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5.0 classic
Big Country The Crossing
Bob Marley and The Wailers Catch A Fire
Bob Marley and The Wailers Legend
Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison
Joni Mitchell Blue
Phil Spector A Christmas Gift For You
R.E.M. Automatic for the People
The Clash London Calling
The Pretenders Pretenders
The Who Live at Leeds
Considered by many to be the best live rock n roll recording of the rock music era, Live At Leeds by the Who is loud, brash, violent rock n roll at it's best. Far from who the band were in the studio, on L&L The Who create music that is truly alive and spectacular. It's hard to imagine this much explosive power coming from only three musicians and a singer onstage, but from the opening number to the closing track this album is an almost physical assualt on the body and senses. Magnificiant, bold, and astounding in everyway, I cannot recommend any live recording higher.

Also available in an expanded "Deluxe Edition".
The Who Quadrophenia
X Los Angeles
X Wild Gift
A wild, visceral trip through the hard life and hard fun of the Los Angeles underground scene circa the late 70's early 80's, Wild Gift by X finds the band with a stripped down, toughened up sound and heartbreak on their minds. The punk rock foursome break new punk ground with rockabilly stylings, bouncy pop-punk, and hard edged rock n roll. Singers John Doe and Exene Cervenka wail away like wild banshees on a rampage, Billy Zoom lays down lightening guitar licks, and DJ Bonebrake pounds his skins with finesse and fury. A must have recording in any rock music collection

4.5 superb
Bob Dylan Time Out Of Mind
Bruce Springsteen Born to Run
Bruce Springsteen Darkness on the Edge of Town
Bruce Springsteen Nebraska
Bruce Springsteen The River
Bruce Springsteen Magic
Bruce Springsteen Wrecking Ball
Elvis Costello This Year's Model
Fiona Apple The Idler Wheel...
John Mellencamp The Lonesome Jubilee
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin III
Neil Young Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
Oasis (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
Pete Townshend All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes.
Pete Townshends second offical solo album and arguably one of his most satisfying works, All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes finds The Who leader clean and sober and spritually relieved for the first time in perhaps a decade up to this point, and it is through this work that he chose to express his new found clarity. Musically upbeat, reflective, and meloncholy, and lyrically bold and honest, ATBCHCE chronicles Pete's personal journey through his struggles with his demons, his relationships, his drugs, and his very life. And the listener is rewarded by his passion for his message of forgiveness and redemption and acceptance, both lyrically and musically. A substantially greater work then any of The Who's last three albums, this album and the one which came before (Empty Glass) shows Townshend at the top of his game, instead of the fading rockstar he had become with The Who. And it's a refreshing listen for Who and non who fans alike. Rock, pop, a touch of new wave, and The Who, this album has it all. I highly recommend it.
Pink Floyd The Final Cut
Pixies Doolittle
Pixies Bossanova
Prince 1999
R.E.M. Lifes Rich Pageant
This, REM's fourth full length album in as many years, finds the band working with a new producer and a new sound after three albums of jangly acoustic rock leanings and vague undersung vocals that perhaps even CIA decoders would be challenged to decipher. Here, the band picks up noisy, distorted electric guitars for outstanding cuts such as "Begin The Begin" and "These Days", but also strike a nice balance in softer tunes such as "Fall On Me" and The Flowers Of Guatemala". A turning point for the band that would see it leave it's indie roots behind while remaining true to all they ever were, Life's Rich Pageant finds REM coming to new life as a rock n roll band as full and rich as any you can name. And it remains one of the bands very best.
R.E.M. New Adventures In Hi - Fi
R.E.M. The Best Of The IRS Years '82-'87
Red Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Robbie Robertson Robbie Robertson
Roy Orbison Black & White Night
Screaming Trees Sweet Oblivion
The Beatles The Beatles
The Pogues Rum, Sodomy & The Lash
The Replacements Pleased To Meet Me
The Who Who's Next
U2 The Joshua Tree
U2 All That You Can't Leave Behind
U2 No Line on the Horizon
Van Halen Van Halen
Adding much flavor and needed color to the late 70's Los Angeles hard rock scene, Van Halen's self titled debut album took the nation by storm with fun and exuberant tracks such as "Feel Your Love Tonight" and down and dirty, living on the edge cuts like "Runnin' With The Devil". With a flamboyant lead singer that oozed sex appeal in David Lee Roth, a hard hitting rthymn section, and the latest hard rock "Guitar God" on hand in Eddie Van Halen, this once completely unknown group from Pasadena Cali came out of the gates smokin' and never looked back. Good time, uproarious rock n roll for whenever you're in the mood for such.
X Under The Big Black Sun
X More Fun In The New World

4.0 excellent
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Baby 81
Bob Dylan Desire
Bruce Springsteen The Rising
Bruce Springsteen Tunnel Of Love
Bruce Springsteen We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions
Bruce Springsteen Live In Dublin: With The Sessions Band
Live In Dublin: Bruce Springsteen With The Sessions Band was recorded on the final leg of a world tour that saw Bruce and company take their brand of loud folk music to fans and the newly converted alike, and if you saw the group early in the tour you were sure to be pleased. But its obvious from this recording the best was yet to come.

