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Little Feat è un gruppo rock statunitense formato nel 1969 dal cantautore, cantante e chitarrista Lowell George e dal tastierista Bill Payne a Los Angeles. Il gruppo si sciolse nel 1979, prima della morte di George, e si riformò nove anni dopo[1]. Nella loro musica coesistono influenze blues, R&B, country, funk e rock and roll[1 

Lowell George incontrò Payne quando George era un membro dei Mothers of Invention di Frank Zappa. Payne fece un’audizione per i Mothers, ma non s’unì al gruppo. A loro si affiancarono l’ex bassista dei Mothers Roy Estrada e il batterista Richie Hayward della band precedente di George, The Factory. Il nome del complesso fu preso da un commento fatto dal batterista dei Mothers Jimmy Carl Black sui “little feet” (piedi piccoli) di Lowell.

Ci sono tre aneddoti sulla nascita dei Little Feat. Uno è che George presentò a Frank Zappa la sua canzone Willin’, e che Zappa lo licenziò dai Mothers perché sentì che George aveva troppo talento per esser semplicemente un membro del gruppo, e gli disse di formarsi una sua propria band. La seconda versione è che Zappa lo licenziò per aver suonato un assolo di chitarra per 15 minuti con l’amplificatore spento! La terza versione dice che Zappa lo allontanò perché Willin’ conteneva riferimenti alla droga. Ironicamente, quando Willin’ fu incisa per il primo, eponimo album dei Little Feat, George si ferì alla mano e non poté suonare, così Ry Cooder lo rimpiazzò e suonò la sua parte. Ciò fu una ragione perchéWillin’ venne re-incisa e inclusa nel loro secondo album Sailin’ Shoes. Quest’ultimo è stato anche il primo disco dei Little Feat a contenere disegni di copertina di Neon Park, che disegnò quella di Weasels Ripped My Flesh di Zappa.

I primi due album, Little Feat e Sailin’ Shoes, ricevettero un’acclamazione quasi unanime. La canzone di George Willin’ divenne un punto di riferimento, resa poi popolare dalla sua inclusione nell’album Heart Like a Wheel di Linda Ronstadt

La mancanza di successo commerciale portò comunque alla divisione del gruppo, con Estrada che se ne andò per unirsi alla Magic Band di Captain Beefheart. Nel 1972 i Little Feat si riformarono, con il bassista Kenny Gradney a sostituire Estrada. La band aggiunse anche un altro chitarrista/cantante, Paul Barrere, e il percussionista Sam Clayton. Questa nuova formazione cambiò radicalmente il sound del complesso, virando verso il New Orleans funk. Il gruppo proseguì registrando Dixie Chicken (1973) uno dei loro album più conosciuti, che includeva influenze e stili musicali di New Orleans, come pure Feats Don’t Fail Me Now (1974), che era un tentativo in studio di catturare parte dell’energia dei loro concerti dal vivo. I membri dei Rolling Stones e dei Led Zeppelin erano tra i fan fedeli dei Feat, dando prova della loro influenza musicale. Mick Taylor, ad esempio, può essere ascoltato come ospite in Waiting for Columbus. Lowell George era rispettato per il suo genio idiosincratico, per creare melodie e testi sofisticati, e per il suo alto standard di produzione. Però egli è probabilmente ricordato di più per il suo esuberante, unico, slide style, caratterizzato da linee di legato sostenute, cristalline. La sua voce calda, espressiva ha influenzato molti artisti.

L’uscita di The Last Record Album nel 1975 segna un altro cambiamento nelle sonorità dei Little Feat, con Barrere e Payne che cominciarono ad interessarsi al jazz-rock. Da questo album, la canzone All That You Dream fu utilizzata nell’ultima scena della serie TV The Sopranos. Il loro jazz venne in seguito esteso in Time Loves a Hero del 1977. Prima dell’incisione di The Last Record Album, il batterista Ritchie Hayward ebbe un incidente motociclistico e la copertina del LP venne illustrata da copie dei suoi numerosi conti ospedalieri.

Lowell George continuò a produrre gli album, ma il suo contributo di cantautore diminuì quando il gruppo passò al jazz fusion. Nell’agosto 1977 i Little Feat registrarono un album live di successi al Rainbow Theatre di Londra e all’auditorium Lisner di Washington. Waiting for Columbus è considerato da numerosi critici musicali uno dei migliori dischi dal vivo di tutti i tempi; uscì nel 1978, anno da cui divenne chiaro che l’interesse di George per la band stava calando, come anche la sua salute. George lavorò un po’ a quello che sarebbe divenuto Down On the Farm, invece incise un album solo, Thanks, I’ll Eat It Here, e annunciò che i Little Feat si erano sciolti.
Durante il tour di Thanks, I’ll Eat It Here del giugno 1979, George venne trovato morto nella sua stanza di hotel ad Arlington, Virginia. L’autopsia rivelò che la morte fu causata da attacco cardiaco: è probabile che il peso di George, l’uso di droga, e la fatica del tour abbiano contribuito al decesso.
I membri rimasti terminarono e incisero Down on the Farm, prima di sciogliersi nel 1979. Un retrospettivo album doppio, compilation di registrazioni rare e tracce dal vivo, Hoy-hoy, uscì nel 1981.

