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    1. Shangri La
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    Mark Knopfler isn't afraid to drop names. The heavyweight Cassius Clay laid low, the man who made burgers and fries into big business, the kings of rock & roll and skiffle are among the motley assortment who pass through Knopfler's fourth solo album. Recorded in Malibu with a tight crew of steadfast Knopfler sidemen, Shangri-La (the title comes from the studio where the entire set was recorded) chronicles the foibles of the acclaimed and the adrift, all delivered with the nonchalant grace that has marked Knopfler's music since Dire Straits emerged in the late '70s. Seven of album's 14 originals clock in at between five and seven minutes. That's Knopfler in a nutshell--don't rush things, but don't loose the thread, either. As a songwriter, Knopfler has a storyteller's eye for minutiae, which he delivers with practiced nuance. He overreaches here and there ("Song for Sonny Liston" fails to capture the pathos of the menacing fighter), but also pulls off a few career highlights (the understated crime-drama opener "5.15 a.m."). --Steve Stolder ... Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    3. Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix
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    Experience Hendrix brings together the major singles with a stack of majestic album tracks and the career-defining live Woodstock version of "The Star Spangled Banner" on a fat 20-tracker. While best used as a sampler to direct new listeners to the immortal Are You Experienced, Electric Ladyland, and so on, the CD (which supplants the short-lived Ultimate Experience collection) does hang together as a listen. Its blend of Hendrix the rocker and Hendrix the underrated soul man is suggestive, painting a picture of a multifaceted genius and transcending its plainly mercenary origins. In the end, its effect--like that of all Hendrix's best records--is to remind us of a Jimi very, very much alive. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Experience Hendrix in all his glory....
    My good friend Aaron first got me started on Jimi with this album, and I quickly borrowed it from him, wanting my own copy. Now, while this package is missing a few essentials, it is not at all bad (I think it's impossible for one to include everything necessary in a greatest hits set, boxsets included).

    Now, of course you have Purple Haze, Fire, and Foxey Lady, and then you have a trip; If 6 Was 9. My personal favorite track would have to be Voodoo Child (Slight Return), but no doubt you have your own favorite.

    Some of the (not-so popular?) songs such as Little Wing, Castles Made Of Sand, and Bold As Love are all awesome, and you even have a little treat with Star Spangled Banner, which also is featured on Live @ Woodstock, but it is still awesome, and remains a classic to this day.

    I'd have to say that if you are just getting into Hendrix, you should get this, or Are You Experienced?, or, if you don't have enough cash for those, Smash Hits contains enough classics to suffice, but you should go with this.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A very good introduction to Jimi.
    I'm not really crazy about compiliations. Although some are definitely better than most--Rolling Stones Hot Rocks 1963-1971, The Who Ultimate Collection, and Beatles 1 are all pretty good--there's always something missing if you don't purchase the original albums.

    And Experience Hendrix is no exception. Where are classics like Burning Of The Midnight Lamp, Like A Rolling Stone, Voodoo Chile, and Machine Gun? Hendrix's short career has a lot of hidden gems that won't be featured in a comprehensive overlook.

    However, for a compilation intended to introduce fans to the guitar mastery of Hendrix you can't go wrong. All of the selected material is strong, and I like how they put material from First Rays Of The New Rising Sun on here. The rest of it are mostly popular radio tunes, which does not make them inferior in the least. This is Jimi we're talking about. Few guitarists could approach him in any era.

    This will get your foot in the door. Once you become a fan, you will want to seek out Electric Ladyland and Are You Experienced? to supplant this album. You might also want to check out Jimi's live recordings as well.

    5-0 out of 5 stars True Rock.
    This album definitly has a lot of great material, and will appeal to any Jimi Hendrix fan and most other people as well. Although some may argue about which song should or should not have been placed on this disk, it doesn't really matter, because almost everything Jimi played was good anyway. Please disregard "seawasp" if you are considering buying this album. He either has extremely poor taste in music or has never listened to the CD and just writes reviews for fun.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Starting point
    Jimi is THE MAN. I bought it 3 years ago and my life was never the same again. also buy LENNY KRAVITZ GREATEST HITS

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great compilation!
    This CD basically singlehandedly changed my views on what great music truly is. It was the first "album" of Jimi's I bought and have since gotten 30+ more. He is my favorite artist of all time.

    I already wrote a review for the CD, giving it only three stars, but I decided to give it a solid five. The reason being a greatest hits compilation of any artist could never, ever be perfect. You take what you can get. And this CD just so happens to feature most of Jimi's best songs. Some might disgrace Jimi by calling the tunes on this album "nothing but Jimi's pop songs." Some might even call you a fool for starting here (just check out a few of these reviews), but it's how I got my foot in the door. I don't regret purchasing it at all.

    Glaring omissions? You betcha. Machine Gun. Like A Rolling Stone. Burning Of The Midnight Lamp. Are You Experienced. Third Stone From The Sun. Hear My Train A Comin'. My Friend. The list is endless. But, as I said, greatest hits albums are never perfect, especially in Jimi's case.

    Start here. Go further. Get experienced. ... Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    5. Led Zeppelin II
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    Riff rock had been what Jimmy Page's former band, the Yardbirds, were all about, and on Led Zeppelin's second album, released, like its predecessor, in 1969, the inventive guitarist demonstrated that he'd indeed learned his lessons well. Witness "Whole Lotta Love," a woozy epic based on one simple, head-banging-friendly guitar riff. Or the mock-dramatic "Heartbreaker," propelled by far more intricate but similarly effective note squashing. Between Page's sonic wizardry, John Bonham beating his drums into submission ("Moby Dick"), and the juice running down Robert Plant's leg ("The Lemon Song"), Led Zeppelin here just about succeeded in raising rock & roll excess to an art form. --Billy Altman ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Led Zeppelin II
    Zeppelin's "II" is simply put, the most influential hard rock album to ever be stocked on shelves. It fuses blues and straight-up rock to a perfect degree, and includes elements of folk, and even traces of metal in it as well. This album gets off to an exceptional start with "Whole Lotta Love," and its infectious riff (the electrifying guitar solo is also one of Page's best, and is worth waiting around for through the dark and imaginative midsection). "What Is and What Should Never Be" is another classic that goes from light to heavy in an instant. The slide guitar and gong are nice touches. "The Lemon Song" is pure blues mayhem with wild solos, Plant sounding annoying (as usual), and a hot bass line. "Thank You" is a surprisingly good love song that has some great drum outbreaks, all credit to Bonham. Next up are "Heartbreaker" and "Living Loving Maid"(She's just a woman). These two tracks go together perfectly, with both of them being medium-paced, blues-based rock tunes. Heartbreaker contains a superb solo, first unaccompanied, and then played together with two other guitars. "Ramble On" showcases John Paul Jones' bass playing expertise, and has some of the greatest lyrics of all of Led Zep's songs (inspired by Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings"). "Moby Dick" is built upon a fantastic guitar rhythm section, and the monster drum solo by Bonzo is a brutal dose of percussion at its finest. Finally, the album ends with "Bring It On Home" to bring the album to a close, and this song features Plant playing an electric harmonica, and Page's explosive riffs shredding through the otherwise peaceful tune, half way in. All of the songs on "II" differ from one another, which makes one view this album as more of a compilation than a one-themed release, and this variety accounts for it being considered one of the greatest albums of all time. It still sounds fresh today, due mostly to unpredictable rhythm changes and top notch recording quality. If you like rock music, or any of the other genres that branch out of it, you will not be disappointed. I strongly recommend this album.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Ramble on baby...
    This is one of my favorite LZ records, mostly because of the outstanding bass guitar work by John Paul Jones, but also because of the memorable sungs, increasing presence of Robert Plant and classic riffs by Jimmy Page. John Bonham plays some mean drums, too.

    I wavered between 4 and 5 stars, but had to knock a star off for lyrical rip-offs during the Lemon Song and the vocal black-face portrayal in Bring it on Home. Still, I highly recommend this album, especially for novice rock musicians and fans just becoming acquainted with the Led Zeppelin catalog. There's a lot of good stuff here.

    "Whole Lotta Love" kicks things off with one of rock's all-time classic guitar riffs. Plant's vocals are much more self-assured here, and we can sense the beginnings of his 'golden god' image, plus there's that orgasm sequence in the middle, with all those crazy guitar effects. One of Page's better electric solos here, crystal clear like you're sitting right next to the amp. Great dynamics, especially by Bonham, who had superb timing and could really coax feeling from his drums.

