Thursday, September 30, 2010

1137 Band of Horses - No One's Gonna Love You

1137 Band of Horses - No One's Gonna Love You
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After mentioning Band of Horses yesterday their music started running through my mind incessantly. This song was one of the main reasons I bought their second album Cease to Begin. I love the way this one was arranged both musically and lyrically; while being a softer track it still has a good edge to it.

Hear No One's Gonna Love You on YouTube.
Watch the music video on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Alan Menken and Howard Ashman - Feed Me (Git It) (From Little Shop of Horrors)
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My song pick two years ago today: Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) - Who'll Stop The Rain
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My song pick three years ago today: Triumph - Lay It On The Line

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

1136 Nirvana - Drain You

1136 Nirvana - Drain You

After all the drama associated with my blog the last week I am wanting to step away from all the heaviness. After all, this is a song-a-day blog, not blog to rant about the record industry; although, it has been nice to engage in a discussion about it.
Through all of this I have had quite a few conversations, not really about the recording industry itself, but the music being created. Since we seem to cut musical eras into 10-year blocks divided by decades, it is interesting to pose the question: what music defines a decade?
What I have been wondering is in 10-20 years what bands and songs will be looked at as the defining songs of the last decade? What songs recorded from 2000-2009 will still be listened to in 20 years? In 10-20 years when a film or television show is made set in the 00's, what music will be playing in the background? Probably a lot of it will consist of Metal and Hip-Hop with a smattering of the Pop/American Idol scene. For me personally, other than a few songs in the Metal, Hip-Hop, and Indie Rock genres, I have trouble naming anything from the last decade that will still be listened to in 20 years the same way much of the music from 20 years ago is still listened to today.
When one thinks of the mainstream music of the '90s one of the first few bands named will always be Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam, etc. There are too many to list here and that is just sticking with the mainstream, not delving into other genres. It's the same with every other decade since the invention of recorded music: too many excellent bands and songs to list.
I am not saying that there is nothing good today, but it seems that there is lower quantities of the good music. I have to agree with Max on this one: with services like YouTube it has made it a lot easier to discern between what is quality and what is not before making a purchase.
Anyway, my song pick today, of course, comes from one of the bands from '90s that to some helped to define the decade musically. I still remember back then it seemed as if you couldn't turn on a radio without hearing them.

Hear Drain You on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Amon Amarth - The Pursuit of Vikings

My song pick two years ago today: Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) - Effigy

My song pick three years ago today: The Steve Miller Band - Threshold/Jet Airliner

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

1135 Aerosmith - Dream On

1135 Aerosmith - Dream On
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I have no reason I am picking this track other than I like it quite a bit and it fits my mood a bit today. It is probably one of my top favourites if not my favourite song from Aerosmith; it's one of their most dynamic tracks in my opinion.

Hear Dream On on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Rush - One Little Victory

My song pick two years ago today: Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) - Fortunate Son

My song pick three years ago today: Franz Schubert - Der Erlkönig, Op. 1 "The ErlKing"

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Monday, September 27, 2010

1134 Molly Hatchet - Gator Country

1134 Molly Hatchet - Gator Country
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This is one of the first tracks I ever heard from the band back in the day, it has always been one of my favourite songs of theirs. If you have ever heard Molly Hatchet then you should be accustomed to their Southern Blues/Rock style present in this track.
An interesting aspect about this song is that there are a lot of "shout outs" to other Southern bands' songs in the lyrics. The only song that they are referring to that I have not been able thus far identify from the lyrics: "...Charlie Daniels Will Tell You The Good Lord Lives in Tennessee...." Other than that I have found every other song they are referring to.

Hear Gator Country on YouTube.
Watch a live performance of the song on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: The Beatles - I Me Mine

My song pick two years ago today: Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) - Up Around The Bend

My song pick three years ago today: Rammstein - Du Riechst So Gut

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

1133 Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli (Quintette du Hot Club de France) featuring Freddy Taylor - After You've Gone

1133 Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli (Quintette du Hot Club de France) featuring Freddy Taylor - After You've Gone
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This rather nice Gypsy Jazz track seemed like an excellent pick for this Sunday afternoon; it perfectly fits my mood. There is something about hearing Stephane Grappelli's violin and Django Reinhardt's guitar that always brings a smile. This is one of their tracks to feature the vocal talents of Freddy Taylor, I love how he employs a bit of scatting to give the recording a little something extra.

