Happy Holidays and welcome to another edition of
BATTLE OF THE BANDS
BATTLE OF THE BANDS (BOTB), hosted by Far Away Series and StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands. is where you listen to different recordings of the same song and vote for the one you like best. Two “Battles” per month, on the 1st and 15th. Votes will be tallied and posted the following week. (See below for further details.)
♫♫ Today we’re pitting prog metal against blues rock. What’s your pleasure? ♫♫
(Please don’t be deterred by the word “metal”. There are many different subgenres)
Inspired by last week’s post, where hair and cutting it – or not – was discussed at great length (pun intended). Today’s featured song was the perfect fit. Click HERE for some hair-raising commentary. 🙂 (This photo was taken a month ago and I still haven’t cut my hair!)
ALMOST CUT MY HAIR
[reference only – not part of the battle]
‘Almost Cut My Hair’ is the third track from Crosby Stills Nash & Young‘s 1970 album, “Deja Vu”. Written by David Crosby, he recorded it in a single take during the last remaining moments of studio time. His girlfriend had been killed in a car crash days prior and his grief was reflected in the intense vocals. The song features some classic guitar work from Neil Young and Stephen Stills. It is also notable for popularizing (*) the phrase ‘letting my freak flag fly’, which took on new meaning in the late ’80s after Crosby served time in a Texas prison. He began performing the song with a lyrical alteration to the line ‘…it increases my paranoia, like looking in my mirror and seeing a lit up Texas trooper.’ (*) It should be noted that Jimi Hendrix first used ‘freak flag’ a couple of years earlier, in the song ‘If 6 was 9’: ‘But I’m gonna wave my freak flag high, high.Wave on, wave on’ Thanks for the reminder, Shady Del Knight!
The foregoing serves as background information only.
Now, on to the actual contest……
Queensrÿche is an American progressive metal band formed in 1982 in Bellevue, Washington, which has sold over 20 million albums worldwide, including over 6 million in the United States. “Almost Cut My Hair” is the third track from “Take Cover”, the band’s 10th album, released in 2007.
Current (since 2012) Queensrÿche frontman Todd La Torre obviously doesn’t like cutting his hair either! Photo taken Sept. 18/15 in Toronto:
THE ORI NAFTALY BAND
Ori Naftaly is an Israeli blues/soul/funk guitarist, relocated to Memphis, Tennessee. In 2011, with his newly-formed band, he produced, arranged and recorded his critically acclaimed debut album, ‘A True Friend (Is Hard To Find)‘. It was released in 2012 and featured six different vocalists from the USA and England. Bluesmagazine.nl, one of the leading blues magazines in Europe, named it ‘Best Blues Album of the Year,’ ‘Almost Cut My Hair’ is the 8th track, featuring vocalist Eleanor Tsaig.
Looks like Ori and Eleanor didn’t cut their hair either! 🙂
Please state your preference in comments below and why you chose it.
Click on your preference here too:
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Voting remains open until midnight ET, Dec. 6,
after which I will count the votes, add mine and publish the results.
These are the other BOTB regulars and semi-regulars.
Please cruise on by their sites and, if they have a post up, vote on their selections as well:
[Check back – there’s no set posting time]
Angels Bark / Book Lover / Cherdo On The Flipside / Curious as a Cathy / DC Relief BOTB /
Far Away Series / Holli’s Hoots & Hollers / J.A. Scott / Janie Junebug Righting & Editing/
Jingle Jangle Jungle / Mike’s Ramblings / Novel Brews / Quiet Laughter /
Sound of One Hand Typing / StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands /
Tossing It Out / Your Daily Dose
As always, “Sharing is Caring”. Spread this musical joy all over your social networks.
Hashtag is #BOTB
Until next time.
♫♪♫♪♫ Rockchick Rapture!