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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

So as I mentioned Tuesday, The Red Hot Chili Peppers were inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 14, 2012. Along with RHCP, other bands such as The Beastie Boys, and Guns N’ Roses were inducted as well.

To celebrate this achievement, The Red Hot Chili Peppers have recently released an album consisting of six covers by other Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members. This album is called Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Covers EP and includes songs by The Ramones, David Bowie, and Neil Young.

I was stoked when I found out that RHCP was covering a song by Neil Young! This song, “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere”, was released in 1969 and was Young’s second studio album. (Fun Fact: “Cinnamon Girl”, “Down by the River”, and “Cowgirl in the Sand” were all written for this album while Young had 103° F fever). Neil Young has been inducted into The Rock and Roll hall of Fame twice; once in ’95 for his solo career, and again in ’97 for Buffalo Springfield.

Almost all of the most famous bands and solo artists in history have been inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Some musicians have even been inducted more than once! Neil Young has been inducted twice; once in ’95 for his solo career, and again in ’97 for Buffalo Springfield. Other artists to have been inducted more than once include: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Michael Jackson, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, and Paul Simon. Eric Clapton is the only person who has been inducted three times.

What do you think about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Who are some of your favorite artists who have been inducted? Is there anyone who you think should be inducted? Comment below!

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Backmasking- No, it is not putting a mask on backwards. It is a recording technique in which a sound or message is recorded backward on to a track that is meant to be played forward. Backmasking has been used many times in music by bands like The Beatles and Led Zeppelin. Many other bands such as The Rolling Stones, Queen, AC/DC, The Eagles, Electric Light Orchestra, Judas Priest, Jefferson Starship, Styx, and Pink Floyd have been accused of using backmasking to hide subliminal messages, though most have denied it.

The Beatles were one of the first bands to use backmasking and are well-known for their use of this technique in their 1966 album Revolver (to see Revolver blog post, click here), specifically on the tracks “Tomorrow Never Knows”, “I’m Only Sleeping” and “Rain”. The Beatles have been accused of using back masking as a way to hide clues that indicated Paul McCartney was dead. (To see more about this myth, click here!)

Other bands have been criticized for backmasking because their songs were rumored to hide “satanic messages”. One of the most famous songs in music history, “Stairway To Heaven”, by Led Zeppelin,  supposedly contains the words “Here’s to my Sweet Satan”. Although this may seem strange, the band fully denies all claims of satanic messaging. Many skeptics say that it is easy to find words in songs that are played in reverse if you know what to look for; however, planning phonetic reversal is almost impossible.

What do you think about subliminal messages in songs? Are they really there or are they all a sham? Comment below!

(P.S. Have you figured out the title yet? If not, here’s a clue: read it in reverse.)

Double Fantasy

Today, I decided to listen to Double Fantasy by John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono. This album is one of my favorite albums, as well as one of my least favorite albums of all time. As the last album released by John Lennon before his murder in 1980, this album is memorable in more ways than one.

First of all, I must say that this John Lennon is one of the greatest songwriters in music history and, therefore, his murder was quite tragic to say the least. This album was released just after he had disappeared from the music industry for 5 years to raise his son, Sean. Many songs on the album include Lennon’s thoughts on his departure for so long, as well as his undying affection for Yoko.

As for the music, I can honestly say that I really only enjoy half the songs on the album. That is to say, I like John Lennon’s songs; I am not too crazy about Yoko Ono’s music. As I listened to the record, I found myself having to lift the needle again and again in order to skip over her songs and hear John Lennon’s sweet melodies.

Released just three weeks before John Lennon’s death in 1980, Double Fantasy was a worldwide commercial success. The album was #1 on the U.S. charts, where it stayed for three weeks, and went on to win 1981 Album of the Year at the Grammys.

What do you think of Yoko Ono’s music? Comment below!

Let It Be

Today is my Mom’s birthday! To celebrate this wonderful event, I decided to listen to an album of her choice. Let It Be by The Beatles is not only one of her favorite albums, but also one of mine. Although the song “Birthday” (as written in the title) is not on this album, I was excited to listen to one of the greatest Beatles records of all time.

As I listened to the album, my ears were met with the sweet sounds of “Two of Us”, a great duet sung by the great Paul McCartney and John Lennon. I had listened to the mp3 version of this record on the album Let It Be…Naked and I had never heard the album on vinyl before. I noticed a few differences when I listened to the record this time. I noticed that there were a couple of songs on the record that I had never heard before. These songs were “Dig It” and “Maggie Mae”. I also noticed that the songs on the record were in a different order than on Let It Be…NakedI found it interesting that the two albums had basically the same songs but in a different order.

