Tuesday, March 31, 2015

2804 Hank Williams - Hey Good Lookin'

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From: 40 Greatest Hits; Year: 1988 (1951); Genre: Rockabilly/Country
Ever since watching a show about steel guitarist Don Helms, who famously played on this song, I've had it on my mind off and on. I have to say, it's a rather cute song from Mr. Hank Williams' pen, which is laced with some rather racy double entendres, and the steel guitar really gives it that hook that put it over the top and helped to give it the timeless and legendary status the song has.

Hear Hey Good Lookin' on YouTube.


My song pick a year ago today: Queensrÿche - Speak

My song pick two years ago today: The Beach Boys - God Only Knows

My song pick three years ago today: Hawkwind - Living on a Knife Edge

My song pick four years ago today: Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) - Graveyard Train

My song pick five years ago today: Sethian - Blood Calling

My song pick six years ago today: Azteca - You Can't Take The Funk Out Of Me

My song pick seven years ago today: Bryan Adams - Run To You


Sunday, March 29, 2015

2802 Bob Seger - Turn the Page

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From: Back In '72; Year: 1973; Genre: Rock
For no real reason, other than the fact that I love his music, I felt like picking something from Bob Seger this morning, so I thought I would go ahead and do so.
This is one of his most recognizable songs out there, but it really didn't get the notoriety until the '76 live release from Live Bullet, so many probably have never heard the original. Personally I think with the subject matter and the story, the live atmosphere sells the song a lot better and thus resonates with the listener more.

Hear the original studio version on YouTube.
Hear the much more famous live version Live Bullet on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Rage Against the Machine - The Ghost of Tom Joad

My song pick two years ago today: Dire Straits - Walk of Life

My song pick three years ago today: The Foggy Mountain Boys (Flatt & Scruggs) - Cripple Creek

My song pick four years ago today: Queensrÿche - Fear City Slide

My song pick five years ago today: Dream Theater - Light Fuse and Get Away

My song pick six years ago today: The Doors - Ghost Song

My song pick seven years ago today: Badfinger - Day After Day


Thursday, March 26, 2015

2799 Lenny Kravitz - Fly Away

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From: 5; Year: 1998; Genre: Funk Rock/Hard Rock
For some reason I had a bunch of Lenny Kravitz's songs on my mind this morning, and as per usual I took it as a sign it was time another one of his tracks.
Anyway, this was and still one of his bigger hits; back when it was released it was extremely big and you couldn't go a few days without hearing it. There is somewhat of a timeless quality about this song; it fits in with the music of a lot of other time periods in rock.

Hear Fly Away on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Steely Dan - Reelin' in the Years

My song pick two years ago today: Led Zeppelin - All of My Love

My song pick three years ago today: Shocking Blue - Never Marry a Railroad Man

My song pick four years ago today: Hawkwind - Mirror of Illusion

My song pick five years ago today: Louis Armstrong and his Hot Seven - Melancholy Blues

My song pick six years ago today: Lynyrd Skynyrd - That Smell

My song pick seven years ago today: Pink Floyd - Brain Damage/Eclipse


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

2798 Beat Crusaders - Slip Out

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From: Animation Beck Soundtrack; Year: 2005; Genre: Alternative Rock
Today I really didn't have a song in mind to pick; I could've forced a pick into today, but I didn't want to. So, I decided to let my iPod choose one for me and a Beat Crusaders' track was the response, and it actually fit my mood for some reason, so it's my pick.
This was one that they recorded for the Beck: The Mongolian Chop Squad animé soundtrack and I'm unaware if it appeared on one of their proper albums. Anyway, this is among my favoured from the soundtrack; it's a real melodic and smooth track with a nice groove.

Hear Slip Out on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Boston - The Launch/Cool the Engines

My song pick two years ago today: Stratovarius - Dreamspace

My song pick three years ago today: Queensrÿche - Promised Land

My song pick four years ago today: Ed Bogas & Merl Saunders - The Riot

My song pick five years ago today: J. S. Bach - BWV 870 - Prelude and Fugue No. 1 in C major, from The Well-Tempered Clavier Book No. 2

My song pick six years ago today: Meat Loaf - Bat Out of Hell

My song pick seven years ago today: The Spencer Davis Group - Give Me Some Lovin'


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

2797 Kansas - Dust in the Wind

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From: Point of Know Return; Year: 1977; Genre: Progressive Rock
Yesterday I was watching a documentary on the band Kansas and I've had their music on the brain ever since.
This one is probably to this day their biggest hit that is almost instantly recognizable to almost anybody, no matter what a person's personal musical preferences. This song is one that has it all in perfect portions; it's musically technical, but also catchy; it's big, but also unobtrusive; and the lyrics are deep, poetic, and philosophical, but almost all people that listen to it find something to they can identify with.

