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Covers of "Don't Fish In My Sea"

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frankie:

--- Quote from: uncle bud on October 06, 2004, 05:48:23 PM ---Don't Fish in My Sea

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I haven't heard that one, and since RedHotJazz.com made the unfortunate decision to encode eveything in RealAudio format, it's unlikely that I'm gonna hear it any time soon.  Anyone got it and can post it as an mp3?


--- Quote from: uncle bud on October 06, 2004, 05:48:23 PM ---I'd have to vote no on "Down and Out" though. Too common a cover.

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It *is* a pretty common cover, especially if you took the song and approached it as is - what if you broke up some of the verses and re-imagined it as an eight-bar blues?  Or a one chord thing?  Doing it as it is could vertainly yield all kinds of good results, though.  You could be as sophisticated as you wanted, or as low-down...


--- Quote from: uncle bud on October 06, 2004, 05:48:23 PM ---Don't you already play this, Alex? I seem to remember you doing some nice picking on this tune, but maybe I'm confused. If so, that would be cheatin', wouldn't it?

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I guess that would technically be cheating, but I think cheating is fair game in this context.  In a way, "Down and Out" presents an interesting challenge just because it has been done so often (and so well).  What a unique opportunity to truly mangle a classic!

A couple of Bessie Smith tunes I've been thinking of are Rocking Chair Blues and Jail-House Blues.  Pretty straightforward stuff, and the lyrics have found their way into quite a few recordings that we would all certainly be familiar to most (if not all) of us.  I'm hot and cold about both of them though, and am warming up to the idea of trying "Down and Out", especially when I think about how it might sound if Henry Townsend did it *his* way!

Richard:
If you want to do it properly ;) I have a few Bessie Smith 78s so you could get the correct crackle aspect as well :P

uncle bud:

--- Quote from: frankie on October 07, 2004, 08:22:32 AM ---
--- Quote from: uncle bud on October 06, 2004, 05:48:23 PM ---Don't Fish in My Sea

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I haven't heard that one, and since RedHotJazz.com made the unfortunate decision to encode eveything in RealAudio format, it's unlikely that I'm gonna hear it any time soon.? Anyone got it and can post it as an mp3?
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Hear ya go. It's piano accompaniment. Relatively jazzy on further listening. Does sound to me like something Blake would adapt. Or Charlie Patton in Devil Sent the Rain mode :)...

edited to add the damned attachment (I'm a bit of a spazz tonight)

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GhostRider:
Hey Ramblin' Frank:

I've (at present) got lots of time on my hands, so I'm working on a Lightnin' Hopkins-Calvin Frazer type version of Down and Out as well as a Frank Stokes style one. The latter is tough as there are not enough words in the verses to suite Frank's rapid-fire style.

Its actually been quite fun.

But you pick a song for us to get after. Your the boss.

Alex

frankie:
After listening to Don't Fish In My Sea, I think I kinda like it.? I'm game for trying it if you are.

Let's hold off posting any versions for maybe two weeks to give anyone who might want to try it a chance to get some ideas together without having other stuff to compare it to...? I'll put it in the calendar!

Here's another thought - start a thread in Lyrics and Licks with the lyrics/mp3 of the song...? does that sound like a good idea?

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