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Velvet Underground (full studio-albums)


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I Velvet Underground sono stati un gruppo rock statunitense formatosi nel 1964 e attivo fino al 1973. Nel 1993 si riunirono nuovamente per un tour mondiale, per poi sciogliersi definitivamente a causa dei dissidi interni e della morte del chitarrista Sterling Morrison.

Considerati uno dei gruppi rock più influenti nella storia della musica e precursori di diversi generi che avrebbero poi preso piede nei decenni successivi (come il rock alternativo, la new wave, il punk rock, il noise o il post rock)[2], i Velvet si formarono a New York (città da cui hanno tratto profonda ispirazione) grazie all’incontro tra l’allora studente universitario Lou Reed e John Cale, giovane musicista d’avanguardia ed allievo di La Monte Young. Al gruppo si unirono poi Sterling Morrison allachitarra e Angus MacLise alla batteria, sostituito poco dopo da Maureen “Moe” Tucker.

Lo stile innovativo da loro proposto ha portato alla nascita di un nuovo modo di eseguire e concepire la musica[4][5][6] e ha esercitato un profondo impatto su moltissime rock band venute dopo.[4][6][7] Vengono in genere considerati un’importante influenza per la nascita della scena musicale alternativa e tra gli iniziatori del rock indipendente.[8]

Il loro esordio, The Velvet Underground & Nico, prodotto da Andy Warhol (il quale disegnò anche la celebre banana sbucciabile in copertina, evidente allusione fallica) e uscito nel 1967, è considerato uno dei più importanti e influenti dischi rock di sempre,[9][10] «una pietra miliare per le band del punk, della new wave e perfino del post-rock»[3] nonché un decisivo passo avanti per quanto riguarda la rottura dei limiti dei temi affrontabili nel testo di una canzone (vita metropolitana, droga, deviazione sessuale).[4][11] L’anno dopo segue White Light/White Heat, lavoro ancora più ostico e sperimentale ma pur sempre seminale, il quale accentuava il lato avanguardistico del gruppo con arrangiamenti cacofonici, minimali e pesanti distorsioni chitarristiche, esasperando i cupi concetti di fondo esorditi nel primo album.[12][13] Il disco conteneva brani fortemente sperimentali come Sister Ray, lunga suite composta da continue distorsioni di chitarra e una batteria martellante dalla ritmica ossessiva[14]della durata di oltre diciassette minuti, considerata a posteriori un classico del rock più estremo e uno dei primi esempi riconosciuti di generi musicali a venire come punk,heavy metal o noise.[15]

Dopo l’abbandono di John Cale, i Velvet pubblicarono The Velvet Underground nel 1969 e Loaded nel 1970, che riflettono entrambi il loro lato più intimista, classico e folk. Nel 1970 anche Reed lasciò il gruppo per dedicarsi alla carriera solista. Dopo l’abbandono di Reed i reduci pubblicheranno un album apocrifo (Squeeze) utilizzando il nome Velvet Underground.

Nel 1996 furono introdotti nella Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.[16] Nel 2004 la rivista musicale Rolling Stone li ha inseriti al numero 19 nella sua lista dei 100 migliori artisti di tutti i tempi.[1

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The Velvet Underground was an American rock band, active between 1964 and 1973, formed in New York City by Lou Reed and John Cale.

Although they had little commercial success at the time, the band is often cited as one of the most important and influential groups of all time.[2] In 1982, Brian Eno said that while the first Velvet Underground album sold only 30,000 copies in its early years, “everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band.”[3]

Andy Warhol first managed the Velvet Underground and it was the house band at his studio, the Factory, and his Exploding Plastic Inevitable events from 1966-1967. The provocative lyrics of some of the band’s songs gave a nihilistic outlook to some of their music.[4][5]

Their 1967 debut album, The Velvet Underground & Nico (which featured German singer Nico, with whom the band collaborated), was named the 13th Greatest Album of All Time, and the “most prophetic rock album ever made” by Rolling Stone in 2003.[6][7] In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked the band No. 19 on its list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”.[8] The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, by Patti Smith.

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Weather Report – Live in Offenbach – September 28, 1978


I Weather Report sono stati uno dei gruppi jazz fusion più significativi degli anni settanta e ottanta.

La band nacque fra la fine degli anni sessanta e i primi anni ottanta da uno spin-off di un gruppo di musicisti che ruotavano intorno a Miles Davis. Il nucleo stabile del gruppo è stato costituito dal pianista Joe Zawinul e dal sassofonista Wayne Shorter, mentre gli altri musicisti variavano quasi ad ogni album.

Inizialmente la musica del gruppo era un jazz caratterizzato da ampie improvvisazioni, simili a quelle del disco di Miles Davis Bitches Brew, in lavorazione nello stesso periodo. La formazione includeva un batterista tradizionale e un secondo percussionista (prima Airto Moreira e successivamente Dom Um Romao). Sia Zawinul sia il primo bassista del gruppo, Miroslav Vitous, avevano sperimentato effetti elettronici, Zawinul sul piano elettrico e l’organo, Vitous con il contrabbasso suonato con l’archetto.

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Weather Report was an American jazz fusion band of the 1970s and early 1980s. The band was co-led by the Austrian-born keyboard player Joe Zawinul and the American saxophonist Wayne Shorter (and, initially, by Czech bass player Miroslav Vitouš). Other prominent members at various points in the band’s lifespan included Jaco Pastorius, Peter Erskine, Alex Acuña, Alphonso Johnson, Victor Bailey, Airto Moreira and Chester Thompson.

Alongside Miles Davis’s electric bands, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever, and Headhunters, Weather Report is considered to be one of the pre-eminent early jazz fusion bands. As a continuous working unit, Weather Report outlasted all of its contemporaries despite (or perhaps because of) frequent changes of personnel, with a career lasting sixteen years between 1970 and 1986.

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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.

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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.

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Wire


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Gli Wire sono un gruppo musicale inglese formatosi a Londra nell’ottobre 1976.

Il gruppo è sorto durante l’epoca del punk rock britannico e fin dall’inizio si è emancipato da questa scena musicale per porsi come inauguratore della new wave post-punk.

La band ha attraversato fasi molto alterne, tra brusche rotture, ricongiungimenti e altre rotture, e attualmente è di nuovo in “reunion” dopo l’abbandono del 2004.

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Wire are an English rock band, formed in London in October 1976  by Colin Newman (vocals, guitar), Graham Lewis (bass, vocals), Bruce Gilbert (guitar), and Robert Gotobed (drums). They were originally associated with the punk rock scene, appearing on The Roxy London WC2 album – a key early document of the scene – and were later central to the development of post-punk.

Inspired by the burgeoning UK punk scene, Wire are often cited as one of the more important rock groups of the 1970s and 1980s. Critic Stewart Mason wrote, “Over their brilliant first three albums, Wire expanded the sonic boundaries of not just punk, but rock music in general.”[2]

Wire are a definitive art punk and post-punk ensemble, mostly due to their richly detailed and atmospheric sound, often obscure lyrical themes, and, to a lesser extent, their Situationist political stance[citation needed]. The group exhibited a steady development from an early raucous punk style (1977’s Pink Flag) to a more complex, structured sound involving increased use of guitar effects and synthesizers (1978’s Chairs Missing and 1979’s 154). The band gained a reputation for experimenting with song arrangements throughout its career.

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XTC


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Gli XTC sono un gruppo rock alternativo inglese formatosi nel 1976 e scioltosi nel 2005.

I due membri fondatori del gruppo, Andy Partridge, chitarra e voce, e Colin Moulding, basso e voce, iniziano a suonare insieme nel 1972, e dal 1973 insieme a Terry Chambers alla batteria, danno vita a gruppi quali The Helium Kidz e Star Park. Loro maggiori influenze vanno dal glam rock dei New York Dolls ai Beatles.

Nel 1976 si unisce a loro Barry Andrews, alle tastiere, e il gruppo prende definitivamente il nome “XTC” dalla pronuncia della parola “extacy”, in italiano “estasi”. Nel momento di piena espansione del movimento punk, gli XTC lo propongono in una miscela di funk, punk, ska e reggae.

Nel 1977, il gruppo firma un contratto con la Virgin Records. Nell’estate dello stesso anno registrano l’EP 3D – EP, seguito a ruota dal primo LP, White Music, che riceve favorevoli recensioni ed entra nella classifica dei primi trenta dischi inglesi, nonostante il singolo Statue of Liberty venisse censurato dalla BBC per i suoi riferimenti “sconci” al noto simbolo americano.

Dopo il loro secondo album, Go2, Andrews lascia il gruppo per formare gli Shriekback ed in seguito lavorare con la League of Gentlemen di Robert Fripp, e nel 1979 è sostituito da Dave Gregory alla chitarra e alle tastiere. Con l’arrivo di Gregory, gli XTC ottengono la loro prima entrata nelle classifiche con Life Begins at the Hop.

La perdita delle tastiere di Andrews, il cui suono ne aveva caratterizzato fino ad allora la musica, porta gli XTC verso sonorità più convenzionali. Il disco che ne risulta, Drums and Wires, contiene la prima grande hit del gruppo, Making Plans for Nigel.

