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3 hours
First broadcast:
Thursday 13 May 2010

While Alex is on his American Adventure, Tim Smith is in charge of the Best Time of the Day Show, playing an eclectic section of tunes and having interesting chat to keep you entertained in the wee small hours. Hand-picked by Tim from the Smith Family Archive is a track from Bruce Hornsby & The Range, the Listener's Library selection comes from Spandau Ballet, there are 2 Stevie Wonder tracks to celebrate his 60th birthday, another track from Album of the Week by Eli "Paperboy" Reed and Record of the Week from Rick Astley. Pause for Thought is at 3.20am.

Music Played

34 items
  • Image for Madonna

    Madonna Open Your Heart

    Madonna - The Immaculate Collection, Sire, 13

  • Image for Neil Diamond

    Neil Diamond Cherry Cherry

    Neil Diamond - The Ultimate Collectio, Columbia/Mca

  • Image for Boyzone

    Boyzone Love Is A Hurricane

    (CD Single), Polydor, 1

  • Image for Kansas

    Kansas Carry On Wayward Son

    American Dreams II (Various Artists), Solitaire Collection, 3

  • Image for Alicia Keys

    Alicia Keys Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart

    The Element Of Freedom, J, 1

  • Image for Kraftwerk

    Kraftwerk The Model

    Into The Eighties (Various Artists), Columbia

  • RECORD OF THE WEEK (Cruz Music)

    • Image for Rick Astley

      Rick Astley Lights Out

      (CD Single), Cruz Music, 1

  • Image for Kirsty MacColl

    Kirsty MacColl Walking Down Madison

    Kirsty Maccoll - Galore, Virgin

  • Image for Train

    Train Hey, Soul Sister

    (CD Single), Columbia, 1

  • Image for Stevie Wonder

    Stevie Wonder Uptight (Everything's Alright)

    Dancing In The Street (Various Artis, Universal Music Tv

  • Image for Stevie Wonder

    Stevie Wonder Lately

    Stevie Wonder - Song Review, Motown

  • Image for Court Yard Hounds

    Court Yard Hounds The Coast

    (CD Single)

  • Image for Meat Loaf

    Meat Loaf You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth

    The Very Best Of Meatloaf, Virgin

  • Image for Grace Jones

    Grace Jones Pull Up To The Bumper

    The Divas Of Dance (Various Artists), Telstar

  • Image for Katie Melua

    Katie Melua The Flood

    (CD Single), Dramatico, 1

  • Image for Colin Blunstone

    Colin Blunstone Say You Don't Mind

    The Greatest Hits Of 1972 (Various), Premier

  • Image for Renaissance

    Renaissance Northern Lights

    (Single), Warner Bros

  • Image for Fyfe Dangerfield

    Fyfe Dangerfield Faster Than The Setting Sun

    (CD Single), Geffen, 1

  • LISTENER'S LIBRARY from the CD, "GOLD: THE BEST OF" (EMI), suggested by Dan from Oxford

    • Image for Spandau Ballet

      Spandau Ballet Through The Barricades

      Simply Love (Various Artists), Columbia

  • Image for Gordon Lightfoot

    Gordon Lightfoot Daylight Katy

    (Single), Warner Bros

  • Image for Owl City

    Owl City Umbrella Beach

    (CD Single)

  • Image for Foreigner

    Foreigner Fool For You Anyway

    (CD Single)

  • Image for Nina Simone

    Nina Simone My Baby Just Cares For Me

    Heartbeat - The 60's Gold Collection, Global Television

  • Image for Electronic

    Electronic Getting Away With It...

    (CD Single), Factory Records

  • Image for Renée Fleming

    Renée Fleming Endlessly

    (CD Single)


  • Image for Mary J Blige and Jay Sean

    Mary J Blige and Jay Sean Each Tear

    (CD Single)

  • Image for Lionel Richie

    Lionel Richie All Night Long (All Night)

    Dancing In The Street (Various Artis, Universal Music Tv

  • Image for Divinyls

    Divinyls I Touch Myself

    Hard 2 Get Hits - Various Artists, Disky

  • ALBUM OF THE WEEK from the CD, "COME AND GET IT" (EMI) Out now

  • Image for Wings

    Wings With A Little Luck

    Paul McCartney - All The Best!, Capitol

  • Image for Joni Mitchell

    Joni Mitchell Free Man In Paris

    Joni Mitchell - Court & Spark, Asylum

  • Image for Lostboy! A.K.A Jim Kerr

    Lostboy! A.K.A Jim Kerr Shadowland

    (CD Single)

  • Image for The Miracles

    The Miracles and Smokey Robinson Going To A Go-Go

    Supafunky II (Various Artists), Universal


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