Suggested Listening August 24, 2018

Hi everyone, here are our five musical recommendations for the week; four streaming suggestions* and one recommended album on CD.

(Click on the photo to stream or request the album you’re interested in!)

Freegal Streaming Suggestions*

Unforgettable: A Tribute To Dinah Washington (1964) by Aretha Franklin (Genre: Vocal, R&B, Pop):

A jazzy, stringy and terrific album by the late, great Aretha Franklin as she honors one of her favorite singers – Dinah Washington.

Songs on the LP include: Cold, Cold Heart, What a Diff’rence a Day Makes, Nobody Knows The Way I Feel This Morning, Evil Gal Blues, Soulville and Lee Cross.

Six Evolutions – Bach: Cello Suites (2018) by Yo-Yo Ma (Genre: Classical):

This collection offers many cello concertos played, unaccompanied, by the virtuoso cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

Third Journey (2018) by Mike Marshall & Caterina Lichtenberg (Genre: Country, Folk, Classical, Acoustic):

“It was in 2007 at the Mandolin Symposium in Santa Cruz, California that we first met. We had known about each other, had each other’s recordings and admired each other’s playing, but we had not yet met formally. On our first recording, we were simply trying to find common musical ground with an appreciation for Bach, Brazilian, Bulgarian and Bluegrass music. Our second CD dove into the heart of our favorite composer Johann Sebastian Bach. Third Journey represents the natural settling that has occurred after years of playing and sharing a life together with the bulk of the material culled from mostly American musical forays with a bit of Bach and Brazil tossed in just because we couldn’t help ourselves.

We hope you enjoy our Third Journey.” – Caterina and Mike

Songs in this collection include: Elzic’s Farewell, Prelude from Partita #3 for Solo Violin, Cat Got the Mouse, Mara’s Sleeping Song, Big Man from Syracuse and Borealis.

Davy Jones – Bell Recordings (1971-1972) (Genre: Pop):

A bright, shiny and buoyant pop album by the singer best known as a quarter of the pop group – The Monkees.

Songs on the LP include: Say It Again, Really Love You, Rainy Jane, How About Me, Pretty Little Girl and I Believe In You.

Recommended CD of the Week:

Summer Horns II (2018) by Dave Koz (Genre: Easy Listening, Jazz, Pop):

A light and upbeat collection of music featuring Saxophonist Dave Koz and friends.

Guest artist on the album include: Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright, Richard Elliot, Kenny Lattimore, Jonthan Butler, Aubrey Logan and Gloria Estefan.

Songs in the collection include: Before I Go, Take The “A” Train, This Will Be (An Everlansting Love), Route 66 and If You Really Love Me.

Videos of the Week:

Unforgettable by Aretha Franklin

Yo-Yo Ma – The Making of Six Evolutions – Bach: Cello Suites

Elzic’s Farewell by Mike Marshall & Caterina Lichtenberg

Girl by Davy Jones

Get Away & That’s The Way I Like It Medley by Dave Koz

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

*A library card is required to use the Freegal Music Service. If you live in the service area of the Southern Tier Library System, which consists of the public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler and Alleghany counties in New York State, you can get a library card for free at your nearest public library – including our own Southeast Steuben County Library in Corning, New York. The Freegal Music Service is free for all Southern Tier Library System member libraries library card holders to access.

References:

Artist Biography & Discography Information:

http://www.allmusic.com/

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn (Billboard Books. New York. 2009.)

P.S. If you have any questions about how to download or stream free music through the Freegal Music service to a desktop or laptop computer or how to download and use the Freegal Music app let us know! Drop by the library or give us a call at: 607-936-3713

*You must have a library card at a Southern Tier Library System member library to enjoy the Freegal Music Service. Your card can be from any library in the system, and the system includes all public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler and Allegheny Counties and includes our own Southeast Steuben Count Library in Corning, New York!

Library cards are free if you live in our service area. And you can obtain a card by visiting the Circulation Desk and presenting staff with a form of ID that features your name and your current address.

Links to the desktop versions of the catalogs for the library system – apps for each are available in your app store:

Digital Library Catalogs:

Freegal offers streaming and downloadable music

OverDrive allows you to check out eBooks, downloadable audiobooks and handful of streaming videos

RB Digital is the place you go to check out magazines – on demand – and you never have to return them!

The Traditional Library Catalog:

You can search for and request books, DVDs, music CDs, audiobooks on CD and other physical format items through StarCat – it is the modern day card catalog!

Suggested Listening May 18, 2018

Hi everyone, here are our five musical recommendations for the week; four streaming suggestions* and one recommended album on CD.

