Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Supertramp-Breakfast in America (1979)


A criticism that has always been attributed to this record of being overly commercial and away from the line-progressive symphonic works Great as Crime of the Century (74) or Crisis, What Crisis? (75).
Sometimes when a band does nothing but create masterpieces as rosquilletas, some critics, intolerant of any attempt at renewal, wait lurking to curb the continued good form.
Breakfast in America was a good excuse: some catchy songs (in a good way) and more digestible rhythms could be a perfect target for it. Nevertheless, if we analyze the job would not hurt to ask whether it is usual to make a studio album that can be drawn, at least six singles (sixty percent, in this case).
With bombs caliber "The Logical Song" (clever use of proparoxytone) and the eponymous "Breakfast in America" ​​(great trombone) warns that this is a work that has much to offer. But if we continue to discover great tunes and "Goodbye Stranger", beautiful ballads as "Lord is it mine" (Hodgson) and "Casual Conversations" (Davies).
One of the best songs of Supertramp, in my opinion, is the stunning "Take the long way home", with a moving harmonic inlet and a hypnotic rhythm of the keyboard. A true genius of Roger Hodgson.
But that's not all, if we examine the four remaining songs (which could be defined as less "seductive" before a first hearing), we find the sweetness of 'Oh Darling ", the desperation of" Just another nervous wreck. " Then, too, the emotional expressiveness of his preface "Gone Hollywood" and its fantastic epilogue "Child of vision," make it clear where his progressive side is fully intact because of the improvisation and the extension of the piece.
Beautiful melodies, sounding keyboards and vocal harmonies and lyrical. Commercial and sweetened to some. Others, to enjoy.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Supertramp-Crisis? What Crisis? (1975)


Crime of the century set the bar very high in the career of this great group symphonic in the 70's was his decade-but the only-more demanding. Yet the pressure that they could have taken its toll because of the success and quality of his previous work, not the least affection. The band led by Davies & Hodgon made a continuation with a handful of superb songs. 
Conceived in the midst of global crisis due to sharp increases in oil Supertramp would make a great work he undertook his journey to the peaceful entry "Easy does it" which links to the guitar dynamics "Sister Moonshine", two songs with an evocative sound. The rock-blues "Is not nobody but me" is a big issue that touches the hard instrument, "A Soapbox Opera", a beautiful symphony that displays the compositional qualities of Roger Hodgson, leaves the listener in a sort of hypnotic state. In Ecuador we find disc masterpiece "Another woman's man" with a totally inspired Rick in his piano playing and a great instrumental part and highlight the issue. "Lady" and "Poor Boy", based on rates of coronary keyboard and credited its characteristic stamp. One of my favorites is "Just a normal day", especially the sensitivity that follows the melody and vocal play between the tandem of composers. "The meaning", its more risky song, has great quality with hints of jazz (the always persistent Helliwell fundamental contribution of the wind instruments). The legendary "Two of us", which closes every concert is an admirable epilogue to this recommended album. 
By the end, witty and poignant highlight your home where we can see her resting peacefully saxophonist in a deckchair, umbrella and cocktail included, along with a totally desolate landscape (never a staging will be as everlasting as this one).

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Yes-Fragile (1971)


Only a privileged few can today afford to publish more than an album of high quality in less than twelve months. In the seventies it was quite common and most of them were Yes, exponent of the so-called top-level progressive and symphonic rock. 
This album released in November 1971 (the fourth study), participating for the first time keyboardist Rick Wakeman now famous, who added his talents to those of the other musicians, including Steve Howe, the superb guitarist who had joined a year earlier replacing the band's lead guitarist, Peter Banks. 

The album has a magical Roger Dean cover designed by artist specializing in landscape design fantastic and exotic for the covers of numerous musicians. Presents a planet similar to ours, with seas and continents, which is flown by a strange wooden aircraft. In the back is seen almost destroyed the planet and the glider away presumably with the planet's inhabitants inside. 
Entering fully the contents of the disk, you might describe as an interesting combination of five single-compositions (one for each member of Yes) plus four extended tracks that involved all members of the group.
Thus, we are only entitled Cans and Brahms keyboards (Extracts from Brahms' 4th Symphony in E Minor, Third Movement), Rick Wakeman adaptation made especially for this album, the acoustic guitar solo Mood for a Day by Steve Howe, We Have Heaven composition which highlights the Jon Anderson vocal arrangements, the short piece of percussion Five Per Cent for Nothing and finally the hypnotic instrumental with Latin title The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus) to the brilliance of Chris Squire, whose nickname is "Fish".
All aforementioned instrumental compositions are a kind of complement to the four remaining large and extensive compositions:
Roundabout starts the album with its hallmark, the characteristic initial acoustic guitar complements recorded a synthesizer effect backwards. But the climax comes as you join the other instruments, including the melodious voice of Jon Anderson. Probably the most acclaimed song by fans of Yes, in all his discography.
The electric guitar and bass of Steve Howe and Chris Squire respectively, acquire epic proportions in South Side of the Sky, track No. 4 on the disc. Starting with environmental sounds of footsteps and wind blowing horse goes in the same conceptual meaning. Half of the subject there is a nice change of pace where the voice of Anderson and Wakeman's keyboards give way to a new download of Yes heavier than you can imagine. Excellent.
Long Distance Runaround has a nice melody that position as the subject more accessible album in my opinion. Start with a progressive characteristic Wakeman keyboards and, with its 3:33 in length, the shortest of this LP (not counting the aforementioned five solos). It is usually propagated in the radio with The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus), to be united both.
Heart of the Sunrise is the last track and is another example of how hard and heavy progressive rock could sound of the '70s, his change of pace midway through the topic more accessible your listening. At the end return the chorus of We Have Heaven, as a closing song and album.
Four hands high, almost five for this universal classic rock group gave the final boost it needed to consolidate, especially in the U.S., hard to recommend to fans of progressive rock, progressive metal and rock in general.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Elvis Presley-Elvis Presley (1956)

It was the first great album of Elvis, and the first work for RCA, he never edit lps with Sun Records, although five of the songs included here belong to the Memphis label, the disc is essential to place the rock'n'roll as a future basis of the so-called music of the twentieth century, besides himself confirmed as a legend Elvis world, that white sang like a black.
The album is a perfect balance of music between the two styles, the technique of whites and blacks in the spirit of the Blue Suede shoes rockabilly, rock-gospel of Tutti Frutti, rhythm blues I got a woman or ballads I'm counting on country as you make him unquestionably the king of rock in the following decades.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Blood Sweat and Tears-Blood Sweat and Tears (1969)

If Child is father was the man to his first album a work of genius, that before us was the confirmation of the band, their sound closer to jazz-rock to other styles, will find this album a commercial formula that puts you in weeks as number one in the charts and even voted best album of the year for this album and did not have Al Kooper, but had recruited the mighty David Clayton-Thomas, and other members including Steve Katz and Jim detacan Felder had made ​​an album with legendary subjects and others such as You've made ​​me so very happy (a Motown classic version), Spinning Wheel, and When I Die ... the truth is that the experienced rock fused with blues and arrangements jazz supergroup made ​​of this key in the seventies with sales topping 35 million albums in total.