Sunday, September 30, 2012

1881 Deep Purple - Hush

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From: Shades of Deep Purple; Year: 1968; Genre: Hard Rock/Metal
The other day this song came on the radio; it was one of those instances where you've heard a song a thousand times before, but for some reason it was the right song at the right time and it was almost like hearing it as if it was brand new. It's hard to explain any other way, but to say the least it was a nice experience and I knew I would be picking it soon.
Some might not know this, but Deep Purple's Hush is actually a cover. It was originally written by Joe South and first recorded by Billy Joe Royal. However, for all tense and purpose when you think of this song it's usually Deep Purple's that comes to mind; they really made it all but their own. I like that they made this "protometal" song so heavy and musically intricate at the same point; as always, I especially love Jon Lord's keyboard throughout.

Hear Hush on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Paris - Big Towne, 2061

My song pick two years ago today: Band of Horses - No One's Gonna Love You

My song pick three years ago today: Alan Menken and Howard Ashman - Feed Me (Git It) (From: Little Shop of Horrors)

My song pick four years ago today: Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) - Who'll Stop The Rain

My song pick five years ago today: Triumph - Lay It On The Line


Saturday, September 29, 2012

1880 Gilbert and Sullivan - Major-General's Song

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From: The Pirates of Penzance; Year; 1879; Genre: Opera/Pop
While The Pirates of Penzance first premiered in 1879 it made its London premier in 1880, (the number of today's song pick). I figured I would go ahead and pick this extremely popular and catchy song from the comedic opera written by the duo Gilbert and Sullivan.
Like with many of the songs written by Gilbert and Sullivan, it's still quite famous in pop culture. This song in particular has been referenced countless times over the years, and not just in music; there are quite few parodies of it in existence as well.

Watch a performance of the song on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Rush - Presto

My song pick two years ago today: Nirvana - Drain You

My song pick three years ago today: Amon Amarth - The Pursuit of Vikings

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

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


Friday, September 28, 2012

1879 Soundgarden - Black Rain

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From: Telephantasm; Year(s): 1991, 2010; Genre: Alternative Metal
Before I get to my pick I happened to notice that Woordenaar has started up his blog again! Welcome back to the blogosphere Woordenaar! It's totally awesome to have another blog back up.

Anyway, on to today's pick: very soon Soundgarden will be releasing their first album since 1996: King Animal; I positively cannot wait. The great year for new album releases just continues!
This track has it's origins back in 1991 and was supposed to be part of the Badmotorfinger album, however apparently it didn't turn out like they'd hoped and was left on the cutting room floor so to speak. Fast forward to just a few years ago, the band for some reason decided to revisit the abandoned track and breathe new life into it. In the end the song got heavily reworked, so just about of much of it is new as is from back then; they actually did an excellent job mixing the sounds of the band's two eras. An awesome track; you got to love it, hearing metal in 9/8 time.

Hear Black Rain on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Chickenfoot - Lighten Up

My song pick two years ago today: Aerosmith - Dream On

My song pick three years ago today: Rush - One Little Victory

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

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


Thursday, September 27, 2012

1878 Argent - Tragedy

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From: All Together Now; Year: 1972; Genre: Progressive Rock/Hard Rock
I had an urge to listen to some Argent today and thought it would be a good idea to pick another one of their tracks too.
While being overshadowed by their monster hit Hold Your Head Up, Tragedy was one of the lesser hits from All Together Now. It's a pretty good track that is carried through the verses by an excellent thumping funky bass line. As with much of the material from Argent each instrument is played amazingly and it seems as if each and every one of them has a solo at one point during this song.
An excellent piece of funky prog rock for this Thursday.