(Click on the photo to stream or request the album you want to check out)

Freegal Streaming Suggestions*

High Cumberland Jubilee (1972) by Jimmy Buffett (Genre: Country, Rock, Folk):

High Cumberland Jubliee is festive Key West singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett’s second album, and his second for the Barnaby Label. Interestingly, Barnaby “lost” the album and only found it and released it after Buffett’s music became popular.

The LP features some great songs including: Rockefeller Square, Bend A Little, High Cumberland Jubliee/Comin’ Down Slow, Dilemma, Livingston’ Gone To Texas, God Down’t Own A Card and The Hangout Gang.

The Essential Babyface by Babyface (Genre: R&B, Pop):

Singer-songwriter & producer Kenneth Edmonds was born in 1959, in Indianapolis and began playing music in his teens. Edmonds gained his stage name, Babyface, while playing with Bootsy Collin’s band. He went on to play with the groups Manchild and Deele and along the way began writing and producing hit songs with his Deele writing partner – L.A. Reed. Some of the many artists that recorded songs co-written and produced by Babyface include: Johnny Gill, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Boyz II Men, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, En Vogue and Bobby Brown.

And in the midst of a very successful career as a song-writer and producer, Babyface even had time to record a few albums of his own! This collection features a number of his best known solo hits including: Every Time I Close My Eyes, When Can I See You, For The Cool in You, My Kinda Girl, Well Alright and The Day.

Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives by Various Artists:

Clive Davis graduated from law school in 1960 and was first employed by Columbia Records as a contract lawyer – so he didn’t start out with a music career in mind. Davis worked his way up through the music business ranks, eventually working as a producer and, subsequently, taking over as president of CBS Records in 1967. Davis realized how successful CBS Records could become by signing rock groups since this was the era where rock albums were beginning to sell in increasingly large numbers. To that end, Davis signed Santana, The Electric Flag, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Chicago, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and many others before he was dramatically fired for fraud.

Despite being fired by CBS, Davis’s talent for finding and launching new musical talent was too good to be ignored. So Davis went on to work for the music division of Columbia Pictures and was responsible for re-naming it Arista Records. At Arista he continued to sign artists that went on to become internationally famous including Patti Smith, Kenny G, Sarah McLachlan and Whitney Houston.

So perhaps needless to say, Davis is now considered one of the most notable record producers of the recording era.

This collection features a slice of popular songs produced by Davis from the sixties through the nineties. Songs/artists featured in the set include: Piece Of My Heart by Big Brother & The Holding Company, 25 or 6 to 4 by Chicago, Bridge Over Troubled Waters by Simon & Garfunkel, Blinded By The Light by Bruce Springsteen, Don’t Cry Out Loud by Melissa Manchester, September by Earth, Wind & Fire, Because The Night by Patti Smith, Freeway of Love by Aretha Franklin, Touch of Grey by the Grateful Dead and more.

Jack Teagarden & His Orchestra: The 1939 Recordings (Genre: Jazz, Classic Jazz):

This collection features a variety of pre-World War II recordings by the great Jazz trombonist and singer Jack Teagarden and his orchestra. Some of the other players featured in this collection include vocalist Jeanie Arnold and musicians Charlie Spivak, Cubby Teagarden, Ernie Caceres and Sid Feller.

This is a solid collection of swinging Jazz music featuring the songs The Sheik of Araby, Red Wing, United We Swing and If It’s Good (I Want It).

Recommended CD of the Week:

Nathaniel Rateliffe & The Night Sweats (2015) by Nathaniel Rateliffe & The Night Sweats (Genre: R&B, Folk, Rock, Classic Rock):

Nathaniel Rateliff & his band the Night Sweats hail from Denver, Colorado and play a great blend of roots rock, traditional R&B and folk music. This is the groups second album from 2015 and it is a super fun one for fans of early classic rock and sixties R&B – check it out!

Songs on the LP include: I Need Never Get Old, Howling At Nothing, Trying So Hard Not To Know, S.O.B., Wasting Time & Thank You.

Videos of the Week:

Rockefeller Square by Jimmy Buffett:

When Can I See You by Babyface:

Piece of My Heart by Big Brother And The Holding Company:

Blinded by the Light by Bruce Springsteen:

Because The Night by Patti Smith: 

Touch of Grey by The Grateful Dead:

Yankee Doodle by Jack Teagarden & His Orchestra featuring Jean Arnold:

*A library card is required to use the Freegal Music Service. If you live in the service area of the Southern Tier Library System, which consists of the public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler and Alleghany counties in New York State, you can get a library card for free at your nearest public library – including our own Southeast Steuben County Library in Corning, New York. The Freegal Music Service is free for all Southern Tier Library System member libraries library card holders to access.

