Saturday, August 31, 2013

2217 Stratovarius - Under Flaming Skies

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From: Elysium; Year: 2011; Genre: Progressive Metal
This is this first song with lyrics that I have posted in a bit; maybe I should've kept it going, but I really felt like picking this one.
It's also kind of neat to think that with this pick I bring my fifth year of running this blog a close; tomorrow will mark my song a day blog's sixth anniversary.
Anyway, this is one of my favourite songs off of this album; not only do I like the overall uplifting/conquering feeling this track gives you, but I absolutely love how they brought the bass way up in the mix; it just sounds awesome!

Hear Under Flaming Skies on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Genesis - A Winter's Tale

My song pick two years ago today: Chet Atkins - Drive In

My song pick three years ago today: Letzte Instanz - Für Immer Und Ewig

My song pick four years ago today: Ian Anderson - A Raft of Penguins

My song pick five years ago today: John Denver - Jimmy Newman


Friday, August 30, 2013

2216 Santana - La Fuente del Ritmo

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From: Caravanserai; Year: 1972; Genre: Jazz Fusion/Latin Rock
After hearing a bit of Santana yesterday on the radio it got me in the mood to listen to some more; since apparently I haven't picked one from the band in quite some time I thought I would add one to the blog today. Of course I'm picking another one from Caravanserai; it is and will always be my favourite album from Santana.
This was the first song I ever tried to learn how to play a mambo; all I can say is, it was a deceptively difficult concept to get down, but very rewarding in the end.

Hear La Fuente del Ritmo on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: King Crimson - The Court of the Crimson King

My song pick two years ago today: Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) - Yours Truly, 2095

My song pick three years ago today: Stahlhammer - Herz Aus Stahl

My song pick four years ago today: America - Sister Golden Hair

My song pick five years ago today: Fleetwood Mac - Little Lies


Thursday, August 29, 2013

2215 The Outlaws - The Valley of the Sioux

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From: Vampires, Cowboys, Spacemen & Spooks: The Very Best of Joe Meek's Instrumentals; Year: 1961; Genre: Surf Rock
This is a rather pretty instrumental track from one of Joe Meek's recording bands: The Outlaws. Of course this is not the same southern rock band of Green Grass and High Tides Forever fame, but rather the British band that featured a young Ritchie Blackmore, although he hadn't yet joined the band for this recording.
Again, this is a rather pretty one written around a solid melody played by a wet reverbed guitar; another great example of Joe Meek's production.

Hear Valley of the Sioux on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Candlebox - Far Behind

My song pick two years ago today: Buckethead - Final Wars

My song pick three years ago today: Megaherz - Heuchler

My song pick four years ago today: Wilson Pickett - Funky Broadway

My song pick five years ago today: Oasis - Wonderwall


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

2214 Chet Atkins and Merle Travis - I'll See You In My Dreams

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From: The Atkins - Travis Traveling Show; Year: 1974; Genre: Gypsy Jazz/Country
I had another song in mind to pick today, but this rather beautiful song kept my mind occupied, so (as I normally do), I am taking it as a sign I should pick it.
Wow, this song certainly does stir up the memories and emotions; my grandfather used to play this song a lot, I mean A LOT over the years. He was so good at playing this one and much of Chet Atkins' catalogue most couldn't tell if it was him playing or the record.
Anyway, this is a great cover of the often-recorded jazz standard originally written in the mid-1920s by Isham Jones and Gus Khan.

Hear I'll See You In My Dreams on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Blue Öyster Cult - O.D.'d on Life Itself

My song pick two years ago today: Hawkwind - We Took the Wrong Step Years Ago

My song pick three years ago today: Oomph! - Das Weiße Licht

My song pick four years ago today: Trio of Doom - Dark Prince

My song pick five years ago today: Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

2213 Clifford Brown and Max Roach - Stompin' at the Savoy

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From: Brown and Roach Incorporated; Year: 1954; Genre: Jazz
For a while now I haven't been picking any old-school jazz, so I thought I would.
It still amazes me every time I listen to Clifford Brown; a great musician who only recorded four years before his tragic death at the age of 25, and in those four years elevated himself to that of a jazz great. Heck, how many can say they have written songs that went on to become full-blown jazz standards before the age of 25? I cannot even fathom where he would've been if hadn't gotten into that car accident.
Anyway, this is the amazing duo of Clifford Brown and Max Roach and their band of renown's bop era take on the classic jazz standard Stompin' at the Savoy. I love how they mixed a few forms of jazz throughout their cover: you can hear bebop, hard bop, west coast (cool jazz), along with the swing of the original just to name a few.

