Day 1: A song you like with a color in the title.
The Who - Behind Blue Eyes
But my dreams, they aren’t as empty as my conscience seems to be.
For some reason, some people seem to not be too terribly keen on The Who - but, personally, I enjoy some of their songs. Also, some people seem to be under the impression that there was this rivalry between The Who and Led Zeppelin - I guess because of the whole “lead balloon” story - but I think it’s been blown out of proportion. The “lead balloon” comment (made by either Keith Moon or John Entwistle) wasn’t even made in regard to the Led Zeppelin line-up, but actually predates Led Zeppelin by a couple years.
This song does start out a bit slow, but then gets heavier. You know, not unlike some of Led Zeppelin’s fare. And, yeah, this song obviously does draw significantly from blues - while still rocking hard and being interesting. Something that I don’t think The Black Keys quite do right. Anyway, this is definitely a 10/10 song.
Welp, I’m not completely done with reviewing Avenged Sevenfold songs. Here’s a demo version of the song Nightmare, which actually has The Rev on drums. For the most part, this song does quite identical to the album version.
Other than the fact that it contains The Rev on drums, some of the instrumentation sounds a bit different. Some of the guitar riffs appear to contain more pronounced blues chords, even though the album version is also considerable bluesy. Also, Matt’s voice sounds a bit more gravelly - and may be a turn-off to some (unless they’re also a huge Janis Joplin fan).
I’d still give this version a 10/10 rating, even though I do prefer the album version - as 9.5/10 would be too low a rating for this song. But, that said, it certainly is cool to hear a track from Nightmare that actually contains The Rev on drums.
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Avenged Sevenfold-Buried Alive demo(The Rev Singing)
I’d say this very is a bit more stripped back than the album version. Even though the album version is probably the most blues-heavy hard track on the album, this stripped back version gives this song even more of a heavy blues tone. Although, don’t get me wrong - this song does also rock. The demo versions of this song and Nightmare really do go to highlight just how tragic The Rev’s death was. I think I do prefer the album version, though. With due respect to The Rev, I do prefer the vocals of the album track - but a blues-rock (or just blues) aficionado would probably prefer this version for the instrumentation. Either way, this song is a definite 10/10.
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Me and Bobby McGee - Janis Joplin
Let’s have another song from an important female legend of the ’60s.
I used to not like Janis Joplin much, but becoming a feminist has made me gain a greater appreciation for her music. After all, you can’t really mention women in rock without mentioning Janis Joplin. She was a very talented young lady who has her life taken away from her too soon. Her gravelly vocals may be a turn-off to some, but one really cannot deny her talent. It’s like this lady was born with blues in her blood, if you know what I mean. I wonder if her music might’ve gotten harder, had she lived on. My rating for this song would be a 9/10. I kinda gotta be in the right mood for this song.
The Rolling Stones - Sympathy For The Devil
I used to not care much for the song, mainly because the title of a bit of a turn-off for me. Yeah, I used to be a bit more religious. The devil isn’t exactly portrayed as a “good guy” in this song, though. This is a bit of a slow-paced blues-rock song, and not as catchy as some of their other stuff. But, musically, it is still a good song. I’m rate it a 9/10. There are a few other songs by The Stones that I prefer.