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Shawn Phillips

Un artista peculiare, americano, texano, ma figlio del mondo, perché ha vissuto con la famiglia in ogni parte del pianeta (il padre era un noto autore americano di gialli, che per sua scelta decise di vivere con la famiglia in varie parti del mondo), e poi ha continuato a scegliere liberamente dove vivere. Nei suoi spostamenti ha trascorso anche un periodo non breve in Italia. Ha scelto un posto unico per la sua bellezza, Positano negli anni 70, ma la piccola fama che ha avuto in Italia si deve soprattutto ad un conduttore storico della sezione musicale della RAI, soprattutto noto come DJ di Per voi giovani, Raffaele Cascone, inventore a quel tempo della fortunata formula Il rock del mediterraneo. Cascone passava generosamente i primi dischi di Shawn Phillips dell’epoca, Contribution e Second Contribution, e fece conoscere anche da noi la splendida ballata sull’amico Casey Deiss e sulla sua tragica morte, musicalmente un ponte tra la canzone tradizionale americana, il jazz, la musica classica e lo sperimentalismo.

In un’epoca nella quale i folk-singer erano interessati più al messaggio che al contenitore musicale, era un musicista valido come esecutore (virtuoso di vari tipi di chitarra e anche capace di suonare strumenti etnici), nonché come cantante, essendo dotato di una grande estensione vocale, e un attento sperimentatore, orientato a mischiare le multiformi esperienze musicali che aveva assorbito in giro per il mondo, divenendo in tal modo una specie di anticipatore della world music.

Negli anni seguenti Phillips non ha smesso la sua ricerca, che continua tuttora, facendolo diventare un artista di culto, un modo per dire che è apprezzato (anche moltissimo) da chi lo conosce ma che è sconosciuto ai più, per insufficiente diffusione della sua musica (alias promozione). Ma certo Shawn è ben refrattario a questi problemi.

Per saperne di più:
http://www.shawnphillips.com (sito ufficiale, completissimo, fornito anche di esempi musicali)

http://www.musicaememoria.com/ShawnPhillips.htm
Shawn Phillips

Phillips was born in Fort Worth, Texas. In the 1960s he worked as a session player on several Donovan albums including Fairytale, Sunshine Superman, and Mellow Yellow,[3] performed at the Isle of Wight festival, sang on “Lovely Rita” by the Beatles,[4] and was cast to play the lead in the original production of Jesus Christ Superstar (he had to withdraw due to his heavy recording and touring schedule).[citation needed] In February 1969 Phillips wrote and performed, with The Djinn, the music for the controversial Jane Arden play Vagina Rex and the Gas Oven at the Arts Laboratory on Drury Lane.[citation needed]

Phillips worked the folk music scene in Los Angeles, New York’s Greenwich Village, and London. In 1967, Phillips moved to Positano, Italy, where he remained throughout the 1970s, recording the albums Contribution, Second Contribution, Collaboration, and Faces’.

Four of his albums Faces, Bright White, Furthermore, and Do You Wonder made it into the Billboard Top 100. In addition, the singles, “Lost Horizon” and “We”, made Billboard’s top 100 in 1973 (63 and 92 respectively).

His album No Category, featuring his longtime collaborators Paul Buckmaster and Peter Robinson, was released in 2002.

In 2007, his first live album, Living Contribution, was released, along with a Live DVD of the same title.

Phillips today lives in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, with his wife Juliette and their son Liam. He is still touring and he divides his time between writing, recording, touring and his work as an emergency medical technician (EMT), firefighter, 1st Officer, Navigator, and Extrication Specialist with the National Sea Rescue Institute of South Africa (NSRI).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shawn_Phillips

Soft Cell


Soft Cell è un duo britannico di musica elettronica dei primi anni ottanta che riscosse un buon successo di pubblico e di critica, composto da: Marc Almond (voce) e David Ball (sintetizzatore) e riformatosi poi nel 2003.

Le loro canzoni, di orientamento musicale synth-pop, oltre che raccontare storie d’amore, si focalizzano spesso su tematiche controverse quali il sesso estremo, il travestitismo, l’uso di droghe e persino l’omicidio.

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soft_Cell

Soft Cell are an English synthpop duo who came to prominence in the early 1980s, consisting of vocalist Marc Almond and instrumentalist David Ball. The duo are principally known for their 1981 hit version of “Tainted Love” (#8 US) and 1981 debut album entitled Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret.

In the United Kingdom, they had ten Top 40 hits including “Tainted Love” (#1 UK), “Torch” (#2 UK), “Say Hello, Wave Goodbye” (#3 UK), “What!” (#3 UK), and “Bedsitter” (#4 UK), and also had four Top 20 albums between 1981 and 1984. In 1984, the duo split but reformed from 2001 to 2004 to tour and record new material, releasing their fifth studio album, Cruelty Without Beauty in 2002.

Soft Cell’s songs have been covered by various artists including Nine Inch Nails, David Gray, Nouvelle Vague, Marilyn Manson, and A-ha.[4] Their track, “Memorabilia”, earned recognition for the band as pioneers of the synth-oriented techno genre.[5] The duo have sold 10 million records worldwide.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soft_Cell

Big Star


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I Big Star sono un gruppo statunitense indicato come progenitore del power pop.[1] La formazione nasce a Memphis, nel 1971, da un’idea di Alex Chilton (19502010), già voce nei Box Tops, e Chris Bell (19511978).

Esordiscono nel 1972 con #1 Record, disco pubblicato dall’etichetta soul Stax. La loro musica univa le armonie vocali dei Beatles e dei Beach Boys con le melodie e gli arpeggi di chitarra dei Byrds, il tutto filtrato attraverso un’energia rock che, solo a posteriori, i critici e gli storici definiranno come power pop.[1][2]

L’ingombrante personalità creativa dei due leader porta Bell a lasciare la band nel 1973, subito prima di registrare il secondo disco, Radio City (1974) che, fondandosi sulla scrittura del solo Chilton, denota molte più influenze soul e r’n’b.

Lo scarso successo di pubblico crea un’inevitabile crisi che porta la band – ovvero, Chilton, il bassista Andy Hummell e il batterista Jody Stephens – allo scioglimento. Era il 1975 ed era appena stato registrato un disco che vedrà la luce solo tre anni più tardi, per onorare la prematura scomparsa di Chris Bell, morto nel 1978 in un incidente d’auto. Il disco sarà Third/Sister Lovers e chiude la prima fase della carriera dei Big Star.

Dalla fine degli anni settanta in poi, i Big Star diventano quello che si definisce un gruppo di culto. Moltissime formazioni citano Chilton e Bell tra le influenze della loro musica (ricordiamo i R.E.M., i Replacements, i Posies, i Teenage Fanclub, i Jesus and Mary Chain dei primi due dischi) e l’attenzione degli appassionati verso quei tre dischi dimenticati diventa spinta per un vero e proprio passaparola che fa conoscere – in un circuito pur sempre circoscritto – le canzoni del gruppo.

La band decide quindi di tornare sulle scene nel 1993. Chilton e Stephens decidono di suonare dal vivo accompagnati da Jon Auer e Ken Stringfellow dei Posies. I risultati di questa riunione si possono sentire nel live Columbia: Live at Missoury University. Ma per aspettare un nuovo disco di canzoni devono passare altri dodici anni. Tanti ne distano tra il sopracitato disco e il nuovo In Space. Pubblicato nel 2005 per la Rykodisc con la stessa formazione del 1993. Il 15 settembre 2009 esce la prima raccolta del gruppo Keep an Eye on the Sky, box set di quattro dischi pubblicato dalla Rhino Records.[3]

http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Star

Big Star was an American power pop band formed in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1971 by Alex Chilton, Chris Bell, Jody Stephens, and Andy Hummel. Despite exceptional reviews from critics and widely acknowledged influence upon numerous notable musicians, Big Star attained only cult status, lacking commercial success. The group broke up in 1974, but reorganized with a new line-up nearly 20 years later. In its first era, the band’s musical style drew on the vocal harmonies of The Beatles, as well as the swaggering rhythms of The Rolling Stones and the jangling guitars of The Byrds. To the resulting power pop, Big Star added dark, existential themes, and produced a style that foreshadowed the alternative rock of the 1980s and 1990s. Before it broke up, Big Star created a “seminal body of work that never stopped inspiring succeeding generations” in the words of Rolling Stone,[1] as the “quintessential American power pop band” and “one of the most mythic and influential cult acts in all of rock & roll”.[2]

Big Star’s first album—1972’s #1 Record—was met by enthusiastic reviews, but ineffective marketing by Stax Records and limited distribution stunted its commercial success. Frustration took its toll on band relations: Bell left not long after the first record’s commercial progress stalled, and Hummel left to finish his college education after a second album, Radio City, was completed in December, 1973. Like #1 Record, Radio City received excellent reviews,[3] but label issues again thwarted sales—Columbia Records, which had assumed control of the Stax catalog, likewise effectively vetoed its distribution. After a third album was deemed non-commercially viable and shelved before receiving a title, the band broke up late in 1974. Four years later, the first two Big Star LPs were released together in the UK as a double album. The band’s third album was finally issued soon afterward; entitled Third/Sister Lovers, it found limited commercial success. Shortly thereafter, Chris Bell was killed in a car accident at the age of 27.

The Big Star discography drew renewed attention in the 1980s when R.E.M., and The Replacements as well as other popular bands cited the group as an influence. In 1992, interest was further stimulated by Rykodisc‘s reissues of the band’s albums, complemented by a collection of Bell’s solo work.[4] In 1993, Chilton and Stephens reformed Big Star with recruits Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow of The Posies, and gave a concert at the University of Missouri.[5] The band remained active, performing tours in Europe and Japan,[6] and released a new studio album, In Space, in 2005. Chilton died on March 17, 2010, after being admitted to a New Orleans hospital with heart problems.[7] Hummel, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2008, died on July 19, 2010.[8] These deaths left Stephens as the sole surviving founding member.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Star

Willy DeVille


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Willy DeVille nasce come William Borsay a Stamford, nel Connecticut (assumerà il nome di Willy DeVille nel 1975). Sua nonna materna era un’irochese; inoltre, è di discendenza basca e irlandese. Per dirla con le sue parole, “Un po’ di questo e un po’ di quello; un vero cane randagio”[2] Lascia la scuola al suo decimo anno di studi [3]e inizia a frequentare il Lower East Side e il West Village, a Manhattan. “Sembrava che non facessi altro che girare senza meta. Volevo suonare, ma non mi sembrava di trovare l’ambiente giusto. C’erano parecchie band di rock psichedelico, ma non erano fatte per me”[4] In questo periodo, gli interessi di DeVille erano indirizzati principalmente verso il blues, e in particolar modo verso John P. Hammond, Muddy Waters e John Lee Hooker.[5][6]

DeVille lascia allora la sua band “Billy and the Kids” e prova a raggiungere Londra, in cerca di musicisti con le sue stesse idee, ma non riesce a trovarne. Torna quindi a New York, dopo due anni di assenza.[7] La sua band successiva, i “Royal Pythons” (“una gang trasformata in gruppo musicale”[8]) rimase un altro tentativo senza successo.

Dopo alcuni pellegrinaggi si ferma a San Francisco, dove forma un gruppo con il bassista Ruben Siguenza e il batterista Tom “Manfred” Allen. Il gruppo suona sotto i nomi di “Billy DeSade & the Marquis” e “The Lazy Eights” prima di trovare il nome “Mink DeVille”. Dopo un po’ di tempo DeVille porta la band a New York, dove viene assunto il chitarrista Louis X. Erlanger, le cui abilità nel campo degli arrangiamenti aiutano ulteriormente il processo di perfezionamento del sound del gruppo. Nel 1981, quando esce il quarto album dei “Mink DeVille”, Coup de Grâce, tutti i componenti originali del gruppo, escludendo Willy, se ne sono già andati. Nel 1987 DeVille inizia a registrare sotto il proprio nome.

