You and Me: Glenn Danzig & the Power and Fury Orchestra

Rating: 100%

danzig.jpgIn 1987, the Glenn Danzig did something different since Samhain was pretty much on hold. He contributed the song “You & Me” to the movie “Less Than Zero.” The results were big. Glenn vocals for the first time in the studio really shined. Using the influences of the likes of Elvis and Morrison, Glenn proved that he can not only do Punk music and Heavy Metal, but he could rock with other styles of music.

The vocal work is amazing. The song structure with the Power and Fury Orchestra is fantastic. The song itself, still remains somewhat dark in nature, but it’s so enlightening at the same time. This song also kind of sets the stage for the band Danzig and the direction that Glenn is going for.

In fact, the entire “Less than Zero” sound track is pretty good, even with Slayer performing “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” originally released by Iron Butterfly.

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Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture: Sir Adrian Boult & The London Philharmonic Orchestra

Rating: 80%

il_570xN.543454241_ahd6Sir Adrian Boult & The London Philharmonic Orchestra version of a timeless classic piece of music “Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture” is both heartwarming and emotional.

The piece was commissioned by Tsar Alexander I in 1880. It took Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky only six weeks to compose this piece. It was to commemorate Russia’s defense against Napoleon’s French army in 1812. The 1812 Overture debut in Moscow on August 20, 1882. Since then, it has been a classic song that has been recorded and performed many, many times.

The London Philharmonic Orchestra with Sir Adrian Boult conducting is a brilliantly put together. The music on this 1952 vinyl is both meaty and full. The strings, percussion and horns work well for this piece. The music swings in and out with lots of good tempo and melody that keeps building for the grand finale. When it hits, your pumped for victory. It’s no wonder why so many military bands still perform this piece to this day. The sound is amazing with hardly any noticeable background noise. This is a timeless classic that will live on for centuries to come.