Choice Classic Rock

March2016

New Santana, Robin Trower and Jeff Healey

Santana IV
Santana IV

I have just added four brand new classic rock tracks into high rotation.

The first two tracks are from Santana IV, which is the upcoming twenty-third studio album by American Latin rock band Santana and the fourth album by almost the entire Woodstock-era classic lineup. It is due to be released on 15 April 2016 and from everything I have read is a “magical” album. Listen for the tracks Anywhere You Want To Go and Blues Magic.

The next new track is from Robin Trower (of Procol Harum). It is the title track from his latest release called Where You Are Going To.

And lastly, I have added a track from the late Jeff Healey‘s new album called Heal My Soul, which was released to help celebrate what would have been his 50th birthday. Listen for the track Daze Of the Night.

Choice Classic Rock – Classic Rock like you’ve never heard it before!

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ELP’s Keith Emerson Dies

Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake & Palmer

The classic rock world has been rocked by the death of yet another great musician. Keith Emerson (of Emerson, Lake & Palmer and The Nice) died yesterday. Emerson was arguably the finest pianist on the planet at one time and helped forge the popularity of progressive rock in the early 1970s. His contributions to the world of progressive/classic rock were unprecedented, and it is with great sadness The Choice salutes his incredible musical legacy.

I have added some Emerson, Lake & Palmer tracks in to high rotation so we can all appreciate the progressive rock brilliance and artistry of this great musician. He was a true pathfinder and originator.

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Remembering George Martin

George Martin
George Martin

I learned this morning that George Martin, the “fifth Beatle”, had passed away. His passing has left the classic rock world devoid of (yet another) master. In this case, a master producer – but also a man who guided the musical curiosity and experimentation of the Beatles into a cultural phenomenon that is still going strong some 50 years later. He was the perfect foil for the Beatles youthful energy, and the effects of this man’s work may well last forever.

Here is a nice article that quickly sums up the man’s impact on classic rock.

The following are just a few comments from the classic rock world on his passing:

“The world has lost a truly great man who left an indelible mark on my soul and the history of British music.”
– Paul McCartney –

“Always always positive, and deeply thoughtful and creative, the man was a gentle giant of popular music.”
– Brian May (of Queen) –

“I’m sad to hear about the death of George Martin. I’ve always felt he was much more than just the fifth Beatle…”
– Steve Hackett (of Genesis) –

“Thank you Sir George Martin: the greatest British record producer of all time. We will never stop living in the world you helped create.”
– Mark Ronson –

Here is a more in depth article on the life of George Martin and the response his passing has garnered from the world.

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New Tracks From New Classic Rock Releases

Emitt Rhodes – Rainbows End
Emitt Rhodes – Rainbows End

This week, I have added into high rotation 5 tracks from 4 brand new classic rock releases.

Starting off, we have 2 new tracks from Emitt Rhodes’ new album called Rainbow Ends. This is the first new release in 43 years from this multi-instrumentalist / artist, who drew comparisons to Paul McCartney back in 1973 when his last album came out. Listen for the tracks Dog On A Chain and If I Knew Then.

Next, I have added a new track from the original soundtrack recording of the Janis Joplin documentary movie, which is called Little Girl Blue. The track is a rockin’ little number called Tell Mama and it was recorded live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada back in 1970.

I have also added the track Beware of Darkness, as performed by Ann Wilson (of Heart). This track is featured on the live recording of the tribute album to George Harrison called George Fest.

Lastly, I have added a track from the new album from Pat Travers (of Delaware Destroyers fame) and Carmine Appice (the drummer for Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Beck Bogart & Appice and more) – which is called The Balls Album. Listen for the track Hey You.

I sincerely hope you enjoy this new music from these classic rock artists!

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