This is the first installment of a new blog series that I am embarking on...Musical Mondays.
From the time I was a baby, music, most notably rock 'n roll, has been a passion in my life. My first favorite song that I recollect was Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water". Although my parents tell me I used to rock out to "Bad Moon Rising" by Creedance Clearwater Revival.
I had cool parents, children of the 60's, so I grew up on The Beatles, Stones, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles and countless other great rock bands of the 60's and 70's. But mine, and my parent's tastes evolved as well when the New Wave/Punk sound of the late 70's and 80's took over the airwaves. Hell, we even liked Disco. And we evolved to like the grunge and neo-electonica of the 90's and the DJ driven sounds of the early 2000's like Fatboy Slim, Moby, and Paul Oakenfold.
But over the years, no matter what the new trends were, or the latest sounds I liked, I've always returned to what I call the Holy Trinity of Rock 'n Roll, namely The Beatles, Stones, and Zeppelin. These three bands are 1, 1a, and 1b on my list of all time favorite rock bands. In my opinion, no bands before or since have matched the musical talent, creativity, breadth and influence on the modern Rock 'n Roll scene as The Beatle, Stones, and Zeppelin. They themselves would trace their routes to Elvis and Chuck Berry of course, but not even the King or Mr. Berry recorded as many hit records or had the profound influence these three bands have had on modern music, styles, and general culture.
My favorites albums by these bands, (and it's hard to choose just one from each) are "Revolver" by the Beatles, "Sticky Fingers" by the Stones, and "Physical Grafitti" by Led Zeppelin. These albums exemplified the raw talent and breadth of musical reach each band possessed. In analyzing albums I always look at the deep tracks rather than the hits from the album to determine an album's greatness. In regard to these three albums the songs "Tomorrow Never Knows", "Moonlight Mile", and "Ten Years Gone" respectively represent the greatness of these bands. The songs weren't huge hits, but they are a masterpieces nonetheless. (Click on the song title's hyperlink to listen).
So, let's get a dialogue going. Who are your "Holy Trinity" and why?