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Tunes of the Day stay top right sidebar a few days. Then they’re laid to rest here, in reverse chronology of appearance, like yesterday’s hits on the jukebox. Please report broken links.

From Carlos Rafael Rivera’s soundtrack for The Queen’s Gambit – Final Game

1964. If you wanna dance with Beatle John, it’s gotta be rock’n roll music

Garbarek’s sax and Erskine’s drums join Miroslav Vitous’s bass for Clouds in the mountain

It’s 1982 Frank Zappa and Steve Vai are in Rome for a spanking

Now don’t you be bothering Mingus. He’s at a Wednesday Night Prayer meeting

Samer on Gaza – World goes blind

Maher Zain – Palestine will be free

Russian men sing of a birch in a field – Vo pole bereza stoyala

1961. From Oliver Nelson’s, The Blues & the Abstract Truth, this is Hoe Down

“You bring a line and I’ll get a pole …” The Petersens do the Crawdad Song

60s hit for Dusty, 80s hit for UB40, but here it’s Lorna Bennet offering breakfast in bed

Blockheaded nonsense? You ask Joyce and Vicky about Billericay Dicky

Dublin 1966. Bob Dylan, reviled for electronic high treason, sings Leopard skin pill box hat

David Bowie tells the tale, immortalised by Prokofiev, of Peter and the wolf

Jennifer Warnes says to Let the sunshine in

Camille Thomas is on cello, Beatrice Berrut on piano for Franz Schubert’s Ständchen

A J Lee is joined by the Brothers Comatose for Neil Young’s Harvest Moon

Bluegrass/country from A J Lee and Blue Summit. He called me baby

Helped by Bill Charlap’s piano, Dee Dee Bridgewater is beginning to see the light

Nashville 2015. Even with Mick onstage, Taylor Swift can’t get no Satisfaction

From Fab 4 album No.6, Rubber Soul – Norwegian Wood

US rapper Macklemore’s ode to an IDF-murdered 6 year old: Hind’s Hall

American mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton sings Elgar, where corals lie

Russell Malone’s blues chops meet Diana Krall’s piano and vocals on Route 66

A disenchanted John Lennon gives his Maharishi a new name – Sexy Sadie

Sheryl and Eric pay homage to Jimi with Little Wing

From Argentinian maestra Evangelina Mascardi, Bach’s Lute Suite in E Major

Japan meets North Africa as lutist Naochika Sogabe plays a spherical taqsim

Emmylou Harris and a quietly supportive Mark Knopfler tell of a Red dirt girl

Grateful Dead segue from Mr Fantasy to the Fab 4 and Hey Jude

More Purcell. Countertenor Reginald Mobley, Brandon Acker on theorbo: music for a while

France’s Gérard Lesne does Purcell proud with cold genius

It’s a rough world and Bruce is looking for someone to “come on and cover me”

From Love’s 1967 gem, Forever Changes, this is Red Telephone

Lindsey Stirling now in Paris 2023 to strut her stuff with Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir

Lindsey Stirling and her burning violin are in Moscow’s Crocus City Hall with a wild mix

Tenor saxist Melissa Aldana, with neat bass, guitar and drum play, gets to tell A story

Kate Stables, aka This Is The Kit, in Bashed Out

Sinead and The Chieftains recall the Easter Rising of 1916 with The Foggy Dew

Siberian folk-rock fusionists, Otyken, with a storm from the east

Aditya Prakash Ensemble – Naiharwa (Kabir)

Iceland’s Gyða Valtýsdóttir has a Diamond Dove

From her 2021 album, Pause, Poppy Ackroyd’s Reimagined by Hinako Omori

Mahdi Diaz takes the same risk

Jake Thackray laments a “brief” visitation from one Leopold Alcocks

1969. Miles leads a six piecer full of future stars, but does so in a silent way

It’s Beethoven, Jim – but not as we know it – Moonlight Sonata

From Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem – Sanctus

The world’s greatest rock ‘n roll band is in New York to paint it black

The late great Jeff Beck at Ronnie Scott’s with pork pie

Russian rock: Debakr on the war the West never noticed: we will not leave our cities

East meets West in James Whitbourn’s sublime Lux in Tenebris

Texan schoolkids cover a Grateful Dead gem from American Beauty – Ripple

Live for sure, but are they in Leeds? Who? Yes. In ace form on a Magic Bus

Old Blue on a man who jumped so high when he danced – Mr Bojangles

Australian-Taiwanese pianist Belle Chen – and it rains

The amazing Stevie Ray Vaughan testifies

60 years ago the Kinks were looking back another 60 in Victoria

Kora maestro Toumani Diabaté is joined by son Sidiki for a Mandinka love song: Jarabi

