Suggested Listening April 6, 2018

Hi everyone, Freegal Music Service has been upgraded, it has a brand new look and now features playlists by category!

So this week I’m going to suggest several of the new playlists for your weekend listening pleasure.

I will also recommend a couple of large CD box sets to round things off nicely!

(Click on the photo to stream or request the albums you want to listen to!)

Here are the Freegal Playlists:

Jazz Classics (89 Songs):

The Jazz Classics playlist features songs by Louis Armstrong, Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Freddie Hubbard, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Etta James, West Montgomery, Nina Simone, Wynton Marsalis, Billie Holiday and many others.

Traditional Folk (89 Songs):

The Traditional Folk playlist features classic artists from the 1930s and 1940s as well as artists from the sixties folk explosion.

Artists include: Charlie Poole, Woody Guthrie, Tom Rush, Peter, Paul & Mary, Joni Mitchell, The Weavers, Simon & Garfunkel, The Byrds, Pete Seeger, Odetta, Eric Anderson, Bill Monroe, Bob Dylan, The Carter Family and many others.

Queens of Hip Hop Essentials (91 Songs):

The Queens of Hip Hop playlist features songs by L L Cool J, C+C Music Factory, Run DMC, 3rd Base, Eric B. & Rakim, Roxanne Shante, Salt-N-Pepa, Father MC, Nas, A Tribe Called Quest, Mobb Deep, The Showboys and many others.

Appalachian Road Trip (76 Songs):

The Appalachian Road Trip Playlist features folk, pop and country music and includes songs by The Wailin’ Jennys, Noah Gundersen, The Civil Wars, Ryan Bingham, The Avett Brothers, Lonesome River Band, Railroad Earth, The Gourds, The Carolina Chocolate Drops and many other artists.

80’s (82 Songs):

The 80s playlist features songs by Billy Joel, Air Supply, Bonnie Tyler, Bow Wow Wow, Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Money, Europe, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Gloria Estefan, Men at Work and many others.

Coffee House (75 Songs):

(I’d describe this as a modern pop/R&B coffee house playlist and not a traditional folk music based playlist – just FYI!)

The playlist features songs by Oddisee, Caitlyn Smith, Grace VanderWaal, Hozier, Leon Bridges, London Grammar, Childish Gambinio, Maxwell, Sade and more.

CD Box Sets of the Week:

Since the recommend playlists for this week all contain dozes of songs I thought I’d recommend some CD box sets for your weekend listening pleasure!

And on that note, you can drop in on Saturday and check out some CDs as the library is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays!

And you may not know this, but we have some CD sets that are actually too big to be displayed in our CD Section so they are actually housed in the grey cabinet behind the Circulation Desk.

The following six CD box sets are among these – you can ask for them at the Circulation Desk.

The Album Collection: Volume 1 (1973-1984) by Bruce Springsteen (Genre: Rock/Traditional Rock):

The Album Collection Vol. 1 1973-1984 includes the LPs:
Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. (1973)
The Wild, The Innocent and The E Street Shuffle (1973)
Born To Run (1975)
Darkness On The Edge Of Town (1978)
The River (1980)
Nebraska (1982)
Born In The U.S.A. (1984)

Jimmie Driftwood Six Classic Albums Plus Bonus Singles (Genre: Folk, Traditional Country, Americana, Pop):

Jimmie Driftwood was a mid-twentieth century singer-songwriter best known for writing the hit song The Battle of New Orleans which was a big hit for Johnny Horton in the early sixties.

This collection features the following four albums: The Westward Movement (1959), Tall Tales In Song (1960), Songs Of Billy Yank, Johnny Reb (1961) and Driftwood At Sea (1962).

The New Lost City Ramblers Six Classic Albums (Genre: Folk, Traditional Folk, Old Time Music):

The New Lost City Ramblers originally included Mike Seeger, John Cohen and Tom Paley.

This set includes the following albums: The New Lost City Ramblers Volume 1 (1958), the New Lost City Ramblers Volume 2 (1958), Songs From The Depression (1959), The New Lost City Ramblers Volume 3 (1961), The New Lost City Ramblers Volume 4 (1961) and American Moonshine And Prohibition (1962).

Note: The album cover shows Mike Seeger, John Cohen and Tracy Schwarz which is a tad misleading as these are the earliest recordings by the group and feature Mike Seeger, John Cohen and Tom Paley who doesn’t appear on the album cover but is on all the albums. Tracy Schwartz replaced Paley in the group in 1962.

