|Nick Drake - Hazey Jane|
(Apr 03, 2013 - 22:38)
| Hannio wrote:|
This would be so much better without the orchestral background.
Actually, I sort of agree with this. I love Nick Drake and that's why I prefer Pink Moon to Brighter Layter (?sp) and the reason this track only gets a 9 from me.
|Talking Heads - Heaven|
(Mar 25, 2013 - 17:03)
| MaryAndrea wrote:|
A song really "struggente". I don't know a good word in English to define this sensation. David Byrne, good!!!
struggente m and f (m and f plural struggenti)
- melting, tender, moving, aching
|David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust|
(Mar 23, 2013 - 20:38)
| eve_silver wrote:|
Song's a classic, but played too often.
You are late to the party. You should only post the "played too often" comment on the first/oldest page of the song comments, not the second.
|Andrew Bird - Lusitania|
(Dec 26, 2012 - 17:54)
| fredriley wrote:|
Whistling at the start of a song is usually a warning of what's to come
|Tosca - Busenfreund|
(Dec 20, 2012 - 15:17)
| Dahlia_Gumbo wrote:|
I'm grokking on it — good music to bop to while you clean up the kitchen.
Be careful with the knives as you dance around!
|Arlo Guthrie - Alice's Restaurant|
(Nov 22, 2012 - 15:23)
| reijkman wrote:|
When I heard this this afternoon (CET) for the first time I was pleasantly surprised, however 2 times Alice's Restaurant within 12 hours is just a little bit too much...
Perhaps but I'm glad I didn't have to get up in the middle of the night to listen. World-wide audience and all that, eh? Thanks for the tradition, Bill.
|Apocalyptica - Ruska|
(Oct 18, 2012 - 15:54)
|I think I need to add this to my soporific playlist. Sleep is a good thing.|
|Mark Knopfler - Privateering|
(Oct 08, 2012 - 17:05)
|My favourite privateer song is still Stan Rogers' Barretts Privateers. Perhaps its "God Damn them all!" chorus isn't suitable for RP, though.|
|Chuck Prophet - Pin A Rose On Me|
(Oct 08, 2012 - 17:01)
| On_The_Beach wrote:|
I like it. His voice really reminds me of someone but I can't place it.
David Baerwald maybe?
Reminds me of Wilco.
I guess Bill sees the similarity to Mark Knopfler since he followed this up with Privateering.
|Van Morrison - Some Peace of Mind|
(Oct 01, 2012 - 20:51)
| Boy_Wonder wrote:|
Great... wondered how this could sound like Natalie M!
I thought it was a comment on singing with a mouthfull of marbles.
|William Shatner - Common People|
(Oct 01, 2012 - 18:37)
|Rating this track would be like judging a beauty contest for 7 year olds: If I took part, I'd be equally creepy.|
|Oh Laura - A Call to Arms|
(Oct 01, 2012 - 18:05)
|Placeholder 8 since I was still boppin to the Beat too much to listen carefully. Looking forward to hearing this again.|
|Harry Manx - Forgive & Remember|
(Sep 10, 2012 - 20:59)
Blessed are the cheesemakers. Harry is a Salt Spring Island, B.C. resident. The island is known for it's goat cheese among other varieties and for a diverse and talented range of musicians and artisans. I have seen Harry live a few times and his shows are not to be missed. Hendrix on the banjo never sounded so good.
I guess that's another couple of reasons I wish I lived on Salt Spring.
|Leonard Cohen - Who By Fire (live)|
(Jul 08, 2012 - 21:22)
|I think Leonard Cohen's songs are great until you hit the point where you get sensitized and after that, every time you a particular tune it is like breaking out in poison-ivy.|
Enjoy them while you can.
|Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes - Man On Fire|
(Jun 11, 2012 - 19:02)
| Baby_M wrote:|
I despise "Home" with the white-hot fury of a moonshiner's still fire, but at least it's musically catchy. This track is about as lively as a dead salmon in a fish market.
Hey, at Pike Place Market in Seattle, the dead fish fly!
|Django Reinhardt - Beyond the Sea|
(May 21, 2012 - 17:57)
| Cynaera wrote:|
Guessing this means that AvoidingWork will be doing just that.
