Thursday, December 31, 2009

Private Stock, Grateful Dead.

Welcome to PRIVATE STOCK. Grateful Dead one of the Greatest bands of All Time, was formed in 1965 in the San Francisco area, they have a place in the music history.
The band influences folk, bluegrass, blues, rock, reggae, jazz, psychedelic plus a bunch of good vibes and you have "The Dead". Through the years the band line up had many changes. This is the line up of the band in the early days.
Jerry Garcia- guitar, banjo, vocals.
Bob Weir- guitar, vocals.
Ron Mckernan- organ.
Phil Lesh- bass.
Bill Kreutzmann- drums.
Here from the early days enjoy "New speedway Boogie"

They are unique, their live performances, long musical improvisation, just their vibe. I remember back in the day when you couldn't bring a camera or a recorder, and the Grateful Dead was the only band that let people bring cameras and record the show with no problems at all.
Here enjoy another great song "Fire on the Mountain"

The fans of the band are referred to as "Dead Heads" there is a sense of community that is very cool, before the Cd's I remember getting cassettes from different shows from dead heads that just check out each other tapes, some kick ass material of the band is in those dead heads cassettes, unbelievable. The band never care about anything but having a good time. I don't thing there's any band with more versions of the same song that the Grateful Dead. Here enjoy "China Cat Sunflower"

A lot of all those different versions was capture tanks to the tapers that constantly followed the band show to show, city to city and recorded a lot of material, is like the fans were on "tour" as well.
We all know that Jerry is resting in peace but the band keep touring first they used the name "The Others" and now they use again "The Dead" as a name.
Here enjoy another great song "Birdsong"

The band discography is huge but here is the basic:
1967- The Grateful Dead.
1968- Anthem of the Sun.
1969- Aoxomoxoa.
1969- Live/Dead.
1970- Working man's dead.
1970- American Beauty.
1971- Skull & Roses.
1972- Europe '72.
1973- History of the Grateful Dead volume one.
1973- Wake of the Flood.
1974- Grateful Dead From the Mars Hotel.
1975- Blues For Allah.
1976- Steal Your Face.
1977- Terrapin Station.
1978- Shakedown Street.
1980- Go to Heaven.
1981- Reckoning.
1981-Dead Set.
1987- In the Dark.
1989- Built to Last.
1990- Without A Net.
And there are many compilations and box sets.
That is all this week, happy new year to all my brothers and sisters and to end the last edition of PRIVATE STOCK this year, lets enjoy "Franklin's Tower".

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Private Stock, Steely Dan.

Welcome to PRIVATE STOCK. Steely Dan another great American band, was formed in the early 70's by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, they met in 1967 at Bard College in Annandale on Hudson New York and became friends, they like the same music and started to write songs together and began playing in local groups. They released their first album in 1972 "Can't Buy A Thrill". I always love the style of the band, their unique sound is very enjoyable, here lets check out "Babylon Sister"

Their influences are Jazz, Rock, funk, R&B but the way they incorporated and blending everything in addition to the lyrics which usually are stories about them or things that are going on , drugs, parties or anything else but always have some kind of humor or a touch of sarcasm.
After the success of the first album they toured until 1975 when they became a purely studio band. Here enjoy another great song, "Black Friday"

They really KICK ASS, their musical arrangements with jazz structures, harmonies, chord sequences, horns, backing vocals and some great lyrics about anything from drugs, sex, rock'n roll always with a little bit of ironic edge in it.
The band breakup in 1981 and they reunited in 1993, they still rocking and touring all over. Lets enjoy "Aja" one of my favorite songs.

They are definitely one of the greatest bands of All Time, they sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, they earned a few Grammy Awards for Album of the Year, and in 2001 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
We have been enjoying Steely Dan music since 1972 and they still rocking they were touring this year and I hear that they are working on a new album for 2010.
Here Steely Dan, check out "Don't Take Me Alive"

To those of you interested in add some Steely Dan to your collection, this is their Discography.
1972- Can't Buy A Thrill.
1973- Countdown to Ecstasy.
1974- Pretzel Logic.
1975- Katy Lied.
1976- The Royal Scam.
1977- Aja.
1980- Gaucho.
2000- Two Against Nature.
2003- Everything Must Go.
That is all this week and to end this edition of PRIVATE STOCK lets enjoy "Hey Nineteen" another great song.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Private Stock, Deep Purple.

Welcome to PRIVATE STOCK. Deep Purple one of the pioneers and greatest rock bands of All Time have gone through many line up changes since they started in England in 1968 the original line up recorded three albums, for the fourth album "Deep Purple in Rock" released in 1970 new singer and bass player replaced original members Rod Evans and Nick Simper. The new line up is to this day considered the classic Deep Purple, they recorded four albums from 1970 to 1973 with that line up"
Jon Lord- organ, keyboards, backing vocals.
Ritchie Blackmore- guitar.
Roger Glover- bass guitar.
Ian Gillan- vocals, harmonica.
Ian Paice- drums, percussion.
Enjoy "highway star" from the early days.

This was a great line up that made history with their world tours and kick ass albums but the band still rocking they keep touring all over the world, they considered to be one of the hardest touring band in the world.
Enjoy another great Deep Purple song, "Child in Time".

Their unique style have many influences; classical music, blues, jazz, progressive and they definitly created a sound.
The band sold over 100 million albums worldwide, they were ranked #22 on VH1's Greatest Artist of Hard Rock. I love this band since the first time I hear them, the way their jam, how the guitar and vocals follow each other, is just a kick ass band, check out "Strange Kind of Woman" and you see what I'm talking about.

Jon Lord retired in 2002 so today Ian Paice is the only original member in the band, this is the current line up:
Steve Morse- guitar
Don Airey- organ, keyboards. (Don played with Rainbow and with Ozzy Osbourne)
Roger Glover- bass guitar.
Joe Lynn Turner- vocals.
Ian Paice- vocals.
After the "classic" Deep Purple line up, my second favorite line up is this;
Jon Lord- organ, keyboards.
Ian Paice- drumms.
Tommy Bolin- guitar.
Glenn Hughes- bass guitar.
David Coverdale- vocals.
This was also a really good line up, here check out "you Keep on Moving" with that line up.

