David Bowie  – The Collection Vol. 2

With the release of 1972’s Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars album, Bowie had achieved the success he had been working towards for the previous decade. 1972 was a busy year for Bowie as he helped to produce Lou Reed’s Transformer album, released John, I’m Only Dancing as a stand-alone single, and donated the song All The Young Dudes to Mott the Hoople. The Ziggy Stardust tour also traversed the world so with that workload, it is not a surprise that the Aladdin Sane album has been notorious down the years for a serious lack of bonus tracks. It would seem that Bowie just didn’t have the time to record anything other than what was necessary, or those songs were all he had. The inclusion of a Rolling Stones cover hints at the direction Bowie would take for his next record. Aladdin Sane is a continuation from the Ziggy Stardust album, as it still has a number of glam elements but combines this with a tougher rock sound. There were even some influences from jazz and cabaret. The majority of the Aladdin Sane tracks are used in the second half of the CD. 

Pinups was to follow and only two songs were used from it, the single Sorrow and it’s B-Side Port of Amsterdam. I must admit to finding this album a bit difficult to listen to because in my opinion his covers are not as good as the originals that inspired Bowie. The first half of CD one is taken up by recordings from Diamond Dogs, Bowie’s attempt to adapt the book 1984 before the family of George Orwell refused to sell him the rights. Included is the song Dodo from the Diamond Dogs sessions which was not on the parent album but was performed live in Bowies 1973 variety programme, The 1980 Floor Show. The studio version would not surface until 1990. The demo version of Candidate was used which is not only different musically from the version originally released but also contains different lyrics. The one anomaly (if that is the right word) is a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s It’s Hard to be a Saint in the City, which is believed to have been an outtake from the later Station to Station album. There is some conjecture though that it was recorded for the Diamond Dogs album as Bowie had recorded another Springsteen song in Growin’ Up (also included here) in the same period. It sounds like it should go in Bowie’s glam period so that is where it has been placed.

CD two moves into Bowie’s mid 70s period when he embraced Soul music. Young Americans fully embraced it whilst its follow up did contain some soul elements but also showed hints of the direction he would go in after that. Young Americans was the first time since he had become a star that Bowie had changed musical style so severely. This meant that Bowie did lose a portion of his UK fan base but with the single Fame reaching number one on the US singles charts, he was cementing his status on the other side of the pond. It was also during this period that Bowie developed a serious cocaine habit, the results of which could be seen in the way he looked. This is not called his Thin White Duke period for nothing. Bowie claims that he knew he was in Los Angeles whilst recording this because he read he was. Guitar players Earl Slick and Carlos Alomar have also testified to the quantity of drugs taken during this period. There aren’t too many outtakes from this period so the run time on disc two is a little short. The cover is an outtake form the Aladdin Sane photo shoot with a Diamond Dogs era Bowie logo added to it.

Disc 1

  1. Future Legend
  2. Diamond Dogs
  3. Panic In Detroit
  4. We Are The Dead
  5. Sweet Thing
  6. Candidate
  7. Sweet Thing (Reprise)
  8. Rebel Rebel
  9. The Jean Genie
  10. Dodo
  11. Big Brother
  12. Chant Of The Ever Circling Skeletal Family
  13. Port Of Amsterdam
  14. Growin’ Up
  15. Watch That Man
  16. It’s Hard Toe Be A Saint In The City
  17. Candidate (Demo)
  18. Rock ‘n Roll With Me
  19. Drive-In Saturday
  20. Sorrow

Disc 2

  1. Station To Station
  2. Golden Years
  3. Fascination
  4. TVC 15
  5. Fame
  6. Somebody Up There Likes Me
  7. Can You Hear Me?
  8. Young Americans
  9. Win
  10. Who Can I Be Now?
  11. Wild Is The Wind
  12. It’s Gonna Be Me

Neither of these playlists could be reproduced on Spotify, as they contain songs not available on the platform at this time.

Episode 90 – The Songs Of Laura Nyro

In another of our artist spotlights, we look at the work of songwriter Laura Nyro but playing some of artists who covered her material (along with the lady herself).

