Saturday, April 29, 2017

3572. Stuart Hamm - Radio Free Albemuth

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From: Radio Free Albemuth; Year: 1988; Genre: Progressive Rock/Jazz Fusion
As odd happenstance would have it I was already going to pick this song, which features both Joe Satriani and Allan Holdsworth on guitar only to find out that the legendary guitarist Holdsworth passed away a few days ago... dang; he was a major musician who played all over the place and influenced many guitarists. Even if you do not know of him by name there's a pretty good chance you've heard him play at one time or another.
Anywho, about the song: Radio Free Albemuth changes up grooves and time signatures throughout with contrasting and well-defined sections that are expertly pieced together with amazing musical mastery throughout.

Hear Radio Free Albemuth on YouTube.



My song pick one year ago today: Central Line - Walking Into Sunshine

My song pick two years ago today: Zakk Wylde - Way Beyond Empty

My song pick three years ago today: XTC - Travels in Nihilon

My song pick four years ago today: The Kinks - Long Tall Sally

My song pick five years ago today: The Beatles - And I Love Her

My song pick six years ago today: Al Di Meola - Alien Chase on Arabian Desert

My song pick seven years ago today: Alice Cooper - Go To Hell

My song pick eight years ago today: Pink Floyd - Shine On You Crazy Diamond

My song pick nine years ago today: The Doors - Riders On The Storm


Friday, April 28, 2017

3571. Rose Royce - Car Wash

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From: Car Wash; Year: 1976; Genre: Funk/Soul/Disco
If my numbers are correct this is my 190th consecutive Funky Friday pick; almost to 200.
Anyway, last night I had another Rose Royce track come on my phone and I enjoyed it so much that I felt like picking another one of their songs today.
As you probably already know, this thumping disco/funk song is the title track from the classic film Car Wash's soundtrack and was also the band's debut album; and wot a way to debut. I'd hazard to guess that most everybody alive has heard Car Wash or at least parts of it at some time.

Hear Car Wash on YouTube.



My song pick one year ago today: Camel - Never Let Go

My song pick two years ago today: Jerry Reed - The Legend

My song pick three years ago today: Curved Air - Heaven (Never Seemed So Far Away)

My song pick four years ago today: Alestorm - Rum

My song pick five years ago today: Bachman & Turner - Slave to the Rhythm

My song pick six years ago today: Pink Floyd - San Tropez

My song pick seven years ago today: Janis Joplin - Mercedes Benz

My song pick eight years ago today: Pink Floyd - Pigs On The Wing Parts 1 and 2

My song pick nine years ago today: Charlie Parker - Blues For Alice


Saturday, April 15, 2017

3558. Fletcher Henderson and Louis Armstrong - Money Blues

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From: Timeless Historical Presents Fletcher Henderson and Louis Armstrong 1924-1925; Year: 1924/25; Genre: New Orleans Jazz/Dixieland
Back some six years ago or so I was really wanting to pick this song, but could never find it on YouTube or another streaming service, so I just made a note of it in my queue of unpicked songs and checked every now and then for it, but eventually gave up. Today, on a lark I decided to check, and sure enough, not only was it there, but from an official source too.
It's amazing how much things have changed with music and YouTube since I first started this blog over nine years ago. Because companies and artists would take down and go after people the choices I could make back then were very restricted, but now... it's really night and day difference.
Anyway, this is one of those feel good pieces of jazz you'd expect to hear playing behind an old silent film or during a Vaudeville act. Of course hearing Pops in his earlier years is a treat.

Hear Money Blues on YouTube.



My song pick one year ago today: Weather Report - Palladíum

My song pick two years ago today: Percy Sledge - When a Man Loves a Woman

My song pick three years ago today: Peter Gabriel - Steam

My song pick four years ago today: Phil Collins - Something Happened on the Way to Heaven

My song pick five years ago today: Pallas - Rise and Fall, Part 2

My song pick six years ago today: Blue Öyster Cult - Black Blade

My song pick seven years ago today: Rammstein - Waidmanns Heil

My song pick eight years ago today: Jethro Tull - Rock Island

My song pick nine years ago today: Cheap Trick - Mighty Wings