Sunday, August 30, 2015

2957 The Mamas & the Papas - Go Where You Wanna Go

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From: If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears; Year: 1966; Genre: Psychedelic Rock/Sunshine Pop
For some reason I was drawing a blank when thinking about the song I was to pick today, but as luck would have it when I sat down to make my choice The Mamas and the Papas started playing in my mind. I also realized that I hadn't picked one of their songs yet and since I've always liked the band and Cass Elliot's vocals in particular it was a good match.
Most people who listen to music from the time period should recognize this early hit even thought it wasn't the most popular from the album; there is definitely a time to listen to some good 'ol fashioned sunshine Pop.

Hear Go Where You Wanna Go on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Journey - Wheel in the Sky

My song pick two years ago today: Santana - La Fuente del Ritmo

My song pick three years ago today: King Crimson - The Court of the Crimson King

My song pick four years ago today: Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) - Yours Truly, 2095

My song pick five years ago today: Stahlhammer - Herz Aus Stahl

My song pick six years ago today: America - Sister Golden Hair

My song pick seven years ago today: Fleetwood Mac - Little Lies


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

2952 Red Hot Chili Peppers - Dani California

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From: Stadium Arcadium; Year: 2006; Genre: Alternative Rock
Last night I caught some videos from the RHCP on the TV; it felt like a good time to pick another one of their songs. I thought for sure that I'd picked this one at some time in the past, but apparently not. Dani California has their great a-typical sound in spades and is an excellent song in many ways.

Hear Dani California on YouTube.


Anyway, last night I happened to notice activity on Arthur's Song-a-day blog after an about 2 year or so hiatus. It's nice to have someone again join Woordenaar and myself in talking about our favourite music.


My song pick a year ago today: Porcupine Tree - Don't Hate Me

My song pick two years ago today: Jacques Offenbach - La belle Hélène (Overture)

My song pick three years ago today: Brave Belt - Another Way Out

My song pick four years ago today: 3 Doors Down - Kryptonite

My song pick five years ago today: Joachim Witt - Krieger Des Licht

My song pick six years ago today: Jimi Hendrix - Angel

My song pick seven years ago today: Béla Fleck and the Flecktones - Sunset Road


Monday, August 24, 2015

2951 Hawklords (Hawkwind) - (Only) The Dead Dreams of the Cold War Kid

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From: 25 Years On; Year: 1978; Genre: Progressive Rock/Space Rock
I spent much of last night listening to Hawkwind; this often overlooked album from the band was one that I focused on a lot.
Anyway, for this album alone for some reason, (but widely thought of from a legal battle over ownership of the band's name), they decided to release it as the Hawklords instead; the next album, PXR5, they went back to the original band name of Hawkwind. All in all despite all of this the album is just as good as their other material from this time period. This one has a bit of a Crosby, Stills, and Nash feel to it, but with a definite heavy British Progressive Rock edge to it.

Hear (Only) The Dead Dreams of the Cold War Kid on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Peter Gabriel - Big Time

My song pick two years ago today: A-ha - Take On Me

My song pick three years ago today: Return to Forever - Excerpt from the First Movement of Heavy Metal

My song pick four years ago today: Homer & Jethro - The Billboard Song

My song pick five years ago today: Thursday - I1100

My song pick six years ago today: Wings - Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five

My song pick seven years ago today: Gordon Lightfoot - Sundown


Saturday, August 22, 2015

2949 The Kinks - Autumn Almanac

From: Autumn Almanac (single); Year: 1967; Genre: Rock/Pop
After having a conversation about The Kinks last night it got me into the mood for some of their music. Anyway, this is one of their more upbeat pop tracks that oozes with romanticism, sentimentality, and great visuals that brings up snapshots of English lifestyle; I love the prose and imagery and how it fits the music so well. Definitely one of the best songs in their catalogue.

Hear Autumn Almanac on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Stevie Wonder - Skeletons

My song pick two years ago today: The Grass Roots - Sooner or Later

My song pick three years ago today: Felix Mendelssohn - Op. 56 - Symphony No. 3 (Scottish)

My song pick four years ago today: Deep Purple - Pictures of Home

My song pick five years ago today: Heart - If Looks Could Kill

My song pick six years ago today: Lynyrd Skynyrd - Simple Man

My song pick seven years ago today: The Beatles - Here Comes the Sun


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

2946 Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO) - Tramp

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From: Bachman-Turner Overdrive II; Year: 1973; Genre: Hard Rock
Most music today is sadly missing one aspect that this entire album has: being built around the entire album as a composition rather than making singles. Album Oriented Rock, (AOR), is just that; it's made so you would drop the needle down on the first track and you wouldn't notice a song ending and a new one beginning as much. You'd just flip it over and listen to the other side too; that's why if you like a certain album songs like this one, which are not the big hits still resonate and you'll still enjoy them. Sure, people would probably quickly to notice Let it Ride and Takin' Care of Business a lot quicker, but if the album passed to another track it was still a good song you'd probably enjoy.
Anyway, I like how this one plays around with the hard and bluesier, but catchier choruses to the much harder-edged verses.

