Friday, February 17, 2017

Playlist for 2/17

Heatwave - Hot Property
Heatwave - Candles
Heatwave - Current
Al Jarreau - Live In Europe 1977
Brad Mehldau Trio - Blues and Ballads
Aloha Got Soul - Various
Band of Heathens - Duende
Run The Jewels - RTJ3
XX - I See You
Blues Masters Vol. 8 - Mississippi Delta Blues

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Favorite Love Songs (With A Twist)

This is my first attempt at a favorite romantic songs, with a twist.  They can't be ones that always show up on every Great Love Songs list.

For now I'm starting out with a modest batch of songs.  But I'll be expanding as more come to light.  All of these Valentine's Day type tracks have meant something to me at some point in my life.

Alexander O'Neal - If You Were Here Tonight
Bread - Make It With You
Daryl Hall & John Oates - One On One
Ella Fitzgerald - I Concentrate On You
ELO - Strange Magic
Elvis Presley - Fame and Fortune
Frank Sinatra - You Make Me Feel So Young
Gladys Knight & The Pips - You're The Best Thing That's Ever Happened To Me
Gregory Abbott - Shake You Down
Isley Brothers - Voyage to Atlantis
Janet Jackson - Let's Wait Awhile
Joni Mitchell - Case of You
L.T.D.  - Love Ballad
Luther Vandross - If Only For One Night
Marvin Gaye - After The Dance
Maxwell - Whenever, Wherever, Whatever
Merle Haggard - That's The Way Love Goes
Michael Jackson - Lady In My Life
Norman Connors - You Are My Starship
Peabo Bryson - I'm So Into You
Prince  - Do Me Baby
Ray, Goodman & Brown - Special Lady
Roxy Music - Avalon
Rufus featuring Chaka Khan - Sweet Thing
Smokey Robinson - Quiet Storm
Stevie Wonder - You and I
Stylistics - I'm Stone In Love With You
Teddy Pendergrass & Stephanie Mills - Feel The Fire
Tom Jones - Move Closer
Willie Nelson - Moonlight In Vermont

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Playlist for 2/11

Curtis Mayfield - There's No Place Like America Today
Curtis Mayfield - Got To Find A Way
Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes - I Don't Want To Go Home
Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes - This Time It's For Real
Los Dug Dug's - Smog
Paul Chain - Sign From Space
Dale Watson & Ray Benson - Dale & Ray
New Edition - Candy Girl
New Edition - s/t
New Edition -  All For Love
New Edition Story (TV Movie)

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Playlist for 2/6

Shuggie Otis - Here Comes
Shuggie Otis - Freedom Flight
James Carr - You Got My Mind Messed Up
James Carr - Man Needs A Woman
David Ruffin - My Whole Word Ended
Robert Ward - Fear No Evil
Andre Isoir -  Bach: Art of Fugue
Andrew Manze - Bach: Solo & Double Violin Concertos
Isabelle Faust - Brahms:Horn Trio
Kuijken Ensemble - Debussy: Chamber Music
J.P. Harris - Why Don't We Duet In The Road (EP)
Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition

Sunday, February 05, 2017

My Dad 9 Years Later (+ His Record Collection)

Besides passing along his love of sports, my Dad also passed along his love of music.  He had a small but eclectic vinyl/8-track collection.  I absorbed all of it. My interest in music was piqued. By 1974 at the age of 10, I had become hooked on AM Pop music. But even though he never knew it, my Dad helped propel my lifelong love affair with music.  For years, these were the only records I heard.

Later, as my record collection grew my Dad often looked in awe at the burgeoning shelves of CD's or vinyl.  One regret I have is not telling him how much his records played a part in my music tastes.

Below is a list, as I remember it, of his vinyl collection (and some 8-tracks).  I heard these records many times. Lots of Country and Pop vocalists.  Most are from the early 70's.  I've got some of these, but many are out of print and have never been released on CD or digitally (as of February 2017).

Elvis Presley - Elvis (1973)
Elvis Presley - Aloha From Hawaii
Elvis Presley - Raised On Rock
Elvis Presley - Legendary Performer Vol. 2
Jerry Lee Lewis - Sometimes A Memory Ain't Enough
Chuck Berry - San Francisco Dues
Neil Diamond - Tap Root Manuscript
Engelbert Humperdinck - After The Lovin'
Tom Jones - Body and Soul of
Tom Jones - Greatest Hits (bought at his concert which my parents attended)
Johnny Mathis - I'm Coming Home
Tommy Overstreet - Heaven Is My Woman's Love
Merle Haggard - His 30th Album
Merle Haggard - Okie From Muskogee
Merle Haggard - If We Make It Through December
Johnny Cash - Ragged Old Flag
Charley Pride - 10th Album
Charley Pride - Sings Heart Songs
Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn - Louisiana Woman/Mississippi Man
Loretta Lynn - Entertainer of the Year
Johnny Rodriguez - All I Ever Meant To Do Was Sing
George Jones & Tammy Wynette - Let's Build A World Together
Charlie Rich - Very Special Love Songs
Charlie Rich - Tomorrow Night
Tom T. Hall - In Search Of A Song
Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge - Full Moon
John Denver - Rocky Mountain High
Jim Ed Brown - Morning
Don Gibson - Snap Your Fingers
Hank Williams Jr. - After You/Pride's Not Hard To Swallow
Jerry Reed - Lord Mr. Ford
Shirley Bassey - Never, Never, Never
Fifth Dimension -Age of Aquarius

