Friday, January 13, 2012

From ACT's Point of View (a tribute to 20-year-old ACT Music label)

Stop your clocks. Turn off your electric guitars. Forget your daily life noise. Press the play button. Open a book and start reading it slowly. Or just take a seat and look out of the window. The nighter, the better. Cognac allowed. This playlist is jazzy. Contemporarily jazzy. Filled with slow piano ballads and silken female voices. It starts with the late Esbjorn Svensson, it goes through a Norah Jones cammeo, some flamenco, a Vietnamese-reinvented Eleanor Rigby and it ends with a nice rendition of The Simpsons' theme. It features a lot of musicians with exotic, non-anglosaxon birth names: Bugge, Nils, Leszek, Rigmor, Paolo, Youn, Solveig, Iiro, Nguyen, Viyaj, Ulf, Viktoria...  It's a 20-song happy-20th-birthday to ACT jazz label. I got the idea while reading this article on The Guardian. ACT is based in Germany, it was founded by Siegfried Loch in 1992 and almost incredibly it hasn't an English Wikipedia page, yet. If you sprechen Deutsch, there's the German one. Consider it as a quiet parenthesis in the barbaric yawp of chaos. Enjoy it. Then, start yawping again.

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(A tribute to 20 years of ACT Music)

Esbjörn Svensson Trio – From Gagarin's Point Of View
Bugge Wesseltoft – Mitt Hjerte Alltid Vanker
Nils Landgren – When All Is Said And Done
John Abercrombie & Arif Mardin – El Vito Cante
Richard Galliano, Paolo Fresu, Jan Lundgren – Que reste-t-il de nos amours?
Rigmor Gustafsson – Empty Hearts
Leszek Mozdzer – Svantetic
Youn Sun Nah – My Favorite Things
Gwilym Simcock – These Are The Good Days
Solveig Slettahjell – Take It With Me
Tonbruket – Balloons
Joel Harrison & Norah Jones – Tennessee Waltz
Iiro Rantala – Tears For Esbjörn
Nguyên Lê – Eleanor Rigby
Magnus Ostrom – Piano Break Song
Vijay Iyer – Human Nature
Ulf Wakenius – Dancing
Lars Danielsson feat. Viktoria Tolstoy – From Above
Wolfgang Haffner, Hubert Nuss, Lars Danielsson – Silent Way
Panzerballett – The Simpsons

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Coachella 2012 on Spotify

Ok, I know that Diplo doesn't agree, but Coachella festival is really a place where I'd like to be next April. And where, most likely, I won't. How many kilometres/miles separate that sunny American desert from this sunny European peninsula? Too many. So I guess I will feed myself with the usual YouTube footage.

Anyway, no pussyweeps. Time for some playlists. Either if you will be in Coachella or if you won't, you can start warming up with this bunch of Spotify tapes, based on the festival line-up. Day-by-day lists, the mammoth and my favourite 69. Enjoy!

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Artists available on Spotify:  135/139 (97,12%)
(just missing: Internet darlings Azealia Banks and The Weeknd, plus Pure Filth Sound and The Airplane Boys)

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Day 1 - 13/20 April (medium): HTTP, URI. (SR0810)
Day 1 - 13/20 April (lite): HTTP, URI. (SR0811)
Day 2 - 14/21 April (medium): HTTP, URI. (SR0812)
Day 2 - 14/21 April (lite): HTTP, URI. (SR0813)
Day 3 - 15/22 April (medium): HTTP, URI. (SR0814)
Day 3 - 15/22 April (lite): HTTP, URI. (SR0815)

All days (medium): HTTP, URI. (SR0816)
All days (lite): HTTP, URI. (SR0817)
The 69 (my smartphone choices: 69 bands I'd probably go to see): HTTP, URI. (SR0818)

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Acclaimed Music 1968 (Top 20 Songs & Top 20 Albums)


Let's write a new chapter of the year-by-year series based on Acclaimed Music aggregated charts. 1968. Here in Europe, the year of youth revolutions (and of the Prague Spring, forty-three years before the Arab Spring). In the US (and in the UK), rock was definitely blossoming. It rules the albums' playlist - Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash at Folsom, Velvet Underground - while soul is the king of singles: I Heard It Through the Grapevine, The Dock of the Bay, Aretha. As you can see below, just The Beatles (and young Frank Zappa) are out of this big Spotify party. Enjoy!