Hear Tragedy on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Weather Report - Barbary Coast

My song pick two years ago today: Molly Hatchet - Gator Country

My song pick three years ago today: The Beatles - I Me Mine

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

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


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

1877 Sir Arthur Sullivan - The Lost Chord

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Year: 1877; Genre: Popular Music
I'm making another selection where my pick number coincides with the publishing date of a song. Actually, there was another very large event that happened that year that completely changed music forever: Thomas Edison's invention of the phonograph. It can be argued that the phonograph was the single most important invention in music; for the first time in history live music wasn't the only way to experience it. I decided to take the opportunity to essentially kill two birds with one stone by picking one of the first songs ever to be recorded, which was also publish in 1877.
Interestingly enough after hearing the recording of his song Sir Sullivan said: "I can only say that I am astonished and somewhat terrified at the result of this evening's experiments: astonished at the wonderful power you have developed, and terrified at the thought that so much hideous and bad music may be put on record forever. But all the same I think it is the most wonderful thing that I have ever experienced, and I congratulate you with all my heart on this wonderful discovery."
Anyway, if you hadn't realized it, Sir Arthur Sullivan comprised one half of the famous opera songwriting duo of Gilbert & Sullivan; he served as composer whilst Sir W. S. Gilbert wrote the lyrics. It's simply amazing how many songs of theirs today you'd recognize and how many of terms of theirs have made it into the popular English lexicon. I digress; I should get back to the song I'm picking.
From what I understand Sir Arthur Sullivan wrote this song while at the bedside of his dying brother, Fred Sullivan; five days after writing it his brother passed away. The lyrics, however, existed long before the music was written; they were from a poem titled A Lost Chord, penned by Adelaide Anne Porter, which was published in 1858.

Hear the original recording with the speech by Sir Arthur Sullivan on YouTube.
Watch a performance of the song by Barbara Hollinshead and Michael Hendronon on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Jimi Hendrix - Machine Gun

My song pick two years ago today: Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli (Quintette du Hot Club de France) featuring Freddy Taylor - After You've Gone

My song pick three years ago today: The Beatles - Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)

My song pick four years ago today: Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) - Commotion

My song pick five years ago today: Don Henley - Boys of Summer


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

1876 Johnny Cash - My Grandfather's Clock

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From: Songs of Our Soil; Year: 1959; Genre: Country
In 1876, which is also the number of today's songs pick, composer Henry Clay Work published the song My Grandfather's Clock. No pun intended, but I remember hearing my grandpa playing this one quite a bit throughout the years. As fate would have it recently it started running through my mind, so when I saw that it was published in the year that corresponds with today's pick number I knew I had to pick it.
Anyway, this song was inspired by an actual famous clock that was kept in an inn in the town of Piercebrodge, England, which was owned by two brothers. It was renowned for keeping perfect time, that is, until one of the brothers passed away; as the story goes after the other brother died it stopped working all together. Apparently after visiting the inn the year prior Henry Clay Work was inspired to write the song. My Grandfather's Clock has been recorded and covered many times and supposedly even inspired a Twilight Zone episode: Ninety Years Without Slumbering.
With the sheer amount of recordings and versions of the song there were a lot to choose from. Since a few days ago I chose a song from his daughter, I thought It would be fitting to pick Johnny Cash's recording of the song; it is also one of my favourites.

Hear My Grandfather's Clock on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Ralfe Band - 1500 Years

My song pick two years ago today: Jerry Reed - The Telephone

My song pick three years ago today: The Beatles - Penny Lane

My song pick four years ago today: Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) - Green River

My song pick five years ago today: Rush - A Passage To Bangkok


Monday, September 24, 2012

1875 Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Mephistopheles

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From: Beethoven's Last Night; Year: 2000; Genre: Symphonic Metal/Progressive Metal
Even though Summer officially ended a few days ago some people are already talking about the Holiday Trans-Siberian Orchestra shows coming up. I believe that I said it before, but it is a shame that TSO only really gets much attention around Christmas time.
Anyway, that got me thinking; what about their non season specific material? Why not pick something from them away from the season they are always linked with?
Okay then, here's one off of their '00 rock opera Beethoven's Last Night, which is not a Christmas album. I like this song for no other reason but Jon Oliva's great vocal work as he takes on the role of Mephistopheles.
And there you have it... Trans-Siberian Orchestra in early Autumn, ha!

Hear Mephistopheles on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: The Gentrys - Keep On Dancing

My song pick two years ago today: Azteca - A Night in Nazca

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

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

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


Sunday, September 23, 2012

1874 Waylander - Echoes of the Sidhe

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From: Kindred Spirits; Year: 2012; Genre: Celtic Folk Metal
Yay! I happened to be looking at what Waylander has been up to; lo and behold they just released a brand new album! To say the least I'm having a real blast. Damn, there has been a massive amount of records being released my favourite bands all year long; I'm really having trouble keeping up anymore, but it's better than having no new music to listen to I'll tell ya!
Anyway, to be truthful this was actually the first song I heard off of Kindred Spirits and I immediately loved it; I'll undoubtedly be posting more from the album in the future.

