For this one, we decided to each pick one of the songs that is referenced in our new song Blame It On The DJ. With so many great songs the only hard part was just picking one. Give Blame It On The DJ a listen here:
For my pick I gotta go with my overall favorite song of all the songs referenced - Bob Marley's classic Mellow Mood. This song has been a favorite of mine since I first heard it, and it still brings a smile to my face every time I hear those sweet harmonies. The sound of the recording was very unique for it's time. Recorded in mid-1967 as Rocksteady was at it's height, the drums play more of a Soul beat. The slow tempo and bass line doubled by a muted guitar suggests Rocksteady, but by holding out the skank until halfway through, the recording hints at the strong influence of Soul and Rhythm & Blues on the Wailers. A few years later the Wailer's recut the song in version with that makes the soul influence more pronounced with a super funky bass line. Bob was always a unique artist, and this wonderful song from early in his career is just one of many examples.