Saturday, January 14, 2012
Saturday 6-Pack: #4
Here is the "Saturday 6-Pack," Volume 4, where I put together a week's worth of musical obsessions into one mini-set for your listening pleasure.
This one's for The Byrds, inspired by, believe it or not, a friend's Facebook post about Keith Jarrett that only appeared yesterday. So, so much for a week's worth of musical obsessions. This all came together rather quickly. But as I always say, it all sounds good together.
(It's not easy being me. Just enjoy the music.)
THE JANGLING MAN- MARTIN NEWELL
The only connection between Martin Newell and The Byrds is the word "jangling." Doesn't matter. Everyone should own "The Greatest Living Englishman," a masterpiece of British pop thanks in some part to one of the greatest living Englishmen, producer Andy Partridge.
MY BACK PAGES- KEITH JARRETT
Dylan wrote it. The Byrds covered it, and so did Keith Jarrett. This is not your typical entry from the genius hands of jazz legend Jarrett, and that could be why I love it so much.
RAIN- TODD RUNDGREN
No Byrds connection whatsoever, but it sits nicely at the center of this mix, and well...there was a 12-string present on the original, wasn't there? (Ah, just wanted to include it. Get off my back.)
LADY FRIEND- THE POSIES
David Crosby wrote this absolutely gorgeous and rarely touted Byrds single about 40 years before he told me to fuck off. Ken Stringfellow & Jon Auer, two people who never told me to fuck off, at least to my face, deliver a stunning rendition, as The Posies.
UNTIL YOU CAME ALONG- GOLDEN SMOG
More 12-strings and some serious harmonies from the super-ish group featuring members of The Jayhawks, Wilco, and The Replacements.
YOU BOWED DOWN- ROGER MCGUINN
Jimmy, with some help from Elvis, on the Costello original. I guess this is the best Byrds connection of the lot.