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The Three Degrees – Collage (The James Gang)

the-three-degrees-maybe-b-w-collage-45_10167782The Three Degrees are a Philadelphia based vocal group that was formed in the 1960s, they’ve taken the Menudo route of maintaining career longevity via a rotating lineup of over a half dozen members throughout their lifespan.

This song seemed so instantly coded into my psyche, that I was initially convinced that it must have been sampled in some RZA beat or DJ Shadow track, but I don’t think that’s the case.In reality, the years of listening to David Axelrod has trained me well for this song.  The vibes on the downstroke, the wah-picked guitar intro, and the dramatic entrance of the killer break beat. Oh and the vocals.

The track is a James Gang cover co-written by Joe Walsh. The original is pretty sweet too.

Collage – The Three Degrees

Collage – The James Gang