Most of an individual's favourite music will date back to his or her formative years. For me, 'the day the music died' was with Punk and so most of my selections will be from a time before many on here were born. Transporting you back to a time that proper music was played on proper musical equipment is all part of the service.
A Argent - Hold Your Head Up A driving start with a neglected gem that neatly bookends the album with the 'Z' selection.
B Jackson Browne - Of Missing Persons God Only Knows would be the selection more often than not but I'm in a JB mood at the moment and this is one of his most personal songs.
C Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Ohio From an age when protest songs were common, one of the angriest written in response to the killing of 4 students at Kent State University by the National Guard.
D Drifters - On Broadway. Needed some Ben E King and this is the best.
E Eagles - Desperado Several good versions of this song but the original is still the best.
F Fever Tree - San Francisco Girls (Return Of The Native) Very few will have heard of this but it's a fine example of late Sixties West Coast music even though the band originated in Texas.
G Andrew Gold - Free The man wrote some timeless pop songs. This is one of his saddest.
H Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks - I Scare Myself Another obscure one. I first heard them on John Peel's radio show and I'm a sucker for a raw violin sound. Some may recognise it from the version by Thomas Dolby.
I Icehouse - Great Southern Land One for Sandy. Iva not trying to sound like Bryan Ferry for once.
J Billy Joel - Scenes From An Italian Restaurant 'A bottle of white, a bottle of red.'
K Kings Of Convenience - Winning A Battle, Losing The War Has to be a king. Already done Ben E and, although Carole is a wonderful songwriter, I'm going with the Norwegian Simon & Garfunkel.
L Love - Alone Again Or The first track on one of my favourite albums. Always gives the thrill of anticipation for the other gems to come.
M Alannah Myles - Black Velvet Probably the only track of hers that anyone could name but I just love that dirty Southern sound.
N Graham Nash - Chicago Another protest song from my youth that takes me back to a different time.
O Oasis - Champagne Supernova For all that Liam is a pain in the @rse, his voice was very strong on the first 2 albums and this song rounded off What's The Story perfectly.
P Alan Parsons Project - Eye In The Sky You'll probably recognise this one even if you didn't know who it was by. Class.
Q Quarterflash - Harden My Heart A difficult letter for the best group but this track is a stand-out and a staple of 80s American compilations.
R Tom Robinson - Atmospherics (Listen To The Radio) Just as a variation from the general REM (my choice in the group album) theme. I've got this on vinyl 45 and it still exudes quality.
S Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band - Hollywood Nights The most difficult selection of the lot, with songs like The Boxer and Goin' Back missing out, but the urgent rhythm behind a musician at the height of his powers gets this one in.
T James Taylor - Shower The People Rather like Desperado, there have been some decent versions of this - there's a particularly good live version by the Dixie Chicks on YouTube - but the original is again my choice.
U Unit 4 + 2 - Baby Never Say Goodbye Their last top 50 single and another in my 45s collection. Brings back memories of sunny student days.
V Sarah Vaughan - Summertime The song had to feature somewhere and no-one better than the Divine Sarah.
W Joe Walsh - Rocky Mountain Way Everybody plug in your air guitar. His contribution to the guitar break on Hotel California was sublime but this one is all his own work.
X Xandria - Ravenheart To be honest, I didn't want to go with XTC so I did some googling and found this. Not half bad either.
Y Neil Young - Keep On Rockin' In The Free World Had to be Neil but the choice is almost random because of the vast choice of material covering different styles of music. In the end I went for a song that's a highlight of his shows with Crazy Horse.
Z Zombies - Time Of The Season The matching bookend for Argent.
Loving The Drifters on there, but Ben didn't sing that one, matey, it was Rudy Lewis. Ben's finest Drifters song was Spanish Harlem for me. On Broadway is still a great shout though, as is Neil Young and The Zombies. I'll have to have a listen to a few of the other ones too.
Thanks for sharing, mate, excellent write up to accompany each choice too.
Post by hatter_in_macc on May 15, 2015 23:23:13 GMT
Great selection, archie.
With you all the way, in particular, so far as Alone Again Or and Rocky Mountain Way are concerned. And Scenes From An Italian Restaurant, too - which is, for me, a classic album-closer. Or, at least, an A-side closer. God, I'm getting old...
Loving The Drifters on there, but Ben didn't sing that one, matey, it was Rudy Lewis. Ben's finest Drifters song was Spanish Harlem for me.
To be honest, I never checked the singer and just assumed it was Ben because it sounded like him which was probably the intention. Thanks for putting me right. I agree about Spanish Harlem being another fine song but I've always thought it was a Ben solo. Could be wrong about that as well though. The only vinyl I have of the Drifters is 'I Count The Tears' which I'm fairly sure is Ben but didn't make the cut against On Broadway.
And Scenes From An Italian Restaurant, too - which is, for me, a classic album-closer. Or, at least, an A-side closer.
Know what you mean, Maccy. The Stranger is a top album. In his autobiography, Neil Young has a bit of a go about how he used to think very carefully about track order on vinyl because he thought it was important to get a proper balance. He tried to create 2 mini albums per LP. You can imagine what he thinks about MP3 shuffle.
When I did my original selection, and indeed when Sandy was having us vote on the original CD, I thought that 'B' was the most competitive letter so I've had a little think and come up with this 26 track compilation from different Bs in my own collection.
1. Bachman Turner Overdrive - You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet LP Not Fragile (1974)
2. The Band - The Weight 1968 single
3. Barclay James Harvest - Mocking Bird LP Once Again (1971)
4. The John Barry Seven - The Magnificent Seven 1961 single
5. Beach Boys - Don't Worry Baby CD Made In The USA (1986)
6. Beatles - Ticket To Ride CD Help (2009) Original recording 1965
7. Beautiful South - I'll Sail This Ship Alone CD Welcome To The Beautiful South (1989)
8. Pat Benatar - Invincible CD Seven The Hard Way (1985)
9. Black - Wonderful life CD Wonderful Life (1987)
10. Mary Black - The Urge For Going CD Babes In The Wood (1991)
11. Black Sabbath - Paranoid LP Paranoid (1970)
12. Blood, Sweat & Tears - You've Made Me So Very Happy 1969 single
Post by hatter_in_macc on Jul 20, 2015 15:04:59 GMT
Good stuff, archie. I, too, found that 'B' - along with perhaps 'S' - offered the widest array of quality acts from which to choose!
The Bo Street Runners track is one that I need to search out. Presumably, you are familiar with this later little nugget that Mick F and the Mac boys (as were) recorded under the 'Earl Vince & the Valiants' pseudonym: