensibility has been amped even further by the inclusion of four key live, previously unreleased bonus tracks--"Rock Forever," "Delivering the Goods," "Hell Bent for Leather," and "Starbreaker." This digitally remastered edition also features new notes by the band and expanded artwork. This is Judas Priest's early arena rock at its over-the-top best: big, loud, and wholly unapologetic. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Live Albums Ever
This album originally came out in September 1979, recorded during Judas Priest's tour for their fifth studio album, "Hellbent For Leather", which was called "Killing Machine" in Europe. This is an excellent remaster, featuring a great enhanced sound, and 4 bonus cuts previously only available through costly imports!!

The album kicks off with "Exciter" which is one of the first ever speed metal anthems, and sets the pace for the rest of this firey live album. "Running Wild" is even heavier live than on album, and the frentic solos by K.K. Downing in the middle of "Sinner" are timeless!! "The Ripper" is very moving live, as everytime I hear it, I can visually imagine the horrific events of Jack The Ripper and the 1888 slayings. "The Green Manalishi" is an awesome cover, one of the heaviest songs here, great riffs all over, it was originally done by Fleetwood Mac believe it or not, but way back in their early years when Peter Green was in the band, back when they were a hard driving blues-rock based band. Next is another cover, "Diamonds And Rust", originally done by folk artist Joan Baez, becomes very heavy here, and is still a live highlight nto this day. "Victim Of Changes" is one of the best metal songs ever, and I prefer this live version to the studio version that appears on "Sad Wings Of Destiny". The raw energy just oozes out and the middle part is mellow and very emotional. "Genocide" is another song that is better live, and it features more kiiller riffs in one song then some bands write in their entire career!! "Tyrant" is another all time classic heavy metal anthem and was used by the band for many tours as a show closer, and that is where the original album eneded. Now with this remaster, we get awesome live versions of "Rock Forever", "Delivering The Goods", "Hellbent For Leather" and "Starbreaker". If there was one complaint people had about this album, it was that it was too short at only nine songs, but with the 13 songs it now runs at over an hour!! And its nice to have more songs from the "Hellbent.." album, as it was recorded on this tour, previously it only had two, but now we have five from that album. It would have been nice to also have live versions of "Dissident Aggressor", "Saint In Hell" and "Beyond The Realms Of Death" to truly have the best from their first five studio albums, but thats being picky, as their isn't 1 bad track to be found here. To truly find out what a good heavy metal live show is about, buy this album!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing!
If you've heard the original and thought it was outstanding for its time, you'll agree that it left you wanting more. This remastered version is the way it should've been from the start. The original nine core songs sound amazing, and the four extra live tracks (from the same tour) seamlessly make this album complete, finally. After listening to this release from start to end, you won't remember that once upon a time, it was four tracks shorter. The folks at Legacy (Sony Music) have managed to make of the greatest live rock albums of all time even better. This CD is a MUST HAVE for any Judas Priest or heavy metal fan. Even if you're not into metal, but you're a hard rock fan, you will definitely enjoy the power of the performances captured in this recording.

5-0 out of 5 stars LIVE and screeeeeeeeemmming!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Quite possibly the greatest live heavy metal record ever recorded, Priests Unleashed In The East set the mark for all others to follow. The thing is, no one could follow in the same footsteps. This is sheer live, brutal power and force. The energy of the crowd propelled the band to its greatest performance and it was captured for all the world to hear. Rob Halford never sounded better. The dualing guitars are at the forefront, the choise of songs perfect. My highlight from this CD is when the dualing guitar solo in Tyrant reaches its absolute zenith, right as Rob Halford comes in for the final chorus, the crowd of thousands and thousands of Japanese fans absolutely screams. It will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. Perfection incarnate.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best live record
This classic is easily the best live record by Priest and arguably one of the best in the heavy metal genre. I use the term "live" because most of tunes sound better here than on the original record ("The Ripper", "The Green Manalishi") and there has always been a lot of speculation about the degree of studio tinkering.

