Posted June 23rd, 2011 07:54 PM IPRespect the love theme from Zodiac.
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Posted June 23rd, 2011 07:54 PM IPThe Loner, still sounds fresh to my ears 43 years later...and Sugar Mountain live was the b side!I guess I'm just dumb cause I know I ain't smart but deep down inside I got a rock n roll heart
Posted June 23rd, 2011 10:00 PM IPWhat strikes me is that 'Hurdy Gurdy Man' (despite comments to the contrary) ISN'T JIMMY PAGE ON LEAD GUITAR, yet 'With a Little Help From My Friends' IS AND IT SOUNDS EXACTLY THE SAME. The playing styles are practically identical.
Crazy, man, crazy."Nick is the Mode guy. Jon is the Duran guy."
Posted June 24th, 2011 09:32 AM IPDonno's star has kind of fallen these days -- which is a god-damn shame. I note he has a new double-album batshit crazy concept record out -- I'd love to hear it, the one track you can get on iTunes is INSANE.I don't know why I ever believed the Chipmunks had the lowdown on punk.
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Yeah, The Hurdy Gurdy Man, for sure. Easily, even. Tra La La Song second place.
Got to agree with this. Gladys almost snatched it at the end though!"The other thing is that the quality of the mp3's I listen to varies especially as some of the music from the likes of Led Zeppelin is old, even with re-mastering still isnt up to the quality of the likes of Def Leppard."
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Dono's star has kind of fallen these days -- which is a god-damn shame. I note he has a new double-album batshit crazy concept record out -- I'd love to hear it, the one track you can get on iTunes is INSANE.
To say he's gone totally, completely, batshit insane is an understatement! I hesitate in posting these because I totally love Don, but... wow.
Posted June 25th, 2011 12:58 AM IPIs that track on iTunes 'I Am The Shaman'? It's a groovy tune Jon! Produced by none other than David Lynch!
The new album is a mixed bag, some great material from his 70's backcatalogue, aborted late-90's sessions, and some awkward brand new stuff. Crazily, it all works and hangs together quite well."Nick is the Mode guy. Jon is the Duran guy."
To say he's gone totally, completely, batshit insane is an understatement! I hesitate in posting these because I totally love Don, but... wow.
'I think this guy took too much digital acid'.
THE SOCIAL WEB IS THE NEW SIXTIES!!! YEAH MAN!!!
THE BEATLES AND I DREAMED THE INTERNET!
I'm loving these videos, Joe. This is the beauty of these polls as far as I'm concerned, that we can start by discussing songs we all know and love and two pages later we're getting into "the Beatles and I created social media". These are videos I probably would never have seen were it not for you posting them, and honestly I had no idea if Donovan was alive or dead or comatose to tell you the truth; and so to me it is *so* heartening to see the old fella dragging his ass up on stage and attempting to break it down for the youngsters like he's doing here. Good on you for posting this stuff!
Oh yeah, I want one of those shirts and I want his guitar. Now.
Posted June 25th, 2011 10:20 PM IPHerb - Pretty, one of Bacharachs most mournfully delightful melodies. Never heard Alpert sing before! Good arrangement, strings sweeping in as they do.
Aretha - Killer vocals, ovciously, great dynamic shifts... "FREEDOM... FREEDOM...!"
Guess Who - Cool vibe, Great vocals and electric piano.
Worst Thing - worst thing so far, I'm afraid. Couldn't get into it.
The Weight - A masterpiece, obviously. Love the traded vocals, the lazy rhythm, but it does perhaps go on a tad long.
Doors - Lacks hooks, but quite an effective mood is established, broken, established again. Love the execution middle 8.
Small Faces - Amazing. A demo of Steves gets taken by Immediate, overdubbed, and put out. It's just so... un-single, that I can't help thinking it's a great single.
Tra La La - HOLY SHITFUCK. HAD TO GET UP AND DANCE. What a CHORUS!
Idle Race - Love the Lynne, spooky melodies, mellotron, and the shift from major to minor is most clever.
Neil Young - Great fuzz.
Donovan - Fuck yes. FUCK YES! FUCK YES!
The Horse - Why do I think this has strong Chopsocky/Blaxploitation connections? I'm sure I've heard it in a trailer or two. Anyway, it's an amazing, amazing composition and laid the way for much of the best 70's instrumental funk. A contender.
Otis - Nice groove, smooth chorus, not alot to say.
