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Ultravox


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Gli Ultravox sono un gruppo di musica new wave formato a Londra nel 1973. All’inizio della loro carriera, il nome del gruppo era Ultravox! (col punto esclamativo finale), per richiamare quello dei tedeschi Neu!, e tale rimase per i primi due album.

La carriera del gruppo viene marcatamente divisa in due periodi, ossia quello dal 1974 al 1979, guidato dal leader John Foxx, e quello dal 1979 al 1988, segnato dal suo sostituto Midge Ure.

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Ultravox (formerly known as Ultravox!) are a British new wave band, formed in London in 1974 as Tiger Lily. Between 1980–86, they scored seven Top Ten albums and seventeen Top 40 singles in the UK, the most successful of which was their 1981 hit “Vienna”.

The band has been led by two different frontmen who never played together in the band at the same time. From 1974 until 1979, singer John Foxx was frontman and the main driving force behind Ultravox. Foxx left the band to embark on a solo career and, following his departure, with the three remaining members in hiatus, Midge Ure took over as lead singer, guitarist and frontman in 1980 after he and keyboardist Billy Currie worked in the studio project Visage. Ure revitalised the band and steered it to commercial success lasting until the mid-1980s. Ure left the band in 1987 after establishing his own solo career and the group disbanded for a while. A new line-up, led by Currie, was formed in 1992, but achieved little success.

The band’s best-known line-up of Currie, Ure, bassist Chris Cross and drummer Warren Cann reformed in 2008 and performed a series of reunion shows in 2009 and 2010 before releasing a new studio album, Brill!ant, in May 2012. In November 2013, Ultravox performed as special guests on a four date UK arena tour with Simple Minds.

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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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Sade


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Sade ([ʃɑːˈdeɪ] in inglese, /ʃaˈde/ sciadé in italiano) sono un gruppo jazz-pop britannico molto popolare, che prende il nome dalla propria leader Sade Adu. La loro musica fonde elementi di R&B, soul music, jazz e soft rock.

L’album di debutto, Diamond Life, fu pubblicato nel 1984 e raggiunse la posizione n. 2 nella UK Albums Chart, con oltre 1,2 milioni di copie vendute nel solo Regno Unito. L’album si aggiudicò anche il BRIT Award per il miglior album britannico del 1985. L’album fu un successo internazionale, raggiungendo la prima posizione in diversi Paesi e la top ten negli Stati Uniti, dove vendette oltre 4 milioni di copie. A fine 1985 i Sade pubblicarono il loro secondo album, Promise, che arrivò al numero 1 sia nel Regno Unito che negli Stati Uniti.] L’album fu certificato nel Regno Unito con il doppio disco di platino dalla BPI e negli USA con il quadruplo disco di platino dalla RIAA. Nel 1986 la band vinse il Grammy Award al miglior artista esordiente.[4] Nel 2002 Sade ha vinto un Grammy con l’album Lovers Rock nella categoria “Best Pop Vocal Album; for solo artists, duos or groups” . Il sesto album registrato in studio, Soldier of Love, fu pubblicato l’8 febbraio 2010 a raggiunse il n. 4 in Inghilterra ed il n. 1 negli Stati Uniti Nel 2011 la band ha vinto il quarto Grammy Award per la “miglior performance R&B”

Secondo la RIAA Sade ha venduto 23,5 milioni di copie negli USA ed oltre 50 milioni di copie in tutto il mondo. L’emittente televisiva VH1 li ha messi al 50º posto nell’elenco dei cento migliori artisti di tutti i tempi

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Sade (/ʃɑːˈd/ shah-day) are an English soul and R&B band formed in London in 1982. However, three of their members were originally from Kingston upon Hull in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Sade is the lead singer of the eponymous band. Their music also features elements of jazz and soft rock.

Sade’s debut album, Diamond Life, was released in 1984, reaching No. 2 in the UK Album Chart, selling over 1.2 million copies in the UK, and won the Brit Awardfor Best British Album in 1985.[1] The album was also a hit internationally, reaching No. 1 in several countries and the top ten in the US where it has sold in excess of 4 million copies. In late 1985, Sade released their second album, Promise, which peaked at No. 1 in both the UK and the US.[2][3] It was certified double platinumin the UK, and quadruple platinum in the US. In 1986 the band won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist.[4] Their 2000 album, Lovers Rock, won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album. Sade’s sixth studio album, Soldier of Love, was released on 8 February 2010, and peaked at No. 4 in the UK, and No. 1 in the US. In 2011, the band won their fourth Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals

Sade’s US certified sales so far stand at 23.5 million units according to Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and have sold more than 50 million units worldwide to date. The band were ranked at No. 50 on VH1’s list of the “100 greatest artists of all time.”

