1: Winifred Atwell – Asia Minor ~ Severin
Born in Trinidad, “She was the first black person to have a number one hit in the UK singles chart, and still the only female instrumentalist to do so” says Wikipedia. Not exactly “authentic” (whatever that is) but loved by John Peel and, I gather, an influence on Keith Emerson and Rick Wakeman. You either love this piano sound or… or you don’t. I love it. This is from her “And Her Other Piano” album.
2: Leigh Nash – Charmed Life ~ SweetHomeAlabama
“Crayola skies for a thousand miles” – Nursery rhyme style lyrics over an insidiously catchy guitar riff. A lovely piece of pop whimsy.
3: Lyle Lovett – Brown Eyed Handsome Man (Chuck Berry Cover) ~ Tincanman
Written by Chuck Berry after he observed how police were treating whites and blacks differently in L.A., it become’s a real ear and heartworm with Lyle’s unique, folky funky way. Recorded for this year’s Release Me, it’s rather sad that these things still seem to need saying.
4: The Pretenders – If There Was A Man ~ Zalamanda
This was actually a single from the Bond film, The Living Daylights, but after that it seems to have sunk without trace. I loved the song on its release but – for teen-financial reasons – didn’t buy it. Later, when I couldn’t find it on any Pretenders albums (not even Pirate Radio), I resorted to the soundtrack album.
5: Low – When I Go Deaf ~ DarceysDad
The song structure makes this one an obvious DsD fave, but I don’t think I’d ever paid much attention to the lyrics before; always too impatient to get to that climax. Maybe it’s my age, but now I have taken the words on board, I think they’re magnificently bittersweet.
6: Los De Abajo – El Loco ~ Maki
I just love the chorus and can’t stop singing it. It sounds sweet, but it isn’t. Not a bit.
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