Friday, November 30, 2012

1942 Fats Waller - Jitterbug Waltz

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From: The Best of Fats Waller; Year: 2012 (1942); Genre: Jazz
I'm picking another song where its publishing date happens to match my song pick number; this is a real good one. This was one of the last major compositions from Fats Waller, sadly a year later a bout with pneumonia brought on by a hectic schedule took the master composer/musician's life at an untimely age of 39. He's another one of those musical giants that accomplished an amazing amount within the short time he was on this Earth.

Hear Jitterbug Waltz on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Jethro Tull - Pibroch (Cap in Hand)

My song pick two years ago today: Ozzy Osbourne - Civilize the Universe

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

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

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


Thursday, November 29, 2012

1941 Journey - Don't Stop Believing

From: Escape; Year: 1981; Genre: Rock
I was listening to some Journey this morning and also happened to go over the songs of theirs I'd already picked; I was kind of surprised that I hadn't added this song yet.
I used to like Don't Stop Believing and it was actually one of my favourites from the band; I still like it, but just not as much.  I guess it must be because of how it gets overplayed in recent years; when a song gets absorbed into popular culture like this one did it loses something. It's truly sad that so many of these great bands have started whoring their art and themselves out to television shows, advertisers, and other media. I can still remember back when such a thing was a taboo; things have definitely changed. Now every time I hear it I can't help but get the image of a crowd of drunken bar patrons singing along, of course each singing it in different and sometimes multiple keys.
Anyway, I'm digressing. But, with that being said this is still an excellent track with timeless qualities and is definitely one of Journey and Steve Perry's hallmark songs.

Hear Don't Stop Believing on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Black Sabbath - The Mob Rules

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

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

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

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


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

1940 Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Take a Pebble

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From: Emerson, Lake & Palmer; Year: 1970; Genre: Progressive Rock
As I've said a few times before, I normally don't let my previous picks influence current ones, well, other than not picking ones that I've already chosen. Anyway, when I noticed that a year ago I chose EL&P's epic Tarkus it got me in the mood for some more of their music. This is another one that hails from their hit debut album; it's a rather complex and pretty track that goes through a few sections and arrangements, however, at the same time it's quite a listenable track to even a casual listener. Keith Emerson's piano playing is amazing; I love how he goes from light and delicate in one section and utilizes the instrument's power in others, heck he even strums its strings towards the start.

Hear Take a Pebble on YouTube.
Watch a live performance circa '71 on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Tarkus

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

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

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

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


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

1939 Louis Armstrong - When the Saints Go Marching In

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From: When the Saints Go Marching In; Year: 2009 (1939); Genre: Jazz
I had some other songs in mind for today's pick, but I happened to notice that Louis Armstrong had a famous hit recording of this traditional hymn in 1939, which is today's pick number. After seeing that I couldn't help but make it my choice today. This is a pretty popular version; most people today should know or at least have heard Louie Armstrong's version of the song. Even though it had been in existence for many years before, in my mind and probably many others' as well have a tendency to associate this track with him.

Hear a recording of the song on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: John Denver - Farewell Andromeda (Welcome To My Morning)

My song pick two years ago today: Del Shannon - Runaway

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

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

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



Monday, November 26, 2012

1938 Dick Dale - Bandito

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From: Calling Up Spirits; Year: 1996; Genre: Hard Rock/Surf Rock
I've been wanting to pick this song for a while now and today feels like a good time to do so; Bandito is one of my favourite songs from Dick Dale.
Anyway, this is a pretty heavy instrumental surf guitar rock track with a bit of a Latin flare to it. My favourite part is how the guitar and bass interact throughout the song especially in the descending lines where the guitar starts it and then the bass finishes it and they start over again, which makes kind of an echo/roll effect.

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



My song pick a year ago today: Dream Theater - A Nightmare to Remember

My song pick two years ago today: Bob Marley & the Wailers - Jamming

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

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

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


Sunday, November 25, 2012

1937 Count Basie - One O'Clock Jump

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From: One O'Clock Jump (single); Year: 1937; Genre: Swing Jazz/Blues
Here's another pick which the date of the song's release happens to match the number of today's song pick. In the year 1937 this instrumental jazz standard tore up the charts; it was made the official theme song for Basie's Orchestra and was covered many times by other artists as well. Even today this is quite a popular song that most have probably heard at one time or another. Most Rush fan will also recognize this piece as being sampled in most of Neil Peart's "epic" drum solos in recent years.

