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George Winston — Spanish Caravan
Album: Night Divides the Day
Avg rating:
6.6

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Total ratings: 1183








Released: 2002
Length: 5:17
Plays (last 30 days): 1
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 tobstar wrote:
isn't this just a ripoff of Asturias? At the start it was almost identical.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDAHl54V0CU
 

It's a cover.  Robby Krieger borrowed the intro from "Asturias" when he composed "Spanish Caravan".  
 "Robby Krieger told Rainier Moddemann of The Doors Quarterly that the band was sued for borrowing from a traditional Spanish song with "Spanish Caravan." The Doors were forced to give up some money, but only a little. Krieger explained, 'They didn't get very much, 'cause it's such a widely known thing, but they claimed they owned this little something stupid.'"
 coding_to_music wrote:
This is a good interpretation

But shows how great the Doors were...

 

more specifically, how great a guitarist was Robby Krieger
Am I missing something here?  I do not hear the Doors.
It's alright. Not "Godlike" like the original, but still listenable. Reminds me of something The Weather Channel would've played (and they used to play his stuff quite a bit). Whether that's good or bad is entirely up to you all, lol.

His actual new age stuff was better than this, of course. "Hummingbird" is an excellent "wind down" song.
Well..at least I didn't have to listen to Jim Morrison.
 shahin.po wrote:
Highly inspired from isaac albeniz's asturias.
 
Yes! This is Albeniz originally, not the Doors.
Highly inspired from isaac albeniz's asturias.
 coding_to_music wrote:
This is a good interpretation

But shows how great the Doors were...

 
I'll mostly agree w/ you, coding_to_music - with the slight modification of "this is good" to "this is ho-hum at best"

The Doors were (are?) great! 

I am slightly intrigued by the album title "night divides the day" - does Mr. Winston "cover" other Doors' songs too, like "Break on Through (to the Other Side)? (*Edit: answered my own question by looking at the subtitle of the album which clearly says "Night Divides the Day:  Music of the Doors" - so I'll give GW (LOL) props for that. 

3 = Ho Hum = my rating on this track.  Thanks for playing it though, BillG - some of the RPs must like it since it has an avg rating of 6.5...  huh. smh


 ricmo wrote:
This guy is just sad. A clown disguising himself as a pianist! And it's apparently working. Listen to anything Chucho Valdes has recorded
and you'll never be able to listen to this guy again. Promise! 

 
A clown?  He does seem to play with inappropriate flourish...on this piece.


Yes, this is very, very good...  love it...

 
This guy is just sad. A clown disguising himself as a pianist! And it's apparently working. Listen to anything Chucho Valdes has recorded
and you'll never be able to listen to this guy again. Promise! 
 Gatlinburger wrote:

Absolutely brilliant!  Makes you wish you had learned to play piano as a child...

 
I did. Makes me wish I hadn't heard this.
I can only pogo to this in parts.
This is a good interpretation

But shows how great the Doors were...

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwnnnnnnnnnnn.....
Undoubtedly clever but I have to echo what another poster said earlier...
PLEASE MAKE IT STOP!!
very sweet segue from the albéniz piece, nicely played bill!
Hey I thought this guy was dead! In any case his music should be. Can you burn mpegs?
He has, somehow, sucked all the life out of it.
 FlatCat wrote:
This is like a vanity license plate. Funny the first time, and then gradually it becomes an embarrassment.
 

That is the best description of this song I've read here.
No. Please make it stop!

Absolutely brilliant!  Makes you wish you had learned to play piano as a child...


 midreaming wrote:
 Hannio wrote:


The person you are referring to indicates he is from Bangkok.  So your bigotry is misdirected.
  Not mis-directed at all. I think Texans are generally idiots. I'd say that's directed as 'ell. And you agreed with the idiot from Bangkok so you proved it. Go throw a lasso rope at a goat or yell yehaw at a cow or something equally useful. Ever thangs BIG in TEXAS!! Right?!!  including this BiG stoopid voice in my head that's a runnin the show!! YEEhaww!! ..oooh, did I say I say stoopid..? no I meant to say ..uh.. Mission Accomplished!! Yea. Go do it for yer cuntray. Yeehaw..
 
Why can't we all just get along?

