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Need Autumn Soundtrack for Rollin' Down the Highway

I like your [music] choices, Sohio.

I want to put together a playlist for autumn moods. I do a lot of highway driving and my mood distinctly changes right around the end of August. The summertime bopping just doesn't feel right anymore. Yet it's WAY too soon for Christmas carols :-)

Do you have any suggestions? I like old rock, some country/bluegrass, singer-songwriter stuff, Motown, 70s-80s bands, old Top 40 ... thanks.

created by viola on Aug 03, 2014 at 05:56:54 pm     Entertainment     Comments: 28

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BTO rollin' down the highway - -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlyhO3jHiHk

posted by MIJeff on Aug 03, 2014 at 06:54:55 pm     #  

Can I suggest going out on a limb a bit? Get the first album by Vampire Weekend (self titled). It's upbeat, fun, a touch quirky, and feels like being outside in the summer.

Don't be intimidated by the name. They're a group of preppy kids at home on cape cod sipping mimosas and talking about what Peter Gabriel song was best.

posted by endcycle on Aug 03, 2014 at 10:04:16 pm     #   2 people liked this

dylan 's album of out takes called tell tale signs
uncle tupelo - anodyne
the sadies - new seasons
iron and wine - kiss each other clean
the decemberists - crane wife
fleet foxes - their first full album
avett brothers - the carpenter
joe jackson - steppin out or rain or big world
crowded house - a greatest hits

all albums i pull out in the fall

townes van zandt - live at the old quarter... maybe an odd choice but it has become the album i take everytime i drive long distances

posted by enjoyeverysandwich on Aug 03, 2014 at 11:24:53 pm     #  

Van Morrison's Moondance has always felt like an autumn record to me. Good for driving as well.

posted by Ace_Face on Aug 04, 2014 at 12:34:51 am     #   1 person liked this

My fall choices are mostly pretty standard, almost to the point of being cliche...probably a lot of stuff you're already familiar with. I get pretty heavy into the singer-songwriter groove that time of year myself, for whatever reason. Something about the cooler temps, the colors, the shorter days, just puts me into a yacht-rock mood.

My favorites are:

1. WALKING MAN-James Taylor (probably his least popular album, from 1974, but still my favorite.)
2. Jackson Browne-LATE FOR THE SKY, THE PRETENDER, RUNNING ON EMPTY
3. HARVEST-Neil Young
4. Warren Zevon-EXCITABLE BOY or his self-titled album--Mrs. Sohio is a Zevon fanatic...in high school, she was the only girl I knew who had Zevon posters in her bedroom. That was when I knew she was the one. So, we never go anywhere without a solid roster of Warren Zevon CDs; I'm pretty sure she owns every one. These two are my favorites for fall driving.
5. COLORS OF THE DAY-Judy Collins
6. Joni Mitchell-COURT AND SPARK or HISSING OF SUMMER LAWNS--come winter, I'll likely switch over to BLUE, but these two fit the fall mood for me a little better.
7. Fleetwood Mac-PENGUIN, BARE TREES, HEROES ARE HARD TO FIND...three albums from the period right before Buckingham & Nicks joined. Similar in style to their popular late-70s hits, but not as played out. Many nice songs with Christine McVie vocals on these three albums.
8. WRITER-Carole King...her often-overlooked debut album, perfect for an unseasonably warm October day.
9. Grateful Dead-AMERICAN BEAUTY or WORKINGMAN'S DEAD
10. Kris Kristofferson-SONGS OF KRISTOFFERSON

Okay...those are all pretty standard, things you are likely already familiar with. Some lesser-known selections I like for fall driving:

1. Judee Sill: Tragic singer-songwriter who put out two fine albums in the 70s, available on CD as a two-fer (JUDEE SILL and HEART FOOD). Similar in style to the other more popular female singer-songwriters of the era, and a friend and protégé of Graham Nash and the Turtles. A heroin addict and former prostitute (and step-daughter of TOM & JERRY animator Ken Muse) who peppered her songs with bizarre mystic-Christian lyrics. With a backstory like that, it's got to be good, right?

