Hillsong United: All of the Above

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in the past, Hillsong United releases were always overshadowed by Darlene Zschech and her crew. Darlene and the main Hillsong worship team would end up selecting the prime cuts off of the Hillsong United CDs and incorporate them into their own release. the casual hillsong listener would normally opt to buy the Darlene Zschech CD over the United CD since the United versions felt like demos to Darlene’s more polished, wall of sound approach. but now with Hillsong United’s new release, All of the Above, the group has stepped out of the shadows and come into their own. one notable change from the previous releases is the fact that the group recorded the album in the studio as opposed to recording in a live setting. this approach seems to have kept the group more focused on the songs and the delivery and not so much on leading a full congregation in worship. the arrangements are still bombastic as ever but with a bit more flair probably due to the extra time spent honing things down in the studio. with songs like Point of Difference and Desperate People, it feels as though these are the definitive versions and that we as listeners won’t have to wait around for Darlene Zschech’s take on these great songs. in fact, the group reverses the United-Zschech tradition by recording their own version (and not to mention much improved) of Found which is off of Hillsong’s Mighty to Save CD. as with most Hillsong releases, we normally have to weed through a lot of filler tunes but on All of the Above, the majority of the songs are strong and can stand on their own. you will find quality songwriting and perfomances through and through. if you’re into Hillsong or contemporary worship recordings, All of the Above is a must for your collection.

Highlights include: Point of Difference, Desperate People, Lead Me to the Cross, Found, Hosanna, Saviour King.

watch Brooke Fraser and Hillsong United performing one of my favorites of the album, Hosanna on youtube.

Hillsong United - All of the Above

1 Point of Difference (Houston) 4:22
2 Break Free (Crocker, Houston, Ligertwood) 4:07
3 Desperate People (Chislett, Houston) 5:29
4 Devotion (Sampson) 5:59
5 Draw Me Closer (Selah) (Interlude) (Ussher) 1:26
6 Lead Me to the Cross (Fraser) 4:18
7 Found (George) 6:02
8 Hosanna (Fraser) 5:30
9 For All Who Are to Come (Selah) (Interlude 2) 3:37
10 Solution (Crocker, Houston) 4:37
11 My Future Decided (Douglass, Houston, Sampson) 4:18
12 Never Let Me Go (Houston) 6:01
13 You (Andrew, Thomas) 5:03
14 Saviour King (Fieldes, Sampson) 12:16

music links for wednesday

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hooray for humpday. you know what that means…. it’s time for some random music links.

one of my all time favorite Mike Oldfield albums is up at Have a Look.

DJ Shooter’s got the Ladies of the Eighties Mix.

I can’t seem to get enough of Nelly Furtado’s Say It Right. It never gets old. check out the Electro Remix version.

Octaner’s got Revolver Deluxe Edition Vol. 2

yes, you know you want it. just admit it and move on - Bananarama Greatest Hits.

..oh, and while you’ve lost all pride, you might as well go ahead and grab some Bon Jovi.

oh and this week’s theme over at Audiography Collaborative Music Blog is: Break Up Songs. love it!

enjoy!

Murder By Numbers

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Win a New York fly-away to see The Police livereading through the songlist of the new police cd, I’m reminded of my junior high days back when i first started taking drum lessons. Stewart Copeland was *the drummer* to copy licks from back then. His use of splash cymbals, reggae rhythms, innovative drum patterns and super speedy drum fills really caught the attention to not only me but millions of other drummers and young musicians alike. I used to listen to the album Synchronicity over and over again repeatedly, day in and day out, studying Stewart’s drum patterns and drum fills. since i was in my early teens and just starting out on drums, the way Stewart played on some of the tracks was mind-boggling to me at the time. yes it was a bit frustrating trying to learn all of the drum hits but more than anything it was all fascinating to me. I loved it. one of the songs that i loved to play along with was Murder By Numbers. The time signature of the song is 6/8 but Stewart’s drum pattern doesn’t seem to be following that time signature. it just blew my mind. the drums were placed up front in the mix and really plays a major role in the song. and once you get past the incredible drum playing, there’s also Andy Summers’ intricate guitar part that is just perfect. i love the guitar chords on this song. the E7#9 - Bbsus2/A - B7#9 - Bb7 chord progression is just pure ear candy. and on top of all that is Sting singing some pretty dark lyrics. interesting to note that people seem to miss the point of the song. the song isn’t necessarily glorifying serial killers. i believe the main point of the song is that even leader of a countries going to war should be accountable for all the lives that are lost. murder is murder even if you’re not the one actually doing the deed. anyway, it’s great to see that the Police are back in action, playing live and promoting the new police cd. the tour is currently making its way through North America and is is receiving lots of press and positive reviews. Sting, Stewart and Andy are even performing Murder By Numbers on this tour!! they’ve revamped the feel and the arrangement a bit on the song. i’m still a bit partial to the original arrangement but check it out for yourself with this short clip of the song up on youtube. it was captured on the first night of the tour up in Vancouver.