And for those of you that will like to add some Deep Purple to your collection here is their discography:
1968- Shades of Deep Purple.
1968- The Book of Taliesyn.
1969- Deep Purple.
1970- Deep Purple in Rock.
1971- Fireball.
1972- Machine Head.
1973- Who Do We Think We Are.
1974- Burn.
1974- Stormbringer.
1975- Come Taste the Band.
1984- Perfect Strangers.
1987- The House of Blue Light.
1990- Slaves & Masters.
1993- The Battle Rages On.
1996- Purpendicular.
1998- Abandon.
2003- Bananas.
2005- Rapture of the Deep.
That is all this week and to end this edition of PRIVATE STOCK, lets enjoy one of the classics songs of the band, of course I'm talking about "Smoke on the Water".

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Private Stock, John Lennon.

Welcome to PRIVATE STOCK. John Lennon was the must controversial ex-beatle, not only for his music, also for his involment as a peace activist in the world was a big part of who he was. John Lennon try to change the world with his rebellious nature, he spoke up against everything he felt was wrong with his music, interviews or in any way he could. But beside his political philosophy as a musician after the Beatles he had a successful solo career. Here check out one of the first Lennon performances with out the Beatles, this is from 1968 at the "Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus" were for that show along with Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and Mitch Mitchell the supergroup "Dirty Mac" was formed, enjoy Yer Blues.

John Lennon was born in England in October 9 of 1940 and he was murder by Mark Chapman on December 8 of 1980, today is one more aniversary of that horrible day were people remember where they were when they hear about John and they still try to understand why, why Jhon.
John Lennon music and anti-war ideas will never die. Here enjoy John again "Jealous Guy".

Lennon and Yoko Ono were really making "too much noise" and they started to have problems with the goverment of the USA, his anti-war activities and attaks to the Nixon administration got ugly real fast, the FBI had a big file of John from those days. The Nixon Administration tried to have Lennon deported from the USA.
He was in court for years until finally in 1976 he receive his green card.
Here check out another great song of John, "Working Class Hero".

John Lennon has many awards, these are some of them:
With the Beatles:
1977- Outstanding contribution to music during the past 25 years.
1977- Best British band of the past 25 years.
1977- Best British album of the past 25 years(Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band)
1983- Outstanding contribution to music.
Solo Career:
1982- Grammy Award for the 1981 Album of the Year (for Double Fantasy).
1982- BRIT Awards- Outstanding contribution to music.
2002- a 100 Greatest Britons BBC poll voted Lennon into eighth place.
2004- Rolling Stones magazine ranked John number 38 on its list of "The inmortals: The Fifty Greatest Artist of All Time".
2008- Rolling Stones magazine ranked John number five on its list of "100 Greatest Singers of All Time".
Here is John again perfoming "Come Together".

This is John Lennon Discography:
1969- Live Peace In Toronto with the Plastic Ono Band.
1970- John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band.
1971- Imagine.
1972- Some Time in New York City (with Yoko Ono).
1973- Mind Games.
1974- Walls and Bridges.
1975- Rock'n' Roll.
1980- Double Fantasy (with Yoko Ono).
1986- Live in New York City (Recorded live in 1972).
There are plenty of compilations also.
Lets remember John by having a loving tougth and don't forget to give peace a chance.
That is all this week and to end this edition of PRIVATE STOCK lets enjoy another great, John Lennon song "Love"

Friday, November 27, 2009

Private Stock, Jimi Hendrix.

Welcome to PRIVATE STOCK. Jimi Hendrix the greatest guitar player of All Time was born in Seattle, Washington in November 27 of 1942. Before became popular he played with different people in the early 60's like Little Richard's band from 1964 to 1965 then in 1966 in London Chas Chandler the bass guitar of The Animals had a chance to hear Jimi playing and just love the way he play and help Jimi form his band, "The Jimi Hendrix Experience" was formed with this line up:
Jimi Hendrix- guitar, vocals.
Noel Redding- bass guitar.
Mitch Mitchell- drums.
In 1967 the new band released their first album "Are You Experienced".
Here check out The Jimi Hendrix Experience performing "The Wind Cries Mary".

After the released of the first album he was popular in Europe but not in the USA.
His performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 change that and made Jimi very popular as one of the best musicians. Jimi Hendrix music will touch your soul, is not just his guitar, he was a great songwriter and I love his voice he was a great singer too. It makes no difference if he play an electric guitar or acoustic guitar or if he performs alone or with a band, the feeling, the pasion, the vibe, you can called what you want but whetever it was still make my skin go crazy.
Here check out Jimi playing, Hear my Train A Comin'(acoustic).

He has been one of the must influenctial musicians in the history of rock. Jimi was influenced by blues and Jazz musicians, people like B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Albert King, Elmore James, Steve Cropper are some of them. Jimi also love Bob Dylan music. Jimi won many awards, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. He has a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame and he is the first person inducted into the Native American Music Hall of Fame. Here enjoy Jimi performing "Red House" at the Isle of Wight festival.

Jimi legacy is huge, his unique sound and incredible live performances made him a legend. Fender Stratocaster was his guitar of choice, and to this day musicians all over the world try to emulate Hendrix.
Jimi died on September 18 of 1970 in London, the circumstances have never been fully explained, we know that he took some of his girlfriend sleeping pills.
after the break up of the "Jimi Hendrix Experience" Jimi formed a new group, "The Band of Gypsys" and the line up was:
Jimi Hendrix- guitars, vocals.
Billy Cox- bass guitar.
Buddy Miles- drums, vocals.
This was a great line up, here check out The Band of Gypsys performing "who Knows"

Jimi is missed very much, happy birthday Jimi.The Greatest guitar player of All Time.
His discography:
The Jimi Hendrix Experience:
1967- Are You Experienced.
1967- Axis: Bold as Love.
1968- Electric Ladyland.
Jimi Hendrix, The Band of Gypsys:
1970- Band of Gypsys (live).
after he died many albums and compilations came out:
The Cry of Love- 1971.
Rainbow Bridge Concert- 1971.
Woodstock and Monterey festival recordings are available along with many other recordings, check your collection and add some Jimi to it.
That is all this week and to end this edition of PRIVATE STOCK lets enjoy one of my favorite Jimi songs, "Castles Made of Sand".

