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Race With The Devil – Gene Vincent vs The Gun

Posted in Challenge, Gene Vincent, Same Title Different Song, The Gun with tags , , , , , , , on August 22, 2012 by fliker1970

Same Title, Different Song (Plus great versions)

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II  average
III  good
IV  very good
V  excellent
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Race With the Devil/”Gonna Back Up Baby” (Capitol F3530 US) (9/10/56) (Capitol 45-CL 14628 UK), No. 96 – Gene Vincent

Well I’ve led an evil life, so they say But I’ll out run the devil on judgement day, I said Move, hot-rod, move man! Move, hot-rod, move man!Move hot-rod, move me on down the the line, oh yeah! Well me and the devil, at a stop light He started rollin’, I was out of sight, I said Move, hot-rod, move man! Move, hot-rod, move man! Move hot-rod, move me on down the the line, oh yeah! Well, goin’ pretty fast, looked behind A-hear come the the devil doin’ ninety-nine, I said Move, hot-rod, move man! Move, hot-rod, move man!Move hot-rod, move me on down the the line, oh yeah! (Let’s drag now) Well thought I was smart, the race was wonA-hear come the devil doin’ a-hundred and one Move, hot-rod, move man! Move, hot-rod, move man! Move hot-rod, move me on down the the line (Let’s drag again) Well, goin’ pretty fast,looked behindA-hear come the the devil doin’ ninety-nine, I saidMove, hot-rod, move man!Move, hot-rod, move man!Move hot-rod, move me on down the the line, oh yeah!Well I’ve led an evil life, so they sayBut I’ll hide from the devil on judgement day, I saidMove, hot-rod, move man!Move, hot-rod, move man!Move hot-rod, move me on down the the line.

Gene Vincent–most famous for his classic 1950s rendition of “Be-Bop-A-Lula”–is one of the most influential rock and roll artists of all times. Elvis Presley adopted his loose-hipped style, and bands from The Rolling Stones to The Beatles toured Britain with him throughout the fifties and early sixties. Led Zepplin‘s Robert Plant lauds Vincent as his favorite vocalist of all time, Yardbirds guitarist Jeff Beck claims Vincent is the reason he played music, and Paul Westerberg of the Replacements calls him “the soul of Rock and Roll.” But beyond his undeniable musical importance lay a man with an almost pathological personality whose creative talents and volatile temper never failed–for better or for worse–to touch those around him. Elvis Presley, with his suggestive gyrations, was disturbing to mainstream America in the 50s. Gene Vincent, with his earthy lyrics, moans and pants, and full-on bodily contortions was downright shocking.

Musicanship: III
Vocals: III
Emotions: IIIII
Lyrics: III
Outstanding instrument: Guitar

Some words: “It’s only Rock and Roll but I’ll out run the devil on judgement day”

Final Score: XIV

Version by The Stray Cats

Race With The Devil – The Gun (1968)

You better run (3x)
from the devil’s gun

the race is on, (2x)
so you better run
from the devil’s gun.

Strange things happen
If you stay
The devil will
Catch you anyway
He’ll seek you here
He’ll seek you there
The devil will
Seek you everywhere.

When he finds you,
Soon find out
the devil’s fire
Just won’t go out
He burns you up
from head to toe.
The devil’s grip
Just won’t let go.

The Gun was a late 1960s British rock guitar trio who had a single British Top Ten hit, “Race With The Devil” and recorded two albums before disbanding. Two of its founders, brothers Paul Gurvitz  and Adrian Gurvitz, later took the name Three Man Army recording 3 albums and then, after joining up with Ginger Baker, the Baker Gurvitz Army. recorded three albums, Baker Gurvitz Army, Elysian Encounter & Hearts On Fire, during the same time the Gurvitz brothers recorded 2 albums with Graeme Edge (Moody Blues) drummer Kick Off Your Muddy Boots and Paradise Ballroom under the name of the Graeme Edge Band. This was not a touring band it also featured Ginger Baker.

Musicanship: IIII
Vocals: III
Emotions: IIII
Lyrics: III
Outstanding instrument: Vocals, Guitar

Some Words: “Amazing Hard Rock”

Final Score: XIV

 

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Stevie Wonder

Posted in Stevie Wonder with tags , , , , , , , on March 17, 2012 by fliker1970

Blame It On The Sun – from “Talking Box” – 1972

 

 

 

Where has my love gone?
How can I go on?
It seems dear love has gone away

Where is my spirit?
I’m nowhere near it,
Oh yes, my love has gone astray

But I’ll blame it on the sun,
The sun that didn’t shine,
I’ll blame it on the wind and the trees

I’ll blame it on the time that never was enough,
I’ll blame it on the tide and the sea,
But, my heart blames it on me

Who poured the love out?
What made this bitter doubt?
Is peace not here for me to see?

Wish I could tell you,
What I am feeling,
But, words won’t come for me to speak

But I’ll blame it on the sun,
That didn’t fill the sky,
I’ll blame it on the birds and the trees

I’ll blame it on the day that ended once too soon,
I’ll blame it on the nights that could not be,
But, my heart blames it on me

[Background]…Yeh, yeh, yeh, ooh,
Your heart blames it on you this time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was intended for Jeff Beck. Wonder played all instruments on the album except horns and guitars, and Beck was brought in to play some guitar parts in exchange for a song. At one of the sessions, Stevie came up with the riff and wrote some lyrics, and they recorded a rough version of the song that day for Beck. It took Beck a while to record the song, and by the time he released it, Wonder’s version had been out for a month and was a huge hit. Beck felt shortchanged, and made some statements in the press that Wonder didn’t appreciate. In 1975, Beck released an instrumental version of Wonder’s “Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers” on his album Blow By Blow. The album was a hit and helped solidify Beck’s reputation as an elite guitarist.