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Some Kind Of Monster: How Iron Maiden Made The Number Of The Beast | Louder
A new singer, no songs, and even some onstage argy-bargy as Bruce Dickinson and Steve Harris vied for the spotlight, just how did Iron Maiden make their landmark album?
In the summer of 1981, Iron Maiden took the decision to fire singer Paul Di’Anno. It was a bold move. The brash, cocksure, 23-year-old East Londoner was a hero to the headbangers, earthdogs, hell rats and rivet-heads whose fanatical support had propelled Maiden to the forefront of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal.
His expulsion from the band not only marked the end of an era, but also was viewed with a certain amount of unease by long-term supporters. There was genuine concern that, having failed to match the Top 10 success of 1980’s self-titled debut album with the more considered follow-up, Killers, Maiden were now thinking about a stylistic makeover more attuned to the lucrative, but notoriously fickle, American rock market.
In December 1981, when the freshly minted Kerrang! magazine published its first Readers’ Poll, Maiden were conspicuous by their absence in the Best Band category. The slight didn’t escape the attention of bassist and founder Steve Harris, but he had more pressing matters to focus on. At the time, Maiden were holed up in an East London rehearsal studio with a new singer, 23-year-old Bruce Dickinson, but as yet no new songs for their crucial third album. The pressure was on the young band as never before. But with their backs to the wall, Maiden responded magnificently.
Just four months later they emerged with The Number Of The Beast, a record that not only redefined their own career, but also served as a benchmark for every heavy metal album that has followed over the past 30 years.
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4 days ago by rgl7194
10 Goth-Rock Albums Every Music Fan Should Own | Consequence of Sound
'Tis the season to go crate digging through one of music's most bone-chilling genres
Goth-rock, post-punk, new wave — what’s the difference? Is there a difference? It depends on whom you ask. The terms are often used interchangeably, and most of the defining bands in these genres were quick to dismiss labels altogether. So, it’s really up to us, the “music professionals,” to determine just where they fit in. I’m totally kidding, but it is important to note that “goth-rock” is a genre that can easily fall between the cracks of post-punk and new wave. It’s also worth noting that just because a specific record falls under a particular category doesn’t necessarily mean that artist is exclusively that genre.
So, yes, nothing matters and it all means nothing. However, if you’re like me and appreciate a slight sense of order and structure, however small, in a meaningless world, here’s what we mean by goth-rock.
Floodland is The Sisters of Mercy’s second album, which builds on the successful elements of First and Last and Always, and while both are staples in the goth-rock cannon, Floodland diverges in both scope and feel. “Lucretia My Reflection” is a near-whispered, creepy classic goth song that croons, “Lucretia, my reflection/ Dance the Ghost with me,” and from there the record is filled to its brim with ghostly keys and church organ-like sounds and at its core touches on all the bases of goth-rock. Although this album does seem to have a much more commercial-friendly approach to it compared to First and Last and Always, overall, if you like any of the so-called “dark culture,” you need to listen to this poppy goth-rock album from The Sisters of Mercy. You will not regret plugging your headphones into your computer and listening to this album, or better yet — taking a haunting late-night drive.
Most Bone-Chilling Song: “Lucretia My Reflection”
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7 days ago by rgl7194
RELIQUARY: Cinderella [1987.08.13] Night Songs In Tokyo [SBD]
'Night Songs In Tokyo'
Night Songs Tour
Gotanda Kan-i Hoken Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Thursday August 13th, 1987
Soundboard Recording
Encoded: VBR MP3
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7 days ago by rgl7194
The 10 best double albums in rock | Louder
From the late 60s through to the late 80s, some of the greatest and most influential albums ever made were doubles
1. Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti (1975)
From the greatest rock band of them all, the greatest double album. Led Zeppelin albums were always beautifully crafted, and never more so than on Physical Graffiti, wherein new songs were blended with archive material into a seamless whole that perfectly illustrated the breadth and depth of Zeppelin’s music. As Jimmy Page said of Physical Graffiti: “It gives all the different colours and textures. Like all of our albums, it was it important that it was exactly how it was.”
