• WATCH: Ace – “How Long (Has This Been Going On)” – LIVE 1977
  • WATCH: Original Five Man Electric Band – “Signs” vs Tesla version
  • WATCH:  The Bangles LIVE – “James” – Pittsburgh, PA 1986
  • WATCH: Jim Croce LIVE “Operator” – 1972
  • WATCH: Steve Miller Band LIVE on the Midnight Special (1974)

WATCH: Ace – “How Long (Has This Been Going On)” – LIVE 1977

Great LIVE version of the song “How Long” from the British band Ace from 1977. Although the video quality isn’t the best, the sound is good and it’s hard to find a video of these guys live from back in the day. The song, originally released in 1974 off their album Five a Side, reached No. 3 in the US and Canadian charts, and No. 20 in the UK chart. So,…

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WATCH: Original Five Man Electric Band – “Signs” vs Tesla version

This started out as an attempt to find a LIVE version of the classic 70’s song “Signs” by the Five Man Electric Band back in the day, and ended up with me only being able to find the original recording of that song (which is still great, by the way) as well as dozens of cover versions over the years, most notably by the band Tesla. So, why not give…

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WATCH: The Bangles LIVE – “James” – Pittsburgh, PA 1986

Great LIVE performance by the 80’s all girl group, The Bangles, who had a string of hits during the decade. “James” was not one of them, but I thought it was an interesting live performance of song that we haven’t heard a million times already! The song is from their debut album, All Over the Place, released in 1984. Here’s more on the album from Wikipedia: All Over the Place…

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WATCH: Jim Croce LIVE “Operator” – 1972

What a talent and gone WAY to soon. We were just getting to know singer/songwriter Jim Croce in the early 1970’s with hits like “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” and “You Don’t Mess Around With Jim” when he hits us with this insightful story-song, “Operator,” also commonly referred to as “That’s Not the Way It Feels.” “Operator”  was written and recorded in 1972 single Croce as part of his Don’t Mess…

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WATCH: Steve Miller Band LIVE on the Midnight Special (1974)

This is the full, three song performance, by the Steve Miller Band live at the Midnight Special on January 24th, 1974 and includes The Joker, Sugar Babe, and the as yet unreleased (and somewhat unfinished) version of “Fly Like an Eagle” On this video, there is… 1) The Joker (from 1973’s “The Joker”) 2) Fly Like an Eagle (early version) (from 1976’s “Fly Like an Eagle”) 3) Sugar Babe (from…

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WATCH: RATT & Marvin Gaye mashup: “I Heard It Round and Round the Grapevine”

Not sure if I’m the only one or not, but I find some of these musical mashups interesting, especially when they’re done well. I’ve listened to a lot of them lately, and the one I keep coming back to over and over is this merging of Ratt’s “Round and Round” with the Marvin Gaye classic, “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.”  Two very different styles of music, but in this…

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WATCH: Triumph – “Lay It On The Line” (Video)

“Lay It On The Line” was written by Triumph founder and co-frontman Rik Emmett and surprisingly peaked at only #86 on the US Hot 100 after their breakout hit “Hold On” which were both off their 1979 album, Just a Game. The band, which hails from Ontario, Canada, claims Rush as an early influence of their music and are considered part of the harder-edged progressive power-rock movement of the late…

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WATCH: Lawrence Welk’s version of “One Toke Over The Line” -1971

Wait, what? When I first saw the link to this video I thought it was a joke or parody of some kind, but nope, it’s an official segment from the famous Lawrence Welk Show which ran on television from 1955 to 1982.  Did they realize what they were singing?  Gail Farrell and Dick Dale sing Brewer and Shipley’s song “One Toke Over The Line,”  and Lawrence describes this song as a…

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WATCH: Foreigner – “I Want To Know What Love Is” LIVE @ Farm Aid 1985

Who remembers Farm Aid? Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers.  (For more information about Farm Aid, visit: http://farmaid.org) Foreigner performed this LIVE version of “I Want To Know What Love Is” at the inaugural version of Farm Aid…

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WATCH: Chicago vs. Black Sabbath – “Plenty High or 6 to 4?”

Another great mash-up! This time we have Chicago’s Classic “25 or 6 to 4” and Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath’s “Sweet Leaf” which actually meld nicely together, don’t you think? Interesting, the songs came out within a year of each other back in the day, “25 or 6 to 4” in 1970 and “Sweet Leaf” in 1971. Here’s more on each song from Wikipedia: “25 or 6 to 4” is…

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