Hear Stompin' at the Savoy on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Franz Liszt - S.244/2 - Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2

My song pick two years ago today: Modest Petrovitch Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition

My song pick three years ago today: Unheilig - Schutzengel

My song pick four year ago today: Jaco Pastorius - Chromatic Fantasy

My song pick five years ago today: The Polyphonic Spree - Light and Day/Reach for the Sun

Monday, August 26, 2013

2212 ABBA - Arrival

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From: Arrival; Year: 1976; Genre: Symphonic Rock
Off and on over the last week or so I've had some songs from this album running through my mind.
While they had quite a lot of success with their three previous albums, it was with the aptly-titled Arrival that really saw the full-on international success. Though it's not my favourite album from ABBA there are quite a few excellent songs to be heard on it; you can't help but notice the sheer amount of hits that permeate the tracklisting, and not just hits but most of the band's major, biggest hits come from this album.
Anyway, this instrumental piece, which is obviously also the title-track conspicuously closes out the album; I have no idea why they wouldn't have made this track as an overture that opened the album, but I guess its placement worked. It is a rather pretty instrumental piece, which is written around a simple melody but ends up coming across as rather big; quite a nice song and all.

Hear Arrival on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Barenaked Ladies - The Old Apartment

My song pick two years ago today: The Rolling Stones - 100 Years Ago

My song pick three years ago today: Eisbrecher - Mein Blut

My song pick four years ago today: Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO) - Lookin' Out For #1

My song pick five years ago today: Rammstein - Sonne


Sunday, August 25, 2013

2211 Jacques Offenbach - La belle Hélène (Overture)

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From: La belle Hélène; Year: 1864; Genre: Romantic Period/classical
Most of the morning I've been listening to a bunch of Offenbach's works whilst getting some work done; I thought I would pick one of them today.
Generally two of my favourite types of classical music are Requiems and Overtures in that order. This one happens to be the overture to one of his more famous pieces: the Opéra Bouffe La belle Hélène. It just one of many incredible pieces of music from this master of his art.

Hear the La Belle Hélène Overture on YouTube. Performed by the Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Conducted by Hermann Scherchen.



My song pick a year ago today: Brave Belt - Another Way Out

My song pick two years ago today: 3 Doors Down - Kryptonite

My song pick three years ago today: Joachim Witt - Krieger Des Licht

My song pick four years ago today: Jimi Hendrix - Angel

My song pick five years ago today: Béla Fleck and the Flecktones - Sunset Road


Thursday, August 22, 2013

Sunday, August 18, 2013

2204 John Denver - Wooden Indian

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From: Poems, Prayers & Promises; Year: 1971; Genre: Folk Rock
For the last few days I've had this song running though my mind, so, as I normally do, I am taking it as a sign I should pick it.
I grew up hearing John Denver's Poems, Prayers & Promises along with a few other of his albums to the point I can clearly hear each note and word in my mind almost perfectly. Anyway, this is one of his songs that I love to sing along to at the top of my lungs.

Hear Wooden Indian on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Barenaked Ladies - One Week

My song pick two years ago today: Paul Abraham Dukas - The Sorcerer's Apprentice

My song pick three years ago today: Jigsaw - Jesu, the Joy of Man's Desiring

My song pick four years ago today: Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO) - Second Hand

My song pick five years ago today: Glenn Miller - Moonlight Serenade



Saturday, August 17, 2013

Friday, August 16, 2013

2202 Hawkwind - Orgone Accumulator

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From: Space Ritual; Year: 1973; Genre: Space Rock
After listening to a bunch of their music yesterday I thought I would pick something from Hawkwind; there is something about their music that always seems to put a smile on my face.
This is a rather bluesy piece of psychedelic space rock is written about an actual device that supposedly gathers the hypothetical universal 'life force' Orgone; uh huh....