  • And When I Die – Peter Paul & Mary
  • Stoney End (Single Version with Alt Lyrics) – Laura Nyro
  • Wedding Bell Blues – Sandra Alexandra
  • Hands Off The Man (Flim Flam Man) – Peggy Lipton
  • Goodbye Joe – Carmen McRae With The Dixie Flyers
  • He’s A Runner – Mam Cass
  • I Never Meant To Hurt You – Barbra Streisand
  • California Shoe-Shine Boys – Karen Wyman
  • Eli’s Coming – Honey Ltd
  • Sweet Blindness – The 5th Dimension
  • Lonely Women – Linda Hoyle
  • Stone Soul Picnic – The Supremes & The Four Tops
  • Emmie – Ronnie Dyson
  • Woman’s Blues – Eternity’s Children
  • Save The Country – The Sugar Shoppe
  • Captain St Lucifer – Melba Moore
  • I Met Him On A Sunday – Laura Nyro & Labelle

The Beatles – A Doll’s House

Here is the first of a number of Beatles related posts I’ve prepared, and this is a concept that is neither new, nor original, but it is one I had never thought about until a friend asked me what would be my track listing for a one disc ‘White Album’. The band’s producer was in favour of a single album at the time but was over ruled by the band. Maybe he was right, maybe he wasn’t but what we are left with is an album that was the first to highlight that The Beatles were going in their own separate ways. It just took them another year and a bit to realise it. If the single album is to follow the rough template of the bands albums from Help onwards, that would mean one song sung by Ringo Starr, two by George Harrison and the rest would be Lennon and McCartney. Okay, Revolver had three vocal performances by Harrison, but Sgt Pepper only had one so it evens itself out there. So, what would make the cut on this new slimmed down version of the album?

Side 1

  1. Back In The U.S.S.R.
  2. Dear Prudence
  3. Glass Onion
  4. I’m So Tired
  5. Blackbird
  6. Savoy Truffle
  7. Sexy Sadie
  8. Happiness Is A Warm Gun

Side 2

  1. Martha My Dear
  2. Mother Nature’s Son
  3. Yer Blues
  4. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
  5. Julia
  6. Long, Long, Long
  7. Good Night

The record has to fit within the recording limitations of a single LP, so we are looking at about 23 minutes for each side. Even with those limitations, you certainly get your monies worth with this album as there is a total of fifteen songs. The first song could not be anything other than Back In The U.S.S.R. as it is the best side starting song on the original double. The segue into Dear Prudence works brilliantly as well. A more mellow effort after the upbeat first track. Glass Onion just sounds right as track three and is in the same place it was on the original album. The tempo slows down again with I’m So Tired before the folky Blackbird continues the mellow mood. We are brought out of this by the first Harrison song on the album; the upbeat soul inspired Savoy Truffle. It also includes a nice horn track that would become a feature of Harrison’s solo work. We finish off the side with another two Lennon songs in Sexy Sadie and Happiness Is A Warm Gun

Side two kicks off with two McCartney songs in Martha My Dear and Mother Nature’s Son, which wouldn’t be the only songs to feature a sole member of the band. The guitars are turned up for the next two tracks with the bluesy Yer Blues and possibly George Harrison’s greatest song whilst in The Beatles, While My Guitar Gently Weeps. We then have a bit of whimsy from John Lennon with Cry Baby Cry with the hidden track Can You Take Me Back still there leading nicely into Long Long Long. We end with the Starr sung, but Lennon written Good Night. Not the best song on the White Album, definitely not the worst but better than the Starr original Don’t Pass Me By.

The tracks that didn’t make the cut were cut in my opinion, for good reasons. Either I didn’t like them or they were not as good as the ones I kept. The break down is seven sung by Lennon, four by McCartney, three by Harrison and one by Starr. I suspect there will be those who will say that their version would look nothing like this, but as this is another of those What-If’s. Someone else will no doubt come up with a different track listing that for him or her, is better. For my money though, this is a pretty good album.

