Sunday, July 31, 2011

1444 Steve Vai - Details at 10

1444 Steve Vai - Details at 10
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From: Flex-Able Leftovers, Year: 1998
Genre: Guitar Rock/Comedy

I'm attempting to get my Sunday pick in and this track off of Steve Vai's Flex-Able Leftovers seemed to fit my mood.
This is another social commentary song done in the vain of Frank Zappa. In this song he lambastes the news media concerning the narcissistic and disgusting way they interrupt your television viewing with disturbing presentations of news stories.

Hear Details at 10 on YouTube. There is more than a bit of extreme language contained so, (NSFW).



My song pick a year ago today: England Dan & John Ford Coley - Westward Wind

My song pick two years ago today: Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade of Pale

My song pick three years ago today: Louis Armstrong - Hello Dolly

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Saturday, July 30, 2011

1443 Chet Atkins - I Wish I Knew

1443 Chet Atkins - I Wish I Knew
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From: Chet Atkins Picks the Best, Year: 1967
Genre: Jazz/Pop

I've been learning to play this rather catchy Latin flavoured tune on my nylon-stringed guitar over the last little bit and I thought it would make a nice pick for this Saturday. As with anything played by guitar maestro Chet Atkins, this track is exquisitely done.

Hear I Wish I Knew on YouTube.


My song pick a year ago today: Sergei Prokofiev - Op. 67 - Peter and the Wolf

My song pick two years ago today: Lalo Schifrin - Scorpio's Theme

My song pick three years ago today: Rush - Dreamline

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

1440 America - Lonely People

1440 America - Lonely People
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From: Holiday, Year: 1974
Genre: Folk/Rock

I found out today that Dan Peek passed away a couple of days ago, a write-up can be found here. This was the first America song that I knew was from his pen that came to mind; it was actually one of the band's biggest hits.
Dan Peek actually hadn't been with the group since the late '70s; he left to explore a career in Christian music.

Hear the original studio version on YouTube.
Hear Dan Peek's re-worked solo recording on YouTube.
Watch a live performance/music video on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Rammstein - Weißes Fleisch

My song pick two years ago today: The Steve Miller Band - Space Into/Fly Like An Eagle

My song pick three years ago today: The Delgados - The Light Before We Land

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

1439 Rin' - Fuhen

1439 Rin' - Fuhen
From: Jikū, Year: 2004
Genre: Traditional Japanese/J-Pop

I had the melody of this extremely beautiful song running through my mind this morning and I knew I had to make it my pick for today.
I first heard this song playing on the ending credits of the Animé Samurai 7, which was an adaptation of the Akira Kurosawa masterpiece film The Seven Samuari. I immediately fell in love with this song upon hearing it for the first time; it is kind of a fusion of Traditional Japanese and modern Pop/Rock music. The three members of the band played traditional Japanese instruments and in this song in particular both the Koto and Biwa are very prominent; I've always loved the sound of the Koto.

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



My song pick a year ago today: Cream - Badge

My song pick two years ago today: Steeleye Span - Seven Hundred Elves

My song pick three years ago today: Billy Joel - Prelude/Angry Young Man

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Monday, July 25, 2011

1438 Elvis Presley - Suspicious Minds

1438 Elvis Presley - Suspicious Minds
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From: Suspicious Minds (Single), Year: 1969
Genre: Rock & Roll/Soul

I've had this one running through my mind over the last couple of days and figured it would be an excellent time to pick a track from 'The King.' I've always liked a lot of Elvis' music and this is one of my favourites in particular; an excellent song all the way around.

Watch a video with the studio version on YouTube.
Here is a live performance circa '73 on YouTube.



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

My song pick two years ago today: John Denver - Season Suite: Summer

My song pick three years ago today: The Steve Miller Band - The Window

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

1437 King Crimson - Sleepless

1437 King Crimson - Sleepless
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From: Three of a Perfect Pair, Year: 1984
Genre: Progressive Rock

I felt like some King Crimson for today's pick; after a bit of thought I decided to go with this song from their '84 Three of a Perfect Pair album. This track features an awesome slap bass line from Mr. Tony Levin.

