Thursday, January 30, 2014

2370 Dick Dale - Terra Dicktyl

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From: Unknown Territory; Year: 1994; Genre: Surf Guitar Rock
Yesterday afternoon when coming home I had some of Dick Dale's music on the radio; to tell the truth my foot has a tendency to get much heavier when his music is on. I guess it's no surprise that I got home in record time.
Anyway, I knew I wanted to pick one of his songs today, but was at a loss as which one; there's a lot, I mean A LOT of good music from the legendary surf guitarist. I'd actually thought that I had picked this one at some point in the past, but after doing a search of my blog I discovered that I hadn't.
This, of course, has his legendary guitar playing/sound, but I've always loved the neat syncopated rhythm of the drumming, which makes this one stand out.

Hear Terra Dicktyl on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Evanescence - Bring Me to Life

My song pick two years ago today: Alexander Porfiryevich Borodin - Symphony No.2 in B-Minor

My song pick three years ago today: Jon Oliva's Pain - Winter Haven

My song pick four years ago today: KoKo Taylor - That's Why I'm Crying

My song pick five years ago today: Blue Öyster Cult - Veteran of the Psychic Wars

My song pick six years ago today: Molly Hatchet - Bounty Hunter


Monday, January 27, 2014

2367 Carmen - Bulerias

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From: Fandangos in Space; Year: 1973; Genre: Progressive Rock/Flamenco Rock
I was listening to Carmen the other day whilst I was on the road and thought I would pick another one of their songs; there are a lot of great songs to choose from. This is the first track off of their debut album Fandangos in Space and while only being about five and a half minutes long there is a lot of music and it contains three sections: i. Cante, ii. Baile, and iii. Reprise. Again, they do a great job of mixing progressive rock and the flamenco; such an interesting piece of music to listen to.

Hear Bulerias on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Porcupine Tree - Last Chance To Evacuate Planet Earth Before It Is Recycled

My song pick two years ago today: Miles Davis - Pharaoh's Dance

My song pick three years ago today: Led Zeppelin - Ten Years Gone

My song pick four years ago today: John Lennon - How Do You Sleep?

My song pick five years ago today: The Who - Getting in Tune

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


Sunday, January 26, 2014

2366 Steeleye Span - The Black Freighter

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From: Storm Force Ten; Year: 1977; Genre: Progressive Rock/Folk Rock
This is an interesting song; it comes from the Kurt Weill 1928 adaptation of 18th Century Ballad Opera The Beggar's Opera called The Threepenny Opera piece: SeeräuberJenny or Pirate Jenny.
The piece is about a barmaid's twisted fantasy of having a legendary pirate ship destroy the town and, at her request, having all the people of the town slaughtered. Her musings would end with her going out to sea with them.
Because of the genesis of the song coming from an opera it has a notable theatrical feel to it both musically and with the vocal delivery. One of my favourite aspects of the song is the bass guitar and accordion in the verses; they really bring the whole "sea chanty" feel.
I'm just waiting to hear an Alestorm version of this one; it's right up their alley.

Hear The Black Freighter on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication

My song pick two years ago today: Queensrÿche - Eyes of a Stranger

My song pick three years ago today: Bad Company - Holy Water

My song pick four years ago today: Azteca - Some Day We'll Get By

My song pick five years ago today: Elmer Bernstein - The Magnificent Seven (Theme)

My song pick six years ago today: Rush - Jacob's Ladder


Sunday, January 19, 2014

2359 Joni Mitchell - Hejira

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From: Hejira; Year: 1976; Genre: Jazz Fusion/Folk
Hejira is and will always be one of my absolute favourite albums from Joni Mitchell. This is such a great mix of music and lyric writing; I love the way they mixed her great folk stylings with jazz. Anyway, this is one of the great examples off the record, obviously with it being the title-track, such a pretty song.

Hear Hejira on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Dream Theater - Under a Glass Moon

My song pick two years ago today: Pearl Jam - Light Years

My song pick three years ago today: Band of Horses - Factory

My song pick four years ago today: Rush - Freewill

My song pick five years ago today: R.E.M. - Stand

My song pick six years ago today: Queen - Killer Queen


Thursday, January 16, 2014

2356 Rush - Freeze (Part IV of 'Fear')

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From: Vapor Trails (Remixed); Year: 2013 (2002); Genre: Progressive Rock
They finally got around to fixing the mess that was the album Vapor Trails. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad album, but the mixing and mastering of the original left it a clippy and distorted mess. Since the overwhelming positive reception of the remasters of Earthshine and One Little Victory it made it kind of a nobrainer.
Anyway, as you know or might not know this was Neil Peart's continuation of his original 'Fear Trilogy' (now called 'Fear Series') and more or less follows along the same lines both lyrically and musically.

