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"Lodi" - Al Wilson (1969)

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Uploaded on May 12, 2009

R&B singer Al Wilson, best-known for "The Snake" (1968) and the #1 hit "Show and Tell" (1973), covers Creedence's "Lodi". In the words of Steve Simels:

"For this remake, Wilson and producer Johnny Rivers replaced the original's rueful melancholy with something approaching desperation, with an appropriately kickass blues/soul backing track to match.

"I've been trying to find out who played the aforementioned guitars for years ...

Given that it was recorded in L.A., my guess is that one of the players is either Ry Cooder or Canned Heat's Alan Wilson (no relation to the singer), who were to my knowledge the only hotshit slide guys doing session work in those days. It's also conceivable that it was Jackson Browne collaborator Jesse Ed Davis (of "Doctor My Eyes" fame), who I believe may have been working in town around then, and I'm also told that the late Jerry Cole (who played rhythm on the original "Mr. Tambourine Man") played slide on sessions from time to time."

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