Good Bad and Ugly - Was this a single? If so, that's the coolest thing I've found out today. Incredible atmosphere. Another strong contender.
Gladys - Ugh! Just made a tough poll harder.
Y'know, Donovan just... JUST over Banana Splits, Cliff, Gladys and Hugo."Nick is the Mode guy. Jon is the Duran guy."
Posted June 28th, 2011 05:22 PM IP This Guy's In Love With You - Herb Alpert
Itís one of my favorite Bacharach melodies, and one of his simplest (Alpert wasnít that technically proficient of a singer, so Bacharach gave him a song heíd previously written whose tune was all contained within the same confined group of notes). For a guy not usually noted for his singing, I think Herb does great here; his performance is understated and sensitive and perfect for the song. I feel like a really ďgoodĒ singer would probably have tried to do too much with it and spoiled the effect. The result here is beautiful, though.
Think - Aretha Franklin
Is it weird that for me personally, The Big Chill couldnít ruin ďAinít Too Proud to Beg," and The Wonder Years couldnít ruin ďWith a Little Help From My Friends,Ē but Iíll never hear this song in my life without thinking of The Blues Brothers? Seriously, listening to this, all I can picture is that longhaired sax player from SNL walking up the diner counter and Arethaís domestic dispute with Matt Guitar Murphy ("oh, shut up, woman!"). Of Arethaís huge classic singles of this period, this has never been my favorite anyway (the ďfreedomĒ part is great, though), but itís still a bit of a drag.
These Eyes - The Guess Who
I really dig all of the Guess Whoís pre-ďAmerican WomanĒ hits a lot, probably more than I actually should. They wrote some pop singles that were so good that even Burton Cummings at his Burton Cummings-iest couldnít mess them up. I noticed for the first time with some amusement last night that he starts to go into his characteristically histrionic ad-libbing at the end, but they fade him out almost immediately as soon as he does. They really should have made that standard practice. Great electric piano, and Iíd never realized previously how melodic and integral to the overall feel that bassline is.
The Worst That Could Happen - The Brooklyn Bridge
Not really my bag. There are a couple of nice melodic twists in there, but overall I find it basically dull. I just found out Jimmy Webb wrote this; I honestly had no idea. I still donít think itís among his best work.
The Weight - The Band
Itís a standard, and with good reason. Itís still really hard to beat their first album, and this song in particular, for this type of skewed Americana that feels both realistic and surreal at the same time. This is the type of song that feels like itís been around forever; itís weird to think that at one point it didnít exist yet, and somebody actually had to write it down. I donít really have anything else to add that you havenít all read in every article ever written about The Band (the intense amount of unique personality each member brought to his singing and musicianship, the cinematic imagery of the songs, the unconventionally spare quality to the production, etc.), so Iíll stop here. I canít see voting for it as an individual track, though; iconic as it is on its own, to me personally, itís even more identified as being a piece of that whole album. It would be like voting for one leg of a chair in a furniture competition for me.
The Unknown Soldier - The Doors
This has never been my favorite Doors song. I like some of the musical bits alright, but as a whole, Iíve never thought it added up to much. Certainly not as much as it tries to achieve, what with the dramatic firing squad sequence and everything. To me, Morrison was usually at his best when he was dealing with more internal subjects, but often faltered when he tried to make larger topical statements. And I think this is one of his bigger falters.
The Universal - Small Faces
Steve Marriott is one of the all-time powder-kegs as a rock vocalist, but I tend to like his moments where he lays back a little bit just as much. Thereís such a cool bluesy groove to this song, and I love the way it gradually progresses from lo-fi demo to fully produced studio-quality sound as it goes along. As each piece of instrumentation enters, the sonic picture develops a bit more, right alongside the arrangement itself.
The Tra La La Song (One Banana Two Banana) - The Banana Splits
Itís the drum performance that gets to me on this one. Listen to how much that drummer is driving the song forward; they were wise to place him to the forefront of the mix. This is an infectiously catchy song in the first place, but itís the power that percussive attack lends it that puts it above and beyond into pop greatness.
The Skeleton And The Roundabout Ė The Idle Race
Itís comforting to know Jeff Lynne was already a complete loon even before he was hanging around with Roy Wood. Fun, off-the-wall British whimsy with a maniacal bent. No wonder he joined the Move.
