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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Sunday, November 20, 2011

1558 Jefferson Airplane - Somebody to Love

1558 Jefferson Airplane - Somebody to Love
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From: Surrealistic Pillow, Year: 1967
Genre: Psychedelic Rock/Hard Rock

For some reason I had this song running through my mind most of the day, so, as I usually do, I'm making it my pick. Ever since I first heard this song, which was a long, long time ago, I have always liked it a lot.
This was actually a cover that was originally recorded by the band The Great Society, which can be heard here on YouTube. It was written by Darby Slick, who was Grace Slick's brother-in-law; they both played in The Great Society.

Hear Somebody to Love on YouTube.
Watch the music video on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: John Denver - In My Life

My song pick two years ago today: The Charlie Daniels Band - Legend of Wooley Swamp

My song pick three years ago today: The Doors - Strange Days

My song pick four years ago today: Argent - Hold Your Head Up

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

1557 Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli (Quintette du Hot Club de France) featuring Freddy Taylor - I'se a Muggin'

1557 Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli (Quintette du Hot Club de France) featuring Freddy Taylor - I'se a Muggin'
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From: The Quintet of the Hot Club of France, Year: 1936
Genre: Swing Jazz/Gypsy Jazz

What an excellent track for a laid back Saturday like this one; nothing to do but watch the snow pile up and listen some awesome tunes.
I love Freddy Taylor's mellow, upbeat vocals and scatting throughout the song. He added something special to the already great sound of Reinhardt/Grappelli and co.

Hear I'se a Muggin' on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Styx - Light Up

My song pick two years ago today: Pink Floyd - Waiting for the Worms

My song pick three years ago today: Rush - Roll the Bones

My song pick four years ago today: Béla Fleck & The Flecktones - A Moment So Close

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Friday, November 18, 2011

1556 Red Hot Chili Peppers - Ethiopia

1556 Red Hot Chili Peppers - Ethiopia
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From: I'm With You, Year: 2011
Genre: Alternative Rock/Funk

I feel like making a Funky Friday pick today. This is one of my favourite songs off of RHCP's most recent release: I'm With You; it's one of the more dynamic tracks on the album. Apparently the band got some of their influence for this track from an Ethiopian band called Africa Express; from what I understand they hung out and jammed quite a bit.
I love how they employed odd time signatures in this song and yet to the untrained ear you really don't notice it; that, in my opinion, is the mark of an excellent band when they are able to do that.

Hear Ethiopia on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Bass Extremes - Glorious Pastorius

My song pick two years ago today: Alexander Courage - Where No Man Has Gone Before (Theme From Star Trek)

My song pick three years ago today: The Temptations - Get Ready

My song pick four years ago today: Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO) - Not Fragile

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

1555 Nirvana - About a Girl

1555 Nirvana - About a Girl
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From: Bleach, Year: 1989
Genre: Alternative Rock/Grunge/Pop

I had this track on my mind this morning and it fits my mood pretty good.
While I've never been a bona fide fan of their music, there are more than a few of Nirvana's songs that I like. I believe that I'm more into Grunge now than I was back when it was the 'in' thing. I guess I don't feel as bombarded anymore and can actually sit back and enjoy it for what it is rather than it being the newest thing 'you must' be into.
Anyway, this track comes off of their '89 debut album Bleach; it has a very distinct Beatleish sound to it. From what I've read Kurt Cobain wrote it after listening to one of the Beatles' albums a bunch of times.

Hear About a Girl on YouTube.
Watch their 'unplugged' performance on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Forest - Gypsy Girl & Rambleaway

My song pick two years ago today: Steely Dan - Caves of Altamira

My song pick three years ago today: Free - All Right Now

My song pick four years ago today: The Easybeats - Friday On My Mind

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

1554 Steely Dan - Bodhisattva

1554 Steely Dan - Bodhisattva
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From: Countdown to Ecstasy, Year: 1973
Genre: Rock/Jazz

I had a couple of songs in mind for my pick, but after I heard this song on the radio this morning I figured I would choose it instead.
I've often wondered who the enlightened being was that they were singing this song to, or maybe the word 'Bodhisattva' just fit their lyrical scheme the way they wanted, who knows. Anyway, the band is as excellent as ever in their musicianship and arrangement on this track.

Hear Bodhisattva on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: UFO - Rock Bottom

My song pick two years ago today: Jethro Tull - Baker St. Muse

My song pick three years ago today: Toto - Hold the Line

My song pick four years ago today: Jethro Tull - Kissing Willie

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

1553 John Dowland - Flow My Tears (Lachrimae Pavane)

1553 John Dowland - Flow My Tears (Lachrimae Pavane)
Year: 1596
Genre: Renaissance Period/classical

This beautiful piece of music started running through my mind this morning; it has to be one of the oldest pieces of music I've yet to add to my blog. The piece is known as an Ayre, which was written for a vocal and lute and is most likely John Dowland's most famous work.
I originally was introduced to his music through one of my favourite Science Fiction authors: Philip K. Dick. He was a huge fan of John Dowland and went as far as to write under the pseudonym Jack Dowland on some of his works. He actually borrowed the title of this piece for his novel Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said, which is also one of my favourite of his books.

