Wednesday, July 31, 2013

2186 Peter Jay & The Jaywalkers - Can-Can

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From: Vampires, Cowboys, Spacemen, & Spooks: The Very Best of Joe Meek's Instrumentals; Year: (1962); Genre: Surf Rock
For the last week or so I've been enjoying the incredible collection of instrumental music from legendary producer Joe Meek's recordings of various bands he worked with.
I can't help but get a smile on my face when I hear this surf rock re-imagining of Jacques Offenbach's Infernal Gallop from his opera Orpheus in the Underworld. In more recent years this piece has been associated with the chorus line Can-Can dance.

Hear Peter Jay & The Jaywalker's Can-Can on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Jethro Tull - Home

My song pick two years ago today: Steve Vai - Details at 10

My song pick three years ago today: England Dan & John Ford Coley - Westward Wind

My song pick four years ago today: Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade of Pale

My song pick five years ago today: Louis Armstrong - Hello Dolly


Tuesday, July 30, 2013

2184-5 The Moody Blues - The Sunset/Twilight Time

From: Days of Future Passed; Year: 1967; Genre: Progressive Rock/Psychedelic Rock
Lately I've been taking time out to watch the sunsets and this apropos medley kept coming to mind.
These tracks come on during "The Evening" part of the song cycle. I remember back when I first bought this great album on cassette; I actually purchased it for Forever Afternoon (Tuesday?), but I fell in love with many other songs that I was introduced to. The Sunset was one of those I really liked; the simplistic percussive rhythm combined with the very light instrumental accompaniment make this track as great as it is. Of course being that it's combined with Twilight Time in "The Evening" section, it is one of those times where you come for one song and stay for the second one, which is a pretty good track as well in its own right.

Hear The Sunset/Twilight Time on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Hawkwind - Damnation Alley

My song pick two years ago today: Chet Atkins - I Wish I Knew

My song pick three years ago today: Sergei Prokofiev - Op. 67 - Peter and the Wolf

My song pick four years ago today: Lalo Schifrin - Scorpio's Theme

My song pick five years ago today: Rush - Dreamline


Monday, July 29, 2013

Sunday, July 28, 2013

2182 Les Paul - Hip-Billy Boogie

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From: The New Sound; Year: 1950, (1948 Single Release); Genre: Rock 'N Roll/Rockabilly
About a week or so ago I happened to hear this track once again from guitarist and inventor extraordinaire Les Paul.
Interestingly enough by trying to come up with music never heard before Les Paul created what has been used ever since in music: multi-track recording. On this song in particular he recorded and re-recorded his guitar playing to the point his guitar alone made the music of an entire band. Today that is no big deal, but you have to remember this was the first time it had ever been done. Also the main solo was recorded an octave lower than you actually hear; it was sped up so it could go higher in pitch than a normal guitar was capable of.

Hear Hip-Billy Boogie on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: The Byrds - Turn! Turn! Turn! (to Everything There Is a Season)

My song pick two years ago today: Muse - Uprising

My song pick three years ago today: Guns N' Roses - Don't Cry

My song pick four years ago today: Puhdys, featuring Till Lindemann and Richard Krupse - Wut Will Nicht Sterben

My song pick five years ago today: Nightwish - The Pharaoh Sails To Orion


Saturday, July 27, 2013

2181 Ian Anderson - Old School Song

From: Thick As A Brick 2; Year: 2012; Genre: Progressive Rock
During my day yesterday I happened to hear part of this track on some media, and it got stuck in my mind; this caused me to want to listen to the entire album again.
Old School Song comes from the "Gerald as a Soldier" part of the concept album; I have to say this, and a couple of other songs on TAAB2, are ones that I absolutely love and am drawn to it primarily because of the music. This is also one of songs that is somewhat based on the original Thick as a Brick musically.

