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Rainbow
CD Reviews
Boston 1981
Review by Gary Hill
This might well be my favorite Rainbow live recording. This show was purely on fire.

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Live In Germany 1976
Review by Gary Hill
I never got the chance to see Rainbow live. I really regret that fact.

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Live In Munich 1977
Review by Greg Olma
A Rainbow show from the Dio-era is always a welcome addition to any collection. There have been a couple of live albums put out, On Stage and Live in Europe, but this one is the first with the Daisley/Stone line-up.
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Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll
Review by Gary Hill
I remember this was the first disc I ever heard by Rainbow and it purely blew me away.

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Memories in Rock II
Review by Gary Hill

This new live album from Rainbow is so strong. The band really captures the sound and magic of the classic songs - both Rainbow and Deep Purple.


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Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow - Live in Birmingham 2016
Review by Gary Hill
This live album from the new incarnation of Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow is a solid set. It's also the companion to the video I reviewed in the last issue of Music Street Journal.

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Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow - Stranger In Us All
Review by Gary Hill
Once upon a time Ritchie Blackmore was known as the guitarist for Deep Purple. Eventually he left that band and formed Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow. 

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DVD Reviews
Rainbow - Live in Munich 1977 DVD
Review by Gary Hill
In my opinion the quintessential Rainbow album is Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll. Well, this DVD opens with “Kill the King” from that album and we also get the title track.
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Rainbow - Memories in Rock - Live in Germany DVD/CD
Review by Gary Hill
In 2016, Ritchie Blackmore pleased his more rock oriented fans by assembling a new version of Rainbow and making his return to hard rock music.

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Rainbow - Monsters of Rock Live at Donington 1980 DVD
Review by Gary Hill
This new DVD with bonus CD is good, but not great.

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Rainbow - Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow: Black Masquerade DVD
Review by Greg Olma
This release has been on the bootleg market since 1995. I remember seeing it on video tape and being blown away at how good this version of Rainbow was in a live setting.

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Dio
Review by Mike Korn
Interview with Ronnie James Dio from 2000

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Doogie White
Review by Larry Toering
Interview with Doogie White from 2011
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Planet P Project - 1931
Review by Josh Turner
Prepare yourself for some bold statements… This unknown commodity is one of my highlights from 2004 and deserves to be in any Top Ten Prog Album List for that year.
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Blackmore's Night - A Knight In York – DVD
Review by Larry Toering
This DVD comes in a few formats, the other two being CD and DVD Audio (which contains both the CD and BluRay versions).
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Brazen Abbot - A Decade of Brazen Abbot DVD
Review by Mike Korn
The name of Brazen Abbot is not all that well known in America but if you were to judge the band by this combined concert/documentary DVD, you'd think they were one of the biggest rock bands in the world. Well, even if you are not, act like you are and maybe success will follow.
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Various Artists - A Hart Life – The Life Story of Deep Purple and Rainbow's Tour Manager written by Colin Hart and Dick Allix
Review by Larry Toering

This is the first book to be written by one of Deep Purple and Rainbow's entourage, and a most interesting story it is, told by Colin Hart, their long running tour manager. 


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Blackmore's Night - All Our Yesterdays
Review by G. W. Hill

I have never heard a Blackmore’s Night album I didn’t like.


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Don Airey - All Out
Review by Larry Toering

Following up his last release seemed to be a fairly swift effort, but it was a good idea for Don Airey, as this one is a little more up my alley.


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Mysticity - Ambassadors of the Hidden Sun
Review by G. W. Hill

This thing is almost progressive rock. It’s also almost heavy metal.


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Graham Bonnet - Anthology
Review by Gary Hill
Let's get one thing out of the way right off the bat here: not all of this is heavy metal. I'd say that the bulk of the second disc fits that category.

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Doogie White - As Yet Untitled
Review by Larry Toering

Pulling out all the stops, Doogie White manages to bang out a solo album, whilst having so many other things to do.


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Blackmore's Night - Autumn Sky
Review by Larry Toering

This review is from the import which comes with a nice package to help the value along. 


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Various Artists - Band Versus Brand DVD
Review by Gary Hill

This documentary is fascinating. More importantly, it's also entertaining.


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Various Artists - Bang Your Head 2007 DVD
Review by Gary Hill
I have to admit that sometimes I get put off by a lot of modern metal festivals. I’m not a big fan of growling death vocals (there are some I can deal with, but few) or other forms of extreme voice tactics.
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Jon Lord - Before I Forget
Review by G. W. Hill
This solo album from Jon Lord has been reissued with some bonus tracks. It's an intriguing album.