(legenda: the number preceding the artist name is the ranking of that song or album in Acclaimed Music Top 3000 charts)

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1 (8) Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through the Grapevine
2 (9) Otis Redding - (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay
3 (31) The Rolling Stones - Sympathy for the Devil
- (42) The Beatles - Hey Jude
4 (46) The Rolling Stones - Jumpin' Jack Flash
5 (113) The Jimi Hendrix Experience - All Along the Watchtower
6 (176) Glen Campbell - Wichita Lineman
7 (188) Desmond Dekker - Israelites
8 (194) Aretha Franklin - I Say a Little Prayer
9 (199) The Band - The Weight
10 (204) Steppenwolf - Born to Be Wild
11 (220) Dusty Springfield - Son-of-a Preacher Man
12 (225) Sly and the Family Stone - Dance to the Music
13 (229) The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)
-- (303) The Beatles - Revolution
14 (347) Sly and the Family Stone - Everyday People
-- (348) The Beatles - While My Guitar Gently Weeps
15 (364) Tammy Wynette - Stand by Your Man
-- (403) The Beatles - Happiness Is a Warm Gun
16 (428) Van Morrison - Madame George
17 (594) The Rolling Stones - Street Fighting Man
18 (610) Tommy James and The Shondells - Crimson and Clover
19 (663) Big Brother and The Holding Company - Piece of My Heart
20 (673) Aretha Franklin - Think

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Source: Acclaimed Music

- (14) The Beatles - The Beatles ("White Album")
1 (15) Van Morrison - Astral Weeks
2 (22) The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Electric Ladyland
3 (30) The Rolling Stones - Beggars Banquet
4 (80) The Band - Music from Big Pink
5 (130) Aretha Franklin - Lady Soul
6 (169) Johnny Cash - At Folsom Prison
7 (174) The Byrds - Sweetheart of the Rodeo
8 (187) The Kinks - The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society
9 (190) The Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat
-- (205) The Mothers of Invention - We're Only in It for the Money
10 (242) The Byrds - The Notorious Byrd Brothers
11 (243) Big Brother and The Holding Company - Cheap Thrills
12 (316) The Zombies - Odessey & Oracle
13 (319) Simon and Garfunkel - Bookends
14 (340) Small Faces - Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake
15 (483) Cream - Wheels of Fire
16 (625) Jeff Beck - Truth
17 (711) Dr. John - Gris-Gris
18 (729) The Incredible String Band - The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter
19 (768) Laura Nyro - Eli and the Thirteenth Confession
20 (782) Otis Redding - The Dock of the Bay

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Friday, January 6, 2012

British Invasion! Songs of British Artists #1 in America

(Art print by Ron Magnes)

Sometimes Wikipedia is really inspiring. This playlist is based on the List of songs by British artists which reached number-one on the Hot 100 (USA Billboard). It goes from 1958 to 2011 and it's an interesting summary of fifty years of British pop music according to American tastes.
You can find:
- the early domination by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones (60s)
- the golden era of Elton John (early 70s)
- the disco time of Bee Gees (and Andy Gibb) (late 70s)
- the now that's what I call music era (80s... ready to be rickrolled?)
- the long blackout (since the death of Lady D to the rise of James Blunt: really? no Brit #1 in America from 1997 to 2006?)
- the modern depression (00s)

Of the 35 missing songs from Spotify, 20 are by The Beatles and 11 by George Harrison, John Lennon and Paul McCartney in their post-Beatles careers. Anyway, you get some Ringo.