Nel 1980 pubblicano Black Sea, dal quale sono tratti i singoli Generals and Majors e Sgt. Rock (Is Going to Help Me), basato su un personaggio di un fumetto americano e riflette la passione di Partridge per l’argomento.

Altro brano in classifica è Senses Working Overtime, tratto dal doppio album seguente, English Settlement, che raggiunge la posizione numero 10.

Il logorante tour de force dei concerti causa un progressivo rifiuto da parte di Partridge al contatto col pubblico e, all’apice della loro popolarità e nel bel mezzo di un concerto, Partridge abbandona il palco a Parigi il 18 marzo 1982. A causa degli attacchi di panico di Partridge, le date europee sono cancellate, e dopo un solo concerto a San Diego negli Stati Uniti, Partridge decide di non esibirsi più in pubblico. Da quel momento in poi gli XTC diventano un gruppo da studio di registrazione, con qualche deroga per alcuni spettacoli televisivi e performance radiofoniche.

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XTC was a new wave rock band from Swindon, England, led by songwriters Andy Partridge and Colin Moulding and active between 1976 and 2005. The band enjoyed some chart success, including the UK and Canadian hits “Making Plans for Nigel” (1979) and “Senses Working Overtime” (1982).

XTC were a performing and touring band up until 1982. For the remaining twenty-three years of XTC’s existence they were a studio-based project involving session players around a nucleus of Partridge, Moulding and Dave Gregory.

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Yes – Close To The Edge (Full Album)


Gli Yes sono un gruppo musicale britannico formato nel 1968, annoverato tra i principali esponenti del rock progressivo.[5][6] La band, fondata dal cantante Jon Anderson, il bassista Chris Squire, il chitarrista Peter Banks, il tastierista Tony Kaye ed il batterista Bill Bruford,[1] ha conosciuto il periodo di maggior successo negli anni settanta e ottanta, e nel corso degli anni ha visto avvicendarsi numerosi componenti.[2]

Sebbene il gruppo abbia sempre conservato una certa complessità compositiva, sono due le formazioni rilevanti che, tra le tante susseguitesi nel corso del tempo, si sono distinte per aver adottato due stili musicali radicalmente differenti: la prima, quella del periodo progressive, o “classico”, degli anni settanta era composta da Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, Bill Bruford (o Alan White), dal chitarrista Steve Howe e dal tastierista Rick Wakeman ed era guidata dall’estro visionario di Anderson; l’altra, caratterizzata da sonorità prossime al pop rock e all’arena rock, ha attraversato gli anni ottanta e una parte dei novanta, e comprendeva Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, Tony Kaye, Alan White e il chitarrista Trevor Rabin. Il ruolo di leader, in quest’ultima line-up, era chiaramente ricoperto da Rabin.

Grazie ad album strutturalmente complessi ed articolati, acclamati da critica e pubblico, come The Yes Album, Fragile, Close to the Edge, Relayer, Going for the One e all’estroso e controverso Tales from Topographic Oceans, la band contribuisce in maniera sostanziale a delineare lo sviluppo della scena progressive inglese ed in seguito, dopo essersi riformata con Rabin, riscuote un notevole successo discografico e popolarità a livello mondiale con 90125.

Gli Yes, proponendo un sofisticato rock sinfonico e romantico che fa largo uso di strumenti elettronici innovativi,[1] come il sintetizzatore, il moog ed il mellotron, simboleggiano perfettamente lo stile progressive nella sua forma più pura e definiscono insieme ad altre formazioni, tra le quali King Crimson, Genesis e Gentle Giant, i canoni stessi del progressive rock.[5]

La band ha pubblicato un nuovo album in studio nel 2014, Heaven & Earth, ed è ancora attiva dalla sua fondazione, nel lontano 1968. È stata sempre presente nel corso degli anni, tranne per due brevissimi periodi: il primo agli inizi degli anni ottanta, a causa del temporaneo scioglimento della stessa, e il secondo a metà degli anni duemila. Di fatto gli anni duemiladieci rappresentano il sesto decennio di attività di questo gruppo.

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Yes are an English rock band formed in 1968 by bassist Chris Squire and singer Jon Anderson.

Yes first achieved success in the 1970s with a progressive, art and symphonic style of rock music. They are distinguished by their use of mystical and cosmic lyrics, live stage sets, and lengthy compositions, often with complex instrumental and vocal arrangements. Nine of their twenty studio albums have reached the top ten in either the UK or US, with two reaching number one in the UK. They have sold 13.5 million certified units in the US.[1] The band’s most recent line-up consists of singer Jon Davison, guitarist Steve Howe, bass guitarist Billy Sherwood, keyboardist Geoff Downes, and drummer Alan White.

Squire and guitarist Peter Banks had played together in The Syn and then Mabel Greer’s Toyshop. Anderson and later drummer Bill Bruford joined a line-up of Mabel Greer’s Toyshop, which evolved into Yes. Keyboardist Tony Kaye completed the first Yes lineup. The 1970s saw Yes release the albums widely viewed as their creative peak: The Yes Album, Fragile (both in 1971), Close to the Edge (1972), Tales from Topographic Oceans (1973), Relayer (1974) and Going for the One (1977). For most of this period, the band included Anderson, Squire, Howe (who replaced Banks in 1970), Rick Wakeman on keyboards and Bruford, or later Alan White, on drums; Kaye and Patrick Moraz each play keyboards on one of these albums. After the relative failure of Tormato (1978) and rise of punk rock, Anderson and Wakeman left in 1980; Squire, Howe and White recorded Drama with Downes and new vocalist Trevor Horn, both also members of The Buggles. Yes disbanded in 1981, with Howe and Downes subsequently creating Asia.

Yes reformed in 1983 with Anderson, Squire, White, a returning Kaye, and singer and guitarist Trevor Rabin, adopting a more pop rock sound. This quickly became the most commercially successful Yes lineup with 90125 (1983), which spawned the US number one single “Owner of a Lonely Heart”, and Big Generator (1987). The tour in support of Union (1991), which amalgamated members of Yes and Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe, was a commercial success that featured an eight-man line-up (instead of a quintet). Subsequent albums and singles have sold less well.

The band toured almost constantly between 1996 and 2004, including both 30th and 35th anniversary shows, also releasing the albums Keys to Ascension (1996), Keys to Ascension 2 (1997), Open Your Eyes (1997), The Ladder (1999), and Magnification (2001) during this period. After a four-year hiatus, Yes resumed touring, replacing Anderson with Benoît David and Wakeman with his son Oliver Wakeman due to health issues. In 2011, they released Fly from Here featuring Downes, who returned on keyboards after 30 years. The following year David left the band due to illness and was replaced by Jon Davison, also of Glass Hammer.[2][3] The band’s twenty-first studio album Heaven & Earth, their first album with Davison, was released in July 2014. On 19 May 2015, Yes announced that due to leukemia, Squire was taking a leave from the band, with Sherwood announced as his temporary replacement. Squire died on 27 June 2015.

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ZZ Top Greatest Hits Full Album


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Gli ZZ Top sono un gruppo rock statunitense formatosi nel 1969 a Houston in Texas.

Si distinguono per aver mantenuto la formazione originale dopo più di 40 anni. Con 50 milioni di album venduti (di cui 25 milioni negli Stati Uniti), 8 successi nella Top 40 delle classifiche statunitensi, 6 prime posizioni sulla Mainstream Rock Chart e 3 MTV Video Music Awards conquistati sono tuttora in attività e continuano a pubblicare nuovi album e ad esibirsi in tour. Gli ZZ Top, il 15 marzo 2004, sono stati inseriti nel Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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ZZ Top /ˈzztɒp/ is an American rock band that formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. The band comprises guitarist and lead vocalist Billy Gibbons (the band’s leader, main lyricist and musical arranger), bassist and co-lead vocalist Dusty Hill, and drummer Frank Beard. One of the few major label recording groups to have held the same lineup for more than forty years, ZZ Top has been praised by critics and fellow musicians alike for their technical mastery. Of the group, music writer Cub Koda said “As genuine roots musicians, they have few peers; Gibbons is one of America’s finest blues guitarists working in the arena rock idiom […] while Hill and Beard provide the ultimate rhythm section support.”

Since the release of the band’s debut album in January 1971, ZZ Top has become known for its strong blues roots and humorous lyrical motifs, relying heavily on double entendres and innuendo. ZZ Top’s musical style has changed over the years, beginning with blues-inspired rock on their early albums, then incorporating new wave,punk rock and dance-rock, with heavy use of synthesizers. One of the best-selling musical artists in history, the band has had global album sales in excess of 50 million as of 2014.

ZZ Top was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, and has garnered 11 gold records and 7 platinum records; their 1983 album, Eliminator, remains the group’s most commercially successful record, selling over 10 million units. ZZ Top also ranks 80th in U.S. album sales, with 25 million units.

The band is known for Hill’s and Gibbons’ trademark beards, as well as the drummer’s lack thereof, despite the surname “Beard”.

