The Fine Tuning Parlay

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The Fine Tuning Parlays consist of three songs that I can vouch for, but, for whatever reason, I can’t unequivocally endorse the artist or the album from which the track is taken. The three songs, though, are winners.

The first track in the parlay features “Pine Belt Blues” by the Dexateens from Red Dust Rising. I keep going back and forth on this band from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Some days I dig their Lynyrd Skynyrd vibe; other days, I think, “you know what, I don’t really like Lynyrd Skynyrd.” But this Southern-fried track is a keeper, notwithstanding that it would benefit from a less constant crash of cymbals.

The second track is “Back to Basics (Honey Do)” by Scott Mccurry and the Mercenaries from Go On & Do Your Thing. The first time I heard this track, my ears pricked up like a dog when it sites a squirrel. “Huh,” I thought, “what is this?” The track falls somewhat outside the classic rock sweet-spot — it has more of a Motown groove to it. But it is a great song, no matter what genre you’d put it in.

The final track is “Sea Diver” by Mott The Hoople from All The Young Dudes. Truth told, I could never get into this band. Don’t get me wrong, I like “All The Young Dudes” as much as the next guy, which is to say, “some.” But their general sound leaves me cold. If I really wanted to conjure images of dreary England in the early 1970s, I’d probably opt for Procul Harum. But “Sea Diver” is a little chestnut of a song that I came across only recently.

Let me know if I hit the parlay!

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