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Initial post: Jun 23, 2007 2:26:33 PM PDT
music fan says:
what songs do you think couldnt really have been done any better and stand out.. doesnt have to be your favorite either..

i'd say Baraccuda by Heart is an example... everything is great, the vocals, instruments, etc... what do you think?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 23, 2007 4:00:54 PM PDT
W. Poo says:
'Mad World' alternate version from the Donnie Darko soundtrack by Michael Andrews

'The Girl from Ipanema' by Astrud Gilberto (heard other artists... no thanks)
'If' by Bread (classic, forever and ever)
'Everytime You Go Away' by Paul Young
'Zombie' by the Cranberries (not even those tv rock shows' artists came close)
'I'm Not In Love' by 10cc
'Father Figure' by George Michael
'Closer' by Nine Inch Nails
'Hurt' by Johnny Cash (never thought I'd like anyone elses version of NIN's live MTv version of Hurt... it IS a classic... but Johnnys version touches me especially after he died right after it came out)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 23, 2007 4:56:37 PM PDT
The Beach Boys - Good Vibrations
The Beatles - You Never Give Me Your Money
Beck - Golden Age
Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone
Coldplay - Clocks
David Bowie - Moonage Daydream
Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
Jimmy Hendrix - Voodoo Child
The Kinks - Mr. Churchill Says
Led Zepplin - Going to California
Love - Alone Again Or
Moby - Porcelain
Neil Young - Harvest Moon
Outkast - Aquemini
Paul McCartney - Band On The Run
Pink Floyd - Us And Them
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
Radiohead - Let Down
The Rolling Stones - Sympathy For The Devil
The Roots - You Got Me
The Shins - Caring Is Creepy
Sigur Ros - Agaetis Byrjun
Smashing Pumpkins - Hummer
Sonic Youth - Teenage Riot
Sound Garden - The Day I Tried To Live
Sufjan Stevens - Chicago
U2 - Where The Streets Have No Name
Van Morrison - Moondance
The Who - Baba O'Reilly
Wilco - I Am Trying To Break Your Heart

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 23, 2007 6:09:56 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 24, 2007 7:32:57 AM PDT
C. S. Rabun says:
i think Gerry Rafferty's song Baker Street should qualify for one of those songs. It's got cool lyrics, and a even cooler guitar. The whole song is awesome. I almost forgot about the sax in the song too...I was tired when writing this...but, yeah, that is killer too. Gerry also had another really memoriable song too with Right Down the Line. This was probably the guitar riff I was thinking about earlier, because I like both these songs equally...bring back alot of memories.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 23, 2007 7:34:15 PM PDT
Practically singlehandedly brought the tenor sax back into popular music to stay - I agree.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2007 2:23:11 AM PDT
J. Adrian says:
LeAnn Rimes 'Blue' is perfect IMO.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2007 2:44:23 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2007 3:29:58 AM PDT
Who Knows Where the Time Goes - Judy Collins
Sloop John B - The Beach Boys

I agree with many of Andrew J. Staudt's selections, e.g.:
Chicago - Sufjan Stevens
Like A Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan

Almost anything by Sigur Ros....
Svefn-g-englar
Starálfur
NjoSnaveLin
Glósóli
Hoppipolla
Saeglópur

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2007 6:06:27 AM PDT
PSTNaplesFTW says:
God Only Knows - Beach Boys
A Day in the Life - Beatles
Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon and Garfunkel
Mr. Dieingly Sad - The Critters
Cara Mia - Jay and the Americans
What's New - Frank Sinatra
Tonight, Tonight - Smashing Pumpkins
Can't Find My Way Home - Blind Faith

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2007 7:19:06 AM PDT
Jim says:
Proud Mary-CCR-never one of my favorites but it is a good song, perefect for radio. If I was on American Bandstand, I would give it a 10, good beat, good lyrics, and the bass player hardly even picks his nose.

Heart of Gold-Neil Young

Midnight Rider-Allman Brothers

Melissa-Allman Brothers

Blue Sky-Allman Brothers

Moondance-Van Morrison

Into The Mystic-Van Morrison

Soulshine-Gov't Mule

All That You Dream-Little Feat

Werewolves of London-Warren Zevon

Carmelita-Warren Zevon

For What's it's Worth-Buffalo Springfield

Desperado-Eagles

Tequila Sunrise-Easy

and on and on and on>>>>>>>>>>;>>>>>

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2007 7:19:12 AM PDT
"a even cooler guitar. "

I always thought the saxophone part was the "ear catcher" of that song....but whatever. I too am still really fond of it after all of these years.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2007 8:34:29 AM PDT
Neill Dumont says:
Crossroads - Cream - Wheels of Fire
In Memory of Elizabeth Reed - The Allman Brothers - Live at the Fillmore East
Voodoo Child (A Slight Return) - Jimi Hendrix - Experience Hendrix
Time Out of Mind - Steely Dan - Gaucho
Tripe Face Boogie - Little Feat - Waiting for Columbus

