by Al Slavicsky
Sponsored In Part By
Millennium Hip-Hop Party
Rhino Entertainment Company
This is the ultimate compilation of hip-hop classics and standards mixed
into a party mix. Contains such classics as Grandmaster Flash & Mellie
Mel's anti-cocaine anthem "White Lines Don't Do It," the Run D.M.C. rap
cover of Aerosmith's "Walk This Way," the Foreign-Kiss sampled "Funky Cold
Medina" by Tone Loc, the exotic dance which Digital Underground made famous
"The Humpty Dance," Young MC's "Bust A Move," the party groover of Rob
Base & D.J. E-Z Rock's "It Takes Two" which has been used on many commercials,
M.C. Hammer's instant classic "U Can't Touch This," Will Smith's
first big hit of "Parents Just Don't Understand" listed as D.J. Jazzy
Jeff & The Fresh Prince, LL Cool J's ode to classy women "Around The
Way Girl," the Spandau Ballet's "True" sampled on P.M. Dawn's "Set
Adrift On Memory Bliss," the 1992 funk-rap tune about the state of
"Tennessee" by Arrested Development, Heavy D. & The Boyz harmonized
rap tune "Now That We Found Love," later-to-be-actor-known-as-Mark Wahlberg's
rap tune with Loleatta Holloway on Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch's "Good
Vibrations," the ode to big butted women Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back,"
DJ Lethal and Everlast as House of Pain doing "Jump Around," Naughty By
Nature's party anthem "Hip Hop Hooray," the great gangsta rap song
of Snoop Doggy Dogg's "What's My Name," and closing the CD is Dr.
Dre's "Nuthin' But A 'G' Thang" featuring Snoop Doggy Dogg with their ode
to west coast party anthem. This is a must for any party.
Drive Me Crazy Soundtrack Sampler
Highlighting various tunes from the movie with Melissa Joan Hart which
was a blockbuster bust. However the tunes here are hot, including the hit
by Britney Spears "(You Drive Me) Crazy (The Stop Remix!)" presented here
in an exclusive edited version plus Don Philips' "Sugar," Plumb's "Stranded,"
and Steps' "One For Sorrow" (which was a minor hit). Overall, this sampling
from the soundtrack is good, but the material on the rest of the album
looks better, for it contains music from Less Than Jake, Barenaked Ladies,
and Jars of Clay.
Great R&B Female Groups -- Hits of the '60s
Great compilation of a time when girl groups ruled the charts. Contains
classics remastered for CD such as The Shirelles - "Will You Still Love
Me Tomorrow," The Marvelettes - "Please Mr. Postman," The Dixie Cups
- "Chapel of Love," The Ad-Libs - "The Boy From New York City," The Jayettes
- "Sally, Go 'Round The Roses," The Toys - "A Lover's Concerto,"
The Globes - "I Stand Accused (of Loving You)," The Inkettes - "I'm Blue,"
The Sweet Inspirations - "Sweet Inspiration," and The Mirettes - "In The
Midnight Hour." Granted, these songs sound better on the unmastered vinyl
version, but if you want to hear them on your car or home CD player, please
check this release out and you would not be disappointed.
Island/Def Jam Recordings
Containing some of today's heavy hitters of rock. This is a cheap way to
hear bands of tomorrow today. Bands featured include Full Devil Jacket
with their AOR radio hit "Stain" and the album track "Mr. Wiggly." Full
Devil Jacket plays hard edge groove metal in the vein of System of a Down
fused with Coal Chamber... impressive; the next band is the metalcore crossover
band Primer 55 who has two tracks -- the album version of "Loose" and the
exclusive demo version of "The Big F**k You"... if you like Limp Bizkit,
Korn, or Dope, then Primer 55 will fill your needs; Chicago's Relative
Ash have two exclusive demo versions of songs which are slated to appear
on their forthcoming Island/Def Jam Recording debut release -- their sound
is a sort of poppy hardcore metal; and the last band on the release needs
no introduction, for they are the all-female heavy metal Swedish band Drain
S.T.H. with the tunes "Enter My Mind," which has achieved minor AOR airplay,
and the tune "Simon Says." Overall Rock This kicks butt and deserves
to be a part of your collection.
