Friday Five

The Friday Five: November 06, 2009

Friday Five : ˈfrī-(ˌ)dā,-dē 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.

Editor’s Note: While short on time, it occurred to me that I always have time for some twitter-sized goodness so this week’s five is all in 140 characters or less. @michaelparr

The Five:

The Jimi Hendrix Experience – “Little Wing” (From Axis: Bold as Love, 1967)

While possibly cliché, this is my favorite Hendrix tune. Simple, soulful and beautiful, this is easily on my desert island song list.

Enuff Z’Nuff – “New Thing” (mp3) (from Enuff Z’Nuff, 1989)

Day-glo attire and pop-metal leanings aside, Enuff Z’Nuff were one of the most underrated power pop bands of the ’80s and ’90s.

Bryan Adams – “Heat of the Night” (from So Far So Good, 1993)

Does anyone truly dislike Bryan Adams? If pressed to name the essential ’80s records, Reckless would always be mentioned in the top 10.

Counting Crows – “Angels of the Silences” (from Recovering the Satellites, 1996)

I recall seeing the band on the Recovering the Satellites tour and how powerful this track is live. Adam is dynamic when he wants to be.

Bon Jovi – “Never Say Goodbye” (mp3) (from Slippery When Wet, 1986)

The ultimate prom song, I look at this record and wonder how it is that 23 years later this band is still flogging the same dead horse.

What’s your Five?


  • Tammy

    Thought I’d share my friday 5 with you, since I read yours all the time!
    1. Glenn Miller’s “I Know Why” — anytime I need to hear that rich record crackle or feel the swing of big band jazz, you know it is straight to Glenn Miller’s compositions I go! This tune has that classic female voice of the early 20th century and harmonies that pull at my heart-strings.
    2. Damien Rice’s “The Blower’s Daughter” – simple, course vocals & cello-centric. A-ok in my book!
    3. Josh Kelly’s “Amen” – the only album of his I can bring myself to own, mainly because I love every track. I think the sanctity of my love for this album would be tainted by venturing to other albums!
    4. Ani Difranco’s “Studying Stones” – violins, Ani vocals, and softer guitar picking. Dark and beautiful all at the same time.
    5. Amy Winehouse’s “Cherry” — She can do as many drugs as she wants, so long as I can appreciate her former glory as a vocalist!

  • AWJ

    1. “Sundayafternoonweightlessness” by Morphine (B-Sides and Otherwise). I enjoyed hearing that one…

    2. “Countenance” by Beth Orton (Comfort of Strangers). Not to be confused with Beth Oram (good luck with the photography – you have talent).

    3. “Blues Boys Tune” by B.B. King (Blues on the Bayou). Always nice to chat with Lucille.

    4. “Boot Hill” by Stevie Ray Vaughan (The Sky is Crying). Two blues songs in a row!

    5. “I’m On Fire” by Bruce Springsteen (Live 1975-1985). Just realized I have eight cover versions of this song – wonder what Springsteen song is the most covered?

  • EightE1

    A day late, but that’s par for the course with me lately …

    Lucky Soul, “The Great Unwanted.” Title track from a great album that has yet to be released in the US. And I mean a GREAT album — 60s girl group vibe, mixed with a modern blue-eyed soul approach. Great melodies. Expertly produced. Find it and spread the word.

    Jayhawks, “Old Woman from Red Clay.” From the second disc of the compilation I haven’t listened to nearly enough. Louris and Olson are made for each other and this languid country tune (an alternate take on “Two Angels”) just puts that into relief that is plainer than plain.

    Laura Marling, “My Manic and I.” Alas, I Cannot Swim is a terrific modern folk record, and this is a very cool track from it.

    Led Zeppelin, “Rock and Roll” The LOUD mix, from the Mothership compilation. An old friend I’ve not heard in a long time. [Wait for it …] A long, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely time.

    Keith Jarrett, “Handel: Suite I No. 4 HWV 429 in E Minor I. Fuga.” Pristine is the word that usually springs to mind when discussing Jarrett’s classical recordings. That echo-touched ECM production, plus Jarrett’s masterful take on Handel’s keyboard suites make for a lovely record. His Shostakovich and Mozart albums are equally fine.

    • Anne

      I bought “The Great Unwanted” on emusic and I live in the US. I assumed that it would have to be released in the country for me to buy it, right?

      And I agree, great music.

  • Anne

    It’s Sunday but better late than never…

    1. “Shake Your Tailfeathers” Ray Charles, 1975.
    2. “Ramble On” Led Zeppelin, “II” 1969.
    3. “I Was Just Thinking” Teitur, “Poetry & Aeroplanes” 2003.
    4. “Rainy Night in Georgia” Hem, “No Word from Tom” 2006. I really enjoy Hem and I love this song.
    5. “Magnolia Soul” Ozomatli, “Don’t Mess with the Dragon” 2007. Fun music.

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