Saturday, December 31, 2011

1601 The Alan Parsons Project - The Raven

1601 The Alan Parsons Project - The Raven
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From: Tales of Mystery and Imagination, Year: 1976
Genre: Progressive Rock

A few days ago I happened to hear this song on the radio. Since I like it and hadn't heard it for a bit; plus I haven't picked an APP song yet, I'm making it my last blog post/song pick of 2011.
As with the rest of the material on the album this song is based on the writings of Edgar Alan Poe, this one in particular is, of course, base on his poem on the song's namesake. It is mostly known for Leonard Whiting's vocals, which were run through a EMI Vocoder to give his voice that synthesized sound.
Anyway, I'll catch you all next year!

Here is a video with the studio version on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Béla Fleck and the Flecktones - The Sinister Minister

My song pick two years ago today: Rammstein - Reise, Reise

My song pick three years ago today: Billy Joel - New York State Of Mind

My song pick four years ago today: Manfred Mann - The Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo)

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Friday, December 30, 2011

1600 Maurice Ravel - M.81 - Boléro

1600 Maurice Ravel - M.81 - Boléro
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M. 81, Year: 1928
Genre: classical/Orchestral

Well, I've made to 1600. I wasn't too sure if I wanted to pick something fitting for this post or not being as it is so close to the New Year and all, but I happened to have this lovely piece of music on my mind and it seemed like a good choice.
This is yet another one of those classical pieces of music where you'll get that "I know that tune" feeling immediately upon hearing it; it has permeated popular culture quite a bit over the years. I absolutely love the percussion and brass throughout the piece; it's such a rousing tune.
Even though Ravel himself supposedly hated this piece it became his most famous and best remembered.

Hear Boléro on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Megaherz - Schizophren

My song pick two years ago today: Genesis - Turn It On Again

My song pick three years ago today: Miles Davis - Walkin'

My song pick four years ago today: Jethro Tull - Cold Wind To Valhalla

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

1599 The Steve Miller Band - Something to Believe In

1599 The Steve Miller Band - Something to Believe In
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From: The Joker, Year: 1973
Genre: Rock/Blues Rock

I felt like picking another Steve Miller Band song today; this is one of the prettiest tracks off of The Joker album. The Joker is another one of those well made albums where I just let it play without skipping a track. What really makes this song stand out for me is legendary pedal steel guitarist "Sneaky Pete" Kleinow's lead; it just adds that finishing touch.

Hear Something to Believe In on Videoclip.bg



My song pick a year ago today: Dizzy Gillespie - One Note Samba

My song pick two years ago today: Steely Dan - Josie

My song pick three years ago today: Joni Mitchell - Goodbye Pork Pie Hat

My song pick four years ago today: Big Country - In A Big Country

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

1598 The Steve Miller Band - My Dark Hour

1598 The Steve Miller Band - My Dark Hour
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From: Brave New World, Year: 1969
Genre: Rock/Blues Rock/Funk

Yesterday I was going back over some of The Steve Miller Band's older material. For me Brave New World is one of my favourites from the band's early days, so, as you would guess, it got a lot of play. There were some others that I wanted to pick ahead of this one, but it appears that for some reason the songs off of this album in particular have been targeted for removal from YouTube; I was lucky to find this live version of this one, which one of the album's hits.
I love the he spiced this track up with his use of Funk and Blues mixed with the Rock base of the song.
One little interesting factoid about this song is that one Paul Ramon, who is better known by day as Paul McCartney played bass, drums, and performed backing vocals on this track as well as Celebration Song on the Brave New World album.

Luckily enough I did find a studio version on videoclip.bg:
Here is the studio version on videoclip.bg
Hear a live performance of My Dark Hour on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Fear Factory - Fear Campaign

My song pick two years ago today: Gunnar Madsen - Surprise!

My song pick three years ago today: Charles Mingus - Tonight At Noon

My song pick four years ago today: Megadeth - Architecture of Aggression

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

1597 Billy Joel - The Downeaster 'Alexa'

1597 Billy Joel - The Downeaster 'Alexa'
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From: Storm Front, Year: 1989
Genre: Rock


For the last little bit it seems as if I've been picking songs that started to play in my mind for no reason; I am, I guess, continuing that trend today with this pick. Hopefully soon I'll have some purposely picked songs to post.
Ever since this song first came out it has been one of my favourites from Billy Joel. This track was arranged excellently giving the listener the feeling of swells, waves, and an overall brooding feeling. I love how most of his songs have a deeper message in them; this one deals with the trials of an independent fisherman struggling to get by with what seems like the world being against him.

