Gimme 10: Animals

Today is the day of our friends, the animals – besides birds, since we have already talked about them another time. Here is a selection from the long list.

1. A Horse With No Name – America
(Dewey Bunnell)
The greatest hit by the America  was close to never being aired, since the band thought it was kind of banal and hesitated to record it. And perhaps they were right. Still, besides the only two accords and the naive lyrics, the result touched many, climbing to #1 of the Billboard. From their debut album in 1971, entitled after themselves.

2. Year Of The Cat – Al Stewart
(Al Stewart-Peter Wood)
A song from the homonym 1976 album, produced by Alan Parsons. This song is one of the most recognizable moments of the Scottish songwriter, while the album is considered his magnum opus.

3. Wild Horses – The Rolling Stones
(Mick Jagger-Keith Richards)
This epic ballad, one of the most popular by the old dogs of rock, was originally released in The Flying Burrito Brothers' album, Burrito Deluxe, in 1970. The Stones released their own cover, recorded in Alabama, one year later, when it was included in their great album Sticky Fingers.

4. One dog in Kolonaki – Foivos Delivorias
(Foivos Delivorias)
In this great song from the album Halia (1997), Delivorias meets Vangelis, the famous dog of Kolonaki, who seems to embody the ruthless voice of our consience.

5. The Lovecats – The Cure
(Robert Smith)
An excellent pop moment by The Cure leader that brought his band in Britain's #7 for the first time. Since then, it is  steadily placed among the band's best of.

6. A Wolf At The Door – Radiohead
(Thom Yorke-Jonny Greenwood-Ed O’Brien-Colin Greenwood-Phil Selway)
A song from Hail To The Thief, the sixth studio album by Radiohead, released in 2003. The band originally worked on it during the recordings of Kid A (2000).

7. Black Dog – Led Zeppelin
(Jimmy Page-Robert Plant-John Paul Jones)
Here are some heavy riffs by the leaders of hard rock. It was written mostly with the encouragement of Jones who wanted to create a song with tempo alterations that would prevent the listeners from dancing. During the recording, a black Labrador was around the studio and gave them the inspiration for the title.

8. Sheep – Pink Floyd
(Roger Waters)
Almost 10 minutes long, with several parts alteration, Sheep is one of the most ambitious music daring by the Pink Floyd in the ‘70s. The original version was entitled Raving And Drooling, and was played in the band's live performances as early as 1974. The studio edition is included in the album Animals in 1977.

9. White Rabbit – Jefferson Airplane
(Grace Slick)
A psychedelic single with Latin influence from the album Surrealistic Pillow (1967) by the Americans Jefferson Airplane. It became their second big hit, climbing to #8 of the Billboard.

10. War Pigs – Black Sabbath
(Tony Iommi-Ozzy Osbourne-Geezer Butler-Bill Ward)
We close with a voice of demonstration against the Vietnam war. The Black Sabbath howled, through their album Paranoid, in 1970. Since then, it remains a classic.


* Photos from bigoo.ws and www.wikipedia.org.



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