Released on May 8, 1970, Let It Be was the last studio album released by The Beatles. Released shortly after the band’s break-up, this album earned the top spot on both the American and British record charts.

Fun Fact: Today is actually the 42nd anniversary of The Beatles’ break-up.

Ever wonder what musical event happened on your birthday? Check out http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/! Comment Below and tell me what you find out!

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Today, I decided to change things up from the usual record review that I usually do. Unlike my normal album analysis, I decided to tell you about my top ten favorite classic rock artists of all time.

1. The Beatles: As I have mentioned before, I am a big Beatles fanatic. I love their distinct sound and how you can recognize a Beatles song within the first few seconds of the song. “All you need is love”

2. Grateful Dead: My parents were pretty big Dead Heads when they were younger so my Dad has lots of records by the Grateful Dead. One thing I like about their music is how they would have a different set list for each show. I also love the way that they have super long jam sessions during their songs. You can really tell they loved what they did.”Come hear Uncle John’s Band by the riverside”

3. CSNY: One of the best super-groups of all time, CSNY is made up of David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and Neil Young. Their trademark has to be their amazing vocal harmonies in songs such as “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”. With some of my favorite artists in one musical group, this band is awesome! “I am yours, you are mine; You are what you are”

4. Led Zeppelin: Most famous for their hit “Stairway to Heaven” but also for their amazing guitar licks and stage presence. I find it amazing that they were able to write one of the best songs of all time, as well as many other hits such as “Black Dog” and “Whole Lotta Love” “There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold; And she’s buying a stairway to heaven”

5. The Rolling Stones: As part of the British Invasion, The Rolling Stones had a string of eight consecutive studio albums reaching number one in the United States. Frontman Mick Jagger’s distinctive voice and performance and Keith Richards’ guitar style became The Rolling Stone’s trademark throughout their career. “I know it’s only rock and roll but I like it”

6. Pink Floyd: As one of the most commercially successful and influential rock music groups of all time, Pink Floyd is known for their Psychedelic Rock music and philosophical lyrics. We’re just two lost soulsSwimming in a fish bowl”

7. Aerosmith: Sometimes referred to as  “America’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band”, Aerosmith’s style was rooted in blues-based hard rock and has  inspired many subsequent rock artists. I am particularly fond of one of their most famous songs “Dream On”, was their best charting single of the 1970s. “Dream on, dream on, dream on; dream until your dreams come true”

8. Santana: Founded by Mexican Rock guitarist Carlos Santana, this band helped to pioneer rock, salsa and jazz fusion. I really like how Santana includes Latin American instruments such as congas which are not usually heard in rock songs. I especially like their songs “Oye Como Va” and “Smooth”. “You got the kind of lovin’ that can be so smooth; Gimme your heart, make it real, or else forget about it”

9. Eagles: The Eagles were one of the most successful musical acts of the 1970s and had one of the best selling albums of all time with their album “Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975)” which sold over 40 million copies. I love their hits “Hotel California” and “Take it Easy”. “Welcome to the Hotel California”

10. Nirvana: Nirvana found unexpected success from their hit “Smells Like Teen Spirit” off of their first album “Nevermind”. This album widely popularized their band, as well as alternative rock as a whole. “I feel stupid and contagious; Here we are now, entertain us”

What are your favorite bands? How do they compare to mine? Comment below and share your story.

The Beatles The Beatles

As a special Valentine’s Day treat, I decided to play a record released by one of the most famous love song writing team of all time. Being the Beatles fan that I am, I was excited to finally place a record by the fab four on the turntable. This record came from the records of my grandparents collection which was handed down to my Dad and maybe will be handed down to me.

As I gently placed the needle of the turntable upon the record “Revolver” and listened to the wondrous sounds of The Beatles, I noticed that the music wasn’t as much of a folk rock style song like their previous album “Rubber Soul” had been. Most tracks on this album had more of an electric guitar-rock sound. However, each song had its own distinct style, unlike the Beatles’ music I had heard before. I was intrigued how the record had more of a psychedelic vibe unlike the Beatles’ previous tracks. My Dad told me that this record was a transition into the hippie era; a time of peace, love, and happiness but also a time of conflict and strife with youth protests against the Vietnam War.

Released August 5, 1966, this was The Beatles’ seventh album and was placed at number 1 in the All-Time Top 1000 Albums. The album included many hits such as Taxman, Eleanor  Rigby, Yellow Submarine, Good Day Sunshine, Got to Get You into My Life and Tomorrow Never Knows. This album is often regarded as one of the greatest achievements in music history and one of The Beatles’ greatest studio achievements. I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

What are your experiences with The Beatles? Leave a message in the comments below.

“All you need is love”