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Wewhather 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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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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STEPPENWOLF 16 ORIGINAL HITS COLLECTION – LYRICS


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Gli Steppenwolf sono un gruppo musicale rock canadese/statunitense fondato nel 1967 e tuttora in attività. Hanno realizzato 28 album e alcuni brani considerati pietre miliari del rock, come Born to Be Wild (alle cui parole si fa risalire l’origine dell’espressione “heavy metal“) e Magic Carpet Ride. Il loro stile contamina elementi di blues,country, rock psichedelico heavy metal e hard rock; insieme ai Grateful Dead, sono fra i gruppi più rappresentativi della stagione della contestazione hippie. Il nome del gruppo è un riferimento al romanzo di Herman Hesse Il lupo della steppa (Der Steppenwolf, 1928); di origini tedesche è infatti il fondatore del gruppo, John Kay.

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Steppenwolf is a Canadian-American[4] rock group that was prominent from 1968 to 1972. The group was formed in late 1967 in Toronto by vocalist John Kay, keyboardist Goldy McJohn and drummer Jerry Edmonton. Guitarist Michael Monarch and bassist Rushton Moreve were recruited by notices placed in LA area record stores and musical instrument stores. The essential core of Steppenwolf was John Kay, Jerry Edmonton, his brother Dennis Edmonton and Goldy McJohn from The Sparrows (originally Jack London & the Sparrows from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada).[5]

Steppenwolf sold over 30 million records worldwide,releasing eight gold albums and twelve Billboard Hot 100 singles of which six were Top 40 hits,[6]including three Top 10 successes: “Born to Be Wild“, written by Dennis Edmonton, “Magic Carpet Ride“, and “Rock Me.” Steppenwolf enjoyed worldwide success from 1968 to 1972, but clashing personalities led to the end of the core lineup. Today, frontman John Kay is the only original member, having served as lead singer since 1967.

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JOHN MAYALL CONCERT 1969 HD


John Mayall (Macclesfield, 29 novembre 1933) è un cantante, armonicista, chitarrista, e tastierista inglese di fama internazionale, per lungo tempo il punto di riferimento fondamentale per la scena blues del suo paese.[1].

Il suo complesso, i Bluesbreakers, ha rappresentato la formazione di transizione e di connessione tra il blues revival degli anni cinquanta e il blues rock degli anni sessanta.[2]

Particolarmente capace nella scoperta di grandissimi talenti, dal gruppo di Mayall sono nati musicisti come Jack Bruce, Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor, Larry Taylor e Peter Green.

Tra gli album più significativi: Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton, Crusade, The Turning Point e ‘Jazz Blues Fusion.

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John Mayall, OBE (born 29 November 1933) is an English blues singer, guitarist, organist and songwriter, whose musical career spans over fifty years. In the 1960s, he was the founder of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, a band which has counted among its members some of the most famous blues and blues rock musicians. They include Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Jack Bruce, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Mick Taylor, Don “Sugarcane” Harris, Harvey Mandel, Larry Taylor, Aynsley Dunbar, Hughie Flint, Jon Hiseman, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Andy Fraser, Johnny Almond, Walter Trout, Coco Montoya and Buddy Whittington.

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Deep Purple-Made In Japan (1972)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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GENESIS | Live at Wembley (England, 1987)


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I Genesis sono un gruppo progressive rock britannico, cresciuto e affermatosi all’interno del vasto movimento del rock progressivo. Sono considerati una delle band più importanti e innovative della storia del rock.

Durante la loro carriera, hanno venduto più di 150 milioni di dischi in tutto il mondo, inserendosi nella lista dei trenta artisti di maggior successo commerciale di tutti i tempi.

Nel corso della propria storia il gruppo ha subito diversi cambiamenti di formazione, mantenendo tuttavia inalterata la presenza di Tony Banks (alle tastiere) e Mike Rutherford (al basso e alle chitarre). Le formazioni più celebri e riconosciute sono due: la prima, quella dell’affermazione negli anni settanta, comprendeva Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks, Steve Hackett e Peter Gabriel; la seconda, quella degli anni ottanta e novanta, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford e Tony Banks, con il costante supporto, durante i live, di Daryl Stuermer (chitarra elettrica e basso) e Chester Thompson (batteria e percussioni), che tuttavia non divennero mai membri ufficiali del gruppo. Quest’ultima formazione è anche la più longeva e quella che ha ottenuto il maggior successo commerciale. Nel corso del tempo hanno poi fatto parte della band molti musicisti provenienti da diverse esperienze musicali.

Abili esecutori e abilissimi compositori, i Genesis vantano anche una larga produzione di materiale dal vivo, testimoniata da numerosi album live, sia ufficiali che bootleg.

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Genesis are an English rock band formed in Godalming, Surrey in 1967, with Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, Anthony Phillips and Chris Stewart as founding members. The band has had numerous line-ups throughout its history, of which eleven musicians became full time members. Its most recent formation comprised two founding members — keyboardist Tony Banks and bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford — and drummer/singer Phil Collins, who joined in 1970. Genesis are one of the best selling music artists of all time with approximately 130 million records sold worldwide.[2] They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.