It pays to note that as good as the chosen material is for this album, whether taken from last years Seeger Sessions album or newer additions, among the standout cuts are Bruce's own originals, several of which mix nicely side by side with the traditional numbers .

This is a loud, full bodied, revivalist celebration of folk / traditional music. With back up singers, a full horn section, banjo, piano, organ, percussion, steel guitar, pennywhistle, and maybe even a little washboard, the performances on Live In Dublin are straight forward and bold from the beginning.
Bruce Springsteen Working On A Dream
Elvis Costello The River In Reverse
Born of the hurricane Katrina disaster that destroyed a major American city in one fell swoop, this soulful, deeply spiritual release finds Elvis Costello and the Imposter's engaged with legendary New Orleans R&B piano man Allen Toussaint for a set of his classics, several newly penned collaborations, and just a little bit of protest. Costello shines on vocals doing the old standards while Toussaint lays down tasty piano work throughout, but the real revelations come on those several newly written songs and the Costello penned title track. And what was simply to be a "songbook" record of Costello doing Toussaint covers was instead turned into a thoughtful, bluesy, gospel infused album of pain, hope and despair, and a testament to the hardship of overcoming. A must listen for any Costello, Toussaint, or music fan in general.
Everclear So Much For The Afterglow
Everclear Songs From An American Movie, Vol. 1
Foo Fighters Skin and Bones
Grant-Lee Phillips nineteeneighties
Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction
An album that was dead in the water until a video caught on with the MTV crowd, Appetite For Destruction sounds exactly as the title suggest. Far from the bloated and slick hard rock of the day that was clogging up the airwaves, this hungry, outrageous, hell raising band from the gutters of L.A. calling themselves Guns n Roses would put any and all poser bands to instant shame with this furious first effort of hard rock tracks such as "Welcome To The Jungle" "Mr Brownstone", and "My Michelle". Signaling the real beginning of the end for hair bands far and wide that simply couldn't keep pace, Guns n Roses "Appetite For Destruction" is a lean, mean, ground breaking hard rock album for the ages. And destroy it did.
Husker Du New Day Rising
Husker Du Candy Apple Grey
Jerry Lee Lewis Last Man Standing
John Mellencamp Freedom's Road
John Mellencamp's most focused work in well over a decade, Freedom's Road is a rock n roll blast of idealism from the heart of the American Midwest. Troubled songs for troubled times it hits the sweet spot between hope and hardship and delivers the goods true on heartfelt numbers such as "Forgiveness" and "Ghost Towns Along The Highway", as well as stating a case for a kinder, gentler America in soaring anthems like "The Americans" and the This Land Is Your Land inspired "Our Country".

Mellencamp's songwriting prowess and keen eye for the plight of the common man remain undiminished and steadfast as he and his mix of old and new players let the guitars ring out like it was 1985 and his classic "Scarecrow" album all over again for a new generation. But the songs and performances on Freedom's Road are lower key then were found on that album and are infused with a maturity, reflection, and perspective that often comes only with age and experience, and it serves Mellencamp welll on these eleven solid tracks of rootsy rock n roll twang and blue collar, blue state patriotism. Some may scoff while others may cry "liberal" at the albums love thy neighbor sentiments in this time of war and often volatile discourse, but Freedom's Road is full of music so good and lyrics so unabashedly forward in statement and tone the sound of the naysayers are easily drowned out by the voices of rock n roll freedom lovers everywhere and John's focused, determined songwriting and performances. The new years best rock release thus far.
Joss Stone Introducing Joss Stone
L7 The Beauty Process: Triple Platinum
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV
Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti
Led Zeppelin Houses of the Holy
Lily Allen Alright, Still
Los Lobos How Will The Wolf Survive?
Los Lobos The Town And The City
Perhaps Los Lobos most meaningful and musically rich work since the artistically triumphant Kiko album of nearly 15 years ago, "The Town And The City" is as diverse, colorful, and soulful a record as this group has ever put out in its long and prolific career of making music. Peaceful thematic ballads such as "The Valley" and "If You Were Only Here Tonight" mix with Southwestern flavored rockers like "The Road To Gila Bend", "Two Dogs And A Bone", and long traditional Los Lobos fare like the Cesar Rojas led "Chuco's Cumbia" and "No Puedo Mas", which makes for very rewarding listening throughout.

