Today’s “Dinosauric” post sounds pretty typical of what was being played on Country radio during the late 70s and early 80s. While living in “those fair Hawaiian Islands” in that period, driving around town or stuck on H-1, the car stereo would be eitherblasting homemade cassettes of Howlin’ Wolf and Norteño accordion, or playing the local Country station. At that time a lot of what was beaming over the airwaves seemed pretty schlocky but some of it now sounds pretty good to these old ears, like this one. . . . (No praise for the album cover art, though!)
The Big E, “way down in the Jungle Room” at Graceland, February 1976. After a couple of false starts, this track settles into a wonderful, laid back but passionate, take on George Jones’ 1962 hit “She Thinks I Still Care.” (This just out on a new RCA/Legacy collection Way Down in the Jungle Room. “Run – Don’t Walk” to get your own copy. Tell ’um Frank Jive sent you.)
The centerpiece of James Brown’s more than great Live at the Apollo album is this ten-minute version of “Lost Someone” split over two sides of the original LP. At the point just before the side one fade, if you listen, you can hear a female audience member holler out, “James, you’re a asshole!” Apparently this was a difficult concert to record because this certain heckler kept it up throughout. Regardless, one of his all time best performances . . . “Don’t just say ow!, say OWWW!!”
We’re back. (And The Blues What Am has a new series title.) Just in case you need some ramblin’ piano blues by the great singer, rough-and-tumble guitar player, and lyric improviser Booker T. Washington White, this one ought to keep you occupied for a good 12 minutes and
39 seconds. . . .
Not a day goes by that snatches of this Waylon Jennings track don’t play through my noggin, thrillingly, several times. It’s Waylon and Moon at their mid-70s best. And since we’re still a ways off from our “official” return, maybe repeated plays of this will hold you over. (Not that the Merle Haggard song from July 14th [just below] doesn’t bear repeated “current events” plays. . . .) Thanks for listening.