Smooth Sailing: Soft Sounds & Summer Soul

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Probably the only song on which Scott Walker sounds funky is ‘Use me’ (composed by Bill Withers) from the lp ‘Stretch’ (never re-issued on cd, as far as I know). A handful of songs from the album, like Tom T. Hall's ‘That's How I Got to Memphis’ and Mike Newbury's ‘Sunshine’, are genuine country songs, and the remainder of the album consists of mainstream pop and folk-rock songs that are quite similar to his previous seventies albums. The difference is that Walker sounds more committed on this record from 1973, singing with a greater passion than on any record since 'Til the band comes in' three years earlier. It turned out that Walker was unhappy with his career in the 1970s and after a short period with the reunited Walker Brothers, he took a different musical direction. It is still a pity that he does not use his sublime baritone voice anymore.

I set sail for some pretty unknown musical territories this time, so I hope you will enjoy this 2-hours part of Smooth Sailing! The tracks by Dustin Tebbutt, Incognito, On June and Ronika in the second hour are brand new.


John Forde – Atlantis (1978)
Odyssey – Who? (1974)
Dane Donohue – Casablanca (1978)
James Vincent – What Does It Profit A Man (1978)
Brenda Russell – Hello People (1983)
Upchurch & Tennyson – Southside Morning (1975)
Randy Crawford – This Ole Heart Of Mine (1983)
Eric Gale – Ginseng Woman (1977)
Pointer Sisters ‎– Don't Try To Take The Fifth (1971)
Elliot Lurie – Disco (Where You Gonna Go) (1975)
Chicago – The Only One (1997)
Henry Gross – Shannon (1976)
Jay And The Techniques – Don't Ask Me To Forget (1975)
Aloe Blacc – You Make Me Smile (2010)
Jeremy Spencer Band – Travellin’ (1979)
Laurie Styvers ‎– Beat The Reaper (1972)
Dustin Tebbutt – Wooden Heart (2016)
Michael Franks – When I Think Of Us (1987)
José González – Killing For Love [Todd Terje Brokeback Mix] (2008)
Demis Roussos – Let It Happen (1977)
Robert Byrne – Pretend He's Me (1979)
Ian Gomm – Hold On (1978)
Larry Carlton – Wavin’ And Smilin' (1977)
The Hollies – How Do I Survive (2003)
Scott Walker – Use Me (1973)
The Keane Brothers – You’re Running Away (1979)
Incognito – Just Say Nothing (2016)
Greg Yoder – Things Were So Easy (1976)
On June – Stuck On You (2016)
Ronika – Stay Here Forever (2016)


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