If you roll around here now and again you already know tha I hold the Buffalo Springfield above most US bands (with the marked exception of Love) of the 1960s, so when I encounter a cover of a BS tune, especially by an artists that I already dig (like Kin Vassy) I have to grab it.
Vassy last appeared in the Funky16Corners/Iron Leg universe over at F16C with his smoking version of Mac Davis and Delaney Bramlett’s ‘Hello LA Bye Bye Birmingham’.
When I posted that tune, I made sure to include Vassy’s solo 45 of the song, as well as his mind blowing, funky live version with Kenny Rogers and the First Edition (a group of which Vassy was a member).
Though I can’t say for sure, my suspicion (bolstered by a number of clues) leads me to believe that Vassy’s string of solo 45s for the Uni label were released during his time with the First Edition.
His cover of ‘Blue Bird’ (why he wrote it that way I do not know) was released in 1969, and produced by Mike Post.
Though the arrangement is a little more conventional/pop than the BS original (as well as being truncated and decidedly less psychedelic) it is still very rocking and groovy.
The horn section mixes nicely with the electric piano, and Vassy’s vocal is outstanding.
He was one of the great, underrated singers of the era (he even went on to do some time in Frank Zappa’s bands!). He ended up working in Nashville as a singer/songwriter before passing away in 1994 at the age of 51.
I hope you dig the cut, and I’ll see you next week.
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