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Led Zeppelin IV (aka ZOSO)
Led Zeppelin IV (aka ZOSO)
Price: CDN$ 10.00
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5.0 out of 5 stars A rock fan's holy grail, July 18 2004
Although the title would seem to indicate that this is for rock music listeners only, I'd say this album should be enjoyed by all--there is so much variety to the tracks. A couple are bluesy ("Black Dog", "When the Levee Breaks"), some are just straightforward hard rock ("Rock and Roll", "Misty Mountain Hop", "Four Sticks"), a couple possess a dreamy fantasy aura ("Battle of Evermore" and the ubiquitous "Stairway to Heaven") and a mini-ballad ("Going to California") even calls this album home. Zep truly pulled out all the stops on this disc. After listening to this album once, you will be convinced that JOHN BONHAM WAS THE GREATEST DRUMMER THAT EVER LIVED!!

Metallica
Metallica
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5.0 out of 5 stars This time, 15 million copies sold is NOT wrong, July 18 2004
This review is from: Metallica (Audio CD)
That's right. Commerical isn't ALWAYS synonymous with crappy. The Black Album spawned (count 'em) THREE Top 40 hits: "Enter Sandman", "Nothing Else Matters", and my favorite song on the album, "The Unforgiven". "Enter Sandman" has one of the best opening riffs in all of rock music, in the same vein as Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water". Radio staples "Sad But True" (heavy) and "Wherever I May Roam" (has a Middle East feel to it) are both awesome tracks, while the older thrashier Metallica fans will surely enjoy "Don't Tread on Me", "Through the Never", and "Struggle Within". This album displays some of the finest songwriting ever to come out of James Hetfield. As usual, Kirk's solos are masterful, and thanks to Bob Rock's excellent production, Jason's basslines are clearly audible (esp. on "My Friend of Misery")! Even if you are not a Metallica or heavy metal fan, this CD should still find a home in your collection. Indeed, Metallica changed its sound, but the songs are still of high quality, unlike their subsequent albums :( And for the record, this CD is in every single way (songwriting, musicianship, production) superior to Nirvana's Nevermind.

Ride the Lightning
Ride the Lightning
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still fresh after so many years, July 18 2004
This review is from: Ride the Lightning (Audio CD)
Metallica's "Ride the Lightning" CD has been in my collection for over eight years and I still listen to it several times a week. This disc is home to my all-time favorite Metallica song: "Fade to Black". The other highlights are the title track, the haunting instrumental "Call of Ktulu", and the concert staples "For Whom the Bell Tolls" and "Creeping Death" (which is about Passover!). But the other tracks, "Fight Fire with Fire", "Trapped Under Ice", and "Escape" are solid tunes as well and are a must for any metalfan along with all the tracks previously mentioned. FWtBT and FtB prove that music need not be fast in order to be heavy. To be sure, this is a first-rate album and it is second only to MoP in Metallica's catalog.
If you like Metallica, don't miss out on Iron Maiden's 80s albums--they're also very good.

Machine Head
Machine Head
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deep Purple's answer to Zep IV, July 18 2004
This review is from: Machine Head (Audio CD)
While not bursting with quite the magic that Zoso had, Machine Head is still one of the greatest rock albums ever. It opens with the awesome "Highway Star". Throughout the entire CD, Ritchie Blackmore proves he is one of the most talented guitarists of all time, but his solo during the 2nd half of "Highway Star" and his opening riff on "Smoke on the Water" are shockingly good. Although "Highway Star" and "Smoke on the Water" are the two big hits here, the rest of the material is strong, too. "Lazy" is a long (mostly instrumental) track with tinges of jazz, "Maybe I'm a Leo", "Pictures of Home", and "Never Before" are excellent tunes to rock to, and the closer "Space Truckin'" showcases Ian Gillan's kickass vocals and is a good way to end the album. There is no filler on this album. Highly recommended.