Livin' La Vida Loco Tour Sampler
This is music from the four bands who played on the Livin' La Vida
Loco Tour -- Coal Chamber, Machine Head, Slipknot, and Amen. This is a
great four-track release. Starts out with Coal Chamber's "Untrue" from
their Chamber Music release; then goes into Machine Head's "Exhale
The Vile" from their The Burning Red release, then the mighty Slipknot
does "Eyeless" from their second release Slipknot, and the last
track is Amen's "Coma Americka" which is pure mayhem-driven groove metal.
This release is awesome, for it proves that metal is not dead. Rock on
and party and learn how to live la vida loco and go crazy in the head.
Year of The Dragon
If you are into listening to some metal and upcoming metal bands, then
this release is definitely for you. Contains two songs from Machine Head's
Burning Red -- "Desire To Fire" and "Silver." For those who have never
heard Machine Head, their sound is like a modern day Biohazard fused with
rapcore. The next band Reveille does "The Phoenix" from their album Laced,
and the style of the music which the band plays is sort of 311 meet Rage
Against The Machine or Limp Bizkit on the song. The last band featured
here is one band which is destined to bring their sound to the masses for
they are in the forefront of today's hip-hop core movement -- Primer
55 doing "Loose" from their release Introduction to Mayhem. This
song has remix all over it, for one can see it being remixed by Chuck D
and Public Enemy. Overall, a great sampler highlighting the Year of The
Dragon tour which all the bands played on.
Blue Thumb Records/The Verve Music Group
Five selections from five great artists. This sampler highlights the sounds
of Blue Thumb Records and contains music by Mighty Mo Rodgers - "No Regrets,"
Lucky Peterson - "Ta' Ta You," Joe Louis Walker - "Trouble On Wheels,"
Robben Ford - "Lovin' Cup," and Clarence "Gatemouth" Carter - "Without
You Baby." Great blues music which today's contemporary blues fans would
enjoy, and also a great way to hear some of today's top-rated blues musicians
and groove with them.
Victory Style 4
The fourth volume of the Victory Style CD compilation series is
the best representation of some of the best material in Victory
Records' musical history. 23 tracks of hardcore, punk, and ska are included
here with bands such as Earth Crisis, Shelter, Hatebreed, Grey Area, Integrity
2000, Buried Alive, Grade, Snapcase, Electric Frankenstein, Shutdown, Cause
For Alarm, Skarhead, Catch 22, Blood For Blood, All Out War, OS101, Strife,
Boy Sets Fire, The Strike, Warzone, River City Rebels, Reach The Sky, and
No Innocent Victim. There is something for everyone here and is a great
way to sample who is who in the Victory Records music assault. Highly recommended.
The Last Soul Company
This double CD set highlights the history of Malaco Records from its beginning
as a recording studio in 1968 to present. Contains some of the lesser known
hits for the label plus some unreleased gems including "Looking For
My Pig" by Haran Griffin which is a humorous song which has references
to the old nursery rhyme but done in a sexual double entendre way and Eddie
Houston's "I Can't Go Wrong" which has a Percy Sledge-Otis Redding sound.
This record contains such artists as Carl Sims, Stan Mosley, ZZ Hill, Latimore,
Little Milton, Bobby "Blues" Bland, The Beat Daddys, Shirley Brown, Poonanny,
and more. This is the definite collection of what is Malaco Records and
a must for any collection of soul, R&B, and blues.
Heavy Metal 2000 Sampler
Great sampler to the Heavy Metal 2000 soundtrack which contains
six snippets from songs off the album. Included here are Monster Magnet's
"Silver Future," Pantera's "Immortally Insane," Days of the New's "Rough
Day," Insane Clown Posse with Twiztid's "Dirtball," Hate Dept.'s "Hit Back,"
and Queens of the Stone Age's "Infinity." Wonder if any of these songs
would be as big as Sammy Hagar's "Heavy Metal" or Devo's "Working In A
Coalmine" from the first movie's soundtrack -- who knows? However, this
soundtrack does look like it has some of the best upcoming bands of the
future on it. So pick it up and go see the movie. Heavy Metal magazine
continues to make the forefront and cutting edge of music and animation,
so sample some of the music... you may like it.
