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« on: February 20, 2010, 03:16:21 AM »
Obviously, there are the classic and well-known things like Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Queen, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, etc. That's not the purpose here; it's to help you listen to music you, possibly, would never otherwise have heard.

Classical:

Stravinsky - Rite of Spring, Firebird. Two fantastic pieces that completely break away from the classical stereotype of ballets, and are wonderful pieces of dissonance and melody.

Shostakovich - Piano Concerto No. 2 - made semi-famous by Fantasia 2000 (it's the tin soldier).

Mozart - Canzonetta sull'aria - a SPECIFIC recording by All Angels from the album 'Into Paradise'.

Country:

Brad Paisley - well, anything by Paisley, but I'd recommend 'Me Neither' from the album 'Who Needs Pictures?'. A very innovative country guitarist with a great sense of melody and humour.

Fusion:

Shawn Lane - the album 'Powers of Ten', specifically the opening and closing tracks - respectively Get You Back and Epilogue (For Lisa). The former has a great melody and a FANTASTIC closing solo - this guy is in the fastest five guitarists of all time, and he uses melody too. Epilogue is a slow, mournful tune.

Rock:

Eric Clapton - anything by this guy. He was in Cream, Derek and the Dominoes (hint: Layla) and tours solo. Amazing blues-rock guitarist who knows you don't need to play fast to play well.

Jimi Hendrix - similar. Anything by The Jimi Hendrix Experience is worth listening to - if only to find what didn't work. Purple Haze, Little Wing, Angel, Hey Joe, Voodoo Chile, Highway Chile, Red House, Crosstown Traffic (featuring Hendrix on the Kazoo) - all great tracks.

Muse - very big in Britain, but not so much elsewhere. Their earlier albums (Showbiz, Origin Of Symmetry) are very progressive and experimental in style - but the tunes and singing are great. Their last album (ie not their most recent), Black Holes and Revelations, tends more towards a mainstream sound, but keeps quite a lot of their experimental melody. Absolution (before Black Holes...) is a bridge between the two styles. Their latest album, Uprising, doesn't really sound like Muse so I'd probably steer clear of it.
Key tracks: (Showbiz) Cave, Sober. (Origin of Symmetry) Plug in Baby, Citizen Erased, Dark Shines. (Absolution) Time Is Running Out, Hysteria. (Black Holes...) Starlight, Map Of The Problematique, Assassin.

Dire Straits: some brilliant songs, some rubbish. One track that springs to mind for brilliant is Sultans of Swing.

Weird Al Yankovic: no original material; he covers other peoples' songs and changes the lyrics to be amusing. Very funny.

Jon Gomm: not quite 'rock' but I didn't know where to put him. He's a percussive guitarist - ie, he plays guitar, sings, and hits the guitar to make drum sounds. Awesome. You could do a lot worse than watching Hey Child or Wait in Vain on YouTube. In a similar genre, you could also chack out Air Tap by Erik Mongrain.

There are so many more things in this genre...just explore!

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« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2010, 08:13:09 AM »
Umm Marty, what about Supermassive black hole by muse?

You need to add another band:
Lemon Jelly ;D. Nice Weather for Ducks, is a good song. The whole album of '64-'95 is awsome.

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« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2010, 09:38:50 AM »
MrT, I'm well aware that there are other great bands out there. There's only so much I can post about right now.


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« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2010, 02:04:15 PM »
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Clapton! I learned one his songs on piano :D
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« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2010, 05:39:18 AM »
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Weird Al Yankovic: no original material; he covers other peoples' songs and changes the lyrics to be amusing. Very funny.

What!! Much of his material IS completely his own! :)


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« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2010, 10:17:33 AM »
By the way, Muse has become SUPERMASSIVE here...


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« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2010, 10:25:41 AM »
By the way, Muse has become SUPERMASSIVE here...


.........That's because they're SUPER-AWESOMENESS! :keke:

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« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2010, 01:14:01 PM »
A few other pieces that I think belong to the list:

Beethoven's 9th Symphony: Most people will know this by ear, at least the main melody of the final movement (It's the "Ode to Joy"). But the whole symphony is a brilliant piece, opening in despair at the horrors and pains of the World, then we realise that there is still Hope, and oh how wonderful it is!

A truly wonderful symphony. The biggest disadvantage is that, at 65 minutes long on average, you must be prepared to give up an hour's Halo racing.

