Saturday, May 31, 2014

Thursday, May 29, 2014

2494 Rush - The Camera Eye

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From: Moving Pictures; Year: 1981; Genre: Progressive Hard Rock
I just felt like picking another one from Rush today; I guess this is one of my favourites from the band.
The Camera Eye is kind of a special track that was kind of heralding the end of an era with it being the last of their 'epic' songs to clock in at past the 10 minute mark complete with different but connected musical sections. Even though they haven't done so, many of their newer songs do contain much of the same great music, but in a more compact form.

Hear The Camera Eye on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Hawkind - Dying Seas

My song pick two years ago today: Quasar - Mission 14

My song pick three years ago today: Derek and the Dominoes - Key to the Highway

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

My song pick five years ago today: Rush - Finding My Way

My song pick six years ago today: Creedence Clearwater Revival - Long As I Can See The Light


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

2492 The Steve Miller Band - Jungle Love

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From: Book of Dreams; Year: 1977; Genre: Rock
I'm coming down off the Holiday weekend and really wasn't in the mood for picking a song, but I am anyway. Oddly enough, just a few minutes before I sat down to post this I had this song running through my mind, so, as I always do, I took it as a sign that it was the song for today.
This is, of course, among Steve Miller Band's bigger hits, which was written by Lonnie Turner and Greg Douglass, and is quite a fun song to dance to or sit back and listen to.

Hear Jungle Love on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Grateful Dead - China Cat Sunflower

My song pick two years ago today: Nightwish - The Carpenter

My song pick three years ago today: Return to Forever - Sofistifunk

My song pick four years ago today: Savatage - 24 Hours Ago

My song pick five years ago today: The (Detroit) Spinners - The Rubberband Man

My song pick six years ago today: Boston - Something About You


Thursday, May 22, 2014

2487 Nocturnal Rites - Test of Time

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From: Tales of Mystery and Imagination; Year: 1997; Genre: Power Metal
I've been getting more and more into this amazing Swedish metal band ever since discovering them a couple of years ago. I was listening to this album for the first time the other day and this was one of the songs that caught me attention upon the first ten seconds or so into it. This track in particular reminds me a bit of Blue Öyster Cult with a noted Iron Maiden influence thrown in. It's an excellent track off of an album that is quickly becoming on of my favourites from the band.

Hear Test of Time on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Deborah Harry and Robin Zander - Send Love Through

My song pick two years ago today: Megaherz - Jagdzeit

My song pick three years ago today: Alabama - Mountain Music

My song pick four years ago today: Boston - Higher Power

My song pick five years ago today: Fire Bomber (Hummingbird) - Seventh Moon

My song pick six years ago today: Crabby Appleton - Go Back


Sunday, May 18, 2014

2483 Freddy Taylor and His Swing Men from Harlem - Viper's Dream

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Year: 1935; Genre: Big Band (Swing) Jazz
I had some jazz on my mind today; this is one of the two biggest hits from Freddy Taylor and His Swing Men from Harlem.
Those who don't understand jazz terminology might not catch the overt drug reference in the song's title. "Viper" was a slang term used for someone who smoked marijuana; this came from the sound a person makes when taking a toke, which was thought sounded like a snake's hiss. When you understand that you should more or less be able to figure out what a "Viper's Dream" is. Anyway, this is a great pieces of early swing featuring none other than guitar maestro Oscar Alemán.

Hear Viper's Dream on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Mr. Big - Tempermental

My song pick two years ago today: Heart - Crazy on You

My song pick three years ago today: Billy Thorpe - East of Eden's Gate

My song pick four years ago today: The Delegates - Convention '72

My song pick five years ago today: Ozzy Osbourne - Goodbye to Romance

My song pick six years ago today: Slade - Run Runaway


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

2478 Rush - Force Ten

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From: Hold Your Fire; Year: 1987; Genre: Progressive Rock
1987 had a lot of good music; many of the older hard rock bands that went synth and pop had started to get heavier again, however Rush remained as one of the holdouts for a few more years. While Hold Your Fire isn't a bad album by any measure, it is definitely not among their best. At one point early on in my fanhood of the band this was one of my top favourite records, but over the years it has been slipping further down.
Anyway, this is in my opinion one of the best songs on the album. It's interesting that this song was also an after thought tacked on at the last little bit of the recording session; sometimes the best material is made that way.

Hear Force Ten on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) - Someday Never Comes

My song pick two years ago today: Pink Floyd - Time

My song pick three years ago today: Rammstein - Amerika

My song pick four years ago today: Cream - White Room

My song pick five years ago today: Steely Dan - Deacon Blues

My song pick six years ago today: The Guess Who - Laughing


Thursday, May 08, 2014

2473 Bob Seger - Main Street

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From: Night Moves; Year: 1976; Genre: Rock
I heard this one on a film the other day as well. I was really surprised that I haven't chosen it yet, I should've picked it six years ago; it's one of my favourites from Bob Seger.
While the album is credited to Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, on this track and on three others he was backed by The Swampers, who were Mussel Shoals Sound Studio band that played on many, many, countless hits throughout the 60's and 70's. I have to say, far and gone the reason that I love this one is the music from The Swampers, especially that haunting and crying guitar.

Hear Main Street on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Nightwish - Scaretail

My song pick two years ago today: Beat Crusaders - Japanese Girl

My song pick three years ago today: "Weird Al" Yankovic - Amish Paradise

My song pick four years ago today: The Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls

My song pick five years ago today: Band of Horses - Our Swords

My song pick six years ago today: Murray Head - One Night In Bangkok


Friday, May 02, 2014

2467 Stanley Clarke - Hot Fun

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From: School Days; Year: 1976; Genre: Fusion Jazz/Funk
Yeash, another Friday done snuck up on me and I almost broke my streak of making Funky Friday picks, which as of today sits at a paltry 33.
Even though I was caught off-guard, I didn't want to 'just pick something funky', and I actually put quite a bit of thought into this one. I realized that whilst I have picked quite a few song featuring Stanley Clarke, I hadn't chosen from his solo work yet, so I'm remedying that today as well. This is a great jazz fusion instrumental led by Mr. Clarke's funky bass.

Hear Hot Fun on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Beat Crusaders - Moon on the Water

My song pick two years ago today: The Rolling Stones - Wild Horses

My song pick three years ago today: Rammstein - Haifisch

My song pick four years ago today: Tanya Tucker - What's Your Mama's Name?

My song pick five years ago today: Bad Company - Bad Company

My song pick six years ago today: The Highwaymen - The Highwayman