DeVille ha recitato in due film negli anni ottanta, rivestendo prima il ruolo di un truffatore in “Va Banque” (1986) e poi di una guardia del corpo in “Homeboy“, nel 1988. Nel corso della sua vita ha sofferto a lungo di dipendenza da droga, cosa che ha danneggiato seriamente la sua carriera. Possedeva abitazioni a New Orleans e nel Mississippi.

Una sua canzone, Demasiado corazón, è stata scelta come sigla della trasmissione televisiva italiana Zelig.

Il suo gruppo, inoltre, ha suonato a lungo al CBGB, lo storico nightclub newyorkese in cui ebbe origine il punk rock intorno agli anni settanta. A New Orleans, luogo in cui si trasferì nel 1988, diede un contributo importante al tentativo di dare nuova importanza al R&B locale. I suoi testi profondi e i legami con i ritmi tipici della musica latina hanno portato alla definizione di un nuovo genere di musica, chiamata Ispanico-americana.[9] Ha raggiunto la notorietà in Europa, mentre non fu particolarmente conosciuto negli Stati Uniti.

Nel 1994 è ospite musicale in una puntata della trasmissione satirica Tunnel con Serena Dandini (dove poco tempo prima lo avevano preceduto i Nirvana) ed esegue Cadillac Walk, prestandosi poi per qualche istante ai siparietti scherzosi di Corrado Guzzanti, Adolfo Margiotta, Maurizio Crozza e Carla Signoris.

http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willy_DeVille

Willy DeVille (August 25, 1950 – August 6, 2009) was an American singer and songwriter. During his thirty-five-year career, first with his band Mink DeVille (1974–1986) and later on his own, Deville created original songs rooted in traditional American musical styles. He worked with collaborators from across the spectrum of contemporary music, including Jack Nitzsche, Doc Pomus, Dr. John, Mark Knopfler, Allen Toussaint, and Eddie Bo. Latin rhythms, blues riffs, doo-wop, Cajun music, strains of Frenchcabaret, and echoes of early-1960s uptown soul can be heard in DeVille’s work.

Mink DeVille was a house band at CBGB, the historic New York City nightclub where punk rock was born in the mid-1970s. DeVille helped redefine the Brill Building sound. In 1987 his song “Storybook Love” was nominated for an Academy Award. After his move to New Orleans in 1988, he helped spark the roots revival of classic New Orleans R&B. His soulful lyrics and explorations in Latin rhythms and sounds helped define a new musical style sometimes called “Spanish-Americana”.[1]

DeVille died of pancreatic cancer on August 6, 2009 in a New York hospital. He was 58 years old.[2][3][4] Although his commercial success waxed and waned over the years, his legacy as a songwriter has influenced many other musicians such as Mark Knopfler and Peter Wolf.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willy_DeVille

Led Zeppelin III and IV Sessions *RARE OUTTAKES*


I Led Zeppelin sono stati un gruppo musicale britannico formato nel 1968, considerato tra i grandi innovatori del rock e tra i principali pionieri dell’hard rock.

La loro musica, le cui radici affondano in generi diversi tra cui blues, rockabilly e folk, ha costituito una formula completamente inedita per l’epoca, finendo con l’influenzare in qualche modo tutti i gruppi rock del loro tempo e del futuro.[5][6]

Il gruppo, scioltosi nel 1980, anno della morte del batterista, fu composto per l’intero periodo della sua attività da Robert Plant (voce, armonica), Jimmy Page (chitarre), John Paul Jones (basso, tastiere) e John Bonham (batteria, percussioni).

La discografia del gruppo comprende nove album in studio pubblicati dal 1969 al 1982.[7] A partire dagli anni novanta hanno visto la luce diverse raccolte di brani, editi e inediti, e alcune incisioni di spettacoli dal vivo risalenti al periodo di attività. Degna di segnalazione è anche la circolazione di un cospicuo numero di bootleg sul mercato “non ufficiale”.

In seguito alla morte di Bonham, Page e Plant hanno proseguito la propria attività musicale come solisti,[8] incidendo insieme gli album No Quarter: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Unledded e Walking into Clarksdale e ritrovandosi occasionalmente per esibirsi dal vivo nel corso di eventi commemorativi o celebrativi. I Led Zeppelin sono tra i gruppi di maggior successo commerciale nella storia della musica moderna: dal 1968 ad oggi il gruppo ha venduto oltre 300 milioni di dischi.[9]

Il 12 gennaio 1995 i Led Zeppelin sono stati introdotti nella Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In una classifica stilata nel 2003 dalla rivista Rolling Stone, i Led Zeppelin risultano al 14º posto tra i 100 musicisti più importanti di tutti i tempi:[10] la stessa Rolling Stone ha avuto modo di definire a più riprese i Led Zeppelin come “Il gruppo più pesante di tutti i tempi, indiscutibilmente uno dei gruppi più duraturi della storia del rock” e “il gruppo più importante degli anni settanta.[11][6]

Nella stessa misura, la Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ha affermato che l’influenza che il gruppo ha esercitato negli anni settanta è «rilevante come quella che i Beatles hanno avuto nel decennio precedente»[12] e l’emittente VH1 ha definito i Led Zeppelin come «il più importante gruppo rock della storia».[13]

Nel 2007, a seguito dell’incredibile richiesta di biglietti per la loro esibizione all’The O2 Arena di Londra (oltre 20 milioni di prenotazioni in circa 24 ore), il gruppo è entrato nel Guinness dei primati per la “maggior richiesta di biglietti per una singola esibizione dal vivo”.

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Led_Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones, and drummer John Bonham. The band’s heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition as one of the progenitors of heavy metal, though their unique style drew from a wide variety of influences, including folk music.

After changing their name from the New Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin signed a deal with Atlantic Records that afforded them considerable artistic freedom. Although the group was initially unpopular with critics, they achieved significant commercial success with albums such as Led Zeppelin (1969), Led Zeppelin II (1969), Led Zeppelin III (1970), their untitled fourth album (1971), Houses of the Holy (1973), and Physical Graffiti (1975). Their fourth album, which features the track “Stairway to Heaven”, is among the most popular and influential works in rock music, and it helped to secure the group’s popularity.

Page wrote most of Led Zeppelin’s music, particularly early in their career, while Plant generally supplied the lyrics. Jones’ keyboard-based compositions later became central to the group’s catalogue, which featured increasing experimentation. The latter half of their career saw a series of record-breaking tours that earned the group a reputation for excess and debauchery. Although they remained commercially and critically successful, their output and touring schedule were limited during the late 1970s, and the group disbanded following Bonham’s death from alcohol-related asphyxia in 1980. In the decades that followed, the surviving members sporadically collaborated and participated in one-off Led Zeppelin reunions. The most successful of these was the 2007 Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert in London, with Jason Bonham taking his late father’s place behind the drums.

Led Zeppelin are widely considered one of the most successful, innovative, and influential rock groups in history. They are one of the best-selling music artists in the history of audio recording; various sources estimate the group’s record sales at 200 to 300 million units worldwide. With RIAA-certified sales of 111.5 million units, they are the second-best-selling band in the United States.[1] Each of their nine studio albums placed in the top 10 of the Billboard album chart and six reached the number-one spot.[2] Rolling Stone magazine described them as “the heaviest band of all time”,[3] “the biggest band of the ’70s”,[4] and “unquestionably one of the most enduring bands in rock history”.[5] They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995; the museum’s biography of the band states that they were “as influential” during the 1970s as the Beatles were during the 1960s.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Led_Zeppelin

The Moody Blues — A Question of Balance — 1970.


The Moody Blues sono un gruppo rock inglese.

Pongono le loro radici nel rhythm and blues, per poi giungere al rock psichedelico e a quello progressivo, grazie al sound caratterizzato anche dall’uso del mellotron. Fu questo il loro marchio di fabbrica, nel periodo aureo, dal 1967 al 1974. Rispetto ad altri gruppi definiti progressivi, i Moody Blues prediligono però la forma “canzone”, con melodie ad ampio respiro. Esempio calzante è il loro più grande successo, Nights in White Satin del 1967. Tutt’oggi è una delle rock band più longeve della storia, con quasi 50 anni di attività live, e 70 milioni di dischi venduti.

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Moody_Blues

The Moody Blues are an English rock band. Among their innovations was a fusion with classical music, as heard in their 1967 album Days of Future Passed.

The Moody Blues have sold more than 70 million albums worldwide [5] and have been awarded 18 platinum and gold discs. As of 2015 they remain active with one member from the original 1964 band (drummer Graeme Edge) and two more from the 1966 lineup (bassist John Lodge and guitarist Justin Hayward).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Moody_Blues

Deep Purple-Made In Japan (1972)


I Deep Purple sono un gruppo musicale hard rock inglese, formatosi a Hertford nel 1968. Insieme a gruppi come Led Zeppelin e Black Sabbath, sono considerati fra i principali pionieri del genere heavy metal.

Vengono considerati una delle band più influenti del panorama musicale degli anni settanta, con un substrato musicale molto vario, che spazia dal blues al rock and roll, dal funky al jazz e al folk, dalla musica orientale alla musica classica, fino all’R&B, a cui unirono un certo virtuosismo tecnico. Il suono della band comprende anche elementi di rock progressivo, genere in auge nel periodo.

Hanno venduto più di 100 milioni di copie nel mondo senza contare le enormi vendite di bootleg, ovvero il traffico di dischi illegali spesso registrati durante le esibizioni dal vivo del gruppo.

Il gruppo venne inserito nel Guinness dei primati come band più rumorosa del mondo a seguito di un concerto al Rainbow Theater di Londra durante il quale tre spettatori persero conoscenza a causa dei 117 dB raggiunti.

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_Purple

Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, together with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, have been referred to as the “unholy trinity of British hard rock and heavy metal in the early to mid-Seventies”. They were listed in the 1975 Guinness Book of World Records as “the globe’s loudest band” for a 1972 concert at London’s Rainbow Theatre, and have sold over 100 million albums worldwide.
Deep Purple have had several line-up changes and an eight-year hiatus (1976–1984). The 1968–1976 line-ups are commonly labelled Mark I, II, III and IV Their second and most commercially successful line-up featured Ian Gillan (vocals), Jon Lord (organ), Roger Glover (bass), Ian Paice (drums), and Ritchie Blackmore (guitar). This line-up was active from 1969 to 1973, and was revived from 1984 to 1989, and again from 1992 to 1993. The band achieved more modest success in the intervening periods between 1968 and 1969 with the line-up including Rod Evans (vocals) and Nick Simper (bass, backing vocals), between 1974 and 1976 (Tommy Bolin replacing Blackmore in 1975) with the line-up including David Coverdale (vocals) and Glenn Hughes (bass, vocals), and between 1989 and 1992 with the line-up including Joe Lynn Turner (vocals). The band’s line-up (currently featuring Ian Gillan, and guitarist Steve Morse from 1994) has been much more stable in recent years, although organist Jon Lord’s retirement from the band in 2002 (being succeeded by Don Airey) left Ian Paice as the only original Deep Purple member still in the band.

Deep Purple were ranked number 22 on VH1’s Greatest Artists of Hard Rock programme and a poll on British radio station Planet Rock ranked them 5th among the “most influential bands ever”. At the 2011 Classic Rock Awards in London, they received the Innovator Award.[16] In October 2012, Deep Purple were nominated for the first time for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but were not voted in the following March. In October 2013, the band was announced as a Hall of Fame nominee for a second time, but again was not voted in.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_Purple

NICK DRAKE Essential Songs


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Nicholas Rodney “Nick” Drake (Yangon, 19 giugno 1948 – Tanworth-in-Arden, 25 novembre 1974) è stato un cantautore inglese.

Poco noto in vita, a molti anni di distanza dalla prematura scomparsa la sua opera e il suo personaggio sono stati riscoperti divenendo in breve tempo oggetti di culto per generazioni di musicisti e appassionati, in virtù della superba qualità del suo songwriting, della delicata e malinconica poesia dei suoi versi e delle sue abilità con la chitarra.