The Louis Sclavis Quartet stroll through Asian Fields

Dami Falsteeni

It’s 1965. His Bobness is in Leicester, England, talking WW3 blues

The trumpet of Chris Botti, the voice of Sting and some elegant piano: My funny Valentine

Gypsy music from Russia with love – Two guitars

Rappers for Palestine Karter Zaher, Jae Deen and Shadi Akhi say We won’t forget

An anthem of resistance for Gaza – Rajieen

Maher Zain – Palestine will be free

Lowkey – Palestine will never die

Ramallah children appeal to the world with their take on Little Drummer Boy

Live in Montreal with a sparkling quartet, here’s jazz violinist Billy Bang

On his 1974 gem, The Age of Steam, Gerry Mulligan eases out the One to Ten in Ohio

Emerald Isle music at Dolan’s pub, Limerick

Featuring the viola da gamba, Jordi Savali’s Canarios

His fire and virtuosity the equal of Jimi’s, Stevie Ray Vaughan does Voodoo Child

From the vaults of 1832, Frédéric François Chopin’s Nocturne No 1

Here’s Finnish mandolin maestro Jarmo Romppanen with Polska No 745

Getting a Handel on the tinsel turmoil is easier with the Hallelujah Chorus

French pianist Riopy breathes life into a dead power station with his Lullaby

Erland Cooper, Scottish Ensemble and Simon Armitage: Folded landscapes, Mvt 6

Linton Kwesi Johnson reflects on early 80s black British youth – It noh funny

One of John Lennon’s many odes to Yoko: You are here

Senegalese kora player, Seckou Keita, with the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Hector Berlioz pays homage to the bard with Morte d’Ophelia

Leonard’s spiritual surrender: If it be your will

Janis Joplin pines for Bobby McGee

Michael Heart’s song for Gaza: We will not go down

Jackson Browne says to bring your own redemption to the Barricades of Heaven

Third in a row from Esbjorn Svensson Trio – Believe, beleft, below

Swedish jazz maestros, Esbjörn Svensson Trio, offer an Elevation of Love

Esbjorn Svensson drowned on a scuba dive after asking: Did they ever tell Cousteau?

The Bootleg Beatles with the Liverpool Philarmonic for Day in the life

Yuja Wang joins the Weiner Philharmonic for a touch of Gershwin – Rhapsody in blue

The Who live at Kilburn, ’77 – Substitute

The greatest rock ‘n roll band in the world – Angry

Dublin folksters Lankum: Go did my grave

“If you’re down he’ll pick you up”Doctor Robert

The Fab 4 made jazz passé, but nobody told Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames. Yeh yeh

Aretha, live in ’67, is asking her man for a little respect

Thelonius Monk and his quartet on a subject dear to my heart – evidence

The incomparable Dizzie Gillespie, live for a night in Tunisia

Renata Scotto, RIP – O mio babbino caro

Sinéad vents her fury at the mother who ‘tortured my child’. Fire in Babylon

Jazz giants – Getz, Hancock, Herman, Carter, Jones – have Tony Bennett’s back for Danny Boy

Leonard remembers Janis well at the Chelsea Hotel

Berlin, 2007. Sinead joins Roger Waters for a song from The Wall. Mother

Mahogany Sessions bring us RIOPY’s Lullaby

Sinéad O’Connor, may she rest in peace, tells of black boys on mopeds

Fred and Ginger are Groovin’ with Mr Bloe

Pete Townsend said Purcell’s Fantasia Upon One Note inspired The Who’s Pinball Wizard

From Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Rowan Pierce’s Belinda urges: Pursue thy conquest, love

The film Living has Bill Nighy’s rendition. As the credits roll we hear Lisa Knapp’s Rowan Tree

What’s the harm in a kiss? Henry Purcell’s Mopsa sees all the pitfalls in Purcell’s Fairy Queen

1961. Barbara George is in a New Orleans studio to tell her man (and the world) that “I know

German bass legend Eberhard Weber gives a flawless solo

Joaquin Rodrigo didn’t care for the Miles Davis/Gil Evans take on his Concierto d’Aranjuez

Sarah left Bob. Bob wrote a string of love songs. Like You’re gonna make me lonesome …

Stanford Chamber Chorale with Will Todd’s My Lord has come

Pulp at London’s Finsbury Park with – what else? – Common People

From his flawless album of that name, bass ace Eberhard Weber plays Pendulum

John Bilezikjian’s mandolin enhances Leonard’s evocation of a Hebrew prayer in Who by fire?

