Monday, July 22, 2013

#698: Great Instrumentals, Oldies, etc.

Or: As the Boredom Turns....
Continuing to be Musically Bored, but this past week olde jazz & prog-rock instrumentals & underplayed Oldies from my old Wyoming buddy Jim Yule's 45 collection Did The Job to keep me moving at work. Here's The List:

Happy the Man -- Service With a Smile.
Group 87 -- One Night Away From Day.
Steve Tibbetts -- Ur.
Camel -- Sasquatch.
Pat Metheny -- Phase Dance, New Chautauqua, The Search, Ozark, Praise, The First Circle.
Lyle Mays -- Ascent.
Synergy -- Icarus.
Mark Knopfler -- Going Home (Theme of the Local Hero).
Keith Jarrett -- Country.
Renaissance -- Rajah Khan.
Deodato -- Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme from 2001).
Sky -- Where Opposites Meet, Vivaldi.
Gryphon -- Lament, Ethelion.
The Nice -- America.
Miles Davis -- It Never Entered My Mind.

Van Morrison -- Caravan, Into the Mystic.
Neil Diamond -- Crunchy Granola Suite.
Gordon Lightfoot -- High and Dry.
Bob Dylan -- One of Us Must Know.
Billy Joel -- All for Leyna.
Fleetwood Mac -- Green Manalishi.
Roxy Music -- The Thrill of it All.
Shawn Phillips -- Bright White.
Frank Zappa -- My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama, Directly from My Heart to You.
Nektar -- Do You Believe in Magic?
Carolyne Mas -- Stillsane, Sadie Says.
Spider -- New Romance (It's a Mystery), Burning Love, Shady Lady, Everything is Alright, Crossfire.
Pretenders -- Kid, Mystery Achievement, Talk of the Town, Message of Love, Birds of Paradise, Pack it Up, Back on the Chain Gang, Time the Avenger, 2000 Miles.

From the Jim Yule Oldies Collection:
Fanny -- Charity Ball.
Uriah Heep -- Easy Livin'.
Guess Who -- Road Food.
Gordon Lightfoot -- The Circle is Small.
Lobo -- A Simple Man.
Blue Ridge Rangers (John Fogerty) -- Hearts of Stone.
Mason Williams -- Classical Gas.
Fendermen -- Mule Skinner Blues.
Trashmen -- Surfin' Bird.
Dramatics -- What'cha See is What'cha Get.
Freddy Cannon -- Palisades Park.
Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart -- I Wonder What She's Doin' Tonight?
Beau Brummels -- Laugh Laugh.
Dave Mason -- We Just Disagree.
Faces/Rod Stewart -- Stay With Me.
Rick Nelson -- Hello Mary Lou, Stood Up, Waitin' in School, Be-Bop Baby.
Steam -- Kiss Him Goodbye.
Dion -- Daddy Rollin' (In Your Arms).
Del Shannon -- Runaway.
Cowsills -- Hair.
American Breed -- Bend Me Shape Me.
Johnny Rivers -- It Wouldn't Happen With Me, Memphis.
Beach Boys -- Kiss Me Baby.
Elvis -- Promised Land.
Chuck Berry -- You Never Can Tell.
Joe Cocker -- Feelin' Alright.
Music Explosion -- A Little Bit of Soul.
Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels -- Devil With a Blue Dress/Good Golly Miss Molly.
Santana -- Everybody's Everything.
Gary Lewis & the Playboys -- Count Me In, This Diamond Ring.
Strawberry Alarm Clock -- Incense and Peppermints.
Association -- Windy.

...So, basically Nothing New here EITHER, but at least it kept me moving.
Response to most of this was pretty thin, except for those few who appreciated that there were Oldies playing -- "I can't stand the rap," one guy said ... & the married couple who walked into the store & saw me swooning to the Beach Boys' gorgeous "Kiss Me Baby." To go from that into Elvis -- well, what more could you ask for on a summer Saturday night...?
I have my own sentimental Olde Favorites in this list. I still think Spider sounds pretty great -- from Peter Coleman's trebly high-impact production to Holly Knight's solid pop songs & Amanda Blue's loopy vocals, these guys should've been famous. & drummer Anton Fig now plays with Dave Letterman's CBS Orchestra....
Carolyne Mas was hyped back in '79/'80 as a female answer to Bruce Springsteen -- I now think she sounds like a female Billy Joel -- lotsa New York accent & Attitude....
..."Rajah Khan" is the loudest, most ... forgive me ... "psychedelic" thing Renaissance ever did, a swirling mix of spacey Middle Eastern Arabian-Nights-type sound, wordless vocals from Annie Haslam, & great loud guitar. They should've gotten loud & -- comparatively -- dark like this more often....
...I still think "One of Us Must Know" is THE great lost Bob Dylan hit. It's got the same sound as "Like a Rolling Stone," the same great musical accompaniment, & the lyrics are hilarious.
...Steve Tibbetts' "Ur" is still the ultimate speaker-melting guitar piece. He's never cranked it up as loud again, it seems....
Consider everything in the above list Recommended if you've never heard it before.
Still accepting Musical Recommendations if anyone Out There has any....
More soon....

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