December 24, 2006

And one other thing...

by Chris Randall

Do I care that Otis can't dance? No. Do I care that Wayne Jackson is piss-out-of-tune 100% of the time? Not a bit. Does it bother me that Al Jackson Jr. is playing like he snorted a line of meth before the song started? Not in the least. This is one of the best recordings of one of the best performances of one of the best songs ever, by the greatest singer that ever walked the face of the earth. My Christmas gift to you...




Dec.24.2006 @ 4:43 AM
Wow... what a killer performance.

(have a good one)



Dec.24.2006 @ 4:43 AM
I wish I could link to a YouTube video t suport what I'm about to say, but sadly I cannot. Irregardless, I saw the best performance of this song, and it was by Mr. Wilson Pickett, so...
Okay, maybe at this point we're splitting hairs.
I have to say, as far as music goes, the only good thing about living where I do is that we get ALL the good soul, R&B, and blues.

Dec.24.2006 @ 1:19 PM
Chris Randall
I can't fault anything Wilson Pickett does, of course, but I'm partial to the Stax/Volt sound, so I have to be against the Philly Sound. That's the rules.

My favorite part of this particular performance (which I have on DVD) is right in the beginning of the bridge, Steve Cropper does this _thing_... It's only three notes, but it totally goes against the main melody of the song, and jars you in to knowing the money shot is coming. I fucking love that.

For what it's worth, I do miss the Isaac Hayes piano in the studio recording, which I think reallly sets the mood for the original. Booker does what he can to fill up the part, and the horn section plays a bit more expressively live than they do in the studio, but if Isaac was on that tour, it would have been off the hook



Dec.26.2006 @ 12:17 PM
The best version of this was recorded by Klaus Kinski.

Wait, that was a dream I had. I would have been, though.




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