Hi everyone, welcome to our Suggested Listening posting for this week!
Suggested Listening postings are published on Fridays; and our next Suggested Listening posting will be out on Friday, August 6, 2021.
And here are the 10 recommended songs of the week!
Angel From Montgomery by Bonnie Raitt (Genre: Blues, Blues-Rock)
For those who may not know, Bonnie Raitt had a terrific career even before her smash album Nick of Time was released in 1989. And if you’d like to dive in-deep and list to her pre-1989 recordings – I suggest you dive in by selecting any/all of her first four albums from the early seventies: Bonnie Raitt (1971), Give It Up (1972), Takin’ My Time (1973) and the album this terrific cover comes from – Streetlights (1974).
And if you want to dive deep into Bonnie’s mid-career albums checkout: Nick of Time (1989), Luck of the Draw (1991), Longing In Their Hearts (1994) and Road Tested (1995)
Listeners’ Note: The Song Angel From Montgomery was written by John Prine. Raitts version of the song is found on her album Streetlights (1974); and if you’d like to checkout the original version – it if found on Prine’s first album John Prine (1971).
Caña Brava by Johnny Ventura and Anthony Rios (Genre: Merengue, Salsa Latin, Dance)
Recorded in 1979 this shows singers Johnny Ventura and Anthony Rios at the top of their game.
Caña Brava will have you tapping your feet or getting up to dance!
From The Album: El Rey Del Merengue (1996).
Gimme All Your Lovin’ by Z Z Top (Genre: Rock, Blues-Rock)
The great bluesy rock trio with one of their biggest hits. Z Z Top’s music is always enjoyable; however, this week I selected this song to honor the memory and music of Z Z Top bassist Dusty Hill who died earlier this week.
From The Album: Elminator (1983)
Havana Moon by Chuck Berry (Genre: Rock, Traditional Rock)
The great Chuck Berry with song that is simply perfect for summer!
And if you haven’t seen it yet, there is a neat documentary on Berry, part of the PBS series “In Their Own Words”, which features interview clips with Berry, his wife, their children and a number of musicians including Keith Richards, who was the musical director for Berry’s 60th Birthday documentary Hail, Hail Rock N’ Roll (1987) – it is cool!
From The Album: The Great Twenty-Eight (1982; Chess Record compilation)
And as a bonus, a super cool cover of Havana Moon by Geoff & Maria Muldaur from their album Sweet Potatoes (1972).
Havana Moon by Geoff & Maria Muldaur
Hot Summer by Prince (Genre: Rock, R&B, Pop)
A new release by Prince from his brand new album, recorded in 2010, and just released – Welcome 2 America.
From The Album: Welcome 2 America (2021)
If I Had A Hammer by Pete Seeger (Genre: Folk)
If I Had A Hammer was written by Pete Seeger and Lee Hayes in 1949; when they were both members of the Weavers, and released as a single by the group; the song was originally titled The Hammer Song.
This version was recorded live by Pete in the sixties; and as bonus, here are two more versions of the song, one by the Weavers and the other by Peter, Paul & Mary who had a top ten hit with their version of the tune in 1962.
Hammer Song by The Weavers (Genre: Folk)
If I Had A Hammer by Peter, Paul & Mary (Genre: Folk)
From The Album: Peter, Paul & Mary (1962)
Mellow Newport Crowd Goes Hog-Wild Insane Over Billy Strings, Newport Folk Festival, July 26, 2021 by Billy Strings and friends (Genre: Bluegrass, Folk)
Some upbeat and mellow guitar playing from Bluegrass guitarist Bill Strings, recorded at the recent Newport Folk Festival.
Mr. Tambourine Man by Bob Dylan (Genre: Folk)
Recorded live at the Newport Folk Festival in 1964.
Studio version, from the album: Bringing It All Back Home (1965)
Paul Butterfield Blues Band at the Newport Folk Festival (1965)
The blues-rock band, performing three songs, Blues With A Feeling, Look Over Yonders Wall and Born In Chicago, live at Newport in 1965.
From The various artists album: Blues With A Feeling (Newport Folk Festival Classics) (1993).
Studio versions of all three songs can be found on the band’s first album: The Butterfield Blues Band (1965).
Valerie June: NPR Tiny Desk Concert (Genre: Americana, Folk)
This video-concert was recorded live in 2013 and features the songs: Working Woman Blues, Rain Dance & Somebody To Love. The song Working Women Blues is from June’s first album Pushing Against A Stone (2013); she has not recorded the other two songs for any of her albums (at least not yet!)
On a listeners’ FYI Note: June’s 2021 release The Moon And Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers has been nominated for the Americana album of the year!
Hoopla Recommend Album of the Week
Court & Spark (1974) by Joni Mitchell (Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Folk, Pop)
Admittedly, this album is my favorite Joni Mitchell album, and it is certainly among her best albums.
The songs are all terrific from the introspective Freeman In Paris to the lyrical title track, to great, upbeat wacky songs Twisted and Help Me which foreshadow her move in more jazzy direction in the years that followed the release of Court & Spark.
If you haven’t listened to Joni Mitchell’s music before, check out this album – it is top-notch from beginning to end!
And from the album, the song:
Freeman In Paris
Have a great weekend,
Linda Reimer, SSCL
The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn
Newport Folk: Folk On Schedule. (n.d.). Newport Folk. Retrieved July 30, 2021, from https://newportfolk.org/2021-schedule/
Pareles, J. (2021, July 29). Prince Made ‘Welcome 2 America’ in 2010. It Speaks to 2021. The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/29/arts/music/prince-welcome-2-america-review.html
Tsioulcas, A. (2021, July 28). ZZ Top Bassist Dusty Hill Dead At Age 72. NPR. https://www.npr.org/2021/07/28/1021855970/zz-top-bassist-dusty-hill-dead-at-age-72
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