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A big hello to my readers! I know I’ve been for quite a long time, but you should already know the reason. During the long and stressful holiday I took from blogging, I happened to stumble onto a band known as ‘The Ventures’. Now, don’t get me wrong here. I’ve known The Ventures from a very long time. But just recently did I have the pleasure of putting my headphones on and listening to the beautiful cover songs they produced. I shall be putting up my top 5 Ventures cover songs post this Top 5 review.

Aah, guitar solos. Where would we Rock fans be if it weren’t for those soul stirring moments wherein the guitarist makes his instrument cry? While the previous sentence may sound oddly sadistic, it’s very much true. That squealing sound of a guitar, finely tuned to the craft of its master, can send shivers up the listener’s skin. The high pitch notes, which send an electric zap right through your skin, and those low pitches, which match the beats of your heart – a true Rock enthusiast would surely know what I’m saying here. Not only does a guitar solo have the power to make one move to its rhythm, but also possesses the unreal ability to express what the singer can’t. Some artists have signature solo styles, some don’t. The quality of a guitar solo doesn’t depend on the duration, but on the skill exhibited. According to my knowledge, there are 2 unique skills which clearly distinguish guitar artists:

  • Shredding
  • Bending

Shredding is generally used in Heavy Metal, Death Metal, Hard Rock, Alternative Rock, etc. Shredding is basically playing the guitar at an unreal speed. The speed required in this technique is sometimes so much that the fingers aren’t visible in the video. Shredding can be related to a vengeful, hateful or upbeat mood (depends on the mood of the song and the band). Shredding requires a LOT of talent. Bending, on the other hand, is a very unique skill only few maestros possess. It is a slow technique wherein the focus is more on the notes, not the speed. Bending, if performed properly, can bring out emotions nothing else can express. Anyways, back to the showdown!

Number 5: Avenged Sevenfold – So Far Away

So Far Away - Syn

So Far Away – A7X

I am a huge fan of Avenged Sevenfold. They’ve helped me in almost all of my sorrows. Their songs are a bit different than the mainstream Rock bands, but once you start developing that taste for music, you’re hooked. My idol from this band is Synyster Gates. A superb guitar player, who relentlessly shreds his guitar and chokes us with emotions. This song, however, is not about vengeance, nor anger. It’s about sorrow, regret, remorse – This song was made on account of the passing away of the band’s primary drummer – The Rev. The solo is so beautiful, it made me cry like a baby (not just the first time I heard it. I still cry every time it plays).

Solo timing: 02:22 – Rest of song

Download linkhttp://www.maplespace.net/wp-content/plugins/mp3-player-plugin-for-wordpress/mp3/so%20far%20away-Avenged%20Sevenfold.mp3

Lyricshttp://artists.letssingit.com/avenged-sevenfold-lyrics-so-far-away-w69ngcn

 

 

Number 4: Santana – While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Santana

Santana – While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Let’s face it – There is no one like Santana. His style and technique are completely different than everyone out there today. The confidence this man shows when he holds the guitar is baffling. Santana shares a place is Rock and Roll’s most famous list – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He has collaborated with countless artists and helped them get recognized. From Maria Maria to this song, every tune composed by Santana haunts the very living out of you. This song was originally written by The Beatles, after whom Eric Clapton made a different version of the same. Santana covered the original, and boy does it make you move. India.Arie’s voice and Santana’s amazing technique are guaranteed to leave you spellbound for the remainder of the day.

Solo timing: Full Song

Download linkhttp://www.santana.com/audio/Supernatural%20Legacy/WhileMyGuitarGentlyWeeps.mp3

Lyricshttp://artists.letssingit.com/santana-lyrics-while-my-guitar-gently-weeps-6359drz#axzz2tOHO2Nmm

 

 

Number 3: Eric Clapton – Layla

Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton – Layla

Absolute genius. A master of the guitar, Clapton can make his guitar sing and awaken the dead. His technique – relentless. His style – unmatched. This solo helped me understand what Rock really is about. The very first notes of the solo tell you that the forthcoming is going to be amazing. His skill is not bound within the constraints of an electric guitar – His acoustic versions are to die for too (Tears in Heaven).

