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Vol. 2-World Is Ours (2xCD/DVD/Blu Ray)
Vol. 2-World Is Ours (2xCD/DVD/Blu Ray)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arguably Motorhead's Best Live Effort?, November 6, 2012
Great sound and excellent track selection make this a top choice for one of the bands live efforts...or should I say post-Fast Eddie live efforts (No Sleep is still my favorite). The key is the mix and the sound; every instrument and Lemmy's vocals seem to be in the right place. Nothing is buried in the mix and you need a subwoofer to do Mickey Dee's drumming justice, earbuds are not an option! No need to comment on the individual songs, if you made it this far, you already know them! But I will say there are just a few minor variations in each song over previous live efforts, mainly in the excellence of Philip Campbell's guitar work. True, there is some duplication of some songs (maybe a 1/4 star deduction), but from different arenas so there is some variation in them. For any Motorhead fan a must and a definite consider for anyone looking to finally check out this still under-rated band.

Music From Another Dimension
Music From Another Dimension
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103 of 143 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Aero$mith "Mu$ic From Another Dimen$ion", November 6, 2012
I am going to preface this by the statements I am not a fanboy (I have been An Aerosmith Fan since '73) and I know most of the time negative reviews are associated with the a click on the "no" button. So regardless, here it goes:
If I could set the wayback machine to 1976, crank "Toys In The Attic" on vinyl again and ask myself the question "I wonder what Aerosmith will sound like in 2012?". "Music From Another Dimension" would be a "good" answer.
Granted, the album still sounds like Aerosmith, but it just sounds old, contrived, weak, uninspired, digital, sterile, boring, cliched and commercial. Oh...I know what some are thinking and don't even go there! Guitarists have been rehashing the same Chuck Berry riffs for over 50 years and some still kick fraggin ass. Not here. The deal breakers are the power ballads. Is it just me or do the phrases "return to the old sound" and "duet with Carrie Underwood" seem like an obvious contradiction? What we actually have is a slight return to the "old sound". Just enough 70's Aerosmith to possibly reel in longtime fans; and then an over abundance of power ballads for the longtime "Jaded" fans. Power ballads geared more toward iTunes
download rather than pleasing longtime fans who pray for a shimmer of "Back In The Saddle", again. I won't go into a track by track analysis, you can get from other reviews. I look at the album as a whole and it just disappoints. Finally, there is an overall vibe these guys just don't care anymore: don't care about the fans, the music, each other, and what Aerosmith once meant in the world of rock n' roll. Well, they may care about their PayPal or 401K accounts.
Like a wise man once said, "If something doesn't make sense, it is about money, someone involved is literally crazy, or both". I leave anyone who saw Aerosmith back at Comiskey Park in '76 to figure out which applies here.
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Diamonds And Dirt
Diamonds And Dirt
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Above Average Album, But...., October 25, 2012
This review is from: Diamonds And Dirt (Audio CD)
The "but" is do not expect to hear the old Robbo on guitar. Although he can still play, he is nowhere near the guitarist he was during Lizzy's Halcyon Days. The music itself is well above average classic/hard rock, however nothing spectacular. Robertson has assembled a great backup band; and vocals from Leif Sundin help support Robertson's effort. The rock life has taken its toll on Robertson for sure, but he is still better than most on the six string. I personally recommend it to any Oldtime Lizzy Fan, although it may be too generic for the casual listener.

JVC Taiyo Yuden 100 52X CDR CD-R 80min 700MB Shiny Silver in Cake Box
JVC Taiyo Yuden 100 52X CDR CD-R 80min 700MB Shiny Silver in Cake Box
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Price: $35.00
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Product, Very Poor Packaging., October 20, 2012
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These are my favorite media and burn flawlessly almost everytime. Plus, after they get banged around in my car glove box, they still play perfectly unlike many cheaper discs where a few scratches render them MIA.
My biggest beef and reason for only 3 stars is the packaging. Yes it is not the product per se, but buyers need to know this is a huge problem with Amazon. They are notorious for putting items in boxes which are inappropriately sized and not insulating the product carefully.
The box I received was way too big and could have easily fit 5-6 100 CD-R spindles let alone just one. Plus, the "Fill-Air Extreme" bubble wrap used to insulate the product in the box literally had no air. It was just like plastic wrap allowing the spindle to bounce around freely inside the huge box. Consequently, the black bottom of the spindle snapped off and several of the discs came loose in the box, not to mention shifting and spinning on the spindle during shipment. Only several have some slight scratches and hopefully may still burn. is usually my go to supplier, but the product was temporarily out of stock, so I decided to try Amazon. Never again.
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Liquid Blue Men's Motorhead Iron Horse T-Shirt, Gray, XX-Large
Liquid Blue Men's Motorhead Iron Horse T-Shirt, Gray, XX-Large

4.0 out of 5 stars Quality Shirt, But Shrunk A Size., August 4, 2012
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This is a great looking, top quality shirt. The log is classic looking without being gaudy and over blown. However, preshrunk or not, it will go down a size after a few washing. I recommend it to any Motorhead fan, just go up a size when ordering.

Live at the BBC
Live at the BBC

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overkill And Loving It!, August 4, 2012
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If you've made it this far, you are obviously a fan of Status Quo. And while this box is pricey and contains several versions of the same tracks over and over, it is a must have for any dedicated Status Quo fan. The music speaks for itself and the dvd included is most excellent also.
The key is the great sound. These are not bootleg quality recordings like many other box sets. The sound is top notch throughout each disc.
Highly recommened.

