For the most part, radio in the U.S. plays crap. There's some good stuff out there, but you'd never know it. That ends right now.

From sweet and smooth classics, to new names, to old names with new music...the focus here, is to shine a little light on some damn fine music.

I'll find it. You can listen, review, or tell me I wouldn't know good music if it kicked me in the ass. I personally don't give a shit.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Doubling Down for Tuesday's Twisted MixTape

Last week I was able to squeeze in Jen's MixTape Tuesday blog hop and this week, I'm gonna do it again. This week the theme is Duos or Duets, and for once, I had a flood of possibilities right off the bat. I've decided not to mix and match, but to just go with Duets.

One of the greatest duets ever, and don't argue with me on this, was Marvin Gaye and Tammi Tyrell. Not only did they have great songs to work with, their voices paired perfectly. They had several hits together, and because I can't choose between my two favorites, I'm posting two of the best duets.... ever.

"Ain't No Mountain High Enough"


"You're All I Need To Get By"


One of the most enduring duets, and one which both singer-songwriters still sing, both solo and when they do shows together, was written by Carole King and included in her album Tapestry. James Taylor also recorded it for his album Mud Slide Slim. But the song really comes alive when they sing it together.

"You've Got A Friend"


The album Raising Sand was a brilliant collaboration between Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. It was actually the first time Plant had shared the vocals with anyone. My favorite off the album...

"Killing The Blues"


Whether it's the title, the lyrics or the vocal give and take, when Don Henley and Stevie Nicks got together, it was perfect. This is an early demo version.

"Leather And Lace"


Tina Turner has done several duets over the years. She always knocks them out of the park. For this exercise, I'll go with her duet with Bryan Adams, from his off-the-charts successful album Reckless.

"It's Only Love"


One of the first, if not the first duet I ever remember was from a husband and wife team, Who could have imagined where this song would lead. Is there anyone who doesn't like it, know the words, and sing along every time you hear it? Sonny & Cher.

"I Got You Babe"


This was fun and for me, a real easy list. Thanks Jen, for always putting out the welcome mat.



Jen Kehl

21 comments:

  1. all gorgeous songs. I knew you'd hit some Motown. I love this list. The Sonny & Cher didn't surprise me.

    well done

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yep, Marvin & Tammi are tops in my book. Am I showing my age with Sonny & Cher? Who the hell cares. Thanks Lance

      Delete
  2. Whoot! Glad to see you also have some Tina (though I'm not entirely convinced mine counts). This was a great list. I do love some Marvin Gaye :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. uh huh, can never go wrong with the Prince of Soul. Thanks so much.

      Delete
  3. OMG I didn't even think of Sonny & Cher! Good one! Great list, thanks for sharing!!! Especially Ain't no Mountain High Enough, love that one! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, Mountain is one of the best. Thanks for stopping by Darla.

      Delete
  4. My internet kept blinking in and out, so I didn't get to fullu appreciate the Alison Kraus/Robert Plant duet. Anything with Alison Kraus tends to be a winner in my book!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The first time I heard it was this video on youtube. I was listening through earbuds and was totally blown away by it. Still am. Thanks for coming by.

      Delete
  5. Love the Motown nods and I used Leather and Lace as well. I'm not normally a big Alison Kraus fan, but paired with Robert Plant, its a winner! Fantastic choices this week.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much. Love Motown. And yeah, I'll take anything with a side of Robert Plant. Thanks for coming by.

      Delete
  6. Thanks everyone for your comments, I'll be looking at all of your lists tonight, that should be a blast.

    ReplyDelete
  7. funny how, after the passage of time/life, some songs gain new 'stature' at least in my mind. 'I Got You Babe' is one of those songs (along with 'You Can't Hurry Love') that when I listen to it now, I'm like, 'not bad!'

    Alison Krauss and Robert Plant! A great demonstration of how 'chemistry' (whether inherent between the performers or imposed by the Listener) is such a strong force in music.

    great set

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. you are right about the passage of time. dare I say there are several "disco" songs that are infinitely more tolerable now than when they first came out. Thanks Clark.

      Delete
  8. Wonderful, wonderful list Kat - and I'm sooooo glad you had the courage (as I did not!) to include Sonny & Cher!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. don't know about courage, it's just a great duet. Thanks t, I'm very far behind on my reading. trying to catch up, but not enough time.

      Delete
  9. Kat this is so awesome! Obviously we both had some similar picks because great minds think alike ;-) IT really is so nice to get back to the music, and not have to force it, isn't it?! I am loving all of the choices so much so far, and this mix is no exception!
    All I Need to Get By is one of my favorite songs of all times. I love to sing it, but I want to sing both parts so much!!!!
    This was fabu thank you!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You know, except for me JT could probably sing with anyone and it would sound good. You and I need to get together for All I Need To Get By, we can keep switching off on the parts. Thanks Jen.

      Delete
  10. You've got a friend almost always makes me cry. What's up with that? Does it mean that I feel friend-less on some level? *sniff*

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. No, of course not. It means you feel bad for all those lonely people who don't have anyone.

      That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

      Delete
  11. very nice choices,then again u always pull out some gems.gotta love Sonny&Cher,I remember back.....never mind.Good going Kath

    ReplyDelete