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: Woodstock Two – Various Artists

jimi-hendrix-woodstock-two-4231451 Woodstock Two – Marrakesh Express (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young).

This is an old vinyl double-album dating back to 1971 and is a second release of material from the famous Woodstock Festival and, as such, is perhaps not quite as good as the first album, but still has some important bands and music and remains an important recording of this historical event that gave birth to all other music festivals (and saw the development of the peace movement so tightly associated with hippies and the youth of the time in general).

Picking a favourite track from this album was not too difficult and I immediately chose this classic hit from the brilliant Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.  I love the catchy tune and the lyrics are brilliant and tell the tale of that early 70s era.

Catch a bit more of the era with the closing song sung by most of the artists who appeared and featuring a track made famous by the musical stage play “Hair”

The album tracks:

Jam Back at the House Jimi Hendrix
Izabella Jimi Hendrix
Get My Heart Back Together Jimi Hendrix
Saturday Afternoon/Won’t You Try Jefferson Airplane
Eskimo Blue Day Jefferson Airplane
Everything’s Gonna Be Alright Paul Butterfield
Sweet Sir Galahad Joan Baez
Guinnevere Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
4 + 20 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Marrakesh Express Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
My Beautiful People Melanie
Birthday of the Sun Melanie
Blood of the Sun Mountain
Theme for an Imaginary Woman Mountain
Woodstock Boogie Canned Heat
Let the Sunshine In Various Artists

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: The Very Best of MTV Unplugged, Vol. 2 – Various Artists

The Very Best Of MTV Unplugged 2 - FRONT The Very Best of MTV Unplugged, Vol. 2 – Wicked Game (Chris Isaak).

I am not sure how I came to this album, but I have a feeling I may have downloaded it to get this one track.  However, there are some other interesting tracks, some of which I had not heard before and others that were major hits.

I love the introduction to this track the guitar is superb and there is a great rhythm to the tune.  Chris Isaak’s voice is perfect for this song and he provides a real depth to the sound and that interesting shift in key is superb.  All in all a great track.

The album tracks:

Every Breath You Take Sting
Wicked Game Chris Isaak
Zombie The Cranberries
Imitation of Life R.E.M.
Layla Eric Clapton
Four Seasons in One Day Crowded House
Cornflake Girl Tori Amos
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You Rod Stewart
Like a Rolling Stone Bob Dylan
Human Behaviour Björk
Crazy Seal
Beds Are Burning Midnight Oil
Run, Baby, Run Sheryl Crow
I’m Ready Bryan Adams
In the Air Tonight Phil Collins
Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me Elton John

Fav. Tracks: Take a Break – Various Artists

t_6987 Take a Break – Guaglione (Perez Prado – Guinness).

Every now and then, when watching TV, I am captivated by the music used to advertise a product.  Sometimes I don’t know what the music is (although modern sound-based search engines make that a problem of the past) and it was that problem that led me to buy this album (CD).  However, the album has some other excellent track (quite a few I had from other sources) and the tracks by Nina Simone, M People and The Hollies stand out for me.

The product that I heard the music for was Guinness but I did not know the name of the music until I saw it advertised on this CD.  It is a really catchy little tune and certainly made Guinness a recognised product when this music was heard – good advertising!

The Tracks:

Search For The Hero M PEOPLE (Peugeot 406)
Show Me Heaven MARIA McKEE (Cadbury’s Dairy Milk)
I Just Want To Make Love To You Etta James (Diet Coke)
Let There Be Love Nat King Cole (British Meat)
What A Wonderful World Louis Armstrong (Microsoft)
Someone To Watch Over Me Ella Fitzgerald (PPP Healthcare)
I Put A Spell On You Nina Simone (Diet Coke)
Fly Me To The Moon Doris Day (Ford Probe)
Angelina Louis Prima (Mastercard)
Don’t Worry, Be Happy BOBBY McFERRIN (Alpen)
Guaglione PEREZ PRADO (Guinness)
Reach Out I’ll Be There Four Tops (Tetley Tea)
He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother The Hollies (Panadol Extra)
Days THE KINKS (Yellow Pages)
(Sexual) Healing Marvin Gaye (Peugeot 306)
Wonderful Life BLACK (Standard Life)
Nothing Compares 2U Sinead O’Connor
Save The Best For Last Vanessa Williams (Bisto Gravy)
Break Out SWING OUT SISTER (Salon Selectives)
Cars Gary Numan
Addicted To Love Robert Palmer (British Meat)
The Professionals “Theme” London Symphony Orchestra (Nissan Almera)

