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9 days ago
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I definitely enjoy Astra, but I am likely in the minority by saying my favorite Asia album start to finish is Alpha. I can't find a filler in the mix, whereas the first and third albums have some tremendous tracks but a few fillers, as well. One of my favorite ballads of all time is Asia's "The Last To Know" from Alpha. I also think it has the best cover art.
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14 days ago
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Three posts in the same day, this must be a record for me. I just got home and was listening to the new Axel Rudy Pell CD for the first time, and I have to say it SOUNDS immense. We have had previous discussions of how production can hurt an album, but this is a case of the production really helping an album. As Andrew's review staed, you know what you will get with ARP as far as an album g
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14 days ago
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OK, here's where I open myself up for some serious criticism... I liked that first Wilson Phillips album. I remember seeing the video for Hold On in college and loving the sound. Then it didn't seem to hit the radio for close to a year. I was thrilled when it did. Of course, the radio stations and MTV proceeded to run the album into the ground and the following albums never measured up. H
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14 days ago
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It is April Fool's Day...
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14 days ago
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A suggestion, not a complaint Andrew, I'll start by saying I look forward to your reviews and appreciate the time that goes into writing a comprehensive review. The text always provides a guide I can take to heart and matches the soundbites. Even if I don't agree based on taste, I can see where you are coming from. It is the score that sometimes seems out of balance with your actual review
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14 days ago
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A must buy for me. I think I have all of the tracks in original form but am looking forward to the remasters. However, I agree with Bruce, for such a fantastic sounding and classy album that is about the worst artwork I have seen in years. Rather than looking LOUD, it looks CHEAP. But like I said, its the music that counts and I will most certainly be picking it up (I just may print my own a
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15 days ago
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Whether we consider these latter day versions of the band "real" or not misses one important point; if they are good, why not support them? As long as the ticket price is reasonable, I'll always be there to rock out to some great music.
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21 days ago
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I'm not a huge fan, though I have been to two shows in full make up (Peter Chris). I have always found their albums to be inconsistent with several great tracks and a bunch that simply were not. Therefore, I don't have ten whole albums I can rate. I used to have every Kiss album, but have passed many along over the years. Albums: 1. Destroyer 2. Crazy Nights 3. Asylum 4. Kiss 5. Love Gu
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5 weeks ago
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This is definitely a solid album. However, it is one that suffers from poor track order. Immortal is the best song on the first half. I much prefer the second half of the CD to the first. It took me several listens to really get into it, but it was worth it. I was surprised to see a track from the album included in the Classic Rock AOR magazine Cd sampler, because it doesn't seem to fit the
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5 weeks ago
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While it looks like I'll never hear any mythical demos, it's been a great thread! Thanks for the info, good conversation, and Ken's flashback pic (I think I had the same white jacket in 87, but instead of acid washed jeans I had grey parachute pants!)
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6 weeks ago
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It's hard to imagine they don't really have anything to show from those sessions, but I figured they would say as much. It is just one of those alternate reality "what if?" scenarios. Thanks
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6 weeks ago
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I was on a Jim Steinman binge yesterday. Though I can't imagine him producing Hysteria, I would love to hear some of those original songs. I am guessing not, but have any of those Hysteria sessions with Steinman ever surfaced? Since Jim has only written about twenty songs in his career and recycles melodies over and over with different lyrics for different singers, can you imagine the Def L
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6 weeks ago
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Listened to the full album twice, and I'm underwhelmed. This is a surprise, because when I watched the Frontiers album promo that had clips from every song I was pumped. So far, the samples sounded better than the full songs. I will definitely give this plenty more spins before final judgment, just surprised I am not loving it already. For me, WUD still has the best batch of songs.
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7 weeks ago
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You did the right thing by skipping the opening bands for Helloween in NYC. They were terrible. I'm planning on arriving late for Primal Fear this time around!
