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Present: The Very Best of Steeleye Span
Present: The Very Best of Steeleye Span
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best gift any band has ever given their fans, May 22, 2006
Don't let the tracklist fool you. Despite the familiar song titles (not to mention the title of the album), these are all new recording of Steeleye Span classics as chosen by those who know best: the fans. In 2001, Steeleye Span were in shambles. After the excellent Bedlam Born, three of the four members of that lineup (guitarist/vocalist Bob Johnson, vocalist Gay Woods, and bassist Tim Harries) called it quits from the band, leaving violinist Peter Knight hanging. Knight took it upon himself to rebuild his band by getting together a "classic" lineup of the band together. Reading this bit of news on Peter Knight's website was a dream come true for Steeleye fans. Maddy Prior, the voice of Steeleye Span came back after leaving in 1997, along with her bass-playing hubby Rick Kemp, guitarist/vocalist Bob Johnson was coaxed back to the fold (thus including four of the classic six lineup), along with drummer Liam Genockey, who replaced Nigel Pegrum after 1989's excellent Tempted and Tried. After two albums without Maddy Prior, to see this many members of their heyday rejoin the band excited many Spanners the world over.

Their first order of business, they decided, was to record an album of reworked versions of their classic songs with the new lineup. But what songs should they record? To answer this question, they turned to the people whose opinions matter most of all, their fans. Included on Peter Knight's website was a link to a poll where one could vote on three songs for possible inclusion this new album. All three of my choices made the final cut, and looking at the tracklist, this is sure to please any Steeleye Span fan.

Everybody is in top form on here. Maddy's singing is as great as ever, it's as if her time away had never existed. Rick Kemp's bass playing is excellent, stunning in spots, Bob Johnson's guitar absolutely wails throughout, Peter Knight, as always, is in top shape with his new "octave" violin adding new depth and demention to classic songs, and Liam Genockey's drumming is great as well. The band shines on here, both individually and collectively (no pun intended).

Most of the songs sport arrangements which remain faithful to the original recordings, such as "Sir James the Rose," "Black Jack Davy," "Long Lankin," and the two obvious inclusions "Gaudete" and "All Around My Hat," but all contain an element of freshness throughout. Others, namely "Hard Times of Old England" and "When I Was On Horseback" have been given completely new makeovers, the former being slowed down to a slow-tempo ballad, which suits the nature of the song's lyrics better than the original. "Horseback" is transformed into a driving, mid-tempo rocker, driven by Peter's "octave" violin. Both are excellent new versions. Rick Kemp handles the lead vocals on "John Barleycorn," and does great justice to Tim Hart's version on Below The Salt. "Gaudete" proves that they can still sing together acapella as well as ever, as does another track, which will be discussed further on. "Cam Ye" and "Misty Moisty Morning" both feature extended endings with Peter really, pardon my french, kicking @$$ and making the listener want to get up and dance. This new version of "Let Her Go Down" sports the lyrics which Peter had originally intended to use when he first wrote the song. "Blackleg Miner" sounds more like the version on Back In Line than Hark! The Village Wait, featuring some great slap bass from Rick, eerie violin playing from Peter, and great guitar work from Bob, topped off with a powerful performance from Maddy. "King Henry" closes off the album with a bang, and though it doesn't surpass the original version of the song (nothing ever will), it is easily one of the album's finest moments. Some 17 minutes into this track, after long silence, Maddy comes in singing an unaccompanied "Rosebud In June," ending the album wonderfully.

Looking at the tracklist, one will notice an unfamiliar song title among classics known to all Spanners. This song, "Lyke Wake Dirge," was performed live by the band during their heyday, but was never recorded until now. The song's subject matter deals with death and purgatory, and was usually sung over the remains of the dead. It is sung acapella, and is dark, eerie, and spooky, which is the Steeleye Span that I like best. It rekindles the magic of Steeleye's heyday, and it would fit perfectly on any of their seventies albums (imagine if it had been tacked onto the end of Below The Salt? That would have been great). It is easily the best song the band has recorded in many, many years, and is more than a worthy inclusion on this album. Stunning, absolutely stunning.