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Little Feat is an American rock band formed by singer-songwriter, lead vocalist and guitarist Lowell George and keyboardist Bill Payne in 1969 in Los Angeles.

Although the band has undergone several changes in its lineup, the music remains an eclectic blend of rock and roll, blues, R&B, boogie, country, folk, gospel, soul, funkand jazz fusion influences.

Guitarist Jimmy Page stated Little Feat was his favorite American band in a 1975 Rolling Stone interview. 

Lowell George met Bill Payne when George was a member of Frank Zappa‘s Mothers of Invention. Payne had auditioned for the Mothers, but had not joined. They formed Little Feat along with former Mothers’ bassist Roy Estrada and drummer Richie Hayward from George’s previous band, the Factory. Hayward had also been a member of the Fraternity of Man whose claim to fame was the inclusion of their “Don’t Bogart Me” on the million-selling Easy Rider film soundtrack. The name of the band came from a comment made by Mothers’ drummer Jimmy Carl Black about Lowell’s “little feet”. The spelling of “feat” was an homage to the Beatles.

There are three stories about the genesis of Little Feat. One has it that George showed Zappa his song “Willin’,” and that Zappa fired him from the Mothers of Invention, because he felt that George was too talented to merely be a member of his band, and told him he ought to go away and form his own band. The second version has Zappa firing him for playing a 15-minute guitar solo with his amplifier off. The third version says that Zappa fired him because “Willin'” contains drug references (“weed, whites and wine”). George often introduced the song as the reason he was asked to leave the band. On October 18, 1975 at the Auditorium Theater in Rochester New York while introducing the song, George commented that he was asked to leave the band for “writing a song about dope”.[3] 

In any version, Zappa was instrumental in getting George and his new band a contract with Warner Bros. Records. The eponymous first album delivered to Warner Bros. was recorded mostly in August and September 1970, and was released in January 1971. When it came time to record “Willin’,” George had hurt his hand in an accident with a model airplane, so Ry Cooder sat in and played the song’s slide part. Lowell’s accident is referenced on the cover art of the band’s 1998 album Under the Radar. “Willin'” would be re-recorded with George playing slide for Little Feat’s second album Sailin’ Shoes, which was also the first Little Feat album to include cover art by Neon Park, who had painted the cover for Zappa’s Weasels Ripped My Flesh.

Sometime during the recording of the first two albums, the band members along with ex-Mothers of Invention drummer Jimmy Carl Black (“the Indian of the group”) backed soul singer Nolan Porter on his first album, No Apologies.

The first two albums received nearly universal critical acclaim, and “Willin'” became a standard, subsequently popularized by its inclusion on Linda Ronstadt‘s album Heart Like a Wheel.

Lack of commercial success led, however, to the band splitting up, with Estrada leaving to join Captain Beefheart‘s Magic Band. In 1972 Little Feat reformed, with bassist Kenny Gradney replacing Estrada. The band also added a second guitarist, Paul Barrere, who had known George since they attended Hollywood High School in California, and percussionist Sam Clayton. Both Barrere and Clayton added vocals on many songs, although all the band members provided backing vocals in various tunes. 

This new lineup radically altered the band’s sound, leaning toward New Orleans funk. The group went on to record Dixie Chicken (1973)—one of the band’s most popular albums, which incorporated New Orleans musical influences and styles—as well as Feats Don’t Fail Me Now (1974), which was a studio-recorded attempt to capture some of the energy of their live shows. (The name of the latter album pays homage to the Fats Waller song.)

In 1973, Payne, Gradney, Barrere, Clayton and George (credited as George Lowell) collaborated with jazz drummer Chico Hamilton on his Stax album Chico the Master, which is a strong showcase for the band’s leanings toward funk and R&B. In 1974 Lowell George, along with the Meters and other session musicians, backedRobert Palmer on his Island Records debut solo release Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley which opened with George’s “Sailing Shoes.” The whole band chipped in on Palmer’s 1975 release, Pressure Drop, which contained another George composition, “Trouble.” 1976’s Some People Can Do What They Like, his third opus, opened with the Bill Payne/Fran Tate composition “One Last Look,” and later featured Lowell’s “Spanish Moon,” although George and Kenny Gradney sat this one out.

The release of The Last Record Album in 1975 signaled another change in the Little Feat sound, with Barrere and Payne developing an interest in jazz-rock. Prior to the recording of The Last Record Album, drummer Richie Hayward had a motorcycle accident and the liner to the LP release of The Last Record Album was decorated with copies of his many hospital bills. Also present was evidence of a late change to the running order of tracks: the lyrics for Barrere’s song “Hi Roller” were printed on the sleeve, but scored out, and the words “maybe next time” scrawled over them. Sure enough, “Hi Roller” was the first track on the subsequent album Time Loves a Hero.

