Albums and All That, Starting with the letter M as in Mike, Part 6


October 27th, 2021

50 mins 12 secs

Season 5

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Cat Stevens [00:34]
"I Wish, I Wish"
Mona Bone Jakon
A&M Records SP4260 1970
The less said about the title of this album, the better.

Tommy Gumina [04:15]
"Love Theme From 'La Strada'"
Mood Italiano
Decca DL 8630 1958
Some lovely Italiano-Americano accordion playing.

Dick Hyman [06:43]
"The Topless Dancers of Corfu"
Moog - The Electric Eclectics of Dick Hyman
ABC Command 938-S 1969
Catchy bleep bloop.

Neil Diamond [09:45]
"Song Sung Blue"
UNI Records 93136 1972
Can't go wrong with that electric piano intro, heavily inspired by the second movement of Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major by W.A. Mozart.

Sonny & the Sunsets [14:17]
Moods Baby Moods
Polyvinyl Record Company PRC-313 2016
Super snappy album from 2016 on lovely orange vinyl.

The Blazers [17:23]
"Vive la Compagne and Let Us Drink"
More College Drinking Songs
ABC-Paramount ABCS-219 1958
It doesn't matter what era you're in, college kids are a little pre-occupied.

X [20:16]
"I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts"
More Fun in the New World
Elektra 60283-1 1983
It's true. Also featured in the Something Wild soundtrack.

Johnny Mathis [24:26]
"Call Me"
More Johnny's Greatest Hits
Columbia CS 8150 1959
Ringy ding a dingy ding. No not Blondie's "Call Me", and no not Petala Clark's "Call Me".

The Monkees [28:26]
"The Kind of Girl I Could Love"
More of the Monkees
Colgems COM-102 1967
My favorite Michael Nesmith song on the this, their second studio album. Nez takes the lead, with the boys on backing vocals. The Wrecking Crew help out with the likes of James Burton and Glen Campbell on guitar, Larry Knechtel on bass, the legendary Hal Blaine on drums, and Nez handles the steel guitar. Recorded in a 5 hour session on June 25, 1966.

Edith Piaf [30:17]
"La Vie, L'Amour"
More Piaf of Paris
Capitol Records ST 10283 1961
The celebrated chanteuse sings about life and love a few years before her death.

Talking Heads [32:05]
"Take Me to the River"
More Songs about Buildings and Food
Sire SRK 6058 1978
The transformative cover of the Al Green classic. Coincidentally, this version hit the charts around the same time that versions by Bryan Ferry, Foghat, and Levon Helm were also released. The 70s were a weird place. Made it to number 26 on the Hot 100.

Fritz Busch conducting the Glyndbourne Festival Orchestra [38:46]
Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro
Seraphim IC-6128 1983 (recorded in 1934/35)
Just a little something in the key of D.

Nirvana [42:34]
"Where Did You Sleep Last Night"
MTV Unplugged in New York
DGC DGC-24727 1994
A powerful rendition of this traditional song, inspired by Leadbelly and Mark Lanegan.

Music behind the DJ: "Call Me" by New Classic Singers

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