Saturday, April 19, 2014

lagu England (got Steve Harris) - Edguy. Lagu paling sweet, paling syahdu tapi jugak paling kelakar tahun ini aku rasa.

Salam Semua..  Adakah negara England yang cipta Masakan India?? hah..
sweet giler lagu ni... tapi sapa tak boleh ajak bergurau, serious 24jam, dengar lirik jenaka lagu ni mau pengsan.
apa pun out of topik kejap...

      (gambar selingan je...ni masa pagi2 buta aku kat Donington Park untuk jadual hari sabtu , makan sambil mendangok dekat ngan mainstage download festival, gini la bila takde orang pagi2 buta, malam tu waktu Maiden main rasanya 90,000 orang atau lebih diri depan pentas ni.. Menggerunkan ler untuk aku ye tak? dah la aku asyik teringat tahun 1988 ada 2 orang mati, dan ramai cedera.. ialah pasal paling takut lumpur, ramai2 terjerumus dan saling timpa menimpa dan takut sapa2 panik ye tak, tiap kali hujan renyai2 turun, korang kena paham la cuaca kat tempat gini cam mana kan, aku pun suspens walau semua satu kepala kan. Tapi mungkin aku sorang je la JAKUN dan TERUJA. Orang lain semua dah biasa la kan benda2 gini, aku je sorang bukit, haha. Mungkin tiket jual 100,000 untuk hari sabtu tapi mesti ada yang kat pentas lain, 
      walau kesombongan Maiden terserlah ngan arahan mereka, kalau mereka main, pentas kedua kena shut-down haha.
      Walau aku rasa dorang tak mau ada apa2 kebocoran bunyi, dah la angin rintang memang teruk, pasal dekat jugak ni dua pentas. Dan memang dorang buat rakaman dvd malam tu, tak tau la untuk dipasarkan ke tak, walau BBC ada tunjuk tiga pro-shot kat tv Britain. Kalau korang tengok pro-shot festival ni untuk tahun 2013, korang perasan band2 lain cam Alice In Chains ke hapa ke, kamera biasa2 je, tapi Maiden, siap ngan HELICOPTER terbang kat atas satu show tu. Rakam suasana persembahan dan peminat 90,000 tu dari atas. Dan of course SPITFIRE Aces High terbang rendah atas sebelum lagu pertama dorang. GEMPAK GILER! Terngangah aku, kalau lalat masuk pun aku tak perasan agaknya haha. 
      boleh dorang letak UFO band pertama buat persembahan ikut jadual hari tu untuk pentas utama, jumlah semua pentas kat kawasan yang besar macam airport runaway dan terminal ni ada 5. Kongajar kan?., 
dah la aku NGANTUK, pagi2 buta dah kena naik bas dari Derby datang sini, LAPAR lak tu,..., tu aku ngah makan Fish & Chips. Ni jam belum ramai orang, rasanya ni jam kul 10.00am, UFO main kul 11.00am. Rasanya ramai orang semua masih tidur la haha.
      Yang barrier depan tu bukan depan pentas, ada lagi satu kawasan belah depan. Dia memang banyak barrier buat untuk kurangkan tekanan. Masa Maiden tengah main, bukan je perempuan, lelaki pun cuba carik jalan keluar, mungkin dorang panik kot ramai2 gitu sesak2, ngan tekanan dia tu tak tahan. PRESSURE giler. Ada pompuan masa cuba keluar dari ramai2 berpuluh2 ribu tu nangis2. 
      Memang menggerunkan la, hujan renyai2 lak tu, aku memang takut gelincir je, kalau dah beribu2 orang berasak sampai bergelincir pasal lumpur, memang bahaya. Nyawa orang wei.. 
      Keselamatan memang diberi keutamaan tempat2 gini. Sebelah Kiri tu korang nampak barrier tu sebenarnya pembahagi keselamatan bahagian tengah, jadi korang bayangkan berapa besar kawasan depan pentas pertama.
      Ada satu orang Canada, dia datang kul 10.00am tu, dia gi depan tu, dia peluk barrier paling depan pentas tu, dia tak berganjak, tak makan, tak minum, pasal kalau tak perlu pergi toilet kan??
Dia tak berganjak dia berpaut, pasal dia nak paling depan masa Maiden headline malam, berapa kali security staff semua nak pikul dia keluar dari situ pasal dia kena lanyak teruk, tapi dia tetap berpaut kat situ....
Besok pagi aku tengha duk kat bus-stop, dia sapa aku dan  dia cerita kat aku... aku tengok kesian dia jalan sampai tempang2, tapi tu la dah minat ye tak?)

