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Global Warning [Import, Limited Edition]

Jon Oliva, Jon Oliva's PainAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 31, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Limited Edition
  • Label: Afm Records Germany
  • ASIN: B00140KO6K
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #473,268 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Global Warning
2. Look at the World
3. Adding the Cost
4. Before I Hang
5. Firefly
6. Master
7. The Ride
8. O to G
9. Walk Upon the Water
10. Stories
11. Open Up Your Eyes
12. You Never Know
13. Someone/Souls

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Never underestimate the "Mountain King" May 16, 2008
Format:Audio CD
It's pretty depressing to think that we may never see another Savatage album. The band's 25th anniversary came and went with barely a whimper; certainly not the rumored tour or DVD release. It's even more depressing to think that Savatage's demise owes more to business reasons (label issues, the money-making machine that is Trans-Siberian Orchestra) than personal or creative ones. Still, it's good to see that founding father Jon Oliva isn't sitting idle. His solo band Jon Oliva's Pain has released a trio of albums recently that are about as close to Savatage as you can get.

2008's Global Warming is the third Jon Oliva's Pain album, and like 2006's Maniacal Renderings, the album contains some guitar parts written by Jon's late brother (and Savatage co-founder) Criss Oliva. Not surprisingly, these are the songs that sound closest to the old Savatage sound. Still, I wouldn't call this a throwback album. While the earlier JOP albums seemed like a step back from Savatage's rock opera style and more towards the old school metal sound, Global Warning seems like a return to center. It's still undeniably a metal album, but it's a more versatile, more melodic effort. Heavy hitting songs like Stories (there's the patented Jon Oliva scream!), You Never Know, and Adding the Cost are balanced out by more melodic tunes like Walk upon the Water and Firefly. Oliva's unique voice is in great shape on this album, and so are his songwriting skills. Even after 25 years, you still get the sense that he is growing and progressing as an artist, which is pretty remarkable.

Disgruntled Savatage fans (I probably fall into this category) will still feel some disappointment that there isn't any new Savatage material, but if you can get past that, you'll find a lot to love in these Jon Oliva's Pain albums (not to mention Zak Stevens's Circle II Circle albums). The Mountain King is still alive and well, and is still a creative force to be reckoned with.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Third Time's A Charm! July 10, 2008
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Where Taj Mahal was a sometimes-interesting look inside Jon Oliva's closet of demos and Maniacal Renderings was a hit-and-miss step up as a sophomore release, Global Warning hits the nail on the head. 15 excellent tracks (counting the 2-for Touch Someone/Souls and the extra track No More Saturday Nights) that recall the best of both 80's and 90's Savatage! Most of the lyrics are simply wonderful with Jon bearing his soul much as he did on 1991's STREETS album, which I feel is his crowning achievement and the best Savatage release.

The band is at the top of their game here, sounding even better than their first go-round on the first Circle II Circle album. Worth singling out is Matt LaPorte, who eerily seems to be channeling the sprit of Criss Oliva in much of Global Warning's fretwork.

Highly recommended pick of the year, along with Circle II Circle's Delusions Of Grandeur, which also showcases that band at their best, as well.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I am truly happy from the bottom of my heart, this is a great album, a great intro, a great music and even a great ballads... Jon Oliva- the Mountain King has dont it again..

Hopefully this will get him the attention he deserves... I even give it 6 stars.
Thank You Jon Oliva for making our lives worth living
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5.0 out of 5 stars Taste of Oliva again... January 9, 2010
By Necati
Format:Audio CD
While listening his other albums, I used to think If he had excluded %40 percent of the songs inside, that would've been a legendary album. The filling songs in his previous albums were easy detectable and irritating.

Now It's different, It's music, from start to the end. The legend is back, It's mountaing king again, his own style, his voice, his creativity and soul. It looks like the whole band has settled down and tried to contribute to good music this time. Matt is going better, in my opinion his musical talent is top notch but I'm waiting for him to settle down, to mellow more, If I'm not rude. He is in a very difficult position, being the one to replace Criss. It's not being good or bad, It is the unevidable stress of replacing somebody. He is a very fine guitarist who definitely does not need to prove anything to anybody.

Jon and Savatage has such a big place in my heart. Jon Oliva is a really different person, he has his own classifications. I'm only comparing him to his previous work. And yet I don't feel i can demand a second Gutter Ballet from Jon Oliva today, he is the Jon Oliva of today, and I expect a good album from a person whom I'm somewhat familiar. And, now he DID. This is not a second "Streets", this is a good Jon Oliva album. If you know him, if you feel you want to listen Jon again, here he is. Global Warning is really GOOD.

I wish I could thank guys for doing so good albums. I wish i could give Jon a real big hug. Thanks man.

Last word: don't get irritated by the album cover. It's OK.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars jon olivas pain June 7, 2008
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This another great release from oliva and the boys.Lots of different musical styles on this release. Some songs are really heavy like savatage, dr.butcher style and others I can relate queen,and the beatles too.Overall a must have.

thanks guys
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Album by Jon June 24, 2008
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What can I say but good job? Jon Oliva produces another great album and shows why he is one of the best songwriters in metal. This stacks up well with his previous two albums and fans of Savatage will like this one too.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Yep this was Pain -- a Pain to listen to
I was so ready to love this new Jon Olivia cd ... maybe that is where I went wrong, setting my expectations before I even heard it. Read more
Published on December 1, 2009 by SumoNeko
1.0 out of 5 stars I bought this album
For Casualities i bought this album, in mail, the postman told me the box wet, i check it, and was wet and the box was broken, this was on june, since then i don't receive the two... Read more
Published on July 13, 2008 by Raul Rosa Martinez
2.0 out of 5 stars Not That Good!
First let me say I am a huge Oliva fan that dates back to Savatage's beginning. But I am dissapointed in this release. Read more
Published on June 5, 2008 by Jason C. Dalton
5.0 out of 5 stars A TRUE MASTERPIECE!
From beginning to end this is a true masterpiece! Jon Oliva does it again! ITs a shame this man does not get the recognition he deserves. This man is a musical genious! Read more
Published on May 9, 2008 by Anthony J. Loterzo
4.0 out of 5 stars New Music from Jon
It's good to see more new music from Jon Oliva. This album is a delight and showcases Jon's immense talent. Below is the track listing. Read more
Published on April 16, 2008 by Jefferson Oliver
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended for every one who appreciates Music
I am truly happy from the bottom of my heart, this is a great album, a great intro, a great music and even a great ballads... Jon Oliva- the Mountain King has dont it again.. Read more
Published on April 9, 2008 by Baha Amro
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