Playlist 492 – Singers & Vocalists Mix, Sept 2018

The human voice.

Singers. Vocalists. Solo. In groups. Harmonies. Dissonance.

A capella.
Sotto voce.
An attack.
A glide.
A growl.
A swoon.
A yearning.

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)


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