Wednesday, January 5, 2011

New Songs for the New Year - The Police, Tom Jones, CSNY & More

Many of rock and roll's greatest songs have taken planes, trains and automobiles as their subjects, and this week's new releases include two of the best examples of transportation themed rock tunes. From the Beach Boys and their odes to "woodies" and the car culture of 60s California, to "Leaving on a Jet Plane", to today's car obsessed hip-hop and pop - big, expensive, masculine machines have been a part of pop music since the beginning. Within this tradition, "Danger Zone" and "Radar Love" are both classics in the category of songs that emphasize the thrill of driving. But that's not all, of course - songs from the Police, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, as well the latest European hits, are all included in our latest releases!

Danger Zone - Kenny Loggins
Originally used to express the excitement and danger of flying a fighter jet in the movie "Top Gun", this song is the perfect way to pump up a crowd or add some campy 80s flair to your set.


Radar Love - Golden Earring
In the long tradition of rock songs about cars, "Radar Love" is one of the greatest. After making an international smash in 1973, this song has remained popular with fans of bold, anthemic rock ever since.


Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic - The Police
This huge 1981 hit features all of the elements that make for a great Police song: intricate and subtly complex rhythms, melodies and harmonies and a slight Caribbean feel.


Mama Told Me Not To Come - Tom Jones and Stereophonics
Memorable versions of this classic blues-rock song, written by the legendary songwriter (and "Toy Story" soundtracker) Randy Newman have been recorded by the Animals and Three Dog Night. This MIDI song is based on the version that was a UK top ten hit for Tom Jones and the Stereophonics in 2000.


Teach Your Children Well - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
One the many memorable songs created by the extremely talented foursome of David Crosby, Steven Stills, Graham Nash and Neil Young during the heavy days of the late 60s and early 70s, "Teach Your Children Well" features the band's legendary four part vocal harmonies and a message that resonates today as much as it did when it was written.


Every Little Thing - Carlene Carter


Was Wär - Nic P


Winter - Unheilig


Il Silenzio - Nini Rosso


Sportpalast-Walzer - Orchester Eric Werner


- Doug