Tuesday, September 27, 2016

100 BEST ALBUM COVERS: #23. Continues tomorrow.

Caffe` Latte` presents…
THE 100 BEST
ALBUM COVERS
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23
ELVIS PRESLEY
ELVIS PRESLEY (1956)
BEFORE IT WAS A HIT XVIII: Don't Leave Me This Way. Continues later this week.
BEFORE IT WAS A HIT SONG
These songs are well known but you may not know about the earlier attempts to score a hit record with prior versions of the same song.
Don't Leave Me This Way
 
Thelma Houston scored a major global hit with her disco remake of "Don't Leave Me This Way". The single topped the US Pop, R&B and Disco charts in 1976-7. Just 1 year earlier, the original version, by soul group Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, was issued. That disc reached #3 on the Disco Chart in 1975. Re-released 2 years later, the single made the UK Top 5. 
Houston's cover eclipsed the original and was followed by another remake in 1986 by British duo The Communards. This version reached #1 in Britain and went Top 10 in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
 
Each new song will be added to the spotify playlist named: ‘Before It Was A Hit Song’.  You can check out the earlier / original versions of the hit songs you know and love.
Red Red Wine
Tainted Love
Killing Me Softly
The Best
Wind Beneath My Wings
Hanging on the Telephone
I Love Rock ‘n Roll
Mickey
Got My Mind Set On You
Rivers of Babylon
It’s All Coming Back To Me Now
China Girl
I Can’t Stand The Rain
Last Thing On My Mind
Blame It On The Boogie
Do Wah Diddy Diddy
The playlist and other Caffe` Latte` selections can be found at:
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Monday, September 26, 2016

200 MOST RECOMMENDED ALBUMS : #28. Continues later this week.
THE CAFFE` LATTE`
200
MOST RECOMMENDED ALBUMS
Some are the best selling, while others may be obscure, but the albums listed here are all worthy of a listen. No compilation/ best of sets. Only exceptional live albums included. This is a personal listing of the albums I enjoy the most to this day.
#28
THE ALBUM: ABBA 
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 [1977] 
ABBA's 'The Album' was unleashed to coincide with the release of the group's motion picture project, the similarly titled 'The Movie'. Filmed in Australia and Sweden, most of the songs featured in the movie were included on the LP. Its tracks again revealed progression; this time it was particularly noticeable in the production techniques. The golden harmonies from the female members were on show for songs such as "Eagle", "Take A Chance On Me", "The Name Of The Game", "Hole In Your Soul" "I'm A Marionette" and "One Man, One Woman". The sole weak point among the musical numbers is "Move On". Frida is given her own moment to impress on "I Wonder". Her vocal delivery here is on par with Agnetha's triumphs in the ABBA catalogue (such as "Slipping Through My Fingers", "My Love, My Life" and "S.O.S."). Arguably the best known track on the album is "Thank You For The Music", which swiftly became a signature song. 'The Album' works effectively as a soundtrack for the band's film, but works just as well as a stand alone recording.
Highlight tracks: Eagle; The Name Of the Game; Take A Chance On Me; Hole In Your Soul & I Wonder.
THE ICONS GALLERY - ANTHEMS 
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Each month a song will be featured as the Icons Gallery salutes the GLBTI Anthems.


THE ANTHEMS 

2016
SEPTEMBER
JOHN I'M ONLY DANCING - David Bowie
David Bowie's "John I'm Only Dancing" and its gay connotations proved to be too risqué for America, but - in the era of androgyny- became a chart hit in his native Britain. Released in 1972. the song's camp theme has made it a seminal anthem from the glam rock genre. Bowie re-recorded the song 7 years later.

