Sunday, June 9, 2019

I Went...SI--SI--SIRIUS...All The Way Home (again)

(a short jaunt)

“Around The Plynth” - The Faces / “First Step” (1970)

This version of The Faces is missing the wallpaper blistering vocals of Steve Marriot who left for different dreams.  And while “Around The Plynth” is a great song, I can't help wondering how little Stevie's driving vocals would sound on this one.  The Rod Stewart vocals are fine here, but just a little too polite.  Little Stevie could outright get in your face.  And that, I would love to have heard.  Still, this is one of those wonderful deep cuts that makes vinyl lovers smile.  And that's Ron Wood doing the major surgery with his slide.  Spin this little gem next time anyone tells you Ron Wood is overrated.  Just killer!   Also, this is another track for your headphones.  Plenty of left and right bounce goin' on.  The Faces have always been a cherrypick band for me, but they never fail to throw down a song or two where they sound like they're just an angels breath away from being a runaway train.  And that's the train you want to be on.

“California Stars” - Bob Seger / “Ride Out” (2014)

Mid-tempo ballads is the kind of stuff Bob Seger can sing in his sleep. Vocals are warm and honest and so familiar.  Surprisingly, these lyrics were written by Woody Guthrie way back in the '30s.  Wilco's Jeff Tweedy rescued Woody's words and added a nice arrangement to them in 1998.  I have now heard both and I think Seger's warmer vocals win the day by the smallest of noses. "I'd like to rest my heavy head tonight on a bed of California stars.”  I'll have to catch a closer listen to the rest of the lyrics, but the melody is earworm stuff for sure.

“Wang Dang Doodle” - Savoy Brown / Street Corner Talking (1971)

Savoy Brown has never lacked for musicians waiting in the wings for an opportunity to shine.  The list is a phonebook.  This Savoy Brown album was released following the departure of Lonesome Dave, Roger Earl, and Tony Stevens who went on to form the classic rock radio staple, Foghat.  But nothing ever seems to slow down the Savoy Brown band.  Here is another excellent cover of another excellent Willie Dixon classic jam.  And on  "Wang Dang Doodle," the band sounds like they're playing with a chip on their ass-kicking shoulders daring anyone not to bop their head or move their freakin' feet.  My appreciation for Willie Dixon's footprint on the rock-n-roll community has risen faster than water from the Kansas rains.  I don't know how the rest of the album holds up, but Savoy Brown's “Wang Dang” Dixon cover is one of the best dang "Wang Dang" covers ever sang, dang it!  Crank it.


Good stuff.

Casey Chambers

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