Here is the music video on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Oasis - Cast No Shadow

My song pick two years ago today: Nightwish - Wanderlust

My song pick three years ago today: Dizzy Gillespie - Salt Peanuts

My song pick four years ago today: Bon Jovi - You Give Love A Bad Name

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Monday, December 26, 2011

1596 Genesis - Land of Confusion

1596 Genesis - Land of Confusion
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From: Invisible Touch, Year: 1986
Genre: Rock

I'm having one of those mornings where I just can't get motivated and wasn't really thinking about music. However, while getting going this morning I had this '80s Genesis standard running through my mind; I actually thought that I'd chosen it already. Apparently I hadn't yet and since it feels like an excellent track for my mood today I am making it today's pick.

Here is the music video on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Jethro Tull - Stuck in the August Rain

My song pick two years ago today: Rammstein - Feuer Frei!

My song pick three years ago today: Huey Lewis and the News - Back In Time

My song pick four years ago today: Gilbert O'Sullivan - Alone Again (Naturally)

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Sunday, December 25, 2011

1595 Elvis Presley - Blue Christmas

1595 Elvis Presley - Blue Christmas
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From: Elvis' Christmas Album, Year: 1957
Genre: Rock 'N Roll/Christmas Music

Merry Christmas!
Well, Christmas is almost over; it seemed to just fly by.
Anyway, off and on for most of the day I've had this song from my childhood running through my mind. My mom used to play it quite a bit over the days leading up to Christmas in the past; both of my siblings and myself almost reviled it. Don't get me wrong, it's an excellent song and all, but those background singers singing "a-woo-ah-hooa" over and over again all but ruined the song for us.
Anyway, onto another workweek to help recover from the Holiday weekend.

Hear Blue Christmas on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Steeleye Span - Gaudete

My song pick two years ago today: Ian Anderson - A Birthday Card At Christmas

My song pick three years ago today: Jethro Tull - Another Christmas Song

My song pick four years ago today: Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Wish Liszt (Toy Shop Madness)

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

1594 "Weird Al" Yankovic - Christmas at Ground Zero

1594 "Weird Al" Yankovic - Christmas at Ground Zero
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From: Greatest Hits Volume II, Year: 1994 (1986)
Genre: Christmas Music/Comedy

Merry Christmas!
As I was getting ready to pick a song on this Christmas Eve this rather gruesome holiday ditty from Mr. Yankovic came to mind. He did a nice job mixing upbeat 60'sesque Pop/Rock music with the disturbing subject matter of a nuclear attack at Christmas time. I usually like to play this one on or around Christmas in anticipation of having to deal with relatives and in-laws in a virtual 'ground zero' rife with bad attitudes, selfishness, and holiday snits.

Here is the music video on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Greg Lake (Emerson, Lake & Palmer) - I Believe in Father Christmas

My song pick two years ago today: Louis Armstrong - 'Zat You Santa Clause?

My song pick three years ago today: Jethro Tull - A Christmas Song

My song pick four years ago today: Trans-Siberian Orchestra - The Ghost of Christmas Eve

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Friday, December 23, 2011

1593 Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Siberian Sleigh Ride

1593 Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Siberian Sleigh Ride
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From: The Lost Christmas Eve, Year: 2004
Genre: Symphonic Metal/Progressive Metal

I felt like I should pick at least one TSO song this Christmas season; it really is the only time of year you get to hear them. Although, they've already released two albums and are about to release a third as well that is not season specific. Maybe I'll pick one off of those sometime in the future away from the holiday season.
Anyway, this one moves along quite nicely with all of that Symphonic Metal goodness that TSO is known for; I love the awesome well-defined rhythm and back beat.

Hear Siberian Sleigh Ride on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Twisted Sister - Oh Come All Ye Faithful

My song pick two years ago today: Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Joy/Angels We Have Heard on High

My song pick three years ago today: The Kinks - Father Christmas

My song pick four years ago today: Jethro Tull - Thick As A Brick

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

1592 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Christmas All Over Again

1592 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Christmas All Over Again
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From: A Very Special Christmas 2, Year: 1992
Genre: Rock

Was drawing a blank for a Christmas or related song for today, but luckily this seasonal offering from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers happened to come to mind.
This is one of the modern Christmas songs you hear a lot this time of year; it usually gets a bit of play over department store intercoms as well as the radio.

Hear Christmas All Over Again on YouTube.
Here is a live performance circa '00 on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Rush - Tears

My song pick two years ago today: Sylvia - Drifter

My song pick three years ago today: Cheech & Chong - Santa Claus and His Old Lady

My song pick four years ago today: Supertramp - The Logical Song

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

1591 John Denver - Please Daddy (Don't Get Drunk This Christmas)

1591 John Denver - Please Daddy (Don't Get Drunk This Christmas)
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From: Farewell Andromeda, Year: 1973
Genre: Folk/Country

I thought that I might've picked this song already during one of the Christmas seasons since I've been doing this Song a Day blog, but apparently not.
I've never been a huge fan of this song about a father's drunken antics ruining Christmas for his family; I normally just skip over it when listening to Farewell Andromeda. That being said, however, it's an excellent song to listen to this time of year, especially if you've got a case of the "Christmas blues."