JANUARY - AUGUST 2016

VOGUE - Madonna
SOMEWHERE - Barbra Streisand
I WILL SURVIVE - Gloria Gaynor
RISE LIKE A PHOENIX - Conchita Wurst
I WANT TO BREAK FREE - Queen
SAME LOVE - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert
SO MANY MEN, SO LITTLE TIME - Miquel Brown
TRUE COLORS - Cyndi Lauper

JANUARY - DECEMBER        2015 

Y.M.C.A. - Village People
LEGENDARY HEROES  (ALL OF THEM QUEER) - Holly Johnson
WE ARE FAMILY - Sister Sledge
SMALLTOWN BOY - Bronski Beat
YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) - Sylvester
I'M COMING OUT - Diana Ross
GIMME! GIMME! GIMME! (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) - Abba
GO WEST - Pet Shop Boys
IT'S RAINING MEN -The Weather Girls
BORN THIS WAY - Lady Gaga
OVER THE RAINBOW - Judy Garland
I AM WHAT I AM - Gloria Gaynor


BEFORE IT WAS A HIT XVII: Do Wah Diddy Diddy. Continues tomorrow.
BEFORE IT WAS A HIT SONG
These songs are well known but you may not know about the earlier attempts to score a hit record with prior versions of the same song.
Do Wah Diddy Diddy
In 1964, English group Manfred Mann topped the British & American Pop charts for 2 weeks with "Do Wah Diddy Diddy". At the time, UK acts were dominating the pop music scene. Manfred Mann's version overtook the groundswell surrounding the original (entitled "Do Wah Diddy") by US R&B group The Exciters. Their single flopped as radio focused all attention on the British remake.
The Exciters Do Wah Diddy Diddy
Each new song will be added to the spotify playlist named: ‘Before It Was A Hit Song’.  You can check out the earlier / original versions of the hit songs you know and love.
Red Red Wine
Tainted Love
Killing Me Softly
The Best
Wind Beneath My Wings
Hanging on the Telephone
I Love Rock ‘n Roll
Mickey
Got My Mind Set On You
Rivers of Babylon
It’s All Coming Back To Me Now
China Girl
I Can’t Stand The Rain
Last Thing On My Mind
Blame It On The Boogie
The playlist and other Caffe` Latte` selections can be found at:
spotify:user:alanrosscaffelatte

Sunday, September 25, 2016

200 MOST RECOMMENDED ALBUMS : #29. Continues tomorrow.

THE CAFFE` LATTE`
200
MOST RECOMMENDED ALBUMS
Some are the best selling, while others may be obscure, but the albums listed here are all worthy of a listen. No compilation/ best of sets. Only exceptional live albums included. This is a personal listing of the albums I enjoy the most to this day.
#29
AN INNOCENT MAN: BILLY JOEL 
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 [1983] 
On 'An Innocent Man', Billy Joel paid tribute to the early rock and R&B music that influenced him as a performer. Each track recalls the seminal sounds of the late 1950s and Sixties. There's a nod to Motown in "Tell Her About It", his US #1 hit from this LP. "Uptown Girl" is in the tradition of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. Album opener "Easy Money" evokes the Stax/ Volt sound of acts such as Otis Redding. The title track channels Roy Orbison. The vocal / doo wop groups are represented by "The Longest Time". Most important is that there is fun oozing out of each track. "This Night" is a joyous old school track. The Joel on this album is a man in love. "Christie Lee" is a straightshooting rock 'n roll ode to his new partner. His relationship with Christie Brinkley was blossoming at the time and influenced the record's cheerful mood. There's no filler and the album flows well from start to finish. Unfortunately, this was Joel's final album of consistent quality.
Highlight tracks: Uptown Girl; This Night; An Innocent Man; The Longest Time & Tell Her About It.
200 ESSENTIAL DUETS This update: #190-181. Continues next weekend.

