Just in time for another edition of Battle of the Bands.
To see what I’ve been up in the meantime, please click HERE.
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BATTLE OF THE BANDS (BOTB), hosted by 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.)
With Halloween coming up, this old favourite seemed like a good choice.
SEASON OF THE WITCH
[reference only – please do not vote on this one]
“Season of the Witch” is an early example of psychedelic rock, written by British singer, songwriter, guitarist, Donovan Leitch and first released in September 1966 on his Epic Records(USA) album, Sunshine Superman. Due to a contract dispute with Pye records, the UK version was delayed until June 1967. Although never released as a single,”Season of the Witch” became so popular with fans, that Donovan played it live more than most of his other hits. It has been covered by many artists.
The foregoing serves as background information only.
Now, on to the actual contest……
With so many covers to choose from, it was hard to decide which ones to use for this battle. In the end, I picked a short-lived British psychedelic band and an esteemed American singer-songwriter. Here we go!
Sam Gopal (also called Sam Gopal’s Dream) was an underground British Psychedelic rock band, active between 1966 and 1970. The band was named after its founder, Sam Gopal, born in Malaysia. From the age of seven, he played tabla, a northern Indian percussion instrument, which replaced drums in the band. “Season of the Witch” is the 10th track of their only album, Escalator, released in 1969. Interesting tidbit: the band featured a young Ian (Lemmy) Kilmister of Motörhead fame, on vocals, lead & rhythm guitar.
PLEASE NOTE: The video shown is restricted in Germany and Japan. Here’s an audio file instead:
Malcolm John “Mac” Rebennack (born November 21, 1940), better known by the stage name Dr. John, is an American singer, songwriter, pianist and guitarist, whose music combines blues, pop, jazz as well as zydeco, boogie woogie and rock and roll. The winner of six Grammy awards, Rebennack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 14, 2011. His version of “Season of the Witch” is from the Blues Brothers 2000 movie, released in 1998. It plays during the scene in which the band arrives at the swamp lands, and is featured on the soundtrack album. Dr John also appears in the movie, as part of The Louisiana Gator Boys, a blues supergroup created for the film.
Please state your preference in comments below and why you chose it.
Voting remains open until 11:59 pm EDT Oct. 20th,
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 / Cherdo On The Flipside / Curious as a Cathy / DC Relief BOTB / DiscConnected / J.A. Scott / Janie Junebug Righting & Editing / Jingle Jangle Jungle / Mike’s Ramblings / Pedestrian Writer / Quiet Laughter / Sound of One Hand Typing / HOST: StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands / Tossing It Out / Your Daily Dose
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Until next time.
♫♪♫♪♫ Rockchick Rapture!