Toots & the Maytals produced an energetic, vibrant, simmering string of records in the late 60s, early 70s that stood in contrast to the more serious, mellow and laid back rasta reggae of other stars from Jamaica like Bob Marley, Burning Spear, Lee "Scratch" Perry or even Jimmy Cliff. Quite simply they knew how to produce some fun party records whether with their own material or creative spins on others' famous compositions. One of those solid covers is featured in this third and final August episode on "Transportation Tracks" so dig in and listen, mmmkay?
Everyone loves a good ol' driving song but how about songs about the roads? Whether it be about superhighways, autoroutes, expressways, boulevards or any another residential path, they all count. Herein lies a superb collection of themed songs on that subject to feast your ears upon. Whether it makes for good driving music or not is irrelevant- though score bonus points if it does! What matters is that these songs evoke thoughts and feelings of traveling, moving "'cross the highways and the biways" as the Hollies once sang. It's all part of this monthly themed podcast show entitled Sound & Groove. This here is episode 3 of 3 for the month of August!
And if you're new to this podcast: Every month there will be a theme that the selection of music is centred around. It will be jam packed with my analysis, synopses, breakdowns, anecdotes and other witticisms you might enjoy. And not to worry, each month will contain a different theme than the last. This is the first of a special episodes this month of August going by the theme of "Takin' it to the Streets: Transportation Tracks." All killer, no filler... other than when I talk and introduce the tunes and recap the ones before it. But aside from that? 100% juicy meat! Below I've also provided information and links relevant to the matters discussed in this particular edition of Sound & Groove.
1. Pirates (So Long Lonely Avenue)- Rickie Lee Jones (1981)
2. Take Me Home, Country Roads- Toots & the Maytals (1973)
3. Highway Chile- The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1967)
4. Freeway Jam- Jeff Beck (1975)
5. The Dark End of the Street- James Carr (1967)
6. Hitch Hike- Marvin Gaye (1963)
7. The Road to Hell, Part 2- Chris Rea (1989)
8. Route 66- Nat King Cole (1956)
Info of note:
Intro- "India" by Roxy Music (1982)
Outro- "The Thrill of it All" by Roxy Music (1974)
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