Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Caffe` Latte` Top 10 Tracks this week:

1 Add Me In CHRIS BROWN     1wk                                                          2 4

2 Somewhere BARBRA STREISAND & JOSH GROBAN                                                  5 3

3 Raised By Wolves U2                                                                       6 2

4 The Chamber LENNY KRAVITZ                                                                        1 5

5 Live Louder NATHANIEL                                                                       4 4

6 I Still Can See Your Face BARBRA STREISAND & ANDREA BOCELLI                        3 5

7 No One ARETHA FRANKLIN                                                                       NEW

8 Quiet Storm SMOKEY ROBINSON & JOHN LEGEND                                                      NEW

9 Already Gone BOYZ II MEN                                                                    NEW

10 I'm Every Woman/ Respect ARETHA FRANKLIN                                                            NEW

CAFFE` LATTE`TOP 2000 TRACKS {EXPANDED EDITION}

#1641 SWEET DREAMS (ARE MADE OF THIS) Eurythmics
Both members of the duo The Eurythmics wrote the sublime "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)"; a stand-out song from the 1980s. It reached #1 in the USA and 2 in the UK in 1983. Dave Stewart also produced it, the title track from the duo's album that same year.

#1642 HALF A MILE AWAY Billy Joel
Billy Joel's '52nd Street' album was filled with catchy and well executed tracks. "Half A Mile Away" is 1 of its highlights. Joel wrote the song. Phil Ramone produced. The LP was issued in 1978. Dave Grusin handled the horn orchestration that makes this track special.

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

#130 AIN'T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
The magical pairing of Marvin Gaye with Tammi Terrell produced several Motown gems. "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" remains the best duet from the label's 2 star vocalists. Married couple Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson co-wrote the classic. Production duties were handled by longtime Gaye associate Harvey Fuqua and Johnny Bristol. 
The duet was released as a single in 1967. In the US, the disc reached #3 on the R&B chart and 19 Pop. The single also charted in the UK and Australia. The duo released an LP entitled 'United' that year. "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" was so successful that other Gaye / Terrell duets followed for the next 4 years.
Terrell's health declined and some subsequent releases- although credited to her- were in fact recorded by Simpson (co-writer of this hit song). Despite 8 operations, Terrell died of a brain tumour in 1970, aged just 24. Gaye was devastated by the loss of his singing partner. He was never the same again. 
The song has been covered by many other artists since. The 1970 remake by Diana Ross remains the most successful. Her re-interpretation reached #1 in the USA. She had previously recorded a cover with The Supremes and The Temptations in 1968. 
 
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 24, 2014

NEW RELEASE OF THE MONTH
OCTOBER 2014
ARETHA FRANKLINSINGS THE GREAT DIVA CLASSICS
A new album from Aretha Franklin is always interesting. Her voice has long been hailed as 1 of music's greatest. It has excelled in genres spanning gospel, jazz, soul and blues. This latest release sees R&B's greatest female voice take on an array of songs made famous by divas across several decades. 
The album begins with a remake of the Etta James tender love song "At Last". Franklin delivers a breathtaking interpretation and apt opening track. The energy gains momentum on the next cut: a powerful rendition of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep". Franklin's version slides into "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" part way through. This is an album highlight.
Next up is a precise reading of "Midnight Train To Georgia". Although this song is best remembered by the hit single from Gladys Knight & The Pips, the original version was in fact recorded by Cissy Houston. Whitney's mother is 1 of the backup vocalists on this (and other) album tracks. Aretha makes a meal of the R&B staple. 
"I Will Survive" is served up next. Gloria Gaynor's iconic disco anthem is infused with a joyous and soulful energy. The 5 female backing singers really shine on this cut. Aretha is in fine voice on this new album and is more than capable to hold her remakes here against most of the originals. The task on this album is no mean feat: almost all are cherished songs with definitive versions permanently etched in our memory. 
"People" took a few listens, but that was more because of it being a signature song for Barbra Streisand. Once I got past that, I was able to enjoy the new version of the song from the musical "Funny Girl".
Aretha's remake of "No One" from Alicia Keys is transformed, sounding more soulful than was thought possible. This is the album's standout track: a music veteran tackling a modern soul hit song.
The delights keep coming; with a breathtaking version of the Chaka Khan 70s hit "I'm Every Woman". Cissy is on backup vocals here too, on a song her daughter covered for 'The Bodyguard'. Franklin's new version includes a masterful reprise of her 60s signature song "Respect". Audiences will relish this medley. 
The next track, "Teach Me Tonight" sees the 'Queen of Soul' pay homage to the 'Queen of the Blues': Dinah Washington. It's a welcome change of pace, sandwiched between 2 upbeat songs. Aretha's treatment joins the list of worthy interpretations of this standard.
It's followed by an exhilarating cover of the Diana Ross & The Supremes 60s #1 "You Keep Me Hangin' On". Penned by the production trio of Holland/ Dozier/ Holland, this update is another highlight among this collection. Aretha had recorded a very different version for Atlantic that remained unreleased until 2007. Both recordings feature her on piano. 
The album closes with a Prince composition that was an international hit for Sinead O'Connor: "Nothing Compares 2 U". On here, the song is given a swing makeover that works well. Therin lie the main strengths of this new collection of songs: a legendary vocalist with an astute and cohesive theme that mixes standards with pop hit singles -old and new- recorded in a thoughtful variety of musical styles.
This album deserves to do well for Aretha. Despite ill health over the last few years, we find her in fine voice. Her tonsils reinforce Franklin's undisputed place among the greatest. Unleashed in time for the upcoming holiday season, this should sell by the truckload. Long live the Queen!
CAFFE` LATTE`TOP 2000 TRACKS {EXPANDED EDITION}

#1639 I LOVE PARIS Les Negresses Vertes
In 1990, an AIDS charity album entitled 'Red Hot + Blue' was compiled with various artists singing Cole Porter standards. Les Negresses Vertes formed in France and infused their remake with elements of genres as diverse as worldbeat and folk music.

