Sound & Groove Episode 37- "Giving Thanks for Thanksgiving, Part 1"
The Byrds short-lived 1968 lineup that churned out Sweetheart of the Rodeo, namely a direction driven by a young, yet to be well known Gram Parsons (second from left). Not accepted by the Nashville crowd, highlighted by a disastrous gig at the Grand Ole Opry and a radio guest spot where they were disparaged by the DJ, they inadvertently set up the roots of country-rock, a sound that with a few urban and mainstream touches led to multi-platinum success for many artists in the early 70s... just not Parsons or the Byrds, the former dying of an overdose in a Mojave Desert motel and the other breaking up after a failed original lineup reunion in 1973. One of their covers on that landmark LP relates back to this month's Thanksgiving theme on Sound & Groove.
The family gathering, the food, the wine. What isn't to love about Thanksgiving? Well add this podcast episode of Sound & Groove to the list as yours truly Evan Dowbiggin dredges up whatever can be found in terms of music related to, inspired by or directly dealing with that wonderful holiday on the 2nd weekend of October (last thursday of November if you're American!). So carve a turkey and watch the harvest moon rise, cause this first of two episodes this month is sure to get you in the mood for a feast.
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 two episodes this month of September going by the theme of "Giving Thanks for Thanksgiving." 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.
4. Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)- George Harrison (1973)
5. Be Thankful for What You've Got- William DeVaughn (1974)
6. Harvest for the World- The Isley Brothers (1976)
7. I Am a Pilgrim- The Byrds (1968)
8. King Harvest (Has Surely Come)- The Band (1969)
Info of note:
Intro- "Perfect" by The Smashing Pumpkins (1998)
Outro- "Melon Collie & the Infinite Sadness" by The Smashing Pumpkins (1995)
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