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1. The Bee Gees - Their Greatest Hits: The Record
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Don't look for a richly illustrated, critical essay-packed hagiography with this 40-track, double-disc overview of the Bee Gees recording career. In typical, telling fashion, the Brothers Gibb have eschewed such exercises in ego inflation and simply let the best of their remarkable body of music speak for itself. Through it all, their familiar voices lock together in the sort of transcendent, seemingly genetic harmony that few singers since the Everly Brothers (early Gibb inspirations) have managed. Beginning with the plaintive 1966 hit "New York Mining Disaster 1941," this set traces the Gibbs' journey from successful Beatles-era balladeers to '70s white R&B gods and the undisputed kings of disco (we're reminded here that their shrewd metamorphosis began with "Nights on Broadway" and "Jive Talkin'"--long before the mega-success of "Saturday Night Fever"). But even as that dance craze faded, again threatening to turn the Bee Gees into pop anachronisms, the Gibbs simply stepped out of the limelight for a while, turning their talents to MOR hit-making for the likes of Samantha Sang, Dolly Parton, Barbra Streisand, and Dionne Warwick. Those hits ("Emotion," "Heartbreaker," "Islands in the Stream") are featured here in modern rerecordings by the band, along with the Streisand-Barry Gibb duet, "Guilty." And if the Gibbs haven't had much of an American chart presence in recent years, they remain superstars throughout the rest of the world, a richly crafted pop music presence that simply won't be denied. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars That is just OK ! (6.5 / 10points)
I have been a big fan of Bee Gees for a long time. To my honest, I do not like the sounds of this CD. I have a feeling it seems NOT to be stereo sounds at most of the songs. I wondered why did Gibbs brothers really forget many their great songs as: Edge of the universe, Someone belongs to someone, Wedding day, Come on over, Shine shine, Woman in you...
Every CD of Bee Gees always has: Jive Talking, New York mining disaster 1941, Holiday, Lonely days, To love somebody, I've gotta get a message to you, Run to me, How can you mend a broken heart, Nights on Broadway... They are good but they were repeated many times, so they got bored. The producers of Bee Gees lack of creation and selection to make a better CD for audiences.
Now, regarding to some particular songs in this CD.
"Island in the stream": Barry Gibb is better than Robin Gibb at this particular one. If you heard this song in CD title "One night only", you will agree with me Barry performed it better.

"Immortality": Barry Gibb really FAILED to perform this song. I really like Celine Dion singing this song. The reason Barry failed is his high voice was not suitable for that. He himself break that such beautiful song! I grade Barry for this song 4 points/10 points.

5-0 out of 5 stars Timeless and Incomparable Gibbs!
This new package covering 35 plus years spotlights some of the best pop music ever recorded. For anyone who ever thought that the Bee Gees were just about "disco", here's the evidence that smokes that argument!

From the early 60's gems to the latter day classics, this compilation illustrates why the Bee Gees are one of the most important groups in popular music.. Tight harmonies, superb melodies,touching lyrics, and excellent production values...the Bee Gees are masters of their domain. If you are a collector, you probably have most of the hitscontained in these discs..but this collection is worth the price just to have recordings of the Bee Gees doing versions of songs they originally penned for other artists.

The sound quality is great, but I wish they would have included more liner notes...maybe some factoids or artist thoughts..This collection is still a superb way to spend a couple of hours!

5-0 out of 5 stars More Tales From The Brothers Gibb
From their Beatles - like hits int the 1960s' to their 70s' heyday right up until today, The Bee Gees have remained vibrant forces in the music industry as writers, artists and producers. Although no longer together as an act (due to the untimely passing of Maurice Gibb last years), they still remain legends.

2001'S "The Bee Gees - Their Greatest Hits - For The Record" is a sort of a cheap way to obtain the great hits alread released n the boxed set, but that doesn't make it any less of a fantastic album. These disc encapsule what American pop music should be.

Disc 1 begins with their hits between 1967 and 1968. During this time they were written off assecond - rate Beatles clone. I disagree with this statement, because at this time, as The Beatles were making complex albums like "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", the three Austrailian brothers were cutting simple, enjoyable (not The Beatles' music wasn't) love songs during this time, such as "To Love Somebody", "Words", "I've Gotta Get A Message To You" and my personal favorite, the whistful, sad "I Started A Joke". Though thye remained cold throught the rest of the 1960s' and into the 1970s' - made offical by Robin's departure - the material they recorded during this time is among their best - "First Of May", "Don't Forget To Remember", "First Of May", "Saved By The Bell" (from Robin's solo album).

The 1970s' begin with the eerie singalong "Lonely Days". This song, their first top 3 American hit, is unlike anything they had done up to that point, though the lead singer (I think Barry), sounds an awful lot like John Lennon). Then came their first number one hit, the haunting ballad "How Can You Mind A Broken Heart". Originially offered to Andy Williams, he passed and The Bee Gees turned it into one of their finest recordings. "Run To Me" ws another lovely ballad and a big hit for the group, but soon they hit it bigger than ever with 1975's classic "Main Course". Thye resuced their career with that album plus three hit singles: the funky number one smash "Jive Talkin'", the pulsating "Nights On Broadway" and the warm "Fanny (Be Tender With My Love)". The Bee Gees were all of a sudden superstars after 8 years of struggle. 1976's "Children Of The World" yielded another number one smash, the thrilling "You Should Be Dancing", as well as the powerful ballad "Love So Right".

Disc 2 begins with their heyday. This time period (1977 - 79) was then they hit their peak of popularity. First there are the three number one smashes from the "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack: the smooth ballad "How Deep Is Your Love", the exhillrating "Stayin' Alive" (probably their signature song) and the funky "Night Fever" (this song was probably their biggest hit, as it spent 8 weeks at number one). Next comes the three number one hits from "Spirits Having Flown": the haunting "Too Much Heaven", the electrifying "Tragedy", and the funk - injected ballad "Love Inside Out". With these songs, The Bee Gees became the first artists since The Beatles to have six consecutive number one hits. Also included is "More Than A Woman", a hit for Tavares, and a new recording of "Emotion", a hit single they wrote for Samantha Sang, who scored her only hit with the song.

The 1980s' begin with the only non - Bee Gees song. "Guilty" was the hit duet between Barry and Barbra Streisand, and a lovely song at that. Next comes "Heartbeaker" and "Islands In The Streams". These are new recordings of old hits they produced for other artsist in the 1980s', during their third artistic slump. The former was a top 10 comeback hit for Dionne Warwicke, while the latter was a number one duet for Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton. "Heartbreaker" is done well, but the Gibbs version of "Islands In The Stream" is too modernized, as it includes portions of "Ghetto Supastar", the rap version of the song.

1987's "You Win Again" is a great unknown song. "One" was their 1989 top 10 comeback hit. In the 1990s', they kept a low profile, though still releasing albums, and scoring a top 30 hit with "Alone". Closing the set is an old 1966 number, the somber romp "Spicks And Specks".

Though is a great sets, there are plent of singles missing. There are to many to list here, so I'll just name a few that I would hav liked to have seen myself:

"Jumbo" (number 57)
"My World" (number 16)
"Boogie Child" (number 12)
"Edge Of The Universe" (number 26)
"He's A Liar" (number 30)
"The Woman In You" (number 24)
"Still Waters (Run Deep)" (number 57)

But those singles are not well - known and there absence is not noted. This a great 2 - disc Bee Gees set that I highly recommend, as well as their boxed set "Tales From The Brothers Gibb" and the live album "2 Nights Live", plus their studio albums and the soundtrack to "Saturday Night Fever". Buy them as soon as possible.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
I got this as a gift and was not a huge Bee Gees fan save for those moments when I felt "retro" and had to hear "Stayin Alive" and their other disco hits. Well I was pleasantly surprised when I put this album on and just decided to listen all the way through. I had no idea the Bee Gees had so many fantastic songs, (Like "Holiday" for instance). "Nights On Broadway", although I'd heard it before, is now one of my favorite songs of all time. I wish they'd have put the original version of "Emotion" on here as opposed to the updated version but that is a small complaint for a 2 CD set filled with tons of great music.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Collection
Since 1967, The Bee Gees have been a constant hitmaking force as writers and producers. They reached their peak in 1978 - 79 with a string of dance classics that made them one of the most successful artists of all time. By the 1980s', they were considered hasbeens, so they turned to writing hits for big artists of the day. By the 1990s', they resurfaced with new material and worked dilligently until the death of Maurice last year.

Disc 1 starts in 1967. This was the year The Bee Gees hit big. They scored with 5 consecuitve top 20 hits, including "New York Mining Disaster 1941", "To Love Somebody" and "Words". They were written off by fickle critics as Beatles clones, but that didn't stop them. In 1968, they made the top 10 for the first time with "I've Gotta Get A Message To You" and "I Started A Joke". But soon, they hit a slump that took a while to get out of. They reemerged in 1971 with the "2 Years On" album, which yielded the single "Lonely Days". The song was their biggest American hit yet, going to number 3. "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart" followed, and it topped the charts for 4 weeks beginning on August 4, 1971. "Run To Me" made the top 20, but once again their career soon hit the skids. In 1975, they began work on the "Main Course" album. The first single was the discofied "Jive Talkin'", which went to number 1. "Nights On Broadway" was next, and it peaked at 7. "Fanny (Be Tender With My Love" went to number 12, giving them a hat trick of hit singles. The "Children Of The World" album was next. Its first single was the dance classic "You Should Be Dancing", which became their third charttoper. "Love So Right" came next and went to 3.

Disc 1 begins in 1977. That year, the group was asked to record some songs for the "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack. The first single from the film was the pretty ballad "How Deep Is Your Love". The song went to all the way to number 1 and stayed there for 3 weeks. It stayed in the top 10 for 17 weeks. "Staying Alive" came next", and climbed to number 1 and stayed there for another 4 weeks. "Night Fever" followed, and was their biggest hit ever, staying at number 1 for 8 weeks. To show how successful they were during this period, at one point, all 3 of these songs were in the top 10 simultaneously. After the 25, 000, 000 - selling soundtrack, they released the "Spirits Having Flown" album. It yielded 3 more number 1 singles: "Too Much Heaven", "Tragedy" and "Love You Inside Out". With these 3 hits, they became the first artist since The Beatles to have 6 number 1 hits in a row. It also marked the end of the hitmaking era. By 1980, their career had yet again gone stale. They decided it was time to write songs for other artists. They penned hits for Dionne Warwicke ("Heartbreaker"), Jimmy Ruffin ("Hold On To My Love"), Barbara Streisand ("Guilty"), Diana Ross ("Chain Reaction"), Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton (the platinum - selling duet "Islands In The Stream"). By the late 1980s', they resurfaced, and scored a top 10 hit with "One". They continued to perform together until Maurice died last year, thus ending one of the most enduring partnerships in music history.

Overall, it's a great collections. I have one small complaint. I wish they would've left off the recordings of their hits for other artists and replaced them with a few other singles like "Boogie Child", "Living Eyes", "Someone Belonging To Someone", Robin's version of The Beatles classic "Oh Darling", "The Woman In You", "He's A Liar" and Robin's German number 1 hit "Juliette". Otherwise, it's a stunning collection of hit singles. ... Read more


2. Get Born
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4-0 out of 5 stars Rock has returned!
Highlights:

Are You Gonna be my Girl? (sounds similar to Iggy Pop's Lust for Life)
Rollover DJ
Cold Hard Bitch
Get Me Out of Here
Get What You Need (sound familar to any Rolling Stones' fans?)