All that said, this is the best gift any band has given to their fans. Imagine if the members of Pink Floyd had continued to work together after Live 8, recording a new album and later releasing a stunning live album and DVD of the tour to support it. This is the Steeleye Span fan's equivalent of that. Spanners held out hope that Maddy Prior would someday return, and not only did that happen, but all of our wildest Steeleye Span dreams came true in the form of this record. Sadly, Bob Johnson's health forced him to retire after completing this record, but his replacement, Ken Nicol, is a fine singer and excellent guitarist, proof of which exists on the subsequent They Called Her Babylon (March 2004), the essential-for-Christmas album Winter (November 2004), and the newly released Folk Rock Pioneers In Concert (May 2006).

There are many Steeleye Span compilations out there; none completely do them justice, and only one or two come close. Were this a compilation of classic recordings, this would easily be the best Steeleye hits-collection ever. This collection is not for the Steeleye Span virgin, it is for longtime fans like myself (I have been a fan since infancy, and they remain my favorite to this day). If you are a Steeleye Span fan, you MUST own this CD. Do not worry about the price; it is expensive, yes, but the music contained within is worth its weight in gold. It is a fulfilling of the fantasy had by every Spanner at the turn of the 21st century, satisfying our hunger beyond our wildest dreams. This album marked a rebirth for Steeleye Span, and the same lineup (with Ken Nicol taking the place of Bob Johnson) is still out there now and thriving. May they continue to please us until the end of time
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Queensryche - Greatest Hits
Queensryche - Greatest Hits
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the smartest purchases I have yet made., January 13, 2005
In August of 2004, I bought this CD out of sheer curiosity. I had a craving for new music, and had heard good things about the music of Queensryche and the vocals of Geoff Tate. Buying this CD has started me on a new journey which I am greatly enjoying.

Most of their classic hits are here. Opening with the amazing "Queen Of The Reich" followed by "The Lady Wore Black," one cannot help but be amazed that these two songs were part of a demo(?!). In particular, "The Lady Wore Black" is sure to amaze.

But the amazement doesn't stop there. Tons of great tracks follow, including rockers such as "The Warning," "Jet City Woman," and "Walk In The Shadows." Also great ballads, such as "Silent Lucidity" and in particular "I Dream In Infared." "Eyes Of A Stranger" made my jaw drop in amazement. "I Don't Believe In Love" at first sounds like a corny song title, but it's lyrics reflect something completely different (I'll let you find out when you buy the CD), and the song itself rocks. "Take Hold Of The Flame" has one vocal passage starting right around the 1:00 mark that made me spazz out, it was so good.

My love for "Eyes Of A Stranger" and amazement for "I Don't Believe In Love" made me research the concept album from which they were lifted (Operation: Mindcrime). After hearing the album through a friend, I ran out and bought myself a copy (the remastered one with bonus tracks). At that moment I knew I was hooked. Up to the present day, I have acquired copies Q2K and the remastered editions of EP, The Warning, Rage For Order, and Empire, and also managed to score tickets to see them live (performing all of the Mindcrime album).

Though there are a lot of great songs missing (I only know now after hearing the albums), this disc serves as a great, quick intro to a truly amazing band. I am quickly becoming a raving Queensryche fanatic because of this album. There is no better intro to the band, so this is a great place to start. Recommended to anyone who loves metal, progressive rock, and amazing, high-tenor vocals. This will start you on a journey that will take you beyond your wildest musical dreams.

5/5
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Queen - Greatest Video Hits 2
Queen - Greatest Video Hits 2
DVD ~ Queen
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stateside Queen fans rejoice once again., November 3, 2004
In 2002, Queen began releasing DVDs, the first of the installment being Greatest Video Hits 1, which was phenomenal (see my review for that). Live At Wembley Stadium, a DVD of the classic live show in its entirety, followed, continuing the high standard set for Queen DVD releases. Shortly after, we got what we knew we were going to get, Greatest Video Hits 2.

Picking up where GVH1 left off, this package includes ALL of their videos of the '80s. Thankfully, Hollywood Records was nice enough to release this and all the other Queen DVDs, past, present and future, totally making up for tacking on god-awful remixes on the CD releases of the albums. Shockingly, the tracklist is not identical to the original Greatest Flix 2 (which was never released here in the US).

