JEFF BECK [GROUP] : OL’ MAN RIVER [1968]

“Χαμός στο Twitter” και όχι μόνο, για τις δηλώσεις του Rod Stewart περί χρεοκοπίας της κυβέρνησης των Tories. Προσωπικά δεν απέχω απ’ το να είμαι σίγουρος ότι έχει δίκιο, στο κάτω-κάτω ο Sir Rod είναι ευφυέστατος. Ενδεικτική αυτού η αυτοβιογραφία του, από τις πιο καλογραμμένες και απολαυστικές που έχω διαβάσει – χωρίς να είμαι καν φαν της σόλο καριέρας του.
Ακούμε τη σπουδαία ερμηνεία του στο all-time classic των
Oscar Hammerstein & Jerome Kern. Από το πρώτο άλμπουμ των Jeff Beck Group, πιστωμένο στον μεγάλο κιθαρίστα.

“Hell on Twitter” and beyond, for Rod Stewart’s statements about the bankruptcy of Tories’ government. Personally, I am not far from being sure that he is right, after all, Sir Rod is super intelligent. Indicative of this is his autobiography, one of the most well-written and enjoyable I ‘ve read – without even being a fan of his solo career.
We hear his great performance in Oscar Hammerstein & Jerome Kern all-time classic. From the first
Jeff Beck Group’s album, credited to the great guitar player.

Ol’ man river
That ol’ man river
He don’t say nothing
But he must know something
That ol’ man river
He just keeps rolling along
He don’t plant tater’s
And we all know he don’t pick cotton
But them that plant’em are soon forgotten
That ol’ man river
He just keeps rolling along
Oh yes he does
You and me we sweat and toil
Our bodies all naked and racked with pain
Now listen
Lift that bar you better tote that bail
And if ya get a little drunk
You’ll land in jail
I’m so weary
I’m sick of trying
I’m tried of livin’
But afraid of dyin’
That that god darn old river
He just keeps rolling along
Keep on rolling along
Keep on rolling along
Ol’ man river don’t you stop your way
Keep on running from the north
The south, the east or west

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9 Comments

  1. Liz Gauffreau January 28, 2023 at 11:29 pm

    With all due respect to Rod the Mod, his covering a Paul Robeson song is just wrong.

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    1. Oannes January 29, 2023 at 8:05 am

      You have a point, of course, but I wouldn’t fully support your approach. This one is knowingly humble, a casual if you like, performance of a “classic” in the spirit of the ’60s. I don’t believe there’s a chance of RS thinking of competing with Robeson – he was too clever for that even at 23.
      It’s like a Chopin’s mazurka played by a folk musician in a fair. It’s not …Rubinstein, but it can be graceful in its own way – if there’s talent. And I think there’s plenty of that here. Thank you for the remark!

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      1. Liz Gauffreau January 29, 2023 at 2:23 pm

        You’re welcome. My remark was total gut response. (I have no training in music appreciation.)

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        1. Oannes January 29, 2023 at 5:36 pm

          I ‘d say your remarks are more insightful than most of the “experts” I know. It’s just a matter of keeping someone’s ears open, and that’s much easier said than done, when it comes to music. I often find myself in trouble catching up with a “new” performance, being accustomed to the original or the “definitive” one, especially when it comes to piano players. As weird as it may seem, I sometimes get nervous, or even angry.
          Sometimes the new rendition grows on you, sometimes it doesn’t.

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          1. Liz Gauffreau January 29, 2023 at 7:58 pm

            Thank you for your thoughtful comments.

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            1. Oannes January 29, 2023 at 8:24 pm

              You’re very welcome!😊

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  2. Ken Powell January 30, 2023 at 4:53 pm

    Ah you can’t really beat a bit of Rod Stewart. A voice of history, without a doubt. With regard to his politics: he’s not wrong. By far the worst 12 years I’ve known in 52 years on this ole rock. The Tories – who are never very good at the best of times – have surpassed themselves for over a decade. While Boris is right at the heart of it, the boy should never have been allowed to play with the grown-ups.

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    1. Oannes January 30, 2023 at 5:14 pm

      “Instinctively” I agree 100%!

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  3. Resa February 1, 2023 at 10:53 pm

    Most intriguing! Rod is to be celebrated, as he has 31 albums. I’ll read the autobiography. Keith Richard’s and Bob Dylan’s were fascinating…and hilarious. Especially Keith’s.

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