Saturday, April 26, 2014

2461 Alan O'Day - Undercover Angel

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From: Appetizers; Year: 1977; Genre: Rock/Pop
I've been drawing a complete blank so far on what song to pick today, so I finally gave up and decided to just pick one from my queue. This is a track I grew up hearing quite a bit; it was quite popular through the late '70s and early '80s and I think that my Dad had it on one of his 'super hit' records.
From what I've discovered about Alan O'Day, who sadly passed away a year ago in May, was also pretty big in writing songs for television shows, many of which I have heard before.

Hear Undercover Angel on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Mudhoney - Something So Clear

My song pick two years ago today: Sylvia - The Matador

My song pick three years ago today: Rush - By-Tor & the Snow Dog

My song pick four years ago today: Uriah Heep - Stealin'

My song pick five years ago today: Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way

My song pick six years ago today: Ludwig van Beethoven - WoO59 - Fur Elise


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

2457 Rush - Before and After

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From: Rush; Year: 1974; Genre: Hard Rock/Progressive Rock
I felt like listening to something from Rush's early years, so this was the logically one of the albums that I went for first.
Before and After is one of the "lesser" tracks on the album, but is one of my favourites. The title describes this song the best; it starts out really light and pretty, but about half-way through it kicks in with their raucous hard rock led by Geddy's powerful vocals.

Hear Before and After on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Stratovarius - Atlantis

My song pick two years ago today: Alestorm - Pirate Song

My song pick three years ago today: Steve Vai - The Attitude Song

My song pick four year ago today: Richard O'Brien & Richard Hartley (from The Rocky Horror Picture Show) - Science Fiction/Double Feature

My song pick five years ago today: Puhdys - Bas Buch

My song pick six years ago today: The Pretenders - Back on the Chain Gang


Saturday, April 19, 2014

2454 Rammstein - Nebel

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From: Mutter; Year: 2001; Genre: Neue Deutsche Härte
Mutter has been an album that I've been studying as of late; mostly coming up to my own renditions of the tracks. Anyway, in the past I have picked quite a few of my favourites from the album, so I'm now starting to pick ones from my 2nd tier.
For a song called "Mist" or "Fog" it's actually quite an epic piece with a blend of both the heavy and light sounds.

Hear Nebel on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Rush - The Necromancer

My song pick two years ago today: Les Elgart - Bandstand Boogie

My song pick three years ago today: Oomph! featuring Nina Hagen - Feiber

My song pick four years ago today: The Guess Who - Minstrel Boy

My song pick five years ago today: Metallica - Nothing Else Matters

My song pick six years ago today: Steely Day - Rikki Don't Lose That Number


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

2451 Frank Zappa - Montana

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From: Over-Nite Sensation: 1973; Genre: Progressive Rock/Comedy
I had this rather goofy song on my mind this morning and, as I normally do, I decided to make it today's pick.
While, like with a lot of Frank Zappa's music, the lyrics and subject matter can be a bit strange, I've always been blown away by the music and especially its extremely complex arrangements; this is definitely Frank Zappa at his normal great level.

Hear Montana on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Boston - Don't Look Back

My song pick two years ago today: Beat Crusaders - Hit in the USA

My song pick three years ago today: ABBA - Thank You for the Music

My song pick four years ago today: Genesis - Home By The Sea

My song pick five years ago today: Alannah Myles - Black Velvet

My song pick six years ago today: Alice Cooper - Poison


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Saturday, April 12, 2014

2447 Jethro Tull - Two Fingers

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From: War Child; Year: 1974; Genre: Progressive Rock
I had this song running through my mind this morning and, as I usually do, I thought I would pick it.
This one's kind of a light-hearted, tongue-in-cheek take on the on what happens in the afterlife. Ian is as cynical as always, but for me the music and its arrangement is the main draw; I love Ian's saxophone playing on this one as well as the thumping bass line.
Interestingly enough, this one is a rewrite/re-imagining of a song titled Lick Your Fingers Clean, which was originally recorded for the Aqualung album three years prior, but was left off the final release for some reason. You can hear Lick Your Fingers Clean here on YouTube.

Hear Two Fingers on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Paul Simon - Hobo's Blues

My song pick two years ago today: Megadeth - Sweating Bullets

My song pick three years ago today: Kristoph Klover - Fire in the Sky

My song pick four years ago today: David Bowie - The Supermen

My song pick five years ago today: The Rolling Stones - 2000 Light Years From Home
 
My song pick six years ago today: Garbage - Push It


Thursday, April 10, 2014

2445 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Breakdown

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From: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers; Year: 1976; Genre: Rock
Whilst on the road this morning a whole bunch of Tom Petty came on the radio, so, I thought that I would go ahead and pick one of the songs I liked the most that I heard.
While it's not one of my absolute favourites from the band or Tom Petty as a solo act, it is a nice unobtrusive track. Plus it is interesting to hear an early track like this one and compare it to his later ones; this one in particular has actually aged quite well.