Solo timing: 02:56 – 04:02

Download link: http://www.pages.drexel.edu/~ap87/index_files/Eric%20Clapton-%20Layla.mp3

Lyricshttp://artists.letssingit.com/eric-clapton-lyrics-layla-6zlf5ds#axzz2tOHO2Nmm

 

 

Number 2: Dire Straits – Sultans Of Swing (Alchemy Live)

Dire Straits

Dire Straits – Sultans Of Swing (Alchemy Live)

This song – My oh my. I have NEVER seen so much energy output from a song. And that too from a Live version. Mark Knopfler ABSOLUTELY demolishes it with his crazy licks. Terry Williams (the drummer) has probably ripped the coating of the drum skin. It is the SECOND best live performance I’ve ever seen. I know for a fact that if I was present at this concert, I would’ve died from the sheer ecstasy of the energy and the atmosphere. There are two solos in this version – and both are mind boggling. The first one is performed in between the  second last and the last stanza, and the last one kicks off as soon as the last stanza ends. If you survive the intensity of the first solo, you’d better brace yourself for the next one. Because it contains one of the most amazing guitar riffs I’ve ever heard! And yes, you HAVE to see the video for the live version too. It’s one of the many reasons why I’ve grown to love Dire Straits so much.

Solo timing:

Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Pa9x9fZBtY

Download linkhttp://simant.ru/pub/multimedia/mp3/.fg/D/Dire%20Straits/1984%20-%20Alchemy%20Live/06-Sultans%20Of%20Swing.mp3

Lyricshttp://artists.letssingit.com/dire-straits-lyrics-sultans-of-swing-llgkkwc

 

 

Number 1: Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb (Live in Gdansk)

Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb

If God can play the guitar, well then this man is God. I’ve never seen anyone else who handles the guitar as exquisitely as this man does. David Gilmour is the inventor of a technique known as ‘bending’, wherein the guitar  chords are strained to their maximum potential to get every last ounce of sound they can deliver. If executed perfectly, it sounds heavenly. A perfect example of how solos should be played can be taken from this song. Once the solo starts at 04:31, you’ll be void of everything around you. The highs and the lows are perfectly blended together. Seeing a man like David Gilmour performing so brilliantly in his 60’s just goes to show the extent of experience he has under his belt. Add an orchestra backing up this solo, and you’ve got yourself the arguably best guitar solo playable. The song brings out so many emotions simultaneously – peace, happiness, respect and gratitude. The way he effortlessly handles the guitar  seems as if he does it because he has no other thing to do. I was in complete awe when I heard the  solo for the first time. The original Live version’s solo is amazing, but this is GODLIKE. If you’re a fan of Rock music, you CANNOT afford to let this solo go amiss.

Solo timing: 04:31 – End of song

Youtube linkhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uY8EwM3vah8

Download linkhttp://muzon.co.ua/audio/103412591/47683686/David_Gilmour-Comfortably_Numb_Live_In_Gdansk(myfreemp3.eu).mp3

 

Well, that’s about it. Feel I did some song injustice? Tell me the name of the song in the comments section, and I’ll get to it straightaway. Adios!

Probably one of the mushiest song ever, “Right Here Waiting” created a phenomenon worldwide. It won the hearts of millions all over the globe. Richard Marx has used his dreamy voice, coupled with (What I claim is) the best piano rift ever, and teary eyed lyrics and blended everything together to create the ultimate drug for romantics. For those who think it’s a pop song; think again. The genre of the song is actually ‘Soft Rock’ (Falls in the same class of “Jealous Guy” or “Bohemian Rhapsody“). Well, it’s placed at Number 2 on my ‘Top 10 mushiest Love Songs of all time’ list, and I’ll be reviewing this song today. Cheers to all the romantics who longed for this song! Let’s get started!

