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My John the Conqueror Root  performed by Muddy Waters  1964
Recommended by lionson76 [profile]

The album title is a bit of a misnomer; Muddy Waters is a gin-you-wine Blues singer, and "My John the Conqueror Root" is a triumphant Blues song. Here Muddy Waters describes his "root" as a source of confidence, power, and I think mojo. Kinda makes me wonder what he means by "root"... In any case, put this song on when you need to look hard-times straight in the eye and go'n wit yo' bad self!

from Folk Singer (Chess/MCA), available on CD


Move Over Darling  performed by Doris Day  1964
Recommended by scrubbles [profile]

I always love it when older performers "try out" younger, more popular musical forms. In this case we have Doris Day's attempt at Brill Building Pop, the title track for one of her movies. Has she ever sounded sexier?


available on CD - Golden Girl: The Columbia Recordings 1944-1966 (Sony/Columbia)


Big Chief  performed by Professor Longhair  1964
Recommended by tinks [profile]

The prototypical Mardi Gras "Black Indian" song. A song as exciting & diverse as New Orleans itself.


available on CD - Collector's Choice (Rounder)



A Losing Battle  performed by The Sims Twins  1964
Recommended by tinks [profile]

Killer New Orleans r&b with a great piano line supplied by none other than Mac Rebbenack (Dr. John).

from the single A Losing Battle (Omen)


Warmth of the Sun  performed by The Beach Boys  1964
Recommended by delicado [profile]

Another of my favorite Beach Boys tracks, 'warmth of the sun' is a haunting ballad, sung astoundingly beautifully (Carl Wilson does the lead vocals) over a twangy picked electric guitar. From the astounding album 'Shut down vol. 2' which also gave us 'Don't Worry Baby'! 6 years ago I thought that the Beach Boys were pretty much 'Surfin' USA and other surfer hits'. I'm glad I was able to get beyond this - there's so much to discover!

from Shut Down Vol. 2 (Capitol)
available on CD - Surfer Girl/Shut Down Vol. 2 (Capitol/EMI)



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