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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5-0 out of 5 stars THANKS FOR CD, CAME QUICK
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3. Vault: Def Leppard's Greatest Hits
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To have resisted Def Leppard's radio power in their heyday, you'd have to have been a critic--and even some of us could hardly argue with the likes of "Photograph," "Animal," and "Bringin' on the Heartbreak." Vault covers a decade and a half of hits by the one-time wonder boys of the new wave of British metal, but perhaps inevitably concentrates on singles from the multiplatinum Pyromania and Hysteria. It offers little meaning beyond fun fun fun, but there are hooks here that Noel Gallagher would punch a paparazzo for. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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5. One Word
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4-0 out of 5 stars a pretty good song, for kelly osbourne
i happened to be up late one night downloading songs and because of lack of sleep somehow came across this song, and when i listened to it i was blown away, its actually good and its kelly osbourne...i await the album and hope its as good as this song, maybe she finally realized her vocal limits...

5-0 out of 5 stars a very pleasant surprise indeed
Maybe she realised that pop-punk wasn't the way to go. Maybe she realised just how bad her debut album "Shut Up" really was. Or maybe she's been listening to the Gwen Stefani album a few too many times. Whatever the reason, this new single is not only good, it's shockingly good. It has a cool retro 80's vibe ( without sounding flimsy or "ironic" like most of the electro-clash junk you hear ) a killer hook, and seductive vocals ( thankfullygone is that shrill "punk" singing ). My only concern is that Kelly will suffer the inevitable backlash due to overexposure from her days as a "Reality TV Brat" and this gorgeous, well done single will not get the airplay it rightfully deserves. (By the way, she looks INCREDIBLE on the cover and in the video. ) And to those who cry "sell- out" because of the seemingly abrupt and completechange in stylistic direction from Kelly's debut album to this single, I can only offer this : if singers like Kelly Clarkston andPink can go from lite RnB / Dance on their debut albums to mature, harder "rock" ish and ballads material on their second, and not only hold on to their core audience, but actually increase it, then why can't Kelly Osbourne( oranyone else ) drastically change their sound? If that's too much to ponder, and if you really want to just enjoy the tunes, then by all means grab Kelly's new single and do just that.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Impressed!
What a transformation. Could this smooth, catchy and sophisticated dance track really be from the same woman who screeched through Madonna's Papa Don't Preach? If "One Word" is any indication of Osbourne's new sound, she's just earned a whole lot of respect from music fans around the world. "One Word" is a nicely-produced hook-laden electro-dance track with an 80's sound, and Kelly's voice is subdued enough on it to actually sound pretty neat.

4-0 out of 5 stars what?
Jesus...How did Kelly Osbourne go from doing that whiny stuff she was doing a couple years ago to this?This song is amazing.I had to listen to it about 100 times before I could admit to myself that I liked the song and video as well.The hook is obviously adapted from Visage's "Fade to Grey" but this is still really good, a good pop melody with a dark sort of feel to it.Props to Kelly Osbourne, I hate to admit it, but this song is great.This is a fine example of pop music.It pays homage to the past, lacks pretension, has a catchy beat, yet there is a feeling of substance to it all.If she continues with whatever production team made this she will definitely go down the right direction.No more annoying "shut up" songs ok?

5-0 out of 5 stars WOW - surprised & impressed
I haven't heard Kelly before - but by sheer happenstance find myself listening to her new album and single - this is really really run stuff - tongue & cheek synth pop that is completely addicting and just great - I'm an instant fan of this girl!!The entire album is a party from start to finish... ... Read more


6. Steppenwolf: All Time Greatest Hits
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5-0 out of 5 stars Steppenwolf At Their Best Really Rock!
There is a reason that the sixties rock group Steppenwolf still sells so strongly some thirty years after their arrival on the sixties rock scenes with a quick succession of powerful heavy rock hits like "Magic Carpet Ride" and "Born To Be Wild". I've always admired lead vocalist John Kay's singing style, songwriting and lyrical talents, and his outspoken personal warnings against the dangers of drug excess with songs like "The Pusher" and "Snowblind Friend". He was anti-drug when it was anything but fashionable to so cautious and careful. With concept albums like the fabled "Monster" or discursive excursions into the dark side of rock culture with "The Pusher', Kay always had something provocative and thoughtful to say. And Kay also knew his way around a melody, and whether he was making insightful social commentary in a number of songs like "Monster" and "Draft Resister" or just plain old wailing in terrific, edgy songs like "Never Too Late (To Start All Over Again)" or "Twenty Eight", he used the combination of his lovely lyrics, driving melodies, and wild rock improvisation to create a whole rafter of memorable, insightful and very appealing rock songs. Most of them are here, and those that aren't you can find in their other albums. Steppenwolf quickly earned the undying support and admiration of their original fans, and are finding new listeners through terrific compilation albums like this must-own collection of their hits. Enjoy

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Bang For Yor Buck
Whether you see this as a single disc version of 1991's Born To Be Wild/A Retrospective or a slightly expanded version of 1973's 16 Greatest Hits, it's all the Steppenwolf the average fan will need. In addition to including all of their Top 40 hits, you also get all of their lesser hits and key album tracks like "Don't Step on the Grass, Sam," "The Pusher," "Snowblind Friend" and "For Ladies Only."

One of the first concerts I ever saw was during my freshman year in college in 1970 when Steppenwolf was touring in support of Monster. [I still have my ticket stub--four bucks!] It was an amazing show. John Kay owned the stage. Hearing these songs again brings back a flood of memories and they still "get your motor runnin'" thirty years later.

If you're looking to upgrade your old copy of 16 Greatest Hits, this adds "Don't Step on the Grass, Sam," "Straight Shootin' Woman" (the only track on this collection recorded after the release of 1971's For Ladies Only) and the complete 9-minute medley "Monster/Suicide/America"--Greatest Hits included only "Monster." The band saw a lot of personnel changes over the years, but the music was always of consistently high quality. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the eternal bands
This ensamble, whose name is taken from the famous work of Hermann Hesse, (one of my youth's writers), was emblematic all along his presence from 1967 to 1975. In just only eight years Steppenwolf could (like a very few to be honest) establish a rapport with a generation wishful of anxiety but also of answers and ideas.
The famous french May, Vietnam's war, Robert Kennedy's murder, Cassius Clay's affair, Woodstock Festival, Easy rider were - among other facts - important events that from one or another way , demanded bands with power but with imagination .
And Steppenwolf , just reached the peak with the album Monster (that in my opinion is the most perfect theme ever composed by them).
So however, many people just think that Steppenwolf was only the authors of Born to be wild , Sookie sookie and Magic carpet ride. And that's only a stage in his grow up.
Power play is the only theme which doesn't appear among their best, but the point is that the combination of the wildful voice of John Kay, and the perfect balance between the guitars , drums and organ, gave to Steppenwolf a special place in these innovative years which produced so many legends like Cream, Vanilla Fudge, Doors. Traffic, Blind faith, Deep purple, Black Sabbath, Uriah Heep, The who , Can, Amon Dull, Captain beyond,King Crimsom, Pink Floyd and a huge list of names who belong to the satus of legends.
In these years, (it's necessary srepeat it over and over) that there weren't video clips. The comentary is not superflous, because a band to be recognized, had to win the race just by your ears, and not thanks to a magnificent video.
The trouble with that is that you can buy a record just because the video is superb. So my question is: Are you spending your money by the music or by the video? This reflection comes to me very often when I try to explain to the young generations about the conceptual difference of enjoying and even make a statement about a musical work, no matter the genre you listen in that moment.
Steppenwolf printed a very important style in the music, and for those who had the huge privilege of being in one of their appearances, I envy them (in a bad sense but enthusiastic way).
For those people who are still teenagers, don't be afraid of risking your money. You'll be rewaarded. And if you can ask to your parents or some friend or teacher, may be you find a long speech that I can not make it in this brief review.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Collection - Great Sound!!
I too saw Steppenwolf perform in 1970 in support of the Monster LP. It was at Winterland in San Francisco. Anyway, the sound on this CD collection is tops!!

5-0 out of 5 stars only one song missing
Steppenwolf at Carnegie Hall was the first "rock" concert I attended. OK, Johnny Cash at a Trenton bowling alley in 1962 WAS actually the first live show I saw, nursing a dollar coke at my parents request (I was 11). John Kay et al were powerful in 1969 and this collection captures that power. Only "Power Play" is missing from this perfect selection of their songs. Their playing was always tight in a way the live shows of Creedence Clearwater Revival were. Other examples, The Band, Talking Heads, Frank Zappa and, of course, Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band. Live shows by The Plastic People of the Universe make a person re-judge the "rock" influences of any particular individual in today's world, and likes/dislikes of any particular person in today's "rock" music world. ... Read more


7. Poison's Greatest Hits: 1986-1996
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Pop pundits might contend that a Poison greatest-hits collection should be an EP. Yet despite jeers from critics, these glam-metal pretty boys produced big hits, filled arenas, and fueled MTV in the late '80s. And the opening track on this 18-cut compilation sets the record straight: "Nothing but a Good Time," indeed. From down 'n' dirty rockers such as "Talk Dirty to Me," "Look What the Cat Dragged In," and "I Want Action," to mega-ballads "Something to Believe In" and "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," this is a treat for those who like big hair and bigger hooks. Included are two previously unreleased songs, "Sexual Thing" and "Lay Your Body Down," the latter a lush, likable five-minute power ballad. One complaint: the song-by-song notes by singer Bret Michaels somewhat lack the pizzazz one anticipates from a band with such a colorful comportment. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Top Notch Hits Collection
This album is great. It hilights the career of one of the greatest bands to ever walk the face of the earth. I honestly can't say enough about Poison. Greatest Hits 1986-1996 is an excellent retrospective of their career. The album begins with the party rock anthem Nothin but a Good Time, this can be easily interpreted as Poison's answer to Rock and Roll All Nite by that other makeup wearing band. The next songs are two of their biggest hits, the song that put them on the map, Talk Dirty to Me, and Unskinny Bop. The next song is their biggest hit, Every Rose Has It's Thorn. The power ballad went to number one in 1988. It really is a great song. Fallen Angel is another party rock stadium ready anthem. I Won't Forget You is a power ballad off of their debut album. Stand is the only song representing the Native Tongue album which featured Richie Kotzen on guitar. This song like the whole album was nothing really exctitng. Ride the Wind is off of Flesh and Blood, it stays in the same style Poison's know for, and Cc DeVille's solo is excellent. The next songs are the concert favorites Look What the Cat Dragged In and I Want Action. These anthems are excellent songs that have stood the test of time. The next songs are both from Flesh and Blood. Life Goes On is another excellent power ballad and Sacrifice is a great rocker. Their first single Cry Tough is next. Even though the single bombed it still deserves a place on this album because it is an excellent song. The next track is a cover version of Your Mama Don't Dance which Poison made famous. The guitar solo in that song like every other Poison song featuring CC is amazing. So Tell Me Why is a studio track from Swallow this Live, the song is great, I wish that Poison would have recorded a whole album at the time they recorded this song because it probably woul've been great. The last of the greatest hits is the power ballad Something to Believe In. This was a really popular song and in my opinion a better song than Every Rose Has It's Thorn. The last two songs were bonus tracks at the time of the release. Sexual Thing and Lay Your Body Down feature Blues Saraceno on guitar. They were off of the shelved Poison album Crack A Smile which was eventually released in 2000 making these songs not bonus songs anymore. Either way this is a great compilation of the best songs from one of the best bands ever. I reccommend this to anyone who likes good music.

