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1. Abbey Road
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The Beatles' last days as a band were as productive as any major pop phenomenon that was about to split. After recording the ragged-but-right Let It Be, the group held on for this ambitious effort, an album that was to become their best-selling. Though all four contribute to the first side's writing, John Lennon's hard-rocking, "Come Together" and "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" make the strongest impression. A series of song fragments edited together in suite form dominates side two; its portentous, touching, official close ("Golden Slumbers"/"Carry That Weight"/"The End") is nicely undercut, in typical Beatles fashion, by Paul McCartney's cheeky "Her Majesty," which follows. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Abbey Road
...By the time 1969 rolled around the Beatles were in ruins. Their previous effort involved extreme experimentation on each band member's part, and the band began to drift apart. The project earlier that year that was supposed to bring them back together only made things worse. For their next album, the band wanted to bring back record producer George Martin, but he said he'd only produce if every band member was in the studio, just like the good old days. The band accepted, and the band began recording Abbey Road, what would ultimately be their final recording as a fully-functional unit.

Once again, we get an album of mostly Lennon/McCartney material. Harrison contributes two songs, and Starkey one. Come Together kicks off the album. Basically it's a mid-tempo rocker with various words thrown together that make no sense. I Am The Walrus showed us that the band could achieve enormous success doing this, and here they do it again! Track two is the first of George's songs to appear here - Something. This is a very melodic ballad with some of the finest guitar playing in rock and roll history. As another review stated, Frank Sinatra once called this "the greatest romance song of all time." Number three is another of the band's "joke" songs, Maxwell's Silver Hammer. It's a very "happy" song, despite its content about a boy murdering two college professors and a judge. Most people don't think too highly of the joke songs, but I think this is the band's best one. Oh Darling comes next, and here the band was going for a "fifties" sound. They pull it off nicely. The next track featured here is Ringo's only featured song here. Basically it's a cheerful tune about living under the sea, almost a children's song. Despite that comment, this track is nothing short of excellent. George's second track featured on this album is the acoustic ballad, Here Comes The Sun. This is a GREAT track, arguably the finest one he ever released with the band. You Never Give Me Your Money kicks off the B-Side of the album, which contains several tracks that fade into one another. I like to call them the "Abbey Road Medley." This is a a track that starts with a slow and melodic sound, but soon becomes a rocker that is very true to the band's style. It fades into Sun King, a very weird song featuring passages in various languages. Don't worry, it's not NEARLY as weird as Revolution 9. Soon enough, it fades into Mean Mr. Mustard. Despite the fact that the track is about a mean old man, it's one of the band's most cheerful songs. It fades into a song about the title character's sister, Polythene Pam. Here the band delivers an excellent fast and frantic rocker about a woman who is "so good looking but she looks like a man." Does that make any sense at all? Oh well, it doesn't matter. The song itself is very good. It fades into yet another track, She Came In Through The Bathroom Window. This is a very basic rocker, but it's an excellent one nonetheless. Eventually we reach The End (that's the name of a track.) This one kicks off with an awesome instrumental session, and soon enough becomes a brief melodic session you can't help but love. The final track is the often overlooked Her Majesty. It's just a short (twenty-three seconds) song about the queen. It's not the masterpiece the rest of the album is, but it's still a good song. Abbey Road is one of the greatest rock albums of all time, period. If you like rock and roll and you don't own this album, you're contradicting yourself.

EPILOGUE: Following the release of this album, the band finally split up, and each member went onto a solo career. Just after they split up, the Let It Be album was finally released. John Lennon proved to be an excellent solo musician, and even co-wrote a song entitled Fame for David Bowie. Sadly, he was assassinated in December of 1980 by a deranged fan. Rest in peace, John. Likewise, George Harrison obtained enormous success in his solo career. His first release as a solo artist, All Things Must Pass, demonstrated this well. He continued releasing excellent songs, and even played on Tom Petty's I Won't Back Down. Sadly, an illness clamed his life in late November of 2001. Ringo Starr also became a successful solo artist, and recently put together his All-Starr band. He still tours. Likewise, Paul McCartney ALSO became a successful solo artist, and he still tours. The Beatles may be long gone, but their spirit will always live on.

5-0 out of 5 stars Greatest album ever made
Abbey Road is quite simply the strongest album ever made. Side one kicks off with "Come Together" which is a mean little romp through Lennon's perspective on his own life, and quickly leads into a beautiful love song by George, "Something." This song leaves you thinking that even though this guy's madly in love, something's just not wuite right in the relationship. Next come two fun tunes, "Octopus's Garden" and "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" (only the Beatles could pull off either of these songs sucessfully) split by McCartney's vocal tour de force "Oh Darling." A guitar jam follows (I Want You) and leaves your adreneline pupmed for what is to follow. Side two is a roller coaster ride of textures, melodies and jams woven together in a magical tapestry with hints of themes sticking with you just barely. When you think you've got hold of one song you're on to another. You can listen to this CD in the worst of moods and when you're done you'll be in a good mood. I promise.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply The BEST BEATLES ALBUM
I was 11 when this album came out, and have loved it since. The Fab four were rockin' on all cylinders when they bade farewell with this one. The vocal harmonies were at their best, and Paul's power was right on in OH Darling. Paul's fancy bass work was never more evident than in "I Want You". This will always be my favorite album, so much so, that in my will I have stated that if I should "go out" naturally, that this album should be played at the time I reach Golden Slumbers. Not kidding........Miss you guys!

3-0 out of 5 stars good but still lacking
Take out the songs that you can't even listen to such as /She So Heavy/Sun King/Because/- these are songs which lack creativity and rhythm. And why put in You never give me your money, it has the same rhythm as Carry that Weight. Why did they end in the ridiculous Her Majesty, and why is this overrated?...It is mere lyrics with simple beat. The Golden Slumbers lullaby is a brilliant ending. Come Together is an amazing beginning. Octopus' Garden and Maxwells silver hammer are very creative and essential to the Beatles culture. Mean Mr Mustard- what is the purpose of this song, Poythene Pam is humourous- (for whoever can understand the humour. The album needs editing, its needs filtering. It needs to be more concise in terms of style. Mixing good songs with crappy songs will produce a moderate album- which is exactly what Abbey Road is!

1-0 out of 5 stars I read some revues from people who say this is good.
I read some revues from people who say this is good.
You know what I say to that?




2. Dark Side of the Moon
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Dark Side of the Moon, originally released in 1973, is one of those albums that is discovered anew by each generation of rock listeners. This complex, often psychedelic music works very well because Pink Floyd doesn't rush anything; the songs are mainly slow to mid-tempo, with attention paid throughout to musical texture and mood. The sound effects on songs like "On the Run," "Time" and especially "Money" (with sampled sounds of clinking coins and cash registers turned into rhythmic accompaniment) are impressive, especially when we remember that 1973 was before the advent of digital recording techniques. This is probably Pink Floyd's best-known work, and it's an excellent place to start if you're new to the band. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Sheer musical brilliance; Pink Floyd's first masterpiece
Who hasn't heard of Pink Floyd? And then, who hasn't heard of "Dark Side of the Moon"? Chances are, not many people. "Dark Side of the Moon" is a landmark in musical entertainment, arguably the most popular album ever released. Although it was released over 30 years ago, "Dark Side of the Moon" hasn't aged a bit. Now it is just as popular as it was in 1973 when it was first released - and it's clear why. Pink Floyd makes music like no one else.

The album begins with Pink Floyd's frequent dialogue-filled, nostalgic-sounding opening - "Speak to Me" - and then moves in to a calm piece, "Breathe in the Air". It then seeps in to fast-paced, techno-sounding "On the Run" (don't you love those P.F. transistions?), followed by one of my favorite P.F. songs, a nearly poetic piece called "Time". Then there's one of Pink Floyd's best songs, "The Great Gig in the Sky". Then the album goes in a slightly different-sounding direction with "Money", which sounds like something you'd here playing at some late-night club in London. Pink Floyd comes down a little for "Us and Them", and then goes psychedelic on "Any Colour You Like". The album closes with two of P.F.'s best, "Brain Damage" and my favorite song of the album, "Eclipse".

Pink Floyd is timelessly outstanding, and it was first in "Dark Side of the Moon" that the band's brilliance began to show. "Dark Side" is an essential album for anyone and everyone, and if you've never heard it, you obviously have no idea what you're missing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best of all-time!
I just started listening to Pink Floyd about a year ago, and already I consider them one of my top 3 favorite bands of all-time. "Dark Side of the Moon" was the first album I purchased and I was immediately hooked. To me, "Dark Side.." is classic Floyd! I can't believe the sound effects that were used in this album, considering the equipment that was available in 1972-73. The listener is drawn in with the sound effects that precede "Speak to Me/Breathe", cash registers, jackhammers, old Englishmen talking, etc. "On the Run" offers more sound effects, and it mezmerizes you. "Time" in my mind is the second best track on the CD, I just love David Gilmour's guitar solo in the middle. "Money" is a masterpiece, as well as "Us & Them." Without a doubt though, my favorite track on "Dark Side.." is "Brain Damage." This song is just so great, and the lyrics are magic, "the lunatic is on the grass..." More sound effects on this one with a roadie laughing when Roger Waters says, "the lunatic is in my head." The album finishes off with "Eclipse" which sort of sums up human life as we know it, "all that you touch....all that buy, beg, borrow, or steal..." I would have to say that "Dark Side of the Moon" is probably one of the top 5 albums of all-time. Period.

5-0 out of 5 stars Their Break-through
By condensing the sonic explorations of Meddle to actual songs and adding a lush, immaculate production to their trippiest instrumental sections, Pink Floyd inadvertently designed their commercial breakthrough with Dark Side of the Moon. The primary revelation of Dark Side of the Moon is what a little focus does for the band. Roger Waters wrote a series of songs about mundane, everyday details which aren't that impressive by themselves, but when given the sonic backdrop of Floyd's slow, atmospheric soundscapes and carefully placed sound effects, they achieve an emotional resonance. But what gives the album true power is the subtly textured music, which evolves from ponderous, neo-psychedelic art rock to jazz fusion and blues-rock before turning back to psychedelia. It's dense with detail, but leisurely paced, creating its own dark, haunting world. no other record defines them as well as this one.the album set the all time record for longevity on the billboard charts.....stayed on the top 200 until the late 1980's (over 700 weeks), if you doubt it, look it up.

5-0 out of 5 stars simply amazing
this cd is not only a cd that everyone should own, but it's one that everyone should tell their children about. pink floyd is not my favorite band, and dark side is not my favorite cd, but it is the one i could listen to the most. after numerous listenings it will never get old, you only appreciate it on deeper and deeper levels.

5-0 out of 5 stars Dark Side of the Moon
Dark Side of the Moon is one of if not the best produced albums ever, with the songs blending into each other. ... Read more

3. Deadwing
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Before the Mars Volta made prog-metal fashionable again - with a little help from the Dillinger Escape Plan and My Chemical Romance - Porcupine Tree's 2002 US debut, In Abstentia, had already laid most of the groundwork. For the middle-aged British quartet led by Steven Wilson, '70s rockers like Rush and Yes (with whom the group toured after the album's release) never went out of style but instead left behind grandiose scriptures to be studied for all of eternity. So while tighter and more efficient in spots ("Shallow," "Halo"), Porcupine Tree's Deadwing faithfully keeps the technically proficient epics coming, peaking with multi-tentacled 12-minute "Arriving Somewhere (But Not Here)." --Aidin Vaziri ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Deadwing is really good but In Absentia is great, enjoy both
My 15 year son and I just drove 150 miles to see Porcupine Tree and it was worth every penny and mile. Excellent sound and music in a small venue. With songs from In Absentia, Deadwing, and Stupid Dream, it made for a perfect concert. I'd like to think of Porcupine Tree as a contemporary form of the early Genesis with Peter Gabriel (Trespass or Selling England), with a little mix of King Crimson (Bible Black or Red), while throwing in some very nice Steve Wilson (PT) influence that helps set it apart from the those groups. Production work is solid, the music is moving, and the lyrics mysterious. Only wish they would have played Open Car from DeadWing or Strip the Soul from In Absentia in the concert. But Shallow (DW) and Blackest Eyes (IA) made up for it. Check out their schedule on Ticketmaster and go see this group. You'll be screaming for more encores...........