Hear Dust in the Wind on YouTube.


My song pick a year ago today: King Crimson - Red

My song pick two years ago today: Sky - March to the Scaffold

My song pick three years ago today: Rhapsody of Fire - Holy Thunderforce

My song pick four years ago today: Guided by Voices - Everybody Thinks I’m a Raincloud (When I'm Not Looking)

My song pick five years ago today: Gorō Yamaguchi - Tsuru No Sugomori (Crane's Nest)

My song pick six years ago today: M83 - Don't Save Us From The Flames

My song pick seven years ago today: Heart - Dreamboat Annie


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

2791 Toto - Stranger in Town

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From: Isolation; Year: 1984; Genre: Rock/New Wave
I meant to pick this song for a couple of days now due to a variety of reasons, but I am doing so now. As some may know, or may not, former Toto bassist Mike Porcaro passed away a few days ago after a long struggle with ALS. Early on in my learning to play the bass both he and his predecessor, David Hungate, were quite influential on my initial playing style and sound. So, this seems like an apropos pick for today for certain.
Anyway, this track is very reminiscent of the time period it was released, which definitely gives it a slightly quality, but a great song none-the-less.

Hear Stranger in Town on YouTube.


My song pick a year ago today: Dream Theater - Hell's Kitchen

My song pick two years ago today: Styx - Come Sail Away

My song pick three years ago today: Alestorm - You Are a Pirate

My song pick four years ago today: Bill Evans Trio - Waltz for Debbie

My song pick five years ago today: The Box Tops - The Letter

My song pick six years ago today: Azteca - Mazatlan

My song pick seven years ago today: Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) - Have You Ever Seen the Rain?


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

2790 Flogging Molly - (No More) Paddy's Lament

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From: Float; Year: 2009; Genre: Celtic Rock
It's another St. Patrick's Day and thought I would pick another apropos track for the the occasion.
I was thinking the other day that with bands like Flogging Molly, The Dropkick Murphys, and even Black 47 that it must be heck for those great acts to only get their main attention around this time of the year. I mean, I listen to them all year around and love their music, but I often wonder how many others do.
Anyway, this is one of the main songs I like off of my favourite of their albums, and it just felt like a great pick for today.

Hear (No More) Paddy's Lament on YouTube.


My song pick a year ago today: Black 47 - The Big Fella

My song pick two years ago today: Frank Mackey & the Keltic Cowboys - Kiss My Irish Ass

My song pick three years ago today: Dropkick Murphys - Black Velvet Band

My song pick four years ago today: Black 47 - Green Suede Shoes

My song pick five years ago today: Savatage - St. Patricks

My song pick six years ago today: Mose Allison - Your Mind is on Vacation

My song pick seven years ago today: Thin Lizzy - Whiskey in the Jar


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

2783 Pink Floyd - Money

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From: Dark Side of the Moon; Year: 1973; Genre: Progressive Rock
I was intending on picking another song from another band, but I just wasn't feeling it, so I sat back and let my mind go. Music from Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon came into mind; while I've picked a few from the album, oddly enough Money is not among them. This has to be one of the most popular songs with an odd and changing time signature, plus all of the musical goodness that comes along with it.

Here Money on YouTube.


My song pick a year ago today: American Breed - Bend Me, Shape Me

My song pick two years ago today: Jethro Tull - Cat's Squirrel

My song pick three years ago today: Amon Amarth - A Beast Am I

My song pick four years ago today: Steve Vai - Little Green Men

My song pick five years ago today: Fairport Convention - Maddy Groves

My song pick six years ago today: Billy Joel - Allentown

My song pick seven years ago today: Meg Rock - Clover


Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

2776 Sky - Dies Irae

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From: Sky; Year: 1979; Genre: Progressive Rock
This morning I had nothing in mind to pick, but I started to have some of Sky's music start to play in my mind and it felt like a great idea to pick another one of their songs.
Anyway, this was a track only seen on Sky's CD re-release/version of their debut album as a bonus track; it is one of the best songs on the album and one of my favourites from the disc.
If you like large productions and progressive rock then you'll love this track; even if you like classical or instrumental music you'll probably love this one.

Hear Dies Irae on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Buddy Holly - Crying, Waiting, Hoping

My song pick two years ago today: Waylander - Erdath

My song pick three years ago today: Jim Croce - Workin' at the Car Wash Blues

My song pick four years ago today: Blue Öyster Cult - Flaming Telepaths

My song pick five years ago today: AC/DC - Carry Me Home

My song pick six years ago today: The Eagles - Get Over It

My song pick seven years ago today: Mily Balakirev - Islamey: an Oriental Fantasy