RIP Vangelis Papathanassíou-AKA Vangelis

The news broke earlier today that Vangelis died on 17 May , aged 79, at a hospital in Paris due to heart failure.

Born in the Greek coastal town of Agria in 1943, the largely self-taught musician formed his first band, The Forminx, in 1963 at the age of 20 and followed that with the internationally successful Aphrodite’s Child, who also featured vocalist Demis Roussos. After two albums of psychedelic pop – the band’s debut single Rain And Tears was a top 30 hit in the UK in 1968, it was the band’s third album 666, a concept album about the Book Of Revelation, which made the band a hit with serious-minded music fans, even though they had actually split up by the time of the album’s release.

The musical style of Vangelis is diverse; although he primarily used electronic music instruments, which characterize electronic music, his music has been described as a mixture of electronica, classical (his music was often symphonic), progressive rock,[ jazz, ambient.

He is sometimes categorized as a new-age composer, a classification others have disputed, including Vangelis himself. He called New-age music a style which “gave the opportunity for untalented people to make very boring music”.

He has worked together with many other artist like Jon Anderson from Yes. He also composed many soundtracks to films such as The Bounty (1984) and 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992) and solo albums such as Voices (1995) and Oceanic (1996) further cemented his reputation and a long-held fascination with outer space saw him work with the European Space Agency on 2016’s Rosetta and he continued exploring his love of space on last year’s Juno To Jupiter.

Here are just some of his works.

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https://www.loudersound.com/news/vangelis-papathanassiou-dead-at-79

Epic Rock-Episode 2: Manowar-Defender.

When you are old enough
To read this words
Their meaning will unfold
These words are all that’s left
And though we’ve never meet,
My only son,
I hope you know
That I would have been there
To watch you grow
But my call was heard and I did go
Now your mission
Lies ahead of you
As it did mine so long ago
To help the helpless ones
Who all look up to you
And to defend them
To the end
Defender
Ride like the wind
Fight proud, my son
You’re the defender
God has sent
Ride like the wind
Fight proud, my son
You’re the defender
God has sent
Father, father
Father I look up to you
And heed thy call
This letter ends my search
I’ll live your dream
Now passed on to me
And I now wait
To shake the hand of fate
Like the dusk awaiting dawn
So wizards cast your spell
With no heart to do me well
So it is written, it shall be, yeah
Defender
Ride like the wind
Fight proud, my son
You’re the defender
God has sent
Ride like the wind
Fight proud, my son
You’re the defender
God has sent
Ride like the wind
Fight proud, my son
You’re the defender
God has sent
Ride like the wind
Fight proud, my son
You’re the defender
God has sent
Ride like the wind
Fight proud, my son
You’re the defender
God has sent
Ride like the wind.
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Joey Demaio
Defender lyrics © Inar Music

Undercover-Episode2:I love Rock N Roll

Who doesn’t know the Rock classic “I love Rock N Roll” by Joan Jett. Released in 1982. it sparked my lifelong love affair with Rock music. However, it may not be a widely known fact but the song had already been released in 1976, by the British Rock band Arrows.

I saw him dancin’ there by the record machine
I knew he must a been about seventeen
The beat was goin’ strong
Playin’ my favorite song
And I could tell it wouldn’t be long
‘Til he was with me, yeah, me
And I could tell it wouldn’t be long
‘Til he was with me, yeah, me, singin’
I love rock n’ roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock n’ roll
So come and take your time and dance with me
Ow
He smiled, so I got up and asked for his name
“That don’t matter”, he said, “’cause it’s all the same”
I said, “Can I take you home where we can be alone?”
And next we were movin’ on
He was with me, yeah, me
Next we were movin’ on
He was with me, yeah, me singin’
I love rock n’ roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock n’ roll
So come and take your time and dance with me
Ow
Said, “Can I take you home where we can be alone?”
Next we were movin’ on
He was with me, yeah, me
And we’ll be movin’ on
And singin’ that same old song
Yeah, with me, singin’
I love rock n’ roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock n’ roll
So come and take your time and dance with me
I love rock n’ roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock n’ roll
So come and take your time and dance with
I love rock n’ roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock n’ roll
So come and take your time and dance with
I love rock n’ roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock n’ roll
So come and take your time and dance with
I love rock n’ roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock n’ roll
So come and take your time and dance with me
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Alan Merrill / Jake Hooker

Cover up-Episode 1: Gonna Get Close to You-Queensryche and Dalbello

Every self respecting Heavy Metal fan will know “Gonna get Close to you” by Queensryche. But how many know it was actually a cover version?

