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Humanity Hour 1 (With Bonus PAL DVD)
Humanity Hour 1 (With Bonus PAL DVD)
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4.0 out of 5 stars The European Legends Continue!, June 1 2007
Scorpions are back! I must admit that when I first bought "Unbreakable" in 2004, I thought it was a classic. I don't quite think that now (I hardly ever listen to it anymore). It was good, but I'm just not into downtuned, or like I prefer to call them "detuned" guitars. I know it's the way things have gone since the grunge movement etc, but it's not proper music as far as I'm concerned. The "flat" sounding drum sound was bad, too. This recording is better.

This offering by the Scorps is, to me, better than "Crazy World" or their very early stuff, but it's not comparable to "Love At First Sting" or even "Savage Amusement". It has gone a little too far in the direction of adult contemporary, with too many ballads. Scorpions have never been able to recapture classic ballads such as "Still Loving You" or "No One Like You" and "Send Me An Angel" was not their greatest, even though it seems to appear on many best of compilations. Maybe Klaus liked it but it doesn't compare to their other stuff. I would have liked to see this album with more fast rockers than all those ballads. On the up side, I think this album will definitely outlive "Unbreakable" and if they tour North America this time around I think we'll see more people than the just 6,000 at every coliseum or convention center they played in last time around. This album has about five excellent tracks, and they're not all ballads.

The Last In Line
The Last In Line
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shoddy sound production keeps this from being better, May 20 2004
This review is from: The Last In Line (Audio CD)
This is a fairly strong album from Dio, but if you compare the sound quality to that of Holy Diver, it does not measure up. It's not just a matter of remastering (which would help), but sound engineering. It sounds very flat and canned in. Holy Diver sounds big and bright. I don't know what happened, but none of Dio's later albums sound as good as Holy Diver. Again, it's too bad because Last in Line is probably a stronger album, which is held back only by poor production value. Somebody cheaped out.

Intermission title
Intermission title
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3.0 out of 5 stars Clarification needed..., March 9 2004
This review is from: Intermission title (Audio CD)
Just to let everyone know (there seems to be much confusion), Vivian Campbell does not appear on this album. It is, in fact, Craig Goldie on guitars. I give it three stars only, because Craig Goldie is not on the level of Vivian Campbell. He seems to struggle a bit in moving into the speed fretting at the end of the solo on "Rainbow in the Dark". He does make it sound okay at the very end, but it's evident that Vivian is conspicuously absent. Also, I don't like the sound Goldie's guitar. He's not using a Gibson Les Paul or even a nice "fat" sounding Charvel, which Vivian originally used to play the classics. I think he's playing some crummy speed metal style of guitar with a thinner sound. It almost sounds like he's using a single coil pick up on the bridge position. The sound is very thin, instead of being bright, bassy and full... If you are a guitar connoisseur, you won't like the sound. I can't understand some of the guitars people were playing in the 80's. If you're going to play a Fender offshoot type of guitar, at least get a Jackson and put in a decent pick up on the bridge, like a "Seymour Duncan Jeff Beck", or something. Avoid this cd, you'll be glad you did. Hey Dio, release the Last in Line or Holy Diver tour on CD. Thanks.

Come An' Get It
Come An' Get It
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5.0 out of 5 stars The second best Whitesnake album, Feb. 13 2004
This review is from: Come An' Get It (Audio CD)
Second only to "Slide It In". This album has about six truly great songs. That's a heck of a lot more than most albums. I would also include this within the top fifteen or so, hard rock albums ever released. Here is the top five list: 1) Def Leppard, Pyromania 2) Def Leppard, Hysteria 3) Van Halen, 1984 4) Whitesnake, Slide It In 5) Rainbow, Straight Between the Eyes

Dio - Evil or Divine: Live 2002
Dio - Evil or Divine: Live 2002
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4.0 out of 5 stars My two bits worth..., Jan. 18 2004
I was pleasantly surprised by this DVD. Yes, the picture quality could be better and the delays on the drum solo portion are annoying. But I was most concerned with two things when I bought this. Was Dio's voice going to sound like junk when he's around sixty years old now and was his guitar player going to kinda suck? Both of my worries were put to rest. Dio sounds great and so does the guitarist Doug Aldridge (I have no idea who he is but Dio has a knack for finding good ones). Aldridge plays almost everything to the level of Vivian Campbell quality and the sound production is amazing. I don't know about that Kenny G fellow he had before, though. It's good that he doesn't play on here. As one pompous guy from England put it "Dio's guitarist sounds like a rank amateur". Thankfully, no one can say that about Doug Aldridge found on this compilation. Aldridge doesn't quite get the little "chirp" that Campbell gets at the end of the solo on Rainbow in the Dark, but it's pretty darn close. I've heard recordings from Campbell live in concert before (like "Intermission") and it sounds kinda crappy. Overall then, this DVD is well worth it to a Dio fan.

