Tuesday, May 31, 2016

3235. Bon Jovi - Dry County

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From: Keep the Faith; Year: 1992; Genre: Hard Rock
Last night while driving home a bunch of Bon Jovi's music came on my iPod. I haven't picked one of their tracks in a while, so I thought I would go ahead and pick one of my absolute favourites from the band.
This is probably their most epic magnum opus featuring not only a great, heavy, heartfelt piece of music, but then you get a guitar clinic being put on by Mr. Richie Sambora; pure musical bliss. The song clocks in at just under 10 minutes; basically this song and album is signaling them leaving their spandexy (is that even a real word?) 1980s Glam/Metal image.

Hear Dry County on YouTube.



My song pick one year ago today: Soundgarden - Storm

My song pick two years ago today: Megadeth - Go To Hell

My song pick three years ago today: The Scorpions - Loving You Sunday Morning

My song pick four years ago today: Paul Mauriat - L'amour est bleu "Love is Blue"

My song pick five years ago today: Blue Öyster Cult - (Don't Fear) The Reaper

My song pick six years ago today: The Grateful Dead - Ripple

My song pick seven years ago today: Eddie Rabbitt - Step By Step

My song pick eight years ago today: Rush - Between the Wheels


Thursday, May 19, 2016

3223. Eric Burdon & The Animals - Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood

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From: Animal Tracks; Year: 1965; Genre: Blues Rock
I had this song, which is amongst my favourites from Eric Burdon & The Animals, on my mind last night, so, yeah, like always, I'm picking it.
Whilst this was a huge hit for The Animals, it was originally a wonderful piece of bluesy jazz performed by Nina Simone, which can be found here on YouTube. But when Eric Burdon and company got ahold of it they altered all but essentially the lyrics and making it their own. Personally, I love both pieces in their own way, but it's hard not to think of that organ and guitar lick when you think of this song, however, the powerful, deep, and heartfelt lyrics and their delivery are really the driving force for me.

Hear Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood on YouTube.



My song pick one year ago today: The Who - 905

My song pick two years ago today: The Alan Parsons Project - I Wouldn't Want to Be Like You

My song pick three years ago today: Rush - 2112

My song pick four years ago today: Elvis Presley - Hound Dog

My song pick five years ago today: Tesla - I Wanna Live

My song pick six years ago today: Rammstein - Eifersucht

My song pick seven years ago today: Duran Duran - Lay Lady Lay

My song pick eight years ago today: Genesis - Mama


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

3222. Don Henley - Sunset Grill

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From: Building the Perfect Beast; Year: 1984; Genre: Rock
For some odd reason I had a load of Don Henley's music on my mind today; thought, as usual, would pick one.
To me it's always been interesting how so many sounds and different instruments blend throughout the song; particularly the synthesizers and the fretless bass guitar; without a doubt Sunset Grill has a large sound. There's a definite and odd feeling you get, (or at least I personally get), from listening this track; it's difficult to explain. Not nostalgia, introspection, or anything meta-cognitive, but it is interesting nevertheless.

Hear Sunset Grill on YouTube.



My song pick one year ago today: Bad Company - No Smoke Without a Fire

My song pick two years ago today: Freddy Taylor and His Swing Men from Harlem - Viper's Dream

My song pick three years ago today: Mr. Big - Tempermental

My song pick four years ago today: Heart - Crazy on You

My song pick five years ago today: Billy Thorpe - East of Eden's Gate

My song pick six years ago today: The Delegates - Convention '72

My song pick seven years ago today: Ozzy Osbourne - Goodbye to Romance

My song pick eight years ago today: Slade - Run Runaway


Monday, May 16, 2016

3220. Santo & Johnny - Love is Blue

From: Love is Blue; Year: 1978; Genre: Jazz/Pop
Busy with getting settled into our new house and have been tired, but as luck would have it I had Santo & Johnny's music on my mind to help me through the unpacking.
Anyway, this is an amazing cover of André Charles Jean Popp and Pierre Cour's hit piece of music that has been made famous by a few acts, most notably Vicky Leandros and Paul Mauriat. I especially adore the expressiveness and emotion that Santo Farina puts into the playing of the Hawaiian steel guitar.

Hear Love is Blue on YouTube.



My song pick one year ago today: B. B. King - Someday, Somewhere

My song pick two years ago today: Rose Royce - Funkin' Around

My song pick three years ago today: Blue Öyster Cult - Burnin' for You

My song pick four years ago today: Styx - Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)

My song pick five years ago today: April Wine - Sign of the Gypsy Queen

My song pick six years ago today: Clifford Brown & Max Roach - Daahoud

My song pick seven years ago today: Rammstein - Engel

My song pick eight years ago today: Frank Sinatra - Fly Me to the Moon


Saturday, May 07, 2016

3210. Mr. Bungle - Carousel

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From: Mr. Bungle; Year: 1991; Genre: Alternative Metal/Ska
After seeing and hearing some of Mr. Bungle's material on television the other night it brought the band back into my conscious memory so to speak. One of the bands that, if I remember correctly, showed up a lot on Max's old Song a Day blog that caught my attention; I've always been meaning to pick one from Mr. Bungle, but never got around to it, but I'm rectifying that today.
I love how many different sounds and musical ideas went into this song and blended absolutely perfectly.

Hear Carousel on YouTube.



My song pick one year ago today: Tears for Fears - Cold

My song pick two years ago today: Clarence Carter - Patches

My song pick three years ago today: Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) - 21st Century Man

My song pick four years ago today: "Weird Al" Yankovic - Dare to be Stupid

My song pick five years ago today: AC/DC - It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)

My song pick six years ago today: Judas Priest - The Hellion/Electric Eye

My song pick seven years ago today: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Learning To Fly

My song pick eight years ago today: The Four Top - It's the Same Old Song


Sunday, May 01, 2016

3204. Faith No More - I Started A Joke

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From: King For a Day... Fool For a Lifetime; Year: 1995; Genre: Alternative Rock/Pop
If my memory serves me correctly, I think it was a couple of years ago that Max got on my case a little for not picking Faith No More's pretty good cover of this hit track from the Bee Gees. I guess I finally got around to it; it's a good song and absolutely way past time in choosing it.
The vocals are done excellently as well as the instrumentation and arrangement to, as every band should, make the song their own whilst keeping the spirit intact of the original.

Hear I Started a Joke on YouTube.



My song pick one year ago today: Bobby Lyle - Groove (Ain't No Doubt About It)

My song pick two years ago today: Jethro Tull - Nursie

My song pick three years ago today: Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb

My song pick four years ago today: Steeleye Span - Sligo Maid

My song pick five years ago today: Eddie Money - Gimme Me Some Water 

My song pick six years ago today: Steeleye Span - All Around My Hat

My song pick seven years ago today: .38 Special - Fade To Blue

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