Friday Five

The Friday Five: September 11, 2009

Friday Five : ˈfrī-(ˌ),- ˈfīv : On the sixth day of every week I hit the shuffle button on my iTunes and share my five and drop a little knowledge and insight for each track. Sometimes there is a playlist involved, sometimes there isn’t. Sometimes we have guest, but most of the time it’s just me. The rest is up to you, our friends and readers! Fire up your media player of choice and share the first five random track of your shuffle in the comments.

The Five:

Editors Note: Beatlemania is alive and well and kicking this week’s five back to the ’60s for five tunes from the fab four.

The Beatles – “Get Back” (from Let It Be, 1970)

I’d like to say thank you of behalf of the group and ourselves, and I hope we passed the audition” – John Lennon

The Beatles – “You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)” (mp3) (from Past Masters, Volume Two, 1988)

If pressed to name my “Desert Island” Beatles tracks, this would land squarely in the Top 10. Hell, it would probably make the Top 5. Originally released as the B-side to “Let It Be” this track has the distinction of being the last official release in the The Beatles cannon.

The Beatles – “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” (from The Beatles, 1969)

And to the other end of the spectrum, this is probably one of my least favorite tunes in the catalog. To that point is a bad Beatles song a bad song? While you ponder that…

The Beatles – “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away” (from Help!, 1965)

We make our way to another favorite. According to Paul the song “is just basically John doing Dylan.”

The Beatles – “A Hard Day’s Night” (from A Hard Day’s Night, 1964)

Like many of you out there, the first thing I did when I got my hands on the remasters was cue up this track and turn up the speakers. The familiar, and noticeably clearer, opening chord rang out and it instantaneously transported me back to the first time I recall hearing the tune. The remastered track – and the whole collection, for that matter – brings to the front the considerable contributions of Ringo Starr. It’s as if I never noticed the bongo track underneath the verse.

What’s got you spinning across the universe this week?


  • bill

    Well, I didn’t do the all Beatles thing, but here goes:

    Johnny Cash; I Came to Believe from American V
    Bruce: Racing in the Streets, Live 75-85
    Elvis: Suspicious Minds (Didn’t even know this was on there!)
    Dave Alvin: Out in California
    Frank Sinatra: Something Stupid. Love me some Frankie on the eliptical.

  • Michael

    @bill “Suspicious Minds” is easily my favorite Elvis Tune – great choice!

    And for the record The Five is all about whatever you’re listening to so come one, come all and come as you are!

  • Kristi

    Well, I have no Beatles on my five (but do have some on my iTunes). My five:

    1) Bad Girl – Trixter
    2) Hella Good (acoustic) – No Doubt
    3) Every Breath You Take – The Police
    4) I Will Follow (U2 Cover) – Counting Crows
    5) Change – Blind Melon (yesssss!)

  • Anne

    I did a mix of The Beatles, solo work from the members, and covers.

    1. Jealous Guy — John Lennon
    2. I’ll Follow the Sun — The Beatles, from Beatles for Sale. One of the first albums.
    3. I’m Looking Through You — Ted Leo, on a tribute album for the 40th anniversary of Rubber Soul.
    4. Maybe I’m Amazed — Paul McCartney
    5. Get Back — The Beatles. From Let It Be, their last album released.

  • Rob Smith (EightE1)

    1) Dave Matthews Band, “Don’t Drink the Water.” (live)
    2) Terence Blanchard, “Ghost of 1927.” Part of a musical requiem for New Orleans, post-Katrina.
    3) Waterboys, “A Home in the Meadow” Yet another variation of “Greensleeves,” left off the original Fisherman’s Blues album.
    4) Eagles, “The Long Run.” Not much to say about this one. Not my favorite Eagles track.
    5) David Bowie, “Five Years.” From the Santa Monica ’72 live thingie, which I haven’t had the chance to listen to very closely yet.

  • Pete

    Quick one before I leave…

    1.”Today’s Undertaking” – M. Ward
    2. “B Side WIns Again” – Pubic Enemy
    3. “Two Doors Down” – Dwight Yoakam
    4. “Wired All Night” – Mick Jagger
    5. “Beans” – Jimmy McGriff & Groove Holmes

  • E James

    1. Calm Like A Bomb – RAM
    2. Tanqueray – Johnny Johnson and Keith Richards
    3. Come Live With Me – Ray Charles and the Count Basie Orchestra
    4. Time Loves A Hero – Little Feat
    5. How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore – Prince

    Happy Friday to Pete and Everyone!!!

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