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Nostradamus
Nostradamus
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Let Me Set The Record Straight, June 20, 2008
This review is from: Nostradamus (Audio CD)
How dare Priest use orchestration. How dare they use keyboards. The sky is falling. Give me a break! Priest's sound has been ready for this for a long time and on Tuesday they delivered it on Disc 2. I had been looking forward to this because i always thought that Priest should do something like this - a record where all the songs revolve around a common theme. Iron Maiden has been doing this for years. Since this is Priest's first time, it is called a concept. The aforementioned orchestration and keyboards only enhance the songs. It certainly isn't a deteriorating factor. Disc 1 serves as the jab that sets up disc 2 which is the overhand right. The first disc is good but the second is the thrill ride and the real meat of this set. In my opinion, anyone that wrote a review of Nostradamus on the first day couldn't have absorbed the music enough to critique it. Given the number of tracks, you will have to give this a few listens before making your own conclusion. As a long time fan i am proud of this effort from the band and i think they did an excellent job. The production is fantastic. For those fans that are still looking for another Screaming for Vengeance or Defenders of the Faith, it's not going to happen so get on with your life. There are too many bands that have tried to go back and recapture the past only to fail miserably. As long as the melody stays strong and their overrall sound stays true (as it does here) i welcome uncharted waters.
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Sonrisa Salvaje (Original Recording Remastered)
Sonrisa Salvaje (Original Recording Remastered)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally!!!!!, July 19, 2007
I bought this on cassette and album when it came out in 1986. I scored big points with my high school spanish teacher when i made him a copy. I was always sad that it was never released on cd so i was reduced to bootlegs until now. This is the Eatem And Smile album entirely in Spanish. The translation of english into spanish doesn't always make a smooth transition into the fit of the music and sometimes DLR sings the lyrics doubletime to make it happen. However, it is a gem to have considering the lack of any other product like it in the hard rock/ heavy metal realm. This album was supposed to have done quite well in South America and had minor success in the United States. Why Roth didn't do the same with his follow up Skyscraper is unknown. You can call this a concept album or a one shot project that peaked Daves interest at the time. I call it a great collectors item and the crown jewel to the David Lee Roth catelog.


Black Rain (Includes Bonus Ozzfest Ticket Offer)
Black Rain (Includes Bonus Ozzfest Ticket Offer)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad, Not Great, May 23, 2007
Unlike some reviewers here, I really liked Down to Earth. Saying that, this doesn't measure up to Down to Earth. I think the first two songs are generic. The only 3 songs that stuck with me were Black Rain, Countdown and Trap Door. The last two are really hard rockers. Black Rain itself i think is interesting given the mix of guitar, harmonica, marching sounds. The bottom line is this- if you have been with Ozzy from the start you are going to want to have it for the collection, however, you expect more from Ozzy. I think Ozzmosis was the first album that really broke the streak for me of can't miss Ozzy albums. Usually you buy the album and you listen to it over and over again; listening to the songs like eating candy. Down to Earth brought that back for me. Black Rain will again be an interuption of that pattern.


Looking for Jack
Looking for Jack
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Solo effort--1987--A rarity, July 8, 2005
This review is from: Looking for Jack (Audio CD)
This is the one that started Colin Hay's solo career--1987's Looking For Jack. It was actually entitled Colin James Hay which was his only album credited this way. His follow up Wayfaring Sons is actually credited to The Colin Hay Band, while all his works after that were simply Colin Hay. This album is out of print so it is rare and difficult to find but i assure you it is a must have. When this came out in 1987, the only reason I knew about it was because I saw him on David Letterman in an interview and a live performance of Looking for Jack. It is a shame that Columbia didn't push this album. However, this is a great record and was a sign of things to come. The title track itself is a jazz influenced piece with Herbie Hancock on piano so there is a lot going on. This is the best version of this song, which Colin later included on Going Somewhere and Man at Work, because of the keyboards. Otherwise, the later versions just sound empty. Can I Hold You? is a great tune with Colin playing electric guitars, keyboards and E-bow. This is mid tempo with a beautiful melody. Master of Crime is the best song on the cd. Colin only plays electric guitars on this one but has a brass section as well as keyboards. Another great mid tempo song with echoing background vocals by Colin that are very haunting. This should have been a top 40 single. These Are Our Finest Days is a fast-paced, keyboard driven rocker. I could go on and on. Overall, the album is bright and energetic. You get excellent production with a full arrangement of sound in every song via a variety of instruments with no filler. A deadly combination for a cd that should have been a big hit record. This is one of my absolute favorites.


Peaks & Valleys
Peaks & Valleys
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3rd solo release--1992., May 31, 2005
This review is from: Peaks & Valleys (Audio CD)
This 1992 album followed up 1990's Wayfaring Sons. This album marked the start of Colin's acoustic sets. No band here, no drums, no base, just Hay and his acoustic guitar. If you have seen him live recently you will know that he does a lot of songs off of this album as his latest tour is an acoustic set. The album starts off with the haunting "Into the Cornfields" which really is the best song on the album. The songs are steady up until track 8, "Boy Boy" which is more for amusement--a 60 second remembrance about a dog. Tracks 9 through 13 are incredible. "Conversation," "Melbourne Song," and "Go Ask an Old Man" are moving songs with good hooks and intelligent lyrics. I think this is one of his stongest albums but with Colin you always get strong musicianship, smart lyrics, and good melodies so saying Peaks and Valleys is a degree better than Going Somewhere or a degree lesser than Trascendental Highway would be silly-he has no weak album. It doesn't beat Wayfaring Sons in my mind just because I liked the full electric flourishment of sound that it brought to the table. However, Colin took a different approach here and it would mark a change in his career in that all of his releases following this album centered more toward the acoustic element up until 2000. This is a must have in its own right just as Wayfaring Sons is for what makes it great.