Grade • Triumph & Tragedy
Grade continues to prove that punk has never died. Sounding a bit like
Rancid, a bit like the Clash, and a bit like the Germs, Grade does three
impressive songs on this CD. "Triumph & Tragedy" and "Stolen Bikes
Ride Faster" will please any new radical punk out there, for they are strong
tunes that groove with the passion of raw, high-energy punk. But this Oakville,
Ontario, Canada band redefines the old Van Halen classic "Panama" by creating
a new blending to the song and molding it into a new punk anthem. Any band
who can make Van Halen sound refreshing is awesome. If you must check out
one new band, then make it Grade, for they pull the grade to A+ and really
rock. Add this to your collection now.
NOTE: Due to space constraints, the following reviews were not included
in the print editions of Geoff Wilbur's Renegade Newsletter.
These reviews are only available here in the online edition.
Burning Heads • Escape
Remember when bands like Agnostic Front, Capitol Punishment, Circle Jerks,
and White Kaps ruled the scene in the early 1980's. Well, Burning Heads
brings back that sound to the world and moves your ass off into a new direction
of musical bliss with these viva la France style punks. 15 punk diamond
gems whith "Iron Dick," "Wise Guy," and "A Bitter Taste" being the tunes
that stand up and burn your speakers. And if you decide to put the CD into
your PC, you can see videos to "A Bitter Taste" and "Wise Guy" which are
kewl to watch and comedical at moments. Burning Heads proves to the world
that punk is not dead, only living in the underground. One of the better
enhanced CDs, too.
Earth Crisis • Last of the Sane
Where the band's last album Slither ended off, Last of the Sane
continues to prove that Earth Crisis is the force to reckoned with the
2000s. The production is top-rated, and the mix down is more intense than
any release which was made in the hardcore music vain. Earth Crisis reforms
the genre and gets right into your face with hard driving guitars and vocals
which are easy to understand, while the drums do not overpower either bass,
guitars, or vocals. Upon listening to Last of the Sane, one can
see that Earth Crisis' soul may be hardcore, but metal is in their heart,
especially when they cover the Black Sabbath classic "Childern of the Grave,"
Led Zeppelin's "Wanton Song," The Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black," Dead
Kennedys' "Holiday In Cambodia," The Misfits' "Earth A.D.," DVS's
"City to City," and the almighty Slayer's "Hell Awaits." In true Earth
Crisis fashion, of course, the band brings new sparkle to these classics.
Plus, the band includes four songs from the band's winter-spring 1996 recording
which included "Earth A.D." plus the unreleased songs "The Order," "Broken
Foundation," and "Gomorrah's Season End." Hard to believe these tracks
where recorded way back then, for they sound as fresh as when they recorded
today. Better, the key to the release is the new song which was recorded
in November 2000 called "Panic Floods," for it is in the vain of Pantera
or Slayer with its strong vulgar display of hard edge metal with a grindish
beat. Last of the Sane is the release that will set the standard
for all metal and hardcore albums in the 2000s. You will be insane if you
don't pick up this release.
Aaron Carter • Aaron's Party: Come & Get It
Impressive debut by this young singing sensation marketed to the young
crowd. Aaron Carter is the younger brother of Nick Carter, who does a voice
cameo on the "Big Brother" interlude on the release. Aaron does some great
tunes, especially two interesting covers -- "Iko Iko" and "I Want Candy"
-- which club and radio should pick up due to their dance beat. Out of
the new tunes which Aaron does, notable are "Aaron Party's (Come Get It),"
which is about a teen party, and "My Internet Girl," which is devoted to
internet love which a lot of teenagers and even older people can relate
to. Overall, this is great release and one of the best pop dance records
out there. Nick, watch out, for your brother is going to be bigger than
Aaron Carter • "Aaron's Party (Come & Get It)" CD single
This is the first single off the debut Aaron Carter CD, and the tune is
a about a wild teenage house party which goes out of control. It is very
danceable and reminds one of the old school rap tunes. A great party jam
for all. The second track is a combination of two snippets of two songs
from the album -- "I Want Candy" and "Bounce" -- which is a teaser for
the full length release and is very impressive with its sort of mini-mix
style. The third track is the non-CD song "Jump Jump" which is a cool dance
jam for your parties and could be a real good tune to use at teenage dances.