With drummer/guitarist Louis Perez and singer/guitarist David Hidalgo handling the bulk of the songwriting and arranging as usual, and with a clear and unique vision that has stood the test of time for over 30 years, "The Town And The City" is a dizzying, jazzy, sonic trip through the landscape of the American barrios the members of this group come from. And like so many times before they show the depth of feeling and understanding only life can provide in its words and stories, and manage to make beautiful music from it as well. Simply a superior effort in a catalog teeming with albums you can say the same of.
Neil Young Harvest
Neil Young Living With War
Nine Inch Nails Year Zero
Nirvana MTV Unplugged in New York
Nirvana Nevermind
OutKast Idlewild
Papa Roach The Paramour Sessions
Pete Townshend Empty Glass
Pete Townshend Deep End Live!
Pixies Surfer Rosa
Pixies Trompe Le Monde
Pixies Come On Pilgrim
R.E.M. Murmur
R.E.M. Out Of Time
R.E.M. Reckoning
R.E.M. Fables of the Reconstruction
Radiohead The Bends
Rancid ...And Out Come the Wolves
Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication
Red Hot Chili Peppers Stadium Arcadium
Satellite Party Ultra Payloaded
Sonic Youth EVOL
Stevie Nicks Bella Donna
Tenacious D The Pick of Destiny
The Beatles Please Please Me
The Blasters Testament: The Complete Slash Recordings
The Cars The Cars
The Clash Combat Rock
The Clash Give 'Em Enough Rope
The Clash Live: From Here to Eternity
The Clash Sandinista!
The Clash The Clash
The English Beat I Just Can't Stop It
The Format Dog Problems
The Pogues If I Should Fall From Grace With God
The Police Ghost in the Machine
The Replacements Let It Be
The Replacements Tim
The Who The Who Sell Out
The Who A Quick One
The Who My Generation
The Who The Kids Are Alright
Tom Petty Full Moon Fever
U2 How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
U2 Zooropa
U2 Under A Blood Red Sky
X Live In Los Angeles
Don't let the 2005 release date sway you from checking this one out. "X: Live In Los Angeles" finds this band of now middle aged punks swinging for the fences and knocking 'em clean out of the park. Classics such as Los Angeles, Johny Hit And Run Pauline, We're Desperate, and The Hungry Wolf are all performed with as much, if not more vigor, then when this band was brand new. And the unique harmonies of singers John Doe and Exene Cervenka are just as fresh and familiar today as they were 25 years ago. If anything all sounds even better for age and experience, but this original line-up have also retained the explosive power and spontaneity of its youth. Perhaps one of the better and more accessible live punk rock albums ever recorded, X: Live In Los Angeles is sure to please fans but is also a great introduction for the newbie to this highly influential group.
X Unclogged
X The X Anthology

3.5 great
Black Flag My War
Bob Dylan Modern Times
Bruce Springsteen Born in the U.S.A.
Bruce Springsteen Lucky Town
Christina Aguilera Back to Basics
Concrete Blonde The Essential
Dinosaur Jr. Where You Been
DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper
Green Day Insomniac
Green Day American Idiot
Guns N' Roses Use Your Illusion II
Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros Streetcore
Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros Rock Art And The X-Ray Style
LCD Soundsystem Sound of Silver
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II
Led Zeppelin In Through the Out Door
Mariah Carey The Emancipation of Mimi
Matisyahu No Place To Be
Perhaps his most seductive release to date, Matisyahu returns at years end to lay upon us "No Place To Be", a seven song EP and 90 minute live DVD in one package. An oddball to some and small genius to others, this record continues the deep jam, reggae influenced dancehall stylings that is this groups/artists specialty. From the funky, socially/politically charged opener Jerusalem (Come Out Of Darkness), spiritual yearning of the reggae/pop groove Warrior, and lean, upbeat, high energy dancehall remix of the previously released "Youth", the CD portion of the package continues to show this is one Hasidic Jew who knows his beats and is far from the fluke and gimmick some have accused him of being in years past. The DVD includes live footage from a Tele Aviv show before an adoring crowd as well as interviews and scenes from the city itself. Taken together this two disc set gives a strong overview of the man, the artist, and the band, and serves as a great introduction for the curious and interested, or another fine taste of this artist for the already converted.
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes Love Their Country
New York Dolls New York Dolls
New York Dolls One Day It Will Please Us To Remember...
Pete Townshend White City: A Novel
Prince 3121
R.E.M. Document
R.E.M. Reveal
Red Hot Chili Peppers By the Way
Rush Snakes & Arrows
Sloan Never Hear The End Of It
Snoop Dogg The Blue Carpet Treatment
Social Distortion Somewhere Between Heaven And Hell
Sonic Youth Dirty
Sonic Youth Rather Ripped
Stone Temple Pilots Purple
Stone Temple Pilots No.4
The B-52s Cosmic Thing
The Flaming Lips Live At Austin City Limits
The Knitters The Modern Sounds Of The Knitters
The Replacements All Shook Down
The Replacements Don't You Know Who I Think I Was?
A great album for those unfamiliar with this band, "Don't You Know Who I Think I Was" covers a lot of ground over it's twenty tracks. Taking songs from the entire 'Mat's catalogue, including the first three "punk" albums, and the listener gets is a strong impression of what this band was and what they eventually became. Every track here is solid and is truly among the Replacements best work. Of course omissions abound, but with material like "Left Of The Dial", "Alex Chilton", I Will Dare, and "Achin' To Be", who's complaining?The best way to sample this band yet for the five early songs included and if a sample is all you want to digest. Also included are two new songs of some merit, and while nothing too special and sounding somewhat like Paul Westerberg solo cuts, they do contain the spirit of The Replacements. Especially the garage pop of "Pool & Dive". And they are good songs, both. Recommended for the uninitiated or interested.
The Smashing Pumpkins Zeitgeist
The Strokes Is This It
The Who Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy
The Who The Who by Numbers
The Who Live At The Royal Albert Hall
The Who Wire And Glass
The Who Quadrophenia Live
The Who Endless Wire
TV on the Radio Dear Science
U2 Vertigo 2005: Live from Chicago
U2 Boy
Weezer Weezer
X Live At The Whiskey
X See How We Are