Of course, by the 80s, music video became a mainstream format, and had evolved into something all on its own, so the material found here is visually more interesting than on GVH1. In "A Kind Of Magic," Freddie Mercury plays a wizard which turns three bums (Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon) into rock stars. In "I Want To Break Free" (the video that scared away homophobic Americans), they dress in drag, and Freddie dances with the ballet. Let me also add that Roger Taylor looks an awful lot like Alicia Silverstone in that video, and I actually fooled a friend into thinking that it was a hot girl ("Dude! That girl is so hot!!"). In "Princes Of The Universe," Freddie Mercury engages briefly in a swordfight with Christopher Lambert of Highlander, using his microphone stand. "The Miracle," featuring kids imitating Queen PERFECTLY, is a real joy to watch. In "The Invisible Man," Queen are characters in a young boy's computer game come to life, and although dated, a very enjoyable viewing experience. "I Want It All," "One Vision" (actual footage filmed as the track was recorded), "Friends Will Be Friends," and "Hammer To Fall" are all excellent performance videos.

As you know, some of these videos were originally available in the states on the Hollywood-compiled Classic Queen VHS. It is a real joy to finally be able to see the videos for songs such as "Breakthru," "Scandal' (a highly underrated song), "It's A Hard Life," "Friends Will Be Friends," and "The Invisible Man" in such excellent sound and picture quality. I'm sure that British fans are happy to finally be able to own the video for "Body Language" as it was previously unavailble there (correct me if I am wrong), but it was included on the Hollywood-compiled Greatest Hits.

Once again, there is a bonus disc with plenty to offer, featuring a section devoted to each of the four albums covered here. The Hot Space section includes the videos for "Back Chat" and "Calling All Girls," plus a live performance of "Staying Power" from Milton Keynes (which can now be thought of as a preview of things to come with the upcoming "Queen On Fire" CD/DVD release). There are plenty of interviews and behind the scenes footage here, as well as Queen's two performances at the Montreux Pop Festival, where they mime to the records (rather annoying to watch, but at least they are good sports about it, and Queen visual material is definitely good for any fan, so no complaints there). Two major awesome features include a 1/2-hour documentary on the writing and recording of "One Vision" (listen for the funny alternate lyrics) and a brief feature on the making of the amazing album cover for "The Miracle."

The only downside to this collection is that the videos from the Innuendo album (my favorite by Queen) are not included here. But that does not diminish the quality of this DVD. Everything included here makes the DVD worthy of a 5-star rating. When you think about it, The Innuendo videos coupled with the rest of the Queen video catalogue will make for a nice third Greatest Video Hits compilation (which will see the light of day soon I hope).

Greatest Video Hits 2 continues the high standard set by its counterpart, and of course has a very high drool factor. Every Queen fan should own this DVD. Despite the absence of the Innuendo videos, this collection is well worth owning, and a splendid time is guaranteed for all.

5/5


Queen - Live at Wembley Stadium
Queen - Live at Wembley Stadium
DVD ~ Freddie Mercury
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A long-awaited jewel in the Queen crown., November 3, 2004
Previously, this concert was only visually available on a VHS which contained only highlights from this amazing show. However, the complete concert was available on CD for the world to hear. So of course, there was great demand for visual footage of the complete concert, particularly when the DVD format was introduced. In the summer of 2003, Queen released the second installment of the Queen DVD Collection by giving the fans what they desired for so long, and the result is beyond phenomenal. The DVD was given a new look and title (the old one being "Live At Wembley '86"), and the CD was rereleased with the new title and artwork with bonus tracks (also well worth picking up).

This DVD both looks and sounds phenomenal, as if it were recorded yesterday. Both sound and picture are as crisp and clear as can be. The music blares out of the speakers and gets the adrenaline pumping at a rapid rate. Those who view this are in for an amazing visual and audio experience.