I have to say that I rated this song a 9, because it's "Beyond the Sea," and because it's Django. I'll add a third reason now: The damned song makes me sway and swoon and ache for the good ol' days when a song and a sunset were enough to make a person happy. I "get" it - I just wish more people did.
Enjoy your martini, AW. I'm smiling now...
... and your comment solidifies its place as a 9. Make mine an Old Fashioned with American rye, though...
|Bon Iver - Holocene|
(May 04, 2012 - 18:20)
|I don't understand a word.|
So it gets a 7 based on the title 'cus I'm a geologist. . (pretend the computer is a rock)
|Bruce Cockburn - Wondering Where The Lions Are (live)|
(Apr 29, 2012 - 17:07)
|Not so wild about this live version although it's a great tune. The heavy beat and audience participation swamps the dreamy quality of the studio version that suits the song better IMO. I imagine it would have felt differently to be at the concert but doesn't work at my desk. Sometimes live music should just stay live.|
On the other hand the original album production sounds a bit dated and could use a remodel.
|Steve Earle - Copperhead Road|
(Apr 19, 2012 - 16:46)
|Pretty similar to a story that a friend told to me about his uncle and cousins (before this was released).|
|Leahy - B Minor|
(Apr 18, 2012 - 20:40)
|What is it about (Irish) fiddle tunes that makes it so the musicians can't keep the same tempo from one end of a song to the other? |
I have this album and mostly like it but it is a bit too manic and about "see how fast I can play".
|Procol Harum - Conquistador (live)|
(Apr 16, 2012 - 18:20)
| AndyJ wrote:|
There was a very lovely young lady I met in Edmonton. T.O. Le Bon always much colder to me... Music filled the miles and spiced the memories... She is much more a Melissa Etheridge/Brave and Crazy, memory than Procol Harum... And then we went to Regina and Winnipeg... on into the winter... There is a lot of winter on those plains... In small amounts it's romantic and pretty. In large doses it gets old fast... Brave people inhabit those places... and crazy too
Yes it gets old, but there is something wonderful in heading home from listening to a pub-band with your ears still ringing looking up at the ice halo ringing the moon. Air so crisp your face doesn't feel cold - just painful and your nostrils stick together a little with each breath. Snow squeaking under your feet with each step as you walk backwards to keep the wind from freezing your face. I never thought there was anything strange about walking around backwards until I left. Do I miss it? Yes. Do I want to go back? Well, ummm.....
|Mono - Silicone|
(Apr 15, 2012 - 23:26)
|I didn't catch the whole tune but it sounded similar to Cibo Matto to me. And that's not a bad thing...|
|Warren Zevon - Werewolves Of London|
(Feb 26, 2012 - 15:52)
| Stratocaster wrote:|
I read an interview with Warren Zevon where he said that he despised this song more than anyone could imagine...to the point where he was sorry he ever recorded it. The interviewer said 'but look at the exposure it's given you, look at the millions you've made off it!'. Zevon basically said he didn't care, he'd rather be poor and unknown, with integrity intact, than to have recorded this POS.
With all respect due to Mr. Zevon, that is (was) his problem, not mine. It obviously struck a chord with a lot of people. Yes it's a piece of pop fluff. But it's well written and performed pop fluff, and that's not a bad thing.
He performed it before being asked at an acoustic concert I saw a long time ago - basically saying it was his cross to bear. Great show.
|Eagles - Journey Of The Sorcerer|
(Jan 16, 2012 - 14:14)
|Pompous drivel. But if that works for you, carry on.|
Edited to add: Of course pompous drivel is perfect for the Hitchhikers Guide.
|Warren Zevon - Excitable Boy|
(Dec 21, 2011 - 15:52)
| hauptmat wrote:|
This song creeps me out. Always go find something else to listen to when it comes on.
