Covers


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covers

 

Here is a sampling of great songs covered by great bands, I put in a few tricks. See if you can tell me the names of the coverer’s.

Enjoy the Music. D

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Christmas With The Rat Pack


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Gifts of gold, nonsense and mirth from Three Wise Men.
For unto you, this day in the city of Vegas the Rat Pack performed.

1. I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm (Dean)
2. Mistletoe And Holly (Frank)
3. Christmas Time All Over the World (Sammy)
4. The First Noël (Frank)
5. Baby, It’s Cold Outside (Dean)
6. I Believe (Frank)
7. Silver Bells (Dean)
8. The Christmas Song (Sammy)
9. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (Frank)
10. Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer (Dean)
11. The Christmas Waltz (Frank)
12. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (Dean)
13. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Frank)
14. Peace On Earth / Silent Night (Dean)
15. Jingle Bells (Sammy)
16. White Christmas (Dean)
17. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear (Frank)
18. Winter Wonderland (Dean)
19. I’ll Be Home For Christmas (If Only In My Dreams) (Frank)
20. A Marshmallow World (Frank and Dean)
21. Auld Lang Syne (Frank and Dean)

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ELP Works Volume 2


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ELP’s Works Volume 2 is kinda like my ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ album. I pull it out every year around this time and give it a couple of listens, usually accompanied by some egg nog with a little added kick to it, and think upon Christmas’ past present and future. Technically it is not really a Christmas record, although it does contain one ‘Christmas Song’. The beautifully poignant I Believe in Father Christmas. For me though, the album has a yuletide feeling to it, maybe because that was around the time of year I first got it back in 1977. I may have even got it as a Christmas present, I can’t remember.

I Believe in Father Christmas, which was penned by Greg Lake and King Crimson’s Peter Sinfield, is quite haunting and very sobering. Not at all like your typical Christmas songs of holiday cheer, and it reminds us that spiritually, this time of year can be rather cold and daunting as well. The winter solstice is both the shortest day, and the longest night of the year, and for some, not that easy to get through.

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, and now this horrible, horrible shooting in Connecticut you have to wonder … Are we as a people doing all we can to preserve this planet, and secure a future for our children? We can all look to Father Christmas to fix these things. To find him, we need look no further than a mirror.

They said there’ll be snow at Christmas
They said there’ll be peace on Earth
But instead it just kept on raining
A veil of tears for the Virgin’s birth
I remember one Christmas morning
A winters light and a distant choir
And the peal of a bell and that Christmas Tree smell
And their eyes full of tinsel and fire

They sold me a dream of Christmas
They sold me a Silent Night
And they told me a fairy story
‘Till I believed in the Israelite
And I believed in Father Christmas
And I looked at the sky with excited eyes
‘Till I woke with a yawn in the first light of dawn
And I saw him and through his disguise

I wish you a hopeful Christmas
I wish you a brave New Year
All anguish pain and sadness
Leave your heart and let your road be clear
They said there’ll be snow at Christmas
They said there’ll be peace on Earth
Hallelujah Noel be it Heaven or Hell
The Christmas you get you deserve

I hope this Christmas we all reflect.

ELP Works, Volume 2

1. Tiger in a Spotlight
2. When the Apple Blossoms Bloom in the Windmills of Your Mind I’ll Be You
3. Bullfrog
4. Brain Salad Surgery
5. Barrelhouse Shake-Down
6. Watching Over You
7. So Far to Fall
8. Maple Leaf Rag
9. I Believe in Father Christmas
10. Close But Not Touching
11. Honky Tonk Train Blues
12. Show Me the Way to Go Home

 

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Craven Filter Special 1962


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I picked up this rare tasty little piece of wax a couple of years ago from a record shack in south east Washington State called Hot Poop. You can almost feel the intimate, smokey atmosphere, and I love the easygoing conversation. No pretense. Just that cool 50’s west coast jazz vibe.

Enjoy!

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Fly Like an Eagle


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Steve Miller - Fly Like An Eagle

Fly Like an Eagle 1976

 

Last weekend I was out in the back yard getting it ready for winter. Putting some things away, and getting ready for the snow. I filled up the bird feeder and was thinking of the last conversation I had with my brother Chris on the phone. We were talking, and there was this loud nonstop symphony of birds in the background. This was some major squawking! And it was like non stop. Chris was out on his porch, his favorite place to be, surrounded by his birds. He has a lot of birds.

I remember growing up in Sherwood, Chris mowed lawns for the neighbors, and he had several accounts. One of them was the Thompson’s who lived down the street. They were an older couple with no children. The Thompson’s had an enclosed back porch and out on it Mr. Thompson had several birds. Parrots, cockatoos, finches, you name it. He was the neighborhood bird man, and all the kids would come over to his house to see them. When ever the couple went out of town, Chris would take care of their birds. He loved it. Chris gave me some of those lawn mowing accounts when he got older and took a job at Cock Robin, an ice cream store down the road. That’s right, ‘Cock Robin’. Square ice cream. Later he got me a job there too. I wasn’t as responsible, and didn’t do as good a job as my brother, but he still looked out for me.

While filling that bird feeder, a thought popped in my head. It occurred to me that if Chris wanted to check up on me, you know the way they say, “he’s watching over you” this is how he would do it. Through the eyes of all the birds that are over head, and all around us. He might fly right up to this feeder and look right at me. Chris loved nature and the outdoors. He loved wildlife and birds. Why wouldn’t he come back as one? Any one he wants, because he can go anywhere and everywhere, anytime he wants now. Last week, Chris didn’t die, he took flight.  And I know how to spot him, because he is in the birds. He is the King of birds.

He is the Eagle.

Steve Miller - Book of Dreams

Book Of Dreams 1977

 

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