Odetta Seven Classic Albums Plus Radio Tracks (Genre: Folk, Blues, Gospel):

This collection by the legendary folk singer and Civil Rights activist features the following albums: The Tin Angel (1954), My Eyes Have Seen (1959), Odetta Sings Ballads And Blues (1956), At the Gate of Horn (1958), Christmas Spirituals (1960), Ballad for Americans And Other American Ballads (1960) and Odetta at Carnegie Hall (1960) .

Pete Seeger: Four Classic Albums Plus Rare Live Recordings (Genre: Folk):

This set includes four albums by the legendary Pete Seeger include: American Ballads (1957), American Favorite Ballads Volume 1 (1957), Rainbow Quest (1960) & Indian Summer (1961).

The Weavers Six Classic Albums (Genre: Folk):

The Weavers included Pete Seeger, Lee Hayes, Ronnie Gilbert and Fred Hellerman.

The six classic albums in this collection include: The Weavers at Carnegie Hall (1957), Traveling on with The Weavers (1957), The Weavers at Home (1958), Folk Songs Around the World (1959), The Weavers at Carnegie Hall Vol 2 (1959) and The Weavers Almanac (1963).

Videos of the Week:

Take Five by Dave Brubeck

It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing by Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra

I Loves You Porgy by Nina Simone

Blue Train by John Coltrane

Caravan by Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down Blues by Charlie Poole

No Regrets by Tom Rush

If I Had A Hammer by Peter, Paul & Mary

Rambling Boy by Tom Paxton with Pete Seeger

Keep On The Sunny Side by The Carter Family

Banana Boat Song by Harry Belafonte with the Muppets

She Moves Through The Fair by Van Morrision & The Chieftans

I Can’t Live Without My Radio by L L Cool J

Everybody Dance Now by C+C Music Factory

It’s Tricky by RUN-DMC

Shoop by Salt-N-Peppa

The Parting Grass by the Wailin’ Jennys

My Diamond Is Too Rough by Ryan Bingham

Four Dead Guys Waltz by Chris Thile

Baton Rouge by Dailey & Vincent

Sourwood Mountain by Carolina Chocolate Drops

Dancing in the Dark by Bruce Springsteen

Take Me Home Tonight by Eddie Money

Who Can It Be Now? by Men at Work

Jessie’s Girl by Rick Springfield

What Do you Think About Me by Caitlyn Smith

Blue Ain’t Your Color by Jessie James Decker

America by Simon & Garfunkel

Waiting on the World to Change by John Meyer

Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen

He Had A Long Chain On by Jimmie Driftwood

Man of Constant Sorrow by The New Lost City Ramblers

When First Unto This Country by The New Lost City Ramblers

Give Me Your Hand by Odetta

Waterboy by Odetta

If I Had A Hammer by Pete Seeger (who co-wrote the song with Lee Hayes)

Goodnight Irene by Pete Seeger

Kisses Sweeter Than Wine by The Weavers

Get Up And Go by The Weavers

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL


Artist Biography & Discography Information:

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.

Non-Fiction DVD Recommendations 8 11 17

Hi everyone, here are three Non-Fiction DVD recommendations with related Dewey Decimal System information — in case you want to browse through specific Dewey Decimal System sections in the print or DVD sections of the library!

1. The Art of Soccer with John Cleese

Description: Delving into the A-Z’s of Soccer John Cleese Style. Here and now for the first time is your comprehensive guide to the great game of soccer (also known as football). Comedy legend John Cleese hosts this A-Z look at soccer’s greatest kicks, goals, saves, bloopers, plays and penalties of all time, as well as soccer’s influence on culture (including the famous Monty Python sketch, Philosophy Football ).

Featuring interviews with pop culture icons Dave Stewart, Dennis Hopper and Henry Kissinger, as well as soccer greats, including Pelé, Mia Hamm and Thierry Henry, The Art of Soccer is loaded with everything you could ever possibly want… and John Cleese.

Dewey Number: DVD 796.334 ART

And as you’ve already guessed, if you want to find books and DVDs on the subject of soccer you want to look under the Dewey call number 796.334!

The Art of Soccer with John Cleese DVD request link:

2. Frozen Planet (BBC)

Description: From the Emmy-winning team behind Planet Earth and The Blue Planet comes Frozen Planet, the epic tale of two disappearing wildernesses. The Arctic and Antarctic remain the greatest wildernesses on Earth. The scale and beauty of the scenery and the sheer power of the elements are unmatched anywhere else on our planet. And against all odds, these vast, frigid environments are teeming with life. Using the latest camera technology, Frozen Planet captures unimaginable imagery above and below the ice, and follows the extraordinary fluctuations that accompany the changes of seasons in this most extreme of environments, often for the first time. Frozen Planet takes you inside a polar bear’s den to witness a mother polar bear and her newborn cubs, showcases the thrilling hunting tactics employed by a pod of killer whales to launch a seal off an ice floe, uses time-lapse photography to allow you to witness the amazing underwater fauna thriving around Mr. Erebus, the world’s most southerly volcano, and much, much more. Using crystal clear high definition cinematography, Frozen Planet will open your eyes to the remarkable colors and variety of life in this frigid environment. With the Poles under grave threat from climate change, this extraordinary series provides a chance to explore these great wildernesses before they change forever.

