Saturday, November 29, 2014

2681 Jethro Tull - Mountain Men

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From: Crest of a Knave; Year: 1987; Genre: Progressive Rock/Hard Rock
For some reason I had this song running through my mind for most of the day, so as I normally do I am making it my pick.
Like much of the album this one is really carried by Martin Barre's guitar and is a bit heavier than other previous material from the time period. Anyway, this one is almost two songs in my opinion; for the first 2 minutes the music and even the lyrical/subject matter are separate, but that only adds to the dynamics.

Hear Mountain Men on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Marcus Miller - Come Together

My song pick two years ago today: Journey - Don't Stop Believing

My song pick three years ago today: Black Sabbath - The Mob Rules

My song pick four years ago today: Roger Waters - It's a Miracle

My song pick five years ago today: Eric Idle - F--- Christmas

My song pick six years ago today: Otis Redding - (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay

My song pick seven years ago today: The Kinks - Celluloid Heroes


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Monday, November 24, 2014

2676 The Who - Doctor Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

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From: Call Me Lightning (single); Year: 1969; Genre: Hard Rock
I had no real song in mind for today, but this track happened to come to mind. I'm often one that likes songs written by John Entwistle; this one is no different.
From what I understand this one was written about drummer Keith Moon's odd and erratic behaviour. The use of the tri-meter in the vocals really sells the feeling of insanity in the song as well as John Entwistle's vocals; it's definitely a gem for a b-side track.

Hear Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: The Jimi Hendrix Experience - All Along the Watchtower

My song pick two years ago today: Billie Holiday - Summertime

My song pick three years ago today: David Bowie - Young Americans

My song pick four years ago today: Eric Robertson - "Spooked" on Classics

My song pick five years ago today: Antonio Salieri - Requiem in C-Minor (Piccolo Requiem)

My song pick six years ago today: Marmalade - Reflections of My Life

My song pick seven years ago today: .38 Special - Same Old Feeling


Saturday, November 22, 2014

2674 Pendragon - The Pleasure of Hope

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From: The Jewel; Year: 1985; Genre: Progressive Rock
I felt like some more 1980s prog rock this morning; I thought with absolute certainty that I had chosen something from Pendragon, but apparently not. So... why not pick one of their songs today? Right... although whilst they had material released prior this track is from their first proper album. It definitely has a lot of the sounds and feel from that zeitgeist that is 1980s prog rock; synth and such, but delivers in its own unique way.

Hear The Pleasure of Hope on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Larry Graham and Graham Central Station - Scream

My song pick two years ago today: Béla Fleck & the Flecktones - Stomping Grounds

My song pick three years ago today: Mahavishnu Orchestra - You Know You Know

My song pick four years ago today: The Kinks - Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues

My song pick five years ago today: Rush - Manhattan Project

My song pick six years ago today: Andy Taylor - When the Rain Comes Down

My song pick seven years ago today: Arlo Guthrie - Alice's Restaurant Massacree


Monday, November 17, 2014

2669 Marillion - Bitter Suite

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From: Misplaced Childhood; Year: 1985; Genre: Progressive Rock
I felt like some progressive rock with that 1980s flair and, of course, Marillion is one of the best places for just such a great sound.
Anyway, this is one among many of my favourites from the band and a beautiful track to say the least. This is another song of theirs that reminds me a lot of Genesis' earlier periods, which is a big plus in my book.

Hear Bitter Suite on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Dream Theater - These Walls

My song pick two years ago today: Rush - Stick it Out

My song pick three years ago today: Nirvana - About a Girl

My song pick four years ago today: Forest - Gypsy Girl & Rambleaway

My song pick five years ago today: Steely Dan - Caves of Altamira

My song pick six years ago today: Free - All Right Now

My song pick seven years ago today: The Easybeats - Friday On My Mind


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Thursday, November 13, 2014

2665 Billy Joel - All for Leyna

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From: Glass Houses; Year: 1979; Genre: Rock
Yesterday I had a bunch of the music from the Glass Houses running through my mind and they've been still going at it today, so I'm taking it as a sign that I should pick another one from the record. Anyway, I've picked a few from it already, so I'm having to go deeper into the album for a song; it was one I listened to a lot while growing up. This is a excellent track, which features the use of synth and other electronic sounds, which them blend excellently in with the rest of the music.

Hear All for Leyna on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Santo & Johnny - Adventures in Paradise

My song pick two years ago today: Megadeth - Blackmail the Universe

My song pick three years ago today: Black 47 - Fire of Freedom

My song pick four years ago today: Aerosmith - Amazing

My song pick five years ago today: Banchee - Beautifully Day

My song pick six years ago today: The Cure - Burn

My song pick seven years ago today: Fire Bomber (Hummingbird) - Dynamite Explosion


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

2663 Ian Anderson - The Engineer

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From: Homo Erraticus; Year: 2014; Genre: Progressive Rock
I was listening to this album last night and this morning and I thought that I would pick another one from it.
This is one of my favourites from the album; it reminds me a lot of his mid 1970s sound, which is one of the highest points of the band. Anyway, this one comes from the first (Chronicles) section of the concept album and more or less in just over three minutes gives a feeling of a single person, and engineer during Britain's industrial age on to the modern age. The best part of this song is the music by far; it was exquisitely put together.