George continued to produce the albums, but his songwriting contribution diminished as the group moved into jazz fusion, a style in which he had little interest. In August 1977, Little Feat recorded a live album from gigs at the Rainbow Theatre in London and Lisner Auditorium in Washington, DC. Waiting for Columbus is considered by many rock music critics to be one of the best live albums of all time, despite the fact that significant portions of George’s vocals and slide work were over-dubbed later in the studio.[4] It was released in 1978, by which time it had become apparent that Lowell George’s interest in the band was waning, as was his health.

George did some work on what would eventually become Down on the Farm but then declared that Little Feat had disbanded. In an interview with Bill Flanagan (for the book Written in My Soul) conducted eleven days before his death, George made it clear that he felt the demise of Little Feat was due to his having allowed the band to be run democratically, with the result that Payne and, to a lesser extent, Barrere, had a presence as songwriters and in production which was disproportionate to their abilities. George was particularly scathing about Payne’s attempts at jazz/fusion, citing an instance when Payne jammed with Weather Report on a TV show and dropped “into one of his ‘Day at the Dog Races’. I just got out of there as fast as I could. It was embarrassing”. In the same interview, George stated that he planned to reunite Little Feat without Payne and Barrère.[5]

At this time Warner Bros. released George’s only solo album, Thanks, I’ll Eat It Here, for which he had signed a contract in 1975. The album was mostly a collection of cover versions that George had been working on as a side project for several years and, in his biography, Rock And Roll Doctor, Mark Brend states that George had hinted he only signed the solo contract in order to obtain funds to finance Little Feat (and Bill Flanagan states in Written in My Soul that George “didn’t want his audience to assume a collection of other people’s material marked the direction of Lowell George’s solo career”).

While touring in support of his solo album in June 1979, at the age of 34, George collapsed in his hotel room in Arlington, Virginia. An autopsy determined the cause of death was a heart attack, although it is considered likely that George’s excess weight, (formerly chronic) drug use, and the strain of touring contributed to his condition.

The surviving members finished and released Down on the Farm before disbanding in 1979. A subsequent retrospective double album compilation of rare outtakes and live tracks, Hoy-Hoy!, was released in 1981. The album is an overview of the history and sound of Little Feat and includes a cover of the Hank Williams song “Lonesome Whistle”.

Barrere, Clayton, Gradney and Hayward performed several shows as Barrere, Clayton, Gradney and Hayward in 1981 and 1982.[6]

Barrere then released two solo albums, 1983’s On My Own Two Feet (Mirage) and 1984’s Real Lies (Atlantic). Richie Hayward was the drummer on Robert Plant‘s 1985 funk and new wave flavoured Shaken ‘n’ Stirred (Es Paranza). Payne has always been a popular and busy session musician, as well as a songwriter, and during the band’s first hiatus performed on a variety of albums by many famous musicians includingJ.J. Cale, the Doobie Brothers, Emmylou Harris, Pink Floyd, Bob Seger, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, and Stevie Nicks. He was a guest performer on Raitt’s Sweet Forgiveness in 1977, which featured his composition “Takin’ My Time.”

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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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Camper Van Beethoven


I Camper Van Beethoven sono un gruppo alternative rock formatosi a Redlands in California nel 1983.

L’eclettismo e lo sperimentalismo del gruppo li ha portati a mischiare molti generi musicali tra loro come pop, ska, punk rock, folk e alternative country con accenni di world music con il risultato di avere album molto diversi tra loro.

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Camper Van Beethoven is an American rock band formed in Redlands, California in 1983 and later located in Santa Cruz and San Francisco. Their style mixes elements of pop, ska, punk rock, folk, alternative country, and world music. The band initially polarized audiences within the hardcore punk scene of California’s Inland Empire before finding wider acceptance and, eventually, an international audience. Their strong iconoclasm and emphasis on do-it-yourself values proved influential to the burgeoning indie rock movement.

The band’s first three independent records were released within an 18-month period. Their debut single was “Take the Skinheads Bowling”. The group signed to Virgin Records in 1987, released two albums and enjoyed chart success with their 1989 cover of Status Quo’s “Pictures of Matchstick Men”, a number one hit on Billboard Magazine’s Modern Rock Tracks. They disbanded the following year due to internal tensions.

Lead singer David Lowery formed Cracker, David Immerglück joined the Counting Crows, and several other members played in Monks of Doom. Beginning in 1999, the former members reunited and made several new records

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CANNED HEAT – LIVING THE BLUES (FULL ALBUM)


Il gruppo si formò nel 1965, composto da Alan Wilson (chitarra, armonica a bocca e voce), Bob Hite, detto The Bear (voce e armonica a bocca) ed Henry Vestine (chitarra).

Il bassista Larry Taylor, strumentista eccelso che suonò anche con il rocker inglese John Mayall nell’LP USA Union, fece parte dei Canned Heat dal 1967 al 1970 e partecipò con loro a vari festival, compresi il Monterey Pop Festival e Woodstock.

Nel 1967 la band si fece conoscere al Festival di Monterey e incise Canned Heat.

Nel 1968, con Boogie with the Canned Heat, accolse nell’organico il batterista Adolfo De La Parra, detto Fito. Poi arrivarono i successi di On the Road Again (famosa la cover del 1977 dei francesi Rockets) e Going Up the Country (tratta dal successivo Living the Blues

del 1968), che si imposero subito nell’olimpo dei grandi classici del rock blues.

