What to call this stuff? They ain’t ballads. . .
There is a collection of tunes from various artists that just resonate with me. They have for years. Many have some type of classical component to them. All are a slower tempo at moments. Most do speed up as the song progresses. Not all of them. All of them accept the last have some crazy guitar. I do not know at the moment, but something just kind of pulls them together for me.
If anybody knows. . . or even has a hunch, please share!
Someday I will do a proper take on this and try to make sense of it. Many would say I am just indulging in other things too much. There might be a component of stoner-rock in here, but that is not it. Maybe it is just after 2 AM and I got work tomorrow. . .
Regardless of what it is, I do hope you enjoy. . .
The first is Gates of Babylon from Rainbow. . .
Then we have Rainbow’s Eyes of the World from the Down to Earth album, which featured Graham Bonnet, and was the first without Ronnie James Dio.
Bernie Torme from his album, electric gypsies the song being Presences
David Lee Roth offers up one on his album, Skyscraper. The song being the title track. I always felt this track is kind of Roth and Steve Vai’s response to Blackmore and Dio’s’s mysticism on the Gates of Babylon. These two are probably the core of the collection.
Jump ahead a few years. . . into the nineties. Bernie Torme on his White Trash Guitar Album. the song is Dark Horizons.
And then we jump all the way to 2014 when Bernie Torme releases flowers and Dirt. the song is Stoneship.
Lastly we have Bernie Torme, this time from his 2017 release, Dublin Cowboy. The song here is Janus Part 2. Sadly I could not find it up on YouTube, but I did find it on Bandcamp! That said, yo uhave to follow the link to it.
As I was writing a little intro to this piece, I remembered another two tunes. Probably do not belong here, but I am going to include them anyway. It being Karen Curious and the New Professionals doing R.I.P. Desert Song and Rising Sun Kill the Dove 2.