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Drake

Nicholas Rodney “Nick” Drake (19 June 1948 – 25 November 1974) was an English singer-songwriter and musician, known for his acoustic guitar-based songs. He failed to find a wide audience during his lifetime, but his work has gradually achieved wider notice and recognition. Drake signed to Island Records when he was 20 years old and was a student at the University of Cambridge, and released his debut album, Five Leaves Left, in 1969. By 1972, he had recorded two more albums—Bryter Layter and Pink Moon. Neither sold more than 5,000 copies on initial release. Drake’s reluctance to perform live, or be interviewed, contributed to his lack of commercial success. There is no known footage of the adult Drake; he was only ever captured in still photographs and in home footage from his childhood.

Drake suffered from depression, particularly during the latter part of his short life. This was often reflected in his lyrics. On completion of his third album, 1972’s Pink Moon, he withdrew from both live performance and recording, retreating to his parents’ home in rural Warwickshire. On 25 November 1974, Drake died from an overdose of amitriptyline, a prescribed antidepressant; he was 26 years old. Whether his death was an accident or suicide has never been resolved.

Drake’s music remained available through the mid-1970s, but the 1979 release of the retrospective album Fruit Tree allowed his back catalogue to be reassessed. By the mid-1980s Drake was being credited as an influence by such artists as Robert Smith, David Sylvian and Peter Buck. In 1985, The Dream Academy reached the UK and US charts with “Life in a Northern Town”, a song written for and dedicated to Drake.[6] By the early 1990s, he had come to represent a certain type of “doomed romantic” musician in the UK music press. His first biography was published in 1997, followed in 1998 by the documentary film A Stranger Among Us.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Drake

 

Phil Collins – En Concert Complet a (Paris 2004)


Philip David Charles Collins (Londra, 30 gennaio 1951) è un cantautore, polistrumentista e musicista britannico, noto sia come solista sia come componente dello storico gruppo dei Genesis.

Collins è uno dei tre artisti (insieme a Paul McCartney e Michael Jackson), ad aver venduto oltre 150 milioni di album in tutto il mondo sia come solisti che come membri principali di una band[1].

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phil_Collins

Philip David Charles “Phil” Collins, LVO (born 30 January 1951),[6] is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, music producer and actor. He gained fame as both the drummer and lead singer for the rock group Genesis, and he also gained worldwide fame as a solo artist.

Collins is one of the most successful songwriters and performers of all time, singing the lead vocals on dozens of hit albums and singles in the UK and the US between 1976 and 2010, either as a solo artist or with Genesis. His solo singles, sometimes dealing with lost love and often featuring his distinctive gated reverb drum sound, ranged from the atmospheric “In the Air Tonight“, dance-rock of “Sussudio“, piano-driven power balladAgainst All Odds“, to the political and religious connotations of “Another Day in Paradise“. Collins has been described by AllMusic as “one of the most successful pop and adult contemporary singers of the ’80s and beyond”.[1]

Collins joined Genesis in 1970 as the group’s drummer and became their lead vocalist in 1975 following the departure of the original lead singer Peter Gabriel. His solo career, which was launched in 1981 and was heavily influenced by his personal life and soul music, brought both himself and Genesis greater commercial success. Collins’s total worldwide sales as a solo artist are 150 million.[7] Collins has won numerous music awards throughout his career, including seven Grammy Awards, six Brit Awards—winning Best British Male three times, three American Music Awards, an Academy Award, two Golden Globe Awards and a Disney Legend Award in 2002 for his solo work.[8][9][10] He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1999, was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003, and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis in 2010.[11][12] Collins was listed at number 22 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Drummers of All Time”.[13]

Collins is one of only three recording artists (along with Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson) who have sold over 100 million albums worldwide both as solo artists and (separately) as principal members of a band.[14] During his most successful period as a solo artist between 1981 and 1990, Collins had three UK number-one singles and seven number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, as well as a U.S. number one with Genesis in 1986. When his work with Genesis, his work with other artists, as well as his solo career is totalled, Collins had more top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart during the 1980s than any other artist.[15] In 2008, Collins was ranked the 22nd most successful artist on the “Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists”.[16] Although one of the world’s best-selling recording artists and a highly respected drummer, Collins has garnered significant criticism over the years from music journalists and fellow artists. He announced his retirement in 2011 to focus on his family life,[17][18] though he continued to write songs and in 2013 he said he was considering a return to the music industry.[19]

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The Who – Greatest Hits Ultimate Best Of – HQ



The Who è uno storico gruppo musicale rock britannico originario di Londra, considerato tra le maggiori band Rock ‘n Roll di tutti i tempi, con oltre 100 milioni di dischi venduti.[7] Le prime apparizioni dal vivo degli Who risalgono al 1964,[8] con quella che è considerata la storica formazione del gruppo: Pete Townshend (chitarrista e autore della maggior parte delle canzoni), Roger Daltrey (voce), John Entwistle (basso elettrico) e Keith Moon (batteria).

Dopo un breve periodo da portabandiera del movimento Mod inglese, gli Who raggiungono il successo nel 1965, con l’uscita dell’album My Generation, il cui omonimo brano si dimostra essere il primo inno generazionale,[9] nonché uno dei pezzi ancor oggi più conosciuti e rappresentativi della band,[10] oltre ad essere inserito nel 2004 dalla rivista Rolling Stone all’undicesimo posto tra le 500 migliori canzoni secondo Rolling Stone.[11] Gli Who nel corso della loro carriera hanno piazzato 27 singoli nei primi 40 posti delle classifiche di vendita britanniche e statunitensi, oltre a raggiungere la top ten con 17 album (ottenendo nel contempo 18 dischi d’oro, 12 di platino, e 5 multi-platino solamente negli Stati Uniti).

Gli Who raggiungono il grande pubblico a partire dal 1965 con una serie di singoli di successo, grazie anche alle trasmissioni di alcune radio pirata di oltremanica come Radio Caroline, tra i quali vanno ricordati I Can’t Explain e Substitute. In A Quick One, pubblicato nel 1966, è possibile notare il progredire della ricerca musicale di Townshend verso la realizzazione di un’opera rock a carattere teatrale, che si concretizzerà poi in Tommy (1969) e nella più matura Quadrophenia (1973), nel cui film associato si fece notare un giovanissimo Sting.

Del 1979 è anche il documentario sulla storia del gruppo Uragano Who (The Kids Are Alright). Tra i protagonisti della Swinging London, furono molto influenzati dalla musica dei loro contemporanei Beatles e Rolling Stones, di cui continuarono il fenomeno della British invasion. Ebbero una notevole influenza su altre band a loro volta, lasciando un’onda lunga che va dai Led Zeppelin[12] ai Sex Pistols,[13] dagli U2[14] agli Oasis[1] passando per i Pearl Jam.[15]

È particolarmente discusso l’inserimento degli Who all’interno del genere proto-punk, ovvero a quella derivazione del garage rock che a metà anni settanta porterà Ramones, Sex Pistols, The Clash[1] ed altre band a creare il punk rock ed in particolare il punk rock delle origini. La distanza stilistica degli Who con altre band appartenenti al proto punk è evidente, tuttavia le innovazioni stilistiche apportate dagli Who al rock, soprattutto nell’uso della batteria fanno propendere alcune fonti[2] a ritenere che la band possa essere considerata come seminale rispetto al genere suddetto.

Dopo la scomparsa di Keith Moon, morto nel 1978, e di John Entwistle, nel 2002, Townshend e Daltrey continuano a proporre dal vivo i loro brani più classici, accompagnati da Pino Palladino al basso e Zak Starkey (figlio di Richard, meglio conosciuto come Ringo Starr) alla batteria. Nel 2006, gli Who hanno pubblicato il loro primo disco registrato in studio da It’s Hard del 1982, intitolato Endless Wire.

Il gruppo appare alla posizione 29 della lista dei 100 migliori artisti secondo Rolling Stone.[16] Tutti i membri della band fanno inoltre parte individualmente di una delle classifiche di Rolling Stone, di cui tre nella top ten del proprio strumento: Roger Daltrey alla posizione 61 della lista dei 100 migliori cantanti secondo Rolling Stone,[17] Pete Townshend alla 10ª della lista dei 100 migliori chitarristi,[18] Keith Moon alla 2ª tra i migliori batteristi di tutti i tempi scelti dai lettori della rivista[19] e John Entwistle è al primo posto nella classifica dei migliori bassisti di tutti i tempi scelti dai lettori.

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The Who are an English rock band that formed in 1964. Their classic line-up consisted of lead singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist Pete Townshend, bassist John Entwistle, and drummer Keith Moon. They are considered one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century, selling over 100 million records worldwide and establishing their reputation equally on live shows and studio work.

The Who developed from an earlier group, the Detours, and established themselves as part of the pop art and mod movements, featuring auto-destructive art by destroying guitars and drums on stage. Their first single as the Who, “I Can’t Explain”, reached the UK top ten, followed by a string of singles including “My Generation”, “Substitute” and “Happy Jack”. In 1967, they performed at the Monterey Pop Festival and released the US top ten single “I Can See for Miles”, while touring extensively. The group’s fourth album, 1969’s rock opera Tommy, included the single “Pinball Wizard” and was a critical and commercial success. Live appearances at Woodstock and the Isle of Wight Festival, along with the live album Live at Leeds, cemented their reputation as a respected rock act. With their success came increased pressure on lead songwriter and visionary Townshend, and the follow-up to Tommy, Lifehouse, was abandoned. Songs from the project made up 1971’s Who’s Next, which included the hit “Won’t Get Fooled Again”. The group released the album Quadrophenia in 1973 as a celebration of their mod roots, and oversaw the film adaptation of Tommy in 1975. They continued to tour to large audiences before semi-retiring from live performances at the end of 1976. The release of Who Are You in 1978 was overshadowed by the death of Moon shortly after.

Kenney Jones replaced Moon and the group resumed activity, releasing a film adaptation of Quadrophenia and the retrospective documentary The Kids Are Alright. After Townshend became weary of touring, the group split in 1982. The Who occasionally re-formed for live appearances such as Live Aid in 1985, a 25th anniversary tour in 1989 and a tour of Quadrophenia in 1996. They resumed regular touring in 1999, with drummer Zak Starkey. After Entwistle’s death in 2002, plans for a new album were delayed. Townshend and Daltrey continued as the Who, releasing Endless Wire in 2006, and continued to play live regularly.

The Who’s major contributions to rock music include the development of the Marshall stack, large PA systems, use of the synthesizer, Entwistle and Moon’s lead playing styles, and the development of the rock opera. They are cited as an influence by several hard rock, punk rock and mod bands, and their songs still receive regular exposure.

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The best of Rolling Stones


I Rolling Stones sono un gruppo musicale rock britannico, composto da Mick Jagger (voce, armonica, chitarra), Keith Richards (chitarre, voce), Ronnie Wood (chitarre, cori) e Charlie Watts (batteria, percussioni). È una delle band più importanti e tra le maggiori espressioni della miscela tra i generi della musica rock e blues, quel genere musicale che è l’evoluzione del rock & roll anni cinquanta, da loro rivisitato in chiave più dura con ritmi lascivi, canto aggressivo, continui riferimenti al sesso e, talvolta, alle droghe pesanti.

Per il loro essere trasgressivi furono chiamati i “brutti, sporchi e cattivi” e contrapposti ai più rassicuranti Beatles, anche se tale contrapposizione fu spesso creata dagli stessi Rolling Stones che si comportavano in modo volutamente antitetico rispetto ai Beatles (con i quali ebbero peraltro sempre un ottimo rapporto di stima e amicizia), proponendo così un modello alternativo a uso e consumo della stampa musicale. I Rolling Stones sono stati, e sono tuttora, un’autentica pietra miliare nell’evoluzione della musica rock del XX secolo, portando sotto i riflettori il malcontento e di conseguenza la protesta di intere generazioni, incarnando così il travagliato spirito dei grandi bluesman del passato e scegliendo il titolo di una canzone di uno di questi (Muddy Waters) come nome del loro gruppo.

