Crank up the Victrola again

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2:53 AM - Aug 16, 2017 #1

Good grief, has it been slow and quiet in every room of the Forum lately...  is it the unpleasantly revamped 
look of the Forum?  (Not our fault!  Curse you, Tapatalk!)  Is it just the annoying verbosity, once again, of your 
Forum moderators?  Without any feedback from you Forum members, how can we know!  

 

Well, we'll entertain ourselves here in the front office, then, and see if anyone reacts.  We'll revive a past thread 
[ the-turntable-in-your-head-t259.html ] with some more 
musical selections we favour.  At least the always reliable Mike and Dave chimed in there -- Mike, we had 
no idea you were a rock-n-roll madman! -- and Dave (where is Dave?  We're getting worried now...), nice 
selection over there -- always been fans of Argent ("Hold Your Head Up" was used in a long-running 
TV commercial for a Canadian beer).  

Here we go then with three more numbers that get your Forum knuckleheads waving their cigarette lighters 
in the air...  and the rest of you guys, again, feel free to post a link to one of your own favourite tunes or 
performances, the only stipulation being that it's more than about twenty years old and not still in daily 
rotation on every Classic Rock station in North America.  Doesn't even have to be rock or pop -- blues, 
classical, zydeco, country, jazz, Tibetan throat-singing, just something you like and you think some of  
the other members would like as well...  
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2:56 AM - Aug 16, 2017 #2

Enjoyed an astonishingly good performance by a local country-western band at the the county fair on Monday, 
so somehow I'm in the mood for more (I'm actually not a big fan of the genre, but the best of it is unequivocally 
great, great stuff).  Here's a marvellous story-song by the late, tragic genius Townes Van Zandt, sung by -- 
owned by, fair  to say -- the lovely, angel-voiced Emmylou Harris.  

Haunting.  If the lyrics aren't clear from this vid, they're here in this other vid of a Willie Nelson - Merle Haggard 
cover version:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCq3j88Fo60  
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2:58 AM - Aug 16, 2017 #3

I'll follow up with a cheerier tune, from another angelic female vocalist, Delores O'Riordan, seen here 
dragging the world's longest microphone cord while Victorian Celtic witch-women bring her a guy to 
clean up.  Evidently he was packing a lot of wood.  A horse watches the whole thing.  You should too.  
 
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3:01 AM - Aug 16, 2017 #4

Fine, I'll make it Ladies' Day at the ballpark.  Allow me to opine that Bacharach & David, despite 
the popularity of their material forty and fifty years ago, have become criminally underappreciated.  
This is one of their best, which you may know from the great US hit version by Dionne Warwick.  
But before that, late, legendary UK chanteuse Cilla Black had a hit with it in England -- but I think 
the version here by another British singer, Sheridan Smith (from a made-for-TV bio-pic about Black) 
actually tops both those excellent 1960s versions.  
Pardon the drama surrounding the actual performance.  It's just a great song.  
 
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4:06 PM - Jan 26, 2018 #5



One of my favorites.

One of the first songs I learned the intro riff playing in a band.
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7:02 PM - Jan 29, 2018 #6

Excellent selection on the jukebox there, Mike!  In regular rotation on our 
"classic rock" radio station of choice, but you really can't hear that one 
often enough.  We wonder if -- if music videos of this sort were still being 
made today in the first place -- if the "stalker" trope would've made it past 
the drawing board in today's more "woke" climate.  To us, from here now, 
it still seems like just innocent doofus fun.  Not stalking per se, y'know, 
just the video "story."  

Peculiar timing, and sad, this thread getting a fresh post just now, so soon 
after the tragic passing of the lovely and hugely talented Ms O'Riordan.  
As a rule, we find cover versions of great songs annoyingly inferior to the 
originals (the Emmylou Harris and Sheridan Smith selections above both 
rare exceptions), and covers of our very favourites are almost uniformly 
just teeth-gratingly horrible.  But Fleetwood Mac's "Go Your Own Way" is 
a monumental favourite here in the front office, and it's enormous kudos 
to Delores that she was able to pull off this wonderful acoustic version 
of the tune:  
 

We'll bid adieu to her, or let her bid adieu to us, with this:  
  
...once in a lifetime, the young ones fly away...  
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2:13 AM - Jan 31, 2018 #7

Thanx for the post on "you can go your..." guys.

