Monday, September 30, 2013

2247 Dream Theater - The Looking Glass

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From: Dream Theater; Year: 2013; Genre: Progressive Metal
I guess we're closing out another month; to me it seems like it just began, it went by quick.
Anyway, after Max informed me the other day about this new album from Dream Theater I thought I would check it out. I find it interesting that it took almost 30 years (or about 25 if you only count their albums) to have a self-titled album. This is one of the first tracks I heard off of Dream Theater's self-titled album, it's a pretty good song, and very much of what you'd expect from the band.

Hear The Looking Glass on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Deep Purple - Hush

My song pick two years ago today: Paris - Big Towne, 2061

My song pick three years ago today: Band of Horses - No One's Gonna Love You

My song pick four years ago today: Alan Menken and Howard Ashman - Feed Me (Git It) (From: Little Shop of Horrors)

My song pick five years ago today: Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) - Who'll Stop The Rain

My song pick six years ago today: Triumph - Lay It On The Line


Saturday, September 28, 2013

2245 Jethro Tull - Cheap Day Return

From: Aqualung; Year: 1971; Genre: Progressive Rock
I've been wracking my brain this morning for a song, but I'm drawing a blank. So, I am picking this short one-and-a-half minute tracks from one of my favourite bands. This is another one of those songs that is rather light musically, but heavy lyrically. From what I understand it was autobiographical about a trip Ian Anderson took to the hospital to visit his ailing father.

Hear Cheap Day Return on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Soundgarden - Black Rain

My song pick two years ago today: Chickenfoot - Lighten Up

My song pick three years ago today: Aerosmith - Dream On

My song pick four years ago today: Rush - One Little Victory

My song pick five years ago today: Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) - Fortunate Son

My song pick six years ago today: Franz Schubert - Op. 1 - Der Erlkönig "The ErlKing"


Thursday, September 26, 2013

2243 Pearls Before Swine - Another Time

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From: One Nation Underground; Year: 1967; Genre: Folk Rock/Psychedelic Rock
It's weird, but last night I dreamed I was listening to Pearls Before Swine, however I cannot remember which song that was in my dream. Anyway I thought it would be a good idea to go ahead and pick one of their songs this morning.
This is a rather light and mellow song musically with only Tom Rapp singing and playing guitar, however the lyrics are quite heavy and the track itself has a dark and brooding feeling about it.

Hear Another Time on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Sir Arthur Sullivan - The Lost Chord

My song pick two years ago today: Jimi Hendrix - Machine Gun

My song pick three years ago today: Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli (Quintette du Hot Club de France) featuring Freddy Taylor - After You've Gone

My song pick four years ago today: The Beatles - Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)

My song pick five years ago today: Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) - Commotion

My song pick six years ago today: Don Henley - Boys of Summer


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

2241 Yes - Perpetual Change

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From: The Yes Album; Year: 1971; Genre: Progressive Rock
I needed to hear something from Yes this morning; of course this is one of their best albums. At a little under nine minutes in length, this is the third shortest of the six songs included on The Yes Album.
As with the rest of the album this track features incredible work from all the members, but Chris Squire and Steve Howe especially shine with the bass and guitar on this song; of course the harmonies are incredible as ever.

Hear Perpetual Change on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Mephistopheles

My song pick two years ago today: The Gentrys - Keep On Dancing

My song pick three years ago today: Azteca - A Night in Nazca

My song pick four years ago today: The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band/With a Little Help from My Friends

My song pick five years ago today: Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) - Midnight Special

My song pick six years ago today: Megadeth - Use The Man



Sunday, September 22, 2013

2239 Carmen - The Gypsies

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From: The Gypsies; Year: 1976; Genre: Flamenco Rock/Progressive Rock
I've been playing this album a lot over the last couple of days and though I would pick another.
This is, of course, the title track from Carmen's final album and is also the longest song at just over 7 and 1/2 minutes. It's a definite treat for the lover of eclectic, avant-garde, and progressive music.

Hear The Gypsies on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Rosanne Cash - Seven Year Ache

My song pick two years ago today: R.E.M. - The One I Love

My song pick three years ago today: Lynyrd Skynyrd - Tuesday's Gone

My song pick four years ago today: The Beatles - Help!

My song pick five years ago today: Santana - Black Magic Woman

My song pick six years ago today: Bon Jovi - Tokyo Road

Saturday, September 21, 2013

2238 Carmen - Daybreak

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From: The Gypsies; Year: 1976; Genre: Progressive Rock/Flamenco Rock
I've had the music of Carmen running through my mind consistently throughout the last couple of days; I thought I would take it as a sign that I should pick another one of their songs.
This is the opening track off of the band's "swansong" The Gypsies. It starts off for the first couple of minutes in flamenco/classical complete with amazing guitar work and dancing and clapping for percussion; it then it kicks in to rather heavy rock sounds led by John Glascock's thundering bass, but there is a definite flamenco sound added into the mix.

