Saturday, July 22, 2017

GFreedom's Juke Box No.199

Hello all!
As you probably realised, I am not writing new things on my blog lately, and the reason is that I am on holidays. But I couldn't skip my usual Saturday's Juke Box post, which is - as most of you know - my weekly Top-5 song list.
I listened to lots of music during this week, and these are the songs I picked as my best ones:
BAROCK PROJECT: Alone (Detachment - 2017)
DAVID COVERDALE: Only My Soul (Northwinds - 1978)
MOSTLY AUTUMN: Sight of Day (Sight of Day - 2017)
IRON MAIDEN: Wasted Years (Somewhere in Time - 1986)
NIGHTWISH: Elan (Endless Forms Most Beautiful - 2015)
I will concude this post by adding the YT links of the songs in my list.
Well, the ones I could find at least.
Just click on the links and enjoy the music! :-)
DAVID COVERDALE: Only My Soul
MOSTLY AUTUMN: Sight of Day
IRON MAIDEN: Wasted Years
NIGHTWISH: Elan

Monday, July 10, 2017

PROG & ROLL Radio Show with CELLAR NOISE as guests. (9/7/17). The complete playlist and more...

Hello all!
  As I announced a few days ago, last night on Prog & Roll's chatbox, we had the memebrs of the very talented Italian band Cellar Noise as guests. I had no idea how many were going to participate, but finally all five of them showed up.
  From our behalf, we prepared a special playlist, including 4 songs from their debut album (Alight), mixed with new and older songs from other famous - or not - bands.
  I believe that last night's show was a very interesting one, and I am sure that everybody enjoyed the two hours that we spent together.
Here you can take a look at the playlist:

1st Part: ANATHEMA: Fragile Dreams / DREAM THEATER: Innocence Faded / PAIN OF SALVATION: Reconcilliation / VANDEN PLAS: Fireroses Dance.
2nd Part: CELLAR NOISE: Temple / BAROCK PROJECT: A Winter’s Night / GALAHAD: Guardian Angel / CELLAR NOISE: Move the Stone / ARENA: Medusa.
3rd Part: THE FLOWER KINGS: Train to Nowhere / AYREON: Time Beyond Time / CELLAR NOISE: Dive with Me / DIFFERENT LIGHT: In Love & War Pt.2.
4rth Part: GAZPACHO: Hell Freezes Over Pt.2 / CELLAR NOISE: Embankment / BIG BIG TRAIN: A Mead Hall in Winter.
I would like to say a very big thanks to the guys of Cellar Noise for joining our chatbox and to all those who decided to listen to our show once more. 
Thank you very much! 
P.S: Prog & Roll is not going to be on air on Sunday the 16th. We will be back on the 23rd and 30th, for the last 2 shows of the season.
"See" you there!



Saturday, July 8, 2017

GFreedom's Juke Box No.198

Hello all!
  After a week's break, here I am once more, with my usual weekly Top-5 song list for you.
  I listened to lots of music during this week, from many different styles and genres, as you will realize by looking at my list.
  So, for this last week, here are the songs I chose as the best ones:
CELLAR NOISE: Temple (Alight - 2017)
IRON MAIDEN: The Mercenary (Brave New World - 2000)
THE FLOWER KINGS: Train to Nowhere (Back in the World of Adventures - 1995)
VAN MORRISON: Village Idiot (Hymns to the Silence - 1991)
MAGO DE OZ: La Costa del Silencio (Gaia - 2003)
I will conclude this post by adding the YouTube links for the songs included in my list. So, in case you are interested, just click on the links and listen to them.
Enjoy!
CELLAR NOISE: Temple
IRON MAIDEN: The Mercenary
THE FLOWER KINGS: Train to Nowhere
VAN MORRISON: Village Idiot
MAGO DE OZ: La Costa del Silencio

Friday, July 7, 2017

PROG & ROLL welcomes CELLAR NOISE from Milan (9/7/17)