from the music vault: The Higher You Climb

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dusted off from depths of my music vault: Max Bacon - The Higher You Climb
Max Bacon

frankly, I can only take the sound of Max Bacon’s voice in small doses. which means this CD doesn’t get a lot of play in my car. with a gifted producer and a high quality studio, his voice may not grate as much but The Higher You Climb is essentially a collection of demos from various periods of Max’s career including work with Geoff Downes, John Young and with GTR. since these are indeed demos, Max’s voice does get a bit annoying. at least to my ears.

I guess the high point of Max’s career came around 1985 when he fronted the Steve Howe/Steve Hackett project GTR. so if you want a great example of what Max Bacon can do (in the hands of a good producer and backed by a major recording budget), go listen to When the Heart Rules the Mind. that was a very well crafted song.

as for this CD, the songs with Geoff Downes (The Higher You Climb and Boys from Diamond City) and GTR (Hungry Warrior and No One Else to Blame) are the only ones worth listening to. the others are just non-descript and tuneless.

Album: The Higher You Climb
Artist: Max Bacon
released: 1995 by Now And Then Records

Tracks:
1. The Higher You Climb (3:32)
2. Boys from Diamond City (5:34)
3. Walk Away (4:04)
4. All Grown Up (4:56)
5. When I was Young (3:53)
6. Hold Him Closer (4:20)
7. Desperate Times (4:06)
8. Love Comes Down (4:05)
9. Hungry Warrior (4:04)
10. No One Else to Blame (4:43)
11. I Know What I Like (4:14)
12. Roundabout (8:41)

Band members:
Max Bacon: vocals
Matt Clifford: keyboards
Geoff Downes: keyboards
Nigel Glockner: drums (3-10)
Scott Gorham: guitar
Steve Hackett: guitar
Steve Howe: guitar
Jonathan Mover: drums (11, 12)
Phil Spalding: bass
Mike Sturgis: drums (1, 2)
John Young: keyboards

the CD is currently out of print so you may have a tough time locating a copy. from what i read, the label was forced to discontinue the production of the CD due to them not having full permission to release some of the songs. if i had to guess, the GTR songs were probably the ones causing the problem.

for those interested, here are two mp3s from the album:

The Higher You Climb - from the RAIN sessions with Geoff Downes

Hungry Warrior - from the NeroTrend sessions with GTR

enjoy.

The Police in Vancouver!

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OK the buzz about The Police reunion is back in full force now that their much hyped world tour is getting underway this coming monday in Vancouver. apparently Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland are currently rehearsing in Vancouver on a massive open air stage near the north shore. the local news crew got their news chopper to get a view of the stage and the three rock icons in action. it’s a nice sneak peek on the much anticipated tour. i’ve been looking forward to the reunion since way back in the nineties to tell you the truth. I still can’t believe it’s happening. especially with the three musicians historically having such volatile chemistry together. but so far no word of any major in-fighting among the three and the tour is still a-go. to commemorate this massive world tour, the folks over at Universal have put together a nice new 2-CD compilation for fans new and old. the june 5th release contains a total of 28 tracks. here’s the tracklisting:

