Saturday, April 30, 2016

PROG & ROLL Radio show on 1/5/2016 is canceled...

I'm writing this piece just to inform you that tomorrow's Prog & Roll radio Show has been canceled.
Prog & Roll will be back on the 8th of May, with a special show that will include a big surprise. 
You will read a few things about that show on this blog during this week.
I'm sorry for tomorrow's cancelation.
Have a nice weekend!
Thank you.

GFreedom's Juke Box No.163

Hello all! :-)
Another Saturday mornign came, therefore it is time to write down my weekly Top-5 songlist for you.
During this week I've listened to lots of music from many different genres and styles.
After putting some thought on the subject, I decided that these are my best songs for this week:
BREATHING SPACE: Drowning (Under the Radar - 2009)
STRAWBS: Tears & Pavan (Bursting at the Seams - 1973)
SIVERT HOYEM: Give it a Whirl (Long Slow Distance - 2011)
MATTHEW PARMENTER: All our Yesterdays (All our Yesterdays - 2016)
PAICE, ASHTON, LORD: Ghost Story (Malice in wonderland - 1976)
I will conclude this post as usual, by adding the YT links for the songs in my list. Just click on the link that interests you and listen to the song. But I'm affraid I couldn't find Matthew Parmenter's song.
Enjoy! :-)
STRAWBS: Tears & Pavan
SIVERT HOYEM: Give it a Whirl

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

SIVERT HOYEM live in Athens (23/4/2016). The setlist and more...

  As I wrote in a previous post a few days ago, the ex-singer of Madrugada Sivert Hoyem, visited Greece for a mini live tour a few days ago.
  I went to his - sold out - live in Athens on the 23rd of April. I have seen Madrugada on stage 4-5 times in the past (but Sivert Hoyem only once at an acoustic - and kind of boring - concert), so I wasn’t sure what to expect.
  Sivert Hoyem and his band came on stage on time and remained there for almost 100 - 110 minutes. Their performance was fantastic, mixing songs from his days with Madrugada and his solo material. In my opinion he should have played 2-3 more Madrugada songs, because his former band was – and still is – very famous in Greece. 

  The sound was clear and good, with only a few problems at the start of the show. Further than that, everything went fine.
His new band performed the songs perfectly on stage and his voice was excellent once more. 
I was kind of surprised by the different vesion of Madrugada's Majesty at start, but finally it was a really good one!
  For those who might be interested to check the songs he played that night, here’s the complete setlist:
Athens 23/4/2016
Black & Gold
Empty House
Lost At Sea
What's On Your Mind? (Madrugada)
Where Is My Moon
Honey Bee (Madrugada)
Prisoner Of The Road
Into The Sea
The Boss Bossa Nova
Görlitzer Park
Give It A Whirl
Majesty (Madrugada)
Sleepwalking Man

Electric (Madrugada)
Born To Die (Lana Del Rey)
The Kids Are On High Street (Madrugada)
Moon Landing
By clicking on the following links you will be able to see  some songs performed on stage from his live appearances in Greece. I tried to add the ones with the best quality possible. At 2.40 on the 3rd video, you will see Sivert Hoyem going down in the crowd and sing from there. 

Monday, April 25, 2016

PROG & ROLL Radio Show (24/4/2016). A small "review" & the complete playlist.

  Hello all! :-)
  Last night one more Prog & Roll radio show was on air, which was including the Listener's Happy Hour as well. 
We didn't have so many people listening at start, but slowly slowly many more tuned in and from a point and on was very crowded. We had many people on the chatbox and from time to time we had lots of fun.
  The first 2 half-hour parts were shorter, because of the extended Listener's Happy Hour. This time our listener's asked for songs totally different from each other and it was really hard to combine them somehow. You will understand what I'm talking about if you take a look at the list below.
We also had a very touchy moment, when one of our UK-based listeners tuned in from New York. He was there for holidays, and at the time of the show he rushed back to the hotel in order to listen and chat with us. Ben, thanks a lot for doing that, it was really much appreciated! :-)
As for the show's complete playlist, you can see it here:  
Part 1: FLYING COLORS: Mask Machine / GALAHAD: Secret Kingdoms / CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX: 444.
Part 2: STEVEN WILSON: Don’t Hate Me / BLOOD CEREMONY: Loreley / ANDY WADE: Cloudy Water.
The Listener's Happy Hour: 
Part 1: ANGRA: Carry on / BLACK SABBATH: Heaven in Black / ARENA: Traveler Beware / BIRTH CONTROL: Gamma Ray / SMITHS: There is a Light that Never Goes out.
Part 2: SIMON & GARFUNKEL: Bridge over Troubled Water / FANTASY: Paint a Picture / BIG BIG TRAIN: Upton Heath / PINK FLOYD: High Hopes / CARAVAN: Hoedown / NEIL YOUNG: Cortez the Killer (Live).

I would like to thank everybody who tuned in last night, hoping that you guys enjoyed it. Prog & Roll will be back on the 8th of May, because on Sunday the 1st we will not have a show.
Thank you all! :-)

Saturday, April 23, 2016

PROG & ROLL Radio Show Presents: The Listener's Happy Hour

Hello all! :-)
 I'm writing this post in order to inform you that tomorrow's Prog & Roll radio show will be  including the Listener's Happy Hour once more.
 As some of you know already, on the last show of each month we dedicate at least an hour for the songs that our listeners are asking for. During each month we are accepting their e-mails with their song requests, which we play during the last show of the month.
 We have gathered many songs from many different music styles for tomorrow's show, that's why the Listener's Happy Hour will be longer than usual. (I think it is going to last for about 75 - 80 minutes).
 Usually, these shows have lots of fun and many people in the chatbox, that's why if tomorrow afternoon you are free and in the mood, tune in.
 Prog & Roll begins at 20.00 UK time, and the broadcasting is in English and Greek.
If you want to listen, just click on the link below at the time I mentioned above:
Hope to "see" you there. :-)
Thank you!

GFreedom's Juke Box No.162

Hello all! :-)
Since today it is Saturday, it is time to write down my usual weekly Top-5 songlist for you.

So, from all the songs I've listened during this week, I picked the following as the best ones:
JETHRO TULL: Velvet Green (Songs from the Wood - 1977)
STEVEN WILSON: Don't Hate Me (4.5 - 2016)
GRAND TOUR: The Horn of Plenty (Heavy on the Beach - 2015)
BLOOD CEREMONY: The Weird of Finistere (The Lord of Misrule - 2016)
SIMON & GARFUNKEL: Bridge Over Troubled Water (Bridge Over Troubled Water - 1970)
I will add here the YT links for the songs in my list, so you will be able to listen to them right away. The only song I couldn't find is the one of Blood Ceremony.
JETHRO TULL: Velvet Green
GRAND TOUR: The Horn of Plenty
SIMON & GARFUNKEL: Bridge Over Troubled Water 

Friday, April 22, 2016

PRINCE passed away at the age of 57...

  I don't think that this post will surprise or shock anybody, because since yesterday the news of 
Prince's death were spread like a wild fire.
I just felt I had to write down a small post for this very big musician who died so suddenly and under unidentified causes.
  So, Prince was found dead in an elevator yesterday, with the causes of his death not been clear. (So far at least). There are runors that a few days ago he needed an immediate treatment to recover from a drug overdose (other sources say it was a flu), but he refused to stay at the hospital.
 But it really doesn't matter what was the cause of his death; what does matter is that one of the most charismatic musicians and composers passed away so suddenly and at a young age.
 I don't consider myself a fan of Prince, but I did respected him a lot.
R.I.P Prince, the music world is surely a different place without you in it...
P.S: For those who haven't watched the video from the Amercian Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Awards with Prince performing on stage "While my Guitar Gently Weeps" together with Tom Petty, Jeff Lynn Steve Winwood and others, I strongly recommend to click on the following link. Pay extra attention to Prince's guitar solo in the second part of the song. 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