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Canned Heat is an American blues/boogie rock band that formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1965.

The group has been noted for its own interpretations of blues material as well as for efforts to promote the interest in this type of music and its original artists. It was launched by two blues enthusiasts, Alan Wilson and Bob Hite, who took the name from Tommy Johnson’s 1928 “Canned Heat Blues”, a song about an alcoholic who had desperately turned to drinking Sterno, generically called “canned heat”. After appearances at the Monterey and Woodstock festivals at the end of the 1960s, the band acquired worldwide fame with a lineup consisting of Bob Hite, vocals, Alan Wilson, guitar, harmonica and vocals, Henry Vestine (and later, Harvey Mandel) on lead guitar, Larry Taylor on bass, and Adolfo de la Parra on drums.

The music and attitude of Canned Heat afforded them a large following and established the band as one of the popular acts of the hippie era. Canned Heat appeared at most major musical events at the end of the 1960s, and were able to deliver on stage electrifying[citation needed] performances of blues standards and their own material and occasionally to indulge into lengthier ‘psychedelic’ solos. Two of their songs – “Going Up the Country” and “On the Road Again” – became international hits. “Going Up the Country” was a remake of the Henry Thomas song “Bull Doze Blues” recorded in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1927. “On the Road Again” was a cover version of the 1953 Floyd Jones song of the same name, which is reportedly based on the Tommy Johnson song “Big Road Blues” recorded in 1928.

Since the early 1970s, numerous personnel changes have occurred and today, in the fifth decade of its existence, the band includes all three of the surviving classic lineup members: de la Parra (who has permanently remained in the band since first joining in 1967), Mandel, and Taylor. For much of the 1990s and 2000s, de la Parra was the only member from the band’s 1960s lineup. He has written a book about the band’s career.[1] Larry Taylor, whose presence in the band has not been steady, is the other surviving member from the earliest lineups. Mandel, Walter Trout and Junior Watson are among the guitarists who gained fame for playing in later editions of the band. British-blues pioneer John Mayall has frequently found musicians for his band among former Canned Heat members.

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The Style Council


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The Style Council è la band che il cantante e chitarrista inglese Paul Weller ha fondato, insieme al pianista e tastierista Mick Talbot, nel 1982, all’indomani dello scioglimento della band di cui faceva parte in precedenza, The Jam.

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The Style Council was an English band formed in Woking in 1983 by Paul Weller, the former singer and guitarist with The Jam, and keyboardist Mick Talbot, previously a member of Dexys Midnight Runners, The Bureau and The Merton Parkas.

The permanent line-up grew to include drummer Steve White and Weller’s then-wife, vocalist Dee C. Lee.Other artists such as Tracie Young and Tracey Thorn(Everything but the Girl) also collaborated with the group. As with Weller’s previous band, most of this London-based outfit’s hits were in their homeland.[2] The band scored six top 40 hits in Australia, and seven top 40 hits in New Zealand during the 1980s.

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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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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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Them – The Angry Young Them (Full Album)


I Them sono stati un gruppo musicale rock dell’Irlanda del Nord, attivo negli anni sessanta e conosciuto per essere stato la band con cui ha debuttato il cantante Van Morrison.

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Them were a Northern Irish band formed in Belfast in April 1964, most prominently known for the garage rock standard “Gloria” and launching singer Van Morrison’s musical career.[1] The original five member band consisted of Morrison, Alan Henderson, Ronnie Millings, Billy Harrison and Eric Wrixon. The group was marketed in the United States as part of the British Invasion.[2]

Them scored two UK hits in 1965 with “Baby, Please Don’t Go” (UK No.10) and “Here Comes the Night” (UK No.2; Ireland No.2). The latter song and “Mystic Eyes” were Top 40 hits in the US.[1]

Morrison quit the band in 1966 and went on to a successful career as a solo artist. Although Them had a short-lived existence, the Belfast group had considerable influence on other bands, such as the Doors.

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Thin lizzy waiting for an alibi (The Collection) Full Album


I Thin Lizzy sono un gruppo hard & heavy irlandese formatosi a Dublino nel 1969 a seguito dell’incontro tra il chitarrista Eric Bell e l’organista Eric Wrixon con il cantante e bassista Phil Lynott e il batterista Brian Downey.

