Folks, I may be slacking on the ol’ bloggins of late, but I’m trying my best to make it up to ya’lls. Today we have the second installment in my baroque pop mix series (hear the first and read my long-winded dissertation on it here). There’s 38 songs in total here between both sides, the most since my Yacht Rock mix; and if I do say so myself, this one’s got some gems!
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01. David Hemmings — “Back Street Mirror” Hemmings was an actor best known as an actor (his most famous role was the jaded cameraman in Michaelangelo Antonioni’s Blowup). His dabbling with pop music, 1967’s David Hemmings Happens, is a mixed bag at best, but the lead track, a cover of Gene Clark’s Dylanesque “Back Street Mirror”, is a forgotten classic.
02. The Amen Corner — “Recess” A highly underrated band that was propelled by the fantastic vocals of lead singer Andy Fairweather.
03. David Bowie — “Love You Till Tuesday” This is seriously just about the only salvageable track from Bowie’s first album, available reissued as The Deram Tracks. The dude clearly underwent some serious transformation in the couple years between this and “Space Oddity”.
04. Scott Walker — “Copenhagen” From Scott 3.
05. The Beatles — “She’s Leaving Home” One of the underrated songs from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”.
06. Al Kooper — “Mourning Glory Story” An interesting cover of the Harry Nilsson song. From Kooper’s You Never Know Who Your Friends Are.
07. Graham Gouldman — “Bus Stop” Gouldman wrote this for the Hollies, who made it a huge international hit in 1966, but few have heard his own interpretation; this is from Gouldman’s 1969 album The Graham Gouldman Thing.
08. Colin Blunstone — “Caroline Goodbye” Blunstone wrote this for his former girlfriend … It appears on 1971’s One Year album.
09. The Flowerpot Men — “Let’s Go to San Francisco” Yes, let’s!
10. The Tremoloes — “Silence Is Golden” A sappy little folk-pop classic.
11. Andy Kim — “Shoot ‘Em Up, Baby” The Canadian pop/rocker who also co-wrote “Sugar, Sugar” for the Archies.
12. The Merseys — “Sorrow” Formerly the Merseybeats, “Sorrow” was the only hit for this incarnation of the Liverpool band.
13. The Left Banke — “She May Call You Up Tonight” Prolly my fave Left Banke song.
14. The Monkees — “The Girl I Knew Somewhere” Killer single penned by Mike Nesmith and released circa 1967.
15. Emitt Rhodes — “Somebody Made for Me” Rhodes was a member of the Merry-Go-Round before he went solo and made a bunch of highly-regarded proto-power pop records. This is from his first, self-titled 1970 album.
16. The Zombies — “She Does Everything for Me” Seriously, name me one bad Zombies song. You can’t do it. The thing does not exist. This band was the tits!
17. Graham Nash — “Chicago (The Truth)” Tom Scharpling recently had an ongoing topic for callers to the Best Show on WFMU—Who is the worst member of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young? My vote would probably be for Steven Stills for his ridiculous, baby-ish Elvis Costello scrap. It certainly wouldn’t be for Graham Nash, who was in the second best of the pre-CSNY bands (yes, the Hollies are better than Buffalo Springfield. Suck it). This song is from his first solo album, the recently reissued Songs for Beginners. The opening organ hook is sampled by Kanye West on Beanie Siegel’s “The Truth”. Good shit, m’friends.
18. Les Payne — “Very Well” Don’t know much about Mr. Payne other than that this song was included on the very excellent Tea and Symphony baroque pop comp, of whose praises I have sung many times previous on this site.
19. Richard Harris — “The Hive” From Harris’ second collaboration with Jimmy Webb, The Yard Went on Forever.
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20. Scott Walker — “Prologue/Little Things” This little song suite kicks of Walker’s unfairly maligned fifth album, Til the Band Comes in.
21. The Millenium — “It’s You” Probably one of the best psychedelic pop albums of the late-60s was the Millenium’s Begin. Check it out.
22. The Association — “Windy” One of my earliest musical memories! I used to love this song as a kid.
23. Edison Lighthouse — “Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)” Probably the best bubblegum song. Ever.
24. The Cowsills — “The Rain, the Park and Other Things” Good song, but it always makes me think about the dream sequence in Dumb and Dumber.
25. The Flying Machine — “Smile a Little Smile for Me” Great one-hit wonder.
26. The Kinks — “Animal Farm” All them pigs and goats and the animals! I wanna go to the animal farm!
27. The Humblebums — “Her Father Didn’t Like Me Anyway” Another gem from the Tea and Symphony comp.
28. Nick Drake — “The Thoughts of Mary Jane” Man, it’s been a while since I dusted off the Drake (probably about as long as I watched The Royal Tenenbaums), but it’s always a treat.
29. The Move — “Mist on a Monday Morning” From the band’s first album.
30. Keith West — “Excerpt From a Teenage Opera” West was the lead singer of Tomorrow (which also featured future Yes guitarist Steve Howe), but he clearly had an urge to be a cabaret singer.
31. Glen Campbell — “Just Another Piece of Paper” A classic Webb/Campbell collaboration.
32. The Beach Boys — “Wonderful” I wasn’t a big fan of Brian Wilson’s redone Smile album. Everything he redid already existed, and it didn’t sound like it was being sung by a stroke victim (Sorry for that, but come on. Seriously).
33. Montage — “I Shall Call Her Mary” Montage consisted of former members of the Left Banke, and they released one classic self-titled album in 1969. Track it down if you can.
35. Manfred Mann — “Raggamuffin Man” Manfred Mann had them some pop hits!
36. I Camaleonti — “L’ora dell’amore” An Italian cover of Procol Harum’s “Homburg”.
37. Tim Buckley — “Morning Glory” One of my favorite Buckley tunes.
38. Franco Battiato — “La Torre” Before he got all weird, Battiato put out some fairly trendy late-’60s pop singles. This is my favorite.