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The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). Stewart was removed from the official line-up in 1963 but continued as occasional pianist until his death in 1985. Jones departed the band less than a month prior to his death in 1969, having already been replaced by Mick Taylor, who remained until 1975. Subsequently, Ronnie Wood has been on guitar in tandem with Richards. Following Wyman’s departure in 1993, Darryl Jones has been the main bassist. Other notable keyboardists for the band have included Nicky Hopkins, active from 1967 to 1982; Billy Preston through the mid 1970s (most prominent on Black and Blue) and Chuck Leavell, active since 1982. The band was first led by Jones but after teaming as the band’s songwriters, Jagger and Richards assumed de facto leadership.

The Rolling Stones were in the vanguard of the British Invasion of bands that became popular in the US in 1964–65. At first noted for their longish hair as much as their music, the band are identified with the youthful and rebellious counterculture of the 1960s. Critic Sean Egan states that within a year of the release of their 1964 debut album, they “were being perceived by the youth of Britain and then the world as representatives of opposition to an old, cruel order — the antidote to a class-bound, authoritarian culture.”[1] They were instrumental in making blues a major part of rock and roll and of changing the international focus of blues culture, to the less sophisticated blues typified by Chess Records artists such as Muddy Waters, writer of “Rollin’ Stone”, after which the band is named. After a short period of musical experimentation that culminated with the poorly received and largely psychedelic album Their Satanic Majesties Request (1967), the group returned to its bluesy roots with Beggars’ Banquet (1968) which—along with its follow-ups, Let It Bleed (1969), Sticky Fingers (1971) and Exile on Main St. (1972)—is generally considered to be the band’s best work and are considered the Rolling Stones’ “Golden Age”. Musicologist Robert Palmer attributed the “remarkable endurance” of the Rolling Stones to being “rooted in traditional verities, in rhythm-and-blues and soul music”, while “more ephemeral pop fashions have come and gone”.[2]

The band continued to release commercially successful records in the 1970s and sold many albums, with Some Girls (1978) and Tattoo You (1981) being their two most sold albums worldwide. In the 1980s, a feud between Jagger and Richards about the band’s musical direction almost caused the band to split but they managed to patch their relationship and had a big comeback with Steel Wheels (1989) which was followed by a big stadium and arena tour. Since the 1990s, new recorded material from the group has been increasingly less well-received and less frequent. Despite this, the Rolling Stones have continued to be a huge attraction on the live circuit, with big stadium tours in the 1990s and 2000s. By 2007, the band had made what were then four of the top five highest-grossing concert tours of all time (Voodoo Lounge Tour (1994–95), Bridges to Babylon Tour (1997–99), Licks Tour (2002–03) and A Bigger Bang Tour (2005–07).[3]

The Rolling Stones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2004. Rolling Stone magazine ranked them fourth on the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” list, and their estimated album sales are above 250 million. They have released twenty-nine studio albums, eighteen live albums and numerous compilations. Let It Bleed (1969) was their first of five consecutive number one studio and live albums in the UK. Sticky Fingers (1971) was the first of eight consecutive number one studio albums in the US. In 2008, the band ranked 10th on the Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists chart. In 2012, the band celebrated its 50th anniversary.

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My “Best Of… Elvis Costello And The Attractions” Compilation



Elvis Costello, pseudonimo di Declan Patrick MacManus (Londra, 25 agosto 1954), è un cantautore, chitarrista e compositore britannico. Ha iniziato la sua carriera negli anni settanta come esponente della scena pub rock londinese, prima che il suo nome venisse associato ai movimenti punk e new wave della seconda metà degli anni ’70.[1]

Il suo acclamato album d’esordio My Aim Is True è stato registrato nel 1976. Poco tempo dopo ha formato il gruppo The Attractions, che lo ha accompagnato negli anni seguenti.

Nel corso della sua carriera ha vinto numerosi premi, incluso un Grammy Award ed ha ricevuto due nomination ai BRIT Award nella categoria “Best British Male”. Elvis Costello e The Attractions sono inclusi nella Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Nel 2004 Costello è stato inserito nella lista dei 100 artisti più grandi di tutti i tempi secondo Rolling Stone alla posizione #80.[2]

Tra le sue canzoni più celebri vi sono Alison, Everyday I Write the Book, I Wanna Be Loved, God’s Comic, Shipbuilding, I Almost Had a Weakness, The Man Out of Time, She e Almost Blue.

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Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick MacManus, 25 August 1954) is an English singer-songwriter.[3] He began his career as part of London’s pub rock scene in the early 1970s and later became associated with the first wave of the British punk and new wave movement of the mid-to-late 1970s.[4][5] His critically acclaimed debut album, My Aim Is True, was recorded in 1977. Shortly after recording his first album he formed the Attractions as his backing band. His second album, This Year’s Model, was released in 1978, and was ranked number 11 by Rolling Stone on its list of the best albums from 1967–1987. His third album, Armed Forces, was released in 1979, and features his most successful single “Oliver’s Army”. His first three albums all appeared on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.[6]

Costello and the Attractions toured and recorded together for the better part of a decade, though differences between them caused a split by 1986. Much of Costello’s work since has been as a solo artist, though reunions with members of the Attractions have been credited to the group over the years. Steeped in wordplay, the vocabulary of Costello’s lyrics is broader than that of most popular songs. His music has drawn on many diverse genres; one critic described him as a “pop encyclopaedia”, able to “reinvent the past in his own image”.[7]

Costello has won multiple awards in his career, including a Grammy Award, and has twice been nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Male.[8] In 2003, Costello and the Attractions were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.[9] In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked Costello number 80 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.[10]

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T. Rex Greatest Hits


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I T. Rex (a volte anche scritto come T Rex o T-Rex), noti fino al 1970 con il nome di Tyrannosaurus Rex, sono stati un gruppo rock britannico fondato a Londra nel1967 da Marc Bolan. È considerato il gruppo che ha dato vita alla corrente del rock denominata glam rock. La band si sciolse definitivamente alla morte del suo fondatore, nel 1977.

Nella Gran Bretagna dei primi anni settanta, in termini di popolarità presso il pubblico giovane il gruppo era secondo solo ai Rolling Stones e a The Who[senza fonte]. Successivamente, a partire dal 1973, altre personalità di spicco della corrente, quali David Bowie e i Queen, iniziarono a mettere in ombra la band. Il repertorio dei T. Rex copre gran parte degli anni settanta fino all’avvento del punk rock. Il gruppo, infatti, sotto alcuni aspetti, può considerarsi tra i precursori del punk rock (proto-punk

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T. Rex were an English rock band, formed in 1967 by singer-songwriter and guitarist Marc Bolan. The band formed as Tyrannosaurus Rex, releasing fourunderground acoustic albums under the name. Tony Visconti (their producer for several albums) claimed in a documentary on the band that he had taken to using the abbreviated term “T. Rex” as a shorthand, something that initially irritated Bolan, who gradually came around to the idea and officially shortened the band’s name to “T. Rex” at roughly the same time they started having big hits (shortly after going electric).

In the early to mid 1970s, the band reached huge success with fourteen top-20 UK glam rock hits: “Jeepster”, “Get It On”, “Ride a White Swan”, “Solid Gold Easy Action”, “Children of the Revolution”, “Hot Love”, “Telegram Sam”, “20th Century Boy”, “Debora”, “Teenage Dream”, “The Groover”, “New York City”, “I Love To Boogie” and “Metal Guru”. During this period the band also released six UK top-30 albums, including Electric Warrior, which hit the top of the album charts. In 1977, Bolan was killed in a car accident, and the band broke up.

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Camel: “The Greatests”



I Camel sono un gruppo britannico di rock progressivo formatosi nel 1971. Sebbene originari della città di Guildford, vengono considerati dalla critica un gruppo della Scena di Canterbury, per la loro vicinanza con i Caravan.

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Camel are an English progressive rock band formed in 1971. Led by founding member Andrew Latimer, they have produced 14 original studio albums, 14 singles plus numerous other compilation and live albums.

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King Crimson



I King Crimson sono un gruppo musicale rock britannico, fondato nel 1969 a Londra. Spesso classificata come un gruppo prettamente progressive,[3] essa ha subito le influenze di diversi generi musicali durante il corso della sua esistenza, tra i quali: jazz, folk, musica classica, musica sperimentale, rock psichedelico, hard rock, heavy metal,[4] new wave, gamelan, musica elettronica, e drum and bass. Per contro, i King Crimson hanno influenzato molti artisti contemporanei, creando una sorta di culto attorno al loro nome.

Pur essendo nato in Inghilterra, il gruppo ha visto tra le sue fila anche musicisti statunitensi (a partire dal 1981) e attualmente è composto quasi esclusivamente da strumentisti americani. La formazione si è continuamente modificata e, negli oltre quarant’anni di attività del gruppo, si sono avvicendati al suo interno ben diciotto musicisti, più due parolieri. Unica costante la presenza del chitarrista Robert Fripp, membro fondatore e indubbio cardine di tutta la storia del gruppo.

La prima formazione del gruppo, quella del 1969, è stata determinante nella sua storia, nonostante la breve durata. Già nel 1970, infatti, i King Crimson divennero un gruppo piuttosto instabile, e pertanto non ebbero modo di promuovere in concerto i due album registrati in quell’anno; torneranno sul palco, dopo nuovi avvicendamenti, nel 1971. I lavori di questo primo corso sono caratterizzati da una profonda esplorazione e fusione di generi, quali il jazz, il funk e la musica da camera. Dal 1972, a seguito di un nuovo radicale cambiamento di organico, il gruppo divenne più stabile, e cominciò a prevalere l’aspetto dell’improvvisazione, che mescolava hard-rock, musica classica, free jazz, e jazz fusion, almeno sino al 1974, anno che segna l’inizio di un lungo periodo di pausa. Nel 1981, dopo sette anni di inattività, il gruppo si riunì nuovamente, con una nuova formazione: questo periodo, che si concluse circa tre anni dopo, fu caratterizzato da una forte influenza della nascente new wave. In successive reunion i King Crimson hanno radicalmente riveduto il loro sound, ora in tutto influenzato dai generi musicali di più recente nascita, come l’industrial rock e il grunge. Questo spirito di rinnovamento musicale non si è mai spento, ed è tutt’oggi una delle caratteristiche portanti del gruppo. La storia dei King Crimson è dunque segnata anche da ricorrenti periodi di stasi, sanciti quasi sempre dalle decisioni di Robert Fripp; tuttora il loro stato di attività è ambiguo:[5] nonostante il diario on-line di Fripp suggerisca che egli sia ben poco intenzionato a lavorare nel contesto dei King Crimson,[6] il chitarrista ed i suoi colleghi riappaiono in varie combinazioni nell’ambito dei cosiddetti ProjeKCts, successione variabile di spin-off iniziata nel 1997, la cui ultima incarnazione ha visto collaborare Fripp e Mel Collins (entrambi membri “storici”) con il chitarrista e autore Jakko Jakszyk, in un progetto che vede anche la partecipazione di Tony Levin e Gavin Harrison, entrambi “transitati” nei King Crimson nel corso degli anni.[5]

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King Crimson are a progressive rock band. Formed in London in 1968 (but featuring a transatlantic line-up since 1981), the band are widely recognised as a foundational progressive rock group (although the group members resist the label).[5] The band have incorporated diverse influences and approaches during their five-decade history (including jazz and folk music, classical and experimental music, psychedelic rock, hard rock and heavy metal,[6] new wave, gamelan, electronica and drum and bass) as well as balancing highly structured compositions against abstract improvisational sections and an interest in pop songs. The band has a large following, despite garnering little radio or music video airplay.[7]

With guitarist Robert Fripp as the only consistent member (and therefore considered to be the band’s leader and motive force), King Crimson’s line-up has persistently altered throughout its existence. Eighteen musicians and three lyricists have passed through the ranks, although the tenure of certain members has sometimes extended for decades. King Crimson’s sound has varied according to its instrumentation – earlier line-ups featured prominent saxophone and keyboards, while subsequent line-ups replaced this with (variously) violin, innovative acoustic or electronic percussion, interlocking guitars or touch-style instruments. The band are notable for continuous engagement with contemporary music technology – in addition to Fripp’s extensive work in loop music both in and out of the band, King Crimson pioneered the use of Mellotrons in the 1960s; Roland guitar synthesizers, Simmons electronic drums and the Chapman Stick in the 1980s; dense MIDI processing and the Warr Guitar in the 1990s, and Roland V-Drums in the 21st century. King Crimson’s existence has been characterised by regular periods of hiatus (each of which have been initiated and concluded by Fripp). From 1997 until the present day, various subdivisions of King Crimson have continued to pursue aspects of the band’s work and approaches via a series of related bands collectively referred to as “ProjeKCts”.

