I was back up in Sheffield this weekend and I got talking to one of my friends about the blog. Anyway, to cut a long story short, James Batson is quite the fan of rap. And he said he’d send me some of his favourite West Coast tunes. Take it away, Jimmy…
If I was to pick 3 strictly West Coast licks, they would probably be…
I like the way that the music seems to be flowing down like a river. Although the music does loop, it doesn’t feel like it’s repeating itself. The quality of the playing is also superb and the piano stands out for the sheer class of the playing. As a song it sounds really simple: the melody, the tune and the instrumentation all sound easy, until you try and play them. Then you realise just how good the musicians are! The song gets its name from the fact that in Brasil it rains for days on end every March as the summer comes to an end. While I don’t understand the lyrics I still get this from the song. Interestingly, Tom Jobin translated the song into English and instead of it being about the rains and the coming of winter, he made the new lyrics about hope and the coming of Spring.
Here’s a little something by a friend of ours, Alex Martin. He’s quite the fan of old blues and while on the phone yesterday we were discussing Bo Diddley. Anyway, he sent me a little selection of some of his favourites, so here they are.
I’ve always liked listening to original versions of songs made more famous by covers. All these songs have been made more famous by the likes of Rolling Stones, Hendrix and, err, Canned Heat.
Oh and then there’s a gem from Ray Charles (a cover no less) which I’ve put on here because it’s what I like to think the 60’s sounded like and can inexplicably imagine it being blared out of the Tannoy over Tracy Island.
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