Category Archives: Rock

Neil Young – Old Man (1972)

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Neil Young may have made a name for himself first as a member of Buffalo Springfield, but it’s Young as a solo artist that achieved the success and accolades. 35 albums in 45 years. Songwriter extraordinaire, but did it ever get better than his 1972 album Harvest? The wistful ‘Old Man’ provides my first stop on any journey through his back catalogue. Have a great weekend.
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Gaz Coombes – The Girl Who Fell To Earth (2015)

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Gaz Coombes may still have the facial hair, but things have moved on since Supergrass split in 2010. In 2015, He released his second solo album, Matador. It featured, ‘The Girl Who Fell To Earth’. The title was Bowie; the influence was Lennon.

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The Rolling Stones – Moonlight Mile (1971)

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Finishing the week on a very high note, ‘Moonlight Mile’ is an astonishing song. It closes The Rolling Stones’s definitive 1971 album Sticky Fingers on a sombre yet euphoric note. Listen to the those gorgeous string and piano arrangements in the second half. The Stones’ next record Exile On Main St. would continue and expand the sound established here. Have a great weekend.

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Elton John – Mona Lisas & Mad Hatters (1972)

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Released in May 1972, Honky Château was Elton John’s fifth studio album and the one that started to propel the singer-songwriter to rock star status. Where the Side 1 featured ‘Rocket Man’, Side 2 served up the classic ‘Mona Lisas & Mad Hatters’. But more amazing than all of that, this is the first Elton John track on this blog. Yup, that’s right.

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Fleetwood Mac – Gold Dust Woman (1977)

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Bad relationships + lot of drugs = Gold Dust Woman. But aside of all the symbolism, this was a song rich in confidence. Listen to the depth, the complications and Stevie Nicks’ vocals. Reputedly recorded at 4 a.m. after a long day of trying to get it right, the finished article would fittingly serve as the last track on Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours.

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Blur – The Universal (1995)

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Blur’s ‘The Universal’ sphere is the centrepiece of a song about drug-induced happiness. Based on A Clockwork Orange, the striking video was a fitting backdrop to Britpop, Blur and the imagination of Damon Albarn. “How long have you been a red man?” “About 15 years.” “What were you before?” “Blue.” Have a great weekend.

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Tim Buckley – Make it Right (1972)

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With Greetings From L.A., Tim Buckley is pure californication. He had been sleazy before, but the seven tracks on this album were full on sex. The album’s closing track ‘Make It Right’ grooves away the night with a disco-like set of accompanying strings. “Come on and beat me, whip me, spank me, come on make it right again,” he begs, with a rawness that would make Robert Plant swoon.

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Elbow – Any Day Now (2001)

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‘Any Day Now’ is the opening, standout track from Elbow’s debut album Asleep In The Back. Depite the fame and popularity that would follow a few years later, they would sound no better than this. Drummer Richard Jupp lays down a signature snare beat accompanied by singer Guy Garvey’s Peter Gabriel impression. Have a good week.

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Lenny Kravitz ‎- It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over (1991)

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I heard this song earlier this week for the first time in a while. Lenny Kravitz released his album Mama Said in 1991 at a time of his break up with Lisa Bonet. He was cool, but he was hurting. ‘It Ain’t Over ’till It’s Over’. Have a good weekend.

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9 of the best – sounds of 2017

Samuelsounds begins a short hiatus this festive season. I leave you with my favourite sounds of 2017 in no particular order. See you in the new year.

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Over Everything

Dan Auerbach – King Of A One Horse Town

Dornik – God Knows

LCD Soundsystem – Call The Police

Future Islands – Ran

Father John Misty – Total Entertainment Forever

Arcade Fire – Everything Now

The National – The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness

Kamasi Washington – Truth

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Honourable mentions also go to: Real Estate for ‘Darling‘; Foxygen for ‘On Lankershim‘; Mac DeMarco for ‘This Old Dog‘; John Mayer for ‘Moving On and Getting Over‘; Big Thief for ‘Shark Smile‘; Kevin Morby for ‘Come To Me Now‘; St. Vincent for ‘New York‘; Rex Orange County for ‘Edition‘; Public Service Broadcasting for ‘Progress‘; Lorde for ‘Green Light‘; and alt- J for’3WW‘.

 

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Lou Reed – Walk On The Wild Side (1972)

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Lou Reed’s ‘Walk On The Wild Side’ off 1972’s Transformer. Have a great festive weekend.

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The Beatles – Across The Universe (1970)

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The Beatles’s ‘Across The Universe’ off 1970’s ‘Across The Universe’.

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The Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter (1969)

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The Rolling Stones’ ‘Gimme Shelter’ off 1969’s Let It Bleed.

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Van Morrison – Sweet Thing (1968)

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In this week leading up to Christmas, I will feature some tracks that need no introduction.
Van Morrison’s ‘Sweet Thing’ off 1968’s Astral Weeks.

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The Verve – Bitter Sweet Symphony (1997)

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What can you say about the The Verve’s ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’ that has not already been said before. The song was ubiquitous in 1997/98.  Richard Ashcroft had taken Andrew Oldham Orchestra’s strings cover of The Rolling Stones ‘Last Time’ and realised its potential by writing those sublime lyrics. The bitter sweet would follow when the Stones’ former manager Allen Klein reneged on an agreement they had with Decca and demanded 100% of the song’s royalties, stripping the Verve of their undoubted achievement.

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