 Hannio wrote:


The person you are referring to indicates he is from Bangkok.  So your bigotry is misdirected.
  Not mis-directed at all. I think Texans are generally idiots. I'd say that's directed as 'ell. And you agreed with the idiot from Bangkok so you proved it. Go throw a lasso rope at a goat or yell yehaw at a cow or something equally useful. Ever thangs BIG in TEXAS!! Right?!!  including this BiG stoopid voice in my head that's a runnin the show!! YEEhaww!! ..oooh, did I say I say stoopid..? no I meant to say ..uh.. Mission Accomplished!! Yea. Go do it for yer cuntray. Yeehaw..


 midreaming wrote:
  I admit - it's simple and not really on a list of big questions so - why bother even responding, but still... your comments cause an old phrase to surface - something about the unexamined life.    

My question makes you think about a dog licking his nutz huh?  (..preconceived notion of Texans confirmed. check).

 

The person you are referring to indicates he is from Bangkok.  So your bigotry is misdirected.


Caution - VOMIT ALERT!!

 drspell wrote:
That was interesting. Only Doors fans would recognize it. Kind of like sneaking some rum into your coffee.
 
More like Rohypnol.

Was a 2 originally.... still a 2
isn't this just a ripoff of Asturias? At the start it was almost identical.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDAHl54V0CU
Listening to his painful runs has given me the runs...

most definitely not my cup of riojas...


I do appreciate this man's piano playing.  He is totally self-trained and very eccentric.  George Winston came to our school a couple of years ago to show the kids some piano playing techniques.  Very amazing...and never wears his shoes on stage.

He also plays a mean guitar and harmonica!  {#Yes}
  I admit - it's simple and not really on a list of big questions so - why bother even responding, but still... your comments cause an old phrase to surface - something about the unexamined life.    

My question makes you think about a dog licking his nutz huh?  (..preconceived notion of Texans confirmed. check).

 AndyFarang wrote:

....and why does a dog lick his balls...? Because he can.
 {#Bananapiano}
 

Said one Aggie to the other, "Don't you wish you could do that?"
Second Aggie replies, "Yeah, that would be so fine.  I'd try it, but I'm afraid he'd bite me."
 AndyFarang wrote:

....and why does a dog lick his balls...? Because he can.
 {#Bananapiano}
 


EXCELLENT segue from "Cancion del Mariachi" from Los Lobos.
 kaybee wrote:

Oddly, I much prefer the Doors' version and generally am not crazy about George Winston, but this is OK.

 
In fact, not to offend the naysayers, but I'm beginning to appreciate this version, although it is a bit long.

That was interesting. Only Doors fans would recognize it. Kind of like sneaking some rum into your coffee.
 gumbo73039 wrote:
Not sure why.
He can play well enough, but why?
Why?

 
why not?

YEAAAAH!!! {#Cool}
Not sure why.
He can play well enough, but why?
Why?

This is like a vanity license plate. Funny the first time, and then gradually it becomes an embarrassment.
 midreaming wrote:

A whole CD though, covering music of the Doors? I'd be interested in hearing someone's opinion on "why the hell should he bother". The attempt seems more prone to criticism from both his fans and fans of the original artist. So why do it?


 
....and why does a dog lick his balls...? Because he can.
 {#Bananapiano}
midreaming wrote:
I don't think his take on their stuff has a close relationship to the Doors as a band, but more to the music itself. Morrison was all about the primal, pelvic thrusting, pagan like base instinct stuff, psychedelic transcendence and trance states of mind. Winston's music reaches for transcendence but from a western mythological direction; ie - god, heaven and classical music. It's all heading toward trance states but from different directions.

A whole CD though, covering music of the Doors? I'd be interested in hearing someone's opinion on "why the hell should he bother". The attempt seems more prone to criticism from both his fans and fans of the original artist. So why do it?



Why do it?.....he was having a slow afternoon...nothing on the tv...or maybe he was high.

 ricmo wrote:
I'm with you X 2 jyoull. This is 100% shit. Do not be fooled. This guy is faking all over the place. That he sells more than two albums a year is a travesty! Please Bill, please don't play him again. PLEASE!!! I'M BEGGING YOU!!!

wrong X 2 jyoull wrote:

I conclude that you either work in a dentist's office or have a small desk in an elevator.

In any case, please enjoy this music recorded sound in private and don't encourage Bill to play this god damned abomination.
 