OKAYY... Sebenarnya.. aku nak cerita pasal lagu band Jerman, Edguy baru. Nama lagu dia ENGLAND. Baru je keluar tapi youtube dah berlambak dah...

Lagu ni sangat sweet sangat, rentak perlahan, tapi kelakar lawak giler...

Boleh? England cipta Masakan India??

ada Mr Bean, ada Braveheart nye wayang, ada ambik penalty pasal England kan kalau penalty shoot-out selalu lemau, ada Gary Lineker, ada banding2 ngan bandar lain..
Orang Peranchis ada Paris,
Rome ada Pope,
tapi England ada Steve Harris. haha. Adoi.

tapi paling best, England ada Steve Harris, England ada Bruce Dickinson, England ada Iron Maiden... haha. Lirik tak boleh accept.



ENGLAND - Edguy
Bonus track from "Space Police - Defenders of the Crown", 2014.

[Music & Lyrics by Tobias Sammet]

It's been a long time since I've been with you
You may be grey-green
but matchless and wide
I wanted to sniff every inch of you
Went to Birmingham New Street
to take a ride

Over aqueducts on a suspiciously panting train
High on Diesel fumes I pondered on my way

I may like New York, Bavaria or Paris
But nothing compares to you, England
Cause England's got Steve Harris

England, I know
I may have explained it somewhere before
but I swear it wasn't my idea
to contrive that silly way
Okay, I've got to admit
this was, uhm, an improper try of a joke
but it rhymed and talking humour:
You've got to know I'm just anosser (wtf?!) German bloke

Who loves afternoon tea?
and Bob Catley and Mr. Bean
WHo loves to buy miniature phone booths
and cute little snow globes raining snow
On a cute little queen

Mostly you're jolly
At times you're frustrated, England
Then rest assured:
I also think penalty shootouts are highly overrated

Vienna has got Mozart
Chopin they had in Paris (kind of)
The Catholics got the Pope
England's got the Beatles
and even more so:
England's got Steve Harris

(solo)

England's got Steve Harris
and if that wasn't enough for you
England's got Bruce Dickinson
and of on top of it - the other ones
and Iron Maiden too, yes it's true

Vienna's got the Mozart ball
The Frenchies they got Paris

In Rome they got the pope
who in turn they don't have in England
but England's got Steve Harris

I may like New York, Bavaria or Paris
But nothing compared to you, England
Cause you got the magic bullet
England's got Steve Harris

(spoken)
England - inventors of Def Leppard
Shakespeare
Indian food, Gary Lineker
That bloke who did away with Braveheart
Et cetera.. and so forth.. good night.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Art Fazil - self titled - remastered Album Inggeris berbentuk special collectors edition

    Hah Wau Ye Kap Wau Re Alif Ngeh!!!

(hoi korang) !!! 

betul tak?? betul tak aku spelling??
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Siak je eh, apa2 kena mengena Rausyanfikir atau Art Fazil je, nak eja jawi hahaha..
See dah score satu point positif haha.

Walaupun...walaupun aku eja jawi tunggang langgang, tapi aku try ok!!
Dan we shall never surrender...!!

ceehhhh, hei kersani mengalir la dikau!! cehhh... haha..ok ok..serious!! ok.. ehem (lepaskan batuk kat tangga!! haha)


         Art Fazil secara sendiri atau pun sebagai 1/3 Rausyanfikir, dia ni memang berbakat dalam dunia seni dan dia banyak contribute kat dunia seni melayu baik Singapura dan Malaysia, sapa korang yang tahu Art Fazil atau Rausyanfikir dan jugak tulisan2 dan ciptaan lagu untuk artis2 lain tahu la apa aku tengah berbual.