Disc: 1
1. Fallout
2. Can’t Stand Losing You
3. Next to You
4. Roxanne
5. Truth Hits Everybody
6. Hole in My Life
7. So Lonely
8. Message in a Bottle
9. Reggatta de Blanc
10. Bring on the Night
11. Walking on the Moon
12. Don’t Stand So Close to Me
13. Driven to Tears
14. Canary in a Coalmine
Disc: 2
1. Do Do Do de da da Da
2. Voices Inside My Head
3. Invisible Sun
4. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
5. Spirits in the Material World
6. Demolition Man
7. Every Breath You Take
8. Synchronicity I
9. Wrapped Around Your Finger
10. Walking in Your Footsteps
11. Synchronicity II
12. King of Pain
13. Murder by Numbers
14. Tea in the Sahara

even though I own most of their CDs this new compilation is still a must have in my book. included in the set is Fall Out which was their first single before they released Outlandos d’Amour. it’s nice to have the rarity included on CD. all the big hits and fan favorites are included here plus the tracks have all been remastered from the original source material which is pretty important since most fans would want the best sounding version of their favorite songs.

one song that i personally would have picked for the new Police cd is When the World is Running Down which was always one of the highlights in Sting’s solo shows. speaking of which, i’ve seen Sting twice, once on his Nothing Like the Sun tour and then on his Soul Cages tour. those shows were absolutely amazing. the man is an incredible musician and songwriter but you know, when you add Stewart’s amazing drumming and Andy’s spacey guitar riffs, there’s absolutely nothing else like it.

so i’m really excited that they are finally back together after all these years. unfortunately, their concert tix sold out in within minutes and like a lot of fans, i’m outta luck in seeing them this go round. i guess i’ll just listen to the new CD compilation and hope that these guys will continue to tour after the first leg and come back around my neck of the woods with some new dates.

US concert dates
Mon 05/28/07 Vancouver, BC General Motors Place
Wed 05/30/07 Vancouver, BC General Motors Place
Sat 06/02/07 Edmonton, AB Commonwealth Stadium
Wed 06/06/07 Seattle, WA KeyArena at Seattle Center
Thu 06/07/07 Seattle, WA KeyArena at Seattle Center
Sat 06/09/07 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Sun 06/10/07 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Wed 06/13/07 Oakland, CA McAfee Coliseum
Fri 06/15/07 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
Sat 06/16/07 Manchester, TN Bonnaroo Music Festival
Mon 06/18/07 Phoenix, AZ US Airways Center
Wed 06/20/07 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
Thu 06/21/07 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
Sat 06/23/07 Los Angeles, CA Dodger Stadium
Tue 06/26/07 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
Wed 06/27/07 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
Fri 06/29/07 Houston, TX Toyota Center
Sat 06/30/07 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena
Mon 07/02/07 Saint Louis, MO Scottrade Center
Tue 07/03/07 Saint Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
Thu 07/05/07 Chicago, IL Wrigley Field
Fri 07/06/07 Chicago, IL Wrigley Field
Sat 07/07/07 East Rutherford, NJ Giants Stadium
Tue 07/10/07 Miami Gardens, FL Dolphin Stadium
Wed 07/11/07 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum
Sat 07/14/07 Louisville, KY Churchill Downs
Mon 07/16/07 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
Tue 07/17/07 Auburn Hills, MI The Palace Of Auburn Hills
Thu 07/19/07 Philadelphia, PA Citizens Bank Park
Fri 07/20/07 Hershey, PA Hersheypark Stadium
Sun 07/22/07 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Mon 07/23/07 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Wed 07/25/07 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
Thu 07/26/07 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
Sat 07/28/07 Boston, MA Fenway Park
Sun 07/29/07 Boston, MA Fenway Park
Tue 07/31/07 East Hartford, CT Rentschler Field
Wed 08/01/07 New York, NY Madison Square Garden Arena
Fri 08/03/07 New York, NY Madison Square Garden Arena
Sat 08/04/07 Baltimore, MD Pimlico Race Track
Sun 08/05/07 East Rutherford, NJ Giants Stadium

Mike Oldfield - Wind Chimes

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boy, i’ve been on a Mike Oldfield kick lately. It comes in waves every now and again. after i get my fill of his music, i won’t listen to the stuff for a good spell until the next wave hits. the gifted musician has a long list of albums and thanks to sites like ebay and lala.com, i’ve been able to fill in some of the gaps in my collection of his music.

probably my all time favorite piece of music of his is The Wind Chimes parts I and II off of his Islands album. the instrumental piece is very melodic and also has some great drumming by a favorite of mine, Simon Phillips.

for those not familiar with Mike Oldfield’s work, here’s an excerpt from his Islands Press Kit courtesy of tubular.net.

