Friday, February 27, 2015

2772 Lou Rawls - Long 'Bout Midnight

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From: Here Comes Garfield (Soundtrack); Year: 1982; Genre: Funk/Jazz
I was watching a bunch of old Garfield cartoons, including this one, and this rather funky song kept kept getting stuck in my mind; I thought it would make a great Funky Friday pick.
For those who grew up in the 1980s Garfield was one of the most loved cartoon characters and this was part of the soundtrack from his first animated picture. The entire soundtrack was written by the incomparable Ed Bogas and sung by both legendary singer Lou Rawls and Desirée Goyette. This is one of the highlights to feature Lou Rawls' amazing vocals and is a very funky and fun song to listen to.

Hear Long 'Bout Midnight on YouTube.


My song pick a year ago today: The Temptations - Ain't Too Proud to Beg

My song pick two years ago today: Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO) - Roll On Down the Highway

My song pick three years ago today: Pallas - Ark of Infinity

My song pick four years ago today: Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass - A Taste of Honey

My song pick five years ago today: Steve Miller Band - Rock'n Me

My song pick six years ago today: Three Dog Night - Try A Little Tenderness

My song pick seven years ago today: Steve Winwood - Roll With It


Thursday, February 26, 2015

2771 Marillion - Slàinte Mhath

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From: Clutching at Straws; Year: 1987; Genre: Progressive Rock
I've been in the mood for some Marillion this morning, so, as I usually do, I'm taking it as a sign I needed to pick one today.
Sláinte Mhath hails from their fourth album and is also the last studio record to feature Fish's great vocal talents for the band. This one sounds very similar to some of the other British prog rock bands in the 1980s, but is still definitely its own sound and definitely a unique arrangement.

Hear Slàinte Mhath on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Johann Sebastian Bach - BWV 24 - Ein Ungerärbt Gemüte

My song pick two years ago today: Hawkwind - Kiss of the Velvet Whip (The Mistress of Pain)

My song pick three year ago today: The Doobie Brothers - It Keeps You Runnin'

My song pick four years ago today: Steeleye Span - The Mooncoin Jig

My song pick five years ago today: Queen - I'm Going Slightly Mad

My song pick six years ago today: Jerry Reed - Lightning Rod

My song pick seven years ago today: Ozzy Osbourne - Changes


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

2769 B. Bumble & the Stingers - Bumble Boogie

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From: Nut Rocker, Bumble Boogie, Apple Knocker and All the Classics; Year: 1995 (1961); Genre: Rock 'N Roll/Classical
This one's been on my mind for about a week now, so I'm picking it. It's a rather interesting piece outside of being a rock n' roll rendition of a swing jazz arrangement of the well-known classical piece, "Flight of the Bumblebee" by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. This was actually the first version of Flight of the Bumblebee I ever heard; it was on one of my Dad's many instrumental/super hits records.
Session musicians actually performed this piece only on: piano, guitar, bass, and drums. Apparently the only instrument that was doubled up was the piano; one being a standard grand playing chords/rhythm and the other being modified with tacks on the hammers to make a much sharper and distinct attack for the main lead line.

Hear Bumble Boogie on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Marillion - Chelsea Monday

My song pick two years ago today: Boston - Feelin' Satisfied

My song pick three years ago today: Cybotron - Arrakis

My song pick four years ago today: Rush - Entre Nous

My song pick five years ago today: Black Sabbath - War Pigs

My song pick six years ago today: Pink Floyd - One Of These Days

My song pick seven years ago today: Jethro Tull - Rare and Precious Chain


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

2763 Motörhead - Overkill

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From: Overkill; Year: 1979; Genre: Metal/Hard Rock
Earlier this morning I was listening to some Motörhead come on the radio and it got me in the mood to pick one of their songs. Now, I thought for absolute sure that I had already picked a song from Motörhead, but it appear so. I'm going to have to do some deeper to find out more; I'm that sure.
Anyway, this is a great hard rock/metal crossover track and one that's pretty influential on later metal musicians and bands.

Hear Overkill on YouTube.


