Original Epic Records #11035
Radio Station Promotional Copy
Short version (2:52).
Standard commercial copies were 3:30.
45 RPM Vinyl
Peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Peaked at #4 on the Musicradio 77 WABC Survey for Week of April 23, 1974.
From the LP "Wovoka".
See the single "Wovoka" also posted on this channel.
If you like this song, you will also like "Wovoka"!
Written by Lolly Vegas
Produced by L Pat & Lolly Vegas
Publisher: Blackwood Music, Inc. & Novalene Music, Inc. (BMI)
Just heard that on March 5, 2010 that Lolly Vegas died from lung cancer.
This is the rare, promotional copy only release of the better sounding HOT MONO MIX of this song.
The only way to get this better sounding mono mix was from the radio station promotional copy. The standard commercial 45 only includes a wimpy stereo mix. When this record was a hit, all the big Top 40 AM stations were playing the mono mix.
Here is an in depth analysis courtesy of Bob Radil:
"With all the talk of the differences between the mono and stereo mixes, it all seems to center on different levels of echo or reverb but nobody has yet mentioned the *main* difference. That is the double tracked lead vocal on the mono version. This might be what some are perceiving as reverb. This is a studio technique used to make the singer's voice sound fuller but it requires near perfect synchronization between the singer's takes. You can hear
Redbone's lead go out of sync at the end of the first verse on the word *devine* on the mono mix.
There's actually *more* reverb on some elements in the stereo mix. The 5 opening drumbeats and the lead guitar are examples. There's less reverb on the mono mix but more compression.
Also, on the mono mix, the backing vocals come in at the 2:04 point but don't come in until the 2:13 point on the stereo mix. Also, on the mono mix, the backing vocals come in at the 2:04 point" (which is at 2:34 on this video.)
It is speculated that WABC played a different mono mix version, which we have not been able to find the source of.
If anyone knows, please comment!
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