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"Yancey Special"
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“Yancey Special”: Prog Reggae II

Keith Emerson captivated me as a grade schooler with the deep, heavy Moog sounds he conjured for Emerson, Lake & Palmer‘s “Lucky Man,” fittingly, the final track on a 4-LP box set from 1973 that got a lot of mileage in our household growing up, Superstars of the Seventies — one

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"Not Runnin' Away"
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Ian McLagan’s Reggae Bump

This past week I had the chance to reread Keith Richards’ 2010 memoir, Life, and somehow I only just now learned that keyboardist Ian McLagan was part of The New Barbarians, a rather unlikely musical aggregation that brought together Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Bobby Keys, and McLagan, with legendary instrumentalists,

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"Reggae Bagpipes"
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“Reggae Bagpipes”: Pop Reggae in the Extreme?

As I asserted in an earlier piece, string arrangements – when appropriate or called for – have the potential to enrich a song (reggae included)    Given Jackie Mittoo‘s fundamental role in the development of Jamaican music as both a founding member of The Skatalites and music director at Studio One

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"Gimme Reggae"
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“Gimme Reggae”: UK Pop Reggae 1969

How fascinating to learn that Blue Mink [previously celebrated yesterday, would you believe it?] was an early champion of the “new reggae” sound — albeit one increasingly augmented by strings (i.e., “Hollywood reggae“) — that was starting to show commercial potential in the UK as the 1960s gave way to

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"Swan Lager"
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“Swan Lager”: Prog Rock Reggae

Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman‘s beery take on Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” became the A-side of a 45 released by A&M in 1979: “Swan Lager“ Rick Wakeman (1979) * “Swan Lager” also served as side two’s closing track for 1979 double LP, Rhapsodies.  Cash Box would post a review in its June

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"The Sun Is Going Down"
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“The Sun Is Going Down”: Rock Meets Reggae, 1972

The Steve Miller Band filters reggae through early 70s rock sensibilities, mon, in the 97-second ditty, “The Sun Is Going Down” – from Recall the Beginning … A Journey from Eden, their seventh album for Capitol: “The Sun Is Going Down” The Steve Miller Band (1972) * Four drummers credited

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"Games People Play"
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“Games People Play”: Bassist Wakes Drummer Using Musical Chops

Session bassist extraordinaire, Carol Kaye, is certainly no stranger to the philosophical notion of “bass as bottom end.”  And yet, it was an uncharacteristically flamboyant performance that led (ironically, perhaps) to unexpected commercial success.  Songfacts has a great interview that reveals the comical back story behind Carol’s unusually baroque bass

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"Musical Fight"
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“Musical Fight”: Most Literal Song Title

“Musical Fight” by The Crashers is, literally, a fight set to music — “Musical Fight“ The Crashers (1970) Produced in 1969 by Sonia Pottinger and released as a split single with Stranger & Patsy (“True Love“), this B-side — renamed “Target” — would be released in the UK the following

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"Bluebirds Over the Mountain"
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“Bluebirds Over the Mountain”: Reggaebilly?

If you’re like me (someone who didn’t have access to YouTube growing up), you’re probably familiar with this iconic photo of rockabilly singer, Ersel Hickey — But maybe not his big 1958 hit, “Bluebirds Over the Mountain“: Check out the loping guitar intro with the lead guitar and bass playing the

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"Second Fiddle"
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1973: The Year Pop Reggae Broke

You can count on one hand the number of times that reggae singles by Jamaican artists have cracked the Top 40 here in the States:  “Israelites” by Desmond Dekker in 1969 (#9) and  “Double Barrel” by Dave Barker and Ansel Collins in 1971 (#22).  Two times [*actually, three – see

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