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Private Stock, Rush.

Welcome to PRIVATE STOCK. Rush a great band was formed in the end of the 60's in Canada. A self titled debut album was released in 1974 with this line up:
Alex Lifeson- six and twelve-string acoustic and electric guitars, synthesizer pedals and backing vocals.
Geddy Lee- bass, lead vocals, keyboards, synthesizer pedals.
John Rutsey- drums, percussion's.
After the release of the self titled album, John Rutsey resigned, he didn't want to be touring. Neil Peart joined the band in July of 1974 and they have been together ever since. Lets enjoy some Rush from the early days, check out "Fly By Night".

From the released of the self titled album in 1974 the evolution and growing of Rush music has been incredible and since the released of the second album "Fly By Night" Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee work on the musical side and Neil Peart usually write the lyrics. These musicians have been acknowledged as being some of the best players on their respective instruments and they have many Awards and achievements, these are just some of them:
24 gold records, 14 platinum and 3 multi-platinum records.
Rush was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1994.
They are not inducted into the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame yet but they have been eligible since 1998. Here lets enjoy "The Trees."

I love their style is a great band and they are still rocking but in 1997 and 1998 tragedy hit the band, first Neil Peart daughter Selena died in a car accident and next year his wife Jacqueline died from cancer. Rush was done, Neil told his band mates at his daughter funeral "consider me retired". Neil took a break to grieve and in 2002 he was back in the studio ready to record an album and start touring again. Their last album was released in 2008 "Snakes & Arrows" and they had a great worldwide tour. Lets check out "Tom Sawyer".

Rush is definitely one of the greatest and this is their discography;
1974- Rush.
1975- Fly by Night.
1975- Caress of Steel.
1976- 2112.
1977- A Farewell to Kings.
1978- Hemispheres.
1980- Permanent Waves.
1981- Moving Pictures.
1982- Signals.
1984- Grace Under Pressure.
1985- Power Windows.
1987- Hold Your Fire.
1989- Presto.
1991- Roll the Bones.
1993- Counterparts.
1996- Test for Echo.
2002- Vapor of Trails.
2004- Feedback.
2007- Snakes & Arrows.
These albums are really good, check what you have in your collection. That's all this week and to end this edition of PRIVATE STOCK, lets enjoy another great song "La Villa Strangiato".

Friday, November 13, 2009

Private Stock, Tom Petty.

Welcome to PRIVATE STOCK. Tom Petty is a great American musician with a long career, we have been enjoying his music since 1976 and he still rocking. He has a long discography, solo albums, with the Heartbreakers, with the Traveling Wilburys and with Mudcrutch. Tom Petty has a unique sound, here check out Tom with the Heartbreakers performing "I Won't Back Down"

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers first album was released in 1976 and this was the line up:
Tom Petty- lead vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonica.
Mike Campbell- lead guitar.
Ron Blair- bass guitar, vocals.
Benmont Tench- keyboards, vocals.
Stan Lynch- drums, percussion, vocals.
In 1988 he formed "The Traveling Wilburys" with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne.
Tom Petty has a solo career as well and he has been acting a little bit.
Here is Tom Petty performing "Breakdown"

Tom Petty has many awards, these are just some of them:
1996- The Golden Note Award.
1996- Tom received the UCLA's George and Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Musical Achievement.
1999- Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2002- Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
2005- Tom Petty received the Billboard Century Award for his lifetime achievements.
Check your collection and see what you have from Tom Petty, you can listen to his music when you are working, having fun, reading or doing anything, is great.
Here enjoy Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performing Free Fallin'

For those of you that want to add some Tom Petty to your collection here is the discography:
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers:
1976- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
1978- You're Gonna Get It!
1979- Damn the torpedoes.
1981- Hard Promises.
1982- Long After Dark.
1985- Southern Accents.
1987- Let Me Up (I've Had Enough).
1991- Into the Great Wide Open.
1999- Echo.
2002- The Last DJ.
The Traveling Wilburys:
1988- Traveling Wilburys Vol.1
1989- Traveling Wilburys Vol.2
1990- Traveling Wilburys Vol.3
2007- The Traveling Wilburys Collection.
Solo Albums:
1989- Full Moon Fever.
1994- Wildflowers.
2006- Highway Companion.
That's all this week and to end this edition of PRIVATE STOCK, here is Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performing another great song, "You Don't Know How It Feels"

Friday, November 6, 2009

Private Stock, The Beatles.

Welcome to PRIVATE STOCK. The Beatles are the must important band in the music history of the world. They formed in 1960 in Liverpool and breakup in 1970. In one decade they change music forever, the evolution of their music from the early days to the end of the decade resulted in the creation of albums that many critics consider masterpieces. Ringo Starr was not one of the original members, he join the band in 1962 and ever since this was the line up.
Paul McCartney- bass guitar, vocals
John Lennon- rhythm guitar, vocals
George Harrison- Lead guitar, vocals
Ringo Starr- drums, vocals
The Beatles are the must influential, creative and distinctive band of All Time. Here check out from the early days, "Money"

They inspired musicians worldwide, by the mid 60's they were Huge and the "Beatlemania" grew all over the world and their influence was more than just music it was about freedom for young people, this was a cultural transformation. The rebellion begin the contra culture, long hear, people get involved in social issues, etc.
They became a worldwide influential phenomenon. Here enjoy another great song "Hey Jude"

