Today’s album of the day is 12 Greatest Hits by Patsy Cline

In a facebook comment this morning on the BBC story EU plans to speed up closer union to save euro I suggested Cue Tammy Wynette singing “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” – which activated a Country earworm. Forget Tammy and Loretta, Patsy has the voice that grabs me when I want to listen to some hurtin’ Country music.

This compilation album has her biggest singles hits. They’re all worth a listen, but I’ve picked a pair that feature The Jordanaires to great effect.

Just because.

My favourite tracks:

  • Crazy
  • I Fall To Pieces
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Today’s album of the day is Blood Sweat & Tears by Blood Sweat & Tears

This AotD is inspired by two hours of waxing Grace … blood sweat and tears, indeed. The chrome can wait until tomorrow!

Happy memories of Toronto in ’69 and ’70 when you could hear BS&T and Chicago everywhere. David Clayton Thomas’ voice is just right – a big thanks to Al Kooper for co-founding the band and moving on so they could develop this more Pop style.

My favourite tracks (the three #2 singles from this album):

  • You’ve Made Me So Very Happy
  • Spinning Wheel
  • And When I Die
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Today’s album of the day is Greatest Hits by The Shadows

This AotD is dedicated to a former schoolmate, recently re-found friend, and current rhythm guitarist for Quiff and the Shades. Yes, Anthony, this one’s for you.

The Shadows’ 1961 debut album was the first instrumental LP by a British group to reach number one in the UK charts. Good as it is, it doesn’t have their hit singles on it so I’ve gone with the 1963 compilation album that does. Cliff Richard’s backup band still sounds just fine when they step out by themselves.

My favourite tracks:

  • Apache
  • Man Of Mystery
  • Stars Fell On Stockton
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Today’s album of the day is The Rolling Stones by The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones’ 1964 debut album is my favourite album of all time. I own three first issue vinyl copies, the first was played almost to death, the second was played only twice to dub to tape, and the third is a pristine, unplayed original. The compilation I put together from the first three UK albums is always in the trunk-mounted cd changer of Grace in slot 1. I know this album all the way from Route 66 to Walking The Dog.

Featuring songs by Willie Dixon, Jimmy Reed, Bo Diddley, Slim Harpo, Rufus Thomas, Holland/Dozier/Holland, Chuck Berry. Gene Pitney and Phil Spector guest playing on Little by Little … Simply the best.

My favourite tracks:

  • Route 66
  • Mona (I Need You Baby)
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Today’s album of the day is Crowded House by Crowded House

Liverpool-born Crowded House drummer Peter Jones died a couple of days ago at the age of 45 after suffering from brain cancer. Jones didn’t join the band until 1994, near the end of their (first) run, but I’ll go with the band’s first album as it is how I best remember them.

Antipodean Pop – formed in 1985 from the remains of Split Enz, Crowded House’s first album of lighthearted, catchy pop songs led to a decade together before they split up, only to be be reincarnated in 2007.

My favourite tracks:

  • Don’t Dream It’s Over
  • Can’t Carry On
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