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Playlists, June, 11, 18, 25

Stuart Bailie | 12:07 UK time, Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Listening to the new Bobby Womack album gets me thinking of a WB Yeats poem. The one that goes:
"An aged man is but a paltry thing,
A tattered coat upon a stick, unless
Soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing
For every tatter in its mortal dress."
There's an elemental power in the sound of musical legends, far into their story, singing fervently. The albums that Rick Rubin made with Johnny Cash established the benchmark. Curtis Mayfield was heroic and defiant on 'New World Order'. Also, there was a fierce crackle on Gil Scott Heron's 'I'm New Here', released a year before we lost the guy last May.
We're hoping that Bobby Womack won't be leaving us for a long while yet, but his album, 'The Bravest Man In The Universe' has a level of gravitas, determination and joy that isn't won easily. He's been doing this for more than 50 years now, getting sanctified with Sam Cooke, hearing his music performed by the Rolling Stones, singing up the soul lexicon, dealing with scandal, bleak histories and grievous health.
Sometimes there's a romantic response to this kind of a comeback. The old guy, coming back home after he's been tilting at monsters, telling you how it was. But 'The Bravest Man In The Universe' isn't mere voyeurism. Best thing I've heard this year.

Playlist 25.06.12
The Jam - When You're Young (Polydor)
Junior Wells - Lovey Dovey Love One (Proper)
James Levy And The Blood Red Rose - Hung To Dry (Heavenly)
Paul Simon - I Know What I Know (Legacy)
Eatenbybears - Vanderhoof (white)
Duke Special - Nothing Shall Come Between Us (Reel To Reel)
Bobby Womack - Stupid (XL)
Michael Kiwanuka - I'll Get Along (Polydor)
Stone Roses - Shoot You Down (Silvertone)
Lightships - Fear And Doubt (Geographic)
Stealing Sheep - Shut Eye (Heavenly)
Spiritualized - Little Girl (Double Six)
The Beat - Tears Of A Clown (Edsel)
General Fiasco - Bad Habits - (Dirty Hit)
King Charles - The Bightest Lights (Island)
Conway Twitty - Make Me Know You're Mine (Righteous)
Glen Hansard - High Hope (Anti)
Zeus - Are You Gonna Waste My Time (Arts and Crafts)
Paul Simon - Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes (Legacy)
Cheek Mountain Thief - Cheek Mountain (Full Time Hobby)
Betty LaVette - Back To Zero (Anti)
Duke Special - Stargazers Of The World (Reel To Reel)
Hawaiian Beach Combers - My Girl From the South Sea Isles (Proper)
Bobby Womack - Nothin Can Save Us (XL)
Glen Hansard - Bird of Sorrow (Anti)
Opossum - Blue Meanies (Fire)

Playlist 18.06.12
Paul Weller - Birthday (War Child)
The Golden Nugget - Gospel Train (Oxford American)
Tom Waits - Going Out West (Island)
So So Sailors - So Broken Hearted (No Dancing)
Bobby Womack - Dayglo Reflection (XL)
The Tennors - Ride the Donkey (Trojan)
Marc O'Reilly - Lord Of War (Salt & Shake)
Chic - Dance Dance Dance (WEA)
Kill Van Kulls - Shame And Pride (white)
Bobby Womack - If There Wasn't Something There (XL)
School of Seven Bells - Scavenger (Full Time Hobby)
The Smiths - Sheila Take A Bow (Rough Trade)
Syl Johnson - I've Got The Real Thing (Oxford American)
Dog Is Dead - Glockenspeil Song (Atlantic)
Soak - Numb (white)
Bobby Womack - Deep River (XL)
Simian Ghost - Automation (Heist Or Hit)
Conor McAteer - Things You Do for Love (white)
Foreign Slippers - The Winner Takes It All (white)
Patrick Watson - Into Giants (Domino)
Waterboys - This Is The Sea (live) (BBC)
Marc O'Reilly - Hail (Salt & Shake)
Bobby Womack - Please Forgive My Heart (XL)
Francois And the Atlas Mountains - Edge of Town (Domino)

Playlist 11.06.12
Muddy Waters - I Want To Be Loved (Chess)
Ash - Angel Interceptor (Infectious)
Randon Canyon Growlers - Born To Be With You (Henhouse)
Rufus Wainwright - Rachida (Polydor)
Patti Smith - Amerigo (Sony)
Friends - I'm His Girl (Lucky Numbers)
Peggy Lee - Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay (Blue Note)
Summer Camp - Always (Moshi Moshi)
Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons - I've Got You Under My Skin (Rhino)
The Pure Conjecture - 1st Time I Saw U (Armellodie)
Charles Wright - What Can You Bring Me (Oxford American)
Sebastian Tellier - Cochon Ville (Record Makers)
Harold Dorman - Uncle Jonah's Place (Oxford American)
Gemma Ray - Rescue Me (Bronze Rat)
Kelly Hogan - Dusty Groove (Anti)
The Pogues - Honky Tonk Women (Warner)
Leela James - Miss You (Shanachie)
Wendell Holmes - Beast Of Burden (Ruf)
The Pure Conjecture - Throat (Armellodie)
Patti Smith - This Is The Girl (Sony)
Paul Buchanan - Fin de Siecle (Newsroom)
Kelly Hogan - Golden (Anti)
Tanlines -Laughing (Matador)
Cameo - She's Strange (Polygram)
M83 - OK Paul (Naïve)
Amy Speace - It's Too Late To Call It A Night (Thirty Tigers)
Dawes - Peace In The Valley (Loose)

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