5-0 out of 5 stars A greatest hits that actually is
Poison had a few albums, but many of their best songs were the hit singles, making this perfect, except for diehard fans.

Their first "Look What the Cat Dragged In" has mostly songs about being a band on the road, partying and women. The title track is about all three. "I Want Action" is about, well, just that. The all too catchy "Talk Dirty To Me" is what I'd call a 'headbopping' song. Their first ballad "I Won't Forget You" was dedicated to their girlfriends back home. Unfortunately the title isn't fitting, as many have forgotten it. "Cry Tough" is about not giving up your dreams.

"Open Up and Say AAH" was the follow-up and their best. The nonstop party of "Nothin' But A Good Time" the raucous cover of "Your Mama Don't Dance" fits them perfectly. The semi-serious slighly more pop "Fallen Angel" is about being being on top one minute and lost the next. Of Course the #1 Power Ballad "Every Rose has Its Thorn", the story of a cheating girl is unforgettable.

For "Flesh & Blood" they got more serious. The funky groove of "Unskinny Bop" was classic Poison, but the ballad "Something To Believe In" was very well written about the death of a security guard friend of theirs, a Vietnam Vet. The sad, mid-tempo "Life Goes On' also had a death theme. Even the fun motorcycle tune "Ride the Wind" seemed a little more mature. The title track was about a couple in a horror movie.

As for latter day stuff, the L.A. riots tribute song "Stand" is moving, but it's not their typical style. None of the other songs got my attention. Overall a more than concise collection from a band surprisingly smarter than you'd think.

5-0 out of 5 stars Da Peace Dogg is a fairy
Wow, what an amazing collection. There is everything on here and it all blows............you away. Da Peace Dogg is just bitter about how his pitiful life turned out and apprently resents anyone who actually has a better life than he does. Buy this CD, if you want to get your socks blown off, or just whine about working a really crappy 9 - 5 because you suck at life. It's really your choice.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty darn good
I'm usually more into more modern music, but for some reason I really like this band. Their songs are very infectious and fun to listen to, its a shame all that talentless grunge crap had to destroy pop-metal.

1-0 out of 5 stars Reagan-era tunes for the dim-witted
Poison is best summed up as Wally World music for the jokesters of the world who think life is one big party for their amusement. Get a grip, folks!!! Poison ain't the real world! "Nothin' but a Good Time?" Maybe Bret Michaels should try getting up at dawn to attend a real job, like I must do. "Talk Dirty to Me?" Maybe Poison would be best off talking to God and not objectifying women. "Ride the Wind?" Heck, try riding in a car sober, Mr. Michaels. Poison "wants action?" Maybe they should try volunteering their services to their local communities, that is, if they aren't too coked up to do so. "Cry Tough?" Try crying with a humble heart, boys. "Your Mama Don't Dance?" Neither do the mulleted guys and big-haired "ladies" who listen to this junk. "So Tell Me Why?" I'll tell you why: because Poison sucks!! "Something to Believe In?" Certainly not this over-processed trash. "Sexual Thing?" "Lay Your Body Down?" Boy, these guys are modern-day Einsteins.

Word has it Poison haven't yet retired. If that's true, repent now, good folks, for the end is near.

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8. Best of Both Worlds (Dig)
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One shouldn't have too much difficulty imagining a two-disc Van Halen compilation entitled The Best of Both Worlds. The first disc will showcase the David Lee Roth-fronted version of the band that reenergized hard rock with its titanic 1978 debut and peaked commercially with 1984's, uh, 1984. Disc two will take up where David Lee was left off--from 1986 on, when Sammy Hagar (and, briefly, Hagar-sound-alike Gary Cherone) took over the mike. Well, unfortunately, that's not the anthology assembled this time out. Rather than sequence the selections chronologically and, in the process, display the band's evolution (or devolution, depending on where one stands in the great Roth/Hagar debate), the band has opted for a more eccentric sequencing strategy. After the opener "Eruption" confirms the sass and chops of the young VH, three fairly uninspired new tracks featuring a back-in-the-fold (for now?) Hagar interrupt the flow. Unfortunately, the flow never really recovers, as Roth and Hagar tracks leapfrog one another through the next 29 selections. Three live Hagar takes on songs from the Roth era finish things off in confusing fashion. Obviously, there's plenty of powerful music here, but do fans really need a lesson in what happens when worlds collide? And didn't David Lee earn at least one photo in the package? --Steven Stolder ... Read more


9. Cross Road
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This best-of is loaded with the usual smash suspects plus three new cuts--the sub-Mellancamp "Someday I'll Be Saturday Night," the Bed of Roses-style ballad single "Always," and a low-key remake of "Living On A Prayer" titled "Prayer '94." Love 'em or not, there's no denying the loyalty of the fans. --Jeff Bateman ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars I don't have to skip tracks on this one
Okay, so maybe I wasn't as much of a die hard Bon Jovi fan as some back in the 80's, but I can relive most of their biggest hits on this one CD. In fact, this CD is better than most compilations in that it is rare when you have to skip a track because you don't want to hear one of the songs.

Cross Road certainly lives up to the title of "classic grooves" and delivers some of the band's biggest hits including Bad Medicine, Livin' on a Prayer, and You Give Love a Bad Name. It's packed full of an assortment of hard hitting rock anthems, love ballads, and the signature harmonious sound of Bon Jovi and the passionate and somewhat smokey voice of lead singer Jon Bon Jovi. For only about $11 to $15 (depending of course on where you get it) it isn't a bad deal. And you don't have to be the biggest, most die hard groupie of the band or have owned their previous albums to enjoy these tracks.

This CD, however, shares one thing in common with other compilations - there are a few questionable tracks that I would have replaced with better songs. As far as the track list goes, the songs are listed below in order...

Livin' on a Prayer
Keep The Faith
Someday I'll Be Saturday Night
Always
Wanted Dead or Alive
Lay Your Hands on Me
You Give Love a Bad Name
Bed Of Roses
Blaze of Glory
Prayer '94
Bad Medicine
I'll Be There For You
In and Out Of Love
Runaway

(Just a note...Prayer '94 if you aren't familiar with it is an acoustic version of Livin' on a Prayer)

Of course Bon Jovi is coming out with new hits all the time and that is the reason they added songs like Always and Keep the Faith in with the older hits. However, where are some of the great songs like Born To Be My Baby? Or Living in Sin? Personally, the last two tracks I rarely listen to and I have had to buy New Jersey separately to get those songs that this is missing. In my opinion, if they come out with another compilation, it needs to include these two songs...and It's My Life.

I would also have put more of the older hits at the front and Keep the Faith and Always nearer to the end. These are great hits, but often I find myself wanting to hear Bad Medicine and Livin' on a Prayer and You Give Love a Bad Name more than the others.

All my complaints aside, this CD is pretty good in that I can put it on and clean the house, read, drive, or just relax without having to get up to skip tracks. It is a pretty good compilation for those die hard fans (but you will still need to buy some of the other CD's to get other great hits), and a perfect fit for people who like Bon Jovi hits but don't want to go out and buy every one of their CD's.

5-0 out of 5 stars Some GREAT Music Here
To get a true feel for Bon Jovi, buy this greatest hits album AND their "New Jersey" album. Great music is great music no matter what year it is and the band is still making great music. It sounds great and is so refreshing to hear after listening to the mumblings of a Curt Cobain or some other grunge/alternative band. The hits are here with a couple of exceptions (buy New Jersey to get those)...Livin' on a Prayer, You Give Love a Bad Name, Wanted Dead or Alive, Bad Medicine, Lay Your Hands on Me, I'll Be There for You, and the new track Always are some of the best songs anyone has ever done. The lyrics actually mean something and the music is LOUD AND FUN...isn't that what rock is supposed to be about anyway? It's time to leave the depressing music of the 90s behind! Bon Jovi is currently working on a NEW ALBUM to be released later this year!

3-0 out of 5 stars The Band Truly Reached a "Cross Road" in their Careers
Bon Jovi's first greatest hits album is entitled "Cross Road". The title is appropriate because by the time of its release in 1994, the group had really reached a true crossroads in their career. Bon Jovi had rode the wave of the hard rock/metal-like influence on the pop music scene in the late 1980s. By the time of 1992's "Keep the Faith", they still were doing what they do best - but now Alternative Music was beginning to dominate the pop scene. Therefore, I think its very appropriate that the group put out a Greatest Hits album - and look back to determine what the next steps should be in their career. This is what the band did on "Cross Road" - a compilation of 11 Bon Jovi songs spread over the groups' 5 albums (plus one Jon Bon Jovi solo effort) as well as the inclusion of 3 new tracks that are truly reflective of this "crossroads" theme.

It's important to know that this is really a sampling of Bon Jovi's greatest hits. This collection doesn't attempt to go deeper. It really took the most popular songs from the group's previous albums and included them on one collection. I think the reason for 3 new tracks was to try to attract the pure Bon Jovi fans who were looking for more I was disappointed there was only 1 song from "7800 Degrees Fahrenheit" ("In and Out of Love") and one song from the self-titled "Bon Jovi" album ("Runaway") . It is also worth noting that Bon Jovi has done other Greatest Hits compilations - such as the live album "One Wild Night" and the acoustic-sounding remake of their greatest hits on "This Left Feels Right". This is going to be the only pure studio recorded greatest hits album that has been released.