Hello all!
  I am writting this piece in order to inform you that, on Sunday the 9th of July, we are going to have the members of the very talented Italian band Cellar Noise as "guests" on Prog & Roll's chatbox. 
As it seems, this is going to be the last time that we will have guests in our show before our Summer break, because there are very few shows left.
  Cellar Noise released their debut album in 2017, and so far, is one of the best releases of the
year.
The album's name is Alight, and in case you are interested, take a look at small piece I wrote about it a few weeks ago: http://gfreedomathina.blogspot.gr/2017/06/cellar-noise-alight-2017.html
  We prepared a playlist especially for the ocassion, that is including 4 songs from Alight, mixed with many other beautiful songs.
  So, if you are free and in the mood on Sunday the 9th of July, tune in to Prog & Roll, for some good music and a very friendly atmosphere on the chatbox. You will also have the opportunity to "meet" the members of this very good Italian band.
I would like to remind you that, Prog & Roll is a live broadcast, and it comes on air at 20.00 UK time. Here's the link of the radio station: www.justincaseradio.com
I hope to "see" some of you there!
Thank you!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Prog & Roll radio show (2/7/2017). The complete playlist...

  Last evening on more Prog & Roll radio show was on air as usual.
This time the playlist was including many bands/artists that are not so famous, mixed with some well-known names.
 I think it was a rather interesting and informative show, and our listeners seemed pleased with it.
Here you can take a look at the playlist:

1st Part: BLUES PILLS: High Class Woman / SIENA ROOT: Tales of Independence / DREAM THE ELECTRIC SLEEP: Fist to Face / CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX: We are the Darkeners / PURSON: The Sky Parade. 
2nd Part: OSSICLES: Halfway Homes / SPIRAL KEY: Colder than Heaven / SILLHOUETTE: When Snow’s Falling Down / BLUE MAMMOTH: Who we are. 
3rd Part: DRAMA: Melodrama / GENESIS: Firth of Fifth / YES: Harold Land. 
4rth Part: EDEN: Spatregen / PROCOL HARUM: Homburg / THE MOODY BLUES: The Land of Make Believe / RENAISSANCE: Trip to the Fair.
As we are already in July, there are very few shows left before our summer break, so try not to miss them. We are preparing something special for next Sunday, but I will inform you about it in a few days.
A very big thanks to those who chose to listen to Prog & Roll once more. I hope you enjoyed it!
Thank you very much!


Thursday, June 29, 2017

MOSTLY AUTUMN – Sight of Day (2017)



  Since I discovered Mostly Autumn, almost 6 years ago, I fell in love with their beautiful music.   
  Sight of Day is their new work, that was released a few months ago and is the band’s 12th studio album. The recording was funded through a pre-order campaign. Those who pre-ordered the album, received a special double-disc edition of the album, limited to 2000 copies. For all the others there is a single-disc edition available. Although I have the special edition, here I will deal with the normal one.
   First of all, the album includes 10 songs and has a total running time of almost 75 minutes. All 10 songs are excellent, and I never felt the need to skip not even one of them.
  The album opens with the 14-minute-long epic Sight of Day, which shows to the listener that many things has changed since the release of the previous album Dressed in Voices. An excellent and a typical Mostly Autumn song, and definitely one of the album’s highlights. 
Sight of Day is followed by Once Round the Sun, with Bryan Josh on vocals and the upbeat tempo. Then, the soft and melancholic The Man Without a Name enters, which will sound familiar to all those who know the music of Mostly Autumn well enough. Hammerdown is another beautiful tune with Bryan Josh and Olivia Sparnenn sharing the vocal duties.
Changing Lives is a pleasant tune, but is doesn’t add something more to the album. The fans of the TV series “Vikings” will probably appreciate guitar-driven and powerful Only the Brave that comes next. Native Spirit is another long song, including many changes, and it is filled with energy and beautiful guitar solos. Tomorrow Dies is not bad, but nothing special either, followed by Raindown; one of the album’s finest moments, without a doubt.The album’s final song is Forever and Beyond, which although is a good song, it sounds a little bit “weak” after all the previous wonderful songs.
  So, let’s try to sum up: Sight of Day is a wonderful piece of work, including soft melancholic tunes, mixed with powerful parts, great guitar riffs and wonderful vocals. The album’s sound is rich, including instruments like whistle, violin, flute, tambourine, Uillean pipes, etc… (There is no reason to mention the “classic” instruments, like guitar, bass, etc).
As I mentioned before, this is an album, that you are going to listen from the first ‘till the last song, without having to skip not even one song! Despite that, I will write down my most beloved songs of the album, which are: Sight of Day, Once Round the Sun, The Man without a Name, Hammerdown and Raindown.
                            Highly Recommended!
                  4.0 stars without a second tought.

Monday, June 26, 2017

PROG & ROLL Radio Show, including the Song of the Month contest (25/6/2017). The complete playlist and more.