2. Vashti Bunyan: I usually save her for later fall; November and early December, because her stoic delivery fits a colder, more barren landscape. Sort of an acquired taste. British acoustic folk-pop with ethereal vocals. One CD compilation is drawn entirely from old vinyl records and acetates (those being the only copies of the recordings that still exist) complete with vinyl surface noise...this adds nicely to the tone of the music.

3. CHELSEA GIRL-Nico: Definitely an acquired taste, and another one for later in the fall. Her heavy accent tends to alienate some people, but I rather enjoy the folk-influenced acoustic covers on this album ("These Days", "I'll Keep it With Mine"). I find the accent endearing, some may find it annoying. To each his own.

4. I WANT TO SEE THE BRIGHT LIGHTS TONIGHT-Richard & Linda Thompson: "When I Get to The Border" is a perfect song for a journey, the title track is the perfect song about what to do when you get there.

5. Sandy Denny: Anything by Sandy Denny, or any of the groups she fronted: the Strawbs, Fairport Convention, Fotheringay. She experimented with a wide range of styles, but her body of work is large enough to sift through and pick out the selections that fit your mood best (still ending up with a long enough list to make it worthwhile); yet small enough to do this all in one sitting.

6. YOU MUST ASK THE HEART-Jonathan Richman: Another one of Mrs. Sohio's "boyfriends." His delivery might be a little too silly for some, but both of us celebrate the man's entire catalog...Mrs. Sohio gave her two cents as this being the best one of his albums for fall driving.

7. WAITING FOR A MIRACLE-Bruce Cockburn: That's pronounced "Coburn," by the way. This is a 2-CD best-of compilation. Something of a Canadian Warren Zevon, "Going Down Slow", "Peggy's Kitchen Wall", and "Wondering Where The Lions Are" show up in our fall playlist year after year.

I checked, and samples of all of this music can be heard on youtube.

Let me know what you think. This is just the list I came up with off the top of my head. I have some time off later in the week, maybe I'll pour through the records and see if I'm forgetting anything...I feel like I might be.

This is fun! I'd like to hear what others are listening to...

posted by Sohio on Aug 04, 2014 at 01:52:25 am     #  

Ace_Face posted at 12:34:51 AM on Aug 04, 2014:

Van Morrison's Moondance has always felt like an autumn record to me. Good for driving as well.

OH...and I second this. Also ASTRAL WEEKS.

posted by Sohio on Aug 04, 2014 at 01:53:12 am     #  

Nothing new to add, but I second Vampire Weekend, American Beauty and almost anything Van Morrison.

I'm so unoriginal :-)

posted by JoeyGee on Aug 04, 2014 at 11:49:24 am     #  

Wow, a little testosterone-heavy, dontcha think?

Here are a few I'd recommend:
Shemekia Copeland, The Soul Truth
Crystal Bowersox, Farmer's Daughter
Flyer by Nancy Griffith
Anything by Allison Krauss, Lucinda Williams, or Adele

posted by Anniecski on Aug 04, 2014 at 01:10:14 pm     #  

My favorite Van Morrison performance:

posted by Ace_Face on Aug 04, 2014 at 01:56:36 pm     #  

Thought you wanted music to drive to, not fall asleep to while driving.

posted by MIJeff on Aug 04, 2014 at 02:50:05 pm     #  

MIJeff posted at 02:50:05 PM on Aug 04, 2014:

Thought you wanted music to drive to, not fall asleep to while driving.

So, then...you would recommend...what, exactly...?

posted by Sohio on Aug 04, 2014 at 10:23:26 pm     #  

I'll throw out an unusual suggestion.

Sufjan Steven's is a singer songwriter from Detroit MI. Below is a You Tube link for his full album called Seven Swans. It has been my Highway album of choice recently.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypdgAyzHx5Y

posted by Danneskjold on Aug 04, 2014 at 11:38:06 pm     #  

Sohio posted at 10:23:26 PM on Aug 04, 2014:
MIJeff posted at 02:50:05 PM on Aug 04, 2014:

Thought you wanted music to drive to, not fall asleep to while driving.