Why I like the internet?
This song took me the better part of a day to learn by just playing the song over and over...
With the net?  I can learn a song in 10 to 20 minutes!

Here it is - yes - I was a big "southern rocker" in my day.

Mike
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5:21 PM - Feb 08, 2018 #8

Fine selection, Mike -- the front office crew have all long been big fans of 
"southern fried rock," and the sublime guitar work from .38 Special has made them 
particular favourites here.  We're glad you could pick up how to play that tune, but 
we've gotta say, much as that is a terrific song, that is one miserable video -- 
seems like what one might expect from KC & the Sunshine Band if they hailed from 
Cowpatch Alabama instead of Miami Beach.  

We'll also mention that we can hear "So Caught Up in You," as well as "Hold On 
Loosely" and "Rockin' Into the Night," almost daily on our classic rock station of 
second choice, but by far, far and away our favourite .38 Special number just about 
never gets played, so here it is -- also not a great video, but ow, those lyrics hit home 
hard (the second link goes to a (mostly) accurate "lyrics" video, in case Don Barnes 
didn't enunciate clearly enough in the "official" vid)...  

 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V7ggi1T1Tw  
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6:31 PM - Feb 08, 2018 #9

Thanx guys - nice addition.

Now - tho I'm going a bit artsy here - if ya any "Rush" in your veins?

This intro will drive you insane!

Mike
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4:46 PM - Feb 19, 2018 #10

Hi Mike, thanks for that addition to this thread's play-list!  
Truth be told, none of us here have ever been big fans of Rush -- 
no disrespect, chacun à son goût and all, they're an admirable bunch, 
and we do like "Time Stand Still" among their repertoire, it's just that 
they've never "grabbed us" the way some artists do.  Not that they 
need any additional endorsement, but they are pretty much the 
Number One Fave band of both the son and grandson of one of 
the guys here (nephew and grandnephew of the other two), and 
there's a baseball connection some readers may not be aware of:  
Geddy Lee has one of the most amazing collections of baseball 
memorabilia anywhere -- autographed balls, especially, but a few 
nice vintage tabletop games as well.  
 

But back to the music...  "art rock" is kinda hard to define, hard to separate from the equally 
undefinable "prog" rock, and we'd say Rush are somewhere between "art" and "prog" and 
"metal," while adding that labels are generally not good or useful things when applied to 
music or any other art.  But we know what you mean anyway!  When we hear "art rock," 
we always think first of Yes, another group we're okay with but not crazy about, and then 
the Moody Blues -- a group we really do like a lot -- and Pink Floyd, whom we like almost 
as much.  But here's a band almost no one (at least here in the States) even knows about, 
although they were fairly big in the UK:  Be-Bop Deluxe.  Guitarist/singer/songwriter Bill 
Nelson has chops worth mentioning in the same breath as Clapton and Hendrix, and not 
only does their stuff occasionally sound a bit Rush-like, you can hear their influence on 
bands like Styx and especially on Bowie (who contemporaneously influenced Nelson and 
BBD as well).  Here's a particularly Rush-like number you might enjoy, "Speed of the Wind" 
from their Sunburst Finish album...  
  

 
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9:08 PM - Feb 20, 2018 #11

Thanx for sharing guys.

I was aware of Lee's collection - he was on an special interview - incredible collection.

It reminded of Leland Sklar - an incredible bass player who was on a show years ago - "The Incurable Collector"
He used to comb the flea markets and thrift stores wherever they played - while the rest of the band was "sleeping off" from the night before - he would go home after and gig - get a good night's rest and go shopping.

He wasn't a collector in our world as such - but ya have an affection for anyone who - like myself - "never" throws anything away!   
He's a well known studio musician but also toured with all kinds of bands like Genesis.



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4:39 PM - Feb 23, 2018 #12

Hi Mike!  Ah, Leland Sklar, jeez, he must've played with everybody at some point.  
In the '70s, the credits on our record collections suggested he was possibly the planet's 
only bass player -- Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Rod Stewart, America, 
Warren Zevon, Cate Brothers, Carly Simon, Jackson Browne, and more...  certainly 
a recognizable face on The Midnight Special and then on MTV music vids in the '80s 
once we learned who he was...  and we thought he was going on 70 back then...  
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