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The Alan Parson’s Project


The Alan Parsons Project (Abbreviato APP) è stato un gruppo rock progressivo britannico nato nel 1975 per iniziativa di Alan Parsons ed Eric Woolfson, attivo, discograficamente parlando, dal 1976 sino ad inizio anni novanta, anche se il periodo di maggior successo si ferma al 1987.

The Alan Parsons Project were a British progressive rock band, active between 1975 and 1990,[1] consisting of Eric Woolfson and Alan Parsons surrounded by a varying number of session musicians and some relatively consistent band members such as guitarist Ian Bairnson, bassist and vocalist David Paton, drummer Stuart Elliott and vocalist Lenny Zakatek.

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

Behind the revolving line-up and the regular sidemen, the true core of the Project was the duo of Parsons and Woolfson. Woolfson was a songwriter by profession, but also a composer and pianist. Parsons was a successful producer and accomplished engineer. Almost all songs on the band’s albums are credited to “Woolfson/Parsons”.

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

Gentle Giant – Sight an Sound in Concert (Full)


I Gentle Giant sono un gruppo musicale rock progressivo britannico, tra i più rappresentativi del rock progressivo britannico degli anni settanta.
I Gentle Giant furono fondati dai tre fratelli Shulman (Derek, Phil e Ray) nel 1970, un anno dopo lo scioglimento del precedente gruppo degli Shulman, Simon Dupree and the Big Sound. Ai fratelli si unirono il chitarrista Gary Green e il tastierista e vibrafonista Kerry Minnear; diversi batteristi si alternarono nel corso degli anni. Phil fu l’unico degli Shulman ad abbandonare il gruppo, nel 1972.

I primi album del gruppo, ovvero l’omonimo album di debutto e i successivi Acquiring the Taste (1971), Three Friends (1972), Octopus (1972) e In a Glass House (1973), sono generalmente considerati le opere più significative del gruppo. Sono caratterizzate da uno stile fortemente eclettico e sperimentale, che unisce elementi jazz e hard rock ad atmosfere medievali e barocche (un giornalista inglese, per definire la loro musica, coniò l’espressione baroque and roll). Fra i tratti più chiaramente distintivi di questi primi lavori si devono però citare soprattutto il polistrumentismo e la sovrapposizione di linee armoniche in modo talvolta ricercatamente dissonante (sovrapposizione spesso basata sull’artificio musicale della fuga). Un esempio tipico (da Acquiring the Taste) è Edge of Twilight che nel breve volgere di 3’30” circa vede l’impiego di una ventina di strumenti e l’intreccio di almeno sei temi musicali diversi. All’interno di queste strutture spesso classicheggianti si inserisce una chitarra particolarmente hard, dal suono molto saturato, e parti vocali basate su strutture armoniche complesse, simili per profondità polifonica a quelle di altri gruppi progressive come gli Yes, ma caratterizzate spesso dalla ricerca di originali dissonanze (ben lontane – ad esempio – dalle rassicuranti armonie di Jon Anderson) e da un uso sapiente del contrappunto.

In questa prima fase della loro storia, i Gentle Giant non ebbero la fortuna di mietere lo stesso successo di altri grandi del progressive (vedi ancora Yes, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, King Crimson). Curiosamente, ebbero un grande successo in diverse nazioni europee ma non nella loro madrepatria; né riuscirono a superare l’Atlantico.
Questa situazione iniziò a mutare a partire dal 1974, anno in cui il gruppo iniziò a riscuotere successo crescente negli Stati Uniti. Proprio a questo fattore alcuni attribuiscono un evidente mutamento di rotta iniziato con The Power and the Glory (1974) e completato nei successivi Free Hand e Interview (1976), tutte opere suonate principalmente con strumentazioni rock tradizionali, caratterizzate da strutture melodiche e ritmiche decisamente meno avventurose, e in cui si può dire che gli elementi caratterizzanti i primi Gentle Giant siano quasi parodiati (persino letteralmente parodiati: in un brano di “intervista” al gruppo incluso su Interview, alla domanda “come definireste la vostra musica?”, gli Shulman e compagni rispondono ripetendo tutti la stessa frase, sfasati nel tempo secondo uno dei loro classici schemi a “canone”). Il doppio album dal vivo Playing The Fool – Live registrato nell’autunno 1976 testimonia, tuttavia, come i loro concerti avessero, anche allora, conservato intatto lo spirito “eclettico” dei primi tempi, con avvicendamenti continui agli strumenti più disparati (dagli archi al flauto dolce), scambi di ruolo (il cantante che imbraccia il basso, il bassista la chitarra, l’intero gruppo che suona soltanto percussioni, ecc.) e una sorprendente abilità nel riproporre molto fedelmente perfino i complessi contrappunti vocali (il cofanetto DVD+CD Giant on the Box pubblicato nel 2004 e contenente esibizioni live del 1974-1975, ne è ulteriore documento).

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Gentle Giant were a British progressive rock band active between 1970 and 1980. The band was known for the complexity and sophistication of its music and for the varied musical skills of its members. All of the band members, except Malcolm Mortimore, were multi-instrumentalists. Although not commercially successful, they did achieve a cult following.

The band’s onetime stated aim was to “expand the frontiers of contemporary popular music at the risk of becoming very unpopular”, although this stance was to alter significantly with time. While never achieving the commercial heights of progressive rock contemporaries such as Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Genesis, Yes or Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Gentle Giant was considered to be one of the most experimental bands in the genre (as well as one of the most experimental rock bands of the 1970s).

Gentle Giant’s music was considered complex even by progressive rock standards, drawing on a broad swath of music including folk, soul, jazz, and classical music. Unlike many of their progressive rock contemporaries, their “classical” influences ranged beyond the Romantic and incorporated medieval, baroque, and modernist chamber music elements. The band also had a taste for broad themes for their lyrics, drawing inspiration not only from personal experiences but from philosophy and the works of both François Rabelais and R. D. Laing.

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David Sylvian Anthology 1987-2011


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David Sylvian, al secolo David Alan Batt (Beckenham, 23 febbraio 1958), è un cantante, musicista compositore britannico, noto per essere stato frontman della bandJapan e per la sua carriera solista, improntata ad una musica sofisticata e sperimentale.

Dal 1978 al 1983 è stato la voce dei Japan, band londinese nata dal Glam rock/New wave che negli ultimi album, da Gentlemen Take Polaroids fino a Tin Drum, si cimenterà in sonorità ispirate alla musica giapponese, grazie anche alla collaborazione di Ryūichi Sakamoto.

Ha poi intrapreso una carriera da solista tra musica elettronica, rock progressivo e ambient music. Ha collaborato con Sakamoto, Robert Fripp (negli album The First Daye Damage: live), Bill Nelson, Holger Czukay (con il quale ha inciso Flux And Mutability e Plight And Premoniton), Christian Fennesz, Mark Isham, Jon Hassell, David Torn,Chris Vrenna, Blonde Redhead, Virginia Astley, Arve Henriksen, Joan Wasser e molti altri.

Tra i suoi lavori si annoverano gli album Brilliant Trees, Gone to Earth, Secrets of the Beehive (considerato da molti la sua pietra miliare), The First Day (in collaborazione con Robert Fripp), Dead Bees on a Cake, Blemish e Snow Borne Sorrow con il progetto Nine Horses. La sua musica viene definita “intimista”, “minimalista” o “rock postmoderno”.

Ha scritto una canzone dal titolo For the Love of Life per l’adattamento in anime del manga Monster di Naoki Urasawa, di cui diviene la sigla di chiusura per la prima metà della serie.

Per Manafon del 2009 David Sylvian ha collaborato con Evan Parker, John Tilbury, Keith Rowe, Christian Fennesz, Yoshihide Otomo e altri.

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David Sylvian (born David Alan Batt, 23 February 1958) is an English singer-songwriter and musician who came to prominence in the late 1970s as the lead vocalist and main songwriter in the group Japan. His subsequent solo work is described by AllMusic critic Jason Ankeny as “a far-ranging and esoteric career that encompassed not only solo projects but also a series of fascinating collaborative efforts.”[1] Sylvian’s solo work has been influenced by a variety of musical styles and genres, includingjazz, avant-garde, ambient, electronic, and progressive rock.

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

Housemartins


Gli Housemartins sono stati una band indie pop inglese, attiva a metà degli anni ottanta.

Originari di Hull, cittadina inglese dell’East Riding of Yorkshire, e artefici di un sound che coniugava elementi tipicamente soul con arrangiamenti chitarristici e melodie tipiche della tradizione pop rock britannica, gli Housemartins seppero combinare l’impegno politico-sociale dei loro testi con il gusto spiccatamente pop delle loro composizioni musicali raccogliendo, nell’arco della loro breve vita artistica, un notevole seguito di critica e pubblico sia all’interno del Regno Unito che al di fuori dei confini nazionali.

Il gruppo si sciolse poi nel 1988, dopo soli due album e all’apice della popolarità.

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The Housemartins were an English alternative rock band formed in Hull who were active in the 1980s.[1] Many of the Housemartins’ lyrics were a mixture of Marxist politics and Christianity, reflecting singer Paul Heaton’s beliefs at the time (the back cover of London 0 Hull 4 contained the message, “Take Jesus – Take Marx – Take Hope”). The group’s cover version of the Isley Brothers’ Caravan of Love was a UK Number 1 single in December 1986.