Hear Sleepless on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Johann Sebastian Bach - BWV 703 - Fughetta: Gottes-Sohn ist Kommen

My song pick two years ago today: What Made Milwaukee Famous - Sultan

My song pick three years ago today: Arlo - Runaround

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

1436 Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO) - Down, Down

1436 Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO) - Down, Down
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From: Freeways, Year: 1977
Genre: Hard Rock

I'm getting another late Saturday pick in; I really need to quit procrastinating so much on the weekends.
Anyway, this is probably my second favourite song off of BTO's Freeways album. This is a rather straight-forward track in their normal Canadian Hard Rock sound with some odd lyrics.

Hear Down, Down on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Savatage - The Ocean

My song pick two years ago today: The Steve Miller Band - Serenade

My song pick three years ago today: Ben E. King - Spanish Harlem

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Friday, July 22, 2011

1435 Joe Satriani - Surfing With The Alien

1435 Joe Satriani - Surfing With The Alien
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From: Surfing With The Alien, Year: 1987
Genre: Rock

I had no idea what I was going to pick this morning. I realized that I had not chosen a Joe Satriani yet; wow 1434 songs into this voyage and no Joe Satriani? Shame on me.
Okay, so here's one of my favourites; it's essentially a 4:00 bombastic guitar solo: pure awesomeness.

Hear Surfing With The Alien on YouTube.
Watch a live performance on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: The Moody Blues - The Dream

My song pick two years ago today: Azteca - What'cha Gonna Do?

My song pick three years ago today: Slaughter - Fly to the Angels

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

1434 Missing Link - Filled Up

1434 Missing Link - Filled Up
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From: Nevergreen!, Year: 1972
Genre: Progressive Rock/Jazz Rock

I was in need of some more Prog Rock this morning; I noticed that I have only chosen one track from this incredible band, so here's another. I love the complexity of this song as well as the riffs used throughout.

Here is the studio version on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Hawkwind - The Church

My song pick two years ago today: Quincy Jones - Walking in Space

My song pick three years ago today: Ozzy Osbourne - Dreamer

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

1433 "Weird Al" Yankovic - I Think I'm a Clone Now

1433 "Weird Al" Yankovic - I Think I'm a Clone Now
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From: Even Worse, Year: 1988
Genre: Comedy/Parody

Yesterday the original version of the song that this song is a parody of came on the radio; I couldn't help but have "Weird Al's" lyrics running through my mind. After that I thought this "Weird Al" track would be a good pick for today.
This track is actually based off of Tiffany's cover of the Tommy James' track I Think We're Alone Now; it was quite big at the time he released his Even Worse album.

Here is the studio version on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Primus - Pork Chop's Little Ditty

My song pick two years ago today: Jethro Tull - For Michael Collins, Jeffrey and Me

My song pick three years ago today: Blue Öyster Cult - Shooting Shark

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

1432 Hawkwind - Chronoglide Skyway

1432 Hawkwind - Chronoglide Skyway
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From: Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music, Year: 1976
Genre: Space Rock

I had another couple of songs in mind this morning, but alas, YouTube didn't have them available. So, I went to one of my standbys for today's pick: Hawkwind! I've always loved bands like Hawkwind that give you music that is different and amazing on so many levels.
This is a real nice ethereal instrumental piece, which closes out the album quite nicely.

Here is the studio version on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Yes - Five Per Cent for Nothing

My song pick two years ago today: Megumi Hayashibara - Fly Me to the Moon

My song pick three years ago today: Rahsaan Roland Kirk - Pedal Up

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Monday, July 18, 2011

1431 Van der Graaf Generator - Childlike Faith In Childhood's End

1431 Van der Graaf Generator - Childlike Faith In Childhood's End
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From: Still Life, Year: 1976
Genre: Progressive Rock

I've been meaning to pick a track from Van der Graaf Generator for a few years now, but for some reason I never got around to it; most of the time it was because I couldn't find the song I had in mind on YouTube. VdGG is one of the prog/rock bands that most have probably not heard of unless he/she is a fan of progressive rock.
Anyway, this 12-minute "magnum opus" off of their '76 Still Life album was inspired by the Arthur C. Clarke novel Childhood's End, which is another one of my favourite Science Fiction books.