Here is the studio version on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Mykola Leontovych - Shchedryk (The Carol of the Bells)

My song pick two years ago today: Steeleye Span - Edwin

My song pick three years ago today: Trans-Siberian Orchestra/Savatage - Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24

My song pick four years ago today: Jethro Tull - Ring Out Solstice Bells

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

1590 Bob Rivers & Twisted Radio - I Am Santa Claus

1590 Bob Rivers & Twisted Radio - I Am Santa Claus
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From: I Am Santa Claus, Year: 1993
Genre: Comedy/Christmas Music

I decided that I should pick a much lighter Christmas song today and immediately I thought of this Bob Rivers' holiday tune set to Black Sabbath's "Iron Man." If you are really into silly Christmas songs Bob Rivers is a gold mine; he has released five full length comedy Christmas albums.
He did a totally awesome job in his arrangement on this one; I love how he utilized the "Jingle Bells" and "Joy to the World" melodies within the framework of the original song; of course with any good parody, the lyrics are top notch.

Hear I Am Santa Claus on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Daft Punk - End of Line

My song pick two years ago today: Avatar (Savatage) - Rock Me

My song pick three years ago today: Savatage - White Witch

My song pick four years ago today: Paul McCartney - Little Willow

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Monday, December 19, 2011

1589 Jethro Tull - Jack Frost and the Hooded Crow

1589 Jethro Tull - Jack Frost and the Hooded Crow
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From: Broadsword and the Beast, Year: 1982
Genre: Progressive Rock/Folk Rock


I'm picking yet another seasonal song today. This is one of many songs released by Jethro Tull that are fitting around Christmas time; it's because of that you actually hear the band quite a bit more this time of year on the radio.
This one was recorded at the same time as the other songs on the Broadsword album, but didn't get released on it; it appeared as a b-side of the Coronach single and was part of the 20 Years of 'Tull boxed set. Later it was reunited with its counterparts on the remastered version of the Broadsword album; it was also rerecorded for their Christmas Album as well.
Anyway, this song is sung from an unfortunate person's point of view and how they are looked upon scornfully by the more fortunate. I absolutely love how this song goes from light and folkish acoustic to rock and everything in between. My favourite part is the third verse, which is sung a-cappella; it only adds to the grim warning in the lyrics:

"As holly pricks and ivy clings, your fate is none too clear.
The Lord may find you wanting, let your good fortune disappear.
All homely comforts blown away and all that's left to show
is to share your joy at Christmas time
with Jack Frost and the Hooded Crow."

Hear the studio version on YouTube.
Hear the version from The Christmas Album on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Nightwish - Wishmaster

My song pick two years ago today: The Violent Femmes - Color Me Once

My song pick three years ago today: The Who - Eminence Front

My song pick four years ago today: John Fogerty - Almost Saturday Night

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

1588 Louis Armstrong - Christmas in New Orleans

1588 Louis Armstrong - Christmas in New Orleans
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From: Christmas in New Orleans, Year: 1996 (1955)
Genre: Jazz/Christmas Music

Since we're in the home stretch before Christmas I figured I'd pick some appropriate music.
It was only a few years ago that I started to listen to a lot of the Holiday music Louis Armstrong recorded; I cannot believe that I celebrated so many Christmases without his music playing. Anyway, this is one of my favourite Christmas songs in his catalogue.

Hear Christmas in New Orleans on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Boston - A Man I'll Never Be

My song pick two years ago today: Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO) - Blue Collar

My song pick three years ago today: John Denver - Season Suite - Winter

My song pick four years ago today: Band of Horses - The Funeral

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

1587 Tarot - Midwinter Nights

1587 Tarot - Midwinter Nights
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From: Spell Of Iron, Year: 1986
Genre: Metal

Wow, for the first time on this busy day I've been at the keyboard of a computer; thus getting my song pick in. I haven't been listening to, thinking about, or playing much music today, so I'm just pulling this song out of thin air for my pick tonight, and it's a good one.
This one comes from the band's debut album that was released back in '86 right after they changed their name from Purgatory to Tarot. While this album contains one of the band's biggest hits, Wings of Darkness, I actually like this track quite a bit more; it's my favourite off of the album.

Hear Midwinter Nights on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Henry Mancini - A Shot in the Dark

My song pick two years ago today: Finntroll - Jaktens Tid

My song pick three years ago today: Band of Horses - St. Augustine

My song pick four years ago today: Dan Fogelberg - Leader of the Band

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Friday, December 16, 2011

1586 Triumph - Hold On

1586 Triumph - Hold On
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From: Just a Game, Year: 1979
Genre: Hard Rock

After some recent silliness that's happening this song came to mind; I thought I would go ahead and pick it.
I love the way this song starts out quiet and acoustic and keeps building until you have that nice large sound you'd expect from a late '70s early '80s power trio.