Hear Orgone Accumulator on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Robert Schumann - Op. 17 - Fantasie in C

My song pick two years ago today: Muse - Supermassive Black Hole

My song pick three years ago today: Eddie Lang - Eddie's Twister

My song pick four years ago today: The Goo Goo Dolls - Black Balloon

My song pick five years ago today: Ozzy Osbourne - Bark at the Moon


Thursday, August 15, 2013

2201 Bass Extremes - Portrait of Tracy

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From: Just Add Water; Year: 2001; Genre: Jazz Fusion/Funk
I'm still in the mood for some odd music; this one is Victor Wooten and Steve Bailey's cover of Jaco Pastorius' Portrait of Tracy.
I love how they make the song so much more musical and "funkilated" than the original while still keeping the original's framework. In actuality their version is quite listenable probably even to those who don't normaly like music on this scale of virtuosity.

Hear Portrait of Tracy on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: ZZ Top - La Grange

My song pick two years ago today: Rammstein - Seemann

My song pick three years ago today: Jon Bon Jovi - Blaze of Glory

My song pick four years ago today: The Who - The Seeker

My song pick five years ago today: The Beatles - Mr. Moonlight


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

2200 Weather Report - Second Sunday in August

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From: I Sing the Body Electric; Year: 1972; Genre: Jazz Fusion
Well, I made it to 2200 songs picked... I really wish I had a more appropriate song to go along with the occasion, but you cannot go wrong with picking a Weather Report song on a day like today.
I really wanted to pick one of this album this morning; out of their albums, I personally have I Sing the Body Electric as my third favourite behind Mysterious Traveler and Heavy Weather.
This actually was not the song I intended on picking at all; all of the other ones I had in mind were not on YouTube. However, this track seems a pretty nice fit for today; if only I'd have thought to pick it a few days ago on Sunday it would've been perfect. I really like Wayne Shorter and Miroslav Vitouš' playing on this one; it's almost ethereal at times.

Hear Second Sunday in August on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: AC/DC - Thunderstruck

My song pick two years ago today: Victor Wooten - Norwegian Wood

My song pick three years ago today: Hawkwind - Love in Space

My song pick four years ago today: Les Paul & Mary Ford - The World is Waiting for the Sunrise

My song pick five years ago today: Aerosmith - Cryin'


Friday, August 09, 2013

2195 Rush - The Enemy Within (Part 1 of Fear)

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From: Grace Under Pressure; Year: 1984; Genre: Progressive Rock
Late last night I had the song Afterimage running through my mind, so instead of getting sleep I put on Grace Under Pressure (with headphones on of course; I didn't want to wake anyone  up in the house) and pulled out my guitar to play along resting my chin against it to get the vibration on my notes. It seem like every time I put this album on for one song it seems as if I end up playing the whole record; last night was no different.
I thought I would go ahead and pick one off of this album today, but just like yesterday's pick, I've all but every song off of it. I think I have yet to pick Kid Gloves, and I'll have to check but I believe I haven't picked Distant Early Warning.... I don't know why, but I've always been drawn to this record ever since I first dropped the needle; it's just a great album in my opinion.
Anyway, The Enemy Within is among the heavier tracks on the disc, and is also Part 1 of Neil Peart's "Fear" series of songs. The other songs in the series are: Witch Hunt (Part 3), The Weapon (Part 2), and Freeze (Part 4) from Moving Pictures, Signals, and Vapour Trails respectively.

Watch the music video clip on YouTube. -Geddy's rockin' the "grunge" look all the way back in '84! LOL!



My song pick a year ago today: Paris - Pale Horse, Pale Rider

My song pick two years ago today: Stuart Hamm - Simple Dreams

My song pick three years ago today: Albert Hammond - It Never Rains In Southern California

My song pick four years ago today: Band of Horses - Islands on the Coast

My song pick five years ago today: Jim Croce - Roller Derby Queen


Thursday, August 08, 2013

2194 Styx - Man in the Wilderness

From: The Grand Illusion; Year: 1977; Genre: Hard Rock
I had another song in mind for today's pick, but for some reason I had a few of Styx's songs running through my mind, so I took it as a sign I should pick one of theirs instead.
Anyway, as I've said in previous posts concerning Styx; The Grand Illusion is my absolute favourite of their records. Because of this it seems that I am running out of tracks from the album to pick, so I am forced to pick one of the lesser tracks today. I suppose I could've picked one from another album, but I felt like sticking with this one. Being that this one was written by Tommy Shaw means that, yes it is a bit more of a rocker.