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

Ten Years After – Full Concert – 08/04/75 – Winterland (OFFICIAL)


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I Ten Years After furono un gruppo rock inglese attivo tra il 1965 ed il 1973, anno in cui il chitarrista Alvin Lee abbandonò la band.

I Ten Years After appartengono alla stagione d’oro del blues-rock inglese. Il gruppo si chiamava originariamente Jaybirds e nel 1961 sbarcavano il lunario ad Amburgo, come avevano fatto l’anno prima i Beatles. Quando esordirono, suonavano ancora nello stile del blues di Chicago, condito da ritmi jazz. Figure principali erano il chitarrista Alvin Lee, l’organista Chick Churchill e Leo Lyons. Ten Years After (Decca Records, 1967) è considerato l’album più originale, ma il gruppo trovò il successo con il live Undead (Decca Records, 1968), che vantava la prima versione di Going Home.

A Space in Time del 1971 un amalgama di generi: blues, rock’n roll e rock psichedelico. In origine A Space in Time doveva essere un best-seller anche grazie al pezzoI’d Love to Change the World, l’unico singolo prodotto nel 1971 e trasmesso dalle radio statunitensi, forse il brano più conosciuto dei TYA, dove convivono chitarra elettrica e chitarra acustica. A Space in Time è il lavoro in cui Alvin Lee trovò maggiore spazio per mettere in mostra la sua capacità alla chitarra.

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Ten Years After are an English rock band, most popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Between 1968 and 1973, Ten Years After scored eight Top 40 albums on theUK Albums Chart.[5] In addition they had twelve albums enter the US Billboard 200,[6] and are best known for tracks such as “I’m Going Home”, “Hear Me Calling”, “I’d Love to Change the World” and “Love Like a Man”.

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

 

ERIC CLAPTON Live at Budokan, Tokyo, 2001


Eric Patrick Clapton (IPA: [ˈɛɹɪk ˈpætɹɪk ˈklæptən]; Ripley, 30 marzo 1945) è un cantautore, chitarrista e compositore britannico.

Soprannominato «Slowhand» («Mano lenta») e «God» («Dio»), definito da Chuck Berry «The Man of the Blues» («l’uomo del blues»), Clapton è annoverato fra i chitarristi
blues e rock più famosi e influenti.

Nell’arco della sua lunga carriera, ha collaborato con altri artisti acclamati e ha militato in numerosi gruppi (The Yardbirds, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Cream,
Blind Faith, Delaney & Bonnie, Derek and the Dominos) prima di affermarsi come solista, sperimentando nel corso degli anni svariati stili musicali, dal blues di matrice
tradizionale al rock psichedelico, dal reggae al pop rock.

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Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE (born 30 March 1945), is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. Clapton has been referred to as one of the most important and influential
guitarists of all time.[1] Clapton ranked second in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”[2] and fourth in Gibson’s “Top 50
Guitarists of All Time”.[3] He was also named number five in Time magazine’s list of “The 10 Best Electric Guitar Players” in 2009 [4]

In the mid-1960s, Clapton left the Yardbirds to play blues with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. Immediately after leaving Mayall, Clapton formed the power trio Cream
with drummer Ginger Baker and bassist Jack Bruce, in which Clapton played sustained blues improvisations and “arty, blues-based psychedelic pop”.[5] Furthermore, he
formed blues rock band Blind Faith with Baker, Steve Winwood, and Ric Grech. For most of the 1970s, Clapton’s output bore the influence of the mellow style of JJ Cale
and the reggae of Bob Marley. His version of Marley’s “I Shot the Sheriff” helped reggae reach a mass market.[6] Two of his most popular recordings were “Layla”,
recorded with Derek and the Dominos; and Robert Johnson’s “Crossroads”, recorded with Cream. Following the death of his son Conor in 1991, Clapton’s grief was expressed
in the song “Tears in Heaven”, which featured in his Unplugged album.

Clapton has been the recipient of 18 Grammy Awards, and the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. In 2004, he was awarded a CBE at Buckingham Palace for
services to music.[7][8][9] In 1998, Clapton, a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, founded the Crossroads Centre on Antigua, a medical facility for recovering
substance abusers.

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

The Stranglers



The Stranglers è un gruppo musicale inglese punk rock fondato l’11 settembre 1974 a Guildford nel Surrey. In origine il nome del gruppo era The Guilford Stranglers. I componenti originari del
gruppo sono il chitarrista e cantante Hugh Cornwell, il batterista Jet Black (Brian Duffy), il bassista (e voce) Jean Jacques Burnel e il tastierista e chitarrista Hans Warmling. Quest’ultimo
verrà sostituito da Dave Greenfield neanche un anno dopo la formazione del gruppo. Nessuno dei componenti proviene da Guildford, dato che Black è originario di Ilford, Burnel di Notting Hill,
Cornwell di Kentish Town e Greenfield di Brighton. Hans Warmling proveniva dalla Svezia, e lì fece ritorno dopo aver abbandonato il gruppo.

La loro carriera musicale iniziò con un sound sinistro, orientato al pub rock, che sfociò successivamente in altri stili musicali. Gli Stranglers sono associati al punk rock dagli inizi,
probabilmente da quando nel 1976 fecero da gruppo spalla ai Ramones nel loro primo tour britannico. Il gruppo viene comunque anche accostato alla new wave e al goth rock, anche se il loro
approccio alla musica non corrisponde esattamente a nessuno dei generi sopracitati. Jean Jacques Burnel in un’intervista disse: “io mi considero certamente un punk-rocker”. In un’altra intervista
disse anche: “penso che gli Stranglers siano più punk di altri gruppi così considerati”.

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he Stranglers are an English rock band who emerged via the punk rock scene.

Scoring some 23 UK top 40 singles and 17 UK top 40 albums to date in a career spanning four decades, the Stranglers are one of the longest-surviving and most “continuously successful” bands to
have originated in the UK punk scene of the mid to late 1970s. Beginning life as the Guildford Stranglers on 11 September 1974 in Guildford, Surrey,[note 1] they originally built a following
within the mid-1970s pub rock scene. While their aggressive, no-compromise attitude identified them as one of the instigators of the UK punk rock scene that followed, their idiosyncratic approach
rarely followed any single musical genre and the group went on to explore a variety of musical styles, from new wave, art rock and gothic rock through the sophisticated pop of some of their 1980s
output.

They had major mainstream success with their single “Golden Brown”. Their other hits include “No More Heroes”, “Peaches”, “Always the Sun” and “Skin Deep”.

The Stranglers’ early sound was driven by Jean-Jacques Burnel’s melodic bass, but also gave prominence to Dave Greenfield’s keyboards. Their early music was also characterised by the growling
vocals and sometimes misanthropic lyrics of both Jean-Jacques Burnel and Hugh Cornwell.[1] Over time, their output gradually grew more refined and sophisticated. Summing up their contribution to
popular music, critic Dave Thompson later wrote: “From bad-mannered yobs to purveyors of supreme pop delicacies, the group was responsible for music that may have been ugly and might have been
crude – but it was never, ever boring.

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Peter Gabriel – Full Concert – 08/14/94 – Woodstock 94 (OFFICIAL)ę


Peter Brian Gabriel (Chobham, 13 febbraio 1950) è un cantante, polistrumentista, compositore, produttore discografico e attivista britannico.

Dopo aver raggiunto il successo nel celebre gruppo progressive rock dei Genesis come cantante, flautista e percussionista, ha intrapreso una carriera solista di successo sperimentando numerosi linguaggi musicali.[1] Recentemente è stato impegnato nella promozione della world music, nella ricerca di moderne tecniche di incisione e nello studio di nuovi metodi di distribuzione della musica online. È anche noto per il suo costante impegno umanitario.

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Peter Brian Gabriel (born 13 February 1950) is an English singer-songwriter, musician and humanitarian activist who rose to fame as the original lead singer and flautistof the progressive rock band Genesis.[2] After leaving Genesis, Gabriel went on to a successful solo career, with “Solsbury Hill” his first single. His 1986 album, So, is his most commercially successful, and is certified triple platinum in the UK and five times platinum in the U.S.[3][4] The album’s biggest hit, “Sledgehammer“, won a record nine MTV Awards at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards, and it remains the most played music video in the history of MTV.[5]

Gabriel has been a champion of world music for much of his career. He co-founded the WOMAD festival in 1982.[6] He has continued to focus on producing and promoting world music through his Real World Records label. He has also pioneered digital distribution methods for music, co-founding OD2, one of the first online music download services.[7] Gabriel has been involved in numerous humanitarian efforts. In 1980, he released the anti-apartheid single “Biko“.[6] He has participated in several human rights benefit concerts, including Amnesty International‘s Human Rights Now! tour in 1988, and co-founded the WITNESS human rights organisation in 1992.[6]Gabriel developed The Elders with Richard Branson, which was launched by Nelson Mandela in 2007.[8]

Gabriel has won three Brit Awards—winning Best British Male in 1987,[9] six Grammy Awards,[10] thirteen MTV Video Music Awards, the first Pioneer Award at the BT Digital Music Awards,[11] the Q magazine Lifetime Achievement,[12] the Ivor Novello Award for Lifetime Achievement,[13] and the Polar Music Prize.[14] He was made a BMIIcon at the 57th annual BMI London Awards for his “influence on generations of music makers”.[15] In recognition of his many years of human rights activism, he received the Man of Peace award from the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates,[16] and TIME magazine named Gabriel one of the 100 most influential people in the world.[17] AllMusichas described Gabriel as “one of rock’s most ambitious, innovative musicians, as well as one of its most political”.[18] He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fameas a member of Genesis in 2010,[19] followed by his induction as a solo artist in 2014.[20]

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

 

 

Talking Heads


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I Talking Heads (spesso reso graficamente come “T∀LKING HE∀DS”) sono stati un gruppo rock statunitense, formatisi a New York nel 1974 e attivi fino al 1991.

Sono stati uno dei complessi che ha portato a livelli di eccellenza assoluta l’equilibrio tra pop e avanguardia, fruibilità e sperimentazione, riconoscibilità e contaminazione, musica bianca e musica nera, costituendo di fatto una delle colonne portanti della new wave americana.

Formatisi nel 1974 e guidati da colui che è forse l’emblema dell’approccio avanguardistico alla musica pop, David Byrne, i Talking Heads sono ricordati per la loro proposta artistica eclettica ed estrosa, che trovava la sua più congeniale espressione in concerti dalla grandissima carica emotiva, con un impianto quasi orchestrale e dall’inusitato impatto sonoro e scenico (come testimonia il celebre film-concerto del 1984 Stop Making Sense, diretto da Jonathan Demme).

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Talking Heads was an American rock band formed in 1975 in New York City and active until 1991. The band comprised David Byrne (lead vocals, guitar), Chris Frantz(drums), Tina Weymouth (bass), and Jerry Harrison (keyboards, guitar). Former art school students who became involved in the 1970s New York punk scene, Talking Heads integrated elements of punk, art rock, funk, and pop with avant-garde sensibilities to become a pioneering post-punk and new wave group. Led by the anxious, neurotic stage persona of frontman David Byrne, the group produced several commercial hits and a number of multimedia projects throughout its career, often collaborating with other artists, such as musician Brian Eno and director Jonathan Demme.

Critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine described Talking Heads as being “one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the ’80s.” In 2002, the band was inducted into theRock and Roll Hall of Fame. Four of the band’s albums appeared on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and three of their songs (“Psycho Killer”, “Life During Wartime”, and “Once in a Lifetime”) were included among The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. Talking Heads were also included at #64 on VH1’s list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

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

Sex Pistols


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I Sex Pistols sono stati uno dei più influenti gruppi punk rock britannici e una grande icona della prima ondata punk.

L’inizio del gruppo, originariamente composto dal cantante Johnny Rotten, dal chitarrista Steve Jones, dal batterista Paul Cook e dal bassista Glen Matlock, poi sostituito da Sid Vicious, risale al 1975, a Londra. Anche se la loro carriera durò solo tre anni, pubblicando solo quattro singoli discografici e un album in studio, i Sex Pistols vennero descritti dalla BBC come «la sola punk rock band inglese». Il gruppo è spesso indicato come il fondatore del movimento punk britannico[3] e il creatore del primo divario generazionale con il rock ‘n’ roll.

I Sex Pistols emersero come risposta a ciò che era sempre visto come più eccessivo, come il rock progressivo e le produzioni pop della metà degli anni settanta. Il gruppo creò molte controversie durante la sua breve carriera, attirando l’attenzione su di sé,ma mettendo spesso in secondo piano la musica.[7] I loro show e i loro tour erano ripetutamente ostacolati dalle autorità, e le loro apparizioni pubbliche spesso finivano disastrosamente. Il singolo del 1977 God Save the Queen, pubblicato appositamente durante il giubileo d’argento della regina d’Inghilterra, è stato considerato un attacco alla monarchia e al nazionalismo degli inglesi.

Johnny Rotten lasciò il gruppo nel 1978, durante un turbolento tour negli Stati Uniti; il trio rimasto continuò fino alla fine dell’anno, ma si sciolse all’inizio del 1979. Con Lydon il gruppo organizza un concerto nel 1996 per il Filthy Lucre Tour (“Tour a scopo di lucro”, traducibile anche in “Tour per il lurido guadagno”), anche se senza Sid Vicious, morto di overdose nel 1979 a soli 21 anni.

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The Sex Pistols were an English punk rock band formed in London in 1975. Although they lasted just two-and-a-half years and produced only four singles and one studio album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols, they were one of the most influential acts in the history of popular music,[1][2] initiated a punk movement in the United Kingdom, and inspired many later punk and alternative rock musicians. The first incarnation of the Sex Pistols included singer John Lydon, lead guitarist Steve Jones, drummer Paul Cook and bass player Glen Matlock. Matlock was replaced by Sid Vicious early in 1977. Under the management ofMalcolm McLaren, a visual artist, performer, clothes designer and boutique owner, the band provoked controversies that garnered a significant amount of publicity. Their concerts repeatedly faced difficulties with organisers and local authorities, and public appearances often ended in mayhem. Their 1977 single “God Save the Queen”, attacking social conformity and deference to the Crown, precipitated the “last and greatest outbreak of pop-based moral pandemonium”. Other subjects addressed in their frequently obscene lyrics included the music industry, consumerism, abortion, and the Holocaust.

In January 1978, at the end of a turbulent tour of the United States, Rotten left the Sex Pistols and announced its break-up. Over the next several months, the three other band members recorded songs for McLaren’s film version of the Sex Pistols’ story, The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle. Vicious died of a heroin overdose in February 1979. In 1996, Rotten, Jones, Cook and Matlock reunited for the Filthy Lucre Tour; since 2002, they have staged further reunion shows and tours. On 24 February 2006, the Sex Pistols—the four original, surviving members and Sid Vicious—were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but they refused to attend the ceremony, calling the museum “a piss stain”

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Psychedelic Furs


The Psychedelic Furs è un gruppo musicale post-punk inglese degli anni ottanta
con Richard Butler come frontman ed autore principale, riformatosi nel 2000

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The Psychedelic Furs are an English rock band founded in 1977. Led by singer Richard Butler and his brother Tim Butler on bass guitar, the Psychedelic Furs are one of the many acts spawned from the British post-punk scene. Their music went through several phases, from an initially austere art rock sound, later touching on new wave and hard rock.

They scored several hits in their early career, but were launched to international attention in 1986 when the film director John Hughes used their song “Pretty in Pink” for his movie of the same name. A newly recorded version of the song became the Psychedlic Furs’ biggest hit to that time. “Heartbreak Beat”, from their 1987 album Midnight to Midnight, was the Furs’ biggest Top 40 entry in the US.

The Psychedelic Furs went on hiatus in 1991, and the Butler brothers formed a new band called Love Spit Love. The Psychedelic Furs later regrouped in 2001 and continue to perform around the world.

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

Bruce Cockburn playlist


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Bruce Cockburn (Ottawa, 27 maggio 1945) è un cantautore canadese.

Il suo stile, con il personalissimo modo di suonare la chitarra, fonde generi come pop, folk, rock, reggae e jazz. Le liriche sono ispirate dalla sua visione umanistica e metafisica della vita vicina all’etica cristiana. 

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Bruce Douglas Cockburn OC (/ˈkbərn/; born May 27, 1945)[1] is a Canadian guitarist and singer-songwriter whose career spans over 40 years. His song styles range from folk to jazz-influenced rock and his lyrics cover a broad range of topics that reveal a passion for human rights, politics and spirituality.

In 2014, he released his memoirs, Rumours of Glory: A Memoir.[2]  

Cockburn was born in 1945 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and spent some of his early years on a farm outside Pembroke, Ontario. He has stated in interviews that his first guitar was one he found around 1959 in his grandmother’s attic, which he adorned with golden stars and used to play along to radio hits.[3] Cockburn attended Nepean High School, where his 1964 yearbook photo states his desire “to become a musician”.[4]He attended Berklee School of Music in Boston for three semesters in the mid-1960s. In 1966 he joined an Ottawa band called The Children, which lasted for about a year. In the spring of 1967 he joined the final lineup of The Esquires. He moved to Toronto that summer to form The Flying Circus with former Bobby Kris & The Imperials members Marty Fisher and Gordon MacBain and ex-Tripp member Neil Lillie. The group recorded some material in late 1967 (which remains unreleased) before changing its name to Olivus in the spring of 1968, by which time Lillie (who changed his name to Neil Merryweather) had been replaced by Dennis Pendrith from Livingstone’s Journey. Olivus opened for The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Cream in April 1968. That summer Cockburn broke up the band with the intention of going solo, but ended up in the band 3’s a Crowd with David Wiffen, Colleen Peterson, and Richard Patterson, who had been a co-member of The Children. Cockburn left 3’s a Crowd in the spring of 1969 to pursue a solo career.