Peaks & Valleys
Peaks & Valleys
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3rd Solo--1992, May 31, 2005
This review is from: Peaks & Valleys (Audio CD)
This 1992 album followed up 1990's Wayfaring Sons. This album marked the start of Colin's acoustic sets. No band here, no drums, no base, just Hay and his acoustic guitar. If you have seen him live recently you will know that he does a lot of songs off of this album as his latest tour is an acoustic set. The album starts off with the haunting "Into the Cornfields" which really is the best song on the album. The songs are steady up until track 8, "Boy Boy" which is more for amusement--a 60 second remembrance about a dog. Tracks 9 through 13 are incredible. "Conversation," "Melbourne Song," and "Go Ask an Old Man" are moving songs with good hooks and intelligent lyrics. I think this is one of his stongest albums but with Colin you always get strong musicianship, smart lyrics, and good melodies so saying Peaks and Valleys is a degree better than Going Somewhere or a degree lesser than Trascendental Highway would be silly-he has no weak album. It doesn't beat Wayfaring Sons in my mind just because I liked the full electric flourishment of sound that it brought to the table. However, Colin took a different approach here and it would mark a change in his career in that all of his releases following this album centered more toward the acoustic element up until 2000. This is a must have in its own right just as Wayfaring Sons is for what makes it great.


Peaks & Valleys
Peaks & Valleys
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3rd Solo effort--1992, May 31, 2005
This review is from: Peaks & Valleys (Audio CD)
This 1992 album followed up 1990's Wayfaring Sons. This album marked the start of Colin's acoustic sets. No band here, no drums, no base, just Hay and his acoustic guitar. If you have seen him live recently you will know that he does a lot of songs off of this album as his latest tour is an acoustic set. The album starts off with the haunting "Into the Cornfields" which really is the best song on the album. The songs are steady up until track 8, "Boy Boy" which is more for amusement--a 60 second remembrance about a dog. Tracks 9 through 13 are incredible. "Conversation," "Melbourne Song," and "Go Ask an Old Man" are moving songs with good hooks and intelligent lyrics. I think this is one of his stongest albums but with Colin you always get strong musicianship, smart lyrics, and good melodies so saying Peaks and Valleys is a degree better than Going Somewhere or a degree lesser than Trascendental Highway would be silly-he has no weak album. It doesn't beat Wayfaring Sons in my mind just because I liked the full electric flourishment of sound that it brought to the table. However, Colin took a different approach here and it would mark a change in his career in that all of his releases following this album centered more toward the acoustic element up until 2000. This is a must have in its own right just as Wayfaring Sons is for what makes it great.


Wayfaring Sons
Wayfaring Sons
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Second solo release. Maybe his best., May 25, 2005
This review is from: Wayfaring Sons (Audio CD)
This 1990 album was Colin Hay's second solo release and the follow up to 1987's Looking for Jack. I was aware of Looking for Jack at the time it came out but didn't know about this one until I found it in a $1.99 bin around 1992. How could an album so great be appreciated so little? Unlike most of Colin's more recent albums which seem to revolve heaviliy around acoustic sets, this one was full electric same as the first solo. The title track is a great start to an album that doesn't have a bad song. It is amazing how a song can take you away and make you see the journey that it is describing. There are many instruments and sounds in this song and is somewhat difficult to describe. Don't Drink the Water is a rocking song that has a mean baseline. This should have been released as a single had he had any kind of support from the record company. Back in My Loving Arms is a great ballad full of emotion that blends a ghostly combination of melancholy and hope. Ya is a mandolin filled tune that ends the album nicely. You don't get albums like this too often that don't have a bad moment. The music sounds so worldy with all the instruments that make up its composition and the words take you to so many places--it really is a journey within itself. This album is not in print anymore. If you can find it and add it to you collection you will be proud. It will not leave your cd player for sometime. Note that this is the only work that was credited to The Colin Hay Band.
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Invasion of Your Privacy
Invasion of Your Privacy
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ratt's Best, July 1, 2004
You could take this album, Dokken's Under Lock and Key, and Crue's Theatre of Pain, and you would have the best three albums of this time period and the L.A. scene of the mid 80's. Like, Under Lock and Key, the production is terrific. Everyone knows You're in Love and Lay It Down, but every song on this album is good. You just don't find that anymore. I think this is why I like this studio effort better than Out of the Cellar because there is no filler. At some point when they were writing and recording for this album, they just got into a zone. A lot of these songs sound like they could flow right into the other without a break because they are similar in movement and tempo. Never Use Love, Dangerous But Worth the Risk, What You Give is What You Get, and You Should Know By Now are all classics. If you don't own this one, you need to do something about it. This one also makes my top 10 80's hard rock list. One other cd I would recommend that came out around the same time that wasn't from the L.A. scene is The Ultimate Sin by Ozzy.
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Under Lock & Key
Under Lock & Key
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finest of 80's Hard Rock, July 1, 2004
This review is from: Under Lock & Key (Audio CD)
This is one of the best hard rock albums of the 1980's...period. Cover to cover this is Dokken's best album. Unchain the Night starts it out and it never lets up. In My Dreams and It's Not Love will always be classics. The Hunter and Jaded Heart are mid tempo gems, the latter of which is a haunting ballad. Even the couple of slow moments on this album come with such a kick!The production on this album is phenominal. No collection is complete without this one. Definitely in my top 10 hard rock albums ever.


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