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121. Retro Active
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5-0 out of 5 stars Showcase of the Lepp's Depth - A Classic Record
Take away a couple of throwaway tracks hastily pasted together and you have a classic leppard record - one that takes us from on of their earliest songs "Ride into the Sun" to the contemporary radio friendly "Two Steps Behind".

This album rocks and like "Slang", without the sometimes overwhelming presence of Mutt Lange, the Lepps rock out without a care - sounding as raw and passionate as they did with their earliest cuts.

I think "Desert Song" is a hidden classic. Why this did'nt make it to either Hysteria or Adrenalize, I will never know... a track of tremendous passion and power with not one but two killer solos by Phil and Steve, this is in my book one of the Top 5 Def Leppard Songs. Another standout is "After Dark" which is probably a first for the Lepps - a song without a defining chorus... by all the same it's a captivating track with some great vibes by Vivian Campbell.

I was pleasantly surprised by "From the Inside", a genuinely good song with some marvellous playing by the boys and their friends from Hothouse Flowers.

All in all a great record and a must buy. It actually rates 4.5 stars in my book, but being a Lepp addict, I will make it 5 stars.

5-0 out of 5 stars Vintage Def Leppard!
I thought most of the other reviwers summed it up really well, this album of B-sides and throw away tracks are better that most bands A-sides. This could have easily been a full length studio album all on its own. 'Fractured Love' is awesome, (what a guitar riff!) 'Desert Song' is fabulous, Steve Clark plays a great guitar solo. 'Ride Into The Sun' starts off with a piano intro and then fades into a roaring guitar riff.(very cool) There is an electric version of 'Two Steps Behind', and 3 versions of 'Miss You In A Heartbeat'. One of them is hidden at the end of the CD. Many of these songs were taken from the "Hysteria" writing and/or recording sessions, and a few are new tracks. I can't say what my fav song is, because I like them all. I've owned this one since the day it came out my senior year in high school. I've spent many, many excellent hours jammin' on this CD. Def Leppard is the band that inspired me to play guitar. This album has never got the credit that it deserves, and one listen will show you why. Joe Elliot & Co. continue to rip it up on this one. Do yourself a favor and get THE best album of 1993. ROCK ON!

5-0 out of 5 stars NOW I remember why I bought "X"
Not too long ago, Def Leppard was one of the most exciting bands in rock; they were popular AND talented, a dynamite combination of one part brain, one part heart, and one part libido, that mixed up one of the best formulas around. Unfortunately, critics started blaming them for just that - "The Formula." Then, in recent years, as they've been trying to fight their way out of "The Formula" label, fewer people have been noticing/caring, and critics that DO notice make sure to slam them for trying to be something they are not. Alas, in the case of Def Leppard, I DO agree with that unfortunate claim.

Regardless of what type of person you are, Leppard Hater, Leppard Lover, Leppard "They [stunk] since Hysteria" -er, Leppard "I stumbled on this page by accident" -er, or other - er -, if you, like me, wish the real Def Leppard would please stand up, buy Retro Active and prepare to get more of your 15 bucks worth than you have in awhile. It's been a decade since this last great Def Leppard Album, but a decade isn't as much as one might think, given it would take another quick decade after this to go back to their Pyromania days. And the bottom line is that, not so long ago, they really were on a role, musically speaking. I can't believe how much I almost forgot how much I loved this band till I threw this on the stereo a few weeks ago - and subsequently haven't been able to stop listening to it. "X" really is a bad album, so bad, it brainwashed me into temporarily losing too much respect for the band. It's hard for me to tell if they really have always been a little too money hungry, but regardless, if you like good music, let's put everything aside and proclaim the wonderful evolutionary direction the band was going in the early 90's, with the wonderful succession of Pyromania to Hysteria to Adrenalize to ironically, a "retro" album.

Without giving it all away, here's a quick runthrough of the wonderfully long (did I mention you get your money's worth) and successfully diverse (keyword - SUCCESSFULLY) song roster. "Desert Song" took awhile to grow on me, but once it did, I woke up to the AMAZING guitar solos -- they were showing signs of prog with their choices of scale usages and rhythmic motives! And they STILL managed to be catchy. I wish they would have taken that idea and made all of their subsequent music with that in mind. "Fractured Love" has highly effective percussive elements while still keeping a shoutalong chorus (think the next logical step after "Rocket"). The way they covered "Action" really blows me away, as I wish their own writing was as experimental yet quality filled as those that influenced them. There are the hits "Two Steps Behind" and "Miss You in a Heartbeat", both with acoustic and electric versions. The latter has a piano/vocal version also.

Personally, the electric version of "Two Steps Behind" is one of their best all time moments, it just takes me to another world. Fans of the "Leppard Layering technique" - with guitars upon guitars and vocals upon vocals - will not be disappointed. Joe Elliot plays some cool (albeit inexcusably short) boogie woogie piano as the intro to a revision of one of their earliest songs ("Ride into the Sun"), and REALLY hits the jackpot with the gutwrenchingly highly artistic collaboration with the Hothouse Flowers ("From the Inside"). The marriage of music to lyrics here is supreme. The driving d minor riff to "Ring of Fire" will have you hypnotized into playing it yourself for hours on end, and "I wanna be your hero" and "She's Too Tough" are way too strong to merely exist as B Sides.

I could go on forever, but I believe my point is made. Who REALLY is Def Leppard? It's always controversial to answer a question like that with one particular album, released, years ago, and ESPECIALLY when the answer isn't "Hysteria." And in fact, it's not that it's not "Hysteria". Again, "Retro Active" is a collection of all sorts of various material, much of which was originally given birth along with that landmark album from 1987.

Bottom line: THIS is why today's rock music is inexcusable. It (including Leppard) has only gotten worse since then, and with an album like this, there really is something here for everyone. Why aren't today's bands feeling more of a kick in the [rear]? It's because not even the record companies think that music is in a lot of trouble.

If you feel the same way, email me.

4-0 out of 5 stars Last great 80s hard rock album
While Def Leppard had an an "official" album a year earlier, Adrenalise, it was lacking they very important songwriting influence of Steve Clark due to his passing a year earlier, and as a result the focus was lacking, and also the result was dramatically overproduced.

While these were outakes and unfinshed tracks, the results here were dramatically differnt. Here Clarks influence in songwriting and his actual guitar tracks were present. Also, the production here was their most stripped down since High and Dry, the result is a solid album full of rockers and a couple of high quality ballads.

Not to say the album doesnt have a couple of duds, such as the cover of Mick Ronsons Only After Dark, plus the electric versions of Miss you in a heartbeat and Two steps behind, but otherwise this is a top shelf effort. The real shame here is this album was not released 3 or even 2 years earlier than it was, it would have topped the charts for months and sold millions of copies, but it came out in 93, 2 years after Nirvana hit. None the less any fan of 80s style hard rock, a era that emerged with Van Halens debut in 78 should get this CD, it was a fun 15 years, and this album is a fitting end.

3-0 out of 5 stars Give us the original versions!
[The reason I am being so critical here is because I'm a Def Leppard fan.]

When Def Leppard reached the nineties, things weren't what they used to be. Guitarist Steve Clark had died at the beginning of the new decade, and the band recruited replacement Vivian Campbell (previosuly of Sweet Savage, Dio, and Whitesnake). The band wasn't ready to record a full-blown album with Campbell yet, but at the same time they didn't want to keep their fans waiting. Accordingly, in 1993, the band released a collection of B-Sides - Retro Active. Read on for my review.

PROS:
-If you're the Def Leppard die-hard who wants those hard-to-find B-Sides from the Hysteria era, you've come to the right place! There is no shortage of rare material here.
-The version of Ride Into The Sun (2-2) featured here features an opening piano solo by ex-Mott The Hoople vocalist Ian Hunter!
-These tracks have received some remixing and revamping so they sound better than ever (for example, the acoustic version of Two Steps Behind now has a string arrangement - done by the one and only Michael Kamen!).
-For two of the tracks, Miss You In A Heartbeat and Two Steps Behind, you get acoustic AND ELECTRIC versions! Don't overlook the less popular electric versions; they're better than their well-known acoustic counterparts.
-There is a hidden bonus track - an all-piano version of Miss You In A Heartbeat (wait for a while after the last listed track ends (god, I hate Nirvana for starting that trend... but I DO like their music.))
-Honestly, is it humanly possible NOT to like the cover of this compilation?

CONS:
-This set is a wasted opportunity, plain and simple, because there are NO TRACKS FROM THE PETE WILLIS PERIOD! That means no Def Leppard EP tracks, no early demos, no B-Sides from the era, and so on.
-The recordings of these tracks have been ALTERED. Sure, you may say "these sound better than ever now", but THEY AREN'T THE ORIGINAL VERSIONS! It's almost like the band did to their songs what Phil Spector did to the Beatles album Let It Be - and you know what a controversy that's been over the years.

OVERALL:
If you're a die-hard Def Leppard fan or completist, this is a compilation worth owning. Just be warned, these AREN'T THE ORIGINAL VERSIONS, and THE BAND HASN'T RELEASED THE RARE TRACKS FROM ITS EARLY DAYS ON CD YET. If the members of Def Leppard are reading this, you need to put out a Retro Active Volume Two, featuring those rare early tracks, and the original versions of everything on here! Final verdict? This is a good compilation, but I only recommend it to Def Leppard die-hards. ... Read more


122. Great White - Greatest Hits
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4-0 out of 5 stars Great underrated band...
The bluesy hard rock band Great White have been around for over 20 years. They got some attention in the late 80's with their cover of Ian Hunter's "Twice Shy" and (unfortunately) recently with the tragic fire at their show in RI. Of their many compilations, this is easily the best. I'd rather have studio versions of "House Of Broken Love" and "Desert Moon" and the blues mix of "Face The Day" is too long, but those are minor complaints. It's missing some good songs ("Lady Red Light", "Afterglow", "Can't Shake It", "Rollin' Stoned") but what's here sounds great. The MTV Unplugged version of Led Zeppelin's "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" is good to have (GW cover Zeppelin better than any other band I've heard), as is the B-side "Wasted Rock Ranger". A good overview of a great band.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pour some LED
A melodic, refreshing memory of the 80s. Wonder why GW never made it to the top. Their influences are richly drawn from Zeppelin, esp. in the vocals but, that does not stop us from admiring their strength and grip on rock n roll. They knew how to "Rock Me"!

5-0 out of 5 stars great white greatest hits
These guys are terrific!I love the heavy blues sound.They are just as fantastic live!Rock me is one of my favorite songs of all time.I could listen to them play all day and night!Sometimes I do!Even their love songs have an edge,not sappy like some groups.All in all they have been severly under-rated.

5-0 out of 5 stars Incredibly Great White
What can I say? This album rocks! I`ve been into glam a long time, and there is no Poison, Warrant or Cinderella which can stand against these guys. Great White, despite being put in the `glam-metal catalog` just because they were a succesful 80s hard rock band, but, in spite of this, their songs are very rolling stones and Aerosmith influenced, while all the glam-metal bands just tried to be a crossover between Kiss and Motley Crue. Their music shows an incredible solidity, and songs like Rock Me, Once Bitten, Stick It, House Of Broken Love and Desert Moon go directly in a rock`n roll anthology, anfd Wasted Rock Ranger takes ...of all their contemporary groups with the chorus `when we reach n.1 we`ll all overdose for fun and go and visit Jimi and his friends`.
You may not like this as much as I do, but if you don`t like it you obviously don`t understand anything of rock`n roll. ... Read more


123. Look What the Cat Dragged in
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4-0 out of 5 stars A priceless debut album
Look What The Cat Dragged In (1986.) Poison's first album.

Poison were the kings of the glam rock genre, no questions asked (VH1 even called them the greatest hair rock band of all time!) You either LOVED Poison or HATED Poison - there was no "in-between." Interestingly enough, the boys from back east were one of the LATER glam metal bands to arrive on the scene in southern California - Bret, Rikki, C.C., amd Bobby didn't released their debut album until 1986. But in actuality, the late release of their debut was a good thing. Glam metal hadn't quite died yet (it would virtually go extinct by 1991), yet the boys had plenty of time to gain influences from other bands in the genre. As another reviewer stated, this album "scores points for the cover alone." I'm not sure why glam metal stars felt it necessary to dress up like women, but still, the cover is pricless for this reason. Read on for my review of Poison's 1986 debut album - Look What The Cat Dragged In.

Cry Tough - Poison's first single. A melodic rocker about making dreams come true.

I Want Action - Classic glam rocker about having a good time on the Sunset Strip.

I Won't Forget You - One of the best power ballads of all time.

Play Dirty - Classic hard glam rock the way you like it.

