I’m writing this on December 30 of last year, because I’m learning that it’s best to put these battles together when I think of them, rather than trying to remember what song I was going to feature, because (a) I have a brain like a sieve and (b) I always tell myself, “I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember it,” which, as anyone over the age of 50 (and even younger) will tell you, is a fallacy. Anyway, I just got finished with Song Lyric Sunday for today, and the opportunity presented itself…
Robert John, who recorded “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” in 1972 and reached #1 with “Sad Eyes” in 1979, and his songwriting partner Michael Gately wrote the song “I Can’t Move No Mountains” sometime in the late ’60’s to early ’70’s (The Blogger’s Best Friend™ doesn’t have an article on it, so I’m doing my best here). Since then, it’s been recorded by a number of acts, including the two that will be duking it out here. As far as I can tell, these are the first two acts that committed it to vinyl (this was, after all, the early ’70’s). Your job will be to listen to both and decide who did a better version of it.
Blood Sweat & Tears BS&T recorded the song for their 1972 album New Blood. They released it as a single, and it failed to chart. They all can’t be winners.
The Free Movement BS&T’s labelmates, who had limited success after 1971’s “I Found Someone Of My Own,” recorded it in 1973 and released it as a non-album single. Likewise, it failed to chart, and it was their last record, going their separate ways shortly thereafter.
Okay, you know what to do now: listen to both tracks, decide which one you like better, and vote for it with a comment below, telling us why you liked it better if you want. Then, go visit Stephen, the de facto guy in charge of Battle of the Bands. He’ll have a battle of his own, and he also has a list (in the right-hand column of his blog) which lists the other participants in BotB. Vote in Stephen’s battle, and visit the others and vote in their battles, too. Remember, you need not be a participant in Battle of the Bands to vote and make your voice heard. (And, if, after you’ve seen what a great deal of fun this is and would like to participate yourself, let Stephen know and he’ll add you to the list.) I’ll tally the votes and let everyone know the winner next Tuesday, January 22, so be sure and have your vote in to me by then.
The lines are now open. Good luck to Blood Sweat & Tears and The Free Movement!