Books Of Moses
By: Alexander 'Skip' Spence

Original Performance: Alexander 'Skip' Spence
Written by: Alexander 'Skip' Spence

  1. Books Of Moses (7:24)
    Available on Oar.
    Recorded at: Sunset Sound Studios
    James Gadson: Drums
    Beck Hansen: Hand Claps
    Jamie Lidell: Hand Claps, Looping Pedal, Marimbula, Vocals
    Brian Lebarton: Synth Pad
Books Of Moses [Version (a)]:

Yea, holy shit, that's heavy!

Books of Moses, Books of Moses
Wet in the water, weeping on the sun
Books of Moses got some splinters, didn't you?
Books of Moses brought me right back here to you
Flaming heart, ain't she sweet?
Lighting the world at your feet
Books of Moses, myth and truth
Books of Moses, bringing me back to you
Hero's welcome, standing there, standing there is the king now
Where the serpent shudders and the angels sing
Books of Moses, happening again, yea happening again
Books of Moses, brimstone news
Wet is the water, blood covering the sun
Books of Moses
The Song:

"Books Of Moses" is song from Skip Spence's album, Oar. Beck's third Record Club project covered the album in its entirety.

Spence's "Books Of Moses" is entirely Spence's dusty voice, a quietly hectic acoustic guitar riff, and a bunch of ambient sound effects of storms, rain and waves. The Record Club on the other hand take the song to some killer heavy funk. As Beck wrote about the song, "[James] Gadson lays down the heaviest RC beat ever, while Jamie [Lidell] loops his voice into a voice army with a looping pedal and Brian [LeBarton] bangs on some kind of octagon shaped analogue synth pad." And in fact, these three are all who play on the song (except for a bit when Beck, mostly watching from the controls, comes out and claps and dances along)(who could resist that beat?).

It's almost as if they thought, wait a second, we've got the legend on drums here---we need him to jam! Gadson, famous funk drummer from the 70s, abides.

Record Club:

the original by Skip Spence: