Friday, September 30, 2016

PANDORA...THE EXPLORER


Let's do the Pandora Shuffle...
...and see what the fates allow.



"Veracruz"
Warren Zevon
Excitable Boy (1978)

I think God created Warren Zevon to help us all learn a bit of history and geography.  You know he's going to drop a name or place in somewhere...and I've come to appreciate his cultural awareness.  In this instance...the Spanish Civil War...delivered in an achingly beautiful Zevon way. Also, I believe he drops a pennywhistle into the arrangement.





"Embraceable You"
Barney Kessel
Plays For Lovers (1953-1988)


I have never met anyone that didn't like Barney Kessel...except for those who have not had the pleasure of hearing him play.  And that's a shame.



"Sufficiently Breathless"
Captain Beyond
Sufficiently Breathless (1973)

The title track has aged surprisingly well. Great arrangement. Has a groovy acoustic thing going on with a dusting of some tasty fuzz guitar. The group included members of Deep Purple and Iron Butterfly.



"Lover's Cross"
Jim Croce
I Got A Name (1973)

Most everyone has heard everything by Jim Croce.  This song was from his final studio album..."I Got A Name".   Sometimes you just have to shake your head and wonder...what if?




"I Can't Keep From Talking"
Golden Smog
Weird Tales (1998)

Another supergroup side-project with Jeff Tweedy (Wilco)...Gary Louris (The Jayhawks)...Dan Murphy (Soul Asylum) and swinging-door other ones.  Makes for a "feel-good heading out-the-door" kind of song...and if I could play the guitar worth a lick...I'd play it.




"Fuel To The Fire"
Rory Gallagher
Photo Finish (1978)

What a forgotten gem.  Pandy did me right shuffling this number to my ears.  Only 47 when he died, Rory was never a media darling like many others of his ilk...but my ears hear the truth.


Well, that's the Pandora Shuffle for this week...and not a "thumbs-down" in the bunch.
Till next time...
"Say goodnight, Pandora."
(( "Goodnight, Pandora!" ))

Casey Chambers
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