The music was totally different in the early 60's and the Beatles came and open many doors for other people to explore and write music.
They have many awards and these are just some of them;
in 1988 they were inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in 2009 the Recording Industry Association of America certified that The Beatles have sold more albums in the US than any other band, They were included in "Time magazine's" compilation of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century, "Rolling Stone" magazine in 2003 selected "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" as the greatest album of All Time.
From the movie "The Beatles Yellow Submarine" check out
"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"

After the band breakup, John, George, Paul and Ringo they all have a successful solo careers, I will have a future editions of PRIVATE STOCK of them to check their solo careers. Sadly John Lennon was shot and killed in December 8 of 1980 and George Harrison died of cancer in 2001. Paul and Ringo still working to this day.
The Beatles was the first band that I fell in love with I was only 5 or 6 years old and without them we wouldn't have the music that we have today, they were already rocking before everyone else. Here enjoy "Don't Let Me Down"

Is been almost 40 years since the band breakup and we still enjoying their music.
They have a great Discography:
1963 Please Please Me.
1963 With The Beatles.
1964 A Hard Day's Night.
1964 Beatles for Sale.
1965 Help!
1965 Rubber Soul.
1966 Revolver.
1967 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
1967 Magical Mystery Tour.
1968 The White Album.
1969 Yellow Submarine.
1969 Abbey Road.
1970 Let It Be.
That is all this week in PRIVATE STOCK and to end this edition here lets enjoy "Get Back"

Friday, October 30, 2009

Private Stock, Black Sabbath.

Welcome to PRIVATE STOCK and happy HALLOWEEN. Another GREAT band and one more of my favorites, Black Sabbath from England was formed in 1968 by four musicians:
Ozzy Osbourne- lead vocals.
Tony Iommi- guitar.
Geezer Butler- bass.
Bill Ward- drums.
When I think about Black Sabbath this is the only line up that come to my mind, but through the years the band's line up had many changes starting in 1979 when Ozzy was fired due to his heavy drinking lifestyle and replaced by Ronnie James Dio.
The first song that I ever hear from Black Sabbath was "Paranoid" and ever since they became one of my favorite bands. Here lets enjoy again that song.

Ronnie James Dio recorded a few albums with Black Sabbath and after him other great musicians went through the band Ian Gillan, Glen Hughes and Ray Gillen just to name some, but none of them could replace Ozzy that's way the original line up is the one and only Black Sabbath for me and for many people as well.
They are one of the most influential bands. They are unique, their sound and style using occult and horror lyrics give the band a dark reputation which is the base of their worldwide success. Here check out from the early days "War Pigs"

They have multiple awards and nominations The "Rolling Stones " magazine called the band the Beatles of heavy metal, Time Magazine called the album "Paranoid" the birthplace of heavy metal and one of the Top 100 Albums of All Time. VH1 said they are number two of their list of the 100 Greatest Artist of Hard Rock. Black Sabbath was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. They still selling millions of albums all over the world, they have fun's young and old and everything between. Here enjoy this video from the early days "Black Sabbath"

There is no question of their Influence and Legacy. They wrote their name in the music History. Here is The Black Sabbath discography but don't forget that "Never Say Die!" from 1978 was the last album with Ozzy Osbourne on vocals.
1970- Black Sabbath
1970- Paranoid
1971- Master of Reality
1972- Black Sabbath Vol.4
1973- Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
1975- Sabotage
1976- Technical Ecstasy
1978- Never Say Die!
1980- Heaven and Hell
1981- Mob Rules
1983- Born Again
1986- Seventh Star
1987- The Eternal Idol
1989- Headless Cross
1990- Tyr
1992- Dehumanizer
1994- Cross Purposes
1995- Forbidden
That is all this week, once again happy HALLOWEEN to everybody and to end this edition of PRIVATE STOCK lets check out "N.I.B."

Friday, October 23, 2009

Private Stock, AC/DC.

Welcome to PRIVATE STOCK. One of the Greatest bands of All Time AC/DC was formed in Australia in 1973 by two brothers Malcom and Angus Young. The band's line up had many changes through the years. The band first album was released only in Australia in 1975 and this was the band line up.
Malcom Young- guitar.
Angus Young- guitar.
Bon Scott- vocals.
Phil Rudd- drums.
Mark Evans- bass.
The power and intensity of their music and their shows made them a Legend. Lets remember some of that first line up with Bon Scott on vocals. "Highway to Hell"

In those early years the band gain popularity with songs like "High Voltage" and "It's a Long Way to the Top If You Wanna Rock'n' Roll". In 1976 AC/DC signed a contract with Atlantic Records and released their first album with worldwide distribution "High Voltage" and the rest is history, the band sold three million copies of that album, that was just the beginning. From the Bon Scott era check out another great song, "Girls Got Rhythm"

Tragedy hit the band when Bon Scott die in February 19 of 1980 after drinking too much. The band almost quitt but they believe that Bon Scott would have wanted the band to keep rocking. Brian Johnson replaced Bon Scott that year. AC/DC is probably the only band to achieve so much success with both of their singers is incredible.
The Brian Johnson era started with the released of one of their must succesfull albums "Back in Black". Here check out AC/DC with Brian Johnson on vocals this is
"Back in Black"

In 2003 AC/DC was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The band has sold more than 200 million albums worldwide, they have many awards and recognitions they wrote their name in the history of music and to this day they still rocking.
Here enjoy another great song "Thunderstruck"

They are such a good band with so much energy and intensity. Here check the band's discography;
1975- High Voltage (released only in Australia)
1975- T.N.T.
1976- High Voltage (worldwide it has songs from the previus two albums)
1976- Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
1977- Let There Be Rock
1978- Powerage
1979- Highway to Hell
1980- Back in Black
1981- For Those About to Rock We Salute You
1983- Flick of the Switch
1985- Fly on the Wall
1986- Who Made Who
1988- Blow Up Your Video
1990- The Razors Edge
1995- Ballbreaker
2000- Stiff Upper Lip
2008- Black Ice
This is a long great discography and there are also plenty of compilations.
That is all this week and to end this edition of PRIVATE STOCK lets enjoy TNT

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Private Stock, Alice Cooper.

