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A Little Greasy Summertime Blues

OK. Here’s four fantastic live versions of one of CB’s favorite cuts. Hearing the Who’s version when I was a kid was my first exposure. I love the summer time and especially when I was young gaffer. This song just caught the vibe and it’s been with me for many suns. I gotta go cause Im gonna find a little crowded seaside bar with a good live band and request this one. CB is “gonna raise a fuss, gonna raise a holler”

Eddie Cochran was a rock n roll original and co-penned the song and probably inspired a whole bunch of folks to pick up the trade. I discovered this original after The Who version. It is so good. Back to the beginning and it is timeless. What a great groove that I never tire of.

Here’s the real greasy version. If you overlook it you will miss a treat. Gordon and Spedding do the song justice and have a real good time along the way. Rock is supposed to be fun isn’t it? It cooks and they do Eddie proud. Chris might be a little weak on the vocals but he sure has the licks on guitar. Plus CB wants that jacket.

One of the reasons The Band was so good was because of what Levon Helm brought to the music. He was brought up on hillbiilly, rockabilly,rock n roll and a lot of other music. Levon just oozes this stuff. He absolutely nails this cut. Gets in the groove and rides it. The ghost of Eddie is alive. Makes me want to get up and shake a leg.

Now here’s the first version I heard on a transistor radio (sounded a bit better when I got to hear it on one of those fancy stereo thangs). This cut and the Who made me fall hard for rock music. The Who pay homage to Cochran in their unique way. This cut was staple in my summer listening. Had to have it just to officially get in the summer mood. Man did I like this band doing this song. They bring a certain energy to the song. Who energy.

That’s it folks. Enjoy what’s left of the summer and the days to come. CB out.

38 comments on “A Little Greasy Summertime Blues

  1. Francisco Bravo Cabrera
    August 29, 2021

    Smashing good CB. As a big Who fan, and a big fan of summer, I definitely loved that song. This is a good comparison you’ve made with the original version. Cheers.

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  2. Aphoristical
    August 29, 2021

    I’ve never heard the original – it’s pretty cool. That guitar rhythm sounds great.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      August 29, 2021

      Being so well spread out in your music listening that surprises me that you never heard Eddie’s original. He’s good and another one with a load of great tunes that get the cover treatment.. Im sure there are quite a few other covers of this tune.

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      • Aphoristical
        August 29, 2021

        I’m not very well versed in 1950s stuff – it had disappeared from the airwaves by the time I started listening.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        August 29, 2021

        It was long gone when I started picking up my music addiction. Im still mining all sorts of great gems. Like we’ve discussed before so much for us all to discover. Stones, Stewart , Humble Pie etc. all covered his tunes.

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  3. deKE
    August 29, 2021

    Love The Who’s version of this tune. Townsend’s playing feels like its going off the rails yet doesn’t if that makes sense. lol

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      August 29, 2021

      Absolutely plus Moon has already went off. That was when they were hitting their stride.

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  4. Yeah, Another Blogger
    August 29, 2021

    You’re right. This song never grows old. Every version you picked is great.

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  5. hotfox63
    August 29, 2021

    Good old rock’n’roll. Eddie Cochran was a brilliant singer, even more brilliant guitarist. But the bad guys from Blue Cheer just ruined the song. Wamms, he was gone. An important harbringer of heavy metal, which made the breakthrough a few years later.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      August 29, 2021

      I got into Eddie’s other recordings. Like what has been said, he wasnt round long enough but he made an impact and would have continued to make good music in my opinion. I heard the Who version first so the Blue Cheer cover never really got me. I warmed up to it a bit later.
      All the cuts I linked sound good to me. The Helm take really catches a cool vibe.

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      • hotfox63
        August 29, 2021

        Blue Cheer was Marshall Stacks and long hair in 1968. But there are other cool versions of this song. Maybe that one from Brian Setzer from “La Bamba “.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        August 29, 2021

        I like Setzer’s version

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      • hotfox63
        August 29, 2021

        Setzer is a pro and he knows how to please an audience.

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  6. 1537
    August 29, 2021

    I’ll take the original or Blue Cheer’s version please CB.

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  7. Vinyl Connection
    August 30, 2021

    Just tryin’ to make a dollar, CB. Nice one.

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  8. Jim S.
    August 30, 2021

    Great song. Always thought the lyrics were clever as hell. I like all versions but for me the Who just tear it up. You know me and research. I had to look up that show that Cochrane was on. Turns out it was some Fifties show out of California that mostly featured country. I wonder what they thought of old Eddie.

    BTW, I just finished reading Chrissie Hynde’s autobio. (Review soon.) Spedding’s name turns up quite a bit as they were friends. He opened for them in some of their early tours and – get this – played guitar during the encore on their cover of the Kinks “Stop Your Sobbing.”

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      August 30, 2021

      I know what I would have thought of Eddie. The guys good! The lyrics are “clever” and go perfectly with the music.
      I wouldn’t thing Hynde would hold back. Spedding got around. He turns up on all sorts of the albums I have. Play anything. Cool that they were friends. I like Chrissie.

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  9. 1dancequeendq
    August 30, 2021

    Some good cuts. Eddie Cochran is the best. There are several seaside towns in Kent where you can get a drink, sit on a beach, drink beer (or your own choice of drinks). Music often wafts over the waves. I haven’t heard Eddie but it could probably be arranged. 😎

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      August 30, 2021

      The Queen come by to shake it with a little rockabilly. Im impressed. Those seaside bars know what music to play. Crowd gets greased up and they are ready to dance and have some fun.

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  10. keepsmealive
    September 1, 2021

    One of THOSE songs. Well-played, CB, well-played!

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  12. badfinger20 (Max)
    September 17, 2021

    I never heard the Gordon and Spedding cover…that is awesome. What a sound he is getting out of that Les Paul Jr (I think)…great version.
    The Who was the version I heard first…an atom bomb going off.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      September 17, 2021

      Spedding is amazing. You’ve commented on his sound before.
      ‘Atom bomb going off”. Exactly.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        September 17, 2021

        Just an amazing sound.

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