Fav. Tracks: Yesterdays Gold Vol. 13 – Various Artists

alb_224404_big Yesterdays Gold Vol. 13 – Cathy’s Clown (The Everly Brothers).

This MP3 download has some classic oldies from the 60s, but was primarily bought for this one song – Cathy’s Clown.

The sound is instantly recognisable as The Everly Brothers and is typical of the pop ballads of the early 60s.  It quickly becomes a sing-along track and is easy to listen to at anytime.  One of the classics of the era.

 

The album tracks:

The Everly Brothers – Cathys Clown
Roy Orbison – Crying
The Coasters – Along Came Jones
Clyde Mc Phatter – A Lovers Question
Gene Pitney – The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Ray Charles – Georgia On My Mind
Fats Domino – I Want To Walk You Home
Connie Francis – Mama
Brook Benton – Frankie and Johnny
La Vern Baker – I Cried A Tear
Jackie Wilson – Dogging Around
Bobby Darin – Wont You Come Home Bill Bailey

Fav. Tracks: While My Guitar Gently Weeps Disc 1 – Various Artists

whilemyguitar%20lge While My Guitar Gently Weeps Disc 1 – While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Jeff Healey Band)

This double CD is a wonderful collection of some of the best guitar work in recent rock history.  However, picking a favourite track from this first CD was relatively easy as the title track has always been one of my favourite pieces of music.

The introduction has a wonderful sound to it and really fits to the chorus and track title – the guitar really does weep.  The lyrics, in my view, are an amazing commentary on the world and the chorus easy to sing along with – just rock music at its best.

The album tracks:

After Midnight – Clapton, Eric
Love Over Gold – Dire Straits
Samba Pa Ti – Santana
Stuck In The Middle With You – Stealer’s Wheel
Keep On Lovin’ You – REO Speedwagon
Show Me The Way (live) – Frampton, Peter
Little Bit Of Love – Free
Right Next Door (Because Of Me) – Cray, Robert Band
Thrill Is Gone – King, B.B.
Sweet Dreams – Buchanan, Roy
Cryin’ Won’t Bring You Back – Green, Peter
Chance – Big Country
I Don’t Want A Lover – Texas
Shine Silently – Lofgren, Nils
Bird Of Paradise – White, Snowy
What’s Going On – Taste
Badge – Cream
While My Guitar Gently Weeps – Healey, Jeff Band

Fav. Tracks: Easy Rider (Soundtrack) – Various Artists

EasyRiderOST Easy Rider – Ballard Of Easy Rider (Roger McGuinn) Not this album.

This film is one that is legendary amongst my age group and, in fact, I first saw it when I was at University (actually in the Student Union).  I have watched it a few times since, but it is the music that I enjoy more now as the film seems aged.

Picking a track is not easy, but perhaps my real favourite – Born To Be Wild – I have described elsewhere!  So, I have chosen this ballad that is the story of the film.  I love the words of the song and the simple guitar work that comprise the theme of the music.  Somehow, this song not only sums up the film, but also sets the scene for music of that era.

1. The Pusher – Steppenwolf
2. Born To Be Wild – Steppenwolf
3. The Weight – Smith
4. Wasn’t Born To Follow – The Byrds
5. If You Want To Be A Bird – The Holy Modal Rounders
6. Don’t Bogart Me – The Fraternity Of Man
7. If Six Was Nine – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
8. Kyrie Eleison Mardi Gras – The Electric Prunes
9. It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) – Roger McGuinn
10. Ballad Of Easy Rider – Roger McGuinn

Fav. Tracks: Various Artists – Bitter Suites

Disc cover I think this album (CD) was available from The Sunday Times newspaper (although I am not entirely sure), but it is an interesting collection of rock music and I am glad that I own it.

There are several tracks I could choose as a favourite, but Stevie Nicks really stands out as an excellent piece of music.  The gentle jingle of the introduction is quickly followed by the very distinctive voice of Stevie Nicks singing to a strong rhythm that really reminds me of Fleetwood Mac.  This is a really good rock sound / ballad.

