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jiguma

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Ed Hannifin (Ejh) has been uploading stacks from the vault holding his earlier works, and, not to be outdone, I decided to post this.

"Dark Nights" is one of my favourites from my time as bass player with the somewhat under-rated "Rusty Dusty Brothers" - a Sydney country-rock band from the first half of the 70s.

This song was written by Joe Cannon (who also plays rhythm guitar and sings the lead vocal). Other members on this track are: Peter Garrety (mandolin and harmony vocal); Roger Ilott (Telecaster with palm pedal); Warren Spark (drums) and yours truly on bass. I recently met up with Joe and Peter and am in email contact with Warren and Roger - after a break of 30 years! Seeing Roger in a few weeks.

Although I didn't write it or sing, my impact (apart from the bass) is mostly in the arrangement.

This was recorded at a rehearsal on a 4-track reel to reel (mixed live) by Bryan, our trusty gofer. This version has been stored on a cassette tape in my dusty collection for 30 years or more!

PHOTO: Peter; me; Joe (in front); Roger; Warren.

Hope you find it amusing!
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Lyrics
After considerable personal effort, here are the lyrics :)

Dark Nights
© 1975 Joe Cannon

Dark nights and the clouds are low
And the signs are bad wherever I go
Hitting the big time in another little town
All the halls the same
Guess I’ll play the game
From another round

Long hours in a small hotel
With the kind of company you know well
Sit in the bar and write songs ‘til 3am
Same old lines
Just string ‘em together again

Chorus:
Sing all night
Drive all day
At least that’s how it feels
Watch the sunrise
Every day
From behind the driving wheel
Look around in another town
Moon is in the sky
Every town looks
Just the same
At night
Song Stats
Hits: 6230
Comments: 47
Fans: 17
Plays: 561
Downloads: 181
Votes: 16
Uploaded: Oct 11, 2006 - 10:28:12 PM
Last Updated: Oct 16, 2006 - 09:40:11 PM Last Played: Jul 23, 2017 - 12:19:34 PM
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Hardware:
Sony 4-track reel to reel tape recorder.
Some mics
Telecaster with palm pedal/ Fender Twin Reverb amp
Rickenbacker 6-string electric/ Fender Twin Reverb amp
Gibson (I think) mandolin
Fender Precision Bass/ Fender Bassman amp
Silver or white drum kit (sorry Warren, can't remember the brand)
Software:
Re-mastered in LE7 on a G4 iMac
Comments
alfalpha said 3939 days ago (October 12th, 2006)
CSN a little Creedence?
Neil,
This is the kinda stuff which seriously needs to make a comeback....!
faved & downloaded!
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alfalpha said 3939 days ago (October 12th, 2006)
CSN a little Creedence?
Neil,
This is the kinda stuff which seriously needs to make a comeback....!
faved & downloaded!
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jiguma said 3939 days ago (October 12th, 2006)
And . . . . .
a lot of fun to play. Not the best recording, but heaps of enjoyment in the
making!
Neil

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stevel said 3939 days ago (October 12th, 2006)
woohoo
This is great stuff...mellow funky rock from the archive. You should post
up some more and then get ready for the reunion tour!
Nice one
Steve
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jiguma said 3938 days ago (October 12th, 2006)
Reunion Tour :)
I'm up for a reunion tour, but we might need an attending medic to look after
ourselves I suspect. Maybe a nice reunion song would be the way to go : )
Thanks for the listen Steve.
Neil

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<a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24411"> Take All Night</a> & <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24817"> BIG DRY</a>
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Cori Ander said 3939 days ago (October 12th, 2006)
Inventive southern rock
Wonderful! Such a nice band. Like an unusually inventive southern
American band.

About the bass player: Seems like you took a main responsibility for
supplying the groove and driving the song forwards, a very important
task for the bass. The drummer is lagging just a little, which is not
necessarily wrong because it gives the realxed southern-rock
character.

Such a stable and dependable bass player give a very relaxed situation
for the rest of the band members, where they can joyfully do their
things (even if your guitar players had some difficulties keeping pace).

Thank you for posting Neil! Very inspiring to hear some of your history.
I can understand why this track is a favourite of yours. It is super nice.
Nevertheless it would be very intersting to hear one more track if you
have any...

