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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.

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The Steve Miller Band Album

On Day 2, as I looked through the shelves of my Dad’s record collection, an album by The Steve Miller Band soon caught my eye. This album was called Brave New World and it seemed like a good record to listen to since I already like many Steve Miller Band songs. As I queued up the turntable and placed the needle on the grooves of the record, I suspected that I would be hearing some of Steve Miller’s hits, such as “Take the Money and Run” or “Fly Like an Eagle”. As it turned out, however, I had chosen one of The Steve Miller Band’s first albums.

Brave New World, released in 1969, features a type of music I had never experienced before called “Psychedelic Blues”. Some of the songs on this album include “Celebration Song”, “Space Cowboy”, and “My Dark Hour”. Being the Beatles fan that I am, I never would have guessed that Sir Paul McCartney himself did backing vocals, bass guitar, and drums on both “Celebration Song” and “My Dark Hour”. McCartney used the alias “Paul Ramon” just as he did in 1960 when touring with The Beatles. I learned a few other fun facts from my Dad while we listened to this album together. Firstly, the song “My Dark Hour” uses the same primary guitar riff as “Fly Like an Eagle”. Also, “Space Cowboy” uses the basic guitar riff as The Beatles’ “Lady Madonna”.

This record was great to listen to. I loved hearing music from early in The Steve Miller Band’s career. I love being able to hear the origins of their music and how they played before their most popular albums were released. It has given me the drive to continue to listen to the music of famous bands in their early years, as well as their hits.

What are your experiences with The Steve Miller Band? Leave a message in the comments below.