Though this was Queen's penultimate concert of their career, one would not think so, as they are truly in top form. "One Vision" kicks things off with a real bang, as "Tie Your Mother Down" follows and continues to rock you hard. A real treat here is "In The Lap Of The Gods," and obscure track from the Sheer Heart Attack album. One major high point is the "Brighton Rock Solo," where one gets to watch the master, Brian May, in action. The acoustic set of oldies is also very enjoyable as the band really appears to be having a blast. Every track is jaw-droppingly awesome.

In their stage show, Queen show that they are just as good showmen as they are musicians. Freddie Mercury is arguably the greatest frontman in the history of rock music, and that is definitely evident here. Moments such as the vocal interplay with the audience, the crowd taking over the singing of "Love Of My Life," and the entire stadium clapping in unison during "Radio Ga Ga" shows Freddie's albility to work an entire stadium. One particularly touching moment is when Freddie reassures everyone that Queen have no plans to split up despite rumors ("They're talking from here" [points to his rear end]) and says that the band will stay together "until we f--king well die." He was right. They never split up, and they stayed together until the end.

Continuing the high standard of Queen DVD releases starting with Greatest Video Hits 1, there is also a second disc loaded with bonus features, including all-new exclusive interviews with Brian May and Roger Taylor, footage from the previous night at Wembley, a photo gallery, and some bootleg rehearsal footage. Like GVH1, this release has a very strong drool factor.

Every Queen fan must own this DVD. You all know this concert, you've all heard the original CD, you've all seen the original edited-to-bits VHS, this is what you've been craving. And it is now available to us, and the result could not be better. A Queen fan would be mad not to buy this. You know you love Queen, don't bother to hesitate, you will not be disappointed.

5/5


Queen - Greatest Video Hits 1
Queen - Greatest Video Hits 1
DVD ~ Queen
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stateside Queen fans rejoice, November 3, 2004
Before 2002, the only source for Queen music videos in the states were the VHS counterparts to the red and blue Hollywood Records collections, and the only video in the Greatest Flix series to be released in the US was Greatest Flix III. That said, videos for so many songs were unavailable to stateside fans, such as "Spread Your Wings," "Scandal," "Flash," and a host of others.

In 2002, Queen released their first DVD (excluding the concert video "We Will Rock You"), entitled Greatest Video Hits 1. The package both looked and sounded promising. The tracklist on Disc 1 is essentially what was included on the original Greatest Flix in Europe. That being said, there is plenty to enjoy here. The disc kicks off with "Bohemian Rhapsody," which has since become regarded as the first music video. Included for the first time in the US is the video for Spread Your Wings, a great song from Queen which never made it onto the greatest hits. A real bonus here is a completely new video for "Bicycle Race," using newly-found footage of the band performing the song, and also includes more clear views of the nude females ("I would have liked to have gone to the bicycle race," says Roger Taylor during the audio commentary). Every Queen video from the seventies until 1981 is included here, nothing is left out.

On Disc 2, there are a few more videos previously unavailable on Greatest Flix. A real treat here is "Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy," performed live on a BBC show. The version of "Now I'm Here" performed live at the Rainbow Theatre quite stunning as well. Also included are "Keep Yourself Alive," "Liar," and the Live Killers versions of "Love Of My Life" and the fast "We Will Rock You."

Also on the second disc, there is an entire section dedicated to Bohemian Rhapsody. When watching this, it is recommended that all Queen fans have a napkin handy in order to catch the drool. First, we have all new exclusive interviews with Brian May and Roger Taylor discussing the creation and birth of the timeless song, providing a lot of insight to this amazing song. And if that weren't enough, there is an entire half-hour where Brian May plays bits from the original Bohemian Rhapsody master tape, including the individual harmonies in the operatic section, and goes into even more depth about the creation of this masterpiece. Be warned, the drool factor here is extremely high. Also included is an insight to the making of the video, and Brian and Roger being honored for Bohemian Rhapsody being the Song Of The Millenium by the Guiness Book of Records.

Lastly, you will notice things about a "hidden bonus." All you have to do to access it is enter Title 10, Chapter 1 on your DVD remote to access it. I'm not going to tell you what it is, buy it and find out for yourself.

