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41. The Best of Warrant
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Warrant is a schizophrenic band, a condition illustrated by this 16-song "hits" collection. The Los Angeles-based lineup's 1989 debut, Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich, featured such metal-lite delights as "32 Pennies," the title track, the insipid, self-referential trademark hit "Down Boys," the sappy power ballad "Heaven," the lascivious "Cherry Pie," and "Sometimes She Cries," all of which appear on this best-of. But by 1992's Dog Eat Dog, Warrant had gone heavier and grungier, befitting the musical climate of the era. Consequently, the quintet lost fans who perceived the group as bandwagon jumpers; actually, they do a decent job with heavier songs such as "Machine Gun" and "Hole in My Wall." Proving that singer Jani Lane and pals could be tender and memorable without being cheesy are the gutsy, bluesy "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and the beautiful "I Saw Red." Their cover of Queen's "We Will Rock You," on the other hand, almost manages to sap the song's inherent monster groove. While Warrant's move from image-conscious pop-metal to a heavier sound was awkward in execution, fans of either of the band's phases--and those who like both--will dig this diverse disc. --Katherine Turman ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars The best of Warrant? hardly...
Even though I would rank Warrant as one of my all time favorite bands, I'd have to say the track selection here is such an unfair representation of their career. Sure, the most popular albums were "Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich" (very impressive debut) and "Cherry Pie" (pretty good except for the title track) but the absolutely underappreciated classic "Dog Eat Dog" and the even heavier "Ultraphobic" are far better releases, and those albums proved that Warrant could really rock with the best of them. Yet out of those albums only two tracks from "Dog Eat Dog" are selected ("Machine Gun", "Hole In My Wall"), and they're not even the best ones. Where's "April 2031", "The Bitter Pill", "Inside Out", "Let It Rain", "Andy Warhol Was Right"? I could put anyone of those songs on a list for my favorite tunes this decade. And "Ultraphobic" is totally ignored, sadly. People might think, "Oh it's a washed up hair band jumping on the 'grunge bandwagon' to sell records." but it's really not. It merely serves as a natural progression -- getting even heavier and more creative than "Dog Eat Dog", proving once again that they could transcend the party anthem boundaries. As far as what is here, it's still worth the effort. "Uncle Tom's Cabin", "I Saw Red", and "Sometimes She Cries" are anything but wasted, although there are much better places to start. "Warrant Live 86-97" is a much better representation of their best, and even that falls short. I'd recommend getting "Dog Eat Dog" for an idea of what the band really wanted to achieve.

5-0 out of 5 stars Warrant Rocks!!!
This album contains all the hits Warrant had and I think it's a pretty good representation...even though some of their later albums were ignored...which is fine with me because after Dog Eat Dog they kinda went alternative a little too much (but they're recording a new album with their traditional sound now). Tracks like Down Boys, Heaven, Sometimes She Cries, Uncle Tom's Cabin, and their cover of We Will Rock You are great. I like the album version of "I Saw Red" better than the acoustic version on this album, but now I have them both. The song "Cherry Pie" is much maligned, but heck, it's a great party song...I LOVE it! Lighten up. Probably the band's most diverse and underrated album was Dog Eat Dog. There are definitely some incredible songs and songwriting on this album. I suggest buying this Greatest Hits plus Dog Eat Dog to get the full Warrant impact. You will not be disappointed.

1-0 out of 5 stars You know something...
My sister knew a guy in high school who looked like the lead singer of Warrant. This guy would sit in the very back of the room and sniff glue all day long, since his only class aside from those required by the great state of Ohio was study hall. He would sometimes try to sing when he was on his glue highs. From what I people went to school with told me, he sounded like the lead singer of Warrant. And when school let out at 2:52, said Warrant singer lookalike would strut down the hall just like the real Warrant singer would on Warrant's "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" video. Wait a minute,... IT CAN'T BE!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Rock Album
Despite what anyone thinks of the image of the band. These guys are a great band and very talented! There lyrics and music rocked my ears off and this is the ultimate Warrant album!

4-0 out of 5 stars This collection is "Heaven".
Listening to this disc, I wonder why "Warrant" didn't get quite as big as some of their peers. Whether it's metal anthems, or ballads, this is loaded with great songs from that era. It's almost impossible not to bang your head, or air-guitar to "Down Boys" and "Cherry Pie". Plus, "Heaven" and "Sometimes She Cries" are just classic hair songs. They also started to get a little rootsy, and less glam on songs like "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and "Bed Of Roses". I think they could have done a better cover than "We Will Rock You", but at least it's listenable. Overall, a must for your "hair" collection. It'll go great with your "Cinderella" and "Poison" cd's. ... Read more

42. Adrenalize
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5-0 out of 5 stars one of the best
The place where Hysteria left the band before this album was very hard to climb, any other songs could be mediocre than adrenalize one's, LET'S GET ROCKED, WHITELIGHTING, MAKE LOVE LIKE A MAN; are real hit's that make's keep the faith in def leppard, it's very hard to reach the top, but it's harder to support this place in the music.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Hysteria, but still awesome!
Long before the overpoppy "X" came out, there was a record called Adrenalize by Def Leppard. Rated by many as a failed successor to Hysteria, I think that isnt completly right. Adrenalize isnt incredible as Hysteria, but it is pretty damn close.
It starts off with a bang, "Lets get Rocked", which is a awesome rocker, perfectly in the veins of Hysteria.
"Heaven is" isnt great, but still, it works as a great filler.
"Make Love like a Man" is a weird song, and the title kinda scares me, but it shows that Def Leppard still plays around with their music, and it is a catchy chorus.
"Tonight" Reminds me of the music on Pyromania, listen to it because it is hard to describe it very clearly.
It goes over to "White Lightning", a song built up on Guitars. Not that great really, but it makes way for my favoritesong on the album,
"Stand up(Kick love into Motion)" Ohhh...for those who have read my reviews of other things, you are aware of my knack for power ballads. This song fits perfectly. Wonderful verse and chorus, a great song for lovers. If Animals had this chorus, Animals would have been the perfect song. They really sound alike.
After a repeat, its time for song number 7, "Personal Property", and this song isnt any special. Its what they call another Rocker, ala Def Leppard.

Then, to my all time favoritesong of Def Leppard, the most wonderful song they have made.
"Have you ever needed someone so Bad". The Sole reason I bought this record, is this song. I cannot describe the feeling I get when listening to this song, a lot of girls I know have borrowed this cd over and over just for this song. Its pretty much the best song they have written, with a text that resembles the problems with love everyday. The melody is haunting and beautiful, yet powerful with its guitars and heavy drums. You want a real powerballad? Here it is.

Oh well, back to reality and the rest of the Record. "I wanna Touch U" is an uplifting rocker, with a good chorus, one of the better songs on the record.
And the last song, "Tear it Down" is just decent.

So whats this I see? Adrenalize not being a good record? Wake up people, Adrenalize is a great record, maybe due to the fact that some of its songs are much better than on Hysteria, but the whole isnt, so its not better. If you can forget about Hysteria, or start with this one, Adrenalize is a great rockrecord from one of the best bands out there!

1-0 out of 5 stars Radio-friendly garbage
Def Leppard attempt to return to their 1980's-era glory with 'Adrenalize'. It's full of weak pop melodies and sappy MTV lyrics. Definitely not a rocker in the likes of 'On Through The Night', or even 'Pyromania'. I recommend you skip this one in favor of when Def Lep were lean, mean, and true.

5-0 out of 5 stars Still a great album, and their first with Mike Shipley!
I still love "Adrenalize!" Though "Pyromania" and "Hysteria" will always be classics, Def Leppard should be commended for making this album. The rockers like "Let's Get Rocked", "I Wanna Touch You", "Make Love Like A Man", "Heaven Is", "Personal Property" and others are all superb! I still love the song "Tonight." It should have gone to No. 1 instead of No. 62 in the Billboard Hot 100. It's such a nice ballad and Joe Elliott sounds passionate on it. "White Lightning" is still a strong power ballad that builds up its momentum during its 7 minutes. Although I didn't like it at first, I like "Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad" now. Took me 20 listens to like it more now. But the album's other strong point is Mike Shipley producing the album. Shipley's direction with the album is superb given the shifting rhythms and turns of the songs. It's a pattern that he has been good at with later albums by Enrique Iglesias, Faith Hill, Andrew W.K., Winger and others. Because of "Adrenalize," I respect Mike Shipley's involvement on albums a lot more. This is still one of the '90s best rock albums and I commend DL for continuing on with its career after losing one of its members, Steve Clark. Steve would have been proud of this album too!

5-0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable...their best by far
Don't get me wrong, I loved Pyromania and Hysteria. They are both amazing albums that epitomized the 80's in every way. However, Adrenalize is not only my favorite album they ever produced, it is my favorite cd EVER by anyone, hands down. From "Lets get rocked" to "Have you ever needed someone so bad" this album had everything you could want on it. It's a lot of fun to listen to, and the ballads are just incredible. Todays music is either so stupid that you can't bear to listen to it or too depressing. This album is neither. Just plain awesome, and the lyrics are phenominal. I may only be 21 but I know great rock and no one to this day has topped their efforts on this one. Just buy it and you'll see what I mean. ... Read more

43. The Very Best of Rainbow
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Founded by Deep Purple's founding guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, and originally called Blackmore's Rainbow, Rainbow was a revolving-door supergroup, in which artists like Ronnie James Dio, Cozy Powell, Joe Lynn Turner, and Tony Carey entered just long enough to establish themselves and bolster their resumes. Considering the band's instability, Rainbow created a number of surprisingly strong tunes over its 10-year career. The first half of The Best of Rainbow features Dio's inimitable vocals on such Deep Purple-styled stormers as "Man on the Silver Mountain," "Stargazer," and "Kill the King." The second part of the disc is from the later and more commercially oriented part of the band's career, and contains the Turner classic "Since You've Been Gone" as well as "Stone Cold" and "Power." If nothing else, The Best of Rainbow is loaded with the kind of mind-bending solos that earned Blackmore and Rainbow their stripes.--Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome metal classic of the time...
From the opening track to the close, this single CD does what not many other 'best of' types do - it *really* delivers. Being a Rainbow fan from Day 1 (I mean, how many could not resist the Man on the Silver Mountain?), I was pleased with this collection. Mind you, all my Rainbow is on vinyl, however I did not find myself wanting this cut or that one that 'they' forgot...And if you are a major fan of Rainbow, you would get all the CD's anyway, right?

This fan of most all metal bands loved this collection, from the 'black magic' sound when Dio was in, right up to their later commercial days - which produced what I believe is some of the 'best of breed' stuff for the time (Since you've been gone, Jealous Lover, Stone Cold, Street of Dreams, etc).

This underrated and under-exposed band of the late 70's/early 80's deserves the attention of any metal/hard rock fan. No, they are not some Deep Purple clone - Ritchie had his thing and sound to share with the world, and despite the rotating door of musicians that he worked with, the music and vision was strong on all of Rainbow's work. Hail to one of the greatest guitarists of the decade and this significant part of his career that got him there!!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have
This cd is a must have for Deep Purple fans; if you love hard rock/heavy metal, then check it out as well, too. Rainbow is often criticized as a Deep Purple-lite band. Not true. Ritchie Blackmore pursued a different sound with this band, and while his guitar is unmistakable, the songs explore themes from medieval/magic to love and romance. Gillan (of Deep Purple) often sang of different themes.
I don't have a complaint with any of the songs; they're all appealing, and the early songs are quite different from the 80's era music. All three vocalists delivered. I am of the (perhaps unpopular) opinion that Joe Lynn Turner's vocals are better than Ronnie James Dio's. If you're not a big fan of the gothic sound, certainly don't let that deter you from this album. The introduction of Graham Bonnet (on song 8, here) brought an end to that era. Similarly, if the gothic sound is what you crave, there are seven wonderful songs to satisfy that urge. I've heard people argue that Turner brought too much of a mainstream appeal to the band. This may be true, but the songs are no less appealing. "Stone Cold" conveys musically all of the emotion it delivers lyrically. So to, "Street of Dreams" is a dramatic anthem of break-up songs.
This album is well worth a listen-to. There is something to please all on it, and Ritchie Blackmore's guitar work is not to be missed.

4-0 out of 5 stars A variety of mystic and melody...
This collection does a wonderful job of showing a band going from one point of view to another. Ronnie James Dio brought a more dark-agish and cutting edge approach; while Joe Lynn Turner brought a more soulfull and meloncholic approach. To go from, "The Man on the Silver Mountain," to "Street of Dreams," is a wonderful and enjoyable ride to any ears.

4-0 out of 5 stars My first Rainbow/Dio purchase
I'll never forget the day that I bought this CD at Shopko and it was the day just before my senior graduation and I had a lot of fun times listening to this album, I originally bought this album for 'Man on the Silver Mountain' but when I listened to the rest of the songs, I was amazed.

The songs from Rainbow's debut album are the aforementioned 'Man on the Silver Mountain' and a beautiful ballad 'Catch the Rainbow', both of those songs are classics and the former should've been another classic like Deep Purple's 'Smoke on the Water', 'Woman From Tokyo' and 'Highway Star'.

