Greetings – this is my 52nd week as Earworm host; some 320 songs have flown by and I’ve really enjoyed myself. I’m happy to continue but I don’t want to hog it; if someone else is anxious to have a go, let me know. Meanwhile, the chap in the kilt is busking for worms; please pipe them toot sweet to email@example.com so that he can come in out of the cold. And thanks to all for a marvellous ride.
Karl Jenkins – The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace – Benedictus – glassarfemptee: We’ve had a few classical ones recently. Here’s one from jazzer and ex-Soft Machine (!) composer, Karl Jenkins. A song for peace, and real earworm, for me at least.
Sam Mangwana – Zengolo – goneforeign: Sam is one of my favorite Zairian musicians, he’s traditionally been the lead voice in some of the most sigficant African bands, TPOK Jazz, Tabu Ley’s African Fiesta and Afrisa International, plus he’s made many records under his own name. This is from an acoustic LP titled ‘Galo Negro’ and in it he investigates the Cuban, Mozambique and Cape Verdeian influences in Congo Music. The Malagasy accordian is unique and he’s joined throughout by Papa Noel Monswet, one of Zaire’s greatest guitarists plus a group of backing singers. A unique African sound.
Stevie Wonder – Love’s In Need Of Love Today – daddypig: I was on a break when RR did “Track 1, Side 1” songs. I got Songs In The Key Of Life for Christmas when I was seventeen years old, and this – paradoxically because I don’t listen to it that often – still brings back the first time I put the record on and the music sprung into life.
Larry Williams & Johnny Watson – Too Late – bishbosh: Yes, it’s another pounding Northern Soul stomper, but as well as making me want to hit the floor, this one makes me chuckle with its back-and-forth ad libs. At least I assume they’re ad libs. Very droll anyway.
HK 119 – Celeb – Fuel: HK 119 is a Finnish artist who lives in London. Celeb is my favourite track of hers. Throwaway and escapist, which I rather like.
Bertolt Brecht – Moritat Von Mackie Messer – tincanman: A Kurt Weill composition for the 1930 Threepenny Opera, this is the original Mack The Knife.