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Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath: Cross Purposes DVD
Review by Greg Olma

Black Sabbath have had many lineups, but the one era that seems to always get overlooked is the Tony Martin fronted era.  Martin sang on five studio releases, yet more people talk about the Ian Gillan version that only produced one record.


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Alcatrazz - Breaking the Heart of the City: The Very Best of Alcatrazz
Review by Gary Hill

A new three CD box set, this would be a good introduction to Alcatrazz for those not bitten by the bug to this point. That said, I tend to think the people who will be all over this are the hardcore fans.


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Deep Purple - Burn 30th Anniversary Remaster
Review by Bruce Stringer
With the departure of vocalist Ian Gillan and bass player Roger Glover, the remaining members of Deep Purple enlisted the talents of Trapeze vocalist/ bassist Glenn Hughes to fill part of the void, however the role of vocalist continued to elude them.
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Blackmore's Night - Dancer and the Moon
Review by G. W. Hill

I have followed Blackmore’s Night a little over the years.


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Alcatrazz - Dangerous Games
Review by G. W. Hill
This new reissue from Alcatrazz is cool. It includes the studio album that is a strong mainstream rocker.

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Deep Purple - Deep Purple
Review by Larry Toering

Deep Purple's third album, simply titled “Deep Purple,” was arguably the strongest of the first three, and most of this Eagle re-issue is of digitally remastered quality, done in 2000.


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Black Sabbath - Dehumanizer
Review by Gary Hill
This album saw Dio return to the Black Sabbath fold after a decade away.
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Alcatrazz - Disturbing the Peace
Review by G. W. Hill
This new edition of a a classic Alcatrazz album is great.


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Elf - Elf
Review by G. W. Hill

Although he was credited under his birth name (Ronald Padavona), the lead singer on this album was Ronnie James Dio.


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Elf - Elf
Review by G. W. Hill

Although he was credited under his birth name (Ronald Padavona), the lead singer on this album was Ronnie James Dio.


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Emerson, Lake and Powell - Emerson, Lake and Powell
Review by Larry Toering

When Keith Emerson and Greg Lake enlisted Cozy Powell because Carl Palmer wasn't available at the time, I thought it was a strange idea.


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Michael Schenker - Fest: Live Tokyo International Forum Hall A
Review by Gary Hill
This double live CD set captures a special event - Michael Schenker performing one show with three singers who recorded some of his most influential albums with him.

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Michael Schenker - Fest: Live Tokyo International Forum Hall A DVD
Review by G. W. Hill
One could say that there are enough Michael Schenker live videos out there, why do we need another? Well, this one is really a chronicle of a special event, meaning that if some are extraneous, this is not.

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Dio - Finding the Sacred Heart: Live in Philly 1986 DVD
Review by G. W. Hill

I wasn’t really a big fan of Dio solo in the day.


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Graham Bonnet - Flying...Not Falling 1991-1999
Review by Gary Hill
This new three-disc set from Graham Bonnet is pretty darned good. I've included it under metal because two of the three discs here fit there.
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Blackmore's Night - Ghost Of A Rose
Review by Larry Toering

Looking back on Blackmore’s Night’s catalog, this happens to remain at the top of their best releases, and it is surely a fan favorite.


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Deep Purple - Graz 1975
Review by G. W. Hill

If you like this version of Deep Purple (guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, frontman David Coverdale, bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes, keyboard player Jon Lord and drummer Ian Paice) you must own this.


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Heaven & Earth - Heaven & Earth - Featuring Stuart Smith
Review by Larry Toering

This is a review of the Japanese import version of Heaven & Earth which features a lot of musicians that Stuart Smith assembled for this great band.


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Black Sabbath - Heaven and Hell
Review by Gary Hill
I was a huge Black Sabbath fan when this disc came out. I suppose I should clarify that by admitting that I still am.
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Deep Purple - History, Hits and Highlights ’68-’76 DVD
Review by Gary Hill
So, you are a Deep Purple fan? Have you been looking for some quality DVD and wanting it all in one place?
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Tony Carey - I Won't Be Home Tonight
Review by Larry Toering

By the time this CD was released, Tony Carey was only well known for his stint in Rainbow. His work in that band was considered by most as the best keyboard showing for Rainbow.  


