Robert Nevin and I have been friends since 1986 when we did a stint at Kraus Real estate together. Seen many a concert together as well. So when he sent his playlist with annotations it was with a special pleasure I decided to post his comments first before I get the chance to analysis and provide my own in a couple of days. Thanks, Robert. PS The picture is of Rhonda Vincent not Robert Nevin…
You Don’t Love God (If You Don’t Love Your Neighbor)*: Rhonda Vincent – Covering the Carl Story original. I first heard her do this live on Prairie Home Companion.
The Phoenix*: Judee Sill – Deeply layered, produced with sophistication and soulfully sung. Thanks Mike and Iman for recommending this one!
Okoth Atari*: Daniel Owino Misiani – The music is called Kenya Luo, which I think translates to “super bright, crisp, chirpy guitar leads”. No, seriously, this is sterling guitar work.
Sunny Sundae Smile: My Bloody Valentine – Part of my effort to catch up on bands I missed in the 70’s and 80’s. Sounds a lot like The Only Ones.
Blackberry Way*: The Move – Everything I love about late 60’s British pop is contained in this song.
Chutney Raga Soca Madness: Surface – First heard this in the Montego Bay Margaritaville. Lots of fun.
I Wonder (from Sleeping Beauty): Yma Sumac – The incomparable eight octave voice of Yma Sumac. This is a pretty conventional song for her.
I’m a) Road Runner*: Junior Walker and the All Stars: This song will always be in the mix. It just never gets old.
See You*: Dinosaur Jr. – I just like this.
It Ain’t Easy*: Paul Carrack – From his latest album. Channeling a bit of Al Green. Go to his website to DL this for free.
Hit it That Jive Jack: Diana Krall – From her tribute to Nat King Cole.
Sonata in G*: Domenico Scarlatti – Classical music makes up a greater proportion of the music I listen to than this mix reflects. Born in 1685 (same as two other baroque giants, Bach and Handel) Scarlatti wrote hundreds of sonatas for the keyboard. Vladimir Horowitz does a poetic job of this sonata on piano and Wendy Carlos gives it a magical quality on synthesizer. But here is Ralph Kirkpatrick, on harpsichord, FTW!
Kometenmelodie: Kraftwerk – Despite having seen them in video and on TV, I always suspected that the ‘werk, more often than not, “synth-synched” their live performances. Which is why this live track from 1974 comes as such a revelation. I’m glad I can finally put my silly idea away.
The asterisk denotes tracks that are available on iTunes (or contact me on Facebook for a dub).