Mike Oldfield has the distinction of being the first artist signed to Virgin Records by Richard Branson when he started the label in the early 70’s. The debut release for both Oldfield and Virgin was “Tubular Bells,” which went on to sell over 8 million copies worldwide — an auspicious start for both the artist and label.

Early in 1987, “Tubular Bells” — which gained international recognition as the theme from “The Exorcist” — was re-released by Virgin in America as part of an innovative catalogue marketing program. It continues to enjoy strong sales, and has renewed the public’s interest in Oldfield. To kick off 1988, Virgin is proud to release Oldfield’s newest album, “Islands.” This musical pioneer, whose innovative work with synthesizers set the stage for much of the pop music that has followed, continues to create music that is as fresh, vital, and intriguing as ever.
Now, 1988 heralds the arrival of Mike Oldfield’s new album “Islands.” The first side of the album is instrumental, while the second side contains six rock/pop compositions, showcasing once again the diverse styles of contemporary music that Oldfield can work with so masterfully. The leadoff single is “Magic Touch,” a scaring, inspirational song with magnificent vocals by ex-GTR man Max Bacon. The title track, which was the first single in the UK, features vocals by the incomparable Bonnie Tyler. Production on “Islands” was handled by ex-Yes/Asia/Buggles musician Geoff Downes, while Oldfield’s long-time associate Kevin Ayers adds vocals to select tracks.

On “Islands,” Oldfield has again traveled to uncharted territory, illustrating that, without a doubt, he is not an artist that is content to stand still. The future is here.

Download The Wind Chimes Part II (mp3, 26 MB)

the latest on Memory Almost Full

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more info has just been released about the highly anticipated McCartney album, Memory Almost Full.
I’m definitely looking forward to it. lots of good buzz on the album. check out the latest update from Sir Paul himself!!:

MEMORY ALMOST FULL BY PAUL McCARTNEY - 30.04.2007
Memory Almost Full out Monday June 4th 2007
By Paul McCartney

I actually started this album, Memory Almost Full, before my last album Chaos And Creation In The Backyard (released September 2005). The first recording session was back in the autumn of 2003 at Abbey Road with my touring band and producer David Kahne. I was right in the middle of it when I began talking with Nigel Godrich about a brand new project (which became Chaos And Creation In The Backyard).

When I was just finishing up everything concerned with Chaos and had just got the Grammy nominations (2006) I realised I had this album to go back to and finish off. So I got it out to listen to it again, wondering if I would enjoy it, but actually I really loved it. All I did at first was just listen to a couple of things and then I began to think, ĎOK, I like that track Ė now, what is wrong with it?í And it might be something like a drum sound, so then I would re-drum and see where we would get to.

I took it from there and built it up. I went through, track by track, making changes as I went along. I fixed things I wasnít too keen on and it just evolved from there. Without me knowing, or really trying, it started to get its own theme, a sort of thread that holds it all together. So I suppose itís about half new stuff and half old stuff from 2003.

In places itís a very personal record and a lot of it is retrospective, drawing from memory, like memories from being a kid, from Liverpool and from summers gone. The album is evocative, emotional, rocking, but I canít really sum it up in one sentence.

There is a medley of 5 songs towards the end and that was purposefully retrospective. I thought this might be because Iím at this point in my life, but then I think about the times I was writing with John and a lot of that was also looking back. Itís like me with ĎPenny Laneí and ĎEleanor Rigbyí - Iím still up to the same tricks!

I know people are going to look at some of the songs and interpret them in different ways but this has always been the case. The thing is that I love writing songs, so I just write and write. I never really get to a point where I start thinking Iím going to write about specific subjects. Inevitably though, what I am thinking is going to find its way into what Iím doing

The opening track of the album is ĎDance Tonightí. I recently got myself a mandolin and I was just playing about with it and came up with the basis of this track. A couple of weeks ago we made the video, which was great fun. Itís directed by Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind) and stars Natalie Portman and Mackenzie Crook. Iím not going to give the plot away. Youíll have to go and watch it for yourself, but we had a good time doing it.

