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Rock and Roll Feature: In the Court of the Crimson King

This is the nineteenth in a series of Rock & Roll features I'm writing for this site. I'm a rock and roller, so this column is a way for me to feature a different album that I like, from different genres every month.

Zappa Plays Zappa Giveaway Coming to a Close

The Soul of Rock 'n' Roll's Zappa Plays Zappa DVD giveaway is coming to a close today. Thanks to all those who entered. There was a lot of interest so I'll definitely be considering hosting other giveaways of this type in the future.

An email will be sent to the chosen winners today for a confirmation of their address, and then their free copy of the latest Zappa Plays Zappa DVDs should be on the way. If you entered, keep an eye on your email today for a confirmation notice, and reply with a confirmation ASAP or I might have to give your DVD set to someone else.

Final Week of the Soul of Rock and Roll Zappa Plays Zappa Giveaway

That's right we're coming down to the final week of the Zappa Plays Zappa Giveaway here at the Soul of Rock 'n' Roll. I just wanted to make sure that as many people who might be interested in getting a free copy of the Zappa Plays Zappa DVDs gets to enter before time is up. The contest will end promptly on May 21st, exactly one month from the start date of April 21st, so make sure and enter if you haven't already.

Zappa Plays Zappa: DVD Giveaway

I was lucky to be offered the opportunity to do something with the Soul of Rock 'n' Roll I have not done before. It's a special event to give something back to the readers... a contest giveaway.

Partnering with Big Honcho Media, the Soul of Rock 'n' Roll is going to be giving away a number of copies of the new Zappa Plays Zappa DVD set. I'm pretty interested in this DVD release myself as I heard that the ZPZ tour was just incredible, critically acclaimed and a lots of fun, so I thought that being able to give away a few copies to some lucky Zappa fans would be pretty cool.

Zappa Plays Zappa: A DVD Review

There's been a number of amazing concert tours in the past few years... many of which I was lucky enough to attend. Certainly up near the top of the ones I wish I could have seen is the Zappa Plays Zappa tour. Critically acclaimed, this project was the brain child of one Dweezil Zappa, who put together an amazing band, complete with a few special guests, to tour performing the music of his late father, Frank Zappa. Having not been able to see Frank when he was still performing, I thought this was a really cool idea and was looking forward to catching a show.

Rock and Roll Feature: Freak Out with the Mothers of Invention

This is the seventeenth in a series of Rock & Roll features I'm writing for this site. I'm a rock and roller, so this column is a way for me to feature a different album that I like, from different genres every month.

King Crimson Live and the Incredible Guitar Work of Robert Fripp

In the realm of progressive rock there seems to be a band that I have been trying and trying to get into for years: King Crimson. I don't know what it is that has kept me from really getting into their work before, especially because I've been a fan of the guitar work of Robert Fripp for some time. Maybe I've just finally reached the point in my musical tastes and especially my guitar playing where they fit in well. Recently I've been listening to a lot of music from this band and seeking out some of the early footage of them playing live to really get a grasp of what they're all about...

Symphonic Shred: Unique Live Performance from Steve Vai

As a guitarist, I may love blues and the more subtle (not that blues has to be subtle) part of the electric guitar, but I'm not going to lie to you and say that I don't dig those insanely good shredding moments as well. And not all insanely fast guitar pickers are created equally. I'm not going to knock any, but personally a few seem to strike me as more than just your average player.

Progressive Sonic Landscapes from Phoenix and the Turtle

Some bands have art and the cerebral embedded in their music from the very start. I'm thinking about bands like Pink Floyd, Sonic Youth, Radiohead, Tool... bands that I like listening to in the dark to be better immersed in their sounds and musical textures... bands that just seem to beg higher thought. I can see Phoenix and the Turtle being a band I can add to that list, although they are certainly not clones of any of the ones I mentioned, or any band really.

The Moody Blues and Nights in White Satin from 1967

I've mentioned before that certain bands have just always been part of my life. Pink Floyd, the Beatles...etc. Another group that has always been around for me is the Moody Blues and to this day they are one of my favorites.

"Nights in White Satin" is definitely one of the most recognizable songs by the Moody Blues, even if many may not remember the rest of the epic symphonic album, Days of Future Passed, that is it from.

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