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Last-Minute Christmas Mixtapes

Posted in Christmas with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 23, 2010 by 30daysout

Only two mixtape-making days until Christmas!  We’re here for all your last-minute music needs!

MP3: “Funky Funky Christmas” by Electric Jungle

MP3: “Let It Snow” by The Diplomats of Solid Sound

MP3: “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” by Darlene Love

MP3: “White Christmas” by Otis Redding

MP3: “Joy To The World” by Aretha Franklin

MP3: “Presents For Christmas” by Solomon Burke

MP3: “The Little Drummer Boy” by Stevie Wonder

MP3: “Christmas Comes But Once A Year” by Charles Brown

MP3: “Christmas Time (Beggin’ Santa Claus)” by The Black Ace

MP3: “All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Carla Thomas

MP3: “Christmas In Harlem” (Remix) by Kanye West (featuring Cam’ron, Jim Jones, Vado, Cyhi Da Prynce, Pusha-T, Musiq Soulchild, Teyana Taylor & Big Sean)

MP3: “The Christmas Song” by Redd Foxx (as Fred Sanford)

MP3: “Merry Christmas Mama” by Bill Cosby

MP3: “Poor Mr. Santa” by Andre Williams (Not Safe For Work)

MP3: “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” by Darlene Love & Ronnie Spector

MP3: “I Want To Come Home For Christmas” by Marvin Gaye

MP3: “Frosty The Snowman” by the Ronettes

MP3: “Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto” by James Brown

YouTube: “A Charlie Brown’s Christmas in Hollis”



30 Days Out (From Christmas): Phil Spector

Posted in 30 Days Out (From Christmas) with tags , , , , , , , on December 18, 2009 by 30daysout

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Day 28 – Before he became a murder defendant and a tabloid joke, Phil Spector was one of the best record producers ever.   In his heyday (1960-65) he produced 25 Top 40 hits, including “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” by the Righteous Brothers – listed by BMI as the 20th century’s most-played song on the radio.  His stable of artists included the Ronettes, Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans, the Crystals, Ike & Tina Turner, the Righteous Brothers and the great Darlene Love.

In 1963 Spector gathered some of these artists to spector-xmas-album-originalcreate A Christmas Gift For You, an album of holiday songs with his patented “Wall of Sound” production style.  It is, quite simply, the greatest rock and roll Christmas album of all time.  The Crystals’ atomic-powered “Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town” (the blueprint for later versions by Bruce Springsteen and many others) and Darlene Love’s amazing “Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)” are towering classics that only slightly stand above the rest of this great music.

We’re only going to post a few selections from A Christmas Gift For You – if you do not own this masterpiece, do yourself a favor and give it to yourself for Christmas.

MP3: “Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town” by the Crystals

MP3: “Frosty The Snowman” by the Ronettes

MP3: “Here Comes Santa Claus” by Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans

MP3: “Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)” by Darlene Love

MP3: “Silent Night” by Phil Spector and His Artists

BONUS: We’ve also included a version of “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” by Ronnie Spector and Darlene Love, from 1992’s A Very Special Christmas 2.

MP3: “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” by Ronnie Spector and Darlene Love

Ellie Greenwich, R.I.P.

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on August 27, 2009 by 30daysout

Ellie Greenwich, one of the greatest pop songwriters of the 1960s, has died at the age of 68.  She is responsible for co-writing (with her partner/husband Jeff Barry) songs like “Be My Baby” for the Ronettes, “Da Doo Ron Ron” and “Then He Kissed Me” for the Crystals, and “Chapel of Love” for the Dixie Cups.  She was also one of the rock era’s first female producers, helping to shape Neil Diamond‘s first songs as a performer including “Cherry Cherry” and “Solitary Man.”  A true giant in the music field.

Los Angeles Times obituary on Ellie Greenwich

MP3: “Be My Baby” by the Ronettes

MP3: “Then He Kissed Me” by the Crystals

MP3: “Leader Of The Pack” by the Shangri-Las

MP3: “Do Wah Diddy” by Manfred Mann

Ellie Greenwich official website

YouTube: The Crystals, “Da Doo Ron Ron”


It’s (more than) time to enshrine Neil Diamond!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2009 by 30daysout

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Dusty Springfield, Del Shannon, Brenda Lee, Ritchie Valens, The Ronettes, the Dave Clark Five, The Dells and The Shirelles. These are just a few of the artists in the Rock and Roll of Fame while the great Neil Diamond stands outside the gates waiting to get in. Are you kidding me? How is it that I even have to write this blogpost?

Diamond is one of the most successful singer-songwriters in music history. He’s only sold nearly 160 million albums worldwide, and has penned some of the world’s most popular songs.

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Phil Spector’s Prison Playlist

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on April 14, 2009 by 30daysout

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Music producer and all-around whack job Phil Spector is going to prison, apparently, for causing the death of actress Lana Clarkson in 2003 .  A jury in Los Angeles found him guilty yesterday of second-degree murder, a verdict that could mean a long prison stay for Spector.  Unless he appeals and wins, of course. 

Wait, this just in:  Guilty on one count of murder and one count of not using enough conditioner.  (Thanks, Randy.)

Anyway, here’s the story and here are some of Spector’s productions that he might wisely keep in mind once he hits the “big house.”

MP3: “He Hit Me (It Felt Like A Kiss)” by the Crystals

MP3: “Every Day I Have To Cry” by Ike & Tina Turner

MP3: “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” by the Righteous Brothers

MP3: “Be My Baby” by the Ronettes

MP3: “Baby, I Love You” by the Ramones

MP3: “Then He Kissed Me” by the Crystals