Hear Old School Song on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Alice in Chains - Them Bones

My song pick two years ago today: America - Lonely People

My song pick three years ago today: Rammstein - Weißes Fleisch

My song pick four years ago today: The Steve Miller Band - Space Into/Fly Like An Eagle

My song pick five years ago today: The Delgados - The Light Before We Land


Friday, July 26, 2013

Monday, July 22, 2013

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

2171 Mortification - Overseer

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From: Post Momentary Affliction; Year: 1993; Genre: Thrash Metal/Death Metal
I'm having issues posting today, but I finally got it to go.
Anyway, this is day four of my Australian theme week. I figured it would be apropos to pick something heavy to add some different forms of music to the theme week.
Mortification is one of favourite extreme metal acts from down under; definitely an excellent band to listen to, especially if you're a metal head.

Hear Overseer on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Deep Purple - Highway Star

My song pick two years ago today: Rush - Not Fade Away

My song pick three years ago today: Steeleye Span - Shaking of the Sheets

My song pick four years ago today: Billy Idol - Eyes Without A Face

My song pick five years ago today: Taj Mahal - Fishin' Blues


Sunday, July 14, 2013

2168 Cybotron - Sonic Overdrive

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From: Cybotron; Year: 1977; Genre: Progressive Rock/Electronic Rock
I'm overdue for a new theme week, so I'm starting one today on this Sunday. For this time I've decided that I will be picking songs from Australian bands.
I'll start this theme week off with an off-the-wall pick from the band Cybotron, that is, obviously the original band from Australia, not the later, unrelated one from America. This is a rather lengthy piece of electronic rock that makes for an interesting wall of ever-changing sound.

Hear Sonic Overdrive on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Pearl Jam - Jeremy

My song pick two years ago today: Banchee - Iceberg

My song pick three years ago today: ZZ Top - Manic Mechanic

My song pick four years ago today: Santo & Johnny - Sleepwalk

My song pick five years ago today: Phil Collins - I Wish It Would Rain Down


Saturday, July 13, 2013

2167 Ian Anderson - Photo Shop

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From: Rupi's Dance; Year: 2003; Genre: Progressive Rock
The few who read my blog regularly most likely have noticed the brevity of some of my recent picks. Well, as of late much of my free time has been taken up by me tasked with scanning in thousands of old family photos onto the computer, some of which are at least fifty years older than I am. Even with this monumental task I've been trying to keep up with my blog.
Anyway, off and on since I've been scanning them in this song is one that has been running through my mind. While a goodly amount of the photos are from times I remember, many, as I said before are quite old; at times I don't recognize these people or the events in it. It definitely makes me feel like the "Man in the photo shop" mentioned in the song.

Hear Photo Shop on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Ozzy Osbourne - Over the Mountain

My song pick two years ago today: Ome Henk - Neem Een Ander In De Maling (Barbie Girl)

My song pick three years ago today: Weather Report - Cucumber Slumber

My song pick four years ago today: ZZ Top - Gimme All Your Lovin'

My song pick five years ago today: Eric Clapton - After Midnight


Friday, July 12, 2013

2166 Sky - Cannonball

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From: Sky; Year: 1979; Genre: Progressive Rock/Electronic Rock
After listening to a couple of their songs the other day I thought I would pick another from the great band that was Sky. If you've heard the band before you should know what to expect from this track, which comes off of their debut album. It's a real nice mix of progressive rock with a lot of classical influence.

Hear Cannonball on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Muse - United States of Eurasia (+Collateral Damage)

My song pick two years ago today: Alice in Chains - Would?

My song pick three years ago today: Rammstein - Jeder lacht

My song pick four years ago today: Rammstein - Ein Leid

My song pick five years ago today: Eric Clapton - My Father's Eyes


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

2164 Maddy Prior - Mother and Child

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From: Woman In The Wings; Year:1978; Genre: Progressive Rock/Folk Rock











This is yet another great track that I believed I had already picked. This is a rather pretty and emotional piece that really showcases the beautiful voice of Maddy Prior. The first time I had ever heard it was from a recording that featured only Rick Kemp's bass and her singing. It was early on in hearing music from or associated with Steeleye Span; to say the least it got my attention.