Formed by five pupils at Charterhouse School, Genesis were initially regarded as a “pop experiment” as evident by their debut album, From Genesis to Revelation(1969).[3] They evolved into a progressive rock band with Trespass (1970) and Nursery Cryme (1971), which showcased longer tracks, fantasy inspired lyrics, and complex song structures and instrumentation – the latter featured the debut of Collins on drums and new lead guitarist Steve Hackett. Their success continued withFoxtrot (1972), which features the 23-minute track “Supper’s Ready“, and Selling England by the Pound (1973). Genesis concerts during this time became theatrical experiences with stage design, pyrotechnics, story telling, and singer Peter Gabriel wearing make-up and costumes. In 1975, after touring in support of their doubleconcept album The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (1974), Gabriel left the band. Collins would handle drums, percussion, drum machine (starting in 1980) and lead vocals on their subsequent studio albums, of which three more were released in the 1970s: A Trick of the Tail (1976), Wind & Wuthering (1976), and …And Then There Were Three… (1978). The single “Follow You Follow Me” from the latter was a major international success and represented a change in their musical direction, becoming more pop-oriented and commercially accessible.

In 1980, Genesis scored their first UK No. 1 album with Duke (1980). Their commercial success grew with further UK No. 1 albums Abacab (1981) and Genesis (1983), which coincided with Collins’s increasing popularity as a solo artist. The band peaked with Invisible Touch (1986), their best-selling album, from which all five singles released entered the top five on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, with “Invisible Touch” reaching the No. 1 spot. In 1991, after a five-year break, Genesis continued their mainstream success with We Can’t Dance (1991), which contained the worldwide hit single “I Can’t Dance“. In 1996, Collins departed the band, which led to Ray Wilsontaking his place on vocals. Wilson, Banks and Rutherford released Calling All Stations (1997), which sold well in Europe but peaked at No. 53 in the U.S., their lowest charting album since 1974. Following a European tour in 1998, the band went on hiatus.

In 2006, Banks, Rutherford and Collins reunited for the 2007 Turn It On Again Tour, which included a free concert in Rome that was attended by 500,000 people. The future of the band remains uncertain; Collins stated that he was retiring from the music industry in 2011 but has since indicated he is considering a return,[4] whilst Banks indicated that Genesis had come to an end during an interview in 2012.[5] In 2014, Gabriel, Banks, Rutherford, Collins, and Hackett reunited for a BBC documentary,Genesis: Together and Apart.[6]

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Phil Collins – En Concert Complet a (Paris 2004)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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The best of Van Morrison



George Ivan “Van” Morrison (Belfast, 31 agosto 1945) è un cantante, polistrumentista e paroliere proveniente dall’Irlanda del Nord; suona diversi strumenti tra i quali chitarra, armonica a bocca, tastiere, sassofono e occasionalmente anche la batteria.

Dopo gli esordi blues rock con i Them, Morrison intraprese una carriera solista in bilico tra la passione giovanile per la musica nera, una forte vena sperimentale (che lo ha portato a sconfinare spesso in territori jazz) e uno stretto legame con la musica tradizionale della sua terra d’origine[1][2]. A rendere unico il suo stile contribuiscono la sua caratteristica vocalità[3] e una intensa poetica che abbraccia musica e parole in modo altamente espressivo.

La rivista Rolling Stone lo classifica quarantaduesimo nella sua lista dei cento migliori artisti di sempre[4] nonché ventiquattresimo in quella dei cento migliori cantanti[5]. Le sue esibizioni dal vivo, al suo meglio, sono state definite come mistiche e trascendenti.

Inoltre due suoi album, Astral Weeks e Moondance, compaiono nella lista dei 500 migliori album di sempre, ancora secondo Rolling Stone.

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George Ivan “Van” Morrison, OBE (born 31 August 1945) is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter and musician. Some of his recordings, such as the studio albums Astral Weeks and Moondance and the live album It’s Too Late to Stop Now, are critically acclaimed. He has received six Grammy Awards, the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Known as “Van the Man” to his fans, Morrison started his professional career when, as a teenager in the late 1950s, he played a variety of instruments including guitar, harmonica, keyboards and saxophone for various Irish showbands covering the popular hits of the day. He rose to prominence in the mid-1960s as the lead singer of the Northern Irish R&B band Them, with whom he recorded the garage band classic “Gloria”. His solo career began under the pop-hit oriented guidance of Bert Berns with the release of the hit single “Brown Eyed Girl” in 1967. After Berns’ death, Warner Bros. Records bought out his contract and allowed him three sessions to record Astral Weeks in 1968.[1] Even though this album would gradually garner high praise, it was initially a poor seller; however, the next one, Moondance, established Morrison as a major artist,[2] and throughout the 1970s he built on his reputation with a series of critically acclaimed albums and live performances. Morrison continues to record and tour, producing albums and live performances that sell well and are generally warmly received, sometimes collaborating with other artists, such as Georgie Fame and The Chieftains. In 2008 he performed Astral Weeks live for the first time since 1968.

