Friday, May 31, 2013

2124 The Scorpions - Loving You Sunday Morning

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From: Lovedrive; Year: 1979; Genre: Hard Rock/Metal
Yet another busy day; I guess I should just get used to days like this....
Anyway, this morning I happened to hear this track being played, I probably should've waited for Sunday to pick it, but oh well; it just seems like a good song for today's pick. I really like how the verses contrast with the nice, but abbreviated chorus.

Hear Loving You Sunday Morning on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Paul Mauriat - L'amour est bleu "Love is Blue"

My song pick two years ago today: Blue Öyster Cult - (Don't Fear) The Reaper

My song pick three years ago today: The Grateful Dead - Ripple

My song pick four years ago today: Eddie Rabbitt - Step By Step

My song pick five years ago today: Rush - Between the Wheels


Thursday, May 30, 2013

2123 America - You Can Do Magic

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From: View From the Ground; Year: 1982; Genre: Soft Rock
This morning I had this track incessantly running about in my mind; as I normally do, I took it as a sign that I should pick it, plus I like the song and haven't picked a track from America in a while.
This was one of America's last big hits and one of the last songs I can remember hearing brand new on the radio, except their music from the animated film The Last Unicorn that is, which I do believe was released a year or so later. Also, this track actually came from the pen of songwriter extraordinaire Russ Ballard, who has an immense amount of hit songs credited to him.

Watch the music video clip to You Can Do Magic on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - K. 1a - Andante in C

My song pick two years ago today: The Grateful Dead - Help is on the Way/Slipknot!

My song pick three years ago today: Louis Armstrong - Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen

My song pick four years ago today: R.E.O. Speedwagon - Take It On The Run

My song pick five years ago today: The Grass Roots - Temptation Eyes


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

2122 Hawkind - Dying Seas

From: Warrior on the Edge of Time; Year: 1975; Genre: Space Rock
I had a couple of songs in mind for today's pick, however, after reading an article about this album I decided to pick a song off of it as well.
Overall, it is a bit difficult for me to pick a single song off of this great record; in my opinion it is greater as a whole than its parts. Anyway, this is a rather nice trip of a song, I really like Lemmy's bass intro; it sets the mood for the song.

Hear Dying Seas on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Quasar - Mission 14

My song pick two years ago today: Derek and the Dominoes - Key to the Highway

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

My song pick four years ago today: Rush - Finding My Way

My song pick five years ago today: Creedence Clearwater Revival - Long As I Can See The Light


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

2121 Fleetwood Mac - The Chain

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From: Rumours; Year: 1977; Genre: Rock
The other day whilst practicing some music I started to play this song and few others from Fleetwood Mac again; it's always quite a lot of fun to revisit some songs I used to play. Since then I've been in the mood to pick one of Fleetwood Mac's songs, so I figured I would check to see what I have picked from the band already. I was a bit surprised to not see The Chain as one I've already picked with it being that it is one that I really like.
Interestingly enough originally this was two songs that were fused together into one and is one of the few songs where each and every member of the band at the time contributed to its writing.

Hear The Chain on YouTube.
Watch a live performance from The Dance on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: The Grateful Dead - Casey Jones

My song pick two years ago today: Fleetwood Mac - Rhiannon

My song pick three years ago today: Return To Forever - The Magician

My song pick four years ago today: The Gipsy Kings - Hotel California

My song pick five years ago today: The Fifth Dimension - Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

2115 Deborah Harry and Robin Zander - Send Love Through

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From: Rock & Rule (film); Year: 1983; Genre: Rock
Last night I was watching some more old animated films; an interesting one that was not only fun to watch, but was also a nostalgia trip was the '83 Canadian film Rock & Rule.
Many have probably not heard of this film with a cult following; essentially it is a post-apocalyptic science-fiction story about music. It actually featured quite a cast doing the singing parts of the characters, some of which featured: Deborah Harry from Blondie, Robin Zander from Cheap Trick, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, and the band Earth, Wind & Fire performed as well.
This song comes right at the end of the film, which is a duet by Deborah Harry and Robin Zander. Unfortunately, to my knowledge, there has never been a soundtrack made to this movie, so the only way to hear some of the songs is from the film; this is of course one of them.

Hear the closest think you can find to a recording of Send Love Through on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Megaherz - Jagdzeit

My song pick two years ago today: Alabama - Mountain Music

My song pick three years ago today: Boston - Higher Power

My song pick four years ago today: Fire Bomber (Hummingbird) - Seventh Moon

My song pick five years ago today: Crabby Appleton - Go Back


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

2114 The Doors - Soul Kitchen

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From: The Doors; Year: 1967; Genre: Psychedelic Rock
After finding out that organist/keyboardist Ray Manzarek passed away I figured it would be apropos to pick one of their songs today. This was one of the songs where, in my opinion, the riffs he played on his organ really drove the song. By the way, this is also one of my favourites from the band as well.
Apparently he succumbed to a battle with cancer; a write-up can be found here on BBC.com. He will be missed, but his music will play on.