3-0 out of 5 stars Good News "IT ROCKS!" -Bad News "IT ROCKS"
Well Steven, you've caught a wave to our local AOR grind and crud station. Though a novelty hearing Porcupine Tree trashing Tool, this outing is, indeed, a dead wing - it never gets off the ground. It's a sad day when Adrian Belew has to stand in to carry off the best two guitar solo's on the disc. It never occured to me in my wildest dreams that I'd be giving a PT release the thumbs down. The only redeeming quality is that this may bring (long overdo) attention to a band thats a heck of alot better than you'll hear here. Why one of the truly remarkable guitarists of our time (among other instruments) has been in a retrograde orbit since "Siginify" continues to baffle me. If you want to hear SW in his prime, listen to the classic "Dark Matter." Or better yet, get a hard-to-find issue of "Coma Divine." Now THAT'S a mind blower. My stunning introduction to PT was "In Absentia". It has been played more than any collection I've owned in 30 some odd years. If you're new to PT, don't miss their early stuff. In doing so you'll come to recognize what a truly remarkable band they are. I'll wait hopefully for the next release.

3-0 out of 5 stars PT De Los Average
All-in-all a somewhat boring release by PT.PT is one of my favorite bands and contrary to other reviewers, I don't think it is anything like In fact, it feels more like some of the more weaker releases from "up the downstairs" or signify" era, but with more up-to-date guitar distortion.Beautiful melody is generally lacking and replaced with dry, brooding jams.Even though I rated it average, I am rating against the 'PT standard' Deadwing is worthy of attention over most music out there.

3-0 out of 5 stars Deadwing or how to leave the best song out of an album
I must say that I'm a bit disappointed with this album. I don't know exactly why I'm disappointed because "Deadwing" is not a big departure from the "In Absentia" sound, which at the same time is not a big departure from the "Lightbulb Sun" sound, and I love both albums. Maybe that's why I don't love "Deadwing", because it doesn't break much new ground like previous albums. Do you remember the jump between "Sky Moves Sideways" and "Signify" ? or the one between "Signify" and "Stupid Dream" ? You won't find this here. The first thing you notice is that the guitar solos are moving further away from the Gilmour sound SW had in the past, which in my opinion, is a good thing. The second thing you notice is that the "heaviness" is more apparent here than "In Absentia". "Shallow" is the main proponent here, people keep saying this song works better in the context of the album, but I think it kills its flow badly. The worst song in my opinion. Before you start drawing conclusions about me, I must say that I have no problems with distortion, right now one of my favorite bands is Isis, but, I don't know, this kind of "american" or Led Zeppelin sounding riffs don't work very well with PT, for example, the hard parts in "Deadwing" or "Mellotron Scratch", and that awful Dream Theater impersonation in the middle of "Arriving Somewhere But Not Here" feel out of place and ruin those otherwise cool songs in my opinion. "Halo" is the only song where the hard guitars blend in the song perfectly. The haunting chorus in "Open Car" is another example of great use of distortion, but then, the verse, which sounds similar to "Strip The Soul", one of the weakest songs in "In Absentia", kills the mood of the song. Then, we are left with the mellower songs in the album, Lazarus", "Start Of Something Beautiful" and "Glass Arm Shattering" which, in my opinion, are the best songs in the album. But, they are nowhere near the brilliance of "Half Light", which inexplicably, SW has left out of the album. My CD doesn't have the new "Shesmovedon" so I can only comment from a mp3 file. To put it simply, this new version is a clear case of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".

I'm reading all these reviews saying "Deadwing is their best" and "Deadwing rulez", and I'm starting to doubt if I'm listening to the same album as those people, because I don't think it's that great, it's only ok, it ranks below "Signify", "Stupid Dream", "Lightbulb Sun" and "In Absentia" in my list. One thing I'm sure is that this album won't gain new fans outside the prog and classic rock circles, Deadwing has all the elements to please the fans of these genres, and to scare people outside them. I, for one, hope SW leaves this "metal" obsession he has now, and moves into a new direction, and please, not a "back to our roots" one.

3-0 out of 5 stars A Consolidation, Not a Stretch
Most Americans heard of Porcupine Tree with the release of 2002's In Absentia, and had a lot of catching up to do.Unapologetically progressive, it was obvious that Steve Wilson's musical collective grew up on Yes and Floyd and Tull and Genesis.Yet this being the new millennium, they were also familiar with Metallica-sized riffs and System of a Down-esoterica.Since prog is the new punk, Porcupine Tree are now seen as harbingers. Deadwing, their tenth (I think) studio release, is a consolidation not a stretch.The heaviest numbers are the most concise, especially the one-two punch of "Shallow" and "Halo".Elsewhere, they jam, particularly well on the opening title track.They're superb at it, they are, but they aren't Zeppelin, and they remind me of a wonderful (and obscure) progressive outfit from the late 70's called Crack the Sky, whom I have to admit I'd rather listen to. ... Read more

4. Octavarium
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Dream Theater has maintained a rare combination of stellar musicianship and unwavering passion for over a decade, selling millions of albums and filling concert venues worldwide. The band once again confirms its status as progressive hard rock's standard-bearers on their latest studio epic, Octavarium. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Awsome Album
After having just listened to this album, I can surely say that any and all Dream Theater fans will not be dissapointed. The title song "Octavarium" is, although slow at first, a very good song with strong emotion. It speeds up after a couple minutes and turns it an awsome song. The other songs are also sure to please, and I'm sure all who buy it, when released will be pleased. ... Read more

5. Queen - Greatest Hits
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5-0 out of 5 stars Some of Queen's Greatest Hits
Queen released albums from 1973 to 1995. In that time Queen made a lot of music that was "great". Thus, as with most artists that have been around for more than 20 years, it is impossible to capture all of their hits or best music on a single CD. Recently this difficulty was recognized with a boxed set of three CDs that captured a much greater cross section of their music.

I consider this collection of Queen music their popular music. Much of it was mellow or radio friendly, and thus much of it hit the top 10. Given that Queen had a very eclectic repertoire, you'll find quirky songs such as "Fat Bottomed Girls" next to the mellow love song "Somebody to Love". Queen's progressive rock and harder rock songs are only barely represented on this particular collection, though strains of their harder edge show through in songs like "Bicycle Race" and "Another One Bites the Dust".

In many ways Queen was an album group. While most of their albums stop short of being true concept albums, most of their albums did have a theme. Also, their music was organized carefully to provide a presentation of the music that was greater than the sum of the individual songs. Thus, listening to a "greatest" collection does little to express the true scope of this group. I recommend this CD as one that provides a small sampling of Queen, and some of their more mellow music at that. You need to also have "Classic Queen" to additional hits such as "Bohemian Rhapsody". You may also want to consider "The Platinum Collection: Greatest Hits I, II and III", which is perhaps the most comprehensive set short of buying albums.

Though this CD is lacking in its breadth, I still give it 5 stars because Queen was such a great group, and the songs here do represent a small portion of their incredible talent.

5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT Compilation!
This is one of those rare high quality "greatest hits" compilations that deal a hearty selection of great Queen Songs during their finest hours. If you want only one Queen CD with a solid grouping of Queen's work, this package is the way to go. You not only get their signature songs, but also a great sampling of their best songs that got little radio play like "Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy," "Seven Seas of Rhye," and "Now I'm Here."

All of Queen's albums from their debut up until the 1978 release of "Jazz" are, in my opinion, such excellent pieces of work that any could qualify as a "Greatest Hits" collection. In fact, the only reason I would want to steer you away from this CD is because while everything here is very good, there is so much premium Queen music packed into each of their individual albums of that era. "Sheer Heart Attack" is a masterpiece, and "News of the World" is such a strong album that it is almost one big song unto itself.

My only disappointment with this CD is the lack of material from their first two albums. Songs like "Keep Yourself Alive," "King Rat" and "Ogre Battle" would have been great on this collection. Still, this is a minor complaint, since this CD is a much tighter and solid collection than the other two prominent Queen compilations: "Classic Queen" does have "Keep Yourself Alive" but is a hit-&-miss album overall, and the 2 disc "Greatest Hits" is good, but does not let the band's greatness shine like this CD does.

If you are just getting familiar with Queen's work and want to sample a CD to get a feel which tunes grab you, this is a really good place to start.

4-0 out of 5 stars No Bohemian Rhapsody
This is a very Queen album, but it doen't have Bohemian Rhapsody on it and thats their best song. Still you should definitley get it if you can.

5-0 out of 5 stars Definitely worthwhile
This collection is necessary to anybody who likes rock. Queen are the greatest band ever (in my opinion).

Queen are famous for 'We will rock you' and 'we are the champions', but those aren't the best songs on the album. 'Another one bites the dust' and 'Crazy little thing called love' are all-time classics, and they were Queen's first two #1 hits in the US.
'Killer Queen' and 'Somebody to Love' are both brilliant songs. Other notable songs are 'Bicycle Race', 'Now I'm here', 'seven seas of rhye', and 'Don't stop me now.'
There are, however, two minor errors.

1) Bohemian Rhapsody, the best song in the history of the world, is missing. But it's on 'Classic Queen', so now worries.
2) 'I want to break free', although a fantastic song, was released in 1984, when everyhting else was before 1982. Classic Queen is supposed to pick up where this album left off.

Classic Queen MUST be bought with this to do justice. It covers Queen's later works.

2-0 out of 5 stars WHAT??!?!?!?!?
this is a pretty good queen greatest hits cd with just most of their popular radio hits and i gave it two stars for the one problem i had with this cd WHERE IN THE HECK IS BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY?!?!?!?!?!?!?? for that reason alone nobody should buy this cd go and look for a better greatest hits cd of queen one that has RHAPSODY!!! ... Read more

6. Styx - Greatest Hits
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If it's your belief that one of the reasons today's rock is so bereft of personality is that all sense of show business has been drained from the music, then a look back at the career of Styx offers proof positive that it wasn't always thus. Greatest Hits offers a comprehensive overview of the band, from its art-rock days--which produced a top 10 hit in "Lady," a new version of which is included in this package--to its years as a perennial album-rock favorite--with offerings ranging from flights of fancy ("Come Sail Away," "Renegade") to proto-power ballads ("Babe," "Crystal Ball") to songs reflecting the working-class roots of its audience ("Too Much Time on My Hands," "Blue Collar Man"). The band eventually succumbed to a shift in musical tides and just plain silliness ("Mr. Roboto"), but for a time, this disc suggests, a satin-suited pomp-rocker was something to be. --Daniel Durchholz ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Great For Fans of late seventies pop rock
A lot of memorable songs are on this cd. Too Much Time On My Hands, Renegade, Crystal Ball, etc. I have always liked a couple of their songs having lived through this period of time. I wouldn't call myself a fan, but I can't dis the band either. I think they made well refined commercial music. I have read a lot of totally negative reviews. These people who put down the seventies and all that it stands for. You know at their most commercial I would still take REO and Styx over Nirvana or REM. It's funny how these preprogrammed "intellectuals" of good taste in music, movies, and pop culture in general give the same examples of their "good" music: early REM, early Clash, etc. You know why they stick early in there? Because later in those momentous "intellectual" words they "sold out" like Metallica or Aerosmith. You know why? Because they wanted to be more like Styx or Journey and sell records! Arena rock? What is that? They must have picked up that term from one of those various artist cds sold on television. Pick up this cd if you like this brand of rock. Personally I like quite a few other bands more. Especially "late" Clash. Man, should I stay or should I go? I think I'll go! What lyrics.

4-0 out of 5 stars Necessary
If you pick up this collection, "Greatest Hits Part II", "The Grand Illusion", "Paradise Theater", "Styx II"(Lady), and "Caught In The Act", you will own all of the Styx albums you will ever need to. As much as I enjoy this group, most of their individual albums have some really, really bad material. This cd is a great place to start. It has all but one of their big hit singles, "Babe" #1, "Mr. Roboto" #3, "The Best Of Times" #3, "Show Me The Way" #3, "Don't Let It End" #6, "Come Sail Away" #8, "Too Much Time On My Hands" #9, and "Renegade" #16. It also features some classic, more minor hits in "Blue Collar Man" #21, "Lorelei" #27, "Fooling Yourself(The Angry Young Man) #29", along with some classic rock and concert favorites "The Grand Illusion", "Suite Madame Blue", "Crystal Ball", and "Miss America". As you can see, this disc is very comprehensive, it doesn't really miss on too much. If only there was room for "Rockin' The Paradise" and "Snowblind", and RCA would have granted permission to use the original version of "Lady", all of the absolutely necessary stuff would be included.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Group
Many familiar melodies in this collection! Would be interested to see them on the county fair circuit. Last time I saw them, there were on the "Grand Illusion" Tour.

1-0 out of 5 stars This band sucks. Admit it.
Sure, if you like bobbing your head up and down to organ-laced, soulless dog sh*t, then I guess you're entitled to like them. In my opinion, all of the lyrics are trite, the vocals are headache inducing, and it was all for profit. Some of you awknowledge this but then embrace it because of it! Who cares if "Blue Collar Man" went gold? Does it really make it better? What if it didn't make any money? Would you hate it then?

