Bitter Sweet Symphony – The Verve (Urban Hymns, 1997)
The Beatles – While My Guitar Gently Weeps (1968)
from: “The Beatles” (AKA The White Album)
George Harrison: Double-Tracked Lead Vocals / Backing Vocals /
Acoustic Guitar / Hammond Organ
Eric Clapton: Lead Guitar (Uncredited)
John Lennon: Electric Guitar with Tremolo
Paul McCartney: Bass / Backing Vocals / Piano
Ringo Starr: Drums / Tambourine / Castanets
On this day in music history: September 14, 1974 – “I Shot The Sheriff” by Eric Clapton hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week. Written by Bob Marley, it is biggest hit for the veteran rock guitarist from Ripley, Surrey, UK. Originally recorded by The Wailers on their album “Burnin’” released in 1973, guitarist George Terry plays The Wailers album during the recording sessions (at Criteria Studios in Miami) which inspires the band to record “I Shot The Sheriff”. At first, Clapton is hesitant to put the song on the album, but he is persuaded by the others and producer Tom Dowd to include it. Clapton’s cover version of the song is the first single released from the “461 Ocean Boulevard” album in June of 1974, and takes off quickly. Entering the Hot 100 at #76 on July 13, 1974, it climbs to the top of the chart nine weeks later. The success of “Sheriff” and the album mark a major return to form for the guitarist having overcome his addiction to heroin during the previous year, and also gives Bob Marley major exposure that brings him worldwide fame for his own band. “Sheriff” is re-released in the UK in 1982 to promote the best selling hits compilation “Timepieces – The Best Of Eric Clapton”. The reissued single re-charts, peaking at #64 on the UK singles chart. The song is later sampled by EPMD on their hit “Strictly Business, with Warren G. in turn sampling EPMD on the remix version of his cover of “Sheriff”. "I Shot The Sheriff” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA, and is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2003.
On this day in music history: June 2, 1978 – “Darkness On The Edge Of Town”, the fourth album by Bruce Springsteen is released. Produced by Bruce Springsteen, Jon Landau and Steven Van Zandt, it is recorded at The Record Plant in New York City from October 12, 1977 – March 19, 1978. Issued as the long awaited follow up to “Born To Run”, it comes after a three year long forced hiatus from recording while Springsteen extricates himself from his contract with former manager Mike Appel. In spite of not being able to record, Springsteen is extremely prolific during the down time, writing seventy songs and recording at least fifty two in consideration for the final album. Among the songs written for the project but are left unreleased, are given to various other artist to record. Those songs include “Because The Night” (Patti Smith), “Fire” (The Pointer Sisters), “Rendevous” (Greg Kihn Band) and “This Little Girl” (Gary U.S. Bonds). The album is well received upon its release, with Springsteen and the E Street Band touring exhaustively in support of it. It spins off the singles “Badlands” (#42 Pop) and “Prove It All Night” (#33 Pop), spending nearly two years on the charts. Like “Born To Run”, “Darkness” is also remastered and reissued as a deluxe three CD + three DVD (or Blu-ray) box set titled “The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story” in 2010. The box contains twenty one previously unreleased outtakes from the recording sessions, with other outtakes including “Don’t Look Back”, “Hearts of Stone”, “Iceman” and “Give the Girl a Kiss” having been previously released on the “Tracks” box set in 1998. Sixteen other songs recorded during the sessions remain unreleased to the present day. The set also includes an eighty page spiral bound book featuring reproductions of Springsteen’s own notebooks filled with lyrics and other song ideas tied to the conception of the album. It also includes a documentary film detailing the making of “Darkness”, which receives its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 14, 2010, two months before the deluxe edition arrives in record stores. The set wins a Grammy Award for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package in 2012. The album is also released as part of “Bruce Springsteen – The Albums Collection Vol. 1” in 2014" on CD and vinyl. The CD and 180 gram vinyl pressings are also issued as a stand alone releases in 2015. “Darkness On The Edge Of Town” peaks at number five on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 3x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
On this day in music history: October 13, 1973 – “Head Hunters”, the twelfth album by Herbie Hancock is released. Produced by Herbie Hancock and David Rubinson, it is recorded at Wally Heider Studios and Different Fur Studios in San Francisco, CA in September 1973. Having previously experimented with synthesizers, mixing jazz with R&B and funk rhythms on the albums “Mwandishi”, “Crossings” and “Sextant”, Herbie Hancock delves deeper into this area when it comes time to record his second album for Columbia Records in the Fall of 1973. Hancock assembles a new band for the recording of the album that includes Bennie Maupin (saxophones, wind instruments), Harvey Mason (drums), Bill Summers (percussion) and Paul Jackson (bass). Consisting of four extended tracks, the album’s centerpiece is the opening cut “Chameleon”. Running over fifteen and a half minutes, the epic track goes through many different moods and changes before returning to the opening vamp. Many jazz purists initially balk at Hancock’s extensive use of the ARP Odyssey and Moog synthesizers as well as the Fender Rhodes electric piano. But the new sound quickly finds favor with younger and more open minded fans, widening his fan base, and going on to become of the best selling jazz albums of all time. “Head Hunters” comes to be regarded as a defining moment in the genre of jazz/funk. A year after its initial release, it is remixed into four-track Quadraphonic stereo and released on LP and 8-Track tape. This multi-channel mix is briefly reissued as a high definition SACD (Super Audio Compact Disc) in 2001. First remastered and reissued on CD in 1997, it is remastered again in 2013 as part of the “Complete Columbia Albums Collection 1972 – 1988”. In 2007, it is added to the National Recording Registry by the Library Of Congress for its historic significance and ongoing musical influence. The album is also inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2009. Out of print on vinyl since the late 80’s, it is remastered and reissued as a 200 gram LP by Analogue Productions in 2015, along with a hybrid SACD (w/ the multi-channel mix) of the classic title. AP also releases a limited edition two LP 200 gram vinyl set mastered at 45 RPM in June of 2017, with the album’s four tracks given their own individual LP side. “Head Hunters” peaks at number thirteen on the Billboard Top 200, number two on the R&B album chart, number one on the Jazz chart, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.