Everyone knows this song. It’s the sultry one, the one with the crooning make-love-to-the-night tones of Ella Fitzgerald smothered all over it right? Wrong. After trawling through an excessive amount of Donna Summers and Beethoven compilations (not together) in charity shop record boxes the other week, I found the gem that is Miles Davis’ ‘Porgy […]Read more "Sold on Oldies: Miles Davis – Summertime"
On a grey, second day of autumn kinda afternoon, there’s no one much more comfortingly melancholic than Patsy Cline. After toying with the idea of posting one of her lesser known songs this live performance swayed it, proving in the process that it’s her best known probably because it really is the best. As her rich voice warms […]Read more "SOLD ON OLDIES: Patsy Cline – Crazy"
When I first heard this song I was completely convinced that the line was ‘KNIGHTS in white satin’. Cue then a considerable amount of time spent imagining chivalrous dandies prancing around professing their love in some thoroughly ineffective armour, until I finally saw the title written down and felt like a prize prune. That aside, […]Read more "Sold on Oldies: The Moody Blues"
Most of you have probably heard this one before, but I don’t care. However much you’ve heard it, it’s not enough so for this nudge you’re all welcome. If you’ve been hiding in some depressingly un-psychedelic cave somewhere however, then prepare yourself for some incredibly jive-ready keyboards and a chorus which to date, I’ve never […]Read more "Sold on Oldies: The Zombies"
Where I work one playlist stays on loop. I hear about twenty tracks on repeat, and this is the saviour which keeps me sane amongst the relentless Ed Sheeran and the Harry Belafonte. A delicious jamboree of brass, piano, pinging guitar and the infinite joy that is Rod Stewart’s voice, I defy anyone to feel […]Read more "SOLD ON OLDIES: The Faces – Ooh La La"
Named “THE MOST ORIGINAL, AMAZING INSTRUMENTAL EVER RELEASED” by UK Sounds magazine (we can only hope that the capitals were published too), this is a ridiculous Rockabilly ram up the rear-end of a track. Heads up, if you think that’s a ridiculous description you might not get along with this song so think fast and […]Read more "Sold on Oldies: Hank C. Burnette – ‘Spinning Rock Boogie’"
My favourite effort by this short-lived super-group, this track takes a lamenting left from their usual tone to what sounds like a desperate coercion from the window-ledge (‘come down on your own, and leave your body alone… You are the reason I’ve been waiting all these years’). The plaintive tones at play really are something.Read more "Sold on Oldies: Blind Faith – ‘Can’t Find My Way Home’"