Posts Tagged ‘Santana’

Vice Re-Verses

To continue the countdown to Record Store Day, I decided to check out a new album that is going to be released on Record Store Day and only on Record Store Day. This first album I checked out was Vice Re-Verses by Switchfoot.

Switchfoot is a Contemporary Hard Rock band and plays a kind of music unlike the kind I usually listen to. However, I have quite an eclectic taste, so I like a wide variety of styles of music. Of course, I tend to mostly listen to Classic Rock, however, I have an appreciation for almost all music, no matter how soft, loud, soothing, or noisy it may be.

I am particularly excited for Vice Re-Verses, not only because I like Switchfoot, but also because of its album art. Like its brother, Vice Verses (released September 27, 2011 on CD and mp3), Vice Re-Verses‘ album artwork seems to say “Vice Versa” at first glance. However, if you look a little closer, the “a” is actually an “es”. This optical illusion is one of the things that drew me to the album, just as Santana’s self-titled album did (To see this blog post, click here).

Can you spot the optical illusion? What kind of music do you like? What kind of music gets on your nerves? Comment below!


Woodstock RecordWoodstock Record

To continue Woodstock Week, I listened to the second album in the Woodstock record trilogy. This album included some really awesome songs from Joe Cocker, Ten Years After, CSNY, Santana, and The Who.

One of my favorite songs on this particular album was Joe Cocker’s rendition of “With A Little Help From My Friends” by The Beatles. As I have mentioned many times before, I am a huge Beatles fan so hearing a different version of one of my favorite songs was really cool.

Another rad thing I found out about this album is that at the end of Side 3, I could here the audience and the thunder before it starts to rain. Some of the audience started to chant “No rain, no rain, no rain!”. Being able to here the actual voices from the people in the crowd made me feel even more like I was out there with them, hoping for no rain to fall.

What concerts have you attended? What are some of your favorites? Comment below!

The Woodstock FestivalThe Woodstock Festival

This week I will be sharing about the wondrous and wicked awesome world of Woodstock. To introduce this solid ’60’s concert, I’d thought I’d tell you a little bit about the hangin’ history of Woodstock.

On August 15 to August 18 in 1969, half a million people gathered in Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in the town of Bethel (outside of White Lake, New York) to enjoy the Woodstock Music Festival. The Woodstock Festival was created by John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, Artie Kornfeld, and Mike Lang in hopes that it would help to pay for a recording studio in Woodstock, New York.

After trouble with finding a suitable location for the event to take place, Max Yasgur volunteered his dairy farm for the festival to use. Even with this sudden stroke of luck, the festival was far behind schedule. Although the estimated amount of people expected to attend was about 50,000, the estimate quickly jumped to around 200,000.

When August 15 finally arrived, there were already 50,000 people camped out by the stage, none of whom had tickets. It was then announced that Woodstock was to be a free concert. As news spread about the free concert, about a million people headed to Bethel, New York. Thousands of cars were turned away by the police. The organizers were forced to hire helicopters to take the performers to the show.

Some of the most famous artists in the world performed at Woodstock including Santana, The Grateful Dead, The Who, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, and Jimi Hendrix, to name a few.

With performances from some of the most famous bands in history, Woodstock went down as the greatest music event in history.

What are your experiences involving Woodstock? Did you or anyone you know attend? Comment below!


As I was looking through my Dad’s record collection once again, an album cover with a lion caught my eye. It turned out to be Santana’s self-titled debut album released in 1969. After looking at this album for a little while longer, I realized the lion head was made up of several other faces and heads. This album cover was almost as wild as its music.

Featuring Carlos Santana’s electric guitar accompanied with lots of fat organ and explosive percussion, this album was filled with many songs that put a rhythm in my heart and a groove in my soul.

Can you spot the heads on the album? Look closely! Comment below if you find it, or even if you don’t!

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.