Tuesday, 29 December 2009

“So I love that summer song” – a few of the sounds of summer

Summer time, and the living is easy. Fish are jumping, and the music is fine. See what I mean:


Bix Beiderbecke – “Singing the Blues”

Louis Armstrong: “Lonesome”/”Summer Song”

Jimi Hendrix: “Long Hot Summer Night”

Herbie Hancock: “Butterfly” (Part 1 of 2)

Martha and the Vandellas: “Heatwave”

Alice Cooper: ''School's Out''

The Lovin' Spoonful: ''Summer in the City''

Martha and the Vandellas: ''Dancing in the Street''

The Kinks: “Sunny Afternoon”

Katrina & the Waves: “Walking on Sunshine”

The Stranglers: “Peaches”

Heitor Villa-Lobos: “Bachianas Brasileiras, No. 5”

Otis Redding: “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay”

Lily Allen: “Smile”

Eddy Grant – “Feel My Love”

Too Darn Hot – Ella Fitzgerald

Louis Armstrong & his Hot Five: “Struttin’ with Some Barbecue”

Karita Mattila: “Il Bailero” from Canteloube’s “Chants d’Auvergne”

Luciano Pavarotti: “Volare”

Hello Sailor: “Lyin’ in the Sand”

Coup d’Etat: “Dr, I Like Your Medicine”

''All I Wanna Do'' Sheryl Crow

War: ''Summer''

Ralph Vaughan Williams: “The Lark Ascending”

Peggy Lee: “Fever”

Eddie Cochran: “Summertime Blues”

Billie Holiday: “Summertime”

Antoni Vivaldi: “Summer (excerpt” from “The Four Seasons”

Felix Mendelssohn: “Midsummer Night’s Dream”

The Other Side Of Summer - Elvis Costello

Yo La Tengo: “The Summer”

Violent Femmes: “Blister in the Sun”

Here Comes the Summer – Undertones

Ramones: “Rockaway Beach”

The Pogues: “Summer in Siam”

Canned Heat: “Going Up The Country”

Eric Burdon & War: ''Spill the Wine''

Beatles: “Here Comes the Sun”

Velvet Underground: “Who Loves the Sun”

Thin Lizzy: “Dancing in the Moonlight”

Robert Schumann: “Am Leuchtenden Sommermorgen”

Sola Rosa: “Humanised”

Teenage Fanclub: “Ain’t That Enough”

Bruce Paine, playing Francisco Tarrega’s “Recuerdos de la Alhambra”

Buena Vista Social Club – Veinte Años

XTC: “Summer’s Cauldron”

XTC: “Grass”

Harry James: “By the Sleepy Lagoon”

Rodrigo: “Concerto de Aranjuez”

Renee Fleming singing Alban Berg’s “Sommertage”

Leontyne Price: “The Last Rose of Summer”


See, it is possible to have summer without it being polluted by the sounds of Grease, the Eagles and the Beach Boys.

So what else have you got?