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10 Songs: what rock nyc Is Listening To 10-10-13

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1. Upside Down – Diana Ross – This is a reminder not only of how anonymous and also populated disco was but also how Ross could be above and in the middle of the mix at the same – A

2. Buddy Holly Medley – Phil Ochs – As pop moves go, this one was insane – B+

3.I’ve Got Sophistication Too – Jack Phillips – There was something a little comic in this song, he protests too much and it is all in the “who needs” playing off the “sophistication too”; it is overtly naïve, too – A

4. Let It Be Me – The Everly Brothers – As complete a declaration of romatic allegiance as you’ll ever(ly) hear – A+

5. Mrs. Robinson – Simon And Garfunkel – Paul Simon at one of his peaks, the joe DiMaggio line remains as important a question today as the day it was writer. Maybe more – A

6. In A Silent Way – Bernie Worrell – The more I listen to this arrangement, the better it sounds – A

7. I’ve Got You Under My Skin – Frank Sinatra – “Don’t you know you fool ain’t no chance to win…” The way he shakes that line like a limb on a tree is Sinatra – A

8. Are You Ready For The Country? – Neil Young – Was Neil being prescient or had somebody told him? – A

9. Love Child – Diana Ross And the Supremes – A bastards story but also a Motown classic, sends me back to the back of my dad’s Jag on a Sunday afternoon driving back from Blackpool  – A+

10. When We Grow Up – Diana Ross – An ode to being who you are – B

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