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Sort by: Rating | Release Date | Rating Date | Name5.0 classicBig Country The CrossingBob Marley and The Wailers Catch A FireBob Marley and The Wailers LegendJohnny Cash At Folsom PrisonJoni Mitchell BluePhil Spector A Christmas Gift For YouR.E.M. Automatic For the PeopleThe Clash London CallingThe Pretenders PretendersThe Who Live at LeedsConsidered 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 QuadropheniaX Los AngelesX Wild GiftA 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 collection4.5 superbBob Dylan Time Out Of MindBruce Springsteen Born To RunBruce Springsteen Darkness On The Edge Of TownBruce Springsteen NebraskaBruce Springsteen The RiverBruce Springsteen MagicBruce Springsteen Wrecking BallElvis Costello This Year's ModelFiona Apple The Idler Wheel...John Mellencamp The Lonesome JubileeLed Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IIINeil Young Everybody Knows This Is NowhereOasis (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 CutPixies DoolittlePixies BossanovaPrince 1999R.E.M. Lifes Rich PageantThis, 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 - FiR.E.M. The Best Of The IRS Years '82-'87Red Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex MagikRobbie Robertson Robbie RobertsonRoy Orbison Black & White NightScreaming Trees Sweet OblivionThe Beatles The BeatlesThe Pogues Rum, Sodomy & The LashThe Replacements Pleased To Meet MeThe Who Who's NextU2 The Joshua TreeU2 All That You Can't Leave BehindU2 No Line on the HorizonVan Halen Van HalenAdding 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 SunX More Fun In The New World4.0 excellentBlack Rebel Motorcycle Club Baby 81Bob Dylan DesireBruce Springsteen The RisingBruce Springsteen Tunnel Of LoveBruce Springsteen We Shall Overcome: The Seeger SessionsBruce Springsteen Live In Dublin: With The Sessions BandLive 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 DreamElvis Costello The River In ReverseBorn 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 AfterglowEverclear Songs From An American Movie, Vol. 1Foo Fighters Skin and BonesGrant-Lee Phillips nineteeneightiesGuns N' Roses Appetite for DestructionAn 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 RisingHusker Du Candy Apple GreyJerry Lee Lewis Last Man StandingJohn Mellencamp Freedom's RoadJohn 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 StoneL7 The Beauty Process: Triple PlatinumLed Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IVLed Zeppelin Physical GraffitiLed Zeppelin Houses of the HolyLily Allen Alright, StillLos Lobos How Will The Wolf Survive?Los Lobos The Town And The CityPerhaps 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 HarvestNeil Young Living With WarNine Inch Nails Year ZeroNirvana MTV Unplugged in New YorkNirvana NevermindOutkast IdlewildPapa Roach The Paramour SessionsPete Townshend Empty GlassPete Townshend Deep End Live!Pixies Surfer RosaPixies Trompe Le MondePixies Come On PilgrimR.E.M. MurmurR.E.M. Out Of TimeR.E.M. ReckoningR.E.M. Fables of the ReconstructionRadiohead The BendsRancid ...And Out Come the WolvesRed Hot Chili Peppers CalifornicationRed Hot Chili Peppers Stadium ArcadiumSatellite Party Ultra PayloadedSonic Youth EVOLStevie Nicks Bella DonnaTenacious D The Pick of DestinyThe Beatles Please Please MeThe Blasters Testament: The Complete Slash RecordingsThe Cars The CarsThe Clash Combat RockThe Clash Give 'Em Enough RopeThe Clash Live: From Here to EternityThe Clash Sandinista!The Clash The Clash (UK)The English Beat I Just Can't Stop ItThe Format Dog ProblemsThe Pogues If I Should Fall From Grace With GodThe Police Ghost In The MachineThe Replacements Let It BeThe Replacements TimThe Who The Who Sell OutThe Who A Quick OneThe Who My GenerationThe Who The Kids Are AlrightTom Petty Full Moon FeverU2 How to Dismantle an Atomic BombU2 ZooropaU2 Under A Blood Red SkyX Live In Los AngelesDon'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 UncloggedX The X Anthology3.5 greatBlack Flag My WarBob