Look What the Cat Dragged In - More classic hard glam rock. You've gotta love the chorus.

Talk Dirty to Me - A rocker about a guy and a girl having a good time. The band's first hit.

Want Some, Need Some - Classic hard rocker. C.C. serves up some damn good riffs.

Blame It on You - Hard, fast-paced rock. Once again, C.C. steals the show.

#1 Bad Boy - Classic hard rock. The lyrics are the main attraction, but the rest of the band plays excellently.

Let Me Go to the Show - Fast and frantic hard rock at its best.

Poison's debut album is a glam metal masterpiece. If you don't like the genre, this isn't going to change your mind though. If you do enjoy the genre, Look What The Cat Dragged In is the album for you. And since most places (Amazon included) carry this album for a VERY low price, what are you waiting for? Poison rules, and their debut album stands as solid proof of that.

5-0 out of 5 stars Omigod, look what the cat dragged in!
Upon seeing the makeup on Bret Michaels "vocalizin' & socializin'", CC Deville "guitar screechin' & hair bleachin'", Bobby Dall "bass r-ping & heartbreakin'" (my favourite), and Rikki Rockett "sticks, tricks, & lipstick fix", I nostalgically thought, yeah, those were the days. 1986 was when their debut album, Look What The Cat Dragged In was released, and when I was finally getting into metal. Well, nowadays, this album would be in the popular section in music stores, and guys with makeup would get a more negative reaction, but not then, buddy.

"Cry Tough" is not a song for romantics and idle dreamers, as the title is what one has to do on the streets in order to make those dreams come true. CC Deville's crunchy lead guitar and Rikki Rockett's insistent drumming and the vocals of Bret Michaels spell out their signature sound.

The one-night stand, non-commitment cruising of the rowdy "I Want Action" is the single whose video was played to death on Dial-MTV and what finally got me to get into Poison. I'm getting video flashbacks when I hear "Long legs and short skirts/these girls hit me where it hurts." At the end, Bret has a swaggering macho "Oh, come on, honey, I wasn't that bad" that would've made David Lee Roth proud.

The Top 20 single "I Won't Forget You" proves the Bret and company could do a great rock ballad, complete with bluesy guitar and meaningful lyrics. In fact "it's better to have lost a love than never to have loved at all" is resurrected in Bret's duet with Stevie Nicks, "Love's A Hard Game To Play" five years later.

The grind of "Play Dirty" details tensions between the back room pool shooters against the pretty boys, which can lead to a fight outside.

The title track embodies the bad and good side of the repeated night life metal guys have. Too much booze, "ain't seen home in three days" and at a no-tell motel, the best part: "I got a girl on the left of me/a girl on the right/and I know damn well I slept with both last night." And at work Monday, "my hair's in a rat's nest/I look like h-ll/am I half alive or half dead/I just can't tell." Sadly, this reviewer never had this kind of life in his salad days.

The Top Ten single "Talk Dirty To Me" owes more to Sex Pistols-type punk than metal due to its guitar riffs. Don't call this a love song--more a fun lust song, unabashedly full of 80's raunch recalling Porky's or Fast Times-types hijinks.

Just what I needed, another signature tune, which has that hard-driving hard-metal fuzz. "Want Some Need Some" where the lines "Someone custom built for me" and "I wake up every morning/and wrap my arms around no one" ring hard to me. However, I would not want someone that would leave me singing the Motley Crue-like "Blame It On You", and getting someone who "wastes all my money/spends all my time." Yes, if that happened, I would blame that mess on her, heck yeah!

The good side of the "#1 Bad Boy" is that "I got no morals/don't belong in the rat race" who's "no upstanding citizen/but ... standing just the same."

The rebellious "Let Me Go To The Show" seems to be what Poison want their fans to do to go their concert, which is to escape, steal their father's car and "hear my Mama scream from ten miles away." It ends with a father-like voice shouting, "You heard your mother--turn that s--t off!"

In 1986/7, bands like Bon Jovi Poison, Europe, and Britny Fox were for being "girl bands", metal soft enough for girls, which is utter shash. Poisonous, no way. Poison, definitely. Good 80's metal, heck yeah! So with luck, I'll be "down the basement/lock the cellar door, and baby..." you fill the rest.

5-0 out of 5 stars Poison's Debut
When this album was released in 1986, I was only 1 year of age but now that I'm older and broadening my musical tastes, I've stumbled upon Poison, the only hair metal band I ever found tasteful.
This album is now a classic, even though glam rock has died, it is not forgotten and Poison are still out there performing the hits from their debut album. An excellent album, the perfect glam rock album, ever.

Track Listings /
1. Cry Tough / an excellent opener, the perfect 'stand tall' song, a great chorus
2. I Want Action / my least favourite song, a very odd track featuring sexual lyrics
3. I Won't Forget You / the first ballad, a song written about their friends and family they were leaving behind to record the album
4. Play Dirty / one of the more forgettable tracks, still a nice track
5. Look What the Cat Dragged In / everyone knows (well should) this song, poppy rock with excellent guitar riffs
6. Talk Dirty to Me / another single, sexual driven lyrics, excellent song especially live
7. Want Some, Need Some / one of the other forgettable tracks, not outstanding but good
8. Blame It on You / lacking musically but lyrically it's great
9. #1 Bad Boy / sounds like it would have been a single, not up to par vocally but I still find this song fun to listen to anytime
10. Let Me Go to the Show / my favourite song on the album, a great closing song, kind of childish but it's so fun - kind of a guilty pleasure.

In all, this is a great album that sums up glam rock pretty well, a must for any 80s fan.

5-0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!!!
In 1986, the infamous hair metal movement started to catch on. This album is a major reason why. The songs are a little bit la-dee-da, but they are still some of the best songs ever. No one was more glam than Poison. Many metal fans said this was stupid and annoying, how they looked identical to women, but I think it's funny. All the band members are talented, and Bret Micheals' songwriting is good. Poison is one of those bands that often falls into the 'love 'em or hate 'em category. For example, many metalheads in 1986 HATED this band, along with Ratt, Motley Crue, etc. But mostly everybosy LOVED them. This album was a Top Ten hit, so a lotta people must have loved it. And I can see why.

1-0 out of 5 stars not even good in an ironic sense
This album is total garbage. I would say the only people who like this stuff are beer drinking old dudes with mullets. The cover of the album has to be the worst cover of any album ever. Hilarious! ... Read more


124. Revenge
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Best KISS Album Ever!
"Revenge" is one monster of a CD. From the classic Demon stylings of "Unholy," to the nasty attitude of "Heart Of Chrome," to the Rock and Roll good times of "I Just Wanna," this is the perfect combination of the 1970's style KISS and the 1980's (Raw) Pop-Metal KISS. "Revenge" fits in perfectly with both "Rock And Roll Over" and "Asylum." This album sounds like what the original band may have sounded like if they had stayed together past 1980. Eric Singer and Bruce Kulick give the best performances of their careers, and considering how good they are that says a lot. If you like KISS at all, give this one a chance, it's a KILLER!

5-0 out of 5 stars KISS enters the nineties with one of their heaviest albums
After the tragic passing of the amazingly talented Eric Carr due to cancer, KISS returned with their new drummer Eric Singer to record their first studio album since "Hot in the Shade" in 1989. Revenge was a great album to enter a new decade with, and a great debut for their new member. Singer proved to be a great drummer, and he fit in with KISS both musically and in image. Revenge is KISS second heaviest album (Carnival of Souls is the heaviest). The songs are really catchy and memorable. From the heavy crunch of "Unholy", to sing along anthems like "I just Wanna" and "God gave rock and roll to you II", to the traditional chick songs like "Domino" and "Take it Off", and to the heart felt ballad "Everytime I look at You", Revenge is 100 percent a great album. The album closes with "Carr Jam 1981", a drum solo track recorded back in the early 80s put on this album as KISS's tribute to "The Fox". The closing track shows off Carr's amazing talent as he was truly a memorable drummer. Revenge has been compared to Destroyer on several occasions. And in a way it is very much a brother to Destroyer. Revenge, like Destroyer is a breakthrough for KISS. They are steps foward for the band, accepted by both fans and critics alike. Which is something that rarely happens in the music world. I recomend Revenge to any Rock n Roll fan.

5-0 out of 5 stars IT ROCKS (and the new drummer does too!!)
THIS RECORD ROCKS. They brought back in Bob Ezrin to produce it (he did DESTROYER for kiss, and their biggest flop, MUSIC FROM THE ELDER. He also did THE WALL for Pink Floyd). Well the production absolutely ROCKS. By that I mean that the guitars jump out of the speakers and assault you; when the new drummer Eric Singer hits the drums, you can feel it hit your chest. And that is even if you have the volume on 3!

The songs are all good for the most part. We all know Simmons can't sing, but that doesn't really stand out here. In fact, this album probably represents his best vocal performances for KISS. And Paul - who CAN sing - does his job very well. Bruce Kulick is a mean guitar player. On this album they include a drum solo that Eric Carr did before he died from cancer. It is great, and definitely worth a listen.

There is something nasty about this album. It's like the guys in the band are really on the warpath, really want to make a statement. And they do. TURN IT UP!

4-0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best KISS Albums Without Makeup
When "Revenge" was released in 1992, the KISS family was suffering the death of band member Eric Carr. But did that stop KISS to continue on and be the greatest rock band ever? No. Out of all KISS albums,"Revenge" is one of the best KISS albums without makeup. The opening track is "Unholy" which is the best track on the album with strong lyrics by Gene Simmons and Vinnie Vincent, richly executed guitar work from Bruce Kulick, and electrifying lead vocals by Gene Simmons. Another standout track is "God Gave Rock 'n Roll To You II", the sequel to Argent's song from the 70's. Black 'n Blue fans also may want to check this out: on "Domino", Gene Simmons ripped off the music from the Black 'n Blue classic "Nasty,Nasty" and "Domino" would not have sounded as good without that riff. Paul Stanley has said after the death of Eric Carr, KISS thought about quiting but didn't. Thank You Paul, because if you quit, the greatest rock band of all time would not be around anymore.

4-0 out of 5 stars Clearly a Revenge!
This album has a real hardrock kinda old school KISS feel to it. This was supposed to feature Eric Carr behind the drums, but when time came to actually go into the studio and record this album Eric was to ill from his brain tumour to attend. Instead it's Eric Singer on drums. Singer is a truly remarkable drummer with a very heavy and groovy feel to his play. Revenge is clearly what the title states a revenge back after Eric Carrs tragic death. KISS shows that they've taken KISSTory to a new level back to their roots of kick ass rock n'roll. With songs like "Unholy" "I Just Wanna" "Domino" and "God Gave Rock and Roll To You" KISS proves in my opinion to be the best line-up for this period in time. Off course the album is dedicated to great Eric Carr who was not only an incredible drummer but also a very nice human being, god rest his soul. ... Read more


125. The Best of Britny Fox
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Hair Band Of All Time!!!!
Britny Fox is the greatest band. They are just 4 guys who love music and love to rock. Their latest album is awesome and has all their great songs on it. I totally recomend this cd. Your cd collection is not complete without it!

4-0 out of 5 stars A highly underrated rock band
yeah, yeah, yeah... they've been called poseurs, annoying, a "second rate Cinderella," but one cannot deny that Britny Fox recorded catchy rock songs during their time(unless one simply does not like rock and roll). Long before bands started brooding and singing about the depressing state of affairs on the news, bands like BF sang about chicks, parties, nightlife, and good ol' rock and roll (God, I miss the 80s)!!! This CD includes a great compilation of BF's songs, and it will fit nicely in anyone's rock collection. It would be great to see this act tour with Poison or Warrant sometime soon!

3-0 out of 5 stars NOT a Hair Band!
Britny Fox were NOT a hair band. All of the guys wore wigs!

4-0 out of 5 stars AC/DC Influenced Hard Rock!
Brity Fox was one of the many unsung hair metal bands from the late 1980's. They had everything that their more successfull contemporaries had, it's just that they came at the wrong time, they not 'commercial' enough for the mainstream audience, or something smelling lke that. Britny Fox had talent, they had leather and lipstick, but they never really hit it big. This is a fantastic collection, though. Britny Fox was a very AC/DC influenced band, as they showcased on such songs as 'Long Way To Love, 'Girlschool', and 'Standing In The Shadows. Although I could do without the singer's voice, this collection stands as proof that just because a band never hit it big doesn't mean they are not talented. Some of the best songs are the aforementioned 3, the Slade cover Gudbuy T'Jane, and Dream On(not the Aerosmith song of the same name).

