Friday, September 18, 2009
"Live From Daryl's House" : THE WEEKEND MIX
One of my favorite vocalists of all time, Daryl Hall, has been aging gracefully with his internet-only series, "Live From Daryl's House," a perfectly executed, monthly hour, which features Daryl, his stellar band, and special guest du mois, jamming loosely but respectfully on the songs of both the host and the invitees. I have seen all 23 episodes, with special guests that have included Smokey Robinson, Ray Manzarek & Robby Krieger, Nick Lowe, Chuck Prophet, Plain White T's, and The Bacon Brothers to name 6, and every single one has offered a revelation or two, no matter how surprising or off-putting the guests may seem at first. I credit the class and professionalism of its host, who shows respect for both the artists' material, and his fans, by consistently offering surprises with hits, old & new, deep album tracks, rarities and covers.
This month's episode continues with something else off of my "bucket list," the pairing of Daryl with Todd Rundgren. Todd and Daryl, or "Marvin & Marvin," as they are referred to by producer and bandmate, T-Bone Wolk, go way back, both growing up in Philly and cutting their teeth on the same Philly soul that has influenced so much of their output over the last 35 years. Rundgren produced Hall & Oates' 1974, brilliant, psychedelic soul classic, "War Babies," and now 35 years, Todd & Daryl successfully make some magic again.
This is one killer show, which you should watch HERE.
Full audio soundtrack is below, with a set list that includes covers of The Soul Surviviors' "Expressway To Your Heart" and "You Got It," by the Average White Band.
EXPRESSWAY TO YOUR HEART
THE WANT OF A NAIL
SOMETIMES I JUST DON'T KNOW WHAT TO FEEL
CAN WE STILL BE FRIENDS
YOU GOT IT
BETTER WATCH YOUR BACK
WAIT FOR ME