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

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.

Suggested Listening February 9, 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)

Freegal Streaming Suggestions*

That’s The Way Of The World (1975) by Earth, Wind & Fire (Genre: Funk, R&B, Pop):


EW&F was formed by the talented multi-instrumentalist Maurice White and put out some fantastic albums in their 1970s heyday. That’s The Way Of The World is their most popular & bestselling LP originally released in 1975.

Songs on the LP include: Shining Star, That’s The Way Of The World, Happy Feelin’, Reasons, See The Light, Caribou Chaser and All About Love.

The Beautiful & Damned (2017) by G-Eazy (Genre: Rap):


Rapper G-Eazy hails from the Bay Area and this is his fifth album.

Songs on the LP include: Him & I, Sober, Pray For Me, Legend, But A Dream, That’s A Lot and Pick me Up.

Walls (2016) by Kings of Leon (Genre: Rock):


A four piece family group from Tennessee, Kings of Leon consists of three Followill brothers and a cousin; Caleb (guitar), Jared (bass) and Nathan (drums) Followill and their cousin Matthew Followill. The band plays an unpolished and easy accessible style of rock. Walls is their most recent LP and includes the songs: Reverend, Find Me, Over, Muchacho, Conversation Piece, Eyes on You and Wild

Wednesday Morning 3AM (1964) by Simon & Garfunkel (Genre: Folk):


This is the very first album released by Simon & Garfunkel in March of 1964 only a month after The Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show and right in the middle of the sixties folk boom. This album is different from any other album S&G ever released because it truly is a folk album. By the time the duo released their next LP, The Sound of Silence, they had transitioned to play Folk Rock.

Songs on the LP include the original version of the Sound of Silence, Bleecker Street, He Was My Brother, Go Tell it On The Mountain, The Times They Are A-Changin’ and Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.

CD of the Week:

Let It Go (2017) by Norman Brown (Genre: Jazz, R&B, Easy Listening): 


The latest LP by the cool guitar player Norman Brown. Songs on the LP include: Lessons of the Spirit, The North Star, Living Out Your Destiny, Holding You and Liberated

Videos of the Week:

Shining Star by Earth, Wind & Fire

Him & I by G-Eazy

Eyes on You by Kings of Leon

Sound of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel

Let It Go by Norman Brown

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.

Suggested Listening January 26, 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)

Freegal Streaming Suggestions*

Heartbreak on a Full Moon (2017) by Chris Brown (Genre: R&B, Pop, Rap):


The new album by the Grammy winning R&B artist. Songs on the LP include: Privacy, Questions, Party, Pills & Automobiles, Summer Breeze, High End and Paradise.

Classical Country (1967) by The Billy Sherrill Quintet (Genre: Country, Classical):


“The audaciousness with which this record was recorded is mind-blowing. Back in the 1960s, when Buck Owens was king of the charts — 12 number one singles in a row — producer Billy Sherrill decided to try to work a little of his own magic with his tunes. How he convinced Epic that a record of classically oriented Owens tunes would sell more copies than to the participating musicians’ — who are not named anywhere on the cover — parents is a mystery. Here are ten Owens classics performed by a harpsichord and a string quartet — with an endorsement by Owens on the back cover! The set opens with a particularly reverent “Act Naturally” that is indicative of the arrangements by Frank Hunter, who thought he was charting incidental music for the theater. This music is so flowery and overly ornate it’s difficult to imagine these ever having been country songs — not to mention the intonation is so awful it’s shrill. But this is part of the album’s charm. This is far from the best/worst of it; “Tiger by the Tail” gets that distinction, as do “Love’s Gonna Live Here,” “Together Again,” and “My Heart Skips a Beat.” But they’re all schmaltzy and ridiculous and only Buck Owens could have been honored by this treatment of his songs. What an awesome record.” AllMusic Review.

The Lonely Things (1966) by Glenn Yarbrough (Genre: Folk, Pop, Easy Listening):


Vintage easy listening music featuring Glenn Yarbrough’s smooth vocals and lush strings. Songs on the album include: Night Song, So Long San Francisco, The Word Before Goodbye, Hello, People Change and The Summertime of Days.

Thanks, Hank! (1967) By Jeannie Seely (Genre: Country, Classic Country): 


Sultry classic country singer Jeannie Seely offers up a bouncy, classic sixties collection of songs including: A Wanderin’ Man, A Little Bitty Tear, Funny Way of Laughing, Everything I Had and Make the World

Guitars Extraordinary (1966) by The Fabulous Jokers (Genre: Instrumental, Classic Rock):


And this week I’m staying in the sixties! This Fabulous Jokers instrumental LP sound like a mixture between the music of the Ventures and the instrumental albums put out in the fifties and sixties by artists like Henry Mancini and Percy Faith. The rock instrumental instruments are there, guitar, bass drums and so are the soft background “ooos” and “ahhs.”

This is another great album to stream as back ground music for your weekend activities – especially reading!

Songs in the collection include; Umoresco, Diamond Strings, Perdido, Instant Coffee, Harry Lime Theme, Down by The Riverside, Greyhound Express and Caravan.