5-0 out of 5 stars Great songs from a great band
Britny Fox was my favorite band in 1989, when I was a junior in high school. I instantly fell in love with their music when I heard them via MTV with their debut video, "Standing in the Shadows." And today, I am rediscovering their energized, feel-good, rockin' music. The music of today just doesn't have the same appeal, so I--like many children of the 80s--find myself looking back to the music I used to turn to to feel good in those days. Despite what people may say about B.F. being a "hair band," their music is really great and definitely rockin'! "Long Way to Love" and "Standing in the Shadows" are two of the best rock songs of the era. Dizzy Dean's voice is the voice of Britny Fox in my opinion and the band was not the same after he departed. They have been compared to Cinderella and AC/DC, but let me assure you, B.F. is an original. For all you Britny Fox fans of the 80s when Dizzy was king, this one is sure to please. Rediscover these guys today!! And as Dizzy once said to me, "ROCK ON"!! And for all of you out there who have yet to experience this great band, this CD is the one to get. Britny Fox didn't stay on top for long, but it's not because of lack of talent or great songs. They rocked then and they still do! ... Read more


126. Theatre of Pain
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3-0 out of 5 stars Somethin's Not Right Here
Although this was the album that rocketed Motley Crue up to the top of the charts in 1985, I just can't get it. Considering its two predessesors are two of the greatest albums known to man, this one should be, too. But it's not. It is MUCH lighter and pop-oriented than Shout At The Devil, and it just doesn't have that Motley Crue sound that they used before and later. And also, this is some sort of a concept album I believe, but I just acn't get the concept. One song they are singing about gambling and money, they next they are talking about the the pains of going on tour. I just don't understand much of it. City Boy Blues, Smokin' In the Boys Room and Louder Than hell are great, but a lot of it is filler. If you are just a casual fan, stay away from this one.

4-0 out of 5 stars This album is "Louder Than Hell".
Though I do admit both "Shout At The Devil" and "Dr. Feelgood" are better albums, this is the one I actually listen to the most. That may be because I have it on cd, cassette, and vinyl, but I think it's mostly because it's just a great listen all the way through. It includes the big hits "Home Sweet Home" and "Smokin' In The Boys Room", but I actually like some of the other tracks even more. "Tonight (we need a lover)", "Save Our Souls", and "Raise Your Hands to Rock" are all excellent. The extra tracks on here are all decent, but it's the original ten that will rock your socks off. It's simply classic "Crue".

4-0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the Crue's Theatre...
Step inside the Motley Crue's "Theatre of Pain" and let me tell you a story. Twenty-two years ago back in 1982, a band named Motley Crue made their music debut with their album, "Too Fast For Love." One year later, in 1983, they released the smash album, "Shout At Devil." With their very successful tour in support of the album, the group's popularity had risen to super stardom. To capitalize on this fame, in 1985, they came out with one of their best albums to date, "THEATRE OF PAIN." Together, this band consisting of Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars, and Tommy Lee, they created an album unlike any other Crue album before its release up to this date. The album is very musically unified along the group's experimentation with different types of sounds and instuments. Nikki Sixx, the main writter if the album's material wrote some of the Crue's best songs to date.

The albums's opener, "City Boy Blues," is a Crue classic and deserves an A+ all the way. The lyrics are great, Tommy's drum beats are phenomenal and the rhythms by Nikki and Mick are out of the world with some excellent lead guitar solos. The next track, the remake of "Smokin' In The Boys Room" is just outstanding and is definitly one of the Crue's best songs to date and is outstanding live. The ballad "Home Sweet Home" is the Crue's best ballad to date hands down. They have some great ballads but this one is so much more better. The opening sequence is a piano playing and Vince's vocals are so passionate and the guitar work is undoubtably fascinating. This was the Crue's hit single of the album along with "Smokin' In The Boys Room."

The last two tracks, "Raise Your Hands To Rock" and "Fight For Your Rights" are great closers to a great album. The first one in an anthem just in the title itself. Any rock finatic will love this one. Then last track "Fight For Your Rights" is a great tune although I think the order of the last two songs should have been switched. This is the album of 1985. It's loud, head-banging and is pure Motley Crue. I already had two Motley Crue albums but after I bought this and listened to it once I became a Crue finatic. This album is sure to do the same to anyone who buys it. Step inside Motley Crue's "Theatre of Pain" and enjoy the show!

2-0 out of 5 stars Theatre of Pain
1985's Theatre of Pain was the first big hit for Motley Crue. It had two hit singles with a cover of the Brownsville Station's Smoking in the Boys Room and Home Sweet Home. Those are both fine songs, but both can be found on the various greatest hits albums the Crue has, other than those two tracks I would say City Boy Blues is good,other than that this album has nothing to offer.

5-0 out of 5 stars Enter the Theatre
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127. Bon Jovi
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4-0 out of 5 stars One of the most underrated albums EVER
Before Bon Jovi wimped out, they were one of the finest rock bands of thei eighties. In 1984, the band released its debut album, which was actually a compilation of the material Jon had recorded up until then. Read on to see how the band's self-titled debut measures up.

Runaway - This song is the only true hit to emerge from the album, and it's nothing short of excellent. In a way, this was a premonition to the ballads the band would produce in later years (but unlike them, this is an EXTREMELY good song.)

Roulette - An excellent eighties rocker, the chorus (and the part right before the chorus) is priceless in this one. Arguably the best song on this album.

She Don't Know Me - A typical rock ballad. This is a good song, but it sounds too much like a rip-off of Journey's faithfully (fortunately though, THIS is the better of the two songs.)

Shot Through The Heart - One of Jon's typical heartbreak songs, but still a good track, and highly underrated.

Love Lies - WITHOUT QUESTION THE GREATEST BALLED THAT THIS BAND HAS EVER RECORDED. Anyone who has doubts about the piano's place in rock and roll hasn't heard this song.

Breakout - Eighties pop meets eighties rock, with excellent results. As tkdmateo's review put it, this one is a premonition to the band's later pop-rock success.

Burning For Love - One of the harder and more emotional tracks on the album, this one has an odd but striking resemblance to Southern Man, a Neil Young song. Yet another excellent track.

Come Back - This sounds a good deal like the band's later ballads. That makes it one of the weaker tracks on the album, but it's still nothing short of excellent.

Get Ready - One of the more pop-oriented songs on the album, this track is still an excellent one only a fool would skip.

Overall, this album is tied with Seventy-Eight Hundred Degrees Fahrenheit and Slippery When Wet for the title of "Best Bon Jovi album." Even if you're a casual fan of the band, DO NOT BUY THEIR GREATEST HITS! GET THESE FIRST THREE ALBUMS INSTEAD!

5-0 out of 5 stars Breakout!
That song alone describes what this album, and more specifically the songs She Don't Know Me & Runaway, did for the career of this band. If you listen to this CD, you will recognize a format that they have used on many subsequent albums. On the song Shot Through The Heart (which is my fav on this one), those are the same words you hear Jon sing at the beginning of You Give Love A Bad Name from the "Slippery" CD. It's amazing to hear how well played and written this first CD is. Especially given that Runaway & She Don't Know Me were demos done at his uncles club (which I believe were redone when the band formed). An Amazing start to what has been an amazing career. Rock On!

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply Their Best
Holy Sknikees. This is it. The #1 Bon Jovi album of all time (not to mention, one of the two greatest albums ever, along with "Van Halen"). The first song I ever heard from Bon Jovi is on this album ("Shot Through The Heart", which my gym teacher used to play over and over for a week, and it stuck with me). What kind of fool wouldn't pay good money for this historic album?! Here it is through my eyes:

1. Runaway - ****, my favorite keyboard riff (of which I've heard that David didn't create originally, but I'm sure he plays it better than that guy from Springsteen!) and one of the greatest first songs a band ever recorded.

2. Roulette - *****, one of the two second best songs ever, along with 'Bad Medicine', which was recorded on their 4th album, "New Jersey". One of Ritchie's highest triumphs.

3. She Don't Know Me - *************************..............., THE GREATEST, MOST SPECTACULAR, MOST UNDERRATED (especially compared to how high it SHOULD have been rated!), BRIGHTLY DONE, INTELLIGENT SONG EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE BASIC REASON TO BUY THE ALBUM. BUY IT!!!!!!

4. Shot Through The Heart - ****, the second most pop-based song on the album, a great example of the "Shout Along" era

5. Love Lies - ***, not bad, but one of the album's weakest song, basically because it's TOO SLOW!!!

6. Breakout - ****, the band's first time to show how good they sound in unison, not to mention the raw lyrics, guitar, and percussion collabortion

7. Burning For Love - **, the album's weakest track, but still not bad

8. Come Back - ***, an OK song, to say the least

9. Get Ready - ***, great intro, but when the song picks up with Jon's vocals.....

So, there you have it. BUY THE ALBUM!!!!!!!!!

3-0 out of 5 stars The Embryo
"Runaway," of course, started it all. The Bon Jovi legacy that has made it over three decades, despite how all of the 80's haters have tried to scar this band with a scarlet letter of its own. Resilience has kept the band out of the grave, which is much more than the once brutal grunge army can say for their beloved Cobain. Despite the fact that there is a large legion of those who use a wave of their hand to dismiss 80's rock as pretensious, Bon Jovi is indeed one of the rare examples of products as commercially in-your-face as the Big Mac who made it to that point by offering us something as creatively/artistically crafted as a gourmet entree at a prestigious New York City dining establishment.

I was 4 when this album came out, and didn't start rocking with them till "New Jersey" came out. I can't say for sure if I would have thought Bon Jovi the greatest thing ever to exist, if I was a teenager at the time. Fortunately, I'll never have to answer that. Indeed, Jovi's first 2 albums, while LOVED by a stubborn (in a good way) minority, aren't like the rest. They're less diverse, not as unique, offer less musically, and just about every song is about women and/or some sort of heart-break; which, as I noted on my Farenheit review, is just PERFECT musical therapy for certain times in everyone's life. Otherwise, though, this album isn't very multi-purpose for you the listener. Still, this first album, while not as meaningful as "Slippery..." or "Keep the Faith," somehow finds a bit of timelessness simply by being the "classic breakthrough that started it all."

Asides from the songs being generally perfect for rocking out every now and then, the debut's longevity hasn't really been owed to the music itself (I'm not referring to "Runaway", which was recorded with a different set of musicians before the final group was in place). JBJ himself said he didn't know what he should write, for example if the record company wanted 10 more "Runaways"... which is understandable for a band just getting into the biz and wanting to learn the ropes, but also hinting at one of Jon's attitudes that he still unfortunately sort of holds, that being, always think about what commercially will sell... Take those words carefully, I am not suggesting the band has ever "sold out", and indeed, this mentality has helped them get as big as they did, I am just saying that when it comes down to it, their first release doesn't have too much artistic integrity (though it made up for it with ambition), and thus it pales in comparison to most of their other recordings. Even a "bad" Jovi record, which this is NOT, can never be any less than good, however, so I'm throwing three stars its way just because even in their early 20's, there's an embryonic emotional spirit that is possessed in these 5 souls, necessary for eventually helping lots and lots of people through music. A talent given by God, and given to few.

The songs themselves - the music is much better than the lyrics, previously referred to as being largely "heartbreak lyrics." As far as 80's metal (though not heavy like Iron Maiden), it is nothing short of awe inspiring to hear David (who would have gone off to Juliard if not for the band) tinkering with ways to put keyboard effects and enhancements to music the way only prog-rockers had previously done. As a pianist myself, every note David has ever played has heavily influenced my take on how to craft music. As for Richie, this is wayyy before he gets self-conscious and starts underplaying, so you get some kickass soloing going on, again, especially for a person as young as he was at the time. The only general thing for some of you to look out for is this album has the 80's SOUND, if there ever was such a thing... so if you are one of those people who can't tolerate dated sounds, you might have some problems. For the rest of us, you'll notice I haven't really mentioned song titles - that's because this album really is very similar, it's almost not quite worthy enough of featuring certain songs over others. ALMOST. Here's my favorites (asides from "Runaway"): "She Don't Know Me" (though written by someone else), "Shot Through the Heart" (NOT the mass hit "You Give Love A Bad Name" that far too many people make the mistake about), "Get Ready" (The ONLY song in a major key on the whole record!!!!!). Particular songs aren't worth arguing over, I've saved THAT for my "Keep the Faith" review!!!

This album is what it is, and not much needs to be said other than it's nothing special but it rocks, especially when you're pissed off about a relationship situation. I still think everyone should own this, as everyone should own all Bon Jovi albums!!! Just make this and "7800 degrees..." the end of your collection, so you aren't hit with "Roulette" being your first impression. This album plays a very important role in the history of the band, and it just doesn't feel right without it.

