The Friday Five: September 21, 2012

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:

“Solitude” by Black Sabbath (from Master of Reality, 1971)

Master of Reality really is an odd bag; it contains arguably some of the band’s heaviest riffs, and then there is “Solitude.” The last thing you expect to hear on a Sabbath record is a flute that could have been lifted from a Nick Drake record.

“Laundromat Blues” by Albert King (from The Complete Stax-Volt Singles: 1959-1968, 1991)

Albert King + Booker T. and the MGs + The Memphis Horns = Instant Classic. This is the blueprint for the blues-based rock of everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Stevie Ray Vaughn.

“High Rollers” by Ice-T (from Greatest Hits: The Evidence, 2000)

I will admit that I know very little about Ice-T outside of the realm of his “hits.” Oh, and Body Count; that record was a must for every angst-ridden teen of my generation.

“Ahmad’s Blues” by Miles Davis Quintet (from Legendary Prestige Quintet Sessions, 2006)

Miles and ‘Trane taking it slow and easy, with plenty of room to let the rest of the quintet shine.

“I’d Rather Have You” by Earth, Wind & Fire (from Last Days and Time, 1972)

The early Earth, Wind & Fire records don’t quite have the spark of everything from 1974’s Open Our Eyes, and forward.

iTunes clearly is messing with me today.

What’s on your shuffle today?

  • Mordalo

    That’s why you should mess with iTunes right back. Just don’t ask me how…I use Winamp. Between that and a Walkman? Either he hates Apple, is non-conformist, or just old school. I leave it up to you to decide.

    Okay, let’s see how I do for a Five…

    1) Stevie Wonder – My Cherie Amour
    Always good to start with Stevie. Simple, sweet and soulful.

    2) Ziggy Marley – Reggae Revolution
    My Five is staying nice and upbeat so far. How long will this last, one cannot help but wonder.

    3) Lewis Black – Late 60’sDrugs
    This is from The Prophet album. It’s older material, but just released last year. Maybe this is just the interlude, or the calm before the storm. Next up…

    4) Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – More Love
    Just put Smokey on and I’ll start swaying. Man has one of the most amazing voices.

    5) Louis Armstrong – I’ve Got a Feeling I’m Falling
    Got this on a compilation disc called Love Songs awhile back. Jeez, I haven’t listened to this album in YEARS, but how can you not love Satchmo?

    And that’s my Five for another week. It’s gonna be a chilly weekend out this end of the world. Good weekend to stay in, relax, and listen to some good music. Everyone had a good one!

  • Dennis Corrigan

    OK, I cheated and whipped this out a little earlier, but I’m gearing up for the Bruce-a-palooza in the Meadowlands this weekend so here’s another Boss time Five:

    1. “Vigilante Man” from Folkways: A Vision Shared – A Tribute to Woody Guthrieand Leadbelly. Given that it’s the 100th year of Guthrie’s birth and that they fit theme of Wrecking Ball, I’d have thought Bruce might have broken out this or the really fine “I Ain’t Got No Home” on this home.

    2. “Does This Bus Stop at 82d Street” from Fenway Park 8-15-12. If these shows this weekend is half as good as this show was, Holy Moly. Great drum/percussion interplay on this

    3. “Youngstown” from The Ghost of Tom Joad. I dated a girl from outside Youngstown it ended up equally as well as the town

    4. “Streets of Fire” from Live at Winterland – another classic show from 78. He busted this out in Philly a couple of weeks ago, and it’d be alright with me if he did it again this weekend

    5. “Last to Die” from Magic. Hey, Bruce, remember this record? You released it 5 years ago

    There you go, hope you hear something great this weekend. And if you follow me on Twitter, I’m just going to apologize in advance

  • Rock_dawg

    “Who Knows” – Jimi Hendrix, Band of Gypsies
    I’ve gone on record before with my opinion that while I’ll never argue that Jimi wasn’t an incredible innovator and recorded some amazing songs, not everything he did was great. One of his biggest mistakes (IMHO) was not laying down a tight 4-5 minute studio version of this song. (If one exists, please point me in it’s direction.) One of the grooviest things he ever did (and I mean in terms of the groove), this track is a killer. But I could do without Buddy Miles cukoo-on-acid scatting in the middle and it loses focus before it’s 9 minutes are up.