Of the three new songs, the best of the new songs is "Someday I'll Be Saturday Night". I feel the "cross roads" theme is very evident here as this has a very acoustic like theme to it. Jon Bon Jovi has some great vocals, but it's Richie Sambora's guitar and background vocals are going to make this song stand out. The lyrics are catchy and melody are both catchy. Sticking with this "cross roads" theme, Bon Jovi re-recorded an acoustic, slower version of "Livin on a Prayer" - this one is just called "Prayer 94". On the "This Left Feels Right", there is a much better acoustic recording of this song, but the Bon Jovi fans should still appreciate this song. The group also includes the "Slippery When Wet" version of the song as well. The final new song is "Always". Once again, this is consistent with the crossroads theme of a calmer, more mellow Bon Jovi sound. Despite the fact that "Always" has more of a classic Bon Jovi sound with Jon's vocals and David Bryan's keyboards - this is a pretty weak song. "Always" seems like it was custom made for Top 40 radio. I was surprised that "Always" got the nod to be the single released over "Someday I'll Be Saturday Night". One final note, I do think Richie Sambora provides some nice background vocals again on this single.

As for the other albums, "Slippery When Wet" is represented by the megahits "You Give Love a Bad Name", "Livin' on a Prayer", and "Wanted Dead or Alive". "New Jersey" is represented by "Lay Your Hands on Me", "Bad Medicine", and "I'll Be There for You". "Keep the Faith" is represented by "Keep the Faith" and "Bed of Roses" (I thought that "In These Arms" should have also be included). "Blaze of Glory", the single that Jon Bon Jovi recorded for the "Young Guns II" movie (from the "Blaze of Glory" album he recorded) is also included on here. I think "Blaze of Glory" is a great song, but it isn't a pure Bon Jovi song and I would have liked to see another song by the full band included in place of this song.

The liner notes for this album are extremely poor. The credits are pretty poor as well - there basically are some footnotes making it tough to read. There are no lyrics included for any of the songs (including the new ones). There are pictures of the album covers, but the associated albums the songs are from are not corresponded with the songs. I also thought it was interesting that a picture of the album cover from Richie Sambora's album is included, but yet none of his solo stuff is included while one of Jon's solo songs was. Much of the liner notes is a fold-out into a picture of the band in a New Jersey diner with a pseudo autograph "Thanks for Believing" signed by Jon Bon Jovi. The songs aren't in chronological order and usually I prefer a greatest hits album to go in that order.

I'm hoping that the band eventually will release a boxed set that goes much deeper with their music portfolio. This album is a nice way for someone to get an introduction to Bon Jovi. It also does keep with theme of "Cross Road", so that is a plus. However, if you are a pure Bon Jovi fan - stick with the original studio albums. Finally, once Bon Jovi reached this "cross roads" in their career - I don't think the band was ever the same in terms of their later releases and never captured the magic of the earlier days.

3-0 out of 5 stars Time for a new HITS or remaster
This is a- okay first time hits CD, but it's 10 years old and needs help. My suggestion would be to REMASTER/REISSUE this short ( only 14 songs ) CD and add 6 hit songs, thus makeing a great HITS album that BON JOVI deserves( Makeing this album 20 songs long, which is needed ). Here are a few of the really great ones left off and should be added for the fans:"Without Love, Born to be my Baby, I die for you, Wild is the wind, Never say goodbye,Thank you for loving me". These are the true "GREATS" of the greats. Anybody who where young adults in the 80's know without these songs, this is NO HITS ALBUM.

1-0 out of 5 stars pathetic fake rockers
i just can't believe how this band ripped me off. many people and the band themselves claimed to be 'hair metal'. nothing could be further from the truth. it would be impossible to call these guys rock, let alone metal. just because they dressed like motley crue and poison didn't mean they could ever amount to what the previous bands had. these square idiots predented to be heavy metal just to cash in on the late-80's hair metal movement. stay away from this piece of fake rock. a word of warning: THIS IS POP, NOT ROCK. ... Read more


10. Aerosmith's Greatest Hits
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Even before their second fling with the pop mainstream, Aerosmith were one of Top 40's favorite hard-rock bands, so ubiquitous--and so funky--that Run-D.M.C. were vociferous fans. Their '70s output included at least three classic albums (Aerosmith, Toys in the Attic, and Rocks). This disc collects unstoppable singles into a horny, howling little piece of archaeology that makes even weak links like "Kings and Queens" sound great. And the truly great stuff here--"Sweet Emotion," "Last Child," "Dream On"--runs the gamut of style and feeling from swaggering freak-flag-flying to power-ballad roots that display a genuine ache. Your Aerosmith collection shouldn't end here, but this red-and-white bomb is a great place to start. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A good place to start
You gotta look at this CD as more of a "primer" to test the waters to see if you want more early Aerosmith CD's than as the end-all CD to replace all their other 70's albums. It only has ten songs, true, but bear in mind this is a 1980 release. 10 songs was pretty much the industry standard for any album back then. It contains severely edited versions of several songs, the most horrible example being "Sweet Emotion", which deletes the cool talk-box guitar intro and the coda section where it really kicks back in (this version just fades out). Once again, like it or not, this is typical of "greatest hits" albums (hey, the "hit" radio versions of songs typically ARE shortened versions of what you get on the albums). But for those of you only familiar with "Walk This Way", "Sweet Emotion", and "Dream On" from their 70's heyday, you'll find some nice surprises here. "Back In The Saddle", with its galloping rhythm and cool 12-string bass lines, is one of the best things they've ever done, and "Last Child" is a catchy funky number featuring some great Steven Tyler yelps at the end. "Same Old Song And Dance" is another riff-driven rocker with horns (Aerosmith had to be one of the pioneers of combining hard rock with horns). "Draw The Line" is a good noise-rocker that features a great slide guitar riff. People have griped about the inclusion of "Come Together" here, but keep it mind it's not available on any other Aerosmith albums other than the pricey "Pandora's Box" (and it WAS a Top 40 hit - therefore a GREATEST HIT). "Kings & Queens" and "Remember (Walking In The Sand)" don't do much for me, but they at least show a softer side of the band, leaning more towards art rock and 60's R&B respectively. Get this, let it grow on you, then pick up "Toys In The Attic" and "Rocks". And then ROCK!

4-0 out of 5 stars A good place to start
You gotta look at this CD as more of a "primer" to test the waters to see if you want more early Aerosmith CD's than as the end-all CD to replace all their other 70's albums. It only has ten songs, true, but bear in mind this is a 1980 release. 10 songs was pretty much the industry standard for any album back then. It contains severely edited versions of several songs, the most horrible example being "Sweet Emotion", which deletes the cool talk-box guitar intro and the coda section where it really kicks back in (this version just fades out). Once again, like it or not, this is typical of "greatest hits" albums (hey, the "hit" radio versions of songs typically ARE shortened versions of what you get on the albums). But for those of you only familiar with "Walk This Way", "Sweet Emotion", and "Dream On" from their 70's heyday, you'll find some nice surprises here. "Back In The Saddle", with its galloping rhythm and cool 12-string bass lines, is one of the best things they've ever done, and "Last Child" is a catchy funky number featuring some great Steven Tyler yelps at the end. "Same Old Song And Dance" is another riff-driven rocker with horns (Aerosmith had to be one of the pioneers of combining hard rock with horns). "Draw The Line" is a good noise-rocker that features a great slide guitar riff. People have griped about the inclusion of "Come Together" here, but keep it mind it's not available on any other Aerosmith albums other than the pricey "Pandora's Box". "Kings & Queens" and "Remember (Walking In The Sand)" don't do much for me, but they at least show a softer side of the band, leaning more towards art rock and 60's R&B respectively. Get this, let it grow on you, then pick up "Toys In The Attic" and "Rocks".

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT SONGS
Greatest Hits by Aerosmith is quite an awesome cd. This is because it contains the groups best tracks from the seventies. It has 1 or 2 songs from their first 6 studio albums. It is a great document for people who are new to the band. I have heard all the albums these tracks come from & these are the best tracks from the period. Here is my rundown of each track.

Dream On - 10/10 - Brilliant ballad with a excellent vocal from Steve Tyler.

Same Old Song And Dance - 9/10 - Fine rock tune.

Sweet Emotion - 10/10 - Great song from Toys in the Attic.

Walk This Way - 9/10 - One of their most famous songs.

Last Child - 9/10 - Very funky.

Back In The Saddle - 10/10 - One of my favourites. Great playing from Joe Perry.

Draw The Line - 10/10 - Great song.

Kings And Queens - 9/10 - I like this one, a bit different.

Come Together - 8/10 - Good cover of a beatles song.

Remember (Walking In The Sand)- 8/10 - Good Song.

5-0 out of 5 stars Este CD es re-chevere!!! This CD Rocks!!!
Este fue el primer CD que escuche de AEROSMITH cuando yo tenia 12 aƱos(ahora tengo 18), y les digo con toda sinceridad que la primera vez que lo escuche me parecio horrible... PERO no se porque, luego de escucharlo unos dias mas, este CD hizo que Aerosmith se convirtiera en mi banda favorita de Rock&roll. Escuchenlo(varias veces) y veran a que me refiero. Este CD fue el que me hizo comprar todos los 20 cds de Aerosmith que tengo hasta ahora. Grande ^Aerosmith^

5-0 out of 5 stars The Real Aerosmith
Long before flirting with pop and movie themes,Steven and the boys recorded these classics.Starting off as a garage band in Boston,Aerosmith's DREAM ON and WALK THIS WAY catapulted the dudes into superstardom.It is still their best to this day. ... Read more


11. The Best of Van Halen, Vol. 1
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It took over 20 years for Van Halen to release a Best of album, and even then, the band downplayed the effort. Instead sticking to the original plan of releasing a two-disc set--one of material with original frontman David Lee Roth, and the other with his 11-year replacement Sammy Hagar--the band opted for a single CD chronicling their entire career. For the previously uninitiated, it's a golden introduction to a band that changed the face of '80s hard rock. Guitar-blazing old tracks like "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love," and "Dance the Night Away" segue into more commercial numbers like "Jump" and "Panama" from 1984. These in turn, set the stage for Hagar's slicker, more polished vocals on "Right Now" and "How Do I Know When It's Love."But while newcomers will be thrilled with the delights within, old fans will probably find little of use, since the two highly touted new tracks with Roth are pretty disposable. --Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars I'M STILL NOT DONE!!!
If you've read all the reviews on this page, you've come across mine, of course (the one where I was called 'Melodi Jackson'). But that was my first one, and there's more to it than was written. Even More of Van Halen's 'greatest hits need to be added. Here they are:

1. Black and Blue (made it to: #1 on the charts!!!)
2. Mean Street
3. Beautiful Girls
4. (Oh) Pretty Woman
5. Love Walks In (#4 on the charts)
6. Amsterdam (#9 on the charts)
7. Little Guitars - intro and all
8. Dancing In The Street
9. Cabo Wabo (#31 on the charts)
10. Top of the World (I have absolutely NO CLUE why this song wasn't on the first one - #1 on the charts!!!!!)
11. Without You (#1 on the charts)
12. Fire In The Hole (since 'Van Halen III' - #6 on the charts)
13. In 'n' Out
14. Won't Get Fooled Again (#1 on the charts!!!)
15. Feels So Good (#6 on the charts)
16. The Dream Is Over (#4 on the Charts!)
17. Summer Nights (#33 on the charts)
18. The Seventh Seal (#36 on the charts)
19. (okay, I give in!) Ice Cream Man
20. Judgement Day

There you have it! All but one song that I listed were hits (I just added "In 'n' Out" 'cause it's frickin' awesome, and it was on an album that made it to #1). Now, looking over these
songs and the songs listed on my other review, (which were also hits), how can you not agree that there needs to be a "Van Halen, Best of: Volume 2" & "Volume 3'?!?!?