Hear Hold On on YouTube.
Watch a music video clip on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Jack Black and Jason Segel - The Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth

My song pick two years ago today: John Denver - Poems, Prayers and Promises

My song pick three years ago today: Crosby, Stills & Nash - Marrakesh Express

My song pick four years ago today: Jethro Tull - We Used To Know

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

1585 Alestorm - Keelhauled

1585 Alestorm - Keelhauled
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From: Black Sails at Midnight, Year: 2008
Genre: Celtic Folk Metal/Pirate Metal

I'm always interested when I can find a new genre or sub-genre of music. To tell the truth I was bemused when I saw the term 'Pirate Metal' used to describe this band's style.
Alestorm is a Scots Celtic Folk Metal band that uses pirate subject matter in their lyrics and incorporates popular piratesque musical themes in their brand of Metal such as sea chantys and the like.

Hear Keelhauled on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Jethro Tull - My God

My song pick two years ago today: Wolfsheim - Once in a Lifetime

My song pick three years ago today: Grand Funk Railroad - I'm Your Captain (Closer to Home)

My song pick four years ago today: Pet Shop Boys - So Hard

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

1584 Rare Earth - I Just Want to Celebrate

1584 Rare Earth - I Just Want to Celebrate
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From: One World, Year: 1971
Genre: Hard Rock/Funk

This is another one of those days where I had every intention of picking another song, but this one started to play in my head. And as I usually do, I took it as a sign I should pick it, although I should've waited for Friday; this would have made a good Funky Friday pick.

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



My song pick a year ago today: Top Gear Band - Red Light Spells Danger

My song pick two years ago today: Azteca - Love is a Stranger

My song pick three years ago today: Danzig - Mother

My song pick four years ago today: Savatage - Gutter Ballet

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

1583 Steve Vai - I'm the Hell Outta Here

1583 Steve Vai - I'm the Hell Outta Here
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From: Elusive Light and Sound, Vol. 1, Year: 2002, (1992)
Genre: Metal/Hard Rock

I had this song playing in my mind this morning; it felt like a good pick for the day as well. I'm not too sure how it got stuck in my mind, it's not like this song is super catchy or anything, just amazing mindblowing musicianship here.
Anyway, this track was originally released on the soundtrack of the early '90s film Encino Man and was later re-released on his The Elusive Light and Sound, Vol. 1 album. Actually the entire album is made up of his music that was used in movies.

Hear I'm the Hell Outta Here on YouTube.
Here is an amazing live performance on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Fear Factory - Replica

My song pick two years ago today: David Bowie - Changes

My song pick three years ago today: Heart - Black On Black II

My song pick four years ago today: Fontella Bass - Rescue Me

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Monday, December 12, 2011

1582 The Mushroom Tabernacle Choir - 12 Drugs of Christmas

1582 The Mushroom Tabernacle Choir - 12 Drugs of Christmas

From: Help Put The 'X' Back In Xmas, Year: 1971
Genre: Comedy/Christmas Music


It's now 12 days 'till Christmas, well Christmas Eve anyway, and I thought I would choose this irreverent parody of the traditional 12 Days of Christmas for the occasion.
I can't remember where this song came from, but somehow it ended up in my mix of music. Until today I actually didn't know who actually did the song; on the internet it has been attributed to Cheech & Chong, and we all know accurate internet attributions usually are. I don't know if Cheech & Chong had anything to do with it or not; it does sound like something they'd be a part of. However, from my meager research I was able to find out it was supposedly done by an a cappella group that called itself The Mushroom Tabernacle Choir, but unfortunately there's not much more information that I can dig up about it at this time.
Anyway, if I find out more about it I'll be adding it to the post when I have time.

Hear a version of 12 Drugs of Christmas on YouTube. (NSFW).



My song pick a year ago today: David Bowie - Ashes to Ashes

My song pick two years ago today: Ian Anderson - In the Moneylender's Temple

My song pick three years ago today: Dobie Grey - Drift Away

My song pick four years ago today: Lobo - Gypsy and the Midnight Ghost

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

1581 Lighthouse - Pretty Lady

1581 Lighthouse - Pretty Lady
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From: Can You Feel It, Year: 1973
Genre: Rock

For most of the morning I had this song running through my mind; I thought I would add it to my list for today's pick.
I cannot begin to count the amount of times I've heard this song over the years; I believe that my dad had it on one of his many "Super Hits" records and he loved it. I distinctively remember my dad re-cuing the record; as I heard the song fade it would stop and then I'd hear the crackle just before the song began again.
While this one has a mainstream Rock feel, it's quite a 'big' sounding song; there is a noted Jazz influence throughout. The horns and strings give an excellent hook in the breaks, and as with almost all Canadian Rock bands, I just love the driving rhythm section.

