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3 hours
First broadcast:
Friday 11 February 2011

It's the best way to start your weekend by tuning into the Best Time of the Day Show with Alex. Every Friday is a Feelgood Friday which means even more great tunes and inspired daftness to keep you happy through the night. More daft solutions to Dr Strangelove's pondlife problem: what is the difference between a frog and a toad? Challenging stuff. Plus, more tales of eating things that weren't meant to be eaten in "Meals to Make You Squeal". Pause for Thought at 3.20am and the final intake of loonies for the week burst their way into the 4.15 One-Off Canteen.
Lester's Library offerings today are from country legend Marty Stuart, and a new one from Straight No Chaser. Your choice from the Listener's Library is from Loretta Lynn, plus there is one more track from Album of the Week from Sugarland, and Record of the Week from Wonderland. Nobody else, nowhere else.

Music Played

42 items
  • Image for Madness

    Madness Baggy Trousers

    More Greatest Hits Of 80's (Various), Disky

  • Image for Mickey & Sylvia

    Mickey & Sylvia Love Is Strange

    Dirty Dancing O.S.T. (Various Artists), RCA, 106

  • Image for The Bryan Ferry Orchestra

    The Bryan Ferry Orchestra Alphaville

    Olympia, Virgin, 1

  • Image for Bad Company

    Bad Company Can't Get Enough

    Driving Rock (Various Artists), Global Records & Tapes, 1

  • Image for Gabrielle

    Gabrielle Out Of Reach

    Now 49 (Various Artists), Now

  • RECORD OF THE WEEK released on March 7th (Mercury)

    • Image for Wonderland

      Wonderland Not A Love Song

      (CD Single), Mercury, 1

  • Image for Dennis Waterman

    Dennis Waterman I Could Be So Good For You

    Drivetime 3 (Various Artists), Dino

  • Image for The Mamas & the Papas

    The Mamas & the Papas Dedicated To The One I Love

    Heartbeat - The 60's Gold Collection, Global Television

  • Image for The Pierces

    The Pierces You'll Be Mine

    (CD Single), Polydor, 1

  • Image for Alice Cooper

    Alice Cooper No More Mr Nice Guy

    Millennium Classic Rock Party (Various Artists), Rhino


  • Image for Aretha Franklin

    Aretha Franklin Until You Come Back To Me

    Aretha Franklin - 30 Greatest Hits, Atlantic

  • Image for Paul Simon

    Paul Simon Me & Julio Down By The Schoolyard

    The Paul Simon Anthology (Disc 1), Warner Bros, 3

  • Image for Ph.D.

    Ph.D. I Won't Let You Down

    One Shot '80 (Various Artists), Universal Music, 13

  • Image for Eurythmics

    Eurythmics Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)

    Our Friends Electric (Various Artists, Telstar

  • Image for Space

    Space Female Of The Species

    Crush (Various Artists), Polygram Tv

  • Image for Beady Eye

    Beady Eye The Roller

    (CD Single), Beady Eye Records, 1

  • Image for Norah Jones

    Norah Jones Don't Know Why

    (CD Single), Parlophone

  • Image for Thompson Twins

    Thompson Twins We Are Detective

    25 Years Of Rock'n'Roll: 1983, Connoisseur Collection

  • Image for Ron Sexsmith

    Ron Sexsmith Believe It When I See It

    (CD Single), Cooking Vinyl, 1

  • Image for Carole King

    Carole King It Might As Well Rain Until September

    Heartbeat - Forever Yours, Sony

  • Image for Donald Fagen

    Donald Fagen I.G.Y.

    Donald Fagen - The Nightfly, Warner Bros

  • Image for Taio Cruz & Kylie Minogue

    Taio Cruz & Kylie Minogue Higher

    (CD Single), Universal, 1

  • Image for Python Lee Jackson

    Python Lee Jackson In A Broken Dream

    Hot Love - Sounds Of The 70's, Part 1, Old Gold

  • LESTER'S LIBRARY from the forthcoming CD, "WITH A TWIST " (Atco) released on 28th February

  • Image for Midge Ure

    Midge Ure If I Was

    Electric Dreams (Various Artists), Polygram Tv

  • Image for Arrival

    Arrival Friends

    Alan Freeman's First Lesson (Various, Decca

  • Image for Level 42

    Level 42 Running In The Family

    Heaven (Various Artists), Spectrum

  • Image for The Chordettes

    The Chordettes Lollipop

    Young Love - Sound Of The 60's, Part, Old Gold

  • Image for Sheryl Crow

    Sheryl Crow Peaceful Feeling

    (CD Single), A&M, 1

  • Image for Bob Marley & The Wailers

    Bob Marley & The Wailers Could You Be Loved

    Bob Marley & The Wailers - Legend, Island

  • Image for Marianne Faithfull

    Marianne Faithfull As Tears Go By

    The Very Best Of Marianne Faithfull, London

  • Image for Black

    Black Wonderful Life

    Fantastic 80's - 3 (Various Artists), Sony Tv/Columbia

  • ALBUM OF THE WEEK from the CD, "THE INCREDIBLE MACHINE" (Mercury) out now

    • Image for Sugarland

      Sugarland Stuck Like Glue

      The Incredible Machine, Mercury, 1

  • Image for Van Halen

    Van Halen Jump

    The All Time Greatest Rock Songs ..., Columbia

  • Image for Bob Dylan

    Bob Dylan Subterranean Homesick Blues

    Bob Dylan - Greatest Hits, Columbia

  • Image for Badly Drawn Boy

    Badly Drawn Boy Something To Talk About

    (CD Single), Xl Recordings

  • Image for Jessie J

    Jessie J Price Tag

    (CD Single), Lava Records, 1

  • LISTENER'S LIBRARY from the CD, "THE VERY BEST OF LORETTA LYNN" (Half Moon) suggested by Alan Simpson from Manchester

    • Image for Loretta Lynn

      Loretta Lynn Fist City

      The Very Best of Loretta Lynn, Half Moon, 2

  • Image for Sniff 'n' the Tears

    Sniff 'n' the Tears Driver's Seat

    Various Artists - Top Gear 2, Columbia

  • Image for Frankie Lymon

    Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers Why Do Fools Fall In Love

    That's Rock'n'Roll (Various Artists), EMI

  • Image for Boys Town Gang

    Boys Town Gang Can't Take My Eyes Off You

    Soul Years 1982 (Various Artists), Knight Records


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