Richard Marx (Artist)

Richard Marx (Artist)

History: “Right Here Waiting” is actually a ballad composed and sung by Richard Marx, for his second album titled “Repeat Offender” (1989). The song went on, not only to break millions of hearts, but also records all over the world. It peaked at the Number 1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, and at Number 2 on the U.K. charts. For the complete chart performance, click here. For more peak positions, click here. It was certified Gold by Canada, Silver by U.K., and Platinum by U.S. The music video was censored and considered a bit too ‘steamy’ for the public, because it featured a 42 second “softcore” sex scene. There is just one version of the song, viz. The Studio Version; having a duration of 4 Minutes 24 Seconds. [Source: Wikipedia]

What it tries to convey to us: Richard Marx actually dedicated “Right Here Waiting” for his wife, Cynthia Rhodes, when she was acting in South Africa. For us people, it’s about a loving couple who, unfortunately, break up; and the man tells her, “No matter whom you love in the future, remember this – I’ll always be there for you.” True love, isn’t it?

Review: The theme of the song is really soft – the bass, the vocals, even the piano and the acoustic guitar. The song starts off with a synthesizer rift (bass of the song). The Oh-SO-BEAUTIFUL piano rift (Courtesy Vanston) starts at 00:17, and it REALLY is magnificent. I always feel like crying (Out of joy, or sadness – who knows?). Richard Marx starts off with the vocals at 00:45. You can clearly see how beautifully he has modulated his pitch and tone, for accentuating the song. You can actually feel what he is trying to convey (For example – his “Oh can’t you see it Baby, You’ve got me going crazy”). He starts off with the first chorus at 01:17, and after a brief 6 second gap, starts off with the second stanza. The thing that keeps all of us hooked to this song is definitely it’s chorus, because.. Let’s just face it.. It’s stupendous! Richard Marx has cleverly added more number of choruses in the song, to keep the feel ‘alive’. Saying thus, the second chorus begins already at 02:16. The song may seem slow in tune and rhythm, but it’s really fast paced in terms of tempo. The song suddenly shifts all of it’s momentum and starts off with a completely different tune from 02:37, with Marx increasing the pitch by a notch. And then comes the moment we’ve all been waiting for – That epic guitar rift (Courtesy Bruce Gaitsch). Don’t get confused here: It’s not an electric lead, or any type of shredding that I’m talking about here; it’s an acoustic guitar rift. And yet, it’s just so beautiful. The simplicity of the song is the factor which completely won me. The rifts are extremely easy to perform (I learned the guitar 2 years ago, and this was the second rift I could ever play). It’s soft, subtle, and perfectly suits the song mood. Marx takes over again at 03:21, with starts with the chorus at 03:32. He makes sure to maintain the ‘edge’ in his voice till the very end. The vocals end at 03:52, and the song proceeds into ending mode with a dual of the acoustic guitar and the piano rift, and the ends at 04:24.

Rating: A flat out 10/10 for this one! Awesome vocals, soft melody, even better guitar and piano rift – all bundled in one! A must listen to!!

Lyrics link for “Right Here Waiting”http://artists.letssingit.com/richard-marx-lyrics-right-here-waiting-hrnnzh2

Download link for “Right Here Waiting”http://media.kickstatic.com/kickapps/images/67853/audios/601417.mp3

 

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“Right Here Waiting” is a song from Richard Marx’s album “Repeat Offender”

 

 

Okay, let me be really frank here. I didn’t even know Europe until 2004 (Guilty as charged!). The first time I heard them was when I was in the fourth grade. I still remember it clearly – I was in a gathering, where a bunch of my friends had decided to perform a small skit. The theme song was, of course, the musical version of “The Final Countdown“. From that day onwards, the song was embedded in my brain. But the problem was, no one knew the title of the song. At last, I finally got acquainted with the song in 2006, when my older sister played it on her computer. Ah, the memories! Today, I’ll be reviewing “The Final Countdown”, for reliving those cherished days. So, let’s get to it!

