Nicolette Larson's "Lotta Love" C/ uber C?

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anyone that says dud better have a pretty good reason

ken taylrr never her (ken taylrr), Sunday, 6 November 2005 07:51 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

uber c

bird-person-person (Jody Beth Rosen), Sunday, 6 November 2005 08:22 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

C to the C to the C to the C.

I once dated this girl. We were in my car listening to a mix tape that I had made. This song was on it. And she completely flipped, thinking that I was trying to "send her a message". I remember having to say something like "A - this mix tape isn't supposed to be some sort of intrepretation of our relationship and B- This is a fucking great song."

I can still remember some December in the late nineties where I had been fighting with my boss to get Christmas off. I was in a bad mood and walked past an empty office where this was playing on the radio. After the first six words, a CNN Radio anchor broke in to say that she had died. It was one of those weird moments that doesn't really mean a whole lot in my whole scheme of things, and yet, standing there in the hallway that afternoon is one of my most vivid memories.

Also see Rita Coolidge's "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher".

Pleasant Plains /// (Pleasant Plains ///), Sunday, 6 November 2005 08:28 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

if anyone else is hankering to hear this RIGHT NOW (as i was), here's a ysi:

bird-person-person (Jody Beth Rosen), Sunday, 6 November 2005 09:11 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Hankering thwarted! Is anyone else getting a 'runtime error' message after clicking on the YSI link?

Oh, classic of course!

avery keen-gardner (avery keen-gardner), Sunday, 6 November 2005 10:42 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Super C, as is the album that the song was originally written for!

Bryan Moore (Bryan Moore), Sunday, 6 November 2005 12:29 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Its working now. Thanks, bird-person!

avery keen-gardner (avery keen-gardner), Sunday, 6 November 2005 13:20 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

er sorry but total dudski: neil young leftover served lukewarm by low-energy linda ronstadt substitute. and for that matter Comes A Time was a BIG letdown back in 79. Too subtle for me, perhaps.

m coleman (lovebug starski), Sunday, 6 November 2005 13:27 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Quarterflash - "new wave" = "Lotta Love" = classic.

Michael Daddino (epicharmus), Sunday, 6 November 2005 14:58 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

f'n C!

ZionTrain (ZionTrain), Sunday, 6 November 2005 15:43 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

lovebug, are you doing your Alex in NYC imo again?

k/l (Ken L), Sunday, 6 November 2005 15:51 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

You know it's a genuine classic when it's equally as good in both Neil Young's plaintive original and Nicolette's discofied yacht rock form.

hector savage, Sunday, 6 November 2005 15:58 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Classic. Very sweet.

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Sunday, 6 November 2005 16:44 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

OK I'm listening to it now becuase I trust youse guys taste so much

great flute solo hahahah...makes toto sound like steely dan no thanx

discofied yacht rock is my new favorite genre, though

churlish in nyc (lovebug starski), Sunday, 6 November 2005 16:56 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

anyone have the Neil Young version they can YSI?

ken taylrr never her (ken taylrr), Sunday, 6 November 2005 17:41 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Discofied yacht rock, yes, but still a delicious track, and Nicolette Larson made a FAR better sub-Linda Ronstadt than Jennifer Warnes did.

Joseph McCombs (Joseph McCombs), Sunday, 6 November 2005 21:12 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Classic. Thanks, Jody!

I do feel guilty for getting any perverse amusement out of it (Rock Hardy), Sunday, 6 November 2005 21:23 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

One of the first songs that I actively remember wanting a copy of as a pre-schooler, and therefore CLASSICCLASSICCLASSIC.

Tantrum The Cat (Tantrum The Cat), Monday, 7 November 2005 16:01 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i've been lovin' the yacht rock lately

Mitya (mitya), Tuesday, 8 November 2005 02:53 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

57 7th (calstars), Tuesday, 8 November 2005 03:43 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Thanks Jody

57 7th (calstars), Tuesday, 8 November 2005 03:45 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
Yeah every time I hear this song now, I like it more and more. One of my favorite female vocalists, by far.

Bryan Moore (Bryan Moore), Sunday, 29 January 2006 21:52 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

sweet song, no question

gershy, Friday, 28 December 2007 07:29 (eleven years ago) Permalink

this song fucking rules

impudent harlot, Friday, 28 December 2007 07:33 (eleven years ago) Permalink

The only Neil Young cover ever that bests the original

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Friday, 28 December 2007 14:27 (eleven years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

Great November song.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Sunday, 16 November 2008 17:41 (ten years ago) Permalink

nine years pass...

Bought a used copy of her first album yesterday.

When "Lotta Love" was on the radio, I didn't like it at all. It's such an emblematic record of that time, what I think of as the Ronco moment (if that doesn't mean anything, the record label that took over from K-Tel in the late '70s in issuing compilations filled with Top 40 hits by mostly marginal artists; or, if you'd rather, yacht-rock, as everyone else calls it): even as a Neil Young cover, it's got the same crystalline production and disco-ish beat and light-jazz instrumentation (a flute solo even) as the Little River Band and Gino Vanelli and every other record that was around.

I became reacquainted with it when I started collecting Neil Young covers 15 years ago, though, and I've really come to like it. Not the greatest Neil cover ever, though, not even the greatest one that became a hit--I'll take Saint Etienne--but she does make the song her own.

clemenza, Monday, 8 October 2018 14:31 (eight months ago) Permalink

That "though" in the last sentence snuck in there uninvited--shouldn't be there.

clemenza, Monday, 8 October 2018 14:34 (eight months ago) Permalink

I know I heard it numerous times when I was a kid, but somehow unlike every other soft-rock song that imprinted on my brain from that time period for better or usually worse, I had absolutely no memory of it until I heard it again for the first time 6, maybe 7 years ago on an oldies station, and had an instant Proustian "whoa!" moment.

Funny thing was, even as I enjoyed the instant nostalgia rush the song provided, I was lukewarm on it as a song: seemed too strident. And yet I kept hearing it after that on other oldies stations and each time it sounded better and better and eventually I fell madly in love with the thing.

I've actually come to prefer the flop disco remix though. Maybe I just wore the original out, but I felt the remix gave it a back a little bit of that Neil darkness. Speaking of which, the "Comes A Time" studio version is my least favorite of his takes on the song. I far prefer the live versions he did, especially the one on "Live Rust", which sounds more upbeat as if he was influenced by the Nicolette version, as well as the one from the NYC stand of the '76 tour, which has a real anguished late-night feel to it, especially when he moans "How much does it cost" on the bridge.

I bought her debut several years ago but still haven't sat down to listen to it.

gjoon1, Monday, 8 October 2018 22:37 (eight months ago) Permalink

Like many backup singers, Nicolette Larson has no personality; the production and its stridency does it for her.

You like queer? I like queer. Still like queer. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 8 October 2018 22:39 (eight months ago) Permalink

(Alfred, your username, OMG)

brush ’em like crazy (morrisp), Monday, 8 October 2018 23:25 (eight months ago) Permalink

*opens IPA*

You like queer? I like queer. Still like queer. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 8 October 2018 23:26 (eight months ago) Permalink

it's a lovely cover for sure, good posts clemenza and (new user?!) gjoon

niels, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 07:15 (eight months ago) Permalink

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