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Rock Ballad of The Week: Flower Travellin Band “I Wanna See You”

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Flower Travellin’ Band (フラワー・トラベリン・バンド Furawā Toraberin Bando) were a Japanese rock band that was formed in 1967. They were connected to Japan’s counterculture movement and noted for their mixture of early heavy metal with psychedelic and progressive rock. They received wide acclaim from critics but failed to achieve commercial success and separated in 1973 to pursue individual careers. The band reunited in late 2007, but permanently disbanded after the 2011 death of vocalist Joe Yamanaka.

*source: Wikipedia 


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Rock Ballad of the Week: Kip Winger “Everything You Need”

A life spent searchin’ for bridges
That cross through the pain of hollow places
When heart call you from out of the night

Now that loves found you, it surrounds you
It’s everything you need
There’s nothing you can’t do, it’s always in you

As long as you believe

A life spent dry-eyed, wondering who let you down
Until you can just let it go
When heart comes to help you shine your own light

Now that loves found you, it surrounds you
It’s everything you need
There’s nothing you can’t do, it’s always in you As long as you believe

Life can turn you, even burn you
If you look the other way
If the grass is greener read between
Where the meaning got away

Now that loves found you, it surrounds you
It’s everthing you need
There’s nothing you can’t do, it’s always in you
As long as you believe

Charles Frederick Kip Winger (born June 21, 1961) is an American rock musician, a member of the rock band Winger, and a solo artist. Winger was born in Denver, Colorado to parents who were both jazz musicians.  At age 16, Winger began studying classical music after hearing the works of composers such as Debussy, Ravel, and Stravinsky in ballet class. At that time he sent a demo tape to Alan Parsons, from whom he received a personal reply. Years later, when Winger was chosen to be the lead singer of The Alan Parsons Live Project, he presented Parsons with that letter from 30 years prior.

In 1982, he studied with Sam Guarnaccia in Denver then moved to New York City and waited tables while studying composition with Edgar Grana. 
Kip Winger’s first commercial break came in 1984, when he co-wrote a song for Kix’s third album, Midnite Dynamite. During that time he was working closely with the record producer Beau Hill, recording bass and vocals on various records. While Reb Beach was working on Fiona Flanagan’s Beyond the Pale record at Atlantic, Winger and Beach were introduced to each other and later began recording demos. In 1985, Winger joined Alice Cooper’s band. After making two albums with Cooper, Winger left in March 1987 to focus on his own band. Winger returned to New York to work on songs with Reb Beach. They were joined by drummer Rod Morgenstein and keyboard player Paul Taylor. They initially performed under the name Sahara, but eventually changed their name to Winger, at Alice Cooper’s suggestion.  

The band Winger released three albums (Winger (1988), In the Heart of the Young (1990), and Pull (1993) before moving on to solo careers.

*source: Wikipedia 


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Rock Ballad of The Week: The Shadows “Let Me Be The One”

Tonight, tonight, tonight.

Let me be the one who’s lovin’ you tonight

Let me be the one who really holds you tight

I’ll even bring along a magic moon

Just to make you feel alright

So let me be the one who’s lovin’ you tonight.

Let me be the one who takes you by the hand

Let me be the one who always understands.

Ev’rybody knows we’ve been good friends

But I think the time is right

So let me be the one who’s lovin’ you tonight.

You and I could have an affair

Make sweet music go anywhere

Building highways

Taking a bend

As long as I know you really care

Won’t you show that you care-oh come on

Let me be the one who’s lovin’ you tonight


The Shadows are a British instrumental rock group, and were Cliff Richard’s backing band from 1958 to 1968, (though they have collaborated again on numerous reunion tours) . The Shadows have placed 69 UK charted singles from the 1950s to the 2000s, 35 credited to the Shadows and 34 to Cliff Richard and the Shadows. The group, who were in the forefront of the UK beat-group boom,  were the first backing band to emerge as stars. As pioneers of the four-member instrumental format, the band consisted of lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass guitar and drums. Their range covers pop, rock, surf rock and ballads with a jazz influence.

