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Taj Mahal, 96/24 FLAC. The Rock and Roll Circus giving me a hankering here, too. Fifty years of unrelenting excellence in music, but it never got better than this first one.
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Rattle That Lock is the fourth solo studio album by former Pink Floyd singer and guitarist David Gilmour, released in 2015.

Phil Manzanera, co-producer of the album, estimated that Gilmour had been writing the material for Rattle That Lock over the past five years, though he pointed out that one piano piece was recorded 18 years ago in Gilmour's living room. The Liberty Choir was recorded in a South London church for the title track. David's son Gabriel performs piano on the song "In Any Tongue", making his recording debut. Jools Holland also played piano. David Crosby and Graham Nash provided backing vocals.

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If Pink Floyd‘s mostly instrumental and ambient 2014 album The Endless River left you wishing for more classic elements — like, say, David Gilmour‘s husky vocals and stinging guitar — his fourth solo album, Rattle That Lock, should fit the bill.

On his first project since Pink Floyd put an end to their long career with The Endless River, which was pieced together from leftover studio tracks dating back to 1994, Gilmour continues on the path the band laid down decades ago with a concept album about a typical day in the life of a middle-aged man coming to terms with loss, mortality and his varied musical influences.

Written by Gilmour with his wife, Polly Samson, Rattle That Lock is both autobiographical and meditative, a look at a life filled with the usual shares of love, hope, hurt and joy. On “Today,” which comes near the end of the narrative, it’s all pretty much summed up with a Floyd-funky rhythm buoying a live-in-the-moment sentiment. It’s not heavy, and it never goes as deep as Pink Floyd classics like The Dark Side of the Moon or The Wall, but for the 69-year-old Gilmour, it’s where life has taken him.

It’s the songs featuring Gilmour’s voice that invite, for better or worse, the Pink Floyd comparisons. The title track recalls the band’s ’80s and ’90s work, when they were trying to carve out a new identity following Waters’ departure; the biting guitar that caps “Dancing Right in Front of Me” is vintage Gilmour; and “Today” chugs along with Animals-era punch.

Still, there’s nothing as majestic as “There’s No Way Out of Here,” from Gilmour’s eponymous 1978 debut, on Rattle That Lock. But following the somewhat exasperated exhale of The Endless River, it’s about as close to a classic Pink Floyd album fans are going to get these days.
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Let It Be is the third studio album by American rock band The Replacements, released in 1984.

It is a post-punk album with coming-of-age themes. The band had grown tired of playing loud and fast exclusively by the time of their 1983 album Hootenanny. Westerberg explained that the punks who made up their audience "thought that's what they were supposed to be standing for, like 'There are no rules' But there were rules and you couldn't do that, and you had to be fast, and you had to wear black, and you couldn't wear a plaid shirt with flares." Westerberg recalls that "playing that kind of noisy, fake hardcore rock was getting us nowhere, and it wasn't a lot of fun. This was the first time I had songs that we arranged, rather than just banging out riffs and giving them titles."

The album's title is a reference to the 1970 album Let It Be by The Beatles; the reference was intended as a joke on the Replacements' manager, Peter Jesperson, who was a huge Beatles fan. Westerberg has stated the name was "our way of saying that nothing is sacred, that the Beatles were just a fine rock & roll band. We were seriously gonna call the next record Let It Bleed."

Music critic Robert Christgau ranked it 2nd on his list of the decade's best albums and said Let It Be represented the peak of American indie rock. eMusic's Karen Schoemer said that Let It Be is "as classic as rock & roll could be" and cited it as a cornerstone album of alternative rock, along with R.E.M.'s Murmur, the Pixies' Surfer Rosa, and Sonic Youth's Daydream Nation. Spin ranked it #12 on their list of the 25 Greatest albums of all time. The opening track of the album, "I Will Dare" has been inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. Peter Buck of R.E.M. played a guitar solo on "I Will Dare".

Rolling Stone: "Copping a Beatles title was cheeky; attaching it to a post-punk masterpiece was a sign of maturity. Songs like "I Will Dare" sizzle with ambition. Mixing punk and country with wry lyrics, "Unsatisfied" sounds like Paul Westerberg demanding more of himself and of his band. He got it."

The album is number 241 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
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Street Language is the title of the fourth studio album released by American country music artist Rodney Crowell, released in 1986.

