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Terrence J Reardon "Classic rock guru" (Lake Worth, Florida, USA)

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Thunder Seven (Rm)
Thunder Seven (Rm)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Triumph's arguable classic album from 1984, July 17 2004
This review is from: Thunder Seven (Rm) (Audio CD)
In late 1984, Canada's other great power trio Triumph released their first album since the Gold almost Platinum selling Never Surrender entitled Thunder Seven. The album was over a year and a half in the making because they toured for Never Surrender then got into a dispute with RCA whom were cheating the band from royalties and wanted the band to do things when they want and how they wanted. As all hope looked bad for Triumph, Eagles manager and then MCA president Irving Azoff signed Triumph to MCA. Then, Irv paid RCA for Triumph's master tapes to eventually switch the rights of the music to the band. After the problems were sorted out, guitarist/vocalist Rik Emmett, drummer/vocalist Gil Moore and bassist Mike Levine got together with legendary producer Eddie Kramer(KISS, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix) and went to Triumph's studio Metalworks to record Thunder Seven. When released, Thunder Seven was another hit for the band. The album kicked off with the rock radio gem Spellbound which featured Gil on vocals and is a killer rocker. Follow Your Heart is the album's big hit. Other highlights are Stranger in a Strange Land, Killing Time among others. Also are two great instrumentals like Rik's Midsummer Night's Daydream and the closing Little Boy Blues. Thunder Seven is still the best of the band's MCA albums. The album was released in 1995 on the band's own label TRC Records with better sound courtesy of Bob Ludwig who did a killer job with the mastering. This album is highly recommended!

Alive II (2CD)
Alive II (2CD)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just as good as Alive if not better!, July 15 2004
This review is from: Alive II (2CD) (Audio CD)
KISS' eight album Alive II was released in November of 1977 in time for the Christmas sale that year. The album was recorded over three nights at the LA Forum in Los Angeles. The songs that were live were most of the album save Hard Luck Woman and Tomorrow and Tonight which were recorded in the studio with crowd noises. They attempted those aforementioned songs live but didn't work during rehearsals. However, Detroit Rock City, King of the Night Time World, Love Gun, Calling Dr Love, Shock Me, God of Thunder, I Stole Your Love and Beth were better live. KISS felt that repeating songs from 1975's Alive! album would have been useless so the band decided to record five new tracks at a theater with a mobile truck without an audience. With Ace Frehley gone AWOL(he does play guitar and bass and sing on his composition Rocket Ride), Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and Peter Criss went and recorded four new tracks(with Bob Kulick doing lead guitar to mimic Ace's playing on the first of the three new tracks) which were All American Man, Rockin in the USA, Larger Than Life and a cover of Dave Clark Five's Any Way You Want It. When the album was released, it went Double Platinum and hit #6 on the Billboard Top 200 and was the second Top 10 album for KISS in 1977, the year they were kings of American rock. I first got this cassette in June of 1988 when my older sister gave it to me. Then, eventually got on CD then bought the digitally remastered edition which comes with the book and tattoos that were on the original album and the sound is superb! Highly recommended!

Love Gun
Love Gun
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5.0 out of 5 stars The final album of KISS' classic era, July 15 2004
This review is from: Love Gun (Audio CD)
KISS' sixth album Love Gun was released in June of 1977. Love Gun was the band's sixth studio album in a 3-year period, an amazingly prolific output considering how many bands today release only one album during the same period. Love Gun's not only when the band was at the height of their success but also when tensions were started to show in their armor. This album was once again a Platinum seller which hit #4 on the album charts and saw the band co-producing with Eddie Kramer. Love Gun was the first KISS album to have all four members have a lead vocal. Rhythm guitarist Paul Stanley sang the killer opening I Stole Your Love, the anthemic Tomorrow and Tonight, the rocking title cut and the closing cover of The Crystals' Then He Kissed Me retitled as Then She Kissed Me and KISS' version was much better than the original turning a sappy song into a great rocker with great solos from lead guitarist Ace Frehley whom made his vocal debut on the killer Shock Me. Bassist Gene Simmons sang the hit Christine Sixteen, the rocking Got Love For Sale, the heavy Almost Human and the rocker Plaster Caster. Drummer Peter Criss sang his best rocker with Hooligan on this album. I first got this album on cassette in December of 1988 and upgraded to CD in July of 1993 but the sound was eh. The 1997 remaster with the original artwork is the definitive version of Love Gun. This album is highly recommended!

