Wednesday, February 26, 2014

2400 Johann Sebastian Bach - BWV 24 - Ein Ungerärbt Gemüte

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From: BWV. 24; Year: 1723; Genre: Baroque Period/classical
Another "odometer rollover pick" today; it neat to think that I have 2400 songs down now.
Anyway, I couldn't think of a fitting song to pick, so I thought I would go for something more 'epic.' I finally decided to go with J.S. Bach's 24th Opus, which is an extremely pretty Cantata. The choral vocals are beyond incredible along with the music; an amazing piece to say the least.

Hear BWV. 24 Ein Ungerärbt Gemüte on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Hawkwind - Kiss of the Velvet Whip (The Mistress of Pain)

My song pick two year ago today: The Doobie Brothers - It Keeps You Runnin'

My song pick three years ago today: Steeleye Span - The Mooncoin Jig

My song pick four years ago today: Queen - I'm Going Slightly Mad

My song pick five years ago today: Jerry Reed - Lightning Rod

My song pick six years ago today: Ozzy Osbourne - Changes


Monday, February 24, 2014

Saturday, February 22, 2014

2396 Béla Fleck and the Flecktones - Communication

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From: Left of Cool; Year: 1998; Genre: Jazz Fusion
Yesterday whilst on the road this one came on my iPod and it seemed to fit my mood perfectly; it was still on my mind this morning, so I'm making it my pick today.
This one has a great riff or main melody that carries it along in a manner that is quite fun to the ear. The masterful playing of the music is at their normal great level, plus this track also feature Dave Matthews vocals.

Hear Communication on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: "Weird Al" Yankovic - Livin' in the Fridge

My song pick two years ago today: Duran Duran - (Reach Up for the) Sunrise

My song pick three years ago today: The Offspring - Gone Away

My song pick four years ago today: Converge - Cruel Bloom

My song pick five years ago today: Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids - She's So Fine

My song pick six years ago today: Lobo - A Big Red Kite


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

2393 Joachim Witt - Immer Noch

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From: Pop; Year: 2004; Genre: Neue Deutsche Härte
I had another song in mind for my pick today, but couldn't find it on YouTube or other sites, so I delved deep into my queue and pulled this one up; I've actually had it in my queue for quite a few years now. It's not that I didn't like it or didn't ever want to pick it earlier; it just got lost in the shuffle.
Anyway, this is quite a beautiful song, and I definitely love how he contrasts the vocals between the verses and the chorus.

Hear Immer Noch on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: "Weird Al' Yankovic - Grapefruit Diet

My song pick two years ago today: Soundgarden - I Awake

My song pick three years ago today: Dream Theater - The Big Medley

My song pick four years ago today: Wilson Pickett - Hey Jude

My song pick five years ago today: Johnny Mandel - Suicide is Painless (Theme from M*A*S*H)

My song pick six years ago today: Rush - Vital Signs


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

2392 The Guess Who - 6 A.M. or Nearer

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From: Canned Wheat; Year: 1969; Genre: Rock
I've been feeling like picking another song from The Guess Who for a while now, and it feels like a great day for one.
This one that I fell in love with the first time I heard it. My dad owned the record and on this album there were songs that he listened to and ones he didn't; this was one of the latter. I remember one day I decided to give the other tracks a listen; to say the least this one caught my attention immediately.
For most of the song it features a lot of Randy Bachman's great guitar work; especially the Chet Atkins influenced intro, which heavily contrasts with the song. This one is definitely a strangely constructed piece of music; I love their use of odd chords, especially the diminished ones in the verses. While it kind of drags in the verses the chorus really lifts the song and gets it moving quite nicely. Of course one of the things that tops it off perfectly is Burton Cummings' flute and Randy Bachman's guitar solos.

