Monday, October 31, 2016

PROG & ROLL Radio Show, including the 'Song of the month' contest. A small "review" & the complete playlist.

  Last night the last Prog & Roll Radio show of October was online, during which, the final stage of the ‘Song of the Month’ contest took place. If you don’t know what this is, please take a look to a couple of posts below this one, and you’ll find out.
  Once more we had many people listening to the show, but this time we had less people in the chatbox. That didn’t bother us though, and we proceeded with the contest without any problems.
  During October, we did 4 radio shows (excluding last night’s one), during which we played 76 songs in total. The songs that gained the highest average points according to our listener’s grading were 7. So, during the 2nd hour of last night’s show we played these 7 songs one after the other, and we asked for our audience to grade them once more, but considering more options this time, than just their personal likings.
  So, at the end of the show, we announced October’s ‘Song of the Month’ which was Nimrodel by Camel. Second, with a really small difference was Locomotive Breath by Jethro Tull.
Here you can see the 7 songs, and inside the parenthesis are the average score they received.
CAMEL: Nimrodel (8.18)
JETHRO TULL: Locomotive Breath (8.16)
TRANSATLANTIC: We All Need Some Light (7.81)
KARMAKANIC: Eternally Pt.2 (7.16)
KANSAS: Dust in the Wind (7.15)
STYX: Crystal Ball (6.00)
  Further than that, we did our usual music quiz, and the winner was once more Florian Decros from France. His winning prize is the physical and signed copy of the album The Burden of Paradise, recorded by Different Light.
Here you can see the complete playlist from last night:
1st Part: FREE: Wishing Well / LYNYRD SKYNYRD: Cry for he Bad Man / LOVE: The Castle / THE WHO: Pinball Wizard / THE ROLLING STONES: We Love You.
2nd Part: BLUE OYSTER CULT: Nosferatu / WHITESNAKE: Here I Go Again / IRON MAIDEN: Remember Tomorrow / METALLICA: The Unforgiven / SYSTEM OF A DOWN: Lonely Day.
3rd Part: BRYAN FERRY: I Got the Same Old Blues (Music Quiz) / SONG OF THE MONTH FINAL: STYX: Crystal Ball / TRANSATLANTIC: We All Need Some Light / VERBAL DELIRIUM: Fear.
4th Part: KANSAS: Dust in the Wind / CAMEL: Nimrodel / KARMAKANIC: Eternally Pt.2 / JETHRO TULL: Locomotive Breath.
  I would like to thank all those who tuned in last night, and especially those who participated in the Song of the Month contest, by grading the songs we played. Your help and support is much appreciated!
  Prog & Roll will be on air again on Sunday the 6th of November, with another special show. But more details on that, later.
Have a nice week!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

PROG & ROLL Radio Show presents: The 'Song of the Month' contest.

  I'm writing this post in order to inform you about what is going to happen in tomorrow's Prog &
Roll radio show.
  So, tomorrow we will have the final (and most enjoyable) stage of the Song of the Month contest. For those who are not familiar with it, I think I should say a few things: In each of our radio shows we are playing the "grade the songs" game, and we encourage our listeners to grade each songs we play according to their liking, from a scale to 1-10. The songs with the highest average score will be presented again at the last show of each month, in the final stage of the Song of the Month contest. There, our listeners will grade them once more, but considering more things, like for example the complexity of the song, the melody, the inspired (or not) composition, etc. 
  At the end of the show the song with the highest average rating is going to be announced as the Song of the Month. And at the end of Prog & Roll's radio season, (at the end of July 2017), we are going to announce Prog & Roll's Top-10 songlist, according to our listeners choices.
  So tomorrow, during the first hour we are going to play some classic Rock and Hard Rock/Heavy Metal songs by some famous bands, and then, at about 21.00 UK time, the final stage of the Song of the Month will begin. We have some really great songs in our playlist for tomorrow, so if you are in the mood, tune in.
Prog & Roll is a live internet radio show, that begins at 20.00 UK time and lasts for 2 hours. You can listen by simply clicking on this link:
That's all for now, I hope to "see" some of you tomorrow night.
Have a great weekend!
Thank you! :-)

GFreedom's Juke Box No.176

Hello all! :-)
As many of you know already, on (almost) every Saturday morning, I'm writing this 'Juke Post' which is my weekly Top-5 songlist. From all the songs I've listened during the week, I choose 5 that I believe are the best ones, (according to my music liking), and present them here for you.
So, for this week, the songs I chose at the best ones are the following:
PORCUPINE TREE: Arriving Somewhere but not Here (Deadwing - 2005)
THE ROLLING STONES: Wild Horses (Sticky Fingers - 1971)
CAMEL: Nimrodel (Mirage - 1974)
SYSTEM OF A DOWN: Lonely Day (Mezmerize - 2005)
COLIN TENCH PROJECT: Liza's Waltz (Hair in a G-String - 2016)
By clicking on the following YT links you can listen to the songs in my list right away. Well, the ones I could find in YouTube at least.
 PORCUPINE TREE: Arriving Somewhere but not Here
CAMEL: Nimrodel
Enjoy the music people, and have a nice weekend!
Thank you for visiting. :-)

Friday, October 28, 2016

OPETH: Sorceress (2016)