The Loner - Neil Young
Ah, hereís my boy. Neilís whole first record is one of the most unique-sounding albums Iíve ever heard; that guitar tone is so buzzy and artificial sounding, while the rhythm section has this overly-clean, punchy tone, and Neilís vocals are tentative and often double-tracked. It doesnít sound like itíd be a great recipe for heaviness, but it surprisingly does yield real weight here. The contrasts between the strings and the fuzz guitar, and between the riff-rock and gliding, melodic sections, work perfectly here. Neil knows the guy heís talking about in this track intimately, and he knows how to sketch his dualities in music just as well as he does in lyrics. On his first solo vocal song released after leaving Buffalo Springfield, Neil already had his shit figured out.
The Hurdy Gurdy Man - Donovan
The eerie humming at the beginning is the best part for me. I like the overall sound of this record better than I like the song itself. (The Strawberry Fields/I Am the Walrus syndrome, you know.) Itís a good song, but not something Iíd probably pick out as great if I were to hear it played solo with an acoustic guitar. The production makes it sound so masterfully evocative, though. Anybody else here ever get duped into thinking that all three of the instrumentalists in Led Zeppelin played on this track? I read that in some book once as a teen, and believed it without question for yearsÖI guess some of those kick drum fills sound a little like Bonzo. JPJ is at least definitely present here, and I imagine he had something to do with the arrangement, so this is a triumph for him as well as Donovan himself.
The Horse - Cliff Nobles & Co.
This always makes me think of this 7th grade art class I had in which the teacher always played this Hits of the 60s tape containing this song. I always loved that stuttery horn riff, but it took me years afterwards to find out what the hell it was (if you didnít know the name of a song without words, finding out a title was especially difficult in the pre-internet days). I still love this track; I swear I catch myself humming that horn riff once every couple of days. The funniest thing about this track is, it was initially just a B-side-filling instrumental version of the A-side (which Iíve still never heard), on which Nobles actually performed (as a vocalist, he ended up not even featuring on his bandís sole hit record).
The Happy Song (Dum-Dum) - Otis Redding
Pretty average for an Otis song, but one of his average moments is still the equal of most other peopleís highlights. I love how you can audibly hear him smiling his way through this performance. Itís clear he loved what he did for a living.
The Good The Bad And The Ugly - Hugo Montenegro
That was kind of a stroke of genius to take the theme from this film and add a rock beat to it. That call-and-response melody was already one of the most memorable of the era, but the decision to give it a drumset pulse and turn it into a Top-40 instrumental record was perfect, and showed how just tweaking one element of an arrangement can go a long way in terms of completely changing its context and appeal. The composition itself is genius, of course; I love how unafraid Morricone was to try out melodic ideas most people would probably dismiss as having a much too high potential for cheese. He gambled big, but won all the bigger because of it.
The End Of Our Road - Gladys Knight & The Pips
It can be easy to take Motown records from this period in general, and Gladys records in particular, for granted, just because the quality level is so high. Itís a great example of the funky pulse the label was increasingly taking on at the time, and her performance is stunning as ever, but when all of your records sound this good, it can be tough. It all starts to sound so even you almost wish you could hear something really shitty tossed in there just for comparison purposes. Itís almost unfair to Gladys herself that she was so good all the time; you can get numb to it. This is one such great record in a sea of great Gladys Knight records.
Gonna have to vote for The Loner, right ahead of Herb Alpert, Donovan, and The Horse. I'MCOMINGI'MCOMINGI'MCOMINGI'MCOMING
Posted June 28th, 2011 05:28 PM IPOh, you predictable!!!!
Seriously though, nice stuff. Great comments on Gladys, Hugo and Small Faces. Check out Zodiac. You'll never hear Hurdy Gurdy Man the same way.
Posted July 9th, 2011 03:02 PM IPThe 'Erb gets my vote. Piano icicles of rigid Botox and red soled Louboutins cascading from ice volcanoes on Titan. From behind the Aurora Borealis string curtain of Sturm und Drang emerges the man and his trumpet and his ne'er do well attitude.
The Guess Who, The Band, The Banana Splits, Hugo and the Cliff Nobles & Co. tunes were very familiar and very good. There was a YESSSSSS! of recognition when I heard The Horse--did not know the title of that one so that's great to know.
The Idle Race I'd never heard before and I dug it. The Neil one was a new tune of his for me but as usual I get into him no problem. Same with the Otis.