Band

Europe [L-R] : Ian Haugland, Mic Michaeli, John Norum, Joey Tempest, John Levén

 

History: “The Final Countdown” is a song from Europe’s 1986 album, “The Final Countdown“. Performance wise, it tore through the charts, and reached Number 1 in over 25 countries! How cool is that? It peaked at Number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, and Number 18 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. “The Final Countdown” was released in the spring of 1986 and became the most successful song from The Final Countdown (Album) on the American rock charts and as well as the band’s most recognizable and popular song (It was undoubtedly their signature song). For the complete chart performance, click here. There are two versions of this song, one being the 5 Minute 9 Seconds Album Version (Which I’ll be reviewing) and the other being 4 Minutes 3 Seconds Radio Edit Version.

Review: The song starts with some rumbling noises (Till today, I really couldn’t make out what the instrument is. If you guys know which one, please leave the answer in the comments). Then the legendary instrumental music (It’s a piano rift, actually) starts at 00:13. It’s what made this song so famous. The tune is REALLY catchy, and becomes more so once the beats kick in at 00:51. The momentum of the song is suddenly disrupted at 01:18, and Joey Tempest initiates the vocals at 01:26. Another thing about the beats. It raises the tempo of the song quite considerably; and helps it stay fast paced. The vocals are well suited for this song; the tone being a little submissive, but packing enough punch. It accentuates the rhythm of the song perfectly. The first chorus starts at 01:57, and ends like a breeze. Just like that, the second stanza begins (02:15); and you never knew what hit you. The tempo of the song is just amazing! (An ideal workout song!) The second chorus starts at 02:46, succeeded by the groovy tune, and a little bit of “Final Countdown” chanted here and there. The whole song momentarily turns around at 03:12, and then an EPIC guitar solo is initiated from 03:16. It’s absolutely stunning. It’s got a kind of monotonous tune to it, but accompanied by some really fast shredding; and a REALLY well executed loop (03:32 – 03:39). The guitar solo merges with the piano rift at 03:49, and it all comes together again at 04:09. The stanza’s end there itself; and it’s actually an instrumental rift from 04:09 till the ending, with the exception of the addition of those “It’s The Final Countdown” parts in between. The song fades off at 04:56, and ends at 05:09.

Rating: The REALLY addictive piano rift, hardcore beats, awesome vocals and an astounding guitar solo make “The Final Countdown” easily eligible for the 10/10 it deserves! Go listen to this one guys!

 

Lyrics for “The Final Countdown” : http://artists.letssingit.com/europe-lyrics-the-final-countdown-x516sfv

Download link for “The Final Countdown” : http://static.blog4ever.com/2006/02/109139/artfichier_109139_267826_201108181935485.mp3 (Right Click on link, click “Save Target/Link As”)

 

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“The Final Countdown” is a song from Europe’s album titled “The Final Countdown”

 

 

Okay, this one’s a no – brainer. This HAS to be the best country song EVER! John Denver has absolutely nailed this song on the Best Country Songs Ever charts. This song easily makes it to Number 1 on my ‘Top 10 Country Songs’ too! ‘Country Roads’ has a sort of aura which is.. well… irresistible. As soon as you listen to this song, you feel like dropping everything, packing your backpack, and head off to the closest rural area to spend the week in serenity. This is undoubtedly John Denver’s best song, and my personal favorite too. I’ll be reviewing this song today. So, let’s get down to it!

John Denver

John Denver

History: Take Me Home, Country Roads” (Or simply, “Country Roads”) is a song from John Denver’s 1971 album Poems, Prayers And Promises (It was actually first released on 30th December, 1970). Undoubtedly his best song, (It’s also his signature song) it went on to peak at Number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. It is also the iconic song for West Virginia travels. The song was actually written by the trio John Denver, Taffy Nivert and Bill Danoff, and initially recorded by John Denver. The official release date, however, is April 12th, 1971. There is just one version of this song, viz. the Studio Version, having a duration of 3 Minutes 8 Seconds. [Source: Wikipedia]

What it tries to convey to us: It’s a really simple song to decipher. No ‘Stairway To Heaven’ dual meanings here! This song tells us about a man’s desire to go back to his hometown, viz. West Virginia.