  Starting this piece I should mention that I never cared much for Opeth. Their older albums are simply annoying to my ears. But when their leader Mikael Akkerfeldt started hanging around with Steven Wilson, something started to change. There has been a huge turn in their music, starting with the album Damnation (2003). Every new release of theirs shows that a major change in their music and style is in progress, so we still don’t know where it is going to lead them.
  I got only 3 albums of Opeth in my collection; Damnation (2003), Heritage (2011) and this new one which was a present from a friend in the vinyl edition. (Thank you Dimitris).
I consider Damnation as an important and good album, and the same stands for Heritage. But I must admit that Sorceress caught me by surprise. I wasn’t expecting it to be that good!
  You can buy the album in the double (picture disc) vinyl edition, which is including 11 songs in total. The CD version is also double, including 16 tracks. The second CD is kind of a bonus one, including 2 extra studio songs and 3 live ones.
  The album’s opening track is the folky Persephone, a beautiful and melodic tune, followed by the rather powerful Sorceress. Next comes The Wilde Flower, another strong tune that is reminding me of something, but I can’t figure out what. Will O the Wisp is a cool and melodic tune, followed by Chrysalis, maybe the most powerful song of the whole album.
Sorceress 2 is a very slow tune that in some parts is reminding me of Pink Floyd. Then comes the best song on the album in my opinion, but it seems like it was taken out of another band’s album, probably Myrath’s. The Seventh Sojourn is an Anatolian-influenced hypnotizing tune, which caught my attention from the first spin. Strange Brew (nothing to do with the same titled song recorded by Cream), is a total Prog tune, which I don’t really like to be honest. I rather prefer - the also Proggy - A Fleeting Glance that follows. Era is another powerful Prog song, which is not adding something new to the album, without being a bad song. Persephone (slight return) is closing the album, and it is a low tempo melancholic short tune.
  In a few words, Sorceress is a good album, including some fine moments, some nice tunes and a couple of powerful Prog songs. I don’t know how the Opeth fans will react to this release, but I’m perfectly pleased with it.
Favorite songs (so far): The Seventh Sojourn, Chrysalis, Persephone, Sorceress. 
 My rating would be between 3.00 and 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.


Monday, October 24, 2016

Prog & Roll Radio Show (23/10/2016). A small "review" & the complete playlist.

Hello all!
  Last night one more Prog & Roll Radio Show was online, this time with a special "theme" show, as I mentioned a few days ago with a post I wrote in this blog.
  We had a 'Symphonic Prog' show prepard for our listeners, and the choice of the bands was according to Prog Archive's list. As I wrote in a previous post, I don't agree in many ocassions with Prog Archive's categories, but what can you do? 
  We had many people listening once more, mostly from Greece, UK and France as far as I know, and many of them were participating on the chatbox as well.
  Personally speaking, I don't think that this was a very good show. I think we chose the wrong songs (or the wrong bands), and the show had a slow tempo in general. Yes, we played some very good songs, some melodic ones etc, but something was missing. But despite that, I was glad to see our usual listeners being there once more, participating in the "song of the month" contest, by grading the songs we were playing, while chatting with us and eachother.
  On next Sunday's show we are going to have the final stage of the "Song of the Month" contest, where our listeners will have to choose which song will be announced as the best song of October. The song they will choose will reserve a spot in Prog & Roll's Top-10 songlist.
It is going to be a very interesting show I believe, not to mention that we are going to play some really great songs, one after the other!
  As for last night's playlist, you can see it here:
Part 1: SHADOW CIRCUS: Uriel / ANIMA MUNDI: The Human House / ESPIRITU: Libre Y Natural / TEMPUS FUGIT: The Sight / KARMAKANIC: Eternally Pt.2.
Part 2: GENESIS: Blood on the Rooftops / FANTASY: Paint a Picture / EMERSON LAKE & PALMER: Battlefield / DISCIPLINE: Before the Storm Pt.2 / LIFE LINE PROJECT: Moment / XII ALFONSO: Physics & Hunting
Part 3: HOSTSONATEN: On the Sea / SOLARIS: Book of Prophecies / AMAGRAMA: Recluso Artista / TRANSATLANTIC: Black as the Sky.
Part 4: HANDS: Mutineer’s Panorama / FOCUS: Focus IV / KANSAS: Dust in the Wind / RENAISSANCE: Ocean Gypsy / FRUUPP: The Perfect Wish.
I would like to thank you all for tuning in last night, hoping you had some nice time. We renew our appointment for Sunday the 30th of October.
We'll "see" you there!
Thank you! :-)

Saturday, October 22, 2016

GFreedom's Juke Box No.175

Hello all! :-)
It is a beautiful rainy morning here in Athens, and here I am again with my usual weekly Top-5 songlist for you.
During this week I listened to lots of music, especially because I was trying to prepare a nice playlist for tomorrow's Prog & Roll radio show.That's why some of the songs in my list will be included in tomorrow's radio show as well.
So, for this week, these are the songs I chose as best ones:
OPETH: The Seventh Sojourn (Sorceress - 2016)
DISCIPLINE: Before the Storm Pt.1 (Unfolded like Staircase - 1997) 
GENESIS: Blood on the Rooftops (Wind & Wuthering - 1977)
TIM BUCKLEY: Goodbye & Hello (Goodbye & Hello - 1967)
KARMAKANIC: Eternally Pt.2 (Who's the Boss in the Factory - 2008)
I will also add the YT links for the songs in my list, so you can listen to them immediately if you want to. Well, the ones I was able to find at least.
DISCIPLINE: Before the Storm Pt.1
GENESIS: Blood on the Rooftops
TIM BUCKLEY: Goodbye & Hello
KARMAKANIC: Eternally Pt.2
Enjoy the music and have a nice weekend.
Thank you! :-)