Observation for Now

It has always seemed to me that the human race needs more things to wonder about, rather than less.

-- Gregory L Reece

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Playin' Favorites


Talk about a time warp!  What memories do YOU have of these songs?


1970

1     Mississippi Queen            Mountain
2     Uncle Charlie and His Dog Teddy/Mr
          Bojangles        Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
3     We Gotta Get You a Woman          Todd Rundgren

1971

4 That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be       Carly Simon
5 Walk Away James Gang
6 Tiny Dancer Elton John
7 Hocus Pocus Focus
8 Behind Blue Eyes The Who

1972

9 School's Out Alice Cooper
10 Rock And Roll Part 1 & 2 Gary Glitter
11 A Piece of Paper    Gladstone
12 Back Off Boogaloo Ringo Starr
13 Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You) Stevie Wonder
14 Give Ireland Back to the Irish - instrumental - (Version) Wings
15 Early 1970 Ringo Starr
16 Mary Had a Little Lamb Wings

1973

17 You Light Up My Life Carole King
18 Back When My Hair Was Short -single version Gunhill Road
19 Rocky Mountain Way Joe Walsh




20 Under the Boardwalk Rickie Lee Jones - 1983


21 It's the Real Thing The New Seekers - 1971

Track 1 -- I first heard on an 8-track player on a houseboat in a lake somewhere in Illinois.

Track 2 -- This is a recreation of the 45rpm release.  The A-side of the record had only the song "Mr. Bojangles."  The B-side had the song, prefaced with an audio clip, "Uncle charlie and His dog Teddy."  Decades later I discovered that the spoken material was from a different spot on the original LP, but I crossfaded them to try and recreate the 45rpm.

Track 14 -- Another 45rpm-only track, the flip side of the vocal version released as a single.

The last track is from a promo 45rpm handed out at record stores, obviously as an attempt to sell (even more) Coca-Cola.


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01. Fool on the Hill - Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66 (3:04)   -  1968
02. Someday Soon - Judy Collins (3:46)   -  1969
03. Fresh as a Daisy - Emitt Rhodes (2:52)   -  1970
04. Walk a Mile in My Shoes - Joe South (4:07)   -  1970
05. A Case of You - Joni Mitchell (4:23)   -  1970
06. Temptation Eyes - The Grass Roots (2:33)   -  1970
07. Loneliness Is Just a Word - Chicago (2:38)   -  1971
08. Me and My Arrow - Harry Nilsson (2:05)   -  1971
09. Cry Baby - Janis Joplin and Full Tilt Boogie (3:59)   -  1971
10. Baby Blue - Badfinger (3:37)   -  1972
11. Do You Want to Dance - Bette Midler (2:45)   -  1972
12. Changes - David Bowie (3:37)   -  1972
13. This Masquerade - Leon Russell (2:59)   -  1972
14. Lose Again - Linda Ronstadt (3:37)   -  1976
15. Going for the One - Yes (5:32)   -  1977
16. Jocko Homo - Devo (3:39)   -  1978
17. Cheese and Onions - The Rutles (2:42)   -  1978
18. Trouble Again - Karla Bonoff (3:37)   -  1979
19. She's Got a Big Boyfriend - Blotto (3:28)   -  1980
20. Turn Me Loose - Loverboy (5:34)   -  1980
21. Nights Are Forever - Jennifer Warnes (3:36) from Twilight Zone - the Movie  -  1983
22. Dear Prudence - The Beatles-BRG-VM (3:51)

Track 1 -- I first heard it while looped on something at a dentist's office in the late 1960s.
Track 8 -- is, of course, from The Point.
Track 17 -- Everybody knows The Rutles, right? 
Track 21 -- This can be heard briefly on the bar jukebox in the "Time Out" segment.
Track 22 -- Can you deny that this version wouldn't have sold even more copies of the White Album?


See you Monday!


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