Friday New Releases – September 7th

It is the first Friday of September and there is a long list of releases.  Everyone starts putting out their new albums in the Fall and there are some big ones coming, but let us focus on today.  The ones I am looking forward to are highlighted in Blue.  Let me know what you want to listen to and which ones I might have missed on the list.  Thanks and have a great music weekend!!

  • 917OiMivKZL._SX522_  Alter Bridge – Live a the Royal Albert Hall (feat. the Parallax Orchestra) – (Napalm Records):  I am surprised by another live record after last year’s release.  That is ok.  There are some different songs in the set list and a little orchestra along with it.  I will give it a listen and then decide on buying.

  • A11xhBfgFwL._SX522_  Lenny Kravitz – Raise Vibration – (Roxie Records):  I have always loved Lenny so this is a no brainer to stream.  His last few have been so-so so again I will stream it before I buy it.  Just so you know, I don’t always do that as I do have 4 or 5 albums on pre-order without hearing a lick.  Only a few bands get that special treatment.

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The Original Vs. The Cover – “Live and Let Die”

Welcome to the first installment of “The Original Vs. The Cover” for 2018.  We are going to start it off this year with the battle between Paul McCartney & Wings and Guns ‘N Roses with the song “Live and Let Die”.  The song was written by Paul & Linda McCartney for the James Bond movie “Live and Let Die”. The two versions aren’t really that different in my opinion.  Some of the orchestration is replaced with guitars, but other than that they are very similar.  But before we choose a version we like more, let’s talk about each version first.

Paul McCartney and Wings

Paul was given the Ian Fleming novel to read and then he sat down at his piano and wrote the song.  I am not sure Paul had ever had to write a song around a title before as he said it was not an easy thing to do.  Well, he wrote the song in an afternoon, so it must not have been that hard.  The song is one of Wing’s most popular songs and it received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song in 1973.  However, it did lose to Barbara Streisand’s song “The Way We Were”.  The song was also nominated for a Grammy in the same year.

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My Sunday Song – “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles

For My Sunday Song #58 I am going to tackle my favorite Beatles song, “Here Comes the Sun”.  Notice I said my favorite and I did not say the best.  I don’t want anyone getting a hair up there tail because I said the best.  My intention is to not start an argument as I know there are many people passionate about their Beatles.

The song was recorded in 1969 and released on their album ‘Abbey Road’ the same year. The song only features three of the Beatles, George, Ringo & Paul as John was recovering from a car crash.

Lyrically, it is a very simple song but musically there is a lot going on.  Paul did the bass, of course and Ringo on drums while George did everything else, and I mean everything else.  He is credited with both the acoustic and electric guitars, the harmonium, and introducing the band to a Moog synthesizer (which might have looked like something below).
Wall of MOOG
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My Favorite Guitars

 

I have always wanted to learn to play a guitar.  I tried when I was a kid, but I have two big problems. One, I have zero patience and couldn’t understand why I wasn’t great right away.  Two, I am tone deaf and couldn’t tell you a D flat from an A sharp.

So instead, I just listen to a lot of great guitar players and sit in awe of their incredible talent.  I also have a dream of collecting autograph guitars, but I have another problem with that…MONEY!!  Or lack thereof.

If I had all the money in the world, these are the guitars I would go after.

 

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Van Halen – Frankenstrat – Who is not familiar with this iconic guitar?  This could be one of the most recognizable guitars ever made.  You see it, you know that is Van Halen.  A copy of it is even in the National Museum of American History.  This was the guitar from 1979 and their first album.  He has made many different versions of with this look, but if you are going to grab it, get the original.

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Friday New Releases – June 10th

Another great Friday of releases.  The one I am most excited about is Scorpion Child.  I hope there is something that gets your blood pumping.  The ones in blue are the ones I will be listening to over the next couple of days.

  • 81TAzHEbwwL._SX450_  Scorpion Child – Acid Roulette – (Nuclear Blast America) – They are back and I couldn’t be happier.  Their self-titled first album was a masterpiece. They have a classic rock sound with a modern edge.  I can’t get enough of new bands that have that retro sound.  This will be the first album I listen to in the car on the way to work.

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