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  1. Cruiser_SanJuan

    50 Years, One Double Album, 30 Songs

    Although, at least, one track could be hardly called a song An album that, despite it's stark white cover, was a collage of various musical "colors" : rock and roll, blues, folk, country, reggae, avant-garde, hard rock and music hall. It was during it's recording sessions that the tensions among the band members began to surface. Four increasingly individuated artists who frequently found themselves at odds. It was during these sessions that all 4 of them, not just Lennon, started bringing their wives/girlfriends into the studio. And the infamous sessions for Obladi-Oblada which caused recording engineer Geoff Emerick to quit the session on the spot, and, eventually, E.M.I. In fact, even Ringo quit the band for a few weeks. Paul played drums on Back in the USSR and Dear Prudence in his absence. Many songs were actually solo efforts (Blackbird & Julia for example). In fact, of the album's 30 tracks, only 16 have all four band members performing. Still, according to the Recording Industry Association of America, The Beatles is the Beatles' most-certified album, at 19-times platinum. I consider the White Album one of the founding pillars of what we now call Classic Rock. It was here where George Harrison came of age, so to speak, as a songwriter: While my Guitar Gently Weeps and Long, Long, Long are 2 of my favorite tracks. All of my favorite tracks : Back in the USSR, While my Guitar Gently Weeps (featuring guest musician Eric Clapton on lead guitar), Happiness is a Warm Gun, Blackbird, I Will, Yer Blues, Sexy Sadie, Helter Skelter and Long, Long, Long. Also, as mentioned in a previous post on these forums, it was during the White Album sessions that Hey Jude and Revolution were recorded. This was the last Beatles album to be mixed in monophonic separately from the stereo version, as was E.M.I.'s practice back then, usually emphasizing/fading in or out different instruments or vocal tracks and applying different effects between versions. Thus, a few songs, in my opinion, sound better in mono: USSR, Yer Blues, Warm Gun, even Wild Honey Pie! While My Guitar Gently Weeps had an oscillating effect applied to Clapton's guitar that really make it sound "weepy" on the mono. And the mono mix of Helter Skelter has so much compression, overdrive, reverb and distortion that it really sounds apocalyptic (in exchange you lose the song's fade in coda and Ringo's famous "Blisters on my fingers" scream found in the stereo mix.) And, to finish, the aforementioned track that is not an actual song: all I'm going to say is that I play Revolution No. 9 from time to time to amuse myself. PS: I lifted some of the text in this post verbatim from its Wikipedia article. Please don't judge me, as I'm just emerging from a Thanksgiving Day Food Coma.
  2. 26th of August, 1968. The Beatles release, on their new Apple label: The song with the most famous chorus in Rock music history (arguably), and a staple of classic rock radio since then. "Hey Jude" was released in August 1968 as the first single from the Beatles' record label Apple Records. More than seven minutes in length, it was at the time the longest single ever to top the British charts.It also spent nine weeks at number one in the United States, the longest for any Beatles single. "Hey Jude" tied the "all-time" record, at the time, for the longest run at the top of the US charts. The single has sold approximately eight million copies and is frequently included on professional critics' lists of the greatest songs of all time. In 2013, Billboard named it the 10th "biggest" song of all time. (from Wikipedia article) Recorded between July 31st and August 1st of that year at Trident Studios in London, Hey Jude marked the first time the Beatles used 8-track recording technology (Previously they used 4-track) It was the highest point in an otherwise negative period when the group's partnership was starting to deteriorate. And... Because A Great Rock Song deserves an Equally Great B-side:
  3. Essentially, I saw an article on a website I frequent for music news (you can see it here) and the idea behind it I thought was very intriguing; If you could put together the ultimate band, with anyone you want from any genre of music in it, alive or dead, who would you choose? The article has some very interesting choices, and since I know there's a lot of music fans on the forums, I thought I might try it out here. I'll start off. I'll be making two bands that fit two different musical styles that I very much enjoy. The first is a blues and hard rock band, and the other is a more down-to-earth, folk/soul band. My favourite band, the Eagles, very much inspired my picks; I like bands where multiple people can sing, and for the most part I picked people that, as far as I know, aren't known as domineering, perfectionist bullies like Glenn Frey or Don Henley. My picks are as follows. P.S. proper band names are optional. Group 1: Drums and vocals: Dave Grohl Bass and keyboards: John Paul Jones Guitars and vocals: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Joe Walsh Lead singer: Steven Tyler Dave and Jones worked together briefly with the supergroup Them Crooked Vultures, so they'll mesh fine. They're also both extremely versatile musicians who are capable of pulling off almost anything. Vaughan and Walsh would hit it off almost immediately with their blues backgrounds and the interplay between them would be nothing short of godly. As for Steven Tyler, well, he's Steven Tyler. What else can be said? The only real pitfall of this would be that Tyler wouldn't have a Joe Perry to work with and he's known as an *-hole, but Dave could be a mediator in this instance because he's known for being able to make friends with other classic rockers. Worst case scenario, I'd replace Tyler with Paul Rodgers or Ann Wilson. Group 2: Lead singer and acoustic guitars: Tom Petty Guitars and vocals: John Mayer and George Harrison Bass and vocals: Randy Meisner Drums: Bill Kreutzmann Keyboards and vocals: Steve Winwood When it comes to folk and roots, Petty has no real equals in my mind; Wildflowers is one of my favourite albums of all time. George is by far my favourite Beatle and he'd mesh fantastically with Petty since they were collaborators on several occasions, John Mayer is a criminally underrated guitarist (go look up "Covered In Rain" and "Slow Dancing In A Burning Room" if you haven't already) who has a dirty, soulful voice that I think Winwood would enjoy, Bill brings some always-welcome Grateful Dead vibes (and has also worked with Mayer), and Randy and Winwood are/were amazing singers in their prime. The only real problem I can find is that I don't know too much about Mayer's habits offstage and songwriting-wise, which may lead to him being the odd one out, but I wouldn't be too concerned. Randy's bad experiences with bandleaders may cause tension, while Winwood's blue-eyed soul is a bit of a contrast to the vibe I'm going for (though "Can't Find My Way Home" fits it perfectly), but again I'm not too worried. Overall though, I think this would sound incredible. So what do you all think? I know this topic is a little off the beaten path, but if you think it's worthwhile then chime in: Who would comprise your dream band(s)? What improvements would you make to my picks? Feel free to post them so we can all have some fun with this.
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