Cover to Cover – Harry Nilsson

nilssonOnce upon a time Harry Nilsson wanted to call one of his later 70′s albums “God’s Greatest Hits”, whilst there was an element of mickey taking going on, he wasn’t far off. Both Lennon & McCartney declared him to be their favorite American artist & group. His songs are so good that they translate into genres diverse as soft rock, jazz , & alternative dance. The irony of it all was the two songs he will always be remembered by are written by others – Everybody’s Talkin’ & Without You. This mix has been inspired by my recent reading of the brilliant biog “Nilsson” by Alyn Shipton. Enjoy.

   One – Aimee Mann
Don’t Leave Me, Baby     – Astrud Gilberto
The Wailing of the Willow – Fred Astaire
Open Your Window – Ella Fitzgerald
Sin Ella (Without Her) – José José
Turn On Your Radio – Marc Cohn
I Guess the Lord Must Be In New York City – Mystic Moods Orchestra
Together – Sandie Shaw
1941 – Jenny O.
Paradise – The Ronettes
Story of Rock and Roll – The Turtles
This Could Be the Night – The Modern Folk Quartet
The Puppy Song – Mary Hopkin
Cuddly Toy – Hal
Best Friend – Puppet
Daddy’s Song – The Monkees
The Rainmaker – The 5th Dimension
Mournin’ Glory Story – Jennifer Trynin
Ten Little Indians – The Yardbirds
Jump Into the Fire – LCD Soundsystem

All Back To Mine mix – Damien Jurado

Really chuffed to bring you this exclusive All Back To Mine mix from an artist I’m a very big fan of, although I’ve arrived at the joys of Damien Jurado very late in the day.  His solo career began during the mid-1990s, releasing lo-fi folk based recordings on his own cassette-only label, Casa Recordings. Gaining a local cult following in Seattle, he was brought to the attention of Sub Pop Records who released his early records, until he switched to Secretly Canadian in 2003. It was his tenth album Saint Bartlett that first grabbed my attention, mainly because it was  produced by Richard Swift (who’s attachment to any record will always pull me in). This collaboration has gone on to deliver 3 of my favorite long players of the last few years. Folky & soulful, each album spins a fantasy filled story of pure delight. Damien’s  says of  his All Back To Mine mix   “(These are) what i consider key songs, by artists who have been essential to me, in the creative process / inspiration.” Enjoy.

Back to Stay – Bridget St John
I Hear You Calling – Bill Fay
Cadence And Cascade – King Crimson
Jerome – Jim Sullivan
U.F.O – Larry Norman
Mountains of the Moon – Grateful Dead
Franz Schubert – Kraftwerk
Bright Red – Laurie Anderson
Autumn Leaves/Just Walking In the Rain – Ray Conniff
Dust – Silver Apples
Embraceable You – Charlie Parker Quintet
Ladytron – Roxy Music
I’m Down Today – Drones
Indian Rope Man – Richie Havens-
Who Cares For The City – John Ylvisaker
Beyond and Before – Yes