For My Sunday Song #127, I am covering the instrumental classic Steve Vai song “For the Love of God”. The song is off his 1990 album ‘Passion and Warfare’ which was my first Steve Vai album. After hearing him play with David Lee Roth and with Whitesnake, I was a huge fan of his and had to have this on CD.
The song has this dreamlike feel to it as if it is floating around you in the heavens. It is strange and wonderful all at the same time. His playing is exceptional and out of this world. Per Wikipedia…
Vai recorded the track on the fourth day of a ten-day fast. During an interview, he explained, “I do try to push myself into relatively altered states of consciousness. Because in those states you can come up with things that are unique even for yourself”.
The song goes on for over 6 minutes and actually ends with some spoken words. Those words are spoken by David Coverdale and are “Walking the fine line between Pagan and Christian.” So, does this still count as an instrumental? Yes, it most certainly does.
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2019 is upon us and it is always fun anticipating what new albums are and will come out in the year. There are quite a few we already know about, but some haven’t been officially announced or even a date set yet. From what I have gathered around the internet, here are the bands that should have new albums out in 2019, but no dates announced yet. The ones I would give a try (and my kids) will be highlighted in Blue. The ones with Dates Announced are at the bottom of this post. The list is building up nicely!!
- Billy Eilish
- The Defiants
- Greta Van Fleet – (rumor already for new music)
- Hootie & the Blowfish (new tour has been announced)
- Michael Sweet
- Miley Cyrus
- The Raconteurs
- Rob Zombie
- The Cranberries
- Taylor Swift
- Tesla – Shock (Produced by Phil Collen of Def Leppard)
- Tori Kelly
- Whitesnake – Flesh & Blood (should be March)
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For Thanksgiving, we always travel to Atlanta to visit family and celebrate what we are ‘thankful’ for and just enjoy being around people we love. And two things happened this year that involved vinyl. The first was Black Friday Record Store Day and the second was that a family member brought up they have a collection of vinyl they have sitting around. Anything that involves music or vinyl is a good time for me.
First off, let’s talk about the Black Friday Record Store Day. Friday morning came and everyone was a little tired from eating too much the night before and it was a slow start to the day. My sister and brother-in-law were kind enough to make us breakfast and I couldn’t refuse. Now this started at about 8 or so in the morning. The one record store that was fairly close to my sister (20-25 minute drive) was going to open at 10am so I felt I was still good on time.
Breakfast didn’t actually get ready until closer to 9am and now I was getting worried. I didn’t want to be rude and skip out on breakfast, so I decided that it was more important to sit with the family and enjoy what was a very yummy breakfast rather than get some exclusive limited edition vinyl’s that would bring me hours and hours of enjoyment. And I was right.
My daughter and I eventually got on the road and made it to the record store, Sweet Melissa’s Records at about 9:50 which was 10 minutes prior to opening. And there was no line!!! That is right…NO LINE!!! I was so excited. We got a parking space right in front of the store and couldn’t be happier. We get out of the car and there was a lady at the door coming out and we asked if they were open and she said Yes, come on in. Then she added, we got bored and opened early! Early???? Red Alert….Early?? Danger Will Robinson, Danger!!
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Fans have been clamoring for some acoustic Whitesnake (at least according to David Coverdale) and boy did they deliver the goods with this set. It is a 5CD/1DVD Box set that spans the career of Whitesnake and even some Deep Purple. What all do you get? Well, let me show you…
If that isn’t enough for you to see, then read the sticker from the front of the box…
And how many songs is 96 songs? Well, the list is extensive. See if you can read this list because there is no way I am typing all this stuff out for you. I love you guys, but not that much!!
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Welcome to a HUGE Friday!!! There releases are massive and numerous. What more could you ask for. This is the first time in a very long time where I have 3 releases that are on order for the same day. I am going to love the mail man this week. The albums I am interested in are highlighted in Blue and the first 3 are the ones on order. Let me know what you looking forward to hearing and which ones I might have missed. Enjoy and have a great musical weekend! I know I will!!!
- Greta Van Fleet – Anthem of the Peaceful Man – (Republic Records): These young lads are constantly getting compared to Led Zeppelin and you know what? Who cares. Zeppelin isn’t putting out any new music so I am going to enjoy this. At least the young generation is still making Rock & Roll. This is their first Full Length studio album and I get wait to unwrap the vinyl.
