Saturday, March 29, 2014

Thursday, March 27, 2014

2431 Pearl Jam - Once

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From: Ten; Year: 1991; Genre: Alternative Rock
I had some Pearl Jam come on the radio whilst out and about the other day, and they've been on my mind off and on, so I thought I would pick one of their songs.
Definitely this is one I remember hearing back in my early teens, but to me it's not that dated and still sounds pretty fresh even though it's 20 years on since Ten was released.

Hear Once on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Rush - Lock and Key

My song pick two years ago today: Porcupine Tree - Time Flies

My song pick three years ago today: David Bowie - Life on Mars?

My song pick four years ago today: Lorenzo Barcelata - El Cascabel

My song pick five years ago today: Jethro Tull - Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young To Die

My song pick six years ago today: The Platters - Twilight Time


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

2428-29 Boston - The Launch/Cool the Engines

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From: Third Stage; Year: 1986; Genre: Hard Rock
Whilst thinking about what song I would pick today these two songs came to mind and I thought they would be a good selection.
The Launch is an instrumental piece that when listening to the album sets up for the much more famous Cool the Engines. It's interesting how they used a pipe organ and keyboards to simulate the sound of a rocket launch; it's quite a neat track. Cool the Engines is very much a normal sounding song for the band, but excellent as well.

Hear The Launch/Cool the Engines on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Stratovarius - Dreamspace

My song pick two years ago today: Queensrÿche - Promised Land

My song pick three years ago today: Ed Bogas & Merl Saunders - The Riot

My song pick four years ago today: J. S. Bach - BWV 870 - Prelude and Fugue No. 1 in C major, from The Well-Tempered Clavier Book No. 2

My song pick five years ago today: Meat Loaf - Bat Out of Hell

My song pick six years ago today: The Spencer Davis Group - Give Me Some Lovin'


Sunday, March 23, 2014

2426 Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Jerusalem

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From: Brain Salad Surgery; Year: 1973; Genre: Progressive Rock
For the last month or so I've been listening to EL&P's Brain Salad Surgery album a lot. This is the first song on the album and is based on the early 19th century poem by Robert Blake And Did Those Feet in Ancient Time, which was later adapted to music and titled Jerusalem by Sir Hubert Parry in 1916.
Anyway, this was their modern take on the hymn, which is quite a nice piece; I love the keyboard synth in this one!

Hear Jerusalem on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Marillion - Kayleigh

My song pick two years ago today: Johann Sebastian Bach - BWV 1062 - Concerto in C-Minor For Two Harpsichords

My song pick three years ago today: Rammstein - Feuerräder

My song pick four year ago today: Igor Stravinsky - Rite of Spring - Sacrificial Dance

My song pick five years ago today: KISS - Detroit Rock City

My song pick six years ago today: Johann Sebastian Bach - BWV 645 - Wachet auf ruft uns die Stimme


Saturday, March 22, 2014

2425 The Five Stairsteps - O-o-o Child

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From: The First Family of Soul: The Best of the Five Stairsteps; Year: 2001 (1970); Genre: Soul
For a while now I've had this track on my mind and I've been meaning to pick it. This is actually one of the songs that I've like since the first time I heard it. I have always loved the incredible bright optimism throughout this track as well as the excellent music; especially the bass guitar.

Hear O-o-o Child on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: The Delgados - Mr. Blue Sky

My song pick two years ago today: Muse - Citizen Erased

My song pick three years ago today: The Darkness - Is It Just Me

My song pick four years ago today: Blind Willie Johnson - Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground

My song pick five years ago today: Devo - Come Back Jonee

My song pick six years ago today: Weather Report - A Remark You Made


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

2414 The Steve Miller Band - Wide River

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From: Wide River; Year: 1993; Genre: Rock
I hadn't heard this song for quite some time, but for some reason it started running through my mind this morning.
I remember back about 15 to 20 years ago it got played a lot, and when I say 'a lot' I mean it got run into the ground. Because of that overplay to this day it's a hard song for me to listen to without wanting to skip or change the channel. Besides that fact in my opinion it hasn't aged all that well in comparison to his other more notable songs. Sure, it has the incredible bluesy guitar sound and feel that is in most of his music. Whatever the case, all the same it's still an okay song and fun to listen to... in small doses that is.

