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03 January 2006 @ 08:03 pm
just shuffling along on the iPod . . . from the morning of 3 January 2006  

The rules (as passed along by holzman): Take out your iPod or other musical device. Put it in “random” mode. Hit “play.” Write down the first ten tracks that come up—and no fair putting in ones you think will make you look cool, or omitting ones that make you look like a total dork.
My rules this time: I listened to the iPod for the first time since last week when I took Gavi to school this morning. These were the first ten selections to play during the round-trip:

“Clouds” – Sanjay Mishra with special guest Jerry Garcia – Blue Incantation
“Vals efter Erlandsson” – Olov Johansson – Storsvarten
“All Tomorrow’s Parties” – The Velvet Underground – Peel Slowly And See (Disc 2)
“Cumbia Sampuesana” – Jaime Llano González – The Rough Guide to Cumbia—Colombia’s hip-swinging dance rhythm
“Naima [Alternate version] [Take 1] [Incomplete]” – John Coltrane – The Heavyweight Champion—The Complete Atlantic Recordings
“Early This Morning” – David Bromberg – My Own House / You Should See The Rest Of The Band
“Deep Moaning Blues” – Ma Rainey & Her Tub Jug Washboard Band – The Mother of the Blues 1923–1928
“Looking Into You” – Jackson Browne – Saturate Before Using
“The Old Folks Started It” – Minnie Wallace – Ruckus Juice & Chittlins: The Great Jug Bands, Volume 2
“Symphony No.7 in A Major, op.92” – Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan – Beethoven—The 9 Symphonies

The Beethoven had just started when I got home. Since it’s one of my all-time favorite pieces of music, I took the ol’ pod-buddy upstairs and continued to listen in bed. The Kottke seemed to flow nicely out of the Beethoven, so I decided to keep listening until I reached a less-interesting segue. Here's how it went:

“The Last Of The Arkansas Greyhounds” – Leo Kottke – 6- And 12-String Guitar
“Rumanian Doina” – Abe & Sylvia Schwartz – Klezmer Music 1910–1942
“Searching For Lambs” – Steeleye Span – Tempted And Tried
“Hellhound On My Trail” – Robert Johnson – Complete Recordings (Disc 2)
“Pleasin’ Each Other” – Bonnie Raitt – Home Plate
“Brownskin Girl” – Joseph Spence – Smithsonian Folkways World Music Collection
“That’s When Your Heartaches Begin [Acetate]” – Elvis Presley – Sunrise (Disc 2)
“The Ocean Doesn’t Listen” – Adam Stemple – 3 Solid Blows To The Head
“Temporary Like Achilles” – Bob Dylan – Blonde on Blonde

The Stemple slammed into the Presley with little or no perceptible gap, and was especially interesting…

Current Music: "Just Plain Wonderful", Nellie and the Drummers: Champagne
Matthew B. Tepper: Conductor silhouetteasimovberlioz on January 4th, 2006 03:06 am (UTC)
“Symphony No.7 in A Major, op.92” – Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan – Beethoven—The 9 Symphonies

Which of his three recordings with this orchestra? (I'm guessing 1962, as it is the "standard" recommendation, and the one I think you're most likely to have bought; 1976 and 1980s aren't. All three of these were for the same label, DGG. And there was an even later cycle done for German TV; this has been on Sony DVDs. I'm not counting the cycle from the 1950s because it was with the Philharmonia Orchestra [of London], for EMI.)

Betcha thought Deadheads were the ones who most love such minutiae about alternate versions....

Just my thought --
Fred A Levy Haskell: eyes of the Fredcritterfredcritter on January 5th, 2006 04:22 am (UTC)
Yup, it's the 5-CD 9-Symphony DGG set that says "1963 First Release" on the cover. (No, I knew that Deadheads weren't the only ones; and I'll remind you that Phil Lesh [GD bassist] is a hardcore lover of … whatchacallit? … serious music.)
Matthew B. Tepper: Conductor silhouetteasimovberlioz on January 5th, 2006 05:40 am (UTC)
And the Rex Foundation has underwritten performances and recordings thereof, too!

Leaving the Dead aside for the Rolling Stones, I've seen a persistent rumor that Mick Jagger loves Beethoven's "Eroica" Symphony and collects recordings of it, but I have no idea where this came from, let alone whether it's true.