Hear Daybreak on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Rush - Fountain of Lamenth

My song pick two years ago today: Megadeth - Bad Omen

My song pick three years ago today: Jethro Tull - Beggar's Farm

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

My song pick five years ago today: Jethro Tull - Singing All Day

My song pick six years ago today: Jethro Tull - Heavy Water


Thursday, September 19, 2013

2236 Pink Floyd - Astronomy Domine

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From: The Piper at the Gates of Dawn; Year: 1967; Genre: Psychedelic Rock/Space Rock
Whilst looking through the Pink Floyd I have already chosen, I was surprised that this song was not listed. I thought for sure I had picked it; perhaps just forgot to put it in my alphabetical lists, which is something that happens from time to time. But, after doing a search on my entire blog I guess that I hadn't. I am thinking that I had this one confused with Interstellar Overdrive in my mind, which is one I have picked.
Anyway, this is one of those psychedelic goodies from early 'Floyd and among my favourites from their early years with Syd Barrett.

Hear Astronomy Domine on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Richard Wagner - Ride of the Valkyries


My song pick three years ago today: Karussell - Nämlich Bin Ich Glücklich

My song pick four years ago today: Green Day - Boulevard of Broken Dreams

My song pick five years ago today: The Delgados - All You Need Is Hate

My song pick six years ago today: Tesla - Signs

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

2234 The Kinks - This Time Tomorrow

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From: Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One; Year: 1970; Genre: Rock
As I've said before, The Kinks are my favourite of the British Invasion groups followed closely by The Who. Although since they were banned in the U.S. from touring it was kind of hard for them to "invade." However, Lola Versus Powerman... happened to mark the end of the ban and reinvigorated their career with the monster hits on the album and the ability to tour in America.
From front to back, like many others in their catalogue, this record has incredible music not just commercially, but all around. This has become one of my favourites from the album; I like the mix of folkish rock with their harder hitting delivery and of course Ray Davies excellent lyrics.

Hear This Time Tomorrow on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Alestorm - Captain Morgan's Revenge

My song pick two years ago today: Heart - How Deep It Goes

My song pick three years ago today: Ozzy Osbourne - Flying High Again

My song pick four years ago today: Amon Amarth feat. Lars Göran Petrov - Guardians of Asgard

My song pick five years ago today: Bob Welch - Ebony Eyes

My song pick six years ago today: Jethro Tull - 17


Monday, September 16, 2013

2233 Frank Zappa/The Mothers of Invention - Who Are the Brain Police?

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From: Freak Out!; Year: 1966; Genre: Psychedelic Rock/Progressive Rock
Some very early progressive rock here, to some Freak Out! is considered to be the very first Prog Rock/Concept album. Who Are the Brain Police? is an interesting one; I love the loosely defined 3/4 waltz that lends more of an uneasy insane feeling than that of a dance. On that base Zappa and company build a strangely, but at the same time a well-constructed piece of music complete with zombiesque singing.

"What will you do if the people you knew
Were the plastic that melted,
And the chromium too?"

Now, that's some totally awesome lyrics!

Hear Who Are the Brain Police? on YouTube.
Watch a live performance on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Johann Strauss II - Op. 314 - An Der Schönen Blauen Donau, or (The Blue Danube Waltz)

My song pick two years ago today: The Walter Murphy Band - A Fifth of Beethoven

My song pick three years ago today: Béla Fleck & the Flecktones - A Celtic Medley: Meridian/Traveling Light/Salamander's Reel

My song pick four years ago today: Finntroll - Trollhammeren

My song pick five years ago today: Pink Floyd - Learning to Fly

My song pick six years ago today: Fire Bomber (Humming Bird) - Remember 16


Saturday, September 14, 2013

2231 Billy Joel - She's Always a Woman

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From: The Stranger; Year: 1977; Genre: Soft Rock/Pop
For most of the morning I've felt like listening to some Billy Joel. I was actually surprised to see that I haven't picked this track at some point in the last six years.
Both my Mom and Dad have been big fans of his music, so this is another case where I literally grew up listening to his music. They had some of his albums, but I don't believe The Stranger was among them, instead my Dad recorded the hits off of the radio onto an 8-Track recorder, (which I actually have inherited). It's funny, but I can still hear this song fade into Sausalito Summer Nights by Diesel, which was the next song he recorded.
Anyway, this is a rather pretty piece that is basically his voice and piano; recorded with minimal accompaniment.

