Wednesday, November 27, 2013

2304-05 Hawkwind - Neon Skyline/Lost Chronicles

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From: The Xenon Codex; Year: 1988; Genre: Progressive Rock/Space Rock
I am in a nostalgic mood and need to listen to some Hawkwind; from the 1980s in particular.
I really wanted to pick Lost Chronicles; it is such an amazing and beautiful track, but to pick Lost Chronicles without also picking Neon Skyline would not be proper. The way Dave Brock and company arranged The Xenon Codex album Neon Skyway leads into Lost Chronicles and then about 3/4 of the way through it plays the last part of Neon Skyline. In this way they made a medley with Lost Chronicles acting as a pretty instrumental interlude to the much heavier and punk influenced Neon Skyline. So, I thought it best to just go ahead and made it a double for today.

Hear Neon Skyline on YouTube.
Hear Lost Chronicles on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Louis Armstrong - When the Saints Go Marching In

My song pick two years ago today: John Denver - Farewell Andromeda (Welcome To My Morning)

My song pick three years ago today: Del Shannon - Runaway

My song pick four years ago today: Steely Dan - Black Friday

My song pick five years ago today: Ozzy Osbourne - I Just Want You

My song pick six years ago today: Quiet Riot - Cum On Feel The Noize


Monday, November 25, 2013

2302 Rammstein - Rosenrot

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From: Rosenrot; Year: 2005; Genre: Neue Deutsche Härte/Industrial Metal
I've been wanting to pick another track from Rammstein for a while now and today I'm finally getting around to it.
I was surprised to not see this one in my already picked section, since I've pick so many song from Rammstein already with this being one that I like a bit. I've heard people describe Rosenrot, (both the song and the album), as an unremarkable song on their most mediocre album, but I've always liked it.
From what I understand this song itself was inspired by The Poem Heidenröslen by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and the Brothers Grimm fairytale Snow White and Rose Red.
This song's music video is also one of the ones to portray Till Lindemann's character being kill, which is somewhat of a theme that happened in more than a couple of their videos; all of the times he was killed was later played on in their Haifisch music video.

Watch the music video clip on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Count Basie - One O'Clock Jump

My song pick two years ago today: Nightwish - Storytime

My song pick three years ago today: Kay Kyser and His Orchestra - Praise The Lord and Pass the Ammunition

My song pick four years ago today: Nightwish feat. Tapio Wilska - The Devil & the Deep Dark Ocean

My song pick five years ago today: Mason Proffit - Two Hangmen

My song pick six years ago today: Frank Zappa - Don't Eat The Yellow Snow


Saturday, November 23, 2013

2300 Pallas - The Cross & the Crucible

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From: The Cross & the Crucible; Year: 2001; Genre: Progressive Rock
Well, another hundred picks passed and I'm now and I'm at another "rollover pick" with now 2300 songs behind me.
I wanted to pick something very appropriate, but I couldn't think about a song pertaining to the number 2300, so, as I normally do, I decided to go with an 'epic' song that I liked instead.
While the music is truly amazing and are the main draw for me, I've never really cared for the lyrics or this song. With such an interesting and intense subject matter concerning the fight between faith and science it would have been nice if the lyrics could match the grandiosity of the music.

Hear The Cross and the Crucible on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Nirvana - Come As You Are

My song pick two years ago today: Hawkwind - Space Chase

My song pick three years ago today: Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO) - Four Wheel Drive

My song pick four years ago today: Savatage - When the Crowds are Gone

My song pick five years ago today: Joe Walsh - Ordinary Average Guy

My song pick six years ago today: Warren Zevon - Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner


Thursday, November 21, 2013

2298 Black Sabbath - Iron Man

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From: Paranoid; Year: 1970; Genre: Metal/Hard Rock
Sometimes there are obvious songs that I don't know why it has taken me so many years to pick; songs like this one.
Anyway, this has always been one of my favourites from Black Sabbath and is also most likely a favourite of many other people as well. I've always loved the raw grunt of this track, which still works as well as it did some 43 years ago; it must have been amazing to hear this song back then when no one had really ever heard anything like it before. Of course with the fact of it being written around an original science fiction horror story in my opinion makes it all that more incredible.

