Your favorite songs

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  1. Tony M

    Tony M Well-Known Member

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    OK, this is not going to be about what song you like because it has a
    great guitar tone in the solo or because it is historically important or for
    any other reason you can talk about. This is about the songs that make
    you smile and be all happy and start bouncing when you hear them. The
    songs that you just plain like for no reason. The songs that you actually
    feel guilty about liking because it makes no sense that you like a song by
    The Ohio Express or Igor Stravinsky. It just makes you happy and you
    don't know why. Yep, honesty time has arrived. You're among friends
    so admit that you like something silly.

    Of course I would not ask this of anyone without being willing
    to throw my own credibility out the window first so I'll start.

    My all time favorite song is:

    "I'm into Something good" by Herman's Hermits.:laugh2:

    Followed by in no particular order:

    "Fooled Around and Fell in Love" - Elvin Bishop
    "Lovely Day" - Bill Withers
    "Watch Her Ride" - Jefferson Airplane
    "Skyscraper" - Freeway Philharmonic
    "Poor Side of Town" - Johnny Rivers

    There are others of course but these come to mind immediatly.

    Anybody else?
     
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    Off the top of my head..... first ones I thought of.

    Neil Young
    - "Cinnamon Girl" (or almost anything done with Crazy Horse)
    Pete Townshend - "Behind Blue Eyes" (Done acoustic with an orchestra)
    Alex Lifeson - "Hope" (Done acoustic on a 12 string)
    ELP - "Pictures At An Exhibition" (Ok... I know technically more than 1 song.)
    Black Sabbath - "Paranoid"..... "Iron Man"
    Heart - pick one... I like most of what they do
     
  3. Tony M

    Tony M Well-Known Member

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    Heart - pick one...

    The entire self named album that starts with
    "If Looks Could Kill". Every Single cut rocks.
     
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    I don't need no doctor by Humble pie, live version... just plain rocks :dude:
     
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    Barracuda, Magic Man, Heartless, etc....

    oh wow, "songs that make
    you smile and be all happy and start bouncing when you hear them."

    uh, where to start....

    Beatles:

    There's a Place
    She Loves You
    I Want to Hold Your Hand
    Ticket to Ride
    All My Loving
    Day Tripper
    Rain
    Paperback Writer
    .....lots more!

    Stones

    Get Off My cloud
    Satisfaction
    Ruby Tuesday
    Jumpin' Jack Flash
    Sympathy for the Devil (Studio version)
    Gimme Shelter

    Pop music:

    Time of the Season...Green Onions....Bus Stop....Bend Me Shape Me....Journey to the Center of your Mind....Dance to the Music...One.....

    That Edgar Winter instrumental "Frankenstein"....surf instrumentals like "Hawaii 5-0" (Ventures), Arthur Brown's Fire....Never My Love, Windy, Along Comes Mary, and Cherish by the Association...Creedence stuff....

    Any Yes from 1970 to 1977.....but also Disco Inferno and Day All Asked for You (Meters).

    Early Boston Like More Than a Feeling....EVH Eruption....Carry On Wayward Son....but also Yakety Sax

    so very very much more......

    Henry the 8th I am
     
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    Dave Edmunds "I Knew The Bride... When She Used To Rock and Roll."
     
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    Tony M Well-Known Member

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    Henry the VIII I Am has a kickass guitar solo in the middle of it
    by the way, right after the "second verse, same as the first".
     
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    Tony M Well-Known Member

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    ....which gives me an idea!
     
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    hold on world....

    second verse, same as the first,

    a little bit louder and a little bit worse

    the way we sang it......
     
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    OK, I'm old, so shoot me.

    For sheer joy,

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZFKeyGpgK0]Les Paul Mary Ford How High the Moon - YouTube[/ame]

    If you fast forward this one to the end, ther's a cleaner recording that some fool has labelled as Richie Valens.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bFp-DlVNtk]Sleepwalk - Santo & Johnny - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    Tony M Well-Known Member

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    Aaah yes. How High the Moon gets me all bouncy too.
    As for Sleepwalk, Guitar players are judged by how well they can play it.

