Musical coincidences # 373

March 13, 2013

This coincidence involves a riff I love. I’ve only ever known it to be the sole property of Deep Purple, and it’s the main riff for “Woman From Tokyo”:

Deep Purple – “Woman From Tokyo” (1973) (excerpt)


What a riff.

But then my friend Stephen (Hi, Stephenita!) recently introduced me to a Joe Walsh song from 1973 called “Meadows”. The song begins with a bit of unique vocalising (translation: it’s gibberish) from Joe and then he plays a riff on his guitar. Then his band comes in and plays the same riff – this one:

Joe Walsh – “Meadows” (1973) (excerpt)


It took me a while to find out who released the riff first, but I found out. (Thank you, Internet.)

Deep Purple’s “Woman From Tokyo” was track 1 on the band’s album Who Do We Think We Are, which was released on January 26, 1973. (According to Wikipedia. Wikipedia also says the song was actually recorded in Rome in July 1972.)

Joe Walsh’s “Meadows” was track 6 on his album, The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get, which was released on June 18, 1973. (According to someone on YouTube.)

So it appears that Joe did the borrowing. Or it could have simply been one of those stars-aligning-in-the-’70s kinds of things, where rock stars have the same thought in the same decade.

Who knows?

All I know is that I love that riff.

Here are the full versions:

Deep Purple – “Woman From Tokyo” (1973)


Joe Walsh – “Meadows” (1973)


Song of the day: Joe Walsh – "Funk #49"

January 24, 2013

My friend Stephen (Hi, Stephenita!) sent me a link to what he called a great version of the James Gang‘s “Funk #49”.

I’d agree with that:

Joe Walsh – “Funk #49” (live at Guitar Centre Sessions) (2012)

Here’s the original:

James Gang – “Funk #49” (1970)


Song of the day: Joe Walsh – "Life’s Been Good"

August 12, 2011

After I played the James Gang‘s “Midnight Manlast week, commenter FD13NYC (Hi, FD!) mentioned how much he liked Joe Walsh, the band’s leader (i.e., the James Gangleader, ho ho). FD’s musings prompted me to present you with today’s song, “Life’s Been Good“.

I’ve provided you with both the album version – all 8:56 of it – and the radio edit which is a slightly more manageable 4:41 in case you can’t stomach the thought of 9 continuous minutes of Joe Walsh. The choice is yours…

Joe Walsh – “Life’s Been Good (1978) (album version)


Joe Walsh – “Life’s Been Good (1978) (radio edit)


Joe Walsh official website