Friday, September 27, 2013

Lost Gem: "Funky Pretty" - Beach Boys (1973)

"if you're cosmic'ly conscious...
you'll see."
~ Beach Boys ~

The Beach Boys were kinda funny, weren't they?  Not funny ha-ha...but "shake-your-head" funny.

They created some of the most exhilarating music of the '60s...and then "Sgt. Pepper" comes along and before you could say "Mr. Kite"...the Beach Boys were an oldies act.

I exaggerate, but not much.  My point is they were still making really good music...just nobody was hearing it.  Go back and listen.  They never were the Beach Boys...really.  They were simply boys the world wouldn't let grow up.

Lost Gem:-->  "Funky Pretty"...the final track on "Holland" (1973) filled with unusual lead vocal changes all over the place and has a groove that is simultaneously infectious and gritty. It takes a hard-left from their familiar sound but with a road-map arrangement that is still trademark Brian.
Brian would sadly leave planet earth for a lengthy hiatus soon after.

Have you heard this gem?

A Pisces lady loves romance (She loves romance)
Her movements tell you at a glance (She loves to dance)
Why they say Pisces rules the dance (She's got the glance)

She values flowers more than gold (She flows like gold)
Thinks of her men as knights of old (She's never bold)
She's very spiritual I'm told (She has never told)

But where's my spark in the dark?
Glow glow glow c'mon glow
The funky pretty flame in my heart
Me and my Pisces lady are apart

Her calender is not like ours (She rules the hours)
The hieroglyphs mark changing hours (She rules the stars)
Her guiding light is from the stars (She's got the powers)
A book of verse a jug of wine (She's soft like wine)
She'll always tell what's on your mind (She's much like time)
By just your birthday place and time (She's very fine)

'Cause it's a silent night in the sea
And if you're cosmic'ly conscious you'll see
Why she's a princess incarnate to me
Daughter of Neptune the ruler of the sea

The queen in Copenhagee (Funky pretty)
The dream of Amsterdamee (Pretty funky)
The cream of gay Parisee (Funky pretty)
The theme of U Say Asee (Pretty funky)
The scene in Great Britainyee (Funky pretty)
The meaning in Los Angees (Pretty funky)
The heat in Tokyosee (Funky pretty)
The treat in Manhattohsee (Pretty funky)
Yeah yeah funky pretty

She said "Don't worry it's alright
I'm coming back when the aspects are right"
And now I look in the paper each day
Wonderin' what my horoscope will say

Funky (oooo funky)
I still remember funky pretty (ooooo)
Why she left: my Pisces lady. Tell me why
(Why can't you tell me why)

Good stuff.

Casey Chambers

Friday, September 20, 2013

Pandora The Explora

Doing the Pandora shuffle.
Check 5...and see what the fates allow.

"Nelly the Elephant" -
Down To Earth (1974)

Entertaining instrumental with a krautrock circus ringmaster pronouncement is far more interesting than one might expect.   Tasty brass leaps in and out with ear candy.

"Hands of Doom"
Black Sabbath
Past Lives (2002)

Not one of my favorites...but it's early Sabbath.  Rarely heard and live at that!  It's wonderfully somber with trademark tempo changes.

"We're Turning Again"
Frank Zappa
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol 6 (1992)

 Kind of a funky thing. Great line:  "...they were mellow; they were yellow. They were wearing smelly blankets. They were Donovan fans."  Good wtf?

Sutherland Brothers & Quiver
Lifeboat (1972)

Pleasant enough, but quickly brings to mind Rod the Mod's version.  Sutherland's version wins by a nut.

"Aos Pes Da Cruz"
Miles Davis
Quiet Nights (1963)

Romantic jazzy bossa nova groove-vibe goin' on.  Nothing chancy or dangerous from Miles...still a nice one to share a drink for two.

Your turn!