Hear She's Always a Woman on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Richard Wagner - WWV 90 - Liebestod (from "Tristian und Isolde")

My song pick two years ago today: Coven - Wicked Woman

My song pick three years ago today: Pink Floyd - In the Flesh?

My song pick four years ago today: Joachim Witt and Peter Heppner - Die Flut

My song pick five years ago today: Jim Croce - You Don't Mess Around With Jim

My song pick six years ago today: Canned Heat - On The Road Again


Thursday, September 12, 2013

2229 Savatage - Man in the Mirror

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From: Poets and Madmen; Year: 2001; Genre: Progressive Metal
Felt like some Savatage this morning and thought I would put on their final album under the name "Savatage:" Poets and Madmen.
I like many of the songs on this great heavy metal opera, but this one is a very interesting song. It's mainly driven by Johnny Lee Middleton's bass, but not in the way you think of a song being "bass driven." Throughout the verses of the song he employs an arpeggiated, almost Bachian counterline that just floats across the bottom like mist fog. This really builds the mood for the telling of the internal madness of the main character based on the tragic story of photojournalist Kevin Carter. They really let the music play out just as much of the tale as the lyrics; I really like how the mood swing into the heaviness in the choruses and middle 8/solo like he is striking out in anger at himself.

"And he looks and he laughs at the sight
And he asks what has happened to me
And I blame it all on the lights
But he smiles and says i'm mistaken
And there is no use in disguising
What the eye can so clearly see
That i've spent my whole life denying
That the man in the mirror is me"

Hear Man in the Mirror on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Styx - Snowblind

My song pick two years ago today: Edvard Grieg - Op. 46 - In the Hall of the Mountain King

My song pick three years ago today: Ben E. King - Don't Play That Song (You Lied)

My song pick four years ago today: Three Dog Night - One

My song pick five years ago today: Billy Joel - Captain Jack

My song pick six years ago today: Savatage - Hall of the Mountain King


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

2228 Louis Armstrong - What a Wonderful World

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From: What a Wonderful World (Single); Year: 1967; Genre: Jazz/Pop
I woke up this morning to Louis Armstrong's music running through my mind; can't think of better music to be earwormed by. This has to be one of his best-known songs and in my opinion, exemplifies his spirit as someone who saw just how beautiful the world could be and tried to make it as such. When I'm getting stressed or down I often put on some of Pops' music; it doesn't really matter which song; it's all good mood music to me.

Hear What a Wonderful World on YouTube.
Watch a live video clip on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Chet Atkins - Battle Hymn of the Republic

My song pick two years ago today: Bob Dylan - Maggie's Farm

My song pick three years ago today: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - Life by the Drop

My song pick four years ago today: Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) - Down on the Corner

My song pick five years ago today: Iron Maiden - 2 Minutes To Midnight

My song pick six years ago today: Savatage - Believe



Tuesday, September 10, 2013

2227 Bachman & Turner - That's What It Is

From: Bachman & Turner; Year: 2010; Genre: Hard Rock
Every time I hear it, it amazes me just how much this album sounds like it time warped straight out of the 1970s, but in a good way. Literally this one would fit in perfectly with the rest of BTO's popular catalogue, however, because of this it sounds a bit dated even though it's a few years old. That being said I have to say I absolutely love having what is essentially a new BTO album!
This song is a bit interesting in places; not only do you have the driving BTO sound, but also a smattering of jazz fusion for good measure.

Hear That's What It Is on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Santo & Johnny - Harbour Lights

My song pick two years ago today: Stone Temple Pilots - Plush

My song pick three years ago today: Eddie Floyd - Knock on Wood

My song pick four years ago today: Jethro Tull - Pussy Willow

My song pick five years ago today: Bon Jovi featuring Big & Rich - We Got It Going On

My song pick six years ago today: The Thermals - I Hold the Sound


Monday, September 09, 2013

2226 Paris - Red Rain

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From: Paris; Year: 1976; Genre: Rock
For no reason whatsoever I felt like picking something from Paris this morning. I haven't picked anything off of their first album yet; I've actually picked two from the band thus far off of the second record.
It's neat hearing Bob Welch's music just after leaving Fleetwood Mac; the rest of the power trio forms out with Glenn Cornick on bass and Thom Mooney on drums. 

