Sunday, May 31, 2009

644 ( Eddie Rabbitt - Step By Step )











For some reason this song has been running through my mind off and on this entire weekend for, since I do like the song and it is late I will add it to my list. This is one of those country/rock/pop crossover songs from the late '70s/early '80s. As with most love songs it is quite sappy, but a very nice song all the same.

Here is the studio version on YouTube.
Watch a live performance on YouTube.

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Saturday, May 30, 2009

643 ( R.E.O. Speedwagon - Take It On The Run )

Hi Infidelity cover

A lot of good memories are tied to this song; mostly connected to an old 8-track tape recording from the radio. Good song and good Saturday....

Here is the studio version on YouTube.

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Friday, May 29, 2009

642 ( Rush - Finding My Way )

Rush cover

I am in need of some nice, empowering songs to help get me through this busy day.
I have always loved the raw sound and energy of the first Rush album. Their sound is a bit different from their other albums mostly because this album does not feature Neil Peart as drummer or lyricist; John Rutsey was the drummer on this album.

Here is the studio version on YouTube.
Here is a classic live performance of the song on YouTube.

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

641 ( The Gipsy Kings - Hotel California )

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This is another song that I have been meaning to add to my list for a while now. I love this Flamenco version of The Eagles classic, the musicianship and technicality, as with all Flamenco guitar playing is incredible.

Here is a video with the studio version on MySpace.com Video.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

640 ( The (Detroit) Spinners - The Rubberband Man )

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I have loved this song ever since I discovered it on one of my dad's old Superhit 8-Tracks when I was younger. I remember recording it off on to cassette so I could rewind it and listen to it again instead of waiting for the tape to come around again. I dare most anyone to be in a bad mood after listening to this great song.
From what I understand, The Spinners are also known as The Detroit Spinners mostly in the UK to avoid confusion with a British band with the same name.

Here is the studio version on YouTube.
Here is a live performance circa '76 on YouTube.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

639 ( Electric Light Orchestra - I'm Alive )

Xanadu cover

I have been in need of upbeat music lately, I could not think of song that is as upbeat as this ELO classic. I just love the sound of ELO, this song has just an amazing quality to it.

Here is the studio version on YouTube.

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Monday, May 25, 2009

638 ( The Grateful Dead - Alabama Getaway )

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Happy Memorial Day! The day supposedly for honoring the dead; I am again honoring "The Dead" on Memorial Day by adding one of their songs to my list, maybe the start a tradition here. This is a fun upbeat toe-tapper that feels good for any day.

Here is the studio version on YouTube.
Here is a live performance circa '81 on YouTube, it takes about 2 minutes before the song starts.

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

637 ( Jethro Tull - Mayhem, Maybe )

20 Years of Jethro Tull cover

This song just seemed like a good pick for me this evening. It is about the legendary "faerie folk" playing practical jokes on men and causing, as the song states, mayhem. I love the use of Celtic Folk styling along with the 'Tull sound; quite a fun song to listen to. It was originally unreleased until the 20th Anniversary Boxed Set under "flawed gems and other sides of 'Tull;" it can now also be found on the remaster of the Broadsword and the Beast album.

Hear the studio version on YouTube.

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

636 ( Collective Soul - Pretty Donna )

Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid cover

We decided for no reason on an impromptu road trip in to the Silver Valley. While on the road this song popped on ye olde iPod and it caught my attention. It is a nice little piece of classical chamber music, kind of odd for a 90s alternative/rock band but quite excellent all the same.

Here is the studio version on YouTube.
Here is a live performance on YouTube.

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Friday, May 22, 2009

635 ( Fire Bomber (Hummingbird) - Seventh Moon )











This is the opening song to the Anime' Macross 7; for some reason it just seemed perfect for a pick today. This song, along with the other music from this Anime' features monster guitarist/vocalist Yoshiki Fukuyama and his Rock/Metal band at the time: Hummingbird.

Here is a fan video with the full studio version on YouTube.
Here is a live performance of the song on YouTube.

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

634 ( Steely Dan - Hey Nineteen )

Gaucho cover

I was listening to a lot of Steely Dan last night; this is one that received a lot of replay. I came to like this song when I was younger when I would have the radio on almost all day long, it seemed to be played a lot back then.

Here is a fan video with the studio version on YouTube.
Here is a live performance circa '96 on YouTube.
Here is a live performance circa '03 on YouTube.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

632 ( Duran Duran - Lay Lady Lay )

Thank You cover

This is a cover of the Bob Dylan classic from their Thank You cover album. I have always liked the original quite a bit, but I also like how they covered this one; they did an excellent job.

Here is the studio version on YouTube.
Here is part of a live performance on YouTube.

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Monday, May 18, 2009

631 ( Ozzy Osbourne - Goodbye To Romance )

Blizzard of Ozz cover

This one has been running through my mind the last couple of days and seemed like an excellent pick to start my week with.

Here is the studio version on YouTube.

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Sunday, May 17, 2009

630 ( ABBA - Me and I )

Super Trouper cover

I was listening to a lot of ABBA today while working today. This is one of my favorites from the pen of Andersson/Ulvaeus; the lyrics in this song are some of the best arranged that I have ever heard from the band. The music is a perfect match to the lyrics; of course they use their trademark of launching into major chords in the chorus to gives the song a monster hook. Both bassist Rutger Gunnarsson and drummer Ola Brunkert are incredible in this song; they compose one of the most underrated rhythm sections in music in my opinion.

