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Thursday August 6, 2015
Exploring some new sounds (for me, at least) on today's edition of #AlbumTracks. I've never been into the Talking Heads or U2 so listening to their songs has been interesting. I love Ray Charles but haven't delved into his stuff nearly enough so I've dug that as well.
You've Got Me Crying Again – Ray Charles
from the 1964 LP Sweet and Sour Tears
Speaking of Sinatra, "You Got Me Crying Again" could have easily been a hit for him. As it is, it was originally recorded by Elsie Carlisle in 1933. Soaring strings and a tender vocal highlight Charles' lovely, subtle version.
Pulled Up – The Talking Heads
from the 1977 LP Talking Heads: 77
The genre is still filled with creative bands and interesting songwriting, though. The Talking Heads prove as much. Their first album, Talking Heads: 1977, still sounds fresh today. "Pulled Up" is simple, quirky, and catchy, and David Byrne would only build up from here.
Stranger in a Strange Land – U2
from the 1981 LP October
Before 1987's The Joshua Tree solidified their sound U2 were a young band searching for a direction. Their 1981 sophomore album October is an echo laden, song driven minor masterpiece (and it was largely written during a sound check at First Ave. to boot). The Edge's layers of guitars and Larry Mullen Jr.'s herky-jerk rhythm lay the trippy foundation of "Stranger in a Strange Land." Even this early Bono's melodies are already fluid.
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