The original was released in 1984 by Lisa Dalbello.

I like to look at shadows sweating on the wall
I get excited when I hear footsteps in the hall
Outside your balcony I have a room with a view
And I’m watching you
I dial your telephone each and every afternoon
I wait by your door till you’re asleep at night
And when you’re alone I know when you
Turn out the light
I’m gonna get close to you
Oh-Oh so close to you
I’m gonna get close to you
I’m gonna get close
You fumble for your keys
I’m six or seven steps behind you
I’m so close to you
Are you terrified of me? What do I know about you
How did I find out?
You think I’m a fool or maybe some kind of lunatic
Say I’m wasting my time but I know what to do with it
It’s as plain as black and white
I’m gonna get close to you
Oh-Oh so close to you
I’m gonna get close to you
Oh so close
If you knew my infinite charm
There’d be no reason to be so alarmed
Maybe I’m wrong maybe I’m right
Maybe I’m some kind of lunatic
You say I’m wasting all of my time
But I know what to do with it
It is plain as black and white
I’m gonna get close to you
Oh-Oh so close to you
I’m gonna get close to you
I’m like a hungry Criminal
and your protection is minimal
So minimal
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Lisa Dalbello

Epic Rock-Episode 1: Iron Maiden-Seventh son of a Seventh son.

Here they stand, brothers them all
All the sons, divided they’d fall
Here await the birth of the son
The seventh, the heavenly, the chosen one
Ohhhh!
Here the birth from an unbroken line
Born the healer, the seventh, his time
Unknowingly blessed and as his life unfolds
Slowly unveiling the power he holds
Ohhhh!
Seventh son of a seventh son
Seventh son of a seventh son
Seventh son of a seventh son
Seventh son of a seventh son
Seventh son of a seventh son
Seventh son of a seventh son
Seventh son of a seventh son
Seventh son of a seventh son
Ohhhh!
Ohhhh!
Ohhhh!
Ohhhh!
Then they watch the progress he makes
The good and evil which path will he take
Both of them trying to manipulate
The use of his powers before it’s too late
Ohhhh!
Seventh son of a seventh son
Seventh son of a seventh son
Seventh son of a seventh son
Seventh son of a seventh son
Seventh son of a seventh son
Seventh son of a seventh son
Seventh son of a seventh son
Seventh son of a seventh son
Ohhhh!
Ohhhh!
Ohhhh!
Ohhhh!
Today is born the seventh one
Born of woman the seventh son
And he in turn of a seventh son
He has the power to heal
He has the gift of second sight
He is the chosen one
So it shall be written
And so it shall be done
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Harris Stephen Percy

What happened Comrade Putin?

Dear Comrade Putin,

What happened? You tell your people that Ukraine is nearly defeated. You tell the citizens of Mother Russia that Ukraine is only popular in the west.

But I was watching the Eurovision Song contest last night and I noticed this strange thing. Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra has won the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy. It did get votes from all European countries

The same Russian threat actors that this week targeted Italian parliamentary and military websites and threatened to disrupt U.K. National Health Service (NHS) services, could now have the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 final in their crosshairs.

The Killnet threat group had threatened to “send 10 billion requests” to the Eurovision online voting system and “add votes to some other country.” But even that didn’t happen, although there were some glitches in the transmission of some countries which have some loyalties to Russia, like Georgia and Azerbaijan.

Comrade Putin maybe you haven’t heard and seen the winning song, so here it is, especially for you.

Happy Birthday Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder, original name Steveland Judkins or Steveland Morris, (born May 13, 1950, Saginaw, Michigan, U.S.), American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, a child prodigy who developed into one of the most creative musical figures of the late 20th century.

Blind from birth and raised in inner-city Detroit, he was a skilled musician by age eight. Renamed Little Stevie Wonder by Berry Gordy, Jr., the president of Motown Records—to whom he was introduced by Ronnie White, a member of the Miracles—Wonder made his recording debut at age 12.

