Monday, March 8, 2010

Wess and the Airedales - Senza Luce (A Whiter Shade of Pale)

Hello people. I know I aint been around much of late but it looks like that is going to change, at least a little bit. My lady friend JJB just got a new computer. So with any luck i will be able to start uploading and "blogging" more frequently. I personally have been computer free for a few months now hence the sparse posting of late. Of course she got the fancy ass imac thingy and its a little bit like learning Chinese to an old codger like me who could barely handle a regular PC. But i will get there slowly but surely. I still have a bunch of record rips ready to go in my "draft" que from when we had a computer and those are all MP3's but this new iMac rips everything to MP4. Hell if i know what the difference is? I hope that won't be a problem with some folks. So that is why you will start to see mp4's as well as the old mp3's....

Anyway, enough chatter... Here is my 1st post on the new Comp. and something i am a big fan of. And that is cover songs of classics that veer of the path a bit. And while musically this is pretty true to the original the singing in Italian makes this a pretty odd cover. I don’t know any of the Italian language other than Pizza (is that even real Italian?) but having been lucky enough to be in Italy on more than one occasion they do have some of the finest looking ladies in all the land…. You can bet they don’t look like Snookie from MTV’s Jersey Shore….
Anyway I hope you dig the tune and i hope to see you around a little more often.

As for Wess here is his deal: Wesley Johnson, or simply Wess (Winston, North Carolina, August 13 1945 - Winston, September 21 2009) was an American born naturalized Italian.

Born in North Carolina, as a boy he lived in New York, where he was trained musically.
In the early sixties he was bassist in the orchestra of Rocky Roberts And The Airedales in which he was also an arranger and later lead singer, discovered in 1966 by Boncompagni Arbore and arrived in Italy they were the first to bring R & B to Italy and sung in Italian (Tonight I throw 1967).
In 1967, due to a disagreement with the leader, the group broke away from Rocky Roberts, and Wess became the lead singer, debuting with his own version of Without a light cover of A Whiter Shade Of Pale Procol Harum brought to success.


Wess and the Airedales - Senza Luce (A Whiter Shade of Pale)

edit: ok i figured out how to convert to mp3! for those that need that format here you go!!!

Wess and the Airedales - Senza Luce (A Whiter Shade of Pale)


eyemkent said...

DD -

Nice to see you back, and with one of MY favorite kinds of music - unusual covers - as well. Just an FYI, since you're exploring the world of Mac: You CAN rip from iTunes (pretty sure that's what you're getting m4as from) to mp3. It's just a preference setting (iTunes>Preferences>General>Import Settings) Worth knowing, as one needs iTunes I think, to play m4a files.

Once again, thanks!

Your driver said...

Hey Dick, I had to learn this trick on my Mac. After you've imported your vinyl rip into iTunes, click on the song to highlight it. Then click on the "Advanced" drop down menu at the top of the screen. A little ways down is the option "create MP3 version". Click on that and iTunes will make a copy of the song in MP3 format. You can then dispose of the M4A file, if you want. The advantage to doing this is that not everyone listens to music with software that plays Apple's M4A format while MP3's are recognized by just about every kind of computer music player.
Was that hard to follow? I can't be any worse than most technical writers.

Rockin' Jeff said...

Once you go Mac, you never go back.

In Itunes, highlight the song you want to convert, go to Advanced>convert selection to Mp3, and letter-rip. The second song will be your new mp3 version.

I also use an application called Switch. (Google: switch converter mac. Or something. You'll find it.)
The free version will let you convert damn near any type of audio file you'll ever come across to mp3.

Good luck.

Anonymous said...

Hey Devil,
You will enjoy using the imac. My lady bought one also because she was fed up with the windows PC we had. The mac is a blast and way quicker, Record labels look super nice on the screen as well. You should try to stay in MP3 format as I think many folks will have trouble with MP4. Thanks for the the posts!
Mark in Australia.

Devil Dick said...

thanks guys!

i will try what you have passed along!


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Devil Dick said...

hey guys, i dont have a "convert" section in the advanced drop down menu...???


Devil Dick said...

ok i figured it out!!! thanks!

Boursin said...

Clearly a Reprise and a United Artists 45 on the wall, and an Atlantic LP on the turntable, but what are they?

Devil Dick said...

good eyes boursin... the 45's are kenny rogers and the first edition and kenny rogers with kim carnes,,,, respectively - my lady has a thing for old dudes with grey hair and beards (lucky for me) and the LP is live at CBGB's from 1975 which i will soon post a track from in the coming weeks!!!

Timmy said...

HEY! Fatatuche!