Sure, they could write a neat little organ hook, but do we really need another song filled with big, dumb, obvious hooks? Do we really need another song full of lyrics that most probably mean absolutely nothing to their author(s)?

5-0 out of 5 stars Get this and Greatest Hits two for real Styx Anthology
Styx's Greatest Hits was released in August of 1995 and features 15 classic hits digitally remastered including all of their biggest hits. Lady(origianlly a Top 10 hit in 1975 and the reason for Styx signing to A&M) is included in a re-recorded version because RCA wouldn't license A&M/PolyGram the original recording but yet they did so for Come Sail Away. The difference on this version to the original is the return of guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw filling in for John Curulewski and new recruit Todd Sucherman filling in for the ailing John Panozzo(uncredited) plus guitarist James JY Young and bassist Chuck Panozzo. Keyboardist and vocalist Dennis DeYoung's voice sounds so much better on this version than the original. The other big Top 10 hits are included Come Sail Away(#8 in 1978), Babe(#1 in 1979), The Best of Times(it hit #3 in 1981 and not #16 as one other reviewer noted), Too Much Time on My Hands(#9 in 1981), Mr. Roboto(#3 in 1983), Don't Let it End(#6 in 1983 and was wrongfully omitted on Come Sail Away in favor of the Alice in Chains sounding track from the awful Cyclorama One With Everything) and Show Me the Way(#3 in 1991). Also you get Top 30 hits of Lorelei, Fooling Yourself, Blue Collar Man and Renegade. Lastly you get album tracks like Suite Madame Blue, Crystal Ball, The Grand Illusion and Miss America. This is a great starter to Styx and is the top selling Greatest Hits album the band has as it went Platinum. Highly recommended! ... Read more

7. "Queen - Greatest Hits, Vols. 1-2"
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Queen brought a whole new meaning to the phrase over the top. While rock & roll flamboyance stretched back at least as far as Little Richard, Freddie Mercury continued to camp it up, taking little seriously and smirking at the music's growing pretensions while partaking in them no small bit. Many of the band's singles hold up extremely well, later tracks such as "Hammer to Fall" as much as prime-era numbers such as "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Killer Queen," and "You're My Best Friend." The quartet's canny sense of melody and sophisticated vocal harmonies--not to mention Mercury's raised eyebrow--have traveled well through the years. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Get the America versions instead
This 2-disc set compiles the original British versions of "Greatest Hits I & II". You do get some songs on here that aren't on the American versions ("Greatest Hits" & "Classic Queen") like "Breakthru", "The Invisible Man", "Innuendo", "It's A Hard Life", "Flash's Theme" and "Friends Will Be Friends". But chances are you aren't familiar with most of those songs, most of which are from Queen's synth-happy 80's period. The American versions include "Keep Yourself Alive", "Stone Cold Crazy", "Tie Your Mother Down", and "Body Language" all songs that were semi-popular on this side of the pond, and all of which (except "Body Language") are extracted from Queen's more rocking golden years of 1973-1980. Together, "Classic Queen" and "Greatest Hits" represent the ultimate Queen collection. If you'd rather explore the songs that were more popular from Tony Blair's point of view, by all means get this (I will admit, the songs on GH I & II are sequenced more chronologically then they are on the haphazardly-presented American versions).

5-0 out of 5 stars All the Queen You Need
The 1991 death of Freddie Mercury and the inclusion of "Bohemian Rhapsody" in the film "Wayne's World" ignited a renewed interest in Queen. Known for their over-the-top arrangements and Mercury's undeniable stage presence, Queen was one of the most popular international acts ever. "Queen Greatest Hits 1&2" is the definitive collection of the group's material. These guys dabbled with rock ("We Will Rock You"), pretentious pop ("Bohemian Rhapsody"), Chic-inspired r&b ("Another One Bites the Dust"), compelling, sap-free love songs ("You're My Best Friend"), rockabilly ("Crazy Little Things Called Love"), and even synth pop ("Radio Ga Ga"). Few groups could claim a body of work so varied as Queen, and all the hits are compiled on these two discs. Other favorites of mine are "I Want to Break Free," the soaring, tear-jerking "Who Wants to Live Forever" and "The Show Must Go On," which had to be written as a hint of Mercury's eventual passing. My only gripe is that this set excludes the synth-heavy "Body Language," which I personally liked. Queen isn't one of my all-time favorite groups, but only a fool would deny their indelible mark on pop music.

4-0 out of 5 stars We Will Rock You
It is so hard to imagine Greatest Hits records these days. They all seem to be anticipated very well at first, but they all seem to lack a lot of great songs in the process. It just never ends. Even some of the greatest Rock N' Roll bands also have that problem. That comes with the case of Queen. Although Freddie Mercury died several years ago, his feeling for what Pop music is in the industry, was more imaginitive and creative than anything that has ever come out. Still, there are a whole amount of people who want to cash in on Queen. Recently, Britney Spears, Pink, and Beyonce Knowles conjured their version of We Will Rock You for a Pepsi commercial, which was the worst remake ever, considering they don't have what Queen had, a legacy.

Queen Greatest Hits 1 & 2, released in 1994, was a combination plate of the first two Queen hits collections. The songs that Roger Taylor, Freddie Mercury, John Deacon, and Roger Taylor created were all their own. The legacy Queen made is truly felt right here. The first disc contained hits from their days in the 70's and early 80's. The songs include a wide amount of hits including operatic classics Bohemian Rhapsody, Bicycle Race, and Somebody To Love, as well as classic Rock anthems like We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions. The songs range here so well by Queen from Rock, R&B, Dance, Opera, and much more.

The second disc is where their popularity failed in the U.S. during the 80's, but still recieved massive airplay in Europe. The songs here are also widely recieved including Radio Ga Ga, The upbeat Invisible Man, Under Pressure with David Bowie, the dramatic Innuendo, and one of their most covered classics The Show Must Go On. The only dissapointment with this collection, is that a vast amount of songs here could've been added, including live performances, and songs like Tie Your Mother Down. Largely considering, the first disc was much shorther than the second one in the process.

Considering with this collection, a lot of fans might be torn into 2 different directions. In 2002, the colection was reissued with the Greatest Hits Volume 3. Another factor is that both collections are about the same price too. If you can't find this collection, get The Platinum Collection instead. It is one of the best Greatest Hits collections out there.

4-0 out of 5 stars excellent compilation
The reason why I gave it only 4 stars, is because it's a double compilation. I just think it's a little too long. But the tracks are pretty good. I think the disc one is better than the disc 2. Because I like the older songs are better. If you really don't wanna buy lots of their albums, you may try this.

5-0 out of 5 stars ROCK AS THEATRE
This double-CD is by far the most complete of all the greatest hits and best of collections by this theatrical UK band. Although they weren't always highly regarded by rock critics, Queen's popularity is remarkably enduring. That is perhaps explained by the fact that they didn't only offer over-the-top schlock-rock, but created remarkable versatile music, especially in the hit singles.

This is best demonstrated on Disc One, where the faux-classical Bohemian Rhapsody appears next to the funky dance classic Another One Bites The Dust. There's also the rockabilly flavoured Crazy Little Thing Called Love, power ballads like the impressive Somebody To Love and anthemic numbers like We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions.

On Disc Two my favorites include the catchy Under Pressure (with David Bowie) and the hypnotic, synth-driven Radio Ga Ga. Above all, Queen's strength lies in their gripping melodies, innovative arrangements and spectacular harmonies. Their best work dates from the seventies and eighties but even the later singles have lost none of their sing-along appeal.

This is a great compilation of ageless songs from one of the top UK bands of all time and it comes with a fact- and photo-filled booklet tracing their history and their achievements. An album set that definitely ought to be in every rock lover's collection. ... Read more

8. Alfie
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Writer/director Charles Shyer's reinvention of the beloved 60's morality tale about a serial-womanizer's quest for meaning in life is musically rooted in a voice that's lived the experience: Mick Jagger. And if the Stones' oft-cliched frontman seems a decidedly left-field choice as film scorer, his chemistry with collaborator/former Eurythmics musical spark Dave Stewart yields a surprisingly warm, often introspective slate of songs and atmospheric underscore. Jagger's solo work has often been muddied by chasing the pop production zeitgeist of the moment, but his efforts with Stewart here largely turn on a stripped-down, organic folk-blues sensibility that can't escape mostly positive parallels with the Stones' own acoustic oeuvre. Soul singer Joss Stone turns in a masterfully bluesy cover of the original film's hit Bacharach-David theme song that belies her teenage years (also interpolating it into Stewart/Jagger's "Wicked Time," which also features noted Jamaican rapper "Nadz" Seid), while Sheryl Crow duets with Jagger on the single version of the song-score's thematic anchor, "Old Habits Die Hard." -- Jerry McCulley ... Read more

9. The Broadsword and the Beast [Bonus Tracks]
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Another Tull Remaster Replete with Original and Restored Sonic Detail and featuring Eight Brilliant Bonus Tracks Recorded at the Same Time as the Original Album Release, but Left Out Due to the Limitations of Vinyl. The Broadsword Tour in 1982 Saw Tull Out on a Full Production Tour for the Final Time, Although Smaller Tours have Since Taken Place, They have Not Featured the Elaborate Stage Set that Went with this One! this Album Featured the Usual Tull Sounds of Drums, Bass, and Guitar and of Course Flute, Mandolin and Other Acoustic Instruments Complete with Vocoder and Sequencer on the Clasp, and Others. Broadsword Saw Former Cat Stevens Drummer Gerry Conway Join Tull for a Couple of Years and Dave Pegg (Ex-fairport Convention) Join them for a Second Time. Much of the Songs were Written Using the New-fangled Electronic Instruments which Gives an Interesting Twist to the Woodsy and Folksy Elements in the Songs. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars OTRA VEZ BRAVO!!!
Como devoto fan de Jethro Tull, he estado atento a los re-lanzamientos con bonus tracks de sus álbumes y en particular para Broadsword and the Beast he puesto especial atención, pues considero que es uno de los mejores álbumes de Jethro Tull, que en esta edición se hace acompañar de verdaderos diamantes musicales como Overhang, Mayhem Maybe y Jack A Lynn, canción que escucho no menos de 4 veces cada vez que toco este disco.BRAVO!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Tull's Mighty Broadsword
After their controversial "A" album from 1980, Jethro Tull charged into the year 1982 with their outstanding release, "The Broadsword And The Beast." Truly one of the group's very best works, "Broadsword" saw Jethro Tull acquire two new band members in the forms of keyboardist Peter John Vettese and drummer Gerry Conway. Vettese added a more keyboard-heavy, synthesised gloss to Tull's trademark folk-rock, and the combination works amazingly well. "Broadsword" also features some of the best material Tull frontman Ian Anderson had written since 1977's "Songs From The Wood." Lots of Tull goodies on this one, such as the marching rock of "Beastie," the catchy "Fallen On Hard Times" (which the band appropriately released as a single), the anthemic "Broadsword," the fun of "Watching Me Watching You," and the atmospheric punch of "The Clasp" and "Seal Driver." Also, this new remaster of "Broadsword" comes with a very generous helping of *eight* bonus songs all recorded during the sessions for the album, including the Christmas-themed "Jack Frost And The Hooded Crow," the part-ballad/part-rocker "Jack A Lynn," and the excellent "Overhang" and "I Am Your Gun." The album's early-80's production is top-notch, and Jethro Tull themselves sound truly inspired on this set. All the way around, "The Broadsword And The Beast" is a great Tull classic.

5-0 out of 5 stars I Can't Put It Down - Finally Available Remastered!
This was one of my favorites back when it came out and I still find it to be one of the better later releases.
I got mine for the remaster and the 8 previously "unreleased" bonus tracks that have already been released before.
How are these unreleased when I have them all??

either way
it is a great album and the bonus tracks just add to its luster.
I'd put it on the level of "Crest Of A Knave" which is a huge compliment considering where they went right after this album.

a general statement on all the recent remasters -
I have found that the recent remasters have a good bit of high end to them. Maybe my stereo is out of touch with the new millenium standards. They obviously sound more open than the original cd releases, but the originals have that analog warmth to them that I am used to. Like I said maybe I'm out of date here.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Remaster Essential but Could've Been Better!!!
BAtB is a great blend of classic Tull and early 80's arcade keyboard rock.Stunned it wasn't big in America. Contained in what I think is one of the best sleeves of all time (I own 2 pristine vinyl copies) BatB has it all: Rockers, ballads, flute, no flute, something for everyone.The arrangements are more straightforward than previous classic Tull records.

