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Monday, July 23, 2007

Bell Bottom Bliss: “Couldn’t Get it Right” by Climax Blues Band

posted by on July 23 at 8:06 AM

Couldn’t dig up El Chicano’s “Viva Tirado” online, so here’s a worthy substitute: the breezy soul-pop jammer “Couldn’t Get it Right” by the UK’s Climax Blues Band. Looking for more cowbell? You just found it.

The too-brief intro kills, but dig dude’s vocal delivery, and that politely temperamental guitar solo in the middle. The song was big in the UK in 1976 but never made a dent here.

I first heard this song two years ago while shopping at the massive Salvation Army store in Hialeah, Florida. Dunno what station they played but on several occasions I caught some great ’70s tunes there. I also picked up a seriously fly two-piece vintage track suit there, dark brown with white and orange piping. Sadly, the place went out of business right before I moved back to SF in 2006.


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I think this song went to #3 in the U.S. Billboard charts. So, it was pretty well known...if you are old like me

Posted by bill | July 23, 2007 12:17 PM

@1 is correct. "couldn't get it right" was a pretty solid AM staple for awhile. and, it is definitely a motherfucking cut.

JZ, i am loving your bell bottom bliss series. you should come guest DJ at slowride and play this fine setlist in order.

Posted by kerri harrop | July 23, 2007 1:08 PM

that would be awesome, kerri. id totally be up for it.

i have a feeling, though, that the slow ride guys have forgotten more about this kind of music than ill ever know.

Posted by jz | July 24, 2007 10:27 AM

I'll go!

Posted by bill | July 25, 2007 1:15 PM

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