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Quicksilver Messenger Service – Happy Trails – 1969 Full Album


I Quicksilver Messenger Service si formarono nel clima culturale e musicale della San Francisco della metà degli anni sessanta, originariamente animati dal chitarrista Dino Valenti che aveva radunato attorno a sé un altro chitarrista di estrazione rock, John Cipollina, e il cantante e armonicista Jim Murray. A questo nucleo si unì un altro chitarrista, Gary Duncan, e la formazione fu completata dal bassista David Freiberg e da Greg Elmore alla batteria. Il progetto iniziale fu compromesso dall’arresto, per questioni legate alla droga, di Valenti che rimase in carcere per un anno e mezzo, ma i cinque membri rimasti proseguirono comunque a esibirsi nelle atmosfere psichedeliche della città californiana, spesso affiancando altri gruppi della scena musicale e conquistandosi un buon seguito di ammiratori[2]. Parteciparono fra l’altro alla tre giorni del 4-6 febbraio 1966 assieme ai Jefferson Airplane, e si esibirono in occasione del Monterey Pop Festival, nel giugno dell’anno successivo[3].

Benché fossero considerati appartenere – assieme ai Jefferson Airplane e ai Grateful Dead – alla “prima generazione dei gruppi di San Francisco”[4], i Quicksilver non raggiunsero mai la popolarità delle altre due formazioni, in parte anche perché agli inizi della loro carriera si rifiutarono di produrre materiale registrato[2]. Si decisero a incidere il primo album a fine 1967, quando anche Murray aveva abbandonato il gruppo per dedicarsi allo studio del sitar[5]. Il disco d’esordio, Quicksilver Messenger Service, risente delle influenze degli Electric Flag e dello stile chitarristico di Mike Bloomfield, e in generale non rispose alle aspettative del pubblico[6]. Di ben altro calibro Happy Trails, che mostra il duo chitarristico Cipollina-Duncan in forma smagliante; registrato in larga parte al Fillmore East e al Fillmore West, l’album è collocato dalla rivista Rolling Stone al posto 189 della classifica dei 500 migliori album di tutti i tempi[7].

 

I Quicksilver Messenger Service: in alto Dino Valenti,alla batteria Greg Elmore, alla chitarra Gary Duncan (1972)

Susseguentemente, Duncan abbandonò il gruppo sostituito dal tastierista Nicky Hopkins, e con la nuova formazione venne inciso Shady Grove. Dal 1970 il gruppo andò incontro a vari rimaneggiamenti. Dapprima ritornarono Valenti – dopo una lontananza di tre anni – e Duncan; e la rinnovata formazione registrò Just for Love. Il successivoWhat About Me vide la presenza di Mark Naftalin al posto di Hopkins. In seguito a lasciare furono Cipollina e Freiberg (quest’ultimo, dopo una detenzione di un anno per possesso di marijuana, sarebbe confluito nei Jefferson Starship). Perciò i Quicksilver Messenger Service dovettero essere integrati dal bassista Mark Ryan e dal tastierista Chuck Steales, e con questa formazione registrarono Quicksilver e Comin’ Thru. I due dischi ebbero un riscontro insoddisfacente, e così il quintetto decise di sciogliersi. Nel 1975 Valenti, Duncan ed Elmore incisero assieme a Skip Olsen al basso e W. Michael Lewis alle tastiere l’album Solid Silver, giudicato monotono e poco rilevante anche se non privo di momenti di ricchezza emotiva[8].

Gary Duncan a due riprese cercò di ridare vita ai Quicksilver: la prima volta nel 1987, con la produzione dell’album Peace by Piece, e a metà degli anni novanta – dopo la morte di Cipollina e Valenti –, quando venne messo in commercio Shape Shifter, ma in entrambi i casi senza grande fortuna[5].

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Quicksilver Messenger Service gained wide popularity in the San Francisco Bay Area and through their recordings,[1] with psychedelic rock enthusiasts around the globe, and several of their albums ranked in the Top 30 of the Billboard Pop charts. Though not as commercially successful as contemporaries Jefferson Airplane and The Grateful Dead, Quicksilver was integral to the beginnings of their genre. With their jazz and classical influences and a strong folk background, the band attempted to create an individual, innovative sound.[2] Member Dino Valenti drew heavily on musical influences he picked up during the folk revival of his formative musical years. The style he developed from these sources is evident in Quicksilver Messenger Service’s swung rhythms and twanging guitar sounds.[3]

After many years, the band has attempted to reform despite the deaths of several members. Recently, original members Gary Duncan and David Freiberg have been touring as the Quicksilver Messenger Service, using various backing musicians.

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The Smiths- Hatful Of Hollow (1984)


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Gli Smiths sono stati un gruppo alternative rock inglese, formatosi a Manchester nel 1982.

Raggiunta la popolarità nel corso degli anni ottanta, hanno avuto grande influenza nello sviluppo della musica rock degli anni successivi ed un notevole seguito di pubblico. Il gruppo si è sciolto nel 1987.

I componenti erano Morrissey alla voce, Johnny Marr alla chitarra, Andy Rourke al basso, e Mike Joyce alla batteria.

