Howdy ya’ll! Molto grazie for putting up with the funkiness last week. If you haven’t done so, go check out the Baby Talk MySpace page to listen to some rough cuts of our shiz!
Today’s mixtape features some of my favorite female vocalists. It’s kinda a sister mix to my “Hell Hath No Fury” mix a few months back. I’ve got deep cuts and ol’ faves from the Supremes, Nico, Dusty Springfield, Cat Power, Gal Costa, the Mamas and the Papas, Carole King and a bunch more classy ladies!
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01. Carole King — “It Might as Well Rain Until September” A Brill Building-era tune sung by King herself!
02. Richard & Linda Thompson — “I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight” The title track to one of my favorite albums ever.
03. Cat Power — “Aretha, Sing One For Me” Wouldn’t a little call and response be nice …
04. Aretha Franklin — “Spanish Harlem” … oh hey, whuddya know?
05. Maxine Brown — “Oh No Not My Baby” Classic underrated soul singer; this track (written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, no less!) was recently sampled in nu-Anglo-soul artist Gabriella Cilmi’s “Sanctuary”.
06. The Supremes — “Only Sixteen” This nugget is available on the Supremes’ We Remember Sam Cooke album, which is composed entirely of Sam Cooke covers from the girls—does it get any better than that?!?!?
07. Joan Baez — “Love Minus Zero, No Limit” One of my favorite Bob Dylan songs, sung a little too perfectly by Baez.
08. Merrilee Rush — “Angel of the Morning” A classic torch song! My faves!
09. Ike & Tina Turner — “Save the Last Dance for Me” Tina gets down on it!
10. Dusty Springfield — “All I See Is You” Another torch ballad, Dusty’s specialty.
11. Gal Costa — “India” One of my favorite singers, from her pastoral follow-up to 1969’s psychedelic Gal.
12. Edith Piaf — “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien” A great song from a truly troubled and talented woman. The film La Vie en Rose is worth checking out to get a feel for Piaf and to see star Marion Cotillard’s fantastic performance (really the highlight of the film).
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13. The Ronettes — “The Best Part of Breakin’ Up” So good!
14. Irma Thomas — “Time Is on My Side” The original version, released just months before the Stones swiped it!
15. Patsy Cline — “Back in Baby’s Arms” Another classic, what else d’ya want me to say? Huh?
16. Nancy Sinatra — “Flowers on the Wall” Probably not Sinatra’s best record, but it’d be hard to do wrong by this song. The more famous version was recorded by the Statler Brothers.
17. Sandie Shaw — “(There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me” Yep, it was a cover. And this version was way funkier.
18. P.P. Arnold — “The First Cut Is the Deepest” Arnold was an American ex-pat who lived in London for most of her career because she never could match the success she found there back in the States. Her original backing band featured Keith Emerson and would later become the Nice.
19. Petula Clark — “Don’t Sleep in the Subway” This song just makes me feel heppy.
20. The Mamas and the Papas — “Make Your Own Kind of Music” Known well to Lost fans, eh?
21. Nico — “I’ll Keep It With Mine” Another Bob Dylan track, this one given exclusively to Nico (of all people!).
22. The Stone Poneys — “Different Drum” The bus station in downtown Tucson is named after Linda Ronstadt, that always cracks me up.
23. Judy Collins — “Both Sides Now” Written by another great lady singer, Joni Mitchell. For my money, this beats the version on Mitchell’s Clouds album, but the best is Mitchell’s redo on the Both Sides Now from 1999.
24. Julie Driscoll — “This Wheel’s on Fire” Whudd’ya know, yet another Dylan cover. Hooray!
25. Feist — “Inside and Out” From Dylan to the Brothers Bee (Gee). This song makes me crabby!
26. Dionne Warwick — “If We Only Have Love” Let’s end this side with another song written by a Frenchie—this time Jacques Brel (the original is called “Quand On n’a Que l’Amour” in French).