The artwork is taken from one of those in consideration when the album was going to be called A Doll’s House, but was eventually used on the compilation Beatles Ballads. I also used the mono mix of the album, as this was the last Beatles album to have a dedicated mono mix, but it is possibly the least known version of any Beatle album.

You can hear the playlist below, but not in mono I’m afraid. Annoyingly, Spotify only has the Stereo mix of the album available at this stage.

Derek & The Dominos – The Collection

 

Derek and the Dominos are one of those bands that are forever associated with one song; Layla. I suspect most people will think that it was originally an Eric Clapton solo track, but I digress. It is a rock classic but there is so much more to this group than that one song. The four members would meet whilst they were in the backing band of Delaney and Bonnie, who were the support act for Blind Faith, the band Clapton was in after Cream split. The Delaney and Bonnie band would back Clapton on his 1970 solo album but would split up due to all sorts of cliché band related nonsense. Clapton would recruit keyboard/guitar player Bobby Whitlock, bass player Carl Radle and drummer Jim Gordon to back singer P. P. Arnold on some sessions (which would only see the light of day in 2017 on an album called The Turning Tide) and then they were pretty much the backing band for George Harrison on his All Things Must Pass album. The band recorded their first single during the All Things Must Pass sessions, with Harrison and Dave Mason (formally of Traffic) joining them. The single did receive a limited release but was withdrawn due to Clapton feeling that it did not reflect their sound. That is not a bad collection of sessions to play on for a band who were not really a band at this stage.

With the band having completed a short UK tour and gaining a name, they decamped to Criteria Studios in Miami to record their classic album. The sessions got off to a bumpy start though as something was not quite happening as there was a spark missing. However, after being taken by legendary producer Tom Dowd to watch the Allman Brothers in concert, Duane Allman was invited to join the sessions and preceded to play on the majority of the album, giving it some fire and igniting Clapton to produce some of his best guitar work. What stands out for me about the Layla album is that it is one of the few records I can listen to all the way through without wanting to skip over a song. It sounds great and the songs are some of the best of Clapton’s’ career. He has never been the most prolific of writers but having a foil like Bobby Whitlock to work with him (in a way no one had done before or since) as well his burning desire for Patti Boyd, the wife of George Harrison ignited something that arguably has been lacking in his work ever since.

This album holds a special place in my musical journey as it one of the first albums that I bought on CD and even though I loved it, the edition I bought was the late 80s reissue, which used a less than stellar version of the record. It featured lots of background hiss, muddy sound and was one of many albums from that era that suffered from lazy record companies not looking for either the original master or multi track tapes. This was soon to be corrected but more on that later.

After a tour of the US, Bobby Whitlock recorded two solo albums, the first of which included performances from all of the Dominos. However, not one song has all four members of the band on it at the same time (which is a shame). Members also played on Dr John’s The Sun, Moon and Herbs album with all the Dominos performing on Familiar Reality (Reprise). The Layla album had come out and not been the commercial or critical success that Clapton (as well as many others) felt it should have been. He was also rocked by the deaths of Jimi Hendrix as well as Duane Allman and he failed to get Patti Boyd to leave George Harrison.

When sessions started for the proposed second album, the drug taking (which was substantial whilst recording the first record) escalated and the relationship between Clapton and Jim Gordon collapsed. A number of songs were recorded but most were instrumentals and most lack the fire a greatness of what was recorded for the Layla album. The playing is still good but Clapton is missing a sparring partner (like Duane Allman) to bring out the fire in his playing. A good number of these second album songs have seen the light of day down the years, but there are still a number that remain in the vaults. Well officially anyway.

When compiling this compilation, I could not change the Layla album as it is perfect to my ears, so I just went with as was. However, I went with the mix that was released for the 20th anniversary edition. Released in 1990, it could be considered to be the first Deluxe Edition of an album, as it contained jam sessions and album outtakes. The producers of that set also had access the vaults and went back to the original multi tracks. This version was superior to the one that had previously been released and included some bits and pieces not included in the original mix. Even though further reissues have superseded this, this is the version that was on heavy rotation on my CD player back in the day and the one I always come back to.

