Saturday, May 30, 2015

GFreedom's Juke Box No. 128

Hello everybody!
Since it is Saturday once more, here I am in order to write down the usual 'Juke Box' post, which is
actually my weekly Top-5 songlist.
 Despite my very busy schedule, I found the time to listen to some music during the week, and the songs that I chose as the best ones are the following:
CURVED AIR: Easy (Air Cut - 1973)
GAZPACHO: The Cage (Demon - Deluxe Edition - 2014)
JANIS JOPLIN: Summertime (Cheap Thrills - 1968)
STEVE HACKETT: The Shadow of Hierophant (Voyage of the Acolyte - 1976)
GREEN ON RED: 16 Ways (Gas Food Lodging - 1975)
I'll add a couple of YT links with songs from my Top-5 list, so you can listen to them if you want to.
Enjoy your weekend!
Thank you for reading.


Thursday, May 28, 2015

The STRANGLERS live in Athens. The setlist...

  A few days ago (23/5/2015) the legendary Stranglers gave a live performance in Athens, and here I am in order to inform you about the setlist they played.
  I didn't go to see their performance, because first of all I am not a fan of them, and secondarily because I was lucky enough to watch them on stage before almost 25 years ago twice. So, what's the point of going now?
  But because some of you might be interested, I thought of providing you with the setlist.
 As far as I read, they played for almost 2 hours, and their performance was a very good one. So, if you are thinking of going to see them live, I think you don't have to think about it twice. :-)
Here is the concert's setlist:

Toiler On The Sea
Straighten Out
(Get A) Grip (On Yourself)
I’ve Been Wild
Nice 'N' Sleazy
Golden Brown
Always The Sun
Five Minutes
Freedom Is Insane
Time To Die
Norfolk Coast
I Feel Like A Wog
Skin Deep
Time Was Once On My Side
Lost Control
Hanging Around
Walk On By
Encore 2:
All Day And All Of The Night
No More Heroes

Monday, May 25, 2015

PROG & ROLL radio show (24/5/2015). The full playlist.

  Last night one more Prog & Roll radio show was online, as usual.
  This time the chatbox wasn't so crowded like other times, and it was more relaxing. The truth is that when the chatbox is very crowded it's hard to understand what's going on, because there are lots of conversations going on at the same time.
  During the week, we prepared a more "Rock" playlist, and I hope everybody had some nice time with the songs we chose to play. As far as I know, many people during the show raised the volume lots of times, and that's a good sign, right?
  Here you can see the whole playlist from last night's show:

AC DC: You shook me all night long / THE CULT: Spiritwalker / IRON MAIDEN: Hallowed be Thy name / JUDAS PRIEST: Beyond the realms of death / THE WATCH: Devil’s bridge / UNITOPIA: Nothing lasts forever / BIG BIG TRAIN: Swan Hunter / KARNATAKA: Because of you / YEAR OF THE GOAT: For the King / CLEPSYDRA: The Witch / SIENA ROOT: Between the lines / GRAVEYARD: Slow motion countdown / BLUES PILLS: No hope left for me / THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE: Anemone / VAN MORRISON: Checkin’ it out / SUPERTRAMP: A soapbox opera / BLONDE ON BLONDE: Candles in the sky / GENTLE GIANT: Wreck.
"Epic" song:  GENESIS: Firth of fith 
"Encore": VAN HALEN: Running with the Devil.
  I would like to say a very big thanks to all those who are supporting our show, and they are showing their love and friendship in every given occasion. We always try to do our best, and we are very pleased and honored to have such a lovely audience.
Thank you all! :-)

Saturday, May 23, 2015

GFreedom's Juke Box No. 127

Here I am again on this fine Saturday morning, in order to write down my weekly top-5 songlist.

I listened to lots of music during this week, and once more it wasn't easy to decide which songs I'll add to this list.
 After listening to a few songs over and over again, I decided that the best 5 songs for this week are the following ones:
BIG BIG TRAIN: Swan Hunter (English Electric Vol.2 - 2013)
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE: Wooden Ships (Volunteers - 1969)
GENESIS: Firth of Fifth (Selling England by the Pound - 1973)
IRON MAIDEN: Hallowed be Thy Name (The number of the Beast - 1982)
GALAHAD: Mein Herz Brennt (Mein Herz Brennt EP - 2014)
Because YouTube isn't allow me to add videos, I'm adding a couple of links with songs from my list, in case you would like to listen to them.
Have a nice weekend! :-)
GENESIS: Firth of Fifth

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

KARNATAKA: Secrets of Angels (2015)

