I'm gonna pull one out of the archives here. I don't remember if my first album was Moody Blues Days of Future Past (genius) or Loggins and Messina Sittin' In. But Loggins and Messina are my all time favorite duo - ever. Most people know Kenny from stuff like Footloose and Danger Zone. He did Danny's Song and House at Pooh Corner when he was part of the L&M duo, but mostly gets credit for them himself. He did write them, but Jimmy's arrangements sure as hell helped make them special. Kenny was only 23 when their Sittin' In was released, so he definitely deserves kudos for such singing and songwriting talent at such a young age. I think he was at his best when he was with Jimmy Messina in the 70's. I got to see them when they did a reunion tour a few years ago. I was in heaven. Anyway, I'm posting this song from their Full Sail album because the instrumentation blows me away. So you get a little bit of Kenny's beautiful voice and a kick-ass jam session with Jimmy's awesome instrumental arranging genius.
Pathway to Glory (close your eyes and put those headphones on)
And a sort of protest song and sung by Jimmy. The lyrics fit today as well as they fit back in the 70's.
Same Old Wine
Was/Is anyone else here an L&M fan?
One more. I love the harmonies on this one. And when I saw them in 2009, they sounded just as good as they did in the 70's
Another one of my favorites. Since I'm a beach and tropical waters woman at heart, my fave is Southern Cross by CSNY.
I can put myself on our friend's 45 foot sailboat, sailing through the Bahamas. Probably the happiest time in my life. Oh and don't let me get started on Jimmy Buffet. Not Margaritaville, but his album cuts.
Southern Cross I hope to see it one day - on a sailboat.
Okay, I lied. My favorite Buffet song. Jimmy Buffet - Pirate Looks at Forty. I was at this concert. Miami Marine Stadium. People could watch the concert floating on inner tubes in Biscayne Bay. Again - good times.
This band is one that I want to explore more. I have only heard a few of their songs, but I really like what I hear (definitely get a Beatles, Lennon/Harrison vibe). They seem to have a good mix of styles I like and Tweedy seems like an interesting and creative guy.
From their wiki page: "Some critics have dubbed Wilco the "American Radiohead", due to their stylistically diverse catalog. A critic from the New York Times argues that Wilco has a "roots-rock...[sound which] reached back to proven materials: the twang of country, the steady chug of 1960s rock, the undulating sheen of the Beach Boys, the honky-tonk hymns of the Band and the melodic symmetries of pop."
Love this little ditty:
Another one I love. People have said he "ripped off" Harrison and others. I hear a huge influence, but I don't care about being "completely original" because it's all been done before anyway. I like the bands who influenced him, so it's no surprise that I like them too.
Another instrumental for anyone interested. This guy is a Hawaiian ukulele player that is just amazing. Who knew that you could do this with that instrument. Plus this is one of the few Beatles songs I like. I guess I must like George the best.
New artist of the day. Going one darker than Tex to another iconic Australian artist called:
Nick Cave is probably more in the vein of Leonard Cohen with a dash of Ry Cooder thrown in. As a description he is musically malevolent, quite dark, definitely brooding but his music can transport you to places you never dreamed you would go. He is a poet and a troubadour and a kick ass rocker.
He has had a number of incarnations most famously with a band called the Bad Seeds and currently with Grinderman. Best to just listen and see for yourselves - he won't be everyone's cup of tea.
Two of the most beautiful songs - the lyrics are just amazing.
A duet with Kylie Minogue - seriously check it out:
And his most recent incarnation Grinderman just for a change of pace:
I think it might be time to give the girls some love. There are ample retro dressing indie warblers here in oz and I'll get to a few of them, it is almost impossible not to trip over them at every turn. BUT we do have a couple of great rock and roll girls.
One of the best is this artist.
She is known more recently as a solo artist but also as the lead singer of a band called Magic Dirt. She looks a bit like a cross between Chrissie Hynde and Patti Smith but sounds all Adalita. In a sad twist the bass player of the band died of cancer a couple of years ago and I think they broke up after that. Girl has pipes and can rock it, and is a world away from the mainstream popsters (I think she might eat them for lunch except that by all account there is a genuinely nice girl behind the guitar and attitude).
To warm you up - here she is covering Pretenders (fyi I was in audience for this performance, was lovely):
Playing with her band at big festival here in oz called Big Day Out:
Apart from Adam and Freddie, my favourite voices have all been female.
Alison Moyet originally became well known in the 80s as half of an electro-pop duo called Yazoo before going solo. She has one of the most distinctive voices I've ever heard with a unique tone. She's a far cry from the plastic pop princesses of today and I love her work.
Both of these are well known artists but these two songs are on my current high-rotation playlist so I'm sharing :wink:
Sugarland - Sex on Fire (I actually may just prefer it to KoL - it's a toss up depending on mood but this is a gorgeous version.)
And for reasons that escape me, Bell X1's "I'll See Your Heart and Raise You Mine" is on most of my tragic emo playlists. Don't mock~ (I have no attachment to the surfing vid but the live versions are all bad so...)
There is an album called Live at Massey Hall (yes it's in Canada, but no soeulmate I'm not Canadian :wink: ). It's re-mastered stuff from a concert there in 1971 and it's classic Neil at his best, back when he first introduced some of his best known songs. There's a DVD available too.
Saying that Heart of Gold is a new song and that he just started playing the harmonica. As a life long fan, I always thought he was born with that harmonica in his mouth.
And because I love comparing living legends' then and now. In 2007.
Ever wonder how some of these living legends would have fared on American Idol? I doubt Neil would have made it past the first 20 seconds of a song.
Here is something I heard today that surprised me in the same way that Adam's version of "If I Can't Have You" did. It is one of those songs that, when performed in a way that suits the lyrics, creates a totally different feeling and meaning. I have always like this song for its happy, silly vibe, but I clearly never even listened to the words until I heard this performance (just like IICHY).
I really like Neil Diamond and knew he wrote the Monkee's song "I'm a Believer," but this is the first time I have heard Neil perform it in this way. What stunningly beautiful songwriting!
OK, I'm an old soul and love, love, love the classic singers. The late, great Mr. Sam Cooke. Here are two of my favorite Sam Cooke songs. Adam's version of Change is outstanding but here is the original.
Let's add a bit of multicultural diversity to the old recommendations.
Geoffry Gurrumul Yunupingu
He is an aboriginal singer and guitarist (which he plays upside down because that's how he taught himself). Blind since birth he was discovered in Australian outback and has since become a reluctant star performing all over the world to breathless sold out crowds.
His voice is amazing (saw him live at Palais last year) and he sings all his songs in traditional aboriginal dialect. Enjoy - this may be one of the more perfect songs I have heard:
Bridgey, I was only able to link to the Sting performance, and it was incredibly beautiful. Thank you for introducing it to me. I love how Sting embraces other artists and genres. It must be the music teacher in him.
I loved his album of John Dowland "covers" from a few years ago, "Songs from the Labyrinth," beautiful Elizabethan era music for the voice and lute.
A Dowland composition:
My favorite Sting song performed in Dowland influenced style: