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Jack the Toad Live 1970-72
Jack the Toad Live 1970-72
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1.0 out of 5 stars Digitally Remastered? From A Cassette Tape Maybe....., Jan. 13 2004
This album should have stayed in the vaults, but obviously someone was out to make a buck. First the sound is in mono & way below average even by bootleg standards (fair to good mono soundboard for all you Hotwacks fans out there). Second the vocals of Jackie Lynton (now there's a household name) are turned way up in the mix (several notches above the music) and are almost unlistenable. To say they s#ck would be a compliment. Lastly, there is only one reason to listen to any post-Dave Peverett line-up of Savoy Brown and that's Kim Simmmond's guitar playing.
Unfortunately Simmond's guitar is so low and distant in the mix you need a CSI, FBI or CIA trained audio tech to locate it.
All joking aside, even the most diehard Savoy Brown fan will have a tough time listening to this album from start to finish. And repeated listenings...I have no clue how many masochistic Savoy Brown fans are out there.

Youth And Young Manhood
Youth And Young Manhood
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3.0 out of 5 stars Southern Fried? Garage-Psych? Try 70's New Wave-Post Punk, Jan. 7 2004
This review is from: Youth And Young Manhood (Audio CD)
With the exception of a few vague Dickey Betts-like guitar licks, the music on this album owes more to Elvis Costello's "This Year's Model" and similar 70's British "new wave/post-punk" rockers (Joe Jackson, Graham Parker) than anything by Zeppelin or Skynyrd. In fact, imagine "This Year's Model" with a stoned, mellowed out, Elvis Costello singing with bad head cold and you got this album pegged. Chances are many reviewers here were not even born when the late 70's post-punk era was in full stride and have no idea what I'm talking about. So a little history, Costello's "This Year's Model" is arguably one of the best albums to come of that era (if you don't have it, get it); the fact the "King's" music sounds similar is really a compliment to the "Kings". Regardless, this is an okay album with nothing really original to offer. If you must, at least look to buy this one in the zShop and save a few bucks.

Lynyrd Skynyrd - Lyve: The Vicious Cycle Tour 2003
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Lyve: The Vicious Cycle Tour 2003
DVD ~ Johnny Van Zant
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spirited, Energetic & Flat Out Kicks..., Jan. 1 2004
Ya' got three of Southern Rocks best guitarist (Rossington, Medlocke & Thomasson), spirited vocals from Johnny Van Zant (he can sing like a mutha & ain't in nobody's shadow), one of rock best drummers (ex-Damn Yankee, Ted Nugent band drummer Michael Cartellone), a back catalogue of great songs, and the infused spirit of brothers Ronnie, Allen, Steve & Leon to give the band a major league, Southern fried hard rockin' kick in the @ss. The songs are performed flawlessly with supercharged energy & emotion. The sound and camera work are first class. And like I said before, the triple guitar attack needs to be seen and heard to be believed (Ronnie knows his mules are back in town, "pretty boy included"!!). Absolutely no one who has ever been, still is or will be a Skynyrd fan should pass on this dvd. 10 stars if I could; it's that good!

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2.0 out of 5 stars Battle Of The High School Cover Bands....., Dec 31 2003
This review is from: Riffs (Audio CD)
I love Quo, I really do, a 30 year fan; but this is almost too much to take.
On the heels of one of their best albums in 20 years, "Heavy Traffic", the band releases an extremely pricey album of covers which comes off a few rungs above a high school prom cover band; and I'm serious. There is little if any emotion, passion or feeling present on one single track. This is straight "rote" rock by the numbers. And come on, another cover of "Born To Be Wild"? Ironically, nothing could be further from the truth on this release! There's even four "reworked" covers of their own tunes; each of which pales when compared to Quo's original verions.
The vocals on "Centerfold" are possibly the worst recorded singing on any Status Quo album, ever.
This reeks of either corporate greed or corporate obligation; which really stinks after what I wrote in my review of the "Heavy Traffic" album. It's been rumoured Francis Rossi is just milking the "Quo" reputation for all it's worth ($$$$). I hope it's not true, but there's little evidence to the contrary on this album. A must listen or two for any Quo fan, but I seriously doubt you'll give it any more than that. Look to the zShop for a used one to take a little bit of the monetary sting away. I sure hope there's a few more "Heavy Traffic" or "Blue For You" like albums left in the band, I really do.

Vicious Cycle
Vicious Cycle
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5.0 out of 5 stars Flat Out 5 Star Southern Kick @ss Rock & Roll Album...., Dec 31 2003
This review is from: Vicious Cycle (Audio CD)
There are all sorts of preconceived notions attatched to anything carrying the Lynyrd Skynyrd name. Why? Ronnie Van Zant was (still "is" in my book) one of the greatest rock 'n' roll frontmen the good ole U.S. of A. every spit forth. There is no way any work done by any incarnation of "Lynyrd Skynyrd" can ever live up to the bands initial albums with Ronnie. Having said that, this one comes darn close! Anyone listening to this album with an open mind, unaware of what band they were listening to, without any "preconceived notions" as I stated before, would have to agree this is one of the best "Southern Rock" records of the past 10-15 years. Great vocals, lyrics, songwriting and the key to any great rock record, flat out balls to the wall, Marshalls set on 10 guitar! The listener would be more than pleasantly suprised when finding out it this is a Lynyrd Skynyrd album. Of course the guitar licks are "so" classic triple guitar Skynyrd it would be hard not to peg this as Skynyrd album from the outset. Ronnie, Allen, Steve & Leon musta sent down some heavy rockin', @ss kickin', postive vibrations for this one (I love the little "Free Bird" whistle thrown in at the end of "Red, White, & Blue").
People out there say "Skynyrd" fizzled & faded away long ago on that fateful day back in 1977. To those doubters all I have to say is "you don't know what you're missing!". Lynyrd Skynyrd is alive and well....they always will be in the heart of any dedicated fan! Rock On!!

Very Best of Sheryl Crow
Very Best of Sheryl Crow
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spend The X-tra Cash....., Dec 28 2003
If you only want one Sheryl Crow album, purchasing this cd is the way to go. All of her best music is on this disc. But my advice is to spend a little extra cash (even go into the zShop) and buy her first 4 studio albums instead. I always find greatest hits albums a little pretentious, especially when the artist only has 2 or 3 "legitimate" hits.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Cameos By Mick & Keith Make This A Must Have...., Dec 20 2003
This review is from: Sleepless (Audio CD)
Great album. "Sleepless" has the sound & vibe of the Stones "Tattoo You" only with Wolf doing the lead vocals instead of Jagger. Plus you have guest appearances by Mick & Keith themselves! If that is not enough of a reason to by this album, I don't know what is.

Sir Hedgehog
Sir Hedgehog
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3.0 out of 5 stars More "NWOBHM" Than "Stoner", Dec 20 2003
This review is from: Sir Hedgehog (Audio CD)
First...if you do not know what NWOBHM stands for, then you shouldn't even be reading this review; go do some heavy metal homework or at least a "google" search first. Having said that, even though you might have seen this album for sale on several "stoner rock" websites, Sir Hedgehog's music owes as much to NWOBHM bands like Iron Maiden, Angel Witch & Savage as it does bands like Pentagram, Trouble & St. Vitus. While listening to this disc, all the above bands came to mind. No one style can really classify this band. The lyrics & album artwork definitley carry occult & magick overtones; but nothing really sinister. The musicianship is very sound with some killer guitar work and excellent "Bill Ward influenced" drumming. If the singer never opened his mouth I would rate this at 4 stars. However, the singer decided to sing...hence the lowering to 3 stars. The vocalist sounds like a cross between Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden & David Byron of Uriah Heep after gargling with broken glass for his larygitis. Well maybe not that bad, but the singing definitely brings the overall enjoyability (if that is even a word) down a few pegs. To bring up the guitar again, it's classic Marshalls on 10 "tube" tone which at times even brings to mind Glen Buxton's playing with Alice Cooper. The guitar solos are the redeeming quality of this album; and it is for that reason I might listen to this album more than a few times.
Anyway....there are a whole lot of influences here that make this album a worthy purchase if you dig any of the bands I made reference to. I would search the zShop here on Amazon or your local used cd bin first rather than paying full sticker price.

Street Survivors
Street Survivors
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5.0 out of 5 stars Guitarist Steve Gaines & What Could Have Been...., Dec 16 2003
This review is from: Street Survivors (Audio CD)
Sure there are a few commercial hits what? Does that mean The Allman Brothers, Molly Hatchet & The Eagles suck too? (Well two out of three ain't bad....I'll let you guess the weak t$t of the three). Anyway, back to Skynyrd...after being toned down into oblivion on "One More From The Road", the Skynyrd fan finally gets to hear Steve Gaines's brilliant guitar playing. He is arguably the most talented of the three. His "country rock" style adds a whole different color to the band. One can only wonder what this band would have achieved if the well know tragedies had never struck the band. Anyway, my advice is to buy this album and every official release prior all the way back to "Pronounced..". That's only six albums total with the great Ronnie Van Zandt (there must be three times as many greatest, ultimate, best of albums). Get 'em all at once and enjoy Amercian Rock 'N' Roll the way it was meant to be played and heard..."Turn it up!"

Very Best Ten Years After Album Ever
Very Best Ten Years After Album Ever
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4.0 out of 5 stars Most PretentiousTitle Ever...., Dec 13 2003
Ten Years After "Recorded Live" is the best Ten Years After album ever (personally, I do not consider compilation albums real "albums"). It is impossible to appreciate Ten Years After's songs to the fullest without hearing them within the context of the original albums. Buying every Ten Years After album, however, is obviously not cost effective for the casual fan, so the compilation "albums" are the next best thing. That being said this title might be the best "one" disc compilation, but the "Anthology 1967-1971" 2 cd set on Hip-O label blows this single disc release away.
My advice is to shell out the extra cash on the Hip-O set and pass on this one. Once you get hooked on Alvin Lee's wizardry on the electric guitar, get "Recorded Live" for your next Ten Years After purchase.

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