This song creeps me out. Love it!
|Sarah Harmer - Almost|
(Dec 18, 2011 - 17:25)
|Bought the CD. I really want to like it, but don't very much. This is one of the less whiny sounding tracks.|
|Bob Dylan - Tangled Up In Blue|
(Dec 16, 2011 - 13:46)
|I was wandering around the tundra looking for minerals, missing my ex girlfriend, singing this song at the top of my lungs to the caribou...|
|Donovan - Season Of The Witch|
(Dec 05, 2011 - 14:34)
| Byronape wrote:|
I can't get over the album cover. He looks like someone that would be sitting in his tighty whities leering at a girl all bound up with duct tape.
Well he was just mad about 14 year old girls...
|Elliott Smith - Angeles|
(Nov 21, 2011 - 15:08)
|I want to like Elliott Smith more than I do but I just can't get past his dying, dumbsh*t. Listening to his music is like the time I spent about 10 long minutes watching a huge barge bearing down on a fallen windsurfer who couldn't get back up. But that fellow got his act together and the outcome was better.|
|Tracy Chapman - Fast Car|
(Nov 21, 2011 - 14:06)
| Sasha2001 wrote:|
Great, here come the waterworks! And I'm sitting at a stoplight next to a concerned looking police officer who has no idea who Tracy Chapman is.
Well at least you weren't driving past him "at speeds so fast..."
|Younger Brother - Train|
(Nov 07, 2011 - 19:29)
| jr2571 wrote:|
Liked it until I heard the vocals
Just what I was thinking.
At least the group isn't Train.
|Nick Drake - Pink Moon|
(Oct 30, 2011 - 20:11)
|Currently at an exceptionally high 9:2 rating ratio of 56.5 (a better measure of opinion than the 10:1 ratio because no one should take ratings of 1 seriously). |
|The Kinks - Dead End Street|
(Oct 20, 2011 - 17:36)
| Papernapkin wrote:|
Mediocre at best. Loved by old people.
Well, um... I loved it when I was young, too.
I like the angry edge on this one as a nice contrast to the resignation of, say, Shangrila.
I never really noticed the trombone before. Anyone know who was playing it?
|Pink Floyd - San Tropez|
(Oct 09, 2011 - 16:12)
| kurtster wrote:|
It sounds more like they are playing in a lounge at a Holiday Inn. Still like it, even better in the context of the whole album.
Good description of how it sets the mood. It's sometimes hard to fully appreciate a well crafted but understated song.
|Toots & The Maytals - Pressure Drop (w/ Eric Clapton)|
(Oct 05, 2011 - 17:52)
| window wrote:|
Great song, terrible version. Irreparably marred by Clapton's wah-wah-wanking throughout the whole flippin' song. Honestly, it sounds like some talented teenager who just got his first Crybaby: No judgement on when to play or when to use the effect pedal, just indiscriminately vomiting notes everywhere. Not what we have come to expect from Mr. Clapton.
I see your point, but it's still a pretty good song IMO.
|AC/DC - Highway to Hell|
(Oct 02, 2011 - 20:49)
|Never liked this so I suppose it's stood up to the test of time...|
(But there are plenty of rock road songs I do appreciate...)
|English Beat - Mirror In The Bathroom|
(Sep 01, 2011 - 22:46)
|Hey any Torontonians remember the Domino Club (where I first heard this)?|
It wasn't always a good time but it was always an interesting time.
|Rodrigo y Gabriela - Stairway to Heaven|
(Aug 15, 2011 - 17:13)
| stoliwarrior wrote:|
one of the top 5 most covered songs in rock and roll history ....
as nice as it is .............its just been done one time to many
Perhaps, but this version isn't that one time.
|Jefferson Airplane - Embryonic Journey|
(Aug 11, 2011 - 17:04)
| WonderLizard wrote: |
It may have been Paul Kantner's band but the really sucky songs are Balin songs. If you go back through the old Rolling Stones, Marty gets a fair bit of the press. I think he had a lot of influence in turning the group to pop.