Welcome to PRIVATE STOCK. Living Legend Alice Cooper, great American musician who is also an actor and a radio DJ his show "Nights with Alice Cooper" is very cool.
His real name is Vincent Damon Furnier, we have been enjoying his music for 40 years. He definitely created a sound and image totally unique.
Check out "Is It My Body"

His line up had many changes through the years but the original line up was:
Vincent Furnier (Alice Cooper)- singer.
Glen Buxton- Lead guitar.
Michael Bruce- rhythm guitar.
Dennis Dunaway- bass guitar.
Neal Smith- drums.
The band influences; The Beatles, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, The Who and by Alice Cooper admission The Yardbirds was his favorite band.
The name Alice Cooper was intended as the band name but people start to call Vincent Alice so little by little he took the name for himself, officially in 1975 with the released of "Welcome to My Nightmare" as his first solo album.
Lets enjoy "No More Mr. Nice Guy"

He change music and the concept of what you can do on stage, he was definitely a pioneer way ahead of his time creating shows with spiders, dead people, guillotines, blood and just horror in general along with his music and unique appearance it was a recipe for success and to this day he still recording and touring very active with his career. Lets check out one of his great songs that I remember always playing over and over every year the last day of school. Here enjoy "School's Out"

Alice Cooper has influenced many people and his name is in the music history with his long career he has a huge Discography.
1969- "Pretties for You"
1970- "Easy Action"
1971- "Love It to Death"
1971- "Killer"
1972- "School's out"
1973- "Billion Dollar Babies"
1973- "Muscle of Love"
1975- "Welcome to My Nightmare"
1976- "Alice Cooper Goes to Hell"
1977- "Lace and Whiskey"
1978- "From the Inside"
1980- "Flush the Fashion"
1981- "Special Forces"
1982- "Zipper Catches Skin"
1983- "DaDa"
1986- "Constrictor"
1987- "Raise Your Fist and Yell"
1989- "Trash"
1991- "Hey Stoopid"
1994- "The Last Temptation"
2000- "Brutal Planet"
2001- "Dragontown"
2003- "The Eyes of Alice Cooper"
2005- "Dirty Diamonds"
2008- "Along Came a Spider"
1977- The Alice Cooper Show.
1991- Live at the Whiskey A Go-G0, 1969.
1997- A Fisful of Alice.
2003- Brutally Live.
2005- Live at Cabo Wabo '96.
2006- Live at Montreux 2005.
There are many compilations as well. These albums are not only good but full of history and to end this edition of PRIVATE STOCK, lets enjoy "I'm Eighteen".

Friday, October 9, 2009

Private Stock, The Who.

Welcome to PRIVATE STOCK. One of the All Time Greatest Rock Band, The Who from the UK was formed in 1964 by:
Roger Daltrey- vocals, harmonica.
Pete Townshend- guitar.
John Entwistle- bass.
Keith Moon- drums.
In 1965 the band released their first album "My Generation" and one of the songs of this album "I Can't Explain" it was the first of many top ten hit singles to come and after their memorable performances in 1967 at The Monterey festival and 1969 at Woodstock they became one of the best.
Here lets check out "pinball Wizard"

The Who is definitly one of the most influential bands of the 60s and 70s. They have influenced GREAT BANDS, like: Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, AC/DC, just to name some of many bands to claim that The Who had influencing their music in one way or another. The Who change Rock music with everything they did, their live performances were so energetic they were the first band to destroy their instrumens after the show and that became a tradition for a number of years.
Here another great song lets enjoy, "Baba O'Riley"

They got so many Awards:
In 1990 The Who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In 2005 The Who were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame.
In 2006 they won the first annual Freddie Mercury Lifetime Achievement in Live Music Award.
In 1988 they received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Phonographic Industry.
In 1998 "Tommy" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, "My generation" in 1999 and "Who's Next" in 2007.
"live at Leeds" from 1970 is considered by many critics as "the best live rock album of all the time".
These just to name a few of them. The Who wrote their name in the history of music.
Lets enjoy another great The Who song, "Who Are You"

In August of 1978 The Who released "Who Are You" their biggest seller, The band was at the top of their game having all this success. And then tragedy hit the band when in September 7 of 1978 Keith Moon died of an overdose of a prescribed medicine he was taken to combat alcohol withdrawal, it was very sad.
In 1979 The Who replaced Keith Moon and went on for a tour, the new drummer was Kenney Jones of The Faces. Here is The Who with Kenney Jones on drums performing
"Behind Blue Eyes"

The band kept going touring and recording with the 3 survivors when in June of 2002 before a US tour was due begin, John Entwistle was found dead in his room at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. To this day Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend keep touring and working together.
Here is the band Discography:
My Generation- 1965.
A Quick One- 1966.
The Who Sell Out- 1967.
Tommy- 1969.
Live at Leeds- 1970.
Who's Next- 1971.
Quadrophenia- 1973.
Odds & Sods- 1974.
The Who by Numbers- 1975.
Who Are You- 1978.
Face Dances- 1981.
It's Hard- 1982.
Endless Wire- 2006.
All of these albums are great and full of music history.
That is all this week and to end this edition of PRIVATE STOCK, lets check out from the 1969 Woodstock Festival, "See Me Feel Me".

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Private Stock, Led Zeppelin.

