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Terrence J Reardon "Classic rock guru" (Lake Worth, Florida, USA)
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Exile On Main Street
Exile On Main Street
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest albums ever, June 21 2004
This review is from: Exile On Main Street (Audio CD)
The Rolling Stones' second album to be released on their own label fittingly called Rolling Stones Records, which was distributed by Atlantic at the time, was released in May of 1972. The album was the band's only double studio album but one of the best which ranks up there with The Wall, Quadrophenia, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway and Tommy among others. Before guitarist Keith Richards' heroin addiction took over for some time in the mid-1970s, he was what the late producer Jimmy Miller called a workhorse. The album was recorded at Keith's home in France and at Olympic Studios in London and Muscle Shoals in Alabama. Keith's music and frontman Mick Jagger's lyric writing was arguably at its peak on Exile. Songs like the opening Rocks Off, Rip This Joint, Tumbling Dice, Sweet Virginia, Keith's classic Happy, Soul Survivor, All Down the Line and Shine a Light are classics which sound like they could have been recorded yeaterday. Ventilator Blues was another highlight as it was the only song that Mick and Keith wrote was co-written by guitarist Mick Taylor whom kicked ass from 1969-74. Exile was the band's second consecutive #1 album and another million seller. The tour in support of the album saw the band getting bigger and bigger. This album is hugely recommended!

Abbey Road
Abbey Road
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5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest farewell album in rock history, June 21 2004
This review is from: Abbey Road (Audio CD)
The Beatles' swan song Abbey Road was released in October of 1969. The album was recorded at a time of great turmoil in the band as guitarist John Lennon was fighting a crippling heroin addiction and wanted to make avant-garde music with wife Yoko Ono. As a result, bassist Paul McCartney takes command and the result, arguably the band's greatest triumph. Abbey Road starts with John's Come Together which is a great rocker. Lead guitarist George Harrison's Something follows and was the huge hit from the album and is a classic even today. Paul strikes twice with the humorous Maxwell's Silver Hammer and the ballad Oh Darling. Ringo turns up some comic relief with Octopus' Garden before the first half ends with Lennon's epic I Want You(She's So Heavy). George's classic Here Comes the Sun kicks off the second half before going into the harmony induced Because. Paul's You Never Give Me Your Money follows and is a great rocker. Next is three great short songs from John which were the surreal Sun King, the funny Mean Mr Mustard and Polythene Pam before giving way to Paul's She Came in Through the Bathroom Window. The Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End medley is the greatest album closer ever and was Paul's baby. The Her Majesty was thrown in at album's end as a curveball. Today, this album is the second best selling Beatles disc while The White Album is technically the best seller. Abbey Road went to #1 like every other album. No wonder Paul, George and Ringo love this album while Lennon hated it for reasons I can't fathom why. I have gone through copies of this album since first buying this in May of 1995. Highly recommended!

Let It Be... Naked
Let It Be... Naked
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is Let it Be as it Should Have Been originally, June 21 2004
This review is from: Let It Be... Naked (Audio CD)
This new version of The Beatles' Let it Be entitled Let it Be Naked is much better than the mix that demented Phil Spector did in 1970 by a longshot! I know alot of fans are complaining about it but Let it Be was supposed to be a back to basics album. Phil Spector initially ruined the original album with all of that unnecessary violins and choir fluff that permiated the original release. This and any Beatles disc are recommended. Little needs to be said about this. Some of the songs here are the same as the original but superbly remastered(Two of Us, Dig a Pony, Get Back, One After 909, For You Blue). Then, there are songs that are slightly different Across the Universe(which was not ever issued in its original state, the 1970 Spector mix was slowed down and the 1969 mix was sped up with kids choir and the Anthology II take was an earlier take), I Me Mine is the same Spector edit but without the orchestrations, Don't Let Me Down is an unissued take, the title cut is an earlier take and The Long and Winding Road is the best of the differnt takes and is different than the versions on either the original LiB album or the Anthology III disc. LiBN is a great version of the intended back to basics album than what Spector had in mind. This Beatles disc is highly recommended and it didn't do too shabby when released this past November as it peaked at #5 and went Platinum immediately. Highly recommended!

