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Musical palate cleanser, I hear it’s nice that time of year edition

P.J. Fleck’s Chamber of Commerce pitch for Minneapolis’ weather that I posted yesterday immediately put Neil Young’s cover of Ian and Sylvia’s lovely “Four Strong Winds” in my head, so now you get to hear a live version.  (Side note — there isn’t a song in existence that Emmylou Harris can’t make better just by harmonizing.)

“But by then it would be winter, not too much for you to do, and those winds sure can blow cold way out there.”

Don’t forget to write, boys.

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Musical palate cleanser, I don’t need no money edition

This is pretty cool… first half of this clip finds the Temptations laying down “My Girl” in the studio.  If you look carefully, you’ll see Smokey Robinson in the back, directing traffic.

Man, what a song.

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Musical palate cleanser, love’s a game edition

This one popped up on the iPod — from one of my favorite groups, the deserving of more attention than they ever got New Rhythm and Blues Quartet, otherwise known as NRBQ.  It’s the pinnacle of guitarist Big Al Anderson’s 22-year stretch with the band.  From All Hopped Up, it’s the sublime “Ridin’ In My Car”.

The gorgeous, final 40-second fade out is worth the price of admission by itself.

Bonus track:  from Big Al’s earlier group, the Wildweeds, comes this delicious slab of mid-to-late ’60s white boy soul, “No Good To Cry”.  It was a big regional hit in the Northeast that I think briefly cracked the national 100 back in the day.

By the way, the Allman brothers dug “No Good To Cry”.

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Musical palate cleanser, theme for today edition

Mick and the Stones remind you what the bottom line is on signing day.

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Musical palate cleanser, hope we passed the audition edition

Hard to believe, but the Beatles’ last public performance came on this day almost fifty years ago.

Jeez, I’m old.

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Musical palate cleanser, William and Mary won’t do edition

Wasn’t a big fan of Steely Dan when the group moved into an even jazzier phase, but early Dan makes me swoon.  And “My Old School” is the swooniest for me.  Here’s a very badly synced version of the song:

One of the reasons for my swoonery is Jeff “Skunk” Baxter’s guitar wizardry.  He left the band after its third album, when Becker and Fagan decided to stop touring, which is another reason my interest declined.

Anyway, as a bonus, here’s a version of the song performed recently by Baxter.

Dude can still bring it.

By the way, speaking of Baxter, there’s this, too.

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Musical palate cleanser, call him Sir edition

In the spirit of hoping that 2017 is a better year than 2016 in at least one regard, today’s MPC isn’t of a posthumous nature, but instead celebrates one of rock’s greats receiving an honor that he’s deserved for sometime.

THE frontman Ray Davies felt a mixture of “joy” and “humility” on discovering he had been made a knight in the New Year Honours.

He was the lead singer and songwriter for the band, penning classics such as You Really Got Me, Waterloo Sunset, and Sunny Afternoon.

The 72-year-old, who has won a string of industry awards, is being recognised for services to the arts.

Davies, born in Muswell Hill, north , said: “Initially I felt a mixture of surprise, humility, joy and a bit embarrassed but after thinking about it, I accept this for my family and fans as well as everyone who has inspired me to write.”

If I’m a little surprised at the time it took for the honor, it’s because of all the major acts to emerge in the British Invasion, the Kinks struck me as the most quintessentially British, both thematically (check out Village Green Preservation Society) and musically, as Davies made heavy reference to English music hall sounds in many of his songs.

From Arthur, here’s an example of that, “Shangri-La”.

And one of my favorites, from the album Face To Face, “Sunny Afternoon”.

Finally, there’s no way I can pay tribute to Ray Davies without mentioning the greatest song he’s ever written, the stunning, gorgeous “Waterloo Sunset”.

Well played, sir.  Or, should I say, Sir.

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