Jet, part of the old-school rock revival (along with the Vines, the Darkness and others), has crafted an excellent album in Get Born. It has good guitar riffs, an excellent mixing job, and a good balance between hard rocking songs and soft, gentle ballads. Get Born draws influences from many sources, including AC/DC, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Doors, and Iggy Pop. The end result is an album that is both a refreshing break from the nu-metal/pop-punk heavy rock scene of today and a tribute of sorts to the rock bands of the '60s and '70s. I would highly recommend, if you are a fan of old school rock or just rock music in general, that you should pick up a copy of Get Born.

5-0 out of 5 stars Jet Is Here!!
Perhaps it is unfair to simply label Jet as a garage rock band. After all, this album holds a lot more variety than say, The White Stripes' Elephant does, or either of the The Strokes' albums. But unlike the Stripes, who manage to make great blues based rock and roll despite having a trained monkey on drums, Jet just sounds like 15 bad cover bands rolled all into one gigantic crappy supergroup.

Are You Gonna Be My Girl is the song that is currently garnering radio airplay, not to mention all sorts of critical acclaim. Call me crazy, but I liked this song better when it was called Lust For Life and Iggy Pop was singing it. Is this what is passing as "quality rock" right now? There's nothing better out there than this? Or are people just that eager to eat whatever radio craps out as "the next big thing?" Cause I'll tell you, Are You Gonna Be My Girl is only the beginning of the suckage and unoriginality to be found on this disc.

The only thing that is bearable on this entire album is Rollover D.J., which while as derivative as the rest of the album, at least has a big fun chorus attached to it, and some nice jangly guitar rhythms. Alas, other than this, its all downhill.

5-0 out of 5 stars Jet-Get Born
I've read a lot of reviews that say the songs are just like old songs from old bands. And well, they are, but aparently those old songs were popular and this just proves they still are. It's a formula and Jet is just following it, and it works. What is bad is when artists try to remake a song that was popular and now it sounds bad, don't mess with the classics. I like the fast songs best,and the slow songs aren't bad. I don't listen to them because someone told me they were cool. I listen because I like it, and that's it. I had to colorize the cover art on mine though. The black and whiteness just begged to be filled in. Don't bash people cause they like a certain type of music and you don't. Anybody can listen to whatever they want.

2-0 out of 5 stars If this is creative then the world is becoming a sad place-
I will give the jets a compliment- There music is pretty catchy and the instrumentals are very decent, if not well put together. The vocals are not all that good, they can sing better than me- not that that is saying much. I would have rated the band 3 stars, if they had better lyrics that were more original, creative and deep. I mean- Are you gonna be my girl and Rollover D.J, come on guys don't you have anything better to sing about? Well the one thing that I despise of is that when you listen to The Jets for a long time it starts to disgust you how sexist they are! Some of the comments they make really makes me lose respect for them."Well it's a 123 take my hand and come with me.Is it cause you look so fine that i really wanna make you mine?I said you look so fine that I really want to make you mine." That just sounds really offensive, is he talking about a prostitute? Very disrespectful to women in my opinion.

4-0 out of 5 stars Unfair Jet bashing
Unfortunately Jet have become the new band to bash in certain circles for no good reason other than the fact that they are successful. It's gotten to the point where I've been asked if I was a Jet fan and my integrity as a music fan was at stake based on my answer. It's alright to not like a band but the endless bagging of Jet i've witness is ridiculous.

All I've got to say is don't dismiss this band because people with a holier than thou attitude say they are fake. There's some good stuff on this album. ... Read more


3. Oceans Apart
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"Why do people who read Dostoyevsky look like Dostoyevsky?" The Go-Betweens return in good form on Oceans Apart, their third post-reunion disc. Relatively modest next to towering achievements such as Tallulah and 16 Lovers Lane, the disc is a grower, impressive and moving in its glimpses of truly human moments. The sturdy, rootsy backing here allows wry Robert Forster and unaffected Grant McLennan to range across familiar territory while finding new, small delights there. A handful of songs rise to the top, sure to make their places on fans' mix tapes; among them are McLennan's "Boundary Rider" and Forster's "Born to a Family" and "Here Comes a City." Early copies of Oceans Apart contain a bonus disc with live versions of a half dozen Go-Betweens classics. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars The Go-Betweens strongest post-reunion album yet.
The Go-Betweens were a critics' darling in the 80's, and broke up in 1988, only to get together with all but the original drummer in 2000.Their first two releases since they got together have been solidly above average, but lacking the flair of their previous work.Oceans Apart regains that flair.They just play...amazingly well together as a group, creating a sort of very immersive new-wavey atmosphere that signifies the possibility of getting another Go-Betweens album as good as their last pre-breakup album, '16 Lovers Lane' (Which I highly recommend, by the way).The only problem is...the songwriting sounds very forced at times.The vocals for any given song rarely cover more than half an octave, and they're all grouped together in the same trite, predictable pattern.Luckily, the instrumentation is so immersive that you enjoy the badly written songs regardless.Oceans Apart is among the stronger albums of the year, particularly if you like new-wavey pop/rock.If you liked the other post-reunion albums, Friends of Rachel Worth, and Bright Yellow Bright Orange, you'll probably like this one more.

4-0 out of 5 stars IN A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN
If you're looking for the type of popular music that the citizens of Brisbane, Australia are able to conjur, this is it. Without doubt the Go-Betweens are the sunblessed city's most original and prodigious songwriting exports, and though one might look to Seattle, New York, London or California for the songs that define musical preference, the Go-Betweens take their place among the finest in their field.

When Forster and McLennan made the decision in 1977 to form a rock band, few who knew them then could have imagined their artistic odyssey would still be rattling along so swimmingly 28 years later. Through sheer weight of committment to a collective dream, their journey took them from three song gigs at dance halls in their city of origin to the famous CBGB's in New York, to support engagements with REM then cult appeal in England, Europe and the US. A swag of critically acclaimed albums in the eighties delivered the Go-Betweens a place in the pantheon, but for all the effort they were denied acclaim where it might have mattered most - on the charts. So too was the Beach Boys classic "Pet Sounds" at the time of its release. Get the picture?

It's a situation that's always failed to distract the pair from their vision and we, the fans are more fortunate for it.
They stepped back for a time, delivering a handful of solo albums during the nineties, but they've returned in a big way here, acknowledging the sum of the parts is a more fulfilling route to take.

"Oceans Apart" is the second album produced by the quirky and imaginative creative talents of Robert Forster and Grant McLennan, since they re-united in 2001 for their (in my opinion) best album to date "The Friends of Rachel Worth", and it continues their career-long quest to achieve widespread appeal.

Reviewers agree, with superlatives like "masterpiece" and "triumph" flooding the critical landscape. Again the pair have written five songs apiece with "Here Comes the City" among Forster's best, a tune that rings with the universality of the Go-Betweens best known song "Streets of Our Town".

You buy this album because McLennan and Forster are poets and musicians of unique talent and drive, who create music wholly unaffected by the cult of celebrity, that has seen the contempory landscape littered with talentless and pretty (but rich) stooges. They're still "hungry" and it shows. With "Oceans Apart" they are poised to move beyond the respect and admiration of the peers.Play it once it's good but like any great album, play it a second and third time it might even reduce you to tears. Castles in the South of France beckon, at last.

4-0 out of 5 stars Here Comes a Classic (Sort Of)
The arrival of a new Go-Betweens album is always a hugely exciting event.For what its worth, I agree that this album fits best in the catalog of the Go-Betweens the first time around, more so than the latest two efforts.I'm one of a few, though, who regards Friends of Rachel Worth as one the better albums of the past few year, by anybody.As usual its best to first parse the record into Robert Forster's and Grant McLennan's numbers.RF contributes tracks # 1, 3, 6, 7 and 10.GM chimes in with # 2, 4, 5, 8 and 9.The balance between Forster's edgy and challenging songs and the jangling soft melodies of McLennan are still evident and it works well.RF's eclecticism is evident by a recent interview in which he named Pride and Prejudice, On the Road and Confederacy of Dunces as among his favorite books.Few albums have ever started off with the excitement of the first notes of Here ComesA City, and it manages to extend the headlong rush most of its 3:25.It deserves to become a major single and live show favorite, and has already been heard here in the US on satellite radio channels.It sounds like a train rushing headlong in the night through the outskirts of a city, which is what it purports to describe, prettied up with a killer, unforgettable guitar riff.The only downers in the song are that it could be longer and that it fades out with a whimper rather than a bang.I hope at some point we see an extended version of what is an instant classic and right up there with the best GB songs of all time.Another RF beauty is Darlinghurst Nights, which evokes all the pain and joy of the memory of leaving home and going to a strange new town."And always the traffic, always the lights, climbing that hill star studded nights" evoke dead on memories of Sydney Eastern suburb nights.The Mountains Near Delray is a dirge and is my least favorite while Born to a Family evokes too many memories of other similar Forster melodies.But Lavender is another strong combo of melody and lyric, showing off Robert's great sense of humor.Grants songs are a mixed bag but Boundary Rider (the only song recorded in Brisbane, not London) is great (also too bloody short!) and could also be a great single.This Night's For You - while not exactly as kick ass as Neil Young's This Notes For You - is riveting when played loud.So this album was well worth the wait and like greeting an old friend, even if it hasn't pushed the boundaries too much.The huge and deserved buzz for Here Comes a City should guarantee some airplay for the album in Oz and abroad.The extra disc with six live songs is a nice but not essential bonus from a band who doesn't have much published live material (prior to the re-release of the older albums anyway ....).

5-0 out of 5 stars Oh . . . My . . . God!
I have been a huge fan of the Go-Betweens' '80s stuff since, well, the late '80s. But I drifted away from Forster and McLennan during the '90s, not paying too much attention to their uneven solo careers, and when the first reunion album came along, I didn't even check it out, though I did go see them live.

But I recently picked up the second reunion album, since I'd heard so many raves about it. It was good, but still not up there with their very best. And so now this new album. I must admit, the hype (MOJO rated it a "MOJO Instant Classic") lured me in, and I made sure I got a copy the day it came out. Listened to it three times in a row, and boy am I hooked. Forster is in rare form, and while the jury is still sort of out on McLennan (where is that melodic genius that displayed in the '80s and lost in the '90s?), as a whole the album is up there with their best. I need to give it a bit more time so that the McLennan songs sink in better, but I'm thrilled to have a record this challenging and engaging at this point in their career.

And I haven't even gotten to the bonus live disc yet! ... Read more


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


5. In Case We Die
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This free-ranging octet from Australia has brought forth their second album and it's a veritable funhouse adventure. Experimental, but gently so, their diverse instrumentation and varied approaches to vocal presentations (theatrical character voices, choirs, rock band exuberance) make for a listening experience akin to someone's perfectly cerebral mix tape. The opening song alone sets the stage for all that follows, constructed like an overture, one theme and setting gives way to another. Much like the parable of three blind men trying to describe an elephant, if three different listeners heard three different songs from this wonderful album, there still would be no complete description possible. --David Greenberger ... Read more


6. Ultimate Air Supply
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3-0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 stars for these kings of balladeering
A lot of people have a hard time understanding how I can listen to Air Supply when I am a college student who also gets into heavy metal, punk, and indie rock most of the time. Yet their craft is undeniable, and I find myself reaching for this CD now and then because they simply do a fantastic job of slow to mid tempo ballads. The biggest problem with this CD is that it is painfully evident that that is their one trick - there's very little to shake things up here. Bands like Journey and REO Speedwagon who specialize in ballads can do rockers very convincingly, even Bread has a few tougher tunes in their repertoire. Yet the sheer amount of work put into these tunes, as well as the powerful voices of both vocalists, make them solidly enjoyable. "Lost In Love" is still probably one of the top 10 soft rock songs of all time, a nice blend of Eagles/Bread/Seals & Crofts, while "Making Love Out Of Nothing At All" is a fantastic anthem.