Welcome to PRIVATE STOCK. The Greatest Band of All Time, Led Zeppelin was formed in London England in 1968 by;
Jimmy Page- guitar.
Robert Plant- vocals.
John Bonham- drums.
John Paul Jones- bass guitar, keyboards, mandolin.
With all their success and achievements they have a special place in rock history. These are just some of their achievements;
January 1995- Inducted into the United States Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
November 2006- Inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame.
November 1999- The "Recording Industry Announces Awards" Led Zeppelin were the third in music history to achieve four or more Diamons albums.
All of their studio albums reach the top 10 of the Billboard chart in the U.S.
Rolling Stone magazine has described Led Zeppelin as "the heaviest band of all time", "the biggest band of the '70s" and "unquestionably one of the most enduring bands in rock history".
They just awesome, here enjoy "Black Dog"

The band influences blues, hard rock, folk rock, Indian etc. Jimmy Page was playing bass with The Yardbirds and Jeff Beck was the lead guitar but he left the band in 1966 and Jimmy Page became the lead guitar of the Yardbirds. In 1968 the band was tired of recording and touring and they breakup in the summer of that year.
They were still committed to do several concerts and they authorized Jimmy Page and Chris Dreja the bass guitar to use the Yardbirds name to fulfil the band's obligations and this is how Led Zeppelin was formed, first Jimmy suggested Robert Plant for the singer who recommended John Bonham for the drums by this time Chris Dreja dropped out of the project, some how Jhon Paul Jones found out about the vacant position and contacted Jimmy Page who agree to bring him to play bass in the new Yardbirds lineup. They completed the Yardbirds obligations and later that year in November as Led Zeppelin they signed a contract with Atlantic Records.
Here enjoy this great song "No Quarter"

I still remember like if it was yesterday the first time I listen to them. Led Zeppelin 11 was my first Zeppelin album and after that I got Led Zeppelin 1 and just every time they released an album I got it right away from that point, they are unique, here another one of my favorite songs the "Rain Song".

In 1980 the band was preparing for a tour, they were at Jimmy Page house when
tragically on September of 1980 John Bonham died after a few days of excessive drinking, the cause of death was asphyxiation from his vomit. That was the end of Led Zeppelin they didn't want to replace him, they issued a press statement on December of 1980;
"We wish it to be know that the loss of our dear friend, and the deep sense of undivided harmony felt by ourselves and our manager, have led us to decide that we could not continue as we were".
Almost 30 years later the band continues to be held in high regard for their commercial success and broad influence. The band has sold over 200 millions albums worldwide. Here lets remember the early days from 1969 "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You".

This is the Led Zeppelin Discography;
Led Zeppelin, 1969.
Led Zeppelin 11, 1969.
Led Zeppelin 111, 1970.
Led Zeppelin 1V, 1971.
Houses of the Holy, 1973.
Physical Graffiti, 1975.
The Songs Remains the Same, 1976.
Presence, 1976.
In Through the Out Door, 1979.
Coda, 1982.
All of these albums are great and there are plenty of compilations.
That is all this week and to end this edition of PRIVATE STOCK here is Led Zeppelin performing "Stairway to Heaven".

Friday, September 25, 2009

Private Stock, The Allman Brothers Band.

Welcome to PRIVATE STOCK. One of the Greatest Bands of All Time, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. The Allman Brothers Band was formed in 1969 and we have been enjoying their music ever since. This was the original Line up:
Duane Allman- guitar, slide guitar.
Gregg Allman- organ, piano, vocals.
Berry Oakley- bass, vocals.
Dickey Betts- guitar, rhythm guitar, vocals.
Butch Trucks- drums, tympani.
Jai Johanny Johanson- drums, percussion.
Their music have so many influences southern rock, jazz, blues. They have a unique sound. Here is a song from the 1970 tour, "Dreams" live at the Fillmore East.

They had so much talent in that original line up, with Duane Allman and Dickey Betts they have not only one but two of the best guitar players of All Time.
The band first album was released in 1969 "The Allman Brothers Band" they started touring and every time they play they jam like if it was the last show they were going to play. The Band always play with so much intensity. Their live album released in 1971, "At Fillmore East" is considered by the Rolling Stone magazine as one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Here from 1970 check out "Whipping Post" live at Fillmore East and you will see why.

The album was certified gold and sadly shortly after that in October 29 1971 Duane Allman died in a motorcycle accident. Then a year after that in November 11 1972, Berry Oakley died also in a motorcycle accident three blocks from the intersection of Duane's death.
The band kept it going and they still are active recording and touring all over, they sound great. Here from the 2003 tour lets check out "Statesboro Blues"

Before Duane Allman died he work with Eric Clapton's Derek and the Dominos in the "Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs" album.
Here is The Allman Brothers Band discography:
The Allman Brothers Band- 1969.
Idlewild South- 1970.
At Fillmore East- 1971.
Eat a Peach- 1972.
Brothers and Sisters- 1973.
Win, Lose or Draw- 1975.
Enlightened Rogues- 1979.
Reach for the Sky- 1980.
Brothers of the Road- 1981.
Seven Turns- 1990.
Shades of Two Worlds- 1991.
Where It All Begins- 1994.
Hittin' the Note- 2003.
All of these albums are really good and every home need to have some Brothers in their collection.
That is all for this week and to end this edition of PRIVATE STOCK here this is my favorite Allman Brothers Band song, from the early days with the original line up this is "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" performed live at Fillmore East in 1970.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Private Stock, Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Welcome to PRIVATE STOCK. Stevie Ray Vaughan, one of the Best guitar players of All Time. Born in Dallas, Texas in October 3, 1954. His brother three years older also a musician Jimmie Vaughan got Stevie his first electric guitar when he was nine years old, he played in numerous bands from early age, school dances and private parties. In July of 1981 "Double Trouble" played at the Music Festival in Manor Texas with this line up;
Lou Ann Barton- vocals.
Mike Kindred- keyboards.
Chris Layton- drums.
Tommy Shannon- bass guitar.
Stevie Ray Vaughan- guitars, vocals.
A videotape of this performance fell into the hands of Charlie Watts form the Rolling Stones and in 1982 the band was invited to play at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland where they meet Jackson Browne who was impress by the band performance and to help the band he offers them free studio recording time in his Los Angeles Studio, they accepted the offer. In the summer of 1983 Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble released their first album "Texas Flood"
Here lets enjoy some blues check out "Texas Flood"

Stevie has been one of my favorite musicians since the release of that first album and the experience of see these musicians play at a live show absolutely memorable.
He play guitar write and sing the songs using his hands and his heart as well.
Here enjoy this song that Stevie wrote for his wife, performed live at "El Mocambo" this is "Lenny"

