Guitar Reviews by Anthony Holden

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  1. Machine Head by Deep Purple ·
    The album starts explosively with "Highway Star" and never lets up until they break into "Lazy" with it's haunting organ intro that segues right back into feverish guitar playing by Blackmore. It closes with "Space Truckin'" which received radi...(more)
    Recordings: Rock/Pop · Posted: 1/17/2001 by Anthony Holden (9426)
  2. Boston by Boston ·
    When I originally bought this record, I played it so much that the record actually went white!! There are not many albums that every song is good. The positioning of the songs couldn't have been any better, the songs flow nicely together. The...(more)
    Recordings: Rock/Pop · Posted: 1/14/2001 by Anthony Holden (9426)
  3. Abbey Road by The Beatles ·
    "Abbey Road" is a great album. In actuality, it was there last recorded album together, not "Let it Be". What made this recording so unique was the fact they went back to basic recording techniques as opposed to "Sgt. Pepper's". (George) Harr...(more)
    Recordings: Rock/Pop · Posted: 1/14/2001 by Anthony Holden (9426)
  4. In Step by Stevie Ray Vaughan ·
    I was overwhelmed by the production of this album as compared to (SRV) earlier albums. My personnal favourite of SRV is found on this album, "Riviera Paradise". And once again, Stevie's playing is flawless; of course, being backed up by a powe...(more)
    Recordings: Blues · Posted: 1/14/2001 by Anthony Holden (9426)
  5. Van Halen II by Van Halen ·
    I've always favoured this album over their first. "Spanish Fly" woke me up more than "Eruption" from VH I, mainly because it was done on an acoustic! "Dance the night away" is among my favourite VH songs. "Women in love" with it's repartee t...(more)
    Recordings: Rock/Pop · Posted: 1/15/2001 by Anthony Holden (9426)
  6. Killer by Alice Cooper ·
    For 1971, this album was unusually hard, heavy and scary. It rips first with <b> "Under my wheels" <a href="">(lyrics)</a></b> with Alice holding nothing back.<b> "Be my lover"...(more)
    Recordings: Rock/Pop · Posted: 2/11/2001 by Anthony Holden (9426)
  7. Meddle by Pink Floyd ·
    The album opens with dualing basses, pulsating a steady rock beat, until all instrumentation joins in, for "One of These Days". If anyone always wondered what was spoken in the song, "One of these days I'm going to cut you into little pieces". ...(more)
    Recordings: Rock/Pop · Posted: 1/27/2001 by Anthony Holden (9426)
  8. The Best Of Buddy Rich - The Pacific Jazz Years by Buddy Rich ·
    Buddy Rich is by far, one of the most influential drummers of the century. This 'best of' collection is a must for any jazz/big band listener. It starts off with an explosive rendition of "West Side Story". Buddy's version put the band on the...(more)
    Recordings: Jazz · Posted: 1/30/2001 by Anthony Holden (9426)
  9. Aerosmith by Aerosmith ·
    Most rock band's first albums are really good. This one is a must-have. It begins with <b>'Make it'</b>, a true original rocker. This is also the album that features their signature tune,<b>'Dream On'</b>. One of my fav's on the album <b>'On...(more)
    Recordings: Rock/Pop · Posted: 2/14/2001 by Anthony Holden (9426)
  10. The Cars by The Cars ·
    The Cars debut album is one of those "Cartunes" that everyone had to have in their car stereo. And why not? Every song is a rollicking affair into pop/punk/rock'n'roll with little bits of country-flavoured guitar solos (check out 'My Best Frie...(more)
    Recordings: Rock/Pop · Posted: 2/15/2001 by Anthony Holden (9426)
  11. Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out ! by The Rolling Stones ·
    I've always been a fan of 'Live' recordings, and this one is a sure hit. Of the 10 songs recorded, 3 of them I love personally over their studio recordings. And they are <b><a href="">'Jumpin' Ja...(more)
    Recordings: Rock/Pop · Posted: 2/11/2001 by Anthony Holden (9426)
  12. The Magician's Birthday by Uriah Heep ·
    <b>Uriah Heep</b>, one of the forerunners of 'Heavy Metal', alongside of Deep Purple & Black Sabbath. <b>'The Magician's Birthday'</b> album is full of lyrical imagery, progressive & straight ahead rock, a poignant ballad, and a aerial of early...(more)
    Recordings: Rock/Pop · Posted: 2/3/2001 by Anthony Holden (9426)
  13. Discovery by Electric Light Orchestra ·
    There are many AM Radio staples on this album. They're still being played today, and after 20 years, I still enjoy listening to this piece of art. I have fond memories of <strong>'Discovery'</strong>(which that helps). Every song has warmth, ...(more)
    Recordings: Rock/Pop · Posted: 2/4/2001 by Anthony Holden (9426)
  14. Jailbreak by Thin Lizzy ·
    <b>"The Boys are back in Town" </b>will always be one of my favourite all-time songs. The great thing about the song is that it portraits a group of friends. Not a ballad yearning for a lost love, or a third-person narrative about a troubled s...(more)
    Recordings: Rock/Pop · Posted: 2/6/2001 by Anthony Holden (9426)
  15. Hey! Album by Marvelous 3 ·
    Marvelous 3's leader Butch, and bass player Jayce, were remnants from the big-hair groups of the late 80's, early 90's and now have put justice back into the questionable 90's. What 'The Knack' did for the late 70's, M3 has followed suit. <b>'...(more)
    Recordings: Rock/Pop · Posted: 2/16/2001 by Anthony Holden (9426)
  16. Band On The Run by Paul McCartney & Wings ·
    Being such a Beatle fan, I find their post efforts not as charming, except for a few. This is one of the exceptions. Every song deserves merit. <b>'Jet'</b>, <b>'Helen Wheels'</b>, <b>'1985'</b>, and the title cut are definitely my fav's. Un...(more)
    Recordings: Rock/Pop · Posted: 2/19/2001 by Anthony Holden (9426)
  17. Rage Against the Machine by Rage Against the Machine ·
    Whenever you need a boost of adrenaline, put this CD on. Every song speaks out right at you. The amazing feature of the album is the rhythm; nice'n'tight for Zack's powerful voice and Morello's squealing guitar. Not many albums put out these ...(more)
    Recordings: Rock/Pop · Posted: 2/21/2001 by Anthony Holden (9426)
  18. Superstar Car Wash by Goo Goo Dolls ·
    I owned a couple of <b>'Goo Goo Dolls' </b>CDs long before <b>'A Boy Named Goo' </b>when <b>'Name' </b>came bursting onto the music scene. Don't get me wrong,<b> 'A Boy Named Goo' </b>is also an excellent album. However, <b>'Superstar Car Wash...(more)
    Recordings: Rock/Pop · Posted: 2/25/2001 by Anthony Holden (9426)
  19. Please Please Me by The Beatles ·
    I've seen it many times in Guitar magazine's <i>'Top 25 essential guitar albums'</i>, with this album being named among them. Here in Canada, it was released as <b>'Twist and Shout' </b>with <b>'I Saw Her Standing There' </b>and <b>'Misery' </b...(more)
    Recordings: Rock/Pop · Posted: 2/26/2001 by Anthony Holden (9426)
  20. 1 by The Beatles ·
    <b>27 </b>songs spanning from <b>'Love Me Do'</b> to <b>'The Long and Winding Road'</b>. All the recordings have been re-mastered. Out of all the songs, I'm sure you'll find some of your personnal favourites. Mine are <b>Penny Lane</b>, <b>Pa...(more)
    Recordings: Rock/Pop · Posted: 3/17/2001 by Anthony Holden (9426)