Dylan Modern TimesBruce Springsteen Born In The USABruce Springsteen Lucky TownChristina Aguilera Back to BasicsConcrete Blonde The EssentialDinosaur Jr. Where You BeenDJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince He's the DJ, I'm the RapperGreen Day InsomniacGreen Day American IdiotGuns N' Roses Use Your Illusion IIJoe Strummer and The Mescaleros StreetcoreJoe Strummer and The Mescaleros Rock Art And The X-Ray StyleLCD Soundsystem Sound of SilverLed Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IILed Zeppelin In Through The Out DoorMariah Carey The Emancipation of MimiMatisyahu No Place To BePerhaps 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 CountryNew York Dolls New York DollsNew York Dolls One Day It Will Please Us To Remember...Pete Townshend White City: A NovelPrince 3121R.E.M. DocumentR.E.M. RevealRed Hot Chili Peppers By the WayRush Snakes & ArrowsSloan Never Hear The End Of ItSnoop Dogg The Blue Carpet TreatmentSocial Distortion Somewhere Between Heaven And HellSonic Youth DirtySonic Youth Rather RippedStone Temple Pilots PurpleStone Temple Pilots No.4The B-52s Cosmic ThingThe Flaming Lips Live At Austin City LimitsThe Knitters The Modern Sounds Of The KnittersThe Replacements All Shook DownThe 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 ZeitgeistThe Strokes Is This ItThe Who Meaty Beaty Big And BouncyThe Who The Who By NumbersThe Who Live At The Royal Albert HallThe Who Wire And GlassThe Who Quadrophenia LiveThe Who Endless WireTV on the Radio Dear ScienceU2 Vertigo 2005: Live from ChicagoU2 BoyWeezer The Blue AlbumX Live At The WhiskeyX See How We Are3.0 good2Pac Pac's LifeArcade Fire Neon BibleBig Audio Dynamite This Is Big Audio DynamiteBruce Springsteen Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.Bruce Springsteen Hammersmith Odeon London '75Bruce Springsteen The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street ShuffleDavid Lee Roth Strummin' With The DevilEverclear Slow Motion DaydreamEverclear Welcome To The Drama ClubFoo Fighters There Is Nothing Left to LoseFoo Fighters Echoes, Silence, Patience & GraceGuns N' Roses Use Your Illusion IGuns N' Roses "The Spaghetti Incident?"Hole Pretty On The InsideJet Get BornLed Zeppelin Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin Led Zeppelin [DVD]Patti Smith TwelveR.E.M. Around The SunR.E.M. MonsterR.E.M. UpR.E.M. Dead Letter OfficeRed Hot Chili Peppers One Hot MinuteSarah McLachlan WintersongSonic Youth The Destroyed Room B-Sides and RaritiesStone Temple Pilots Tiny Music... Songs from the Vatican...Taylor Hicks Taylor HicksThe Beatles LoveThe Decemberists The Crane WifeThe Who TommyThe Who Then and NowThe Who Face DancesThe Who 20th Century MastersTom Petty Highway CompanionTwisted Sister A Twisted ChristmasU2 Wide Awake In AmericaU2 The Unforgettable FireU2 U218 SinglesVarious Artists (Punk) Brats On The Beat: Ramones For KidsX Hey Zeus2.5 averageBob Seger Face the PromiseBon Jovi Lost HighwayChris Cornell Carry OnChristina Aguilera StrippedDeep Purple Machine HeadGenesis We Can't DanceLed Zeppelin Best Of, Vol. 1: Early DaysLed Zeppelin How the West Was WonLed Zeppelin The Song Remains The SameLed Zeppelin Best Of, Vol. 2: Latter DaysR.E.M. GreenRush Fly by NightRush HemispheresRush Roll the BonesStone Temple Pilots CoreThe Replacements Don't Tell a SoulThe Who Who Are YouTim Armstrong A Poet's LifeTV on the Radio Return to Cookie MountainVan Halen Fair WarningX Ain't Love Grand2.0 poorBoston BostonBoston Don't Look BackEmerson, Lake and Palmer Works Vol. 1Jennifer Lopez Como Ama Una MujerJessica Simpson In This Skin (Collector's Edition)Journey Trial By FireLed Zeppelin PresenceNew Found Glory Coming HomeNickelback All the Right ReasonsRod Stewart Still The Same....Styx The Grand IllusionThis 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 CrapThe Who It's HardWham! Make It Big1.5 very poorBon Jovi Slippery When Wet1.0 awfulBritney Spears ...Baby One More TimeJustin Bieber BelieveMotley Crue Theatre Of Pain
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