Beethoven's 5th, 6th, and 7th symphonies are also well worth a listen - in full. As are his concerti for piano and voilin, etc. - indeed most of Beethoven's work is worth listening to. But if you listen to anything of his, make it the 9th symphony.

Beatles - Sgt. Pepper Album: In many ways their best album, full of musical experiments, that has had huge influences on modern music.

Faure, Requiem:  A piece that is full of hope, even in the dark setting that is, after all, its main theme. A Requiem is a service held after someone's death. Many musical versions of this are full of great sadness and despair. Faure's is different and all the more special for it.
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« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2010, 01:19:25 PM »

Faure, Requiem:  A piece that is full of hope, even in the dark setting that is, after all, its main theme. A Requiem is a service held after someone's death. Many musical versions of this are full of great sadness and despair. Faure's is different and all the more special for it.

I'm right with you there 360... I adore the Requiem.
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« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2010, 01:29:47 PM »
Thank you, Marty! Someone who agrees with me about Muse's new album!

They don't sound like them anymore... :undecided:

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« Reply #10 on: February 23, 2010, 01:34:40 PM »
By the way, Muse has become SUPERMASSIVE here...


.........That's because they're SUPER-AWESOMENESS! :keke:
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« Reply #11 on: February 23, 2010, 01:36:38 PM »
By the way, Muse has become SUPERMASSIVE here...


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« Reply #12 on: February 23, 2010, 01:58:24 PM »
Jazz

First thing that has to be said about jazz: there are lots of different styles of Jazz. I'll go through them in (roughly) chronological order.

Dixieland & The Big Band Era:

Duke Ellington: Quite a famous name - listen to anything you can find on him if you can. Some key tracks: Take the 'A' Train, Don't Get Around Much Any More; Satin Doll. Quite simple tunes, but very enjoyable.

Other names to look into: Paul Whiteman, Bix Beiderbecke, George Olsen.

It's quite an easy-listening style, with not much improvising (not MUCH, but still a fair bit).

Swing:

Generally slightly faster and livelier than Dixieland, and focused more on brass than on woodwind instruments.

Louis Armstrong: ANYTHING by this guy. Check out the Hot Fives and Hot Sevens collections, as well as his All Stars. A wonderful singer (such a distinctive voice!) and an incredibly influential trumpet / cornet / flugel horn player.

Benny Goodman: Equally, listen to anything by this guy. He played clarinet.

Other key names: Count Basie, Duke Ellington (again), Coleman Hawkins, Django Reinhardt.

Kansas City Jazz:

We're starting to get slightly less 'easy listening' and more into an improvised music. It's still not very dissonant, but it's more experimental.

Key Names: Count Basie (again), Coleman Hawkins (again), Lester Young.

Bebop:

Now we're getting to the 'acquired taste' jazz. Bebop is fast, furious, and wildy experimental. The players thought that they'd, effectively, change the entire rules of music. And, once you start looking past the dissonance and to the musicality, it works. Also, where as the previous styles used quite large bands, bebop used trios, quartets or quintets (in general).

Charlie Parker: One of the inventors of Bebop. Tracks like Bird of Paradise, Moose the Mooche, Cherokee, and just anything he played. A genius of an alto saxophone player.

Other names: Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley, Bill Evans, Charile Christian.

Hard Bop:

An extension of Bebop, Hard Bop was ever so slightly simpler and slower (in general) but is still noise to quite a few people.

John Coltrane: Probably the pioneer of Hard Bop, his album Giant Steps defines the genre. Key tracks are Giant Steps (composed as a technical exercise but it still sounds great) and Mr P.C.

Also try and find a version of Work Song played by Nat Adderley in 1960.

That'll do for now.


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« Reply #13 on: February 24, 2010, 02:59:48 AM »
Isn't Muse Super-Massive everywhere now? |:

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« Reply #14 on: February 25, 2010, 07:35:10 PM »
I've heard many of those, including Beethoven, Muse(pre-Twilight as well) and Jimi Hendrix.

I'd also recommend the 5th Symphony by Beethoven, Risque by Cute Is What We Aim For, Secret Crowds by Angels & Airwaves, anything by ELO(Electric Light Orchestra), 1234 by Feist, anything by Jason Mraz, anything by Jimmy Eat World, Heaven by Los Lonely Boys, anything by Mutemath, anything by U2, anything by Owl City, anything by Paramore, anything by Relient K, anything by Sara Bareilles, anything by Taking Back Sunday, and thats all I can think of for now ;D

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