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

References:

Artist Biography & Discography Information:

http://www.allmusic.com/

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn (Billboard Books. New York. 2009.)

P.S. If you have any questions about how to download or stream free music through the Freegal Music service to a desktop or laptop computer or how to download and use the Freegal Music app let us know! Drop by the library or give us a call at: 607-936-3713

*You must have a library card at a Southern Tier Library System member library to enjoy the Freegal Music Service. Your card can be from any library in the system, and the system includes all public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler and Allegheny Counties and includes our own Southeast Steuben Count Library in Corning, New York!

Library cards are free if you live in our service area. And you can obtain a card by visiting the Circulation Desk and presenting staff with a form of ID that features your name and your current address.

Links to the desktop versions of the catalogs for the library system – apps for each are available in your app store:

Digital Library Catalogs:

Freegal offers streaming and downloadable music

OverDrive allows you to check out eBooks, downloadable audiobooks and handful of streaming videos

RB Digital is the place you go to check out magazines – on demand – and you never have to return them!

The Traditional Library Catalog:

You can search for and request books, DVDs, music CDs, audiobooks on CD and other physical format items through StarCat – it is the modern day card catalog!

Weekly Recommended Listens: August 2017 – Week 1 – Sixties Soul

 Hi everyone, this week we’re kicking off a month long look at some of the best soul artists of the sixties. This week we’ll be checking out the music of Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding & Wilson Pickett.

Recommendations Of The Week (streaming music):

Aretha Franklin:

Take A Look: The Complete Columbia:

Singer, pianist and Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame member Aretha Franklin was born in Memphis, Tennessee on March 25, 1942, the daughter of the Reverend Clarence Franklin and his wife Barbara. Aretha grew up singing Gospel and honing an incredible voice! She released her first album, The Gospel Soul of Aretha Franklin, in 1956. She released 18 albums in the sixties, mainly for Columbia and Atlantic Records. This boxed set features the eight full length albums she recorded for Columbia Records in the sixties: Aretha Franklin With The Ray Bryant Combo, The Electrifying Aretha FranklinThe Tender, The Moving, The Swinging Aretha Franklin, Laughing On The Outside,Tiny Sparrow: The Bobby Scott Sessions, Unforgettable: A Tribute To Dinah Washington, Take A Look: The Clyde Otis Sessions, Runnin’ Out Of Fools, A Bit Of Soul, Yeah!!!  & The Queen In Waiting.

Aretha’s top forty hits of the sixties include: Rock-A-Bye-Your-Baby, I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You,  Respect, Baby I Love You, A Natural Woman, Chain of Fools, Since You’ve Been Gone, Think & I Say A Little Prayer.

The Take A Look collection features some of those songs and many other great songs– more than 100 songs in all.

Stream it for free!

Here’s a link to stream the Take A Look collection:

https://goo.gl/BdstZi

Otis Redding:

I’ve Been Loving You Too Long by Otis Redding from the album Iconic Performances from the Monterey International Pop Festival


Otis Redding was born September 9, 1941 in Dawson, Georgia. He grew up in Macon, Georgia and moved to Los Angeles, California in 1960 to pursue a music career. He had an energetic performance style and an emotionally charged way of singing. And his career was just shifting into high gear when he was killed in a plane crash in 1967. His posthumous hit Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay hit number 1 on the Billboard chart in 1968.

Despite the fact that Otis Redding’s career was cut tragically short, he still managed to record ten albums in the sixties and they are: Pain in My HeartThe Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads, Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul, The Soul Album, Complete & Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul, King & Queen, Live in Europe, The Dock of the Bay, In Person at the Whiskey a Go Go & Love This Man.

Otis Reddings top forty hits include: I’ve Been Loving You Too Long, Respect, Satisfaction, Try A Little Tenderness, Tramp, Knock On Wood, (Sitting On) The Dock of the Bay & The Happy Song.

Unfortunately, The Freegal Music Catalog doesn’t feature any of Otis Reddings studio recordings.