This DVD is a must-own for all Queen fans everywhere. It is truly worth its weight in gold, and set a high standard for subsequent DVD releases from the band (all of which maintain the same high standard). Stateside fans (like myself) should be thankful that Hollywood Records have been nice enough to release this for our enjoyment as well. A grand time is guaranteed for all who watch this DVD.

5/5
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Ten From Little Worlds
Ten From Little Worlds
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this CD., October 15, 2004
This review is from: Ten From Little Worlds (Audio CD)
I know, interesting title for a five-star review. Why do I say this, you ask? Look at the title of the CD, "Ten From Little Worlds." The key words there are "Ten From." This disc is exactly what it says it is: a highlights compilation from an album called "Little Worlds," a three-CD set which is the most ambitious and arguably best album the Flecktones have yet released.

Not that the music found here is inferior. "Bil Mon," the opening track, is one of the finest recordings found in the Flecktones catalogue. The rap version of "The Ballad Of Jed Clampett" is a very interesting take on the old TV theme song, and it works suprisingly well. The two-part "Off The Top," featuring bluegrass trio Nickel Creek, is phenomenal. "Pineapple Heart" is one of the most beautiful tunes heard in recent memory.

This is a great CD. Like any great CD, it will leave you wanting more. But alas, unlike a lot of great CDs, there actually IS more out there, and it can be found on the full three-disc "Little Worlds." The music from there not found here is not inferior, all of it is great and worth your cash. Don't get me wrong, you will like this CD, but my advice is to ditch this and pick up the full three-disc album. Like I said, you will love this CD, and in the end, you will wish that you had picked up the full album, and if you do, there's about 16 bucks of yours that you spent on something which has now become obsolete. Do yourself a favor, if you are thinking about buying this CD, don't do it. Plunk down a little more cash and get the three-disc album. In the end you will be glad you did.