Joan Baez on Wild Mountain Thyme

It’s 1964. Dexter Gordon’s outfit is in Holland for a Blues Walk

Here’s a touch of heavy metal from White Stones – Chain of command

Sutherland joins Pavarotti for Verdi’s quartet from Rigoletto, Bella figlia dell’amore

Ben Webster’s sax and Oscar Peterson’s piano move us along nicely in Soulville

A forgotten gem, B-side of the Stones’ best known single, Satisfaction, is Spider and the fly

Maria Muldaur’s raunchy 1974 hit from her album of the same name, Midnight at the Oasis

Wynton Marsalis et al pay their dues to Jelly Roll Morton with  Sidewalk Blues

How could he know how little time he had left? Here’s John Watching the wheels go round

Béla Bartók – Romanian folk dances to strings

Weyes Blood (aka Natalie Mering) says It’s not just me, it’s everybody

‘I love you baby but I just can’t ball.’ The Kinks’ ardour flags in the face of ducks on the wall

Syd was still an elemental force, having not yet lost it, as Pink Floyd do Astronomy Domine

Xmas ’63. The Dave Clark Five are feeling Glad all over

The Police – Don’t stand so close to me

Roger is in Madrid to say Wish you were here

John Adams has Mr & Mrs Mao taking to the floor in The Chairman dances

Surely at the very pinnacle of the Fab 4’s magical output. Eleanor Rigby

A touch of 17th century Spain. Jordi Savall with Gaspar Sanz’s Canarios improvisation

It’s good to know His Bobness will be with us when the deal goes down

Ella – Miss Otis regrets

Bob – Spirit on the water

It’s 2013 and Caro Emerald looks to Paris

Paul pines for his Honey Pie

Leonard is back on Boogie Street

Try telling Barry McGuire you don’t believe we’re on the eve of destruction

From their Heavy Weather album, here’s Weather Report: A remark you made

1969. John and the Plastic Ono Band say Give peace a chance

Saxman John Surman and bassist Dave Holland join oud player Anouar Brahem for Bahia

From the sublime Requiem of Gabriel Fauré – Sanctus

Eric Clapton pays homage to Prince – Purple Rain

Spot the match: the Fab 4’s All My Loving (1963) vs The Dave Brubeck Q’s Kathy’s Waltz (1959)

Catchy tune from Ludwig van B – Für Elise

For the sons of touchline dads the world over. Richard Dawson’s two halves

Great cover of a Leadbelly classic. Nirvana – My girl (where did you sleep ..?) 

His Bobness says it’s alright ma (I’m only bleeding)

Let’s to the slow black, crow black fishing boat bobbing sea to begin at the beginning

It’s October 1958. Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers are Moanin’

Jules Massenet’s intermezzo for solo violin and orchestra in his opera, Thaïs Meditations

In memory of Jeff Beck, here’s The Yardbirds and For your love

João Gilberto, Stan Getz, Astrud Gilberto and The Girl From Ipanemo

His Bobness, no less, penned an essay on this song from The Clash – London Calling

Beatle George warns of dire dental consequences after the Savoy Truffle

From the Cole Porter playbook, Tony Bennett advises that we Experiment

RIP Terry Hall: December 12, 2022. Lead singer of The Specials, who gave us Ghost Town

Of a zillion covers of this Cole Porter gem, my vote goes to Ella Fitzgerald’s Love for sale

Time for some Ludwig Van B, no? Bologna 2018. Movement 2 of Oboe Concerto in F major

From Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, Non piu andrai

The bard from Minnesota yearns for a little intimacy in Lay Lady Lay

As with Greensleeves and Favourite Things,’Trane hit melodic gold with Chim Chim Cheree

This played in the BBC series, The English. Rodriguez: Crucify Your Mind

The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra: Bela Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances for Strings

It’s 1965. Eric and his Geordie pals are saying we gotta get out of this place

A 1964 B-side for the 4 Seasons, in ’67 The Tremeloes went to No. 1 with Silence is Golden

Don’t get caught out! If asked to give an example of a tone poem, say Sibelius: The Bard

Holland Baroque’s unorthodox approach to Hildegrade von Bingen’s Karitas Antphon

October 26, 2022: Sons of the East at the Peppermint Club with California

Bob Dylan is in soul-searching mode for What good am I?

From her splendid album, Diva, Annnie Lennox tells of the Gift

His Bobness and Susan Tedeschi revisit Highway 61 Revisited

Lady sings the blues – Strange fruit

Born with a golden voice, Leonard Cohen serenades the Lady Greensleeves

Rhiannon Giddens is joined by Francesco Turrisi for Avalon

Three young musicians do Schubert proud – Trio No. 2, Op.100

Jeff Beck is live with Freeway Jam

A Polish youth orchestra delivers a percussion driven Danse Macabre

50 years ago Von Karajan applied wellie to this slice of Dvorak’s New World

The joy of jass fusion. Snarky Puppy in Holland with Lingus

Composed after going deaf, this is Smetana’s stirring Die Moldau

Greek soprano Agnes Baltsa with a song by compatriot Manos Hadjidakis – O tahidrómos

