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December 26, 2005: The Dusty Show - In Absentia Music - Episode XIII
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Since I am on vacation I had to mail this weeks show in early ... hence ... music. I just went through my collection and picked out a few songs that sounded appealing at that particular moment. Kind of nice actually to skip all the talk and just play songs. I hope you like my choices. I realize they may be a bit "normal" by WFMU standards.
|Beach Boys||Surf's Up||Surf's Up / Smile||Capitol||1971||LP||Salvaged from the legendary Smile sessions which followed Pet Sounds circa 1966, Surf's Up came to light in 1971. It's Carl Wilson who hits the amazing high notes on "Columnated Ruins Domino." Commonly described as "achingly beautiful."|
|Bobby Goldsboro||Summer (The First Time)||Love Songs||Liberty Special Products||1973||LP||Goldsboro, who began his career as Roy Orbison's guitarist, is underrated in my opinion. He has written many great AM pop staples. Honey, See The Funny Little Clown, Little Green Apples, Autumn of My Life and many others. This is such a beautiful paean to lost innocence. A very mature composition that showed a new depth. Also, not heard much anymore these days. I am admittedly too sentimental, but the bridge just slays me. Masterful.|
|The Carpenters||Superstar||The Carpenters||A&M||1971||LP||Written by Leon Russell. Richard received a grammy nomination for this song, although the words were changed from "I can hardly wait to sleep with you again" to "I can hardly wait to be with you again," in keeping with the Carpenters image. I won't even bother to try and describe how lovely Karen's voice is. You know. Just a very pretty and sad song. RIP Karen.|
|Jose Feliciano||California Dreamin'||Feliciano!||RCA Victor||1968||LP||Written by John Philips of The Mamas and The Papas. Feliciano! was Jose's first gold album. This legendary artist, born blind in Lares, Puerto Rico, came to Harlem in 1950. Interestingly, Feliciano sang a controversial version of the national anthem at the 5th game of the world series between Detroit and St. Louis in 1968. Though he meant it to be a heartfelt stylized version of the song, it was received poorly and seen by many as disrespectful. This haunted his career for many years. These days, it's normal to interpret the anthem nearly any way an artist wishes.|
|Gladys Knight and the Pips||If I Were Your Woman||If I Were Your Woman||Motown / Soul||1971||LP||Here is a lesson in soul and staying power as an entertainer. Born in Atlanta, GA in 1944. This song is vintage Gladys, masterfully backed by her longtime backup vocalists, the Pips (her brother Merald, and cousins Ed Patton and William Guest.)|
|David Bowie||Wild Is The Wind||Station To Station||RCA||1976||LP||Originally sung by Johnny Mathis in the 1957 film of the same name. Also recorded by Nina Simone. At first listen this can seem over the top, but after a while you realize the great capacity Bowie has as a romantic balladeer and the heavy homage he pays to those who've gone before, including an idol of his, Bing Crosby. Not many could get away with this kind of delivery, but Bowie does.|
|Robin Trower||In This Place||Bridge of Sighs||Chrysalis||1974||LP||I incorrectly identified this song as Bridge of Sighs on the show. It's actually In This Place. I can't tell you how much that pisses me off. Especially since the show is in the mail as I sit here typing this playlist and I can't change it. The Quintessential Trower LP. A classic no doubt. This song is my favorite. Minor key ... slow ... great vocals and guitar. Trower was originally the lead guitarist for Procol Harum. He was initially slagged for being a Hendrix imitator, but time has proven him to be an exceptional musician in his own right. Here too, are the soulful and unique vocals of Jimmy Dewar who sadly passed away in 2002.|
|Eric B & Rakim||Microphone Fiend||Follow The Leader||UNI||1988||LP||Eric Barrier was a mobile DJ for WBLS in NYC when he met William Griffen and this dynamic duo was born. There song "Eric B For President on Harlem's Zakia label led to getting signed to UNI. while many early rap stars have faded, Eric B. & Rakim still get respect for the influential style they originated.|
|Depeche Mode||Enjoy The Silence||Violator||Sire||1990||I am not even a huge Depeche Mode fan. I like Dave Gahan. But ... from the first time I heard this song ... I just had to admit that it was great. It's just a really well written, economical and appealing piece of music, TO ME. And what the hell do I know? Nothing! Haha. I am just being a pretentious ass. But what the heck. It's my damned show! My 15 minutes. So humor me here. Anyway. I like this song. And I demand that you do as well.|
|Rufus Wainwright||Go Or Go Ahead||Want One||Dreamworks||2003||CD||This song is reportedly about Rufus' addiction to crystal meth. Saw him recently in concert and he was really quite wonderful. Maybe like an early Elton. Immensely talented. Flamboyant. Adventurous. Real. This song is ambitious and invokes feeling in me. It's just me, I know, but you know how it is when the hair stands up on the back of your neck and you know you've stumbled upon something that is special to you. This record did that for me. Great vocal performance. Kicks my ass around the block.|
|Frank Sinatra||Once Upon A Time||September Of My Years||Reprise||1965||LP||Where do I start? This is such a deep incredible album. Frank was 49 when he recorded it and all the songs speak to that time of life. Yet, it seems that he conveys this to people of all ages. universal themes of love, life, loss. Of course, it doesn't hurt to have the help of Gordon Jenkins who gives Frank such beautiful canvasses to paint on. I feel honored to play Sinatra on a Jersey station. I know that sounds corny. But, I am being sincere. Sinatra was a monumental artist. This is a monumental LP.|
|Hank Williams, Jr.||A Country Boy Can Survive||Greatest Hits||Warner Bros. /Curb||1979||LP||Why did I follow Frank with Hank Williams, Jr? I don't know. I just did. I love this song. And I am going home to Iowa for Christmas to my little farm community. This song does make you feel good about being from the sticks. Not that I'll be skinn' any bucks. HA! Bocephus is one crazy redneck, but he paid his dues livin' in his daddy's shoes. And ... in my opinion ... this is just a great song.|
|OK. So that's it. A filler show. In absentia. And I am off to Iowa. Hope you liked it. Pretty mainstream I suppose for WFMU. I'd love it if you'd e-mail me. email@example.com and you can always call the Dusty Show answering machine at 201.521.1375 to leave messages for me to play on the show. Happy New Year everyone! Hope 2006 is good to you. always remember ........|
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