Number of discs: 1 Rated: NR (Not Rated) PartNumber: 008811272722 Not only does this remastered reissue of Skynyrd's 1973 debut sound better than ever-it's also expanded to include five demos, three of 'em unreleased! So you get Free Bird; Gimme Three Steps; Simple Man , and the rest of the original LP plus demos of Mr. Banker; Down South Jukin'; Tuesday's Gone; Gimme Three Steps , and an incredible 11-minutes-plus version of Free Bird ! Where the Allman Brothers and Marshall Tucker had a more restrained, accomplished rock sound, Florida's Lynyrd Skynyrd took another approach, evoking images of whiskey, Confederate flags, hard luck, and greasy dive bars in their music. The like-minded Molly Hatchet and .38 Special couldn't come close to matching the lyrical talent and natural-born rock-and-boogie abilities of Skynyrd. And, of course, no other band can lay claim to the most-requested song in the history of rock music, the anthemic "Free Bird," the focal point of this, their 1973 debut. Aside from spawning countless tomes of bad poetry by pockmarked 15-year-olds everywhere with "Free Bird," they demonstrated a mastery of the rock ballad with the time-tested "Tuesday's Gone," another highlight of this notable first offering. --Lorry Fleming
Number of discs: 1 Rated: Model: 27478400 PartNumber: 856115004507 Blackened Records, founded in 2013, is the label for all of Metallica's repertoire. The audio for this release is identical to the Elektra counterpart. The tune stacks are also identical.
Number of discs: 1 Rated: Run Time: 76 minutes Model: 2196095 PartNumber: 82876819912 After five long years, the new studio album from Tool is ready. Are you? With just one EP and three album releases over a 15 year span, Tool has created a loyal and even rabid fan base, selling over 10 million albums and half a million videos in the U.S. alone. The first track from Tool's highly anticipated new release will impact the world in April with the album release on May 2nd. With a majority of the songs on 10,000 Days clocking in well past the seven-minute mark, you wouldn't be entirely mistaken in thinking that the title of the album refers to how long it actually takes to make it through the whole thing. Two of the tracks--the sitar and tabla enhanced "10,000 Days (Wings Part 2)" and its suitably epic psych-rock sister "Rosetta Stoned"--even linger on for nearly a dozen leisurely minutes each. That's delightful news for the legion of Tool fans that have been waiting five years for the follow-up to 2001's Lateralus, which debuted at number one and sold 2.3 million copies in the United States. Singer Maynard James Keenan is back on mystical form after his hiatus with the politically slanted A Perfect Circle, sounding at once ethereal and eloquent as he calmly charges through the metal tempest of the opening track "Vicarious." The rest of the band, meanwhile, hits a series of high-flying moments with tracks such as "Jambi" and "The Pot." When Tool sounds as good as it does on these songs it's hard to get enough. Which makes it all the more baffling that a surprisingly large chunk of the disc is given over to mood-enhancing soundscapes like "Lost Keys" and "Vigniti Tres." Who has time for filler? --Aidin Vaziri
Number of discs: 1 Rated: PartNumber: 060768476820 There is no sound like that of an Iron Maiden record. Singularly inventing an entire genre of music, Maiden has created epic masterpieces with every release in their illustrious career. Never having sold out, never having succombed to industry trends and fads, Iron Maiden do what they do best and they do it better than any other band on the planet. And now Maiden presents us with A Matter Of Life And Death, possibly their most epic and ambitious record to date. The band will bring their epic live show back for a tour of the U.S. in the fall where they will unveil the new material to the throngs of Maiden faithful. You've got to hand it to Iron Maiden. After two decades of recording and releasing albums, the British sextet still has its share of fresh ideas, something it proves once more on A Matter of Life and Death. The opening tracks "Different World" and "Brighter than a Thousand Suns" show, more clearly than ever, the group's progressive rock roots and its affinity for upsetting expectations about what a heavy record should sound like. But some of the material--"These Colours Don't Run" and the epics "Lord of Light," "The Legacy," and "The Longest Day"--also suggests that the band could stand to expand outside its comfort zone a little more often. By now we know what to expect even from the most unusual Maiden album and that familiarity ultimately sinks A Matter of Life and Death faster than any fad at the forefront of the heavy rock scene. At best the record shows the band is still vital, at worst it shows us that Steve Harris and company are coming up a little bit winded these days. --Jedd Beaudoin
Number of discs: 1 Rated: PartNumber: 26200 QUEEN / NIGHT AT THE OPERA - VINYL LP - A Night at the Opera is the fourth studio album by the British rock band Queen, released in November 1975. Co-produced by Roy Thomas Baker and Queen, it was the most expensive album ever recorded at the time of its release. A commercial success, A Night at the Opera has been voted by the public and cited by music publications as one of Queen's finest works. The album takes its name from the Marx Brothers film A Night at the Opera, which the band watched one night at the studio complex when recording. The album was originally released by EMI in the United Kingdom, where it topped the UK Albums Chart for four non-consecutive weeks, and Elektra Records in the United States, where it peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and became the band's first platinum selling album in the US. Superb 180 Gram remastered vinyl with all original artwork (including inner sleeves). Hollywood Records. 2008.