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Cream Live in Royal Albert Hall


I Cream sono stati una band rock britannica attiva tra il 1966 e il 1968, che, rivisitando vecchi schemi del blues, riuscì ad innovare il rock in generale,[3] influenzando molti artisti, tra i quali Jimi Hendrix,[3] Queen[4], Black Sabbath[5] e Van Halen.[6] Formati dal chitarrista Eric Clapton, dal bassista Jack Bruce e dal batterista Ginger Baker, furono il primo power trio ad aver avuto notevole successo[1][7][8] e uno dei primi supergruppi della storia.[1][3][7][8]

Nei soli tre anni di attività il gruppo riuscì a pubblicare tre album[9] e a vendere 15 milioni di dischi.[3][8] Dopo lo scioglimento del gruppo, i tre componenti ebbero delle carriere molto diverse tra loro: Clapton divenne uno dei musicisti più conosciuti del mondo, grazie a canzoni come Layla e Cocaine, Bruce collaborò con artisti jazz, mentre Baker si dedicò alla world music.[3] Tuttavia, la band si riunì in due occasioni: nel 1993, per suonare alla cerimonia della loro introduzione nel Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, e nel 2005, esibendosi in quattro concerti al Royal Albert Hall di Londra e in due al Madison Square Garden di New York.[8]

In una classifica stilata nel 2003 dalla rivista Rolling Stone, sono tra i 100 migliori artisti di sempre, figurando al 67º posto.[10] L’emittente VH1 ha classificato il gruppo al sedicesimo posto tra i 100 migliori artisti hard rock di sempre.

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Cream were a 1960s British rock supergroup power trio consisting of bassist/singer Jack Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker, and guitarist/singer Eric Clapton. Their unique sound was characterised by a hybrid of blues rock, hard rock and psychedelic rock,[1] combining psychedelia themes, Clapton’s blues guitar playing, Bruce’s powerful, versatile vocals and prominent bass playing, Baker’s pulsating, jazz-influenced drumming and Pete Brown’s poetry-inspired lyrics. The group’s third album, Wheels of Fire, was the world’s first platinum-selling double album.[2][3] The band is widely regarded as being the world’s first successful supergroup.[4][5][6][7] In their career, they sold over 15 million albums worldwide.[8] Their music included songs based on traditional blues such as “Crossroads” and “Spoonful”, and modern blues such as “Born Under a Bad Sign”, as well as more eccentric songs such as “Strange Brew”, “Tales of Brave Ulysses” and “Toad”.

The band’s biggest hits are “I Feel Free” (UK, number 11),[3] “Sunshine of Your Love” (US, number 5),[9] “White Room” (US, number 6),[9] “Crossroads” (US, number 28),[9] and “Badge” (UK, number 18).[10] The band made a significant impact on the popular music of the time, and, along with Jimi Hendrix, and Terry Kath of Chicago, popularised the use of the wah-wah pedal. They provided a heavy yet technically proficient musical theme that foreshadowed and influenced the emergence of British bands such as Led Zeppelin, The Jeff Beck Group and Black Sabbath in the late 1960s and the early 1970s. The band’s live performances influenced progressive rock acts such as Rush.[11] The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.[12] They were included in both Rolling Stone and VH1’s lists of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time,” at number 67 and 61 respectively.[13][14] They were also ranked number 16 on VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock”

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Sandy Denny – Who Knows Where The Time Goes?


Sandy Denny, nome completo Alexandra Elene McLean Denny (Merton, 6 gennaio 1947 – Wimbledon, 21 aprile 1978), è stata una cantautrice folk britannica nota per il suo caratteristico timbro vocale, dalle evocative coloriture nebbiose e dalle suggestioni spettrali, considerato tra i più rappresentativi del genere[1][2][3]: secondo il giornalista e musicologo Richie Unterberger è stata «…la più importante cantante folk-rock britannica.»[4].

In veste di cantante dei Fairport Convention, nel 1968, si è resa artefice della prima fusione tra folk tradizionale inglese e rock; da quell’esperienza avrebbe avuto origine l’intera corrente britannica del folk rock.[2][5][6][7]

Il grande rispetto di cui godeva in ambito musicale indusse molti artisti a ricercarla per delle collaborazioni; va in particolare ricordato il duetto vocale di cui fu protagonista con Robert Plant nel brano The Battle of Evermore, contenuto in Led Zeppelin IV, in seguito al quale passò alla storia come unica cantante ad aver affiancato la voce di Robert Plant nell’intera discografia dei Led Zeppelin.

Come nel caso di altri artisti, la fama di Sandy Denny è cresciuta in misura considerevole dopo la sua morte fino a generare un vero e proprio culto tra gli amanti del genere, anche attraverso una nutrita serie di pubblicazioni che, a partire dalla metà degli anni ottanta, ha contribuito ad alimentarne il seguito.

Dal 1998 una varietà floreale della famiglia delle Hemerocallidaceae porta il suo nome.[8][9]

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Alexandra Elene MacLean Denny (6 January 1947 – 21 April 1978) — known as Sandy Denny — was an English singer and songwriter, perhaps best known as the lead singer for the folk rock band Fairport Convention. She has been described as “the pre-eminent British folk rock singer”.[1]

After briefly working with British folk band the Strawbs, Denny joined Fairport Convention in 1968, remaining with that band until the end of 1969. She formed the short-lived band Fotheringay in 1970, releasing one album with them (another unreleased album surfaced over thirty years later), before focusing on a solo career. Between 1971 and 1977, Denny released four solo albums: The North Star Grassman and the Ravens, Sandy, Like an Old Fashioned Waltz, and Rendezvous. She is also noted as the only guest vocalist on a Led Zeppelin studio album, when she shared a duet with Robert Plant for “The Battle of Evermore” on Led Zeppelin’s untitled fourth album (1971).

Music publications Sunday Express, Uncut and Mojo have each called Denny Britain’s finest female singer-songwriter.[2] Her composition “Who Knows Where the Time Goes?” has been recorded by many artists as diverse as Judy Collins, Nina Simone, 10,000 Maniacs and Cat Power.

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The Kinks – Kinda Kinks (1965)


 

 

I Kinks sono stati un gruppo musicale rock degli anni sessanta, formatosi a Londra. Sono considerati tra i gruppi più influenti della British invasion.[1]

La formazione originale del gruppo era composta da Ray Davies (1944), cantante, e suo fratello Dave, chitarrista. A completare la band Mick Avory (batteria e percussioni) e Pete Quaife (basso).

La band inglese ha all’attivo brani entrati nella leggenda come You Really Got Me (da molti ritenuto il primo pezzo hard-rock della storia, uscito nell’agosto 1964), All Day and All of the Night, A Well Respected Man, Sunny Afternoon, Lola, Death of a Clown e Waterloo Sunset.

Davies si specializzò nel ritrarre con pungente ironia quadretti di vita quotidiana del suo paese, stigmatizzandone vizi e comportamenti e affrontando spesso argomenti tabù per l’epoca (la Lola della celeberrima canzone, ad esempio, era un travestito incontrato dal protagonista in un sordido locale di Soho “dove ti danno champagne che sembra coca cola”).[2][3]

Nel 1968 (circa un anno prima del celebre Tommy dei The Who) compose le musiche di una delle primissime opere rock, The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, e pochi mesi dopo con lo stesso spirito diede alle stampe il suo capolavoro maturo, Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire): tuttavia, l’opera non venne mai rappresentata e per una serie di disguidi il disco uscì in ritardo, compromettendo il suo primato.[3] Il nuovo stile, molto diverso dal verace garage degli esordi, è adesso orientato verso il vaudeville, il music hall e il pop da camera, una mescolanza che influenzerà il glam rock del decennio successivo.[2] Negli anni settanta orienteranno la propria attività musicale e concertistica in funzione soprattutto del mercato americano.

Ebbero un’incalcolabile influenza su molti gruppi successivi, a partire dai Clash arrivando fino a Blur, Oasis e gli altri gruppi brit pop, genere di cui si possono considerare i principali ispiratori.[1]

Nel 1990 vennero inseriti nella Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Si sciolsero nel 1996.

Nonostante i continui rumours nel corso degli anni novanta e duemila, i piani di riunione della band naufragarono. Purtroppo, Peter Quaife, sottoposto a dialisi renale da più di dieci anni, è morto il 23 giugno 2010. Ray Davies ha dedicato la sua performance del 27 giugno al festival di Glastonbury in suo onore, spiegando alla folla: «Io non sarei qui oggi se non fosse stato per lui»

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The Kinks were an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, by brothers Dave Davies and Ray Davies with Pete Quaife in 1963. The band, which rose to fame
during the mid-1960s and were part of the British Invasion of the US, are recognised as one of the most important and influential rock groups of the era.[1][2]

Their music was influenced by a wide range of genres, including rhythm and blues, British music hall, folk and country. Ray Davies (lead vocals, rhythm guitar) and Dave Davies (lead guitar, vocals) remained members throughout the group’s 32-year run. Longest serving member Mick Avory (drums and percussion) was replaced by Bob Henrit formerly of Argent in 1984. Original bassist Pete Quaife was replaced by John Dalton in 1969 and Dalton was in turn replaced by Jim Rodford in 1978. Session keyboardist Nicky Hopkins accompanied the band in the studio for many of their recordings in the mid-late 1960s. In 1969 keyboardist John Gosling joined the band, making them an official five-piece, while Ian Gibbons replaced him in 1979, playing in the band until its eventual demise.

The band first came to prominence in 1964 with their third single, “You Really Got Me”, written by Ray Davies.[2][3] It became an international hit, topping the charts in the United Kingdom and reaching the Top 10 in the United States.[3][4] Between the mid-1960s and early 1970s, the group released a string of singles and LPs most of which were critically successful but commercial failures, and gained a reputation for songs and concept albums reflecting English culture and lifestyle, fuelled by Ray Davies’ observational writing style.[2] Albums such as Face to Face, Something Else, The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, Arthur, Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround and Muswell Hillbillies, along with their accompanying singles, are considered among the most influential recordings of the period.[1][3][5]

The band’s subsequent theatrical concept albums met with less success, but the band experienced a revival during the late 1970s and early 1980s with albums Sleepwalker, Misfits, Low Budget, Give the People What They Want and State of Confusion. In addition, groups such as Van Halen, the Jam, the Knack, the Pretenders and the Fall covered their songs, helping to boost the Kinks’ record sales. In the 1990s, Britpop acts such as Blur and Oasis cited the band as a major influence.[1] The Kinks broke up in 1996, a result of the commercial failures of their last few albums and creative tension between the Davies brothers.[6]

The group had five Top 10 singles on the US Billboard chart. Nine of their albums charted in the Top 40.[7] In the UK, the group had seventeen Top 20 singles and five Top 10 albums.[8] Four of their albums have been certified gold by the RIAA. Among numerous honours, they received the Ivor Novello Award for “Outstanding Service to British Music”.[9] In 1990, the original four members of The Kinks were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame,[2][3] as well as the UK Music Hall of Fame in November 2005.

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Neil Young – The Needle & The Damage Done


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Neil Percival Young (Toronto, 12 novembre 1945) è un cantautore e chitarrista canadese.