    "What is and What Should Never Be" has a nice mellow groove, snaky bassline, and soft/loud dynamics that rise above the lyrical content. Nice guitar/bass interplay during the solo, and great energy at the end.

    "The Lemon Song" features some not so subtle innuendo and imagery copped from Robert Johnson. "Squeeze my lemon..." While this is mostly standard white blues with edgy guitar, Jones balances with tissue paper touch on the bass and a fine extended solo. The tempo changes give this one a lot of energy.

    "Thank You" is probably one of the least misogynistic tunes in the LZ catalog, a pledge of undying love even "if the sun refused to shine." Plant sings with emotion. There has always been something about the transitions and harmonies of this song that were awkward and didn't quite work for me.

    "Heartbreaker" is another classic riff and rock/blues progression, with cool bass licks backing the vocal lines. This song has a quirky solo that starts with some cool licks, then dissolves into a stuttering, sloppy pick frenzy, before gathering speed again with a second solo part, then back into the verse. If I had to rate Page as a guitar player, I would say his acoustic and electric rhythm playing were exceptional, but his electric solos were hit and miss.
    There's hardly a missed beat before going right into "Living Loving Maid" with a driving rhythm, with more outstanding bass and drum interplay, another memorable Page lick and interesting rhythm/tempo changes.
    "Ramble On" is on of my favorites, with a beautiful bassline, excellently strummed acoustic guitar and gently tapped percussion. One of Plant's better vocal performances, wonderfully modulated. Check out that bass work during the choruses. The lyrics begin to introduce us to Page and Plant's interest in fantastic mythology, mentioning Gollum from Lord of the Rings, and a love story involving a ranger-type character.

    "Moby Dick" is an instrumental with a basic rock/blues progression, built to showcase a drum solo by John Bonham.

    "Bring it on Home" begins with a Delta-style blues feel, some cool harmonica, and Plant singing in an affected American South dialect that sounds ridiculous. Still, I like the way this song builds from blues into a hard rock piece. Nice guitar overdub interplay, and Plant redeems himself with his vocals on the rock part.

    Add this one to your rock library. It's a classic.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome
    Man what can I say, amazing CD, been hooked on Led now for 2 or 3 months and every new Zep CD I buy i get addicted too. This is a amazing CD, Starting off with Whole Lotta Love a awesome song for both Plant and Page, the guitar riffs rock, and Pages singing is at its best. Then What is and What Should Never Be, I loved this song its just amazing. Next The Lemon Song, the first part is great, with awesome guitar, the last part isnt too clean though, not a huge deal and i still love this song but not my fav number. Thank You is a great tune, Then Heartbreaker and Living Loving Maid, super songs, again not the cleanest but amazing guitar as always and super singing. Ramble on, again not my fav Zep tune but still great, Then Moby Dick, words cannot explain this song, amazing John Bonham proves he is and was the greatest drummer to live. And lastly Bring It On Home, good song great Plant vocals. To sum it up I would say this is Jimmys CD the guitar riffs are like non other absolutly fabulous.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Another High Five.
    I've been looking for albums I consider all fives. One of them is rock legend's 'II.' Led Zeppelin, a contender against the more prolific and modest 'The Who', were loud, raw, and action packed. This is the album that delves into this description.

    The sequel to 'I', 'II' picks up right where their previous debut left off. Songs like 'Ramble On', where the fine, catchy rhythm blasts into the hard paced, loud mouthed Robert Plant are so rocking, you can't stop and think, 'Man, these guys still freakin' rock.' 'Heartbreaker' is another fine example of fine tuning. With the infamous scale that is one of rock's greatest hooks, the song really has you headbanging as if it's raw power is something new.

    The album has it's moments and it has it's shines. 'Moby Dick' is one of them, but in essence, this is definitely not a studio song. If you want the real deal, buy 'How the West Was Won' and you'll understand. Nevertheless, it's still killer. 'What It Is and What Should Never Be' is such a fine example of different sounds, it's worth the price of the album alone. Along with the overdone, but still medium rare 'Whole Lotta Love', Led Zeppelin 'II' is one of those albums where every song is great and every song can be played over and over...on the same listen.

    This sits proudly next to 'Tommy', 'Out of Our Heads', 'The Doors', etc in my vinyl collection. On CD, this rests kindly on my dashboard and I'll always put it in. 'II' is better than 'I' in my opinion, and I think you might see it that way as well.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Overrated Rock, Overrated Rock, Overrated Rock
    I used to love LZ, but they've soured on me as well because of all the law suites over old blues songs. And that they were pretty much a studio band posing as something they were not. Man, was I disappointed. LZ really weren't that original after all.
    WHOLE LOTTA LOVE- good impact, but a Willie Dixon and Muddy Waters rip-off
    and that ugly jam section in the middle. Dixon took them to court in 1977.
    WHAT IS AND WHAT SHOULD NEVER BE- one of their better songs.
    THE LEMON SONG- another rip-off (a remake of killing floor) and it is boring.
    THANK YOU- a nice ballad, but nothing that you really need to own.
    HEARTBREAKER- an FM staple, a classic! It is the 'wallpaper of our lives'.
    LIVIN LOVIN MAID- LZ putting down woman again. Good riff, but a bad message!
    RAMBLE ON- a good song that is simply overplayed. Vocalist Plant is no Ian Gillan!
    MOBY DICK- a great riff, but that drum soloooooooooooooboring.
    BRING IT ON HOME- starts off good, but gets repetitive by the end. Another rip-off too!
    Look for their greatest hits collections before buying their regular albums.
    If your looking for even more hard rock that swings, try Deep Purple 1970/1973 (In Rock, Fireball, Machine Head, Who Do We Think We Are or Made In Japan). ... Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    7. Got Blooze
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    "Got Blooze" contains the kind of guttural vocals and soulful bluesy guitar playing that have established Leslie as one of the greatest talents in the history of rock and roll and delivers the kind of high level performance, which West fans have come to expect. Leslie teams up with legendary drummer Aynsley Dunbar and bassist Tim Bogert for a true blues power trio that combine for a unique synergy that is seldom heard today. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Another great one!
    If you've read my Leslie West reviews, you know I love the man's music. Still, I'm reasonably sure that I'd be able to recognize a stinker if he put one out. This one isn't it. Differences between this album and the last couple? I'd guess I'd have to say the lack of guest stars and the fact that this is most overtly blues release of them all. I truly think the man is doing some of the best work of his life. Keep them coming, Leslie. I'm looking forward to it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars blues
    one of the best blues cds i have heard in years.all blues standards but straight forward hard rockin blues.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Baby Please don't Stop!
    Got Blooze? Leslie sure does. This is by far the most complete Leslie West Offering to be released to date. I've got everything that this great guitar player has put out from his early days, Mountain days, and West Bruce & Lang days. Leslie has always had one foot in the blues with that signature sound of his. Over the last decade, Leslie has journeyed along a road that has seen him getting to this point of pure lay it down blues. 1999's As Phat as it gets had Leslie revisting "Stormy Monday". Mountain's Mystic Fire had "Better off with the Blues". Leslie's last offering "Blues to Die for" saw him going into the blues for his first full CD. This CD surpasses the previous one by miles. The bottom end of Aynsley Dunbar and Tim Bogart is fleshed out with the addition of guitarist Kevin Curry to allow Leslie to play that guitar of his the way only he can on some of the classic rock and roll blues numbers of all time! His take on "The Thrill is gone" is one of the best versions I've ever heard. Every song is a keeper from the opening chords of "Baby Please Don't Go" to "Heartbreak Hotel" (as only Leslie could Play it). Hey, I'm a fan, but not everything that Leslie has released has been this complete. If you like Rock and Roll Blues, Mountain, and great Guitar playing you owe it to yourself to pick this CD up. Bring the show up to WestCliffe Leslie. You could headline the jazz festival this summer under the Blood of the Sun-the Sangre de Cristos. ... Read more

    8. Houses Of The Holy
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    Buoyed by the runaway commercial success of Led Zeppelin IV, Jimmy Page used this 1973 follow-up to hone his already impressive production skills, and the result was a collection sporting an impressively expansive sound. Benefiting--especially on tracks such as "Dancing Days Are Here Again," "The Crunge," and "Over the Hills and Far Away"--was Zeppelin's always underrated rhythm section: thunder-fisted drummer John Bonham and rock-solid bassist John Paul Jones. Jones also emerged here as a secret weapon on keyboards with his subtle work on more pensive fare such as "No Quarter" and "The Ocean." And the goofy "D'yer Ma'ker" showed that Zeppelin had more of a sense of humor than most people ever gave them credit for. --Billy Altman ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Led Zeppelin changes the pace
    Following the huge success of ZOSO (Led Zeppelin IV), Led Zeppelin had the confidence and reputation to go for a different sound and style. That change is evident on Houses of the Holy, their next release. Although it doesn't quite match up to it's predecessor, HOTH is still a solid release in it's own right.

