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Rod Stewart: Time

“At this point, after years of synthesized soft rock and glad-handed standards, this is a reflection of who Rod Stewart is in 2013: he is still a crowd-pleaser, still a bit of a sap, ready to romanticize days gone by but wanting to sound modern….[I]t’s nice to hear Stewart engaged again, both as a writer [...]

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Black Sabbath: 13

“13 comes closest to recapturing the desperate feel, plodding grooves, and unparalleled metal magic of those first classic Sabbath records than anything the members of the band have done since, in any permutation or combination…. The influence of early Sabbath has become so omnipresent that it’s come back to influence its very creators four decades [...]

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Jimi Hendrix: People, Hell and Angels

“The surprising thing about this set is not the sound quality (which is exceptional) or that these all sound like finished tracks, but the fact that even avid Hendrix bootleg collectors are unlikely to have heard most of this material… People, Hell and Angels certainly isn’t the place to start your Hendrix collection, but collectors [...]

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Bon Jovi: What About Now

“As Jon Bon Jovi ponders the state of the union in 2013 (he raises the question ‘What About Now,’ then proceeds to answer it throughout the album), he repeats images — faith intermingles with the military, although rarely in a way that suggests his politics lean to the right; rather, they’re just underscoring the troubles [...]

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Mark Knopfler: Privateering

“Knopfler is that rare gunslinger who can make even the wildest shot look like it was completely intentional, and his steady voice, mercurial lyrics, and instantly recognizable guitar tone, that latter of which falls somewhere between the rich, lucid beauty of David Gilmour and the Pan-like spell-casting of Richard Thompson, provide just the right amount [...]

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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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Eagles: The Very Best Of

“There’s little question that The Very Best Of does its job well, containing nearly all of the group’s charting singles… In any case, The Very Best Of is an excellent way to get all the Eagles’ songs that matter on one collection.” –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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“[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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Cream: Live Cream, Vol. II

“On its face, Live Cream, Vol. 2 is a more ambitious album that its predecessor, offering more songs and including concert versions of two of the group’s AM radio hits…. And it is just about essential listening for anyone who wants to understand what Cream was about, which was live performance…. [T]he album is a [...]

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Fleetwood Mac: Mystery to Me

“With the majority of the blues and psychedelic behind them, Mystery to Me finds Fleetwood Mac in a more ruminative vein…. This effort is custom-made for those who like thoughtful offerings and is a valuable set in the scheme of the band.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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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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