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Re: Families

PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2014 12:04 am
by Rob Hall
Yes, let's stay civil about it.

I love 'Medicated Goo', and Traffic's Greatest Hits was a secret pleasure of mine all the way through my wannabe hippie fanboy teen years, living in Stoke and whistling 'Marrakesh Express' as I did my paper round. (Fun fact: the day Jimi died I made myself a black arm band to wear as I delivered my papers; I don't think anyone noticed.)

But, though I grant you Traffic might have the upper hand over Family in terms of elasticated backbeats on a good night, I would dispute that they were necessarily any more consistently syncopatedly rhythmatic.

As for the AWB, I loved their 'AWB' album, and I thought I was as cool as fuck until a pal of mine pointed me at the AABB:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePdGD3H_dCY

For better or worse (we were so much older then, we're younger than that now) the AWB lost a little of their lustre in comparison.

Move sideways from AWB to Robert Palmer in New Orleans, and we're back with Little Feat again.

Re: Families

PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2014 12:15 am
by Rob Hall
In case we're in danger of getting off topic (heaven forbid!), I bought a Don Covay collection recently from which this stood out as an example of the Don, in '69, holding his own against his prime imitator:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUNFjv8wGow

Re: Families

PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2014 12:40 am
by Adam Blake
Ooh, what a great track. Thanks, Rob. Shades of both Canned Heat and Traffic there.

I think Traffic were the first (and maybe the only ever) British band to hoist up this particular rhythm:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nska0v86o54

More African than African-American, helped no doubt by the influence of Ghanaian percussionist Rebop Kwaaku Baah, this is such a monster groove. Still one of my absolute favourites.

Re: Families

PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2014 2:26 pm
by David Flower
superb. Who's playing guitar?

Re: Families

PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2014 2:27 pm
by Adam Blake
Dave Mason.

Re: Families

PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2014 3:32 pm
by David Flower
really? Doesn't look like him.

Re: Families

PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2014 3:52 pm
by Adam Blake
Are you asking about the Live "Gimme Some Lovin'" I posted? If you are, it is Dave Mason on guitar, believe me, guv. I know far more about this sort of thing than is strictly necessary.

Re: Families

PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2014 4:21 pm
by David Flower
yes the live clip. For 1994, he looks too young. Mind you so does Steve Winwood, as usual. I'd usually take your word for it Adam, but that just doesn't look like Dave Mason. Too young, not chunky enough, no beard.

Re: Families

PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2014 5:22 pm
by Adam Blake
It's from 1971 - the live album "Welcome To The Canteen"!

Re: Families

PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2014 5:27 pm
by David Flower
ah! You see I've been watching this one
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Eb03s4EV-4
which I thought got to from your previously posted link. That one's from 1994 it seems. 23 years later. I'm beginning to lose interest in who that young chap is now.

Re: Families

PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2014 5:38 pm
by Adam Blake
Aaaah... Mystery solved. That's pretty good considering that most of the band was dead by 1994. Good to see that Winwood still got able bodied men to haul his Hammond up onstage. No digital pre-sets, thank God.

(When I was touring we played on the same bill as Portishead. They used a real Hammond too. Their roadies were not a happy bunch.)

Re: Families

PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2014 8:14 pm
by MartinOwen
Mentioning Dave Mason in the same paragraph as Hammond organs reminds me of seeing him with Mick Weaver (Wynder K Frog ) at the Royal Lido Presatatyn.

The sound quality is crap but:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EafgU_mdg80

Re: Families

PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2014 8:18 pm
by MartinOwen
Not forgetting Baldry's Steam Packet at the same venue with Brian Auger on the Hammond:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmBYCMwmKNo

Re: Families

PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2014 8:23 pm
by MartinOwen
A better Brian Auger performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fk6NZ8LHqzw

Thank you so much for a mis-spent youth.

As we are on the theme - my 33 year old son has discovered Louis Jordan through dancing - but he still went to a Rocket from the Crypt gig last month....

Re: Families

PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2014 1:02 am
by Rob Hall
That Steampacket clip is excellent, thanks for that.

In the context of this thread I feel no guilt for sharing this secret pleasure:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xj2h0LSTY3U