[PLAYLIST] 10 Beautiful Ballads by Alice Cooper

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Contrary to the popular belief, Alice Cooper is so much more than outrageous theatrics, tons of makeup and hard solid rock n roll. Yes, he is the inventor of the so called “shock rock” and he’s indeed one of the craziest rockstars out there but that’s not all, definitely. I always judge rock artists based on their ballads – that’s just me, definitely not saying that everyone should do that, I’m just a rock ballad person. Let me tell you something, behind all of the blood, madness and beautiful rock music, Alice Cooper is a very powerful balladeer. Even though he always tries to include a ballad or two in his albums, that’s not what people remember him for or what brought fame and success to his name. If you don’t believe me, just ask people whether they can name a ballad by Alice Cooper!? (oh and by the way, “Poison” is not a ballad!!!) His soft and tender songs barely got noticed on the charts as well! That’s quite the shame because he has a very strong ballad voice that changes everything…

Since many of you guys might not be so familiar with (many) Alice Cooper’s ballads, I decided to prepare this little playlist for you. If you are in the mood for some sweet rock ballads, have a listen, I promise it’s totally worth it!


“Only Women Bleed”

“You and Me”

“I Never Cry”

“Might As Well Be On Mars”

“How You Gonna See Me Now”

“Ballad Of Dwight Fry”

“It’s Me”

“Only My Heart Talking”

“Burning Our Bed”

“No Time For Tears”

 


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Eric Clapton Melting Our Hearts With This Gorgeous Performance of “Wonderful Tonight” from His New LIVE Album

This beautiful live performance of “Wonderful Tonight” was just uploaded on Eric Clapton’s official YouTube account to promote his most recent live album – “Live in San Diego With Special Guest J.J. Cale”. The video shows Eric, along with his band, delivering a soulful performance of the gorgeous 1977 ballad, written for his then-wife Pattie Boyd.

The live album documents Eric Clapton‘s performance in San Diego’s iPayOne Center on the 15th of March, 2007. Many faces appear on that stage, including his idol J.J. Cale, with whom he performs the timeless classics “Cocaine” and “After Midnight”.

Watch the performance below:


 

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[PLAYLIST] MY TOP 10 DIRE STRAITS Songs

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playtheguitaronthemtv.gifDire Straits…where do I even begin!? “Walk of Life”, “Money for Nothing”, “Sultans of Swing”, etc. – endless, timeless hits! Dire Straits are definitely one of the best British bands to conquer the world! Their radio-friendly, guitar-driven, polished sound, in combination with cheerful and clever lyrics is what made them so successful on a worldwide level. Of course, having such a talented guitar-player and a musical mastermind as a frontman does help a lot! Mark Knopfler was the main reason for their commercial success in the mid-80s. “Brothers in Arms” (which by the way is one of my most favorite albums of all time) became a true staple of 80s rock-radio music and one of the best-selling albums! In addition to this record, of course, they have a few other quite interesting and worthy of checking out stuff. They called it quits in 1995, but left quite the legacy. This is my personal top 10 Dire Straits playlist! Some people associate the band with “Money for Nothing” only (which is fine) BUT they have so many other beautiful rockers! Take a listen!


Walk of Life

Sultans of Swing

Money for Nothing

Lady Writer

Brothers in Arms

Your Latest Trick

So Far Away

Private Investigations

Down to the Waterline

Industrial Disease


 

 

 

 

 

 

Song Of The Day : FAIR WARNING – LONG GONE

fairwarning-2I’m a ballad person – I’ve said it a million times before and people who follow my blog are probably quite aware of this fact. Recently, someone introduced me to the German hard-rock band Fair Warning – I know, I know, such a shame for not knowing them BUT better late than ever. Now, I cannot stop listening to their music and I’m completely in love with them! I kicked things off with their 1992 self-titled debut album and I have to say It was definitely a love at first listen. Of course, the power-ballad “Long Gone” immediately became a favorite and I really wanted to share this with you, guys! Please have a listen and enjoy the beautiful song!

 

LYRICS

There ain’t my land in this city lights..
It’s bringin’ back your face sometimes….
Memories of the thousand nights long gone…..
And there’s a feelin’ I go by…
I still can see your shinin’ eyes..
I can feel my heart’s still holdin’ on..

