Supertramp: imprescindibles y eternos

¡Qué decir de esta banda británica llamada Supertramp!. Canciones donde compaginaban comercialidad, con un rock más sinfónico y progresivo. Su bipolaridad en el liderazgo hizo que a principios de los 80 Roger Hodgson se separara y quedara al frente Rick Davies. Pero para ese momento, la banda ya nos había regalado álbumes y canciones que consagraron a la banda al estatus de imprescindible y eterna. Trabajos como "Crime of the Century", "Crisis? What Crisis?", "Even in the Quietest Moments" o "Breakfast In America" con un sonido más pop, hicieron las delicias de todos los que amamamos la música hecha con buen gusto.
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Letra
When I was young, it seemed that life was so wonderful,
A miracle, oh it was beautiful, magical.
And all the birds in the trees, well theyd be singing so happily,
Joyfully, playfully watching me.
But then they send me away to teach me how to be sensible,
Logical, responsible, practical.
And they showed me a world where I could be so dependable,
Clinical, intellectual, cynical.

There are times when all the worlds asleep,
The questions run too deep
For such a simple man.
Wont you please, please tell me what weve learned
I know it sounds absurd
But please tell me who I am.

Now watch what you say or theyll be calling you a radical,
Liberal, fanatical, criminal.
Wont you sign up your name, wed like to feel youre
Acceptable, respecable, presentable, a vegtable!

At night, when all the worlds asleep,
The questions run so deep
For such a simple man.
Wont you please, please tell me what weve learned
I know it sounds absurd
But please tell me who I am.

The Manhattan Transfer: uno de los grupos vocales más deliciosos y maravillosos

Se formaron en Nueva York en 1972, comenzando a actuar en clubs de jazz neoyorkinos, donde alcanzaron gran popularidad. Pero en realidad, The Manhattan Transfer aunan en su interior la calidad vocal de sus componentes, con el buen gusto en interpretaciones clásicas de jazz, soul, swing, samba o folk. Todo ello les ha permitido abarcar diversidad de audiencias, tanto en Estados Unidos, como en Europa, donde siempre han permanecido fieles a este cuarteto.

Al frente del grupo estuvo Tim Hauser, hasta su muerte el 16 de octubre del año 2014. Su maestría en el arte del vocalese, estilo que consiste en añadir letras a piezas instrumentales de jazz, les proporcionó el más alto grado de reconocimiento aspirando por su álbum Vocalese a 12 Grammys en 1985, todo un récord superado sólo por el Thriller de Michael Jackson. En su diverso océano musical nos podemos encontrar con temas como "Groovin'", "Birdland", "Chanson d'Amour", "Twilight Zone/Twilight Tone", "Spice Of Life" o "Soul Food To Go", de su álbum -premiado con un Grammy- Brasil, sin olvidarnos de su mayor éxito en España, "Speak Up Mambo", más conocido aquí como "Cuéntame Qué Te Pasó". Todo un boom por aquel entonces, donde deja claro su diversidad musical y su reinvindicación de no ser catalogados y ser simplemente The Manhattan Transfer, uno de los grupos vocales más deliciosos y maravillosos con los que han podido disfrutar mis oidos.
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Groovin'
Just groovin'
Groovin' woh oh oh
Yeh e yeh e yeh groovin'
Woh oh oh

Groovin'
On a Sunday afternoon
Really
Couldn't get away to soon

I can't imagine anything that's better
The world is ours whenever we're together
There ain't a place I'd like to be instead
Yeh, just groovin'

Just groovin'
Groovin' woh oh oh

Groovin'
Down a crowded avenue
Doing
Anything we like to do (anything, anything)

There's always lots of things that we can see
We can be anyone we'd like to be
And all those happy people we could meet

Yeh
Groovin'
On a Sunday afternoon
Really
Couldn't get away too soon
No no no no

Ahh's

We'll keep on spending sunny days this way
We're gonna talk and laugh the time away
I feel it coming closer day by day

