Wednesday, July 23, 2014

ABBATHE 40 MOST IMPORTANT SONGS


24 SHE'S MY KIND OF GIRL

Writers: Benny Andersson / Bjorn Ulvaeus

Before there was ABBA, there was Bjorn and Benny. The duo's first single was "She's My Kind Of Girl". When it was recorded in late 1969, the seminal song was for the porn film 'The Seduction of Inga'. Issued in 1970, the song flopped in Scandinavia. Its importance in ABBA's history however, lies in its success outside of Scandinavia. Unaware of its use in the porn movie, Japanese pop audiences made "My Kind Of Girl" a major hit in their country. This was thus the first taste of the potential appeal of Benny & Bjorn's collaboration. While Agnetha and Frida are absent, the song was included on the debut ABBA album 'Ring Ring' in 1973.

25 UNDER ATTACK

26 THE NAME OF THE GAME

27 VOULEZ-VOUS

28 HASTA MANANA

29 DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW

30 I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU

31 SUPER TROUPER

32 THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC

33 GONNA SING YOU MY LOVESONG

34 LOVE ISN'T EASY (BUT IT SURE IS HARD ENOUGH)

35 SUMMER NIGHT CITY

36 DISILLUSION

37 ROCK ME

38 MERRY-GO-ROUND

39 WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE

40 SANTA ROSA 

Caffe` Latte` celebrates the 40th anniversary of "Waterloo" winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974 with a special countdown that will be updated daily...

A ranking of ABBA's most significant releases in order of impact / importance.

Check back here tomorrow for the next song from ABBA's Top 40 Most Important. See
earlier posts for detail on the previous songs.
NEW RELEASE OF THE MONTH
JULY 2014
JERSEY BOYSMUSIC FROM THE MOTION PICTURE & BROADWAY MUSICAL
"Jersey Boys" recounts the story of The Four Seasons. The musical has been a hit all over the world and is now a film directed by Clint Eastwood. Its soundtrack album creatively brings together the 3 sources of the show's major asset: the music. Some tracks are the original recordings by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, others feature selections from the Broadway cast and the screen versions. 
The album opens with the brief "Prelude", essentially a slice of the intro for "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" which leads us smoothly into "December '63 (Oh What A Night)". The makeover works a treat here, setting the mood for a fun look back on an amazing catalogue of hit songs. 
Valli delivers a solo on  the moving "My Mother's Eyes". John Lloyd Young portrayed Valli on both the stage and screen. We are introduced to him on the brief "I Can't Give You Anything But Love". He really shines on "A Sunday Kind Of Love" where the original is fused with the new version.
"Moody's Mood For Love" lets the latter display his smooth falsetto amid a lush jazzy treatment. His co-star Erich Bergen has the role of Bob Gaudio, a member of the group and co-writer of many of its hits. He sings "Cry For Me", recreating the sound of the era.   
A trio of #1s is led by "Sherry". Young is in fine voice here, confidently performing the group's first hit. "Big Girls Don't Cry" follows and is augmented by the fresh production that never strays far from the (still superior) original. Ditto for the better executed "Walk Like A Man".
Kimmy Gatewood, in her role as Angel #1, performs a faithful cover of the 1963 girl group smash hit "My Boyfriend's Back".  
"My Eyes Adored You" has a poignant moment in the show and film, but the song has not aged as well as the bulk of the material here. 
The magic returns however, with "Dawn (Go Away)". Young's strong vocal is complemented by the new production. The same can easily be said about "Big Man in Town" and its upbeat 21st century tweak. Sadly, "Beggin'" falls flat, despite featuring a blend of Valli & The 4 Seasons, Young and Ryan Molloy who is currently portraying the former in the Broadway cast.
Young leads us into a stellar medley of more Four Seasons classics: "Stay", "Let's Hang On!", "Opus 17 (Don't You Worry 'Bout Me)" and "Bye Bye Baby". Next, "C'mon Marianne" mixes Young with the original recording. The show served as a reminder of just how many great and timeless songs the group scored with. Yet, there are still more to come...
Show-stopper "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" has aged like a good wine over the decades. Young belts this out enthusiastically and the aural brilliance is enhanced by the instrumentation. This is the album highlight. 
The fun continues with Young's energetic rendition of "Working My Way Back To You", before Valli changes the mood for the touching "Fallen Angel". It's not a great song, but is apt for its context in the plot development. 
The enjoyment level is thrust back upward with "Who Loves You", another standout from the group. Here, the track bursts through with Valli's original and Young. "Sherry" and "December '63" are revisited over the end credits. This medley features the film version's Four Seasons, with Young and Bergen joined by Michael Lomenda (as Nick Massi) and Vincent Piazza (portraying Tommy De Vito). The album serves up 3 final reminders of the original group's magic harmonies: "Sherry", "Dawn (Go Away)" and "Rag Doll".   
The new soundtrack serves as an entertaining celebration and compilation of the 'Jersey Boys' phenomenon. The Four Seasons songbook had remained underrated until the stage show revealed its lingering power. So many of their songs will stand the test of time.
CAFFE` LATTE` 
TOP 1500 CHOICE TRACKS


