Listen to TRAVELIN' IN THE DARK by Bo Grumpus.
I've long since given up thinking that a music blog would be some kind of community where people show up and debate a particular song or the issues of the day. I think the lurker/commenter ratio is just too high for a low traffic blog. As long as I'm the one calling the tune, that's usually fine. But occasionally you do get a song where you wonder what people think of it. Is Travelin' In The Dark a really good, atmospheric, robust song and performance, or is it not? I've been listening to this one for more than a year and I can't really decide.
Bo Grumpus was a group out of Cambridge that taken under the wing of Felix Pappalardi (who would be producing Cream around this time), and it's mainly his production I can't figure. There are some expensive, cinematic flourishes here and there. Good, or too obvious? Hot or not?
Part of it is Pappalardi. You can't trust him. Cream was a good, interesting, band, but occasionally exhibited some appalling taste. And then Pappalardi went to Mountain! Talk about a tacky group. I love Mississippi Queen as much as anyone, but Mountain did a cover of today's song (which Pappalardi said was closer to his original vision), and it is possibly the most awful thing I've ever heard.
Photo: Car fire on First Avenue (2).