With the second disc, this is not an attempt to construct a second LP as many have tried in the past. This is a showcase of what was left in the can. These include some songs that were written by Jim Gordon which sound unlike anything the band recorded. These are Jim’s Song, ‘Till I See You Again and It’s Hard to Find a Friend. None of these have been officially released which is a shame, but seeing as 2020 is the 50th Anniversary of Layla, maybe this will be the time. Got to Get Better in a Little While appears twice. The version from 1988s Crossroads box set is a bonus track due to the unfinished nature of the recording. The 40th Anniversary box set contained a fuller version as Bobby Whitlock was brought in to record the keyboards and vocal parts that were originally missing. Sounds pretty good too.

Outtakes from the Layla sessions include a jam around the song (When Things Go Wrong) It Hurts Me Too, an incomplete master for a song called Tender Love (I do wonder if there was ever any lyrics for this song and if so, why wasn’t it finished?) and two versions of a song called Mean Old World. A duet version is included as a bonus track and was released on a Duane Allman compilation in the 70s, but the band version goes better in the flow of the second disc. The Phil Spector produced single recorded during the All Things Must Pass album sessions is included, plus five completed masters from the abandoned second album sessions. Snake Lake Blues also appears in two versions. The major key version has been released before, but the minor key one has not (as yet). Both are used as a way of finishing off, either the second disc set or bonus tracks.

There is one more song to mention, the curiosity that is Devil’s Road, which was recorded with vocals from female vocalist Rene Armando. Little information appears about her online, with some sites saying that she was married to Jim Gordon. However, she does not seem to have appeared on any other recording. This track was recorded in Eric Clapton’s’ home studio with only the guitar player and drummer on the original track, with keyboards and bass added on later. Were these performed by the other Dominos? No one is quite sure about this. I have included it because of when it was recorded, the personnel and the fact that Clapton is on fire with his playing.

Derek and the Dominos was the last time Eric Clapton was just a member of the band. After this, he would go out under his own name. It is such a shame that the Dominos did not finish their second album, or continue after that. They are one of the great-lost bands but at least they did leave us with one classic album. There aren’t many bands who can claim that.

The artwork is the original album cover surrounded in a black background using a golden text. This mirrors the effect of the 20thAnniversary Edition that I liked so much.

Disc 1

  1. I Looked Away (1990 Remix)
  2. Bell Bottom Blues (1990 Remix)
  3. Keep On Growing (1990 Remix)
  4. Nobody Knows When You’re Down & Out (1990 Remix)
  5. I Am Yours (1990 Remix)
  6. Anyday (1990 Remix)
  7. Key To The Highway (1990 Remix)
  8. Tell The Truth (1990 Remix)
  9. Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad? (1990 Remix)
  10. Have You Ever Loved A Woman? (1990 Remix)
  11. Little Wing (1990 Remix)
  12. It’s Too Late (1990 Remix)
  13. Layla (1990 Remix)
  14. Thorn Tree In A Garden (1990 Remix)

Disc 2

  1. (When Things Go Wrong) It Hurts Me Too (Jam)
  2. Got To Get Better In A Little While (2010 Remaster)
  3. Mean Old World (Band Version – 2010 Remaster)
  4. Till I See You Again
  5. Roll It Over (2010 Remaster)
  6. Evil (2010 Remaster)
  7. Tell The Truth (2010 Remaster)
  8. Jim’s Song
  9. Tender Love (Incomplete Master)
  10. I’ve Been All Day
  11. It’s Hard To Find A Friend
  12. One More Chance (2010 Remaster)
  13. Mean Old Frisco (2010 Remaster)
  14. Devil’s Road (Rene Armando Vocals)
  15. Snake Lake Blues (2010 Remaster)

Bonus Tracks

  1. Mean Old World (Duet Version)
  2. Got To Get Better In A Little While (Crossroads Mix)
  3. Snake Lake Blues (Minor Key Version)

Disc 1 was available on Spotify so I was able to include that here. I was not able to add a playlist for Disc 2 because one or more songs were not available on that platform (mostly due to the fact that they have not been officially released).

Episode 89 – To The Ladies In The Band

For the amount of women who have made it in the music business throughout the years, the all female band it still something of a rarity. In this show, we take a look at some of those groups.

