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Musical palate cleanser, beautiful pain edition

This song has hit me more than anything else I’ve heard released this year.  From Colvin & Earle, it’s “You’re Still Gone”.  It’s stunning.

There’s also a pretty neat interview with them both about the song you can watch.

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Musical palate cleanser, Nobel Prize edition

Well, this.

Hells, yeah.

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R & B

Kudos to Patrick Garbin for digging up this picture.

No word on whether Herschel joined them on stage for this:

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Musical palate cleanser, happy sadness or sad happiness edition

Some ear candy for you — heard this one on the radio Friday night and haven’t been able to get it out of my head all weekend.  From 1967, it’s The Tremeloes, with the Cat Stevens-penned “Here Comes My Baby”.

Tell me something:  have you ever heard a more cheerful tune about unrequited love?

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Musical palate cleanser, obvious song is obvious edition

Still remember the first time I heard Neil Young’s “Like A Hurricane” — sitting on a stone wall at Chastain Park, drinking a beer and this came on the radio:

Well, I was blown away.  One of the great guitar solos from Young’s body of work, and it never seemed like it was gonna end… not that I wanted it to.

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Musical palate cleanser, a thousand people walk into a stadium edition…

If you’ve ever wondered what Bowie’s “Rebel, Rebel” might sound like if 1,000 folks got together to perform it in a stadium, well… wonder no more.  (h/t)

Damn, if that doesn’t put a smile on your face this morning, I’m doing something wrong.  I know the logistics would make it near impossible to pull off, but I have this fantasy that it would make for the greatest college football halftime show evah.

BTW, Rockin’1000 has a website, if you’re interested.

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Musical palate cleanser, baby, baby, baby edition

When it comes to music, I’m pretty broad-minded about different opinions than mine.  But one argument I can’t accept is that “River Deep, Mountain High” isn’t the greatest achievement of Phil Spector’s career.  It marries his production to an incredible performance by Tina Turner.

The song’s backstory is fascinating.

Written by Spector, Jeff Barry, and Ellie Greenwich, “River Deep – Mountain High” was among the first recordings that Ike & Tina Turner did for Phil Spector’s Philles Records. Spector was well aware of Ike Turner‘s controlling attitude in the studio, and therefore he drafted an unusual contract: the River Deep – Mountain High album and single would be credited to “Ike & Tina Turner”, but Ike was paid $20,000[5] to stay away from the studio, and only Tina Turner‘s vocals would be used on the record.[6]

The track was recorded using Spector’s “Wall of Sound” production technique, cost a then-unheard-of $22,000, and required 21 session musicians and 21 background vocalists. Due to Spector’s perfectionism in the studio, he made Turner sing the song over and over for several hours until he felt he had the perfect vocal take for the song. Turner recalled, “I must have sung that 500,000 times. I was drenched with sweat. I had to take my shirt off and stand there in my bra to sing.”

If you’ve never seen the official promo for the song, it’s awesome.  (And, yes, Ike is in it.)

Wow.  Just wow.

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