The Frozen Planet DVD and Blu-ray will feature the original BBC broadcast version, with narration by world-renowned naturalist David Attenborough (Planet Earth, Life, The Blue Planet).

Dewey Number: DVD 910.911 FRO

910 is the Dewey Decimal System area for geography and travel. So if you’re looking for travel guides or materials that focus on different parts of geography, i.e. what different parts of the world are like in different categories including natural resources and population, you want to check out the 910’s!

Frozen Planet request link:

3. Pete Seeger’s Rainbow Quest with Johnny Cash, June Carter & Roscoe Holcomb:

Description: Pete Seeger’s Rainbow Quest TV shows were originally aired in 1965-1966; they were released in VHS form by Cap Wineberger in 1985 on his Central Sun label. Now, after another 20 years, the best of these have been revived by Shanachie Records in DVD form, and they are wonderful additions to the rather limited library of old-time, country and Bluegrass music captured on film. The Johnny Cash/June Carter footage: it is fascinating, to say the least. A very young Cash has lots to say along with his fine songs here, and June Carter just oozes the unique, ever-engaging Carter Family charm. The second hour of this disc is devoted to Roscoe Holcomb, who plays both banjo and guitar and sings in his powerful “high lonesome” style. He shares the show with Scottish folk singer Jean Redpath. Powerful stuff here, thankfully preserved! Review, which this typists agrees with whole heartedly, is taken from the site.

DVD Track Listing:


Dewey Number: DVD 781.642 RAI

Books on different musical styles, bands, song books, guitars, drums, pianos, musical eras, i.e. 1960s, 1970s or 1980s can be found in the 780s – the Dewey Decimal System area for books relating to music!

Pete Seeger’s Rainbow Quest with Johnny Cash, June Carter & Roscoe Holcomb DVD request link:

Have a great day,

Linda, SSCL


Dewey Decimal System Summaries. OCLC.


Weekly Recommended Listens: April 2017: Week 3: Sixties Rock: Soul Music Continued

Hi everyone, this week we’re continuing our month-long look at Early Sixties Soul music this week focusing on the music of Gary U. S. Bonds, The Impressions & Jerry Butler.

Just as a reminder, each weekly recommended music posting features the following sections:

I. Brief Artist Bios

II. Freegal Music Recommendations

III. CD Music Recommendations Of The Week

IV. Videos Of This Weeks’ Artists/Groups

V. Wild Recommendations of the Week

VI. References

And on to our Soul artists of the week!

I. Brief Artist Bios:

Gary U.S. Bonds: Gary U.S. Bonds was born Gary Anderson in Jacksonville, Florida in 1939 and grew up in Norfolk, Virginia. Gary sang Gospel as a child, started singing professionally in his teens and was signed to Legrand Records by Producer Frank Guida when he was only nineteen. And Guida is the one who suggested to the young Gary Anderson that he use the professional name Gary U. S. Bonds, figuring that radio DJs would mistake Bond’s music for public service announcements and play more of his songs on the radio. The strategy worked and Bond’s career caught fire! His first hit was the classic song New Orleans. Bond’s music has that upbeat youthful vibe to it which reminds you of fun summer vacations during high school – no matter what year you graduated! And his music, which features the early classic rock instruments of guitar, bass, drums and horns, can be thought of as both early Classic Rock and Soul and is perfect for parties – especially in the summer when you can get out on the patio, with your Bluetooth speaker, and dance! Bond hits include the previously mentioned New Orleans, Quarter To Three, School Is Out, Dear Lady Twist and Twist, Twist Senior.

Today Gary U.S. Bonds lives on Long Island continue to perform and record.

The Impressions: The Impressions were the premier soul group of the early sixties. The band launched the career of three great soul artists who all became even better known in the seventies as solo artists: singer-songwriter Jerry Butler, singer-songwriter/guitarist Curtis Mayfield and singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Leroy Hutson. The Impressions formed in 1958, had the peak of their success in the late fifties and early sixties and disbanded in 1975. The group had seventeen singles hit the top ten on the R&B charts during their career. And their sound really epitomizes the sound of Soul Music as it was forming and evolving – the sound of their singing was light and airy and featured something that was unusual in popular music at that time – three singers trading lead vocals within the same song. The band was also known as being very socially conscious – something that Curtis Mayfield became even better known for in the nineteen seventies.

