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Knockin' On Heaven's Door

4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Vinyl
  • Original Release Date: 1985
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B000S4N39I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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9 Tracks, 1985

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Forgotten Hair Metal Classic!! August 18, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I picked up a cassette of this album at a podunk West Virginia flea market back in the 80's. I played the tape so much it wore out!! I have been checking occasionally to see if it's ever been issued on CD, and found some copies available on Ebay, and even bid up to $40 bucks for a copy....which I still lost? Anyway, here it is, this is a CD I have waited over a decade for...and it was well worth the wait. This is just great hair metal, with catchy lyrics, excellent guitar work, and pounding rhythms that great hair metal is known for. Heaven actually sounds a good bit like Dokken, but don't take themselves too seriously. All of the songs have a pop-metal feel, that is perfect for cranking up on a hot summer day. "Show on the Road" kicks off the album, and is one of my favorite tracks. The chorus is catchy and you will be singing along after the first listen. This is true with "Wink of an Eye" as well. "Burn" and "Keep the Fire" are great hair-metal anthems, and will immediately put you in an 80's frame of mind...(Man I miss this kind of music!!!). Heaven's cover of "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" is really good, and I feel it's the best hair metal version of Dylan's classic (Heaven beat GnR's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" cover by a few years). Buy this CD for the original album, the extras contained here don't really add much to the disk. The unreleased track, and live stuff is decent musically, but there is like a "pop" or "crackling" noise overlaying most of the extra tracks. It's almost like the master recording came off of an old LP??!!! It's not bad on a car stereo, noticable, but not bad, but on an Ipod, it will drive you crazy! With that said, don't let the poorer quality extra stuff deter you from picking up this lost classic!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Blast From My Past March 18, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I originally bought this cassette back when cassettes where out numbering anything else.I have to say that their version of Knockin' On Heaven's Door is one of the best verison played my a metal band bar none (yes even better than G&R).The bonus tracks on the album are a wonderful surprise as well.I'm glad I finally have this one on compact disc and if you like really good 80's metal this album will not let you down.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good May 1, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I am basing this review off the original vinyl album, which I just burned to CD.

We bought Heaven based on the MTV clip of Knocking On Heaven's Door. We liked that song well enough, and the band didn't have the typical poufy hair of the average hair metal band. They seemed more working class, and this album fits that description well. I understand they started off sounding more like AC/DC than hair metal, and you can still hear those influences in each cut. I'd venture to say this is AC/DC hair metal. However, what keeps this from being strictly hair metal is not only the songs, but the lack of that hair metal snare drum sound. Since I was never all that crazy about hair metal, these guys mix it up enough to make things interesting.

There is not a bad cut on the album, and to tell the truth, I like their version of Knockin' On Heaven's Door much better than the GNR version, or for that matter, the Bob Dylan version. It is by far, the best interpretation of that song ever recorded, as far as I'm concerned. The rest of the songs are working class rock with maybe a touch of glam to them, but still not enough to detract from their roots.

Good stuff and highly recommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 80's Metal Is Still Alive March 2, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Wow, I had this on cassette and have been looking forever to find Heaven on CD and wasn't able to until now. They sound even better on CD and have been doing some research and even forgot about Where Angels Fear To Tread and recently had gotten that and WOW I missed it big time. If anyone is an 80's metal fan please, please, please pick up Knockin On Heaven's Door and Where Angels Fear To Tread!!!!!!
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Format:Audio CD
1985's Knockin' on Heaven's Door was the third album from Australian melodic hard rockers Heaven. Heaven was one of those bands that should have been huge in the 80's but for some reason never gained any real attention.

For this album, the band moved even farther into glossy, radio-friendly rock territory. They had more in common with the Sunset Strip hair metal sound than the old AC/DC / Rose Tattoo style barroom rock. They still sounded great though, reminding me of bands like Twisted Sister and Legs Diamond. Knockin' on Heaven's Door is a melodic, catchy and always rockin' album. The title track (a Bob Dylan cover) is the obvious standout, but songs like "No Turning Back" and "Keep the Fire" are also highlights.

Knockin' on Heaven's Door is a totally enjoyable 80's rock/metal album that should have been much better received. At this point though, its appeal is going to be limited to fans from back in the day and serious 80's rock collectors.

NOTE: The "reissue" of Knockin' on Heaven's Door adds an additional half-dozen live bonus tracks. It's the first time the album has been pressed to CD, but as best I can tell it is not an official release, but rather a high quality bootleg. There is also a Russian bootleg circulating that only includes the nine album tracks. Keep this in mind before purchasing, especially at a "collector's" price.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy this! Your half deaf ears will thank you!
Bought this on vinyl when it first came out and regrettably sold it or had it stolen during the many moves between apartments. Read more
Published 12 days ago by temply123
5.0 out of 5 stars great album
i have been a fan of heaven since they started and had these on cassette which i lost in a house fire in 1989 and have been searching for this cd for years and i am so happy that i... Read more
Published 10 months ago by chris i.
5.0 out of 5 stars Heaven's Knocking
Old school metal from Australia, reissued. Worth exploring and having if you remember these guys from back in the day. I love these albums
Published 12 months ago by Cecil A. Allen
3.0 out of 5 stars Good overall but not as good as their first two releases.
Pretty solid overall but after hearing Bent this was a bit of a let down. Dont understand why all the bonus tracks are not available for the MP3 download version, just nine... Read more
Published 15 months ago by steve houck
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavenly music!!
I bought this cass. Back when it first came out in the early days of "glam" metal ( wont insult that era by calling it hair metal kuz they all wer much more tnan hair ) ! Read more
Published on July 11, 2012 by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Taste Of Heaven
One of the best albums of the 80's,unfortunately it fell though the cracks There is not a bad track on the CD and in my opinion the tittle track is the best version of this song,i... Read more
Published on July 22, 2010 by jessekye
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible
This cd isn't even good enough to be a coaster on my coffee table. SAVE YOUR MONEY
Published on August 29, 2007 by Zdenko Skara
5.0 out of 5 stars I find it
growig up in the 80's was great and live to tell about it. for years now I have been collecting HTF rock cd's I have over sixteen hundred but one that was poping up in my mind was... Read more
Published on April 25, 2007 by James Bower
2.0 out of 5 stars This is when the band started losing it.
[...] Anyway, I'd just like to say that if you want Heaven with REAL balls (and not the rather-more-light-weight Hair-Metal that appears on this release) then try and find their... Read more
Published on March 14, 2007 by M. P. Koster
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