*source: Wikipedia 

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Rock Ballad of The Week: Blues Edition: Robin Trower “Maybe I Could Be A Friend”

 

Lift your face to the warming of the sun
No other world could be ours
Forget the play on words ill used by everyone
That draw us in to their wasted hours

And maybe I could be a friend

We could turn toward the coming rise
Or drift on back into a life of ease
Your thoughts and mine, thrown up into the sky
To float like blossoms in the breeze

And maybe I could be a friend

Through this time into another time
And not to wish for any more

We will learn the days we must complete
And when to let them go their own way
Break right through the surface of deceit
Out into fields of silver wing at play

And maybe I could be a friend
Maybe I could be a friend

Trower was born in Catford, London, but grew up in Southend-on-Sea, Essex. In 1962, he formed a group that became The Paramounts, later including Westcliff High School pupil Gary Brooker. The Paramounts disbanded in 1966 to pursue individual projects. During this time, Trower created a local three-piece band called the Jam (not to be confused with the later group with Paul Weller). Trower then joined Brooker’s new band Procol Harum following the success of their debut single “A Whiter Shade of Pale” in 1967, remaining with them until 1971 and appearing on Procol Harum’s first five albums.

Before launching his eponymous band, he joined singer Frankie Miller, ex-Stone the Crows bassist/singer James Dewar, and former Jethro Tull drummer Clive Bunker to form the short-lived combo Jude.  This outfit did not record and soon split up.

Trower retained Dewar as his bassist, who took on lead vocals as well, and recruited drummer Reg Isidore (later replaced by Bill Lordan) to form the Robin Trower Band in 1973.

Perhaps Trower’s most famous album is Bridge of Sighs (1974). This album, along with his first and third solo albums, was produced by his former Procol Harum bandmate, organist Matthew Fisher. Despite differences, Trower’s early power trio work was noted for Hendrixesque influences. Trower is an influential guitarist who has inspired other guitar legends such as Robert Fripp, who praised him for his bends and the quality of his sounds, and took lessons from him.

In the early 1980s, Trower teamed up with former Cream bassist Jack Bruce and his previous drummers Lordan and Isidore, for two albums, BLT (Bruce, Lordan, Trower) and Truce (Trower, Bruce, Isidore). After those albums, he released another album with James Dewar on vocals titled Back It Up in 1983.  Robin Trower was dropped from Chrysalis Records afterwards.

Trower at the Liri Blues Festival, Italy, in 2005

In 1991 Trower was also a part of the Night of the Guitars II European tour organised by Sting and The Police manager Miles Copeland. The tour featured Ronnie Montrose, Saga‘s Ian Crichton, Dave Sharman, Jan Akkerman and Laurie Wisefield.

Thirteen albums later, Trower’s album, Living Out of Time (2003), features the return of veteran bandmates Dave Bronze on bass, vocalist Davey Pattison (formerly with Ronnie Montrose‘s band Gamma) and Pete Thompson on drums—the same line-up as the mid 1980s albums Passion and Take What You Need.

With the same bandmates Trower gave a concert on his 60th birthday in Bonn, Germany. The concert was recorded by the German television channel WDR. It was then released on DVD and subsequently on CD throughout Europe and later the US under the title Living Out of Time: Live. Trower toured the United States and Canada in the summer and autumn of 2006.

In 2007 Trower released a third recording with Jack Bruce, Seven Moons, featuring Gary Husband on drums. A 2008 world tour began in Ft. Pierce, Florida on 16 January 2008. Joining Davey Pattison and Pete Thompson was Glenn Letsch (formerly of Gamma) playing bass. European dates began in April. The show of 29 March 2008 at the Royal Oak Music Theater in Royal Oak, Michigan was released as a double album on V12 Records. As his “big hero” he referenced the early James Brown where blues is crossing over into rock and roll.  In 2016, Robin enjoyed a very successful tour of the USA. He is currently touring the U.S. again.

*source: wikipedia

 


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Rock Ballad of The Week: Gary Hughes “It Must Be Love”

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Gary Hughes (born 5 July 1967, Manchester, England) is an English hard rock singer, songwriter and musician. Apart from his work as a solo artist, Gary Hughes is the front man and main songwriter of Hard Rock/Melodic Rock band Ten. He has also worked as a producer and songwriter on Bob Catley’s first three solo albums and more recently on Serpentine’s third studio album Circle Of Knives. He has also produced Hugo’s first album and has appeared on Vinny Burns’ The Journey solo album and on the Ayreonauts Only album by the band Ayreon.

