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Playlist: Listen, my friends ~ September 2012

September 5, 2012

In the words of Moby Grape… listen, my friends! Yes, it’s the (hopefully) monthly playlist presented by George’s Journal just for you good people.

There may be one or two classics to be found here dotted in among different tunes you’re unfamiliar with or have never heard before – or, of course, you may’ve heard them all before. All the same, why not sit back, listen away and enjoy…


CLICK on the song titles to hear them


Billy Taylor Trio ~ I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel (To Be Free)1

Shocking Blue ~ Venus

Procul Harum ~ A Salty Dog

Mountain ~ Mississippi Queen

Barbra Streisand and Burt Bacharach ~ (They Long To Be) Close To You2

Emerson, Lake & Palmer ~ Lucky Man

Bachman-Turner Overdive ~ Let It Ride

The Wombles ~ The Wombling Song

The Silver Connection ~ Fly, Robin, Fly

Ram Jam ~ Black Betty

Level 42 ~ Lessons In Love

Art Of Noise ~ Theme from The Krypton Factor (1986-93)

Miami Sound Machine featuring Gloria Estefan ~ Bad Boy3


1 Originally written by Taylor himself and a huge hit for Nina Simone, this instrumental version was chosen in 1972 by the Beeb as the title theme for its new Film Programme – and 40 years on it’s still opening the show

2 An intimate performance from The Burt Bacharach Special, broadcast by CBS in 1971, of the The Carpenters’ #1 chart hit written by Bacharach and lyricist Hal David, who died on September 1 this year

3 As featured in the film Three Men And A Baby (1987); one of the two videos that promoted this hit memorably featured Estefan with the costumed cast of musical Cats

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