Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – Surrender

Sadly Tom Petty passed away last week. This post is a homage to this American rocker that since the late seventies has delighted rock fans with his awesome output through many years.

This video is a great live rendition of “Surrender”, an outtake originally intended to be included on the “Damn the torpedos” álbum (1979) but sadly discarded. It´s taken from a great live show at Santa Monica (12/31/78) that you can easily find on its entirety on “You Tube”. R.I.P. Tom.

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R.E.M. – What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?

What’s The Frequency, Kenneth? is arguably the best song on “Monster” (1994). This is a truly special live performance due to the amazing scenery: the Cologne platz just besides its famous and beautiful gothic Dom. But also the band delivers an awesome performance: it´s rock and roll as good as it gets and you can feel German audience really enjoying the show.

R.E.M. (w/ Neil Young) – Country feedback

Country feedback (from the album Out of time) is what is usually known as a “deep cut”. Not a hit single, no radio airplay. But it comes to be one of REM´s finest and most impressive songs ever and Michael Stipe´s favourite one.

There are several fantastic performances of this song on the internet; so difficult to choose I finally included two. Both are from 1998 and are truly stunning: heartfelt, great sounding. The kind of music that makes time stand still for a while.

The first one is from a show at Shoreline Amphitheatre (Mountain View, California) and Neil Young joins the band on stage for an impressive result. Godfather Young kind of acts as if he is alone on stage but his guitar picking is omnipresent; Stipe is really aware of his great instrumental delivery that really highs the song level.

The second one is from Jools Holland TV show and its highlights are Stipe´s vocal delivery and an incredible slide guitar work. Play them loud and choose your own favourite!!

The Lemon Twigs – These words

Is the band led by brothers Michael and Brian D’Addario the “next big thing”? Well, we don´t know by now, but what is sure is we must keep an eye on them.

They sound like some kind of seventies Beatles with Todd Rundgren at the controls. Stellar musicianship, beautifully crafted songs; for sure they have a vast knowledge of pop and rock music. These words is one of their best songs and this is a great sounding performance live on 89.3 The Current.

Beck – Blue Moon

I don´t like all of Beck´s body of work to date. But I really enjoy his most acoustic guitar driven music, especially his 2002 album Sea change and his latest Morning phase. From this one is the outstanding Blue Moon.

This is a beautiful and truly heartfelt performance of the song at the EllenTVShow. Beck Hansen displays all his artistry in this delivery leaving no room for sceptics.

First Aid Kit – Waterloo sunset

Swedish siblings Karla and Johanna Söderberg are well known for their excellent covers of classic pop songs.

In this live performance on BBC Radio 2 they deliver a beautiful and truly great one of The Kinks landmark song. A folkie, delicate and warm approach to one of the best pop songs ever written.