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Friday, June 10, 2022
 

Pazz & Jop 2007 materials worlds?


Just now realized that there is no trace of one—-as such, though many wine-fine  candidates appear in this search of reviews from the long-gone Paper Thin Walls—-should clean up some of my writing, maybe, but please excuse any mess and go for info: https://papercomet.blogspot.com/search?q=2007

Also dig these, from my Voice stash:

Elana James: https://myvil.blogspot.com/2016/06/a-dylan-co-conspirator-swings-out-of.html

It's Silver Monk Tyme! 

https://myvil.blogspot.com/2016/06/silver-monk-time-tribute-to-monks.html

Isbell's first, still  one of his best evah:

https://myvil.blogspot.com/2016/06/sirens-of-ditch.html

The Sandinista! Project: amazing tributary-extension:

https://myvil.blogspot.com/2016/06/clash-stash-actually-cuts-crap.html

also : https://thefreelancementalists.blogspot.com/2008/02/don-allred-nashville-scene-country.html

Young Marble Giants' most complete works, up to that point anyway:

https://myvil.blogspot.com/2016/06/young-marble-giants-colossal-youth-and.html

Pylon's Gyrate Plus (yes, I got origin of name wrong, according to Vanessa B.'s much-later interview, but only alluded to it, and  in ways that do suit their music)

https://myvil.blogspot.com/2016/06/the-young-and-barnstorming.html

Os Mutantes live alb, celebrating '06 show, yum:

https://myvil.blogspot.com/2016/06/sweet-peaks.html

And, since I've taken it this far, some from so-far-unblogged Collegetown clips:

We Are The Fury 

Thursday @ the Basement

 Toledo's own We Are The Fury are glammed-out veterans of the Vans Warped Tour, and their current album, Venus, is one rocking jewel box. Frontman Jeremy Lublin is more uncut earnest than cocky, and he just has to speak his mind, whether it gets him into/kicked out of the boudoir or not. But the music adapts to his every mood, with a saxophone here, a piano there, and "Close Your Eyes" is a power ballad of rare flair.

Los Straitjackets 

Thursday @Little Brother's 

Mexican-wrestling-masked Los Straitjackets specialize in mad-to-mellow surfabilly instrumentals, but their new Rock En Espaňol, Volume One sports several vivacious guest vocalists on reborn  60s Spanish-language radio versions of contemporaneous Top 40 hits, dance pop all the way  Los Lobos' Cesar Rosas gets "Dizzy Miss Lizzy" into (and out of) the polka dots and sunspots of "El Microscopico Bikini";  Thee Midnighters' Little Willie G. lilts and tilts "Dame Una Sena"("Gimme Little Sign"); and "Calor" (AKA "Slow Down") is cool rocked by Big Sandy, special guest on Los Straitjackets' current tour.

Earl Greyhound 

Thursday @ the Ravari Room

  Earl Greyhound are x-ray vision scholars of the Beatles, the Jimi Hendrix Experience,  Mother's Finest, Led Zeppelin, Queen, and Prince's Black Album: they know how to combine humor and excitement, tunes and thunder. Also, on their current Soft Targets, they trust their power trio setup, without too many overdubs, and they don't squeeze their harmonies too much (helps that one of them is a girl). Earl Greyhound sound like grownups who still know how to ride bicycles down the back stairs (because sometimes you really gotta).

Matt Pond PA

Thursday @The Basement

 Singer-songwriter-bandleader Matt Pond is indeed from PA, with a knack for UK-associated, glum but fervent, rainy day rock-soul-pop, in the tradition of the Kinks and the Zombies, Pulp and the Cure. Pond's new album, Last Light, the first he's produced, is concise and varied, building moody momentum. Guests include Neko Case, Kelly Hogan, Bardo Pond's Isobelle Sollenberger, Beck/Elliot Smith henchman Rob Schnapf, and chamber rock arranger/multi-instrumentalist  Brian Pearl. Pond's basic combo is also tight and adaptable, but can they cut it live, without the reinforcements? We'll see.

