Listening to Neil Young‘s best song (and one of the best ballads ever) sung by a great voice and performed by the greatest rock guitar player alive. Better than this? Only to be raped by two amazing swedish girls (and even that…)!

PS – Here is a link for Pedro’s post about this song, with a video of himself playing Heart of Gold.

The Band

American Civil warTo vary things a little, today I’ll post a song not from a band, but from the “The Band“.

Initially a support group of several singers, especially Bob Dylan, they eventually became a band and came out with that name precisely for being “the band” of several frontmen.

I got to know this song I’m posting – The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down – from Joan Baez, and although I have been addicted to her version for a while, and although it was the most successful version, and although I am a fairly good fan of Joan Baez, I think the best version of the song is a live version from “The Band“.

I’ll leave you here both the original and Joan’s cover, but first the first place goes to the version below 😉

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jREUrbGGrgM]

Those were the days!

Peace Train Cat StevensWell, I was innocently cleaning the recently new (in my library) Dolly Parton discography when I stumbled into an amazing song that Dolly covered and I immediately decided that I had to share it in the blog!

Well, I’m talking about Cat Stevens‘ Peace Train, a hymn to peace (heard about it?) and one of my favourite songs 🙂 I’m sure you won’t be indifferent to it, if only for the lyrics.

Just a little detail – gotta love him saying “this music basically”… you’ll hear the rest 😉

PS – the title of the post is the title of another song, also covered by Dolly Parton.

Gems lost in time

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Mankind has been very prolific in the past 50 year, and music isn’t the exception. The amount of different styles and genres that the advent of electric instruments spawned is overwhelming. However, given the expansion of the art in the 60’s and 70’s, many great works were lost and forgotten. In my quest for new (actually old) music, I’ve discovered a lot of obscure musical gems that most people don’t know about. What I’m about to show you today is not really obscure, as the main artist was involved with a major band of the 60’s – The Beach Boys which you may know from the hey-day of surf-rock with songs like I Get Around, Good Vibrations or Wouldn’t It Be Nice.  I bring to you Dennis Wilson, one of the brothers that founded and played as drummer for The Beach Boys. Dennis was a multi-instrumentalist (remember what that is?) that played keyboards, guitar, drums and harmonica, and he released a critically acclaimed album in 1977, Pacific  Ocean Blue, that is pretty far away from the surf-rock of his band. I recently found this album, and was amazed by some of the songs that he composed. Check them out!

This was his only album, as he drowned himself 6 years later while being drunk.
Hope you liked these songs as much as I did, and sorry for the low frequency of posting in our blog, work has been a bit time-consuming (except for Nuno, he always manages to post :P)!