It’s 1977 and the Queen of Disco, aka Donna Summers, is saying “I feel love

A beautiful and timely reminder from David Rovics that we are everywhere

From Perth, Australia, Riley Pearce says to keep moving

Glastonbury ’22: Sam Fender is Seventeen going under

From Van Morrisson’s sublime Astral Weeks, here’s Madame George

What a year 1967 was! Sgt Pepper, Forever Changes – and Strange Days

Glastonbury magic as John and Paul reunite (virtually) for I’ve got a feeling

Jazz guitar great Pat Metheny pays homage to the Beatles. And I love her

Phenomenal at Glastonbury 2022, here’s a younger Paul: Got to get you into my life

Tabla virtuoso and improviser extraordinaire, Zakir Hussain, evokes a horse running

In Breaking Bad, S3 E13, Mike rescues Chow as the Beastie Boys do Shambala

Gnarls Barkley on the subject of his Blind Mary

Street boy hiphop as Polish pianist-composer-improviser Aleksander Dębicz plays Toccata 1

The amazingly versatile Rhiannon Giddens goes Gaelic for S’iomadh Rid

Back in the day this got played plenty in my stoned household. The Byrds – Lover of the Bayou

The transcendental Rhianna Giddens on a certain Lousiana Man

As featured in Better Call Saul, here’s Bennie Green just Glidin’ along

Sinister strings and a counter-tenor looking immaculately frightful in Purcell’s Cold Song

Boy George: someday soon he’s gonna tell the moon about the Crying Game

1969. Jimi wows Woodstock. Buzz Aldrin moon-walks. Zager & Evans mull on the year 2525

From Leoš Janáček’s piano cycle, In the Mists. Hélène Grimaud plays the opener, Andante

As Shelley in Top Boy, Little Simz showed she can act. Here she is on the day job: Venom

On his second album, Freewheelin, Dylan wowed the world. And scared it: Talking WW3 Blues

Many were called but few were chosen to make this a monster hit – House of the Rising Sun

Woodstock ’69. As bombs rained on Nam, Jimi echoed the sound – Star-spangled banner

Leadbelly wants to know – Where did you sleep last night?

From Gustav Holst’s Planets Suite, the BBC Symphony Orchestra play Mars

Wreckless Eric says Take The Cash

From the most fascinating country I ever visited: a touch of folk from India

Roger Daltry and his Who bandmates tread the path of The Seeker

“You press them to your lips, my pages of concern.” Leonard Cohen: The letters

Live at the Crossroads, JJ is joined by Eric on After Midnight & Call Me the Breeze

When Ry Cooder went to find the authentic music of Cuba, one result was Chan Chan

It’s said that Tariq Ali was the model for both Street Fighting Man and Revolution

Life ain’t always easy for the Mongolian camel herder – Boerte Gobi

The late great Leonard Cohen on the time he stepped into an avalanche

From the land of the rising sun here’s Tokyo Groove Jyoshi and Funk No. 1

Perotá Chingó sing of mountains, good morrows and a laughing Chinaman – Ríe Chinito

Bob Dylan pays tribute to bluesman Charley Patton in High water risin’

The Grateful Dead meet one August West, aka Wharf Rat

From Gorecki’s 3rd, soprano Dawn Upshaw gives us the symphony of sorrowful songs

Thelonius Monk, Sonny Rollins and crew turning some brilliant corners

In 1993, James wanted someone to Say something

Blue Note ’64: Donald Byrd with stellar crew and a choir to boot for Christ the Redeemer

Unforgettble. The one and only Jacques Brel: Je ne me quitte pas

Another Jacques Brel cover. From Pomplamoose, this is Vesoul

I’m thinking Beatles, and a piano lesson with Paul

From Copenhagen’s Bistrup Church:, Mahler’s exquisite Die zwei blauen Augen

It’s 1959. Miles is kind of blue. Mingus is saying Better get it in your soul

That time of month? I think not. Live in Berlin, Agnes Obel sings of The curse

Candlemas at Ely Cathedral, celebrated by Jonathan Dove’s Vast ocean of light

Jazz Police! The Marcin Wasilewski Trio, live in Skopje with a Message in a bottle

The Tomasz Stanko Quartet play live in Germany – Celina

Echoes of David Gray? The soulful tenor of Henry Grace, who Can’t be your lover

Back in psychedelic ’69 the word from Jennifer Warnes was to Let the sunshine in

The Twelve Bar Blues Band tell us – as if we needed telling – that Life is hard

Early baroque penned by Andreas Hammerschmidt: Triumph, Triumph, Victoria

“Oh babe, don’t say you’re doing fine …” Elise LeGrow on drinking in the day

South Africa’s Moonchild Sanelly joins Somerset dub duo Sad Night Dynamite – Demon

Doo-wop on the street. Acapella Soul and The lion sleeps tonight

Jazz Jamaica – You don’t love me

Holland’s Caro Emerald is live at Montreax with a Liquid Lunch

BB King has a captive audience for Sing Sing Thanksgiving

Chris Rea is Driving home for Xmas

Ryan McGarvey – Blue Eyed Angel Blues

Now you can tell everybody down in old Frisco, tell ’em Tiny Montgomery says “hello” ..

