You guys know how I’ve been yakking about getting ‘a little help from my friends’ with my recent BATTLE OF THE BAND posts…Well, this one is no different and it’s a good thing. Last week at a regular doctor’s visit, I was diagnosed with walking pneumonia – no wonder I was so tired and a dumber blonde that usual. I was suffering some pretty serious oxygen depletion. I’m still tired and had to return to work, but am on the mend.
Today’s BATTLE suggestion comes from my good friend Bish Denham. I really appreciate Bish. She comes by and votes at almost every BATTLE. I wish she would consider joining us and posting her own BATTLES, but for today I’m grateful for her recommendation of this great Halloween themed tune.
You can visit Bish at Bish-Random Thoughts and as a little ole hint, if you are considering participating in Mr. Stephen T. McCarthy’s ’25 Favorite Movie List’, Bish is running a Blog Hop on October 26 titled ‘The Listing Hop’. For more information see Bish’s Blog.
I’m going to combine this ‘Listing Blog Hop’ with Mr. McCarthy’s request for our LIST of ’25 Favorite Movies’. Why don’t you join me? This will be fun. FIRST, go HERE to Bish’s blog ad sign up for the Hop. NEXT, let Mr. McCarthy know that you’ll be participating in his ‘LIST’, by leaving him a comment HERE to check out your ‘LIST’ at your blog on the 26th of October. Got that?
OK. Now back to BOTB. The song Bish suggested is Donovan’s ‘Season of the Witch’. Appropriate for this Halloween Season, eh? Here’s what 'Wacky Watchee' has to say about Donovan and the song.
"Season of the Witch" is an early example of psychedelic rock, written by Donovan and first released in September 1966 on his Epic Records (USA) album, Sunshine Superman
Although originally written and recorded by Donovan, in the United Kingdom a cover version by The Pandamonium was released as a single in November 1966 (CBS 202462), while Donovan's version was finally released in June 1967 on the Pye Records compilation Sunshine Superman. (The song was never released as a single but it became a very popular song with fans, enough so that Donovan himself played it live more than most of his other hits.)
The recording features Bobby Ray on bass and "Fast" Eddie Hoh on drums. The hauntingly eerie guitar is provided by Jimmy Page, then a noted session guitarist working in England. There are rumours that the organ was played by another noted British session player, John Paul Jones, perhaps helping to establish the groundwork for the eventual formation of Led Zeppelin two years later in 1968. (However, this was unable to be verified.)
If you want to hear the original by Donovan go , but don’t confuse yourself, THIS VERSION, is NOT a part of the BATTLE.
Yeah, I know these versions are long, (not as long as some on YouTube) but that’s Psychedelic Rock for ya. Everybody had all the time in the world…Nobody knew what time it was…Who cared? Ha, ha, ha!
Well I care about your vote. You know what to do and how to do it, right? Leave me a comment with your vote and your reason why. Then head on over to the home of TSMOTP, HERE and see what he’s brewed up for you. Stephen will also provide a link to the other participants. Please try to visit everybody and cast a vote. I expect there will be some other Halloween themes going on this time.
I’ll be back on the 21st with my vote and the results of this BATTLE.
I’ll also be posting for ‘The Listing Blog Hop’ my 25 favorite movies (not necessarily what I think are the 25 greatest movies, but my personal 25 guilty pleasures) on October 26th. Please try to stop back and consider joining me in this fun little HOP.
Until then…Happy Trails!