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Neil Young & Crazy Horse- Americana

Yes, his blood runs Canadian. But has anybody better embodied the spirit of 
classic American rock 
& roll than Neil Young? Americana is a flashback in more ways than one: Not only does it reconvene Young's proto-grunge backing band Crazy Horse 
for the first time since 1996, but it also consists of reworkings of Dust Bowl-era folk tunes. Young clearly loves jamming with his favorite fuzzmongers again — there's an unbridled glee that oozes between the blistering solos on sneering, sideways renditions of campfire sing-alongs like ''Oh Susanna'' and ''This Land Is Your Land.'' Even on the 66-year-old's 34th album, Young still has fire in his belly and fun in his fingers. Courtesy of Entertainment Weekly Read more...

ZZ Top- Texicali

The four tracks comprising this digital collection from ZZ Top are the group's first new studio recordings in nine years, and offer an intriguing glimpse at the band's upcoming new studio album, as yet unnamed, set for release by American Recordings later in 2012. The four tracks, "I Gotsta Get Paid," "Chartreuse," "Over You," and "Consumption," like the forthcoming album, were produced by Rick Rubin and the band's Billy Gibbons, and offer the same brand of hard roots rock that ZZ Top have been doing (with the same lineup) for over 40 years. Courtesy of All Music Read more...

Def Leppard- Mirrorball

“Mirror Ball”, Def Leppard’s first ever live album, was recorded at various venues worldwide during the band’s Sparkle Lounge Tour 2008-2009. Produced and mixed by the band and Ronan McHugh, it features a wealth of 21 tracks, among which beautiful renditions of such hits like “Animal”, “Love Bites”, “Bringin’ On The Heartbreak”, “Armageddon It”, “Photograph”, “Pour Some Sugar On Me” and “Love Bites”. And if that was yet not enough the band has added three brand-new studio tracks and guess what: all three are excellent, classic Leppard tracks. Disc 3 is a DVD with footage filmed/recorded from the same Sparkle Lounge Tour, including live renditions of the tracks “Rock! Rock! (Till You Drop)”, “Armageddon It”, “Pour Some Sugar On Me” and “Hysteria” as well as some other stuff such as the very emotional moment (at Donington) where Joe Elliott honours drummer Rick Allen for his fight to come back after he had lost an arm over 20 years ago. Absolute recommendable stuff, if you ask me! Also to be found on the DVD are the music videos for “Nine Lives” and “C’Mon C’Mon”. As always with Leppard, fans had to be patient, but this first ever live album is surely ... Read more...

Jack Blades- Rock 'N Roll Ride

For Rock 'N Roll Ride, his second solo effort, the singing bassist got help from three of his Night Ranger band mates — Joel Hoekstra provides all the guitar solos, Kelly Keagy lends his drumming to a few tunes, and Eric Levy handles the keyboards. But at the heart of it, it’s really all about Jack Blades being as busy as usual. Opening with “Back In The Game,” the song features some captivating vocal harmonies, an ongoing element of this CD. The title track is a little light lyrically but the chorus is catchy with more tight harmonies. Other highlights include “The Hardest Word,” which sounds like it could be a Cheap Trick ballad (maybe that’s because Robin Zander co-wrote it). “West Hollywood,” filled with even more wonderful harmonies, is such an infectious story I didn’t want it to ever end. For “Anything For Love,” Blades manages a slightly different vocal inflection with some slide support from Hoekstra, played very much in the spirit of George Harrison. Getting a little help from his friends, the ever-busy Jack Blades has turned in a solid 11-song album for the ages with Rock 'N Roll Ride. Courtesy of Vintage Rock   Read more...

Joe Walsh- Analog Man

"Welcome to cyberspace/I'm lost in a fog," 64-year-old veteran guitar slinger and part-time Eagle Joe Walsh sings on the amiably cantankerous title track to his first solo record in 20 years. I.T. issues notwithstanding, life's clearly been pretty good to Walsh: He's sober ("One Day at a Time"), loves his family ("Family") and still has good command of his guitar chops (check out "Funk 50," a reinvention of the James Gang's 1970 killer "Funk #49," complete with new, carefree lyrics). And Jeff Lynne's production on several tracks (especially the sweet, stock-taking "Lucky That Way") puts a Tom Petty-ready spin on laid-back California rock and has Walsh sounding less isolated from modern times than he thinks he is. Courtesy of Rolling Stone Read more...

Bonnie Raitt- Slipstream

It has been seven years since her last studio album, but Bonnie Raitt hardly needs to reintroduce herself. On Slipstream, her distinctive honey-and-whiskey voice sneaks up on you like an old friend — warm, knowing, unpretentious. At 62, she sounds as sexy and self-assured as ever, but her singing, as always, serves the message and the groove above all else. The same could be said for Raitt's supple slide-guitar work, which is in abundance from the opening track, a witty, funky reading of Randall Bramblett's Used to Rule the World. There are other winning covers, from a reggae-laced version of Gerry Rafferty's Right Down the Line to a couple of Bob Dylan tunes, Million Miles and Standing in the Doorway, respectively, served as burning blues and a haunted, atmospheric ballad. Several songs combine a buoyant spirit with rueful edges. Marriage Made in Hollywood features a bittersweet Paul Brady melody and wry lyrics by Michael O’Keefe, Raitt's ex-husband. The bawdier, more muscular Split Decision turns a romantic tussle into a bruising barroom brawl. Slipstream concludes with God Only Knows a lovely, disenchanted ballad by Joe Henry, who produced four tracks on the album. "I'll try to be your light in ... Read more...

Asia- XXX

The album features the original members of the band, namely John Wetton, Carl Palmer, Steve Howe, and Geoff Downes, and on first listen, it is unmistakably Asia. The guys have still got the magic that catapulted this ‘supergroup’ to stardom 30 years ago. Incidentally, to back this album, the band will be undertaking a huge “30th Anniversary” world tour, so they have BIG plans. This album is greater than the sum of it’s parts, and is another modern masterpiece. One would expect nothing less from musicians as talented as the guys involved with it, but after listening, there is no way that you could expect any more. The thing is though, I could well be biased, as I grew up with these guys. Asia’s debut album is still one of my favourite albums of all time. Courtesy of PureRawk.com Read more...

Chickenfoot- III

True to lead singer Sammy Hagar's recent promises, Chickenfoot's new album ‘III’ finds the rock supergroup expanding their sound considerably beyond the range of their slightly awkward self-titled 2009 debut. Of course there’s a fair share of Zeppelin-inspired stomp to be had on ‘III,’ but the band also tries out a few surprisingly direct heartland-style rock songs, as well as a sultry, R&B-influenced bedtime come-on, during the record’s compact 45-minute running time. Not everything fits together perfectly, but an impressive amount of the material connects in a very strong manner, and it’s clear that the time the band spent touring together in support of their first album has resulted in a much more cohesive sense of chemistry. Satriani heads deep into ‘Physical Graffiti’ territory on the album’s standout track, ‘Dubai Blues.’ As Hagar lays it on extra-thick, even for him, in the role of a lovestruck billionaire sheik, Satriani busts out an ever-evolving series of funk-heavy hard rock riffs while bassist Michael Anthony and drummer Chad Smith percolate away in double-time underneath. As the song builds to it’s impressively complex and compelling climax, you realize Chickenfoot won’t easily be swept under the rug. Overall, Chickenfoot’s ‘III’ finds a creative and ... Read more...