I think this is one of the most poppish playlists I ever made on Spotirama. Especially the segment from the 1980s: The Human League! Culture Club! Duran Duran! Eurythmics! Tears For Fears! Wham! Enjoy! :o)

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Source: Wikipedia
Songs available on Spotify: 137/172 (79,65%)
(artists in italics are not Brits; read notes on Wikipedia)

Acker Bilk – Stranger On The Shore
The Tornados – Telstar
The Beatles - I Want To Hold Your Hand
The Beatles - She Loves You
The Beatles - Can't Buy Me Love
The Beatles - Love Me Do

Peter And Gordon – A World Without Love
The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night
The Animals – The House of the Rising Sun
Manfred Mann – Do Wah Diddy Diddy
The Beatles - I Feel Fine
Petula Clark – Downtown
The Beatles - Eight Days a Week
Freddie & The Dreamers – I'm Telling You Now
Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders – The Game of Love
Herman's Hermits – Mrs. Brown, You've Got A Lovely Daughter
The Beatles - Ticket To Ride
The Rolling Stones – (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
Herman's Hermits – I'm Henry VIII, I Am
The Beatles - Help!
The Beatles - Yesterday

The Rolling Stones – Get Off Of My Cloud
The Dave Clark Band - Over and Over
The Beatles - We Can Work It Out

Petula Clark – My Love
The Rolling Stones – Paint It Black
The Beatles - Paperback Writer
The Troggs – Wild Thing
Donovan – Sunshine Superman
New Vaudeville Band – Winchester Cathedral
The Rolling Stones – Ruby Tuesday
The Beatles - Penny Lane
The Beatles - All You Need Is Love

Lulu – To Sir With Love
The Beatles - Hello, Goodbye
The Beatles - Hey Jude
The Beatles with Billy Preston - Get Back
The Rolling Stones – Honky Tonk Women
The Beatles - Come Together
The Beatles - Let It Be
The Beatles - The Long and Winding Road
George Harrison - My Sweet Lord
The Rolling Stones – Brown Sugar
Bee Gees – How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?
Paul and Linda McCartney - Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey
Rod Stewart – Maggie May
Elton John – Crocodile Rock
Paul McCartney and Wings - My Love
George Harrison - Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)
The Rolling Stones – Angie
Ringo Starr – Photograph
Ringo Starr – You're Sixteen, You're Beautiful and You're Mine
Elton John – Bennie And The Jets
Paul McCartney and Wings - Band on the Run
Paper Lace – The Night Chicago Died
Eric Clapton – I Shot The Sheriff
John Lennon - Whatever Gets You Thru the Night
Biddu & Carl Douglas – Kung Fu Fighting
Elton John – Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
Average White Band – Pick Up The Pieces
Elton John – Philadelphia Freedom
Paul McCartney and Wings - Listen To What the Man Said
Bee Gees – Jive Talkin'
David Bowie – Fame
Elton John – Island Girl
Bay City Rollers – Saturday Night
Wings - Silly Love Songs
Elton John & Kiki Dee – Don't Go Breaking My Heart
Bee Gees – You Should Be Dancing
Rod Stewart – Tonight's The Night
Leo Sayer – You Make Me Feel Like Dancing
Manfred Mann's Earth Band – Blinded By The Light
Leo Sayer – When I Need You
Fleetwood Mac – Dreams
Andy Gibb – I Just Want To Be Your Everything
Bee Gees – How Deep Is Your Love
Bee Gees – Stayin' Alive
Andy Gibb – (Love Is) Thicker Than Water
Bee Gees – Night Fever
Andy Gibb – Shadow Dancing
The Rolling Stones – Miss You
Bee Gees – Too Much Heaven
Rod Stewart – Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?
Bee Gees – Tragedy
Bee Gees – Love You Inside Out
M – Pop Muzik
Queen – Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Pink Floyd - Another Brick in the Wall (II)
Paul McCartney and Wings - Coming Up (live at Glasgow)
Queen – Another One Bites The Dust
John Lennon - (Just Like) Starting Over
Sheena Easton – Morning Train (Nine To Five)
Air Supply – The One That You Love
Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder – Ebony & Ivory
The Human League – Don't You Want Me
Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes – Up Where We Belong
Dexys Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen
David Bowie – Let's Dance
The Police – Every Breath You Take
Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse Of The Heart
Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney – Say Say Say
Yes – Owner Of A Lonely Heart
Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
Phil Collins – Against All Odds
Duran Duran – The Reflex
John Waite – Missing You
Wham! – Wake Me Up Before You Go Go
Foreigner – I Want To Know What Love Is
George Michael – Careless Whisper
Phil Collins – One More Night
Simple Minds – Don't You (Forget About Me)
Wham! – Everything She Wants
Tears For Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule The World
Phil Collins – Sussudio
Duran Duran – A View To A Kill
Paul Young – Everytime You Go Away
Tears For Fears – Shout
John Parr – St. Elmos Fire (Man In Motion)
Dire Straits – Money For Nothing
Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin – Separate Lives
Dionne Warwick (feat. Elton John, Gladys Knight & Stevie Wonder) – That's What Friends Are For
Robert Palmer – Addicted To Love
Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls (7'' Mix)
Simply Red – Holding Back The Years
Genesis – Invisible Touch
Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer
Steve Winwood – Higher Love
Bananarama – Venus
The Human League – Human
Aretha Franklin & George Michael – I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)
Cutting Crew – (I Just) Died in Your Arms
Kim Wilde – You Keep Me Hangin' On
Whitesnake – Here I Go Again '87
Billy Idol – Mony Mony (Live)
George Michael – Faith
George Harrison - Got My Mind Set On You
George Michael – Father Figure
Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up
George Michael – One More Try
Rick Astley – Together Forever
Steve Winwood – Roll With It
George Michael – Monkey
Def Leppard – Love Bites
UB40 – Red Red Wine
Phil Collins – A Groovy Kind Of Love
The Escape Club – Wild Wild West
Phil Collins - Two Hearts
Mike & The Mechanics – The Living Years
Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy
Fine Young Cannibals – Good Thing
Simply Red – If You Don't Know Me By Now
Phil Collins – Another Day In Paradise
Maxi Priest – Close To You
George Michael – Praying For Time
EMF – Unbelievable
George Michael & Elton John – Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
Right Said Fred – I'm Too Sexy
UB40 – (I Can't Help) Falling In Love With You
Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart & Sting – All For Love
Seal – Kiss From A Rose
Spice Girls – Wannabe
Elton John – Candle In The Wind 1997
James Blunt – You're Beautiful
Leona Lewis – Bleeding Love
Coldplay – Viva La Vida
Jay Sean – Down
Taio Cruz – Break Your Heart
Adele – Rolling In The Deep
LMFAO (feat. Lauren Bennett and GoonRock) – Party Rock Anthem
Adele – Someone Like You
Rihanna (feat. Calvin Harris) – We Found Love