So, then...you would recommend...what, exactly...?

Do you have any suggestions? I like old rock, some country/bluegrass, singer-songwriter stuff, Motown, 70s-80s bands, old Top 40 ... thanks.
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BTO rollin' down the highway - -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlyhO3jHiHk

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posted by MIJeff on Aug 04, 2014 at 11:54:10 pm     #  

I didn't see where the original poster asked for any new modern, as in last 10 years, bands. I suggest exactly what her post asked for, BTO - Rollin' down the highway. Yes it was an attempt at humor, to match her request with the exact wording of a song, if you weren't so ready to jump on me, maybe you would or read the previous threads before yours and seen that.

posted by MIJeff on Aug 04, 2014 at 11:57:31 pm     #  

Not jumping on you. Just wondering if you were going to add anything worthwhile, or just make fun of peoples' musical tastes. Or suggest that my favorite singer Barack Obama should put out an album...

posted by Sohio on Aug 05, 2014 at 07:08:04 am     #   3 people liked this

With a cover of Al Green's "Let's stay together."

He rocks that one.

posted by justread on Aug 05, 2014 at 07:27:04 am     #  

Hey, Sohio, thanks for the clue to Sandy Denny. I had never heard of her (was an infant during her heyday). I've always wondered about the British folk-rock scene, knowing that the dudes (and ladies) of that era had a thousand-year heritage of village/country culture to draw upon.

The comment about some Fleetwood Mac being "played out" rings true. I need this playlist because when I drive across the state, I hear the same 25 oldies played over and over again across multiple radio stations ... so I only dip into radio when the weather looks threatening. Otherwise I have to bring all my own tunes.

Is this a generational difference, that I think in terms of enjoying one great song after another (different genres & artists), and that some of you guys listen to an entire album straight through, then put on the next album? I grew up with vinyl and I have to say I was always annoyed that on a 12-song disc, there were maybe 4 songs that I ever wanted to hear again. And 2 that I really liked; just tolerating the others out of artist loyalty. :-)

Thanks everyone for the great suggestions; I'm working my way down the list on youtube.

posted by viola on Aug 05, 2014 at 09:33:16 am     #  

For the record, I enjoy that Nickelback song about drinking, falling down, getting back up "This Afternoon." It's hilarious and has a good beat. So I CAN appreciate newer music :-)

posted by viola on Aug 05, 2014 at 09:37:19 am     #  

I recently heard Joe Walsh's most recent solo album Analog Man.
I liked it a lot.

Here's a couple samples from youtube.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=il1Byvn_vMA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G51CWlKLMyE&list=PL514DF12F1514D0B8&index=9

posted by JeepMaker on Aug 05, 2014 at 10:36:56 am     #  

I picked up a cd at the thrift store yesterday entitled "Classic Road Rock: 17 Engine Revving Rock Classics." According to this cd, the following songs may cause "excessive tire squealing, engine revving and needless road trips":

The Edgar Winter Group - Free Ride
The Doobie Brothers - Rockin' Down The Highway
Free - All Right Now
Bachman-Turner Overdrive - Let It Ride
Head East - Never Been Any Reason
KISS - Rock & Roll All Nite
.38 Special - Hold On Loosely
Iggy Pop - Lust For Life
George Thorogood & The Destroyers - Who Do You Love?
Nazareth - Hair Of The Dog
Humble Pie - 30 Days In The Hole
Bo Diddley - I'm A Man
Canned Heat - On The Road Again
Jackyl - Down On Me
Billy Squier - The Stroke
Billy Idol - Rebel Yell
Sammy Hagar - I Can't Drive 55

posted by Ace_Face on Aug 06, 2014 at 10:05:24 am     #  

That's about 50/50 for me. Lot of good tunes, but Head East, Nazareth, Jackyl and Squier are among what I consider to be textbook examples of bottom-shelf rock.

