Tag: English rock band

Feature Artist: Led Zeppelin (Singles) 5pm ET

LZLed Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones, and drummer John Bonham. The band’s heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition as one of the progenitors of heavy metal, though their unique style drew from a wide variety of influences, including folk music.

Led Zeppelin are widely considered one of the most successful, innovative, and influential rock groups in history. They are one of the best-selling music artists in the history of audio recording; various sources estimate the group’s record sales at 200 to 300 million units worldwide. With RIAA-certified sales of 111.5 million units, they are the second-best-selling band in the United States. Each of their nine studio albums placed on the Billboard Top 10 and six reached the number-one spot. Rolling Stone magazine described them as “the heaviest band of all time”, “the biggest band of the ’70s”, and “unquestionably one of the most enduring bands in rock history”. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995; the museum’s biography of the band states that they were “as influential” during the 1970s as the Beatles were during the 1960s. – Wikipedia

Rock Talk with Dominic Forbes 10pm ET

Mick-LavaThis week on Rock Talk join Dominic Forbes chat with Mick Box and ShawBernie Shaw of Uriah Heep.

Uriah Heep are an English rock band formed in London in 1969 and are regarded as one of the seminal hard rock acts of the early 1970s, and they heralded the progressive rock movement of the decade.  Uriah Heep’s progressive/art rock/heavy metal fusion’s distinctive features have always included a massive keyboard sound, strong vocal harmonies and (in the early years) David Byron’s quasi-operatic vocals. Twelve of the band’s albums have made it to the UK Albums Chart (Return to Fantasy reached No. 7 in 1975) while of the fifteen Billboard 200 Uriah Heep albums Demons and Wizards was the most successful (#23, 1972).  In the late 1970s the band had massive success in Germany, where the “Lady in Black” single was a big hit.  Along with Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, Uriah Heep had become one of the top bands in the early 1970s – one of “The Big 4” of hard rock. – Wikipedia

Artist Countdown: The Psychedelic Furs Top 20 Hits 12pm ET @pfurs

PFursThe Psychedelic Furs are an English rock band founded in 1977. Led by singer Richard Butler and his brother Tim Butler on bass guitar, the Psychedelic Furs are one of the many acts spawned from the British post-punk scene. Their music went through several phases, from an initially austere art rock sound, later touching on new wave and hard rock.

They scored several hits in their early career, but were launched to international attention in 1986 when the film director John Hughes used their song “Pretty in Pink” for his movie of the same name. A newly recorded version of the song became the Psychedlic Furs’ biggest hit to that time. “Heartbreak Beat”, from their 1987 album Midnight to Midnight, was the Furs’ biggest Top 40 entry in the US.

The Psychedelic Furs went on hiatus in 1991, and the Butler brothers formed a new band called Love Spit Love. The Psychedelic Furs later regrouped in 2001 and continue to perform around the world. – Wikipedia

1 Heartbreak Beat
2 Love My Way
3 Pretty in Pink
4 The Ghost in You
5 Heartbeat
6 Heaven
7 All That Money Wants
8 Dumb Waiters
9 House
10 Until She Comes
11 Should God Forget
12 Don’t Be a Girl
13 Shock
14 Sister Europe
15 We Love You
16 Angels Don’t Cry
17 Mr. Jones
18 Danger
19 Run and Run
20 Here Come Cowboys

Feature LP: Led Zeppelin IV (1971/2014) 9:30pm ET

LZ-4The untitled fourth studio album by the English rock band Led Zeppelin, commonly referred to as Led Zeppelin IV, was released on 8 November 1971 on Atlantic Records. Produced by guitarist Jimmy Page, it was recorded between December 1970 and March 1971 at several locations, most prominently the Victorian house Headley Grange.

After the group’s 1970 album Led Zeppelin III received lukewarm reviews from critics, Page decided their fourth album would officially be untitled. This, along with the inner sleeve’s design featuring four symbols that represented each band member, led to the album being referred to variously as the Four Symbols logo, Four Symbols, The Fourth Album, Untitled, Runes, The Hermit, and ZoSo (which was derived from Page’s symbol). In addition to lacking a title, the original cover featured no band name, as the group wished to be anonymous and to avoid easy pigeonholing by the press.

