Monday, October 20, 2014

CAFFE` LATTE` TOP 2000 TRACKS

#135 DON'T RAIN ON MY PARADE Barbra Streisand
The show stopper "Don't Rain on my Parade" is performed during a key moment in the musical "Funny Girl". Barbra Streisand's rendition remains definitive; for which she drew acclaim for in both the stage and screen versions.
Streisand's 1st musical success on Broadway was "I Can Get It For You Wholesale" in 1962. A cast album was issued that year, becoming her 1st musical release. A few months later, she also performed on a studio recording of the show "Pins And Needles". Neither attracted chart success, but they helped introduce America to 1 of its most talented vocalists. 
In 1963, the performer released her debut LP. 'The Barbra Streisand Album'. This reached the Top 10 in both the USA and Australia. In the following year, Streisand scored 2 more Top 10 hit albums. She signed up to do "Funny Girl", portraying the legendary Brice. Streisand would remain the star of the production for more than 2 years. 
The Broadway cast recording of "Funny Girl" was dropped in 1964 and peaked at #2 in America. Her next solo LP, 'People', became her 1st #1 album. She raised her profile further in 1965, with TV specials that spawned more Top 10 albums.
In 1967, Streisand reprised her role as Brice for the screen adaptation. It is this version of "Don't Rain on my Parade" that is included on this Top 2000. The music was composed by Jule Styne , with lyrics from Bob Merrill. Herbert Ross directed the musical number for the film soundtrack. The role earned Streisand a Best Actress Oscar (shared with Katherine Hepburn). 
 
This is a list made up of the songs I enjoy the most, ranked in order of preference: the higher we go, the more I cherish them. Some were released as singles, others as album tracks. Some are obscure; others were worldwide hits or have universal appeal. They aren't always the most famous or popular, but simply a personal choice. I have excluded songs from the last few years in order to get a better idea of a song's lasting impression. I hope you find some new tracks to love, or re-discover some past favourites.
A new song from the Top 200 is added each day, while another 2 are also included from positions 1501-2000 daily. Check back here every 12 hours for an update of the 2000.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

CAFFE` LATTE`TOP 2000 TRACKS {EXPANDED EDITION}

#1629 SUPERFLY Curtis Mayfield
The title track from the blaxploitation film 'Superfly' was a landmark recording for soul veteran Curtis Mayfield when it was released in 1972. He wrote and produced the song himself. It topped the Pop & R&B charts in the USA that year.

#1630 PARIS IN THE RAIN Alcazar
The cruisy groove of "Paris in the Rain" is an apt tribute to the beauty of this blogger's favourite city. The obscure track was included on Alcazar's debut album 'Casino' in 2001. The song was written by Alexander Bard, Johan Strandkvist and Anders Hansson.

The list is a ranking made up of the songs I enjoy the most, ranked in order of preference: the higher we go, the more I cherish them. Some were released as singles, others as album tracks. Some are obscure; others were worldwide hits or have universal appeal. They aren't always the most famous or popular, but simply a personal choice.This expanded section now includes songs from the last few years. I hope you find some new tracks to love, or re-discover some past favourites.
Along with climbing among the Top 200 each day, 2 new songs ranked in positions 1501-2000 will also be added daily.
CAFFE` LATTE` TOP 2000 TRACKS

#136 I'M SO EXCITED Pointer Sisters
The Pointer Sisters' signature song is 1 of the defining floor filler dance tracks of the 1980s. The trio co-wrote "I'm So Excited" with songwriter Trevor Lawrence. As Ruth Pointer recounted to me during an interview, he asked the siblings what they wanted to write about. They explained that they wanted something that "would make people feel good". He asked the trio to come up with some phrases, directing them towards the way they feel when going out on a date. They suggested: "I'm going out with a guy and I'm so excited!" Pointer continued: "it was like a group consensus... that we wanted a phrase that people hear all the time, that would remind them of our song".  
Richard Perry produced the recording which was included on The Pointer Sisters' 'So Excited' album, dropped in 1982. The title track was issued as a single that year and made inroads on the American Pop Hot 100, as well as reaching #28 on the Dance chart there. It fared better in Australia and Sweden where the disc was a Top 10 hit. 
In 1984, The Pointer Sisters released a new album, focused more on dance with tracks that were successful chart hits including "Jump (For My Love)", "Neutron Dance", "Baby Come and Get It" and "Automatic". An edited version of "I'm So Excited" was added to its track listing. The song was re-released. This time, the single climbed to #9 Pop in the US and 11 in the UK. 
The trio enjoyed not only a resurgence of popularity, but their most lucrative period, in the 1980s. The hits had slowed down by the 1990s but they continued recording until 1993.  Ruth's daughter Issa replaced her aunt June, who passed away from lung cancer in 2006. Ruth continues performing to this day, with her daughter and granddaughter Sadako.
 
