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Sunday Shuffle 2

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30 Shuffle 2: 30 “random” selections from 4332 tracks on my Zen Vision:M –
1 – Have a Talk with God. Stevie Wonder. Songs in the Key of Life (Disc 1). [2:42]
2 – Parker’s Band. Steely Dan. Pretzel Logic. [2:45/5:27]
3 – Too Much of Nothing. Bob Dylan. The Basement Tapes (Disc 2) [3:03/8:30] This shuffle has started out just a step or two off the beaten track – not all that unusual to my main tastes, but not the most commonly heard of tunes.
4 – Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You. Bob Dylan. Nashville Skyline. [3:23/11:53] Ah, that’s a little closer to center. I sing along on this one, even think of scooting it back to replay it again before shuffling along.
5 – Alone. Kenny G. Breathless. [5:28/17:21]
6 – All I Taste Today is What’s Her Name. From Autumn to Ashes. The Fiction We Live. [3:41/21:02] Odd bit of shuffle, this one is so far.
7 – Worried Life Blues. John Cephas. Homemade. [3:18/24:20] And the oddness continues. All these do belong on my Zen, but they do a job at showing off some of the odd corners I listen to.
8 – Slow Train. Bob Dylan. Slow Train Coming. [5:58/30:18] Even when it does try to get to the center of the room, it’s somewhat off in another building altogether. Again, belongs; but again, not one you’d see listed among the most common to come to mind during any typical stray open moment.
9 – Spirit on the Water. Bob Dylan. Modern Times. [7:42/38:00] The shuffle maintains its rep.
10 – For Lovin’ Me / Did She Mention My Name. [3:29/41:29] A week of traffic since track 29 on the first shuffle, but this still comes soon enough to lend more emphasis to the off-beaten-track feel of the rest of the rest of this shuffle.
11 – Dink’s Song (Minneapolis Hotel Version). Bob Dylan. No Direction Home. [5:02/46:31] And speaking of mixing the norm (doesn’t get any more so than for another Bob to come up) with the unusal (this is as much so as if it were brand new).
12 – Nobody Does It Better. Carly Simon. Reflections: Carly Simon’s Greatest Hits. [3:44/50:15] Makes one feel sad for the rest.
13 – Pressing On. Chicago Mass Choir. Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan. [6:07/56:22] Ditto the mixture of norm with abnorm.
14 – Tempus Vernum. Enya. A Day Without Rain. [2:24/58:46]
15 – Bridge Over Troubled Water. Johnny Cash. [3:55/1:02:41] LOL, it really doesn’t mix up much better than this classic cover!
16 – I Shall Be Released. Bob Dylan. The Bootleg Series, Vols. 1-3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961-1991 (Disc 2). [3:56/1:06:37] The parenthetical in the CD title says it well: although this particular song is one of my Dylan faves, this shuffle can’t even manage to key up the usual version.
17 – Bunch of Lonesome Heroes. Leonard Cohen. Songs From a Room. [3:12/1:09:49] But for me, this is dead center: from the first Lennie album I had, sung for the crickets even.
18 – Lonesome Suzie. The Band. Music from Big Pink. [4:04/1:13:53] Coincidence of this shuffle: two songs in a row about the lonesome ones.
19 – Blue Boy. Jim Reeves. The Unforgettable Jim Reeves. [2:12/1:16:05] And we can call this a moderate extension of that coincidence: Jim doesn’t sing “lonesome,” but he does sing of being “lonely” and the song does fit well enough with the previous two to give us a shuffle trifecta.
20 – Moments to Remember. Barry Manilow. The Greatest Songs of the Fifties. [3:34/1:19:39] How to wreck to beautiful classic: it’s “we’ll,” Barry.
21 – Beethoven. [7:06/1:26:45] Identified on the Zen as “track 4,” one of many tracks I’ve not got clearly enough marked to know for sure exactly which Beethoven this is.
22 – Sonata for Flute & Piano: Cantilena. Poulenc: Chamber Music. [4:10/1:36:55] Sweetly melancholic.
23 – All Things New Again. The Wallflowers. Rebel, Sweetheart. [3:44/1:40:39]
24 – Barges. Ralph McTell. From Clare to Here: The Songs of Ralph McTell. [4:03/1:44:42] One of Ralph’s best.
25 – This Dream of You. Bob Dylan. Together Through Life. [5:54/1:50:36] From his most recent CD!
26 – Ballad of Ira Hayes. Peter Lafarge. [3:26/1:54:02] And sorely regretting not having Dylan’s cover of this on my Zen.
27 – Racing in the Streets. Bruce Springsteen. Darkness on the Edge of Town. [6:54/2:00:56] Yes, and it’s about time: the Boss finally puts in an appearance on the shuffles.
28 – The Mountains of Mourne. The Kingston Trio. The Capitol Years (Disc 2) [2:51/2:03:47] Not one of the Kingston Trio tunes I recall from my childhood.
29 – You’ve Got a Friend. James Taylor. The Best of James Taylor. [4:29/2:08:16]
30 – If We Try. Don McLean. American Pie & Other Hits. [3:32/2:11:46]

