Wednesday, December 24, 2014

No Substitute for Jesus!


For the night before Christmas, here's our old pal Mike Thomas, singing a very direct verse about Jesus. Yes, a verse. This song consists of an introduction, a verse sung by Mike for 30 seconds, an instrumental section which I don't really hear as containing a "solo" per se (just a series of guitar arpeggios), followed by the same verse again.

My favorite part of this record is without doubt the totally out of place and poorly performed bluesy ending.



As is often the case, I've buried the lead here by featuring the topical song first. The real interest here is on the flip side, "My Substitute". This is a gem of a peppy number, but rather than be specific, I'll just say that the item being used as a substitute does not disappoint, nor does the truly unexpected style of the solo section.. 




MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND EVERYTHING ELSE THAT'S MERRY TO YOU AND YOURS!!!


3 comments:

Sammy Reed said...

The verse parts of "My Substitute" sound like they're played and sung a lot like much of "There Ain't No Reason". (http://bobpurse.blogspot.com/2013/03/hooray-for-mike-thomas.html)
The bass-and-drum solo part also sound very similar to the bass-drum-and-guitar solos on that song as well.

Timmy said...

Both good songs, here. Especially the first featured number here. That ending makes life worth all the disappointing, painful, dreadful, dark, dreaded, evil, pointless tribulations that plague all of mankind. Thanx for these.......!

Sammy Reed said...

This 45 is apparently from a transision period before Tin Pan Alley started putting the ® after the name. The words "Trade Mark Reg." were printed on the label.