PS I don't vote, feels kind of unfair to rate history...
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jiguma said 3939 days ago (October 12th, 2006)
Drummer
I like the comment Curry. Warren, the drummer was very good - the best I've
played with but one - I expect the set up was responsible for any apparent
lag.
Thanks for the listen!
Neil

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<a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24411"> Take All Night</a> & <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24817"> BIG DRY</a>
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
Feter said 3939 days ago (October 12th, 2006)
I Knew you are a star !!
now what can I say ? what a band ... a real
classic sound ..and yes ...the Byrds magic is there
what a bass line you playin Neil .. everybody
doin excellent job Just love it ...wish this great
band come around and collaborate man this is a real
thing to look for .... WOW !!
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jiguma said 3938 days ago (October 12th, 2006)
Hey Feter
The Brothers will be pleased to see they have a fan in Bagdhad! Thanks as
always for your kind words.
Peace,
Neil

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<a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24411"> Take All Night</a> & <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24817"> BIG DRY</a>
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
Wildcat said 3938 days ago (October 12th, 2006)
i do
this is amusing great...and the photo also for sure
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jiguma said 3938 days ago (October 12th, 2006)
danke sehr Tanja!
Those were the "good old days" for sure! At the time I was also teaching High
School - you can imagine how impressed the parents were when they met me
for the first time : )
Tschues,
Neil

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<a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24411"> Take All Night</a> & <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24817"> BIG DRY</a>
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
said 3938 days ago (October 12th, 2006)
Hey,
very cool trip back in time! I thought it had a Southern Rock feel to it.
Thanks for bringing this out of "The Vault" and sharing it. I enjoyed
listening. I'd be curious to know if the other band members are still
playing and if there's any sort of reunion jam session in the works.
jiguma said 3938 days ago (October 12th, 2006)
Hi Mike
Joe is still writing and is producing some beautiful music -- sometimes with
Peter. Roger has a recording studio in southern Queensland, and plays the
folk circuit with his wife Penny, and Warren is still gigging with bands on the
north coast of New South Wales. There is, I think, a fair bit of interest in
getting together for a song - I'll keep MJ posted.
Cheers,
Neil

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<a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24411"> Take All Night</a> & <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24817"> BIG DRY</a>
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
thoddi said 3938 days ago (October 12th, 2006)
A fan in Norway too
That country styled Eagles sound was rather taken care of in my part of the world at that period as well. We had some bands sounding pretty similar to this.

This band is however very good, and the world deserves a reunion:)

Enjoyed it big time. Thanks for putting it out Neil!
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jiguma said 3938 days ago (October 12th, 2006)
Norway tour!
Joe, Peter, Roger, Warren - how about a tour of Norway? Thanks Thor -
unlikely I suspect, but thanks for the listen.
Neil


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<a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24411"> Take All Night</a> & <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24817"> BIG DRY</a>
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
thoddi said 3938 days ago (October 12th, 2006)
Flying Norwegians
One of the bands that came to mind listening to you guys was a band call Flying Norwegians. I found a little taste of them
here: http://www.musicfromnorway.com/default.aspx?norwegian=artist&music=14041
They where mostly active in the beginning of the -70's.

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Imagination is more important then knowledge!
- Albert Einstein.
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thoddi said 3938 days ago (October 12th, 2006)
reunion
Heh, they must have had a reuinion. The link I gave you was to an album released in 1996. I didn't notice at first. Here is list of their albums, and when they where released: http://www.groove.no/html/band/25372382.html

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- Albert Einstein.
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jiguma said 3938 days ago (October 12th, 2006)
Flying Norwegians
Certainly some similarities Thor! Thanks for pointing them out.
Neil

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<a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24411"> Take All Night</a> & <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24817"> BIG DRY</a>
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
caroline said 3938 days ago (October 12th, 2006)
i was listening to rolling on the river ....
... and i've still got the same dancing shoes on!! tasty jiggyneil .. very, very tasty. a d/l in the dancing folder... thank you xoxox
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said 3938 days ago (October 12th, 2006)
now thats rock
good to hear something from the seventies I grew up in the 70's and this kind of music always holds a place in my soul. thanks for sharing
snowdragon said 3938 days ago (October 12th, 2006)
I'm really diggin'
this flashback stuff you and EJh are putting up.

