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Devil Without A Cause, Kid Rock

Comment: It's fitting that the Kid Rock revival got started when the Beastie Boys featured him in their Grand Royal magazine--and not because the kid from Detroit shares their skin tone. Rock has often been compared with the early Beasties--the boys of "Fight for Your Right to Party" and "Brass Monkey," the boys no one ever thought would grow up. With lines like "I ain't straight outta Compton, I'm straight out the trailer" and "I started an escort service--for all the right reasons," it's obvious that Kid Rock doesn't aim to follow suit.

But that's no hindrance to Devil--backed by the funky metal band Twisted Brown Trucker and special guests like blues vets Robert Bradley and Thronetta Davis, Rock is hosting one hell of an interesting party. Ultimately, Rock's party is great, schlocky fun, equal parts old Beasties and Sebastian Bach--making Devil a guilty pleasure, the Starship Troopers of hip-hop. --Randy Silver

Born Free, Kid Rock

Comment:Kid Rock will release his 8th studio album, 'Born Free,' on November 16th via Atlantic Records. The record was produced by Rick Rubin and mixed by Greg Fidelman. The first single from the album will be, appropriately, 'Born Free' which hits radio September 14th. 'Born Free' is in many ways a transformational album for Kid Rock. While there is still the edge, wit, and swagger of previous albums, he doesn't rap, there's no metal - there isn't even a parental warning sticker.

Says Kid Rock, 'The catalyst for this record was Detroit, and my thoughts on the world through the lens of Detroit. Watching everything go downhill over the past few years, the economy, the loss of jobs everywhere, I wanted to make a record that reflected the times but that still had soul.'

The bulk of the album was recorded live in a two week span in Los Angeles with a stellar cast of musicians including Heartbreaker Benmont Tench, Red Hot Chili Pepper Chad Smith, David Hidalgo from Los Lobos and Chavez guitarist Matt Sweeney. Studios in Detroit, Nashville and Atlanta were used to incorporate collaborations with Bob Seger, Sheryl

Arrival, Mike Griffin & Keri Leigh

Comment: This is the best blues I have ever heard in my life. That is the way it should be done. Just like LEad Belly and Hollin Wolfe, nothing could sound better, go ahead and order it.

Rush: Snakes & Arrows Live (2008)

Comment: Filmed over two performances in Rotterdam, Holland in October of 2007, Rush's new DVD Snakes & Arrows Live captures the legendary band in peak form, performing classic Rush material and nine new songs from their critically acclaimed 2007 CD Snakes & Arrows. The 2-disc concert DVD is presented in both 5.1 audio and stereo, and also included is a bonus disc of four songs added for their 2008 American tour, including "Ghost of a Chance," filmed here for the first time. Since the release of their eponymous first LP in 1974, Rush has continually expanded the definition of "progressive power trio." Guitarist Alex Lifeson, bassist/keyboardist/vocalist Geddy Lee and drummer/lyricist Neil Peart combine dazzling virtuosity, laser-beam intensity and unbridled creativity to create a cohesive whole that's infinitely greater than its parts. The Toronto-based group has become one of Canada's leading exports, with a catalog of genre-defining releases including 2112, Permanent Waves, Moving Pictures, Vapour Trails and Snakes & Arrows and a live show which combines musicianship, showmanship and multi-media effects that engage all the senses. Following their previous best-selling DVDs Rush in Rio and R30, Snakes & Arrows Live presents a band not resting on its considerable laurels but still earning its reputation as one of the world's best live bands - one night at a time.

Guns-N-Roses Greatest Hits

Comment: It may surprise some to realize that Guns Ní Roses released only four full-length original albums, and two of those debuted simultaneously. But they were enough to forever change rock Ďní roll. Even more shocking is that one of the great bands in rock history, with its last studio album issued 10 years ago, has never had a "best of" compilation. Now it has. Welcome to the jungle with Greatest Hits (Geffen), released March 23, 2004. With 14 selections housed in a digipak, Greatest Hits features all eight of the bandís Top 40 Billboard Hot 100 tracks (five of them RIAA-certified "gold," i.e., sales of more than 500,000 units). Along with spanning the groupís five album releases, Greatest Hits also marks the debut on a Guns Ní Roses album of the bandís cover of the Rolling Stonesí "Sympathy For The Devil" for the 1995 film Interview With The Vampire.

Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd

Comment: 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

Lynyrd Skynyrd - All Time Greatest Hits

Comment: All Time Greatest Hits" is proof of this band's lasting legacy, tragically ended in a 1977 plane crash that killed lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, whose awesome voice was matched only by his songwriting genius; third guitarist Steve Gaines, whose addition to the band added zest and maturity; his sister Cassie, who sang background; and original tour manager Dean Kilpatrick. What an infinite loss for the music world, and how lucky we are to be able to listen to the music they left behind.

Eliminator (Collector's Edition)

Comment: ZZ TOP' s 1983 masterpiece Eliminator illustrates their cultural evolution fired up with boogie and synths, the disc was both timeless Top and perfectly of-the- moment. It hit #9 in Billboard®, remained on the Hot 100 for three years and was one of the first albums to be certified Diamond by the RIAA for sales of over 10 million. At the first-ever MTV Video Music Awards in 1984, Legs took Best Group Video and Sharp Dressed Man won Best Direction. As this classic album hits its 25-year mark, Rhino pays its respects with a Texas-sized CD + DVD Collector's Edition.

Gimme What I Got Comin' by Mike Griffin

Comment: Saw Mike in The House of Blues, and this boy rocks. He was playing in the restaraunt and the Jerry Garcia Band was in the Concert Area. If I knew what he was about, I would have given up the JGB. Three piece band with a lot of sound and these boys are tight.

Bikers...Babes...Beers... by The Buzzz

Comment: Pissed Off, Kick Ass Rock n Roll. Great biker tunes, party tunes with special ballad as well. A must have for all rock n roll collections!

Live at Sturgis by .38 Special

Comment: A DualDisc is a two-sided disc made up of a CD on one side and a DVD on the other, DualDiscís breakthrough technology allows one disc to have it all. A full album on the CD side. All sorts of special material on the DVD side, including the full album in a 5.1 Surround Sound, exclusive video content and lyrics. DualDisc work wherever you play CDís and DVDís, including car stereos, PCís DVD Players, game consoles and CD players.