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The Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. The band consisted of vocalist Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce. Critics have called them the most important alternative rock band to emerge from the British independent music scene of the 1980s.[1] Qmagazine’s Simon Goddard argued in 2007 that The Smiths were “the one truly vital voice of the ’80s”, “the most influential British guitar group of the decade” and the “first indie outsiders to achieve mainstream success on their own terms”.[2] The NME named the Smiths the “most influential artist ever” in a 2002 poll, even topping the Beatles.[3]

Based on the songwriting partnership of Morrissey and Marr, the group signed to the independent record label Rough Trade Records, on which they released four studio albums, The Smiths (1984), Meat Is Murder (1985), The Queen Is Dead (1986) and Strangeways, Here We Come (1987). Four of their albums (including three studio albums) appeared on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. They have also released several compilations, and numerous non-LP singles.

The Smiths had several singles reach the UK top twenty and all four of their studio albums reached the UK top five, including one which topped the charts. They won a significant following and remain cult favourites, although they had limited commercial success outside the UK while they were still together. The band broke up in 1987 and have turned down several offers to reunite.

The band’s focus on a guitar, bass, and drum sound, and their fusion of 1960s rock and post-punk, were a repudiation of synthesizer-based contemporary dance-pop – the style popular in the early 1980s. Marr’s guitar-playing on his Rickenbacker often had a jangly sound reminiscent of Roger McGuinn of the Byrds.[4] Marr’s guitar-playing influenced later Manchester bands, including The Stone Roses and Oasis. Morrissey and Marr’s songs combined themes about ordinary people with complex, literate lyrics delivered by Morrissey with a mordant sense of humour.

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Mahavishnu Orchestra – 1971 Inner Mounting Flame


Costituitasi nel 1971 e disciolta nel 1976, la Mahavishnu Orchestra fu creata dal chitarrista John McLaughlin e dal batterista Billy Cobham, entrambi riconosciuti come strumentisti di valore assoluto, e chiamati nel corso del tempo a collaborare ad esperienze musicali di grande valore da maestri come Miles Davis.

Fu un gruppo jazz-rock dal grande successo artistico e commerciale nel corso della sua pur breve storia gratificata dalla presenza nella formazione di talenti di eccelsa caratura. Il genio musicale di John McLaughlin non si manifestò solo nelle composizioni, ma anche nell’arrangiamento. Molte persone al primo approccio con il disco The Inner Mounting Flame rimasero sconvolte dal linguaggio musicale “diverso” da tutti i dischi precedenti. I primi due album sono dei capolavori che consacrano per sempre la prima formazione come uno dei gruppi più innovativi della storia della musica. Gli assoli intrecciati di violino, chitarra, tastiere; la qualità e pulizia della equalizzazione; le invenzioni di Cobham e le linee di basso solide di Laird furono caratteristiche predominanti dei primi due dischi. La potenza tecnica ed il feeling della band ne fecero uno dei gruppi di riferimento del genere fusion. Nel 2005 è stato pubblicato il libro Power, Passion and Beauty: The Story of the Legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra che racconta la storia del gruppo.

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The Mahavishnu Orchestra was a jazz-rock fusion group led by John McLaughlin, active during 1971–1976 and again in 1984–1987 after major line-up changes.

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The Grateful Dead – American Beauty (Album Completo) [Full Album]


I Grateful Dead sono stati un gruppo musicale rock statunitense.

Nati alla metà degli anni sessanta, furono fra gli artisti fondamentali della storia di quello che veniva chiamato acid rock o rock psichedelico.[1][2] Divennero celebri per il loro stile eclettico, che univa elementi di rock, folk, bluegrass, blues, country e jazz e dal vivo era caratterizzato da interminabili e lisergiche improvvisazioni modali. Attorno ai Grateful Dead nacque una sorta di culto; alcuni loro fan, chiamati Deadhead, seguirono il gruppo in concerto per anni, vivendo di fatto come nomadi in onore della loro devozione verso “the Dead”.[3]

La rivista Rolling Stone li inserisce al cinquantasettesimo posto nella lista dei 100 grandi artisti.[4]

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The Grateful Dead is an American rock band formed in 1965 in Palo Alto, California.[2][3] The band was known for its unique and eclectic style, which fused elements of rock, folk, bluegrass, blues, reggae, country, improvisational jazz, psychedelia, and space rock,[4][5] and for live performances of long musical improvisation.[6][7] “Their music,” writes Lenny Kaye, “touches on ground that most other groups don’t even know exists.”[8] These various influences were distilled into a diverse and psychedelic whole that made the Grateful Dead “the pioneering Godfathers of the jam band world”.[9] They were ranked 57th in the issue The Greatest Artists of all Time by Rolling Stone magazine.[10] They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994[11] and their Barton Hall Concert at Cornell University (May 8, 1977) was added to the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry.[12] The Grateful Dead have sold more than 35 million albums worldwide.

