Title: Symphony For Eleanor

Artist: The Ides Of March

Album: Vehicle

Year Released: 1970

What It Is: “Eleanor Rigby” done by the poor man’s Blood, Sweat and Tears (which means they’re a homeless man’s Chicago, if you would). Very much a early 70’s thing, man. You got your extended version, your change in tempo, your horn charts, your psychedelic vocal effects and a rad guitar solo. This was allegedly the ‘highlight’ of Ides Of March shows. It probably was all about the weed, though.

Riffage / Hookage: Horn charts are cool, but they sound like a reject from the “Magnificent Seven” theme. The guitar work is somewhat tasty, and of course, the main hook is the “Eleanor Rigby” melody, which everyone knows.

Cowbell?: No real strange percussion, but the drummer makes use of his kit with rolls, fills, and some intriguing cymbal work.

Words of Wisdom: “Father MacKenzie wiping the dirt from his hands as he walks from the grave
No one was saved”

Now, I always thought that Eleanor and Father MacKenzie should have gotten together. OK, I did when I first heard this and wasn’t so hip on the Catholic church. However, Anglicans call their pastors “Priests” and possibly “Father”, so why not, if he’s Anglican? Then they wouldn’t be so consarned lonely, right? Unless, of course, their face looks like someone put out a fire with a shoe on it. Let’s hope not, though…

Mixology Report: Yeah, throw this on there. Surprise them!

For The Good Of The Order: The leader of this band later formed Survivor. So you can blame them for “Eye Of The Tiger” if you wanna.

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