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The Best College Classics Album In The World Ever — 4

Virgin Records, CD, Rs. 350

AH! THOSE days in college. One the most important events in a college students' life has to be the initiation into rock. And The Best College Classics Album In The World — 4 surely brings back that experience. Keeping the tradition of the previous College Classics albums intact, this album is also one helluva rocker. It features numbers such as "We Will Rock You" (Queen), "Fireball" (Deep Purple), "Teacher" (Jethro Tull), "I Know What I Like" and "The Knife" (Genesis), "Starman" (David Bowie), "Oye Como Va" (Santana), "Sloop John B" (The Beach Boys) and "Highway to Hell" (AC/DC).

The compilation begins with a warmer in the form of "We Will Rock You". A favourite at college parties, this number sets the tone for what follows. The next number is "Fireball". It is British hard rock and Deep Purple at their best. Though not comparable to either "Hush" or "Black Knight", the speed guitaring in this number leaves you head banging involuntarily. After the high of Deep Purple, it is the turn of "More Than A Feeling" (Boston). This slow and sensuous number with some lovely pullbacks will bring back memories of the first college crush.

No college classics album is complete without Jethro Tull. This album features "Teacher". It is an amazing, progressive number with some scintillating flute notes, one of the best by Tull.

The recording company has done a good job of mixing various genres of rock in this compilation. Though there are quite a few progressive numbers (two by Genesis), they are separated by tracks such as "Starman" by David Bowie.

But the highlight of the album has to be "Oye Como Va" (Santana). It is Santana at his imperious best. It is one of the favourites (along with "Black Magic Woman") both at parties and pubs.

The album also features a couple of early heavy metal numbers in the form of "Gimme Shelter" (Grand Funk Railroad) and "Highway to Hell". The album is a lovely mix of rock n' roll, British hard rock, progressive rock and metal.


Gary Lawyer

Times Music, CD, Rs. 195

INDIA'S ANSWER to Jim Morrison, he is called. Gary Lawyer is back with his new album Unbelong, after showing plenty of promise in The Other Side Of Dawn and Arrow In The Dust. A long time favourite with the advertising industry in India (remember "Thums Up, Taste The Thunder!"?), no single artiste has had a bigger impact on the Indian rock scene than Gary Lawyer. Gary shot to fame playing covers of Doors, Elvis, Neil Diamond and Deep Purple, and his new album is also a throwback to the same era.

But Gary's voice apart, before one goes on to talk about the album, one must pay tribute to some amazing guitar work by Mahesh Tinaikar (of Indus Creed fame). Gary's vocals and Mahesh's guitaring make for quite a combination in this album. The album also features Zubin Balaporia (keyboards) and Adrian Fernandes (drums).

If anyone is looking for some stuff to head bang to, then this album is definitely the wrong choice. The album is pure rock, which doesn't get heavy or noisy anywhere. It starts off with "Run", a number where Gary talks about escaping life's mundane routines. This number kind of describes the mood in which the album is set. It is designed for chilling out after a long day's work or for a long drive.

But the album also features some crowd favourite faster numbers such as "She's All Mine", "Mother Nature And Me" and "No Herring Back". Gary says it all in the lines "She's all mine, want the world to know, love her heart and soul, till the end of time... " and he unleashes the biker in him in "Mother Nature And Me" by beginning the number with the engine note of a Harley Davidson. By the way, the album is titled Unbelong to promote a brand of whisky — the price one has to pay to produce some good music in this country!


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