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5/25/2008

Another Tangleweed blast from the past: more from the Metropolis

Here’s another early Tangleweed clip, from our days of slogging through our Sunday sets at the Metropolis Coffee House in Chicago back in the halcyon days of 2004.

The song is ‘Spoonful’, about a month before we recorded it for our debut CD. We still hadn’t figured out what to do with it — it’s zipping along at about 142 beats a minute, while we pass around solos and sing the chorus until we meander to an ending. The album version is about 108 beats a minute, and, even by our meager standards back then, tightly arranged by comparison.

We hadn’t yet hooked on to the unison riff (borrowed from the Texas fiddle tune version of ‘Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down’) that we used for the intro and instrumental break. Slowing the tempo down–way down–was Ryan’s idea, and it turned out to have been a good one.

For more about our early Sunday shows, and another clip from the same set, see my previous post.

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