#224 IF I CAN'T HAVE YOU Yvonne Elliman
"Love Me" became the breakthrough hit for Yvonne Elliman in 1976. She had just signed to Robert Stigwood's RSO label. That song had been written by Barry and Robin Gibb of The Bee Gees. The trio wrote another song for the Hawaiian singer, entitled "How Deep Is Your Love". Stigwood had asked the Gibb brothers to write material for his upcoming film project 'Saturday Night Fever'. He persuaded the Bee Gees to record "How Deep..." themselves. It became the 1st US #1 from the soundtrack album in December 1977. February 1978 saw the brothers enjoy a month-long reign with "Stayin' Alive". Their brother Andy Gibb replaced them at the top with "(Love Is) Thicker Than Water" before being knocked off the perch by The Bee Gees' "Night Fever" in mid-March. 
Elliman didn't miss out. The Gibbs penned "If I Can't Have You". They recorded it for use as the B-side of "Stayin' Alive".  Freddie Perren produced Elliman's remake which was also included on the '... Fever' soundtrack. Elliman replaced "Night Fever" at #1 in May; the 4th chart topping track lifted off the album and the 4th consecutive American #1 co-written by Barry Gibb. 
"If I Can't Have You" was a global success, reaching #1 in Canada, #4 in Britain, 5 in France, 6 in New Zealand and 9 in Australia. The follow-up single was from another film starring John Travolta-'Moment By Moment'- later that year. "Love Pains" fared better in 1979, but Elliman soon faded into obscurity. The song, on the other hand, became a worldwide hit again when covered by Kim Wilde in 1993. Elliman still works to this day and released new music in 2004.     
 
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 is added each day.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Caffe` Latte` presents...
THE ALL-TIME TOP 100 MUSIC VIDEOS
This update continues with #65-61:
61 TONIGHT, TONIGHT Smashing Pumpkins 1996 [dir: Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOG3eus4ZSo      

62 CRY ME A RIVER Justin Timberlake 2002 [dir: Francis Lawrence]
http://www.jukebo.com/justin-timberlake/music-clip,cry-me-a-river,s0ksx.html
    
63 BAD Michael Jackson 1987 [dir: Martin Scorsese]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsUXAEzaC3Q     

64 JEREMY Pearl Jam 1992 [dir: Mark Pellington]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MS91knuzoOA    

65 FAST CAR Tracy Chapman 1988 [dir: Matt Mahurin]
http://vimeo.com/66531862     
     
66 CLOSER Nine Inch Nails 1994 [dir: Mark Romanek]* uncensored version
http://vimeo.com/3554226   

67 HUMAN BEHAVIOUR Bjork 1993 [dir: Michael Gondry]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WEtxJ4-sh4&feature=kp      

68 ROCKIT Herbie Hancock 1983 [dir: Godley & Creme]
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xzcuqj_herbie-hancock-rockit_music     

69 SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT Nirvana 1991 [dir: Samuel Bayer]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTWKbfoikeg&feature=kp   