The Impressions hits include: It’s All Right, Amen, Keep On Pushing, Talking About My Baby, We’re A Winner, People Get Ready, I’m So Proud, Gypsy Woman, Fool For You, and Woman’s Got Soul.

The Impressions After The Impressions:

Curtis Mayfield left The Impressions in 1970. And in his post-Impressions career Mayfield music was a bit rougher and veneered off onto the path of seventies Funk Music. His solo hits of the period include: the classic Superfly, (Don’t Worry) If There’s A Hell Bellow We’re All Gonna Go, Billy Jack and Freddie’s Dead.

Mayfield continued to perform and record until 1990 when he was injured in a freak accident which ended his career, when a lighting rig fell on him at a concert in Brooklyn, New York. The accident left Mayfield paralyzed from the neck down and he never recovered from his paralysis. Mayfield died in 1999.

Leroy Hutson took over singing the main lead vocals for The Impressions when Mayfield left the group in 1970 and continued to do so until he left the band himself in 1973. During the seventies Hutson released a number of popular solo albums and worked behind the scene at Curtom Records writings songs and producing albums for other artists. His seventies solo albums include: Love Oh, Love, The Man!, Hutson, Feel The Spirit and Hutson II.

Although Hutson no longer records, he continues to perform and is scheduled to appear at the annual Blackpool Soul Festival, being held in Blackpool, England, U.K. June 16-18, 2017.

And as Jerry Butler was both a member of The Impressions, and is featured as our third Soul artist/group for this week, here’s a single posting on the great artist Jerry Butler.

Jerry Butler first met Curtis Mayfield when both youths were singing in the same church choir. Butler was an original member of The Impressions and wrote their first hit Your Precious Love; Butler was also the first member of the group to leave and launch a solo career which he did in 1958. Butler recorded numerous hit singles in the sixties and seventies including: Lost, He Will Break Your Heart, Find Another Girl, I’m a Telling You, Never Give You Up, and Hey, Western Union Man.

In the nineties, Butler launched a new career when he ran for and won a seat on the Chicago City Council – a position he still holds today.

II. Freegal Music Recommendations:

Gary U.S. Bonds:

Dance ‘Til Quarter to Three + Twist up Calypso:

This collection features Bond’s two sixties albums and offers a great collection of early sixties rocking soul songs! Songs in the collection include: Quarter To Three, A Trip To The Moon, That’s All Right, New Orleans and School Is Out.

Here’s a link to stream the Dance ‘Til Quarter to Three album:

The Impressions:

The Impressions Debut Album (feat. Curtis Mayfield):

This album, from 1963, features six of their highest charting hits: It’s All Right, Gypsy Woman, Little Young Lover, Minstrel And Queen, Grow Closer Together and I’m The One Who Loves You and other great, fun songs including the Doo-Wop-centric Never Let Me Go and the swinging Twist & Limbo. This album is a sixties soul classic!

Here’s a link to stream The Impressions Debut Album:

Jerry Butler:

He Will Break Your Heart + Jerry Butler, Esq.:  This classic collection contains Butler’s first two albums: Jerry Butler, Esq. and He Will Break Your Heart. The two album set contains more than 25 songs including: The Gift of Love, Sweet Was The Wine, Have A Good Time and Come Back My Love.

Here is a link to stream the Butler double album:

III. CD Music Recommendations Of The Week

The Impressions:

The Impressions Debut Album:
This is the exact same classic sixties soul album I recommended you stream through The Freegal Music catalog – this time in CD format!

Here’s a link to request the The Impressions Debut Album on CD:

Gary U. S. Bonds:

The Very Best Of Gary U.S. Bonds by Gary U. S. Bonds:
This album features Bond’s best songs, recorded between 1960 – 1966. The Songs include: New Orleans, School is Out, Quarter To Three, Dear Lady Twist, Seven Day Weekend and more.

Here’s a link to request the Bond’s album on CD:

Jerry Butler:

He Will Break Your Heart: 

This album is actually a greatest hits collection and not the second album released by Butler in 1960. The album features his greatest songs including: Aware of Love, Find Another Girl, He Will Break Your Heart, For Your Precious Love, Where Do I Turn, Let It Be Me and A Lonely Soldier.

Here’s a link to request the Butler CD through StarCat:

IV. Videos Of This Weeks’ Artists/Groups:

Gary U. S. Bonds:

Quarter to Three

This Little Girl
And here is a second Gary U. S. Bonds video I couldn’t resist sharing, even though it falls outside our sixties time-frame. It features Bond and Bruce Springing singing, This Little Girl, a song Springsteen wrote for Bond’s 1981 album Dedication. The video recorded at the MetLife Stadium in 2012.