3.0 good
2Pac Pac's Life
Arcade Fire Neon Bible
Big Audio Dynamite This Is Big Audio Dynamite
Bruce Springsteen Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.
Bruce Springsteen Hammersmith Odeon London '75
Bruce Springsteen The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle
David Lee Roth Strummin' With The Devil
Everclear Slow Motion Daydream
Everclear Welcome To The Drama Club
Foo Fighters There Is Nothing Left to Lose
Foo Fighters Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
Guns N' Roses Use Your Illusion I
Guns N' Roses "The Spaghetti Incident?"
Hole Pretty On The Inside
Jet Get Born
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin [DVD]
Patti Smith Twelve
R.E.M. Around The Sun
R.E.M. Monster
R.E.M. Up
R.E.M. Dead Letter Office
Red Hot Chili Peppers One Hot Minute
Sarah McLachlan Wintersong
Sonic Youth The Destroyed Room B-Sides and Rarities
Stone Temple Pilots Tiny Music... Songs from the Vatican...
Taylor Hicks Taylor Hicks
The Beatles Love
The Decemberists The Crane Wife
The Who Tommy
The Who Then and Now
The Who Face Dances
The Who 20th Century Masters
Tom Petty Highway Companion
Twisted Sister A Twisted Christmas
U2 Wide Awake in America
U2 The Unforgettable Fire
U2 U218 Singles
Various Artists (Punk) Brats On The Beat: Ramones For Kids
X Hey Zeus

2.5 average
Bob Seger Face the Promise
Bon Jovi Lost Highway
Chris Cornell Carry On
Christina Aguilera Stripped
Deep Purple Machine Head
Genesis We Can't Dance
Led Zeppelin Best Of, Vol. 1: Early Days
Led Zeppelin How the West Was Won
Led Zeppelin The Song Remains The Same
Led Zeppelin Best Of, Vol. 2: Latter Days
R.E.M. Green
Rush Fly by Night
Rush Hemispheres
Rush Roll the Bones
Stone Temple Pilots Core
The Replacements Don't Tell a Soul
The Who Who Are You
Tim Armstrong A Poet's Life
TV on the Radio Return to Cookie Mountain
Van Halen Fair Warning
X Ain't Love Grand

2.0 poor
Boston Boston
Boston Don't Look Back
Emerson, Lake and Palmer Works Volume 1
Jennifer Lopez Como Ama Una Mujer
Jessica Simpson In This Skin (Collector's Edition)
Journey Trial By Fire
Led Zeppelin Presence
New Found Glory Coming Home
Nickelback All the Right Reasons
Rod Stewart Still The Same....
Styx The Grand Illusion
This album blows harder then a mighty hurricaine wind. Full of overblown synthsizer work, boring guitar drivel, Queen inspired faux chior vocals, and silly pretentious pap such as the overwrought "Superstars", dumb cautionary tale "Miss America", the preachy "Fooling Yourself", corny "Man In The Wilderness", and of course the bloated, grandiose title cut, this kind of crap is like the heavy straw that would break the back of rock n roll. 100% awful.
The Clash Cut The Crap
The Who It's Hard
Wham! Make It Big

1.5 very poor
Bon Jovi Slippery When Wet

1.0 awful
Britney Spears ...Baby One More Time
Justin Bieber Believe
Motley Crue Theatre Of Pain
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