        Ni dia punye album Inggeris dah 20 tahun gitu. Zaman muda remaja Art Fazil la kira gitu.. Terserlah sangat la kan keterroran dia ni ngan buat lagu2 cam gini. Dahsyat sangat.

        Serious berbual, kira sapa berpeluang tahu lagu2 Art Fazil/Rausyanfikir beruntung la kan..  Pasal tak ramai sebenarnya dapat peluang exposed kat lagu2 dia/mereka.
        Aku sendiri bukan big fans tapi dorang memang special la kalau kita sebut pasal dunia seni.


They are special, their songs are still loved, and will continue to be loved and appreciated by people from all walks of life. 

Words of mouth will continue to be spread about Art Fazil and also Rausyanfikir songs and compositions, 

and I think reports and analysis of Malay Music in the future will continue to write about them long long in the future.




        Cerita nya, cam aku tampal keratan sokkabar tu hari tu, Art Fazil beli hakmilik lagu2 dia dari album ni dari boss Pony Canyon, dia carik boss Pony Canyon EMPAT tahun lamanya....,
(ok ni ada lagi satu artikel tu hari aku tampal dari sokkabar melayu kan? ni nanti aku tampal dari sokkabar omputeh nye interview yang of course lain la cerita kandungan nye kan) 
.....remastered balik semua dan keluarkan Special Collector's Edition cetakan 1000 keping.


Terbaik album ni - Pasal kehidupan, pasal masalah dunia, masalah remaja, pasal tak boleh buat tu tak boleh buat ni, pasal cinta dan macam2 la. Relevan sangat sampai sekarang.. dan lagu2 ni aku dengar balik , memang meresap kat sanubari aku.. cehhhhhh.
( out of topic - Sanubari..."tak tersentuh kah sanubari mu?? " cehhhhh.... meleleh!!!
nak cerita pasal Cradle first album, mana ntah aku taruk, aku ada cd waktu first keluar dulu, bila dorang main kat tv Singapura tu jam, aku terus gi kedai beli cd Cradle...wah.. terbaik.. tapi takde cd tak syok la borak2, aku pun dah ingat2 lupa Cradle nye lagu2 tapi lagu Malam Ini Malam Persandingan Mu... giler dramatik sedih lagu ni, ah ni mana boleh lupa, all time peberet..haha.).

ok sambung balik album orangputeh Art Fazil ni, Pernah dinobat album ni kat satu website sebagai antara Singapura nye Essential Albums. Dan Sometimes When I Feel Blue, memang kat radio lagu nombor satu.

        Untuk aku, ngan selera aku ikut mood, aku sangat suka lagu2 rentak perlahan kat album ni, contoh cam ANYTHING FOR YOU, Sometimes When I Feel Blue, FULL MOON OVER MARINA BAY - sangat terbaik lagu ni, sayu sangat pasal kehidupan remaja2 yang memang penuh panca roba, lirik agaknya makcik2 pakcik2 baca ngan gangbang tu semua, mau terpengsan, SIN OF THE SKIN lagi satu terbaik..."he's brown, she's yellow", Rainbow Child pun gerek... satu album la gerek senang cakap...

Tengok ler sikit2 aku tampal packaging special edition ni, sikit2 je la, album ni memang treasure gitu..





ni treasure ni , ni release, aku tak bedek.


ok bye


p.s.

UWAAA!!! aku kerja...hari jemaat Art Fazil main kat Esplanade wei, dia nak main lagu2 omputeh dia...siak ah!! orang lain semua public holiday siot. Apa nak buat... 

ce alif re ye kap  rezeki... hahaha.  (betul ke? carik tu!!) haha.


tapi.. Lovehunters nye show nak main lagu2 omputeh dorang...aku ngah fikir cammana nak gi tengok haha.. konfem Lovehunters mesti jugak bawak lagu2 DeepPurple, GrandFunkRailroad semua hohoho!!!!! Sebijik korang!! I wanna go!! I Wanna Go!!!!


dan mesti ada Shed No Tears kan? kan? kan? worth the ticket for just this song... hahaha.. Obses sey aku ngan lagu ni.

ok ok tu lain cerita..... nanti la aku tampal kat sini dari sokkabar pasal Lovehunters. Boxset nak keluar la korang!! Manyak Senyumsssss...... 