Hear Man in the Wilderness on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Curved Air - Vivaldi

My song pick two years ago today: Megadeth - Endgame

My song pick three years ago today: Sirenia - The Other Side

My song pick four years ago today: Jethro Tull - Spiral

My song pick five years ago today: Outerstar - You Love It When It Rains


Wednesday, August 07, 2013

2193 Dream Theater - Learning to Live

From: Images and Words; Year: 1994; Genre: Progressive Metal
Images and Words is one of, if not my favourite, Dream Theater album; there is just so much great music to be had throughout the disc. This, the closing track, which comes from the pen of bassist John Myung, is one of many excellent songs to be heard; an incredible 11+ minutes of great music that is.

Hear Learning to Live on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Franz Schubert - D 911, Op. 89 - Die Winterreise

My song pick two years ago today: Bon Jovi - Runaway

My song pick three years ago today: Missing Link - Spoiled Love

My song pick four years ago today: Grace Slick - Angel of the Night

My song pick five years ago today: Don Williams - Yellow Moon


Tuesday, August 06, 2013

2192 Slade - Slam the Hammer Down

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From: The Amazing Kamikaze Syndrome; Year: 1983; Genre: Hard Rock/Glam Rock
The other day I noticed that I haven't picked a song from Slade in quite a long while, so I thought I would.
While I have been a fan of their music from the '70s, it took me a bit to get into their material from subsequent decades. I have to say this song and quite a few of the others off of this album sound like they are from one of the hair metal bands of the '80s; I guess it all has to come from somewhere.

Hear Slam the Hammer Down on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Stahlhammer - Mensch

My song pick two years ago today: Rush - Afterimage

My song pick three years ago today: Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice - The Last Supper (From Jesus Christ Superstar)

My song pick four years ago today: Megadeth - Sleepwalker

My song pick five years ago today: The Allman Brothers Band - The Whipping Post


Monday, August 05, 2013

2191 Kansas - Portrait (He Knew)

From: Point of Know Return; Year: 1977; Genre: Progressive Rock
I have been thinking about picking one from Kansas for a while now; I don't believe that I have picked one of their for quite a while now, so now would be a good time.
Anyway, this is one among many great tracks off of their epic Point of Know Return album. This one in particular has great combination of excellent music and lyrics. From what I understand Portrait was written about Albert Einstein.

Hear Portrait (He Knew) on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Nightwish - Passion and the Opera

My song pick two years ago today: Seven Mary Three - Cumbersome

My song pick three years ago today: Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO) - Let It Ride

My song pick four years ago today: Queen - Flash

My song pick five years ago today: Joe Cocker - When The Night Comes


Saturday, August 03, 2013

2189 Savatage - Handful of Rain

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From: Handful of Rain; Year: 1994; Genre: Progressive Metal
I was intending on picking another song today, but last night I had this song on my mind and it seemed like a pretty good fit for today.
Even though the entire album's overall feel was clouded by the untimely death of Criss Oliva, I have always personally found the Handful of Rain album to be more uplifting and powerful than down/sad. The title-track is my favourite off of the record; I love the mix of the acoustic and heavier sounds. Of course Zach Steven's vocals are truly incredible as always; it's amazing to think that a single band had two of the greatest metal vocalist.

Hear Handful of Rain on YouTube.



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

My song pick two years ago today: Charlie Parker - Summertime

My song pick three years ago today: Tarot - Gone

My song pick four years ago today: The Rolling Stones - Paint It Black

My song pick five years ago today: The Enemys - Sinner Man


Thursday, August 01, 2013

2187 Muse - Explorers

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From: The 2nd Law; Year: 2012; Genre: Progressive Rock
I felt like some Muse this morning and I thought I would take this opportunity to sample something off of their newest album. This is another one of their tracks that has a noted Queen influence to it, although the overall melancholy feel of the song shows off more of their own style.

Hear Explorers on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: The Pretenders - Middle of the Road

My song pick two years ago today: U2 - Where the Streets Have No Name

My song pick three years ago today: Uriah Heep - Wizard

My song pick four years ago today: Queen - Bicycle Race

My song pick five years ago today: The Doors - Love Me Two Times