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A Musical Lexicon
All About Music
Member Name: proxam
All About Music
Date: 02/07/04, updated on 02/07/04 (61 review reads)
Advantages: neatly arranged in alphabetical order
Disadvantages: You tell me
This challenge was initiated by competition_man.
To participate simply think of your favourite artists / duo's / groups etc, then choose your favourite track of theirs - then tell us your choices.
~ The Rules ~
Just three simple rules to adhere to:
1) Use all the letters of the alphabet.
2) Only one choice per letter, ie. no listing close seconds.
3) Give reasons for your choices.
~ Hints ~
Using all the letters may seem an easy task , but believe me, you'll soon discover that some are considerably more difficult than others. Then of course you have the enviable task of choosing just one record .
So here are some hints to help you complete the challenge :
1) Solo artists, duo's or groups are allowed - use them wisely.
eg.: Lionel Ritchie and the Commodores could come under L, R and/or C.
2) Album tracks as well as single releases are allowed, but not whole albums.
3) Proper names and stage names can be used.
eg.: Fredrick Bulsara = Freddie Mercury
A/ ALEX HARVEY - Next
The title track from the album by The Sensational Alex Harvey Band. If you've never heard it, do a search if only to check the lyrics. It's about an army conscript's first taste of sex and it's done in a rock/tango style. Sensational!
B/ BARBER - Adagio for Strings
This music was used in Platoon and Apocalypse Now. It's a sad, wistful tune that for me somehow conveys the futility of war.
C/ CARAVAN - Nigel Blows a Tune
Taking up the whole second side of
the album. In The Land of the Grey and Pink, I listened to this as a 15 year-old wannabee hippy, many years ago. I still listen to it.
D/ DEBUSSY - Clair de Lune
Debussy is said to be the father of modern music. His music can virtually paint pictures in your mind. Music to dream to.
E/ ELGAR - Variations-Enigma
WOW, what a coincidence. I'm listening to classic FM and it just came on the radio. Spooky or what?!
This is the one the Royal Marine band play at the cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday. I've seen the band play it at the Menin Gate in Ypres and of the thousands there, not one person was left dry-eyed. Powerful stuff.
F/ FLOYD, PINK - Breathe in the Air
From Dark Side of the Moon, it's hard to choose just one track, but this one's a cracker!
G/ EDVARD GRIEG - Piano Concerto in A-minor
Quite simply the most beautiful piano music I've ever heard. It's got everything, from dramatic crescendoes - to delicate rhythms and haunting melodies. I never tire of it.
H/ HOLST - The Planets
Everyone's heard of this. I particularly like Jupiter, Mars and Venus - three very different pieces of music with very different themes, but all inspirational.
I/ (I'm a) CREEP - Radiohead
I know I'm stretching it a bit, but I couldn't think of anything beginning with I and Radiohead deserve a mention. I saw them perform this at 'T' in the Park and it was fantastic. Radiohead were also like a watershed for me. After
2 outstanding albums, I think they went downhill and I lost interest in rock music to a large extent. I blame them!
J/ JJ CALE - Cloudy Day
From the Shades album. This is so laid back it practically stops halfway through! Jazzy, a little bit country, it's great stuff.
It's also for JERRY GARCIA/GRAT ;EFUL DEAD and A Touch of Grey...it's fantastic and I couldn't live with myself if I didn't mention it!
K/ KEVIN AYRES - Song from the Bottom of a Well
We've all been there, right? What else can you do when you're trapped at the bottom of a well but sing a song? It has a great line, "If I'm not here - then it's not there".
L/ LED ZEPPELIN - Kashmir
Classic! LZ were probably the first band I really got into and although STH is probably their most famous track, I think this one is the most representative of them.
M/ MAHLER - No5, 4th Movement, Adagietto
This is the music from Death in Venice.
It's one of the saddest pieces I've ever heard - it'd bring tears to a glass eye.
N/ WAGNER - Leibestod from Tristan and Isolde
This sends shivers down my spine. For anyone who thinks German is a harsh and unromantic language, listen to this. And remember, it's not over till the fat lady sings!
But why is this under N? It's from the opera the Ring of the Nibelung.
O/ OFFENBACH - Bacarolle from The Tales o
again, this is one that everyone has heard and has probably hummed along to. it's beautiful melody.
P/ PACO de LUCIA - Entre Dos Aguas
El maestro. THE best guitarist in the world...without any doubt. A combination of flamenco and jazz that leaves me gasping at the impossible things this man does with a bit of wood and some nylon strings.
Q/ THE PSYCEDELIC FURS - President Gas
I know it doesn't begin with Q, but when this was released, I was usually so out-my-face that I didn't know my P's from my Q's anyway! One of my all-time favourite tracks - clever lyrics, thumping bass-line and all sorts of trippy background stuff. I get flashbacks when I listen to this!
R/ ROSSINI - The Thieving Magpie
I first heard this on the soundtrack of Clockwork Orange in the '70s. It's music that MUST be played full blast. This one only slightly edges The William Tell Overture and The Barber of Seville. Rossini was the man!
S/ SQUEEZE - Pulling Mussels from a Shell.
Brill! Any track that can pull off a guitar solo that mostly consists of only one note must be doing something right. I've seen Squeeze live a number of times and they brought the house down every time.
T/ THE TUBES - White Punks on Dope
This is about spoiled rich kids indulging in smack. Very cynical, very funny, and absolutely out-of-this-world played live.
U/ THE UNDERTONES - My Perfect Cousin
. Simple, catchy, and slightly silly.
V/ VAUGHN WILLIAMS - The Lark Ascending
I'm fascinated by WWI and this piece is based on his experiences in the trenches. It's wonderful music to listen to on a summer afternoon - so relaxing.
W/ LOUDEN WAINRIGHT III - Sometimes I Forget
I've been a fan of LW3 ever since I saw him on the Whistle Test back in the days when it was introduced by Whispering Bob.
This song was his way of dealing with the death of his father and the emptiness he felt. Around the time it came out, my wife's father had just died and it seemed as though it was written just for her. We saw him perform it in Edinburgh, and on looking round, almost everyone in the venue was in tears. I guess everyone could identify with that feeling of loss.
X/ XTC - Making Plans for Nigel
The first song I heard from XTC. Maybe not their best track, but I like it.
Y/ YES - The Gates of Delirium
From Relayer, this is 20-odd minutes of self-indulgent, mind-blowing trippy-ness - it's like far-out, man.
Z/ FRANK ZAPPA - Watermelon in Easter Hay
This comes from the Joe's Garage Act I II and III album and is probably the best 'imaginary' guitar solo in the world. You don't know what an imaginary guitar solo is? You've never lived!
So there we have it. Not a definitive compilation of my favourite music, but an A-Z none-the-less.
Now it's your turn...
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