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In Memoriam: Musicians Who Died In 2014
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In Memoriam: Musicians Who Died In 2014

As 2014 is just about at an end, we take a moment at Geeks Of Doom to remember the fallen musicians who left us this year. A large array of heavyweights, cult heroes, pioneering figures, and sentimental favorites are among those who have left us in a physical sense, but the memories that they made in the past and the ones that each of their fans have in regards to them will never leave.

A list of some of our (and probably yours as well) fallen heroes is below.

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Cream Bassist/Singer Jack Bruce Has Died
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Jack Bruce

Bassist Jack Bruce, best remembered for his stint in Cream, the 1960s English power trio which took the sounds of the blues and electrified them to the hilt, ultimately unconsciously coining the term “supergroup,” died today at his home in Suffolk. He was 71.

The news was confirmed by Bruce’s publicist, who also mentioned that the musician’s family was by his side in his final moments. The news was also posted to Bruce’s official Facebook page this morning. No cause of death has been revealed at this time, though it was reported that he had suffered from liver disease.

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Record Store Day 2013: Jimi Hendrix Poster, Paul McCartney 45 & WB’s Limited Edition Vinyl
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Record Store Day 2013

There’s going to be some pretty nice rarities and goodies available to the zealots, stalwarts, and casual fans across the country who partake and take advantage of Record Store Day 2013 on April 20th. As we reported, Jack White (of The White Stripes fame) is the Ambassador of the anticipated day this year, the 6th incarnation of it, a day in which celebration for the black circle, the vinyl record, runs sky high. And items like a rare limited edition Jimi Hendrix poster and single, a nice cachet of offerings from Warner Brothers Records showcasing bands like Cream, The Deftones, Gary Clark Jr., The Stooges, and The Flaming Lips to name a few, will be available for purchase to those who are lucky enough to snag them. And to top it all off, there’s even a single by Paul McCartney to be released as well for sale which is for sure to be the icing on the cake for vinyl collectors.

Below is the info on the Hendrix and McCartney offerings, as well as a full list of all the offerings from Warner Bros. Records with descriptions and edition numbers.

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Jack White Named Ambassador For 6th Annual Record Store Day
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Jack White

Jack White, harbinger of all things cool and creative, best known as the progenitor, singer/songwriter, and guitarist extraordinare of The White Stripes, whose main purpose was to simply usher back in the power of rock and roll for rock and roll’s sake in this day and age, has been named this year’s ambassador for Record Store Day, which is to take place on April 20, 2013.

That day becomes a celebration of all things vinyl, that black spherical piece of wax which for so many decades was the norm and rightful heir of how music was played, creating not just a “revolution” (pun firmly intended) in sound and sound production and presentation, but also created an entire lifestyle for so many of its fans and collectors.

In the wake of the supposed vinyl demise about a decade or so ago, when digital mediums became the norm in how one listens to and collects music, the vinyl record has become a sort of mainstay still, not just to those who have a penchant for the vintage and historic, but it’s also created a sub-genre unto itself of multitudes of fans who still swear by its sonic glories.

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Watch Now: Trailer For Documentary On Rock Drummer Ginger Baker ‘Beware Of Mr. Baker’
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Ginger Baker

A new forthcoming documentary about drummer Ginger Baker, entitled Beware of Mr. Baker, is on the cinematic horizon, and it shows the former Cream and Blind Faith drummer at all his peak highs and valley lows.

You can watch the trailer below, in which percussive luminaries like Rush’s Neil Peart and The Police’s Stewart Copeland wax poetic about Baker, citing him as pretty much the archetype of modern rock and roll drumming.

Baker remains one of the bright lights of the late 1960s wave of British rock and roll. Like contemporaries of the time Keith Moon (The Who) and Mitch Mitchell (The Jimi Hendrix Experience), Ginger Baker attacked his drum set with a rhythmic fervor, utilizing a double bass expansive drum set which he played like a lead instrument, making full use of his mounted and floor toms, and adding a thunderous back beat to whatever lineup he was playing with, Cream especially, which brought him and fellow band members – Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton – dizzying success.