Life would be ecstasy you and me endlessly

Groovin'
On a Sunday afternoon
Really
Couldn't get away to soon

Groovin'
On a Sunday afternoon
Really (really now)
Couldn't get away
Yeh
Couldn't get away now
No, no, no groovin'

Just groovin' oh, oh yeh
Just groovin'
(Really)
Just groovin' yeh, yeh, yeh
(couldn't get away too soon, no, no, no)
Just groovin' 
Soul Food To Go
My, my
Oh the feelin'
Of the sound
Precious and real and
Ooo that's nice
Whip up some steamin' jazz
The pot is on the stove
It's cookin'

Want some more
We always save some
Art nouveau
For special patrons
You look nice
Do you believe in jazz

Kansas City to Brazil
It even gets you hot in your home
Kansas City to Brazil
I say blow your top
Blow your own

Ooo ooo ah
This be-bop's too much
I know you know
Hip hop
Never stop
I'll pour you tasty funk
We got
Cool and hot
Just for you
The pleasures of the soul
Come on
Come in
And check it out
Ooo c'est si bon
Ooo ooo ah
This be-bop's too much
I know you know
Hip hop
Never stop
I'll pour you tasty funk
We got
Cool and hot
Just for you
The pleasures of the soul
Come on
Come in
And check it out
Soul food to go

Yeah, yeah yeah...

(Repeat all)

Los Panchos: Si Tú Me Dices Ven

Hablar del Trio Los Panchos en el mundo hispano, es tentar a nuestro "yo" más romántico y tierno. Ellos llevan desde los años 40 haciendo del bolero su seña de identidad, haciendo de la música un lugar de encuentro de pasiones y sentimientos. "Si Tú Me Dices Ven", "El Reloj", "Contigo Aprendí", "Lo Dudo"... y así todo un vergel de canciones con un único latido, el de un corazón encerrado en un perpetuo romanticismo.

Tres voces muy especiales, junto a unas guitarras que simbolizan un sonido muy especial que les ha hecho famosos en todo el mundo, el de Los Panchos.
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Letra
Si tú me dices ven lo dejo todo
Si tú me dices ven será todo para ti
Mis momentos más ocultos
También te los daré
Mis secretos que son pocos
Serán tuyos también

Si tú me dices ven todo cambiará
Si tú me dices ven habrá felicidad
Si tú me dices ven, si tú me dices ven

No detengas el momento por las indecisiones
Para unir alma con alma, corazón con corazón
Reír contigo ante cualquier dolor
Llorar contigo, llorar contigo
Sera mi salvación

Pero si tú me dices ven lo dejo todo
Que no se te haga tarde
Y te encuentres en la calle, perdida
Sin rumbo y en el lodo
Si tú me dices ven lo dejo todo

The Doobie Brothers: cuando la música no tiene color

Por las venas de la banda americana The Doobie Brothers, circula sangre caliente californiana y energía desenfrenada balanceándose entre el pop-rock, folk o country principalmente. Ellos inciaron su carrera en 1970 como una banda de rock obteniendo un gran éxito comercial, sobre todo con la incorporación de Michael McDonald, que dió al pop-rock inicial de la banda, un estilo más elegante influenciado por el soul. Su fantástica voz recubierta de un alma soul, ofrecieron al grupo un arco iris musical más amplio; el sonido blue-eyed soul les venía como anillo al dedo.

Surgieron canciones tan maravillosas como este "What A Fool Believes", compuesta por Michael Mcdonald y Kenny Loggins, y con la que obtuvieron varios Grammys. Estaba incluida en el álbum 'Minute by minute' de 1978, y permaneció durante varias semanas en lo más alto de las listas de ventas gracias a este sencillo que ya es todo un clásico. Otras grandes canciones son "Listen To The Music" o "Long Train Running" de estilo más country-rock.

