This is round three of the Battle of the Bands. I missed rounds one and two but when I saw this going on I just had to dive in--I love this music stuff as you regular readers may be aware. If you're wondering what I'm even talking about you can check my original announcement or you can go directly to the source at Faraway Series and Ferret-Faced Fascist Friends. In fact you need to go to those sites to see who the other contenders doing battle are. Then you vote your opinion. Don't forget there are prizes at stake.
Here's the Deal
Let me explain more about this. On (or around) the first and fifteenth of each month we who are participating will post our selected match-ups. In the comments readers will vote for their favorite versions of each song. Be sure to give us your reason for voting on the selection you have chosen. Then on (or about) the 7th and 21st of each month we who have participated in the BOTB posts will announce the vote tally and tell you our own personal choices. Easy enough, right?
Why should you vote? Here's Stephen T McCarthy's explanation: Every 4 months there will be a new compact disc winner. In other words, ‘Battle Of The Bands’ #1 was posted on August 1, 2013, so at the end of November, one of you lucky voters is going to win a CD that includes one of the songs we’ve featured in our ‘Battle Of The Bands’ installments (you get to choose, and it doesn’t matter if the song won or lost its battle – if you like it, it’s YOURS!)
Stephen at Ferret-Faced Fascist Friends is monitoring the contest so be sure to vote at his site. And Faraway Eyes at Faraway Series put together this whole extravaganza so be sure to visit her site as well.
So on with my part of the show! Here are my contenders:
Neil Young "Down by the River" (1969)
This classic song is from prolific songwriter/music artist Neil Young's second album. In his sophomore solo effort Young was backed by Crazy Horse, a band made up of most of the members of Los Angeles based group The Rockets. I probably don't have to say much about the artist or the song since most of you are probably familiar with both.
Take a listen...
McKendree Spring "Down by the River" (1972)
McKendree Spring appeared on the music scene in 1969, but I didn't pick up on them until they had released their third album in 1972. When I noted that they were covering one of my favorite songs by Neil Young and had a violin player in their line up, I decided that this was an album that I had to own. I was not disappointed. Their albums frequently include cover versions.
Lamentably, the third album is the only McKendree Spring album I've ever owned and the only one that I'm familiar with. Since Amazon and other internet purveyors were not around yet, finding the Spring albums was not always easy. Back then I rarely ordered albums in record stores and music buying was mostly an impulse thing for me. If I had seen other Spring albums at times when I had the money on hand, I would have probably picked them up.
This group is still together and has a few recent recordings. They apparently still play on occasion. You can find more about them at the McKendree Spring website.
Here's their version...
Now It's Your Turn
Please vote for your favorite version in my comment section. Then go to the blogs of Stephen and Faraway Eyes to vote for their contenders. Your votes will be kept on record for the final tally.
You may win a CD!
If you want to join in and post your own battle we welcome you to do so. Let us know in the comment section that you are adding your own match ups. It's not a blogfest officially, but it's kind of like one. If you're joining us then be sure to link to the three blogs that are in the contest (mine, Faraway Eyes, and Stephen T McCarthy) so readers will know what's going on and join in on the contest. I've already heard that Alex J Cavanaugh is doing a battle on his site.
Don't forget to come back on September 7th (or the case of Tossing It Out Friday September 6th) to see which version readers preferred and why I chose my personal favorite.
Which version do you prefer? Why do you prefer this version? Had you previously heard of McKendree Spring?