1 Kate Bush Man With The Child In His Eyes
2 Pat Benatar Love Is A Battlefield
3 Kim Carnes Bette Davis Eyes
4 Dr. Hook When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman
5 Marillion Kayleigh
6 Stevie Nicks Rooms On Fire
7 Stranglers, The Golden Brown
8 Buzzcocks, The* Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)
9 Robert Palmer She Makes My Day
10 Radiohead High And Dry
11 Richard Marx Right Here Waiting
12 Waterboys, The Fisherman’s Blues

Fav. Tracks: Various Artists – Best Of The Seventies

31P6ZAH1JQL__AA240_ This 6-CD album is a useful collection of popular music from the 1970s; although I have to admit that there are fewer tracks on this album, that I really like, than I had hoped for when I purchased it.  There are several tracks that I don’t have in any other form, and it was obtaining these “key tracks” that led to me buying the CD-set.

Disc 1 really has only one track that I can choose – No More Heroes – which, unfortunately, I have chosen before, but there are no other favourites.

 

Disc: 1
1. No More Heroes – The Stranglers
2. Straw Dogs – Stiff Little Fingers
3. New Rose – The Damned
4. Public Image – Public Image Ltd
5. Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t ‘ve?) – The Buzzcocks
6. Making Plans For Nigel – Xtc
7. King Rocker – Generation X
8. Sheena Is A Punk Rocker (Live) – The Ramones
9. Homicide – 999
10. Babylon’s Burning – The Ruts
11. Money (That’s What I Want) – Flying Lizards
12. Into The Valley – Skids
13. The Day The World Turned Dayglo – X Ray Specs
14. Sound Of The Suburbs – The Members
15. (Get A) Grip (On Yourself) – The Stranglers
16. Shot By Both Sides – Magazine
17. Outdoor Miner – Wire
18. Valley Of The Dolls – Generation X

smoke on the water In contrast, disc 2 has a number of tracks that I could choose as a favourite, but also quite a few tracks that I also have elsewhere.  However, one track of classic rock music really stands out as an all time favourite – Smoke On The Water – you just have to admire the quality of this early rock hit.

Disc: 2
1. Heart Of Glass – Blondie
2. Life In A Day – Simple Minds
3. Peaches – The Stranglers
4. What Do I Get? – The Buzzcocks
5. 2-4-6-8 Motorway – The Tom Robinson Band
6. Milk And Alcohol – Dr Feelgood
7. Nutbush City Limits – Ike & Tina Turner
8. Let’s Work Together – Canned Heat
9. Smoke On The Water – Deep Purple
10. Doctor Doctor – Ufo
11. Silver Machine – Hawkwind
12. Dance With The Devil – Cozy Powell
13. Ships In The Night – Bop Deluxe
14. Whole Lotta Love – Ccs
15. Black Night – Deep Purple
16. Devil Gate Drive – Suzi Quatro
17. Motor Bikin’ – Chris Spedding
18. Denis – Blondie

Suzi Quatro Disc 3 is a wonderful collection of what I call “bop-hits”, perfect examples being Make Me Smile and Tiger Feet, but Suzi Quatro gets my vote here as, back then, a female rock artist was a rare thing indeed and Suzi was brilliant at what she did, even when it was “bop”!

Disc: 3
1. Metal Guru – T Rex
2. See My Baby Jive – Wizzard
3. The Secrets That You Keep – Mud
4. Touch Too Much – Arrows
5. Goodbye My Love – The Glitter Band
6. Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me) – Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
7. Can The Can – Suzi Quatro
8. 10538 Overture – Electric Light Orchestra
9. Ball Park Incident – Wizzard
10. January – Pilot
11. Love Is The Drug – Roxy Music
12. Tiger Feet – Mud
13. The Bump – Kenny
14. Some Girls – Racey
15. Tonight – The Move
16. Judy Teen – Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
17. I Hear You Knocking – Dave Edmunds
18. She’s A Wind Up – Dr Feelgood

Hot Chocolate I guess the other style of music associated with the 1970s is the classic ballet and there was no better band than Hot Chocolate for reproducing this style.  Probably their most famous song was “You Sexy Thing” and so i choose this as my favourite from this CD.