Here’s the link to the video This Little Girl:

The Impressions:

It’s All Right recorded from a 1965 television broadcast

of Hollywood A Go-Go:

Curtis Mayfield:


Jerry Butler:

Hey, Western Union Man

V. Wild Card Recommendations of the Week:

This section includes three suggestions of music items found in the library’s collection that you might enjoy – that fall outside our monthly musical category.

Freegal Streaming Recommendation:

Joshua Bell – The Best of Joshua Bell:

Violinist Joshua Bell is from Bloomington, Indiana and plays classical and easy listening music.

Here’s a link to stream Bell’s Best of album via Freegal:

DVD Recommendation:

Pete Seeger: The Power Of Song:

This documentary was released in 2007 and chronicles the life and music of the great American folk singer/songwriter and human rights activist Pete Seeger (1919-2014). Some of Seeger’s best known songs include: If I Had A Hammer, Where Have All The Flowers Gone and Turn, Turn, Turn. Guest musicians who discuss Seeger’s impact on their music include: Bob Dylan, Brice Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, Joan Baez, Arlo Guthrie and Peter, Paul & Mary.

Here’s a link to request The Power of Song DVD:

And speaking of music and concert DVDs – did you know…

The library has a whole bunch of music DVDs?

Including concerts, documentaries and instructional videos for those wanting to learn how to play an instrument?

We do!

The music DVDs are actually shelved by that sneaky culprit of confusion, The Dewey Decimal System!

Most books that focus on music are found in the library under Dewey numbers in the 780s. And so are most of the library’s music DVDs…

In other words, if you’re just browsing through the library’s collection of movies and TV shows, which are arraigned alphabetically by title, you’re missing seeing our non-fiction DVDs including all our cool music related DVDs!

So the next time you’re in the library looking for DVDs – ask the staff to show you where the music DVDs are!

Print Book Recommendation:

Change of Seasons: A Memoir by John Oates: 

This is indeed the John Oates of the popular seventies and eights duo Hall and Oates. Change of Seasons is his brand new memoir!

You can request Change of Seasons click on the following link:

VI. General References & Artist Specific References:

General References:

All Music Guide to Soul: The Definitive Guide To R&B And Soul. (Backbeat Books. Fresno. 2003.)

12 Best Springsteen Albums (Not Made by Bruce)

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

The Blackpool Soul Festival

Sixties Rock: A Listener’s Guide by Robert Santelli (Contemporary Books. Chicago. 1985.)

Recommended Artists Specific References:

Curtis Mayfield Biography by Richie Unterberger

Curtis Mayfield, Conscience-Driven Soul Singer, Dies at 57 By NEIL STRAUSS. DEC. 27, 1999. Accessed April 15, 2017.

DANCING ALL OVER THE ROOM: GARY U.S. BONDS AT SEVENTY-FIVE By Sarah Larson. June 11, 2014. Accessed April 17, 2017.

Gary US Bonds (Official Website)

Gary “U.S.” Bonds Biography by Cub Koda

The Impressions Biography by Steve Huey

The Impressions – Chart History

Jerry Butler Biography by Craig Lytle
Jerry Butler
County Board Commissioner, 3rd District

Leroy Hutson Biography by Rob Theakston

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.

Weekly Recommended Listens: February 2017: Week 4: Sixties Rock: Twangy Guitars Concluded

Here’s our weekly recommended music posting! We’re continuing our 2017 look at Sixties Rock by finishing out our February spotlight on Twangy Guitar players and early sixties instrumental rock.

And this week I’ve got a couple of what I’d describe as “digging deeper for music gems” artists and various artist albums. The bands and artists spotlighted this week are less well-known than the twangy guitar players whose music we’ve listened to in the previous three weeks of this month. And some of the suggested albums are various artist collections. So the music is fun but I’m going to eliminate the Brief Artist Bios section for this week. If you want to know more about the band/artists discussed you can check out a number of cool rock encyclopedia books at the library or click on one of the links in the References section.

So here are our five music sections for this week:

I. Freegal Music Recommendations Of The Week

II. CD Music Recommendations Of The Week

III. Videos Of This Weeks’ Artists/Groups

IV. Wild Card Print Book Recommendation Of The Week (a print book that focuses on a musician, musicians, songwriters or other musical genres, styles etc. from any musical era)

V. References (for those who’d like to know a bit more about the artists of the week).

And here are our recommendations of the week!

