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Thanks for the "E"'s on the Queen's first record review. I'm really happy to be part of CIAO and I'm going to rate back as quick as I can, cheers!.

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Don't Say No - Billy Squier 29/05/2012

Don't Say No, Just say yes!

Don't Say No - Billy Squier About Billy:Billy Squier (Born William H.Squier) is an American singer/guitar player/songwriter, who used to be very famous during the early 80'. His music was a crossover between Queen, Led Zeppelin and Journey, but with a lot of commercial potential in it. His voice was smooth and high, and he looked "cool' enough to get the boys attention to his sound and the girls'' to his looks. He used to front the Pop/AOR band Piper, which released two records between 1975 and 1977. Squier was the centre of the attention and that led him to quit the band and pursue a solo career.It took him three years to finish his debut, 1980's Tale Of The Tape. The album was a mixture between soft and heavy rock, a perfect fit for arenas all over the US. The tour was successfull, with Billy as an opening act for Alice Cooper. Since Alice was going through a tough personal period at the time, the young rocker stole the show. The album spanned two minor-hits : the Zeppelin-like "You Should Be High Love" and "The Big Beat", a summer song that is one of the most sampled tracks on hip-hop history, due to its big drum sound.1981 was his "big-break" year, with the release of the album "Don't Say No". Produced by Billy and Mack, the album is a solid gold bonafide classic. Includes his signature song, "The Stroke" and also "In The Dark", "My Kinda Lover" and the recently turned into classic, "Lonely Is The Night". A home video was done for the tour and the album sold a couple of million copies. The next ...

Adrenalize - Def Leppard 25/05/2012

Do you wanna get rocked?

Adrenalize - Def Leppard INTRO: Def Leppard is one of the few Rock bands that could break through a wider audience without selling out. They were influenced by bands like Queen, AC/DC and Slade, bands that could make it big without losing its original market. That was achieved with producer Mutt Lange's contribution. He saw the big picture and helped the group to hit stardom, creating an unique sound and songwriting with them. Leppard's characteristics were catchy melodies with hooks all over the songs, huge backing vocals and harmonies, orchestrated guitar parts and simple lyrics. Their biggest album, Hysteria, is one of the best selling records of all time.But it wasn't all sunshine and roses for the band. After the ending of the Pyromania tour in 1984, drummer Rick Allen lost his left arm in a car crash on new year's eve. Still while in hospital, he decided that he would carry on, adapting an electronic pedal, which he could use with his left foot, replacing what he used to do with his left arm. He is still the band's drummer.To make things even worse, guitar player Steve Clark died of alcoholic problems while they were recording Adrenalize. The band even thought they were cursed. But, instead of following that line of thinking, they got closer as friends and kept on making great music all over the years, still packing arenas and writing new music.THE ALBUM: Adrenalize was written during a difficult period for the band. Not only they had to top the success of previous album, Hysteria, but also ...

Give Us a Wink - Sweet 25/05/2012

Give Us A Sweet Wink....;)

Give Us a Wink - Sweet INTRODUCTION: The Sweet started out as a Bubble-gum Pop band . When the TV show "Top Of The Pops" was interested in adding bands that used to dress funny (T.Rex, Bowie) into their rotation, The Sweet jumped in. To do that, their Pop songs got a bit more of rockin' arrangements to be up to pair with Slade, for example. But the problem was that the band didn't write any of those songs, all of them written, produced and arranged by Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, two songwriters/producers who wanted to cashcow on any desperate naive band that would accept to do this on exchange of exposure. Many hits were made during this "partnership", like "The Ballroom Blitz", "Hell Raiser", "Blockbuster", "Little Willy" and many others, but the band needed to get rid of that and create their own material. They mixed Chinn/Chapman songs with some of their own on "Sweet Fanny Adams" and "Desolation Boulevard" records, but the first album to contain all songs written by them, was 1976's Give Us A Wink. THE ALBUM: The album was 100% Hard Rock, with heavy guitar riffs, screaming vocal harmonies and a huge drum sound. Led Zeppelin's bass player John Paul Jones, observed most of the recording proccess and was impressed by drummer Mick Tucker's drum sound, and suggested Zeppelin to record on the same studio. The fluffy melodies from the past were gone, leaving room for more sophisticated arrangements and textures, following the ideas of British contemporaries, Queen. Brian Connoly's rough voice is on ...

