Content tagged 'Rock'
How The West Was Won (Deluxe) (Album of the Day)
HOW THE WEST WAS WON highlights the best performances from Led Zeppelin's legendary concerts at the Los Angeles Forum and Long Beach Arena on June 25 and 27, 1972. Originally released in 2003, the celebrated live album was sequenced to replicate a single concert from beginning to end, and captures the band at the height of its formidable powers. Standouts include a 25-plus minute version of "Dazed And Confused" and a 21-minute medley based around "Whole Lotta Love." The performances also introduced songs from the quartet's HOUSES OF THE HOLY album, which would be released nine months after these shows. Now available, a 3-CD/4-LP/DVD Deluxe Edition of HOW THE WEST WAS WON features audio remastered by guitarist Jimmy Page along with a book filled with rare and previously unpublished photos.
Good God's Urge (Album of the Day)
Following the dissolution of Los Angeles alternative rock band Jane's Addiction, vocalist Perry Farrell and drummer Stephen Perkins launched Porno For Pyros. The group's second and final studio album, GOOD GOD'S URGE, shows the quartet in a mellower mood than on their debut, though the laid-back vibes are offset at times by such powerful tracks as radio hit “Tahitian Moon.” Other highlights include “Freeway” (featuring Dave Navarro of Jane's Addiction and Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers), “100 Ways” (with Mike Watt of The Minutemen on bass) and “Porpoise Head” (featuring most of Love & Rockets). GOOD GOD'S URGE reached the Top 20 on Billboard's album chart, and we'll give the collection another spin now to celebrate Perry Farrell's birthday.
The Best of the Grateful Dead Live (Album of the Day)
The Grateful Dead forged its legend on the road, traveling countless miles between 1965 and 1995 to perform a world record 2,318 shows, and the band's refusal to ever play a song the same way twice has endeared them to generations of fans. Made for die-hards and newbies alike, THE BEST OF THE GRATEFUL DEAD LIVE is the ultimate concert collection, a two-disc set with recordings selected from the band's official live albums on Warner Bros. and Arista, plus a few tracks from their many archival live releases. From "St. Stephen" (off the group's first official live album, 1969's LIVE/DEAD) to the poignant "So Many Roads" from the band's final concert at Chicago's Soldier Field in July of 1995, the 19 tracks on THE BEST OF THE GRATEFUL DEAD LIVE confirm that "there is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert."
Boys In The Trees (Album of the Day)
Two years after her previous album (and on the heels of a popular James Bond theme song), Carly Simon made a triumphant return with BOYS IN THE TREES. The 1978 Elektra set was produced by Arif Mardin, who brought a touch of R&B and the cream of New York session players to the proceedings. Also joining Carly in the studio were husband James Taylor (who co-wrote two numbers and harmonizes on the Everly Brothers classic “Devoted to You”) and Doobie Brother Michael McDonald (on Top 10 hit duet “You Belong to Me”). With such well-crafted originals as the title track, Simon's songwriting skills also came to the fore, and BOYS IN THE TREES is still insightful and moving 40 years after its release.
Stay With The Hollies (Album of the Day)
Manchester beat group The Hollies were performing in Liverpool when a rep from The Beatles' label, Parlophone, caught their act and signed them up. Cut at Abbey Road Studios, the quintet's debut, STAY WITH THE HOLLIES, arrived in 1964. The collection reflects the band's live set with plenty of rock and R&B favorites from across the Atlantic, including “Talkin' 'Bout You,” “Lucille” and the group's first U.K. Top 10 hit, “Stay,” as well as a terrific original (“Little Lover”). And if the band's trademark harmonies had yet to fully blossom - Allan Clarke's voice dominates here – the instrumental work is strong throughout. STAY WITH THE HOLLIES offers an exciting look at the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers' beginnings, and we'll give it another spin now to celebrate Clarke's birthday.
Back in the U.S.A. (Album of the Day)
Some of the most exciting music made in America at the end of the 1960s came from Detroit, thanks to bands like The Stooges, The Alice Cooper Group … and the MC5. The “Motor City Five” had already kicked out the jams on a live album before heading into the studio with producer Jon Landau to see if they could capture their high-energy attack in a more controlled setting. The resulting 1970 album, BACK IN THE USA, answered that question with a resounding “yes.” Along with nods to rock's raucous past (like the Chuck Berry-penned title track) and the MC5's revolutionary roots (“The American Ruse”), the set provided a template for the punk rock to come with such driving songs as “Tonight” and “Shakin' Street.” Packed with incendiary power, BACK IN THE USA was named one of the 500 greatest albums of all time by Rolling Stone.