Fav. Tracks: Soul Party – Various Artists

Soul Party Soul Party – Hey Joe (The Jimi Hendrix Experience).

This album (vinyl) dates back to 1968 and shows that I was already buying soul music well before Northern Soul made it more popular.  However, I have always thought that this album is a strange collection with Jimi Hendrix playing more rock/blues than soul.  Despite that fact, there is also some really great soul on the album played by some less-well-known bands.  This is a good album from the distant past.

Despite not seeing Hey Joe as soul music, it is by far and away my favourite track from the album and is probably one the best pieces that Jimi Hendrix played.  His guitar work on this track is exceptional, but, for me, it is the lyrics that make this track so great.

The Tracks:

Grits ‘n  Cornbread – The Soulrunners
Headline News – Edwin Starr
In Between The Heartaches – Donnie Elbert
Ain’t That Lovin’ You Baby – Suie & Big Dee Irwin
I Like What I’m Trying To Do – Waygood Ellis
Stone Free – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Too Far Gone – Donnie Elbert
Hey Joe – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
I Spy (For The FBI) – Jamo Thomas and His Party Brothers Orchestra
Spreading Honey – The Soulrunners
Judy In Disguise – The Amboy Dukes
Don’t Feel Sorry For Me – The Ikettes

Fav. Tracks: Shades Of Soul Vol.1 – Various Artists

B0002M5UHO_01_LZZZZZZZ Shades Of Soul Vol.1 – Family Affair (Sly & The Family Stone).

I guess I started listening to soul music before the popularity of Northern Soul, but I remember hearing a lot more soul played in the North of England as the 70s arrived.  This album (double CD) has most of my favourite soul music and is a good collection of music from the seventies and later (especially on CD2).  The great thing for me has always been that soul music provides a sound that is easy to listen to and this collection reflects that.

I have picked this track as I have no other music by Sly and The Family Stone, but I have always liked this track and I think their sound is interesting.  It is the way they use their vocals in this track that makes it sound so unusual.

The Tracks:

Sweet Soul Music – Arthur Conley
Soul Man – Sam & Dave
Respect – Aretha Franklin
In The Midnight Hour – Wilson Pickett
Dock Of The Bay (Sittin’ On The) – Otis Redding
Take Me To The River – Al Green
I Just Want To Make Love To You – Etta James
It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World – James Brown (Soul)
Piece Of My Heart (Take A Little) – Erma Franklin
Stand By Me – Ben E. King
Rescue Me – Fontella Bass
When A Man Loves A Woman – Percy Sledge
Shout – Isley Brothers (The)
Harlem Shuffle – Bob & Earl
Respect Yourself – Staple Singers (The)
Family Affair – Sly & The Family Stone
Tired Of Being Alone – Al Green
I Don’t Want To Be Right, (If Loving You Is Wrong) – Millie Jackson
Theme From Shaft – Isaac Hayes
Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) – Temptations (The)

What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye
Midnight Train To Georgia – Gladys Knight & The Pips
If You Don’t Know Me By Now – Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
Love Train – O’Jays (The)
Summer Breeze – Isley Brothers (The)
Me & Mrs Jones – Billy Paul
Misty Blue – Dorothy Moore
Barefootin’ – Robert Parker
Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers
Wishing On A Star – Rose Royce
Why Can’t We Live Together – Timmy Thomas
Free – Deniece Williams
I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little Bit More Babe – Barry White
Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time) – Delfonics (The)
One Day I’ll Fly Away – Randy Crawford
I Want Your Love – Chic
Thinking Of You – Sister Sledge
Lovin’ You – Minnie Riperton
Joy And Pain – Maze
Never Too Much – Luther Vandross

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: Cat Stevens – Teaser and the Firecat

210BR0BBPKL__SS500_Teaser and the Firecat – Moonshadow.

The last post was my 750th and I have had over 22,500 reads – thanks to everyone!!

I originally owned a vinyl version of this album, but I am not sure where that went so this is a CD bought later 9and one of the first CDs I ever bought (when I was convinced that they wouldn’t loose the information encoded on them).

This track is, of course, the major hit and best known song off this album and is another classic, timeless piece of music with wonderful lyrics that promote a “sing along”.  I particularly like the guitar introduction, which has a real folk feeling to the sound.  The lyrics are also brilliant.

Fav. Tracks: Goldfrapp – Tales Of Us

GoldfrappTales Of Us – Jo.

I heard Goldfrapp performing this song on TV and I thought they sounded really good.  the album is a very unusual collection of songs about people and the lyrics are, consequently, very personal.  despite that I like the music and the slightly husky singing.

I think this track is one of the best as it is slightly more upbeat and has a strong melody.

Fav. Tracks: Suzanne Vega – Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles

SV_TFTROTQOP_COVER_RGBTales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles – Fool’s Complaint.

I have mentioned before that I like the sound that Suzanne Vega produces and this latest album is a classic example of why.  There are some real upbeat songs that sound really good for her voice and a few ballads that also work really well.

This track is a good example and has excellent (strange but very visual) lyrics and the music is superb.  Her voice as always provides that unusual element to her music.

Fav. Tracks: Sade – Stronger Than Pride

Sade_Stronger_Than_PrideStronger Than Pride – Paradise.

Further proof that I like Sade’s singing, another Sade album.  This one has lots of really good tracks and I know the track I have picked as a favourite is a popular sing along one (there are so many Karaoke versions on Amazon I was shocked).

The track has a really strong (synthetic) beat, something I am not a lover of, but this work well here and it provides a good background to Sade’s singing.  There is a long introduction (I wonder how that work at public Karaoke sessions), then Sade brings some excellent lyrics to support the tune.  The chorus is excellent to sing along to and the song easy to listen to.