Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Mike Oldfield-Platinum (1979)

Platinum released in 1979 would be the successor of Incantations and broke with the previous schemes in the works of Mike Oldfield, marked by long and instrumental suites to last until the end of the disc. From now on there will be a long piece directing the work, supplemented by shorter topics.
On this album, Oldfield and begins to experiment with electronic sounds and distortion effects in anticipation of the 80s, terribly marked by abuse of such techniques. However, the use of a healthy, just as mere accompaniments, while the music (the real one) is still that particular seal that Mike Oldfield was only able to print and even shows influenicas pop, funk and jazz in some parts of the disk.
The suite that opens the play is a piece of almost 20 minutes with a high progressive component divided into four parts (one of which is a piece adapted from Philip Glass North Star). The other songs too have their story: The song Woodhenge was replaced in the American version of the album (called Airborn) on the topic Guilty (single included in the previous live album Exposed), Sally, who appears on the back as the subject 3, does not actually appear on the disc, but is replaced by the subject Into Wonderland. Sally is a somewhat innocent ditty dedicated to Sally Cooper, Oldfield girlfriend back then, and only appears in the early editions of the LP (it was later taken by Richard Branson, and replaced by the above issue) is the particular insult Punkadiddle Mike Oldfield to Punk music, and when played live, the musicians were naked from the waist up, and I Got Rhythm is a version of a topic of George and Ira Gershwin.
Taken together, the whole album is very interesting, full of changes, melodic richness and as always the case of Oldfield, a quality hard to match.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Mike Oldfield-Ommadawn (1975)


Without a doubt, one of the 10 albums that take me to a desert island. Ommadawn is a gem of music composed in 1975, or whatever it is, the best part of Mike Oldfield. My devotion to the music began, not with Tubular Bells if not Ommadawn. And the truth is that even listening first and then his debut as laureate, has never managed to dislodge his third delivery. And is that Ommadawn is sublime as well as a unique and outstanding musical. There is so much beauty offered from the very first notes that it is impossible not to move you. These chords that transport you to an era epic Celtic folklore and do not return to reality until just the last chord of the second face.
Tubular Bells I recognize that it is also great, but I do not know why but will not let Ommadawn option. Too beautiful, too much excellence. And the magnificent photography of David Bailey shows us a Mike Oldfield put on a hippie aura that seems to indicate that what we find inside is not of this world. It is timeless.
Ommadawn belongs to the great era of Mike Oldfield, the period for works like Tubular Bells, Hergest Ridge or Incantations. Time, which for me ended with QE2 in 1980. You never sounded again Celtic Ommadawn those winds.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Pink Floyd-Meddle (1971)


Meddle is the seventh album by the British band Pink Floyd, released in 1971. This album marks a change from their previous albums (which were the dominant genera and symphonic psychedelic rock) and predominantly progressive rock, be the basis for their next jobs.
Recorded during the tour of Atom Heart Mother, reflects the desire to find a new sound, the need for radical change. "One of These Days" (the opening temade) is an instrumental song that has bass and a guitar with high distortion. During the event, listening to Nick Mason, unamplificador through guitar effects pedal with, say, One of these days, I'm going to cut you Into little pieces (One of these days, I'll cut you in bits). Originally the issue was more long and was shortened.
In this issue we add the gentle "A Pillow Of Winds" and "Fearless", which can be heard towards the end, recordings of the tribunes of the Liverpool football team, singing You'll Never Walk Alone, anthem.
Continue with the elegant "San Tropez" and "Seamus" (a blues in which you hear the howling of the dog of the same name), this issue was previously called Mademoiselle Nobs, and that name is called the version they recorded for the show Pompeii.
It culminates with "Echoes" vast subject, resulting from the combination of 36 separate fragments, which were being reinterpreted and edited to form the final piece is now known. Among the previous names were: "Nothing: One To Thirty Six Parts," "We Won The Double" and "Return Of The Son Of Nothing".
The album was recorded between January and August 1971 in the studios, Abbey Road, Air Studios and Morgan Sound Studios. The ringing sound engineers were Peter Bown, John Leckie, (Abbey Road and Air Studios) and Rob Black and Roger Quested (Morgan Studios). The reason for these changes resulted from studies that Pink Floyd used to this record 16-channel technology, which was in the Abbey Road. The mixture of the disc was completed in September, the month during which they also completed a quad mix, which is not edited.
The album was released on October 30, 1971 in the United States through the Harvest / Capitol, and on November 5 in the UK through the Harvest / EMI. It peaked at # 3 on the UK list. He was awarded gold in 1973 and double platinum in 1994. A remastered edition was released by MFSL in 1984 on high quality vinyl and cassette. In 1992 he released a digitally remastered version on CD, as part of box set Shine On, was released off the set Shine On in 1994 in Europe, and in 1995 in the United States.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Great Legends: Grand Funk Railroad (1969-To the present)


If we were to talk about one of the pioneers of hard rock bands, would certainly be Grand Funk Railroad. In the '70s was his decade, playing in all scenarios seen and seeing, and making a sale that would reach 25 million copies.
In 1969 Terry Knight, would be its principal member, but he chose to become a manager, leaving the instruments to Mark Farner (vocals, guitar), Don Brewer (vocals, drums) and Mel Schacher (bass).
The name comes from a railway line from Michigan Grand Trunk Western Railroad. In the Atlanta Pop Festival festival, achieved a resounding success, with this setting would get Capitol Records to them. This would record his first album Grand Funk, or popularly as the red album.
This would be in 1970, and in 1971 would break the attendance record achieved by the Beatles filling Shea Stadium in 71 hours. Despite having all the critics and the media against Grand Funk Railroad, his early albums were a success.
There is a legend which says that Knight's manager, had to pay about $ 100,000 to New York Times Square (famous group list) to promote Closer to home. The album went multi-platinum, but the criticism is cebaría with them, branding as a total failure.

In 1972, Knight fired his manager, with the result of a judicial campaign for breach of contract. That same year, opened in the heart of the new group.Incorporated into a fourth member Craig Frost on keyboards, and because they filed the lawsuit Knight, had to cut the name to Grand Funk, with the result that would change his musical style, apart from his rock side to side, giving way to the pop sounds. So All the girls arrived in the world beware!, Rescued shortly after its original name but its credibility as a group, was rapidly fading. In 1976, produced by Frank Zappa Good sigin would print ', good playin', but only resulted in the disintegration of the band. Mark Farner start a solo career, while other members of the group, would make a band called Flint.

Grand Funk Railroad would join in 1980, but without the presence of Frost, or Schacher, this being replaced by Dennis Bellinger. Would print two albums for Full Moon, but received a good reception, separate group for the second time. Farner would Christianity and founded a band of Christian music, for his part and his former partner Brewer Frost would join Bob Seger and his Silver Bullet Band.
Grand Funk Railroad, would unite few occasions, even bringing to 260,000 workers in 14 shows, never again as active training.