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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

A Humble Request

posted by on October 14 at 16:27 PM

The Band’s “Chest Fever” is one of the greatest rock songs ever. I’m not sure of many things, but this thing I’m sure of (forgive the syntactic disaster of that last sentence). It’s rootsy and psychedelic, a rare combination, with Garth Hudson’s swirling, celebratory organ stirring your adrenal juices into a froth and Levon Helm’s drums dropping serious hick-funk science. And those vocals—by Helm, Richard Manuel, and Robbie Robertson—add hearty helpings of gritty soul power.

But what really excites me about “Chest Fever” are the organ/drum/bass bit that runs from 3:01-3:34 and the section where Helm sings, “as my mind unweaves/I feel the freeze down in my knees.” Link these two parts, beef up the percussion to 21st-century specs, and add some shakers and you could have a killer soulful house track on your hands. Any producers out there want to take a crack at it? I will pay you… something.

“Chest Fever” [album version, illustrated with the wrong LP cover, lulz]

“Chest Fever” [live version, with long, amazing, Bach-inspired keyboard intro]

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Thank god someone else hears the funk in the Band. See also: intro to "Up On Cripple Creek", which really needs to be in a Jay Z song right now.

Posted by Tony Tee | October 15, 2008 9:51 AM

Tony: Perhaps you know this, but DJ Premier used that "Up On Cripple Creek" intro for Gang Starr's “This Jam Is Beyond Comprehension.”

Posted by segal | October 15, 2008 10:10 AM
Posted by segal | October 15, 2008 10:18 AM

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