Adele - Set Fire To The Rain

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Los Angeles Weekly Top 20 Hair Metal Albums of All Time

Everybody knows it, Slash, Axl and Maya included: 2012 is the year of Guns n'Roses reunion. So, let's warm up with a hair metal revival. No, don't you dare thinking it's a skeleton I'm taking out of my musical closet! But yes, at high school I did listen to Appetite For Destruction (and, er, well, sometimes to White Lion and Bon Jovi too...). :o)

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Source: Los Angeles Weekly.
Albums available on Spotify: 18/20 (90%)

20. Junkyard - Junkyard (1989)
19. White Lion - Pride (1987)
18. Dokken - Tooth and Nail (1984)
17. Europe - The Final Countdown (1986)
16. Whitesnake - Whitesnake (1987)
15. Spinal Tap - This Is Spinal Tap Soundtrack (1984)
14. Queensryche - Operation Mindcrime (1988)
13. Twisted Sister - Stay Hungry (1984)
12. Bon Jovi - Slippery When Wet (1986)
11. Cinderella - Night Songs (1986)
10. Warrant - Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich (1989)
9. Ratt - Out of the Cellar (1984)
8. Def Leppard - Hysteria (1987)
7. Faster Pussycat - Faster Pussycat (1987)
6. Poison - Look What The Cat Dragged In (1986)
5. Motley Crue - Shout at the Devil (1983)
4. Skid Row - Skid Row (1989)
3. Motley Crue - Too Fast For Love (1981)
2. Def Leppard - Pyromania (1983)
1. Guns n'Roses - Appetite For Destruction (1987)

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The Beatles Covers Project (199 artists for 199 Beatles songs)