Hear Echoes of the Sidhe on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: The Steve Miller Band - Macho City

My song pick two years ago today: Bad English - When I See You Smile

My song pick three years ago today: The Beatles - Love Me Do

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

My song pick five years ago today: ABBA - Our Last Summer


Saturday, September 22, 2012

1873 Rosanne Cash - Seven Year Ache

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From: Seven Year Ache: Year: 1981: Genre: Country/Pop Rock
Off and on for about the last week I've had this song running through my mind; I thought I'd go ahead like I normally do and pick it.
Seven Year Ache is one of the biggest hits for Rosanne Cash, who, as you can probably guess by her last name, is the daughter of legendary musician Johnny Cash. When I was young the song was a huge hit, I clearly remember hearing it being played almost everywhere; even to this day it gets a lot of play.
It's what can be called a "country crossover" or "country pop," which was quite prevalent at the time it was recorded; it definitely bares some of the hallmarks of each genre. Mostly what I've always loved about this one is that strong mid tempo rhythm that the entire song is built on. I also like the way they launch and come back down out of the chorus and, of course, her lower ranged vocals. I've always been more of a fan of the more powerful and lower registered female vocals. Personally I'd much rather hear someone singing like Rosanne Cash than shrieking into a microphone overusing vibrato like is prevalent in most pop.

Hear Seven Year Ache on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: R.E.M. - The One I Love

My song pick two years ago today: Lynyrd Skynyrd - Tuesday's Gone

My song pick three years ago today: The Beatles - Help!

My song pick four years ago today: Santana - Black Magic Woman

My song pick five years ago today: Bon Jovi - Tokyo Road


Friday, September 21, 2012

1872 Rush - Fountain of Lamenth

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From: Caress of Steel; Year: 1975; Genre: Progressive Rock
I've been in a Rush mood most of the morning, particularly their earlier material.  
Caress of Steel is an often overlooked album in their catalogue, but I guess it's for a good reason. I mean, to me it is kind of bothersome album; while it contains some very good music, it also is the album that almost brought the band to an early end. If it wasn't for the success of their legendary followup 2112 perhaps it could've possibly been their "swan song." Whatever the case I personally view Caress of Steel as the product of three excellent and talented musicians running amuck without a real clear vision. That being said it is still a good record to listen to; I love putting it on as background music while I'm getting my work done.
Anyway, this is the longer of the two concept pieces that dominate the album, which clocks in at just under 20 minutes. If you sit down and give it a good listen there's a lot of good material to hear both musically and lyrically, just not at the level set by their other material that eclipsed it. It's definitely not for everyone, but it's still a good diversion if you want to hear something different.

Hear the full 20 minutes of Fountain of Lamenth on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Megadeth - Bad Omen

My song pick two years ago today: Jethro Tull - Beggar's Farm

My song pick three years ago today: The Beatles - Something

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

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

Thursday, September 20, 2012

1871 Crosby, Stills & Nash - Wooden Ships

From: Crosby, Stills & Nash; Year 1969; Genre: Folk Rock
This morning I heard this song come on the radio and I thought I would go ahead and pick it.
Originally I thought this song was written by David Crosby and Steven Stills, but apparently it was also co-penned by Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane. The same year Jefferson Airplane released their own version that had a few differences from the Crosby, Stills & Nash version; from what I understand they both are considered the "Original."
On the surface of this song that musically appears rather calm and laid-back with somewhat, may I say, "happy" overtones carries a very ominous message along with it. Earlier on over the many times I'd heard this song I never really paid much attention to the lyrics; I preferred paying attention to the intricate music. However, one time I sat down and closely listened to the lyrics and was taken aback; before that I never understood what exactly the song was about. I absolutely love how they wrote the story to humanize the aftermath of an atomic war with two survivors who were on opposite sides meeting and helping each other out. I absolutely love the lyric which flushes out the utter irony of the situation: "Can you tell me please, who won?"

