Saturday, August 18, 2018

Playlist for 8/18

Charles Lloyd & The Mavels, Lucinda Williams - Vanished Gardens
Boz Scaggs - Out of the Blues
Record Company - All Of This Life
Internet - Hive Mind
Baby Driver - Soundtrack
Dance The Blues:Mojo Magazine 8/18 - Various
Leonard Bernstein:Humor In Music (1959 TV Special)

Friday, August 17, 2018

RIP Aretha Franklin

She was the one and only "Queen of Soul".  A singer who had an incredible influence on all that followed her.  Aretha was gifted with a one of a kind voice.  One of the first Internet polls I ever participated in was in late 1999.  List the 3 greatest singers of the 20th century.  My picks were easy ones (for me):  Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Aretha Franklin.  No wonder she was the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Aretha was first signed to Columbia in the early 60's.  The voice is there, but the songs, arrangements, production, etc. is missing what would happen when she left. She made some of R&B's greatest songs at Atlantic Records. But if there was one part of Aretha's career that I think has been somewhat underrated, it's what a great album artist she was during her classic era, which for me was from 1967-72, at Atlantic records.

Now is the time for those who haven't heard these albums to explore her catalog beyond the many compilations that are out there:

I Never Loved A Man (1967)
Lady Soul (1968)
Aretha Now (1968)
Soul '69 (1969)
Spirit In The Dark  (1970)
Live at Fillmore West (1971)
Young, Gifted and Black (1972)
Amazing Grace (1972)

Like most 60's R&B singers, Aretha had trouble adjusting to the late 70's disco era.  She put out a string of lackluster albums that only Aretha's most loyal fans remember.  Then suddenly in 1981 she found the right material and Producers,   1982's Jump To It, Produced and mostly written by Luther Vandross was the start of the Aretha comeback.  1985's Who's Zoomin' Who was the bigger breakthrough.  For the rest of the 80's she was presence not just on the R&B charts but the Pop Top 40 as well.  Her last big hit being a duet with George Michael, 1987's "I Knew You Were Waiting".

Oddly enough, once the 80's ended Aretha's studio output became less and less.  1998's Rose Is Still A Rose was pretty good, but she became a concert draw up until 2017.

Regardless, Aretha Franklin was a towering figure not just in the R&B world but the world of music in general.  An incredible vocalist that inspired generations of vocalists.

There are no other contenders.  And there never will be.  She's the "Queen of Soul".

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Elvis Presley Poll (Top 100 Songs)

The latest Poll I voted in just happens to my #1 Rock artist of all time, Elvis Presley.  Rank his Top 50 songs, plus his Top 5 movies.

While the poll only let us include our Top 50, I decided to include a 100 songs.

1.  Jailhouse Rock
2.  That's All Right
3.  Don't Be Cruel
4.  Suspicious Minds
5.  Mystery Train
6.  Hound Dog
7.  Burning Love
8.  Heartbreak Hotel
9.  All Shook Up
10. If I Can Dream
11. Blue Moon
12. Return to Sender
13. Little Sister
14. Love Me
15. Viva Las Vegas
16. Can't Help Falling In Love
17. Blue Moon of Kentucky
18. Trying To Get To You ('68 Special)
19. Baby Let's Play House
20. Big Hunk o' Love
21. Kentucky Rain
22. It's Now Or Never
23. In The Ghetto
24. (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care
25. (Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame
26. Too Much
27. (You're the) Devil In Disguise
28. Good Rockin' Tonight
29. Blue Suede Shoes
30. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear
31. Promised Land
32. Long Black Limousine
33. I Feel So Bad
34. Are You Lonesome Tonight
35. Hurt
36. One Night ('68 TV Special)
37. Fame and Fortune
38. Milkcow Blues Boogie
39. How Great Thou Art
40. Moody Blue
41. Love Me Tender
42. Always On My Mind
43. Hard Headed Woman
44. Crying In The Chapel
45. Tomorrow Is A Long Time
46. I, John
47. Trouble/Guitar Man ('68 TV Special)
48. My Baby Left Me
49. Bossa Nova Baby
50. An American Trilogy  (Aloha From Hawaii Live '73)
51.  Pocketful of Rainbows
52.  I Got Stung
53.  She's Not You
54.  I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine
55.  Shake, Rattle & Roll/Flip, Flop & Fly (live 1956 Dorsey Brothers Stage Show)
56.  Paralyzed
57.  True Love Travels On A Gravel Road
58.  I'll Hold You In My Heart
59.  If You Talk In Your Sleep
60.  Way Down
61.  I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water
62.  Don't Cry Daddy
63.  Steamroller Blues
64.  (Now and Then There's) A Fool Such As I
65.  Fool
66.  For The Heart
67.  One Broken Heart For Sale
68.  Follow That Dream
69.  I Need Your Love Tonight
70.  I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
71.  Ain't That Loving You Baby
72.  Girl of My Best Friend
73.  T-R-O-U-B-L-E
74.  U.S. Male
75.  You're A Heartbreaker
76.  Memories
77.  Surrender
78.  Wonder of You
79.  Pledging My Love
80.  G.I. Blues
81.  Separate Ways
82.  I've Lost You
83.  Mess of Blues
84.  That's Someone You Never Forget
85.  I've Got A Thing About You Baby
86.  One Night   (Studio Version)
87.  Loving You
88.  After Loving You
89.  Like A Baby
90.  Trying To Get To You (Studio Version)
91.  I Was The One
92.  So Glad You're Mine
93. Young and Beautiful
94.  Crawfish
95.  I Forgot To Remember To Forget
96.  (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley
97.  Don't
98.  Little Less Conversation (Elvis vs. JXL remix 2002)
99.  Patch It Up
100.  My Way (Live '77 Single)

Notes:  There are no Christmas songs listed.  I could have included at least 4,  (Blue Christmas, Santa Claus Is Back In Town, Merry Christmas Baby, If I Get Home On Christmas).

Top 5 Movies:
1. King Creole
2. Viva Las Vegas
3. Jailhouse Rock
4. Loving You
5. Blue Hawaii

Friday, August 10, 2018

Playlist for 8/10

Lori McKenna - Tree
Jimmy LaFave - Peace Town
Rodney Crowell - Acoustic Classics
Jayhawks - Back Roads and Abandoned Motels
Lera Lynn - Plays Well With Others
Rocky Mountain Way: 2017 Colorado Music Hall of Fame   (AXS TV Special)
Robin Williams:Come Inside My Mind  (Documentary)
Hannah Gadsby:Nanette   (Netflix)

Saturday, August 04, 2018

Playlist for 8/4

Fleetwood Mac - Future Games
Fleetwood Mac - Penguin
Fleetwood Mac - Heroes Are Hard To Find
Mary Margaret O'Hara - Miss America
John Hartford - Down By The River
Robert Ellis & Courtney Hartman - Dear John
Come to the Sunshine: Summershine Vol. 3 - Podcast
Suffers - Everything Here
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