Friday, November 4, 2011

Friday Night Special: Songs Not About Squid

In keeping with my recently stated intention to post an instant dewdrop of musical joy for your iPod each Friday night, what follows is a description of a number of electic laid-back global tunes all of which have nothing to do with squid.

Track Listing:
01 Don't Speak In English (Chip Taylor & Carrie Rodrigues confirm that Spanish or at least not English is the loving tongue.)
02 Dou dagbe we (Orchestre Black Santiago. Funky grooves de la Benin)
03 Dove (Cymande. 1970’s British + West Indian deep jazzy funk)
04 Down To The River To Pray (Alison Krauss. The sweetest American lady singer since Emmylou calls us to prayer.)
05 Dry Your Eyes (The Streets. Breaking up is never easy  to do.)
06 Dying Breed (Alison Moorer. Chilling country crooning from Steve Earle’s wife. The backstory: father kills mother and then himself. In front of her.)
07 Finger Lickin' Good (Jimmy McGriff & Groove Holmes. Hot Hammond B3 duel that will singe holes in your dancing shoes)
08 Four Walls (Jimmie Dale Gilmore. Wonderful remake of Ernest Tubbs claustrophobic classic)
09 Galiyan De Kakhan Wangon (Reshma. Punjabi folk from the desert belle)
10 Gari La Punda (Fundi Konde. The father of East African electric guitar plucks a contagious melody)
11 Gleams Of That Golden Morning (Bluegrass Cardinals. Bluegrass gospel from the masters out of California.)
12 God Bless The Child (Freddy Hubbard pays homage to Lady Day with his golden flugelhorn.)
13 Golden Rule (Charles Bradley. The R&B find of 2010 wonders why its so hard to make it in America today.)
14 Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen. Nothing more need be said, except Amen brother.)
15 Hound Dog (Big Mama Horton. Proof, if it is ever needed, that the original is the real thing.)
16 How Great Thou Art (Larry Sparks. A great hymn by a great American guitarist)
17 I Don't Think So (Shelby Lynne. Alison Moorer’s sister is in a disagreeable mood.)
18 I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good (Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington enjoy the majesty of each other on an all time classic.)
19 I Surrender All (Zion Harmonizers. New Orleans gospel group  harmonizing for heaven.)
20 I Want To Rest (Brother Claude Ely. Appalachian holiness tent meeting music. With power! )
21 Isa Lei (Ry Cooder & Vishwamohan Bhatt share guitar chops on a beautiful Hawaiian swooner.)
22 Don't Think Twice, It's Alright (Bob Dylan & George Harrison were good friends. George dropped by in May 1970 to jam.)
23 It's Your Thing (Grant Green. Scorching guitar work from Mr Green.)
24 Iye Iye Oh (Sir Victor Uwaifo. The boy genius from     Nigeria.)
25 Java (Al Hirt stirs the coffee pot.)
26 Don't Even Kick It Around (Vieux Farka Toure gets all jazzy)

Happy Weekend!

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