2-0 out of 5 stars The Original But Not their Best
Bon Jovi's self titled debut album contains nine tracks which are all right but with the exception of Runaway do not reach the musical heights of their later albums. You would purchase this album more for historical value if your fan of the greatest rock band of the 80's rather than for the actual songs on here. This album is where it all began and the tracks are not as substantial guitar wise or lyrically as the boys will achieve on their later masterpieces. Unless you are a huge Bon Jovi fan you probably will not want this album. Bon Jovi have created some of the greatest albums ever made and New Jersey and Slippery When Wet would be my recommendations if you do not own any of their albums at all and are looking to start. ... Read more


128. Destination Anywhere
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It's appropriate that Destination Anywhere is an album by Bon Jovi the solo artist as opposed to Bon Jovi the band. For while it contains the requisite number of catchy tunes and the right amount of romantic drama, it varies from the band's output in two important ways. First, much of the material on Destination Anywhere is more low-key than the band's high-octane anthems, offering intimacy, if not exactly introspection, from Jon Bon Jovi himself. Too, there's an experimental edge to the music, with sound samples, programmed drums, and keyboard washes that are as distant from the group's albums as California is from New Jersey. Eurythmic Dave Stewart, ex-Hooters Rob Hyman and Eric Bazilian, and perennial hit maker Desmond Child kick in some help on "Queen of New Orleans," "Midnight in Chelsea," and "Ugly." The album-closing "August 7, 4:15," meanwhile, is a dramatic rocker about the murder of Bon Jovi's manager's child. Overall, Destination Anywhere is a solid effort, with Bon Jovi flexing some of the same muscles he's building with his budding acting career. --Daniel Durchholz ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Jon goes down a different road...
I have to admit, I did NOT like this album when I first heard it. I thought it was dull and slow moving. The songs sounded basically all the same at first, and there wasn't a single song that "popped" out at me.

I put this record away for a couple months, then returned to it. It sounded completely different. I realized that Jon Bon Jovi and Bon Jovi were two different artists. I am a huge Bon Jovi fan, and when I first listened to DA, I was expecting something Bon Jovi-ish. Don't. This record is NOTHING like ANY Bon Jovi albums. Jon expresses himself beautifully in all his songs, using the power of his voice and words to leave you breathless. This is definately different than the loud and wild Jon Bon Jovi we know from Bon Jovi. It's uncanny how he transformed, but it's amazing. This man is truly talented and has a heart of gold.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Best
I fell in love with the song Midnight in Chelsea three years ago, but did not purchase this album until recently. While many fans are disappointed because this isn't the Bon Jovi sound they should realize that this is Jon and much like the albums by fellow member Richie Sambora their solo sounds are their own. The album starts off with "Queen of New Orleans" which is reminicent of Tom Petty's "Last Dance with MaryJane", it is truly one of the best. "Janie don't take your love to town" tells the story of a man who is completely in love with a girl but has trouble putting that love in words and now may lose the girl because of this. "August 7, 4:15" is a beautiful tribute to the daughter of his manager that was murdered when she was six years old. "...with a Suitcase in My Hand" is an excellent story of a love that's over but the singer is hesitant to give up. This album is a bluesy, rock collaboration that is a must have for any music collection. It has that pick-you-up-and-make-you-feel-good sound that is so neccessary these days

5-0 out of 5 stars It'll make you want to pack up your bags and just go.
Many people slated this album but I think it's a great one for proper mucic lovers who like the idea of songwriting and music from the soul. Every song is a 'piece of heart' and I can relate to every single one. I'm sure you could too. If you listen to Destination Anywhere in the small hours of the morning it'll make you want to pack your bags and just GO. Amazing. The real thing - non of this plastic pop.

5-0 out of 5 stars West of nowhere, in no urban country, in no countrylike city
Jon Bon Jovi has a fascinating voice, the fascinating voice of an abyss that attracts you without any remission. It is New York City life. It is the life of any big city. Life comes from no one knows where in places that look like nothing really human, even if they are called maternities, like an asepticized no man's land between anywhere and nowhere, a somewhere that has no depth, no dimension, no density, except that or those of an abysmal chasm in which one falls without knowing when it started and when it will end, without knowing where it will lead since it comes from nowhere. And that voice of Jon Bon Jovi's rocks us gently in our feeling of loss and of abandoned escape that has no destination and no departure. Life is just a vast movement among things and decors more or less peopled with ghosts and strangers whom we cannot feel, to whom we cannot speak and from whom we can get no signifying message. Life is a driverless taxicab that recklessly runs among vehicles and people hitting some now and some more then and running always faster and still without any sense of direction. Our life in a city is like a tot tossed in a trashcan, a promise that may very well never see the sun again after the lid has fallen over its eyes. Can love be saved in this jungle ? Can love save us from this melting asphalt ? Can love redeem the asphalt jungle in which we are trapped ? And is there any escape, even with and in love, that can repave the dirt road in which we are grounded and stuck ? This long clip, this short film does not seem to leave any hope for any soul surviving in this blind alley of city life. And maybe it's better like that. We can always dream a miracle. It has more chances to happen than the city has to salvage itself into human density.

Dr Jacques COULARDEAU

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Album
This is a fascinating solo album of Jon Bon Jovi that can easily be ranked up as high as some of Bon Jovi's best albums... His voice is pure, sensual and simply put "just great", the arrangements are wonderful and the lyrics are very special and thoughtful as well.
What an incredible artist/ singer/ songwriter Mr. Jon Bon Jovi truly is.
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129. Mass Slaughter: The Best of Slaughter
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5-0 out of 5 stars This is a great collection by one of the best Hair Bands!
I really love this album! Slaughter has always seemed to me one of the best of the 80's/early 90's hair groups (although looking back, a lot of them seem to have aged pretty well). Anyways, Slaughter has always had a great signature sound with Mark Slaughter's voice and Tim Kelly's guitar, and it's surprising how strong this collection is. The obvious hits are here: "Up All Night", "Fly To The Angels", "Days Gone By", but what is surprising is how good many of the album tracks were good by this band. To be honest, a lot of bands from this period filled their albums with some crappy filler (Firehouse comes to mind), but Slaughter really seemed to stay consistent. "You are the One" and "Real Love" are two of my favorite songs ever, and this CD has always been in my car stereo since I got it more than a year ago. This album is worth every penny, and it's great to see Slaughter still around, and releasing good material (Back to Reality is a fantastic album). If you like Slaughter, you have to own this. If you're a fan of hair rock, this is one of the ones you have to buy.

3-0 out of 5 stars What's the point?
This "Greatest Hits" compilation takes songs from two studio albums and a live album. I would think it's a little early in their career for a greatest hits. There are some good songs, but seeing as how I am a casual fan, I was expecting more. I guess I should have done more research.

5-0 out of 5 stars For those who don't want the first 3 albums...
...Or if you are just cheap, this compilation is what you are looking for.

You get all of the best tracks from the first 2 studio albums STICK IT TO YA and WILD LIFE along with two live cuts from STICK IT LIVE. I am personally not much of a fan of live songs or albums but for everyone else, like a casual fan, this is the only disc you need to bring all thier 1990-1993 works into your CD collection and then concentrate on thier future years for the very best of the Slaughter expierence. 16/18

5-0 out of 5 stars always a slaughter fan
I think this is a great cd. I recommend this one along with their latest studio albulm BACK TO REALITY, and all their other albulms too. If you enjoy good time rock and roll without all the drama and negativity then this is the band for you! I also recommend their live show. Although Tim Kelly will always be missed, the energy is great, and the chemistry is strong.

2-0 out of 5 stars The best of the ok.
Graduating high school in 1990, I really can appreciate the whole hair metal thing. But unless your a hardcore "Slaughter" fan, they really were a two hit wonder. Not that they're so bad, it's just that they make "Warrant" and "Cinderella" seem amazing in comparison. Your best bet is to find their hit songs on a "Hair" collection, and hope that they're between a "Motley Crue" and "Skid Row" song. That should keep you up all night. ... Read more


130. Contagious
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3-0 out of 5 stars Energetic and fun.
Contagious is a cool and listenable album from Y&T. I've had this disc in my collection for quite some time. The album is in a mainstream hard rock musical direction. The musicianship, songwriting, and production are good. Contagious is energetic and entertaining from beginning to end. The guitar work is solid. Dave Meniketti does a lively job with the vocals, also. Ten tracks are included on this album. Almost all of the songs are straight-ahead hard rockers. There's also one ballad ("Temptation") and an instrumental ("I'll Cry for You"). The backing vocals throughout this disc are cool. Some of the tunes that I like are "Contagious," "Temptation," "Armed and Dangerous," and "I'll Cry for You." "Contagious" is still a good and energetic song--the guitar riff is pretty nice. "Temptation" is an enjoyable ballad, and "I'll Cry for You" is an impressive instrumental. Contagious is a solid, fun, and energetic album from Y&T. It's worth a listen.

2-0 out of 5 stars Far from excellent
Y&T have had a hard time indeed to create music of the same calibre as they did on "Black tiger" and "Mean streak". With "Contagious" from 1987, the band (without original drummer Leonard Haze) got really caught up in the image driven metal style both in regards of looks as well as musical approach. The album starts off with its best song, the title track "Contagious" which has originality. The second tune, "L.A. rocks" is just a sleazy flirt with image concerned album buyers. The ballad "Temptation" is alright but with over a minute left of the song you realize that this tune would really benefit if kept shorter. The songs "The kid goes crazy" (with its similarities to Van Halen's "Hot for teacher") and "Armed and dangerous" are better than the other tracks that most of the time is of mediocre or average standard.

All together there are three good songs and a lot of fillers. But as a Y&T fan you probably want to have all of their albums. Just remember that this band have released much better stuff earlier in their career. In fact, every album before "Contagious" is better, but Y&T have also released much worse stuff after this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest Albums NEVER Heard!
Contagious is an exceptional hard rock album that was, and still is, completely overlooked by the mainstream consciousness. The title track ranks right up there with Y&T's best. This is one tight song with thumping drums, crisp guitar riffs and a resonating chorus. Other highlights include Fight For Your Life, a powerfully personal anti-drug song, and Bodily Harm, which flat-out rocks. This album is solid from start to finish. If your looking for some great guitar work, which is a lost art on today's metal bands, then look no further than Y&T. Overlooked, under-rated and unlucky - Y&T never received the credit they deserved.

2-0 out of 5 stars what happened to y&t?
where did dave go? This cd is a hollow shell of a band that used to sound original.This particular album is clearly the product of fancy production and record company b.s! Without their original lineup, they've clearly displayed just how far a band can fall!But hey!,, my dog is getting very good at catching it as his new frisbee! Let's try this one again o.k. boys?

4-0 out of 5 stars Great CD........Great price
I've owned this disc for several years. Anyone who enjoys that "punchy" rock sound of the 80s should enjoy this disc.
A powerful disc from a powerful band. Very Contagious!
DAVE MENIKETTIS vocals cut right through you, an extremely great vocalist. The title track is my personal favorite, but overall, this disc ROCKS.

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131. Hold Your Fire
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3-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing follow up--2 3/4 stars
I enjoyed this album when I first listened to it (when it came out some 9-plus years ago) but soon grew weary of it. "Reach For The Sky" is a rocking leadoff track, and I truly enjoyed the heaviness of the title track. Many of the others, however, leave much to be desired. On the hit ballad "When I Look Into Your Eyes", Firehouse simply rips off themselves--as it is basically a weaker version of "Love Of A Lifetime" from the superior previous album. Even the key of the song is exactly the same! "Rock You Tonight" has a great melody but couldn't possibly have more generic lyrics. "Sleeping With You" is pretty weak--especially the lyrics. "Mama Didn't Raise No Fool" is also just a bit too cheesy. Compared to some of the alternative rock music that was out around that time, I'd listen to this in a heartbeat; but it simply doesn't hold a candle to other albums in this great genre of rock music. I once owned this album but sold it back several years ago.

4-0 out of 5 stars Hold Onto Hold Your Fire
Hold Your Fire is the second release from Firehouse and is just as good as their first album. Reach for the Sky, Hold Your Fire, Get In Touch, The Meaning of Love and Hold the Dream are great tunes. Their power ballad, When I Look Into Your Eyes, is also very good.

These Jersey boys fall in line with Bon Jovi, Slaughter, Steelheart and White Lion on the comparison scale. If you plan on getting CD's for this band, get this one and their debut. Firehouse 3 is mediocre and Great Acoustics is a loaded with a bunch of non-amped reruns. The jury is still out on Category 5.

