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Van Halen

As iconic as Van Halen have come to be, they had to start somewhere.


Van Halen is the band's debut album, released in February 1978.  The album reached No. 19 on Billboard 200 in 1978.  By 1996, over 10 million copies sold in the U.S. and was certified Diamond.  (Wikipedia
Signature Van Halen songs from the debut album include - "Runnin' With the Devil," the "Eruption" guitar solo, "You Really Got Me," and many others.  (Wikipedia)
Point of intrigue - Initial recordings in 1976 did not find interest with record labels and even Eddie Van Halen.  However, offers for concert performances were given and at one particular concert, the band was discovered by manager, Marshall Berle.  A performance at Whisky a Go Go (a Los Angeles club) caught the attention of Warner Bros.  From there, a contract was signed.  Early on, Van Halen opened for Journey, Montrose (whose vocalist was Sammy Hagar), and Black Sabbath in Europe and the United States.  (Wikipedia)
Poi…

U2 - Mysterious Ways

Straight to the point -

What you need to know about "Mysterious Ways" -
- 8th track from U2's 1991 album, Achtung Baby
- Released in December 1991
- Top Ten in Canada and other countries
- No. 1 in Ireland
- No. 1 on Billboard Modern Rock Tracks
- No. 1 on Album Rock Tracks
- No. 9 on Billboard Hot 100
- Certified Gold in New Zealand

(The full history of the song can be found on Wikipedia.)

Where the official music video for "Mysterious Ways" was featured in the Versus Tuesday post (below this post), I will feature here a live version of the song.  

Point of interest -
The live debut of "Mysterious Ways" came in February 1992.

"Mysterious Ways" Live from Chicago, 2005

Versus Tuesday

Astronaut2005 Drummer v. Original Performance

In this edition of Versus Tuesday, I am featuring "Mysterious Ways" by U2 and the drum cover take by Astronaut2005 Drummer.



Neil Peart Drum Solo - Rush Live in Frankfurt

zZounds Music Monday

Due disclaimer - This post contains affiliate links and I may be compensated on any purchase made.

In this edition of zZounds Music Monday, I am highlighting a variety of drum kit brands in honor of the late Neil Peart - drummer for Rush.  Neil was known for playing the Tama, Ludwig, and Drum Workshop.  And so in this post, I will highlight samples from the Tama, Ludwig, and Drum Workshop brands.


Tama


Tama IE62C Imperialstar Drum Kit, 6-Piece (with Meinl Cymbals),Burgundy Walnut  $799.99 OR 12 Payments $66.67
https://www.zzounds.com/a--3960264/item--TAMIE62C



What you need to know  - Tama is the industry standard for beginning drummers  - High quality experience at the best value - Maximum enjoyment and personal fulfillment ... Fully functional, highly durable, quality sounding acoustic kit ... Tama foundation - Imperialstar provides sound and durability
If you are an aspiring drummer and know that you have to start somewhere, Tama may be the best option.  If you are seriously interested in lear…

Top five books every ambitious young adult should read.

“What I love most about reading: It gives you the ability to reach higher ground. And *helps you* keep climbing.” – Oprah Winfrey, What I Know For Sure
Some books are meant to be tasted, while others are meant to be masticated, swallowed, digested and assimilated. In other words, some books are meant to be skimmed through, while others need to be thoroughly studied and applied.
The following five book, in my opinion, should not just be read but thoroughly studied, every single year, by all young adults who are wildly ambitious and want to achieve great things in life.
The application of the knowledge attained from these books could unleash the power of every ambitious individual who dares not just to dream big but take purposeful action.
1.The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho “When you truly desire something, all the universe conspires in your favour to make it happen.”– Paulo Coelho
We all have dreams, however small or big, and more often than not, our dreams give our lives meaning. The Alchemis…

zZounds Clearance Gear - Latin Percussion Bongos

Due disclaimer - This post contains affiliate links and I may be compensated on any purchase made.

