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One Nation Under a Groove
One Nation Under a Groove
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive funk album, November 8, 2010
This album is incredible, I am shocked there are only 6 reviews on Amazon, this is truly one of the greatest records in pop music history. To put it simply, it is an album that defines a genre. Of course there are older funk albums which laid out the groundwork, but ONE NATION was a recording that combined the various elements that Funk music had incorporated over the years and crammed it all into one amazing album.

The chaotic groove of the bass guitar, the electric screech of the electric, the satirical and over the top lyrics and vocals, the use of synthesizers and Indulgent keyboard technology; these were all elements that the P-Funk music collaborative, led by George Clinton, had been developing in their music for years. This album has it all. The first track, is in my opinion, P-Funk's pinnacle song. But every cut is a frigging gem.

I'm not going to go on too much about how amazing this album is. The point is, if you consider yourself an expert of popular music, then this album is a staple of any collection. Buy it, download it, pirate it, whatever, just please- have this album available to listen to at all times! I guarantee, like any great funk music, it will always put you in a good mood.

Let It Be (1990)
Let It Be (1990)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Great Songs, April 28, 2008
This review is from: Let It Be (1990) (Audio CD)
After uncovering this CD in my large collection a few days ago and popping into my computer, I remembered again why I once worshiped this
album, and this great band in general. Although I don't listen to The Beatles as much as i used to, there music is still as fresh as it ever was.

Despite plenty of recongniton years after its release (Rolling Stone couldn't help but include this as one of the many Bratles albums to make the cut for 500 greatest albums) "Let it Be" seems to be the forgotten Beatles album. This is not suprsing considering it was released after the band broke up, and its entire existence only seems to remind fans of the Beatles great demise in those finaly two or three years.

For those who have seen the Beatles Documentaries, they know that this album was recorded for a documentary and that during the recording, things were quite tulmutous between the fab four. The Recording sessions took place in a hot stuffy room, and a lot of the stuff was recorded live. This is all greatly reflected on this album, as certain songs (Two of Us, Dig a Pony, Ive Got A Feeling, MAgge Mae) lack that squeeky clean sound that the majority of The Beatles' catalog contains. Still it is these songs that makes "Let it Be" the album that it is. For modern fans of The Beatles, looking to buy this album, they known that most of the other songs are classic singles already accesible on various Compilation albums. Not to put down songs like Get Back, The Long and Whinding Road, or the title track, but for the consumer who's looking to buy this product, be aware these are not the songs you should be looking to buy this album for.

All of the songs i've mentioned so far fall into the endless list of Beatle classics, in my opinion."Dig a Pony" and "I'Ve GOt a Feeling" both have a unique gritty rock and roll sound that cant be found in any other BEatles Song. Harrison also provides two of his best and least well known tracks with "For YOu Blue" and "I me MIne". Then of course there are the hits, which are slightly different from the single versions many others are more more familiar with. FIrst of all, this album contains the far superior version of Across the Universe, as opposed to the B -side version available on PAst Masters 2. Also, i am partial to the slightly modified guitar solo in the album version of "Let it Be", featured here, which is also about 20 seconds longer then single version. If i'm not mistaken, the "Get Back" version here is actually slightly shorter then the single, but it really doesn't make a difference.

LEt it Be is an essential to any Beatles collection, as it features some of their less known rock out tunes still with a WHite Album-esque attitude. Let it Be is simply another one of the many classics this amazing band put out.

Life Goes On
Life Goes On
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guitar work-mediocre songwriting, May 9, 2007
This review is from: Life Goes On (Audio CD)
I am going to be honest with the amazon costumers out there who are looking for a good quality purchase of music.

16 year old Nick Sterling's album Life Goes On is an incredible achievment. As another reviewer put it "He has already mastered what takes most people decades to do". This is certainly true, and it shows in Nick's guitar playing. The album showcases a hard-hitting guitar sound that sounds particulary unique.

In terms of the songwriting, Sterling probably has some growing to do. Not to take away from this guy's accomplishments, for a 15 year old guitar player, Sterling's has certainly got some songwriting skills, with some pretty tasty guitar lines, but at times his songs seem either a little forced (the title track, Tomorrow) and at other times it sounds like there could be some more expanded chord progressions (Another Day). The lyrics are-well... not great.

Overall, i think that this album's songwriting could certainly appeal to a lot of people. I was especially fond of "sonic laundry" (the best showcase of his guitar skills) and "what can be done" (which seems to have the catchiest riff on the album). However, for anyone looking for a hard rock- pop album with memorable anthems-look elswhere. But if you are especially intrigued by the fact that this is done by a 15/16 year old (like i was) then i urge you to buy this album and maybe you'll like it, maybe you won't. Either way, look for this guy to be on the scene for years to come as i am sure his songwriting skills will improve.

Led Zeppelin III
Led Zeppelin III
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This one you'll learn to love, January 24, 2007
This review is from: Led Zeppelin III (Audio CD)
In some ways it's very strange that Led Zepplin 3 gets so little recognition compared to Led Zeppelin's other records. Why do i say this? Because, chronologically, this album is right smack in the middle of Led Zeppelin's 4 mega records (1,2,untitled, and houses of the holy, not to mention Physical Graffiti). Then again when listeing to this album it's easy to see why maybe this one wasn't and isn't as popular. It certainly is a different record then the other ones that surround it. Different because it is not as heavy, and relies much more on the acoustic guitar. However, it is still pure Led Zeppelin. Unlike Zep's last two efforts, 3 still has that hardcore blues taste with a metalic twist on it that only Zepplein could provide. In fact, now that i think about, this album really should be rated just as high as their other 5.

At one point, I would often skip this one when listeing to my rotation of Zeppelin albums. I had always ignored it because of what other people said and because of a couple unattentive listenings. But after getting tired of listening to the same Led Zeppelin album, 3 along with "In through the out door" began to grow on me. Now i can't stop listeing to either of them. The same thing happened to me with the doors' waiting for the sun and soft parade.

Anyway, about this record, not one of these songs is weak, even the seemingly (among my friends at least) unpopular "Hats off to Roy Harper". Sure this song is a little weird, but i just can't help but sing-along with its great bluesy feel. Immigrant Song and Since I've been Lovin you are obviously classics, and Out on the tiles is a very underrated riff from Page n' company. Friends/Celebration Day is excellent as well. But the best songs from this masterpiece are the 4 acoustic pieces that i have yet to mention, two of them are ballads, and two are fast paced, honky, tonky, whatever you want to call them, go getters. I'm talking about (take me to the) GALLOWS POLE. A great song which gets faster and faster and makes you want to just clap and tap your feet like theres no tomorrow. Bron-Yr-Aur STOMP has a similar effect, as you can tell by the title. And the other songs i need to mention are Tangerine and That's the way, two wonderful ballads that are really Led's most underrated pieces. When the dust settles, that is to say after you've heard the likes of Stairway to heaven, all my love, and Ten Years Gone, these two here are this band's truly masterful ballads. I want to go in to how beautiful they are but it's just too difficult to describe. So instead i'm just gonna tell you to buy this album if you know some Led Zeppelin stuff. If you don't you should probably start out with something more Zeppy like 1,2 or untitled, but eventually you won't be able to deny the intrigue of Led Zepplein 3, its fascinating cover, and its peculiar absence from the discussion of immortal rock albums.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Stick WIth Holes on the side, February 5, 2006
The problem with this paper is that there are not any holes for putting in a binder. Also, it could be a lot easier to rip out. Most graph paper booklets require a quick tear, with out any rough edges. I found myself with rips here and there as i took sheets from the book.

Even if you don't have a binder to put graph paper in, one with holes are always better so you have the option. For the most part, mead is a better choice then Tops in most school/office supply categories.

The Doors - Greatest Hits [Elektra]
The Doors - Greatest Hits [Elektra]
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this.......please, April 20, 2005
This is a horrible compilation of of an amazing band. It is missing so many of their hits (peace frog, alambama song, backdoor man, the wasp, spanish caravan) the list goes on. If you want a cheap single disc collection of the doors' best stuff then get the very best of the doors (which isnt that great either.) Otherwise go with legacy, that is by far the best doors compilation out there. Even if you dont even know the doors that well and u only know a few of their songs, this is still not the right choice. The worst part about this album is the version of "The End" that is inlcuded. The only reason i didnt give it 1 star is because any cd that is all doors songs will be great. But this is an inexcusable collection.

Magical Mystery Tour
Magical Mystery Tour
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical Mystery Tour forever, April 16, 2005
This review is from: Magical Mystery Tour (Audio CD)
Strawberry Fields Forever, I am The Walrus, Penny Lane, and ALl You Need is Love are all songs that live on as rock standards and they are amazing songs that make this album great. Not to Mention that every other song on this album is also great. Magical Mystery Tour is an amazing acheivment from the greatest band of all time and although it is not their best it almost matches the lp released a few months before, Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts CLub Band, which is considered the Beatles most prominent album. This is also The Beatles most psychedelic album which shows on I am The Walrus, Flying, and Strawberry Fields. Buy this cd if you are already a slight beatles fan and even if your starting to get into the beatles. If u do not like this album then dont judge The Beatltes music by your impression here. Abbey Road, The WHite Album, Revolver, Sgt Peppers, Help, Rubber SOul, Let it BE are all magnificent as well.

Waiting for the Sun
Waiting for the Sun
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It certainly is not a pop album, April 11, 2005
This review is from: Waiting for the Sun (Audio CD)
I can't really understand why people feel this is The Doors most pop oriented album. It is actually very similar to Strange Days in the fact that it is psychedelic. Yes The River Knows, Summers almost Gone, and The Unkwn Soldier are all great. As are the less psychedelic Love Street, Five To One, and the signature song Hello, I love you which is pretty pop sounding. All the other songs are pretty good with the exception of Not TO Touch The Earth, i really do not like this song. Then there is Spanish Caravan which i think is the album's best song and one of The Doors' best.

ALl Together this album isnt as consistently good as every other doors album exceprt for The Soft Parade which this beats out slightly. Then again every Doors album is great, and this is an excellent output from one of the greatest rick groups ever. If you like a strange, slow, haunting but mellow music this album and all Doors albums are for u.

1967-1970 (The Blue Album)
1967-1970 (The Blue Album)
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4.0 out of 5 stars I would change it a bit but still good, April 7, 2005
It is extremely hard to make a good Beatles compilation. Really it is impossible. Every song they had could be considered a hit by some, not a hit by others. Then again there is really no such thing as a "hit" for a band, because so many people have different tastes. However, this album along with the 1962-1966 editon are still an excellent way to show people why the Beatles are possibly or probably the greatest rock-no, band ever. However, there are some things that i would change.

I would have made each disc have 16 tracks. With When im sixty four and Lovely Rita from SGT Peppers added to the first disc. On the second disc, Dear Prudence should be added to continue Back in The USSR. Along with the Golden SLumbers medley off of ABbey Road as one song, or maybe OH Darling! if my first idea would be too confusing. Other then that this is an excellent compilation showcasing The Beatles later days.

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