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Saturday, January 15, 2011

303. "Sloop John B." by The Kingston Trio

Properly speaking, as Thunderhill originally adapted their version of this song from The Kingston Trio and not The Beach Boys (who also based their version largely on the Trio's), it should be called "The Wreck of the 'John B.'", which is its title on the Trio's debut album. But Thunderhill have always called it "Sloop", so there it is.

I'm almost certain this is the first time a single song has been done more than once on 39-40, and hopefully this is good enough to compensate for the first attempt, which was one of the early demoralizing failures on the blog. What's definitely a first is that the first 39-40 version was a cover of an earlier Thunderhill version of the song, and the second is in fact a Thunderhill version of the song recorded after the older cover of the older Thunderhill version. Right? Cool.

This is also, with any luck and a little judicious work, a rough mix of a track that'll probably make it onto the "definitive" Thunderhill CD collection to be released later this year. So start saving up.

Jim Broome ~ Lead vocal, rhythm guitar
Rich Frush ~ Drums, backing vocal
Rex Broome ~ Lead guitar, backing vocal
Tom Heckman ~ Bass, backing vocal
Jerry Marsh ~ Tambourine
Basic tracks recorded by Heckman live at the Honi Honi, Deep Creek Lake, MD, Summer 2010
Additional recording and mixing by Rex at Minco Records, Silver Lake, CA, January 2011

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