This Weekend Playlist is a tribute to 70s Classics, with four favourite tracks before a pre synth, punk, new wave era… Enjoy these classics…
Kenny Rodgers & The First Edition – Just checked in to see what kind of condition my condition was in..
“Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)” is a song written by Mickey Newbury. Said to reflect the LSD experience, the song was intended to be a warning against the danger of using LSD. Recorded by Jerry Lee Lewis, who rejected it, it was a hit for The First Edition (with Kenny Rogers on lead vocals). It was Rogers’ first top ten hit in the Billboard charts, and got Rogers his first national TV audience on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. The song captures the short-lived psychedelic era of the late ’60s, and stands apart from the country folk harmonies that characterized most of The First Edition’s catalog.
The song features Rogers on lead vocals and was the group’s second single from the band’s eponymous album The First Edition. Producer Mike Post reversed a few riffs to create the intro, and the solo played by Glen Campbell was heavily compressed and used a tremolo effect to achieve its sound. Another studio guitarist, Mike Deasy, provided the acoustic lead guitar parts.
One of the first hits of the Disco era, this sold over 11 million copies worldwide. The song was written by Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch of KC & The Sunshine Band, and it formed the basis for their wildly successful writing and performing partnership which yielded 5 more US #1 hits and pioneered the Disco sound. Casey and Finch worked for T.K. Records, which was a distributor and a studio, complete with a house band that would become KC & The Sunshine Band. One of the artists who recorded at T.K. was Timmy Thomas, who had a hit with “Why Can’t We Live Together?” Said Finch: “His organ was left up in the studio, and ‘Rock Your Baby‘ became born unto this crazy drum machine that was inside of this Lowry organ that he left there. I used to use that as a tempo map, and I would play along with the drum machine.
I’ve been really tryin , baby
Tryin to hold back these feelings for so long
And if you feel, like I feel baby
Come on, oh come on,
Let’s get it on