Favorite Tracks

...25 Tracks, in no particular order...

 

Billy Mitchell  singer, musician, songwriter, former Lindisfarne frontman, one half of the legendary Maxie & Mitch and much more.

Buddy Holly and The Crickets - That'll be the Day - Single 1957 / The Beatles - Love Me Do - Single 1962 / Muddy Waters - Mannish Boy - Single 1955 / The Animals - We Gotta get out of this Place - Single 1965 / Little Walter and His Dukes - Key to the Highway - Single 1958 / The Kinks - You Really got Me - Single 1964 / Spencer Davis Group - Gimme some Lovin' - Single 1966 / Warren Zevon - Lawyers Guns and Money - Excitable Boy 1978 / The Kingsmen - Louie Louie -  Single 1963 / The Beach Boys - God only Knows - Single 1966 / Bob Dylan - Subterranean Homesick Blues - Single 1966 / The Byrds - Mr.Tambourine Man - Single 1965 / Crowded House - It's Only Natural - Single 1990 / Crosby Stills and Nash - Suite Judy Blue Eyes - Single 1969 / Fairport Convention - Who Knows Where the Time Goes - Unhalfbricking 1969 / Stevie Wonder - Superstition - Single 1972 / James Taylor - Sweet Baby James - Single 1970 / Dire Straits - Sultans of Swing / Single 1978 / Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer - Single 1986 / Lindisfarne - Road to Kingdom Come - Nicely Out of Tune 1970 / Randy Newman - Louisiana 1927 - Good Old Boys 1974 / Family - Burlesque - Single 1972 / Steely Dan - Reeling in the Years - Can't Buy a Thrill 1973 / Traveling Wilburys - Handle with Care - Single 1988 / Bob Fox and Stu Luckley - Sally Wheatley - Nowt so good'll pass 1978

Here' s a few of my faves...could change by the minute, but right now this is it!  BM.

 

Geoff Heslop  singer, songwriter & musician with Ribbon Road and former producer at the legendary Impuse Studios.

Kathleen Ferrier - What Is Life? - Kathleen Ferrier / Lonnie Donegan - Cumberland Gap EP / Blind Willie Johnson - Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning - Blind Willie Johnson / The Animals - Around and Around - The Animals / Jerry Lee Lewis - Great Balls of Fire - Single / Eddie Cochran - C'mon Everybody - Single / Jimmy Guiffre Trio - The Train and the River - Jazz On a Summer's Day / Mahalia Jackson - His Eye Is On the Sparrow - Mahalia Jackson / Robert Johnson - Me and the Devil - King of the Delta Blues / Roland Kirk - You Did It, You Did It - We Free Kings / The Band - I Shall Be Released - Music From Big Pink / Dick Gaughan - McCrimmon's Lament - No More Forever / Bob Dylan - Absolutely Sweet Marie - Blonde on Blonde / Tom Waits - Chocolate Jesus - Mule Variations / Brenda Heslop (Ribbon Road) - Roadside Dreams - Roadside Dreams / Radiohead - Fake Plastic Trees - The Bends / J.J. Cale - Stone River - To Tulsa and Back / Michael Marra - Chain Up the Swings - Pax Vobiscum / Jack Roberts - Radio Wireless - Longer On a Message / Bob Dylan - High Water - Love and Theft / Galaktion Tabidze - The Moon Over Mtasminda - Jan Garbarek Rites / Jimmy Scott - Sycamore Trees - Fire Walk With Me / Johan Johansson - Odi Et Amo - Englaborn Remastered / Sharon Von Etten - Tarifa (Roadhouse Mix) - Twin Peaks Limited Event 

It could have been many more - so much great music - but I've chosen the tracks that blew me away and the ones that taught me most about song writing, singing, arrangement and recording at the same time. Thanks to them all and to many more - we tread all over the shoulders of giants. GH.

 

Frank Porter  a stalwart of the of the north-east music scene. A one-time member of the Teesside Fettlers and the Vin Garbutt Band.

