Vivid

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Given all the political attention (or tension) over a certain reality TV personality lately, I thought this would be a relevant and appropriate choice for Today’s Runner.

Living Colour hit the scene in 1988 with this, their debut, album Vivid and its mega hit Cult of Personality. Vivid lays funk, punk, alternative, jazz, soul and rap onto a solid bed rock n’ roll release and Living Colour deliveres it to the masses through exciting stage shows and interesting politically laced MTV music videos. I caught them at the Riviera Theater in 1989. It was a wild show and, I think probably the last time I indulged in the whole mosh pit experience. The album had a second minor hit in Glamour Boys and a great cover of Talking Heads’ Memories Can’t Wait. Other relevant highlights include the Zep inspired Desperate People, What’s Your Favorite Color and Which Way to America.

Webster defines Cult of Personality as: a situation in which a public figure (such as a political leader) is deliberately presented to the people of a country as a great person who should be admired and loved. The Donald may fit that definition even though the loudest voice proclaiming his admiration is his own. I just hope that when voting time comes around the rest of the country can distinguish between personality and genius.

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That’s The Way Of The World

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We have lost another one. Maurice White, co-founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, died Thursday after a long battle with Parkinson’s. He was diagnosed in 1992 and his condition deteriorated in recent months. The disease had progressed to the point he was forced to stop touring 1994. In 2000, the band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Maurice was individually inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2010.

Founded in Chicago in 1969 their debut album Earth Wind & Fire was released in 1971. They embodied cosmic, spiritually uplifting vibes which made them one of the most popular and beloved soul groups of the 1970’s.

Rest In Peace Maurice White…

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Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley

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Today’s Runner – Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley is funky and full of soul. Robert Palmer is at his best, right in step with Lowell and the boys on this his 1974 debut.

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Midnite Vultures

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“You can be my chaperone at the half way home.”

Today’s Runner is Beck’s 1999 release Midnite Vultures, a superb mix of eastern funk-O-delic, electro-rappin, dance beat for a new 1000 years, guaranteed to get your booty shaking and make you squawk like a big bird. Check the bass!

“. . . and the Grammy goes to . . . ”

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In A Silent Way

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It’s About That Time . . . to put on some Miles.

One album, Two songs
Shhh / Peaceful
In A Silent Way / It’s About That Time

1968/69 – This is the pivotal album in which Miles transitions to electric instruments, adding to his quintet a third keyboardist, Joe Zawinul, and John McLaughlin’s electric guitar. Davis, influenced at this time by Hendricks and Sly and the Family Stone, here lays the groundwork for his transformation into the 1970’s, fusing jazz with rock to create the funkier grooving sound that would take him through the next decade.

Run / Bike / Enjoy!

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Sco-Mule

Sco-Mule

 

 

If you like guitars, Rock, and Jazz you’re gonna love this! Today’s runner is Sco-Mule. Veteran southern rockers – Gov’t Mule team up with jazz guitar great – John Scofield for a live performance reminiscent of a classic Jeff Beck show.

There is something for everyone in this collaboration. Warren Haynes brings the rocking blues while Scofield swings and bops and together they cook great interpretations of Wayne Shorter’s Tom Thumb, James Brown as well as originals by both these two guitar masters. Add in some funky keyboard work by Dan Matrazzo, and the late Allen Woody’s concrete bass and you have a recipe for a gritty, soulful performance. Kind Of Bird!

Reserve this one for one of those long runs. It clocks in at 2-1/2 hours of hard bopping, foot pounding swagger and strut!

Enjoy it, and then buy it!

SCO-MULE
1-Hottentot
2-Tom Thumb
3-Doing It To Death
4-Birth of the Mule
5-Sco-Mule
6-Kind of Bird

1-Pass the Peas
2-Devil Likes It Slow
3-Hottentot (Alternate Version)
4-Kind of Bird (Alternate Version)
5-Afro Blue

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