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Thursday, February 01, 2007

I heard the Isley Brothers' "Shout" for the first time in I don't know how long tonight, and mourned the death of the 45.

"Shout" was a 2-sided 45, a long song, around 6 minutes, too long, they thought then, for a 45. So, they put it on 2 sides.

And the Isley Brothers, in order to capitalize on the pause, arranged one into the record. Side one ends, "Now wai-ai-ai-ai-ait a minute."

Pause. Flip record over. Resume, same out-of-tempo gospel style break.

"You know I feel allllllri-i-i-ight."

Very clever -- perfect. Gone now. Now it's just a 6-minute song.

A friend of mine had the 45 when I was a teen-ager.
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