the social distancing playlist 51-60

The Social Distancing Playlist, Day Fifty One. Hot Tuna, “Water Song” (1972) Posted 5/4/2020 — Hot Tuna is the 51 year old spinoff band of Jefferson Airplane led by guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Casady. Despite flirtations with heavier electric compositions, it essentially focuses around acoustic blues-based works. “Water Song,” from 1972’s “Burgers” album, is neither, but rather a sunny, lyrical, free flowing guitar instrumental. It remains one of Kaukonen’s most popular tunes.

The Social Distancing Playlist, Day Fifty Two. Los Straitjackets, “My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme from ‘Titanic’)” (1999) Posted 5/5/2020 — Okay, time to have some fun. For that, we summon Los Straitjackets to discover the surf and camp possibilities within one of the most smarmy pop hits of the 1990s. The result: a Titanic-size treat from “The Velvet Touch of Los Straitjackets” and the band that never had a problem with wearing a mask in public.

The Social Distancing Playlist, Day Fifty Three. Kraftwerk, “Kometenmelodie 2” (1974) Posted 5/6/2020 — In honor of Kraftwerk co-founder Florian Schneider, whose April death was announced yesterday, we travel back to a track from 1974’s “Autobahn.” The album broke the electronic ensemble through to an international audience. I prefer this era to the group’s later, more popular recordings. Back then, Kraftwerk’s synthesized sheen possessed more dimension, dynamics and man-made heart.

The Social Distancing Playlist, Day Fifty Four. The Doors, “Riders on the Storm” (1971) Posted 5/7/2020. A parting shot from The Doors off of the “L.A. Woman” album. The last song the band cut with Jim Morrison, “Riders on the Storm” entered the charts the same week the singer died. It is an atypical Doors work – a slower, jazz-like lament as opposed to a psychedelic pop piece with Ray Manzarek ditching his trademark organ sound for Rhodes piano. A seven minute meditation of dark, elegiac beauty.

The Social Distancing Playlist, Day Fifty Five. Joe Ely, “Musta Notta Gotta Lotta” (1981) Posted 5/8/2020 — For nearly five decades, Joe Ely has been one of the most assured and versatile song stylists to ever stampede out of Texas. He was also, at times, one of the most masterful rock ‘n’ roll ambassadors from any land. The title tune to his “Musta Notta Gotta Lotta” album was a total roots rock meltdown – a megaton blast of Jerry Lee Lewis fervor and Lone Star roadhouse soul. Fasten your seat belts for this one.

The Social Distancing Playlist, Day Fifty Six. Little Richard, “Lucille” (1957) Posted 5/9/2020 — A farewell to rock ‘n’ roll game changer Little Richard, who died yesterday. “Lucille” is one his many co-written classics cut in New Orleans with some of the city’s finest session men (Lee Allen, Alvin “Red” Tyler, Earl King) for the Specialty label in the mid-1950s. But it was that hurricane voice that sold everything – well, that, the suave piano chops and a boatload of soul-savvy attitude.

The Social Distancing Playlist, Day Fifty Seven. Miles Davis, “All Blues” (1959) Posted 5/10/2020 — Jazz for a Monday. Like everything on Miles Davis’ immortal “Kind of Blue” album, “So What” is pretty much perfect: understated and sleek horn solos from Davis, John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley that follow simple but potently emotive bass and piano turns by Paul Chambers and Bill Evans, respectively. The ideal music to greet your week with.

The Social Distancing Playlist, Day Fifty Eight. Crowded House, “Something So Strong” (1987/2020) Posted 5/11/2020. — A fresh take on a pop classic. Last Friday, Crowded House served up a social distancing performance of its 1987 hit “Something So Strong.” The current lineup of co-founders Neil Finn and Nick Seymour, keyboardist Mitchell Froom (producer on the band’s first three albums), and Neil’s sons Liam and Elroy nicely retain the original version’s endlessly sunny disposition. And after all, what house in these Covid days isn’t crowded?

The Social Distancing Playlist, Day Fifty Nine. B.B. King, “The Thrill is Gone” (1969) Posted 5/12/2020 — Given B.B. King’s seven decade career, the urge was strong to find something other than his signature hit to post for the playlist. But few songs – in terms of composition, arrangement, production and performance – play to a music legend’s strengths better than this 1969/1970 classic. Better still, after so many plays and so many years, “The Thrill is Gone” still sounds fresh and vital. In short, the thrill is still very much there.

The Social Distancing Playlist, Day Sixty. Stevie Wonder, “Higher Ground” (1973) Posted 5/13/2020 — Missed Stevie Wonder’s 70th birthday by a day. Shame on me. We’ll compensate and celebrate with one of his most and empowering songs (and he’s got a lot of ‘em). “Higher Ground” comes from “Innervisions,” the third of four extraordinary early ‘70s albums that transformed Wonder from a Motown pop celebrity to an artist with an ear acutely attuned, in temperament and groove, to the times

Comments are closed.

Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | About Our Ads | Copyright