Hi everyone, welcome to our Suggested Listening posting for this week!
Our Suggested Listening postings focus on the music of the past, with a few new songs mixed in for good measure.
Suggested Listening postings come out weekly, on Fridays, and the next Suggested Listening posting will be out on Friday, January 29, 2021.
All Right Now by Free (Genre: Classic Rock)
Pre-Bad Company vocalist Paul Rodgers co-founded Free with former Black Cat Bones guitarist Paul Kossoff; they were joined by bassist Andy Fraser and drummer Simon Kirke and played wonderful roots and blues-based rock music. The group’s biggest hit was this one – All Right Now, originally released in 1970.
All Right Now is from the album Fire And Water (1970)
Dreams by Jeremiah Fraites (Genre: Piano)
Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jeremiah Fraites is best known as a founding member of the folk group The Lumineers.
The Lumineers 2020 touring plans were waylaid by the pandemic, and Fraites found himself with some extra time on his hands – so he recorded his first solo album, Piano Piano (2021) which features eleven instrumental piano-centric songs and offers a lovely listen – check it out!
Freight Train by Elizabeth Cotton (Genre: Folk)
Elizabeth Cotton played music from the time she was a youth but didn’t record her first album until she was 66 years old! Freight Train is from that first album, Folksongs and Instrumentals with Guitar (1958).
Italian Concerto in F Major, BWV 971 composed by J.S. Bach and performed by pianist Alicia de Larrocha (Genre: Classical, Piano)
A super hopeful sounding concerto played solo by the great Twentieth Century classical pianist Alice de Larrocha. The recording was mentioned last week on NPR, and wow, what a talented player and what a joyful composition!
Respect by Aretha Franklin (Genre: R&B, Vocal, Pop)
A classic and empowering song by the great Aretha Franklin!
From the album I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You (1967).
Second Balcony Jump by Dexter Gordon (recorded live in 1963) (Genre: Jazz)
The great jazz saxophonist Dexter Gordon supported by super players including bassist Butch Warren, pianist Sonny Clark and drummer Billy Higgins recorded this song for one of his best albums – Go! (1962)
Strawberry Fields by The Beatles (Genre: Classic Rock)
A classic tune from the Fab Four from their album Magical Mystery Tour (1967).
Struggle by James Yorkston & The Second Hand Orchestra (Genre: Folk, Pop-Rock)
Struggle is from the new album by the talented Scottish folk singer-songwriter James Yorkstone and The Second Hand Orchestra – The Wide Wide River (2021).
That’s Alright by Laura Mvula (Genre: Pop, Rock, Jazz, Soul)
The Birmingham, UK based singer and educator’s empowering music sounds great and doesn’t remind this listener of anyone else’s music. That’s Alright is from her debut LP Sing to the Moon (2013).
Worried Man Blues by Pete Seeger & Johnny Cash
The traditional folk song; recorded live for Johnny Cash’s variety show in 1970.
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Three Score And Ten by Peggy Seeger & Friends (2007)
American folk singer Peggy Seeger, sister of Mike and half sister of Pete, was born in New York City and played folk music in the U.S. as a youth. She later met and married the British folk singer Ewan MacColl and has lived in the U.K. for most of the last forty years. Three Score and Ten was recorded in celebration of her seventieth birthday. Now 85, she has a new album, The Farewell Tour, coming out in February.
And here’s one of fun songs on the LP, Home Sweet Home
Have a peaceful weekend,
Linda Reimer, SSCL
The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn
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