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MP3 Deal: 300 Classic Rock Songs For $0.69 Each
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Amazon is currently offering over 300 Classic Rock songs in MP3 for just $0.69 each right now: 300 Classic Rock Songs For $0.69 Each.

Click the link above and browse the list of tunes, which contains tracks from artists like Aerosmith, Kansas, Fleetwood Mac, Black Sabbath, Dio, Heart, Billy Joel, Bad Company, Janis Joplin, Pat Benatar, Joan Jett, Alice Cooper, Yes, Cream, The Doors, Van Halen, and many more!

MP3 songs usually sell for $.99 to $1.29 each, so 69 cents is a great deal! No word on when the sale ends, so grab the songs you want now at the discounted price. Also, all this month, Amazon is offering up 2,000 albums for $5 each in MP3 format, so be sure to check out that hefty selection, too.

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$5 MP3 Album Deal: Cream ‘Goodbye’
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Cream Goodbye

Goodbye, the final original release by the Brtish hard rocking trio Cream, is now available on MP3 format from Amazon this month for only $5.00.

Cream epitomized the term “supergroup” as their thunderous sounds via the lead guitar of Eric Clapton, and the bottom end scud attack of Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker (on bass/vocals and drums respectively) continue to thrill and inspire classic rock heads to this very day. By 1968, Cream was one of the biggest bands on both continents, with their nicely blended sonic mix of electric blues, rock and roll, and psychedelia. By 1969, the release of Goodbye became their swan song as a group. Even though the band found much success, internal tensions had a hard time keeping the three men together, let alone cordial. Goodbye is a mix of live and studio tracks, some well known: “Badge,” “Politician,” and “Sitting on Top of the World” and equally strong yet less remembered tracks like “Doing The Scrapyard Thing” and “What A Bringdown” round out the collection nicely. A fitting end to another one of Britain’s A-list rock and roll groups from the class of the late 1960s.

Browse all 100 albums on sale this month for only $5 each.

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$5 MP3 Album Deal: Blind Faith ‘Blind Faith’
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Blind Faith

Blind Faith, the self-titled only official release by the classic rock supergroup Blind Faith, is now available on MP3 format from Amazon this month for only $5. (The CD is available for $7.96).

Released in 1969, this one-off supergroup release, consisting of ex-Cream bandmates Ginger Baker and one Eric Clapton and British blue-eyed soul singer/piano player Steve Winwood, who had been in The Spencer Davis Group prior to this collaboration, created a memorable six-song record which musically endures to this very day. Great crossroads musically for the members of the group, who went on to other projects of varying success, Clapton with his own smashing solo career and Winwood, who formed the Blind Faith style-Traffic. This album is a largely successful venture, nice bright and punchy arrangements throughout, breezy rock and roll in a sense, backbeated by the rebellious attack of Baker. “Can’t Find My Way Home,” “Well All Right,” the wonderful “Sea of Joy,” the spiritually uplifting “Presence of the Lord,” and “Do What You Like” in which Baker has a field day, his tour-de-force in way; fresh off of the split from Cream, he’s still in his element a thousand fold. So are the rest of the group. Great album by a band which can only spark the question “What Could Have Been?” if Blind Faith had stayed together, instead of disbanding after its release.

Browse the main sale page to see all 100 albums on sale for only $5 each in MP3 format through the end of September 2012.

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FREE Listen: Robin Trower’s ‘Farther On Up the Road’ Collection
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Robin TrowerBritish blues/progressive rock guitarist extraordinare Robin Trower is having his Chrysalis Records cachet of recordings being collected in one tidy 3-CD box set entitled Farther On Up the Road, which is being released tomorrow, March 13, 2012, but you listen to more than half of the 58 tracks contained on this set (28 of them) for FREE right now over at AOL Music, which is streaming the album.

Farther Up the Road takes six of Tower’s releases from 1977-1983, which is comprised of his Robin Trower Band work — City Dreams (1977); Caravan to Midnight (1978); Victims of the Fury (1979), and Back it Up (1983) — as well as two records he recorded with Cream’s bassist and sometime lead singer Jack Bruce — 1981’s B.L.T and Truce, also recorded the same year.

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