175: Traffic, ‘John Barleycorn Must Die’

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

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018 Sir Paul McCartney, ‘Distractions’

In which Jeff calls Sir Paul “the Prince of Plastic, the Sheikh of Shallow” and points at the one song from Paul’s 30something post-Beatle CDs that deserves to be visited and revisited, because it’s .
uniquely mature, straightforward, honest and heartfelt. Utter blasphemy!

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008: ‘I’ll Keep It With Mine’, Fairport Convention (Bob Dylan)

An early, little-known gem of Dylan’s that he never quite figured out how to play. But it was nailed by Fairport Convention.

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048 Sam Cooke ‘Bring It On Home To Me’,

In which Jeff is reminded that Sam Cooke takes a back seat to no one, not even to Smokey Robinson; and that the sweetest fruits are often those closest to the roots.

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174: Vocal Line, ‘Don’t Give Up’

If you don’t know the music of Vocal Line, the 32-voice Danish rhythm choir led by Jens Johansen, you should. It’s what all art should aspire to – pure, unadulterated beauty.

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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 new video of ‘Nature Boy’. It’s just a little perfect.

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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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171: Jackson Browne (with David Crosby), ‘Something Fine’

What’s the difference between a lovely little song and a precious gem?
David Crosby’s harmony on Jackson Browne’s ‘Something Fine’.

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