Just my opinion, mind you...

posted by Sohio on Aug 06, 2014 at 11:11:17 am     #  

How can any road music list be complete without "Radar Love"?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zf53Pg2AkdY

posted by MIJeff on Aug 06, 2014 at 11:42:59 am     #   1 person liked this

MIJeff posted at 11:42:59 AM on Aug 06, 2014:

How can any road music list be complete without "Radar Love"?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zf53Pg2AkdY

Or Scorpions Lovedrive.

posted by justread on Aug 06, 2014 at 11:44:56 am     #  

Totally agree. But it was worth the $2 it cost me. Also picked up Avett Brothers and John Cougar anthology for same price.

posted by Ace_Face on Aug 06, 2014 at 11:45:26 am     #  

Heh heh. You guys are the best. By pursuing "Rebel Yell" I stumbled upon Black Veil Brides on youtube. What a hoot! Sometimes I wish I were a 15-year-old boy :-)

posted by viola on Aug 06, 2014 at 11:51:48 am     #  

viola posted at 09:33:16 AM on Aug 05, 2014:

Hey, Sohio, thanks for the clue to Sandy Denny. I had never heard of her (was an infant during her heyday). I've always wondered about the British folk-rock scene, knowing that the dudes (and ladies) of that era had a thousand-year heritage of village/country culture to draw upon.

The comment about some Fleetwood Mac being "played out" rings true. I need this playlist because when I drive across the state, I hear the same 25 oldies played over and over again across multiple radio stations ... so I only dip into radio when the weather looks threatening. Otherwise I have to bring all my own tunes.

Is this a generational difference, that I think in terms of enjoying one great song after another (different genres & artists), and that some of you guys listen to an entire album straight through, then put on the next album? I grew up with vinyl and I have to say I was always annoyed that on a 12-song disc, there were maybe 4 songs that I ever wanted to hear again. And 2 that I really liked; just tolerating the others out of artist loyalty. :-)

Thanks everyone for the great suggestions; I'm working my way down the list on youtube.

Glad you like Sandy :) She was an interesting character, too. She played on LED ZEPPELIN 4, and was the only non-band member who got to have her own symbol for the artwork of that album (as the four members each had in the title.) She was a great talent, but she had something of a drinking problem. As I recall, that's how she died; got drunk and fell down the stairs. Ooops.

A few other British folk-rock groups I like are Steeleye Span (not to be confused with Steely Dan), and the Pentangle. Also, John Renbourn and Bert Jansch, who were on-and-off members of some of these bands.

I agree with you on Fleetwood Mac. I like most of their stuff, always have. But on the radio, you get the same 5 songs ad nauseum. Those albums I mentioned, and also KILN HOUSE, FUTURE GAMES, and MYSTERY TO ME are from a period when they were growing into that sound that would make them so much money later on, but they weren't having any hits. So, it's like hearing some of that good pop music for the first time.

As for how you listen...it's a matter of taste. And mood. Sometimes, I go song-by-song. Other times, I'll put on a whole album, listening through even parts I don't like. There are precious few albums I actually like 100%. Sometimes I'll do this with albums I own but aren't too familiar with, in order to get to know them better. And, when in the right mood, I'll actually listen to albums I own that I don't care for, just to stay sharp. Sometimes I'll do this and something will catch my ear, and change my mind on a particular artist, album, or song. I have a philosophy that you MUST have at least a small amount of music on hand that you don't like...it's the only way to maintain a proper perspective on what your tastes are.

Incidentally, one album I forgot was NASHVILLE SKYLINE by Bob Dylan. Not obscure, but a favorite of mine in the fall season.

Oh, and by the way...you do NOT wish you were ever a 15-year-old boy. Believe me.

posted by Sohio on Aug 07, 2014 at 08:56:40 pm     #  

Trivia- Charlie Daniels did extensive guitar work on Nashville Skyline. He was originally brought in to do work on one particular song. They finished, and he started to pack his guitar and go.
Dylan asked the producer, "where's he going?". The producer told him he had another guitarist coming in. Dylan told him, "I don't want another guitarist, I want him".

Fast forward to 2014. Charlie Daniels latest CD is called, "Off the Grid- Doin it Dylan".

posted by JeepMaker on Aug 11, 2014 at 10:03:47 am     #