Hear a recording of the song circa '36 on YouTube.
Hear a recording of the song circa '49 on YouTube, of course without Freddy Taylor.



My song pick a year ago today: The Beatles - Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
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My song pick two years ago today: Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) - Commotion
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My song pick three years ago today: Don Henley - Boys of Summer

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

1132 Jerry Reed - The Telephone

1132 Jerry Reed - The Telephone


Finally getting around to making my pick today; oh well, better late than never.
I have been meaning to pick this comedy song from the incomparable Jerry Reed for some time now. He is entertaining as ever in this rant about some modern communications.

Hear The Telephone on YouTube.
Watch a television performance of the song on YouTube.


My song pick a year ago today: The Beatles - Penny Lane
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My song pick two years ago today: Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) - Green River
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My song pick three years ago today: Rush - A Passage To Bangkok

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Friday, September 24, 2010

1131 Azteca - A Night in Nazca

1131 Azteca - A Night in Nazca

I had this Latin Jazz/Funk/Rock song running through my mind yesterday and most of this morning. This is a nice grooving track with amazing musicianship all the way through it.
To describe the sound/feel of this song to a layperson, think of some the mood music that might be playing in the background of a '70s cop movie.

Hear A Night in Nazca on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band/With a Little Help from My Friends

My song pick two years ago today: Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) - Midnight Special

My song pick three years ago today: Megadeth - Use The Man

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

1130 Bad English - When I See You Smile

1130 Bad English - When I See You Smile
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I heard this track yesterday day and I hadn't heard it for quite a while, I believe, since I worked graveyard shift at a supermarket. To some the song could be likened to jumping into a vat of audible Cheese Whiz®, but I have always had a soft spot for it. Neal Schon's guitar work is always excellent in anything he is a part of; this song is no different.
I remember when working graveyard at the store, this was only song with a guitar solo that was on the about 120 minute loop; it was one of the few songs which was a bright spot in the cacophony we had to listen to over the 10 hours on the floor. At least it was better than during the Holidays, (shutters), which had a 45 minute loop of some of the worst renditions of Christmas songs ever recorded. Needless to say I came up with new lyrics for those song, which should not be uttered in polite company.

Hear When I See You Smile on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: The Beatles - Love Me Do

My song pick two years ago today: Mr. Big - Green-Tinted Sixties Mind

My song pick three year ago today: ABBA - Our Last Summer

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

1129 Lynyrd Skynyrd - Tuesday's Gone

1129 Lynyrd Skynyrd - Tuesday's Gone
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I found out yesterday that the "namesake" of the band, gym teacher Leonard Skinner died at the age of '77, a write-up can be found here. He is one of the few individuals immortalized in music that didn't even have to play a note; as long as Lynyrd Skynyrd's music is around he will be remembered. I figured that this would be an excellent track for the occasion, plus it is one of my favourites from the band that I hadn't chosen yet.

Hear a low-fi vinyl recording of Tuesday's Gone on YouTube.
Watch a live performance of the song on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: The Beatles - Help!
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My song pick two years ago today: Santana - Black Magic Woman
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My song pick three years ago today: Bon Jovi - Tokyo Road

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

1128 Jethro Tull - Beggar's Farm

1128 Jethro Tull - Beggar's Farm
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Well, I guess the clodding pillock(s) at the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) that filed a claim against my blog are getting a song dedicated to them this morning. I knew my song pick had to be off of the same album as the one they went after. While this one doesn't quite fit my sentiments at the moment, it's the closest song I can think of off the album that does.
To the idiot(s) who filed the claim: all of the links on this and every other post for that matter will take you to YouTube; that is the site where the videos and songs reside and are hosted on someone else's Google account and are not associated with this blog what so ever. My links are not to downloadable files, but to videos on YouTube, which is a view-only service.
I know it's a hard concept to understand, but it would seem as if a elementary level education is not a requirement for employment at the IFPI.
For those in the industry who are obviously of less-that-human intelligence, for quite a while I have had an about box in the upper right of the page, where it has a Concerning the Links to songs in my blog posts link, where I explained in detail where the songs and videos are and that I have no control over them. Here is a post concerning the mess thus far.

