Monday, September 29, 2014

2618 Icehouse - Icehouse

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From: Icehouse; Year: 1981; Genre: New Wave
For some reason I was in the mood for something new wave; the earlier material from the band Icehouse seemed to fit my mood pretty well, so that's what I went with.
Anyway, as some probably know, this song which was also the namesake of the band's debut album wasn't originally supposed to be the name of the band. They were originally known a Flowers, but after signing their international contract a name change was forced due to another band with the name, so they took the name from the album and the song and the rest is history.
This one's very much an early 1980's new wave track in every way; very a-typical of the time, but still good one unto itself.

Hear Icehouse on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: ABBA - Dum Dum Diddle

My song pick two years ago today: Gilbert and Sullivan - Major-General's Song

My song pick three years ago today: Rush - Presto

My song pick four years ago today: Nirvana - Drain You

My song pick five years ago today: Amon Amarth - The Pursuit of Vikings

My song pick six years ago today: Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) - Effigy

My song pick seven years ago today: The Steve Miller Band - Threshold/Jet Airliner


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

2613 Yes - The Ancient (Giants Under the Sun)

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From: Tales from Topographic Oceans; Year: 1973; Genre: Progressive Rock
It's about the first time in a week that I've been feeling somewhat normal, so I'm able to more energy into my pick today.
Anyway, this is one of the four epic tracks off of Yes' double album Tales from Topographic Oceans, which also included only four songs. Each one of the four songs took up a whole side of a record and this song is actually the 'baby' coming in at a paltry 18 and 1/2 minutes. Yep, this is progressive rock at its best (or worst) depending on your tastes, but in my opinion is a great track.

Hear The Ancient (Giants Under the Sun) on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Yes - Perpetual Change

My song pick two years ago today: Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Mephistopheles

My song pick three years ago today: The Gentrys - Keep On Dancing

My song pick four years ago today: Azteca - A Night in Nazca

My song pick five years ago today: The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band/With a Little Help from My Friends

My song pick six years ago today: Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) - Midnight Special

My song pick seven years ago today: Megadeth - Use The Man


Thursday, September 18, 2014

2607 Ian Anderson - New Blood, Old Veins

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From: Homo Erraticus; Year: 2014; Genre: Progressive Rock
I was finally able to procure Ian Anderson's newest solo concept album, (Homo Erraticus), the other day and have been listening to it pretty consistently ever since. However, I will say this one's taking a much longer time growing on me, but they are beginning to show their charm; this is one of the gems that has shown to me. Although I will say that while the music is quite good, the lyrics are a bit "fluff" in my opinion. Overall though I will say that this entire album wouldn't be out of place back among the concept albums of the early-mid 1970s.

Hear New Blood, Old Veins on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Lenny Kravitz - I Love the Rain

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

My song pick three years ago today: Aerosmith - Toys in the Attic

My song pick four years ago today: The Kinks - Where Have All the Good Times Gone

My song pick five years ago today: Wilson Pickett - In the Midnight Hour

My song pick six years ago today: Collective Soul - Shine

My song pick seven years ago today: Skid Row - 18 And Life


Monday, September 15, 2014

2604 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - The Last DJ

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From: The Last DJ; Year: 2002; Genre: Rock
I was thinking about some Tom Petty music this morning. This was one that caught my attention back when it was released, not only for its sociological anti-corporate message, but the way the music is written and performed around it. This track and its message is still very pertinent today, and it does give you a feeling of loss at how radio died albeit with a few heartbeats here and there. Strangely since the dismantling of the great stations we used to have I barely, if at all listened to the radio anymore.

