Saturday, June 18, 2016

"Ray, Brian, Todd & Paul" : THE WEEKEND MIX REDUX

Paul McCartney, born on June 18th.

Brian Wilson, born on June 20th.

Ray Davies, born on June 21st.

Todd Rundgren, born on June 22nd.

I mean, HELL.

It feels like I've been listening to nothing but these four men, in one form or another, for my whole life, and I can't say I'd have it any other way.

If any of this sounds familiar it's because I wrote the same thing in 2011.  (and 2013.)

This Weekend Mix is not your average collection of tunes celebrating these four musical heroes of mine. Like the first collection, I've included some odd ball choices to keep you on your toes, including a few covers, some alternate takes, live versions and a production or three by Brian and Todd.


You may recognize the melody of the Sharon Marie tune as a blueprint for the Beach Boys 1969 hit "Darlin'."

Leigh "Little Queenie" Harris, a New Orleans legend delivers one of my very favorite covers. Period. It also happens to be one of my very favorite Ray Davies tunes.

Jamie Hoover of the great power pop band The Spongetones reinvents Todd's mini-classic "Izzat Love" from 1974's "Todd" LP.

Paul's "Summer Of '59" is an outtake from "Chaos & Creation In The Backyard." I admit, it's not a great song, but there is something about it I like and thought it would be a nice inclusion for those who may not have it.

The Hale & The Hushabyes track is simply breathtaking.

Let me know what you think.


Summer's Cauldron/Grass- XTC
David Watts- The Jam
Yes Sir, That's My Baby- Hale & The Hushabyes
Two Of Us- Neil & Liam Finn
Thinkin' 'bout You Baby- Sharon Marie
Oklahoma U.S.A.- Leigh Harris
I Need You- The Rationals
In My Room (Vocals Only)- The Beach Boys
Summer Of '59- Paul McCartney
Izzat Love- Jamie Hoover
Heart Of Gold- The Kinks
The Want Of A Nail- Todd Rundgren
Didn't I (Blow Your Mind) (Live From Daryl's House)- Daryl Hall & Todd Rundgren
Something (Concert For George)- Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton
Surf's Up (Tribute To Brian Wilson)- David Crosby, Vince Gill & Jimmy Webb
Great Day- Paul McCartney



iggy said...

Thanks so much, Sal. Lots of strangers here that I'm looking forward to meeting.


A walk in the woods said...

Looking forward to this mix! Four of my favorites, esp Todd & Paul.

Anonymous said...

I never realized they had such close birthdays.
June equals musical genius I guess.

cmealha said...

Enjoyed this one A LOT! Keep 'em coming.

MarcC said...

Surfs Up is absolutely breathtaking. I saw that on the Brian Wilson Tribute TV special and just about cried.

Anonymous said...

How good are Hale and the Hushabyes

Great selection



buzzbabyjesus said...

Nicely done!

cmealha said...


dogbreath said...

Always liked the Clapton/Macca track - there's,er, something about it - and this is a very tasty compilation all round. Many thanks for upping it!

A walk in the woods said...

Love the idea of this mix... looking forward to hearing your segues! Thanks Sal!

A walk in the woods said...

Whooops, I just realized this is a mix you posted before - but still, love the idea! Thanks again ~

M_Sharp said...

Excellent mix, thanks!

Michael Giltz said...

Enjoyed a lot. The Beach Boys vocals only of "In My Room" is just perfect, "Two Of Us" is such a charmer it may make my funeral mix (song playlist of tunes I love you can play to celebrate me and smile when I've floated away to Slumberland) and quite a few newbies. I do wish there was a version of Paul covering "Something" via uke that didn't seque into Clapton. Paul's take is so perfect and sweet and fresh that I was grinning ear to ear again and long for it to go all the way through. (Concert For George: Billy Preston just tore it up and I love the closer "I'll see You In My Dreams.") Thanks for the playlist. Now I'm gonna dive back into your 2011 mix and then the Paul McCartney massive boxed set. I'm sure I'll realize I love Paul even more than I thought!