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2010 Top 30 New and Old #30

Well December is here again, can hardly believe it to be honest, it used to be a favourite month of mine but now for me it is a month of reflecting rather than enjoying.

Anyway it gives me an opportunity to look back on my year of musical enlightenment and as such for the next 30 days I bring for your enjoyment my Top 30 new songs of 2010 plus my Top 30 favourite songs which I have rediscovered within the year.

John Peel’s Festive 50 was always a great listen and though this selection will never match the great man’s breadth and taste hopefully at least one reader will discover for their enjoyment a song which had originally passed them by.

To all, enjoy and be lucky!!!

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Let’s get the party started with a couple of drink related tracks.

“Hotel Mini Bar” – Jackie Leven

This was taken from Jackie’s 2010 album “Gothic Road” which I picked back in March.

To buy the music of Jackie Leven click HERE

To review original post click HERE

The first Blast From The Past is a cure for the Hotel Mini Bar in that it is a cover of a great  Ike and Tina Turner song called “Black Coffee”.

This version is by Humble Pie which is fitting as the music of Steve Marriot in it’s various forms has never been far from my ears this year.

“Black Coffee” – Humble Pie

I had this as a double album in the 70’s but was reliant on a CD version until I picked up the vinyl version again at a Record Fair in Glasgow last March.

To buy the music of Humble Pie click HERE

To view an earlier Humble Pie post click HERE

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December 1, 2010 Posted by | Old Music, Video | , , | Leave a comment

Humble Pie – Unplugged

For my earlier appreciation of Humble Pie click HERE

For this post we will stick to some “unplugged” performances.

……………….and the rest

Steve Marriott a God amongst mere vocalists

November 27, 2010 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Video | , | Leave a comment

Friday Fun – Japanese Culture Hits New Low

“Up Our Sleeve” (Live) – Humble Pie

To buy the music of Humble Pie click HERE

“John John Put Your Trousers On” – Mr Billy Williams

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April 16, 2010 Posted by | Humour, Jazz, Old Music, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

Drown In My Own Tears

“Drown In My Own Tears” is an all time favourite song of mine and I am sure like many my introduction to it came via Ray Charles.

“Drown In My Own Tears” – Ray Charles

It brings a tear,
Into my eyes,
When I begin,
To realize,
I’ve cried so much,
Since you’ve been gone,
I guess I’m drowning in my own tears,

I sit and cry,
Just like a child
My pouring tears
Are runnin’ wild
If you don’t think
You’ll be home soon
I guess I’ll drown in my own tears

I know it’s true
Into each life
Some rain, rain must pour
I’m so blue
Here without you
It keeps raining
More and more

Why don’t you
Come on home
Oh yes so I won’t
Be all alone
If you don’t think
You’ll be home soon

I guess I’ll
(drown in my own tears)
Ooh, don’t let me
(drown in my own tears)
When I’m in trouble, baby
(drown in my own tears)
Oh, yeah, baby don’t let me
(drown in my own tears)
I guess I’ll drown in my own tears
Oh, mmmmm.

The song, written by Henry Glover was one of Charles’ most important singles during his Atlantic period, where he dominated the R&B singles charts. The song was also one of the first to include background vocals by other singers.

The song would later influence Charles to recruit a singing group he later called the Raelettes. It was also his third number-one single on the Billboard R&B singles chart.

The song was first recorded in 1951 by Lula Reed, on the King label (KING 4527) as part of a split-single 78rpm album. Blues pianist Sonny Thompson was featured on the A-side with the instrumental track, “Clang, Clang, Clang”. “Drown in My Own Tears” was a #5 Billboard R&B hit for Lula Reed.

Here is the Humble Pie cover version

“Drown In My Own Tears” – Humble Pie

It is hardly surprising that the song has been covered by the Queen of Soul

“Drown In My Own Tears” – Aretha Franklin

January 6, 2010 Posted by | Old Music, R&B, Uncategorized, Video | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Humble Pie…………..Eat It

eat it

I have just finished reading the Steve Marriott biography “All Too Beautiful” written by the brilliant Paulo Hewitt and John Hellier.

all to beautiful

It was therefore no surprise that I picked up one of my favourite albums from the past at Sunday’s Record fair “Eat It”

Humble Pie were one of my early seventies introduction to “rock music” via their legendary album “Performance – Rockin’ The Fillmore”

Performance Rockin The Fillmore

Despite Humble Pie’s success in the US as a rock act, both with and without Peter Frampton as a guitarist, Marriott never strayed far from his R&B roots which acted as such an influence for him and the rest of the Small Faces.

The album title Eat It means ‘dig it’. Each side of this double album is different: Side 1 features Steve Marriott penned rock and roll; Side 2 has classic R&B covers; Side 3 is a collection of acoustic Steve Marriott songs; finally Side 4 features Humble Pie live in concert.

This album showcases the dynamic diversity and talent of Steve Marriott’s gritty bluesy vocals with some funky soul mixed in throughout along with straight ahead blistering rockers. The band is right on and they deliver an extremely energetic powerhouse combination on this double album that overall ranks with their best along with Smokin’ and Performance Rockin’ The Fillmore.

Eat It was the band’s seventh official album release and their fifth for A&M Records. [This was also their 3rd double LP (2-record set) within 18 months, the other 2 being 1972’s Performance Rockin’ The Fillmore and the late 1972 A&M compilation – Lost & Found.]

Steve Marriott produced this album and it was the first album recorded in Marriott’s newly-built home recording studio he titled Clear Sounds, in a converted barn at Beehive Cottage, Moreton, Essex.

Ray Charles was his all time favourite with “Drown In My Own Tears being played at his funeral after his life was cut short by an accidental fire in his home in 1991.

“Eat It” featured Humble Pie’s version of Ray Charles’ “I Believe To My Soul”

“I Believe To My Soul” – Humble Pie

One of these days and it won’t be long,
You’re gonna look for me and I’ll be gone
‘Cause I believe (I believe, yes I believe)
I say I believe right now (I believe, yes I believe)
Well I believe to my soul now,
Tryin’ to make a fool of me (I believe it, I believe it)

Well you’re goin’ ’round here with your head so hard,
I think I’m gonna have to use my rod
‘Cause I believe (I believe, yes I believe)
I say I believe right now (I believe, yes I believe)
Well I believe to my soul now
Tryin’ to make a fool of me (I believe it, I believe it)

Last night you were dreaming and I heard you say
“Oh, Johnny” when you know my name is Ray
That’s why I believe right now (I believe, yes I believe)
I say I believe right now (I believe, yes I believe)
Whoa I believe to my soul now
Tryin’ to make a fool of me (I believe it)

Here is a highlight from the Fillmore the brilliant “I Don’t Need No Doctor”

Finally you can find this cover of “Drown In My Own Tears” on the compilation “Natural Born Bugie – The Immediate Anthology”

“Drown In My Own Tears” – Humble Pie

natural born bugie album

To buy the music of Humble Pie click HERE

September 17, 2009 Posted by | Books, Old Music, Video | , , | 2 Comments

   

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