Friday, June 29, 2012
"I'd Like To Bring A Friend Out With Me..." : THE WEEKEND MIX
AND SO THE STORY GOES....
Paul Jones, lead singer of Manfred Mann, decided to record a solo single covering The Bee Gees on the A-side and a tune called "The Dog Presides" on the B. Producer Peter Asher mentioned getting Eric Clapton to join him for the 1968 session. When Jones arrived at the studio, Asher apologized and said, "I couldn't get Eric, but we got him." He pointed to Jeff Beck. He also got Paul Samwell-Smith of The Yardbirds on bass and a little known rock drummer by the name of Paul McCartney. And there you have it.
That got me thinking about other collaborations. Not necessarily songs that were planned as duets, or other types of cash cow collaborations like Band-Aid or "We Are The World," but more like the mythical "we were just hanging out and so-and-so dropped by the studio" type. I don't know the stories behind the songs I chose, though some seem obvious. Bruce Springsteen had been covering Gary US Bonds for years. Thunders, Phil Lynott and Steve Marriott probably got high together. But having Robert Fripp produce sessions for Daryl Hall with Daryl returning the favor for Fripp's solo debut still amazes me. And what about George Harrison playing slide for Hall & Oates? (See, even a Beatle digs H&O.)
"The Dog Presides" is rocking little record with Beck & Macca having more than a little fun. It's here on this Weekend Mix, along with some others I really dig. To my knowledge, the only songs on this mix that had "duet" billing are the Dwight & Sheryl and the Steve and Lucinda.
Godd Times- The Easybeats (Steve Marriott)
Jole Blon- Gary US Bonds (Bruce Springsteen)
Baby Don't Go- Dwight Yoakam (Sheryl Crow)
The Dog Presides- Paul Jones (Jeff Beck, Paul McCartney)
Tried To Love- Peter Frampton (Mick Jagger)
Carpetbaggers- Jenny Lewis (Elvis Costello)
Daddy Rollin' Stone- Johnny Thunders (Phil Lynott & Steve Marriott)
North Star- Robert Fripp (Daryl Hall)
I Need Your Love - Ian Hunter (Todd Rundgren & The Clash)
Torchlight- Ellen Foley (The Clash)
The Last Time - Hall & Oates (George Harrison)
Why Should I Love You- Kate Bush (Prince)
Blind Love- Tom Waits (Keith Richards)
Magnet & Steel- Matthew Sweet (Lindsey Buckingham & Susanna Hoffs)
You"re Still Standing There- Steve Earle (Lucinda Williams)