Hear Wooden Ships on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Supertramp - Crime of the Century

My song pick two years ago today: Rammstein - Benzin

My song pick three years ago today: Chet Atkins & Jerry Reed - Cannonball Rag

My song pick four years ago today: The Moody Blues - The Voice

My song pick five years ago today: W. A. Mozart - K.620 - The Magic Flute (Queen of the Night Aria)


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

1870 Richard Wagner - Ride of the Valkyries

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From: WWV. 86B: Die Walküre (The Valkyrie); Year: 1870; Genre: Romantic Period/Opera/classical
Just a few days ago I picked another one from Wagner and I wasn't too sure if I should pick another one of his pieces so close. However, since it so happens that my pick number today, 1870, is the year that his second opera, Der Walküre (The Valkyrie), from his epic opera cycle: Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of Nibelung) first debuted; apparently he had been working on this opera for nearly 20 years
This extremely popular piece comes from the beginning of the third act. It ended up, even back then, that "The Ride" had become more famous than the opera itself and Wagner was asked many times to perform it outside of the opera, which was something he didn't like at all. From what I understand eventually he caved to pressure and started to perform it by itself. To this day this is by far one of his most famous songs he ever wrote and will undoubtedly stay popular far into the future.





My song pick two years ago today: Karussell - Nämlich Bin Ich Glücklich

My song pick three years ago today: Green Day - Boulevard of Broken Dreams

My song pick four years ago today: The Delgados - All You Need Is Hate

My song pick five years ago today: Tesla - Signs


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

1869 Earth, Wind & Fire - September

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From: September (Single); Year: 1978; Genre:
For obvious reasons I have been hearing this song being played a lot lately; I thought that I had chosen it at some point in the past, but yet again I was wrong.
This is one of the disco flavoured songs that came out of the late '70s that has transcended the era that it came from; even today it can be played in mixed company and everyone seems to enjoy it. Then again, you can say something similar about a lot of Earth, Wind & Fire's material.

Watch a video clip with September on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Aerosmith - Toys in the Attic

My song pick two years ago today: The Kinks - Where Have All the Good Times Gone

My song pick three years ago today: Wilson Pickett - In the Midnight Hour

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

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


Monday, September 17, 2012

1868 Alestorm - Captain Morgan's Revenge

From: Captain Morgan's Revenge; Year: 2008; Genre: Power Metal/Pirate Metal
Seems like I've been on the road and listening to my iPod quite a bit lately; the other day this and a few other songs from Alestorm kept coming on while I was out and about. As I always do I took it as a sign that I should pick something from the band. I was kind of shocked when I discovered that I hadn't yet picked this one; it's among my many favourites from Alestorm.

Hear Captain Morgan's Revenge on YouTube.
Watch a live performance from Wacken '08 on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Heart - How Deep It Goes

My song pick two years ago today: Ozzy Osbourne - Flying High Again

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

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

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

Sunday, September 16, 2012

1867 Johann Strauss II - Op. 314 - An Der Schönen Blauen Donau, or (The Blue Danube Waltz)

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Op. 314; Year: 1867; Genre: Romantic Period/classical
I had another song I was ready to pick today, but I happened to look through what was happening in the world of music circa 1867, which also happens to be my pick number, and I noticed two songs in particular that premiered that year that caught my attention; of course this was one of them.
An Der Schönen Blaunen Donau, also known as The Blue Danube Waltz is yet another piece of classical music that anyone, save those living somewhere under a rock, has most likely heard at sometime. It is without a doubt one of Johann Strauss I's best known pieces of music over some 150+ years since it was first debuted.

Hear the piece on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: The Walter Murphy Band - A Fifth of Beethoven

My song pick two years ago today: Béla Fleck & the Flecktones - A Celtic Medley: Meridian/Traveling Light/Salamander's Reel

My song pick three years ago today: Finntroll - Trollhammeren

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

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

 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

1866 Nightwish - Feel for You

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From: Century Child; Year: 2002; Genre: Power Metal/Symphonic Metal
The other day this track came on my iPod whilst I was driving and thought it would make an excellent pick.
For me Century Child is one of Nightwish's better albums; there's a lot of good music to be heard throughout the entire record, plus it was the debut album with their current great bassist/vocalist Marco Hietala. On this song he lends his vocals as well, which really work quite nicely to both compliment and contrast with Tarja Turunen's amazing operatic vocals. That being said, my favourite aspect of this song is how well they blended the heavy, hard hitting metal with the softer symphonic aspects.

