Thursday, August 07, 2008

Play

Today in Music History:

In 1958, Born on this day, Bruce Dickinson vocalist for Iron Maiden.
Great Big Sea (GBS), is a Celtic, rock, and pop band from the Canadian province of Newfoundland. Yes I know you've seen them grace Good Rockin' a few times here over the years and with good reason. Their hard-driving approach has not only made them popular in Canada, where they've been nominated for four Juno awards, it has also brought them a growing recognition throughout North America and Europe. British music magazine, called them, "a high spirited and richly expressive acoustic quartet who reinvent traditional Newfoundland music, lending it a powerful and resonant contemporary charge." Taking a traditional, conservative genre like the revered Celtic music and turning it up on end is a bold step and personally I love this stuff. There is probably not many bands on earth that can take a group of people - whether large or small - and induce a frenzied state of foot-stomping, beer-guzzling and dancing as this band can.

Since the four original members started the band in March of 1993 as a post-university employment project, they have toured relentlessly, enjoying the challenge of bringing their music first to Canada, and then to the rest of the world. From day one, it is the band's energetic concerts which have proven the base of their popularity.

"Great Big Sea is not a band you just go and see, or a cd you just listen to. Great Big Sea is something you have to do." Some of the music they play is hundreds of years old. But Damn they're good. Play is the third album by Great Big Sea released in 1997. This is straight up an amazing album. From the opening track you're hooked and right through to the 16th track, there is not one bad song. Play successfully combines the traditional maritime and Celtic music of Newfoundland with modern rock tendencies. It is chock full of catchy folk-rock anthems with strong lead vocals, calculated harmonies, and regional yet universally identifiable themes. I have no problem labeling this album as one of my top 100 albums of all time.

When I'm Up (I Can't Get Down)
Seagulls
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