Hear Red Rain on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Nocturnal Rites - Destiny Calls

My song pick two years ago today: The Who - Going Mobile

My song pick three years ago today: Louis Armstrong - The Blues are Brewin'

My song pick four years ago today: The Beatles - Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End

My song pick five years ago today: Bruce Hornsby & the Range - The Way It Is

My song pick six years ago today: The Charlie Daniels Band - In America


Sunday, September 08, 2013

2225 Pat Benatar - Invincible

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From: Seven the Hard Way; Year: 1985; Genre: Rock
This song has been literally running through my mind off and on for about two weeks now; as I usually do I am making it my pick.
I grew up with Pat Benatar's music, and I can say even though some of her songs are over 30 years old, most have aged incredibly well; including this track. Her powerful voice that is potent in any range only adds to the empowering aspects of this song; that and the straight-forward thundering guitar, bass, and drums are what makes this song as good as it is.
From what I understand this was the theme song to a film called The Legend of Billy Jean; I've never seen or heard of it before, I might have to check it out for the soundtrack alone.

Watch the music video clip on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Porcupine Tree - Anesthetize

My song pick two years ago today: Freddy Taylor and His Swing Men from Harlem - Blue Drag

My song pick three years ago today: Hans Zimmer - Fighting 17th

My song pick four years ago today: Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) - I Put a Spell on You

My song pick five years ago today: Rammstein - Hallelujah

My song pick six years ago today: Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Spirits in the Night


Friday, September 06, 2013

2223 Megadeth - Wanderlust

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From: Risk; Year: 1999; Genre: Metal
While many consider Risk Megadeth's low point, it does have some good points. I actually was one of the people that picked up the disc when it was brand new; even though it is a lesser album, I like knowing that I am one of few to own the initial release.
Anyway, was one of the first song that I grew to like from the album; it has more of a heavy "grunge" sound similar to Alice in Chains/Soundgarden to it in my opinion. It's definitely a different sound from one of the founding thrash metal bands, but a part of their history none the less.

Hear Wanderlust on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Pearls Before Swine - The Surrealist Waltz

My song pick two years ago today: Queen - Spread Your Wings

My song pick three years ago today: Rush - Working Man

My song pick four years ago today: Elmore James - The Sky is Crying

My song pick five years ago today: The Allman Brothers - Jessica

My song pick six years ago today: Megadeth - Foreclosure of a Dream


Thursday, September 05, 2013

2222 The Allman Brothers Band - Mountain Jam

From: Eat a Peach; Year: 1972; Genre: Southern Rock
Six years ago today I noticed that I picked The Allman Brothers' song Blue Skies, which is one of my favourites, so, keeping with the theme I am picking another of their songs; for me I never tire of this great band.
Anyway, this is an epic 33+ minute jam that was oddly enough roughly based on the Donovan song There is a Mountain, which can be heard here on YouTube.
There is a lot of amazing freestyle soloing throughout that is incredible; especially Duane Allman's.
Probably some would call this "musical masturbation," however if they are musicians it's just their own jealousy and ineptitude as musicians showing through. And of course if they are not musicians, they just have crappy taste in music.

Hear a full recording of Mountain Jam on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Steve Vai - I Know You're Here

My song pick two years ago today: Earthless - Godspeed

My song pick three years ago today: Big Star - Thirteen

My song pick four years ago today: David Bowie - Queen Bitch

My song pick five years ago today: The Offspring - Self Esteem

My song pick six years ago today: The Allman Brothers - Blue Sky


Monday, September 02, 2013

Sunday, September 01, 2013

2218 Johann Sebastian Bach - BWV 996 - Suite in E-Minor

BWV. 996; Year: 1707~1717; Genre: Baroque Period; classical
Today marks the sixth year anniversary of my blog; as Max would probably say: my blog is old enough to attend first grade.
Anyway, since I'm fresh out of Brandenburg Concertos to pick I had to choose something else from J.S. Bach; I figured this pretty and light piece written for the lute would be a change of pace. I might go on with picking a suite each anniversary, or I might do something else; there is a lot of music to choose from. I believe the maestro wrote around 1200 pieces of music and their still discovering more and more every day. He was an amazing man, musician, and composer; definitely a gift to the World from God Himself.

Hear 1. Praeludio: Passaggio - Presto, 2. Allemande, and 3. Courante on YouTube.
Hear 4. Sarabande, 5. Bourrée, and 6. Gigue on YouTube.




My song pick a year ago today: Johann Sebastian Bach - BWV. 1051 - Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-Flat

My song pick two years ago today: Johann Sebastian Bach - BWV 1049 - Brandenburg Concerto No.4 in G major

My song pick three years ago today: Johann Sebastian Bach - BWV 1046 - Brandenburg Concerto No.1 in F major

My song pick four years ago today: The Allman Brothers Band - In Memory of Elizabeth Reed
 
My song pick five years ago today: Johann Sebastian Bach - BWV 1050 - Brandenburg Concerto No.5
 
My song pick six years ago today: Johann Sebastian Bach - BWV 1047 - Brandenburg Concerto No. 2