Info: The Beatles Covers Project is a collection of covers of all Beatles songs: album by album, track by track. B-sides and non-album tracks, too. For each song, I picked a different band or artist. The list includes many well known acts (Rolling Stones, Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin, Black Keys, Grateful Dead, Elton John, Sonic Youth, Jimi Hendrix, Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Stevie Wonder, Oasis...), but also obscure folk singers, tribute bands, jazz pianists, classical orchestras, angry punkers, crazy headbangers and brave electrowizards. Most songs have been recorded after the Beatles, but some versions come from before (in their first albums, Beatles actually covered some already existing songs). First version of this project has been published in March 2010, then it has been regularly updated. By Christmas 2015, the original recordings by The Beatles have finally landed on Spotify. Nonetheless, I think this collection can still give you some hours of good sonic pleasure. It's available in full form (with all 199 songs) and/or by album.
Source: Beatles discography + Spotify search
Date of publication: March 2010 (when I first compiled it)
Spotify playlist latest update: 24th March 2016
Spotify direct links (full playlist): URI / HTTP

Please Please Me

Jerry Lee Lewis – I Saw Her Standing There
Peter Lipa – Misery
Max Yasgur's Farm – Anna (Go To Him)
Cookies – Chains
Max Cohen – Boys
The Smithereens – Ask Me Why
Flamin' Groovies – Please Please Me
Estereotypo - Love Me Do
Wayne Gratz – P.S. I Love You
The Shirelles – Baby It's You
Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas – Do You Want To Know A Secret?
Chet Atkins – A Taste Of Honey
The Dickies - There's A Place
The Isley Brothers – Twist And Shout

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With the Beatles

Ewan Rachel Wood – It Won't Be Long
Two Of Us – All I've Got To Do
Emilie Autumn – All My Loving
Ringo Ska – Don't Bother Me
The Inmates – Little Child
Etta Jones – Till There Was You
The Marvelettes – Please Mr. Postman
Chuck Berry – Roll Over Beethoven
Stackridge – Hold Me Tight
She & Him – You Really Got A Hold On Me
The Rolling Stones – I Wanna Be Your Man
Ian Cussick – Devil In Her Heart
The Pretenders – Not A Second Time
The Flying Lizards – Money

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A Hard Day's Night

Peter Sellers – A Hard Day's Night
The Beach Boys – I Should Have Known Better
Nando Lauria – If I Fell
Sun – I'm Happy Just To Dance With You
Terry Callier – And I Love Her
The Punkles – Tell Me Why
Michael Bublé – Can't Buy Me Love
Los Protones – Any Time At All
Joe Cocker – I'll Cry Instead
Dwight Yoakam – Things We Said Today
Heiko Effertz – When I Get Home
Harry Nilsson – You Can't Do That
UB40 – I'll Be Back

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Beatles For Sale

Floyd Domino – No Reply
Georga - I'm a Loser
Alexander Pier Federici – Baby's In Black
Manic Street Preachers – Rock And Roll Music
Programmar – I'll Follow The Sun
The Hollies – Mr Moonlight
Little Richard – Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey Hey
Procol Harum – Eight Days A Week
Buddy Holly – Words Of Love
T. Rex – Honey Don't
Yes – Every Little Thing
Rosanne Cash – I Don't Want To Spoil The Party
Lisa Lauren – What You're Doing
Carl Perkins – Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby

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The Damned – Help
Restless Heart – The Night Before
Jackson Browne – You've Got To Hide Your Love Away (live)
Barbara Casini Quartet - I Need You
Beatlegras – Another Girl
Five Man Electrical Band – You're Going To Lose That Girl
Alma Cogan – Ticket To Ride
Buck Owens – Act Naturally
Bryan Ferry – It's Only Love
Glycerine – You Like Me Too Much
John Egniz Connection – Tell Me What You See
Ludella Black – I've Just Seen A Face
Elvis Presley – Yesterday
Larry Williams – Dizzy Miss Lizzie

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Rubber Soul

Bobby McFerrin – Drive My Car
Cornershop – Norwegian Wood
Anne Murray – You Won't See Me
Gershon Kingsley – Nowhere Man
The Klone Orchestra – Think For Yourself
David Sanborn – The Word
Béla Fleck – Michelle
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – What Goes On
Chris De Burgh – Girl
Jenny Reynolds – I'm Looking Through You
Johnny Cash – In My Life
Connie Evingson – Wait
Barbara Dickson - If I Needed Someone
Nancy Sinatra – Run For Your Life

