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Take 2@2 for Friday, June 23, 2017

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Take 2@2 for Friday, June 23rd, 2017 we celebrate Mick Fleetwood’s 70th birthday one day early. Fleetwood_2In August of 1967, Fleetwood and his John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers bandmate, John McVie set out on their own to form a new group. With Fleetwood on drums and McVie on bass, they knew they were an outstanding rhythm section. Guitarist, Peter Green joined the pair and thus Fleetwood Mac was born.

Fleetwood Mac had a turbulent run for a number of years. Peter Green fell into an LSD habit that led to his departure from the group. Green’s replacement, Bob Welch, only last a few years as the musician lifestyle affected his marriage.

Mick Fleetwood was determined though to find the sound of Fleetwood Mac. In 1974, he had just divorced his first wife Patty Boyd, and by chance visited the Sound City recording studio in Los Angeles, California. There Mick Fleetwood first heard a recording of Buckingham Nicks. A year later with Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, in the band and on the album Fleetwood Mac.

The turmoil inside Fleetwood Mac following that album is legendary. The same struggles carried over to the studio when the band worked on the next record Rumours. When Fleetwood Mac collaborated and championed each other’s musical strengths they were at their very best. Only one song on Rumours is credited to all 5 members. That song is “The Chain.”

The cover is from Brandi Carlile. She recorded “The Chain” for the Valentine’s Day compilation Sweetheart 2014. You can see Brandi live at Lockn’ Music Festival this August.

I hope you enjoy today’s Take 2@2, sponsored by Brown Automotive Group.

– Tad Abbey

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June 23rd, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Thursday, June 22, 2017

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Take 2@2 for Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 is a preview of an upcoming release from Beach House. Next Friday, June 30th, Beach House will unveil B Sides & Rarities. The 14-track compilation of songs from throughout their career. The album features 2 previously unreleased tracks “Chariot” and “Baseball Diamond,” which were recorded during the Depression Cherry and Thank Your Lucky Stars sessions. B Sides & Rarities also has a cover on it.

Beach House has this to say about the tune, “It was for a charity compilation benefiting AIDS research and we will continue to donate all profits from the song to that charity. As fans of Queen, we thought it would be fun and ridiculous to try to adapt their high-powered pop song into our realm. These songs were recorded at the same studio where we made Devotion.”

“Play the Game” is from Queen’s 1980 album The Game. It was released as single but never did as well as other album tracks like, “Another One Bites the Dust” and the rockabilly “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.”  “Play the Game” sets the mood as The Game’s opening track. The song lulls you in to expect more from the album which takes you on an incredible sonic ride as it is the first Queen release to utilize a synthesizer.

I hope you enjoy today’s Take 2@2, sponsored by Brown Automotive Group.

– Tad Abbey

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June 22nd, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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Take 2@2 for Wednesday, June 21, 2017 we celebrate summer, which began at 12:24am Eastern Time, today. In 2013, Eels released the album Wonderful, Glorious. The tune “New Alphabet” is from this album. Wonderful, Glorious received the deluxe reissue treatment with 13 bonus tracks including a live acoustic version of “Summer in the City.”

“Summer in the City” is the greatest hit of The Lovin’ Spoonful. It appeared on the 1966 album Hums of the Lovin’ Spoonful. Ever since I was a kid, I loved this song. It has made me appreciate everyone who works outdoors in the blazing summer sun. Whether a person is busy on the urban city streets, or cultivating a field, “Summer in the City” makes me thankful for everyone who is laboring in the heat.

I hope you enjoy today’s Take 2@2, sponsored by Brown Automotive Group.

– Tad Abbey

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June 21st, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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Take 2@2 for Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 we celebrate Brian Wilson’s 75th birthday. brianwilson75Wilson, transformed the surf-pop sounds of The Beach Boys into a ground breaking band with the album Pet Sounds. Brian tours with his own band, including fellow Beach Boys founder Al Jardine, and has spent the last year performing the classic album Pet Sounds in its entirety to enthusiastic audiences across the globe.

Here is Brian Wilson discussing the achievement of Pet Sounds:

Pet Sounds was right in its time. It was a departure from where we were at. I knew it was going to be a great album and I knew it was going to be a milestone in music, an achievement in popular music.”

Brian Wilson says after hearing Rubber Soul, his friendly rivalry with The Beatles fueled the creative explosion behind Pet Sounds:

“That’s very accurate and true. I listened to it and I said to myself, ‘What in the world is this? What do we have here with the Beatles? I’m going to make an album just as good as Rubber Soul. And I went into my living room at the piano that night. And I started writing ‘God Only Knows’.”

