Throwback: Jimi Hendrix-Ezy Ryder

Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Miles 1964 Credit: Breezin704

Jimi Hendrix’s “Ezy Ryder” was included on his first posthumous album The Cry Of Love. It was one of the songs Hendrix was working on when he died in 1970. He started working on “Ezy Ryder” in 1969 at Olympic Studios in London. He debuted the song with his Band Of Gypsys which included drummer Buddy Miles and bass player Billy Cox at the Fillmore East on New Year’s Eve in 1969. The studio recording of “Ezy Ryder” was one of the few times Hendrix was recorded with Cox and Miles. The funk soared with the pyrotechnics of Hendrix’s notes which exhibited his ability to play bass, lead, and rhythm at the same time.  The Cry Of Love was accepted as a legitimate album by critics and fans and reached Gold status within a month of its March 1971 release.  “Ezy Ryder” also appears on the Voodoo Soup compilation which was Alan Douglas’ attempt to construct Hendrix’s planned fourth album and First Rays Of The New Rising Sun. Zayn Malik covered “Angel” in 2022 to honor what would have been Jimi Hendrix’s 80th birthday. 



Charlie Burg Returns To Detroit For Hometown Show


Charlie Burg El Club Detroit, MI 11/13/22 “Chicago (Take It Or Leave It)” #kickmag #charlieburg #Detroit #Elclub

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Charlie Burg’s Infinitely Tall tour stopped in his hometown of Detroit at El Club on Sunday. Burg opened his one and half-hour set with “Chicago (Take It Or Leave It)” and blended covers of songs by The Isley Brothers, Taylor Swift and Tears For Fears with his own catalog. The Detroit native’s debut album Infinitely Tall was just released on the Fader label. The charming mix of R&B and indie rock came alive with the band that kept the crowd engaged and reached one of its most thrilling moments with “Dancing Through The Mental Breakdown.”  Burg’s natural stage movements included guitar playing and a tempered falsetto which sounded better than the recordings. A much-demanded encore ended the evening and a trip to the merchandise table revealed vinyl copies of Infinitely Tall, t-shirts, notepads, tote bags and the revelation that there were actually 10 people who asked for the album in CD form. 



Charlie Burg El Club Detroit, MI 11/13/22

Throwback: Fishbone-Freddie’s Dead

Fishbone covered Curtis Mayfield’s “Freddie’s Dead” from the Super Fly soundtrack for their 1988 sophomore album Truth and Soul. Their funk-rock version was a change from their roots in ska and punk and it introduced the album as it was their first single. The video for “Freddie’s Dead” managed to become their first to get heavy rotation on MTV. Truth and Soul was critically acclaimed for its unique multi-genre approach that combined all of their influences which made them sound like no other band. But the general public still had a hard time accepting a group of Black men soulfully thrashing punk, metal, funk, ska and rock into the future despite them having the support of Columbia Records. The Fishbone experience was always better understood after seeing them live in concert which was something recordings could not translate to the usual listeners. Truth and Soul was not a chart climber but the album inspired many and proved that they were one of the most musically able bands in the world. Fishbone’s recording of “Freddie’s Dead” was an abounding tribute to Mayfield and a missile in their canon-busting second album. Fishbone released their Intrinsically Intertwined EP in 2014. Angelo Moore aka Dr. Madd Vibe currently records and performs with The Brand New Step and they released the single “Soul Searchers” in 2022. Moore’s fine art paintings were shown in Jacksonville, Florida, and can be viewed and purchased at legacyofangelo.com

Throwback: Queen-Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Freddie Mercury wrote “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” in no more than 10 minutes while taking a bath as a tribute to his musical heroes Elvis Presley and Sir Cliff Richard. Mercury wrote the song on an acoustic guitar and he started playing it in concert performances which he had never done before. The Game was Queen’s eighth studio album and it was their first to use a synthesizer. The British band experienced their greatest sales and recognition in the United States with The Game. Mercury took Michael Jackson’s advice and released “Another One Bites The Dust” as a single and it helped the album along with “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” to reach the number one chart spot for the first time in the United States.

“Crazy Little Thing Called Love” also appeared on Queen’s Greatest Hits and live versions appear on  Queen Rock MontrealQueen on Fire – Live at the BowlLive at Wembley ’86 and Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live in Budapest. The Game was reissued on DVD in 2003. Mercury died of A.I.D.S. complications in 1991.  Paul Rodgers sang with the band for five years in the 2000s. In 2011, Adam Lambert joined Queen in 2012 and they continue to tour as Queen + Adam Lambert. They recorded and released Live Around The World in 2020. The Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody came out in 2018 and won a Golden Globe and Rami Malek who played Mercury accepted an Academy Award for his performance.