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Pearl Jam - Riot Act (2002) Japanese Press  Music

Posted by Designol at April 21, 2017
Pearl Jam - Riot Act (2002) Japanese Press

Pearl Jam - Riot Act (2002) Japanese Press
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Alternative Rock, Hard Rock, Post-Grunge | Label: Epic | # EICP 161 | 00:54:15

Riot Act is the seventh studio album by American rock band Pearl Jam, released on November 12, 2002 through Epic Records. Following a full-scale tour in support of its previous album, Binaural (2000), Pearl Jam took a year-long break. The band then reconvened in the beginning of 2002 and commenced work on a new album. The music on the record featured a diverse sound, including songs influenced by folk, art rock, and experimental rock. The lyrics deal with mortality and existentialism, with much influence from both the political climate after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the accidental death of nine fans during Pearl Jam's performance at the 2000 Roskilde Festival.

The Cure - Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me (1987) Japanese Press [Re-Up]  Music

Posted by Designol at March 31, 2017
The Cure - Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me (1987) Japanese Press [Re-Up]

The Cure - Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me (1987)
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Alternative Rock, Post-Punk, Gothic Rock, New Wave | Label: Polydor K.K. | # P33P 20105

Simultaneously more accessible and ambitious than any of the Cure's previous albums, the double album Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me finds Robert Smith expanding his pop vocabulary by tentatively adding bigger guitars, the occasional horn section, lite-funk rhythms, and string sections. It's eclectic, to be sure, but it's also a mess, bouncing from idea to idea and refusing to develop some of the most intriguing detours. Even if Kiss Me doesn't quite gel, its best moments – including the deceptively bouncy "Why Can't I Be You?" and the stately "Just Like Heaven" – are remarkable and help make the album one of the group's very best.

Oasis - Heathen Chemistry (2002) Japanese Press  Music

Posted by Designol at March 28, 2017
Oasis - Heathen Chemistry (2002) Japanese Press

Oasis - Heathen Chemistry (2002) Japanese Press
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Britpop, British Trad Rock, Alternative Rock | Label: Epic | # EICP 111 | 01:17:36

Heathen Chemistry is the fifth studio album by the English rock band Oasis, released in 2002. The album was written and recorded with a back-to-basics sound with a more rock feel to it; the more crude and simple sound differs from the musical grandiosity of their previous records, Be Here Now (1997) and Standing on the Shoulder of Giants (2000), being more comparable to their early work.

Oasis - The Masterplan (1998) Japanese Press  Music

Posted by Designol at March 27, 2017
Oasis - The Masterplan (1998) Japanese Press

Oasis - The Masterplan (1998) Japanese Press
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Britpop, British Trad Rock, Alternative Rock | Label: Epic/Sony | # ESCA 7383 | 01:06:29

For American audiences, the phenomenal worldwide success of Oasis was a little puzzling. That's because they only had part of the picture – unless they were hardcore fans, they didn't hear nearly three albums of material released on B-sides and non-LP singles. Critics and fans alike claimed that the best of these B-sides were as strong as the best moments on the albums, and they were right. None of the albums had a song that rocked as hard as "Fade Away" (cleverly built on a stolen melody from Wham!'s "Freedom"), "Headshrinker," or "Acquiesce." There was nothing as charming as the lite psychedelic pastiche "Underneath the Sky" or the Bacharach tribute "Going Nowhere"; there was nothing as affecting as Noel Gallagher's acoustic plea "Talk Tonight" or the minor-key, McCartney-esque "Rockin' Chair," nothing as epic as "The Masterplan." Most bands wouldn't throw songs of this caliber away on B-sides, but Noel Gallagher followed the example of his heroes the Jam and the Smiths, who released singles where the B-sides rivaled the A-sides. This meant many American fans missed these songs, so to remedy this situation, Oasis released the B-sides compilation The Masterplan.

Pearl Jam - Yield (1998) Japanese Press  Music

Posted by Designol at March 26, 2017
Pearl Jam - Yield (1998) Japanese Press

Pearl Jam - Yield (1998) Japanese Press
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Alternative Rock, Hard Rock | Label: Sony Music | # SRCS 8551 | 00:48:32

Yield is the fifth studio album by the American alternative rock band Pearl Jam, released on February 3, 1998. Following a short promotional tour for its previous album, No Code (1996), Pearl Jam recorded Yield throughout 1997 at Studio Litho and Studio X in Seattle, Washington. The album was proclaimed as a return to the band's early, straightforward rock sound, and marked a more collaborative effort from the band as opposed to relying heavily on frontman Eddie Vedder to compose the songs. The lyrics deal with contemplative themes, albeit seen in a more positive manner compared to the band's earlier work.