Hear One O'Clock Jump on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Nightwish - Storytime

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

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

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

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


Friday, November 23, 2012

1935 Nirvana - Come As You Are

From: Nevermind; Year: 1991; Genre: Alternative Rock/Grunge
I was thinking about this as well as a few other songs from Nirvana lately and figured that I should pick one of them.
To be perfectly honest, when they came on the scene and became one of the biggest bands around I really didn't care much for the overall sound of a lot of their material. However, about ten years later I began to appreciate their sound and their contribution to music from the decade when I was a teenager; looking back on it now, they definitely were unique. It amazes me now to think that Nevermind was released over 20 years ago; damn, to me it seem like just a few years ago. Where does the time go?

Hear Come As You Are on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Hawkwind - Space Chase

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

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

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

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


Thursday, November 22, 2012

1934 Béla Fleck & the Flecktones - Stomping Grounds

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From: Live Art; Year: 1996; Genre: Jazz Fusion/Bluegrass
Well, it's Thanksgiving once again; I was really wanting to pick a song that was apropos, but nothing came to mind. Anyway, as it so happened yesterday I heard this one come on, which is one of my favourites from the band. I thought for sure I'd already chosen it, but apparently I had not.
This is another fine example as to why I love this band: so many awesome and contrasting musical ideas being brought together to make one great, unique sound.

Hear Stomping Grounds on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Mahavishnu Orchestra - You Know You Know

My song pick two years ago today: The Kinks - Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues

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

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

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


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

1933 Ella Fitzgerald - Stormy Weather

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From: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Harold Arlen Songbook; Year: 1961; Genre: Jazz/Blues
I'm making another pick where the date when a song was first released matches up with my pick number; it just so happens that this rather famous and beautiful piece of music was published in 1933. This is yet another standard that should be recognizable to almost anyone alive today.  It was originally written by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler and has been recorded countless times since. However, among my favourite renditions of the song was the one recorded by Ella Fitzgerald, so, of course, it is my pick today.

Hear Ella Fitzgerald's recording of Stormy Weather on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Dead Meadow - Greensky Greenlake

My song pick two years ago today: Yes - Owner of a Lonely Heart

My song pick three years ago today: Duran Duran - Serious

My song pick four years ago today: Styx - Crystal Ball

My song pick five years ago today: Rush - Tom Sawyer


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

1932 Duke Ellington - It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)

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From: The Only Big Band CD You'll Ever Need; Year: 1999 (1932); Genre: Jazz
I'm choosing another where my pick number coincides with the date when a song was released. This jazz standard composed by Duke Ellington with lyrics by Irving Mills was one of the songs to dominate the charts in the year 1932. While it's not technically "Swing Jazz" it was one of, if not the first song to coin the term "Swing" and contains many of the elements that would create the jazz sub-genre that reined supreme throughout the mid 1930s-1940s.
It has been recorded a multitude of times by many artists, but my favourite version by far is the one that features Louis Armstrong along with Duke Ellington.

Hear It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) on YouTube.
Hear a version of the song featuring the incomparable Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong on YouTube. - Does it really get any better?



My song pick a year ago today: Jefferson Airplane - Somebody to Love

My song pick two years ago today: John Denver - In My Life

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

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

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


Monday, November 19, 2012

1931 Jethro Tull - Son

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From: Benefit; Year: 1970; Genre: Hard Rock/ Progressive Rock
I just felt like listening to some 'Tull this morning and figured I'd pick another one of their songs as well.
This is one of the deeper cuts from the album and is kind of an interesting track; there is a lot of anger and angst throughout. For most of the song it's a bit raucous until the middle eight, then it becomes softer and almost has a Beatleish quality to it.

Hear Son on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli (Quintette du Hot Club de France) featuring Freddy Taylor - I'se a Muggin'

My song pick two years ago today: Styx - Light Up

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

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

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


Saturday, November 17, 2012

1929 Rush - Stick it Out

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From: Counterparts; Year: 1993; Genre: Hard Rock
I heard some Rush this morning whilst on the road and thought I should pick one of their songs. This was, I believe, their main single off of Counterparts, which was what you could call their "back to our roots" album. As with a lot of the material on Counterparts it's slightly heavier and more "raw" sounding than much of their material from the previous decade.