70 DON'T COME AROUND HERE NO MORE Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 1985 [dir: Jeff Stein]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0JvF9vpqx8&feature=kp      

71 WATERFALLS TLC 1995 [dir: F. Gary Gray]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WEtxJ4-sh4&feature=kp      

72 VERTIGO U2 2004 [dir: Alex (Courtes) & Martin (Fougerol)]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98W9QuMq-2k&feature=kp     

73 COMING UP Paul McCartney 1980 [dir: Keith McMillan]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnHu-WLvY5U&feature=kp       
  
74 BETTE DAVIS EYES Kim Carnes 1981 [dir: Russell Mulcahy]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPOIS5taqA8&feature=kp    
              
75 TOXIC Britney Spears 2004 [dir: Joseph Khan]
http://vimeo.com/6997840     
     
76 STAN Eminem 2000 [dir: Philip Atwell & Dre]
http://vimeo.com/70199508         

77 OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul 1989 [dir: Candace Reckinger & Michael Patterson]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xweiQukBM_k&feature=kp    

78 EPIC Faith No More 1990 [dir: Ralph Ziman]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZG_k5CSYKhg&feature=kp   

79 WEAPON OF CHOICE Fatboy Slim 2001 [dir: Spike Jonz]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZM1fkHQP_Pw    

80 WAKE ME UP WHEN SEPTEMBER ENDS Green Day 2005 [dir: Samuel Bayer]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjNJmwwf7QA&feature=kp    

81 NOVEMBER RAIN Guns N' Roses 1992 [dir: Andrew Morahan]
http://www.gunsnroses.com/media/videos/19832/27902     

82 MONEY, MONEY, MONEY Abba 1976 [dir: Lasse Hallstrom]
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x22rmr_abba-money-money-money_music           

83 WICKED GAME Chris Isaak 1991 [dir: Herb Ritts]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5D3Nl1GZzuw  

84 SCREAM Michael & Janet Jackson 1995 [dir: Mark Romanek]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0P4A1K4lXDo&feature=kp     

85 OUTSIDE George Michael 1998 [dir: Vaughan Arnell]
http://www.contactmusic.com/video/george-michael-outside  

86 AROUND THE WORLD Daft Punk 1997 [dir: Michel Gondry]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9MszVE7aR4&feature=kp  

87 PRAISE YOU Fatboy Slim 1998 [dir: Spike Jonze]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ex1qzIggZnA     

88 THE STORY OF MY LIFE One Direction 2013 [dir: Ben Winston]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-TE_Ys4iwM      

89 WUTHERING HEIGHTS Kate Bush 1978 [dir: Keith McMillian]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BW3gKKiTvjs&feature=kp   

90 BEAUTIFUL Christina Aguilera 2002 [dir: Jonas Akerlund]
http://www.christinaaguilera.com/us/videos/beautiful  

91 AN ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK Godley & Creme 1979 [dir: Godley & Creme]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veLC6gpNsSQ    

92 TRUE FAITH New Order 1987 [dir: Philippe Decoufle']
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfI1S0PKJR8   
   
    93 IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher 1989 [dir: Marty Callner]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AldUzWWq8iQ      
 
 94 REMEMBER THE TIME Michael Jackson 1992 [dir: John Singleton]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hSC7pPzMRs  
   
 95 ORINOCO FLOW (SAIL AWAY) Enya 1988 [dir: Michael Geoghegan]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTrk4X9ACtw&feature=kp     

96 WRECKING BALL Miley Cyrus 2013 [dir: Terry Richardson]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=My2FRPA3Gf8&list=RDMy2FRPA3Gf8#t=0  

97 CALL ME MAYBE Carly Rae Jepsen 2011 [dir: Ben Knetchtel]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWNaR-rxAic&feature=kp   

98 SURVIVOR Destiny's Child 2001 [dir: Darren Grant]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wmc8bQoL-J0&feature=kp   

99 RASPBERRY BERET Prince 1985 [dir: Prince]
http://www.metacafe.com/watch/8305118/prince_raspberry_beret/   

100 VIVA LA VIDA Coldplay 2008 [dir: Hype Williams]
http://vimeo.com/18445538

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ABBATHE 40 MOST IMPORTANT SONGS


25 UNDER ATTACK

Writers: Benny Andersson / Bjorn Ulvaeus

This underrated ABBA song was later included as a bonus track on 'The Visitors'. It is one of the group's last singles recorded and features a strong vocal from Agnetha. It is Benny on synthesizer however, who shines on this track. It is a hint of where ABBA might have continued heading musically had the group not split.

