Classic Rock Bottom

Since the Copyright Act of 1909, United States musicians have had the right to record a version of someone else's previously recorded and released tune, whether it's music alone or music with lyrics. A license can be negotiated between representatives of the interpreting artist and the copyright holder, or recording published tunes can fall under a mechanical license whereby the recording artist pays a standard royalty to the original author/copyright holder through an organization such as the Harry Fox Agency, and is safe under copyright law even if they do not have any permission from the original author. Other agents who can facilitate clearance include Limelight, the online mechanical licensing utility powered by RightsFlow. The U.S. Congress introduced the mechanical license to head off an attempt by the Aeolian Company to monopolize the piano roll market.

Although a composer cannot deny anyone a mechanical license for a new recorded version, the composer has the right to decide who will release the first recording of a song. Bob Dylan took advantage of this right when he refused his own record company the right to release a live recording of "Mr. Tambourine Man."

Live performances of copyrighted songs are typically arranged through performing rights organizations such as ASCAP or BMI.


This playlist, on the otherhand, is just darn good rock and roll!



Axe - Offering

1 - I Got The Fire

"I Got the Fire" is a song from the Montrose album Paper Money in 1974. This was one of the last collaborations between Ronnie Montrose and singer Sammy Hagar before Hagar left the band to pursue a solo career. The song was also covered by Iron Maiden. The group retitled the song "I've Got the Fire" on the b-side of their "Flight of Icarus" single in 1983. Although it had first been released as the B-side of Sanctuary as a live recording at the Marquee in 1980.

Judas Priest - Sin After Sin

2 - Diamonds & Rust

"Diamonds & Rust" is a song written and performed by Joan Baez. Released in 1975, it had actually been written and composed the previous November. The song alludes to Baez's relationship with Bob Dylan ten years before. Although Dylan is not specifically named in the song, in the third chapter of her memoir, And a Voice to Sing With (1987), Baez uses phrases from the song in describing her relationship with Dylan, and has been explicit that he was the inspiration for the song. She recounts how she originally told Dylan that the song was about her ex-husband David Harris, which was obviously not true. The song, which was a top-40 hit for Baez on the U.S. pop singles chart, is regarded by a number of critics, as well as by Baez fans, as one of her best compositions. It served as the title song on Baez's gold-selling Diamonds & Rust album in 1975.

The Babys - ST

3 - I Love How You Love Me

"I Love How You Love Me" was written by Barry Mann and Larry Kolber when both were staff writers at Don Kirshner's Aldon Music. Kolber had written the lyrics on a restaurant napkin within five minutes. The song was intended for Tony Orlando to be arranged in the same upbeat style as Orlando's precedent hits "Bless You" and "Halfway to Paradise".1 However Phil Spector discovered the song on a visit to Kirshner's Aldon offices and persuaded Kirshner that the song would have more potential if rendered by a female act. Spector then recorded "I Love How You Love Me" with The Paris Sisters. Entering the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 in October 1961, "I Love How You Love Me" reached no. 5 that November.

Dream Theater - Black Clouds & Silver Linings [3 Disc Special Edition]

4 - Stargazer

The long, epic track with symphonic influences starts with a short drum solo by Cozy Powell and features the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. "Stargazer (Rough Mix)", an early mix from the 2011 Deluxe Edition of Rising, starts with a keyboard intro played by Tony Carey and has a length of 9:08.

  • In 1998, Mundanus Imperium (feat. Jorn Lande) covered "Stargazer" on The Spectral Spheres Coronation.
  • In 2003, Argentine singer Adrián Barilari covered "Stargazer" (in Spanish) with his band Barilari on their self-titled debut album.
  • In 2003, Lana Lane covered "Stargazer" on Covers Collection album.
  • In 2011, folk metal band Týr covered "Stargazer" on the album The Lay of Thrym.

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Not familiar with it at all.  That's also DT?

It's a Joan Baez song, that's what made it so surprising.

Diamonds & Rust that is.

AXE - It's okay, but not great. Sounds like Whitesnake. I have that Iron Maiden-single, but I can't remember Maiden's version of this song? Maybe I only listened to it once back in '83, and my memory ain't THAT good anymore.

PRIEST - Awesome!!!

THE BABY'S - Never really liked this band, and do NOT like this one!!!

DREAM THEATER - As I said: (Almost) an excact copy of the original song, but with crappy vocals!! Good drums, though.

I have all 4 of these, completely forgot about that Dream Theater one though.

I had the Axe and JP albums when I was younger, didn't realize at the time that either of those were covers. FOund out years later, they're fine covers in my book because I thought they were originals!

The Baby's song is ok, I like the geetaring, just makes it sounds a bit more mean.

Yeah...I completely forgot about Dream Theater and Stargazer. Really nice geetaring....hell, the whole band sound TIGHT.

Nice picks, Scottie!

Now, can I top this?

I have that Axe CD, but forgot, didn't know about the Montrose cover. Yeah, I have that Montrose CD, Sammy Hagar was my favorite singer and still probably is. I'll have to dig out the axe CD. Nice find.

That Axe disc is solid, I think you'll remember a lot of the tunes on it


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