Blake W.'s Reviews

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Title: Tumblers
Artist: Tumblers
Label: The Orchard
Original Release Date: 1/1/2000
Date: 10/26/2009

The Tumblers (formerly named Grieving Eucalyptus) were one of the seminal bands in the thriving 1990s pop-punk scene in the Lehigh Valley of PA, along with Weston (Go-Kart Records, Mojo/Universal Records), Digger (Hopeless Records), and a few other bands. G.E.'s first 7" was released by legendary hardcore bandleader Kevin Seconds after he saw the band live while on tour. This band is a ton of fun, with male/female vocals trading verses, pop-punk songs influenced by 50's rock, and excellent punchy production.

Review Date: 10/26/2009
Title: Very Best
Artist: Van Halen
Label: Wea Japan
Original Release Date: 1/1/2004
Date: 1/29/2011

I just wanted to say that J.M. Tyler's review is DEAD ON (even if I think the set deserves another star or star and a half simply because it's 2 discs of great VH music).

For the reviewers who are complaining about the live tracks:
1.) You're missing the idea of "greatest hits" collections, which is to SELL BACK CATALOG ALBUMS or fulfill an artist's contract faster. The live tracks are from their previously-released live album, which is as valid a reason to include them here to sell back catalog as tracks from any of the other officialy-released albums.

2.) The reason that the live tracks are Hagar singing Roth songs is that the idea of this collection is what it's titled: "Best Of Both Worlds." If you notice, the sequencing of the tracks toggles between Roth/Hagar and using live tracks where hagar is singing Roth-era songs plays into that same concept. You may not LIKE it, but UNDERSTAND what you're reviewing here. :-)

Review Date: 1/29/2011
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