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KISS – DYNASTY

Today is the 40th anniversary of Dynasty. It’s the seventh studio album of Kiss. It restored the band to commercial prominence, reaching #9 on the US Billboard album chart and was certified platinum.

“2000 Man”, is one of my most favourites from the album. It’s a cover version of Rolling Stones’s song.

You might wonder why the voice sounds different. Doesn’t sound like Paul Stanley or Gene Simmons. No, not them. It’s Ace Frehley. He’s in charge of the vocal department. Although he had frequently sung backing vocals and had written the Kiss classics “Cold Gin” and “Parasite”, Frehley had only previously been lead singer on his songs “Shock Me” on Love Gun, and “Rocket Ride” on the studio side of Alive II, as he lacked confidence in his ability as a lead singer.

Frehley’s voice, the way he sings, isn’t bad at all, dontcha think?

Check out also the acoustic version of “2000 Man”. Oh, you can also see Ace Frehley without mask!

BLACK BETTY

Hello again Monday. Here’s a down and dirty groove, killer rock riffs to beat the blues: Black Betty.

Many people—including me—think that this song is originally written and sung by Ram Jam. Matter of fact, thanks to Wikipedia, this 20th-century African-American work song often credited to Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter as the author, though the earliest recordings are not by him. Some sources claim it is one of Lead Belly’s many adaptations of earlier folk material, back to 18th-century.

The best known modern recordings are rock versions by Ram Jam, Sir Tom Jones, and Spiderbait, all of which were hits.

David Hackett Fischer, in his book Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America states that “Black Betty” was a common term for a bottle of whisky in the borderlands of northern England/southern Scotland, and later in the backcountry areas of the eastern United States. In January 1736, Benjamin Franklin published The Drinker’s Dictionary in the Pennsylvania Gazette offering 228 round-about phrases for being drunk. One of those phrases is “He’s kiss’d black Betty.” Other sources give the meaning of “Black Betty” in the United States as a liquor bottle.

Sláinte!

BLACK BETTY

Hello again Monday. Here’s a down and dirty groove, killer rock riffs to beat the blues: Black Betty.

Many people—including me—think that this song is originally written and sung by Ram Jam. Matter of fact, thanks to Wikipedia, this 20th-century African-American work song often credited to Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter as the author, though the earliest recordings are not by him. Some sources claim it is one of Lead Belly’s many adaptations of earlier folk material, back to 18th-century.

The best known modern recordings are rock versions by Ram Jam, Sir Tom Jones, and Spiderbait, all of which were hits.

David Hackett Fischer, in his book Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America states that “Black Betty” was a common term for a bottle of whisky in the borderlands of northern England/southern Scotland, and later in the backcountry areas of the eastern United States. In January 1736, Benjamin Franklin published The Drinker’s Dictionary in the Pennsylvania Gazette offering 228 round-about phrases for being drunk. One of those phrases is “He’s kiss’d black Betty.” Other sources give the meaning of “Black Betty” in the United States as a liquor bottle.

Sláinte!

Max Havelaar – Tumaritis

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Setelah menyelesaikan seluruh proses rekaman, akhirnya Max Havelaar akan mengeluarkan debut full albumnya di awal Februari 2016. Debut album yang berisikan 9 lagu akan dilepas dalam bentuk fisik dan digital. Setelah melepas single “Suara Kita Suara Tuhan”, Max Havelaar mengeluarkan single “Tumaritis” untuk perkenalan debut albumnya. Lagu Tumaritis yang berdurasi 6 menit 57 detik ini direkam dengan memakai musisi tamu: Akbar dari Efek Rumah Kaca di drums dan Ria Septiani dari AreYouAlone di suara langgam. Lagu ini dimixing oleh Ario Hendarwan, dimastering oleh Indra Q dan artwork dikerjakan seniman dari Bandung: Rere.

Lirik lagu “Tumaritis” adalah tentang pertanyaan dan kegundahan tentang bagaimana konsep perikehidupan yang sering kita terima seringkali berseberangan dengan kondisi yang kita hadapi. Dari dulu kita banyak menerima cerita dari orang tua, guru,buku-buku dan kitab-kitab tentang kerukunan, keramahan dan kehebatan bangsa kita. Tapi ketika kita dihadapkan dengan berbagai peristiwa pembunuhan, perusakan dan pelarangan atas nama politik, agama dan moral, banyak pertanyaan yang terus menggantung di benak kita.

Tumaritis adalah mitologi di dalam dunia pewayangan yang secara turun temurun di turunkan oleh leluhur kita. Tumaritis adalah tempat idaman dimana semua kebaikan (juga keburukan) hidup berdampingan secara harmonis. Tumaritis adalah tempat dimana kita bisa hidup ideal, berdampingan satu sama lain tanpa pernah merasa takut akan perasaan untuk ditindas

Tumaritis adalah harapan….

Untuk memperdengarkan, silahkan ke: www.suaramaxhavelaar.com

Tulisan di atas disalin langsung dari rilis pers resmi Max Havelaar