Suggested Listening April 27, 2020

Hi everyone, here is our bi-weekly recommended listening posting for Monday, April 27, 2020.

Our listening suggestions today includes ten streaming albums, from the Freegal Music Catalog, and a selection of related music videos.

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Freegal Streaming Suggestions:

The Best Of Elvin Bishop: Tulsa Shuffle by Elvin Bishop (Genre: Blues-Rock)

Elvin Bishop was born in California, grew up in Iowa and, inspired by the blues music he heard on the radio,  began playing the guitar as a youth. Bishop went on to join the popular sixties group The Butterfield Blues Band before launching a solo career. The Best Of Elvin: Bishop: Tulsa Shuffle is a soulful, rocking bluesy 18-song collection by Bishop and his early seventies band.

Songs include: Tulsa Shuffle, How Much More, The Things That I Used To Do, Sweet Potato, Honey Bee, Prisoner of Love, Party Till The Cows Come Home, Hogbottom (Album Version), As the Years Go Passing By, So Good, Rock My Soul and Rockbottom

Big Hits Of The Fifties by Various Artists (Genre: Pop, Vocal)

Big Hits Of The Fifties features great pop music from the fifties, an era when the radio waves were filled with optimistic music, and singers offering sweet vocals were backed up by buoyant swinging orchestras and strings.

This is an relaxing and optimistic 23-song set featuring the tunes: Too Young by Nat King Cole, Jezebel by Frankie Lane, Glow Worm by The Mills Brothers, Half As Much by Rosemary Clooney, Rags To Riches by Tony Bennett, The Blacksmith Blues by Ella Mae Morse & Sugarbush by Doris Day & Frankie Lane.

The Final (1994) by Wham! (Genre: Pop)

The Final was Wham!’s finale, a greatest hits collection, first released in 1994, that does indeed feature all their pop hits including Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, Carless Whisper, I’m Your Man, Everything She Wants and Freedom.

Fetch The Bolt Cutters (2020) by Fiona Apple (Genre: Pop, Rock)

Fetch The Bolt Cutters is the new and delightful fifth album by Fiona Apple. The songs on the album feature a well-balanced plate of emotions including angst, anger, humor and playfulness.

Song List: I Want You To Love Me, Shameika, Fetch The Bolt Cutters, Under The Table, Relay, Rack of His, Newspaper, Ladies, Heavy Balloon, Cosmonauts, For Her, Drumset & On I Go.

French Impressions (2012) by Joshua Bell & with Jeremy Denk (Genre: Classical, Violin)

The talented violinist Joshua Bell plays music by romantic French composers on this Uplifting LP accompanied by the pianist Jeremy Denk.The album includes the following sonatas: Sonata No. 1 in D minor, for violin & piano, Op. 75 by Camille Saint-Saëns, Sonata in A major, for violin & piano by César Franck & Sonata for violin & piano by Maurice Ravel.

Good Souls, Better Angels (2020) by Lucinda Williams (Genre: Folk, Roots Rock)

Good Souls, Better Angels is the brand-new album by the reflective singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams.

Williams is a very introspective songwriter who writes of the highs and lows of life and incorporates little daily life details, like descriptions of how the coffee is brewing and the sound made by a car driving over a gravel road into music making her songs both thoughtful in scope and exceptionally accessible. If you’re familiar with William’s music, then you already know this! If you’re a new to William’s music, I urge you to give her music a listen as it is wonderful!

Song List: You Can’t Rule Me, Bad News Blues, Man Without a Soul, Big Black Train, Wakin’ Up, Pray the Devil Back to Hell, Shadows & Doubts, When the Way Gets Dark, Bone of Contention, Down Past the Bottom, Big Rotator & Good Souls.

Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte (1965) by Patti Page (Genre: Easy Listening, Vocal, Country)

Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte is a classic album by the great vocalist Patti Page.

Songs include Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte, Try to Remember, The Green Leaves of Summer, Jamacia Farewell, Croce di oro, Who’s Gonna Show My Pretty Little Feet, Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair, Longing to Hold You Again, Danny Boy, Can’t Help Falling in Love and Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair).

