• Reflections

    17 Jan 2009, 14:18 by koedas

    Manos Hadjidakis New York Rock & Roll Ensemble Reflections
    Κύκλος τραγουδιών που γράφτηκαν για τους New York Rock and Roll Ensemble.
    Αγγλικοί στίχοι: D. Rudnytsky, Β. Corrigan, Μ. Fulterman, C. Νivison.
    Στα μέλη του συγκροτήματος, εκτός από τους προαναφερθέντες, ανήκε και o Michael Kamen (3 βραβεία Grammy & 2 υποψηφιότητες για Oscar τραγουδιού), μαθητής και φίλος του Μάνου Χατζιδάκι.
    Δίσκος που σημάδεψε ιδιαίτερα το Ελληνικό & διεθνές τραγούδι και φανέρωσε τις τεράστιες δυνατότητες και το εύρος της μουσικής του Μάνου Χατζιδάκι. Τα τραγούδια βέβαια κυκλοφόρησαν μετέπειτα στην Ελλάδα με ελληνικούς στίχους (όπως π.χ. το "The Day" που είναι το κομμάτι "Χελιδόνι σε κλουβί" σε στίχους Νίκου Γκάτσου απ' την "Επιστροφή" ή ο Κεμάλ). Το 2005 κυκλοφόρησε μια νέα εκτέλεση του δίσκου, διασκευασμένη από τους Raining Pleasure, εξίσου καλή κατά τη γνώμη μου.
  • 50000+ tracks played! (another generic uninteresting journal entry!)

    11 Oct 2008, 00:26 by thedaydreamer1

    Yo! So, I almost missed this milestone (!!), and then I would be sooooo disappointed for not writing another generic analysis of my overall top 20! But I missed it only by 44 tracks, ain't bad, and here I go...

    Previous "milestones":
    40000 tracks played: 2008-04-01
    30000 tracks played: 2007-04-28
    20000 tracks played: 2006-04-29
    10000 tracks played: 2005-11-19

    50044 tracks played since January 4th 2005
    50044 tracks in 1374 days ~= 36.42 tracks per day
    and comparing to the 40000+ tracks played! journal entry of April 1th 2008:
    10025 tracks played since April 1st 2008
    10025 tracks in 192 days ~= 52.21 tracks per day (as opposed to ~=29.7)

    Top 20 Artists:

    1. Tool (-) - 2,009 tracks
    Well, yeah, Tool are still no 1 on my charts... who would have thought??? :P

    2. Ρόδες (-) - 1,221 tracks
    Hmm, I was not really expecting this band to be still on the 2nd spot. However with 2 really good albums of , , , / they can apparently still keep me interested!
  • The right to ensemble peaceably, part 1

    19 Jun 2006, 18:45 by RocketShipX41

    New York Rock & Roll Ensemble - New York Rock & Roll Ensemble (1968)

    This is a nice little oddity. Check out the band's bio for the background. Suffice it to say that their fusing of Classical music and psych-pop is rather successful. The key is that they're actually good at both sides, with very nice playing from keyboards (especially harpsichord) and oboe on the Classical side, and some solid beats and psych-but-not-stupid lyrics on the other. It's been said that progressive rock was born when Classically trained (and public-school educated) Brits applied their skills and tastes to psychedelic rock, which had a way of embracing change. This band shows that the same thing happened on this side of the Atlantic, with this band being one of the prime early examples. This certainly isn't progressive rock, but you can sure see it from here. The Ars Nova of the 60s (not the Japanese one) is similar. Picture Strawberry Alarm Clock grafted onto a chamber group and you'll have the right idea…
  • My favourite albums of 2005... [with comments]

    7 Jan 2006, 16:25 by thedaydreamer1

    Finally, a week after the coming of the new year my list for my favourite albums of last year has come! Before that I have already listed my favourite albums of each year from 1969 to 2004 with journals that might have confused/misguided (wtf Led Zeppelin's IV was not released in 2005! :-P) some that found them recommended. Well, anyway, here are my favourite albums of the year 2005:
    [disclaimer: keep in mind that I chose mostly from the ones I own since I am not able to fully appreciate burned music and mp3's]

    1. Dream Theater - Octavarium: Many might say this was not so good to reach a number 1, Dream Theater though is one of my favourite artists of all time and I tend to enjoy every release they make. Leaving back the heavy influences (Metallica, Megadeth) of Train of Thought they released a far more diverse album, including elements from many different bands (Muse to Pink Floyd) all through the unique musical perception of these great musicians. btw James LaBrie keeps getting better and better.