Rock ‘n Soul Part 1 by Hall and Oates

This is my review of Rock ‘n Soul Part 1 (also titled Greatest Hits – Rock ‘n Soul Part 1), a greatest hits album by American musical duo Hall & Oates, credited as “Daryl Hall John Oates” on the album cover. Released by RCA Records in October 1983, the album featured mostly hit singles recorded by the duo and released by RCA, along with one single from the duo’s period with Atlantic Records.  This album also contained two unreleased songs Adult Education and Say It Isn’t So. The rest of the ten tracks are songs you learned to love such as Maneater, Sara Smile, She’s Gone, Rich Girl and so many others. Shame that two of my other favorite songs, You’ve Lost That Lovin Feeling and Out of Touch was not on this collection.  All in all, I still recommend this album to anyone’s library.

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Six Wives of Henry VIII by Rick Wakeman

This is my review of The Six Wives of Henry VIII is the first studio album by the English keyboardist Rick Wakeman (former keyboardist for the rock group Yes), released in January 1973 on A&M Records. It is an instrumental progressive rock album with its concept based on his interpretations of the musical characteristics of the six wives of Henry VIII. Each track is titled after each of the 6 wives Catherine of Aragon, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard, Jane Seymour, Anne Boleyn, and Catherine Parr.  This album was very well performed and arranged.  During the Yessongs tour and album, he performed a variation of these themes.  I recommend adding this album to your rock library.

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Best of the Blues Brothers

This is my review of Best of the Blues Brothers, the fourth and final Blues Brothers (an American blues and soul revivalist band founded in 1978 by comedians Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, as part of a musical sketch on Saturday Night Live) album released before John Belushi‘s death in 1982. It is a compilation album released by Atlantic Records on November 30, 1981. This album has such great tracks as Rubber Biscuit, Soul Man, Gimme Some Lovin’, Somebody to Love and much more.  I recommend this album to anyone’s blues library.

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Appetite for Destruction by Guns N’ Roses

This is my review of Appetite for Destruction is the debut studio album by American hard rock band Guns N’ Roses. It was released on July 21, 1987, by Geffen Records to massive commercial success. The album features great vocals by Axl Rose and stunning guitar work by Slash.  With about 30 million copies sold worldwide, it is also one of the best-selling records ever. This 12 track album includes such great cuts as Sweet Child of Mine (which is the band’s first and only number one single in the US), Welcome to the Jungle, Paradise City and much more.  This is a great addition to anyone’s rock library.

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Led Zepplin II by Led Zepplin

This is my review of Led Zeppelin II , the eponymous second studio album by the English rock band Led Zeppelin consisting of guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones, and drummer John Bonham., released on 22 October 1969 in the United States and on 31 October 1969 in the United Kingdom by Atlantic Records. This their first album to reach number one on the Billboard Top 200 album charts. My favorite tracks off this album are Whole Lotta Love, Heartbreaker, Moby Dick, Ramble On and much more.  I am a big fan of Robert Plant’s vocals and the guitar works of Jimmy Page.  I love all of the albums recorded by Led Zepplin but this is my favorite.

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Brain Salad Surgery by Emerson, Lake, and Palmer

This is my review of Brain Salad Surgery is the fourth studio album by progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer, released in 1973 and the first under their Manticore Records on 19 November 1973, fusing rock and classical themes.  There are great tracks on this album such as Jerusalem, Toccata, and Karn Evil 9, nearly 30 minutes in length, consists of three movements or “impressions”, the first and third separated by an extended instrumental passage.  Karn Evil 9 – 1st Impression, Part 2 which starts out with Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends is the most well know part of the movements. I recommend this album to anyone that is a fan of Emerson, Lake and Palmer.

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Frampton Comes Alive by Peter Frampton

This is my review of Frampton Comes Alive! , a double live album by English rock musician Peter Frampton, who was a former guitarist and vocalist for Humble Pie. It is one of the best-selling live albums in the United States, and considered by many to be one of the finest live rock recordings of all time.  It was released January 6, 1976 on A&M records. Peter Frampton had recorded four previous albums with little commercial success. The whole double album was great but only three songs really stood out and they were Show Me The Way, Baby I Love Your Way and the 14 minute and 35 second song Do You Feel Like We Do. I recommend this album to anyone’s record library.

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Four Way Street by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

This is my review of 4 Way Street is the third album by Crosby, Stills & Nash, their second as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and their first live album. It was originally released as Atlantic Records released April 7, 1972. This two album set contains material that was in the first two albums and a lot of material that was recorded on the members solo albums.  My disappointment on this album is that they only did 33 seconds of Suite: Judy Blue Eyes but they made up for it with such songs as Chicago, Cowgirl in the Sand, Love The One You’re With, Ohio and much more. This is another live album that was well done.220px-csny_4_way_street

1984 by Van Halen

This is my review of 1984 (stylized as MCMLXXXIV on the album’s front cover) is the sixth studio album by American hard rock band Van Halen. It is Van Halen’s biggest-selling album, with 20 million copies shipped in the United States. 1984 was the last Van Halen album to feature lead singer David Lee Roth until 2012’s A Different Kind of Truth, and the final full-length album with all four original members since bassist Michael Anthony left the band before David Lee Roth’s return.  The album is great from start to finish with and instrumental 1984 leading into Jump (my all time favorite Van Halen Song) then continuing with great tracks as Panama, Hot For Teacher, I’ll Wait and much more.  If you only had room for one Van Halen album I would highly recommend this one.

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Anthology by The Tempations

This is my review of Anthology: The Temptations is one of three greatest hits collections released by Motown Records covering the work of soul/R&B group The Temptations. The initial release was a vinyl three-LP set issued on August 23, 1973, which covered the group’s work up to that point. This compilation contains all my favorite tracks except one.  I thought it was a shame it did not have their version of Stevie Wonder’s For Once In My Life with Paul Williams doing the lead vocal.   Still this album has such great cuts as My Girl, The Girl’s All Right With Me, Cloud Nine, Papa Was A Rolling Stone, Just My Imagination, and so may others. For those that collects compilations to save shelf space, I would recommend this collection.

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