Review: What can I say? This song has EVERY single ingredient a Country song needs! That typical country accent (And a heart melting voice), mellow acoustic guitar playing in the background, and lyrics that make you want to run away from home forever and settle down in some quiet countryside permanently. This is going to be tough one! Well, wish me luck!

The song starts with dual acoustic guitars, one playing the role of the rhythm and the other tuned to a slightly higher frequency, for making it sound as the lead guitar. John Denver starts with (What I know is) the perfect chocolate melting vocals at 00:07. Alright, now I want you to do me a favor. Close your eyes, clear out all your thoughts, and just sit back and listen to this song with all your heart and soul. Feels like you’re on the countryside, sitting round the fire, roasting marshmallows. And John Denver is right there, in front of you, with a guitar on his lap; and he’s singing to everyone, doesn’t it? Imagine the cool night sky, the synchronized noises by the crickets, the dewy grass you’re sitting on, and the warmth radiating from the campfire. Did you do that? Now we’re talking! Well, seeing that now you’re in the mood, let’s pick up from where we left. If you listen closely (From 00:08 onwards), you’ll hear the sound of someone clapping their laps for providing the bass of the song. And from 00:07, you’ll hear the sound of snapping fingers very clearly. The background vocalists have also done an excellent job. And those lyrics… Wow, those lyrics! It feels magic! The first chorus will start at 00:30, with the typical snapping fingers, awesome vocals, and beautiful guitar. The second stanza then commences at 00:55. You’ll hear the wah – wah effect of the synthesizer very clearly in the second stanza. The song is really fast paced, and chorus’ will pass like a breeze. The second chorus starts at 01:19, this time with the added wah – wah effects. The vocal bridge starts after the second chorus, with an increase in the pitch, and a slightly faster tempo. Since you’re in the ‘countryside’ feel, you’ll notice it almost immediately. And viola, as I told you; the chorus initiates again at 02:05. You MAY think that the songs have a little more choruses than normal, but let me remind you; this is a country song. So, it is to be expected. It (The chorus) is looped again at 02:28. The song gradually fades with “Take Me Home, Country Roads” and ends at 03:08.

Rating: Easy as pie! A head – on 10/10! Undoubtedly the best Country song out there! Out-of-the-world vocals, superb guitar strumming and those lyrics… WOW!! For those who haven’t heard this song (I highly doubt there are any), you HAVE to listen to this! It’s unmissable!

 

Lyrics for “Country Roads (Take Me Home) : http://artists.letssingit.com/john-denver-lyrics-take-me-home-country-roads-hn5683m

Download link for “Country Roads (Take Me Home) : http://www.pddd.pudong-edu.sh.cn/iclass_f_2007/kecheng/zjzy/WY0211/10580title4/Take%20me%20home%20country%20road.mp3

 

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“Take Me Home, Country Roads” is a song from John Denver’s album “Poems, Prayers And Promises”

According to a worldwide survey, “Hotel California” is the most common song in music playlists. Who can blame them? The song is truly a masterpiece, undoubtedly the best song delivered by the Eagles. It’s also one of the most renowned songs globally. “Hotel California” is known for it’s misinterpreted lyrics, and simple, but effective guitar rifts. Just yesterday, I was surfing the web, when I came across a fact stating that there are more than 30 misinterpreted meanings to the lyrics. Weird, huh? Anyways, I’ll be reviewing this masterpiece today. Hope you like it! Let’s get to it!

Band

Eagles (L-R): Joe Walsh, Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Timothy B. Schmit

History: “Hotel California” is a song from the Eagles’ self- titled album. It was released as a single on February 1977. Although the song has lots of misinterpreted lyrics, the Eagles say the song is about “The high life in Los Angeles”. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart for one week in May 1977. This song earned the Eagles the 1977 Grammy Award for Record of the Year at the 20th Annual Grammy Awards in 1978. The song was certified to a platinum rating after successfully crossing 1,000,000 online digital downloads. The guitar solo in “Hotel California” has been rated the Eighth ranking on the Guitar Magazine’s Top 100 Guitar Solos. There is only one *famous* version of the song viz. The Studio Version, having a duration of 6 Minutes and 8 Seconds.

