Tuesday, April 30, 2013

2093 The Allman Brothers Band - Ramblin' Man

From: Brothers and Sisters; Year: 1973; Genre: Southern Rock
The other day I heard this song come on the radio; I figured since I hadn't picked one of their songs in a while I would today. The Allman Brothers are and will always be one of my favourite bands out there.
Interestingly enough, I was unsure as to which of their songs I was picking due to me believing that I had already picked this one in particular. I looked, and sure enough, I had yet to pick it, so here it is.
This has to be one of The Allman Brothers Band's bigger hits, if not their biggest hit ever. As with the majority of their music, which this one is no different, the entire band really shows off their musical chops. If only Duane Allman would've lived long enough to be on this album; it definitely would have made it that much better.

Hear Ramblin' Man on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Van der Graaf Generator - Pioneers Over c.

My song pick two years ago today: Al Di Meola - Race With Devil on Spanish Highway

My song pick three years ago today: Falco - Titanic

My song pick four years ago today: The Guess Who - Undun

My song pick five years ago today: Lynyrd Skynyrd - The Ballad of Curtis Loew


Saturday, April 27, 2013

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

2086 Chicago - 25 or 6 to 4

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From: Chicago II; Year: 1970; Genre: Rock
I was having some trouble thinking of a song to pick today. I took this opportunity to think of some of the bands I've yet to pick from. Surprisingly I noticed that Chicago was among those I have yet to pick; I thought I might of picked one of their tracks, but I guess not.
Anyway, this is one of my personal favourite songs from Chicago.

Hear 25 or 6 to 4 on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Rush - A Farewell to Kings

My song pick two years ago today: Steeleye Span - Robbery With Violins

My song pick three year ago today: Jethro Tull - Dark Ages

My song pick four years ago today: The Blind Boys of Alabama - Amazing Grace
 
My song pick five years ago today: Emerson, Lake & Palmer - From The Beginning


Saturday, April 20, 2013

2083 Banchee - 38

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From: Thinkin'; Year: 1971; Genre: Hard Rock
Last night one of Banchee's songs came on whilst coming home and it got me in the mood for some more of their music.
Sadly this track would end up being the band's"swan song," but at least they sent themselves out in grand fashion with a almost 9-minute long rocker.

Hear 38 on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Xerath - Unite to Defy

My song pick two years ago today: John Fogerty - Centerfield

My song pick three years ago today: The Chambers Brothers - Time Has Come Today

My song pick four years ago today: John Denver - Take Me Home, Country Road

My song pick five years ago today: Nirvana - Lithium


Friday, April 19, 2013

2082 Rush - The Necromancer

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From: Caress of Steel; Year: 1975; Genre: Progressive Rock
I felt like picking another Rush song today; this track is one of their earlier ones off of their ill-fated Caress of Steel. On this epic track you actually get to hear Neil Peart; he does the narration for his Tolkienesque story set to music. I love how they bring Prince By-Tor from another one of their epics By-Tor and the Snow Dog back in this one.

Hear The Necromancer on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Les Elgart - Bandstand Boogie

My song pick two years ago today: Oomph! featuring Nina Hagen - Feiber

My song pick three years ago today: The Guess Who - Minstrel Boy

My song pick four years ago today: Metallica - Nothing Else Matters

My song pick five years ago today: Steely Day - Rikki Don't Lose That Number


Thursday, April 18, 2013

2081 Rush - Big Money

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From: Power Windows; Year: 1985; Genre: Hard Rock
I believe that it is tonight that Rush gets inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; even if I'm wrong I really don't need a reason to pick a song from one of my favourite bands.
While I am happy for Rush to finally get the mainstream praise, for me I could almost care less, well, other than being able to see them perform live on television. Personally, I've never thought much of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and I view these recent inductions with skepticism. Mayhap they have turned over a new leaf with their recognition of these great, deserving acts. We'll have to see if they continue with this trend or if they go back to their old ways.
Anyway, Big Money is a staple of the mid-80's synth-driven Rush sound and was one of their main hit singles off of their '85 Power Windows album. While I've never been a huge fan of this album, I still like it. All three of the guys are excellent, plus this is the album where, I believe, Geddy Lee debuted his Wal bass guitar. I have to say I love the sound of that guitar; it is second only to his Rickenbacker as my favourite that he played.

Watch the video clip to Big Money on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Jethro Tull - Lifebeats/Prelude/The Silver Cord/Re-Assuring Tune

My song pick two years ago today: The Doors - When the Music's Over

My song pick three years ago today: Emerson, Lake and Palmer - Tank

My song pick four years ago today: Emerson, Lake and Palmer - Karn Evil 9

My song pick five years ago today: Kenny Rogers & the First Edition - Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

2080 Queen - Princes of the Universe

From: A Kind of Magic; Year: 1986; Genre: Hard Rock/Metal
It's strange, but when I'm going somewhere and listening to music the song that plays as I'm arriving at my destination seems to have more impact on my mood than any of the other songs played during the journey. I can tell you this, having this song play as you show up for work certainly gives you a conquering type attitude.
Anyway, as many probably know this song and most of the A Kind of Magic album were used as the soundtrack for the Highlander film and television show, which I was pretty big fan of. I actually might be in the minority, but personally I prefer Christopher Lambert's Highlander character from the films over Adrian Paul's television character.

