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064: Janis Joplin & Tom Jones, ‘Raise Your Hand’

My memories of Janis–the interview, the kiss, and the TV performance where she brought plastic Tom to meltdown.

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041: Miles Davis, ‘It Never Entered My Mind’

Why did Miles Davis, a belligerent black ex-junkie, choose to reboot his career with white music of a rare, tender sweetness? Who cares?

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053: The Beatles, ‘In My Life’

Even though they misrecorded it.

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061: The Doobie Brothers, ‘What a Fool Believes’

A hopelessly happy jaunt into the 1970s– the sappy grin on the face of lead guitarist, the come-on smile of the backup chick singer gives Michael McDonald, the ‘Oh, I really am cool and hot and couldn’t be enjoying myself more’ look he returns; the illogical, off-the-beat smash of the cymbal on ‘Anybody else would sure-LY know’, the loopy little calliope adornment – every element perfectly enmeshing to form a tapestry of fun-k. And a painfully familiar, seldom-told story. And a crazily cool Italian a cappella version you’ve never heard. Whooo!

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035: Miles Davis, ‘Boplicity’ (“Birth of the Cool”)

2’58” of heaven

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038: Van Morrison, ‘Astral Weeks’

Spiritual blue-eyed Celtic soul acid acoustic jazz-rock, gorgeous and sumptuous and moving and transcendent. Desert Island music.

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049: Chrysalis (J. Spider Barbour), ‘Summer in Your Savage Eyes’

The greatest band no one’s ever heard of.

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057: Anita O’Day, ‘Tea for Two

Anita O’Day at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival–so cool, so hip, so talented. Take a gander. She’ll knock you out of your chair.

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