He has won 25 Grammy Awards, as well as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996. He is one of only two artists and groups who have won the Grammy for Album of the Year three times as the main credited artist, along with Frank Sinatra. Wonder is the only artist to have won the award with three consecutive album releases.

Happy Birthday Burt Bacharach.

Burt Bacharach is one of the must influential composers of popular music, of the 20th century.

Born in Kansas City, Missouri on 12th May 1928, Burt Bacharach grew up in Forest Hills, an upper middle suburb of New York City. Although Bacharach began taking piano lessons at the age of eight, his musical breakthrough came at fifteen years old when he began sneaking into Manhattan’s jazz clubs to see both Dizzy Gillespie and the Count Basie Band perform.

His music is characterized by unusual chord progressions, influenced by his background in jazz harmony, and uncommon selections of instruments for small orchestras. Most of Bacharach’s and David’s hits were written specifically for and performed by Dionne Warwick, but earlier associations (from 1957 to 1963) saw the composing duo work with Marty Robbins, Perry Como, Gene McDaniels, and Jerry Butler. Following the initial success of these collaborations, Bacharach went on to write hits for Gene Pitney, Cilla Black, Dusty Springfield, Jackie DeShannon, Bobbie Gentry, Tom Jones, Herb Alpert, B. J. Thomas, the Carpenters, among numerous other artists. He arranged, conducted, and produced much of his recorded output.

A six-time Grammy Award winner and three-time Academy Award winner, Bacharach’s songs have been recorded by more than 1,000 different artists. As of 2014, he had written 73 US and 52 UK Top 40 hits.

Today he is celebrating his 94th birthday.

This is just one of his many songs he co wrote with Carole Bayer Sager

sources

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

Happy Birthday Ian Dury

Ian Robins Dury was born in Harrow, West London on 12th May, 1942. His mother, Margaret “Peggy” Walker, was a health visitor and his father, William “Bill” Dury, was a bus driver and chauffeur. Married in 1939, his parents separated after the end of the Second World War and Ian and his mother relocated to Cranham in Essex to live with Peggy’s two sisters Elisabeth and Mary, and Ian’s cousins Martin and Lucy.

At the age of seven, he contracted polio during the 1949 polio epidemic. In 1964 he studied art at the Royal College of Art under British artist Peter Blake, and from 1967 he taught art at various colleges in the south of UK.

He rose to fame during the late 1970s, during the punk and new wave era of rock music. He was the lead singer of Ian Dury and the Blockheads and before that of Kilburn and the High Roads.

Dury was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 1996 and underwent surgery, but tumours were later found in his liver, and he was told that his condition was terminal. Upon learning of his illness.

In 1998, his death was incorrectly announced on XFM radio by Bob Geldof, possibly due to hoax information from a listener. He did eventually die of metastatic colorectal cancer on 27 March 2000, aged 57.

Happy Birthday Ian, I hope you are having a great party in Rock Heaven.

In 1984 he also appeared in the video of Roger Daltrey’s ‘Walking in my sleep’

Savatage-Gutter Ballet, a forgotten classic.

Savatage must be the most underrated Metal band, why, I just don’t understand?

Gutter Ballet is the fifth full-length album produced by the American progressive metal band Savatage. This was the second album created under the direction of producer Paul O’Neill and was initially released in December 1, 1989. But I am only focusing on the title track which is a true classic , but I can’t remember ever hearing it on any radio station.

“Another sleepless night
A concrete paradise
Sirens screaming in the heat
Neon cuts the eye
As the jester sighs
At the world beneath his feet
It¹s a gutter ballet
Just a menagerie
Still the orchestra plays
On a dark and lonely night
To a distant fading light
Balanced on their knives
Little parts of lives
Such a strange reality
Kill the unicorn
Just to have its horn
Soon he¹s just a fantasy
It¹s a gutter ballet
Just a menagerie
Still the orchestra plays
On a dark and lonely night
To a distant fading light
The jester takes his bows
Slips into the crowd
As the actors fade away
Another death to mourn
Another child is born
Another chapter in the play
It¹s a gutter ballet
Just a menagerie
Still the orchestra plays
On a dark and lonely night
To a distant fading light”


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LyricFind