4-0 out of 5 stars Good compilation, but...
...not a fitting one for a band of Van Halens' status. (Oh, and by the way, Eddie, Alex, Mike, Sam and Dave need to squash those collosal egos of theirs and do a full-on reunion - with both lead singers!) Anyway they need a better compilation than this.
Here's what should have been:

CD 1
1. Eruption
2. Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love
3. You Really Got Me
4. Runnin' With The Devil
5. Jamie's Cryin'
6. I'm The One
7. Dance The Night Away
8. Beautiful Girls
9. Light Up The Sky
10. ...And The Cradle Will Rock
11. Everybody Wants Some
12. Take Your Whiskey Home
13. Mean Street
14. Unchained
15. Intruder/(Oh) Pretty Woman
16. 1984
17. Jump
18. Panama
19. Hot For Teacher
20. I'll Wait
21. House Of Pain

CD 2
1. Why Can't This Be Love
2. Dreams
3. Best Of Both Worlds
4. Love Walks In
5. When It's Love
6. Feels So Good
7. Finish What Ya Started
8. Cabo Wabo
9. Poundcake
10. Right Now
11. Top Of The World
12. Can't Stop Lovin' You
13. Don't Tell Me (What Love Can Do)
14. The Seventh Seal
15. Humans Being
16. Me Wise Magic
17. Without You

4-0 out of 5 stars Bunch o winers
Well everyone will get their wishes Best of Both Worlds is a two cd set with van halen's best so everyone can calm down. It is out on July 20, 2004 so get your copy.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not the best of Van Halen.
Van Halen is better than this. First off, where's "Hot for Teacher"?! That's one of Van Halen's most famous songs, and it's absence leaves a gaping hole. Other than that, David Lee Roth's tracks are good, for the most part.

Sammy Hagar's tracks could have been so much better. After ripping through eight tracks of solid rocking, it's a bit of a shock to get hit in the face with a power ballad. Sammy only gets seven songs on this CD, and FOUR of them are love songs. "Best Of Both Worlds," "Finish What Ya Started," and "Top of the World" deserve spots on this CD. There's more to Sammy Hagar's era than power ballads, and unfourtunatley we see way too much of that. "Humans Being" is a saving grace, however.

"Can't Get This Stuff No More" and "Me Wise Magic" are both great tracks, even if the lyrics are nonsense. I'm not exactly sure what they were thinking when they wrote "Steak and potatoes are better in a bucket;" although, as always, the guitar solos are solid.

Why's everybody saying that Hagar got too much space on this CD? Hagar got seven tracks to Roth's eight (ten, if you count the two new tracks.)

2-0 out of 5 stars Mid-level compilation.
For a breif period in my life I was a rabbid fan of Van Halen. This was the first album I had ever heard by them. This is an extremely poor collection of this band's career. The cover even states, "Volume 1," which doesn't mean anything because their has never been a volume two. Now-adays, David Lee Roth is an extremely obnoxious ham-bone, back in the 80's he was a little more tolerable. I suggest you get Fair Warning and Women and children first before you get this pretensious opus.

Certain Van Halen songs do have an attractive sound to them, ohters, usually commercial numbers like Jump, Panama, Hot for teacher, etc, are rather poor if you actually listen.
The first album, Van Halen 1, was the band's biggest break, containing the famous Running with the devil. Van Halen 1 is the first if only Van Halen album you should get.
Van Halen 2 is a commmercial milk-on of the first album, this album has some rather dissapointing material, this is the poorest and most booring of this bands albums.
Women and children first is anither classic, the main pulse of this album was The cradle will rock, I suggest this in any fan's collection.
Diver Down is probably the most obscure Van Halen album, this album contains some very interesting sounds, even though several of these songs are covers, they are interesting, should be included in serious collectors collections only.
Fair warning is probably the best Van Halen album out there, containg the most authentic songs, put together and performed with emotion by the band, very powerful stuff for such a band.
1984 is Van Halen's commercial album, selling over ten million copies it isn't even that great, I suggest you end your collection with Fair warning. If you want stuff with Sammy Hagar, het get 5150, the first and best album with new lead vocalists.
Rather than focusing on The best of Van Halen, I went into the albums that contained the songs, I suggest you get the full album. If your looking to spend some cash, get the six CD box set, featuring all of the David-Lee Roth albums. ... Read more


12. Slippery When Wet
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Slippery When Wet transformed Bon Jovi from minor-league poodle rockers to global superstars on the back of hit singles "You Give Love a Bad Name," "Never Say Goodbye," and, of course, "Living on a Prayer." From the scantily clad car-wash girls on the inner sleeve to the "You lost more than that in my back seat / Yeah!" lyrics, the album is blissfully untouched by irony and subtlety, which actually adds to its charm. With guitarist Richie Sambora and songwriter Desmond Child, Jon Bon Jovi has produced a slew of consistently memorable tunes, and this album contains its fair share of them. Slippery When Wet won't change your world, but it will, undoubtedly, rock it. --Ronita Dutta ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Overrated album but still worth 5 stars
Almost needless to say, this is Bon Jovi's most popular album, and one of the best hard rock albums to come out of the eighties. Though not quite as good as their debut, it's still worth 5 stars. Now on to the tracks:

Let It Rock: Excellent arena-rock anthem. A+

You Give Love A Bad Name: Hard rocker you won't forget once you hear it. A+

Livin' On A Prayer: Good but overrated melodic rocker. A

Social Disease: Mid-tempo Aerosmith-inspired rocker. A

Wanted Dead Or Alive: Interesting rocker with a variety of sounds. A

Raise Your Hands: Mid-tempo melodic rocker. A

Without Love: Mid-tempo track with a softer/lighter sound to it. Their best soft song? A+

I'd Die For You: Basically just a revamped Runaway. A+

Never Say Goodbye: Slow and melodic, this track's not bad but too soft for my taste. A-

Wild In The Streets: Fast-paced melodic rocker. A

5-0 out of 5 stars Huge--forever an all-time classic
Truth be told, Bon Jovi's sound didn't change all that much on this third album of theirs compared to their first two albums. But by the time this came out, in 1986, the pop music world was ready for hard rock to become big on the charts. As soon as the rocking anthem "You Give Love A Bad Name" went to # 1, this band exploded into superstardom.

That superstardom is well-deserved. Listen to this album! The vocals are rough and yet melodic and soulful all at once. The hard rock guitars and drums are top-notch. When in the history of rock music has their ever been a catchier chorus than that to the all-time classic, also # 1 hit "Livin' On A Prayer"? "Wanted Dead Or Alive" is a fantastic "cowboy anthem". "Never Say Goodbye" is one of the best power ballads of a generation; it was even the theme song for my high school senior ball (as I'm sure it was for numerous others at that time).

Those are just the biggest hits that everyone heard at that time. How about the heavy (if generic with the lyrics) leadoff track "Let It Rock", the beautiful power ballad "Without Love", or the anthemic, passionate "I'd Die For You" (which reminds me a bit of "Runaway" with its sound)? These are all great songs. Almost as good are the rockers "Raise Your Hands" and the closing "Wild In The Streets". The only song that to me doesn't stand up in quality is the silly "Social Disease", but it is still a fun song with a rocking sound.

This album got so huge that I had to stop listening to it for a while after the fact. But now, all these years later, it still sounds great. For sure, it is a landmark '80s rock album, a defining album of that great decade of music. Everyone who grew up in the 1980s and listened to rock music should own this album. An all-time classic.

5-0 out of 5 stars The one that put em in the big leagues!
I guess in 1986 the time was right for Bon Jovi. After two albums that got a little attention Bon Jovi released their third album "Slippery When Wet" thus began Bon Jovi mania!MTV helped break the band into the big leagues of rock and roll.With their polished pop/metal sound Bon Jovi was able to size a handful of singles out of the album and have a huge #1 record. While their success may have came as a surprise to some people, it wasn't a surprise to those who had their first two albums, which are almost as good. Livin' on a prayer, You Give Love a Bad Name, and Wanted Dead or Alive were all huge hits, but the remainder of the album was also filled with songs equally as entertaining like Never Say Goodbye and I'd die for you.

3-0 out of 5 stars A Good Album - Not a Great One
Bon Jovi's "Slippery When Wet" was a landmark album for the band. It was the album that put the band "on the map". Bon Jovi had been building up a fan base in the 1980s with two successful albums "Bon Jovi" and "7800 Degrees Fahrenheit". With the huge commercial success of "Slippery When Wet", Bon Jovi went from a cult band to a legitimate force in the music industry. The album would produce two #1 songs out of the gate with the first two singles "You Give Love a Bad Name" and "Livin on a Prayer". This album did very well commercially. It has some very good songs on this album, but I think it falls short of being a great album. It also seems that the group is torn on whether they are an "Arena Rock" band, a "Top 40" band, or both .

"Slippery When Wet" came on the heels as 80s music began to embrace hard rock and even shades of Heavy Metal. 80s music was starting to move away from the synthesizer rhythms of the first part of the decade. "Slippery When Wet" came along at the right time - as this particular change was beginning to take shape. As mentioned above, there are some very good songs on the collection and the two singles that went #1 immediately helped boost the sales of this album. For a commercially successful album to be considered great, it must also have some strength with the songs that aren't released as singles. This is where "Slippery When Wet" falls short - there really isn't that unreleased song on this album that will grab at you. To the defense of this album, all of the songs are very good - but very few are what I call great.