Much of Morrison’s music is structured around the conventions of soul music and R&B, such as the popular singles “Brown Eyed Girl”, “Jackie Wilson Said (I’m in Heaven When You Smile)”, “Domino” and “Wild Night”. An equal part of his catalogue consists of lengthy, loosely connected, spiritually inspired musical journeys that show the influence of Celtic tradition, jazz, and stream-of-consciousness narrative, such as Astral Weeks and lesser-known works such as Veedon Fleece and Common One.[3][4] The two strains together are sometimes referred to as “Celtic Soul”

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The Who – Greatest Hits Ultimate Best Of – HQ



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The best of Rolling Stones


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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Moody Blues — A Question of Balance — 1970.


The Moody Blues sono un gruppo rock inglese.

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

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

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

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Dire Straits – Sultans Of Swing: The Very Best Of Dire Straits



I Dire Straits (IPA: [daɪə(ɹ) stɹeɪts]) sono stati un gruppo rock britannico fondato nel 1977 da Mark Knopfler (voce, chitarra e autore di tutti i brani[4]) insieme al fratello David Knopfler (chitarra), a John Illsley (basso) e a Pick Withers (batteria)[3]. Nel corso degli anni, la band conobbe qualche avvicendamento nella formazione, che in tempi diversi vide Alan Clark (tastiere), Hal Lindes (chitarra), Terry Williams (batteria) e Guy Fletcher (tastiere) entrare a far parte del progetto come componenti stabili, affiancati di volta in volta – in base alle varie esigenze interpretative – da alcuni turnisti[3].

Il gruppo proponeva un rock limpido[1][2], costruito intorno agli stilemi del blues rock[3][5] e contraddistinto da un’ampia gamma di influenze musicali, tra le quali spiccavano elementi country, folk, jazz e rock progressivo[6][7]. Pur collocandosi in netta controtendenza rispetto ai canoni del periodo, dominato da post-punk, new wave, soft rock e disco music[2][8][9], i Dire Straits si affermarono grazie a sonorità originali e immediatamente riconoscibili[10], nonché alla loro abilità tecnica come esecutori[1][5]. Il frontman Mark Knopfler, in particolare, fin dagli esordi è stato considerato un virtuoso della chitarra[1][5] e un autore di talento[11][12].

L’atteggiamento sobrio e modesto, agli antipodi dello stereotipo delle rockstar, e la propensione a rifuggire le luci della ribalta per dedicarsi alla musica senza divagazioni[13] costituivano i tratti peculiari dello spirito che ha sempre animato l’attività del gruppo[8]. In occasione dei primi concerti della band, ad esempio, Mark Knopfler era solito chiedere agli ingegneri del suono di non alzare eccessivamente il volume dei diffusori, in modo tale da permettere al pubblico di conversare liberamente durante lo spettacolo[8].

Annoverati tra gli esponenti principali del rock britannico[11][14][15], i Dire Straits hanno inciso, escludendo le antologie, nove album – di cui tre dal vivo[16] – che nel complesso contano oltre 120 milioni di copie vendute[17]. Il sodalizio si sciolse di fatto agli inizi degli anni novanta, allorché Mark Knopfler – che insieme a John Illsley era rimasto l’unico componente del quartetto originario – preferì concentrarsi a tempo pieno sulla propria carriera solista e su alcuni progetti alternativi, allontanandosi ulteriormente dal mondo del music business e dalle sue dinamiche.

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Dire Straits were a British rock band, formed in 1977 by Mark Knopfler (lead vocals and lead guitar), his younger brother David Knopfler (rhythm guitar and backing vocals), John Illsley (bass guitar and backing vocals), and Pick Withers (drums and percussion). Dire Straits’ sound drew from a variety of musical influences, including jazz, folk, and blues, and came closest to beat music within the context of rock and roll. Despite the prominence of punk rock during the band’s early years, the band’s stripped-down sound contrasted with punk, demonstrating a more “rootsy” influence that emerged from pub rock. Many of Dire Straits’ compositions were melancholic.[3] Dire Straits’ biggest selling album, Brothers in Arms, has sold over 30 million copies, and was the first album to sell a million copies on CD.[4][5]

They also became one of the world’s most commercially successful bands, with worldwide album sales of over 120 million.[6] Dire Straits won four Grammy Awards, three Brit Awards—winning Best British Group twice, two MTV Video Music Awards, and various other music awards.[6] The band’s songs include “Money for Nothing”, “Sultans of Swing”, “So Far Away”, “Walk of Life”, “Brothers in Arms”, “Private Investigations”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “Tunnel of Love”, and “Telegraph Road”.

According to the Guinness Book of British Hit Albums, Dire Straits have spent over 1,100 weeks on the UK albums chart, ranking fifth all-time.[7] Their career spanned a combined total of 15 years. They originally split up in 1988, but reformed in 1991, and disbanded for good in 1995 when Mark Knopfler launched his career full-time as a solo artist. There were several changes in personnel over both periods, leaving Mark Knopfler and John Illsley as the only two original bandmates who had remained throughout the band’s career.

