Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Musical Interlude -- Arthur Lee

It has been a while since I've inflicted my musical tastes on you.

This is a video of the late, great Arthur Lee at the Glastonbury Festival in Glastonbury, England. Glastonbury is probably the most mystical place in England. It is where King Arthur is supposed to be buried, among other things. There's a beautiful, ruined cathedral there. Suellen and I were lucky and visited it when there weren't big crowds.

Arthur Lee was a great, fairly unsung rock musician. His 1967 album, Forever Changes, was ranked 40th by Rolling Stone magazine in it's Top 500 Albums of all Time. Not that that means anything, but you'd think you'd have at least heard of him, wouldn't you?

This piece doesn't really start rolling until 2-1/2 minutes into the song, so please hold on for the strings and brass. And toward the end, see if it reminds you of the bands Blood, Sweat, and Tears, and Chicago. Both of which were formed in (ahem) 1967.

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