Hear Stick it Out on YouTube.
Watch the music video on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Nirvana - About a Girl

My song pick two years ago today: Forest - Gypsy Girl & Rambleaway

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

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

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


Monday, November 12, 2012

1924 George Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue

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Year: 1924; Genre: classical/Jazz
I am making another pick where the date the song/piece of music was published happens to coincide with my song pick number. This is a rather famous experimental crossover piece that combines the musical worlds of jazz and classical music; in my opinion some of the best music ever written comes from such musical fusions. It is also written similar to a concerto in that it contrasts a solo piano against a jazz orchestra. To say the least it's a very interesting piece of music.

Hear Rhapsody in Blue on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Rammstein - Mein Land

My song pick two years ago today: Karussell - Tanzen

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

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

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


Saturday, November 10, 2012

1922 Genesis - For Absent Friends

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From: Nursery Cryme; Year: 1971; Genre: Progressive Rock
For some reason I felt like some Genesis for my song choice today; I thought I would go ahead and pick one off of one of my favourite of their albums. Even though this song is rather short in comparison to most of its counterparts on this album, it's still a wonderful track and in my opinion one of the best off of Nursery Cryme.

Hear For Absent Friends on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Santo & Johnny - Teardrop

My song pick two years ago today: Rammstein - Bück Dich

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

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

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


Friday, November 09, 2012

Thursday, November 08, 2012

1920 Chet Atkins - Whispering

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From: Workshop; Year: 2010; Genre: Jazz/Pop
This song happened to first be published in the year 1920, which is also today's pick number; it was written by Melvin and John Schonberger.
Most of my memories concerning this song are from hearing my grandfather play Chet's rendition countless times. So even though there are many other good versions out there, there was really no other version that I really wanted to pick other than Chet Atkins'.

Hear Chet Atkins' version on Whispering on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Pink Floyd - Another Brick in the Wall, Parts 1-3

My song pick two years ago today: Blue Öyster Cult - X-Ray Eyes

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

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

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


Wednesday, November 07, 2012

1919 Tommy James - Mirage

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From: The Very Best of Tommy James & The Shondells; Year: 1993 (1967); Genre; Pop/Rock
Well, that didn't take long: my internet is down again. I am beginning to get tired of this.
Anyway, I had this one running through my mind last night, so as always I'm making it my pick. One interesting factoid about this song is that it is essentially their hit song I Think We're Alone Now in reverse; back then it was actually quite a prevalent practice to do so.

Hear Mirage on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: The Rolling Stones - In Another Land

My song pick two years ago today: Iron Maiden - Satellite 15... The Final Frontier

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

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

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

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

1918 Dick Dale - Nitro

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From: Tribal Thunder: Year: 1993; Genre: Surf Rock/Hard Rock
My internet is finally back up, so with any luck everything should be back to abnormal again. I'm kind of celebrating that it's back; here's one that really gets the blood moving alright. If you love hearing a master play his instrument to its fullest this is a good track for you. About three and a half minutes of musical bliss.
Oh yeah, today is election day, so get yourself out there and vote!

Hear Nitro on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Blue Öyster Cult - Astronomy

My song pick two years ago today: Yoshiki Fukuyama - Angel's Voice

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

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

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


Saturday, November 03, 2012

1915 Ian Anderson - Kismet in Suburbia

From: Thick as a Brick 2; Year: 2012; Genre: Progressive Rock
I had this song come on my iPod the other day whilst I was on the road; it's one of my favourites on the album. I've been thinking about picking another track from TAAB2 anyway, so it's a good time.
This one's a pretty good mix between the sound of the original and the more recent sound and musical ideas. I really like the instrumental section at the end of the song; their use of Indian like musical vocalization is especially fun. In the greater concept album this one fits in as part of the epilogue for all of the five of fictional character Gerald Bostock's "what-ifs."

Hear Kismet in Suburbia on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Hawkwind - Fable of a Failed Race

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

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

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

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

Thursday, November 01, 2012