The Quality Street Holiday Review

 

A seasonal selection of favorites for all the family courtesy of this regular english-speaking gentleman on holiday. Nick Lowe delivers cozy Christmas cheer with twelve newly minted (released is 2013) county/pop holiday classics that swing. Children go where I send thee, throw another log on the fire, heat up some coco and enjoy…Quality Street.

 

The Quality Holiday Revue Live

A Dollar Short of Happy
Raging Eyes
Christmas At The Airport
Not Too Long Ago
Linus and Lucy
(I Love The Sound Of) Breaking Glass
Sensitive Man
Somebody Cares For Me
The North Pole Express
Half A Boy And Half A Man
I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day
Children Go Where I send Thee
I was Born In Bethlehem

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a night in san francisco

 

A Night in San Francisco takes me back to Addison and Lakewood in Chicago. Our secret rendezvous to a corner pub where we hung on the walls and the ceiling, talked for hours, played no games, just connected. You were a beautiful vision. Have I told you lately that I love you?

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Excitable Boy

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Today’s Runner is a wonderful set of yarns served up by the Excitable boy himself Warren Zevon.

“Send lawyers, guns and money, DAD get me out of this – Haaa!”

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The Arcs

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Here’s to Yours, Dreamily

If you love the Black Keys this new side project by Dan Auerbach will rock you.

Enjoy – David

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Can’t Buy a Thrill

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I went and saw Steely Dan this past weekend. What can I tell ya? What a show! Fagen and Becker sound better than ever. With so many great songs to choose from, “Bodhisattva” remains the centerpiece of Steely Dan’s live shows. I can see why. They had the crowd up on their feet with that one. All in all, with a 13 piece band including backing vocals by the Danettes there was plenty of sound to go around the set list that included four from Aja, three from Gaucho, three from Countdown to Ecstasy, but only two from their debut. I think I got to go back, Jack and Do It Again.

Today’s Runner is Can’t Buy a Thrill from 1972. With its Zappa like cover art ala Uncle Meat, this album is a tightly constructed recording of finely written pop tunes including hits; Reeling in the Years, Dirty Work, Kings and Midnight Cruiser to name a few.

“You’ve been telling me you were a genius since you were 17, In all the time I’ve known you, I still don’t know what you mean. The weekend at the collage didn’t turn out like you planned, the things they pass for knowledge I can’t understand.”

Bodhisattva, Bodhisattva, Bodhisattva, Look out!

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Nostalgia

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It’s nice to hear the absolutely beautiful instrument that is Annie Lennox’s voice still ring through the airwaves these days. Nostalgia is Lennox’s 6th solo album in the 20 plus years since the Eurythmics split. Every one better than the last, and this is no exception. Here she covers various Jazz and R&B standards including several Hoagy Carmichael numbers, the Porgy and Bess classic Summertime, and Ellington’s Mood Indgo just to name a few. There are many reasons you should buy this record, but for me it is her incredibly haunting rendition of Billie Holiday’s Strange Fruit. It’s chilling, and utterly sobering.

She is the reason I’ll be watching the Grammys this year!

Today, divas are a dime a dozen, and there is certainly a lot more “gaga” and “bling” out there than ever before. Sunday’s Grammy Show is sure to be loaded. But you won’t find an elder statesman, or in this case states-woman, who is more beautiful and has the style, chic and pipes to go with it. She is the complete package, and given Annie’s reputation, I’m sure her performance on Sunday will be a sight to behold.

To wet your whistle, here is her duet with Bowie & Queen back in 1992.
Enjoy some Nostalgia.

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