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

alternate karen direct karen bukan after christ devil comes atau anti-christ devil child

Jarang satu hari aku tampal dua post ye, aku ingat ni post sebelum ni Belinda Carlisle boleh la kasi tahan sampai hari khamis ke, jemaat ke haha.

Korang tengok BLACKADDER?
Baldrick suka cakap "I Have A Cunning Plan".

Macam gitu la aku, aku plan, AC/DC ni rasanya next tour ni last kopek kot? 40 show satu dunia?
Aku dah plan, dorang umum je, aku akan sedaya upaya carik tiket2 untuk Perth, lepas tu carik tiket paling murah sekali budget airline apa2 je la gi Perth.

Ni la puaka nye babi sapa director buat AC/DC kat River Plate tu. Punye la hebat. 
Aku tengok pun teruja respon peminat gitu DAHSYAT gitu. Aku cakap bukan AC/DC je show cam gitu, tu style peminat Amerika Selatan!!!

Dan cilanat punya serunding betul wayang Iron Man pun!! pakai lagu AC/DC tak agak2. 

So tu la aku fikir, ok la, Perth la senang.... sekali seumur hidup tengok la AC/DC.

Tapi kalau segala kabar angin, Malcolm Young kena angin ahmar, dan darah beku kat otak dia buat dia tak boleh main gitar ngan kualiti yang diperlukan, dan satu khabar angin siap cakap dia dah lupa main,

Aku rasa mungkin AC/DC berkubur? dan tak dapat la menengok AC/DC live.

Petang ni macam2 website aku masuk carik berita2 gossip, kahbar angin macam2 sey.. 

apa pun... Speedy Recovery Mr Malcolm Young dan....



Tu la, manusia plan, tapi...

korang tengok Legacy Open Air..
mampos gitu je.... siap macam2 tindakan, kena humilate lagik, kena betulkan statement lagik. Mampos giler Manowar saman dorang giler2 punye.
Aku rasa satu dunia peminat dah buat plan nak gi pasal line up dia memang terbaik la Legacy Open Air ni.
Ada macam2 band2 best2 macam2 style la, dream line up giler la..

Belinda Carlisle Anthology (5 disc set in a huge hardcover photo book) number 318 of 500

from Ronnie James Dio fantastic tribute album, to Lovehunters English album, and now to the latest Belinda Carlisle special release. 
Label them what you want, discriminate each musical genre all you want, but its all Awesome music to me.
ok, How do I try to explain my thoughts?
I read that Led Zeppelin didn't release too many singles, because they wanted to be known as an Album band.
To discover them, you have to get the whole album, listen from start to finish, then you try to get the idea what they are all about.
In a way, its the same for me in terms of Belinda Carlisle, I dont listen to Pop radio, so to listen to Belinda Carlisle solo career, I listen to her whole albums.





So, Belinda Carlisle for me is also an Album artist. From start to finish her solo studio albums are fantastic and entertaining.

A combination of fast and slow songs - pop, rock, trance-laden, motown, soul and whatever. Its all good to me.

She is also maybe fortunate to collaborate with some really amazing song writers, people like Ellen Shipley, Rick Nowels, Go-gos Charlotte Caffey, even the famous Diane Waren and Roxette's Per Gessle collaborate with her, and even musicians to guitar solo for her like The Beatles George Harrison.
Before Sheryl Crow became world-famous, she sang background vocals for Belinda too under the name Cheryll Crowe.

I think a good way to describe her compared to other female artists is Form is Temporary but Class is Permanent. Belinda has been around since with the Go-Gos and how long was that? I think she got that HARDCORE support which is still very strong world-wide.

You can take a Belinda Carlisle song, stripped everything down, and its still a great song.


My copy comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by Belinda with number 318 of 500. And there is a Tote Bag too in the package... which I still have not opened it yet. 




So this is Belinda Carlisle 5 disc Anthology which comes in a  coffee-book table sized Photo Book format. There are 3 cds and 2 dvds.

The first two cds are a collection of her singles, the third cd has some of her rare songs like from the movies etc,
while the first dvd is a collection of her music videos of her singles, and the second dvd is a very nice collection of her performing on different tv entertainment programes and also some fabulous interviews from previous years.



