Live Review: Rainbow–“Attack On Titan”

Date/Location: 1980-05-08 at the Budokan in Tokyo, Japan Bootleg cover. Retrieved with it in my own collection. Tracks 101 Pomp And Circumstance March No.1 (Elger) [sic]102 Countdown103 Over The Rainbow104 Eyes Of The World105 Love’s No Friend Of Mine106 Band Introduction107 Guitar Solo108 Since You Been Gone109 Over The Rainbow110 Man On The Silver Mountain111 … Continue reading Live Review: Rainbow–“Attack On Titan”

Album Review: Deep Purple—Self-Titled (1969)

Released: June 21, 1969 Personnel Ritchie Blackmore--GuitarRod Evans--VocalsJon Lord--KeyboardsIan Paice--DrumsNick Simper--Bass Tracks "Chasing Shadows" (5:34)"Blind" (5:26)"Lalena" (5:05)"Fault Line" (1:46)"The Painter" (3:51)"Why Didn't Rosemary?" (5:04)"Bird Has Flown" (5:36)"April" (12:10) Oddly enough, Deep Purple’s eponymous album is not the group’s debut, but rather their third effort, the last with the Mark I lineup which laid down so … Continue reading Album Review: Deep Purple—Self-Titled (1969)

General Thoughts: A Response to Loudersound’s “Greg Lake’s 10 Essential Songs”

After Greg Lake’s death in 2016, fans and music publications jumped to express their love for his life work. One such publication was loudersound, which produced this list of 10 Essential songs. It's definitely a good starting point, comprised mostly of his chart-toppers but mixing in a few less well-known songs as well. As a … Continue reading General Thoughts: A Response to Loudersound’s “Greg Lake’s 10 Essential Songs”

Album Review: Emerson, Lake & Palmer (1970)

This week has featured a ton of significant dates for Emerson, Lake & Palmer fans. Thus, I decided to revisit a review/ramble I originally wrote in 2017 about what the debut album accomplishes. Originally, the album was released on November 20, 1970, with its US release coming just around two months later in January 1971. … Continue reading Album Review: Emerson, Lake & Palmer (1970)

Live Review: Deep Purple—2018-09-01 Jones Beach, Wantagh, New York

Image retrieved from here. Tracks Highway StarPictures of HomeSometimes I Feel Like ScreamingGuitar SoloUncommon ManLazyKnocking at Your Back DoorKeyboard SoloPerfect StrangersSpace Truckin'Smoke on the WaterPeter Gunn ThemeHushGoodbye Note: Two songs: "Bloodsucker" and "Strange Kind of Woman" were not recorded in between "Pictures of Home" and "Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming" Personnel Ian Gillan - vocalSteve … Continue reading Live Review: Deep Purple—2018-09-01 Jones Beach, Wantagh, New York

Byte-Sized Reviews: Vangelis–Spiral (1977)

Retrieved from here. Track List "Spiral" – 6:55"Ballad" – 8:27"Dervish D" – 5:21"To the Unknown Man" – 9:01"3+3" – 9:43 Analysis This album reminds me a lot of Tangerine Dream's Force Majeure. That is absolutely a good thing to me, as I'm quite fond of Tangerine Dream's output at the time. However, with occasional exceptions littered … Continue reading Byte-Sized Reviews: Vangelis–Spiral (1977)

Live Review: Rainbow Live at the O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic 2018-04-20

Tracks/track lengths: Over the Rainbow (0:54)Spotlight Kid (5:00)I Surrender (3:56)Temple of the King (5:39)Since You Been Gone (3:03)Man on the Silver Mountain (with "Woman from Tokyo" snippet) (6:22)Street of Dreams (4:30)Perfect Strangers (4:47)Black Night (4:35)Mistreated (10:32)Difficult to Cure (with keyboard solo) (12:10)Child in Time (12:26)Stargazer (7:45)Long Live Rock 'n' Roll (6:10)Smoke on the Water (3:40)Burn … Continue reading Live Review: Rainbow Live at the O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic 2018-04-20

Live Review: Deep Purple in Amsterdam, 1969-08-24

(Image retrieved from here) Date/Location: Recorded live at Paradiso, Amsterdam, 1969-08-24 Tracks/track lengths: Kneel and Pray (8:43)Child in Time (13:17), Mandrake Root (5:00; incomplete)Ritchie’s Blues (3:40)Paint it Black (11:25) Note: The original concert featured "Wring that Neck" between "Mandrake Root" and "Ritchie's Blues". However, as it's been officially released, I did not include it here. Personnel: … Continue reading Live Review: Deep Purple in Amsterdam, 1969-08-24