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Playlist 05.11.12

Stuart Bailie | 12:48 UK time, Friday, 9 November 2012

'Over The Rainbow' is as beautiful and as affecting as you want it to be. Judy Garland does it quietly but with transcendental stardust. Jerry Lee Lewis steers it close to danger and despair. There's a Gene Vincent rendition that breaks your heart, weirdly and makes Eva Cassidy and her mitherings quite redundant. Likewise that fella with the ukulele. I recall a completely bonkers version by the Virgin Prunes in the mid Eighties. However, I do like to hear the way The Checkers take it to doo wop heaven in 1952. The baritone rocks, the intro moves your soul and the bluebirds are infused with the boogie. Human voices carry most of the song, but the saxophone is wisely enlisted and several minutes in, your troubles melt like lemon drops.

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Mondays, ten - midnight

BB King - Jump With You Baby (Prestige)
Madness - My Girl 2 (Lucky Seven)
Dead Fingers - Rings Around Saturn (Affairs Of The Heart)
Malojian - Often Wondered (ATL session track)
Fantasy Rainbow - Condominium (Heist)
The Frank And Walters - That's Life (Fifa)
Joshua James - Surrender (INR)
Foxygen - Shuggie (Jagajuar)
Madness - Never Knew Your Name (Lucky Seven)
Eugene McGuinness - Sugarplum (Domino)
Sparks - Number One Song In Heaven (Repertoire)
Fimber Bravo - Orisha Brazil (Moshi Moshi)
The Checkers - Over The Rainbow (King)
Calexico - Epic (City Slang)
Beth Orton - Call Me The Breeze (Anti)
Little Rivers - Little Lea (white)
Willie Mason - I Got Gold (Fiction)
Scotty Moore Trio - Have Guitar Will Travel (Famous Flames)
Knoxville Morning - Knoxville Morning (Firstborn Is Dead)
David Bowie - Wild Is the Wind (EMI)
Hiss Golden Messenger - Row (Blackmaps)
Little Rivers - I Hope In Colour (white)
Tracey Thorn - Joy (Strange Feeling)
Little Annie And Baby Dee - State Of Grace (Tin Angel)


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