257: Alison Krauss/Brenda Lee: ‘All Alone Am I’

Guilty pleasures.
Could we keep this just between us?

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089: Jackson Browne/Maurice Williams, ‘The Load-Out/Stay’

Jackson Browne circa 1977 would end his show with a long, lovely, rambling tribute to his roadies. It’s done on solo piano, and talks about the post-show weariness, the packing up, and that lingering adrenalin. His band slowly rejoins him on-stage, and the song mashes into ‘just one more song’–a revisit to Maurice Williams’ iconic doo-wop hit, with the object of affection transformed from that unnamed Little Darlin’ to The Audience.

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256: The Mamas & The Papas, ‘Once Was a Time I Thought’

They indeed really were a fine group, but not for the reasons you think. Go listen to half a dozen cuts you don’t remember from the second album.

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082: Dion DiMucci, ‘Sit Down Old Friend’

At the age of 22, Dion DiMucci had 20 gold records and addictions to alcohol and heroin. He got straight and religion, and has been recording knock-out acoustic blues for decades. Back in 1970 he recorded an obscure singer-songwriter album of redemption that has stayed with me as a tower of strength and a beacon of light.

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255: Simon & Garfunkel, ‘Mrs Robinson’

Dee de dee dee dee dee…

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084: Dmitri Shostakovich, Prelude & Fugue No 16 in B-flat Minor (Tatiana Nikolaeva)

My personal journey from “Petula Clark sings Robert Johnson” to J.S. Bach to Dmitri Shostakovich.
Searching? Bad Navigation? Simple twist of fate?

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254: Vince Guaraldi/We Five, ‘Cast Your Fate to the Wind’

Life can be quirky.
So just cast your fate to the wind.
And don’t sit under ledges where pigeons are roosting.

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085: Randy Newman: ‘I Think It’s Going to Rain Today’ (First Album)

Randy Newman’s first album, “Something New Under the Sun”, was originally released in 1968 with a blue cover and sold numerous dozens of copies. It was such a flop that Warner Brothers announced that anyone who bought it could trade it in for a different album from their catalog. A couple of years later, after he developed a small following, they rereleased it with a brown cover. This time it actually sold several hundred copies. The album was out of print for 15 years, when it was rereleased as a CD in 1985 and remains almost unheard of even today.
I’ll tell you what I think of the album. I think it ranks with “John Wesley Harding”, “Rubber Soul”, “Pet Sounds”, “Eli & the 13th Confession”, “The Band” and “Astral Weeks” as one of the greatest works of art to arise from the ‘rock’ idiom.

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