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What have I (you) missed over the years?

Discussion in 'Music' started by Mock Turtle, May 11, 2020.

  1. Mock Turtle

    Mock Turtle Compassion, understanding, and tolerance.
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    After having been alerted to Disturbed's version of The Sound of Silence (thank you @PureX), I will no doubt have missed so many pieces of music over the last several decades, and perhaps being my loss. So what would you propose as being examples of 'too good to miss' music - in any genre - that anyone might not have come across?

    I can't think of anything at the moment myself, apart from the fact that most of my favourite music is from long in the past, so just depends upon how interested one is to research such things.
     
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    well, that's an extremely wide open question.. I think my tastes have become pretty niche, and as well, they might be influenced by me being a musician, though I'm sure how much that matters. I'd say definitely take a watch of Heilung's concert on their youtube page if you have not, that's probably the most interesting thing I've heard in the past couple years, and they are kind of 'metalesque' if you like that kind of thing.

    Another really great thing I've heard, that seems to have sustaining power, came from the band Dead Can Dance. They recorded a live concert called 'Toward the Within,' which I still consider phenomenal.

    One of my favorite artists from america might actually be the folk musician Tim Eriksen, who seemed to have developed an extremely interesting approach to the folk music of New England. Perhaps you might find it interesting, much of it has British roots
     
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    I was always a fan of keyboards but I listened solely in the popular music field - mainly rock and jazz. One of the most enjoyable concerts I went to was Emerson, Lake and Palmer. They made much "use" of classical music (overtly and not so overtly - eg Mussorgsky, Ginastera, Janacek, Copland) but I never followed it up until a few years ago when I started to delve into classical music. Why hadn't I done this before? Now, solo piano music is the commonest music that I have, especially early twentieth century Russian composers. Of those my favourite is Alexander Scrabin - a genius of piano music and certainly a very individual character. Here is a taste, performed by probably by my favourite exponent of Scriabin's music - Varduhi Yeritsyan.

     
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    Well you have mentioned one of my two favourite groups ever, Dead Can Dance, and I probably have all their CDs apart from any of the more recent ones that I might have missed. :D

    I'll look into Tim Eriksen and Heilung. Thanks. I think my tastes are niche too, but eclectic. :oops:
     
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    Got into classical guitar? Like this old chap?

     
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    It's not my favourite instrument. I've been to a Miloš Karadaglić concert which was enjoyable. One of my favourite composers is Toru Takemitsu so I do have his guitar music....

     
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    I have a special appreciation for performances in which one artist honors another artist that has been a significant positive influence on them. I find tat under these conditions, the performing artist really wants to, and tries hard to deliver an exceptional performance, to show their appreciation both for the honored artist, and for their body of work.

    So over the years I have paid particular attention venues and shows that involve this kind of situation. And I have sought them out online, as time permits. I have discovered many, too many to post, here, but I will try to dig up a few for you. And if you have already seen them, or simply are not impressed by them, so be it. Better to have rejected them to have never been aware of them, at all, I think.

    One place I have often found these kinds of performances were on the Kennedy Center Honors Shows, particularly under the Obama Administration. Both because the artists involved really liked and respected the Obamas, and because there happened to be some really excellent producers working for the Kennedy Center during that time, that recruited excellent musicians, staging, lighting, editing, etc., for their shows.

    Here are some good examples ...

    Honoring Paul McCartney


    Honoring Led Zeppelin


    Honoring Carlos Santana
     
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    Here are some highlights from other similar shows.

    Honoring Bruce Springsteen

    Jon Stewart


    Jennifer Nettles and Ben Harper


    Ben Harper


    Honoring Buddy Guy

    Tracy Chapman


    Beth Hart and Jeff Beck


    Gary Clark Jr and JimmyVaughan
    Gary Clark, Jr Jimmie Vaughan The Things I Used To Do Kennedy Center Honors Buddy Guy

    Honoring Al Green

    Mavis Staples and Sam Moore
    Mavis Staples and Sam Moore - Take Me To the River (Al Green Tribute) - 2014 Kennedy Center Honors

    Honoring Sting

    Esperanza Spalding and Herbie Hancock
    Esperanza Spalding and Herbie Hancock - Fragile - Sting - Kennedy Center Honors

    Bruno Mars
    Bruno Mars - So Lonely, Message In a Bottle (Sting Tribute) - 2014 Kennedy Center Honors

