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Musical palate cleanser, just like Pagliacci did edition

Here’s another clip I’d never seen before until just recently (h/t) — Smokey Robinson on Daryl Hall’s Live from Daryl’s House, performing “Tears of a Clown”.

As the old TV ad went, “that’s Smokey!”  Very fine…



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Musical palate cleanser, still bringin’ it edition

I saw Delbert McClinton again last night at the Variety Playhouse.  For a man in his late seventies who’s had heart bypass surgery, he’s remarkable.  Show was great.

Here’s one of the songs he performed, “New York City”, shown here in a very different setting, the annual Sandy Beaches Cruise he sponsors.

The band was just as tight last night as what you hear there.


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Musical palate cleanser, er’rebody was there edition

Can’t believe I hadn’t seen this cut before now (h/t), but here’s Bob Dylan performing “Like A Rolling Stone” with an all-star cast on Letterman’s tenth anniversary show.

When I say all-star, I’m not exaggerating.  Check out the list of performers:

Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
Chrissie Hynde (guitar)
Syd McGuinness (guitar)
Steve Vai (guitar)
Carole King (keyboards)
Paul Schaffer (keyboards)
James Brown (horn)
Edgar Winter (horn)
Doc Severinsen (trumpet)
William E. Lee (bass)
Anton Fig (drums)
Jim Keltner (drums)
Roseanne Cash, Nancy Griffith, Emmylou Harris, Michelle Shocked, Mavis Staples (backup vocals)

Great googly moogly.


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Musical palate cleanser, one good song edition

If you’re like me and you have a large music collection, you’ve probably got more than a few albums that are largely forgettable, except there’s that one terrific song you really love that justifies keeping the album around.  Dolly Varden is an obscure Americana group out of Nashville, I believe.  I’ve had their album The Dumbest Magnets for a while and I couldn’t tell you about a single song on the record — except for the title track, which I’ve loved from the first time I heard it.  I’ll go out of my way to spin it on my iPod.

Anyway, here it is.

There’s something about that guitar solo midway through that always gets me.  It’s not particularly technically proficient, but the chording hits me every time.  And the coda is beautiful.

You’ll probably tell me I’m getting way too much out of it.  That’s okay.  We’ve all got songs like that, right?


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All is not lost.

Just when I was starting to believe things were getting hopeless, comes this news.

A lame marketing campaign for an even lamer product fails to produce.  Way to go, America.  I still have faith.


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Musical palate cleanser, strange bedfellows edition

Today’s MPC was inspired by a Tom Jones tweet I saw yesterday.  I kid you not.

Jones, like a lot of 60’s pop stars, wound up hosting a TV show, This Is Tom Jones.  He invited all sorts of rock stars on, but… um, liked singing with them.

For example,

That borders on the surreal.  Don’t take my word for it — look at some of the expressions on Neil Young’s face.

One more:

I gotta admit they look like they’re having a lot of fun there.  Crazy, man.


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Musical palate cleanser, glorious mono edition

Someone mentioned the late, great Gene Clark yesterday, so I thought I’d put up my favorite song of his from his solo debut, Gene Clark with the Gosdin Brothers.  There’s a helluva cast of backing musicians on the album:  former Byrds bandmates Chris Hillman and Michael Clarke; Glen Campbell and Leon Russell; future Byrd Clarence White; and Clark’s future collaborator Doug Dillard.

The song is “So You Say You Lost Your Baby”.  The clip I’m sharing isn’t the LP version, though.  It’s the mono version released first as a single, back in the day when they did that kind of thing.  It’s mixed differently, most notably with the harmony voices.  Just a great song.


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