The songs from their second album Rainbow Rising are 'Starstruck' and 'Stargazer' which clocks in at over 8 minutes, that song is one hell of a song and it could've easily been a Deep Purple classic.

The songs from Long Live Rock 'N' Roll and it would also be Ronnie James Dio's final album with Rainbow ( before he would replace the immortal Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath) and the songs for this album are the title track, 'Kill The King' and 'Gates of Babylon' I also felt that 'LA Connection' should've been included for this album.

Next up is Down to Earth which is the first and only album to feature Graham Bonnet on vocals and he would later join MSG and Alcatrazz, the whole album isn't that great but it contains two very good songs, the radio staple 'Since You Been Gone' and 'All Night Long' (not to be confused with Joe Walsh's version).

The songs for Rainbow's fifth studio album called Difficult to Cure are 'I Surrender' (Rainbow's biggest hit in England) and 'Can't Happen Here', this album would be Joe Lynn Turner's first album with Rainbow.

Then we get to the B-side of 'Can't Happen Here' called 'Jealous Lover' which still gets some rock airplay but it's not one of my favorite songs by Rainbow.

Next up is Rainbow's sixth studio album called 'Straight Between the Eyes' and it features 'Stone Cold' (which was Rainbow's only Top 40 hit in America) and 'Power'. (I would've put 'Death Alley Driver' on here instead of this song no offense.

Then we get to Rainbow's final studio album called Bent Out of Shape and it has 'Street of Dreams' and 'Can't Let You Go' and they're both one of the better songs with Joe Lynn Turner on vocals.

This album is recommended if you like classic rock, or if you're a Deep Purple fan, but if you like Dio, I would still check this album out.

5-0 out of 5 stars my favorite greatist hits cd
this is the best greatist hits cd i ever heard.every track is great except for can't let you go,but even this song is o.k.ritchie blackmore is a great guitarist and it shows on this cd.ronnie james dio sings some of his greatist songs on this on the silver mountain,gates of babylon and long live rock and roll is just as good as anything he recorded with black sabbath or his own band.graham bonnet sings only two songs on this album but they are the best tracks on this cd,the songs are since you been gone and all night long.joe lynn turner sings the last 5 tracks on this cd.out of the three vocalists on this cd,turner is proberly the worst.even though songs like can't happen here,jealous lover and power are[powerful].this cd is a must have for all hard rock fans. ... Read more

44. VH1 Classic Metal Mania: Stripped
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3-0 out of 5 stars Metal Ballads anyone?
Why not call this Metal Ballads number one million. Damn metal mania, where the hell is the mania at? For that matter wheres the metal? Could have picked much better songs for this release.
Miles Away, When children cry, i saw red....c'mon, just another metal ballads there hasnt been enough of those.

5-0 out of 5 stars Rock on ...
I love it! A quiet metal step back in time to 80's land.Who knew I even knew these songs? But I do and you will too. Then, you will remember where you were, what you were doing , and who you were doing it with, when you last heard it. Great acoustic versions that let the talent shine through.Metal is not just for metal lovers anymore. ... Read more

45. Shout At The Devil
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5-0 out of 5 stars This CD is "Red Hot" And Has The Sounds "That Kill"!
Well deserves all five stars and I feel all the Crucial Crues' are worthwhile. Motley Crue are one of my all-time favourite musicians and if you owned their first five albums you would probably feel the same way I do about them. I truly believe the music to virtually all the original album tracks off of Too Fast For Love, Shout At The Devil, Theatre Of Pain, Girls Girls Girls & Dr. Feelgood are fantastic, well crafted masterpieces. The bonus songs on these remastered Crucial Crues' are pretty cool and even the ones I don't like I am not willing to call garbage. I couldn't call anything they did from that era trash (I even like some of their most recent songs, "Hell On High Heels" to name one). "I Will Survive", "Toast Of The Town", "Kickstart My Heart(Demo)", "Keep Your Eye On The Money(Demo)" and "Nona(Demo Idea 2)" are my favourites. This CD version of the album is way too cool. CD jewelbox version. Excellent remastered sound, Four audio bonus tracks, Lyrics present, Cool photos of the Motley Crue foursome are here, And it states some of the band members feelings towards their masterpieces. Thanks to all those involved in getting this work of art remastered with bonus material and released on CD.

5-0 out of 5 stars Motley Crue At Its Best!!!
This albums is truly a heavy metal masterpiece! It is raw and edgy and has that "hungry for success" sound. It is not full of fluff like so many other 80's metal bands. Thankfully, it has not lost its punch when being remastered. I have a hard time picking an absolute favorite song, but Too Young To Fall In Love, Bastard, Red Hot, and Ten Seconds To Love are just awesome to listen to. They did a great version of the Beatles' Helter Skelter. This album is more like the Judas Priest and Iron Maiden of this time period-rockin' but defintitely not pop!!!
If you're ready for head-banging, fist-pounding music-this is it!

5-0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST

5-0 out of 5 stars Metal Masterpiece
The year:1983. The place:LA. The 4 guys: Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, Mick Mars and Vince Neil. All they wanted to do was dress in leather and spikes, wear gaudy makeup and play the heaviest music yet. With their classic Shout At The Devil sophomore release, they did it. Just everything about the album reeks of heaviness, everything from the Satanic lyrics to the heavy guitar and rumbling lyrics. While later they would become a pop metal band who sang about, well, pop metal subjects, this album is a true metallic masterpiece from start to finish. Even the ballad, 'Danger', is violent and bitter. If you call yourself a metalhead, get this album and stick it in any non-metalhead's face.

5-0 out of 5 stars Daniel Salazar's an Idiot, "Shouts" a masterpiece
Please remove the review by Daniel Salazar as this guy is as lit on Seattle grunge as Layne Stayley was on heroin and can in no way give an objective or intelligent opinion. To give "Shout" anything less than 3 or 4 stars is irresponsible and moronic (especially when you're giving anything by "Limp Brisket" 5 stars). This is as hard and edgy as anything that was available in 1983 and clearly has stood the test of time, as some of today's artist such as Moby and Rob Thomas (not that I particularly care for either of their music)have commented on the influence and staying power of this album. No one has ever accused the Crue of writing thought provoking lyrics, but that's not what this album is about. This album is pure rebellion and adrenaline mixed with some amazing guitar riffs and great drumming from Tommy Lee. Go back to your gray skies, rain and flannel shirts and stop knocking classic metal ... Read more

46. Monsters of Rock [Razor & Tie]
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5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect Rock Compilation
Review of Album-
1.Quiet Riot-cum on feel the noise- 5 out of 5 stars
2.Great White-Once bitten, Twice shy- 4.5 stars
3.Alice Cooper- Poison-5 out of 5 stars
4.Europe-The Final Countdown- 4 stars
5.RATT- Round and Round-4.5 stars
6.Warrant- Cherry Pie- 4.8 out of 5 stars
7.Whitesnake- Here i go again- 4.5 stars
8.Poison- every rose has it's thorn- 4.7 stars
9.Winger- Seventeen- 4.5 stars
10.Living Colour- Cult of Personality-4.6 stars
11.Twisted Sister- We're not gonna take it- 4.8 stars
12.Judas Priest- you got another thing coming- 4.8 stars
13.Cinderella- Nobodys Fool- 4.5 stars
14.38 Special- Hold on Loosely- 3 stars
15.Autograph- Turn up the radio- 3.4 stars
16.Night Ranger- Sister Christian- 4 stars
Overall great collection of rock songs/Worth the money

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection
This is a terrific collection of metal songs that dominated the the music scene from 1983 through 1991. The era of pop-metal has been highly underrated in its place in rock history. Much of the best material from amny of the top artists are here. Some songs like the hard to finds "Turn Up The Radio" by Autograph and "The Final Countdown" by Europe are graciously included as are the huge and most memorable hits, Quiet Riot's "Cum On Feel The Noise" Great White's "Once Bitten Twice Shy" Poison's "Every Rose Has Its Thorn", Whitesnakes "Here I Go Again", "Cult Of Personality" by Living Colour, along with only slightly smaller hits including, Winger's "Seventeen", Cinderella's "Nobody's Fool", Ratt's "Round And Round" and Night Rangers underrated epic ballad "Sister Christian". They even highlight some of the genras founding fathers like Alice Cooper and Judas Priest. The only real foul-upss are in the form of Warrant deplorible top ten smash "Cherry Pie" and "Hold On Loosely" by 38 Special, which is an excellent song but also has no purpose on an album devoted to 80's metal and hair bands, not southern rock! MONSTERS OF ROCK isn't perfect ofcourse, but as perfect as it could be with the limited ability a company like Razor & Tie has with sighning top artists. By no means can a perfect 80's collection be made without missing its biggest stars like Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Guns N' Roses, major non commercial acts like Metallica and AC/DC, perhaps a take from those worn out veterans used to be known as Aerosmith, and ofcourse the decades biggest star, VAN HALEN.

5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific!
This is probably the best hair/pop metal collection ever, and there are quite a few. It includes the biggest hits from the greatest bands, including Warrant, Poison, Ratt, and Quiet Riot. My only complaint is that it should have included something from Motley Crue, which in my opinion, is the supreme hair band. But these songs are good. Get this to see what heavy metal was like in the 1980's. U will not regret it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Have it on tape
This is a pretty good album. There was a few songs that
don't fit. But when you have a collection of songs like
Final Countdown/Cum feel the Noise/Poison just to name
a couple then you have a winner.

3-0 out of 5 stars Should some of this stuff be on here?
I like the others, think some of this stuff should have been saved for the Monster Ballads C.D.Then there are some who have no need to be here at all.I for one think putting Autograph on here at all just shows why this music died the death it did.They should have been on the Monster one hit too many C.D.38 SPECIAL????Good band,wrong C.D. to be on!Dont get me wrong,it's a good disc but too disjointed with ballads and pop songs.It could be worse, it could be Monster Alternative Hits! ... Read more

47. New Jersey
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Thanks to Slippery When Wet, Bon Jovi procured the sort of world domination dreamt of by demented European dictators and Bond villains--at which point the band decided that they didn't really want to rule the planet. Though New Jersey contains several Jovi stadium anthems, including the single "Bad Medicine," and though the album's videos showed that the intricately layered and feathered coiffures were intact, this is where Bon Jovi began changing. The title offers a broad hint as to what Jon Bon Jovi in particular was trying to change into: short of renaming the album I Come from the Same Place as Bruce Springsteen, he could scarcely have been more obvious about his intentions. "Living in Sin," indeed, takes Bon Jovi's increasing obsession with Springsteen to the verge of pastiche. --Andrew Mueller ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Bon Jovi: New Jersey review
How do you follow up an album like Slippery When Wet? Well, frankly, just like this! While New Jersey didn't quite make the big splash that Slippery did it certainly still made a big "wave" in the hair-rock world! Slippery would have been the perfect cd if it would have replaced some of its songs with ones like "Bad Medicine", "Lay Your Hands on Me", or "Stick to Your Guns". All of these are great rock songs especially "Bad Medicine". This cd relies more on the voices of the group and less on the, not so inconsiderable, guitar playing of Richie Sambora, this is what makes this cd different than Slippery. "Bad Medicine" I guess is the "You Give Love a Bad Name" song for NJ, and "Lay Your Hands on Me" is the "Let it Rock" song of NJ. So I guess, in a way, it still highly resembles Slippery, but why shouldn't it? I mean, Slippery was one of the best rock albums of the '80's, so why not try to repeat the formula that made that album? You could argue all day about how different and alike the 2 albums are but still one thing is definately agreeable; both are awesome! "Bad Medicine" has great lyrics, guitars, drums, and vocals. "Lay Your Hands on Me", while not the best song in terms of lyrics is still a powerful rock song. "Blood on Blood" is a great song and a great anthem to any guy teen group. "Born to be my Baby", Living in Sin", "Wild is the Wind" are all wonderful rock songs too. "I'll be There for You" is not the best rock ballad out there, or even Jovi's greatest, but it's still good. "Love for Sale" is different and funny, that is what makes that song work. "99 in the Shade", although it has a strange tune is good too. I think this album represents the versatility of Bon Jovi, not only in the songs, but in the style of music. Several songs on this cd are nothing like any of their previous or later cds. You can really tell though that Jon and Richie both find their voices in this one too. Their vocals were mixed very well with the music. Although this isn't their best, with Slippery still being #1,in my opinion, NJ is a close second. In closing I'll say this; I can't find enough great things to say about Bon Jovi (the man and the group) their songs, lyrics, guitars, drums, voices, and talent are all top notch stuff, and New Jersey mixes all of their great talent together into one cd. So, if you're an '80's "hair-rock" music fan, buy it! if your a Bon Jovi fan you should already have it! If you're just a fan of great rock in general, you should buy it. Frankly, New Jersey and Slippery When Wet make a magnificent team! So put them in a cd player and play both of them back to back... the way it should be!

5-0 out of 5 stars Another smash hit
This album, of course, was the followup to the mega-smash hit "Slippery When Wet" album. Of course this didn't sell quite as many millions, but it was still huge. While "Slippery" had two # 1 and three total top 10 hits, this album also had two # 1's and a total of FIVE top 10 hits. For sure, the success was once again well-deserved.