#1640 I'D RATHER GO BLIND Etta James
Etta James could tear up a song just as easily as she could adopt a tender approach to a love song. It's her latter skills that make "I'd Rather Go Blind" so special. The ballad was written by Bill Foster and Ellington Jordan. James' interpretation was issued in 1967.

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` presents a new update: continuing to #120...
Updated twice weekly, here is a ranking of the 200 most essential disco songs, taking into consideration: influence, popularity, chart performance and enduring quality:
The 200 MOST ESSENTIAL 
DISCO ERA songS
 


121 I LOVE YOU Donna Summer 1977 
122 THE SECOND TIME AROUND Shalamar  1979
 123 (EVERY TIME I TURN AROUND) BACK IN LOVE AGAIN LTD featuring Jeffrey Osborne  1977
124 GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS Lamont Dozier 1977
125 CONTACT Edwin Starr 1978
126 CHASE Giorgio Moroder 1978
127 SPANK Jimmy "Bo" Horne 1979
128 GIVING UP, GIVING IN The Three Degrees 1978
129 DANCING MACHINE  1973
130 EXPRESS B.T. Express 1974
131 HOT SHOT Karen Young 1978
132 SAN FRANCISCO Village People 1977
133 IF MY FRIENDS COULD SEE ME NOW Linda Clifford 1978
 134 A LOVER'S HOLIDAY Change 1980
135 TAKE THAT TO THE BANK Shalamar 1979
 136 DON'T LET ME BE MISUNDERSTOOD Santa Esmerelda starring Leroy Gomez 1977
137 DOCTOR'S ORDERS Carol Douglas 1974
138 YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE DANCING  1976
139 LOVE IS IN THE AIR John Paul Young 1978
140 THE RUNNER The Three Degrees 1979
 
141 BOOGIE FEVER The Sylvers 1976
 142 MORE, MORE, MORE Andrea True Connection 1976
143 HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL Tavares 1976
144 HAVEN'T STOPPED DANCING YET Gonzalez 1978 

145 DR LOVE Tina Charles 1976
146 I THINK I'M GONNA FALL (IN LOVE) Supercharge 1978
147 GIVE ME LOVE Cerrone 1979
148 I'M YOUR BOOGIE MAN K.C & The Sunshine Band 1976
149 MA BAKER Boney M 1977
150 I'M ON FIRE 5000 Volts 1975


151TAKE ME HOME Cher 1979
152 JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF YOUR HEART Donna Summer 1979 
153 DISCO PARTY (DANCE PEOPLE DANCE) The Trammps 1976
154 ONE WAY TICKET Eruption 1979
155 NINE TIMES The Moments 1976
156 THE MAIN EVENT / FIGHT Barbra Streisand 1979
157 THUNDER IN MY HEART Leo Sayer 1977
158 LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart 1979
159 AIN'T GONNA BUMP NO MORE (WITH NO BIG FAT WOMAN) Joe Tex 1977
160 LOVE IS HERE Cerrone 1977
 
161 LIFE IS MUSIC The Ritchie Family 1977
162 ON THE RADIO Donna Summer 1979
163 GOTTA GO HOME Boney M 1979
164 DANCE LITTLE LADY DANCE Tina Charles 1976
165 MARRIED MEN Bette Midler 1979
166 BODY CONTACT CONTACT The Trammps 1977
167 BOOGIE WOOGIE DANCING SHOES Claudja Barry 1979
168 (YOU'VE GOTTA) GET UP AND DANCE Supercharge 1977
169 SUNNY Boney M 1976
170 DO WHAT YOU WANNA DO T-Connection 1977

171 THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY Love And Kisses 1978
172 KEEP IT COMIN' LOVE K.C. & The Sunshine Band 1977
173 CAN'T LET GO Earth, Wind & Fire 1979 
174 GET ON THE FLOOR Michael Jackson 1979
175 I CAUGHT YOUR ACT Hues Corporation 1977
 176 KEEP ON JUMPIN' Musique 1978 
 177 HEAVEN MUST HAVE SENT YOU Bonnie Pointer 1978
178 RUN BACK Carl Douglas 1977
 179 THIS WILL BE A NIGHT TO REMEMBER Eddie Holman 1977
 180 RUN TO ME Kelly Marie 1977

  
181 FROM NEW YORK TO L.A. Patsy Gallant 1976
 182 IN THE BUSH Musique 1978  
 183 NOW IS THE TIME Jimmy James & The Vagabonds 1976
 184 HARMONY Suzi Lane 1979
185 LOVE INSURANCE Front Page 1979
   186 ALL NIGHT MAN Loose Change 1979
187 ROMEO & JULIET Alec R. Costandinos 1978