(8 tracks)
Rod McKuen - New Ballads
San Sebastian Strings - The Sea
Elvis Presley - Love Letters From
Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell  - s/t

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Top 25 Rock Hall Snubs & Other Thoughts (Updated 2017 Rock Hall Inductees Announcement)

Below is a list of my Top 20 Rock Hall snubs as of the 2017 Inductee Announcement. Ask me in a month from now, and the rankings could change.   If you don't see your favorite artists listed, then they are probably included on my never-ending  Rock Hall Wish List .

1.  Spinners
2.  Gram Parsons/Flying Burrito Brothers
3.  Neville Brothers/Aaron Neville/Meters
4.  Roxy Music
5.  Janet Jackson
6.  Joe Cocker
7.  Monkees
8.  Joe Tex
9   Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes/Teddy Pendergrass
10. Moody Blues
11. Kool & The Gang
12. War
13. Commodores
14. Barry White
15. Warren Zevon
16.  Cars
17.  Neil Sedaka
18.  Smiths
19.  Chaka Khan
20.  Dionne Warwick
21.  Harry Nilsson
22.  Chuck Willis
23.  Bad Company/Free
24.  Whitney Houston
25.  Marvelettes

Okay, time to talk about the headache that is the Early Influence Category.  And begin a Veterans Committee. 
Since the 2000 class, there have been 3, yes 3, Early Influence inductees.  And two of those, Wanda Jackson and Freddie King were part of the performer ballot.
Before 2000, the Hall was averaging two EI acts a year.  Yes, they had to play catch up with history. The field was wide,  with many worthy names to pick from.
But not everybody got included in the pre-2000 bounty.
I've begun to believe that all artists who first recorded in the 1950's should be included in a new category.  Scrap the Early Influence name and put those artists before a Veterans Committee. Similar to what sports Halls of Fame do with acts that were overlooked by the main voting bloc.  Call it what you want, but I think good old Veterans Committee sounds about right.

But wait a minute. That brings up another debate.  Is it fair to put a Sister Rosetta Tharpe (first record 1938) against the Chantels (first record 1957)?  Maybe you divide the 50's Rock era candidates with the pre-50's ones?  I wouldn't let anyone leave the NomCom meeting until we figure this out.  Which is a better alternative than what they are doing now.

As far as the main NomCom ballot,  I think it was foolish to put the Chantels on the same ballot with the Stooges, KISS and LL Cool J.  Which is what happened in 2010.  And 6 time nominee Chuck Willis' last nod in 2011 had him listed with Alice Cooper, Tom Waits, and yes, LL Cool J.  On the 2017 ballot, Joe Tex was amongst 18 other names.  All more well-known then him.  I just don't think voters know much about Willis or the Chantels or Tex.  As good old Jann Wenner said, voters tend to stick with what they know.

Veterans Committee  In keeping with my ideas listed above, these are just some names that could fit under the change from Early to Veterans picks.

Rock era 50's:
Patsy Cline - First record in 1955.
Johnny Burnette and the Rock 'n Roll Trio - 1956
Neil Sedaka - 1957
Chantels - 1957
Link Wray - 1956
Joe Tex - 1955
Clovers - 1950
Nina Simone - 1958
Big Mama Thornton - 1951
Billy Ward & The Dominoes - 1951
Sonny Boy Williamson II  (Rice Miller) - 1951

Pre-50's era:
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Wynonie Harris
Charley Patton
Carter Family
Ella Fitzgerald

Early 60's:
Chubby Checker - 1959
Marvelettes  - 1961
Lesley Gore - 1963
Dick Dale - 1959


Friday, January 27, 2017

Playlist for 1/27

Lucy Dacus - No Burden
Muddy Waters - At Newport
Muddy Waters - After The Rain
Sam Gopal - s/t
Hawkwind - Hall of the Mountain Grill
Hawkwind - Space Ritual
Crowded House - Together Alone
Billy Swan - I Can Help
Weeklings - Studio 2
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