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Very Best of Mountain
Very Best of Mountain
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5.0 out of 5 stars The American heavy band.., April 20 2016
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Some compare Mountain to Cream. It is only partial truth. This band is perhaps more than Cream. With every song on this CD they present a different style of 'heaviness' and melody constructions. Sometimes sounds like Wishbone Ash. Highly recommended for anybody enjoying 60/70es era rock (Iron Butterfly, Steppenwolf etc.)

Well's on Fire
Well's on Fire
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4.0 out of 5 stars very much recommended !, April 12 2016
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This 2003 release, the latest Procol Harum (and the last?) album is a very enjoyable rock music proposition. It represents a good comeback to the music industry as die hard fans still can enjoy the style of the band's original sounds through Gary Brooker's good voice and Mathew Fisher's organ work. Band lyricist Keith Reid fulfils his duties, the songs dealing with heavy and emotive subjects such as child poverty, 9/11 and financial greed.
With a total of 13 tracks running to about an hour, we find a good diversity of styles and sounds from the upbeat "Shadow boxed" (with Roger Taylor on backing vocals) to the reflective lament "The blink of an eye", Reid's touching observation on 9/11.
The song writing, performance and sonic quality of the CD is good. Normal music buffs would enjoy this album.

Banquet
Banquet
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic.. !, March 29 2016
This review is from: Banquet (Audio CD)
...a truly amazing symphonic album with a jazzy elements and a great brass section. After all this album has nothing to do with early works of Lucifer's Friend, witch are more rough, more heavy prog, than this one.
If there ever was an album where big-band brass met the symphonic mastery of progressive rock while still retaining a hard-rock candy surface, "Banquet" was probably it.
The vocals are simply outstanding. The British lead vocalist John Lawton was later recruited to join Uriah Heep, but the funny thing is that several of Lucifer's Friend's albums, including the present one, are much better and far more interesting than anything Uriah Heep ever did (with or without Lawton)!
Lucifer's Friend were never content to stay within one musical style, but always preferred to move on to new territories with each subsequent album. This is one great album, severely underrated and definitely an excellent addition.

The Complete Wooden Nickel Recordings (2CD)
The Complete Wooden Nickel Recordings (2CD)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good early Styx., March 25 2016
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what we have here is excellent semi - progressive rock and rock ballads from first four LPs of the group. It is something else, before Styx had morphed into arena rock of "The Grand Illusin". Out of two CDs in this package, disc one is better, but I like both.
Ratings for these four albums given by Allmusic are not accurate IMO. Do not be affraid to check it.

Alone in the Universe
Alone in the Universe
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre effort, March 15 2016
This review is from: Alone in the Universe (Audio CD)
The album is hm...(***). It is nowhere near the old ELO albums from 74 - 77.
Sound is preserved no doubt. Songs are just OK, but nothing that potentially would grab you.
When I looked at the musicians lists, it is.... only Jeff Lynn. It is basically his solo album and he plays all instruments. That is why musicianship suffers.
Comes to my mind LP by Paul McCartney, his first recorded. He played all instruments on it as well.
It is obviously raw, but there is a difference here. Paul created something new, deprived of Lennon, and in general others influence. That is why it is a masterpiece. In comparison, Jeff Lynn tried to re-create ELO by himself and it did not worked quite good.

Ultimate Collection
Ultimate Collection
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5.0 out of 5 stars The were quite "Big" and influential, March 13 2016
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Perhaps in 60es I liked Small Faces more than Rolling Stones. They had a keyboard player and big sound with outstanding Steve Marriott voice and guitar riffs. They were 'heavy' and like Stones drawing from the blues.
Ultimate Collection is a very good option for all aficionados of 65-70 era British rock, music that gave starting point to all hard prog rock of 70es.

The Shield: The Complete Series (Sous-titres français)
The Shield: The Complete Series (Sous-titres français)
DVD ~ Michael Chiklis
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good series.., Feb. 22 2016
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..I am watching the second season of it, and quite entertaining !

Joe Walsh: The Definitive Collection
Joe Walsh: The Definitive Collection
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good collection, Feb. 14 2016
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I bought "The Collection.." after realizing that Joe is a very good guitarist and composer. I have never been an "Eagles" true lover, but Walsh introduced elements of harder melodic rock to "Eagles". The CD, it is the definitive and very good selection of Joe Walsh songs that he produced outside the "Eagles". Fantastic hard rock and guitar work that I fully enjoyed.

Snowpiercer [Import]
Snowpiercer [Import]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Speeding to catastrophy.., Feb. 14 2016
This review is from: Snowpiercer [Import] (DVD)
I liked it very much. It is truly visionary movie, a bit grotesque (sort of like consecutive Mad Max II and III including "Fury Road"), but it does not matter. It is all great allegory.
It shows what we humans are, how much we are inclined to create 'the matrix' for ourselves.
This train in the movie represents us and travelling planet Earth. I highly recommend the "Snowpiercer" for those who are able to read and contemplate the message coming out of it.

Feelin' Right (4 CD)
Feelin' Right (4 CD)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best Canadian rock guitarist., Jan. 28 2016
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Without any question, Pat Travers shines as one of the best. Perhaps Jeff Healey (RIP) is in the same league. On this fantastic compilation you will find Travers as a singer, musician and composer. There are instrumental tracks as well, some touching jazzy feel. On CD 3/4 he sounds like Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy), on CD 1 close Rory Gallagher. The quality of sound is great. No true classic 70/80 rock music aficionado should miss "Feelin' Right" !

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