Tuesday, April 28, 2015

2832 Jerry Reed - The Legend

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From: Smokey and the Bandit (Soundtrack); Year: 1977; Genre: Country
I had this song earworming me most of the morning and I knew I had today's song pick. This is essentially the title track to the classic film Smokey and the Bandit; it is the song that the movie opens with, although East Bound and Down is probably the song that is more identified with it. In my opinion though this was a great track for the beginning of the film, which tells the "legend" of title character; it set the tone and such, and of course Jerry Reed is amazing as ever.

Hear The Legend on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Curved Air - Heaven (Never Seemed So Far Away)

My song pick two years ago today: Alestorm - Rum

My song pick three years ago today: Bachman & Turner - Slave to the Rhythm

My song pick four years ago today: Pink Floyd - San Tropez

My song pick five years ago today: Janis Joplin - Mercedes Benz

My song pick six years ago today: Pink Floyd - Pigs On The Wing Parts 1 and 2

My song pick seven years ago today: Charlie Parker - Blues For Alice


Sunday, April 26, 2015

2830 R.E.O. Speedwagon - Roll With the Changes

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From: You Can Tune a Piano, But You Can't Tuna Fish; Year: 1978; Genre: Rock
After playing around with some of their songs yesterday I felt like picking another one of their songs today.
This one's among some of the earliest music I heard growing up; my Dad had a bunch of their material on his old 8-track cassettes. To this day I'll always remember hearing R.E.O. Speedwagon in his pickup truck on that old tape deck; good memories.
Anyway, this is one of their bigger hits and is more or less a straight-up rocker and a fun one to boot.

Hear Roll With the Changes on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Alan O'Day - Undercover Angel

My song pick two years ago today: Mudhoney - Something So Clear

My song pick three years ago today: Sylvia - The Matador

My song pick four years ago today: Rush - By-Tor & the Snow Dog

My song pick five years ago today: Uriah Heep - Stealin'

My song pick six years ago today: Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way

My song pick seven years ago today: Ludwig van Beethoven - WoO59 - Fur Elise


Thursday, April 23, 2015

2827 The Allman Brothers Band - Pony Boy

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From: Brothers and Sister; Year: 1973; Genre: Southern Rock/Blues/Folk/Country
I had another song in mind today, but I really felt like listening to something from The Allman Brothers. This was one that I immediately fell in love with when I listened to the Brothers and Sisters album for the first time. Dickey Betts' nice acoustic slide guitar and all of the different styles of music present in this track really caught my attention and made it a song that I still absolutely enjoy.

Hear Pony Boy on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: The Alan Parsons Project - Games People Play

My song pick two years ago today: Chicago - 25 or 6 to 4

My song pick three years ago today: Rush - A Farewell to Kings

My song pick four years ago today: Steeleye Span - Robbery With Violins

My song pick five year ago today: Jethro Tull - Dark Ages

My song pick six years ago today: The Blind Boys of Alabama - Amazing Grace
 
My song pick seven years ago today: Emerson, Lake & Palmer - From The Beginning


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Thursday, April 16, 2015

2820 Lynyrd Skynyrd - All I Can Do Is Write About It

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From: Gimme Back My Bullets; Year: 1976; Genre: Southern Rock/Folk Rock
My Uncle fell very ill the other day and ended up passing away yesterday after a very hard life; he always loved Lynyrd Skynyrd and especially their anthem Free Bird, which was his chosen favourite song and kind of fit his personality to a tee. I would've picked it today, but I'd already chosen it, so I'm picking another today.
This is a rather pretty one filled with sentimentality and such; it just seemed absolutely perfect substitute for the occasion.

Hear All I Can Do Is Write About It on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Frank Zappa - Montana

My song pick two years ago today: Boston - Don't Look Back

My song pick three years ago today: Beat Crusaders - Hit in the USA

My song pick four years ago today: ABBA - Thank You for the Music

My song pick five years ago today: Genesis - Home By The Sea

My song pick six years ago today: Alannah Myles - Black Velvet

My song pick seven years ago today: Alice Cooper - Poison


Saturday, April 11, 2015

2815 Michael Martin Murphey - Medicine Man

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From: Blue Sky - Night Thunder; Year: 1975; Genre: Country/Rock
I'm still feeling like heck today, but am still getting my pick in. For some reason I had some Michael Martin Murphey on my mind this morning. My Mom loved and still does love the artist and album and it's one that's burnt into my mind almost indelibly; in fact it's very surprising that I've gone almost 3000 picks in and haven't picked one of his songs yet.
Anyway, this is wot would be known probably as a Rock/Country crossover, with aspects of both permeating the sound of the track. It's always been one of my favourite from the record as well as his discography.

Hear Medicine Man on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: The Jimmy Castor Bunch - It's Just Begun

My song pick two years ago today: Marillion - Script for a Jester's Tear

My song pick three years ago today: Carmen - Purple Flowers

My song pick four years ago today: Rammstein - Keine Lust

My song pick five years ago today: Big Brother and the Holding Company (Janis Joplin) - Piece Of My Heart

My song pick six years ago today: Nightwish - The Kinslayer

My song pick seven years ago today: Boz Scaggs - Lido Shuffle


Thursday, April 09, 2015

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

2812 Jethro Tull - Too Many Too

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From: 20 Years of Jethro Tull; Year: 1988 (1981); Genre: Electronic Rock/Hard Rock
I felt like picking one of the deepest cuts from one of my favourite bands; this one's a rarer track included in their 20th anniversary boxed set but first recorded in the 1981 Broadsword and the Beast sessions, but for some reason (along with a number of others) was not.
Anyway, this one's got a sound that's very similar to the sound prog rock bands of the era were putting out; mostly synth-driven. So it's a wee bit dated in sound, but still a rather good song in its own right.

Hear Too Many Too on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Metallica - (Anesthesia) - Pulling Teeth

My song pick two years ago today: Guns 'N Roses - Welcome to the Jungle

My song pick three years ago today: Jerry Goldsmith - Star Trek: The Motion Picture Main Title/Klingon Battle

My song pick four years ago today: Queensrÿche - Welcome to the Machine

My song pick five years ago today: Sheena Easton - For Your Eyes Only

My song pick six years ago today: John Denver - Season Suite: Spring

My song pick seven years ago today: Duran Duran - Ordinary World


Tuesday, April 07, 2015

2811 Petula Clark - A Sign of the Times

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From: My Love; Year: 1966; Genre: Pop/Rock
I had one of Petula Clark's songs come on my iPhone whilst on the way home; it earwormed me and since I've always loved her singing and music I thought I would pick one of her songs today. I literally grew up hearing her music a lot from my mom, who adores her work; I guess I came to like her material too by proxy.
Anyway, this is one of her main hits from the mid 1960s and has a definite Motown/R&B feel in the rhythm section, which only adds to the quality of the song. From what I understand this song was banned by the radio station owner Clear Channel because of some "end of the world" undertones, wot ever that means.

Hear A Sign of the Times on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Iron Maiden - Wrathchild

My song pick two years ago today: Guns N' Roses - Paradise City

My song pick three years ago today: Ian Anderson - Shunt and Shuffle

My song pick four years ago today: Def Leppard - Waterloo Sunset

My song pick five years ago today: John Denver - Spirit

My song pick six years ago today: Sly and the Family Stone - Everyday People

My song pick seven years ago today: David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust