Musikwissenschaft – Vol. 5

An appreciation of some of the finest performances in musical history.   The first 2012 edition of this feature opens with a song often considered to be one of the greatest rock songs of all time.  Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven was composed by guitarist Jimmy Page and vocalist Robert Plant in 1970 while spending … Continue reading

Musikwissenschaft – Vol. 4

An appreciation of some of the finest performances in musical history.   Today we will be looking back at one of rock’s most powerful protest songs – Bob Dylan’s Hurricane.  Released as a single in 1975 and selected as the opening track on Dylan’s 1976 album Desire, the song is about the imprisonment of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, … Continue reading

Musikwissenschaft – Vol. 3

An appreciation of some of the finest performances in musical history.   Volume number three of this devoted feature focuses on the apocalyptic track Gimme Shelter written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.  The song has never been released as a single by The Rolling Stones despite opening the band’s 1969 album Let It Bleed, … Continue reading

Musikwissenschaft – Vol. 2

An appreciation of some of the finest performances in musical history.   In the second edition of this feature we bring you a version of Bob Dylan’s All Along The Watchtower that is like no other.  The original recording featured on Dylan’s John Wesley Harding album in 1967 but The Jimi Hendrix Experience made the … Continue reading

Musikwissenschaft – Vol. 1

An appreciation of some of the finest performances in musical history.   In this first volume we take a look back at Billy Stewart’s breathtaking rendition of George Gershwin’s Summertime.  The piece, originally a gentle, dreamy lullaby, was composed in 1935 for the American folk opera Porgy And Bess.  It soon became a popular jazz standard and has been … Continue reading

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