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7 weeks ago
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These guys are amazing. I just watched about ten videos. The "With or Without You" cover was stunning. It gave me goosebumps listening to it. I don't think I ever want to hear the original again. It just shows how true it is that a good song is a good song and can transcend these silly little boundaries we call genres.
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7 weeks ago
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I just tried to PURCHASE the EP from Amazon UK, since it is not available from the US site. I'm not even allowed to do that! The only way I can get it legally is to pay $16 plus shipping to buy the physical CD. I can understand paying extra for a CD import (though really, there should be no reason for even that anymore), but downloading a song doesn't cost anything. Why can someone in Europe
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2 months ago
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I am not getting any audio.
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2 months ago
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WOW!!!! That's outrageous!!! Using ebay's global shipping program, sellers no longer see the postage charged to international buyers. We just pay $2-3 to ship it to a hub in Kentucky. Sellers get the sale price (minus ebay's fee) and what we charge to send to the hub. I assumed since ebay was sending orders in bulk overseas that the shipping would be much less than if I shipped it direc
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2 months ago
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Sorry to hear you are having problems. In the past ten years, I have only had half a dozen bad experiences buying. I got fed up with ebay for a few years, but from the perspective of a seller. The system had gotten too complicated. However, the new listing tool that lets me upload pictures from my phone made things so much better. Rather than rely on stock photos, I can show buyers exactly wha
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2 months ago
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Perhaps it is a case of good nights and bad nights. When I saw Whitesnake a couple of years ago, I walked out too. David was horrible. I remember being very disappointed. When I spoke to a friend about it, he was surprised. He had seen Whitesnake several years earlier and said they were fantastic. It was as if we had seen two completely different bands. Interestingly, I saw Jack Russell
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2 months ago
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Not sure if this fits in with the "rock" biographies, but I thoroughly enjoyed Johnny Cash's autobiography.
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2 months ago
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Interesting, I was just listening to Dancing Undercover yesterday. It is just as strong or better than I remembered, though Invasion is still my favorite. Overall, they have been remarkably consistent other than the awful self-titled CD from the 90's.
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2 months ago
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I have been trimming the fat along, but really went at it recently. Thanks to some of you checking in on my eBay listings, I earned enough for a $250 VIP ticket for melodic rock fest. I still have close to 200 to pass along. I have two furniture cases for CDs. The rule is, everything must fit in them or it has to go. Rule number two is to keep CDs I would actually put in the stereo and listen to.
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2 months ago
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I used to do this all of the time when I was a teenager in the 80's. There were several record shops I would check out. As Scott mentioned above, I always checked the credits, but sometimes a complete shot in the dark produced a winner. Three gems that come to mind immediately as completely blind guesses are: 1. Cinderella's Night Songs (walked into the record store, saw the display, and pic
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3 months ago
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You never know. I saw Crashdiet in NYC last year, and Andrew is bringing us HEAT in October.
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3 months ago
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I think so. If it doesn't provide the proper postage discount, I will just refund the difference.
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3 months ago
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That may be the best music interview I have ever read. Thanks for posting. I remember watching Mick on That Metal Show a couple of years ago with T&N and was very disappointed. He just kind of sat there and sounded kind of slow when he did speak. I thought, "Where's this Wild Mick I have heard so much about?" Well, he's here in this interview. I would definitely reads his
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3 months ago
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I found the problem. According to ebay: "Immediate payment is automatically required on items priced below $1000, that have a specified shipping cost, and where PayPal is the only payment method offered." I will need to revise all of my listings to allow payment methods other than Paypal in order to disable the automatic request for immediate payment. What a pain. I will do thi
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3 months ago
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That's strange. Not sure what you mean. I will check.
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3 months ago
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Hi folks, When the Cd cabinets can no longer fit new discs, and my wife won't go into my home office because of all the CDs laying around, it is time to purge. I've got about 30 listed now, with another ten every day or so until they are all up. Probably going to put up 100 or more. All CDs start at about $5 and have a "buy It Now" of less than $10. I really just want to move th
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