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Frampton Comes Alive - Deluxe Edition (2CD)
Frampton Comes Alive - Deluxe Edition (2CD)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Frampton's finest hour gets even better, June 19 2004
Peter Frampton's Frampton Comes Alive was released in January of 1976. This live album for the longest time was the biggest selling live album ever and was #1 for a total of 17 unconsecutive weeks. In January of 2001 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of this classic album, A&M re-released the album in an expanded deluxe version with an expanded booklet and four bonus tracks bringing to album's running time to nearly two hours. This album still rocks and does not only feature Frampton's great guitar solos and vocals and Stanley Sheldon's great bass playing but also showed us what great musicians the late John Siomos and Bob Mayo were. John was what Peter called the John Bonham of his band and John's death this year was sad and then a month after John's passing keyboardist/occasional guitarist/backing vocalist Bob Mayo died of a heart attack in Switzerland while touring with Peter. This album is a living testament to Peter's band whom played with him from 1975 to 1978. This live album was completely live save part of the vocal of Something's Happening, the rhythm electric guitar on Show Me the Way and the piano on I Wanna Go to the Sun but the rest is all live(solos, drums, bass and backing vocals). This classic album features the Frampton standards Show Me The Way(which hit #6 on the singles charts), the Top 20 hit Baby I love Your Way and the Top 20 epic Do You Feel Like We Do in all of its 14 minute plus glory with its famous talk-box section and he and Joe Walsh would have a great talk-box duel. Other highlights are Lines On My Face, I Wanna Go To The Sun and I'll Give You Money. This classic live album showed Peter Frampton and his band in all their glory. Besides being a excellent songwriter and singer, Frampton ranks as one of the greatest guitarists in all of rock and roll history. It's unfortunate that critics panned Frampton for his good looks rather than his musical talent showing critics are more about pazazz and glitter than music integrity. The additional material on the expanded edition includes three additional live pieces(including a killer Nowhere's Too Far For My Baby) as well as an radio broadcast version of Day's Dawning which originally appeared on 1975's Frampton. This remixed/remastered version was superbly remastered by Bob Ludwig and Peter makes a classic live album sound even more classic today. Highly recommended!

King Biscuit Flower Hour (In Concert)
King Biscuit Flower Hour (In Concert)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another live killer from Triumph, June 18 2004
Canada's other big rocking power trio next to Rush called Triumph whom were wrongly called a "poor man's Rush" released their first album since 1992's Edge of Excess with King Biscuit Flower Hour Featuring Triumph released in February of 1996. The album was recorded live during the band's 1981 tour in support of the Platinum selling Allied Forces on October 12, 1981 at The Public Hall in Cleveland, Ohio. This concert showed me how great of a live band Triumph were. Tear the Roof Off kicks this album off in full throttle with drummer Gil Moore and guitarist Rik Emmett splitting the vocals down the middle. Most of the stage bantering was from Moore and bass player Mike Levine. Gil sounds like Nuge while Mike was a great stage banterer. Rik said tanks a few times and did the Triumph Loves You chant at the end of the disc. Standouts include Lay It On The Line, Fight The Good Fight, Blinding Light Show which kicks the studio version's ass, a superb Rock and Roll Machine with Rik's ten minute guitar solo spot, Gil Moore's superb drum solo, an Improv instrumental, a killer cover of Joe Walsh's Rocky Mountain Way and the closing Hot Time in This City Tonight renamed Hot Time in Ol' Cleveland Tonight. This album is a necessity plus the US Festival and the cassette version of Stages which seemed to miss Allied Forces and the drum solo. Highly recommended!