Wouldn't mind hearing more Blows Against the Empire, though.
|k.d. lang - Coming Home|
(Jul 09, 2011 - 16:51)
|Cracks me up that the television CD ads in Australia present k.d. as mainstream country. Don't think that would be the case in more narrow-minded countries. |
|Beta Band - Dry The Rain|
(Jun 23, 2011 - 18:01)
|Great movie, good book, the soundtrack works well in the film but I find I don't have much interest in listening to it on it's own. This tune is decent, though.|
|Tom Waits - Get Behind The Mule|
(Jun 20, 2011 - 20:54)
|I own this CD so I have a financial incentive to enjoy it. I like much of the old Tom but confess the CD is too challenging to me, although to me this is probably the most approachable track. Guess I have to turn in my avant-garde credentials.|
|Elbow - Mirrorball|
(Jun 19, 2011 - 18:40)
|It isn't required for all music, but someone here could use some testosterone. |
|Pink Floyd - Fat Old Sun|
(Jun 15, 2011 - 18:37)
|Good song for a chilly southern hemisphere day. Think I should put on another jersey and drink a holstein of beer.|
|Gomez - Revolutionary Kind|
(May 31, 2011 - 16:12)
| kysmet wrote:|
damn, missed it!
There should be a term for tuning into Radio Paradise right after a tune you really like. "Paradise Lost"?
|Vince Guaraldi Trio - Linus and Lucy|
(May 30, 2011 - 20:43)
|I'm not that big a fan of Peanuts or the Charlie Brown Christmas show, but I can't help loving this. And it's seasonally appropriate in the Southern Hemisphere.|
|Pink Floyd - Cymbaline|
(Mar 24, 2011 - 15:02)
| jagdriver wrote:|
Well, the LP I've loved since it came out. Just saw the movie in the last year or so, though, and realize that—bare breasts aside—I didn't miss a whole lot.
I'd like to see it again, if only for the scene near the begining where the American woman meet's our hero and makes him a margarhita. When she licks the rim of the glass and dips it in the salt you know she's going to do him wrong! IMO one of the most sensual movie scenes ever.
|Pink Floyd - Free Four|
(Feb 23, 2011 - 14:16)
| jyoull wrote:|
You've got to hear it in the context of the entire album, then it all makes sense.
Better yet, watch the film. There's always a bit of tension between the music and the director's vision in an album written as a sound track.
|Jimi Hendrix - Little Wing|
(Jan 24, 2011 - 17:37)
|Although I rated this track a solid 10, I don't agree that the number and quality of covers confers "Godlike" status. Covers just mean the artists think they could do something interesting or perhaps better with it.|
Then, again I don't think a 10 means perfection - "take anything you want from me" is kind of corny (although perhaps I'd feel different if the offer was directed to me) and I can see where some people would not be as wild about the song.
This is the kind of song that stops you in your tracks! I've always loved the original by Jimi, but also really like the version by Tuck and Patti. For those who rate this song a 7, all you have to do is look at the long list of legends and respected singer/songwriters who've chosen to cover this song. There's a reason for that - it's a 10!
|Eilen Jewell - Dusty Boxcar Wall|
(Jan 23, 2011 - 18:51)
|I'm glad Radio Paradise plays this a lot because it keeps growing on me. Thanks. (but we need a country-folky chick-singer emoticon - although I suppose bananas are technically female fruit)|
|Sun Kil Moon - You Are My Sun|
(Jan 17, 2011 - 15:05)
|Darn you Bill! You keep playing songs that keep me tethered to my headphones, and I want to go get a cup of tea! |
|Paul Simon - Homeless|
(Jan 13, 2011 - 15:58)
|What can I say? I dislike most Paul Simon music, including much of the early stuff I used to love, but I think this is a very good album. Go figure.|
|Nick Drake - Fly|
(Jan 06, 2011 - 14:48)
| RedGuitar wrote:|
Was Nick's music played on radio back in the 70s? Just curious, as I've only heard it in the last few years.
No radio station I know of. He's sort of a Van Gough - it took a while for the world to catch up.
Love Nick and this album is very good but the strings are sounding a bit dated (except Cello song where they pretty much make sense).
|Pink Floyd - Us & Them -> Eclipse|
(Jan 02, 2011 - 14:04)
| Beclipsed wrote:|
Some people wrote : Rating 1,2,3,4,5.
How could you do this ?