Hear Childlike Faith In Childhood's End on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Billie Holiday - Gloomy Sunday

My song pick two years ago today: Electric Light Orchestra - Ticket To The Moon

My song pick three years ago today: ABBA - So Long

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

1430 Rush - Not Fade Away

1430 Rush - Not Fade AwayFrom: Not Fade Away (Single), Year: 1973
Genre: Rock

About to put an extremely busy weekend to bed; it's one of those weekends where you start to look forward to the workweek.
Anyway, I heard Rush's cover of the Buddy Holly classic whilst on road today. This single was recorded early in the band's existence and predates their first album.

Hear Not Fade Away on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Steeleye Span - Shaking of the Sheets

My song pick two years ago today: Billy Idol - Eyes Without A Face

My song pick three years ago today: Taj Mahal - Fishin' Blues

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Friday, July 15, 2011

1428 Mr. Big - Undertow

1428 Mr. Big - Undertow
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From: What If..., Year: 2010
Genre: Hard Rock

I had this track running through my mind this morning and, like I normally do with songs I like getting stuck in my mind, I took it as a sign that I should pick it.
Anyway, over the last few months Mr. Big's What If... album has become one of my favourites from their catalogue; in my opinion it's right up there with Lean Into It and Bump Ahead. This song is the main single off of the album.

Watch the music video on YouTube.
Here is a live performance on YouTube.


My song pick a year ago today: Rush - In The End

My song pick two years ago today: Led Zeppelin - Kashmir

My song pick three years ago today: The Kinks - Sunny Afternoon

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

1427 Banchee - Iceberg

1427 Banchee - Iceberg
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From; Thinkin', Year: 1970
Genre: Hard Rock/Psychedelia

I just felt like picking another tune from Banchee this morning. This is one of my favourites from the band; it hails from their second and final album.
Out of the two that they released I have found myself gravitating more towards this album; it's a bit more technical than the first one in my opinion. I love the musicianship and the vocal harmonies throughout this song.

Hear Iceberg on YouTube.


My song pick a year ago today: ZZ Top - Manic Mechanic

My song pick two years ago today: Santo & Johnny - Sleepwalk

My song pick three years ago today: Phil Collins - I Wish It Would Rain Down

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

1426 Ome Henk - Neem Een Ander In De Maling (Barbie Girl)

1426 Ome Henk - Neem Een Ander In De Maling (Barbie Girl)
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From: Ome Henk Laat Zich Niet Kisten!, Year: 1997
Genre: Comedy/Parody

Max is currently in the midst of a theme week about songs misattributed to "Weird Al" Yankovic. Almost a year ago I did a theme week based on one of my pet peeves of a similar nature: songs misattributed to the German group Rammstein. Anyway, with Max doing his theme week it brought this track back from the recesses of my brain and I figured it would make an excellent pick.
When I saw this song credited to Rammstein it almost made me bang my head against my computer's screen. I mean, for crying out loud in the dead of the night, it sounds absolutely nothing like Rammstein and it's sung in Dutch, not German! I have to chalk this up to ignorant people from North America hearing a song sung in a Northern European language and moronically giving one of the only bands they know from Europe credit for it.
This song is a parody of the infamous Aqua song Barbie Girl, which can be found here on YouTube, by Dutch actor Frank Van Der Plas as his Ome Henk (Uncle Henk) character. The Ome Henk character is a rather grumpy older man that is portrayed in a comical fashion; he looks a lot like Jamie from the television show Mythbusters in my opinion.
Anyway, I don't know much Dutch other than a few words, so I had to rely on online translations, but in this song apparently the girl is singing about being hot chick and such with Ome Henk telling her things like a woman's place is cooking food and cleaning the house.

Watch the music video on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Weather Report - Cucumber Slumber

My song pick two years ago today: ZZ Top - Gimme All Your Lovin'

My song pick three years ago today: Eric Clapton - After Midnight

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

1425 Alice in Chains - Would?

1425 Alice in Chains - Would?
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From: Dirt, Year: 1992
Genre: Metal/
Alternative/Grunge

I had an itching to listen to Alice in Chains' Dirt album this morning. I almost chose Rooster, but when I heard this track I knew I had my pick for today; it's one of my favourites.
I remember hearing this song a lot back in the '90s, even to this day it gets a lot of play, even on Classic Rock stations; okay, now I'm just making myself feel old again.
Anyway, this one moves along quite nicely, it's probably one of their more main stream accessible tracks.