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Deep Purple - In Concert 1970 – 1972
Review by Larry Toering

One of several live and studio re-issues to come from Eagle this summer, is this two-disc set that was originally released in 1980, and a couple of times since.


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Deep Purple - Infinite
Review by Larry Toering
Deep Purple and producer Bob Ezrin return with what could be (and most believe will be) their swan song offering.

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Various Artists - Legends: Get it On (Limited Edition Hybrid SACD version)
Review by G. W. Hill

This album was originally released as a Time Life Series disc.


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Various Artists - Light My Fire - A Classic Rock Salute To the Doors
Review by G. W. Hill

I’ve always been a big fan of the Doors.


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Black Sabbath - Live at Hammersmith Odeon
Review by Rick Damigella
While the reformed Dio-era Black Sabbath (under the moniker Heaven & Hell) are touring to packed venues across the country right now, Rhino Handmade (the short-run, collector’s edition division of Rhino Records) has just released, and sold out of, Black Sabbath Live at Hammersmith Odeon to a rabid Sabbath following.
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Deep Purple - Live at the NEC DVD
Review by G. W. Hill
This comes from the 2002 tour. Jon Lord had announced his retirement from Deep Purple. Don Airey was the new keyboardist. 

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Heaven and Hell - Live at Tinley Park, IL, August, 2008
Review by Mike Korn
Many more pics from this show are available in our members area.
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Heaven and Hell - Live from Radio City Music Hall
Review by Rick Damigella
Next year may be the 40th anniversary of Black Sabbath, but 2007 will be forever known in the lore of heavy metal as the year of Heaven & Hell.
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Dio - Live In Chicago, 2000
Review by Gary Hill
There was a time when Ronnie James Dio was one of the most well-known and respected vocalists in the heavy metal genre. His fame may have faded a bit, but several things have not.

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Heaven and Hell - Live in Chicago, August 2009
Review by Greg Olma
This is the first time that Heaven and Hell have come through with new product. 
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Heaven and Hell - Live in Hoffman Estates, IL, September, 2007
Review by Greg Olma
For those of you who don’t know who Heaven and Hell is, it is basically Black Sabbath Mk III. Although the original lineup is considered the best (not by this writer), this version definitely has a high regard among all heavy metal fans.
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Deep Purple - Live In London
Review by Greg Olma

There has been much said about the different lineups of Deep Purple but for my money, the Mk 3 lineup stands up as their best. 


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Dio - Live In London Hammersmith Apollo 1993 DVD
Review by G. W. Hill

This is an awesome DVD capturing an awesome live show.


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Heaven and Hell - Live Radio City Music Hall 2007 BluRay
Review by Gary Hill

When this was originally released on DVD, Greg Olma reviewed it for Music Street Journal.


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Heaven and Hell - Live Radio City Music Hall 2007 DVD
Review by Greg Olma
This tour and now DVD has been a long time coming. I always felt that the Dio era of Black Sabbath was overshadowed by the original line-up.
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Heaven and Hell - Live Radio City Music Hall 2007 DVD
Review by Greg Olma
This tour and now DVD has been a long time coming. I always felt that the Dio era of Black Sabbath was overshadowed by the original line-up.
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Alcatrazz - Live Sentence
Review by G. W. Hill

Recorded live in 1984, this includes both the CD and a DVD of this concert and a shorter bonus show.


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Michael Schenker - Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock - On a Mission: Live in Madrid DVD
Review by Greg Olma

It is no great secret that I am a Michael Schenker super fan but I can be critical of his output when I feel that he is not playing up to his potential. 


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Deep Purple - MK III The Final Concert
Review by Greg Olma

Eagle Records is certainly making Christmas come early this year. 


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Brazen Abbot - My Resurrection
Review by Greg Olma
This is my first experience with Brazen Abbot. I knew of them because I have always been a Joe Lynn Turner fan but I never heard them.
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Heaven and Hell - Neon Nights: 30 Years of Heaven & Hell
Review by Gary Hill

With Ronnie James Dio’s passing, Heaven and Hell are done.