Here is a performance of the piece by Paul Agnew and Christopher Wilson on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Slaughter - Days Gone By

My song pick two years ago today: Johnny Rivers - Poor Side of Town

My song pick three years ago today: Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO) - Stayed Awake All Night

My song pick four years ago today: David Essex - Rock On

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Monday, November 14, 2011

1552 Steve Vai - Bad Horsie

1552 Steve Vai - Bad Horsie
From: Alien Love Secrets, Year: 1995
Genre: Hard Rock

I was listening to this song the other day; I thought I'd already picked it before. I checked and apparently I hadn't yet, so today I will.
As with the majority of his work, this track showcases his virtuosity and inventiveness with the guitar. I love the thunderous, gritty, and bassy chords Steve Vai used in this one.
You can actually hear this song in an embryonic state in the '86 Ralph Macchio film Crossroads at the beginning of the guitar duel between him and Steve Vai, who plays the part of the Devil's guitarist Jack Butler. The entire guitar duel scene from the movie can be found here on YouTube.

Also, I happened to notice that Bill, (Heuristics Inc.), has fired up his song-a-day blog once again.

Hear Bad Horsie on YouTube.
Watch a music video/performance on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Fats Domino - Ain't That a Shame

My song pick two years ago today: ABBA - I Let the Music Speak

My song pick three years ago today: Stone Temple Pilots - The Big Empty

My song pick four years ago today: Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) - Mr. Blue Sky

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

1551 Black 47 - Fire of Freedom

1551 Black 47 - Fire of Freedom
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From: Fire of Freedom, Year: 1993
Genre: Rock/Celtic Rock/Reggae


I've been meaning to pick this track for a bit now; I'm finally getting around to it this Sunday.
This song epitomizes why I like Black 47 so much: there are so many musical styles and genres utilized within to make an excellent blend. I love their blend of Irish Folk, Reggae, Jazz, and Rock; it makes for an interesting sound.

Hear Fire of Freedom on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Aerosmith - Amazing

My song pick two years ago today: Banchee - Beautifully Day

My song pick three years ago today: The Cure - Burn

My song pick four years ago today: Fire Bomber (Hummingbird) - Dynamite Explosion

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

1550 Rammstein - Mein Land

1550 Rammstein - Mein Land
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From: Made in Germany/Mein Land (Single), Year: 2011
Genre: Neue Deutsche Härte/Industrial Metal

Ja! Neue Rammstein!
This single from their yet-to-be-released remastered greatest hits album Made in Germany was just released, well in parts of Europe at least. Those of us in the rest of the world will have to wait a few more days or just import it.
Anyway, this is a brand new song that they added to their greatest hits album as a bonus, I always love when bands do that. If you like Rammstein's sound then this song will be right up your alley, they're excellent as ever.
While I'm intending on getting the album, I've become kind of cautious when I see the word 'remastered' anymore, that word usually means they're making it louder and removing all depth from the audio, but we'll see. If nothing else we're getting an excellent new song.

It appears that UMG is busy removing all videos with the song from YouTube.
Here is the music video on Vimeo.com (NSFW).
The music video can also be found on rammstein.de. (NSFW) With it being on the band's site, it's less likely to be taken down.



My song pick a year ago today: Karussell - Tanzen

My song pick two years ago today: Pearls Before Swine - Tell Me Why

My song pick three years ago today: Red Rider - Lunatic Fringe

My song pick four years ago today: Steve Winwood & Traffic - Dear Mr. Fantasy

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Friday, November 11, 2011

1549 Savatage - Memory

1549 Savatage - Memory
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From: Dead Winter Dead, Year: 1995
Genre: Progressive Metal/Symphonic Metal

Well, today is Armistice Day or Veteran's Day, depending on which country you live in. Also because of the date being 11-11-11, some people have dubbed it 'Metal Day' as well; I guess they are playing off of that tired, old cliché of a joke from the Spinal Tap movie.
Anyway, I thought this track would be excellent for my pick today. The song is the main theme from the fourth movement of Beethoven's 9th Symphony in D-Minor (Op. 125). I love how dynamic they made this abbreviated arrangement of the classic piece of music. It starts out with a clean electric guitar playing the melody and then the tempo picks up and effects and distortion are added.

Here is a video with a guy playing guitar to the studio version on YouTube.
I really wish that there was an actual studio version available, but c'est la vie.



