Suggested Listening October 5, 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*

1. The Essential Otis Rush: The Classic Cobra Recordings 1956-1958 (Genre: Blues, Guitar):

This is a wonderful collection of songs from the great blues guitarist who died last week.

Songs in the collection include: I Can’t Quit You Baby, My Love Will Never Die, Groaning the Blues, Jump Sister Rosie, Double Trouble and All Your Love.

2. American Horror Songs by Various Artists (Genre: Pop, Swing, Spoken, Rock):

A collection of fun “horror” songs by a mix of classic and contemporary artists including Shooter Jennings, Ann Williams, Cab Calloway, Dirk Jacobs & His Orchestra and the Ohio Express. This is a cool album perfect for the month of Halloween.

Songs on the LP include: Halloween by Betty Grable and David Wayne, The Wobblin’ Goblin by Rosemary Clooney, The Little Man Who Wasn’t There by The Glen Miller Orchestra, Halloween by Bob Hope, The Raven by Basil Rathbone, The Ghost of Ol’ Man Moss by Harry Gold and Nightmare by The Velvets.

3. To The Roots and Back (1972) by Lloyd Price:

A classic LP by the pop and R&B favorite sees him updating some of his classic fifties hits for the seventies era.

Songs on the LP include: Sing a Song, They Get Down, It Ain’t Easy, Lawdy Miss Clawdy, Stagger Lee and Personality — all with a seventies spin on them!

4. Fabulous Fifty 5 LPs: This is a fun set of five albums available to stream and download separately from Freegal. The albums feature a great combo of fifties pop, rhythm and blues and rock – perfect for parties or just weekend listening.

Here are the albums in the series:

Fabulous 50′ Vol. 1 – Instrumental Versions (Genre: Pop, R&B, Fifties Rock):

Songs on the album include: Blue Tango by Leroy Anderson, Song for a Summer Night by Mitch Mitchell And His Orchestra, Autumn Leaves by Morris Stoloff, So Rare by Jimmy Dorsey and Sail Along, Silvery Moon by Billy Vaughn.

Fabulous 50′ Vol. 2 – Sung Originals (Genre: Pop, R&B & Fifties Rock):

Songs on the LP include: Venus by Frankie Avalon, Be Bop Baby by Ricky Nelson, Sixteen Tons by Tennessee Ernie Ford, Mack the Knife by Bobby Darin and Crazy Love by Paul Anka.

Fabulous 50′ Vol. 3 – Sung Originals (Genre: Pop, R&B, Fifties Rock):

Songs on the LP include: Too Young by Nat King Cole, Charlie Brown by The Coasters, Witch Doctor by David Seville, Lollipop by The Chordettes, Just Because by Lloyd Price and Papa Loves Mambo by Perry Combo.

Fabulous 50′ Vol. 4 – Sung Originals  (Genre: Pop, R&B, Fifties Rock):

Songs on the LP include: Stood Up by Ricky Nelson, Kiss of Fire by Georgia Gibbs, My Special Angel by Bobby Helms, Summertime Blues by Eddie Cochran and Razzle Dazzle by Bill Haley.

Fabulous 50’ Vol. 5 – Sung Originals  (Genre: Pop, R&B, Fifties Rock):

Songs on the album include: Jamaica Farewell by Harry Belafonte, Sh Boom by The Crew Cuts, Blueberry Hill by Fats Domino, Reveille Rock by Johnny & The Hurricanes and Bye, Bye Love by The Everly Brothers.

Recommended CD of the Week:

Over The Years (2018) by Graham Nash (Genre: Pop, Rock, Vocal): 

Arriving nearly a decade after the career-spanning 2009 box Reflections, Over the Years… isn’t nearly as ambitious a compilation as its predecessor. In its simplest form, it’s a collection of 15 highlights from Nash’s career, using the first Crosby, Stills & Nash album as its starting point and running until his 2016 album, This Path Tonight. Despite that designation, Over the Years… largely lingers on material made during the ’70s and early ’80s, anchored on CSN standards (“Marrakesh Express,” “Just a Song Before I Go,” “Teach Your Children,” “Our House,” “Wasted on the Way”) and featuring two Crosby & Nash tracks (“Immigration Man,” “Wind on the Water”) in addition to five solo cuts. All of this makes for a nice capsule introduction, but for the dedicated, the selling point is the second disc on the Deluxe Edition, which collects 15 demos. The great majority of these — 12, as a matter of fact — were recorded between 1968 and 1972, with three of the previously mentioned CSN classics from the twilight of the ’70s rounding out the disc. A few of these were previously released, but taken as a collective, these unadorned recordings — just a guitar and a voice, save “Wind on the Water” and “Just a Song Before I Go,” where Nash plays piano, and “Wasted on the Way,” which features Stephen Stills on harmony — strip away not just the studio polish but nostalgia, revealing the delicate craft that lies behind them.