  • Ina Ray Hutton & Her Melodears – Doin’ The Suzie Q
  • If I Had My Way – Ivy Benson’s All Girl Band
  • Can’t Your Hear My heartbeat – Goldie & The Gingerbreads
  • Never Thought You’d Leave Me – The Pleasure Seekers
  • Six O’clock In The Morning – The Feminine Complex
  • Come & Hold Me – Fanny
  • High Flying Woman – The Deadly Nightshade
  • April Fool – Isis
  • I Love Playin’ With Fire – The Runaways
  • Icarus – Sweet Jayne
  • Never Underestimate The Power Of A Woman – Klymaxx
  • Demolition Boys – Girlschool
  • Cactus – Shonen Knife
  • Vacaton – The Go-Go’s
  • Getting Out Of Hand – The Bangs
  • Edge Of A Broken Heart – Vixen
  • Shove – L7
  • Hanky Panky – The 5, 6, 7, 8’s.
  • Con Man – the Tuts
  • Bender – Chastity Belt

David Bowie – The Collection Vol.1

For the second compilation, we have David Bowie using songs from his debut album up to and including Ziggy Stardust. Bowie had been on vinyl as far back as 1964 but none of these early singles made the cut. To my ears, they are not very good and pretty derivative of the period in which they were recorded. However, by the time his first album came out in 1967, there were a couple of songs that didn’t sound out of place. Most of these were stereo but some mono mixes were used all thanks to the deluxe edition of his debut album which was a goldmine of interesting cuts and BBC sessions. A couple of these early songs are presented by BBC recordings as they had a bit more life to them than the studio cuts. 1971 re-recording of Holy Holy was also included here as this was the version I heard first and I prefer it to the original single mix. The first disc does highlight the fact that Bowie was really trying to find his voice and style.

Disc 2 is where this changes and the gold starts to flow. Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust are great albums and it was hard leaving songs off. However, it is all about the flow when putting a compilation like this together. I included the demo of Quicksand instead of the studio cut as I like the simplicity of it. It is also quicker and fits in better. Looking for a Friend is the unreleased single mix from Bowie’s Arnold Corns project and some period songs that were either released as B-sides later on (Velvet Goldmine) or unreleased at the time (Sweet Head). The disc finishes with a bang by using the single version of John, I’m Only Dancing. Well the version without the saxophone on it anyway. For the cover, I used a fresh faced Bowie from his debut album but with any reference to the record label taken off.

Disc 1

  1. Space Oddity
  2. Unwashed & Somewhat Slightly Dazed
  3. The Man Who Sold The World
  4. Running Gun Blues
  5. Janine
  6. God Knows I’m Good
  7. Let Me Sleep Beside You (BBC Version)
  8. Black Country Rock
  9. Come & Buy My Toys (Stereo Album Mix)
  10. Letter To Hermione
  11. Holy Holy (1971 Re-Recording)
  12. An Occasional Dream
  13. In The Heat Of The Morning (Mono Vocal Version)
  14. Sell Me A Coat (Original Mono Album Mix)
  15. Silly Boy Blue (BBC Version Recorded For Top Gear)
  16. Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (Rare B-Side Version – 2003 Digital Remaster)
  17. After All
  18. Cygnet Committee
  19. Memory Of A Free Festival

Disc 2

  1. Changes
  2. Oh! You Pretty Things
  3. Eight Line Poem
  4. Life On Mars!
  5. Kooks
  6. Fill Your Heart
  7. Andy Warhol
  8. Song For Bob Dylan
  9. Queen Bitch
  10. Quicksand (Demo)
  11. Looking For A Friend (Single Version)
  12. Moonage Daydream
  13. Starman
  14. It Ain’t Easy
  15. Lady Stardust
  16. Star
  17. Hang On To Yourself
  18. Velvet Goldmine
  19. Ziggy Stardust
  20. Suffragette City
  21. Sweet Head
  22. Rock & Roll Suicide
  23. John, I’m Only Dancing (1972 single version, new 1990 remix

The playlist for Disc 1 is available on Spotify, but disc 2 could not be re-created  because one or more songs were not available on that platform.