We didn’t need warnin’..
When we found that love was gone..
We never found the reason..
But that time we buy..
And time’s never wrong…
babe…..

Wherever we go..whatever we find..
We never made it till the mornin’..
Whatever we do…we cannot deny……
Believin’ in love would’ve ever strong…
Long gone……..

The world is on the turn and tryin’..
Crossin’ with the mornin’ light…
To wash away the souls’ absence in the sand…
And as I see them risin’ high..
I turn away to close my eyes…
I guess one day my heart will understand…

..Now it’s gone….
And we find ourselves free world..
The road…the land…
As we’re wishin’ back the time…Long gone…
When you….long gone…

[SOLO]

REPEAT

The Story of Winger’s “HEADED FOR A HEARTBREAK”

winger-headed-for-a-heartbreak-4“Headed for a Heartbreak” was one of those songs which I instantly fell in love with, the very second I heard for the first time. I had no idea who Winger were but thankfully, this song opened a new door for me and I got the chance to explore more of Kip Winger’s incredible voice and persona, as well as discover other beautiful songs of them, such as “Miles Away” and “Seventeen”.

Winger debuted way too late. The 80s were long gone, music styles and directions were changing and the hair/glam metal era was beginning to fade. What they were bringing to the table was no longer desired, unfortunately. Just after a few successful singles and two platinum albums, they decided to call it quits. Yes, they did release a bunch of new stuff in 2006, 2009 and 2014 but, you know, it’s not the same. To me, personally, their first two albums were absolutely the best!

Anyhow, as I was saying, “Headed for a Heartbreak” is definitely one of my favorite ‘80s rock tunes and most certainly in my “top 10 power ballads” list. Kip is absolutely killing it with his vocals and the beautiful guitar solo is just transferring me to another dimension…And the lyrics – definitely nothing so special or distinctive about them, but still quite painful, emotional and quite relatable, as I’m sure many of us have been in a similar situation as the protagonist of this song. There’s also this unique orchestra aura that surrounds the song, achieved by the keyboard bits, which actually made me fall for this song so much!

  • The track was released in May 1989, as a single from Winger‘s self-titled debut album. It was written by the lead singer of the band – Kip Winger. According to him, this is the most definite Winger song.

“I wrote the riff and we jammed on it a little bit, and it was just one of those things that happened magically. You’ll talk to many people who think the best ideas happen by accident, and that was definitely one of them. A lot of times I’ll sit down and the s–t will just drop into my hands and I don’t even think about it. That was one of those songs,” Kip Winger said in an interview.

  • Written in a lydian scale, the song tells us a story about a man, who wants to be left alone and move on with his life, as his love has become a stranger to him. Despite that he’s going to be heartbroken, he chooses to “live again” instead of keep on dealing with the pain she’s causing him.

“Headed For A Heartbreak” LYRICS

Yeah…

Morning came and I was on my way
When you reminded me
I had too soon forgotten
It was you that set me free
Yeah, you were here when I came
You’ll be here when I’m gone
So don’t be waiting on love
‘Cause I’ll be waiting to ramble on

Headed for a heartbreak
Headed for a heartbreak

Darling, don’t wait up for me
Tonight I won’t be home
You’ve become a stranger
I just got to be alone
Don’t need nobody on my side
To dull the blade I’m on
So don’t be waiting on love
‘Cause I’ll be waiting to ramble on

Headed for a heartbreak
Headed for a heartbreak
Headed for a heartbreak

It’s not a mistake
Don’t you think I can feel the pain?
I walk away, to live again…

Headed for a heartbreak
Headed for a heartbreak (Don’t make me hurt you)
Headed for a heartbreak (‘Cause I love you…)
Headed for a heartbreak

Don’t you think I feel the pain?


