Thanks to The Rolling Stones’ Twitter feed, we came across this fantastic professionally-shot clip of the legendary band performing You Gotta Move with keyboardist Billy Preston. While Keith Richards may be known for his rhythm guitar skills, he shows off some brilliant leads on this version of the Sticky Fingers classic filmed in 1976 at Paris’s Aux Abattoirs…
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From the first time I heard Stevie Wonder’s Higher Ground and Superstition, I’ve always been a huge fan of the clavinet. This electric keyboard manufactured by the Hohner company produces a funky sound that adds plenty of life to any song in which it is used. Since its introduction in the ’60s, the clav has been used in dozens of classic rock, funk, disco and reggae songs. It’s even turned up in the setup of many jamband keyboard players including JoJo Hermann of Widespread Panic and Page McConnell of Phish.
This week’s B List looks at the ten best clav-fueled songs from the ’60s and ’70s. Part two of our look at the clavinet will focus on more modern tracks that use this keyboard, but that’s for a later date.
For now, let’s look at ten classic clavinet-fueled songs…
10. Higher Ground – Stevie Wonder
When most people hear the traditional clavinet sound, they think of Stevie Wonder’s work on both Higher Ground and Superstition. Without a doubt, Stevie put this keyboard on the map. Above, we’ve got a clip of Stevie and Wonder Love tearing it up live in 1973.
READ ON for nine more classic clavinet-fueled songs…
Let’s start the weekend off right — here’s a video so recently uploaded to YouTube that it’s gotten only 109 views. This needs some well-deserved pub.
The revolutionary Billy Preston dabbled in some keyboard work with the Rolling Stones back in the huge afro days, and someone managed to capture incredible footage of the Fifth Beatle and the Stones at the LA Forum in July of 1975. Mick Jagger even throws out some Van the Man-style airkicks, and check out the awesome game of Grabass between Billy and Mick about six and a half minutes in.
Damn, Outta Space really might be one of the most underrated tunes of all-time.
Jo Jo left his home in Tucson, Arizona for some California grass
This clip from the Sgt. Pepper’s movie has been floating around the intertubes for quite a while, and nobody’s ever taken the time to truly sync the audio with the video. But it’s still a trip to watch, a trip to see Frampton with hair, and a trip to believe Billy Preston as some sort of mythical fairy. So even though this one’s not very new and exciting, really, when’s the last time you saw a black guy with a trumpet dressed in all gold? If you want better, here’s the rooftop version.
- An unknown-to-me YouTube user named JoeMad84 has in the past two weeks generously uploaded a handful of God Street Wine tunes from the Wetlands in ’99. Some audio problems exist, but if you’re like me and really jonesin’ for a GSW reunion, these badboys will do you just right — check out this bitchin’ Nightingale and pretend you don’t love GSW.
- With the Allmans taking up near-permanent residency at the Beacon, let’s watch the epic Dazed & Confused they dropped at this year’s 3/24 show.
- HT Loyalist/New Roommate Nodnoc sent me this clip last night, a weird but strangely humorous take on My Humps by Alanis Morissette.
- Comin’ atcha with two artists I’ve always lumped together vocally, despite their physical appearances: Billy Ocean and Rick Astley. Let’s look in on live, awesome versions of Caribbean Queen and Never Gonna Give You Up.
- Fresh Young Balki B Video — um, seriously?
- I’m gonna let Scotty take this one: “The Black Crowes play Wiser Time at the Glastonbury Festival in England on June 23rd, 1995. This early version shows off the handiwork of Marc Ford and the melancholy harmonies of the brothers Robinson. Both guitar players let it rip at the same time during the melty closing jam. Also of note is the addition of an unidentified percussion player lending yet another layer to the mix.”
Get back to where you once belonged? I thought you belonged to the city…