Monday, May 17, 2010

The Stones, Otis Redding, Ronnie James Dio - Arts and Music News 17 May 2010

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From Denny: The latest news is that the old news has resurfaced and become new news. :) What's classic and good gets a second hit at the bat. Artists The Stones, Otis Redding and Kris Kristofferson are re-releasing old hits and albums. Kristofferson features the famous Janis Joplin hit song, "Me and Bobby McGee." The Stones, well, are The Stones forever. Once a fan always a fan like The Deadheads. Sounds like the new album version did not mess too much with the core of who they are musically. Love 'em or hate 'em they are still rockin' on as old men.

Now artist Otis Redding has always been a fav with me because he never ruined his voice like rockers do. Early in his career he realized and utilized the human voice as an instrument. Can you imagine what was going on inside his head as he experimented musically with this revelation? Would have loved to see him write all those goings on down on paper.

And to the heavy metal fans there is the passing of Ronnie James Dio. Did you know his voice was never professionally trained? Yet his was a powerful voice and oh, so melodic. It was most unusual to develop to that level without training. He passed away after a bout with stomach cancer.

Included here is one of Otis Redding's songs, "Satisfaction," and a couple of clips to enjoy Ronnie James Dio one last time.

Old Music Gets A New Life: Reissues From The '60s And '70s (NPR)

...the re-release of albums from The Rolling Stones, Kris Kristofferson and Otis Redding. The first, long considered a masterpiece in the world of rock 'n' roll, is Exile on Main Street... The new version of Exile on Main Street pays homage to the original, but leaves the mixes and the essence of the album alone. There's still chaos, but at its core, it's the same..

Kris Kristofferson is also issuing a new release of his collection from the late '60s, Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends... The release includes his iconic song "Me and Bobby McGee," made famous by Janis Joplin...

Finally, Otis Redding's Live on the Sunset Strip compiles live performances from the legendary L.A. club the Whisky A Go-Go, originally released in 1966. At 24, Redding epitomized the idea of the human voice as instrument...

Ronnie James Dio: Remembering A Vocal Cannon (NPR)

Ronnie James Dio was a voice of triumph in the pits of heavy metal's bitterness and depravity. An untrained vocalist, Dio possessed a melodic and powerful voice; as much a siren as it was a clarion call of heavy-metal fantasy. After a six-month struggle with stomach cancer, Dio died Sunday morning. He was 67.

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