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Wire


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

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

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

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

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

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

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T. Rex Greatest Hits


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

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

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

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

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Joe Jackson


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David Ian “Joe” Jackson (Burton upon Trent, 11 agosto 1954) è un cantautore, polistrumentista e compositore britannico, tra i principali esponenti del New Waveinsieme a Elvis Costello e Graham Parker. Nella sua quasi quarantennale carriera ha spaziato numerosi generi, dal pop, al jazz, alla musica classica e al punk rock

Tra i suoi brani di maggior successo figurano Is She Really Going Out With Him?, Steppin’ Out e You Can’t Get What You Want (Till You Know What You Want), e vanta cinque nomination al Grammy Award tra il 1979 e il 2001.

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David Ian “Joe” Jackson (born 11 August 1954) is a musician and singer-songwriter. Born in England, he lived in New York before moving to Berlin, and his career, during which he recorded nineteen studio albums and garnered five Grammy Award nominations, spans from 1979 to today.Jackson became an overnight success with his 1979 hit “Is She Really Going Out with Him?”, his first single, and after a number of new wave singles moved to a more jazz-inflected pop music; he had a Top 10 hit in 1982 with “Steppin’ Out”, and another hit in 1984 with “You Can’t Get What You Want (Till You Know What You Want)”. He has also composed classical music.

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Japan


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Japan è stato un gruppo musicale new wave inglese, attivo dal 1974 al 1982. La band ha raggiunto il successo alla fine degli anni settanta e all’inizio degli anni ottanta, quando sono stati spesso associati al movimento New romantic (anche se la band ha sempre negato qualsiasi collegamento).

I Japan si sono formati nel 1974 a Catford, a sud di Londra. La band fu fondata da un gruppo di amici: i fratelli David Sylvian (chitarra e voce) e Steve Jansen (batteria), il tastierista Richard Barbieri e il bassista Mick Karn che studiavano nella stessa scuola a Catford. I quattro ragazzi si cimentavano con gli accordi di Sylvian principalmente per divertimento, a volte con Karn come frontman, a volte con lo stesso Sylvian.

Inizialmente senza nome, scelsero di chiamarsi Japan poco prima del loro primo concerto dal vivo a metà degli anni 70. Il nome fu scelto da Sylvian come temporaneo fino a quando non ne avrebbero scelto uno definitivo, ma poi rimase quello per sempre. Al gruppo si aggiunse successivamente il chitarrista Rob Dean. Da lì a breve, dopo aver vinto un concorso per giovani talenti sponsorizzato dall’etichetta Ariola-Hansa Records, firmarono per la stessa etichetta tedesca nel 1977, diventando una band alternativa glam rock sullo stampo di David Bowie, T. Rex, Roxy Music e The New York Dolls, anche se il loro materiale iniziale era relativo al funk. La prima canzone che hanno registrato con la Hansa, nel 1977 fu Stateline. Debuttarono un anno dopo, con un paio di LP: Adolescent Sex e Obscure Alternatives, che non ricevettero molta attenzione del pubblico in Inghilterra e negli Stati Uniti, ma trovarono favore tra il pubblico estero, soprattutto in Giappone e Paesi Bassi. Entrambi gli album sono stati prodotti da Ray Singer.

Anche se influenzati da artisti come i New York Dolls, Roxy Music e David Bowie, i due album sono stati ampiamente respinti dalla stampa musicale del Regno Unito per essere decisamente fuori moda in un momento in cui il punk 77 e la new wave erano in ascesa. Manager della band fu Simon Napier-Bell, successivamente anche collaboratore di The Yardbirds, Marc Bolan e Wham!.
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The band began as a group of friends in 1974. Brothers David Sylvian (guitar and vocals) and Steve Jansen (drums), keyboardist Richard Barbieri and bassist Mick Karn studied at the same school, Catford Boys’, Brownhill Road, South London. As youngsters they played Sylvian’s two-chord numbers mainly as a means of escape; sometimes with Karn as the front man, sometimes with Sylvian at the fore.

The band, who were initially nameless, opted to call themselves Japan just before their first live gig in the mid-1970s. The name was intended by Sylvian to be temporary until they could think of something else, but ultimately became permanent.The following year they were joined by lead guitarist Rob Dean, and signed a recording contract with the German disco labelHansa-Ariola in 1977, becoming an alternative glam rock outfit in the mould of David Bowie, T.Rex, and The New York Dolls although their initial material was guitar-based funk.

After winning a label-sponsored talent contest, they were signed to Germany’s Ariola-Hansa Records in 1977 and debuted a year later with a pair of LPs, Adolescent Sex and Obscure Alternatives, which received little notice at home or in the U.S. but did find favor among Japanese audiences.

The first song they recorded with Hansa, in 1977, was “State Line”.

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Camel: “The Greatests”



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

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

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King Crimson



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

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

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

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

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

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Best songs of The Cure || The Cure’s Greatest Hits


The Cure è un gruppo musicale post-punk inglese, i cui esordi risalgono al 1976, in piena esplosione new wave (in compagnia di gruppi come Siouxsie and the Banshees, Joy Division, Echo and the Bunnymen). La band, la cui formazione è variata più o meno regolarmente nel corso degli anni, comprendendo da un minimo di due fino ad un massimo di sei membri, ha raggiunto l’apice del successo tra la metà e la fine degli anni ottanta (soprattutto con i singoli Close to Me e Lullaby, tratti, rispettivamente, dai due album The Head on the Door del 1985 e Disintegration del 1989). Robert Smith, il cantante, chitarrista, autore dei testi e compositore di quasi tutte le musiche, nonché fondatore del gruppo, è l’unico membro ad averne sempre fatto parte dagli esordi ad oggi.