Once again, I will explain veeerrrrryyyy sloooowwwwly, the videos and songs linked below are on YouTube. If someone clicks the links the artist and the greedy, money grubbing record company gets paid.

Hear Beggar's Farm on YouTube.




My song pick a year ago today: The Beatles - Something

My song pick two years ago today: Jethro Tull - Singing All Day

My song pick three years ago today: Jethro Tull - Heavy Water

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

1126 Karussell - Nämlich Bin Ich Glücklich

1126 Karussell - Nämlich Bin Ich Glücklich
I have had this song running through my mind most of the morning and afternoon. This is pretty dynamic track; it goes from its early 80's Rock sound to almost classical at times. The chorus of the song mostly features riff heavy rock with some synth, while the verses contain mostly acoustic guitars with a well-defined bass line and modest percussion holding it down. Quite a nice track for an otherwise calm Sunday.

Here is the studio version on YouTube.


My song pick a year ago today: Green Day - Boulevard of Broken Dreams
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My song pick two years ago today: The Delgados - All You Need Is Hate
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My song pick three years ago today: Tesla - Signs

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

1125 The Kinks - Where Have All the Good Times Gone

1125 The Kinks - Where Have All the Good Times Gone
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After I saw the title of the song Max picked yesterday this Kinks track kept playing in my mind; as usual I took it as a sign I should make it my song pick. This another one of their tracks filled with some youthful angst; it has a wee bit of a Bob Dylan feel mixed in with their sound on this track in my opinion.
Most who grew up in the 80's and 90's would probably best remember the Van Halen cover of this track; I have even seen some believe it to be a Van Halen original; the David Bowie's cover is also one that many might remember as well. There are probably a few more covers of this song floating about that I am not aware of.

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



My song pick a year ago today: Wilson Pickett - In the Midnight Hour

My song pick two years ago today: Collective Soul - Shine

My song pick three years ago today: Skid Row - 18 And Life

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Friday, September 17, 2010

1124 Ozzy Osbourne - Flying High Again

1124 Ozzy Osbourne - Flying High Again
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I thought for sure that I had chosen this track a while ago, I checked and I guess I hadn't. Anyway, this is one of my top ten favourite songs from Ozzy's solo work; I have always loved the rhythm.

Here is a live performance circa '82 on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Amon Amarth feat. Lars Göran Petrov - Guardians of Asgard

My song pick two years ago today: Bob Welch - Ebony Eyes

My song pick three years ago today: Jethro Tull - 17

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

1123 Béla Fleck & the Flecktones - A Celtic Medley: Meridian/Traveling Light/Salamander's Reel

1123 Béla Fleck & the Flecktones - A Celtic Medley: Meridian/Traveling Light/Salamander's Reel
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Been almost a year since I picked a song from this talented group of musicians; way too long in my opinion. They are one of the bands that if I start to get bored musically I attempt to learn one of their songs, which usually keeps me busy for quite some time.
Anyway, in this track they show off their musical diversity again by bringing in some Celtic Folk Music to their mix of Jazz/Funk/Bluegrass/etc.; it makes for an excellent sound.

Here is a live performance from Ohne Filter circa '93 on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Finntroll - Trollhammeren

My song pick two years ago today: Pink Floyd - Learning to Fly

My song pick three years ago today: Fire Bomber (Humming Bird) - Remember 16

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

1122 Rush - Lessons

1122 Rush - Lessons
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I was playing around with most of the music from the 2112 album last night; for some reason this rather fun track was one that I kept coming back to and playing along with. It felt like a good pick for today, so I am adding it. Also, for the past few days I haven't been paying that much attention to the pick number except to make sure it stays sequential. I happened to notice that today's pick number is a jumble of the album's title 2112; after that it cemented this track as my pick.
This song's music and lyrics were actually written by guitarist Alex Lifeson alone; it is one of two tracks on this album where Neil Peart did not pen the lyrics. It has been a lot of fun recently being a Rush fan with the attention that band is getting in the mainstream at the moment. I don't expect it to last long; the mainstream's interest is always fleeting, just ask most pop acts from a year or so ago. At least Prog/Rock and Metal bands have their loyal fan base to keep them going. It's just nice to see the music nerds and geeks get some mainstream music scene attention.