Cockburn’s first solo appearance was at the Mariposa Folk Festival in 1967, and in 1969 he was a headliner. In 1970 he released his self-titled, solo album. Cockburn’s guitar work and songwriting won him an enthusiastic following. His early work featured rural and nautical imagery and Biblical metaphors. Raised as an agnostic, early in his career he became a Christian.[5] Many of his albums from the 1970s refer to Christianity, which in turn informs his concerns for human rights and environmentalism. His references to Christianity include the Grail imagery of 20th-century Christian poet Charles Williams and the ideas of theologian Harvey Cox.[6]

In 1970 Cockburn became partners with Bernie Finkelstein in the music publishing firm Golden Mountain Music.[7]

While Cockburn had been popular in Canada for years, he did not have a big impact in the United States until 1979, with the release of the album Dancing in the Dragon’s Jaws. “Wondering Where the Lions Are“, the first single from that album, reached No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US in June 1980, and earned Cockburn an appearance on NBC‘s hit TV show Saturday Night Live.

Cockburn was married from 1969 to 1980 and has a daughter from that marriage.[citation needed] He wrote the song “Little Seahorse”, released on In the Falling Dark, in late 1975 about the time when his daughter wasin utero.[citation needed]

Through the 1980s Cockburn’s songwriting became increasingly urban, global and political as he became more involved with progressive causes. His political concerns were first hinted at on the albums: Humans,Inner City Front and The Trouble with Normal. They became more evident in 1984, with his second US radio hit, “If I Had a Rocket Launcher” (No. 88 in the US) from the Stealing Fire album. He had written the song a year earlier, after visiting Guatemalan refugee camps in Mexico that were attacked by Guatemalan military helicopters. His political activism continues to the present. Cockburn has travelled to countries such as Mozambique and Iraq, played benefit concerts, and written songs on a variety of subjects ranging from the International Monetary Fund to land mines. His internationalist bent is reflected in the many world musicinfluences in his music, including reggae and Latin music.

In 1991 Intrepid Records released Kick at the Darkness, a tribute album to Cockburn whose title comes from a phrase in his song “Lovers in a Dangerous Time“. It features the Barenaked Ladies‘ cover of that song, which became their first Top 40 hit and an element in their early success. This lyric was also referenced by U2 in their song “God Part II” from their album Rattle and Hum.

In the early 1990s, Cockburn teamed with T-Bone Burnett for two albums, Nothing but a Burning Light and Dart to the Heart. The latter included a song, “Closer to the Light”, inspired by the death of songwriter Mark Heard, a close friend of Cockburn and Burnett. Cockburn frequently refers to Heard as his favourite songwriter and he was one of many artists who paid tribute to Heard on an album and video titled Strong Hand of Love.

In 1998 Cockburn travelled with filmmaker Robert Lang to Mali, West Africa, where he jammed with Grammy Award-winning blues musician Ali Farka Toure and kora master Toumani Diabate. The month-long journey was documented in the film River of Sand, which won the Regard Canadien award for best documentary at the Vues d’Afrique Film Festival in Montreal. It was also invited for competition at the International Festival of Environmental Films in Paris.[8]

Some of Cockburn’s previously published material had been collected in several albums: Resume, Mummy Dust, and Waiting for a Miracle. His first greatest hits collection was Anything Anytime Anywhere: Singles 1979–2002, released in 2002.

In January 2003 Cockburn finished recording his 21st album, You’ve Never Seen Everything, which features contributions from Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne, Sam Phillips, Sarah Harmer, Hugh Marsh, Jonell Mosser, Larry Taylor and Steven Hodges. (Taylor and Hodges, formerly of Canned Heat who performed at Monterey and Woodstock in the 1960s, may be known best for their work with Tom Waits).

Cockburn performed a set at the Live 8 concert in Barrie, Ontario, on July 2, 2005. Speechless, an instrumental compilation of new and previously released material, was released on October 24, 2005. His 22nd album, Life Short Call Now, was released on July 18, 2006.

Canadian senator and retired general Roméo Dallaire, who is active in humanitarian fundraising and promoting awareness, appeared on stage at the University of Victoria with Cockburn. The October 4, 2008, concert was held to aid the plight of child soldiers.[9]

In 2009 Cockburn travelled to Afghanistan to visit his brother, Capt. John Cockburn, and to play a concert for Canadian troops. He performed his 1984 song “If I Had a Rocket Launcher” and was temporarily awarded an actual rocket launcher by the military. Cockburn has stated that, while unsure of the original Invasion of Afghanistan, he supported Canada’s role there.[10]

Cockburn released his studio album Small Source of Comfort in 2011. “Lois on the Autobahn”, a cheerful and experiential instrumental recalling “Rouler sa bosse” from Salt, Sun and Time is a tribute to Cockburn’s mother, Lois, who succumbed to cancer in 2010.[citation needed]

Cockburn married his longtime girlfriend M.J. Hannett shortly after the birth of his second daughter, Iona (b. November 2011) in 2011.[11][12] As of 2014, the family lives in the San Francisco area, where Cockburn is writing his memoirs up to 2004.[13]

A documentary film, Bruce Cockburn Pacing the Cage,[14][15] was released in 2013 on television and a brief theatrical showing; directed by Joel Goldberg, gave a rare look into Cockburn’s music, life and politics

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Joy Division


I Joy Division (IPA: [dʒɔɪ dɪˈvɪʒən]) sono stati una band post-punk inglese formatasi nel 1977 a Salford, nella contea di Greater Manchester.

La band era costituita da Ian Curtis (voce), Bernard Sumner (chitarra e tastiere), Peter Hook (basso) e Stephen Morris (batteria e percussioni).

Dopo l’uscita dell’album di debutto, intitolato Unknown Pleasures, e nonostante il crescente successo commerciale e di critica, alla vigilia del primo tour americano il suicidio del frontman Ian Curtis, nel maggio del 1980, determinò il conseguente scioglimento della band. Dopo la pubblicazione del postumo secondo album Closer, i restanti componenti decisero di continuare l’attività musicale dando vita ad un nuovo gruppo, i New Order

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Joy Division were an English rock band formed in 1976 in Salford, Greater Manchester. Originally named Warsaw, the band consisted of singer Ian Curtis, guitarist and keyboardist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook, and drummer Stephen Morris.

Formed by Sumner and Hook after the two attended a Sex Pistols gig, Joy Division transcended their punk roots to develop a sound and style that made them one of the pioneers of the post-punk movement. Their self-released 1978 debut EP, An Ideal for Living, drew the attention of the Manchester television personality Tony Wilson. Joy Division’s debut album, Unknown Pleasures, was released in 1979 on Wilson’s independent label Factory Records. Aided by Martin Hannett’s sparse production, it was a critical success with the British music press. Despite this early acclaim, Curtis experienced severe depression and personal difficulties, including a broken marriage andepilepsy. In particular he found it increasingly difficult to perform at live concerts, during which he often had seizures.

In May 1980, on the eve of the band’s debut American tour, Curtis, aged 23, committed suicide. The group’s second and final album, Closer, was released two months later; the album and preceding single “Love Will Tear Us Apart” became the band’s highest charting release. After Curtis’s death, the remaining members continued asNew Order, achieving critical and commercial success. Although their career spanned only four years, Joy Division have come to be regarded as one of the most influential rock bands of the late 1970s.

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Mix – Manassas – Bound To Fall LIVE


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Manassas

I manassas nascono da una serie di circostanze fortuite.
Nel 1972 Stephen Stills invita Chris Hillman (ex birds) a suonare con lui nel suo nuovo disco e la session va così bene che i due deciseno di dare vita ad una gruppo, complice anche lo scarso successo commerciale ottenuto da Hillman con i Flying Burrito Brothers. Il gruppo, a cui si uniscono Al Perkins (già con Hillman nei “Burritos”), Joe Lala, Dallas Taylor, Paul Harris, Calvin “Fuzzy” Samuel”, prende il nome di Manassas,da una località in cui avvenne una delle guerre d’indipendenza americane. Già dal loro 1° album, intitolato semplicemente “MANASSAS” è evidente che oltre all’affiatamento raggiunto dalla band si è di fronte ad un fenomeno musicale destinato ad influenzare parecchie altre bands che verranno successivamente.
Nel successivo album, intitolato “DOWN THE ROAD” e dal tour che ne seguirà si ha un’ulteriore conferma dell’importanza della band che dal vivo offre tra l’altro perfomance stellari.

I manassas possono tranquillamente collocarsi fra i capiscuola di quel genere musicale tipico della West – Coast americana, per il fatto che vengono introdotte alcune innovazioni nel modo di proporre quella musica come ad esempio l’utilizzo di strumenti elettrici per canzoni tipicamente country and western o l’utilizzo di ritmi latino/sud americani come in brani come “Pensamiento”. Il gruppo ha però vita breve, purtroppo, (forse per il modo dittatoriale di Stills di fare le scelte?);.

e noi ancora attendiamo notizie di una “antologia”, o qualcos’altro che ci consenta di riascoltare la magia dei favolosi Manassas dal vivo.

