Top 5 “It Was Back in ol’ ’72” Clips
“If there’s a goal that everyone remembers it was back in ol’ ’72”
– The Tragically Hip, Fireworks
There were far too many strong artists, songs & albums to make a satisfactory ‘Top 5’ list using any of those typical categories.
Instead, to keep pace with the inevitable onslaught of New Years time-saving solutions (Rock-hard abs in
8,7,6, now just 5 seconds!) here are my Top 5, 5-second clips from ol’ ’72.
5. The Rolling Stones, Sweet Virginia
Speaking of The Hip, as a foolish youth, I despised their song Boots or Hearts. Now it’s probably my favourite on Up to Here. Fortunately, Hip guitarist Robbie Baker was more enlightened than I was & there’s also a chance he heard this excellent Exile guitar part at some point before the Up to Here recording sessions.
4. Paul Simon, Duncan
I suppose this woodwind clip sounds a bit like the flutes from at least one other Simon & Garfunkel track – but hey, if it ain’t baroque!
3. Nick Drake, Pink Moon
Flutes are great of course but it’s tough to beat a perfectly placed guitar chord. Especially when played in alternate tunings.
2. Neil Young, Old Man
The details, like this simple yet effective banjo line, have been an important part of my Neil Young conversion.
1. Stevie Wonder, Looking for Another Pure Love
On a recent jog, I was delighted to get a boost from Stevie’s spoken instruction of “do it Geoff.” By conveniently ignoring the 1972 release date (9 years before my birth) and the liner notes of its parent album Talking Book (which would probably indicate the guitar was played by someone named Jeff), I can only assume he was addressing me directly!
The aforementioned Talking Book is one of the albums on tap for this week, enjoy!