Friday, October 30, 2009

I Can See For Miles- The Greatest Hit Single Of The Who

Well, this song has been one of the most appreciating one in The Who's entire career. It was released on 14th october 1967. It was written by guitarist Pete Townshend. The song sounds very simple and relaxing but the efforts made in it are exemplary. This was the first song of the 60's where sophisticated studio techniques were used during recording. The song was recorded in several studio sessions across two continents. During that era, a critic claimed in a review of this song to be the most heaviest rock song ever heard. This song was rarely performed by The Who in their live acts as it was very difficult for Daltrey to sing exactly the complex vocal harmonies of this song and also the percussion style by the instrumentalists. The song reached no. 10 in U.K. and 9 in U.S. but still Townshend was disappointed as for him it was the best work done by The Who.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Eric Clapton : The Most Exquisite Rock Legend Ever!

OH Guys ! I really dont have words to describe Mr. Eric Clapton... He has been my greatest inspiration and for the rest of the world too ! A really down to earth , simple person with such an immense understanding and extraordinarily unique and skillful guitar playing and really amazing vocals at the same time !

Well, just see Eric Clapton playing live and you'll feel that you ain't seeing a full-to-attitude Rocker playing, rather you feel an intensely pure performer playing so naturally that he has always brought tears in my eyes, because seeing a great old man playing so wonderfully, I feel I could go up and say : "Sir, Hope You Live Forever" ( same was for another great legend : Michael Jackson)

well... I will definitely not comment on the technical aspects of his songs and riffs, since I dont consider myself big enough to do so ...

But, let me tell you all another tale of his wonderful nature :
His Son 'Conor' Died , having fallen off the 53rd floor of his bedroom window and in memory of him, Mr. Clapton had written his famous song "Tears In Heaven" , which is now one of his best performances till date...

Then, another of his songs I like is "Layla" ... A beautiful riff, A very emotional guitar solo And wonderful vocals : A great song by the greatest artist altogether !

Here is a video of his song "Tears In Heaven" that is my favorite live video . Just feel his emotions while you watch it ... A man crying it out through his guitar and voice ( May his son Rest in Peace...)

Well, another mention to John Mayer, who got what may be the biggest chance of his lifetime to play with sir Eric Clapton at the Crossroads Fest ! Well, definitely he deserved it, but still wish I could be there too ! Here's A Clip Of Both Of Them Together :-

Well, here's another video of 2 Rock Legends : Eric Clapton And Carlos Santana Live Onstage:

Eric Clapton and Mark Knopfler Live!

Thats It Guys .... If Mr. Eric Clapton ever reads this post, please accept my heart-felt greetings Sir, for you have always been an idol to me and will remain so in the years to come !!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Top 5 powerful Hard Rock vocalists

The list is based on the voice power that they had during their active years. I'm not bothered about their vocal abilities/techniques. Here I'm just focusing on their vocal power (including their low notes too). The list also based on voice power showed in their respective live performances.

5. Eddie Vedder- Well obviously this man is highly notable only for his dominating powerful voice. He showed his power in many of his songs like Resolve, Jeremy. After covering The Who's song "Love Reign O'er me" Vedder showed the whole world his damn wide vocal range with a commanding high pitch voice.

4. Roger Daltrey- The first rock vocalist to scream so high without using the falsetto technique. When his song Love Reign O'er me was released the whole rock society was shocked to listen such kind of a powerful vocal performance. Daltrey was basically notable for his relaxing voice but by this song he showed that he is truly hard with his voice and a high pitch singer like no other.

3. Robert Plant- Best to hear Plant is in his live performances. He struggled a lot to reach his high notes but he did managed to do it. In some of his studio recordings it sounds very interesting to hear his voice and we can learn a lot. his low notes were pretty dominating and in high notes, well he is the king of G.

2. Ian Gillian- Joe Satriani commented "He can scream like no other". Its 100% justified. Yes, he is the man who never gets tired while screaming. His voice is so strong that even in his live performances he used to hit the high notes till the end of the show with the same perfection that he had during the beginning of the concert. Well nothing more to write about this man, everyone's knows him.

1. Freddie Mercury- When it comes to vocals no matter what the category is, Freddie is always seen topping the charts. The strongest vocal power that a vocalist had in the entire rock history is this man. Never used to struggle his high notes on live performances and never made a mistake while hitting a note. He had a very good control on his voice and that's why he is the best.

An honorable mention, that was recommended to me by a really kind friend blogger in the "Comments Section" below : Jimmy Barnes ( From the COLD CHISELS )

Saturday, October 24, 2009

All-Star Rockers make FREE Christmas Music !