I. Freegal Music Recommendations Of The Week:

1. Surfin’ With The Astronauts by The Astronauts:


This album contains the Astronauts only hit, the instrumental Baja, and a number of other fun party songs including: Surfer’s Stomp, Susie-Q, Pipeline and Surfin’ USA. And for this listener’s proverbial money – this guitar-centric group has a slightly more mellow sound than some of the other rock instrumentalists of the era.

So if you’re looking for a mellow listen for the weekend – this is the album for you!

Here’s a link to the album:

2. Raunchy! Vol. 2: Rockin’ Into the Sixties

by various artists:


Just a quick FYI note, the title of this album is actually misspelled within the Freegal Music Catalog! They left out the “n” in the word raunchy. So if you search for this album by copying and pasting the title, instead of clicking on the link below, you’ll have to take out the “n” and type the title in as “Rauchy! Vol. 2: Rockin’ Into the Sixties! (We’ve asked Freegal to fix the typo but that may take a while…)

Now on to the album! This is an album  full of fun songs! It includes songs by some super well-known players including Duane Eddy, Sandy Nelson, The Ventures and the Shadows, and a number of artists that are less well known in the U.S., but that recorded some really cool songs nevertheless, including: Rock organic-centric tunes like Gonzon by James Booker, which also features a neat flute solo, Big Guitar by the Owen Bradley Quintet, the Jazzy Topsy II by Cozy Cole, Guitar Boogie Shuffle by The Virtues, Bongo Rock by Preston Epps, Rockin’ Crickets  by Hot Toddys, The Enchanted Sea by The Islanders and Teensville by Chet Atkins.

This is a really great collection of early sixties rock instrumentals with a few pop instrumental hits of the era thrown in too. The album contains more than 40 songs and I liked it so much upon listening to it – that I bought a copy of it! Highly recommend – in fact, I’d say if you only listen to one album I’ve suggested this week – let this be the one!

Here’s the link to stream the album:

3. Space Hunters In The Wild West by Spacemen:


In looking for information on this group online – I found only one reference that indicated they are a modern group from Sweden! But they play classic American guitar-centric instrumental tunes as if they just stepped out of 1962!

As the title of the album would lead one to suspect, most of the songs on this album have a western theme. Here are a selection of song titles: Western Express, Brave Buffalos, Smiling Poney, Lonesome Cowboy and Country Woman.

The guitar playing on this album is bright, shiny and upbeat -fast-paced songs do indeed predominate – check it out!

Here’s the link:

Freegal Notes:
To access Freegal Music from a desktop or laptop simply click on the following link:

The Freegal Music Catalog homepage will display —

it looks like this:


The Freegal Music app can be found in your app store and it looks like this:


Freegal Wild Card Pick Of The Week:

Cold Spring Harbor

by Billy Joel: 


This is Billy Joel’s first album from 1971!

And Joel is pretty popular, so I’m not going to say much about this album — except to note that if you’d like to listen to Billy Joel’s seventies albums in sequence and hear how his music has evolved over the years you can – they are all in the Freegal Music Catalog ready for you to stream!

And here are the songs on Cold Spring Harbor:

1. She’s Got a Way
2. You Can Make Me Free
3. Everybody Loves You Now
4. Why Judy Why
5. Falling of the Rain
6. Turn Around
7. You Look so Good to Me
8. Tomorrow Is Today
9. Nocturne
10. Got to Begin Again

Here’s the link to stream the album:

III. Compact Discs Recommendations:
As with the Freegal music recommendations for this week – the CD recommendation is a various artists collection of early sixties rock instrumentals with a few pop instrumentals thrown in for good measure.

Complete Pop Instrumental Hits of the Sixties, Vol. 1: 1960


This three disc set is part of a series and includes more than 80 songs including songs by: The Bill Black Combo, Bill Haley, Chet Atkins, Nat King Cole, The Ernie Fields Orchestra,The Champs, The Fireballs, Duane Eddy and many more!

Here’s a link to the request page:

Wild Card CD Picks Of The Week:

Since I’ve only suggested one CD, for those who like CDs, I’m going to suggest two wild cards picks for this week: Scorched by Mark Anthony Turnage, who plays both Jazz and Classical music, and, a great folk music, various artist collection titled Live at the Caffé Lena.