Hear Breakdown on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Marillion - Garden Party

My song pick two years ago today: Alestorm - Heavy Metal Pirates

My song pick three years ago today: Guns N' Roses - Sympathy for the Devil

My song pick four years ago today: Bon Jovi - Bounce

My song pick five years ago today: The Platters - Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

My song pick six years ago today: Smokey Robinson and the Miracles - Tears of a Clown


Wednesday, April 09, 2014

2444 Rush - The Trees

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From: Hemispheres; Year: 1977; Genre: Progressive Rock/Hard Rock
Wow, I guess this will be the last song I pick off of the amazing album Hemispheres due to the fact that I have now picked every other song off the album. But with there only being a grand total of four songs on the album the only surprising thing is that it took me nearly 2500 songs and almost seven years to do it.
Anyway, Hemispheres is one of my top favourite albums from Rush and I love every song on this album, but I especially love The Trees; it was one of the first songs I ever heard from the band. It was strange that the other night I realized that I had never sat down and learned to play the song, which I promptly remedied.
Every time I hear this song and especially Geddy's bass I am taken aback at the sounds I hear, and I cannot for the life of me fathom why he abandoned the great sound of that Rickenbacker bass.

Watch the music video clip on YouTube.
Watch the live performance from Exit... Stage Left on YouTube.



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

My song pick two years ago today: Genesis - The Return of the Giant Hogweed

My song pick three years ago today: Rush - The Seeker

My song pick four years ago today: Queen - The Show Must Go On

My song pick five years ago today: Sammy Hagar - I Can't Drive 55 

My song pick six years ago today: Blind Mellon - No Rain


Tuesday, April 08, 2014

2443 Metallica - (Anesthesia) - Pulling Teeth

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From: Kill 'Em All; Year: 1983; Genre: Thrash Metal
I have never really been too much into Metallica, but I still love their music, especially their earlier material. Actually this track, which acts as a vehicle for a bad ass Cliff Burton bass solo, predates his tenure with the band and was written and performed with the previous band he played in.
It is quite awesome to hear such a great musician so in tune with his instrument as this; a truly jaw-dropping song.

Hear (Anesthesia) - Pulling Teeth on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Guns 'N Roses - Welcome to the Jungle

My song pick two years ago today: Jerry Goldsmith - Star Trek: The Motion Picture Main Title/Klingon Battle

My song pick three years ago today: Queensrÿche - Welcome to the Machine

My song pick four years ago today: Sheena Easton - For Your Eyes Only

My song pick five years ago today: John Denver - Season Suite: Spring

My song pick six years ago today: Duran Duran - Ordinary World


Saturday, April 05, 2014

2440 Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO) - Takin' Care of Business

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From: Bachman-Turner Overdrive II; Year: 1973; Genre: Hard Rock
The other day I discovered that this year Bachman-Turner Overdrive is getting inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. This three chord bar room classic is probably their most famous song and will probably be played for many, many years after we're all dead.
Interestingly enough Takin' Care of Business was originally written by Randy Bachman when he was with The Guess Who under the working title White Collar Worker, but due to disagreements in the band among other reasons it never got recorded.
Later when BTO was still in its infancy he happened to hear a disc jockey utter the idiom "Taking Care of Business" and circumstances happened that he decided to play it live for the first time with the new title. After some adjustments and tweaking the anthemic song we have today was born.

Hear Takin' Care of Business on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Return to Forever - Jungle Waterfall

My song pick two years ago today: Midnight Oil - Best of Both Worlds

My song pick three years ago today: Northern Kings - Don't Stop Believin'

My song pick four years ago today: King Crimson - Thela Hun Ginjeet

My song pick five years ago today: Jaco Pastorius - Slang

My song pick six years ago today: Falco - Der Kommissar


Wednesday, April 02, 2014

2437 King Crimson - One More Red Nightmare

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From: Red; Year: 1976; Genre: Progressive Rock/Hard Rock
I felt like picking another track from King Crimson's Red album; I wish I would've heard this amazing album earlier.
Anyway, this is the song that closes out side 1 of the LP and is one of my favourites. This one has all of the cool stuff you'd expect from a prog rock track complete with incredible music and cool time signature changes.
This one's about a guy that whose afraid of flying dreaming about being on a plane plummeting to the ground; I love how they end the song abruptly to signify the end of the Nightmare.

Hear One More Red Nightmare on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here

My song pick two years ago today: Dudley Moore Trio - Yesterdays

My song pick three years ago today: Jethro Tull - With You There To Help Me

My song pick four years ago today: Dizzy Gillespie and His Orchestra - Things to Come

My song pick five years ago today: Simon & Garfunkel - Hazy Shade of Winter

My song pick six years ago today: Lita Ford feat. Ozzy Osbourne - Close My Eyes Forever