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DEF LEPPARD - "HYSTERIA" 1987

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DEF LEPPARD "HYSTERIA" 1987   WOMEN - All the classic Rock elements are here, singer Joe Elliott's throaty vocals, screeching guitar solos, simple repeated chorus, pounding drums and almost Acoustic parts.  Throw some special effects in and this is a thunderous opening track to one of the best albums of the 80s. ROCKET - Epic 6 minute track opening with a seeming rocket launch leading into a burundi tribal drum section.  A midtempo Classic Rock track with Joe exercising his vocal screams.  Cleverly includes hints to other songs on the album "love" and "bites" from "Love Bites" and "we're fighting with the gods of war" sung backwards from "Gods Of War"!.  Lots of effects, great production, gives an eerie addition to the track. ANIMAL - This awesome track became the band's first top 10 hit in the UK and its a classic.  One of my favourites from the band (quite a few from this album too!).

GUNS N' ROSES - "USE YOUR ILLUSION II" 1991

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  GUNS N' ROSES "USE YOUR ILLUSION II" 1991 CIVIL WAR - The second album in the "Use Your Illusion" twinset opens with this fourth single that reached number 11 in the UK chart.  A melancholic, poignant yet powerful Rock track is a brilliant peace anthem. 14 YEARS - A hard rockin' Blues track with Izzy Stradlin and singer Axl Rose sharing the vocals at times.  A guitar driven track merging with piano in a blistering partnership, YESTERDAYS - Yet another anthemic ballad from the band with some lush, emotive guitar from Slash.  The third single released from the album reaching number 8 in the UK chart.  Classic and one of my favourites to sing along to. KNOCKIN' ON HEAVEN'S DOOR - Released as the second single from this set it reached number 2 on the UK chart.  Once again (like "Live And Let Die" on the "...Illusion I" album) the cover sounds better than the original.  Brilliant track. GET IN THE RING - Apparently "notorio

MARILLION - "FUGAZI" 1984

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  MARILLION   "FUGAZI" 1984 ASSASSING - The band's second studio album opens with their second single from the set.  It reached number 22 in the UK chart.  A big and brash anthemic track that combines their unique Progressive style with Classic Rock and a pounding drumbeat.  A powerful chorus and various vocals in his own inimitable style from Fish.  A brilliant track and a big favourite of mine. PUNCH AND JUDY - The debut single from this album that reached number 29 on the UK chart.  This is a more familiar modern Progressive Rock track with its medieval styled backing.  Still has a catchy chorus but its not as radio-friendly as the opening track but a classic to Marillion fans. JIGSAW - A lovely slow ballad kicking into a mini Progressive Rock opera.  So many changes in the song and vocals make this a brilliant experimental 6 minute jam.  Keeps you captivated to the last. EMERALD LIES - A mild, sprinkling soft intro until just after two minutes in when it kicks off

JOANovARC - "JOANovARC" 2019

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JOANovARC "JOANovARC"   2019     BURNING - An almost Iron Maiden style opener to this second album by the female Rock quartet.  The vocals are akin to an angry Pat Benatar, it meanders along a little and doesn't have the great melodious Rock that previous songs have hinted at. WAITING FOR - This is more like what I expected from the band, a pumping Rock masterblaster, great riffs, elements of Classic Rock and a very slight leaning to Pop Rock, this is just awesome. DOWN BY THE RIVER - A slower tempo, almost Progressive Rock to start, before entering into a great chorus, reminding me of Joan Jett and a little early Heart.  Searing guitars and great vocals, another stomping rocker. PEOPLE COMING UP - The girls give us the Funk. simple in composition with a "whoah" chorus repeating but it hits the mark, you can't help but sing along and enjoy! TAKE IT OUT - This reminds me a little of early Bangles tracks.  It's catc

IRON MAIDEN - "THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST" 1982

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  IRON MAIDEN "THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST" 1982 INVADER S - This third album by the band features singer Bruce Dickinson for the first time and this opening track is a rip roaring, frenetic guitar and drum festival! It is almost like a Punk Metal song with searing guitar parts and Bruce exercising his vocal chords to full effect. CHILDREN OF THE DAMNED - This track opens like a Gothic/Progressive Rock track.  It epitomises the sound of Dickinson's Iron Maiden in the future.  The metallic operatic style is more powerful than that of previous vocalist, Paul Di'Anno.  Classic Iron Maiden. THE PRISONER - A track in the chug-a-chug guitar style of Black Sabbath and inspired by the TV series The Prisoner.  It includes spoken parts from the series but the awesome searing guitar solo after the 4 minute mark makes up for it. 22 ACACIA AVENUE - This is a retro 70s Classic Rock style track that is a decent song but is nothing unusual that you've not heard before. THE NUMBER