Hear an excellent live performance featuring Rick Kemp on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Ludwig Van Beethoven - Op.13 - Piano Sonata No.8 "Pathétique"

My song pick two years ago today: Chet Atkins - Tears

My song pick three years ago today: Fleetwood Mac - Tusk

My song pick four years ago today: Fairport Convention - Tam Lin

My song pick five years ago today: Cream - Tales of Brave Ulysses


Monday, July 08, 2013

2162 Soundgarden - Live to Rise

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From: Avengers Assemble (Soundtrack); Year: 2012; Genre: Alternative Metal
After hearing this song today I checked if I had already chosen it, and of course, since you are reading this post I obliviously hadn't.
This was one of the first studio songs to be released by the band since coming back together and is one of my favourites since their reunion. As far as I know it can only be found on the Avengers Assemble movie soundtrack, however, in my opinion it is easily good enough to have been included on their newest album King Animal.

Watch the music video on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Shocking Blue - Venus

My song pick two years ago today: Rush - Countdown

My song pick three years ago today: Mungo Jerry - In the Summertime

My song pick four years ago today: The Kinks - A Well Respected Man

My song pick five years ago today: Eric Clapton - Bad Love


Sunday, July 07, 2013

2161 Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention - Call Any Vegetable

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From: Just Another Band From L.A.; Year: 1972; Genre: Progressive Rock/Comedy
When I first heard this song I was a bit off-put by the rather whimsical/nonsensical lyrics, but I definitely kept listening because of the real good music that seems to take you all over the place and to different genres. To say the least it's a very interesting and awesome track even if you don't care about vegetables, but it helps. 

Hear Call Any Vegetable on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Queensrÿche - Sign of the Times

My song pick two years ago today: Don McLean - Vincent

My song pick three years ago today: Eric Burdon and War - Spill the Wine

My song pick four years ago today: Supertramp - School

My song pick five years ago today: Steely Dan - Do It Again


Saturday, July 06, 2013

2160 Rush - Different Strings

From: Permanent Waves; Year: 1980; Genre: Progressive Rock
I was thinking about Rush again today and thought I would pick another one of their songs.
I have to say that Permanent Waves is probably within my top three favourite Rush albums; I like every song on it. This song is one of the more melodic tracks on the album and is a bit unique with Geddy Lee being the author of the lyrics rather than Neil Peart.

Hear Different Strings on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Led Zeppelin - The Rain Song

My song pick two years ago today: Béla Fleck & The Flecktones - Big Country

My song pick three years ago today: ABBA - When All is Said and Done

My song pick four years ago today: Hawkwind - Motorhead

My song pick five years ago today: Savatage - Can You Hear Me Now


Friday, July 05, 2013

2159 Falco - Rock Me Amadeus

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From: Falco 3; Year: 1985; Genre: Neue Deutsche Welle
Last night I had this song incessantly running through my mind without end; as I usually do I took it as a sign that I should pick it.
This is one of those weird songs for me personally; part of me has always liked this song, and another part of me really doesn't; however I do like a lot of Falco's other material. I guess the reason I'm more of a mixed opinion about this one could be due the fact that it got played ad nauseam, at least here in the United States, while most of the rest of his music didn't make it across the pond.

Watch the music video clip on YouTube.
Hear the extended "Salieri" version on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Stratovarius - Elysium

My song pick two years ago today: Johnny Rivers - Muddy River

My song pick three years ago today: Steeleye Span - Padstow

My song pick four years ago today: Rush - Lakeside Park

My song pick five years ago today: Bon Jovi - Every Day


Thursday, July 04, 2013

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

2157 Alice in Chains - Angry Chair

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From: Dirt; Year: 1992; Genre: Alternative Metal/Grunge
I had an incline to listen to some Alice in Chains today. For the most part I just put on their Dirt album and just let it play; it's another one of those albums where there are no really bad or weak tracks.
Anyway, this is one from the pen of Layne Staley is of my favourites on the disc.

Hear Angry Chair on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Alestorm - Shipwrecked

My song pick two years ago today: Steeleye Span - Dark-Eyed Sailor

My song pick three years ago today: The Police - The King of Pain

My song pick four years ago today: Chet Atkins - Yakety Axe

My song pick five years ago today: Benjamin Britten - War Requiem