    “Runaways” – The Killers, Battle Born
    Took me a couple of listens to warm up to this one. Then again it took me a while to warm up to “When You Were Young” as well. I guess it’s kind of weird that such anthemic, make-‘em-feel-it-in-the-cheap-seats songs don’t grab me right way… And does anyone else think the background vocal part towards the end of the song sounds just like the background vocals from Daryl Hall’s “Dreamtime” in the way they sing “runaway” or am I just too lost in the 80’s?

    “Call Me Maybe” – Carly Rae Jepsen, single
    Yeah, that’s right. You wanna make something of it? Best pop song since “Since You’ve Been Gone”.

    “I’ll Supply The Love” – Toto, Toto
    A great track, but it kind of comes off like Toto’s demo reel: “You want arena rock? Here’s our chorus. A little light funk? Check out the verse. Smooth disco? We have an interlude of that. Progresive and jazzy? Then the extended tag is for you. Thank you for your interest in Toto.”

    “Across The Night” – Silverchair, Diorama
    I never cared that much about Silverchair in the 90’s – I didn’t dislike thier grungy singles, but I could be bothered with them either. I was working at CD Plus when Diorama was released and I probably scoffed as I put it on the shelf. But at some point someone put it in the CD changer and when “Across The Night” came on, it stopped me cold. This was not the Pearl Jam imitators I expected. This was symphonic. The album was such a left turn from what Silverchair were know for, it was destined to flop. I don’t think we sold a copy (outside of staff), but not from a lack of in store play.

    Phew, I think I’ve gone on long enough. Have a great weekend, Fivers.

  • Phil

    Anberlin – “Alexithymia” (Cities, 2007)
    Anberlin is one of my emo-ish alterna-pop-rock guilty pleasures (with Mae being the first), and I love just about everything they put out, from the sickly sweet ballads to the hard, driving full-on rock songs. My only gripe with them might be their impossible-to-remember song titles.

    Ginger – “Can’t Drink You Pretty” (10 (Two), 2010)
    Most one-name artists seldom jeopardize their inclusion in the single-name club alongside Madonna, Bono, Prince, Sting, and Cher. But Ginger (born David Walls), is not most artists (in more ways than I care to enumerate here), choosing instead to add the “Wildheart” surname once it was clear that the chances of reuniting his former band of the same name were slim. This track, a rocking boogie/shuffle number featuring nods to Glen Miller’s “In the Mood” and the Andrews Sisters’ “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and originally appearing on the excellent solo album Yoni, comes from a free 10-track compilation he offered as a follow-up to Ten, a solo career retrospective released prior to adding his new last name and proceeding to turn his attention to what would become an über-successful PledgeMusic project.

    Led Zeppelin – “Ozone Baby” (Coda, 1982)
    Excellent song from Zeppelin’s swan song, but I can distinctly remember hearing it on the radio when it came out, and not knowing much about Led Zeppelin at the time, thinking it was no big deal.

    The Class of 98 – “Eye of the Needle” (_Eye of the Needle _, 2010)
    iTunes sometimes surprises me with songs or albums that I had totally forgotten were in my library of nearly 9000 songs. This track is one of those, and while it’s a decent enough song (and pretty catchy to boot), I don’t remember for the life of me why I downloaded it. I’m guessing it was probably a freebie from somewhere.

    Led Zeppelin – “Immigrant Song” (BBC Sessions, 1997)
    One of my favorite Zeppelin tunes, but I don’t particularly care for their take on it here in this 1971 performance at the Paris Theater in London.