Hear 6 A.M. or Nearer on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: "Weird Al" Yankovic - Eat It

My song pick two years ago today: Queensrÿche - Jet City Woman

My song pick three years ago today: Frank Zappa - Mudd Club

My song pick four years ago today: U2 - I Will Follow

My song pick five years ago today: The Delgados - Keep On Breathing

My song pick six years ago today: Yoko Kanno (The Seat Belts) - Tank!


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Saturday, February 15, 2014

2389 Blue Cheer - Parchment Farm

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From: Vincebus Eruptum; Year: 1968; Genre: Hard Rock/Metal
I had my pick down to two bands today; I ended up going with Blue Cheer because I had only picked one of their songs prior; perhaps tomorrow I'll pick one from the other band.
Anyway, this is an early metal cover of a song originally from master jazz/bluesman extraordinaire Mose Allison, which has actually been cover by many other bands as well.

Hear Parchment Farm on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Yes - Gates of Delirium

My song pick two years ago today: Dire Straits - Money for Nothing

My song pick three years ago today: ABBA - S.O.S.

My song pick four years ago today: Bobby Bare - The Winner

My song pick five years ago today: Pearl Jam - Even Flow

My song pick six years ago today: Bon Jovi - It's My Life


Thursday, February 13, 2014

2386 Neil Diamond - Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show

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From: Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show, (Or Sweet Caroline); Year: 1969; Genre: Rock/Pop
The other day this one came on whilst I was scurrying about on that mondo busy day and thought it would make an awesome pick.
This has always been a song that I like, but it's interesting that a song in the more mainstream genres could use the subject matter of a gospel tent evangelist and its Religious messages so well and become a huge hit. I think a lot of why this song is so great is the mood Neil Diamond lays down in the verse that builds and builds with the powerful imagery and lyrics then launches way up high into the stratosphere in the chorus then floats quickly back down like a feather just to do it all over again; kind of taking a page out of an actual Gospel music you'd hear in a service.

Hear Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Pink Floyd - Run Like Hell

My song pick two years ago today: Sly and the Family Stone - Hot Fun in the Summertime

My song pick three years ago today: Glenn Miller - In The Mood

My song pick four years ago today: Tarot - Ashes To The Stars

My song pick five years ago today: Goo Goo Dolls - Broadway

My song pick six years ago today: The Offspring - Come Out And Play


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

2384 Journey - Look Into the Future

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From: Look Into the Future; Year: 1976; Genre: Progressive Rock
I'm kind of an odd fan of the band Journey; I'm a part of a minority that really likes the material from their pre-Steve Perry era with Greg Rollie singing and playing organ. But I'm also an avid fan of progressive rock, so it shouldn't be a surprise for me to gravitate to their more musically intricate material.
If you like powerful vocals, blazing guitar, and great soloing on the keyboards, then this song should be an eight-minute treat for the ear.

Hear Look Into the Future on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO) - Take it Like a Man

My song pick two years ago today: Stratovarius - Wings of Tomorrow

My song pick three years ago today: Earth, Wind & Fire - Serpentine Fire

My song pick four years ago today: Manuel de Falla - Danza Del Terror (Dance of Terror)

My song pick five years ago today: Dire Straits - Lady Writer

My song pick six years ago today: Rammstein - Zerstören


Monday, February 10, 2014

2383 Jethro Tull - Living in the Past

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From: Living in the Past; Year: 1972 (1969); Genre: Progressive Rock
Today felt like an excellent day for listening to some 'Tull; I was listening to their early compilation album Living in the Past and thought I would pick a song from it. Interestingly enough I was surprised when I realized I had yet to pick the title track and first really big hit single.
From what I remember about this song, Ian Anderson was asked by their record label for a new single. He decided to write something that was strange and "undanceable," so taking inspiration from Dave Brubeck's Take Five, he wrote this song in the highly unusual 5/4 time signature. Despite this it became a pretty big hit for the band and helped to launch Jethro Tull into international fame.