Videos of the Week:

I Can’t Quit You Baby by Otis Rush

The Black Cat by Buddy Morrow & His Orchestra

In The Cold, Cold Night by Wanda Jackson and Shooter Jennings

The Monster Twist by Tyrone A’Saurus and his Cro-Magnons

Personality by Lloyd Price

Have You Ever Loved A Woman by Freddie King

Stood Up by Ricky Nelson

Lollipop & Mr. Sandman by The Chordettes introduced by Dick Clark

Immigration Man by Graham Nash

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 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.

Suggested Listens August 25, 2017

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

Freegal Streaming Suggestions*

The Genius Of The Electric Guitar by Charlie Christian:

This collection features the seminal work of early electric guitarist Charlie Christian. Christian died tragically young of tuberculous in 1942 at age 25; but not before recording some great music with Benny Goodman’s band. In an age when popular music was dominated by horns, Christian was one of the first guitarists to bring the new electrified guitar to the front and center of the stage and recording studio.

This is an outstanding collection featuring all of Christian’s best recordings including Flying Home, Rose Room, Memories of You, AC-DC CurrentGone with the Wind, Lester’s Dream & Wholly Cats. Guest musicians that appear on this collection are a variable who’s who of Jazz/Swing greats of the time including Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Gene Krupa, Jack Teagarden, Fletcher Henderson and Benny Carter. Check it out!

Here’s a link to stream the Charlie Christian collection:

https://goo.gl/gQ7MS4

The Essential Jimmie Rodgers by Jimmie Rodgers:

This Columbia Records collection features songs recorded by the yodeling country music pioneer from 1927 to 1933. Rodgers was an extremely talented individual who was one of the first country singers to sing of the hard working life laborers experienced in the early twentieth century. Rodgers was a hard working laborer himself. He spent a number of years working as a break man on the railroads; so when he sang about gamblers, ramblers, bounders and rounders, as his AllMusic biography states – he knew of what he sang! And I had to look up definitions for the early twentieth century words “bounders” and “rounders;” as I had never heard them before! The former term describes a dishonorable man and the later a drunken man. Rodgers, like Charlie Christian, died young of tuberculosis; but he left behind wonderful recordings that not only influenced country musicians for decades after his passing, but that also, like Woody Guthrie’s music, captured what life was like for poor working class Americans in the early twentieth century.

This collection includes the following songs Blue Yodel (T for Texas), Train Whistle Blues, In The Jailhouse Now, My Carolina Sunshine Girl, Frankie and Johnny & Peach Pickin’ Time in Georgia.

Here’s a link to stream the Jimmie Rodgers collection:

https://goo.gl/5xLNzA

 Pearl (The Legacy Edition) by Janis Joplin:

This 1971 release shows the gritty classic rock singer Joplin at her finest. It is regarded by many critics as her second masterpiece, after her 1968 debut Cheap Thrills. Songs include: Move Over, Cry Baby, A Woman Left Lonely, Half Moon, Buried Alive in the Blues, Me and Bobby McGee & Mercedes Benz.

Here’s a link to stream Pearl:

https://goo.gl/aFEgs4

The Search for Everything by John Mayer:

Popular singer-songwriter & excellent guitarist John Mayer released his first album Room for Squares in 2001. On that first album, Mayer concentrated on producing thoughtful acoustic folk-rock music. Since then, he has emerged as a talented guitarist and branched out to record music that includes blues and jazz elements. The Search for Everything is his new album and features the songs: Still Feel Like Your Man, Emoji of a Wave, Love on the Weekend, In the Blood, Changing, Moving On and Getting Over and Rosie.

Here’s a link to stream The Search for Everything:

https://goo.gl/su7JNy

Fumbling Towards Ecstasy by Sarah McLachlan:

Talnted singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan released her first album, Touch, in 1989. 1993’s critically acclaimed Fumbling Towards Ecstasy was her third album and is considered a classic. Songs include: Possession, Good Enough, Elsewhere, Hold On, Fear and the title track – Fumbling with Ecstasy.

Here’s a link to stream the LP Fumbling Towards Ecstasy:

https://goo.gl/yofi4p

CD Suggestion of the Week:

Eight Classic Albums by Dinah Washington:

This set contains eight albums from the wonderful singer including: Dinah Jams, For Those in Love, In the Land of Hi-Fi, The Swinging Miss D, What a Difference a Day Makes, The Two of Us (With Brook Benton), I Concentrate on You, September in the Rain, Summertime, Come Rain or Come Shine, There’ll Be A Jubilee, On The Sunny Side of the Street and many more.

Here’s a link to request the Dinah Washington collection on CD:

https://goo.gl/oZtFhe

Music Videos of the Week:

Charlie Christian:

Swing to Bop

Stompin’ at the Savoy

Jimmie Rodgers:

Waiting for a Train

Blue Yodel No. 1 (T for Texas)

Janis Joplin:

Ball and Chain

Somebody to Love

John Mayer:

Ain’t No Sunshine

John Mayer & Keith Urban:

Don’t Let Me Down

Sarah McLachlan:

Angel

Building A Mystery

Dinah Washington:

Cry Me A River

What a Difference A Day Makes

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 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.