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My Top Music Of The Week 11-29

Updated on November 28, 2012

My #1 This Week

The Complete Mercury Recordings by Spanky & Our Gang
The Complete Mercury Recordings by Spanky & Our Gang

1. The Complete Mercury Recordings - Spanky & Our Gang (2005) 2nd week #1

I started out with two album downloads and escolated to this collection with pretty much everything this group ever released. The Complete Mercury Recordings consists of the albums Spanky & Our Gang (1967), Like To Get To Know You (1968), Anything You Choose b/w Without Rhyme Or Reason (1969), and Spanky's Greatest Hit(s) (1969), plus a disc of rarities and a disc of single mixes.

2. Holidaydream: Sounds Of The Holidays, Vol. 1 - The Polyphonic Spree (2012) New

I discovered The Polyphonic Spree after reading a review of their 2004 album Together We're Heavy. It talked about their retro sound and costuming and piqued my curiosity. I bought the forementioned album and was blown away. I've collected all their albums ever since including this, the new release. It contains trippy, psychadelic renditions of Christmas favorites as well as two originals, A Working Elf's Theme and the title track. The highlight to me is their version of John Lennon's Happy X-Mas (War Is Over).

3. Christmas Spirit - Donna Summer (1994)

I'm still working on my bodacious download of Donna's albums, skipping to '94 to hear this one. It was her only Christmas album and includes two originals, Christmas Is Here and the title track as well as powerful renditions of both sacred and secular favorites.

4. This Christmas - John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John (2012) New

I read about this one in Entertainment Weekly and downloaded it the same day! This is the first time John and Olivia have recorded together since the Two Of A Kind soundtrack in 1983. It includes appearances from Tony Bennett and Chick Corea and two originals, I Think You Might Like It and the title track.

5. A Rita Coolidge Christmas (2012) New

Rita's first album in seven years includes a version of Amazing Grace sung in Cherokee as well as new songs such as Circle Of Light and Love In This Room.

6. Strange Euphoria - Heart (2012)

This is Heart's first career-spanning box set including tons of rarities, unreleased, and live recordings.

7. The Ultimate Collection - Carpenters (Import, 2006)

This 3-disc set covers the duo's entire career including solo works. It's also the first time the original recordings have all been used in a compilation of theirs. With the exception of Your Baby Doesn't Love You Anymore and Karen's If I Had You, all the singles are present.

8. Light And Day EP - The Polyphonic Spree (2003)

The release of the group's Christmas disc had me wanting to revisit others of theirs. I started with this mini-album which came with my copy of their first disc, The Beginning Stages Of The Polyphonic Spree.

9. Panic Of Girls - Blondie (Import, 2011)

Of all the albums Blondie has released since their 1999 return, I seem to play this one the most. What I Heard is power-driven while Girlie Girlie is profusely catchy. D-Day is rather raucous and reminds me of an early track of theirs called Underground Girl with its punk tone.

10. Can't Wait All Night - Juice Newton (2009) New

This is the second time I've downloaded this original 1984 album. The first was derived from a vinyl recording and had a skip in it. Fortunately, I found a digital copy. The album includes what I think were underrated singles, A Little Love and the title track.

11. AM Gold: 1968 - Various Artists (1990)

This is part of the Time-Life Music series highlighting the best of the year.

12. Lighthouse - Kim Carnes (1987)

This is an original 1986 album and an obscure Japanese issue. It inlcudes the singles Divided Hearts and I'd Lie To You For Your Love. Two remixes of the former serve as bonus tracks.


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