The Grateful Dead was founded in the San Francisco Bay Area amid the rise of counterculture of the 1960s.[13][14][15] The founding members were Jerry Garcia(guitar, vocals), Bob Weir (guitar, vocals), Ron “Pigpen” McKernan (keyboards, harmonica, vocals), Phil Lesh (bass, vocals), and Bill Kreutzmann (drums).[16]Members of the Grateful Dead had played together in various San Francisco bands, including Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Champions and the Warlocks. Lesh was the last member to join the Warlocks before they became the Grateful Dead; he replaced Dana Morgan Jr., who had played bass for a few gigs. With the exception of McKernan, who died in 1973, the core of the band stayed together for its entire 30-year history.[17] Other longtime members of the band includeMickey Hart (drums 1967–1971, 1974–1995, 2015), Keith Godchaux (keyboards 1971–1979), Donna Godchaux (vocals 1972–1979), Brent Mydland (keyboards, vocals 1979–1990), and Vince Welnick (keyboards 1990–1995). Pianist Bruce Hornsby was a touring member from 1990 to 1992, as well as guesting with the band on occasion before and after.

The fans of the Grateful Dead, some of whom followed the band from concert to concert for years, are known as “Deadheads” and are known for their dedication to the band’s music.[6][7] The band and its following (Deadheads) are closely associated with the hippie movement and were seen as a form of institution in the culture of America for many years. Former members of the Grateful Dead, along with other musicians, toured as the Dead in 2003, 2004, and 2009 after touring asthe Other Ones in 1998, 2000, and 2002. There are many contemporary incarnations of the Dead, with the most prominent touring acts being Furthur, Phil Lesh & Friends, RatDog, and the Rhythm Devils with drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann. The group is slated to officially perform together again for their fiftieth anniversary, with Trey Anastasio of Phish taking the role of Jerry Garcia.[18]

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Jefferson Starship – Winds Of Change 1982 (Full Album)


I Jefferson Starship sono una formazione nata per filiazione dai Jefferson Airplane, in occasione della pubblicazione dell’album Blows Against the Empire, uscito a nomePaul Kantner & Jefferson Starship nel 1970, registrato con il contributo di diversi musicisti della scena di San Francisco. Per tre anni, fino al 1973, diversi progetti personali verranno portati avanti parallelamente agli Airplane, accompagnando la parabola discendente di questi ultimi, che vedrà comunque la pubblicazione di due album in studio (Bark nel 1971 e Long John Silver nel 1972) ed uno live, Thirty Seconds over Winterland, nel 1973.

Dopo la defezione del batterista Spencer Dryden e del cantante Marty Balin (uno dei fondatori degli Airplane) per dissidi personali ed artistici, e con il chitarrista Jorma Kaukonen e il bassista Jack Casady sempre più rivolti al country blues del loro nuovo gruppo Hot Tuna, i due membri originari rimasti nel gruppo cioè il cantante-chitarrista ritmico Paul Kantner e la sua compagna e cantante Grace Slick pubblicano in coppia Sunfighter, nel 1971, e Baron Von Tollbooth & the Chrome Nun nel 1973, accreditato anche a David Freiberg, ex bassista e cantante dei Quicksilver Messenger Service. Entrambi gli album vedono, come consuetudine nella scena musicale di San Francisco degli anni sessanta, diversi ospiti, tra cui David Crosby, Graham Nash, Jerry Garcia, il violinista Papa John Creach, entrato nel gruppo al tempo degli ultimi dischi degli Airplane, ma in particolare tra i collaboratori del secondo si verrà a formare il nucleo vero e proprio dei Jefferson Starship, con John Barbata alla batteria, Craig Chaquico alla chitarra e Pete Sears al basso.

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Jefferson Starship is an American rock band formed in the early 1970s by several members of the former psychedelic rock group Jefferson Airplane. The band has undergone several major changes in personnel and genres through the years while retaining the same Jefferson Starship name. The current Jefferson Starship, led by co-founder Paul Kantner, more closely resembles its original mix of psychedelic and electric folk music than the pop-driven tunes it was widely known for in the early to mid-1980s. It is not to be confused with Starship, a spin-off of the group featuring former co-lead singer Mickey Thomas that also periodically tours. The latter group is most frequently identified with the 1980s pop tunes of Jefferson Starship.

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PJ Harvey


Polly Jean “PJ” Harvey (Yeovil, 9 ottobre 1969) è una cantautrice e musicista britannica.

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Polly Jean Harvey, MBE (born 9 October 1969), known as PJ Harvey, is an English musician, singer-songwriter, writer, poet, composer and occasional artist.Primarily known as a vocalist and guitarist, she is also proficient with a wide range of instruments including piano, organ, bass, saxophone, harmonica and, most recently, the autoharp.

Harvey began her career in 1988 when she joined local band Automatic Dlamini as a vocalist, guitarist, and saxophone player. The band’s frontman, John Parish, would become her long-term collaborator. In 1991, she formed an eponymous trio and subsequently began her professional career. The trio released two studio albums, Dry (1992) and Rid of Me (1993) before disbanding, after which Harvey continued as a solo artist. Since 1995, she has released a further six studio albums with collaborations from various musicians including John Parish, former bandmate Rob Ellis, Mick Harvey, and Eric Drew Feldman and has also worked extensively with record producer Flood.