High 'N' Dry
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Def Leppard at its best., Dec 10 2003
This review is from: High 'N' Dry (Audio CD)
Forget about the new junk like "X" or "Slang". What a ridiculous attempt at trying to please thirteen year old girls. This is where Def Leppard got their reputation of writing hot melodies with an uncompromising kick. Many great moments on this one. This, Pyromania and Hysteria are their best albums. The later stuff is marred by the obvious sappy appeal to the "new" radio listener and his/her nebulous mindset towards "art rock". These people are not real fans and will jump ship with the endless eb and flow. Give me a freakin' break, just make some good rock'n roll music, okay?

Live After Death
Live After Death
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4.0 out of 5 stars An objective perspective on this compilation, Dec 10 2003
This review is from: Live After Death (Audio CD)
I'm hoping that I can stay as objective as possible with this. I have not been a long time Maiden fan, but have given them some attention because of the sheer poorness of the current hard rock scene. Maiden are good in the studio and many of these songs are not improved upon with a song that was done poorly in the studio and has "come alive" on stage. That is not the case here. Still, it has pretty good sound quality as far as live albums go. It's not a good buy for "Trooper", "Fight of Icarus" or "Aces High", which Dickenson cannot handle on the vocals live as well as he can in the studio. But it is great for disc two, which has "Wrathchild", "22 Acadia Avenue" and "Phantom of the Opera". I really like disc two and a few of the versions on disc one. Overall, it's worthwhile but don't think that this is the only sampling of the band that you will want to have. Also, anything produced by Martin Birch is going to good. Who's he working with these days? That's what I'd like to know, because everything new is junk.

Edward the Great
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5.0 out of 5 stars Could be missing a few older tracks?, Dec 8 2003
This review is from: Edward the Great (Audio CD)
Some of the older so-called "classics" may be missing, but those tracks are not that great anyway. The newer stuff is better and therefore included on this true best of. Now to comment on Iron Maiden. I prefer my metal a bit more refined and melodic that of the later Rainbow and MSG stuff, but I must give them some credit. They do have some pretty good songs and certainly some great guitar playing. I didn't realize how good some of their stuff became in the last ten years. The later stuff is better than the early stuff. Better songwriting and production all around. Some of Iron Maiden's work is useless and unprofitable mention of Satanism, like the song "Number of the Beast", in particular. However, the song "Holy Smoke" is certainly a valid philosophical commentary on phony Pentecostal "name it-and-claim it" preachers who are teaching a false gospel for money. The band is clear on this and even gives some reverence to the Lord Jesus, as well. Not to mention the song has some clever lyrics and you have to appreciate the statement: "Holy smoke!! Plenty of bad preachers for the Devil to stoke"! Anyone who didn't think this track should have made the best of collection is wrong, in my opinion.

Assault Attack
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5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best heavy metal album ever released..., Dec 4 2003
This review is from: Assault Attack (Audio CD)
But you won't hear about it from the "average joe". You will need to consult with a collector or a guitar connoisseur, and if you live in Canada you will only ever hear about the latest hip-hop band or what's new in the grunge scene. This has it all. There are great riffs, solos, the drums are almost like the late Cozy Powell (with Ted McKenna on drums) and it is produced by Martin Birch (likely the best heavy metal producer of all time). The best part is that it has commercial appeal while still giving you a good kick. Almost every song is great and there are two "Dancer" and "Samurai", which should have been top 20 hits. But Schenker/Bonnet were not meant to be, I guess. This album got made and Bonnet was gone before the tour even began. And in those days, if you didn't follow up with a tour your stuff was likely not going to move up the charts. A pity that this is the biggest "sleeper" of the history of hard rock and metal.

Msg Live: Unforgiven World Tou
Msg Live: Unforgiven World Tou
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but "Michael Schenker Story Live" is better, Nov. 28 2003
I haven't heard the new songs from the Unforgiven LP, but the other songs are better on Michael Schenker Story Live because vocalist Leif Sundin and Van Landing appear. The guy on this one cannot get the high notes and that is why several songs from "Written in the Sand" (a great album) are not included on this disc. This fellow sounds a bit like Phil Mogg, but is really not as good. He may be good for the brand new stuff, I don't know. I haven't heard it and the only thing I heard was that the new unforgiven studio cd is not that good. Get Schenker Story Live (even if you are sick of the old UFO tracks over and over again) for the new tunes off of Written in the Sand alone; you will not be disappointed. "Love Never Dies" and "Coming back to Life" are awesome guitar songs and also have well written lyrics. They almost sound better live than on the original studio version.

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