Monday, November 28, 2011

Lone Star - She Said, She Said

Dear Santa,

For Christmas this year, I would like an eight-and-a-half minute, totally overblown prog-boogie cover of one of my favorite Beatles songs, by an obscure Welsh hard rock outfit; one that busts into some rad Free-esque moments, e.g. at the 2:50 mark. Thanks in advance!


Friday, November 25, 2011

new Viva show (#118) in the archive

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Wizzard - See My Baby Jive

From an era when 3-minute pop songs were sometimes 5 minutes long (c.f. Tyrannosaurus Rex, "Hot Love", which clocks in at 4:23, and of which this is a lineal descendant). I'm mainly posting this for the melisma at 1:04.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Miller - Baby I Got News For You

Monday, November 21, 2011

Marvin Gaye: Star-Spangled Banner

Marvin singing the national anthem at the 1983 NBA all-star game.

This one goes out to NBA legend Earl Monroe on his 67th birthday. And here's Woody Allen on "the Pearl" in 1977:

It’s amazing, because the audience’s “high” originates inside Monroe and seems to emerge over his exterior. He creates a sense of danger in the arena and yet has enough wit in his style to bring off funny ideas when he wants to. He has, as an athlete-performer, what few actors possess. Marlon Brando is one such actor. The audience never knows what will happen next and the potential for a sudden great thrill is always present. If we think of an actor like George C. Scott, for instance, we feel he is consistently first rate, but he cannot move a crowd the way Brando does. There is something indescribable in Brando that pins an audience on the edge of its seats at all times. Perhaps because we sense a possible peak experience at any given moment, and when it occurs, the performance transcends mere acting and soars into the sublime. On a basketball court, Monroe does this to spectators.

Read the whole thing here

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Le Orme - Ad Gloriam

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

new Viva show (#117) in the archive

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Jacky Chalard - Superman, Supercool (extended version)

A track featured on a very worthwhile subscription series the lads at Finders Keepers have put together. As near as I can tell they created this "extended version" themselves by having the first half of the song play twice. Good times either way, with drummer Jean-Pierre Prévotat giving Ernie Isley a run for his money in the rad feel sweepstakes. Best part: the absence of snare drum on the "2" when Jacky sings "superstar" (e.g. at 1:55). Don't chouette the technique.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Beautiful Zion Choir - Let's Ride To The Mountain Top

More Duaneology while I'm waiting for records in the mail. The organist in the right channel is raging pretty hard...

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Great Pride - She's A Lady

Analog delay on the vocals and a chorus that sounds like Styx? Now we are finally getting somewhere.

Plaudits to the bass player and to the organ player in the right channel. And huge thanks to Duane for the peel-off.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Tsurubami - Gekkyukekkaichi


Tuesday, November 01, 2011

5th Anniversary Spectacular!

Moons - Standard Planet

So we've been trawling through the audio archives of this standard planet for five years now. Halfway through the decade. What surprises will the next five years hold? Will I ever find another song as good as this?

Time will tell, rastas. Time will tell.