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"Yes we can can!" said Little Nicola.


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Yep, they had that pop/folk/jazzy/psychedelic vibe going and put out a lot

of interesting music. I missed them on the first go round, but eventually I

bought most of their albums. Light Up or Leave Me Alone, John Barleycorn,

Rainmaker, all good songs and there were many others too.

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We need a Peace Train now even more than then. ( astute philosophical observation of the day.)


Talking about Traffic again: finance, Freedom Rider, as you may know, is from the album "John Barleycorn Must Die". But, sorry, it's not one of my favourites. There's an instrumental on it that I like a lot, sort of jazzy. It's like the guys are "jamming", but it's too good to be just a random improvisation. I know Bilge doesn't care for instrumentals, but tough for Bilge.


I'm Glad they wrote this tune: (get out your attention span helmuts, though, it's about 7 minutes long.)





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I suppose Peace Train could be criticized for being too simplistic and

naive, but then again a lot of the well-known protest songs, or whatever

you want to call them, are like that.


Instrumentals are not my favorites, but this one is pretty good, better than

those recorded by The Estelle Winwood Quintet. Maybe next week I will

put Traffic onto a main artery.

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See, these boards also have an educational purpose, despite much evidence

to the contrary. Back in the day I didn't pay much attention to which band

did the song, and it wasn't until much later that I heard of The Statler Brothers.

I guess as far as the Hot 100 chart went, they were a one hit wonder.


I only have one or two of Elvis' albums after the late 1970s period. He had to move

on from that new wave sound sometime, and open things up a little. I sort of lost

track a while back.

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Hm, I didn't say I particularly liked it...I just said I'd heard it many times and never knew what it was.


Yeah, if I hear a piece of music I like a lot, I do try to identify it. But while I never disliked "Counter Flowers on the Wall", I never cared enough about it either to pursue what it was called and who recorded it.

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