Vains of Jenna

Friday @ Lifestyles Communities Pavilion

If he ever dies, Lizzy Devine's voice will have to be disposed of as carefully as your medications. His lemon yowl is like young Billy Corgan's, if the head Pumpkin had been caught by Swedish hair metal bandits Vains of Jenna, and taught to project like young Axl Rose. VOJ's Lift Up/Let Down thrives without too many 80s production excesses, or the jokiness of The Darkness, although they're funny. And warmed up by 45 summer shows with Poison. Let the Vains bleed on you, man!

Dalek

Thursday @ the Ravari Room

The cliché tag of "underground" rap is right for Dalek's pungent layers of sound, which earned them an album-length collaboration with prog pioneers Faust. On their first three albums, they pushed the layers up into towers of rubble, recycling old wars, civilizations,  and other lost causes   On 2007's "Abandoned Language, " they scrape away the noise, and direct an "Isolated Stare" up at hovering, glittering sounds, through a fractured glass ceiling of frustration. But they persist, rapping and playing over stoically-to-angrily swinging beats. They're reputedly a formidable live act too. 

For now, I'll spare you the 2007 features from that paper, but they incl. favorable mentions of Robert Wyatt's Comicopera ( re: one of its best tracks, also see Speculations, Notes on Three Songs of the Year (07)), Blue Cheer's What Doesn't Kill You…, The Magic Numbers' Those The Brokes (UK 2005, but The U.S. release, in July 2007, drops one song and adds two, including a hidden track),  Rufus Wainwright's Release The Stars, and Oakley Hall's (Wild Wylde Western)  I'll Follow You. 












 
Saturday, May 21, 2022
 

Top 50+ (with even more occasional adds)


Repost from https://rockcritics.com/ 's frequently amazing Lifetime Top 50 series: now with bonus tracks, more comments, links 4 all (thanx & a tip of the Hatlo hat to RC's inspiring influencer, Scott Woods).


Making this list was too much like an evening spent looking at the mirror. B-but I really do like and listen to and remember a lot of other kinds of music, honest!


* childhood favorites:

*1.Rosemary Clooney: "Come On-A My House" (1951)

2.(1952) Here we have an excellent, milestoned hit example of vocalese, which is the singing of an already extrapolated jazz instrumental melody: in this case, James Moody's revelatory take on a dear olde crooner standard, "I'm In The Mood For Love"----now KP pumps Eddie Jefferson's previous vocalese version into spiraling, early 50s-appropriate high anxiety (long before Mel Brooks' Sinatroid theme song for his movie of that title) . "What is all this talk, about loving me, my sweet?" queries Blossom Dearie---but woman's work is never done, and she carefully tries to lead him toward the jazz standard of mental hygiene (again: early 50s). This is something of a forerunner to the musical relationship of Louis Prima and Keely Smith (though she gives zoomy Louie the deadpan side eye, crooning by more than to him)(the latter relationship, as Phil Freeman points out, itself might-as-well-be spawning the comedy personae of TV-series era of itchy Sonny and zingy Cher, so meet the hipper grandfolks in their prime)

King Pleasure ft. Blossom Dearie----Moody's Mood For Love  (1952)

*3 Rosemary Clooney: Mambo Italiano (1954) A take-off on that mambo craze, with another "Come On-A" dash of  ethnic funnin': "Mama mia 'ats-sa spicy meatball!" My goal!

*4.Mom:

 "The Party's Over" (late 50s)

– She probably heard Nat King Cole's 1957 version; he was my Dad's favorite singer, and Cole's version turns out to be just the way I remember her singing it, after a big party, long in the making. Nat King Cole---"The Party's Over"


Henry Mancini:

*5. Jazz Detective! Cool and relentless.

