Koko Taylor – sayin’ it, and the French, diggin’ it. (Photo: Peter Amft)
Click on the link here for Audio Player: [audio https://pastdaily.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/kokotaylor1993-11-15-bordeauxfrance.mp3]
Starting off the weekend with the inimitable Koko Taylor, live in Bordeaux, France on November 15, 1993.
The whole thing (or about an hours worth) recorded live from the stage by Radio France. Something that happens on an almost daily basis with radio and live concerts all over Europe. Funny, we have to go some 5,000 miles (give or take) to hear some of our national treasures.
I guess we take them for granted – they don’t.
In any case, here’s a good dose of downhome to get your weekend started.
Dig it, and come back for more.
- The Chicago Blues (chicagoline.wordpress.com)
And now a word from John, Paul, George and Ringo.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Beatles – Christmas 1967
As long as we’re in a celebratory mood, you can’t have Christmas without this one – Christmas Time Is Here Again, from the Beatles Fanclub release of 1967.
A word from The Fab Four.
Peggy Lee – lending a sultry tone to the festivities.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: 15 Happy Holiday
A word from Peggy Lee tonight. From her 1965 Happy Holiday album for Capitol Records, a track featuring the band of Sid Feller and a swinging rendition of, what else? Happy Holiday.
Couldn’t have said it better myself. Jumping into Christmas in swingin’ fashion.
Ramsey Lewis Trio -sayin’ it.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Ramsey Lewis Trio – Merry Christmas Baby
Continuing in our “Cool Yule” vein tonight with a contribution from The Ramsey Lewis Trio and a track from their 1961 album The Sounds Of Christmas. The immortal Merry Christmas Baby, as done in inimitable Ramsey Lewis fashion.
Works well with little or no lights on.
- Have Yourself – A Jazzy Christmas! (allaboutsoulmusic.wordpress.com)
The Balancing Act – resurfacing after 22 years. But this is Christmas Past.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: The Balancing Act – Green Pants and Finance – 1987
Roaring on with our non-Traditional week of Christmas Tunes. The Balancing Act were one of those under appreciated and under-noticed bands of the late 1980s that got slightly overlooked by their then-label.
Happily (for everyone), The Balancing Act have gone through a resurrection and are back together after a 22 year hiatus. I understand the new material is great and as soon as I dig up an album I will share it. But in the meantime, here is their contribution to the infamous 1987 IRS Christmas Album; Green Pants And Finance.
Certainly the sentiment is timeless.
Timbuk 3 – An 80s kind of Christmas.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Timbuk 3 – All I Want For Christmas – 1987
Continuing our romp through non-traditional Christmas tunes, here is Timbuk 3’s contribution; All I Want For Christmas. Less domestic mayhem-oriented than last nights entry, it still carries that message of anti-conspicuous consumerism, which is just fine by me. Who needs a lot of stuff you can’t use anyway?
I’ll take hanging out with friends and a large dose of Peace this year and every year anyway.
Enjoy and stay out of trouble.
Wall of Voodoo – With an ode to the all-too-familiar Family mayhem at Christmastime.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Wall of Voodoo – Shouldn’t Have Given Him A Gun For Christmas – 1987
Continuing our Ode to Christmas (and the decided lack of Traditional Xmas tunes), here is the infamous Wall Of Voodoo and a track they recorded for a promo-only Christmas album issued by IRS Records in 1987.
Tonight it’s “Shouldn’t Have Given Him A Gun For Christmas”. Maybe not so heart-warming, but certainly true-to-life for a lot of family get-togethers around the holiday season.
Brings back memories. Or not.