  Following in the wake of ‘Mostly Autumn’, ‘Karnataka’ tried to blend the traditional Celtic music with melodic Progressive Rock. The band was formed up in Swansea (Wales), in the mid ‘90’s, and their discography consists of 5 studio albums so far.
  Their latest release is the album ‘Secrets of Angels which is one of their best works so far.
  The album includes a rather mixed variety of different music styles, and that is something very interesting in my opinion. There are some Pop-like songs for example, and there are some others which are flirting with Heavy/Epic Metal, mostly because of the strong guitar riffs. (On some occasions they remind me of a lighter version of ‘Nightwish’).
  The album’s opening song is the wonderful ‘Road to Cairo’ with the obvious Anatolian influences, which is one of the album’s best songs without a doubt. The second track ‘Because of you’ is another very good song with an “epic” refrain, and strong guitars in some parts. ‘Poison Ivy’ which comes next, continues in the same style as ‘Because of You’, and it is followed by the beautiful and melodic ‘Forbidden Dreams’. With ‘Borderline’ the rhythm becomes faster, before going down again, with ‘Fairytale Lies’ which is the most “Pop” song of the album. ‘The 7th track ‘Feels Like Home’ is another melodic piece, longer than the previous ones, and a very good one. The 8th and last track is the 20 minute-long ‘Secrets of Angels’ which is the only true Prog-oriented song of the album. But in my opinion, it is longer that it should have been, so it becomes kind of boring after some time.
 ‘Secrets of Angels’ is a very good album in general, which will satisfy listeners with different music tastes. Almost everybody will find some songs of his/her liking, and that is one of the album’s advantages. As for myself, I found it very interesting and pleasant to listen to, and that’s why my rating will be 3.5 - 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. 
 Thank you for reading... :-)

Monday, May 18, 2015

PROG & ROLL radio show (17/5/2015). A small review & the full playlist.

Last night one more Prog & Roll radio show was online as usual.
 During the show we had the pleasure to have as "guests" on the chatbox the members of the Greek Prog-Rock band 'Ciccada', and together with our audience we chatted, listed to music, had some fun etc.
The playlist was a mix of many different music categories once more, but it was more Folk - oriented than other times.
I believe it was a nice show, and as it seemed the people enjoyed it.
 I would like to thank all those who logged in and listened to last night's Prog & Roll, no matter if they were participating in the chatbox or not. I would like to thank especially the members of Ciccada Giannis Iliakis and Nikolas Nikolopoulos for logging in last night.
 Here you can check last night's playlist:

B.B KING: The Thrill is Gone / WHITESNAKE: Walking in the Shadow of the Blues (Live) / RAINBOW: Eyes of the World / RUSH: La Villa Strangiato / CICCADA: A Child in the Mirror / KAIPA: Sattyg / DR. STRANGELY STRANGE: Lilty’s / MIDLAKE: Winter Dies / CICCADA: She Went for Love / NEKTAR: Fly Like an Eagle (Music Contest) / LED ZEPPELIN: Bron-Y-Aur Stomp / JETHRO TULL: We Used to Know / CICCADA: Eternal / AYREON: The Theory of Everything (Part.1) / EDEN: Spatergen / CICCADA: A Night Ride 
"Epic" song: BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST: The Poet/After the Day.


Friday, May 15, 2015

The King of Blues is Dead...

I'm very sad to announce that B.B King died a few hours ago at the age of 89.
 His attorney, Brent Bryson, told The Associated Press that B.B King died peacefully in his sleep at 9:40 p.m. PDT.
During his long career, he recorded a huge amount of albums, worked with some legendary musicians, and gave thousands of concerts.
I feel really glad of having the chance to see him on stage once, about 25 years ago.
There is no point trying to write something about his career, because if you make a small research on the internet, you'll find thousands of pages dedicated to him.
One of the last really legendary muscians is no longer living on this Earth.
R.I.P B.B King, you will always be remembered...

P.S: Because YouTube isn't allow me to upload a video here, I'll just put a couple of links, so click on them in order to listen to the songs.
Thank you.
B.B King & Bobby Bland: The Thrill is Gone
B.B King Eric Clapton & George Benson: Rock me Baby
B.B King & Luciano Pavarotti: The Thrill is Gone
B.B King: Sweet Little Sixteen

Thursday, May 14, 2015

BLIND GUARDIAN Live in Athens (9 - 10/5/2015). The 2 setlists...

A few days ago Blind Guardian gave 2 live performances in Athens, and here I am in order to give you the 2 different setlists.
 The first day the concert was sold out, but the second day wasn't.
I didn't go to the concerts, but I made a small research and I found some reviews about the events.
Everybody agreed that both performances were excellent!
Each of their performances lasted for almost 2 hours, and here you can see the songs they played on each day:
Saturday 9/5/2015  
The Ninth Wave
Banish From Sanctuary
Tanelorn (Into The Void)
The Last Cradle
Miracle Machine
A Past And Future Secret
Mordred's Song
Guardian Of The Blind
Imaginations From The Other Side
Into The Storm
Twilight Of The Gods
Encore 2:
Wheel Of Time
The Bard's Song (In The Forest)
Mirror Mirror

Sunday 10/5/2015 
The Ninth Wave
Welcome To Dying
Tanelorn (Into The Void)
Lost In The Twilight World
Miracle Machine
The Lord Of The Rings
Traveler In Time
Journey Through The Dark
And The Story Ends
Sacred Worlds
Twilight Of The Gods
Encore 2:
Wheel Of Time
The Bard's Song (In The Forest)
Mirror Mirror