Thursday, June 30, 2011

1413 Cyndi Lauper - The Goonies 'R' Good Enough

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From: The Goonies 'R' Good Enough (Single), Year: 1985
Genre: Pop/Rock

For some reason most of last night this classic theme song from the '80s cult classic film The Goonies kept running through my mind. I can't begin to count the times I've watched the movie and heard this track as well. She also made a music video to this song that featured a bunch of the notable Pro Wrestlers at the time, you know the ones that were actual characters, not cookie-cutter ones of today.
She was one of the first notable female Pop stars I can remember that did the whole extreme persona and weird hair colour bit. Both of my sister were, and probably still are, huge fans of Cyndi Lauper; to this day a lot of her music still gets stuck in my mind. Not that it's a bad thing, I actually like a lot of her songs.

Hear The Goonies 'R' Good Enough on YouTube.
Watch the music video on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Into The Great Wide Open

My song pick two years ago today: The Beatles - While My Guitar Gently Weeps

My song pick three years ago today: Jethro Tull - Man of Principle

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

1412 The Allman Brothers Band - Melissa

1412 The Allman Brothers Band - Melissa
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From: Eat a Peach, Year: 1972
Genre: Southern Rock

I thought that I had chosen this song at some point, but I guess I was wrong. I guess that I'll be choosing it today.
Early into my fanhood of The Allman Brothers this was my absolute favourite track; at the time I only owned a Greatest Hits cassette tape and Eat a Peach on vinyl. Of course, after venturing deeper into their catalogue my favourite songs kind of changed, but I've always liked this one a lot.
This is such a wonderfully written and arranged song; I love how it elicits both happiness and sadness at the same time. Dicky Betts' crying slide guitar has always been the main draw for me.

Watch a fan video with the studio version on YouTube.
Here is a live acoustic performance circa '92 on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Queen - Play The Game

My song pick two years ago today: Jerry Reed - Guitar Man

My song pick three years ago today: Blind Faith - Can't Find My Way Home

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

1411 Nightwish - Last of the Wilds (Erämaan viimeinen)

1411 Nightwish - Last of the Wilds (Erämaan viimeinen)
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From: Dark Passion Play, Year: 2007
Genre: Symphonic Metal/Folk Metal

Been meaning to pick another Nightwish track for a while now. This is quite a neat track, the Uilleann bagpipes really add a lot to the sound.
The song actually has two versions: Last of the Wilds is an instrumental, which was released worldwide on their Dark Passion Play album. Erämaan viimeinen is essentially the same song with vocals sung in Finnish; this version apparently was only released in their native Finland. The vocals on Erämaan viimeinen were actually sung by Jonsu, who is the lead singer of the band Indica.

Hear Last of the Wilds on YouTube.
Hear Erämaan viimeinen on YouTube.
Here is a live performance of Last of the Wilds on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Rush - Caravan

My song pick two years ago today: John Denver - This Old Guitar

My song pick three years ago today: Rammstein - Stirb Nicht Vor Mir (Don't Die Before I Do)

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Monday, June 27, 2011

1410 Aerosmith - Rag Doll

1410 Aerosmith - Rag Doll
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From; Permanent Vacation, Year: 1987
Genre: Rock

For about the last six months I've been learning to play the steel guitar; this has been one of the many songs that I've been working on whilst learning the instrument. When most think of the steel guitar and the music associated with it rock just isn't one of the genres that usually comes to mind; you'd probably be thinking of either Hawaiian or older Country and Western music.
Anyway, in my opinion this is one of the more unique songs from the Aerosmith catalogue; the beat, the brass section, and of course Joe Perry's steel guitar help to give this track its distinct sound.

Hear Rag Doll on YouTube.
Watch the music video on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: John Lennon - Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)

My song pick two years ago today: Fuel - Million Miles

My song pick three years ago today: Tom Petty - Runnin' Down A Dream

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Sunday, June 26, 2011

1409 Lou Reed - I'm So Free

1409 Lou Reed - I'm So Free
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From: Transformer, Year: 1972
Genre: Glam Rock

I'm drawing a blank for my pick today, however I have been listening to the Transformer album a lot lately. This is one of my favourites off of the album, and since I haven't picked a Lou Reed song in quite a while I guess I will make it my pick for this rather lazy Sunday.