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Beatallica – Sandman
Aretha Franklin – Eleanor Rigby
Lobo – I'm Only Sleeping
Yim Yames – Love You To
Emmylou Harris – Here, There And Everywhere
Nada – Yellow Submarine
The Black Keys – She Said, She Said
Lulu – Good Day Sunshine
David Kitt – And Your Bird Can Sing
Diana Krall – For No One
The Barbary Coast Guitar Duo – Doctor Robert
Ted Nugent – I Want To Tell You
Earth, Wind & Fire – Got To Get You Into My Life
The Grateful Dead – Tomorrow Never Knows (live)

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Sgt.Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Bill Cosby – Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Wet Wet Wet – With A Little Help From My Friends
Elton John – Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
Gomez – Getting Better
Easy Star All-Stars feat. Max Romeo – Fixing A Hole
Al Jarreau – She's Leaving Home (live)
Eddie Izzard – Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite
Sonic Youth – Within You Without You
John Denver – When I'm Sixty-Four
Fats Domino – Lovely Rita
Psilicon Flesh – Good Morning, Good Morning
Jimi Hendrix Experience – Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Wes Montgomery - A Day In The Life

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The Beatles (White Album)

Lemmy Kilmister, John 5, Eric Singer – Back In the USSR
Siouxsie And The Banshees – Dear Prudence
Arif Mardin – Glass Onion
Youssou N'Dour – Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da
Bacalhau – Wild Honey Pie
Dwight Twilley – The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill
AM – While My Guitar Gently Weeps
The Breeders – Happiness Is A Warm Gun
Brad Mehldau – Martha My Dear
Say Hi To Your Mom – I'm So Tired
Carly Simon – Blackbird
Luis Eduardo Aute – Piggies
Lena Horne, Gabor Szabo, Gary McFarland – Rocky Raccoon
Georgia Satellites – Don't Pass Me By
Lowell Fulson – Why Don't We Do It In The Road
Daniel Johnston – I Will
John Scofield, Medeski, Martin & Wood – Julia
Leiff Garrett – Birthday
Big Gilson – Yer Blues
Then There Were Two – Mother Nature's Son
Kristin Hersh – Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except For Me And My Monkey
Damills – Sexy Sadie
U2 – Helter Skelter (live)
Tanya Donelly – Long Long Long
Stone Temple Pilots – Revolution
Barbra Streisand – Honey Pie
Ella Fitzgerald – Savoy Truffle
Tom Freund – Cry Baby Cry
Neil Cowley Trio - Revolution 9
Capella Istropolitana With Soloists Of The Baroque Chamber Orchestra – Good Night

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Abbey Road

Michael Jackson – Come Together
Shirley Bassey – Something
Ed Harlow – Maxwell's Silver Hammer
George Benson – Oh! Darling
Rockabye Baby! – Octopus's Garden
Noir Désir – I Want You (She's So Heavy)
Belle and Sebastian – Here Comes The Sun (live)
Solveig Slettahjell – Because
Sarah Vaughan – You Never Give Me Your Money
Booker T. & The MG's – Sun King/Mean Mr. Mustard/Polythene Pam/She Came In Through The Bathroom Window/I Want You (She's So Heavy)
Neil Diamond – Golden Slumbers, Carry That Weight, The End (live)
The Silver Beetles – Her Majesty

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Let It Be
(12 tracks, 38 minutes)

Boney M. – Two Of Us
Hemi & The Ruderunners – Dig A Pony
David Bowie – Across The Universe
Ref – I Me Mine
Laibach – Dig It
Gladys Knight & The Pips – Let It Be
Judy Garland – Maggie, Maggie May
Giacomo Bondi & The Apple Pies - I've Got A Feeling
Richie Arndt – One After 909
Cher – The Long And Winding Road
Monti Beton – For You Blue
Al Green – Get Back

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Magical Submarine Strawberry B-Sides
(songs not included in original albums)