My song pick a year ago today: Billy Joel - Goodnight Saigon

My song pick two years ago today: S Sgt Barry Sadler - Ballad of the Green Berets

My song pick three years ago today: Pink Floyd - On the Turning Away

My song pick four years ago today: ABBA - Soldiers

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

1548 Santo & Johnny - Teardrop

1548 Santo & Johnny - Teardrop
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From: Sleepwalk, Year: 1959
Genre: Pop/Rock

I had a few other songs in mind for today's pick, but this pretty track started running through my mind; as usual I took it as a sign that I should pick it. I love all of the emotion they put into this song, it's truly a beautiful song. The only thing I don't like about it was, like most songs of the late 50's/early 60's, it far too short at just 2 minutes in length.

Hear Teardrop on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Rammstein - Bück Dich

My song pick two years ago today: Lulu - To Sir With Love

My song pick three years ago today: Primus - Nature Boy

My song pick four years ago today: Deep Purple - Space Truckin'

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Wednesday, November 09, 2011

1547 Exist†Trace - RESONANCE

1547 Exist†Trace - RESONANCE
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From: Twin Gate, Year: 2010
Genre: Metal

For the last few days I've thinking about this band that I saw this year at Seattle's Sakura Con '11 animé convention. I'd never heard of them prior to seeing them; they were one of the headline attractions at the convention. I've been introduced to quite a few Japanese bands through that convention; I should probably pick some of their songs as well at some point.
I'll say that once the sound crew ceased inhibiting them with their incompetence Exist†Trace were able to put on an amazing show.

Also, I learned this morning from Max that there is another song a day blogger; I would like to welcome Frankie Big Face to the fold as well. As his blog states, his mission is picking 9999 songs. I've added his site to the Other Song-a-Day Blog list to the right.

Here is the music video clip on YouTube.
Here is their performance from Sakura Con '11 on YouTube. The song begins at the 4 minute mark.



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

My song pick two years ago today: The Eagles - Outlaw Man

My song pick three years ago today: Def Leppard - Lets Get Rocked

My song pick four years ago today: Alabama - Roll On (Eighteen Wheeler)

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Tuesday, November 08, 2011

1544-6 Pink Floyd - Another Brick in the Wall, Parts 1-3

1544-6 Pink Floyd - Another Brick in the Wall, Parts 1-3
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From: The Wall, Year 1979
Genre: Progressive Rock


For some reason I felt like listening to The Wall this morning; I happened to notice that I had not chosen the three-part title track yet, so I figured it would make a good pick for today. I really thought had chosen it at some point, but I've chosen a lot of Pink Floyd over the last four years of doing this blog, so it's easy to miss some from time to time.
For us Progressive/Art Rock fans you can't help but underscore the importance of both this album and Dark Side of the Moon, which greatly helped at the planting of the genre into the mainstream consciousness.

Here are parts 1 + 2 on YouTube.
Here is the video with part 3 on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Blue Öyster Cult - X-Ray Eyes

My song pick two years ago today: Alton Ellis - Sunday Coming

My song pick three years ago today: Pat Benatar - Treat Me Right

My song pick four years ago today: Ronnie Milsap - Smokey Mountain Rain

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Monday, November 07, 2011

1543 The Rolling Stones - In Another Land

1543 The Rolling Stones - In Another Land
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From: Their Satanic Majesties Request, Year: 1967
Genre: Psychedelic Rock

Over the last couple of days I've either had a 'Stones song running through my mind or I've been hearing them on the radio and television, so I thought it was a sign that I should pick one of their songs.
Their Satanic Majesties Request is one of my favourite 'Stones albums; this is one of my favourite tracks off of it as well. It's a nice piece of '60s Psychedelic Rock that was written by bassist Bill Wyman.




My song pick a year ago today: Iron Maiden - Satellite 15... The Final Frontier

My song pick two years ago today: Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) - Hold on Tight / Epilogue

My song pick three years ago today: C.W. McCall - Wolf Creek Pass

My song pick four years ago today: Eddie Rabbitt - I'm Driving My Life Away

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Sunday, November 06, 2011

1542 Blue Öyster Cult - Astronomy

1542 Blue Öyster Cult - Astronomy
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From: Secret Treaties, Year: 1974
Genre: Progressive Rock/Hard Rock

After a difficult day I'm really not much in the mood for music, but that won't stop me from making my pick for today. This track is rather beautiful and well constructed both lyrically and musically. I really wish I felt like writing more this evening.