The one song that I do consider a great song is "Wanted Dead or Alive". The whole song has an "old west" theme with a hard rock edge to it. There is some incredible guitar work at the beginning. Jon Bon Jovi has an incredible performance on vocals on this song, but it's Richie Sambora's acoustic guitar work that make this song. I also think this is a very well written song - both lyrically and musically. The middle of the song is where Richie goes from acoustic to electric guitar - flawlessly. The final verses of the song - "I Walk these streets, a loaded six string on my back.." really are some intense music.

You can hear some more pure "Arena Rock" music from Bon Jovi with "Let It Rock". I find the intro to "Let It Rock" just a little too long for my taste. It isn't that I like long intros - I do like them. But after 1 minute, the "whoa whoa" that begins the song is almost a letdown. "Raise Your Hands" is another example of the Arena Rock sound. This does have a better intro - some great electric guitar work by Richie Sambora goes very nicely into the chords of the song. "Raise Your Hands" is a good song, but it doesn't have that quality that I feel makes it something special. The one song on the album that wasn't released as a single that is very good is "Wild in the Streets". Tico Torres really should get some credit for some thundering drums that give this song a nice edge. Sambora is in high form as usual on this song - and Jon's vocals are riveting. This is the one song that was basically a Jon Bon Jovi solo effort in terms of songwriting (RIchie Sambora co-wrote the 9 other songs with Jon, and Desmond Child contributed to 4 songs). Although "Wild in the Streets" starts out like a Top 40 song, it will take an "Arena Rock" feel by the end. Still a nice song, but doesn't grab at you.

The one song that is very weak on this album is "Never Say Goodbye". This song is very Top 40ish. It has a slower beat. I don't believe it was ever released as a single, but got a lot of airplay on the radio. I don't understand why this song got airplay when there are better songs that weren't released - such as "Wild in the Streets". Perhaps it had that feel of a High School Prom-ish song that made it popular. As for some of the other songs "Without Love" is a nice song - again nothing special. "I'd Die For You" has some nice instrumental, but I do feel falls short in terms of the lyrics (with the exception of the "Romeo and Juliet" line). "I'd Die For You" has a similar keyboard intro to an older Bon Jovi classic "Runaway". "Without Love" and "I'd Die For You" are examples where Bon Jovi does struggle between that line between Arena Rock and Top 40 band.

The liner notes are solid. All of the lyrics are included with this collection with a bunch of production credits listed at the end. I didn't mention too much about the #1 songs - "You Give Love a Bad Name" and "Livin on a Prayer. The problem with them is that they were so overplayed in the 1980s - you probably aren't going to play them over and over again on this album. This isn't meant to say the songs are negative - they still are good songs. Because of the lack of depth in most of the remaining songs, I feel this is album is a bit overrated because it did well commercially. The bottom line is - this album will appeal to the die hard Bon Jovi fan, but the casual fan may not care for this.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing album!
I've only just started to like these guys. All my life I have heard "Livin' on a prayer" and when I got to this age I just had to get the album. Good choice. It's brilliant! They're my best band of the 80s.

Let it rock: It's a nice opener for you. It just shows you that better songs are coming. It takes about the first minute of the song to hear the first vocal. 5/5

You give love a bad name: I love this one! The guitar playing is amazing andf I love the vocals. Unbeatable chorus. 5/5

Livin' on a prayer: Arguably my favourite, but I can't decide between this and "You give love...". Extremely catchy. Everyone I know loves this. 5/5

Social desease: It starts off very well, but it has a bad chorus. Probably my weakest song. 4/5

Wanted dead or alive: One of their most famous songs. It sounds scary at the start, but it gets lighter. Nice acoustic playing to a slow-paced song. 4/5

Raise your hands: A great song which has been forgotten. The chorus has great shouting. 5/5

Without love: I like Jon's singing on this one. A nice slow calm song, but it can be fun to sing. Great chorus. 5/5

I'd die for you: You think this is goanna be a fast, fun song, but it's quite touching. Nice keyboard playing and great lyrics. I love the backing voclas. It contains a chorus you need to sing. 5/5

Never say goodbye: Probably the slowest song on the album. Calm guitar playing, but it can be a bit boring. 4/5

Wild in the streets: It sounds a bit different, but it's a good song to end the album. It's fun and fast. Good backing vocals and a shouting chorus. 5/5

I only own three Bon Jovi albums, and if I get anymore this would probably still be my favourite. ... Read more


13. 100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong
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Playing off of Elvis Presley’s 1959 album 50 Million Elvis Presley Fans Can’t Be Wrong, right down to the gold-lame suits the quartet dons on the cover, stalwart rockers Bon Jovi make a strong case that they’re one of the true populist bands of their era with a box set that serves up dozens of previously unheard and seldom heard offerings. Designed as a heaping 20-year anniversary feast for insatiable fans, the four-disc/bonus DVD collection is surprisingly vital and consistent, considering that just about everything included was initially either rejected or related to B-sides and soundtracks. The high quality of these castoffs is attributable to the band’s habit of preparing dozens of tracks for each album and cutting loose strong compositions that didn’t fit with the theme of the completed product. Thus, some stylistic stretches were left in the vaults (check out the Southside Johnny-style r&b of "Love Ain’t Nothing But a Four Letter Word"). Bon Jovi fans will find be delighted by this collection, and even skeptics may find themselves reconsidering these Jersey survivors.--Steven Stolder ... Read more


14. Prince of Darkness
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Not entirely a career retrospective and decidedly not a vault raid that reveals the junk in the trunk, this four-disc collection chronicles Ozzy’s hot-burnt and all-too-brief Blizzard Of Ozz and Diary Of A Madman post-Black Sabbath era with Randy Rhoads and also the long road the Ozzman traveled in search of a guitarist that could ever come close to matching his late friend’s creative spark. Listening to material from albums such as Bark At The Moon and The Ultimate Sin reveals that even when Osbourne wasn’t flying all that high musically he did keep evolving and, in the often risk averse world of heavy metal, he often took chances that could have potentially alienated core fans ("Thank God For The Bomb" reveals that Ozzy may care about the planet but he doesn’t possess the same knack for politics as Bob Dylan) but made them embrace him even more. He managed to hit another career high with guitarist Zakk Wylde and the No More Tears album which provides some of the second disc’s finest moments. ("Mama I’m Coming Home" proves one of the underrated balladeer’s most poignant moments.) But the back end of this collection shines as much as its front with a disc that compiles various collaborative efforts, including a tussle with Miss Piggy on "Born To Be Wild" and a strange detour with Was (Not Was) on "Shake Your Head (Let’s Go To Bed)." The real gem is the fourth platter which finds Ozzy covering some of his favorite tunes from the past, including a moving and wholly accurate reading of John Lennon’s "Working Class Hero," a song that almost seems to have been written with Osbourne in mind. Ozzy may be the prince of darkness but he’s also the king of heavy metal and this set demonstrates, once more, exactly why. -- Jedd Beaudoin ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars a major disappointment, a rip off
i was so excited when i heard ozzy was releasing a box set, but what a waste of money, its a glorified version of "the essential ozzy osbourne"...if you are thinking about buying this box set, DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY!...if you really like ozzy i suggest just getting the essential ozzy osbourne, its the same good songs without all the crappy filler tracks you'd pay for if you get the box set

1-0 out of 5 stars Ozzy, please get some help
Oh, and leave Sharon while there is still 5 or so years left in your life. I know, I know, you love Sharon. We have all heard you mumble those words (albit hard to decifer) a few hundred times. This box set proves it.
Most fans don't need to hear remakes of songs that are true hard rock classics. Mississippi Queen? That might be the worse thing Ozzy has ever done. I think a box set can serve 2 different purpuses. 1, So casual fans don't need to go out and buy every CD or (2) to give hardcore fans a bunch a stuff they can't get anywhere else. This does neither.
Years ago Ozzy used to represent everything that is good in hard rock and heavy metal. I remember parents of other kids not letting them have Ozzy Osbourne records. 2005, Ozzy is not a harm to anyone, but himself and reading in the box set book that He talks down about Ronnie James Dio, I'm sure he will lose any true fans he may still have. Poll... # of Dio albums that have kicked as in the last 10 years?4, maybe 5. # of Ozzy albums that any true fans cared about. A big fat ZERO. So that is what Ozzy has resorted to. Fans arn't as stupid as they were in 1995. When you talk down to the true god of metal, they will turn their back on you. Sorry, Ozzy you did this to yourself. If you can put out a good album in the next 2 years you may have a chance to redeem yourself, but Sharon won't let that happen.

5-0 out of 5 stars Prince Of Darkness does it again
I have been a big fan of Ozzie Osbourne since i can rember. And, the Prince of Darkness aimed to please. From start to finish this album gives the oz fan just what they want. From it numerous live performances, its demo versions of the songs that everyone knows and loves, to it duets with Kelly Osbourne, DMX, and dirty Bastard. From start to finish it's an ultimate insight into the music made famous by the oz man. If your looking for the best Ozzie Osbourne album, look no further.

3-0 out of 5 stars Worth it - just for the remastered/alt takes of a few songs
This boxed set was on sale locally for $32 and change, including a buy-one-get-one-free ticket to Ozzfest (inside the original packaging), so it nets out at about $17 if you're going to Ozzfest- for 4 CD's! In the huge booklet, Ozzy himself laments that much has been redone again and again, but here it is in excellent quality audio at least. The versions of 'Crazy Train' and 'You Can't Kill Rock and Roll' are easily the best on record, as is the live 'Flying High Again.' Geezer's bass work sounds better than ever on these mixes- see if you can tell him from Mike Inez! The bands on this set are the finest studio and road units ever associated with Osbourne over 2-plus decades. So, the covers are mostly a drag but 'Workingman's Hero' is quite moving. The track with Crystal Method and the rappers takes a while to sink in- it's extremely weird but really well done. A lot of creative effort went into this set so save your cryin' and whinin'- throw out discs 3-4, if you want, and call it a bargain!