For U.S. fans, this record meant an introduction to tunes from their second record (then only available on import) - 'Sad Wings of Destiny', as four of the original nine tracks were taken from this record alone. However, with this remaster, we are now treated to four additional tracks that could not fit on the original record - "Starbreaker", "Rock Forever", "Delivering the Goods", and "Hell Bent for Leather". For this reason, I have to say that this is the best of all of the recent remasters.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great Metal Live Album!!!!
This album is excellent. I have the LP and i can tell you that all the songs are very good. The First Song "EXCITER" is a very powerful song, is the best performance of metal. "RUNNING WILD" is a mix of power and style. "SINNER" is a clasical song of metal (song of 7 minutes) and very full. "THE RIPPER" good guitars and sound. "THE GREEN MANALISHI" i love the voice of rob halford. "DIAMONDS AND RUST" is my favorite song, my tears begin to appear of emotion. "VICTIM OF CHANGES" is the way to live the heavy metal!!!. "GENOCIDE" jajaj, thank you genocide!. "TYRANT" heavy heavy powerful song. This cd must be in the best albums of metal and if you are a rocker you must buy it. Thank you. ... Read more

17. Live and Dangerous
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4-0 out of 5 stars Stylish live album
The sound is a tiny bit muffled, but the performances are excellent (courtesy of many an overdub).
On "Live And Dangerous", Thin Lizzy perform songs from 1974-77, plus a few older selections, and they frequently outdo the studio versions...just listen to the magnificent, lyrical guitar solos on the slow, gripping ballad "Still In Love With You", and the superb renditions of "Southbound" and the tough rockers "Don't Believe A Word" and "The Boys Are Back In Town".

Thin Lizzy perform with fiery energy all through the album, switching effortlessly between hard rock, slow blues and tender balladry, and "Live And Dangerous" is a must-have for fans of Thin Lizzy. Not everything is great, but there's is more than enough here to make "Live And Dangerous" worth your while.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Live Album!
Not enough good things can be said about Thin Lizzy's LIVE AND DANGEROUS. Almost every song on the album blows away the studio version. The best thing about LIVE AND DANGEROUS is that the production is perfect. Polished enough in the studio during mixing that the sound quality is excellent, but still raw enough to capture the power and energy of Thin Lizzy live. Truly live, with virtually no studio overdubs. (UPDATE - As it turns out, that wasn't true. Most of the guitars and vocals were overdubbed in the studio. What's odd is that I've heard true live recordings from that era and they sound almost exactly like this album. That's why I initially thought that there weren't many overdubs in the studio. Apparantly, they just wanted to polish up the live recordings and went overboard.) As far as the songs go, there are so many great tracks on L.A.D. that it is almost impossible to single out the highlights - almost every track could be considered a highlight! The best way to put it is this; LIVE AND DANGEROUS is a Hard Rock masterpiece. Rock And Roll was (and never will be) better than this. Phil Lynott, Scott Gorham, Brian Robertson, and Brian Downey set the standard for live Rock albums that still has not been surpassed. If you like Hard Rock (like Led Zeppelin, UFO, KISS, and AC/DC) you MUST buy this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars probably the best live album ever
Music doesn't get any more masculine than this.From the lyrics to the brutal guitarwork,this album oozes testosterone.Lizzy was at the top of it's game right here and the double Les Paul attack of Scott Gorham and Brian Roberstson is just incredible.This album is so good that all of the versions here are better than the ones on the studio albums!It's so good even a guest appearance by Huey Lewis can't ruin it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Top 10 Live Album of All Time
Where exactly it fits in my 'live CD's collection, I'm never sure, not being a die-hard fan of Thin Lizzy while simultaneously saluting the brilliance of the band. They recorded too much strong material in the late 70s to have NOT released a 'live' document, and while the later double CD "Life-Live" gives you more bang for your buck, this is the better performance, in my opinion.