In 1984, Crowell recorded what was to be a new album for Warner Bros., Street Language. That album, a pop-sounding effort co–produced by David Malloy, was rejected by Warner Bros, and was never released. The label requested a more Nashville-friendly record, but Crowell negotiated a release from his contract and moved to Columbia Records. He then he brought in Booker T. Jones as co-producer and re-recorded a more rock and roll/electric-sounding Street Language in 1986.

The song "Looking for You" was co-written with Crowell's then wife, Rosanne Cash. "She Loves the Jerk" was written and first recorded by John Hiatt in 1983 and was included on his album, Riding with the King. It would later be covered by Elvis Costello.

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With Street Language Rodney Crowell created an awkward country-soul hybrid. Working with organist Booker T. Jones, Billy Joe Walker, and John Hiatt -- who he also covers -- Crowell doesn't quite realize his concept. Although the songs are usually quite good, the sound of the record is forced and hamfisted. At the very least, the album suggested that Crowell was at his best when he was at his most direct. And he became direct on his next album, Diamonds & Dirt.
Crowell was born on August 7, 1950, in Crosby, Texas. One grandfather was a church choir leader, the other a bluegrass banjo player, his grandmother played guitar, and his father sang semi-professionally at bars and honky tonks. At age 11, he started playing drums in his father's band. In 1972 he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in search of a musical career and got a job as a songwriter after being discovered by Jerry Reed. Emmylou Harris had recorded one of Crowell's songs, "Bluebird Wine", on her Pieces of the Sky album and asked him to play rhythm guitar in her backing band. In 1977 as a side project, he formed a musical group, The Cherry Bombs, with Vince Gill.

Crowell was married to Rosanne Cash (daughter of Johnny Cash) from 1979 to 1992. They collaborated on a number of duets, including 1988's "It's Such a Small World." Although Crowell and Cash are now divorced, they remain on friendly terms, performing together occasionally. Crowell and Cash have three daughters.

Though he had already several country hits by artists covering his songs (including "Ain't Living Long Like This" by Waylon Jennings, "Leaving Louisiana..." by the Oak Ridge Boys, and several covers by Johnny Cash, Rosanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, Jerry Reed and others), Crowell got his first big taste of pop songwriting success with "Shame on the Moon", recorded on in 1982 by Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band. Glenn Frey joined Seger on background harmony. In 1983, Crystal Gayle had a number one country single with his song "'Til I Gain Control Again". The song was first recorded in 1975 by Emmylou Harris.

His next album, Diamonds & Dirt (1988) produced five consecutive No. 1 singles.
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Mixed Bag is the debut album by Richie Havens, released in 1966.

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Richie Havens' finest recording, Mixed Bag captures the essence of his music and presents it in an attractive package that has held up well.

A close listen to lyrics like "I Can't Make It Anymore" and "Morning, Morning" reveals sadness and loneliness, yet the music is so appealingly positive that a listener actually comes away feeling uplifted. In fact, on most of the songs on this album, it's the sound of Havens' distinctive voice coupled with his unusual open-E guitar tuning, rather than the specific lyrical content of the songs, that pulls the listener in. The six-and-a-half minute "Follow" is structured like a Dylan composition in the "Hard Rain" mode, with its memorable verse-ending refrain, "Don't mind me 'cause I ain't nothin' but a dream." Both "Sandy" and "San Francisco Bay Blues" have a jazzy feel, while the aforementioned "I Can't Make It Anymore" would not have been out of place in a movie soundtrack or pop radio playlist of the time.

"Handsome Johnny," one of Havens' best known songs as a result of the Woodstock film, is a classic anti-war ballad, stoked by the singer's unmistakable thumb-chorded guitar strumming. Mixed Bag winds up with a soulful cover of Dylan's "Just Like a Woman" and an electric piano-propelled take on the Lennon-McCartney classic, "Eleanor Rigby."
Richard Pierce "Richie" Havens (January 21, 1941 – April 22, 2013) was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Born in Brooklyn, Havens was the oldest of nine children. He was of Native American (Blackfoot) descent on his father's side and of the British West Indies on his mother's. His music encompassed elements of folk, soul, and rhythm and blues.

After cutting two records for Douglas Records, he signed on with Bob Dylan's manager, Albert Grossman, landed a record deal with the Vervelabel and released Mixed Bag in late 1966, which featured tracks such as "Handsome Johnny" (co-written by Havens and actor Louis Gossett Jr.), "Follow", and a cover of Bob Dylan's "Just Like a Woman".