RUSH - "RUSH" 1974

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  RUSH  "RUSH" 1974 FINDING MY WAY - The band's debut album consists of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and John Rutsey (soon to leave the band after this album and replaced on drums by the more familiar Neil Peart).  This opening track is atorming intro with a Led Zeppelin style, screeching vocals, searing guitar solos and pulsating drums.  Wake up, Rush are here!The first single from the set failed to chart in the UK. NEED SOME LOVE -  This track is a straight up rocker, with elements of Rock 'n Roll and deep lazy Blues.  More catchy than most Rush songs and has that "radio-friendly" appeal.  It also has a slight Punk vibe. TAKE A FRIEND - Another catchy track with more Classic Rock leanings and heavy sounding Pop.  I love the ZZ Top style bluesy guitars here.   HERE AGAIN - An emotional, powerful slow Blues Rock track until about halfway then the guitars get heavier and it ends with a crescendo of Blues, Classic and Progressive Rock. WHAT YOU'RE DOING -

FLEETWOOD MAC - "RUMOURS" 1977

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  FLEETWOOD MAC   "RUMOURS" 1977 SECOND HAND NEWS - The opening track of the album is a bouncy, quirky Folk style Rock song, reminds me of the 60s duetted sounds of The Everly Brothers and Simon and Garfunkel.  Sung by Lindsey Bucking ham who was also the composer.  Great melody and harmonies and a neat guitar solo to finish which could have been longer but a great song. DREAMS - The second single from the album reached number 24 in the UK chart and is one of my favourite "Mac" tracks.  It was covered brilliantly by another favourite band of mine, The Corrs as well. This lilting Soft Rock ballad is beautifully sung by Stevie Nicks and is a notable classic. NEVER GOING BACK AGAIN - This song is a merging of Country Pop and Folk Rock with some stunning pure Acoustic guitar and vocals from writer Buckingham.  Really lovely song.  Was a B-side for a handful of singles in various countries.  DON'T STOP - This track criminally only reached number 32 in the UK char

THIN LIZZY - "JAILBREAK" 1976

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THIN LIZZY "JAILBREAK" 1976     JAILBREAK - The opening track is a mid tempo rocker with an almost funky drumbeat, screeching guitar solos in the backing track and a scorching insrtumental break after the 2 minute mark complete with "jailbeak" sirens.  A memorable chorus completes a classic Thin Lizzy track. ANGEL FROM THE COAST - A chug-a-chug guitar picking and drumbeat , almost Celtic style, similar to the usual backing Iron Maiden took on later on in the 80s.  Uptempo 70s Rock track that simmers along nicely, not one of my favourites but the backing music sure gets you tapping your feet. RUNNING BACK - A really nice, laid back song, almost Blues Rock with a slight Pop element. ROMEO AND THE LONELY GIRL - I really like this song, its a little cheesy in the lyric, "poor romeo sitting all on his owni-io"!  Other than that its a nice song with the usual great guitar moments.   WARRIORS - A little  Progressive Rock, ty

CHRISTINA AGUILERA - "STRIPPED" 2002

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CHRISTINA AGUILERA "STRIPPED" 2002     STRIPPED INTRO - Exactly what it says, its an intro.  A few effects, almost like radio searching and Christina vocals. CAN'T HOLD US DOWN (Featuring Lil' Kim) - Funky Hip Hop with some R n' B thrown in for good measure.  It reached Number 6 in the UK charts and is considered by some quarters as a "feminist anthem". WALK AWAY - Piano led ballad, emotional vocals from Christina singing about an abusive relationship, really nice laid back song with a message. FIGHTER - One of my favourite tracks, a more rockier sound which suits Christina's booming vocals really well.  Elements of Classic Rock with slight hints of R n' B, clever.  Catchy and memorable chorus.   Brilliant song.     PRIMER AMOR INTERLUDE - 50 second Spanish interlude, a filler but not really sure why its here. INFATUATION - Very similar style to "Genie In A Bottle".  Pop song but not as catchy as the afore