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reviewed Beauty and the Beat. March 30, 2011
Beauty and the Beat
Beauty and the Beat is the debut release from The Go Gos. The band started out as a pop-punk band with original members Jane Wiedlin and Belinda Carlisle. After touring for a few years and with three …
reviewed All Summer Long. March 30, 2011
All Summer Long
All Summer Long is a pop rock/concept album about the joy of being a teenager in summer. The songs are about cars, drive-ins, hanging out with friends, soaking up the sun and having fun. Most of the music …
reviewed Smiley Smile. March 30, 2011
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Smiley Smile was one of several albums that came out of the aborted Smile sessions. The album features songs such as "Heroes & Villains", "Good Vibrations", "Vegetables" …
reviewed Dancing Backward in High Heels. March 29, 2011
Dancing Backward in High Heels
Dancing Backward in High Heels is the third album from The New York Dolls ver. 2,0 and it's a throwback to the yesteryear of Shangri-La/ The Coasters style of rock n' roll. The lush production …
reviewed Earthquake Weather. March 12, 2011
Earthquake Weather
Joe Strummer, the former front man of The Clash and one of the last true rock n' rollers was wandering around the music World after the break up of his band. Briefly he was a member of The Pogues and …
reviewed Cause I Sez So. March 12, 2011
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Cause I Sez So is the second album from the New York Dolls Ver. 2.0. The blues inspired music makes this disc seem like more of a solo David Johansen project instead of a proper Dolls' album. A remake …
reviewed Otis Redding. March 11, 2011
Otis Redding
Otis Redding is the most underrated live performer. If you want to see the best performance ever by a rock star then check out Redding's appearance at the Monterey Pop festival. Backed up by Booker T …
reviewed Fly. March 10, 2011
Fly
Fly is a two disc album from Yoko Ono (aided and abetted by John Lennon, Klaus Voorman, Ringo Starr and Eric Clapton). The album, much like most of Yoko Ono's discography is vastly underrated. Her experimental …
reviewed How to Destroy Angels (EP). March 10, 2011
How to Destroy Angels (EP)
How to Destroy Angels (S/T) is a fantastic collection of songs. The vocals of Mariqueen Maandig (Trent Reznor's better half) along with the production of Reznor and Atticus Ross showcases not only the …
reviewed Bee Gees' 1st. March 10, 2011
Bee Gees' 1st
Bee Gees' 1st was the international debut release of The Bee Gees. The trio released a couple of albums in Australia before recording this psychedelic pop album. Pop music was filled with psychedelic …
reviewed Fans (Malcolm McLaren album). August 08, 2010
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Fans
Fans was an EP recorded by Malcolm McLaren.  The original concept of the project was about some fanatical fans of a famous rock star who kidnap their hero.  After failing to come up with a realized …
reviewed Explicit Lyrics. August 07, 2010
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Explicit Lyrics
Explicit lyrics in music is fine with me if it fits in with the song.  But if it's there just to either express faux rage or trying to hide the fact that they can't write meaningful lyrics …
reviewed She & Him Volume One. July 06, 2010
She & Him Volume One
Volume One is the first studio release from the duo of Zooey Deschanel and M (Matthew) Ward.  The album is a collection of retro-country and melancholy pop songs written and composed by Zooey with …
reviewed Good Times. June 27, 2010
Good Times
Good Times is a cheerful and light-hearted collection of covers recorded by Elvis Presley.  The album's producer Felton Jarvis and the studio musicians manage to get a top level performance from …
reviewed Elvis Now. June 27, 2010
Elvis Now
Elvis Now was a studio album of new material released by Elvis Presely in 1972.  The vocals on the track feature a invigorating and enthusiastic Elvis who's strong vocals are showcased by an …
reviewed She & Him Volume Two. June 26, 2010
She & Him Volume Two
   Volume Two is the second album from the duo of Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward.  The production of M. Ward and the sweet melancholy vocals and lyrics provided by the talented Zooey makes …
reviewed She & Him. June 26, 2010
She & Him
   She & Him is a remarkable duo featuring the vocals and keyboards of Zooey Deschanel and the talented multi-instrumentalist M. Ward.  Zooey's sweet melancholy vocals are balanced …
reviewed Malcolm McLaren. May 12, 2010
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Malcolm McLaren
The world lost a very unique individual on April 8, 2010.  Malcolm McLaren, the self promoting music manager/ performer/ designer lost his fight with cancer but has left a legacy in both fashion …
reviewed Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. March 01, 2010
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son is a concept album (yes, I said concept album) from 80's hair metal band Iron Maiden.  I don't like Iron Maiden but I really enjoy concept albums (I'm not a singles guy) …
reviewed The Crackup Suite. January 04, 2010
The Crackup Suite
The Crackup Suite is an EP from Carbon/Silicon.  It was originally available as a free download from their website.  This six track EP features a drum machine, two guitars and bass.  Mick …
reviewed Honky Tonk Women. December 31, 2009
Rolling Stone's Honky Tonk Woman
Honky Tonk Woman aka Country Honk was a single written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.  The two originally wanted to record the song as a straightforward country song (they did as Country Honk …
reviewed Their Satanic Majesties Request. December 31, 2009
Their Satanic Majesties Request
Their Satanic Majesties Request is not only The Rolling Stones best album, but it's one of the most underrated rock albums.  Some people might see it as a reaction to The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper's …
reviewed So, Who's Paranoid?. December 24, 2009
So, Who's Paranoid?