Hear Soul Kitchen on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Megaherz - Hurra – Wir Leben Noch

My song pick two years ago today: Skid Row - Youth Gone Wild

My song pick three years ago today: The Jimmy Castor Bunch - The Bertha Butt Boogie

My song pick four years ago today: Steely Dan - Hey Nineteen

My song pick five years ago today: Rahsaan Roland Kirk - Serenade To A Cuckoo


Sunday, May 19, 2013

2112 Rush - 2112

From: 2112; Year: 1976; Genre: Progressive Rock/Hard Rock
Yeah, anyone who has probably followed my blog for very long had to have seen this one coming: for my 2112th song picked I am of course choosing Rush's most famous epic, legendary masterpiece 2112.
As most who know of probably know of it, this piece is made up of seven individual sections, which make up the entire 20:34 song. The first two sections: I. Overture, and II. The Temples of Syrinx, which take up the first 6:45 of 2112 actually gets heavy radio play; it is one of their more popular tracks on the radio in fact. However, the other five sections sadly do not usually get heard that much if at all on the radio, but all the same are pretty good as well.
The entire story behind the song is a science-fiction narrative set within a "Solar Federation" that is ruled by a totalitarian priesthood that controls all that the people see, hear, and even think; this is set up through the first two sections of 2112. The main story actually begins in the third section: III. Discovery, where he discovers a century's-old guitar; after learning what it can do he takes it to the Priests to show them what he discovered, which is part IV. Presentation. The Priests dismiss his ideas and destroy the instrument; this leads into part V. Oracle: The Dream where the person then dreams of a place where things such as music exists freely without the Solar Federation or the Priests' oversight. In part VI: Soliloquy, upon waking from his wondrous dream he finds reality hasn't changed and is no longer able to bring himself to continue to exist in his dreary world; in the end he takes his own life. The entire piece is then brought to a close in part VII. Grand Finale, where the "Elder Race" attacks and destroys the Solar Federation, and thus everybody is set free.
In actuality this entire piece was an attack of sorts on the record label and the industry for that matter due to the pressures placed on them to compromise and become more "commercially viable." Thank God that this record became such a hit that enabled Rush to go on to make their excellent music since.

Hear the full 20+ minutes of 2112 on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Elvis Presley - Hound Dog

My song pick two years ago today: Tesla - I Wanna Live

My song pick three years ago today: Rammstein - Eifersucht

My song pick four years ago today: Duran Duran - Lay Lady Lay

My song pick five years ago today: Genesis - Mama


Friday, May 17, 2013

2110 Jethro Tull - Silver River Turning

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From: Nightcap; Year: 1993; Genre: Progressive Rock/Hard Rock
Today I had this song incessantly running through my mind almost to the point like I was listening to it; as I always do I took it as a sign I needed to pick it. I really wasn't intending on choosing another one from 'Tull so soon after the one two days ago, but when a song is this insistent I feel I have to other option.
Silver River Turning is one of the songs included on their 1993 compilation album featuring unreleased and rare material; this song in particular was recorded circa 1990 during the Catfish Rising sessions. In my opinion it's one of the best tracks on the entire disc and for the life of me cannot figure out why it didn't get a proper album release. However, it does sound more similar to their music from the late '80s where Martin Barre's guitar, David Pegg's bass, and Doane Perry's drums drove the songs, so putting it on Catfish Rising might've left it out of place. For me personally I almost view this one, and its semi-abandoned brethren for that matter, as any other track released from the band; not a lesser unreleased song. I actually bought Nightcap along with many other of their albums at the same time when I first got into the band.
Anyway, as I stated earlier this one is driven primarily by bass, guitar, and drums; they do an awesome job as ever in this one. I love late-80's 'Tull; in my opinion this is one of the times the band was at its best.

Hear Silver River Turning on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: George Frideric Handel - HWV 57 - Samson

My song pick two years ago today: Argent - God Gave Rock and Roll to You

My song pick three years ago today: Dio - Killing the Dragon

My song pick four years ago today: ABBA - Me and I

My song pick five years ago today: Stone Temple Pilots - Interstate Love Song



Wednesday, May 15, 2013

2108 Jethro Tull - Skating Away on the Thin Ice of the New Day

From: War Child; Year: 1974; Genre: Progressive Rock
It's one of those days again; I had no song in mind to pick. At some point today I had a few of tracks from mid-70's 'Tull running through my mind; I thought I would take it as a sign that I should pick one of them.
Interestingly enough, this was one of a couple of tracks that was to have been part of the album that got scrapped in '73, but survived and was included of War Child. It is one of the more interesting songs to see performed live; members of the band move around and play different instruments throughout the different sections of the song.