Al luglio 2008, i Cure avevano venduto circa 28 milioni di dischi. L’album più venduto è la raccolta di successi Standing on a Beach – The Singles 1978-1985[3] del 1986, che solo in America ha venduto più di due milioni di copie.[4] Tra Regno Unito, Stati Uniti d’America e Italia, i Cure hanno avuto nella Top Ten 12 album (posizioni più alte: UK: Wish, numero 1; USA: Wish, numero 2; Italia: The Cure, numero 2) e 11 singoli (posizioni più alte: UK: Lullaby, numero 5; USA: Lovesong, numero 2, Italia: High, numero 2).[5]

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The Cure are an English rock band formed in Crawley, West Sussex, in 1976. The band has experienced several line-up changes, with vocalist, guitarist and principal songwriter Robert Smith being the only constant member. The Cure first began releasing music in the late 1970s with their debut album Three Imaginary Boys. Their second single, “Boys Don’t Cry”, became a hit; this, along with several early singles, placed the band as part of the post-punk and new wave movements that had sprung up in the wake of the punk rock revolution in the United Kingdom. During the early 1980s, the band’s increasingly dark and tormented music was a staple of the emerging gothic rock genre.

After the release of 1982’s Pornography, the band’s future was uncertain and Smith was keen to move past the gloomy reputation his band had acquired. With the single “Let’s Go to Bed” released the same year, Smith began to place a pop sensibility into the band’s music and their popularity increased as the decade wore on, with songs like “Just Like Heaven”, “Lovesong” and “Friday I’m in Love”. The band is estimated to have sold 27 million albums as of 2004 and have released thirteen studio albums, ten EPs and over thirty singles during their career.

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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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Eric Burdon – Spill The Wine (Live at Lugano, 2006)



Eric Victor Burdon (Newcastle upon Tyne, 11 maggio 1941) è un cantante inglese. È noto per essere stato il leader degli Animals e, in seguito, del gruppo funk War, per poi condurre una carriera solista. È stato inserito al 57º posto nella Lista dei 100 migliori cantanti secondo Rolling Stone
Nel 1963, Burdon si unì al gruppo Alan Price Rhythm and Blues Combo, fondato dal tastierista Alan Price, il quale cambiò il nome in The Animals, per via delle loro performance, selvagge per quei tempi. Il gruppo fu tra i rappresentanti della cosiddetta British invasion, assieme a Beatles, Who, Rolling Stones, The Dave Clark Five e Kinks. Gli Animals divennero noti soprattutto grazie al singolo The House of the Rising Sun e ad altri brani come I’m Crying, It’s My Life, Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood e We’ve Gotta Get Out of This Place. La band si scioglie prematuramente nel 1966.

Poco dopo, Burdon assieme al batterista Barry Jenkins formò un nuovo progetto chiamato Eric Burdon & The Animals (da altri chiamato “Eric Burdon and The New Animals”) che rimase in attività fino al 1969, quando Eric si trasferì a San Francisco per formare i War (inizialmente denominati “Eric Burdon and War”), una formazione di estrazione multietnica dedita a una miscela tra funk, R&B, jazz e latin. La band esordì con Eric Burdon Declares “War”, che contiene singoli come Tobacco Road e Spill the Wine. Durante una tournée, il cantante ebbe un attacco di asma e gli altri membri dovettero gestire le restanti tappe senza di lui.

Burdon lasciò i War per collaborare con il cantante blues Jimmy Witherspoon, incidendo l’album Guilty! (1971) e intraprendendo una carriera solista con la creazione di una band autoreferenziale, la Eric Burdon Band, che pubblicò Sun Secrets (1974) e Stop (1975). Nel 1975 si riunì momentaneamente con gli Animals pubblicando un nuovo disco, Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted (1977).

Nel 1990 Burdon incise la canzone No Man’s Land insieme a Tony Carey e Anne Haigis.

Nel 1994 Eric e gli altri componenti degli Animals vennero ammessi alla Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Accanto alla sua carriera musicale, Burdon ha partecipato saltuariamente ad alcune pellicole cinematografiche, ad esempio nel film The Doors, ove fa una breve apparizione nel ruolo di un manager.

