The Friday Five: March 1, 2013

The Friday Five

Friday Five : |ˈfrīdā – fīv| : On the sixth day of every week, I hit the shuffle button in iTunes and share the first five tracks and thought for each track. Sometimes there is a playlist involved, occasionally we’ll have a guest, but most of the time it’s just me. The rest is up to you, our friends and readers! Fire up the media player of your choice and share the first five random track of your shuffle in the comments.

The Five:

“Somethin’ Else” by Cannonball Adderley (from Somethin’ Else, 1958)

Adderley’s name might be on the masthead, but this is 100% Miles. Recorded during Adderley’s stint in Davis’ sextet, it features Davis and Adderley trading lines over a solid swing laid down by Sam Jones and Art Blakey. This is an essential recording for anyone looking to build a Jazz collection. Heck, it’s essential listening to anyone who loves music.

“Octopus’s Garden” by The Beatles (from Abby Road, 1969)

Oh, Ringo. I’ll be damned if I don’t love the tasty little leads that Harrison plays here.

“Blood” by Pearl Jam (from Vs., 1993)

20 years has done little to diminish the raw power of this record.

“Cursed Diamond” by The Black Crowes (from Amorica, 1998)

I’m a fan of The Black Crowes in this slow-burn, bluesy space. Tunes like “Sometimes Salvation,” and “Bad Luck Blue Eyes” always appealed to me more than their attempts at straight up balladry (“She Talks to Angels.”) It looks like the brothers Robinson—and whomever they can get to put up with their shit for six months—are gearing up for a massive world tour in 2013. I highly recommend catching them live.

“Fallible” by Blues Traveler (from Four, 1994)

Hey, it’s a song that no one knows from the one Blues Traveler record that everyone owns. A few weeks back I got sucked into watching one of those VH1 Top 1000 Hits of the ’90s programs and was oddly reminded of just how much I liked “Hook” and “Run-Around” at the time, and how utterly forgettable they are to me now. I’ll admit I’m tempted to go and listen to both now, just to see if they still stick.

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • Phil

    Queen – “Flick of the Wrist” (Sheer Heart Attack, 1974)
    I have expressed my love of Queen’s Sheer Heart Attack here, haven’t I?! I thought so. I have absolutely nothing bad to say about anything on this album, especially the 3-track mini-suite in which “Flick of the Wrist” is sandwiched. Stellar performances throughout by all the members of the band.

    KISS – “Got to Choose” (Alive, 1975)
    From my favorite Queen album to one of my favorite KISS albums. I love the solo Ace lays down on this one. It shows his genius as a guitarist despite his lack of technical prowess. And please let me continue to pretend that this was completely live with no overdubs.

    King’s X – “We Are Finding Who We Are” (Austin Acoustic, 1991)
    This comes from a 10-track bootleg of a 1991 in-studio recording of King’s X at Austin’s KBLJ 93.7 FM. If you can overlook the piezo “quackiness” of the guitars, it’s a great performance of a collection of tunes up through Faith Hope Love.

    Spock’s Beard – “Waste Away” (Beward of Darkness, 1996)
    My discovery of King’s X in the late 80s raised the bar for me and completely changed how I viewed and judged music. That band, combined with a few others that I had been listening to at the time like Metallica, Anthrax, Queensrÿche, and a few SST bands, opened me up to an appreciation of music with complex rhythms, thoughtful lyrical themes, and in some cases, completely oddball song structures. This appreciation led me later to bands like Dream Theater, Atomic Opera, and Spock’s Beard, one of my favorite bands of the 90s prog revival. Founder and frontman Neal Morse–my primary reason for liking the Beard–has since moved on, and unfortunately, so has my love of the band. “The Doorway” is my favorite from this album, but “Waste Away” is another bright spot, catchy, driving, and a bit more of a rocker than the rest of the album.

