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Remasters
Remasters
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4.0 out of 5 stars A beginners delight, August 16, 2000
This review is from: Remasters (Audio CD)
This was the first zeppelin CD I bought, i wanted a quick intro to this phenomenal band, but what occured to me about this release is that while the individual tracks are excellent in thier own right and the sequencing is both chronological and intelligent, the interviews on the third CD are also a nice touch, to get an idea of what made zeppelin truly great you have to treat their music in its individual entities, basically getting the original albums which show clearly that the last thing Zeppelin were was a singles band. Their albums as any seasoned listener would tell you have a power of their own and the way they move by themselves is what zeppelin is really about, their mystique and their brilliance in the studio.
Nevertheless, this is a solid and good collection of songs from their catalogue with many of the favourites here, making it very good for beginners. But beleive me, this selection will only get you so far, and to really appreciate this bands music to the full you have to buy the studio albums.


Tekken 3
Tekken 3
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much more than a fighting game, August 14, 2000
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Tekken 3 (Video Game)
This takes arcade beat em ups to a new level. The quality of the graphics, the fluidity and the endless gaming options makes this incredibly addictive. There are plenty of characters to sink you teeth into and moves are fairly easy to pick up while being fairly difficult to master. My only real criticism is that the two final characters "ogre and true ogre" are way too easy to defeat, kinda like Shang Tsung in the first Mortal Kombat game on the megadrive (who remembers that one!) Apart from that and the 2 dimentional backgrounds this game is enless fun with loads of new quirky characters and loads of playing options. A worthy addition to any collection.


Houses Of The Holy
Houses Of The Holy
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good way to follow a groundbreaking album., August 13, 2000
This review is from: Houses Of The Holy (Audio CD)
This album has not always had the best reviews, but then again, you are only ever comparing it to the the previous one, which, by anyones standards was a monolithic masterpiece. So the fact that Zeppelin have created such a great album even in comparison to ZOSO is no mean feat, it in fact heightens their position as rock gods. Where many bands after creating an album as good as ZOSO would have said "where do we go from here?", Zeppelin continued to expand their sound and enter new sonic territory with "Houses Of the Holy". The album as a whole is very different to what they had done before. As a generalisation, everything is much looser and easy going with a more electic choice of songs."The Song Remains the Same" however rampages out of the starting blocks and gets you hooked from the moment it starts, but this song as well despite being fast and loud also has a very feel good and joyus feel thanks to both the music and the lyrics which describe how wherever you are "the Song Remains the Same". "The Rain song" takes the whole pace of the album right down and, as a song stands for me as one of their crowning acheivements, a beautiful melody with an excellent crechendo at the end, almost like a dream sequence that you wish you could live over and over again. "Over The Hills and Far Away" is another great song with a classic opening riff based on a light, folky hook, followed by a barrage of guitars and solos which nevertheless keep their loose and ambient feel. "The Crunge" has always been a bit of a mute point as a song but you just have to accept it for what it is, a humerous James Brown sendup rather than a serious Zeppelin Composition. "Dancing Days" is a slightly more grimy song compared to much of the album but still feels loose compared to Zeppelins work on earlier albums. "D'yer Maker" is a very nice reggae style song which is of course not a classic but nevertheless, a comendable stab at the style. "No Quarter" is a strange, atmospheric yet powerful song which creeps along without ever really getting anywhere, totally out of place on this album, but then again, it works perfectly. "The Ocean" sums up the album in one song, funky, loose, versatile and a sence of unpredictability.
Despite the minor flaws on this album , it's hard to beleive that Zeppelin could have released anything better after the unattainable heights of ZOSO. They could have easily attempted to replicate the sound and feel of it, but instead they decided to expand their sound with overwhelmingly sucsessful results. The music is diverse, original and sometimes even humerous. A very worthwile buy.


Led Zeppelin III
Led Zeppelin III
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Mature Transition, August 12, 2000
This review is from: Led Zeppelin III (Audio CD)
On this album ,Zeppelin begin to become more electic in their music after two raunchy blues albums to get the ball rolling. They haven't completely left their power behind though. IMMIGRANT SONG is a short but immensley powerful song with plants banshee wail like nothing you've ever heard. CELEBRATION DAY has a brlliant warped slide guitar riff and OUT ON THE TILES is an underrated classic zeppelin tune with its funky swagger. SINCE I'VE BEEN LOVING YOU is a brilliant epic not quite of the same standard as other zeppelin epics but it still remains a concert favourite. But the secret of this album is the folky side of it which is excellent throughout. GALLOWS POLE is a menacing interpretation of a Leadbelly classic, BRON-YUAR-STOMP is an infectious tune, but the standouts ore most definately TANGERINE which is a quite amazing tune showing how much Zeppelin have matured as can be said for THAT'S THE WAY which is equally pristine and one of their best compositions.
What this album does is show you that Led Zeppelin were far more than straight blues rock or heavy metal, their compositions were detailed thoughtful and even sensitive and of all their albums, this shows that side of them best and also gives us a little sneak preview of what was to come next.
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BBC Sessions
BBC Sessions
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loud, Sexy and Raunchy, August 12, 2000
This review is from: BBC Sessions (Audio CD)
This collection of songs recorded from BBC sessions is a quite oustanding collection showing Zeppelin as a young fire breathing blues band. The first side contains a powerhouse of tunes with numerous versions of "communication breakdown" and a couple of versions of "i can't quit you baby". This was zeppelin showing the kind of raw power and danger of their first two albums and many of the versions of the songs on this colleciton actually outdo the original studio work, the sound is tougher and louder encompassing this period of Led Zeppelin better. The songs are also extended with dramatically lengthened versions of "i can't quit you baby" and "dazed and confused", the first of many classics the group would do. Travelling Riverside blues, a robert johnson cover is brilliant and is probably one of the best songs never to get onto a zeppelin studio album thanks to Page's excellent guitar playing.
The second side is an actual live show done for the BBC which was done around mid '71 taking in the more electic focus of Zeppelin 3 and ZOSO with a slightly tamer but still immensley powerful attack to the songs. It is clear though that Zeppelin have matured from the first side and the performance they give is something quite special. The medley at the end is an obvious standout but it's the quieter songs such as "going to california" which shows us the leaps and bounds by which zeppelin have acheived since their earlier work. Their effort of "stairway to heaven" is also a defining moment and is a great introduction to one of the all time great songs. Black Dog is another great song, and by using the "out on the tiles" intro, nobody saw it coming. What continues to amaze from this release is their ability to play live, there is not a moment where they seem to lose the rhythm or go out of time to each other, making the "greatest live band" tag easily theirs. The other thing is on the alternate versions of the studio songs, even though they may be drastically different, they still clock in more often than not at the same time, showing their ability at transforming a song without sacrifice.
Basically this album is excellent and shows clearly that as a live group they were loud and they were untouchable


Abbey Road
Abbey Road
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting swan song for the greatest band of our time, August 12, 2000
This review is from: Abbey Road (Audio CD)
If there's anything that shows us that the Beatles were the greatest band ever, it is the fact that they were able to make an album thst sounds so unified so close to the end.
It's probably not their best album, but it still ranks as one of their best.
The Beatles have continued to move forward in their studio experementation using moog synthesiser and creating an intelligent medley of songs on side 2 of the album. Lennons songs on the first side stick in the mind with "come together" a brillant memorable track and "I want you" which is weird yet wonderful. At this time , McCartney seemed to be going the other way with some more portentous efforts such as "golden slumbers/carry that weight/the end" vingette on side 2, but "Maxwells silver Hammer" is a devilishley humurous and black song which you can only laugh at really. "Because" probably contains one of the best harmonies you are ever likely to hear on a song with soaring melody throughout. George Harrisons contributions to the album are second to none with "something" one of the best love songs by any of the Beatles and "here comes the sun" a beautiful, chiming and melodic song that fits into the albums fold perfectly. You can't help but enjoy Ringos "Octopus Garden" which is a lovely singalong which fits his voice perfectly. What make the album work as a whole though is the felling of unification in the group and the excellent production and songwriting of he album. The playing has also reached a new level on this album with all the instrumentation from the group reaching a new level of excellence. The only thing that prevents it from being their best is that "Revolver" was better!
Buy it now!


The Beatles (The White Album)
The Beatles (The White Album)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mastering the art of noise, August 12, 2000
It's not the most consistent album by any means from the beatles, but the best moments show some of the greatest music ever put on a record. The premier trio of songwriters (Harrison had come into his own on this album) all have their moments of sheer brilliance and amaze us with not only their songwriting ability, but their musical ability also, the playing on this album is something else and it proves that the Beatles are as good musicians as they are songwriters.
It could be said that there is a fair amount of fluff on the album but what this helps to show is that The Beatles never took themselves that seriously.
"Back in the USSR" is a great send up of Beach Boys Rock and roll.
"Dear Prudence" possibly one of the most beautiful songs John Lennon ever wrote and is only matched by "Julia" on this album. Lennon in general on this album shines like a beacon with some of the best music he has ever done with "i'm so tired" "happiness is a warm gun" and "Revolution" which all show Lennons bitterness and dissatisfaction will many aspects of life, but it does make for some great music. McCartney deserves much credit for this album though with some great rockers and some beautiful, soft, melodic songs such as "i Will", "mother natures son" and "goodnight" as well as his most infamous song on the album "Helter Skelter" which shows the beatles could still rock. By the time of this album though Harrison had come into his own as a songwriter with his best effort being "while my guitar gently weeps", a beatiful and yet despairing song made all the better by Eric Claptons guitar playing, "long long long" isn't far behind either as well as the harpsichord driven "piggies".
Despite it's shaky moments, the good points easily outweigh the bad, otherwise countless generations of people would not still be listening to it. And it most certainly wouldn;t still have the cult status it has kept for the last 32 years. This is the album where they show just how untouchable they are and for an overwhelmingly penetrating listen, buy this album and you'll never question them again.