CD of the Week:

Freight Train And Other North Carolina Folk Songs And Tunes (1958/2002) by Elizabeth Cotton:


“Recorded in 1957 and early 1958 by Mike Seeger, Freight Train and Other North Carolina Folk Songs and Tunes collects the influential debut sides cut by a then-62-year-old Elizabeth Cotten; even decades after their first release, they remain a veritable primer in the art of finger-picked style guitar playing. The quaint, homespun quality of the material — much of it recorded at Cotten’s home with her grandchildren looking on in silence — adds immensely to its intimacy and warmth; the sound quality varies wildly from track to track, but the amazing instrumental work shines through regardless on tracks like the opening “Wilson Rag” and the now-standard “Freight Train.”” All Music

Songs include: Freight Train, Going Down the Road Feeling Bad, Honey Babe Your Papa Cares for You, Medley: Run…Run/Mama Your Son Done Gone and When I Get Home

Videos of the Week:

Privacy (Explicit Version) by Chris Brown

Act Naturally by The Billy Sherrill Quintet

The Lonely Things by Glenn Yarbrough

A Little Bitty Tear by Jeannie Seely

Caravan by The Fabulous Jokers

Freight Train by Elizabeth Cotton

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.

Suggested Listens September 2017: Week 3

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

(Click on the photo to stream or request the album)

Freegal Streaming Suggestions*

1. Between The Lines: Sara Bareilles Live At The Fillmore by Sara Bareilles (Genre: Pop):

This concert performance by singer-songwriter and pianist Sara Barilles is full of energy and includes the songs Bottle It Up, Fairytale, August Moon, Love Song and more. Twenty eight songs in all.

2. Grateful by DJ Khaled (Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap):

D J Khaled worked for years as a radio DJ before breaking out as a performer himself. Songs on his new album include To the Max, Wild Thoughts, I’m The One, On Everything & I Love You so Much.

3. Imaginary Appalachia by Colter Wall (Genre: Folk/Country):

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Singer-songwriter Colter Wall hails from Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada and has been playing great music for several decades. Imaginary Appalachia, released in 2017, is his first U.S. album. Songs on the LP include: Sleeping on the Blacktop, Johnny Boy’s Bones, Caroline, Living on the Sand and Ballad of a Law Abiding Sophisticate.

4. Let’s Get Together/The Collectors #1 by Dickey Betts and Great Southern (Genre: Country/Southern Rock):

Singer-songwriter & guitarist Dickey Betts was a member of the seminal rock group The Allman Brothers Band. And he even wrote two of their most famous songs Ramblin’ Man and Jessica. After the band broke up in 1976 Betts formed the group Southern Comfort. And if you like classic rock or want to hear more of southern rock than this is a great double album set to check out.

Songs in this collection include: Rave On, Here Come the Blues Again, Donna Maria, George on a Fast Train & Steady Rolling Man.

5. Live At Carnegie Hall-1938 Complete by Benny Goodman & his Orchestra (Genre: Jazz/Swing):

AllMusic’s Bruce Eder offers an excellent explanation as to why you should listen to this album if you’ve never heard it!

Eder notes of the album “Benny Goodman’s January 16, 1938, Carnegie Hall concert is considered the single most important jazz or popular music concert in history: jazz’s “coming out” party to the world of “respectable” music, held right in that throne room of musical respectability, Carnegie Hall.” And Eder is right this is a great album of swinging music!

And just a note about the sound quality of the set; it was recorded in 1938 via 78 RPM transmission discs intended for radio broadcast — a common way of recording at the time. So the songs are great, and you can clearly hear the music, just be aware you will also hear some light crackling in the background something that is uncommon with music recorded today.

Songs include: Don’t Be That Way, Sometimes I’m Happy, One O’Clock Jump, Shine, Life Goes to a Party and Honeysuckle Rose.

CD Recommendation of the Week:

The Big Chill Soundtrack (Genre: Soundtracks/Sixties Music):

The Big Chill Soundtrack was very popular when it was released, and has continued to be in the years since. In fact the album was so popular that they released a second soundtrack titled The Big Chill: More Songs From The Original Soundtrack, a deluxe double album edition of the original soundtrack that features 38 songs and later still they released a 15th Anniversary Edition of the original soundtrack.

This LP on CD is the original soundtrack that has been so popular over the last 30 years!

Songs include: I Heard It Through The Grapevine by Marvin Gaye, My Girl by The Temptations, Good Lovin’ by Rascals, The Tracks of My Tears by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles and Joy To The World by Three Dog Night.

And as a related bonus suggestion check out–

The Big Chill 15th Anniversary Edition on DVD:

The Big Chill Trailer: 

Music Videos of the Week:

Bottle It Up by Sara Bareilles from the David Letterman Show:

Wild Thoughts by DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna & Bryson Tiller:

Sleeping On Blacktop by Colter Wall: 

Good Time Feeling by Dickey Betts and Great Southern:

(from the album Atlanta’s Burning Down — also available through Freegal: https://goo.gl/Ynd6y1)

Sing, Sing, Sing by Benny Goodman & His Orchestra from the film Hollywood Hotel:

References:

Artist Biography & Discography Information:
http://www.allmusic.com/

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

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 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.