Here is the studio version on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Badfinger - Come and Get It

My song pick two years ago today: Green Day - Wake Me Up When September Ends <=Typo fixed; thanks Max!
My song pick three years ago today: Rush - Far Cry

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

1121 Pink Floyd - In the Flesh?

1121 Pink Floyd - In the Flesh?

For some reason I felt like listening to Pink Floyd this morning, their music from The Wall in particular. I noticed that I had not chosen this track yet, which is essentially the overture for the entire album. It's such a dynamic track, it does its job quite well in setting the stage so to speak for what's to come on this album of renown.

Here is the studio version on YouTube.
Here is the scene from The Wall film with the song on YouTube.
Here is a live performance on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Joachim Witt and Peter Heppner - Die Flut

My song pick two years ago today: Jim Croce - You Don't Mess Around With Jim

My song pick three years ago today: Canned Heat - On The Road Again

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Monday, September 13, 2010

1120 Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO) - House of the Rising Sun

1120 Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO) - House of the Rising Sun
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Been meaning to pick this one for quite some time now. This is, of course, BTO's cover of the legendary song that was made famous by Eric Burdon & the Animals. The authorship to this rather old song is still unknown to this day; many have recorded their own versions of it.
From what I understand this track became a live staple for BTO after a concert where they played a show with Eric Burdon & the Animals. As the story goes, Eric Burdon & the Animals, for what ever reason, decided not to perform their signature song, however the crowd wanted to hear it; to appease the crowd BTO came on and performed it. They eventually recorded a studio version of the song for their '96 Trial by Fire: Greatest and Latest album, which, as the album title suggests, contained both new and old material.
Ever since I first heard this track I liked it, C.F. Turner's soulful and gravely voice actually fits this track better than most I have ever heard. Combine that with their signature Canadian Hard Rock sound and in my opinion you have an one of the best versions of the song.

Here is a live performance circa '04 on YouTube.


My song pick a year ago today: The Moody Blues - The Story in Your Eyes

My song pick two years ago today: Cheech & Chong feat. Alice Bowie - Earache My Eye

My song pick three years ago today: Weather Report - Birdland

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

1119 Ben E. King - Don't Play That Song (You Lied)

1119 Ben E. King - Don't Play That Song (You Lied)
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Had this one running through my mind for a bit this morning; I figured that it would make an excellent song choice for my Sunday pick. Immediately most would recognize that much of this track's sound was borrowed from his hit Stand By Me, which can be found here on YouTube. It also appears on this album as well, however, Stand By Me preceded this album; it was recorded in another session and released as a single before the album's release.
From what I understand there was supposedly a song written as an answer to this song by Pat Lundy titled Play it Again, which can be found here on YouTube.

Here is the studio version on YouTube.


My song pick a year ago today: Three Dog Night - One

My song pick two years ago today: Billy Joel - Captain Jack

My song pick three years ago today: Savatage - Hall of the Mountain King

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

1118 Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - Life by the Drop

1118 Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - Life by the Drop
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This beautiful acoustic track came on the radio yesterday whilst out and about. I thought it a perfect pick for an otherwise lazy Saturday. Cheers!

Here is the studio version on YouTube.


My song pick a year ago today: Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) - Down on the Corner

My song pick two years ago today: Iron Maiden - 2 Minutes To Midnight

My song pick three years ago today: Savatage - Believe

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Friday, September 10, 2010

1117 Eddie Floyd - Knock on Wood

1117 Eddie Floyd - Knock on Wood
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Yesterday, I was in a discussion with one of my friends about some of the Soul artists from the '60s, especially those with Stax Records. For those unaware Stax was somewhat similar to Motown Records in that they were a hit machine that had a house band to back their talent. Where Motown had The Funk Brothers, Stax had Booker T & the M.G.s; they were the band that backed many of Stax artists' recordings and also had some hits to their name, one of which is Green Onions, which can be heard here on YouTube.
Anyway, this one was co-written by both Eddie Floyd and Booker T & the M.G.s' guitarist Steve Cropper. An interesting factoid about this song was that the main riff and intro of this song were borrowed from Wilson Pickett's song In the Midnight Hour, which can be found here on YouTube. It is another track that Steve Cropper co-wrote; in fact the intro is almost exactly the same, just played in reverse.