Pet Sounds came out 61 years ago, in 1966. The cover, from Brandi Carlile, came out 1 year ago. You can find it on Amazon Songs of Summer. Brandi Carlile, will be performing this summer at Lockn’ Music Festival and summer begins on Wednesday, June 21, 12:24 A.M. EDT.

I hope you enjoy today’s Take 2@2, sponsored by Brown Automotive Group.

– Tad Abbey

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June 20th, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Monday, June 19, 2017

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Take 2@2 for Monday, June 19th, 2017 we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Radiohead’s Ok Computer. Rolling Stone recently sat down with Radiohead for an extended interview and examination on the creation of the landmark album. The oral history about OK Computer that’s up at Rolling Stone includes remarks from all of the members of Radiohead, Michael Stipe of R.E.M., Alanis Morissette and producer Nigel Godrich. During the lengthy chat, we learn that Radiohead recorded Ok Computer in a mansion owned by Jane Seymour. The estate was rumored to be haunted and, Thom Yorke claims he didn’t get much sleep as the ghosts were talking to him.

The band also opens on the details of every song on the album. For “Let Down,” Yorke said, “That came from being in the bubble and looking at things as they passed by me. If you spend all your time traveling on airplanes or on buses or whatever, you’re bound to get this sense like in “Let Down.” It’s like hanging onto something and having the floors collapse underneath you.”

The cover of “Let Down” is from Toots & the Maytals. Toots Hibbard recorded it for the reggae tribute album Radiodread. The compilation was put together by Easy Star All-Stars and also includes performances by Israel Vibration, Junior Jazz, and Citizen Cope.

I hope you enjoy today’s Take 2@2, sponsored by Brown Automotive Group.

– Tad Abbey

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June 19th, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Friday, June 16, 2017

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Take 2@2 for Friday, June 16th, 2017 we go back in time 50 years ago today. For it was on June 16th, 1967 that rock’s first festival, Monterey Pop, took place in Northern California.Monterey_International_Pop_Music_Festival_poster

The opening night including such chart-busters as Simon and Garfunkel, Johnny Rivers, The Association and Eric Burdon and the Animals. But over its three days, it featured such new names as The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding Company, The Steve Miller Band, Jefferson Airplane and Buffalo Springfield. The Mamas and the Papas, whose John Phillips was one of the concert’s main organizers, closed the festival.

Adding to its impact was D.A. Pennebaker’s acclaimed documentary Monterey Pop, which not only preserved the performances, but gave fans everywhere the chance to share a history-changing event.

Producer Lou Adler on organizing Monterey Pop. OC: …a rock festival. :30

“John Phillips and myself, we produced it. We had our hand in the initial stages of selecting talent that was going to perform there. The idea for the festival originated with a man named Alan Pariser, sort of an indepedently wealthy fella that did a little promoting, hung out, knew a lot of the groups. And one weekend, he went up to the Monterey Jazz Festival, soaking it all in… He said, ‘Wouldn’t this be a great place to do a rock festival’?

One of my favorite moments of Monterey Pop happened with The Who and Jimi Hendrix. Here’s Denny Doherty from 2003 explaining how the two acts played a round of Can You Top This? OC: …guitar on fire. :20

“Well, we were closing the show. Who’s going on before us — The Who or Jimi Hendrix? So, they have to decide. So, The Who loses the [coin] toss, Jimi’s going to close, right? So that’s why they destroyed the stage. Go ahead, Jimi and follow this act. So Jimi comes out and says, ‘Oh, really?’ He sets his guitar on fire.”

So let’s travel musically back in time to that magical weekend of Monterey Pop. Recorded live during the festival, this is Jefferson Airplane with “Somebody to Love.”

The cover is from The Ramones. The legendary punk group recorded “Somebody to Love” for their 1994 release Acid Eaters. The Ramones are also celebrating an anniversary this year as their 2nd album Leave Home just turned 40.

I hope you enjoy today’s Take 2@2, sponsored by Brown Automotive Group.

– Tad Abbey

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June 16th, 2017|Miscellaneous|

Take 2@2 Thursday, June 15, 2017

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Take 2@2 for Thursday, June 15, 2017 we put the spotlight on one of pop music’s greatest producers and songwriters. Back in the 1990’s the group Semisonic had a smash hit song called “Closing Time.” In the early 2000’s, Semisonic put an end to their touring days. After that, Semisonic lead singer, Dan Wilson started a solo career and also became a songwriter and producer for other artists. His resume now includes a couple of Grammy Awards. You might know Dan’s work with the Dixie Chicks on “Not Ready to Make Nice.” Perhaps you recognize the song “You and I” he wrote with John Legend. Or maybe you know “When the Stars Come Out” he co-wrote with Chris Stapleton.

