I have never featured any classical music before. I am going to go ahead and admit that I am a Philistine when it comes to this genre. It has always been one (much like Jazz) that I feel like I might get into when I grow up. No danger of that happening anytime soon though….
Anyway, a friend (and Classical aficionado) recommended this, which was apparently composed in merely three days.
Dimitri Shostakovich (1906 – 1975)
String Quartet No.8 in C minor op.110 (Dresden, 1960)
Emerson Quartet (Live recording July 1998)
I went to see The Commitments, which is based on the classic Irish movie from the 80’s, in the West End last night. It was really excellent, the music was right in my wheelhouse.
This track, by soul hero Wilson Pickett, was the highlight of the show.
This is another excellent Northern Soul track from the documentary I was talking about a couple of weeks ago. The Vibrations were originally from LA and released this classic track on Okeh Records.
I had great fun doing karaoke last night at a friend’s birthday party. I trotted out my old favourite by The Police but was followed by this number by Elvis. I was rather shown up if I am being honest, this number has a much higher singalong factor.
Key rule about Karaoke – crowd participation is king!
This is a Northern Soul classic from The Exciters that I discovered on the excellent documentary about the Wigan Casino that I mentioned last week.
I came across an excellent BBC documentary about the Wigan Casino and the Northern Soul scene there in the 70’s which featured a pretty spectacular soundtrack.
This track was probably the most famous featured but look out for some more lesser known gems in the coming days and weeks. It is taken from Stevie Wonder’s 1966 album Up-Tight.
I was reminded of this track when revisiting The Blues Brother (which features a good version for an unappreciative audience!) recently.
It was originally released in 1966 by English band The Spencer Davis Group. It is a go to song if I ever need to give a party or playlist some energy.
The Spencer Davis Group:
In my meandering travels about YouTube this week I stumbled across this rather good cover version of Sam Cooke’s spectacular original. Aretha and Sam must have two of the best voices ever recorded so to hear one of them cover another’s track is actually quite thrilling.
This is taken from Aretha’s excellent 1967 album I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You, which is jam-packed with hits and stand out tracks and is well worth checking out if you so inclined.
Aretha Franklin – I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You:
I heard this track a few days ago and was reminded of what a great song it is. I was also surprised that I hadn’t posted it already.
The Temptations are Motown royalty, coming from The Motor City itself and this is just one of several iconic tracks they recorded.