Poison Smile
Poison Smile
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dog Gets Its Day!, June 1, 2012
This review is from: Poison Smile (Audio CD)
First of all, this review is based on the sound of the actual cd, not mp3 download....yuck! A cd album which is fraggin' unbelievable. I am listening to "Old Dog" right now and how American Dog managed to channel ZZ Top, Brownsville Station, Uncle Ted and Rocks era Aerosmith with their own beer drenched twist is beyond me! This really, really rocks....foot stompin' rocks. If you prefer Budweiser and burgers over microbrew beers and sushi....this one is for you!!
The overall sonic quality and production is really great too. I hear a lot of Martin Birch type production from those classic albums by Deep Purple and Iron Maiden; and, other "old school" albums like Powerage by AC/DC and, like I mentioned previously, Jack Douglas/Rocks era Aerosmith. The guitars form a wall right in your face and you can separate each one of them. The drums are centered perfectly just behind the wall of guitars. The drummer seems to have a simple, grooving AC/DC-Phil Rudd type approach that fits in well. Hannon's vocals blend in the mix to low, not too high, just right in there with the guitars.
The bass seem more subtle and deeper...lower frequency than previous albums. Yet when you single it out it is right there in your face like a Joe Frazier left hook.
All the instruments and vocals seem to be separated and mix perfectly
with none overpowering the other.
And then the songs! I love the Motorhead type guitar solo breaks! A lot more bluesy based solos and riffs. The entire album seems to have more of a bar room boogie swagger which I assume anything involving a bar suits this band just fine!
And last but not least.....after listening to the new Cult album "Choice Of Weapon" in all its brickwalled sonic glory for the last week, an album that is just way, way too loud with no Dynamic Range, this album just sounds good. 70's-80's era rock n' roll with 2012 production...if that makes sense. Great job!!

Choice of Weapon
Choice of Weapon
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sounds Like All Of Their Past Albums Alchemized Into One, May 23, 2012
This review is from: Choice of Weapon (Audio CD)
As a long time Cultist, a fan who owns all the bands albums and box sets, including all the Instant Live Recordings from about a half a decade back (I know, you're happy for me), I feel I can speak with some authority as well as write a excellent run on sentence. COW is an obvious return to form when you compare it to the last "pink" release, I forgot the name, in which Billy Duffy was sonically MIA, Ian sounded winded, the songs were well below par for the band and most importantly it did not respect "The Rock".
Personally, I may hear more of a rebirth, reincarnation or regeneration having listened to COW about 5 times over now (and listening at a reasonably loud volume, through real speakers. The Cult are not an earbud, mp3 player band). The songs, their sound, the mix, the lyrics and the entire vibe of the album seems to incorporate everything the band has ever done...including the early Death Cult albums. COW for me, moves the band to an entirely new level...more mature & less pretentious while still being able to rock out and have something important to say. So, if you are a Cult fan, this album is pretty much a done deal (I got mine at Best Buy yesterday for $9.99 and it is the 2 disc version). I rate it 4th in the same tier as "Electric", "Love" and "Sonic Temple". Because I have a tendency to listen with my "Electric" tinted glasses, I rate COW at 4.5 stars instead of 5. If you are more of a "Love" person, then it may rate a 5. 'Nuff said on that point if you really know this band. For new fans, this is really an excellent place to start. "Place to start" is a phrase very few older rock bands can boast on their current releases. After spending a few weeks digesting this release, you can move back in time to the 3 albums mentioned previously.
And last of all with no disrespect to Jamie or Matt, this is the best rhythm section the band has ever had.
So either add to cart or head over to Best Buy before they close up for good!
****Car experience update - Having listened on my Bose computer speakers for the first half a dozen or so listens, I did not realize how "loud" this recording is. In loud I mean sonically challenged, similar to Metallica's "Death Magnetic". I have read the dynamic range on this recording is very low and some have used the term "brickwalled". I really needed to turn the volume down in my car considerably and found my ears a bit "pissed off" after about 20 minutes of listening. Again, no slam on the music, just the overall "listening experience". I am interested to read if anyone else has noticed this or has any thoughts.....rock on!****
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Chrysalis Years 1980 - 1984
Chrysalis Years 1980 - 1984
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not A Bad Place To Start, But...., March 18, 2012
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For an introduction into Michael Schenker's early post-UFO career, this release is an excellent and economical place to start. But, due to the fact the live material is nothing special, buying the studio albums with more numerous bonus tracks, original artwork and packaging may be a better option for committed Schenker fans. If you can find the BGO remasters or want to drop the extra cash on the Japanese pressings, they are definitely the way to go.
One last thing. The packaging is TERRIBLE! The cd case is specially designed to hold all 5 discs. It is the old fashioned "fat" double jewel case with 2 additional fold out trays; and it is poorly designed and extremely fragile (The UFO "Chrysalis Years" is the same way). If the case is damaged, good luck finding a replacement. My UFO case arrived with several cracks, but it was still functional. I ordered the Schenker box shown here from Amazon. The item was just placed in an oversized box without any packing material to protect it. The item was just banging around inside an oversized box during shipping. Consequently, every disc had come loose inside and the case was shattered in about 3-4 places. Be very careful where you purchase this and attempt to request an extra layer of protection.
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Wisconsin Badgers Men's Astro Jumbo Printed Short Sleeve Tee (XX-Large)
Wisconsin Badgers Men's Astro Jumbo Printed Short Sleeve Tee (XX-Large)

5.0 out of 5 stars Accurate sizing, no shrinkage & no running colors., June 29, 2011
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With any T-shirt, the biggest concerns are accurate sizing, shrinkage and colors running or fading. No worries here, this is a high quality shirt and worth the price. A bit of the red did fade with the first few washings as expected, but none since then. Would recommend to any Badger fan!
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