Watch the music video on YouTube.
Watch a live performance from Later... with Jools Holland circa '93 on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Rammstein - Jeder lacht

My song pick two years ago today: Rammstein - Ein Leid

My song pick three years ago today: Eric Clapton - My Father's Eyes

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Monday, July 11, 2011

1424 Bad Company - Silver, Blue & Gold

1424 Bad Company - Silver, Blue & Gold
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From: Run With The Pack, Year: 1976
Genre: Rock

This track happened to pop into my mind this morning; I actually haven't heard it in some time. As usual, I took it as a sign I should make it my song pick for today.
This is actually one of my favourites from the band. I love how they launch into majors in the chorus from the mellow verses; it gives it a very nice hook.

Here is a live performance of the song circa '02 with Run With The Pack as well on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Louis Armstrong - We Have All The Time In The World

My song pick two years ago today: The Yardbirds - Smokestack Lightning

My song pick three years ago today: Eric Clapton - Pretending

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

1423 Chet Atkins - Tears

1423 Chet Atkins - Tears
From: Chet Atkins Picks the Best, Year: 1967
Genre: Gypsy Jazz

Actually getting my Sunday pick in at a decent hour for a change this evening.
I can remember my grandfather playing this tune a lot throughout my life, so much that it is probably permanently embedded in my brain; he could play this one note-for-note.
Anyway, this one is Chet Atkins' cover of the old Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli tune; he does an excellent job with it.

Hear the studio version on YouTube.
Here is a newer recording of the song featuring both Chet and Mark Knopfler on YouTube.


My song pick a year ago today: Fleetwood Mac - Tusk

My song pick two years ago today: Fairport Convention - Tam Lin

My song pick three years ago today: Cream - Tales of Brave Ulysses

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Saturday, July 09, 2011

1422 Red Hot Chili Peppers - Otherside

1422 Red Hot Chili Peppers - Otherside
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From: Californication, Year: 1999
Genre: Alternative Rock

I'm picking some Red Hot Chili Peppers for my Saturday song pick.
This is probably my favourite song off of the album and the main reason I picked up Californication. This is one of those songs that I fell in love with before it finished playing the first time I heard it. I absolutely loved the surrealistic video to this song as well, it was quite entertaining to watch.

Watch the music video on YouTube.
Here is a live performance circa '06 on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Cruachan - The Gael

My song pick two years ago today: Jim Croce - Alabama Rain

My song pick three years ago today: Derek and the Dominos (Eric Clapton) - Bell Bottom Blues

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Friday, July 08, 2011

1421 Rush - Countdown

1421 Rush - Countdown
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From: Signals, Year: 1982
Genre: Progressive Rock

I watched the final space shuttle launch this morning. It was such a historic and yet depressing moment at the same time knowing that the U.S. has essentially all but given up on manned space flight, but oh well, what do I know. At least manned exploration of space will continue through the private sector, European Space Agency, Russian Space Agency, and probably China.
Anyway, I had quite a few songs in mind for my pick on this occasion, but unsurprisingly I ended up with this apropos track from one of my favourite bands. This one was written about a launch of the space shuttle Colombia that the members of the band witness first hand. This is a synth-heavy track that features samples from actual communication between the shuttle and command.

Hear the studio version on YouTube.
Watch a music video on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Mungo Jerry - In the Summertime

My song pick two years ago today: The Kinks - A Well Respected Man

My song pick three years ago today: Eric Clapton - Bad Love

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Thursday, July 07, 2011

1420 Don McLean - Vincent

1420 Don McLean - Vincent
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From: American Pie, Year: 1971
Genre: Folk

I've had this rather beautiful track running through my mind most of last night and this morning. This is, of course, a song about the great artist Vincent Van Gogh and his works; Don McLean's lyrics are incredible throughout.
Actually, the first version of this song I heard was Julio Iglesias' cover, which can be found here on YouTube; I liked it a lot. Only later I was able to hear Don McLean's original version, which I like quite a lot as well.

