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Faces – Ooh La La (1973)

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Just before Rod Stewart went supernova, the Faces released their last album Ooh La La. It was 1973, and the title track was a most worthy swansong. Written by the two Ronnies, the song’s lead vocals were unusually provided by the rolling Mr. Wood. Have a great weekend.

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Roxy Music – In Every Dream Home a Heartache (1973)

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A year before Cymande were paying tribute to another, Roxy Music were doing something completely original. ‘In Every Dream Home a Heartache’ features on the band’s second album For Your Pleasure. Eno’s shimmering synthesizer, Bryan Ferry’s sultry opening tones, Phil Manzanera’s extended guitar solo… blinding talent at the top of their game. The classic lineup would never again get the chance to better their combined sound.

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Gloria Ann Taylor – Love Is A Hurtin’ Thing (1973)

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It’s a bank holiday weekend in Blighty and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than including Gloria Ann Taylor’s ‘Love Is a Hurtin’ Thing’. Remixed by husband Walter Whisenhunt, this seven-minute version also comprises  sections of previous singles ‘How Can You Say It’ and ‘Music’. The mix features some stirring keyboards, wah-wah guitar, a wayward drum beat, Philly-like orchestration and a severe groove. Ending the week on a high note.

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John Lennon – Mind Games (1973)

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One of my fave Lennon tracks… have a great weekend.

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Blue Swede – Hooked On A Feeling (1973)

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It’s May Day bank holiday here in Blighty and that’s always cause for festivity. Nothing says celebration like the reveal and singalong to a guilty pleasure. Blue Swede recorded ‘Hooked On A Feeling’ only five years after B.J. Thomas released the original in 1968. By 1973, the song had been through a production metamorphosis. Well, they had thrown in the “ooga-chaka ooga-chaka”; those crazy guys. Have a great week.

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Syl Johnson ‎- I Hate I Walked Away (1973)

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During his 8-year tenure at Hi Records, Johnson released records in the shadows of both Al Green and Ann Peebles. But within his canon, there were some real soul gems. Off his 1973 LP Back For A Taste Of Your Love, ‘I Hate I Walked Away’ is such an example – smooth vocals with an incredible string instrumentation. Syl is a fine way to usher in the holidays, when I’ll be taking a hiatus. Back in a week or so. Until then. Happy Easter.

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David Bowie – Drive-In Saturday (1973)

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I have some missing days to catch up on – the weekend it is! David Bowie once described the album Aladdin Sane as “Ziggy in America”. Conceived during a journey through the Arizona desert, ‘Drive-In Saturday’ is typically space-age and full of gibberish. “And try to get it on like once before\When people stared in Jagger’s eyes and scored”. Mott The Hoople turned down the song as a follow up to that other Bowie gift ”All the Young Dudes”. Are they mad?!

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Genesis – I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) (1973)

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If it was not for the Lamb Lies Down, 1973’s Selling England By The Pound would be Genesis’s finest album. And in amongst the epic prog outs (Firth Of Fifth, The Cinema Show…) there is this four minute pop classic. ‘I Know What I Like’ notably features another of Peter Gabriel’s slacker anti-heroes, a sitar, a flute and Phil Collins doing a pretty good job on the drums.

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John Cale – Child’s Christmas In Wales (1973)

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In 1973, John Cale released a personal and unusually accessible album Paris 1919. Its opening track ‘Child’s Christmas in Wales’ is a reminiscent short story about the wonder of childhood Christmases. Have a great weekend.

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Deodato – Also sprach Zarathustra (2001) (1973)

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Eumir Deodato Almeida’s interpretation of Richard Strauss’s ‘Also sprach Zarathustra’ is a classic jazz funk workout. The general public had become familiar enough with the underlying fanfare theme due to its use in Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey – so much so that Deodato’s Latin arrangement, released on CTI, sold by the bucket. Have a great week.

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Novos Baianos – O Samba Da Minha Terra (1973)

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Samba-loving hippies Novos Baianos followed their acclaimed album Acabou Chorare with 1973’s Novos Baianos F.C. Their music was heavily influenced by João Gilberto’s refined bossa nova, but there was no turning down the rhythm on their lively cover of Dorival Caymmi’s classic, ‘O Samba Da Minha Terra’. They lived in a Rio commune, splitting their time between playing instruments, composing music and playing football – living the dream.

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Sly And The Family Stone – If You Want Me To Stay (1973)

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This weekend, we had a dinner conversation about desert island discs. A friend spoke of Sly’s vocal treatment on “If You Want Me To Stay”. It was a game changer in funk circles, helped out by Larry Graham’s incredible bass line. The song was off the long player Fresh – a giant among funk albums.

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Lou Reed – Sad Song (1973)

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‘Sad Song’ provides an epic and welcome end to the saddest of albums – Lou Reed’s Berlin.
R.I.P. Lewis Allan.

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George Benson – White Rabbit (1973)

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I popped into a local musical instrument store this weekend and a couple of gents were in the guitar section trying out all the Martins. I am sure one of them picked up a D-45 and started to play ‘White Rabbit’.  The 1972 album White Rabbit was George Benson’s second CTI Records project. Full of Spanish-flavoured moodiness, the title track is a workout cover of Jefferson Airplane’s hit. But this was a CTI showcase and all parties get the chance to shine. The lineup was formidable: Ron Carter on bass, Billy Cobham on drums, Hubert Laws on flute, Airto Moreira on percussion and Herbie Hancock on piano.

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Jobriath – Take Me I’m Yours (1973)

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The first track of Jobriath’s infamously hyped self-titled debut long player, ‘Take Me I’m Yours’ would set out Bruce Campbell’s stall. Cutting a clever path between the pomp and gospel of The ‘StonesExile On Main St. and the oddity and eyeliner of Bowie, Jobriath’s creations would ultimately fall on deaf ears stateside. A man born on the wrong side of the Atlantic.

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