Monday, December 11, 2017

200 SONGS WITH THE BEST LYRICS. This post: #24: RAIN ON THE SCARECROW. Continues: tomorrow.
CAFFE` LATTE` PRESENTS
200 SONGS
WITH THE
BEST LYRICS
of all-time.
#24
RAIN ON THE SCARECROW
“…400 empty acres that
used to be my farm,
I grew up like my daddy did,
my grandpa cleared this land...
John Mellencamp joined the ranks of Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty with his 'Scarecrow' album. The gradual progression in his songwriting reached fruition on this 1985 release. "Rain On The Scarecrow" was written by Mellencamp with George M. Green.
The song deals with the struggles of farmers in small town America. Financial woes, the weather and related issues have driven families off land they have tilled for generations. The moving song conveys the despair and grief of these rural families. 
As new songs are covered on this blog, a definitive version will be added to a spotify playlist. Find it and the other Caffé Latté playlists at:
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Sunday, December 10, 2017

200 Favourite Music Acts. Today: #86: ALCAZAR. Continues next week.
The Caffé Latté
200
FAVOURITE
MUSIC ACTS
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#86
ALCAZAR
Alcazar was formed by producers Alexander Bard and Anders Hansson and lead singer Andreas Lundstedt. The Swedish dance trio was complete after the addition of female singers Annikafiore Kjærgaard and Tess Merkel . 
Debut single "Crying At The Discotheque" was unleashed in 2001 which sampled "Spacer", a funk/ disco track by Shiela B. Devotion. This disc, lifted off debut album 'Casino', broke Alcazar around the world and reached #1 in Brazil.
Subsequent singles included "Sexual Guarantee", "Not A Sinner Nor A Saint", "This Is The World We Live In", "Alcastar" and "Stay The Night". 
Magnus Carlsson joined Alcazar in 2002. The openly gay performer quit to pursue a solo career a few years later. In 2007, he bravely announced that he is HIV+.
Alcazar have competed in the Swedish selections to represent its homeland at Eurovision with songs that have included "Blame It On The Disco" in 2014. The song was a comeback single following the group's split in 2011.
Alcazar songwriter and producer Bard went on to form other Swedish dance acts such as BWO (aka Bodies Without Organs)and Gravitonas. 
Alcazar's most recent chart entry was a remake of the Wham! hit "Young Guns (Go For It). Released in 2015, it was included on the trio's 'Disco Defenders: Greatest Hits' compilation album.