So, Who's Paranoid is The Damned's first studio album since 2001's release Grave Disorder.  The album is an eclectic mix of goth, psychedelia, pop and space rock.  David Vanian's vocals are …
reviewed Doug Yule. October 30, 2009
Doug Yule
Over the years people have begun to notice the Velvet Underground.  One of the band's most proficient and productive member happens to be the most forgotten one.  His name is Doug Yule, he replaced …
reviewed The Misfits (band). October 18, 2009
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The Misfits are a hardcore punk band originally fronted and founded by Glen Danzig.  During their earlier days the band went through quite a few labels before recording their "classic" …
reviewed First Issue. October 11, 2009
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First Issue was the debut album of John Lydon's second band. After being fired from The Sex Pistols and replaced by fugitive Great Train Robbery participant Ronnie Biggs, John Lydon dropped the moniker …
reviewed Germ Free Adolescents. October 08, 2009
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Germ Free Adolescents was the first album from the UK punk band X-Ray Spex.  Front woman Poly Styrene provided the raw, cheerful and energetic vocals whilst the band provided the hard hitting …
reviewed Other Voices. October 08, 2009
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The Doors continued as a band when Jim Morrison decided to quit the band and head off for France.  Instead of calling it a day, the band decided to continue to go on.  With Morrison gone, Ray …
reviewed The Velvet Underground. October 07, 2009
Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground was a band that was founded by Lou Reed ( a former studio musician and songwriter) John Cale (a Welsh music student), Sterling Morrison and Angus Maclise.  The band performed …
reviewed Loaded - The Velvet Underground. October 06, 2009
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Loaded was a album that was recorded under duress, pressure to become even more commercial and drug usage.  Atlantic signed the band to a two album deal and they put the screws on the band to record …
reviewed Brian Wilson Smile!. September 21, 2009
Brian Wilson Smile
Smile was an album that took almost 40 years to make.  Brian Wilson wanted to record an album that would out top Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Paul McCartney listened to Pet Sounds and wanted …
reviewed Pet Sounds. September 21, 2009
Pet Sounds is the best disc that the Beach Boys have recorded.  Brian Wilson along with lyricist Tony Asher worked together on bringing this ground breaking album to life.  At the time, Wilson …
reviewed Music from The Elder. September 20, 2009
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Music From the Elder was going to be a huge album for Kiss.  They wanted to make a Pink Floyd type of album and turn it into a big production complete with a movie and other money making merchandise.  …
reviewed Diamond Dogs. September 20, 2009
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Diamond Dogs is a concept album about a post apocalyptic New York City and the people who live in the decrepit city.  The people living int he rubble have to look out for mutated animals, scavengers …
reviewed The Who Sell Out. September 20, 2009
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The Who Sell Out was the band's first concept album.  All of the songs are tied together with radio jungles, fake ads and the call letters of Radio London.  Pirate radio stations were common …
reviewed Little Deuce Coupe. September 20, 2009
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Little Deuce Coupe is a tribute to the car crazy youth of America.  The music was written by Brian Wilson and the lyrics by Roger Christian, Wilson and Mike Love.  One of the first rock n' roll …
reviewed Mechanical Animals. September 20, 2009
Mechanical Animals
I really enjoyed Mechanical Animals.  The two stories that are featured on the disc has to make it one of the best concept albums ever made.  The material borders on a Rock Opera bit not as …
reviewed Flowers of Romance. September 02, 2009
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Flowers of Romance is a fascinating album.  Keith Levene and John Lydon needed to record a third album.  Keith Levene and John Lydon worked together on several tracks (usually Lydon listens …
reviewed Too Much Too Soon. August 18, 2009
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Too Much Too Soon was the second studio album from the New York Dolls.  This time around the band was looking to actually sell some records and keep their deal with Mercury who was pushing them to …
reviewed New York Dolls. August 18, 2009
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The New York Dolls self titled debut took a few years.  They were on their way to signing a big contract but the tragic death of their original drummer Billy Murcia but a kibosh on that.  After …
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