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"