Robert Johnson [00:46]
"I'll Be Waiting"
Close Personal Friend
Infinity Records INF 9000 1978
No, not that Robert Johnson... the other Robert Johnson. The Memphis power pop one.
Tom Tom Club [05:29]
"Atsababy! (Life Is Great)"
Close to the Bone
Sire Records 1-123916 1983
The sophomore outing for this Talking Heads spin-off. This collection of new wave funk made it to number 73 on the Top 200. Featuring artwork by James Rizzi of course.
Frank Sinatra [09:26]
"It Could Happen to You"
Close to You
Capitol Records W789 1957
A pretty straight forward rendition of the Jimmy van Heusen number. Frank is accompanied by Nelson Riddle and his orchestra, of course. Recorded over the course of eight months in five sessions. Frank must've been otherwise occupied.
Close to You
A&M Records SP 4271 1970
Weird, sort of a White Shade of Help, showing off Richard's keyboard skills. But I kinda dig it.
Joni Mitchell [17:02]
Reprise RS 6341 1969
Not quite the Chelsea Morning I recall from my first apartment, but we can't all have the same bohemian experiences.
Jimmy Buffett [19:34]
"The Weather Is Here, Wish You Were Beautiful"
MCA Records MCA-5169 1981
I am not now, nor have I ever been a parrothead. Of course I just chose it for the title. Wokka wokka.
Bonnie "Prince" Billy [23:43]
"Cold & Wet"
Cold & Wet
Drag City DC318 2006
An EP featuring a track from his 2006 album The Letting Go, featuring Will accompanied by brother Paul on bass and Emmett Kelly guitar.
Rick James [25:58]
"New York Town"
Gordy 6043GL 1983
There is always a party in New York. Perhaps some day I'll get to go back there. Evidently Cold Blooded refers to his lady friend at the time, Linda Blair.
Warren Zevon [31:06]
"Werewolves of London"
The Color of Money - The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
MCA Records MCA-6189 1986
I was going to go with the Willie Dixon track on this album but it was a contemporary track and the production does not hold up well. So instead, we have the song that has the character Vince showing off like an idiot and spooking his mark.
John Coltrane [34:31]
Atlantic SD-1354 1961
Built on a lick that Coltrane had heard Sonny Rollins play, hence the title. Featuring Trane on tenor sax, Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass and Jimmy Cobb on drums. And a great Lee Friedlander photo on the cover.
Mugsy Spanier and his Huge Dixieland Band [40:26]
Columbia - The Gem of the Ocean
Äva A-12 1962
I guess big band dixieland was a thing.
Duke Ellington and his Orchestra [43:31]
Columbia JJ 1 1959
Taken from Newport 1958.
Halim El-Dabh [47:36]
"Leiyla and the Poet"
Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center
Columbia Masterworks ML 5966 1964
Light on the electronic sounds, the electronic drama is heavy on the tape manipulation. From a concert performed at the McMillin Theatre at Columbia in 1961.
Worm Ouroboros [52:54]
Come the Thaw
Flenser Records FR21 2012
Heavy and ethereal at the same time, this is killer album from Oakland's Worm Ouroboros, released on translucent gray vinyl by The Flenser.
Music behind the DJ: "Both Sides, Now" by Benny Goodman and his Orchestra.