Today, I stumbled upon a playlist on Grooveshark named The Day After the Sabbath, over 700 songs. I was surprised to find out it had many rare hard rock classics in it, going towards metal. Plenty of screaming guitars and furious drumming skills. After listening to about 25 songs, I failed to hear even one that would have displeased my taste — instead, I found about 10 new bands to check out later.
Upon further investigation, I found the site from which the songs were taken: http://www.aftersabbath.com/ . It features more than 100 compilation albums (and counting!), made by a guy named Rich. All the compilation albums can apparently be downloaded from there. And if you’re reluctant to do so, you can find the first 5o albums, which should be quite enough for starters, on the following playlist: http://grooveshark.com/playlist/Day+After+The+Sabbath/79920718
Nektar — Journey to the Centre of the Eye
This debut album by Nektar is an easy listen, and this time it’s not a bad thing. The guitar may appear a little too technical at times, but the songs are highly harmonic and are arranged in a perfect continuum, just in the way a journey should feel like. The Dream Nebula is split into two parts in order to ensure the continuity once the record is flipped to its other side. A delightful album, and if you’re new to progressive rock—a great place to start.
Caravan — Caravan (album)
The distant, soothing sounds on this album, somewhat similar to the echoing style of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, will cause your mind to wander and shape strange things out of it. Listening to this album feels more like a dream than reality.
Gentle Giant — Acquiring the Taste
I decided to start my Gentle Giant reviews with this second album, because I already had listened to the first one before, and also due to this declaration, found on sleeve text of the album:
“…It is our goal to expand the frontiers of contemporary popular music at the risk of being very unpopular. We have recorded each composition with the one thought – that it should be unique, adventurous and fascinating. It has taken every shred of our combined musical and technical knowledge to achieve this. From the outset we have abandoned all preconceived thoughts of blatant commercialism. Instead we hope to give you something far more substantial and fulfilling. All you need to do is sit back, and acquire the taste.”
And the album IS extremely rich in ideas. The music takes you by the hand and constantly leads you to a new phrase, hardly ever repeating itself. The sounds itself are extremely diverse. Over 40 different instruments were used in the making of Acquiring the Taste. One time they whisper right into your ear, the next moment they drive you on with rock elements, another while they take you back to the medieval era, just like Gryphon does in their first album.
Listen to this, acquire the taste, and discover something new about yourself as you do.
This Saturday some rock album essentials will be played once again.
Here are the estimated starting times for the albums (GMT+2):
12:00 Led Zeppelin — Led Zeppelin II
12:40 Black Sabbath — Paranoid
13:25 Pink Floyd — Wish You Were Here
14:10 The Velvet Underground — The Velvet Underground & Nico
15:00 The Beatles — Help!
15:30 Emerson, Lake & Palmer — Brain Salad Surgery
16:15 The Who — Tommy