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Manassas (band)

Manassas was an American rock band formed by Stephen Stills in 1971.[2] Predominantly a vehicle for Stills’ artistic vision, the band released two albums during its active tenure, 1972’s Manassas and 1973’s Down the Road. The band dissolved in October 1973.

Manassas was formed in the fall of 1971, following Stills’ concert tour to support his album Stephen Stills 2 (1971). While Stephen Stills 2 was Stills’ second solo album, it was his first completed following the acrimonious 1970 breakup of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (CSNY), and was not critically well-received.[3][4] After a chance meeting with Flying Burrito Brothers singer/multi-instrumentalist Chris Hillman in Cleveland, where Stills’ tour schedule crossed paths with that of the Burritos – a band that, by late 1971, had undergone multiple personnel changes and was in financial trouble[5] – Stills saw an opportunity to change his artistic direction. He subsequently contacted Hillman, asking him, along with Burritos’ guitarist Al Perkins and fiddler Byron Berline, to join him in Miami at Criteria Studios to jam. Stills also invited several members of his touring band – drummer Dallas Taylor, bassist Calvin “Fuzzy” Samuels, keyboardist Paul Harris and vocalist/percussionist Joe Lala – to play at the session.

The musicians quickly gelled in the studio, and within several weeks had recorded enough material at Criteria to fill a double-LP album release. The band was capable of a wide musical range, with a repertoire including blues, folk, country, latin, and rock songs. Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman, a friend of both Hillman and Stills who visited Criteria during the sessions, was an early fan of the band, at one point expressing an interest in joining.[6] (Wyman would contribute to the sessions by helping Stills re-write his to-date unrecorded song from 1968, “Bumblebee,” as the blues/funk tune “The Love Gangster,” with Wyman also playing bass on the track.) The band christened itself Manassas after Stills, who had an interest in American Civil War history, orchestrated a photo shoot for them in Manassas, Virginia, the site of the First and Second Battles of Bull Run (1861 and 1862, respectively).

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Nirvana


I Nirvana sono stati un gruppo grunge statunitense formatosi ad Aberdeen, Washington nel 1987 e attivo sino al 1994, anno della morte del leader Kurt Cobain. Principali artefici del successo del
genere grunge e in generale dell’alternative rock, furono una delle band più innovatrici, note e influenti nella musica dei primi anni novanta. Fondatori e membri del gruppo sin dall’esordio
furono Kurt Cobain (voce e chitarra) e il bassista Krist Novoselic. Vari batteristi hanno invece militato nel gruppo, tra i quali il primo di rilevante importanza fu Chad Channing, con cui il
gruppo registrò l’album d’esordio Bleach (1989) e il successivo demo di Butch Vig, che portò i Nirvana all’attenzione delle major. Channing venne successivamente sostituito a causa della scarsa
potenza sonora e della vacillante solidità ritmica. La formazione definitiva fu raggiunta verso la fine del 1990, quando Dave Grohl, ex batterista degli Scream, si unì al gruppo.

Dal debutto ad oggi, la band ha venduto quasi 75 milioni di dischi, di cui 25 milioni solo negli Stati Uniti. I Nirvana sono stati inseriti al 30º posto nella lista dei 100 migliori artisti
secondo Rolling Stone.

I Nirvana sono stati inseriti nella Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nel 2014, il primo anno in cui la band era eleggibile; la biografia del museo della band afferma che i Nirvana “hanno iniziato una
rivoluzione del rock” e “rimanendo con un’influenza duratura e una sfida”, prima di dichiarare “la prova che la giusta band con il rumore giusto può cambiare il mondo”.

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Nirvana was an American rock band that was formed by singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen, Washington, in 1987. Nirvana went through a succession of drummers,
the longest-lasting being Dave Grohl, who joined the band in 1990. Despite releasing only three full-length studio albums in their seven-year career, Nirvana has come to be regarded as one of the
most influential and important rock bands of the modern era.

In the late 1980s Nirvana established itself as part of the Seattle grunge scene, releasing its first album Bleach for the independent record label Sub Pop in 1989. The band eventually came to
develop a sound that relied on dynamic contrasts, often between quiet verses and loud, heavy choruses. After signing to major label DGC Records, Nirvana found unexpected success with “Smells Like
Teen Spirit”, the first single from the band’s second album Nevermind (1991). Nirvana’s sudden success widely popularized alternative rock as a whole, and the band’s frontman Cobain found himself
referred to in the media as the “spokesman of a generation”, with Nirvana being considered the “flagship band” of Generation X. In response, Nirvana’s third studio album, In Utero (1993), featured
an abrasive, less-mainstream sound and challenged the group’s audience. The album did not match the sales figures of Nevermind but was still a commercial success and critically acclaimed.

Nirvana’s brief run ended following the death of Kurt Cobain in 1994, but various posthumous releases have been issued since, overseen by Novoselic, Grohl, and Cobain’s widow Courtney Love. Since
its debut, the band has sold over 25 million records in the United States alone, and over 75 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time. Nirvana was inducted
into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014, in its first year of eligibility.

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Crosby e Nash In Concert


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Crosby & Nash sono un duo musicale statunitense composto da David Crosby e Graham Nash. I due artisti sono anche attivi assieme nel supergruppo Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young fin dalla fine degli anni ’60.

Come duo, Crosby & Nash hanno lavorato nel corso degli anni ’70 e nella prima metà degli anni 2000.

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Crosby & Nash

In addition to solo careers and within the larger aggregate of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, the musical team of David Crosby and Graham Nash have performed and recorded regularly as a duo, mostly during the 1970s and the 2000s

After the success of Déjà Vu and the subsequent break-up of the quartet in the summer of 1970, all four members of CSNY released solo albums. Crosby’s If I Could Only Remember My Name and Nash’s Songs for Beginners appeared in 1971 and missed the top ten. That autumn, the two good friends toured together as an acoustic duo to favorable reviews, one night from which would be released twenty-seven years later as Another Stoney Evening. Consequently, in 1972 the two decided to record an album, resulting in Graham Nash David Crosby, which reached #4 on the Billboard 200, ensuring that the two were still a viable draw without the more successful Stills and Young. Further work together later in 1972 was precluded by Crosby’s participation in The Byrdsreunion album recording sessions. In 1973, the pair joined Neil Young for the tour that would result in his Time Fades Away album, Crosby collaborated with electronica artist and Grateful Dead associate Ned Lagin, and Nash recorded a second solo album, Wild Tales. During this time, singularly and together they contributed backing vocals to various albums by associates in the California rock scene, including Stephen Stills, Harvest, Late for the Sky, and Court and Spark.

In 1974, both dutifully joined the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young reunion tour and attempt at the recording of a new album in Hawaii, sessions for which had continued in fits and starts after commencing in late 1973. After failing to complete an album Crosby and Nash signed a contract with ABC Records. Presumably for contractual obligations to their old label, the cassette and 8-track tape versions of their ABC LPs were issued by Atlantic. Recording activity yielded two albums in 1975 and 1976 respectively,Wind on the Water and Whistling Down the Wire. In that bicentennial year, Stephen Stills and Neil Young invited the duo to a recording session for their album Long May You Run. Crosby and Nash were forced to leave the recording session because they had time constraints to complete their second album for ABC Records, so Stills and Young wiped their vocals, releasing it as The Stills-Young Band. Crosby & Nash vowed not to work with either Stills or Young again, that oath lasting not even a year as they reconvened with Stills for the second Crosby Stills & Nash album in 1977.

ABC released four albums by Crosby & Nash prior to its being bought by the MCA conglomerate in 1979. In addition to the two abovementioned studio albums, the concert document Crosby-Nash Live appeared in 1977, with a compilation The Best of Crosby & Nash in 1978. All four albums featured their backing band The Mighty Jitters, consisting of Craig Doerge, Tim Drummond, Danny Kortchmar, Russ Kunkel, and David Lindley. Session bassist Leland Sklar alternated with Drummond in the studio, and the line-up of Doerge, Kortchmar, Kunkel, and Sklar had previously recorded as The Section, providing the back up for the first Crosby & Nash album on Atlantic. Depending upon availability of the various members, the twosome would either tour as a full-blown electric-based aggregation or in a semi-acoustic format with Doerge and Lindley. When CSN reunited on a more or less permanent basis in 1977, Doerge followed the group to Miami for the CSN sessions, contributing to several songs and collaborating on writing the song “Shadow Captain” with Crosby. Crosby and Doerge continued to collaborate regularly until the early 1990s.

In 1979, Crosby & Nash attempted a new album for Capitol Records, but sessions were dampened by Crosby’s increased dependence upon freebase cocaine. Sessions eventually appeared on Nash’s Earth & Sky without any songs from Crosby. Crosby’s problems during the 1980s with drugs, and his prison time, precluded any duo activity with Nash, the pair appearing on the CSN and CSNY albums of that decade. The 1990 CSN album Live It Up started as a Crosby & Nash record, but like its predecessorDaylight Again which was initially sessions for a Stills & Nash effort, Atlantic Records refused to release anything that didn’t include the full trio.

