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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 The Black Album. March 12, 2011
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The Damned S/T aka The Black Album is two disc of pure entertainment. The story behind the album being two disc is an interesting one. Captain Sensible is a huge fan of Soft Machine Sixth and wanted an …
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 The Slits. March 11, 2011
The Slits
The Slits were a punk group fronted by a 14 year old Ari-Up. Their style of music was basic, fast and loud. Over the next few years the band (along with a revolving door of several members) changed their …
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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 …
reviewed Endless Wire. August 17, 2009
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Endless Wire is a remarkable album.  Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey record some new tracks and prove that they still can rock out with the best of them.  I really enjoy the new songs, especially …
reviewed Machine Gun Etiquette. August 17, 2009
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Machine Gun Etiquette is the third album from The Damned.  A change in the line up saw Captain Sensible switch from Bass Guitar to Lead Guitar and keyboards.  David Vanian and Rat Scabies return …
reviewed Damned Damned Damned. August 13, 2009
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The Damned's first disc DAMNED DAMNED DAMNED was released by independent upstart record label Stiff Records and was produced by Nick Lowe.  Brian James, Captain Sensible, David Vanian and Rat Scabies …
reviewed Music for Pleasure. August 13, 2009
The Damned's second album cover
Music for Pleasure was the Damned's follow up to the surprise success of Damned, Damned, Damned. Instead of repeating themselves, they decided to go into a new direction. There was a struggle within the …
reviewed Waiting For Herb. August 13, 2009
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Waiting for Herb was The Pogues first album without their drunken leader Shane MacGowan. Troubles with his rampant alcohol problem caused a deep rift within the band and it spread through the members …
reviewed I'm All Right Jack and the Beanstalk. August 13, 2009
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Not of this Earth was the U.S. version of the English release of the Damned's I'm All right Jack and the Beanstalk. This disc has four versions floating around (The Japanese release is reshuffled with …
reviewed Combat Rock. July 28, 2009
Combat Rock
Combat Rock was the last album to feature lead guitarist Mick Jones and drummer Topper Headon.  The album was originally going to be released as a double LP under the title Rat Patrol From Fort Bragg.  …
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One Day it Will Please Us to Remember Even This is The New York Dolls first studio album in over thirty years and they haven't lost a step.  This incarnation of the Dolls was formed around 2004 when …
reviewed China Girl. May 20, 2009
China Girl (aka China Girls) is a Iggy Pop/David Bowie composition.  The original version of the song was covered by Iggy Pop during his detox phase (David Bowie helped him kick his horse habit and …
reviewed Squeeze. May 07, 2009
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Doug Yule, Sterling Morrison, Maureen Tucker and the newly recruited bassist  Walter Powers continued to tour as The Velvet Underground when Lou Reed quit the band.  Yule played lead guitar …
reviewed The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle. May 03, 2009
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The soundtrack to The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle is an interesting grab bag of music,  You have a few demos from the band.  Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs recording a couple of tracks (Belsen …
The Sex Pitols first album cover
The album was a couple of years in the making.  After going through a few major labels, Virgin Records signed them.  At this time, Virgin was a fledgling company and Richard Branson was a risk …
reviewed The Sex Pistols. May 01, 2009
The Sex Pistols
The Sex Pistols are a band that was one of the most popular bands from the Class of 1976 and the only one to continue to play with it's original line up.  Malcolm McLaren brought together the band …
reviewed The Clash. May 01, 2009
The first Clash line up
The Clash was a English punk band that was brought together by Bernie Rhodes.  His good friend Malcolm McLaren was bringing together the Sex Pistols so Bernie tried to one up him by forming apunk …
reviewed Cut the Crap. May 01, 2009
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Cut the Crap was the last studio album from the seminal punk rock group The Clash.  With only two original members left, Bernie Rhodes (The Clash's manager) along with Joe Strummer "created" an album …
reviewed London Calling. April 30, 2009
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London Calling
London Calling is The Clash's breakthrough album.  It's also the one they're most known for and they're most famous (besides Combat Rock).  The classic line-up is firing on all cylinders in …
reviewed The Clash. April 30, 2009
The first Clash line up
The Clash's debut album is a raw and fast.  CBS Records wanted their album to be quickly released so it could capitalize on the growing punk rock scene in England.    After briefly going …
reviewed The Damned. April 23, 2009
The Damned
The Damned was part of the "Class of 1976" during the UK Punk movement that spawned The Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Buzzcocks.  Whilst the other bands have reformed and regrouped over the years, …
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