We are going to span five decades of lost Rock tracks this week.
Ready? Here we go.
Donovan - Season Of The Witch (1966)
This lost track, which predates my existance on this Earth, from the artist who presented us with the classics "Mellow Yellow" and "Sunshine Superman" gains little, if any, airplay on AOR or Classic Rock Stations today, which is a mystery to me.
Season of the witch - Donavan - YouTube
Pink Floyd - Sheep (1977)
Simply put, a lost AOR hit from an iconic band. The album Animals
is also seriously underrated, IMHO.
I know I'm in the minority here, but I find The Wall
album as a whole kind of depressing music wise, not to mention seriously overplayed on AOR radio. I actually find the most bizarre Pink Floyd material from various Pink Floyd LPs/CDs to be among the most enjoyable -- AOR airplay or not.
"Sheep" by Pink Floyd - YouTube
Jon Anderson - Cage Of Freedom (1984)
This track is from the Metropolis (Movie) Soundrack
, which was re-released in color with an all-new Rock score. This track, featuring Yes front man Jon Anderson, was a huge AOR hit with a harder-edged sound than normally associated with the band Yes.
The soundtrack itself is worth checking out, as it features rare tracks contributed by likes of Freddie Mercury, Pat Benatar, Billy Squier, Adam Ant and others.
03 - Jon Anderson - Cage of Freedom [Metropolis Soundtrack] - YouTube
The Four Horsemen - Nobody Said It Was Easy (1991)
As the title track from the CD of the same name, this was the first, and the biggest, of three AOR radio tracks from a band whose sound was/is best described as Lynard Skynard meets AC/DC.
Due to bad timing--the initial rise of grunge-- and untimely deaths by both lead singer Frank Starr and drummer Ken Montgomery, success for this Hollywood based band was fleeting. As for this track, IMHO, it kicks total arse.
The Four Horsemen - Nobody Said It Was Easy - YouTube
Filter - Where Do We Go From Here? (2002)
This was the last major AOR hit for this Cleveland based band. It has been ages since I have heard this track on Commercial AOR radio. Heck, I never even hear the band's most popular tracks--"Hey Man Nice Shot" and "Take A Picture"--on Commercial radio anymore. Band front man Richard Patrick later formed the band Army Of Anyone.
Filter - Where Do We Go From Here - YouTube
As always, Rock On, Redszone!
Adieu from R4Blue.