Charlie - to confirm that somebody does click on the links (I sometimes wonder), this prompted me to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuHPrAA3tMA, which hit me hard when I first heard it and still does. Pete Green in his glory days, showing only a touch of his anger and vulnerability. A astonishing piece of work which seems to distill all the elements that made that generation of British blues players something different, and paved the way for the monsters to follow.
Genuinely live too. Lovely to see Greeny having a chuckle at that abominably late entry from the congas there. But that's actually Danny Kirwen playing lead.
It only just occured to me that Led Zeppelin ripped this off wholesale for "Black Dog". Jimmy Page was such a musical thief! But there's no contest: this is a real song written by a real person about real feelings. "Black Dog" is just a bunch of cleverly put together tricks and cliches.
which I'm finding pretty interesting - from 1969 ? - a beautifully shot/ composed video. And a nice spare but detailed sound ( eg drums - but gives away the miming), from what is clearly an Eastern European (Polish ?) rock superstar who hardly anyone will have heard of. Interested in Adam's thoughts on this one, its not my genre but the film clip's got some good qualities and possibly unintentional humour .
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I suppose it's easy to be flippant viewing past tropes and not understanding the lyrics, but it appears Czeslaw was a significant and important musical and cultural figure :
So how about a track on Charlie's mooted Polish sampler !
I'll be in that obits column if any Poles read this thread. Before they bludgeon me to death, I will plead for mercy by pointing out that I am hoping to listen to his classic 1969 album 'Enigmatic' soon. The 2 songs I've linked to at Youtube above :
MÃ³w do mnie jeszcze /Speak To Me Still
Kwiaty polskie/Polish Flowers
Chris, I'm sure you have redeemed yourself, and shown adequate penance. I was introduced to the classic album you mentioned by Sybilla, a force of nature from Cracow, who came to work in London in the early 70's. She once fell down the escalator at Kennington (unhurt I am glad to say), and later terrified the tough truant kids from Vauxhall who we were working with by taking off all her clothes when challenged to "show us yer tits miss". They ran away. That's my Niemen association. His name acted as a sort of talisman whenever I met Polish people after that.
Chris Potts wrote:Interested in Adam's thoughts on this one, .
Thank you. My thoughts are: Weird! Superficially sounds like Eastern Europeans trying to sound like white Englishmen trying to sound like black Americans - but (if you'll pardon me getting technical) all those unresolved augmented chords suggest an intriguingly inaccurate understanding of the Gospel form that they are (perhaps unwittingly) bowdlerizing. The song and the arrangement put me in mind of Led Zeppelin on LSD trying to busk their way through Aretha Franklin's "Be As Good To Me As I Am To You". Only on this forum would you find such a thing! Not knowing what the singer's on about doesn't help but he certainly sounds like he means it.