Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Sound & Groove, Episode 53: "Games People Play" Part 2

After a mid-70s sabbatical was followed up by a less than stellar 1979-82 revival, the Allman Brothers Band reuniting at the close of the 80s could have been just another tepid cash-in that critics would've rightly had reservations about. But with a newfound commitment to a powerful sound and several new, thrilling players aboard to give the group an all-time high 7 members, the reunion was a smashing success- as evidenced on the piledriving 1990 album Seven Turns. One of the stirring, dark blues cuts off that long player figures into this 2nd episode of the Sound & Groove Podcast's "Games People Play" theme in December to ring out 2014 in style.

There are lots of games to partake in out there. You don't even have to be a sporty, recreational type. I'm talking about anything from chess to bowling to cards to jogging. Whatever is a past time of competition or skill testing. Ok tests and exams at school don't apply but you get the gist of it. So that's why Sound & Groove Podcast is compiling two themed episodes to end 2014. Episodes that bring all sorts of songs about or referring to these games. In this second of two here in late December, the usual dizzying array of great tracks and artists from the music library of yours truly, Evan Dowbiggin, will be unearthed.

So sit back and soak in another  musical journey through yet another themed podcast for your listening enjoyment. And if you're new to this podcast: Every month there will be a theme that the selection of music is centered 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. 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! 100% juicy tofu if you happen to be a vegetarian.

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Track Listing:
1. Backfield in Motion- Mel and Tim (1969)
2. Golfin' Blues- Loudon Wainwright III (1978)
3. Gambler's Roll- Allman Brothers Band (1990)
4. Racing in the Street- Bruce Springsteen (Live, 1980)
5. Tour De France- Kraftwerk (1983)
6. Kicker Conspiracy- The Fall (1983)
7. The Horse- Cliff Nobles & Company (1968)
8. Skateaway- Dire Straits (1980) 

Info of note:
Intro- "With a Little Help from My Friends" by Joe Cocker (1968)
Outro- "Bird on the Wire" by Joe Cocker (1969)
All comments, questions and feedback are greatly welcomed and appreciated! I encourage participation. Even though I drain an hour off your life by listening to the podcast then checking through the links, at least you don't have to fork over your money to me... though if you feel like, you know... But in all seriousness, let me now what you'd like to hear or see and I'll consider it. Popular approval doesn't always sway me but having fans or listeners get their input would be just grand!

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