He had an intense and rhythmic guitar style (often in open tunings), played soulful covers of pop and folk songs, and opened at the 1969 Woodstock Festival.

Woodstock performance schedule
Friday, August 15, 1969
Richie Havens 5:07 pm – 7:00 pm Was moved up to the opening performance slot after Sweetwater were stopped by police en route to the festival and other artists were delayed on the freeway.

As the festival's first performer, he held the crowd for nearly three hours. In part, Havens was told to continue playing because many artists scheduled to perform after him were delayed in reaching the festival location with highways at a virtual standstill. He was called back for several encores. Having run out of tunes, he improvised a song based on the old spiritual "Motherless Child" that became "Freedom"...
"I'd already played every song I knew and I was stalling, asking for more guitar and mic, trying to think of something else to play – and then it just came to me ... The establishment was foolish enough to give us all this freedom and we used it in every way we could."
The subsequent Woodstock movie release helped Havens reach a worldwide audience. He also appeared two weeks later at the Isle of Wight Festival.

He recorded commercials for Amtrak, Coca-Cola, Maxwell House Coffee, as well as sang "The Fabric of Our Lives" theme for the cotton industry. In 1993, Havens performed at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton. At the 2008 Cannes Film Festival opening ceremony, he played "Freedom" at the request of the jury president, Sean Penn. In 2009, Havens performed at the fundraising concert in honor of Pete Seeger's 90th birthday.

In 2010, Havens underwent kidney surgery but did not recover fully enough to continue to perform. In 2013, Havens died of a heart attack at home in Jersey, at the age of 72. Pursuant to Havens' request, he was cremated, and his ashes were scattered from the air over the original site of the Woodstock Festival, in a ceremony held on August 18, 2013, the 44th anniversary of the festival's last day.

Last week, The New York Times Magazine listed Richie Havens among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.
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An eponymous album also known as Guaranteed Very Popular is the second album by Red, White & Blue(grass), released in 1973.

Red, White & Blue(grass) style of music has been referred to as “newgrass” – meaning, bluegrass with a slightly different twist. While still faithful to traditional bluegrass, the band incorporate different chord structures, vocal harmonies, and lyric arrangements.

The band features Ginger and Grant Boatwright, Vassar Clemens, Norman Blake, Byron Berline, Dale Whitcomb, and other of the top pickers and singers in the genre. Red, White & Blue (grass) was formed in Birmingham, Alabama in 1969 by Grant Boatwright, who had been performing as a duet with his wife Ginger, when they persuaded Dale Whitcomb to join them to play five-string banjo and fiddle.

As a child, Ginger sang bluegrass tunes with her father, Hap Hammond, and his Magic Circle Ramblers. She grew up studying piano, but switched to guitar while studying history and sociology at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. At a 1966 Grant Boatwright concert, the guitarist invited Ginger on-stage to play. That impromptu performance led to a creative partnership, which in turn led to marriage.

By 1969, a cancer diagnosis had forced Ginger to quit the university. She focused instead on music, and made her duo with husband Grant a trio with the addition of cousin Dale Whitcomb. Christening themselves Red, White & Blue (Grass), the trio released Pickin' Up! in 1974 and a self-titled effort that same year. The group found some success outside of normal bluegrass circles, and even garnered a Grammy nomination for its debut album.
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Animals is the tenth studio album by English progressive rock group Pink Floyd, released in 1977.

In 1975 Pink Floyd bought a three-story block of church halls at 35 Britannia Row in Islington, north London and they converted the building into a recording studio and storage facility, where they recorded Animals.

The album cover was designed by bassist and writer Roger Waters. He lived near the Battersea Power Station. The band commissioned German company Ballon Fabrik (who had previously constructed Zeppelin airships) and Australian artist Jeffrey Shaw to build a 30-foot porcine balloon (known as Algie). The balloon was inflated with helium and maneuvered into position on 2 December 1976, with a marksman ready to fire if it escaped. Unfortunately inclement weather caused a delay and the band's manager neglected to reschedule the marksman. The balloon broke free of its moorings and disappeared from view. It eventually landed in Kent and was recovered by a local farmer, who was apparently furious that it had "scared his cows".