Best Tracks:
"Lost In Love" - The best song in the band's history. Gorgeous soft pop with a great flowing chorus and nice acoustic backing, I love this tune.
"All Out Of Love" - A bit slower and perhaps more indicitave of the bands sound, this is nevertheless a good ballad.
"Making Love Out Of Nothing At All" - Thrilling, anthemic, and builds to a climax more times than any similarly styled Meat Loaf song. Man these guys can sing!
"Without You" - Had to mention this one, I love both the Badfinger version and the Nilsson version, and these guys take a great stab at it. Vocally perfect, but the producers can be faulted a bit for making it a BIT too slick (nice 80's guitar solo though!)

5-0 out of 5 stars Most Complete Air Supply Collection Out There....
Of all of the Greatest Hits' collections that Air Supply has released, this is by far the best and most complete one out. This contains 18 of Air Supply's best songs. The period covered starts in the early 80s with "Lost in Love" and goes to 1995 with "News From Nowhere".

Air Supply really went through three phases. Phase 1 was from 1976 through 1980 -this was before they had commerical success and most of these songs are hard to find and only available on imports. Phase 2 was the most successful commercial period for Air Supply going from 1980 with the "Lost in Love" album, through the "Greatest Hits" album. Phase 3 was less commercially successful, yet the creativity didn't disappear during this phase. On the "Ultimate Air Supply" collection, Phases 2 and 3 are what is included. It would have been nice to see some Phase 1 songs, but it doesn't take away from the quality of the album. One thing to note, if you are looking at other Air Supply collections of hits, this is the most complete. In fact every song from "Greatest Hits" (which really focuses on Phase 2) is on this collection.

The nice thing about this CD is it chronicles all of the songs in the album order. The liner notes are excellent and feature short commentary by Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell. Although the commentary is short, it gives you a lot of insight into the songs as well as some of the producers Air Supply worked with (Clive Davis, Jim Steinman). The liner notes do open with a chronicle of the band's history written by Michael Hill. This chronicle does talk about some of the Phase 1 work that was done by Air Supply. The only shortcoming of the liner notes is that the studio musicians are not credited very well (they actually do a better job on 'Greatest Hits' with this) and the photos included aren't really that great.

The songs from Phase 2 really speak for themselves. Songs such as "I Want to Give It All", "Two Less Lonely People in the World", "Don't Be Afraid", and "Young Love" which were omitted on the "Greatest Hits" album are a part of this album. In Michael Hill's chronicle and the commentary, they discuss how they had to convince Jim Steinman to cut "Making Love Out of Nothing At All" from 20 to 5 minutes - personally I would have loved to have heard what the 20 minute version would have sounded like.

For Air Supply, "Making Love Out of Nothing At All" marked the peak of their popularity and the end of Phase 2. Phase 3 saw Air Supply's record sales dwindle - especially in the U.S. The first album "Air Supply" was actually a very solid album and featured two songs "Just As I Am" and "The Power of Love". "Just As I Am" surprisingly didn't chart well and its a shame because it was probably one of the best songs they produced. "The Power of Love" is a song that was later made famous by Laura Branigan and "Celine Dion", but Russell Hitchcock's voice blows any other version away of that song. Those two songs are two of five songs included from Phase 3. Another Phase 3 song is a remake of Harry Nilsson's "Without You" which I also think is the best version you will hear. I was surprised that the song "Lonely is the Night" from the "Hearts in Motion".

This is a solid collection and well worth the price. It chronciles the band very well and delivers some great insight. It would be my first choice if I was looking to build an Air Supply collection.

4-0 out of 5 stars Almost "Ultimate"
Ultimate? No ... for two reasons:

1. Where's Air Supply's final Hot 100 hit, "Lonely Is The Night," which also reached #12 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart? Its exclusion cannot be explained considering how cluttered this compilation is with forgettable album tracks ... a flaw of every Air Supply compilation that has been released.

2. Where are some of the group's other singles - "One More Chance," "Stronger Than The Night," "Evidence Of Love" - that did not chart?

For now, this is the best Air Supply hits collection out there. Hopefully, their record company will someday release a true singles collection that chronicles all, not most, of their hits.

5-0 out of 5 stars In a word, Marvelous
I hope I can conjure up the words necessary to explain to the world how important this band is to me. Their arrival on the scene in the mid-to-late seventies was like a breath of fresh air (no pun intended) and helped soothe some of the pain that I felt from Bread's disbanding. Soft rock had some new kings, and they weren't going to let anything bad happen to the kingdom (metaphor).

Listening to "Ultimate Air Supply", it's hard not to think back to some of the best times of my life, falling asleep to "Lost in Love" with the headphones on, or playing a little air guitar to "The One That You Love", trading Air Supply albums with friends. . .good times.

This is the good stuff, right here. This is rock music, gutsy and raw, as pure as it has ever been and ever will be. Punk may lay claim to being the purest genre, but no punk can sing or write with one tenth of the heart and soul that Graham and Russell bring. That goes for the Clash, Green Day, Pearl Jam, Gin Blossoms - all the punks.

As long as Air Supply is still making music, I can sleep easy at night. Thanks guys - from a real fan.

5-0 out of 5 stars Romantic pop at its finest
Air supply were much bigger in America, where they had a string of big hits, than in Britain, where they had just two hits - All out of love made number eleven and Even the nights are better was a minor hit. Both of those made the top five in America, as did Lost in love, Every woman in the world, The one that you love, Here I am, Sweet dreams and Making love out of nothing at all. They had other hits in America too, including Two less lonely people in the world, Young love (an original song, not a cover of the rock'n'roll classic) and Just as I am, all included here.

Their last American hit was Power of love, the song that was originally a massive hit in several European countries for Jennifer Rush (including number one in Britain where it charted at the same time as a completely different song with the same title by Huey Lewis) and was later an American hit for Laura Branigan. Celine Dion revived the song in the nineties and had a huge hit in both Britain and America.

For those of you that enjoy romantic pop music, this collection should be just ideal. Fans of Bread in particular should enjoy this. ... Read more


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On her third album, Chambers has weathered a storm of publicity and expectation by clinging to her deeply southern--as in Australian--roots. She stands by her Dead Ringer Band kin (brother Nash Chambers produces and father Bill Chambers plays lead guitar), and her delicate songs continue to celebrate the innocence and wonder of loving and being loved. The slight adult-contemporary sheen never outshines the blues and bluegrass flourishes--indeed, "Follow You Home" rips like a Del McCoury breakdown--as she explores all the poetic potential of the conditional voice. "If I were lost would you shout my name out loud?" and "If you were a river run dry, well I'd sing you sweet by and by" are more than coy conceits. They're unforced glimpses of grace, earned by remaining faithful to who she is. Even in a holding pattern, the sweet strength of Chambers's voice and songs find room to soar. --Roy Kasten ... Read more


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9. Magic - The Very Best of Olivia Newton-John
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It's hard to have a more milquetoast image than Olivia Newton-John. Even when she was decked out in stretch pants and stiletto heels at the end of Grease, you never mistook her for a wild girl. Proudly carrying the torch once held high by Karen Carpenter, Newton-John embodied the safer and, yes, blander side of the '70s and early '80s. But just like Carpenter went on to be rehabilitated as a pop singer, Newton-John's career deserves a second look--and this compilation is a good way to start. Even if the singer's precise touch was audible as early as 1973 (on the countryish "Let Me Be There"), she reached her peak five years later with Grease and the torchy "Hopelessly Devoted to You." "Physical" may be the best-known episode of the singer's leg-warmer years, but the one to cherish forever remains "Xanadu." On it, Newton-John basically fronted Electric Light Orchestra and the result is one of the most underrated songs of the past 25 years. --Elisabeth Vincentelli ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Another Olivia Lover from Fredericksburg, VA
I am giving this CD 5 stars only because it does contain excellent music. However, as much as I do adore and love Olivia Newton-John, I have to agree with my fellow Fredericksburg reviewer. How many more times are record companies going to keep re-releasing and re-packaging all these old tunes from Olivia's hey-day? How many copies of Olivia's Greatest Hits collections does one person need? Apparently, however, there are still people out there who are willing to buy this stuff because record companies keep coming up with new "greatest hit" collections for ONJ. I have all these songs, already--several copies of them, in fact. But I have reached a point where "enough is enough".

It is time for ONJ to do something new and different. Her last country-pop album was brilliant--but unfortunately, she made the grave error of introducing the album with the remade "I Honestly Love You". Since the new version was so similar to the original, when most people heard it, they assumed it was just an oldie-but-goodie being played on the radio. It certainly did not make people run out to the CD store to pick up a copy of a song they had already heard constantly for the last 25 years. So, the other great songs on the CD never had a chance to get airplay. Basically, the CD went "down under" before it had a chance.

Olivia's voice is still in top form. Her live concert CD from 1999 is proof positive of this. It's just that she needs to do something new with it.

5-0 out of 5 stars "this album is so perfect, it's almost...Magic"
With songs like ~ "I HONESTLY LOVE YOU" (an early favorite of mine), "LET ME BE THERE" and "HAVE YOU NEVER BEEN MELLOW", still give me chills when I hear them...as a popular vocalist in the '70s and '80s, nothing could compare to her pure innocence to a song.

Now comes the diverse entertainer with ~ "YOU'RE THE ONE THAT I WANT" (with John Travolta)..."HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU"..."SUMMER NIGHTS" (With John Travolta), all from the musical "Grease", which I might add still holds up pretty well by today's standards (in other words a "classic").

Next, are three selections from "Xanadu", starring Olivia and the late Gene Kelly, the songs are haunting, almost trance-like...just listen to "MAGIC", the title tells it all..."XANADU" (Electric Light Orchestra), better known as "ELO"..."SUDDENLY", one of my favorite duets in the world, with Cliff Richard, exceptional performance with screen added to complete the picture, if you remember this film sequence.

Entire album is a trip down memory lane, the final track is a bonus "THE GREASE MEGAMIX - WITH JOHN TRAVOLTA", this my music-loving-friends, will knock your socks off!

Total Time: 75:01 on 21 Tracks ~ UTV Records 314-585-233-2 ~ (2001)

3-0 out of 5 stars Olivia Is Ok
I checked out some of her CDs, because she does some good songs, and this is the best collection of hers you can get. Let me state that, Olivia is one of the most overrated singers in history (Check out her version of "Jolene" which is the worst of the four (Sherrie Austin, Dolly Parton, and Martina McBride being the others), thank God it is not included here). Back to this CD, it has some good material "Please Mr. Please", "Have You ever Been Mellow", "Xanadu", but this woman does not have enough material (Except Grease) to fill up one entire CD (If no one believes me, check out "Olivia Newton-John radio": On Match Radio, and you will finding yourself skiping most of her material). I cannot believe all of the Olivia completists, writting in here, acting like she is is Patsy Cline. This woman started the decline and abandonment of country music (Notice how she crawls back to Nashville after 20 years, cause her career is dead (Like Linda Ronstadt (Although Linda, is much more talanted)). And since she left, others like, Faith Hill, Shania Twain, and The Dixie Chicks, copied her game plan, which is why there are very few quality country female singers out there today (Sherrie Austin (Olivia's much more superior Australian countrywoman), and Gretchen Wilson come to mind. I would recommend this CD and Grease, and that is it for her career.