Ellos son un grupo de una gran armonía vocal con un falsete escalofriante, letra adictivas, y melodías enérgicas o envolvente que te atrapan desde el primer momento. Es uno de esos momentos en que la música no tiene color y lo blanco se solapa con lo negro, universalizando uno de los lenguajes más bellos.
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What A Fool Believes
He came from somewhere back in her long ago 
The sentimental fool dont see 
Tryin hard to recreate 
What had yet to be created once in her life 

She musters a smile 
For his nostalgic tale 
Never coming near what he wanted to say 
Only to realize 
It never really was 

She had a place in his life 
He never made her think twice 
As he rises to her apology 
Anybody else would surely know 
Hes watching her go 

But what a fool believes he sees 
No wise man has the power to reason away 
What seems to be 
Is always better than nothing 
And nothing at all keeps sending him... 

Somewhere back in her long ago 
Where he can still believe theres a place in her life 
Someday, somewhere, she will return 

She had a place in his life 
He never made her think twice 
As he rises to her apology 
Anybody else would surely know 
Hes watching her go 

But what a fool believes he sees 
No wise man has the power to reason away 
What seems to be 
Is always better than nothing 
Theres nothing at all 
But what a fool believes he sees... 
Long Train Running
Down around the corner
A half a mile from here
You see them long trains runnin'
And you watch them disappear

Without love
Where would you be now
Without love

You know I saw Miss Lucy
Down along the tracks
She lost her home and her family
And she won't be comin' back

Without love
Where would you be right now
Without love

Well the Illinois Central
And the Southern Central Freight
Gotta keep on pushin' Mama
'Cause you know they're runnin' late

Without love
Where would you be now - now, now, now
Without love

[Instrumental]

Well the Illinois Central
And the Southern Central Freight
Gotta keep on pushin' Mama
You know they're runnin' late

Without love
Where would you be now
Without love

When pistons keep on churnin'
And the wheels go 'round and 'round
And the steel rails lie cold and hard
For the miles that they go down

Without love
Where would you be right now
Without love

Where would you be now

Gotta get ya, baby, baby
Won't you boogie down?
Won't you boogie down?

Baby, baby, baby, baby
Won't you boogie down?

Where the big trains run
When the trains are movin' on

Ya gotta keep on movin'
Keep on movin'

David Bowie; inmortal en su recuerdo

Creativo, vanguardista y transgresor, David Bowie, también conocido como el Duque Blanco o el Camaleón del Rock por su facilidad de adaptarse a las nuevas tendencias e incluso adelantarse a ellas, nos abandonó un 10 de enero del año 2016 tras una dura batalla contra el cáncer. Es uno de los británicos más respetados e influyentes de la historia del rock. Siempre extravagante, provocador y ambiguo en su imagen y música, el glam-rock, la electrónica experimental, o el dance-pop, algunos de los géneros por donde ha discurrido su música desde los años 60 hasta nuestros dias. Su particular voz, y su extraordinario talento lo han convertido en alguién único, genuino, y desde luego inmortal para el mundo de la música.

Su recuerdo siempre permanecerá vivo, con canciones como "Let's Dance", "Space Oddity", "Changes", "Fame", "China Girl", o "Young Americans", perteneciente a su etapa más cercana a lo que él llamaba Plastic soul, con las que comparto su recuerdo.
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Young Americans
They pulled in just behind the bridge
He lays her down, he frowns
"Gee my life's a funny thing, am I still too young?"
He kissed her then and there
She took his ring, took his babies
It took him minutes, took her nowhere
Heaven knows, she'd have taken anything, but
CHORUS (SHE)
All night
She wants the young American
Young American, young American, she wants the young American
All right
She wants the young American
Scanning life through the picture window
She finds the slinky vagabond
He coughs as he passes her Ford Mustang, but
Heaven forbid, she'll take anything
But the freak, and his type, all for nothing
He misses a step and cuts his hand, but
Showing nothing, he swoops like a song
She cries "Where have all Papa's heroes gone?"
CHORUS (SHE)
All the way from Washington
Her bread-winner begs off the bathroom floor
"We live for just these twenty years
Do we have to die for the fifty more?"
CHORUS (HE)
All night
He wants the young American
Young American, young American, he wants the young American
All right
He wants the young American
Do you remember, your President Nixon?
Do you remember, the bills you have to pay
Or even yesterday?
Have you have been an un-American?
Just you and your idol singing falsetto 'bout
Leather, leather everywhere, and
Not a myth left from the ghetto
Well, well, well, would you carry a razor
In case, just in case of depression?
Sit on your hands on a bus of survivors
Blushing at all the afro-Sheilas
Ain't that close to love?
Well, ain't that poster love?
Well, it ain't that Barbie doll
Her heart's been broken just like you have
CHORUS (YOU)
All night
You want the young American
Young American, young American, you want the young American
All right
You want the young American
You ain't a pimp and you ain't a hustler
A pimp's got a Cadi and a lady got a Chrysler
Black's got respect, and white's got his soul train
Mama's got cramps, and look at your hands ache
(I heard the news today, oh boy)
I got a suite and you got defeat
Ain't there a man you can say no more?
And, ain't there a woman I can sock on the jaw?
And, ain't there a child I can hold without judging?
Ain't there a pen that will write before they die?
Ain't you proud that you've still got faces?
Ain't there one damn song that can make me
break down and cry?
CHORUS (I) (repeat 3 times)
All night
I want the young American
Young American, young American, I want the young American
All right
I want the young American
Space Oddity
Ground Control to Major Tom
Ground Control to Major Tom
Take your protein pills 
and put your helmet on