The band's In the Flesh Tour began on the same day the album was released. Algie (the inflatable pig) was floated over the audience, and later during each performance was substituted with a cheaper, but explosive version. On one occasion the mild propane gas was replaced with an oxygen-acetylene mixture, producing a massive (and dangerous) explosion.

In Chicago, the promoters claimed to have sold out Soldier Field stadium at the 67,000 person capacity. But Waters hired a helicopter, photographer and attorney, and discovered that the actual attendance was 95,000; shorting the band of $640,000.

Gilmour felt that they had achieved the success they originally sought, thus nothing else they could look forward to. In July 1977, a small group of noisy and excited fans in the front row of the audience irritated Waters to such an extent that he spat at one of them. Waters spoke of how he sometimes felt like building a wall to separate himself from the audience. The spitting incident would later form the basis of a new concept... The Wall.
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Signals is the ninth studio album by Canadian rock band Rush, released in 1982.

In a move unusual for Rush, Lee and Lifeson came with the concept and title for the song and presented rough lyrics for Peart to polish. At Le Studio, Quebec, Peart jammed with the road crew on a song, and was joined by Lee and Lifeson. It was recorded later and temporarily titled "Tough Break". Afterward, Peart wrote lyrics for the song, retitled "Subdivisions", while Lifeson and Lee came up with additional parts.

The lyrics in the final track, "Countdown", describe the launch of the Space Shuttle Columbia in 1981, which the band was present for. The song features samples of radio communications recorded before and during the flight.

Geddy Lee Weinrib, OC (born Gary Lee Weinrib), known professionally as Geddy Lee, is a Canadian musician, singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist, bassist, and keyboardist for the Canadian rock group Rush. Lee joined what would become Rush in September 1968, at the request of his childhood friend Alex Lifeson, replacing original bassist and frontman Jeff Jones.

Along with his Rush bandmates – guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer Neil Peart – Lee was made an Officer of the Order of Canada on May 9, 1996. The trio was the first rock band to be so honored. Lee is ranked 13th by Hit Parader on their list of the 100 Greatest Heavy Metal vocalists of all time.

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Instead of playing it safe and writing Moving Pictures, Pt. II, Rush replaced their heavy rock of yesteryear with even more modern sounds for 1982's Signals. Synthesizers were now an integral part of the band's sound, and replaced electric guitars as the driving force for almost all the tracks. And more current and easier-to-grasp topics (teen peer pressure, repression, etc.) replaced their trusty old sci-fi-inspired lyrics.

While other rock bands suddenly added keyboards to their sound to widen their appeal, Rush gradually merged electronics into their music over the years, so such tracks as the popular MTV video "Subdivisions" did not come as a shock to longtime fans. And Rush didn't forget how to rock out -- "The Analog Kid" and "Digital Man" were some of their most up-tempo compositions in years. The surprise hit, "New World Man," and "Chemistry" combined reggae and rock (begun on 1980's Permanent Waves), "The Weapon" bordered on new wave, the placid "Losing It" featured Ben Mink on electric violin, while the epic closer "Countdown" painted a vivid picture of a space shuttle launch.

Signals proved that Rush were successfully adapting to the musical climate of the early '80s.
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The Tragically Hip, CD. More Canada Day listening. Watched the Blu-ray of The Hip's last show earlier. Felt compelled to throw on their demo EP first release. Have not heard this in a long time, stands-up surprisingly well. Can still, sort of, remember first hearing I'm a Werewolf, Baby, on Nightlines on the CBC at some point in the late 1980s.
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nomeansno - All Roads Lead to Ausfahrt, White Vinyl. Finally hooked the turntable up. More Canada Day listening, but listening to black midi had also been reminding me of them. The final album by long time West Coast punk pioneers, icons, legends. A remarkable coda to an amazing career, their best album and a true masterpiece. Hardcore to the core, uncompromising in ethic, but also in the uniqueness of their music and the sophisticated nihilism of their lyrics. Over the years they became quite skilled musicians producing work that was remarkably complicated, especially rhythmically, requiring pinpoint timing on the part of the players. On stage they would set-up all three across the front, the drummer was also the singer, but, not infrequently the drums would also take the lead with the other instruments supporting and filling in as drums traditionally do. Has to be heard to be appreciated.
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Clutch - The Elephant Riders


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GWAR - Lust In Space


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Megadeth - Countdown To Extinction


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