Some of the best-ever Bon Jovi tracks are on this album, such as the huge rocking hits "Lay Your Hands On Me" and "Bad Medicine" as well as non-hits like "Wild Is The Wind", "Stick To Your Guns" (with its lead-in "Ride Cowboy Ride") and "99 In The Shade". "Born To Be My Baby" was a fantastic anthem hit as well. I also enjoyed "Blood On Blood", an anthem about brotherhood and "boys becoming men".

On the other side, a few tracks are present that are not quite up to the level of previous Bon Jovi tracks, such as the hit "Living In Sin", "Homebound Train", and the silly "Love For Sale", which closes the album. Don't get me wrong--these songs are for the most part very good, but just not quite to the previous level.

That leaves "I'll Be There For You", the definining ballad and another huge hit on this album. You listen to it at first and thing that the lyrics are just too cheesy and sappy even for Bon Jovi, but over time it still grows on you. While this ballad didn't have quite the power behind it of previous Bon Jovi ballads, it is impossible not to like it overall.

Overall, I love this album still. While a few of the tracks aren't quite as good as on previous albums, others are simply amazing. Still too great an album overall to give less than five stars. After all, it is the last truly rocking Bon Jovi album to date.

5-0 out of 5 stars garden (state) of hair metal heaven
seriously, people. i really do believe this album has merit. perhaps the greatest hair metal album released. the ballads are all pitch-perfect, the rockers are catchy, the album feels like an album and not a few hits with filler...they did a great job with this one.

trivia: the first album i ever owned, period. (and no, that doesn't make me biased...ahahaha).

4-0 out of 5 stars The "Essential" Bon Jovi
You know an album is great when it sounds better every time you hear it. I picked "New Jersey" up on audio cassette for a dollar, and it was my introduction to Bon Jovi. Now I own 3 Bon Jovi albums, and I love them all.

"New Jersey" is different than the other albums I own ("Slippery When Wet", "Crush"). It feels more like a concert than an album. Whether it was intentional or not, the songs just flow nicely from one to another. The first two songs kind of get you going, though they're kind of repetitive and more of a "warm up" to the rest of the album. Then, with an authoritative "1, 2, 3, 4", the drums come in and "Born to be My Baby" opens. Then the album hits its stride. "Living in Sin"'s beautifully written and sung, and shows off the band's ability to harmonize. If you have the cassette, like me, the 1st side finishes with "Blood on Blood", a high energy song about the band members' wild boyhood.

But if I could only have one side (speaking in tape terms again), it would be the second side. "Homebound Train" opens, continuing the energy that the first side ended with, and then comes "Wild is the Wind", a passionate and upbeat song about what it feels like to be seperated from the one you love. Then comes the mono, record-like recording of "Ride, Cowboy, Ride". It sounds kind of weak, but I'm still glad it's there, because it makes "Stick to Your Guns" sound that much cooler when it kicks in with it loud drums and beautiful chords. What follows is probably the best song on the album, "I'll Be There for You". I don't know how to describe its greatness, other than to say that it's the song that all of us guys wish we could sing (if we had Jon Bon Jovi's voice) to that one girl who we love, but never seems to love us in return. And just when you think the song is done, it hits its key change, and you'll just sit back and breathe a sigh. It's that cool.

The last couple of songs on the album aren't that special, but they kind of serve the purpose of "letting you down easy" so that you're actually ready to let the album stop playing. "99 in the Shade" is a fun song, but nothing special. The last song, "Love for Sale" isn't really a song, and you'll hate it at first, but after a couple of times, you'll start to find it funny, and you'll like the way it literally finishes the album off with one of the Bon Jovis requesting that they just "say the record is done".

This album may not be for everyone, but it's still undoubtedly a great album, and one of the reasons I still have a cassette player in my house. Give it a try.

5-0 out of 5 stars I Have Something To Say
I have heard "yeah I USED to be into that back in the day" or "I probably still have a copy floating around somewhere" with regards to this album (or possibly GNR's Illusions albums) more than any other piece of work. Again, perhaps you are beginning to notice a thematic motif streaming through all my reviews: WELL WHAT ABOUT BEETHOVEN??????? It's about the most difficult, grandiose, and (unnecessary?) thing to do in the world, compare the New Jersey album to the .... 7th Beethoven Symphony, let's say.... but given I live in America, my freedom of speech is going to let me get on with the idea anyway.

Nobody says "yeah man back in the day, the late works of Brahms." Why is the 80's such a long time ago, and why has it been that way ever since 1993?

Well, ranking with "Keep the Faith," "Blaze of Glory," and "Use your Illusion II", this fool shall now stick his neck out and put this album on the highest throne - potentially pushing the buttons of many... or maybe not?

Upon becoming millionaires in the prime party time of your life, first of all, a huge hat's off these guys for actually feeling like making a masterpiece after "Slippery." The latter album was great, but from a musical standpoint, there was a career with tenure to be established. When applying the business sense of using "the formula to sell", combined with musical talent and significant productivity in the composition department (oh, and a human soul, almost forgot that one), I never have heard a band who has been able to split the difference and play the game to get their point across, better (except for maybe Queen).

I was 10 when I first heard "I'll be there for You", so I'll admit I was somewhat brought into the game of record marketing for the masses... yet still, from day one, I was quite remarkably MORE hooked into Jovi than ANYTHING else that was going on. I didn't even get into Guns till after Nirvana made them "untrendy" and "embarrassing" to listen to.

The hooks? The production? The buisness sense? Sure! But STILL, for God's sake, let's not forget that BON JOVI'S "NEW JERSEY" also has AMAZING SONGWRITING AND MUSICIANSHIP. Although I am no enemy of the power ballad, I would still like to say that "I'll be There for You" is probably the best one (maybe because it's actually a song, not just a power ballad, all ye pigeonholers out there) ever written. Amazing lyrics, immensely tasteful fills by Richie in between all the vocals, and amazingly tastefully guitar solo... and that modulation (or more like tonal shift) into E at the outro chorus! ... or in the case of this song, one of the guys in the band went, "you know I think we may have something here if we take this song to the key of God." All who want to cry "music nerd," bring it on, I'm ready. Just stay away from Dream Theater because it probably has too much brain for you. This is why I love Bon Jovi more than anything, though... they have brains to overplay, which is telepathically communicated to us in their songs, but they know that they need to reach out to people, or their mission is pointless - and although I'd like to see the current Jovi go back to a little more jamming and going off, I do understand their situation. So, realizing they have the lowest B.S. content of any humans in the world, they put their hearts on tape - and into the lives of others.

But the real gem/masterpiece/lackofwordsforsuchasong is "Stick to Your Guns." The key and chord progressions, being directly before "I'll be There For You," may be somewhat exhausting to the listener... but.... I guess that's okay in this case, given that two of the greatest musical compositions ever written are right next to each other. I didn't even think about the whole cowboy ripoff thing till people started bringing it up SINCE the year 2002. If you get to what the song is really saying, you'll find you can stop attacking JBJ for the "cliche's." You know, I have a philosophy: Cliche's are only cliche's because they are so true, and frequently recurring themes in life. Some people out there just can't handle repetition. I will concede, however, there is a fine line between monotonous simplicity and justified "in the pocket" repetition.

But enough about the greatest songs ever written, that just happen to appear on New Jersey. "Wild is the Wind" rips your heart out and makes you bleed, "Blood on Blood" is on the borderline between anthem and epic, which develops so perfectly you forget over 6 minutes has gone by, "Living in Sin" and "Born to Be My Baby" could be considered some of the best stuff ever written WHEN you are in the proper mood, and "Love for Sale" is one of the first huge posters that read "STOP IT WITH THE HAIRMETAL LABELS" before the term HAIRMETAL was even a big deal. What? Diversity? An 80's band? That is correct.

This is an amazing album that will be on your moderate to heavy rotation list all your life, if you are not stubborn enough to fall into the "It had its day" category of obstinate human beings that dwell amongst us. It may never sell more than "Slippery" just because there are too many people that go "Dude, the original is classic, you can't argue with the classic", but in a perfect world *sigh* it would atleast have longterm critical acclaim. If you are listening to Matchbox 20, Creed, Dave Matthews, Barenaked Ladies *shudder* or,... I don't know what, but if you think what you listen to is good music and you don't even own this album... AND there were a literal God of Rock and Roll somewhere, then you, my friend, may be committing a mild sin. But religion is about forgiveness, so ... if you turn your computer off right now and go get it (or order it here right now).... maybe I can convince God to look the other way just long enough....

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48. Rock Star
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More than merely a headbanger's take on A Star Is Born, Rock Star is, like all great Hollywood middlebrow fare, actually "inspired by a true story": the saga of an Ohio salesman/Judas Priest tribute band vocalist who one day found himself taking Rob Halford's place in the spotlight. But whether its music is big-hair throwback or merely ahead-of-the-curve '80s retro-hip is hardly a matter that will cause quantum theorists sleepless nights. Not surprisingly, the film's soundtrack sounds both distinctly virtual and marketing-department honed: a mix of modern rockers (Everclear's hard-pop title track, the Verve Pipe's "Colorful") and '80s vets (Bon Jovi's genre-defining "Livin' on a Prayer"). Steel Dragon, the film's fictional headliners, feature era vets Jason Bonham on drums, Zakk Wylde on guitar, and vocalist Jeff Scott Soto giving star Mark Wahlberg something to lip-synch. They re-create a frighteningly credible faux-'80s pop-metal ethos that ranges from the big-ballad Bon Jovi-isms of "We All Die Young" to the pounding, metallic Priest-cloning of "Livin' the Life" and "Blood Pollution," and the anthemic "Long Live Rock and Roll," the latter in a ham-fisted performance that begs to be subtitled "(But Please Retire Soon)." It's all enough to make long-suffering heavy metal fans cry out, "Why hast thou forsaken us, Spinal Tap?" --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars LONG LIVE TO HARD ROCK AND ROLL!!
Rock Star is the picture of 80's Metal sleaze scene. Forget about the end of of the movie, whatever. Steel Dragon rocks... Oh, Blood Pollution (Heaviest bass of Jeff Pilson), Wasted Generation (Lyrics about the pathetic up-coming end), Livin The Life (Spirit of the Movie!!), Stand Up (The outsmashing bass of the drums of Jason Bonham makes your heart stop for a few seconds), Long Live Rock N'Roll (Jeff Scott Soto and Zakk Wylde teaching Dio and Blackmore hahahha), Reckless (Criticize new bands), Colorful (Pathetic grunge band "The Verve Pipe") and finally, We All Die Young, (amazing performance of Steeheart's Mike Mijatevic).
Vocals: Mike Mijatevic (Steeheart), Jeff Scott Soto (Y. Malmsteen)
Guitars: Zakk Wylde (Ozzy)
Bass: Jeff Pilson (Dokken)
Drums: Jason Bonham (Jason Bonham Band)

Oh... And we still have Livin On A Prayer (Bon Jovi), Wild Side (Mötley Crüe) and Lick It Up (Kiss)

Extremely amazing!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Gimme, Gimme, More Rock and Roll!!!
True rock and roll will never fade away. Mark Walberg did not do the singing for the film, dispite some articles saying he
took lessons and did his own singing. Thankfully, the movie
producers went on a worldwide search to find the best 80's style
rock and roll musicians. The soundtrack has a great line up with
Kiss, Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, The Verve Pipe, and many more. What stood out to me was that the producers put together a band,
who never played together before, and pulled it off brilliantly.
Steel Dragon has two lead singers, Mike Matijevic and Jeff Scott
Soto. Most people have never heard of these guys. Mike Matijevic was in a band called Steelheart, and the band split up
after piece of the stage fell on him, causing him to be hospitalized for a number of months, after a 100% recovery, the band was no more. His voice has such range, and is clear at all volumes, quite amazing considering the style of music. His top single was "I'll Never Let You Go", that song is what most people remember him by. Jeff Scott Soto did a lot of cover band work, singing Ozzy tunes and such. He sounds like Gene Simmons of Kiss a little bit, and has a great voice that compliments Mike Matijevic's range and contol. All things said, if you like great vocals, heavy metal or hard rock, new, and never been over played on the radio kind of music, than this album is right for you. Lets all hope that when Mark Walburg promotes the film as the lead vocalist, he gives some credit to Mike Matijevic and Jeff Scott Soto for providing such heart pounding, high screaming, and true 80's heavy metal rock'in, that make this album a must have for anyone who likes to rock!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Rock Star CD
I think this may be the finest movie. I don't even like Mark or Jennifer and I love the music from this CD and the movie.

4-0 out of 5 stars Solid Album Were It Not For Everclear
An album laced featuring vocal talents of Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force) and Mike Matijevic (Steelheart), with the axe wielding abilities of Zakk Wylde (Ozzie Osbourne, Black Label Society), Drums hammered on by John Bonham (Jason Bonham's son), and Bass being contributed by Dokken's Jeff Pilson (who shows some major chops on one of the tracks that didn't even make the disc - "Reckless"), could not be saved from the disgusting major labels' influence.

While 90% of this CD rocks with a straight metal edge, Priority somehow felt the need to throw "Everclear" on the disc ruining a perfect 10 out of 10. While Verve Pipe is certainly acceptable being a very mellow song writing band, Everclear is not. Everclear wouldn't know a real Metal song if someone came up and clocked them in the skull with one. They shouldn't have been on the CD. The theme SHOULD have been written by maybe Black Label Society or perhaps even Dokken.