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Eric Victor Burdon (born 11 May 1941) is an English singer-songwriter best known as a member and vocalist of rock band the Animals and the funk band War[2] and for his aggressive stage performance. He was ranked 57th in Rolling Stone’s list The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.
Burdon was lead singer of the Animals, formed during 1962 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. The original band was the Alan Price Rhythm and Blues Combo, which formed in 1958 they became The Animals shortly after Burdon joined the band. The Animals combined electric blues with rock and in the USA were one of the leading bands of the British Invasion. Along with the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Dave Clark Five, and the Kinks, the group introduced British music and fashion. Burdon’s powerful voice can be heard on the Animals’ singles “The House of the Rising Sun”, “Sky Pilot”, “Monterey”, “I’m Crying”, “Boom Boom”, “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”, “Bring It On Home to Me”, “Baby Let Me Take You Home”, “It’s My Life”, “We Gotta Get out of This Place”, “Don’t Bring Me Down”, and “See See Rider”.

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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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Stephen Stills – Full Concert – 03/23/79 – Capitol Theatre (OFFICIAL)


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Stephen Stills (Dallas, 3 gennaio 1945) è un chitarrista e cantautore statunitense.

È celebre per il suo lavoro nei gruppi Buffalo Springfield e Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young (inizialmente noti come “Crosby, Stills and Nash”; Young si unì alla band a partire dal secondo album).

Stills nacque il 3 gennaio 1945 a Dallas nel Texas. Il padre di Stills era un membro delle Forze Armate e la famiglia si trasferì diverse volte. Stills iniziò già da bambino ad interessarsi al blues e al folk. Durante un periodo passato in Costa Rica e nella Panama Canal Zone (dove completò le scuole superiori) conobbe anche la musica latino-americana.

Nei primi anni sessanta, Stills decise di intraprendere la carriera di musicista e abbandonò la University of Florida. Fu membro di diverse band di scarso successo, tra le quali ricordiamo i Continentals, in cui suonava anche Don Felder (poi chitarrista degli Eagles). Alla fine approdò a un gruppo corale composto da nove elementi, gli Au Go Go Singers, in cui incontrò Richie Furay. Il gruppo incise un album e intraprese un tour del Canada, durante il quale Stills e Furay conobbero il chitarrista Neil Young. Poco tempo dopo, gli Au Go Go Singers si sciolsero.

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Stephen Arthur Stills (January 3, 1945) is an American musician and multi-instrumentalist best known for his work with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills & Nash (and Young). He performed on a professional level in several other bands as well as maintaining a solo career at the same time.

Stills was ranked #28 in Rolling Stone Magazine‘s 2003 list of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”[1] and #47 in the 2011 list.[2] Stills became the first person to be inducted twice on the same night into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his work with CSN and Buffalo Springfield.

Stills was raised in a military family. Moving around as a child, he developed an interest in blues and folk music. He was also influenced by Latin music after spending his youth in Gainesville and Tampa, Florida, Louisiana, Costa Rica, Panama Canal Zone and El Salvador, where he graduated from high school, and is an avid sailor. He also attended Admiral Farragut Academy in St. Petersburg, Florida and Saint Leo College Preparatory School in Saint Leo, Florida.[3]

Stills dropped out of University of Florida to pursue a music career in the early 1960s. He played in a series of bands including The Continentals, which featured futureEagles guitarist Don Felder. Stills could also be heard singing solo at Gerde’s Folk City, a well-known coffee house in Greenwich Village. Stills eventually ended up in a nine-member vocal harmony group, the house act at the famous Cafe Au Go Go in NYC, called the Au Go Go Singers, which included future Buffalo Springfield bandmateRichie Furay. This group did some touring in the Catskills and in the South, released one album in 1964, then broke up in 1965. Afterwards, Stills, along with four other former members of the Au Go Go Singers formed The Company, a folk-rock group. The Company embarked on a six-week tour of Canada where Stills met a young guitarist named Neil Young. On the VH1 CSNY Legends special, Stills said that Young was doing what he always wanted to do, “play folk music in a rock band.” The Company broke up in New York within four months; Stills did session work and went to various auditions. In 1966 he convinced a reluctant Richie Furay, then living in Massachusetts, to move with him to California.

Stills made an unsuccessful attempt to become one of The Monkees. He was turned down, not due to any lack of ability, but because of a conflict with his existing music publishing contract. So instead, he recommended his friend, multi-instrumentalist Peter Tork

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Devo


I Devo sono un gruppo musicale statunitense formatosi ad Akron (Ohio) nel 1972.

Il loro stile musicale è stato classificato come punk, art rock o post-punk, ma sono per lo più ricordati come una delle band-simbolo della New wave. Sono oggi considerati dalla critica un gruppo fondamentale per l’evoluzione del rock contemporaneo.

Il gruppo viene fondato da Gerald Casale, Bob Lewis e Mark Mothersbaugh, nel 1972.

Il nome “Devo” viene dal termine “de-evolution” (de-evoluzione), teoria secondo cui l’umanità, invece che continuare ad evolversi, avrebbe cominciato a regredire, come dimostrerebbero le disfunzioni e la mentalità gretta della società americana. Tale teoria era frutto di uno scherzo di Casale e Lewis, nato nella fine degli anni sessanta, quando i due frequentavano la Kent State University.