Capitanati da Philip Lynott, carismatico leader e principale compositore della band, i Thin Lizzy rimasero celebri principalmente grazie alle tracce Whiskey in the Jar, Jailbreak e The Boys Are Back in Town, le quali si piazzarono nelle posizioni di vertice delle classifiche inglesi degli anni ottanta.[6] Dopo il decesso di Phil Lynott nel 1986, la band è tenuta in vita dal 1996 come progetto tributo da Scott Gorham e altri membri originari del gruppo quali John Sykes, Brian Downey e Darren Wharton.[4]

La loro musica comprende molti generi, ma è di solito classificata come hard rock[7] e heavy metal.[1] In particolare, spaziando su diversi territori, il gruppo esordì con sonorità tipicamente rock[2] arricchite da influenze derivative del blues e del rock psichedelico,[2] per poi convergere via via verso quello che sarà il suo stile caratteristico, un compatto e agile hard & heavy, permeato ancora di elementi blues, folk, country, soul, funk e di musica popolare irlandese.[8] Rolling Stone ha descritto la band come autrice di un hard rock “lontano dal ragliante pacchetto di metal della metà anni settanta”.[8]

Van Morrison, Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck e Jimi Hendrix furono gli artisti che ebbero maggiore influsso sugli esordi del gruppo,[9] insieme poi specie nel secondo periodo di esistenza della band ad artisti statunitensi come i Little Feat, Bruce Springsteen e Bob Seger.[10]

I Thin Lizzy sono stati inseriti alla posizione numero 51 della classifica VH1’s 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.

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Thin Lizzy are an Irish rock band formed in Dublin in 1969. Two of the founding members, drummer Brian Downey and bass guitarist and vocalist Phil Lynott, met while still in school. Lynott assumed the role of frontman and led them throughout their recording career of twelve studio albums. Thin Lizzy’s most successful songs, “Whiskey in the Jar”, “Jailbreak” and “The Boys Are Back in Town”, were all major international hits which are still played regularly on hard rock and classic rock radio stations. After Lynott’s death in 1986, various incarnations of the band have emerged over the years based initially around guitarists Scott Gorham and John Sykes, though Sykes left the band in 2009. Gorham later continued with a new line-up including Downey.

Lynott, Thin Lizzy’s de facto leader, was composer or co-composer of almost all of the band’s songs, and the first black Irishman to achieve commercial success in the field of rock music. Thin Lizzy boasted some of the most critically acclaimed guitarists throughout their history, with Downey and Lynott as the rhythm section, on the drums and bass guitar. As well as being multiracial, the band drew their members not only from both sides of the Irish border but also from both the Catholic and Protestant communities during The Troubles. Their music reflects a wide range of influences, including blues, soul music, psychedelic rock, and traditional Irish folk music, but is generally classified as hard rock or sometimes heavy metal. Rolling Stone magazine describes the band as distinctly hard rock, “far apart from the braying mid-70s metal pack”.[1]

AllMusic critic John Dougan has written that “As the band’s creative force, Lynott was a more insightful and intelligent writer than many of his ilk, preferring slice-of-life working-class dramas of love and hate influenced by Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, and virtually all of the Irish literary tradition.”[2] Van Morrison, Jeff Beck and Jimi Hendrix were major influences during the early days of the band, and later influences included the pioneering twin lead guitars found in Wishbone Ash and American artists Little Feat and Bob Seger.

In 2012, Gorham and Downey decided against recording new material as Thin Lizzy so a new band, Black Star Riders, was formed to tour and produce new releases such as the All Hell Breaks Loose album. Thin Lizzy plan to reunite for occasional concerts.

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Thin White Rope


I Thin White Rope sono stati un gruppo rock statunitense formato a Davis in California nel 1984. Il nucleo della band era composto dal cantante/chitarrista Guy Kyser e dal chitarrista Roger Kunkel, attorno ai quali sono ruotati diversi bassisti e batteristi.

Il loro stile musicale, caratterizzato dall’uso di due chitarre come i Television e del feedback e che mescolava il rock psichedelico e l’acid rock con la tradizione country e blues,riletti in ottica post punk, spinse i critici a coniare il termine post-psichedelia.

Il gruppo venne accostato alla scena del Paisley Underground di Davis, insieme a band come Dream Syndicate e Green on Red. Il nome del gruppo fu ispirato da una metafora usata dallo scrittore William S. Burroughs ne Il pasto nudo per definire il liquido seminale maschile.

Il gruppo si sciolse nel 1994. Guy Kyser formò i Mummydogs, Kunkel il progetto jazz e blues Acme Rocket Quartet mentre il bassista Odom i Graves Brothers Deluxe

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Thin White Rope (TWR) was an American rock band fronted by Guy Kyser and related to the desert rock and Paisley Underground subgenres. The band released five albums.

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Tim Buckley – Goodbye and Hello – Complete Album


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Timothy Charles Buckley (Washington, 14 febbraio 1947 – Santa Monica, 29 giugno 1975) è stato un cantautore statunitense. È considerato dalla critica uno dei cantanti più geniali e innovativi dell’intera storia del rock

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Timothy Charles “Tim” Buckley III (February 14, 1947 – June 29, 1975) was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. His music and style changed considerably through the years; his first album (1966) was mostly folk, but his subsequent albums incorporated jazz, psychedelia, funk, soul, avant-garde and an evolving “voice as instrument” sound. Though he did not find commercial success during his lifetime, Buckley is admired by later generations for his innovation as a musician and vocal ability. He died at the age of 28 from a heroin overdose, leaving behind his sons Taylor and Jeff, the latter of whom later went on to become a musician as well.