Watch a music video clip of Iron Man on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Ella Fitzgerald - Stormy Weather

My song pick two years ago today: Dead Meadow - Greensky Greenlake

My song pick three years ago today: Yes - Owner of a Lonely Heart

My song pick four years ago today: Duran Duran - Serious

My song pick five years ago today: Styx - Crystal Ball

My song pick six years ago today: Rush - Tom Sawyer


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

2297 Gerry Rafferty - Night Owl

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From: Night Owl; Year: 1979; Genre: Rock
I've had this one running through my mind for most of the morning, so as I normally do, I am taking it as a sign I need to pick it.
Night Owl has much of a similar feel to his other popular songs of the time, but still is its own song. One of the neat aspect of this track is Raphael Ravenscroft, (the saxophonist who played on the song Baker Street), plays solos on a lyricon.

Hear Night Owl on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Duke Ellington - It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)

My song pick two years ago today: Jefferson Airplane - Somebody to Love

My song pick three years ago today: John Denver - In My Life

My song pick four years ago today: The Charlie Daniels Band - Legend of Wooley Swamp

My song pick five years ago today: The Doors - Strange Days

My song pick six years ago today: Argent - Hold Your Head Up


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

2296 Fairport Convention - Chelsea Morning

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From: Fairport Convention; Year: 1968; Genre: Folk Rock
This is one of those cases where the cover of a popular song came out prior to the original, although it was not the first cover of the song. About a month or two before Fairport's version Judy Collins released her version of it, however, Fairport's version treats the song with much more of the heavier rock side of folk rock than either Collins' or Joni Mitchell's.
Chelsea Morning is one of many that Joni Mitchell wrote with existential imagery; this time her subject matter was about living in her apartment in Chelsea, New York. Both Judy Byble and Iain Matthews share lead vocals for their version of the song with Judy Byble taking the verses and Iain Matthews taking the chorus.
The debut album would be the only time Judy Byble would appear with the band being replaced by Sandy Denny on later album also Iain Matthews would leave the band a little later as well in the metamorphic lineup of the band.

Hear Fairport's version of Chelsey Morning on YouTube.



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

My song pick two years ago today: Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli (Quintette du Hot Club de France) featuring Freddy Taylor - I'se a Muggin'

My song pick three years ago today: Styx - Light Up

My song pick four years ago today: Pink Floyd - Waiting for the Worms

My song pick five years ago today: Rush - Roll the Bones

My song pick six years ago today: Béla Fleck & The Flecktones - A Moment So Close


Monday, November 18, 2013

2295 Rush - The Analog Kid

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From: Signals; Year: 1982; Genre: Progressive Rock
Since yesterday I picked a proper Dream Theater song after picking a symphonic version the day before I thought I would pick a proper Rush song after about a week ago picking a symphonic cover of one of their songs as well.
This is a very interesting song in many ways; the lyrics in particular seem straight-forward, but has a much deeper meaning that probably speaks to many of the song's listeners. It does in fact feel nice sometimes to sit alone and dream while the rest of the world scurries about.

Hear The Analog Kid on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: The Alan Parsons Project - The Tell-Tale Heart

My song pick two years ago today: Red Hot Chili Peppers - Ethiopia

My song pick three years ago today: Bass Extremes - Glorious Pastorius

My song pick four years ago today: Alexander Courage - Where No Man Has Gone Before (Theme From Star Trek)

My song pick five years ago today: The Temptations - Get Ready

My song pick six years ago today: Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO) - Not Fragile


Sunday, November 17, 2013

2294 Dream Theater - These Walls

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From: Octavarium; Year: 2006; Genre: Progressive Metal
As you can see above I'm trying out using larger images of the album art; thus far I like it and I'll probably keep it up.

Anyway, after my pick yesterday I thought I should pick a song from the actual band. This is one that a friend of mine thought I should listen to; while I don't have the album Octavarium, I have heard some of the songs on it. I don't know if I heard this one in the past, but it was a good time to hear it again if I had.
As part of this concept album's song cycle based on an octave, since this is the third song, it is written in the key of A after the previous song on the album, which was written in the key of G and so on.
Like my friend told me this one has a very good message and has a lot of meaning to those who have a barrier they must overcome to fit into society.

Hear These Walls on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Rush - Stick it Out

My song pick two years ago today: Nirvana - About a Girl

My song pick three years ago today: Forest - Gypsy Girl & Rambleaway

My song pick four years ago today: Steely Dan - Caves of Altamira

My song pick five years ago today: Free - All Right Now

My song pick six years ago today: The Easybeats - Friday On My Mind


Friday, November 15, 2013

2292 Miles Davis - Funky Tonk

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From: Live-Evil; Year: 1971; Genre: Jazz Fusion/Funk
Wow, I just noticed that, according to Google, my song a day blog just passed 100,000 page views. Actually that's only since April 2009 when I migrated this blog from my old MySpace account where I posted for the first two years; I guess that's kind of cool, eh.

