Friday, 6 April 2012

Free Download Friday #125: Roadrunner Records goes to Download

I've been too busy of late to update this blog but I'm back this week with a link that will net you not one, but thirteen tracks! But first a slight diversion.

For the last couple of Christmases, I've posted links and downloads for Christmas songs from a variety of Pop, Blues and Rock artists. I thought that, since this is Good Friday, I should look for an Easter related song to offer as a download. The problem is, there are next to no Easter Pop, Blues and Rock songs at all... let alone free downloadable ones. At least, I couldn't find any. I guess that Easter is just not seen in the same light as Christmas by the music industry. If any of you can think of Easter songs, I'd be interested to hear your suggestions. The best I could come up with is this YouTube video of Larry Norman singing Why Should The Devil Have All The Good Music? which contains the lines: "Jesus is the Rock and he rolled my Blues away." :-)

So, what about the promised thirteen track download? Well, it comes courtesy of Roadrunner Records - probably my favourite record label. Not only are they currently the home of the greatest band in the world but they also give away a ton of free tracks!

And once again, as they did last year, they are giving away a Download Festival sampler. I think this is a brilliant idea and I don't know why more bands/record labels don't do it. There are so many bands at a festival, how do you choose who to go and see? In general, I suspect most people will go to bands they've heard of, bands where they already have at least a couple of tracks in their music collection. So Roadrunner Records gives you a sample track from each of their artists that will be appearing at the festival. As I said, brilliant!

This year, the tracks on offer are:
1. Black Stone Cherry - White Trash Millionaire
2. Soulfly - World Scum
3. Lamb of God - Ghost Walking
4. Revoker - Stay Down
5. Royal Republic - Tommy Gun
6. Kids in Glass Houses - Gold Blood
7. Trivium - In Waves
8. DevilDriver - You Make Me Sick
9. Periphery - Icarus Lives
10. Theory of a Deadman - Lowlife
11. Machine Head - Locust
12. Megadeth - Public Enemy No 1
13. Opeth - The Devil's Orchard  
A really good mix of tracks. My favourite is Black Stone Cherry but there's a really good mix of styles there - pretty much something for everyone. Just go to the Roadrunner Records facebook page, enter your details, sign up for a mailing list and you'll be sent a link to the download page.

So, what's your favourite track?


Jeff Taylor said...

Marillion and Patti Smith both have songs called "Easter". Frank Zappa also has "Watermelon in Easter Hay" - I have no idea what the title is referring to, but WOW, what a guitar solo!

Happy Easter!

Mosher said...

Roadrunner have a lot of good artists on their books. I don't think there's a bad track in that freebie list but I think I own them all already anyway!

My only quibble is Download being on during the English half term, but not during the Scottish one so I can't go. BOO!

David said...

Hello Jeff

Thanks for the suggestion. I must admit to not really bothering with Marillion post-Fish. A quick search of YouTube dug it up though. After a quick listen, my guess would be that it's about the Irish Easter Uprising... but I could be wrong. A quick listen also confirmed my opinion of post-Fish Marillion - I still like the music but only during the instrumental sections. :-)

As for Patti Smith, I can't make head nor tail of her lyrics... clearly she is drawing on religious imagery but I think I need someone better able to interpret poetry than I to make sense of it.

And Zappa... sense doesn't come into it! But a quick listen on YouTube revealed a beautiful, lyrical track. One I'd definitely listen to again.

David said...

Hello Mr Mosher

Yes, I already own a good number of them too... which I think illustrates the value of record label giving away free samples of their artists work. It is largely thanks to Roadrunner's generosity with free tracks that I first heard a number of their bands whose albums I subsequently went out and bought!