Sunday, June 22, 2008

Long Train Running

During this past week's Studio!, when Terry and I were playing just about every 70's afro-latin disco-rock song that we owned, I realized how much I loved the Traks 1982 cover version of The Doobie Brothers 1973 classic "Long Train Running". This version takes the funky gritty classic, and gives it a bit of a cosmic vibe by adding a slight spacey feel, especially when it comes to the songs lead vocals as well as including some nice afro-latin flavored percussion work. I've heard a few different versions of the song, obviously The Doobie Brothers, as well as a Prins Thomas' edit of Panama II's version which is also really good, however, I have to say that I tend to enjoy Traks version the best. Overall, it's a tough song to not do well, that being said there probably is some aweful Doobie Brother cover band out there that could probably challenge that theory. Regardless, Traks isn't one of them. Enjoy!

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pipecock said...

yo, i dropped this at a wedding last month, it blew it up. people were yelling and screaming, doing a conga line, some third cousin came up requesting the mic and blew a harmonica solo over the last half of the track, basically complete pandamonium. i've never seen anything quite like it before.

and the b-side is a dope live rhythm track, how can you go wrong with that? i love this record.

fritz the cat said...

Crap tune, great bass. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Nice italo track!

Bobby Calabrese (aka DJ BWYSE) said...

The Bannarama version is surprisingly good (a secret weapon). Ist got a gipsy kings vibe to. very white isle in a good way.

Peace very cool track