Watch the music video on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Supertramp - Rudy

My song pick two years ago today: Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra - Alexander's Ragtime Band

My song pick three years ago today: Tears For Fears - Break It Down Again

My song pick four years ago today: Dream Theater - 6:00
 
My song pick five years ago today: The Rolling Stones - Street Fighting Man

 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

2079 Boston - Don't Look Back

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From: Don't Look Back; Year: 1978; Genre: Rock
This is another one that came to mind as a potential pick after hearing it; I checked to see if I had already chosen it, and I guess that I didn't, so here it is.
This song is among my favourites from Boston and is also the title track from their '78 release; I've always loved this album's cover in particular, it reminds me of classic video game boxart from the early day of gaming.
Anyway, I absolutely love the uplifting feeling this track has always given me. I've been needing as much empowering music lately as I've been tackling three very big projects.

Hear Don't Look Back on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Beat Crusaders - Hit in the USA

My song pick two years ago today: ABBA - Thank You for the Music

My song pick three years ago today: Genesis - Home By The Sea

My song pick four years ago today: Alannah Myles - Black Velvet

My song pick five years ago today: Alice Cooper - Poison


Sunday, April 14, 2013

2077 Faith No More - Easy

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From: Angel Dust; Year: 1992; Genre: Soft Rock
Before going to bed last night I happened to start thinking about which song I would pick; being that it is a Sunday and all, this song came to mind. The other day I happened to pick an original song instead of Faith No More's interesting cover, so I thought today I would change it up.
It's really interesting to hear the many different and contrasting styles of music this band can and do play, even though they are known as a metal band.

Watch the music video clip on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Pallas - Rise and Fall, Part 1

My song pick two years ago today: Counting Crows - Mr. Jones

My song pick three years ago today: Creedence Clearwater Revival - Lookin Out My Back Door

My song pick four years ago today: The Grass Roots - Midnight Confessions

My song pick five years ago today: The Tornadoes - Telstar


Friday, April 12, 2013

2075 Paul Simon - Hobo's Blues

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From: Paul Simon; Year: 1972; Genre: Jazz/Folk
Last night I was up until the wee hours of the morning playing along with Paul Simon's music. This morning I thought it would be nice to also pick one of his songs as well.
This rather short tune is apparently the only song on the album to not be solely written by Paul Simon; it was co-written by legendary violinist extraordinaire Stéphane Grappelli, who also plays on it. It's very reminiscent to the Gypsy Jazz music Stéphane Grappelli played with Django Reinhardt, only Paul Simon makes no attempt to play guitar as Mr. Reinhardt did.
Being that I am an avid fan of both of these musicians, I absolutely love this track, but my only wish is that was lengthier.

Hear Hobo's Blues on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Megadeth - Sweating Bullets

My song pick two years ago today: Kristoph Klover - Fire in the Sky

My song pick three years ago today: David Bowie - The Supermen

My song pick four years ago today: The Rolling Stones - 2000 Light Years From Home
 
My song pick five years ago today: Garbage - Push It


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

2073 Marillion - Garden Party

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From: Script for a Jester's Tear; Year: 1983; Genre: Progressive Rock
The other day I was checking out Marillion's first album, Script for a Jester's Tear, and was taken aback by what I heard; it's simply an amazing album. This is among the songs that I fell in love with on the first listen; their sound on this song in particular kind of reminds me of late '70s Styx meets older Genesis. Throughout the entire album Fish's vocals are totally spectacular, it's strange to think that a few years ago I knew nothing of this incredible band; I am glad that I got to find them.

Hear Garden Party on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Alestorm - Heavy Metal Pirates

My song pick two years ago today: Guns N' Roses - Sympathy for the Devil

My song pick three years ago today: Bon Jovi - Bounce

My song pick four years ago today: The Platters - Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

My song pick five years ago today: Smokey Robinson and the Miracles - Tears of a Clown


Tuesday, April 09, 2013

2072 Jethro Tull - Orion

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From: Stormwatch; Year: 1979; Genre: Progressive Rock
As I was doing a little bit of websurfing the other day I happened to notice that Wikipedia had an article about the star constellation Canis Minor being featured; it immediately brought this song to mind and it's been running through my mind ever since. For those unaware of the mythology both Canis Major and Canis Minor are often depicted as Orion's hunting dogs who follow their master through the night sky. The star Alpha Canis Majoris (Sirius), which is also known as "The Dog Star" and is also the brightest star as seen from Earth, is mentioned in this song as well: "Your faithful dog shines brighter than its lord and master."
Anyway, this is one of my favrouite tracks on the album, and is also one of the few songs that featured John Glascock on bass before his untimely death. In Ian's trilogy of albums I often think of this track as literally the calm before the storm as it's rolling in on the horizon. It is kind of about people looking up to the heavens for help as certain doom hangs all around.