However, there is a cool collection put out by the Monterey International Pop Festival Foundation and titled, appropriately enough, Iconic Performances from the Monterey International Pop Festival, which features Otis singing one of his greatest hits – I’ve Been Loving You Too Long. The album also features spirited performances by Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The Grateful Dead, Simon & Garfunkel, Laura Nyro, Janis Joplin, The Jefferson Airplane, The Who, The Jimi Hendrix Experience & Hugh Masakela

Here’s a link to stream the album Iconic Performances from the Monterey International Pop Festival:

https://goo.gl/AS1uwj

Wilson Pickett:

It’s Too Late 

Wilson Pickett was born on March 18, 1941 in Prattville, Alabama. Wilson grew up in a family of eleven children and like both Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding he sang Gospel as a youth. He began his music career singing with the Falcons who had a chart hit in 1962 with the song You’re So Fine before leaving to launch a solo career in 1963. Pickett released eight albums in the sixties: It’s Too Late, In The Midnight Hour, The Wicked Pickett, The Exciting Wilson Pickett, The Midnight Mover, I’m in Love & Hey Jude.

I’m going to recommend you give a listen to his Pickett’s 1963 debut LP It’s Too Late. This album is a classic soul LP and a a great Wilson Pickett album to boot! The LP features the following songs: If You Need Me, I’m Gonna Love You, Baby Don’t You Weep, Peacebreaker, I’m Down To My Last Heartbreak, R.B. Special, I Can’t Stop, It’ll Never Be The Same, Baby Call On Me, Give Your Lovin’ Right Now & It’s Too Late.

Here’s a link to stream the It’s Too Late LP:

https://goo.gl/H4W2xp

 Artists of the Week Music on CD:

Aretha Franklin:

I Never Loved A Man

This 1967 LP is one of Aretha’s finest albums. It includes the following songs:  Respect, Drown in My Own Tears, I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You), Soul Serenade, Don’t Let Me Lose This Dream,Baby, Baby, Baby, Dr. Feelgood [Love Is a Serious Business] , Good Times, Do Right Woman – Do Right Man, Save Me & A Change Is Gonna Come.

Here’s a link to request the CD version of I’ve Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You:

https://goo.gl/SYht21

Otis Redding:

The Original Album Collection

This five-disc set collects five of Redding’s Atco albums in one package, including 1964’s Pain in My Heart, 1965’s The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads, and 1966’s Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul, The Soul Album, and Complete & Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul.”

This Otis Redding set isn’t quite ready to circulate yet; however, it will appear in our New Items section on on StarCat shortly.

Wilson Pickett:

 In The Midnight Hour & The Exciting Wilson Pickett


Two of Wilson Pickett’s classic sixties albums released in 1965 & 1966 respectively, In the Midnight Hour and The Exciting Wilson Pickett are, and excuse the humorous license, exciting!

Songs  in this two album collection include: In The Midnight Hour, Teardrops Will Fall, Take A Little Love, I Found A Love, Don’t Fight It, Land of 1000 Dances & Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won’t Do).

This double album set too will be available for circulation shortly – keep a look out for it in StarCat and our New Items section.

Videos Of This Weeks’ Artists/Groups

Aretha Franklin

Respect

I Say A Little Prayer

You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman

Otis Redding:

Satisfaction

Try A Little Tenderness

Shake

Wilson Pickett:

In The Midnight Hour

Land of 1000 Dances

Mustang Sally

References:

Print References:
The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn (Billboard Books. New York. 2009.)Sixties Rock: A Listener’s Guide by Robert Santelli (Contemporary Books. Chicago. 1985.)

Online References:

Seeing Aretha Franklin Sing For The Last Time by Marc Silver. From NPR. August 1, 2017.

https://goo.gl/f2pQgT

Aretha Franklin Biography

https://www.biography.com/people/aretha-franklin-9301157

Aretha Franklin AllMusic Biography by Richie Unterberger
http://www.allmusic.com/artist/aretha-franklin-mn0000927555

Otis Redding AllMusic Biography by Richie Unterberger
http://www.allmusic.com/artist/otis-redding-mn0000414251

Otis Redding III Biography

http://www.otisreddingiii.com/bio.html

Wilson Pickett AllMusic Biography by Richie Unterberger
http://www.allmusic.com/artist/wilson-pickett-mn0000677781

Wilson Pickett, 64, Soul Singer of Great Passion, Dies By JEFF LEEDS. JAN. 20, 2006. New York Times.

Have a great day

Linda, SSCL

P.S. If you have any questions about how to download or stream free music through the Freegal Music service to a desktop or laptop computer or how to download and use the Freegal Music app let us know! Drop by the library or give us a call at: 607-936-3713

*You must have a library card at a Southern Tier Library System member library to enjoy the Freegal Music Service. Your card can be from any library in the system, and the system includes all public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler and Allegheny Counties and including our own Southeast Steuben Count Library in Corning, New York. Library cards are free and at our library you can obtain one by visiting the Circulation Desk and presenting staff with a form of ID that features both your name and your current address.