Henry Mancini---"Peter Gunn Theme" (1959):(Subtheme:  warm chords on  a maybe hollow-body electric guitar,against an semi-abstract painting, going to commercials—maybe in here: Peter Gunn Soundtrack Suite)


*6 The first song I cam recall grabbing me directly frpm radio. Not TV, although Horton already worked the kid appeal with movie themes. Like "Sink The Bismark." This was written by Jimmie Driftwood, said to be a former schoolteacher, whose historical ditties were ,meant to lasso his students. Perfect for Horton's brand and rolling enunciation, also a cartoon epic: when "The gator lost his mind," same here. This is speedier than I remembered:  Johnny Horton--"The Battle of New Orleans" (1959)


Bob Dylan:

7. "Tombstone Blues"(1965)

8. "Desolation Row"(1965)

9. "Dear Landlord"(1967)

Nico:

10. "Chelsea Girls"(1967)

11. "These Days"(1967)

12."Eulogy To Lenny Bruce"(1967) (sounds worse than remembered at first; imagine it better)

The Beatles:

13. "I Am The Walrus"

Fairport Convention:

14. "Nottamun Town"(1969)

15. "I'll Keep It With Mine"(1969)

Flying Burrito Brothers:

16. "Sin City" (1969)

More timely than evah, of course, but what are these righteous harmonists doing in this den of iniquity? The Louvin Brothers on tour? Swapping places with those hotel hallway twins in The Shining? Na. Some say the tape was recorded or mastered or some shit at the wrong speed, a little higher than intended. It works, and never again would Parsons or Hillman sound like they did together,on this album and the relatively disappointing follow-up. Together  (It's okay though: GP was even better while stepping back for Emmylou). 




17. Living, working so far out in the country back then that interraciality was a necessity, and fine, 'til The years rolled past our land, They took back what they'd given, and Dusty's silver voice keeps the eerie temporality of beauty rolling on, for a while.

This is the mono single, now on her all-mono The Complete Atlantic Singles ( sounding more jumped-up than it does in my mind; imagine it less so)

Dusty Springfield "Willie and Laura Mae Jones"Jones" (1969)



Bob Dylan:

18."if Dogs Run Free"  (1970)

Velvet Underground:

19. Aw, can't find the original LP version, which seemed like a microcosm of refreshed, updated power-art-pop VUness: details, immediacy, humor, imagery, hipness, sweetness. driiive —-but seeming clarity of remaster ls appropriate for grabby expansiveness and all (Vocal now seems more jacked-up, but appropriate re desperate to leave this nowhere scene, and jump into radio station—ha  this the album meant to have commercial potential:he really think program directors wouldn't think he sounded too jacked-up desperate)(maybe also check versions on Spotify etc,;the links here are all free of passwords) 

 "Rock and Roll"(1970)


20.(1971)

(Some of my picks also stand for others: this one also goes out to Fugs, Rounders, Hurley, and the whole sick Have Moicy crew). Written with her buddies Michael McClure (West Coast Beat poet-playwright-novelist, Morrison buddy too, also collab w Manzarek) and Bobby Neuwirth (singer-songwriter, notable zinger in Don't Look Back), this could have come off like hipsters sneering, slumming, but she squeezes genuine conditioned hopes & dreamz of commercial validation, solace, near-universal on some levels, certainly in Amerika, through each droll, maudlin note (note: the also solo demo of "Me and Bobbie McGhee" has her doing it all, musically soulfully doesn't really need The Full Tilt Boogie Band, good as they are on radio product)

Janis Joplin---Mercedes Benz  (1971)


21. From the Rainbow Bridge soundtrack, a moonlit instrumental of tiny lifeforms, vibrating faster and faster in the steady change, moonlight guiding waves of phosphorescence(not seeing this version on Youtube at the moment).Hard to find, but think  Vimeo's thee original,or close to it:

Jimi Hendrix----"Pali Gap" (1971)


22. (1973 The Great Lost Kinks Album audio; the 1971 Percy soundtrack crowds the vocal w. instrumental sound)

The Kinks----"The Way Love Used To Be" (Other side of this coin, same collection—in fact, the very next track: "I'm  Not Like Everybody Else.")


23. Judy Collins: "Famous Blue Raincoat"(1971) 

Lou Reed:

24. "Wild Child"(1971)

25. "Walk  On The Wild Side" (1972) thanks Dave!