What this song tries to convey to us: There are a LOT of interpretations of the song, and I’m afraid if I go on writing them, I’ll die due to exhaustion. So, I’ve provided a link, so that you can check it out anytime: Misinterpretations of “Hotel California”.

Review: The song starts off with the bass and the acoustic guitar. The song is known for its simplicity, after all. Don Henley kick starts the vocals at 00:52, after the famous ‘door knocking’ sound is heard. The context of the song is smooth, lyrics are simple and rhythm is enchanting. The vocals (Don Harley) also pack a punch, being on the softer side. The first chorus starts at 01:45, and it is the most famous part of the song, with quirky electric guitar rifts added in between. The beats are also completely different for the chorus. With the chorus ending at 02:10, Henley starts the second stanza again; and adds a little “Urgh” (02:18) in between. This verse also contains the notorious “So I called up the Captain, “Please bring me my wine”; He said “We haven’t had that spirit here since 1969″” phrase, which is referred to as a metaphorical phrase. The second chorus will start at 03:03, and just like the previous one, it’ll be added with quirky guitar rifts and high tempo beats. Anyways, the third stanza begins at 03:29; and it is considered to be the most controversial stanza. The vocals end with a bang at 04:20, and an awesome solo (Electric guitar) is initiated from the same. The beats are almost identical, and the guitar solo (From 04:20 – 06:25) just BLOWS your mind off! From highs to lows, from lows to highs – Such ease, such perfection! There are also plenty of looped rifts played, my favorite being the 05:39 – 06:25 loop. The song starts fading off from 06:08, and ends completely at 06:31.

Review: No arguments or pros/cons here, no need for special mentions, just a flat out 10/10 for this epic masterpiece. Rock on, Eagles!

 

Lyrics for “Hotel California” : http://artists.letssingit.com/the-eagles-lyrics-hotel-california-4bkfzsg

Download link for “Hotel California” : http://rocky-52.net/son/son_e/eagles/eagles_hotel.mp3 (Right click on link, click “Save Link/Target As)

 

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“Hotel California” is a song from Eagles’ self titled album, “Eagles”

 

Aah! It’s finally time to review the song of one of the best Soft Rock bands ever, viz. Bread. Simply put, they are “The Carpenters'” rock version. “Bread” consisted of extremely talented people; people who could play any instrument, and who could give vocals. Be it David Gates (Played the guitar, bass, violin, viola, percussion and gave vocals), Robb Royer (Played bass, guitar, flute, keyboard, recorder, percussion and gave background vocals), Mike Botts (Played drums) and Larry Knechtel [Replaced Royer later] (Played bass, guitar, harmonica). Talented bunch of chaps, ain’t they? They put on 13 songs on the Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles charts between 1990 and 1997. Actually, it was Bread who brought the genre “Soft Rock” into play. Out of a handful of my favorite songs, I’ll tell you three of them: “Make It With You”, “Everything I Own“, “Baby I’m A Want You” and “The Guitar Man“, which I’ll be reviewing today. So let’s get to it!

Band

Bread (Band)

History: “The Guitar Man” is a song written by David Gates and originally recorded by the pop rock group Bread, of which Gates was a member. It was the main song in their 1972 album titled “Guitar Man“. The song raced to fame because of the wah-wah effect introduced by Larry Knetchel. It peaked at Number 11 on the Billboard’s Hot 100 Charts. The song is composed of more than 12 different chords (A rather large number). There are also a lot of cover versions of this song. The original version, however (The Studio Version) has a duration of 3 Minutes and 48 Seconds.