  • Phil

    And I just realized that I wrote possibly the longest sentence ever here for a Five. Hi, my name is Phil, and I’m addicted to commas, parentheticals, and interrupting my own thoughts.

  • Keith

    I’ve been dragging my heels to buy the new Killers Battle Born Deluxe edition (to match the rest of my Killers collection) — how is the entire album?

  • Rock_dawg

    I’ve only played it once through and then otherwise shuffled. My new release attention has been dominated by the new Band of Horses and Ben Folds Five albums and the Tea Party live release.
    My first impressions of Battle Born are good. I’d say it’s more reminiscent of Sam’s Town than Hot Fuss. When tracks come up on shuffle, they grab my attention, which was something I found Day & Age didn’t really do.

  • Keith

    Thanks! Good to know. I am about to hit Easy Street Records in Seattle to load up on Band of Horses, Aimee Mann (if the bonus 7-inch is still available), The Killers and Carolyn Mark.

  • Michael Parr

    I would argue that “Party in the USA” is the last undeniably great pop tune. I’d kick my own ass afterwards, but I would still argue it.

  • Michael Parr

    I definitely dig the new Killers record. It is probably better than it has any right being.

  • Michael Parr

    Damn, that is what… 4 Springsteen shows this year? Good on you, friend!

  • Rock_dawg

    I may not agree with what you say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to kick your own ass!

  • Mordalo

    Isn’t it great that we can all agree Michael has the right to kick his own ass? The Internet brings everyone together again.

  • jhallCORE

    1) “Strange Times” – The Black Keys (Attack And Release, 2008).
    2) “Let It Roll” – Kim Richey (Bittersweet, 1997).
    3) “Rivers of Babylon” – Steve Earle (Train A’ Comin, 1995).
    4) “Mountains” – Prince & The Revolution (Parade, 1986).
    5) “Splanky” – Christian McBride (with Milt Hinton and Ray Brown) (Gettin’ To It, 1995).

    Enjoy the weekend.

  • EightE1

    Phish, “Twenty Years Later.” Just not into it tonight.
    Black Label Society, “Say What You Will.” Beer me.
    Neil Young, “From Hank to Hendrix.” Can we get it together? Can we still stand side by side?
    The Jesus & Mary Chain, “You Trip Me Up.” Indeed.
    Huey Lewis & the News, “Do You Believe in Love.” I don’t wanna be lonely, baby. Please help me. I wanna love you all over. Fuck yeah.

    The sixth: Waterboys, “When Will I Be Married?” Take your time. Just … take your time.

  • BRock

    Buddy Guy – “Strange Brew” (Blues Power – The Songs of Eric Clapton)
    Guy’s version is smokin’ hot! It’s been awhile since this has popped up.
    Corin Tucker Band – “Groundhog Day” (Killin’ The Blues)
    I think I’ve stated before that Sleater-Kinney was never one of my favorites, but I’m more than amazed how both this and Wild Flag’s debut have bowled me over. Were they holding out?
    Ben Folds Five – “Erase Me” (The Sound of the Life of the Mind)
    My first couple of listens to this reunion have not yielded the results expected.
    ZZ Top – “Flyin’ High” (La Futura)
    Rick Rubin’s magic touch has gotten the Top back to their roots.
    Phish – “Emotional Rescue” (Denver, CO 8-31-12)
    I don’t know which one of the Phishes does the vocal on this, I assume it’s the Fishman himself, but I really like it. No love for the Phish tonight, Rob? This may change your mood.

  • MC_Snocap

    In under the wire. This week, the Ultra Lounge series tries to take over the 5.

    1) “New York Attitude” by Regina Carter.
    2) “Milord” by Les Baxter. Come and get your kitsch!
    3) “Dead” by They Might Be Giants.
    4) “Laura”/”More” by Denny McLain.
    5) “You’re Not Alone” by Olive.

  • Dennis Corrigan

    Six, but that’s it, I’m done