Hear Skating Away on the Thin Ice of the New Day on YouTube.
Watch a live performance of the song circa '77 on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Alestorm - I Am a Cider Drinker

My song pick two years ago today: Elton John - Lady Samantha

My song pick three years ago today: Nena - 99 Luftballons

My song pick four years ago today: Rainbow - Street of Dreams

My song pick five years ago today: Van Morrison - Moondance


Monday, May 13, 2013

2106 Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) - Someday Never Comes

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From: Mardi Gras; Year: 1972; Genre: Rock
For the last couple of days I've had this song, and a few others from CCR running through my mind. I know I say it a lot on my posts, but this is among my favourites from this band. It's no surprise that I say that a lot due to the fact that my blog I am posting songs that I like or I find interesting.
Anyway, oddly enough this is one of the few song on what would be Creedence's final album that John Fogerty sung and wrote. It is kind of a sad and wistful tune, which kind of fits being that it was their last album together.

Hear Someday Never Comes on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Pink Floyd - Time

My song pick two years ago today: Rammstein - Amerika

My song pick three years ago today: Cream - White Room

My song pick four years ago today: Steely Dan - Deacon Blues

My song pick five years ago today: The Guess Who - Laughing


Thursday, May 09, 2013

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

2100 Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) - 21st Century Man

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From: Time; Year: 1981; Genre: Progressive Rock
I have reached yet another milestone with my two-thousand-one-hundredth song picked. As I sometimes do, I am choosing a song with an appropriate title. Technically, if you are talking about years, 2100 would actually be the first year in the 22nd century, not the 21st, but, whatever the case I am making it my pick today.
Anyway, this one sounds very Beatleesque, more so than much of the material on the album. It takes place towards the end of the album where the main character and time-traveler has in some way come to terms with his situation. However, the next song, Hold on Tight, gives the listener the feeling that he hasn't given up on going back home.

Hear 21st Century Man on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: "Weird Al" Yankovic - Dare to be Stupid

My song pick two years ago today: AC/DC - It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)

My song pick three years ago today: Judas Priest - The Hellion/Electric Eye

My song pick four years ago today: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Learning To Fly

My song pick five years ago today: The Four Top - It's the Same Old Song


Sunday, May 05, 2013

2098 Soundgarden - Big Dumb Sex

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From: Louder Than Love; Year: 1989; Genre: Alternative Metal/Grunge
I've been meaning to pick this one for a while, and I am finally able to get around to it. It is nice to have days like today when you already have a song in mind to pick; at times it takes me longer to pick a song in my mind than to post my pick online.
Anyway, this is one of the ones I like off of Soundgarden's Louder Than Love album, which is also a favourite of mine from the band. I love the rawness of the sound of this track in particular and that riff that drives the song.

Hear Big Dumb Sex on YouTube. (Not Safe for Work)



My song pick a year ago today: King Crimson - Cirkus, Including: Entry of the Chameleons

My song pick two years ago today: The Rolling Stones - As Tears Go By

My song pick three years ago today: Blink-182 - Adam's Song

My song pick four years ago today: Pink Floyd - Us And Them

My song pick five years ago today: Edgar Winter Group - Frankenstein


Saturday, May 04, 2013

2097 Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Pictures at an Exhibition

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From: Pictures at an Exhibition; Year: 1971; Genre: Progressive Rock/classical
The other night whilst I was driving home I was listening to some music from Emerson, Lake & Palmer. It's interesting, but at one point the strange noises that are normally part of their music made me think something was wrong with my car. Just a second later I realized that the odd sound was coming from my stereo and not a mechanical part of my automobile.
Anyway, I thought it would be apropos to pick one of their songs today, and by "song" I actually mean a multiple section piece that last nearly 16 minutes. This is, as you might have guessed, their rendition of legendary master composer Modest Mussorgsky's epic masterpiece Pictures at an Exhibition. This is actually an excerpt contained on their album from the 2001 remaster, which contains six of the parts: Promenade, The Gnome, Promenade, The Sage, The Hut of Baba Yaga, and The Great Gates of Kiev.

Hear Pictures at an Exhibition on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Soundgarden - Pretty Noose

My song pick two years ago today: S.M.V. - Mongoose Walk

My song pick three years ago today: The Delgados - Come Undone

My song pick four years ago today: The Doobie Brothers - China Grove

My song pick five years ago today: .38 Special - Fantasy Girl


Friday, May 03, 2013

2096 The Ventures - Joy

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From: Joy: The Ventures Play the Classics; Year: 1972; Genre: Progressive Rock
I had the music from this rather remarkable album running through my mind this morning, so I thought I would go ahead and pick one off of it.
This song is, of course, a rendition of Johann Sebastian Bach's famous movement from his cantata BWV 147: Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben; Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring. However, this rendition is more inspired by the one done by Jigsaw a couple years prior. While quite similar to that version. all in all they do give it enough of the Ventures' surf rock feel to make it at least a bit unique compared to the other versions since.

Hear The Ventures' rendition of Joy on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Gackt - Cube

My song pick two years ago today: Fairport Convention - Meet on the Ledge

My song pick three years ago today: Rush - Losing It

My song pick four years ago today: The Beatles - Yesterday

My song pick five years ago today: Def Leppard - Animal