Monday, May 30, 2011

45s & Favorites, Disc 2

You might have to be "of a certain age" to smile with fondness at these songs. They are 45s I bought as they came out (yes, I am THAT OLD) or loved to listen to if they came on the radio.

Some are dubs of the actual 45 rpm, others are better recordings found elsewhere.

Here are the tracks:


1 Mississippi Queen Mountain

2 Uncle Charlie and His Dog Teddy/Mr Bojangles Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

3 We Gotta Get You a Woman Todd Rundgren


4 That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be Carly Simon

5 Walk Away James Gang

6 Tiny Dancer Elton John

7 Hocus Pocus Focus

8 Behind Blue Eyes The Who


9 School's Out Alice Cooper

10 Rock And Roll Part 1 & 2 Gary Glitter

11 A Piece of Paper Gladstone

12 Back Off Boogaloo Ringo Starr

13 Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You) Stevie Wonder

14 Give Ireland Back to the Irish - instrumental - (Version) Wings

15 Early 1970 Ringo Starr

16 Mary Had a Little Lamb Wings


17 You Light Up My Life Carole King

18 Back When My Hair Was Short -single version Gunhill Road

19 Rocky Mountain Way Joe Walsh

20 Under the Boardwalk Rickie Lee Jones - 1983

21 It's the Real Thing The New Seekers - 1971

Here is the link:

And if you're wondering why you had The New Seekers singing Coke songs, it's because I picked up a freebie record at a record shop that had two 30-second Coke songs on one side and a minute-long Coke song on the other. This was in 1971. So I included the songs as a gentle reminder that this great music was brought to you by . . .

The Free Enterprise system.

I am really in love with the Carole King song included here. It has NOTHING to do with the cloying Debbie Boone whine. Carole King's song really resonated with me (and still does) -- I feel this kind of gratefulness for my wonderful wife. "I didn't know how good life could be / Until you gave your love to me." Mawkish? Maybe. True? ABSOLUTELY!

In the original issue of "Mr Bojangles" on 45 rpm, one side had only the song. The other side of the single had the version "Uncle Charlie / Bojangles" given here. It was lots of fun to play this on a jukebox and watch people's faces as Teddy the dog howled, and then the familiar guitar into to "Bojangles" kicked in, and all was semi-understood.

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