I do have one minor gripe however...There were tons of songs recorded in the '81 Maison Rouge sessions for BatB..8 are included as bonus tracks and 7 left off. Why? I have no idea these 7 tracks are just as good or better than the album kidding! To have these remastered would have made this release INSANE! Ian A. could've taken advantage of cd technology and included these songs for a 2 cd set along with the 7 tracks released on the 20 and 25 Anniversary box sets of '82 Hamburg BatB Tour. Well I made my own cdr and call it BatB Part II. For those completists out there:
Studio tracks are:
1. Crew Nights
2. The Curse
3. Commons Brawl
4. No Step
5. Drive on the Young Side of Life
6. Lights Out (not the UFO song)
1-6from the Nightcap cd set.

7. Motoreyes (from 20 Ann. Box.)

Live tracks
8. Sweet Dreams
9. The Clasp
10. Pibroch/Black Satin Dancer
11. Fallen on Hard Times
12. Aqualung
13. Locomotive Breath
8-13 from 20 Ann. Box Set

14. Seal Driver (from 25 Ann. set).

BatB will now always be a 2 cd set but if you're not into the extra stuff this is still a wonderful Jethro Tull remaster....arguably their best of the 80's.

5-0 out of 5 stars At long last, a clean copy!
Finally, after many years of waiting, my favorite band has released the remastered B&B and I can complete my Jethro Tull collection! Now you might say "wait a tick, Broadsword and the Beast has been out on CD for years." That's true, but the original CD release was nearly unlistenable, and certainly the weakest disc in the collection. It sounded a bit like it was recorded with a hand held microphone inside a wet felt sack - muddy and of inconsistent quality.

This release is much superior to the original! Broadsword & the Beast was a moderate success in the United States, but in Germany and other European countries - this was "THE" Jethro Tull album to have, eclipsing Aqualung, Thick as a Brick and all the rest in sales and chart ranking. With perhaps the best artwork on any album cover, ever - this disc became quite popular and the menacing pixie like image of Ian still adorns concert tee shirts.

While the tone of the album took the guise of Scandinavian or Celtic themes, this album was definitely a stinging commentary of contemporary times. Among the several notable songs on this collection, THE CLASP and FALLEN 0N HARD TIMES both got a respectable amount of radio play in 1982. Both songs referred to the troubled times in which we were living, both economically and politically. An ailing Leonid Brezhnev was the General Secretary of the still thriving Soviet Union, only to be replaced by an equally threatening Yuri Andropov later that year. Reagan and Thatcher had formed a powerful, yet decidedly unsettling alliance in the west. These were scary times folks, and Ian's lyrics reflected the uncertainty we were all feeling!

Other great songs on the disc include BROADSWORD, a song that harkens back to ancient times, and speaks of protecting home and family from external threats. PUSSYWILLOW became a favorite on the touring scene for a while, though I haven't seen it performed in years. The last song on the original release was the peaceful, almost comforting CHEERIO, in which Ian and the lads wished us all "the best of luck till we meet again, mate." This song has been used as the closer for almost every concert appearance since.

I would be remiss not to mention the wonderful stage set used on this concert tour. This was the final bombastic, over the top stage presentation Tull would ever mount, and it was wonderful! The stage was a full blown Viking ship with the dragon masthead shown on the cover painting - complete with smoking nostrils and glowing eyes. Other memorable moments from the show included an actual "BEASTIE" sitting on Ian's shoulders as he sang that song, and a huge BROADSWORD he flailed about that had to be as tall as Ian himself. During WATCHING ME WATCHING YOU, the stage was completely dark while Ian scanned the audience, pointing a powerful hand held spotlight out to look at us watching him! It was a great show!

I will wrap up with a mention of the bonus tracks, all of which have been available on other releases. These are a nice collection of songs all recorded around the time of this album. The most notable of these are JACK FROST AND THE HOODED CROW, a tune that most recently reappeared on the Christmas Album, and JACK A LYNN, a touching and lovely song Ian wrote in tribute to his wife Shona (it's her middle name.) MAYHEM MAYBE is a fun little ditty, and OVERHANG is a riffy, enjoyable piece as well. Enjoy this disc, it is a treasure!
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10. Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd
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Echoes is a double-CD collection of some of Pink Floyd's bestsongs. It's also a fascinating document of the band's history. They began lifeas Syd Barrett'sphantasmagoric plaything before clasping the wings of Icarus and ascendingtoward the sun on an epic space-rock odyssey, eventually turning left once theyreached the dark side of the moon and burning up on reentry, crash-landing onevery earthlings' home hi-fi. And it's all here--30 years of the Floyd's awesomeback catalog trimmed down to two handsome CDs. It's worth remembering that,despite a fondness for pyrotechnics, Pink Floyd were never a prog-rock band.Sure, some of their songs are a bit long, and they never released singles (atleast not for 11 years), but the same could be said for Led Zeppelin. Clinicallydevoid of the faux-classical overtures and vainglorious musicianship of thatera, Pink Floyd were a pole apart; Meddle's epic maritime tone poem"Echoes" remains the Floyd's apogee. But here, on this collection, "thealbatross" which "hangs motionless upon the air" has had its wings clipped--seven full minutes are missing, but you'd never be able to tell. The sonarbleeps, the screeching seagulls, the howling winds are all retained, and whoeverwielded the editorial axe, Eugene, did so carefully.

Interestingly, the album's nonchronological track listing works--thesummery, childhood enchantment of "See Emily Play" is right next to the schooldiscipline of "Happiest Days of Our Lives"--and at least this way no one willswitch off when material from A Momentary Lapse of Reason comes around.Despite the curious omission of "Atom Heart Mother," this really is the verybest of the Floyd--from the throbbing "One of These Days" to the pop operatic"Great Gig in the Sky" to the genius silvery fluidity of Dave Gilmour's guitarwork. This is timeless, as many members of Sigur Rós, Radiohead, and the Beta Band will attest. --Kevin Maidment ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars A confused compilation
Compiling an anthology of the best of Pink Floyd is a fool's errand at best. Many of the band's best moments are just not as compelling when removed from the context of the albums that spawned them. Not to mention the fact that the band has had at least three seperate and distinct eras that don't necessarily compliment one another. The early days (pre-"Meddle" 1971) feature original leader Syd Barrett and his psycadelic influence even after he left the band. From 1971-1983, Floyd was a Roger Waters dominated concept album band. After Waters left in 1983, the band has been led by guitarist David Gilmour, and has been merely a shadow of its former self.

Though to be admired for liberally including songs from the early days, the album makes a tactical error in not being programmed chronilogically. For example, the previously unreleased track "When The Tigers Broke Free" appeared in the movie version of "Pink Floyd The Wall." It's a fine song, but standing alone outside of "The Wall's" story line it doesn't have the same impact.

Overall, there is nothing wrong with the music on this collection. Of course, it could also have included about a dozen more songs, but then it would be of unweildy size. Hardcore fans probably already own most, if not all, of the material. Those just getting to know Floyd would be better off purchasing the original albums, starting with "Dark Side of the Moon" and "The Wall."

2-0 out of 5 stars Buy Floyd's albums, not songs
Although this album has some great songs, I recommend buying their albums, not their individual songs. The meaning is lost on songs from "The Wall" and "Animals," among others, because the entire album is more like one song, telling a story. Each song, like "Comfortably Numb" and "Mother," are only segments of these terrific pieces of art, so it appears that the songs have no meaning. And even if you disagree, where are other classic hits, like "Dogs?"

5-0 out of 5 stars great stuff
I'm a 17 year old kid. Most of my life Ive listened to the same things that everyone my age listened to. Modern rock, some rap, you know what I mean. However just recently when going through the radio I happened to hear the song "Wish you were Here". I didnt know who sang it but I knew that I liked it. I hadd heard it a good three times (without ever gettin sick of it) on the radio before I found out that it was actually Pink Floyd who sang it. The song "Time" was the second of Pink Floyd's songs I heard on the radio and I began to think to myself, wow these guys are really good. So I purchased this album. I wanted a greatest hits compelation because I wanted to know their whole deal and not just one part of their recording career. After five minutes I knew that I knew that I had just bought something by one of the greatest bands I had ever heard in my life. This album is amazing. Despite what any of these other critics are saying. If you want a good way to know what these guys are all about buy this album. Amazingly the songs run together seamlessly, like a huge double album, so you can have a song from their album "Meddle" right next to something from "The Wall". All of the songs on this set are incredible but their are only a few that really truly stuck with me for days after I listened to this. "Hey You" being the first one that appeared on it. The entire selection from "The Dark Side of The Moon" album is brilliant although I do wish they had included "Brain Damage" in the place of maybe "Jugband Blues". The song that I like the most however is "Shine On You Crazy Diamnod". On the album "Wish you were Here" this song is seperated into two party, 1-4 and 5-7. On this album it is one huge song titled 1-7. And it works very well. Then of course there is "Wish you were Here" which at my heart is the one which started me off. And it truly is a great song, probobly the best piece of songwriting put out by Pink Floyd. This album is amazing. One of the best greatest hits sets I have ever had the privilage of purchasing.

This music you are so hooked to call it is BAD. Period. Bad.
Unbearable to listen to. Yuk hippie slime. It will ruin your hunger and sleep. (...)

5-0 out of 5 stars very interested
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11. The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
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While they took their name from blues musicians Pink Anderson and Floyd Council when they started out as an R&B combo in the mid-60s, Pink Floyd's leader, guitarist Syd Barrett, soon began piloting the band through unprecedented sonic excursions typified by the title of their 1967 debut album's most celebrated track--the outsized instrumental "Interstellar Overdrive." Equally adept at composing catchy-sounding, Gothic-themed pop songs such as "See Emily Play," "The Scarecrow" and "The Gnome," Barrett seemed destined for greatness--that is, until psychedelic drugs got the best of him, and he abandoned the band to bassist Roger Waters and new guitarist David Gilmour. The rest, as they say, is history. --Billy Altman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Things Cannot Be Destroyed Once and For All
Along with the first albums of Jimi Hendrix, Traffic, Led Zeppelin, Roxy Music, the Allman Brothers, the Velvet Underground, the Doors and a few others, Pink Floyd's THE PIPER AT THE GATES OF DAWN is one of the great debut albums in classic rock history. All the songs are great, and the album is just dripping with tone color, haunting imagery, inspired eclecticism and unforgettable, deceptively simple tunes. It is a masterpiece of psychedelia that even today sounds fresh, brashly experimental and beguilingly STRANGE. Nothing else in rock sounds quite like it. Along with UMMAGUMMA and ATOM HEART MOTHER, it is the most avant-garde-sounding album that Floyd ever produced, though whereas the former was uneven in its studio cuts (the other disk is one of the great live rock recordings) while the latter had a more "mainstream side" to balance out the experimentalism, PIPER is a full-blown, uncompromising masterpiece. And, while I don't think singer/songwriter/guitarist Syd Barrett -- or, for that matter, anyone else in rock history -- was a "genius," for my money rock doesn't get any better than this. In my opinion it should be included in the top-ten list of all-time great rock albums.

That said, PIPER isn't necessarily going to appeal to your average Pink Floyd fan because the group that recorded it was a different animal from the one that recorded DARK SIDE OF THE MOON, WISH YOU WERE HERE and ANIMALS, with a completely different esthetic agenda that is simply going to sound too radical (and too English) for certain ears to assimilate. However, I would still encourage all Floyd-heads to give it a few careful listens. Who knows, some of them might eventually come to love what they hear.

4-0 out of 5 stars THE BIRTH OF PINK FLOYD!!
You could tell there was LSD involved in making Pink Floyd's first album Piper at the Gates of Dawn. PATGOD is filled with playful lyrics, chaotic instrumentals, hippie sound effects of the time like space travel, fantasy, and natural sounds, and British whim.

Syd Barrett, the main guitarist and vocalist, wrote the songs on PATGOD. A lot of people think today that if Syd Barrett hadn't had to leave Pink Floyd after PATGOD due to emotional breakdowns, that Pink Floyd would have been better off. I have to disagree. David Glmour was a great replacement to Barrett, who probably would have kept Pink Floyd from reaching it's popularity and Hard-Psychadelic Rock genre, instead keeping the band's Pop-Psychadelic Rock genre. But, there is no doubt that PATGOD is a very special and fantastic album.

