Various Song Additions – From “1000 Recordings To Hear…”

Most of the latest song additions come courtesy of a fine new book, 1000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die by Tom Moon. The website for this fine book can be found here:

1000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die by Tom Moon

In ways a similar project to my own, but on a much more sophisticated level. I’m quite jealous of how Mr. Moon describes music – these are extremely well-written essays on a broad spectrum of music. About 40-50% of the book is devoted to classical recordings. I perused the book for new ideas, and went to iTunes to audition new material. Here’s the list of all new songs added to the collection, not including the new entries for the “big countdown” of favorite artsists:

Todo Que Voce Podia Ser, Milton Nascimento ✭✭
Cravo E Canela, Milton Nascimento ✭✭
O Trem Azul, Milton Nascimento
Slavery Days, Burning Spear ✭✭
Old Marcus Garvey, Burning Spear ✭✭

Revelator, Gillian Welch ✭✭
My First Lover, Gillian Welch ✭✭
Work Song, Oscar Brown, Jr. ✭✭
Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean, Ruth Brown ✭✭✭
Taking A Chance On Love, Tal Farlow ✭✭

Ruth Brown is energetic and sassy!

Orinda-Moraga, John Fahey ✭✭
Pouring Water On A Drowning Man, James Carr ✭✭
You’ve Got My Mind Messed Up, James Carr
Corinna, Taj Mahal ✭✭
You Don’t Miss Your Water, Taj Mahal

Rapper’s Delight, The Sugarhill Gang ✭✭✭
I Feel Love, Donna Summer
I’m Not Tired Yet, The Caravans
Tierra De Vicuñas, Sukay ✭✭
Father And Son, Cat Stevens ✭✭✭

I’m Movin’ On, Hank Snow, the Singing Ranger, and his Rainbow Ranch Boys ✭✭
Song For My Father, Horace Silver ✭✭✭
If I Was A Blackbird, Silly Wizard ✭✭✭
Lyric Pieces IV, Opus 47, Andres Segovia
A Long Walk, Jill Scott ✭✭

Draw a direct line from Horace Silver’s “Song For My Father” to Steely Dan’s “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number”:

Watermelon Man, Mongo Santamaria & Poncho Sanchez ✭✭✭
I Saw The Light, Todd Rundgren ✭✭
The Seed (2.0), The Roots & Cody Chesnutt ✭✭
Big Iron, Marty Robbins ✭✭✭✭
In The Valley, Marty Robbins

The guitar style of “Big Iron”, insistently noodling in the background, sounds like a direct precursor to Jerry Garcia’s guitar work in the Grateful Dead “cowboy songs”.

Mas, Que Nada!, Jorge Ben ✭✭
Sour Times, Portishead ✭✭
Never Said, Liz Phair ✭✭
Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport, Rolf Harris
Midnight In Moscow, Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen

Prelude To Adventure In Space, Luiz Bonfá ★★
Manhä De Carnaval, Luiz Bonfá ★★★✭
Samba De Orfeu, Luiz Bonfá ★★★
You Go To My Head, Bud Powell ✭✭
Un Poco Loco, Bud Powell ✭✭

We’ll devote two videos to Luiz Bonfá. The recorded version of “Manhä De Carnaval” seems divinely inspired. What a player:

Denomination Blues Part One, Washington Phillips ✭✭
Overkill, Colin Hay ✭✭✭✭
Praise You, Fatboy Slim ✭✭
I’m Not Gonna Cry, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings ✭✭

I absolutely adore “Overkill”, and always thought it was clearly Men At Work’s best song. This is an acoustic version by bandleader Colin Hay as a solo artist. Just a beautiful, sad pop song:

2 thoughts on “Various Song Additions – From “1000 Recordings To Hear…”

  1. Richard Supan January 30, 2010 / 2:25 AM

    Enjoyed the Ruth Brown video John!

  2. Cheryl April 5, 2010 / 4:17 AM

    Overkill is a beautiful recording. I particularly like recordings that provide a clear listen to the artists voice and the words. In this case, the music is truly an accent and the vocal is the true focus. That being said, during the instrumental selection about 1/3 of the way thru the song the guitar emerges as the featured soloist. Its a great piece! Passionate close as it really picks up after the instrumental. Its like the Perry song from Blast From the Past…here’s where it really takes off!

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