Takes me back, way back . . . damn, we're gettin' old dude.

But, it's incredibly cool to me to hear what were doing way back when.

Almost gives me the guts to post some of my own old Sony reel-to-
reel stuff (only mine was an Akai).

Great stuff jig :)
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jiguma said 3937 days ago (October 13th, 2006)
Post away!
Post away snow - the more that throw the old stuff into the ring, the more
fun we'll have.
Cheers,
Neil

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<a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24411"> Take All Night</a> & <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24817"> BIG DRY</a>
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
said 3938 days ago (October 12th, 2006)
Since the "Mug shots"
This pic you posted in the forum, I have wondered the music you guys played. Refreshing revelation. Thanks for sharing it, very enjoyable. - Harold
said 3938 days ago (October 12th, 2006)
A blast from the past!
...and a great peek at Jiguma roots Neil. I really enjoyed this. It put me in
mind of the Byrds during their country era and of Poco as well. Any more
like this in your "vault?" Sure wish the pic was larger! I wanna see a close
up of you with all the hair!

Be well!
jiguma said 3938 days ago (October 12th, 2006)
Huge Poco fan here!
Try this Mike: http://www.macjams.com/forum/viewtopic.php?forum=4;
showtopic=57219;onlytopic=;show=10;page=20;page=2
Neil

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<a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24411"> Take All Night</a> & <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24817"> BIG DRY</a>
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said 3938 days ago (October 13th, 2006)
Haw!
Great pix Neil. And great hair in that second pic! Where does it all go?
said 3935 days ago (October 15th, 2006)
PS...
...I saw Poco live in 1971 (opened up for Lee Michaels). They were wonderful in
person. Very tight playing and beautifully executed vocal harmonies.
perceptualvortex said 3938 days ago (October 12th, 2006)
Sweet
Excellent grooves and I love the overall feel of the mix. I couldn't work out the lyrics... something about diamond wigs and kangaroo socks? Am I close? Very enjoyable stuff!
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jiguma said 3938 days ago (October 12th, 2006)
Lyrics
Thanks for listening David -I worked out the lyrics and they are now posted
above - just your typical "band on the road" song : )
Neil

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<a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24411"> Take All Night</a> & <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24817"> BIG DRY</a>
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
mvh9591 said 3938 days ago (October 12th, 2006)
Nice work
I enjoyed this very much. Nice job - Thanks for sharing.
mvh : )
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Vic Holman said 3938 days ago (October 12th, 2006)
what are all those hippies....
doing in my front yard?
cool of you to post something like this Neil. a true tune to those years
long gone. all i got left from those years is my big muff distortion pedal.

Vic
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slide said 3937 days ago (October 13th, 2006)
Can I sit in? :-)
LOVE the sound of this song. Cool how the vocals seem to fit like a glove
in the track. I woulnd't mind singing on a track similar like this...:-)
Rocking.
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Ed Hannifin said 3937 days ago (October 13th, 2006)
This is SOOOOOO 'Untitled' era Byrds....
From the Clarence Whitish telecaster stuff to the vocals, and the
amazing thing is, IT REALLY SOUNDS LIKE YOU ON BASS... It's such
jiguma playing...Very throbby, very much carrying the groove of the
song, very even... Did you use a compressor back then? The evenness
of the tone is impressive... And a very nice mix, especially for on-the-
fly to four track... I was hearing some of that off-ness, just a bit, in the
drums and in the rhythm guitar, but it's just a little on the one hand,
and on the other it reminded me of playing with the ELECTRIC version
of Wheatstone Bridge, in a big barn, and this sensation that sound
took perhaps a second more than it should have to cross from the PA
speakers, over the drummer, past Nan's amp, and to my ears... And on
the THIRD hand, you guys get tighter as the song goes along. Hmmm,
just like my old band... And the song goes on a LONG time... nicely...
Gratefully downloaded, along with the picture. I'll eagerly snap up any
further retrospective offerings. I'm both impressed and grateful, Neil.
Keep 'em coming, visit New England on the reunion tour... Great little
hostel right down the road from Fran...