John Cale:

26."Hanky Panky"  (1973) Floating, almost surging through the ceiling.

 

27. Written by Mike Hazlewood and Albert Hammond (Sr., that Stroke's Dad), "The Air That I Breathe" first appeared on AH's It Never Rains In California (1972), and was covered the next year by Phil Everly---of this version, wiki sez: The Hollies copied the arrangement in its entirety and later acknowledged the producer, Duane Eddy. The Phil Everly version was arranged by Warren Zevon. (Zevon was then the Everlys' touring pianist, I think.) Late night revelation comes again, with all the power one Everly Brother can generate, which is plenty in this case, and sometimes all that I need. Wiki continues: The 1992 Radiohead song "Creep" uses a similar chord progression and shares some melodic content with the 1972 version of "The Air That I Breathe".[5] As a result, the song's publisher sued Radiohead for copyright infringement and a settlement was reached in which Hammond and Hazlewood were given co-writing credits and a portion of the royalties.[6][7][8] Would that Phil had sung both/"both" songs, one into the other and back again! Somebody should. Phil Everly: "The Air That I Breathe" (1973)

(PS: the Everly Brothers did a great "Love Hurts," said  in Todd Haynes's VU doc to be an inspiration for "Sweet Jane.")(Two EB versions here: Everly Bros.: "Love Hurts" (Both Versions) )

  Sir Douglas Quintet: 

28. Sir Douglas Quintet: "You're Doin' It Too Hard"(1973)

29.

1973)

The track that comes into my head most often, to. this. day-- w Lowell George; she was said to be currently harsh on her own playing: her voice and his slide implore, assure, "Please believe--"  Bonnie Raitt---I Feel The Same (1973), As in (more understated) performances by its writer, Chris Smither, the song is filed down. I'd say, "This is the flint," but flint don't have so much inside, moving along.

(Esther Phillips did a great version her way, exploring, interrogating the groove, testing resolve, as she must: Esther Phillips----I Feel The Same .)

Raitt's version always very eventually leads me into her renditions of "The Thrill Is Gone" @  ACL w Gary Clark Jr.  @ House of Blues w BB King

 

30. Gram Parsons ft. Emmylou Harris: "Hearts on Fire" (1974)

31."Love Hurts(1974)

32 ."$1000 Wedding"(1974)


33. KC and the Sunshine Band:"I Get Lifted"(1975)

Richard & Linda Thompson:

34."Night Comes In"(1975)

35. "Hard Luck Stories" (1975) 


John Cale:

36."Mr. Wilson"(1975)

37. "Pablo Picasso" (1975)

38."Walkin' The Dog"(1979)


39. Longer (1978 12" ?) version of Chic's "I Want Your Love," close, if maybe not identical to, my first-heard version on Chic-infused 1982 Soup For One soundtrack, which seems not to be on the 'Tube, at least tagged as such—strings x guitar  need a room, get it get it get it: Chic: "I Want Your Love" 

 Primo Chic, at any length.


40.Lone Justice: "Don't Toss Us Away" (1985)


41. Texas Tornados: "Who Were You Thinkin' Of"(1990)

When we were makin' love, last night. You got more out of it, than I put into it---


42. Giant Sand ft. Pappy Allen:* Welcome To My World(1991)

*https://pioneertownsun.com/pappy-allens-legacy-a-master-human-being/


43.Gillian Welch ft. David Rawlings: "Elvis Presley Blues" (2001)

Mountain blues, not too far from a bend in the river, that is, keening up through mourning and memory to one more time for me and you and P., awright.


44. The Carolina Chocolate Drops: "Hit 'Em Up Style"(2010)


45. The Bangles: "Open My Eyes" (2015)


46 Willie Nelson ft. Mavis Staples: "Grandma's Hands"(2013)


47. Kinky Friedman: "My Shit's Fucked Up"(2015)

One of Warren Zevon's final headchildren, perfectly delivered by Dr. Kinky.