Dopo aver debuttato giovanissimo con la storica formazione dei Buffalo Springfield e aver raggiunto il successo nel supergruppo Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young,[1] Neil si è imposto come uno dei più carismatici e influenti cantautori degli anni settanta,[2] contribuendo a ridefinire la figura del songwriter con album come After the Gold Rush e il vendutissimo Harvest.[3]

Artista solitario e tormentato,[3] capace di passare con disinvoltura dalla quiete della ballata acustica alla brutalità della cavalcata rock, per l’approccio spesso volutamente “grezzo” che contraddistingue tanto i suoi dischi quanto i suoi concerti è stato considerato da alcuni un precursore del punk,[3] mentre la ruvida passione delle sue performance ha spinto tanto la critica quanto gli appassionati e gli stessi musicisti ad acclamarlo negli anni novanta padrino del grunge.[3][4] È stato inoltre un personaggio determinante per l’evoluzione di generi come l’alternative country[5] e l’alternative rock in generale.[6]

Tratti inconfondibili del suo stile sono la voce acuta e nasale, la chitarra “sporca” e cacofonica, i testi introspettivi e malinconici (specie nella cosiddetta Trilogia del dolore,[7] culminata nell’album Tonight’s the Night,[8] da molti ritenuto il primo concept album della storia del rock a misurarsi con temi quali il dolore e la perdita) nonché l’immancabile camicia di flanella, divenuta negli anni un autentico status symbol alternativo.

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Neil Percival Young, OC OM[4][5] (born November 12, 1945) is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician. He began performing in a group covering Shadowsinstrumentals in Canada in 1960, before moving to California in 1966, where he co-founded the band Buffalo Springfield together with Stephen Stills and Richie Furay, and later joined Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1969. He released his first album in 1968 and has since forged a successful and acclaimed solo career, spanning over 45 years and 35 studio albums, with a continuous and uncompromising exploration of musical styles.[6] The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website describes Young as “one of rock and roll’s greatest songwriters and performers”.[7] He was inducted into the Hall of Fame twice, first as a solo artist in 1995, and second as a member of Buffalo Springfield in 1997.[8]

Young’s music is characterized by his distinctive guitar work, deeply personal lyrics[9][10][11] and characteristic alto or high tenor singing voice.[12][13] Although he accompanies himself on several different instruments, including piano and harmonica, his idiosyncratic electric and clawhammer acoustic guitar playing are the defining characteristics of a varyingly ragged and melodic sound.

While Young has experimented with differing music styles throughout a varied career, including swing and electronic music, most of his best known work is either acousticfolk-rock and country rock or electric, amplified hard rock (most often in collaboration with the band Crazy Horse). Musical styles such as alternative rock and grunge also adopted elements from Young. His influence has caused some to dub him the “Godfather of Grunge“.[14]

Young has directed (or co-directed) a number of films using the pseudonym Bernard Shakey, including Journey Through the Past (1973), Rust Never Sleeps (1979),Human Highway (1982), Greendale (2003), and CSNY/Déjà Vu (2008). He has also contributed to the soundtracks of films including Philadelphia (1993) and Dead Man(1995).

Young is an environmentalist[15] and outspoken advocate for the welfare of small farmers, having co-founded in 1985 the benefit concert Farm Aid. He is currently working on a documentary about electric car technology, tentatively titled LincVolt. The project involves his 1959 Lincoln Continental converted to hybrid technology as an environmentalist statement.[16][17] In 1986, Young helped found The Bridge School,[18] an educational organization for children with severe verbal and physical disabilities, and its annual supporting Bridge School Benefit concerts, together with his ex-wife Pegi Young (née Morton). Young has three children: sons Zeke (born during his relationship with actress Carrie Snodgress) and Ben, who were diagnosed with cerebral palsy, and daughter Amber Jean who, like Young, has epilepsy. Young lives on his ranch in La Honda, California.[19] Although he has lived in northern California since the 1970s and sings as frequently about U.S. themes and subjects as he does about his native country, he has retained his Canadian citizenship.[20] On July 14, 2006, Young was awarded the Order of Manitoba,[5] and on December 30, 2009, was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.[4]

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CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL GREATEST HITS


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I Creedence Clearwater Revival sono stati un gruppo rock statunitense, attivo dal 1967 al 1972. La band era composta dal cantante, chitarrista e principale compositore John Fogerty, dal fratello chitarrista ritmico Tom Fogerty, dal bassista Stu Cook e dal batterista Doug Clifford. Il loro stile musicale era influenzato dal country, dal blues e dal rock ‘n roll e veniva definito swamp rock anche se per l’iconografia del sud presente nei loro testi vengono spesso inquadrati nel sottogenere southern rock.

La band ha venduto 26 milioni di album negli Stati Uniti ed è stata inserita nella Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nel 1993[1], sono stati classificati alla posizione numero 82 su Rolling Stone nella top 100 dei più grandi artisti di tutti i tempi.

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Creedence Clearwater Revival was an American rock band active in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The band consisted of lead vocalist, lead guitarist, and primary songwriter John Fogerty, rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty, bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug Clifford. Their musical style encompassed the roots rock and swamp rockgenres. Despite their San Francisco Bay Area origins, they portrayed a Southern rock style, with lyrics about bayous, catfish, the Mississippi River, and other popular elements of Southern American iconography, as well as political and socially-conscious lyrics about topics including the Vietnam War.[1]

Creedence Clearwater Revival’s music is still a staple of American radio airplay;[2] the band has sold 26 million albums in the United States alone.[3] Creedence Clearwater Revival was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.[4] Rolling Stone ranked the band 82nd on its list of the 100 greatest artists of all time.[5]Their musical influence can be heard in many genres, including southern rock, grunge, roots rock, and blues.

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The Best of the Doors


I Doors sono stati un gruppo musicale statunitense, fondato nel 1965 da Jim Morrison (cantante), Ray Manzarek (tastierista), Robby Krieger (chitarrista) e John Densmore (batterista), e scioltosi definitivamente dopo otto anni di carriera effettiva nel 1973[2], due anni dopo la morte di Jim Morrison (avvenuta il 3 luglio del 1971). Sono considerati uno dei gruppi più influenti e controversi nella storia della musica, alla quale hanno unito con successo elementi blues, psichedelia[2] e jazz[3][4]. Molti dei loro brani, come Light My Fire, The End, Hello, I Love You e Riders on the Storm, sono considerati dei classici e sono stati reinterpretati da numerosi artisti delle generazioni successive.

I Doors hanno venduto più di 100 milioni di dischi in tutto il mondo.[5][6] Tre album in studio della band, The Doors (1967), L.A. Woman (1971) e Strange Days (1967), sono presenti nella lista dei 500 migliori album, rispettivamente alle posizioni 42, 362 e 407. Nel 1993 i Doors furono inseriti nella Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, drummer John Densmore and guitaristRobby Krieger. The band took its name from the title of Aldous Huxley‘s book The Doors of Perception,[2] which itself was a reference to a William Blake quote: “If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite.”[3] They were among the most controversial, influential and unique rock acts of the 1960s and beyond, mostly because of Morrison’s wild, poetic[4] lyrics and charismatic but unpredictable stage persona. After Morrison’s death on 3 July 1971, aged 27, the remaining members continued as a trio until disbanding in 1973.[5]

Signing with Elektra Records in 1966, the Doors released eight albums between 1967 and 1971. All but one hit the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 and went platinum or better. The 1967 release of The Doors was the first in a series of top ten albums in the United States, followed by Strange Days (1967), Waiting for the Sun (1968), The Soft Parade (1969), Morrison Hotel (1970), Absolutely Live (1970) and L.A. Woman (1971), with 21 Gold, 14 Platinum and 5 Multi-Platinum album awards in the United States alone.[6] The band’s biggest hits are “Light My Fire” (US, number 1), “People Are Strange” (US, number 12), “Love Me Two Times” (US, number 25), “Hello, I Love You” (US, number 1), “The Unknown Soldier“, (US, number 39), “Touch Me” (US, number 3), “Love Her Madly” (US, number 11), and “Riders On The Storm” (US, number 14). After Morrison’s death in 1971, the surviving trio released two albums Other Voices and Full Circle with Manzarek and Krieger sharing lead vocals. The three members also collaborated on the spoken-word recording of Morrison’s An American Prayer in 1978 and on the “Orange County Suite” for a 1997 boxed set. Manzarek, Krieger and Densmore reunited in 2000 for an episode of VH1’s “Storytellers” and subsequently recorded Stoned Immaculate: The Music of the Doors with a variety of vocalists.

Although the Doors’ active career ended in 1973, their popularity has persisted. According to the RIAA, they have sold 36.6 million certified units in the US[7] and over 100 million records worldwide,[8] making them one of the best-selling bands of all time.[9] The Doors has been listed as one of the greatest artists of all time by many magazines, including Rolling Stone, which ranked them 41st on its list of The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.[10] The Doors were the first American band to accumulate eight consecutive gold and platinum LPs.[11]

In 2002 Manzarek and Krieger started playing together again, branding themselves as the Doors of the 21st Century, with Ian Astbury of the The Cult on vocals. Densmore opted to sit out and, along with the Morrison estate, sued the duo over proper use of the band name and won. After a short time as Riders On the Storm, they settled on the name Manzarek-Krieger and continued to tour until Manzarek’s death in 2013, at the age of 74.

Three of the band’s studio albums, The Doors (1967), L.A. Woman (1971), and Strange Days (1967), were featured in the Rolling Stone list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, at positions 42, 362 and 407 respectively.

The band, their work, and Morrison’s celebrity are considered important to the counterculture of the 1960s.[12][13][14][15][16]

The Doors were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.

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TRAFFIC LIVE AT SANTA MONICA 72


I Traffic sono stati un gruppo musicale rock britannico, i cui membri erano tutti originari delle West Midlands[2], regione contenente la seconda città più popolata dell’Inghilterra, Birmingham.

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Traffic was an English rock band whose members came from the West Midlands.[1] The group formed in April 1967 by Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Dave Mason.[2] They began as a psychedelic rock group whose early singles were influenced by The Beatles,[citation needed] and diversified their sound through the use of instruments such as keyboards like the Mellotron and harpsichord, sitar, and various reed instruments, and by incorporating jazz and improvisational techniques in their music.[2] Their first three singles were “Paper Sun”, “Hole in My Shoe”, and “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush”.[1]

After disbanding in 1969, during which time Winwood joined Blind Faith, Traffic reunited in 1970 to release the critically acclaimed album John Barleycorn Must Die. The band’s line-up varied from this point until they disbanded again in 1975. A partial reunion, with Winwood and Capaldi, took place in 1994.[2]

In 2004, Traffic was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Lou Reed Greatest Hits – Best songs of Lou Reed


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Lewis Allan Reed (New York, 2 marzo 1942Long Island, 27 ottobre 2013) è stato un cantautore, chitarrista e poeta statunitense.
Cantore al contempo crudo e ironico dei bassifondi metropolitani, dell’ambiguità umana, dei torbidi abissi della droga e della deviazione sessuale, ma anche della complessità delle relazioni di coppia e dello spleen esistenziale, Lou ha finito con l’incarnare lo stereotipo dell’Angelo del male, immagine con cui ha riempito i media per oltre tre decenni divenendo una delle figure più influenti della musica e del costume contemporanei.[1][4]
Con i Velvet Underground, fondati nella sua New York a metà anni sessanta insieme al musicista d’avanguardia John Cale, pur non riscuotendo alcun successo commerciale ha rivoluzionato per sempre i dettami della musica rock, gettando le basi per quell’estetica nichilista che anni dopo sarebbe stata ribattezzata Punk.[5][6]Dopo lo scioglimento del gruppo ha avviato una lunga e proficua carriera solista, che può vantare album storici come Transformer (prodotto da David Bowie), il concept album Berlin, il live Rock N Roll Animal e l’album-provocazione Metal Machine Music.[7]
Celebri e imitatissimi il suo look divenuto un marchio di fabbrica (giacca di pelle nera, jeans e Ray-Ban scuri), la sua voce apatica e apparentemente monocorde, il suo stile chitarristico abrasivo e dissonante.[8]
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Lewis AllanLouReed (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013) was an American musician, singer, and songwriter.[1] After serving as guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of the Velvet Underground, his solo career spanned several decades.
The Velvet Underground was a commercial failure in the late 1960s, but the group gained a considerable cult following in the years since its demise and has gone on to become one of the most widely cited and influential bands of the era.[2] Brian Eno famously stated that, while the Velvet Underground’s debut album only sold 30,000 copies, “everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band.”[3]
After his departure from the group, Reed began a solo career in 1972. He had a hit the following year with “Walk on the Wild Side“, but this level of mainstream commercial success was not to be repeated.[4] Reed was known for his distinctive deadpan voice, poetic lyrics and for pioneering and coining the term ostrich guitartuning.[5]
In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time included two albums by Reed as a solo artist, Transformer and Berlin.[6]
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Tom Petty greatest hits


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Thomas Earl Petty è nato a Gainesville, in Florida, e non aveva nessuna aspirazione musicale finché Elvis Presley non visitò la sua città natale. Dopo aver fatto parte di alcune band come The Sundowners, The Epics, e Mudcrutch (di cui facevano parte i futuri membri degli Heartbreakers Mike Campbell e Benmont Tench) inizia la sua carriera discografica come Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, quando la band irrompe nella scena musicale nel 1976 con l’album omonimo di debutto. La canzoneBreakdown, pubblicata come singolo, entra nella Top 40 nel 1977.