The album title came after I had finished everything. For me, thatís when they normally come, with the exception of maybe Sgt. Peppers, otherwise I donít think I have ever made an album with The Beatles, Wings or solo where I have thought of a title and a concept. I was thinking about what would sum the whole thing up and ĎMemory Almost Fullí sprung to mind. Itís a phrase that seemed to embrace modern life; in modern life our brains can get a bit overloaded. I realised I had also seen it come up on my phone a few times. When I started bouncing the idea round with some friends they nearly all got different meanings out of it, but they all said they loved it. So the feedback helped solidify the title.

After completing the album I then started thinking about the album artwork and how Iíd want it to look. I really wanted to make the CD a desirable object. Something that I know Iíd want to pick up from the shelf, something that would make people curious. I hope our final concept has done that. The album sleeve itself includes an etching by a friend of mine, Humphrey Ocean. As with the album lyrics, Iím looking forward to seeing how people might interpret the artwork.

Currently Iím just starting out on the promo trail and beginning to get the first bits of feedback about the album and so far so good! Itís interesting now as Iím getting to hear what other people are making of the songs and what their feelings are. Iím also talking about the album myself and Iím really enjoying the discovery process.

I really enjoyed making this album with David Kahne and Iím proud of all the songs. We had a great time. I hope that the fun we had will communicate itself to the people who are going to listen to it.

All the best,

Paul McCartney, April 2007

Full Track Listing

1. Dance Tonight
2. Ever Present Past
3. See Your Sunshine
4. Only Mama Knows
5. You Tell Me
6. Mister Bellamy
7. Gratitude
8. Vintage Clothes
9. That Was Me
10. Feet In The Clouds
11. House Of Wax
12. End of the End
13. Nod Your Head

love and sappiness

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love and sappiness : April 2007 edition

yeah, i’m pretty sure you never knew i could get this sappy.

You Will Feel Like This by Nicola Hitchcock
give me your hand give me some more time
i will awaken into your world, all i know
and when i do we will be as one
and when i know we will be as one…

Pop! Goes My Heart by Hugh Grant

These precious moments we have so few
Let’s go far away where there’s nothing to do but play
You’ve shown to me that my destiny’s with you
And there’s no explaining
Let’s fly so high- will you come with me tonight?
In your dress I confess you’re the source of light
The way you shine under starry skies, you are gold and silver

Tender Love (Force MDs cover) by Jordan Knight

candles fade like the dark now i see how
lovely the feelings are
for all the tender love you’ve given to me

Mated (the Billy Sherwood remixed edition) by Todd Rundgren

Nobody else understands what I’m doing
Nobody else makes me act in this way
And because they can’t comprehend what we mean to each other
They won’t leave you alone so you know what to say
If anyone should ask, say we’re mated
For as long as this life lasts we are mated
Why else would you be here right now
And you know we’ll still be here tomorrow..

Only An Ocean Away by Sarah Brightman

There’s an ocean between us, you know where to find me
You reach out and touch me I feel you in my own heart
More than a lifetime still goes on forever
But it helps to remember you’re only an ocean away..

Feels like Heaven by Peter Cetera and Chaka Khan

At first when you found me it took me a while ’til I realized
Why I felt weak when you were around me
Why I couldn’t speak when I looked in your eyes
All this time I’ve been searching
Until you, I was lost in my dreams
And I never knew that love could feel like heaven watching over me..

Grown Old With Me (John Lennon cover) by Mary Chapin Carpenter

Grow old along with me
whatever fate decrees we will see it through
For our love is true
God bless our love, God bless our love..

..yup, this is as sappy as it gets, my friends.

download the love and sappiness song set (39MB ZIP file). enjoy.

currently listening to…

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the acoustic set:

Other World by Glenn Tilbrook (acoustic version)
When I’m with you I see what I don’t see
I go where I’ve never been, out there and back again
I’m out of my head to say what I said
To treat you like I do as if I don’t need you

Time after Time by Everything But the Girl
If you’re lost you can look and you will find me time after time
If you fall, I will catch you I will be waiting time after time

Things We Said Today by Paul McCartney (1993 soundcheck)
Someday when we’re dreaming, deep in love, not a lot to say
Then we will remember things we said today

Just a Shadow by Big Country (1993 Glasgow Barrowland show)
It’s just a shadow of the man you should be
Like a garden in the forest that the world will never see
You have no thought of answers only questions to be filled
And it feels like hell..

