Tom Jones [00:34]
"If You Go Away"
Parrot PAS 71025 1969
Nothing like a little descending scale ballad to get things going. I'm a fan of Scott Walker's version of this Brel/McKuen number so I figured I'd give Tom's version a chance.
The Decemberists [04:39]
Her Majesty the Decemberists
Jealous Butcher Records JB~046 2003
A little ditty about Keith Waterhouse's fictional fantasist.
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 [08:46]
"Mas Que Nada"
Herb Alpert Presents Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66
A&M Records SP 4116 1966
Perhaps the first Portuguese-language hit to crack the US, this single made it to number 47 on the Hot 100.
Def Leppard [11:25]
"Bringin' on the Heartbreak"
High 'n' Dry
Mercury SRM-1-4021 1981
This first, and better version of this power ballad for the chicks. And I'll be darned, evidently Mariah Carey covered this song. The more you know.
The High-On Music, Musicans & Singers [17:28]
Parade Records PA108
Look, it's over before you know it. Just bear with me.
Gilbert O'Sullivan [21:27]
"Too Much Attention"
MAM MAM4 1972
I could subject you to the world's most depressing song, but instead we're going with the track just before that.
Duke Ellington and his Orchestra [26:17]
"Satan Takes a Holiday"
His Piano and His Orchestra at Bal Masque
Columbia CS 8098 1959
An extremely refined version of this Larry Clinton number.
Curtis Mayfield [23:58]
His Early Years with The Impressions
ABC Records ABCX-780/2 1973
The Impressions first single after the departure of lead singer Jerry Butler. Made it to number 20 on the Hot 100 and number 2 on the R&B charts.
Chelease Wolfe [31:03]
Sargent House SH185-GS 2017
One of my favorite albums of 2017. Yet another artist I look forward to seeing perform live in the After Times.
Joni Mitchell [35:19]
"The Boho Dance"
The Hissing of Summer Lawns
Asylum Records EQ-1051 1975
Can you be an artist and keep your cred when success comes along?
Split Enz [39:04]
"What's the Matter with You"
History Never Repeats - The Best of Split Enz
A&M Records SP-3289 1987
Loyal listeners of Vinyl-O-Matic know of my undying love for "Six Months in a Leaky Boat" so I've decided to shake things up this time around. This Neil Finn song originally comes from their 1980 album True Colors.
"Moonlight Feels Right"
K-Tel TU 2480 1976
20 Original Hits! 20 Original Stars! Some hot marimba action for you folks. This number made it to number 3 on the Hot 100 in 1976.
London Records PS 516 1967
Mr. Mononymous brings us his take on the John Berry instant classic.
Warner Bros. Records BS 2655 1972
The real questions here is, what songs hasn't Hal Blaine played drums on?
Pete Shelley [53:12]
Genetic Records ILPS 9676 1981
Shelley's first solo venture catches your ear with the synth arpeggiator and doesn't let go. Originally intended as a Buzzcocks demo.
Roberto Rossani and his Orchestra [57:47]
Honeymoon in Italy
Somerset SF-4700 1959
Italian because there's an accordian?
Bonus Content: K-Tel Hit Machine Television Commercial
Music behind the DJ: "James Bond with Bongos" by John Barry.