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Janis Joplin - Me and Bobby McGee

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Janis Joplin - Me and Bobby McGee

Postby ruggie » Sat 18 Dec 2010 12:34 GMT

Can't find any live videos of this, but here is an interesting audio recording

Me & Bobby McGee

And here is a professional-sounding recording. I guess I shouldn't be expecting video footage back in this era...

another recording
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Postby ruggie » Sat 18 Dec 2010 12:50 GMT

And here's a bit of background about Kris Kristofferson and the original version of the song, taken from a review comment:

We must remember that this song was originally written by Kris Kristofferson about a GIRL named Bobby McGee, and trust me, even though Kris had long hair back in the day, he did not use anything to tie it back. The harpoon that he pulled out from his dirty bandana is referring to his harmonica, which is also called a Harp, French Harp, Blues Harp, and by Kris, as slang, when he created a new word; Harpoon. People wrap their Harmonicas in bandanas because... Well, as sick as it may sound, they get a bit of spit collected in them. Most pros play with a bandana to absorb this spit, because it's not as gross as allowing the spit to fly all over the place when playing. Another tidbit... Kris was dating Janis at the time of her death, and "Me and Bobby McGee" was released posthumously, so she was never able to see it become her #1 hit.

Takes me back a long way...
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Postby Kay » Sat 18 Dec 2010 13:52 GMT

Great recording, Ruggie. Hey! Nostalgia and Janis Joplin.

Couldn't get the second one because it's been blocked due to copyright restrictions.
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Postby Dave » Sat 18 Dec 2010 16:17 GMT

I'd never heard about the bandana thing before. Yuk!

Great recording, though. Thanks for sharing! :-D
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Postby ruggie » Sat 18 Dec 2010 19:27 GMT

The significance of the bandana was new to me - although I've done the equivalent with the spit valve of a cornet and a trumpet in my time. (If you don't you end up with a puddle on stage near your feet).
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Postby ruggie » Sat 18 Dec 2010 19:35 GMT

Kay, see if you can pick up the second one via the embed here
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Postby Kay » Sat 18 Dec 2010 21:40 GMT

Thanks. I tried but same again - your country is blocked due to copyright restrictions.

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Postby Dave » Sun 19 Dec 2010 04:07 GMT

ruggie wrote:The significance of the bandana was new to me - although I've done the equivalent with the spit valve of a cornet and a trumpet in my time. (If you don't you end up with a puddle on stage near your feet).


The puddle's a bit further away if you're playing a trombone :lol:
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Postby ruggie » Sun 19 Dec 2010 19:54 GMT

True. And you have to whip the slide in close every so often so that you can reach the valve. Clarinets just dribble and there's nothing you can do about it.
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Postby ruggie » Sun 19 Dec 2010 19:57 GMT

Kay, sorry about that. I wondered if a video imbedded in a UK site might act as if it was being vieweed through a proxy. Unfortunately, there's no way I can download the MP3 file and send it to you...
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Postby ruggie » Sun 19 Dec 2010 20:31 GMT

I've added Pentangle - Basket of Light to the same page. Are you allowed to view that?
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Postby Dave » Mon 20 Dec 2010 02:57 GMT

We can see that one fine, Ruggie.

Interesting piece. Very Jethro Tull-ish use of rhythm changes. I liked it!
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Postby ruggie » Tue 21 Dec 2010 16:56 GMT

Predates Jethro Tull by a bit, I think. A very interesting period.
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Postby Dave » Wed 22 Dec 2010 05:01 GMT

Both formed in 1967 and released their first albums in 1968 according to Wikipedia, Ruggie - but JT have been around ever since, whereas Pentangle split in 1973, re-formed with various lineups in the '80s, and the original lineup got back together just a couple of years ago. "Light Flight" and "Living In The Past" both came out in 1969.
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Postby CustomStrat » Mon 27 Dec 2010 01:27 GMT

Jethro Tull went through several personnel changes over the decades, as well. I don't suppose it really matters as, Martin Barre notwithstanding, it was always really just Ian Anderson's backing band...

FWIW, on the Wikipedia page for JT, I shot the black & white photo of Anderson in 1978 :mrgreen:
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