My opinions and review of Belinda Carlisle anthology "boxset" content.
- How to fit an Anthology of her studio solo songs into two cds? IMPOSSIBLE!!!! so ok good idea, packed her singles in.
- Sun and Goodbye Just Go, some of her her very limited recent songs are here, I wish she would do a new studio album soon.
- But be warned, the songs are not necessary from the albums version, with Belinda singles known for having different mixes, so you have some songs which are the different remixes versions, notably Valentine. I was anticipating the 'tearjerker' album version LOL!

A breakdown of where the original songs in this first two cds of this Anthology came from each of her solo albums are as follows
- 7 songs from Runaway Horses album
- 6 songs from Heaven On Earth album
- 5 songs from Live Your Life Be Free album
- 2 songs from Real album
- 4 songs from A Woman And A Man album
- 3 songs from Belinda album
- 1 song from Icon album
- 1 song from the bonus disc of Voila album
- 2 songs from A Place On Earth Greatest Hits
- 1 song exclusive on this release

- the third cd, now the rarities, from different movies, from different special album releases, yes, there is a lot to say about that song from the Mannequin movie missing. But hopefully one day we will get it. But there is one amazing song present " BLESSED THE BEAST AND THE CHILDREN". Really nice song... but hey, she always have slow songs that gives me goose-bumps so its nothing unusual by right.

- Live In Japan, that one song from the REAL album was played that night but doesn't appear on this collection because the band stray into a Lou Reed number? LOL!! All those permissions and copyrights laws to be dealt with. But doesn't matter, we still got Emotional Highway!!!!!!
Continuing the tradition of great songs with Highway on the title - Highway Star, Highway To Hell, Heading Out To The Highway...etc LOL!!

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moving on next,
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- The first dvd is very nice, but the its the second dvd which is lots of fun and very interesting, oooo how I wish there is one footage from Letterman Show is it? Lay Down Your Arms accoustic with the Bangles and Go-gos guitarists playing acoustics and singing some amazing backing vocals at the same time??

- But its ok, that footage is on youtube, but we got other footages like Top Of The Pops, where most of the time artiste mimed their performance and at least Belinda don't really pretend faking too hard while obviously miming. She is just having fun with her band and backing singers.

Not as exxageratedly hilarious clowning around like Iron Maiden famous appearance "playing" Wasted Years on a German TV show last time though.


- Speaking of bands, its noticeable that Belinda always has a band with her even when she mimes on stage,
- Love the Children/Youth TV shows where she is guest and love the questions the Kids throw at her...
ok, I didnt know she wants to duet with Crowded House singer... Oh that guy really got talent, that Crowded House amazing singer/songwritter/guitarist guy LOL!!!.

- There was an interview which delves about something more serious topics like the L.A race riots. I find this is like a time capsule actually, discussing social issues which is still relevant today.

Another thing is at different TV programmes she so talk about saving the animals, the environment and all that, which I kind of support in my own way.
- There was also another bonus part of the dvd, which has Belinda going thru some of her songs that appear on one of her greatest hits compilations. That is also great.


....When the Go-Gos became the first all-female group to write and play their own.....

If you are a Belinda Carlisle fan, I think this Anthology 5 disc photo book edition is a bit costly, and yes there are a few gems that may still be missing, and yes, we still have the so-far four deluxe editions of her solo albums with I guess hopefully more to come, with triple discs versions for each deluxe edition album, but still I think this is a very good buy....

These are some photos of how the Belinda Carlisle Anthology looks like.... Click to enlarge.




Her recent lineup. Lily Gonzales looks very fit and healthy on the dvd that was live in Metropolis..










Thats about it...

"the sun comes up in China, the lights go on in Rome".



Thursday, April 10, 2014

Lovehunters - self-titled Album Inggeris


        From having lots of fun listening to the new tribute album to Ronnie James Dio called This Is My Life 16-songs Japanese Version and  I am sure this fabulous line up of a  tribute album to Ronnie James Dio is taking up the rock world by storm, to digging up something older...