Master of Puppets
Master of Puppets
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5.0 out of 5 stars An album for the ages, July 16 2004
This review is from: Master of Puppets (Audio CD)
When no fewer than five albums released by a band are in contention for the #1 slot in the band's catalog, there is clearly some magic afoot. Metallica ... was no exception. Its fan base can be divided into five separate camps, each one favoring a different album (Kill, Ride, Puppets, Justice, Black).
After due deliberation, I deem Master of Puppets the best of Metallica's works (and tied w/Maiden's "Somewhere in Time" for best metal album). The tracks on here range from great (Thing That Should Not Be, Damage Inc.) to simply mind-blowing (title track, Sanitarium, Disposable Heroes, Orion). All members perform some true wizardry on their instruments (be sure to check out the Hetfield/Hammett duet on the title track, Lars's drumming on "Disposable Heroes", and Cliff's bassing on "Orion". If you fancy metal or classical music (there is quite a bit of classical influence in 80s Metallica albums), Puppets is a must-buy. If not, it is still a must-buy. You'll notice I said Metallica WAS no exception, because, um, well ... listen to St. Anger and my choice of tense will become clear :(
Well, my lunch break is over. More reviews to follow!

Somewhere in Time
Somewhere in Time
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5.0 out of 5 stars The zenith of Maiden's legacy, July 16 2004
This review is from: Somewhere in Time (Audio CD)
This record is incredible. When I listen to the songs on this disc, I almost feel as if I am experiencing what the songs are about. The title track is hands down the best opening song I have ever had the pleasure of listening to, which begins with a powerful melodic intro that grabs you by the throat and takes you for a 7 1/2 minute ride. "Wasted Years" is an excellent albeit somewhat pop-oriented song that is inspirational in its lyrical content and also contains a cool solo in the middle. "Sea of Madness" is the heaviest cut on here, with a memorable chorus and a Priest-esque solo. "Heaven Can Wait" often holds a place on Maiden's live setlist to this day, and rightly so; this song was made to be sung along to. "Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner" is a solid track that borders on thrash, but I would take off points because the lyrics are a tad banal. "Stranger in a Strange Land" is my favorite Iron Maiden song and must be heard to be believed. "Deja Vu" is a great tune with a powerful riff and yet another excellent solo. The closing track, "Alexander the Great" is an excellent epic, reminescent of the beloved "Rime of the Ancient Mariner". All in all, a FANTASTIC effort from the Maiden guys, and I would recommend their 21st century albums and *ALL* of their 80s records as well.

Brave New World
Brave New World
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5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing..., July 16 2004
This review is from: Brave New World (Audio CD)
And I mean this in a good way. I've owned this album since it came out (4+ years ago) and I still have not grown tired of it. Brave New World is how heavy metal music sounds when composed AND executed properly. Every band member gives a first-rate performance; Bruce continues to amaze with air raid siren vocals aplenty, whilst Dave, Adrian, and Janick deliver some powerful riffage and soloing. Of course, one cannot forget about the thundering rhythm section, courtesy of Steve and Nicko, both of whom could give Geddy Lee and Neil Peart runs for their money. All the songs are top-notch, but "Ghost of the Navigator" and "Blood Brothers" would be the top candidates for best track.
Any fan of rock music should give this album a try.

Dance of Death
Dance of Death
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5.0 out of 5 stars Iron Maiden continues to keep metal alive, July 16 2004
This review is from: Dance of Death (Audio CD)
I've been an Iron Maiden fan since the late 80s and the album "Dance of Death" is a more-than-worthy addition to the Maiden catalog. My favorite cuts off this record are "Rainmaker", the title track, "Paschendale", "Age of Innocence", and (the all-acoustic) "Journeyman", though all the tracks are strong. Bruce, Steve, Dave, Janick, Adrian, and Nicko are still at the top of their game. I recommend this CD to all music fans. 'Tis a shame that Metallica and Priest caved in to the atrocious nu-metal trend.

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