The one and only Macy Grey covers Radiohead’s Creep

With a Harlem sizzle it’s the Hot Sardines and Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen

From Nantes with more than a soupcon of Arabic vibe is Orange Blossom and Habibi

Here’s French Canadian quartet, Mea Culpa Jazz, with Le vent nous portera

Another Jacques Brel cover. Wyclef Jean pleads, ne me quitte pas

“Bring it on!” cries French Canadian Salomé Leclerc. Tourne encore

Tango to this. Argentina’s Churupaca – No se vive feliz comiendo perdiz

Here’s Beth Hart to warn us that Love is a lie

The stellar blues guitar of Derek Trucks as the Allman Brothers play The sky is crying

For Diva, her sublimely intense post-Eurythmics debut, Annie Lennox goes Primitive

The Dead South follow the Doors in complaining that People are strange

Snake Oil Willie Band on the joy of acceptance: I don’t look good naked anymore

From the vaults of ’62 but relevant as ever. Bob Dylan and those Masters of War

Remember how good cigarettes after sex can be? Heavenly

Mash up of mad Miley with divine Deborah, forty years earlier: Heart of Glass

Duke has Ella’s back on It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing

A touch of class from erstwhile small town Italian lawyer, Paolo Conte – Via Con Me

Stan Getz and Helen Merrill do justice to Jacqes Brel’s If you go away

I’m in love with her and I feel fine

Pamplamoose do justice to Georges Brassens on Je Me Suis Fait Tout Petit

Sounds like Jagger but its Van. Them’s gritty ’66 cover of Dylan’s Baby Blue

This Mahogany Session has James Gillespie crying, Rescue me

Russia mourns her 20 million dead in Zhuravli (Cranes)

Elton John gets blue-grassed as Iron Horse do Rocket Man

A touch of the old Vivaldi magic – Concerto for 4 violins

Bob penned it, Jimi electrified it. Now try Jay Howie’s All along the watchtower

Mahogany Sessions bring us Violet Skies and Lonely

Anthropomorphists Simon & Garfunkel are At the zoo

She might be in Tangiers, says Bob, and if you see her say hello

Afro-Celtic band Baka Beyond not a million miles from Bath with Topé Malangui Bodé

It’s 1969. Jimi at the Albert Hall can hear his Train A Comin’

Cuba’s Maraca heads the Latin Jazz All Stars in Marciac, France, with Manteca

Many say they’re the most underrated 60s band. Family, and The Weaver’s Answer

No end of covers of this, but Leonard’s strikes a secret chord with me – Tennessee Waltz

Song-around-the-world take on the Grateful Dead’s Ripple

Jackson Browne urges, won’t you Stay Just a Little Bit Longer

It’s 1964 and Irma Thomas is advising, Baby Don’t Look Down

Charlie, who drums no more, takes the Stones All Down the Line

This did much to shape shape Bob’s early image: Positively 4th Street

Dig this dude, though the lyrics be rude. Prince Buster: Wreck A Pum Pum

Montserrat Caballé with Puccini’s O mio babbino caro

Arthur Smith, a telecaster and Guitar Boogie

Germany’s Zoe Wees, just 21. She doesn’t want to lose Control

These haunting ‘scat’ vocals were my intro to Duke Ellington. Creole Love Call

Exquisite. Anastasia Huppmann gives us Chopin’s Fantaisie Impromptu in C sharp minor

The Raconteurs want to know what you gonna do now you’re Old Enough

Primal. Faroese songstress Eivør Pálsdóttir tells of Tròdlabùndin

Folk? Country? Not quite blue grass? Old Crow Medicine Show with Wagon Wheel

Glastonbury 2019. Arlo Parks fears for her Super Sad Generation

Jack Savoretti and Written in Scars

Chicago 1927: tuba and drums turn Satchmo’s Hot 5 into a Hot 7 for Potato Head Blues

Divine sound of the Orthodox Church of Romania. Тело Христово примите

Jazz guitarist Rob Luft and quintet, at the Lescar in Sheffield, say to Expect the Unexpected

Trip-hop from Kazakhstan. Viktor Van River and Word

Daniel Barenboim plays the 1st Movement of Beethoven’s Appassionata

They influenced the Fab 4 no less: Everly Brothers and Cathy’s Clown

Vibesman Bobby Hutcherson has Freddie Hubbard on trumpet for Jasper

Sixty years on it’s lost none of its power. Bob tells us A Hard rain’s a Gonna Fall