Here is the studio version on YouTube.
Here is a live performance on YouTube.

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

629 ( Rammstein - Engel )

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I had a few songs ready to pick this evening, but with the mood that I am in this song is just perfect; there is a lot that I like about this song. If my memory serves me correctly this was the song that first introduced me to Rammstein, after this song I got hooked on their music. This is one of the main songs to feature Christiane "Bobolina" Herbold on backing vocals.

Here is the studio version on YouTube.
Here is the music video on YouTube.
Here is the English version of the song on YouTube; this is not a translation of the original German, but instead re-written in English.

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Friday, May 15, 2009

628 ( Rainbow - Street of Dreams )

Bent out of Shape cover

This song has been running through my mind most of the morning; I have been meaning to choose a song from Rainbow for a while now anyway.

Here is the studio version on YouTube.
Here is the music video on YouTube. The song actually starts at about the 1:40 mark.

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

627 ( The Scorpions - Rhythm of Love )

Savage Amusement cover

It is weird that I am in the 600s of my list and I have not chosen anything from The Scorpions yet; I will remedy that today. Last night while making a late night store run this song came on the radio. There is so much that I like about this song, it was written and arranged very well in my opinion.

Here is the music video on YouTube.
Here is a live performance circa '91 on YouTube. There are many more live performances can be found on YouTube as well.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

626 ( Steely Dan - Deacon Blues )

Aja cover

I needed some light Jazz today and Steely Dan just seemed an excellent choice for me; this is one of my favorite Jazz inspired tracks from from Steely Dan. The saxophone solo is one of my favorite aspects, it takes the song to another level in my opinion.

Here is the studio version on YouTube.
Here is a live performance from a couple of years ago on YouTube.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

625 ( Ian Anderson - Made in England )

Walk Into Light cover

I guess that I'm a bit of an odd fan of Ian's music because most of the 'Tull faithful despise the middle '80s synth era of 'Tull. I actually like their Prog-Synth sound, probably because I grew up in the era with that kind of music around me. This album, along with 'Tull's Under Wraps is the last time you were able to hear Ian's voice before he damaged it.

Here is the studio version on YouTube.

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Sunday, May 10, 2009

623 ( Megadeth - À Tout le Monde )

Youthanasia cover

Oi! I am picking late on Sunday again... Anyway, I was listening to this song today while out and about and I knew that this was my pick. I love the power that is behind this song; Dave Mustaine is such an excellent songwriter and he shows it here in spades.

Here is the music video on YouTube.
Here is another music video on YouTube featuring Cristina Scabbia.
Here is a live performance of the song on YouTube.

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Saturday, May 09, 2009

622 ( Toto - Africa )

Toto IV cover

Today while on the road this song popped on my iPod's playlist and I decided to add it tonight to my blog. I have always liked this song in some aspect over time ever since I first heard it; there are a lot of memories tied to this song for me. It is very much linked to the '80s sound, which makes it sound a bit dated, but an excellent song all the same.

Here is the studio version on YouTube.
Here is a recent live performance on YouTube.

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Friday, May 08, 2009

621 ( Band of Horses - Our Swords )

Everything All the Time cover

I needed some Band of Horses today and this one was almost perfect for my mood. What is awesome is that this song features two basses playing, which adds an awesome aspect to their already melodic sound.

Here is a video with the studio version on YouTube.
Here is a live performance on YouTube.

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Thursday, May 07, 2009

620 ( Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Learning to Fly )

Into the Great Wide Open cover

This was a song that was playing on the radio this morning that I like quite a bit, I figured that it would be a good choice for today.

Here is the music video on YouTube.
Here is a live performance from a couple of years ago on YouTube. There are quite a few more available as well of YouTube.

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Wednesday, May 06, 2009

619 ( Pearl Jam - Black )



I have been wanting to add this song to my list for a while now and today I will. I love how they use a build up in this song to add so much power to it along with the awesome lyrics.

Here is the studio version on YouTube.
Here is a live performance of the song on YouTube.

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Tuesday, May 05, 2009

618 ( Pink Floyd - Us and Them )

The Dark Side of the Moon cover

I have been listening to a lot of Pink Floyd lately; I was enjoying listening to this one in particular last night. This is the best music to "zone out" to, it is nice to just put headphones on, clear your mind and listen. I love the way that this song was arranged; it was pure genius.

Here is a video with the studio version on YouTube.
Here is the song from Live at Pompeii on YouTube.

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Monday, May 04, 2009

617 ( The Doobie Brothers - China Grove )

The Captain and Me cover

I caught this song on the radio this morning while on the road and decided that I should add it to the list. I cannot believe that I am over 600 songs chosen and have not chosen a Doobies' song yet.

Here is a studio recording on YouTube.
Here is a live performance on YouTube.

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Saturday, May 02, 2009

615 ( Bad Company - Bad Company )

Bad Company cover

I have been watching some cowboy movies this evening and because of them, this song came to mind for my pick; plus it is a song I like a lot as well.

Here is the studio version on YouTube.
Here is a newer live performance on YouTube.

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Friday, May 01, 2009

614 ( .38 Special - Fade To Blue )

Resolution cover

Last night while watching television this song started running through my mind and I knew that I had to add it. It is another "love at first note" song for me; the musicianship and tightness on this track are incredible. The sound is quite a bit different for those who are used to their "Hold on Loosely" sound. There is a bit of a 90's Alternative Rock feel to it, but make no mistake, their Southern Rock sound is there in spades as well.

Here is a live performance on YouTube.

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