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Vacation Vibes          Dec. 20, 2013

With the winter holidays approaching, and many folks nationwide taking their vacations, it’s time for some easy-going, feel-good vibes.

“I’ve Got a Feeling”

The Beatles

Let it Be (1970),  but performed here live on the rooftop of the Apple Corp. building (not the Steve Jobs Apple)

Let it Be is one of the most perfectly put together albums in music history.  And the fact that The Beatles played this on a rooftop, prior to the album release, makes the whole performance even more spectacular.  A song that is saturated in raw emotion, you can’t help but feel better after you listen to it.  The dynamics and differences between Paul and John can also be found in the lyrics (Lennon’s verse containing far less optimism).

If you don’t got a feeling, you will after listening to this song.

“Can I Kick It?”

A Tribe Called Quest

People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm (1990)

Any time a hip-hop song can successfully sample work by the late Lou Reed, you know it’s going to be pretty damn solid.  “Can I Kick It,”  off of the Tribe’s debut album People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, does what Reed did with jazz-infused cerebral rock to the state of hip-hop at the time.  During the early 90s, so much was going on in different areas of hip-hop.  While the G-Funk style was becoming more and more popular, and political-infused rap drove much of the scene thanks to the greats like P.E., KRS-One and others, Q-Tip and the Tribe moved to their own beat.  Sampling more jazz-based tracks, they were able to use positivity and wholesome vibes to carve a niche into the genre.

For those of you out there that have always asked yourself “Can I Kick It,”  The Dirty Glove definitely agrees with ATCQ.  You most certainly can.

“Baby’s Got Sauce”

G Love and Special Sauce

G Love and Special Sauce (1994)

We follow up one great 90s debut album with another.  G Love and Special Sauce brought a sound to the mid-90s that was so far ahead of their time.  The poetry and overall laid back smoothness of G Love’s delivery is what makes this song, and album, such a classic.  Similar to ATCQ in their ability to successfully break away from the mold of the times. In a decade of music that was dominated with less-than-happy lyrics (listen to some Alice in Chains or Public Enemy), the Sauce was unequivocally special.

“Bohemian Rhapsody”

Queen

A Night at the Opera (1975)

You’ve all sang it.  Or at least tried to.  The fact of the matter is, no one is going to match the vocals of Freddie Mercury on this one.  Not much needs to be said on this one.  Just a great jam to sing to when you are on vacation and have very little inhibitions.

and this little number just to cap it all off:

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