1. Scorched by Mark Anthony Turnage:


Here is the entire stellular review of this LP from the AllMusic site, written by Rick Anderson:

Commissioned by the Society of Friends and Patrons of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and recorded at its premiere performance in September of 2002, Scorched is an extended suite of large-scale reconceptions of guitarist John Scofield’s jazz compositions, scored for big band, symphony orchestra, and guitar trio. English composer Mark-Anthony Turnage has been working in the borderland between jazz and classical music since his early days at the feet of Gunther Schuller, and his orchestral elaborations on Scofield’s original themes are surprisingly insightful and exciting. Scofield himself leads the trio, which also includes the legendary drummer Peter Erskine and electric bassist John Patitucci. Turnage avoids the standard classical-jazz crossover error of trying to make an ensemble this large actually swing; instead, he creates interest with dense but agile harmonic movement and crisp rhythmic change-ups; when Scofield and his crew take over periodically in a more standard jazz idiom, the effect is one of bracing contrast. The big-band-and-orchestra generally alternates with the trio rather than plays alongside it, but there are some thrilling moments of interplay, such as at the end of “Fat Lip 2” and the brilliant “Make Me 2.” Scofield’s solo playing on the contemplative “Cadenza” is another particular treat. Very highly recommended.

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2. Live at Caffe Lena: Music From America’s Legendary Coffee House 1967-2013 by various artists:


The Caffe Lena is located in Saratoga Springs, New York and was on the New York City area folk musicians tour circuit in the early 1960s. In fact, one of the first places Bob Dylan played, after he relocated from Minnesota to New York City in 1960, was the Caffe Lena. Folk artists both well-known, emerging and just great solid players and songwriters you never hear on the radio have played there over the years including the previously mentioned Dylan, Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, David Bromberg and many, many others.

I was fortunate enough to see Bill Staines there a number of years ago when the “Lena” of Caffe Lena, founder and manager Lena Spencer was still alive, she was quite nice and it was great fun – it felt almost like sitting in my living room with friends listening to another friend play folk music!

Here’s a description of the album: Live At Caffé Lena: Unreleased performances by Dave Van Ronk, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Kate McGarrigle, Rick Danko, Anais Mitchell, Sleepy John Estes, Arlo Guthrie, Sarah Lee Guthrie, and more.

Nestled in the quaint upstate town of Saratoga Springs, New York is Caffè Lena, the oldest continuously operating folk music coffeehouse in the US. Opened by Lena Spencer in 1960, this tiny room has played host to influential artists across diverse genres of music; traditional folk, blues, singer-songwriters, jazz and bluegrass. Luckily, many performances were caught on tape through the years, offering the listener a thrilling seat inside this hallowed venue. ‘Live At Caffè Lena’, a 3-CD box set, the result of years of investigative research, contains 47 tracks, all released for the very first time, alongside previously unpublished photographs. Images include selections from the archive of esteemed photographer Joe Alper, who captured many iconic, intimate portraits from the folk era of the 1960s.

‘Live At Caffè Lena’ documents an important folk universe that was and is still happening in upstate New York, a story heretofore largely untold. The release of this collection comes at an auspicious time in light of renewed interest in the New York folk scene of the 60s as depicted in the forthcoming Coen Brothers film, ‘Inside Llewyn Davis.’ The film is loosely based on Dave Van Ronk’s 2005 memoir ‘The Mayor of Macdougal Street.’ Van Ronk, a Caffè Lena regular, served as a mentor to many artists, some who would go on to eclipse his fame. His 1974 recording of “Gaslight Rag “featured on the box set references the Gaslight Café, a famed Greenwich Village venue that along with Caffè Lena was a catalyst for the folk music revival.

Caffè Lena embodied the spirit of the folk boom, the era and its artistry, building a reputation as a hotbed of creativity and connection. It was also a safe haven and nurturing space for artists, its atmosphere cultivated personally by Lena Spencer herself. She would graciously house wayward artists, sometimes for months at a time. But she was not merely a host. She championed artists, from Bob Dylan as early as 1961 all the way through the 80s until her passing. Her passion for identifying and promoting talent is evident throughout this 3-CD set. That Caffè Lena is still open for business tonight is a testament to her legacy.

‘Live At Caffè Lena’ is an important visual and audio document – 40+ years of our collective music history unearthed from dozens of “lost” tapes – night after night, show after show, through the decades – captured on tape in a tiny room in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Here’s a link to the request page:

IV: Videos Of This Weeks’ Artists/Groups:

The Astronauts live in 2012 playing Baja

And a link to a “video” which features a photo of the group in their heyday accompanied by the original recording of Baja:

Santo and Johnny – Sleepwalk 

Dave “The Baby” Cortez – The Happy Organ 

V. Wild Card Print Book Recommendation Of The Week:

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The Rolling Stone Book of Women in Rock: Trouble Girls

by Barbara O’Dair:

Granted this book was published in 1997, so you won’t find women who’ve gome up in teh rock world in the last twenty years discussed within its pages; however, it is a great read if you want to know about women in rock from the days of Rockabilly to the 1990s — for those eras this book offers a solid look at women in rock.