    Saxon – “Voice” (Into the Labyrinth, 2009)
    NWOBHM front-runners Saxon have been slogging away for 35 years. Later this month they will release their 20th studio album, and based on what I’ve heard, it sounds like a great one (minus a couple of so-so songs and one dud), proving they still have something to bring to the table. As for “Voice,” it’s one of the better tunes from a somewhat mediocre Saxon release–not bad, but not necessarily all that good either. Your mileage may vary.

  • Rock_dawg

    “Naked Sunday” – Stone Temple Pilots, Core
    Kinda sorta funk metal-ish track. Always liked the wordless chorus.

    “Sacrificial Bonfire” – XTC, Skylarking
    Mellowing out after STP’s sonic assault.

    “Tennyson” – Thoman Newman, Skyfall soundtrack
    Newman put together a very exciting and original score that somehow sounds just like a Bond score should, while David Arnold’s last few failed to interest me, even though Arnold is a devoted John Barry fan. I was disappointed it didn’t land an Oscar last weekend, but to be fair, I wasn’t familiar with it’s competition and at least Adele’s amazing theme won.

    “We Have All The Time In The World” – Louis Armstrong, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service soundtrack
    Speaking of John Barry… If this was indeed Armstrong’s last recording, as the trivia goes, it’s a fine one to leave behind.

    “Tell No Lies (Extended Version)” – Spoons, 12″ single
    A little Canadian new romantic/new wave to wrap it up.

    Have a good weekend, Fivers.

  • MC_Snocap

    1) “Get Back” by The Beatles (1970, Let It Be)
    When I was very young, my parents had this soundtrack, and I tried to suss out a narrative from the song sequence. Oops. In my defense, it didn’t include a weather vane turning into magical Billy Preston.

    2) “52 Girls” by The B-52’s (1979, The B-52’s)
    In case overfamiliarity has buried how spiky and weird the band seemed at the start, take this. It’s like reorchestrated Buzzcocks.

    3) “The Fly” by U2 (1991, Achtung Baby)
    This first taste of Achtung Baby didn’t really win over the public. Too cryptic?

    4) “Crystal [John Creamer and Stephane K Main Remix]” by New Order (2001, off the cd single)
    How much original sound can be added before a song is no longer a remix? This version is dominated by a spare electronic piano. It’s Crystal, only very depressed.

    5) “Destination Moon” by Dinah Washington (1962, off Ultra Lounge, Vol. 15: Wild Cool & Swingin’ Too)
    Today’s wiki fact: Before Washington’s death at 39, she racked up 7 husbands. Caramba!

  • Michael Parr

    I remember the first time I heard “The Fly” and thought it was a joke. There was zero connection between this U2 and Rattle & Hum-era U2, and the direction was jarring. In the end I found plenty to love about Achtung, but I recall it taking a bit. “Trying to Throw Your Arms Around the World” is still one of my favorite U2 tunes, period.

  • Michael Parr

    Man, I just listened to “Sometimes Salvation” again—for the first time, in a long time—what a great tune this is. Hell, I’m listening to it again.

    Just had to share.

  • Aryl Watson

    Here we go!

    1. Salute Your Solution – The Raconteurs
    I love Jack White like a little brother. Brendon Benson is a great complement to Jack on this track – and in general. I love hearing Jack as part of a band.His guitar is amazing!

    2. Alpha Beta Parking Lot – Cake
    A great mid-tempo song from one of my favorite bands. Guitar tone (acoustic & electric) and trumpet make this band.

    3.Your Baby – George McCrae – from ‘Mega Hits Disco – Vol. 2′. No idea who this guy is, but a good song – I’m a sucker for disco

    4. Monday’s Feelgood (DC’s Finest Remint) – Fort Knox Five
    Great collective remix/DJ group. Samples of White Lines, Feel Good Inc and others.

    5.Drain You (Devon-shire mixes) – Nirvana
    Devonshire mixes were supposed to be the ‘rougher’, and I couldn’t wait to hear the songs in their more pure form. In the end, II didn’t notice much difference, but it doesn’t change how great these songs are.