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87 INDIA,ARIE
88 LIONEL RICHIE      89 DUSTY SPRINGFIELD      90 STING
91 KATE CEBERANO    92 DANNY SAUCEDO      93 OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN     
94 ROD STEWART       95 MARY J. BLIGE    96 SANTANA    97 CARLY SIMON
98 EMINEM       99 TAMMI TERRELL    100 FRANK SINATRA    101 JENNIFER HUDSON    
102 BEACH BOYS    103 CHAKA KHAN    104 JOE JACKSON       105 MIKA                              
106 CHRISTINA AGUILERA      107 DAVID GUETTA      108 DESTINY’S CHILD
109 JAMIROQUAI      110 ALISON MOYET      111 LED ZEPPELIN      112 STEVE WINWOOD
113 COMMODORES      114 COLDPLAY      115 SIMPLY RED      116 ONE DIRECTION
117 CAROLE KING      118 R. KELLY      119 EMELI SANDE`      120 QUINCY JONES
121 LADY GAGA      122 ELVIS COSTELLO      123 RAY CHARLES      124 ED SHEERAN
125 NATALIE COLE     126 SMOKEY ROBINSON     127 KANYE WEST     128 ELVIS PRESLEY
129 ERIC BENET      130 SAM SMITH      131 JAMES TAYLOR      132 STEELY DAN
133 IKE & TINA TURNER      134 DES’REE      135 ACE OF BASE      136 VAN MORRISON
137 SAM COOKE      138 THE DOORS      139 AMY WINEHOUSE      140 PHARRELL
141 GEORGE BENSON      142 MINNIE RIPERTON       143 VILLAGE PEOPLE
144 CURTIS MAYFIELD      145 FOREIGNER      146 EURYTHMICS      147 TOTO
148 BARRY WHITE      149 CARL RISELEY      150 TONI BRAXTON     151 NEIL DIAMOND
152 HALL & OATES     153 LUTHER VANDROSS     154 ERIC CLAPTON     155 THE O’JAYS
156 RUMER      157 SLY & THE FAMILY STONE      158 LITTLE RICHARD
159 HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES      160 CHRIS ISAAK
161 MICHAEL McDONALD      162 GLORIA GAYNOR      163 TWENTY ONE PILOTS
164 BEN E. KING     165 MEAT LOAF     166 JAMES REYNE     167 JOAN ARMATRADING
168 SADE    169 A-HA    170 GLEN CAMPBELL    171 DIRE STRAITS    172 COLD CHISEL
173 LINDA RONSTADT      174 ANTHONY CALLEA      175 LISA STANSFIELD
176 EN VOGUE      177 MICHAEL BUBLE`      178 TRACY CHAPMAN      179 DRAGON
180 OLETA ADAMS      181 LITTLE RIVER BAND      182 SOPHIE ELLIS – BEXTOR
183 THE RONETTES      184 CERRONE      185 MODELS      186 SCISSOR SISTERS
187 DARREN HAYES      188 PETULA CLARK      189 MARTHA & THE VANDELLAS
190 LIGHTHOUSE FAMILY      191 ART GARFUNKEL      192 THE REELS
193 JANIS IAN      194 JOHN PAUL YOUNG      195 S CLUB 7      196 CHARLIE PUTH
197 THE MARVELETTES      198 ICEHOUSE      199 LEO SAYER      200 LIZA MINNELLI
THE 200 MOST ESSENTIAL ALBUMS. This post: #45-41. Continues: next week.
Caffé Latté presents the  all-time
200
MOST ESSENTIAL
ALBUMS
50 OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
49 PURPLE RAIN Prince
48 GRACELAND Paul Simon
47  TOMMY The Who
46 STICKY FINGERS Rolling Stones
o o o
45
THE MAN-MACHINE
KRAFTWERK
1978
Kraftwerk - The Man-Machine.png
The synth-pop, new wave and new romantic music of the 1980s were heavily influenced by Kraftwerk's 'The Man-Machine'. Released a year after 'Trans-Europe Express', the German electronic music group managed to make their sound more accessible. 
All 6 of the album's tracks are worth a listen as there is no denying Kraftwerk's seminal impact on pop music. The standouts, however, are "The Model", "Spacelab" and "The Robots".
O
44
 LED ZEPPELIN IV
LED ZEPPELIN
1971
On a rough wall hangs a painting of an elderly man in a field with a large bundle of sticks tied to his back.
Led Zeppelin's 4th album remains officially untitled. It is cherished to this day because it is home to the perennial rock anthem "Stairway To Heaven". Arguably, the inclusion of that track alone would have assured it a place among rock's 200 most essential albums. Delving deeper, Led Zep promise much more on this LP. 
The album opens with the strident "Black Dog", followed by the energetic rock track "Rock And Roll". Everything on this album is mighty. As usual, the band creates a melange of styles. 
Robert Plant shines on lead vocals. He and Jimmy Page contributed to the writing of all 8 tracks. Other notable gems include "Misty Mountain Hop" and "The Battle Of Evermore".
O
43
BRINGING IT ALL BACK HOME
BOB DYLAN
1965
A photograph of Dylan staring at the camera with a woman reclining behind him on a chair. A lens effect blurs the edges of the photo.
Bob Dylan went electric for 'Bringing It All Back Home'. He had already transformed rock and roll as a fundamental singer/ songwriter. Now, he was moving away from the acoustic folk sound that had defined him.
 This LP included the key tracks "Subterranean Homesick Blues", "Maggie's Farm", the original recording of "Mr. Tambourine Man" (soon to be a US #1 single for The Byrds) and "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue". 
Also of note are the songs "Love Minus Zero", "It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)", "She Belongs To Me" and "Gates Of Eden": all of which were penned by Dylan.
O
42
MODERN SOUNDS IN 
COUNTRY AND WESTERN MUSIC
RAY CHARLES
1962
A photograph of Charles' head on a red background
After almost single-handedly inventing soul, Ray Charles was hungry to further expand his musical palette. He turned to Country & Western music. While adapting country tunes in his own inimitable manner, in the process Uncle Ray managed to stretch the boundaries of R&B.
'Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music' contains Charles' remake of Don Gibson's "I Can't Stop Loving You". The single topped the charts in Britain and Australia. In the USA, the disc reached #1 on the Pop, R&B and Adult Contemporary charts.
O
41
GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD
ELTON JOHN
1973
Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.jpg
Elton John was churning out albums relentlessly in the 1970s. Despite the frenetic schedule, many timeless classics were created. 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' captures John at the top of his game.
The double album contains some of his concert staples such as the title track, "Funeral For A Friend / Love Lies Bleeding", "Candle In The Wind", "Bennie And The Jets" and "Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)". Other gems include "This Song Has No Title", "Grey Seal", "Sweet Painted Lady" and "All The Girls Love Alice". With such strong material, it is no surprise that 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' is still regarded as a defining album of the 1970s.
O

Saturday, December 9, 2017

The Caffe` Latte` Top 10 Tracks this week

1 Ain't No Mountain High Enough ANMHE "Diamond Diana" Remix DIANA ROSS  1wk                    NEW

2 In Dreams ROY ORBISON & ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA                                   1 5

3 Felices Los 4 MALUMA                                                              9 2

4 I Drove All Night ROY ORBISON & ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA                      NEW

5 Crybaby PALOMA FAITH                                                                         2 3

6 Perfect ED SHEERAN & BEYONCE`                                                                NEW

7 There's Nothing Holding Me Back SHAWN MENDES                                                        4 3

8 Burning SAM SMITH                                                                5 2

9 Loyalty KENDRICK LAMAR ftg. RIHANNA                                                          NEW

10 Revenge PINK ftg. EMINEM                                                                   7 8

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