48. Sunny Sweeney: "I Feel Like Hank Williams Tonight"(2017) Hey, I play jazz when I am confused, I play country whenever I lose, Bird's saxophone, it just don't seem right. And I feel like Hank Williams tonight—-Cause when I'm real high, I play rock and roll,I play country when I'm losin' control,I don't play Chuck Berry quite as much as I'd like—-


Elizabeth Cook:

49. "Half-Hanged Mary"(2020)

50. "Mary, The Submissing Years"(2020)

From late in Cook's silver spacesuit, tequila sunrise, unmistakably country---that voice, them tales---Aftermath, come the cotton-chopping machine and stort of post-hickhop infectiousness inspired by a Margaret Atwood poem, followed by an acoustic homage, prequel, parallel and (possible spoiler)possible sequel to John Prine's "Jesus, The Missing Years." Results: more than semi-beautiful.

Bonus tracks, incl from Comments section for this post on RockCrticis.com



51.  I should have found room for Moe Tucker's tremulous, determined, forever young "Waiting For The Man": whatever else is in this crazy place, she ain't leaving 'til he gets here and delivers, ditto tomorrow. (On the aptly titled I Spent A Week There The Other Night, her best that I've heard). Moe Tucker---I'm Waiting For The Man



52.  Bruce Springsteen labored for years on Born to Run, as the title became ironic, but a lot of it worked, to varying degrees–most of all, for me, in "Meeting Across the River," which still sounds like a magical one-off, with no purple passages, as written, sung, and played. Everything's come down to that meeting, and all the singer's buddy has to do is catch them a ride across the river, after changing into a better shirt. Cherry won't be mad anymore, "and I'm gonna go out walkin'." Roy Bittan's keys get room to breathe, Richard Davis's bass slips through shadows, as it did on Astral Weeks, and Randy Brecker, having left his own purple passages far behind in Blood Sweat & Tears and The Brecker Brothers Band, leans his trumpet waaay out of Cherry's nightside window and fire escape (I don't think she's home). Bruce Springsteen---Meeting Across The River


53. As someone else once pointed out in Why Music Sucks (or whatever its title was for that issue): for the benefit of all music writers and other stans, sick Lennon twists and screams his way through Larry Williams' "Bad Boy," to wit, "Aw BUUUUUYYYYYYYY evah rock-n-roll book, on tha magazine stand Which I know best from the all-highlight, cobbled-for-America Beatles VI, but this Past Masters slice should give right wrong idea. Bad Boy (Remastered 2009)


54. From the trenchant No Dirty Names (1970, crispy, often dirty year), here's one of Dave Van Ronk's jazziest (and even Beefhearty, on some of the scatting) studio performances: "One Meat Ball" is still too plainspoken for my bare head—special delivery of home truth, as friends Down Under would put it: "In his/Dreams he/Hears them call/"HE GETS NO BREAD WITH ONE MEAT BALL.Dave Van Ronk---One Meat Ball


55. On his 1973  solo debut, These Foolish Things, Bryan Ferry is the infomercial "interviewer," setting up and then replaying the increasingly huffnpuff yet unstoppably staccato imagery of Boy Dylan, "my blue-eyed son," checking in from the field. Sound EFX respond to the weaker lines, drummer to the stronger, as Harry Smith's  tabloid headlines reduce the purple thematic inflation of some songs in the same package of Smithsonian Folk Music Anthology: reduce it, yeah, like cooking with liquor had better. But not killing the flavor, na, give the drummer some: here, we can better taste thee weird charging through both ways, train-train and all that, cos It's A Hard Rain A-Gonna Fall---Bryan Ferry



56. I stepped up on the platform,

The man gave me the news.

He said, "You must be joking, son

Where did you get those shoes?

Where did you get those shoes?"