Pearl Jam - No Code (1996) Japanese Press  Music

Posted by Designol at March 13, 2017
Pearl Jam - No Code (1996) Japanese Press

Pearl Jam - No Code (1996) Japanese Press
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Genre: Alternative Rock | Label: Sony Music | # SRCS-8138 | Time: 00:49:38

A strange phenomenon with anthemic hard rock bands is that when they begin to mature and branch out into new musical genres, they nearly always choose to embrace both the music and spirituality of the East and India, and Pearl Jam is no exception. Throughout No Code, Eddie Vedder expounds on his moral and spiritual dilemmas; where on previous albums his rage was virtually all-consuming, it is clear on No Code that he has embraced an unspecified religion as a way to ease his troubles. Fortunately, that has coincided with an expansion of the group's musical palette. From the subtle, winding opener, "Sometimes," and the near-prayer of the single, "Who You Are," the band reaches into new territory, working with droning, mantra-like riffs and vocals, layered exotic percussion, and a newfound subtlety. Of course, they haven't left behind hard rock, but like any Pearl Jam record, the heart of No Code doesn't lie in the harder songs, it lies in the slower numbers and the ballads, which give Vedder the best platform for his soul-searching: "Present Tense," "Off He Goes," "In My Tree," and "Around the Bend" equal the group's earlier masterpieces.

Robert Plant - Dreamland (2002) Japanese Press  Music

Posted by Designol at Feb. 26, 2017
Robert Plant - Dreamland (2002) Japanese Press

Robert Plant - Dreamland (2002) Japanese Press
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Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Psychedelic Rock | Label: Mercury | # UICR-1024 | Time: 00:59:15

At their best, cover albums have a strange way of galvanizing an artist by returning to the songs that inspired them; the artists can find the reason why they made music in the first place, perhaps finding a new reason to make music. Robert Plant's Dreamland – his first solo album in nearly ten years and one of the best records he's ever done, either as a solo artist or as a member of Led Zeppelin – fulfills that simple definition of a covers album and goes beyond it, finding Plant sounding reinvigorated and as restless as a new artist. Part of the reason why this album works so well is that he has a new band – not a group of supporting musicians, but a real band whose members can challenge him because they tap into the same eerie, post-folk mysticism that fueled Led Zeppelin III, among other haunting moments in the Zep catalog. Another reason why this album works so well is that it finds the band working from a similar aesthetic point as classic Zeppelin, who, at their peak, often reinterpreted and extrapolated their inspirations, piecing them together to create something startlingly original.

Pearl Jam - Live On Two Legs (1998) Japanese Press  Music

Posted by Designol at Feb. 24, 2017
Pearl Jam - Live On Two Legs (1998) Japanese Press

Pearl Jam - Live On Two Legs (1998) Japanese Press
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Genre: Alternative Rock, Hard Rock, Grunge | Label: Sony | # SRCS-8851 | Time: 01:11:17

Seventy-one minutes of live Pearl Jam plus an unreleased song? It's aural nirvana for fans of the reclusive, integrity-driven Seattle quintet. Pearl Jam are nothing if not passionate and unabashedly rocking, and this 16-track offering, recorded during their Yield tour, illustrates why the mumbly voiced rock deity and his band of merry men inspire such ardor in their followers. Eddie Vedder's emotive vocals, Mike McCready and Stone Gossard's raw and raging fretwork and edgy, catchy, whisper-to-a-scream dynamics are deftly and inspiringly captured. Though a few staples (including "Jeremy") are missing, songs running the gamut of the band's seven-year career–from "Corduroy" to "Nothingman" to the Neil Young-penned "F*ckin' Up"–more than make up for any exclusions. The breadth and scope found on Live on Two Legs (a take on the Queen song, "Death on Two Legs"?) proves the once ├╝ber-"alternative" Pearl Jam have struck a loud chord in the mainstream…and that's not a bad thing.
Muddy Waters - The Muddy Waters Woodstock Album (1975) Japanese Press [Re-Up]

Muddy Waters - The Muddy Waters Woodstock Album (1975) Japanese Press
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Electric Blues, Chicago Blues, Rock & Roll | MCA.Chess/Victor | # MVCM-22077 | 00:43:54

Of all the post-Fathers & Sons attempts at updating Muddy's sound in collaboration with younger white musicians, this album worked best because they let Muddy be himself, producing music that compared favorably to his concerts of the period, which were wonderful. His final album for Chess (recorded at Levon Helm's Woodstock studio, not in Chicago), with Helm and fellow Band-member Garth Hudson teaming up with Muddy's touring band, it was a rocking (in the bluesy sense) soulful swansong to the label where he got his start. Muddy covers some songs he knew back when (including Louis Jordan's "Caldonia" and "Let The Good Times Roll"), plays some slide, and generally has a great time on this Grammy-winning album. This record got lost in the shuffle between the collapse of Chess Records and the revival of Muddy's career under the auspices of Johnny Winter, and was forgotten until 1995. The CD contains one previously unreleased number, "Fox Squirrel".
Chick Corea Elektric Band II - Paint the World (1993) Japanese Press

Chick Corea Elektric Band II - Paint the World (1993) Japanese Press
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Genre: Fusion, Post-Bop, Jazz-Rock | Label: GRP | # MVCR-148 | Time: 01:14:35

Chick Corea's Elektric Band II found bassist John Patitucci, drummer Dave Weckl and guitarist Frank Gambale going out on their own and being replaced by Jimmy Earl, Gary Novak and Mike Miller. Saxophonist Eric Marienthal was the only sideman from the first Elektric Band to stick with Corea. Although the new members are not as distinctive as their predecessors, the high-quality material played on this release (which includes Jimmy Heath's "CTA," "Blue Miles" and a variety of Corea originals) is very jazz-oriented and occasionally there are straightahead sections. This set is recommended even to listeners who have not yet acquired a taste for fusion.