        Singapore band Lovehunters made up of three-piece of Yazid/ Moliano/ Saha is one of the best band I ever seen play or heard their songs. They have their fans but they could have been more popular.
        Their ridiculously entertaining amazing (full house) Three Hours Final Show in 2011 for me nearly overshadowed the occasion of Iron Maiden playing live in Singapore for the first time the following month. That is not easy for me to say but its really is. 

Unfortunately the official dvd that came out missed out a few songs, I guessed due to the appearance of Ramli Sarip on those songs. So maybe its those copyright issues thingys rearing its head.

But I did taped the show and uploaded the missing songs as a fan-collection audio on YouTube if anyone is interested. That night's NINE MINUTES version of BLUES UNTUK RAKYAT (blues for the people) is simply jaw-dropping and unforgettable. Lovehunters & Ramli Sarip was at their very best performing as one during this song.

        Thru this blog, I do sometimes received messages from their fans all over Malaysia even up to Terengganu asking me to find them some newer original releases by Lovehunters.

        Its a curiosity when though not to their own involvement but when the Malaysian National TV station has a community song programme where one of Lovehunters song is sung by some famous Malaysian community singers and used to appear often on tv in between main programmes. An example of Lovehunters songs transgresses musical genre boundaries and like by people from all walks of life and ages.

        Anyway, Mostly Lovehunters performed in the Malay language as majority of their songs are in Malay language, but they do have an English album out back then.

Today I want to talk cock about their 1994 English language album. 
- Self titled Lovehunters. 
- This was the time when Lovehunters line-up change to four band member. 
Yazid and was it then Iskandar shares lead vocal duties mostly on this album.
- 10 Songs in total.
-  9 of the songs are written with members of the band. Except for Shed No Tears written by Art Fazil.
- Produced by the band members themselves.

This says a lot about the quality Lovehunters has.

Rock N Roll , Blues/Soul Rock, Ballads that is as loud, good, full of emotions and entertaining as any other great bands.





ok, a re-listen to this album to refresh things...

- The ballad Angel In The Night in fact is a hot favourite on the Singapore's English Pop Perfect Ten 98.7 Radio Station and I think it went to number one, #1, Numero Uno, Nombor Satu, on the charts.  
I think its the strength of this album that Angel In The Night is one of my least favourite songs on this album if I have to rank each of them.

- I love Heart Of Gold which is very catchy rocking song. Those type of song that stick to your head.
- Why The Lies is "beatlesque" to me. Do What I Say is groovy. I Shall Be Released is a very nice ballad. Me And My Woman gets more interesting as the song progresses with the melody changes. Its Real After All is another fabulous slow song that I like.

- Whiskey Lady changes the momentum of the album completely as its damn heavy.
- Face Of Destruction - Continuing the heaviness with as heavy and yet fast rock n roll number.
These two songs are tremendous. Is these two songs on YouTube? Maybe not, then maybe I will upload just because of its rarity nowadays to get this album.

- Last but not least, as I am talking each song the way its arranged on the cd, song on track 10 is
Shed No Tears - I don't know why, its miserable, its sad, but its one of my favourite song ever LOL!!, one of the best ever Art Fazil composed song ever, and one of Lovehunters best song ever, at least for me. 
Seeing Lovehunters live and they start to play this song put a HUGE smile on my face.
Talking cock by myself, releasing stress on this blog, allows me to dig up this cd, and listen and re-listen to this song again and again... Never got sick of it LOL!!!



In conclusion,
This album is without doubt a wonderful memorable release by one of the best and most ground-breaking rock band to ever grace Singapore's and Malaysia's music scene.

Monday, April 7, 2014

This is Your Life (Japanese Version Pressing) - A Tribute to Ronnie James Dio

WARNING with all the passion that I sometimes spew on this blog - This is going to be a long post with lots of photos from the very pretty Japanese-pressing version of the Ronnie James Dio Tribute called This Is Your Life which is arranged by Wendy Dio. 
The Japanese version comes on obi-wrapped at the corner digipak with a booklet that is different as has extra info on the two extra bands (how can I resist Dio Disciple's contribution for the Japanese version) and also another extra booklet written in Japanese plus lyrics in English. Its very nice packaging.
I am very very very excited and really cannot wait for this album release.
 I really adore Ronnie James Dio, its like his voice is in ears my whole life... to see him sings live is an amazing experience, I still got shivers of the memory of him singing "Falling Off The Edge Of The World".  It so bleedingly touching..
 I'm the Man On The Mountain, The Man On The Silver Mountain.