Ground Control to Major Tom
Commencing countdown, 
engines on
Check ignition 
and may God's love be with you

[spoken]
Ten, Nine, Eight, Seven, Six, Five, Four, Three, Two, One, Liftoff

This is Ground Control 
to Major Tom
You've really made the grade
And the papers want to know whose shirts you wear
Now it's time to leave the capsule 
if you dare

This is Major Tom to Ground Control
I'm stepping through the door
And I'm floating 
in a most peculiar way
And the stars look very different today

For here
Am I sitting in a tin can
Far above the world
Planet Earth is blue
And there's nothing I can do

Though I'm past 
one hundred thousand miles
I'm feeling very still
And I think my spaceship knows which way to go
Tell my wife I love her very much 
she knows

Ground Control to Major Tom
Your circuit's dead,
there's something wrong
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you....

Here am I floating 
round my tin can
Far above the Moon
Planet Earth is blue
And there's nothing I can do.

Roy Orbison: Only The Lonely

Como muchos de los blancos pioneros del rock and roll, Roy Orbison empezó haciendo country. A lo largo de sus casi 4 décadas en la música, realizó giras con The Rolling Stone, The Beach Boys y The Beatles, siendo punto de influencia para ellos y otros como Elvis Presley o Bob Dylan. Con una imagen muy particular -pálido, con gafas oscuras e inamovible en el escenario- las baladas más románticas y sensibles surgían de su voz de tenor, bella, de registro alto, en ocasiones en falsete y sobre todo misteriosa en su tono.

No obtuvo un éxito continuado en sus comienzos, y tuvo que ser tras su muerte cuando se empezaron a valorar grandes temas como su primer número 1 "Only The Lonely", "Oh, Pretty Woman", "In Dreams" y canciones póstumas como "I Drove All Night" o "You got it". Todo un lujo recordar esas canciones tan llenas de magia y candidez.
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Letra
Dum-dum-dum-dumdy-doo-wah
Ooh-yay-yay-yay-yeah
Oh-oh-oh-oh-wah
Only the lonely

Only the lonely (dum-dum-dum-dumdy-doo-wah)
Know the way I feel tonight (ooh-yay-yay-yay-yeah)
Only the lonely (dum-dum-dum-dumdy-doo-wah)
Know this feelin' ain't right (dum-dum-dum-dumdy-doo-wah)

There goes my baby
There goes my heart
They're gone forever
So far apart

But only the lonely
Know why
I cry
Only the lonely

Dum-dum-dum-dumdy-doo-wah
Ooh-yay-yay-yay-yeah
Oh-oh-oh-oh-wah
Only the lonely

Only the lonely
Know the heartaches I've been through
Only the lonely
Know I cried and cried for you

Maybe tomorrow
A new romance
No more sorrow
But that's the chance - You gotta take
If your lonely heart breaks
Only the lonely

Dum-dum-dum-dumdy-doo-wah