Sunday, June 29, 2014

2526 Jim Croce - Bad, Bad Leroy Brown

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From: Life and Times; Year: 1973; Genre: Folk Rock
The other day when I was out and about this song came on and being that I am a big fan of his music I thought I would pick it.
I've always have liked this song about one of the baddest men around finding out he's not as bad as he and others think and gets himself beat up. That's probably one of the biggest draws to his music: singing about things that are commonly experienced and of course his music is incredible too.

Hear Bad, Bad Leroy Brown on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Béla Fleck and the Flecktones - Life in Eleven

My song pick two years ago today: Red Rider - White Hot

My song pick three years ago today: The Allman Brothers Band - Melissa

My song pick four years ago today: Queen - Play The Game

My song pick five years ago today: Jerry Reed - Guitar Man

My song pick six years ago today: Blind Faith - Can't Find My Way Home


Saturday, June 28, 2014

2525 Zager and Evans - In the Year 2525 (Exordium & Terminus)

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From: 2525 (Exordium & Terminus); Year: 1969; Genre: Psychedelic Rock/Space Rock
I'd be lying if I said I didn't have this song picked for this pick number a long time ago, because I did.
This is such a classic space rock tune with an ominous, cautionary tale about mankind's seemingly dark future that awaits. As with some other space rock songs their use of acoustic instruments along with the progression between major and minor chords was almost perfect to build this great musical atmosphere.

Hear In the Year 2525 on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Homer & Jethro - The Battle of Camp Kookamonga

My song pick two years ago today: Karussell - Entweder Oder

My song pick three years ago today: Nightwish - Last of the Wilds (Erämaan viimeinen)

My song pick four years ago today: Rush - Caravan

My song pick five years ago today: John Denver - This Old Guitar

My song pick six years ago today: Rammstein - Stirb Nicht Vor Mir (Don't Die Before I Do)


Thursday, June 26, 2014

2523 The Guess Who - Rain Dance

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From: So Long Bannatyne; Year: 1971; Genre: Rock
I felt like listening to something from The Guess Who this morning; I noticed that I hadn't picked one from their So Long Bannatyne album yet, so I figured it would be a good time to do so. This is an album that I picked up in a second hand store; to my knowledge I had not heard a song from it, but they are a band I like and I liked the cover, so I bought it sight unheard. While not their best album by a long shot, it's got some buried gems on it; this is one of them. Kind of an odd song, but definitely catches your attention.

Hear Rain Dance on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Primus - The Devil Went Down to Georgia

My song pick two years ago today: Soundgarden - Rusty Cage

My song pick three years ago today: Lou Reed - I'm So Free

My song pick four years ago today: Traffic - The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys

My song pick five years ago today: Hawkwind - Silver Machine

My song pick six years ago today: Savatage - Complaint In The System


Saturday, June 21, 2014

2518 Yes - Madrigal

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From: Tormato; Year: 1978; Genre: Progressive Rock
I've been listening to a lot of Yes for the last little bit and I figured it would be a great idea to pick another of their songs too.
This is a rather pretty track that prominently features keyboardist extraordinaire Rick Wakeman on the harpsichord playing in a Baroqueish style along to Jon Anderson's vocals with very little other accompaniment.

Watch the music video on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Rammstein - Vergiss Uns Nicht

My song pick two years ago today: Nocturnal Rites - End of our Rope

My song pick three years ago today: Jethro Tull - Velvet Green

My song pick four years ago today: Rammstein - Das Alte Leid

My song pick five years ago today: Savatage - The Piper Rap

My song pick six years ago today: The Steve Miller Band - Take The Money And Run


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

2515 Al Di Meola - Spanish Eyes

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From: Splendido Hotel; Year: 1980; Genre: Jazz Fusion/Latin
With nothing in mind to pick or feeling like listening to anything today, I turned to one of my personal standby musical forms that I love to listen to: guitar music.
This is a very beautiful piece that features guitar maestro Al Di Meola, but another incomparable guitar maestro and inventor: Les Paul. It's a truly beautiful piece of music that definitely makes a good fusion of Latin and light Jazz styles.

