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Road Dogs
Road Dogs
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back to Southern Rock for Daniels, March 9 2008
This review is from: Road Dogs (Audio CD)
Daniels returns to his Southern Rock roots for this album and does an excellent job. I didn't think highly of POWDER KEG (1987), his attempt at mainstream rock, but when it comes to Southern Rock he's the greatest! His country fans probably won't like it but his rock fans sure will! The songs are rockin and melodic at the same time and some even have a 70s feel to them like the rockin melodic doses of "Even Up the Score" and "The Martyr." The other songs rock nice and hard and professionally. There are even two mellow ballads "How Much I Love You" and "Sail Away" that are just as memorable. Daniels is still top notch at his "CDB music."

Fire on the Mountain
Fire on the Mountain
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for Southern Rock fans, Feb. 18 2008
This review is from: Fire on the Mountain (Audio CD)
This album first bought Charlie Daniels the fame and glory he deserved and showcased his different styles. It opens with the Tex-Mex boogie of "Caballo Diablo." There's also the country rockin "Trudy," the rebel rousing "South's Gonna Do It" with all its references to Southern Rock bands and artists. "Feeling Free" and "New York City King Size Rosewood Bed" are also rockers of the highest order. There's also the long bluesy "No Place to Go." Daniels also shows his more country music side with "Long Haired Country Boy" which was a minor pop hit and went Top 40 country in 1980. "Georgia" is excellent country bluegrass. Plus who could play the country standard "Orange Blossom Special" more rockin, fast, and furious than Daniels? The first great Charlie Daniels album. He would draw in even more country music fans with his next release.

On Record
On Record
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3.0 out of 5 stars Band was starting to show promise, Feb. 17 2008
This review is from: On Record (Audio CD)
April Wine's second album does more to establish their trademark melodic hard rock and pop rock sound than their psychedelic first release. Two of the hits here I was weaned on as a child "Bad Side of the Moon" and "You Could Have Been a Lady." The third hit "Drop Your Guns" may have been an antiwar statement in the Vietnam era. The band could rock hard with "Work All Day," "Refuge," and "Carry On" while the other songs were more poppish. The songs are average, but with the exception of the hits, not as memorable as much of their later material.

Me & The Boys
Me & The Boys
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5.0 out of 5 stars Country album with Daniels' usual rock appeal, Dec 18 2007
This review is from: Me & The Boys (Audio CD)
Daniels was vearing away from Southern Rock and more towards Contemporary Country with this release. Indeed it was his first album to be a hit on the country charts and not make the pop/rock charts. Although Daniels did more country-rock than country-pop, the album opens with a trio of beautiful country-pop tunes, the title track, minor hit "Still Hurtin Me," and "Talking to the Moon" as well as "Ever Changing Lady." Daniels also does one of his best social commentary tunes with "American Farmer," about the decline of farmers in favor of big city policies: "If the man don't work, then the people don't eat." For Daniels' rock fans, there's the track "American Rock and Roll" which shows Daniels' equal love of rock. There's the traditional country boogie of "Lousiana Fais Do Do" and the country-rock of "Drinkin My Baby Goodbye," that became among Daniels' all time biggest hits. This album's got a little something for country, rock, and pop fans and is a must for Charlie Daniels devotees.

High Lonesome
High Lonesome
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5.0 out of 5 stars Southern Rock and Outlaw Country expertly mixed, Nov. 23 2007
This review is from: High Lonesome (Audio CD)
HIGH LONESOME was Daniels' best contribution to the Outlaw Country movement of the time. Except it rocks harder, pleasing his Southern Rock fans as well. "Billy the Kid" is a great rocker about the outlaw legend. "High Lonesome" and "Running with the Crowd" are two gentle songs about cowboys with impeccable melodies. There's also the bluesy "Roll Mississippi" and the rocking "Right Now Tennessee Blues" and "Turned My Head Around." "Slow Song" is a gentle song with traditional country twang. Another winning Charlie Daniels album that fully delivers.