Hey, "acceptable" is nothing for the musicians to be ashamed of. But your point is well taken, I'm increasing my rating to "pretty good", although I may eventuallly settle for "decent".
|Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl|
(Dec 25, 2010 - 03:41)
| ColoBacon wrote:|
Have used this song for years in youth ministry. Many people seem surprised given the usual version play on the radio has to do with making love behind the stadium.
Bill, thank you for playing "laughing and a'running" version - Radio Paradise happens to be church this morning!!!
Gee when I was church youth group advisor, I wouldn't have hesitated to play the uncensored version. I believe in giving teenagers a lot of credit for understanding what growing up means and I don't believe dumbing things down for them helps. Besides, I take an expansive view of what "making love" means. Then again on movie nights, we watched Dogma and la Cage aux Folles, among others.
|Cowboy Junkies - Sweet Jane (live)|
(Dec 20, 2010 - 16:04)
| alanthecowboy wrote:|
It was live in the sense that it was recorded live off the floor, not multitracked, but there wasn't an audience there, so I hesitate to call it a 'live' album.
No wonder the crowd was so quiet - I thought they were just in a dream-state.
|The Kinks - Waterloo Sunset|
(Dec 07, 2010 - 01:35)
|I remember crossing over the river from Waterloo to Charing Cross at sunset to save a few p. on the tube.|
|Pink Floyd - A Pillow of Winds|
(Nov 09, 2010 - 16:14)
| Giselle62 wrote:|
I even like Saucerful of Secrets and and the very first one. Meddle is very pretty tho, isn't it?
Agree. IMO Meddle was the Pink Floyd pinacle before a long decline.
What was that album with the prism on it, again?
|Pink Floyd - A Pillow of Winds|
(Nov 09, 2010 - 16:07)
| catnip wrote:|
...And then you go and eat toast with strawberry jam and black pepper on it. ...
Marmalade, I like Marmalade.
|Jefferson Airplane - Embryonic Journey|
(Aug 27, 2010 - 18:09)
| kcar wrote:|
Could someone explain to me how and why Jefferson Airplane turned into the relentlessly awful Jefferson Starship?!?
|The Kinks - Shangri-La|
(Aug 27, 2010 - 18:03)
| fredriley wrote:|
7/- a week? Outside loos? Boy, is this dated, or what? Still, the suburban situation it describes is as real now as then, as anyone from a 'new town' (Milton Keynes, Stevenage, etc) would testify.
Yeah, isn't it great that it captures a time past, but is still relevant?
|Pink Floyd - Fearless|
(Aug 25, 2010 - 21:09)
| ckcotton wrote:|
BTW... the cover is a closeup of an ear opening... just figured that out (after listening to that album for 20 years) and thought it was pretty cool.
Don't beat yourself up. The image was much more subtle on the original N. American cover. Probably had something to do with a disregard for quality on the part of the American distributors.
|Duke Ellington - Caravan|
(Aug 22, 2010 - 19:12)
|I;m often underwhelmed by Duke Ellington, although I like a wide range of jazz/big band. But this COOKS!|
|Natalie Merchant - Motherland|
(Aug 12, 2010 - 17:04)
| ch83575 wrote:|
I think "decent breasts" might be a bit too polite to sound sardonic. Perhaps next time you should try: "She has nice tits, but a flat voice." And see how that goes over.
Wouldn't "She has a big chest but a flat voice" be a better juxtaposition?
I like her music very much but a little more enunciation would help me actually hear the words. As it is even the tunes I've listened to a lot fall into the category of "Well, it sure seems the lyrics would be profoundly meaningful if I knew what they were."
|Bettye LaVette - Love Reign O'er Me (Live)|
(Aug 09, 2010 - 17:52)
|I appreciate the opportunity to hear this track by a musician unfamilar to me.|
But I don't like it.