Hear Spanish Eyes on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Of Monsters and Men - Dirty Paws

My song pick two years ago today: Three Dog Night - It's For You

My song pick three years ago today: Warrant - Uncle Tom's Cabin

My song pick four years ago today: Bon Jovi - Keep The Faith

My song pick five years ago today: Neil Young - Rockin' in the Free World

My song pick six years ago today: Savatage - Skull Session


Monday, June 16, 2014

2513 Steeleye Span - Orfeo/Nathan's Reel

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From: Rocket Cottage; Year: 1976; Genre: Electric Folk Rock
I felt like some Steeleye Span this morning and I decided to add another of their songs to ye olde blog. Orfeo is another one of their heavier songs with a very strong rhythm section; a pretty good mix of their folk interpretation of traditional music with driving British rock. Nathan's Reel acts as a much less raucous extended instrumental outro featuring Peter Night's violin playing in the traditional folk sound.

Hear Orfeo/Nathan's Reel on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Alestorm - Flower of Scotland

My song pick two years ago today: Cybotron - Colossus

My song pick three years ago today: AC/DC - Let There Be Rock

My song pick four years ago today: Steeleye Span - Black Jack Davy

My song pick five years ago today: Heart - These Dreams

My song pick six years ago today: The Police - Message in a Bottle


Saturday, June 14, 2014

2510 Petula Clark - Kiss Me Goodbye

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From: Petula; Year: 1968; Genre: Pop
I happened to hear this song last night and it certainly brought back some memories; my mom in particular listens to this album and much of Petula Clark's music, so I was surrounded by it when I was growing up.
This is one song in particular that sticks in my memory a lot; I love the way it was constructed with the use of pentatonic melodies and interesting beats and rhythms as well as her beautiful singing.

Hear Kiss Me Goodbye on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: The Walter Murphy Band - Toccata and Funk in D Minor

My song pick two years ago today: Eddie Rabbitt - I Love a Rainy Night

My song pick three years ago today: Joe Jackson - Steppin' Out

My song pick four years ago today: Jimmy Dean - Big Bad John

My song pick five years ago today: Savatage - If I Go Away

My song pick six years ago today: Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road


Friday, June 13, 2014

2509 Marcus Miller - Juice

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From: Marcus Miller; Year: 1984; Genre: Funk/Jazz Rock
Today is my 39 consecutive Funky Friday pick and I was feeling like something from Marcus Miller's early solo days, so this one came to mind. While this is still a great track it hasn't aged very well with its signature 1980s muted electronic drum beats and synth, but like I said it's still a great track in many, many ways; it's still among my favourites from Marcus Miller.

Hear Juice on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Midnight Oil - Beds Are Burning

My song pick two years ago today: Ludwig van Beethoven - Op. 67 - Symphony No.5 in C

My song pick three years ago today: Al Di Meola - Bianca's Midnight Lullaby

My song pick four years ago today: Ray Stevens - Mr. Businessman

My song pick five years ago today: Elton John - Tiny Dancer

My song pick six years ago today: Queen - A Kind of Magic


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

2507 Jim Reeves & Patsy Cline - Have You Ever Been Lonely (Have You Ever Been Blue?)

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From: Greatest Hits, Jim Reeves and Patsy Cline; Year: 1982 (1961); Genre: Country
For some reason I had this song running through my mind, so as usual I went ahead and picked it.
This is kind of an interesting one in that both artists had not recorded the song in the studio and had been dead for nearly 20 years when it was made and released. Actually both had recorded their own separate versions of the venerable standard in the early 1960s, but through recording wizardry they were able to mash the two versions together to make a duet out of it, which is still, I believe, one of the most famous versions.

Hear a the song on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Soundgarden - Worse Dreams

My song pick two years ago today: Hawkwind - Quark, Strangeness and Charm

My song pick three years ago today: Steve Vai - Call it Sleep

My song pick four years ago today: John Denver - Calypso

My song pick five years ago today: What Made Milwaukee Famous - Idecide

My song pick six years ago today: Soft Cell - Tainted Love


Monday, June 09, 2014

Thursday, June 05, 2014

2501 Jethro Tull - A Song for Jeffrey

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From: This Was; Year: 1968; Genre: Blues Rock
The other day I watched a documentary on the band, which was great and way overdue in my opinion; it's been great that a lot of these bands have been doing these "life stories," which has been eye opening even for and ardent fan.
Anyway, this was one of the songs featured from the band's early days and was one of their earlier hits. This song written for Ian Anderson's friend, who would latter join the band: Jeffrey Hammond, is from their first album where they were more of a British blues band than in the progressive/hard rock style they're better known for.