    Honoring Carol King

    Aretha Franklin
    (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
     
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  9. Mock Turtle

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    Well I have at least the first four albums by Led Zeppelin and saw them live in the early 1970s at quite a small venue, so they were rather LOUD. :D I think my HiFi had trouble too with some tracks. :oops: I also have one or two albums of Santana - another group I loved then. One can't go wrong with either of these - McCartney, not so much. :D
     
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    Yes, but that medley from the Abby Road album by Steven Tyler was spectacular. And it is true that McCartney did infuse young rock music fans of that era with an appreciation for melody. In honoring Zeppelin, all the performers really tried to capture not just their impact by the loudness, but by the intensity level of the music. Lenny Kravitz singing with Slash on guitar was as good as the original version, and that's something almost no one has ever managed.

    I also really like the speaker's introductions for all three.

    (I saw both Zeppelin and Santana live back in the day, too, ('73, I think) and I was a young guitar player, myself, then. It was a experience!)
     
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    I think the Beatles then (early 60s) were competing with the Yardbirds and Dylan, along with much else, for my attention so they didn't get much of a look-in, even though I did recognise the contribution they made to music. Never owned a Beatles album, but then I never owned a Stones album either. I blame John Peel for all this - and his rather eclectic tastes. :D
     
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    I am not that much a fan of pop music, but occasionally someone comes along in that genre that is so exceptional that I have to take notice. And Stevie Wonder was one of those people. He was just a consistently great singer, songwriter, arranger, and producer that he couldn't be denied. And a few years ago the Grammy people decided to do a concert honoring him. Unfortunately, it aired on CBS and they are famously proprietary about their content, so it aired once and was locked away, never to be aired again. But it was a pretty great show that I did happen to catch, and would have been disappointed if I'd missed it.

    I found a link to it that seems to be working, so I'll pass it along. It's a long show, and not every performance is spectacular, but most of them are exceptionally good. Great energy. It gave me a new respect for some of these pop performers, but especially for Stevie Wonder. It's easy to forget how many really great songs he authored.

    Here's THE LINK
     
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    I'm sure he is a major talent and all but I must admit to not taking so much notice of him, but then my taste was more for this kind of stuff:









    Blues I liked, and even (electric) R n B, based in the Blues, but Soul not so much. :oops:
     
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    I was into that sort of thing when I moved south (to Richmond Va.) for art school. There was a music department there and some of the music students introduced me to delta blues. It was not something I'd heard of up on the Great Lakes, especially in the shadow of 1970's Motown. In 1982 I moved to Chicago for grad school and although that first generation of blues men were gone (Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Willy Dixon, etc.) the clubs and bars were still there, and the second generation was going strong; Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Otis Clay, BB King, John Lee Hooker, and so on. And I got to see them all, live, in their 'natural habitats'.

    By the 90s, though, I had gotten into the singer-songwriter genre. And by the mid 90s the internet was giving me access to 'world music', too, and so I began exploring these genres. As I can recall them, I try and post some videos from back then that I found particularly good.

    There was a show on tv, then, called Sessions At West 54th Street that had some amazing performers and performances on it. It only lasted two or three seasons, which is unfortunate, but even then, it left an amazing collection of musical performances by an amazing collection of artists and musicians. I'll see if I can find a few of those.
     
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    We were fortunate that many of them did tour, and visited the UK quite a bit. I have a concert programme for one such Blues Festival, and Sonny Boy Wiliamson sang with the Yardbirds on one or more occasions. Seem to recall seeing Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee too. Although some of the English groups did some nice versions of their material, it was nice to hear the originals. My good friend had a Howlin Wolf LP and one by Muddy Waters, which were always played after an evening's drinking. :beercheers: :musicnotes: :sleepsymbol:
     
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    I was amazed to discover this world of young, courageous, beautiful, and talented women being completely ignored by the pop music 'industry' and yet making fantastic music on their own. I guess because they kept their clothes on, and insisted on doing their OWN music, instead of the canned schlock that the "producers" thought would make them all rich and famous.

    Early Patty Griffin ...


    Early Sinead O'Connor ...


    Early Ani DiFranco ...


    Early Angelique Kidjo ... (not the quality of a Sessions show, but around the same time period)


    Zap Mama ... (from the Afro-pop genre) - music starts @ 1:40
     
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    I think they got more respect, and were generally treated better in Europe than in the states.
     
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    Sad to say no doubt true.
     
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