Fall at your Feet by Neil Finn (from Sessions at West 54th)
Whenever I fall at your feet and you let your tears rain down on me
Whenever I touch your slow turning pain

Love of the Common Man by Todd Rundgren (solo acoustic 1990 in Chicago)
Everyone is waiting, just anticipating on you
Won’t you make a showing everybody knows what to do
Take a dive from your ivory tower
And fall on everyone will catch you, everyone..

The Music Vault: No World Order CD-3 Single

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Todd Rundgren - No World Order CD-3 Single (Japan)
Tracks:
1) No World Order (Yokohama Morning Version)
2) No World Order (Yokohama Night Version)

The No World Order album is classic Todd Rundgren in my mind. It’s his A Wizard, A True Star of the 90’s. It can be a bit jarring at first listen but given time one can recognize the amount of creativity that was put into the album. yes, Todd raps throughout the album but as he said at the time of the release, it was done in order to be able to construct the songs into eight second segments so that listeners could remix and interact with the songs through a CD-rom interface. No World Order was revolutionary at the time. and it’s still fun to listen to even without the interactive interface.

for my music vault post for the week, I present to you the rare japanese CD single of No World Order. enjoy.

Let me tell you ’bout the new world order
Not the kind to make you run for the border
It’s a new religion wrapped in a revolution
With a proven solution for your mental pollution

Don’t let no one tell you that god ain’t got a sense of humor
Someone said he’s pissed off, but that was just a rumor
I know he’s laughin’ when the preacher starts to scream about
How trippin’ is evil, and sex is unclean

Cars and gold bars and chains and diamond rings
These are the symbols, we want the real things
Peace in the soul and a natural insight
Things that please the mind and make the body feel right

Nature wants your life to go on long and on strong
To have children and show them where you went wrong
So if your life style leads you into hell or into prison
Wake up and listen, this is what you’re missing

Free will, we can’t seem to get our fill
We are beggers, we are choosers drunk on a lack of power
I believe in understanding, I’ve got to know where we’re landing
I’m takin’ my survey now, hands up if you’re with me
Do you want different choices? Can’t hear the quiet voices
Got to dim all the lights, turn down the volume
Put on a little more forgiveness, who’s gonna be my witness?
If we must endure this trial, someone is bound to touch us

Do you want more sex, more comforting
A little more foreplay and afterglow, let my people go
Everybody wants peace on the earth, children sheltering
Calling every man, every woman
We’re gonna take control of our own bodies

Peace breaks out in the battle of the sexes
We start to learn what the other one expects is
We stay away from what the other one rejects is
And have respect for individual perspectives

We’re gonna break out of this cycle of dependency
And liberate each other from a hopeless life of drudgery
And face up to the truth as we dispel all of this secrecy
And simplify the situation when we learn to speak plainly

We’re gonna take control of the machinery
Bad little actors that chew up the scenery
Job number one is gonna be findin’ a way
That we can rave all night and meditate all day

Mankind’s strugglin’ hard to see the light
To hear the voice of the spirit in the night
To lay down his heavy burden and pick up his soul power
And build a heaven on earth hour by hour by hour

Child protection, more careful mate selection
Everyone wants to be wanted by a natural father and mother
Lookin’ for a sense of wonder, don’t let your faith go under
This is a beautiful world, if we could only give up fighting
The answer is surrender, every race, every gender
Beat our swords into plowshares on the anvil of a pure heart
We gotta have honest answers and the courage to take our chances
Opporunity’s knockin’ loud, give me your attention

-Todd Rundgren, No World Order

1) No World Order (Yokohama Morning Version)
2) No World Order (Yokohama Night Version)

friday free for all: Cover Me!

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currently listening to…

Someday We’ll Know by Daryl Hall, John Oates and Todd Rundgren. It’s actually not too different from the original version by New Radicals but what *makes it* for me is of course Todd’s vocals and his trademark guitar solo. oh, and i also enjoy laughing at John Oates trying to keep up with the other two vocalists. heh.

No Matter What by Def Leppard. another faithful cover of the original. It’s just fun to listen to especially since it doesn’t really sound like Def Leppard at all. :P

No More Lonely Nights by The Merrymakers. These guys took a sappy McCartney song and gave it some balls.

