Clive James & Pete Atkin “Tracks of my Years”

Clive James and his songwriting partner Pete Atkin chose tracks for Tracks of My Years on BBC Radio 2’s Ken Bruce show last week. Here is a list of the tracks selected.

 23 – 27 February 2009

In Dreams ~ Roy Orbison (Clive)
The Magic Wasn’t There ~ Julie Covington (Pete)

Every Little Thing He Does Is Magic ~ Shawn Colvin (Pete)
River Deep, Mountain High ~ Ike And Tina Turner (Clive)

Cover Me ~ Bruce Springsteen (Clive)
What A Fool Believes ~ The Doobie Brothers (Pete)

Dec ’63 (Oh What A Night) ~ The Four Seasons (Pete)
How High The Moon ~ Les Paul And Mary Ford (Clive)

Bad Moon Rising ~ Creedence Clearwater Revival (Clive)
The Goodbye Look ~ Donald Fagen (Pete)

Pete has posted this to his, Midnight Voices, The Pete Atkin Web Forum.

 OK, these are the tracks that were on our lists for the Ken Bruce show but which weren’t chosen by the producer.  Do bear in mind that these are not meant to be Desert Island Discs-type all-time-favourite choices, just stuff we like which might be Radio-2-friendly and which we’d happily natter about.
Mamas and Papas: Creeque Alley
Eagles: New Kid in Town
Kate Bush: Wuthering Heights
Jefferson Airplane: Somebody to Love
The Band: Whispering Pines
The Roches: Mr Sellack
Richard & Linda Thompson: I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight
Trisha Yearwood: A Lover Is For Ever
Chip Taylor: (I Want) The Real Thing
Elvis Presley: Trying To Get To You

  Here are all but one of the tracks Radio 2 listeners did not get to hear.

Creeque Alley” is an autobiographical song written by John Phillips and Michelle Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas in 1967, narrating the story about how the group was formed. The title of the song is derived from the road Creeque Alley, home to a club in the Virgin Islands where the Mamas and the Papas spent time. The third song on the album The Mamas and the Papas Deliver, the song charted #5 on Billboard Pop Singles.
The lyrics of the song mention, directly or indirectly, many artists and bands who were part of the music scene at the time including Zal Yanovsky, John Sebastian, Roger McGuinn, Barry McGuire, The Mugwumps, and The Lovin’ Spoonful. Several locations important to The Mamas and The Papas story are also mentioned e.g. The Night Owl Cafe in Greenwich Village.(Wikipedia)
 Eagles: New Kid in Town
The Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California during the early 1970s. New Kid in Town, from their album Hotel California, which came out in December 1976. was a No1 hit in Billboard charts on February 26, 1977, and the title track of the album made No 1 on May 7, 1977.

In 1978, at age 19, Kate Bush,  topped the UK Singles Chart for four weeks with her debut song Wuthering Heights, becoming the first woman to have a UK number-one with a self-penned song.

Barney Hoskyns
With its heartrending Richard Manuel melody, “Whispering Pines” was a cry of exquisite desolation that no one but he could have sung.

Somebody to Love (Darby Slick) is a rock song that was originally written and recorded by 1960s folk-psychedelic band the Great Society.When, in 1966, Grace Slick departed the band to join Jefferson Airplane she took her brother-in-law‘s song with her, bringing it to the Surrealistic Pillow recording session along with her own composition White Rabbit.


 The Roches: Mr Sellack The Roches


Richard & Linda Thompson: I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight In 1974, Richard Thompson and his then wife,  the former Linda Peters, released their first album, I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight, now considered a minor masterpiece.

Trisha Yearwood: A Lover Is For Ever (click on link to play)  A Lover Is Forever (Steve Goodman/ Fred Knobloch) by Trisha Yearwood 

Patricia Lynn Yearwood, known professionally as Trisha Yearwood (born September 19, 1964) is an American country music artist, best known for her series of major hits throughout the 1990s decade and into the new millennium. She is a three-time Grammy award winner, a two-time Country Music Association Awards winner and a two-time Academy of Country Music Awards winner. (Wikipedia)


Chip Taylor: (I Want) The Real Thing (not available on You Tube)

Chip Taylor (b. January 1, 1940 in New York City) is the stage name of American songwriter James Wesley Voight noted for writing the song, Taylor’s brothers are the actor, Jon Voight, and the geologist, Barry Voight. He is the uncle of actors Angelina Jolie and James Haven.


Trying To Get To You (Rose Marie McCoy and Charles Singleton) recorded twice (February 1955and then July of that year) by Elvis Presley on his Sun recordings. Elvis heard it first when it  was recorded rhythm and blues band The Eagles in 1954.

The July recording was the one published. Presley recorded this song whilst simultaneously playing the piano ( not rhythm guitar, as first believed). Sun boss Sam Phillips erased Presley’s piano playing from the master take,  leaving Presley backed by lead guitar, the bass and the drums. Scotty Moore’s guitar solo replaces a saxophone solo heard on the original.

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