The last track on the CD is unlisted on the CD sleeve is a 51-second talk
with Aaron Carter promoting the CD and album. A great single
to keep it real by from one of the most talented rising stars in the pop
music world today.
Stan Mosley • "I'm Not the Man I Used To Be" CD single
R&Bish song which is down home to the sound of the old Stax Records
releases of the late 1960s. This song is about a gentleman who reflects
on his past and how his life changed. Stan Mosley wails a tune and rocks
and makes you cry, for you can feel the pain which he went through. Rarely
a CD single is this great, but Stan proves that he is one of the best singers
in the world today. On a scale of 1 to 10, this single gets a strong 9.8
rating, for it is nearly perfect.
Judy Garland • Live at Carnegie Hall
Judy Garland, known to millions of fans for her role as "Dorothy" in the
classic film Wizard of Oz, made show business history on April 23,
1961 with her concert at Carnegie Hall where 3,165 people attended her
show. She proved that she was one of the great entertainers in music
history, doing 24 songs, and the crowd still wanted more and she did two
show stopping songs as an encore. Capitol Records has captured his show,
complete and uncut, and digitally remastered the show so that fans and
music lovers can relive that moment again. Powerful Judy wails out such
classics as "When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You)," "Alone
Together," "San Francisco," "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," "Swanee,"
"Rock-A-Bye Baby With A Dixie Melody," "Stormy Weather," and "A Foggy Day"
plus her signature tune "Over The Rainbow" with the aid of an orchestra
under direction of Mort Lindsey. They broke the mold after Judy Garland,
and this double disc proves it. So if you have never heard Judy Garland
live, then check out this release, for it shows a side of Garland which
few people have seen.
Mel Waiters • "Material Things" CD single
When one listens to Mel Waiters, they live the song. On this two track
single, Mel demonstrates how soul music is still alive in the world. Contains
two versions of the song "Material Things" -- the radio edit is designed
for radio airplay and has an early fade, while the longer version has an
extended fade. The song is about the material things which people value
a relationship on and not focusing on true love. A very heartbroken song
which shows how life and love are related. Soul music which will make you
think of what love is. Highly recommended.
The Busters • Welcome To Busterland
SPV GMBH/Dogsteady Records
If you need a dose of ska for your enjoyment, then check out The Busters
who do some great party, two-tone style ska that rocks. Impressively,
the band reworks the Queen classic "We Are The Champions" into a ska anthem
for today. Haven't heard a ska release this good since the first Specials
release or early "pre-'Our House'" Madness. Really enjoy "Don't Call
which makes one want to skank the night away. Also, the beer drinking
number "Hey Bartender" is humorous and funny -- sounds like a night at
the local pub. The Busters present a great release that is funny and humorous.
The Chancers • Rudeboy Polka
Need a dose of skanking to use your pickle on? Then check out this Czech
ska band that cooks and rocks. Production is hot and great, for the band
does twin-tone ska which at times sounds like what you may get when you
combine The Clash with The Toasters. This is total rudeboy music, and the
tracks that stand out include the sexual overtone "Rub It Easy," the rudie
song "Rudeboy Back in Jail," and the oi-ish "Tuffer Than Tomorrow."
Not polka but ska, and The Chancers are one of the best of the new breed
of Czech ska band.
Wolfpac • Evil Is...
Don't go messing with the Wolfpac. The masters of harccore shockcore rap
are back with an insane blend of hip-hop fuses with violent and non-pc
lyrics. If you thought Eminem was controversial, he looks like a good boy
compared to the raunchiness of the Wolfpac. Others are mild compared to
the Wolfpac, and if you really want a CD to shock yet rock the house then
go get this CD, for it is da bomb 1000 times over.
Little Milton • Feel It
What has not been said about this blues legend?! Little Milton is back
with 12 classic blues tunes that prove that he is going to achieve his
place in the blues and rock 'n roll halls of fame. The tracks which are
true treasures on this release are "A Juke Joint In My House" and the soulful
rendition of the Kenny Rogers classic "Lady," which Kenny would be proud
of, for Little Milton puts his special touch on the song. Overall one of
the best R&B, soul, and blues releases in a long time.
