The Groop Back at #1 A La Edit
The Groop, "A Famous Myth" (1969)
My Top Music Ending 12-19-16
1. The Groop 2.0 (Home compilation) **1 week #1**
The Groop lands its first week at #1 on my weekly list with a new treatment I gave it. Fourteen of the songs make up the 2007 reissue of their only album from 1969 with bonus tracks. I added two more songs, A Famous Myth and Tears And Joys, from the motion picture soundtrack of Midnight Cowboy. Both were later rerecorded by the group, the former being included on its sole album. The latter was released as a single B-side. The original CD release is the longest-running #1 on my weekly list at 24 weeks. It's one of the most amazing albums by a vocal group in my collection. As a singer, I play it frequently to train with.
2. Before The Dawn - Kate Bush (2016)
Kate debuted on my list last week in the same spot. I had played My Colouring Book by Agnetha Faltskog twice, so Before The Dawn suffered for it (the same thing happened with The Groop this week). This new live 3-CD set by Kate is nothing short of extraordinary. I had often thought her music had a quality worthy of the stage. The fact that she performed The Ninth Wave (from 1985's Hounds Of Love) and An Endless Sky Of Honey (from 2005's Aerial) in their entirety was more than rewarding. The highlight of the set has to be Running Up That Hill. It's quite bombastic. I'm currently listening to Before The Dawn on Internet Archive. It was uploaded using Kate's name (The KT Fellowship is the official name). As such, that's how I've listed it.
3. HolidayDream: Sounds Of The Holidays, Vol. 1 - The Polyphonic Spree (2012)
This is the only Christmas album by the innovative Texas project so far, and the only one by them I don't personally own. I did find it on YouTube and played it there this week. The combination orchestra, choir, and rock band are a perfect fit for Christmas music here. Their sound is both trippy and celebratory.
4. Christmas Wish - Olivia Newton-John (2007)
This is one of two Christmas discs by Olivia I've owned but never played that often. After today, I'm not sure why. It is quite eclectic including instrumental interludes between vocal tracks. It also features guest appearances by Jon Secada, Jim Brickman, Jann Arden, Michael McDonald, Marc Jordan, and Barry Manilow. It's definitely being run again next year.
5. The Magic Of Boney M. (2006) (NEW)
This is a collection I have saved to my Spotify albums. Having owned The Essential Boney M. and The Complete Collection, I put it on the back-burner until this week. There are three songs here that does set it apart from most "hit" packages including an early long version of Painter Man, a remix of Sunny, and A Moment Of Love by member, Marcia Barrett.
6. Christmas Portrait: Special Edition - Carpenters (1984)
The original album was my first of Christmas music and it remains my favorite. The special edition includes songs later released on An Old Fashioned Christmas. The downside is the omission of four songs from Christmas Portrait but I guess it was a space issue. This edition does include Merry Christmas Darling, a song co-written by Richard and first recorded in 1970.
7. Filigree & Shadow - This Mortal Coil (1986)
Nothing says Christmas like goth pop. I kid, of course. I do have a tendency to pull out my dark music around fall and winter, though. Filigree & Shadow is the second of three albums by this British studio project and includes covers of songs by Pearls Before Swine, Tim Buckley, Talking Heads, Judy Collins, and Van Morrison, as well as original instrumentals.
8. The Christmas Song - Roger Whittaker (1995)
My introduction to Roger was four Christmas songs in a Time-Life collection. His voice and the music were so regal, I bought this disc shortly thereafter. My favorites include beautiful arrangements of The Holly And The Ivy and The Twelve Days Of Christmas.
9. A Christmas Album - Barbra Streisand (1967)
Barbra's first Christmas album is clearly her best. From the comical Jingle Bells? to passionate performances of Ave Maria and The Lord's Prayer.
10. Rare Gems - ABBA (Home compilation)
This is my favorite of the discs I put together myself by ABBA. After a failed first try, it became an ultimate assembling of rare songs, Swedish songs, and B-sides.
And the rest...
11. Home For The Holidays - Heart & Friends (Live, 2014)
12. Scrapbook - Captain & Tennille (German import, date unlisted)
13. Passage - Carpenters (1977)
14. What A Wonderful Christmas - Anne Murray (2001)
15. Dark Sky Island (Deluxe) - Enya (2015)
16. A Very Special Christmas - Various Artists (1987)
17. Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? - The Cranberries (1993)