In 2004, Crosby & Nash released their first original studio record since 1976 with the double-album Crosby & Nash on Sanctuary Records, which featured backing mostly by members of Crosby’s band CPR. A single CD version was released in 2006 when CSNY began its “Freedom of Speech ’06” tour. On the Graham Nash box set Reflections, released in February 2009, the last track “In Your Name” was recorded on 21 October 2007 by the same band used for the 2004 Crosby & Nash album, including David Crosby on backing vocals.

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James Taylor’s Greatest Hits 1976


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James Vernon Taylor (Belmont, 12 marzo 1948) è un cantautore statunitense, tra i più celebri degli anni settanta                                                              

Cresciuto nella cittadina di Chapel Hill (Carolina del Nord) dove, incoraggiato dalla mamma soprano, fin da bambino studiò violoncello, a partire dal 1960 preferì dedicarsi alla chitarra ispirandosi allo stile di Woody Guthrie. Abbandonò la scuola e formò una band col fratello Alex, ma venne ricoverato in un ospedale psichiatrico per curare una forma di depressione. Riuscì ad ottenere il diploma durante il soggiorno in ospedale, quindi si iscrisse alla Milton Academy dove incontrò Danny Kortchmar, col quale formò il gruppo “The Flying Machine”, che incise un singolo di scarso successo: Brighten Your Night with My Day. Trasferitosi a New York, Taylor divennetossicodipendente da eroina.

La canzone Jump Up Behind Me si riferisce a quel periodo: è infatti un omaggio a suo padre, Isaac, che in seguito ad una disperata telefonata del figlio dovette correre a New York per riportarlo a casa a Chapel Hill. Nel pezzo Taylor lo ringrazia per l’aiuto avuto in un periodo di disperato bisogno e descrive i ricordi del lungo viaggio in automobile verso casa. Nel 1968, durante un soggiorno a Londra, grazie ad un amico che aveva suonato per il duo inglese “Peter&Gordon” riuscì, tramite Peter Asher (parte del duo e fratello di Jane Asher, allora fidanzata di Paul McCartney) ad ottenere un’audizione per la Apple Records dei Beatles. Svoltasi in una piccola stanza della Apple, alla presenza di Peter, Paul McCartney e George Harrison, in quella audizione James scelse di far ascoltare Something in the Way She Moves (che poi ispirò George per la sua Something).

Il brano piacque ai due Beatles e Paul chiese a Peter se volesse produrre James per un album. Peter accettò e iniziarono le registrazioni di James Taylor. Al disco collaborarono anche Paul McCartney e George Harrison. Il disco non ebbe immediato successo. Tornato negli Stati Uniti si fece nuovamente ricoverare in ospedale per porre rimedio alla sua dipendenza dalle droghe, nel frattempo divenuta più forte. Quando le sue condizioni migliorarono, nel 1969, si esibì per sei serate al Troubadour Club di Los Angeles ed il 20 luglio al Newport Folk Festival. Poco tempo dopo ebbe un incidente motociclistico che gli procurò fratture multiple alle mani, impedendogli di suonare per diversi mesi.

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James Vernon Taylor (born March 12, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. A five-time Grammy Award winner, Taylor was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.[2]

Taylor achieved his breakthrough in 1970 with the No. 3 single “Fire and Rain” and had his first No. 1 hit the following year with “You’ve Got a Friend“, a recording ofCarole King‘s classic song. His 1976 Greatest Hits album was certified Diamond and has sold 12 million US copies. Following his 1977 album, JT, he has retained a large audience over the decades. His commercial achievements declined slightly until a resurgence during the late 1990s and 2000s, when he recorded some of his best-selling and most-awarded work (including Hourglass, October Road and Covers).

James Taylor was born at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on March 12, 1948, where his father, Isaac M. Taylor, was a resident physician.[3][4] His father was from a well-off family of Southerners of Scottish ancestry.[3] His mother, the former Gertrude Woodard, studied singing with Marie Sundelius at the New England Conservatory of Music and was an aspiring opera singer before the couple’s marriage in 1946.[3][5] James was the second of five children, the others being Alex (1947–1993), Kate (born 1949), Livingston (born 1950), and Hugh (born 1952).[6]

In 1951, when Taylor was three, his family moved to what was then the countryside of Chapel Hill, North Carolina,[7] when Isaac took a job as an assistant professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.[8] They built a house in the Morgan Creek area off of what is now Morgan Creek Road, which was sparsely populated.[9] James would later say, “Chapel Hill, the Piedmont, the outlying hills, were tranquil, rural, beautiful, but quiet. Thinking of the red soil, the seasons, the way things smelled down there, I feel as though my experience of coming of age there was more a matter of landscape and climate than people.”[9] James attended public primary school in Chapel Hill.[3] Isaac’s career prospered, but he was frequently away from home, on military service at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland or as part of Operation Deep Freeze in Antarctica during 1955–1956.[10] Isaac Taylor later rose to become dean of the UNC School of Medicine from 1964 to 1971.[11] The Taylors spent summers on Martha’s Vineyard beginning in 1953.[12]

James Taylor first learned to play the cello as a child in North Carolina, and switched to the guitar in 1960.[13] His style on that instrument evolved from listening to hymns, carols, and Woody Guthrie, while his technique derived from his bass clef–oriented cello training and from experimenting on his sister Kate’s keyboards: “My style was a finger-picking style that was meant to be like a piano, as if my thumb were my left hand, and my first, second, and third fingers were my right hand.”[14] He began attending Milton Academy, a prep boarding school in Massachusetts in Fall 1961; summering before then with his family on Martha’s Vineyard, he met Danny Kortchmar, an aspiring teenage guitarist from Larchmont, New York.[15] The two began listening to and playing blues and folk music together, and Kortchmar quickly realized that Taylor’s singing had a “natural sense of phrasing, every syllable beautifully in time. I knew James had that thing.”[16] Taylor wrote his first song on guitar at age 14, and continued to learn the instrument effortlessly.[14] By the summer of 1963, he and Kortchmar were playing coffeehouses around the Vineyard, billed as “Jamie & Kootch”.[17]

Taylor faltered during his junior year at Milton, feeling uneasy in the high-pressured college prep environment despite a good scholastic performance.[18] The Milton headmaster would later say, “James was more sensitive and less goal oriented than most students of his day.”[19] He returned home to North Carolina to finish out the semester at Chapel Hill High School.[18] There he joined a band his brother Alex had formed called The Corsayers (later The Fabulous Corsairs), playing electric guitar; in 1964 they cut a single in Raleigh that featured James’s song “Cha Cha Blues” on the B-side.[18] Having lost touch with his former school friends in North Carolina, Taylor returned to Milton for his senior year.[18]

There, Taylor started applying to colleges,[20] but soon descended into depression; his grades collapsed, he slept 20 hours each day, and he felt part of a “life that I [was] unable to lead”.[18][21] In late 1965 he committed himself to the renowned McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts,[18] where he was treated with Thorazine and where the organized days began to give him a sense of time and structure.[19][21] As theVietnam War escalated, Taylor received a psychological rejection from Selective Service System when he appeared before them with two white-suited McLean assistants and was uncommunicative.[22] Taylor earned a high school diploma in 1966 from the hospital’s associated Arlington School.[22] He would later view his nine-month stay at McLean as “a lifesaver … like a pardon or like a reprieve”,[21] and both his brother Livingston and sister Kate would later be patients and students there as well.[19] As for his mental health struggles, Taylor would think of them as innate, and say: “It’s an inseparable part of my personality that I have these feelings.

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Santana – Live In Tokyo 2000 / Supernatural Tour (FULL CONCERT)


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Carlos Augusto Alves Santana (Autlán de Navarro, 20 luglio 1947) è un chitarrista e compositore messicano naturalizzato statunitense.

Ha cominciato a riscuotere consensi tra gli anni settanta e ottanta, con il suo gruppo, chiamato semplicemente Santana. Già allora mescolava vari generi, quali salsa,rock classico, blues e fusion. Allora come oggi Santana usava in modo estensivo i suoi assoli di chitarra e si avvaleva anche di strumenti più tradizionali del suo paese. In seguito ha continuato a sperimentare questa formula, tra alterne fortune.

Nel corso degli anni novanta Santana rischiò il declino, scongiurato nel 1999 dall’album Supernatural. Grazie a questo lavoro, il più importante successo della sua carriera, ha fatto conoscere la sua filosofia musicale alle nuove generazioni.

Ha venduto più di 80 milioni di dischi[2] ed è anche considerato tra i migliori chitarristi rock esistenti. La rivista Rolling Stone lo ha inserito nella Lista dei 100 migliori chitarristi secondo Rolling Stone al 20º posto.

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Carlos Santana (born July 20, 1947) is a Mexican and American musician who first became famous in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his band,Santana, which pioneered a fusion of rock and Latin American music. The band’s sound featured his melodic, blues-based guitar lines set against Latin and African rhythms featuring percussion instruments such as timbales and congas not generally heard in rock music. Santana continued to work in these forms over the following decades. He experienced a resurgence of popularity and critical acclaim in the late 1990s. In 2003 Rolling Stone magazine listed Santana at number 15[2] on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.[3] He has won 10 Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards.[4]

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