Hear Feel for You on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Genesis - Keep It Dark

My song pick two years ago today: Rush - Lessons

My song pick three years ago today: Badfinger - Come and Get It

My song pick four years ago today: Green Day - Wake Me Up When September Ends

My song pick five years ago today: Rush - Far Cry

Friday, September 14, 2012

1865 Richard Wagner - WWV 90 - Liebestod (from "Tristian und Isolde")

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From: Tristan und Isolde (WWV. 90); Year: 1865; Genre: Opera/classical/Romantic Period
Again my song pick number today, which today is 1865, happens to also be the year that Wagner's classic opera Tristan und Isolde first premiered. However, instead of just picking the entire opera I thought I would choose one of my favourite pieces from it.
This song comes at the end of the third and final act of the opera after Tristan has died and Isolde describes a vision of Tristan coming back to life, however, she ends up dieing as well. The piece's title reflects this: Liebestod or (Love Death).
This kind of an outcome in musical narrative was one of the zeitgeists of the Romantic Period of classical music. If you look at most of the music of the time for the most part either everything ended happily and sugary sweet or ended up depressingly and most everyone died.

Watch a performance of the Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde on YouTube.
Hear an orchestral performance of the piece on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Coven - Wicked Woman

My song pick two years ago today: Pink Floyd - In the Flesh?

My song pick three years ago today: Joachim Witt and Peter Heppner - Die Flut

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

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


Thursday, September 13, 2012

1864 Bing Crosby - Beautiful Dreamer

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From: One Hundred Hits of Bing Crosby; Year: 2011 (~1940); Genre: Pop
For the last little bit when my song pick number happens to be the same as the year that a song was written or published I kept meaning to pick one from the pen of songwriter extraordinaire Stephen Foster. There is most likely a good chance that you haven't heard his name, but I can all but guarantee that you've heard more than a few of his compositions. He happened to pass away in the year 1864 and this song was one of many that was published posthumously. It's amazing to look at the songs he authored; many of which are known quite well today. However, even with the sheer amount of notable songs to his name when he passed away he was more or less destitute.
Anyway, this is one of my favourites that he wrote and there are many versions of the song out there to pick from. In the end I decided on this one from the incomparable Bing Crosby, which is one of the best in my opinion.

Hear Beautiful Dreamer on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Black 47 - Bankers and Gangsters

My song pick two years ago today: Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO) - House of the Rising Sun

My song pick three years ago today: The Moody Blues - The Story in Your Eyes

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

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

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

1863 Styx - Snowblind

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From: Paradise Theater; Year: 1981; Genre: Progressive Rock
This morning whilst I was running some errands there were about three or four songs from Styx that came on my iPod within a little bit of listening. Because of this I took it as a sign that I needed to pick another Styx track.
To me Paradise Theater is kind of a dividing line for Styx's music that I like, which was released prior to it and the subsequent material that I didn't find as appealing, although there are a few songs they've released after this album that I still do like.
Anyway, to me this one sounds a wee bit different from their normal sound, but is still a good track. This is one of the hits from the album that still gets a modicum of radioplay; as you might be able to tell by the song's title, it's about drug addiction; specifically to cocaine. Interestingly enough, Snowblind also happened to be one of the many songs tried by the PMRC and a few others during the witch hunts back in the '80s, however it wasn't for the obvious drug reference. They actually erroneously accused the band of placing satanic messages in the song through "backmasking."

Here is a fan video with the studio version of Snowblind on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Edvard Grieg - Op. 46 - In the Hall of the Mountain King

My song pick two years ago today: Ben E. King - Don't Play That Song (You Lied)

My song pick three years ago today: Three Dog Night - One

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

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


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

1862 Chet Atkins - Battle Hymn of the Republic

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From: Chet Atkins Picks the Best; Year: 1967; Genre: Patriotic/Traditional
One of the songs published in the year 1862, which is also my song pick number today, was the popular patriotic hymn Battle Hymn of the Republic. It is one of my favourites of its ilk; I have always loved the feeling I get when I hear this song played.
The lyrics were originally written by Julia Ward Howe, but the song's tune predates them a bit. It was originally from another song, which many may also know: John Brown's Body, however, I believe that the tune has become much more famous as The Battle Hymn of the Republic.
Anyway, out of all of the many, many versions played in existence I've found Chet Atkins' really interesting. He starts playing it the first time around in the traditional way and then each time around he changes it up and plays it in different styles complete with tempo and time changes; he eventually finishes by jazzing it up quite nicely. To say the least it's an interesting take on a traditional favourite.