In this edition of zZounds Clearance Gear, I am opting to go down a unique instrumental route that is new to Set List - the Bongos!  

If you love the Latin beat, this post is for you!  Explore below-

Latin Percussion 601 City Series Bongos, Vintage Sunburst, Blemished
$74.95*
*The set below is the last one in stock, so act now if seriously interested!

https://www.zzounds.com/a--3960264/item--LATLP601NY?siid=203024



Make - Siam oak shells Rawhide heads
If you are okay with a minor imperfection and the City Series Bongos are otherwise a must have, follow the link above for specs and a payment plan if needed.
As always,
Play it!

zZounds Music Sunday

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In the post, zZounds Music Sunday, published earlier this month, I featured the Korg Micro-Korg Analog-Modeling Synth-Vocoder best meant for professionals.  The Korg brand is technical and requires time, patience, and passion to learn and master in skill.

In this edition of zZounds Music Sunday, I am scaling back to focus on the beginner, starting with the Yamaha brand.  Consider the following -

Yamaha PSR-E263 Portable Keyboard, 61-Key, New
$129.99 OR 6 Payments $21.67

https://www.zzounds.com/a-3960264/item--YAMPSRE263


Features - - Yamaha Education Suite to learn 100 preset songs - 385 Instrument Voices - 100 Styles to experiment - Opportunity to create own music - Splits for practicing with a partner - Auto power off saves energy after a period of inactivity - Internal speakers with Aux Line Input to connect to any musical device ...and so much more
(An optional kit includes a foot switch, stereo hea…

Set List Recommended

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In this edition of Set List Recommended, I am featuring a trending favorite - zZounds Music Monday.  The zZounds post is recommended for one reason - the instrument of choice was a Gibson Slash 1966 EDS-1275 Double Neck Electric Guitar (with Case).  zZounds Music Monday will stand on its own but as a refresher -
https://www.zzounds.com/a--3960264/item--GIBDSEDSLSA

Only 1 left!

$13,299 - Call for 12 Payment Plan

Personally signed by Slash

Follow the links above for further details.

Friday zZounds Showcase

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Welcome to the launch edition of Friday zZounds Showcase!  In this weekly series, I will highlight - showcase - instrumentals exclusive to the many brands featured on zZounds.  How is Friday zZounds Showcase different from other zZounds posts on Set List?  My answer - Each brand has its own exclusive and unique line of instruments.
An example in this launch edition of Friday zZounds Showcase is the Epiphone Exclusive Limited Edition DR100 Acoustic Guitar.  $149
https://www.zzounds.com/a--3960264/item--EPIDR100LE


According to zZounds, the DR100 is Epiphone's best selling acoustic guitar.  This guitar is ideal for beginners and professionals alike for its look, sound, and build.  The best feature is the budget-friendly price, which if needed can be broken down into 4 payments of $37.25.
The Epiphone Exclusive Limited Edition DR100 Acoustic Guitar is limited for a reason - the limited-run co…

Set List Reader's Choice

In this edition of Set List Reader's Choice, your favorite post dates to February 2019!

At the time, I stumbled upon an interview with Simon Le Bon and John Taylor on YouTube.  The topic of the interview was to see just how well the two knew each other after so many years working together.  Of course as a fan of Duran Duran, I was curious to know what they would say.  In the post then, I let the video stand on its own.  In the post now, I will let the link below stand on its own.