Among the accolades she has received are the 2001 and 2011 Mercury Prize for Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (2000) and Let England Shake (2011)[ respectively—the only artist to have been awarded the prize twice—eight Brit Award nominations, six Grammy Award nominations and two further Mercury Prize nominations. Rolling Stone awarded her 1992’s Best New Artist and Best Singer Songwriter and 1995’s Artist of the Year, and listed Rid of Me, To Bring You My Love (1995) and Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea on its 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list. In 2011, she was awarded for Outstanding Contribution To Music at the NME Awards.[10] In June 2013, she was awarded an MBE for services to music.

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Magazine


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Magazine è un gruppo musicale post-punk inglese formatosi a Manchester nel 1977 e attivo fino al 1981, prima della reunion avvenuta nel 2009.

Il singolo di debutto del gruppo è la hit Shot by Both Sides, mentre l’album d’esordio è Real Life.

Nel 2004 il chitarrista e fondatore John McGeogh è deceduto.

Nel 2009 la band si è riunita e nel 2011 ha pubblicato un disco di materiale inedito intitolato No Thyself.

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Magazine were an English post-punk band active from 1977 to 1981, then again from 2009-2011. The band was formed by Howard Devoto after leaving punk bandBuzzcocks in early 1977. Devoto had decided to create a more progressive and less “traditional” rock band.

Magazine reunited in 2009 for a UK tour, with almost all the remaining members of the “classic” lineup, with the exception of guitarist John McGeoch, who died in 2004. He was replaced by Noko, who had played with Devoto in Luxuria. Magazine released an album of new material, No Thyself, in October 2011, followed by a short UK tour.

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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]

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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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Frank Zappa – Joe’s Garage


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

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

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

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

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

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Top Tracks for Steve Miller Band


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La Steve Miller Band è un gruppo musicale rock statunitense costituito nel 1967 a San Francisco, California.[1] Il gruppo è diretto da Steve Miller che si esibisce allachitarra e nella veste di voce solista, noto per una serie di singoli, soprattutto di metà degli anni 1970, che rappresentano pietre miliari del rock classico radiofonico.

Nel 1965 dopo essersi trasferito a Chicago per suonare il blues, Steve Miller e il tastierista Barry Goldberg fondarono la Blues Band Goldberg-Miller insieme al bassistaShawn Yoder, al chitarrista ritmico Craymore Stevens, e il batterista Lance Haas. Il gruppo venne messo sotto contratto dall’etichetta discografica Epic Records dopo aver suonato in molti club di Chicago ed essere apparsi nella serie televisiva Hullabaloo assieme ai Four Tops and the Supremes.

Miller lasciò il gruppo per andare a San Francisco, dove era fiorente la scena psichedelica. Lì costituì, nel 1967, la Steve Miller Blues Band. Harvey Kornspan, socio manager del gruppo, negoziò e sottoscrisse un grande contratto (860 000 dollari in cinque anni, oltre a 25 000 dollari di denaro promozione che doveva essere speso a discrezione della band) con l’allora presidente della Capitol Records, Alan Livingston. Poco dopo, il nome della band venne accorciato a Steve Miller Band, al fine di ampliare il suo fascino. La band, composta da Miller, dal chitarrista James Cooke, dal bassista Lonnie Turner, dal batterista Tim Davis (che sostituì Lance Haas alla batteria) e Jim Peterman all’organo Hammond B3, accompagnò Chuck Berry in un concerto presso la Fillmore West che venne registrato e pubblicato come album live,Live at Fillmore Auditorium.[2] Il chitarrista Boz Scaggs si unì al gruppo subito dopo, quando lo stesso gruppo si esibì in giugno al Monterey Pop Festival.

Nel febbraio 1968, in Inghilterra, il gruppo registrava l’album di debutto, Children of the Future, presso gli studi Olympic con Glyn Johns al missaggio. L’album fu un insuccesso e non entrò fra i Top 100 chart album, ma i brani migliori erano l’acustico “Baby’s Calling Me Home” e il blues funky “Steppin’ Stone”. Il brano di chiusura del disco era una versione lenta del blues “Key To The Highway”.

Il loro secondo album Sailor vide la luce nell’ottobre 1968, balzando subito al numero 24 del Billboard. Fra i maggiori successi i singoli “Livin’ In The USA”, “Lucky Man”, “Overdrive” e “Dime-A-Dance Romance”.

La fama del gruppo andò crescendo alla pubblicazione di ogni nuovo album: Brave New World (numero 22, 1969), con le canzoni di successo “Space Cowboy” e “My Dark Hour” scritta e interpretata con Paul McCartney (aka Paul Ramon) alle percussioni, basso, chitarra e voce di fondo; seguita da Your Saving Grace (numero 38, 1969) e Number 5 (numero 23, 1970).

Nel 1971, Miller ebbe un incidente d’auto che gli procurò un frattura al collo. La Capitol Records pubblicò l’album Rock Love. L’album era caratterizzato inedite registrazioni dal vivo (tra cui una jam session di undici minuti sulla traccia del titolo) e materiale realizzato in studio, uno dei due album della Steve Miller Band non ancora pubblicato su CD, assieme all’altro Recall the Beginning…A Journey From Eden. Nel 1972, il doppio album compilation Anthology è stato pubblicato con 16 canzoni tratte dai primi cinque album della band.