Il secondo album You’re Gonna Get It! uscito nel 1978 conferma le buone musicalità dell’album di debutto, ma i singoli tratti da questo album (Listen To Her Heart e I Need To Know non ripetono il successo di Breakdown. Petty stesso racconta che in quel periodo erano considerati troppo hard per gli amanti del mainstream e troppo soft per i punk.

Nel periodo successivo la sua casa discografica fallisce, scatenando l’apertura di una causa giudiziaria con la nuova per la proprietà dei diritti d’autore delle sue canzoni. Petty finanzierà le spese della causa con un nuovo tour chiamato appunto Lawsuite Tour. In questo stato precario nasce il suo album di maggior successo, Damn the Torpedoes, che raggiunge negli USA il triplo platino. L’album successivo, Hard Promises, ottiene un buon giudizio di critica, ma un minor successo di pubblico, risultando tuttavia un buon lavoro.

Sul suo quinto album Long After Dark (1982), il bassista Ron Blair è sostituito da Howie Epstein, che completa la line-up degli Heartbreakers. Petty in quel periodo ha problemi di stress dovuto al successo e si prende un periodo di pausa dalle scene.

Con il suo album del ritorno Southern Accents (1985) Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers ricominciano lì da dove avevano interrotto. Secondo il progetto iniziale il disco doveva essere doppio, avendo una parte più acustica dedicata alla riscoperta del sud degli Stati Uniti e una parte più sperimentale alla quale collabora Dave Stewart. Durante le registrazioni si verificano problemi e Petty a, causa della frustrazione, si frattura la mano sinistra, tirando un pugno contro il muro. Per questo incidente l’artista non potrà suonare la chitarra per circa otto mesi e questo farà tramontare del tutto l’idea dell’album doppio. Il singolo tratto dall’album èDon’t Come Around Here No More prodotto da Dave Stewart, il video della canzone vede Tom vestito come il Cappellaio Matto dal libro Alice nel Paese delle Meraviglie.

Il tour è un successo, e verrà documentato sull’album Pack Up The Plantation: Live! (1986). Le capacità live della band vengono ulteriormente confermate quando Bob Dylan invita Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers a unirsi a lui durante il True Confessions Tour attraverso USA, Australia, Giappone nel (1986) ed Europa nel (1987).

Durante il 1987, il gruppo incide anche l’album Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough), un album in studio che presenta sonorità assimilabili a quelle di un album dal vivo, registrato utilizzando tecniche prese in prestito da Bob Dylan. L’album include Jammin’ Me, che Petty scrive con Dylan.

Prima di Full Moon Fever, Lynne e Petty lavorano insieme nella all-stars band Traveling Wilburys, nella quale sono presenti anche Bob Dylan, George Harrison e Roy Orbison.[1] I Traveling Wilburys nascono per gioco per registrare il lato B di un singolo di George Harrison, ma Handle with Care, la canzone che ne viene fuori, è considerata troppo valida per essere relegata sul lato B di un singolo e infatti ha un tale successo che i membri decidono di registrare un intero album. Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 esce nel 1988 ma pochi mesi dopo la morte improvvisa di Roy Orbison fa calare un’ombra sul successo dell’album, visto anche che Del Shannon, con il quale il gruppo avrebbe intenzione di sostituirlo, si suicida. Nonostante ciò un secondo album, curiosamente chiamato Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3 segue nel 1990.

Nel 1989, Petty registra Full Moon Fever, solo nominalmente un progetto solista, infatti altri membri degli Heartbreakers e altri musicisti famosi partecipano alla produzione. Mike Campbell co-produce l’album con Petty e Jeff Lynne. Il disco raggiunge la Top Ten della rivista Billboard e vi rimane per più di 34 settimane, raggiungendo il triplo disco di platino, insieme ai singoli I Won’t Back Down, Free Fallin’ e Runnin’ Down A Dream.

Petty si riunisce con gli Heartbreakers per l’album successivo, Into the Great Wide Open nel 1991. È prodotto di nuovo da Jeff Lynne e include i singoli Learning to Fly e la title-track Into the Great Wide Open, che vede gli attori Johnny Depp, Gabrielle Anwar e Faye Dunaway nel video.

Nel 1994, Petty registra il suo secondo album solista, Wildflowers prodotto da Rick Rubin, che include i singoli You Don’t Know How It Feels, You Wreck Me, It’s Good to Be King, A Higher Place e Honey Bee. Petty considera questo uno dei suoi album più riusciti, parere condiviso anche dalla critica.

Due anni dopo 1996 realizza la colonna sonora del film Il senso dell’amore del regista Edward Burns. Nominato direttore artistico del progetto, non riusce però a trovare nessun altro musicista disposto a fornirgli brani validi e decide quindi di usare insieme alle canzoni nuove composte per l’occasione, anche brani non usati nel disco precedente.

Dovranno passare ancora tre anni, periodo travagliato del divorzio dalla prima moglie, prima che esca il successivo album in studio Echo, con cui Petty ottiene un buon successo soprattutto negli USA. Nonostante in questo periodo conosca Dana, quella che diventerà la sua seconda moglie, l’album ha testi molto tristi e sofferti.

Dopo che nel 2000 esce un’altra antologia in doppio CD, nel 2002 esce The Last DJ, in cui parte dei testi esprimono una critica all’industria discografica, che a suo parere schiaccia la vera arte per cercare solo l’utile economico. La critica musicale non è tenera e giudica l’album il peggiore in assoluto della sua carriera, giudizio senz’altro severo visto che il disco benché sia distante dai picchi della sua produzione, resta un disco ascoltabile con qualche pezzo discreto. L’artista stesso si stupirà di come tutte le critiche siano rivolte ai testi senza nessun accenno alla qualità delle canzoni.

Il 24 luglio 2006 è uscito Highway Companion, nuovo album solista dell’artista, realizzato nuovamente con Jeff Lynne e il fido Mike Campbell.[2] L’album prodotto come l’album solista Wildflower del 1994 da Rick Rubin, è il primo inciso per la American Recordings, etichetta del produttore stesso, che fa parte della Warner con la quale Tom Petty incide da più di dieci anni. Si tratta di un album certamente migliore da un punto di vista musicale rispetto al precedente anche se certi capolavori sembrano oramai irripetibili. 

Nella primavera del 2008 Tom Petty riunisce la sua prima band, i Mudcrutch, con cui non aveva mai inciso alcun disco e pubblica l’album Mudcrutch, che stilisticamente non si discosta troppo dalle sue recenti produzioni.

Nel giugno 2010 Petty pubblica, nuovamente con gli Heartbrakers, l’album Mojo, seguito nel luglio 2014 da Hypnotic Eye.

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Thomas EarlTomPetty (born October 20, 1950) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He is best known as the lead vocalist of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, but is also known as a member and co-founder of the late 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys (under the pseudonymsof Charlie T. Wilbury, Jr. and Muddy Wilbury) and Mudcrutch.

He has recorded a number of hit singles with the Heartbreakers and as a solo artist, many of which remain heavily played on adult contemporary and classic rock radio. His music has been classified as rock and roll, heartland rock and even stoner rock. His music, and notably his hits, have become popular among younger generations as he continues to host sold-out shows.[1] Throughout his career, Petty has sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time.[2] In 2002, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Frank Zappa – Joe’s Garage


Frank Vincent Zappa (Baltimora, 21 dicembre 1940Los Angeles, 4 dicembre 1993) è stato un compositore, chitarrista, cantante, arrangiatore, direttore d’orchestra eproduttore discografico statunitense. È considerato uno dei più grandi geni musicali del ‘900, capace di fondere tutti i generi a lui precedenti e contemporanei ottenendo un risultato insuperato.[2][3]

Definire il genere musicale di Zappa è quasi impossibile, ma si può affermare che fosse coinvolto in ambiti musicali come rock, blues, jazz, fusion, avanguardia, musica classica, satira e cabaret.[4][5]

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Frank Vincent Zappa[1] (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American musician, bandleader, songwriter, composer, recording engineer, record producer, and film director. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa composed rock, jazz, orchestral and musique concrète works. He also directed feature-length films and music videos, and designed album covers. Zappa produced almost all of the more than 60 albums he released with the band the Mothers of Invention and as a solo artist. While in his teens, he acquired a taste for 20th-century classical composers such as Edgard Varèse, Igor Stravinsky, and Anton Webern, along with 1950s rhythm and blues music. He began writing classical music in high school, while at the same time playing drums in rhythm and blues bands; he later switched to electric guitar.

Zappa was a self-taught composer and performer, and his diverse musical influences led him to create music that was often difficult to categorize. His 1966 debut album with the Mothers of Invention, Freak Out!, combined songs in conventional rock and roll format with collective improvisations and studio-generated sound collages. His later albums shared this eclectic and experimental approach, irrespective of whether the fundamental format was rock, jazz or classical. His lyrics—often humorously—reflected his iconoclastic view of established social and political processes, structures and movements. He was a strident critic of mainstream education and organized religion, and a forthright and passionate advocate for freedom of speech, self-education, political participation and the abolition of censorship.

He was a highly productive and prolific artist and gained widespread critical acclaim. He had some commercial success, particularly in Europe, and worked as an independent artist for most of his career. He also remains a major influence on musicians and composers. Zappa was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997. Zappa was married to Kathryn J. “Kay” Sherman from 1960 to 1964. In 1967, he married Adelaide Gail Sloatman, with whom he remained until his death from prostate cancer in 1993. They had four children: Moon, Dweezil, Ahmet and Diva. In 2004,Rolling Stone magazine ranked him at No. 71 on its list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”, and in 2011 at No. 22 on its list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.

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Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic pillow


I Jefferson Airplane sono un gruppo rock statunitense di San Francisco formatosi nel 1965, “bandiera” della fiorente scena musicale psichedelica che si sviluppò a San Francisco verso la metà degli anni sessanta.[3][4]

Tra i gruppi locali di quel periodo, i Jefferson Airplane furono i primi a esibirsi in uno dei “concerti dance” organizzati dal grafico Alton Kelley alla Longshoreman’s Hall nell’ottobre 1965; furono i primi inoltre a firmare un contratto discografico con un’importante etichetta[5], i primi ad apparire in una trasmissione televisiva in onda su scala nazionale, i primi a raggiungere record di vendite e i primi ad andare in tour nella costa atlantica degli Stati Uniti e in Europa.[3]

Durante i tardi anni sessanta i concerti dei Jefferson Airplane furono tra quelli più seguiti (e più costosi) al mondo, i loro album ebbero vendite considerevoli, entrarono due volte nella Top 10 Hits per i singoli e in altre occasioni nella Top 20 per gli album, e il loro LP Surrealistic Pillow del 1967 è considerato uno degli album chiave delmovimento psichedelico e della cosiddetta “Summer of Love[6]. Suonarono ai tre principali festival rock di fine anni sessanta – Monterey (1967), Woodstock (1969) eAltamont (1969) – oltre ad essere presenti ai primi due festival dell’isola di Wight.

I Jefferson Airplane furono caratterizzati da diversi cambiamenti e defezioni nel corso degli anni nella formazione del gruppo. Dopo lo scioglimento si formarono iJefferson Starship, divenuti successivamente solo “Starship”, prima di diventare i “Jefferson Starship – The Next Generation” nel 1991. Ma i Jefferson Airplane, così come si erano configurati e avevano raggiunto il successo, se si esclude una momentanea riunione nel 1989, cessarono la loro attività nel 1973. Sono stati inseriti nella Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nel 1996[7].