Hear The Engineer on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: The Royal Philharmonic - Limelight

My song pick two years ago today: George Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue

My song pick three years ago today: Rammstein - Mein Land

My song pick four years ago today: Karussell - Tanzen

My song pick five years ago today: Pearls Before Swine - Tell Me Why

My song pick six years ago today: Red Rider - Lunatic Fringe

My song pick seven years ago today: Steve Winwood & Traffic - Dear Mr. Fantasy


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

2662 Alestorm - 1741 (The Battle of Cartagena)

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From: Sunset on the Golden Age; Year: 2014; Genre: Power Metal/Celtic Folk Metal
This is one from the new album that was recently released from the epic pirate metal band Alestorm. If you heard the band before you more or less know what to expect; although it is interesting to hear Christopher Bowes go into low "gut" vocals like what you would normally hear in death metal in the mid eight section. I love how they mix the account of an actual historic battle in this song.
Not bad in the least and it's nice to see that they're staying on course with the sound I've come to know and love.

Hear 1741 (The Battle of Cartagena) on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Genesis - Ripple

My song pick two years ago today: Joachim Witt - Goldener Reiter

My song pick three years ago today: Savatage - Memory

My song pick four years ago today: Billy Joel - Goodnight Saigon

My song pick five years ago today: S Sgt Barry Sadler - Ballad of the Green Berets

My song pick six years ago today: Pink Floyd - On the Turning Away

My song pick seven years ago today: ABBA - Soldiers


Sunday, November 09, 2014

2660 The Zombies - Care of Cell 44

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From: Odessey and Oracle; Year: 1968; Genre: Pop/Psychedelic Rock
For the first time in a while I didn't have a song running through my mind when I was getting ready to pick, so I picked one from a band that I hadn't picked in a long while. In fact I surprisingly haven't picked one from The Zombies in over 2500 picks, but I have picked a few since from band leader Rob Argent's band of his name sake.
Anyway, while this one might seem like a piece of high-calorie mainstream pop on the surface, if you listen the music is incredibly done and quite complex. This one was supposed to be the "main hit" from the album, but for one reason of another it was eclipsed by the legendary hit "Time of the Season."

Hear Care of Cell 44 on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Band of Horses - The Great Salt Lake

My song pick two years ago today: Stahlhammer - Eisenherz

My song pick three years ago today: Exist†Trace - RESONANCE

My song pick four years ago today: Three Dog Night - One Man Band

My song pick five years ago today: The Eagles - Outlaw Man

My song pick six years ago today: Def Leppard - Lets Get Rocked

My song pick seven years ago today: Alabama - Roll On (Eighteen Wheeler)


Thursday, November 06, 2014

2657 Meat Loaf - I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)

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From: Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell; Year: 1993; Genre: Hard Rock/Progressive Rock
Last night I heard this song and felt like an excellent song for this blasé Thursday. I always found that Jim Steinman is one of the few writers, especially when he has Meat Loaf preforming his work, to be able to not only get epic progressive songs in the pop culture, but have them get radio play; this is one of those songs. While the full 12 minute opus hardly ever gets played on the radio, the trimmed 8 minute version often does.
Anyway, I've always loved the music and Meat Loaf's powerful vocals throughout this song and of course his duet with "Mrs. Loud."

Hear the full 12 minute album version on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: The Beach Boys - I Get Around

My song pick two years ago today: Dick Dale - Nitro

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

My song pick four years ago today: Yoshiki Fukuyama - Angel's Voice

My song pick five years ago today: The Kinks - (Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman

My song pick six years ago today: The Allman Brother's Band - Ain't Waistin' Time No More

My song pick seven years ago today: Red Sovine - Phantom 309


Tuesday, November 04, 2014

2655 Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) - Another Heart Breaks

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From: Time; Year: 1981; Genre: Progressive Rock/Synth Rock
I had another song in mind this morning, but I didn't feel like picking it today. This one has been on and off in my mind for the high side of a month now, so I thought I would choose it today instead since it fit my mood better.
This is an excellent instrumental, which closes out the first side of the Time album, which is still my favourite from ELO. I love the overall feeling that permeates this entire track, especially the use of that drum beat and the mixture of major, minor, and diminished chords.

Hear Another Heart Breaks on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Jethro Tull - Critique Oblique

My song pick two years ago today: Hawkwind - Adjust Me

My song pick three years ago today: Frank Zappa - Treacherous Cretins

My song pick four years ago today: Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra - Skyliner

My song pick five years ago today: Santana - Oye Como Va

My song pick six years ago today: Joe Walsh - Vote for Me

My song pick seven years ago today: Jerry Reed - East Bound and Down


Sunday, November 02, 2014

2653 Jethro Tull - Budapest

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From: Crest Of A Knave; Year: 1987; Genre: Progressive Rock
Ever since hearing this one the other day it has been running through my mind and I finally broke down and am picking it on this Sunday. This one is an oddball from not only the album, but also during the period, being that it encompasses so many musical styles and is over 10 minutes in length, which was all but unheard of in the late 1980s even among prog rock groups. This one goes all over the place with their signature but with a tinge of Dire Straits rock, folk, jazz, classical, and everything in between. Also Ric Sanders does a great job adding the violin parts to this great track.

Hear Budapest on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Ozark Mountain Daredevils - If You Wanna Get to Heaven

My song pick two years ago today: Dream Theater - Lie

My song pick three years ago today: Aerosmith - Home Tonight

My song pick four years ago today: Jethro Tull - Overseer Overture / Flight from Lucifer

My song pick five years ago today: The Beatles - Think for Yourself

My song pick six years ago today: Queen feat. David Bowie - Under Pressure

My song pick seven years ago today: The Grateful Dead - Touch of Grey