Monday, March 14, 2016

Sunday, March 13, 2016

3155. Emerson, Lake & Palmer - The Three Fates

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From: Emerson, Lake & Palmer; Year: 1970; Genre: Progressive Rock/classical
Last night I learned that Keith Emerson took his own life a couple days ago after struggling with physical ailments. It's sad on so many levels to lose such a monumental keyboardist/musician/writer/arranger of his talent; he will surely be missed without a doubt; may he rest in peace.
Anyway, whilst thinking about a good track to choose I came across this suite from Emerson, Lake & Palmer's first album based on the Three Fates of Greek Myth: Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos. It's mostly Keith Emerson's keyboard work on both a grand pipe organ and piano all over the place stylistically all the way from classical to jazz, hard rock, and everything in between; almost 8 minutes of getting to hear a master musician play on his chosen instrument.

Hear The Three Fates on YouTube.



My song pick one year ago today: Dayton Sidewinders - Slippin' Into Darkness

My song pick two years ago today: Pink Floyd - Keep Talking

My song pick three years ago today: Bud Tutmarc - Hilo March

My song pick four years ago today: Soundgarden - No Wrong No Right

My song pick five years ago today: Jethro Tull - Wond'ring Aloud

My song pick six years ago today: Joe Walsh (The Eagles) - In The City

My song pick seven years ago today: Pearls Before Swine - (Oh Dear) Miss Morse

My song pick eight years ago today: Lou Reed - Walk on the Wildside


Thursday, March 10, 2016

3152. Marillion - Sugar Mice

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From: Clutching at Straws; Year: 1987; Genre: Progressive Rock
Having a busy day, so I'm making a pick from a band that I am very well acquainted with and like a lot.
This is a song that is very soulful and heavy; the music and lyrics are melded together very well to make a very emotionally heavy song that makes a comparison of people who are unemployed to the confectionery treat Sugar Mice melting in the rain. Almost 30 years since its release and is still all too relevant.

Hear Sugar Mice on YouTube.



My song pick one year ago today: Pink Floyd - Money

My song pick two years ago today: American Breed - Bend Me, Shape Me

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

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

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

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

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

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


Sunday, March 06, 2016

3147. Pendragon - Fly High, Fall Far

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From: Fly High, Fall Far; Year: 1984; Genre: Progressive Rock/Hard Rock
I had this second prog/rock wave band on my mind this morning, and since I had not picked from them in some time, it seems like a good time as ever.
Fly High, Fall Far is the first song off of their debut EP of the song's namesake. Definitely mid 1980s progressive rock in almost every way, however, their sound definitely hearkens back to the previous generation prog greats, especially Genesis and Pink Floyd; you can definitely hear their influences on this track in particular.

Hear Fly High, Fall Far on YouTube.



My song pick one year ago today: Luther Davis Group - Keep On Dancing

My song pick two years ago today: Tarot - Wings of Darkness

My song pick three years ago today: John Denver - Shanghai Breezes

My song pick four years ago today: Aphrodite's Child - The Beast

My song pick five years ago today: Duran Duran - Lonely In Your Nightmare

My song pick six years ago today: Jethro Tull - Dogs in the Midwinter

My song pick seven years ago today: John Denver - Season Suite: Late Winter, Early Spring (When Everybody Goes To Mexico)

My song pick eight years ago today: César Antonovich Cui - Orientale


Saturday, March 05, 2016

3146. Jethro Tull - Flying Dutchman

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From: Stormwatch; Year; 1979; Genre: Progressive Rock
I heard this rather long and epic song the other day and it was in my mind whilst I was contemplating which song I should pick, so I am.
This one is put together quite interestingly with the verses that are rather intricate and mournful but contrast to the upbeat sound when it launches into the chorus with full-blown majors and then back again. But for me the instrumental section which is full-blown Scottish jig with all the bombasticness of their signature style of progressive rock.
As you can probably discern by the title, this song is mostly about the legendary ship of the same name and fits in at the end of this loose concept album as a metaphor and warning for the arrival of the end of the world; the Flying Dutchman can finally end its voyage and come back to port, just as the seafaring legend states.

Hear Flying Dutchman on YouTube.



My song pick one year ago today: Stone Temple Pilots - Vasoline

My song pick two years ago today: Bruce Hornsby and the Range - Mandolin Rain

My song pick three years ago today: George Strait - Ocean Front Property

My song pick four years ago today: April Wine - Future Tense

My song pick five years ago today: The Darkness - Hazel Eyes

My song pick six years ago today: The O'Jays - Back Stabbers

My song pick seven years ago today: Tarja Turunen - Enough

My song pick eight years ago today: Modest Petrovitch Mussorgsky - Night on Bald Mountain


Thursday, March 03, 2016

3144. Pallas - Cut and Run

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From: The Sentinel; Year: 1984; Genre: Progressive Rock
Just needed something from earlier Pallas this morning. I've almost exhausted their epic concept album The Sentinel and am now down to the tracks that were added because of their label's pressure. Despite this fact Cut and Run is not a bad track by any measurement; everything from the odd time signatures to the complex instrumentation/arrangements. This song in particular reminds just a wee bit of Queensrÿche of the same time period.

Hear Cut and Run on YouTube.



My song pick one year ago today: Sky - Dies Irae

My song pick two years ago today: Buddy Holly - Crying, Waiting, Hoping

My song pick three years ago today: Waylander - Erdath

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

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

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

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

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