Thursday, June 20, 2019

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

(a short jaunt)

"Aisumasen (I’m Sorry)” - John Lennon / "Mind Games" (1973)

I'll be honest. “Mind Games”...the album...was a bit of a slow grower for me.  I just wasn’t feeling it.  And I'm one who's loyalty leans into the John Lennon camp, too.  Maybe because I'd heard the title track so many times on the radio, when I finally got around to picking up the album, I'd put the title track on such a high pedestal nothing could ever compare.  So yeah, this album has been a slow grower for me.  Anyway, I’ve just never really warmed up to this song.  Every time I try to listen to mind starts to wander.  That is until it gets to the tasty guitar part at the end.  That's David Spinozza playing the guitar.  Among a lot of other things he's done, he's the guitar you hear on Dr. John's...”Right Place, Wrong Time.”  RIP to The Night Tripper.

"The Bug" - Dire Straits / "On Every Street" (1991)

I always thought this was Mary Chapin Carpenter's creation.  Nope!  This was a Dire Straits song from the band's final album.  I'd never heard the original version up until now.  Both sound just fine and dandy by me.  Both have a bit of that rockabilly shuffle thing goin' on.  Mark Knopfler makes it look so dang easy.  The band missed a cool opportunity for a great cartoon cameo with Fred and Barney.  “The Bug” might've been the next big dance craze down in Bedrock...for the Dire Straitstones.  “In Bedrock.  Splat! Splat!”

"Know You Rider" - Hot Tuna / "Hot Tuna" (1970)

This song is from Hot Tuna's self-titled debut...which was surprisingly recorded from a performance captured at a small intimate coffee shop.  Even live, this music sounds very much studio quality.  Very clean. Very clear.  Very quiet.  Some have said that Hot Tuna's..."Know You Rider" is the definitive version of this Blind Lemon Jefferson classic.  And it sounds pretty good, but this is the only version I've heard so I am no one to judge.  Hot Tuna was guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Cassidy...both longtime members of Jefferson Airplane.  I bet I've passed over this album at least a dozen times.  Mainly because it's such an ugly album cover.  Totally not fair, but pass it by, I do.  Truth be known, I get more pleasure from the electric Hot Tuna.  I don't know what their best album might be. The only one I have is the album that looks like a box of laundry detergent.  Haven't played it in a spell, but I believe I was okay with it.   But like I said, I like my Tuna plugged in.


Good stuff.

Casey Chambers

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