Saturday, January 30, 2016

3110. Jim & Ingrid Croce - What Do People Do

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From: Jim & Ingrid Croce; Year: 1969; Genre: Folk
I cannot begin to count the times I've heard the song over my lifetime, mostly as a child; my parents, especially my mom loved this album and song.
Anyway, this is, I believe, the only studio album to feature the husband and wife duo of Jim and Ingrid Croce performing together; it was also his second studio album. While all of his major hits came later there is a certain uplifting feeling from this record that is not as noticeable on his later albums. Whilst I absolutely love his heavier songs, I love this material too, but in a different way.
This song is very much a folk song in the late 60s tradition with just enough great accompaniment, (the bass line is quite fun), and more of a normal"every day" subject matter and feeling that to some degree all can relate to.

Hear What Do People Do on YouTube.



My song pick one year ago today: Rage Against the Machine - Take the Power Back

My song pick two years ago today: Dick Dale - Terra Dicktyl

My song pick three years ago today: Evanescence - Bring Me to Life

My song pick four years ago today: Alexander Porfiryevich Borodin - Symphony No.2 in B-Minor

My song pick five years ago today: Jon Oliva's Pain - Winter Haven

My song pick six years ago today: KoKo Taylor - That's Why I'm Crying

My song pick seven years ago today: Blue Öyster Cult - Veteran of the Psychic Wars

My song pick eight years ago today: Molly Hatchet - Bounty Hunter


Thursday, January 28, 2016

3108. Marillion - Hooks in You

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From: Seasons End; Year: 1989; Genre: Hard Rock/Progressive Rock
I had an incline to pick a song from Marillion this morning, and something from the first album to feature singer Steve Hogarth.
This one's got more of a straight-up rock sound than their earlier music, but is very much like what the prog rockers were doing in the late 80s. The instrumentation is excellent however and more than enough to catch the ear of the fan that fancy their more progressive roots.

Hear Hooks in You on YouTube.



My song pick one year ago today: Jamiroquai - Virtual Insanity

My song pick two years ago today: Queensrÿche - Breaking the Silence

My song pick three years ago today: Aerosmith - Jaded

My song pick four years ago today: Blind Faith - Had to Cry Today

My song pick five years ago today: Jethro Tull - By Kind Permission Of

My song pick six years ago today: Peter Gabriel - Down To Earth

My song pick seven years ago today: Edgar Winter Group - Free Ride

My song pick eight years ago today: Janis Joplin - Me and Bobby McGee


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

3100. Al Stewart - Year of the Cat

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From: Year of the Cat; Year: 1976; Genre: Soft Rock
Probably this, the most famous hit from Al Stewart, is best known for its vivid lyrics filled with both describing a romantic rendezvous in an exotic "far off" locale and and others that are more symbolic and vague.
For me though the music is the main draw, which is quite exquisite and technical with an extended solo section done on three instruments. All this is done perfectly in a way as to not scare away the more pop oriented fans from enjoying the piece.

Hear Year of the Cat on YouTube.



My song pick one year ago today: Midnight Oil - Dreamworld

My song pick two years ago today: Primus - John the Fisherman

My song pick three years ago today: Pearl Jam - Go

My song pick four years ago today: The Ventures - Beethoven's Sonata in C#-Minor

My song pick five years ago today: Stuart Hamm - Count Zero

My song pick six years ago today: Louis Armstrong - La Vie en Rose

My song pick seven years ago today: The Thermals - No Culture Icons

My song pick eight years ago today: Jethro Tull - Crossfire


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Friday, January 15, 2016

3095. Parliament - Let's Play House

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From: Trombipulation; Year: 1980; Genre: Funk
The Friday of the Funkiness doth approacheth me in this, the time of posting my blog of music; I must take heed and listen to the words and syncopated bump rhythm of Sir George Clinton and his champions, including Bootsy the Great in their merry band Parliament.
Anyway, this is a fun one that'll for sure put a smile on your face and a bounce in your step. Most who are not into funk might also be remembered as the base for Digital Underground's Humpty Dance, from which they sampled the main groove.

Hear Let's Play House on YouTube.



My song pick one year ago today: Rare Earth - Warm Ride

My song pick two years ago today: Pallas - Warriors

My song pick three years ago today: Soundgarden - Flower

My song pick four years ago today: Northern Kings - Wanted Dead or Alive

My song pick five years ago today: Jethro Tull - Bungle in the Jungle

My song pick six years ago today: Edvard Grieg - Op. 54, No.3 - The March of the Trolls (Troldtog)

My song pick seven years ago today: Rob Zombie - Dragula

My song pick eight years ago today: Tears for Fears - Mad World


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

3092. Tears for Fears - Shout

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From: Songs From The Big Chair; Year: 1985; Genre: New Wave/Rock
I'm getting back in the mood for some '80s music again; Tears for Fears is another one from that period of rock/pop that I like.
I was a bit surprised that I hadn't picked this song yet, being that it's essentially the signature song of the band, but it does get its fair share of overplay. More or less being a child of the 1980s, the synth sound doesn't turn me off too much, especially with how this band normally blended it with "normal" rock sounds.

Hear Shout on YouTube.




My song pick one year ago today: Badfinger - Baby Blue

My song pick two years ago today: Smashing Pumpkins - Bullet with Butterfly Wings

My song pick three years ago today: Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms

My song pick four years ago today: Metallica - The Day That Never Comes

My song pick five years ago today: Rammstein, featuring Carmen Zapata - Te Quiero Puta!

My song pick six years ago today: Traveling Wilburys - End of the Line

My song pick seven years ago today: The Doors - Love Her Madly

My song pick eight years ago today: Rod Stewart - Young Turks (Young Hearts Be Free)


Monday, January 11, 2016

3091. David Bowie - Starman

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From: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars; Year: 1972; Genre: Glam Rock
As you probably heard, the legendary singer/songwriter/performer David Bowie passed away yesterday; I was shocked when I saw the news alert. I seem to be making posts like this a lot lately, or so it would seem, I hope this die-off of great musical talent halts soon.
Anyway, as you probably know by the songs I've already picked I have always been a fan of the man's work and I couldn't think of a better song to pick today; it's one of my favourites.

Hear Starman on YouTube.



My song pick one year ago today: King Crimson - Starless

My song pick two years ago today: Black 47 - Maria's Wedding

My song pick three years ago today: Van Halen - 1984

My song pick four years ago today: Savatage - Holocaust

My song pick five years ago today: The United States of America - The Garden of Earthly Delights

My song pick six years ago today: Buddy Holley & the Crickets - Oh Boy!

My song pick seven years ago today: Oasis - Champagne Supernova

My song pick eight years ago today: John Denver - Paradise