OUR OPINIONS, OUR THOUGHTS…
We have been banned to leave comments and to like on the posts of a dedicated rock music Facebook website, named “Ultimate Classic Rock”, because we are also supporters of a certain long time English iconic pop band. The “Ultimate Classic Rock” guys are free to admit to their page whoever they feel to, as much as we are free to love all our fave music, but we are starting to think also of the level of reputation gained by the pop stars in the eyes of the rock fans…: food for thoughts.
Guitarists are an open book, they have an immense culture on music, on names: we’re in a state of awe whenever they speak of music.
By the way of prog – rock, jazz rock music: we can say we are amazed of hearing such musicality on studio albums. We guess rock tends to be “exclusive”, whereas pop is more open to inclusions, influences and contaminations from other genres.
We noticed from the fans’ feedback we hear and we read on the various blogs that the rock covers of originally pop hits are usually able to give “new life” to those hits… and we agree with them!
We are long time rock music fans and this question came out one day: is it necessary tp scream and to make a “rock” voice (à la Bryan Adams, à la Rod Stewart) to sound recognizable?
**IMAGINE DRAGONS – SMOKE AND MIRRORS (2015)
It is a breakthrough act, formed in the States, Las Vegas, in the 2010s, but musically this multi-Grammy Awards winning album (well-deserved, in our opinion) features some “moments in rock”: it is Brit – rock of the 80’s, the heavily-influenced-by-synths one: it musically and stylistically recalls Queen of the 80’s, David Bowie in the 80’s… .
We say goodbye to Greg Lake off the prog-rock trio “Emerson, Lake and Palmer”, “Lucky man” is their most famous hit. The surviving band member Carl Palmer did a moving tribute to him. Rock in peace. 2016 is cruel to music fans.
On late December we lost the Status Quo guitarist, Richard Parfitt: we knew his guitar since we were little kids, as in 1978 we were crazy for their hit !Whatever you want”. Rock in peace, Rick!
On 19th March, the pioneer guitarist Chuck Berry passed away: he created the ground for rock and roll as we know it and he was famous also for the “Duck walk” when he played the guiatrs. Berry, who was 90 years old, he influenced ALL the guitarists. RIP and walk like a duck in peace, Chuck!
Why in the TV Talent shows rock songs are rarely chosen for the competitors to perform? What are the rules to repsect in the assignment process?
THE LEGENDARY ROCK ALBUMS – OUR FEEDBACK
DAVID BOWIE – ALADDIN SANE (1973)
We knew the artwork on the cover of the record, that is “the face with the coloured thunder painted on”, which, in fact, is one of the most celebrated cover albums of all time.
Musically, the record continues where “Ziggy Stardust” left off, but this one sounds more rock. Mick Ronson is fab!
The album is less visionary, but lyrics seems to go around one character, i.e. Aladdin Sane.
This was milestone for glam rock: dirty guitar riffs and no melodic pop sound.
There is one cover, The Rolling Stones’ Let’s spend the night together: its groove sounds faster and the vocal arrangement takes another perspective.
We loved all the album, maybe we wouldn’t have include “Drive in Saturday” in the track listing.
BLACK SABBATH – PARANOID (1970)
A tremendous rock album, featuring rage in the lyrics, passion in every band member’s performance and wild guitars.
The Sabbath have now finished their Farewell tour, as they announced retirement from the recording industry and while we were enjoying the record, we knew of the passing away of their original keyboard player.
We, of course, know their famous frontman mister Ozzy Osbourne and we discovered the title track at Live Aid, 1985, when sir Geldof, the Live Aid organizer, managed to get the original Sabbath reunited for the occasion.
Guitars are impressive and mood on all the music of this album is dark, dire.
Lyrics are against the Vietnam war: a bit like, years later Megadeth did against the First Gulf War against USA President Bush, President Saddam Hussein, White House…
Our fave songs are: aside the hit singles Paranoid and War pigs, Iron man, Hand of doom.
THIN LIZZY – BAD REPUTATION (1978)
An interesting rock album, of an English formation who in the late 70’s influenced other rock stars like Rod Stewart’s style, on all.
Their story recall a bit the Joy Division, or Queen , ‘coz their singer and frontman, Phil Lynott passed away, but the surviving members carried on making music and live shows, with different fate than Queen and Joy Division.
The band did hard rock things, but the album of 1978 captured the influence of punk, new wave. We heard elements of Ultravox and Sex Pistols.
Lyrics are about rebellion and rage, but “Oh Lord” and “Dancing in the moon light” touch tender subjects.
Or favourite tracks are: Soldier of fortune, Oh Lord, Dancing in the moonlight and Bad Reputation.
AFTERHOURS – HAI PAURA DEL BUIO? (2010)
It was the first time we did a review of an indie-rock album, it is the first time we heard music from this band, who, together with Marlene Kuntz, they’re the standard bearer of Italian indie rock.
Critics claim this one album is their best album, so far. We say it is their soldest, the most famous one.
The leader, Manuel Agnelli, who as much as the other band members is born in Milan, North Italy, is a cultivated person, with a strong ego.
We heard elements of grunge, acoustic rock and rock ballads.
Lyrics are very sarcastic and the speak of about love, friendship and other serious topics.
Our fave songs are: Rapace, Male di Miele, Pelle, Dea.
DD TV xx