Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & the Trinity’s absolutely sublime psychedelic 1968 cover of Donovan’s folk-pop hit “Season of the Witch” gets a respectful yet groovy redux from producer/DJ/multi-instrumentalist The Pied Piper.
One guilty pleasure I will confess to is Elton John, specifically pre-1975 Elton John and Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy.
A cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” leads off Davy Graham’s Large as Life and Twice as Natural album with a bang.
Jerry Only’s current incarnation of the legendary Misfits recorded a limited edition holiday record featuring their version of “Blue Christmas”, made famous by Elvis Presley.
As the holidays approach I find myself listening to songs from my youth. “Marmendy Mill” by Flo and Eddie is a song that instantly takes me back to age 15, Atlanta, GA, listening to records with my headphones on.
On Sunday, D’Angelo’s new LP, Black Messiah appeared. Check out this first taste, a track called “Sugah Daddy.”
This song, from The Go-Betweens’ 1988 record 16 Lovers Lane is called “Streets of Your Town”, one of the many gems in this fantastic album.
Inspiral Carpets’ “Sackville” was written about a street that once ran through Manchester’s old red light district and starts with a killer organ riff.
Ramsey Lewis’ “Les Fleur” is pure 60’s psychedelia fused with jazz on an orchestral scale.
“Wishful Thinking” originally came out on Pulp’s debut mini-album called It but I prefer this version from the first of their many Peel Sessions, recorded on November 7, 1981.