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Jefferson Airplane was an American rock band formed in San Francisco, California in 1965. A pioneer of counterculture-era psychedelic rock, the group was the first band from the San Francisco scene to achieve international mainstream success. They performed at the three most famous American rock festivals of the 1960s—Monterey (1967), Woodstock (1969) and Altamont (1969)[1]—as well as headlined the first Isle of Wight Festival (1968). Their 1967 record Surrealistic Pillow is regarded as one of the key recordings of the “Summer of Love“.[2][3][4] Two hits from that album, “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit“, are listed in Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.

The membership of Jefferson Airplane remained stable from 1967 to early 1970. During that period, they enjoyed success as “album” artists. Between 1967 and 1972 they scored a run of eight consecutive Top 20 albums in the USA, with both Surrealistic Pillow and Crown of Creation making the Top 10. Despite a lack of top ten singles following their initial success, many of their singles still managed to make minor chart positions in the singles chart due in part to the growing influence of FM radio, which played many rock songs that AM radio did not. Successor bands to Jefferson Airplane include Jefferson Starship and Starship; spinoffs include Hot Tuna and KBC Band. Jefferson Airplane was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

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The Best of Patti Smith


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Patricia Lee Smith (Chicago, 30 dicembre 1946) è una cantante e poetessa statunitense. Figura atipica e rivoluzionaria nel rock degli anni ’70, è stata tra le grandi protagoniste del proto-punk e della New wave.[1][2][3] Il grande carisma interpretativo e la suggestiva potenza delle sue liriche le hanno fatto guadagnare il soprannome di ”sacerdotessa maudit del rock”.[4]

La rivista Rolling Stone la inserisce al quarantasettesimo posto nella sua classifica dei 100 migliori artisti

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Patricia LeePattiSmith (born December 30, 1946)[1] is an American singer-songwriter, poet and visual artist who became a highly influential component of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album Horses.[2]

Called the “punk poet laureate”, Smith fused rock and poetry in her work. Smith’s most widely known song is “Because the Night“, which was co-written with Bruce Springsteen and reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1978.[2] In 2005, Patti Smith was named a Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture,[3] and in 2007, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.[4] On November 17, 2010, she won the National Book Award for her memoir Just Kids.[5] She is also a recipient of the 2011 Polar Music Prize.

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The Very Best of The Eagles


Gli Eagles sono un gruppo musicale rock statunitense proveniente da Los Angeles, formato nel 1971 originariamente da 4 componenti: Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon e Randy Meisner; dopo vari cambiamenti di formazione e una lunga pausa dal 1980 al 1994, il gruppo è tuttora in attività.

Il loro disco Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) ha venduto oltre 42 milioni di copie nel mondo di cui 29 milioni solo negli Stati Uniti.

Con milioni di dischi venduti, gli Eagles, sono considerati uno dei gruppi rock più influenti degli anni settanta e della storia della musica contemporanea. Il successo della loro musica è stato confermato nei decenni successivi, caratterizzati da diversi tour mondiali e intervallati da progetti individuali dei componenti del gruppo.

Il loro stile risente dell’influenza di vari generi, quali il country americano, il soft rock, ma anche il rock ‘n’ roll e persino l’hard rock.

Nel corso della loro carriera, oltre alle numerose raccolte gli Eagles hanno pubblicato 7 album discografici e 2 live ufficiali.

Il loro album di maggior successo è Hotel California.

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The Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner. With five number-one singles, sixGrammy Awards, five American Music Awards, and six number one albums, the Eagles were one of the most successful musical acts of the 1970s. At the end of the 20th century, two of their albums, Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) and Hotel California, were ranked among the 20 best-selling albums in the United States according to theRecording Industry Association of America. Hotel California is ranked 37th in Rolling Stone‍ ’​s list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time” and the band was ranked number 75 on the magazine’s 2004 list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.[2]

The Eagles are one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time, having sold more than 150 million records[3]—100 million in the U.S. alone—including 42 million copies ofTheir Greatest Hits (1971–1975) and 32 million copies of Hotel California. “Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)” was the best selling album of the 20th century in the U.S.[4]They are the fifth-highest-selling music act and highest-selling American band in U.S. history. No American band sold more records than the Eagles during the 1970s.

The Eagles released their self-titled debut album in 1972, which spawned three top 40 singles: “Take It Easy“, “Witchy Woman“, and “Peaceful Easy Feeling“. Their next album, Desperado (1973), was less successful than the first, only reaching number 41 on the charts; neither of its singles reached the top 40. However, the album contained two of the band’s most popular tracks: “Desperado” and “Tequila Sunrise“. They released On the Border in 1974, adding guitarist Don Felder midway through the recording of the album. The album generated two top 40 singles: “Already Gone” and their first number one, “Best of My Love“.

It was not until 1975’s One of These Nights that the Eagles became arguably America’s biggest band. The album included three top 10 singles: “One of These Nights“, “Lyin’ Eyes“, and “Take It to the Limit“, the first hitting the top of the charts. They continued that success and hit their commercial peak in late 1976 with the release ofHotel California, which would go on to sell more than 16 million copies in the U.S. alone and more than 32 million copies worldwide. The album yielded two number-one singles, “New Kid in Town” and “Hotel California“. They released their last studio album for nearly 28 years in 1979 with The Long Run, which spawned three top 10 singles: “Heartache Tonight“, “The Long Run“, and “I Can’t Tell You Why“, the lead single being another chart-topping hit.

The Eagles disbanded in July 1980 but reunited in 1994 for the album Hell Freezes Over, a mix of live and new studio tracks. They have toured intermittently since then and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. In 2007, the Eagles released Long Road Out of Eden, their first full studio album in 28 years and their sixth number one album. The next year they launched the Long Road Out of Eden Tour in support of the album. In 2013, they began the extended History of the Eagles Tour in conjunction with the band’s documentary release, History of the Eagles.

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Crosby, Stills, Nash e Young – Full Concert – 12/04/88 – Oakland Coliseum Arena (OFFICIAL)


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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (spesso abbreviato CSN&Y) è un supergruppo musicale statunitense di musica pop/rock che ha avuto un momento di particolare notorietà nei primi anni settanta. I musicisti che lo formavano erano appartenuti a tre gruppi attivi nella metà degli anni sessanta e specializzati nel repertorio folkrock (gli statunitensi Byrds e Buffalo Springfield e gli inglesi Hollies). Tali gruppi erano considerati una sorta di alter ego dei Beatles e, almeno in parte, un tentativo di risposta statunitense allo strapotere del gruppo di Liverpool

La formazione base era inizialmente costituita dal trio Crosby, Stills & Nash: nel 1969 fu pubblicato il loro primo album il cui titolo era costituito semplicemente dai loro cognomi e che scalò rapidamente le classifiche di vendita. Solo successivamente ad essi si aggiunse Neil Young (in occasione del Festival di Woodstock).

Furono tre gli album pubblicati a cavallo degli anni sessanta e settanta: Déjà vu; So Far (con l’immagine in copertina disegnata da Joni Mitchell); e il doppio live 4 Way Streetche costituisce la summa del loro percorso artistico unitario, che contiene tra le altre la celebre canzone-invettiva Ohio, scritta da Neil Young in memoria dell’eccidio compiuto nel 1970 a Kent (Ohio) dalla polizia che sparò su studenti pacifisti uccidendone quattro, divenuta il loro personale manifesto contro l’impegno statunitense nella guerra del Vietnam.

Altri brani da segnalare nella produzione di quegli anni sono Teach Your Children, The Lee Shore, Suite: Judy Blue Eyes, Carry On, Right Between the Eyes, Love the One You’re With, e la loro interpretazione di Woodstock di Joni Mitchell.

Anche singolarmente – nel divenire di lunghe anche se non sempre lineari carriere – i quattro componenti del CSN&Y hanno riscosso un notevole successo sia in termini di popolarità che di vendite di dischi. Nel 1998 CSN&Y sono stati inseriti nella Vocal Group Hall of Fame. Più volte scioltisi e più volte ricompostisi – sotto forma di duo o trio, in combinazioni differenti – sono tornati a esibirsi live nella primavera del 2005. CSN hanno poi fatto due tournée, con passaggi anche in Italia, nel 2011 (Padova, Milano, Firenze e Roma) e poi nel 2013 (Brescia e Piazzola Sul Brenta di Padova).

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Crosby, Stills & Nash (CSN) is a folk rock supergroup made up of David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash. They are known as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (CSNY) when joined by occasional fourth member Neil Young. They are noted for their intricate vocal harmonies, often tumultuous interpersonal relationships, political activism, and lasting influence on American music and culture. All four members of CSNY have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice,[1] though Young’s inductions were for work not involving the group.

Prior to the formation of CSN, each member of the band had belonged to another prominent group. David Crosby played guitar, sang and wrote songs with the Byrds; Stephen Stills had been a guitarist, keyboardist, vocalist and songwriter in the band Buffalo Springfield (which also featured Neil Young); and Graham Nash had been a guitarist, singer and songwriter with the Hollies.

Due to internal friction, Crosby was dismissed from The Byrds in late 1967.[2] By early 1968, Buffalo Springfield had disintegrated, and after aiding in putting together the band’s final album, Stills was unemployed. He and Crosby began meeting informally and jamming. The result of one encounter in Florida on Crosby’s schooner was the song “Wooden Ships“, composed in collaboration with another guest, Jefferson Airplane‘sPaul Kantner.[3]

Graham Nash had been introduced to Crosby when the Byrds had toured the United Kingdom in 1966, and when the Hollies ventured to California in 1968, Nash resumed his acquaintance with him.[4] At a party in July 1968 at Joni Mitchell‘s house, Nash asked Stills and Crosby to repeat their performance of a new song by Stills, “You Don’t Have To Cry”, with Nash improvising a third part harmony.[5] The vocals jelled, and the three realized that they had a unique vocal chemistry.

Creatively frustrated with the Hollies, Nash decided to quit the band and work with Crosby and Stills. After failing an audition with the BeatlesApple Records, they were signed to Atlantic Records by Ahmet Ertegün, who had been a fan of Buffalo Springfield and was disappointed by that band’s demise.[6] From the outset, given their previous experiences, the trio decided not to be locked into a group structure. They used their surnames as identification to ensure independence and a guarantee that the band could not continue without one of them, unlike both the Byrds and the Hollies. They picked up a management team in Elliot Robertsand David Geffen, who got them signed to Atlantic and would help to consolidate clout for the group in the industry.[7] Roberts kept the band focused and dealt with egos, while Geffen handled the business deals, since, in Crosby’s words, they needed a shark and Geffen was it.[8]

Stills was already signed to Atlantic Records through his Buffalo Springfield contract. Crosby had been released from his Byrds’ deal with Columbia, as he was considered to be unimportant and too difficult to work with. Nash, however, was still signed to Epic Records through the Hollies. Ertegun worked out a deal with Clive Davis to essentially trade Nash to Atlantic in exchange for Richie Furay (who was also signed to Atlantic from having been in Buffalo Springfield) and his new band Poco

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Simply Red


I Simply Red sono un gruppo musicale pop-soul britannico, fondato nella prima metà degli anni ottanta da Mick Hucknall e due ex-componenti della band dei Durutti Column: Anthony Bowers e Chris
Joyce. In venticinque anni di carriera hanno venduto circa 55 milioni di dischi. Nel 2010 si sono sciolti, in occasione del 25esimo anniversario di carriera. Nel 2014 si sono riuniti, a quattro
anni di distanza dal loro scioglimento.

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Simply Red are an English soul and pop band that sold more than 50 million albums over a 25-year career. Their style drew upon influences ranging from blue-eyed soul, New Romantic and rock to
reggae and jazz. From their early days, the main driving force behind the band was singer Mick Hucknall, who, by the time the band was disbanded in 2010, was the only original member left.[1] At
the 1992 and 1993 Brit Awards, they received the award for Best British Group.

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