Here is the studio version on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Ugly Kid Joe - Mr. Recordman

My song pick two years ago today: Chet Atkins & Jerry Reed - Something

My song pick three years ago today: Buddy Holly & the Crickets - Well... All Right

My song pick four years ago today: Fleetwood Mac - Dreams

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

1580 Rush - What You're Doing

1580 Rush - What You're Doing
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From: Rush, Year: 1974
Genre: Metal/Hard Rock

I had the urge to listen to Rush's debut album this morning; there is just something about the raw energy of these early recordings that makes this record stand out in their catalogue. This is a riff driven track and is one of the harder driving songs on the album.
While this album does not feature the drumming of the great Neil Peart, it's still quite excellent musically; even the drums. I think a lot of the time John Rutsey got a bad wrap, when actually he was an superb drummer in his own right and better than many other drummers in the business. However, when he's compared to his replacement, who is hailed as one of the best of all time, I think that's when he gets marginalized.

Here is the studio version on YouTube.
Here is the live recording from All The World's A Stage on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Rahsaan Roland Kirk - Bright Moments

My song pick two years ago today: Maddy Prior - The Fabled Hare

My song pick three years ago today: Chuck Berry - Almost Grown

My song pick four years ago today: Gerry Rafferty - Right Down The Line

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Friday, December 09, 2011

1579 Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) - Rain is Falling

1579 Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) - Rain is Falling
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From: Time, Year: 1981
Genre: Progressive Rock

Over the last few days I've been listening to ELO's Time album quite a bit; it felt like a good day to pick one of their songs.
This is one of the prettier tracks on the album, which takes place in the middle of the album/story as the time traveler is getting used to life in the year 2095. I believe that I have said this before in my other picks of songs from this concept album; other than the Prologue and Epilogue every song is excellent heard with or without the other songs that make up the story.
This song is almost what you could call Gospel meets Electronic Progressive Rock; I can hear a lot of John Lennon's influence on this song in particular, but it doesn't stray too far away from that excellent ELO sound.

Here is the studio version on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Rush - Red Lenses

My song pick two years ago today: The Kinks - A Rock & Roll Fantasy

My song pick three years ago today: Quincy Jones - Soul Bossa Nova

My song pick four years ago today: Jethro Tull - My Sunday Feeling

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Thursday, December 08, 2011

1578 Molly Hatchet - One Man's Pleasure

1578 Molly Hatchet - One Man's Pleasure
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From Flirtin' With Disaster, Year: 1979
Genre: Hard Rock/Southern Rock

I was listening to Molly Hatchet and noticed that I hadn't picked one of their songs for a spell. Back when I was a teenager, and thus didn't have as much money, I'd go to yard sales and thrift stores and buy 8-Track tapes for next to nothing since that format was so far outdated that no one really put much value on them. I would then take them home and record them off on cassette; usually I would end up spending less than $2 to get an entire album and it was legal. You could even do it for less if you bought the 90 minute blank tapes, which you could normally fit two full albums on.
Anyway, as you probably already guessed, Flirtin' With Disaster was one of those albums. If I remember correctly, I either didn't have a blank tape on hand or I was just being lazy, but I remember playing the 8-Track quite a bit. There were always four songs playing at a given time, so every time the tape looped around there were tracks you'd switch to that had your favourite songs playing on. It just so happened that there was actually no song that I already liked playing at the point this one was playing and I usually had it on this track when it came around; eventually it became one of my favourites on the album.
This is definitely a fun party song; I love the drum and bass intro, of course the southern slide guitar work sell it the rest of the way.

Hear One Man's Pleasure on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Hawkwind - High Rise

My song pick two years ago today: Joachim Witt - Bataillon 'd Amour

My song pick three years ago today: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Ohio

My song pick four years ago today: Donovan - Sunshine Superman

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Wednesday, December 07, 2011

1577 Bob Dylan - Knockin' on Heaven's Door

1577 Bob Dylan - Knockin' on Heaven's Door
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From: Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (Soundtrack), Year: 1973
Genre: Folk Rock

Last night some of my family and I were having a jam session and this was one that we played; I can't believe that I haven't yet picked it. This one was originally written for the soundtrack for the film Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid; this song was, if memory serves, the only hit to come out of the project.
This is one of many songs from Bob Dylan that I absolutely love, it is such an emotional piece of music. The simplicity of this track musically, in my opinion, only reinforces those emotional aspects. Even though Bob Dylan is not known for his vocal prowess, his vocals were perfect for this song.