5-0 out of 5 stars ROCKS
I almost didn't buy Prince of Darkness because of some of the other negative reviews. You have to be totally brain dead not to love this new Ozzy set of music.Especially Symphony for the Devil, gone is the cacophony of the original Rolling Stones recording, step aside and let Lucifer do his thing, in this marvelous Ozzy rendition. And what about Ms. Piggy-Born to be Wild never had it this good. This set Rocks, and Rocks even more. There is a great deal of new Ozzy music in this set, and so what if you have some different renditions of his older music, they still shake the house down. ... Read more


15. Hysteria
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Probably Def Leppard's best album, and certainly their most successful, Hysteria pretty much sums up 80s hard rock: catchy, tuneful, and fun. It's also one of the few albums from the period that doesn't sound dated now, and singles like "Pour Some Sugar On Me", "Armageddon It", and "Rocket" remain staples of rock radio. The rest of the album is equally entertaining; "Animal" and "Hysteria", while mid-tempo, have the same slick intensity, and "Love Bites" is one of the few pop-metal ballads that doesn't sound saccharine over a decade after its release. Def Leppard may be remembered more for their hair than their music these days, but that's more due to changing tastes than anything else. It's still good. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Pop metal genius
When pyromania was released, it became an instant success. It was a monstrous hit in the States, selling 8 million. Def Leppard toured the album relentlessly. However, they still didn't break their own country. Shortly after the end of the Pyromania tour, Rick Allen had his car accident and lost his left arm. Rick Allen had a custom electric drumset built for him. The recording for Hysteria started. Despite the album's huge expense and incredibly long time to make (3 years), it started to gain huge success with Animal (which was huge in England). But when Pour Some Sugar on Me came out, Hysteria was recognized as a true classic. They toured relentlessly and the album sold over 17 million. Hysteria is an incredible record. Catchy and intricate melodies, percise and great guitar work, and even great drum fills, Hysteria is what Def Leppard had been working for from the beginning, perfection.

5-0 out of 5 stars The BEST album of the 80's!
Not many people know that during the 1980's, the ONLY artist who OUT-SOLD Def Leppard was Michael Jackson. When you think of stand-out albums that REALLY stand out, 'Hysteria' has GOT to be at the top-of-the-heap. I can still recall hearing the first single blaring from a couple of home speakers out the back of a van near the boardwalk in San Diego 'Animal'. I KNEW within a few seconds I was hearing a new Leppard tune. I was RIGHT, too! As far as I can recall, this album produced more radio singles than ANY other Hard Rock band in history ('Animal', 'Rocket', 'Armageddon It', 'Pour Some Sugar On Me', 'Hysteria', 'Love Bites') wouldn't you know it was produced by John 'Mutt' Lange, widely considered one of THE MOST successful producers of the past 20 years (he has produced 5 albums that had 6 radio singles each--NO other producer in HISTORY can match that). MY personal favorite song is 'Excitable' and I have NO idea how 'Armageddon It' became a single and 'Excitable' didn't, but then again, there is probably a good reason why I am NOT in the music producing biz. By the way, in concert, the song 'Woman' was one of the best they sang live--but NOTHING they did beat the sound of 'Two Steps Behind' in concert. If you have a chance to see 'em, do NOT pass it up--despite the way Joe Elliot sings, his voice is remarkably strong and preserved. GOTTA see 'em if you can!

3-0 out of 5 stars Why send men to do a robot's job?
In 1985, after putting the five then-current members of Def Leppard into a freeze-dried chamber, Robert John "Mutt" Lange began the follow-up to his last studio effort, "Pyromania." His vision was grander this time, and the work on the new songs was slow but precise. He recruited '80's-era T-1000 Robots to complete his singular vision, but the sessions were fraught with problems. Some of the T-1000's rebelled, and Lange, who was suffering through a terrible bout of stress, perhaps because he had not met Shania Twain at this juncture, soon had to take a leave of absence.

When Lange came back the T-1000's were in full control of the monumental "Hysteria" sessions, and he could do nothing but wallow in drug-induced self-pity. His only real contribution to the album was the opening riff on track 12, which the robots granted him. (It's really not a bad riff, Mutt!!)

By August 1987, "Hysteria" was ready to roll for public consumption, and the members of Def Leppard were released from their concubines. A tradgedy occurred when something went wrong with drummer Rick Allen's thawing process, and the young man lost his left arm. Luckily, the stilted beats the robots had concocted on "Hysteria" suited Allen's new playing style just fine, and everbody was anxious to proceed.

In another unexplained tradgedy with the band, singer Joe Elliott contracted the mumps while frozen, but he lived to tell his tale.

If you caught this tour in '87, '88, '89, you've caught history, no??

4-0 out of 5 stars An absolute classic.
It's true that this album wasn't as "metal" as those before it, but that didn't stop it from being their best and most popular album. I like the early stuff too, right back to "On Through The Night", but this is easily tops. Half of this disc is pretty much singles, hence six of these songs are on their "Greatest Hits" album. Included is "Women", "Animal", "Love Bites", and the still often heard "Pour Some Sugar On Me". One of my favorite tracks by far, which never seems to be mentioned by anyone, is "Gods Of War". That song is awesome. Only a few albums from this genre are close to being this great, those are "5150", "Dr. Feelgood", and "Appetite For Destruction". All of them should make you "Def".

1-0 out of 5 stars Sorry, Fabio
I didn't realize that yours was the only opinion that mattered, but being the man I am, I can respect the fact that you like the Def Leppard prom band versus the Def Leppard rock band of a few years earlier. ... Read more


16. Bad For Good: The Very Best of Scorpions
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Sure they're big, dumb, and obvious, but weren't the Ramones?Isn't Britney? (Especially Britney!) It is, after all, no mean feat to forge a bona fide rock stereotype, let alone become a self-perpetuating parody of said cliché in the bargain. Fashions may come and go, but the Scorpions still "Rock You Like a Hurricane"--and now at sporting events the nation over, no less. The material here leans heavily on the Hanover band's '80s prime, a period when they burnished their melodic pop-metal tack--if not their traditional spandex couture--all the way to the top of the charts, capping a decade of journeyman hard-rocking. There isn't much here from their formative '70s period (with the exception of Animal Magnetism's metal-shuffle "The Zoo"), but proto-power ballads like "No One Like You" and "Still Loving You," and hook-filled, power chord pomp like "Big City Nights" helped pave the way for the rise of the glam metal of Poison and G'N'R in the late '80s--and hey, thanks for that. That hard-pop sense also comes to fore on an '89 cover of the Who's "I Can't Explain" and a pair of undeniably consistent new recordings, the title track and "Cause I Love You." Scorpions über alles!--Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars My First Scorps Album
Even though I was a fan of metal since age 8, I never really picked up anything by the Scorpions, probably because of their name. But when this was released, I decided it was about time I got something by them. So I went out and got this. I was completely blown away. This is just true heaviness. It is pop metal, in the style of Van Halen and Def Leppard. It is really essential for fans of that type of music. While some songs should have been here like Another Piece Of Meat and Kicks After Six, this is a great compilation. True metal for the true headbanger.

5-0 out of 5 stars The two new songs just rule!!!!
Well, I just got this album, and here's my review about it:
I don't wanna say anything about the 16 first songs cos they're not new songs, we all know that those songs are hits and ones of the best of Scorpions! so if you don't know the Scorps, this will really help you know about their music! but what i wanna talk about is the two new songs: "bad for good", and "cause i love you". well, it's been a few times the scorps were talking about a new album coming soon, and that will be a back to the roots album! well, those two songs seem to be samples from the upcoming ablum' style! and this style's just amazing! althought, musically talking, the scorps have released much more professional albums (pure instinct, eye to eye, moment of glory, acoustica), but weren't really rock albums, a bit slower than the old scorps songs, but those two songs really join between the "on the top" music and the ... rock songs! well, if this is the style the scorps are planning for the new album, it will be so good, although the last 4 albums i talked about are the best to me, but this style (bad for good and cause i love u) will satisfy all fans around the world! and still they're not 100% like the old stuff, they really are homogeneous with the new rock music!!! also, about the recording! it just rules! the sound of the guitar is excellent, and also the drums!!!! and the arrangements are so cool (done by dieter dierks), especially on bad for good! thanks matthias for using your voice box on 'cause i love you! i really like its sound! and the way you play on it! keep on rockin' scorps!!!!!! you're just the best!

4-0 out of 5 stars Get stung.
At this point, all hair/metal bands should have a collection out, and this is the one you want from the "Scorpions". It may be missing a few songs, but all the big ones are on here, 18 tracks worth. Included is "No One Like You", "Wind Of Change", "Still Loving You", and the huge "Rock You Like A Hurricane". There's also a great cover of The Who's "I Can't Explain". Other good songs are "Rhythm Of Love" and "Send Me An Angel", though they may not be the songs the casual fan thinks they are. My fave might actually be "Don't Believe Her". Overall a great collection of classic tracks, with two good new ones.

4-0 out of 5 stars You Get All the Essentials
If you're in your mid-30s like me and had a huge collection of music on cassette tape during high school, and have been trying to decide what is worth upgrading to CD the recent slew of 'Best of' CDs from all the good 80s bands has been a godsend. My favorite band is Judas Priest, so I got all of their individual CDs. I like the Scorpions alot but not enough to go spend two undred dollars on their entire catalog of releases.

Bad for Good does the job for me. This collection contains the essential hits from around 1980 to the early 1990s plus two pretty decent new tracks. Of course, their career spans way back into the 70s, which is not represented here, but I was never into that material. In short, if you were in high school during the heyday of commercial metal in the 80s, this is your Scorpions. Pop this into the CD player and be prepared to get rocked like a hurricane.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good compilation, but not perfect
The Scorpions are easily one of the superpowers of arena rock. For nearly four decades (you read that right), these guys have been dishing out some of the finest tracks in hard rock history. To date, no single-disc compilation has represented the band too well though. However, this new compilation sure does a better job than any past one. Still, it's not flawless. Read on to see some pros and cons on this compilation.

First and foremost, the pros. This is an excellent compilation from Germany's finest hard rock band. Most of the band's major hits (Rock You Like A Hurricane, The Zoo, Loving You Sunday Morning, Blackout, No One Like You, Still Loving You, Big City Nights, Rhythm Of Love, their cover of the Who classic I Can't Explain, Wind Of Change, Send Me An Angel (this is not the same song as the one of the same name by Real Life,) and Tease Me Please Me) are featured in this compilation. There are even two previously unreleased cuts (and these are surprisingly good, judging how long the band has been around.) Every song that was on the Twentieth Century Masters compilation is here, plus six more. The best thing about this compilation is that it's single disc, yet it has just about every major hit the band has ever done. Being single disc, it is a better value than the two-disc compilations.

Unfortunately, the compilation isn't perfect. Another reviewer pointed out that Still Loving You is a single edit and missing the awesome guitar solo toward the end. No less than two other tracks are edits too. WHY DO HITS COMPILATIONS DO THIS TO US!? Likewise, another flaw that haunts most band's hits compilations is present - the songs are horribly out of their original order of release. It can't be that hard to keep them in order, people. And then there's the flaw that every Scorpions hits compilation suffers from - NO TRACKS FROM THE MICHAEL SCHENKER AND ULI ROTH ERAS! That means the first five albums the band released have ZERO REPRESENTATION. What a shame. Likewise, Hurricane 2000, from the Moment Of Glory album, is missing in action. I thought it was a fairly big hit, and I would rather have had it here than the previously unreleased tracks, good as they may be.

