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Terrence J Reardon "Classic rock guru" (Lake Worth, Florida, USA)
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And Then There Were Three
And Then There Were Three
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb debut for Genesis as a trio, June 22 2004
Genesis released their first album as a three piece appropriately titled And Then There Were Three in March of 1978. Three would prove to be the band's magic number. When the departures of original frontman Peter Gabriel in 1975 and guitarist Steve Hackett in 1977 respectively left Genesis a studio trio of Phil Collins handling double duties of drums and vocals, Tony Banks on keyboards and Mike Rutherford alternating between guitar and bass, few could have expected the band to achieve Gold success in the US. However, that's exactly what happened with this album and the band's rebirth as a unlikely more pop sounding act began with this album, which introduced the newly slimmed-down lineup. The haunting closing love song Follow You Follow Me introduced the band to the singles charts here in the US and caused And Then to go Gold in May of 1978(eventually Platinum). Aside from this track, the album had other great tracks like the haunting Many Too Many, the great Deep in the Motherlode, the epic Burning Rope which had some great guitar work from Rutherford whom is a great guitarist although not near Steve Hackett caliber, the fast-paced opener Down and Out and the funny cowboy number Ballad of Big. The highlight is really The Lady Lies which goes for about six minutes and is a great art rock/pop track. This album paved the way for the decade Genesis would reign, the 80s. I first bought this album in October of 1997 on cassette and played it constantly. I eventually bought the remastered CD a month later and the remaster buries the original album, cassette, 8-track and CD sonically as well. Highly recommended!

Division Bell
Division Bell
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5.0 out of 5 stars The triumphant comeback of Pink Floyd ten years on, June 22 2004
This review is from: Division Bell (Audio CD)
Pink Floyd's most recent album The Division Bell was released in April of 1994(two full months before I graduated High School). The album was the first since their 1987 comeback A Momentary Lapse of Reason. The band spent four years on the Momentary project recording and touring(the tour ended in 1990). The band were inactive in 1991 and spent 1992 putting together the Shine On box. It was during an American radio interview in late 1992 that guitarist/vocalist David Gilmour revealed that the band would finally begin work on a new album in 1993. David, along with drummer Nick Mason and a fully reinstated keyboardist Rick Wright(whom was a sideman on the Momentary Lapse album and tour) recorded The Division Bell throughout 1993 and January of 1994 at David's own houseboat studio The Astoria with David producing with Bob Ezrin. When the album was released(I bought the CD the day it came out and the aqua blue vinyl and cassette), it was an instant smash hitting #1 in its first week and stayed put for four weeks in the Spring of 1994 whilst the band toured in support of the album and sold close to Four million in the US alone and many more worldwide. When I first put this album on, it reminded me of Wish You Were Here which is my favorite Pink Floyd album. This was the band's first theme album in years with its concept about lack of communication. The opening Cluster One is a superb instrumental and one of their best ever. What Do You Want From Me sounds like Have a Cigar(pt. 2) and is a great song and Dave and Rick's music just being as great as ever. The haunting Poles Apart starts out being about Syd and his descent into madness while the second verse (Hey You!) addresses the demise of David's relationship with Waters and then ends with Gilmours own self doubts about where he stands in the grand scheme of Pink Floyd and realizing in the end that his own personal life and love is where he keeps his sanity grounded. The Grammy winning instrumental Marooned is a lovely piece of music which is superb. A Great Day For Freedom talks about the fall of The Berlin Wall and the fall of one's relationships. Wearing The Inside Out is Rick's personal aside about his own exile both physically from the band and mentally and featured returning sax player Dick Parry whom last played on Wish You Were Here. Take it Back is the closest Floyd ever came to a love song. Coming Back to Life is Dave's song to his now wife Polly Samson whom brought him back to happiness after all the traumas with Roger and the demise of his first marriage to Ginger in 1990. Polly was actually proofreader to Dave's lyrics on The Division Bell and out of kindness gave her credit. Keep Talking was the song that got loads of airplay on rock radio when released and sounds like classic Floyd from Dark Side and Wish You Were Here era Floyd. Lost For Words dealt with the demise and failed reconciliation with Waters. The closing High Hopes is the best Floyd track since Comfortably Numb which was about the things you gained and lost in life. The Division Bell is a great album and might possibly be the final album from the band. Although Dave said Floyd was done in 2001, he changed his stance in 2003 saying "Floyd still exists and will return one day but not tomorrow". However if Floyd don't return, this album ends their career with a bang! Hugely recommended!