    Kicking off the album is the heavy rocker The Song Remains the Same, a frenzied tune you can't help but like. Following is one of Zeppelin's most underrated songs in The Rain Song. Much more laid back than SRTS, Rain Song is very beautiful thanks to some great keyboard accompaniments by John Paul Jones. Next up is the folksy Over the Hills and Far Away, the albums most enduring track radio airplay wise. It showcases Jimmy Page at his acoustic best. After Hills comes the funk inspired The Crunge, which is probably the weakest track of the album, although it features some great drumming by John Bonham. Dancing Days follows, which also recieves a lot of play time on the airwaves. D'yer M'aker, which displays a sense of humor rarely seen in the band with it's catchy lyrics. No Quarter is next, and along with SRTS is the song of the album. Dark, moody, and electrifying, the song works in part once again to some wonderful keyboarding by Jones. Closing out the set is The Ocean, another heavy rocker with a neat a capella section in the middle of the song.

    Unfairly compared to other Zeppelin releases, HOTH is probably the one album that receives the most divided opinions from fans. Depending on your view, it's a fine, varied release or a huge disappointment considering the album that came before it. Perhaps what's most unfair of all is that it happens to be sandwiched between the band's two best releases, the 22 million selling ZOSO and their epic masterpiece, Physical Graffiti.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best From Zeppelin
    After the runaway success of "Led Zeppelin IV," Led Zeppelin reconvened and did the absolutely astounding---they recorded a follow-up album that's even *better* than "Zeppelin IV" (though I certainly love "Zeppelin IV," mind you). 1973's "Houses Of The Holy" is, in my opinion, the band's masterpiece, a barnburning album that showcases all different sides to this legendary group, from the thrilling, galloping rock of "The Song Remains The Same," to the stunningly beautiful "The Rain Song," to the excellent acoustic/hard rock hybrid "Over The Hills And Far Away," to the cheerful, masterful, good-time rock of "The Crunge," "Dancing Days," "D'yer Mak'er," and the fun finale, "The Ocean." But the album's secret weapon, if you have to pick one, is "No Quarter," a magnificent, heavy, ominous song, and one of the band's most potent numbers. Robert Plant's vocals soar and swoop throughout the album with great gusto, Jimmy Page blows the doors off you with his magnificent fretwork, John Paul Jones' bass is a booming work of art, and his keyboard playing throughout is supreme, while the late, great John Bonham, is, as always, a towering monster on the drumkit. Cap it all off with Page's brilliant production and a stunning, memorable album cover (in this case, anonymous nude girls climbing on rocks) and you've got yourself a Led Zeppelin masterpiece. "Houses Of The Holy" is a thrilling Zeppelin album, with Led Zeppelin totally on top of the world and on top of their game. An outstanding rock classic.

    1-0 out of 5 stars One star
    This CD just not good. Man who sing songs look a like a man and sound like woman, like woman feeling painful too much, guitar player use guitar that sound cheap, just loud and songs making no sense. Also naked children on CD cover! I just try to warn people careful spending good earned money on strange CD. And music fan from Houston, in your review you misspell many words so it look like your english not so great either.

    1-0 out of 5 stars To music fan from Houston
    Ok, ok I not review this CD again. I just try and warn people before they spend their good earned money on strange CD. Maybe they be sorry they buy it! And my english teacher say I doing good in english for being here only six month. Your english not so good either. I FROM Chicago, not "form" like in your post. And THEREOF one word, not "there of" like you say. And it GRAMMAR, not "grammer" like you spell it. Clean up your own chicken before they come home to roost!

    And nothing wrong with Maddonna. You listen her CD, you see how much talent she have. Brintey Spears new CD good too. She the next Madonna. Better than strange band who make CD using cheap guitar and singer who look a like a man but sound like woman and like he feeling in pain so much.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Hey...Music fan form Chicago!
    Music fan form Chicago shows the intelligence level (or lack there of) of your typical Madonna / Britney Spears fan. Do us all favor ...never write another review ever again. Also...take some gammer classes. Maybe one day you can learn how to spell, and form complete sentence without sounding like an idiot. But maybe that's just wishful thinking. ... Read more

    9. There Will Be a Light
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    Jam Nation hero Ben Harper tones down his lap-slide guitar flash in favor of the holy spirit for this blend of originals and gospel classics, his first full-length album with the historic singing group. They've worked together before, on the Blind Boys' excellent Higher Ground and Spirit of the Century, but here the pairing that Harper has termed "a spiritual soul movement" sounds like an outright tent-revival mission. His fevered wah-wah strutting and sweet high voice take their places in the chorus alongside the raw-throated howl of Blind Boys leader Clarence Fountain and his fellow bass George Scott, who plead for salvation like powerful old lions on "Take My Hand." The group's alto, Jimmy Carter, sails over the funky, hiccupping blues beat put down by Harper's Innocent Criminals on the classic "Satisfied Mind." The best cut may be Harper's "Picture of Jesus," a country-music-informed adventure in old-school church harmonizing with the passionate power to touch souls. --Ted Drozdowski ... Read more

    10. Led Zeppelin
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    As it turned out, Led Zeppelin's infamous 1969 debut album was indicative of the decade to come--one that, fittingly, this band helped define with its decadently exaggerated, bowdlerized blues-rock. In shrieker Robert Plant, ex-Yardbird Jimmy Page found a vocalist who could match his guitar pyrotechnics, and the band pounded out its music with swaggering ferocity and Richter-scale-worthy volume. Pumping up blues classics such as Otis Rush's "I Can't Quit You Baby" and Howlin' Wolf's "How Many More Times" into near-cartoon parodies, the band also hinted at things to come with the manic "Communication Breakdown" and the lumbering set stopper "Dazed and Confused." --Billy Altman ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The first re-birth of blues
    A lot of people look down on Led Zeppelin for their use of not-so-original lyrics. This album contains quite a few blues rip-offs lyric-wise, however, it more than makes up for it with the raw power in which the band plays, and in which the band would come one of the greatest rock bands in history.

    This album has a lot of blues, and many different styles. From the folk-tinged Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, Black Mountain Side and Your Time is Gonna Come, to the raw blues such as You Shook Me, I Can't Quit You Baby, and the fantastic finale jam How Many More Times. They showed signs of their direction in Communication Breakdown and Good Times Bad Times, which reflect on the heavier riffs that would come in the extremely popular album Led Zeppelin II. The one song that really shines is the immensly popular hit Dazed and Confused. This song seems to tell a story in the music... it begins soft and quiet with Robert Plant's vocals fluctuating from whispers to screams... and a while into the song guitarist Jimmy Page takes a short break on guitar (being played with a violin bow)... and the rest of the band comes back with a rejuvinated beat. This song is really quite a trip whenever I listen to it, and it remains to me the highlight of the album.

