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214: The Beatles, ‘You’re Gonna Lose That Girl’

I hadn’t seen “Help!” since 1965, but nothing’s changed. The Beatles were the coolest humans ever born, making the finest music of our times.

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030: The Bulgarian State Radio and Television Women’s Choir (Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares) – ‘Pilentze Pee’

Bulgarian folk music predates our European tradition!! It wasn’t affected by early polyphony; it remained duophonic long after the Europeans Renaissanced. The singers use throat resonance to hold a steady pitch for 5 minutes. It’s full of modal scales, dissonant harmonies (abundant second, seventh, and ninth intervals). And if you’ll give it a chance, you just might find that it really is quite enchanting.

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043: The Left Banke, ‘Pretty Ballerina’

A precious, delicate flower from 1966.
Baroque & roll.

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213: Tommy Tucker, ‘Hi-Heel Sneakers’

Robert Higginbotham not only inspired a rubber-souled footwear – he coined a template for that ebullient rush of anticipation every one of us has felt sprucing up for a big Saturday night.

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038: Van Morrison, ‘Astral Weeks’

The legendary summer of 1968, one of the finest pieces of music I’ve had the great honor and pleasure to embrace – Van Morrison’s “Astral Weeks”.

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212: Bon Iver (Justin Vernon), ‘Towers’

Justin Vernon sure knows how to impale an earworm on a melodic hook. Let’s hope he gets engaged enough to catch the big one.

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045: Julie London, ‘Bye Bye, Blackbird’

In which Jeff recalls how Julie London enticed him into basshood.

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062: Martha and The Vandellas, ‘Heat Wave’

Ok, hotshot–what group of musicians played on more number one hits than the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, Elvis, and the Beatles combined?

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