Well, I Recently Came Across This Huge Northern Light Orchestra, Which Includes A Huge-Up OF Some OF The Biggest Names In The Rock Scenario, And Is A Total Non-Profit , And Most OF Their Members Are Doing IT For Free !! Now That's Called Sheer Love For Music !

Classic rock, Christmas orchestra? The two terms don’t usually go together. But Northern Light Orchestra is a unique project bringing together some of the biggest rock stars of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s for an incomparable celebration of the Christmas story.

Following the launch of the CD, Northern Light Orchestra kicks off it’s official annual Christmas touring season in October, establishing what many expect to quickly become a new Christmas tradition.

Artists featured as part of the project include*:
Phil Bardowell (Beach Boy, Magdalen), Bob Carlisle (”Butterfly Kisses”), Eddie James (Gospel singer), Jon Gibson (Jon Gibson), Robin McAuley (Survivor), Debbie Sledge (Sister Sledge), Rose Stone (Sly and the Family Stone), Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake), Kendall Bechtel (Fifth Angel), Lanny Cordola (House Of Lords), Jason Hook (Alice Cooper, Mandy Moore), Bruce Kulick (KISS, Grandfunk Railroad), Bill Leverty (Firehouse), George Lynch (Dokken, Lynchmob), Elliot Randell (Steeley Dan), David Ellefson (Megadeth, F5), Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot, Vanilla Fudge), Ken Mary (Alice Cooper, House of Lords), Kip Winger (Winger, Alice Cooper), Dizzy Reed (Guns-n-Roses), Brian Stewart (Backstreet Boys, Poe).

With a lineup like that, Northern Light Orchestra, has lived up to it’s claim to provide “majestic, orchestrated rock music featuring soaring vocals, incredible guitar solos worthy of true ‘Guitar Hero’ status, and pounding rhythms sure to impress and invigorate the baby boomer generation that grew up on what is today classic rock.”

Here Is Their Link To Know More About This Group:-

Free Christmas Music

Upcoming Shows
Dec 12 2009 8:00P Orpheum Theatre MESA, Arizona
Dec 22 2009 8:00P Orpheum Theatre DVD release Phoenix, Arizona

With Such A Wonderful Line-up OF Members Of Bands Like Guns n Roses, Alice Cooper and Megadeath, This Orchestra Is A Must-To-Watch For All!!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

David Gilmour(Pink Floyd)- A Great Multi-Talented Musician

David Jon GilmourCBE (born 6 March 1946) is an English musician, best known as the guitarist, lead singer, and one of the songwriters in the rock band Pink Floyd

Well, David Gilmour for me has always been an inspiration , which is clearly justified by his amazing solos, and exquisite vocals , both at the same time ! A Mind-Boggling combination of Extreme Versatile Talent !

I would specially like to talk about his solos in "Comfortably Numb". Oh ! that song is so magical . Whenever I listen to his first really sweet solo in it, I am transported to a different world full of thoughts and beauty. The whole feeling is just wonderful ! Then when he plays the second one, I feel he's trying to tell something to me. There's speed, anger, melody and all his emotions are displayed via his Guitar !

Then that wonderful plucking on the acoustic guitar in "Wish You Were Here" is just as great Too ! ... There's a certain beauty in his voice too, Its so much loving and full of expressions , that I would say that Pink Floyd may not have been so without this kind of vocals, and also the amazing synthesizer compositions they have ! ...

Gilmour's Solo in "Comfortably Numb " has been The 2nd Best Solo after "Stairway To Heaven" ( though there has always been much debate on which should come first ! ) , and Gilmour's style has been rightly described as "blues-influenced phrasing, expressive note bends and sustain".

Here Are Some Videos To Watch Out :

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Joe Satriani- A Great Instrumental Multi-Genre Guitarist

Joseph "Satch" Satriani (born July 15, 1956 in Westbury, New York) is an American multi-instrumentalist, known as an instrumental rock guitarist... His students included Kirk Hammett of Metallica, David Bryson of Counting Crows, Kevin Cadogan from Third Eye Blind, Larry LaLonde of Primus / Possessed, Alex Skolnick of Testament, Rick Hunolt (ex-Exodus), Phil Kettner of Lääz Rockit, Geoff Tyson of T-Ride, and Charlie Hunter , And a special mention to the amazing Steve Vai, a solo guitarist ...