Stop Making Sense: Special New Edition (1984 Film)
Stop Making Sense: Special New Edition (1984 Film)
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A long overdue relief., February 25, 2004
I first heard Stop Making Sense when I was 7 years old. Having grown up with Talking Heads and had an affinity for live recordings, my father bought the CD for me. I loved all nine tracks on the original album. At age 10, I saw the film and was introduced to Stop Making Sense in all its glory. There were a lot of songs in the film which were not included on the album and I wondered why. Every single song blew my mind, and I wanted so much to hear all the music without having to go to my VCR to watch the film just to hear it. People made double albums back in the 80s, why couldn't it have been released as a double album?
Thankfully, with the release of the DVD came the re-release of the Stop Making Sense album, with all the songs from the film as well as the original 9. But I was a little skeptical. Two songs on here from the retrospective Sand In the Vaseline, "Life During Wartime" and "Girlfriend Is Better" had been edited down, the latter in particular being chopped to shreds, leaving out almost an entire verse. This was the case with even more songs on the vinyl release of the album, with most of the songs being shortened way too much. I worried that all of the songs would be edited down, and that the full-length versions would be lost forever. Finally, after receiving the DVD this past Christmas, my love for Stop Making Sense was rekindled, I saw this CD in Virgin Megastore for 10 bucks, and decided that for that price it couldn't be that bad, edited or not, so I picked it up.
Thankfully, the editing is very minscule, even unnoticeable. There are minor edits in "Slippery People" and "What A Day That Was," but they are almost unnoticeable. For the most part, the songs have remained untouched, and are here as we have always known them. "Girlfriend Is Better," thankfully, is here in its entirety, as it was on the original CD/cassette version of the album. "Life During Wartime" remains unedited, as does everything else. Along with mostly untouched songs from the original album, we also get the other songs from the film. The album sounds great and fresh, the remastering job is phenomenal. It's great to hear these awesome versions of "Found A Job," "Genius Of Love," "Making Flippy Floppy," and "This Must Be The Place" in great sound quality. Of course, fitting all of these tracks onto one CD means cutting out long bursts of crowd noise and in-between song chatter that graces many a great live recording, but that is not a big deal at all. The important thing is, we get the album we should have gotten to begin with, and it's a long overdue relief. I am, as I'm sure many others are, very relieved that the songs aren't edited, and the album is what it should have been and what it should be.
Of course, I am a huge fan of the film, it's one of, if not the, greatest concert films I've ever seen. However, if the music sucked, the movie wouldn't be as good. I hear plenty of people rave about the movie, but no one ever talks about the music, which is incredible. The band is really tight, it's amazing that this is a live recording. Perhaps there were some overdubs done later, I don't know, but it's still a great record nonetheless. I recommend this CD to anyone who likes the Talking Heads. Don't worry, don't hesitate, this is the album we have been waiting for and what we should have gotten to begin with. Buy this and enjoy it for a long time to come. I'm gonna end this review before I start to ramble on and stop making sense, so buy this CD, you will not be disappointed.
5/5
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How The West Was Won
How The West Was Won
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230 of 241 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing live Led Zeppelin extravaganza., May 27, 2003
This review is from: How The West Was Won (Audio CD)
I was fortunate enough to get this from a local independent record store 3 days before its release. Immediately after hearing it, I knew that the planet was in for a treat. This, and the accompanying DVD, were hyped up among Zeppelin fans. After listening to this CD, I can safely say it is getting all the hype it deserves, maybe even not enough.
Though I enjoyed The Song Remains the Same album and film, this blows that out of the water. The sound quality is excellent, this has more to offer, and is just better in every way.
This collection of performances from 2 shows in 1972 (June 25th at LA Forum, June 27th at Long Beach Arena) represent Led Zeppelin at their live best. Listening to it makes me wish I had been born early enough to witness Led Zeppelin in concert, and I envy those who were there at those shows, witnessing a night of history. The versions of "Whole Lotta Love," "Dazed & Confused," and "Bring It On Home" are all at least 10 minutes and are sure to please every Zeppelin fan out there. "Whole Lotta Love" is here in all its live glory, containing the medley of covers that extended it to 23+ minutes, pure Zeppelin bliss. As expected, "Dazed & Confused" features Jimmy Page playing his guitar with the violin bow, and is yet another stellar version of this song to add to our CD collections. The acoustic set here is also present, featuring excellent versions of "Going to California," "That's The Way," and "Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp." The latter was a personal highlight for me, as the song is a tribute to Robert Plant's dog, he calls out the dog's name, Strider, at the end. I also have a dog named Strider, so it's cool that my dog has the same name as the dog of one of my favorite singers (for the same reason too, Plant loved JRR Tolkien, and my dog's name was thought of after seeing Lord of the Rings). The medley of "La Drone"/"Immigrant Song" kicks the set off with a bang, and an excellent version of "Heartbreaker" follows, with Page totally kicking but during his solo, incorporating Bach's "Bouree in E Minor" into it. There are stellar versions of "Stairway to Heaven," "Since I've Been Loving You," and "What Is and What Should Never Be" on here as well. As expected, the 23-minute "Whole Lotta Love" medley is a definite highlight, as is "Dazed and Confused." Drummers are bound to be impressed by the late, great John Bonham's extended drum solo on "Moby Dick."
Although the Houses of the Holy album had yet to be released, those in attendence were treated to previews of some of the songs, and the versions of "Over the Hills and Far Away," "Dancing Days," and "The Ocean" all kick massive behind. A just-under-10-minute version of "Bring It On Home" closes off this CD with a bang, and leaving the listener in awe.
Also when listening to it, one cannot help but notice how good the sound quality is. Any Zeppelin fan knows that Jimmy Page, producer for all the albums and a key songwriter, settles for nothing but the best, and only that. When Led Zeppelin's catalogue was first released on CD, the sound quality was inferior, so Jimmy Page himself remastered the CDs, showing that he not only cares about the old fans, but the young fans growing in the 90s discovering the group (like this one). With BBC Sessions, Jimmy was in charge of that, and gave us a great sounding album of BBC material. And once again, he has proven his loyalty to the fans (and to himself and his band) and given us an amazing-sounding live record with great material on it. THANKS, JIMMY!!!!!
All that said, How the West Was Won is an absolute must-own for any Led Zeppelin fan, no questions asked. If you like Led Zeppelin, you are GUARANTEED to enjoy this. Don't worry about price, because when you hear it, you will know for yourself that this CD is worth its weight in gold. Buy it and enjoy it for a long time to come.
5/5
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Everyday
Everyday
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5.0 out of 5 stars My review of Everyday, after 2 years of thinking it over, May 25, 2003
This review is from: Everyday (Audio CD)
I am a HUGE DMB fan and have seen them live 15 times as of this writing. When I heard the first single, "I Did It," I liked it but was a little apprehensive about how the public would react to it (remember when Metallica came out with Load?). Some fans liked it, some fans didn't like it, and it attracted new fans.
Of course, I went out and bought it the day it was released (as I have done with every new DMB release since Before These Crowded Streets in 1998). I enjoyed it, and after listening to Everyday and only Everyday for about a month, I started to listen to my other DMB albums as well. I still liked every one just as much as I did. Recently, I listened to all the DMB albums back to back and came to this conclusion:
Everyday is a solid album.
Sure, it sounds more produced than previous works, and Dave plays some electric guitar, but it still sounds like a DMB record, and unlike anything else. There are plenty of great songs on here, both acoustic and electric. The opener "I Did It" is not their best song, but still opens the record with a bang. "The Space Between" is a classic DMB ballad, and always gets the lighters up at the shows. "When The World Ends" is classic DMB, with the lyrics sort of "spoken in tune," almost as if Dave is having a singing conversation with his lover. "Mother Father" with Carlos Santana is a definite highlight here. Even the worst track on the album, "Sleep To Dream Her," isn't all that bad. "Everyday" is basically the live classic "#36" with new lyrics and more music written to it, and is very enjoyable. "Fool To Think," "Dreams Of Our Fathers," and "So Right" all have great riffs. "What You Are" is vintage DMB, especially when played live.
All in all, this album does not stand in comparison with the likes of Before These Crowded Streets or Remember Two Things, but Everyday is a great record in its own right. Would I recommend it to anyone? Yes. Would I recommend it to hardcore DMB fans? Absolutely, I am one, I should know. But just as with Metallica's Load and Reload, listen to this album with an open mind, as something on its own, which every record by every band is, and don't compare it to previous efforts, you will find that a very enjoyable record lies beneath all the talk and comparison. I'm sure we all enjoy a good record, so let's help make this record an enjoyable one by doing as I said, and the record definitely is a different, but enjoyable listening experience. Sure, it sounds different, but it still sounds like the Dave Matthews Band. What I wanted was a new Dave Matthews Band record, which I got, and I was left satisfied.