"Astronomy Domine" begins with a crackling radio and builds up to a well played, crazy, sound effect-galore, outer space song. "Lucifer Sam" is a fun track with cool guitar riffs. "Flaming" is a childish song with obvious British whim. "Pow R. Toc H." is filled with odd vocal noises and percussion. "Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk", with funky guitar, is an undescribable highlight of PATGOD. "Interstellar Overdrive", my favorite track on Piper, is a crazy freak-out of a song. "The Gnome" is a short child song. "Chapter 24" is a nice relaxing song containing a lot of synthesizer. "The Scarecrow" is yet another child song. "Bike" rounds off Piper with magical sounds at the end of it.

This is not a must-have CD, but it makes a good element of your Pink Floyd collection if you have it. I have it and give it 4 stars.

5-0 out of 5 stars a fantastic debut album
piper at the gates of dwan was one of the greatest debut albums produced by any band which was equalled only by the debut albums of led zeppelin and black sabbath.songs likw astronomy domine,interstellar overdrive,matilda mother are great songs and among my favourite syd barret era songs.dont overlook this masterpiece if you like classic rock as this was the album which started the golden floydian era.highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Delicate Musical Tension
Before The Wall, before Wish You Were Here, before Dark Side Of The Moon, before Meddle, before David Gilmour, there was the magical, psychedelic masterpiece that was Piper At The Gates of Dawn. An album which captures Pink Floyd at its most experimental and challenging, Piper At The Gates of Dawn embraces the essence and pushes the limitations of the psychedelic sound. Written almost entirely by guitarist Syd Barret, whose penchant for wild and reckless experimentation extended far beyond the purely musical, Piper At The Gates Of Dawn takes on a life wholly independent of other Pink Floyd albums.

It is a difficult, almost feral, album filled with songs that project a view of the world that is almost childish in its naiivety, and yet, at the same time, maintains a very dark, menacing edginess. It is an album which manages, somehow a very delicate tension between the whimsical and the sinister, a tension which, perhaps, reflects the personal turmoil of Syd Barret himself.

Tough to say what might have transpired had Barret not lost the edge. Perhaps his psychological collapse (brought about by the over-use of psychotropic drugs), was necessitated by the nature of the art he created: a brilliance not made to last, like a star going nova. Conjecture aside, Piper At The Gates of Dawn remains a unique artistic statement, wholly unlike anything that would be produced by the subsequent incarnation of the group following Barret's departure. It is an album which captures, in a very real way, the nature and essence of psychedelic music, and may in fact be the best Pink Floyd album.

[NOTE: for the casual Floyd fan, the incarnation of the band present on Piper At The Gates Of Dawn is the Pink Floyd you know and love in title alone. Consequently, Piper At The Gates Of Dawn make take some getting used to, particularly for those either unfamiliar with late 60's psychedelic rock or those expecting a Darkside-esque album.]

1-0 out of 5 stars The piper must have been smoking something funny in his pipe
I am a pink floyd fan but I do not like this album or any of pink floyd's early (experimental is I think the word used to describe their early music) albums including PATGOD, ASOS, AHM, UG. I only like pink floyd albums from Meddle onwards cause this was the stage when pink floyd must have sobered up or dtoxed or grew up because their early experimental albums sound like they were recorded when the band were drunk or stoned.

I watched the DVD pink floyd: the syd barrett story and they were portraying syd as a genius or a pioneer. I only thought why? Anybody could play the guitar rubbing objects along the stings and fret to produce wierd irritating noises and play out of beat and out of tune.

Don't get me wrong, it is sad that syd suffered the problems he had or still has but I don't really sympahize with people who willingly take experimental drugs.

If you really want to listen to good pink floyd then have a listen to albums like dark side of the moon, the wall, wish you were here, animals just to name a few. ... Read more

12. Meddle
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For all that menacing, hatchet-happy growl at the beginning of Meddle's opener, "One of These Days," Pink Floyd really weren't about to "cut you into little pieces." Meddle did, however, show that the reigning British monarchs of 1970s-era psychedelia could rip into galloping jams. It also showed what its predecessor, Atom Heart Mother, promised--that the band could excel in long, breathtaking suites that revealed strains of late-classical music, Sun Ra-inspired space explorations, and a patchwork approach to colliding sounds that together took on acid-drenched proportions. And if all that isn't enough, "San Tropez" revealed a playful side of the band, playing footsy with loungy jazz and having good fun in the process. --Andrew Bartlett ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Echoes - the peak of symphonic rock
It's to say that the album has two very separate halfs. One is very early 70's sounding, with the heavy-rocker 'One of this Days' and the soft 'A Pillow of Winds' as highlights, really a very experimental and unique side, if not reaching the standards for a Pink Floyd's album side, and the other half.

This one contains an only track, 'Echoes' which is for me the biggest achievement from Pink Floyd as a track, maybe along with 'Shine on You Crazy Diamond'. Not only that, but maybe it's one of the long tracks that will have to be exhibited in the future to explain people what "was" symphonic rock. The theme starts with a submarine-radar sound lost in the immensity of the ocean's silence. Some sonsensy keyboards start to groove and a beautiful guitar from mister Gilmour draws a slow and sinuous melody, and the band starts playing over Nick Mason's lazy drum beating. So the vocal part appears with a nice and sensitive harmony between Gilmour and Wright. Everything develops to an almost pre-funky jam and after that the music starts disappearing under a scary and breathtaking sinfony of what is like underwater screaming creatures. That lasts for some minutes, and so a muted electric guitar leads the way gradually from silence to what is one of the most beautiful, energetic and full of emotion musical crescendos a band has ever achieved. Find out the rest of it for yourselves!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great if you're in a relaxing mood, kinda boring otherwise
Having read many reviews about this CD recently, I was slightly disappointed when I bought it just a few days ago. But, let me tell you: if it's raining outside and you're just relaxing, then I wouldn't recommend any other album over Meddle. Overall, Meddle is a little more boring than Dark Side and very quiet, and the tunes aren't exactly the kind you'd hum in the shower (except maybe for Echoes). Here's my song-by-song analysis: 1. One of These Days - A bright, energetic spot on an otherwise dull first side of the album. This is a great instrumental piece, and great music for jogging, if you put in on repeat several times. The beat and energy is very similar to another Pink Floyd song, Sheep (found on Animals), which I'm also quite fond of. Rating: 4.5 (out of 5). 2. A Pillow of Winds - the best song on this album to listen to when it's raining, since it's about the coziness of home and bad weather and such. But, once again, not very entertaining otherwise. Rating: 3.5 3. Fearless - some people say this song has a great melody, but I don't quite see it. I think the vocals here are too soft compared to the drums, although the calm vocals and obstinate, determined lyrics match quite nicely. Rating: 3.5 4. San Tropez - this is actually a nice surprise - a "tropical paradise" song. It has a good, catchy tune, but still very quiet. Rating: 4 5. Seamus - Weird song which can be disregarded since it's only 2 minutes long, while the backing vocals are provided by a fairly talented dog. Rating: 2 6. Echoes - Instantly one of the best Pink Floyd songs, as soon as you hear it for the first time. So far, I've only listened to it four or five times, and I'm sure it'll grow on me. However, I still think that Time and Shine On You Crazy Diamond (parts 1-5) are better because they sound more, shall I say, assertive. I think the difference is that Gilmour's guitar is featured more prominently in those 2 songs. But, to its credit, Echoes is far from a drag and doesn't seem like it's 23 minutes long. In short, this is probably the closest that I've heard rock-'n-roll resemble good classical music, except using guitars and keyboards and other layered sounds instead of orchestral instruments. Rating: 5

5-0 out of 5 stars Perhaps Pink Floyd's best pre-Dark Side album
Meddle was the Pink Floyd album were they seemed to have finally gotten rid of many of the '60s psychedelic gimmicks and started going for a more '70s progressive rock sound. Most of the first half of the album (side one if you own the LP) is like the second, more song-oriented half of Atom Heart Mother, although I felt the stuff on Meddle was definately better executed. Some of the more undesirable experiments of Atom Heart Mother (specifically "Alan's Psychedelic Breakfeast") had been luckily thrown out the window. The album starts off with "One of These Days", always been a favorite. It's a really heavy piece, with loud use of bass. I have always felt this was the closest to heavy metal the band ever did. "A Pillow of Windows" is an organ-dominated ballad with acoustic guitar with plenty of that '70s Pink Floyd trademark. Roger Waters' "St. Tropez" is a rather upbeat number, although the album does feature one one misstep and that was Wright's "Seamus". It was basically a misguided attempted at doing country blues complete with a howling dog. It sounds so un-Pink Floyd. I guess the band wanted to be less serious here. But I had always felt the album's other crowning achievement (aside from "One of These Days") was the 23 minute side-length epic "Echoes". A lot of the style which would make them famous with "Dark Side of the Moon" could be found here. The album starts off with Richard Wright's use piano. Here you get to hear David Gilmour use this spacy slide guitar, which became a Pink Floyd trademark. When the vocals come in, you hear many of the same vocals harmonies that you recognize on albums like "Dark Side of the Moon". In fact this part of "Echoes" sounds like a pre-cursor to "Time". Then the band starts going in to a lengthy instrumental passage which then fades in to some truly bizarre use of wind sounds and electronic seagulls. Eventually those wind and seagull sounds fade with just spooky organ from Richard Wright, then Waters comes in with his bass, then the whole band kicks in before the main vocal themes return. Eventually the song ends once again with those wind sounds. This had been always my favorite pre-Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd album. There is no doubt if you're in to this band, you need this album.

5-0 out of 5 stars Experimental Floyd
I wouldn't recommend getting this as your first Floyd album just cause it might throw you off track. This is a great CD but not quite up to par with Dark Side or maybe Wish you were Here. But the closer "echoes" makes it a close call. It is an astonishing 23 minutes of great lyrics, musicianship and interesting soundscapes and moods. Another highlight is the sleepy "A Pillow of Winds" and "Fearless". Hell, every song on the album is great except for Seamus, which seems a little out of place.
But If you're a Floyd fan and dont own this album, do yourself a favor and buy it NOW.

5-0 out of 5 stars this gets five stars
meddle was the fourth best floyd album in my opinion after the big triumvartate of the dark side of the moon,the wall and wish you were here mainly because of great songs like one of these days and the 23 minute opus echoes.very highly recommended. ... Read more

13. Reise Reise
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The German Kings of Power Metal Never Stray Too Far from Controversy and this is the Follow Up to their Breakthu Album "Mutter". The Wall of Sound Comes at You at 1,000 Mph and Won’t Let Up! features the First Single "Mein Teil". ... Read more

14. The Best of the Moody Blues
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Fans of the Moody Blues hungry for the band's intoxicatingly rich arrangements and soaring melodies need look no further than this terrific compilation. What it lacks in depth this collection makes up for in breadth, spanning the band's 30-year history of hits from "Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon)" to "Your Wildest Dreams." Featuring some of Justin Hayward and John Lodge's best songwriting and packed with performances truly worthy of the superlative adjective greatest, this collection of hits delivers the goods. --L.A. Smith ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great CD, worth every penny.
[One CD, with a running time of 78:22] This collection of Moody Blues hits would better be called, "The Moody Blues Through The Years." The songs run from their early Go Now (1964), through I Know You're Out There Somewhere (1988). Along the way, we get the touching Isn't Life Strange, the haunting Forever Autumn, the radiant The Voice, and many other great songs.

My one and only complaint is that Nights In White Satin is included without Graeme Edge's spellbinding poem Late Lament. I have always found that poem to be a fantastic epilogue to the song. But that's such a minor complaint. This is a great CD, and well worth the money.

By the way, the sleeve includes a one or two-sentence story of each song, and a conversation between John Reed and Justin Hayward, which tells the story of the band. Nice bonus!

4-0 out of 5 stars A worthy introduction to a great band
The Moody Blues have been making fantastic music for more than 30 years, and this cd probably has everything of theirs you have ever heard on the radio. From the stunning epic "Nights in White Satin" to the rollicking "Ride My See-saw", the mermerizing "Story in Your Eyes", the sweeping "Voice" and the soaring "I Know You're Out There Somewhere"... with lots in between. There's even a couple of great Justin Hayward side projects, "Blue Guitar" and "Forever Autumn", thrown in for good measure.

It's not a perfect collection. For one thing, this collection came out more than ten years ago, so the two studio albums and two live albums they've released since then are not covered. For another, there are four excellent songwriters in the band (five during their classics period) and only two, Justin Hayward and John Lodge, have their works featured here. But, every single that the Moodies have ever put out has been penned by either Hayward or Lodge, so the compilation can hardly be faulted for that. Granted, the Hayward side projects (as much as I love them) don't really belong here, and "Go Now," which came out before Justin Hayward and John Lodge even joined the band, when they were a hack R&B group, is out of place. The elimination of these could have made room for some songs written and sung by other members of the band, such as "Legend of a Mind", a 1968 classic written and sung by flutist Ray Thomas which to this day is a quintessential part of their live show.

