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What rock music are you listening to? Non-Jazz, Non-Classical.

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43 minutes ago, duaneiac said:

Why waste my limited listening time on them when right next door is Barbara Lewis!  "Hello Stranger" indeed!  Wow, it does seem like a mighty long time since I've heard her gorgeous voice.  She was 19 when she recorded that?!?  Remember when 19 year old singers could exhibit a maturity and sophistication beyond their years?  Nowadays we have 30-something singers still trying to pretend they are teenagers.  Sad.

For you folks who hate strings in jazz, does the same apply to strings in r&b for you?  Strings are so vital to some of these songs.  "This Magic Moment" and "Stand By Me" -- it's difficult to imagine those records without the strings.  They add so much to these songs/performances.  Why do strings have a bad rep?

 

The strings in "There Goes My Baby" were a revelation/revolution.  The birth of Soul as a recognizable genre apart from R&B.  Can't imagine those Ben E. King/Drifters records without them.  Too often in jazz, they represent a watering down of the music.  That is not the case in good Soul.  Just to up the ante on that great Barbara Lewis record, she also wrote it!  The Dells are wonderful in the background on that one.

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I think you're dead wrong on the Coasters, but whatever.  Strings can be effective or not, but they do carry a lot of cultural baggage...

 

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Bruce Springsteen's latest, "Western Stars".    

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10 hours ago, Brad said:

Probably my favorite album period.

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Prompted by your post, now on my MP3 player.

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45 minutes ago, EKE BBB said:

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That is a great one.  One of my favorite Stones albums is Rolling Stones Now!, principally because it has Little Red Rooster and Mona on it. Rooster (written by Willie Dixon) remains the only Blues song to reach number 1 in the UK. The version of Mona done by Quicksilver is actually better, as they stretch out out on it and really plumb Bo Diddley’s song.

 

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12 hours ago, danasgoodstuff said:

I think you're dead wrong on the Coasters, but whatever.  Strings can be effective or not, but they do carry a lot of cultural baggage...

 

I'm not saying the Coasters' songs are bad.  I used to like the Coasters' songs when I was younger.  Used to sing along with those tunes and love 'em.  But at this point in my life, they did nothing but irritate me.  Maybe the songs have not aged well or maybe I have not aged well (my knees will certainly attest to that).  The Drifters, on the other hand, I could listen to forever.

I was blissfully unaware of the "cultural baggage" carried by strings.  They are only musical instruments.  Perhaps the cultural baggage is carried by listeners and their preconceptions and not the instruments themselves.

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16 hours ago, duaneiac said:

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The one track which had me hitting the replay button the most was "Cry To Me" by Solomon Burke.  That song really hit the sweet spot for me at this time.  Love the Art Davis bass line  and a rockin' Hank Jones on piano!   (it's interesting just looking at the musicians who played on so many of these sides:  people like Hubert Laws, Jimmy Cleveland, Clark Terry, Buddy Morrow, Milt Hinton, George Barnes, Taft Jordan, Bucky Pizzarelli, Mundell Lowe, Osie Johnson, Budd Johnson and Panama Francis.)

 

Wasn't Connie Kay a regular on these recordings? 

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Just now, medjuck said:

Wasn't Connie Kay a regular on these recordings? 

I was just glancing through the personnel listed for the tracks on Discs 4 & 5 that I listened to.  I don't recall seeing his name, but maybe Connie Kay was on songs on the other discs.  It would make sense since the MJQ was already an Atlantic recording group. 

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7 hours ago, Brad said:

The version of Mona done by Quicksilver is actually better

Wasn't Mona a Bo Diddley song?

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2 minutes ago, Bluesnik said:

Wasn't Mona a Bo Diddley song?

Yes, that’s correct. 

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1 hour ago, Brad said:

Yes, that’s correct. 

Quicksilver did killer live versions of Diddley's "Mona" and "Who Do You Love" (25 minutes long) on 'Happy Trails', their masterpiece.

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54 minutes ago, EKE BBB said:

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A classic. My favorite after Aftermath. I have the European version in cd as that is how I heard all of the great albums of the day. 

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4 hours ago, Brad said:

Yes, that’s correct.

I just saw now that you'd already mentioned it.

3 hours ago, Brad said:

My favorite after Aftermath.

I have that one as a mini LP. I had it in its vinyl incarnation but don't anymore.

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19 minutes ago, Bluesnik said:

I have that one as a mini LP. I had it in its vinyl incarnation but don't anymore.

Same here. 

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Disc 1 of the 50th Anniversary Edition. 

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American version, the one I grew up with (and prefer--in fact, I think Aftermath U.S. version continues to be my favorite Stones album of all):

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