Rock & Roll Over
Rock & Roll Over
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5.0 out of 5 stars KISS gone metal in a big way, July 15 2004
This review is from: Rock & Roll Over (Audio CD)
KISS' sixth album Rock and Roll Over was released in November of 1976. The album was the band's highly anticipated follow-up to Destroyer which was still riding high on the charts when Rock and Roll Over hit stores. After the experimentation with Bob Ezrin on Destroyer, KISS went back to basics on their next album. KISS decided to use producer/engineer Eddie Kramer, whom KISS worked with on their seminal live album Alive! The band, along with Kramer and a mobile truck, went to The Star Theater in New York to produced the second in the the trio of classic studio Kiss albums (Destroyer and Love Gun being the other two). ROCK AND ROLL OVER is a hard rock feast from start to finish with barely enough time left to catch your breath. The album was another Top 20 Platinum smash. I first heard this album in September of 1988 when I got the cassette and then got the CD in January, 1993 and the remaster when released in August of 1997. Paul, Gene, Ace and Peter kicked ass on this album. The album had the big hit ballad Hard Luck Woman which reached the Top 20 but the rest of Rock and Roll Over was straight ahead metal. Songs like I Want You, Calling Dr. Love, Love 'em and Leave 'em, See You in Your Dreams, Makin' Love and Take Me show the band going off in a heavy direction which would then go right into their next release. Rock and Roll Over is hugely recommended!

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5.0 out of 5 stars KISS' arguable finest triumph, July 15 2004
This review is from: Destroyer (Audio CD)
KISS' fifth album Destroyer was released in March of 1976. The album was the band's long-awaited followup to the monstrously successful live album, 1975's Alive!. Alive was the album that made KISS a household name but its followup immortalized KISS forever. The band entered The Record Plant in early 1976 with legendary producer Bob Ezrin to create their classic contribution to rock history. I first got this tape by mistake in July of 1988 and the chance paid off, KISS' best studio release from the make-up years(I now have the remastered CD). On this album, rhythm guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley, bassist Gene Simmons, lead guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss peaked as a band. From the opening Detroit Rock City to the rocking God of Thunder to the grand sounding Great Expectations to the ballad Beth, Destroyer is a roller coaster of songs. Sweet Pain featured Dick Wagner on lead as Ace didn't play on the track and was irked to find out after the fact that he wasn't on the song. Destroyer went to #11 and Gold thanks to Shout it Out Loud hitting the Top 40 but the next single Flaming Youth(co-written by Paul, Gene, Ace and Bob Ezrin) tanked and this album was almost a flop with Detroit Rock City not faring well. However, DJ's flipped the single over and played its B-side Beth, which was written and sung by Peter, and the song hit #7 on the charts. Beth brought the album back on the charts and pushed the sales past Platinum(and eventually Triple Platinum according to the band). The closing Do you Love me is great as well but the album ends with the collage of sound effects a/k/a Rock and Roll Party and was on the original LP, CD and CD remaster of Destroyer. Sales figures aside, Destroyer remains KISS' greatest triumph. Highly recommended!

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1.0 out of 5 stars Please avoid this album, may the bashing on me begin, July 15 2004
This review is from: Cyclorama (Audio CD)
Styx's recent album, 2003's Cyclorama was the worst album the band ever did IMHO. The songs sound so forced and contrived. I feel Tommy Shaw is a hypocrite. He said on Behind the Music "I was full of rock music", he was full of garbage. Sing For the Day, She Cares, Boat on the River, half of his solo efforts and some of Damn Yankees' stuff was either folk, country or ballads or all of the above, whom is he to kid. Dennis DeYoung was the creative force in the band and when he got canned whilst fighting a debilitating illness which left his sensitive to light, it felt like a family member defrauding you for thousands, maybe millions of dollars. Among the most blatant slaps in the face to Dennis are the songs: Killing The Thing That You Love, Do Things My Way, Bourgeois Pig, Fooling Yourself(acapella arrangement) and Kiss Your Ass Goodbye which sounds more like Avril Lavigne than Styx. Waiting For Our Time sounds like a power version of Mr. Big's To Be With You. Another track One With Everything sounds like an Alice in Chains holdover from 1992's Dirt, I don't recall Styx ever being a grunge band. The lone original member is James JY Young whom has two great songs but they can't save this disgrace of an album. I got this disc for free last year but sold it after a few days when I realized how awful it was and I did listen to it but fell on the floor laughing at how bad this is. Buy any Styx album from 1975-99 instead and remember them when they were competent and not the joke Tommy Shaw turned them into.

Brave New World
Brave New World
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bon voyage to Styx as we know them, July 15 2004
This review is from: Brave New World (Audio CD)
Styx's farewell album with Dennis DeYoung entitled Brave New World was released in June of 1999. Tommy and JY kicked Dennis out as Dennis was fighting a mysterious chronic-fatigue syndrome illness and left him out in the cold. What irks me is that Tommy Shaw and James Young have the nerve to call themselves Styx without him is a joke and seems like Queen without Freddie Mercury or Led Zeppelin without John Bonham. Dennis DeYoung was the true leader of Styx. All five of Dennis' songs on Brave New World were great(my personal faves being Fallen Angel and Goodbye Roseland which he wrote for the death of his father), Tommy's were iffy(Witness, the title track and Everything is Cool were great while the other three songs of his were terrible) and JY hand two great tracks(Heavy Water and I forget the other) and the reprise to BNW was good too. Despite the fact there are three bad songs by Shaw, this is a great album and the last Styx album IMHO. I hope Tommy and JY stop acting like The Brothers Van Halen did in 1996 and reinstate DeYoung effective immediately!

