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312: “I’ve Got A Feeling” by The Beatles

And John Lennon's children's Bar Mitvah's were OFF THE HOOK!“I’ve Got A Feeling” from Let It Be (1970) is not one of The Beatles‘ most popular classics… but if this song were a pair of socks, they would be electric and slightly wet.

Maybe you’re wondering what happened to The Beatles since Yoko Ono gave them all HIV. I have an update, from sources close to the Fab Quartet:

  • Paul McCartney is down to just the one leg now, but makes do with a lot of money from a big divorce.
  • John Lennon died from choking on John Bonham’s vomit in 1998.
  • John Paul Jones married Eric Clapton’s fiancee, and they raise alpaca in New Mexico.
  • Ringo Starr tours the world playing with world-class musicians in huge venues.

The British tabloids won’t even touch this stuff, because the Queen said she would decapitate any member of the British press that reports anything about The Beatles because Paul is the only one who will ever really “get” her and she can’t stand to see his face unless it’s coming toward her for a sloppy, molar-licking kiss. And when Her Majesty is angered, it’s like Yoda-style spinning vectors and slashes, and something you don’t want to see coming your direction at all. So coverage of post-breakup Beatles is pretty limited on the British newsstands. The public is obviously starved for the facts.

The Queen also practices the Ray Lewis dance in front of her mirror at night, as part of her posturing for the press.

Okay, I’m stopping. Just enjoy.

Song: I’ve Got A Feeling
Artist: The Beatles
Album: Let It Be
Label: Apple Records (original)
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes
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295: “Cold Bear” by The Gaturs

Yes, we dress like The Temptations.The song is 1970’s “Cold Bear” by New Orleans’ The Gaturs (with keyboardist Willie Tee).

And below are some quotes, accumulated over my existential transit, best enjoyed whilst sipping a cold bear…

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
-Aristotle, philosopher (384-322 BCE)

Between truth and the search for truth, I opt for the second.
-Bernard Berenson, art historian (1865-1959)

The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human.
-Aldous Huxley, novelist (1894-1963)

I don’t hate my enemies. After all, I made ’em.
-Red Skelton, comedian (1913-1997)

Not far from the invention of fire must rank the invention of doubt.
-Thomas Henry Huxley, biologist (1825-1895)

War will never cease until babies begin to come into the world with larger cerebrums and smaller adrenal glands.
-H.L. Mencken, writer, editor, and critic (1880-1956)

I have ever hated all nations, professions, and communities, and all my love is toward individuals.
-Jonathan Swift, satirist (1667-1745)

A beautiful thing is never perfect.
-Egyptian proverb

Song: Cold Bear
Artist: The Gaturs
Album: Wasted
Label: Funky Delicacies
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes
Listen: MOG
Watch: YouTube

194: “Here’s That Rainy Day” by Freddie Hubbard

This thing looks weird. I wonder what it does.I guess it was a curse and a blessing to be a trumpet player when Miles Davis was also blowing on one.  But probably more of a blessing.

Freddie Hubbard trumpeted… and flugel horned.  He played on some incredibly influential albums, like Oliver Nelson‘s The Blues and the Abstract Truth and Herbie Hancock‘s Maiden Voyage.

“Here’s That Rainy Day” is a track I’ve been enjoying in the car ride home lately, as a mental salve for my burning brain. Life can be a bit much. Sometimes you need some music to soothe. This is one of those.

Freddie plays the flugel horn on this track, with George Benson on guitar, Ron Carter on bass, and a strong heartbeat on percussion, from Straight Life (1970).

Breathe deeply, and enjoy.

Song: Here’s That Rainy Day
Artist: Freddie Hubbard
Album: Straight Life
Label: Epic/Associated/Legacy
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes
Watch: YouTube

129: “Who’s Gonna Help Brother Get Further” by Lee Dorsey

Industrial dimples. Now available at Target.Here’s another one from the New Orleans funk compilation with Mary Jane Hooper.  This disc is definitely worth the buy.

“Who’s Gonna Help Brother Get Further” is a finger-snapper from 1970 with a soulful theme of solidarity, from Lee Dorsey, who was frequently backed by none other than The Meters.

Enjoy.

Song: Who’s Gonna Help Brother Get Further
Artist: Lee Dorsey
Album: New Orleans Funk
Label: Soul Jazz
Buy from: Amazon

118c: “Liver Splash” by The Meters

GIVING THANKS FOR THE METERS.

Song: Liver Splash
Artist: The Meters
Album: Struttin’
Label: Sundazed
Buy from: Amazon (CD Only)

34: “Wiggle Waggle” by Herbie Hancock

Trying to look cool in the 80's was a curse on your future self.I first heard the music of Herbie Hancock when he was on the pop charts in the 80’s with “Rock It,” one of the few instrumental songs ever to make it anywhere near the top of the charts, and one of the first pieces of electronic music many folks had ever heard.  Nevermind the fact that Herbie had played with Miles Davis and had already had a successful, decades-long career as a jazz keyboardist.  To me, he was the wizard behind this wild new sound.  Check out the crazy 80’s-style, low-budget psychedelic video (2nd one below).

I was amazed as a teenager to discover Herbie’s past, and in particular, Mwandishi: The Complete Warner Bros. Recordings, a compilation of sessions that became Mwandishi (1970).  I heard the re-release when I was 19, and that album has become one of the keystones of my music collection.

“Mwandishi” was a Swahili name Herbie gave himself in the 60’s.  Each member of the sextet behind the album had a Swahili name.

Headhunters (1973) is perhaps Herbie’s best known album, which has one of the thickest, funkiest organ grooves ever to grace a song on “Chameleon,” but I’ve worn it out over the years and it doesn’t hold up as well as the Mwandishi recordings for repeated listening.  It’s a large band on the Mwandishi recordings, and a full sound.  Horns, tambourines, and tight jams around every corner… with some wide open (and weird) spaces in between.

Check out “Wiggle Waggle” at your convenience.  Buy the whole album if this doesn’t quench your thirst.  Enjoy.

Song: Wiggle Waggle
Artist: Herbie Hancock
Album: Mwandishi: The Complete Warner Bros. Recordings
Label: Warner Bros.
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes
Listen: YouTube

4: “The Vision Of Rahsaan A) Dedication B) Roll On Kirk” by Eric Burdon & WAR

Eric Burdon and War, Shirtless!Make ’em work.  Make ’em work.  Make ’em work.  Roll on Kirk.  This song is a dedication to jazz legend Rahsaan Roland Kirk.  The song was created by crazy whiteboy Eric Burdon, who worked for every inch of soul he showed, backed up by the band he helped launch, WAR.

Now stop reading these words and download this song.  I will refund your money with coinage surreptitiously placed in the crevices of your home furniture if you are not completely satisfied with your purchase.  I promise.

Enjoy.

Song: The Vision Of Rassan A) Dedication B) Roll On Kirk
Artist: Eric Burdon & WAR
Album: Eric Burdon Declares WAR
Label: Rhino / Avenue
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes
Listen: MOG
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