I scored this disk a 4 out of 5 for allowing Everclear anywhere NEAR this project.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Great Great!!!!
The best heavy metal soundtrack since Trick or Treat (1986). Steel Dragon rocks! Steel Dragon, unfortunetly a band that does not exist, trumble the world with two amazing voices: Mike Matijevic's (from Steelheart) and Jeff Scott Soto's (from Talisman). Mike does the backvocals on Stand Up and lead We All Die Young and Blood Pollution. Jeff shines on Long Live Rock N Roll, Stand Up and Wasted Generation. This CD holds the best perfomance of Jeff's whole career. You won't find anything like this in his Talisman or solo albuns. From Mike, check his first two Steelheart albuns out. They rock!! Amazing band. Mike has one of the best metal voices since Dave King left Fastway! And, of course, you also take home Zakk Wylde's guitar riffs. He is the best guitarrist there is ou there. Man, Steel Dragon is the band of our dreams! You guys should stick together!! A must have... ... Read more

49. Crush
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The growling, choppy guitar sample that opens the first track here, "It's My Life," is a virtual declaration of intent for the first Bon Jovi album in five years, a statement that they're updating the sound without abandoning the traditional virtues that made them one of the biggest bands on the planet. So make way for a hi-tech parade of smooth-but-gutsy rock anthems, almost any one of which will gladden the heart of every AOR radio programmer in the land. Unless the world has changed irredeemably, cuts like the midpaced heartbreak chugger "Say It Isn't So" are destined to become Bon Jovi standards, while an outbreak of scarf-waving and lighter-flicking is certain to accompany any live performance of the big weepie, "Thank You For Loving Me." Arguably, everything on Crush is done by the numbers, but with consummate pros like Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora at the helm, these are the kind of numbers you have to take seriously, because by the second time they kick into the chorus of any song it's damn near impossible not to sing along. --Johnny Black ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Score!
It's the one we've been waiting for! 'Crush' shows everyone (believers and non-believers) that the boys still have what it takes to kick butt! Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, David Bryan, and Tico Torres are (thank goodness) not ready to throw in the towel yet. Musically and lyrically, I feel it this the best album the band has ever released. Their newfound maturity shows through in every song. The opener, "It's My Life", brings back the classic Bon Jovi sound and Richie's signature work on the talk box. The shift then changes to the rocker "Say It Isn't So", which speaks of keeping ones dreams in sight. The call-and-answer chorus is reminiscent of the Beatles era, giving the guys a strong base to work off of. Track three, "Thank You For Loving Me", is the anthem for the hopeless romantic. It tells of honesty, faithfullness, and devotion. "Two Story Town" explores the ups and downs of small-town life. The uplifting final lyric shines some hope into the future. "Next 100 Years" again carries the stroyline of a devoted lover. In "Just Older" Jon sings of his happiness with his life and his position in it. "Mystery Train" is a fantastic ballad about how the love between two people can lead them in unexpected directions and new territories. "Save The World" is another beautiful ballad about how someone's love can inspire the biggest changes in life. My personal favorite, "Captain Crash and the Beauty Queen From Mars", tells the story of a young couple who doesn't let society's acceptance stand in their way. A real tear-jerker, "She's A Mystery" delves into the passion of love that can immerse someone so deeply that even they aren't sure of everything. "I Got The Girl" is a very inspiring song, written by Jon, about the love he feels for his five-year-daughter. The hardest-rocking song on the album, "One Wild Night" is all about having fun, something the boys in Bon Jovi know a lot about. 'Crush' is definitely a top-of-the-line album and a must-have for any true classic-rock-with-a-hint-of-metal-bombast-power-pop fan!

5-0 out of 5 stars Bon Jovi is Back!
The five year wait is over! Bon Jovi are back and better than ever with new album, "Crush"! If you're a die-hard fan you'll love it and even if you're not, you may be pleasantly surprised. It's classic Jovi at their finest. Starting with "It's My Life" and updated version of "Livin' On a Prayer" for the new millenium, will get your feet moving and if you aren't singing along by the second chorus, there's something wrong with you!Their ballad, "Thank You for Loving Me" will be the next wedding song for many years to come and with songs like "Save the World" or "Mystery Train", Jon and Richie's harmonies are in top form.They've experimented with new songs,like the humerous, "Captain Crash and the Beauty Queen from Mars" or the visual of "Two Story Town", but to great effect. Bon Jovi fans won't be disappointed. This is the album we've been waiting for. I can't stop listening to it! Thanks,guys for the great album! We love you and are glad you're back for the Next 100 years!

5-0 out of 5 stars awsome
I love this CD of course I love Bon Jovi but none the less I love this CD

3-0 out of 5 stars Whatever It Takes For The Gods Of Rock To Maintain Success
Having just made some of the best music of all time, with the "Keep the Faith" era musical creativity blooming in the minds of Jon, Richie, and David, a worrisome questionmark was felt with the still-solid release of "These Days." Sadly in the music industry, if you're out of the limelight more than 2 years, you need a "comeback", even if you are a 100 million seller.

Hence a distraction from your artistic endeavors, and a preoccupation with getting a catchy hook broadcast through mass-media. This album's commercial success was an incredible fluke with the lucky homerun of "It's My Life." That's the only song that sold the album. For no reason that I can fathom, Richie started underplaying, the epic musical ventures of only a few years back seemed suddenly forgotten to Jon, and the band got a little safe, and dare I say, a bit bland for the otherwise very popular release, "Crush."

Bon Jovi? Bland? Blasphemous. Still, 60% of the album lacks real musical muscle and creativity. That's not just the conclusion derived from comparing the album to the past, God knows we need our band to evolve in order to stay relevant, and thank God with "Bounce," and the experimental (though in a safe way) "This Left Feels Right," we're a little more back on track now - if not the place on the track we were in 1989, atleast it's the same FORWARD moving railway. Nonetheless, "Crush" worried me a bit. Even though they still maintained the "Bon Jovi sound," the Bon Jovi sound began getting a little shy and wanting to blend in with what all the uninspired acts of the day tirelessly churn out to our abused ears. A comeback? NO! They were always there. A return to their roots? NO! This album is way too conservative for that. That said, allow me to praise some of the highlights.

1) "It's My Life" - Too short and undeveloped, thus wears out sooner than desired - but a quick punch of a song filled with emotion and great thematic preachings, catchy and strong. A good song, but its success was a fluke.

2) "Next 100 Years" The ONLY sample of Richie going off on the whole album, so this song is the lifeline of the album for all of the REAL Jovi fans out there. Still, the song is affected by the mildness of the album. Too much plain strumming, and the solo is undermixed!!!! Nevertheless, the doubletime at the end is the moment of shining on the album.

3) "Just Older" - a sequel to "Blood on Blood", and weaker than the original. Still good, though. The anthem on the album, helped by the fact that Jon feels very personal with this song and doesn't have to try too hard to sell the performance's sincerity.

4) "One Wild Night" - again, conservative soloing and no riff other than the chords themselves - but rocks pretty hard and the spirit is quite rocking.

I LOVE Bon Jovi ballads, but for the first time of their career, they put out an album where the ballads just don't tug at my heart strings. Not special like "I'll be There for You" or the great hidden gem "I Want You", etc.

In the end, a band you really support for the long haul deserves to make an artistically lacking album or two. And even the worst Bon Jovi album will never be anything less than the best thing out there at the moment! But we all know this band is capable of both commercial AND musical Godliness. Play the game of the music industry, but for God's sake, 100 million albums later, NOW is not the time to sell your soul to mediocrity! I don't recommend avoiding this album, but you better have "Bounce!" In the end, the latter album will still be in your cd player 10 years from now and "Crush" will just get the occasional dusting off, ESPECIALLY after "It's My Life" is available on the next Hits package somewhere in the future. Bon Jovi is in it for the long haul, an honest-to-God career that evolves and develops. So look at the big picture. We can still look for many great years ahead!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Crush-tastic!
Argh, what the heck - if you're a Bon Jovi fan, you'll love this album.

My fave tracks:

It's my life - I like this track alot, but the fact that Max Martin ( the Backstreet Boys song writer) worked on it with the band leaves me with an un-easy feeling.

Say it isn't so - another good track

Two Story Town - CLASSIC!

Captain Crash & The Beauty Queen from Mars - More goodness

One Wild Night - Another Classic!

the rest of the album's great too, but these track really stand out to me. ... Read more

50. 5150
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As original Van Halen vocalist David Lee Roth quit the band to pursue a solo career, or was fired (depending on who you believe), Eddie and Alex Van Halen and Michael Anthony carried on by hiring Sammy Hagar. Hagar was a middling artist on his own, but he proved to be a powerhouse when placed in front of hard rock's most muscular and innovative instrumental unit. On 5150--the title is police code for "escaped lunatic"--you can hear the band's excitement at having struck a winning combination. Songs such as "Why Can't This Be Love," "Dreams," "Best of Both Worlds," and "Love Walks In" combine to make this the early high-watermark of the Van Hagar era. --Daniel Durchholz ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great start for Van Hagar
Replacing a lead vocalist isn't easy, especially when it was David Lee Roth, but Van Halen managed to carry on with Sammy Hagar, alter their sound drastically and continue to be just as successful as they were back in the Roth era.

The only downside is is that the album sounds like it was made in 1986. Alex Van Halen's synth drums and the keyboards have a very 80s effect, which makes some songs sound watered down and reminiscent of other pop hits of the day. Hagar did fit the style of the band like a glove,and songs like "Summer Nights" "Why Can't This Be Love" and "Best of Both Worlds" still have an edge to them, while the band has a few softer songs that work as well ("dreams" and "love walks in"). This album is up there as one of VH's best albums, and kudos for pulling off an almost incomprehensible act of replacing one frontman with another successfully. Eddie's guitar work on here still rules.

1-0 out of 5 stars Sammy hagar is horrible
This was sammy hagar's first album with Van Halen after Diamond David Lee Roth was kicked out and let me tell you this CD is so bad I threw mine in the trash can as soon as I heard the first song. Eddie Van Halen's choice of throwing DLR out of Van Halen was the worst decision of his life.

5-0 out of 5 stars Where are the "Van Hagar" era remasters??
This is my all time favorite VH album, in no small part because it's the first one I heard from start to finish, just discovering rock and roll in '86. Yes, I must agree the synth drums perhaps give it a slight "dated" feel, but it still sounds cool as hell when played at proper hellacious volume. I dare any of you to NOT get pumped when you hear "Get Up" or Best of Both Worlds". "Dreams" contains one of Eddie's best solos ever, and Sammy sings it like his life depends on it.
So, we got the Roth-era remasters, now how about 5150 and ou812??? These two albums are SCREAMING for a remastering.

5-0 out of 5 stars Van Halen Takes Off !
Been a huge fan of Van Halen all my life and i gotta tell ya this cd rocks Eddie has some very powerful riffs not suprising he usually always does the quality of this cd is excellent by far i truly love this cd basically because it was the debut cd involving Sammy Hagar which yeah he isn't quite as crazy as David Lee Roth but that is not always a bad thing i feel Sammy has brought alot to the band and makes a perfect frontman for Van Halen to me his vocals are alot more solid than David Lee Roths more powerful with meaning he shows emotion when he sings not just screaming or rambling on i feel that 1984 was a let down honestly i mean it was good but too much keyboard work and not enough rockin 5150 and VH 1 are the best 2 cd's they have released in my opinion .

4-0 out of 5 stars It sure is tough being a Van Halen fan!
When listening to Van Halen's 7th album,but first with Hagar,it just kills me thinking about how much of a masterpiece this could have been if Dave was still on board!Good enough and summer nights would sound so much better!Ughh!But anyways,this album is pretty good,even if you're a fan of Diamond Dave.Sammy offers a different layer to the music,not like or as good as Dave did,but it definitely works.Fan's of old school VH will love air-guitaring to Eddie's fret-tastic riffs on tracks like Good Enough,Get Up,Summer Nights,5150,and Best Of Both Worlds.Tracks like Love Walks In,Dreams,and Why Can't This Be Love shows the band exploring new ground with synthesizers and keyboards.None what some expected from a band that used to say "Ain't Talkin' Bout Love!".But as much of a guitar god as we see Eddie,he has always proclaimed that he's about music,not just the guitars.Whatever he's good at,he'll play.I would have to say Eddie's genius is a big part of what propelled this band from the start.And it's evident because fans still bought records after Dave left.But hey,it's only rock and roll,and if you love rock and roll,especially by the VH bros,then this is one album you should have.Despite Roth's absense,keyboards and synths,and sammy hagar,5150 still rocks. ... Read more

51. Out of the Cellar
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Along with Motley Crue, Quiet Riot and Twisted Sister, Ratt was one of the main players of the '80s glam metal movement. Although many of their songs lacked diversity and emotional poignancy, their guitarist Warren De Martini possessed the flash and technical ability to escalate the group above most of its peers. Out of the Cellar is by far the band's best record, but between the blazing solos and call-and-response choruses are many lackluster moments. What saves it from the bargain bin, however, is the quintessential metal anthem "Round and Round," one of the greatest three-or-so minutes in '80s rock. --Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars "The neon light's" on them that '84 night
Out of the Cellar is one of my favorite "metal" albums of the 1980s. Almost everybody has heard their smash hit "Round and Round" (one of the best singles of the decade) and, if you love that song (and who doesn't?) this album is for you. Every track has the same intensity, awesome guitar solos, and catchy melodies. The trite lyrics about crime and women are completely blown away by the heavy, guitar-driven Ratt sound and Stephen Pearcy's unmistakable vocals. Every song rocks but, besides "Round and Round," my favorite is "Lack of Communication." It has a killer bridge. Out of the Cellar is a classic early 1980s metal record when metal was fun...and, oh yeah, rocked! If you just have "Round and Round" on a compilation CD and do not have Out of the Cellar, buy it now! It will not disappoint.