References:
“Headed for a Heartbreak” by Winger, retrieved from http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=33963  
“Headed for a Heartbreak” Lyrics, retrieved from http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/winger/headedforaheartbreak.html
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The Story of FLEETWOOD MAC’s “Go Your Own Way”

Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” is one of the best-selling albums of all time and an absolute staple of late 70s music scene. The record spawned so many timeless classics – “Dreams”, “You Make Loving Fun” and of course my personal favourite “Go Your Own Way”. The background of the record is pretty messy, as we all know it – The McVies were divorcing, Buckingham and Nicks were in a chaotic on/off relationship, Mick Fleetwood’s wife was cheating on him – I mean come on!! Imagine the tension and the heated emotions going around the band! But still, despite all that personal drama and “emotional sacrifices” the group members recorded this outstanding record! I have no idea how they did that…

Anyhow, I really love this track but not because it’s an open window to the personal lives of two people who loved each other (though in different ways). I love it because Lindsey was a singer-songwriter genius and because I truly admire how those two managed to create something so pleasing amidst the romantic tension…

 

– “Go Your Own Way” was written by Lindsey Buckingham as a message to Stevie Nicks. It simply describes their complicated relationship. Stevie was quite angry with the line “Packing up, shacking up is all you want to do” and insisted Lindsey remove it. He didn’t…

“I very much resented him telling the world that ‘packing up, shacking up’ with different men was all I wanted to do. He knew it wasn’t true. It was just an angry thing that he said. Every time those words would come onstage, I wanted to go over and kill him. He knew it, so he really pushed my buttons through that. It was like, ‘I’ll make you suffer for leaving me.’ And I did,” she said for SOS in 2015.

(What a way to end a relationship with someone. We don’t know the truth, but I still don’t quite agree with putting such line in a song for your ex. It’s a bit pathetic – at least give the person you loved some dignity.)

– “Go Your Own Way” has to be one of the most bitter break-up songs ever. It’s quite catchy, rhythmic and melodic, actually and sticks with you for some time after you play it. The vocal delivery and guitar are superb! However, there’s this specific harsh, quite sour atmosphere that floats around the track. I mean, it’s quite natural. Lindsey was head over heels for Stevie but she wanted something else out of life. So, he chose to express his feelings by writing this haunting, but beautiful song. The lyrics are quite simple and straightforward – “I would give you my world if you want it, but if you won’t take it from me, you can just go your own way…”

Go Your Own Way Lyrics

Loving you
Isn’t the right thing to do
How can I ever change things that I feel?

If I could
Baby I’d give you my world
How can I
When you won’t take it from me?

You can go your own way
Go your own way
You can call it another lonely day
You can go your own way
Go your own way

Tell me why
Everything turned around
Packing up
Shacking up’s all you wanna do

If I could
Baby I’d give you my world
Open up
Everything’s waiting for you

You can go your own way
Go your own way
You can call it another lonely day
You can go your own way
Go your own way

 

 


References:
“Go Your Own Way” Official Wikipedia Page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Go_Your_Own_Way
“Go Your Own Way” Lyrics, retrieved from http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/fleetwoodmac/goyourownway.html
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Remember The Time VAN HALEN Reunited With DAVID LEE ROTH On MTV’s 1996 Awards?

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Huge thanks to UltimateClassicRock for reminding me of this precious Van Halen moment! 20 Years ago, one of my most favorite rock bands of all time briefly reunited on the stage of MTV to present an award for Best Male Music Video.

The crowd went crazy, the moment they saw guitarist Eddie Van Halen, drummer Alex Van Halen and bassist Michael Anthony, alongside David Lee Roth. However, if you watch the whole appearance, you can easily spot the obvious estrangement and hidden tension between the members of the band. David’s a showman; he demands attention and gets it at all costs. I love him, however he just wanted that night to be all about him, instead of getting down to business – the MTV awards. At one point, Eddie was too embarrassed, so he physically pulled David away from the microphone.

Van Halen - the best of volume 1Van Halen had no intention of getting back with David on a permanent basis. The MTV guest appearance was simply part of their promotional activities for Best Of – Volume 1. The foursome even recorded two new songs for the compilation albumMe Wise Magic” and “Can’t Get This Stuff No More.”

Earlier that year, Sammy Hagar – their second frontman, left the band under questionable circumstances and it was the perfect time to briefly take David back in to record the surprise new songs for the album.