Queen - Queen 24/05/2012

The Queen's first royal showcase...

Queen - Queen INTRO : I like to listen carefully to debut albums. I think they are kind of special within a band's discography and sometimes are really different in musical terms to the band's third or fourth album. It kind of prepares the ground for things that are yet to come. Compare the first Led Zeppelin with House Of The Holy, the first KISS album with Destroyer, Alice Cooper's Pretties For You with Billion Dollar Babies. Changes are necessary through the band's carreer and here is no different. I suppose that Queen is a special band since the beginning. They were ambitious, arrogants (in a good way), intelligent and most important of all, they mastered their instruments and their voices blended together perfectly. This album stood the test of time, introducing Freddie Mercury to the world.Not only his voice and songwriting, but also all the visual aspects that made him the most unique frontman of all time. I dare say also that Brian May and Roger Taylor are definitive geniuses on their own instruments, technically and musically. The passion flows through the hands of this gentleman. And what can I say about the quiet one?, Mr.John Deacon. Not only an exceptional bass player, he also ran the band's finances through the early years and also added a lot of mystery to the group. THE SONGS: KEEP YOURSELF ALIVE: Boom!, a heavy - flanged guitar riff echoes through the speakers and you're sure that are some great rock and roll coming.Written by Brian May, this is the band's first classic. ...

Forevermore (+DVD) - Whitesnake 24/05/2012

Whitesnake's best album since 1989

Forevermore (+DVD) - Whitesnake After the success of 2005's Good To Be Bad, David Coverdale teamed up with guitarists Doug Aldrich and Reb Beach to write Whitesnake's next album. The result was a crossover between the early bluesy sound of albums like "Come N' Get It" and "Ready And Willing" with their Hair Metal days. Add a raw and updated production and there you have it. 1.STEAL YOUR HEART AWAY: This song sets the point for the whole album. Bluesy verses and an explosive and comercial chorus. This song has a big drum sound and also a lot of slide guitar to add a "retro" vibe on some parts. Awesome way to begin...2.ALL OUT OF LUCK: The flange riff starts off than we go into a perfect powerful groove to back it up. David's voice really sound good during the verses. This is a classic Whitesnake song and the bridge is awesome.The chorus is simple, reminds me of the one on "Lay Down Your Love", bluesy but catchy. 3.LOVE WILL SET YOUR FREE: It was released as a single with a video.Sexy and envolving, uses of all the elements that made the band's longevity. The chorus is simply amazing with good vocals and the guitars strenghtening the melodies. Tichy's ride cymbal sounds huge here. 4.EASIER SAID THAN DONE: Seems like David is still a master when it comes to ballads. This track proves it. The lyrics are romantic and emotive and the mid-tempo groove sets the mood to enhance its beauty. The keyboards and muted guitars during the verses makes this one of the best ballads on their catalogue. 5.TELL ME HOW: One of ...

