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My Top Music Of The Week
I've been doing a weekly music list online since 2006. You will notice I'm not much in to today's music though I have exceptional favorites. Here are my selections for the week ending September 20, 2012.
1. Mirage - Fleetwood Mac (1982)
Fleetwood Mac has been one of my major obssessions since 1980. Mirage is in its first week at the top of my list. Its singles include Hold Me, Gypsy, Love In Store, and Oh Diane.
2. Panic Of Girls - Blondie (2011)
This is Blondie's first collection of new recordings since The Curse Of Blondie in 2003. Though they kind of lost me with the last effort, I think Panic Of Girls is one of their best.
3. The Ultimate 5th Dimension (2004)
This is a great representation of the group's career and includes two rarities, a medley of The Worst That Could Happen and Wedding Bell Blues (first available on vinyl in 1970) and a previously unreleased cover of Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye recorded in 1973.
4. The Singles Plus - Mouth & MacNeal (Import, 2001)
This Dutch duo was a one-hit wonder stateside in 1972 with the top 10 single How Do You Do. The Singles Plus features a vast array of other catchy, quirky tunes that didn't quite make the cut in America. There's an added bonus of solo works by each of the two members as well as Mouth's other act with his wife (Big Mouth & Little Eve).
5. My Colouring Book - Agnetha Faltskog (Import, 2004)
The blond female vocalist of Abba made her comeback after a seventeen-year absence with a collection of covers. Abba is my favorite music group of all time.
6. The Definitve Collection - Abba (2001)
Speaking of my favorite group, this set is a perfect capsule of their career assembled on two discs. It includes two bonus tracks, a radio promo mix of Voulez-Vous and single mix of Ring Ring.
7. Greatest Hits Volume Two - Linda Ronstadt (1980)
This collection not only displays the singer's proficiency in country crossovers but her move into new wave as well. Key hits include It's So Easy, Ooh Baby Baby, and Hurts So Bad.
8. Gold - Cher (2005)
Cher's evolution has never been better represented than with Gold. This set offers her work with Sonny Bono as well as captures her eclectic styles ranging from folk rock and pop to hard rock and dance.
9. Their Greatest Hits And Finest Performances - Carpenters (1990)
This 3-disc set is one of two from Reader's Digest on my list this week. Virtually ever hit and key album track is included which makes it one of the best collections by the duo, in my opinion. Highlights include a re-working of their oldies medley from Now And Then (1973) where the disc jockey and radio contest are edited out. There's also a rare live performance of a medley of Burt Bacharach compositions.
10. The Best Of Tracey Ullman (1992)
Tracey had a brief music career but it generated some of the best pop recordings of the 80's. Her approach was reminsciant of and paid homage to the girl singers and groups of the 60's. She was even a one-hit wonder in 1983 with the song, They Don't Know. This disc is made up of Tracey's complete first album You Broke My Heart In 17 Places, five songs from her second album You Caught Me Out, and four non-album A-side singles.
11. A.M. Gold: 1969 - Various Artists (1991)
This is part of the Time-Life series spanning the 60's and 70's. Among my favorites are Hair by The Cowsills, Easy To Be Hard by Three Dog Night, and This Girl's In Love With You by Dionne Warwick.
12. Their Greatest Hits And Finest Performances - The Mamas & The Papas (1997)
This is another Reader's Digest product. As with the Carpenters, it contains three discs. The third disc is made up of solo material though Michelle Phillips is represented with two group songs she sang lead on.
13. 21 - Adele (2011)
Adele is one of the exceptions to my rule about today's music. I think Rolling In The Deep is one of the most incredible songs ever recorded in the last decade.