Hear the new remastered version of Freeze on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Chris Isaak - Wicked Game

My song pick two years ago today: Dion - Abraham, Martin and John

My song pick three years ago today: Joachim Witt - Wem Gehört Das Sternenlicht

My song pick four years ago today: Cab Calloway & The Harlemaniacs - The Reefer Man

My song pick five years ago today: Diana Ross and the Supremes - Reflections

My song pick six years ago today: Quarterflash - Harden my Heart


Monday, January 13, 2014

2353 The Kinks - All Day and All of the Night

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From: All Day and All of the Night (single); Year: 1964; Genre: Hard Rock
Being that I was born way after the "British Invasion" and am more than a generation removed I was more into the bands that were influenced by the British Invasion acts than the bands of the invasion themselves. I might've said it before in previous posts, but after discovering that quite a few of the bands I liked got inspiration from The Kinks I ended up listening to their material and became fan of them as well.
Anyway, I've already picked a few of their songs that I really like, so I figured I would pick one of their biggest hits on this Monday morning. This track was truly ahead of its time back when it was released.

Hear All Day and All of the Night on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Iron Maiden - Caught Somewhere in Time

My song pick two years ago today: Jamiroquai - Cosmic Girl

My song pick three years ago today: Ozzy Osbourne - Mama, I'm Coming Home

My song pick four years ago today: Adam Gilberti - Dragon's First Flight

My song pick five years ago today: Zakk Wylde - Farm Fiddlin'

My song pick six years ago today: Jethro Tull - Hunting Girl


Saturday, January 11, 2014

2351 Black 47 - Maria's Wedding

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From: Fire of Freedom; Year: 1993; Genre: Celtic Rock/Alternative Rock
Listening to Black 47 always seems to put me into a good mood; especially their more light hearted songs. After searching over what was available on YouTube, which, might I say was abysmally scant, I decided I would pick this rather comic track.
I'm not too sure if this one is autobiographical about an actual happening, but whatever the case, the subject matter about a former boyfriend wrecking his ex's wedding is down to Earth enough to probably 'click' with many. Add into that the very upbeat arrangement and the comical bits within and it becomes an excellent track.

Watch the music video clip on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Van Halen - 1984

My song pick two years ago today: Savatage - Holocaust

My song pick three years ago today: The United States of America - The Garden of Earthly Delights

My song pick four years ago today: Buddy Holley & the Crickets - Oh Boy!

My song pick five years ago today: Oasis - Champagne Supernova

My song pick six years ago today: John Denver - Paradise


Friday, January 10, 2014

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

2348 Megadeth - Bite the Hand

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From: Endgame; Year: 2009; Genre: Thrash Metal
I had Megadeth on my mind this morning, and I thought I would pick one of their songs. This one comes off of one of my favourite of their more recent records: Endgame. As with a lot of Dave Mustaine's music there is a political message in this thrash metal track; this one is about the financial meltdown that the world is still reeling from.

Hear Bite the Hand on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Jefferson Starship - Find Your Way Back

My song pick two years ago today: Band of Horses - Compliments

My song pick three years ago today: Hawkwind - Lord of Light

My song pick four years ago today: Karussell - Schattenkreuze

My song pick five years ago today: The Proclaimers - I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)

My song pick six years ago today: Arlo Guthrie - City of New Orleans


Monday, January 06, 2014

2346 Maddy Prior - Gutter Geese

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From: Woman In The Wings; Year: 1978; Genre: Progressive Rock
I was in the mood for some good hard-edged folk rock and much of the time for me that usually means listening to something Maddy Prior is involved with.
This is one of my favourites off of her 1978 solo record; I've always loved the arrangement of Gutter Geese, especially the way her vocals were. The rhythm section makes a nice foundation that carries and drives it and puts the other instruments and her vocals in a nice place on top.

Hear Gutter Geese on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Pink Floyd - Hey You

My song pick two years ago today: Return to Forever - Dayride

My song pick three years ago today: Blue Öyster Cult - Hot Rails to Hell

My song pick four years ago today: Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show - Cover of the Rolling Stone

My song pick five years ago today: Seals & Crofts - Summer Breeze

My song pick six years ago today: Jethro Tull - Crazed Institution


Wednesday, January 01, 2014

2340-41 The Moody Blues - The Day Begins/Morning Glory

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From: Days of Future Past; Year: 1967; Genre: Symphonic Rock/Progressive Rock
Happy New Year!
I was pondering what would be a great song to start off another year and Moody Blues' Days of Future past album kept coming to mind. While it obviously is a song cycle chronicling the drudgery of an average Tuesday, this song, the overture to the dawning of the new day also fits the dawning of a new year as well.
Anyway, as stated earlier, this is the overture to the song cycle, which features themes and melodies from the subsequent material on the album. It finishes with Graeme Edge reciting the poem Morning Glory.

Hear The Day Begins and Morning Glory on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Rush - Here Again

My song pick two years ago today: Jethro Tull - Last Man at the Party

My song pick three years ago today: Dan Fogelberg - Same Old Lang Syne

My song pick four years ago today: ABBA - Happy New Year

My song pick five years ago today: U2 - New Year's Day

My song pick six years ago today: Kiss - Shout It Out Loud