My final verdict? Sure, this compilation is lacking. But, I remain confident, THIS IS THE BEST SINGLE-DISC SCORPIONS HITS COMPILATION TO DATE. These guys could do power rock right, and this compilation demonstrates it eighteen times over. ... Read more


17. Van Halen
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4-0 out of 5 stars An Electrifying Debut (4.5 stars)
Van Halen's 1978 eponymous debut is one of the best guitar albums in the history of rock, and has a collection of some of the most energetic songs in their career. In fact, many of the songs on this album are regularly played on rock radio, like "Runnin With The Devil," "Jamie's Cryin," and their version of the Kinks' "You Really Got Me."

Eddie Van Halen's blistering riffs are the highlight on the album, definitely, even when David Lee Roth's vocals border on annoying (like in the liast 2 songs), and he is credited for introducing the finger-tapping technique to the mainstream (though Genesis' Steve Hackett also used it in the early 1970s). His solos on "Eruption" are almost impossible to duplicate, and his solos on songs like "Ain't Talking About Love" only add to the adrenaline rush produced by the band's music. It only gets 4.5 stars because the last 2 songs are sub-par, but it's one of the most essential hard rock albums ever, and a good album to getif you're into excellent guitar playing. Also kudos to Alex Van Halen and Michael Anthony for supplying an adequate rhythm section.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of rock's greatest triumphs
In the mid seventies, Gene Simmons of KISS discovered a band he felt had great potential - a band called Mammoth. This band was composed of brothers Eddie and Alex Van Halen on guitar and drums, respectively, Michael Anthony on bass, and David Lee Roth on lead vocals. Gene was right to think these guys had potential - they became one of the greatest classic hard rock bands of all time! Prior to releasing their first album, the band changed its name to Van Halen. Read on for my review of this, the band's self-titled 1978 debut album.

Runnin' With the Devil - This is an excellent straight-up rocker - there would have been no better way to start the album. It's no wonder this one went on to be a fan favorite.

Eruption - This is basically a guitar solo by Eddie. As good as this guitar solo is, is hard to believe he was originally trained to be a concert pianist!

You Really Got Me - This is a cover of the Kinks song. The band does an excellent update to an already great rock song. Though this doesn't quite top the original one, it's still great. Notice, just about EVERY Van Halen album has a cover song or two.

Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love - Another fan favorite. The band (especially Eddie) is top notch here. That guitar pattern that opens this track is just priceless!

I'm the One - One of the few songs featured on this album that never became a hit. I'm not sure why this song didn't achieve greater success, because it's more of the straight-up rock we've all come to love Van Halen for, and overall, another great track.

Jamie's Cryin' - Every band's gotta do a few love songs. Fortunately, Van Halen just happened to be one of those bands who made EXCELLENT love songs, because they weren't the wimpy ones so many other bands shelled out (but when Sammy Hagar replaced David Lee Roth on lead vocals, it became a different story.) This is a great track, and one of the band's essential classics.

Atomic Punk - Another one of the album's underrated gems. All I really have to say about this one is not to skip it - you'll only be hurting yourself if you do!

Feel Your Love Tonight - Another love song. This one's a little bit slower than Jamie's Cryin', but it's still a far cry from the wimpy love songs so many other bands were making at the time.

Little Dreamer - This one's another underrated masterpiece that only a fool would skip. Because this album produced so many hits, it's easy to overlook tracks like this - but it's a very foolish move to do so!

Ice Cream Man - Okay, this one is just weird. It's not a bad song by any means (Dave's vocals are top notch here), but why did they have to cover THIS song?

On Fire - The last track is more of the straight-up rock that made Van Halen such a hit early on. I guess you could say the band is truly "on fire" here!

The remaster series is nice in that it has reissued many Van Halen classics, but I was really hoping they'd do more than just reissue the albums. Bonus tracks (demos, B-Sides, and the like) would have been greatly appreciated. Also, the six David Lee Roth albums can fit onto three CDs, so I was hoping they'd combine them. But no, record companies are greedy agencies... Still, these aren't reasons to dock the album's score.

Overall, Van Halen's debut album stands as one of the essential masterpieces of classic hard rock. If you're a fan of classic hard rock or heavy metal, you'll be doing yourself a real favor by picking this up. If you're a casual fan of the band, get THIS ALBUM, not their BEST OF compilation (most of their hits came from this album.) There's just no denying it - Van Halen's debut is a rock and roll masterpiece!

5-0 out of 5 stars Hey, Avril Lavigne #1 Fan!
Hey, Avril Lavigne Fan, do you wanna know why Van Halen, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Steve Vai aren't on MTV? Two reasons-1. MTV sucks and everyone who plays on there sucks! 2. Van Halen, Malmsteen, and Vai are so great at the guitar, they're too good for sucky MTV!!!! Blink 182, Avril, and Good Charlotte suck!!!!!!!!
EVERYONE WHO IS ON THIS PAGE...........BUY THIS ALBUM!!!!It is phenomenal!!

1-0 out of 5 stars This is garbage
This is crap. I've haven't heard it but I know it sucks because they never talk about them in my favorite MTV show. Van Halen a good guitar player? I don't think so!! To all you ignorant posers out there, here are the best guitar playas. Blink 182 and Good Charlotte. Excellent. Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park. Tied for the second place. And Avril Lavigne number 1 eva!! Now SHE is an awesome guitar player. Not like this poser guitarist wannabe Van Halen. This suckss. Get the masterpieces "Let Go" and "Under my Skin" if you want really good rock and guitar work!!. I just finished my 1 star review of Malmsteen (Another poser that can't handle a guitar) and now is time for the poser Steve Vai to be humiliated because that's what he and all this morons with long hair are. Posers!!! If they are THAT good, Why aren't in MTV? jajaja Got ya!!

5-0 out of 5 stars The album that launched the 80's, heavy, and hair metal
Everyone says that Quiet Riot and their debut 'Metal Health' launched a decade of heavy metal madness. AC\DC's Back in Black album was one of the strongest albums of that decade being released in 1980, but it was far from their debut album. Turn the clock back two years to 1978 and we have the true roots of everything the 80's were; decadent, wild, noisy, and ridiculous. Van Halen's debut album Van HAlen 1 started it all.

First you got Eddie Van Halen, the guitar hero to millions who took a one minute and forty-two second guitar solo and turned the music world on ite ear. Eruption was aptly named, suddenly every guitarist was tring to figure out what 'finger tapping was all about.

Second, what wouyld a band be without a frontman? Is there anyone better at this than Diamond David Lee Roth? Not a supurb singer, but a master showman. Who else can sing 'Running with the Devil', 'Jamie's Cryin', and 'Ain't Talking 'bout Love'? Well aparantly no one if you've ever seen Van Halen live anytime after 1985. David Lee Roth will always be the vocalist for Van Halen for millions of fans. The Van Hagar debate will last forever, but for purists, the debut release is as sweet as it gets.

Next we have Michael Anthony. Famous for his Jack Daniels bass guitar in the 80's, his playing is solid. He's not flashy, he's not spectacular. He's a meat and potatos player that keeps things on the ground while Eddie launches himself up into the clouds.

The second band member who shares the name Van Halen is the drummer Alex. Though he has been voted many times the ugliest man in rock n roll..... ever, his skin pounding techniques and sense of rhythm are not to be shunned. It's probably only fitting that for the first couple of seconds of Eruption, we get a quick drum intro.

Van Halen has gone through ups and down over their 30 year career, but this release will seal their places in rock n roll history. ... Read more


18. Pyromania
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Def Leppard's rock sensibilities shot them right to the top of the charts in the '80s. On their third album, Pyromania, the band reconciled new wave melodicism with heavy metal and catchy hooks without compromising any of its edge. The album has sold over 10 million copies, due in part to heavy rotation on MTV. But even without their ubiquitous television presence, anthems like "Rock of Ages" and "Foolin'" still had the stuff that drove the kids crazy. Bursts of screaming guitars and simple power riffs joined forces with choruses that begged to be shouted along to. Guitarists Phil Collen and Steve Clarke may have provided all the pyrotechnics on Pyromania, but the focal point of Def Leppard's sound, particularly for their teenage female fans, was singer Joe Elliott's voice (and, of course, his hair). The record--an essential brick in the foundation of '80s metal--also contains the hit "Photograph." --Steve Gdula ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Albums Ever Made!
Def Leppard's "Pyromania" still stands as one of the best rock albums ever made. It's one of those albums you can crank day after day, year after year, and truly never tire of. Everyone has heard the classic hits "Photograph," "Rock of Ages," and "Foolin,'" but undoubtedly every song on "Pyromania" could have been released as a radio single. "Die Hard the Hunter" and "Billy's Got a Gun" could possibly be their best songs ever, while "Stagefright," although not really recorded live, gives Def Leppard a vengeful and menacing sound that we don't hear after this album. It's hard to explain, this is just truly a special album. It propelled their fame and proceeded their major tradgedies. Though the production is tight, one can imagine these guys unparalleled on stage back in 1983-84. If you like great rock music, "Pyromania" is simply a must.

5-0 out of 5 stars Music Doesn't Get Much Better Than This
I have had this album for a while now and I must say that it just keeps growing on me. It has quickly become one of those albums that I simply can't live without. Every song on this album is great. It amazes me every time I listen to this album how smoothly it flows. There isn't a vocal or instrumental that is out of place on Pyromania. Joe Elliot easily has one of the greateset voices ever in the history of Rock. The way Joe Elliot composed each of these songs is pure genius. In my opinion Def Leppard is one of the very few bands ever to create a perfect album and they were able to accomplish this feat twice. The first time of course was with Pyromania, and the second time was with Hysteria. As much as I Love AC/DC, I must say that Pyromania and Hysteria are better albums than Back In Black. If you are a fan of Rock Music then there isn't any reason why you shouldn't own this album. It far surpassed my expectations, so do yourself a favor and buy it too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Def Leppard knows how to ROCK!!
I borrowed this CD from my father's extensive classic rock collection, and I was completely blown away. This is potent stuff right here; some of the best music I've heard! I'm mostly into modern music (not that rap/rock BS, but true rock/metal such as Tool, Nirvana, Metallica, Disturbed's 2nd CD, Pantera, etc.). However, I listen to some of the more classic rock groups like Guns N' Roses and AC/DC (Led Zeppelin is very talented, but too bluesy for my personal taste). However, while most modern rock lovers will dismiss classic rock as "old people music" for those who can't accept change, I am willing to give anything a chance. I can't stop listening to this CD, and my father often gets p*ssed at me for hiding it from him. Hopefully, this helps to prove that people who actually like modern music don't have totally bland tastes in music. These guys know how to ROCK ON!

