Apr 1, 2018

Three Sisters

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Edited: Apr 3, 2018

 

(Becker/Fagen ©Zeon LLC 1992 / ©Freejunket Music 1992)

 

Adam Rogers - Guitar

Dean Parks - Guitar

Fima Ephron - Bass

Ben Perowsky - Drums

John Beasley - Keyboards

Dave Russell & Roger Nichols - Engineers

 

Trouble on the left, trouble on the right

Trouble in front of you

The yellow man is still the mellow man

You know what you gotta do

No mistake my friend they seen your end

She'll take it out of you

Buddy, it's your skin, where do I come in

To begin doubting you

 

You got Dana with the vibe

And Annie with the heavenly body

Carrie with the furs and diamonds

Now that's three sisters shaking

At the same time

 

Summertime is here, lust is everywhere

This is your lucky day

Dance that little dance, give yourself a chance

Say what you wanna say

Its a trip I swear when they find you there

Asleep at the matinee

I just wanna be in the balcony

When they give the bride away

 

Is it Dana with the vibe

And Annie with the heavenly body

Carrie with the furs and diamonds

You got three sisters shaking

At the same time

 

Trouble on the left, trouble on the right

Trouble in front of you

A yellow man is still a mellow man

You know what you gotta do

 

You take Dana with the vibe

And Annie with the heavenly body

Carrie with the furs and diamonds

You got three sisters shaking

At the same time

 

Apr 1, 2018

This is freaking amazing.

Apr 1, 2018

Whoop whoop - Love it!

Apr 1, 2018

Wow, I love this version of Three Sisters. Especially to hear Walter scatting and improvising. Thanks for sharing!

Apr 1, 2018

Catchy version, thanks for sharing!

 

Apr 1, 2018

Thank you, team Walter!!

What a gem, the drive is killer.

Sounds great! And what a band! Lots of questions about this one. To start: What’s the official title of this tune? “Three Sisters?” “Three Sisters Shaking?”

Apr 2, 2018Edited: Apr 2, 2018

Well now this IS a surprise. I had assumd the ASCAP entry would be 3 SS. But it turns out it's 3S ! And yet almost everyone) calls it 3SS. Or calls it one way one time, and the other way another time. You learn something every day (btw the copyright would cover both titles)

 

. The band is atill active in various configurations -- and 20 years better! I believe they all have facebook pages -- check em out! [Add: and tell them that Mod sent you!]

Apr 2, 2018

This is a great version of the out take... better in my opinion than the youtube.com one... base sound and playing is excellent - I know it's not Walter... I know this is an 11 Tracks out take but this production wouldn't have been out of place on Circus Money... or indeed one of the last 2 SD records... I guess Walter never finished the vocs but it's fine for me...

Apr 2, 2018

Wow - great tune, great band... Thanks much for this!

Apr 2, 2018

Doin well... Guess my "technical" issues with posting to the forum have been resolved! Good deal...

Apr 2, 2018

This really helps negotiate the loss, which I am still reeling from. . . Walter was a primary influence of mine as a songwriter, guitarist, and bassist, and it still floors me that he's gone. Hearing this wonderful unreleased material is a great reminder that he's still here in so many ways. . . His unfinished works/ideas run rings around the completed efforts of so many. Though I never met the man -- only Thelonious Monk would best him in my 'I'd like to meet. . .' sweepstakes -- I miss him terribly. -- Randy

Apr 2, 2018Edited: Apr 2, 2018

I posted this over at the "solved" Board, but it goes for you, too

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Thanks everyone for the kind words on our little puzzle . I'm especially touched by those of you for whom the hurt is still fresh and who feel , as I do, that our little world here at WBMedia is somehow mitigating some of the hurt. But for whatever the reason, I'm glad you enjoyed the egg hunt (solved or not), and posted .Of course there's a couple of dozen people who at this moment are probably planning a painful demise for me and my partner in inflicted pain . I'm sure WBM will have his own comments to add, but you should know -- especially those planning our demise -- that we could have had a riot here last night instead of a frustrating but fun puzzle session (over at the HINTS board); you should have seen the things WBM WANTED to put in! Cheers, everybody... D-Mod

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I know how you feel Randy -- thanks for telling me I'm not alone. I hope you know the same .. :-(

Apr 2, 2018

Enjoying the new version of Three Sisters Shaking. This one is more polished and under the radar. The demo that's been floating around for 15-20 years is less polished but somehow a little more brighter and energetic. Both great! Delia, work through that grief.

 

Apr 2, 2018

Finally found the very nice Easter egg, thankyouverymuch!

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