Led Zeppelin IV was a commercial and critical success, producing many of the band’s most well-known songs, including “Black Dog”, “Rock and Roll”, “Going to California”, and the band’s signature song, “Stairway to Heaven”. The album is one of the best-selling albums worldwide at 37 million units, and with a 23-times platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America, it is the third-best-selling album in the United States. Writers and critics have regularly cited it on lists of rock’s greatest albums. – Wikipedia

A remastered version of Led Zeppelin IV was reissued on 27 October 2014, along with Houses of the Holy. The reissue comes in 6 formats: a standard CD edition, a deluxe 2 CD edition, a standard LP version, a deluxe 2 LP version, a super deluxe 2 CD + 2 LP version with a hardback book, and as high resolution 96k/24-bit digital downloads. The deluxe and super deluxe editions feature bonus material. The reissue was released with a negative version of the original album’s artwork as its bonus disk’s cover.

1 Black Dog   4:54
2 Rock and Roll   3:40
3 The Battle of Evermore   5:51
4 Stairway to Heaven   8:02
5 Misty Mountain Hop   4:38
6 Four Sticks   4:44
7 Going to California   3:31
8 When the Levee Breaks   7:07
Reissued setlist
1 Black Dog (Basic Track with Guitar Overdubs) 4:34
2 Rock and Roll (Alternate Mix) 3:39
3 The Battle of Evermore (Mandolin/Guitar Mix From Headley Grange) 4:13
4 Stairway to Heaven (Sunset Sound Mix) 8:03
5 Misty Mountain Hop (Alternate Mix) 4:45
6 Four Sticks (Alternate Mix) 4:33
7 Going to California (Mandolin/Guitar Mix) 3:34
8 When the Levee Breaks (Alternate U.K. Mix) 7:08

Feature LP: Rolling Stones – Exile on Main St. (1972) 9pm ET

ExileMainStExile on Main St. is a double album by English rock band The Rolling Stones. It was released on 12 May 1972 by Rolling Stones Records. The album’s music incorporates rock and roll, blues, soul, country, and gospel genres.

Although it originally received mixed reviews, Exile on Main St. has been ranked on various lists as one of the greatest albums of all time.

The 2010 remastered version of the album was released in Europe on 17 May 2010 and in the United States on 18 May 2010, featuring a bonus disc with 10 new tracks. – Wikipedia

1 Rocks Off   4:31
2 Rip This Joint   2:22
3 Shake Your Hips (Slim Harpo) 2:59
4 Casino Boogie   3:33
5 Tumbling Dice   3:45
6 Sweet Virginia   4:27
7 Torn and Frayed   4:17
8 Sweet Black Angel   2:54
9 Loving Cup   4:25
10 Happy   3:04
11 Turd on the Run   2:36
12 Ventilator Blues (Jagger/Richards/Mick Taylor) 3:24
13 I Just Want to See His Face   2:52
14 Let It Loose   5:16
15 All Down the Line   3:49
16 Stop Breaking Down (Robert Johnson) 4:34
17 Shine a Light   4:14
18 Soul Survivor   3:49
2010 reissue bonus disc
1 Pass the Wine (Sophia Loren)   4:54
2 Plundered My Soul   3:59
3 I’m Not Signifying   3:55
4 Following the River   4:52
5 Dancing in the Light   4:21
6 So Divine (Aladdin Story)   4:32
7 Loving Cup (Alternative take) 5:26
8 Soul Survivor (Alternative take) 3:59
9 Good Time Women   3:21
10 Title 5   1:47
11 All Down the Line (Alternative take, Japanese Track) 4:09

Artist Countdown: Supertramp Top 30 6pm ET @SupertrampBand

SupertrampSupertramp are an English rock band formed in 1969 under the name Daddy before renaming themselves in early 1970. Though their music was initially categorized as progressive rock, they have since incorporated a combination of traditional rock, pop and art rock into their music. The band’s work is marked by the songwriting of Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson and the use of Wurlitzer electric piano and saxophone in their songs.