The Wall: Live in Berlin, 1990
The Wall: Live in Berlin, 1990
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2.0 out of 5 stars More of a miss than a hit version of The Wall, June 22 2004
Roger Waters' The Wall in Berlin was released in September of 1990. Although this is a live album, portions of it were taken from a re-do of the show and the previous night's dress rehearsal. The original radio broadcast had the microphones all messing up and the power going out during The Thin Ice and Mother. Initially, Roger wanted to get artists like Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart and Peter Gabriel(this would have been kick ass). Unfortunately, those artists were either unavailable or wanted money so instead he got some good artists(The Scorpions(excellent on In the Flesh), Joni Mitchell(pretty good on Goodbye Blue Sky), Bryan Adams(his Young Lust was good), Paul Carrack(he did Hey You very well)) and some very bad artists(Van Morrison and The Band(they destroyed Dave's parts on Comfortably Numb), Cyndi Lauper(ruined Another Brick), Ute Lemper(tolerable on The Thin Ice but Mariah Carey-esquely annoying on The Trial), Sinead O' Connor(awful here but ironically was good on Rick Wright's Broken China) and Jerry Hall) for the performance. In an 1989 interview, Roger initially thought of having ex-bandmates David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Rick Wright play with him. Even David went through lawyers to get the OK to do it but then Roger shot down his ex-bandmates' offer in early July(hypocritical of Rog). Fortunately, Is There Anybody Out There?-The Wall Live 1980 does great live justice to The Wall as it is the classic Floyd lineup performing The Wall. If I were you, I'd spend my money on Is There Anybody Out There?. Grab The Wall in Berlin if you are a collector.

The Bugs Bunny Road Runner Movie
The Bugs Bunny Road Runner Movie
VHS

5.0 out of 5 stars The first Looney Tunes movie 25 years on, June 22 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!

Test for Echo
Test for Echo
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arguably Counterparts part two, June 22 2004
This review is from: Test for Echo (Audio CD)
Rush's album Test For Echo was released in September of 1996. The album was the band's first album since 1993's Counterparts. In between albums, bass player/vocalist Geddy Lee and his wife had their second child, daughter Kyla(son Julian was born in 1980). Guitarist Alex Lifeson released his first solo album under the alias Victor. Drummer Neil PEart relearned how to play drums. The band then reconvened in January of 1996 in Bearsville Studios in New York to record Test for Echo once again using Peter Collins as co-producer. The first taste of this album for me was the title cut and was pumped that the new album would use even less synths. They don't even appear on the album to my ears. Aside the killer title cut, my other favorites on this album are Driven, the rocking Half the World, the excellent Time and Motion which had one of Alex's best guitar solos ever recorded on a Rush album ever. Other standouts are the instrumental Limbo which was the first instrumental Geddy, Neil and Alex wrote together since La Villa Strangiato in 1978. Resist is superb as well and was written after Neil saw the movie Braveheart and how Scotland fought resistance to gain freedom. When Test was released, it quickly went Gold and debuted at #5(not bad when competing against REM's flop and the return of a six-piece New Edition which hit #1). If you liked Counterparts or Rush in general, this album is for you. If not, go watch TRL.

Edge Of The Century
Edge Of The Century
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5.0 out of 5 stars Styx's grand comeback, June 22 2004
This review is from: Edge Of The Century (Audio CD)
Styx released their first studio album of new material since 1983's Kilroy Was Here entitled Edge of the Century in October of 1990. I first bought this album in December of 1993 on cassette on a whim and Edge of the Century proved to me that Styx could survive without Tommy Shaw(they did five albums before Shaw joined from 1972-75 including their A&M debut Equinox). Part of my point is THEY GOT ALONG during this period! Don't get me wrong, Tommy added a lot to the band, but they made it work before he came along and did well without him. New member guitarist/vocalist Glen Burtnik wrote great songs on this album and his voice was reminiscent to Tommy's thus keeping the Styx "sound" intact. The opening first single Love is the Ritual is his best song on the album but the song flopped as a single. I think Homewrecker is one of JY's best next to Heavy Metal Poisoning on Kilroy. Dennis DeYoung's keyboards and synthesizers kick ass on this song. (Bad blood kept Tommy and JY from including his work on much of Brave New World. They screwed up Everything is Cool by almost muting Dennis whilst Dennis was ill and what a shame, it could have so much better). Dennis wrote some some of his best tracks since his Desert Moon solo effort from 1984 on Edge and his voice got better. Dennis wrote the massive #3 hit from the spring of 1991 Show Me The Way for his son Matthew while Matthew was experiencing the trials and tribulations of being an adolescent. At that time, he needed encouragement, love and support from his parents. As all parents know there's no book or rules on parenting. Occasionally we need to ask for guidance from a higher power. Dennis put those feelings to a song, and Show Me The Way was born out of those feelings. Nothing like that on BNW. The Top 30 hit Love at First Sight is a great mid-tempo track. I can't believe that anyone who is a true Styx fan from WAY BACK can trash Carrie Ann. Dennis wrote this song to express his love for his daughter of the same name. I'm guessing that the people who trash this song never had a daughter. Edge almost went Gold when released but A&M were then owned by PolyGram whom were more interested in people like Janet Jackson and Extreme on their roster and stopped promoting the album when sales were close to Gold. It would eventually hit the plateau(the last studio album to do so). Unfortunately, this was drummer John Panozzo's last hurrah with the band as he would pass away in 1996. His brother, bass player Chuck did well on this album as well. Highly recommended!