The Joker (numero 2, 1973) mostrò al pubblico un nuovo stile della band. La traccia del titolo divenne un singolo numero 1 singolo nella Billboard Hot 100, nella UK Singles Chart, in Irlanda e nei Paesi Bassi per due settimane ed in Nuova Zelanda, secondo in Canada e Norvegia, quarto in Svezia, quinto in Svizzera ed Austria e settimo in Germania e venne certificato disco di platino per il raggiungimento di oltre un milione di copie vendute.

Tre anni dopo la band tornò con Fly Like an Eagle, che si piazzò al numero 3. I tre singoli estratti: “Take The Money and Run” (numero 11), “Fly Like an Eagle” (numero 2) e il secondo pezzo al primo posto, “Rock’n Me“. Miller dichiarò che l’introduzione della chitarra in “Rock’n Me” era un tributo alla canzone “All Right Now” della bandFree.[3]

Book of Dreams (numero 2, 1977) comprendeva altri tre successi: “Jet Airliner” (numero 8), “Jungle Love” (numero 23) (successivamente utilizzata per i titoli di testa dell’ottava stagione della sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond), e “Swingtown” (numero 17). L’album del 1982 Abracadabradiede al gruppo il terzo numero 1 con singolo del titolo. Il singolo di Miller scalzò dal primo posto della classifica i Chicago con la loro “Hard to Say I’m Sorry“, proprio come aveva fatto “Rock’n Me” con “If You Leave Me Now” nel 1976.[3]

Nel 1978 uscì Greatest Hits 1974-78 vendendo più di 13 milioni di copie mentre Miller continuava a tenere concerti da tutto esaurito.[4]

Il 15 giugno 2010 venne pubblicato Bingo!, un nuovo album di cover blues e R&B e il 18 aprile 2011 vide la luce Let Your Hair Down, album gemello di Bingo!.[5]

Uno dei decani della band, Norton Buffalo, morì di cancro ai polmoni il 30 ottobre 2009. John King (batterista durante l’era “The Joker”) morì poco dopo di cancro al rene il 26 ottobre 2010. James Cooke è morto di cancro il 16 maggio 2011.[6][7]

Il chitarrista blues Jacob Peterson entrò a far parte della band prima del tour di primavera del 2011. Dopo l’ingresso di Petersen, il chitarrista Kenny Lee Lewis passò definitivamente al basso.

Il 10 novembre 2011 la band si esibì all’interno degli stabilimenti Boeing di Everett, nello Stato di Washington, per celebrare il definitivo progetto dell’aereo 747-8. Il concerto iniziò con “Jet Airliner”.[8]

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The Steve Miller Band is an American rock band formed in 1966 in San Francisco, California.[4] The band is managed by Steve Miller on guitar and lead vocals, and is best known today for a string of (mainly) mid-1970s hit singles that are staples of classic rock radio, as well as several earlier acid rock albums. Steve Miller left his first band to move to San Francisco and form the Steve Miller Blues Band. Shortly after Harvey Kornspan negotiated the band’s landmark contract with Capitol Records in 1967, the band shortened its name to ‘Steve Miller Band’. In February 1968, the band recorded its debut album Children of the Future. They went on to produce albumsSailor, Brave New World, Your Saving Grace, Number 5, Rock Love and more. The Steve Miller Band’s Greatest Hits 1974-1978, released in 1978, sold over 13 million copies. They continued to produce more albums and in 2014, Steve Miller Band is touring with the rock band Journey.

In 1965 after moving to Chicago to play the blues, Steve Miller and keyboardist Barry Goldberg founded the Goldberg-Miller Blues Band along with bassist Shawn Yoder, rhythm guitarist Craymore Stevens, and drummer Lance Haas. The band was contracted to Epic Records after playing many Chicago clubs. They also appeared onHullabaloo with the Four Tops and the Supremes.

Miller left the group to go to San Francisco where the psychedelic scene was flourishing. He then formed the Steve Miller Blues Band. Harvey Kornspan, managing partner, wrote and negotiated the band’s landmark contract ($860,000 over 5 years as well as $25,000 of promotion money that was to be spent at the band’s discretion) with Capitol Records then president, Alan Livingston in 1967. Shortly after, the band’s name was shortened to the Steve Miller Band in order to broaden its appeal. The band, consisting of Miller, guitarist James Cooke, bassist Lonnie Turner, drummer Tim Davis (who replaced the departing Lance Haas on drums) and Jim Peterman on Hammond B3 organ, backed Chuck Berry at a gig at the Fillmore West that was released as the live album, Live at Fillmore Auditorium.[5] Guitarist Boz Scaggs joined the band soon after and the group performed at the Magic Mountain Festival and the Monterey Pop Festival in June.

In February 1968, while in England, the band recorded their debut album Children of the Future at Olympic studios with Glyn Johns as engineer/producer. The album did not score among the Top 100 album chart. The second album Sailor appeared in October 1968 and climbed the Billboard chart to #24. Successes included the single “Living in the USA”.