4-0 out of 5 stars Still Missing Songs
This is a nice complilation with some songs that are normally forgotten by the masses like "Little more love" and "Deeper that the night" that were well suited during her Ronstadtesque era. Still when are they going to add some great but forgotten hits like the sexy "Soul Kiss", the Elton John produced "Rumours", her John Travolta duet "Take a chance", as well as the quirky but fun "Landslide". These are songs people might have missed or forgotten but helped make her own style. Speaking of style, we can't forget J Farrar and the incredible work that went into making O N-J well, O N-J. That is the person behind the talent and maybe a commplilation with just his work with O N-J would be a good tribute. You know, since they're making all these greatest hits cds. I'd buy it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent! My girl Olivia knows how to do it!
Olivia Newton John was one of my favorite singers in the late '70s and '80s. I still remember when she had like 7 to 8 hits in a row from 1978 to 1980, just a nonstop run of hits like her competition Donna Summer, Barry Manilow, the Bee Gees and others. This album justifies that. Her country songs of 1973 and 1974 are still fabulous. "Physical" still sounds funky today! "Heart Attack" just gets you dancing! "Deeper Than The Night" I still love! "Twist Of Fate" still sounds good with its aerobic sound 21 years later! "Magic" opened the music of the '80s quite well when it came out in 1980. "Xanadu" still sounds weird, but I'll take it. Her duet with Cliff Richard, "Suddenly", still sounds smooth. The "Grease" movie songs with John Travolta clash the '50s and 1978 so very well within the same songs! Her willingness to take chances were what made her a good singer. I still like the fact that she overcame her battle with cancer and is still performing and touring today. Her still remaining active just brings everything full circle with this album! Excellent career compilation!!!!! My girl Olivia knows how to do it!!!!! ... Read more


10. High Voltage (Dlx)
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In 1976, when the Eagles, Peter Frampton, and Heart ruled the rock airwaves, along came five scruffy young men (the lead guitarist was maybe all of 18 and dressed in a schoolboy's uniform) from Australia playing some of the rowdiest, hardest, dirtiest rock of all time. Screaming "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)," singer Bon Scott teased like a braggart. Sensing the rock community's growing dissatisfaction with bloated, epic-scaled bands, AC/DC were indeed a high-voltage act: their drummer nailed the beat with fury, their bluesy guitar riffs mutated into something metallic and sharp-edged, and Scott's vocals took the shrillness of early Robert Plant to a leaner and meaner place. "Live Wire" is one of the most electrifying hard rock songs imaginable, "High Voltage" and "TNT" are the musical equivalent of touching exposed nerves with a rusty fork, and "Jack" proves that white rock dudes can, contrary to popular belief, get down. Whew! --Lorry Fleming ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The first of many AC/DC classics
I purchased the 2003 Re-issued version of this album on Cassette. I was so glad to see they were still making 'em! The liner notes aren't as fancy as the Compact Disc, but the sound is crisp and clear just the same, a marked improvement over past versions.

Originally released in the U.S in 1976, High Voltage is a classic and was the first of the "Essential Four" Bon Scott-era albums (This, Let there be rock, Powereage, and Highway to hell.)

Since they hadn't achieved it yet, the boys sound hungry for fame here. Which isn't better or worse than following albums, it's just different.

"It's a long way to the top if you want to Rock 'N' Roll" sets the tone, bolstered by a bagpipe flavor. "Rock 'N' Roll singer" has a catchy riff and tells the story of Bon's defiance of the status quo. He sums it up best:

"My Daddy was workin' nine to five
When my Momma was havin' me
By the time I was half alive
They knew what I was gonna be
But I left school and grew my hair
They didn't understand
They wanted me to be respected as
A doctor or a lawyer man
(But I had other plans)"

"The Jack" plods along nicely, and "Live Wire" has a memorable chorus. Side 2 starts with "TNT" whose opening chords you may be familiar with. This song is still a live pillar today, and with good reason, as it's qualities are anthemic.

On "Can I sit next to you Girl" the guitars briskly wind, followed by "Little Lover" which is bluesy to the core. If your head doesn't nod to the enormous groove of this track, I really coundn't help you. To top it all off, Bon's lyrics are Genius:

"Little lover, I can't get you off my mind
Little Lover, I've been trying hard to find
someone to give me the things that I need, ow!

You had my picture
On your bedroom wall
Next to Gary Glitter, yeah
I was standing on the stage
Playing rock 'n' roll
I was a guitar picker, yeah
Never had a record
Never had a hit
Oh baby
You didn't mind a bit"

"She's got balls" has sleazy lyrics, backed by a distorted crunch. The closing title track rocks out splendidly.

"High Voltage" is an undeniable classic, for newcomers I'd recommend this as your first Bon Scott-Era album.

5-0 out of 5 stars High Voltage
AC/DC's debut album, High Voltage, is a stripped-down collection of loud, raw, rude rockers, mostly odes to rock & roll and its attendant hard-partying lifestyle -- to paraphrase the leadoff track, "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)," getting drunk, stoned, beat up, and laid. The band reveled in its own macho obnoxiousness, particularly Bon Scott; at the end of the gleefully sexist, double-entendre-filled "The Jack," Scott grandiosely thanks a hostile, booing dubbed-in crowd. While their sense of humor and clever wordplay made early AC/DC a great deal of sleazy, infectious fun, the band's revolutionary musical attack could not be overlooked -- Angus Young's manic guitar solos overlaid a series of simple, basic boogie grooves delivered with ferocious power and volume, a sound that made the band a popular attraction at British punk clubs around this same time. The formula would be refined on subsequent albums, but High Voltage proves that AC/DC were already in the big leagues.

4-0 out of 5 stars Awsome, but not perfect
Well, this cd is simply awsome. Period. Period. Period. Period. Period. Period. Period.Period. Period. Period. Period. Period. Period. Period. Period. Period. Period. Period. Period. Period. Period. Period. Period. Period. Period. Period. Period. Period. Period. Period. Period. Period. Period. Period.

keep saying this to yourself until you buy it.

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This cd is great but, as my Linkin Park loving friend told me, it does get a little boring after you listen to it a lot, but i made it a lot more exciting by playing the guitar part along with th cd and that was lots of fun. This music is fairly simple, yet has a catchyness to it that makes it great. The guitar parts aren't really complicated, but that doesn't matter cause it sounds awsome (plus then i can play along, im not very good at guitar, ive only been playing for 2 months, yet i had no problem playing along with tnt once i found the tabs. My favorite songs are the first five tracks. The ones after it don't seem to have as catchy lyrics, but that might be because i haven't listened to them enough to be able to sing along.

Also, when i first got this cd i was disappointed because when i listened to it i thought it was boring but after listening to it a few more times and paying close attention the guitar playing and lyrics, the songs became etched in my brain and thats were i like them.

4-0 out of 5 stars A must for any AC/DC fan
This album is one of my favorite AC/DC albums. The remastered version sounds so much better than the original CD. The drums, guitars, bass and vocals sound so crisp. Once again all the songs on this album deserve at least one listen to hear Bons great vocal range. Songs like Its a long way to the top,Rock N roll Singer,The Jack,Live Wire the hit single TNT, and High Voltage all gems. The funny thing is AC/DC never came to America to record an Album. Get this album. If your just getting into AC/DC get Let there Be rock. This album stands out from all the rest due to the more heavy guitar sound.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best version of High Voltage is right here.
Ive always loved High Voltage.The cd I used to have said it was remastered but this is a version that is remastered from that one.The sound is incredible.The guitar,the bass, the vocals,everything.This is the best version of one of their best albums.Nuff said. ... Read more


11. Fever
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Fever was released on a wave of publicity as the lead single, "Can't Get You out of My Head," battled on the U.K. charts with the debut effort of Spice diva Victoria Beckham--and it won spectacularly. Kylie Minogue's sound has progressed again since the disco-inspired Light Years, plundering the retro style of post-disco electro from the late 1970s and showing what might have happened if Kraftwerk had produced Donna Summer or Chic. Unlike most pop albums, or indeed pop artists, Fever is geared toward high-energy dance rather than pedestrian "I love lovin' you" ballads. Aside from the aforementioned hit single, another standout is "Give It to Me," a great piece of dance pop that has everything from Britney-style wailings to Basement Jaxx funk wrapped up with a catchy and typically suggestive chorus. The closest Minogue gets to a gentler moment is at the very end with "Burning Up," a breezy guitar progression with a laid-back melody, but it doesn't last long as the need to start dancing again takes hold and Fever breaks into some electro funk, finishing on a definite high. --David Trueman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A FABULOUS Electro-Pop Album from a Pop Goddess
Kylie has been tearing up the charts all around the globe for 14 years, has 34 top ten hits in the UK, peformed at the closing ceremony at the last Winter Olypmics, and has sold over 30 million albums worldwide (without the help of the US, mind you). She's finally getting her due here in the States... and THANK GOD! The production on this album is pristine with songs ranging from old-style disco to retro-80's super-pop to cutting edge dance tunes akin to Daft Punk and Basement Jaxx. Her voice, a fine-tuned instrument in and of itself, wraps itself around each melody with velvety precision. The number one world-wide smash, "Can't Get You Out of My Head" is a prime example of what this album holds in store for its listeners. Other stand out tracks are the naughty disco-tastic "In Your Eyes", the Ibiza flavored summer tune "Love at First Sight", and the ultra-cool "Fever" and "Give it to Me" which pay some serious homage to the music of the where-are-they-now girls of the 80's (i.e. a certain plucky Laker Girl named Paula). With such a stagnant pop-scene and a less than happy past year, this album is truly the thing to spice things up a bit. Let's hope we can give Kylie reason to stick around in the States for a while...I'm sure she'll make it worth our while.

4-0 out of 5 stars can't get this CD out of my boombox
Well, Kylie hits us again with "FEVER" the new CD. If you hurry up and order it, you can get 2 bonus tracks "Boy" and "Butterfly".

1. More more more- Not so good. I like the beat and the intro.
2. Love at first sight- THE BEST SONG IN THE CD!! I love this song its funky, hip hop, and up2date!
3. Can't get you outta my head- Getting old now, but still a good dance tune.
4. Fever- My favorite track on the album besides Love Affair
5. Give it to me- A good song but a little short.
6. Fragile- Great lyrics I've got2 say! A nice ballad to cool of the album.
7. Come into my world- A good song with a funky beat,
8. In your eyes- The lyrics are odd in a way but a nice tune!!
9. Dancefloor- I like the lyrics and the beat, so i guess its a good track then!
10. Love affair- Good lyrics. A good 3rd single.
11. Your love- I don't listen to this song that much but its alright.
12. Burning up- A GREAT SONG!!!... The begining you might change it but keep listening!! It gets better. The beat keeps up in the end and its a rockin song man!!
13. Boy- The best of the 2 bonus tracks
14. Butterfly- Its alright i guess.

Well, You need to catch Kylie's Fever because it is one of the best CD's of the year to me!

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3-0 out of 5 stars Minogue is a no-no
I bought this Kylie Minogue CD because I kinda liked her American breakout "I Can't"" and expected a disco/pop album like that of her big single, but didn't really enjoy the record on a whole. No great vocal talent except that of a karaoke queen in my opinion! Britney Spears at least has a distinctive sound. I like her new hit "Slow" from her latest release, but Minogue isn't that great. She's yet another in the industry's actress-to-singer formula, like Jennifer Lopez and Hilary Duff.

5-0 out of 5 stars When it catches
She had me at la, la, la, la...This is a great dance CD. Pop at its best. Her American competitors can't hold a candle to most of her songs on this CD. If you have any rhythm whatsoever, you'll appriciate this CD. Also, check out Body Language.

