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We begin our final chapter with another interpretation of the song we ended the last chapter with.
Great songs tend to be covered by other artists, and this one has been done at least by the Chambers Brothers, a weird but thoroughly enjoyable version by the Vanilla Fudge and the one I have chosen.
There is just something about the interplay of guitar and voice that does it for me.
Martin Luther King won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
That same year, Bob Dylan released HIS own version of a song we have already played twice.
I felt I would be cheating you if I didn't play the serious, poetic, brilliant use of words contained in Dylan's epic, talking about all the ways we are NOT free!
Then the sad account of the King assassination- and I do remember thinking, "Man, what is going on here? You disagree with someone, so you shoot them"?
And that will begin our grand finale.
To close it all out, I have 3 of the best songs ever that speak to all of Mankind.
Kindly listen to the words- you will be better for it.
Happy Birthday, Martin!
I always liked your non-violent style.
There are radical crazies that could learn from that.
Here's two different links to hear the Grand Finale of the Series, at Mike Pell Rockollections:
At Podomatic:

Or at Soundcloud:


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Comment by RJhog (Admin) on January 25, 2013 at 9:57am

Looking forward to it.

Comment by Mike Pell on January 25, 2013 at 12:32am

Oh by the way, you guys SHOULD like what I have planned for the next two weeks!

Comment by Mike Pell on January 25, 2013 at 12:26am

Wow, that is strange.

I have been thinking of a series (it would take that!) for Building A House or Home In Song for many years now.

I had forgotten about it.

I wrote down a list of songs I have to find now, lol!
But I do remember the song I would start it all off with!

That might happen, thanks for reminding me.

And see, you definitely ARE now thinking like me, lol!


Comment by RJhog (Admin) on January 24, 2013 at 10:01pm

I was listening to The Greatful Dead's American Beauty yesterday and heard the song "Attics Of My Life".  Then I put on Gordon Lightfoot's Sundown and heard "Is There Anyone Home".  Now I know you have done at least one show about home, I think it was a Thanksgiving show a couple years ago when I first met you.  But have you done a show about building a home (you know, floors, walls, rooms, etc...)?  Anyway, I just thought if anybody could do it right it would be you.  I know you do your own thing, which I totally respect, I just though of that and immediately thought of Rockollections.

Comment by Mike Pell on January 24, 2013 at 7:33pm
You tell that person RJ, since he started it, LOL!
And Jon, we are still waiting for that breathtaking response, LOL!
You guys...hahahahahaha!
Comment by Mike Pell on January 24, 2013 at 7:27pm
I thought it was the best of the 4 chapters too.
Dylan was very always, lol!
I know I know...NOW...that it was NOT the Jeff Beck Group!
I told you, I brought a bunch of CD's & records in to the station and gave them to Engineer Ken.
I knew what I would begin with...and we would just go free-form from there.
The mistake I made was ASSUMING it was the Jeff Beck Group because Stewart used to sing lead for them.
It was Ken, who had the CD cover with him outside, that told me it was from 1985 while it was playing, since I couldn't read it myself- and I dutifully reported that on the show.
Making it obvious to anyone listening that I had been wrong.
I deserve credit for leaving all that in there, since I had five YEARS to edit it out!
But I let the shows go as if they were live...warts and all!
You were knowledgeable to a FAULT, lol!
Are you taking a poke at RJ with that Kiss remark?
Didn't you really really really LIKE The Elder, LOL?
Thanks for the listen and writing, you troublemaker...hahahahaha,
Comment by Mike Pell on January 24, 2013 at 7:13pm

RJ, I guess I am up to a challenge...depends on the time it takes.

Comment by Mike Pell on January 24, 2013 at 7:08pm
Well the People Get Ready I like best is by the Impressions, but there was something about the guitar & voice going together that flagged that one for me.
Of course I made the mistake of thinking that the song by Beck & Stewart was older than it actually was.
And I'll take Dylan's Chimes Of Freedom over everybody, lol!
That's what happens when you go back to the old FM days and remember what is was like to be introduced to songs for the FIRST time!
They stay fondly with you.
Thank you digging for those last three tunes, I thought it was an excellent way to end.
And you spelled my man Dion right, lol!
The Golden Pell to Sam Cooke for Change Is Gonna Come is a brilliant pick!
Another one where I KNEW what I would song I would end with, just like I knew I would begin with a bit the I Have A Dream speech, before I even thought about the other songs.
Thing about the Sam Cooke song, it was the B-side to a rocker called Shake, which was a big hit for him.
I never knew the poignance of that flip until it was played by Scott Muni one time, again in those early days of free-form FM.
Definitely a Golden Pell!
Thanks for the listen and writing,
Comment by Jon on January 23, 2013 at 6:18pm

Wait, I have a great response!

Comment by RJhog (Admin) on January 23, 2013 at 5:20pm

Maybe that person is a fan of the Jeff Beck Group, but since that wasn't the Jeff Beck Group, the fact that  he doesn't care for this song is not relevant to his being  a Kiss fan or your original statement.

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