For this time around on The Original vs. The Cover, we are going to discuss the classic song, “I Shot The Sheriff”. The original was by Bob Marley & the Wailers and the cover was by Eric Clapton. Two heavy hitting artists this time around, but which one will come out on top? The song was written by Bob Marley and released back in 1973 on the album ‘Burnin”. Eric released his cover only a year later in 1974 on his album 461 Ocean Boulevard. Marley’s version didn’t chart, but Clapton went all the way to #1 on the U.S. Charts.
The song is supposedly about a man who is harassed by the sheriff and he ends up shooting the officer, but claims it was really self-defense. According to Marly only parts of the song are true, but we don’t which ones. Now in 2012, Bob Marley’s old girlfriend, Esther Anderson, claims the song was about how Marley was opposed to her using birth control. She claimed if you switch the word sheriff with doctor on the 2nd verse, it would make sense. I have to say, I am not sure I believe her, but an interesting twist anyway.
Now, sit back and let’s discuss each song and pick a winner.
Another week of a ton of new releases as everyone tries to get their albums out in time for the Christmas rush. And there are quite a few that interest me and one that interests a ton of my fellow blogging friends which is why it is #1 on the list. For those of us in the U.S., this coming week is Thanksgiving and with a year like we’ve had, we do have a lot to be thankful for and now more than ever we should make sure we let everyone know how special they are in our life and what they mean to us. But before we do that, why don’t you check out the releases this week and let me know which ones you want to hear or what I may have missed as everyone needs to know. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend! Oh yeah, my choices are in Blue!!
Iron Maiden – Nights of the Dead, Legacy of the Beast: Live in Mexico City – (Sanctuary Records): I am not a huge Iron Maiden fan, but that doesn’t stop me from listing this as the #1 release of the week. My first thought is that this is yet another live album as Maiden has millions of them it seems. But a friend told me that this one is cool as the track list is so different the last album and there are songs they haven’t done in awhile. I would agree that would make this one worth getting. What are those songs? I don’t remember, but if you are real fan, you will know when you see the track listing. I hope you all enjoy. And yes, I will give it a spin.
The Wild Feathers – Medium Rarities – (The Wild Feathers): This is my top choice. An album of rare tracks from The Wild Feathers and since I have everything they have done and for the fact that I love rare tracks, demos any thing new by a band, this has been ordered and on its way. Oh yeah, and it will be signed by the band!!! Cool stuff. And if you want to know, they are a little country, a little folk, a little southern rock and a whole lot of awesome.
I have done a post on guitars, but I will step it up and do one on Guitar Gods because I love the guitar and over the next year I will finally learn to play. Until then, I will leave this to inspire me. I hope you enjoy…
Welcome to another Friday of music new releases. There are a bunch to choose from, but sadly I am not real thrilled about any of them. That is probably a good thing since I had so many from last week that I am still enjoying. There is one I will listen to out of the bunch (highlighted in Blue) and the rest who knows if they will ever find the playlist. Hopefully with all to choose from, there is something that you will gravitate towards. Let me know what interests you are doesn’t. Thanks and have a great weekend!!
Tobymac – The Elements – (Forefront Records): Tobymac has always proven to me he is a talented artists whether it was with DC Talk or his solo works. The mixture of hip-hop, pop and rock is always a great combination. He spreads the word and makes it an enjoyable experience. This will be the only album this week that is a must listen, the rest…ehh!.
Live – Local 717 E.P. – (Kalvary Records): It has been awhile since any new Live material and it is much needed. I heard the song below and was intrigued. This might be first up for the day.
Elvis Costello & the Imposters – Look Now – (Concord Records)
Tom Morello – The Atlas Underground – (Comandante): This one might get a listen…this song is pretty good.
Kurt Vile – Bottle It In – (Matador): Okay, maybe this one too.
David Bowie – Loving the Alien 1983-1988 (11 CD Set) – (Rhino)
Blues Traveler – Hurry Up & Hang Around – (BT Recordings)
Evanescence – Synthesis Live – (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
Nazareth – Tattooed on my Brain – (Frontiers Record)
Seventh Wonder – Tiara – (Frontiers Record)
Imperllitteri – The Nature of the Beast – (Frontiers Record)
City of Thieves – Beast Reality – (Frontiers Record)
Creye – Creye – (Frontiers Record)
Eric Clapton – Happy Xmas – (Bushbranch/Surfdog)
Young the Giant – Mirror Master – (Elektra)
Edie Brickell & New Bohemians – Rocket – (Verve Forecast)
Graham Parker – Cloud Symbols – (100% Records)
Atreyu – In Our Wake – (Spinefarm Records)
John Hiatt – The Eclipse Sessions – (New West Records)
When you hear the song title “Black Magic Woman”, most people immediately associate the song with Santana and that is because they have the most famous version of the song. However, their version is actually a cover version. I did not know that until a short time ago when I discovered that the original was performed by Fleetwood Mac two years earlier. My world was rocked as I had no idea. I don’t know if life will ever be the same.
