Wednesday, June 29, 2016

3264. Jethro Tull - Pan Dance

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From: Minstrel in the Galley (remaster); Year: 1974/75; Genre: Progressive Rock/20th Century classical
For some reason today I felt like listening to something light, 'Tull's Minstrel in the Gallery album came to mind and seemed like a perfect fit for me.
The was a rarer gem that most have probably not heard; it was apparently written and performed/recorded by the band for a dance group called Pan's People, but was eventually released on an EP as an extra track. Later, of course, it was added to the remaster of Minstrel in the Gallery as a bonus track.
The song is definitely classical in almost all respects with Ian Anderson's style. The strings and other orchestral talent make this a great little buried treasure for the music connoisseur.

Hear Pan Dance on YouTube.



My song pick one year ago today: Chris Squire - Silently Falling

My song pick two years ago today: Jim Croce - Bad, Bad Leroy Brown

My song pick three years ago today: Béla Fleck and the Flecktones - Life in Eleven

My song pick four years ago today: Red Rider - White Hot

My song pick five years ago today: The Allman Brothers Band - Melissa

My song pick six years ago today: Queen - Play The Game

My song pick seven years ago today: Jerry Reed - Guitar Man

My song pick eight years ago today: Blind Faith - Can't Find My Way Home


Monday, June 20, 2016

3255. Blood, Sweat & Tears - And When I Die

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From: Blood, Sweat & Tears; Year: 1968; Genre: Blues Rock/Jazz Fusion
After hearing some of their music the other day and subsequently having it stuck in my mind I once again I was surprised that I had found another band I liked that I had not picked a song from.
Anyway, this one is a bit schizophrenic in construction, but in an interesting and wonderful way. The slow and loping bluesy verses, which launchs into a jazzy gospelesque pre-chorus and continues into the chorus where it comes to a climax and abruptly starts over.

Hear And When I Die on YouTube.



My song pick one year ago today: Styx - Mademoiselle

My song pick two years ago today: David Shire - Night on Disco Mountain

My song pick three years ago today: King Crimson - 21st Century Schizoid Man

My song pick four years ago today: Rush - BU2B

My song pick five years ago today: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band - Born to Run

My song pick six years ago today: Jethro Tull - Moths

My song pick seven years ago today: Steely Dan - Dirty Work

My song pick eight years ago today: John Denver - Opposite Tables


Sunday, June 19, 2016

3254. UB40 - Impossible Love

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From: Labour of Love II; Year: 1989; Genre: Reggae
Every time I hit my limit stress wise I like to turn on some reggae; combine that with a bunch of UB40 songs going through my mind this morning and I have a perfect fit.
This will always be my favourite album of covers from UB40, plus there's a lot of memories connected to it and the time it was released for me specifically. This minor track has always been one of the ones I like like most; just got everything it needs in the right proportions.

Hear Impossible Love on YouTube.



My song pick one year ago today: Funkadelic - Funk Gets Stronger, Part 1

My song pick two years ago today: Lenny Kravitz - Fields of Joy

My song pick three years ago today: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Here Comes My Girl

My song pick four years ago today: Jaco Pastorius - Amerika

My song pick five years ago today: Waylander - Born to the Fight

My song pick six years ago today: Dizzy Gillespie - Night In Tunisia

My song pick seven years ago today: Tommy James - Draggin' The Line

My song pick eight years ago today: Ozzy Osbourne - The Road To Nowhere


Monday, June 13, 2016

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

3243. Genesis - Supper's Ready

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From: Foxtrot; Year: 1972; Genre: Progressive Rock
Getting back to some more contemporary material today; I had a few songs on my mind, but for some reason Genesis just fit my mood the most.
Anyway, as anyone who knows this album would know, this is the 23 minute magnum opus that closes out Foxtrot containing seven songs in and of itself, which go from very grounded and straight-forward all the way around, to just completely nonsensical and out there in every aspect. In other words, there's probably something for everyone within this piece of music.

Hear Supper's Ready on YouTube.



My song pick one year ago today: Ian Anderson - Puer Ferox Adventus

My song pick two years ago today: Jon Oliva's Pain - Afterglow

My song pick three years ago today: B.J. Thomas - The Eyes of a New York Woman

My song pick four years ago today: Fleetwood Mac (Bob Welch) - Sentimental Lady

My song pick five years ago today: Hawkwind - Fall of Earth City

My song pick six years ago today: The Moody Blues - I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)

My song pick seven years ago today: Queen - One Vision

My song pick eight years ago today: Megadeth - Captive Honour


Tuesday, June 07, 2016

3242. John Dowland - Time Stands Still

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Year: 1603; Genre: Renaissance Period/Baroque Period/classical
Still listening to a lot of Renaissance/Baroque period music and thought I would go ahead and pick another piece of chamber music, but this time from the legendary renaissance composer John Dowland.
This piece written for voice with sparse accompaniment by a lute and other stringed instruments is a love song, written from the point of view of someone so enraptured by the beauty of his beloved that time appears to cease movement when she is around. Both the words and the music are extremely well put together; one aspect is not complete without the other.

Hear Time Stands Still sung by Andreas Scholl on YouTube.
See a great live performance by Jolaine Kerley, Adam Wead, and Josephine van Lieron YouTube.



My song pick one year ago today: Tarot - Magic and Technology

My song pick two years ago today: Hawkwind - PXR5

My song pick three years ago today: Jethro Tull - Summerday Sands

My song pick four years ago today: Typhoon24 feat. Tatsuzo of YKZ - Spice of Life

My song pick five years ago today: Tarot - Veteran of Psychic Wars

My song pick six years ago today: Led Zeppelin - Hey Hey What Can I Do

My song pick seven years ago today: Marty Simon - Jerhume Brunnen G

My song pick eight years ago today: Focus - Hocus Pocus


Saturday, June 04, 2016

3239. The Cure - Friday I'm in Love

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From: Wish; Year: 1992; Genre: Alternative Rock
I must've heard this track yesterday at some point, but it got stuck in my head. Not one of my favourites from the band, but not a bad song either. There's kind of a special place I have for it I guess; I remember hearing it a lot back when it released. Even then though the sound was a bit dated; sounds very early 1980sish to my ear. Most of my memories have to do with making parody lyrics to this really catchy tune.

Hear Friday I'm in Love on YouTube.



My song pick one year ago today: Carmen - Margarita

My song pick two years ago today: Ludwig Van Beethoven - Op.130 - String Quartet No.13 "Cavatina"

My song pick three years ago today: Wadsworth Mansion - Sweet Mary

My song pick four years ago today: Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

My song pick five years ago today: Louis Armstrong - C'est si bon

My song pick six years ago today: Jethro Tull - Journeyman

My song pick seven years ago today: Kansas - The Pinnacle

My song pick eight years ago today: Rammstein - Asche Zu Asche