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Alcatrazz - No Parole from Rock ‘N’ Roll
Review by G. W. Hill

This act not only featured Graham Bonnet on vocals, but also Yngwie Malmsteen on guitar


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Queensrÿche - Operation Mindcrime II
Review by Gary Hill
History - in many ways this album (and this review) is all about history. For my money the first Operation Mindcrime album is a true masterpiece that is unmatched by any album by any artist in terms of power and execution.
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AraPacis - Paradox of Denial
Review by Larry Toering
Montreal’s AraPacis’ Paradox Of Denial is a seven-track release in a long line of releases by this  band that bring several hard styles of rock together, including prog and darker forms of rock and female fronted metal.
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Blackmore's Night - Paris Moon DVD
Review by Greg Olma
I have to admit that I am as guilty as anyone when it comes to wishing that Ritchie Blackmore would grab onto a Stratocaster and let rip. But like all things musical, we have to accept where the artist is going and what they are trying to say to us.


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Blackmore's Night - Past Times With Good Company
Review by Gary Hill
Ritchie Blackmore is certainly best known for his work in hard rocking bands Deep Purple and Rainbow. He has been showing a different face with his new band Blackmore's Night.
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Deep Purple - Perfect Strangers Live DVD
Review by G. W. Hill

I can still remember when the Perfect Strangers album was released.


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Planet P Project - Planet P Project
Review by Larry Toering

Tony Carey spent some time putting together these tunes to have an outlet for a side project between solo albums.


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Quatermass - Quatermass
Review by Larry Toering

This progressive rock trio took its name from a fictional science-fiction BBC TV character named “Professor Bernard Quatermass.”


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Graham Bonnet - Reel to Real: 1987 - The Archives - 1992
Review by Gary Hill

This new box set from Graham Bonnett is a three CD set. The first includes previously unreleased studio recordings dating between 1987 and 1992.


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Roger Glover - Roger Glover and Friends - The Butterfly Ball and The Grasshopper's Feast
Review by Gary Hill

After Roger Glover had left Deep Purple, he was looking for a new project and came upon about titled "The Butterfly Ball." He decided to create an album based on the book.


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Widowmaker - Running Free: Jet Recordings 1976-1977
Review by Gary Hill

I've never heard this band before. That's a shame. Don't get me wrong, I've heard of them before.


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Deep Purple - Scandinavian Nights
Review by Larry Toering

Recorded live in Stockholm 1970, this Eagle re-issue is of a historic show that was bootlegged several times over before it was finally released in the late eighties.


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Joe Lynn Turner - Second Hand Life
Review by Greg Olma
Joe Lynn Turner has been a solo artist for more than 20 years now. Since Rescue You, his first, he has been coming out with his own releases, guesting on other people’s records, and even hooking up for a pair of great albums with Glenn Hughes.
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Blackmore's Night - Secret Voyage
Review by Gary Hill
Blackmore’s Night might not be on the radar in terms of pop culture, but they’ve certainly built a well-deserved following of those “in the know.”
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William Shatner - Seeking Major Tom
Review by G. W. Hill

What an interesting ride I’ve had leading into this album.


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Deep Purple - Shades of Deep Purple
Review by Larry Toering

The Deep Purple mkI albums are as important as any other in the history of the band. 


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Blackmore's Night - Shadow Of The Moon
Review by Larry Toering

This is the first Blackmore's Night release, and when it came out it didn't seem as if the project would go as far as it did.


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Various Artists - Songs of the Century: An All-Star Tribute To Supertramp
Review by G. W. Hill

I am a big fan of pretty much anything Billy Sherwood is involved with and I love Supertramp, so when I heard Sherwood was in charge of assembling an all star tribute to Supertramp, I was excited.


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Various Artists - Stay Tuned – Bernhard Welz - All Stars Charity Album
Review by Larry Toering
Stay Tuned is the third album in a charity series by Bernhard Welz.

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Joe Lynn Turner - Street of Dreams - Boston 1985
Review by G. W. Hill

Joe Lynn Turner is best known for his stint as the lead singer in Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow. This live recording of his solo band shows that he has plenty of chops beyond that.


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Michael Schenker - Temple of Rock
Review by G. W. Hill

The newest release from Michael Schenker, this is quite a strong one. 


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Deep Purple - The Book Of Taliesyn
Review by Larry Toering

Deep Purple's second album was often the least critically acclaimed of the first three, perhaps rightfully so, perhaps not.



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Deep Purple - The Early Years
Review by Bruce Stringer
At just under 78 minutes, EMI's first CD compilation of the much-underrated Mark I line-up sees a bold collection taken from Deep Purple's first 3 LPs remastered with astounding clarity and a song collection that confirms the pioneering integrity of the fore fathers of British heavy metal.
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Heaven & Earth - The Making Of Heaven & Earth DVD
Review by Larry Toering

Stuart Smith put together this band some time ago and made an album, then later put out this amazing DVD that showcases many of the proceedings in the studio while working on the project.


