Thursday, April 24, 2014

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#328 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince & The Revolution
The world was already aware of Prince by 1984. He had enjoyed both chart success and critical acclaim for songs such as "Controversy", "Little Red Corvette" and "1999". The multi-talented performer raised the bar with his next project: the film 'Purple Rain' and its immensely successful soundtrack album. 
"When Doves Cry" was 1 of the watershed moments of the '80s. It marked the moment the "Purple One" became a superstar, challenging pop giants such as Michael Jackson. Prince wrote the words and music for this worldwide smash hit following the completion of the movie. He produced the recording at Sunset Sound Studios in L.A. 
The single reached #1 in the US, Australia and Canada. In Britain, it peaked at #4. It was declared the top single of 1984 in America by Billboard Magazine. In 1990, MC Hammer sampled the hit song for his single "Pray" which peaked at #2 in the US. In 1996, Ginuwine scored a Top 20 hit in the UK and USA with his cover of "When Doves Cry". Quindon Tarver cut an inspired interpretation of Prince's song for inclusion in the film 'Romeo + Juliet' that same year.

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.
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#329 THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE Leona Lewis
Pop audiences might never have come across the stirring ballad "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" if actor and director Clint Eastwood had not decided to include it during a key scene in his hit film 'Play Misty For Me'. It gave Roberta Flack a #1 hit in 1972. 
Fast forward to 2006, and Leona Lewis won the 3rd season of the UK TV reality show "The X Factor". By year's end, she was a star in their homeland. 2007 saw the young singer release her debut album 'Spirit'. By 2008, she had scored a global #1 with the single "Bleeding Love". 
Lewis' remake of "The First Time..." was among the tracks contained on her 1st album. The ballad had been composed by Ewan McColl (written for his wife Peggy). Lewis' interpretation was produced by Wayne Wilkins, Louis Biancaniello, Sam Watters and The Runaways. 
While subsequent releases from Lewis have failed to match the stellar success she enjoyed with 'Spirit', she is still recording to this day. Her most recent release was a Christmas album issued in 2013, with familiar seasonal songs as well as 2 which she co-wrote.

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.
2 new songs are added each day (every 12 hours)  with a mid-week bonus every Wednesday.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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#330 YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO Carly Simon
The 1980s saw Carly Simon rediscover her pop sensibilities. "Jesse" was a chart smash in Australia. Her collaboration with Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards of Chic fame resulted in a Top 10 hit in Britain and "You Know What To Do" found Simon revisit the adult and intimate themes that had attracted audiences to her songcraft in the preceding decade. 
"You Know..." was from her 1983 album 'Hello Big Man'. The song was composed by Simon with music from Peter Wood (who played Memory Moog on the cut) and producer Mike Mainieri with lyrics she co-wrote with Jacob Brackman. Hugh McCracken played acoustic guitar and Rick Marotta contributed drums. 

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.
2 new songs are added each day (every 12 hours)  with a mid-week bonus every Wednesday.
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#331 THIS LOVE Maroon 5
By the time Maroon 5 struck gold with their hit song "This Love" in 2004, the song had been out in the public arena for 2 years. It was first released as 1 of the tracks on the group's debut album 'Songs About Jane'. 
The group formed in 1999 from the ashes of Kara's Flowers. The L.A. band's lead singer Adam Levine and keyboardist Jesse Carmichael co-wrote the bulk of what became their 1st album. Issued in 2002, the album percolated while it struggled for attention. First single "Harder To Breathe" finally caught on with the public. 
"This Love", penned by the 2 group members, was selected for the follow-up single. The track was produced by Matt Wallace and Mark Endert. By now, Maroon 5 had arrived. The single reached the Top 10 in the USA, UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Venezuela.
Maroon 5 have been consistent chart stars since 2004. Subsequent hits have included "She Will Be Loved", "Makes Me Wonder" (US #1), "Moves Like Jagger"(US #1), "Payphone" (UK #1) and "One More Night" (US #1).

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.
2 new songs are added each day (every 12 hours)  with a mid-week bonus every Wednesday.
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#332 LATE IN THE EVENING Paul Simon
Paul Simon created a solo gem with his 1980 chart hit "Late in the Evening". The song was featured in the film 'One Trick Pony' whuch starred Simon. While the movie flopped, the song remains 1 of the highlights of the singer/ songwriter's catalogue. Simon penned the song and co-produced it with Phil Ramone. Session musicians on the recording included drummer Steve Gadd, guitarist Hugh McCracken and percussionist Ralph McDonald. The track was cut in A&R Studios in New York. 
Released as a single in 1980, "Late..." made the Top 10 in America and Canada. It also charted in Britain and Australia. This was Simon's last major chart success until later in the decade and the hits from his 'Graceland' classic album.

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.
2 new songs are added each day (every 12 hours)  with a mid-week bonus every Wednesday.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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#333 BLUE EYES Elton John
Elton John co-wrote "Blue Eyes" with Gary Osborne. The track was included on the 1982 album 'Jump Up!'. Chris Thomas produced the recording, which took place at the Air Studios in Montserrat. James Newton Howard's talent on synthesizer and as conductor/arranger of the strings and brass is featured heavily on the love song.
Released as the album's lead single, the disc reached #1 on the US Adult Contemporary Chart and 12 Pop there. In the UK, the single peaked at #8. The single also made the Top 10 in Australia, Europe and Canada. His next LP saw John re-unite with lyricist Bernie Taupin.

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.
2 new songs are added each day (every 12 hours)  with a mid-week bonus every Wednesday.
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#334 ONE MOMENT IN TIME Whitney Houston
The Summer Olympics of 1988 were held in Seoul, South Korea. Aristra Records compiled an album to commemorate the event. Its leading act, Whitney Houston, contributed a song that was to become the unofficial anthem for the Games. 
Seasoned songwriters Albert Hammond and John Bettis wrote "One Moment In Time". Narada Michael Walden produced the inspiring ballad. Released as a single, the track proved a success for Houston. Along with reaching #1 on the American Adult Contemporary Chart, it peaked at #5 Pop there. In Britain, the single reigned at the top for 2 weeks. It also ruled the German Top 40.
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.
2 new songs are added each day (every 12 hours)  with a mid-week bonus every Wednesday.