Fittingly, the band’s most epic album includes their most epic track, Kashmir, and other huge pieces such as In My Time Of Dying and In The Light. And from the vaults, Page pulled out a number of brilliant tracks that hadn’t made the cut on previous records: outtakes from Led Zeppelin IV in Night Flight and Boogie With Stu, the latter named after guest star and “sixth Rolling Stone” Ian Stewart; and from the Houses Of The Holy sessions, that album’s ‘lost’ title track and the rustic Black Country Woman, recorded al fresco with the sound of a plane flying overhead.
The scope of Physical Graffiti is vast, from the crunching hard rock of Custard Pie through to the Stevie Wonder-inspired funk of Trampled Under Foot and the beautiful acoustic folk stylings of Bon-Yr-Aur, and on to Kashmir. Ultimately, Led Zeppelin IV is the band’s definitive album, but Physical Graffiti might just be their best.
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18 days ago by rgl7194
Albums That Should Exist: Robert Plant & the Honeydrippers - Volume Two - Various Songs (1990-2007)
In terms of officially recorded output, the Honeydrippers barely exist. The band put out one EP of five songs in 1984 called "Volume One," and there's never been a "Volume Two." Until now, that is. Because, in practice, "the Honeydrippers" is the name Robert Plant has used whenever he's been in the mood to sing covers of the songs he loved when he was a kid. I take that to mean songs from the era before the mid-1960s when the Beatles and others drastically changed music.
A few months ago, I posted my version of "Volume One." I took the original 18 minutes of the EP and expanded it to 45 minutes by adding other songs Plant did from 1984 to 1986 that fit the criterion I mentioned above. There happened to be a lot, because Plant was in the mood for that early style of music at times, even while he was having a very successful career as a star of "modern rock" music.
Here's a link to that, by the way:
I'm daring to make a "Volume Two" here, even though the "Honeydrippers" as such pretty much didn't exist for the time in question. (Plant did use that name for a concert of nothing but rootsy covers in 2007, but I'm not including anything from that because the whole concert is something I'd like to post here at a later date.) What I've done is collected Plant's covers of pre-mid-1960s songs that didn't make it to any of his studio albums. Luckily for my collection, it turns out he's often participated in tribute albums to the musical heroes of his youth, so I've used a lot of those performances. He's also done the occasional cover in concert that fits the bill. But in the case of bootlegs, I've only used performances that are from excellent soundboards where all the audience noise can be edited out. Happily, there are a few of those too.
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18 days ago by rgl7194
Albums That Should Exist: Robert Plant & the Honeydrippers - Volume One - Extended Version (1984-1986)
In my last post, I said I would post more from Robert Plant and the Honeydrippers soon. Here were are, already! :)
As I said with that last post, I was inspired by a recent post at the "Albums Back from the Dead" blog to come up with more Honeydrippers music. The Honeydrippers only released one EP in 1984 called "Volume One" that had just five songs on it, for a total of 19 minutes. The "Albums Back from the Dead" took the approach of looking later in Robert Plant's career for more similar music to create a "Volume Two." I tried a different approach of sticking close to the time the EP came out, 1984 to 1986, to see if I could find more music done in a similar style.
I also commented on my last post that one needs to think of the Honeydrippers as Robert Plant and a bunch of other musicians playing rockabilly and other 1950's-styled music. That's because the big name musicians on the EP like Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck rarely played this type of music with Plant again.
(The Honeydrippers did play on Saturday Night Live shortly after the EP came out, but even then, the big name guitarist was Brian Setzer of the Stray Cats instead of Page or Beck. I've included one of the songs from that performance here, "Santa Claus Is Back in Town." The other song played was one of the songs from the EP that wasn't so different from the EP version, so I didn't include it.)
It turns out that Plant really loves this sort of music, and his history with the Honeydrippers name goes well beyond the EP, from 1981 to the 2000s. If you're interested in the whole story, I suggest reading this newspaper article about it:
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18 days ago by rgl7194
Ry Cooder | Ry Cooder: 15 essential songs - Music
Ry Cooder loved working for director Walter Hill and the soundtrack album Crossroads featured the great blues harmonica player Sonny Terry and blues musician Terry Evans. Cooder had loved the blues of Robert Johnson since he was a teenager and this spirited version of his classic Crossroads features some great bottleneck guitar playing. As Cooder said: "I am playing Johnson's music the way I know how to play bottleneck, which is to hold the guitar upright, wear a bottleneck on your finger, and fingerpick the thing, and play in the tuning that I’m certain that he used."