(eta: Then again, I'm not wild about the original, either)
|Phoenix - Rome|
(Jul 29, 2010 - 22:48)
|My ex-punk nephew gave this CD to me. I don't know if that means he is mellowing more than I thought or if he considers me beyond hope. Listomania got a fair bit of airplay on Australian radio.|
Pop, but catchy, happy, not sappy pop and that isn't a bad thing.
|Specials - Ghost Town|
(Jun 09, 2010 - 20:36)
|Specials are ok in limited doses but I much prefer the (English) Beat.|
|Jimmy Cliff - The Harder They Come|
(May 18, 2010 - 20:37)
| keller1 wrote:|
Obviously the people on this string who saw the movie liked it.
I saw the live theatre version this week in Toronto and didn't like it. Maybe the fact that there were no "party favors" was part of the problem.
I'll have to see if I can lay my hands on a copy of the movie.
Hmm, I saw the movie when I was in Toronto a long time ago. Certainly part of the charm was the Jamaicans in the audiance talking at the screen. I don't think it was a perfect film, but well worth seeing and gave me some appreciation of the cultural context.
|Bat For Lashes - Daniel|
(May 06, 2010 - 00:01)
| Proclivities wrote:|
Apparently she is polarizing; the Classic Rock crowd, in particular, seem to have issues with her. Good song.
I guess they just need to wait 10 years to like her. ( in )
|The Melodians - Rivers of Babylon|
(May 05, 2010 - 23:22)
| RobK wrote:|
Jeez, how many people have recorded a version of this song? I've heard a bunch without even trying. I like Steve Earle's version a lot.
Anyone know who did the Spanish - Banda? version of this? I heard it a few times on the radio quite a few years back but never picked up on the artist. Catchy.
|Steely Dan - Do It Again|
(Apr 23, 2010 - 17:13)
|The real trouble with this song for me is that I pretty much wrote off Steely Dan because of it and they actually have some stuff worth a listen or two. But this one falls into the "Oldies" class — i.e. "All the music you hated the first time around." |
|Neil Young - Cowgirl In The Sand|
(Apr 16, 2010 - 05:31)
|Can't help but like this one, even though Neil mostly bores me. Would like to hear Last Trip to Tulsa again, too.|
|Van Morrison - Wild Night|
(Feb 03, 2010 - 09:02)
|I think "the girls walk by dressed up for each other" is the most brilliant line in a song ever. Totally puts me in the moment. |
|Tom Waits - Ol'55|
(Jan 29, 2010 - 16:05)
| NickDanger wrote:|
nothing like a little Waits on a grey Sunday morning
Or at closing time on a Saturday night.
In his world, aren't those the same?
|The Audreys - Banjo & Violin|
(Jan 14, 2010 - 15:42)
| 2Hawks wrote:|
I hear banjo throughout in the left earphone....
Plectrum banjo... not just for bluegrass anymore (where's the banjo emoticon?).
|Nick Drake - Pink Moon|
(Dec 12, 2009 - 00:30)
| Good cat but he had lousy taste in music...|
I kind of liked the commercial - a bit like a music video with product placement. And it helped make the CD available.
Was the cat pissed that you disturbed his sleep or that VW was highjacking a great song? Or both?
I was introduced to Nick and this song when it first came out by my friend who only listened to obscure British music. Lost track of it along with my album collection through a number of moves. Then one Saturday I had a football game on as background noise as I snoozed on the couch with a cat equally zoned on my chest. Suddenly I sat bolt upright saying, "That's Nick Drake!" Very confusing until I woke up enough to see the VW commercial for the first time. The cat was pissed.
|Blind Faith - Can't Find My Way Home|
(Nov 22, 2009 - 21:16)
| burdell wrote:|
So, why did they put a picture of Robert Plant on their album cover. Did he play with them or something? (thats called sarcasm for my Canadian friends)
You mean it's not a young Ginger Baker? (ditto on the sarcasm, eh?)
|Nick Drake - Pink Moon|
(Nov 10, 2009 - 14:41)
|I was introduced to Nick and this song when it first came out by my friend who only listened to obscure British music. Lost track of it along with my album collection through a number of moves. Then one Saturday I had a football game on as background noise as I snoozed on the couch with a cat equally zoned on my chest. Suddenly I sat bolt upright saying, "That's Nick Drake!" Very confusing until I woke up enough to see the VW commercial for the first time. The cat was pissed.|