26 THE NAME OF THE GAME

27 VOULEZ-VOUS

28 HASTA MANANA

29 DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW

30 I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU

31 SUPER TROUPER

32 THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC

33 GONNA SING YOU MY LOVESONG

34 LOVE ISN'T EASY (BUT IT SURE IS HARD ENOUGH)

35 SUMMER NIGHT CITY

36 DISILLUSION

37 ROCK ME

38 MERRY-GO-ROUND

39 WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE

40 SANTA ROSA 

Caffe` Latte` celebrates the 40th anniversary of "Waterloo" winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974 with a special countdown that will be updated daily...

A ranking of ABBA's most significant releases in order of impact / importance.

Check back here tomorrow for the next song from ABBA's Top 40 Most Important. See earlier posts for detail on the previous songs.
CAFFE` LATTE` 
TOP 1500 CHOICE TRACKS


#225 GOLDEN BROWN The Stranglers
English band The Stranglers formed in 1974. The group's original name was The Guildford Stranglers, shortening it the following year, Emerging at around the same time as punk rock was breaking through, The Stranglers became 1 of the genre's pioneering acts. By 1977, the band was charting in Britain and slowly expanding its audience internationally. They placed 3 songs in the British Top 10 that year. The hits continued. In 1980, lead singer Hugh Cornwell was jailed for 3 months for drug possession. Once his incarceration ended, the band released 2 new albums in 1981. The 2nd, 'La Folie', contained the beautiful track "Golden Brown". 
The song began as a musical piece composed by keyboardist Dave Geenfield. When Cornwell heard it, he wrote up some lyrics. The other members helped construct the rest of the track. Released as a single in 1982, "Golden Brown" peaked at #2 in the UK. It fared well in Europe and reached the Top 10 in Australia. 
Other chart entries followed, including the hits "Skin Deep" in 1984 and "Always the Sun" 2 years later. By the late 80s, The Stranglers were scoring hits with remakes such as "All Day and All of the Night" which peaked at #7. Cornwell quit the group to pursue a solo career around 1990. The band continues recording, their most recent album being 'Giants' in 2012.
 
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 is added each day.

Monday, July 21, 2014

ABBATHE 40 MOST IMPORTANT SONGS


26 THE NAME OF THE GAME

Writers: Benny Andersson / Bjorn Ulvaeus / Stig Anderson

Drawing inspiration from Stevie Wonder's "I Wish", "The Name of the Game" remains one of the most interesting ABBA recordings. Agnetha and Frida's lead vocals are worked into the song in a novel way. The song marks a new watershed moment in Benny and Bjorn's songcraft. This was the first single lifted off 'ABBA- The Album' in 1977. Manager Stig Anderson suggested changing its working title "A Bit Of Myself" to the better "The Name of the Game".

27 VOULEZ-VOUS

28 HASTA MANANA

29 DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW

30 I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU

31 SUPER TROUPER

32 THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC

33 GONNA SING YOU MY LOVESONG

34 LOVE ISN'T EASY (BUT IT SURE IS HARD ENOUGH)

35 SUMMER NIGHT CITY

36 DISILLUSION

37 ROCK ME

38 MERRY-GO-ROUND

39 WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE

40 SANTA ROSA 

Caffe` Latte` celebrates the 40th anniversary of "Waterloo" winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974 with a special countdown that will be updated daily...

A ranking of ABBA's most significant releases in order of impact / importance.

Check back here tomorrow for the next song from ABBA's Top 40 Most Important. See earlier posts for detail on the previous songs.