Saturday, January 5, 2008

Jack Rabbit

Any old excuse to get Davey Johnstone to pick up his mandolin, I suppose, as the classic Band rips right through this short cornpone country track in no time- it clocks in at under two minutes!

Bernie takes the rabbit metaphor and runs with it; if there's a deeper meaning it's not evident. Just sounds like he came up with a goofy idea, and Elton arranged it appropriately. Wouldn't surprise me if it was cooked up in the studio. A "rabbit stu-dio", heh heh.

While researching the song, I discovered that it apparently shared the B-side of "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" with "Whenever You're Ready (We'll Go Steady Again)", and I don't recall that being standard practice for 45's (in the US, anyway) back in the day. Guess its brevity made it necessary, who knows.


Unknown said...

Johnny B has left a new comment on your post "Lost-In-Tyme":

Tried to DL Yester & Henske's Farewell Aldebaran, but they were all wma files, which I can't use. Before I waste my time with others, are all your files in this format?

Tray a free converter and not complain about wma.
It's a waste of time to talking back to you but i'm doing it.

Johnny Bacardi said...

Well, geez, thanks a lot! How long did that take you? 30 seconds?

I'm a Mac person, hence my inability to use WMA. I'll look into a free converter. I had a similarly bad experience with OGG encoded files- I can play 'em on iTunes, but I can't put on my iPod or burn 'em on a CD, and if that's the way it works with WMA, I'll not bother.

brendan said...

Easy WMA might be the way to go; have a look and see what you think.

Johnny Bacardi said...

Thanks, Brendan- earlier today, I downloaded Switch, and it worked just fine. I haven't tried to burn it to CD or put it on my iPod yet, though, so if that doesn't work I may try that.

Roger Owen Green said...

There were EPs in the 1950s and early '60s with two songs per side.

I swear there's an Elton John-John Lennon record with one song on one side and two songs on the other. Maybe it's an import of 3 songs from them live at MSG.

Johnny Bacardi said...

Oh, sure- EP's I knew about. I just can't recall any instances of US-released 45's that had two songs on the flip together. I'm sure there were others, but I don't think it was a common practice.

Cornflakes and Classics only lists the "Lucy in the Sky" single with one b-side, "One Day (at a Time)". "I Saw Her Standing There" was the flip of "Philadelphia Freedom". Shee, who knows- at some point in the last 30 years they may have issued them all together, wouldn't surprise me if they did!

Little Earl said...

It's possible that the single was issued twice, with one B-side replacing the other. I don't know if they actually shared the B-side at the same time.