Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2339 Rahsaan Roland Kirk - Old Rugged Cross

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From: Blacknuss; Year: 1971; Genre: Jazz/Traditional
Wow, it's my last post of 2013; tomorrow will be the start of another year of blogging about songs.
Anyway, I was thinking about this song the other day and decided to see if someone had uploaded it and lo and behold someone had, so I'm picking it. Blacknuss is a truly amazing album, which I happen to have found some years ago at a yard sale. To say the least I was amazed when I head this song come on; I absolutely love what he did with this sacred classic mixing in all of the jazz and blues elements, plus his monologing, which he was known for, added so much to it. It's a truly great song to usher out the year with!
Catch you all next year!

Hear Roland Kirk's version of Old Rugged Cross on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Mahavishnu Orchestra - One Word

My song pick two years ago today: The Alan Parsons Project - The Raven

My song pick three years ago today: Béla Fleck and the Flecktones - The Sinister Minister

My song pick four years ago today: Rammstein - Reise, Reise

My song pick five years ago today: Billy Joel - New York State Of Mind

My song pick six years ago today: Manfred Mann - The Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo)


Monday, December 30, 2013

2338 Alestorm - Over the Seas

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From: Captain Morgan's Revenge; Year: 2008; Genre: Celtic Folk Metal/Pirate Metal
Last night through this morning I've been binging on Alestorm and thought I'd go ahead an add another one of their songs to my list today. What's not to love about this track? It's very well put together with an excellent singalong sea chanty chorus and is about pirates on a quest for gold and glory; wot more could ya want I ask?

Hear Over the Seas on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Paul Simon - Mother and Child Reunion

My song pick two years ago today: Maurice Ravel - M.81 - Boléro

My song pick three years ago today: Megaherz - Schizophren

My song pick four years ago today: Genesis - Turn It On Again

My song pick five years ago today: Miles Davis - Walkin'

My song pick six years ago today: Jethro Tull - Cold Wind To Valhalla


Saturday, December 28, 2013

2336 Jethro Tull - Protect and Survive

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From: A; Year: 1980; Genre: Progressive Rock/Electronic Rock
Last night I had this song running through my mind, so as I usually do I took it as it was meant to be picked.
While this is a song off of arguable one of the worst albums the band ever released, it is kind of interesting. It's kind of a mix of Celtic folk, progressive rock, and early 1980s electronic rock all mixed in a cynical, tongue-in-cheek apocalyptic narrative.

Hear Protect and Survive on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: The Flying Burrito Brothers - Wild Horses

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

My song pick three years ago today: Fear Factory - Fear Campaign

My song pick four years ago today: Gunnar Madsen - Surprise!

My song pick five years ago today: Charles Mingus - Tonight At Noon

My song pick six years ago today: Megadeth - Architecture of Aggression


Sunday, December 22, 2013

2330 Bob Rivers - Aquaclaus

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From: White Trash Christmas; Year: 2002; Genre: Progressive Rock/Comedy/Christmas Music
This Christmas parody of the Jethro Tull's legendary hit Aqualung always brings a smile to my face around this time of year. Iwas surprised that I hadn't picked in during one of the other previous six Christmas seasons since I've been doing this Song a Day blog.
What Bob Rivers did turning this song about a lecherous homeless man into one about the trials and tribulations of being "Father Christmas," (a mall Santa), was epic. As a hardcore 'Tull fan I definitely approve of this one!

Hear Aquaclaus on YouTube.


My song pick a year ago today: The Honeycombs - Have I the Right?

My song pick two years ago today: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Christmas All Over Again

My song pick three years ago today: Rush - Tears

My song pick four years ago today: Sylvia - Drifter

My song pick five years ago today: Cheech & Chong - Santa Claus and His Old Lady

My song pick six years ago today: Supertramp - The Logical Song


Thursday, December 19, 2013

2327 The Police - So Lonely

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From: Outlandos d'Amour; Year: 1978; Genre: New Wave/Reggae
The other day I had this album and other early Police material on my mind and thought I would pick one. I always like reggae and when people use it in different ways; The Police were one that fused it quite well with the more mainstream wave/rock/punk/pop sound and made a very interesting mix that has been duplicated many times over the years; this song is one of the best of their earlier attempts to do so.