Avalon
Avalon
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5.0 out of 5 stars Roxy Music's grand farewell, June 22 2004
This review is from: Avalon (Audio CD)
In the spring of 1982, English rockers Roxy Music's farewell album Avalon was released. The album was the band's only studio album they would record for Warner Bros. here in the States and the first since original drummer Paul Thompson left. He was replaced by studio ace Andy Newmark. The three remaining original members(vocalist Bryan Ferry, guitarist Phil Manzanera and woodwind expert Andy Mackay) crafted together a masterpiece. The album was produced by the band and Rhett Davies and engineered by Bob Clearmountain(Bryan Adams, The Rolling Stones, etc.). The single More Than This is an absolutely gorgeous start to Roxy Music's version of Abbey Road. This was the song that sent me looking for this album after watching VH1 Classic a few weeks ago. I have had the new SACD version since late April and I listen to this album constantly. The Space Between follows and is not that awful Dave Matthews song but is the ultimate break up song. The title cut is one of the best ballads I ever heard and the female backing vocalist is superb at the end and Bryan's crooning is superb. India is a great instrumental and was used as the entrance music during the Avalon tour. While My Heart is Still Beating is a great song as well. To Turn You On is excellent and features Paul Carrack on keyboards. The closing Tara is a beautiful coda to end this album which was the band's biggest seller in the US as it is their only Gold and Platinum album in the States. The CD sounds superb thanks to Bob Ludwig's painstaking remaster of this classic. Highly recommended!

Women and Children First
Women and Children First
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5.0 out of 5 stars The real Van Halen III, June 21 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!

Van Halen II
Van Halen II
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5.0 out of 5 stars No sophomore jinx for Van Halen, June 21 2004
This review is from: Van Halen II (Audio CD)
In March of 1979, California based rockers Van Halen unleashed their sophomore effort Van Halen II. The album was produced by Ted Templeman whom helmed the first six albums for the band and this album has all but one track written by Eddie and Alex Van Halen(guitar and drums), David Lee Roth(vocals) and Michael Anthony(bass). The album kicks off with a rocking version of the 1974 Linda Ronstadt hit You're No Good with Dave screaming during the chorus as Eddie and Michael sing the chorus. The hit Dance the Night Away follows and was the song that got most attention from this album. Somebody Get Me a Doctor and Bottoms Up are excellent hard rockers and Outta Love Again ends the second half on a rockin note. Light Up the Sky is a kick ass rocker that starts the second half. Spanish Fly showcases Eddie's talents on classical guitar. D.O.A.(stands for Dead Or Alive) is an awesome rocker. Women in Love starts sounding to be a ballad in its guitar intro before rocking out. The closing Beautiful Girls is another rock radio staple and a kick ass rocker. This was the band's first US Top 10 album and second million seller. I first got this album on cassette in March of 1985 and loved it immediately and the remastered CD catalog buries the original issues by a longshot! Highly recommended!

Scarface (2-Disc Anniversary Edition) (Widescreen)
Scarface (2-Disc Anniversary Edition) (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Al Pacino
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic that is for the ages, June 21 2004
Director Brian DePalma's Scarface released in December of 1983 was a remake of the 1932 gangster classic that starred Paul Muni. Al Pacino gives a superb performance (including his much imitated Cuban accent) as Cuban refugee turned cocaine king of Miami Tony Montana. He comes to Miami, Florida with his best friend Manny Ray (Steven Bauer) and goes on to become the cocaine king of Florida. Once he starts selling the coke, he gets hooked on the stuff and alienates those who get in his way. Robert Loggia was impressive as Frank, one of Tony's partners whom eventually goes by the wayside as well as Frank's and eventually Tony's wife Elvira(played by Michelle Pfeiffer whom would go on to huge success as an actress of her own right) when she leaves him after a confrontation and of course his sister Gina(played by Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio whom would go on to play Tom Cruise's girlfriend in The Color of Money). Al's portrayal of Montana is a classic role. I know this is a drama but some of the quotes he came back with are akin to stand up comedy which will leave you in stitches. He refers to bad people as cockroaches, classic. This movie has lots of usage of the f word and profanities and violence but it beats any kind of film, like those lame Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill movies. This movie is one of my Top 5 movies of all time and is Hugely Recommended!

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