I’m listening now to Roger Daltrey’s interview with Howard Stern, and dug a little bit on YouTube for this – what a balance between musical aesthetics and commercial aspirations this band had. “We couldn’t outstone The Stones, we couldn’t outpop The Beatles. We found our own way with a completely different kind of music.”
Turn these up and use your desk to be your own Keith Moon!
The Clash’s London Calling received unanimous acclaim and was ranked at number eight on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2003. London Calling was a top ten album in the UK, has sold over five million copies worldwide, and was certified platinum in the United States.
Isolated vocal by Joe Strummer:
Isolated guitar by Mick Jones:
Isolated bass by Paul Simonon:
Isolated drums by Topper Headon:
Instrumental (including piano by Mick Jones, no vocal):
ButterFly is a studio album by Barbra Streisand, recorded and released in 1974. The credited producer is Streisand’s then-boyfriend Jon Peters, with arrangements by Tom Scott. The album contains contemporary material from a diverse selection of writers, as well as interpretations of standards. In a 1992 interview with Larry King, Streisand cited Butterfly as the least favorite of her albums.
On ButterFly Streisand covered the likes of Bob Marley (Guava Jelly) and Buck Owens (Crying Time). But it’s Streisand’s treatment of Bowie’s Life on Mars that is the standout here.
Fly Away is one of Lenny Kravitz’s most successful songs to date. The song was a hit in both Kravitz’s native United States and the United Kingdom, particularly in the latter country. It went to number one on the UK Singles Chart in the United Kingdom, while in the United States it reached number twelve on the Billboard Hot 100, and topped both the Mainstream Rock Tracks and Modern Rock Tracks charts. In New Zealand it peaked at #8 and was certified gold. The song also helped to expand the success of his album 5 in Europe and earned Kravitz a Grammy Award in 1999 for Best Male Rock Performance.
John Lennon plays I Feel Fine’s main riff on his Gibson while George Harrison sometimes doubles, and other times plays rhythm on his Gretsch Tennessean. At the time of the song’s recording, the Beatles, having mastered the studio basics, had begun to explore new sources of inspiration in noises previously eliminated as mistakes (such as electronic goofs, twisted tapes, and talkback). I Feel Fine marks one of the earliest examples of the use of feedback as a recording effect in popular music. Artists such as the Kinks and the Who had already used feedback live, but Lennon remained proud of the fact that the Beatles were perhaps the first group to deliberately put it on vinyl.
“Still Into You” was released in 2013 on Paramore’s fourth, self-titled album. The track rose to #24 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, went platinum in the U.S. This video was recorded by lead singer Hayley Williams herself in the studio’s vocal booth while recording the track, giving some insight on the great facial expressions we don’t normally get a chance to see.
Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” is one of the greatest opening tracks on any album. This one, though, happened to be on one of the greatest rock albums in history – Led Zeppelin II. The US release became their first hit single, it was certified Gold in April 1970, having sold one million copies. As with other Led Zeppelin songs, no single was released in the United Kingdom, but singles were released in Germany (where it reached number one), the Netherlands (where it reached number four), Belgium and France.
In 2004, the song was ranked number 75 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and in March 2005, Q magazine placed “Whole Lotta Love” at number three in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks. It was placed 11 on a similar list by Rolling Stone. In 2009 it was named the third greatest hard rock song of all time by VH1. In 2014, listeners to BBC Radio 2 voted “Whole Lotta Love” as the greatest guitar riff of all time.
VOCAL only (Robert Plant):
GUITAR only (Jimmy Page)–check out what Page does starting at the 1:54 mark:
SLIDE GUITAR/THEREMIN/MISC. GUITAR overdubs only (Jimmy Page)
DRUMS (John Bonham) starts around :40 mark. Check out the funky words at 3:46…:
Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer” was produced by Daniel Lanois and found on his massive “So” album. It hit number one in Canada on 21 July 1986, where it spent four weeks; number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States and number four on the UK Singles Chart, thanks in part to a popular and influential music video. It was his biggest hit in North America and ties with “Games Without Frontiers” as his biggest hit in the United Kingdom.
The song’s music video has won a number of awards, including a record nine MTV Awards at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards and Best British Video at the 1987 Brit Awards.[ Gabriel was also nominated for three Grammy Awards: Best Male Rock Vocal Performance, Song of the Year and Record of the Year. As of 2011, “Sledgehammer” is the most played music video in the history of MTV.
Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” is one of the greatest rock songs ever recorded. Upon its release, music critic Robert Christgau took note of its wall of sound influence and called it “the fulfillment of everything ‘Be My Baby’ was about and lots more.”
The first recording of the song was made by Allan Clarke of the British group The Hollies, although its release was delayed, only appearing after Springsteen’s own now-famous version.
Listen for how out Bruce breathes during the breaks, however small, between the lines. Bruce doesn’t even double track his vocal until the end at 4:02.
From Blondie’s third studio release Parallel Lines, “Heart Of Glass” became a signature hit for the group, highlighted by Deborah Harry’s effervescent vocals. The track went to #1 in most world territories including the U.S. and U.K. The album was recorded at The Record Plant in New York City and produced by Mike Chapman, who also worked with Sweet, The Knack and others.