Women and Children First
Women and Children First
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Van Halen album, June 17 2004
Van Halen's third album Women and Children First was released in March of 1980. The album was recorded in two weeks but sure doesn't sound it. The opening And the Cradle Will Rock had a killer keyboard riff which sounds like a guitar but was a distorted Wurlitzer piano and a killer Eddie Van Halen guitar solo. David Lee Roth's vocals were killer on this album. Everybody Wants Some is an awesome song and all I can think about is the claymated hamburger singing this song in Better Off Dead but a killer song nonetheless with stellar drumming from Alex Van Halen and superb bass work from Michael Anthony. Other standouts on this album are Fools, Romeo Delight, Take Your Whiskey Home, Loss of Control and the closing In a Simple Rhyme. When this album was released, it stormed right into the US Top 5 and was another Multi-Platinum hit for the band. I first heard this album when I got it fro Christmas in 1984 on cassette and the remastered CD buries the original album by a longshot. Highly recommended!

Free As A Bird (Remastered
Free As A Bird (Remastered
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5.0 out of 5 stars Overall not bad, June 16 2004
Supertramp's last album for A&M and for ten years called Free as a Bird was released in Ocotober of 1987. The album was not well received at the time of its release seeing that Americans were into fluff like Michael Jackson, Poison, Cinderella, Eurpoe and the rest of that cheesy hair metal fluff. This album is very good. I admit that it was strange on first listen but with the benefit of hindsight, the album is very good. The title cut is a great ballad and the video was superb(I saw it on VH1 Classic) and was the reason I rebought this album. I'm Begging You is a great song as well. The video for that track was groundbreaking yet MTV ignored it but can now be appreciated on the Supertramp DVD The Story So Far. Other great songs on this album are It Doesn't Matter and An Awful Thing to Waste. Rick Davies' vocals and keyboards shone on this album as did John Helliwell's sax, Bob Siebenberg's drums and departing bassist Dougie Thomson whom would not rejoin in 1996 and left because he was outraged that Rick broke his word that none of Roger Hodgson's songs would be played live and Dougie was ashamed of playing Roger's classics without Roger. Speaking of Roger, his replacement Mark Hart made his debut on this album playing guitars and keyboards and shares vocals with Rick on two tracks(Where I Stand and the end of the title track). This album is finally available again as A&M reissued this album two years ago and is an underrated gem that is recommended!

Ultimate Collection
Ultimate Collection
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Who's Ultimate best of gets better, June 15 2004
This review is from: Ultimate Collection (Audio CD)
The Who's The Ultimate Collection is a great overview to The Who's history which came out in June of 2002 here in the US but was delayed until the fall of 2002 in the UK and the rest of the world. This 2-CD set showed us what great musicians guitarist Pete Townshend, drummer the late Keith Moon and bassist the late John Entwistle were and how great vocalist Roger Daltrey got over the years. This was the first best-of collection where they remastered the original mixes of The Who's tracks for a compilation(1996's My Generation used remixes). The obvious classics are here like I Can't Explain, My Generation, Substitute, I'm a Boy, Boris the Spider, Happy Jack, I Can See For Miles, Magic Bus, Pinball Wizard, Baba O' Riley, Won't Get Fooled Again, Join Together, Squeeze Box, Who Are You and You Better You Bet among others. The 1996 My Generation Best Of were remixes and left some important tracks off like I'm Free, Summertime Blues, Behind Blue Eyes, My Wife, Behind Blue Eyes, Love Reign O'er Me, Sister Disco and Eminence Front. I first had the US edition and then sold it once I picked up the Britiish edition which has a different cover photo of The Who circa 1971 and five bonus tracks of Had Enough(one of Entwistle's best Who tracks ever from 1978's Who Are You), Don't Let Go the Coat, The Quiet One(another one of the late John Entwistle's classic post-My Wife tracks) and the rock radio staples Another Tricky Day and Athena(a US Top 30 hit for The Who in 1982). The US edition of this disc went Gold upon release in June of 2002 and went Top 40 and is the best start point to get into The Who.