Hear Living in the Past on YouTube.
Hear the awesome live performance from their A Little Light Music CD on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Hawkwind - It Is the Business of the Future to Be Dangerous

My song pick two years ago today: Earth, Wind & Fire - Fantasy

My song pick three years ago today: Miles Davis - Freddie Freeloader

My song pick four years ago today: Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli (Quintette du Hot Club de France) - Liza (All the Clouds'll Roll Away)

My song pick five years ago today: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - Little Wing

My song pick six years ago today: Jethro Tull - Said She Was A Dancer


Sunday, February 09, 2014

2382 Foreigner - Blue Morning, Blue Day

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From: Double Vision; Year: 1978; Genre: Hard Rock
After going over Foreigner's material the other day I noticed that I only really like their music from their first four albums. I guess it might be that the band lightened their sound or just that their music after that just didn't speak to me, who knows.
Anyway, this is one of my favourites not only from the Double Vision album, but from the band as a whole. I've always loved the heavy, bluesy feel of this track along with the awesome riffs.

Hear Blue Morning, Blue Day on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Voivod - Mechanical Mind

My song pick two years ago today: Quasar - Fanfare/Seeing Stars

My song pick three years ago today: Waylander - A Hero's Lament

My song pick four years ago today: Queen - Seaside Rendezvous

My song pick five years ago today: Warren Zevon - Werewolves of London

My song pick six years ago today: Band of Horses - Is There A Ghost?


Saturday, February 08, 2014

2381 Lobo - Running Deer

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From: Of a Simple Man; Year: 1972; Genre: Rock/Folk Rock
For most of the morning I've had this song on my mind, so, as I usually do, I'm taking it as a sign to make it my pick today.
Of a Simple Man is another album that I grew up listening to; often both of my parents would not only play it, but play it without skipping a track, which gave me exposure to the full album rather than only the hit singles. I suppose that "album oriented music" was one of the zeitgeists of 1970s music; the album was intentionally made to be played in its entirety.
Anyway, this was one of the 'deeper cuts' and I've always loved the arrangements and the imagery of a man from a reservation having to leave and brave a big city by himself.

Hear Running Dear on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Rush - Wish Them Well

My song pick two years ago today: The Beatles - In My Life

My song pick three years ago today: Fairport Convention - She Moves Through the Fair

My song pick four years ago today: Uriah Heep - Gypsy

My song pick five years ago today: T-Rex - Bang a Gong (Get it On)

My song pick six years ago today: Savatage - Devastation


Thursday, February 06, 2014

2377-9 Weather Report - Medley: Vertical Invader; T.H.; Dr. Honoris Causa

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From: I Sing the Body Electric; Year: 1972; Genre: Jazz Fusion
I was thinking about picking one from Weather Report today and this monster of a song came to mind. As the title states, this is a medley consisting of three songs: Vertical Invader, T.H., and Dr. Honoris Causa. It is also one of three tracks on their amazing '72 release I Sing the Body Electric. It is definitely a song for a person who is a fan of music in the extreme not to mention Jazz; it might be a bit too technical for a casual listener.

Hear "The Medley" on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Band of Horses - Laredo

My song pick two years ago today: Fairport Convention - Dawn

My song pick three years ago today: Jethro Tull - Alive and Well and Living In

My song pick four years ago today: .38 Special - Chain Lightnin'

My song pick five years ago today: Cream - Swlabr

My song pick six years ago today: Three Dog Night - Celebrate


Wednesday, February 05, 2014

2376 Banchee - Childern of the Universe

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From: Thinkin'; Year: 1971; Genre: Hard Rock/Psychedelic Rock
I was wanting to pick another from Banchee, since it's been a bit since my last pick of one of their songs. This is another instance where I'm picking one that's not a favourite off the album, but it's not a song I dislike either. I guess that I am running out of material from this great band with a rather abbreviated career; the next one I pick will probably end up being off their other album.
Anyway, I'd have to say this song is one of the tracks that fit the genre labeled on Banchee: 1970's hard rock with some psychedelia thrown in for good measure.

Hear Children of the Universe on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Muse - Unnatural Selection

My song pick two years ago today: The Drifters - Under the Boardwalk

My song pick three years ago today: Yoko Takahashi - Zankoku na Tenshi no These (A Cruel Angel's Thesis)

My song pick four years ago today: Aphrodite's Child - Hic et Nunc

My song pick five years ago today: Elton John - All The Girls Love Alice

My song pick six years ago today: Rush - The Body Electric


Tuesday, February 04, 2014

2375 Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Still... You Turn Me On

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From: Brain Salad Surgery; Year: 1973; Genre: Progressive Rock
Yesterday the land based radio actually redeemed itself somewhat when they played this incredibly beautiful track. It's neat how this is an outright ballad, but stays far away from the "fluff" that is normally associated with such a type of song; it's stays to the really deep and spiritual aspects to the point that you might forget what he's singing about.
Interestingly enough I've noticed that out of the three incredible writers and arrangers in EL&P I have a tendency to gravitate towards Greg Lake's songs the most, which of course this is one of them. I guess it might be that I'm also a King Crimson fan and primarily a bassist, or maybe that his songs apparently speak to me.

Hear Still... You Turn Me On on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Melvins - Nude with Boots

My song pick two years ago today: The Animals - House of the Rising Sun

My song pick three years ago today: Wild Turkey - Sentinel

My song pick four years ago today: KISS - She

My song pick five years ago today: Hawkwind - Assault and Battery/The Golden Void

My song pick six years ago today: Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse of the Heart


Monday, February 03, 2014

Sunday, February 02, 2014

2373 Jethro Tull - Bends Like a Willow

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From: Dot Com; Year: 1999; Genre: Progressive Rock
I've been going over some of 'Tull's newer material, which I have to say is not of my favourite era, but still has a certain charm and I do like some of it. Anyway, this was one of the bigger singles on the record and is a pretty good track as well. This one was put together and arranged quite well; I love the overall 'soaring' feeling you get when listening to it.
Interestingly enough, if you don't count Ian Anderson's albums this was the last proper studio album released under the Jethro Tull name. Even though they have released quite a few live and other albums and Ian has released three solo albums, it is kind of sad to think that technically there hasn't been a proper new 'Tull album in 15 years.

Hear Bends Like a Willow on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Rhapsody of Fire - The Mystic Prophecy of the Demonknight

My song pick two years ago today: Led Zeppelin - Rock and Roll

My song pick three years ago today: Rush - Xanadu

My song pick four years ago today: Iron Maiden - Powerslave

My song pick five years ago today: George Frideric Handel - Every Valley Shall Be Exalted

My song pick six years ago today: Kohei Tanaka - Kline's Dream


Saturday, February 01, 2014

2372 The Moody Blues - Ride My See-Saw

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From: In Search of the Lost Chord; Year: 1968; Genre: Progressive Rock/Psychedelic Rock
Today I was listening to a physical classic rock radio station and they announced that they were going to play a "Lost Classic" from the Moody Blues, so to say the least my interest was piqued expecting a deep cut. However, I was taken aback when this "lost classic" happened to be this song, which is not only one of the hits from a legendary British Invasion rock band, but is one of their most popular signature songs. For crying out loud in the dead of the night! What's next? Is anything less popular than Stairway to Heaven or Hotel California going to be considered a deep cut now? Ugh, this makes me want to stop listening to radio anymore.
Okay, off my soapbox....
Anyway, whilst it's not among favourites from the band, this is still one I like and listen to from time to time. And I can with certainty, despite the opinions of big radio's managers, say that this is one of the biggest hits from The Moody Blues and you've probably heard it many times before, so there's no need for me to go further.

Hear Ride My See-Saw on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Hawkwind - Angela Android

My song pick two years ago today: The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Manic Depression

My song pick three years ago today: Jon Oliva's Pain - Through the Eyes of the King

My song pick four years ago today: Nora Bayes - The Japanese Sandman

My song pick five years ago today: Queen - We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions

My song pick six years ago today: The Little River Band - Reminiscing