    All in all, there is not a bad song on this CD. This album is a truly amazing debut by the band that took the blues and made it hard, raw, rock'n'roll.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A rare no-filler album.
    I've always loved Led Zeppelin. I have 3 of their albums, yet I don't think they're the greatest band ever like a lot of people do. I don't understand the 5 negative reviews. Yes, I know they rip off blues. Everyone knows, SO STOP COMPLANING! Anyway, this is a perfect album. It starts out with Good Times Bad Times, which is the only single off the album. Very catchy, and very rocky. Yet it only got to #84 on the U.K. charts. Weird. Babe I'm gonna leave you is a great ballad/rocker song. I'm glad it's on the greatest hits. You Shook Me is pure blues, and John Paul Jones's organ solo is incredible. Check out the drum and guitar break. NOW THIS IS HARD ROCK! Dazed and Confused is pure hard rock, with a touch of Pink Floyd before they were popular. Great effects with the violin bow. Then there's Your Time Is Gonna Come. Despite the way-too-long organ intro, this is a nice singalong folk song. Black Mountain Side is my favorite since i'm a guitarist. Good chord usage. Communication Breakdown is a fast energetic rocker. I agree with the guy who said that this is close to punk as they'll ever get. I Can't Quit You Baby has some amazing singing by Robert and great slide work by Jimmy. Did I mention that the drums rule on this album? John Bonham IS the drummer. He breathes and lives on drums. Then there's the great How Many More Times. Excellent. Nice bass line. It's phychadellic blues! How strange. The whole album is great, and i sinks bands like Limp Bizkit and Distirbed into the ground. Enjoy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Beginning Of It All
    Yeah, this is where it all began for the mighty Zeppelin, and what a great first album! It's also probably their rawest, but it's still great and you don't need to skip any tracks either. It's also amazing that they even recorded this before they actually had a record deal. "Good Times, Bad Times" is a killer opening track because it showcases every musician's talent very well. You've got great guitar work by Jimmy Page, excellent bass lines by JPJ, great drum work by Bohnam, and of course Plant's vocals are also showcased well. "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" starts out in a folksy acoustic way, then crescendoes into the full band (a precusor to "Stairway"), and another killer track. "You Shook Me" is a great workout of a Willie Dixon standard and features great guitar solos by Page, great organ solos by Jones, and pretty good harmonica by Plant, but then it transitions into "Dazed and Confused," arguably the best track on the album. You've got a classic bass riff to start it out, then you've got Page's violin bow solo in the middle, and then the guitar solo to finish it out. It provides the template for their improvisation that they did in concert, where they usually stretched it out to about 30 minutes. Another interesting note is that the Yardbirds performed this song, with different lyrics, under the title "I'm Confused", and it actually sounds pretty close to this version. "Your Time Is Gonna Come" is another stellar track beginning with an organ solo by John Paul Jones. From there, the album moves on to "Black Mountain Side," a two minute instrumental with guitar and tabla, which makes for a very eastern-sounding song. It's also similar to Bert Jansch's "Black Water Side." "Communication Breakdown" is the next track, and is a real rocker that is even better played live. "I Can't Quit You Baby" is another excellent workout of a Willie Dixon song, and really demonstrates Jimmy Page's gutiar skills (his solos are magnificent). The last track is "How Many More Times" which is another great rocker that has some great solos by Page (he also uses the violin bow again, but he didn't use it live).

    So all in all, this was the Big Bang that started it all for Led Zeppelin, and if you want to start a Led Zeppelin collection, you have to start here, not at Four Symbols, and not at II. You gotta start from the beginning, and work your way through the catalog.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Oh brother!!!
    I sucked into buying too many CD by man at work who say they really good. Each one I listen to too many time and none good, this one too! Man who sing the song sound like a woman, like a woman feeling painful. And too much scream and yelling. Wish I could take back. My english not so good but my music taste very good and know this CD not so great! Songs all sound like same too. Just scream and yell, loud guitar, too much noise. Not good!

    5-0 out of 5 stars VERY IMPRESSIVE ZEP CD
    I bought this CD last, after In Through The Out Door. If I would of known how good of a CD LedZep1 was before I bought In Through The Out Door, I would of bought it first.
    This CD has some of my other favorite Led Zeppelin songs (every CD holds about 5 for me..), such as Good Times Bad Times, where the Pagemaster roars out his riffs in perfect tune and John Bonham bangs away at those bass drums.
    Another favorite off this album is Communication Breakdown. This may of been the very first song I heard by Zepp (either that or Stairway to Heaven, though it probably was Communication Breakdown). This song has so much energy inside it. Every time I listen to it, it makes me wanna headbang.
    But, out of every song on the album (and there's not a huge amount either....), my favorite song would have to be Dazed and Confused. I first heard this song at my friends house. I then heard it again on a movie I saw. The song became attached to me.I think the lyrics are very cool and Jimmy Page does a wonderful guitar (again) on the guitar.
    The people that give this album 5 stars are absolutely correct. Anyone who gives less doesn't appriciate Zepp for their true music talents. ... Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    4-0 out of 5 stars 36 HOURS OF DRIVING, WORTH IT

    12. Physical Graffiti
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    This 1975 release came smack in the middle of a long and nearly mythic career. Physical Graffiti is the last great Led Zeppelin title, recorded before the influences of the day (synthesizers, disco) ended Zeppelin's reign as the kings of loud and sexy blues-metal. Playfully experimenting with new sounds, the band blended Middle Eastern rhythms, folk-stylings, heavy blues, and deeply impassioned rock riffs into a two-disc set that sounded as if they were still enjoying their place in the rock pantheon. As sprawling and adventurous as this collection is, there are some tracks so tightly focused--so ultra-Zeppelinesque--that it's tempting to name this as a number one or number two must-have. "Trampled Underfoot" and "Custard Pie" alone are almost worth the double-disc price tag. --Lorry Fleming ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Zeppelin's Classic Swan Song
    Though not quite on par with Led Zeppelin's masterpiece albums (that would be albums I, II & IV, though not necessarily in that order), "Physical Graffiti" is still an outstanding and ambitious album proving once again that Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and company were the best heavy metal band ever. Sprawling over two CDs and leisurely paced, the album adds exotic Eastern sounds to the usual Zep heavy blues, most notably on the eight plus minute signature song "Kashmir," which may be the best guitar playing of Page's amazing career.

    Other Zeppelin classics on the album include another eight minute opus "In the Light," a title track left over from their previous album "Houses of the Holy," the lamentful "Ten Years Gone," the playful "Boogie With Stu" and slow dirge "In My Time of Dying." Zep imitators like Deep Purple and Whitesnake couldn't achieve half this level of mastery on their best days. Only the occasional slow moment keeps the record out of true five star territory.

    Overall, a classic that turned out to be the last great studio album from Led Zeppelin.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Physical Graffiti
    Led Zeppelin returned from a nearly two-year hiatus in 1975 with Physical Graffiti, a sprawling, ambitious double album. Zeppelin treats many of the songs on Physical Graffiti as forays into individual styles, only occasionally synthesizing sounds, notably on the tense, Eastern-influenced "Kashmir." With John Paul Jones' galloping keyboard, "Trampled Underfoot" ranks as their funkiest metallic grind, while "Houses of the Holy" is as effervescent as pre-Beatles pop and "Down By the Seaside" is the closest they've come to country. Even the heavier blues -- the 11-minute "In My Time of Dying," the tightly wound "Custard Pie," and the monstrous epic "The Rover" -- are subtly shaded, even if they're thunderously loud. Most of these heavy rockers are isolated on the first album, with the second half of Physical Graffiti sounding a little like a scrap-heap of experiments, jams, acoustic workouts, and neo-covers. This may not be as consistent as the first platter, but its quirks are entirely welcome, not just because they encompass the mean, decadent "Sick Again," but the heartbreaking "Ten Years Gone" and the utterly charming acoustic rock & roll of "Boogie With Stu" and "Black Country Woman." Yes, some of this could be labeled as filler, but like any great double album, its appeal lies in its great sprawl, since it captures elements of the band's personality rarely showcased elsewhere -- and even at its worst, Physical Graffiti towers above its hard rock peers of the mid-'70s.

    4-0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars - Not their finest work, but damn good nonetheless
    Physical Graffiti (1975.) Led Zeppelin's sixth album.

    By 1975, Led Zeppelin had already proven themselves to be gods of rock and roll. What the Beatles were to the sixties, Led Zeppelin was to the seventies. The band had already released five albums, each one of which being excellent. Already they had experimented with a number of sounds, sometimes with excellent results, sometimes with, well, less than stellar results. The band released its sixth album, entitled Physical Graffiti, in 1975. How do Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Bonham, and John Paul Jones measure up this time around? Read on for my review of the album.

    This is Led Zeppelin's most lengthy album, and the only one of their studio albums that is long enough to merit a two compact disc release. Many people compare Led Zeppelin to the Beatles, and perhaps this album is one of the greatest parallels between the two bands - it is VERY similar to the Beatles' self-titled "White" album in a number of ways. The first disc features seven hard-rocking instant classics that have since become Led Zepplin fan favorites. Is it humanly possible NOT to enjoy the classic hard rock stylings of Custard Pie and the Rover? Perhaps one of the most interesting songs of all is In My Time Of Dying, a song that Bob Dylan originally recorded on his 1962 self-titled debut album. The band brings new life into an already excellent song - something they proved they could do beautifully on their own debut album. Houses Of The Holy gives us more of that blues-flavored hard rock that the band served up so heavily in the old days, and does a damn good job of it. Trampled Under Foot is one of the band's most memorable rockers of all, mostly due to its catchy beat and instrument stylings. But the most memorable track of all on the album, is by far, the legendary Kashmir. The band's combination of hard rock with a somewhat middle-eastern sound makes for a damn fine tune. The first disc was nothing but masterpieces, no questions asked. Sadly, the second disc isn't fortunate enough to be so lucky. The second disc has many excellent songs, but there are also many of them that fall below the band's usual standard. This is one of the interesting parallels with the Beatles' self-titled album - they are both dual-disc, "hit or miss" albums that would have been better off being a single-disc album of nothing but masterpieces than the dual-disc mixture of masterpieces and fillers. Still, even though many of those songs fall below Led Zeppelin's usual standard, they are still VERY good when compared with other bands of any era. This is NOT a bad album by any means - in fact, it's very good - just not Zeppelin's best.