Abigail Washburn joins Wu Fei in Vermont to blend Wusuli Boat Song/The Water is Wide

Recorded live in Brixton, it’s Joe Strummer and I fought the law

South Africa songbird Alice Phoebe Lou pays homage to polymath Hedy Lamarr in She

Apocalypse Now. Death visits a Viet village to the sound of Ride of the Valkyries

Chelmsford V Festival 2009. Amy joins the Specials for You’re wondering now

Indonesia’s Munir has a nice little dance-drama thing going with Barong Shy

Muddy Waters in Chicago is joined by Mick, Keef and Ronnie for Baby please don’t go

Tehran based Bomrani have a plea as old as the hills – Don’t leave me

The Stones with something about Wild Horses

Ireland’s Hilary Woods with a magnificent Sever

Seong-Jin Cho with Debussy’s Claire de Lune

Thierry Huillet & Clara Cernat with a Hungarian folk dance from Vittoria Monti – Csárdás

Pseudonymous house/R&B/disco outfit Sault say Don’t Waste My Time

BB King and them Three o’ clock blues

Dory Previn in anti-war mode with Veterans’ Big Parade … Play it again Sam

Arabian Fuzz from French/Egyptian outfit, Al-Qasar – Selma

Time we had some Mongolian Disco, no? This is Muujgai – Loce & 168

About to be shot José Cura, Mario in Puccini’s Tosca, sings his heart out – E lucevan le stelle

Quintet du Hot Club de Greece? Gadjo Dilo play Sou Sfirizo

Grecian folk from the 70s. Arleta sings Aftiachto Ki Astolisto

Black people do we really have to fight? asks Big Youth, on a Train to Rhodesia

Dark swamp blues on a Dobro Duolian. It’s Justin Johnstone again, with Son of a witch

Awesome home studio sound from Justin Johnson and his men – RumbleStrippin’

Final song on the film Calvary, with Brendan Gleeson as the troubled priest, is Subo

If the fab 4 ever put out a B-tune, it passed me by. B-side of Paperback Writer was Rain

Valentina Lisitsa with Liszt’s arrangement of Schubert’s Ave Maria

Diva Dionne. If you see her on the street in tears, she advises, just Walk on by

As tunesmiths go, not even Mozart beats the Fab 4. Here’s Amy with All My Loving

Ella Fitzgerald with Cole Porter’s Anything Goes

From his sublime Light as a Feather: keyboard genius Chick Corea (RIP) is 500 Miles High

Otis Taylor and African Orchestra, plus Jason Ricci’s harmonica, on Mandan Woman

1972. The Stones, still with Mick Taylor, deliver bluesman Robert Johnson’s Love in Vain

John Lennon on the subject of Isolation

Live in Austin, Lucinda Williams laments the loss by senseless shooting of a Drunken Angel

Grainy footage here but the quality shines through. This is Weather Report with Birdland

“Jimi would be impressed”. Octogenarian Elizabeth Cotton does Freight train

Chris Buck asks: was John Lennon a good guitar player?

In the sweet embrace of life, the Wynton Marsalis Septet are filled with the Holy Ghost

July ’63. Beatlemania is here. JFK has 4 months to live. The Crystals sing Then He Kissed Me

The Devils Daughter with a raunchy Rock Boppin’ Baby

A three legend get-together: Wynton, Eric and Taj Mahal Play the Blues

Sinatra called it “the greatest love song of the past 50 years”. Beatle George’s Something

Henry VIII could pen a decent tune. Like Pastyme with good companye

Countertenor Philippe Jaroussky joins soprano Nuria Rial on Monteverdi’s Pur ti Miro

Hootenanny 2015. Cyndi Lauper gets everybody stompin’ on Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Aided by Jools’s footstompers, Ed Sheeran covers Stevie Wonder’s ode to joy: Masterblaster

From her sublime 1971 album, Blue, Joni Mitchell wishes she had a River

It’s 1948 and Charlie Parker is alto-saxing a White Christmas

George Winston hits the piano for the Holly and the Ivy

No intro needed for Ludwig van B’s Moonlight Sonata

A charming MonaLisa Twins cover of a much loved Kinks tribute to a trannie – Lola

Shivers go down my spine every time I hear it. Ismael Lo – Jammu Africa

Polish klezmer from the Kroke, singer Natasha Atlas and Nigel Kennedy – Ajde Jano

After decades apart, Cream reunite at the Albert Hall, 2005 – Sunshine of your love

Sigvards Kļava directs the Sinfonietta Rīga for Pēteris Vasks’ Fruit of Silence

Think we can pull it off? Some transcendental moment? Leonard Cohen on the Morning Glory

Maestro von Karajan takes the Vienna Philharmonic for the Largo of Dvorak’s New World

