Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Kirsty Kronikles

In addition to her impeccable pop sensibilities and eclectic tastes, Kirsty Maccoll was a great singer, a witty and incisive lyricist, and despite her stage fright, a terrific live act (I saw her at Tramps in New York City in 1995). And from all accounts I've read, she was a caring and charming person. She was killed in a tragic boating accident in Mexico almost 9 years ago at the age of 41 only a few months before her last (and maybe best) album Tropical Brainstorm was released. Had she lived, she would have turned 50 this month. So to honor, the late great Ms. Maccoll, here's 30 songs not found on any of her major formal releases (Kite, Electric Landlady, Titanic Days, or Tropical Brainstorm) all of which you should get if you don't have them already (especially Kite and Tropical Brainstorm).

Keep Your Hands Off My Baby
Darling, Let's Have Another Baby
Irish Cousin
Perfect Day [feat. Evan Dando]
The Real Ripper
Mexican Sofa
Turn My Motor On
Queen Of The High Teas
Please Help Me, I'm Falling
Don't Run Away from Me Now
See That Girl
Quietly Alone
London Bridge Is Falling Down
As Long As You Hold Me

Disc Two

El Paso
All The Tears That I Cried
Dear John
Fairytale Of New York
He Thinks I Still Care
I Want Out
Sun On The Water
Please Go to Sleep
I Am Afraid
You Caught Me Out
He's on the Beach
Still Life

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Sweet Sounds of Muscle Shoals: Vol. 4 - "More Power to Ya!"

Well, I finally my grubby little mitts on a copy of the 4th volume of The Sweet Sounds of Muscle Shoals!!!! It's a vinyl copy which means the songs are slightly different than the cd version. Also, since I'm still burning my vinyl to a cd recorder connected to my stereo, there's a few little noise on some of the tracks.
Now I gotta say I don't think Volume 4 is quite good as the previous three, but there's still a lot of good stuff - my faves are Bill Brandon's "All I Need is You" and Tony Borders "Gentle on My Mind".

(Btw, as someone informed me in the comments section when I posted the previous three volumes, there is a Volume 5, but that one seems really rare.)

More Power to Ya Don Varner
Heaven Help Me (I'm Falling In Love With You) June Edwards
Please Don't Break My Heart (Like You Did Jerry's) Tony Borders
All I Need Is You Bill Brandon
It's A Man's World Buddy Causey
Gentle On My Mind Tony Borders
The Sweetest Story Don Varner
It Sure Was Fun Eddie Bradford
I Met Her In Church Tony Borders
A Mighty Long Way Eddie Bradford
What The World Needs Now Bill Brandon
Headman Tony Borders
My Man (My Sweet Man) June Edwards
Home For The Summer Don Varner
Don't Let Go Tony Borders
To Make My Life Beautiful Bill Brandon

Thursday, October 15, 2009

This Way to the Velvet Underground

It'd be nice if I had something bold and insightful to say about the Velvet Underground, but it's not like kegs of ink haven't already been spilled on the subject. However, since there really isn't a comprehensive best of collection for the band, here ya go..... And like last week's post, you can download both discs as one download.

Disc One

White Light, White Heat
I'm Waiting for the Man
Foggy Notion
I Found A Reason
Stephanie Says
What Goes On
Venus in Furs
Sunday Morning
Some Kinda Love
Temptation Inside Your Heart
Oh! Sweet Nuthin'
The Black Angel's Death Song

Disc Two

I Can't Stand It
Run Run Run
There She Goes Again
The Gift
That's the Story of My Life
One of These Days
Femme Fatale
Andy's Chest
Beginning to See the Light
Pale Blue Eyes
I'll Be Your Mirror
Who Loves The Sun

Thursday, October 8, 2009

At the No Hope Bar with Bobby and Holly

Ever since I heard Holly Golightly sing Further On Up the Road, I thought I should put her and Bobby "Blue" Bland together on a mixtape (and yes I know Bobby didn't write the song, but well, he does make it his.) So here's a couple of short mixtapes (combined into one download) for you.

Side One

Stormy Monday Bobby "Blue" Bland
Further On Up The Road Holly Golightly
Won't Go Out Holly Golightly
I Take It On Home Bobby "Blue" Bland
Tell Me Now So I Know Holly Golightly
That Did It Bobby "Blue" Bland
Wherever You Were Holly Golightly
Cry, Cry, Cry Bobby "Blue" Bland
You Ought To Be Ashamed Bobby Blue Bland
Your Love Is Mine Holly Golightly
I've Been Wrong So Long Bobby "Blue" Bland
Here Beside You Holly Golightly
Blind Man Bobby "Blue" Bland
Slowly But Surely Holly Golightly

Side Two

Run Cold Holly Golightly
I Woke Up Screaming Bobby "Blue" Bland
An Eye for an Empty Heart Holly Golightly
That Did It (Single Version) Bobby "Blue" Bland
Cold Day in Hell Bobby "Blue" Bland
If I Could Just Be Loved by You Holly Golightly
I'll Take Care Of You Bobby "Blue" Bland
There's An End Holly Golightly
Ain't Nothing You Can Do Bobby "Blue" Bland
Serial Girlfriend Holly Golightly
Here Beside You Holly Golightly
I'm On My Way Bobby Blue Bland
No Hope Bar Holly Golightly
Two Steps From The Blues Bobby "Blue" Bland

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Still Causing a Commotion

Well, it's time for another guest contribution to the blog. The copy is on its way, but in the meantime, here's my friend Julian's mixtape of Lloyd Cole's solo (mostly) work after he parted ways with the Commotions.

Morning Is Broken
So You'd Like To Save The World
Woman in a Bar
Another Lover
Pay For It
No More Love Songs
She's a Girl and I'm a Man
Unhappy Song
Alright People
A Long Way Down
People Ain't No Good
Happy For You
Margo's Waltz
I Hate To See You Baby Doing That Stuff
Fool You Are (Demo)