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Archive for April, 2010

BO HANSSON “Leaving Shire” (1972)

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The prog/Swedish/Swedish prog end of the Internet is saying that Bo Hansson is dead. I don’t read Swedish or prog so I’m not clear on all the details. Sad news.

“Leaving Shire” is one of my most favorite songs ever.


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Scott Storch is managing to stay one step ahead of the bailiffs and repo men, apparently, because he produced “Shutterbugg” for Big Boi, at least the 400th leaked track off Sir Luscious Leftfoot, which is rapidly turning into the SMiLE of rap records.

Anyway, this is pretty awesome, especially the Soul II Soul quote (who looks prescient now?), though I don’t quite love it off the bat the way I loved “Shine Blockas”.

From the Archives [sic]: RICHIE HAVENS “Going Back to My Roots” (1979)

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Mind on the Run just posted up Richie Havens’ awesome cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams”, which is just as good as you’d imagine it’d be, and it reminded me of his even more awesome cover of Lamont Dozier’s “Going Back to My Roots”, from the same record– a jam I drove my wife insane with through endless replays on drives between DC and New York a couple of springs ago.

Such a killer.

ALTHEA & DONNA “Oh Dread” (1978)

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“Uptown Top Ranking” was a UK number one for Althea & Donna in 1978, and it’s a fine song, but you ask me, the really gem on the record is “Oh Dread”. Perfect for a warm sunny Sunday on foot in NW jamming tunes on the headphones.