Hear I'm So Free on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Traffic - The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys

My song pick two years ago today: Hawkwind - Silver Machine

My song pick three years ago today: Savatage - Complaint In The System

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

1408 Hawkwind - Star Cannibal

1408 Hawkwind - Star Cannibal
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From: Church of Hawkind, Year: 1982
Genre: Space Rock

I needed something odd to listen to on this Saturday, I looked no further than the legendary Space Rockers: Hawkwind for my pick. This is a rather macabre song from their Church of Hawkwind album; the more I listen to it the more I like it.
As with most of this album, being that it was produced by "Dr. Technical" himself, (one of Dave Brock's pseudonyms), this song has a decided electronic sound and feel to it .
The talk-sung vocals compliment the macabre lyrics perfectly. This is quite a fun song to sing out loud in mixed company."Flesh fondue main course stew, of his unearthly human crew."

Hear Star Cannibal on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Jigsaw - Sky High

My song pick two years ago today: Steeleye Span - Thomas The Rhymer

My song pick three years ago today: Donovan - Mellow Yellow

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Friday, June 24, 2011

1407 Wilson Pickett - Mr. Magic Man

1407 Wilson Pickett - Mr. Magic Man
From: Mr. Magic Man, Year: 1973
Genre: Soul/R&B

I've been in a mood for some Wilson Pickett most of the day. I had quite a few tracks in mind for today's pick, but I either couldn't find a recording, (live or otherwise), of the songs on the "interwebz" or I already had chosen them. After a bout of wracking my brain and scrounging the halls of YouTube I found one that I wanted to pick today: this one, the title track off of his '73 Mr. Magic Man album. It's such a mellow, grooving track to just sit back listen to.

Hear Mr. Magic Man on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: PAIN featuring Anette Olzon - Follow Me

My song pick two years ago today: Nightwish - Phantom of the Opera

My song pick three years ago today: Rush - Natural Science

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

1406 Ray Stevens - I Need Your Help Barry Manilow

1406 Ray Stevens - I Need Your Help Barry Manilow
From: The Feeling's Not Right Again, Year: 1979
Genre: Comedy/Pop

I can't remember the last time I'd heard it, but I happened to hear this song last night and it gave me a good laugh. Musically it is written in the style similar to that of Barry Manilow's hit: I Write The Songs. The lyrics are quite a lot of fun; it plays on the aspects of loneliness and sadness found in a lot of Barry Manilow's music. I absolutely love the second half of the second verse that is essentially made up of titles of Barry Manilow songs.

Hear a recording of I Need Your Help Barry Manilow on YouTube.
Watch a live performance of the song on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: The Who - Rael (1 and 2)

My song pick two years ago today: The Clifford Brown & Max Roach Quintet - Joy Spring

My song pick three years ago today: Eric Burdon & the Animals - San Franciscan Nights

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

1405 Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO) - Don't Get Yourself In Trouble

1405 Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO) - Don't Get Yourself In Trouble
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From: Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Year: 1973
Genre: Hard Rock

I've had many BTO songs running through my mind all morning whilst I've been working, so here's some bone-rattling Canadian Hard Rock from BTO's debut album. This is one of the songs I like to play when I want to see the walls shake; C.F. Turner's bass really thumps in this one.

There's no video on YouTube at this time, sorry.



My song pick a year ago today: Red Hot Chili Peppers - Scar Tissue

My song pick two years ago today: White Zombie - More Human Than Human

My song pick three years ago today: Marc Cohen - Walking In Memphis

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

1404 Jethro Tull - Velvet Green

1404 Jethro Tull - Velvet Green
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From: Songs From The Wood, Year: 1977
Genre: Progressive Rock/Folk Rock

From the songs that I've tried to play from the band, this has to be one of the hardest, if not their most difficult, to play. Probably what makes this song the most problematic is the odd time signatures, which are all over the place. After taking that into account then you have to deal with very complex melodies and counter-lines, but in the end this is an awesome track.

Hear the studio version on YouTube.
Watch an excellent live performance circa '77 on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Rammstein - Das Alte Leid

My song pick two years ago today: Savatage - The Piper Rap

My song pick three years ago today: The Steve Miller Band - Take The Money And Run

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Monday, June 20, 2011

1403 Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band - Born to Run

1403 Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band - Born to Run
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From: Born to Run, Year: 1975
Genre: Rock
Probably most are aware by now that E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons passed away over the weekend. Apparently the cause of his passing was due to complications from a stroke he suffered back on June 12th. My thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and loved ones.
While I've never been an aficionado of Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band I've always been a fan of his music and usually turn it up when one of his songs pop on the radio. Anyway, this is one of my favourites from his catalogue, which features a nice Clarence Clemons saxophone solo.

Hear a studio version on YouTube.
Watch a live performance on YouTube.