 

 
Interesting. I hope you're both seeking psychiatric help. {#Propeller}

 Faking? As in "pretending" to play the notes? My perception is that he is a very creative and talented pianist. I'm a Doors fan AND I own a Winston boxed set. Great stuff when you're not in the mood for Major/Minor.

 muzik wrote:
An eccentric, amazing composer/performer from Montana!  Love this song!
 
I'm with you. I cannot fathom all of these negative comments about poor old George.
The only reason I can't give this a 1 is because George Winston can certainly play. It's just the way he chooses to play that makes me feel those little pangs of nausea. I'm sure much of what I like does the same for others... but if I were ever to be sonically tortured to extract information upon which my life or death depended, a few discs of Winston would have me babbling like a baby.
No mas.
George does to the piano what Bush did to the constitution! Any way you slice it, it ain't pretty.
The album cover makes me think of the game "The Cube"
 Papernapkin wrote:
Better than the original.
 
{#Beat}
Nice enough, but this dude could put Ambien and Lunesta out of business. {#Chillpill} {#Sleep}
 Papernapkin wrote:
Better than the original.
 

Oh, come on, now...that's just silly.

 ricmo wrote:
Utter amateurish slop!!
 
I don't really care for it either, but I'd hardly call it "amateurish".

mummy i've found the bottom end of the piano. this is SO boring
 crockydile wrote:
Break on Through! {#Dancingbanana_2}
 
Yeah, then puke on heavens door.

Watch out, horsies!!
Utter amateurish slop!!
Break on Through! {#Dancingbanana_2}
An eccentric, amazing composer/performer from Montana!  Love this song!
Better than the original.
 lattalo wrote:
Jim Morrison is rolling over in his grave, what made the other Door agree to this?  This really does suck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  You turkeys have the breadth of the dung left by a camel.  Quality music does not have be in the exact setting as the original.  I was there in the day and Doors were one of my favourites, but if Morrison hadn't  taken himself out, he would probably have approved of Winston's take.{#Confused}


Jim Morrison is rolling over in his grave, what made the other Door agree to this?  This really does suck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 ricmo wrote:
I'm with you X 2 jyoull. This is 100% shit. Do not be fooled. This guy is faking all over the place. That he sells more than two albums a year is a travesty! Please Bill, please don't play him again. PLEASE!!! I'M BEGGING YOU!!!

Yes, his recent stuff isn't so good, but his "Autumn" album from the 70's is one of the best pieces of music in any genre that I've ever heard. Some of his other stuff from that era is also quite good. I've seen him in concert several times and he is a very fine musician indeed.


I'm with you X 2 jyoull. This is 100% shit. Do not be fooled. This guy is faking all over the place. That he sells more than two albums a year is a travesty! Please Bill, please don't play him again. PLEASE!!! I'M BEGGING YOU!!!

wrong X 2 jyoull wrote:

I conclude that you either work in a dentist's office or have a small desk in an elevator.

In any case, please enjoy this music recorded sound in private and don't encourage Bill to play this god damned abomination.
 
 

wrong X 2 jyoull wrote:

I conclude that you either work in a dentist's office or have a small desk in an elevator.

In any case, please enjoy this music recorded sound in private and don't encourage Bill to play this god damned abomination.
 


Is this one piano ?
impressive...

Edit:  CD cover says "solo piano"
wow...

spine-tingling crescendos...yummy
could it be magic ?   I keep waiting for the lyrics to begin—-spirit move me every time I'm near you whirling like a cyclone in my mind


 Pyro wrote:
I seem to be one of the FEW who doesn't mind this.  Since I can't STAND the Doors, maybe that's why I like this version ok.

7, to balance out the 1's....{#Lol}

 
Oddly, I much prefer the Doors' version and generally am not crazy about George Winston, but this is OK.

I seem to be one of the FEW who doesn't mind this.  Since I can't STAND the Doors, maybe that's why I like this version ok.

7, to balance out the 1's....{#Lol}

That whirling sound we hear in the background is Jim spinning in his grave.
{#Notworthy}  I should be leaving work right now, but I'm glued to my desk listening to this!
greate.... bravisssimo m'tro... bravoooooooo.... 10++++
no credits to the doors for this one
but to albeniz who wrote 'asturias' > the best part of this song
im so glad jim don't sings on this one
better listen to Alicia de Larrocha for this fantastic song which is so brutely ruined by the doors
{#Bananapiano}



 Oggy wrote:


I have only this to add.