I am a die-hard Moodies fan who has in his collection all of their studio material and officially-released live material (which is a lot) as well as a multitude of solo albums from the band members (totalling nine albums.) My love affair with the Moodies started with a little now-out-of-print greatest hits package that was a lot like this one, only with less songs. And that one sure got me going! So this is a perfectly great collection to introduce oneself to their music, unless of course you want to spring for the comprehensive double-cd "Anthology."

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Collection, but buy the Anthology
I am a devoted Moody Blues fan, and find that this is a great hits compilation. Having seen the Moodies recently in concert, I am reminded of how great they are, and I can confidentally give this CD 5 stars. The Moody Blues are on par with the Beatles, Stones and Who in my estimation. It is a disgrace and travesty that they are not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, especially when so many lesser acts and one-hit wonders are. But to return the Very Best of The Moody Blues CD, I do not think it is their best compilation available; The 2-Disc Anthology, and the now out-of-print Legends of A Band: The Moody Blues Greatest Hits (1989), are each much better sets in my estimation. The latter does not have Go now, Blue Guitar or Forever Autumn, but it does have 12 of their best singles, and covers well the span of their career through the Sur La Mer CD. Go Now is okay, was a great single for 1964, but it pales in comparison of the material that the Moodies would be producing once Haywood and Lodge joined the team. Blue Guitar and Forever Autumn are great tunes, but they arise from solo projects, and I believe this set should stick to the group material. There is group material left off that is better, anyway. This set, the Very Best of the Moody Blues, would have been better with the same track listing as Legends of a Band, plus 3 out of these four titles: Driftwood, Blue World, Lean on Me, and English Sunset (English Sunset came out after this compilation, but should be the chronological finale in any future single disc Moody Blues CDs).

1-0 out of 5 stars Overrated
Many times have I dreamily listened to "Nights in White Satin." I was intrigued enough to buy the album, but what followed was a gradual disappointment in the cd as each song progressed. I found myself cutting songs short in the vain hope that the next would redeem the album. No such luck. I'm not thrilled with their sound. If I want psychadelic rock, I'll listen to Pink Floyd. If I want mellow rock, I'll listen to Procol Harum. I shall NOT listen to the Moody Blues.

4-0 out of 5 stars Better than "Your Wildest Dreams".
This is a cd I picked up expecting to know about three hits, and ended up knowing half the disc, well. Plus, what I didn't know, I also grew to like. Besides the big hits like "Nights In White Satin", "Tuesday Afternoon", and "Ride My See-Saw", this includes "I Know You're Out There Somewhere", "Voice", "Question", and "Your Wildest Dreams". All these songs most people will know, even if not by title. Yes, a few tracks are edited, but I doubt the casual fan will notice, or care. Overall, it's a great collection, that any level of fan should enjoy. ... Read more

15. The Best of Kansas [1999]
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3-0 out of 5 stars Columbia revamps this album and improves it 100% but still..
The original issue of this album, released in 1984, was attrocious. It contained the big hits (Wayward Son, Dust, Hold On) and a few key album rock staples (Point of Know Return, Song for America and The Wall). But the rest of the album was devoted to dire tracks from their 1980s output: The generic hard rock of Fight Fire With Fire, Play the Game Tonight and No One Together, and a perfectly dreadful "previously unreleased" track, Perfect Lover. Their first three albums, surely their most artistically accomplished (if not most commercial) were represented by the lone track "Song for America". In essence, this seemed a desperate effort to paint the group as still vital by placing undue focus on their then-recent output.

In a word: Worthless.

This reissue, in addition to modest improvement in fidelity, gooses the track list to make it much more palatable. The terrible Perfect Lover has been jettisoned completely, and in its place we get three new additions: The Pinnacle (from Masque), The Devil Game (from Song For America) and Closet Chronicles (from Point of Know Return). The album is now a far better balanced view of Kansas' career. There are still many more excellent tracks from their first five albums that could have been used in place of the 1980s filler (and surely one track from the not-completely-horrible Monolith could have been included), but this isn't bad.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great for the casual fan
Everyone has heard "Carry On Wayward Son," "Dust in the Wind" and "Point of Know Return" thousands of times on the radio, but they sound great in this environment. "The Wall," a non-hit, is one of the band's very best songs, however, a soaring tale of hope which is exquisitely played and arranged. The live "Closet Chronicles," one of the new additions to this re-released set, sounds great, and "Pinnacle," an excellent long track with nods to progressive rock bands like Yes, Rush and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, is a tremendous choice. "Devil Game" is new to this set, and the mediocre "Perfect Lover" was dumped. Both were good moves.

Some of the later hits for Kansas weren't as effective: "Hold On" is overdone, both lyrically and musically, and "Fight Fire With Fire" was released in 1983 after personnel changes and sounded nothing like what fans were used to. "Play The Game Tonight," although a substantial hit, sounded a bit too much like the competition as well. The hit "People of the South Wind" wasn't included, which is disappointing, and "Song For America" is still in edited form. I'm not sure why, since--as other reviewers have stated--there was room on the disc.

All in all, though, a fine representation of a very good band, and the improved sound and stronger selection makes this edition of "The Best of Kansas" a winner. Note: While the double CD set "The Ultimate Kansas" packs a great deal of music and samples heavily from the band's early days, I wouldn't necessarily recommend it for anyone who isn't a devoted Kansas fan. Much of the band's output, while very good in its own right, is much more progressive and less radio friendly than the huge hits which put the band on the map. If it's the Kansas hits you want, with a small handful of well-chosen nuggets alongside, the reworked "The Best of Kansas" is for you.

3-0 out of 5 stars The best is decent.
I must say, there are a number of classic rock hits on here, but none of them excite me very much. I probably wouldn't even own this if it wasn't for "Dust In The Wind". That song is excellent, and reminds me of some of the better stuff from "Crosby Stills & Nash" and "America". Otherwise this also has "Carry On Wayward Son", "Point Of No Return", "Hold On", and "Play The Game Tonight", all of which are good, just not the caliber of "Dust In The Wind". I think my problem is that some of the more rocking songs remind me of "Styx", and I can't stand them. Overall it's a decent bunch of tunes, but I guess I just can't be a big fan of "Kansas", when I'm from Missouri.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great introductory chapter for KANSA FANS
I've been KANSAS fans for over 20 years.They had ups and downs.I think this CD is a best introductory for the beginner for AMERICAN PROGRESSIVE ROCKS.This band's pop sides are strongly stressed in this hit collection.If you are a DIEHARD fans KANSAS,dig another fulllength albums.So many long time complex pieces are omitted here.This GREAT BAND can't be told with only this CD.This is a good main gate for the AMERICAN PROG-ROCK SEEKERS.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Autobiography of a Supergroup
Each track on this handy compilation embodies all of the genuine elements that made Kansas one of the all-time greats, consisting of the Topeka-homegrown innocence (without the cliched naivety) combined with weary-eyed looks at the past, present, and an uncertain future. Springing from the virtuous, innocent American heartland, Kansas was a band that remained honest in their hopeful-sad-determined subject matter, and became one of the premier supergroups of its time (and remaining unmatched in their genre to this day). They proved they could pull off their love of British progressive rock without sounding overblown or overproduced, while keeping an authentic Southern jam essence. This slightly made-over version of the original release showcases examples of the things that made Kansas stand out; whether it's the doleful realizations of 'Dust in the Wind,' the power of 'Point Of Know Return' or 'Carry on Wayward Son,' or reflections of Kerry Livgren's search for redemption through Christianity, every song here remains some of the best work released during their respective times. However, it should be noted that "The Best Of Kansas" is not necessarily a place to start for new fans; rather, Kansas is one of those bands whose immense creativity is best experienced with each individual album, and no compilation completely does them a significant amount of justice. Nonetheless, it's still a relatively sturdy overview, and a fascinating musical biography. ... Read more

16. Undertow
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Arguably their finest album, this follow-up to Opiate showcases Tool at their best, assisted by clean, crisp production, without the muddiness of Aenima. Edgy guitar riffs are complemented by spitting, heavy bass, especially on "Sober" and "Crawl Away". Lyrically, Tool are at their vitriolic best, targeting religious hypocrisy ("Intolerance," "Sober"; always a popular theme), the loss of innocence and its consequences ("Prison Sex"), and deliberate ignorance ("Swamp Song"). Henry Rollins makes a guest appearance on "Bottom," which, along with "4 Degrees," deals with questions of identity. Undertow is also Tool's most musically adventurous album, lacking the occasionally numbing sameness of Aenima, and with considerably more sophistication than their previous work. Very highly recommended. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Greatest band ever
This CD is not as good as Aenima, but nothing is. Undertow is heavier but Aenima has so much more creativity in it, not like Undertow doesn't. If you don't have a TOOL album yet you should definately get this one, but get Aenima first. On both albums every single song is great. Undertows best songs in my opinion are Flood, Intolerance, Bottom, and Undertow. Most people like Prison Sex and Sober the most, I like those songs alot its just when I listen to this album I listen to it for heavy songs but I do like Sober and Prison Sex. Heres a review of the Songs: 1. Intolerance- Heavy song, great guitar riffs and strong vocals, something to headbang to. 10/10 2. Prison Sex- softer, but has great guitar, bass, drums(like always)and a good melody. 10/10 3. Sober- Another soft song(sort of)but is still really good. 10/10 4. Bottom- Has a killer guitar riff after the second chorus, this song goes on for around 6-7 minutes all heavy except for one part in the middle. 10/10 5. Crawl Away- 10/10 6. Swamp song- 8/10------Still a great song-better than almost anything else out there 7. Undertow- 11/10 8. 4 degrees- 9/10 9. Flood- great opening and ending 11/10 10. Disgustipated- great way to end a TOOL CD. 10/10 BUY THIS AND AENIMA(note; New album in May- going to be great)

5-0 out of 5 stars Undertow
Tool is probably my favorite band and this is my favorite album that the band has put out. Opiate and Ænima are also great albums, but in my opinion, Undertow is the best of the three.

Some people have said that Ænima stands up better to repeated listenings than Undertow, but I don't agree. In fact, I think Undertow has the most replay value of Tool's three releases. Ænima is the best album to listen to straight through because a lot of the songs have similar sounds and it all flows together very well, but unless you always want to listen to the whole album, Undertow is the better choice. Contrary to what a couple of the editoral reviews say, Undertow has a fairly nice variety going. "Crawl Away" is one of Tool's heaviest songs (which makes sense, since it was one of the first songs they wrote), while "4 Degrees" is fairly soft-spoken by comparison.

Some people also feel that Undertow is "mindless rock," which blows my mind. Undertow has just as many philosophical concepts going on as Ænima. Songs like "Intolerance" and "Flood" deal with questions of faith, "Undertow" has been interpreted as being about struggling with substance abuse, and more.

In addition, a lot of self-professed "Tool fans" feel that "Sober" and "Prison Sex" are the best songs on the album, and the best that Tool has ever done. While they are good songs, I feel that they are actually two of the weaker songs here. "4 Degrees" and "Bottom" are so underappreciated that I can scarcely believe it. Then you have "Flood" and "Crawl Away," which are probably my two favorite Tool songs. As I said, though, there are no bad songs on this album.

If you don't own a Tool album yet, I would recommend buying Undertow first and then Opiate. If you buy Ænima first, don't expect all that many similarities between it and the other records.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Debuet EVER!
hands down.

every song is a 10

from Sober to Prison Sex to Crawl Away to Bottom to Undertow to Flood to Swamp Song to Intolerance to 4 Degrees and even the 15 minute Disgustapated.


There 3rd best album (that says a lot)

3-0 out of 5 stars Looks like I have to go against the majority
There is no doubt that Tool's debut "Undertow" is a much better musical experience than most of what is out there today. Infact, when I heard "Sober" on the radio, it gave me hope for a dying generation of music (that was several years ago, but music was still pretty bad in the mid-late 90's). It wasn't until a few months ago that I got Tool's first CD, already having the other three, and hearing how awesome this one was in comparison. EVERYONE -- friends, critics, reviewers of this site, etc. said that Undertow was a God of a CD. Now, I'm not one to worship any one band, let alone a CD, but I absolutely loved Aenima, and Lateralus was pretty good. So, to say the very least, I was very hyped to go back in time and enjoy Tool's supposed best. Now, I will not deny that this CD deserves at the very least, three stars. However, after hearing "Undertow" in its entirety a full four times (not consecutively, I might add), I wanted to unleash a bottle of rage and unfairly give this disk one star. Now that I've cooled down, I'll continue.