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

My song pick two years ago today: Steely Dan - Dirty Work

My song pick three years ago today: John Denver - Opposite Tables

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

1402 Waylander - Born to the Fight

1402 Waylander - Born to the Fight
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From: Reawakening Pride Once Lost, Year: 1998
Genre: Celtic Folk Metal

Here is a rather nice rousing track to help close out the weekend with. Such an awesome blend of different sounds; every time I play this track in particular I'm glad that I discovered this unique band.

Hear Born to the Fight on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Dizzy Gillespie - Night In Tunisia

My song pick two years ago today: Tommy James - Draggin' The Line

My song pick three years ago today: Ozzy Osbourne - The Road To Nowhere

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

1401 Warrant - Uncle Tom's Cabin

1401 Warrant - Uncle Tom's Cabin
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From: Cherry Pie, Year: 1990
Genre: Hard Rock/Metal

I'm getting another song that I've been meaning to add to my list picked. While Warrant and this, their most popular album, have become cliché in today's popular culture, I've always kind of liked them somewhat; especially this song.

Watch the music video on YouTube.
Watch a live performance circa '91 on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Bon Jovi - Keep The Faith

My song pick two years ago today: Neil Young - Rockin' in the Free World

My song pick three years ago today: Savatage - Skull Session

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Friday, June 17, 2011

1400 Jaco Pastorius - Kuru/Speak Like a Child

1400 Jaco Pastorius - Kuru/Speak Like a Child
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From: Jaco Pastorius, Year: 1976
Genre: Jazz Fusion

I'm making my 1400th song pick today. I thought that this awesome medley or sorts written by Jaco Pastorius and Herbie Hancock would be rather nice for the occasion.
This is true piece of Jazz Fusion; it has more of a Rock, R&B, and Funk influence with amazing technical musicianship. Jaco sure lays down quite a mean groove throughout Kuru on his bass along with the drums/percussion. Herbie Hancock's keyboards and a host of string instruments fill up the rest quite nicely. I'd have to say that my favourite part of this piece is their rendition of Hancock's Speak like a Child; there's so much feeling in their playing. I love how they bounce back and forth between the two songs' themes, it makes the overall piece quite dynamic.

Hear Kuru/Speak Like a Child on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: The Grass Roots - Let's Live For Today

My song pick two years ago today: The Ventures - Walk-Don't Run

My song pick three years ago today: Ten Years After - I'd Love To Change The World

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

1398 Stahlhammer - Eisbär

1398 Stahlhammer - Eisbär
From: Eisenherz, Year: 2002

I'm rocking out to some Stahlhammer this morning whilst getting my work done. I thought I would choose this rather rousing track from their '02 album Eisenherz for my pick today. This has to be the only metal song in existence written about polar bears, which makes it all that more awesome.

Hear Eisbär on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: The Lovin' Spoonful - Summer in the City

My song pick two years ago today: Jethro Tull - Wond'ring Again

My song pick three years ago today: Crowded House - Don't Dream It's Over

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

1397 Joe Jackson - Steppin' Out

1397 Joe Jackson - Steppin' Out
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From: Night and Day, Year: 1982

I've been meaning to pick this song for quite a time now and have had it in "the queue" ready to be picked.
I have loved this song ever since I first heard it; it moves along quite nicely with that cool bass line on the keyboard.

Watch the music video on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Jimmy Dean - Big Bad John

My song pick two years ago today: Savatage - If I Go Away

My song pick three years ago today: Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Friday, June 10, 2011

1393 Rush (Neil Peart) - O Baterista (Drum Solo)

1393 Rush (Neil Peart) - O Baterista (Drum Solo)
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From: Rush in Rio, Year: 2003

Last night I saw Neil Peart perform a condensed version of his current epic drum solo, which I believe is called "Love 4 Sale," on The Late Show with David Letterman, which can be found here on YouTube.
Anyway, I figured that I should add one of Neil Peart's solos for today's pick, so here's one of the only ones that was available on YouTube in good quality. This solo is named: O Baterista, which is Portuguese for "The Drummer;" most of the names of his recent drum solos translate from other languages as "The Drummer" as well.

Hear O Baterista on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Hawkwind - Zarozinia

My song pick two years ago today: Ghostland Observatory - Sad Sad City

My song pick three years ago today: The Wallflowers - One Headlight

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Thursday, June 09, 2011

1392 Les Paul and Mary Ford - Whispering

1392 Les Paul and Mary Ford - Whispering
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From: The Hit Makers!, Year: 1953

I had another track in mind for my pick today, but after finding out that today would have been guitarist/producer/inventor extraordinaire Les Paul's 96th birthday I figured I would pick one of his tracks instead.
There were actually quite a few that immediately came to mind, however his rendition of this great Jazz standard seemed like an excellent choice for today.