Fair Warning & Women & Children First
Fair Warning & Women & Children First
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two great albums on one cassette! What a great deal!!!!!!, April 20, 2003
Around the time I got my car (which has only a cassette player btw), I also got into Van Halen. In need of some new "car-tunes," I went tape shopping, foudn this, and got it. This cassette contains two classic albums from the David Lee Roth era, both of which are worth owning, and getting this tape was a great way to kill two birds with one stone.
Side 1 of the tape contains the album Women & Children First, which rocks, nonetheless. Opening with the awesome "And The Cradle Will Rock...," you can tell right away that you are in for an awesome time. Also other great rockers are "Everybody Wants Some!!," "In A Simple Rhyme," and "Take Your Whiskey Home," every song here rocks. The side's penultimate track "Could This Be Magic?" showcases a different side of Van Halen. The track features only guitarist Edward Van Halen on acousitc guitar, and vocals from David Lee Roth and, if I am not mistaken, harmonies from the late Nicolette Larson. Though mellow for Van Halen, it is a fun track and very enjoyable.
Side 2 contains the album "Fair Warning," which rocks hard, and is drenched in Eddie's "brown sound." Opening with the awesome "Mean Street," the hilarious "Dirty Movies" follows, starting the album with a bang. The heavy rocker "Unchained" can be found here, and the album ends with the weird (at the time for VH) medley of the instrumental "Sunday Afternoon In the Park" and "One Foot Out the Door," bringing the album and the tape to a great close.
Like I stated above, this is a great way to kill two birds with one stone. And if you are just getting into Van Halen and still own a cassette player, get this tape if you can. Both albums are short (only a little over 30 minutes), and you can get both of them here on this cassette for less than if you were to buy both CD's separately. Both albums kick major ..., and are highly recommended.


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