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this is a real headscratcher. last and arguably best track on the record, everybody is finally floating, then initiating the landing protocol, but the final free melody chorus is faded out prematurely at the beginning of the bridge. ok they play a sort of one-chord texture for the four bars you can still hear of that, but it's absolutely clear they don't intend to end here. we're at 17:40 for the side, so it can't be due to length considerations. more recent reissues come with a couple of bonus tracks but no complete take of this tune. so did they lose the thread, hit some clinkers, or did rudy van gelder's cat jump on the faders?



ps i googled the back cover and ira gitler mentions this: "booker's last solo fades into the distance in a spiralling pattern." so they pretend it's on purpose.

pps i googled the cat but it turns out rudy had a dog. here it is with elmo hope.

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ppps dan will know what the movie is. i recognize brialy but not the other guy so it's probably italian?

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not the biggest fan of his later work, but this is a killer song. livin' ain't easy when you're black and greasy. and it has a programmatic fade-out: first the band fade to leave the singer indeed out here all alone, spookily, and then they return so everybody can fade out into the sunset together. rip, sir.


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ok, the most spectacular thing here is how much the band don't get the groove of the original ... i thought maybe a bunch of ofays, but no it's cornell dupree, jimmy johnson, etc. the ofay up front (of black saint and sinner lady fame) and his fidgety soloing style don't help but still. the fade-out, though, is super tastefully done ... it might seem unspectacular but if you listen closely, when the guitar solo returns to riffing, they put a ring mod-like effect over it to double the line ...


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nothing remarkable about the fade-out in itself, just that it's part of such a well thought out structure. first the whole thing seems to meander, offering a couple of half-hooks before it settles on "if you won't go with me" as the proper hook, alternating it with different parts, then dissolving that hook, leaving out the background vocal the penultimate time, finally ad-libbing over the lyrics into the fade-out. perfect track.


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(thread abandoned since the video embed no longer works ... final note to self: the brothers jonhson's version of strawberry letter 23 has a fade on the intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRVA2YBhrrQ)

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Embeds look fine on my side? Or is it an issue with new posts? (apologies, longtime lurker, but I enjoy threads like these on here!)

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hi, thanks, it's cool somebody is enjoying these. yes, it's still working in some browsers/on some devices, on other's there's just a black rectangle. these are flash-embedded so it's only going to get worse.