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Los Lonely Boys: Revelation

“The Texan trio has never been constrained by genre, but here they let their imagination wild, dabbling in every sound or style that’s ever tickled their fancy….[I]ts freshness proves that ten years after their 2004 breakthrough, the band is as lively as ever and, in some sly subtle ways, better than ever too.” –All Music [...]

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“Def Leppard dove into the classic-albums-in-their-entirety trend via an 11-date residency at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas, performing 1987′s Hysteria from start to finish, adding other classic hits to round out the set….Def Leppard show their glam rock heart, which is one reason their music has aged so well and why it still sounds [...]

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Motörhead: Aftershock

“In the history of music, there are few true mavericks on the level of the legendary Lemmy, a man who seems to do his own thing without any concern for what anyone else thinks about it. This level of confidence has made Motörhead a timeless institution in the world of rock & roll, and on Aftershock, the band’s 21st [...]

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“Joan Jett’s first album in seven years, 2013′s Unvarnished, starts off with a big bang….It’s a bracing call to arms that lets the listener know right away that Jett hasn’t forgotten how to rock, not even a little….Unvarnished is a great rock & roll album from a true rock & roll survivor, and if the [...]

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Pearl Jam: Lightning Bolt

“On Lightning Bolt, they’ve grown into that classic rock mantle, accentuating the big riffs and bigger emotions, crafting songs without a worry as to whether they’re hip or not and, most importantly, enjoying the deep-rooted, nervy arena rock that is uniquely their own.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“[I]ts real strength is how it paints a richer portrait of the band. It’s for the listener who wants a bigger picture of the Doors without investing in the actual albums or a box set and, in that sense, this Very Best of the Doors (along with the version with the DVD) does its job [...]

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Todd Rundgren: State

“Todd Rundgren long ago seized his status as a maverick, and his unpredictability can be as maddening as it is invigorating….State never feels forced, either in its execution or concept. Rundgren is pushing the edges of his comfort zone just enough to keep himself stimulated while offering enough melody to satisfy those fans whose concentration [...]

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Aerosmith: Gold

“[T]his remains a pretty good, but not perfect, overview of latter-day Aerosmith, containing hits, album tracks, concert favorites, rarities, non-LP B-sides, and cuts only available on compilations.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“It’s complex, harder, and catchier than anything QOTSA have done in a decade, and more song-oriented, too, but that’s a sign of maturity: [Josh] Homme has marshaled all of his strengths on …Like Clockwork and has found a way forward, a way to deepen his music without compromising his identity.” –All Music Guide Check Our [...]

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“Jennings truly came into his own on Family Man, but on The Other Life, he pushes the boundaries further, offering some of the finest songs he’s written to date. He fully realizes here what he’s been attempting all along. Box these sounds whichever way you want to, but they are all Shooter Jennings, and as [...]

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“Both the rockers and ballads are big, big, big… Simply put, nobody makes albums like this any more.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“One of the most stunning debuts in rock history, and one of the definitive albums of the psychedelic era. On Are You Experienced?, Jimi Hendrix synthesized various elements of the cutting edge of 1967 rock into music that sounded both futuristic and rooted in the best traditions of rock, blues, pop, and soul.” –All Music [...]

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Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day

“[W]hile this reunion is so unexpectedly, impossibly good that you’d want to experience this in the flesh, it also underscores the wisdom of leaving this as a one-time thing. This is so good that this is how you want to remember them: older, perhaps wiser, and still majestic.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Cream: BBC Sessions

“This compilation of 22 Cream BBC tracks from 1966-1968 marked a major addition to the group’s discography, particularly as they released relatively little product during their actual lifetime… Given Cream’s tendency to over-improvise on the band’s live concert recordings, however, the concise nature of these BBC tracks (none of which exceed five minutes) makes them [...]

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Cream: Live Cream

“Foreground and background seem to dissolve as all three musicians take charge, using the full range of their instruments. And where Bruce goes with his bass, especially on ‘Sweet Wine,’ is every bit as rewarding as the places that Clapton’s guitar takes us; and Ginger Baker’s playing is a trip all its own. Performances like [...]

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Kid Rock: Rebel Soul

“Rebel Soul winds up as a last testament of backwoods, white-trash, red-state rock & roll: Kid Rock sticks to the tried and true, the sounds that always fueled FM rock in Michigan, and he sounds comfortable: not defiant but happy to be where he is, and Rebel Soul is appropriately rebellious and conservative, a dose [...]

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“[P]repare yourself for a treat, because two tracks here – ‘Ramada Inn’ and ‘Walk Like A Giant’ – could sit among Young’s best. Writing his autobiography (Waging Heavy Peace) seems to have brought out some biting nostalgia in the old dog – both in the lyrics, which look back to the ’60s, and in the [...]

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“The first single-disc Pink Floyd compilation to surface in 30 years — the last being A Collection of Great Dance Songs, released as a stopgap between The Wall and The Final Cut — A Foot in the Door: The Best of Pink Floyd has its share of idiosyncrasies, quirks evident right from the choice of [...]

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Kiss: Monster

“As Kiss approach 40 years of ridiculously dumb rock & roll fun, it makes sense that their 20th studio album, Monster, is more self-referential than anything. …[F]or the innumerable fans of multiple generations who grew up with and lived their glory days listening to Kiss, the familiarity is what will make the record a keeper. [...]

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“More than a quarter century may have gone by since singer Michael Monroe’s band Hanoi Rocks passed from existence, but Monroe continues to carry the flag for their style of hard rock, with his solo album Sensory Overdrive being another example. …[A]nyone who loves rock & roll that’s loud and fast will enjoy Sensory Overdrive.” [...]

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