January 2014 - new Prefab album, archival releases from the Beach Boys, Beatles and Dylan, Christmas and remembering Mandela.
1)THIRSTY BOOTS(Bob Dylan): A cover song which should have been on the original Self Portrait.
2) SIGN ON THE WINDOW (Bob Dylan): Interesting version on Another Self Portrait, turning into a big band epic.
3) THE BEST JEWEL THIEF IN THE WORLD (Prefab Sprout)
4) THE LIST OF IMPOSSIBLE THINGS (Prefab Sprout)
5) ADOLESCENCE (Prefab Sprout)
6) BILLY (Prefab Sprout)
7) THE SONGS OF DANNY GALWAY (Prefab Sprout)
8) MYSTERIOUS (Prefab Sprout): Well, we all know the new Prefab album would be brilliant. Six of the best.
9) MEANT FOR YOU (Beach Boys): Longer version on the new box set fleshes out this song nicely, even if it may have not fitted on the original album.
10) MY LOVE LIVES ON (Beach Boys): How many more unreleased Dennis beauties are there?
11) STRANGE WORLD (Beach Boys): Pre-empts the fantastic suite at the end of the latest (last?) Beach Boys album, but great in it's own right.
12) THINK ABOUT THE DAYS (Beach Boys): And starting this album with a wordless reminder of the days the family stood around the piano.
13) ICE CREAM (Saint Etienne): Evocative Jimmy Webb song.
14) NEW (Paul McCartney): It's "new" but it invoked the old.
15) LOOKING AT HER (Paul McCartney): Melodic but hard-rocking song from Macca's new album.
16) MACARTHUR PARK (Jimmy Webb): New version has Brian Wilson on backing vocals.
17) CITY SWAN (Neko Case): From Neko's new album with the very long title.
18) I'll FOLLOW THE SUN (Beatles): The new BBC compilation reminds us how good this is.
19) IF IT CAN'T BE YOU (Gary Usher): From The Big Beat 1963.
20) DON'T WASTE HER TIME (Explorers Club)
21) CHRISTMAS MUST BE TONIGHT (Explorers Club)
22) NO GOOD TO CRY (Explorers Club): Three recent odds and ends from this great band which has just relocated.
23) ORDINARY LOVE(U2): For Nelson Mandela.