A fantastic piece. Ry’s slide playing is amazing.
It may come as a surprise to some! I find the transcript in the original article better than the video.
Some high-quality prog metal right here, folks. The fun fact about this band, sadly extinct now, is that it incorporated two certified demons, a Texan on guitar, by the name of Rusty Cooley, and a demon from Brasil, known as Carlos Zema, seen here casually delivering the verses on a lofty D#/E in the 5th octave (a clear proof of his non-human nature), where not many of the best high singers dare venture except the for the climactic part of the song.
An amazing, if utterly over the top performance.
Dig the lyrics, too:
A short, simple, yet very poetic aria, presenting no particularly dramatic problems to the soprano. But is does demand a certain timber and a certain sense of prosody. In summary, an aria easy only on the surface. Here’s the performance that satisfies me the most, of those I could find in the public domain:
This is the foxtrot tune guiding the dance steps of Harry Haller and Hermina in Herman Hesse’s Steppenwolf novel. Listening to it adds another dimension to the book.
A charming recording from 1925.
This is a superb little composition with origins that remain pretty obscure (despite Wikipedia), aside that it belongs to an Italian musician by the name of Carlo Marrale.
The two renditions below are almost opposite in vocal performance dynamics, from the canonical bel canto approach, by a two-tenor duet, to the unorthodox approach of a great metal singer (if not the greatest), who’s actually a baritone, but whose flawless technique allows him to reach those impressive tenor highs with unbelievable accuracy and beauty.
See which you like most.
George Clinton (on LSD) apparently told Funkadelic’s guitarist Eddie Hazel to play this solo as if he just received the news of his mother being dead, and then found out his mother was actually still alive.
The result is a mind blowing solo, almost 10 minutes long, that shoots straight into immortality. All other instruments were dimmed during mixing, when Clinton heard Hazel’s outlandish take. Enjoy.