Felix Arndt - Nola 1915 / Larry Adler - Genevieve / Bessie Smith - Weeping Willow Blues / Richard Smith & Joscho Stephan - Rattlesnake Shuffle / Joe Pass - Ain't Misbehaving / The Beach Boys - Wouldn't It Be Nice - Pet Sounds / Jerry Reed - Jerry's Breakdown - Me & Chet / Eric Clapton - Lay Down Sally - Slowhand / Peter Skellern - Skylark / Peter Skellern - Memphis In June / Dave Brubeck - It's A Raggedy Waltz / Bix Beiderbecke - In A Mist / Raul Reynosa - Waneta's Waltz - Royal Street / Gerry Rafferty - Get It Right Next Time - Night Owl / Harry Belafonte - Coconut Woman / Telephone Bill & The Smooth Operators - Let's Take A Trip To Paris - Final Reminder / Tchavolo Schmitt - Valse a Dora / Manhattan Transfer - Tuxedo Junction - Best Of / Wilson Pickett - In The Midnight Hour - single / The Kinks - Waterloo Sunset - Single / Alan Price - Don't Stop The Carnival - Single / Georgie Fame - Get Away - Single / Fred Astaire - Stepping Out With My Baby / Fred Astaire - Let Yourself Go / James Taylor - Something In The Way She Moves - James Taylor

Some of these are 78 rpm! They're not in any order of preference but all have a memory throughout my life. FP.

 

Judith Haswell  singer, songwriter & musician working around North Yorkshire, Teesside  and beyond.

Joni Mitchell -  Both Sides Now / Joan Baez & Mimi Farina - The Swallow / Mary Chapin-Carpenter - Stones in the Road / Josh Groban - February Song / James Taylor - Sweet Baby James / Julie Fowlis - Lon-dubh (Blackbird) / The Hollies - Please Sign Your Letters / Ali Bain/Phil Cunningham - Sarah's Song / Cat Stevens - Sad Lisa / Cheryl Wheeler - Arrow / Christy Moore - Ride On / Crosby Stills Nash & Young - Our House / Dan Fogelberg - Longer / Fairport Convention - Fotheringay / Sandy Denny - Crazy Lady Blues / Iris Dement - Sweet is the Melody / Janis Ian - At Seventeen / John Gorka - The Water is Wide / John Martyn - Spencer The Rover / Prelude - After the Goldrush / Sarah McLachlan - Angel / Shaun Colvin - I Don't Know Why / Nancy Griffiths - Love at the Five and Dime / Gordon Lightfoot - In The Early Morning Rain / Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine

Here goes, in no particular order!  JH.

 

Eddie Walker  Teesside troubadour and a great ragtime/blues guitarist.

Mischa Maisky - Bach Cello Suite #1 in G Major / Maria Callas - O Mio Babbino Caro / Steve Goodman - City Of New Orleans / Rogers and Hamerstein / Younger Than Springtime from South Pacific / Mississippi John Hurt - Candyman / Rev Gary Davis - Cincinnati Slow Drag / Ry Cooder - Tamp 'em Up Solid / John James - Black and White Rag / Carolyn Hester - Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound / The Beatles - She Loves You / Linda Ronstadt - Doesn't Matter Any More / Paul Simon -  American Tune / Don McLean - Vincent / The Springfields - Silver Threads And Golden Needles / Bix Beiderbecke - Singing The Blues / Tom Rush / Urge For Going / John Prine - Sam Stone / Del Shannon - Runaway / Meghan Trainor - All About The Bass / Tom Rush - Panama Ltd / Joan Baez - Flora The Lily Of The West / Bob Dylan - Don't Think Twice It's Alright / Peter, Paul and Mary - Early Morning Rain / Steve Goodman - Spoon River / Mike Craver and the Red Clay Ramblers - Keep The Homefires Burning

As a way of explaining almost all my choices it is to do with a certain sound that is created within the recording, the actual voice that stirs emotion... or the contribution of the artiste over and above the writer for instance choosing Tom Rush's version of Urge For Going more than Joni Mitchell's own. EW.