La prima formazione prevedeva sei componenti: i fratelli Gerald e Bob Casale (basso e voce il primo, chitarra, tastiere e cori il secondo), Bob Lewis (chitarra), Mark Mothersbaugh (voce, sintetizzatori e chitarra), Rod Reisman (batteria) e Fred Weber (voce). La loro prima performance avviene nel 1973 al Performing Arts Festival della Kent State University.[6] Dopo questa prima esibizione, il gruppo abbandona Reisman e Weber, e ingaggia Jim Mothersbaugh alla batteria elettronica e Bob Mothersbaugh alla chitarra, entrambi fratelli di Mark. Negli anni a venire, il gruppo passerà attraverso cambi di formazione, che vedono, tra gli altri, l’abbandono di Jim Mothersbaugh, ed esibizioni dal vivo conflittuali.

Nel 1976 viene reclutato il batterista Alan Myers alla batteria, che sancisce una formazione solida che durerà dieci anni circa.

Lo stile del gruppo, ironico, pungente, irriverente e critico nei confronti della società moderna, inserito in un contesto estetico che rimanda a una sorta di fantascienza al limite del kitsch, gli fa guadagnare la simpatia di artisti noti come Neil Young e David Bowie, nonché apparizioni in film dei quali Mark Mothersbaugh curerà la colonna sonora. Il gruppo sarà anche pioniere nell’uso del videoclip, il più noto dei quali, Whip It, godrà di una massiccia presenza nei primi mesi di vita di MTV.

Nel 1977, grazie anche a Bowie e Iggy Pop, ottengono un contratto con la Warner Bros. Il loro primo album, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! viene prodotto nientemeno che da Brian Eno. L’anno successivo sono ospiti del Saturday Night Live, dove si esibiranno in una cover di (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction dei Rolling Stones.

Nel 1984, lo scarso successo commerciale del sesto album Shout e l’abbandono del batterista Myers, costringono il gruppo a rinunciare al tour di promozione, con conseguente pausa delle attività. Nel frattempo, Mark Mothersbaugh si diletta nella produzione di musica per la televisione, nonché di un progetto solista, Musik for Insomniaks.

Nel 1987 il gruppo si riforma con un nuovo batterista, David Kendrick, precedentemente con gli Sparks. L’anno successivo esce Total Devo, che contiene brani che compariranno in alcuni B movie come Slaughterhouse Rock e The Tapeheads, con John Cusack e Tim Robbins.

Nel 1990 esce Smooth Noodle Maps, che non raccoglie grandi consensi di pubblico e critica, e l’anno successivo il gruppo si scioglie nuovamente. Successivamente, Mark Mothersbaugh fonda uno studio di registrazione per produzioni musicali commerciali, il Mutato Muzika, insieme col fratello Bob e Bob Casale. Lo studio lavora principalmente per produzioni televisive come sigle, programmi, cartoni animati, videogame e film, tra cui alcuni di Wes Anderson. Nel frattempo, Gerald Casale intraprende una carriera come regista di spot pubblicitari e video musicali, per gruppi come Rush, Silverchair e Foo Fighters.

Nel 1995 il gruppo appare nella colonna sonora del film Tank Girl, e l’anno successivo si esibisce al Sundance Film Festival e al Lollapalooza proponendo alcuni classici del periodo tra il 1978 e il 1982.

Pur non pubblicando album fino al 2010, il gruppo produce una serie di singoli per compilation, produzioni televisive, spot pubblicitari per aziende come Dell e la multinazionale Target.

Nel 2006 collaborano con la Disney per un progetto chiamato Devo 2.0, un gruppo composto da bambini che suonano classici dei Devo.

Nel 2008 l’azienda McDonald’s propone un personaggio in omaggio che indossa l’Energy dome, il tipico copricapo dei Devo in plastica rossa a forma di ziqqurat circolare. Il gruppo intenterà una causa alla multinazionale, che successivamente alcuni blog riporteranno come “amichevolmente risolta”.

Nel 2010 esce il loro ultimo album Something for Everybody, a vent’anni dal precedente.

Nel 2013 il loro ex batterista Alan Myers muore a causa di un tumore cerebrale.

Il 17 febbraio 2014 muore improvvisamente Bob Casale, membro fondatore del gruppo, per arresto cardiaco.

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Devo (/ˈdiːvoʊ/, originally /diːˈvoʊ/) is an American rock band formed in 1972, consisting of members from Kent and Akron, Ohio. The classic line-up of the band included two sets of brothers, the Mothersbaughs (Mark and Bob) and the Casales (Gerald and Bob), along with Alan Myers. The band had a No. 14 Billboard chart hit in 1980 with the single “Whip It”, and has maintained a cult following throughout its existence.

Devo’s style, over time, has shifted between punk, art rock, post-punk and new wave. Their music and stage show mingle kitsch science fiction themes, deadpan surrealist humor, and mordantly satirical social commentary. Their often discordant pop songs feature unusual synthetic instrumentation and time signatures that have proven influential on subsequent popular music, particularly new wave, industrial and alternative rock artists. Devo was also a pioneer of the music video, creating many memorable clips for the LaserDisc format, with “Whip It” getting heavy airplay in the early days of MTV.

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