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Great Hits-Metro
Great Hits-Metro
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good place to start for newbies, June 29 2004
This review is from: Great Hits-Metro (Audio CD)
POSITIVE: If you're a casual fan or only vaguely familiar with Berlin, this is a great primer. It's affordable, concise and has all the hits.
NEGATIVE: I'm not real big on remixes and this album is loaded with them, but for you that may be a plus. Obviously tracks 5-12 are remixes (but what of?). Tracks 1-4 are NOT the original recordings, they are re-recordings. Maybe not a big deal to you but I prefer the originals.

Jupiters Darling
Jupiters Darling
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5.0 out of 5 stars An explanation of Heart's various eras and styles, June 29 2004
This review is from: Jupiters Darling (Audio CD)
Those of us who were Heart fans from the very first time we heard Magic Man on the radio have difficulty understanding what all the fuss is about. Heart's style from 1975-1980 is distinctly different from the pop/rock/power ballad juggernaut they became in the 80's. "Jupiter's Darling" is a return to that previous era and style. If you are not familiar with that "previous" Heart you have two choices: 1) Shut up and listen to those early albums and learn or 2) buy Greatest Hits 85-95 and go home. But please don't brandish your ignorance like a club by giving this album poor marks. Have a nice day!

Into the Fire
Into the Fire
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5.0 out of 5 stars By FAR, His Best Work!, June 23 2004
This review is from: Into the Fire (Audio CD)
The long-awaited 1987 follow-up to the multi-platinum 1984 "Reckless." Oddly, it fell on it's ass from a hit/sales standpoint. And so the paradox is that one of his best is one of his least known. Only "Heat of the Night" turns up on compilations. The sublime, self-pity fest "Victim of Love" was also a hit of sorts. The entire album is great, however. Real standouts for me are "Home At Last" and "Remembrance Day." Though he's improved in recent years, the 90's were not the best time for BAdams. The albums during that period had a few good tracks, and many oddly juvenile, garage band-type concoctions. INTO THE FIRE is truly a masterpiece and certainly his best album of the 80's, perhaps ever. Do yourself a favor and pick this up. If Def Leppard hadn't dominated the airwaves in 1987 this could've been THE album that year.

Greatest Hits
Greatest Hits
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1.0 out of 5 stars Abysmal collection from a great artist, June 9 2004
This review is from: Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
That someone actually had the "cajones" to put the title "Greatest Hits" on this mess is still mind-boggling. It is missing so many "great hits" that the title is truly insulting. For example, where is "Tunnel of Love," "One Step Up," "Rosalita Come Out Tonight," "Pink Cadillac," "I'm On Fire," "Prove It All Night," and "Cover Me"? That's just to name a few of the MIA's from this travesty. So finally the 2-disc "Essential" comes out and all is well, right? Guess again. It too is an uneven, incomplete collection. Will someone please help us casual Boss fans with a single or 2-disc set that "contains all the hits" career retrospective of this man? There are a variety of "box sets of B-sides" and other esoterica from this artist, why not a decent hits collection? Don't buy this, it just isn't worth it.

The Best That I Could Do (1978-1988)
The Best That I Could Do (1978-1988)
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4.0 out of 5 stars We're still waiting for "The Best That I Could Do 2: 89-04", June 9 2004
This is a great disc, but seriously, where is Volume 2?!!! The only thing wrong with Volume 1 is the absence of "Rain on the Scarecrow-Blood On The Plow." Such a serious omission, I'm taking off one whole star for this oversight. This disc has most all the hits, but for me the highlight was "I Need A Lover." This song was made famous by Pat Benatar in 1979, but her "plain Jane" treatment of it was unforgivable. Here it is presented in all it's majesty and glory with the over-the-top, instrumental intro and "it's a guy thing" machismo feel that no female singer could ever deliver. This track alone is worth the price of admission. If you're a casual JCM fan, this is the only CD of his you need UNTIL Volume 2 comes out.

Best of Both Worlds: Anthology 1974-2001
Best of Both Worlds: Anthology 1974-2001
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2.0 out of 5 stars OVERKILL! Get the single disc "The Very Best Of...", June 8 2004
OK. I'm a casual Robert Palmer fan. That means I want his hits, all of them, and not a hodgepodge of album tracks and other esoterica. I can't take RP in large doses, but I like quite a few of his songs. All his best songs (including "Dr. Dr," "Every Kinda People," and the 2 Power Station hits are on the single disc "The Very Best of Robert Palmer." That's all I need and if you're a casual fan, it's probably all you need.

Greatest Hits
Greatest Hits
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good overview, May 26 2004
This review is from: Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
Evidently this CD has edited versions of some songs (based on another reviewer's comments). I have the Dutch import (The Very Best of Al Stewart) which contains all the hits and many of the same other tracks as this title. However, the Dutch import contains all full-length versions (and some live tracks) and seems a better value to me.

Very Best Album Ever
Very Best Album Ever
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the US Greatest Hits, May 26 2004
This review is from: Very Best Album Ever (Audio CD)
This Dutch import has all the hits, all full-length versions (no edits) plus some live bonus tracks. It costs more than the US Greatest Hits but it is worth it and it's the only Al Stewart CD you will ever need.

Gold (Rm) (2CD)
Gold (Rm) (2CD)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Styx FINALLY REMASTERED!!!, May 6 2004
This review is from: Gold (Rm) (2CD) (Audio CD)
OK. I'm a completist who owns every single Styx album ever made. That said, this collection was worth every nickel because of the remastering. Clean, clear, fresh and "in the room" sound on every carefully chosen track. This is by far the best ever Styx compilation. Every single album is represented (except 1999's "Brave New World" -- hence only 4 stars). I could bitch about what's not here but I won't, because what's here is so good! They included all the big hits plus some excellent album tracks (i.e. Pieces of Eight, Borrowed Time, Shooz). The only "bonus" is the previously unreleased long version of the sublime "Man In The Wilderness" (which alone is worth the price of admission). "One With Everything" from 2003's "Cyclorama" is a freaking masterpiece of vintage Stygian proportions and was an excellent choice to include here. Best of all, there are no dorky "remixes," obnoxious "alternate versions," or surprise (uncredited on the outside case) live versions. ALL ORIGINAL STUDIO TRACKS ALL REMASTERED! BUY THIS NOW! WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!!!?

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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully Refreshing!!!, March 25 2004
This review is from: Unborn (Audio CD)
Finally, another solo project from the distinctive voice of Ambrosia--and it only took 18 years. While other aging rockers' talents have diminished with age, David Pack's voice and songwriting skills are as fresh and vibrant as ever. Each track on Unborn is a gem. There is a great variety of song styles yet the album flows naturally and fits together, unlike some of Ambrosia's later efforts which seemed somewhat uneven and awkward. It's a crime this has to be ordered as a Japanese import. Would no US company distribute this album? These songs should be dominating the FM airwaves. Buy this album!! If you love Ambrosia, this is worth every penny! David Pack fans also need to check out "The Best of David Benoit" (Pack sings "The Key To You") and Alan Parsons' "Try Anything Once" (Pack sings various tracks and the sublime masterpiece "Oh Life-There Must Be More" alone make it worth the price of admission.

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