Hear Wide River on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Stratovarius - Fire Dance

My song pick two years ago today: Jethro Tull - Aeroplane

My song pick three years ago today: Styx - Renegade

My song pick four years ago today: The Jaggerz - The Rapper

My song pick five years ago today: Sha Na Na - Blue Moon

My song pick six years ago today: The Moody Blues - Your Wildest Dreams


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

2413 Jethro Tull - Look Into the Sun

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From: Stand Up; Year: 1969; Genre: Progressive Rock
For some reason I had this track on my mind this morning and as I usually do I thought I should pick it.
While it's definitely not the strongest track on the album, it serves as a nice acoustical "cool down" song to bring the record's A-Side to a close or to mark a CD's midpoint. It is interesting though, with this song in particular, you can still hear a lot of their blues band feel remaining, but also the progressive art rock coming to the forefront as well.
Quite an interesting hidden gem to say the least.

Hear Look Into the Sun on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO) - Free Wheelin'

My song pick two years ago today: Rush - Limbo

My song pick three years ago today: Stevie Wonder - Superstition

My song pick four years ago today: Red Hot Chili Peppers - Soul To Squeeze

My song pick five years ago today: Electric Light Orchestra - Fire On High

My song pick six years ago today: The Polyphonic Spree - It's The Sun


Sunday, March 09, 2014

2411 California Guitar Trio - Ghost Riders on the Storm

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From: Whitewater; Year: 2004; Genre: Instrumental Rock
About a week or so ago I came across this neat instrumental mashup/medley of the modern classic (Ghost) Riders in the Sky and The Doors Riders on the Storm.
To say the least it's a real neat arrangement that takes an A B B/A A structure. They start out with (Ghost) Riders in the Sky and then transition into Riders on the Storm; they then mix the two melodies and then finish by ending where they started. Quite a fun song indeed.

Watch a live performance of Ghost Riders on the Storm on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Al Di Meola and Steve Vai - Race with the Devil on Turkish Highway

My song pick two years ago today: Nightwish - Beauty of the Beast

My song pick three years ago today: L'Arc~en~Ciel - Spirit Dreams Inside

My song pick four years ago today: Led Zeppelin - The Battle Of Evermore

My song pick five years ago today: Jethro Tull - Black Satin Dancer

My song pick six years ago today: Rush - Limelight


Saturday, March 08, 2014

2410 Alice in Chains - Rooster

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From: Dirt; Year: 1992; Genre: Alternative Metal/Grunge
The other night I had the TV going for background noise; specifically I had on a channel showing music videos. This happened to be one of the songs to come on and I thought I would pick it.
In my opinion this is one of AiC's most soulful songs; it's loosely based on guitarist Jerry Cantrell's father's time in Vietnam; his nickname was and still is 'Rooster'.

Watch the music video clip on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Steve Vai - For the Love of God

My song pick two years ago today: Mastodon - Seabeast

My song pick three years ago today: Vangelis - Blade Runner (End Titles)

My song pick four years ago today: Karussell - Wer Die Rose Ehrt

My song pick five years ago today: The Delgados - Accused of Stealing

My song pick six years ago today: Bon Jovi - Always


Monday, March 03, 2014

2405 Buddy Holly - Crying, Waiting, Hoping

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From: The Buddy Holly Story Vol.2; Year: 1960, (1959); Genre: Rock 'n Roll
Over the last month there was a lot of Buddy Holly's music being played, being that it was the 55th anniversary of his death. This was one of his songs that I heard recently, which brought it back to my attention and I thought I would pick it today. I've always loved the way that he arranged it with the pauses in the vocals, but my favourite part is his overdubbed guitar work.

Hear Crying, Waiting, Hoping on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Waylander - Erdath

My song pick two years ago today: Jim Croce - Workin' at the Car Wash Blues

My song pick three years ago today: Blue Öyster Cult - Flaming Telepaths

My song pick four years ago today: AC/DC - Carry Me Home

My song pick five years ago today: The Eagles - Get Over It

My song pick six years ago today: Mily Balakirev - Islamey: an Oriental Fantasy


Sunday, March 02, 2014

Saturday, March 01, 2014

2403 Soundgarden - Spoonman

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From: Superunknown; Year: 1994; Genre: Alternative Metal/Grunge
It's hard to believe that Soundgarden's hit album Superunknown was released 20 years ago this month; dang, I'm feeling old again. I can still remember when "Grunge" was the new thing; Soungarden is by far my favourite band from the sub-genre.
Anyway, this one's about a street performer called Artis the Spoonman who, as his name suggests, plays the spoons. 

Watch the music video clip to Spoonman on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Jethro Tull - Heavy Horses

My song pick two years ago today: The Monkees - Daydream Believer

My song pick three years ago today: Muse - Resistance

My song pick four years ago today: Jethro Tull - From A Deadbeat To An Old Greaser

My song pick five years ago today: Fleetwood Mac - Oh Well

My song pick six years ago today: Aerosmith - Janie's Got A Gun