Hear Knockin' on Heaven's Door on YouTube.
Here is a live performance circa '95 on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Frank Zappa - Dumb All Over

My song pick two years ago today: Django Reinhardt - I'll See You In My Dreams

My song pick three years ago today: Queen - You're My Best Friend

My song pick four years ago today: The Zombies - She's Not There

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Tuesday, December 06, 2011

1576 Rammstein - Rammstein

1576 Rammstein - Rammstein
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From: Herzeleid, Year: 1995
Genre: Neue Deutche Härte/Industrial Metal


About three weeks ago I picked Rammstein's new single and since then that post shot itself into my top ten most viewed posts of all time, which is quite fast. Usually popular posts take at least ten months to a year to get there, but I guess you should never underestimate Rammstein. Anyway, I figured I would pick another one of their songs to mark the occasion.
This song of the band's namesake, of course, hails from their first album and is actually one of the first songs written by the band. It was written about the Ramstein Airshow Disaster, which happened in 1988. From what I've read many believe that the band was named after the event as well, however the band has denied that assertion.

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



My song pick a year ago today: The Steve Miller Band - You Send Me

My song pick two years ago today: Frijid Pink - House of the Rising Sun

My song pick three years ago today: Jaco Pastorius - Portrait of Tracy

My song pick four years ago today: Rush - Time Stand Still

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Monday, December 05, 2011

1573-5 Muse - Exogenesis: Symphony Parts 1,2, and 3

1573-5 Muse - Exogenesis: Symphony Parts 1,2, and 3
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From: The Resistance, Year 2009
Genre: Progressive Rock/Symphonic Rock

For most of yesterday Muse kept popping up all over the place from my iPod, the radio, to the television. Since I actually like the band quite a lot anyway I figured that I would pick one of their songs today.
Anyway, this is a three-part mini concept piece and is about 13 minutes in length; I hear a lot of classical composers' influence in this piece, Beethoven in particular. Long, multifaceted pieces like these used to permeate many of the Progressive Rock albums, but not as much in more recent years. When I first ran into this song it was a joy hearing a newer band taking the time and effort to write, arrange, and record one; not only that, but they did an amazing job as well.

Here is Part 1 (Overture) on YouTube.
Here is Part 2 (Cross-Pollination) on YouTube.
Here is Part 3 (Redemption) on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Hawkwind - Spirit of the Age

My song pick two years ago today: Stuart Hamm - Flow My Tears

My song pick three years ago today: Nightwish - I Wish I Had An Angel

My song pick four years ago today: Stevie Ray Vaughan - Pride and Joy

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Saturday, December 03, 2011

1571 Billy Idol - Flesh for Fantasy

1571 Billy Idol - Flesh for Fantasy
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From: Rebel Yell, Year: 1983
Genre: Hard Rock/New Wave

A little bit ago I picked a song because the pick number happened to be the same as model number of my old Commodore 64 computer's 1541 disk drive. Anyway, since this pick number happens to be that of the model number of the drive that I later replaced it with, which was much better, I figured I would pick a song that was somewhat relevant, to me at least.
I remember back when I bought my Commodore 128 that had the 1571 disk drive with it there were a bunch of disks that came with it as well. On one disk in particular there were three 15 second clips of digitized songs on it; this was one of those songs. After what seem like a couple of minutes of load time it would play the clip in a continuous loop; it was just part of the drum/guitar intro which played.
While the music was only just a small snippet of garbled music, it was unique to hear actual music coming out of a computer that was built back in the mid '80s. Today when you can just boot up iTunes or whatever programme you use and instantly have thousands of tracks ready to play it kind of sounds archaic, but that was cutting edge back then. When I think about those three clips on that 5 1/4 floppy disk I can't help but think that I must've happened upon someone's 'proof of concept' that was possibly just made for bragging rights. I mean, really, there was no other reason for something like that, however it sure was amazing the first time I heard it after booting it up.

Here is the music video on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: The Coasters - Along Came Jones

My song pick two years ago today: Grand Funk Railroad - Footstompin' Music

My song pick three years ago today: Petula Clark - Don't Sleep in the Subway

My song pick four years ago today: Band of Horses - Wicked Gil

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Friday, December 02, 2011

1570 Blue Öyster Cult - Vengeance (The Pact)

1570 Blue Öyster Cult - Vengeance (The Pact)
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From: Fire of Unknown Origin, Year: 1981
Genre: Hard Rock

I had the urge to play Blue Öyster Cult's Fire of Unknown Origin this morning, which is one of my favourite albums from the band.
This song is one of the highlights for me, although in my opinion there are no weak tracks on the record. I like the way they use simple riffs throughout this big sounding song to drive it along; the somewhat contrasting sections keep it quite interesting as well.