Whether whole bands or individual members of Scorpions, Rainbow, Dio, Motorhead, Deep Purple, Judas Priest, Whitesnake etc etc, taking part is already amazing in this tribute but when Metallica is reported to be taking part in this tribute, I think the status of this tribute cd change into World News as Metallica is such a huge attraction world wide.

I have never been so excited about anything Metallica for many years. But when they say they got a problem even choosing a song from Rainbow Rising (which I think is one of my favourite all time albums, and maybe one of the most influential heavy rock and metal album till now) and they decide to choose a four songs medley of KILL THE KING (Kill The King was a little late during Rising studio recordings so that's why it end up on "LLRNR" album but its already played as the opening song during Rising Tour) /TAROT WOMAN/ STARGAZER/ LIGHT IN THE BLACK, I was so happy. 
I was never this happy with regards to Metallica since.... LOL!! maybe Bleeding Me S&M version LOL!! Its almost UNBELIEVABLE Metallica is going to play this four songs as a Medley on a Ronnie James Dio tribute album. OK enough about Metallica participation now let me hear each song and talk cock about it... 

Intro (some Tony Carey please.. LOL!!)

Ronnie James Dio voice whether for Rainbow, or Black Sabbath, or DIO is the soundtrack of my whole life, since I was a little ignorant vilage boy,  So I am very excited on this release with some of the big names of music.

My only wish was if RITCHIE BLACKMORE for once, just for once, throwing aside all feelings or whatever... do or play or contribute something too.
In addition, I think this is not only a tribute to Ronnie James Dio, but also to those humongous names in music like Ritchie Blackmore, Cozy Powell, Toni Iommi etc etc..



So on the above three photos, you have notes, stories, reflections on Ronnie and also this tribute cd written by Malcome Dome, Koh Sakai, Eddie Trunk, by musicians who participate in this tribute and also Japanese pressing booklet has the extra notes by Tim Ripper Owens on Dio Disciples participation.



ok lets begin to the songs that colours my whole life!!! I am listening to each song and then just write it on this blog...

1. Neon Knights - ANTHRAX. Joey Belladonna is simply fabulous. Love to see him play drums on YouTube with his own band playing clubs doing covers. I think at Ronnie's memorial service he sang Man On The Silver Mountain??
I hope one day Joey Belladonna will personally record a full album of Tribute To Journey. He is the best singer Journey never have. Neal Schon should have chosen Joey Belladonna to replace Steve Perry in Journey. 
2. Last In Line - TENACIOUS D. A heart-rendering start by Jack Black. IS THAT A RECORDER SOLO?!!. Very Rainbow Eyes'ish. I wish Jack Black had followed Ronnie Dio live version style last verse of "we may never!never!never!never!never!never!never!never! come home!!".. 
3. The Mob Rules - ADRENALINE MOB. Over the top. Well..my opinion anyway..
4. Rainbow In The Dark - COREY TAYLOR. Do I contradict myself if I say I like to see Stone Sour on YouTube but when I was at Donington Park and on the first night Slipknot was playing the main stage headlining First Day of Download Festival 2013,  and I decide to exit, go back to my lodge place to eat and sleep because I find them live B.O.R.I.N.G, Sorry..., anyway nice version this one.
5. Straight Through The Heart - HALESTORM. Rocking female voice!!. Love this version. OK, I got to take note to surf the YouTube and check out this Halestorm band more. "RELEASE THE HOUNDS!!!" I really love this version on second listen now!!
6. Starstruck - MOTORHEAD with SAXON'S BIFF BYFORD. Of course a 100% like for this version.
7. Temple Of The King - SCORPIONS. I am so scared to listen to this version. As a small village boy, before I discovered this techno trance breakdancers group called Iron Maiden, it was the Scorpions and Rainbow which were my dosage of introduction to the wonderful magical world of music.
So I was listening to this and I was like just gazing away... Scorpions performing Temple Of The King... WHO COULD HAVE IMAGINE THAT???