The original piece as played by the Doors is a dark passage of pain... The music was inspired by a painting Jim Morrison saw in Spain. It depicted a spanish galleon becalmed in the equatorial Atlantic ocean... in a mad attempt to get more speed from whatever breeze did happen, the painting showed them as they threw all the horses overboard. The lyrics of the original reflect this and I believe it is a masterpiece of darkness... well written and not nearly close to the "over the top"ness of this tripe.
 
I hear you Oggy, nice point. Winston version of this song is what it is. Nicely played, but ventures into the sacred ground for the traditional Doors fan. I agree with your assesment of the passage being dark. Winston's version is almost too light hearted.

If all of you want a chilling listening experience to play along the lines of Oggy's reference to the spanish galleon and the horses being thrown over board, I highly suggest you check out Celestial Navigations' "Horses", if you do not already know about it. CN features storyteller/actor Geoffrey Lewis, you'll recognize him when you see him n their web site.

I'll not tell you more about "Horses" except it is exactly like the story that Oggy tells above relating to Morrison's expereince viewing the chilling painting of the horses being thrown over board. Despite the sad nature of the story, it is a story of violent retribution that will send a chill down your spine and question your own fortitude to carry out orders and your ability to weld justice in a singlular act of rage! 

Here is the link to there web site...
https://www.celestialnavigations.com/
On their catalog page, you want this one..."Celestial Navigaations - Chapter I", it has "Horses".
https://www.celestialnavigations.com/?page=shop/flypage&product_id=5

 {#Whisper} "Be sure to leave a light on when you listen to this..."

 

this is a excelent version of original song Spanish Caravan of the band The Doors, published in album "Waiting For The Sun" (1968)-  

** 8 **



 Oggy wrote:
I have only this to add. The original piece as played by the Doors is a dark passage of pain... The music was inspired by a painting Jim Morrison saw in Spain. It depicted a spanish galleon becalmed in the equatorial Atlantic ocean... in a mad attempt to get more speed from whatever breeze did happen, the painting showed them as they threw all the horses overboard. The lyrics of the original reflect this and I believe it is a masterpiece of darkness... well written and not nearly close to the "over the top"ness of this tripe.
 
bump. cuz this needs to be repeated over and over until the song digital file is deleted from all hard drives in Paradise, CA.

in fact, this is very unlike me but I'm calling for a boycott of donations to RP until Bill promises to stop playing this mess. It's such an insult to the original work and the original artist generally. 

yeah, music inspires strong feelings. That's good. I don't mean this music recording of arbitrary sounds, btw. I mean the Doors


 1wolfy wrote:
Walked into my office to hear this...Lovely
 
I conclude that you either work in a dentist's office or have a small desk in an elevator.

In any case, please enjoy this music recorded sound in private and don't encourage Bill to play this god damned abomination.


Enough already.  Way too much airplay.
 Oggy wrote:


I have only this to add.

The original piece as played by the Doors is a dark passage of pain... The music was inspired by a painting Jim Morrison saw in Spain. It depicted a spanish galleon becalmed in the equatorial Atlantic ocean... in a mad attempt to get more speed from whatever breeze did happen, the painting showed them as they threw all the horses overboard. The lyrics of the original reflect this and I believe it is a masterpiece of darkness... well written and not nearly close to the "over the top"ness of this tripe.
 

I think you're referring to Horse Latitudes, on their second album.

Like hearing The Doors at the dentist...
Eye-rollingly lame in its muzak-iness, but also oddly comforting in its familiarity.
No thanks on this version of Spanish Caravan.
Not a Winston fan...
Didn't smoke 'em either!
Walked into my office to hear this...Lovely
Pretty ham-fisted piano technique.  Why not just play the original?  This I'm not a fan of.
During the intro, I kept expecting: "First I was afraid. I was petrified. Kept thinkin' I could never live without you by my side..." 
Richards' revenge.
Oh no oh no ... not George Winston again. At least a Doors song will be coming up next.
Where are the lyrics? I want to hear lyrics.


