I don't think I can do it, William Repsher.
But I was inspired for today's collection of tunes, by four songs specifically.
I am going to call Chuck Prophet's "They Don't Know About Me & You" the centerpiece of this Weekend Mix. Prophet has been on a winning streak for quite some time. This is an artist that has been on my radar for years, but only in the last ten or so have I discovered what a treasure he truly is. Not just an amazing guitar player, something you need to see and hear live as his recordings aren't necessarily built around his soloing, but a special songwriter who can deliver either love or heartbreak in the subtlelest of ways, sometimes both in the same song. Today's choice hit me like a bag of nickels and I highly recommend the album from which it came, "Night Surfer."
The thing that gets me about Jimmy McCracklin's 1962 rhythm and blues hit "Just Got To Know" is the vocal arrangement. A fine tune on its own, though nothing special about just one more blues belter, "Just Got To Know" has just the right amount of nuances to make it stand out. The arrangement of the background vocals, at least to my ears, sound like little else from that period. This one has been on heavy rotation this week.
When we lost Lesley Gore earlier this year, a Burning Wood reader had suggested unequivocally "What Am I Gonna Do With You" as her best, while many others, myself included, cited "Maybe I Know" as our fave. Six months later and this Gerry Goffen tune has really won me over. This is what I can only call a fantastic record!
The fourth and final song that has been spinning incessantly this week is a Ray Davies tune that I have loved for as long as I can remember. My second favorite track from my favorite Kinks record "Something Else By The Kinks," "Two Sisters" is nothing short of brilliant in Davies not-so-subtle way.
These four songs needed to be shared this week and they are surrounded by good company, including a terrific piece of ear candy from the new Tame Impala record, a Jeff Lynne track I love from a later, mediocre ELO record mostly because of the line "If the Lord don't get you, then I will," Deep Purple's "Led Zep III meets Bob Dylan" deep cut from "Fireball," my favorite Van Morrison track of the 90's and a classic Funk Brothers track to open things up.
Enjoy, hopefully. Feedback not required, but appreciated.
Reach Out (I'll Be There)- The Funk Brothers
Find Somebody- The Rascals
Intimate Secretary- The Raconteurs
They Don't Know About Me & You- Chuck Prophet
I Loved Everything- P. Hux
Mrs. Robinson (Version 2)- Simon & Garfunkel
Four Little Diamonds- ELO
Reality In Motion- Tame Impala
Anyone's Daughter- Deep Purple
What Am I Gonna Do With You- Lesley Gore
Two Sisters- the Kinks
No Religion- Van Morrison
Just Got To Know- Jimmy McCracklin
Love On The Wrong Side Of Town- Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes
Walking To New Orleans- Neil Young