Well,, when for the first time I saw the G3 Concert on a CD, ofcourse ( Live in Denver and Live in Tokyo ), I was like "Wow"!! How did he do that ! .. Joe Satriani does so much of guitar tricks and takes out sounds from his guitar that its actually really difficult to figure out where that sound comes from ! I always used to play the CD on my computer and then take out my guitar and try to imitate the various sounds Satriani used to play , and with so much of effort and time , was able to figure out only a bit of his exceptional abilities !...,

I have 3 albums of Satriani- "Surfing With The Alien", "The Extremist", and "Not Of This Earth "... and every song of his albums is different and very unique ! From such a melodious solo in "Always With Me ,Always With You" to A nice heavy riff in "The Extremist" and then from a very different tone in "lords of karma" to the wonderful use of harmonics in "The Summer Song" , he has done it all ! You can never get bored listening to his Tracks , because each one is different , has completely different styles to offer !

Well, it has always been a dream of mine to go up the stage and perform with him in the G3 concert , but for the time being , I rejoice by jamming with him digitally !( through his CD and My Guitar at my home !! ) ...

Well, Here Are Some Great Videos Of The Distinguished Guitar Player --

Monday, October 12, 2009

Jimmy Page : The Most Versatile Guitarist Ever !

Definitely one of the Greatest Guitarist ever , Jimmy Page ( from the band Led Zeppelin ), Page has been described as "unquestionably one of the all-time most influential, important, and versatile guitarists and songwriters in rock history" ...

So to say, I, myself as a guitar player, am hugely influenced by him and I also treat him as my own Idol !...

Well, if you ask Why is he the Most Versatile , The reason is simple : his Riffs and Solos are a Perfect Blend of Hard Rock to Heavy Metal to Blues and Folk Rock ! With such a Beautiful Riff in " Stairway to Heaven " to a nice Heavy Metal kind of riff in 'Black-Dog' and ' Kashmir ' , and a Fascinating , highly acclaimed guitar solo In " Stairway To Heaven " , He has done it all!! ..

Then , again when I heard songs like "When The Levee Breaks" and "Since I've Been Loving You", I wondered if he was a Guitar God ! .. and he definitely is , guys , a Foremost Inspiration for all the guitar players of today ! ...

Page is also credited for beginning The Metal Era , with his Heavy Guitar Driven Distorted Sound in the band Led Zeppelin , and he is also featured in The Rolling Stones' Magazine for "The Best Guitarists of all Time " ...

His solos seem to convey his anguish , his emotions and joys too and the way he has done the solos in "Stairway to Heaven " is commendable ... Such a solo is quite impossible to Re-invent by any guitar player , anytime ! ...

Well, for those not familiar with this great guitarist , I am also posting some of his videos for you to have a taste of something you would have regretted if missed in your lifetime !!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Dedicated To A Selfless Blogger , Full Of Life !

>Guys, this post has nothing to do with rock , but still I wanted to mention someone very special ... A Lady whose Blog was an Inspiration for me and whose whole view of life will definitely Inspire you all ! ...

Her Name Is Jayne , Her Blog Is ShoppingKharma : What Goes Around Comes Around And She is a very Gorgeous and Charming Lady for sure..

When I had just started this Blog, I didnt know anything how to go about publishing this blog and advertising and all that stuff and so, I sent Jayne a mail if she could help me out ...
Unexpectedly, she did reply , and with a full page of tips and experiences of her own ... I was like Amazed Totally ! A complete stranger , who took out time just to help someone in need and without asking any return favors for it , wrote so much for me ! ....

Well, I just love reading her blogs , and then when I am reminded of the fact that she is a cancer survivor , My heart starts crying and I feel really hard to read on further ( she mostly never writes of her pain and sufferings , but I know its definitely there ) ...
She has a really pure and simple way of life ,, Giving Each Other Happiness and Having a Sense of Brotherhood in Society ...

There's one page in her blog that I just cant forget anytime :-
"About Me"
Thats the "About-Me" section of her blog , and its so Beautifully Written and Honest as well... She writes very elaborately and you would really enjoy reading her Blogs , I Promise !

She says that it is her dream to help other cancer patients by Giving Them a Different Definition of Life And making them Enjoy Every Moment of it !

I Would now like to conclude this post by quoting some lines for all those who are reading ! :-

"Dont Count How Many Minutes Are There In Life , But Rather Count How Much Life Can Be there In Those Moments ! "

" Life Makes Us Cry,
Life Makes US Happy,
Life Makes Us Sad,
Life Makes Us Mad ,
But Above All ...
It Makes Us Live !!"

Friday, October 9, 2009

Some Misconceptiopns About Led Zeppelin's Genre

Led Zeppelin

Recently I came across many people who said that Led Zeppelin is a metal band .. Actually, they are not completely wrong , But Not Completely Right either..!!