Caffe` Latte` presents…
THE 200 ALL-TIME MOST
ESSENTIAL DUETS
This countdown looks back on decades of duets, where 2 acts combine on a song.
To be eligible, the acts involved contribute close to equal roles as lead vocalists rather than featured or guest vocals. The collaborations must be by acts that do not usually record together as regular duos (eg. Hall & Oates, Everly Brothers, Simon & Garfunkel and Wham!).
190
IT ISN'T, IT WASN'T, IT AIN'T EVER GONNA BE
ARETHA FRANKLIN & WHITNEY HOUSTON
Aretha Franklin's duet with her Goddaughter Whitney Houston was included on the Queen of Soul's 1989 album 'Through The Storm'. Released as a single, the song made the Top 40 in America and Britain. It peaked at #5 on the R&B chart.
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I JUST FALL IN LOVE AGAIN
ANNE MURRAY & DUSTY SPRINGFIELD
In 2008, Anne Murray released her 'Duets: Friends & Legends' album. Her re-recording of "I Just Fall In Love Again" was a posthumous duet with the legendary Dusty Springfield.
188
I SHOULD'VE FOLLOWED YOU HOME
AGNETHA FALTSKOG & GARY BARLOW
Take That's lead singer Gary Barlow co-wrote the song he recorded with former ABBA member Agnetha Faltskog. The song was featured on her 'A ' album, issued in 2013.
187
NEW YORK STATE OF MIND
BARBRA STREISAND & BILLY JOEL
When Barbra Streisand first recorded "New York State Of Mind" for her 1977 'Superman' album, it raised the profile of its writer, Billy Joel. His original version was contained on the 1976 album 'Turnstiles'. In 2014, both revisited the song for her 'Partners' album. The song was also the title of 1 of the children's books written by Joel.
The single's two artists, Nick Jonas and Tove Lo, stare at each other, both sweaty and appear to be emotional over an issue186
CLOSE
NICK JONAS & TOVE LO
Heart throb Nick Jonas released "Close", a song he recorded with Swedish singer / songwriter Tove Lo, in 2016 from his 'Last Year Was Complicated' album. It charted around the world.
185
BEING WITH YOU
SMOKEY ROBINSON & MARY J. BLIGE
Mary J. Blige helped turn Smokey Robinson's 1981 solo pop hit "Being With You" into a soulful duet on his 2014 'Smokey & Friends' album.
184
SOUTH SIDE
MOBY & GWEN STEFANI
1999's 'Play' album by Moby featured his duet "South Side". Gwen Stefani contributed a guest vocal. The single reached #14 in America.
183
HE'S SURE THE BOY I LOVE
BETTE MIDLER & DARLENE .LOVE
He's a rebel.jpgIt's the Girls! by Bette Midler.pngBette Midler's 'It's The Girls' album was a tribute to the girl groups of rock's earliest years. In 1963, The Crystals released "He's Sure The Boy I Love". Darlene Love recorded the original vocal and is included on Midler's remake.
182
INCREDIBLE
CELINE DION & NE-YO
In 2013, Celine Dion's duet with Ne-Yo was issued as a single, lifted off her 'Loved Me Back To Life' album. The song was used as the theme for the 2014 Winter Olympics held in Sochi.
181
I'VE SEEN IT ALL
BJORK & THOM YORKE 
Iceland's best known musical export Bjork recorded "I've Seen It All" with Radiohead's lead singer Thom Yorke for the film 'Dancer In The Dark'. Their duet was nominated for an Oscar.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

THE CAFFE` LATTE`
TOP 10 ALBUMS – SEPT. 2016
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1 ENCORE - MOVIE PARTNERS SING BROADWAY
   Barbra Streisand             1 2
2 BACKBONE Anthony Callea        NEW
3 MIRAGE [DELUXE EDITION] Fleetwood Mac     NEW
4 BLURRYFACE Twenty One Pilots            2 2
5 GREATEST HITS Queen           5 2
6 RUMOURS Fleetwood Mac  3 8
7 TROLLS Motion Picture Soundtrack   Various Artists   NEW
8 GHOSTBUSTERS 2016 Motion Picture Soundtrack  Various Artists      6 2
9 EUROVISION SONG CONTEST STOCKHOLM 2016 Various Artists    9 6
10 LEMONADE Beyonce'       10 6
 
The Caffe` Latte` Top 10 Tracks this week

1 Any Moment Now BARBRA STREISAND & HUGH JACKMAN  1wk                                  9 2

2 #Wheresthelove BLACK EYED PEAS & THE WORLD                                                      4 3

