Friday, January 1, 2016

BOTB: After Midnight

Happy New Year!!

Time for the next round of Battle of the Bands!

Here’s how it works: I’ll be posting two versions of the same song and after you give a listen to each, place your vote for your favorite and reason for the way you voted in the comments section. I’ll tally the votes and post the results in another post 6 days later. The Battles take place on or around the 1st and 15th of each month, and the results will be posted on or around the 7th and 21st.  The other blogs participating in the Battle of the Bands are posting different battles (different songs), So once you’re done voting and commenting on my battle, take a moment to visit the other participants and vote & comment on their battles.  There are some really good battles going on!

In celebration of the New Year,  I thought this would be a fun song to have in our battle.

The Song:  "After Midnight "

Wikipedia tells us this:
"After Midnight" is a rock song by J.J. Cale from his 1966 single "Slow Motion" which was successfully covered by Eric Clapton. The laid back boogie feel of "After Midnight" is a prime example of Cale's signature style. Cale rerecorded the song for his 1972 album Naturally.

"After Midnight" was also in many ways the catalyst for Cale's own solo recording career. Cale was unaware of Clapton's recording of the song until it became a radio hit in 1970. He recalled to Mojo magazine that when he heard Clapton’s version playing on his radio, “I was dirt poor, not making enough to eat and I wasn’t a young man. I was in my thirties, so I was very happy. It was nice to make some money.”  Cale's friend and producer Audie Ashworth then encouraged him to capitalize on the song's success by recording a full album, Naturally, released in 1972. The single by Cale reached #42 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1972.

Cale released a live version on the album Live in 2001.

The First Contender: JJ Cale

The Second Contender: Eric Clapton

Who will you choose?

Alright now, it’s time to cast your vote! In the comments, please enter who you are voting for and why you chose them.  Stay tuned, results will be posted on or around the 7th and 21st!

And don’t forget to visit these other battles going on today!

What does tomorrow bring?

Tune in to find out! 

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