While the band’s early work was mainstream progressive rock, they would enjoy greater critical and commercial success when they incorporated more conventional and radio-friendly elements into their work in the mid-1970s, going on to sell more than 60 million albums. They reached their peak of commercial success with 1979’s Breakfast in America, which has sold more than 20 million copies.

Though their albums were generally far more successful than their singles, Supertramp did enjoy a number of major hits throughout the 1970s and 1980s, including “Bloody Well Right”, “Give a Little Bit”, “The Logical Song”, “Goodbye Stranger”, “Take the Long Way Home”, “Dreamer”, “Breakfast in America”, “It’s Raining Again”, and “Cannonball”. The band attained significant popularity in the United States, Canada, Europe, South Africa and Australia. Since Hodgson’s departure in 1983, founder Rick Davies has led the band by himself. – Wikipedia

1 It’s Raining Again
2 The Logical Song
3 Give a Little Bit
4 Dreamer
5 Cannonball
6 Breakfast in America
7 Goodbye Stranger
8 Take the Long Way Home
9 You Win, I Lose
10 Bloody Well Right
11 My Kind of Lady
12 Crazy
13 School
14 Don’t Leave Me Now
15 I’m Beggin’ You
16 Ain’t Nobody But Me
17 Free as a Bird
18 Forever
19 Land Ho
20 Lady
21 Babaji
22 From Now On
23 Still in Love
24 Better Days
25 Listen to Me, Please
26 Lover Boy
27 Slow Motion
28 Gone Hollywood
29 Crime of The Century
30 Fools Overture

Artist Countdown: The Moody Blues Top 35 6pm ET @MoodyBluesToday


Moody BluesThe Moody Blues are an English rock band. Among their innovations was a fusion with classical music, as heard in their 1967 album Days of Future Passed.

The Moody Blues have sold more than 71 million albums worldwide and have been awarded 14 platinum and gold discs. As of 2014 they remain active with one member from the original 1964 band and two more from the 1967 lineup. – Wikipedia

1 I Know You’re Out There Somewhere
2 Nights in White Satin
3 Go Now
4 Question
5 Your Wildest Dreams
6 The Voice
7 Gemini Dream
8 I’m Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)
9 Isn’t Life Strange
10 The Story in Your Eyes
11 Ride My See-Saw
12 The Other Side of Life
13 Blue World
14 Sitting at the Wheel
15 From the Bottom of My Heart (I Love You)
16 Steppin’ in a Slide Zone
17 Tuesday Afternoon
18 Say It with Love
19 Talking Out of Turn
20 Driftwood
21 Never Comes the Day
22 Stop!
23 No More Lies
24 Voices in the Sky
25 I Don’t Want to Go on Without You
26 Everyday
27 This Is My House (but Nobody Calls)
28 Steal Your Heart Away
29 Life’s Not Life
30 Fly Me High
31 Bless the Wings (That Bring You Back)
32 Watching and Waiting
33 Running Water
34 Lovely to See You
35 English Sunset

Artist Countdown: Black Sabbath Top 25 6p ET @BlackSabbath

BS-2013Black Sabbath are an English rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, singer Ozzy Osbourne, and drummer Bill Ward. The band has since experienced multiple line-up changes, with Tony Iommi the only constant presence in the band through the years. Originally formed in 1968 as a heavy blues rock band named Earth, the band began incorporating occult themes with horror-inspired lyrics and tuned-down guitars. Despite an association with occult and horror themes, Black Sabbath also composed songs dealing with social instability, political corruption, the dangers of drug abuse and apocalyptic prophecies of the horrors of war.