Ginger Baker, rejoined by Eric Clapton at the Albert Hall, drums us through Toad

From the land of the rising sun, Johann Pachelbel’s Canon in D

Here’s a ditty from the steel city: Arctic Monkeys at Glastonbury with Mardy Bum

All the way from California, Andrew St. James sings of Slap City

Light in Babylon on the streets of Istanbul with Hinech Yafa

Brazilian cool from Milk’n Blues with two classy Stones and Pink Floyd covers

John Williams and the late Julian Bream with Ferdinand Carulli’s sublime Duo in G

Ronnie Wood joins the Corrs for one from the Stones’ back catalogue: Ruby Tuesday

Cindy Cashdollar helps out as Leon Redbone tells of them Old Familiar Blues

Led by cellist and composer Hilary Kleinig, Zephyr Quartet and Great White Bird

The Speakeasy Three with the Swing Ninjas. When I get low I get high

Hyde Park, 2013. The world’s greatest rock ’n roll band still want to Paint it Black

At Hard Rock Cafe, Budapest, Caro Emerald tells of A Night Like This

Milk’n Blues segue from BBK to Gershwin: The thrill is gone … Summertime

Becca Krueger says Hit the road Jack

Mind-blowing. In a Massachusetts backyard Joanna Connor does Walking Blues

Tom Jones joins a for once smiling Van Morrison on I’m Not Feeling it Anymore

For once without fiddle or banjo, it’s Rhiannon Giddens: Shake Sugaree

Aw go on then, Bob – one more cup of coffee for the road

Chick Corea protege Al di Meola joins Paco de Lucia on Mediterranean Sundance

Live in Paris, Anoushka Shankar with Voice of the Moon

London 2013: aided by Tony Soprano’s consiglieri, The Boss is Dancing in the Dark

Ill starred and vastly underrated, 60s band Love do Singing Cowboy

Lynne, Petty, Prince, Winwood and Harrison Junior on While My Guitar gently weeps

The composer himself explains his choices for the theme music for Succession

“Honey can I jump on it some time?” Your brand new Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat

2016. Carlos Santana is at the House of Blues in Las Vegas with Samba Pa Ti

Blue grass? Pass. From Saskatchewan via  NYC, The Dead South with Broken Cowboy.

A few more licks like this and she’ll be able to afford shoes! Mean Mary is Blazing

Letters found after Erik Satie’s death inspired Elena Kats-Chernin’s Unsent Love Letters

Eric Dolphy opens his 1964 Blue Note masterpiece, Out to Lunch, with Hat and Beard

China’s Yuja Wang with an energising two minutes forty from Stravinsky’s Petrushka

1988. As the avant garde take to meditation, Tim Wheater offers A Calmer Panorama

Chris Farlowe impressed Otis Redding; Keef ‘n Mick penned this for him: Out of Time

Tony Soprano’s consiglieri looks on as a Melbourne lad joins the Boss on Growing Up

… sit and watch the moon rise over Claddagh, and see the sun go down on Galway Bay

Foot-stomping manic virtuosity – 2Cellos live in Sydney with Rihanna’s We found love

From Bach’s Suite in E minor, Edinburgh’s Sean Shibe gives us Sarabande

Norman Greenbaum wants us to know he’s going up to the Spirit in the Sky

Awesome. France’s Tina S shreds guitar on Ludwig van’s Moonlight Sonata

Viviane Donner gives her all as Atom Pink Floyd Tribute go live with Great Gig in the Sky

Inspired by the Franz Kafka story of that name, Philip Glass’s Metaphorsosis

The ultimate professionals. Come on y’all – have a little Sympathy for the Devil

Chicago Soul from Chess Records: Tony Gideon on The Way You Move Me Baby

lockdown gives new meaning to an ’80s two-tone classic. The Specials – Ghost Town

From Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, Lucinda Williams with 2 Kool 2 Be 4-gotten

Most underrated of 60s bands were the Kinks: live here and thinking of the Days

Sketches of Spain was foreshadowed on Kind of Blue with Flamenco Sketches

A taste of West Africa – singer/kora player Sona Jobarteh, live in Budapest with Gambia

“His music is a contributory factor to juvenile delinquency today.” – Elvis and Hound dog

Elkie Brooks, 61 and in magnificent form with – what else? – Pearl’s a Singer

New folk trio, Trials of Cato with Sedi Donka

Ivory Coast born to Malian parents, Fatoumata Diawar in Paris with Nterini

Bob Dylan on Dallas ’63, Beatles and much besides in Murder most foul

Dance? Trance? Ambience? From Russia with love, it’s Balagan and Moonlight

Power from Zimbabwe. The late Chiwoniso Maraire and Zvichapera

We’re back in the ’20s, and Lillian Glinn is Cravin’ a Man

Great voice, great presence. Kate Davis says to Keep an Open Heart

Blues maestro and mesmerising showman, live in ’73 with Hey, Bo Diddley

Life is tough, life is a bust. Oxford duo Cassels on The Queue at the Chemists

New Orleans indie duo, Generationals, with a message of Trust

Symphony Hall: a Dresden Doll reacts to a cell phone going off at a Tchaikovsky recital

Brazilian pianist Eliane Rodrigues hits a stuck pedal at Rotterdam’s De Doelen.

