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Temple Of The Dog
Temple Of The Dog
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album, November 12, 2002
This review is from: Temple Of The Dog (Audio CD)
Before Pearl Jam came out with their first album and soundgarden really established themselves, they recorded this excellent tribute album to the recently deceased Andrew Wood of Mother Love Bone.
With all the emotion involved, the members of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden united to create a truly amazing rock/grunge album.
The first track "Say Hello 2 Heaven" is a brilliant song with Cornell adding just the right amount of soul and tilt to the vocals. Excellent lyrics such as "words never listen and teachers never learn." Bolstered by a killer Mike McCready guiatr solo this is one of the best songs on the album.
Next comes the monster "Reach Down" with 11 minutes of guitar pyrotechniques by Stone Gossard and McCready. Cornell absolutely WAILS on this song with his unbelievable vocal range. If you dig long and loud guitar solos this is a great song, if you enjoy more punchier and concise solos this is most likely boring and you'll like the next song much better.
"Hunger Strike" follows next with the excellent interplay between Eddie Vedder and Chris Cornell. This is the one song most people remember from this album mainly because it's played on the radio. It is a great song but a bit overrated.
Temple continues on with the rock atmosphere with "Pushin' Forward Back." This sounds like a demo from Pearl Jam's "Ten" with the soaring guitars and driving drums. The fake ending is a nice suprise too.
"Call Me a Dog" is a decent power ballad. Mike's solo is the high point and the song really builds to greatness at the end.
"Times of Trouble" is a blatant reference to Andrew Wood's drug problems which eventually killed him. This is one of the high points of the album especially with Cornell ripping it up on the Harmonica. Pearl Jam's song "Footsteps" has the same melody but with different lyrics and can be found on the "Jeremy" single.
Next comes "Wooden Jesus" and "Your Savior." In my opinion these are the low points of the album. There isn't a lot of musical development going on. Decent at best.
"Four Walled World" follows being one of if not THE best song on the album. Seven miuntes of pure grunge. All members contribute emensely to this track. Drummer Matt Cameron is pounding on the drums like his life depended on it, Stone provides a killer riff, Jeff's Bass is nicely present with some cool runs, Cornell is wailing his best and mike is spectaular on the end solo. All this leads up to a great ending with cornell crooning "oh yeah!!
"All Night Thing" is a nice breath of fresh air after the firestorm of "four walled world."
The is a fabulous album with so much emotion and great performances all around. If you're tired with all the radio friendly wanna be grunge bands (Creed, Nickelback, Puddle of Mudd, Staind, Bush, Default. None of them from Seattle I might add) this album is great. If you like guitar solos, superb drumming, soundgarden, pearl jam, grunge, rock and roll, excellent vocals, genuine emotion and just plain great music pick this up. As great as this album is, it gets better with each listen.


Jimi Hendrix: Experience
Jimi Hendrix: Experience
DVD ~ Jimi Hendrix
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NOEL ..., September 17, 2001
This review is from: Jimi Hendrix: Experience (DVD)
This is a great video, and has excellent performances all around except for Noel. Time and time again, Noel just doesn't work. He isn't involved in the song the same way Jimi or Mitch are. I mean, that is one ...bass solo during the seemingly 40 minute version of "Sunshine Of Your Love." While doing his "solo," Noel pauses and SCRATCHES HIS NOSE. COME ON, WHAT THE HELL?!?!?! Jimi should have thrown him off the stage, or gotten a bass player that puts his playing before a scratch he had on his nose. Noel's backing vocals are also whinny and raspy. Let Mitch take some of the vocals (if he's not scratching his nose). So in short, Jimi and Mitch are spectacular, but Noel is enough to give this excellent collection four stars.


Disraeli Gears
Disraeli Gears
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Power Trio Psychedelia, August 29, 2001
This review is from: Disraeli Gears (Audio CD)
After their blues based debut album "Fresh Cream," these three brittish virtuosos came to America to record something a little different. Recorded in three days, these three musicains cranked out some of the era's hardest blues and rock. The album kicks off with "Strange Brew" which is a TOTAL ripoff on Albert King's style (one picture from these sessions actually shows Clapton with an Albert King album in his hand!). The song itself is a sharp and catchy opener with some entertaining pschedelic lyrics. Next comes a rock monster-"Sunshine of Your Love." Starting out with a damn catchy hook, and basing itself around driving guitar and drum underpinning this track really emphasizes what Cream was all about (note Clapton's "Blue Moon" quote going into the middle solo). After the ferosity of "Sunshine" they take it down a notch with "World of Pain." Even though it has rather elementary lyrics, Baker's drumming makes this song. Notice his wonderfully off-beat mid tempo drums during the choruses and his blitzkreig bass drums at the fade out. Keeping in the same toned down vein, "Dance the Night Away" follows with a gorgeous ringing twelve string intro by Clapton. This is a very unique Cream song, it almost sounds like The Byrds and contains some excellent eastern guitar by Clapton. This is certainly an underrated track in Cream's recording career, and one which fits the psychedelic era like a glove. Sadly this song is followed by Ginger's slow and sloppy "Blue Condition." This is definitely filler, as Ginger recites (yes recites, not sings) lyrics which aren't entertaining to a melody that can't even save it. "Tales of Brave Ulysses" makes up for "Blue Condition." Starting out with a group one chord intro, Bruce does a slow decending bass line over mythological/psychedelic lyrics. Then Clapton joins in with his sharp piercing wah-wah splashes (the first ever recording of a wah-wah pedal). As the song continues on, Bruce's soaring vocals get louder, and Clapton's guitar becomes harder edged. This is truly a masterwork of Cream and the psychedelic era. "S.W.L.A.B.R." picks up the tempo with some great instrumentalism but odd lyrics ("but the picture has a mustache" WHAT?!?!?). After the furious "S.W.L.A.B.R." the tempo is again slowed down for "We're Going Wrong," which starts out with a very high vocal line by Bruce and wonderful drumming by Baker. Clapton quietly strums in the back until the volume increases and he rips some great solo lines. If Bruce's vocals were perhaps lower (like on the demo version on the Those Were the Days box set) I would love this song, but regardles, it's still a keeper. Now reverting back to the blues, "Outside Woman Blues" follows. Clapton owns this song, as he takes on the singing duties and showcases some great rythem and lead playing. Next it's Bruces turn at the blues with "Take It Back." This song has a great swing element, and Clapton's beefy backing guitar keeps it going. Also, the audience in the back is a great touch! Unfortunatley the album ends on a bum note. "Mother's Lament" is a singalong song with no guitar and just a piano in the back. One thing I would like to see is "The Clearout" from the Lost Sessions (March 1967) added on as a last track. This is a great piece of music with Clapton's power chord lead and Bruce's rampaging bass. It has the Disraeli Gears feel, but I doubt that track will be added anyway. If you own the box set, play "The Clearout" after "Take It Back," the feel is great. However by and large, "Disraeli Gears" is a great album which showcases Eric, Jack and Ginger's talent along with the aims of the psychedlic blues rock movement.


East-West
East-West
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Incredible, July 8, 2001
This review is from: East-West (Audio CD)
After The Paul Butterfield Blues Bands' first album, most fans would expect little deviation from their basic blues flair. How wrong they would be. "East-West" is so ahead of its time, there is almost no room for musical expansion. The band's sophmore effort tightens the mesh, and puts them on a plataeu few blues bands have ever reached. Starting off with "Walkin' Blues," Butterfield growls on vocals and wails on harp in this chicago blues staple. "Get Out of My Life Woman" can be veiwed in the same context, which really gives the album a nice flow. Keeping in the blues vein, "I Got a Mind to Give up Living" allows Bloomfield a chance to show off his blues chops in this five minute tale of woe and sorrow. Butterfield's vocals are at their most soulful and heartfelt on this track, which only intensifies his love for the blues. "All These Blues" is probably the weakest track on the album. It is too short, and seems to be a little uninspired compared to the other tracks. "Work Song" picks up the slack, closing the first side of the album with a spectacular blues send up. Starting with a killer harp, one by one the band members start doing variations on the riff. Bloomfield tears in, playing a VERY LOUD and beautifully distorted lead guitar. He then lets Bloomfield wail away on harp which gives way to Marc Naftalin's organ. Soon the tempo picks up until they all go back to the main riff and end the song. When it's all done, eight minutes of amazing blues and jazz are left to listen again and again. The second side starts off with "Mary, Mary," which is the groups try (emphasis on the word "try") at commercial success. This fails rather miserably, but yet again another great song follows to account for the previous one. "Two Trains Running" is a classic Chicago Blues reworking with a nice fast/moderate tempo beat. My only complaint is that there is a fade ending. "Never Say No" is the slowest and most woeful song on the album. Moving along at a snail's pace Elvin Bishop's vocals make the song work along with the long moaning organ in the back. Next is "East West" which is so incredible and so risky for its time. Once again it involves round robin improvisation in which the band goes even farther than "Work Song." Starting out with a moderate tempo R&B groove, the music becomes louder, working its way to a crescendo. Then Elvin Bishop releases the musical tension and rips into an unbelievable eastern guitar solo. Billy Davenport provides fast bosanova drum rolls to accompany and underpin Bishop on his solo. Soon the band gets louder and works its way to another musical climax. When it's over, Butterfield is left to noodle some quiet eastern licks over a heavenly keyboard and a repiticous bass line. Soon the band gets louder again and the main eastern lick returns until the group ending finally closes the song and album. After +13 minutes, "East West" leaves you wondering what you just heard. After 45 minutes "East-West" leaves you wondering how a group could be so ahead of their time and if anyone could do it any better.