3 Start JOHN LEGEND                                                                                                 8 2

4 Anything You Can Do BARBRA STREISAND & MELISSA McCARTHY                            1 4

5 September JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, ANNA KENDRICK & EARTH WIND & FIRE     NEW

6 Starboy THE WEEKND ftg. DAFT PUNK                                                                   NEW

7 That Love SHAGGY                                                                                         NEW

8 Perfect Illusion LADY GAGA                                                                                  3 3

9 Tilted CHRISTINE & THE QUEENS                                                                              NEW

10 Jolene PENTATONIX & DOLLY PARTON                                                                     NEW


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NEW COUNTDOWN... The 200 Most Essential DUETS. This instalment: #200-191. Continues tomorrow.
Caffe` Latte` presents…
THE 200 ALL-TIME MOST
ESSENTIAL DUETS
 
This countdown looks back on decades of duets, where 2 acts combine on a song.
To be eligible, the acts involved contribute close to equal roles as lead vocalists rather than featured or guest vocals. The collaborations must be by acts that do not usually record together as regular duos (eg. Hall & Oates, Everly Brothers, Simon & Garfunkel and Wham!).
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HELLO HELLO
ELTON JOHN & LADY GAGA
Elton John recorded a solo version of this song for the 2011  ‘Gnomeo And Juliet’ soundtrack. An alternative recording features Lady Gaga sharing lead vocals with him.
199
UNTIL THE END OF TIME
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE & BEYONCE`
This duet brought together 2 of the biggest names in contemprary pop music: Justin Timberlake and Beyoncé. It was released as a single in 2007.
198
THIS OLD HEART OF MINE
ROD STEWART & RONALD ISLEY
In 1989 both Ronald Isley and Rod Stewart re-recorded a version of the 1960s hit. It was originally recorded by the former's group The Isley Brothers on Motown. Stewart had cut a solo version in 1975. The makeover duet reached #10 Pop in the US where it also enjoyed a 5 week reign on the AC chart.
197
HOW MANY TIMES CAN WE SAY GOODBYE
DIONNE WARWICK & LUTHER VANDROSS
Howmanytimescanwesaygoodbyedionnewarwick.jpgLuther Vandross produced Dionne Warwick's 1983 album 'How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye'. The 2 shared lead vocal duties on its title track which made the Top 10 on the R&B and Adult Contemporary charts.
196
THE NEXT TIME I FALL
PETER CETERA & AMY GRANT
D67540s1v3f.jpgPeter Cetera's 1986 album 'Solitude / Solitaire' featured this US Pop and AC #1 ballad for the ex- member of the group Chicago (now a solo artist) and former contemporary Christian singer Amy Grant.
195
KING AND QUEEN
JOHN LEGEND & MARY J. BLIGE
Mary J. Blige - Reflections - A Retrospective album cover.jpgJohn Legend and Mary J Blige combined forces for this soulful song included on the latter's 2006 compilation album 'Reflections (A Retrospective)'. It was added as a bonus track on Legend's 'Once Again' in the same year.
194
AIN’T THAT PECULIAR
SMOKEY ROBINSON & JAMES TAYLOR
Smokey & FriendsMarvin Gaye sang the million-selling Motown 1965 hit "Ain't That Peculiar". Smokey Robinson produced and co-wrote the song. He recorded a new version as a duet with James Taylor for his 'Smokey And Friends' album in 2014.
193
SENZA UNA DONNA (WITHOUT A WOMAN)
ZUCCHERO & PAUL YOUNG
Italian pop star Zucchero raised his profile when he cut this duet with British vocalist Paul Young. Their song was a Top 10 hit in America, Britain and Europe.
192
SLOW RIVERS
ELTON JOHN & CLIFF RICHARD
Leather jackets.JPGBritish pop's 2 pop music legends recorded this duet for Elton John's 'Leather Jackets' album. In 1986, the track was issued as a single.
191
DON’T FALL IN LOVE WITH A DREAMER
KENNY ROGERS & KIM CARNES
Before Kim Carnes became a pop star, she had carved out a reputation in the country genre. She co-wrote "Don't Fall In Love With A Dreamer" which Kenny Rogers recorded with her. In 1980, the duet became a crossover smash, reaching the Top 3 on the US Pop, AC and Country charts.