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The Vinyl Experience – 06.03.16

The Vinyl Experience 124

Bee Gees: First Of May
Faith No More: I Started A Joke
Janis Joplin: To Love Somebody
Sarah Vaughn: Run To Me
Astrud Gilberto: Holiday
Al Green: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart
Donna Summer: Hot Stuff/Heaven Knows
Blondie: I Feel Love
Red Hot Chili Peppers: I Feel Love
Tom Tom Club: Love To Love You Baby
Happy Mondays: Stayin’ Alive
The Bird And The Bee: How Deep Is Your Love
Eve’s Plum: If I Can’t Have You
Bee Gees: Nights On Broadway

Today on the Vinyl Experience, 2 musicians who carried the record industry to unimaginable heights. No matter what side of the rock-disco debate you may have been on in the 1970s, there’s no denying that The Bee Gees and Donna Summer made an indelible mark. So let’s put together some of their songs, and some reflections of their music. I’m Paul Cavalconte and this is the Vinyl Experience.

Bee Gees: First Of May
Faith No More: I Started A Joke

The Vinyl Experience with Killing Joke’s version of the pre-disco BGs hit “I Started A Joke,” and The BGs at the start with “First Of May.” Robin Gibb was the lead singer back then, and the songs had a folky-psychedelic Beatles feel.  These early songs lent themselves to interpretation by divas…and here are 3 great female voices with 3 early BGs hits….

Janis Joplin: To Love Somebody
Sarah Vaughn: Run To Me
Astrud Gilberto: Holiday

The Vinyl Experience, remembering Robin Gibb with 3 great diva takes on early BGs songs.  Bossa nova queen Astrud Gilberto did the BGs late 60s smash “Holiday” on her album “September 17, 1969.” Jazz master Sarah Vaughn tenderly rendered “Run To Me,” which was also a hit for Dionne Warwick. And Janis Joplin belted out “To Love Somebody” on “Ive Got Dem Ol Kosmic Blues Again.”  Another chart-topping hjit that Robin sang lead on was “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart” in 1971.  That same year, on the album that made him a star, “Let’s Stay Together,” Al Green does a soulful reading…

Al Green: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart

The Vinyl Experience with The BGs first era. We’ll pick it up shortly with unique renditions of their late 70s hits but first, the game changer the voice that launched the Disco revolution. Donna Summer ….

Donna Summer: Hot Stuff/Heaven Knows

(Clip)  So much industrial and alternative rock couldn’t have been without Donna Summer and producer Giorgio Moroder’s records….not to mention the new top 40 era that Michael Jackson and Madonna carrien don into the 80s….

Disco and punk co-incided, but they didn’t necessarily clash. Blondie performed this cover of Donna Summer’s seminal trance classic “I Feel Love” at their own height in 1979….

Blondie: I Feel Love
Red Hot Chili Peppers: I Feel Love
Tom Tom Club: Love To Love You Baby

Donna ruled at Studio 54, while Talking Heads sweated it out on the Bowery at CBGBS, Dona Summer’s alternative influence with Tom Tom Club’s :”Love To Love You Baby,” Flea feeling the deep bass of “I Feel Love” with RHCP, and Blondie’s take opt he same song, from a live B side….

Once Donna Summer kicked off the endless night that was disco, the BGs were ready for re-invention, the BGs Saturday Night Fever Era through the ears of some impressionable fans…. Happy Mondays…

Happy Mondays: Stayin’ Alive
The Bird And The Bee: How Deep Is Your Love

A tender song that The Bird And The Bee do justice, “How Deep Is Your Love,” as The Vinyl Experience salutes Robin Gibb one of the BGs biggest hits was a cover…Yvonne Eliman take “If I Can’t Have You” to #1, and Eve’s Plumb took it to a grunge place

Eve’s Plum: If I Can’t Have You
Bee Gees: Nights On Broadway

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