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I don’t know about you, but for some reason the contrast of full-on crunching guitars, monster drumming, and just full throttle rock with a guy who sings like his b*lls are in a vice sounds so good! Maybe it’s that the screamers are dime a dozen when it comes to lead singers, and when you get some guy who maybe sounds like the castrato of 16th century Europe, it’s just one of those unexpected things that makes us sit up and pay attention. So, with that said, this week’s Mix Six is dedicated to those guys aren’t afraid to belt it in a high voice!
“Somebody to Love” Queen While this isn’t really a full-on rocker, Freddie Mercury’s voice with the “Queen Chorus” has such passion, that it’s really almost impossible not to love this song. And if you are one of those people who can’t open your heart to this gem, then go away!
“I Believe in a Thing Called Love” The Darkness A Queen rip-off band, but one that rips-off Queen with such pitch perfect pouting and preening, that they’ve become something like a minor favorite in our house. And if it wasn’t for Jefito, I wouldn’t have my new favorite Xmas song by The Darkness: “Christmas Time (Don’t Let the Bells End).” (Click the link for the video)
“The Suffering” Coheed and Cambria The first time I heard this song, I was convinced it was a woman singing. And then I thought, “Okay, it’s a woman on the “Hey! Hey!” parts, and on co-vocals.” A few Google searches later, I found out Sarah Jacobs is the person singing with lead singer Claudio Sanchez. Nevertheless, this song is chocked full of hooks that is can be described as a melodic form of prog-rock.
“Dreamline” Rush One day I’ll mix my favorite Rush songs, but this one would certainly be in the mix. Hell, the first time I heard this song, it had me with the chorus:
When we are young
Wandering the face of the Earth
Wondering what our dreams might be worth
Learning that we’re only immortal
For a limited time
“Good Times, Bad Times” Led Zeppelin Ah the mighty Zep! This song has so many wonderful things going on that I’ll just focus on one: John Bonham’s drumming. This is a bit music geeky, but listen to the triplets on the bass/kick drum he’s able to do in the second verse. No, that’s not a double bass he’s using. It’s a tricky technique done on one bass pedal that requires a lot of control. And, yes, it’s not easy.
“Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)” Neil Young and Crazy Horse Just loud, distorted, ear-bleeding rock in one of its purest forms.
Do you feel the power now brothers and sisters? Yeeeeesssssss!