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173: The Real Group, ‘Nature Boy’

An immaculate union of the pristine and the passionate – The Real Group in a breathtaking take on ‘Nature Boy’. It’s just a little perfect.

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175: Traffic, ‘John Barleycorn Must Die’

An allegory, in which Demon Alcohol gets the last word.

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172: Anúna, ‘Jerusalem’

Michael McGlynn’s Anúna invents traditional Irish Holy Music, Folk Music,neo-Gregorian Chants, New Age and Riverdance–all a cappella, in costume, in candlelight.

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164: Bob Dylan, ‘Tangled Up in Blue’

Bob Dylan at his best. It don’t get no better than that.

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167: James Blake, ‘Lindisfarne’

James Blake is the boy from the haunted house next door – Bela Lugosi’s visiting nephew. Haunting ain’t the word. He possesses you. Beacon don’t fly too high.

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168: Neal Hefti, ‘Girl Talk’

Women are a superior breed to men, but everyone from God to James Thurber knows they sure like to talk. Girl Talk.
I personally wouldn’t have it any other way.

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177: Joni Mitchell, ‘Woodstock’

50 years ago I was at the Woodstock festival, in the mud and the mire and the morass. Joni wasn’t, but she got it right in the song. True Woodstock is in the mind.

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SoTW 14: The Woodstock Festival/הימים הטובים לפני ואחרי וודסטוק

50 years ago the Woodstock festival took place in upstate New York. I was there. I got wet and muddy and cranky and went back home after one night to listen to some of the same artists on my headphones.

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