Standout songs: Love at first sight, can't get you out of my head, come into my world, in your eyes, burning up

4-0 out of 5 stars good cd
This cd is a preety good dance disc. It hits all the things that make a good dance cd, but thats as far as it goes. If your looking for something that has a bit more, then you might want to look elsewhere, but if you want a good dance disc look no further. ... Read more


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

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5-0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Rock Albums Ever!!!
Lets push aside the fact that AC/DC 1980 album is one of the top six best selling rock albums of all time! Truth be told under all it's glamour it remains an awesome album. Few bands have the guts to release a huge album like this after their original frontman died! So let give AC/DC that respect but what makes this album a true classic?

The answer well...the songs! The album was about Bon Scott for Bon Scott and apart from the talk of sex drugs and booze and death lies the simple fact that this is great music.
The album contains four hug hits those beng the title track BACK IN BLACK, the haunting HELLS BELLS, the popular YOU SHOOK ME ALL NIGHT LONG and thefast paced SHOOT TO THRILL. However the other songs are just as good as the classic quartet. HAVE A DRINK on me is a excellent tune as well as SHAKE A LEG is classic AC/DC. ROCK 'N ROLL AIN'T NOISE POLLUTION delivers a powerful message. The other tunes are decent but not groundbreaking GIVING THE DOG A BONE is good and HONEY WHAT DO YA DO FOR MONEY is interesting but LET ME PUT MY LOVEINTO YOU is rather excessive.

Overall Back in Black is an essential classic from AC/DC. Everyone should have this in their cd collection so do yourself a favour and go get it! Highly recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars BACK IN BLACK: The Perfect Rock Album
1980 was a year when we lost some true music giants. John Bonham, the legendary powerhouse drummer of Led Zeppelin, died on Sept. 25, 1980 after an all-day alcohol binge. John Lennon would be shot and killed three months later on Dec. 8, 1980. But the first rock tragedy of 1980 happened when AC/DC's original lead singer, Bon Scott, died in Feburary the same way Bonham would die (drink too much alcohol, fall sleep, choke to death). A lot of people thought that AC/DC would just quit and vanish like thin air.

They thought wrong. The hard rock legends rebounded with raspy-voiced singer Brian Johnson (who sounds eerily similar to Bon Scott) and made an album that stands the test of time. The result? BACK IN BLACK, one of the best hard rock records ever made. What can I say that hasn't been said all ready? This album is an absolute masterpiece, 42 minutes of raunchy, bone-crushing, three-chord heavy rock that is one of only three albums I have that contain NO bad songs (the other two being Led Zeppelin's first album and the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band").

The reason this album is so brilliant is because of how mind-bogglingly simple it is! Even though Angus Young is only playing three chords, his guitar solos are so awesome that he sounds like he's doing a lot. Enough of that. Let's get to the album. It begins with the scary "Hell's Bells," an ominous track that starts with ringing bells as Brian Johnson's menacing voice and Angus Young's guitar riff slides in. "Shoot To Thrill" is the most energetic tune about violence ever written. "What Do You Do For Money Honey," "Given the Dog a Bone," and "Let Me Put My Love Into You" show AC/DC at their raunchy best, as Brian Johnson's humorous sexual metaphors set the tone.

"Back In Black" and "You Shook Me All Night Long" are the well known songs off the album (and two of the best rock tracks PERIOD). "Have A Drink On Me" and "Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution" are great as well, but the BEST song on the entire record is "Shake A Leg," a song that starts with a slow drum groove courtesy of Phil Rudd and then pauses and then leads into a driving, intense guitar riff that never stops until the song is over. This is an excellent pump-up song and the ultimate headbanger's tune.

With powerful guitar riffs, killer bass/drum rhythms, and the catchiest lyrics around, BACK IN BLACK is one of my favorite albums and one of the best rock albums ever recorded. Hey, it didn't sell 19 million copies and become the sixth best-selling album of all time for nothing!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Its Just RockNRoll
No Frills, Fun Rock'n'Roll. Its just good fun. The key To ac/dc's Simpleness Is That its Fun. Not to be taken too seriously. We have enough Rocknroll Musical geniuses around to please us (Hendrix, beatles, Pink Floyd etc etc etc) , But who is their to keep us rockin Day and night - AC/DC.
Ac/dc never got bogged down In the downside of rocknroll with boring songs about heroin addiction and all that mumbo jumbo, They Kept it fun and exciting, And 20 years on its still more fun and exciting thay any of these Pathetic new bands.Rock On Fellas

HAVE A DRINK ON ME!

5-0 out of 5 stars back in black is back
back in black is probably the best album ive ever heard. the songs: hells bells, back in black and you shook me all night long
hit the top 10 list.

5-0 out of 5 stars A good example of AC/DC's idea of rock and roll
With a sale of 19 million copies and a reputation as one of rocks greatest albums, it is very easy to overlook Back in Black's faults, and quite simply, this aint no Led Zeppelin 4. The album has neither the astonishing musicianship of "Are You Experienced?" (Jimi Hendrix), the mysticism and inventiveness of "Led Zeppelin" or the heart and soul of "Rocks" (Aerosmith), and it is a wonder that Back in Black deserves to be mentioned among these titles. It has also abandoned many of the things that made their earlier albums great, such as the raw, unpolished sound of the guitars in "Powerage" and "Let There Be Rock",the band on the road tales of "High Voltage", and even the consistency of "Highway to Hell". In short, they have not advanced as musicians or changed their style enough from the previous albums to make it as exciting as it could have been, whereas albums like "Van Halen" prove to be far more inventive and revolutionary despite lacking depth. Despite these complaints, Back in Black is nevertheless a great album because of its playfulness and sense of fun throughout, especially on tracks like "You Shook Me All Night Long" and "Shoot to Thrill". And although the guitars have lost most of their raw appeal, Angus and Malcolm Young still manage to provide more memorable hooks and riffs than before. But what really makes Back In Black a success is AC/DC's never ending dedication to simple, loud and juvenile rock n' roll. ... Read more


13. Barricades & Brickwalls
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The hard-edged title cut kicking off this disc suggests that Kasey Chambers might be exploring an entirely different frontier than she did on her 2000 debut, The Captain, but the dozen tracks that follow are much more in line with the sparkling country-folk of her first album. That's good, because at this early stage in her career, there's no reason for Chambers to stray from her obvious strengths: simple but honest lyricism set to tastefully twangy instrumentation and spiked by her alternately sweet and sassy voice rising straight from the South (even if, in her case, it's South Australia). Various guest vocalists add breadth to the proceedings, with results that range from slightly disappointing (Lucinda Williams on "On a Bad Day") to effectively reflective (Paul Kelly on "I Still Pray") to wondrously evocative (Buddy Miller on"Runaway Train") to downright transcendent (Matthew Ryan on "Million Tears"). Mostly, though, it's Chambers's confidence and charm that shines brightly and clearly. --Peter Blackstock ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great Voice, Great Songs
Alt-Country is a genre that has made stars of alot of great artists: Lucinda Williams, Ryan Adams, Wilco, etc. Kasey Chambers is a new voice in this movement. The Australian born singer has a voice that reminds me of early Lucinda Williams, but with her own sassy twist(Lucinda Williams actually sings on 'On A Bad Day'). She truly knows what really great country music is, but she takes that and to me says: 'I am Kasey Chambers, and this is my music, like it or not.' A great young singer with a voice of an angel. But don't let her looks fool you, she is a truly gifted singer-songwriter who seems to have a passion for what she sings and what she writes. From Pure Alt- Contry('Runaway Train') to Honky-Tonk('A Little Bit Lonesome') you can tell that Kasey Chambers has pure genuine talent and is going to be around for a long while.

4-0 out of 5 stars Amzing lyrics, haunting voice
On a ten hour road trip to Texas, my friend and I had to break up the monotony of flat, dusty roads by introducing each other to new music. I played Patty Griffin for her, and she played Kasey Chambers for me. I had no idea how much I'd fall in love with this CD. I do not like most country music, because the majority of singers don't write their music and it's unbelieveably corny. Chambers however, fuses country and folk, writes her own material and speaks from her heart and mind. Once you get past the pitch and range of her voice (and at times you may have to turn down your stereo), you realize what a talented individual she is.

Although all the songs are good in their own right, I am particularly moved by "A Million Tears." The lyrics are heartbreaking, frank, and honest: "Do you wanna ride in my car? / It's parked out on the street / Or just stay with me awhile / Before I fall asleep / Take these tears / Wash your skin / I'm having trouble breathing / Since you walked in. . ." Another heartbreaker is "Not Pretty Enough." Chambers ask the question that everyone thinks in a relationship: "Am I not pretty enough? / Is my heart too broken? / Do I cry too much? / Am I too outspoken? / Don't I make you laugh? / Should I try it harder? / Why do you see right through me?"

From full-on country ("A Little Bit Lonesome"), to soft ballads ("Nullarbor Song"), to heartbreakers like "A Million Tears" and "Not Pretty Enough," Kasey Chambers' "Barricades & Brickwalls" is one of the best American CDs to come around in a long time. . .and she's Australian.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
I first heard Kasey when my mom bought her CD, and since then I have been constantly borrowing it. It's just wonderful. Kasey is able to turn everyday emotions into wonderful, wonderful songs. I absolutely love this CD and I wish that other will hear her amazing talent, too.
1. Sort of a rock song, but not really. Very good. 4/5
2. I love this song. Shows feminism and the real meaning of beauty. 5/5
3. I didn't like this song. Good lyrics, but not the best. 3/5
4. Allright. Like 1, is a rock song. 3.5/5
5. This song annoys the crap out of me. Just a bit ttttooo country for me. 2/5
6. A very, very beautiful song that I could relate to ("I will learn to live in a new town/but my heart is staying here. ")5/5
7. Also a lovely love song. Very beautiful 5/5
8. Okay. 4/5
9. My favorite song! It is just gorgeous and beautiful with perfect music, lyrics, everything. 6/5
10. Allright. 3/5
11. My mom's favorite song. Is a very good song for self-esteem. Is a very good feel-good song. 4.5/5
12. First song is good, but IGNORANCE is breathtaking. Instead of hearing Britney Spears singing about flat "love" songs, you can listen to Kasey on the guitar singing about the unnoticed problems that the world has ("if you're not p***ed off at the world, then you're just not paying attention"). Just so beautiful, and for a good cause. I STILL PRAY: 4/5 IGNORANCE: 5/5
I promise you that it you buy this CD, you will not regret it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Holy Cow!
I got this cd almost exactly a year after hearing "Not Pretty Enough" on a sampler cd I got from purchasing a present for someone. I immediatly fell in love with the song, mainly because it put my feelings into words about someone. After listening to the one song for a year, my boyfriend finally got me Barricades and Brickwalls for christmas. It's awesome, and I'm listening to it now! Her voice is amazing, with a touch of breathiness that adds to the overall effect. The lyrics are another thing, so thoughtfully written out and sung from her own heart. She actually wrote the songs herself. I've never been a country fan, but the cd is making me change my view (very slowly!). I love this girl!

5-0 out of 5 stars Essential Listening
This is simply one of the best CDs I own. I am a huge Lucinda Williams fan and bought this out of curiousity (due to her praise and back-up on one track). Chamber's voice is perfect for the thoughts she expresses, and the lyrics are touching, humourous, and insightful. You won't be disappointed, I still listen to it often even after many months. ... Read more


14. Little River Band - Greatest Hits
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5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific Australian "import"...
A great album from an underrated and relatively obscure 80's band. Unlike many groups that advertise an album as a Greatest Hits compilation, this one is the real deal. Practically every major LRB song is part of this CD. It's was nice to see the catchy "Face in the Crowd" included as well as the terrific "It's a Long Way There" with it's sharp guitar work.

I bought the first "Greatest Hits" album from LRB back in the early 90's and was not disappointed. This "new" GH album is a great addition to any collection. The extra cuts have really made this a super album!

