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THE CLASH "the clash"  vinyl/cd  1977

their debut set of six...
I own all six on vinyl and cd....
"the greatest punk album of all time" IMO...
has the ferocity in the lyrics, music and vocals...
only "never mind the bollocks" comes close to it...
this is a perfect album IMO, 10/10, not just punk perfection
but in the history of rock and roll, this would rate in the top 10 debuts of all time
for sure...
unfortunately for the band, they never got close to this album again and neither did punk rock.

the opening track on side one of the vinyl:

the debut single:

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OF MONSTERS AND MEN "my head is an animal" cd, 2011:

Icelandic alt-folk band...
debut album (two released)...
I only own this one, wasn't impressed with the other one when I heard it....
#1 in Australia, top ten just about everywhere else....
some lovely harmonies and melodies...
hear Lumineers all over this one, would like to also say Avett Brothers but that's probably
pushing the envelope a bit...
wasn't sure how this would fare but it came out better than I expected, which is always a pleasant
and most welcome surprise...


WORST TRACK:  Dirty Paws
BEST TRACK:  King and Lionheart


1....dirty paws *
2....King and Lionheart ***
3....mountain sound ***
4....slow and steady **
5....from finner **
6....little talks ***
7....six weeks *** love love **
9....your bones ***
10..sloom ***
11..lakehouse **
12..yellow light **

3s = 6
2s = 5
2s = 1

rating: 2.4
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OASIS "dig out your soul"  cd,  2008:

Gallagher brothers' seventh and final album....
still multi platinum selling in their homeland...
still maintaining their unbroken #1 status on the albums chart there...
no #1 singles off it though, had two top 10 efforts and one that got to #12,
pretty poor effort by their normal standards....
lots of reversed taped guitars, sitars, psychedlia on this one...
sounds like they were listening to Beatle tracks like "rain" and "tomorrow never knows"
during the writing process for this one....
in hindsight, this album is pretty 'piss poor' but its not their worse by any means...


worst track: aint got nothin'

best track: get off your high horse lady


1....bag it up **
2....the turning **
3....waiting for the rapture *
4....the shock of the lightning *
5....I'm outta time **
6....get off your high horse lady **
7....falling down ** be where theres life **
9....aint got nothin' *
10..the nature of reality *
11..soldier on **

3s = 0
2s = 7
1s = 4

rating: 1.7
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THE OFFSPRING  "Americana"  cd,  1998:

the band's fifth of nine, this is the only one I own...
the experts call them punk, theyre not punk!, theyre alt rock with punk elements IMO...
lots and lots of catchy alt rock tunes on here...
a couple of tracks do dip their toes in the punk waters but that's as far as it goes...
album 5x platinum in both Australia and their homeland and Diamond status in Canada...
a very good album....


worst track:  pay the man

best track:  pretty fly for a white guy


1....have you ever **
2....staring at the sun **
3....pretty fly for a white guy ***
4....the kids aren't alright ***
5....feelings **
6....shes got issues ***
7....Walla Walla ***
8....the end of the line ** brakes **
10..why don't you get a job? ***
11..Americana ** the man *

3s = 5
2s = 6
1s = 1

rating:  2.3
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NYC native...
debut set....
heard this around seven years ago, almost to the day on vinyl under an oak tree
at some little place out in the country called Paint Lick...
would have been sipping a soda and sharing THC at the time....
had never heard the album prior to that...
got a respectable score for a first up listen back then, good enough to purchase a couple of months
later anyway....
produced by VU's John Cale...
not a big seller but highly influential and I'm hearing those later influences all over it from PJ Harvey,
Courtney Barnett, Smiths, Siouxie And The Banshees, Nick Cave etc etc.....
a classy album of arty-punk rock and not surprised at all by the rating that accompanies it!


worst track: elegie
best track: Gloria

even though the linked version of "Gloria" is from 2007 it still rocks!


1....Gloria ***
2....Redando Beach ***
3....birdland *** money **
5....Kimberly ***
6....break it up *** ***
8....elegie **

3s = 6
2s = 2
1s = 0

rating: 2.7
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KINGS OF LEON "aha shake heartbreak"  cd,  2005:

second album by these US alt-rockers....
the only countries who had switched on fully at this stage were the UK and Ireland,
but the album did go 2x platinum in Australia also (album peaked at #25 here)...
cover art is their version of paying homage to one of their idols in Queen (the band, not the person!)...
three charting singles of fit in the UK, none charted in their homeland....
album has a bit of an early Arctic Monkeys chaotic/feverish/hectic thing happening, 
but their trademark sound still shines through on most tracks...
favourite track on this one would be in my top three or four KOL tracks of all time if I made a list...
not my favourite of theirs, infact its my least liked album but it still passes...


worst track: razz
best track: king of the rodeo

1....slow long *
2....king of the rodeo ***
3....taper Jean girl ***
4....pistol of fire **
5....milk **
6....the bucket ***
7....soft **
8....razz * old blues **
10..four kicks **
11..velvet snow **
12..rememo **
3s - 3
2s - 7
1s - 2
rating: 2:0
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sixth and latest studio set from these UK alt-rockers...
I call them "UK's Killers"....
hearing touches of Imagine Dragons on this one...
not as good as I thought it was when I first heard it but still good...
in fact, my least favourite of theirs....
the fans thought so with it only reaching "gold" status in  their homeland
as opposed to platinum like their other albums...

favourite track is well worth a listen MH, for redemption after Regurgitator!


worst track: are you looking for action?
best track: bless this acid house


1....Ill Ray (the king) ***
2....youre in love with a psycho **
3....twentyfourseven **
4....good fight *
5....wasted **
6....comeback kid **
7....the party never ends *
8....are you looking for action? *
9....all through the night *
10..sixteen bucks **
11..bless this acid house ***
12..put your life on it ***

3s - 3
2s - 5
1s - 4

rating:  1.9
[b]Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Crush - 1985[/b]

from the vinyl shed

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from England
6th album

loving this one

i have two of their early albums "organisation" and "architecture and morality" plus a compilation...

I know and love your linked track mate.
BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS – Kaya (the 1978 version)

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The album has just been re-issued as it turns forty this year - remixed by Stephen Marley and released as Kaya 40. On my list of favourite Marley's. Super chilled laidback reggae riddim - a good set of songs IMHO, no doubt at all the boys knew exactly what they were doing. Best for me on this one – “Misty Morning” – love those cheeky horns, although I have to say “Easy Skanking” puts a smile on my face too …

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