Watch a fan video with the studio version on YouTube.
Watch a live performance on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Eric Burdon and War - Spill the Wine

My song pick two years ago today: Supertramp - School

My song pick three years ago today: Steely Dan - Do It Again

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Wednesday, July 06, 2011

1419 Béla Fleck & The Flecktones - Big Country

1419 Béla Fleck & The Flecktones - Big Country
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From: Left of Cool, Year: 1998
Genre: Jazz Fusion/Other

I had one of those 'duh' moments this morning; I noticed that I hadn't picked this, one of my favourite Béla Fleck tunes, yet. Well, at that point it became very apparent which song I was choosing.
This is a truly awesome instrumental piece; there's so much feeling in this one to go along with the usual supremely high level of musicianship.

Watch the performance + interview from Live at the Quick on YouTube.
Watch a live performance from Bonnaroo 2011 on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: ABBA - When All is Said and Done

My song pick two years ago today: Hawkwind - Motorhead

My song pick three years ago today: Savatage - Can You Hear Me Now

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Tuesday, July 05, 2011

1418 Johnny Rivers - Muddy River

1418 Johnny Rivers - Muddy River
From: Slim Slo Slider, Year: 1970
Genre: Pop/Rock

A bit ago my Dad reintroduced this cool Johnny Rivers song to me; I hadn't heard it in ages. I love the chord choices and progression as well as the horn arrangements; it's truly an awesome track.

Here is the studio version on YouTube.



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

My song pick two years ago today: Rush - Lakeside Park

My song pick three years ago today: Bon Jovi - Every Day

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Monday, July 04, 2011

1417 Rush - Alien Shore

1417 Rush - Alien Shore
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From: Counterparts, Year: 1993
Genre: Progressive Rock

I felt like picking a song from Rush this morning. For no reason I just grabbed the Counterparts album and picked the first track that I felt like listening to; it's one of my favourites on the album. While the Counterparts album is not my favourite album from their catalogue, it's definitely good one.

Here is the studio version on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Thin Lizzy - The Boys Are Back In Town

My song pick two years ago today: Bon Jovi - My Guitar Lies Bleeding In My Arms

My song pick three years ago today: Three Dog Night - An Old Fashioned Love Song

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Sunday, July 03, 2011

1416 Steeleye Span - Dark-Eyed Sailor

1416 Steeleye Span - Dark-Eyed Sailor
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From: Hark! The Village Wait, Year: 1970
Genre: Electric Folk Rock


I guess I'm getting my pick in just under the wire again, or so it would seem.
Anyway, here's a rather nice track off of Steeleye Span's debut album. As you might expect, this is their take on another traditional Folk song. I quite love their arrangement in this one, especially Ashley Hutchings' bass and, of course, Maddy Prior's vocals.

Hear Dark-Eyed Sailor on YouTube.
Watch a live performance on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: The Police - The King of Pain

My song pick two years ago today: Chet Atkins - Yakety Axe

My song pick three years ago today: Benjamin Britten - War Requiem

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Saturday, July 02, 2011

1415 Banchee - The Night is Calling

1415 Banchee - The Night is Calling
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From: Banchee, Year 1969
Genre: Hard Rock/Psychedelia

For the last few days I've been listening to a lot of music from Banchee, so I figured I should add another one of their songs to my list.
This is one of those bands I just fell in love with the first time I heard them; it's a shame that they only managed to record just two albums. This is the first track off of their first album. It's a rather nice mellow tune; excellent music and lyrics throughout.

Hear The Night is Calling on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Band of Horses - Cigarettes, Wedding Bands

My song pick two years ago today: Bread - Guitar Man

My song pick three years ago today: America - A Horse With No Name

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Friday, July 01, 2011

1414 The Jimmy Castor Bunch - E-Man Groovin'

1414 The Jimmy Castor Bunch - E-Man Groovin'
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From: E-Man Groovin', Year 1976
Genre: Funk

I'm quickly getting a my song pick in on this super busy Friday. I figured I'd make this a "Funky Friday" selection with this track from the incomparable Jimmy Castor Bunch.

Apparently all of the video with the songs have been removed from YouTube, sorry.



My song pick a year ago today: Led Zeppelin - D'yer Mak'er

My song pick two years ago today: Arthur Smith - Guitar Boogie

My song pick three years ago today: Band of Horses - Ode To LRC

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