5-0 out of 5 stars one of my favorites
I remember scrambling all over the place like a fool back in the summer of 1992, trying to find this album. I first heard "Reach For the Sky" on the radio, but didn't know who sang it. When I did finally get "Hold Your Fire", I loved and still love every song on it. I still like "Reach For the Sky", but I really like the ballad "Hold The Dream" even better. I also went out and got the first Firehouse CD, but I think this is way better

3-0 out of 5 stars Very good follow-up.........
With their first CD (self-titled), Firehouse showed they can hang with the rest of the big hard-rock bands of their day. Now, could they avoid the 'sophomore slump'? Well, yes & no. This CD is much heavier than their debut, but not necessarily better. The first single ("Reach For The Sky") is pretty good. And it has the (what has become a usual with this band) super-ballad ("When I Look Into Your Eyes") and some really good tunes otherwise. It's just not as good a CD as their first one, overall. I really like "Sleeping With You". It's kinda cheesy, but just a catchy & fun tune. "You're Too Bad" reminds me of a couple women that I have met in my day. "Rock You Tonight" & "The Meaning Of Love" are also really good tunes. The rest are pretty much (and I hate using this word) filler. But, just really good filler. If you liked their first CD, you will probably like this one, as well. It's just not as good. Maybe because the band wasn't new anymore. I don't know. But, it's definately worth owning if you are a fan of this kind of music.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not their best, but still worth crankin'.
While many critics label Firehouse as being just another one of the pop metal "cash-in" bands of the early 90s, I can't really put up too much of a defense for that statement. I agree with the fact that there isn't a lot that makes them stand out amongst the others besides the fact that they STILL make halfway decent music to this day, which can't be said for most of the leftovers.

This album was released in 1992, just before (or even during) the time that grunge was beginning to go mainstream and kill off pop metal. Which is actually a shame, because a lot of genre's strongest material came during its later years. At least in my opinion.

Like most fans will tell you, if you're just getting into Firehouse, I recommend the self-titled debut, but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy this album. HOLD YOUR FIRE opens up with "Reach for the Sky" a surprisingly heavy tune that has a little Bon Jovi-style to it if you ask me. It almost took me off guard at first. Another reviewer read my mind! "Rock You Tonight" is rather generic, but it's still one of the tracks I really crank up while I'm in the car, despite the lack of originality. "When I Look Into Your Eyes" is an extremely powerful ballad, not to mention my favorite track on the album. Sure, it may sound a little like a reincarnation of "Love of a Lifetime" probably their biggest hit ever, but I see nothing wrong with staying with a particular formula. It worked, didn't it? The song was a hit. Would you rather them attempt to completely change their sound? (ex: "3"). Comments on "The Meaning of Love": Am I the only one that thinks that CJ is TRYING to sound like Jon Bon Jovi on some of these tracks, particularly this one?

The album kind of drops a little after "When I Look Into Your Eyes", but that doesn't mean it's not tolerable. "Hold the Dream" sort of gives it a last breath, especially the guitar solo. There aren't really any tracks on this disc that make me cringe, but at the same time, I'm not saying you can play it all the way through and enjoy it, becuase you most likely won't.

I'll give it 3 stars. Recommended for a hardcore Firehouse fan but not for the casuals. With the exception of the songs I praised, this album just seems a little too generic for a higher review. ... Read more


132. Destroyer
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With their 1976 album Destroyer, the band's fifth release in two years, Kiss began to expand their fan base by shedding a bit of their edge, taking on a more melodic sound and a less menacing image. The Peter Criss ballad "Beth," written for his wife, is the most sentimental love ballad the group ever recorded, and songs like "Detroit Rock City" and "Shout It Out Loud" had the kind of arena-rock punch that kept subscriptions to the Kiss Army at an all-time high. Despite, or because of, the blatantly commercial direction the band seemed to be heading in, 1976 was the most creatively rewarding period in its lengthy career. In addition to releasing Destroyer, the band pumped out the equally touted album Rock and Roll Over, which included the pounding "Take Me" and the groovin' "Calling Dr. Love." The only finer year was 1978, when the band starred in the classic B-grade flick Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park. --Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars The Record To Remember KISS by
As KISS bids farewell in the year 2000, its album from 1976 stands out as the definitive KISS collection. "Destroyer" is the album which gave KISS credibility with music critics, who previously bashed the band for seemingly concentrating on its image rather than its musical skills. The overall sound of "Destroyer" is significantly heavier than any of its previous efforts, and the album, while not focusing entirely on one subject, has a conceptual feel to it. The album kicks off with "Detroit Rock City", and this version on "Destroyer" closes with the sound of a harrowing car crash as lead vocalist Paul Stanley sings, "...I know I'm gonna die...why?" Stanley also sings lead on "Shout It Out Loud", the catchiest and most memorable track on "Destroyer". The album also contains "Beth", the band's first top ten hit and a radical departure from anything the band had done before.Performed by drummer Peter Criss, "Beth" is a beautiful ballad accompanied by little more than piano and violins, as Criss laments "I hope you'll be alright/'cause me and the boys'll be playin' all night". The only track that doesn't quite click is "God Of Thunder", due to bassist Gene Simmons' over-the-top vocal style. The rest of "Destroyer" is rock solid, and the must have album for anyone who wants to experience the very best of KISS.

5-0 out of 5 stars More like 4 1/2 stars, but WHAT a 4 1/2 star record!
KISS had something to prove after the runaway success of "ALIVE!" and they pulled out all the stops for "Destroyer." First off, they hired Bob Ezrin, who was responsible for forging the chaos of Alice Cooper into a multi-platinum band. They also had never made any bones about the fact that they didn't just want to be stars, they wanted to be MEGA-STARS, so there aren't too many risks involved. (With the exception of recording the strings on "Beth," perhaps.) They were - thanks to "Alive!" - crowned one of the hardest, greatest working live bands in the world, now they wanted to make it clear they could lay it down on record as well.

So into the studio they went, and out popped a semi-conceptual album about each member of the band. There's Paul the Love God ("Do You Love Me?"), Gene the Demon King ("Sweet Pain," and "God Of Thunder"), Ace the rocker ("Detroit Rock City") and Peter as the sentimental love cat ("Beth"). Ezrin's touch is obvious in the opener "Detroit Rock City's" car/radio/crash sound effects, and of course the squealing kids that pop up in "God Of Thunder." Layering the production with keyboards and overdubs also brought out the best in the band's compostional skills.

Between Ezrin and KISS, "Destroyer" finally shows off the band's musical muscle. Criss' playing in "D.R.C." is standout, and the band gets crunchy on "Do You Love Me?" On the other hand, things gets a little too obvious with "Flaming Youth," which sounds cribbed from Alice Cooper's Department of the same territory, and "Shout It Out Loud," tries way too hard to be "Rock And Roll All Night Pt 2." Save those minor missteps and you have one fine rocking album. "Destroyer" was polished enough to give us long suffering fans the dose of KISS we'd always known they were capable of, gave the band some of the critical respect that was due them, and perpetuated the KISS course to rock domination that they had worked so hard to attain.

5-0 out of 5 stars KISS' arguable finest triumph
KISS' fifth album Destroyer was released in March of 1976. The album was the band's long-awaited followup to the monstrously successful live album, 1975's Alive!. Alive was the album that made KISS a household name but its followup immortalized KISS forever. The band entered The Record Plant in early 1976 with legendary producer Bob Ezrin to create their classic contribution to rock history. I first got this tape by mistake in July of 1988 and the chance paid off, KISS' best studio release from the make-up years(I now have the remastered CD). On this album, rhythm guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley, bassist Gene Simmons, lead guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss peaked as a band. From the opening Detroit Rock City to the rocking God of Thunder to the grand sounding Great Expectations to the ballad Beth, Destroyer is a roller coaster of songs. Sweet Pain featured Dick Wagner on lead as Ace didn't play on the track and was irked to find out after the fact that he wasn't on the song. Destroyer went to #11 and Gold thanks to Shout it Out Loud hitting the Top 40 but the next single Flaming Youth(co-written by Paul, Gene, Ace and Bob Ezrin) tanked and this album was almost a flop with Detroit Rock City not faring well. However, DJ's flipped the single over and played its B-side Beth, which was written and sung by Peter, and the song hit #7 on the charts. Beth brought the album back on the charts and pushed the sales past Platinum(and eventually Triple Platinum according to the band). The closing Do you Love me is great as well but the album ends with the collage of sound effects a/k/a Rock and Roll Party and was on the original LP, CD and CD remaster of Destroyer. Sales figures aside, Destroyer remains KISS' greatest triumph. Highly recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars KISS DESTROYER WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!
Destroyer Is Maybe The Most Classic KISS Album With Classic Hardrock, Popmetal,Glam Rock, Love Ballads And Heavy Metal. I LOVE DESTROYER!!!!!!!!

IT HAS CLASSIC HARDROCK: DETROIT ROCK CITY, FLAMING YOUTH, KING OF THE NIGHTTIME WORLD. POPMETAL: SWEET PAIN. GLAMROCK: SHOUT IT LOUD,GREAT EXPECTATIONS, DO YOU LOVE ME? LOVE BALLADS: BETH. HEAVY METAL:GOD OF THUNDER. MANY STYLES? MY FAVORITES ARE DETROIT ROCK CITY, GOD OF THUNDER, FLAMING YOUTH, SWEET PAIN, SHOUT IT OUT LOUD AND BETH.

5-0 out of 5 stars Destroyer
This is considered by Kiss to be their best release ever.It is great.Is it their best?In my opinion no.Having said that.I am a huge Paul Stanley fan .He could record himself singing the alphabet & I would buy it. ... Read more


133. 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Scorpions
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4-0 out of 5 stars Nicely remastered collection from Germany's Best!
This latest of the Millinium collection from MCA is one worth picking up. The hits are all there plus a few oddities (Believe in Love and I can't Explain). The sound quality is superb (better than the remastered individual cd's that came out a few years ago). There are some interesting liner notes about the band worth reading. All in all, I know there are several Scorpions greatest hits on the market but for sound quality this tops them all. Also, if you enjoyed music of the eighties hair bands you'll no doubt enjoy this as well! Recommended!

4-0 out of 5 stars OK Start
This is the kind of disc that you would get if you either have a small budget or just liked the Scorpions' hit songs. To really understand their mastery of the metal genre you must buy their Two-disc Mercury Years collection. "Rock You Like a Hurricane" is still my favorite and I discovered "Rhythm of Love" which is one of their most underrated songs. Listening to this disc will leave the buyer feeling unsatified because there are many songs missing.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not everything
Good compilation of songs, but not all the best though. Listen to Bad For Good instead.

3-0 out of 5 stars Get Bad For Good instead
The Scorpions are easily one of the superpowers of arena rock. For nearly four decades (you read that right), these guys have been dishing out some of the finest tracks in hard rock history. To date, no single-disc compilation has represented the band too well though. Unfortunately, this CD, part of the ultimately disappointing twentieth century masters series, isn't gonna change that. Read on for pros and cons of the compilation.

First and foremost, the pros. This is a compilation from Germany's finest hard rock band. Most of the band's major hits (Rock You Like A Hurricane, The Zoo, Loving You Sunday Morning, No One Like You, Still Loving You, Big City Nights, Rhythm Of Love, their cover of the Who classic I Can't Explain, Wind Of Change, Send Me An Angel (this is not the same song as the one of the same name by Real Life,) and Tease Me Please Me) are featured in this compilation. The best thing about this compilation is that it's single disc, yet it has just about every major hit the band has ever done. Being single disc, it is a better value than any of the two-disc compilations.

Unfortunately, the compilation isn't perfect. It doesn't fill the eighty minutes that can fit on a CD. And, like most band's greatest hits albums, the songs are horribly out of their original order of release. It can't be that hard to keep them in order, people. And then there's the flaw that every Scorpions hits compilation suffers from - NO TRACKS FROM THE MICHAEL SCHENKER AND ULI ROTH ERAS! That means the first five albums the band released have ZERO REPRESENTATION. What a shame. Likewise, Hurricane 2000, from the Moment Of Glory album, is missing in action. I thought it was a fairly big hit. But the major problem that this and every other CD in the Twentieth Century Masters has is that it pales in comparison to the band's offical best of, entitled Bad For Good. It's got every track here plus SIX MORE! What a rip.

My final verdict? The review title says it all, get Bad For Good instead. Don't get this one unless you find it in the budget bin.

5-0 out of 5 stars scorpions is still taking over the world with great songs
this is a cool cd but it's to short...

why don't they make a double cd as best of!! ... Read more


134. The Lizard
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Band that Should have ruled in the nineties
I live in Tampa FL where this band got its first major radio exposure and I had fallowed them since thier first album. When that one came out, I thought it was great. When this one came out, I thought it was even better! Their songs where melodic enough for the average person to get into and yet, heavy enough for a die-hard metalheadas well. I was so convinced these guys were going to be the biggest band in the nineties. I one listens to this album, its clear that they should have been.