4-0 out of 5 stars Quintessential 80's hard rock music from L.A.!
I was first introduced to Ratt on Friday Night Videos in 1984 when they first showed the video for "Round and Round." (You know, that really cool video with Milton Berle!) I liked the song immediately, and it didn't take more than the next 3 times I heard it to make me badly want to get the album "Out Of The Cellar." Just before I did, I had already heard the follow-up single "Back For More." ANOTHER killer track!! I bought the album, and it remained one of my most-played albums that year. The above two songs were my favorite, plus I also liked "You're In Trouble" and "Wanted Man". Sorry, but "Lack of Communication" never did it for me, I basically refer to it as "Lackluster Communication."

Ratt was a group that had a glam image, but were certainly not a bubblegum group by any means. They had a good, crunchy sound; more melodic than the Crue and no less talented. Ratt was also never one to ride on anybody's coattails. I've always found it interesting that as soon as they became big, they distanced themselves from other L.A.-based heavy metal bands. (You would have expected a young band like them to do the opposite.) First of all, they described themselves as hard rock, and they went out of their way to distance themselves from the "heavy metal" category. In fact, lead singer Stephen Pearcy STILL maintains that Ratt was not really a heavy metal band at all, just a regular hard rock band. Whether or not this would accurately describe their style of music I guess is a matter of personal taste, and is therefore subjective. In any case, I have always respected them for being very non-pretensious about themselves. Listen to their music and decide for yourself what they are. :)

I do agree very much with the earlier reviewer, who said that the real secret of this band was the rhythmic groove they provided, in the form of bassist Juan Croucier and drummer Bobby Blotzer (who was such a madman on drums, and probably one of the strongest drummers of his time). Of course, this is to take nothing away from Warren DeMartini's talent on lead guitar: I've always admired his fluid, effortless style of playing. Robin Crosby played a steady rhythm guitar, and occasionally traded off some pretty mean leads with Warren DeMartini (like on "Round and Round"). Stephen Pearcy has always been a decent rock 'n' roll singer/screamer. Sure, he'll never be counted among the true greats (Plant, Halford, Dickinson), but how many hard rock singers can say that they've been doing this for 20 years the way Pearcy has?

After this album, Ratt would go on to record several others, each of them having at least 2 or 3 certifiable rock 'n' roll hits. Over time, they have amassed a pretty impressive collection of great them hard rock or heavy metal, one thing's for sure: Ratt have been, for the past 20 years, one of the most consistently good rock 'n' roll bands around. They are instantly recognizable without being repetitious. Ratt rocks!! :)

5-0 out of 5 stars Essential 80's Metal!
This is one of my all-time favorite CDs. It is the example of 80's hair metal in a nutshell: the makeup and the hairspray, the catchy chorus, the pink Epiphone Explorers. The album kicks off with the heavy Wanted Man, then comes the best hair metal song ever, Your'e In Trouble. Every inch of that song is all hair metal should be. It also has one of the best choruses known to man. Then comes Ratt's only Top Twenty hit, Round And Round. Then all the other songs in their hairsprayed, spandexed glory. The album closes with the cool but rather repetitive Scene Of The Crime. This is one of the greatest albums ever.

5-0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST BANDS FROM THE 80'S

5-0 out of 5 stars Ratt; but no cheese here......
This CD rocks! The production is mesmerizing. My Favorites are "Your Direction" and "Communication" and the last one I think it is called "Scence of the Crime".

"Your Direction" starts with a single over driven guitar a-chugga-chugga chow, a- chugga chugga chow, then the rythm guitar cranks up, a chugga chugga chow, a- chugga chugga chow
it cranks. I cannot listen to this one while driving. I must pull over while other concerned drivers pass witnessing my epileptic fist pump and head bang. I usually listen to it next to a homeless camp in golden gate park. The winos really like this one (hey Jeb,its that ratt guy again!); a definite get outta yer' cardboard box and jamm'er.

"Communication" is different. Though formulated like most hard rock, "Communication" is a whole different dimension. Still excellent guitar but the playing is so tight and unified. Superb. Definitely a cut above other rock bands efforts. Vocals are tight and superb.

"Scene" Well the first 2.5 minutes of this song are head and shoulders above any attemps at rock to date (I mean anything). The intro is purely theatrics. A solo guitar repeating a highly over-driven diminishing scale in the upper registers, repeating again and again followed by some kind of timing thing with the drummer, No bass no vocals just the guitar driving high above the tom drum separate then, guitar rolling into another octave they combine and then the vocals "I wanna rock........ but you your there to ro-oll.... I came by your house but you you were'nt alone.............."

You must buy this album. I left a copy of this in my girlfriends car, all she listens to is crappy KOIT soft rock less talk, she picked me up one day and she was totally rocking out to this CD. She won't give it back! I'm a little scared. ... Read more

52. The Very Best of Kiss
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Sure, Detroit had the MC5 and the Stooges, but Long Island's Kiss threw down their own gauntlet. Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss cleaved a spot between glam, punk, waning Woodstock rock, and adult-oriented pop and became a phenomenon in the process. Kiss kept their music simple and, of course, sexual, with the likes of "Hotter than Hell," "Love Gun," and "Calling Dr. Love," paving the way for the waves of pop-metal sexpot wannabes and winning fans in such quantities that they launched the so-called Kiss Army. Their magnetism permeates this 21-song set, with Criss sounding so lonesome he could cry on "Beth," and the fire-breathing, blood-spitting Simmons unfailingly serving up a comical mix of menace and lasciviousness. The version of "Rock & Roll All Nite" comes from 1975's crowd-noise drenched Alive!, cut at the time when live albums were de rigueur. This collection was made smartly enough that only four songs come from the band's post-Dynasty period, making The Very Best of Kiss an essential primer on 1970s rock grandeur. --Andrew Bartlett ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Unnecessary compilation-how about a KISS "Uncovered"?
The music here gets 5 stars, but the compilation itself gets one star because as others have stated, it is totally unnecessary. I have not and probably won't buy this. Double Platinum, Smashes, Thrashes, & Hits, the Alive albums, and the Box Set make this collection obsolete before it even came into existance. As a previous reviewer suggested, we could use a compilation of 80's/90's only material. I'll go one further and suggest a collection of non-makeup songs that haven't been covered appropriately in other compilations or the box set. "Uncovered" would make a great title in multiple senses of the word and here is a suggestion for a track listing:

1.A Million To One [from Lick It Up]
2.I've Had Enough (Into The Fire) [from Animalize]
3.Under The Gun [from Animalize]
4.King Of The Mountain [from Asylum]
5.Who Wants To Be Lonely [from Asylum]
6.I'll Fight Hell To Hold You [from Crazy Nights]
7.My Way [from Crazy Nights]
8.Good Girl Gone Bad [from Crazy Nights]

9.Turn On The Night [from Crazy Nights]
10.Thief In The Night [from Crazy Nights]
11.Rise To It [from Hot In The Shade]
12.Somewhere Between Heaven & Hell [from Hot In The Shade]
13.Take It Off [from Revenge]
14.I Just Wanna [from Revenge]
15.Carr Jamm 1981 [from Revenge]
16.Jungle [from Carnival Of Souls]

Yes there is a lot more Paul material here than Gene's, but during the 80's studio albums it was Paul's material that kept the band alive. Of course if this set existed, it would be pretty much unnecessary to buy any of the non-makeup studio albums since all the best material would then be available on compilations and the record company couldn't have that. Then again, it would give them another selling angle to work their catalog and milk as much out of it as they can. Heads up fans...As if there aren't enough compilations already available, there is an "Anthology" rumoured to be released sometime this year. Time remains to see what selection of songs will end up on that set...

1-0 out of 5 stars sucks
this album sucks go listen to lil jon and get some crunk and yo system kiss and kiss my a$$

4-0 out of 5 stars OK mix of KISS - but check out my proposed KISS compilation
This is a decent schmattering of songs from a 30+ year career. 21 songs on 1 disc just isn't enough tho. On the flip side, the 5-disc box set is probably way too much for the average KISS fan. 17 of the songs here are from the 1970's alone - thus indicating the bands best work is well behind them. Too many compilations (8?) have been made for/by KISS for anyone to really care about which one is the best. Based on this "Very Best Of Kiss" single disc release and it's 21 songs, I will give you my "Ultimate KISS Collection" on 2 cd's (42 total songs). All are studio versions unless indicated by a live performance in parenthesis. This would close the book on KISS compilations as far as I'm concerned. Here's hoping somebody can produce it (and put a few more dollars into the hands of the incredible KISS money-making machine).

1. Deuce
2. Strutter
3. Watchin' You
4. Let Me Go Rock & Roll
5. Rock Bottom
6. Room Service
7. Got To Choose (Alive!)
8. Cold Gin (Alive!)
9. Rock & Roll All Night (Alive!)
10. Detroit Rock City
11. Flaming Youth
12. Beth
13. I Want You
14. Mr. Speed
15. Take Me
16. Love Gun
17. I Stole Your Love
18. Got Love For Sale
19. Shock Me
20. Calling Dr. Love (Alive II)
21. God Of Thunder (Alive II)

1. All American Man
2. I Was Made For Lovin' You
3. Creatures Of The Night
4. I Love It Loud
5. Lick It Up
6. Heaven's On Fire
7. Tears Are Falling
8. Rise To It
9. Forever
10. Lets Put The X in Sex
11. Unholy
12. Domino
13. Take It Off
14. I Still Love You (Alive III)
15. Comin' Home (Unplugged)
16. Goin' Blind (Unplugged)
17. Jungle
18. Hate
19. Psycho Circus
20. Within
21. Black Diamond (Alive IV - Symphony)

BONUS DISC - at no additonal charge (I can picture Gene having a fit right about now about the "free" thing):
1. New York Groove (Ace)
2. Rip It Out (Ace)
3. Move On (Paul)
4. It's Alright (Paul)
5. Goodbye (Paul)
6. Radioactive (Gene)
7. When You Wish Upon A Star (Gene) ...of course I'm kidding
8. I'm Gonna Love You (Peter)

4-0 out of 5 stars They ALMOST got it right!!!!!
"Very best" does a good job for the most part of covering the Kiss story up until 1978 then it really goes haywire.
First,i believe that the selections from the first 7 albums are good but i can't believe that they would forget about "Black Diamond" or "100,000 years", or "Shock Me" or the ULTIMATE KISS BALLAD "Sure know something".
They could have dropped "Lick it up" and "I Love it loud" and all of the post Ace hits to include these absolute essentials.
Also,what the heck is "New york groove" doing here when it wasn't even a Kiss collaboration???
I think that due to the time limits of a cd they should have concentrated on the years of 1974-1980 with more careful consideration to the song selections then later release a second cd to cover the years from 1980 to 1998.
I mean they tried to cover the post make up years which spanned about 12 years in 3 songs.
That's just not good enough even though Kiss had produced only one truly great album in "Revenge" but they still had many great songs from the second rate albums like "Asylum".
You got to have such classics as "Tears are falling" and "Heaven's on fire" which was one of their biggest and best hits!
Anyway, this collection still rocks with plenty of great moments from their classic years and covering some of their best rockers("I want You","Strutter", "Deuce") and best ballads
("Hard Luck Woman", "Beth").
The best thing to do is to get this collection then purchase the millennium vol. 2 collection then buy "Revenge".
The millennium vol.2 collection does a good job of covering their post make up 80's work and is the first Kiss collection to concentrate on that decade's hits even though it's a little skimpy.
Anyway,pick up these 2 collections and "Revenge" and you'll be set unless you get struck by the Kiss spell.
Then you can get the ultimate classic Kiss "Alive" and "Destroyer" and "Rock n" roll over" and "Love Gun".

Happy rockin' my fellow Kiss Army !


