My friends call me classical music heavy user, which describes me quite well. Some masterpieces of this music genre really inspires me, such as Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony. The real masterwork is George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. For your surprise my music collection also contains such names like Alice Cooper, David Bowie, Abba, and many others.
I suppose Alice Cooper is one of the greatest rock musicians in the recent history. His career can be extended in the early 1960’s, but the real breakthrough was in the early 1970’s when the best selling album Billion Dollar Babies came out. Another great albums from this group are Killer and Muscle of Love. See also my movies page of Alice Cooper.
Another great performer I like is David Bowie, from the same era as Alice Cooper, although he continued with different music styles unlike Alice, who retired for couple of years in 1980’s. Great albums like Aladdin Sane, Ziggy Stardust, and Diamond Dogs are musts that every rock enthusiast should have. See also my movies page of David Bowie.
Despite of their Swedish background this great group sings in English. After having won the European Song Contest in the early 1970’s Abba’s success really burst sky high. An album after an album was more than artwork. Each recording contains full load of great pop music. I’d like to point out albums Arrival and Super Trouper. Abba really is worth listening.
SAHB or the Sensational Alex Harvey Band is one of the best groups back in 1970’s. I saw this group live first time in Ruisrock, Finland in the middle of 70’s. They had just released SAHB Stories (1976) that is one of the best albums from this group.
The golden era of British popular music is perhaps still going strong, but the real great rock groups, like Slade, Sweet, Mud, and many others have disappeared. Fortunately their music stayed alive.
Mud is another great rock group from Great Britain dated back to 1970’s. Mud released two great albums loaded with outstanding hits, such as Rocket, Blue Moon, In the Mood, Oh Boy, and many others. Although most of the hits were originally performed by another artists Mud still finds new dimension to these evergreens. This compilation of Mud Rock and Mud Rock Vol II is really worth having.
The Slade was performing on 1970’s many evergreens, such as Gudbuy t’Jane and Mama Weer All Crazee Now. This album Sladest contains the most memorable hits.
Other Popular Music
Among all these great albums I really like popular music in its all flavors. Classical music brings great emotional feelings while rock and other popular music keeps me going. Check out these great masterpieces from various famous artists.
We all remember Harry Chapin, perhaps the most popular singer and songwriter back in 70’s. You may have heard W*O*L*D, Taxi, Cat’s in The Cradle, and many other evergreens. You’ll get a great overview of Harry’s music with one of the CD box sets available.
Music heard on movies is usually carefully selected to match that certain film. My collection of soundtracks is also very carefully selected. For more about these films see my movies page.
Christmas music is perhaps the most enjoyable seasonal music genre. Various artists have recorded well known Christmas songs, including Phil Spector’s world famous album A Christmas Gift for You (1963). One of the best Christmas albums I’ve ever heard.
Sometimes I want to relax and enjoy the great masterpieces from Beethoven, Rachmaninov, or Gershwin. These composers are my favorite musicians. Their music gives the most enjoyable moments and experiences.
Whenever some of my favorite artists gives a concert nearby I’ll be the first to buy a ticket. I’ve seen Alice Cooper even twice, and Alex Harvey in live concert as well as Toto. One of the most exotic places I’ve ever seen Alice Cooper must have been the Helsinki Icehall, November 7, 2002 as you can see on the ticket on the right.