Another interesting mix for you this week, including the first example of our “compare and contrast” slot – two contrasting songs from the same artist, taken from one album. If you have any examples you’d like to share, or just some lonely worms that need a home, send them along to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks to all.
Raghu Dixit – No Man Will Ever Love You Like I Do – bishbosh: Being both middle-class and middle-aged (more or less anyway – when do we hit middle age these days?), I came across Mr Dixit on a BBC4 programme about how to make it as a world music star (no, I wasn’t looking for tips…). I think his voice is a thing of extreme beauty.
Gene Clark – You’re Gonna Miss That Somebody – tincanman: This is from the former Byrd’s treasure trove of unreleased songs. He drank a lot, our Gene, and I’m guessing he wrote this, set it aside to have a nap, and forgot all about it. How else could a song that should be a classic get lost in the mothballs for 50 years?
The Troggs – When Will The Rain Come – severin: Difficult to say really. From 1968 this is the B Side of Love is All Around and a nice slice of Brit psychedelia. That’s it really.
The Youngbloods – Get Together – goneforeign: The Youngbloods, fronted by Jesse Colin Young, were popular on the west coast in the mid 60’s. I think I have their first two albums and I’m surprised that they never made a bigger impact nationally. This cut is their only US top 40 hit.
The Brandos – Guantanamera and She’s The One – DsD: “GUAN-TAN-A-BLOODY-MERA?!?!?” I hear you squawk. Two parts cheese, to three parts pure corn, surely? Well … yes, I would normally agree, but somehow this has got completely under my skin and stolen my heart; I think it is one of the loveliest, most romantic things I’ve ever heard. Somehow, I just cannot see how a band who looked like this – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dU33q0ELfcw – could take an 80-year-old song, which over the decades has been over-exposed and bastardised for various Cuban patriotic, humorous, or social comment purposes, and record something I find so . . . vulnerable, tender, and (here’s that word again) romantic. I just love it – an acoustic pearl. But “Compare & Contrast” with She’s The One which is a typical DsD American rocker fave.