Duran Duran Pop Quiz

Neiman Marcus Boutique

I am an entrepreneur as a blogger, affiliate marketer, and Avon Independent Sales Representative.  
As an Avon Representative, I have a personally customized eStore with business open 24/7.  The majority of my work is networking online and offline.
As an affiliate marketer, I am in online sales - from music to fashion.  zZounds on Set List is an example.  Fashion FM is an example of a music and fashion mix, from Sam Ash Music gear to Shoptiques fashion to Topshop fashion. Saks Boutique is an example of upscale fashion as inspired by Saks Fifth Avenue UK.
...And then there is Neiman Marcus Boutique as inspired by one of the most coveted department stores in the United States alone.  Posts are based on Fashmates look books I design and the content is Neiman Marcus themed.  Each look book is numbered and titled Neiman Marcus Look Book (no.).  
Neiman Marcus Boutique was recently approved for affiliate marketing by Neiman Marcus Last Call...
...And now I am in business as a blogger and affilia…

Aerosmith - Dream On

"Dream On" is known as a power ballad - based on the emotional tone and singing of the song as well as conveying a message to the audience.

Upon release, "Dream On" became a classic rock radio staple.  As a side note, my mother's generation grew up with Aerosmith and "Dream On" was an anthem at school events.

"Dream On" was released in June 1973.  The song reached No. 59 on Billboard Hot 100.  It was re-issued in 1975 - now No. 81 on Billboard Hot 100 (January 1976), Top 40 (February 1976), and No. 6 (April 1976).

"Dream On" is well-known for the climax to Steven Tyler's iconic screams.

"Dream On" Certification -
Silver in the UK

(Wikipedia)

With all said, enjoy "Dream On" -


Aerosmith

As iconic as Aerosmith have come to be, they had to start somewhere.
Aerosmith is the band's debut album, released in January 1973.  In 1976, Aerosmith reached No. 21 on Billboard 200.
(Refer to Wikipedia for a full background)
Initial reception of the album upon release was rather poor.  It was not reviewed in Rolling Stone magazine.  "Critics compared the band unfavorably to the Rolling Stones..." (Wikipedia)
On the other hand, Aerosmith was claimed to have been an influence on Guns 'n Roses.
Aerosmith Certifications - Platinum in Canada 2x Platinum in the U.S.
"Dream On" is by far the most recognized song by Aerosmith...and this is where I will leave off.

Duran Duran - A View To A Kill

Straight to the point -

What you need to know about "A View To A Kill" -
- 13th single by Duran Duran 
- Released in May 1985
- Only James Bond theme song to reach No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100
- No. 2 on UK Singles Chart
- 1986 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song nomination
- Certified Gold in Canada
- Certified Silver in the UK

(The history of the song can be found on Wikipedia.)

"A View To A Kill" final performance -
"A View To A Kill" was the last track recorded by the original lineup until their reunion in 2001.  "A View To A Kill" as a performance at Live Aid (July 1985) in Philadelphia was their last before the split.

(Wikipedia)

"A View To A Kill" - Official Music Video

Versus Tuesday

Astronaut2005 Drummer v. Original Performance

In this edition of Versus Tuesday, I am featuring "A View To A Kill" by Duran Duran and the drum cover take by Astronaut2005 Drummer.

zZounds Clearance Gear - Gibson Flying V

Due disclaimer - This post contains affiliate links and I may be compensated on any purchase made.

Welcome to round two of zZounds Clearance Gear - your source for lightly used or blemished products that remain amazing to consider and play if purchased.

In this post, I am highlighting the Gibson Flying V B-2 Electric Guitar (with Gig Bag), Satin Ebony, Blemished - $1,219 (there is no payment plan listed).

https://www.zzounds.com/a--3960264/item--GIBDSV200?siid=258041


Although details behind this guitar are limited, one note is made clear - the Gibson Flying V B-2 Electric Guitar (with Gig Bag), Satin Ebony, Blemished is the last one in stock.
As long as the guitar works to manufacturer's  standard and you do not mind cosmetic imperfections (such as scratches on the finish), this may be the one. 
If you are seriously interested, follow the link above.
As always,
Play it!

zZounds Music Monday

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In this edition of zZounds Music Monday, I am highlighting a Gibson exclusive with one catch - there is only one left.  The cost is on the exceptional end and is best reserved for experienced professionals who have available funds.

Nonetheless...

Gibson Slash 1966 EDS-1275 Double Neck Electric Guitar (with Case)
$13,299 (Call for 12 Payment Plan)

https://www.zzounds.com/a--3960264/item--GIBDSEDSLSA


(Wikipedia)
Notes - Slash purchased the 1966 EDS-1275 Double Neck in a music store in Indiana in 1990.   Chorus on one neck.  Solos on the other. "...favorite tool for studio and stage..." Specific to Slash's sound
The Gibson Slash 1966 EDS-1275 Double Neck Electric Guitar (with Case) on zZounds is an exact replica.  The guitar is personally signed by Slash.  The case is a vintage replica hardshell.  A custom Slash concho guitar strap and Certificate of Authenticity are also included in the …

zZounds Clearance Gear - Spector Bass Guitar

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Welcome to the launch edition of zZounds Clearance Gear - your source for lightly used or blemished products that are nonetheless awesome to consider and play if purchased.

In this post, I am highlighting the Spector Legend 5 Classic Electric Bass, 5-String, Black Cherry Gloss, Blemished - $814.95 OR 6 Payments $135.83.

https://www.zzounds.com/a--3960264/item--SPTLEG5C?siid=254689


This bass guitar features a lightweight ash body, genuine maple top and three piece neck, professional grade black hardware, and a die-cast bridge.  Follow the link above for more details.
If you are seriously interested in the Spector brand and this guitar but are hesitant because of the blemished notification, zZounds may be able to change your mind -
"...offers the looks, tone, and playability of basses twice its price..."
zZounds further notes that blemished products are still a great value and inspected…

zZounds Music Sunday

Due disclaimer - This post contains affiliate links and I may be compensated on any purchase made.

In this edition of zZounds Music Sunday, I am highlighting the Spector Legend series of bass guitars.  The Spector Legend guitars are perfect for seasoned bassists with finances to spend.

Consider -

Spector Legend 4 Standard Bass, Black Cherry
$549.99 OR 8 Payments $68.75

https://www.zzounds.com/a--3960264/item--SPTLEG4S



Spector Legend 5 Standard Electric Bass, Black Cherry $599.99 OR 12 Payments $50
https://www.zzounds.com/a--3960264/item--SPTLEG5S



Spector Legend 5 Classic Electric Bass, 5-String, Black Cherry Gloss $949.99 OR 12 Payments $79.17
https://www.zzounds.com/a--3960264/item--SPTLEG5C



Spector Legend 4 Classic Electric Bass, Black Cherry Gloss $899.99 OR 12 Payments $75
https://www.zzounds.com/a--3960264/item--SPTLEG4C



Spector Legend 4 Neck-Thru Electric Bass, Faded Blue Gloss $1,549.99 OR 12 Payments $129.17
https://www.zzounds.com/a--3960264/item--SPTLEG4NT


If you are curious about the Spector…

Set List Recommended

In this edition of Set List Recommended, I am featuring the successes of U2 as seemingly guaranteed by their debut album, Boy (1980).

The full history of U2 can be found on Wikipedia.  

- U2 basics -
Formation - Dublin, Ireland ... 1976

Personnel
Bono (Lead singer) 
The Edge (Lead guitarist, keyboards, backing vocals)
Adam Clayton (Bass guitar)
Larry Mullen, Jr. (Drums and percussion)

Genres considered - Rock, Alternative Rock, Post Punk

Lyrics are known for personal and sociopolitical themes

"Sunday Bloody Sunday" ... "Pride (in the Name of Love)"
Established U2 as a politically and socially conscious band

The Joshua Tree (1987) launched global success

Discography
Boy (1980)
October (1981)
War (1983)
The Unforgettable Fire (1984)
The Joshua Tree (1987)
Rattle and Hum (1988)
Achtung Baby (1991)
Zooropa (1993)
Pop (1997)
All That You Can't Leave Behind (2000)
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (2004)
No Line on the Horizon (2009)
Songs of Innocence (2914)
Songs of Experience (2017)

The Joshua …