    Like the other Led Zeppelin albums (as of July 19, 2004), the version of the album that is readily available in stores is the most recent remastered version. Sadly though, due to Zeppelin's massive popularity, many stores will jack up the price of their albums. Fortunately, the band offers an alternative to wasting too much money - the Complete Studio Recordings box set. I urge you to buy this set and NOT to buy the albums separately - otherwise you're going to get ripped off - in particular on this album, because it is dual-disc.

    Physical Graffiti isn't quite the masterpiece that some Zeppelin fans hold it out to be, but it is still a damn fine album (there is no such thing as a bad Led Zeppelin studio album.) If you're new to the band, DO NOT buy a hits compilation - none of them can do the band justice. Also, don't start with this album. While good, it's bound to give you the wrong impression about the band. As a final verdict, I would have to recommend this album only to die-hard fans of the band due to the dual-disc nature jacking the price up. New fans, I suggest either shelling out the cash and getting the Complete Studio Recordings box set, or starting with the band's untitled fourth album. To put it simply, Physical Graffiti IS a damn good album, it's just not the best starting place.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Physical Graffiti - The Best of Led Zeppelin
    Physical Graffiti was my second Led Zeppelin album. I enjoyed it immediately, but I had no idea just how much it would later grow on me. Years since listening to it for the first time, it has advanced into probably somewhere around to my third or fifth favorite album.

    Songs like "Kashmir" are extremely hyped, and while I wouldn't say it's overrated, there is some really great stuff on here besides it. At first, Disc 1 was largely my favorite. "Custard Pie," "Houses of the Holy," "Trampled Underfoot," and "Kashmir" are instantly likable songs. Disc 2 took its time, but now it is at least as good as disc 1. "In The Light" and "Bron-Yr-Aur" are two of the best songs ever written, and sound absolutely beautiful here performed by Led Zeppelin. The last few minutes of "In The Light" are music heaven.

    Best Songs:
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    In My Time of Dying
    The Rover
    Night Flight

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    Custard Pie
    Down By The Seaside
    Ten Years Gone
    Houses of the Holy
    Wanton Song

    5-0 out of 5 stars A DESTROYER OF AN ALBUM
    Still at the creative peak of their powers, Zeppelin unleashed Physical Graffiti - a double set that truly encompassed everything that the band had done to date stylistically. Continuing the trend of Houses of the Holy (and in fact, featuring tracks recorded from those sessions) - Physical Graffiti seemed to delve into almost every rock style available to the band's arsenal from blues to hard rock to rockabilly to folk to middle eastern to funk to just Zep.

    Highly original, highly inspiring and highly recommended. ... Read more

    13. Led Zeppelin III
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    After plundering the Yardbirds' legacy and Willie Dixon (among others) for their blues-riff-heavy first two albums, Jimmy Page and company surprised many listeners with the strong acoustic/folk sensibility displayed on III. Page aficionados shouldn't have been caught off guard; the guitarist had toyed with similar sensibilities and modalities during his brief tenure with the Yardbirds (most notably "White Summer" from the Little Games album). Ever the creative thieves, Zep kick off the album by nicking the riff from "Bali Ha'i" no less, with Robert Plant wailing it to punctuate the thundering FM warhorse "Immigrant Song." Even other electric rockers like "Celebration Day" and "Out on the Tiles" have an inventive, offbeat musicality to them that suggest the band was already wary of stereotyping. But it's the decidedly mellower acoustic groove of the album's latter half that's the news here, from the graceful beauty of "That's the Way" and "Tangerine" to the raw, folksy charm of "Bron-Y-Aur Stomp," "Hats Off (to Roy Harper)," and the traditional "Gallows Pole." --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars MY FAVORITE LED ZEPPELIN ALBUM
    Well, this is the best zeppelin album for me. You get everything with this cd: rock, blues and traditionnal-folk songs. Things kicks off with the powerful classic 'Immigrant song'. What a great riff from Page and what an awsome bass part by Jones! Then comes 'Friends' which features excellent acoustic guitar melodies and strings arrangements. It's quite an unusual song. It's followed by a good driving rocker 'Celebration day'. Brilliant riffs and a fine-sounding guitar solo. Then Robert Plant shines on the C minor blues 'Since I've been loving you'. What a great vocal performance! It also features a moody organ part played by Jones.The multi-riffing 'Out on the tiles' close the first half. Then comes the Leadbelly number 'Gallows pole'. You have it all here; acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin, banjo, wonderful lyrics and vocals, pounding drums and bass. My favorite.Then, two beautiful, simple acoustic songs, 'Tangerine' and 'That's the way'. They both show talent and feel.

    Then one of the funniest song I've ever heard 'Bron-y-aur stomp'. It's kind of an old style dancing country folk song. Watch your feet stomping and and shoulders swinging! The album closes with the gem of this album 'Hats off to Roy Harper'. It's actually an old blues song called 'Shake 'em on down', which was played by delta bluesmen like Bukka White. On the left side of the stereo, you hear Jimmy Page pounding the blues like crazy on his acoustic and on the right side, man, what an out-of-this-world vocal performance.Cool vibrato effect! 'Give my baby , a 20 dollar bill, if that don't gets her I'm sure my shot-shot-shotgun will, yeah...' Plant really shows his power and his feel on this one. Amazing.

    Well, on this record, Jimmy Page, John Bonham, John Paul Jones and Robert Plant deliver diversity, passion, musicianship, pure talent and , of course, fantastic memorable songs. GREAT!

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of Led Zeppelin's top three
    Now there's been a lot of negative reviews for this LP when it came out (see Rolling Stone) and ever since. Most complaints were related to the fact that after the first two hard-rockin' albums this one was a 80% acoustic piece, very much inspired by celtic folk sounds. Well, I consider it some of Page and Co's best work. LZ III is never quite what you expect and you never listen to it the same way twice. The record kicks off with blitzkrieg riffs of Immigrant Song and typically zeppellinesque Celebration day (let's not forget track 2 'Friends'). N.4 'Since I've been loving you' is one of the major gems on this record and in my opinion the most powerful Led Zep blues ever. The album is worth buying even if it was only for that song. But it gets better, unleashing Page's acoustic power with four classic Zep tracks: Gallows Pole, Tangerine, Bron-y-aur Stomp and That's The Way (recently on Cameron Crowe's 'Almost Famous' soundtrack). It would probably take me a thousand words each to describe these songs so my advice is go out and get it, whether you're starting a LZ collection or you just want to listen to some excellent acoustic rock.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing
    This is an amazing album. Some of my favorite songs are the "Immigrint Song" with the traditional rock sound, "Gallows Pole" and "Thats the Way" with a more bluesy sound, and "friends" which i dont know how to explain but is one of my favorites. Like the person above said this album did not get the appreciation it should of because people were still caught up with the first two albums which were also good. This album has a little of everthing and i think it has a little something that everyone will enjoy. This is a must buy for any Zepplin fan and even for people that arent in to Zepplin.