Hear Orion on YouTube.
Watch part of a rare live performance of Orion on YouTube. Circa April of '80, which would make it just prior to the big breakup.



My song pick a year ago today: Genesis - The Return of the Giant Hogweed

My song pick two years ago today: Rush - The Seeker

My song pick three years ago today: Queen - The Show Must Go On

My song pick four years ago today: Sammy Hagar - I Can't Drive 55 

My song pick five years ago today: Blind Mellon - No Rain


Monday, April 08, 2013

2071 Guns 'N Roses - Welcome to the Jungle

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From: Appetite for Destruction; Year: 1987; Genre: Hard Rock/Metal
After the last couple of extremely busy day I finally have some time to sit down and make a post without feeling rushed.
Anyway, for the last few days I've been listening to a bunch of Guns 'N Roses; especially their first one: Appetite for Destruction. Not only is this is one of their biggest hits off of the album, but is one of the biggest hits from the band's history; a totally iconic track.

Watch the music video clip on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Jerry Goldsmith - Star Trek: The Motion Picture Main Title/Klingon Battle

My song pick two years ago today: Queensrÿche - Welcome to the Machine

My song pick three years ago today: Sheena Easton - For Your Eyes Only

My song pick four years ago today: John Denver - Season Suite: Spring

My song pick five years ago today: Duran Duran - Ordinary World


Sunday, April 07, 2013

2070 Guns N' Roses - Paradise City

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From: Appetite for Destruction; Year: 1987; Genre: Hard Rock/Metal
The last couple of days have been crazy, and thus I've had to make abbreviated picks; today is no different. I happened to hear this one on the radio a bit ago; I figured since I've only picked a couple of their songs and it has been a while since then I would go ahead and choose this one, which is among the song of theirs that I like.

Watch the music video clip to Paradise City on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Ian Anderson - Shunt and Shuffle

My song pick two years ago today: Def Leppard - Waterloo Sunset

My song pick three years ago today: John Denver - Spirit

My song pick four years ago today: Sly and the Family Stone - Everyday People

My song pick five years ago today: David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust


Wednesday, April 03, 2013

2066 Bon Jovi - Livin' on a Prayer

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From: Slippery When Wet; Year: 1986; Genre: Hard Rock
Over the weekend at the animé convention we attended in Seattle they happened to have a big-screen set up next to the area that people would queue up for the big events for people to play the plastic guitar video game Rock Band. In my opinion it was one of the best ideas they've had; it kept the people entertained by watching and listening to the video game whilst they waited in line.
Anyway, this was among songs played where the entire crowd sung along with it; it was quite a sound to hear 500-1000 people sing a song in unison.

Watch the music video on YouTube.
Hear 5 minute version of Livin' on a Prayer on YouTube.



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

My song pick two years ago today: Queen - Good Company

My song pick three years ago today: Wolfsheim - Über's Jahr

My song pick four years ago today: Alice in Chains - Man In The Box

My song pick five years ago today: INXS - Disappear



Tuesday, April 02, 2013

2065 Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here

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From: Wish You Were Here; Year: 1975; Genre: Progressive Rock
The other day I was looking for this post in my blog because I was absolutely certain that I had picked it, but after a search I realized that I was in error. I mean, holy crap, this is not only one of my absolute favroute songs from Pink Floyd, but is also one of my favourite songs, period. There was a few times recently in fact that I was wishing I could pick this song, but erroneously thought I already had. I wonder how many other songs that I am 'sure' that I've picked are still waiting to be chosen.
Anyway, ever since discovering that I hadn't actually chosen it I had it sitting in my mental queue and thought it would make a good pick for today.

Hear Wish You Were Here on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Dudley Moore Trio - Yesterdays

My song pick two years ago today: Jethro Tull - With You There To Help Me

My song pick three years ago today: Dizzy Gillespie and His Orchestra - Things to Come

My song pick four years ago today: Simon & Garfunkel - Hazy Shade of Winter

My song pick five years ago today: Lita Ford feat. Ozzy Osbourne - Close My Eyes Forever

 

Monday, April 01, 2013

2064 Bee Gees - I Started a Joke

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From: Idea; Year: 1968; Genre: Rock
Another April Fools' Day today. This morning I was wracking my brain trying to think of a good pick, but the only one that seemed to come to mind was this rather sad one from the Bee Gees. I hadn't picked one of their songs in a while, and at that I only picked one other from the band. So, I figured what the heck, I'd just go ahead with this one.
I know that I've been saying it a lot lately, but this is one of my favourites from the Bee Gees. I guess by coincidence as of late I must just be revisiting some of stuff I really like from certain bands.

Hear I Started a Joke on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Nocturnal Rites - Fools Never Die

My song pick two years ago today: Larry Graham & Graham Central Station - Can You Handle It?

My song pick three years ago today: Led Zeppelin - Fool in the Rain

My song pick four years ago today: Styx - Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)

My song pick five years ago today: The Who - Won't Get Fooled Again