All the classics are here; "Jailbreak", "Boys Are Back In Town"
"Are You Ready"... but combined with scorching versions of "Still In Love With You", "Massacre", and "Emerald", it takes on the air of legend. Most guitar bands should own this as a primer in twin-guitar pyrotechnics without the wankery.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good live album from th late 70's
This is a good ive cd. It's not quite as great as some make it out to be but like all good live cd's it has some performances on it which out do the album version's of some songs: specifically on this cd Johnny the fox meets jimmy the weed and still in love with you. Some of the weaker performances on it are the rocker and baby drives me crazy. It had for the time a new song oni called are you ready which is a good song ... Read more

18. On Fire at the Bowl
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19. Southside Double - Wide: Acoustic Live (Bonus Dvd)
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Includes: 70 minute CD, 1 hour DVD, 25 Collector postcards, 1 Sevendust guitar pick, 12-page booklet with tour memorabilia ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Sevendust Unplugged
Since I first hearing the roaring intro to "Bitch" back in 1997, Sevendust has been one of my favorite bands. In the years since their debut, the band has matured greatly... and this is very relevant in the release of "Southside Double-Wide: Acoustic Live." While this may not be a great CD for a beginning Sevenudst fan, it is a gem to any long time Sevendust fan.

The band pulls off amazing versions of a variety of songs from their four studio albums, including an amazingly haunting version of "Skeleton Song" and an NIN cover of "Hurt" decidated to Johnny Cash. I would attempt to list some of my favorites, but they are all great in my opinion. The band starts out with the typical acoustic type setting, but as the show continues, it is obvious they become much more comfortable with the setting. Lajon encourages the crowd to participate, and even lends the mic to the crowd towards the end of the performance. While some might complain that the bass is too loud, I find it to add perfectly to the heaviness of the hard rock acoustic setting. My only complain is the lack of acoustic versions of songs from 1999's "Home". Although "Rumblish Fish" is included, I think acoustic versions of songs such as "Waffle" and "Licking Cream" would have been great. The lack of those songs certainly wouldn't lower my rating of this disc however, since the selection of songs is great anyway.

All in all, this is a must have for any hardcore Sevendust fan. In my opinion, this is the best acoustic CD since the release of Alice In Chains Unplugged in 1996. If you do get the limited edition with DVD, I certainly recommend watching the DVD first. It makes the pleasure of listing to this amazing disc even more. My only regret is not catching any of these acoustic Sevendust shows last fall!

5-0 out of 5 stars This was such a great idea
Sevendust has proven again and again and again that they are modern masters in the craft of melodic hardcore and nu metal. Lajon's voice is so perfect for this blend of soul and hard rock (which, by the way, is a flawless sound that is untouchable and cannot be imitated). Clint Lowery is the master of harmonies, an amazing lyricist, and a very gifted guitar player.

Southside: Double Wide gives us a different view of the quintet from Georgia. Imitating the fashion of Nirvana: Unplugged in New York, they set up candles, sit in chairs, and are more interactive with the audience than in their usual fierce, supercharged fashion of jumping around and making literal whirpools of bodies their puppets. It's like they're jamming in your bedroom with you.

Included is a DVD of the same show, a bonus track of an acoustic 'Broken Down' which sounds incredible, 3x5 photographs of the band, and a Sevendust guitar pick.

In a time of such limited talent, and where we need to hold talent auditions on network TV to see that the future of "music" is ensured, it's such a relief to know that bands like Sevendust are here. Whether hard, or soft, like on this live recording, they love their music, love their fans, and love what they do. Enter their universe now, and experience what real music is.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just awesome!
All I can say is that this kicks [back]! This is the most impressive acoustic jam session that I have heard! I bought this five days ago, and all I have listened to has either been the cd, or I have watched the DVD! Highly recommend! When you get it, put it on and crack up the volume!

