1: Antonio Vivaldi – Gloria in D Major RV 589; 9 Que Tollis Peccata Munid Suscipe Depracationem Nostrum ~ SpottedRichard
“Thou takest away the sins of the world” is the heavenward plea in this short but lovely movement of Vivaldi’s most famous (existing) Gloria. The Academy Of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood conducting.
2: Lana Del Rey – Video Games (Remastered) ~ AliMunday
I keep hearing this. I was at the school summer fest today (billed as the alternative Glastonbury!) and a young man sang it on stage. It makes me cry, I have no idea why – and Lana Del Rey has it all, really. Enjoy.
3: Antony & The Johnsons – Crazy In Love ~ bishbosh
All these talent-show judges who witter on about contestants “making the song their own” wanna check out Antony. He takes Beyoncé’s euphoric stomper, strips it bare and reveals a heart of grief, desperation and, yes, madness. “Got me hoping you’ll save me right now…” Mesmerising. Heartbreaking.
4: Darrell Scott – With A Memory Like Mine ~ Treefrogdemon
You may well be tired of hearing You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive, so give this one a try. He is some guitarist – it’s just him, bass (Danny Thompson) and drums. Sad song warning.
5: The Mighty Diamonds – 4000 Years ~ HoshinoSakura
Sometimes an arrangement can hide a great song, and when I bought the Inna da Yard Album by Might Diamonds I was really surprised to hear some wonderful reggae without the dubs and fancy arrangements. I realised that actually these were really great songs that worked great as simple arrangements. This is one of my favourites. I hope you like it too! ! !
6: Tom McRae & The Standing Band – Sloop John B (Beach Boys PS Cover) ~ Bosun Tinny
You probably best know this adaptation of a West Indies folk song by the Beach Boys. Or perhaps by the Kingston Trio. McRae combines elements of both approaches in a new release that I believe makes him the sloop’s new Captain.
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