This is an ode to the shuffle. How better to get a good insight in your digitized album collection than by a classic shuffle? Finally discover the albums you never got into, finally throw the ones away you will never get into and worship those classics that never grow old again. The Shuffle of this week:

1.    Guided By Voices – Echos Myron (Bee Thousand, 1994)


After giving the shuffle some inspiration with The Beatles’ ‘Sexy Sadie’, it exceeds my espectations by finding a Guided By Voices track that lasts longer than 2 and a half minutes. After being recommended this album so many times, the shuffle gives the sign to finally listen to this one thoroughly.

2.    Arctic Monkeys – 505 (Favourite Worst Nightmare, 2007)


It also tries to make clear to me that I have to listen to the Arctic Monkeys more, but this offer I’m going to reject one more time.

 

3.  Tindersticks – My Sister (Tindersticks (II), 1995)
After Lambchop last time, we meet another one from the same genre, a long one this time (8 minutes). This one appeared on their second album, which was a very pleasant sequel to their debut, and features a spoken monologue from Drugstore singer Isabel Monteiro.

4. Beatles – There’s a Place (Please Please Me, 1962)


There’s the Fab Four again, another one from their debut album.

 

5. Johnny Cash – We’ll Meet Again (The Man Comes Around, 2002)


From the Cavern to a dark jazz club, where the old Johnny Cash is performing this Vera Lynn evergreen in the back, wrapped up in smoke. Marvellous album that’s full of beautiful covers of rock classics, including contributed vocals from the original artists. It hardly ever happens that an artist makes such a beautiful album at such an age.

6. Of Montreal – Disconnect the Dots (Satanic Panic in the Attic, 2004)


Directly from the jazz club to the fun-fair then, with the nice and enchanted opening track of this melodious rollercoaster. Neo-psychedelia that sounds like The Beach Boys getting high on 21st century technology.

7. Uncle Tupelo – John  Hardy (No Depression, 1990)


Something completely different: pure alternative country from this epic album. Suppose you’d be a decade, you would be pleased with such an album to kick off things.

 

8. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Keep on Chooglin’ (Live in Europe, 1973)


We continue with some 13 minutes of jamming with these rock veterans, full of some good old improvisation. The live track almost turns into a medley when Fogerty sets in a very threatening version of ‘Pagan Baby’ in the middle of the song.   .

9. Django Reinhardt – Ou est-tu, mon amour? (Djangology 49, 1949)


Small Belgian jazz song about a guy who has lost his Abbey Road album.

 

10. Pink Floyd – Hey You (The Wall, 1979)


Always pleasant to conclude with Pink Floyd, certainly when it’s one of my favorite album tracks, delivered to you with excellent vocals from Gilmour and Waters.

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