5-0 out of 5 stars who knew
I will say, when I heard the Seasons Cd I could not believe how corporate it sounded. It was clean, but there was no soul. This album makes up for that. I even now appreciate Seasons more. However, this album is the essential acoustic album of this time. Our time has the nu-metal sound, but this is more than that. Let's not forget this band was one of the first (in terms of their sound). They were a head of their time, but the world seemed to of caught up. Wrong!!! This band has just lifted the bar a little higher. Godsmack could not pull it off, Korn could not attempt it. Hell, even a vet such as Zakk Wylde failed to have created an aucoustic album such as this. Get it. Wait till the right moment, and dive in!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Hard-Rock's Best Live Band Goes Acoustic
Last fall, Sevendust did their own acoustic tour in anitcipation for their fourth studio album 'Seasons.' If you ever watched the companion DVD to that album, you would remember the band talking about how much they enjoyed the experience and what little surprises came out of the mix. Eight months later, the live show has finally been released. Personally, I have always wanted Sevendust to release a live album, and when I heard they were going to be putting out a all-acoustic/live CD/DVD, I was ecstatic. Sevendust have always worked acoustic parts into their songs, and the concept just makes sense. Needless to say, for the most part, this set satisfies the die-hard Sevendust fan. First of all, the tracklisting is stunning. They definitely chose some of their greatest material to perform here. Obviously tracks like "Angel's Son" and "Skeleton Song" work flawlessly on here (as they are originally acoustic to begin with), but there are a few little surprises thrown in that end up working very well. "Trust," which is probably my favorite Sevendust song, opens the album and sounds like a totally new song here. Principal songwriter and the unofficial second vocalist, Clint Lowery, takes the mic for the dramatic "X-Mas Day," which, in my opinion, is the shining moment of the whole set. The band also does a cover of "Hurt," which, overall, sounds excellent, but with two flaws: Clint gets the lyrics wrong more than a few times, which is grating because the original is one of my favorite songs, and what's with the Johnny Cash dedication? Does anyone remember that this song was originally done by Nine Inch Nails? I understand fully why they would want to do a tribute to Cash, but it doesn't make much sense to use a song he covered instead of one of his originals. Another kink in the set is "Follow" -- which originally featured guest vocals by Staind frontman Aaron Lewis. I don't know if it's because the guest is missing (also the case with "Beautfiul") but the song just does not sound as good as it should and comes across very clumsy. But these few points are the only drawbacks to an otherwise stellar package. Not only do Sevendust succeed at transforming their heavier tracks like "Black" and "Rumble Fish," but they even deliver a flawless studio/acoustic version of "Broken Down." The DVD is a replica of the concert heard on the CD, and doesn't have any special features. All in all, this is another solid release from Sevendust. It's not as mind-blowing as I expected it (and all Sevendust releases) to be, but maybe it's a case of "you had to be there" to fully get it. Recommended for the hardcore Sevendust fan. ... Read more

20. Alive II
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Digitally remastered Japanese reissue of their second livealbum in a miniaturized gatefold LP sleeve limited to theinitial pressing only. A top 10 album in 1977, it containsall 20 of the original tracks, including 'Detroit Rock City'and 'Calling Dr. Love' ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Just as good as Alive if not better!
KISS' eight album Alive II was released in November of 1977 in time for the Christmas sale that year. The album was recorded over three nights at the LA Forum in Los Angeles. The songs that were live were most of the album save Hard Luck Woman and Tomorrow and Tonight which were recorded in the studio with crowd noises. They attempted those aforementioned songs live but didn't work during rehearsals. However, Detroit Rock City, King of the Night Time World, Love Gun, Calling Dr Love, Shock Me, God of Thunder, I Stole Your Love and Beth were better live. KISS felt that repeating songs from 1975's Alive! album would have been useless so the band decided to record five new tracks at a theater with a mobile truck without an audience. With Ace Frehley gone AWOL(he does play guitar and bass and sing on his composition Rocket Ride), Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and Peter Criss went and recorded four new tracks(with Bob Kulick doing lead guitar to mimic Ace's playing on the first of the three new tracks) which were All American Man, Rockin in the USA, Larger Than Life and a cover of Dave Clark Five's Any Way You Want It. When the album was released, it went Double Platinum and hit #6 on the Billboard Top 200 and was the second Top 10 album for KISS in 1977, the year they were kings of American rock. I first got this cassette in June of 1988 when my older sister gave it to me. Then, eventually got on CD then bought the digitally remastered edition which comes with the book and tattoos that were on the original album and the sound is superb! Highly recommended!

