Monthly top 20, November

Sometimes I worry about having found all the great music in the world. Which would mean that ther’s nothing left to discover. I must admit that I kind of felt that way during October. 
Come November and I find great music again. Old, new and quite a few Bossa things. All can be heard in this months playlist. 

1. Ruth Brown – I Don’t Know (18)

Spotify has updated their “discovery” feature to something quite descent. Through that one, I descovered this lovely little tune. Jazzy, soulful and smooth, from the Queen of R&B. No wonder I lestened to it a whole bunch of times.  

2. Detroit Emeralds – You’re Getting A Little Too Smart (16)

A completely irrasistable soulgem. Just listen to the arrangement. Fantastic!

3. Doris Monteiro – É Isso Ai (15)

Can you hear the group of squeking monkeys in the choir? I even enjoy them. Let’s Samba!

4. SOHN – Lessons (14)
5. 
Little Richard – Rip It Up (10)
5. 
Florence + the Machine – Cosmic Love (10)
7. 
Amen Corner – Gin House Blues (9)
7. Gladys Knight – Giving Up (9)
7. 
Capital Cities – Safe and Sound (9)
7. Walk the Moon – Shiver Shiver (9)
11. 
Yazoo – Nobody’s Diary (7)
11. Irma Thomas – Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand) (7)
11. Little Carl Carlton – Competition Ain’t Nothin’ (7)
11. Girl Satchmo – Darling (7)
11. Justin Timberlake – Mirrors (7)
11. Louis Armstrong – What a Wonderful World – Alternative Version (7)
17. 
Fred Astaire – Puttin’ On The Ritz (6)
17. The Everly Brothers – Crying in the Rain (6)
17. Bob Marley & The Wailers –It Hurts To Be Alone (6)
17. Fontella Bass – To Be Free (6)
17. Walter Wanderley – Crickets Sing For Ana Maria (6)
17. Nancy Wilson – (You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am (6)
17. Eydie Gorme – Piel Canela (6)

Use this spotify link to listen to the entier playlist.

 

Monthly Top 20, October

Looking back on October it seems I was all over the place music wise… and otherwise.  What is Rage Aganist the machine doing in the middle of the top 20? Out of charachter?
No, just listen to that funky bass line.

1. Smokey Robinson and The Miracles – Ooo Baby Baby (17)

2. Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – War (13)

2. Melt Yourself Down – Fix My Life (13)

4. Barbara Lynn – You’ll Lose a Good Thing (12)
4. Ice Cube – Check Yo Self – Remix (12)
6. Gordon Lightfoot – If You Could Read My Mind (9)
6. The Jackson 5 – Who’s Lovin’ You (9)
6. Mel Tormé – You’re Getting to Be a Habit With Me (9)
6. Wilson Pickett – Save Me (9)
6. MGMT – Electric Feel (9)
6. Barbara McNair – You’re Gonna Love My Baby (9)
12. Sam Dees – Lonely For You, Baby (8)
13. Otis Redding – Pain In My Heart (7)
13. Rage Against the Machine – Killing in the Name (7)
13. Nolan Porter – If I Could Only Be Sure (7)
13. Tony Bennett – For Once In My Life (7)
13. Roberta Flack – Just Like a Woman (7)
13. Jo Stafford – No Other Love (7)
13. Sara Montiel – Quizas, Quizas, Quizas (7)
20. Judy Garland – Somewhere Over the Rainbow (6)
20. Ike & Tina Turner – Bold Soul Sister (6)
20. Fontella Bass – To Be Free (6)
20. Dinah Shore – It Had To Be You (6)

And here’s the spotify link.

Soul Songs That Would Make A Grown Man Cry

I’m pretty sure that my love affair with soul music started when  I first saw “Dirty Dancing” (years and years ago). Although I had listened to The Supremes and Jackson 5 previously, something happened when I heard “Cry To Me” with Salomon Burke in the bedroom scene.

From then on I dug into “deeper” soul, not the Motown kind. Aretha Franklin and especially Otis Redding.

No one sings soul like Otis. I’ve heard stories about how his bandmembers started crying during recording sessions, because of the soul in his voice. Grown men crying… That’s the power of a great soul ballad.
There’s really isn’t anything like it. Just watch this:

Since then I’m always on the lookout for more tear-jerking, heartbreaking soul songs to my collection.
Like this more recent find:

And in the end I made this playlist on that very theme – Soul Songs That Would Make A Grown Man Cry. It contains lots of classics + a few lesser known songs. Enjoy!

25 SundaySoothers #JazzSoothers

It’s Sunday. Lovely Sunday adn time for recoperation, relaxing and gathering oyurself for the week to come. Reminesing on the passing week. There’s something warm about a great Sunday but at the same time they can contain lots of angst can’t they? And you never know which one it’s going to be until you’re in the middle of it.

This Sunday is a nice one and I thought the time was right to share my first SundaySoother playlist.

Some months ago I started collecting SundaySoothers. Soft and gentle songs – mostly vintage and perfekt for Sundays. It turned out most of them were jazzy I turned them into this playlist of JazzSoothers. I’m planning to make a soulful one too, and perhaps a classical one. Who knows where this takes us!?

Enjoy the playlist and have a blissful Sunday!

 

 

Monthly Top 20, September 2013

Ok so I summarised the playlist a couple of days ago but couldn’t find the time to blog it so I’ve lost all the stats.
Therefor I’ll just share the playlist. and the top 3 songs.

1. Erma Franklin – Baby What You Want me To Do
(Arethas older sister) This is a forgetten gem. I can’t possibly figure out how it has managed to escape me all this time. Wonderful, catchy, and groovy!

2. Tavares – Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel
This just must be one of the greatest disco tunes ever with the added bonus of great looking outfits, choreography and general swag. The song just makes me feel real happy… Inside-out!

3. Frank Sinatra – Where Or When
I couldn’t find the version I was looking for. I want the soft version with just a piano not the big band thing. This is an outtake from the piano recording. I love the way he avoids to go for the higher note  that would be the Frank Sinatra thing to do. Instead he lets the end of most lines just fade away. It makes the crescendo at the end even more effectful.

The entire playlist:

50 Songs For A Lazy Summer Day pt 4, 5 and 6

Time to gear up for Autumn. (I can’t believe it’s September already.)

I had a look trough my previous posts and noticed that I’d forgot to publish the remaining playlist for “lazy summer days”. Since I’m currently working on a playlist for autumn I thought it best to publish them before anything else. Besides summer’s still lingering on. There are more beautiful days to be had.

The last one (6) is a collaborative playlist., so feel free to add your own contribution.

50 Songs For A Lazy Summer Day pt 4

50 Songs For A Lazy Summer Day pt 5

50 Songs For A Lazy Summer Day pt 6

Am closing this post with my favorite song of the summer. Peggy Lee singing “It’s A Good Day”.
Hint: the song can be found in the fifth playlist.