Same Ol' Me
Same Ol' Me
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5.0 out of 5 stars Daniels continues his excellence for rowdy country music, Oct. 3 2007
This review is from: Same Ol' Me (Audio CD)
I don't know why this album was so overlooked when it was released. No place on the country charts and no singles. It contains some of Daniels' best 90s music. After the harder rocking "America I Believe in You," Daniels returns to contemporary country form though still rowdy enough for his country-rock fans. The title track is more of his biting social commentary with memorable melody and fiddle licks. Rowdy fare like "Little Joe and Big Bill," "Sure Beats Pickin Cotton," and "Hit the Ground Runnin" is Daniels in top form. "My Baby Plays Me Just Like a Fiddle" and "Gone for Real" are sort of rockabilly. "Fais Do Do" is classic sounding bluegrass boogie. "Guilty" is one of his all time beautiful ballads that should have been a hit. More great Charlie Daniels contemporary country that doesn't deserve to be overlooked by anyone who's loved his music in the past.

April Wine
April Wine

3.0 out of 5 stars April Wine's psychedelic debut, Oct. 1 2007
This review is from: April Wine (Audio CD)
This debut album is enjoyable enough, although April Wine still had yet to really establish their sound. It has a haunting 60s psychedelic feel to it especially with songs like "Oceana", "Page Five", "Wench", and "Time." The album only shows moderate traces of what their sound would become particularly on the minor hit "Fast Train." The album is alternately hard, mellow, and sort of spooky. It's probably not the best April Wine album to start with, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Forever for Now
Forever for Now
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2.0 out of 5 stars One of April Wine's worst, Oct. 1 2007
This review is from: Forever for Now (Audio CD)
This, along with their final studio release before their first breakup WALKING THROUGH FIRE (1985) represents April Wine at their worst. It's easy for April Wine's hard rock fans to say so as this is full of mostly light pop music but the problem for me is that the music just isn't memorable. The hit single "You Won't Dance with Me" despite being the cheesiest hit they ever had, is mildly enjoyable as are the ballads "Child's Garden" and "Lovin You." The only two songs that rock out moderately are the title track and "Holly Would." Probably the most memorable song is "Hard Times," the band's blatant attempt at a novelty song that uses the same melody and song structure as the Jimmy Dean classic "Big Bad John." I don't know exactly if April Wine were experimenting with their sound for this album but it sure sounds like it. It doesn't really sound like any of their other albums. They were at their best with their melodic hard rock. For those getting into April Wine's music, this album and WALKING THROUGH FIRE are the worst places you could start.

Saddle Tramp
Saddle Tramp
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5.0 out of 5 stars Daniels gains full acceptance by country fans, Sept. 14 2007
This review is from: Saddle Tramp (Audio CD)
After Southern Rocker Charlie Daniels drew in significant country fans with his NIGHTRIDER album and the hit single "Texas," he did this even more countryish album that went Top 10 on the country charts and also made the pop/rock Top 40. It opens with "Dixie on My Mind," a country song played fast and rowdy by Daniels. "Saddle Tramp" starts off as a country tune and then evolves into a long rock guitar jam. "Sweet Louisiana" is country rock of the highest order. "Wichita Jail" is a rebellious country song that became Daniels' second Top 40 country hit. Then there's the traditional fiddle bluegrass of "Cumberland Mountain Number Nine." This is followed by the more bluesy "It's My Life" and the traditional country twang of "Sweetwater Texas." A must for Daniels' country fans though there is enough here for his Southern Rock fans to enjoy too.

Windows
Windows
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5.0 out of 5 stars Country Rock and Southern Rock at its finest, Sept. 14 2007
This review is from: Windows (Audio CD)
Ah, Daniels' eighth brilliant album in a row. Though country fans must have considered it too rock as it was a hit on the pop/rock charts and didn't reach the country charts. There were two minor country hits: the beautiful, tender "We Had It All One Time" and the rowdy revenge tale "Ragin Cajun." On the other hand, you had rock oriented tunes like the social commentary of "Still in Saigon" and "Universal Hand." "Ain't No Ramblers Anymore" and "Partyin Gal" are also great Southern Rockers. Plus the Country Rock of "Makes You Want to Go Home" and "Nashville Moon." But I can't overlook "Blowing Along with the Wind," one of the prettiest ballads Daniels ever did and should have been a hit. While the album is indeed more rock oriented than country oriented, both types of fans will find stuff to love here.

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