Here is the studio version on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Yoshiki Fukuyama - Angel's Voice

My song pick two years ago today: The Kinks - (Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman

My song pick three years ago today: The Allman Brother's Band - Ain't Waistin' Time No More

My song pick four years ago today: Red Sovine - Phantom 309

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Saturday, November 05, 2011

1541 Zombie Nation - Kernkraft 400

1541 Zombie Nation - Kernkraft 400
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From: Leichenschmaus, Year: 1999
Genre: Techno

When I saw the number of today's pick, (1541), something in the back of my mind was telling me that there was something significant about it. It didn't take me very long to remember what it was: the model of the disk drive I used to use with my old Commodore 64. While I have countless fond memories tied to that computer, I will say that I loathed that slow, error ridden piece of junk that would take over 5 minutes to load a game that was probably smaller in file size than this blog post, that is, if it would load it at all. I later upgraded to the newer models, (The 128 computer and 1571 disk drive), which were far better in my opinion. It's weird when people today complain if something takes more than 20 seconds to load, hell, I used to do my chores while games booted up. Although it was quite frustrating coming back only to see the 1541's red light flashing along with an error message.
Anyway, this is a song a day blog and I should get to why I'm picking this song, right? The German Techno act Zombie Nation used the melody from one of the sections of the video game Lazy Jones for this song. This was a game I played a lot back in the day on my Commodore; the game and music were written by David Whittaker. Lazy Jones was basically a bunch of little games within another; it had a main melody playing in the background, which would change to another one when you entered a video game room. The melody used in this song was taken from the background of the "Stardust" mini game.
Even if you don't know this song by its title or from the video game, if you watch sports at all you'll often hear it being played over the loudspeaker during play stoppages or intermissions, especially with hockey or American football.

Here is the music video on YouTube.
Hear Stardust from Lazy Jones on YouTube.
Hear the full Lazy Jones soundtrack on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra - Ko-Ko

My song pick two years ago today: Rush - Bastille Day

My song pick three years ago today: The Steve Miller Band - Brave New World

My song pick four years ago today: C.W. McCall - Convoy

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Friday, November 04, 2011

1540 Frank Zappa - Treacherous Cretins

1540 Frank Zappa - Treacherous Cretins
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From: Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar, Year: 1981
Genre: Progressive Rock


For some unknown reason I felt like listening to Frank Zappa this morning before I got my day started. This is a very beautiful and eclectic sounding piece; it's kind of a Rock meets Reggae meets Jazz Fusion.

Hear Treacherous Cretins on YouTube. The song begins about 18 seconds in.



My song pick a year ago today: Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra - Skyliner

My song pick two years ago today: Santana - Oye Como Va

My song pick three years ago today: Joe Walsh - Vote for Me

My song pick four years ago today: Jerry Reed - East Bound and Down

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Thursday, November 03, 2011

1539 Hawkwind - Fable of a Failed Race

1539 Hawkwind - Fable of a Failed Race
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From: Quark, Strangeness and Charm, Year: 1977
Genre: Progressive Rock/Space Rock

I'm drawing a blank for a song to pick today, so I'm picking one that I've been meaning to for a while now.
This is a rather mellow track somewhat in the vein of Pink Floyd with Sci-Fi poetry for lyrics. One of my favourite aspects of this track is Robert Calvert's vocals, which reminds me a lot of Peter Gabriel's from his Genesis years in particular.

Hear Fable of a Failed Race on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Billy Joel - It's Still Rock and Roll to Me

My song pick two years ago today: Daft Punk - One More Time

My song pick three years ago today: Al Stewart - Time Passages

My song pick four years ago today: Stealer's Wheel - Star

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Wednesday, November 02, 2011

1538 Aerosmith - Home Tonight

1538 Aerosmith - Home Tonight
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From: Rocks, Year: 1976
Genre: Hard Rock

It's a nice thing to have a night off after a very busy month, so I'm picking this apropos-titled song.
Since I've begun learning to play the Hawaiian steel guitar my ear has become more tuned to listen for the instrument in music. Of course, among Rock bands Aerosmith is one of the main bands to use it in their music; this is one of the songs where Joe Perry plays his lap steel. Who says that the steel has to be only a Country/Western instrument?

Hear Home Tonight on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Jethro Tull - Overseer Overture / Flight from Lucifer

My song pick two years ago today: The Beatles - Think for Yourself

My song pick three years ago today: Queen feat. David Bowie - Under Pressure

My song pick four years ago today: The Grateful Dead - Touch of Grey

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Tuesday, November 01, 2011

1537 Megadeth - We The People

1537 Megadeth - We The People
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From: TH1RT3EN, Year: 2011
Genre: Metal/Thrash Metal

Megadeth's new album, TH1RT3EN, was just released and it's looking to be a very good one; I thought it a good idea to celebrate the release by picking one of the new songs off of it.
Dave Mustane sure hasn't lost his edge at all with his sociopolitical subject matter and lyrics. It's awesome to hear bassist Dave Ellefson playing with the band again as well.

Hear We The People on YouTube.



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

My song pick two years ago today: Bob Dylan - Tangled Up In Blue

My song pick three years ago today: Supertramp - Take the Long Way Home

My song pick four years ago today: Béla Fleck and the Flecktones - Vix 9

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