Flying Dog - Paul Gilbert 24/05/2012

Welcome to Pablo Gilberto's world

Lights Out - UFO 23/05/2012

Lights Out In London

Lights Out - UFO 1977's Lights Out is considered by many people UFO's best studio record. Even though it was released during the peak of Punk Rock and Disco, UFO were considered heroes for sticking with their British Hard Rock sound.Many of the band's classics are here like "Too Hot To Handle", "Try Me", "Lights Out" and the epic "Love To Love". It is a great album to start listening to the band, along with the live album "Strangers In The Night". Tracks Overview: 1.Too Hot To Handle: This classic track was a minor hit in the US in 1977, a very good hard rocker with some catchy melodies, showing that they weren't a dark, heavy metal band like Sabbath, for example. The main riff is simple, but effective, and of course, the guitar solo showcases Michael Schenker's big talent. 2.Just Another Suicide: A softer song with some smooth arrangements, and Phil Mogg's vocals sound really great here. The main melodies reminds me a bit of The Rolling Stones and the keyboards during the bridges makes the overall sound bigger. The chorus is great with a great guitar riff over the main vocals and also strings to make it a bit more dramatic3.Try Me: This lovely piano ballad showcases the band's soft side. The chorus is just emotional and so is the final guitar solo.The melodies are so beautifully done, resembling a bit of Elton John's finest hours. The ending is also very apotheotical, confirming their status as great musicians.4. Lights Out: This is one of the band's biggest classic. This fast rocker has one ...

Ghost in the Machine - Police (The) 23/05/2012

Police's most musical record...

The Police's fourth release, Ghost In The Machine had set the band into the world of experimentalism. The band was known for mixing Rock with Reggae and Pop and the trio decided to go a bit further with this release. There are synthetizers replacing some guitar harmonies, a few takes on world music, and even some progressive parts that expanded the musical horizon of the trio.Sting was very inspired and seeking for more musical diversity, and that's probably one of the reasons why the band splitted up a few years later. This is a great album that requires a few listenings to actually get the whole picture, and there's one of the reasons why for me, it is one of the best albums of all time. Tracks review: 1.Spirits In A Material World: This song has a typical reggae groove, but with keyboards instead of guitars during the verses. That was a groundreaking move for the band, influencing many groups at the time. The chorus goes into the Pop/Rock formula and then goes back into the Reggae. Sting's vocal harmonies are a bit haunting during the verses, adding a nice touch to the song. 2.Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic: This is the biggest hit from the album. This lovely song was written by Sting years before its release, and had gone through many different arrangements. The whole dynamic from the band here is just incredible, from the melodies until the great groove by Mr.Copeland and his hi-hats. The soft textures from Andy Summer's guitar is also noticeble, and the ending is ...

Toto IV - Toto 23/05/2012

The masters of musicianship...

1987 - Whitesnake 23/05/2012

David Coverdale's Magic Moment...

Last Look At Eden - Europe 23/05/2012

Scandinavia's biggest musical treasure

The Circle - Bon Jovi 22/05/2012

They weren't born to follow

The Circle - Bon Jovi Since 2007's Lost Highway, Bon Jovi has been promising a "Rock" record for the fans. The Circle accomplishes that with good numbers, but some people still complain about the lack of powerful songs like "You Give Love A Bad Name", "Runaway" and ballads like "I'll Be There For You".Times have changed. Bon Jovi was always a band on constant evolution, musically and visually. They made some mistakes, that's true, but also a lot of great results adding to a long hall of hits and classic tunes all over the years. And that's no different with The Circle, a few songs resemble the glorious past and the band tries to improve as well, adding some new textures to the songs, making this a very good arena-oriented album.Track-by-track overview: 1.WE WEREN'T BORN TO FOLLOW: The first single off the album, this is a sing-along song, heavily influenced by 1988's "Born To Be My Baby", but with positive lyrics about people who make a difference on their own. The guitar-riff is very catchy and so is the solo, proving that Richie Sambora is still one of the best guitarists of his era, and highly underrated.2.WHEN WE WERE BEAUTIFUL: A slow track, that keeps the dynamics through the whole song. A soft-rock song with emotional vocals by Jon. I think that was a mistake to put this as the second song, since it kills the atmosphere proposed by the first track. But that doesn't mean that it is a bad song, it's really good, especially the live version. 3.WORK FOR THE WORKING MAN: This song starts with a ...

