Friday, March 13, 2009

Program #566

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
JAMES BROWN . . . . . It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World . . . . . Star Time (4CD)
CAT POWER . . . . . Lost Someone . . . . . Jukebox - Deluxe Edition
ARETHA FRANKLIN . . . . . Since You’ve Been Gone (Sweet Sweet Baby) . . . . . The Golden Age of Black Music: 1960-1970
FINE YOUNG CANNIBALS . . . . . Suspicious Minds . . . . . Fine Young Cannibals
ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS . . . . . Lipstick Vogue . . . . . This Year's Model
A.C. NEWMAN . . . . . The Heartbreak Rides . . . . . Get Guilty
THE SHINS . . . . . Pressed In A Book . . . . . Oh, Inverted World
THE MOVE . . . . . Blackberry Way . . . . . The Best of the Move
THE CAESARS . . . . . Turn It Off . . . . . Strawberry Weed
THE WHO . . . . . So Sad About Us . . . . . Quick One (Happy Jack)

NEKO CASE . . . . . Middle Cyclone . . . . . Middle Cyclone
TIM HARDIN . . . . . Don’t Make Promises . . . . . Hang on to a Dream: The Verve Recordings
THE BOOKS FEATURING JOSE GONZALEZ . . . . . Cello Song . . . . . Dark Was the Night
BOB DYLAN . . . . . Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right . . . . . The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
WILCO . . . . . Either Way . . . . . Sky Blue Sky
JIMMIE DALE GILMORE . . . . . Tonight I Think I’m Gonna Go Downtown . . . . . After Awhile
ROY ORBISON . . . . . Crying . . . . . For The Lonely: 18 Greatest Hits
RICHARD HAWLEY . . . . . Something Is . . . . . . . . Late Night Final
THE WATSON TWINS . . . . . Only You . . . . . Fire Songs
M. WARD . . . . . Hold Time . . . . . Hold Time

BLACK LIPS . . . . . Take My Heart . . . . . 200 Million Thousand
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE . . . . . She Has Funny Cars . . . . . Surrealistic Pillow
22-20S . . . . . Why Don’t Do You Do It For Me . . . . . 22-20s
TEN YEARS AFTER . . . . . I’m Going Home . . . . . Woodstock
ELVIS PRESLEY . . . . . I Wanna Play House With You . . . . . THE FIRST LIVE RECORDINGS [LP VINYL]
SPOON . . . . . Well-Alright . . . . . Dark Was the Night
THE ROLLING STONES . . . . . It’s All Over Now . . . . . 12 X 5
JAMES HUNTER . . . . . Don’t Do Me No Favors . . . . . The Hard Way

THE BEATLES . . . . . I’m Only Sleeping . . . . . 200 Million Thousand
FRANZ FERDINAND . . . . . Dream Again . . . . . Tonight:Franz Ferdinand
TOM WAITS . . . . . Innocent When You Dream (Barroom) . . . . . Franks Wild Years
ELVIS PERKINS . . . . . I’ll Be Arriving . . . . . Elvis Perkins in Dearland
DUKE ELLINGTON . . . . . East Saint Louis Toodle-Oo . . . . . Ken Burns JAZZ Collection: Duke Ellington
THE MONKEES . . . . . Tapioca Tundra . . . . . The Birds, the Bees & the Monkees
EELS . . . . . Trouble With Dreams . . . . . Blinking Lights And Other Revelations
DJANGO REINHARDT . . . . . I’ll See In You In My Dreams . . . . . The Best of Django Reinhardt

It felt like too much time had passed since James Brown had been part of the LDR program mix, so after starting with one from the Hardest Working Man In Show Business, it was Cat Power covering a James Brown tune followed by Aretha Franklin with one of her special tracks from the Atlantic years. The thread of romance gone bad continued with Fine Young Cannibals remake of Elvis Presley's final No. 1 hit into Elvis Costello & the Attractions with a highlight from the early days. A favorite from A.C. Newman's latest disc was followed by one from the Shins with a similar feel, which led to the Move, who often come to mind when I'm listening to the Shins. Then it was on to the Caesars from their last disc, and then the Who taking us back to the main theme with a track is still irresistible all these years later.

Neko Case seeking something that isn't meant to be on the title track from her new album flowed nicely into an old one on the same subject from Tim Hardin. The idea was carried forward with the Books featuring Jose Gonzalez covering a Nick Drake tune; the synth pattern on that one was remarkably similar to Bob Dylan's finger-picked guitar on one from his second disc. From there it was Wilco trying to find acceptance of the situation, whatever may happen; Jimmie Dale Gilmore attempting to find a remedy through some outside distraction; Roy Orbison realizing he was still hopelessly in love; Richard Hawley trying to put a calm spin on what simply must be; the Watson Twins searching for clarity and M. Ward capturing and holding onto a feeling forever.

A new one from the Black Lips brought forth an old tune with a similar rhythm from Jefferson Airplane, which was followed by the 22-20s doing their English blues-based thing. One of the more famous examples of that was the performance by Ten Years After at Woodstock, during which Alvin Lee quotes from a few tunes, including one done by Elvis Presley very early on in his career. Spoon's latest track is built on a prime rock 'n' roll sound and seemed to flow well into the Rolling Stones with their first No. 1 in Britain from a long time ago, and then it was the 21st-century R&B of James Hunter to finish up.

A few nights worth of some rather vivid dreams inspired this last section, starting with one by the Beatles that features a bit of backwards guitar leading to a new track from Franz Ferdinand that does a nice job of describing the dream state. Then it was Tom Waits with a timeless declaration that rings eternally true, which was followed by a trio of tunes from Elvis Perkins, Duke Ellington and the Monkees that feel more like soundtracks to dreams than actually about the subject themselves. The end began with a take on the downside of dreams courtesy of Eels before the light touch of Django Reinhardt brought us home.

Here's another one from Roy Orbison




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