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10 Songs: Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Aretha And Luther

Aretha And Luther

1. Jump To It – Aretha Franklin – Produced and co-written by the legendary and yet oddly shadowy Luther Vandross, perhaps because of his closeted homosexuality. The 1982 song is a masterpiece of pure disco (not funk) and gave Aretha her first hit since 1982 – A

2. Little Willy – Sweet – Part glam, part bubblegum, all nursery rhyme – A

3. Some Heavy Weather – Emma Ruth Rundle – A warped out weird off the beat umpteen tracked vocal art pop – B+

4. Deep Water – Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys – Yee hah – B+

5. Giving Him Something He Can Feel – Aretha Franklin – This isn’t the best song she  ever recorded with Mayfield, it but through to the extended ending like a loving lusting declaration of intent, it is maybe the second best – A

6. Hey Boss Man – Manhattan Rob Walsh – Walsh brings it home on these bluesy hard drum rail against blue collar work  – A-

7. Under Control – The Strokes – Five seconds of silence and then pow pow pow and the band launches inro the endgame of a broken romance – A

8. Club Foot – Kasabian – Their patented mix of Oasis and Primal Scream – B

9. Back To Living Again – Curtis Mayfield – Absolute positivism and Aretha to sing you out – A+

10. Sealed With A Kiss – Hank Marvin – There is a timeless, burnished, deeply felt tone to his guitar -still! – A

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