He played with some of the best musicians like Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, BB King just to name some of them. In his own words Stevie want to play guitar from the heart.
That's why when you listen to his music, something happen to your skin.
He loved Fender Stratocaster guitars and when he played a show he used all different
fender guitars. Some of Stevie influences are Albert King, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Lonnie Mack etc. Here enjoy "Riviera Paradise"

In the summer of 1990 he was touring with Eric Clapton and after a show at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, WI. They were transported out of there in a helicopter that crash to a 300 foot hill. The pilot, Stevie Ray Vaughan and three members of Eric Clapton team were killed instantly.
Stevie have many Grammy Awards and nominations. In 2000 he was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame and since 2008 he is eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Every home need to have some Stevie so here is the Discography;
Texas Flood- 1983
Couldn't Stand the Weather- 1984
Soul to Soul- 1985
Live Alive- 1986
In Step- 1989
Family Style- 1990
There are plenty of Compilations:
The Sky is Crying- 1991
Greatest Hits- 1995
The Real Deal, GH Volume 2- 1999
Blues at Sunrise- 2000
The Essential Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble- 2002. Just to name some of them.
All of these albums are REALLY GOOD and will be a great addition to anyone collection.
That's all this week and to end this edition of PRIVATE STOCK lets enjoy, "Tin Pan Alley" live in Tokyo in 1985.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Private Stock, The Doors.

Welcome to PRIVATE STOCK. The Doors was formed in 1965 by four musicians, Jim Morrison on vocals, Ray Manzarek on keyboards, John Densmore on drums and Robby Krieger on guitar. In 1967 they released their first album, "The Doors" and in 1971 after the tragic death of Jim Morrison they released their last album "L.A. Woman". They didn't have a long life but they are part of the music history and they were a very influential American band.
Here they were at the Smother Brothers comedy hour and this is "Touch Me"

Their unique sound come from Jim Morrison voice and Ray Manzarek Keyboards but Robby Krieger guitar and John Densmore drums were a big part of that sound as well.
They were original and unpredictable, a band with no bass player (in the form of a guitar) Ray Manzarek played the bass in his keyboards.
Lets check out this performance from 1968 live at the Hollywood Bowl.

There are lots of stories about Jim Morrison incidents on stage, he was arrested a few times for indecent exposure or shows were cancelled due to Jim's being way to drunk to perform and most of it is all true, he was out of control. He was a great musician and a poet that people fell in love with because the way their music make you feel, they did have that "special vibe".
Lets check out this 1968 performance live at the Hollywood Bowl "The Unknown Soldier"

Jim Morrison died on July 3, 1971 in his apartment in Paris, France at the age of 27 like a bunch of other famous rock stars that also died at 27 years old.
Jim is missed and resting in peace. The Doors Discography:
1967- The Doors.
1967- Strange Days.
1968- Waiting for the Sun.
1969- The Soft Parade.
1970- Morrison Hotel.
1970- Absolutely Live.
1971- L.A. Woman.
All of these albums are really good.
That's all this week and to end this edition of PRIVATE STOCK lets enjoy from 1970 Live at the Isle of Wight festival, "The End".

Monday, August 31, 2009

Private Stock, Carlos Santana.

Welcome to PRIVATE STOCK. Carlos Santana one of the best guitar players songwriters of all time. We have been enjoying his music since the end of the 60's. He is part of the music History, he born in Mexico and his family moved to San Francisco were he graduated from High School in 1965.
He formed the Santana Blues Band in 1966 and started playing around in the night clubs. In 1969 with his performance at the Woodstock festival the band signed a contract with Columbia Records.
Here enjoy live "samba pa ti"

Santana sound has many influences Blues, Rock, Jazz, Latin, African and he put it all together in such a nice way. He has been writing so much beautiful music and played with so many great musicians.
Lets enjoy from the early days this performance in 1970 "Treat"

There are more than one reason for his success, being one of the greatest guitar players and songwriters is one of them. His soul and heart are the other ones, he always said what he feel about wherever issue we have as a nation or just as a humans to governors and presidents. He has been very spiritual and caring for mother nature.
He still rocking and during his long career he has been playing with so many people here he is live in 1976 performing "Europa"

Carlos Santana Discography is gigantic after the 1969 released of the self titled album he just took off and never stop, he has albums with the band and he has albums with other people. He share the stage with great musicians of all different types of music. No collection is complete without Carlos Santana.
That's all this week, and to end this edition of PRIVATE STOCK lets enjoy Carlos Santana and Buddy Guy jamming together.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Private Stock, Traffic.

Welcome to PRIVATE STOCK. Traffic was formed in 1967 by four talented musicians from Birmingham, England.
Steve Winwood- organ, guitar, piano, bass, harpsichord and vocals.
Jim Capaldi- drums, percussion and vocals.
Chris Wood- flute, saxophone, organ, percussion, and vocals.
Dave Mason- guitar, mellotron, sitar, harmonica and vocals.
Traffic music have "something special". The way they wrote and performed, they were making music, they all could play different instruments, in the beginning it was a psychedelic sound. Check out from those early days in 1968 this performance in the Peter Cook and Dudley Moore's "Goodbye Again" TV show, the song is "40 000 Headmen"

In 1969 the band breakup for a little bit and Steve Winwood with Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Rick Greck formed Blind Faith. They released one album (excellent) tour once and breakup, here is a sample of that super group this is "Can't Find My Way Home" from 1969.

From the beginning they had problems with Dave Mason specially Steve Winwood. By 1970 the band reunited without Dave Mason and released "Jhon Barleycorn must die" definitely a successful album.
The band is more mature and from their psychedelic early sound they now incorporated jazz, folk and progressive rock. From 1972 lets check out "John Barleycorn".