Well I–-seen 'em on the TV, the movie show

They say the times are changing but I, I, just don't know,

These things are gone forever

Over a long time ago (oh yah)

That's what he gets for wanting to tour in a minstrel show and meet Napoleon. But why does that part keep coming back through my head? I've  been a good boy, it's not fair! But that troubled stop-start insistent groove thing feels so right, that splay chord is the very hand of faith and searching meaning so you don't have to until it says so, so oh yah. (Was Dylan hearing it somewhere in Rough and Rowdy Ways? You know that patterning: I'm-a that I'm a this. "I don't love nobody so gimme a kiss." that's some kinda warm salty moistened) Pretzel Logic---Steely Dan


57. Bryan Ferry again, here to pour a "River of Salt" on my Steely marks? Not really: it's  a refreshing little shot, of sobriety, feeling the loss again, but with a jolt of recognition, however much acceptance it takes to sit down on the edge of the bed for under two minutes, singing quietly, succinctly, "My love is gone/She's left this town," at the crossroads, "River of salt/Keeps flowing down." Even the bridge, with its little breeze, leads along River of Salt---Bryan Ferry    Backstory and too much else re this b/w find: https://roxymusicsongs.com/2019/03/25/river-of-salt/ 



58. Cut to the chase: so far, my favorite "Bei Mir," in terms of drawing out and building on/distilling the melody's allure: the Benny Goodman Sextet's mostly instrumental (Martha Tilton sings just a little bit and the beginning and end, with no time to let the English lyrics do their half-assed thing) At 6 minutes and change, it generates the intensity of BG's extended "Sing, Sing,Sing," but with a seemingly lighter touch, in effect pre-channeling the best cool jazz a decade before Birth of the Cool (which isn't my favorite cool, but ok a landmark) Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen---Benny Goodman Sextet  But a close second, only because more obviously extroverted/"theatrical," is The Barry Sisters' *other*, actually all-Yiddish, version (also I think it's from the 40s )Barry Sisters---Bei mir bisti sheyn  Meanwhile, back in 1937, Ella Fitzgerald's take also has the right (protocool now creole) vibe---several posts. and this one may be in fake stereo, but I dig the slight gain in bass, and the slightly tinted nocturnal vessel of her clarity: Ella Fitzgerald and Her Savoy Eight---Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen   (The Barrys do the best "Have Nagila" I've heard (did not know it was a celebration of the harvest. but def. is), kicking off  the cooking At Home With The Barry Sisters. with this playlist slipping in some earlier, moodier, even noir-ish tracks (prob deep Yiddish theater, going back to 20s. but also  a noir/liminal WWII vibe as well, like some of Glenn Miller's Army Air Corps/Force recordings with vocalists, but moreso) and the solar-powered 1959 At Home slips out into the moonlight sometimes as well, so a good blend: At Home With The Barry Sisters)



59. Patrick Cowley, Some Funkettes: Firmly packed studio rat EP, sassy and fresh from the can, man, mid-to-late 70s queries--fave so far is instrumental version of "I Feel Love" with as much or as prominent organ as synth, maybe 60s garage fave Farfisa*, bringing out seedy soulful punky Latin highlights from melody---other fave is finale, "Spiked Punch Dub" Aye, Cap: still warm leatherette legacy brought 2020 yet another Radio Shack tape goblet ov afterglow as further intrigue: note-by-note spelling of the chorus-title of "I Feel Love," rediscovered like the first tyme on stethoscope applied to train rails and bed rails way after midnight, in that mid-60s-associated garage-y organ sound, 70s-Popular Mechanics synth: hands across the decade sea (Lou: "Ovuh the bridge wee go,,,")*Prob not really Farfisa, judging by sound, but vibe recalls it. Both tracks mentioned are also on this dandy EP, hanging out in his dandy Bandcamp crib:https://patrickcowley.bandcamp.com/album/some-funkettes

"PC is thee warm leatherette mustachio Arthur Russell re posthumous gifts that keep on coming,  and giving"---me

 

More links, June adds:

60. Kelly Hogan w Big Mike Geier: "Papa Was A Rodeo"*

Theme!