Brave New World (#22, 1969) featured the song “Space Cowboy” and “My Dark Hour” which was co-written by “Paul Ramon” (alias Paul McCartney) who also played drums, bass and guitar and sang backing vocals. This was followed by Your Saving Grace (#38, 1969); and then Number 5 (#23, 1970).

In 1971 Miller broke his neck in a car accident. Capitol Records released the album Rock Love, featuring unreleased live performances (including an eleven-minute jam on the title track) and studio material. This is one of two Steve Miller Band albums not to be released on CD, the other being Recall the Beginning…A Journey from Eden. In 1972, the double album compilation Anthology was released, containing 16 songs from the band’s first five albums.

The style and personnel of the band changed radically with The Joker (#1, 1973), concentrating on straightforward rock and leaving the psychedelic side of the band behind. The title track became a #1 single and was certified platinum, reaching over one million sales.

Three years later, the band returned with the album Fly Like an Eagle, which charted at #3. Three singles were released from the album: “Take the Money and Run” (#11), “Fly Like an Eagle” (#2) and their second Number One success, “Rock’n Me“. Miller credits the guitar intro to “Rock’n Me” as a tribute to the classic song by Free, “All Right Now“.[6]

Book of Dreams (#2, 1977) also included three successes: “Jet Airliner” (#8), “Jungle Love” (#23) (later becoming the song played over the opening credits of the 8th season of the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond), and “Swingtown” (#17). 1982’s Abracadabra album gave Steve Miller his third Number One success with the title track. Miller’s hit pushed Chicago‘s “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” out of the #1 spot, just as his “Rock’n Me” had knocked Chicago’s “If You Leave Me Now” out of the #1 spot in 1976.[6]

Released in 1978, The Steve Miller Band’s Greatest Hits 1974-1978 has sold over 13 million copies and Miller continues to perform successful sold-out concert performances.[7]

Bingo!, a new album of blues and R&B covers, was released on June 15, 2010. Let Your Hair Down, a companion release to Bingo!, was released 10 months later, on April 18, 2011.[8]

Founding member Tim Davis died from complications due to diabetes on September 20, 1988 at the age of 44. Longtime band member Norton Buffalo died from lung cancer on October 30, 2009. John King (drummer during “The Joker” era) died after a short bout with kidney cancer on October 26, 2010. James Cooke died from cancer on 16 May 2011.[9][10]

Blues guitarist Jacob Peterson officially joined the band before the Spring 2011 tour. Following Petersen joining the band, longtime guitarist Kenny Lee Lewis switched instruments to become the band’s full-time bassist.

On November 10, 2011 the band played inside the Boeing factory in Everett, Washington to celebrate the successful delivery milestones of the 747-8 program. They opened the set with “Jet Airliner”.[11]

In 2014 Steve Miller Band is touring with fellow San Francisco rock band Journey.[12]

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NICK DRAKE Essential Songs


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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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Mott the Hoople – Mott (Full Album 1973)


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I Mott the Hoople furono uno storico gruppo rock inglese, attivo negli anni settanta.

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Mott the Hoople are an English rock band with strong R&B roots, popular in the glam rock era of the early to mid-1970s. They are probably best known for the song “All the Young Dudes”, written for them by David Bowie and appearing on their 1972 album of the same name.

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The Best of Echo & The Bunnymen



Gli Echo & the Bunnymen sono un gruppo musicale britannico post-punk formatosi a Liverpool nel 1978.
Inizialmente il gruppo era composto da Ian McCulloch, Will Sergeant e Les Pattinson. Sono diventati famosi
per album come Heaven Up Here, Porcupine e Ocean Rain in cui è contenuta la canzone The Killing Moon.
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Echo & the Bunnymen are an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1978.
The original line-up consisted of vocalist Ian McCulloch, guitarist Will Sergeant and bass player Les Pattinson,
supplemented by a drum machine. By 1980, Pete de Freitas joined as the band’s drummer.
Their 1980 debut album, Crocodiles, met with critical acclaim and made the UK Top 20.
Their second album, Heaven Up Here (1981), again found favour with the critics and reached number 10 in the UK Album chart.
The band’s cult status was followed by mainstream success in the mid-1980s, as they scored a UK Top 10 hit with “The Cutter”,
and the attendant album, Porcupine (1983), reached number 2 in the UK. Their next release, Ocean Rain (1984),
continued the band’s UK chart success, and has since been regarded as their landmark release, spawning the hit singles
“The Killing Moon”, “Silver” and “Seven Seas”. One more studio album, Echo & the Bunnymen (1987), was released
before McCulloch left the band to pursue a solo career in 1988.
The following year, in 1989, de Freitas was killed in a motorcycle accident,
and the band re-emerged with a new line-up. Original members
Will Sergeant and Les Pattinson were joined by Noel Burke as lead singer,
Damon Reece on drums and Jake Brockman on keyboards.
This new incarnation of the band released Reverberation in 1990,
but the disappointing critical and commercial reaction it received culminated
with a complete split in 1993.
After working together as Electrafixion, McCulloch and Sergeant
regrouped with Pattinson in 1997 and returned as Echo & the Bunnymen
with the UK Top 10 hit “Nothing Lasts Forever”. An album of new material,
Evergreen, was greeted enthusiastically by critics and the band made a successful
return to the live arena. Though Pattinson left the group for a second time,
McCulloch and Sergeant have continued to issue new material
as Echo & the Bunnymen, including the albums What Are You Going
to Do with Your Life? (1999), Flowers (2001), Siberia (2005), The Fountain (2009)
Meteorites (2014).
In 2012 Ian McCulloch released his fourth solo LP, Pro Patria Mori
and a live album Holy Ghosts in 2013.[4] In 2013 Will Sergeant
and Les Pattinson formed a group called “Poltergeist” and released
an album called Your Mind Is A Box (Let Us Fill It With Wonder)
in June 2013.
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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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Sandy Denny – Who Knows Where The Time Goes?


