The Amazing Emporium of Wondrous Tunes (aka: What are you listening to?)

HeatherTheVet

Top Veteran
Apr 23, 2011
103
Scotland
Heather
Dear Mr Luke,
it is Sunday. Sundays are for all the good things in life. However some of us have obligations requiring tethering to a phone for instance, or a particular area, and so we need to source the finer things in life which are accessible from our own houses. Bearing that in mind, I would like to make an application to Mr Luke's Amazing Emporium of Wondrous Tunes to suggest some good tracks which I may not be aware of. You know what I like, what would you recommend for a lady such as myself on an overcast Sunday afternoon? My recent playlist has included Tosca (mostly), Natalie Cole, Jake Morley and Paper Aeroplanes. There has also been a little Billie Holliday and a longing for the Carmen McRae album I have in my office in Glasgow.

Yours indebtedly,
Heather the Vet
 

Luke

Super Moderator
Nov 11, 2011
214
Milwaukee, WI USA
Luke
I'll post some youtube clips from some songs I like. Some new discoveries....some old favorites. I'll make it a diverse mix so perhaps everyone can find something they like.

I just discovered this pair is sisters from Sweden called First Aid Kit. Every time I listen to the album I have a new favorite song.....right now it's this one......
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Here's an old favorite from the Byrds. Gene Clark was an impossibly handsome dude who wrote the most beautiful melodies. And some heartbreaking lyrics. This one went on many a mixed tape for girlfriends from a lifetime ago.....
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a jazzy little spaghetti-western inspired instrumental from my faves Calexico......
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a number of folks here seem to have expressed interest in the sultry torch singers of years back. Back when I collected records, I paid a king's ransom to get the LP by Linda Lawson. Partly for the beautiful cover, partly for the top flight jazz band that backed her. This one is pretty good....
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I'll post a few more and then it's time to walk the dogs.....
 

Luke

Super Moderator
Nov 11, 2011
214
Milwaukee, WI USA
Luke
This one is from my new favorite albums. Turn it up..... it's great for vacuuming the house or cooking a little dinner or just dancing all by yourself (yes, I'm a little bit crazy)
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Sometimes, you just need a little bit of twang. Sorry, but today's country just doesn't have it. The old stuff is ALL good, but I also love the modern big-screen production values. So then you need to turn to Dwight Yoakam who channels Buck Owen's Bakersfield sound into a magnificent grandeur. This one is pure heartache..... I love it.....
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If you don't care for his singing......check out his acting. Supremely creepy in Slingblade!

I never knew of a record date where Billie Holiday sings with Louis Armstrong, but here it is right here......just amazing!
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Here's an old favorite of mine from around 10 years ago.....where does the time go. Someone whose name escapes me had a big hit with it in the 50s. It then found a new lease on life in the 80's when Zeppelin's Robert Plant revived it with is group the Honeydrippers. The lovely and shy Chan totally re-invents and bests them all with her quiet rendition here.....
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And this one was a big favorite when I was in high school. Pretty jazzy and loungy for a dorky teen to be listening to. Still sounds good to me......
<iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/J5UbSQQU9Ic" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Have a great day everyone.
 

Luke

Super Moderator
Nov 11, 2011
214
Milwaukee, WI USA
Luke
Here's a guilty pleasure from my youth. Even if the tune isn't your cup of tea, the animation is sensational.

If some of you may have at some point inhaled something many, many years ago (I'm not pointing fingers and I can't speak for myself) you may find the animation a bit more ALIVE than others. Quite a nice bit of work by the animators....
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bartjeej

Hall of Famer
Nov 12, 2010
124
bart
The topic about (the passing away of) Kevin Ayers made me want to post about this song, but that didn't seem like the appropriate place so I figured I'd revive this topic and post it here:

in the most recent episode of the TV series "Girls", Judy Collins performs with her Song for Judith. At first it didn't ring a bell, but then when I heard the chorus, I suddenly realised my mom used to play it a lot when I was really small. I've had it on continuous replay for about an hour now :p and I should really pay my parents a visit again sometime soon!
[video=youtube;I8jLiZOWoaI]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8jLiZOWoaI[/video]
 

Luke

Super Moderator
Nov 11, 2011
214
Milwaukee, WI USA
Luke
Rajiv, there is a new compilation of music by this classic Indian vocalist that has been selling well for me lately. Are Indian records from the 50s and 60s pretty scarce where you live? Maybe you wouldn't even know, but I've got to ask. I often dream of traveling the world and looking for LPs. I'd buy tons of Spaghetti western soundtracks in Italy, stop off in the UK for some British Psychedelia, bop on over to India for some morning ragas and some Bollywood soundtracks and then binge in Tokyo for their great reissues of EVERY kind of music!
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Boid

All-Pro
Dec 15, 2011
123
Bangalore, India
Rajiv
Hey Luke, vinyl's seeing a bit of a resurgence here. Not sure about LPs from the 50s and 60s though. For vintage vinyl one just heads to "Free School Street" in Calcutta. There are a couple of stores there that have been stocking vinyl for a long time. And if you have the patience, you'll certainly find interesting stuff. Prices range between 1-4$. (I found a blogpost about someone digging around on Free School Street - Wax Poetics » Kolkata’s Record Royalty)

Modern records are available online, especially here (Music - Buy Music Online at Best Prices in India - Music, Movies & Posters | Flipkart.com), India's version of Amazon.com

Let me know if you're looking for something specific, and if anyone's travelling to Calcutta, I'll ask them to mosey around and see if they find anything. But I think you should just bite the bullet and set out on your journey. I have similar plans, but they involve food instead of music.
 

pdh

Legend
Jan 2, 2011
123
found this album in the car, forgot i had it. this track has become a bit of an earworm this week. reminds me of richard h. kirk . not quite as good though.

[video=youtube;S_35SJe_ErY]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_35SJe_ErY[/video]
 

bartjeej

Hall of Famer
Nov 12, 2010
124
bart
The Meters were one of the leading funk bands of the late 60s and 70s, although they didn't have the kind of mainstream success that James Brown, Sly & the Family Stone or Parliament-Funkadelic had. This tune is a lot more relaxed and lounge-y than most of their stuff, and I can't seem to shake it.
[video=youtube;GYI9VJ3VH-c]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYI9VJ3VH-c&list=RD14Ma8ABYwo1Ew[/video]
 

HeatherTheVet

Top Veteran
Apr 23, 2011
103
Scotland
Heather
Tonight for me it's all about Bobby McFerrin. I'm just starting to appreciate what he is capable of. What a vocalist! And even better, he is really skilled at getting random audience members singing, and backing them in such a way that they sound really good.
Lots of YouTube examples available.
 

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