Electric Ladyland
Electric Ladyland
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic and electic, August 11, 2000
This review is from: Electric Ladyland (Audio CD)
This is the recording where jimi showed us all his cards, his forays into the blues, his brilliant studio experementation, the atmospheric pshychadelic soundscapes and the genius guitar playing most of us know him best for. All in the space of 74 minutes. Because of this electicism and the looseness of the songs, there are times that the music is not at it's peak, but that's only relative to jimi's acceptionally high standards you understand. The two long cuts are both definately worth listening to if you have the time that is! "vodoo Chile" is a brilliant foray into the blues with some incredible guitar playing while "1983" shows Hendrix pushing the studio technology at the time to its very limits, but still, the song remains quite beautiful and brilliant to listen to. "All along the Watchtower" is an exceptional cover of an already great song as hendrix's take on it is masterful using unique guitar riffs in a wild foray of solos making the song his own.
"Crosstown Traffic" is a soulful song which is short but oh so very sweet with a great beat to it thanks to underrated drummer Mitch Mitchell..
The rest of the album shows very well Hendrix's undeniable talents as a genius of both the guitar and studio, it also shows that before his untimely death, he still had a lot more to offer.


The Bends
The Bends
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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In your face but 1,000,000 miles away, August 11, 2000
This review is from: The Bends (Audio CD)
These guys really know how to wind you up! The music on this album from start to finish is startling emotional and very very unpredictable which means writing a review for the album in less than 1000 words is a very tricky thing to do.
But here goes:
The thing about radiohead is that they are geniuses of experementation in the studio and create some of the most densley creative soundscapes you're ever likely to hear from any album (except OK Computer). But at the same time they love to play like a anthemic U2 style rock band which they do very sucsessfully thanks to the accomplished playing from all the members of the group helping to bring the music into sharper focus. What makes the album work well though is the way they switch between the two and the way it keeps you interested throughout. "Planet Telex" is a heavily produced echoey song which sounds like it was made on another planet with the music made even more distant by thom Yorkes screaming vocals which painfully break the music down. "The Bends" though shows their love of just simply rocking without abandon with a powerful chord that charges into the song like a bullet, when the music stops however we see the depressiveness of this album as yorke says, "where do we go from here" showing a deep vat of lonliness that he feels, bringing the song into much closer inspection before rocking out again. "High and Dry" is a beautiful melodic song with very dark undertones to it "don't leave me high, don't leave me dry". But to hear Yourke sing it it seems like more of a love song than anything else, but on closer inspection you see what it's all about. "fake plastic Trees" is and sounds like a thorougly depressing song about how our lives have become cheap imitations of what the real thing is showing how empty our lives have become and the fact we're missing the most important things "whee's the love?" as yorke says. "Bones" is a great song, i don't know why it just is (give me a break music isn't that deep really)! "Nice Dream" is just that, it's a song that is beautiful while it's playing but then you can't quite remember it afterwards, weird huh?. "Just" is Just great, it's a fantastic rocker that prevents the album from alienating listeners too much, evryone can "rock out" to this one. "My Iron Lung" is an achingly melodic song with an excellent guitar motif at the start which belies the painful lyrics that go with it before spiraling downwards into a hard rocking set of power chords in a way only Radiohead could pull off. Basically without going on too long this becomes the format of the album with the music hopping between OK Computer style soundscapes and classic rockers. But what always sets this music apart from any other music from the 90's is the lyrics and voice of Thom Yorke which sound thoroughly depressing yet strangely life affirming. I don't know anyone who has sat down to this album and felt thoroughly depressed, it's not so much a message that says "life is horrible lets all kill ourselves" but more a statement saying "what can we do to make our lives better"? I love this album and no matter what mood i am in i can listen to it and always be happy again.
A masterpiece


The Marshall Mathers LP
The Marshall Mathers LP
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Strong but overstated, August 11, 2000
This review is from: The Marshall Mathers LP (Audio CD)
On this LP, slim trys a lot of things and the production of this album helps to push these ideals and beleifs along, the problem is, he never really says that much despite being brutlally honest about things, and when he does say something interesting and insightful, you can't really ever take it too seriously, after all he doesen't. But once you get past the lyrics which are at times too overwhelming for the average listener, everyone can appreciate the excellent production work Dr dre has done on this album, the bass is populsive and in your face, the melodies played on the keyboards create quite an amazing soundscape and the feeling of rhythm and timing on this album is second to none.
Despite slims attempts at times being somewhat flawed by the fact he is trying to be almost too honest there are times when what he does say really does hit home. Stan for me is the song that makes this album. The lyrics are very good and does give the message quite clearly that you have to take everything slim says with a pinch of salt, the emotion in the song feels genuine and the tragic end is something that could haunt you. Hovever, as sophmore efforts go this is pretty good, but i think slim needs to find his own voice somewhat, we now know a lot about him and it's time for him to talk about something beyond his own mind in order to gain a wider audience. But still, nice work slim!


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