Head Held High (Acoustic)

Lacrimas Porfundere has fascinated me since I ran across the German band with the Latin name. In 2013 they put out an album, Antiadore. In 2014, they put out an EP that was acoustic versions of some of the songs from that album. That EP was called Acousticadore. I like most of the songs on the EP. They have energy, without being overpowering, the way Heavy Metal can sometimes be.

This is “Head Held High” by Lacrimas Profundere, from the 2014 EP Acousticadore. (Use the link when YT tells you the video is “unavailable.” They hate the privacy controls in your browser.)

‡ Lacrimas Profundere means “To shed tears” in English.

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The Ruby and the Pearl

Things become Jazz standards for a reason. This song is one of those standards. Originally recorded by Perry Como for the 1951 movie Thunder in the East, versions have been recorded by several people, including Nat King Cole.

In the evenings, when I’m reading, there are few things better than instrumental jazz. And Branford Marsalis is fine example of a jazz saxophone player. Of course he is more than that, (a composer, and a teacher, …) but the music he produces is soothing. I’m not sure he has the name recognition of John Coltrane, but he should. His music is wonderful.

This is “The Ruby and the Pearl” by Branford Marsalis from his 2004 album Eternal.

Born To Be Wild

Peter Fonda died this past week at the age of 79. I think most people know him because of Easy Rider, but I will always think of him as Ulee Jackson in the movie Ulee’s Gold.

This is “Born to Be Wild” by Steppenwolf from their debut album Steppenwolf, which was released in 1968. (It was also released as a single.) It is set against the opening (at least in part) of Easy Rider. (YouTube. Browser privacy settings. “Unavailable.” Use link.)

After the break is the trailer for Ulee’s Gold. It is worth a look if you haven’t seen it. (Fonda did win “Best Actor” at the Golden Globes.)

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Karn Evil 9 1st Impression, Pt. 2

Any band that attracts the attention of Hans Giger can’t be all bad. Giger’s artwork graced the cover of this album, and the sleeve. What is featured here is a small part of a song that covered more than an entire side of an LP. I think this was the bit that got some radio time, but maybe I just heard a lot of it back-in-the-day.

This song is Karn Evil 9 1st Impression, Pt. 2 by Emerson, Lake and Palmer from their 1973 album Brain Salad Surgery. (Though this is actually the 2014 remastered edition.) It features some spectacular keyboard work by Emerson. If YouTube trips over the privacy settings in your browser, and tells you the video is “unavailable,” you should use the link provided. (If YT doesn’t complain, you might want to crank your privacy settings up to 11.)

‡ So how does a group publish an album with a title that’s a euphemism for oral sex? Either it was just the whole “Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll” era, or the suits that run the music industry are even more clueless than I give them credit for. Maybe they thought that if the “older generation” didn’t know what they were talking about, it would be OK.

All My Friends

Not too many 7 piece bands in the 21st Century making rock and roll music that includes steel/pedal guitar, trumpet, and saxophone. But The Revivalists did that, and they even had some commercial success.

I’m not sure how I stumbled across them, but if I had to guess I would say that while listening to Dr.John’s music (via Pandora or Spotify) after he passed, one of their songs showed up in a playlist. They are from New Orleans, after all.

This song is “All My Friends” by The Revivalists from their 2007 album Take Good Care. (Use the link when YT tells you the video is “unavailable.” They hate the privacy controls in your browser.)

Venus

Theater of Tragedy was a Gothic Metal band from Norway. While they didn’t invent the Beauty and the Beast singing style, they were the first to devote an entire album to the style. While I find a lot of Gothic Metal brooding, their use of “angelic sopranos” and the death growl works. At least for this song. They called it quits in 2010.

This song is “Venus” by Theater of Tragedy from their 1998 album Aégis. (If you’re having trouble understanding the lyrics, that’s because a good portion of it is in Latin. See this link for the lyrics.) If YouTube trips over your browser’s privacy settings and tells you the video is unavailable use the link provided.

‡ Beauty and the Beast style is the juxtaposition of clear soprano with a more aggressive style from a male singer, usually a Death Metal Death Growl. Often, the lyrics take the form of a conversation.

Riviera Paradise

When people talk about Stevie Ray Vaughan (Rolling Stone’s 12th best guitarist of all time), they usually mention the way he used effects, and songs along the lines of “Voodoo Child,” which have a tremendous amount of energy but I like it when he slowed down.

This song is “Riviera Paradise” by Stevie Ray Vaughan from the 1989 album In Step. If YouTube trips over your browser’s privacy settings and tells you the video is unavailable use the link.

The best example of his use of effects is probably the opening from “Voodoo Child” from this live show in Austin. And more SRV at this link.