Hear A Song for Jeffrey on YouTube.
Watch the performance from The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus on YouTube. <=Featuring Tony Iommi on guitar.



My song pick a year ago today: Foreigner - Head Games

My song pick two years ago today: Pearl Jam - Alive

My song pick three years ago today: White Zombie - Thunder Kiss '65

My song pick four years ago today: Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer

My song pick five years ago today: Johann Sebastian Bach - BWV 29 - Cantata No. 29 - Wir Danken Dir, Gott, Wir Danken Dir

My song pick six years ago today: Tears For Fears - Sowing the Seeds of Love


Wednesday, June 04, 2014

2500 Ludwig Van Beethoven - Op.130 - String Quartet No.13 "Cavatina"

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From: Op.130; Year: 1825; Genre: Romantic Period/classical
Today is another "odometer rollover pick" and I was feeling like picking another one from Beethoven and I thought it would also be great to celebrate my 2500th song picked.
Cavatina is the 5th movement of String Quartet No.13 and is another one of his more popular compositions, which was also one of the songs included on the Voyager space probe's Golden Record.

Hear a performance by the Kodály Quartet of "Cavatina" on YouTube.


Anyway, it was interesting today when I realized that if this was still a "Top 10,000 Songs," like I originally had intended, instead of a "Song a Day" blog like it is now I would be 1/4 of the way to that goal of 10,000 songs.
I'm actually glad that I dropped that limitation about a year after I started this endevour. I didn't like the idea of having a definite "end" to my list and I didn't want to feel like I had to keep going either if I got tired of it.
Coming this September I will have been doing this for seven years straight; funny, it doesn't seem that long.



My song pick a year ago today: Wadsworth Mansion - Sweet Mary

My song pick two years ago today: Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

My song pick three years ago today: Louis Armstrong - C'est si bon

My song pick four years ago today: Jethro Tull - Journeyman

My song pick five years ago today: Kansas - The Pinnacle

My song pick six years ago today: Rammstein - Asche Zu Asche


Tuesday, June 03, 2014

2499 Pink Floyd - When the Tigers Broke Free

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From: The Wall: Music From the Film; Year: 1982; Genre: Progresive Rock

Last night I had a bunch of music from The Wall going through my mind and I figured it would be a great time to pick another one from the film/album.
This track never actually appeared on the album version of The Wall apparently because of its personal nature to Roger Waters, but did appear on the film and its soundtrack. This one is actually about Waters' father and how he was killed in WWII at Operation Shingle.

Hear When the Tigers Broke Free on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: The Black Crowes - She Talks to Angels

My song pick two years ago today: Rush - Headlong Flight

My song pick three years ago today: Frank Zappa - I'm the Slime

My song pick four years ago today: Joachim Witt - Und... Ich Lauf

My song pick five years ago today: Paul Simon - You Can Call Me Al

My song pick six years ago today: Every Mother's Son - Come On Down To My Boat


Monday, June 02, 2014

2498 Carmen - Siren of the Sea

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From: The Gypsies; Year: 1976; Genre: Flamenco Rock/Progressive Rock
I had another incline to listen to some of the avant-garde flamenco offerings from the unique band that is Carmen.
This is a great one in their normal way of mixing traditional flamenco with hard rock; I love how the intro lulls you with the quiet and beautiful music and then kicks in. A truly great some from a great band.

Hear Siren of the Sea on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Duran Duran - Hungry Like the Wolf

My song pick two years ago today: Argent - Music from the Spheres

My song pick three years ago today: Heart - Who Will You Run To

My song pick four years ago today: Benny Carter - All That Jazz

My song pick five years ago today: David Bowie - Rebel Rebel

My song pick six years ago today: U2 - Sunday, Bloody Sunday