61. Carter Robison: "Life Gets Tee-jus---Don't It"

* tweeted this w wrong Mike & said something about while waiting for country duet "Pale Blue Eyes"

---then @hoganhere sent me this! Alejandro Escovedo & Kelly Hogan: "Pale Blue Eyes"


July add:

62. A song about forgiveness, after being dumped, which I think I've always managed well enough, eventually at least---not forgiving,closing your first, can make the heart a stone--but, like the narrator at the time that he's singing this,  I reserve the right to not forgive anyway. I hope I never feel the desperate need for transcendence that leads survivors of violence, esp. family members of the murdered, to forgiving, and even embracing the perp, in some cases----I was in such a wake long ago, and though I felt I understood, and wished the perp as well as possible, behind bars as long as feasible, though not forever  (late-teen he was below the later [when I heard about it] estimate of  full decision-making capacity), I never felt the need to forgive him, or that it was my place to, never thought about it period, probably. But I think of this song pretty often these days, with a mass  murder every week of the year (an American special, of course).  Last year, last few years, there was a little more room for cop(s)-on-single-civilians in the national spotlight; thought of it some then too. "God will, but I won't, and that's the difference between God and me." My thinking tends to substitute "Some" for "God," but the original makes the point that it's a lot to ask, yeah (Maybe it is asked more often, by certain other members of the audience,  as more such occasions arise, or is it just that I think of it more as it "happens more" in passing headlines) Lyle Lovett--"God Will"


\More July Adds:

63. An irritating earworm that finally earns its keep, as I finally get it: "Just slip out the back, Jack" kicks off a big motley laundry load of what quickly comes to seem like rhymes for their own sake, almost: placeholder hooks for whiffs, stains of meaning, thanks--just about as ersatz, though not as pretty, as strings of "pearls" from my little town's Mardi Gras parade---ah, that Simonized local colar kicks in again! And whattaya expect  from a pop title that promises so much, which the master says he lifted from Cosmo or another hip slick lifestyle magazine? But it's rounded by a suggestive little murmur, incl., no joek, "Set yourself free," leaving the listener with that, after all. "There's nothing good or bad, but thinking makes it so." Even more: "Just think about the future." Er---

Paul Simon: "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover"

Update: Frank Kogan has replied with the Rosemary Clooney version, which ended up as one of my bonus noms for the 1977 poll.

Rosemary Clooney: 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover


64. Dusty again, rescuing a Carole King vision, maybe in Brill Building quota, from the memory of Blood Sweat & Tears' horrible hit version: quietly kneeling in delight for a second, whispering, "Yes," then back into high-stepping, shaking her foot at the sun while not losing a beat, leading a chorus line through the tall corn in that evening sun, right by the facedown scarecrow of Music From Big Pink, a unique sort of peak, with kandy-kolored auntsy fire ants of a certain pitch of 60s inspiration disembarking, to be searching and and going and gone forever (from The Band,  their s/t notwithstanding), Dusty & co. not gonna step on none of that,  careful as evah,  but  listen to this, and know she knows: Dusty Springfield: "That Old Sweet Roll (Hi Di Ho)"

(Compare with The Complete Atlantic Singles audio, not freely streaming)


65. Our latest lodger looks like a stayer, though at first sounded like just a smartypants tip of the straw fedora to Steely Dan and Boz Scaggs, but still he builds on that, into improvement: he's straightened up, flies right, mows the lawn,  has learned to smile, remembers girlfriend's birthdays---gets higher and higher and higher, on someone else's life: that's the secret and I'll take it, this wayyyyy Jason Robert Brown: Someone Else's Clothes


Route 66.  Al "Blind Owl" Wilson sings like Skip James, yes, but his steady flicker is even more harmonica at times: little steel tracing by-bye highway drone of gas and brake boogie, tapping just so, not quite cancelling each other out, not yet---aw, later for tha RIP---Fly On Blind Owl---with thanks to Floyd Jones and Tommy Johnson---also with shimmering glistening reverb momentum ov and all over brains, veins, shampooooo : Canned Heat: On The Road Again

(there are several CH versions)

67.  I'm tempted to say "Unearthly beauty, " but that would scant the realness also in the chorus, drawing the observations of the verses into a cry through and past despair and stasis: Junior Murvin Jah Lion: Police and Thief (Police and Thieves) 12" Mix
















 

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