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Gangs of New York (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
Gangs of New York (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Here's the deal, January 8, 2008
This movie was far too long. The graphic violence was just way over the top. Leo DiCaprio was not the guy for the role.

But Daniel Day Lewis's performance was something special. It was perhaps the greatest performance I have ever seen. I cannot fathom how bad this movie would have been without Lewis.

If you are studying acting, watch this film. Lewis will surely inspire you. I don't study acting but the Lewis performance made me want to.

I rate this movie a 3 star. Every star is solely because of Lewis.

Heavy Metal Parking Lot [VHS]
Heavy Metal Parking Lot [VHS]

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this film., January 30, 2007
This is sometimes referred to as a documentary but do not be fooled. It offers no in depth analysis or narrative about heavy metal or its culture. It doesn't have to. The beautiful thing about this short film is that, if you remember the mid 80s, it allows your fond experience or even embarrassing recollections form the text and information. If you did not experience the 80's, these compelling characters will help you enter the world of heavy metal concerts and you get a feel of the loyalty, the partying and the carefree and sometimes mindless fun that existed.

The film simply moves from one group of concert goers to another and the makers of the film do not do much more than point the camera and microphones at them. But the concert fans on that particular summer night at the Capital Centre do not disappoint. These characters were there to be entertained but likely ended up offering more entertainment than they got. They offer funny, weird, sad, shocking and interesting moments all in less than 20 minutes. But it is mostly funny.

I find myself wanting a "Where are they now?" update. I will likely never get it but I'll alway have my copy of the original nearby and ready to be played.

A Matter Of  Life And Death
A Matter Of Life And Death
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3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Watching the Maiden critics closely, September 27, 2006
The September 24, 2006 review by D.Andrade calls this record a "weak album" but his review is inconsistent.

About guitarist Janick Gers, he states that "its time for Janick to step aside" and "his sloppy playing is just not cutting it" and he believes Janick is dragging the band down.

Just two paragraphs later, he writes that "there are a few good hooks in some of the songs, and The Legacy is a truly great Maiden song." The Legacy however is a song written by and prominantly features on guitar, none other than Janick Gers. So what the hell is D.Andrade talking about?

I happen to depend on many reviews on Amazon when deciding whether or not to purchase a cd and think many of them are helpful whether written postively or negatively. I at least expect that the reviewer is honestly writing from an informed perspective.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You don't have a CD collection unless this is in it., September 7, 2006
This review is from: Boston (Audio CD)
First of all I want to correct a previous review that states that BOSTON introduced the "Wall of Sound" technique. Certainly not! Anyone who knows music knows that Phil Spector is credited with the "Wall of Sound" recording technique that was prominant on The Beatles' Let It Be and even more prominant on George Harrison's All Things Must Pass which were released long before Boston. I really don't even think that this record is an example of the Wall of Sound technique or even similar.

Anyhow, this record may very well be the greatest rock n roll record ever made. One day I looked at my CD collection and thought that if I could only listen to one of the CDs for the rest of my life and had to throw away the rest, which would I keep? While it is a difficult question to answer unless you truly must make such a decision, this first Boston record is absolutely in the 3 to 5 I would narrow it down to. I was eleven years old when this record was released and I cannot imagine my life without it. It has simply brought so much listening enjoyment over the years and still brings so much energy and pleasure 30 years later.

I just purchased the remastered version and will give my review in a few weeks after I have had opportunity to hear it with the headphones.

Of any record in the world, I can say that this one will be enjoyed by fans of every music genre. I don't care if you like jazz, hip hop, rock, heavy metal, classical, blues, reggae or whatever; your ears will not deceive you. You WILL like, if not love, this record.

Stadium Arcadium
Stadium Arcadium
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something new and fresh and relevant from a great band, June 23, 2006
This review is from: Stadium Arcadium (Audio CD)
Stadium Arcadium is a musical delight. Every time you listen to it you hear something new. Put on the headphones and you get an even different effect. The great thing about the Red Hot Chili Peppers is that they never try to capture lightning in a bottle, they just create new lightning. In other words, SA is not like By the Way is not like Californication is not like get the idea. They boldly try new sounds and new styles; all the while still remaining familiarly Chili Peppery.