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Matching Mole Full 1st Album


I Matching Mole sono un gruppo inglese di rock progressivo fondato da Robert Wyatt verso la fine di ottobre del 1971, dopo la sua partenza dai Soft Machine, e costituiscono una delle cult band della scena di Canterbury.

Il nome del gruppo è un’omofonia dell’espressione francese Machine Molle (macchina molle), la traduzione letterale di Soft Machine, che era originariamente il titolo di un libro dello scrittore beat William S. Burroughs.

Lo stile musicale riprende solo in parte quello dei Soft Machine, sia per la diversa composizione dell’organico (introduzione della chitarra elettrica, assenza del sax), che per la differente impostazione data da Wyatt, uscito dai Soft quando questi si erano indirizzati su una fusion austera ed impersonale. Le scelte musicali di Mike Ratledge, diventato il leader del gruppo, non lasciavano inoltre spazio ai vocalizzi ed alla fantasia espressiva di Wyatt, che con i Matching Mole prosegue sulla strada della sperimentazione intrapresa nel 1970 con il primo lavoro da solista, The End of an Ear. In un’intervista, Wyatt avrebbe inoltre affermato che con gli altri componenti dei Matching Mole poteva parlare e confrontarsi, alludendo alla mancanza di dialogo nei Soft Machine.

Anche il sound dei Matching Mole sarà contraddistinto dalle contaminazioni della fusion, ma lascerà grande spazio alla ricerca di nuove frontiere musicali ed alle capacità di improvvisazione degli artisti, permettendo a Wyatt di esprimere al meglio il suo talento vocale. Nei pochi album prodotti dalla band si trovano già alcune delle particolarità che caratterizzeranno la sua carriera solista, come alcune trovate armoniche e gli originali vocalizzi.

Wyatt invita l’ex-membro dei Caravan Dave Sinclair ad unirsi al gruppo, dopo che questi aveva collaborato nel suo album d’esordio, i due erano anche stati membri, non contemporaneamente, dei Wilde Flowers, la band progenitrice della musica di Canterbury. Phil Miller aveva suonato con i Delivery dell’amico di Wyatt Pip Pyle. Bill MacCormick era dai tempi dei Wilde Flowers amico ed ammiratore di Wyatt, e lo aveva di recente impressionato durante un concerto della sua band, i Quiet Sun.

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Matching Mole was an English progressive rock band associated with the Canterbury scene. Robert Wyatt formed the band in October 1971 after he left Soft Machine and recorded his first solo album The End of an Ear (December 4, 1970). He continued his role on vocals and drums and was joined by David Sinclair, of Caravan, on organ and piano, Phil Miller on guitar and Bill MacCormick, formerly of Quiet Sun, on bass. The name is a pun on Machine Molle, the French translation of the name of Wyatt’s previous group Soft Machine.

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

Leonard Cohen


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Leonard Norman Cohen (Montréal, 21 settembre 1934) è un cantautore, poeta, scrittore e compositore canadese. È uno dei cantautori più celebri, influenti e apprezzati della storia della musica.

Nelle sue opere esplora temi come la religione, l’isolamento e la sessualità, ripiegando spesso sull’individuo. Vincitore di numerosi premi e onorificenze, è inserito nellaRock and Roll Hall of Fame, nella Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame e nella Canadian Music Hall of Fame. È inoltre insignito del titolo di Compagno dell’Ordine del Canada, la più alta onorificenza concessa dal Canada. Nel 2011, ricevette il Premio Principe delle Asturie per la letteratura.

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Leonard Norman Cohen, CC GOQ (born 21 September 1934) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, musician, painter, poet, and novelist. His work has explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal relationships. Cohen has been inducted into both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame as well as the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is also a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation’s highest civilian honor. In 2011, Cohen received aPrincess of Asturias Awards for literature.

The critic Bruce Eder assessed Cohen’s overall career in popular music by asserting that “[he is] one of the most fascinating and enigmatic … singer/songwriters of the late ’60s … [and] has retained an audience across four decades of music-making…. Second only to Bob Dylan (and perhaps Paul Simon) [in terms of influence], he commands the attention of critics and younger musicians more firmly than any other musical figure from the 1960s who is still working at the outset of the 21st century.”

One of his notable novels, Beautiful Losers (1966) received attention from the Canadian press and was considered controversial because of a number of sexually graphic passages.[4] The Academy of American Poets has commented more broadly on Cohen’s overall career in the arts, including his work as a poet, novelist, and songwriter, stating that “Cohen’s successful blending of poetry, fiction, and music is made most clear in Stranger Music: Selected Poems and Songs, published in 1993, which gathered more than 200 of Cohen’s poems … several novel excerpts, and almost 60 song lyrics… While it may seem to some that Leonard Cohen departed from the literary in pursuit of the musical, his fans continue to embrace him as a Renaissance man who straddles the elusive artistic borderlines.”

Cohen’s first album was Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967) followed by Songs from a Room (1969) (featuring the often-recorded “Bird on the Wire”) and Songs of Love and Hate (1971). His 1977 record Death of a Ladies’ Man was co-written and produced by Phil Spector, which was a move away from Cohen’s previous minimalist sound. In 1979 Cohen returned with the more traditional Recent Songs, which blended his acoustic style with jazz and Oriental and Mediterranean influences. “Hallelujah” was first released on Cohen’s studio album Various Positions in 1984. I’m Your Man in 1988 marked Cohen’s turn to synthesized productions and remains his most popular album. In 1992 Cohen released its follow-up, The Future, which had dark lyrics and references to political and social unrest. Cohen returned to music in 2001 with the release ofTen New Songs, which was a major hit in Canada and Europe. In 2006 Cohen produced and co-wrote Blue Alert, a collaboration with jazz chanteuse Anjani Thomas. After the success of his 2008–13 world tours, Cohen released the highest charting album in his entire career, Old Ideas, to positive reviews. On 22 September 2014, one day after his 80th birthday, Cohen released his 13th studio album, Popular Problems, again to positive reviews.

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Morrissey


Steven Patrick Morrissey, meglio conosciuto solo come Morrissey (Manchester, 22 maggio 1959), è un cantante britannico, di origini irlandesi. Giunto al successo, negli anni ottanta, come voce principale della band inglese The Smiths, nel 1987, dopo la separazione del gruppo, si avviò a una carriera solista durante la quale ha pubblicato diversi album, incrementando ulteriormente la propria popolarità a livello internazionale.

Considerato tra i più importanti precursori e innovatori della musica indie, nel 2007, il quotidiano inglese Daily Telegraph l’ha inserito nella classifica dei cento geni viventi. Nel 2008, è stato invece annoverato tra i cento grandi cantanti di tutti i tempi, in una classifica stilata dalla rivista Rolling Stone.

Il 7 ottobre 2014 ha dichiarato che lotta contro un cancro da 18 mesi e per quattro volte è stato operato per l’asportazione di tessuti neoplastici.

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Steven Patrick Morrissey (born 22 May 1959), commonly known by his last name, Morrissey, or by his nickname, Moz, is an English singer, lyricist, and novelist. He rose to prominence in the 1980s as the lyricist and vocalist of the rock band The Smiths. The band was highly successful in the United Kingdom but broke up in 1987, and Morrissey began a solo career, making the top ten of the UK Singles Chart on ten occasions. His first solo album, 1988’s Viva Hate, entered the UK Albums Chart at number one.

Morrissey is widely regarded as an important innovator in the indie music scene; music magazine NME considers Morrissey to be “one of the most influential artists ever”, while The Independent says, “Most pop stars have to be dead before they reach the iconic status he has reached in his lifetime.” In 2004, Pitchfork Media called him “one of the most singular figures in Western popular culture from the last 20 years.”

Morrissey’s lyrics have been described as “dramatic, bleak, funny vignettes about doomed relationships, lonely nightclubs, the burden of the past and the prison of the home”. He is also noted for his unusual baritone vocal style (though he sometimes uses falsetto), his quiff hairstyle and his dynamic live performances. In the media, Morrissey’s forthright and often contrarian opinions have caused many controversies; he has attracted media attention for his strong advocacy of vegetarianism and animal rights. He describes himself in his autobiography as an animal protectionist.

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King Crimson



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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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Emerson, Lake & Palmer


Emerson, Lake & Palmer, formatosi nel 1970, hanno costituito uno dei primi e più celebri supergruppi di rock progressivo. Ad oggi hanno venduto più di 35 milioni di dischi in tutto il mondo.[3]

Negli anni 1970 il nome del gruppo compariva sulle copertine dei loro album come Emerson Lake & Palmer, senza virgola, o semplicemente come ELP. Dopo la reunion, negli anni 1990 hanno adottato la grafia Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

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Emerson, Lake & Palmer, also known as ELP, were an English progressive rock supergroup power trio[1] who sold over forty million albums.[2] The band consisted of Keith Emerson (keyboards), Greg Lake (bass guitar, vocals, guitar) and Carl Palmer (drums, percussion). They were one of the most popular and commercially successful progressive rock bands.[3]

ELP’s sound was dominated by the Hammond organ, Moog synthesizer and piano of flamboyant virtuoso Emerson and heavily influenced by classical music as well as jazz and hard and symphonic rock. Lake ensured that each album contained at least one simple, accessible acoustic ballad, many of which received heavy radio airplay.[4] In addition to providing vocals, bass guitar, electric guitar and lyrics, Lake also produced the band’s first five albums.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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