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Playlist: Listen, my friends ~ January 2014

January 1, 2014

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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…

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CLICK on the song titles to hear them

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Julie Andrews ~ Auld Lang Syne (1973)1

Medley: Astrud Gilberto ~ The Girl From Ipanema/ The Standells ~ Bony Maronie/ The Dave Clark Five ~ Whenever You’re Around (1964)2

Pete Moore ~ Asteroid (Pearl & Dean cinema advertisements theme/ 1968)3 

Iron Butterfly ~ In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (1968)

Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66 ~ Norwegian Wood (1969)

Family ~ The Weaver’s Song (1969)

Ron Goodwin ~ Main Theme from Where Eagles Dare (1969)

Stevie Wonder ~ He’s Misstra Know It All (1973)

Aerosmith ~ Sweet Emotion (1975)4

Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five ~ The Message (1982)

Salif Keita ~ Sina (1987)

Belinda Carlisle ~ Live Your Life Be Free (1991)

Slade ~ Auld Lang Syne (1985)5 

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1 Most likely performed on the US TV-broadcast Julie’s Christmas Special

2 From Get Yourself A College Girl (1964), a member of the now curious rock-‘n’-roll-bands-featuring-teen-movie genre, which also boasts performances by The Animals and a non-singing Nancy Sinatra

3 This is a bit of a cheat as composer Pete Moore’s original Asteroid theme was only 18 seconds long; this version was created recently by re-recording and significantly extending the original. However, it does impressively feature the same three male voices (‘ba-bah, ba-bah, ba-bah, ba-b-b-bah!’) as its 1968 predecessor

4 As featured over the opening credits of the awesome 1976-set school’s-out-for-the-summer classic flick Dazed And Confused (1993)

5 The bagpipes on this Hogmanay-cum-Celtic-centric take on the classic New Year tune (featuring the words of Robert Burns’ poem, of course) were played by one Victor Herman, discovered by Slade guitarist Dave Hill busking in Oxford Street, London. Hill immediately invited him to play on this track, which he did and, at the end of the recording session, the band gave him an envelope containing a sizaeable sum of money as thanks for his efforts. Days later, however, Herman returned the money, claiming performing on the record was enough for him. As a compromise, Slade invited him along to play at their ‘Christmas Party’ (the launch of the album from which this track comes, Crackers: The Christmas Party Album), an invite which Herman happily took up.

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