Never Surrender (Rm)
Never Surrender (Rm)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Triumph scores yet another winner, June 14 2004
This review is from: Never Surrender (Rm) (Audio CD)
Triumph's followup album to their 1981 Platinum seller Allied Forces entitled Never Surrender was released in the Spring of 1983. Many fans were wondering when first buying this album if the album would be as good or better than its predecessor. I go with the former as did many fans. This album picked up where its predecessor left off. The album features some of the band's best tracks like guitarist/vocalist Rik Emmett's A World of Fantasy and the title cut and drummer Gil Moore's blues rocker When the Lights Go Down. Other standouts are the opening Too Much Thinking(which had samples of the late great Ronald Reagan at the intro of the track), All the Way and of course Battle Cry. The two instrumentals and Writing on the Wall are good too. This album went Gold immediately but RCA picked a fight with Triumph and the band fled the label after this album and signed to MCA which was run by Eagles manager Irving Azoff at the time and switched the ownership of the band's music from RCA to MCA(Azoff paid RCA for the master tapes and reverted the rights to Triumph) and then in 1995 to Triumph's own label TRC(now known as TML). Highly recommended!

Triumph - Live at the Us Festival 1983
Triumph - Live at the Us Festival 1983
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb concert performance, June 14 2004
This live DVD from Triumph filmed at the US Festival in May of 1983 serves as a testament to this great rock band from Canada whom are the next best thing to Rush. I finally watched this whole show on VH1 Classic in 2003 and was the motivation for me buying this album and eventually DVD. Rik Emmitt's guitar playing proves why he is one of rock's unsung heroes as witnessed on Rock and Roll Machine, A World of Fantasy, Magic Power and Never Surrender among many others. Drummer Gil Moore is also a great vocalist and is a more bluesier singer than Rik and bass player Mike Levine holds the foundations down with his bass work. The DVD is killer and is hugely recommended!

The Bugs Bunny Road Runner Movie
The Bugs Bunny Road Runner Movie
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the five fully animated Looney Tunes movies, June 13 2004
Chuck Jones' The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie came out in September of 1979. Chuck Jones directed some of the funniest shorts in the history of filmmaking, and this 1979 feature-length compilation includes many of his best cartoons. Among the 11 shorts shown in their entirety are the classics Hare Way to the Stars, Robin Hood Daffy, Duck Amuck(quite possibly the greatest cartoon ever made), Ali Baba Bunny, Bully for Bugs and What's Opera Doc? which are still hilarious as they were when first released well over 50 years ago. However, some viewers questioned why other greats like Rabbit of Seville were deleted. Amongst the classic cartoons is some new animation of Bugs from Chuck Jones recalling his exploits with Daffy, Marvin Martian, Elmer Fudd and Wile E. Coyote whom also has a confrontation with The Road Runner in a 20 minute montage which was also great as well. Also, the wascally wabbit's explanations of chases was hysterical. Also, the beginning credits and ending credits were funny with the That's All Folks trying to curtail the movie at start and near the end and Bugs getting irked and puts a NOT or a NOT QUITE between That's All. At the end, Bugs sits on the WB logo smiling saying "Eat Your Heart Out Boit Reynolds" and That's Really All Folks!. This movie is highly recommended!

Private Parts
Private Parts
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1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time and waste of $8, June 13 2004
This review is from: Private Parts (DVD)
I actually saw this movie at the theatres when it came out with my best friend and our friend Dan. All I can say was that this movie did absolutely nothing for me but put me to sleep. This man is pathetic. Fast forward to 2004, he is not relevant anymore, in other words, is a has been. Other has-beens are Britney, N'Sync and who knows whom else. I suggest you watch The Bugs Bunny Road Runner Movie instead for laughs.

Very Best of Supertramp
Very Best of Supertramp
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb overview to Supertramp, June 13 2004
This review is from: Very Best of Supertramp (Audio CD)
The Very Best of Supertramp was released in December of 2001. The album was originally released in 1987 as Supertramp Classics as part of A&M's 25th Anniversary series. That collection had edits of Goodbye Stranger, The Logical Song, Take the Long Way Home and Cannonball. On this version, you get the full album versions of those tracks plus the song School as the new opening track of this compilation. The album also features classics like Bloody Well Right, Give a Little Bit and It's Raining Again among many others. If you don't know where to start on Supertramp, this 15 song best of is a best bet. Also, Princess Di's favorite band was Supertramp and it was in writing and the band backed up the fact much to the chagrin of a certain one star reviewer whom has more aliases than a wanted man from the law!

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