Hear Chet Atkins' version of Battle Hymn of the Republic on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Bob Dylan - Maggie's Farm

My song pick two years ago today: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - Life by the Drop

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

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

My song pick five years ago today: Savatage - Believe


Monday, September 10, 2012

1861 Santo & Johnny - Harbour Lights

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From: Santo & Johnny; Year: 1959; Genre: Pop Instrumental
I had Santo & Johnny's version of this rather pretty and often-recorded pop standard running through my mind as I was waking up this morning and thought I would go ahead and pick it.
Recently I have been learning to play this song on my Hawaiian steel guitar; their '59 recording has been one of the main versions that I have been learning from. It's almost perfect for what I'm learning; Santo Farina's Hawaiian influenced playing style really fits well with what I've been trying to learn.

Hear Harbour Lights on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Stone Temple Pilots - Plush

My song pick two years ago today: Eddie Floyd - Knock on Wood

My song pick three years ago today: Jethro Tull - Pussy Willow

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

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

Saturday, September 08, 2012

1859 Porcupine Tree - Anesthetize

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From: Fear of a Blank Planet; Year: 2007; Genre: Progressive Rock/Progressive Metal
This morning whilst letting my iPod play on shuffle I had a song that caught my attention come on in the rotation. Since in the last little bit I have been accumulating songs from various bands in similar genres I wasn't too sure who it was, so I took a look at at and found out it was Porcupine Tree. That started me into listening to more of their music this morning and I thought I should choose one of their songs for my pick today.
I almost picked the entire concept from their most recent album The Incident, but I really didn't have the time available today to cover such an epic composition; instead I decided on this one off of their '07 Fear of a Blank Planet album, which is one of my favourites from the record. It is just under 18 minutes in overal length and is broken up into three sections: 1. Anesthetize, 2. The Pills I'm Taking, and 3. What Happens Now?.
As with any good prog/rock tune, this one really takes you all over the musical spectrum from light and airy to heavy to even psychedelic. Another thing of note concerning this song is that Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson is featured on this track.

Hear Anesthetize on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Freddy Taylor and His Swing Men from Harlem - Blue Drag

My song pick two years ago today: Hans Zimmer - Fighting 17th

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

My song pick four years ago today: Rammstein - Hallelujah

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

Friday, September 07, 2012

Thursday, September 06, 2012

1857 Pearls Before Swine - The Surrealist Waltz

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From: One Nation Underground; Year: 1967; Genre: Psychedelic Rock
For a little over the last couple of weeks or so, (since the big move and all), I've haven't been listening as much to the radio or other media. So, as is probably glaringly noticeable, I have been relying heavily on my extreme personal tastes for my picks as of late; I certainly hope that I haven't been boring the few who read my blog. Anyway, soon, hopefully I will once again start listening to some other music that I like and/or find interesting to blog about.
Well, today I'm picking another song that I personally adore. The Surrealist Waltz closes out Pearls Before Swine's debut album One Nation Underground and was an excellent choice to end such a great album I might say. While I like their other work, their debut album still is my personal favourite from their catalogue.
As the title suggests the song is in a 3/4 waltz time; it driven mostly by a well defined line on the organ and of course the drums, which hold the beat down throughout.

Hear The Surrealist Waltz on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Queen - Spread Your Wings

My song pick two years ago today: Rush - Working Man

My song pick three years ago today: Elmore James - The Sky is Crying

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

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

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

1856 Steve Vai - I Know You're Here

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From: G3: Rockin' in the Free World; Year: 2004; Genre: Hard Rock
I had this rather neat and interesting song from guitar great Steve Vai on my mind this morning and thought I would go ahead and pick it.
As far as I know only the live version from the 2004 G3 Live album exists, but when you are talking about an artist at the level of Steve Vai the live version is almost preferable anyway. You have to love that triple-necked guitar he plays on the video; each of the necks are quite different: one normal neck, one 12 string neck, and one that is fretless. It's truly an awesome thing to watch him work that instrument over.

