The Smiths – “Reel Around the Fountain” from The Smiths (1984)
By all accounts, Morrissey is an asshole and I don’t like the Smiths very much at all but there is an undeniable beauty in this song.
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Pere Ubu – “Final Solution” from Terminal Tower (1985) [originally released as single (1976)]
George Jones – “The Window Up Above” (1960)
One of my favorite country singers discovered since the great country music voyage began is balladeer George Jones. In this song, he teaches us the important lesson that voyeurism never does anybody any good. If only he hadn’t been spying, if only he’d been sleeping instead of watching…
The Band – “Stage Fright” from Stage Fright (1970)
The Band were pirates of all manners of American music. And they did it better than any other group of musicians that I can think of.
Each one of them was so accomplished.
I love Rick Danko’s vocal on this song. It’s strong but strained, which gives it that right amount of fragility.
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Bill Evans – “Solar” from Sunday At the Village Vanguard (1961)
Bill Evans’s four records with the otherworldly Scott LaFaro on bass and Paul Motian on drums–Portrait in Jazz, Explorations, Sunday, and Waltz For Debby–are jazz essentials and contain some of the most beautiful music ever. Known for sensitive interpretations of ballads, the trio could also tear into an uptempo tune, as evidenced by this take of Miles Davis’s “Solar” (pronounced So-LAHR). The group’s telepathic interplay is well-documented, but this track, along with many others on the above-mentioned records, remains surprising on each listen.
There’s a good reissue of the Village Vanguard dates originally presented on Sunday and Waltz.