5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to the hottest band in the world
Although this CD offers nothing new for diehard fans, it has a very good song selection that spans most of the band's career. There are a few career gaps, but that's hard to avoid when trying to fit all the great songs of a band like KISS onto a single disc. This CD would make a great gift for a new fan or a good place to start if you want your first KISS. ... Read more

53. Damn Yankees
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5-0 out of 5 stars Smile When You Say Damn Yankees!!!
In 1955, a wonderful musical called "Damn Yankees" played Broadway and ran for several hundred performances and featured such hits as "Shoeless Joe from Hannibal Mo" and "Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets." What??? You say you're not interested in no #%@$#%#^ musical, you just want to ROCK AND ROLL??? Well, chill out, sport!! Luckily, Damn Yankees is also the name of the debut album of one fantastic HARD ROCK band, featuring guitarist Tommy Shaw (of Styx), bassist Jack Blades (of NightRanger), and guitarist Ted Nugent (of, among other things, the Amboy Dukes; remember "Journey to the Center of the Mind"?) In fact, the only reason I mention the musical of the same name is that you are bound to find it when you are trying to Google (do a name seach using the Google engine) Damn Yankees, and I don't want you to get confused. But, enough of that!!! If HARD ROCK, HARD ROCK, and more HARD ROCK (plus the occasional power ballad) is what you crave, then Damn Yankees is for you. Tommy Shaw and Jack Blades do most of the vocalizing, and "Coming of Age," "Bad Reputation," and the title track will leave you mystefied, stupefied, and wanting more! The late, great rock journalist Lester Bangs (see him portrayed in the movie Almost Famous) coined the term Heavy Metal; surely, this is the type of music he had in mind. Ted Nugent's guitar playing, quite simply, defines heavy metal and the Motor City Madman is at his finest on "Piledriver," a ninety-miles-a-minute anthem dedicated to, well, an ENCOUNTER, shall we say? This little ditty comes complete with snippets of pre-song rehearsal, mid-song commentary ("If you want to stay alive, you've got to pile drive!!!"), and a few bars of Howlin Wolf's (and Jeff Beck's) classic "I Ain't Superstitious" at the finish. Ted and drummer Michael Cartellone work it for all it's worth! Poetry, sheer poetry!!! The other highpoint is, of course, "High Enough," the requisite Power Ballad, complete with string backup, Jack and Tommy handling the multipart harmonies with ease. Bliss, sheer bliss!!! Now, seriously, guys, what about a reunion tour and a third album just to prove you've all still got (as Exxon and Muddy Waters once put it) tigers in your tanks?? Until then, get Damn Yankees today, and you will have the house rocking so hard that even Lola will want to get up out of her walker and dance!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Hard rock super group?
Sometimes you hear someone talking about so called super groups, and maybe Damn Yankees fit under that label. The band includes Ted Nugent, Jack Blades (Night Ranger), Tommy Shaw (Styx) and Michael Cartellone. Damn Yankees released only two albums before they split and this is their debut from 1990.

The music is a bit harder than Night Ranger but softer than Ted Nugent, and it holds a decent amount of melody. Songs like the groovy "Bad reputation" reminds quite a lot of Night Ranger and the way they often structure their songs, while "Mystified" have a very good an interesting blues feel to it. There's a ballad included, "High enough" that is without doubt above average, and then there's the frantic closing "Piledriver" - suitable to play real loud when you're in the mood for a brain wash. And if you're into anthem-like songs I guess you'll be satisfied with "Rock city". But the real highlight might be the melodic and catchy "Tell me how you want it" with its attractive drive. Except the mentioned songs there's also a couple of average standard tunes like the opening mid tempo "Coming of ages" (bad choice for an opener since it's probably is the album's weakest song, although the chorus is rather good), the Journey-like "Runaway", and the semi ballad "Come again". All in all this is a solid rock album worthy of 4 stars!

4-0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars - Damn Yankees are damn cool
Power rock supergroups were a rarity. It's a shame there were so few of them, because the few that existed were nothing short of excellent when it came to music making abilities. One of these groups which tends to be forgotten in the modern age is Damn Yankees. The group contained rock superstars Ted Nugent, Tommy Shaw (Styx), Jack Blades (Night Ranger), and the equally-talented Michael Cartellone. You've seen how well these guys play in their respective bands, but how well do they play together? Read on for my review of this, Damn Yankees' 1990 debut album.

The band's sound on this album sounds like a blend of Dokken, Whitesnake, and Blue Murder. As another reviewer stated, the band is heavier than Night Ranger but not quite as heavy as Ted Nugent's earlier material. The foursome doesn't waste any time shelling out excellent rock songs. Two classic power rockers, Coming Of Age and Bad Reputation, kick off the album. The beginning of an album should always consist of excellent tracks which grab the listener's attention and keep him or her interested, and these openers do just that. The band's biggest (but arguably their only) hit, High Enough, can be found on this album. This is an ultra-melodic power ballad that almost certainly won't fail to please, regardless of who you are. The violin in the track is a nice touch. But the excellence doesn't stop there. The band continues to shell out excellent tracks right up to the very end. All in all, a sweet album.

Following the release of this album, the band only released one other album before disbanding. It's a shame these guys didn't last too long and that they never got the proper recognition, because their music was some of the finest power rock to have ever been created by ANY band. If you like power rock, you're going to LOVE Damn Yankees. Don't pass this album by if you're a fan of the genre.

1-0 out of 5 stars At the risk of ruining the party
My god this is bad. It is like an anti-album, if a real album were stacked on top of it it would create matter-antimatter annihilation.

Actually it's only a little worse than typical Night Ranger, they were yet another deeply sucky stadium band. But it's sad that a Styx guy couldn't drag this up a bit. And despite his feeblemindedness at least Nugent *sounds* better on his own.

When i first heard this i thought it was a demo of a Survivor cover band. And on second listen, of a terrible Survivor cover band. What did this lame Pablum add to the world that Survivor, itself deeply sucky, had not already added? Unless this is all some weird in-joke or you all heard the European import or something?

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent album from a supergroup.
Damn Yankees comrised of Ted Nugent, Styx's Tommy Shaw, Night Ranger's Jack Blades, and drummer Michael Cartellone. Their music blended elements of each member's respected sound, These guys had terrific harmonies.

"Coming of age" starts the album, it had a good video on MTV bck in the day. "Runaway" kicks off with a pleasant Nugent riff followed by Michael Cartellone's underrated drumming. It's a great uptempo tune with a rocking chorus.

"High enough is the big hit you've probably heard once or twice, it's infused with a nice violin arrangement. The title track "Damn Yankees" is excellent. It's the name of the band, song and album, reminiscent of "Bad Company", another all time great band name in song title tune.

The ballad "Come again" contains a nice acoustic portion from Ted Nugent. Given his electric skills, he's gone unnoticed in that field. "Mystified" rocks hard with a country twist.

"Rock city" is obviously an ode to Ted's hailing ground. "Tell me how you want it" includes a driving rhythm section and a great chorus. I think the song is from Michael Cartellone's perspective, as he was the only one guys not rich yet at the time.

Closing the album is "Piledriver", which features a heavy, rollicking mainframe and some clever commentary from Mr. Nugent himself.

Although they have put out a greatest hits compilation, I'd recommend the individual albums (There were only 2 of 'em). As many of the lesser known songs are worth a listen. These guys were a supergroup, here's hoping they reunite and step to world as a weapon sometime soon. ... Read more

54. Too Fast For Love
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5-0 out of 5 stars Hard, Raw Rock n Roll
This is the Crue's first album and probably the best. Not one song comes close to being bad. This was the last Motley Crue album I bought, I did'nt think it would be so good. How wrong I was. It couldn't be better. The guitars are rough and raw, the singing is obnoxious and loud. Nikki Sixx's songwiting is genius. No one exept Nikki can take great pop melodies and turn them metal. Yes, this is one of my all-time favorite albums. Buy it and you will see why.

5-0 out of 5 stars As raw as it gets
Motley Crue's debut album breaks almost all the rules of arrival, but then again, when did Crue ever follow rules?

The sound on the album is incredibly raw. Not too many (if any) special effects, advanced production techniques, or any studio tweaks to enhance the audio. No, this album is straight on rock from four guys who plugged in, cranked the distortion and volume, and just proceeded to play music to punch people in the teeth.

The initial track Livewire announces a new, more street oriented sound of early 80s music. The title track blitzes through with a post-punk early-metal blend.

The album is more or less a demo (as quoted by guitarist Mick Mars) and should not be judged by any other standards than they took this sound and changed the perception of the 80s hair metal rocker.

5-0 out of 5 stars Debut of all time
This is the greatest debut of all time. its heavy and it keeps your atention. So pull out the Old Blue jeans and the bottle of hair spray and crank it up!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Re-Vamp of 80s Metal
This album brings back the classics of the early Crue, like "Live Wire" and "On With the Show" but it gives you much more. The enhanced edition includes a video of "Live Wire". Also, finally, here are the early songs "Toast of the Town" and "Stick To Your Guns".

Does the Crue have no new material to put out? Makes me wonder why they finally made these oldies widely available.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Crue Album!
this album finds the Crue at their very earlist, more remisecent of punk/metal than the glossed commercial rock they were to become. Too fast for Love and Live wire are the stand outs on this well crefted album. Mick Mars is in top form, with excellent guitar playing and riffing. Vince Neil sounds some what different, like a singer not yet comfortable in his shoes, but this doesn't dittract from the performance. The album even has the video for Too Fast for Love. Is it worth it? If you like the Crue, but are looking for where they came from. ... Read more

55. Junkyard
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5-0 out of 5 stars It is hard, non-stop, rocking music. A classic.
Junkyard is probably my favorite band. This is there first album, and it is a classic of 80's hard rock music, it really never stops. It is what rock and roll is all about, girls, booze, and cars. Nothing more, nothing less. Hollywood, Texas, Blooze, Can't Hold Back, hold the album together with some hard rockin', no nonsence flavor, while Simple Man, and Hands Off slow it down without getting sappy. Simple Man, Hands Off, and Hollywood are true classic material, with Hands Off delivering one of the best lines ever sung. If you like this you should make a quest for the holy grail and find a copy of "6's 7's and 9's" it is even better, in my view could be the best album of all time. You can put these in your car and never take them out.

5-0 out of 5 stars they should have been stars....
Junkyard never attained the same level of commercial success achieved by other pop-metal acts of the late 80s like Motley Crue, but they were at least as deserving of such success. Mixing pop metal with classic Southern rock, Junkyard's debut album blew me away when it came out. I was a huge Lynyrd Skynyrd fan and had long been curious what it might sound like if a band took Skynyrd's sound and made it heavier. Junkyard proved to be just the band I was looking for. Songs like "Blooze" and "Texas" just plain rock out, while "Simple Man" really does make you want to "grab your keys and your cigarettes and disappear into the night" even if like myself, you don't actually smoke. "Hands Off" is arguably the best song on the album - both lyrically and musically this song shows what a special band Junkyard were. Junkyard rocked and lived hard, and were said to be difficult to drag into the studio to record albums. Thus, we are left with only two real albums by these guys, the first of which I believe to be the best. If you do find that you like Junkyard's Junkyard as much as I do, try your best to find an old copy of their fine, but a bit more uneven, follow-up Sixes, Sevens, and Nines. These guys should have been stars....

5-0 out of 5 stars Do NOT hesitate to buy if you are an 80's fan (Metal&Glam)!
I have had this Junyard tape forever!It's kind of Bluesy, Metal & tough type band. I had the pleasure of meeting them and hanging out with them @ a bar after-show. Great guys!Yes ,I love the 80's rock scene & still do. I highly recommend you take a listen.
You won't be let down.;0}

5-0 out of 5 stars Buy at least two copies of this classic C.D.
I first heard the track "Hollywood" on MTV in 1989 and immediately went to purchase the cassette tape. In the fifteen years since then, I have worn out two cassettes and three C.D.'S of this extraordinary album. This is that rarest of rare finds...a C.D. which can boast EVERY song as a 5 Star classic. If you like the late 80's/early 90's music of bands such as Ratt, Skid Row, or Motley Crue, you will definitely not be disappointed with this purchase. Take my advice and buy an extra copy of this disc, because you WILL wear out the first copy before you grow tired of hearing it.

5-0 out of 5 stars sixes' sevens &nines
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56. Dr. Feelgood
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Best of Motley Crue
Now Motley Crue put out a lot of great albums, but Dr. Feelgood was by far their best effort. First of all the songs are classics. With "Sticky Sweet", "Kickstart My Heart", and of course the title track "Dr. Feelgood," it just does great much more memorable than that. Secondly, the production quality is utterly amazing. Bob Rock and the Crue really knew what they were doing with this album. Tommy and Nikki never worked so well together, and if anyone ever had any doubts about Mick's guitar playing, all they would have to do is listen to this album. He just proves he is up with the best of them. This CD is just great, and all of the extras is just a Crue fan's dream come true. I recommend this to anyone that calls themselves a fan of Motley Crue. You won't be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars One hell of a ride.....CRUE RULES!
Let me state that I am a huge fan of this band, and this album I credit with getting me hooked on the Crue.In a time where everybody I knew was getting hooked on the grunge movement or still listening to New Kids on The Block, I was listening to this album and proudly sporting my Motley Crue shirt. This album is a nonstop heavy rock n' roll record. The title track which was based on Scarface is awesome, as well as "Kickstart My Heart", "S.O.S.", "Rattlesnake Shake", and "Don't Go Away Mad" are the hard rockin tracks as well as the ballads "Without You" and "Time For Change". You have four great elements in the Crue, Vince Neil's voice is at its best, and he is still better than Axl no matter WHAT ANYONE SAYS! Mick Mars and that great guitar work, Nikki Sixx pounding the bass, and of the course Banging the skins is Mr Tommy Lee, a great drummer who isn't given enough credit for his work. The Crue is awesome and this album is proof that the crue can rock anybody's world, it certainley did mine!

