This has nothing to do with anything, but it’s my blog, so here it comes.
In 1994, the World Basketball Championships were held in Toronto. One of the promotions was the sale of a “commemorative”, I suppose, music compilation with a basketball theme. It was extremely uneven – fun tracks like early Beastie Boys tune “The Skills To Pay The Bills” and Lords Of The Underground’s “Madd Skillz” are heavily outweighed by the presence of Kurtis Blow’s “Basketball” and Shaq’s… well, who cares really? From memory, and in no particular order, other tracks on the tape included Onyx’ “Slam”, something by Spearhead, a fluffy-but-fun “Skip To My Lu” from onerously-80’s-named Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam and a small number of others I can’t remember.
I can find no evidence in any search engine I’ve tried, with any combination of song names or artist names that I’ve tried, that this compilation ever existed.
The only reason I’m bringing this up at all is that there was one track on it that I’ve missed ever since I misplaced that tape, and have been unable to replace: this tape had the single, tightest rendition of “Sweet Georgia Brown” on it that I’ve ever heard anywhere. Sidney Bechet and the rest of his crowd got together and threw down the most incredible, elaborate and uptempo rendition of that great tune, as fast and tight as any jazz tune I’ve ever heard.
I’d love to hear that recording again, is all.
I’m also kind of interested in knowing if any of you have a song, a particular track or recording, that you remember fondly but haven’t heard in years, for whatever reason.