Hear So Lonely on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Ben E. King - Stand By Me

My song pick two years ago today: Jethro Tull - Jack Frost and the Hooded Crow

My song pick three years ago today: Nightwish - Wishmaster

My song pick four years ago today: The Violent Femmes - Color Me Once

My song pick five years ago today: The Who - Eminence Front

My song pick six years ago today: John Fogerty - Almost Saturday Night


Monday, December 16, 2013

2324 Molly Hatchet - Dreams I'll Never See

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From: Molly Hatchet; Year: 1978; Genre: Hard Rock/Southern Rock
I hadn't picked one from Molly Hatchet in a while, and thought I would today.
This is the "Magnum Opus" from their debut album consisting of incredible music and a kick arse guitar solo, but if you're thinking that this is just another "Freebird" copy from a Southern Rock band, it's not. For the most part this one is pretty smooth in rhythm and has a very jazzy structure with incredible musicianship throughout; it's one of my favourites from the band.

Hear Dreams I'll Never See on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Miles Davis - Straight, No Chaser

My song pick two years ago today: Triumph - Hold On

My song pick three years ago today: Jack Black and Jason Segel - The Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth

My song pick four years ago today: John Denver - Poems, Prayers and Promises

My song pick five years ago today: Crosby, Stills & Nash - Marrakesh Express

My song pick six years ago today: Jethro Tull - We Used To Know


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

2311 The Moody Blues - Sitting at the Wheel

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From: The Present; Year: 1983; Genre: Rock
I don't know what it is, but I've been leaning towards more of the 1980's hard rock and progressive rock; I guess I must be feeling nostalgic or something.

The Present is one of the few albums from The Moody Blues that I don't yet own, but I probably will; this is one of the tracks that was also released as a single. It's more of a straight-ahead rocker with all the 80's electronic sounds added in, which dates it a bit, but it's still a good song anyway.

Hear Sitting at the Wheel on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Harry James and His Orchestra with Kitty Kallen - 11:60 PM

My song pick two years ago today: Billy Idol - Flesh for Fantasy

My song pick three years ago today: The Coasters - Along Came Jones

My song pick four years ago today: Grand Funk Railroad - Footstompin' Music

My song pick five years ago today: Petula Clark - Don't Sleep in the Subway

My song pick six years ago today: Band of Horses - Wicked Gil


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

2304-05 Hawkwind - Neon Skyline/Lost Chronicles

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From: The Xenon Codex; Year: 1988; Genre: Progressive Rock/Space Rock
I am in a nostalgic mood and need to listen to some Hawkwind; from the 1980s in particular.
I really wanted to pick Lost Chronicles; it is such an amazing and beautiful track, but to pick Lost Chronicles without also picking Neon Skyline would not be proper. The way Dave Brock and company arranged The Xenon Codex album Neon Skyway leads into Lost Chronicles and then about 3/4 of the way through it plays the last part of Neon Skyline. In this way they made a medley with Lost Chronicles acting as a pretty instrumental interlude to the much heavier and punk influenced Neon Skyline. So, I thought it best to just go ahead and made it a double for today.

Hear Neon Skyline on YouTube.
Hear Lost Chronicles on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Louis Armstrong - When the Saints Go Marching In

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

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

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

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

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


Monday, November 25, 2013

2302 Rammstein - Rosenrot

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From: Rosenrot; Year: 2005; Genre: Neue Deutsche Härte/Industrial Metal
I've been wanting to pick another track from Rammstein for a while now and today I'm finally getting around to it.
I was surprised to not see this one in my already picked section, since I've pick so many song from Rammstein already with this being one that I like a bit. I've heard people describe Rosenrot, (both the song and the album), as an unremarkable song on their most mediocre album, but I've always liked it.
From what I understand this song itself was inspired by The Poem Heidenröslen by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and the Brothers Grimm fairytale Snow White and Rose Red.
This song's music video is also one of the ones to portray Till Lindemann's character being kill, which is somewhat of a theme that happened in more than a couple of their videos; all of the times he was killed was later played on in their Haifisch music video.

Watch the music video clip on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Count Basie - One O'Clock Jump

My song pick two years ago today: Nightwish - Storytime

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

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

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

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


Saturday, November 23, 2013

2300 Pallas - The Cross & the Crucible

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From: The Cross & the Crucible; Year: 2001; Genre: Progressive Rock
Well, another hundred picks passed and I'm now and I'm at another "rollover pick" with now 2300 songs behind me.
I wanted to pick something very appropriate, but I couldn't think about a song pertaining to the number 2300, so, as I normally do, I decided to go with an 'epic' song that I liked instead.
While the music is truly amazing and are the main draw for me, I've never really cared for the lyrics or this song. With such an interesting and intense subject matter concerning the fight between faith and science it would have been nice if the lyrics could match the grandiosity of the music.

Hear The Cross and the Crucible on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Nirvana - Come As You Are

My song pick two years ago today: Hawkwind - Space Chase

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

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

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

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