    5-0 out of 5 stars an underrated zeppelin masterpiece
    led zeppelin was their masterpiece in a row after their hugely succesful debut and second albums.this album is great because of the presence od songs like immigrant song and a few folk rock hits.a must for your collection.very highly recommended.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Cover nice, that all
    Cover of CD nice. It interesting. Music not good. First song sound like band trying to scare people. And man who sing songs, not understanding why people like him. He look a like a man, but he too much sound like woman. Pretty sure he a hippie too. It sound like they use cheap guitar on songs. Sound not clear, it just very loud. Maybe they make some money first and buy better guitar. Songs not very understanding either. Not good!! ... Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Now you know... ... Read more

    15. Are You Experienced
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    As emblematic of its time as of its sorcerer-like creator, 1967's Are You Experienced unleashed Jimi Hendrix onto a world in the midst of such cultural and musical shakeups that it really didn't seem as "far out" as it actually was. It wasn't just Hendrix's virtuosic skill as a pure player that was so impressive; it was, even more, the range and scope of sheer sound that he coaxed, cajoled, and ripped out of his instrument. "Purple Haze," "Manic Depression," and "I Don't Live Today" filled ears with indelible sonic images, and songs like "Foxey Lady" and "Fire" pointed the way toward a new brand of rock-charged soul music. And how about a hand for drummer Mitch Mitchell? --Billy Altman ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars If you want to get high...GET HIGH ON THIS ALBUM!!!
    I may not be very old, but I know that the music of Jimi Hendrix will never die. It has somehow, been injected into my veins and projected into my ears. His earth shattering performances have grasped the hearts of young rock and roll fans all over the world.
    What a debut to start with...Wow!!
    I don't think there has ever been a more inspirational debut album than Are You Experienced? It doesn't take a music expert to work out that this album means business and with songs such as 'Purple Haze' and 'Foxy Lady', I think Mr Hendrix meant business.

    This album has various textures, moods and styles ranging from classic rock and roll to blues.
    The explosion of 'Fire' and 'Can You See Me', makes you want to shut your eyes and imagine yourself in a 60's club, going crazy in front of the stage, doing air guitar all night long. 'Love or Confusion' is a magnificent psychedelic road trip of colours, which sends your mind and ears totally out of control. 'Manic Depression' is defiantly manic, with Mitch Mitchell and Hendrix almost trying to compete with each other, in a 'Who's the daddy!' competition.
    All albums need a distinction, and with slow, calm tracks such as 'May This Be Love', 'Remember' and the blushing blues track 'The Wind Cries Mary', it shows that Hendrix knew how to write an awfully good slow tune. Blues of course, is found in the form of 'Hey Joe' and 'Red House'. Both very traditional with the occasional need for a 'crazy guitar moment' and provides the listener with the sound of the Deep South and the musical realism of Hendrix and his unique style of playing.

    The title track is extraordinary, and complex, using the guitar layer technique to achieve a very broad and overdriven sound, that totally blows your mind straight out of the window.
    'I Don't Live Today' is very strong and bold, and makes a statement right from the beginning. With the 'revving' of the guitar and use of the whammy bar, it creates a psychedelic, criss-cross of movement, colour and sound. <----(This just means the band members are going crazy)
    Smooth and articulated track, 'Third Stone From The Sun' is very clean and long, unlike most of the other songs on the album. Defiantly a song to play on a cold day in.
    All in all, this album is bold, stylish and LOUD! Oh yes, Hendrix knew how to turn on amps and send vibrant vibrations pulsating through the floor into our naked ears.

    If you want 60's rock and pop, this album is for you. If you want a psychedelic road trip, this album is surely for you. If you want some damn good music to listen to on a rainy day, just buy this album, it is definitely for you!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Hendrix takes the world by storm
    Are You Experienced (1967.) Jimi Hendrix Experience's first album.

    Jimi Hendrix. When one thinks of guitar masterminds, this guy automatically comes to mind. His style of playing was way ahead of its time, and his music never failed to please. Even to this day, many years after his death, his music is still enjoyed by rock and roll fans as much as ever. It was in 1967, along with his band the Jimi Hendrix Experience, that he released his first album - the appropriately-titled Are You Experienced. Read on for my review.

    As you may have seen from the tracklist, many of Hendrix's big hits first appeared on this album. Among these is his biggest hit of all, Purple Haze. This is one of the earliest truly successful hard rock songs, and it's been a huge influence to various rock stars - beautifully demonstrated by the number of times it has been covered over the years. Hey Joe, another big hit, is a much more bluesy number, but it's no less excellent than Purple Haze. Fire and Foxey Lady also became huge hits, and why not? They're regular masterpieces. The last of the fairly popular songs is The Wind Cries Mary, which is a slower track. It's the least-known of the hits, but still excellent. And then we have the songs that were never hits at all, but still won't fail to please listeners. Among these we have the rocker Manic Depression, the lengthy Third Stone From The Sun, and, of course, the title track. In the end, this album stands as a hard rock masterpiece.

    This compact disc reissue of the album does more than just remaster it - it adds six bonus tracks. Tracks 1-11 were the original album, and tracks 12-17 are bonuses. Many of these tracks were released as B-Sides to Hendrix's singles. For being B-Sides, these are remarkably good. What's astonishing is that they don't disrupt the "flow" of the regular album at all. The original album was sequenced almost perfectly, and it fades into these bonus tracks very well - if you're a casual Hendrix listener, you might not even know that these weren't on the original LP! I really wish the record company would have made it more clear which songs are B-Sides and which ones were original album tracks, but I'm not complaining.

    Jimi Hendrix is a guitar god, and his first album stands as solid proof of that. While not necessarily his best (it's hard to play favorites with this guy), it is still excellent. If you're a fan of classic and/or hard rock, do not hesitate to purchase this album!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Never you mind about some Sgt. Pepper
    I heard this, and Sgt. Pepper, and to me it's R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A. I heard Jimi for the first time at the tender age of 12. It was "Foxey Lady" that graced my ears, and so I left Disco behind. I finally had a chance to hear the album in it's entirity when I was 14. From the intro of "Purple Haze" to the final notes of "Are You Experienced?" this was the "CLASSIC" album in Rock and Roll. Mind you they reissued this album in 1993, and it includes some bonus tracks that were released on the imports, but if you can "BUY AMERICAN". The only good bonus track is "Stone Free" the rest was all junk, so buy the American release from September of 1967 if you can find it; It's short and sweet 11 tracks, and no filler. It has some of Hendrix's most creative pieces like "Love Or Confusion", "Third Stone From The Sun", and "May This Be Love?". It shows Hendrix at his most happy, and most creative. "Axis", and "Electric Ladyland" were good too, but this was a Rocky Mountain High. I don't feel, or think that any other rock album will come as close to a creative crescendo as this.

    4-0 out of 5 stars You'll Never Hear Surf Music Again
    With Hendrix's debut I feel like I am listening to a focused artist who has at least a couple albums under his belt. I must feel this way because it has gotten so much critical acclaim since its release. When I think of debuts, I think of albums that seem before their time and in turn lack the stand-out tracks that spawn commerial success. This album however, though it does contain those nessasary album tracks that I would expect to see on a debut, it also has many hit singles on it. Though hits mean success, the hits are also what more quickly fade away in terms of charm and listenability. That said, this album is certainly an eye opener but not for the reasons I would normally expect.

    It opens my eyes because of the guitar playing mainly. It is a guitarist's pop record. It many times opens my eyes for its brilliant song writing too. This the the real reason I love the record. Hendrix was best at writing songs in my opinion. His first two records never captures his brilliance as a guitarist. They were/are good because of the great songs.

    If this record were to have great song after another on it it would get five stars. It doesn't though. The "original" singles, the songs that sparked his success, are the songs that lack. Sure, Fire and Purple Haze have pleasing riffs but they lack depth. Even Foxey Lady gets boring after repeated listens. It is instead the songs like the fantastic cover of Hey Joe, The Wind Cries Mary, Manic Depression, and Thrid Stone From The Sun that shine through and through.

    The rerelease adds 6 more songs that both are good and great. Though 2 of them are on Hendrix's latest "best of", it is a good bonus since the original record was only 40 minutes or so long.