Of course, well-known favorites such as "Lonesome Loser", "Reminiscing", and "Happy Anniversary" are prominently displayed. But, from a personal standpoint, put me down for "The Night Owls" and "The Other Guy" as my favorites.

Regardless of which LRB cut is your favorite, OR if this is your first contact with this Australian group, you will not be disappointed! Highly recommended and, might I say, it's about time that a full CD of LRB's greatest hits is available.

1-0 out of 5 stars Idiots running the music business
This is a great example of what the music business has become, and the losers that make stupid decisions like cutting short the wonderful guitar solos in "It's a Long Way There". I will be pursuing getting my money back. What I want to know is WHO IS THE LOSER THAT MADE THAT CALL ??

5-0 out of 5 stars Belongs In Your Collection
If you've ever heard and liked a song by the Little River Band, then this really is a must-have cd. I originally owned the previous version of the GH, but it was swiped by a friend. There are at least 10 songs on this album that are worth owning. The disc sounds great and is a fantastic bargain at this price. Buy it...listen to it...you won't regret it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Steer clear
If you thought the original 'Little River Band' album was a strong opener from a new rock band and marked a stand against the oncoming drone of disco in the 70's, steer clear of this album. I lost track of this band after their first couple of albums. This compilation demonstrates that some bands will alter their music to stay commercial whatever the cost. Following their legitimate hit of 'It's a Long Way There' and facing the disco onslaught, LRB molded their songs into generally forgettable middle of road odes to love and even bordered on being termed a disco band. And don't buy it for a remastered 'It's a Long Way There'; the version on the CD is some truncated short version.

1-0 out of 5 stars What happened to the original cut?
I started listening to the Little River Band in the 70's when I was a kid. My oldest brother loved them and he had several 8 tracks. Then my oldest brother moved out and my middle brother started listening to them in the early 80's and I liked them even more. I bought this greatest hits back in 1994 and I really loved it, but then I lost that version and I bought this new version of the greatest hits. I AM VERY DISSAPOINTED IN IT!!!!! THEY HAVE CHANGED THE SOUND OF THE BAND ON SONGS LIKE "MAN ON YOUR MIND", "LADY" JUST TO NAME A FEW. Well this is not okay with me, and I don't even want this cd anymore. Can anyone tell me how to get a copy of the old greatest hits. You know, the ones that haven't been touched. Please tell me there is such a version out there........In the meantime, don't waste your money on this album if you like how the band sounded years ago.

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15. A Brief History...
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1-0 out of 5 stars One problem
The song brain damage seems to be a complete rip of Iggy Pop's The Passenger, which is a fantastic song.I have not heard anything else on this album and though brain damage was certainly well played, a 1 star is warranted for completely cribbing a song.When I say completely, I mean it's not even close.

5-0 out of 5 stars A brief review
From their early days busking outside supermarkets in far north Queensland, gigging in remote pubs and mines to their recent sell out shows around the country, the Waif's career encompasses music that has been forged in the fires of long days and months on the road, crappy day jobs and an honest and admirable desire to make uncompromisingly good music at the expense of an easy living. They have paid their dues and now, it would seem are reaping their just rewards. This double live album is a synopsis of their career to date and, in contrast to it's eulogical title, gives the unacquainted a splendid insight into what has gone before and more importantly what, possibly, is yet to come.

Recorded in venues as diverse as the Athenaeum in Melbourne, the Metro in Sydney, the Belvoir Amphitheatre in Perth and Tilley's in Canberra, one could expect the sound to be a little patchy over its thirty one tracks. These fears however are quickly dispelled by the sparkling clarity of the opening track, right on through the duration of the album whole. Either because of the intimacy of some of these venues or as a testament to the bands selection process these tracks sparkle with crystal clear acoustics and a bright balanced tone. All of those Waifs mainstays are here, London Still, Lighthouse, Crazy Train and the musicianship, groove and interaction they are performed with here is nothing short of sumptuous.

There are moments of musical splendor here that, for me, rise above the others, like Vikki Simpson's jaw-dropping harp solo at the start of Crazy Train (ala Sonny Terry's "Hootin' Blues"), that even after dozens of listens, still gives me goose-bumps. Josh Cunningham's bright, twangy acoustic guitar work here is tasteful, lavish and full of that major key warmth that permeates much of these tracks.I am surprised at how he has slipped under the radar for so long as he is simply, an astonishingly accomplished guitarist. This is evident on some extremely elegant solos in songs like "Lies", "Brain Damage" and a rollicking version of Dylan's "Don't think twice it's alright".

There is none of the twee `audience participation' moments one would expect from a double live album, rather there is a superb and witty dialogue, not only between the audience and band but between the band members themselves. Listen to the raucous appreciation from the female portion of the crowd, for Vicky's tongue in cheek pontificating during "Haircut"or the downright hilarious moment when Josh Cunningham's mobile phone starts buzzing the mike reception during the still intimacy of one of Donna Simpson's more somber vocal moments.

I cannot praise this album more highly, it faithfully encapsulates the mood and swinging momentum of this amazing band. It actually feels like a good night out in a buzzing venue listening to great music - which, after all, is what a live album should be all about don't you think ?

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing
I must preface this by admitting that I have had very poor luck with live albums, in general. Something just usually gets lost in translation, whether it be poor sound quality, crowd noise, etc., and I am usually left disappointed.

This double-album is so very different, thankfully. The only reason that I chanced purchasing it is because The Waifs blew me away when I saw them in concert in May, 2003 in Tampa. Believe me when I tell you that this offering replicates the live experience beautifully!! The sound quality is terrific...very crisp and clear; very pleasing to this picky ear. While all of their songs are represented well, my favorites are "Gillian" (with great crowd interaction) and the beautiful "Bridal Train" (both live and studio versions). Every trip through this CD gives me a greater appreciation for Josh's amazing guitar playing and Vicki's harmonica talent. Truly.

Simply put, if you are one of the thousands who count themselves as musically-blessed after having been exposed to The Waifs in person, you must add "A Brief History" to your collection. If you have never seen them live OR your Waifs exposure is a limited one, THIS is the opportunity for you to get a taste of the Waifs experience and be forever thankful that you did. I know I am.

5-0 out of 5 stars Get on board!
The Waifs are an Australian folk institution. They have been touring around Oz for ten years or so, and their momentum just grows and grows. In recent years they have also taken the US by storm, and have become festival favourites. Even Dylan has had them as a regular support act - and he certainly knows a good folk act when he sees it.

And that is what this double live album captures - a great live band, singing pretty well all their best material, as if you were seeing them at a festival. In fact, the album is collated from a number of gigs taken from all types of venues (I was at one of them, in fact) but the show sounds seamless on record. Their charisma and basic charm shines out in the performances captured here, which are all well recorded.

The real frontline of the band are two sisters, with broad Aussie accents, but aided and abetted by a spouse and a floating support band/rhythm section. But it is the songs that tell the story. Try "London Still", "Crazy Train", or "The Haircut". Warm, clever, and funny - but also moving and artistic. I am not sure where the Waifs go from here - this album certainly brings them to a watershed - but this collection stands as their peak so far. One of the year's best.

5-0 out of 5 stars Waifs on a roll!!!
If you love these great folk sylists from Down Under, you will love this disc....not too slick or too rough.....just right...and spirited audience response sets it all off.
They win over unsuspecting crowds around the world,...I witnessed this at the New Orleans Jazz Fest a few years ago where I and the curiousity seekers were captured for the whole set!(hope they're back in Louisiana soon!)
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16. Air Supply - Greatest Hits [Arista]
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This Aussie Pop Duo Ruled the Charts and the Airwaves During the Early 1980's, Churning Out Hit Ballad after Hit Ballad. Arista's Compilation Here Captures Nine of their Greatest, Including 'lost in Love', 'every Woman in the World', 'making Love Out of Nothing at All', 'here I Am' and More. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Played it over and over since purchasing it!
This CD was one of the best recent purchases I've made! I have only had it a few weeks and I must have listened to it at least 6 times already. I graduated from high school in 1980 and this music brought back some great memories of actually being on my own and just starting college. I am only a little embarrassed to admit that I love the mellow tunes and sweet lyrics that defined Air Supply. Any music that can instantly transport you back to a time of fond memories; making your own decisions, old boyfriends, and great friends, is worth having in your collection. One especially nice characteristic of this CD is that the selections maintain a continuos mood. You can get wrapped up in it and stay there for awhile because the songs are similar in tempo and content. It may be a little sappy for most guys, but I think women, especially in their 30's (yikes!) would enjoy it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Exemplary display of love ballad prowess at it's finest!
You have to respect the genius of a group that can, without having to resort to using thunderous guitars (Megadeth, Pantera)or earth shattering bass (almost all modern R&B groups)still somehow grab your very soul and take it for an emotional ride not letting go until the very last harmonic crescendo. "Air Supply: Greatest hits" sets out with a very defined mission. To allow the listener to experience the deepest levels of romantic expression in the most addictive way possible. And man does it ever deliver. From one tune to the next it is never difficult to open your heart and let it cry out in joy, remembrance, longing and even youthful arrogance. To let it join in the soaring melodies of pure unadulterated, and unashamed realities of the feelings that can grow from love. (Almost ninety percent of Air Supply's songs include "love" in the title). Never before has a group been able to succeed so completely in that very common of goals. Listen to it and find out how much feeling is waiting just around the next spin of the disk.

3-0 out of 5 stars Another Dated Collection - but did well for its time
This is a very dated collection of greatest hits. It was released back in 1983. At the time, it probably was a very good greatest hits collection. It contains 9 songs that do capture the best of what Air Supply offered during this period. Since then, there is a more complete collection called "Ultimate Air Supply" that will give you every song offered on this CD - and more (including post 1983 material). I bought 'Greatest Hits' as a way to start my Air Supply collection about 20 years ago.

The Liner Notes are thin. There isn't much insight you are going to get into the band from this particular CD. But the liner notes, do tell you who participated on what instruments and vocals on the songs, however they fail to tell you what album the songs are from. The songs really aren't sequenced in order of release (which I like to see on a Greatest Hits CD).

For the most part, the portfolio of songs you expect would be on this CD. The only song that is missing from this period is "Two Less Lonely People in the World". Perhaps this is due to the fact that this was released at the beginning of the CD period and this was really more of an LP release, so there was limited space to include songs on LP. The song does include a new song called "Making Love Out of Nothing at All". This is a high point of the collection. Usually "new" songs on a Greatest Hits collection are average, but this one might be one the best songs that Air Supply ever released. Some interesting notes on this song is that Jim Steinman, the man behind Meat Loaf's 'Bat Out of Hell' collection produced this song. The song almost has a Steinman theme to it with all of the keyboards. The song also has a Bruce Springsteen influence as E Street Band members Roy Brittan does Piano and Synthesizer and Max Weinberg does drums. Finally Rick Derringer does guitar work Who would have thought a Jim Steinman, Bruce Springsteen, and Rick Derringer influence on an Air Supply song???

This song really marks the peak of Air Supply's creative and commercial success. After this, they never achieved the type of success that they had in the early 80s.

Chances are, if you do get this CD - you probably are going to get it either used or at some sort of bargain sale. And if you can get a good price on it, go for it. Otherwise I'd recommend the 'Ultimate' collection is the way to go as the way to start up your Air Supply collection. Air Supply is a great group and the content is still there on the CD. My advice there are better places to start with Air Supply.