Hello!
  Last night, the last Prog & Roll radio show of June was on air; which means that the show was including the Song of the Month contest.
  We had a rather upbeat playlist prepared, including songs from many different genres and sub-categories once more, and as it seemed our listeners enjoyed it.
  We had a good crowd listening, from many countries once more, including Greece, England, Germany, Finland and United States.
  During the 4th part, we did the Song of the Month contest, where we played the songs that gathered the highest average rating through the whole month, and our listeners had to grade them once more. At the end of the show, the song with the highest average rating, was announced as the song of the month, and already took its place in Prog & Roll's annual Top-10 song list.
  We listened to some very good songs during the contest, but there was one which in our opinion was the absolute favourite. And as it seemed we were right! So, according to our listener's grades, the Song of the Month for June is: Heaven and Hell by Black Sabbath!
Here you can take a look at the whole playlist from last night:

1st Part: STEVE WYNN: Black Magic / GREEN ON RED: 16 Ways / NEIL YOUNG: Rockin in a Free World / BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: Darlington County / THE ROLLING STONES: Mixed Emotions.
2nd Part: AC DC: Highway to Hell / CULT: Fire Woman / ACCEPT: Balls to the Wall / IRON MAIDEN: Fear of the Dark (Live).
3rd Part: ANTON ROOLAART: Gravity / MOSTLY AUTUMN: Once Round the Sun / CREDO: The Letter / FLYING COLORS: Kayla.
4rth Part - The Song of the Month contest: ROGER WATERS: Déjà vu (Av.Rating: 7.62) / CAMEL: Air Born (Av.Rating: 8.69) / CELLAR NOISE: Underground Ride (Av.Rating: 8.13) / DEEP PURPLE: Burn (Av.Rating: 9.08) / BLACK SABBATH: Heaven & Hell (Av.Rating: 9.29)
I would like to thank all those who listened to Prog & Roll last night. I hope you enjoyed it!
Prog & Roll will be online again, on Sunday the 2nd of July, at 20.00 UK time as usual.
Take care!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

GFreedom's Juke Box No.197

Hi all!
Despite the very busy schedule I have lately, I always try to find some time to listen to music. This week has been an extremely busy one, so I couldn't listen as much music as I would love to, but I managed to make a Top-5 song list for you.
So, for this week, these are the songs I chose as the best ones:
CREDO: The Letter (Rhetoric - 2005)
CELLAR NOISE: Temple (Alight - 2017)
EDGAR BROUGHTON BAND: Hotel Room (Edgar Broughton Band - 1971/2004 re-issue)
BLACK SABBATH: Heaven & Hell (Heaven & Hell - 1980)
ARLO GUTHRIE: Cooper's Lament (Last of the Brooklyn Cowboys - 1973)
If you are interested to listen to the songs in my list, just click on the following YouTube links.
Have a nice weekend!
Thank you!
CREDO: The Letter
CELLAR NOISE: Temple
EDGAR BROUGHTON BAND: Hotel Room
BLACK SABBATH: Heaven and Hell
ARLO GUTHRIE: Cooper's Lament

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

GALAHAD: Quiet Storms (2017)

Five years after the release of the albums Battle Scars and Beyond the Realms of Euphoria, Galahad returned with a rather different and beautiful album.
  Quiet Storms is a collection of their older songs in mellow versions, but it is also including a few new songs as well. You can find the original versions of most of the songs on the band’s previous albums and on a couple of singles as well.
  Here, the listener has the opportunity to enjoy the melodic and more dramatic side of the band, without the loud guitar riffs and the usual powerful tempo. The piano and the keyboards are the dominant instruments, which, together with Stuart Nicholson’s excellent performance, are creating a wonderful overall experience. 
Songs like This life Could be My Last, Guardian Angel and Termination, sound totally different than their original versions, which is very interesting, to say the least.
  Personally speaking, I like Galahad a lot, so I couldn’t miss this new release of theirs. I added the album in my collection and never regret it! I am sure that I am going to enjoy it more on a rainy afternoon, together with a glass of red wine, rather than the heat we have right now in Athens. 
I feel that there is no reason to write more on the subject, because you should listen to it and form your own opinion.
  I definitely recommend it to the fans of Galahad, but also to those who can enjoy an atmospheric, melodic and kind of melancholic album.
                 My Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0 stars