Playlist 492 – Singers & Vocalists Mix, Sept 2018
The human voice.
Singers. Vocalists. Solo. In groups. Harmonies. Dissonance.
Jazz. Blues. Folk. Pop. Psych. Electro. Classical. Doo Wop. Whatever.
Sometimes the simple effect of massed voices.
Sometimes singing just for the joy of it.
Sometimes a voice not technically great but still with something great about it.
Intonations are involved too. Maybe not even words. A voice below the brain. Giving breath to feelings.
Backing vocals. Sometimes so crucial and innovative they are the true heart of a song.
Backing vocals that don’t deserve to be called backing.
Some of my favourite singers and vocal arrangements and performances.
Cocteau Twins – Cherry coloured funk (4AD)
Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares – Pilentzee Pee (4AD)
Julianna Barwick – The magic place (Asthmatic Kitty)
Todd Tobias & Chloe March – Lillavva (Hidden Shoal)
Landless – Caoin (Humble Serpent)
Rebekah Del Rio – Llorando (Crying) (from the soundtrack of the film Mulholland Drive)
Nina Simone – Black is the colour of my true love’s hair (Verve)
Petra Haden – I can see for miles (Bar None)
The Dixie Cups – Iko Iko (Red Bird/Soul Jazz)
Lou Christie – Cryin’ in the streets (MGM)
Future Islands – Tin Man (Thrill Jockey)
Ennio Morricone feat Edda dell Orso – Una spiaggia a mezzogiorno (from the soundtrack of the film Vergogna Schifosi)
Dionne Warwick – Do you know the way to San José? (Scepter)
The Mamas & The Papas – Monday, Monday (Dunhill)
Sam Cooke – You send me (Keen Records)
Sigur Rós – Svefn-G-Englar (Fat Cat)
Fredo Viola – The turn (Because Music)
Yorkston Thorne Khan – Chori chori (Domino)
The Sapphires – Who do you love (Swan Records)
Bjork – Triumph of a heart (One Little Indian)
Dirty Projectors & Bjork – On and ever onwards (Domino)
Asha Bhosle – Dum maro dum (Rough Guide)
The Ronettes – Be my baby (Philles)
The Carpenters – Yesterday once more (A&M)
Lee Hazlewood – For one moment (MGM/Light in the Attic)
Giant Sand feat. Lonna Kelley – Pen to paper (New West Records)
Screamin Jay Hawkins – I put a spell on you (Okeh)
Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood & The Rajasthan Express – Roked (Nonesuch)
Penny & the Quarters – Me and you (Numero Group)
Low – Just make it stop (Sub Pop)
Andy Williams – Moon river (Columbia)
Scott Walker – Montague Terrace (In blue) (Phillips)
Linda Perhacs – Chimacum rain (Kapp Records)
Bobbie Gentry – Ode to Billy Joe (Capitol)
Joni Mitchell – Carey (Reprise)
The Beach Boys – Cabin essence (Capitol)
Wildbirds & Peacedrums – Bleed like there was no other flood (Leaf)
Franki Valli & The Four Seasons – You’re a song (that I can’t sing) (Mowest/Light in the Attic)
Bethlehem Children’s Choir – I’m a special kid (Numero Group)