3-0 out of 5 stars What's Here Is Great, What's Not Isn't!
For the longest time, this was the only greatest hit album you could have of Air Supply. What's here is great, but obviously they had more hits than that. Because there are more recent "greatest hit" albums with more songs, you don't need this. It's really embarassing that there are ONLY nine songs which make this collection skimpy. Get "Ultimate..." or "Now and Forever..." instead. However, if you are just a casual fan, then this may be all you need.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome for what it is....
I was born in 1977, so I was too young to understand a lot of the lyrics, but my best memories of my family (especially my father) before they divorced were put to this music in my memories. I've always been affected by music, and the beautiful melodies on these tunes (especially Even the Nights Are Better) are some of the best I've heard. If you're a fan of Air Supply, get this album, and close your eyes...savor the memories that will immediately return upon the opening finger-picked guitar notes of Lost in Love. I know I treasure those memories.

And one more thing...hey, if you're going to review an album, review the album for what it is! You actually bought this album expecting something other than sugary, sentimental ballads?? How ridiculous is that expectation? That's like renting a Monty Python movie, and expecting something serious! How about you get some realistic expectations? ... Read more


17. Greatest
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Did the Bee Gees get too big too fast on their second run at fame? This compilation suggests the answer is yes; their early self-reinvention as a disco-soul act yielded fabulous singles like "Jive Talkin'" and the unstoppable Saturday Night Fever trilogy of "How Deep Is Your Love," "Stayin' Alive," and "Night Fever," but by the end of the '70s the inspiration was gone. Bland follow-ups like "Too Much Heaven" and "Love You Inside Out" are at a minimum here, though, making Greatest for the most part an honorable alternative to the SNF soundtrack, should you want one. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The definitive collection of their disco music
There have, of course, been many compilations of Bee Gees music but this one focuses specifically on the late seventies disco phase of their career.

The recordings here begin in 1975, when the Bee Gees were just starting to get into disco music, and end in 1979, when this phase of their career ended. All the famous songs from the period are here including Jive talking, Night fever, Tragedy, You should be dancing, Staying alive, How deep is your love and Too much heaven.

Also here are the Bee Gees' original versions of songs that became hits for others. These include If I can't have you (a transatlantic hit for Yvonne Elliman), Love me (a UK top ten hit for Yvonne Elliman), More than a woman (a transatlantic hit for Tavares), Rest your love on me (an American country number one hit for Conway Twitty) and Nights on Broadway (a UK top ten hit for Candi Staton, but an American hit for the Bee Gess).

There are some other great songs here that you won't normally find on other Bee Gees compilations - songs like Love so right, You stepped into my life and Children of the world.

You can get the big hits on a career-spanning compilation covering their music over several decades and you can also get many of these songs on re-issues of the original albums on which they appeared, but there is something appealing about this compilation. It sets its own mood because the songs all fit together so well. If you are only interested in the Bee Gees for their disco music or if (like me) you appreciate being able to play their disco music separately from all their other stuff, this is ideal.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best Bee Gees Greatest Hits collection ever!
An excellent disco era faze collection with two great double CD's has all the brothers Gibb Barry, Maurice and Robin. Boogie classics style funky music hits ever. Like songs they sing are highlighted with "Staying Alive", "How Deep Is Your Love", "You Should Be Dancing" and "More Than A Woman" from the Saturday Night Fever movie soundtrack phenomenon trilogy. These were most popular tunes that I remember back then from the past. Again the best works compilation disc ever included with 20 song tracks in this Bee Gees mid seventies CD right here!

5-0 out of 5 stars It's Surely Greatest
Bee Gees finished off with the disco era with their album Spirits Having Flown. After writing the song Don't Throw It All Away (Our Love) for Andy Gibb, their younger brother, they released this double LP. All the songs in this album are picked from Main Course (Night on Broadway, Jive Talkin', Fanny (Be Tender With My Love), Wind of Change), Children of the World (Children of the World, Love Me, Love So Right, You Should be Dancing, You Stepped Into My Life), Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack (Stayin' Alive, How Deep Is Your Love, Night Fever, More Than a Woman), and Spirits Having Flown (Tragedy, Too Much Heaven, Love You Inside Out, and Spirits (Having Flown)). With some songs from the singles A and B sides: Stayin' Alive (If I Can't Have You),and Too Much Heaven (Rest Your Love on Me).
Don't Throw It All Away was recorded during this LP since it was never released elsewhere before other the Andy Gibb's CD.

4-0 out of 5 stars Well - actually the best stuff from their greatest period
"Bee Gees Greatest" covers the work of the Brothers Gibb during their most successful period of their careers, 1975-1979. This was the period when the Bee Gees adopted their trademark sound and became associated with the forefront of the "Disco" movement. This greatest hits collection contains 20 songs encompassing four albums: "Main Course", "Children of the World", "Saturday Night Fever", and "Spirits Having Flown". There are also 2 "B" side singles and one 'unreleased' song that are a part of the 20 songs. The nice thing is that this CD basically contains every song you would expect from a Greatest Hits collection by the Bee Gees with really the only weak point being that the work from their early period is missing. This collection was released in 1979. It is worth noting that the Bee Gees had put out several Greatest Hits albums already covering the early work and that there is a Boxed Set entitled "Tales From the Brothers Gibb".

My feeling is the strength of the Bee Gees has always been the vocals. Yes they had some catchy beats, but it was the unique harmonies of the Brothers Gibb that made those catchy beats and Disco-esque rhythms work. This collection will represent those strong vocals well - and of course contain those catchy beats.

The singles from "Main Course" are well represented. The album "Main Course" really launched the 2nd phase of the Bee Gees career which is what the "Greatest" collection focuses on. It contains the hits "Jive Talkin", "Nights on Broadway", "Fanny (Be Tender With My Love)", and "Wind of Change". The latter two songs "Fanny" and "Wind of Change" often are forgotten songs, but are two of the better songs done by the Bee Gees - both contain some great harmonies. "Fanny" reminds me of a "bridge" between the early work of the Bee Gees and what was still to come in the late 70s. "Wind of Change" has some absolutely terrific harmonies by Barry Gibb.

The album "Children of the World" is often forgotten when looking at the history of the Bee Gees, but "Greatest" represents it very well. "You Stepped Into My Life", "Love So Right", "Love Me", "Children of the World", and "You Should Be Dancing" are included. Yes, "You Should Be Dancing" was on the Saturday Night Fever album and movie to follow, but it was actually a 1976 song by the Bee Gees. Apparently John Travolta used this song to rehearse his dancing in SNF and lobbyed hard to get it included in the movie - thus it was included in the soundtrack.

All of the big hits from "Saturday Night Fever" that were contributed by the Bee Gees are here. These need no explanation here. "Stayin Alive", "How Deep is Your Love", "Night Fever", "More Than a Woman" (Bee Gees version), and "If I Can't Have You" are on here. "If I Can't Have You" was actually sung by Yvonne Ellman on the SNF album, but it also was a B side to "Stayin Alive" (the Bee Gees are the actual authors of this song). Simply put - the Bee Gees version is superior and I am glad they included it on this collection (part of it almost sounds like a precursor to 'Tragedy'). Technically "Jive Talkin" and "You Should Be Dancing" were also on the SNF album.

"Spirits Having Flown" was the monster follow-up to SNF. That album was the last big selling studio album done by the Bee Gees. "Too Much Heaven", "Tragedy", "Love You Inside Out", and "Spirits Having Flown" are represented on here. There is also a B side from "Too Much Heaven" called "Rest Your Love on Me". I find this song most interesting - it has almost a country-western feel to it. It is a nice change of pace.

The unreleased song is "Our Love (Don't Throw it Away)". This technically wasn't an "unreleased song". This song is most remembered on the incredible 1998 album "One Night Only" in which the Bee Gees 'sing' with the recorded track of their late brother Andy Gibb. In that performance I remember feeling the emotion of how they lost their younger brother. This song was actually a song written by the Brothers Gibb for Andy Gibb's "Shadow Dancing" album. The version included here is the Bee Gees recording of it.

As for the layout of the collection, one thing that is also disappointing is that the songs are not in chronological order. I usually prefer a greatest hits collection to follow a sequential format and with today's CD randomization capabilities, I will then let the technology randomly select my songs. Perhaps the Brothers Gibb were looking to mix things up back in the days of LPs, 8 Tracks, and Cassettes which was the norm for this period of time. It is also worth noting that when this collection was released in 1979, it was released as a double LP. This collection is also a double CD and each CD contains 10 songs. The liner notes do a nice job at listing the songs and credits. It also does a nice job at mapping the albums back to the songs. The weak part is that the lyrics aren't included. I also would have liked a writeup about this period of their careers as well - but I do realize this was originally an LP and not a CD and that just wasn't as common back in 1979.

If you are looking to capture the hits of the Brothers Gibb at their peaks, this is the CD to buy. Keep in mind it does cover a limited period and doesn't fully represent the body of work the Bee Gees would do from a recording and a songwriting standpoint.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bee Gees Gold,Volumes 2 & 3
In the mid-70's,the Brothers Gibb released GOLD,their first compilation on the RSO label. The songs on that album were all previously released,originally on their first label,Atco. On this later compilation,GREATEST,are their hit songs from 1975 to 1979,the year of this release. This was a 2 LP set,a single cassette and a 2 CD set. 20 ass-kicking tunes that will make many people move! From MAIN COURSE are NIGHTS ON BROADWAY,the megahit JIVE TALKIN',WIND OF CHANGE and FANNY(BE TENDER WITH MY LOVE). From CHILDREN OF THE WORLD are the title track,YOU SHOULD BE DANCING,LOVE SO RIGHT,YOU STEPPED INTO MY LIFE and LOVE ME. It should have BOOGIE CHILD on it since it was a Top 20 hit also. From SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN are the title track,TRAGEDY,TOO MUCH HEAVEN and LOVE YOU INSIDE OUT. From the SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER soundtrack are STAYIN' ALIVE,HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE,NIGHT FEVER and MORE THAN A WOMAN. The original tracks on this album are their own cover of IF I CAN'T HAVE YOU which was a hit for Yvonne Elliman and the B-side of STAYIN' ALIVE,Barry Gibb's personally penned REST YOUR LOVE ON ME,which the late Conway Twitty would record also and a cover of OUR LOVE(DON'T THROW IT ALL AWAY),which was a hit for their late brother Andy Gibb. Except for OUR LOVE,REST YOUR LOVE ON ME,WIND OF CHANGE,YOU STEPPED INTO MY LIFE,CHILDREN OF THE WORLD and SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN,the songs on this album would appear on the Gibbs' ultimate compilation THEIR GREATEST HITS-THE RECORD. ... Read more


18. Back In Black
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Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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CD AUDIO SIDE: Entire Album

DVD SIDE: * Entire album in enhanced LPCM Stereo * The film The Story of Back in Black, featuring interviews with the band, archival footage, and in-studio performances of "Hells Bells," "You Shook Me All Night Long," "Rock And Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution," "Shoot to Thrill," and more * DiscographyThis disc is intended to play on standard DVD and CD players. May not play on a limited number of models. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars review based on sound quality only
i love the album, but i must strongly disagree with some other reviewers saying that the dvd side sounds better than the cd side, i have good gear (not a home theater in a box)i couldnt tell the difference even in a blind test, and no one i got to listen to it could tell either. the only difference between sides is 16 bit 44.1 khz for cd, and 16 bit 48 khz for dvd.
amazon should really address this issue and get a backbone and post the truth about all sony/bmg dual disc titles. but like everyone else, amazon is probably petrified of sony.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this CD!
I am one of the few people that buys all of his music (instead of illegal downloading) because I want to support the artists that I like. When I buy a CD I always make a copy so I can burn a back-up, play it in my portable player, make my own mixed cd,etc. These new "Dual Discs CANNOT be copied/ripped on a computer!!!!! I have tried 4 different programs and it wont work. In my opinion it ruins the way that I want to use the music I purchased. I will NEVER again buy a dual disc. What sense does it make if you cant listen to the music the way that you want to enjoy it.

