woensdag 3 april 2013

3rd Stone From The Sun (1967) / Dance With The Devil (1973)

"Third Stone From the Sun" is a song written and originally recorded by Jimi Hendrix and released as "3rd Stone from the Sun" on the 1967 "Are You Experienced" album by Jimi Hendrix Experience. It is mostly an instrumental, but includes pieces of spoken word, performed by Hendrix, over the music. Because the song mixes the styles of rock and jazz, it is often cited as one of the earliest examples of fusion. The title is a direct reference to Earth, which is the third planet away from the Sun in the Solar System. The song features slowed-down voices and dialogues between Hendrix and his manager Chas Chandler. They wanted to reproduce the spacy sounds from Star Trek. The word "Stone" in the title was a way to depict the Earth from an alien point of view.

Part of the guitar chorus melody (at 0.43 seconds in the song) has been quoted / sampled on other records, amongst them:

The Amboy Dukes 1967 ("Baby, Please Don't Go") (at 2 min and 30 seconds in the next Youtube)

Cozy Powell 1973 ("Dance with the Devil") (at 1 minute exactly in the next Youtube)

In 1978 Boney M on his turn sampled Cozy Powell's version in the "Nightflight To Venus" album.

Weather Report 1979 ("Slang") (at 2 min and 18 seconds in the next Youtube)
In  fact this is Jaco Pastorius solo.

The Allman Brothers 1972 ("Mountain Jam") (at 22 min and 7 seconds in the next Youtube)

Devo (a cover of Hendrix's "Are You Experienced") (at 2 min and 17 seconds in the next Youtube)

Bruno Blum ("Bruno Blum Bruno Blum Bruno Blum") at 5 min and 18 seconds

Listen here: it's track 5

▶︎ Think différent [album] | Bruno Blum

Right Said Fred ("I'm Too Sexy") (at 1 min and 13 seconds in the next Youtube)

Punk band The Cortinas included the riff in live performances of "Gloria" (at 3 min and 55 seconds in "Gloria")

Literally covered by:

1 Third Stone From the Sun - John Klemmer September 1969
2 Little Wing / Third Stone From The Sun - Stevie Ray Vaughan 1983
3 Third Stone From the Sun - Eugene Chadbourne 1987
4 Third Stone From the Sun - David Dreams April 1990
5 Third Stone From the Sun - Jaco Pastorius 1992
6 Third Stone From the Sun - Pat Metheny 1993
7 Third Stone From the Sun - Dick Dale 1996
8 Third Stone From the Sun - The Hamsters 1996
9 Third Stone From the Sun - Gov't Mule November 16, 1999
10 Third Stone From the Sun - Alexandre Da Costa 2002
11 Third Stone From the Sun - Steve Lukather October 21, 2003
12 Third Stone From the Sun - The String Quartet November 4, 2003
13 3rd Stone From the Sun - Tracy Silverman 2004
14 Third Stone From the Sun - Gary Clark Jr. 2012

"Third Stone from the Sun" figures prominently in the soundtrack of the 2003 film, "The Dreamers," directed by Bernardo Bertolucci.

The American sitcom "3rd Rock from the Sun" was very likely inspired by the Hendrix-song.
"3rd Rock from the Sun" (sometimes referred to as simply 3rd Rock) is an American sitcom that aired from 1996 to 2001 on NBC. The show is about four extraterrestrials who are on an expedition to Earth, which they consider to be a very insignificant planet. The extraterrestrials pose as a human family in order to observe the behavior of human beings

But does "Third Stone From the Sun" sound like a cover of Bo Diddley's "Sad Sack" first released on Checker LP 2984 in 1962 ??

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