Time of the Season by Brent Bourgeois. I love Brent’s version of this song. It never gets old to me. need to put this one on repeat!!

Go Your Own Way by Wilson Phillips. Yes, I’m MAN enough to admit that I listen to Wilson Phillips. oh come on, there’s no denying that this is a great mellow version of the overplayed Fleetwood Mac original. .. go ahead, check it out!

enjoy the songs.

lala love!

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here’s an interesting feature at lala.com. once you have sent out approximately fifty of your own CDs in lala trades, you get the opportunity to map out all of your “old” CDs to visually see where they all went to. check out my personalized maps…
my lala trade map part 1
my lala trade map part 2
it’s a bit sad to let my old CDs go but i’ve received some great CDs because of them. here’s a list of some great finds that i’ve gotten through lala.
-two out of print Brent Bourgeois CDs - A Matter of Feel and Brent Bourgeois
-a whole bunch of Mike Oldfield stuff
-the hard to find Best of Sessions at West 54th Vol. 1
-the hard to find Hamish Stuart - Sooner or Later
-the two Kate St. John solo CDs that are hard to come by. but after listening to them i decided to send them back out b/c i realized that i didn’t like the sound of her voice. heh.
-the london cast recording of Whistle Down the Wind. this would have cost me approximately $35 retail!!
-and two out of print Richard Page CDs - Shelter Me and Meanwhile (3rd Matinee). cool stuff!!

so if you’re into music and you haven’t used lala yet, be sure to check them out!!
here’s a link to the site if you need a quick and easy way to get there:

friday free for all (for 16mar07)

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It’s time for the friday free for all: Soundtrack edition

I Like to Move It Move It from the Madagascar soundtrack.
how can anyone not like this song?? It never gets old in my book!
Gal ya lipstick pon ya face a mek man mud up
Woman ya nice broad face and ya nice hip make man
flip and bust them lip
Woman ya nice And energetic big ship pon de ocean that a big Titanic

Spies Like Us by Paul McCartney the AON remix.
Yes, the movie was just plain awful. and so it’s fitting that the song specifically written for the movie was just as bad. hey, and this is coming from a life long McCartney fan. :P this Art of Noise remix makes the song a bit more interesting though.

Dentist performed by Steve Martin from the Little Shop of Horrors.
great music written by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken before they hit it big with the Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. the 1986 movie is a classic!!

Montage from the Team America: World Police soundtrack. I love the way they based the cheesy sound of the song on “Holding Out for a Hero” by Bonnie Tyler. I always thought the original song was a bit on the corny side. oh and by the way, once i amass a bunch of video clips from my kids soccer games, i’m planning on editing a montage video of the kids using this song. heh. keep an eye out for it if you dare.

Still by Ben Folds from the Over the Hedge Soundtrack.
the song has to be one of my all time favorites by Ben. i love his piano work on this version. and the whole instrumental coda at the end is just total bliss!

Enjoy the songs. and have a great weekend.

he’s leaving home…

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i’m not really sure what to make of the recent announcement about Paul McCartney leaving Capitol Records for the new Starbucks label. Sure Capitol might have been a bit lazy in promoting the last few McCartney albums but it’s generally understood that the majority of the folks buying CDs are between 13 and 25. so marketing a musician over sixty to teenagers can be a bit tough. and McCartney album sales in the last decade reflect this. so i don’t think McCartney and his new record label should waste any time trying to win over a new audience and just focus in on his built-in, older fan base. and what does his longtime fan base want? well at least for me, i’d love proper remasters of his back catalog. something along the lines of what they did with the recent reissue of Band on the Run (and see also the Steve Hoffman DCC reissues). I personally haven’t cared much for McCartney’s recent output. my favorite stuff of his are between the years 1979 and 1997. so if Starbucks can compile some of his rare/unreleased material from this era that would be a big plus in my book!  oh and while they are at it how about a collection of his music videos (1979-1993) on DVD?   are you writing this stuff down Starbucks?  these are good and valid suggestions!!  just give me a shout out in the liner notes OK?

Here’s an example of a rarity that McCartney’s new record label should release officially.

Cage By Paul McCartney and Wings. It’s an old favorite that was leftover from the Back to the Egg sessions. enjoy the mp3.

Please leave a comment if you end up grabbing a copy.  laterz.


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