BS-DioOsbourne’s heavy drug use led to his dismissal from the band in 1979. He was replaced by former Rainbow vocalist Ronnie James Dio. After a few albums with Dio’s vocals and songwriting collaborations, Black Sabbath endured a revolving line-up in the 1980s and 1990s that included vocalists Ian Gillan, Glenn Hughes, Ray Gillen and Tony Martin, as well as multiple members of Deep Purple and Rainbow. In 1992, Iommi and Butler rejoined Dio and drummer Vinny Appice to record Dehumanizer. The original line-up reunited with Osbourne in 1997 and released a live album Reunion. Black Sabbath’s 19th studio album, 13, which features three of the original members, was released in June 2013.

Black Sabbath are cited as pioneers of heavy metal. The band helped define the genre with releases such as Black Sabbath (1970), Paranoid (1970) and Master of Reality (1971). They were ranked by MTV as the “Greatest Metal Band” of all time, and placed second in VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock” list. Rolling Stone magazine ranked them number 85 in their “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”. They have sold over 70 million records worldwide. Black Sabbath were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. They have also won two Grammy Awards for Best Metal Performance. – Wikipedia

1 Paranoid
2 God Is Dead?
3 Turn Up the Night
4 Psycho Man
5 Selling My Soul
6 Never Say Die!
7 Neon Knights
8 A Hard Road
9 TV Crimes
10 The Devil Cried
11 End of the Beginning
12 Die Young
13 The Mob Rules
14 Voodoo
15 Iron Man
16 Headless Cross
17 Feels Good to Me
18 Devil and Daughter
19 After Forever
20 Tomorrow’s Dream
21 Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
22 Am I Going Insane (Radio)
23 Trashed
24 No Stranger to Love
25 The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

 

Artist Countdown: Yes Top 30 6p ET @yesofficial

YesYes are an English rock band who achieved success with their progressive, art, and symphonic style of rock music. They are distinguished by their use of mystical and cosmic lyrics, live stage sets and lengthy compositions, often with complex instrumental and vocal arrangements. The band’s current line-up since February 2012 consists of singer Jon Davison, guitarist Steve Howe, bass guitarist Chris Squire, keyboardist Geoff Downes, and drummer Alan White.

Squire formed Yes in 1968 with singer Jon Anderson. Squire and guitarist Peter Banks had played together in The Syn and then Mabel Greer’s Toyshop. Anderson and later drummer Bill Bruford joined a later line-up of Mabel Greer’s Toyshop, which evolved into Yes. Keyboardist Tony Kaye completed the first Yes line-up. Their early sets were a mix of original material and cover versions by other artists. In the 1970s, Yes reached their creative peak in the progressive genre when most notably Anderson, Squire, Howe, Kaye, Bruford, drummer Alan White, and keyboardists Rick Wakeman and Patrick Moraz were part of the band’s line-ups, and produced what many critics consider their finest works: The Yes Album, Fragile (both in 1971), Close to the Edge (1972), Tales from Topographic Oceans (1973), Relayer (1974) and Going for the One (1977). The rise of punk rock at the end of the decade led to a decline in creativity and sales; in 1980, Anderson and Wakeman left the band and the album Drama featuring Downes and new vocalist Trevor Horn was released. The band disbanded at the beginning of 1981, with Howe and Downes subsequently creating Asia.

Source: Wikipedia

1 Owner of a Lonely Heart 
2 Leave It 
3 Love Will Find a Way 
4 Roundabout 
5 Rhythm of Love 
6 It Can Happen 
7 Lift Me Up
8 The Calling 
9 Changes
10 Wonderous Stories
11 Saving My Heart 
12 Shoot High, Aim Low 
13 Final Eyes
14 Going for the One 
15 Walls 
16 Hold On
17 Our Song 
18 Open Your Eyes
19 Don’t Kill The Whale 
20 Make It Easy
21 I’ve Seen All Good People
22 And You and I 
23 America 
24 Into the Lens 
25 Sweetness
26 Looking Around 
27 Time and a Word 
28 Sweet Dreams
29 Soon 
30 Homeworld (The Ladder)