The Beatles (The White Album)
The Beatles (The White Album)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another fab classsic from The Fab Four, June 21 2004
The Beatles' White Album was released in November of 1968. This was the only album that The Fab 4 released in 1968. It was also the first and only double album the band issued during their active period and was the first released on their own label Apple(which was distributed by Capitol in the US and Canada and EMI elsewhere). The album, like always, reached #1 on Billboard and is the band's best selling album of all time in the US alone with some 18 million sold. This album has a great collection of rockers(Back in the USSR, Dear Prudence, Glass Onion, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Happiness is a Warm Gun, I'm So Tired, Why Don't We Do It in the Road, Birthday, Yer Blues, Everybody's Got Something to Hide, Sexy Sadie, Helter Skelter, Savoy Truffle), pop numbers(Oblidi Oblada, Martha My Dear among others), acoustic numbers(Blackbird, Cry Baby Cry and many others). This album is still a classic, even today. I first got this album on CD for my 20th birthday in 1996 and still enjoy. Highly recommended!

Pink Floyd - Live at Pompeii (Director's Cut)
Pink Floyd - Live at Pompeii (Director's Cut)
DVD ~ David Gilmour
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it for the 1972 film version on DVD, June 21 2004
Pink Floyd released their concert film Live at Pompeii in late 1972 in the UK. The original film was filmed at the Pompeii Ampitheatre in Pompeii, Italy in October of 1971 with some footage filmed in early 1972 at a Paris film studio. That original version was 61 minutes long, and consisted only of performance footage from the Pompeii amphitheatre and a Paris studio, plus some extra footage of Pompeii. This was shot in full-screen 4:3 and is presented as such on the DVD. The band gave superb readings of Echoes(pt.1), Careful With That Axe Eugene, A Saucerful of Secrets, One of These Days, Set the Controls For the Heart of the Sun, Mademoiselle Nobs and Echoes(pt.2). This right here makes the purchase of the DVD justifiable. In early 1973, director Adrian Maben went to Abbey Road Studios while the band was finishing their classic contribution to rock history, the 34 million selling and counting worldwide The Dark Side of the Moon shot some documentary footage of the band recording(or pretending to record according to guitarist/vocalist David Gilmour because the band were mixing by the time these sequences were filmed) and talking. The new footage was spliced in between some of the original performances for the film and the result was released in August, 1974 here in the US and was now 80 minutes long. Unfortunately, this edit is not on DVD. Now, this new version uses the Abbey Road footage, plus some unearthed black and white footage of the band in a studio in Paris in March of 1972. Also, Maben filmed new shots of Pompeii, a whole bunch of archival footage of space exploration and new titles that look made for a straight-to-video release instead of the Godard-esque ones we had with the original. This is about 91 minutes long, and has been inexplicably matted to a 16:9 format. Gilmour was not responsible for this DVD and he is not happy with the Director's Cut. Ironically, Roger Waters is and his manager Mark Fenwick was one of the DVD's executive producers and approved of this director's cut. I say buy the DVD for the original film.

Pink Floyd: The Wall (Widescreen)
Pink Floyd: The Wall (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Bob Geldof
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb film version of Waters' classic, June 21 2004
The film version of Pink Floyd's The Wall was released in August of 1982. The movie did fairly well at the box office. It initially grossed $23 million which was alot of money back in 1982 and competing against films like E.T., Rocky III and the first Poltergeist. I first saw the movie when my father rented this movie for me when I was 9. It is still a great film even today. The screenplay was written by Roger Waters amd the film was directed by Alan Parker(Midnight Express, The Committments and Evita) and starred Boomtown Rats frontman Bob Geldof in the leading role as Pink. The movie tells the story of Pink, a rock star whom had a traumatic life. His father died in WWII, an overbearing mother, cruel sarcastic teachers, an unhappy marriage and a successful music career. One night after calling his wife and hearing she cheats on him, he invites a groupie into his hotel and loses it. The character was based on part-Waters, part-Keith Moon, part-Syd Barrett and part fascism. The film is noted for having the unreleased tracks When The Tigers Broke Free(parts 1 and 2), a new version of Mother, the studio version of What Shall We Do Now. Plus new versions of Another Brick in the Wall(part 3), Is There Anybody Out There?, Bring the Boys Back Home and Outside the Wall. Also, Bob Geldof does the vocals on both parts to In The Flesh. Gerald Scarfe's animations in this film are the same as the ones shown at the original Wall concerts Pink Floyd performed in 1980 and 1981. This DVD has bonuses of The Other Side of The Wall documentary as aired on MTV in 1982, the Another Brick video filmed to promote the album, the theatrical trailer and various other surprises. Highly recommended!