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2007 1:03:13 PM PDT
I'm not sure why, but the first song that came to my mind when I read this post was "Constant Craving" by k.d. lang. I'm not a big fan of hers or her music, but that one song just seems to have everything I could ask for in a pop song. The vocals are great, and the instrumentation was cleverly arranged by the producer as well as being quite well played. Not a song I have to hear all that often, but when I do stumble across it, I don't change the channel.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2007 1:43:26 PM PDT
J. Adrian says:
A few others that I think are perfect or close to it:
Waiting For A Girl Like You-Foreigner
One Of These Nights-Eagles
Feeling That Feeling Again-Alison Moorer
Higher and Higher-Rita Coolidge
What A Wonderful World-LeAnn Rimes
I Know Why-Cheryl Crow
Right Or Wrong -Rosanne Cash
Ocean-Hanna&McEuen
We Ain't Even Done With The Night-John Mellencamp
Cover Me-Bruce Springsteen
Down To My Last Teardrop-Tanya Tucker
Lonely Too Long-Patty Loveless
There's No Gettin Over Me-Ronnie Milsap
Allison-Linda Ronstadt
Hurricane-Bob Dylan
Little Jeanie-Elton John
I'd have to look through all of my cd's but these are some that come to mind.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2007 4:43:14 PM PDT
music fan says:
i also would consider stevie nicks,,, edge of seventeen and stand back to fit this...

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2007 4:50:05 PM PDT
Petty Fan says:
So So many...EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE from of course,The Police!!!!!!
Us and Them from Pink Floyd
Let it Be from The Beatles
Save A Prayer from Duran Duran
Woman In Chains from Tears For Fears...Every Rose Has it's Thorn from Poison...So many more to come

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2007 9:39:51 PM PDT
steve says:
'Little Girl Blue' by Oscar Peterson -- on Exclusively for My Friends, Volume 4: My Favorite Instrument
'Lotus Land' by Gene Rains

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2007 10:04:03 PM PDT
Joebediah says:
Grass by Animal Collective
Knife by Grizzly Bear
Cherry-Coloured Funk by Cocteau Twins
Sometimes by My Bloody Valentine
Street Spirit by Radiohead
For Martha by Smashing Pumpkins

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2007 10:59:48 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 24, 2007 11:01:11 PM PDT
Fisherman's Blues - THE WATERBOYS
When an Old Criketeer Leaves the Crease - ROY HARPER
Pocket full of clover - BETH HART
Five Leaves Left - NICK DRAKE
Listen, Listen - SANDY DENNY
Shoot Out the Lights - RICHARD & LINDA THOMPSON
Dirty A** Rock and Roll - JOHN CALE
Cypress Avenue - VAN MORRISON
No Cars Go - ARCADE FIRE
Beth Orton - CONCRETE SKY
Sebastion - STEVE HARLEY
Roll Away the Stone - MOTT the HOOPLE
Indiana Rainbow - ROY WOOD
Genesis - JORMA KAUKONEN
Conventional Wisdom - BUILT TO SPILL
Solisbury Hill - PETER GABRIEL

There are a lot more...

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2007 5:43:26 AM PDT
E. H. Bruno says:
I'm surprised to see that I agree with a majority of entries from both of these first to parties.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2007 9:53:18 AM PDT
Greg Brady says:
Agreed. "Baker Street"'s real hook is the sax riff. I can just barely remember the trailing guitar solo and can't recall the vocal chorus at all..but I can hum the sax riff.

Some other unforgettable instrumental "Hooks":
sax part on Men At Work's "Who Can it Be Now?"
guitar part for Gary Glitter's "Rock and roll Pt. 2"

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2007 9:54:55 AM PDT
Greg Brady says:
Agreed. I usually think of Nicks' stuff as overblown and pretentious but "Edge of Seventeen" seems perfect. Only what needs to be there is there. Sounds especially fantastic with the sunroof open and volume at "11". :)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2007 9:59:27 AM PDT
Squarepusher - Port Rhombus

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2007 10:23:21 AM PDT
Everybody Wants To Rule the World - Tears for Fears

Living For The City - Stevie Wonder
Superstition also...

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2007 11:41:56 AM PDT
C. S. Rabun says:
You are right about the sax in "Barker Street". That is unforgettable, obviously except for myself when i wrote that after being up all night and day. I got the songs "Baker Street" and "Right Down the Line" somehow mixed up in my head, not that they are anything alike, but are my two favorite songs by one seemingly way over looked Gerry Rafferty who had quite a few good songs.
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