Soulfly • Primitive
The mighty Soulfly is back, and this release is their best ever. From strart
to finish, Max and the gang slaughter the house down with brutal, in-your-face
metal. Demostrating that metal still rules, this release would please new
and old fans of the band. "Back to the Primitive" has its roots in Brazilian
tribal music combined with a big dose of hard metal. The best track
on the release is "Jump Da F-- Up," for it would make you want to jump
around and mosh in your house. If you have not heard Soulfly in a while,
then check out this release; you would be impressed, and if you can find
the release as a special limited digi-pack,.you would be in a treat, for
it contains four bonus tracks which are exclusive to that version.
DJ Hemp • Mixocrist
DJ Hemp Productions
Rarely does a DJ release a compact disc of other people's music in a mix
that rocks like this, but DJ Hemp combines new style technique to create
a great special mix of songs from Limp Bizkit, Eminem, Jay-Z, Redman, and
others. Since I am unsure if this it a special DJ mix CD to be used for
promotional use only or it is a legal release, but what matters what is
-- DJ Hemp ranks up there with Funkmaster Flex and DJ Scribble as one of
the best hip-hop DJs in the nation due to the energy he uses on the turntables.
Dope stuff to die for, and way to go DJ Hemp -- you will make the big time
The Beatles • Thirty Days
This monster 17-disc set put out by the mysterious Vigotone label deserves
some credit. Whoever compiled this collection was a very imformed Beatles
scholar. This is one of the best demonstrated discs which one was has ever
tried to do on The Beatles' "Get Back Sessions" of 1968. Most Beatles
fans have heard the released versions of these songs, but few have ever
heard the creative process behind The Beatles classics, and this giant
box set helps one understand the history of the group better than any material
released legally or illegally since the band made it big in 1963.
Most of the material are lost out-takes of songs with most disks running
close to 70 minutes apiece. Sure there may be a hefty price tag on
this release, but you get tons of music and sounds of The Beatles that
make it all worth it. If you really want to check out this release and
see what The Beatles were about, check this out, for it is one of the greatest
retrospectives in a day in the life of The Beatles ever documented on the
Back Sessions." This is the ultimate collection of those historic sessions.
The Beatles • "1"
Contains all The Beatles' number one songs on one CD for the first time
ever. What a novel idea, which I must say was a little disappointing, for
a lot Beatles fans have these songs on the red album ("1964 - 1966")
or the blue album ("1967 - 1970"). But to have all the songs on one disc
is a great way to introduce the younger fans and new fans of the band with
a great starting point. "1" has all their great number one
songs such as "Something," "Let It Be," "Hey Jude." "I Want To Hold You
Hand," "She Loves You," "Love Me Do," and "The Long and Winding Road" plus
Don Phillip • You Make Me Love You... More
Combining a reggae beat with some hip-hop scratches makes this song rather
pleasant to listen to. Reminds one of the old Donny Osmond song "Soliders
of Love." Don Phillip has that pop vocal style, yet somehow the song seems
to get lost a little towards the end... if this song remixed, it could
be a smash hit but in this form lacks something. One suggestion is to remix
the track again.
The Aquabats • Myths, Legends, and Other Amazing Adventures Vol 2.
Fearless Records/Hotchata Records
The mysterious masked men of The Aquabats are back with a collection of
B-sides, demos, and outtakes to rock your cosmic world. The band which
starts a CD with something that sounds like a midi-recording "Robot Theme
Song" then goes into some funny tunes like "Pool Party," which is about
a wild pool party. Also, "Pizza Day" is so humorous that it wants you grab
a slice of pizza and chow down. No wonder that this surf rock influenced
punk band is a fan favorite. Let's have a big party and invite the Aquabats
to play. This is the most fun since the B-52's first two albums... super
killer release, dudes.
Backstreet Boys • "Shape of My Heart" CD single
Almost everyone who listened to CHR, Top 40, or MTV heard this smash hit.
"Shape of My Heart" has sadness to it yet moves one to think that has emotions
over a person yet loniless and missing someone special touches the weakness
of the heart. If you need a romantic tune to heal your pain and suffering,
give these lyrics a good listen, for the Backstreet Boys tell it right
to your face. One of the greatest hits ever from this boy band and worthy
of anyone's collection. A classic tune to reflect how love truly is.