More Saturday self-indulgence with an iPod shuffle of 10 more tunes.
1. Ramblin, Gamblin’ Man by Sammy Hagar and friends. This is an old Bob Seger song. Friends of Sammy on this album include Denny Carmassi and Bill Church, from Montrose (the greatest rock band of them all IMHO), Chad Smith, Michael Anthony, Kid Rock, Joe Satriani and Taj Mahal.
2. The Seventh Seal by Aphrodite’s Child. From the classic prog rock album of…gulp!…1972. Band members included Vangelis Papathanassiou and Demis Roussos.
3. Noonday Sun by Deep Forest. From their third album, Comparsa, some of the greatest World Music of all time.
4. Motorcycle Emptiness by Manic Street Preachers. Classic from Forever Delayed. Still think the sheer power of the band rarely reaches levels of the live show. Brilliant.
5. Where’s Your Head At? by Basement Jaxx. From their brilliant album “The Singles”, which I know is a bit Alan Partridge. (“What’s your favourite Beatles album?” “Hmm. I think the best of the Beatles.”)
6. Smile by David Gilmour. Sheer beauty from On And Island, co-written by Polly Samson, who also sings backing vocals. Reminds me of a late 1960s Beach Boys album track, possibly written by Brian or even Dennis Wilson.
7. Give Me Just A Little More Time by Kylie Minogue. Kylie struggles on this Chairman of the Board classic which really doesn’t suit her voice at all, but it’s just rescued by the production. Just.
8. Cabinessence by the Beach Boys. From the magnificent Smile, finally released and out there. Wild, flowery, descriptive lyrics by Van Dyke Parks.
9. Mama by the Marmalade. No idea who wrote this or which album it comes from – I have it on a compilation called Fine Cuts. Very Buffalo Springfield, Stephen Stills.
10. My Wife by the Who. From Who’s Next, written and sung by John Entwistle. Only Moon’s drumming and Townshend’s distinctive guitar give a clue as to who the band is, especially with the brass section midway. And Daltrey makes a late appearance.