The third installment of four, for all of you waiting with bated breath. Hello? Bueller?
- “Black Diamond” – The Replacements, Let It Be
The Mats loved covers; a classic from one of the best albums ever.
2. “White Queen” – Queen Live at the Hammersmith Odeon, December 1975
A magical “delicate little number.” This was a breakthrough year for the band; they bookended it with triumphant concerts at the legendary Odeon. The recent reissue album is an absolute treasure trove of revelatory material and info-a must for collectors.
3. “All Mixed Up” – The Cars, The Cars
The last song in the Benjamin Orr-sung trilogy (Bye Bye Love, Moving in Stereo, All Mixed Up) that closed the band’s 1978 debut album. Combining Cars coolness and precision playing with with barely contained passion, it was a mainstay on their early tours.
4. “Every Day” – Ric Ocasek and Benjamin Orr
This dates to 1974, when Ocasek and Orr gigged on the coffeehouse circuit under that name, even before the advent of Cap ‘n Swing and the subsequent retooling that created the Cars. One of the prettiest things you’ll ever hear.
5. “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” – Linda Ronstadt, Heart Like a Wheel
Also from 1974 and Ronstadt’s iconic album. Another of the prettiest things you’ll ever hear.