Anyway, back to song blogging; here's my ninth Funky Friday pick in a row, and I thought I'd pick something a bit more off the wall.
I'd really love to know what was going on in the mind of Miles Davis' head. Every time I listen to his recording I wonder how he could've conceptualized this kind of music let alone bring it into reality; whatever the case, the man was a utter genius.
Anyway, if you decide to listen to this one get ready for almost 24 minutes of being deluged in Miles' avant-garde mixture of Jazz, Bop, Funk, Rock, and whatever else you can pick out. Like I said before, he was one of those greats that pushed the very definition of music; it's just a shame he's not with us anymore still pushing those boundaries.

Hear Funky Tonk on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Pallas - The Last Angel

My song pick two years ago today: John Dowland - Flow My Tears (Lachrimae Pavane)

My song pick three years ago today: Slaughter - Days Gone By

My song pick four years ago today: Johnny Rivers - Poor Side of Town

My song pick five years ago today: Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO) - Stayed Awake All Night

My song pick six years ago today: David Essex - Rock On


Thursday, November 14, 2013

2291 Pat Benatar - Rated X

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From: In the Heat of the Night; Year: 1979; Genre: Hard Rock
Earlier this morning I happened to hear this song, which is one I hadn't heard for a very long time. Although, I can't count the amount of times I have heard it or this album before; my Mom listened to it a lot. While it definitely has its hits, I have always thought of this as album oriented rock just due to how great the deeper cuts are.
Anyway, this actually a cover that was originally from Nick Gilder who is known for the song Hot Child in the City; his original can be heard here on YouTube. It's interesting that I've never heard the original, but now knowing this I can definitely hear his influence on this song in spades.
It definitely has some different subject matter that of being about the life of a porn star, but Pat Benatar's delivery is just amazing as always and makes it great song.

Hear Rated X on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Cab Calloway - Learnin' the Blues

My song pick two years ago today: Steve Vai - Bad Horsie

My song pick three years ago today: Fats Domino - Ain't That a Shame

My song pick four years ago today: ABBA - I Let the Music Speak

My song pick five years ago today: Stone Temple Pilots - The Big Empty

My song pick six years ago today: Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) - Mr. Blue Sky


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

2289 The Royal Philharmonic - Limelight

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From: The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays the Music Of Rush; Year: 2012; Genre: Classical
I was introduced to this album the other day by a fellow Rush fanatic; to say the least I was very interested and bemused to hear their classical interpretation Rush's music. While I'd rather just listen to Rush's original recordings, it's really good and a treat to hear; long overdue with how many other acts getting the "classical" treatment.

Hear The Royal Philharmonic's cover of Limelight on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: George Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue

My song pick two years ago today: Rammstein - Mein Land

My song pick three years ago today: Karussell - Tanzen

My song pick four years ago today: Pearls Before Swine - Tell Me Why

My song pick five years ago today: Red Rider - Lunatic Fringe

My song pick six years ago today: Steve Winwood & Traffic - Dear Mr. Fantasy


Monday, November 11, 2013

2288 Genesis - Ripple

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From: A Trick of the Tail; Year: 1976; Genre: Progressive Rock
I've been listening to a lot of Genesis lately; the music from albums such as "A Trick of the Tail" is excellent music to have playing whilst you get some writing done. Not that it's 'wallpaper music' by any means, but for me having the more complex arrangement and it being just unobtrusive enough to keep you from being distracted makes it perfect work music for myself.

Hear Ripple on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Joachim Witt - Goldener Reiter

My song pick two years ago today: Savatage - Memory

My song pick three years ago today: Billy Joel - Goodnight Saigon

My song pick four years ago today: S Sgt Barry Sadler - Ballad of the Green Berets

My song pick five years ago today: Pink Floyd - On the Turning Away

My song pick six years ago today: ABBA - Soldiers


Sunday, November 10, 2013

2287 Soundgarden - Blow Up the Outside World

From: Down on the Upside; Year: 1996; Genre: Alternative Rock/Grunge
I felt like some Soundgarden this morning; I haven't picked that many off of their Down on the Upside album yet, so I thought I would give it a bit of love this morning.
This is one of the main singles taken from the disc, and is a pretty good track; it has a definite Beatles influence, but their grunge sound is there as well in spades.

Hear Blow Up the Outside World on YouTube.