Written by macheide

16 August 2009 at 9:06 am

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Sync – Michael Jackson: Number Ones

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Picked up at Kroger today for $9.99, today we synced up Michael Jackson’s Number Ones

  1. Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough (2003 Edit) [3:56]
  2. Rock With You (Single Version) [3:40]
  3. Billie Jean (Single Version) [4:53]
  4. Beat It (Single Version) [4:18]
  5. Thriller (2003 Edit) [5:11]
  6. I Just Can’t Stop Loving You [4:11]
  7. Bad [4:06]
  8. Smooth Criminal (Radio Edit) [4:17]
  9. The Way You Make Me Feel [4:56]
  10. Man In The Mirror (2003 Edit) [5:04]
  11. Dirty Diana [4:40]
  12. Black Or White (Single Version) [3:18]
  13. You Are Not Alone (Radio Edit) [4:34]
  14. Earth Song (Radio Edit) [5:01]
  15. You Rock My World (Radio Edit) [4:25]
  16. Break Of Dawn [5:29]
  17. One More Chance [3:49]
  18. Ben (2003 Live Edit) 2:58]

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9 August 2009 at 2:52 pm

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Sunday Shuffle 1

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Shuffle 30 [4314] –
1 – The Ground Folds. Senses Fail. From the Depths of Dreams. (4:30) [3497] Can’t recall ever hearing this, but finding it worth returning to for more of a listen.
2 – Like a Rolling Stone. Bob Dylan. Before the Flood (Disc 2). (7:10/11:40) [2001] From the concert series during which I attended the one Dylan concert I’ve been to. Almost the entire final minute of this track is simply applause.
3 – Yodeling Veteranarian of the Alps (Track 5). Veggie Tales. (4:17/15:57) Every shuffle 30 does benefit from at least one Veggie Tale smile.
4 – Watermark. Enya. Paint the Sky with Stars: The Best of Enya. (2:26/18:23) [4056] Relaxing instrumental, one of my personal faves of Enya.
5 – It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry. Al Kooper. Super Session. (3:30/21:53) [1776] I’ll always prefer Dylan’s own H61R version, but his session pianoman doesn’t do it any injustice on this version with Steven Stills helping to push it through.
6 – Concerto No. 2 in G Minor/G-Moll “Summer.” Salzburguer Kammerorcherter – Dir. Alexander von Pitamic. The Four Seasons. (5:39/27:32) [705] If we’re going to have one of the four seasons keyed up for this morning’s shuffle 30, of course it would have to be summer.
* 7 – Tombstone Blues. Tim O’Brien. Red on Blonde. (3:42/31:14) [3762] From a great album consisting entirely of Dylan covers by O’Brien. Cute: three of the past 6 songs in this shuffle have been versions of songs from my favorite album of all time, Highway 61 Revisited, but without actually playing H61R itself!
8 – Harvester of Hearts. Rufus Wainwright. Want One. (3:35/34:49) [1314]
9 – Million Miles. Bob Dylan. Million Miles Recordings 1997-1999. (4:40/39:29) [2244] And a million miles away from H61R, too.
10 – With God on Our Side. Manfred Mann. A Tribute to Bob Dylan (Vol. 1). (4:25/43:54) [4192] Pretty standard shuffle so far: out of 10 songs, 2 Dylans and 3 Dylan covers. Background music on this version feels somewhat mindless (the singing too, in places), as though perhaps not grasping the point of the song.
11 – On That Day. Leonard Cohen. Dear Heather. (2:06/46:00) [2506] Lennie does a 9/11 tribute song!
12 – Won’t Last Long. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. Echo. (4:22/50:22) [4205] Mediocre, Tom, and it lasted a minute or two longer than it really deserved.
13 – Angel Below. UnderOath. The Changing of the Times. (3:27/53:49) [278] Yes, even with all the Dylan & friends, a good shuffle is bound to come around to one of these frequently enough to stake its own claim to sound time.
* 14 – Toe Hold. Al Kooper. I Stand Alone. (3:53/57:32) [3757] Al Kooper grabs second asterisk for the shuffle by pulling in his second slot.
15 – Passages. Kenny G. The Moment. (5:57/1:03:29) [2611] Kenny closes out this shuffle’s first hour of play.
16 – What’s Good. Lou Reed. Magic and Loss. (3:22/1:06:51) And here the shuffle took itself a battery recharge break.
17 – Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door. North Country. North Country: Pickin’ on Bob Dylan. (4:12/1:11:03) [1896] Yet another Dylan cover, apparently this shuffle’s theme.
18 – Tom Dooley. The Kingston Trio. The Capitol Years (Disc 1). (3:03/1:14:06) [3760] Recalling one of the first records I had, reaching back about 45 years into my early childhood.
19 – Daydream. John Denver. Greatest Hits. (2:54/1:17:00) [777]
20 – Wake Me, Shake Me. The Blues Project. Anthology (Disc 2). (5:20/1:22:20) [4033] Of course, this gets recognized as Al Kooper’s 3rd slot grabbed in this shuffle. Go Al!
21 – Moonlight at Cove Castle. Mannheim Steamroller. Romantic Melodies. (3:19/1:25:39) [2277] A rarity: MS playing something other than Christmas music!
22 – Take This Waltz. Leonard Cohen. More Best of Leonard Cohen. (5:58/1:31:37) [3342]
23 – The Ballad of John and Yoko. The Beatles. 1967-1970 (Disc 2). (2:59/1:34:36) [3418]
24 – Les Soirées de Nazelles, for piano, No. 1-4 complete: Le coeur sur la main. Olivier Cazal. Poulenc: Piano Music, Vol. 2. (2:25/1:37:01) [1947]
25 – Here Comes the Sun. The Beatles. Abbey Road. (3:05/1:40:06) [1376] As this came up in this morning’s shuffle, the sun here was disappearing behind approaching thunderclouds…and here came the son, Kelly.
26 – The Sign of Love. Mannheim Steamroller. Romantic Melodies. (3:58/1:44:04) [3607] This shuffle set’s best illustration of my suspicions that my Zen’s shuffle mode is not entirely random.
27 – My Back Pages. Bob Dylan. Another Side of Bob Dylan. (4:22/1:48:26) [2327] As if sensing that the easy listening category might be gaining the upper hand in the shuffle, along comes a Dylan classic.
28 – Just One More Day. Otis Redding. Dreams to Remember: The Otis Redding Anthology (Disc 1). (3:30/1:51:56) [1870]
* 29 – For Lovin’ Me / Did She Mention My Name. Gordon Lightfoot. Gord’s Gold. (3:29/1:55:25) [1093] This gets its aserisk for an odd coincidence: out of the 30 in this shuffle set, this is the 2nd (after the John Denver song) to echo the three CDs that happen to currently sit in our pool CD player.
30 – Tombstone Blues. Tim O’Brien. Red on Blonde. (3:42/1:59:07) [3762] How’s that for pseudo-shuffle: repeating the 7th selection of this same shuffle set. Yes, even with complete randomness, there is a chance that a number could be repeated even back-to-back. Even so, things like this seem to happen more often than I would expect. Oh well, if we were going to repeat anything, Tombstone Blues ain’t a bad one to do it on.