I do wish to reiterate that I am not some ignorant reivewer that hasn't heard this and thinks it totally sucks. Not the case with me. However, I disagree with just about everyone on this planet with regards to this being Tool's best work. It's a debut that is better than most, but it does not compare to Aenima for several reasons. First, while on "Undertow" there are some variations in guitar riffs and melodic flow, it was practically a foundation in "Aenima" Think about the title song from "Aenima". The end was quite different from the beginning. Think how different the uptight rage in that song was from the haunting aura in "H" and how different both were from the mellow, yet upbeat flow of "Forty-Six and 2". Also, with "Hooker with a *****", think about how the beginning and the end accomplish rage and anger at being called a sellout (which Tool is anything but) in two different musical styles. In "Undertow", there's hardley any of the aforementioned variety that made "Aenima" so intriguing. Even in "Lateralus", the first song on that CD, "The Grudge", contains at least three or four different riffs, complete with Danny Carrey going nuts on drums at the end. Now, I will say that I am still impressed with Carrey's end of "Undertow"; he is among the best drummers I've ever heard, and, as a percussionist myself, if anyone wants to refute that, then by all means, go ahead. However, many of the song here on "Undertow" are tough to distinguish from one another. Even though there are no fillers here......correction........what the hell is up with that last song "Disgustipated".......disgustipated indeed.......what a waste of 16 minutes (life feeds on life; this is necessary! over and over again), the similarity of many of the songs (with Sober and Undertow being standouts) to each other makes "Undertow" not nearly as satisfying as "Aenima".

Lyrically, this CD is fairly strong, but again, Aenima is a thousand times better in that department as well. Think about the controversy that Maynard wanted to stir up in songs like "Eulogy", claiming that Jesus Christ himself was a fake, "Aenima", where he prays for the end of the world, and "Hooker with a *****", where he states his well-founded disgust with the music industry's current state, as well as his band's obvious refusal to sell-out. Now, there is a small amount of controversy contained in "Undertow", but not enough for me to be convinced that, based on "Undertow" alone, Tool is a daring band. I will reiterate a final time that this is still a good CD, but not as powerful or moving as Aenima. Tool is a progressive rock band, so I'd like to think that, as they release CD's, they would progress; it only makes sense that "Aenima" and "Lateralus" be better than "Undertow". Like I said, this is one of the most hyped-up CD's I've ever seen, so to say I had high expectations is an understatement. However, this isn't Tool's best effort; "Sober" and "Undertow" are the only clear standouts on this CD. Still, it is worth it to check out this mostly solid, yet slightly repetitive, disk.

5-0 out of 5 stars wow!!
not much more to say bu this cd is great maynard has such a great voice

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17. In Absentia
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After a quarter-century of punk and postmodern excesses, it's always something of a surprise to find young musicians who not only recall a past era's musical indulgences, but also revel in them. This Lava Records debut is the latest fruit of Porcupine Tree mainstay Steven Wilson's obsession with prog, a mania that dates to the late '80s when the "band" was little more than a fantasy, though one with a remarkably imaginative--if entirely fictional--history and bio. But that pipedream eventually became a real "alt prog" cult fave, with these dozen ambitious songs finding a focus that occasionally eluded the band on half-hour soundscapes like its underground hit, "Voyage 34." Tracks like "Gravity Eyelids" have a retro-psychedelic feel that would have done the XTC alter ego Dukes of Stratosphear proud, with Wilson's pure melodic tenor pushing it beyond the merely baroque. But the collection is also a strong statement of another crucial Wilson/Porcupine retro-sensibility: The album has unified musical statement. "Lips of Ashes" and "Prodigal" serve up the sort of impressionistic, harmony-rich musings that Pink Floyd has rarely managed since Wish You Were Here, while "The Creator Has a Master Tape" punctuates the rich harmonies of tracks like "Heart Attack in a Layby" with Crimson-esque metallic thrash and processed vocals. While the band's instrumental prowess sometimes slums its way into the free-form jazz noodling of past efforts, the album remains one of the band's fullest achievements. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars "Black the sky, weapons fly..."
I have always heard of the name Porcupine Tree when I started getting into the modern-day progressive rock bands, but I had never heard anything by them and was skeptical whether or not they'd be any good. A few weeks ago, I bought a copy of their latest album IN ABSENTIA and was intrigued by the sound clips. This was some really heavy stuff, yet further info led me to discover that PT were a more mellow prog band on their earlier albums. You would never guess that from the blistering opening track "Blackest Eyes."

What Porcupine Tree have done on IN ABSENTIA is a truly remarkable achievement. By bridging the gap between old-school prog. rock and modern-day progressive metal and throwing in some melodic pop/rock for good measure, they have created a totally unique sound. There are some stunningly beautiful moments on this album, and some of the most intense moments I've ever heard. Yet, it always remains consistent and the album flows incredibly well. How else can you explain that the gorgeous "Heartattack in a Layby" is followed by the dark and punishing "Strip the Soul"?

The album begins with the aforementioned "Blackest Eyes," which expertly combines big, crunchy metal riffs with catchy harmonies and stellar acoustics. The song smoothly segues into "Trains," my personal favorite off the record. This track just might be the greatest pop song ever written. The two solos - one on acoustic guitar and the other on banjo - fit in perfectly, and Steve Wilson's vocals are heartbreaking and emotional, especially when you read the lyrics. After this great one-two punch, the song quality continues.

The excellent "The Sound of Muzak" is a slashing commentary on today's music industry, with clever lyrics and solid drumming. The 8-minute epic "Gravity Eyelids" starts off slowly with some innovative ambient samples and soundscapes that mesh wonderfully with Wilson's dry vocals, and around the 4 minute mark, a seriously heavy riff kicks in and the band rocks out for the remainder of the track until the ambience is repeated again at the end. The complex instrumental "Wedding Nails" is another rocking highlight, sounding like Black Sabbath and King Crimson jamming in the studio together. Nobody seems to have mentioned the beautiful ".3," but I think it's a mesmerizing, hypnotic song that conveys a lot of emotion through it's two lines of lyrics than anything else (one of them is my review title).

Unlike a lot of prog bands, Porcupine Tree's musicianship is used to serve the song rather than merely show off, but they still play great. The drummer Gavin Harrison is an absolute monster, laying down some killer grooves and playing some pretty speedy fills, especially on the industrial-like "The Creator Has a Mastertape." The guitar work is also fantastic. The tone and feel the riffs and solos are absolutely astonishing. The production is also top-notch, courtesy of Wilson as well, who also produced the last three Opeth albums (guess that's what inspired him to have the guitars heavier this time around).

IN ABSENTIA is a solid slab of classic progressive rock and deserves to be in everybody's collection. I don't use the word "masterpiece" very often, but that's what this album is. Once you own it, you'll feel the same way.

5-0 out of 5 stars The BEST album of 2002!!
What can I say about the best album of 2002? Simple-it's the best album of 2002! Porcupine Tree has continued to amaze me with each of their releases. In fact, they are hands down my current favorite band.

"In Absentia" is clearly Porcupine Tree's heaviest album to date. Steven Wilson, after producing extreme metal band Opeth, has obviously brought his love of metal into the PT sound more than ever. From the opening crunching guitars in "Blackest Eyes," to the hard-edged instrumental, "Wedding Nails," this album will please the fans of harder rock while not threatening or discouraging those who like calmer music. The lighter side of PT is still there however, and the spaced out vibe and psychedelic influences have not left the band all together. These more laid back moments, mixed with the heaviness, make for a truly interesting, unique and powerful record.

What else would you expect from Porcupine Tree? Here's a band that has continued to evolve and change-never recording the same album twice. They push the limits and pre-conceived notions of todays rock while creating experimental, yet quite accessible music. This one-time solo project turned into a full-fledged band three records ago and now, this once underground, progressive, rock band has potential for major commercial success as "In Absentia" is Porcupine Tree's major label debut. Once Lava officially releases that all-important first single--watch out! This band's going to explode!

Porcupine Tree is, hands down, one of the most exciting things to happen to rock in years. There aren't enough great things I can say about all aspects of this group. From their early and odd beginning material, to the more accessible albums like "Stupid Dream" and this new record, Porcupine Tree is going to be a huge force to reckon with in 2003. They are simply the best rock band currently making music. This may be a bold statement, but once you discover the Tree for yourself, you'll understand!

3-0 out of 5 stars It's just ok.
I am having a hard time understanding the buzz around this band. This is honestly an average album. NEUROSIS and TOOL have been making the same brand of music for about 15 years now. Porcupine Tree just doesn't stand up to these legendary bands, and in fact, they're boring by comparison. Not dark enough, not tough enough, not raw enough: this is basically standard commercial alternative rock. I wouldn't be surprised to hear any of these tracks released on commercial radio. That's basically what this album is; a collection of slightly above-average radio songs. I guess if you're bored and looking for something new, this album will surely please. But even the MINISTRY are producing better stuff than this right now. "In Abstentia" is an album I own on DVD-audio and I'm glad I do, but it's not as alternative, bizarre, or exciting as you may be hoping for. Check out stuff by the other three bands I mentioned first, or even by Mars Volta or Sigur Ros. Porcupine Tree just isn't on that level, hopefully they will be someday.

4-0 out of 5 stars Amazon,Make it apparent this is a DVD
Amazon you guys DO NOT make it apparent at all this is a DVD you
A.Sell it in your CD area
and B.Do not imply in anyway it is a DVD.
Yes though Steven Wilson=Genius still not what I was looking for since it was a DVD it IS in fact an extraordinary DVD and I love it problem is,I'm travelling and kinda wanted to hear this cd.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good first big-label release
Being a fan of Porcupine Tree for a few years, I was waiting in anticipation for their first release on Lava Records. Up to the official release, I read comments from longtime PT fans about how this was the end because PT signed with a big-label so in their eyes that automatically means they've "sold out". Nice to know bands aren't supposed to have a decent livelihood in order to please their hardcore fans.

Anyway, after giving In Absentia a listen, I was impressed. Did it sound a little more "mainstream" than what they've released in the past? Perhaps, but the result of this big-label release is that new listeners are now intrigued with what the group has produced in the past, and that's the whole point to signing to a bigger label: produce new music and at the same time have the ability to attract a larger audience that an independent label can't do, and in turn gets them curious about what you've previously done.

Anyway, back to the album itself. In Absentia definitely has a harder sound. Steven Wilson has said that he gets unfluenced by everything around him, and death metal was one of them. The harder metal sound is evident in songs like Blackest Eyes, Gravity Eyelids, Wedding Nails, and Strip the Soul. Some elements of what they've done in the past are still evidence such as the track .3, and Mr. Wilson even takes a jab at the music industry itself with the track The Sound of Muzak.

Overall, the album is still far better than much of the bs that comes out of the music world in this day and age. With so much coming just so it's listenable on MTV, it's nice to see that some groups don't fall into that trap. Porcupine Tree releasing material in a bigger label is here to stay, so deal with it. I definitely look forward to their next release. ... Read more

18. Atom Heart Mother
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In the grand, color-bending tradition of psychedelic experimentalism, Pink Floyd's Atom Heart Mother takes as its title an inscrutable phrase and under the title launches a similarly inscrutable--or at least dense--musical concatenation. The title suite features French-horn-led brass melodies riffed on by David Gilmour's guitar and the rhythm section, all of which veers into choral passages that recall György Ligeti's vocal works and then almost atonal pulses of keyboards that mask reams of audio snippets swirling underneath. And then there's some moody folk from Roger Waters, an almost Kinks-ish rambler from Richard Wright, then more moody folk (this time from Gilmour) on "Fat Old Sun," and, to close, the spirited melodic runaround of "Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast." There's a range of emotion here, from doleful to crazed to humorous (especially the dramatized comments on macrobiotics in the closer). Atom Heart Mother was a spotlight ahead for Pink Floyd, showing the extensions of form the band would engage in so successfully on Dark Side of the Moon just a few short years later. --Andrew Bartlett ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Pink Floyd Four Shine on "Atom Heart"
"Atom Heart Mother" by Pink Floyd is by far my favorite album of any genre. Yes, I admit, it is quite unconventional. The first track, twenty minutes long and sub-divided into several different parts, contains many surreal samples of orchestra horns, Waters' bass riffs, Masons' drum rantings, Wright's melodic keyboard tangents and Gilmour's eloquent guitar-playing and is punctuated with the sounds of cannons, a musket-firing horse cavalry, a motorcycle and some unintelligible chanting. However, all of the pieces come together as a relaxing yet compelling mosaic of sounds that coerce the listener's imagination into action.