My song pick a year ago today: Genesis - For Absent Friends

My song pick two years ago today: Santo & Johnny - Teardrop

My song pick three years ago today: Rammstein - Bück Dich

My song pick four years ago today: Lulu - To Sir With Love

My song pick five years ago today: Primus - Nature Boy

My song pick six years ago today: Deep Purple - Space Truckin'


Friday, November 08, 2013

2285 Jaco Pastorius (featuring Sam & Dave) - Come Over, Come Over

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From: Jaco Pastorius; Year: 1976; Genre: Jazz Fusion/Funk
I'm continuing my streak of making Funky Friday picks with this being my eighth consecutive. Last week I picked one from a bassist that is among the greatest alive, but this week I decided I should pick one from one of the past greats who was a pioneer that the best today were inspired by: Jaco Pastorius.
Anyway, this song is definitely a darn good blending of Jazz and Funk that is excellent by itself if it was an instrumental, but Sam & Dave's vocals push this song to be one of the best on the album.

Hear Come Over, Come Over on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Chet Atkins - Whispering

My song pick two years ago today: Pink Floyd - Another Brick in the Wall, Parts 1-3

My song pick three years ago today: Blue Öyster Cult - X-Ray Eyes

My song pick four years ago today: Alton Ellis - Sunday Coming

My song pick five years ago today: Pat Benatar - Treat Me Right

My song pick six years ago today: Ronnie Milsap - Smokey Mountain Rain


Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Monday, November 04, 2013

2281 Jethro Tull - Critique Oblique

From: A Passion Play; Year: 1973; Genre: Progressive Rock
For the last couple of days I've had this song on my mind; I thought it would make a good pick for today.
This song, of course, comes from Jethro Tull's epic A Passion Play; it is part vii on the record and appears halfway through the second act: The Memory Bank where the protagonist Ronnie Pilgrim gets shown all of his lifetime's misdeeds in a theatre in the afterlife. It is by far the heaviest song on the album, and as with the rest of the album John Evans' playing on the Hammond Organ is the main driving force along with the thundering bass. Probably the aspect of the song that I've always liked the most is the feeling that not only the song, but the entirety of act 2 gives; that of being put on display and being out of control and accused from all directions.
This was also one of the tracks that survived from "the album that didn't happen" and actually survived and was put on the Nightcap album's disc one where Ian Anderson attempted to reconstruct the album that wasn't. While the song(s) are similar in many ways, there are some lyrical differences and, of course their delivery is different as well. While the overall musical theme and main melody is more or less the same the song is arranged quite differently. It is quite a bit more dynamic and focuses more on complex instrumental sections than lyrics and features distinctively different minimal and full-on loud rock sections. It also contains parts that would make up other songs in Act 2 of A Passion Play as well; Memory Bank and Best Friends in particular. Because of this the earlier version clocks in at double the length at just over 9 minutes in length; it is also my more favourite of the arrangements even though I love hearing it when I listen to A Passion Play.

Hear Critique Oblique from A Passion Play on YouTube. This is the full A Passion Play piece, the song starts at the 15:22 mark and ends at roughly the 20 minute mark.
Hear the earlier version from The Chateau d'Isaster Tapes on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Hawkwind - Adjust Me

My song pick two years ago today: Frank Zappa - Treacherous Cretins

My song pick three years ago today: Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra - Skyliner

My song pick four years ago today: Santana - Oye Como Va

My song pick five years ago today: Joe Walsh - Vote for Me

My song pick six years ago today: Jerry Reed - East Bound and Down


Sunday, November 03, 2013

2280 Marillion - Assassing

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From: Fugazi; Year: 1984; Genre: Progressive Rock
The other day Woordenaar picked a song from Marillion, and I thought I would pick one from the band as well.
I know many others might disagree, but especially with Fish on lead vocals to me Marillion sound like what I imagine Genesis would've sounded like in the '80s if Peter Gabriel had stayed with them. Anyway, this is definitely an 80's prog rock track in the extreme with synth being pushed to the forefront, but still has all of that prog rock goodness.

Hear Assassing on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Ian Anderson - Kismet in Suburbia

My song pick two years ago today: Hawkwind - Fable of a Failed Race

My song pick three years ago today: Billy Joel - It's Still Rock and Roll to Me

My song pick four years ago today: Daft Punk - One More Time

My song pick five years ago today: Al Stewart - Time Passages

My song pick six years ago today: Stealer's Wheel - Star


Friday, November 01, 2013