At the time of the 70's , Led Zeppelin's sound was quite very hard and heavy for people at that time and so they called Led Zeppelin as a Heavy Metal Band and thats also the reason why Led Zeppelin was a pioneer of the Metal Genre that we are familiar with Today ... But Later on, other still heavier bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Slayer came forth and so, Led zeppelin then lost the ' Metal Tag' and was classified into the Hard Rock genre ...

Basically, Led zeppelin did not claim any genre ... they were just an experimental type of band which people at that time classified as Metal ( owing to the great heavy sound of Jimmy Page's Heavy Guitar Distortion ) and now are considered as a Hard Rock Band by many ...

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Greatest Metal Bands

I Found It Relatively Easy To Choose The Best Metal Bands Of All Time ... Though , Most Bands Today Claim That They Are Metal by their Genre , But Only Some Bands Have Been Able To Prove That They Definitely Are Worthy Bands Of This Genre ...

So , Here Are Some Of The Greatest Metal Bands ( In No Particular Oder):

Black Sabbath :-

Without any doubts , they have been the best and still are the foremost inspiration for all bands of today . Ozzy Osbourne , the Well Accomplished Vocalist of this band is also one of my favorite vocalists and what I find the most amazing feature of this band is the vocal-guitar Duo ... The riffs are just perfect and also , the bass is just as Fabulous... A perfect, and most importantly, a Unique Band of their Time and Now too!

Iron Maiden :-
The Big Daddys of Metal as I like to refer them ... Exquisite vocals by Bruce Dickinson also make him One of the Greatest vocalists of all time ... Such wonderful compositions like "Dance Of Death ", "Hallowed Be Thy Name ", "Tears Of The Dragon " are so much versatile that you just find it hard to miss any part of the song ...They put a lot of contrasting variations in their Songs too , like - 'Dance Of Death' and 'Tears OF The Dragon' ... Overall , a very tight and definitely The Most Versatile Metal Band !

Metallica :-
The most wonderful part of this Band is that it has just 4 members and still you dont feel something's missing !! ... Kirk Hamett has pulled it off with some great riffs like 'Master Of Puppets' And 'Seek And Destroy' , and the Drummer Lars Ulrich has been very much energetic too( Listen to St. Anger , for example! ) ... James Hetfield too has shown some great variation in his vocals in songs like 'Master Of Puppets' and then with a soothing heavy voice in 'Nothing Else Matters' ...

Judas Priest :-

Judas Priest are an English heavy metal band Whose Members Are bass player Ian Hill, vocalist Rob Halford and guitarists Glenn Tipton and K. K. Downing , But their drummer had been changing throughout the years ... Well , their songs have excellent heavy vocals backed by really wonderful riffs like that of 'painkiller' or 'Victim Of Changes' ... I really admire the tone of the guitar in the band too ... They have also been rightly called "Metal Gods" ( from a songs of theirs by the same name ) !

Slayer :-
Really heavy vocals and sound Too ... I would say that they are My Favorite if you consider other bands of their genre like Lamb Of God and the likes ... They have some really Awesome Drum techniques, with the Double Bass Been played really well . Then, the guitar riffs are also Exceptional too ...

Pantera :-
Definitely Really Good Riffs And Solos ... Their compositions are also interesting, As in, they were really very Heavy in Songs like "25 Years" Or "Shedding Skin" and then so much melody in "Planet Caravan " ... Also, the drums jell really well with the guitar...

Megadeath :-
Megadeth is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1983, by Dave Mustaine following his departure from Metallica... The Band Is Really Very Original and have a distinctive guitar style, often involving complex, intricate musical passages, and Really Unique And Experimental Vocals Of Dave Mustaine

Dream Theater :-

They are a really sensible band with some actually very pure kind of sound ... and their line-up is also great ... With some exceptional drums, Exquisite Guitar, and really varied vocals ... The thing I like the most Is that the band is a Mix of a Very Melodious Synthesiser by Kevin Moore and the fast guitar playing of John Petrucci(also played In The G3)... The band was influenced by Rush and Iron Maiden ...

Motorhead :-

Well, Some Real Fast And Heavy Songs Define This Band .. They Are Also Famous For Giving various WWE Themes For The Wrestlers Too ...

Thursday, October 1, 2009

What's Your Favourite Guitar Model ?

Hey guys... I Was Just Wondering About Your Own Views On Guitars ... Please Comment On Your Favorite Guitar Model That You Have Played And Were Blown Up By Its Sound And Its Style !!...

Lets See Which One Gets The Most Votes ...