- Whitesnake – Unzipped – (Rhino Records): 5 CDs and 1 DVD of Whitesnake Unplugged. 20 years worth of music including Starkers in Tokyo and Starkers in Warsaw, Paris, Germany and so much music. I can’t wait for this one either. It is going to be non-stop music.
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For My Sunday Song #100, we are ending the Power Ballad set with a true classic, Whitesnake’s “Is This Love” off the 1987 album simply known as ‘Whitesnake’ or ‘1987’. The song reached all the way to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and helped propel Whitesnake into the stratosphere of rock stardom.
This midtempo power ballad was written by David Coverdale and the great guitarist John Sykes. They wrote it during the writing sessions for the album in one of the worst places you could possible be, the south of France (read as sarcasm). They recorded in David’s villa called Le Rayol. It must have been rough.
The song was actually going to be used for Tina Turner until Geffen heard the song and quickly put the brakes on that. Although David thinks Tina would still have been great for the song and you know I think he is right.
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For My Sunday Song #90, I am going with “Burn” by the band Deep Purple. The song was the first single off the album of the same name and the first with new lead singer David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes. The song wasn’t a big chart buster on its release in 1974, but it did chart at #45 on the UK Charts in 1978, but that was four years after its release. Not sure why the time difference.
The song at 6:40 in length features a blistering guitar solo by Richie Blackmore and a finger licking good organ solo by Jon Lord. The song has everything. The vocals are shared between David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes. A pretty awesome duo to have in your band. In fact, the whole band for this song & album were pretty amazing.
- David Coverdale – vocals
- Glenn Hughes – bass, vocals
- Richie Blackmore – guitar
- Jon Lord – Hammond Organ
- Ian Paice – drums
It doesn’t get much better than that. After this version of Deep Purple broke up (the Mark III version), Coverdale would go on to form Whitesnake and at one time or another, Ian and Jon both played in the band with David.
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The family and I took a wonderful Spring Break vacation to the bustling city of New York. What an amazing city. There are so many things to see and so little time to see it all, but we crammed in as much as we could. I was even able to take a few hours and visit some record stores while we were down in Greenwich Village. Lucky Me!!
Before we get to that, let’s talk a little about the trip. We arrived on Sunday afternoon and had a little time to run down to Time Square to check things out. The kids were stunned by the huge, bright, flashing billboards and all the people…all the interesting and very strange people.
We saw where the film the Late Show with Steven Colbert, where the Broadway Show Rocktopia was playing which was starring Pat Monahan from Train while we were there (didn’t see it though), we of course saw Time Square and even went and snapped a picture at Radio City Music Hall.
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We are now on the fourth year in this series. I have already covered the following years:
1983 – The Greatest Year in Music?
1987 – The Greatest Year in Music?
1991 – The Greatest Year in Music?
My theory is simple…Every 4 years you have one of the greatest years in music. I agree with the three I have already done. Will I agree with it for the next year 1979? We will have to first examine the evidence. What were the top albums of the year?, What were the debut albums from some of the great rock bands? and What was going on in the world of music that year?
The Sony Walkman:
On July 1, 1979, The Sony Walkman goes on Sale in Japan and the way you listen to music is changed forever!! (at least until the CD and then the MP3). Who didn’t have one of these if you were a kid in 1979 or the 80’s. I definitely did. It helped spur my love for music as it now was more portable It was better than just the radio, I could listen to what I wanted to wherever and whenever I wanted. I used mine while I mowed the lawn (and every now and again I would snag to cord and pull my headphones off). I had a boombox, but that wasn’t the same as the Walkman. Nothing better (until my iPod).
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Another Friday, another set of new releases. There isn’t a whole lot, but some I am really interested in getting a hold of and those are highlighted in Blue. As the year gets ramped up it will keep getting better and better each week (hopefully). Let me know what interests you this week. Have a wonderful weekend listening to the new music.
- Whitesnake – The Purple Tour (Live) – (Rhino Records): Whitesnake did The Purple Album to celebrate all things Deep Purple and then they toured it. Here is the end result of that tour. A CD and DVD of the tour is something worth getting a hold of for sure. Whitesnake have been releasing a lot of live albums lately and I love they are doing that. It is nice getting things from each era of the band. Check out the video for Burn and then grab hold of the album.
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