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Friday Random 10 for October 5

October 5, 2007, 9:20 am

  1. How Many More Years (Howlin’ Wolf, His Best: Chess 50th Anniversary)
  2. The Girl from Ipanema (Astrud Gilberto, Astrud Gilberto’s Finest Hour)
  3. The One I Love (R.E.M., Document)
  4. Curbside Prophet (Jason Mraz, Waiting for My Rocket to Come)
  5. Montreaux’s Theme (Yes, Yesyears disc 3 (a.k.a. Going for the One session tapes))
  6. I’ll Cry Instead (Beatles, A Hard Day’s Night)
  7. I Will (Alison Krauss, Now That I’ve Found You)
  8. Going for the One (Yes, Going for the One)
  9. If I Needed Someone (Beatles, Rubber Soul)
  10. Shaky Situation (Mark Heard, High Noon)

Speaking of Yes’ Going for the One (#5 and #8), here’s a video from the studio sessions for that album from 1976. The band, minus Jon Anderson, is working out the song that would eventually become “Parallels”. And I do mean working. Chris Squire flat-out owns that Jazz bass he’s playing (although it’s strange to see him without his trademark Rickenbacker).

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXtyNTMILW4]

It’s also nice to see Steve Howe not looking like Mr. Burns from the Simpsons, as he has for about 20 years now. The four of them play with such energy and tightness in this studio session that it makes you wonder how much better they would have been without Anderson’s quasi-spiritual nonsense. (“Heresy!” said the Yes purists.)

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