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Playlist: Listen, my friends! ~ November/ December 2015

November 11, 2015

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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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Nancy Sinatra ~ The Last Of The Secret Agents? (1966)

Mary Hopkin ~ In My Life (1969)¹

The Small Faces ~ Collibosher (1969)

It’s A Beautiful Day ~ Let A Woman Flow (1970)

Johnny Paycheck ~ (Don’t Take Her) She’s All I Got (1971)

Quincy Jones ~ Theme from The Anderson Tapes (1971)

Shirley Bassey ~ Vivo Di Diamanti (1972)²

Barbra Streisand ~ I Won’t Last A Day Without You (1974)

Sammy Davis, Jr. ~ You Can Count On Me (1976)³

Giorgio Moroder ~ Too Hot To Handle (1977)

Odyssey ~ If You’re Lookin’ For A Way Out (1980)

Men Without Hats ~ Safety Dance (1982)

Ultravox ~ Dancing With Tears In My Eyes (1984)4

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¹ A sublime performance by the über-sweet folky chanteuse of John Lennon’s Beatles classic on US network ABC’s pop showcase The Music Scene (1969-70)

² A rare but, let’s be face it, fookin’ brilliant Italian-language version of La Bassey’s bombastic Bond theme par excellence

³ The incomparable entertainer’s pretty much incomparable lyrical take on the theme from kitsch but cool, classic cop show Hawaii Five-O (1968-80)

4 The hit that re-established Ultravox as a chart-friendly synth pop force (UK #3), its video memorably chose the Cold War-informed narrative of composer and lead vocalist Midge Ure racing home to be with his family before nuclear annihilation, the epilogue of which features would-be poignant home movie footage of Ure and his ‘wife’ in fantastically naff ’80s knitwear. Marvellous.

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