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The Jam


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The Jam era un gruppo musicale new wave inglese fondato da Paul Weller nel 1976, molto influenzato da The Beatles, The Kinks, The Who[2] e con sonorità simili, soprattutto all’inizio, a quelle dei Clash,[3][4] morbide e allo stesso tempo ritmate e decise. Durante i sei anni di attività, la band non ha mai modificato la propria formazione, costituita dal bassista Bruce Foxton, dal batterista Rick Buckler e dal chitarrista e cantante Paul Weller. Recentemente Foxton e Buckler hanno effettuato diversi concerti dal vivo e programmato un tour per l’autunno del 2007, oltre alla pubblicazione di un nuovo album (che sarebbe il settimo), il tutto però senza la partecipazione di Weller.
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The Jam were an English punk rock/mod revival band active during the late 1970s and early 1980s.
They were formed in Woking, Surrey. While they shared the “angry young men” outlook and fast tempos of their punk rock contemporaries, The Jam wore smartly tailored suits rather than ripped clothes, and they incorporated a number of mainstream 1960s rock and R&B influences rather than rejecting them, placing The Jam at the forefront of the mod revival movement.
They had 18 consecutive Top 40 singles in the United Kingdom, from their debut in 1977 to their break-up in December 1982, including four number one hits. As of 2007, “That’s Entertainment” and “Just Who Is the 5 O’Clock Hero?” remained the best-selling import singles of all time in the UK.[5] They released one live album and six studio albums, the last of which, The Gift, hit number one on the UK album charts. When the group split up, their first 15 singles were re-released and all placed within the top 100.
The band drew upon a variety of stylistic influences over the course of their career, including 1960s beat music, soul, rhythm and blues and psychedelic rock, as well as 1970s punk and new wave. The trio was known for its melodic pop songs, its distinctly English flavour and its mod image. The band launched the career of Paul Weller, who went on to form The Style Council and later had a successful solo career. Weller wrote and sang most of The Jam’s original compositions, and he played lead guitar, using a Rickenbacker. Bruce Foxton provided backing vocals and prominent basslines, which were the foundation of many of the band’s songs, including the hits “Down in the Tube Station at Midnight”, “The Eton Rifles”, “Going Underground” and “Town Called Malice”.
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Tim Buckley Anthology


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Timothy Charles Buckley III nacque a Washington, figlio di Elaine, un’italoamericana, e di Tim Charles Buckley Jr., un pluridecorato della seconda guerra mondiale con origini irlandesi. Trascorse l’infanzia ad Amsterdam, cittadina industriale dello Stato di New York, dove ebbe i primi contatti con la musica: la madre era una fan di Miles Davis e il padre della musica country. Nel 1956 la famiglia si trasferì a Bell Gardens in California.[6]

A tredici anni imparò a suonare il banjo e con il compagno di scuola Dan Gordon formò un gruppo ispirato al The Kingston Trio. Entrò nella squadra di football americanodella scuola, dove coprì il ruolo di quarterback. Durante uno scontro di gioco si ruppe le prime due dita della mano sinistra. Non riottenne mai l’uso completo delle dita, tanto che non poté più suonare il barré e ciò lo costrinse a usare accordi estesi. Durante il periodo delle scuole superiori conobbe Larry Beckett, autore della maggior parte dei testi dei suoi primi brani, e Jim Fiedler. Il 25 ottobre del 1965, a diciannove anni, sposò la compagna di scuola Mary Guibert, dalla quale, un anno più tardi, ebbe un figlio, Jeff Buckley, nato il 17 novembre 1966. Anche egli, negli anni novanta, sarebbe divenuto un musicista.

Finita la scuola iniziò a esibirsi in diversi club di Los Angeles. In uno di questi spettacoli venne notato da Jac Holzman, proprietario della Elektra Records, che lo mise sotto contratto, permettendogli di pubblicare nel dicembre del 1966 il suo primo LP, l’omonimo Tim Buckley. In supporto al disco cominciò un lungo tour negli Stati Uniti, durante il quale partecipò anche allo show televisivo di Johnny Carson.[7]

Nel 1967, ancora per l’Elektra, pubblicò Goodbye and Hello, disco fortemente influenzato dal folk rock di Bob Dylan e dal rock psichedelico in auge in quegli anni. L’album è considerato dalla critica il primo dei suoi capolavori.[8] I brani I Never Asked to Be Your Mountain e Once I Was verranno reinterpretati dal figlio Jeff durante il concerto in memoria del padre, tenutosi a New York il 26 aprile del 1991. Un altro brano, Morning Glory, verrà reinterpretato dalla band britannica This Mortal Coil nell’album del 1986 Filigree & Shadow. Anche a questo disco fece seguito un lungo tour, che giunse anche in Europa, dove si esibì per lo show radiofonico di John Peel.

Nel 1969 uscì il terzo album, Happy Sad, influenzato questa volta più dal jazz, in particolare da Miles Davis, con brani più dilatati rispetto al disco precedente. Anche questo lavoro è ben valutato dalla critica, nonostante lo scarso successo di vendite.[9]

Nello stesso anno rescisse il contratto con l’Elektra, passando alla Straight Records di Frank Zappa e del produttore Herb Cohen. Per questa etichetta pubblicò Blue Afternoon (1969). Nel 1970 uscì per l’Elektra l’album Lorca, che venne registrato contemporaneamente a Blue Afternoon.[10] Proprio Lorca è generalmente considerato dalla critica come l’album di passaggio fra il “periodo folk” di Goodbye and Hello e Happy Sad a quello “psichedelico” del successivo Starsailor.[11]

Nel 1970 realizzò e diede alle stampe Starsailor, disco più vicino alla sperimentazione, considerato da molti critici il suo massimo capolavoro e indubbiamente uno dei più ardui esperimenti sul canto mai realizzati.[12]In questo album è presente il brano Song to the Siren, probabilmente il più famoso di Buckley, la cui reinterpretazione della band inglese This Mortal Coil sull’album It’ll End in Tears del 1984 riscuoterà notevole successo. Il brano verrà inoltre reinterpretato nel 2002 da Robert Plant sul suo album Dreamland, nel 2009 da John Frusciante su The Empyrean e nel 2010 da Sinéad O’Connor.

In seguito allo scarso successo commerciale dei suoi dischi, dopo la pubblicazione di Starsailor Buckley sospese temporaneamente l’attività musicale, cadendo preda della depressione e sviluppando una dipendenza per l’alcool e le droghe. Inoltre, si dedica ad altre attività, come il cinema, scrivendo sceneggiature e recitando nel film mai uscito Why?, di Victor Stoloff.[13]

Nel 1972 vi fu il ritorno sulle scene con l’album Greetings from L.A., che virò il suono verso il funk,[14] a cui fecero seguito nel 1973 Sefronia e nel 1974 Look at the Fool, due album considerati dalla critica come il punto più basso della sua produzione.[15][16]

Tim Buckley morì la sera del 29 giugno 1975 a Santa Monica, in California, per overdose di eroina e alcool.[17]

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Tim Buckley was born in Washington, D.C. on St. Valentine’s Day, to Elaine (née Scalia), an Italian American, and Timothy Charles Buckley Jr., a highly decoratedWorld War II veteran who was the son of Irish immigrants from Cork. He spent his early childhood in Amsterdam, New York, an industrial city approximately 40 miles northwest of Albany; at five years old he began listening to his mother’s progressive jazz recordings, particularly Miles Davis.

Buckley’s musical life began in earnest after his family moved to Bell Gardens in southern California in 1956. His grandmother introduced him to the work of Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday, his mother to Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland and his father to the country music of Hank Williams and Johnny Cash.[1] When the folk music revolution came around in the early 1960s, Buckley taught himself the banjo at age 13, and with several friends formed a folk group inspired by the Kingston Trio that played local high school events.[2]

During his initial high school years, Buckley was a popular and engaged student; he was elected to numerous offices, played on the baseball team and quarterbacked the football team.[3] During a football game he broke the first two fingers on his left hand, permanently damaging them. He later said that the injury prevented him from playing barre chords. This disability may have led to his use of extended chords, many of which don’t require barres.[4]

Buckley attended Loara High School in Anaheim, California,[5] which left him disillusioned. He quit football and cut classes regularly, focusing most of his attention on music instead. He befriended Larry Beckett, his future lyricist, and Jim Fielder, a bass player with whom he formed two separate musical groups, The Bohemians, who initially played popular music,[6] and The Harlequin 3, a folk group which regularly incorporatedspoken word and beat poetry into their gigs.[1]

In 1965, during French class, Buckley met Mary Guibert, one grade his junior. Their relationship inspired some of Buckley’s music, and provided him time away from his turbulent home life. His father had become unstable, angry and occasionally violent in his later years. He had suffered a serious head injury during the war; that, along with a severe work-related injury, was said to have affected his mental balance.[7]

Buckley and Guibert married on October 25, 1965, as Guibert believed she was pregnant.[3] The marriage angered Mary’s father and he did not attend the wedding; Buckley’s father attended, but joked to the priest, “I give it six months”. Shortly after the wedding Mary realized that she was not pregnant after all.

The marriage was tumultuous, and Buckley quickly moved out, but Mary soon became pregnant. After several months, Buckley found himself neither willing nor able to cope with marriage and impending fatherhood. From then on he and Mary only saw each other sporadically. They divorced in October 1966, about a month before their son Jeffrey Scott was born.[8]

By then, he and lyricist/friend Beckett had written dozens of songs; several were to appear on Tim’s debut album, Tim Buckley. “Buzzin’ Fly”, was also written during this period, and was featured on Happy Sad, his 1969 LP.[8]

Buckley’s ill-conceived college career at Fullerton College lasted only two weeks in 1965;[2][3] Buckley dropped out and dedicated himself fully to his music and to playing L.A. folk clubs. During the summer of 1965 he played regularly at a club co-founded by Dan Gordon. Later in the year he played various Orange County coffeehouses, such as the White Room in Buena Park, and the Monday night hootenannies at the famed Los Angeles Troubadour.[9] That year Cheetah Magazine deemed Buckley an up-and-comer, one of “The Orange County Three”, along with Steve Noonan and Jackson Browne.[1]

In February 1966, following a gig at L.A.’s It’s Boss, The Mothers of Invention‘s drummer Jimmy Carl Black recommended Buckley to Mothers manager, Herb Cohen. Cohen saw potential in Tim[2] and landed him an extended gig at the Nite Owl Cafe in Greenwich Village. Buckley’s new girlfriend, Jainie Goldstein, drove him cross-country to New York in her VW bug.[7] While living in the Bowery with Jainie, Buckley ran into Lee Underwood, and asked him to play guitar for him. From there, they became lifelong friends and collaborators.