While Anthony Kiedis will never be mistaken for Andrea Bocelli, his vocals are quite good top to bottom exploring different ranges and styles of singing/rapping, so called. John Frusciante's background vocals are extraordinary and in some places, Kiedis and Frusciante give Simon and Garfunkel an alternative rock run for their money.

Flea's bass never really runs you over on any of the tracks but that turns out to be a good thing. The basslines are everpresent adding so much color to the songs in such a subtle but important way. The headphone listen really accentuates Flea's inextricable contribution to these songs. It is a credit to Flea that his ego isn't such where he needs to put the bass in your face; but he is content to lend his craft to making each song the best it can be.

Frusciante however truly seems to drive the train when it comes to the RHCP sound. Since his return to the band, By the Way and Californication had a clean and undistorted guitar sound for the most part that stayed fairly consistent throughout the records. But on SA, not only is there distortion added to the mix, but every other sound that you could imagine a guitar could make as well. He has everything from fast finger speed solos to long sustaining one note solos and everything in between. Not to mention his magical ability to beautifully string chords together.

This is, of course, a 28 song double CD lasting more than 2 hours. You wouldn't know it though. Very few dead spots if any. I enjoy every minute of Stadium Arcadium and a couple hours will get by you fast when you listen.

Lastly, I hate when RHCP fans and others get angry because the new record doesn't sound like Blood Sugar Sex Magik. They already made that record so why make it again?. Stadium Arcadium sounds like Stadium Arcadium...and thank's a terrific trip to Mars and Jupiter. I'll be going back often.

Alive! [2 CD Remastered]
Alive! [2 CD Remastered]
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't let Brian M's review discourage you., December 30, 2005
Brian M's review below criticizes this record because many portions of it were re-done in the studio. While that may be true, it is true for all live records. For example, the guitar solo on Lynyrd Skynyrd's Free Bird from One More From the Road was completely re-done by Allen Collins in the studio. It happens all the time. Cheap Trick at Budokan is another classic Live record, but does anyone think that the crowd noise is "real" time recording. Hell no!!

The bottom line is that this Kiss record gives the ear a great live feel. As a result it remains one of the most exciting rock albums to listen to. I had this record on vinyl when I was a kid and today I have it on CD. It sounds as fresh and invigorating today as it did then. The record holds up with 30 years passing since its original release.

Get it, load it onto your I-pod and enjoy.

Led Zeppelin III
Led Zeppelin III
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT IN THE WORLD ARE WE DOING??, March 1, 2005
This review is from: Led Zeppelin III (Audio CD)
Writing reviews about Led Zeppelin is simply a waste of time. Everything this band ever made is worth buying and playing over and over again. Some may say that Led Zep reviews are for the kids today who didn't grow up listening and may need to be introduced to Led Zeppelin. Well I say that even most kids have heard of Led Zeppelin and if they aren't smart enough to seek out some LZ cds then the hell with 'em.

Live in Hyde Park
Live in Hyde Park
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enough crying, August 6, 2004
This review is from: Live in Hyde Park (Audio CD)
Enough crying about the setlist. I am sure that 100 different people would come up with 100 different setlists that they prefer. Yes the Chili's sound different today than they did 10 or 15 or more years ago but that is precisely why they are still interesting and popular. (Remember, Abbey Road didn't sound like what you first heard on the Ed Sullivan show either). This CD is what live recordings should be. The songs are obviously different than the studio versions with an explosion of guitar pieces by John. The live versions of these songs are simply much more hard driving than the studio recordings and give the listener insight to the live RHCP experience. While the whole band sounds tight, it is John who really cranks things up a notch and his background vocals are noticeably appealing. When this band stops performing someday...this CD will be a fine example of live music at its best from a legendary band whose music is constantly changing and growing. The RHCP are not the same as they were 10 or 15 years ago, but they are still great.

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