5-0 out of 5 stars This was their "1984".
This album captures Motley at their peak and proves that while they didn't have the same hard and dark edge that they had with their first two albums, they could still make great and really fun hard rock party anthems. This one has something for everyone, featuring the metal masterpiece "Dr. Feelgood"- an anti-drug song, the stylish power ballad "Without You" and the adrenaline rushing rock anthem "Kickstart My Heart"-my personal fav on this album. Even if this C.D. doesnt have the macabre and heavy feel that "Shout at the Devil" had, it still has the same great feel and sticks to simply having fun and partying, which was what Metal was really all about. This album also features some of Mick Mars' best guitar work, being he gives great solos on each track. If you like hard rock from the late 70s or 80s, you'll love this one.

4-0 out of 5 stars It just feels good.
I can never decide if I like this more than "Shout At The Devil", but either way it's totally awesome. It was also an excellent end to their 80's run. This had numerous hits on it, including "Kickstart My Heart", "Without You", "Don't Go Away Mad (just go away)", and of course the title song. Others are good too though, specifically "Rattlesnake Shake" and "Time For Change". The bonus tracks on here are all decent, but not good enough to buy this twice for. Overall, this and "Shout At The Devil" are a must, even if you have the "Hits" disc.

5-0 out of 5 stars HEAD BANGIN

57. Invasion of Your Privacy
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4-0 out of 5 stars Definitive 80s Hair Band
Ratt gained serious attention in the 80s with the release of "Out Of The Cellar". They defined the L.A. rock club scene with both their attitude and guitar-heavy sound while establishing that they could write catchy hooks in addition to identifiable guitar riffs. Tunes like "Round and Round", "Wanted Man", and "Back For More" hit the MTV generation with an energy that was rare and well needed at that point in 80s music.

Along came "Invasion Of Your Privacy" and Ratt further established their credibility as a rock band to be reckoned with. The production on this second effort makes this entire album distinctive; even today the songs stand out with their energy and strong vocal presentation. Start to finish this album does not let up. Noticable tracks like "You're In Love" and "Lay It Down" make Ratt a necessity when building your 80s Hair Band collection. Also included here are excellent rockers like "Never Use Love", "Give It All", "What You Give Is What You Get" (my favorite Ratt tune), and "Dangerous But Worth The Risk".

I think it is important to note that Ratt was never a band that was trying to re-invent the rock music genre. Ultimately they were a band who peaked at the right time among the elements of the L.A. club scene and the increasing popularity of such bands on MTV. You will find no thought provoking or strong social messages here, just a lot of sexual innuendo, mascara, killer guitar, and driving bottom end. Ratt is a bright flash in the music timeline. They had a quick stay at the top of the hard rock charts before bands like Bon Jovi, Poison, Motley Crue, and Guns N' Roses added fuel to the fire and put some real distance between Ratt and the ever-changing hair band status quo. Do yourself a favor and check out this disc. A great effort from a great (and not forgotten) 80s hair band!

If 80s Rock is your thing I also recommend: Y&T (Meanstreak), King Kobra (Ready To Strike), Motley Crue (Theater of Pain), Krokus (Headhunter), Whitesnake (Slide It In), and Winger (Winger).

5-0 out of 5 stars This Is What Made Me a HUGE Ratt Fan
I agree with another reviewer when he said that the production on this album is top-notch, and that at one point this album was cutting-edge stuff; because he's right: it was.

When I first bought this album and popped it in my player, I was blown away at how GOOD it was. Song after song, the raspy lyrics, the screaching, squealing guitar work, the chugging bass, and the overall arrangement of the songs....... it all hooked me. From the beginning song and its GREAT intro --"you take the midnight subway train, you're callin' all the shots, you're struck by lighting, you're in love"-- to track number 8, this album doesn't ease up on the energy at ALL! It's great, and a plus: no ballads. Ratt was notorious for being "anti-ballad" in an era and genre of music replete with them.

I think Blotzer's drumming on this album is the best of any of Ratt's albums-- and that's saying a lot considering his talent and his performance on previous album "Out of the Cellar."

Yep, this is no holds barred guitarwork and 100% energy. Their singles from this album that made it huge were "You're In Love," "Lay It Down," and "Give It All." Give just those three a listen and you'll immediately know why. But other songs, had they been released as singles, could EASILY have hit Billboard's Top 20. Songs like "Never Use Love" and "Got Me On the Line" (the latter of the two being one of my all-time fav Ratt songs-- it KICKS with speed and bottom-heavy chug!) are pure Ratt gold.

This album's only flaws are the last two tracks. Compared to the rest of this amazing album that is just saturated with great guitar and songs, the last two tracks are weak. But then again, the first 8 tracks just kick so much 'tox that the last two aren't really being given fair comparison!

Anyway, I recommend this album as either your first or second Ratt album; "Out of the Cellar" is equally as good as this album, and either of them will get you absolutely HOOKED on Ratt. This was my first Ratt experience, and now my walls are buried in posters, memorabilia, etc. from Ratt.

Personal note: Ratt is my favorite 80's glam metal band for a few reasons. I love their decadent and rebellious lyrics, Pearcy's raspy voice, DeMartini's squealing and unrelenting guitar, Ratt's high injection of sleaze in their lyrics, and their swaggering style. And while this is probably a better album overall, their 1986 release "Dancing Undercover" showcases the Ratt and Roll attitude quite nicely (see my review for DU and other Ratt albums!).

If you want to get absolutely hooked on Ratt, they will snag you like a crappie with this one!

5-0 out of 5 stars Ratt's Best
You could take this album, Dokken's Under Lock and Key, and Crue's Theatre of Pain, and you would have the best three albums of this time period and the L.A. scene of the mid 80's. Like, Under Lock and Key, the production is terrific. Everyone knows You're in Love and Lay It Down, but every song on this album is good. You just don't find that anymore. I think this is why I like this studio effort better than Out of the Cellar because there is no filler. At some point when they were writing and recording for this album, they just got into a zone. A lot of these songs sound like they could flow right into the other without a break because they are similar in movement and tempo. Never Use Love, Dangerous But Worth the Risk, What You Give is What You Get, and You Should Know By Now are all classics. If you don't own this one, you need to do something about it. This one also makes my top 10 80's hard rock list. One other cd I would recommend that came out around the same time that wasn't from the L.A. scene is The Ultimate Sin by Ozzy.

3-0 out of 5 stars A tight album
Invasion of Your Privacy was released in 1985 and is Ratt's second full-length album. The ten tracks are in a straight-ahead hard rock musical direction. There are no ballads. The songwriting is gratifying, the musicianship is solid, and the sound quality is pleasing. Stephen Pearcy's vocals are unique, magnetic, and industrious. The guitar work--provided by Warren De Martini and Robbin Crosby--is skilled and enjoyable. Bobby Blotzer's drumming is taut and sounds good in the mix. All of the tracks are listenable, but my favorite ones are "Lay It Down," "Never Use Love," "You're in Love," "Closer to My Heart," and "What You Give Is What You Get." "Lay It Down" displays an indelible, catchy main guitar riff and a nice guitar solo. "Never Use Love" features an unforgettable, infectious principal guitar riff, one of my favorite guitar riffs in general, smooth backing vocals, and an impressive outro. "You're in Love"--the opening cut--sports tight rhythm guitar work. "Closer to My Heart" exhibits notable background vocals, while "What You Give Is What You Get" presents cool rhythm guitar playing and an interesting-sounding, engaging refrain. Even though the CD packaging does not include the song lyrics, there is an individual color photo of each member of the band. The album cover is memorable. The CD is just over 36 minutes. Invasion of Your Privacy is a satisfying piece of work from Ratt.

5-0 out of 5 stars ratt rules
i grew up with ratt and to this day i still ratt and roll. wish i could find some concert videos ... Read more

58. Bulletboys
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5-0 out of 5 stars SHOT DOWN IN FLAMES
I grew up in the 80's and the metal scene was my home.
It was such a great time for rock n' roll and the Bulletboys were one of the ingredients to make that scene so cool.
This album is slammin kick the cat out the door metal.
It's raw and sleazy just the way i like it.
Don't look for any slick Emerson Lake and you're gonna get is a mooltan lava platter of... metal.
Marq Torien can wail on the vocals producing ear splitting high notes with edge and the band just wails.
There' metal like "Smooth up in ya" and "For the love of money" which was originally done by philly soul masters the O'jays.
There's hysterical out of control head bangers like "Shoot the preacher down" and "Crank me up" which are guaranteed the make your neighbor kick the door down.
Then we have a taste of some cool metal grooves in the vein of classic roth era with "Owen to joe" and "F#9".
This album is one bad mutha!!!!!
I love it and it brings me back to my days bangin' my head and gettin' crazy with my buds.
This album...cranks!!!!!!!!!!
Bulletboys is guaranteed to rock the house down!!!!!!...

5-0 out of 5 stars Van Halen Clones!!!!
Thats right! They are Van Halen clones for sure.(NOT A VH COVER BAND) Backed by Warner Brothers and produced by none other than Ted Templeman, the BulletBoys sound is just like mighty Van Halen. The lead singer(Marq Torien)is a complete David Lee Roth spinoff. He even looks like Roth did and this guy can actually sing! What a range he has! The lead guitarist(Mick Sweda) rips off some tasty licks just like Eddie Van Halen does. The BulletBoys original tunes even sound like classic Van Halen. You can also hear some similarities with Van Halen's 5150 album! So if your sick of waiting for a Van Halen reunion/album, I suggest you purchase this album. Remember, if you have never heard's new to you! My next buy is going to be the second album from these guys "Freakshow". I'm 22 years old and I realize today's new music/rock just is not on par with this stuff at all. Rock out!!

5-0 out of 5 stars An Adolescent Aria
Intellectually challenging? No. Socially significant? Ah...No. A unique and groundbreaking endeavour into the limits of musical possibilities? Listen, you get my meaning, J.S.Bach, this recording ain't.
What is this disc? It's a party. Remember the parties you threw when you were young? Someones parents would take a vacation leaving one of your friends in charge of an empty house. Girls, booze, mayhem and music soon ensued. Close your eyes and picture yourself in the living room at this party. The year is 1988. Furniture is damaged, your little sister is dancing with a guy resembling Nikki Sixx, the keg just exploded and Bulletboys first album is the soundtrack. Catchy, fun and totally irresistable hard rock. Singer Marq Torien's bombastic vocals and supersonic screams are among the finest on record. Bottom line: If you don't like this disc, you weren't at the party.

1-0 out of 5 stars Take it all the way.
I generally like any type of music I have heard from the 80's time-period, especially rock 'n' roll. I do, but this is perhaps one of the most overrated pieces of garbage I have ever wasted time listening to in my life. I am surprised to this day, how I could have made it all the way to the tenth track without slitting my own wrists. Again, I do enjoy most music of the genre, but the music must be of a certain level of quality and the lyrics of some originality. Neither can be found on the self-titled Bulletboys debut album.

Case in point: The opening number, is an okay track, but it is their BEST track! "Smooth Up In Ya" is an awful number, yet their only bonafide hit, which qualifies this garage band of VH wanabees as a genuine "one-hit wonder".

5-0 out of 5 stars These fellas are the S***
Who ever decides to down this band is a complete idiot..This album ROCKS..I noticed the dingbat reviewer below comparing this quartet to being less of Ratt, Dokken, and what other haircrap that crawled out of the gutter. Anyone with a brain knows that Mick Sweda is the key to this group and that he can blow the gnads off of any top name rock guitarist out there, and match quite well with the likes of an EVH. Anyone ever heard of Carmen Appice? Duh..Studio Drummer, Vanilla Fudge, Rod Stewart, OZZY....Who do you think discovered Sweda as a studio guitarist and had to have the guy to lead guitar Appice's band, King Kobra (before B-Boys)? The 2nd album only gets better! ... Read more

59. The Very Best of Dokken
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4-0 out of 5 stars Rockin' with Dokken
One of the greatest "power rock" bands to emerge from the eighties was, without question, Dokken. These guys could rock hard and rock right. With Don Dokken's killer vocals and George Lynch's unrivaled guitar superiority, the band whipped out some of the greatest rock songs ever recorded by ANY band. Recently, Rhino Records released this best of compilation. How does it measure up? Read on and see.

Let me start by saying that Rhino Records knows how to make good hits compilations. This proves to be no exception to that rule. If you're the casual fan who wants just about every hit the band has ever released, you will find them here. Breaking The Chains, Into The Fire, Just Got Lucky, Alone Again, Tooth And Nail, In My Dreams, It's Not Love, and Dream Warriors sound every bit as good as they did back in the eighties. This, my friends, is REAL rock and roll, not that junk that floods the mainstream these days. Even Dokken themselves have taken a massive hit in quality due to George Lynch's departure. Don't worry though, this compilation only covers the band in its prime. However, as good as this compilation may be, there is a problem (other reviewers have stated it as well) - The Don Dokken solo tracks. These are good, but considerably weaker than the other tracks. Why did those get put on instead of other Dokken classics that got deprived of their place here?

Final verdict? Dokken rocks, and this is their best single-disc hits compilation available to date. Casual fans of the band, this will be all the Dokken you'll ever need. I said it once and I'll say it again - This is REAL rock and roll!