    Anyone ever listen to the Ventures/Jeff Baxter version?
    Type in the following keywords and you will go right to it:
    Sleepwalk Ventures Jeff Baxter. (in You Tube)
     
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    Two of my faves...thanks sgtbeefheart for posting.

    I do play Sleepwalk, both on guitar and lap steel....but I never knew I was being judged!

    guilty as charged

    OK, another oldie -

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bG0Jt-gWArw&feature=related[/ame]

    skip to 7:20 for HAwaii 5-0 by the Ventures
     
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    or this, combining Sleepwalk AND Les Paul -

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HH8vjxFIUC4&feature=related]Les Paul - Sleepwalk - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    Strutting song? The song that, when you hear it in your head it's like your own little soundtrack as you walk down the street? It makes you feel that little bit taller, you start using your shoulders and you suddenly realise that every woman wants you and every man wants to be you. Walk into a familar bar and everyone knows you greeting you like the prodigal son? There are a couple but the one that works for me EVERY time is:

    The Ides of March - 'Vehicle'

    I also like;

    The Four Tops - 'Bernadette'
    R Dean Taylor - 'There's a Ghost in my House'
    The Temptations - 'Ball of Confusion'
    Chef - 'Chocolate Salty Balls'
    Dave and Ansell Collins - 'Double Barrel'
    The Specials - 'Little Bitch'
    The Reverend Horton Heat - 'Big Sky'
    Tony Christie - 'Avenues and Alleyways'
    Nick Drake - 'Northern Sky'
    Elvis Costello - 'I Want You'

    All very emotive but not R&FN'R!
     
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    This is very tough. I reserve the right to alter these at any time!

    1. Smoke on the Water.

    I know, I know...cliche, right? Well, it has everything I think is cool in a song:

    A. Cool riff. It is without question the single most recognized song in the rock world.
    B. Compelling Lyrics. It describes an historical event in a memorable, interesting way.
    C. Version Independent and Fresh. Check out YouTube. The song (even with the original members) has been performed slightly differently at different times. Ritchie Blackmore changed his solos up now and then. There is even a version where Jon Lord did an organ solo that was more prominent than the guitar solo.

    2. Carry On Wayward Son

    A. Another memorable riff.
    B. Lyrics. The song has a thoughtful story that draws you in.
    C. Dynamic variety. The song transitions back and forth from heavy rock to almost a ballad. Plus the organ plays an integral role.

    3. Jesus Is Just Alright

    A. Just fun music.
    B. Lyrics. The Doobie Brothers didn't write this song, though they did add the extra bridge and significantly changed the music while retaining most of the melody. It was originally written by Arthur Reynolds, of the Arthur Reynolds Singers. A travelling gospel group of the '60's.
    C. Variety. Its funky, bluesy, and rocky. It's interesting from start to finish.

    I'll add more later...gotta go practice now!
     
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    Tony M Well-Known Member

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    Smoke on the Water.
    There is footage from one of the Deep Purple concerts at
    Montraux that contains them playing a light jazz instrumental
    version of it believe it or not, then it segweys into the real one.
     
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    I think I've seen it but I can't seem to find in on YouTube right now.

    Here is the video of an organ solo instead of a guitar solo. Jon Lord starts it at 3:02. I also really, really like the hot chug of that Rickenbacker bass starting at :39.

    I really like this particular performance. It is very raw and powerful.

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2hbU7na1pw"]Deep Purple - Smoke on the water - 1973 (Live USA) - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    Keep up the Purple! I loved that band - they could be really good musicians and they could rock HARD.

    Another version with a ton of stars:

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tsw3nKDlBE]SMOKE ON THE WATER - David Gilmour, Brian May, Tony Iommi, Ritchie Blackmore, Alex Lifeson etc - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    Another thing about Smoke on the Water, The solo has one of the
    best pickup selector switch moves in rock history in it, almost as
    good as the one Eric did in the I Feel Free solo on Fresh Cream.
    Or maybe even better? Certainly more recognized.
     
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    The classic Blackmore solo? Didn't he only use the neck and bridge pickups?
     

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