As you know, new folks are diving into the Deep Tracks every day – and you might be one of them – so I thought I should try to explain what we do here in the Way Back Studios. Main thing is we try to have some fun with the music. As we like to say, it’s not just what we play, it’s how we play it. And today’s batch of All Hand Mixed Vinyl is good example. It starts off with a segue involving Johnny Rivers and The Beatles. Now keep in mind that on the Sergeant Pepper album, the first song on side one is the title track and that’s the single version of “Sergeant Pepper” that segues into “With A Little Help From My Friends.” But when you flip the album over, there’s another version of the song, the reprise, which is a shorter and much harder rocking version of the original. So, with that in mind, a guy by the name of Bruce Owen came up with this one about forty years ago while working at WJDX-FM. It starts with the Johnny Rivers classic, “Summer Rain.” The chorus, which is only sung twice among the five verses, features the lyrics, “All summer long we spent dancin’ in the sand, and the jukebox kept on playing Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” After playing through the chorus the first time, the band quotes a riff or two from the Beatles which is where Bruce would segue over to the reprise of Sergeant Pepper with that big drum beat. [INSERT DRUM LICK] After the reprise, Bruce would always return to the Johnny Rivers, but we’re going to go in a different direction based on that drum lick. It’s a good, all purpose beat. A regular Ajax Acme Do Good B-flat rock and roll bit of drumming that I was pretty sure I’d heard before. [INSERT] Like this one. Which is kinda like this one. [INSERT] Which isn’t too different from this one. [INSERT] Well, you get the idea. No real Deep Tracks in this set, in fact, it’s more of a primer for starting a band in your garage with simple pop rock favorites. So strap on your guitar and break out your drum kit. Here’s a fresh batch from the Way Back Studios.
|Johnny Rivers||Summer Rain (excerpt)|
|The Beatles||Sgt. Pepper’s LHCB (Reprise)|
|Shadows of Knight||Gloria|
|The Rolling Stones||Get off of my Cloud|
|Bob Seger System||Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man|
|ELO||Don’t Bring Me Down|
|Guess Who||No Time|
|Ramsey Lewis Trio||The In Crowd|
I gotta tell you no one was more surprised by that last track than I was. See, what happened is that I had added up the times of the eight songs before it, and thought I had all I needed for the set. But about halfway through “Suzie Q” I realized that either my math was wrong or the time listings on the albums were, and in any event, I was going to need about three more minutes. So I scrambled around and we ended up with “The in Crowd,” by the Ramsey Lewis Trio, a version of that song that went to #5 on the charts a mere seven months after Dobie Gray took a vocal version of the song to #13. Only in 1965 could that happen. Before that, what could have been a set list from every respectable garage rock band ever formed. We had the Shadows of Knight doing “Gloria,” the Stone’s with “Get Off My Cloud,” The Bob Seger System’s “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man,” “Don’t Bring Me Down,” from ELO, and the album version of “No Time” by the Guess Who, that’s about a minute and a half longer than the single we all know and love. After that it was Creedence doing “Suzie Q,” which reached #11 in 1968. The song was written by Dale Hawkins who took it to #27 on the charts in 1957. “Suzie Q” was covered by a lot of folks over the years, including the Stones, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and Johnny Rivers, the guy who started this set with his hit, “Summer Rain.” But then, when he starts singing about how all summer long they were dancin’ in the sand and the jukebox kept on playing, “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” we mixed over to the Beatles in a segue created by my old pal Bruce Owen. Well, it’s like Burton Cummings said, I got, got, got no time for any more today. By the way, if you’ve got any suggestions or comments, I’d love to hear from you. Just drop by my website or the Way Back Studio Facebook page and drop me an email. I’m Bill Fitzhugh and I’ll be back with another batch of All Hand Mixed Vinyl next time, right here in the Deep Tracks.