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19 days ago by rgl7194
Road House Soundtrack | The Official Jeff Healey Site
Track Listing
01. Roadhouse Blues
03. I’m Tore Down
05. When the Night Comes Falling From the Sky
09. Hoochie Coochie Man
Additional Credits
01. Roadhouse Blues
W: Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger, John Densmore, Ray Manzarek
03. I'm Tore Down
W: Sonny Thompson
05. When The Night Comes Falling From The Sky
W: Bob Dylan
JEFF HEALEY Lead Guitar/Vocal, MARIA MCKEE Background Vocals, JOE ROCKMAN Bass, TOM STEPHEN Drums, BENMONT TENCH Keyboards
09. Hoochie Coochie Man
W: Willie Dixon
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19 days ago by rgl7194
Sept 30, 1982: Cheers debuted on NBC. Ran 11 seasons & 270 episodes.
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21 days ago by girma
Sept 24, 1982: Prince released "1999" as the 1st single off of his album of the same name.
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27 days ago by anthonysonego
Julian's Hot Wheels Blog: 1984 Mustang SVO (2019 Target Mail-In Collector Edition!)
This is the first mail-in I've done this year. So, better late than never I guess? Anyways, pretty sweet SVO. It's metal on metal with chromed-out, six-spoke, red line Real Riders. The orange Spectraflame paint isn't too bad either.
cars  hot_wheels  collecting  mustang  80s 
29 days ago by rgl7194
Porsche Cracks Open Nostalgic Coke Livery for 911 RSR's Last Race
The Coca-Cola look isn't new for Porsche, which used it successfully in the 1980s as well.
Porsche has decked out a pair of 911 RSR race cars in classic Coca-Cola colors and images for the car's final appearance in IMSA racing on October 12.
The Coke look is a nod to a 1980s-era team, Bob Akin Motor Racing, that was successful wearing the same soda-pop livery.
Last year, Porsche showed its playfulness with a Pink Pig paint scheme in homage to the 1971 Le Mans 917/20.
Two Porsche 911 RSRs will contest the 22nd Motul Petit Le Mans 10-hour race in October at Road Atlanta, both wearing classic red and white Coca-Cola livery. The Coke look will be right at home in Atlanta, headquarters of both Porsche Cars North America and of the soda-pop brand, and it also celebrates the Bob Akin team, which competed in the 1980s—and won the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1986—in a similar paint scheme. The Coke look (and the car) was so popular that a restored Akin 1987 Porsche 962 sold on the Bring a Trailer auction site for $960,000 in August.
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4 weeks ago by rgl7194
RELIQUARY: Guns N' Roses - Early Demos 1981-1986 (15 Tracks) [SBD]
Guns N' Roses
Early Demos 1981-1986
Studio Soundboard Recordings
Encoded: 320 Kbps MP3
Track List:
'Hollywood Rose' Works 1981:
01 - Shadow Of Your Love (Hollywood Rose, Demo)
02 - My Way, Your Way (Early Version of Anything Goes, Hollywood Rose, Demo)
03 - Wreckless (Early Version of Recless Life, Hollywood Roe, Demo)
'Hollywood Rose' 1981 Studio Demos Axl & Izzy's First Demo Recording Session
(Izzy Plays Bass Without Axl On This Song):
04 - Unknown Title Song #1
1986 Early Studio Demos Recorded At Various Locations In 1986:
05 - Welcome To The Jungle (Version 1, Early Studio Demo)
06 - Out Ta Get Me (Early Studio Demo)
07 - Anything Goes (Early Studio Demo)
08 - Ain't Goin' Down (aka Meet & Beer Jam, Early Studio Demo)
09 - Don't Cry (Early Studio Demo)
10 - Back Off Bitch (Early Studio Demo)
11 - Shadow Of Your Love (Early Studio Demo)
12 - Welcome To The Jungle (Version 2, Early Studio Demo)
13 - Fucking Crazy (Early Version of You're Crazy, Early Studio Demo)
14 - November Rain (Acoustic Guitar Version, Early Studio Demo)
15 - November Rain (Piano Version, Early Studio Demo)
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4 weeks ago by rgl7194

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