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Songs You May Have Missed #674

Venice: “The Family Tree” (1999)

Venice are the Eagles you’ve never heard of.

Comprised of two brothers and their two cousins (also brothers) from–where else–Venice California, the band have been dubbed by David Crosby “the best vocal group in America”.

The list of superstars with whom they’ve performed or recorded is considerable (deep breath): Elton John, Don Henley, Bruce Springsteen, Warren Zevon, Sting, Heart, Phil Collins, Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton, Cher, Styx, Brian Wilson, The Beach Boys, Melissa Etheridge, The Doobie Brothers, Kenny Loggins, Dave Mason, Michael McDonald, Bon Jovi, Chris Isaac, Jackson Browne, Stevie Nicks, Ozzy Osbourne, David Crosby, and Billy Idol among others.

For all that, the Californis band’s biggest success has been in the Netherlands, where in 2003 they won that country’s Grammy-equivalent Edison Award for Best International Artist, besting such heavyweights as Coldplay and U2, and where they enjoy consistent radio play and sold-out tours.

Band members also contributed backing vocals on Roger Waters “The Wall Live Tour” from 2010-13.

The poignant “The Family Tree” shows off the meshing of the familial harmonies as the lyrics touch on the topic of the family surviving down the years, something this family band is certainly testament to.

See also: Video of the Week: Skunk Baxter Covers ‘Rikki Don’t Lose That Number’ | Every Moment Has A Song (edcyphers.com)

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A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words: Stories Behind Iconic Album Covers

Source: Amazon / Photo by Dezo Hoffman, Shutterstock

(via musicoholics)

Rubber Soul, The Beatles (1965)

Photographer Robert Freeman snapped the picture of the band in John Lennon’s garden. The stretched effect was actually a mistake made while the band was looking at Robert’s samples. He projected the image onto a cardboard cutout, but when the cardboard fell backwards, the image became stretched. The band ended up loving the image and felt like it was a perfect depiction of their new sound.

The album’s typography was designed by Charles Front. He used the title as inspiration and created a typeface style that was used for psychedelic and flower-power designs. Charles also added another hidden element to his lettering. The title reads “Road Abbey” if you hold the album upside down in front of a mirror…

Read more: A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words: Stories Behind Iconic Album Covers – page 3 of 36 – Musicoholics

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Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson: My Life in 10 Songs

As the pioneering prog rockers celebrate their 50th anniversary with a tour and new box set, their leader reflects on the tracks that defined them

(via Rolling Stone) by Kory Grow

For Ian Anderson – prog rocker extraordinaire and the world’s best one-legged-stance flautist, bar none – a half-century career in music is no remarkable feat. “It’s not any particularly novel or unusual occurrence,” the Jethro Tull leader says nonchalantly through his dry British accent. “This year marks the anniversary of many other bands who did things around the same period of time. King Crimson started in 1968. So did Yes, Rush and Deep Purple. And of course it’s Led Zeppelin’s 50th anniversary too. So there we go.”

But what he fails to acknowledge is that none of those bands, no matter how out-there they got, were able to blend their hard-rock aspirations with the same levels of pomp, guile or unapologetic pretension as Jethro Tull. None scored FM-radio gold singing lyrics like “Lend me your ear while I call you a fool” (“The Witch’s Promise”) or by writing a 44-minute, tongue-in-cheek prog-rock song (“Thick as a Brick,” presented in two parts on the original LP and packaged in a fake newspaper) or by playing frilly flute solos over Renaissance-inspired folk-rock (“Songs From the Wood”).

In their 50 years, Jethro Tull have notched an astounding 15 gold or platinum albums in the U.S., as well as two Number One LPs. Their most famous song, “Aqualung,” has a guitar riff that’s as cutting and memorable as “Iron Man” and “Smoke on the Water,” and their music has influenced Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Porcupine Tree, Pearl Jam and Nick Cave, among others. Yet the band has not yet been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the only time it has won a Grammy was in the Hard Rock/Metal category – a concept that seemed so preposterous to Anderson that he didn’t bother to show up…

Read more: Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson: My Life in 10 Songs – Rolling Stone

Video of the Week: 100 Top 10 Hits Written by the Bee Gees

Yes, incredible as it seems, the Bee Gees as songwriters are responsible for over 100 songs that have made it to the top ten on various charts throughout the world. Hard to believe? Here are the details:

1. All the Love in the World (Dionne Warwick) Top 10 UK, Ireland, Belgium 2. Alone – Top 10 UK, Australia and many other countries 3. An Everlasting Love (Andy Gibb) Top 10 UK, USA, Canada, Ireland 4. Boys Do Fall in Love (Robin Gibb) Top 10 Italy & South Africa 5. Chain Reaction (Diana Ross) #1 UK, Australia, Ireland, Top 10 New Zealand & South Africa 6. Chain Reaction (Steps) Top 10 UK & Ireland 7. Come On Over (Olivia Newton-John) #1 US Billboard Easy Listening 8. Desire (Andy Gibb) Top 10 USA, Canada, Belgium, Spain 9. Don’t Forget to Remember – #1 Ireland, Netherlands, South Africa, New Zealand, Top 10 UK & other countries 10. Eaten Alive (Diana Ross) Top 10 Italy & US Dance Club Songs 11. Emotion (Samantha Sang) #1 Canada & NZ, Top 10 USA & Australia 12. Emotion (Destiny’s Child) Top 10 USA, UK & many other countries 13. ESP – Top 10 Switzerland 14. Eyes That See in the Dark (Kenny Rogers) – Top 10 US Adult Contemporary 15. Fanny (Be Tender with My Love) – Top 10 Canada, New Zealand 16. First of May – #1 Netherlands, Top 10 all over Europe 17. For Whom the Bell Tolls – Top 10 UK & Ireland 18. Grease (Frankie Valli) – #1 USA, Canada, Netherlands, Top 10 UK, Australia and many other countries 19. Blue Angel (Pras Michel) – Top 10 UK 20. Guilty (Barbra Streisand & Barry Gibb) – Top 10 USA 21. Heartbreaker (Dionne Warwick) – Top 10 USA, UK & many other countries 22. He’s a Liar – Top 10 Belgium, Italy, Spain 23. Hold on to My Love (Jimmy Ruffin) – Top 10 USA, UK, Ireland 24. Holiday – Top 10 Netherlands & Spain 25. How Can You Mend a Broken Heart – #1 USA & Canada, TOP 10 Australia, New Zealand, South Africa 26. How Deep Is Your Love – #1 USA, Canada, France, TOP 10 UK, Australia and many other countries 27. How Deep Is Your Love (Take That) #1 UK, Ireland, Spain, TOP 10 in many European countries 28. I Can’t Help It (Andy Gibb & Olivia Newton-John) Top 10 US & Canada Adult Contemporary 29. I Just Want to Be Your Everything (Andy Gibb) #1 USA, Canada, Australia 30. I Started a Joke – #1 Australia, Canada & New Zealand, TOP 10 USA, South Africa, Netherlands, France 31. I Started a Joke (Faith No More) The only song that I didn’t find any top 10 positions for 32. If I Can’t Have You (Yvonne Elliman) #1 USA & Canada, TOP 10 Australia & New Zealand 33. If I Can’t Have You (Kim Wilde) Top 10 Australia, Ireland, Belgium 34. Immortality (Celine) Dion Top 10 UK, German-speaking countries, France 35. IOIO – Top 10 German-speaking countries, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, New Zealand 36. IOIO (B3) Top 10 Germany & Austria 37. Islands in the Stream (Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton) #1 USA, Canada, Australia, TOP 10 UK & other countries 38. Ghetto Supastar (Pras Michel) #1 Germany & many other European countries, TOP 10 UK & Australia 39. Islands in the Stream (Comic Relief) #1 UK 40. I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You – #1 UK, Ireland, Italy & South Africa, TOP 10 USA, Australia & other countries 41. Jive Talkin’ – #1 USA & Canada, TOP 10 UK & other countries 42. Jive Talkin’ (Boogie Box High) Top 10 UK & Netherlands 43. Juliet (Robin Gibb) #1 Germany, Italy, Switzerland 44. Jumbo/ The Singer Sang His Song – #1 Netherlands, TOP 10 German-speaking countries 45. Living Eyes – Top 10 Austria 46. Lonely Days – #1 Canada, TOP 10 USA, Australia and other countries 47. (Love Is) Thicker Than Water (Andy Gibb) #1 USA, TOP 10 Canada 48. Love Me (Yvonne Elliman) Top 10 UK, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa 49. Love Me (Martine McCutcheon) Top 10 UK & Ireland 50. Love So Right – Top 10 USA & Canada 51. Love You Inside Out – #1 USA 52. Massachusetts – #1 UK & many other countries 53. More Than a Woman – Top 10 Italy 54. More Than a Woman (Tavares) Top 10 UK 55. Morning of My Life (Esther & Abi Ofarim) Top 10 Germany 56. My Lover’s Prayer (Alistair Griffin & Robin Gibb) Top 10 UK 57. My World – #1 Italy, Top 10 Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands 58. New York Mining Disaster 1941 – Top 10 Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand 59. Night Fever – #1 USA, UK, Canada, Ireland, Spain, TOP 10 Australia and many other countries 60. Nights on Broadway – Top 10 USA, Canada, Netherlands 61. Nights on Broadway (Candi Staton) Top 10 UK & Ireland 62. One – Top 10 USA 63. Only One Woman (The Marbles) #1 South Africa & New Zealand, Top 10 UK, Australia and many others 64. Only One Woman (Alien) #1 Sweden 65. Ordinary Lives – Top 10 Germany & Switzerland 66. (Our Love) Don’t Throw It All Away (Andy Gibb) Top 10 USA & Canada 67. Paying the Price of Love – Top 10 Belgium 68. Rest Your Love on Me (Conway Twitty) #1 US Country Charts 69. Run to Me – Top 10 UK, Australia, Canada, South Africa and other countries 70. Saved by the Bell (Robin Gibb) #1 Netherlands, Ireland, South Africa, New Zealand, TOP 10 UK & other countries 71. Secret Love – Top 10 UK, Germany, Ireland, Austria 72. Shadow Dancing (Andy Gibb) #1 USA & Canada, TOP 10 New Zealand & South Africa 73. Shine Shine (Barry Gibb) Top 10 US & Canada Adult Contemporary 74. Spicks and Specks – #1 New Zealand, Top 10 Australia & the Netherlands 75. Stayin’ Alive – #1 USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Italy, Spain, TOP 10 UK & many other countries 76. Stayin’ Alive (N-Trance) #1 Australia, Austria & South Africa, TOP 10 UK & many other European countries 77. Sweetheart (Engelbert Humperdinck) Top 10 US & Canada Adult Contemporary 78. The Runaway (Carola)Top 10 Sweden 79. The Woman in You – Top 10 Spain 80. This Woman (Kenny Rogers) Top 10 US Adult Contemporary 81. To Love Somebody – Top 10 Australia, Canada, Netherlands 82. To Love Somebody (Nina Simone) Top 10 UK 83. To Love Somebody (Jimmy Sommerville) Top 10 UK, Ireland, Netherlands 84. To Love Somebody (Michael Bolton) Top 10 Canada, France, #1 US Adult Contemporary 85. Tomorrow, Tomorrow – Top 10 Germany & other European countries 86. Too Much Heaven – #1 USA, Canada, Italy, Spain, South Africa, New Zealand, TOP 10 UK & many other countries 87. Too Much Heaven (Nana) Top 10 German-speaking countries 88. Tragedy – #1 USA, UK, France, Italy, Spain, New Zealand, TOP 10 Australia, Germany and other countries 89. Tragedy (Steps) #1 UK & New Zealand, TOP 10 Australia & Ireland 90. Warm Ride (Graham Bonnet) Top 10 Australia & New Zealand 91. What Kind of Fool (Barbra Streisand & Barry Gibb) Top 10 USA 92. Woman in Love (Barbra Streisand) #1 USA, UK & many other countries 93. Woman in Love (Liz McClarnon) Top 10 UK 94. Words – #1 Canada, Germany, the Netherlands & Switzerland, Top 10 UK & some other European countries 95. Words (Boyzone) #1 UK, Ireland, TOP 10 Germany & other European countries 96. World – #1 Germany & Netherlands, Top 10 in many other European countries & Australia 97. You Should Be (Blockster) Top 10 UK 98. You Should Be Dancing – #1 USA & Canada, TOP 10 UK 99. You Stepped Into My Life (Melba Moore) Top 10 US Dance 100. You Win Again – #1 UK, Germany & other European countries, Top 10 Australia

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