Saturday, May 30, 2009

Another Blast From The Past

While Mustang often criticizes my musical tastes as primarily drug induced and communist in nature, maybe he will change his mind when he hears this week's line-up. Unless he thinks the entire world is on drugs, after hearing these, even he will admit openly that all things musical are cyclical and evolutionary (except for rap and metal, which are de-evolutionary.)

In this edition of ABFTP, we have some keyboard instrumentals that are rooted in earlier styles and fashion. I like them and I hope you will too.

First up is this little tune from 1972:

True musical aficionados will recognize the last melody. It is the same as this next one and originally composed by Bach. The only differences between the two styles lie within the influence(s) of technology. Listen to it and you will see, the only thing that separates these two presentations is in the instrumentation.

The first one was electric, this one isn't:

Next up is a great synthesizer experience.

Hot Butter recorded it in 1972, and made it a hit. But it was composed and originally recorded in 1969 by Gershon Kingsley. It hints of a subtle combination of classical and jazz roots, which usually attracts a strong European appeal.

From the album, Music to Moog By, here is (IMO) the better of the two versions:

Not only does modern rock get influences from classical and/or jazz styles, there have been some great rock tunes which had roots in the American sub-genre of ragtime jazz; Billy Joel is one modern artist who comes to mind when thinking of this blend. This one is an instrumental from 1978 and showcases Mr. Joel's incredible musical talent..

If you haven't heard this one, you need to give it a listen. I think most who follow this weekly musical feature will be at least mildly pleased with it



Leslie said...

Okay, I liked two out of the four...can you guess which two?

Both brilliant in their own right...

Have a good Saturday!

Anonymous said...

I’m not an expert on this, but I tend to believe that musical taste really depends on our ‘mood.’ On the other hand, I know that listening to music has helped to put me into a particular mood. These are all excellent selections, LA. The first two seem to demonstrate that quality music is eternal. The instrumentation might change, the beat can change, but the essential score, well done, remains so no matter what the innovation. I remember hearing to popcorn, but I have to confess I don’t know what a ‘moog’ is. Is that drug culture terminology for popcorn?

This week’s selections were an admirable effort, my friend. Just remember the refrain: one drug-free day at a time. You’ll make it, I’m sure, even if you do occasionally slide back into the deep, dark pit of heavy metal, ghetto rap, and psychedelic fairyland. Well, at any rate, we’re all rooting for you.

LASunsett said...

//Okay, I liked two out of the four...can you guess which two?//

I can't guess, I am a bad guesser. I have been trying to guess the winning numbers for the lottery for years now, don;t put any more pressure on me than I have already. Or I'll...I'll......

Anonymous said...

//I remember hearing to popcorn, but I have to confess I don’t know what a ‘moog’ is. Is that drug culture terminology for popcorn?//

For crying out loud Marine. Is your google search feature broken? Were you born helpless, or did you have to work on it? SIR!!!


Gunnery Sergeant Kikkin U. Asche

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Gunny. All this time I thought we were discussing musical instrumentation. Naturally, this more or less confirms my suspicions about Sunset all along; Synthesized drugs/synthesized music. Yeah, it figures.

Anonymous said...

Dude … kewl music. Did your mom help you pick it out?

Eric Cartman