Fav. Tracks: Rock ‘n’ Roll Greats Vol 1 – Various Artists

Rock'nRoll Rock ‘n’ Roll Greats Vol 1 – Great Balls of Fire (Jerry Lee Lewis).

This album is a wonderful collection of the classic rock and roll music that kicked off so many people’s interest in the music of the last 50+ years.  All of the famous artists are here, but for me, it is Jerry Lee Lewis and his very distinctive piano playing that started my listening to rock and roll all those years ago.

This track is probably his best known and is, of course, an absolute classic of rock and roll.  There cannot be any song with a more powerful start.  You cannot imagine how much of a shock this was in the 50s and how frowned upon this style of music was at the time.  This was a cultural revolution and what a great way to do this – through music.

The Tracks:

Great Balls of Fire – Jerry Lee Lewis
Good Golly Miss Molly – Jerry Lee Lewis
Rock and Roll Music – Chuck Berry
Sweet Little Rock and Roller – Chuck Berry
Sweet Little Sixteen – Chuck Berry
Roll Over Beethoven – Chuck Berry
Check Me Out – Chuck Berry
Blueberry Hill – Fats Domino
Please Don’t Leave Me – Fats Domino
Jambalaya (on the Bayou) – Fats Domino
Ain’t That a Shame – Fats Domino
What’d I Say – Jerry Lee Lewis

Fav. Tracks: Music of the Millennium, Vol. 2 – Various Artists

e51909nf5it Music of the Millennium, Vol. 2 – Don’t Dream It’s Over (Crowded House).

The previous sampler album was obviously a major success (not surprising as it contained a lot of very good tracks), so it was no surprise that a second quickly followed.  I don’t think the tracks on this double CD are quite as good, but I had no second thoughts about purchasing this album and I like a lot of the tracks (I also have a lot of them on other albums and I will exclude them from this choice of a favourite.

I was listening to Crowded House the other day and for some reason I thought they sounded a little like The Byrds (which I think is high praise) and I have always liked Neil Finn’s music and I have a CD of his solo work, so choosing this track as a favourite was easy; although, there was some stiff competition with some of the best music of the last decade of the 20th century being included.  This track is a really catchy number and I like the way some complex lyrics are fitted to a simple tune.

The Tracks:

Under Pressure David Bowie; Queen
Start Me Up The Rolling Stones
Pride (In the Name of Love) U2
Bad Love Eric Clapton
Love in an Elevator Aerosmith
All Right Now Free
Jet Paul McCartney & Wings
Money for Nothing Dire Straits
Sledgehammer Peter Gabriel
Alive and Kicking Simple Minds
Relax Frankie Goes to Hollywood
The Logical Song Supertramp
Living in the Past Jethro Tull
Kiss Prince
The Best Tina Turner
Mrs. Robinson Simon & Garfunkel
Like a Rolling Stone Bob Dylan
Mr. Tambourine Man The Byrds
God Only Knows The Beach Boys
Woman John Lennon
Angels Robbie Williams
Don’t Dream It’s Over Crowded House
Don’t Look Back in Anger Oasis
Linger The Cranberries
Paranoid Android Radiohead
If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next Manic Street Preachers
Parklife Blur
How Soon Is Now? The Smiths
Oliver’s Army Elvis Costello
Virginia Plain Roxy Music
Going Underground The Jam
Teenage Kicks The Undertones
London Calling The Clash
Firestarter The Prodigy
Born Slippy Underworld
Protection Massive Attack; Tracey Thorn
Glory Box Portishead
Life on Mars? David Bowie

 

Not a bad collection of music and if the two “Millennium” albums are viewed together,