Cumular Limit
Cumular Limit
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some interesting guitar driven demos, July 4, 2001
This review is from: Cumular Limit (Audio CD)
I purchased this CD a few weeks ago being a completist of The Yardbirds. The sights and sounds on these two discs are quite a departure from the Jeff Beck era of this seminal english band. The CD starts out with "Tinker Tailor" which is TOTAL brittish pop/psychedelia nugget. Page's bowed guitar makes the song a keeper and overshadows the elementary lyrics (a reoccuring element in many Yardbirds songs). Next we get the German Televison tracks from 1967. These are quite good, however one must wonder if the German audience understands any of the lyrics or what kind of band they are listening to and watching. Relf's "Danke Schun" at the end of the concert might have been all they understood! "I'm a man" is the highlight here, clocking in at over six minutes and featuring more bow and guitar from Mr. Page. Check out the difference between this version and the one on "Five Live Yardbirds," there is a definite difference!!! Now we get the studio tracks from 1968. These are fairly divided, in that they are either good or just plain bad. The songs start off with "White Summer" which is a gorgeous eastern accoustic Jimmy Page guitar piece. It bears a striking resemblence to "Black Mountain Side" off Led Zeppelin 1. "Ten Little Indians" and "Glimpses" are childish psychedelic hogwash which didn't suit the bands' sensibilities. "You Stole My Love" is a decent rock instrumental which doesn't stand out, but you still don't skip over it. Next is "Avron Knows" which sounds like a cross between early LZ and Creation. It is an underrated and unknown song in the Yardbirds catalogue. This one and "Think About It" go hand and hand. "Spanish Blood" has great spanish guitar, but the vocal readings by Relf ruin it for me. "My Baby" is a nice soulful and sappy remake of an old Garnett Mimms song. Even though this isn't great, Pages washes of Wah Wah save it. "Taking a hold on Me" is decent but not great. Then there is "Dazed and Confused" which is BY FAR the best song on the whole album. Starting with different lyrics than the Zep version and song killer harp from Relf, this is what the Yardbirds were all about-High volume super charged brittish psychedelic blues rock. A classic, and a killer closer from '68. On disc two, we have the visual representation of the Yardbirds in Germany circa 1967. Page is playing a wild looking Fender Telecaster with mirrors and decals on it. On "Shapes of Things," watch how Jim McCarty throws a drums stick into the air and into the audience. Moments later there is a close up of Relf singing in which someone from the audience throws the drumstick BACK UP at McCarty! Maybe I'm the only person that notices this, but it's hilarious!!! All in all, this is a good CD if you are a fan of late yardbirds or early zep. Page is clearly working up some good stuff, however one must wonder what could've been if they had a little more time to work up their confedence and musicality in these songs from a forgotten chapter in the Yardbirds breif history.


Couldn't Stand the Weather
Couldn't Stand the Weather
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His best studio work, May 9, 2001
This CD is a window into a breif period in SRV's career. A time when his guitar playing was flawless, but before his drug and alchohol addiction began to drag him and his bandmates down. The album kicks off with the ultra fast and rockin' instrumental "skuttle buttin'." Next comes "Couldn't stand the weather" which quite honestly is one of my least favorite SRV tracks. The funkiness and weird time changes just make it seem like a song that doesn't fit SRV's tastes. "Voodoo Chile (slight return)" is a great Hendrix remake. On bootleg versions of this song, SRV quotes "The Power of Soul" off Jimi Hendrix's Band of Gypsies album, however this is sadly excluded. It is an impressive version nonetheless. "Cold Shot" is a good, but not great blues with the standard SRV flair. "Tin Pan Alley" is a looooooong and sloooow blues with amazing guitar. My only complaint: why couldn't SRV hit a chord at the end of the song instead of just letting Layton pick up the slack? This is really nitpicking, the song is a great one with superb performances all around. "Honey Bee" is a great piece of rolling blues which is a rather underrated song in SRV's catalogue. "Stang's Swang" is a nice short piece of Jazz which seems a little out of place, but definatley establishes SRV as a fan and player of the Jazz genre. Half of the bonus tracks are great, and the other half are rather weak. The weak ones are "Look at Little Sister" and "Gimme Back My Wig" which are just about dumb subjects that nobody really wants to hear about. The great ones are Freddie King's "Hideaway" and Earl King's "Come on Pt.3." Hideaway's rythem and structure allow SRV to go into basic and freewheeling blues licks. A catchy tune and a great one at that. Finally "Come On" is just a killer closer. With its incredibly fast tempo and drenchs of wah-wah, this is the definition of hard-nosed blues rock. This CD is perhaps a little inconsistent, but the music is good 'ol blues, a staple most SRV fans have come to enjoy and will only want more of after they hear this album.


Undead
Undead
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Turn 10 Years After up to 10, April 3, 2001
This review is from: Undead (Audio CD)
When I first purchased this album a few monthes ago, I was a bit hesitant. But once I put it in my player I knew I had made a wise purchase. The lyrics are a little below par, but the musical virtuosity is hard to top. Listen to the great bass solos on "I may not always be right" and "at the woodchopper's ball." When you can hear Alvin Lee in the back screaming out "yeah!" you know these guys came to play and are no frills blues rockers. The absolute speed of guitarist Alvin Lee is incredible. He is sorely underrated in the group of 1960's blues guitarists. Song after song he churns out blues lick after blues lick at a pace which has to be heard to believe. The ending song-"I'm going home" is a bit subdued when compared to the essential 12 min version from Woodstock a year later. Reagardless, this album is one which you should buy if you love blues and want to hear some speedy guitar. The performances are great and will leave you wanting more from this seminal British blues band.


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