8. Egypt (The Chains Are On) - DORO. Why oh Why?? I love this Doro version but its a very old cover version!!. Ok maybe not many people have heard of this song thru all these years but Doro should still sing a new song. I would like to listen to Naked In The Rain by Doro version! Now imagine that!!
9. Holy Diver - KILLSWITCH ENGAGE - Another old one released a few years back. Its nice to re-listen to this version.
10. Catch The Rainbow - GLENN HUGHES, craig goldy, rudy sarzo, scott warren, simon wright (basically lineup of Dio Disciples band)Its so Romantic!! This song has always been so Romantic. Even when OPETH plays this song live, and I watch it on YouTube for me its still so romantic LOL!!!
Anyway, the start of this song, its the intro of As Long As Its Not About Love from Magica. Craig Goldy's album anyway.
11. I - JIMMY BAIN/ROWAN ROBERTSON/Oni Logan/Brian Tich - Jimmy Bain plays with RJD in Rainbow and Dio, Rowan Robertson is introduced in Locked Up The Wolves. This is one of my most favourite songs on this tribute cd on the first listen.




12. Man On The Silver Mountain - ROB HALFORD/doug aldrich,vinny appice, jeff pilson, scott warren  - TOTAL HAPPINESS! I am smiling from ear to ear. Exciting!! the way this song was meant to be.
13. Rising Medley (A Light In The Black/ Tarot Woman/ Stargazer/ Kill The King) - METALLICA. NINE-MINUTES-OF-HEAVY-METAL-HEAVEN!!!. Oh My Goodness, its beyond my expectation!! Everything is so perfect, LOL!!! This is James best singing since ...AJFA!!! "oohh I see his face!!" haha, James will never be Ronnie but he is still damn marvellous here! hahaha.... Is there a video for this recording...?? OOHHH!!! Kill The King is ROCKING!!!! This is the Metallica that I so love last time!! Fuck I am typing this as I am listening, and now they revert back to Light In The Black... SURPRISE!!! AWESOME!!!!!!!! and ooohhh what a dramatic Kill The King ending!! What a full of twist medley!!

Ok, I don't really follow Metallica's current developments, yes just saw them last year though left before Seek And Destroy so there is still public transport LOL!!, and yes like some of you am also eagerly waiting for the coming Helsinki show bootleg just for the historic Frayed End Of Sanity request, but listening to this... I am so happy. Listening to this Medley, I got to say I love Lars, James, Kirk and even Rick?Rob?? or John or something?? the bassist HAHAHA. I am so happy!! ok listen to it one more time....WOOHOOO!!!
14. This Is Your Life - \m/   \m/ - I dont really understand the 90s trendy industrial revolution of Angry Machine album LOL!!!, even till now. But this is the last song on that album. Ronnie and just a piano. This is a very sad song. A very poignant song. Yes, if my wishes, if my dreams have been an eagle, how would I fly?? Fuck I had surely fly to outer space with the wishes and dreams I had!! LOL!!. Never mind, I am still happy with my shares in life. I am a Muslim, I believe in what God has for me,  and this is my life... though I just got to keep on trying my best to catapult onwards and onwards and onwards!! and let it be Magical....!!!
15. Heaven And Hell - STRYPER - The most holy heaven and unholy hell choices for both band and song LOL!!! A nice cover..
16. Stand Up And Shout - DIO DISCIPLES - Craig Goldy is in and out of Dio thru the years so its nice to listen to him with Dio Disciples with Dio's final line-up plus some well-known singers.

OK end of the album, and back to the real world LOL!.
I have completed listening, this album will be on my portable music player for quite some time to accompany me while walking and taking public transport.

ALL IN ALL, this is very very very nice tribute album. I really really love it.




p.s - Maybe one day I will take a photo of the collection of CDs that I have which are Tributes to Rainbow/Dio. The Germans and Japanese ones are so amazing... 
oohh and they dare to perform Rainbow Eyes these Germans and Japanese rockers!! LOL!! But I really like the voice of the speed-up Ritchie Blackmore's wife singing this song on one of Blackmore's Night album too although she will never ever be as good as Ronnie James Dio version. 
Its so bitter sweet song...a heartbreaking song that fits Ronnie's voice completely... ok I will stop now.