Rock 'n' Roll Party (Honoring Les Paul) is a live album by Jeff Beck, recorded as a tribute album to the late guitarist Les Paul. The album is recorded at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City where Les Paul played almost every week until his death in August 2009. It was recorded on 9 June 2010, which would have been Les Paul's 95th birthday. The songs played were popular hits from the 1950s and 1960s, including many songs Les Paul played himself
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Sabbath blasted into the charts and toured the world in a furious haze of alcohol and drugs. From their self-titled debut in 1970 right up to 1978’s Never Say Die!, Ozzy’s final 70s album before being sacked, Black Sabbath concocted a whole host of magnificent, monolithic sounds
Not until Black Sabbath upended the music scene did the term heavy metal enter the popular vocabulary to describe the denser, more thunderous offshoot of rock over which they presided. With their riff-based songs, extreme volume and dark, demonic subject matter, Black Sabbath embodied key aspects of the heavy-metal aesthetic. Yet in their own words, Black Sabbath saw themselves as a heavy underground band. Black Sabbath recorded its self-titled first album in a single session in November 1969, setting up their gear in a small studio and running through their live set. The lack of frills and contrivance worked to advantage, as the group’s riff-driven, blues-based hard rock came through loud and clear on The Wizard, . Warning and, of course, Black Sabbath. The only effects added to the album were the tolling bell and thunderstorm that provide a chilling opening to the title track.
Black Sabbath changed the world, opening the minds of our embryonic cells to the never-ending well that is inspiration, the spirit, and the soul. Despite their ubiquity and the press around brand-new comeback album 13 - which just debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, their first time ever topping the charts - the roots of Black Sabbath aren’t the roots associated with success, with boundless creativity, even with systemic change. The lineup is responsible for many rock ‘n’ roll stories that worked their way into Spinal Tap (see the individual write-up).
Although the chaotic sessions that spawned this album have passed into rock & roll legend and the recording's very genesis (as an out-of-court settlement between John Lennon and an aggrieved publisher) has often caused it to be slighted by many of the singer's biographers, Rock 'n' Roll, in fact, stands as a peak in his post-Imagine catalog: an album
The band also explored many rock sub-genres, including hard rock ( Paranoid ), blues rock ( . psychedelic rock ( Planet Caravan ) and, of course, the traditional heavy metal, being one of the precursors of this genre. They were ranked by MTV as the Greatest Metal Band of all time and placed second in VH1’s 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock list. Rolling Stone magazine ranked them number 85 in their 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. They have sold over 70 million records worldwide.