Sep 18, 2019
Let's go back, let's go back, let's go way on back to that time Aretha Franklin recorded one of her best songs.
On this episode, Kirk dives into two different versions of Franklin's classic tune "Think." First it's the laid back groove and roomy mix of the 1968 original, then it's time to fast-forward 12 years for the juiced-up arrangement she recorded with the Blues Brothers band in 1980.
It's a story of how different production techniques, arrangements, and tempos can lead to two very different—but equally excellent—versions of the same song. We've done Dancing Queen, we've covered the band Queen, so it feels like it's past time for the Queen of Soul.
NOTE: This episode is best enjoyed along with four fried chickens and a Coke.
Band/Artist: Aretha Franklin
Album: Aretha Now, 1968 and The Blues Brothers: Original Soundtrack, 1980
Composed by: Aretha Franklin and Teddy White
OUTRO SOLOIST: Galen Clark
This episode's outro soloist is the one and only Galen Clark. Galen plays keyboard and organ and acts as bandleader for the soul jazz group Trio Subtonic; you can find playing regularly around Portland, Oregon and occasionally on tour. Find more information at their website, https://www.triosubtonic.net.
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SEPTEMBER 2019 WHOLE NOTE PATRONS
SEPTEMBER 2019 HALF NOTE PATRONS
Cyrus N. White
Elliot Jay O'Neill
John and Sharon Stenglein
Juan Carlos Montemayor Elosua
Nate from Kalamazoo