Pete Seeger: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection (2019) by Pete Seeger (Genre: Folk)

This Smithsonian Folkways description of this 137-song collection, released on what would have been Seegers 100th birthday – May 3, 2019, is a good one, so I’m going to cite it here!

“He was a singer, a rebel, and a voice of the people. With a banjo and a selfless dedication to justice and the transformative power of music, he inspired all of humanity to question the status quo, to sing out and speak up against oppression wherever they witnessed it. His body of work reflects a deep reverence for the earth and all of those who walk on it; you can hear it in his voice and in the voices of the thousands of people who sang and continue to sing with him every day. Pete Seeger: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection is a career-spanning anthology of one of America’s most quintessential, celebrated, and influential musicians. Featuring classic recordings, 20 previously unreleased tracks, historic live performances, and special collaborations, this set encompasses over 60 years of Pete’s Folkways catalog, released on the occasion of his 100th birthday.”

The collection features all the popular songs Seeger is know for including We Shall Overcome, If I Had a Hammer, Turn Turn Turn, Goodnight, Irene, Where Have All the Flowers Gone, Kisses Sweeter Than Wine and many more.

Tapestry (1963/2013) by Chuck Wayne (Genre: Jazz)

Tapestry is considered by many to be the best album by the bebop jazz guitarist Chuck Wayne – check it out!

Song List: On Green Dolphin Street, My Favorite Things, Satin Doll, Down the Road, Loads of Love, Askaterine, Lady’s Love Song, ‘Round Midnight, Greensleeves, Softly as in a Morning & Thank the Lord.

The Wild, The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle (1973) by Bruce Springsteen (Genre: Rock, Folk)

The Wild, The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle is Springsteen’s third album, and it is a bit of a transitional one, as he moved away from the more folk based music featured on his first two albums to the more rock based music he has since become known for. Although by whatever description you give his music, he is a terrific songwriter and performer – enjoy!

Song List: The E Street Shuffle, 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy), Kitty’s Back, Wild Billy’s Circus Story, Incident on 57th Street, Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) & New York City Serenade.

Recommended Videos:

Hogbottom by Elvin Bishop

Party Till The Cows Come Home by Elvin Bishop

The Blacksmith Blues by Ella Mae Morse

Too Young by Nat King Cole

Freedom by Wham!

Wake Me Up Before You Go Go by Wham!

Fetch The Bolt Cutters by Fiona Apple

Shameika by Fiona Apple

Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 75: I. Allegro agitato by Joshua Bell with Jeremy Denk

Violin Sonata No. 2 in G Major, M. 77: III. Perpetuum mobile. Allegretto by Joshua Bell with Jeremy Denk

Man Without A Soul by Lucinda Williams

When The Way Gets Dark by Lucinda Williams

Green Leaves of Summery by Patti Page

Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte by Patti Page

We Shall Overcome by Pete Seeger

Where Have All The Flowers Gone by Pete Seeger

‘Round Midnight by Chuck Wayne

Softly As The Morning Sunrise by Chuck Wayne

E Street Shuffle by Bruce Springsteen

Rosalita by Bruce Springsteen

Be well!

Linda Reimer, SSCL


Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online References


Isle Of Calm: Stream 6 Hours Of Soothing Music,

Lucinda Williams: A Guide To Her Best Songs written by Ann Powers. NPR. April 24, 2020,

The Wit, Wisdom And Awe Of Fiona Apple’s ‘Fetch The Bolt Cutters’by Bob Boilen, Ann Powers & Marissa Lorusso. NPR.

Digital Catalogs:

Note: There are apps for each catalog or, you can download digital content to a PC.

The Digital Catalog (OverDrive)

The catalog of e-books, downloadable audiobooks and a handful of streaming videos.

Freegal Music

You can stream an unlimited amount of music for the duration of the Corona Crisis.


RBDigital offers on-demand magazines, so you can read til your heart’s content!

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