The song was written by Peter Green who was the original singer for the Fleetwood Mac and he came from John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers where he originally replaced Eric Clapton on guitar. There is whole story around that and the formation of Fleetwood Mac which we will have to save for another time as this post is about comparing the two versions of “Black Magic Woman”.
The Fleetwood Mac version of “Black Magic Woman” was a real bluesy track, heavy on the drums and the bass with little guitar riffs thrown in. Then there is a great guitar solo that comes in about a minute into the song and goes on for about 45 seconds. It is really great and what would you expect from a guy that replaced Eric Clapton in another band.
Peter sounds great vocally as well and after listening to it, I realized I have heard the song many times before but probably thought it was the Santana song, of course it doesn’t have the same feel, but they aren’t completely different songs.
Happy Friday and welcome to this week’s list of notable releases…at least notable in my book. There is only one MUST HAVE and a couple others I will get to as well. Take a look and let me know what you are looking forward to and what I might have missed. My choices are highlighted in Blue.
Tremonti – A Dying Machine – (Napalm Records): The Creed and Alter Bridge guitarist strikes out on his own with his other band Tremonti. This time he takes on lead vocals and fronts one hellavu hard rock band. If you are a fan, then this is a MUST HAVE in your collection as it is mine. The band bring us their fourth album…that is right…their fourth and we can never get enough.
Sunstorm – The Road to Hell – (Frontier Records): The great Joe Lynn Turner brings his vocals to the band’s fifth album and the man can still sing at just 66 years young. The Hackensack-ack-ack-ack born singer has fronted a few bands you might have heard about…Rainbow and Deep Purple. He still brings the fire and intensity with Sunstorm. Check them out.
Welcome to the new in yet another series that is called “The Original Vs. The Cover”. Not a very original title, but it gets the point across. Each month I will pick a song and compare the original to my favorite cover of the song.
And there is not a better way to kick off this series than with Blind Faith’s song “Can’t Find My Way Home”. The song was written by Steve Winwood and on Blind Faith’s only album back in 1969. Blind Faith was one of the earliest super groups as it consisted of Steve Winwood from the bands Traffic & The Spencer Davis Group, Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton from the band Cream and lastly, Ric Grech from Family. Not a bad set of musicians.
Blind Faith’s “Can’t Find My Way Home” is a slow ballad with Eric Clapton playing acoustic guitar and Steve Winwood singing. Of course Ginger Baker is playing percussion and Ric Grech is on bass, but the guitar work is of note. The guitar work is fantastic as expected and it is rare you get Eric Clapton playing acoustic (at least back then). The vocals have an eerie hollowness to them and I don’t know if that was Winwood’s intention or just the production of the song, but it works. The overall production is simple and not much too it and I think that is why the song works so well. The overall tone fits the time period which was the end of the 60’s.
There are ton of songs in rock & roll about cars. However, this is not a list of songs about cars. This is a list of the most recognizable cars in Rock & Roll. Cars that were in music videos or on album covers. Just the coolest cars that you could actually own and drive. Ok, there is one on here that isn’t really cool, but it had to make the list.
10. The Black Keys’ 91 Dodge Caravan: This glorious vehicle graces the album cover for their 2011 album ‘El Camino’. I am a little confused. The album is called ‘El Camino’ and you show a picture of a Dodge Caravan. Now that is rock & roll. I believe the van is actually similar to their first van they used for touring.
I am going to continue rehashing all the concerts I have been to that I still have the tickets stubs for those shows and even mention shows I remember that I can’t find a ticket stub. I started off talking about The 80’s (click to read about it), now we will pick up in the 90’s and see what wonderful shows I attended.
The first show for me of this new decade was none other than…KISS!! It was July 20, 1990 and this time it was at the Coca-Cola Lakewood Amphitheater. This was a great show. The opening acts were Danger Danger for sure and the other act was possibly Slaughter. Not positive on that one. This show got me hooked on Danger Danger so that is why I remember it. The tour was for the album Hot in the Shade and had a huge Sphinx for the state setup. Ticket prices were now over $20 at $24 after fees.
We are to the end of another month and the end of another work week. This year is flying by. This is another Friday with a ton of new music. I can’t say I am super excited about any of them, but I am interested in listening to quite a few (highlighted in Blue).
Yellowcard – Yellowcard – (Hopeless Records): Apparently this is their 10th and last album together. That is a little sad. They have put out some great albums, so here is to hoping they go out on a high note.