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Ep.3 Dancing in the Street
July 11, 2013 11:30 AM PDT
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As promised, a summer theme. This is one song to which I don't feel any improvements are needed. The original is perfect, and only a few of the covers featured do I feel succeed in doing something new and exciting. I think the Everly Brothers and Van Halen win the cup this time. See what you think.
In researching this episode, I discovered something interesting, which became the sub-theme of this episode: That both The Who and the Grateful Dead both began covering this song in a straight ahead form in each of the band's early days. Both retired the tune, only to each rework it in the late 70's. So I bookend this episode with those bands' versions. Yes, I might spend a few extra minutes on the Dead's version(s), but that's just because their musical references are so rich, that it's hard for me to resist diving in. I also wish I cut the Little Richard version a minute or two earlier--I started out loving it, but grew to dislike it after repeated listening.
Otherwise, you will hear some prime examples of how music changed between the 60's and 80's. I can't really say that things have changed half as much in the last 20 years.

Ep.2 To Love Somebody
June 23, 2013 01:13 PM PDT
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This episode looks at The Bee Gees' 1967 single, "To Love Somebody" and cover versions from The Upsetters, The Animals, Roberta Flack and more--some expected, some not so...
I should put forth the fact that my commentary on these episodes comes from the viewpoint not of a music critic, but of someone who has had a hand in writing, arranging and producing music for the last decade and a half. Also, from the viewpoint of a music lover and historian.
Enjoy, and if you find out where that sound's coming from, let me know!
-Brian

Ep.1 Around and Around
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May 31, 2013 09:18 PM PDT
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The first in a long series (I think) examining songs that have been covered by wide ranging and sometimes unlikely artists. This episode: Around and Around by Chuck Berry. Some expected and not so expected versions of this 1958 classic.

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