Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Lost Gem: "Mistreated" - Deep Purple (1974)


"Since my baby left me...I've been losing my mind."--> Deep Purple <--
Deep Purple was a different band from their "Smoke On Water" days.

Singer Ian Gillan and bassist Roger Glover had left the band in '73, leaving axe legend Ritchie Blackmore and bandmates to find replacements.

Enter bassist Glen Hughes and then unknown vocalist David Coverdale.

Coverdale (future Whitesnake frontman) had much to prove, daring to replace loyal Purple fans' favorite vocalist...Ian Gillan.
But with Blackmore and company's thunder...DP released a solid and very underrated album that stands firmly on its own legs.

Lost Gem:--> "Mistreated"...buried deep on side two is a searing rock-blues wailer that leaves no doubt of Coverdale's qualifications.  Blackmore's sweet riffing and exit solo make it very clear they can still throw it down.

Have you heard this Gem?


I've been mistreated, I've been abused.
I've been struck downhearted, baby, I've been confused
'cause I know, yes, I know I've been mistreated.
Since my baby left me I've been losing my mind, you know I have.

I've been lonely, I've been cold.
I've been looking for a woman to have and hold
'cause I know, yes, I know I've been mistreated.
Since my baby left me I've been losing, I've been losing,
I've been losing my mind, baby baby babe.

I've been mistreated, I've been abused.
I've been looking for a woman, yeah, I've been confused
'cause I know, yes, I know I've been mistreated, ooh o-o-oh.
Since my baby left me I've been losing, losing,
I've been losing my mind, baby baby babe.
Oh oh oh, oh woman, oh woman, oh woman.

Good stuff!

Casey Chambers
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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Lost Gem: "If She Wants Me" - Belle & Sebastian (2003)



"If I could do just one near perfect thing I'd be happy."
~ Belle & Sebastian ~


With a plethora of folk-rock/pop indie bands working their craft these days... it can be difficult to separate the Good from the Plentys.

However Belle & Sebastian  have created quite a following thanks to the trademark quirky kool lyrics from Stuart Murdoch and the wicked 2-point takedown musicianship of the 6 other members.

Lost Gem:--> "If She Wants Me"...is breathtakingly good.  Brian Wilson good.  With a light jazzy-funk guitar and organ push, lead singer Murdoch’s falsettos spins a killer hook that is nigh on impossible to forget.
Charming, yes...but much too smart to be trite.

Have you heard this gem?


I wrote a letter on a nothing day
I asked somebody 'Could you send my letter away'?
'You are too young to put all of your hopes in just one envelope'
I said goodbye to someone that I love
It's not just me, I tell you it's the both of us
And it was hard
Like coming off the pills that you take to stay happy
Someone above has seen me do alright
Someone above is looking with a tender eye
Upon your face, you may think you're alone but you may think again.

If I could do just one near perfect thing I'd be happy

They'd write it on my grave, or when they scattered my ashes
On second thoughts I'd rather hang about and be there with my best friend
If she wants me

And far away somebody read the letter
He condescends to read the words I wrote about him
And if he smiles, it's no more than a genius deserves
For all your curious nerve and your passion
I'm going deaf, you're growing melancholy
Things fall apart, I don't know why we bother at all
But life is good and 'It's always worth living at least for a while'

If you think to yourself 'What should I do now'?
Then take the baton, girl, you better run with it
There is no point in standing in the past cause it's over and done with

I took a book and went into the forest
I climbed the hill, I wanted to look down on you
But all I saw was twenty miles of wilderness so I went home.

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Casey Chambers
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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Lost Gem: "Outtasite (Outta Mind)" - Wilco (1996)



"...I know you probably hate me...that's O.K. with me."
~ Wilco ~


Wilco is the always experimenting rootsy alt-rock band from Chicago led by Jeff Tweedy.

"Being There" (1996) is the band's 2nd release...a double album that runs a spectrum of musical influences without losing sight of their roots. The record is a confessional, of sorts, from both listener and musician's point of view.

Lost Gem:--> "Outtasite (Outta Mind)"...is a raucous upbeat banger with a terrific 'whatever' attitude. Guitars and piano spark from the speakers. A splendid time is guaranteed for all.

Have you heard this gem?


I know we don't talk much
but you're but you're such a good talker,
oh-whoa
Well I know we should take a walk
but y'er such a fast walker,
oh-whoa,
well alright
I know where I'll be tonight, alright
Outta mind outta site.

Well O.K., I know you don't love me
but you'll still be thinking of me,
oh-whoa
Well alright, I know you probably hate me,
that's O.K. with me.
alright
Outta mind outta site
Outta mind outta site

You don't see me now
You don't want to anyhow

Look out, here I come again
and I'm bringing my friends
Look out, here I come again,
I'm bringing my friends,
ok alright
ok alright
I know where I'll be tonight, alright
Outta mind outta site.


Good stuff!

Casey Chambers
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