Saturday, December 31, 2016

3453. Iron Maiden - When the Wild Wind Blows

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From: The Final Frontier; Year: 2010; Genre: Metal
Another year coming to a close...today's my last song pick of 2016. I'd like to get deeper, optimistic, or even have a feeling of dread of the coming year, but it just seems like another day; the sun goes down, the sun comes up....
Anyway, was listening to this excellent album recently and really wanted to choose another song off of it.
When the Wild Wind Blows has a captivating story set to amazing music with a lot of intricate sections; a very deep and satisfying piece to close out such a marvelous record.

Hear When the Wild Wind Blows on YouTube.



My song pick one year ago today: Primus with The Fungi Ensemble - Farewell Wonkites

My song pick two years ago today: The Moody Blues - Nights in White Satin/Late Lament

My song pick three years ago today: Rahsaan Roland Kirk - Old Rugged Cross

My song pick four years ago today: Mahavishnu Orchestra - One Word

My song pick five years ago today: The Alan Parsons Project - The Raven

My song pick six years ago today: Béla Fleck and the Flecktones - The Sinister Minister

My song pick seven years ago today: Rammstein - Reise, Reise

My song pick eight years ago today: Billy Joel - New York State Of Mind

My song pick nine years ago today: Manfred Mann - The Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo)


Saturday, December 24, 2016

3446. Trans-Siberian Orchestra - A Mad Russian's Christmas

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From: Christmas Eve and Other Stories; Year: 1996; Genre: Progressive Metal
Christmas Eve is finally upon us, and it just wouldn't be Christmas for me without some TSO. Kind of surprised that I had now picked this track yet; it's still one of my favourites from the album. It's borrows some from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite as well as having sections that are totally original in this unique arrangement.

Hear A Mad Russian's Christmas on YouTube.



My song pick one year ago today: Bing Crosby - White Christmas

My song pick two years ago today: B. Bumble and the Stingers - Nut Rocker

My song pick three years ago today: Jethro Tull - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

My song pick four years ago today: Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Wizards in Winter

My song pick five years ago today: "Weird Al" Yankovic - Christmas at Ground Zero

My song pick six years ago today: Greg Lake (Emerson, Lake & Palmer) - I Believe in Father Christmas

My song pick seven years ago today: Louis Armstrong - 'Zat You Santa Claus?

My song pick eight years ago today: Jethro Tull - A Christmas Song

My song pick nine years ago today: Trans-Siberian Orchestra - The Ghost of Christmas Eve


Friday, December 23, 2016

3445. Electric Jungle - Funky Funky Christmas

From: Funky Funky Christmas (single); Year: 1974; Genre: Funk/Soul/Christmas
Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and I'm still picking Christmas songs on this Funky Friday. Not surprisingly, there's a lot of Holiday Funk out there being that it's such a positive form of music that gets people in a mood to get down, boogie, and party. I ran across this song whilst listening to some Christmas funk music on YouTube; I thought it was a perfect fit. I haven't seen anything else from Electric Jungle except for this single and b-side' it's too bad, they're a pretty good band.

Hear Funky Funky Christmas on YouTube.



My song pick one year ago today: Louis Armstrong - Winter Wonderland

My song pick two years ago today: Joe Cocker - With a Little Help From My Friends

My song pick three years ago today: Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band - The Little Drummer Boy

My song pick four years ago today: The Byrds - Mr. Tambourine Man

My song pick five years ago today: Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Siberian Sleigh Ride

My song pick six years ago today: Twisted Sister - Oh Come All Ye Faithful

My song pick seven years ago today: Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Joy/Angels We Have Heard on High

My song pick eight years ago today: The Kinks - Father Christmas

My song pick nine years ago today: Jethro Tull - Thick As A Brick


Thursday, December 22, 2016

3444. Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Nutrocker

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From: Pictures at an Exhibition; Year: 1971; Genre: Progressive Rock/Rock 'N Roll
Yesterday I discovered that Greg Lake passed away a couple of weeks ago; leaving only Carl Palmer still alive from this epic supergroup. It's sad that I learned about him passing away long after the fact; most news outlets don't really care about real talented musicians and marginalize or flat-out ignore them. In 2016 I've seen many of the musicians I look up to pass away, and at 69 years of age Greg Lake was far to young.

Anyway, on more happy subjects, I decided that I should pick one of their songs. Of course there was really only one song I could pick in this week prior to Christmas since I already have chosen Lake's I Believe in Father Christmas. This one is cover of the rock 'n roll rendition of Tchaikovsky's March of the Toy Soldiers from The Nutcracker Suite done in the early 1960s by B. Bumble & the Stingers. EL&P really did a great job in their version of the piece.

Watch a live performance on YouTube.



My song pick one year ago today: Trans-Siberian Orchestra - O Come All Ye Faithful/O Holy Night

My song pick two years ago today: Bob Rivers - Holidaze

My song pick three years ago today: Bob Rivers - Aquaclaus

My song pick four years ago today: The Honeycombs - Have I the Right?

My song pick five years ago today: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Christmas All Over Again

My song pick six years ago today: Rush - Tears

My song pick seven years ago today: Sylvia - Drifter

My song pick eight years ago today: Cheech & Chong - Santa Claus and His Old Lady

My song pick nine years ago today: Supertramp - The Logical Song


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

3443. Louis Armstrong with Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra - White Christmas

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From: What a Wonderful Christmas; Year: 1997 (1950s); Genre: Jazz/Christmas Music
Here's one that everyone should play this time of year or anytime you're feeling down and pining for the Holidays.
Really though, how do you make a legendary Irving Berlin hit even better; yep, have Mr. Louis Armstrong lend his voice to it, and boy does he ever do this song great. Not bagging on any other legendary vocalist whose done the song, but I'm admittedly quite partial to Pops and his unmistakable voice and music.

Hear Pops' incredible version of White Christmas on YouTube.



My song pick one year ago today: Bob Rivers & Twisted Radio - Jingle Hells Bells

My song pick two years ago today: Stanley Clarke, George Duke, and Everette Harp - O Tannenbaum

My song pick three years ago today: Louis Armstrong - Christmas Night in Harlem

My song pick four years ago today: The Beatles - Please Please Me

My song pick five years ago today: John Denver - Please Daddy (Don't Get Drunk This Christmas)

My song pick six years ago today: Mykola Leontovych - Shchedryk (The Carol of the Bells)

My song pick seven years ago today: Steeleye Span - Edwin

My song pick eight years ago today: Trans-Siberian Orchestra/Savatage - Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24

My song pick nine years ago today: Jethro Tull - Ring Out Solstice Bells