Heart Still Beating
Heart Still Beating
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great live farewell to Roxy Music, July 15 2004
This review is from: Heart Still Beating (Audio CD)
Roxy Music's Heart Still Beating was released in October of 1990. The album was recorded Live in Frejus in the South of France in August of 1982. Originally, four tracks from this Concert was released as The High Road EP in 1983. In October of 1990, the rest of the concert was used to create this lasting document of the final 80's version of the band which featured original members guitarist Phil Manzanera, lead singer Bryan Ferry and saxophonist Andy Mackay plus new drummer Andy Newmark, future Dire Straits/Mark Knopfler keyboardist Guy Fletcher and Bryan's guitarist neil Hubbard and bassist Alan Spenner. This EP turned full live album included their cover of Neil Young's 1977 classic Like a Hurricane, killer versions of Out of the Blue and Can't Let Go. Plus great versions of A Song For Europe, Love is the Drug, Avalon and a stirring version of John Lennon's classic Jealous Guy. This was a great live album which would be their last until their 2003 reunion live album which saw the return of original drummer Paul Thompson. Highly Recommended!

Eagles: The Very Best Of (2CD)
Eagles: The Very Best Of (2CD)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Eagles overview, July 11 2004
In October of 2003, The Eagles became the latest addition of great bands from the 1970s to get their own 2 - disc best of collection entitled The Very Best of The Eagles. The Eagles' set comes in the wake of other rock acts' 2-disc best ofs like Pink Floyd(Echoes), Queen(The Platinum Collection 3 discs), The Rolling Stones(40 Licks), Black Sabbath(Symptom of the Universe) and The Who(The Ultimate Collection) as examples. Disc 1 of this Eagles best of covers the cream of the crop of their early years from 1971-75 with one from 1976. The whole Greatest Hits Vol. 1 disc is on disc one with classics like Take It Easy, Witchy Woman, Peaceful Easy Feeling, Tequila Sunrise, Desperado, Already Gone, Best Of My Love, One Of These Nights, Lyin' Eyes and Take It To The Limit. Also two songs from the second volume close this disc After the Thrill is Gone and Hotel California. There are also great forgotten gems on disc one like On the Border, Ol' 55 among others. Disc 2 picks up with more from hits. First, there's the hard rocking Top 15 hit Life In The Fast Lane, the Top 30 Seven Bridges Road, Victim of Love(a hard rocking album cut), the Top 10 hits I Can't Tell You Why and The Long Run, and the #1's Heartache Tonight and New Kid in Town. Then there are some more album tracks like Wasted Time, The Last Resort and In the City among others. Also, this collection features the album debut of the band's 1978 Christmas hit Please Come Home for Christmas. In 1994, the band reunited and scored two more hits, the pretty Love Will Keep Us Alive and the hard rocker Get Over It. Finally, the collection ends with the new ballad the stirring Hole In The World. The song is great and is one of the major reasons why I bought this album. When this best of came out, it peaked at #3 and two million immediately showing that The Eagles are still popular, even today. If you want both greatest hits albums, buy this because it is a) cheaper b) extra songs not on the two hits albums and c) the sound is incredible. Highly recommended!

Roger Waters - In the Flesh: Live
Roger Waters - In the Flesh: Live
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5.0 out of 5 stars Roger's best live DVD of the two DVDs, July 11 2004
In 1999, former Pink Floyd bassist/vocalist/mastermind Roger Waters went on his first US tour in 12 years. Roger did very well on that tour as his ex-bandmates were not touring that year. At the time, Roger was going to record his first proper live album but there was a clause in Roger's deal with EMI in Pink Floyd that he couldn't re-record his songs after he switched to Sony worldwide. After Roger got the rights reversed, he set off on a second US tour based on the success of the 1999 leg and recorded and filmed the In the Flesh album/DVD, released in December, 2000 and December, 2001 respectively. I think he performed better on the second leg than the 1999 leg but in retrospect, the final show in Providence should have been recorded. However, the performances from Oregon and Las Vegas on the album is good as it was that July night in 2000 I saw Roger. The renditions of the numbers here don't sound too different than their studio versions but some of the songs are slightly different than the way Waters' ex-colleagues played them. Floyd fans are pleased to know that Roger included material from Animals(including a spirited Dogs) and The Final Cut(Get Your Filthy Hands/Southampton medley) which Roger's ex-bandmates don't play live(Animals is too venomous while The Final Cut is despised by David Gilmour and Rick Wright). The bassist's solo efforts are represented as well, like a spirited Every Strangers Eyes and Perfect Sense(pts. 1 and 2) and It's a Miracle. The album closes with the new track Each Small Candle which is a worthy song and sounds like an outtake from The Final Cut or Animals.

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