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Ronnie James Dio died a while back and this week a double live CD from him was released. The CDs cover two shows at Donington in England, one in '83 and one in '87. I've had a preview listen and they are just great. Any fan of good rock music would do well to shell out some cash for this release.
Dio - Heaven and Hell(live): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhwCy-fYtg4
Also recently released is a new CD from hardcore legends Suicidal Tendencies. I may have told the story before but, in my final year of school a friend loaned me their first album. It was on red vinyl which I thought was beyond cool! But, 22 years later, I'm still addicted to it! I wore out a cassette copy years ago and now it plays regularly on my iPod or on CD. The latest CD, "No Mercy Fool/TheSuicidal Family" is well worth a listen. Great production, great sounds and attitude to spare. This song is from their first album. It always reminds me of the Dead Kennedy's song, Police Truck.
Suicidal Tendencies - Fascist Pig: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erTLYlgHTn8
If, like me, you're subjected to Glee on TV on a weekly basis you've probably heard a version of this song recently. They didn't butcher it too badly but the original is just awesome. Listen to the lyrics. They matter.
En Vogue - Free Your Mind: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tIYpvlQP_s
Apparently, the Miles Davis album "Bitches Brew" is to jazz what Sgt Pepper's was to rock and roll. Well the 40th Anniversary Edition has just come out so you can all make up your own mind. Have a listen, I'm still not sure about it myself!
Miles Davis - Bitches Brew: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fytOvlJ0MrY
I'm not really sure where my head is after that tune. Somewhere else.
DJ WatzOn impressed on me the need to play a certain song by The Chieftans to mark Remembrance Day. But in looking for it I found this. My favourite Bob Marley song redone...WOW!
Ziggy Marley & The Chieftans - Redemption Song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnJgIq48C9k
This week I was interviewed by MC HB for an online triathlon magazine. It was all about Ironman and you can read it here if you like: http://www.triathlontribe.com/article/post/show/id/39-Ironman-WA-The-countdown-is-on
One question asked about my favourite training song. This is it. Again, lyrics and attitude are everything.
Rollins Band - Shine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAXL4R_keTY
I've copped a small amount of flak for my comments about Lionel Richie in last week's ramblings. I love the internet. Anonymous keyboard commandos are everywhere. Anyway, for the record, Lionel is cool, The Commodores are cool, and this is the best ever version of one of their songs.
Faith No More - Easy (Like Sunday Morning): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOdr9FiNZoQ
That is an AWESOME guitar solo!
Here comes Summer!!