    Get the record for whatever reason you wish because it is definatly essential. Just know that if you can't appreciate its inner beauty, it will get old. Nothing old was ever attractive.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not As Good As Ya Might Think
    Everybody goes "Ooh, Jimi Hendrix" just because he died. I don't think his music is particularly good. In fact, some of it stinks!!! And, I'm sick and tired of people calling hard rock or metal. HE IS NOT!!! Why can't people get used to that fact. He's just really soul with some rock influnces. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but I'm tired of seeing heavy metal lists with him in them. Some of the songs on this album are okay, like 'Purple Haze' and 'Fire', but a lot of them are not really rock at all. Psychedelic trash, some of it is. ... Read more

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    Bursting with ideas and energy, Jimi Hendrix's second album release of 1968 (following Axis: Bold as Love) was a double-LP set that showcased virtually everything the guitar genius had to offer: blistering blues ("Voodoo Chile"), galaxy-patrolling space jams ("1983... A Merman I Should Turn to Be"), psychedelic soul ("Crosstown Traffic"), and skyscraping rock ("Voodoo Child (Slight Return)"). In the midst of all this was even a hit song--Hendrix's remarkable reading of Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower," featuring a series of baton-passing guitar solos, all distinct and brilliant. Seemingly diffuse when first released; in hindsight, kaleidoscopically eclectic. --Billy Altman ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Jimi Hendrix EXP's Voodoo Electric Masterpiece!
    Then pinnacle of your Hendrix EXP collection is you owning this CD!(Assuming you already own Are you Experienced? and Axis:Bold as Love) From beginning to end Jimi's final album with the EXP is most definitely a masterpiece! The first three tracks "...And the God's Made Love","Have You Ever Been(To Electric Ladyland?)" smoothly bring you in before blasting off into Crosstown Traffic I love the opening riffs they are killer! Voodoo Chile has got to be the most powerful amplified blues track on this album! "Burning of the Midnight Lamp" to "1983...(A Merman I Should Turn To Be)" are great in showing Jimi's songwriting and creativity behind the mixing boards with Eddie Kramer. The seagulls that you hear on "1983...(A Merman I Should Turn To Be) are from Jimi's guitar playing! (I thought they were real seagulls silly me.) The last four tracks forever cement Jimi Hendrix as a guitar god nobody can touch! "Still raining,Still Dreaming is a cool reprise of "Rainy Day,Dream Away"(Sing this little ditty in yur sweeties ear and watch the sparks fly!) "House Burning Down" begins the Jimi Hendrix EXP's journey into rock immortality. From here on in turn your stereo dials to full blast if you haven't done so already! Everybody has someone they looked up to and one of Jimi's idols was Bob Dylan;his covering of "All Along the Watchtower" will do wonders to your biorhythms.(To think Jimi didn't think he could pull it off; he had to be talked into it by one of his girlfriends.)The final track "Voodoo Child(Slight Return)" sears and rips your soul apart.(In a good way!) If I was to enter a building or whatever social gathering I want this track playing at full blast to announce my arrival! This entire CD is in my book a masterpiece rush and get it and I'll meet y'all in next world! \m/

    5-0 out of 5 stars Voodoo Chile alone is worth the price
    Electric Ladyland is one of my top 5 rock and roll albums. It is simply the greatest work that Hendrix ever produced. It's sort of his "Sgt. Pepper", immensely experimental and creative. Electric Ladyland not only contains some of Jimi's best guitar work (Voodoo Child Slight Return, All Along The Watchtower, Come On Part 1, Voodoo Chile) but also contains some of his best songwriting. His lyrics on Are You Experienced were great, even better on Axis, but truly brilliant on Electric Ladyland. Check out Gypsy Eyes, Long Hot Summer Night, Burning of the Midnight Lamp, and 1983 to see what a great songwriter Jimi was. On top of all that, you get his electric blues opus, Voodoo Chile (track #4). This 15-minute jam features Steve Winwood on organ and Jack Casady on bass. On this song, Jimi produces some of the most mind-blowing guitar soloing you'll ever hear. This one track alone is worth buying the album for. Sadly, Electric Ladyland turned out to be Jimi's last completed studio album, but really it's hard to imagine him doing anything greater than this album.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best!
    Jimi Hendrix's Electric Ladyland stands to be one of the greatest studio albums in rock n roll history. The tracks on the entire record represent so much. I think for the must part this album was well finished being in its idenity it was a double lp and back in the sixties a double lp was a big deal. Jimi Hendrix experiments with so much on this album including on And The Gods Make Love......reversed guitar sounds and on Crosstown Traffic hendrix slows the speed down on the guitar with overdubed kazzo sounds. Hendrix also in the process recorded alot of things backwords by reversing the tape backwards. On All Along The Watchtower jimi hendrix gets such a clean sound out of his guitar a very important song on the album. One of my very favorties is Voodoo Chile (slight return) wow I can say much more than this is a must have for anyone looking for some good music please enjoy!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Greatest rock album of all time?
    This is one of a handful of contenders for greatest rock album of all time. It contains unsurpassed richness, variety and beauty, best illustrated by these three: the experimental jazz of Rainy Day Dream Away, in which guitar licks turn to dripping raindrops, the manic, sizzling blues of Voodoo Child (Slight Return), and the epic oceanic adventure of the ponderously titled 1983 (A Merman I Should Turn to Be) / Moon Turn the Tides (Gently, Gently Away). Between these three tracks can be found the genius of Jimi Hendrix in full scope, and a demonstration of what wonders can be done with the guitar. The lengthy 1983/Moon at times seems like a multisensory extravaganza, not merely music. Listen to it carefully, and follow Jimi from a war-torn world of bombs and arguments into an undersea paradise where a new civilization dawns and "man is full of cheer", then back above the water's surface where only a dead landscape remains, a lonely seagull cries, and the moon orbits above, turning the tides through eternity. Can music paint pictures? In Hendrix' hands, it certainly can, and he will make you feel strong emotions of grief, wonder and joy that perhaps offer a glimpse into the elusive soul of the man himself. While the above three songs make this the best Hendrix album ever, there are at least five other 5-star songs: "All Along the Watchtower", "Come On", "Gypsy Eyes", "House Burning Down", "Crosstown Traffic" - and still more! And guess what? Nobody talks about Hendrix' vocals, but he shines as a singer as well as a guitarist. Just listen to the second verse of "Watchtower" - he is powerful and precise while conveying conversational spontaneity, bringing to urgent life Dylan's words "no reason to get excited" and "the hour is getting late". As I said, this album is unsurpassed, or - to use a quaint 1968 phrase that is apt here - mind-blowing.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Always and forever #1
    Never before and never again. It is what it is: the greatest collection of music ever created on or off this planet. ... Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    18. Led Zeppelin
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    Here are the original monsters of rock in all their epic, bombastic glory. The Who may have had more decibels (a dubious distinction), but no band took hard rock higher into the stratosphere than the Zep did with their cosmic mixture of deep blues, gothic melodrama, and the supernatural chops of Page, Plant, Bonham, and Jones. For listeners new to the Zep canon, there's no better primer of the band's range and power than this 4 CD box set, compiled and remixed in 1990 by Page himself. All the obvious song choices are here. But even if you've already heard "Black Dog" once too often on the car radio, this set wisely spotlights several overlooked gems, including their ultimate blues lament "I'm Gonna Crawl." It's a blueprint that later generations of head-bangers tragically failed to follow. --Steve Appleford ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Zeppelin..can it get any better?
    Well certainly. If you get this box set. The only way to come close would be to purchase all ten studio albums, but this box set will save you some cash and give you the best of the best.

    Naturally Robert Plant sound great, Jimmy Page's guitar smokes and wails, John Paul Jones' bass thumps with rhythm and John Bonham sets the pace and pounds on the drums.

    Disc 1 rockets you right into "Whole Lotta Love" and on to "Heartbreaker" (one of my favorites), a lot of great tracks on this one. "Communication Breakdown", "Dazed and Confused", well, you get the picture. Also included is "Travelling Riverside Blues", almost worth the price of the box set by itself.

    Disc 2 starts opens with the unmistakable sound of "Black Dog", the churning "Immigrant Song", the lovely "Tangerine", the psychedelic "Misty Mountain Hop", and then closing it all out, "Stairway to Heaven". Sure it's been played to death on the radio but it's an awesome song and rightfully deserves all the attention it gets.

    Disc 3 starts with "Kashmir". A classic with the driving drums of Bonham and the string arrangements. "Trampled Under Foot" is great, as is "No Quarter". "When the Levee Breaks" is propelled once again by Bonham on the drums, providing a sampler's frenzy (just ask the Beastie Boys). Then there's the ten minute longer, smoker, "In My Time of Dying".

    Disc 4 is where the radio Zepp fan might not be familiar. Most of the songs are from the later albums. No filler here though, just more greatness. "Candy Store Rock, "The Ocean", and "The Wanton Song" have to be heard to believed. "Fool in the Rain" is beautiful, as is "All My Love". Providing a fitting ending to this collection.