Hear Whispering on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Rush - The Pass

My song pick two years ago today: Days of the New - The Down Town

My song pick three years ago today: Billy Joel - Tell Her About It

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Wednesday, June 08, 2011

1391 Hawkwind - Fall of Earth City

1391 Hawkwind - Fall of Earth City
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From: Church of Hawkwind, Year: 1982

I'm kind of in an odd mood today and thought I would pick a song off of the Church of Hawkwind album; it is becoming one of my favourite albums from the band. This is quite a nerdy Space Rock track that contains a neat Science Fiction tale within.

Hear The Fall of Earth City on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: The Moody Blues - I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)

My song pick two years ago today: Queen - One Vision

My song pick three years ago today: Megadeth - Captive Honour

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Tuesday, June 07, 2011

1390 Tarot - Veteran of Psychic Wars

1390 Tarot - Veteran of Psychic Wars
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From: Crows Fly Black, Year: 2006

I had no song in mind for today's pick, so I decided on picking one I've been meaning to choose for a while now. This is a cover of the song originally done by the band Blue Öyster Cult; it is a bonus track on their '06 release Crows Fly Black. With this being one of my favourites BÖC songs I have to say I actually love what they did on this cover; quite nice.

Hear the studio version on YouTube.
Watch a live performance of the song on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Led Zeppelin - Hey Hey What Can I Do

My song pick two years ago today: Marty Simon - Jerhume Brunnen G

My song pick three years ago today: Focus - Hocus Pocus

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Monday, June 06, 2011

1389 Savatage - Surrender

1389 Savatage - Surrender
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From: Poets and Madmen, Year: 2001

Every now and then I put this album on and am still amazed at how captivating and well written the story in this Rock Opera album is. At times after listening to it it almost gives you the feeling of just reading a good book; Paul O'Neill really did an awesome job penning the lyrics to this entire album. The vocals and music only add to the excellent narrative especially John Oliva's operatic voice; he adds a lot of emotion to it.
For those who are unfamiliar with this Rock Opera, it is very loosely based on the life and death of a photojournalist named Kevin Carter. This song comes towards the end of the album and depicts the horrors seen by the main character haunting him and driving him toward madness and ultimately suicide. It's such an amazing song and album.

Hear the studio version on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Jim Croce - Tomorrow's Gonna Be a Brighter Day

My song pick two years ago today: The Doors - Crystal Ship

My song pick three years ago today: Lynn Anderson - Rose Garden

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Saturday, June 04, 2011

1387 Louis Armstrong - C'est si bon

1387 Louis Armstrong - C'est si bon
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From: C'est si Bon, Year: 1991, (1950)

I've had a plethora of Louis Armstrong's tunes stuck in my mind most of the morning; I couldn't think of a better musician to be "earwormed" by. This is Pops' awesome version of the song originally written by Henri Betti.

Hear a studio recording on YouTube.
Here is a live television performance circa '62 on YouTube.



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

My song pick two years ago today: Kansas - The Pinnacle

My song pick three years ago today: Rammstein - Asche Zu Asche

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Thursday, June 02, 2011

1385 Heart - Who Will You Run To

1385 Heart - Who Will You Run To
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From: Bad Animals, Year: 1987

As of late I've been revisiting some of Heart's music from the '80s. I can still remember when Bad Animals was released, it seemed that this song and "Alone" in particular got a lot of radio play.
Anyway, I'd have to say that Anne Wilson's vocals are the main draw for me on this track, for some reason I've always thought she sounded a bit like Grace Slick in this song.

Here is the music video on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Benny Carter - All That Jazz

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

My song pick three years ago today: U2 - Sunday, Bloody Sunday

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Wednesday, June 01, 2011

1383-4 Dream Theater - In the Presence of Enemies Parts I and II

1383-4 Dream Theater - In the Presence of Enemies Parts I and II
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From Systematic Chaos, Year: 2007

Just felt like putting on some Dream Theater this morning. For some reason these two rather long tracks, which both open and close their '07 Systematic Chaos album, just seemed perfect for my pick today. This is a truly an awesome piece of music in so many ways; it's slowly becoming one of my favourite songs from Dream Theater.
Part I is broken up into two sections: "Prelude" and "Resurrection." Part II is broken up further into 4 parts: "Heretic," "The Slaughter of the Damned," "The Reckoning," and "Salvation."

Here are the full songs on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Hiroko Moriguchi - Samurai Heart

My song pick two years ago today: England Dan & John Ford Coley - Simone

My song pick three years ago today: Rush - The Way the Wind Blows

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