Wednesday, September 28, 2011

#44 Marmalade - Reflections Of My Life (1969)


Though it sounds like a wistful Beatlesque song,"Reflections of My Life" contains some rather grim observations in its lyrics:

The World is a bad place.
A bad place.
A terrible place to live.
Oh, but I don't wanna die.

Bassist Graham Knight suggests that's why the #1 UK hit (and Top 10 in the US) has such lasting power more than 40 years later.

"Everyone can relate to it, " Graham said in a recent interview. "You can relate to the way the world is today with the words of the song. The world is a bad place, isn't it? It's a terrible place."

Oh, but this song is truly a beauty. Great bass lines. Backwards guitar solo. Fantastic harmonies. And just a sample of the great tunes you can find on the Scottish band's Ultimate Collection.

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