Under Cohen’s management, Buckley recorded a six song demo acetate disc, which he sent to Elektra records owner Jac Holzman,[1][6] who offered him a recording contract.

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Top Tracks for Buffalo Springfield


Buffalo Springfield furono un gruppo di folk-rock statunitense degli anni sessanta proveniente da Los Angeles formato da Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Richie Furay (poi Jim Messina), Bruce Palmer, Dewey Martin. Il gruppo ebbe vita breve: formatosi nel 1966, si sciolse due anni più tardi, nel 1968. I disaccordi personali fra Stills e Young, forti personalità musicali, uniti agli arresti per droga dei membri del gruppo e i continui cambi di formazione, furono probabilmente all’origine della precoce fine della band. Curiosamente Stills e Young si troveranno ancora a suonare insieme all’interno del gruppo CSN&Y, costituitosi un paio d’anni più tardi.

Nel corso della sua breve carriera il gruppo pubblicò solo tre album, ma numerosi nastri demo, outtakes, versioni alternative e registrazioni live dell’epoca, furono pubblicate in seguito nei decenni successivi.

Nonostante la breve vita della band, è riconosciuta essere una delle più influenti della sua epoca,[1][2] ed ha ricevuto riconoscimenti postumi dalla Rock and Roll Hall of Fame come formazione cruciale di quegli anni.[3]

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Buffalo Springfield was an American-Canadian rock band formed in 1966 whose members included Richie Furay, Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Dewey Martin, Bruce Palmer, Jim Messina, Ken Koblun, and Jim Fielder which combined rock, folk, and country music. The band released the classic 1960s protest song “For What It’s Worth.”

The band was plagued by infighting, drug-related arrests, and line-up changes that led to its disbanding after two years. Three albums were released under its name, but many demos, studio outtakes, and live recordings remained and were issued in the decades that followed.[1]

They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

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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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U2 The Best of 1980-1990: New Year’s Day



Gli U2 sono un gruppo musicale irlandese formatosi a Dublino nel 1976. Il gruppo è composto da Paul David Hewson in arte Bono (cantante), David Howell Evans in arte The Edge (chitarrista), Adam Clayton (bassista) e Larry Mullen Jr. (batterista).

Nella loro carriera hanno venduto 150 milioni di dischi[7] e ricevuto il maggior numero di Grammy Awards per un gruppo, con 22 premi[8].

Nel 2005, appena raggiunto il termine minimo dei 25 anni di carriera, sono stati introdotti nella Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Fin dagli esordi, gli U2 si sono occupati della questione irlandese e del rispetto per i diritti civili, improntando su questi temi anche buona parte della loro attività artistica. Inoltre gli U2 sono tra i pochi gruppi internazionali a potersi vantare di aver sempre mantenuto la propria formazione originale.

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U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group consists of Bono (vocals and guitar), The Edge (guitar, keyboards, and vocals), Adam Clayton (bass guitar), and Larry Mullen Jr. (drums and percussion). U2’s early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music. Throughout the group’s musical pursuits, they have maintained a sound built on melodic instrumentals. Their lyrics, often embellished with spiritual imagery, focus on personal themes and sociopolitical concerns.

The band formed at Mount Temple Comprehensive School in 1976 when the members were teenagers with limited musical proficiency. Within four years, they signed with Island Records and released their debut album Boy. By the mid-1980s, U2 had become a top international act. They were more successful as a touring act than they were at selling records until their 1987 album The Joshua Tree which, according to Rolling Stone, elevated the band’s stature “from heroes to superstars”.[1] Reacting to musical stagnation and criticism of their earnest image and musical direction in the late-1980s, U2 reinvented themselves with their 1991 album, Achtung Baby, and the accompanying Zoo TV Tour; they integrated dance, industrial, and alternative rock influences into their sound, and embraced a more ironic and self-deprecating image. They embraced similar experimentation for the remainder of the 1990s with varying levels of success. U2 regained critical and commercial favour in the 2000s with the records All That You Can’t Leave Behind (2000) and How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (2004), which established a more conventional, mainstream sound for the group. Their U2 360° Tour from 2009–2011 was the highest-attended and highest-grossing concert tour in history.

U2 have released 13 studio albums and are one of the world’s best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 170 million records worldwide.[2] They have won 22 Grammy Awards, more than any other band; and, in 2005, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. Rolling Stone ranked U2 at number 22 in its list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”, and labelled them the “Biggest Band in the World”.[3] Throughout their career, as a band and as individuals, they have campaigned for human rights and philanthropic causes, including Amnesty International, the ONE/DATA campaigns, Product Red, and The Edge’s Music Rising.

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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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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.

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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”.

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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