Weekly Song Challenge #43

Here’s what Mary B wants to hear this week…

A Song with a Boy’s Name in the Title: Bireli Lagrene, "Timothée" (instrumental)

A Song with an Animal in the Title: Bireli Lagrene, "Jack Rabbit" (instrumental)

A Song that mentions your Favorite Color: Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, "The Green Manalishi (with the Two-Prong Crown)"

That’s all for now!

Tally-ho and away we go!
See you next week with a brand new show!

15 thoughts on “Weekly Song Challenge #43

  1. I have not heard of the musician for the first 2 choices but he is talented that’s for sure. I enjoyed the last song from Fleetwood Mac but it sounds …spooky.

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    1. Fleetwood Mac started as a straight blues band and added psychedelic elements in the late ’60’s. It was the late ’70’s before they became a pop band.

      Bireli Lagrene is probably better known in Europe, but he caused a stir here in the jazz world because he played like Django Reinhardt. This was his first foray into electric jazz, and it didn’t go over too well, but I think it’s a great album…

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      1. I, too, remember when Birelli Lagrene hit the radio in the 80’s and was just a kid, and, indeed seemed to be a full-fisted (as it were) reincarnation of Django (who these days has been reincarnated as a Python-coded web server).

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  2. I’m not familiar with the artist of your first two picks but he sounds good. I like the Fleetwood Mac song. I’ve seen it show up a few times in various blog posts over the years including your blog. It’s an interesting song. Kind of sounds like a song Jethro Tull might do.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Bireli Lagrene was at one time considered the second coming of Django Reinhardt, and there are plenty of videos on YouTube where he’s covering Django’s tunes. The album I took these from was quite a departure for him, and not everyone liked it. I, on the other hand, loved it…

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  3. What a superlative composition and performance, The Green Manalishi (whatever the heck it’s about). I remember being blown away by it when came out, hearing it as paradigmatic of what “heavy rock” should be like. It seems a sibling in feel and manner to Led Zeppelin’s Dazed and Confused . Great group, back when rock was art.

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    1. I’ve noticed where the ’60’s and early ’70’s incarnation of Fleetwood Mac is now called “Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac,” probably for the younger crowd that doesn’t remember them as a British blues band. They got into a more progressive and psychedelic sound late in the ’60’s, and the results are amazing.

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