Friday, 4 March 2011

Muammar Told Me not to come...

"That ain't the  way to have fun"

A piss-poor joke, I'll grant you - but sometimes that, & some renewed media coverage of the "Brotherly Leader and Guide of the First of September Great Revolution of the Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya" is all it takes to get me off the pile of gold & posting some music again...

Of course - everyone knows this slightly funky version, and it is rather good.

Mama Told Me Not to Come - Three Dog Night
It Ain't Easy - Dunhill  - 1970

Randy Newman is the guy that wrote the song in 1966 - intended for Eric Burdon to perform.
I'm very partial to the country leanings of this - guitars by Clarence White (The Byrds etc) & yes, Ry Cooder, top it off just nicely, thanks.
Interesting how different the placing of lyrics over the music is, and the emphasis that adds & removes. The line about a (presumably) rather large cigarette makes me smile.
Mama Told Me Not To Come - Randy Newman
12 Songs - Reprise Records - 1970

This one by Eric Burdon & 'the Animals' sounds a bit umm, orchestral in the backing - which isn't surprising, seeing as that's exactly what it was... the Horace Ott Orchestra. I suppose it's as intended, but I can't really get into it. Maybe it went over better live - nice sleeve though.

Mama Told Me Not To Come - Eric Burdon & The Animals
Eric Is Here - MGM  - 1967

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