Waters' "If" is similar to his "Pigs on the Wing" contributions, but is much more compelling as its melancholy lamentations have a "Mother" (from their most commercially successful album "The Wall") type flavor. "Fat Old Sun" is a beautiful, relaxing Gilmour composition that is just a pleas! ! ure to listen to. Wright's "Summer of '68" is perhaps the boldest song on the album (and my favorite) with blaring horns, undulating piano and strumming guitar. All I can say is I simply love this song.

Closing out the album is "Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast" a tri-part medley that is begun and intermissioned by the kitchen sounds of cabinets opening, water running, slippered feet dragging across the floor, cereal pouring into a bowl and "Alan" complaining about his back. It starts out with a few minutes of joyful piano musings, then a few minutes of guitar, then all is brought together with bass guitar and drums for a climax that dissipates into the sound of a leaky faucet tap. I think this album is in a class by itself and truly a masterpiece. If you like The Moody Blues "Days of Future Passed," which is also an unconventional orchestra/rock masterpiece, I'd suggest you give this album serious consideration to add to your music libr! ! ary.

5-0 out of 5 stars Their first masterpiece.
Opinions of Pink Floyd fans on this early album seem to differ as much as the general public's opinion on the band itself. And even "Atom Heart Mother" supporters disagree on which tracks on the album are worth the effort. For me, this 1970 recording has far more pros than cons, with the 20-minutes-plus title track being a revelation.

So I'll quickly say that I consider "Fat Old Sun" dull and "Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast" hard to digest. Roger Waters' "If" on the other hand is delicate lunacy, and Rick Wright's "Summer of '68" already holds the key elements to what would be the band's further path.

The masterpiece of the album, however, and one of Pink Floyd's all-time milestones, is the title track which shows all the band's future ability. Five years before the unequalled "Shine On You Crazy Diamond", there's your pounding drum and bass rhythm, your flowing keyboard and the incomparable guitar solo on top - their trademark sound is born.

And there's more: written by all four band members together with avant-garde composer Ron Geesin, the song contains rather unexpected horn sections as well as haunting voices singing in some indiscernible language. While these additions were dropped on later albums, their sound engineer returned in 1973 for "Dark Side of the Moon" before founding his very own "Alan Parsons Project". Especially the first section of "Atom Heart Mother" finds its logical continuation in that latter unit's achievements "Pyramid" (1979) and "The Turn of a Friendly Card" (1980).

In contrast to that, German metal posers "Scorpions" didn't carry on from where Pink Floyd left off but copied off it instead. The chord sequence of "Still Loving You" is shamelessly ripped out the middle of the "Atom Heart Mother" title track. Yet another reason to dislike that band.

All in all, this is Pink Floyd's first masterpiece in a series that includes "Dark Side of the Moon", "Wish You Were Here", "The Wall" and "The Final Cut".

5-0 out of 5 stars great pink floyd cd
this was yet another experimental album from floyd which in my humble opinion was also very much underrated and i still like it after owning this great cd after all these years.very highly recommended.

1-0 out of 5 stars I fall asleep!
Yes I fall asleep BIIIIIIG TIME, can a pop record be indeed so boring? Yes it can!


5-0 out of 5 stars An experience, to say the least
If you've only heard Dark Side of the Moon, the Wall, and Wish You Were Here, you aren't seeing all of Pink Floyd.

This album is best experienced by sitting through the whole thing in silence. If you're one who only likes to listen to one song at a time, you'll find this one hard to get into. The first song, Atom Heart Mother, is 25 minutes! It takes you on a crazy journey, starting off uneasy and moving into a mellow melody just as you're thinking you want to get up and switch the track. They keep this mood up throughout the album, setting up moods, then "harshening your mellow," then quickly returning to sanity just as you're not usre you want to hear any more.

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19. Strange Magic: The Best of Electric Light Orchestra
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4-0 out of 5 stars Great for a beginner
If you love E.L.O. or classic rock music but on a budget, then the Strange Magic collection is the best way to start your music collection, it contains 29 tracks from 1972-86 with classic hits like 'Can't Get it Out of My Head', 'Evil Woman', 'Strange Magic', 'Livin Thing', 'Telephone Line', 'Turn to Stone' and 'Don't Bring Me Down'.

And we also have some of the lesser known tunes like 'Ma Ma Ma Belle', 'Showdown', 'Boy Blue', 'Do Ya' and more and while the 1st CD gets 5 stars, the 2nd CD only gets 3 stars cause the second half of the CD is when E.L.O. was losing its steam and while some of the songs from the 80's are good, it pales in comparsion from the 70's stuff and my only complaint is that this CD doesn't have some great songs like Fire On High, Tightrope, Standing in the Rain, Birmingham Blues, Loser Gone Wild and Bluebird but it's really no big deal, this CD is recommended for a new fan of E.L.O. rather than a hardcore fan who owns a bunch of E.L.O. albums.

4-0 out of 5 stars A fine collection of ELO's hits, but...
...where's the three Top 20 hits from Xanadu(I'm Alive, All Over The World, Xanadu)? I guess because that soundtrack was on a different label they couldn't use those songs here. So I suggest that you get STRANGE MAGIC & XANADU(side two is all ELO songs), and that should be fine for most fans. Oh, and you may want to pick up the remaster of ELDORADO as well. I think that if you're not a huge fan like me, these discs will suit you just fine. Stay away from the ELO single-disc hits collections--they don't do the band justice.

Note: For an even better overview of ELO's career, including all the UK hits, get the "Light Years" 2-cd set. ELO had several Top 10 hits in the UK that don't even show up on "Strange Magic"!

2-0 out of 5 stars Great music, terrible audio
By 1995, most vintage, a.k.a "dinosaur", rock, began receiving much needed remaster makeovers. So, in 1995, ELO didn't make the cut, until 2001 when Legacy by way of Epic by way of Sony decided to remaster and re-release ELO's classic albums and compile a single CD retrospective entitled "The Essential ELO", which really isn't all that essential. Without the necessary makeover/remaster, "Strange Magic" resonates mostly tape hiss and two-dimensional phonics; therefore, this is not the CD master any casual or any dedicated fan should be seeking.

If you enjoy much of ELO's popular singles and wish to try a more aesthetic studio outing, then begin with the beautiful and wistful "Eldorado" (1974). Although lacking in sonic perfection yet harnessing great material, "Strange Magic" is more intended for those listening to CDs on a budget-priced boombox.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Of ELO!
This is your chance to get the full measure of the Electric Light Orchestra. This was one of the most enchanting bands in the last twenty years.During this time they spun out hit after hit.This CD captures the magic that was Electric Light Orchestra.
You have hit songs"Evil Woman","Strange Magic","Do Ya","Blue Sky"
and the many other smash hits that made this band one of the biggest groups of the 1970's and 1980's.This is a very good coverage of their career. If you are a fan of this group you
should definitely get this CD.

5-0 out of 5 stars Stange Magic!
ELO will be best remembered (along with The Moody Blues) to combine rock and classical music together thrown in with the music of the day (like "Shine A Little Love" from 1979 has some disco flavor in it). Jeff Lynne wrote/produced virtually all their hits. The great thing about this anthology is it's ideal for the ELO fan and the casual fan. The ELO fan will bring this collection along when traveling 70 miles/hour on the interstate and turn up the volume! The causal fan will only need this to get a better completion of hits than on other hit collections (like "ELO Classics" is NOT a complete hit nor portrait of ELO). Plus, the booklet is very informative as to how ELO started and has a detailed discography. ... Read more

20. Turn It On Again: The Hits
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The sound of Phil Collins's distinctive voice set against a pulsing synthesizer and pounding electro/acoustic percussion became one of the most characteristic and ubiquitous sounds of 1980s (and early '90s) rock. And if Collins's solo work during that period seemed occasionally indistinguishable from that of his band, it was only evidence of the remarkable transformation that Genesis had undergone from its late '60s art-school roots. Indeed, the idea of an eventual Greatest Hits package would have been laughable then. But as the original quintet turned quartet (with the departure of vocalist Peter Gabriel) and then trio (when guitarist Steve Hackett left), the spotlight focused with increasing intensity on Collins and his pop and R&B sense. Though it overlooks a few contenders ("No Reply at All" and "Taking It All Too Hard") in service of balance (and the inclusion of late-model Genesis frontman Ray Wilson), this is a good sampler of one of rock's most consistent (if predictable) hit-makers. Gabriel and Hackett also return for one new track, reuniting the original quintet for a richly textured update of The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway 's "The Carpet Crawlers." --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars PUT THIS CD ON AGAIN & AGAIN & AGAIN!
This 78 minute disc is a 18 track collection of most of Genesis biggest hits.

Unfortunately a vast majority of the songs on here are from the period with Phil Collins on lead vocals. While I am a HUGE, HUGE fan of Collins this CD doesn't have enough of the music Genesis made during the 1969-1975 line-up with Peter Gabriel on lead vocals although it does have one track from Selling England By The Pound. This CD should've had less songs from the Phil Collins era so to make more space for some of the PG era songs. While this CD probably did a bad injustice to the Peter Gabriel era works this collection has the song Congo from the tragically underrated Calling All Stations. Including at least Congo from that almost forgotten gem at least does Ray Wilson some justice by at least having CAS not being cut out of the picture completely. For this reason I don't lop a star off the rating of this CD.

Another thing that keeps this CD a five is the rerecording of the Carpet Crawlers under the original line-up. You'll just have to hear it for yourself. I personally love it.

For a band that has had so many hits from the mid 70s through the early 90s this CD even with almost 79 minutes of music, doesn't represent enough of their best music. While I love just about every song on here this CD should've been entitled "Greatest Hits: The Phil Collins years". I do recommend this for the novice fanbase, the completists or die hard fans(I fall into this category). I completely disagree with those who said Genesis sold out when they suddenly became superstars. The way I view it, Genesis were an incredible band that got the notice and popularity they deserved. Unfortunately leaving so much of the Peter Gabriel era works off this disc is an injustice to the 30+ year career of this incredible chamaleon band.

The ultimate bet is to go out on a buying spree and buy all of Genesis albums.

These CDs I especially recommend: Invisible Touch, Selling England By The Pound, Trick Of The Tail, Calling All Station(BUY THIS ONE ESPECIALLY!) & We Can't Dance. All others I didn't mention are also must-haves too but the ones I mentioned I recommend the most.

This CD shouldn't be left alone either. It's worth having just because it's Genesis. :)


3-0 out of 5 stars Good, but not *nearly* complete
First off: Why wasn't this a 2-disk set! This is a great CD for Genesis fans, but not a complete look at the work they have accomplished over the last 25 years or so.

'The Hits' primarily focuses on the Phil Collins years, arguably their most successful, commercially speaking, but not in terms of creative output. "I Can't Dance"! C'mon! The radio-edited version of "Tonight, "Tonight, Tonight"! Give me a break!

What really made me buy this CD? The new version of "The Carpet Crawlers," which reunites the original members (Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett included) for an amazing 1999 rendition of a 70's quasi-classic. Then again, if Peter Gabriel is putting ANYTHING new out, I'm there.

My advice: If you're a Phil Collins fan, buy this CD (and his new Greatest Hits CD). If not, you'd be better off collecting the entire Genesis catalogue over time and finding out where the true gold is with these guys -- the songs you never heard on the radio.

(Then again, song 13, 'Congo,' with new singer Ray Wilson, was never on the radio, and they're calling THAT a Greatest Hit! )

1-0 out of 5 stars Too many stupid songs and not enough good ones
That's All, Jesus he Knows Me, Invisible Touch??? These are stupid songs. I Know What I Like and Carpet Crawlers are the best songs here. The rest is junk. How did these pathectic songs even become hits?

1-0 out of 5 stars Not a good cd
Genesis went from making great albums like The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, Foxtrot, Selling England By the Pound to pathetic trash like Invisible Touch and We Can't Dance. Where is Watcher of the Skies, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Firth of Fifth, and Supper's Ready. IF THESE ARE THE HIT WHAT ARE THE MISSES?

4-0 out of 5 stars phil collins shouldn't have gone solo!!
this cd was the cd that got me to love 80s music.with the whole bass-snare thing its great. phil collins can make his voice sound so completely different from song to song it's amazing. invisible touch is great. it seems calm at the beginning and then it gets louder and much more exciting. no son of mine is another great song; its meaningful and beautiful with a calmer melody. this is a true example of great music. the cd starts off with a bang: turn it on again is a great song, not a letdown created just for the naming of the cd. the only thing left to say is: this cd is truly amazing. ... Read more

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