 

Watch their reunion below:


 

References:
20 Years Ago: Van Halen Reunite With David Lee Roth on MTV, retrieved from http://ultimateclassicrock.com/van-halen-reunion-mtv/
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The Story of Scorpions’ Beautiful Ballad “SEND ME AN ANGEL”

I have always enjoyed Scorpions’ ballads and have always considered them as one of the biggest masters of ballad songs in rock. Klaus Meine has such a beautiful voice and somehow he always manages to play with my emotional state with every word he sings. It’s hard to point out a specific (ballad) song of Scorpions I consider as my favorite, however I saw them live this summer in Bulgaria and their performance of “Send me an Angel” just blew me away. Maybe it was the people singing together, the lights, the whole atmosphere and the gorgeous song itself, of course, but I felt so touched and became too emotional all of a sudden (even dropped a tear or two). To me, this moment was the highlight of the night and the moment I realized that this song would make its own special place in my heart.

One of the reasons why “Send me an Angel” affects me and so many other fans around the world so much is the sincere and powerful vocal delivery of Klaus. I mean, just listen to the song – his voice is so passionate, expressive and honest. Definitely one of the greatest rock singers!


– “Send me an Angel” was recorded for their 11th studio album – “Crazy World”, released in 1990. It was written by Klaus Meine and composed by Rudolf Schenker.

– “Send me an Angel” and “Winds of Change” became the two signature tracks from “Crazy World” and two of the biggest hits of Scorpions.

The track reached #44 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. (I mean, really?) However, in Europe, it got to much higher chart positions – #2 in Belgium, #3 in Poland, #4 in Denmark, etc.

– The lyrics of “Send me an Angel” may be a bit difficult to interpret, mainly because the words are quite cosmic and biblical – I feel like the whole song is a prayer to a much higher power and the words of a person who hopes for the dark days to be over. On one side, I believe this song as an appeal to God, to send the protagonist an angel to guide him through the darkness and shadows. Growing up, we face a lot of challenges and make a lot of wrong choices. The singer is asking for help. “The land of the morning star” is basically Lucifer’s land, a.k.a hell (isn’t it?). The song is full of biblical references and it makes it so hard for us to find the true meaning, however, I still think that it’s a song that tells us to believe in ourselves, and always hear the voices from deep inside that can help us overcome the dark times and find the right path in life.  


Acoustic Performance of “Send me an Angel”

 


“Send me an Angel” Lyrics


The wise man said just walk this way

To the dawn of the light
The wind will blow into your face
As the years pass you by

Hear this voice from deep inside
It’s the call of your heart
Close your eyes and you will find
The passage out of the dark

Here I am
Will you send me an angel?
Here I am
In the land of the morning star

The wise man said just find your place
In the eye of the storm
Seek the roses along the way
Just beware of the thorns

Here I am
Will you send me an angel?
Here I am
In the land of the morning star

The wise man said just raise your hand
And reach out for the spell
Find the door to the promised land
Just believe in yourself

Hear this voice from deep inside
It’s the call of your heart
Close your eyes and you will find
The way out of the dark

[4x]
Here I am
Will you send me an angel?
Here I am
In the land of the morning star



References:
“Send me an Angel” Official Wikipedia Page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Send_Me_an_Angel_(Scorpions_song)
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Eric Clapton In 10 Outstanding Live Performances

Eric Clapton Live 2You know how much I love Eric Clapton so this post should come as no surprise to you, guys. I think he is absolutely one of the last of his kind of musicians who still got it – in the record studio, as well as on stage.

The list of concerts, events and shows he did throughout his long career is never-ending but since I had to draw the line somewhere, I decided to pick 10 outstanding live performances of Eric, just for you, guys. It’s quite the task, since he doesn’t really have a weak show and he has always been giving it all on the stage. Just watch the following videos and you will understand what I’m saying.

Enjoy~

 


“I Shot the Sheriff”, 1987


“Layla”, 1992, MTV Unplugged


“Layla” (ft. Phil Collins, Live Aid 1985)


“Cocaine”, 2015


“My Father’s Eyes”, 2007


“Bad Love”, 1990


“Anyway The Wind Blows” (ft. JJ Cale, 2007)


“Tearing Us Apart” (ft. Tina Turner, Phil Collins and Dire Straits)


“Change the World”, 2007


“Tears in Heaven”, 2013


 

+ Bonus Track

Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton, Sting & Phil Collins- Money for Nothing (Live Montserrat)

The Story of Pink Floyd’s “Have a Cigar”

Nothing better to do on a hot Saturday afternoon than going through the music catalog of Pink Floyd (at least to me). “Wish You Were Here” (1975) is definitely one of their most outstanding records and song such as “Wish You Were Here”, “Shine on You Crazy Diamond” and “Welcome to the Machine” are absolute classics that will never become too old to listen. Not to mention “Have a Cigar” which actually made me fall in love with the album itself and quickly became a personal favorite. The track impresses not only with its memorable opening riffs and exciting synthesizer sound effects, but with its intense lyrics, dealing with the hypocrisy and greed in the music business.

