Thursday, April 30, 2020

Playlist for 4/30

Sam Hunt - Southside
ACM Presents: Our Country (TV Special)
Jersey 4 Jersey Benefit Concert (TV Special)
Saving Ourselves : A BET Covid
Garth & Trisha: Live By Request (TV Special)
Reggae Tribute To Kenny Rogers (Spotify Playlist)
Ivy - Apartment Life
Uncorked - Netflix Movie Soundtrack

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Jimi Hendrix Poll

The latest poll I voted in was for Jimi Hendrix.  List my favorite Top 20 Hendrix songs, and Top 5 albums.

  1. Purple Haze
  2. All Along The Watchtower
  3. Little Wing
  4. Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
  5. Angel
  6. Foxey Lady
  7. Hey Joe
  8. Wind Cries Mary
  9. Star Spangled Banner (Woodstock)
  10. Fire
  11. Freedom
  12. Castles Made of Sand
  13. Manic Depression
  14. Hear My Train a Comin’ (Rainbow Bridge)
  15. Red House
  16. Stone Free
  17. Crosstown Traffic
  18. Dolly Dagger
  19. Wild Thing (LIve at Monterey)
  20. Burning of the Midnight Lamp
  1. Electric Ladyland
  2. Are You Experienced
  3. Axis: Bold as Love
  4. Experience Hendrix: Best of
  5. Blues

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Playlist for 4/21

Pearl Jam - Gigaton
Waxahatchee - Saint Cloud
Lilly Hiatt - Walking Proof
Ashley McBryde - Never Will
Bakersfield Sound (Spotify Playlist)
Andrea Bocelli - Music for Hope: Live from Duomo di Milano
One World: Together at Home (TV Special)

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Playlist for 4/15

Adam Schlesinger's Essential Songs (NY Times Spotify Playlist)
Childish Gambino - 3.15.20
Weeknd - After Hours
Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott - Manchester Calling
Oruc Guvenc - Rivers of One
Blinded by the Light (2019 Movie)
At Home with Farm Aid (AXSTV)

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Shoulda Been A Bigger Hit Poll (2020 Edition)

Once again I voted in this poll.  This is from a Facebook group I'm part of that used to be  called I.R.S. ("It Really Shoulda" been a bigger hit!).  Now for some reason they changed their name to Wow 100. The concept now is to list songs that make you say Wow! the first time you hear them. I like the old concept better. And besides, when I hear a great song I'm always thinking in terms of Wow-ness. All of my choices below peaked outside the Top 10.  List can go up to 100 songs. 

1.  Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
2.  Solitary Man - Neil Diamond
3.  Tiny Dancer - Elton John
4.  Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again - Fortunes
5.  Take It Easy - Eagles
6.  Always and Forever - Heatwave
7.  At Last - Etta James
8.  Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now - McFadden & Whitehead
9.  In The Midnight Hour - Wilson Pickett
10. I Melt With You -  Modern English
11. I Wanna Be Your Lover - Prince
12. To Love Somebody - Bee Gees
13. Wonderful World - Sam Cooke
14. Baby I Need You Loving - Four Tops
15. I Only Have Eyes For You - Flamingos
16. God Only Knows - Beach Boys
17. This Magic Moment - Drifters
18. Try A Little Tenderness - Otis Redding
19. Way You Do The Things You Do - Temptations
20. Respect Yourself - Staple Singers
21. Ooh Baby Baby - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
22. I'm Every Woman - Chaka Khan
23. Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel - Tavares
24. Stairway To Heaven - Led Zeppelin
25. What I Like About You - Romantics
26. In The Still Of The Nite - Five Satins
27. Don't Make Me Over - Dionne Warwick
28. Sex Machine - James Brown
29. Operator - Jim Croce
30. Holiday - Madonna
31. Disco Inferno - Trammps
32. Tutti-Frutti - Little Richard
33. I Saw Her Standing There - Beatles
34. Since I Don't Have You - Skyliners
35. Reet Petite - Jackie Wilson
36. I Only Want To Be With You - Dusty Springfield
37. Hold On I'm A Comin' - Sam & Dave
38. SOS - Abba
39. By The Time I Get To Phoenix - Glen Campbell
40. Super Freak - Rick James
41. All My Loving  - Beatles
42. In The Air Tonight - Phil Collins
43. Fever - Little Willie John
44. For The Good Times - Ray Price
45. It's A Shame - Spinners
46. Wild Night - Van Morrison
47. Lies - Knickerbockers
48. Treat Me Nice - Elvis Presley
49. More Today Than Yesterday - Spiral Staircase
50. Maybe Baby - Buddy Holly
51. Walking In The Rain - Ronettes
52. But It's Alright - J.J. Jackson
53. Carry On Wayward Son - Kansas
54. Sincerely - Moonglows
55. Forget Me Nots - Patrice Rushen
56. So Very Hard To Go - Tower of Power
57. Just What I Needed - Cars
58. Our Lips Are Sealed - Go-Go's
59. River Deep-Mountain High - Ike & Tina Turner
60. Love The One You're With - Stephen Stills
61. Wild World - Cat Stevens
62. Listen To The Music - Doobie Brothers
63. Baby I Love Your Way (live) - Peter Frampton
64. Into The Night - Benny Mardones
65. Different Drum - Linda Ronstadt
66. This Old Heart Of Mine - Isley Brothers
67. Wishing You Were Here - Chicago
68. Undun- Guess Who
69. Just Like Me - Paul Revere & The Raiders
70. Faithfully - Journey
71. Free Ride - Edgar Winter Group
72. Time Has Come Today - Chambers Brothers
73. I've Been Lonely Too Long - Rascals
74. Tired Of Being Alone - Al Green
75. Girl On Fire - Alicia Keys
76. Strange Magic - ELO
77. That's The Way Of The World - Earth, Wind & Fire
78. Games People Play - Joe South
79. Summer Rain - Johnny Rivers
80. One Of A Kind (Love Affair) - Spinners
81. Piano Man - Billy Joel
82. I'm Into Something Good - Herman's Hermits
83. Let's Spend The Night Together - Rolling Stones
84. Blue Bayou - Roy Orbison
85. Tuesday Afternoon - Moody Blues
86. Steppin' Stone - Monkees
87. So Far Away - Carole King
88. Itchycoo Park - Small Faces
89. Any Day Now - Chuck Jackson
90. People Get Ready - Impressions
91. It's My Life - Animals
92. Let's Have A Party - Wanda Jackson
93. Kentucky Rain - Elvis Presley
94. Right Down The Line - Gerry Rafferty
95. I Saw The Light - Todd Rundgren
96. Having A Party - Sam Cooke
97. Mighty Love - Spinners
98. Oye Como Va - Santana
99. My Mistake - Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye
100. Waiting On The World To Change - John Mayer

Thursday, April 09, 2020

Playlist for 4/9

Heavy Soul Vol. 2 - Various (Mojo Magazine)
Austin 100: 2020 - Various (NPR)
Cornershop - England Is A Garden
Maria McKee - La Vita Nuova
Joe Diffie - Homecoming: Bluegrass Album
Lawrence Reynolds - Jesus Is A Soul Man

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

RIP John Prine

The phrase I see most often to describe John Prine is an "American Treasure". And that he was.  Prine's songs were wry, touching and always delivered with just the right amount of vocal warmth and wit. He became one of the Fathers of the Americana genre.

His 1971 self-titled debut is the classic Prine album.  Most of his classic songs are here: "Illegal Smile", "Hello In There", "Sam Stone", "Angel From Montgomery." My second favorite Prine albums is 1991's Missing Years, which was his first studio album in 5 years at that time.  But his whole catalog is a wonder.  Not a bad one in the bunch.  And he went out on top with 2018's Tree of Forgiveness.  Happily there's also a good compilation in his catalog: 1993's Anthology (Rhino).  A solid 2-CD set that went from his debut to the Missing Years.  Streaming playlists will fill you in after 1991 (be sure to check out his 1999 Country covers album with female singers, especially Iris DeMent on the title track that Prine wrote called In Spite Of Ourselves.  I saw Prine in concert at a KPIG-FM (an Anericana station in Northern California) jamboree in the mid-90's.  By then I was a fan (thanks to the Pig playing his music constantly).  He had a laidback stage presence, that worked with the songs he was singing. And his introductions to each of them were ace. 

Prine was finally inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2019.  The year before he was a nominee for the Rock Hall Class of 2019.  He didn't get into the latter, but should have (that's another argument).  

For those of you unfamiliar with all he left us behind, now is the time to catch up to one heck of an American Treasure.

Saturday, April 04, 2020

RIP Bill Withers

It's jarring looking at the Bill Withers discography, especially on Spotify.  Nine albums (8 studio, 1 live one) released between 1971-85.  And that's it.  Withers stopped recording after 1985.  He was only 47.  For 35 years Withers sat on the sidelines, frustrated with record company politics. 

The accolades wouldn't come until the 2000's.  Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Rock Hall of Fame in 2015.  Reissues of his 9 albums were also met with praise. 
Withers was late to the hit parade.  He didn't record his first album until he was 33.  On those early albums he emerged as a fresh African-American singer/songwriter.  Whose best songs combined a literal interpretation of his life and the world around him.  With a clear, plain spoken voice, Withers didn't sound like any other R&B singer who crossed over to the Pop Top 40.

My favorite albums remain his first 3: Just As I Am, Still Bill and Live at Carnegie Hall.  All from 71-73.  The two studio albums include his most popular songs.  The live one is a revelation that has the devastating Vietnam era "I Can't Write Left-Handed" and a monstrous version of "Harlem/Cold Baloney."

That's not to say post-73 Withers didn't have nothing to say.  You can't go wrong with "Just The Two Of Us", "Lovely Day", "Oh Yeah", "Ruby Lee". 

Withers run at the top was brief.  But those records still sound fresh today. Who knows what he left behind after 1985?  For more check out the 2009 documentary Still Bill.

Thursday, April 02, 2020

Playlist for 4/2

Brandy Clark - Your Life Is A Record
Tammy Wynette - Ways To Love A Man
Linda Martell - Color Me Country
Caroline Rose - Superstar
Rise Up: Songs of the Women’s Movement
James Hunter - Nick of Time
Swamp Dogg - Sorry You Couldn't Make It
IHeart Living Room Concert
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