Musical coincidences # 347

December 14, 2012

Recently over at the PowerPop blog, young Steve Smiles (Hi, Steve!) posted one of his favourite Procol Harum songs, “Pilgrim’s Progress”.

Steve mentioned the splendidness of the last part of the song, which begins with a piano. It reminded Steve of “Layla“, and I’m not surprised:

Procol Harum – “Pilgrim’s Progress” (1969) (excerpt)

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Derek & The Dominos – “Layla (1970) (excerpt)

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But once the second part of “Pilgrim’s Progress” got going (i.e., with full band), it reminded me of an Australian song from the 1970s:

Procol Harum – “Pilgrim’s Progress” (1969) (excerpt)

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Mississippi – “Will I?” (1974) (excerpt)

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Here are the full versions:

Procol Harum – “Pilgrim’s Progress” (1969)

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Derek & The Dominos – “Layla (1970)

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Mississippi – “Will I?” (1974)

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Song of the day: Mississippi – "Will I?"

July 28, 2010

Here’s Mississippi with “Will I?” (1974):

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If you listened to the song (and I hope you did), it may have occurred to you that it sounds a fair bit like early Little River Band.

It just so happens that in 1975 Mississippi added Glenn Shorrock as lead singer and changed their name to… well, I reckon you can guess.


Song of the day: Mississippi – "Kings Of The World"

September 27, 2009

Here’s Mississippi with their top 10 hit, “Kings Of The World” (1972):

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To me, “Kings Of The World” has always had an indefinable “mood”. Back in the days of vinyl, I had it on a K-Tel compilation and it stood out from the rest of the songs because it sounded so mysterious compared to all the poppy tracks. I guess the closest word I can think of to describe it is “haunting.” (Another song with that same ‘mood’ is The Beatles‘ “Cry Baby Cry.”)

And it’s still haunting after all these years.