Here is the studio version on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Hawkwind - Sleep of a Thousand Tears

My song pick two years ago today: The Who - Squeeze Box

My song pick three years ago today: Steely Dan - FM (No Static At All)

My song pick four years ago today: The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night

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Thursday, December 01, 2011

1569 Megaherz - Kopfschuss

1569 Megaherz - Kopfschuss
From: Kopfschuss, Year: 1998
Genre: Industrial Metal/Neue Deutsche Härte

I had this song on my mind this morning and actually have been wanting to pick it on and off for a while now; as usual I made it my pick.
This song has a nice mix of a smooth, groove in the verses with a much heavier chorus. The vocals are essentially a type of heavy metal rap, which flow quite well.

Hear Kopfschuss on YouTube.
Watch a live performance on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Dream Theater - Metropolis Pt. 1: The Miracle and the Sleeper

My song pick two years ago today: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Refugee

My song pick three years ago today: Yes - Your Move/All Good People

My song pick four years ago today: King Harvest - Dancing in the Moonlight

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

1568 Jethro Tull - Pibroch (Cap in Hand)

1568 Jethro Tull - Pibroch (Cap in Hand)
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From: Songs From the Wood, Year: 1977
Genre: Progressive Rock/Folk Rock

For the last couple of days it would seem that the radio or some other sort of entertainment delivery system has been influencing my picks; I decided I would buck that trend today. Yeah, it's another 'Tull song, what a bit surprise there.
The Songs From the Wood record in my opinion contains some of the band's best and most difficult material musically; it is also one of the favourites among many 'Tull fans. This song takes inspiration and its name from the traditional Scots music known as Piobaireachd or the Anglicized "Pibroch," which is the music normally associated with the Great Highland Bagpipes.
Martin Barre really shines on this one; they used odd delay effects and recording techniques to make Martin Barre's blazing guitar throughout the song have a similar feel to the bagpipe playing a Pibroch. After hearing this track, and many others for that matter, it makes you wonder why Martin Barre is not counted among the guitar greats. I always get a chill up my spine when I hear this track, truly amazing.

Hear Pibroch on YouTube.
Watch an amazing live instrumental performance/guitar solo circa '82 on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Ozzy Osbourne - Civilize the Universe

My song pick two years ago today: Kansas - Carry On Wayward Son

My song pick three years ago today: John Denver - The Eagle and the Hawk

My song pick four years ago today: Three Dog Night - Liar

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

1567 Black Sabbath - The Mob Rules

1567 Black Sabbath - The Mob Rules
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From: Mob Rules, Year: 1981
Genre: Metal

This is one comes from the Dio era of Black Sabbath and also features Vinny Appice on drums in place of Bill Ward. Some would also remember this song as being part of the soundtrack for the film Heavy Metal; I believe that it was in the part of the last story in the movie called Taarna. Apparently the version of the song from the film's soundtrack does feature Bill Ward on drums.

Here is the studio version on YouTube.
Here is the alternate version from the Heavy Metal soundtrack on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Roger Waters - It's a Miracle

My song pick two years ago today: Eric Idle - F--- Christmas

My song pick three years ago today: Otis Redding - (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay

My song pick four years ago today: The Kinks - Celluloid Heroes

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Monday, November 28, 2011

1566 Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Tarkus

1566 Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Tarkus
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From: Tarkus, Year: 1971
Genre: Progressive Rock

I had another song/artist in mind for my pick this morning, however after hearing ELP on the radio this morning, not this song mind you, I decided on this 'magnum opus' from the band.
This selection gives me a bit of freedom for picking since Tarkus is actually a suite consisting of seven tracks and 20 minutes of music: 1. Eruption, 2. Stones of Years, 3. Iconoclast, 4. Mass, 5. Manticore, 6. Battlefield, and 7. Aquatarkus. However, I thought it best to pick the entire suite instead of each track individually to keep continuity.
Tarkus, which is the name of the tank/armadillo hybrid on the album cover, is about the birth, life, and trials of the fictional creature. For me, however, the music and arrangements are the main draw; this one contains all of the musical fun that you would expect from the Prog/Rock monster that is ELP.

Here is the first half on YouTube.
Here is the second half on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Supertramp - Just a Normal Day

My song pick two years ago today: Northern Kings - Hello

My song pick three years ago today: Jethro Tull - Fallen On Hard Times

My song pick four years ago today: Mr. Big - Wild World

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

1565 John Denver - Farewell Andromeda (Welcome To My Morning)

1565 John Denver - Farewell Andromeda (Welcome To My Morning)
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From: Farewell Andromeda, Year: 1973
Genre: Folk Rock

This morning I had this song on my mind, and the overall mood and feeling fits this rather laid back Sunday.
I've always love the utter lack of cynicism in John Denver's music; this is one of his many uplifting and beautiful songs in that vein. Definitely a good song to listen to whilst you watch the sun rise.