5-0 out of 5 stars Kick Ass Music...
That life never rewards what you deserve is something well understood by the massively underrated band, Saigon Kick. Jason Bieler is one of the most talented and overlooked musician. While so many trash bands with little talent and lots of luck move up the industry, its horrible and sickening to watch Saigon Kick being dropped from the label after Water (another masterpeice). But thats how life is. In case you have come all the way till this page but are unaware of this genius band, you have done yourself a massive favor. Get everything this band ever released (4 albums) and if you love rock, metal and anything inbetween, there is a very high probability that you will love all the four albums.

I got this album back when it was released because of the airplay that the ballad, Love is on the way got. Its a perfect ballad but the album doesnt stop there. The genius just begins. A perinnial metalhead like me loved the album back then too for the tracks like Hostile Youth, Peppermint Tribe, God of 42nd Street, all classics. This album rocks hard. This is highy recommended for all fans of rock music, it will appeal to you if you like Deff Leppard or Megadeth. Saigon Kick is a unique band that can raise a mosh pit but always play songs that you could make your girl listen to. WOW!!! The predecessor, the eponymous debut is excellent and the successor Water is brilliant too, though the lead singer left the band after this album, the genius of Jason Bieler continued.

Its sad that the band hasnt released any albums in a while, but what they have released, I will always cherish and pass it across to my kids...

5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
This has some songs from when I was growing up and getting my first boyfriend.In the midst of puppy love. It brings back the memories of innocence when the world was a little easier to live in.

5-0 out of 5 stars Variety in Music, the True Spice of Life
Many things in the music industry come to their listening audiences as sad spectacles, but few are sadder than a band that finds themselves endowed with the ability to make statements but without someone pushing their message. That was one of the problems Saigon Kick endured, even with this, their most prominent album that some people only know for because of the microcosm feelings endowed within "Love is on the Way." I've always been disappointed that Saigon Kick reigned supreme as one of veritable unknowns because of the talent screaming from within all of their albums, not to mention their ability to modify and grow with each release. From the depths of the two mentioned releases to Water and Devil in the Details, there was a production stamp carried within the works that was grand and that, hopefully, will one day make it into the minds of a listening public.

Continuing along the road that the band set began blazing down on their self-titled debut, Saigon Kick proved that they could craft a multi-headed beast once more, this time in the form of The Lizard. The Lizard was an impressive outing, too, because it had so many variables aplay within it that make the overall effect wondrous. The tempos of the songs ranged from the very heavy to the very endearing to an odd brand of rural murderousness. The lyrical harmonics played well within these wonderfully forged skins, producing a mesh of either angst and aggression, mentalities reflecting murder, love and endearment, or sociopolitical remarks that well remarked on the touch of the times. We have a beginning that introduces this musical odyssey in the forms of "Cruelty," leading it the anger blistering the track "Hostile Youth," and down into corridors that produce the illustriously mad "Peppermint Tribe," the rendition of doggy demise "My Dog," the entertaining arrays within the oddity called "The Lizard," the needs in the anger of "All Alright," the sheer beauty of the love within the depths of "All I Want," the murderousness in "Body Bags," and the strange flavors of almost country murder bliss in "Chanel." There are others here, too, making the album a blockbuster experience and well worth a taste.

For anyone not familiar with the band, I simply say that they have a little bit of everything to offer and would be worth at least looking into. Still, you have to realize that a little bit of everything does go into some rather dark places, and those places are one of the reasons I recommend this as a listening pleasure. In fact, I'd say buy all their releases and sort out what is/isn't a favorite later.

5-0 out of 5 stars The LIZARD is a masterpeace!
The LIZARD is an absolute masterpeace, and sadly over a LOT of folks' heads. All the brute heaviness you could ask for one minute with tunes like "hostile youth" and "Body bags", yet the melody and harmony of Dokken with "Love is on the way". Unfortunately, we live in a world(or country) where TRUE VERSATILITY is frowned apon and misunderstood, so bands like Saigon Kick suffer and usually die off. This was THE brilliant album by THE brilliant band...BAR NONE!! I'd also call Saigon the most unique and original sounding band of the era too. Get their first (self titled) disc too....you WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED!! ... Read more


135. Detonator
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5-0 out of 5 stars UNHERALDED METAL CLASSIC!
It worked for Aerosmith so Ratt takes the Chevrolet into the garage for an overhaul overseen by top-flight mechanics like songwriters for hire Desmond Child and Diane Warren, DeMartini and Crosby's nimble high tech riffs curbed in favour of The Song. Power chords are tripled and quadrupled to faciliate maximum thickness, a thickness akin to molasses draped in a layer of winter fat covered with a bear skin rug, all led by the hailing battlecry of Bobby Blotzer's slicing snare drum strike. With the only thing connecting Detonator to Ratt of old being the Pearcy snarl, this radical metamorphasis alienated a devotee or two. But don't think that this rodent was going soft. Detonator has this band operating at full-on ferocity, the entire operation shaking like a [very angry] rattlesnake dripping metal-melting acid venom.

'Lovin' You's A Dirty Job' conquers nations with a massive Cecil B. DeMille epic chorus wielding a hook that pierces and rips like razor sharp great white shark fishing line.

'One Step Away' is an unashamed tablet of optimistic happy rock with angel choir backup vox and suspended fourth guitar lines invoking nostalgia for the possiblity of lost love reclaimed.

A circular, throbbing, unrelenting rhythm swirls throughout 'Hard Time'.

And 'Heads I Win Tails You Lose' brings in guest heavyweight Jon Bon Jovi for a chorus counter vocal that only serves to compliment Pearcy's range.

'All Or Nothing' grooves with a 'Way Cool Junior' slink that pulls you in and holds you under till it's good and ready to let you go. It's capped with a female backup part emerging in the final chorus that hits the high notes necessary for this killer song to find its zenith.

'Givin' Yourself Away' finds Pearcy stretching into areas we haven't heard before, starting the song off in a low register with solid control and moving forward into a loping chorus that runs forward with confident strides, keyboards and guitar lines supporting him all the way.

Album closer 'Top Secret' is where Ratt gets down to business with high octane diesel fuel furor driven by Blotzer's unceasingly firm white knuckle grip on the wheel of this all-American hard rock vehicle.

Forget all you remember about 'Out Of The Cellar', and immerse yourself in the final evolutionary stage of Ratt's tenure with the major labels.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Ratt album........
This is it. The best one from Ratt. Some will disagree, but they are crazy. It's like Ratt took everything they do right and injected a nice, new energy into it. Add a couple kick-ass ballads and you get a near perfect album. From the opening track to the last one, there is ZERO filler here. "Lovin' You's A Dirty Job" was the first single and it was the reason I rushed out and bought this tape. It also has one of the best ways to open a song with guitar that I have ever heard. Then I listened to this whole tape and was floored. "Shame, Shame, Shame" was the 2nd single and did well. "Heads I Win, Tails You Lose" is another great cut. Jon Bon Jovi sings back-up on this one. "Scratch That Itch", "All Or Nothing" & "Can't Wait On Love" are awesome tunes. Then we come to the two ballads......I liked Ratt before this tape. But when I heard "Givin' Yourself Away", this instantly turned into one of my favorite bands. It's one of the best ballads I have ever heard. "One Step Away" is also a nice, radio friendly ballad. Great tune. I could go on and on, but I don't need to. This one is up there with, and in some ways better than, "Invasion Of Your Privacy". Go get it now. You will not regret it.

5-0 out of 5 stars After "Dancing Undercover" / "Detonator" Rules!!!
I would have never thought that Ratt could put out another flawless release like "Dancing Undercover". I had almost completely written them off. I purchaced "81-91" and heard the song "One Step Away", after hearing that song, I immediately when out and bought "Detonator". One of the smartest musical purchaces I've ever made......

This CD is simply amazing. I think this could be the most powerful Ratt release to date. The production is incredible, and the sound is just pure Ratt&Roll at it's very best. They could not have done a better job. Everyone is in full swing on "Detonator" and the songs are all classics IMO.

Fans of old school Ratt, will love this in a big way. From start to finish, "Detonator" will hold it's place in Ratt History as one, if not their very best release ever....

RATT & ROLL FOREVER!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars WOW!!!......RATT IS BACK!!!
I can't understand why I never bought this when it came out....

I thought after "Dancing Undercover", RATT was dead. Boy was I wrong!!!

This CD is the best RATT I've ever heard. The reason why is that the whole thing cranks. No noticable fillers here. The strongest effort they have put out in my opinion. I can't play this CD enough, it's just simply awesome.

Compared to other great RATT releases like "Out Of The Cellar", "Invasion", and "Dancing", this CD "Detonator" is in my opinion the most enjoyable.

If you don't have this CD, and are a RATT fan, do yourself a huge favor and buy this now. It's a great CD!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars for this infection I'm your injection
this rocks! although the sound is less heavy than my Ratt favorite Dancing Undercover, this CD has some excellent '80s stuff. DeMartini's guitar is fluid as usual-Ratt'n roll! ... Read more


136. Taken by Force
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5-0 out of 5 stars If there is a God
The closest thing I have ever had to a religious experience is listening to Ulrich Roth. Everyone that has ever listened to these first few Scorpions albums know that the band totally commercialized following Ulrich's departure and this is the last studio by the "REAL" Scorpions. I love Michael Schenker, but the time that Ulrich was in the band defined the Scorpions and Heavy metal in general to me. Ulrich is one of my gods and his name should be spoken in the same reverential tones as Hendrix, Clapton, and Page. Unfortunately they were all overplayed and Ulrich was never played in the US. If you have never heard the early Scorpions and like the pop commercial stuff they have done this may not be for you. If you like the older style of Jimi Hendrix, ala rainbow bridge and his more melodic compostions you will LOVE this album. BUY IT NOW!

5-0 out of 5 stars Classic after the fact...
You have two types of Scorpions fans. First are the fans who jumped on the Scorpion's bandwagon after 1982's commercial
breakout "Blackout" and then there are those true followers that have listened to them from the beginning of their 1st cd "Lonesome Crow"... For the true Scorp's fans "Taken By Force" is a classic moment in metal history. This 5th release by the band is the last Scorpions cd to include guitar master Ulrich Roth and many would say to be the highlight of the band's career. I have to agree. The musicianship on this cd is awesome. There is not a weak track on this release and would
rate it as one of the Scorpion's best. For those yearning for some classic, quality metal check out the real thing!!! Excellent music, top rate musicians and great songs make this a top 25 metal cd of all time...

5-0 out of 5 stars The end of an era...
Taken By Force (1978.) Scorpions fifth album. The last album to feature Ulrich Jon Roth on guitar, and the first to feature Hermann Rarebell on drums.

1978 marked the end of an era for the Scorpions. It was in this era that the band's lead guitarist, virtuoso Ulrich Jon Roth left the band. This was also the album that marked the entrance of drummer Hermann Rarebell. But, before Roth's departure, the band would record one final studio album with his mastery - Taken By Force. How does their final effort with him measure up? Read on and find out.

To put it simply, if you liked the Virgin Killer album, or if you just like classic metal in general, you're going to love this album. The band kicks off the album with one of the fast-paced hard rocker, Steamrock Fever. They could not have started the album with a better track. Its fast and furious stylings grab your attention and hold onto it. Track two, a lengthy rocker entitled We'll Burn The Sky, combines heavy and melodic stylings, making for one of the band's finest efforts. I've Got To Be Free and Riot Of Your time, the next two tracks, are also masterpieces in their own right. Don't overlook them just because they were never popular - you'll only be hurting yourself! Track number five, Sails Of Charon, is the track on the album that tends to get the most praise - and with good reason. To the time, this was the hardest and heaviest song the band had ever recorded. The guitar stylings here are very similar to those found in Megadeth's Hangar 18. Ulrich Jon Roth never sounded better. Your Light is another rock masterpiece that is severely underrated. He's A Woman She's A Man, another extremely hard and heavy fast-paced rocker, comes next. Next to Sails Of Charon, this is the track on the album that gets the most praise - listen to it and find out why. The band closes the album out with the lengthy power ballad, Born To Touch Your Feelings. This is one of the finest ballads the band has ever recorded, and in my opinion it puts the ones they recorded in the eighties to shame. Overall, this is one of the band's best albums ever - DO NOT overlook it!

There are two different versions of this album available on compact disc. Version one is the original version of the album, which features the "Graveyard" album cover. Version two features pictures of the band's faces against an otherwise black background. This version of the album has an edited version of Sails Of Charon, but it adds two bonus tracks - The studio cut Suspender Love, and the live version of Polar Nights from the Tokyo Tapes live album.