BE WARNED. BOYCOTT THE DUAL DISC!

3-0 out of 5 stars Back In Black At Its Best, Unfortunately
Unfortunately, This is the best version of 'Back in Black' ever released. The DVD side of this disc is nothing more than a PCM stereo version of the album and a 23 minute documentary (not 30 minutes as advertised). There is also a discography but it is easily bested by many of those on-line like www.acdc-discography.com My documentary also abruptly interrupts Brian at about 8 minutes 15 seconds. So much more could have been done with this package, photos, lyrics, a digital version of the paper booklet that comes with the disc. Mind you, this is a review of the package. The music as everyone knows is some of the best rock ever written. Don't shell out your hard earned dollars for a sub par product. Keep downloading until the music studios get a clue an offer a product that is both loaded with high quality content and offered at a fair price. Consumers deserve value.

1-0 out of 5 stars Warning for those with a DVD-Audio player!
I know another reviewer warned European buyers that it wouldn't play on their DVD-Video or DVD-Audio players, but it's not just Europe - it's the U.S. too!
I have a DVD-Audio player in my car (Acura TL) and it would NOT play the DVD side of this disk.
I found out too late that the DVD side of dual disks can come in different formats.Apparently the Nine Inch Nails dual disk is DVD-A compatible, but I'm not sure which others are.
Amazon needs to provide more details on which format the DVD side of these dual disks contain!

5-0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I was looking for
Musically, it's AC/DC - odds are, you already have an opinion.
Technically, the DVD-A side is indeed PCM stereo (not one of the lossy DVD-A options) and sounds better than the traditional CD audio.I was also able to rip the CD side into iTunes, albiet slowly, probably due to the evil DRM stuff on the CD.
Not only did the DVD-A side sound better, but the DVD was actually mastered correctly!You do NOT need a television to enjoy the improved audio quality.Most DVD-A discs I've encountered require using the menu just to listen to music, and hitting track ahead doesn't alway take you to the next track as you'd expect.This disc is perfect in that regard - insert disc, hit play! ... Read more


19. Fingers Crossed
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Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Australia's Coolest Band Ever?
Looking throught the other reviews, I notice a lot of references to Belle and Sebastian as well as the twee genre. While the layered production of disperate instruments ranging from trumpet to thumb piano, and soft, harmonized vocals occassionally recall Scotland's finest (I'm really being geographically referential, aren't I?), the music on Fingers Crossed is undeniably its own beast.

Though the music is always honey sweet, Architecture in Helsinki shows a lot of range on this album. Taking the amazon listening samples as examples, "One Heavy February" starts the album on a synthy, new wave note, "Souveniers" is an example of the twee influence, although the dense instrumentation (per the jacket cover, 11 instruments are used) creates a more compelling texture, "Imaginary Ordinary" is a weird haltering song -- undoubtedly the sparcest on the album -- with electronica influences, "Scissor Paper Rock" sounds like a cheesy 70's song thrown together with a cheesy 80's song, and "To and Fro" sounds like The Sea and Cake with orchestral backing.

While the listening samples show the album's range, the real highlights occur later on with pretty songs like "Spring 2008," and groovier, alomst Stereolab-esque songs like "Kindling" and "Where You've Been Hiding."

I personally think this album is awesome, but I give it only four stars, because it is a little schizophrenic. Regardless, I think it would be a great purchase for anyone whose musical interests aren't completely straightforward, so if you're not put off by track one, I think this is probably for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Guilty pleasure, in deeper ways than you think
The first time I listened to this was also the moment I picked up Lolita for the first time - a fabulously entertaining read, by the way. This was pure coincidence, but they complemented each other in subject matter. Descriptions of innocent young Lolita fit the first few listens, as both rang with cuteness and cheap appeal, but as I became aware of the evil in Humbert Humbert's desire I became aware that this album was just too cute to be. Here I realized this album's dark heart, the horrible transience of the experience it personified (innocence) and, consequently, the inherently foreboding nature of every broken falsetto, every childish bell. By the time this record became devastating, Humbert Humbert was an emotional wreck. Architecture in Helsinki are pop geniuses and more, delivering syrupy intellectual fulfillment.

4-0 out of 5 stars 21st Century Twee
Finding a happy (perhaps even giddy) medium between baroque and electronic pop, Architecture in Helsinki's debut fuses the multi-instrumentalism and twee mentality of bands like Belle & Sebastian with soothing, trance-inducing analog synths. Admittedly, the album has a questionable start. While the group's female vocalist is very smooth, the childlike, male vocals can be a bit cloying at first. This problem mainly persists throughout the first six tracks which, on the whole, are pleasant, if unimpressive and occasionally too cute. However, 'The Owls Go', the album's seventh track and creative centerpiece, plays out like the opening of some creative floodgate. Blending the group's style with a tighter focus and a handful of sound collages, 'The Owls Go' propels the album into a second half that is nothing short of classic. Toning down the twee-ness of the vocals and constructing songs around tighter melodies, tracks like 'Fumble', 'Kindling', and the album's glorious climax, 'City Calm Down', indicate that Architecture in Helsinki are a promising fresh face in a genre often faulted for its tendency to mine past trends for ideas.

4-0 out of 5 stars out of left field
This is a record I have listened to again and again. The name alone makes me want to hate it. But it seems to work perfectly at the end of the day. This is their first record. They come off as a Belle and Sebastian type group from Melbourne. They have been honing their unique sound for four years. They are like a school band with an assortment of instruments. They like to combine electronic sounds with great vocals and organic instruments and everyday noise, in songs like "Imaginary Ordinary." The song "Scissor Paper Rock" is more like the Swedish band Cinnamon. "Like A Call" is reminiscent of early Paul McCartney solo, post-Beatles, pre-Wings. This is a great musical band that seems to come out of nowhere every few years. Maybe this is the next Sigur Ros?

5-0 out of 5 stars Cuteness overload
This is definitely one of the best surprises of 2004, as well as one of the best albums of 2004. The music is overwhelming cute, but sonically sparse. The group uses plenty of different noises, but rarely layers many sounds at once. The music is not so much a wall as it is a series of sounds, vocals, and melodies patiently waiting their turns to meet you. The individual sounds include picked guitar, bells, horns, synths, spare drum programming, and breathy vocals. The male vocals sound a bit forced and goofy, but the female vocals are intoxicating. Awesomely cute female vocals are certainly not new to any fans of Enon, Deerhoof, or any other band with a female singer who has no feminist agenda, but these people know that you can never have enough cute female vocals. Add to the vocals the novel musical backing, and you've got a winner.

The chorus to "Fumble" sounds familiar. Was it used in a commercial? ... Read more


20. Frogstomp
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4-0 out of 5 stars A good CD
When I bought this CD, I wasn't to sure of what I was getting. I heard Tommorrow and was quite amazed to here that the song was written while they were 14. I bought the CD and listened to it straight through. I found a pattern in most of the songs. They usually start out mellow, slowly get heavier, then all of a sudden, BOOM! Daniel John's vocals rip through the speakers! Although this is good, there is such thing as too much of a good thing. Israel's Son is a good song, with the ending in your head for days. Tommorrow, amazing. Pure Massacre, a great, mellow, depressing song. Suicidal Dream is my personal favorite, another mellow song. This is followed by Madman, a silverchair classic. This instrumental (almost) is an awesome tune. The lyrics are mostly about death and depressing matters. 'I kill myself/I'll put my head in the noose'. Lyrics are one of the few problems on this CD. Overall, considering age and that this is their first album, is a great CD, worth picking up if you're into the grunge thing.

3-0 out of 5 stars Very impressive considering their age - 3.5 stars
With a sound that appealed to angst-ridden teens and a look that attracted teen girls, Silverchair hit on a formula that was bound to be huge. Their debut album, Frogstomp, is quite impressive considering that the members of SC were all around the age of 15 when they recorded it. Some of the songs are heavy and in the vein of bands like Helmet and ... yes, Nirvana. Their flaws come out when they get sentimental, on songs like "Shade", which had vocals and lyrics that made me cringe. Lyrics are a weakness of the band, with such goofy lines as "I fantasize about my death / I'll kill myself from holding my breath" (from "Suicidal Dream"). Those flaws aside, they still manage to come up with intense rockers that tackle powerful themes, with the strongest tracks being "Israel's Son", "Tomorrow", "Faultline", and "Undecided". This band was at its best when they pounded out harder rock songs, but they've taken a turn for the worst with their later albums. When they turn the volume down, that only makes the band's weak areas more apparent. There is better rock in this genre (some would call it "grunge") out there, like Soundgarden, Nirvana, and Silverchair's sophomore album "Freak Show", but this is recommended if you enjoy this sound.

5-0 out of 5 stars Seemingly-simple Rock music with a message
Speaking from the mouth of an experienced music listener, I can safely say that there are no similarities between Nirvana and Silverchair, unless you count having blond hair a similarity. Nirvana has some songs that were within the listenable territory, but they were far from what everyone has hailed them as. Nirvana had no message to tell teens, but Silverchair do. Especially on Frogstomp. All of the songs on the album have great hooks and melodies, but the icing on the cake is Daniel Johns' surprisingly well-written lyrics. They're simple yet still have meaning. Silverchair create full-on music without all the gibberish and pretentiousness that Kurt Cobain had. Johns writes songs about being anti-abuse (whether they be human or drug abuses), anti-war, anti-suicide, and the uncertainty most teenagers feel. I suggest buying Frogstomp instead of Nevermind, but that's only if you want to hear somebody that actually has something to say worth hearing.

Fave tracks as of right now: Israel's Son, Faultline, Undecided, Pure Massacre, and Shade.

5-0 out of 5 stars Seek and you shall find ...
I'm not a huge Silverchair fan, but I feel I have to say a few things.

Firstly, I, like few others, often laugh at the comparisons between Daniel Johns of Silverchair and Kurt Cobain, and for a different reason to most people. Daniel Johns is Daniel Johns, not a Kurt Cobain double. Why compare them? Daniel doesn't look like Kurt, doesn't sing like Kurt, doesn't play like Kurt, and doesn't sing like Eddie Vedder as Courtney Love once felt she (for some reason) had to point out. Those who feel Silverchair aren't anything special are either Seattle based grunge fans, or fans who don't really appreciate grunge if it isn't from the United States. Having said that, there is absolutely nothing wrong with Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden or any other similar grunge bands of the past - they're just different to Silverchair.

The only thing that could have been better in this cd was the lyrical content as it is, at times, a bit simple and predictable. Still, the boys were around 14-15 when this was recorded.

Everything else about this cd is awesome. John's vocals are good; the riffs are excellent and packed with raw energy, harder and heavier than most other similar bands - just listen to 'Madman'; there are standouts, particularly 'Tomorrow', but there are no bad or any throw-away tracks.

If this was really such a bad-try-hard 'copy' of early 90s grunge bands, there wouldn't be so many people out there wasting their time defending this cd and this band with objective and good reviews. If you're on the 'Silverchair are tryhards' bandwagon and you have never even heard the band play before, jump off it!, and give it a listen. You won't be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars You people are crazy
How can you people that like rock and or grunge not like this album? And if this cd has a Nirvanaish sound, then it is done extremely well and in my opinion isn't a copycat of the Nirvana sound at all . Not just that, these guys were only 15 when this was made. Now that right there shows pure and solid talent. Even if these guys made this at the age of 25 this would still be good rock. I can tell any of you bashers right now that this kind of quality rock is extremely hard to find these days. Even the debut album of this band beats practically any other band's albums these days. You people are just way too fussy. This stuff frigging rocks. ... Read more


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