    I've listened to the CDs in this box set tens, if not hundreds, of times, and they get better with every listen. It's classic Zeppelin and you can't go wrong with that. Enjoy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Heavy Metal Heaven
    This was the first compilation of Zeppelin to be released, and it still remains the best. Excellent sound quality, and a very generous amount of music for the hefty investment--the five hours of tunes covers more than half of the band's recorded output.
    Zeppelin's studio albums were all excellent, especially the first half dozen. Therefore, it's very difficult in detemining what deserves its place here and what doesn't. Jimmy Page handled the sequencing of these songs, and he deserves a great deal of credit--they sound as if they came from one big album instead of being compiled from nearly ten.
    As a devoted fan of the band, there's simply no way to knock Discs One and Two at all. They are letter-perfect, covering the very best tracks from the first four LP's. Only Disc Four shows any signs of letdown, with tracks from "Presence," "In Through the Out Door" and "Coda." A pair of previously unreleased tracks were also offered, including "Hey, Hey, What Can I Do."
    A companion box set was released a couple of years later, offering the remaining tracks not covered on this one. Not surprisingly, it doesn't hit quite as hard, although Zeppelin's lesser moments were often superior to what was generated by their competitors. This one has all the goods, though. If you're just discovering Led Zeppelin--or if you're interested in hearing these classics after a great remastering job--take the plunge. It's truly an excellent box set.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Set from the Greatest Band
    Before this set, I was a fan of Zeppelin, but not a huge listener. Sinec buying these 4 cd's, I am a hardcore Zeppelin fan, and at least one of these cd's can be found in my cd player at all times. There are some songs that were missed that I felt should have been added (livin lovin) but all in all, this covers all you need, and the reading material that accompanies the set is a valuable addition.

    5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOXED SET
    I am someone who thinks Zeppelin is the greatest band of all time, and happen to have most of their stuff: Zeppelin 1-3, ZOFO, House Of The Holy, Physical Grafitti, The Song Remains The Same, BBC Sessions, How The West Was Won, Early And Later Days, and BOTH this and the later 2 CD set. I happen to think this is a great set and well worth the money. I think that this set is for someone who is a Zeppelin fan, but not yet a completist. When I got the set (Then the second boxed set), I decided that after listening more than once, I should finish the collection (And I will later this year). As for the negative comments here, I cannot believe ANYONE who really knows Zeppelin can put them down (Unless of course, they are nothing but trolls out to cause trouble).I cannot overstate how good this set really is, so you should get it for your collection: You will love it, it really is a great boxed set.

    1-0 out of 5 stars All boxed up... and ready for the dump
    Comes with four discs, which make excellent brake rotors for your car. ... Read more

    19. Best of Both Worlds (Dig)
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    One shouldn't have too much difficulty imagining a two-disc Van Halen compilation entitled The Best of Both Worlds. The first disc will showcase the David Lee Roth-fronted version of the band that reenergized hard rock with its titanic 1978 debut and peaked commercially with 1984's, uh, 1984. Disc two will take up where David Lee was left off--from 1986 on, when Sammy Hagar (and, briefly, Hagar-sound-alike Gary Cherone) took over the mike. Well, unfortunately, that's not the anthology assembled this time out. Rather than sequence the selections chronologically and, in the process, display the band's evolution (or devolution, depending on where one stands in the great Roth/Hagar debate), the band has opted for a more eccentric sequencing strategy. After the opener "Eruption" confirms the sass and chops of the young VH, three fairly uninspired new tracks featuring a back-in-the-fold (for now?) Hagar interrupt the flow. Unfortunately, the flow never really recovers, as Roth and Hagar tracks leapfrog one another through the next 29 selections. Three live Hagar takes on songs from the Roth era finish things off in confusing fashion. Obviously, there's plenty of powerful music here, but do fans really need a lesson in what happens when worlds collide? And didn't David Lee earn at least one photo in the package? --Steven Stolder ... Read more

    20. Blues
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    After the disorganized and often unlistenable Alan Douglas-produced reissues in the '70s and '80s, MCA has been releasing the vast Hendrix archives in an intelligent and methodical manner. Blues is a perfect example, making the case that--on top of everything else--Jimi Hendrix was one fine blues guitarist. Combining the fluid lines of B.B. King with the spikiness of Hubert Sumlin and the crying tone of Elmore James with his usual synapse-frying intensity, Hendrix manages to both honor the music tradition while remaining uniquely himself. These studio outtakes and warm-ups (plus one previously released track, the magnificent "Hear My Train a Comin'") include a playful "Mannish Boy," the slow burn of "Once I Had A Woman," and a metallic "Bleeding Heart." --Steven Mirkin ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Pure Blues and Still Unmistakably Jimi - Beyond Words
    In all honesty, I have never heard anything quite like the guitar work on this album. Although most people start off with Are You Experienced?, I was fortunate enought to discover this gem about 14 years ago, and my life has never been the same. In recent years, compilations of Jimi's lost works have been released; as they should be. Blues is one of the "lost and found" set. His influences shine through here, but Jimi is the pilot of this journey through the power of the blues.

    While Hendrix encompassed virtually all genres of guitar in his music - rock, jazz, blues, funk, and even slight signs of classical - it is his ability to keep from limiting himself to any certain style that makes this album beyond words. While staying true to the feel and history of the blues throughout, the guitar work on this album is completely individual. At times, this is my favorite Hendrix album. It captures the versatility of the blues from the heartwrenching "Once I had a Woman" to the skyscraping agression of tracks such as "Voodoo Chile Blues." Hendrix's greatest feat here is that he manages to recognise the blues greats, Muddy Waters, T-Bone, Robert Johnson, BB King, etc., and still shines through with his own personal style and signature licks such as the opener from "Red House." His ability to express himself through his instrument is virtually unmatched.

    To truly appriciate the legacy and ability of Jimi Hendrix, this album is essential. If God was a guitarist, he would be a Jimi Hendrix clone.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Jimi Hendrix was one of the greatest
    I've been told that Stevie Ray Vaughan sounded a lot like Hendrix. I had never heard any Hendrix, and so I decided to buy a C.D. I was browsing through his vast sets of CD's, and my eyes fell upon this album: "Blues." So I bought the CD, and went home to listen to it. What I heard was possibly the best blues songs ever recorded. Hendrix was a master of the blues, and he proved this with songs such as "Red House" and "Voodoo Chile." Yes, Stevie Ray Vaughan sounds a lot like Hendrix, and I can see why SRV wanted to copy the blues great: because Hendrix had the blues, and he could express them better than anyone I've ever heard. SRV pales in comparison to Hendrix. Jimi Hendrix really was an amazing guitar player. Not only could he play great leads, but he FILLED the music. Most of the songs on this album consisted of just Hendrix, and a bass and drums. That's NO rythym guitar to fall back on when a solo doesn't work out as planned. He made that small number of instruments sound awesome. Any blues fan would love this CD. Any Hendrix fan would love this CD. It will hopefully bring the blues back.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sacred
    this is album was passed down to us by the gods. this is the greatest guitar album of all time. say what you want, but hendrix truly is the most untouchable guitarist of all time

    5-0 out of 5 stars NEW HENDRIX FAN!!!!!!!
    Two days ago I was an 18 year old rap fan who was tired of listening to the CDs in his collection and wanted something new. So what did I do, for some strange reason unknown to me, I went through my dads collection and came across this Jimi Hendrix Blues album and another greatest hits type CD. I'm still a big rap fan, but I have found something new and very refreshing in Jimi Hendrix's music. I have found something new that I love and I havent listened to anything else since putting these in my CD player.

    If you are a rock fan or a blues fan you have probably already heard this albuma and love it, so this is mainly to people who havent heard it.... Even if you love a totally different style of music; give Jimi Hendrix a GOOD listen and I promise you that you will fall in love with his music. He is truly a LEGEND!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Blues Album
    Jimi Hendrix was such a inspiring musicians with alot of great talent he mostly had with the blues. This album titled Jimi Hendrix Blues is filled with 8:00 minute jams on songs like Catfish Blues, and Once I Had A Women. It contains alot of unreleased studio work Jimi Hendrix did during his short lifetime. This album is one of the best Jimi Hendrix blues albums ever. I bought this a while ago at Fye Music the first time I listened to this I was floored. The guitar solo's are everywhere they keep runing on their complicated, bluesy, and worth listening to.

    Their are so many Jimi Hendrix fans 30+ years latter due to his vibrant music that no one ever forgot 30+ years latter. Of course everybody loves the orginal albums like Are You Experienced, and Axis Bold As Love, also Electric Ladyland but the Compact Disc like this one are the true one's that are a must have for any Jimi Hendrix fan. If you love to listen to all of his radio hits then this one is not for you. But for me this album was everything I loved this album inside and out like I said its a must have for any Hendrix fan so go buy this if you want real Jimi Hendrix blues. Highly Recomened!!!!!!!!! ... Read more

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