Watch the performance from G3 2003 on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Earthless - Godspeed

My song pick two years ago today: Big Star - Thirteen

My song pick three years ago today: David Bowie - Queen Bitch

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

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

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

1855 Band of Horses - Knock, Knock

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From: Mirage Rock; Year: 2012; Genre: Rock/Indie Rock
This year just keeps on with the trend of new albums from bands I like being released. The other day I discovered that Band of Horses were releasing a new album, Mirage Rock, due out later this month; this is one of two tracks to be released early. So far, from what I've heard, I have to say that I like this album much more than their last one; let's just see how the rest of the tracks hold up....

Hear Knock, Knock on YouTube.
Watch the music video on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Three Dog Night - Heaven is in Your Mind

My song pick two years ago today: Queensrÿche - One & Only

My song pick three years ago today: The Spiders - Back
 
My song pick four years ago today: Nena - Mach Die Augen Auf
 
My song pick five years ago today: The Offspring - Feelings


Monday, September 03, 2012

1854 Rush - New World Man

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From: Signals; Year: 1982; Genre: Rock
This morning I had Rush's Signals album on; I happened to wonder which song I'd already chosen off of it and I noticed that this song in particular was absent. It's really hard for me to say that this is one of my top favourites on this hit filled album, but it is one that I like. This is one of the rare Rush songs that seems to be okay for the most part with the mainstream crowd, well, that is until they learn that it is one of Rush's songs of course. Interestingly enough from what I understand, this song, which is one of the band's bigger hits, almost didn't exist and was only created to balance out the sides of the cassette release of Signals.

Hear New World Man on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Ten Years After - One of These Days

My song pick two years ago today: Fairport Convention - Polly on the Shore

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

Sunday, September 02, 2012

1853 Asia - After the War

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From: Astra; Year: 1985; Genre: Progressive Rock
Lately I've been listening to Asia's Astra record again; this is one of my favourite tracks on the album. Even though Steve Howe did not appear on it, in actuality Astra is my second favourite album from the group after the debut.
As with most contained within, this one has a pretty big sound and all of the great musicianship and technicality you'd expect from the progressive supergroup.

Hear After the War on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Peter Gabriel - In Your Eyes

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

My song pick three years ago today: Johann Sebastian Bach - BWV 1048 - Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G-Major
 
My song pick four years ago today: The Buoys - Give Up Your Guns
 
My song pick five years ago today: The Buoys - Timothy

 

Saturday, September 01, 2012

1852 Johann Sebastian Bach - BWV. 1051 - Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-Flat

BWV. 1051; Year: 1721; Genre: Baroque Period/classical
Well, it's the first of September once again and yet another year has passed since I started this blog; today marks my blog's 5th anniversary. As I have done every year since my first pick, except for the one year I was a day late, I am picking another one of J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concertos. While this is the final one for me to pick, by all means it's not one I dislike in any way, nor is it my least favourite amongst it brothers, it just happens to be the last one that I picked. Many of the other ones just happened to fit my mood better on previous picks. I guess it's kind of fitting to have the sixth concerto as the final one chosen though.
Anyway, I guess next year I'll have to start another theme to mark my blog's anniversary.
Enjoy this beautiful music and I'll catch you all sometime tomorrow!

Here is a performance of the piece performed by the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra:
Hear the first movement: Allegro on YouTube.
Hear the second movement: Adagio ma non troppo on YouTube.
Hear the third movement: Allegro on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Johann Sebastian Bach - BWV 1049 - Brandenburg Concerto No.4 in G major

My song pick two years ago today: Johann Sebastian Bach - BWV 1046 - Brandenburg Concerto No.1 in F major

My song pick three years ago today: The Allman Brothers Band - In Memory of Elizabeth Reed
 
My song pick four years ago today: Johann Sebastian Bach - BWV 1050 - Brandenburg Concerto No.5
 
My song pick five years ago today: Johann Sebastian Bach - BWV 1047 - Brandenburg Concerto No. 2

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