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What Are You Listening To?
Written more than 200 years ago this old folk has been covered a lot and I read somewhere mr Lennon had this in mind when writing Happy X-mas (war is over)
But as with many other songs in their catalogue, I love this one from The Hollies
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THE GABE DIXON BAND "the gabe dixon band" cd, 2008

career stats:
studio albums............3

one of those $3 discount bin ones I purchased some time ago...
never heard of them which is why I bought this, I figure you cant go wrong at that price(well, most of the time anyway)....
figured it would be folky or country from the album cover and band name but I was wrong...
soft rock/easy listening...
mostly piano based ballads with some almost early 1970s Elton John type soft rock...
even some of the melodies could have been lifted from early EJ....
I just read on Wiki the band was influenced by Jackson Browne, Billy Joel, and of course, Elton John...
also according to Wiki, Gabe himself played on McCartney's 2001 album Driving Rain and Macca wanted him to join his
live band, Gabe didn't join, he was working on his own stuff and time didn't permit, so, one, he must be good for the likes
of Macca to have him play on an album, and two, what an honour, being asked to play in Macca's live band!
anyway, back to the album, a very, very good album with Elton all over it, one of the best discount bin surprises I ever bought.


worst track: disappear
best track: till youre gone



1...disappear *
2...five more hours **
3...further the sky **
4...all will be well ***
5...find my way ***
6...till youre gone ***
7...far from home **
8...even after you **
9...and the world turned ***
10.sirens *** doll **
....further the sky (reprise)


rating: 2.4
^^ Yeah, that track definitely has Elton John written all over it, could easily have come from his Honky Chateau/Don't Shoot Me period.
MFS Wrote:Written more than 200 years ago this old folk has been covered a lot and I read somewhere mr Lennon had this in mind when writing Happy X-mas (war is over)
But as with many other songs in their catalogue, I love this one from The Hollies

Now that it's pointed out, the verse melody of Happy Xmas is exactly the same as this tune. I never noticed that before, probably because it's a very common simple chord progression.

Lennon did, however, enhance it by shifting to a different key for the chorus, not to mention the vocal harmonies, which were I presume supplied by Yoko.
Music Head Wrote:from the cd room

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aha! this was the Nancy I was expecting
much better than that last modern Nancy
this is all from the 60's
she was in her prime

this was recorded by many
Nancy does it justice

Simply beautiful!! That is singing!

Jan Garbarek on YouTube … random-ish selections. They call this jazz which is why I’m posting it here, but I’m not convinced! Ok, some of it, yes, but I don’t even know if there’s a concise way to describe what he does. Probably one of the most emotive sax players ever; he's known as much for the silences in his work as he is for his mastery of the instrument.

Some tracks I am particularly liking right now …. “Hasta Siempre” from his album Witchi-Tai-To ….

“Red Wind” from Visible World …

The title track from Twelve Moons …

“Brother Wind March” also from Twelve Moons …

… and the powerful and somewhat menacing title track from Rites … good video match ...

"The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us." ~ Bill Watterson

Giovanni Mirabassi Trio - Live At the Blue Note, Tokyo. Can’t stop listening to one particular piece that is played to perfection, IMHO, crockery clinking in the background and all! You can hear Mirabassi humming along a little bit too.

He has a beautiful light, yet sure touch ... those keys sound almost liquid at times …

"The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us." ~ Bill Watterson

Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue

Pretty good.
No one is born hating another person because of his skin color, his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate. ~Nelson Mandela
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SMOKIE "bright lights and back alleys" cd, 1977

Smokie's fourth studio album...
surprised to see that they never really made it big in their homeland
with only seven or eight top 10 hits and only a couple of albums making
the 'silver' status,...
even more surprised they only ever charted once on the US albums charts
with their third album and only one single making the top thirty over there...
stupid Brits, stupid Yanks!!!
I guess they were bigger here in Australia than anywhere else...
anyway, back to the album, lots of soft rock/acoustic rock tunes here,
mostly catchy material...
two singles off here, "its your life" and "needles and pins", both top10 in the UK and Australia..
one cover on here, "needles and pins", love their version more than that one by Searchers...
one of the most underrated bands on the 70s-early 80s IMO...
love this album, my fave wasn't even issued as a single:

Oceansoul Wrote:Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue

Pretty good.

One of the most influential albums of the 20th Century. Numerous artists cite this album as one of their favourites.

From Wiki

Kind of Blue is a studio album by American jazz trumpeter, composer, and bandleader Miles Davis. It was released on August 17, 1959 by Columbia Records and recorded earlier that year on March 2 and April 22 at Columbia's 30th Street Studio in New York City. The recording sessions featured Davis's ensemble sextet, consisting of pianist Bill Evans, drummer Jimmy Cobb, bassist Paul Chambers, and saxophonists John Coltrane and Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, together with pianist Wynton Kelly on one track.
After the entry of Evans into his sextet, Davis followed up on the modal experimentations of Milestones (1958) by basing Kind of Blue entirely on modality, in contrast to his earlier work with the hard bop style of jazz.
Though precise figures have been disputed, Kind of Blue has been described by many music writers not only as Davis's best-selling album, but as the best-selling jazz record of all time. On October 7, 2008 it was certified quadruple platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Kind of Blue has been regarded by many critics as jazz's greatest record, Davis's masterpiece, and one of the best albums of all time. Its influence on music, including jazz, rock, and classical genres, has led writers to also deem it one of the most influential albums ever recorded. Kind of Blue was one of fifty recordings chosen in 2002 by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry, and in 2003 it was ranked number 12 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
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