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The Best of Echo & The Bunnymen



Gli Echo & the Bunnymen sono un gruppo musicale britannico post-punk formatosi a Liverpool nel 1978.
Inizialmente il gruppo era composto da Ian McCulloch, Will Sergeant e Les Pattinson. Sono diventati famosi
per album come Heaven Up Here, Porcupine e Ocean Rain in cui è contenuta la canzone The Killing Moon.

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echo_%26_the_Bunnymen

Echo & the Bunnymen are an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1978.
The original line-up consisted of vocalist Ian McCulloch, guitarist Will Sergeant and bass player Les Pattinson,
supplemented by a drum machine. By 1980, Pete de Freitas joined as the band’s drummer.

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

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echo_%26_the_Bunnymen

Emerson, Lake & Palmer


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

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

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emerson,_Lake_%26_Palmer

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

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

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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.

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

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]

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

The Moody Blues — A Question of Balance — 1970.


The Moody Blues sono un gruppo rock inglese.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

Pretty Things “Midnight To Six Man” 66


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I Pretty Things sono un gruppo rock inglese di Londra. Il nome del gruppo deriva dall’omonima canzone di Bo Diddley.

Le origini dei Pretty Things risiedono nei Little Boy Blue o Blue Boys, band composta da Dick Taylor, Keith Richards e Mick Jagger. Quando Brian Jones divenne il chitarrista della band, Taylor passò al basso e la band cambiò nome in Rolling Stones. Taylor lasciò gli Stones alcuni mesi più tardi e incontrò Phil May; insieme a lui formò i Pretty Things.[1] Taylor suonava la chitarra, mentre May era la voce principale e suonava l’armonica a bocca. I due ingaggiarono Brian Pendleton come secondo chitarrista, John Stax al basso e Pete Kitley alla batteria, in seguito rimpiazzato da Viv Broughton e da Viv Prince.

La band ha sperimentato un R&B grezzo e diretto contaminato con il beat e la nascente psichedelica, influenzando molte importanti band degli anni sessanta, tra cui gli stessi Rolling Stones.[1][2] David Bowie ha reinterpretato due loro canzoni nell’album Pin Ups.[3]

Tra i meriti del gruppo c’è anche quello di aver dato alle stampe nel 1968 quella che è comunemente ritenuta la prima opera rock in assoluto, S.F. Sorrow.

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

 

The Pretty Things are an English rock band from London, who originally formed in 1963. They took their name from Willie Dixon’s 1955 song “Pretty Thing”. Their most commercially successful period was the mid-1960s, although they continue to perform to this day. David Bowie covered two of their songs on his album Pin Ups.

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

Sandy Denny – Who Knows Where The Time Goes?


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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