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Lost Regiment 01 Rally Cry
Lost Regiment 01 Rally Cry
by William Forstchen
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
25 used & new from CDN$ 1.20

3.0 out of 5 stars Good Story, But Overrated & Predictable ....., Nov. 22 2003
I am by no means a dedicated reader, but I have found myself polishing off about 2 books a week for the last month. So, having read 6 consecutive David Gemmell novels, I thought to give myself a change of pace by reading this highly rated book.
What a disappointment. Yes the story idea is very good, but the character degvelopment left much to be desired. Dozens of pages go on & on with the sole purpose of showing the writer's knowledge of 1860's history & Civil War facts. Nothing was added to the story by this; and it was very boring (I could care less how a grain mill worked in 1865). I will not give away the ending, but anyone with even a little imagination could see it coming 2/3 of the way thru the book. If you are a Civil War fan, you most likely will enjoy the book with many of it's historical facts & technical details.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Widescreen Extended Edition) (4 Discs)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Widescreen Extended Edition) (4 Discs)
DVD ~ Elijah Wood
Price: CDN$ 21.76
24 used & new from CDN$ 9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Adding This To Cart Is A No Brainer...., Nov. 22 2003
4 discs including 43 minutes of additional footage all in a cool collector's box for around $25. You can read all the long winded 500 word reviews you want to, but you're just wasting your own time. You know you want this so just go ahead and buy it!
You will not be sorry.

Chrome, Smoke & BBQ: The ZZ Top Box
Chrome, Smoke & BBQ: The ZZ Top Box
2 used & new from CDN$ 69.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Billy Has Never Sounded So Low Down & Nasty...., Nov. 22 2003
Billy Gibbon's guitar sounds so nasty and mean on this box set it's downright scary. For pure tone and harmonics Gibbons has no equal; he is arguably on of rocks best and most distinctive guitarists. The remastering job on this box brings out every nuance of his guitar sound in every song; far superior to any other release of these songs, in any other format. The songs themselves need no review. Just know they sound "way" better than the currently available individual cd releases. "Chrome Smoke & Bbq" puts the "ZZ Top Six Pack" release to shame; if you have it (Six Pack) you'll never listen to it again. I only have a few negative comments regarding this release (hence only the 4 stars): only two songs from the first album (no "Backdoor Love Affair" or "Shaking Your Tree"), the inclusion of the worst song ZZ TOP ever did "Heaven, Hell Or Houston" (way too many tracks from the weak "El Loco" album too) and only a handful of rare, unreleased or live tracks. I would have gladly paid an extra $10 for the addition of an entire rarities disc. My wet dream is a ZZ TOP box set containing each individual album, remastered from the original analogs (like this set) and a release of the complete live show from the Warehouse in New Orleans (all we have now is side one of "Fandango"). Until that day.... put your money to good use and add this box set to your cart now. If you are a fan of ZZ TOP, it is impossible for you to be disappointed with this set...it is finger lickin' good!

Kiss
Kiss
Price: CDN$ 5.00
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Fade Out On "Black Diamond" Still Bugs Me...., Nov. 17 2003
This review is from: Kiss (Audio CD)
This would be a 5 star album if it was not for the ridiculous fade out on the last song "Black Diamond"....It serves no artistic purpose and ends the album in a terrible whimper instead of a bang. If they needed to make the album longer why didn't they just add another song! Now that I have that off my chest, every single Kiss penned tune here is a rock and roll classic. "Strutter" & "Deuce"...need I say more? And even though the production is sparse and "cheap" sounding; the songs are so good and Ace's playing is so killer...it doesn't matter.
This is the album that started it all and is a required purchase for any rock fan, period.

Hotter Than Hell
Hotter Than Hell
Price: CDN$ 7.62
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Songs Rise Above Terrible Production., Nov. 17 2003
This review is from: Hotter Than Hell (Audio CD)
This is the worst produced Kiss albums of all-time. No remastering can salvage the muffled sound on this release. That being said, it also contains some of Kiss's best songs "Parasite", "Goin' Blind", "Let Me Go Rock & Roll" to name only a few. In fact there is not a weak song on the entire album. This album arguably contains the best songwriting from Kiss ever. Ace Frehley establishes himself as one of the eras best guitarist (despite the fact his solo fizzles into oblivion on the title track). After repeated listenings, the sound grows on you; and you can compensate for the lack of fidelity by turning it up louder! Excuse me while I go spin my vinyl copy I bought back in '74. Ace Frehley lead guitar!

Dressed To Kill
Dressed To Kill
Price: CDN$ 9.69
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Last Of The Originals...., Nov. 17 2003
This review is from: Dressed To Kill (Audio CD)
This was the last Kiss studio album before their breakout album, "Alive". It features some of the best Kiss tunes ever, "Rock Bottom", "Room Service", "She" and the studio version (obviously) of "Rock And Roll All Night"; not to mention one of Ace's best solos on the song, "Getaway". The only drawback is Kiss decided to handle most of the production for this album themselves. Consequently the production leaves a lot to be desired. The sound is very thin and timid; especially when certain songs are compared to their "Alive" counterparts.
It retrospect, the first 3 Kiss albums all leave much to be desired in their production values; but the songs are so dang good! And don't get me started on Ace....say what you want about him personally, but he is one of the most influential guitarist of the era. Regardless of the below par sound, this album is a required purchase for any Kiss fan. You get a glimpse of a hungry band about to skyrocket to rock immortality. After this album, Kiss's music was never quite the same.

Dynasty (W/Newpk)
Dynasty (W/Newpk)
Price: CDN$ 7.52
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some Of Ace's Best Guitar Solos Make This A Must...., Nov. 16 2003
This review is from: Dynasty (W/Newpk) (Audio CD)
Ace's solos on "2000 Man" & "Hard Times" make this a must have for any Kiss fan. Yes the lead song "I Was Made For Lovin' You" has a disco beat, but it's a great song; and again, Ace lets it rip on a great solo. Peter Criss is pictured on the cover, but does not play on the album. Anton Fig (of David Letterman's band) handles the drum work. Because of Peter's absence, "technically" you can't consider this a "Kiss" record. But setting that point aside, "Dynasty" is the last great record Kiss ever made. It's the great song writing and Ace's signature guitar that defines Kiss for me; and this is the last Kiss album where Ace really shines.

One More From The Road (Deluxe Edition) (2CD)
One More From The Road (Deluxe Edition) (2CD)
Price: CDN$ 29.08
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best American Live Album Ever....., Nov. 16 2003
Across the Atlantic you have The Who's "Live At Leeds" & The Stones "Get Your Ya-Ya's Out"; but here in the good ole USA, there is only one band that has ever recorded a live album to rival their British counterparts overseas. Yes, Lynyrd Skynyrd. Ronnie Van Zant was one of the best front men on the planet...add a triple "mule" guitar attack, a killer rhythm section, 150% kick your @ss attitude and this album is the result. No need to get into specific songs, just let me say they have never sounded better. Plus you have 2 discs worth with the Deluxe release.
If you can put all the retreaded "greatest hits" releases in the back of you mind, you will never grow tired of this album. My only minor beef is the mixing of the guitars. Rossington's guitar is front and center; considerably louder in the mix than Collins (left channel) & Gaines (right channel). There are times when Gaines' guitar is barely audible. It is not until "T For Texas" we can really here Gaines with any volume.
I remember back in the 70's a friend of mine saying the Eagles were the best American band ever. Ha...Skynyrd is the Eagles on Jack Daniels & steroids....no comparison. Add to cart now, you won't regret it!

Alive!
Alive!
Price: CDN$ 19.44
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5.0 out of 5 stars You Wanted The Best? This Is What Started It All..., Nov. 16 2003
This review is from: Alive! (Audio CD)
Having released 3 poorly produced studio records and one step away from the poor house...Kiss went into the studio to enhance (overdub) some recently recorded live performances. Kiss's first three albums contained some of the best rocks songs ever written, unfortunately the albums failed to capture the energy Kiss was able to produce on stage. Kiss's entire existence was riding on the sales of a double vinyl "live" album..... The result? Kiss's best album and arguably one of the best rock records ever released. An album that vaulted Kiss into the Pantheon of hard rock music forever. The songs recorded on Kiss's first 3 studio albums pale by comparison to the power, punch and sonic impact to the versions recorded on "Alive!". "Deuce" & "Strutter" begin the assault and there is no let up whatsoever. The best of it all? Ace Frehley's guitar. There is not one song here without a memorable solo or classic riffage. I could go on, but take my word for it...I bought this album over 25 years ago on vinyl and it still hold up to repeated listenings today in 2003. I would give this album 100 stars if I could. With the remastering, these songs have never sounded better. ADD TO CART NOW! "Ace Frehly lead guitar!"

Creatures Of The Night
Creatures Of The Night
Price: CDN$ 7.40
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3.0 out of 5 stars Heavy Yes, But No Ace Means No Real Kiss...., Nov. 16 2003
This review is from: Creatures Of The Night (Audio CD)
This is a "heavy" album as some reviewers have noted. "I Love It Loud" is one of the most under-rated Kiss anthems and deserves maximum volume. So much for the "good" points. Personally having bought Kiss "Alive" at the age of 13 back in the early 70's, what drew me to the band was Ace's killer guitar playing.
Remember the poster booklet that came with the original vinyl record...now that was cool! I digress, my point is there are no Ace guitar work (especially solos) on this album. Actually I think Vinnie Vincent was hired to play most of the guitar. Yeah you got Ace on the cover, but he's way absent once you cue up the music. So for the long, long time Kiss fan, this is most likely album where you finally gave up. Kiss in it's original form was gone forever. So on it's own this is not a bad album, but compared to the classic Kiss albums of "Ace Frehley lead guitar".....well there is no comparison.

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