Review: The song starts with the wah- wah effect of the electric guitar, immediately giving the song a Countryside feel. The drums (Mike Botts) are very subtle and calm. David Gates starts the vocals at 00:13, keeping the feel of the Countryside intact. The soft and mellow voice of Gates has a certain kind of hook to it. You’ll hear the bass, the wah-wah of the electric guitar, and the acoustic guitar grinding in the background while the vocals are active. The first stanza finishes and the second one begins instantaneously after a quirky guitar bridge. The lyrics are also very, very smooth. The famous *only-acoustic-guitar* bridge of the song begins at 01:32 and ends at 01:58, where the electric guitar takes over for a brief solo. The solo, too; has a sharp countryside feel to it. The vocal part I like the most is from 02:28 to 02:38. In the lines “Something keeps him moving, but no one seems to know; “WHAT”  it is that makes him go”, the word “what” is SO SMOOTH, it just melts you inside. The second “Only-acoustic-guitar” bridge begins right after that. The song kicks into rock mode in 02:53 and keeps the tempo up till the end. The song ends with the “Either way” and “Got to play” loop, and an applause; and fades at 03:30.

Rating: It’s a smack-in-the-middle 10/10!! For fans of soft rock, this is an absolutely UNMISSABLE song for you guys! For the others, well, the same criteria applies for you too!! Listen to the song and have fun!

 

Lyrics link for “The Guitar Man”http://artists.letssingit.com/bread-lyrics-the-guitar-man-g8f7zw9

Download link for “The Guitar Man”http://netanimations.net/The-Guitar-Man.mp3 (Right click on link, click “Save As”)

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“The Guitar Man” is a song from Bread’s album “Guitar Man”

Whom do I go to when I want to listen to mesmerizing vocals, beats and lyrics? No one else except Roland Kent Lavoie, better known by his stage name viz. Lobo comes to my mind. In my observation over the past few years, I have noticed that a very handful of my friends knew who Lobo was. I was a bit disappointed, acknowledging that a man like Lobo, who had a voice to die for, was quite unheard of. The lyrics of his songs are out of this world, the rhythm and beats are soft and subtle (Don’t except too much bass in these songs). Among many of his hits such as “Me And You And A Dog Named Boo“, “Goodbye Is Just Another Word”, “Don’t Expect Me To Be Your Friend“, my personal favorite is “I’d Love You To Want Me“, which I’ll be reviewing today. So lets get to it.

History: “I’d Love You To Want Me” is a song from Lobo’s 1972 album “Of A Simple Man”. It was release as a single in the fall of 1972. The song peaked at the Number two position on the Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for two weeks. It was denied the top position by Johnny Nash‘s hit song, “I Can See Clearly Now“. Not surprisingly, it didn’t perform too well when released in the UK. Fortunately, Lobo re-released the song again in 1974 and it hit bull’s-eye this time, skyrocketing the song to a  commendable Number 4 position. It also topped in Austria, Germany and Canada. There is only one version of this song viz. the 4 Minute 4 Second Album Version. [Source : Wikipedia]


Review: Lobo starts with the vocals and the acoustic guitar from the start itself. The acoustic guitar is a superb touch to the song. Don’t expect anything fancy here. The song is simple, but extremely charismatic. You’ll fall for it as soon as the song starts, because of the sheer brilliance of Lobo’s vocals. If not, then the beats and the rhythm surely will.The beats merge into the song at 00:30, and stay soft and subtle till the very end. Another extremely alluring part of this song is it’s chorus (The first one starts at 00:53). The acoustic guitar and the beats merge very nicely. The lyrics of the song are totally mesmerizing. The song is VERY infectious, and has it’s own aura, spreading love and happiness all around. The second chorus starts at 01:43, and it sounds even better than the previous one, simply because of the fact that there are some extremely soft “Oooh’s” and “Aaah’s” added to it. The vocals and the tune of the song keep you hooked until the end. The instrumentals begin at 03:34, signalling the end of the song. It slowly fades OUT of your ears, but gradually fades INTO your heart. Believe me guys, this is one song you DON’T want to miss!

Rating: 10/10. Nothing more to add. Listen to the song and enjoy! I’m sure you’ll love it! Die hard romantics, BEWARE. You’ll find yourself getting a little TOO lost in the song!

Lyrics for “I’d Love You To Want Me” : http://artists.letssingit.com/lobo-lyrics-id-love-you-to-want-me-lnxvss6

Download link for “I’d Love You To Want Me” : http://beemp3.com/download.php?file=10083526&song=I%27d+Love+You+To+Want+Me

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“I’d Love You To Want Me” is a song from the album “Of A Simple Man”

Bryan Adams is for his worldwide smash hit, Summer of ’69. He is known for his soothing, ‘musky’ voice. There are some songs of his which are quite unheard of; take Cloud #9 for example. Whenever I ask people which Bryan Adams’ songs they like, the most likely answers I get are: [1] Summer of ’69, [2] Everything I Do (I Do For You), and [3] Heaven/ Here I Am. So today, I decided to review a ‘less famous’, but an equally awesome song for you guys, and that’s Cloud #9. So let’s get to it!:

History: This song is a part of the 1998 album ‘On a Day Like Today’. This song was released as a single on April 30th, 1999. This song was also released on the B – side of the album ‘Best Of Me’ in late 1999. This song peaked at #6 in the UK charts and in the top 10 on the Ibiza charts. There are two versions released (actually three, but that’s a ‘Chika’ version; and it wasn’t quite popular), the 3 minute 55 seconds album version, and the 4 minute 12 seconds remix version (Sob!). The only thing I didn’t like about the song was the video. It kind of confused me. Everything is white, Bryan is with an Asian woman (painted white again), a white room, a white fridge, milk, white eggs, white paint, white tub, white chair, doves, white kettle, etc. The only thing NOT white was Bryan’s hair and his lips, which were given a horrifying DEEP red color.

What it tries to convey to us: Cloud #9 is another saying for ‘paradise’ or ‘A place where nothing can go wrong’. Love is supposed to be created in paradise. In this song, Bryan Adams has depicted cloud #9 as the relationship between him and his lover. Apparently, something is wrong up on cloud #9, i.e in their relationship. The song is a type of story in which he tries to rekindle their relationship by going up on cloud #9. They go up there, look down to the earth and see the stars, and they come back with a bond, stronger than ever.

Review: If it’s anything, it’s Bryan Adams’ beautiful voice that totally nails it. The background guitar is soft and gentle, giving the song a ‘country rock’ theme. The beats are also soft and peaceful. The bass is just perfect, not too much on the shrill side, and being a little towards the low side; but giving a pretty awesome booming effect. The lead guitar from 02:27 to 02:40 (Yes, I know it’s not much of a solo) is also sculpted to raise the mood of the song, because at this point the relationship between Bryan and his lover rekindles. Needless to say, the chorus is the most beautiful element of the song. It’s very subtle and mellow. Makes you feel as if you’re on cloud #9. If you are a soft rock fan, hey; this song is for you. Other genre listeners will also approve of this song very highly. Word of advice: Please don’t let your expectations down when you see the video. If you already have, you should be knowing what I mean.

Rating: The song (audio) is absolutely superb. Listen to the album version (I’m posting the download link below, as always). It’s much better than the remix one (well, duh!). The pros of the song are the vocals, the bass, and the background music (i.e the whole song itself). The one and only con, however, is the terrible music video. Gives the song a kind of psychedelic feel to it, and I didn’t like it. If we’re considering only audio, then it’s surely a 10/10. But if audio + video is to be considered, I’ll have to bring it down to 8/10. Do LISTEN to the song! It’s mind blowing!

 

Lyrics for ‘Cloud #9’ : http://artists.letssingit.com/bryan-adams-lyrics-cloud-number-nine-qcg9hx9

Download link for ‘Cloud #9’ : http://www.desiconnection.ca/webmaster3/song/SONGS/English%20Classics/Bryan%20Adams%20-%20Cloud%20Number%20Nine.mp3 (Right Click anywhere on page, click ‘Save as’)

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Song from album ‘Best of Me’