The Spin on Original and Sampled Tracks

Hosts, Joe Watson and Toby Brazwell, connect the musical dots between legendary tracks and the often lesser-known songs they sampled. Uncover how these epic songs borrow from music of the past, enriching the musical landscape for generations to come.

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The Rockman and the Rocketman

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There’s not much room for mediocre in this episode as Joe & Toby explore two epic music icons in this episode of Riffs on Riffs. One, the 1970’s rock band Boston, brought it more than 17 million dollars in sales, generating 3 top 40 hits from their self titled album - making the album the biggest selling debut in rock history. And two, the legendary Elton John released 30 albums, sold 300 million records, won 5 Grammys, a Tony, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award, among many successes across his 48 year reign. Riffs hosts discuss the sounds of Boston’s “More Than A Feeling” and its original sample taken from Elton’s 1973 hit song. Enjoy!

What we geek out over in this episode: Everything Elton John (a.k.a. Reg), bandmates Elton Dean and Long John Baldry (1966 Bluesology), Dr. Robotnik, lyricist Bernie Taupin, Tom Scholz & iconic band Boston, Polaroids & Hey Ya!, Mixolydian mode, and Samantha vs. Amanda.

Bonus Material: The great debut albums of 1976 … Play That Funky Music by Wild Cherry, American Girl by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and many more!

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