5-0 out of 5 stars Keep on rockin' with the Dokken
This is the first greatest hits CD that I ever bought from Rhino records and I'm glad that they released this Greatest Hits CD on Rhino Records cause the sound quality is really good and the liner notes is very informative, it's everything that a Dokken fan needs to know, what got me into Dokken was hearing In My Dreams on the radio when I was getting ready to go to bed and I was packing up to go to Long Beach, Washington, I think that Dokken guitarist George Lynch is one of metal's underrated guitar players of all time and he can really play and I think that Dokken was one of the best hair metal bands of all time too cause they had good songwriting skills as well, this CD has 16 cuts from 1983-95 and 14 of it was from 1983-88 and we do get to have one Don Dokken solo cut called Mirror Mirror which is quite a good song and I'm surprised that the song didn't make it big, plus I had no idea that George Lynch formed a new band called Lynch Mob either.

Here are my ratings for each track.

Breaking the Chains: Dokken's first known song off of their debut album and it is the title track but this song is a classic, who can forget the video when George Lynch starts breaking the chains during the guitar solo part? 10/10

Paris is Burning (live): This live track is actually off of Dokken's debut album and it's awesome, I like the opening part of the song the best. 10/10

Into the Fire: Now we enter the Tooth and Nail album and this song is a classic, excellent chorus. 10/10

Just Got Lucky: This is one of Dokken's heavier songs but this song isn't quite one of my favorites. 8/10

Alone Again: This song was Dokken's biggest hit and I'm surprised that they didn't score a Top 40 hit on the Billboard charts. 10/10

Tooth and Nail: Not to be confused with Foreigner's version off of the Agent Provecatuer album which came out earlier that year. 7/10

The Hunter: Now we enter the Under Lock and Key album which contains this classic song. 10/10

In My Dreams: This is my favorite song by Dokken and this song is awesome, it should've been in the Top 40 but oh well, at least that it did well on the Modern Rock tracks. 10/10

It's Not Love: Another standout and this song reminds me of early 1999 when I heard this song on the Youth Gone Wild CD Vol. 2. 10/10

Dream Warriors: I think that this is the best song off of the Back for the Attack album. 10/10

Burning Like a Flame: I'm surprised that this song didn't make it on the Beast For the East live album which came out a year earlier but this isn't one of my favorite songs. 7/10

Heaven Sent: Not one of the better songs for Dokken although this song is a bit more ballad like. 6/10

Mr. Scary: An instrumental tune done by George Lynch and this is a really cool song. 10/10

Walk Away: Probably one of Dokken's most softest songs and this was off of the Beast From the East live album and this song doesn't do it for me. 6/10

Mirror Mirror: This is a really good song by Dokken's solo album and this song is on par with the earlier classics. 10/10

Too High to Fly: The longest song on this album (which clocks in at over 7 minutes) and this song isn't that great. 6/10

5-0 out of 5 stars Look....It's 80's Power Rock.....What's Not To Like ?
Like I said...what's not to like ? This was from an era that's, sadly, gone, but never will be forgotten. If only we could go back. Today's "hard rock" sounds so terrible, even Mr. Hankey would probably vomit within the first seven notes.

Dokken, to me, was mature-sounding, compared to other power rock era bands. The unique guitar style of George Lynch is, in my opinion, what sold the band. I'm greatly impressed with George's Gothic Octave style, and the wide spreads over the neck that it requires. My fingers HURT every time I try to practice that technique on a Les Paul...OWWWW !

Hey George...can I have your ESP Kamikaze ??? LOL

Don's vocal style never came across to me as sounding always sounded sincere and heart-felt. For my tastes, THAT made Dokken stand apart from much of the era's others in that they didn't write what I call "hard-rock bubble gum songs". I'd have to pick "Burning Like A Flame" as my first choice, because it's got blazing guitar sound, combined with a great message.

Now...if only today's bands could cop the same standards, we'd be back to good-time rock and roll in short order. Wish in one hand....

With that said, this CD gives me all my favorites, and none that I didn't like, though I still need to check out the Don Dokken solo effort stuff.

Keep on rockin' in the free world, man !!!
Paul the Producerguy

3-0 out of 5 stars Music you'll discover that you've outgrown
Listening to this album will have the average 80's child saying "What was I thinking?". Of all the hair, pop, and heavy metal bands of the 80's Dokken were in a category by themselves it seems because they walked the fence. They never decided if they wanted to be a Bon Jovi type band or a Motley Crue type band. They could have went either way, but never did.

Listen to this album one time and you'll find the same theme throughout. Every song is about love! Don Dokken sings about a girl, or love, or lost love, or bitter sweet love in one form or another throughout the entire disc. Cool if you're driving on the highway with your chick, not cool if you're throwing a guys night out heavy metal vomit party.

George Lynch was and is a very talented and under-rated axe-master from this era. His gitar work is worth the price of admission, but Don can get a little sappy at times. Looking back, Dokken just can't be considered metal. It was the 80's and any long haired loud band were thrown into the 'metal' genre, but Poison, Dokken, and Ratt were for the most part hard rock to power pop. For great metal from the 80's check out Metallica, Motorhead, or Anthrax.

5-0 out of 5 stars Rock & Roll
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60. Rainbow Rising/Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow
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5-0 out of 5 stars Fellow Stargazers...
This is THE definitive Rainbow record! After the first album, "Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow" was released, Ritchie Blackmore and Ronnie James Dio chucked Dio's former Elf bandmates and replaced them with Tony Carey on keyboards, Jimmy Bain on bass guitar, and Cozy Powell on drums. This lineup fit together perfectly, and brought out the true mystical aura of Rainbow better than any of the other lineups. The front cover couldn't say it any better: Rainbow is powerful, progressive yet rooted in ancient lore, dark and mystical but also full of light and hope. If Rainbow's music on "Rising" could be summed up in a picture, then this would be the visual representation of their music.

It's amazing; this album only has six songs on it, and totals only about 34 minutes. But Rainbow's "Rising" is far more than the sum of its parts. It conjures up such mystery, imagination, and wonder that it goes way beyond its songs to create such a beautiful panorama of images for the mind to enjoy.

The album opens with one of the greatest and most memorable keyboard intros in the history of rock and roll, for the powerful song "Tarot Woman." When Tony Carey did this back then, he probably didn't know that this would cement him in R'N'R history as one of the most dynamic, three-dimensional keyboard players ever. But it did, and this keyboard intro is his proudest moment on the album. When the bass and drums kick in, they pack a wallop similar to a train crashing through a brick wall. This CD is a sonic boom of epic proportions.

"Run With The Wolf" and "Starstruck" also pack a major punch, with Ronnie James Dio's powerful voice seeming to float on top of the music. It is an instrument all it's own. Not bad for a former barroom bluesman who got his career started as the founding member of "Ronnie and The Rumblers" way back in the late 50's (I wonder if I can get a collection of their songs, I'd love to hear what Ronnie sounded like back then...imagine that, eh?)

Although "Do You Close Your Eyes" is short and fairly disposable (I'm sorry, but it is the only song that just doesn't seem to fit here; I think it would have been better off on the first album, quite frankly), it is followed by what is my favorite song on the album, the magical epic "Stargazer." This song never fails to give me chills, especially when I am listening to it in the dark (this is one of those albums that are best heard in the dark). To me, this really is the centerpiece of the album, as it has Ronnie singing, "I see a rainbow rising!", and it features such an unbeatable combination of atmospheric keyboards and orchestra, slicing guitar work, and thunderous bass and drums. This is the progressive side of Heavy Metal at its very best.

The album then closes with "Light In The Black," which begins as a pretty straight-forward rocker, but soon turns out to be an extended showcase of keyboard and guitar solos, courtesy of Carey and Blackmore, respectively. This is Tony Carey's second proudest moment on the album. Overall, this is Rainbow's proudest moment-- ever.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Begining of Power Metal.
From the amazing album cover to the excellnt music to the brilliant production, this is the 1st power metal album. Ronnie James Dio's brilliant as always, and Ritchie Blackmore's solos really wail. Jimmy Bain's bass is really reconizable, and Cozy WOW! No one gives this credit. Is that double-bass I hear? Excellent drummer. And Tony Carey's solos are incredible. No a song by song review:

1.Tarot Woman-Execellent intro done by Tony. Echo and weird braah sounds coming from the keyboards. Then the band kicks in to a power metal classic. Perfect and hypnotizing. 5/5

2.Run With The Wolf-Good bluesy song. Great singing by Dio. 5/5

3.Starstruck-One of my favorites, even though it sounds too much like Deep Purple. Weird lyrics. 4/5

4.Do You Close Your Eyes-Just filler. Skip it. No solo. 2/5

5.Stargazer-NOW THE ALBUM REALLY GTS GOING! Perfect orchestra, solos, singing, and drum intro. Espiecially the 2 minute ending. It can make you cry. It's that good. 10/10

6.Light In The Black-Not enough distortion in the begining, but the singing and fast pace make it great. Check out the 3 minute blazing solos. Cool. 5/5

This is a great album. End of story. There should be a reunion. Highly reccomended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Rainbow's best album
Since Ritchie Blackmore is such an unruly and meglomanic b*tch, EVERY SINGLE MEMBER(except Ronnie) was kicked out. Even though that shows how much of an ass he is, it proved to have two desirable results. A) Those guys didn't have to deal with Blackmore anymore, and B) We gained one of Rock's best drummers, Cozy Powell (god rest the man's soul). The album starts with "Tarot Woman", which is a solid rock song (even though it begins to show the constant loop that Ronnie has in his lyrics, including "carousels" and "I don't know" ;). Then we have "Run with the Wolf". Eh, the only song that isn't that good. The 3rd track is "Starstruck". Easily one of Rainbow's better songs. The bass is so simple (then again, so is Jimmy Bain), but it hits nice and hard. Then we have "Do You Close Your Eyes". Actually, let me correct myself. "Run with the Wolf" is actually a pretty good song. "Do You Close your Eyes", FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRT. "Stargazer" is a classic Rainbow song that is excellent. The album ends with "A Light in the Black". This is the best song on the record. Overall, this is Rainbow's best album, and easily one of the best rock albums of the 70's.

5-0 out of 5 stars Greatness of Heavy Metal Dawn
Before the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, before Thrash/Death/Black/Speed/Power/Gore/Gothic Metal, there was bands with the pretention to make Rock'n'Roll more hard and sofisticated than ever made. Bands like Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Blue Oyster Cult, The Who, Black Sabbath and Rainbow. They created Heavy Metal.
This album is a relic from this age. The compositions are perfect. Blackmore plays his guitar very well. The voice of Ronnie James Dio is amazing. The cover drawn by Ken Kelly (the same who drawn some Kiss's and Manowar's albuns).
Everything perfect. It is all I have to say.

4-0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars - another excellent album
Rainbow Rising (1976.) Rainbow's second album.

When Ritchie Blackmore left Deep Purple following that band's Stormbringer album, it's doubtful that many fans knew that he would rise again, and recapture his former glory. Sure, Rainbow was never as popular as the mighty Deep Purple, but their music was still nothing short of excellent. The band's first album, while a bit uneven, was still excellent. Following its recording, Blackmore ditched all of Ronnie James Dio's former Elf comrades and hired some new musicians, so that he could take the band in a new, more "power rock" oriented sound. With new bandmates Jimmy Bain on bass, Tony Carey on keyboards, and Cozy Powell on drums, the band went into the studio, recorded, and released their second studio album in 1976. How does this one measure up? Read on for my review of Rainbow Rising.

Rainbow's advancing in a new direction was one of the smartest moves of their career. This album is much more of a power/hard rock than the first Rainbow one was. There are a few bluesy elements present, but now that most of Elf was gone, the sound was much more hard rock oriented. Tarot Woman, the track that kicks it off, features awesome keyboard effects, similar to the ones in Frankenstein by the Edgar Winter Group and Fly Like An Eagle by the Steve Miller Band. It eventually becomes a hard and melodic rocker. Track two, Run With The Wolf, is a very memorable mid-tempo melodic hard rocker, symbolic of the rock that Dio would continue to make for years to come. My favorite cut here is Starstruck, in which Dio tells the tale of an obsessive fan he can't get away from. The vocals and instruments here are tough to forget. A Light In The Black, the closing track, is an awesome hard rocker reminiscent of the New Wave Of British heavy Metal, even though that wouldn't be unleashed for at least two more years. In the end, this album flat out rocks.

THE TEXT IN THIS PARAGRAPH REFERS EXCLUSIVELY TO THE WARNER BROS. AMERICAN REISSUE OF THE ALBUM. The record company did a fine job remastering and rereleasing the Rainbow catalogue, as did they several other artists. Unfortunately, they didn't really do anything outside of improving the sound quality. You don't get expanded liner notes, interviews, bonus tracks, combined albums, or anything. Oh, well. I guess we can't have it all.

Rainbow's second album is damn fine - enough said. If you're a fan of classic hard power rock, this is a release well worth adding to your collection. It's a shame that Blackmore and Dio's Rainbow days tend to go overlooked in favor of the more popular material they did with other bands, because this is some of their finest work. Check it out - It's unlikely that you'll be disappointed. ... Read more

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