Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Invites ridicule - the latest collection of Spotify oddities

100 Greatest Sports Moments

'Sports' rather than 'Sporting', so already you know it's an American product. There's a few newsreel based albums we could go into over time, but this one is set out by its mix of radio commentaries and a wayward musical showreel. Nobody needs a percussively double time remix of Ballroom Blitz, especially when flanked by two clips from at least a decade earlier, or Quiet Riot re-recording their cover of Cum On Feel The Noize, not least as those aren't actually sports moments no matter where you plan the line to be drawn. For a compilation deeming itself the arbiter of sports' greatest moments, moreover, we're not sure the 1972 Olympic terrorist tragedy, Dale Earnhardt's death, Olympic boycotts, baseball strikes, steroid trials or - and we're not making this up, although we suspect it's in to make up the numbers - David Beckham resigning as England captain quite counts. Also, nobody ever needs to hear a cover of Let's Get It Started.

Superhits prasentiert vom Palast Orchester mit seinem sanger Max Raabe

"Max Raabe is a German singer and band leader of the Palast Orchester. He and his orchestra specialise in recreating the sound of German dance and film music of the 1920s and 1930s, especially by performing songs of the Comedian Harmonists." So yeah, it's a post-ironic covers album, but crucially done by a German so you're never quite sure how much comedy is intended, with the result We Will Rock You just sounds uncomfortably odd, Eiffel 65's Blue (Da Ba Dee) has some sort of King's Singers arrangement that hopes you don't notice the copout dance beats behind - they should speak to Mike Flowers, he ended up teaming up with Stock Aitken Waterman and somehow forgetting the point of his act - and we're not sure replacing Kiss' guitar with a banjo under the treacle-thick carousing of the very un-Prince vocal is entirely in the spirit of reversioning. They also have a crack at Manu Chao's already fairly odd King Of The Bongo, and that'll blow your sinuses clear away.

Sounds Of London

Recorded in 1961, exactly what it says it is. What situation would you play this in, even if you were a subscriber? Even a day pass purchaser. We're not sure the arguments about atheism and war on the track recorded at Speaker's Corner would unduly tax Richard Dawkins or George Galloway.

Funny In The Head - The Best Of The Barron Knights

And when all else fails, the late Duke D'Mond and colleagues will always come up with the goods. We've already had a Barron Knights compilation in one of these round-ups, but this one is more contemporary - where the hell is that audience? - and features entirely different tracks throughout. What that means is up for streaming is their surprise number 3 single of Christmas 1978 A Taste Of Aggro, relocating Rivers Of Babylon and The Smurf Song in dental and criminal situations. The fun never starts stops after that for eighteen further tracks of country laments to Shep and Barbara Woodhouse, an impression of Lene Lovich, Supertramp versus the three day week and songs called Heavin' On A Jet Plane and Little White Bum. Farewell To Punk ("welcome new wave!") certainly opens up old arguments.

1 comment:

Mark X said...

I'm finding Palast Orchester mit seinem sanger Max Raabe to be worryingly addictive. Certainly their version of "Oops... I did it again" has a certain erratic charm: