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1. Get Behind Me Satan
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Their fifth album, Get Behind Me Satan is the strangest and least focused effort by these unlikely garage rock superstars to date. It's also their finest, an Exile on Main Street-ish mish-mash where the sum is greater than the parts. In a market increasingly driven by singles and downloads, it's nice to be reminded how exciting an album can be, especially one where you really don't know what to expect next. There are a lot fewer pounding guitars on this album. They've largely been replaced by pounding pianos. Most songs sound like rough mixes at first; almost every song has something exceptionally loud in the mix--the guitar solo in "The Nurse," the drums in "Doorbell," everything in "Blue Orchid." After a few listens, however, it becomes clear that the group is not using the studio as an instrument so much as exposing the nuts and bolts in the process along the way.

There are some duds; the wanky blooze-rawk number "Instinct Blues" goes on way too long and it would be nice if "The Nurse" had a real chorus. Whether "Passive Manipulation" is about the wife-or-sister schtick, if the cover artwork indeed has Jack and Meg calling each other devils, and which scripture is referred to by the album's title (Matthew, Mark or Luke?): none of that matters so much as the fact that this album is strangely sprawling and obliquely ass-kicking at the same time. "Orchid" is a rockdisko sonic smash that shows how to really get rock kids on the dancefloor. Meanwhile, "Doorbell" sounds enough like the Jackson Five to totally rule, and "Forever for Her" is the best ballad Jack's written in years. The fact that some marimbas provide the driving force to "Forever" makes it all the better. --Mike McGonigal ... Read more


2. Forty Licks
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5-0 out of 5 stars Now And Then;The Story of the Most Greatest Rock'n Roll Band
This is the party to celebrate forty years of history in the rock'n roll world. 40 immortal tracks coming out from records that have done the story of rock'n roll(remember the Rolling Stones played together for the first time in 1959!!): Rolling Stones nr. 1, Aftermath, Simpathy for the Devil, Exile on the Main Street, etc... (If you don't have just done it) you can enjoy songs like "Not Fade Away, "It's All Over Now"both of them recorded in 1964, as 1994's "Love Is Strong"(remember the super technological video) going through the arrogant "Street Fighting Man" (it sohappens that's the opener) and "Satisfaction" (i hope i don't have to tell anything about it) respectively written in 1968 and 1965. A pleasant surprise is that, this best contanins four brand-new tracks: "Don't Stop" (that's the single you've heard on the radio), the wonderful "Keys To Your Love","Stealing My Heart" in the odour of punk and the heartfelt Keith's execution on the yearning ballad "Losing My Touch". On the sleeve of the box they have decided to design the famous "lick" made expressly by Andy Warhol on the occasion of 1971 "Sticky Fingers" pubblications. The real art is made by stealing from different styles far and wide;the Rolling Stones created the way to be greatest artists.

5-0 out of 5 stars It's Only Rock and Roll, But They Licked It
Holiday stockings will fill with career greatest hits collections in the wake of "Beatles 1"'s huge sales success two years ago. The Rolling Stones' 40-year story, told for the first time comprehensively on the 2CD "Forty Licks," is a more salacious saga with a more uneven soundtrack. The Stones' story told here is familiar, but conveniently packaged./

The first disc is sonically clean and cleverly sequenced, covering 20 songs from this legendary group's six years on Decca/London Records. It's a thrilling ride from slamming, fresh R&B and rock covers ("Not Fade Away," "It's All Over Now") to R&B and hard country adaptations ("Satisfaction," "The Last Time," "Honky Tonk Women") to experimentation into psychedelica light and dark ("She's A Rainbow," "Paint It Black," "You Can't Always get What You Want," the infamous "Sympathy for the Devil").

You sense America's cultural shift and shock as the suburban drug abuse of "Mother's Little Helper" slides into the acoustic/electric guitar brawl of "Street Fighting Man," to 1967's open invitation , "Let's Spend the Night Together." You again appreciate Keith Richards' and Brian Jones' interlocking guitar riffs and Charlie Watts' disciplined, aggressive drums, given their due thanks to remastering earlier this year. Some hit singles and key LP tracks are missed ("As Tears Go By," "Tell Me," "2000 Light Years from Home"). But these chart the Stones' cultural and musical progress running with the 60s seismic changes, not to mention Mick Jagger becoming a cultural icon and symbol of independence and rebellion.

The second disc, covering the group's last 31 years, is more uneven and problematic. Some of the Stones very best individual tracks are here; "Start Me Up" and "Brown Sugar" still rouse. The hits from "Some Girls" recall how Jagger and Richards easily poured the era's disco and punk rhythms back into their classic sound. But the rest of the disc finds the band drifting across convoluted styles, trying to recapture past glories in the studio but rarely (as with 1994's "Voodoo Lounge" tracks) succeeding. Four new tracks, including the popish "Don't Stop" and Richards' drowsy "Losing My Touch" are the Stones chasing their formidable shadow.

Even so, "Forty Licks" covers the peak points of the Rolling Stones' career, demonstrates their instrinsic knowledge of rock and roll, and effectively explains the sellout crowds for their renowned tours. From here, step back in time with "Singles Collection," "Aftermath," "Beggars Banquet," and others in the recently remastered 60s Stones catalogue, which by all accounts give the Rolling Stones best and rawest music its cleanest treatment yet.

5-0 out of 5 stars Need 65 Licks +
40 Licks was released worldwide on October 1, 2002. Obviously, there are 40 tracks including 4 new ones (the single Don't Stop, Stealing My Heart, Keys To Your Love, and Keith's Losing My Touch). This one is the 22nd compilation album the Stones have released. It is the 19th compilation in the UK and the 9th in the US. There are lots of opinions about what should and should have been included/left off (there are *25* single releases that were not included). Remember, if anyone ever releases the entire Stones catalog as a box set it will have to be packaged in a trunk that comes with a dolly to get it out of the store. Since everybody knows the songs anyway, how about if I list what is on it from when for you?

These songs are the most popular from the Rolling Stones Records releases. Here are the original US and UK release dates of each song (US release and re-release dates were often different during this period):

3-6-64 Not Fade Away
7-24-64 It's All Over Now
3-12-65 The Last Time
6-4-65 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
9-24-65 Get Off Of My Cloud
2-11-66 19th Nervous Breakdown
5-6-66 Paint It, Black
7-1-66 Mother's Little Helper
7-1-66 Under My Thumb (not a single, from album Aftermath)
9-23-66 Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow?
1-13-67 Let's Spend The Night Together
1-13-67 Ruby Tuesday
12-22-67 She's A Rainbow
5-31-68 Jumpin' Jack Flash
8-30-68 Street Fighting Man
12-6-68 Sympathy For The Devil (not a single, from album Beggar's Banquet)
7-3-69 Honky Tonk Woman
12-5-69 Gimme Shelter (not a single, from album Let It Bleed)
12-5-69 You Can't Always Get What You Want (not a single, from album Let It Bleed)
4-16-71, 5-7-71, & 6-29-84 Brown Sugar
4-23-71 & 6-11-71 Wild Horses (on Sticky Fingers - not released as a single)
4-14-72 Tumbling Dice
5-12-72 Happy (on Exile On Main Street - not released as a single)
8-21-73 Angie
7-26-74 It's Only Rock 'n' Roll
4-16-78 Fool To Cry
11-28-78 Shattered
5-19-78 Miss You
8-29-78 & 6-1-82 Beast Of Burden
6-20-80 Emotional Rescue
8-14-81 & 2-11-83 Start Me Up
11-1-83 Undercover Of The Night
8-17-89 Mixed Emotions
7-5-94 Love Is Strong
9-94 You Got Me Rocking
97 Anybody Seen My Baby?
10-1-02 Don't Stop (new)
10-1-02 Stealing My Heart (new)
10-1-02 Keys To Your Love (new)
10-1-02 Losing My Touch (new)

Here are the *25* single releases that are NOT on the album: Saint Of Me, Out Of Contol, Like A Rolling Stone, I Go Wild, Out Of Tears, Sex Drive, Highwire, Terrifying, Almost Hear You Sigh,, One Hit (To The Body), She Was Hot, Time Is On My Side, Going To A Go Go, If I Was A Dancer, Out Of Time, I Don't Know Why, Sad Day, Hot Stuff, Respectable, Waiting On A Friend, Harlem Shuffle, Rock And A Hard Place, Heart Of Stone, As Tears Go By, Tell Me, Dandelion

This information comes from "It's Only Rock And Roll: The Ultimate Guide To The Rolling Stones" by Karnbach and Bernson and from my own collection.

5-0 out of 5 stars Forty Licks
The Rolling Stones Forty Licks cover's years of greatest hits from their London Years to their latest songs, including a solo piece by Richard's Losing My Touch. The entire album is worth a buy for a begginer listener who is looking to here The Rolling Stones if your an experienced fan who ownes all of the stones albums then you dont need this one unless you want the four new tracks. I think this entire albums is a great one that is without a doubt the best. For any musical fan Forty Licks represents true meaning. It includes all of their hits if you like live recordings of the stones then Stripped, Get Your Ya Ya's Out, and No Security is for you!!!!!!!!!!

3-0 out of 5 stars Forty Licks.
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3. Led Zeppelin IV (aka ZOSO)
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Also known as the "rune" album or Zoso because of the medieval symbols adorning the inner sleeve, Led Zeppelin's fourth album, released in 1971, turned them from mere superstars into giant behemoths of the rock world. On tracks like "Black Dog," "Misty Mountain Hop," and "Rock and Roll," the combination of Robert Plant's banshee wails and Jimmy Page's frenetic guitar playing forever altered the stylistic bent of hard rock music. And the foreboding "When the Levee Breaks" demonstrated that Zeppelin could indeed play the blues fairly straight if they so desired. Still, everything here ultimately took a back seat to the album's (and, ultimately, the band's) magnum opus--the expertly constructed and deftly executed classic, "Stairway to Heaven." --Billy Altman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Zep's arguable greatest triumph
After the critical hammering and somewhat commercial sales of Led Zeppelin III, English hard rock legends Led Zeppelin struck back with their classic untitled fourth album. The album kicks off with the Top 20 charting classic Black Dog which was a great opener with Robert Plant's vocals kicking ass. Also, Jimmy Page's guitar work, John Paul Jones' bass playing and drummer John Bonham just kicked ass on the track. The rocking Rock and Roll follows and is a superb track. The Battle of Evermore follows and is a great folk song with Robert and the late Sandy Denny singing lead vocals. Next is the album's classic Stairway to Heaven, always voted greatest rock song ever. At eight minutes, this song has held up well, even today. The heavy Misty Mountain Hop follows and is a killer song. The track Four Sticks follows and is so-named that Bonham used two drumsticks per hand whilst recording this track. The folk-tinged Going to California follows and is another great song. The album closes with the bluesy When the Levee Breaks which is a kick ass rocker with killer harmonica work from Plant and slide work from Page. This album has sold over 21 million in the US alone because of the material within and not because of the name. It may have peaked at #2 in 1971 but is consistently voted greatest hard rock album ever and Zeppelin proved that the band was about SUBSTANCE and not style(unlike other acts that permiate music today). Highly recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
When you hear the words Led Zeppelin, Stairway To Heaven is probably one of the first things that comes to mind. This album has the big hits Stairway To Heaven, Black Dog, Rock And Roll. However unlike other albums with huge hits, not one song overshadows another. This album is one of the most consistent albums I've ever heard. Every song flows perfectly into one another, giving this album a very even feel. Led Zeppelin's 4th album is also very versitile, ranging from acoustic songs(Going To California, Stairway To Heaven) to hard rocking songs(Black Dog, Rock And Roll, Misty Mountain Hop) Four Sticks is another interesting song. Its a hard rock song but at the same time its folky and somewhat experimental. John Bonham plays with four drum sticks on this song so thats how it got its name. Robert Plant sings great vocals with Sandy Denny on The Battle Of Evermore, which is the folkiest song on the album. The closing song on the disc is When The Levee Breaks. 100% pure electric blues. This is the heaviest, darkest song on the album with Bonham's echoeing drum beats that sound really heavy, it sound like he's using tree trunks rather than sticks. This album is the height of Zep's myticism and tolkien fantasies. In short this is one of the best rock albums created and has sold 22 million copies since 1971 for good reason.

4-0 out of 5 stars One of the definitive rock albums of all time!
Alright, to kick off this review I would like to assure everyone that the Avril Lavigne#1 fan was obviously a joke account satirizing modern pop culture (being 13 I can see right through this)I'm going to give a step by step review of what I think of this album:

Black Dog (9/10) What a great way to kick off an album! rocking riffs from Page and screaming vocals from plant define this track, a great way to get motivated.

Rock n' Roll (8/10) Another great track with wailing vocals from Robert Plant, the only flaw is that it can be repetitive at times, but otherwise this song is great.

The Battle of Evermore (9/10) A bit laidback compared to the previous two tracks but beautiful nevertheless. The lyrics with Sandy Denny's vocals add a great presence to this Zep track.

Stairway to Heaven (10/10)I'm going to be different in saying that this is definitely not the greatest song of all time, but it's a classic, an epic. And a song with such variety packed into less than 10 minutes has yet to be duplicated. (Especially by Slipknot)

Misty Mountain Hop (8/10) You cant go wrong with this one, Very interesting vocals throughout the whole of it. A bit too poppy for my tastes.

Four Sticks (6/10) A decent track, great drumming from Bonham throughout, but it doesn't have much else going for it.

Going To California (9/10) Pretty folksy for Zep. The first time I heard this on the radio i fell asleep, I know that doesn't sound complimenting but it also happened with "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" by The Beatles, and it's a good thing.

When The Levee Breaks (8/10) A very strange sounding track that's a trip and nothing less. Heavy Blues is what I would call it.

5-0 out of 5 stars A rock fan's holy grail
Although the title would seem to indicate that this is for rock music listeners only, I'd say this album should be enjoyed by all--there is so much variety to the tracks. A couple are bluesy ("Black Dog", "When the Levee Breaks"), some are just straightforward hard rock ("Rock and Roll", "Misty Mountain Hop", "Four Sticks"), a couple possess a dreamy fantasy aura ("Battle of Evermore" and the ubiquitous "Stairway to Heaven") and a mini-ballad ("Going to California") even calls this album home. Zep truly pulled out all the stops on this disc. After listening to this album once, you will be convinced that JOHN BONHAM WAS THE GREATEST DRUMMER THAT EVER LIVED!!

5-0 out of 5 stars led zeps best album
led zep four also known as zoso was their best along with their debut,second and physical graffiti albums based on terrific songs like black dog,rock and roll,when the leevee breaks and the gretest song ever stairway to heaven.this album is a masterpiece.go and get it today. ... Read more


4. Lynyrd Skynyrd - All Time Greatest Hits
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4-0 out of 5 stars You Can Find Better
Obviously, since this does indeed have many of Skynyrd's best songs on it, it is going to be a good album. However, it is not the best Skynyrd "best of" album that you can find. It could've been a lot better. For instance, Tuesday's Gone, my all-time favorite LS track isn't on this disc at all! Neither is the studio version of Freebird! To have a Skynyrd disc that is missing those two songs and to call it "All Time Greatest Hits" is blasphemy! Get The Essential Lynyrd Skynyrd instead.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pretty darn good.
Man, do I love Skynyrd. An this here graetest hits is definitly a smoking record. I mean, it starts off with Sweet home Alabama, and this is a song that goes back to when I was like 13, and taking my dads truck over to my girlfriends and picking her up, and taking her for a ride and showing her what a good time really was. Gimme three steps, is great, Simple man almost makes me cry, but I can hold it in. Call me the breeze is a classic, me and my buddies listend to it when we dropped out of high school in 74, driving around in my dads truck singing along. the live version of Freebird they put on here just shows what a great band Skynyrd was, and even though ROnnie aint with us no more, aint nuthin gonna stop skynyrd!

1-0 out of 5 stars The South will not rise again
This album is for trailer trash, you don't want to be that do you?

5-0 out of 5 stars Definitely the BEST!!
These are their best songs. Gotta love Sweet home Alabama, Simple Man, Gimme Back My Bullets, and of course, Free Bird.

1-0 out of 5 stars Absolut Rubbish.
This is one of the worst album I have ever heard in my life. It seems like they are so engrossed in their confederate issues that their music has begun to stink worse than their excretions from the behind. Great music for the KKK and emotional skinheads. This is garbage. ... Read more


5. Carencro
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6. The Cream of Clapton
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For a single disc, this is an admirable chronological tour of superstar Eric Clapton's mid-'60s-to-early-'80s career. It begins too late to include his gestational work with the Yardbirds and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. However, the singer-guitarist's days in Cream ("Sunshine of Your Love," "Crossroads," "White Room"), in Blind Faith ("Presence of the Lord"), as a fledgling solo artist ("After Midnight," "Let It Rain"), in Derek and the Dominos ("Layla," "Bell Bottom Blues"), and through the rest of the '70s ("I Shot the Sheriff," "Cocaine," "Wonderful Tonight," "Promises") to his '81 hit "I Can't Stand It" are well documented by this collection's 19 cuts. The down side is that the CD also vividly illustrates how insubstantial Clapton's work turned in the mid-'70s. But that won't be a problem for fans seeking hits. --Ted Drozdowski ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Truly the very best of the former rock God, and then some.
I fully agree with the reviewer from Little Rock, AR about the fact that the one true flaw of this collection is that it's missing "Lay Down Sally". I have already written about that in my former review of 1982's "Time Pieces", an earlier Clapton compilation that did include it, along with a good version of "Swing Low Sweet Chariot". Anyway, this particular album is real great for what it's worth, including very classic "Cream" from the '60's, and a bunch of cool still classic solo Clapton tracks from the '70's, up to 1981's "I Can't Stand It". My favorites included would have to be "After Midnight", "Let It Rain", the original, fast-paced rock ballad "Layla", and Clapton's remake of Bob Marley's "I Shot The Sheriff". I also like "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" and "Cocaine". Hey, I almost forgot to mention, I also sort of like the first three on this album from the mid '60's from when Clapton was part of Cream. Does anyone else out there know that the former lead singer of the early '80's girl group the Go-Go's, Belinda Carlisle, covered "I Feel Free", and it's included on "Her Greatest Hits", which I own and have already reviewed? That sure is interesting, her version is almost better than the original, I think. So, I do indeed recommend this collection, now for me it's on to review the third in the "Classic Clapton Trilogy" as I call it, the '80's to '90's "Chronicles" collection. See you over there!

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent single-disc representation of a musical genius
For nearly four decades, Eric Clapton has been one of the finest rock musicians the world has had to offer. However, he has played in a number of bands, and casual fans may not want to hunt down a greatest hits album for every band. But, at long last, a solution has arrived - The Cream Of Clapton. The title of this compilation is deceiving in that this is a retrospect of most of Clapton's career, not just Cream material (although there is certainly no shortage of that.) Read on for some pros and cons on this compilation.

First of all, the pros. As stated above, this covers EVERY MAJOR BAND Clapton has played in (Cream, Blind Faith, Derek And The Dominoes,) as well as his solo material. Most of Clapton's big hits can be found here (Sunshine Of Your Love, White Room, Crossroads, Badge (co-written by George Harrison), After Midnight, Let It Rain, Layla, Cocaine, Wonderful Tonight, and I Can't Stand It,) plus the compilation has some covers of Bob Dylan's Knockin' On Heaven's Door and Bob Marley's I Shot The Sheriff. In all, nineteen killer Clapton tracks are contained in this compilation, and they do a good job filling up just about eighty minutes.

This is a great compilation, but it isn't perfect. It's got a few cons, which I will now explore. The major con is the omission of three big hits - Strange Brew, Lay Down Sally and Forever Man. Likewise, I would liked to have seen the unplugged version of Layla. And where's While My Guitar Gently Weeps, the Beatles song he played on? Also, as another review said, to make the CD fit into the eighty minute time limit, at least one track is the radio edit version.

Final verdict? Cons aside, this is a GREAT compilation. If you're a casual fan of Clapton and you don't want to blow your cash on every album he has ever made, this is an excellent alternative.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fav Clapton Album
I never really thought much of Eric Clapton. His obsession with the blues seems a little nutty to me, but some of his songs are quite good. This covers his ENTIRE career, which is very long. It includes songs from his late-60's blues/rock band Cream, then includes Layla, from his Derek And The Dominoes work. And it also includes 'Prescence Of The Lord' from his controversial band Blind Faith. Can U handle more? It also includes the best of his solo work, including 'Wonderful Tonight', 'Promises', and many others. If ya wanna get started on this guy, get this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Cream Of The Crop
Eric Clapton is a legend,he has been around more than four decades. Eric Clapton had many phases in his career from Cream, to Derek And The Dominos. Eric Clapton was truely a great guitarist with alot of potenial. This Cream Of Clapton is the best greatest hits compliation out their. It includes all his phases from Sunshine Of Your Love, to Crossroads. This album goes right down the middle with Clapton's music not missing any more good hits as other greatest hits albums do. This album will soothe any guitarist out their. So Highly Recomened!

4-0 out of 5 stars Funny title, great album
On his best day Eric Clapton can blind any listener with lghtning rods of absolutely pure tone. Most of the songs on this single disc compilation capture his best work, his work with Cream still sounds amazing 30 years later. Whether hes kicking out brilliant psychedelia on "White Room" and "Sunshine of youre Love" (still one of the best rock riffs ever written). Or when he attempts to take a trip back in time and pay homage to his idol on "Crossroads". The 70's material doesn't fare as well but "Layla" and the hauntingly beautiful "Waiting for Tonight" prove Clapton still valued tone over heroics. However, the 80's material really suffers here, mostly because Clapton began making a venture into the world of soft rock, in any case "The Cream of Clapton" is a great album for dabblers and hardcore fans alike. ... Read more


7. The Duke Meets the Earl
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Duke Robillard and Ronnie Earl are among blues guitar's hottest pistols, but their first studio union is no showdown. Although Robillard is steeped in all aspects of technique and Earl is a pure "soul" player, their styles overlap in the Texas and Chicago schools, which grant both giants plenty of space for elegant and biting single-note solos, daredevil string-bending, and chugging rhythms. Robillard sings two numbers and "Mighty" Sam McClain, whose red-clay voice is the perfect foil for their emotional fretwork, guests on Earl's heartbroken epic "A Soul That's Been Abused." The real mojo, however, is in the instrumentals, where these virtuosos who emerged from the New England scene to achieve worldwide acclaim maintain a beatific dialogue. They both swing like T-Bone Walker on "Two Bones and a Pick" and trade sliding chords and slide guitar licks on "Zeb's Thing," which dips into down-home Mississippi grit. The highlight is "My Tears," on which Robillard sings sad and dirty, Earl turns sustained notes into Zen koans, and both players stretch their flair for dynamics and brilliant, unhurried, lyrical playing to its limit. Fans of blues guitar need to hear this album. --Ted Drozdowski ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars You must already know
If you're reading this review, chances are you're a fan or one if not both of these men. You know about Roomful of Blues and the Broadcasters and you could even be from New England. Maybe you're just a very astute afficionado of the blues. What you're probably looking for is confirmation that this album is as good as you've made it out to be in your mind. You're in luck, it is. What this is not is two guys calling each other out for a showdown at high noon. What it is is two good friends and two exceptional guitar players jamming together and making exceptional music for the joy of playing together. We're just lucky enough to be able to take home the finished product. If you're a blues fan or a guitar man (or woman), your collection's not complete without this one. It's a dandy!

5-0 out of 5 stars If you like Blues Guitar, buy this CD
Ok, I love blues guitar playing and these guys are two of the best. Duke Robillard was one of the founders of Room Full Of Blues and and Ronnie Earl was their lead guitar player for a while after Duke left to go out on his own. They play together wonderfully. The recorded tone of their guitars is superb as is their choices of tunes to play. If you like blues guitar playing, but this CD. You will not be sorry. This is a great blues guitar album!

3-0 out of 5 stars Fun album
This is basically Ronnie Earl and Duke Robillard jamming over basic Blues songs. A highlight is Mighty Sam McClain's vocals on "A soul that's been abused." As for the guitar work, there's a lot of repetitiveness and redundancy on both sides. The presence of the two single guitars is so overpowering, there are almost no real intense band moments on the CD. Both play their usual time-tested licks. Maybe the price you pay for success...getting lazier and not pushing the envelope of the genre anymore? We can still be grateful that fine Blues albums like this exist, but I expected more from two modern veterans of the Blues.

5-0 out of 5 stars I Must Be Dreaming!!!!!
Today I was scanning the blues section and came to my favorite guitarists page (Ronnie Earl)I rubbed my eyes and looked again.Yes!! Ronnie Earl and Duke Robillard together at last.This disk will be in your player for a long time.The best guitar,blues,soul whatever you may call it music of the year.Check out Mighty Sam McClain on A Soul thats been abused.Love the opening and Sams voice SPECTACULAR!Guitar players take note-the stakes have been raised.Awesome guitar by two of the best players around.What a Dream indeed!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Definitely a keeper!
Excellent blues guitar with a touch of soul.I lucked into this CD when I heard the track "West Side Shuffle" on the radio, WOW. ... Read more


8. Supernatural
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The Arista debut of Carlos Santana and band gives fans of the soulful guitar vet two albums in one, but it's a decidedly good-news, bad-news proposition. First, there's a fine collection of late-'90s-model Santana--tastefully tooled songs driven by Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban rhythms ("[Da Le] Taleo," "Africa Bamba," "Migra," "Primavera," and the emotionally charged instrumental "El Farol") that allow Carlos plenty of elbowroom for his passionate soloing. Then there's the collection of tracks featuring a lineup of de rigueur alternative and hip-hop stars, including Dave Matthews, Everlast, Rob Thomas, Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, and Eagle Eye Cherry. To their credit, Matthews ("Love of My Life") and Eagle Eye Cherry ("Wishing It Was") muster enough chemistry to make the fusion work. But the rest of the collaborations feel like an unnecessary stretch to reach out to a younger demographic that El Jefe has little trouble attracting on his own terms. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars an amazingly superb and rhythmic masterpiece
Having met drummer Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez at the 1999 Berklee College of Music World Percussion Festival, (who by the way is playing drumset on track 4 of this CD), I can now say that I am one of the lucky ones who have personally experienced the true warmth and down-to-earth vibe of the Santana band, and you too can see it all evolve on Supernatural. All of us, (especially all you musicians out there) can learn at least one thing from this CD, and no matter what it may be (lyrics, Afro-Cuban/Latin styles...happiness..pain..triumph and tragedy...etc) it can and will reach your soul once you put the cd in and start listening to Carlos and friends jam out on "Da Le (Yaleo)". Another thing that I loved about this recording is how the group managed to get such incredible artists to join them (such as Dave Matthews, Carter Beauford, Rob Thomas, Eric Clapton, Wyclef Jean, Luaryn Hill...among others) and create one of the best CDs I have ever purchased. I highly recommend this album. :)

4-0 out of 5 stars Review of Santana's Supernatural
Artist: Santana Album: Supernatural Producer: BMG/Arista Genre: Rock Category: Rock/Pop

With the hypnotic guitar playing and rhythm, the 70's guitar wizard Carlos Santana has come back strong from years of utter silence. For everybody in their mid-thirties, the name Carlos Santana should easily click in your memory. He is now back and as hot as ever. With songs like "Black-magic Women" and "Oye Como Va" to his credentials, the name Carlos Santana was able to attract names such as Eric Clapton, Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20, ex-Fugies Wyclef Jean and Lauren Hill, and Dave Matthews to join in and produce his latest album "Supernatural".

Santana's new album "Supernatural", is a mix of South American beats, honey-sweet guitar licks and solos, and poetic lyrics that blends in harmoniously. It felt as though Carlos expressed all of his emotions into this one album, so the mood is constantly and continually changing.

The song that officially marked Santana's return to the limelight was "Smooth" featuring Rob Thomas. This catchy tune consists of a supporting cast of drums and brass, the distinct guitar licks of Carlos, and the deep, scratchy voice of Thomas. Another song that help launch his album depute is "Maria Maria" with special appearances by Everlast and Wyclef Jean. Even though the lyrics are a bit repetitive, the combination of Everlast's silky voice and hip-hop rhythm is strangely hypnotic and quickly became a FM hit. But the song that defines "Supernatural" most is "Love of My Life" featuring Dave Matthews of the Dave Matthews' Band. From a production standpoint, the song is beautifully composed with every aspect fitting in flawlessly. From an emotional standpoint, this carol just somehow is able to reach into your heart, and the lyrics can be related to real life.

Overall, this album is one of Santana's best albums. This is supported by Santana's sweep of the Grammy's Music Awards including the award for Best Album. Even though some of the tracks in "Supernatural" weren't his "best" work, the excellent ones easily eclipsed them. It is clear that he succeeded in creating sweet rhythmic music for people of every age.

5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT! GENIUS!
This has to be the best CD ever. I listen to it ALL the time & never tire of it. Brilliant work!

5-0 out of 5 stars Just the best
One of the best albums I have EVER heard, probably the best that I own. No matter how long its been since I last heard it, I can put it in my CD player and get right back into the groove of the songs. Smooth is just amazing, Maria Maria has a great urban feel, and the collabos with Everlast, Dave Matthews, and Eric Clapton really work well. I remember when I saw him perform at Jones Beach three summers ago -- this music was great then and its just as good now.

2-0 out of 5 stars Barely listenable
I've been a Santana fan ever since I was turned on to them in 1984 and consider Carlos & Co (and the various permutations of the band) one of my all-time favorite atrists. I was disappointed with SUPERNATURAL from the moment I listened to it. There is little on this album that is not re-manufactured pop, and it in no way highlights the exceptional musicianship or band interplay that Santana is known for. Songs like "Maria, Maria" and "Turn Your Lights On" are about as far from the classic Santana sound as one can get, and the entire collection of songs has the tired "let's-try-to-write-a-hit-single-and-make-some-big-money" kind of feel.

If you are seeking Santana at their pop best, check out "Zebop" or Beyond Appearances" instead. If you want Santana at their very best, buy the first three albums and the "LOTUS" live album as each of these four are masterpieces. Avoid SUPERNATURAL. ... Read more


9. Elephant
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Jokingly referred to as the White Stripes' British album, Elephant is scattered with cultural references that give away the fact it was recorded far from home. Just listen to the lyrics on "Seven Nation Army" ("From the Queen of England to the hounds of Hell") or the album outro, in which someone chips in, "Jolly good, cup of tea?" But while there are new twists here, from Meg White discovering her voice to a tongue-in-cheek threesome with Holly Golightly, Elephant is no great departure for Jack and Meg White. They still push their creativity (and the boundaries of their eight-track) to new heights. Check out the startling, Queen-inspired "There's No Home for You Here," while the deep bass line on "Seven Nation Army" makes it a classic indie dance track. But while some songs fly off into new realms, there's plenty of their trademark straight-up bluesy rock, notably the overtly sexual "Ball and Biscuit." And there's Jack's plaintive, resolutely modest and yet theatrical voice. --Caroline Butler ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Stripes become the Anti-Radiohead, produce classic record
The liner notes to Elephant contain this gem:

"No computers were used during the writing, recording, mixing or mastering of this record." Please note this is a "record" and not a compact disc.

That buried nugget really sums up this album, the best recorded in the United Kingdom since 1980. The equipment Jack and Meg White used was as primitive as the technology that gave us that earlier classic, Pretenders I. The simplicity makes Elephant more intriguing than high tech sound devoid of all humanity. Rock and roll stripped of its blues and country roots can be interesting but completely soulless. Jack sings the blues on Elephant and the record ends with a country and western tune. The White Stripes have become the Anti-Radiohead, ironically in the same year that band has released its first decent CD (note: "CD") in five years.

No record is perfect, but this comes astonishingly close. There is no weak spot. You expect one halfway through after Jack sings the lovely melody "You've Got Her in Your Pocket." What immediately follows, though, are the best hard-driving songs on the album--the overtly sexual blues moan "Ball and Biscuit," and the amazing rockers "Hardest Button To Button," "Little Acorns," "Hypnotize," "The Air Near My Fingers," and the upbeat "Girl, You Have No Faith in Medicine." The three punk-influenced songs that open the album--"Seven Nation Army," "Black Math," and "There's No Room for You Here," already have marked this album as the best of the year before you even get to this point. Sometimes you hear the Animals, sometimes the Stones, sometimes Robert Johnson. Along the way is Meg's haunting vocal debut, "In the Cold, Cold Night," which marks a strong addition to the Stripes' arsenal.

Because it is so rare to be this effusive about anything, there is a temptation to fob off as silly the last song, "Well, It's True That We Love One Another." Yet on second listen, this playful country trio that features Holly Golightly with Jack and Meg measures up to the rest of the album.

This is more than the best album that has been released this decade. It is a record destined to be a classic.

4-0 out of 5 stars Minty Fresh
The White Stripes saved a lot of money on their latest release by not falling into the trap of high production values and recording the entire album in a matter of days on aged equipment. At first glance, it may seem as if they paid off every single music critic in America with the extra cash. Honestly, Elephant is a fine piece of work but five stars from Rolling Stone is pushing it.

If you aren't familiar with the band, The White Stripes are a Detroit based duo comprised of Jack and Meg White(brother/sister). They scored their first mainstream hit with "Fell In Love With A Girl" last year. Ever since, loyal fans and critics have been waiting for a chance to officially dub them rock gods. Are they deserving of that kind of title? It depends.

Let me break it down for you the way I see it. Jack White is on his way to stardom and he's letting his sister come along for the ride. Elephant is at it's very best when Jack gets a chance to show off his very formidable guitar skills. The album hits bottom when Meg takes the mic. "In The Dark, Dark Night" is a well written song spoiled by her lack of vocal ability. Her drumming is extremely simplistic but luckily, fits well with the band's style. The only other crystal clear low point on Elephant is the closing track. "It's True That We Love One Another" is just plain cheesy and makes the album and its performers seem all the more odd.

If I had to sum up Elephant in one thought I'd say... It isn't for everyone. You're either going to love it for what it is or be let down by what it is not. But after all is said and done, a couple below average tracks don't stop The White Stripes from distinguishing themselves from the rest of the rock revival crowd that has been so popular lately. It grows on you, and one listen to "Ball and Biscuit" should convince anyone with a rock bone in their body that Elephant is worth the time.

4-0 out of 5 stars they stink, just kidding!
oh, man. these guys are great. i just love 7 nation army. such a catchy song. their whole album is great and i recommend you go buy it right now if you like bleusy rock music. its hard to believe that its a two person band.... can you even call that a band? but it doesnt matter, cuz they play better than a lot of other bands out there. the only reason why i give it 4 stars is because Meg's drumming isnt as good as it should be on some songs. also, i think they should have someone else that could play bass guitar along with Jack. GO BUY THIS CD NOW, OR ELSE STOP READING THIS REVIEW! I SAID STOP READING! YOU'RE STILL READING! GO BUY IT!

1-0 out of 5 stars ugh
Just because it doesn't sound like Britney or Puddle of Mudd doesn't mean it isn't uninspired generic garbage. This band is not talented nor original. Their songs were probably written by middle-aged record executives who are trying to appeal to teens who secretly watch MTV and shop at Urban Outfitters for vintage-looking t-shirts with "witty" phrases.

If the only reason you listen to this band is because someone told you it's cool (and that means you considering thats the only way anyone could possibly like this uninspired drivel) just realize that people who like music that is actually good are still laughing at you because you're still nothing more than a pseudo-pretentious loser who wants to seem alternative. Take my advice and drop the black hair dye and white belts because you'll never be anything more than a fake until you start thinking for yourself.

4-0 out of 5 stars Much better than I had heard on MTV
Firts of all it is a two part band but that means almost nothing. Almost every song has more than one guitar part. I believe Jack White is an amazing guitarist. He may not rip Metalica solos but he plays a good slide and sounds great in my opinion. Sure the drummer is nothing special and the is no bass but that is why i gave 4 stars and not 5. ... Read more


10. A Decade of Hits 1969-1979
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With their dueling guitar leads and harmonies built on a double drummer foundation, the Allman Brothers Band cast the mold for the southern rock sound that would proliferate in the '70s. Virtuoso musicians, their songs drew upon a number of southern influences, including country, the blues, New Orleans jazz, and even gospel, creating a sound that was distinctly theirs. Decade of Hits is a great catalog of the Allman's at their guitar wielding best. The sweet, infectious harmonies on the instrumental "Jessica" have become a classic reference point in themselves. Next to the tragedies that plagued them--two motorcycle deaths, heroin addiction--the Allman's are probably best known for the heroic "Ramblin' Man." Written and sung by the now legendary Dickey Betts, the song contained everything that made the band great: intricate guitar harmonies, a strong melody, and just enough twang to keep the thing tight. Decade also contains Allman staples "Melissa," "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed," and "Southbound." --Steve Gdula ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect selection from their catalogue
The Allman Brothers Band A Decade of Hits has a very essential selection of songs from the bands best albums. The ABB was composed of some of the best musicians from the south. Duane Allman's sweet slide guitar is heard at its peak on Ramblin Man and Statesboro blues. Dickey Betts finest compositions were not spared on this one. In Memory of Elizabeth Reed, Ramblin Man, and Jessica among others are sweeping instrumental jams where the talents of all the band members are shown. And if you thought this band was just big on the electric guitars, organs, and dual-drummers, then they've thrown in a Little Martha with just Duane on the acoustic with a pacific tune. After Duane died the band had forge on and Greg wrote the uplifting Ain't Wasting Time Nor More. The band proved they could still rock on songs like Crazy Love and Wasted Words. Some of the material on this album is taken from the Fillmore Concerts such as Statesboro and One Way Out. These two tracks just hint at the enormous amount of riffs, licks, and solos that appear on the "Live at the Fillmore East" album. So if your into the more instrumental "jam band" aspect of ABB then buy the Fillmore East live album, even though this album covers that aspect of them sufficiently. The thing that I love most about this band is that they not only are incredible songwriters and singers but they are such masters of the instruments that they play. This album shows all the different talents that the band had and now all that is left other than the remaining members is the music. And this is the best of their songs.

5-0 out of 5 stars A strong anthology
Concentrating as it does on the most popular songs released by the Allman Brothers, "A Decade of Hits," manages to hit all of the 1970s studio highlights from this troubled band's heyday. While it is true that the Allmans cemented their reputation with incredible live marathon songs (some lasting a half hour or more) there's hardly room on a disc like this for them. Instead, this CD makes the argument that the Allmans were first rate writers of more conventional rock songs as well. Many of these are staples on classic rock radio, like "Ramblin' Man," "Melissa," "Blue Skies," and "Midnight Rider." Other highlights include "Ain't Wasting Time No More," "Jessica," the Duane Allman swan song "Little Martha" and "Statesboro Blues." Also included are a couple of longer early blues rock cuts, "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" and "Whipping Post."

The only drawback on this CD is that it doesn't contain any bonus material. But anyone just beginning their Allman Brothers collection could hardly ask for better.

5-0 out of 5 stars Allman's are a little hard to get into, so just buy it !
and listen it for yourself. I paced and picked this up and down many times at the store before I bought it. I just say blue jeens on the cover and thought "hick-city usa!". I live in Florida, but I'm not very "Southern" so, the thought of buying something similar to "cough" Lenard Skynard scared me. Well the Allman Brothers, with a few exceptions, are much beter than expected. This is "hits" from thier prime and its still good. The music is engineered very well and is fun to listen to. There are drop dead instrumentals like "In Memory of Elizebeth Reed" and , of course "Jessica". There are a few songs a little hokey for me like "Blue Sky", but it still isen't so bad. This is feel good music, so don't except anything depressing. Listen to modern rock if you want something to get depressed about.

4-0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to the Allman Brothers Band
This superbly remastered 75-minute overview is a very fine introduction to the Allman Brothers Band, and it includes most of their early classics, songs like "Statesboro Blues", "Whipping Post", "Melissa", and "Ramblin' Man".
But it is certainly a shame that some of their best early blues songs, like "It's Not My Cross To Bear", "Black Hearted Woman", "Come And Go Blues", and the Allman's take on "Hoochie Coochie Man" and "Trouble No More", have been omitted, and if I were looking for the perfect introduction to the Allman Brothers Band, I would go with the lesser-known anthology "The Road Goes On Forever", which came out in 2001 in a superb expanded edition. The beginner may still prefer to go with this cheaper single-disc overview, but "The Road Goes On Forever" is the very best choice for anyone looking for a comprehensive overview of the Allman Brothers' classic recordings.

5-0 out of 5 stars Does it get any better than this? I think not
A Decade of Hits could be a greatest hits, with only a few omissions. But even on many so-called greatest hits albums you're not likely to get everything you'd like. Usually, you have to shell out even more money for every song by a particular band or artist. And even these often remain largely incomplete. Therefore, it is hardly fair of me to fault A Decade of Hits when it delivers numerous great songs and doesn't even claim to be a greatest hits or complete song collection.

Of the 16 songs on the CD, 13 are excellent are better-than-average, while 2 are "good", and only one unlistenable (appropriately titled Wasted Words, it should never have made its way onto this fine collection), but this is just my opinion, and others are free to disagree. What this means further is that there is better than a 93% satisfaction rate (hence the 5 stars). Moreover, the price is a steal--you would pay more than $1 per song for some of these gems, and yet you're paying much less than that, around $0.75 per for all 16; if you're interested in what you're paying for the best of the best, about 13 or so, you're still paying only $0.92 or so. Simply stated, it does not get much better than this, and one would be hard-pressed to find a better CD collection, across time and genre, band or solo. That is my 2 cents. Now enjoy! ... Read more


11. Steve Miller Band - Greatest Hits 1974-1978
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Greatest-hits collections often deprive the listener of the chance to experience an artist's true scope of talent. Not so with Steve Miller--his strength has always been more in crafting an occasional blast of FM-radio heaven rather than a dozen solid album tracks.Greatest Hits 1974-78 chronicles the best singles from Miller's most successful years, after he veered from Haight-Ashbury bluesy trippiness to more accessible blues-based pop-rock. There are the slippery grooves of "The Joker" and "Fly Like an Eagle," and there's the air-guitar-beckoning riff rock of "Take the Money and Run," "Jungle Love," "Rock n'Me," and "Jet Airliner." Don't expect groundbreaking art, expect references to the "pompatus of love" and instant gratification. Requisite listening at the classic-rock keg party. --Neal Weiss ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars good but flawed!
Steve Miller Band's Greatest Hits 1974-1978 lives up to it's title for the most part except that "The Joker" is from 1973. While the album has Steve Miller's biggest radio hits, there is not much point to the album, other than "The Joker" the rest of the songs only come from two different albums,"Fly Like an Eagle and "Book of Dreams" and both of those albums are good enough that most fans would be pleased with those to albums. The other thing that counts against this album is the edited version of "Jet Airliner". I would recommend getting Fly like an Eagle, Book of Dreams, and the new Greatest Hits Cd that covers his whole career.

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth the money for fans both new and old
Steve Miller Band is, in my oppinion, one of the best bands of all time. This C.D. compiles their era very well. It shows all of the diverse music that was created by Miller. Some may criticize the fact that the songs are a bit too diverse, with Fly Like an Eagle, The Joker, and Jungle Love all included on one C.D. This, however, is the essence of a "Greatest Hits," to put together a collection of the best songs by the band. Some of my personal favorites include:
Swingtown - This will engrave itself in your head very quickly
Jungle Love- A song with a good melody and guitar. Quite simply, it drives me wild and makes me crazy.
The Joker- Probably the best known piece by SMB, a very good song that has the feel of swing with the stylings of rock.
Fly Like An Eagle- A classic. I personally found it humorous when my nephew identified this as the "Post office song"
Dance, Dance, Dance- This will make you want to do just that with it's upbeat, catchy tune.

4-0 out of 5 stars Almost the Greatest!
Great album but not the bast compilation. What makes the Steve Miller Band unique is obvioulsy their distinctive sound which is nice to here every once in a while. It takes me back to the 70's. Again, enjoyed the album but could be better!!!

3-0 out of 5 stars Good, but not really his best
"Greatest Hits" is good. No way is this the artist's best, though. I would definitely recommend each and every one of his albums before this. Yes, there's some edits here. Yes, "Jet Airliner" is censored. No, "Space Cowboy" and "Living in the USA" aren't found here. No, "Winter Time" was not a "hit". These factors make this a three star album. VERY casual fans will enjoy it, because most only purchase compilations. But if you want to dig deeper, but not buy every note (even though you should), get "Anthology". Don't even get the box set- its set list is way too confused, and the inclusion of several recordings made before Steve was a teenager does not serve the listener well. To the reviewer who said that Miller was the worst vocalist ever- I don't think so, and perhaps you should go back and ask yourself why this album is currently rated the number 800 selling album on amazon.com (this comp is a quarter- century old, and Miller hasn't had a legitimate "hit" since the 80's ("Wide River" doesn't count).

1-0 out of 5 stars no
this album is a no. so are all steve miller's. miller is a crooning idiot who thinks he is so cute. his voice is one of the worst i have heard in years (on Jet Airliner he sounds like he is saying "Bingo Gyp with a lineup" instead of "big ol jet airliner"), and the music is overrated and outdated. most of his songs are annoying and/or awful. stay away. ... Read more


12. The Very Best of Cream
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The groundbreaking work of this British psychedelic-blues supergroup deserves more thorough study, but this 20-song compilation provides a useful overview for newcomers. Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, and Ginger Baker--virtuosos all--expanded the parameters of rock by incorporating a jazz sensibility into their distorted blues jams. This compilation mixes their odd original hits with a number of souped-up blues covers. The live version of Robert Johnson's "Crossroads" remains one of the greatest blues workouts a rock band has ever produced. Since Cream released only four albums, this set includesv most of the highlights, and it illustrates how Cream cast the seeds of heavy metal. -- Marc Greilsamer ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars THE ULTIMATE SINGLE-CD COMPILATION OF CREAM!
Here is the finest of Cream - the 60s' mythical trio which gave rock a new definition and took blues as far as it has ever been taken. Eric Clapton's virtuoso guitar, Jack Bruce's mesmerising musicianship, Ginger Baker's guru drumming - it's all in this album, all at its best! Included are epic tracks like "Sunshine of Your Love", "I Feel Free", "Spoonful", "Strange Brew", "White Room", "Badge"... a non-stop succession of the cream of Cream, the 19 best studio recordings, topped up by the legendary live rendition of "Crossroads". It is remarkable that, untypically, the producers have made an honest effort to include all the best songs in the compilation, not leaving ground for "The Vey Best, part 2". The only problem with this release is it's so good (and that includes, at least to my ears, the sound quality) it will instantly make you want to buy all of the original albums - and that might as well be a wise decision. However, if you're quite sure you only want one CD by Cream, then, undoubtedly, this is it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Cream of the Cream
In 1966, some of the best young musicians (literally, the cream) of the British music scene put together the ultimate blues supergroup. From the Yardbirds and John Mayall: guitar prodigy Eric Clapton (who was inspired to put together a trio after hearing a blues threesome album by Buddy Guy and Junior Wells); from the Graham Bond organization: Jack Bruce, bass, and Ginger Baker, drums. Over the course of three years, this amazing group absolutely redefined British blues, mixing in elements of hard rock, jazz, and even classical music. This compilation does indeed represent the very best of Cream, with one or two exceptions. Of course, all the classic rock FM staples are here: Sunshine of Your Love, Badge, Crossroads, White Room, SWLABR (translation: She Walks Like a Bearded Rainbow---did I mention Cream had a psychedelic streak???) Also, it is worth noting that even though Cream was a superb live band, only one live cut (Crossroads) is included here. Smart move, considering that in almost every case, the studio recordings are better than their live counterparts. Too bad this album is not quite perfect: "We're Going Wrong," must be counted as a good, but failed, experimental number, and "Anyone for Tennis" can be dismissed as a silly trifle. However, "Wrapping Paper," though atypical Cream, still sounds as fresh today as the album it came from. On balance, though, the album is a superb overview for the experienced and novice listener alike. After this album, the listener will want to skim through Fresh Cream, Disraeli Gears, and Wheels of Fire (you would do well to ignore Goodbye, Cream, which is a patchwork monstrosity). Trust me, you'll be all the "butter" for it!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Cream: a mythological trio
Imagine the ensemble : Eric Clapton guitar , Jack Bruce bass and Ginger Baker in drums. This team is in the rock music something like The New York Yankees in Major Leagues.
Powerful rhytms , advanced ideas and keep in mind that every one of these super gifted musician were among the top list in every one of his instruments.
Think in classical rock themes as The White Room , Badge, In the sunshine of your love , The tales of Brave Ulysses or Politician.
If you're a teenager, or even not, this album is a must for you because it's a decisive turning point in the rock music .
Cream was a status ensemble and still we can feel his powerful influence in certain bands.
A must in your collection.

5-0 out of 5 stars Extra Cream in the Brew
My first introduction to Cream was a song on the classic rock station called "Crossroads" and I loved the way Clapton and Bruce played the lead gitar/bass duo-melodies in the instrumental part, kind of like Yes did in "Then". Although I am not a fan of blues, I do like a beat and most of thier songs have a beat that sets them apart from blues. This collection spans thier 66-69 carear together(I was born only a year after thier last song was published in 1969 so I missed 'em.). Songs like "I'm so Glad", "I feel Free" Where Ginger Baker played his melodic drum kit, and the haunting "Tales of Brave Ulysses" as well as the ever classic hit "White room" and of course "Crossroads" are my favorite songs and easily stick in my mind enough for me to play the CD once more. Yes, this band can be compared to blues, but if you like classic rock I promise you'll love this!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best.Band.Ever.
From the opening notes of Wrapping Paper to the end of Badge, this album is the best classic rock you will ever hear.I should call it rock because music today is just crap,especially compared to this.This album is the best you will ever buy.Their music is still as fresh as it was when it was released(The bridge on Badge stll gets me going).Being in a band with E.C., Jack Bruce was way underrated, even tough he wrote most of the songs.He's problably one of the best bass players of all time too.These guys made songs that made(still do)you want to get up, start playing your air guitar,and just rock out.Best.Band.Ever.(LOL) ... Read more


13. White Blood Cells
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Rock & roll is constantly splintering into multiple personalities. Big radioplayers layer thick slabs of studio shine on their albums, while back-to-the-basicsrockers keep the sound so raw it rubs calluses on your ears. The White Stripes fallin the latter category. The duo strips down to the fundamentals of Meg White's simpledrumbeat and Jack White's garagy guitar and pleading vocals. While the elements aresparse, the Detroit act create a noisy, hip-grinding batch of punk R&B, displayed againon White Blood Cells, the Stripes' third full-length. While it's hard to pickfavorites from such talent, this band only gets better with time. White's vocals weresounding like a young Robert Plant on De Stijl--definitely not a bad thing--buton Cells, he's developed his own persona. He throws musical fits on "Fell in Lovewith a Girl," gets almost loungy on the piano number "This Protector," and keeps the bluesvibe running on "Now Mary." The album is so rich with basic variations on a simple themeit's hard to believe such soulful energy comes from just two people. White Blood Cellsis an amazing piece of work, a benchmark that ought to inspire new legions of garage rockersfor years to come. --Jennifer Maerz ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Maybe more like 3 1/2 stars... but it's still cool.
1. Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground- A slow, brooding rock song with good lyrics and a cool video.
2. Hotel Yorba- A silly little country-influenced jam with an adorable video. You'll be singing the chorus forever.
3. I'm Finding It Harder To Be A Gentleman- One of my favorite songs on the album. Nice piano, a good tune, and great lyrics about misplaced attempts at chivalry.
4. Fell In Love With A Girl- The big hit of the album. Fun and fast and wears surprisingly well.
5. Expecting- Not my favorite, but good. Slow bluesy rock stuff. Jack delivers the lyrics well.
6. Little Room- Almost too short and sparse to be a song, but still a lot of fun. Composed of drums and vocals that descend rapidly into old jazz-style scatting.
7. The Union Forever- A little overdramatic and wearing at times, but still a cool and passionate song. Awesome lyrics taken from "Citizen Kane."
8. The Same Boy You've Always Known- Winsome and sweet and melancholy. I like it a lot. :)
9. We're Going To Be Friends- An soft, melodic song through a child's eyes, done in a perfect and non-cloying way.
10. Offend In Every Way- Pretty good music, cool lyrics about self-doubt and relationships with others.
11. I Think I Smell A Rat- Kind of amusing, but gets old fast.
12. Aluminum- A weird aural experiment that is pretty cool. I don't skip it when listening to the CD, but I don't get cravings for it, either, which is less than I can see for most of the songs on the album (the other major exception being Track 11).
13. I Can't Wait- A solid song that seems unremarkable at first, but grows on you rapidly.
14. Now Mary- Slightly blues influenced, mostly lighter slow-rock. Enjoyable.
15. I Can Learn- The delicate words seem kind of out of place with the labored melody, but a cool song that's been stuck in my head lately.
16. This Protector- Weird, but really great. Becoming one of my favorites.

In conclusion: This is an excellent album, as is every album I've heard from the Stripes, but I prefer Elephant and De Stijl. Some fabulous songs, some good but not quite awesome ones, and just two that I don't like much. Not as great as other White Stripes works, but still somewhat addictive and recommended by me (though the other two I mentioned are recommended a bit more highly).

5-0 out of 5 stars No Blues, No Problem!
Although there's no blues on this album, like most White Stripes fans expect, this album is still great. Unlike the other White Stripes albums, White Blood Cells has nothing but original songs written by Jack White himself. The songs aren't dragged out, they're fairly short & sweet. White Blood Cells shows how The White Stripes have a variety of styles that they play their music. It goes from the alternative hit "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground" to the quiet smooth song titled "This Protector."
It's one of those albums like Def Leppard's Hysteria, the whole album is good & you never get tired of listening to it. There's not too many albums that are that good, so buy this one. But, it's a shame that a lot of people thought that White Blood Cells was The White Stripes debut album, that's not true, White Blood Cells is The White Stripes third album. Their previous two albums, "The White Stripes, & De Stijl," are also great albums. But, White Blood Cells sticks out in most peoples mind.

BUY THIS ALBUM, IT'S AWESOME.

Every single song is worth listening to. With 16 tracks you don't get ripped off, you get a full album, instead of 11 or 12 like most bands do. The White Stripes really know how to put together a classic album.

5-0 out of 5 stars The White Stripes' Masterpiece
A lot of people prefer the sound of Elephant to this album, and while I loved Elephant I still say this is their legacy. It is one of the rarities you find that you can listen to without skipping a single track. I originally bought this album because I liked Fell in Love With a Girl, but I never expected it to be one of the best albums I have ever heard. It is just that in my mind, from the opening track Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground to the end track This Protector. It is so eclectic in sound ranging from the blues sound found in their earlier work to some more accoustic ballads, and even a touch of country(of which I am not a fan, but Jack White does it right). It is simply amazing that two people are behind music this big, and while they keep it simplistic and minimalistic they are the best in making full use of what they have. Fell in Love With a Girl is a great song and we have all heard that one by now. But if you were ever pondering buying this cd and haven't then go buy it quickly. Hotel Yorba is one of the songs with a country feel to it and I think it is great. All in all every songs flows into the next one really well and the diversity in style makes this a truly great piece of music. If you are still unsure, download some tracks like I'm Finding It Harder..., The Union Forever, I Think I Smell a Rat, Now Mary and Fell in Love With A Girl. Once you hear these you should have a great idea of the sound the Stripes present in White Blood Cells and you will either love it or hate it. It is destined to become a classic and rightfully so. Regardless, check this out if you yearn for meaningful music you surely wont see on MTV. You will probably be glad you did. And one more thing, check out another great one by the White Stripes, Elephant.

3-0 out of 5 stars Kind of upsetting but still good
OK..I first bought the Elephant istead of byuing White Blood Cells Thank GOD! The Elephent is much fresheer and just better! The White Blood cells was good in the begining (especially Fell In love with a Girl) but towards the middle and the end it sucked ass! It was horrible towards the end... I would sugest you byuing the Elephent first..and if you really like it then you should go out and buy White Blood Cells. Since its too blueyuse and even country!

5-0 out of 5 stars The best of the 4
The White Stripes did get some attention for this album, but not nearly as much as their 4th album, Elephant did. Elephant is a great album, but I think White Blood Cells surpasses it. It is most definitely my favorite White Stripes album. It's one of those albums that I eventually always go back to. From start to finish it's raw, it's rock n' roll the way it should be. It makes me really happy to see artist like The White Stripes, The Strokes, The Libertines, etc out today. It's still amazing to me that the stripes have managed to become mildly popular among the sh*tty musical culture we have now. ... Read more


14. Me & Mr Johnson
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It's impossible to overemphasize the importance of singer-guitarist-songwriter Robert Johnson's contribution to blues music. The same can be said of Eric Clapton, one of Mr. Johnson's most dedicated interpreters. From his work with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers to Cream and beyond, Clapton has arguably attracted more widespread attention to Johnson's music than any other living musician. A decade after his all-blues From the Cradle (which included no Johnson material), Clapton jumps into the icon's catalog with both feet by covering 14 Johnson tunes. With a stripped-down veteran band that includes such longtime associates as drummer Steve Gadd, keyboardist Billy Preston, and harmonica ace Jerry Portnoy, the guitarist attacks these songs with passion, intelligence, and a refreshing lack of blues-rock pretense. From the upbeat jump of "32-20 Blues" and "They're Red Hot" to the slower, grinding "Little Queen of Spades" and "Milkcow's Calf Blues," Clapton acquits himself well, eschewing his slicker inclinations with arrangements that underscore Johnson's rawest tendencies--although perhaps he doesn't seem sufficiently terrified when walking with Lucifer on "Me and the Devil Blues." Still, this is a successful and admirable return to his roots, one that will hopefully introduce an even larger audience to Johnson's seminal work. --Hal Horowitz ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars + 1/2 stars...Clapton Shares His Vision of Musical Mentor
It's been ten years since Clapton's FROM THE CRADLE, where he paid tribute to such blues influences as Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon. But it's been decades since he last recorded anything by Robert Johnson, whom Clapton refers to in his liner notes as "the keystone of my musical foundation." In 1965, a 20-year-old Clapton first recorded Robert Johnson's "Ramblin' on My Mind"; nearly forty years later he finally releases an entire album of the blues legend's material.

On first listening I was disappointed by the polished feel of the recordings. Clapton continues to surround himself with top-nitch musicians, many have been playing on his records for years now, including Andy Fairweather Low and Doyle Branhall II on guitars, Billy Preston on organ and piano. Now, after repeated listenings, I can apreciate these interpretations for the intensity that Clapton found in the originals. Whether it's the smoldering version of "Milkcow's Calf Blues" or the ragtime bounce of "They're Red Hot," the purity of the music shines through. What fans (and my fellow reviewers) need to remember is that Clapton didn't record this album with the idea of replicating Johnson's original recordings, but rather to offer his vision. In his liner notes Clapton says Johnson's music "is like my oldest friend, always in the back of my head, and on the horizon." With this album, Clapton shares that friendship. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

3-0 out of 5 stars So-so
To me "Me And Mr Johnson" is neither very bad nor very good.
The arrangements are mostly acoustic, with some electric numbers thrown in for good measure, but almost every song is recorded using a full band which includes drums, keyboards, and two or three guitars. Whether or not you consider that an improvment is a matter of taste, I suppose...a few of the arrangements are certainly too cluttered for my taste, and considering how good Clapton's last pure blues album, "From The Cradle", was, "Me And Mr Johnson" is a bit of a disappointment. And the sound is surprisingly mediocre...it's flat and dull, certainly not what you would expect from a 2004 release. Or maybe mine is a Monday pressing.

Hardcore Clapton fans will probably want to check it out, but most people would be better off listening to Robert Johnson playing Robert Johnson, rather than spend their money on these indisctinct performances.
2 3/4 stars. Proceed with caution.

5-0 out of 5 stars Where god came from...
In the beginning, there was Robert Johnson. And he was great. He wrote some of the tastiest blues songs ever put down on tape.

In the sixties, Eric Clapton rose to guitar divinity with John Mayall and a band named 'Cream. He became one of the most respected in a long line of guitar hero's.

Me and Mr. Johnson is Clapton's homage to his mentor. It is a reworking of the primitive original delta sound of Robert Johnson into the smoother interpretations of ERic Clapton. But the result is, in my opinion, the best Eric Clapton album since From The Cradle.

This album will grow on you. Listen to it at least five times before you make up your mind.

It is, in its own way, a masterpiece. Traveling Riverside Blues and Milkcow Blues are especially delightful.

4-0 out of 5 stars Come On In My Kitchen
Many years ago, the graffito "Clapton is God" started appearing on brick walls all over the western world. As we all know, God can create things the way She wants, and sometimes, her choices are a little strange.

Face it, Clapton has probably done more than any modern artist to bring Robert Johnson's music to a wide, popular audience. If he'd wanted to, he could've done note-for-note, "pure" covers of all 19 of Johnson's compositions. He's got the chops, and he's good for it. But if he had done so, it would;ve been no more than an empty, mindless exercise in musical impression. Of anyone, Clapton has earned the right to record these tunes any way he wants.

I think he does a great job with this album. His arrangements are vivid and unique. From the mischevious "They're Red Hot" to the spooky, mournful "Me and the Devil", he gives each song in this album a new life, and he gives us a new way of listening.

I think the production was just a tad too slick, which is the only reason I stopped at four stars. This is definitely Robert Johnson "lite", but I enjoyed hearing Clapton's creativity and genius in this recording. I think it's a heartfelt tribute to Mr. Johnson and to classic blues, from someone who's been standing at the crossroads for a long, long time.

4-0 out of 5 stars 36 HOURS OF DRIVING, WORTH IT
I LIVE IN HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA. I DROVE 18 HOURS TO TORONTO AND 18 HOURS BACK HOME AGAIN IN ORDER TO SEE ONE OF MY HEROES, ERIC CLAPTON PERFORM LIVE. THE MAN DID NOT DISAPPOINT. IT WAS THE FIRST TIME I HAD EVER SEEN HIM LIVE. I HAD TRIED 2 OTHER TIMES WHEN HE WAS IN CANADA IN THE LAST 8 YEARS TO GET TICKETS TO SEE HIM BUT ON EACH OCCASSION, I FOUND OUT TOO LATE AND COULD NOT GET ANY TICKETS. THIS TIME, I WAS LUCKY. THE LIVE ERIC CLAPTON PROVIDES SPARK AND ENERGY THAT IS MISSING FROM THE STUDIO RECORDINGS OF "ME AND MR. JOHNSON". I TOO, THINK THAT, FOR THE RAW AND ORIGINAL BLUES PURITY OF THESE SONGS THEY ARE BEST HEARD PLAYED BY MR. JOHNSON HIMSELF. BUT, NEXT TO THAT, GIVE ME ERIC ANY DAY. AND WOULD I DRIVE THE 18 HOURS TO SEE HIM AGAIN, YOU BET. IT WAS WORTH EVERY PENNY WE SPENT GETTING THERE AND BACK HOME AGAIN. I'M A CHRISTIAN AND CAN'T QUITE BRING MYSELF TO CALLING HIM A GOD, BUT HE'S CERTAINLY AN ANGEL. ... Read more


15. Retrospective
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The 22 tracks on Retrospective deftly chronicle the best years of the Animals, who were far and away the grittiest band in the British Invasion of the mid-1960s. Eric Burdon's magnificently raw vocals and the stabbing chords of Alan Price's Vox Continental organ gave their covers of American blues and R&B classic such as Sam Cooke's "Bring it on Home" and John Lee Hooker's "Boom Boom" an authenticity that no other British groups could match. Their rough sound also gave songs like "Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" and "We've Got to Get of This Place" a real sense of rage and menace. By 1967 Burdon was the only remaining original member and he formed a new band that eschewed the blues and R&B of his early years in Newcastle in favor of a psychedelic, San Francisco-influenced sound. Songs like "When I Was Young" showed he had a real gift for the type of personal songwriting that was becoming popular in the late 1960s while the lyrically obscure "San Franciscan Nights" and "Sky Pilot" suggested he spent too much time hanging out with hippies. Even when they stumbled, the Animals were interesting, and when they hit the mark, they were as good as any band from the British Invasion. --Michael John Simmons ... Read more


16. ZZ Top - Greatest Hits
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One of ZZ Top's great gifts is its concision; even in the side-long-jam era of the '70s, the Texans almost always fit 10 cuts on their albums. Surveying two decades of their output, Greatest Hits isn't the perfect overview you might expect, but it's still a pretty darn good driving album. The disc goes easy on the pre-Deguello stuff surveyed on their earlier best-of, and seems to digitally boost the drums on tracks like the 1975 "Tush." Still, later cuts like "I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide" and "My Head's in Mississippi" are full-on triumphs of this trio's very weird, very blues-drenched sensibility. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Cool cars and fuzzy guitars!!
This Texas trio, comprised of Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard KNOW HOW TO ROCK! This is an absolutely fabulous hits collection. It really should've been a 2 disc set, because these guys have had so many great songs that it is impossible to cram them all into one disc. The 80's rolled around, and ZZ experimented with the new technology, fusing keyboards and synthesizers with their legendary blues rock, and it was a formula that absolutely worked. If you liked the 80's version of ZZ, then you'll love this CD! I love all of their music, 70's, 80's, 90's and beyond. My fav's are the cuts from the Eliminator and Afterburner albums. Absolute fav tracks are 'Sharp Dressed Man', 'Gimme All Your Lovin', 'My Heads In Mississippi, 'Rough Boy' and the 70's hit 'La Grange'. Some of my other favs are missing, songs like 'Velcro Fly', 'TV Dinners', 'Stages' and the original version of 'Legs'. The version of 'Legs' in this collection is the re-mixed version(but is still a great song). This is still a 5-star collection that is worthy to be at the top of your music collection. Another great CD to get is their greatest hits package from the 70's "The Best Of ZZ Top". These guys are just plain cool, and they know how to rock! If you don't have it, my advice to you is get it ASAP! ROCK ON!!

4-0 out of 5 stars The ZZ Top that I grew up with
I understand that a lot of the long time ZZ Top fans feel that this collection missed a lot of the classic, older tracks. I feel the same way when I listen to something like Def Leppard's best of collection, as I feel that there is not enough focus on the early, hardest rocking stuff. But from my perspective (i.e. growing up listening to '80s music), this ZZ Top collection is just about right, as it has just about all of the songs by this band that I grew up listening to.

My one real complaint about this collection is the remastering/remixing of such classics as "La Grange" and "Legs". Why do the artists and/or record companies believe that we would want anything different from the original versions on a greatest hits collection? I also would like to see the song "Stages" from the "Afterburner" album--as it was a mid-'80s radio favorite of mine. Overall, though, this collection rocks. From the crunching riffs of "Give Me All Your Lovin'" and "Got Me Under Pressure" to the classic '70s rock of "Tush" and "I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide" to the more recent but still enjoyable "Doubleback" (from "Back To The Future II" sound track originally), this album gives a great taste of this classic blues-based rock band. Also enjoyable is the raunch of "Pearl Necklace" and "Tube Snake Boogie" as well as the rare slow ZZ Top track "Rough Boy"--also a mid-'80s favorite.

In summary, this is a fine collection to get an overall taste of what this band was about in their prime. Definitely a recommended purchase for any '80s fans of the band and '70s fans of the band who still enjoyed them when they became popular later on.

1-0 out of 5 stars About zz tops 04 Jambo visit not being televised
After growing up with ZZ top,Loving their sound.But never being able to go to a concert because i am disabled,The one time i think i will have may chance to see them,They say they dont want to be televised.I have wanted to see them play since my early teens,But i guess they are to big of stars to think they can be seen on tv.Basicaly,Not buying a ticket for Jamboree,And being disabled means i will never see them because they feel to big to be seen on tv.So much for my favorite band.Thanks alot.Sincerly Ed Schaffer.

4-0 out of 5 stars Simply ZZ Best , All Hitzz and no mizzes!
ZZ Top- Greatest Hits(1992).

Right around the beginning of MTV, one band in particular, ZZ Top, took advantage of Music Videos, blending humor with a catchy mix of Southern, Blues, and Arena Rock, instantly propelled them into superstardom. The infectious trio was comprised of Billy Gibbon(Vocals and Guitar), Frank Beard(Drums), and Dusty Hill(Bass)who came together bymixeing addictive riffs and gravelly vocals courtesty of Gibbons, Top-Notch drumming from Beard, and catchy basslines from Hill. From the Early 70's to the Early 90's, ZZ Top was a hit machine, so it's understandable that many compilations have been made. So how does ZZ Top- Greatest Hits measure up? Read on to find out...

PROS-
-CONTAINS ALL OF ZZ TOP'S BIGGEST HITS!-When you get ZZ Top-Greatest Hits, you can be expecting such huge hits as "Sharp Dressed Man", "Tush", "Got Me Under Pressure", "I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide", "Cheap Sunglasses", and many more! The sheer amount of hits is unbelieveable!
-HAS MANY UNDERRATED MASTERPIECES INCLUDED!-Non-Hits(Or Minor-Hits) such as "Rough Boy", "Pearl Necklace", "Doubleback", "Give It Up", and many more fit in right along with the huge hits!
-CHEAP!-Unlike Amazon's price, most stores carry this compilation for about 11.99$, and for this amount of songs it's a steal!
-18 SONGS, 73 MINUTES!- ZZ Top-Greatest Hits contains a HUGE amount of material, and even the most ardent of fans won't be complaining!
-2 NEW EXTRA TRACKS!- This compilation contains two new tracks "Viva Las Vegas" and "Gun Love", and unlike most Unreleased Tracks these are actually good! Bravo!
-GREAT LINER NOTES!- The CD Booklet contains an overview of ZZ Top's career plus an overview of every song on the compilation! Very Interesting!

CONS-
-REMIXES OF "LEGS" AND "LA GRANGE"!-Unfortuneatly, like so many other artists, ZZ Top decided to remix two of their biggest hits, "Legs" and "La Grange", and as usual, they're nowhere near as good as the originals! DON'T REMIX MATERIAL!
-NO MATERIAL FROM MANY OF ZZ TOP'S ALBUMS!- There's nothing here from the ZZ Top albums Rio Grande Mud, Tejas, Antenna, and ZZ Top's First Album, and that's a shame!

Overall, ZZ Top-Greatest Hits is very good, and would have been great if not for the remixes of "Legs" and "La Grange", and the fact that it doesn't cover many of ZZ Top's albums. I will say that the remix of "La Grange" sound very similar, yet "Legs" is different.You shouldn't change the originals! This set easily contains all of ZZ Top's hits, and this is exactly what casual fans are looking for if the want a taste of the Top!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! ZZ TOP-GREATEST HITS ADEQUATELY COVERS ALL OF ZZ TOP'S HITS WITHOUT MISSING A BEAT, AND IS THE MOST ACCESSIBLE TO CASUAL FANS!

Also Recommended-

Eliminator- ZZ Top
Pronounced Leh-Nerd Ski-Nerd- Lynyrd Skynyrd
Greatest Hits- .38 Special

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4-0 out of 5 stars Awesome despite the new 'Legs'
Some times an artist's re-recording of one of his/their biggest hits works out quite well, and even improves upon the original tune. Take Sammy Hagar's 'Heavy Metal' for example-- his original version was pretty rockin', but the second one was even more so! Then there's WhiteSnake's 'Here I Go Again', where they made the second effort more rockin', and less pop-ish than the initial version.

Unfortunately, ZZ Top's new 'Legs' here doesn't have the good fortune of being an improvement on the original; the new backing guitar & bass lines didn't sound as cool as the old ones. Otherwise, 'Legs v.2' ain't half-bad. And most of the other tracks, covering the group's most extensively-played from their Spanish-titled-album days up to 'Recycler', make for good drivin' tunes for those days when you're toolin' down some lonely stretch of highway whilst imagining you're drivin' that hot rod on the 'Eliminator' album at top speed. There's also 'I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide' and 'Cheap Sunglasses' for those weekend nights of cruisin' down the somewhat busy streets of the local metroplex. 'Rough Boy' is just the right mood-setter for those quiet moments of relaxed reflection. For the rock-n-roll nostalgia buffs, the group's hard-hittin' cover of 'Viva Las Vegas' makes 'the King's' version seem like elevator music in comparison. And we musn't overlook the subtle naughtiness of 'Tush', 'Tube Snake Boogie' and 'Pearl Necklace' to get one thinking of less-than-pure things.

Needless to say, I highly recommend this for the casual ZZ Top fan that enjoys the trio's most widely-played cuts from their glory days. For the original version of 'Legs', however, you need look no further than the 'Eliminator album (available at www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000002KYR/qid%3D1088123460/sr%3D11-1/ref%3Dsr%5F11%5F1/002-6699831-0404821). Otherwise, this platter is more than worth what the Amazon Marketplace sellers are askin' for it...

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17. Jump Back: Best of 71-93
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18. The Best of Bonnie Raitt
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4-0 out of 5 stars A terrific collection for mild fans!
I have enjoyed Bonnie Raitt's work since I first heard her on the radio in 1990, but I have never been a HUGE fan. And I think this is a great CD for anyone who has even mildly enjoyed Raitt's music. It has all the great hits ("I Can't Make You Love Me," "Have A Heart," etc.), and it omits the ones of questionable integrity ("Rock Steady" and "You Got It").

The CD blends her best hits with some great lesser-known material, like the shocking but great "Spit Of Love" and the gorgeous, tear-jerking ballad "You." (My only complaint with this CD is that it left off "I Ain't Gonna Let you Break My Heart Again," which is my favorite Bonnie Raitt song. But the CD is still an extraordinary listening experience without taht song.)

I don't know what hardcore fans think about this collection, but I think it's one of the best "hits" albums I have heard in a long time. So if you've had a passing flirtation with Bonnie Raitt's infectous blend of blues and rock, pick this CD up. You won't be sorry. It's terrific!

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome collection!!

I picked this collection up when I saw it in the store, I have always been a 'kinda' Bonnie Raitt fan and this is a good way to get all the songs I like in one place, along with some I didn't know before. My favorites include the almost island vibe of "Have a Heart", the sassy "Something to Talk About" and the melancholy "I can't Make You Love Me". I have been playing this in my car non-stop and love it, love it!! There are so many emotions displayed throughout and Miss Raitt's longevity is nothing to sneeze at either. If you are a 'kinda' fan like I was, pick up this CD!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Some of her best.
Overall this is a pretty good collection from "Bonnie Raitt". It's missing a few tracks of course, but most of the good stuff is here. The first 4 songs are off her huge "Nick Of Time" album, and are some of her best known. Plus this also includes "Something To Talk About" and "I Can't Make You Love Me", which is one of my favorites, as well as many other great, but lesser known songs. I really wish this also had "Cry On My Shoulder", but with 18 tracks it's hard to complain. This should please most casual fans of this redhead, and of soft rock/blues.

2-0 out of 5 stars Please, no more!
I'm sorry, I know a lot of people love her, but some of her songs are the most unredeeming maudlin depressing garbage I've ever heard. Truly depressing! "love is gonna make you bleed"??
"i can't make you love me"? All sung in that lifeless prozac voice. I can't listen to it. She should just stick to old blues, the stuff she does best. Great guitar player, but keep the singer songwriter stuff to James Taylor... PLEASE!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Pure Pleasure
Not only is Bonnie Raitt an attractive woman, she can play a mean guitar and her singing is nothing to sneeze at. This compilation is a great introduction to those who are interested in hearing more of her, and a great add to those who only have an album or two by her. The CD shows off her bluesy side, her rockabilly and her somber moods and the songs are perfect for showing off her talents. ... Read more


19. Unplugged
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Clapton caught the "unplugged" trend just at the right time, when the public was hungry to hear how well rock stars and their material can hold up when stripped of elaborate production values. Clapton himself seemed baffled by the phenomenon, especially when picking up the armload of Grammys Unplugged earned him, including Record and Song of the Year for "Tears in Heaven," the heart-rending elegy to his young son, Conor. That song and a reworked version of "Layla" got most of the attention, but the rest of the album has fine versions of acoustic blues numbers such as "Malted Milk," "Rollin' & Tumblin', and "Before You Accuse Me" that make it worth investigating further. --Daniel Durchholz ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Acoustic Slowhand
MTV's Unplugged series started out as a curiosity to viewers who tuned in to see artists play their songs in acoustic versions. Many artists rose to the challenge of unplugging and playing their songs in the barest of forms. In alot of cases, the results were not only entertaining, but inventive and groundbreaking. Eric Clapton's Unplugged appearance falls into that category. Stripping away many songs to their core and reinterpreting old blues numbers, Mr. Clapton. The most startling song is "Layla". The original is a classic rock staple, thanks in large part to one of the most memorable guitar solos and codas in rock history. Stripped down to a shuffling blues riff, the song takes on a new meaning. The original was about unrequited love and you could feel the singers pain through the music. The new version is more of a man begging for a second chance. The big hit from the album is the haunting and beautiful elegy to his son, "Tears In Heaven". The song became a huge hit peaking at number two and went on to win Grammies for Record & Song of the Year. Other standout tracks include "Running On Faith" that has some wicked dobro playing, a Layla and blues chestnut "Nobody Knows You When You're Down & Out", "Malted Milk", & "San Francisco Bay Blues". The album became his first top ten hit since 1981's Another Ticket and his first number one album since 1974's 461 Ocean Boulevard in addition to "Tears In Heaven's" Grammies, it won Album of the Year.

5-0 out of 5 stars Unplugged above all unpluggeds
This album created a trend that wouldn't go away, at least for a couple of years. This is the finest work of Clapton, and one of the most mesmorizing performances ever. My sophmore year of high school I listened to this disc for the first time, and it still is quite captivating today.

All the tracks on here are worthy of listening to. They are wonderfully constructed pieces, and very easy to listen to. They defined what "unplugged" was supposed to be. And they made Eric Clapton thrust back into the limelight where he belonged. Among the discs best tracks are "Before You Accuse Me", the wonderful sad song about his son's death "Tears in Heaven", the slow version of "Layla" (this is the first version I actually heard so I am partial to this one instead of the version by Derek & the Dominoes), "Runnin' on Faith", and "Malted Milk". This is Eric Clapton at his best, and a great testament to a great guitar player. And it's a great introduction to blues music along with Stevie Ray Vaughan's Greatest Hits, Jimi Hendrix Electric Ladyland, and BB King & Eric Clapton's Riding with The King. Almost any recording by John Lee Hooker, Robert Johnson, or Muddy Waters as well. Pick up this disc today you will not regret it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Unplugged [LIVE]
Unplugged [LIVE]~ Eric Clapton is a very good album. But it is not great and that has nothing to do with the music. I have always thought that Eric Clapton can sound very prententious in his choice of lyrics. Like he wants to write like Dante but then makes a poor copy of it. Beside this, it is a very good album.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Clapton is fantastically versatile. From the Yardbirds through Cream and The Dominos, everyone who grew up in the 60s knew Eric as the best modern guitar player ever (forget it, Jimi) but even more than that, he speaks directly to every member of his audience through his music in a riveting way.

Here, on acoustic guitar, accompanied by one of the greatest pianos you'll ever hear, Eric Clapton sings the blues. Alone onstage to the world.

I don't understand why Eric Clapton and Doc Watson have never gotten together. THAT would be something for the ages. But in the mean time, you'll have to buy separate CDs.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fans!
Fans call this one "Bodge on the Highway" because they listen to it in teh car on the way to a Bodge concert!

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20. The Best of Santana
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4-0 out of 5 stars A Good Retrospective
A nice best-of consisting of every song that a casual Santana fan would consider essential (Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen, Evil Ways, Samba Pa Ti, Oye Como Va, Winning, Soul Sacrifice, etc.) as well as some slightly more obscure but equally worthy tracks like Dance Sister Dance and Europa. This album is a throwback to the time when experimentation was encouraged in music, where you didn't have to sound like everybody else. This is something that's sadly lacking in our music industry today. If someone put out an album with music like this on it it'd probably never even get published. Just be thankful that such music was created at one time and that we can get a lot of it in one place, such as on this disc.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good enough, but is it the best?
This is a not a bad album for Santana fans, but you don't have to listen long to realize that the band really went off the boil after the first three albums, and although there is a nice version of the Zombies hit She's Not There and a pretty tune from a later album called Europa in this collection, the purchase of Abraxas (their second album) on its own might be more satisfactory for many Santana fans.

One of the problems with a "best of" Santana is that there were several different line ups, though all included guitarist Carlos Santana, so you are not necessarily getting the best of one particular act.

This album does not include hits from Santana's recent pop revival with albums like Supernatural and Shaman.

As I have posted a number of reviews, here is what I mean by my star ratings:

* A really worthless CD
** A CD that has some good stuff, but some major defects.
*** An OK CD that will please fans of the artist in question.
**** An excellent CD that represents the best work of the artist in question and can be bought with confidence.
***** An absolute classic that is the best, or among the best, of its genre. Your collection should start here.

5-0 out of 5 stars A historical band
First at all Carlos Santana established a decisive croosroad when he linked, in the last sixties, the latin sound with the rock disonances.
Yes indeed, he opened a road filled with great possibilities : it's fair to name some isolated efforts but not in constant mood of War. with that cult niger voice as Eric Burdon was.
But two emblematic films in that age like The last days of Fillmore and Woodstcok , allowed this band difuse his music all around the world. The key around Santana was the erotic sound involved in rhytmics songs as Jingo, Soul Sacrifice, and specially Black Magic woman and Samba pa ti; two jewejs songs from Abraxas Album, and add to all these innovative songs, Everybody's everything, Europa and Moonlight.
This album is an excelent account that resume as few anthologies the essential spirit of Carlos Santana, that living legend musician.
It's useless advise you that one of the most dyonisiac momenys in Woodstock Festival 1969 was Soul Sacrifice. If you still doubt about Santana virtuosi sound watch in this musical document.
The images will speak by themselves.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great intro!
This is a great intro into one of the worlds greatest bands of all time Santana! This is the best of Santana, this is what you should get if you are a newer Santana fan, dont bother with Vol. 2 cause it isnt that good. Once you Own this you will want to get Santanas albums. Santanas first five albums and Supernatural are his best so you will want those. But please start with this so you know in what direction you want to go with Santanas music. Carlos is one of the top 3 guitar players of all time, and if he sat on a chair and played for 19 hours strait you would be amazed the whole way through. He really is the shineing moment of everything Santana, he was the band, he was their the whole time and kept everything together and this best of is one of the few good compelations out there. After this you need Santana, Abraxes, and Moonflower those are Santanas best albums, and this is what will help you deside if you want more or not, becuase this has all Santanas hits like 'Black Magic Woman' 'Jingo' 'Evil Women' 'Europa' and many more. So please get this you wount regret this.

5-0 out of 5 stars Santana's Best Songs
THE BEST OF SANTANA collects the best material from Santana's albums from throughout his career, including his later uneven work. If you're just starting a Santana collection, get the first three albums, the two BEST OFs, ESSENTIAL SANTANA, and GREATEST HITS- all at once- and then move on to later albums like BORBOLETTA and INNER SECRETS. ... Read more


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