This is a list made up of the songs I enjoy the most, ranked in order of preference: the higher we go, the more I cherish them. Some were released as singles, others as album tracks. Some are obscure; others were worldwide hits or have universal appeal. They aren't always the most famous or popular, but simply a personal choice. I have excluded songs from the last few years in order to get a better idea of a song's lasting impression. I hope you find some new tracks to love, or re-discover some past favourites.
A new song from the Top 200 is added each day, while another 2 are also included from positions 1501-2000 daily. Check back here every 12 hours for an update of the 2000.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Caffe` Latte` Top 10 Tracks this week:

1 The Chamber LENNY KRAVITZ  1wk                                                                       2 4

2 Add Me In CHRIS BROWN                                                               6 3

3 I Still Can See Your Face BARBRA STREISAND & ANDREA BOCELLI                        1 4

4 Live Louder NATHANIEL                                                                       3 3

5 Somewhere BARBRA STREISAND & JOSH GROBAN                                                  10 2

6 Raised By Wolves U2                                                                       NEW

7 You Ruin Me THE VERONICAS                                                                          5 3

8 What Kind Of Fool BARBRA STREISAND & JOHN LEGEND                                       4 5

9 Walk On By DIONNE FARRIS & CHARLIE HUNTER                                                      NEW

10 Tell You (Today) ROBYN                                                               9 7

CAFFE` LATTE`TOP 2000 TRACKS {EXPANDED EDITION}

#1627 MY SWEET SENORITA Treble & Bass
Treble & Bass helped rap cross over to the mainstream with their catchy 1992 single "My Sweet Senorita". The original track is the version included among the Top 2000 and is credited to the duo and Herbie Hancock.

#1628 WHAT KIND OF FOOL Barbra Streisand & Barry Gibb
Barbra Streisand included 2 duets on her 1980 album 'Guilty'- both with Barry Gibb; the title track and the ballad "What Kind Of Fool". The latter, co-written by Gibb and Alby Galuten, reached the US Top 10 as well as #1 on the AC chart. 

The list is a ranking made up of the songs I enjoy the most, ranked in order of preference: the higher we go, the more I cherish them. Some were released as singles, others as album tracks. Some are obscure; others were worldwide hits or have universal appeal. They aren't always the most famous or popular, but simply a personal choice.This expanded section now includes songs from the last few years. I hope you find some new tracks to love, or re-discover some past favourites.
Along with climbing among the Top 200 each day, 2 new songs ranked in positions 1501-2000 will also be added daily.
CAFFE` LATTE` TOP 2000 TRACKS

#137 LE FREAK Chic
In 1978, the hottest disco to be seen at was New York's Studio 54. The legendary club is immortalized in Chic's international smash "Le Freak". The song's creation was unplanned and the result of the group's pivotal members being refused entry into the venue.
Grace Jones had been impressed with the funk group's "Everybody Dance" and wanted to work with Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers. She told the 2 songwriter/ producers to meet her at Studio 54 as her guests. As Rodgers explained to me in an interview: the doorman did not believe them as everyone was trying any way to gain entry. He slammed the door in their faces and told the 2 men to "fuck off". 
Realizing any further efforts would be in vain that night, they went back to Rodgers' apartment. While jamming there, they came up with a groove that evolved into a chorus that went: "aaaah, fuck off, Studio 54". They soon realized that they had a great song. Lyrics were modified. The expletive was replaced with "Freak out!". That modification referenced a dance that was around at the time and the guys drew inspiration from past songs like "The Twist" and "Peppermint Twist". Despite being snubbed by the club, Edwards and Rodgers kept the name of the venue in the song's lyrics.
"Le Freak" was added to the group's 'C'est Chic' album. Along with writing it, Edwards and Rodgers produced the iconic funky disco song. In 1978, the track was issued as a single. In the US, the song topped the Pop, Disco and R&B charts. It also reached #1 in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. In Britain, the disc peaked at #7. 
 
This is a list made up of the songs I enjoy the most, ranked in order of preference: the higher we go, the more I cherish them. Some were released as singles, others as album tracks. Some are obscure; others were worldwide hits or have universal appeal. They aren't always the most famous or popular, but simply a personal choice. I have excluded songs from the last few years in order to get a better idea of a song's lasting impression. I hope you find some new tracks to love, or re-discover some past favourites.
A new song from the Top 200 is added each day, while another 2 are also included from positions 1501-2000 daily. Check back here every 12 hours for an update of the 2000.

Friday, October 17, 2014

CAFFE` LATTE`TOP 2000 TRACKS {EXPANDED EDITION}

#1625 SUMMER NIGHTS Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta
"Summer Nights", the unforgettable ensemble track from the hit film 'Grease' centres mainly around the interplay between lead actors Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta. The song was written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. It reigned for 7 weeks atop the UK chart in 1978.

#1626 ASTOUNDED {Eric Kupper Radio Mix] Bran Van 3000 featuring Curtis Mayfield
Canadian dance act Bran Van 3000 recreated "Astounded" from Curtis Mayfield's "Move On Up". The 2001 funky club track was credited to Mayfield as well as group members James Di Salvio and Gary McKenzie. It was a posthumous release given that Mayfield had died in 1999.

The list is a ranking made up of the songs I enjoy the most, ranked in order of preference: the higher we go, the more I cherish them. Some were released as singles, others as album tracks. Some are obscure; others were worldwide hits or have universal appeal. They aren't always the most famous or popular, but simply a personal choice.This expanded section now includes songs from the last few years. I hope you find some new tracks to love, or re-discover some past favourites.
Along with climbing among the Top 200 each day, 2 new songs ranked in positions 1501-2000 will also be added daily.