Ed
Ed Hannifin said 3937 days ago (October 13th, 2006)
Plus, Fran will feed ya...
I'm more the 'emotional support' kinda guy... all right, I'll bring donuts...

Hey, what's up with the [lack of] Australian accents? You guys have to go
to Country Rocker School?....
jiguma said 3937 days ago (October 13th, 2006)
lol!!!!!
Glad you got here Ed! Joe's Aussie accent was removed shortly after birth,
and I've never played with an accent : )
Roger would love that you mentioned Clarence - his hero - the palm pedal
was even called a "Carence White palm pedal" from memory. Roger also
played a mean pedal steel. You can listen to his current music at http://
www.home.gil.com.au/~restlessmusic/index.html
I did use a compressor on one channel of my bass - I used both channels of
the Bassman - a direct signal to the bass channel and a compressed signal
into the treble channel - worked for me.
Now, about the tour: "New England" . . . . is that near Norway?
Neil

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<a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24411"> Take All Night</a> & <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/24817"> BIG DRY</a>
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
Denny Borsboom said 3936 days ago (October 14th, 2006)
These guitars
are really very nicely played. I also like the relaxed grooving of the
bass. Decent songwriting, good performance, catchy tune - I see no
reason why this couldn't have been a hit. Fame & fortune in music are
determined by the roll of a dice. I have only one question: where's the
smashing guitar solo?
Best
Denny
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thetiler said 3935 days ago (October 15th, 2006)
The picture
has almost an Allmann Brothers feel. Cool country pickin type tune. The
bass really shines here!

Thanks for sharing
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ziti said 3934 days ago (October 16th, 2006)
hey y'all
wow..this recording is very cool...it is remarkably well perserved. Your
bass is totally on ...and i love the guitar parts...very nice , ya old fart!


go for a reunion medley....20 minutes yer theu and ya can hit the
oxygen. really nice guitars...did i say that already?

wild applause

z
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mikkinylund said 3933 days ago (October 17th, 2006)
Wow
What a great idea to dig up an old tune like this and post it here. This
shows how powerful music can be, and with just cassette tape, it one day
came live once again. The song is very well played, recorded and
produced as well (I remember the routes of 4-tracks). Thanks for this! /M
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Bowman said 3933 days ago (October 17th, 2006)
Much more than Amusing!
You guys could really bring it. Smooth and grooven - great ensemble
playing. First rate all the way. A classic. You definitely got to get together
and start making more great music again.
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FEEL said 3932 days ago (October 18th, 2006)
Very nice!
It started sounded to me like a resurrected version of a Beatles tune then
it just changed to some really back-land countrified Blues. reminiscent of
a tad Traveling Wilbury's in spots... did I spell that right... doesn't matter
much I guess. Really good stuff Neil... your a monster and thanks for
reaching back. This really kicked my spirits up a notch. A definite
keeper.


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said 3932 days ago (October 18th, 2006)
damn
those basslines really move me!
Tadashi Togawa said 3931 days ago (October 19th, 2006)
Smell of the United States.
This is one of me of the favorites.
Atmosphere different from always.
Fragrant of the United States.

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Dennis James said 3920 days ago (October 30th, 2006)
Hey Neil....
Not a bad band, and sounds much better than I would have expected from the old 4 track, certainly better than anything in my vaults from those days!
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Vibenation said 3904 days ago (November 15th, 2006)
I dream of a telecaster
This sounded amazing. If I wasn't too dumb to figure out how to "fan" people you'd be fanned. (Still figuring this place out. New here.)
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Macaudion said 3903 days ago (November 16th, 2006)
Sweet playn'
And singing - And sweet writing - I probly won't get to know how it is, that some get paid too much money for making this kind of music, and some don't... But I do know, that as much money as I've contributed to the filthy rich, I would have contributed to the makings of "The Rusty Dusty Group" -- had I been around for the asking.

Nice work! Thanks! D
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yuriwebboy said 3900 days ago (November 19th, 2006)
Very . . .
. . .Flying Burrito Brothers. I love the guitars, rolling bassline/drums and the vocals sound great too. Fave'd/downloaded. Please share more from the vaults.

-Yuri
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