My song pick a year ago today: The Guess Who - 6 A.M. or Nearer

My song pick two years ago today: "Weird Al" Yankovic - Eat It

My song pick three years ago today: Queensrÿche - Jet City Woman

My song pick four years ago today: Frank Zappa - Mudd Club

My song pick five years ago today: U2 - I Will Follow

My song pick six years ago today: The Delgados - Keep On Breathing

My song pick seven years ago today: Yoko Kanno (The Seat Belts) - Tank!


Monday, February 16, 2015

2761 Deep Purple - Smoke on the Water

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From: Machine Head; Year: 1973; Genre: Hard Rock/Metal
I had a bunch of the music from Machine Head bouncing in and out of my head this morning. I looked over the songs of theirs that I have already picked and was surprised that this track, their biggest hit and metal anthem, was not there yet, so I'm remedying that.
Anyway, this is a great track written around a simple riff and made big and interesting in the same way many classical pieces were written. Of course telling the tale of the band's trials during the attempted recording and the burning of the hotel they were to record in was a nice touch to make this classic metal anthem what it is.

Hear Smoke on the Water on YouTube.


My song pick a year ago today: Rare Earth - Under God's Light

My song pick two years ago today: Foreigner - Double Vision

My song pick three years ago today: Porcupine Tree - Dark Matter

My song pick four years ago today: Robin Trower - Bridge of Sighs

My song pick five years ago today: The Rolling Stones - Sympathy for the Devil

My song pick six years ago today: The Moody Blues - OM

My song pick seven years ago today: Jon Oliva's Pain - Guardian Of Forever


Sunday, February 15, 2015

2760 Fates Warning - Pale Fire

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From: Inside Out; Year: 1994; Genre: Progressive Metal
I felt like something just outside of my normal absolute favourite bands, but still within my tastes; So Fates Warning was one of the obvious ones to go for.
This one was a single from their mid 1990s album that has been considered somewhat more commercial and didn't do too well either. However, I like a lot of the music to be heard, including this one.

Hear Pale Fire on YouTube.


My song pick a year ago today: Blue Cheer - Parchment Farm

My song pick two years ago today: Yes - Gates of Delirium

My song pick three years ago today: Dire Straits - Money for Nothing

My song pick four years ago today: ABBA - S.O.S.

My song pick five years ago today: Bobby Bare - The Winner

My song pick six years ago today: Pearl Jam - Even Flow

My song pick seven years ago today: Bon Jovi - It's My Life


Friday, February 13, 2015

Thursday, February 12, 2015

2757 Foreigner - At War With the World

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From: Foreigner; Year: 1977; Genre: Hard Rock
I started today without a song in mind, but I started to think about the band Foreigner for some reason and it got me in the mood for one of their songs.
I've always loved the first four albums in particular, the first two especially; almost anything after that I never truly liked.
Anyway, this is an excellent one of the deeper cuts off of their debut album; it's got that riff-heavy hard edge along with the great melodies they were known for early on.

Hear At War With the World on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: King Crimson - Pictures of a City (including "42nd at Treadmill")

My song pick two years ago today: Neil Young - Four Strong Winds

My song pick three years ago today: Jethro Tull - Jump Start

My song pick four years ago today: Chet Atkins - Trambone

My song pick five years ago today: John Denver - Wildflowers in a Mason Jar

My song pick six years ago today: Jethro Tull - Locomotive Breath

My song pick seven years ago today: Rammstein - Spieluhr


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

2749 Steeleye Span - Drink Down the Moon

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From: Now We Are Six; Year: 1974; Genre: Progressive Rock/Folk Rock
Last night and into this morning I had this album running incessantly through my mind, so, as I always do when such happens, I am picking on off of it.
Like with the majority of the band's catalogue, this one is a traditional piece or rather three pieces arranged in a way that only a "loud folk band" such as Steeleye Span could do. It's a great piece of music woven together expertly to become a treat to the ears.

Hear Drink Down the Moon on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Still... You Turn Me On

My song pick two years ago today: Melvins - Nude with Boots

My song pick three years ago today: The Animals - House of the Rising Sun

My song pick four years ago today: Wild Turkey - Sentinel

My song pick five years ago today: KISS - She

My song pick six years ago today: Hawkwind - Assault and Battery/The Golden Void

My song pick seven years ago today: Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse of the Heart