Monday, July 28, 2014

ABBATHE 40 MOST IMPORTANT SONGS


19 HE IS YOUR BROTHER

Writers: Benny Andersson / Bjorn Ulvaeus

In mid-October 1972, Benny and Bjotn started work on an upbeat track for their debut album, 'Ring Ring'. "He Is Your Brother" projects a cheery message about social harmony and cohesion. It marks another stepping stone in the group's development of the 'ABBA sound'.

20 SLIPPING THROUGH MY FINGERS

21 TAKE A CHANCE ON ME

22 I AM THE CITY

23 ONE OF US

24 SHE'S MY KIND OF GIRL

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.
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TOP 1500 CHOICE TRACKS


#219 BROWN EYED GIRL Van Morrison
After quitting his group Them, Van Morrison's musical career was on hold. Producer Bert Berns managed to persuade the Irish performer to launch a solo career. This new phase was kickstarted with his 'Blowin' Your Mind' album in 1967. "Brown Eyed Girl" was the LP's hit single. The song was penned by Morrison and produced by Berns. Its original working title was "Brown- Skinned Girl". The single reached #10 in America, It remains a standout in Morrison's songbook.
 
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.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

ABBATHE 40 MOST IMPORTANT SONGS


20 SLIPPING THROUGH MY FINGERS

Writers: Benny Andersson / Bjorn Ulvaeus

By the time ABBA was recording 'The Visitors' album, Bjorn's lyrics had developed to such an extent that he created songs dealing with serious issues. "Slipping Through My Fingers" is one of his best. Inspired by his daughter Linda's growing up, the song will resonate with many parents. ABBA attracted much derision for some of their silly songs, but this ballad perfectly sung by Agnetha, silences those critics. This is a long way from songs such as "Dum Dum Diddle"! The track also shows that ABBA possessed plenty of potential and would be more relevant had the group not split up.

21 TAKE A CHANCE ON ME

22 I AM THE CITY

23 ONE OF US

24 SHE'S MY KIND OF GIRL

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.
CAFFE` LATTE` 
TOP 1500 CHOICE TRACKS


#220 I JUST WANT TO MAKE LOVE TO YOU Etta James
Muddy Waters recorded the earliest version of the Willie Dixon composition "I Just Want To Make Love To You" in 1954. His rendition was pure blues and issued as a single on Chess Records. Etta James recorded her remake in 1961 for her Chess debut album 'At Last'. 
Being sung from a female perspective drastically shifted the context of Dixon's lyrics. Her approach was not as gritty as the original, but James belts it out with gusto. Strings make it more romantic without diminishing its sexual energy. The Rolling Stones covered the song in 1964 and many others have done so since.
James continued performing and touring into the new century. Ill health affected her ability in later years. In 2008, Beyonce portrayed her in the film 'Cadillac Records', a movie dealing with the Chess label. James released her final album of new material in 2011 on Verve Forecast, entitled 'The Dreamer'. The following year, she died of leukemia aged 73. James was a remarkable and unique vocalist with a career spanning several decades.
 
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.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Caffe` Latte` Top 10 Tracks this week:


1 Can't Take My Eyes Off You JOHN LLOYD YOUNG    1wk                                   NEW

2 Push It SALT 'N' PEPA                                                                            1 2

3 Only Love Can Hurt Like This PALOMA FAITH                                                     8 2

4 Stay With Me SAM SMITH featuring MARY J. BLIGE                                                 9 2

5 Lovers On The Sun DAVID GUETTA featuring SAM MARTIN                                      10 2

6 See That Boy Again MARY J. BLIGE featuring Pharrell                                                        3 3

7 Way We Are KOVE featuring MELISSA STEEL                                                               NEW

8 Me And My Broken Heart RIXTON                                                                                  NEW

9 I Want You MARY J. BLIGE                                                                                  2 6

10 Sherry JOHN LLOYD YOUNG                                                                            NEW

ABBATHE 40 MOST IMPORTANT SONGS


21 TAKE A CHANCE ON ME

Writers: Benny Andersson / Bjorn Ulvaeus

"Take A Chance On Me" is ABBA doing what it did best: great, upbeat catchy songs with an unforgettable hook. The inspiration came to Bjorn while he was jogging and he noticed a regular rhythm. The group began recording this in mid-August 1977,  issuing it as the very successful 2nd single from 'ABBA - The Album'. It even peaked at #3 in the USA., where the group did not enjoy the popularity that greeted them elsewhere.

22 I AM THE CITY

23 ONE OF US

24 SHE'S MY KIND OF GIRL

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.
CAFFE` LATTE` 
TOP 1500 CHOICE TRACKS


#221 I BELIEVE (WHEN I FALL IN LOVE IT WILL BE FOREVER) Stevie Wonder
The release of the 'Talking Book' album in 1972  marked a further development in Stevie Wonder's musical growth. As the follow-up to the previous year's 'Music of my Mind', this new album finds a musician further evolving his song craft. The material was more mature than the generally upbeat singles he had dropped during the 1960s. Among the highlight tracks featured on 'Talking Book' is the ballad "I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)". 
The love song was penned by Wonder. He performed all of the instruments and produced the cut. The track runs for just under 5 minutes. Although not issued as a single, the song is known as a standout from Wonder's catalogue. It has been covered over the decades, with notable interpretations from the likes of Art Garfunkel, George Michael, Kate Ceberano and Michael McDonald.
 
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.