Monday, February 21, 2011

Creedence Clearwater Revival -- "I Put A Spell On You" (1968)

I ain't gonna take none of your
Foolin' around
I ain't gonna take none of your
Puttin' me down
Creedence Clearwater Revival's style is about as far from the theatricality and histrionics that characterized a Screamin' Jay Hawkins performance as it is possible to be.

CCR's eponymous first album
CCR's version of "I Put A Spell On You" -- which was the first track on their first album -- is intense and VERY LOUD at times, but it's all music.  No one's climbing out of a coffin or setting anything on fire.

There's not a lot to the song as far as lyrics -- really just one relatively simple verse, which is repeated.  

The song is in 6/8 rhythm -- just like "House Of The Rising Sun."  (Now that would have been a great song for Creedence to cover.  I wonder if they ever played it, or thought about recording it?)  

After the first verse, there is a long instrumental passage -- if the first verse takes up the first quarter of the song, the second and third quarters are the instrumental part, and the final quarter is the repeated verse.

The part of the Creedence version of this song that is the most interesting to me is the short bridge that connects the first half of the instrumental passage to the second half (beginning at about 2:05 of the song), is repeated to connect the second part of the instrumental passage to the repeat of the verse (beginning at about 3:08), and then is used as a coda at the very end of the song (beginning at about 4:10).  

It's a very interesting chord progression, played in double time.  It's too intense to last for long -- just 6 measures long, with a new chord for each measure -- no more than 12 seconds. 

Here's CCR's cover of "I Put A Spell On You":

Here's a link you can use to buy the song from iTunes:

I Put a Spell On You - Chronicle: 20 Greatest Hits

Here's a link you can use to buy it from Amazon:

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