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Here Comes Santa Claus / Jingle Bells by basic [US]

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On April 28, 2019

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Art... Given the opening, closing, and the underlying riff, I believe this should be considered a mash with La Grange or Spirit in the Sky or both. What do you think?


Comment by artsinspired
2019-06-09 23:32:17 UTC

I do hear the similarity of the riff used in all three recordings, but I'm wondering if that's just a common blues riff or particular to one of the songs you mentioned. If not, how would we choose which song would it be?

Sebastian, any thoughts?

Comment by VirileVagabond
2019-06-10 02:32:43 UTC

I currently have this performance uniformly titled "Here Comes Santa Claus/Jingle Bells (La Grange/Spirit In The Sky)" and the only other track from the release in my notes is God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen …. Since personal experience suggests if one track is mash-like the others will be as well, I sampled "God Rest". It sure opens and closes with some unexpected musical elements, but I can't readily place them (so no help there).

Comment by walt
2019-06-12 12:17:43 UTC

JoAnn, you could throw in a comment here that the song recycles or hints at ZZ Tops La Grange, fine, but no further credit is due.

The "common bluesriff" you refer to was developed by John Lee Hooker ca. 1948, first heard in his 'Boogie Chillen'.

Comment by VirileVagabond
2019-06-12 13:47:37 UTC

Should Boogie Chillen' also get noted under "Spirit"?

Comment by artsinspired
2019-06-15 00:12:38 UTC

I added a comment. VV, you ask a good question about Spirit in the Sky, but it's probably more likely to be seen if you repost it somewhere else.

Change by artsinspired
2019-06-15 00:12:40 UTC
Status: open processed
Comment by artsinspired
2019-06-15 00:13:02 UTC

Thanks for the help, guys!