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Dan Wilson is now releasing the album Re-Covered. The collection includes his own interpretations of these songs and others he has written. All of the tunes have been made famous by other artists. On one of the new versions of a Wilson tune, Dan teams up with the Kronos Quartet. This song was a huge hit for Adele.

 

 

 

“Someone Like You” is from Adele’s 2011 release 21. Adele and Dan Wilson co-wrote the tune. They also worked on “Don’t You Remember” and “One and Only” for that album. The song won the Grammy for Best Pop Solo Performance in 2012. During her acceptance speech Adele said, “”I want to thank Dan Wilson, who wrote this song with me. My life changed when I wrote this song and I felt it before anyone even heard it.”

I hope you enjoy today’s Take 2@2, sponsored by Brown Automotive Group.

– Tad Abbey

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June 15th, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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Take 2@2 for Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 we highlight the opening act for tonight’s concert at Charlottesville’s Sprint Pavilion. The Head & the Heart are performing tonight with opening act, Natalie Prass. We’ll get to Natalie’s cover in a bit, but first the original.NataliePrass

In 1964, a new folk singing duo released their first album Wednesday Morning 3 A.M. Prior to this album the pair had been calling themselves Tom and Jerry. They decided to ditch the cartoonish moniker and go by their real names Simon and Garfunkel. On its’ initial release Wednesday Morning 3 A.M. flopped. So much so that Simon and Garfunkel broke up. Then, a Boston radio station began playing one song enough that Simon and Garfunkel got back together and the rest is history. That song is “The Sound of Silence.”

Natalie Prass recorded this live version of “The Sound of Silence” at Spacebomb Studios in Richmond. You can find it on her 2015 release Side by Side. Truth be told, I saw Natalie perform this live before I learned about the Side by Side recording. Prass’ Go-Go, upbeat version of “The Sound of Silence” is immediately infectious and makes you want to dance to a very somber song.

I hope you enjoy today’s Take 2@2, sponsored by Brown Automotive Group.

– Tad Abbey

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June 14th, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Tuesday, June 13, 2017

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Take 2@2 for Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 we preview tomorrow night’s concert at the Sprint Pavilion in Charlottesville. The Head & the Heart return to the stage with opening act Natalie Prass. Today we are going to hear The Head & the Heart’s cover of a Nilsson tune.

In the early 70’s John Lennon embarked on what is referred to as his “Lost Weekend.” For 18 months, Lennon left Yoko Ono and had a relationship with her assistant May Pang. During this time Lennon collaborated with several musicians. One of which is, Harry Nilsson. The two produced Nilsson’s 1974 album Pussy Cats which includes the song “Don’t Forget Me.”

The Head & the Heart recorded “Don’t Forget Me” for the 2014 Valentine’s compilation Sweetheart 2014. The Head & the Heart are performing at the Sprint Pavilion tomorrow and they’ve just announced a Richmond concert at The Classic Amphitheater on Sunday, October 1st.

I hope you enjoy today’s Take 2@2, sponsored by Brown Automotive Group.

– Tad Abbey

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June 13th, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|

Take 2@2 Friday, June 9, 2017

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Take 2@2 for Friday, June 9th, 2017 before we go back 40 years to celebrate the Grateful Dead’s 1977 tour, let’s travel 50 years back to the Summer of Love. In 1967, people flocked to the Haight-Asbury district of San Francisco where bands like the Dead were part of the psychedelic movement. Meanwhile, in London, England the counter culture was into the Mod scene. Then in New York City, psychedelics were mixing with the gritty city streets. A new drug had seeped its’ way into Manhattan and people were experiencing a high that was more violent than the acid tests in California. Heroin quickly became the go-to drug for SoHo, New York.

During this time the Velvet Underground released their debut album The Velvet Underground & Nico. Lead singer, Lou Reed, wrote about the world around him. People were taking drugs like heroin as an everyday occurrence. It was so routine that Reed wrote the song “I’m Waiting for the Man” about a guy’s experiencing buying drugs in Harlem.

The cover is a live recording from Belle & Sebastian. The Scottish group performed the tune for a BBC Session in 2008.

I hope you enjoy today’s Take 2@2, sponsored by Brown Automotive Group.

– Tad Abbey

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June 9th, 2017|Miscellaneous, Take 2@2|