Thursday, August 6, 2015

1000 SONGS - DAY 339 Song # 370

DAY 339: A Maiden Voyage

Maiden Voyage is a famous piece of music written and first recorded by Herbie Hancock. It is featured on his 1965 Blue Note Records album of the same title. Musicians other than Hancock are Freddie Hubbard, George Coleman, Ron Carter and Tony Williams (what a line-up!). I have no other word to describe the wonderful atmosphere this music creates than "pure magic". Here is the original version, followed by the cover-version featured on Blood, Sweat & Tears' 1972 album "New Blood" (indeed the first version I came to know, since I bought that album back in the Seventies). There are other versions (f. e. by Brian Auger), but I like the original, and the version by BST (even without David Clayton-Thomas). They have inserted an interesting change of the atmosphere of the original. Great version, too.

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