And here’s the official description of the book:

An impressive collection of 56 essays by 44 female writers about the role of women in popular music. Divided into six sections, the book opens with “The Pioneers of Rock & Roll: Blues, Jazz, Gospel, Rhythm & Blues, and Country” and features such artists as Billie Holiday, Mahalia Jackson, and Patsy Cline. Subsequent chapters cover solo artists and girl groups of the ’50s and ’60s; the ladies of rock in the ’60s and ’70s; and the pop singers and punksters of the ’70s. Sarah McLachlan, Bjork, Madonna, Salt-n-Pepa, k.d. lang, Janet Jackson, and Selena are just a few of the “Divas and B-Girls” spotlighted in another chapter. The volume wraps up with “Oh You Pretty Things!: Toward the Millennium” and includes the Go-Go’s, Ani DiFranco, performance artist Laurie Anderson, and Riot Grrls like Bikini Kill. O’Dair and her troupe of well-credentialed writers have produced a comprehensive, well-written, and visually appealing volume that has an excellent index, bibliography, and discographies with each chapter.

A must-have for libraries wanting vibrant, accessible material that will appeal to adolescent readers, especially women. Review by John Lawson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA

Here’s a link to the request page:

VI. References :

General References: 

Santelli, Robert. Sixties Rock: A Listener’s Guide. Contemporary Books. Chicago. 1985.

Whitburn, Joel. The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits. Billboard Books. New York. 2009.

Artist/Group References:

The Astronauts: Biography by Richie Unterberger

Caffe Lena “Good Folk Since 1960” – Official Website:


Billy Joel: Biography by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Mark-Anthony Turnage: Biography by Allen Schrott

Santo & Johnny: Biography by Jason Ankeny

Have a great day!
Linda, SSCL

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Daily Print & Digital Suggested Reads: Monday, January 30, 2017

Happy Monday everyone, here are our suggested daily recommended titles in print or media and digital formats.

Our digital suggestion for today is the e-book:


The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee:

A “wild opera of a novel,”* The Queen of the Night tells the mesmerizing story of Lilliet Berne, an orphan who left the American frontier for Europe and was swept into the glamour and terror of Second Empire France. She became a sensation of the Paris Opera, with every accolade but an original role—her chance at immortality. When one is offered to her, she finds the libretto is based on her deepest secret, something only four people have ever known. But who betrayed her? With “epic sweep, gorgeous language, and haunting details,”** Alexander Chee shares Lilliet’s cunning transformation from circus rider to courtesan to legendary soprano, retracing the path that led to the role that could secure her reputation—or destroy her with the secrets it reveals.

Here’s a link to the checkout page in the Digital Catalog:

And the physical item for today is a print book:


Let Your Voice Be Heard: The Life and Times of Pete Seeger by Anita Silvey:

Silvey traces the influences and happenings that would take Pete Seeger, born to classical musician parents, from a place of wealth down to the union halls, small towns, and never-ending crusade against injustice. Seeger is shown learning from the likes of Alan Lomax and Woody Guthrie and coming to understand economic inequality, workers’ rights, and civil rights. To bring the message of folk music and peace to a greater audience became Seeger’s—and by extension this book’s—quest. Through personal interviews, as well as primary source materials, Silvey creates a flowing biography for the middle school audience. She succeeds in portraying the strength of the singer’s convictions, even in the face of adversity, which included a 10-year persecution by the House Un-American Activities Committee. Each chapter begins with a verse from Seeger’s repertoire of music—some original and others renditions of traditional songs. VERDICT The subject is presented in such a way that readers will feel close to Seeger and be inspired to pursue more information on him and the causes he fought for.—Sharon M. Lawler, formerly at Randolph Elementary, Randolph AFB, TX for School Library Journal. Recommended for grades 5-7 – but a neat read for ages.

Here’s a link to the request page in StarCat:

Or by calling the library at: 607-936-3713 x 502.

Have a great day!
Linda, SSCL

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat: The catalog of physical materials, i.e. print books, DVDs, audiobooks on CD etc.

The Digital Catalog: The catalog of e-books, downloadable audiobooks and a handful of streaming videos:

Freegal Music Service: This music service is free to library card holders and offers the option to download, and keep, three free songs per week and to stream three hours of commercial free music each day:

Zinio: Digital magazines on demand and for free! Back issues are available and you can even choose to be notified by email when the new issue of your favorite magazine is available:

About Library Mobile Apps:

You can access digital library content on PCs, Macs and mobile devices. For mobile devices simply download the OverDrive, Freegal or Zinio app from your app store to get started. If you have questions call the library at: 607-936-3713 and one of our Digital Literacy Specialists will be happy to assist you.