Written by macheide

9 August 2009 at 11:00 am

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Zen Tracks [33] Kingston Trio: Scotch and Soda

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Zen Vision MScotch and SodaKingston TrioBest of the Kingston Trio
[2:15] * * * *

About 10 years old when I first heard this beautifully lyrical folk tune and having no exposure to any popular music beyond the small collection of Kingston Trio vinyl allowed in our seclusive home, I’ve had this one going through my head off and on for 45 years now, so it’s got itself a solid track on my Zen Vision:M. Playing it again today on Bob Shane‘s 75th birthday.

Took the Internet to introduce me to the magic trick by the same name, although there’s no connection as far as I can hear. Still can’t say how my strict parents allowed me to go around chirping about scotch and dry martini and gin and feeling high and all, but this record never saw the same treatment that Baez got over We Shall Overcome.

All I need is one of your smiles, sunshine of your eyes
Oh me oh my do I feel higher than a kite can fly
Give me lovin’, baby I feel high.

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1 February 2009 at 2:42 pm

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Zen Tracks [32] Dylan: Talkin’ New York

Zen Vision MTalkin’ New YorkBob DylanBob Dylan
[3:19] * * *

Nobody at the Greyhound Station to greet him, no ticket stub preserved, so the exact date remains a question mark. But near today 47 years ago, Robert Allen Zimmerman first set foot in Manhattan and headed down to Greenwich Village to make a name for himself. Or songs for us. Or a friend or two. Or somethin’ worthy of New York.

A lot of people don’t have much food on their table,
But they got a lot of forks n’ knives,
And they gotta cut somethin’.

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24 January 2009 at 11:12 am

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Zen Tracks [31] Frank Sinatra: Someone to Watch Over Me

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Zen Vision MSomeone to Watch Over MeFrank SinatraSinatra 80th: All the Best
[2:56] * * *

OK, despite the album title, this one isn’t Frank at his very best. Nor is it anywhere near the best rendition of this beautiful old classic.

But for how I do love hearing Frank’s voice, and for how much I do love this song, I’ll give it at least three stars on my Zen Vision:M and cue it up to honor the anniversary of Frank’s birth.

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12 December 2008 at 2:02 am

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Zen Tracks [30] Handel: Amen

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Zen Vision MAmenGeorge Frederick Handel, performed by The London Philharmonic Orchestra and The London Philharmonic Choir – The Messiah
[4:20] * * * * *

Putting up the foyer Christmas tree takes up a huge chunk of my day after Thanksgiving. And I like to spend the first hour plus of that time with Handel’s Messiah supplying background music, volume jacked up to the max on my Zen Vision:M.

And yes, technically this finale isn’t from the Christmas portion; but it was still always my favorite in Messiah sing-alongs that did the whole thing beginning to end, and for the one time that excerpts were sung by a church for which I once sang both bass and tenor parts. Get this one anywhere even remotely near where Handel meant it to go, and singing along sends your spirit soaring higher than the angel atop our foyer tree.

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28 November 2008 at 4:44 pm

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