Houses Of The Holy
Houses Of The Holy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Zeppelin album, June 21 2004
This review is from: Houses Of The Holy (Audio CD)
Led Zeppelin's fifth album Houses of the Holy was released in March of 1973. By this time Led Zeppelin had managed to build up a huge following of fans - and a damn good musical sound, as well. Their four albums to date were nothing short of excellent, but the band was only getting started. Lead singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, bass player and keyboardist John Paul Jones and the late great John Bonham on drums were some of the greatest musicians ever and what they created together will live through the ages. With Houses Of The Holy, the band scored another #1 album and another monster seller. The Song Remains The Same is a killer opening track which notes you are in for one Hell of a ride as I was when I first got this album on cassette for Christmas in 1985 when I was just 9(no lie). We slow down a bit for The Rain Song which is a great piece. Over The Hills And Far Away is next and starts as another slow tune but turns into a full out rocker. The funky James Brown sounding The Crunge ends the first half. The fun rocker Dancing Days picks up where the end of the first half left off and is a great rocker with some Middle East sounding guitar. The Top 20 hit D'yer Mak'er is a pun on the word Jamaica and was supposed to be a reggae number but turned out to be a parody of early 50s rock and roll. The haunting No Quarter follows and showcases John Paul's keyboard work. The Ocean closes this album out in a grand matter and is still a kick-ass rocker. All of the tracks still receive a good amount of radio play on a regular basis, and with good reason - these songs ROCK. If you're new to the band, start with either this and Led Zeppelin IV or, if you've got the extra cash, get The Complete Studio Recordings box set (The set containing all nine studio efforts). Highly recommended!

Avalon
Avalon
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5.0 out of 5 stars Roxy Music's great farewell in 5.1, June 21 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. Bob Clearmountain and original co-producer Rhett Davies give us this great 5.1 remix of Avalon which makes you feel like the band is actually playing in front of you. Also, the remastering that Bob Ludwig did on this Hybrid SACD demolished the previous edition by a longshot! Highly recommended!

Revolver
Revolver
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of The Beatles' best albums ever, June 21 2004
This review is from: Revolver (Audio CD)
The Beatles' Revolver was released in August of 1966. The album was the last in their mop-top period and still a classic today. I first got this album in December of 1995 on CD and loved it immediately. I was already familiar with these songs as heard on the radio. George Harrison shines with three numbers including the opening rocker Taxman, the Indian sounding Love You To and the rocker I Want to Tell You which would be covered by Ted Nugent on Ted's 1979 album State of Shock. John Lennon has five great songs here like the atmospheric I'm Only Sleeping. Plus the rockers She Said She Said, And Your Bird Can Sing and Doctor Robert. Finally, the psychedelic closer Tomorrow Never Knows. Paul has five numbers with the eerie Eleanor Rigby. Plus the ballad Here There and Everywhere and pop numbers like Good Day Sunshine, For No One and Got To Get You Into My Life. Lastly, Ringo Starr sings the John Lennon penned Yellow Submarine showing us that The Beatles could tackle any genre of music well, even kid's songs. Revolver was another #1 album, no surprise and is my third favorite Beatles disc after Sgt Pepper and Abbey Road respectively.

L.a. Woman
L.a. Woman
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Lizard King's last hurrah, June 21 2004
This review is from: L.a. Woman (Audio CD)
The Doors' sixth album L.A. Woman was released in April of 1971. The album was the band's last with original frontman Jim Morrison. The album was recorded after the band was banned from touring across much of the country after Jim got arrested for a disputed indecent exposure incident in Miami in 1969. As a result, the band went in the studio with producer Paul Rothchild to record L.A. Woman. However, the band played through the run throughs of each track badly that Paul was bored to tears and walked out. As a result, engineer Bruce Botnick agreed to co-produce with the band and record at The Doors' Workshop. The result, a kick ass album. Songs like the opening The Changeling, the Top 20 hit Love Her Madly, the title cut, The WASP(Texas Radio and the Big Beat), Been Down So Long and the closing Riders on the Storm showed the band at their best. The album was a huge Top 10 hit and monster seller but unfortunately, Jim Morrison passed away in July of 1971 in Paris but there are some reports that he may have faked his death as no one save his wife saw him when he passed, she would pass away in 1974 from a heroin overdose. This album is still a classic, even today. I first got this album on cassette when I was 10 and it still kicks ass today, especially the 2000 reissue from Elektra with the remastered/repackaged sticker on the sleeve. Highly recommended!

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