  • Ernie G

    Poor Old Horse – Muldoon’s Picnic (accapella English folk)

    Gonder – Aster Aweke (Ethiopian Soul)

    I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You – Bee Gees

    Kde Je Muj Stul – Vladimir Misik (proggy, poppy Czech stuff from the 1970s)
    The Mermaid Parade – Phosphorescent

  • MB

    Mark Knopfler (with James Taylor) – Sailing To Philadelphia (Sailing To Philadelphia, 2000)

    Le Roux – Take A Ride On A Riverboat (Louisiana’s Le Roux, 1978)

    Animals – Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (Animal Tracks, 1965)

    Nitty Grittty Dirt Band – Propinquity (Uncle Charlie And His Dog Teddy, 1970)

    Elton John – Teacher I Need You (Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only The Piano Payer, 1973)

  • Rock_dawg

    LOVE “Sailing To Philadelphia”.

  • Ted

    I haven’t done this in a long time, but here goes:

    1. “Strip and Go Naked,” Victor

    2. “The Tear,” Dw Dunphy

    3. “Despite What You’ve Been Told,” Two Gallants

    4. “Hurts Like Heaven,” Coldplay

    5. “Be Yourself,” Whodini

  • 1001Songs

    1. The Undertones – Listening In : two and a half minutes of adolescent angst
    2. Elvis Costello – Hoover Factory : not the most interesting cut on Get Happy!
    3. Righteous Brothers – Harlem Shuffle : nice groove for a 60’s tune; covered by Stones
    4.Television – Guiding Light: best song named after a soap opera?
    5.Hawkwind -Space is Deep : from Doremi Fasol Latido ( 1972)

  • Phil

    “Strip and Go Naked,” Victor

    I would have guessed I was the only one around here that would have Alex Lifeson’s Victor side-project in his library. The album as a whole is interesting to say the least, and while I find it spotty, I really like some of it, especially this instrumental.

  • jhallCORE

    1) Irma Thomas – “Time Is On My Side” (Six Feet Under, Vol. 2: Everything Ends, 2005).

    2) Bonnie Raitt – “Thing Called Love” (Road Tested, 1995).

    3) Beth Orton – “Live As You Dream” (Trailer Park, 1996).

    4) Ben Harper – “Everything” (Diamonds On The Inside, 2003).

    5) Arcade Fire – “Cold Wind” (Six Feet Under, Vol. 2: Everything Ends, 2005).

    Enjoy the weekend.

  • Ted

    I’m a completist I suppose when it comes to Rush related stuff. I did like a lot of Victor, and thought that Alex explored some dark themes and musical avenues that he hadn’t with Rush. Some of it sounded a bit to much like warmed-over Rush (i.e., “Start Today”), but there were other songs that sounded like new musical territory for him. He took some of those ideas into making “Test for Echo,” but unfortunately, that album was pretty spotty, too.

  • Dennis Corrigan

    Hello Friday Five:

    1. “Blowin’ In The Wind” by Stevie Wonder from “At The Close of a Century” Can’t say I’m enamored with this cover even if Stevie had a top 10 hit with it

    2. “Soon Forgotten” by Muddy Waters from At Newport 1960. A studio bonus track from the CD release of his performance at the Newport Folk Fest

    3. “Lost In The Flood” by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street from MetLife 9/21/12. I crossed a few songs off my bucket list that night, including this one. My daughter got this and, much to Dave Lifton’s dismay, “Incident on 57th Street” at her first ever Springsteen show.

    4. “Take Five” by The Dave Brubeck Quartet. To fulfill my fine arts requirement, I took “Intro to Jazz”. The weekly homework was go to the library, listen to jazz tapes and write them up. Today, we call that blogging. RIP, Dave, Wilton misses you.

    5. “Love Needs A Heart” by Jackson Browne from Running On Empty. Always liked how this road album was actually recorded on the road.

    p.s #6 was Otis Redding’s cover of “Satisfaction”, which is a cover I’m enamored with

  • Michael Parr

    I’m with you. I love Stevie Wonder, but that Dylan cover is atrocious.

  • Dennis Corrigan

    I went and looked – it hit #9 on the pop charts and freaking #1 on the R&B charts.