Hear The Last DJ on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Van Der Graaf Generator - Lemmings (Including Cog)

My song pick two years ago today: Nightwish - Feel for You

My song pick three years ago today: Genesis - Keep It Dark

My song pick four years ago today: Rush - Lessons

My song pick five years ago today: Badfinger - Come and Get It

My song pick six years ago today: Green Day - Wake Me Up When September Ends

My song pick seven years ago today: Rush - Far Cry


Friday, September 12, 2014

2601 War - Galaxy

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From: Galaxy; Year: 1977; Genre: Funk
It is my 52nd straight Funky Friday in a row, so I guess that means that now I have posted a full year of Funky Fridays in a row. Kind of interesting that I hit my seven year anniversary of doing this blog, my 2600th song picked, and now a year of Funky Fridays to boot all within a two week period; I'll take it as a great sign.
Since I started this Friday funk thing about a year ago with the pick of War's Cisco Kid, I thought it would be appropriate to pick another one of their tracks for the occasion. And what a nice track too; eight minutes of soul inspired funk with the bass and drum right upfront in the mix where it belongs. :P

Hear Galaxy on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Savatage - Man in the Mirror

My song pick two years ago today: Styx - Snowblind

My song pick three years ago today: Edvard Grieg - Op. 46 - In the Hall of the Mountain King

My song pick four years ago today: Ben E. King - Don't Play That Song (You Lied)

My song pick five years ago today: Three Dog Night - One

My song pick six years ago today: Billy Joel - Captain Jack

My song pick seven years ago today: Savatage - Hall of the Mountain King


Tuesday, September 09, 2014

2598 Alice in Chains - Heaven Beside You

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From: Alice in Chains; Year: 1995; Genre: Alternative Rock/Grunge
The other day I happened to hear this song playing and it brought it back to my attention; I hadn't heard it in quite a while and it was a great memory trip. I can't believe that all of these albums I grew up listening to in my early teens are all turning 20 years old.
Anyway, this is a very bluesy track very much in the style you come to expect from this band; my favourite part of the song is the vocal harmonies in the chorus; it gives a great feel.

Hear Heaven Beside You on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Paris - Red Rain

My song pick two years ago today: Nocturnal Rites - Destiny Calls

My song pick three years ago today: The Who - Going Mobile

My song pick four years ago today: Louis Armstrong - The Blues are Brewin'

My song pick five years ago today: The Beatles - Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End

My song pick six years ago today: Bruce Hornsby & the Range - The Way It Is

My song pick seven years ago today: The Charlie Daniels Band - In America


Monday, September 08, 2014

2597 Yes - Fly From Here (Suite)

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From: Fly From Here; Year: 2011; Genre: Progressive Rock
I had an incline this morning to pick another work from Yes, but from something newer. Even though they just released another album my attention went back to their '11 release Fly From Here; the main suite in particular.
You'd swear with this piece that you were listening to something from the 1970s. Their sound is that classic on this one; the entire band is at their best. This suite consists of six individual songs and clocks in at a total of just under 24 minutes of music; yep, it's progressive rock in all of its glory.

Hear the complete Fly From Here suite on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Pat Benatar - Invincible

My song pick two years ago today: Porcupine Tree - Anesthetize

My song pick three years ago today: Freddy Taylor and His Swing Men from Harlem - Blue Drag

My song pick four years ago today: Hans Zimmer - Fighting 17th

My song pick five years ago today: Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) - I Put a Spell on You

My song pick six years ago today: Rammstein - Hallelujah

My song pick seven years ago today: Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Spirits in the Night


Saturday, September 06, 2014

2595 Jethro Tull - A Time For Everything

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From: Benefit; Year 1970; Genre: Hard Rock/Progressive Rock
Yesterday while on the official Jethro Tull website I found out that their original bassist Glenn Cornick passed away; you can see Ian Anderson's write up on the site here. For me he was one of the bassists that I admired a great deal from not only my favourite band, but from any band.
Anyway, although he played with a great deal of bands besides 'Tull, I figured I should pick one of the songs he played on coming off the last album he played with Jethro Tull, and this song is quite apropos.
Rest in peace awesome, bespectacled bass player!

Hear A Time For Everything on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Megadeth - Wanderlust

My song pick two years ago today: Pearls Before Swine - The Surrealist Waltz

My song pick three years ago today: Queen - Spread Your Wings

My song pick four years ago today: Rush - Working Man

My song pick five years ago today: Elmore James - The Sky is Crying

My song pick six years ago today: The Allman Brothers - Jessica

My song pick seven years ago today: Megadeth - Foreclosure of a Dream


Wednesday, September 03, 2014