My Sunday Song – “Frankenstein” by The Edgar Winter Group

For My Sunday Song #128, the instrumental this week is the great “Frankenstein” by The Edgar Winter Group.  The song was off the band’s 1972 album ‘They Only Come Out at Night’ and went all the way to #1 for one week in May 1973.  The song sold over a million copies and you probably know it and don’t even realize it.

The title of “Frankenstein” is interesting.  The title came from the fact the song was pieced together from a very long version of the song as the band would often just jam.  So pieces from that jam were spliced together to form the 4 minute album version.  It sounds seamless, but the song is an amalgamation of so many different sounds and styles from funk to progressive rock to just plain experimentation.  It is a monster for sure.

Speaking of monster, what a monster line-up on this song.  You have Dan Hartman on bass, Chuck Ruff on drums, Ronnie Montrose on guitar and Edgar Winter synthesizers and keyboards as well as Rick Derringer producing the song.  What a fine group of musicians.

Back to the song, the song is also famous for the double drum solo between Chuck Ruff and Edgar Winter.  Chuck on the drums and Edgar playing a set of timbales.  It really adds to the song.  And don’t forget all the synthesizers music, sound and whatever strange noises were being made.  It was just such a weird song sandwiched in between those awesome Montrose guitar riffs.  And Ronnie Montrose is a beast on this one.

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Friday New Releases – September 29th

Welcome to the last Friday New Releases of the month.  There are too many new releases this week and no way to even come close to listening to it all.  There a handful I will attempt to get to and those will be highlighted in Blue, but doesn’t mean there aren’t others on this list I don’t want to hear.  I have to some way prioritize the listening choices.  I am sure there is something on here that you will find exciting.  Let me know what you are interested in getting.

  • 91+F7bRBJkL._AC_UL160_SR160,160_.jpg  Shania Twain – Now – (Universal Nashville):  Oh Shania, how we have missed you.  Back with her first album in 15 YEARS!!!.  I have heard a couple songs off the album and haven’t been overly impressed so I am little worried about this one.  My wife and I enjoy Shania and went saw her in concert about 2 years ago and we also had “From This Moment” played at our wedding.  As a result, I will give this a listen despite my hesitations.

  • 51-RUWDsUjL._AC_US218_  Black Stone Cherry – Black to Blues EP – (Mascot Label Group): The Southern Hard Rock band is bringing us a little EP to hold us over until their next album…I am so cool with that.  They don’t seem to ever disappoint and I could use a good old rock album about now.

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