Doin’ It Right In The Land of 1000 Dances, A Mixtape

Art of the Song presents Doin’ It Right In The Land of 1000 Dances, a free mix for your downloading pleasure! Perfectly calibrated to get those hips shakin’ and feet tappin’, play this on your speakers and get ready to dance the night away!  If you’re feeling lucky, just click the picture for the download, or wait til after the tracklisting to click the link below. 

Please note that it’s a zip file, and won’t have the proper track order, but if you put all the songs on your itunes, then click the Doin’ It Right In The Land of 1000 Dances.m3u file, iTunes does the work for you. Now that’s what I call Doin’ It Right!

Doin’ It Right In The Land of 1000 Dances :

1. Hang Fire – The Rolling Stones
2. Coming Back to Me Baby – James Carr
3. Pressure Drop – Robert Palmer
4. Keep On Movin’ – King Tuff
5. Doin’ It, Right – Cheers Elephant
6. Hit and Miss – The Tins
7. 100 Yard Dash – Raphael Saadiq
8. Black Snake – Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
9. Soulless- Fake Problems
10. I’ve Got To Convince Myself – Allen Toussaint
11. Morning Crimes – Theme Park
12. Caught Me Thinkin’ – Bahamas
13. Fantasized – Robert Cray
14. Happy Pills – Norah Jones
15. Land Of 1000 Dances – Wilson Pickett
16. Shotgun – Jr. Walker & The All-Stars
17. Ophelia (from The Last Waltz) – The Band
18. Act Nice & Gentle – The Black Keys
19. The Night Before – The Beatles
20. Please Be It – The Generationals
21. Hold On! I’m Comin’ – B.B. King & Eric Clapton 

Doin’ It Right In The Land of 1000

“Right Next Door (Because of Me)”, the third song off of Robert Cray’s breakthrough 1986 LP Strong Persuader, is perhaps his finest song of his career, not only for his signature stylized guitar breaks, but for it’s turn-around of the typical blues narrative.  Traditionally, the singer is the heartbroken, not the heartbreaker, but Cray turns in this tour-de-force of a performance based around how he broke up a relationship because he was such a “strong persuader” (where the album gets its title).

The song begins with an intimate description of an argument between a couple, before he admits he’s at fault and more than that, he didn’t care about the girl, she was just “another notch on his guitar”.  Yet it’s to Cray’s credit that he doesn’t sound too glib talking about his bedroom successes, “Right Next Door (Because Of Me)” is also a vocal showcase for Cray, with an effortless glide along a Marvin Gaye croon.  The video is deliciously 80’s, and Strong Persuader would play a huge role in bringing blues back into mainstream success.  

Strong Persuader was released November 1986 on Mercury Records

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Mixtape Monday Presents: Barn Burning Night in Brooklyn

After a little hiatus Mixtape Monday is back! Enjoy the rootsy, organic, and acoustically heavy mix featuring some great bands both old and new and some you’ve probably never heard of.  Everything’s free (if you want to download a song, just right click and save target/link as) but please do try to support the artists responsible for the tremendous music.  The full mix after the jump.

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