does anyone hear ernesto lecuona in this? 
He must have been a Doors fan.
I've got a vision of a kid from the Larson cartoons with his tongue out and playing this with two fingers
Captain-Fishy wrote:
Enough already!
I have only this to add. The original piece as played by the Doors is a dark passage of pain... The music was inspired by a painting Jim Morrison saw in Spain. It depicted a spanish galleon becalmed in the equatorial Atlantic ocean... in a mad attempt to get more speed from whatever breeze did happen, the painting showed them as they threw all the horses overboard. The lyrics of the original reflect this and I believe it is a masterpiece of darkness... well written and not nearly close to the "over the top"ness of this tripe.
:puke: Mute
It is a bit of a stretch and if anyone could do it it would be George Winston..but I still have to give it kudos for being really unusual.
Enough already!
jyoull wrote:
this reminds me of a frozen fish, fumbled in mid-air by a new employee, landing at high velocity on the floor of Pike Street Market and skidding across a puddle of slush, finally coming to rest against a bucket of fish guts.
:roflol: :clap: :notworthy:
Hmmm. This does feel rather uninspired.
This is a really stupid piece of music.
Look, I've tried to be a good sport about this but RP has just really got to stop playing George Winston. Especially on April Fool's Day, it just sounds like a worn-out, old, ragged, no-longer-funny joke. And PLEASE make the bad man stop smashing the keys like that. He is hurting the piano.
Pyro wrote:
YES! This reminds me of the "Koln Concerts" by Jarrett. Long winded and improvisational. I rather like this AND Jarrett.
?!?! Please, no. This is NOT even in the same realm as Keith Jarrett's Köln Concert. This is mildly interesting muzak. The Köln Concert is a fricking masterpiece. Really. One is commercial while the other is the inside of a man's soul. They don't belong on the same page unless in comparison of opposites.
way too much airplay for a mediocre rendition of a really good song.
Thought for sure we were headed for a Doors segue, but The Who is just fine -- it keeps that mood going... :daisy:
George Winston's "December" Album is fantastic around this time of year ... perfectly fits the mood of winter this was nice... thanks RP
Pyro wrote:
YES! This reminds me of the "Koln Concerts" by Jarrett. Long winded and improvisational. I rather like this AND Jarrett.
Exactly! I haven't enjoyed Jarret's "Koeln Concerts" for a long time, though... (cf. also https://www.jazzitude.com/jarrett_carnegie.htm)
It is possible for me to like a Doors song!
Most Unusual
Pyro wrote:
YES! This reminds me of the "Koln Concerts" by Jarrett. Long winded and improvisational. I rather like this AND Jarrett.
If yes I would be missing the bass. But the piano is something to be compared, right. :cool:
Pyro wrote:
YES! This reminds me of the "Koln Concerts" by Jarrett. Long winded and improvisational. I rather like this AND Jarrett.
Me too. Love Jarrett and Koln Concert, but I like this too.
jyoull wrote:
this reminds me of a frozen fish, fumbled in mid-air by a new employee, landing at high velocity on the floor of Pike Street Market and skidding across a puddle of slush, finally coming to rest against a bucket of fish guts.
Quite vivid, jyoull. Go thee and create a video of these lovely images, accompanied by Mr. Winston's controversial ivory tickling, natch, and upload it to YouTube. I'll be waiting.
A cover of an adaptation of Albeniz's Asturias (Leyenda
Don't know what's so scary about a pianist doing a cover of a rock group's cover of a classical piece. If anything, The Door's cover would be scary - although it's not.
1wolfy wrote:
Amazing use of the fingers
:roflol:
:skull: That is really, really frightening.
FlatCat wrote:
Schmalz to the Nth degree. This would make Liberace cringe. The playing is competent, but the content is something I would expect at a bad high school recital. There, have I indicated my feelings about this?
If 'Schmalz' means the same in your language that it does in mine....Yes! :cheesygrin: But I can't agree at all. :naughty:
Schmalz to the Nth degree. This would make Liberace cringe. The playing is competent, but the content is something I would expect at a bad high school recital. There, have I indicated my feelings about this?
George Winston has an entire album of solo piano Doors covers?! I'm a fan of both, but I'm not sure what I think of that ...
Amazing use of the fingers
Wonderful!!!!!
Cover is nice...........I think? :eyes: