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Blue Willy
post Jul 26 2013, 11:42 PM
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I posted this one before but am posting it again for those who missed it.

Most of the covers of Louie Louie have missed the mark in my opinion because no one seems to know the lyrics. Being the age that I am, I remember the original recording by Richard Berry & the Pharaohs from 1958. This was a West Coast regional hit when I was in my sophomore year in high school in Los Angeles, California. The original song is about the days of sailing ships and of a homesick young Jamaican sailor in a far distant port. He tells Louis the bartender about his girl back home and how his ship will sail with the tide to return to Jamaica. A sweet romantic tale, "Louie, Louie, me got to go." The original Louie Louie beat is a Cha Cha Cha beat played backwards.

This vid was shot September 17, 2012 at the Blue Wing Saloon in Upper Lake, California. I've wanted to do this Caribbean style arrangement for some years but never had the people who could play it until recently. This crew understood completely what I wanted to do and ran with it.


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post Jul 27 2013, 08:09 AM
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Love the groove and orchestrations! There was this post running in the practice room in which African styles were debated - would this fit the bill as inspiration maybe? smile.gif


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post Jul 30 2013, 05:35 AM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Jul 26 2013, 11:09 PM) *
Love the groove and orchestrations! There was this post running in the practice room in which African styles were debated - would this fit the bill as inspiration maybe? smile.gif

Quite possibly. There is a definite African influence in Caribbean music, it crosses into Jamaican, Bahamian, Cuban, Puerto Rican. We tried for that flavor. It sure gets people on the dance floor!

Here's an earlier sound recording version done in 2010 with different musicians...I play all the guitar parts. You can hear how the live version evolved from this. The mechanical rhythm elements are more obvious on this version.




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post Jul 30 2013, 07:50 AM
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QUOTE (Blue Willy @ Jul 30 2013, 04:35 AM) *
Quite possibly. There is a definite African influence in Caribbean music, it crosses into Jamaican, Bahamian, Cuban, Puerto Rican. We tried for that flavor. It sure gets people on the dance floor!

Here's an earlier sound recording version done in 2010 with different musicians...I play all the guitar parts. You can hear how the live version evolved from this. The mechanical rhythm elements are more obvious on this version.


Indeed, I can feel a difference in respect to the first version you posted smile.gif I will place this link in the African Motifs thread and hope that it will help out! Thank you!


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post Jul 30 2013, 08:05 AM
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Loving the groove biggrin.gif
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post Jul 30 2013, 06:27 PM
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Here's the original 1957 recording by Richard Berry & the Pharaohs. This was the version that I heard as a high school kid. You can hear the Cha Cha beat in reverse in the bass vocal.



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post Jul 31 2013, 08:10 AM
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QUOTE (Blue Willy @ Jul 30 2013, 05:27 PM) *
Here's the original 1957 recording by Richard Berry & the Pharaohs. This was the version that I heard as a high school kid. You can hear the Cha Cha beat in reverse in the bass vocal.



Wanna know the truth, sir? I enjoyed your version MUCH more smile.gif


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post Jul 31 2013, 06:22 PM
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Well Cosmin...the original was done back in the Doo Wop '50s, I posted it for reference...it did inspire me...and...my philosophy on doing cover versions is: If you can't bring something new to a song, then don't bother covering it.


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post Jul 31 2013, 07:33 PM
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I'm also enjoying the groove on this one, and the overall warm sound. Thanks for sharing.


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post Aug 1 2013, 08:29 AM
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QUOTE (Blue Willy @ Jul 31 2013, 05:22 PM) *
Well Cosmin...the original was done back in the Doo Wop '50s, I posted it for reference...it did inspire me...and...my philosophy on doing cover versions is: If you can't bring something new to a song, then don't bother covering it.


Indeed - a good cover is actually a way of bringing a new coat to an already existing song - that's how I see it smile.gif


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