Disc: 4
1. You Sexy Thing – Hot Chocolate
2. Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now – McFaddem & Whitehead
3. That’s The Way (I Like It) – Kc & The Sunshine Band
4. Don’t Take Away The Music – Tavares
5. Dancing In The City – Marshall Hain
6. Rock Your Baby – George McCrae
7. Disco Stomp – Hamilton Bohannon
8. Do What You Wanna Do – T Connection
9. Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet – Gonzales
10. Boogie Oogie Oogie – A Taste Of Honey
11. Everyone’s A Winner – Hot Chocolate
12. More Than A Woman – Tavares
13. Queen Of Clubs – Kc & The Sunshine Band
14. Movin’ – Brass Construction
15. (You Gotta Walk) Don’t Look Back – Peter Tosh
16. Gangsters – Special Aka
17. The Prince – Madness
18. A Message To You Rudy – The Specials

Kate Bush There were some very interesting new bands and singers who arrived during the 70s and no one had more impact, or was more unusual in musical style, than Kate Bush.  Her most famous single by a long way was, of course, Wuthering Heights and this track takes my vote; although, I would have chosen Gerry Rafferty’s Baker Street, but I chosen that track elsewhere.

Disc: 5
1. Wuthering Heights – Kate Bush
2. Loving You – Minnie Ripperton
3. When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman – Dr Hook
4. Something – Shirley Bassey
5. The Air That I Breathe – The Hollies
6. Softly Whispering I Love You – Congregation
7. Summer (The First Time) – Bobby Goldsboro
8. Baker Street – Gerry Rafferty
9. Rhinestone Cowboy – Glen Campbell
10. A Little Bit More – Dr Hook
11. Band Of Gold – Freda Payne
12. I Can’t Tell The Bottom From The Top – The Hollies
13. Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue – Crystal Gayle
14. What I’ve Got In Mind – Billie Jo Spears
15. Suspicious Minds – Candi Staton
16. Tired Of Being Alone – Al Green
17. Have You Seen Her – The Chi Lites
18. I Can’t Leave You Alone – George McCrae

Mungo Jerry Some of the fun sounds of the 70s were short lived, but there is one sound that has lasted the test of time well and this sound came from Mungo Jerry, with their “jug-based” rhythm and the jolly summer sound.  In the Summertime, is probably a hot that everyone will remember and enjoy for many years to come.

Disc: 6
1. Mississippi – Pussycat
2. Pop Muzik – M
3. Magic – Pilot
4. Rumours – Hot Chocolate
5. Romeo – Mr Big
6. Under The Moon Of Love – Showaddywaddy
7. Lay Your Love On Me – Racey
8. Rich Kids – Rich Kids
9. Hypnosis – Mud
10. Spanish Stroll – Mink De Ville
11. Oh You Pretty Things – Peter Noone
12. Something Tells Me (Something’s Gonna Happen Tonight) – Cilla Black
13. Years May Come Years May Go – Herman’s Hermits
14. In The Summertime – Mungo Jerry
15. The Combine Harvester (Brand New Key) – The Wurzels
16. Year Of The Cat – Al Stewart
17. All Around My Hat – Steeleye Span
18. Tubular Bells – Mike Oldfield

Another collection of interesting sounds and music from a distant time!

Fav. Tracks: Al Stewart – Year of the Cat

71IYyx6zt7L__SL1300_ Year of the Cat – Year of the Cat.

Back in the mid-seventies I know I must have heard this music, but I think I probably dismissed it as too middle of the road for my tastes.  However, while listening to the local radio station recently, I heard this track (and thought at first it sounded like Prefab Sprout) and I decided I was wrong and this is a great piece of music.  Hearing it again after all these years pushed me into buying the album (vinyl).

The piano provides an excellent, but gentle introduction that slowly builds up to the arrival of percussions and guitar, which set a good foot-tapping beat and bring Al Stewart’s voice to the track.  The song has some great lyrics and the tune builds gradually with some excellent guitar work.  The music is still middle of the road, but I like the overall sound, so maybe my tastes have changed with age.

Fav. Tracks: Bruce Springsteen – Working On A Dream

alb_192886_bigWorking On A Dream – Queen Of The Supermarket.

I like Bruce Springsteen’s gruff, harsh voice and I think it works well for rock music and rock ballads.  This recent purchase was a reflection of that liking and is an MP3 download that has doubled my collection of his music (probably still not enough).

This track is an unusual rock ballad that is almost a modern folk song with tongue-in-cheek lyrics that are well worth a careful listen.  The music is quite simple, but the song provides a pleasant sound with a gradually increasing volume as a chorus develops.  This is a good one!