Chuck Mead - Old Brown Shoe
The Revolver Road Band – You Know My Name
John Bush, Stef Carpenter, Mike Inez, John Tempesta – Magical Mystery Tour
The Surphonics - Thank You Girl
Secret Machines – Flying
Colin Newman – Blue Jay Way
Jamie Hoover – It's Only A Northern Song
The Kennedy Choir – Penny Lane
The Mamas & The Papas – I Call Your Name
Joaquin Pardinilla & Inaki Fernandez - The Inner Light
The Bingo Kids – All Together Now
Digsy – Paperback Writer
Sandro y Los de Fuego – Te Conseguire (I'll Get You)
Ane Brun – From Me To You
Teenage Fanclub – The Ballad of John and Yoko
Jeff Beck – She's A Woman
Journey – It's All Too Much
Tackhead – Don't Let Me Down
Blair Casdin – Your Mother Should Know
Aerosmith – I'm Down
(Luismi) Apache – Hello Goodbye
Billy Idol, Steve Stevens, Blasko, Brian Tichy – I Feel Fine
Boreades De Montreal - This Boy
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 – The Fool On The Hill
Satin And Circuits – She Loves You
Todd Rundgren – Rain
Don Henley – Yes It Is (live)
Caetano Veloso – Lady Madonna
Stevie Wonder – We Can Work It Out
Los Fabulosos Cadillacs – Strawberry Fields Forever
Echo And The Bunnymen – All You Need Is Love
Mina – Hey Jude
Oasis – I Am The Walrus (live)

Petra Vlkova & Band - Free as a Bird
Regina Spektor - Real Love

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Monday, January 2, 2012

Acclaimed Music 1967 (Top 20 Songs & Top 20 Albums)


Let's go back to the past. It's a long time I don't update this year-by-year series, based on Acclaimed Music aggregated charts. 1967: what a year, crowded with musical geniuses. Take a look at the albums list: Velvet Underground & Nico, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Love, Aretha Franklin, Leonard Cohen, Cream, Jefferson Airplaine, The Byrds, The Who, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, Traffic, Tim Buckley... along with the usually missing-from-Spotify Pink Floyd and The Beatles... And the songs chart? Respect, Purple Haze, Light My Fire, Brown Eyed Girl, Heroin, Alon Again Or, The Letter... not bad, not bad... Enjoy!

(legenda: the number preceding the artist name is the ranking of that song or album in Acclaimed Music Top 3000 charts)

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Source: Acclaimed Music

1 (5) Aretha Franklin - Respect
- (12) The Beatles - Strawberry Fields Forever
- (16) The Beatles - A Day in the Life
2 (36) The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Purple Haze
3 (49) The Doors - Light My Fire
4 (53) The Kinks - Waterloo Sunset
5 (98) Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl
6 (127) Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade of Pale
7 (169) The Velvet Underground - Heroin
- (170) The Beatles - Penny Lane
8 (180) The Velvet Underground - I'm Waiting for the Man
9 (215) Love - Alone Again Or
10 (254) Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit
11 (278) The Box Tops - The Letter
-- (285) Pink Floyd - See Emily Play
12 (295) Jackie Wilson - (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher
13 (331) The Who - I Can See for Miles
14 (333) Aretha Franklin - Chain of Fools
15 (340) Aretha Franklin - I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)
-- (353) The Beatles - I Am the Walrus
16 (407) Sam & Dave - Soul Man
17 (451) Smokey Robinson and The Miracles - The Tears of a Clown
18 (488) Cream - Sunshine of Your Love
19 (520) Bobbie Gentry - Ode to Billie Joe
20 (565) Jefferson Airplane - Somebody to Love

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Source: Acclaimed Music

1 (4) The Velvet Underground & Nico - The Velvet Underground & Nico
- (5) The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
2 (12) The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced?
3 (24) The Doors - The Doors
4 (49) Love - Forever Changes
5 (81) Aretha Franklin - I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You
- (99) Pink Floyd - The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
6 (141) The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Axis: Bold as Love
7 (162) Leonard Cohen - Songs of Leonard Cohen
8 (166) Cream - Disraeli Gears
9 (173) Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Pillow
10 (229) The Byrds - Younger Than Yesterday
11 (269) The Who - The Who Sell Out
12 (300) The Kinks - Something Else by the Kinks
13 (380) Buffalo Springfield - Buffalo Springfield Again
-- (413) Moby Grape - Moby Grape
-- (417) Bob Dylan - John Wesley Harding
14 (442) Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band - Safe as Milk
15 (579) The Doors - Strange Days
16 (585) The Rolling Stones - Between the Buttons
17 (630) Traffic - Mr. Fantasy
18 (770) Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign
19 (897) Tim Buckley - Goodbye and Hello
20 (978) The Moody Blues - Days of Future Passed

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