Monday, September 20, 2021

September 20 - The Rhythm and Blues Album Postponed

The Miracle Surface record label announced the release of the 18-track alternate takes compilation CD 'The Rhythm and Blues Album' last June with the release set August 2021. This release has been postponed, no new release-date available yet. 

Tracks: Tomorrow Night - Little Mama (05.03.1955 Louisiana Hayride) - Milcow Blues Boogie (Longer Fade) - When It Rains, It Realy Pours - My Baby Left Me (Longer Fade) - Anyplace Is Paradise Master - A Mess O' Blues (Take 1) - Such A Night (Take 4) - I Feel So Bad (Take 1) - Ain't That Loving You Baby (Alternate Take) - Mean Woman Blues - Tell Me Why - It Feels So Right (Take 3) - Reconsider Baby - Beach Boy Blues (Take 1) - So Glad You're Mine - I Need You So - Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do (Slow Version).

Rolling Stone  500 Greatest Songs of All Time

Rolling Stone magazine compiled another debate-triggering list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. There are some truly sublime and life-changing artists featured in their Top Ten - but unbelievably Elvis Presley is missing.

Apparently 'Dreams' by Fleetwood Mac and 'Hey Ya!' by Outkast are much greater songs than Hound Dog, Heartbreak Hotel, Blue Suede Shoes, Jailhouse Rock, Suspicious Minds and That's All Right!

Interestingly Rolling Stone magazine reviewed 'Dreams' when first relased by Fleetwood Mac on their 1977 album as.. "'Dreams' is a nice but fairly lightweight tune, and Nicks nasal singing is the only weak vocal on the record." How hilarious is that.

Aretha Franklin with her fantastic take on Otis Redding's 'Respect' is voted the 'greatest song of all time'. Public Enemy's 'Fight The Power' apparently not worthy of the top 300 back in the previous 2004 list is now voted #2. Sam Cooke's brilliant 'A Change Is Gonna Come' is third.

The Top Ten:

  1. Respect - Aretha Franklin (2004 position #5)
  2. Fight The Power - Public Enemy (#322)
  3. A Change Is Gonna Come - Sam Cooke (#12)
  4. Like A Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan (#1)
  5. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana (#9)
  6. What's Going On - Marvin Gaye (#4)
  7. Strawberry Fields Forever - The Beatles (#76)
  8. Get Ur Freak On - Missy Elliott (N/A)
  9. Dreams - Fleetwood Mac (N/A)
  10. Hey Ya! - Outkast (#180)

The latest version of the top 500 is notable for the top three acts all African American, all singing songs of respect, revolution, and rights. Maybe the list reflects more of the U.S. political situation in 2021 than the best, most creative, music of all-time

Sadly Elvis is one of the biggest losers in the 2021 list. In 2004 he had 11 entries, the 2021 list features just three by the King, with Hound Dog being the only song in the 2004 top 30 to not appear in the 2021 list. In 2004 'Hound Dog' was at #19 and 'Heartbreak Hotel' at 45.

This year's placings #70 - 'Suspicious Minds', #216 - 'Jailhouse Rock', #347 - 'Heartbreak Hotel' at 319 is Big Mama Thornton and the original 'Hound Dog'

In 2021 The Beatles go from 23 entries to 12, The Rolling Stones from 14 to seven, Bob Dylan from 12 to seven.

Also worth discussing the following songs from the 2004 Top Ten that dropped out in 2021: Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones, Imagine - John Lennon, Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys, Johnny B Goode - Chuck Berry, Hey Jude - The Beatles and What'd I Say - Ray Charles.

Go to the Rolling Stone website for the >>> complete list.

(Source: Miracle Surface Elvis Information Network)