Traffic has been always one of my favorite bands, they didn't have a long life mainly because of problems between Dave Mason and the rest of them but Steve Winwood more than the others and I feel that they did need him he was an excellent songwriter but they couldn't get along and that's way they formed in 1967 and breakup in 1974 for good. In this period of time they released these albums:
Mr. Fantasy- 1967.
Traffic- 1968.
Last Exit- 1969.
John Barleycorn Must Die- 1970.
The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys- 1971.
Welcome to the Canteen- 1971.
Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory- 1973.
On the Road- 1973.
When the Eagle Flies- 1974
All of these albums are really good and could be a great addition to anyone collection. Enjoy the music that's all for now and to end this edition of PRIVATE STOCK here is live from 1972 "Dear Mr. Fantasy".

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Private Stock, Grand Funk Railroad.

Welcome to PRIVATE STOCK, one of the best "American bands" Grand Funk Railroad was formed in 1968, this was the original line up:
Mark Farner- guitars, lead vocals, keyboards.
Don Brewer- drums, lead vocals.
Mel Schacher- bass guitar.
In 1969 they released "On Time" the band first album. The power and talent of the trio gave them a unique style, their live shows were a different experience.
From those early days lets check out "Inside Looking Out"

In 1970 the band was very productive and they released three albums, "Grand Funk", "Closer To Home" and "Live".In 1971 the band released two albums "Survival" and "E. Pluribus Funk". They sold millions of albums, sell out shows breaking all records. Lets check out "I'm Your Captain" from 1971 at Shea Stadium in New York were Grand Funk became the second band to sell out Shea Stadium, the Beatles was the first band that sell out Shea Stadium.

In 1972 the band fired Terry Knight and hired John Eastman as the new manager, as a result a legal battle involving millions of dollars went on. The band was going through a lot of changes "Phoenix" was released that year. In 1973 the band added a keyboard player Graig Frost and they released "We're An American Band".
From 1974 lets check out the four men line up of Grand Funk, this is "We re An American Band".

Two more albums were released in 1974 Shinin' On" and "All The Girls In The World Beware!!!". In 1975 a double live album "Caught In The Act" was released. Highly successful until this point, they started to have problems, musical direction, leadership, I don't know maybe they were a bit burn-out. In 1976 the band released Good Singin', Good Playin", this was not a good album and Mark Farner left the band he was replaced and the band went on but I didn't really like any album after that.
From 1969 to 1975 Grand Funk was in the top, the quality and intensity of their music set them apart with the greatest musicians club.
To end this edition of PRIVATE STOCK lets check out "Heartbreaker" live from 1974.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Private Stock, Chicago.

Welcome to PRIVATE STOCK. Chicago what a great band, seven musicians created a sound and style very unique. The original and talented line up was:
Peter Cetera-bass.
Terry Kath-guitar.
Danny Seraphine-drums.
Robert Lamm-keyboards.
James Pankow-trombone.
Walter Parazaider-saxophone.
Lee Loughnane-trumpet.
The band was formed in 1967 and in 1969 they released their first album using the name "Chicago Transit Authority". This name was shortened to Chicago after the released of the album.
I love their sound is a mix of Jazz, Rock, Progressive (specially in the first album) Pop etc.
Here a song from a live TV presentation in 1970, I'm a man.

Their sold millions of albums, they were among the most successful bands of the 70's.
They were original and every album produced in the 70's with this line up had at least couple of songs in the US charts.
Lets check out from those early days "make me smile"

So much talent in this band the combination of the horn section, with Terry Kath guitar (one of the best guitar players of all time), Robert Lamm on keyboards, peter Cetera on bass and Danny Seraphine on drums is the secret of the band unique sound. Lets check out this live performance from 1970, "It Better End Soon"

Chicago is one of the greatest bands with a big Discography.
1978 was not a good year for the band, Terry Kath tragically died.
I know that some people probably won't agree with me but after Terry Kath pass. the sound of the band was not the same, they are still making music and play shows all over the world.
I strongly recommend the first eleven albums of the band, they will be a great addition to any ones collection.
Lets check out "Beginnings" from 1972 live in Tokyo to end this edition of PRIVATE STOCK, relax end enjoy the music.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Private Stock, Jefferson Airplane.

Welcome to PRIVATE STOCK. Jefferson Airplane was formed in 1965 in San Francisco. Great American band, they released their first album in 1966 and after the released of their second album in February of 1967 "Surrealistic Pillow" they were one of the most influential bands not only in America but also in the rest of the World. They were a big part of the "Summer of Love" as well as the Psychedelic and acid Rock Music movement. They wrote songs protesting social issues, songs with the "just feel good" and relax feeling. Lets check out "Eskimo blue day"

The band line up had many changes. From 1966 to 1970 they produced four albums with this line up.
Grace Slick-vocals,piano,organ.
Marty Balin-vocals,rhythm guitar.
Paul Kantner-rhythm guitar,vocals.
Jack Casady-bass guitar,rhythm guitar,fuzz bass.
Jorma Kaukonen-lead guitar,rhythm guitar,vocals.
Spencer Dryden-drums,percussion's.
Jefferson Airplane music was a different experience and people fell in love with it because the way that make you feel.
Lets check out their appearance in the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in 1968 this is "Lather".

Jefferson Airplane and Grateful Dead are the first bands from San Francisco that achieve success. Jefferson Airplane produced seven albums and all of them are very good. Here is their Discography:
Jefferson Airplane Takes Off, 1966.
Surrealistic Pillow, 1967.
After Bathing at Baxter's, 1967.
Crown of Creation, 1968.
Volunteers, 1969.
Bark, 1971.
Long John Silver, 1972.
Jefferson Airplane reunion album, 1989.
Here lets check out "white rabbit" live at the Kralingen Festival Holland 1970.

I really love this band and even after they breakup, in 1971 when Marty Balin left they formed Jefferson Starship and in 1974 they released the band first album, "Dragon Fly" and in 1975 Marty Balin came back and they released "Red Octopus" another great album, "Spitfire" was released in 1976.
Their sound is different than the Airplane sound, I like it so much. I recommend these albums all of them are very good and to end this edition of PRIVATE STOCK lets get a sample of Jefferson Starship. This is "with your love" from the 1976 album "spitfire" until next week that's all for now.