Here is the studio version on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Jethro Tull - Pussy Willow

My song pick two years ago today:
Bon Jovi featuring Big & Rich - We Got It Going On

My song pick three years ago today: The Thermals - I Hold the Sound

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Thursday, September 09, 2010

1116 Louis Armstrong - The Blues are Brewin'

1116 Louis Armstrong - The Blues are Brewin'

For some reason I felt like listening to some of Louis Armstrong's recordings this morning. This number seemed like a perfect pick for today; I easily get lost in this music, it's just beautiful in so many ways.

Here is a recording on YouTube.
Here is a film clip featuring Billie Holiday on YouTube.


My song pick a year ago today: The Beatles - Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End

My song pick two years ago today: Bruce Hornsby & the Range - The Way It Is

My song pick three years ago today: The Charlie Daniels Band - In America

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Wednesday, September 08, 2010

1115 Hans Zimmer - Fighting 17th

1115 Hans Zimmer - Fighting 17th

Sat down to make my song pick this morning and just drew a blank. Fighting 17th, which is the theme from Backdraft has been running through my mind for the last few days mostly due to watching a lot of the original Japanese Iron Chef lately. For those unaware, the theme from the film Backdraft, (Fighting 17th), was used as the opening music to the original Iron Chef. I have always liked both sources of the song, but I have an special affinity for Iron Chef. Although, it almost ruined it for me when I found out that Chairman Takeshi Kaga was just an actor playing the role of an eccentric businessman, oh well.... Anyway, it is still a very entertaining programme to watch.

Here is a recording of the song on YouTube.
Here is the opening from Iron Chef on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) - I Put a Spell on You

My song pick two years ago today: Rammstein - Hallelujah

My song pick three years ago today: Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Spirits in the Night

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Tuesday, September 07, 2010

1114 David Bowie - Oh! You Pretty Things

1114 David Bowie - Oh! You Pretty Things
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I felt like listening to some David Bowie this morning. In particularly was listening to both Hunky Dory and The Man Who Sold the World albums; they both contain some of my favourite Bowie tracks. I noticed that I had not chosen this song yet, so it is my pick for today.

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



My song pick a year ago today: Santana - Every Step of the Way

My song pick two years ago today: Megadeth - Washington is Next!

My song pick three years ago today: Rammstein - Stripped

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Monday, September 06, 2010

1113 Rush - Working Man

1113 Rush - Working Man
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It's Labor Day, I figured this one would be a nice, fitting song to pick. This one hails from their first album and was one of their main songs that launched their careers. It was also the only album to not feature virtuoso drummer Neil Peart; John Rutsey played drums early on, shortly afterward he was replaced. This is more of a straight-ahead rocker than what they are know for, but it still showcases their musicianship.

Here is the studio version on YouTube.
Here is an alternate studio version on YouTube.
Here is a live performance circa '74 with original drummer John Rutsey on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Elmore James - The Sky is Crying

My song pick two years ago today: The Allman Brothers - Jessica

My song pick three years ago today: Megadeth - Foreclosure of a Dream

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Sunday, September 05, 2010

1112 Big Star - Thirteen

1112 Big Star - Thirteen
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Again, because of the pick number I had to pick something to do with the number 13 today; I wanted to make another string of numbers: 11, 12, 13.
Anyway, I immediately thought of this rather lovely acoustic ballad that was aptly named. I have noticed that this track has become more popular in recent years, probably mostly due to its recent use in film and television soundtracks.