5-0 out of 5 stars Gonna start a fire...
Why can't it be 1983 again? Why did "alternative" music ever have to be created? Why do people laugh at my red leather jacket? I don't know, but one thing I do know is that this album still rocks after 20 years. Put in on and crank it up! And just for a moment, it will be 1983 again.

5-0 out of 5 stars The good with the bad
Hard to believe that this is the same band that turned out that musical septic tank, Hysteria. Pyromania was one of my favorite albums to play at maximum volume and I can vividly recall the upturned noses and dirty looks as I left campus with it blaring in my tape deck during the spring semester of 1983. Looking back, I would rather the Leps have stayed on the track of the almost as good High And Dry album, but I realize that they had to eat, drink, and find creative ways to attempt to kill themselves like everyone else, so maximum chart action was needed. Pyromania balanced the rock edge with the pop sheen and broadened their audience, but being as how it led to Hysteria, I'm not so sure that was a good thing. ... Read more


19. Boogie Nights: Music From The Original Motion Picture
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A three-note horn blast, a disco groove calling from the dance floor, a woman's voice charging in to sing "never, ever do I feel discouraged."It's the '70s again. You're surrounded by freedom at its most complete, and trivial. This is how Boogie Nights, a film about the rise and fall of a porn star, begins. The soundtrack consists of dance and trash pop songs playing non-stop, forming a kind of historical narrative behind the action. Vol. I rescues some great nuggets of fluff, both black and white--"Magnet and Steel" and "The Best of My Love," for example. Then, it deliberately goes too far with Night Ranger's "Sister Christian." The song, defiantly candy-ass, challenges our capacity to recycle the pop culture past. Its earnest emptiness and lack of irony make it the most uncool, and fascinating, thing on the record. --Steve Tignor ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars "Feel The Heat" With This Classic Disco Era Soundtrack!!!
From the first selection/snippet from the movie, "Feel the Heat" with actors, Mark Wahlberg & John Reilly, you know that you are gonna be in for a WILD and WEIRD ride, listening-wise. Followed up by disco tune "The Best of My Love" from The Emotions, the grinding, sexy, moaning "Jungle Fever" by Chakachas the sweet and sexy double entendre song, "Brand New Key" by Melanie and the weird, wild, dreamlike, drug induced "Spill the Wine" with Eric Burdon. This is a great disco/drug era CD soundtrack with many hits and little misses. Marvelous Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up, Pt. 1" is certainly a highlight along with the love ballad, "Magnet and Steel" by Walter Egan and cool,"Livin' Thing" from The Electric Light Orchestra.

Misses are: the instrumental "Machine Gun" - The Commodores
the corny "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now" - McFadden & Whitehead, and the embarrassing, Sister Christian - Night Ranger

God Only Knows by The Beach Boys and the eerily instrumental
Big Top composed by Michael Penn are fair.

Check out VOLUME TWO of Boogie Nights soundtrack also! It's great!

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Soundtrack, but you need both...
There were so many great songs in Boogie Nights, and only 13 of them made it onto the original soundtrack. You really need this one PLUS the Boogie Nights #2 CD (which is just as good, if not better) in order to get all of them. However, this one probably has the songs most essential to the movie (including Mark Wahlberg singing that horrible, horrible yet funny song, Feel The Heat). My favorites are Best of My Love (The Emotions), Brand New Key (Melanie) -- it's hilarious, Spill the Wine (Eric Burdon), Sister Christian (Night Ranger), Machine Gun (The Commodores), the classic Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now (McFadden & Whitehead), Livin' Thing (Elo) and God Only Knows (The Beach Boys). If you like this one, I'd definitely recommend buying the Boogie Nights #2 CD as well.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great album!
Boogie Nights is one of my favorite soundtracks of all time. It's so groovy and seventies, with a nice mix of disco tracks, and some mellower stuff like "Magnet and Steel" and the Beach Boys classic "God Only Knows". I could do without the score track at the end, although I adore Michael Penn. You have to go allll the way through it to get to the hilarious secret song. Night Ranger's "Sister Christian" is also pretty cheesy, but it does fit in well. All in all, a great soundtrack to a great film.

4-0 out of 5 stars Feel the heat.
This disc will definitely remind you of the movie, but even better than that, it's just a cool bunch of songs. Besides the intro of "Feel The Heat" from Dirk, this has 70's classics from "The Emotions", "Marvin Gaye", "The Beach Boys", and "The Commodores". My faves would have to be "Magnet and Steel", "Machine Gun", and the track "Brand New Key", because it reminds me of "Rollergirl", played flawlessly by "Heather Graham". A few lines from the movie itself would have been cool too. Oh well. The only thing I really miss here is "Jessie's Girl", but that's on volume 2. Otherwise this is the best soundtrack for your next few "Boogie Nights".

1-0 out of 5 stars Didn't feel it...
There are a lot of great songs on this CD, sure. But I only wanted one: Dirk Diggler's "The Touch". 'Nough said. ... Read more


20. Motley Crue - Greatest Hits
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Average Customer Review: 4.11 out of 5 stars
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Through lead-singer strife and domestic blisters, the Crüe have endured. Greatest Hits is a breather for the group and provides an opportunity to look back at the construction and destruction of this much-maligned multimillion-record-selling ensemble. Sure, much of what's here overlaps with Decade of Decadence, but we do get three tunes from Generation Swine ("Glitter" receives a tender remix) and an eight-panel foldout booklet with essays from each of the rug rats. Most important, two new tracks--"Bitter Pill" and "Enslaved"--feature golden-boy knob twiddler Bob Rock, who oversees two no-nonsense, no-electronics blasts through the candy-metal past. The future looks glam, indeed. --Martin Popoff ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Hasn't Left my Car Yet!
The Crue to me has always been a band that makes some great bad ass music but I was never big enough on 'em prior to recently to actually buy a CD. However, I decided the Greatest Hits was an essential disk to have and WOW it sure is. Sure, it's missing some great stuff..."Too Young to Fall in Love", "Shout at the Devil" (original) amongst many other great songs they did are not to be found on here. It's also got it's songs that really don't belong on here such as "Glitter" and "Shout at The Devil" (remake). However, other than if I could swap those 2 songs for the other 2 I listed, I'd say this is perfect. Great quality, and the booklet has some great words from the band members. The two new songs on here, "Bitter Pill" and "Enslaved" are amazing and two of the best on the CD, I wasn't expecting that. Bottom line is there's no better single disc of Motley Crue out there, buy it! It personally has left me wanting more which drove me to buy the Greatest Hits DVD a few hours ago. I'm actually gonna check that out right now and probably review it later on here, so look out for my review of that as well!

2-0 out of 5 stars a big let down
Ok I bought this cd because Shout At The Devil was sold out. I thought all of Motley Crue's music sounded like the songs on Shout At The Devil. Man was I wrong! I guess the problem is that I'm not a fan of thier music after the first two albums. Out of 17 songs the only song that stands out in my mind is "Looks That Kill". The worst songs on this cd, I think, are: Enslaved; Girls, Girls, Girls; Same Ol' Situation; Afraid; Don't Go Away Mad (Just Gow Away); Smokin' In The Boys Room; Too Fast For Love; Shout At The Devil '97; and Without You. Another thing I didn;t like was the fact that there wasn't many songs that featured Mick Mars, but i like guitar solos.... I hoped this helped you if you are only into the heavy Crue.

3-0 out of 5 stars Welcome to 80s metal
Does The Darkness have you curious about 80s metal? You think that you will get a feel for what we went through in the 80s by buying this Greatest Hits? This CD is far short of the best of Motley Crue. It doesn't even include Too Young To Fall In Love and it messes up the original Shout At The Devil. Obviously a record exec put these songs together.

Think about the big bands today. Normally they come out with a raw album (sorry, I'm old) that grabs the attention of real music lovers. An underground buzz starts, then the record company gets a hold of the band and sees dollar signs. MTV steals the their souls from the artists and kills everything about the music. The art dies and the band becomes a "sell-out". For most people, their favorite album of a band is the first one they heard. This isn't always the case but it is very true of 80s metal. The hits you hear on 80s stations are rearly the songs that got us off.

If you REALLY want to know what it was like for 80s metal fans and why it blew up, you can't just download individual hits. The list below is a good start of CDs to pick up for beginners. These may not be the most selling albums of these bands, but they are the raw stuff that made us love them:

Motley Crue: Shout At The Devil (Pure, hard, real. No other MC album comes close)
Ratt: Out of the Cellar (Again, blew us away when it came out)
Van Halan: 1984 (Has some hits but the fillers are amazing)
Twisted Sister: Stay Hungry (Once you listen to this a couple of times, "We're not Going to Take it" & "I Wanna Rock" will be your least favorites. Check out "The Price")
Def Leppard: Pyromania (Every teenager owned this in 1983.Blows Hysteria away)
Metallica: Master of Puppets (They have a lot of good music but this is the one that got the world's attention)
Queensryche: Operation Mindcrime (The most underrated metal CD of the decade. Even Rolling Stone raved about this one.)
Bon Jovi: Slippery When Wet (Bon Jovi may seem like cheese, but this was the sent metal into mainstream)
GNR: Appetite for Destruction (If you don't know about this one you must be from another planet)
Iron Maiden: Number of the Beast (These guys never sold out)
Judas Priest: Screaming for Vengence (European metal at its finest)

So if you really want to get into this stuff, don't buy Greatest Hits CDs or you will never understand what it was like to be a metal fan in the 80s. (One exception is Poison, their hits are good but their fillers on every album suck. Greatest Hits would be best for them.) Good Luck.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Band, Not Bad Compilation
Although it could be better, Motley Crue's second compilation contains most of their best songs, and biggest hits. Although it should have included more from Too Fast for Love and at least one song from Motley Crue '94, it still provides a great listening experience. The two new songs, Bitter Pill and Enslaved are both catchy, grunge-ish rockers. It contains FIVE (yes, five songs) from the #1 1989 album Dr Feelgood, including the Top Ten hits Without You and Dr Feelgood. Although it could have been better, this compilation includes some of the best songs from hair metal's finest.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Collection!
This is a great great collection of all of the great Crue hits. It also features two new tracks in "Bitter Pill" and "Enslaved." My favorite two songs are "Kickstart my Heart", and "Wild Side." ... Read more


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