I’m a big Dawes fan (you already know this if you have been reading this blog!). They recently released a new video for Most People from their Stories Don’t End album. It includes some good tour footage so I thought you might enjoy it.
As a bonus, here is a great clip of a Dawes/Mumford and Sons performance of a little ditty that some of you might be old enough to have heard before 🙂
The year is 1970…..the Chicago Transit Authority had changed its name to simply Chicago and just released its second album called simply Chicago II. Under the leadership of producer James Guercio (you might want to search out my earlier post on the Buckinghams who he had produced in the 60s) the horn driven rock band was in the process of becoming one of most popular bands of the 1970s. Robert Lamm, the keyboard player, had written 25 or 6 to 4 for Chicago II and it became the group’s biggest hit up to that point in time reaching number 4 on the US singles chart in June of 1970. I was about to turn 17 in June of 1970, enjoying summer break between my junior and single years of high school, and I loved this song. Let’s listen………
This song has a lot to offer: the great bass riff by Peter Cetera who also sings lead vocals; the amazing Chicago horns; and a wonderful guitar solo (including some solid way-wah pedal action) by Terry Kath. i hope you like it as much as I do!
There has been a lot of controversy regarding the meaning of the song. Over the years, many people have claimed the song was about drugs but I think we can put that rumor to rest by letting Robert Lamm set the story straight…….
If you like Chicago be sure to check back in on Sunday. I have a really special Sunday Session post planned for you.
By the way…..thanks to my friend Gerard who once again demonstrated is knowledge of music by identifying the song and the group based on just the opening Riff!
So…..this is my second post in the new Epic Opening Riff series. Today’s riff features a bass guitar and comes from a song that was popular when I was in high school. Let’s listen……
This opening riff is memorable in that it not only introduces the song but continues to drive it. If you don’t remember the group based on just the opening riff you would gotten a huge hint it if I would have let you listen for two more seconds.
It’s your turn now….be the first to post a comment with the name of the song and the group and I will recognize your superior musical knowledge when I post about the song in a couple of days. I was disappointed that that I didn’t get any comments about Riff #1………..this will be a lot more fun if you join in so start commenting.
Sometimes groups surprise me and this is definitely one of those cases. I was flabbergasted when I heard that Metallica had covered Turn The Page and really didn’t know what to expect from them. Once I heard their version it all made perfect sense. The great Kirk Hammett slide guitar part that replaced the saxophone solo from Bob Seger’s version immediately convinced me that the song was in good hands. Let’s listen……..
Turn the Page is a maybe the greatest song about touring ever written. Here is the story behind the song as featured in a Detroit Free Press article on Bob (http://www.freep.com/article/20070312/ENT04/103120103/):
We had been playing somewhere in the Midwest, or the northern reaches, on our way to North or South Dakota. (Guitarist) Mike Bruce was with us. We’d been traveling all night from the Detroit area to make this gig, driving in this blinding snowstorm. It was probably 3 in the morning.
Mike decided it was time to get gas. He was slowing down to exit the interstate and spied a truck stop. We all had very long hair back then — it was the hippie era — but Skip, Mike and Bob had all stuffed their hair up in their hats. You had to be careful out on the road like that, because you’d get ostracized. When I walked in, there was this gauntlet of truckers making comments — “Is that a girl or man?” I was seething; those guys were laughing their asses off, a big funny joke.
That next night, after we played our gig — I think it was Mitchell, S.D. — Seger says, “Hey, I’ve been working on this song for a bit, I’ve got this new line for it. He played it on acoustic guitar, and there was that line: “Oh, the same old cliches / ‘Is that a woman or a man?’ ” It was “Turn the Page.”
You’ve heard the riff let’s listen to the song. This is the live version from classic 1976 live album, Live Bullet……..
Stay tuned tomorrow for a cover of Turn the Page that shocked the hell out of me when it was released.