It's too bad that Ulrich Jon Roth left the Scorpions following the recording of this album, because the band would be forever changed without his guitar mastery. He is by far the greatest lead guitarist that ever played in the band (that's not to say Michael Schenker and Matthias Jabs aren't good, though.) If you're a classic metal fan, this is an album you simply can't be without - it's essential.

5-0 out of 5 stars Long live Uli Roth, the old Scorps, and the new Scorps!
As a 42 year old Scorpions fan, i've followed the band since 'Lonesome Crow'! I equally love Michael Schenker, Uli Roth and Matthias Jabs, each bringing their own personal perfection and style to the band. The Scorpions were undoubtedly seminal in starting and perfecting the 'hard rock' genre, which became 'heavy metal' after the British invasion with bands like Saxon, Iron Maiden, and Judas Priest. But The Scorpions, with bands like Black Sabbath, Mountain, early Zep, and early Rush, did it FIRST! Let's not forget Hendrix as well. But I digress. 'Taken By Force', 'Virgin Killer', 'Fly To The Rainbow', and 'In Trance', were the 4 albums that really got me and many other coming of age 70's teens into hard rock, and all 4 still strongly stand the test of time, given the tight quality songwriting, Klaus' soaring and powerful vocals, and Uli Roth's beyond amazing virtuoso guitar forays. Many metal and hard rock fans don't realize this, but early Scorpions were responsible for popularizing and perfecting hard rock music around the world. This CD remaster sounds unbelievably great, with increased resolution and air between the instruments and Klaus Meine's great voice! The acoustic guitar parts sound as if they are leaping out of your speakers with improved clarity and presence. I have VERY revealing high end, high resolution panel type MAGNEPLANAR speakers, and McIntosh equipment, and I have to say, I don't hear any compression, hiss, or other artifacts on this remaster. If you are a fan of excellent hard rock or metal, this CD is a MUST for your collection! Long live The Scorpions!

5-0 out of 5 stars Uli`s Last Stand
1st let me say this, "Taken By Force" is an essential Metal Classic. Unfortunately this was lead guitarist Uli Jon Roth`s last studio album with the band. He left shorly after due to artistic and creative differences.

The sound quality and production on the Japanese remaster is excellant! You can hear everthing. Klaus Miene`s vocal`s are powerful and emotive. This was drummer Herman Rarebell`s 1st album with the band and is probably his best performance as well . Uli`s flawless technique and style(Neo-Classical + Hendrix) always amazes me!

Whether it be the simmering power ballad "W`ill Burn The Sky, the commercial hard rockin "He`s A Woman, She`s A Man" or the classic premetal shred of "Sails Of Charron", this is a band at the top of their game and ready to take the next step up to international success and fame.

This album was a turning point for the Scorpions and showed the musical direction that the band would take thru out the next decade.

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137. Detroit Rock City: Music From The Motion Picture
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Ask anyone who grew up in the '70s and they'll tell you: hard rock ain't what it used to be. Need proof? Compare the real thing and their '90s counterparts on this soundtrack from a movie about four kids trying to sneak into a sold-out Kiss concert. Kiss contributes the title track and "Shout It Out Loud," two prime blasts of 1976 hard rock. The Donnas can only copy the painted ones' "Strutter." Everclear cruises by the numbers through Thin Lizzy's "The Boys Are Back in Town," while Pantera traces Ted Nugent's "Cat Scratch Fever." When Marilyn Manson attempts to put its own stamp on AC/DC's "Highway to Hell," the results are pretentious and boring, lacking all the kinetic excitement of the original. If the truth be told, nearly all the highlights are the original songs: Van Halen's goofy yet dexterous "Runnin' with the Devil," Black Sabbath's rumbling "Iron Man," Cheap Trick's masterfully silly call to arms "Surrender," and Thin Lizzy's deadly and virile "Jailbreak." No matter what technological advances you make, you can't beat a genre in its prime. --Rob O'Connor ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars very good soundtrack
The DETROIT ROCK CITY soundtrack features mostly good stuff. 3 KISS tracks, a cover of KISS's Strutter, some original recordings from the original artists of the 70's, and some covers of 70's songs. The new KISS track is great. Everclear's cover of Thin Lizzy's "The Boys Are Back In Town" sounds very good too as well as Pantera's cover of Ted Nugent's Cat Scratch Fever. Other highlights include the original recordings of Running with the Devil from Van Halen, Iron Man from Black Sabbath, Jailbreak from Thin Lizzy, a live version of Surrender from Cheap Trick as well as others. For me, the worst downside was Marilyn Manson's horrible cover of AC DC's Highway to Hell. The song should have been left alone and AC DC's version should have been on the record. Manson turns it very techno and it is hardly recognizable to people who like the original version. Aside from that, there are a few other imperfections although not as great as the Manson song. The KISS cover sounds a little weird. The music on it is good and anybody who knows Strutter will recognize it right away. But the vocals sound strange. Songs like Little Willy and School Days don't fit in that great either but it could just be my opinion. But all in all, it is a good CD, especially for a soundtrack.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is the best soundtrack I have ever heard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is an amazing cd. A few songs are not up to par with the others they are still good though. Everclear starts it off hard with their rendition of the boys are back in town and KISS follows with shout it out loud then enter Van Halen with their classic runnin' with the devil only to be upstaged by Pantera's rippin' rendition of Ted Nudgent's classic cat scratch fever and Black Sabbath keeps up the rockin' with their all time coolest song iron man. Then enter Marilyn Manson with his interesting cover of the AC/DC classic highway to hell. Then the album takes a dive with the not so good DRAIN sth cover of 20th century boy but then KISS makes up for it with the title track detroit rock city. Thin Lizzy then comes up to bat with jailbreak (which is an enjoyable tune) followed by A live version of Cheap Trick doing surrender. David Bowie comes up with rebel rebel (one of my favorites I might add) followed by The Donnas doing a rockin' cover of KISS's strutter. The Runaways follow up with school days and then Sweet does the catchy classic little willy. And closing it all up is KISS with the new single nothing can keep me from you which, while very un-KISS like, is pretty good in my opinion. The only thing I don't like is they chose not to put the KISS classic rock and roll all night on it, yet despite that it is the best soundtrack I have ever heard, and I've heard a lot. I strongly suggest you buy this soundtrack.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great album soundtrack,but not 5 stars
The reason for my title is that some of the remakes absolutely suck. Marilyn Manson's cover of "Highway To Hell" is just noise. Drain sth's cover of "20th Century Boy" blows,and The Donnas' remake of KISS' "Strutter" is pitiful. The only half-decent covers are Pantera's take on Nugent's "Cat Scratch Fever" & Everclear's remake of "The Boys Are Back In Town". Some of the highlights on this cd are: "Runnin' With The Devil", "Iron Man", "Surrender", "School Days", and of course, KISS' songs. And KISS tries do copy Aerosmith & have Diane Warren write a ballad for them. Warren wrote Aerosmith's HUGE hit "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" for the Armaggdeon soundtrack. Well, "Nothing Can Keep Me From You" doesn't stack up. Don't get me wrong,it's a good song,but I've had my fill of Paul Stanley ballads. But then again KISS isn't Aerosmith. (I say this being a die-hard KISS fan for 21 years;so don't think I'm bad-mouthing KISS.They're just different bands).

5-0 out of 5 stars I love the movie, and now love the Soundtrack.
The day started out when I was in a local music store. I was ready than ever to become broke like I always do, when I ran across my favorite movie's soundtrack in the Used CD section. Most of the songs at the time before I bought the cd, were still not ringing a bell. However tracks like Running With The Devil, Ironman, Cat Stratch Fever, and Surrender made this cd a must have, so being the person I am, I said ILL BUY IT! I love Detroit Rock City so much, the movie is the funniest movie of all time, and the soundtrack follows behind it with great classic tracks! Pantera's version of Cat Stratch Fever is awesome! Pantera rocks, and their re-make for the soundtrack is better than the original in my opinion. KISS, Van Halen, Cheap Trick, Blach Sabbeth, and more classic bands hit off on this cd with a BOOM.

With a lot of reviewers hitting negativly with KISS putting popular songs by them, that have been around for a long time, but WHY BLAME THEM? KISS is the reason this great movie was made! Screw the Negative reviews, pick this cd up if you are a DRC fan!

1. Boys Are Back in Town - Everclear (9/10)-Good remake of the song.
2. Shout It out Loud - Kiss (9/10)-A perfect KISS Classic
3. Runnin' With the Devil - Van Halen (10/10)- One of the best classic songs of all time.
4. Cat Scratch Fever - Pantera (10/10)- Better than the original
5. Iron Man - Black Sabbath (10/10)- Excellent
6. Highway to Hell - Marilyn Manson (7.5/10)- They could have picked someone else for this remake, but its an ok song.
7. 20th Century Boy - Drain S.T.H. (5/10) - Too slow, and boring. SKIP THIS
8. Detroit Rock City - Kiss (10/10)- Name of the movie,and Name of a GREAT Song.
9. Jailbreak - Thin Lizzy (10/10)-Another great song for this ST
10. Surrender [Live] - Cheap Trick (10/10)- I was glad to see this on this cd.
11. Rebel Rebel - David Bowie (8/10)-Not bad
12. Strutter - The Donnas (4.5/10)- I hate Female rock bands, and they made this great song, a terrible one. Original is 20 times better.
13. School Days - The Runaways (7/10)-Ok Song
14. Little Willy - Sweet (7/10)- Decent
15. Nothing Can Keep Me from You - Kiss (10/10)-Great song by KISS.

Overall, even with the few bad songs, this is eeasy ***** out of *****

-just got wicked

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good collection, whether your a KISS fan or not
I'll start off by saying that I'm not a KISS fan at all, and I stand by that statement. However, I thought the movie, Detroit Rock City, was a great, hilarious film that anyone could enjoy whether they were a KISS fan or not. The same pretty much goes for this soundtrack which is more of a compilation disc of hard rock/metal from the film's era, but what sets it above being a compilation is the featured cover songs. Pantera's version of Ted Nugent's "Cat Scratch Fever" is a blistering balls to the wall cover that excels above all the other covers on here. Everclear's version of Thin Lizzy's "The Boys Are Back in Town" isn't all that different from the original version but still rocks. Drain S.T.H.'s version of "20th Century Boy" is pretty good, but what disappoints me the most is Marilyn Manson's cover of AC/DC's "Highway to Hell". Nobody does cover songs better than Manson, and his industrial/goth themed take on the song isn't good at all, and the song just ends up dragging along. Other than that we get some of the popular singles from Van Halen, Black Sabbath, David Bowie, Thin Lizzy, and Cheap Trick among others, plus there are two "classic" KISS songs and a closing new track from KISS to round this soundtrack out. All in all, whether your a KISS fan or not, you'll find something to like about this collection. ... Read more


138. X
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Despite all the tragedies and VH1 specials that have befallen them, DefLeppard remain one of the most reliable British arena-rock bands out there.After briefly losing direction in the dour '90s, the band rebounded with 1999'sexuberant Euphoria.Things stay mercifully on course with the scintillatingly titled X (as inthe Roman numeral for 10, they tell us with a wink). "Torn to Shreds" and "Cry"are classic stonewashed-denim rockers, lifted straight from the 15-millionselling Hysteriablueprint. Meanwhile, "Long, Long Way to Go" arrives as the obligatory lighter-waving ballad in the fine tradition of "Love Bites." Ladies and gentlemen, let'shear it for the heavy metalDuran Duran. --Aidin Vaziri ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fresh new music
When I think of Def Leppard I think of bombastic Arena Rock. I bought this album hoping for much the same, but when I listened to it I found something much different, much better. If you are looking for Hysteria or Pyromania part 2, do not bother with this album. This album is fabulous, mixing a fresh sound with what Def Leppard does best. My personal favorites are Torn To Shreds, You're So Beautiful, & Scar. Torn To Shreds has a great transition from mellow to upbeat rocker. You're So Beaut. is upbeat and powerfully delivers a high message. Scar has a great sound and unbelievable dual guitar solos. These three songs help the album keep a rocking side while Long Long Way To Go & Let Me Be The One are fantastic ballads, better than any the band has done before. Four Letter Word has an attitude and raw nature that will get you hooked. Now builds tempo like a child running out of patience, calmly asking for love Now, then rocks as the impatience builds. Brilliantly done. Every song has great appeal. Brilliant album. If you do not believe me, listen to the samples of You're So Beaut., Long Long Way, Now, Everyday, and know that the rest of the album continues to be this good, if not better. If this album were done under a different bands name, it would already be huge. Its too bad for prejudices, don't let yourself be suckered in. Get the album, you won't regret it.