Here is the studio version on YouTube.
Here is a music video with an alternate mix on YouTube.
Here is a pert of a live performance circa '07 on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: David Bowie - Queen Bitch

My song pick two years ago today: The Offspring - Self Esteem

My song pick three years ago today: The Allman Brothers - Blue Sky

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Saturday, September 04, 2010

1111 Queensrÿche - One & Only

1111 Queensrÿche - One & Only
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Only 1s in the song pick number today; there are many tracks with aptly named titles, but this one from the Prog/Metal band Queensrÿche fits my mood today as well. In some facet I like every track off of the Empire album; it is one of the albums in my collection that gets played all the way through without skipping a song; a truly great album and track.

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


My song pick a year ago today: The Spiders - Back

My song pick two years ago today: Nena - Mach Die Augen Auf

My song pick three years ago today: The Offspring - Feelings

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Friday, September 03, 2010

1110 Fairport Convention - Polly on the Shore

1110 Fairport Convention - Polly on the Shore
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Saw my song pick number of 1110 and it forced me to pick something that had to do with the number 9, so I could make some sort of a countdown 11, 10, 9. After a bit to thought I remembered that Fairport Convention had an album titled Nine, which, of course, was their ninth studio album released, and picked one of my favourite tracks off of it.
Anyway, this is another traditional song that they arranged in their style, however, from what I understand only the lyrics are from the traditional source; the tune put behind them was original. The song is about a man who is a crewman on a privateer's ship retelling the tale of how he and the ship apparently met their fate. Throughout the ordeal he is wishing that he could be with his lover on the shore.

Here is the studio version on YouTube.
Here is a promotional video of the song on YouTube.
Here is a live performance circa '82 on YouTube.


My song pick a year ago today: The Guess Who - No Time
 
My song pick two years ago today: Jerry Reed - Lord, Mr. Ford
 
My song pick three years ago today: Nena - Irgendwie, Irgendwo, Irgendwann

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Thursday, September 02, 2010

1109 The Steve Miller Band - Something Special

1109 The Steve Miller Band - Something Special
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This track just popped into my mind last night and has not moved or gone away since, so I am picking it. This was one of the songs from The Steve Miller Band's electronic/pop era of the early/mid '80s; many of the bands from the '60s and '70s seemed to toy with that sound about that time. When one thinks of Steve Miller, a guitarist who was taught by Les Paul himself and has the moniker "Stevie "Guitar" Miller, you would expect more guitar centered music like his earlier Blues influenced music, however in this era the keyboards where the focus.
Anyway, this is one of the highlights for me off of the Abracadabra album; a nice rousing little poppy tune.

Apparently there is no version available online at this time, sorry.



My song pick a year ago today: Johann Sebastian Bach - BWV 1048 - Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G-Major

My song pick two years ago today: The Buoys - Give Up Your Guns

My song pick three years ago today: The Buoys - Timothy

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Wednesday, September 01, 2010

1108 Johann Sebastian Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No.1 in F major, BWV 1046

1108 Johann Sebastian Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No.1 in F major, BWV 1046


Today is the third anniversary of me starting this song a day blog, as usual I am picking another one of J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concertos to mark the occasion; last year it slipped my mind and I made my Bach pick a day late.
Since this is the fourth one chosen and there only being six of them I can only keep this tradition up for two more years, but with him being such a prolific writer I can just switch to something like The Well-Tempered Clavier, The Goldberg Variations, and/or the plethora of his Cantatas, Passions and Organworks that he wrote.
Anyway, as with all of the Brandenburg Concertos, if you have been at all been introduced to classical music you will immediately recognize the melody of the song. This is the only Brandenburg Concerto to have four movements instead of the usual three.

Here is a performance of the piece by Karl Richter, Münchener Bach Orchester:
Here is Part 1. Allegro and Part 2. Adagio on YouTube.
Here is Part 3. Allegro on YouTube.
Here is Part 4. Menuet - Trio I - Menuet da capo - Polacca - Menuet da capo - Trio II - Menuet da capo on YouTube.


My song pick a year ago today: The Allman Brothers Band - In Memory of Elizabeth Reed

My song pick two years ago today: Johann Sebastian Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No.5 BWV 1050

My song pick three years ago today: Johann Sebastian Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No.2, BWV 1047

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