Monday, September 1, 2014

CAFFE` LATTE`TOP 2000 TRACKS {EXPANDED EDITION}

#1533 HEARTLESS Kanye West
"Heartless" was a touching song from Kanye West's 2008 '808s & Heartbreak' album. He co-wrote it with Ernest Wilson, Scott Mescudi (Kid Cudi), Malik Jones (aka Malik Yusef), Jeff Bhasker and Benjamin McIldowie (Mr Hudson).

#1534 ONE DAY MORE! 'Les Miserables' World Cast
The World Cast recording of "One Day More", written by Claude- Michel Schonberg and Herbert Kretzmer for "Les Miserables",  features Australians Philip Quast and Anthony Warlow with Gary Morris, Michael Ball and others singing in unison.

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

#184 HEADING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION Renee Geyer
Australia's eminent blue-eyed soul vocalist has been wowing this country's audiences for 5 decades. Her 1st singles to make the Australian chart were "What Do I Do On Sunday Morning?" and a mighty remake of James Brown's "It's A Man's Man's World" in 1974 and '75 respectively. Later in the same year, Geyer dropped a stunning new single; an original entitled "Heading in the Right Direction". 
The disc became her 1st to crack the Top 40 here, peaking at #31. It was co-written by her guitarist Mark Punch with Garry Paige. "Heading...", a moving R&B ballad, was included on her 'Ready To Deal' album, which was unleashed around the same time and peaked at #21. This hit helped establish Geyer as 1 of the few widely respected female vocalists during the Seventies. "Heading..." was produced by Geyer with Ern Rose, Punch and members of her band: Barry Sullivan, Greg Tell and Mal Logan.  
Following the single's success in Australia, RCA / Mushroom Records planned to launch the singer in the USA. Geyer explained to me during an interview that she was advised to release the track without a photo. At the time, radio was very segregated and black music stations were reluctant to play songs by white artists. Geyer confessed she did not comprehend and insisted that her photo be included with the single. R&B radio stations immediately discarded the song from their playlists. Sadly, "Heading..." flopped in America.  
 
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, August 31, 2014

CAFFE` LATTE`TOP 2000 TRACKS {EXPANDED EDITION}

#1531 STOP & GET A HOLD OF MYSELF Gladys Knight & The Pips
"Stop & Get a Hold of Myself" finds Gladys Knight & The Pips in 1965, just prior to signing with Motown. This is an obscure soul gem penned by Van McCoy- years before he created his disco hit "The Hustle".

#1532 IT'S MY PARTY Lesley Gore
When Lesley Gore scored a worldwide hit with her version of the Wally Gold, John Gluck Jr. and Herb Weiner song "It's My Party" in 1963, it became the 1st #1 produced by Quincy Jones.

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.

1500 are now... 2000! 
There's now an expanded edition of the  1500 Caffe` Latte` Choice Tracks- ranked as a Top 2000. Twice daily, this site will continue the ascent through the songs at #200 - 1; while adding to the ranking downwards from #1501 - 2000
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#185 LOVE IS IN CONTROL (FINGER ON THE TRIGGER) Donna Summer
By 1982, Donna Summer had intentionally distanced herself from disco. It was no radical move; the genre had lost its momentum and Summer had made a point of incorporating other musical styles on her 70s albums, even if everyone focused on her dance hits. The lead single off her self-titled album that year found her without Giorgio Moroder. Her new producer was Quincy Jones. While Moroder had shaped Summer's disco output, 'Q' was then 1 of the hottest producers, largely due to his work on Michael Jackson's 'Off the Wall' LP. He co-wrote "Love is in Control" with Rod Temperton and Merria Ross. 
The session players on the single included Greg Phillinganes on synthesizer, Michael Sembello (of "Maniac" fame) on guitar, Paulinho da Costa on percussion, Jerry Hey on horns, Among the  background vocalists were James Ingram and Howard Hewett. 
"Love is in Control" fared well on the charts, ensuring Summer a successful transition from her traditional dance style. The new song was funky and R&B flavoured. On the charts, it reached #10 in America. It also made the Top 10 in Canada and Europe. In the UK, the disc peaked at #18. On the Australian chart, it climbed to #17.
 
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, August 30, 2014

CAFFE` LATTE`TOP 2000 TRACKS {EXPANDED EDITION}

#1529 SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
1991's "Summertime", by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince (Will Smith), is built around a sample of Kool & The Gang's 1974 track "Summer Madness" (written by Alton Taylor, Robert Mickens, Robert "Kool" Bell, George Brown, Richard Westfield and Dennis Thomas).

#1530 EGO Elton John
"Ego" was first issued as a single in 1978 and charted in Britain, Australia and Canada. Written by Elton John & Bernie Taupin, it was finally included on the CD re-release of 'A Single Man' as a bonus track, as well as its inclusion on the 'To Be Continued...' box set.

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.
The Caffe` Latte` Top 10 Tracks this week:



1 She Came To Give It To You USHER featuring NICKI MINAJ 1wk                               NEW

2 New York State Of Mind BARBRA STREISAND & BILLY JOEL                                      1 3

3 Don't Say Goodbye SERGIO MENDES featuring JOHN LEGEND                                    NEW

4 Walking These Streets STEVE CLISBY                                                                         5 2

5 I'm Not The Only One SAM SMITH                                                                         10 2

6 Love Never Felt So Good {Frankie Knuckles Edit} M. JACKSON & J. TIMBERLAKE        2 3

7 Fireball PITBULL featuring JOHN RYAN                                                               4 5

8 Your Love NICOLE SCHERZINGER                                                                         3 3

9 One Night PRINNIE STEVENS                                                                NEW

10 A Place With No Name MICHAEL JACKSON                                                             NEW