Another nice bass pattern, though the out of tune whistling didn't add much to the song Obviously meant as a big social statement, the track started out with the sounds of birth and then spent seven minutes wandering through someone's life which seemed to consist of school and then a LP and terminal stint in the military.
The war sound effects sounded like they'd been borrowed from a television program while the constant heartbeat became increasing irritating as the track went along. On the other hand, you had to acknowledge Butler as one of the few musicians out there who had LP done his time in the service Air Force.
He at least had some basis for comparison. Complete with memorable melody and some tasty harmony vocals, this was a great slice of power pop. Easy to see why it was tapped as the second single from the LP. Sensitive and insightful. Related: In Februarythe three surviving band members reunited for a good cause. Daydream had been recorded during the latter half of and was released in March With those commitments out of the way, it was time to start thinking about their third proper album.
The Spoonful knew one thing before diving in: it had to be their best. The year was already shaping up to be a monster. The Spoonful had to take their music to the next level, showcase their diversity and maturity as songwriters and players.
Related: The 1 songs of Taking it from the top, though, is the only proper way to listen to this song-for-song-perfect gem of an LP. Bobby Darin had a 32 cover of the song in With Sebastian playing a harmonium The Prophet - The Lovin Spoonful Featuring Joe Butler - Revelation: Revolution 69 (Vinyl Yanovsky plucking the banjo—and future rock photographer extraordinaire Henry Diltz filling in melodic lines on the clarinet—the song sounds right off the bat as if it could have been lifted off of an old 78 RPM record found in a dusty thrift shop somewhere in Appalachia.
This one features a snarling lead vocal by Yanovsky, who also provides the stabbing, blues-soaked lead guitar line that snakes throughout the track.
Sebastian puts on his most authentic Nashville-by-way-of-Greenwich-Village voice for the lead, is joined in harmony on occasion, and provides enough melody for several layers of Yanovsky guitar—each one trying out a different tone for size—to draw circles around him.
Performed in a speedy bluegrass style with Yanovsky also raging on the banjobut also drawing on the jug band tradition of the early 20th century that the Spoonful loved so much, it gives urbanite Sebastian the opportunity to do his best impression of a hayseed in overalls. Informing us that there are 1, guitar pickers—and an equal number of guitar cases—in Nashville, as LP as 16, mothers who are eager to allow their kids to play music, the band picks the song in a quasi-rockabilly style that was intended to bring them recognition in the subject city.
Sun Records was, however, based in Memphis. Sebastian has said he was well aware of that fact but the line suited the song better.
As a wearer of eyeglasses, LP, Sebastian was aware of certain prejudices against the sight-impaired, so he wrote a song about it. Sebastian's departure also stripped the band of it's primary creative source, leaving Butler, Steve Boone and Jerry Yester to rely on outside source of material, including three tracks from Dino Sembello and three Garry Bonner and Alan Gordon compositions.
On the other hand Sebastian's departure allowed the band to push beyond their patented top moves, turning in what was probably their most activist release. Doubt that comment then check out the title track, 'War Games', and 'Jug of War'. Amazing Air' got the album The Prophet - The Lovin Spoonful Featuring Joe Butler - Revelation: Revolution 69 (Vinyl to an odd start. Penned by Garry Bonner and Alan Gordon, this one didn't immediately click with me, but after a couple of spins it drilled its way into my head and wouldn't let go.
Easily the album's most commercial song. Given a folk-rock twang, their cover of John Stewart's 'Never Going Back' was quite different from the rest of the album.
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