4-0 out of 5 stars it's 3 and a half actually
This score is in comparison with their previous works: whereas their 3 masterpieces "High'n Dry", "Pyromania" and "Hysteria" are 80s classic and deserve 5 stars, Adrenalyze gets 4, this album is somewhat at a lower level. X is a little inferior to its predecessor, the playful "Euphoria", and this is one of the few recent releases worth their prize (also because Leppard can still afford to take their time songwriting, getquality production and be willing still to put out 15 songs), escpecially within 80s bands, considering what big names like Poison, Van Halen, Motley Crue and Guns'n Roses have faced lately (... releases for the first two, lead singer voice failures, egos and balding for virtually all of them). Def Leppard are trying to modernize, and I have got nothing against that, and this album is of good, enjoyable quality. But don't expect to play air guitar to this. Joe Elliott is still in key, drum and base are there when needed, I just don't get why do they need to bother having still two guitars to fool fans into thinking they are a heavy act or something. Vivian Campbell should be kept only for doing the Steve Clark parts when playing their older songs in concert.
Memorable songs include "Now", "4 letter word", "Gravity", "Unbelieavable", "Girl Like You", "Kiss the Day". Anyways Def Leppard are alive and well and that is what counts.

5-0 out of 5 stars Def People
Wow in one of these reveiws for this album a guy calling himself HeadbangerDuh says that def leppard r in the wrong for making the music that they want to make, and not caring about their fans. So what my dear freind is wrong with them making the music they want to make??
Ok so it is a pop record, but if u have ears and actually listen to some of these lyrics then u will notice that these songs contain stuff so powerful and moving ,and i daresay "catchy" that this comes nophing close to a cheesy pop record that is flying off the shelves today. Def leppard have clearly evolved on music terms and i dont seee any reason why def leppard are "going against there fans" with songs like NOW and the beautiful long long way to go makes this album worth hearing. So def leppard have created a deep pop record worth listening to, its about time really...

1-0 out of 5 stars Uhhh........this ain't Def Leppard
WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED? One of the greatest classic rock bands decides to go pop? I really had to double-check to make sure that what I heard was actually Def Leppard! Horrible horrible!!!! I cannot stress enough how much this is NOT DEF LEPPARD!!!!!!!!!!!!! Do not buy this stinking pile of godawful crap!!!! Pyromania is their best CD; THAT'S who these guys really are!!!

2-0 out of 5 stars "X" this one off of your list.
Who can be sure of why this record is titled, "X". You would think that it may be their tenth release in some 25 years as a band, and that's probably why...but who cares. The cover of the record is so appropriate, a large painted X on black with the band name beside it. This one was crossed off my listening agenda in a hurry. The X should be over the band's name, they're done.
This is , by far, the most painful review I have ever written. It's painful because I really liked this band. I mean I REALLY LIKED THIS BAND! Pyromania is listed somewhere near #25 on my all-time favorite albums list. The first two records not far behind that. And I even liked "Hysteria" and "Adrenalize" a great deal. So I really look forward to hearing what they have to offer usually.
With the addition of former Dio guitar guru Vivian Campbell in 1992, I thought we might actually rock raw and heavy again. Oh my, was I mistaken! The addition of Campbell, whose work with Dio and his solo project Riverdogs was nothing short of phenomenal, seemed to be the nail in the coffin. Did he cause the change in sound and writing style? I really don't think so. If you listen to his solo LP, "Riverdogs", you'll hear wonderful, deep songs with lots of character. That's his writing style, quality songs that say something. The songs on "X" say nothing. The only record I like less from these guys is the 1996
release "Slang", which I found nauseating. This IS better than that.
The album never really changes pace very much. In everysong we get a "just rolled out of bed" lead vocal, and a plethora of over-produced harmonies to choke down. After a while, it gets hard to swallow. This is not to say that the lead vocals or harmony vocals are not good quality, they are. Def Leppard has always had some of the best gang vocals in the rock world, and still does. They are just too overdone here. They have become too reliant on the strength of their harmonies to just play raw rock 'n' roll anymore. You see, back in the day, they used these awesome harmonies to accent Joe Elliot's intense emotion-filled lead. This is what a good hard rock band does successfully. They keep it heavy, and keep it harmonic at the same time. Joe Elliot is barely heard on this record, and he shows no emotional blasts whatsoever. The harmony vocals ARE the lead vocals, and Joe is just following along. By doing this, you almost get a "boy band" sound. Which is to say, I could see N'SYNC covering many of these tunes. And, don't be fooled, those N'SYNC guys can sing... but I have no desire to listen. Everything turns "sweet" when you harmonize this much. The chicks love it. It works for N'SYNC, they're young and cute. Def Leppard isn't.
Now, as you might expect, there are exceptions here. All the songs are pretty catchy after a while, and I found myself singing them in the kitchen(over the spaghetti). I also get Karma Chameleon stuck in my head every now and again, that doesn't mean I like it.
So, now I'm faced with this dilemma; I got a talented band playing "love this, love that" pop songs one after another, and they do this "cookie cutter" crap very well. Now, is a "catchy" song, a good song? If you find yourself washing dishes twice just so you can finish singing the stuff, does that mean it's good? Well folks, the Doc don't think so. At least not for this band.

In trying to sum this record up, let me first say that I miss the Def Leppard I use to know. I don't know if I'll ever get over the loss. Now I'm left with catchy cliche pop songs that tell me "everyday without you in my heart, everyday I feel I'm falling apart", and I just can't stomach it. The few feeble attempts at anything rocking take a nose dive when Elliot sings his ultra laid back lines. And with songs such as "Four Letter Word", it's sounds so adolescent 80's "hair metal" that it's just silly. And what's the new "four letter word?" Could it be LOVE maybe?
If you like catchy pop tunes from a band that might call themselves "mature" now, you might like this record. If you want deep, emotional, and intense hard rock..."X" this one off and go listen to the immature stuff like "Pyromania" or one of the first two records.

Because of the great harmony vocals and the decent hooks I'll be kind and give it...
OVERALL RATING: 4 (1-10 scale)
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139. Hollywood Vampires
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5-0 out of 5 stars Hollywood Vampires
Even Kerrang (UK) could not say a word against this album at the time of its release. It brilliantly mixes elements of the two prior releases with a dark vibe to creating what was later known as "Glam-Goth". This album sets the band apart from the other signed "sunset strip" bands at the time. This and Vicious Circles are probably the best L.A.Guns recordings to date.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not as heavy as their 2 previous albums
I love LA Gun's debut album and Cocked & Loaded, but when I heard this one it was a disappointment. Cocked & Loaded had a heavy, aggressive, more serious metal-influenced sound. However, on this album it seems that they decided to change directions and go for a lighter, more fun rock n' roll style. Before this album they never had silly song titles like "My Koo Ka Choo"... gimme a break. The only track on this album that retains their heaviness is the opening track, Over the Edge. The rest of the songs are not dark/heavy enough, and too "fun" for my taste.

It's a matter of personal preference, but I cannot say that this is their best work. If you want serious LA Guns with a much harder edge, listen to Cocked & Loaded.

5-0 out of 5 stars very , very good
Oh my god, this album is really good. Every song is very melodic, and still it all rocks; no reason for talkin' about "light sound" here. "Cocked & Loaded" , "Hollywood Vampires" and "Vicious Circle" are , undoubtfully, L.A.Guns' best albums to date. A MUST buy for every true L.A.Guns' fan, PURE JOY for every rock'n'roll fan.

5-0 out of 5 stars hollywoodvampires
the first time i heard this cd back in 92 i thought this was terrible. it took time to grow on me but after giving it a fair chance i think its thier best work ever. i enjoy the groove the musical style is cool.

3-0 out of 5 stars Must have for L.A. Guns fans, but maybe not for casual fans
While I'm a big a L.A. Guns fan, I only like about half the songs on this cd. "Over The Edge" is a great opening track, and it shows that Phil Lewis is one of the best singers out there. Tracii Guns has a nice guitar solo, and this song is also featured in the movie "Point Break." "Kiss My Love Goodbye" is a nice mid-tempo song with hooks and melodies, but Tracii overdoes it in the end. "Dirty Luv" is a very sexy and sleazy song that I didn't like at first, but it's one of my favorites on the album now. "My Koo Ka Choo" is a nice summer song. I love the chessy horns. "It's Over Now" is a great ballad, but sometimes it feels forced. "Here It Comes" is an okay rocker. The highlight of the cd is the awesome ballad "Crystal Eyes" (appearently L.A. Guns like this one a lot too, since they also put it on their "Vicious Circle" cd). "Crystal Eyes" should have been a huge hit like "The Ballad Of Jayne" was. Nice guitars from Tracii and singing from Phil. The rest of the songs on this cd, however; totally [aren't good]. ... Read more


140. World Wide Live
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5-0 out of 5 stars Greatest live album of all time!!!!!
This album is undoubtedly (in this reviewer's opinion) the greatest live album ever compiled. It features the greatest hits performed live from the band's first 4 albums recorded under the Mercury label in the early 80s (Lovedrive, Animal Magnetism, Blackout, Love At First Sting).

I first heard this album in Greece back when it was released in 1985 and there were posters of the band and the World Wide Live cover art all over record stores in Athens. The Scorpions were one of the hottest bands at the time and everyone was getting their hands on this 2-disc LP set.

Whenever I hear this CD now, I think of that summer in Greece and hanging out with friends listening to the album (truly nostalgic)....

Anyways, back to the present day, the songs that sounded well live were: No One Like You, Holiday, Still Loving You, Big City Nights, and Coming Home (the monster hit "Rock You Like A Hurricane" also sounded good, but it sounded as if the song was being rushed).

If you want a great live album of 80s rock hits to listen to, this is definitely the one to get.

Enjoy!!!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars An excellent Scorpions album
Let me start by saying that I am not a big Scorpions fan. I like some of their music, but I find it hard to buy their albums. Even more in the 90's when they became all love song crazy like Aerosmith.
I like bands that get in contact with the audience during a show, and Scorpions delivers on this album (I own the two LP version). Like many other Live albums, this is kind of a greatest hits collection. Hits like 'Rock you like a Hurricane', 'No one like you', 'Holiday', and 'The Zoo' are even better than their studio counterpats. The sound engineers made a great job, even though most of the songs were recorded in different parts of the world you'd never figure it out until Klaus screams the name of a city.

All in all, a great album. I give it 4 stars because many songs of earlier Scorpions albums are not included, specifically their ealry years.

5-0 out of 5 stars The beginning for most Scorpions fans!
I had been listening to the Scorpions for quite some time prior to the release of this album, but most Scorpions fans really got into them due to this album. I have had the unique opportunity to see them in concert in Germany as well as in the US and I must say the German tours are a lot better. Anyway, there are a lot of number one hits on this album in my opinion and it really got them noticed.

3-0 out of 5 stars NOT THE BEST, BUT....
I think Scorpions are much lot better than what this Cd shows, its the latest album I've bought so far and its the one that I listen less. I believe Live Bites is much lot better than this one, It has muc more power and it sounds really great.
I believe the public is too loud on WWL album and the guitars so low that you cant go crazy with some songs...Thee first song, Coming Home, is one that I love but here, you feel the public is exploting and when the song starts, you have to pay a lot of atention to realize that until the drums enter...
I think also that Klaus voice is much better in the Live Bites.

I know...this album is from 1985, Live Bites is from 1995 10 YEARS OF PROGRESS, but Blackout and Love At First Sting are as good as 90' albums and WWL, could have really been much more. I expected a lot better than this.
Any way it is a Scorpions album and if you are a fan like me, you should have it. I am only saying what I think is true.

1-0 out of 5 stars They're Better Than This
After only four months after the start of their 84/85 world tour, Scorpions recorded five nights of live music. Unfortunately, those four months must have been grueling for the band, and it shows in this recording. Scorps is a great 80s metal band, and their music is a mainstay in the history of metal, but this recording is as lame as the front cover. There are some good songs listed on the album, but nary a good performance of them. A tough April for the boys I guess. Even the Paris and Germany nights are nothing to write home about.

Klaus Meine's voice is flat and lifeless. The guitars pale to whiny, forced phrases. The whole band sounds tired, and it becomes an effort for them to belt out their songs. Even the simple arpeggio on "Still Loving You" sounds muddied and passionless. The crowd favorite, "Rock You Like a Hurricane" is a yawner.

Usually, live albums are items of explosive power and energy. A canvass for artist to step up their performance, feeding off the audience, an arena to experiment and create. This album has none of that. Instead, it feels like these guys just went out to make another 30-million, but really didn't want to go on tour. Blame the lifelessness on the remixing, Jabs replacing Roth, or just poor performance. Either way, the Scorps can do way better than this. ... Read more


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