 


 

– The lead vocals are provided by folk singer Roy Harper. Here’s what David Gilmour said about that:

Roger had a go at singing it and one or two people were unkind about his singing. One or two people then asked me to have a go at it. I did, but I wasn’t comfortable. I had nothing against the lyrics. Maybe the range and intensity wasn’t right for my voice. I can distinctly remember Roy leaning on the wall outside Abbey Road, while we were nattering away and (growls) ‘Go on, lemme have a go, lemme have a go.’ We all went, ‘Shut up Roy.’ But eventually we said, ‘Go on then, Roy, have your bloody go.’ Most of us enjoyed his version, though I don’t think Roger ever liked it.”

– This is one of the two songs of Pink Floyd, not sung by one of the members of the band. The other one is “The Great Gig in the Sky”, performed by Clare Torry.

– The song’s music and lyrics were written by Roger Waters. The track, much like “Welcome to the Machine” is about all the lies music industry corporations tell and the control they exercise over their musicians. Cliché lines such as “You’re gonna go far,” “I’ll tell you the name of the game,” “You’re going to make it,” are all written to illustrate the empty promises music businessmen make, especially to the new bands when in fact they only think of how to squeeze money out of them. The line “We call it riding the gravy train” has been commonly used to refer to the exploitative nature of the music corporations.

– The line, “By the way, which one’s Pink?” is a question many people in the music world kept on asking Pink Floyd.

“We did have people who would say to us “Which one’s Pink” and stuff like that. There were an awful lot of people who thought Pink Floyd was the name of the lead singer and that was Pink himself and the band. That’s how it all came about, it was quite genuine,” said David Gilmour in 1992.

(Roger Waters was always quite bitter and cynical with his lyrics, but that’s why we love his works so much. The song is one huge satirical take on the music industry – probably the best of its kind. I guess after “The Dark Side of the Moon” the industry was pretty harsh on them and expected a huge follow-up album. “Have a Cigar” was simply their answer to the soulless record companies.)

– The track begins with a very memorable swirling riff, played on electric guitar and bass. Throughout the song, we can hear a mixture of electric piano, synthesizer parts, concluding with the sound of a radio being dialed off-station. The effect is used to the following title-track “Wish You Were Here”.

“Have a Cigar” was a whole track on which I used the guitar and keyboards at once. There are some extra guitars which I dubbed on later, but I did the basic guitar tracks at one time,” said David Gilmour in 1975.

 


And this is why you should not have cigars!!! (I’m kiddin, of course) Roger Waters apparently was too sick and the tech guy made a mess with the backing vocals…


 

“Have a Cigar” Lyrics

Come in here, dear boy, have a cigar.
You’re gonna go far, you’re gonna fly high,
You’re never gonna die, you’re gonna make it if you try; they’re gonna love you.

Well, I’ve always had a deep respect, and I mean that most sincerely.
The band is just fantastic, that is really what I think.
Oh by the way, which one’s Pink?

And did we tell you the name of the game, boy?
We call it Riding the Gravy Train.

We’re just knocked out.
We heard about the sell out.
You gotta get an album out,
You owe it to the people. We’re so happy we can hardly count.

Everybody else is just green, have you seen the chart?
It’s a helluva start, it could be made into a monster
If we all pull together as a team.

And did we tell you the name of the game, boy?
We call it Riding the Gravy Train.

pink floyd keep calm and have a cigar


 

References:
Pink Floyd Lyrics, retrieved from http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/pinkfloyd/haveacigar.html
“Have a Cigar” Official Wikipedia Page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Have_a_Cigar
“Have a Cigar” Song Facts, retrieved from http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=1389
P.S. I don’t own any audio or visual material used in this publication. All the rights and credits go to the owners and/publishers.
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