*source: Wikipedia 


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Rock Ballad of The Week: Journey “Loved By You”

Every time is like the first time tenderly
Loving you’s like breathing spring
Seasons change but your heart beats constantly
Count my blessings every day as you love me
As the sunset disappears across the northern sky
You look for forever in my eyes
All I can say, long as I have a voice
I’ll thank God above that I was your first choice

If I should die before I wake
I’ll go into the night whispering your name
If lying in your arms is the last thing that I do
At least I know that I’ll be loved by you
In about a hundred years from now
When all of my love letters are found
And someone reads these words I’ve written only meant for you
They’ll know how forever came true

If I should die before I wake
I’ll go into the night whispering your name
If lying in your arms is the last thing that I do
At least I know that I’ll be loved by you
In about a hundred years from now
When all of my love letters are found
And someone reads these words I’ve written only meant for you
They’ll know how forever came true

Let the years roll on by
These are the best times of my life
I’ll just smile when my days are through
Knowing that I’ve been loved by you
At least I know that I’ve been loved by you

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Songwriters
TRIBBLE/HYLER/CAIN

Journey is an American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1973, composed of former members of Santana and Frumious Bandersnatch. The band has gone through several phases; its strongest commercial success occurred between 1978 and 1987. During that period, the band released a series of hit songs, including “Don’t Stop Believin’” (1981), which in 2009 became the top-selling track in iTunes history among songs not released in the 21st century.  Its parent studio album, Escape, the band’s eighth and most successful, reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and yielded another of their most popular singles, “Open Arms“. Its 1983 follow-up album, Frontiers, was almost as successful in the United States, reaching No. 2 and spawning several successful singles; it broadened the band’s appeal in the United Kingdom, where it reached No. 6 on the UK Albums Chart. Journey enjoyed a successful reunion in the mid-1990s and later regrouped with a series of lead singers.

*source: wikipedia

 

 

 


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Rock Ballad of The Week: Shinedown “I’ll Follow You”

If I can find insurance
To leave you behind
I know my better would fade
And all my doubts
Is a staircase for you
Opened out on displays
The first step is the one you believe in
The second one might be profound

I’ll follow you down
To the eye of the storm
Don’t worry I’ll keep you warm
I’ll follow you down
While we are passing through space
I don’t care if we fall from grace
I’ll follow you down

You can have the money and the world
The angels and the pearls
Even trade my heart for color blue

Just like the tower we never built
And the shadow of all the guilt
When the other hand was pointing at you

Yet the first step is the one you believe in
The second one might be profound

I’ll follow you down
To the eye of the storm
Don’t worry I’ll keep you warm
I’ll follow you down
While we are passing through space
I don’t care if we fall from grace
I’ll follow you down
To where forever lies
Without a doubt I’m on your side
There is no where else I’d rather be
I’m not about to compromise
Give you up to say goodbye
I’ve got you through the deep
I’ll keep you close to me

I’ll follow you down
To the eye of the storm
Don’t worry I’ll keep you warm
I’ll follow you down
While we are passing through space
I don’t care if we fall from grace
I’ll follow you

If I can find insurance
To leave you behind
I know my better would fade
I’ll follow you down

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Songwriters: SMITH, BRENT / BASSETT, DAVE / BASS, ERIC
Shinedown is an American rock band from Jacksonville, Florida. Formed by Brent Smith in 2001 after the dissolution of his prior band, Smith, still with a contract with record labelAtlantic Records, recruited the band’s original lineup of Jasin Todd as guitarist, Brad Stewart on bass, and Barry Kerch on drums. Consistent for the first two album cycles, a few lineup changes followed in the late 2000s, eventually stabilizing with Smith and Kerch, as remaining members alongside newcomers Zach Myers on guitar, and Eric Bass on bass. The group has released five albums: Leave a Whisper (2003), Us and Them (2005), The Sound of Madness (2008), Amaryllis (2012), and Threat to Survival (2015). Shinedown has sold more than ten million albums worldwide, and has had eleven number one singles on the BillboardMainstream Rock charts, the third most of all-time, behind Van Halen and Three Days Grace.
*source: wikipedia