The Friday Happy Holidays Music Shuffle (22.12.23)

by Rick Johansen

Hi pop-pickers and welcome to the Friday Music Shuffle. As it’s Christmas, literally nothing has changed. It’s the same old theme whereby my music device chooses ten songs from my collection and I tell you what it’s chosen. And if you want to listen or even sing along, then just click on the song title.

I hope you find something you like.

  1. Colorado Springs Eternal by Matthew’s Southern Comfort. Back to 1970 for a track from the band’s debut long player Matthews’ Southern Comfort. Gordon Huntley’s gorgeous pedal steel is too far in the background and the lead guitar far too high, but it’s still nice.
  2. Stella by Here We Go Magic. Best track on their excellent 2015 LP Be Small.
  3. Where We Start by David Gilmour. Lush track from 2010’s On An Island long player.
  4. All Alone by Dennis Wilson. Dennis made the best solo Beach Boys album with 1977’s Pacific Ocean Blue. This song would have been on his second album, tentatively titled Bambu. Brilliant.
  5. World Of Good by The Saw Doctors. My favourite Irish band and my favourite song by them. Love it.
  6. The Other Side (live at Brixton) by Pendulum. From their brilliant 2009 album Live At Brixton Academy, this is SO good.
  7. The Journey by Boston. A short puffed-up pretentious instrumental by the American rockers which, of course, I love.
  8. Senza Una Donna by Zucchero and Paul Young. I had literally had no idea I owned this record but here it is on some compilation or other. Young’s many limitations are more than made up for by Zucchero’s vocal brilliance.
  9. Watching The River Flow by Bob Dylan. Back to 1971, the best year for music, and it’s brilliant, featuring Leon Russell on piano.
  10. Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone by The Temptations. Magnificent.

This week’s Desert Island Disc is a real toughie. Eventually, it came down to four songs from the ten and I plumped for Watching The River Flow by Bob Dylan.

Well, that was fun (for me). I wish you happy holidays and I’ll see you next Friday.

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