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Alcatrazz - The Official Bootleg Set 1983-1986: Live, Demos, Rehearsals
Review by Gary Hill

This massive six-CD set (as you might guess) compiles some bootleg recordings.


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Ritchie Blackmore - The Ritchie Blackmore Story BluRay
Review by G. W. Hill

A Ritchie Blackmore penned song, “Smoke on the Water” is arguably the most played rock song by guitarists learning to play rock guitar.


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Black Sabbath - The Rules of Hell
Review by Rick Damigella
Like the opening of an arcane tome of eldritch and forbidden knowledge, Black Sabbath’s The Rules of Hell have been put forth. After a seeming eternity of a wait, every album from the Ronnie James Dio-era of Black Sabbath have finally been given a proper re-mastering and re-release in this must have box set.
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Joe Lynn Turner - The Sessions
Review by G. W. Hill
This is essentially a compilation disc of cover tunes from Joe Lynn Turner.

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Alcatrazz - The Ultimate Fortress Rock Set
Review by G. W. Hill
This is  a massive box set from Alcatrazz. The band was essential Graham Bonnet's vehicle after his time in Rainbow.

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Dio - The Very Beast of Dio
Review by Mike Korn
Few musicians have had a longer or more storied career than Ronnie James Dio. The pixieish vocal powerhouse has lent his immense lungpower to bands like Elf, Rainbow and, of course, Black Sabbath.
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Blackmore's Night - To the Moon and Back - 20 Years and Beyond
Review by Gary Hill
This new collection from Blackmore's Night continues their tradition of classy music.

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Elf - Trying to Burn the Sun
Review by G. W. Hill
This new reissue is quite cool. Don't expect to hear the kind of stuff Dio did in his solo career.


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Blackmore's Night - Under A Violet Moon
Review by Larry Toering

This is the second coming of Ritchie Blackmore's pet project that started off as if it wouldn't last so long, but has proceeded to find no end in sight.


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The Rods - Vengeance
Review by Mike Korn

In the opinion of many, The Rods should have been one of the biggest metal bands of the 1980s and beyond.


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Tank - War Machine Live DVD
Review by Larry Toering

To get the awesomeness that is Tank, one definitely has to look back a long way and compare Tank of old, to that of the new.


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Tank - War Nation
Review by Larry Toering

With a line-up featuring two fantastic guitarists in the shape of Mick Tucker and Cliff Evans, along with former Rainbow singer Doogie White, and rounded out by a killer rhythm section provided by former Bruce Dickinson bass player Chris Dale and drummer Steve Hopgood, this band has completely reinvented its wheels.


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Colosseum II - Wardance
Review by Gary Hill

This is a new reissue of a classic album from the 1970s. The lineup here features Gary Moore on guitars, Don Airey on keyboards along with John Mole on bass and Jon Hiseman on drums.


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Various Artists - We Wish You a Metal Christmas And a Headbanging New Year (2010 Edition)
Review by Gary Hill
This is a reissue of a CD I’ve already reviewed – with a few extra cuts.
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Various Artists - We Wish You a Metal Xmas...and a Headbanging New Year
Review by Gary Hill

So many times discs like this are really uneven. Well, that’s not the case here.


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Various Artists - Who Are You - An All-Star Tribute to the Who
Review by G. W. Hill

I like The Who quite a bit. I mean, they aren’t one of my favorite bands, but I do really like them.


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EBC Roxx - Winners Vol.1
Review by Larry Toering

This is a pro racing / concept based album by German female singer Ela, along with J.R. Blackmore (Ritchie Blackmore's son) and Tony Carey.  


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Blackmore's Night - Winter Carols
Review by Rick Damigella
Here is a recipe for a classic holiday album: Add one guitar legend to an angelic voiced alto singer, mix with a backing band of Renaissance musicians, sprinkle with a generous amount of holiday cheer and you will yield a dozen delicious Christmas treats.
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Blackmore's Night - Winter Carols (2017 Edition)
Review by Gary Hill

Tis the season for holiday music. You can't go wrong with Blackmore's Night. This is a newly remastered version of their classic Winter Carols album.


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Ian Gillan - with the Don Airey Band and Orchestra - Contractual Obligation BluRay
Review by Larry Toering
Ian Gillan with the Don Airey Band and Orchestra’s Contractual Obligation on BluRay is a special show to go with the three-disc album set which contains other shows.
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