Hear Farewell Andromeda on YouTube.
Hear an alternate studio version on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Del Shannon - Runaway

My song pick two years ago today: Steely Dan - Black Friday

My song pick three years ago today: Ozzy Osbourne - I Just Want You

My song pick four years ago today: Quiet Riot - Cum On Feel The Noize

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

1564 Dream Theater - A Nightmare to Remember

1564 Dream Theater - A Nightmare to Remember
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From: Black Clouds & Silver Linings, Year: 2009
Genre: Progressive Metal

I've been thinking about picking another Dream Theater track for a while now; finally I'm thinking about it when I sat down to make my pick.
A Nightmare to Remember is a rather monstrous lead track off of Black Clouds & Silver Linings; it clocks in at just over 16 minutes. This John Petrucci composition is one of my favourites from the album. It contains a lot of what I like about DT's music; from what I understand it was written about a car accident that he was in when he was a child.

Hear A Nightmare to Remember on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Bob Marley & the Wailers - Jamming

My song pick two years ago today: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - Crossfire

My song pick three years ago today: 4 Non Blondes - What's Up?

My song pick four years ago today: Jethro Tull - ...And The Mouse Police Never Sleeps

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Friday, November 25, 2011

1563 Nightwish - Storytime

1563 Nightwish - Storytime
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From: Imaginaerum, Year: 2011
Genre: Symphonic Metal

A couple of years ago I was pretty heavy into Nightwish, but it seems as if that over the last little bit I've been listening to them less. I still love their music and all, but think I just burnt myself out a bit listening to them.
Anyway, I discovered that their new album, Imaginaerum, is about to be released on the 30th of this month; this song is the first single to be released from it. It seems as if Tuomas Holopainen went all out with this one, it's a concept album; supposedly there is a film being made of the album's namesake that is based on its story.
It's nice to have some new material to listen to; can't wait to hear the rest of the songs.

Watch the music video on YouTube.


My song pick a year ago today: Kay Kyser and His Orchestra - Praise The Lord and Pass the Ammunition

My song pick two years ago today: Nightwish feat. Tapio Wilska - The Devil & the Deep Dark Ocean

My song pick three years ago today: Mason Proffit - Two Hangmen

My song pick four years ago today: Frank Zappa - Don't Eat The Yellow Snow

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

1562 David Bowie - Young Americans

1562 David Bowie - Young Americans
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From: Young Americans, Year: 1975
Genre: Rock

I know it's Thanksgiving and all; I should perhaps choose something appropriate, but I just felt like hearing some 'Bowie this morning. I guess that I can just be thankful for David Bowie and his music, yeah that works.
I've always loved the music and feel of this song; it's one of my many favourites from his catalogue.

Hear Young Americans on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Eric Robertson - "Spooked" on Classics

My song pick two years ago today: Antonio Salieri - Requiem in C-Minor (Piccolo Requiem)

My song pick three years ago today: Marmalade - Reflections of My Life

My song pick four years ago today: .38 Special - Same Old Feeling

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

1561 Hawkwind - Space Chase

1561 Hawkwind - Space Chase
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From: Levitation, Year: 1980
Genre: Space Rock/Progressive Rock


I had some ideas for my pick today, but they just didn't fit. I finally just decided on picking yet another Hawkwind track; I believe that I haven't yet chosen a song off of their Levitation album, so I decided on this rather fast-paced instrumental.
As the title states, it gives off the overall feel of a space ship chasing another across the cosmos.

Hear Space Chase on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO) - Four Wheel Drive

My song pick two years ago today: Savatage - When the Crowds are Gone

My song pick three years ago today: Joe Walsh - Ordinary Average Guy

My song pick four years ago today: Warren Zevon - Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

1560 Mahavishnu Orchestra - You Know You Know

1560 Mahavishnu Orchestra - You Know You Know
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From: The Inner Mounting Flame, Year: 1971
Genre: Jazz Fusion/Progressive Rock

Here's a nice soulful grooving track from John McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra; this one's a treat even for those who don't like technical music such as Jazz Fusion. The song is held together by a waltzing groove line, which carries it quite well while the other instruments solo around it. I really like Jan Hammer's keyboards and, of course John McLaughlin's guitar throughout; as with most Jazz Fusion bands the drums are incredible, Billy Cobham is just mind blowing. When listening to these Fusion bands, to me the drums are almost like the sun with the other instruments likened to planets orbiting it.
Many who are into Hip-Hop/Rap should recognize this song as well, it has been sampled many times over the years by various acts.

Hear You Know You Know on YouTube.
Watch an incredible Live performance on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: The Kinks - Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues

My song pick two years ago today: Rush - Manhattan Project

My song pick three years ago today: Andy Taylor - When the Rain Comes Down

My song pick four years ago today: Arlo Guthrie - Alice's Restaurant Massacree

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