Trash - Alice Cooper 22/05/2012

Alice's nightmare into Hair Metal

Trash - Alice Cooper Trash is Alice Cooper's most successfull album since 1975's Welcome To My Nightmare. Between this two releases, he released some really good albums, but most of them a bit uneven, mainly because they were recorded during his nearly-fatal struggle with alcohol.He went sober and did a comeback in 1986, recording two albums that were touching a bit on the Metal side, but besides a few strongs songs like "Freedom", "He's Back" and "Teenage Frankenstein", he couldn't score a massive hit like "School's Out" or "No More Mr. Nice Guy".So he decided to bring his character into the Pop-Metal world which was exploding at the time, and collaborated with some of the finest songrwriters of that genre, and that turned into Trash.Tracks: 1.POISON: That was his "comeback" hit. A sexy song that stood the test of time and was covered by many artists of different genres. The video received heavy rotation on MTV and introduced the "new" Alice, ready to stand aside the big names of Arena-Rock. Unfortunately, it is the only track from the album that has room into his actual setlist. 2.SPARK IN THE DARK: If Eurythmic's "Sweet Dreams" were a Rock song, it would sound something like this.This song has one of the best riffs I've heard and it is envolving and heavy. Alice's lyrics are clever and full of sexual metaphores.3.HOUSE OF FIRE: Co-written by Joan Jett, this one was released as a single and it is one of the most commercial tracks off the album, they also shot a video for this one, with Alice ...

What If - Mr. Big 21/05/2012

Back And Bigger!

What If - Mr. Big This is the first album from the original line-up of Mr.Big since 1996's Hey Man (Their last album as a band was 2001's Actual size, with Richie Kotzen on guitars), it's a treat for fans of this wonderful band. Produced by Kevin Shirley, this album contains many of the things that made the band so unique: virtuosity, musicianship and good taste for melodies. What If really stands as a organic and cohesive album, including many memorable songs. Tracks: 1.UNDERTOW: What a way to start an album!. This was also their first single off the album and a great melodic rocker, with a very tight groove. Some os the sections reminds me of "Take Cover". The video for this song is also really cool, and it works perfectly live. They're back!.2.AMERICAN BEAUTY: A fast-boogie song, with an incredible riff, with Pat Torpey's drums on fire. A song that is totally influenced by Van Halen.Eric's voice might not be the same as it was like, 15 years ago, but sounds really strong here. Indicated for fans of "Colorado Bulldog", the guitar solo is just top-notch. 3.STRANGER IN MY LIFE: A very emotional ballad by Eric, and the lyrics are about a soldier's life after war. The dramatic chorus sets the point for this beautiful song. When it comes to ballads, Mr.Big has an unique touch, and here is no different.They should had released this as a single/video. 4.NOBODY LEFT TO BLAME: After the bluesy intro, we have a Zeppelin-like riff with electric and acoustic guitars, and the drum groove is based around ...

Fighting - Thin Lizzy 21/05/2012

The wild ones were roaring...

Fighting is Thin Lizzy's second record to contain its classic line-up (Phil Lynott, Brian Downey, Scott Gorham and Brian "Robbo" Robertson) and probably is their first really powerful record. Previous effort, Nightlife, was a very good album but it has a few links that would be overpowered bu this release. Fighting had set the rules for following classics, such as Jailbreak and Johnny The Fox.The overall sound of the album is really great, and you can feel the guitar magic between Robbo and Gorham. A band that would influence an entire generation of bands later on (Def Leppard, Iron Maiden, U2, just to quote some), Thin Lizzy started their powerful layered albums with this one. Tracks:1.ROSALIE: This is a classic version of Bob Seger's song. A great mixture of rock with a softer approach. One of their biggest hits and they used to play it live with a lot of energy (Check the Live And Dangerous version out). This gets a lot of rotation on Classic Rock radio stations. 2.FOR THOSE WHO LOVE TO LIVE: Oh, those twin guitars!.That's what magic sound is all about. I just love this song. Great soft vocals by Lynott, with the instrumental parts played with low dynamics so it could expose his vocals and harmonies better. The guitar textures are out of this world, working with details on every side of it. 3.SUICIDE: Another fan-favourite, this was a killer song live. It is a boogie-rock song guided by aggressive and bluesy guitars and Phil singing about a suicide with such naturality. ...
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