BLOOD CEREMONY: Lord of Misrule (2016)

  Blood Ceremony was formed in Toronto in 2006 starting their career as an occult  Metal band. Thankfully that didn’t last long, and after their first 2 albums they changed their style into a more 70’s influenced Heavy Rock.
  In 2013 they released the very good album ‘The Eldrich Dark’ and in 2016 ‘The Lord of Misrule’ came out.
In The Lord of Misrule the band seems to be in an excellent form, with the band’s composing and performing skills being at a high level. As for their singer Alia O’Brien, she sounds better than ever.
The album includes 9 songs and has a total running time of almost 45 minutes and as far as I know it is available in CD and vinyl version.
  The album opens with The Devil’s Window which is the longest and heaviest track here. In my opinion it brings to mind the sound that the band had in The Eldritch Dark. And I’m writing this, because although the main style remains the same, I think that in the Lord of Misrule the sound of the band is “lighter” and more melodic. (Always in my opinion).
The Devil’s Window is followed by Loreley that has a beautiful melody and is one of the album’s finest moments.
The Rogues’ Hat begins with a heavy Sabbath-influenced guitar riff, and it sounds like it belongs in the 70’s.
Both The Lord of Misrule and Half Moon Street are upbeat with catchy melodies and nice guitar work, but I like Half Moon Street a bit more I must say.
The Weird of Finistere is the first slow song of the album and it is a pleasant change with its mellow and “dark” melodies.
Flower Phantoms is kind of a surprise, because it sounds like it doesn’t belong here. A kind of “funky” song which I don’t care for, and in my opinion, it doesn’t add anything to the album.
Old Fires is another heavy song, with a “killer” guitar riff, supported by the sound of the organ in the background.
Things Present, Things Past is the second cool and melodic song of the album, with the flute being in the “first line”. The band kept this nice acoustic song as the last one, which is a very nice choice.
  Concluding this, I should say that the Lord of Misrule is a very beautiful and well structured album, which I enjoy listening to a lot! One of the best albums of 2016 so far without a doubt!
                        My Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Prog & Roll Radio show (17/4/2016). The complete playlist.

Good morning all! :-)
Last night one more Prog & Roll radio show was on air as usual. 
This time we divided our show into 2 major parts, the Non-Prog and the Prog one. Each of these 2 parts was divided into 2 half hours parts as well.
We had many people listening once more, and some of them were participating in the chatbox as well. 
As for the music, I think it was very nice but kind of cool and relaxing. We didn't include any powerful and "noisy" songs this time.
Here you can take a look at the full playlist:
                              The Non-Prog Hour:
1st Part: MUSE: Song of a Dying Atheist / THE PINNEAPLE THIEF: The One you Left to Die / PURESSENCE: How Does it Feel? / TARNATION: Your Thoughts & Mine / CALEXICO: Alone Again or / MADRUGADA: Stories from the Streets.
2nd Part: VELVET UNDERGROUND: I’ll be your Mirror / STONE CIRCUS: What Went Wrong / THE ROLLING STONES: Mother’s Little Helper / TIM BUCKLEY: Strange Street Affair Under Blue / JEFFERSON AIRPLANE: Mexico / THE BEATLES: Strawberry Fields Forever / LOVE: She Comes in Colors / THE WHO: Relay.

                                 The Prog Hour:
3rd Part:APHRODITE’S CHILD: Spring, Summer, Winter and Fall / PROCOL HARUM: All this and More / SPRING: The Prisoner / EDEN: Erwartung / NOVALIS: Dammerung.
4th Part: DULCIMER: Morman’s Casket / MATCHING MOLE: O Caroline / CARAVAN: The World is Yours.
"Epic" Song: CAMEL: Lady Fantasy.
I would like to say a big thanks to all those who tuned in last night. Prog & Roll will be on air again on Sunday the 24th of April for the last show on the month. That means that our show will be including The Listener's Happy Hour, during which we are playing the songs our listeners asked for.