4-0 out of 5 stars It's Alive... ALIVE!!!
Sorry... that was just my homage to Gene's fascination with horror films.

As far as I can remember, this remastered version doesn't sound that much superior to my vinyl copy, and believe me I am a fan of CDs. That being said, it's nice to see that they finally got the liner notes right. My LP contained the booklet that actually came with the FIRST Alive! album.

Sound-wise, it's take it or leave it; if you hate the sound of screaming fans, don't even bother with this. It's a lot patchier than "Alive!", but it's got superior song selection. Check out the flaming opening riffs on "Calling Dr. Love", "King Of The Night Time World", (and my personal fave) "Makin' Love". Live, they'd never sound this good again.

The 4th side which contains the five studio cuts isn't all that bad. "Larger Than Life" went largely unnoticed for some reason (it being one of Simmons' best tunes), and "Rockin In The U.S.A." could have been a live masterpiece. Ace's "Rocket Ride" was an alternate tune from the "Love Gun" album, and sounds great, while the cover of the vastly underrated Dave Clark Five's "Anyway You Want It" is a lot of fun.

Little bit of trivia; "Hard Luck Woman" is actually a studio recording with audience noise thrown in--could the rest of the album be similarly doctored? We'll never know.

1-0 out of 5 stars This is not a live album
This is a studio record. I'd rather have the original recordings of these great tunes, myself. For this so-called "live" album, Kiss performed these songs on a sound stage without an audience there, simply having their engineers add the constant tape loop of the cheering audience.

This is quite a well known fact by now. Even if this truth hadn't come to light, you could just listen to the crowd. It's an obvious tape loop. You hear the exact same whistle about four times, and the same catcalls repeat themselves. Also, most of the songs are artificially sped up. They played the tapes faster when they cut the master of the record, perhaps to enhance the "live" feel that they were faking.

The funniest "fake concert moment" occurs at the beginning of "Tomorrow and Tonight." While I love this song, it's very strange how the audience waits a humanly impossible 0.5 seconds after the first chord before erupting into a reaction that suggests they've been waiting for this moment all along. Not even a good fake job! Also, the vocals are mixed unnecessarily dry on all three "live" sides.

Nothing on side 4, the "admitted studio side," is worth listening to. Corny stuff! "Rockin' in the USA?" A Dave Clark Five cover? Come on, guys! The Love Gun album was so incredible! What happened?

Pick up Alive! (the first one) instead. That one's genuinely live, with a couple of exceptions that were necessary (brief vocal doubling for when Paul got away from the microphone, brief guitar solo punch-ins, etc.).

5-0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT! and nice remaster job
Sounds fabulous? No. Music for the ages? Probably not. But I cannot put this on without a big urge to jump up and run around...rather a problem when I'm driving :-D

The remastering is decent. It's not jaw-dropping, but everything is just somewhat clearer, and the bass and drums have better definition. It also sounds like a better tape machine was used, as the sound is somehow more stable.

4-0 out of 5 stars good but not has good has the other alive's
this album is a must get for hardcore kiss fans but it is not a great album. I mean it has good songs but it it does not have a lot of enrgey like the first alive. If you want to start a love affair with kiss music buy one of the alive's or destroyer.


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