Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Cathy Berberian with the Juilliard Ensemble - Black Is The Colour
Arranged & conducted by Luciano Berio.
"Black is the Colour" is an American folk song with Scottish roots, re-melodicized by John Jacob Niles.
This performance was recorded at Webster Hall, New York City, December 1968. (Anyone planning to head down to Webster Hall tonight?)
Friday, May 23, 2014
Steely Dan - Rose Darling
I'm claiming this as the definitive Steely Dan deep cut. (Brooklyn, the song Gaucho, Green Earrings, Caves Of Altamira, Time Out Of Mind, Any Major Dude, the song The Royal Scam, and Midnight Cruiser don't count as deep cuts.)
The juxtaposition of this verse and this chorus yields an interesting mixture of colours/flavours. Close harmonies from Michael McDonald at 1:12. Perhaps his biggest challenge until he harmonized with himself on Peg?
The pre-chorus bit (at 1:04) reminds of this.
More Dan of Steel-related material coming tomorrow!
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Friday, May 16, 2014
Thursday, May 15, 2014
The Supremes - Love Is Here And Now You're Gone
So many "lost love" songs in the Supremes/H-D-H canon: Reflections, this one, Stop in the Name of Love, Where Did Our Love Go, etc. Are torch songs an endangered species in pop music these days?
The bass sound gets intriguing around the 0:36 mark, like there's chorus on it. I'm pretty sure this is because there's a Fender bass and an upright bass playing in more-or-less unison throughout.
Perhaps it was the harpsichord bit at 0:42 that earned Lamont Dozier the hard-earned sobriquet, "Black Bach"?
P.S. This is soooo much better than modern pop music!!!
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Friday, May 09, 2014
X-Ray Pop - Oh Oui J'Aime!
I wanted to post this four years ago (true!), but couldn't seem to find a copy of the record or tape (though it doesn't seem so difficult now?). Anyroad, thanks to the folks at Cache Cache for the reissue. All good things in all good time.