Weekend Playlist 15/06/2013…. The 70’s…

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.[1]

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.

When Rogers signed to United Artists Records in the mid-1970s after the group split, he re-recorded the track for his Ten Years of Gold album.

Climax Bules Band – Couldnt Get It Right.

The song is about being on the road in America. ‘Looking for a sign in the middle of the night’ being about the old Holiday Inn signs, really, because the moment you saw the Holiday Inn sign, that meant you got a bed for the night. When we first started in America, we used to fly everywhere; sometimes we’d have 3 flights a day to get to any one place. The way the itinerary was sorted out, it was never very easy to get to anywhere, so consequently we used to arrive in the town, get into a car, just about make the sound check for the gig, do the gig, get back in the car, then look for a bed. Towards the latter sort of probably five years of the band’s life, we started using tour buses, so you could sort of leave after the gig, get on the bus, get a bed, drive 1,000 miles or whatever, be at the next gig being quite refreshed. So that was a really nice way of traveling.”

This song is a great example of the dual vocal technique The Climax Blues Band was known for. Holt explains: “Colin Cooper used to sing the lead – the low vocal, and I used to sing an octave higher. And then, because 4 of us sang in the band, we used to harmonize. The fact that we had the dual singing the same line but with an octave split made the sound very unique, and it’s still very unique today. Whenever people use it I think it’s great. That was one of our trademarks, we just used to sing together in unison.”

George McCrae – Rock Your Baby

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.

Marvin Gaye – Lets Get It On

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


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