Hocus Pocus Live is a dynamic live performance that proves Gary Hoey can replicate his fantastic fretboard trickery with ease in concert. It is true that the versions here aren't radically different from the studio versions – the little differences will only be of interest to guitar fanatics, who will be able to spot the differences between solos – but there's enough energy and fire to his performances to make it worthwhile for Hoey fans who aren't guitar fanatics.
Yutaka was fourteen years old when he was run over by a car and fell into a coma. Now, ten years later, he wakes up and realizes that his family is not intact anymore: father, mother and sister live at different places. Yutaka decides to re-open the pony farm that his family once ran.
Psychopatico is the second live album by the Danish rock group D-A-D, and the first to be published outside of Japan. The album was released on November 20, 1998. The recordings on the double album was made during the Mad Days Tour in the same year. At the Danish Grammy Awards 1999 the album was elected Danish Rock Album of the Year. Psychopatico contains a studio recording of the new track, "Jacketless in December" which was released as the first single of the album.
"Different Stages" is a live album by Canadian rock band Rush, released in 1998. The bulk of the first and second discs were recorded at the World Amphitheater in suburban Chicago during the 1997 Test for Echo tour, along with three songs from the 1994 Counterparts tour. The third disc is taken from a performance at the Hammersmith Odeon in London during the A Farewell to Kings tour in 1978.
Recorded, apparently, at the House of Blues in Chicago in 1997 (at least, if the MC's introduction and picture of a backstage pass is anything to go by), Live is something of a time killer from the band. If nothing else, it's a nice enough document of the late-'90s version of the group on stage. Given how much Enuff Z'Nuff's recorded work relies on a balance of subtler and full-on approaches, Live understandably concentrates on the latter side – there aren't any overdubs, backward tapes, or the like here.
"Shine On" is third live album by American heavy metal band Riot, released in 1998 in Japan by Zero Corporation and in the US by Metal Blade Records. In the Japanese edition track 7 "Swords and Tequila" is replaced by "Watching the Signs" and track 16 "Outlaw" by "Nightbreaker". Excellent sound quality and a good selection of songs from the newer Riot catalogue.
"If you know this one, you're showing your age," a wry Tony Hadley says by way of introducing "Cut a Long Story Short," Spandau Ballet's 1980 hit from their formative years as a prototype New Romantics band. Still fun, still refreshing with its post-punk vitality and Bowie-esque sound, "Cut a Long Story Short" cheerfully closes out this 1990 Birmingham, England, concert before a massive crowd. Not that the preceding 17 or so songs on this performance document are anything less than spirited.
VH1 Divas Live brings VH1's original 1998 gathering of superstar songbirds to SACD. Gloria Estefan, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, and Shania Twain perform some of their biggest hits, including Carey's "My All," Twain's "You're Still the One," Dion's "My Heart Will Go On," and Estefan's "Turn the Beat Around." All five divas share the spotlight – to the extent that a diva can share the spotlight – on the set's finale, "Natural Woman" and "Testimony." A worthwhile set for those who want to see as well as hear their VH1 Divas Live album, the disc offers little in the way of additional features but remains a faithful translation of the special TV concert.