Small Faces – The Collection

First up, we start with the legendary Small Faces. I was first introduced to the band during the Britpop Years when many of those acts said how much of an influence and inspiration they were. Unfortunately, compilers have poorly served the band and record companies down the years, especially after the mess that was the Immediate label. However, at least in the 2010s, there have been some efforts to rectify this with deluxe editions of their 60s catalogue as well as a four disc box set. At the time of writing though, the Autumn Stone compilation has yet to be a part of this programme but hopefully this will not be the case for too much longer.

I have split this band overview over two discs, neatly divided into the Decca and Immediate years. This is not quite as neat a division as it should have been as Eddie’s Dreaming, which ends Disc One was the last song on the first Immediate album. To my ears, none of the Decca material sounded like a last song on an album track, and with the story of Happiness Stan Suite finishing Disc Two, this would have been a track too good to miss off.; hence it goes there. Just Passing on Disc Two was recorded during the period where the band was moving between Decca and Immediate, but it sounds more like the second labels material so it went there. In my opinion, the band also sounded better in Mono so the majority of the songs here are in that format, except for the songs taken from Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake. Being the most psychedelic of their albums, stereo seems to be the best way to listen that material. Stereo was also the way in which I first heard that album, so mono just doesn’t sound right to me. The exception being Song of a Baker which sounds a bit odd in stereo to my ears, due to the drums being in the left channel instead of the centre. Red Balloon has never been released in mono. The front over is a classic mod shot of the band from their early years which was borrowed from a very early Small Faces website back in the early years of this century.

Anyway, stay tuned for more playlists coming over the following weeks.

The Small Faces – The Collection

Disc 1 – The Decca Years

  1. What’Cha Gonna Do About It (Mono)
  2. What’s A Matter Baby (Mono)
  3. Take This Hurt Off Me (Mono/Different Version)
  4. I Can’t Make It (Session Version – Mono)
  5. Jump Back (Mono/BBC Saturday Club Version)
  6. Shake (Mono)
  7. Hey Girl (Mono)
  8. Almost Grown (Mono)
  9. Own Up Time (Mono/Alt Version)
  10. Come On Children (Mono)
  11. Understanding (Mono)
  12. E Too D (Mono)
  13. You Need Loving (Mono)
  14. One Night Stand (Mono)
  15. It’s Too Late (Mono)
  16. All Or Nothing (Mono)
  17. Don’t Stop What You’re Doing (Mono)
  18. My Mind’s Eye (Mono)
  19. Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow (Mono)
  20. That Man (Mono)
  21. I’ve Got Mine (Mono)
  22. You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me (Mono)
  23. Eddie’s Dreaming (Mono)

Disc 2 – The Immediate Years

  1. Tin Soldier (Mono)
  2. Something I Want To Tell You (Mono)
  3. Here Comes The Nice (Mono)
  4. Itchycoo Park (Mono)
  5. I Feel Much Better (Mono Single Mix)
  6. Become Like You (Mono)
  7. Talk To You (Mono)
  8. Things Are Going To Get Better (Mono)
  9. Afterglow Of Your Love (Stereo)
  10. Songs Of A Baker (Mono)
  11. Just Passing (Mono)
  12. Feeling Lonely (Mono)
  13. All Our Yesterdays (Mono)
  14. Lazy Sunday (Mono)
  15. The Universal (Mono Single Mix)
  16. My Way Of Giving (Mono)
  17. Show Me The Way (Mono)
  18. I’m Only Dreaming (Mono)
  19. Wham Bam Thank You Mam (Mono)
  20. Red Balloon (Alt Stereo Mix)
  21. The Autumn Stone (Mono Single Mix)
  22. Up The Wooden Hills To Bedfordshire (Mono)
  23. Happiness Stan (Stereo)
  24. Rollin’ Over (Stereo)
  25. The Hungry Intruder (Stereo)
  26. The Journey (Stereo)
  27. Mad John (Stereo)
  28. Happy Days Toy Town (Stereo)

I was not able to add a Spotify playlist because one or more songs were not available on that platform.

A New Feature

A new feature on The Squire Presents website are playlists (or mix CDs) that I will be listing from now on. This is because I am old enough to remember slaving over a Hi-Fi system creating mixtapes to play on my ever-present Walkman. When tape went by the wayside, there was the MiniDisc, which I used for a couple of years, but these never really took off in the same way tapes had. The best feature of the MiniDisc though was the ability to move songs on the playlist without having to re-record them, or delete a song from the playlist if the flow didn’t sound quite right. The sound quality of the MiniDisc might not have been the best, but when played through Walkman Headphones, the tunes sounded pretty good to me.

Then I got hold of a PC with a CD burner. Having a computer to create playlists offered a great deal of freedom. This freedom included the ability to move songs around the playlist, edit songs, fade songs into one another and even create my own artwork. Even though CDs are now a bit old hat (even though in 2020, they seem to still be the most popular format for buying physical music), I still like to put together a playlist of songs, be it various or single artists, to the length of a CD. Therefore, I will be presenting these playlists including, where appropriate, the specific version of the song that was used as well as any further information I thought you may find interesting. For the most part, I also look to fill the entire CD (max length is about 1 hour, 19 minutes and 40 seconds), but sometimes the mix sounds right at a shorter playing time. Most probably there wasn’t enough material from an artist to fill an entire CD that sounded good to me. These are personal mixes where the songs flow is as important as the songs included. I have also tried not to use the same song (or at least the same version) on more than one compilation (in the same way I tried not to double up on the podcasts), but sometimes, it happens. I will be posting the first of these in the next few days. Enjoy.

Episode 88 – Before They Were Famous Part 2

We once again take a look at the song released by artists who became famous later on.

  • Lovingly Yours – Mockingbirds (Graham Gouldman/Kevin Godley)
  • London Is Behind Me – Justin Hayward
  • Till You Say You’ll Be Mine – Olivia Newton-John
  • How Long Must I Be Made To Wait, Wait – Giorgio & The Morodians (Giorgio Moroder)
  • You Never Wanted Me – Alex Campbell & Friends (Sandy Denny)
  • Say Those Magic Words – The Birds, Birds (Ronnie Wood)
  • Pulsar – Flaming Youth (Phil Collins)
  • Don’t Go Way Little Girl – Shame (Greg Lake)
  • Mr Poem – Mike Batt
  • Digger – A New Generation (Sutherland Brothers)
  • I Can Hear Raindrops – The Valentines (Bon Scott)
  • Who Has Seen The Wind – Simon Sisters (Carly Simon)
  • Amsterdam, The First Days – Brainbox (Jan Akkerman)
  • Silver Forest – Organisation (Kraftwerk)
  • Rocking Chair Rock ‘n’ Roll Blues – Elf (Ronnie James Dio)
  • Last Saturday – Pat Benatar
  • It’s A Happy Day – Ellen Amos (Tori Amos)
  • Arabadrengurinn (The Arab Boy) – Bjork
  • Never Grow Old – Aretha Franklin

Episode 87 – The Songs Of David Bowie

Before he became a household name and even into his early years of stardom, David Bowie released a good number of singles in his own name, bands he was then working with or songs he had placed with other artists. In this show we take a look at those songs.   

  • Good Morning Girl – David Bowie
  • Take My Tip – Kenny Miller
  • And I Say To Myself – David Bowie & Lower Third
  • I Dig Everything – David Bowie
  • Over The Wall We Go – Oscar
  • Silver Tree Top School For Boys – The Slender Plenty
  • Little Toy Soldier – The Riot Squad
  • Laughing Gnome – Ronnie Hilton
  • Silly Boy Blue – Billy Fury
  • Ragazzo Solo, Ragazzo Sala – Computers
  • Right On Mother – Peter Noone
  • Moonage Daydream – Arnold Corns
  • Andy Warhol – Dana Gillespie
  • Man Who Sold The World – Lulu
  • Life On Mars – Barbra Streisend
  • Growing Up, I’m Fine – Mick Ronson
  • All The Young Dudes – Mott The Hoople