Hear Tramp on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Van der Graaf Generator - Darkness 11/11

My song pick two years ago today: The Police - Walking on the Moon

My song pick three years ago today: Led Zeppelin - Misty Mountain Hop

My song pick four years ago today: Émile Waldteufel - Op. 232 - Rococo-Polka

My song pick five years ago today: Sky - Sarabande

My song pick six years ago today: Lynyrd Skynyrd - On The Hunt

My song pick seven years ago today: Ian Anderson - A Better Moon


Saturday, August 15, 2015

2942 Johannes Tapissler - Credo

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From: French Sacred Music of the 14th Century, Vol. 1; Year: 1994 (14th Century); Genre: classical/Sacred/Renaissance Period
I thought it would be fun to go way, way back musically and pick something that I like that is quite old and venerable. This one is without a doubt at this point the oldest song I've ever picked in the almost eight years I've been doing this blog.
Sadly, not much has survived about Johannes Tapissler in the eight or so centuries since his death; but he was a quite famous composer and musician in his time. This sacred piece, which is a movement from a Mass about the declaration of salvation, is one of only three pieces of his music attributed to him that has survived.
Credo is of course done a cappella with many choral voices; I really love the way that they harmonize and the musical tapestry they weave.

Hear a performance of Credo on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: The Isley Brothers - It's Your Thing

My song pick two years ago today: Bass Extremes - Portrait of Tracy

My song pick three years ago today: ZZ Top - La Grange

My song pick four years ago today: Rammstein - Seemann

My song pick five years ago today: Jon Bon Jovi - Blaze of Glory

My song pick six years ago today: The Who - The Seeker

My song pick seven years ago today: The Beatles - Mr. Moonlight


Thursday, August 13, 2015

2940 Jethro Tull - Fire at Midnight

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From: Songs From the Wood; Year: 1977; Genre: Progressive Rock/Folk Rock
Last night and into this morning I had this song playing incessantly in my mind, so as per usual I took it as a sign I should pick it.
This one, as with most of the rest of the record, has a lot of traditional British music infused with the hard prog rock that the band is known for; definitely musically one of their high points musically and lyrically. My favourite part of this one in particular is the instrumental break where they layer melodies on top of one another; simply a thing of beauty.

Hear Fire at Midnight on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Wolfmother - Woman

My song pick two years ago today: Dick Dale - Banzai Washout

My song pick three years ago today: Megadeth - 13

My song pick four years ago today: Warrant - Heaven

My song pick five years ago today: The Jimi Hendrix Experience - The Wind Cries Mary

My song pick six years ago today: Savatage - Damien

My song pick seven years ago today: Marcy Playground - Sex and Candy


Friday, August 07, 2015

2934 Stanley Clarke - The Dancer

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From: School Days; Year: 1976; Genre: Jazz Fusion/Funk
If my counting is correct, (although sometimes it's not), this is my 100th consecutive Funky Friday since I started doing a Funky Friday on every Friday almost two years ago.
Anyway, to mark the occasion I thought I would pick one from bassist/composer extraordinaire Stanley Clarke, who since I picked up the bass guitar is one I've really grown to admire. This song has a really nice Latin-inspired beat combined with some great jazz/funk.

Hear The Dancer on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Bread - Down on my Knees

My song pick two years ago today: Dream Theater - Learning to Live

My song pick three years ago today: Franz Schubert - D 911, Op. 89 - Die Winterreise

My song pick four years ago today: Bon Jovi - Runaway

My song pick five years ago today: Missing Link - Spoiled Love

My song pick six years ago today: Grace Slick - Angel of the Night

My song pick seven years ago today: Don Williams - Yellow Moon


Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Monday, August 03, 2015

2930 Rush - The Weapon (Part II of Fear)

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From: Signals; Year: 1982; Genre: Progressive Rock
I'm in the mood for some Rush from the early '80s this morning. I noted that I had not picked this song, which is part of Neil Peart's "Fear Series." It was originally a trilogy made up of three songs over from consecutive albums in the early '80s starting with Moving Pictures and ending on Signal; Neil Peart added to it with a fourth part on their late 1990s album Vapour Trails.
The Weapon is mostly a synth driven piece similar to what would be heard from Rush in the subsequent years during the mid to later part of the decade. Still, it's not a bad song though; definitely a classic from the band.

Hear The Weapon on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Genesis - Abacab

My song pick two years ago today: Savatage - Handful of Rain

My song pick three years ago today: Emerson, Lake & Palmer - The Barbarian

My song pick four years ago today: Charlie Parker - Summertime

My song pick five years ago today: Tarot - Gone

My song pick six years ago today: The Rolling Stones - Paint It Black

My song pick seven years ago today: The Enemys - Sinner Man


Sunday, August 02, 2015