Robert Wm. Gomez's

Robert's Record Reviews

I've accumulated a pretty big record/cd collection and, from time to time, I used to write reviews of the latest additions to my collection. Lately, I haven't bought much music. That whole "you turn 30 and buying CDs doesn't seem to be that important" thing hit me. Lately, I have been working my way back through my collection and trying to listen to everything again and put down my thoughts here.

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Album Title Artistsort descending Rating
Replicas Tubeway Army 9/10 After having owned and loved The Pleasure Principle for years, I finally expanded my Gary Numan collection with this... more
Labour of Love UB40 5/10 Okay, I'll give them credit for having the balls to misspell "labor" in their record title (USA! USA! USA!), but other than... more
An Invitation to Planet Mace Untamed Youth 9/10 This is the long awaited new release from these kings of Jethro Rock™ And this is one of their best records to date. Along with... more
Youth Runs Wild Untamed Youth 9/10 This is the follow-up to Planet Mace and continues much along the same lines. They rely a bit less on originals this time. U.Y... more
At The Fabulous El Morocco Lounge Untamed Youth, The 7/10 This is far from the best starting point if you want to listen to The Untamed Youth. It's a live recording from Las Vegas that... more
Major Chaos! Untamed Youth, The 9/10 This is a great collection of rarities from The Untamed Youth that I was hesitant to buy for a long time because I thought I... more
Untamed Melodies Untamed Youth, The 10/10 Deke's old band. CD compiles a bunch of this band's great surf tunes. All the tracks are also available on vinyl in various... more
More Gone Gassers From The Untamed Youth Untamed Youth, The 10/10 One of my favorite records from the early nineties. This is a great mix of vocal numbers and surf instrumentals featuring Derek... more
Peace Thru Vandalism / When In Rome Vandals, The 9/10 As a kid growing up in Central Illinois Peace Thru Vandalism was one the first "punk rock" records I ever heard. I... more
Fear of a Punk Planet Vandals, The 4/10 I remember being pretty excited when I bought this CD. I loved the earliest Vandals records and finally being able to get... more
Anthology Vapors, The 10/10 This is basically a CD repackaging of New Clear Days with about a third of the songs from Magnets. The Vapors... more
Jungle Exotica Part 2 Various Artists 10/10 I have yet to wipe the tears of joy that flow down my cheeks since I bought this disc. Like its predecessor, Jungle Exotica 1,... more
Strummin' Mental Part Two Various Artists 8/10 This is a compilation of instrumental music from 1957-65. It's equal in quality to the stuff in the Back From the Grave... more
The Planet Pimp Records Good Tyme Jahamboree Various Artists 10/10 Another winner from Sven-Erik and the gang. New David Nudelman song "Vegetabless" and also Deke Dickerson song and a Go... more
Beat, Beat, Beatsville!: Beatnik Rock 'n' Roll Various Artists 9/10 This is a comp of late fifties early sixties novelty rock songs about beatniks. It's very much in-line with stuff like Sin... more
Sin Alley Part One Various Artists 10/10 This is the first CD reissue of the classic Sin Alley rockabilly reissue series. Contains 30 Rockabilly and R&B "... more
Teenage Doll Various Artists 9/10 This selection from the ever-growing Buffalo Bop re-release CDs feature only female rockers from the 50s. It's much more... more
Hedwig and the Angry Inch: Original Cast Recording Various Artists 7/10 Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the greatest musical about a statutory rapist since Subway! The Musical. I saw... more
The Iron Giant Various Artists 10/10 Although it contains two selections from Michael Kamen's score, this is mostly a collection of songs featured in the animated... more
Whore: Various Artists Play Wire Various Artists 6/10 Tribute/cover albums are a hit or miss. My liking of a track can unfairly depend on two things: first, do like the band doing... more
Naked Lunch Various Artists 7/10 I tried very hard to like the book Naked Lunch. All the cool kids thought it was just the bee's knees. Well, when I... more
Come Spy With Us Various Artists 10/10 This is a great compilation of mostly 60's era spy movie theme songs (and a few T.V. series themes too). Making a good case for... more
The Prisoner Various Artists 10/10 An absolutely fantastic collection of themes and incidental music from the sixties cult T.V. show, The Prisoner. I use... more
Pulp Fiction Various Artists 7/10 By 1994, having become bored with most of indie rock I had been listening to as a college student, I had immersed myself into... more
Terminal City Ricochet Various Artists 7/10 Like any compilation, there will be a range of quality in the songs. Most of the tracks that I really like on this soundtrack I... more
Ciao Bella! Various Artists 9/10 A fantastic compilation 60's girl-pop songs from Italy. The highlight of the CD is the opening track "Baluba Shake." None of... more
Strummin' Mental Part One Various Artists 8/10 The first Strummin' Mental CD compiles thirty or so surfy guitar instrumentals from the early 60s. The aesthetic here... more
Back from the Grave Volume 9 Various Artists 7/10 The Back from the Grave series seeks to uncover raw sixties garage rock that has a punk-rock sensibility. It's been... more
Strictly Instrumental Vol. 4 Various Artists 7/10 A collection of 50s and 60s rock and roll instrumentals from Buffalo Bop. At times a little bit Link Wray and other times a... more
The Horror Films Collections, Volume 2 Various Artists 9/10 This compilation covers Italian films from the early Seventies all the way to 1991's Hobgoblin and features... more
C'est Chic! Various Artists 9/10 Another great 60's girl group compilation from Ace Records. I think I like the Italian girl singers CD a tad bit more, but this... more
Las Vegas Grind Part 3 Various Artists 10/10 FINALLY!! Part 3 in the incredible Las Vegas Grind series. This disc, like its predecessors, is simply incredible and an... more
VU Velvet Underground, The 7/10 Another one of my wife's CDs. I've never been much of a fan of this band but here, upon a second or third listen, I think I... more
Greatest Hits Ventures, The 3/10 I bought this from a bargain bin at either Best Buy or some other big box retailer thinking that I would have the definitive... more
The Best of the Waitresses Waitresses, The 10/10 "I Know What Boys Like" was a personal new wave favorite for me as a kid. It was featured on K-tel's The Beat new wave... more
The Pod Ween 7/10 The record is what happens when a band comprised of talented stoners is tasked with creating an LP's worth of music but is not... more
Pure Guava Ween 8/10 This was my introduction to Ween. At the time I thought of them as They Might Be Giants with profanity. In hindsight I think... more
Wendy and Lisa Wendy and Lisa 4/10 This is another one of those CDs in my collection that I bought because I wanted to buy something while I was out at... more
A Bell Is a Cup Until it Is Struck Wire 10/10 Wire continues its slide towards mid-eighties dance music with this collection of songs. There's a dreamy, goth-y quality to... more
It's Beginning to and Back Again Wire 8/10 This is a weird little release that contains alternative versions of many of the songs from A Bell Is a Cup and ... more