Nigel K and his violin come close to capturing Jimi’s spirit and subtlety on Little Wing.

Ringo joins Robbie for a Song Around the World take on The Weight.

Blogger Caitlin Johnstone’s words, Michael Brunnock’s music: A Blessing for Anyone

Roberta Flack and First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

Tuba Skinny on Royal Street, French Quarter of New Orleans, with Jubilee Stomp

Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello and others join Roy Orbison on Pretty Woman

Xmas Eve 1914. For a moment, peace breaks out on the Western Front. Silent Night

Mick Foster Group with vocals by Jacqui Dankworth on Changing Fortunes

Exquisite. From Dvorak’s Rusalka, Frederica Von Stade gives us a Song to the Moon

Ain’t no sugaring it. It’ll be a Blue Christmas

The classical guitar greats of our age all looked to him. Andrés Segovia plays Asturias

At 461 Ocean Boulevard, Eric Clapton is giving himself a good talking to in Let it Grow

With the one and only Mick Fleetwood to help keep time, the Corrs Toss the feathers

Grateful Dead’s joyous segue from Not Fade Away to Goin’ Down the Road Feelin’ Bad

One jazz-classical fusion with mass appeal was George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue 

Sixteen when it came out, I was blown away by John’s vocal power on Instant Karma 

The Arctic Philharmonic with the rousing Rondo from Mozart’s Horn concerto No. 4

It’s Led Zep, Jim – but not as we know it. Yamato String Quartet visit Kashmir

Sámi (Lapp) singer Mari Boine tells of the joy of Arctic spring in Tundra Flower

The Righteous Brothers aided by mad bad Phil Spector on You’ve Lost that Loving Feeling

WW1 nostalgia from the Incredible String Band. Darling Belle

All the way from the Netherlands, here’s Unders with Syria

Croatian cellist Stjepan Hauser giving it plenty on Albinoni’s Adagio

Ella Fitzgerald with the Cream’s Sunshine of your love

Tom Jones, Rhiannon Giddens, Jools Holland Orchestra and them St James Infirmary Blues

The sound of folk 2019. Old Sea Brigade (aka Ben Cramer) and Western Eyes

Kathryn Williams covered Hallelujah, Candy Says – and Python Lee Jackson’s Broken Dream

Portishead’s Beth Gibbons as lamenting mother in Gorecki’s Symphony of Sorrowful Songs

Too fast to live, too young to die. It’s 1975 and Chris Spedding is Motor Bikin’

Rhiannon Giddens: bluegrass from Manchester, Tennessee. You mad at your man, Ruby?

1964. Hard Days Night & Hello Dolly top the charts. The Searchers endure Needles and Pins

Springsteen’s Tunnel of Love has two songs of ambivalence: Cautious Man, and Two Faces

It doesn’t get more poignant than this. Alison Krauss and Robert Plant, Killing the Blues

Bizarre, blood soaked disturbance from Asking Alexandria on The Violence

The Boss does Elvis and Stones – Burning Love/Satisfaction

Is the tap dancer Amy? New Orleans Swinging Gypsies and Mahogany Hall Stomp

Flash Mob in a Catalonia town square with something about an Ode to Joy

Dusty is Going Back

Bob is all Tangled up in Blue

Bob Dylan’s searing account of the fitting up of Rubin Carter, aka the Hurricane

The power and piercing vulnerability that put Janis in the 27 Club are laid bare in Cry Baby

Billy Joel – aided by George, Bob, Ringo, Bruce, Mick and others – Saw Her Standing There

Joscho Stephan Trio again, now with Django Reinhardt’s Minor Swing

Getz did more than bossa nova but that gave his lyric tones full vent. This is Samba Triste

Another gem from ECM. Wolfgang Muthspiel Quintet and Rising Grace

Trust me. That lead singer’s bound for greatness. 1965, Them, and Here Comes the Night

Ringo on drums, Billy Preston on keyboard, as John Winston Lennon does God

Joscho Stephan Trio do it accoustic and drop the lyrics but Jimi’s here in spirit for Hey Joe

Astonishing Rhiannon Giddens and Pretty Little Girl With the Blue Dress On

Ry Cooder, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and A Meeting by the river

French jazzman Louis Sclavis and his quartet, live in Vienna with this from Napolis Walls

Sinead’s second album opens with Reinhold Niebuhr’s Serenity Prayer and Feel so different

From the Chess Records vaults, Chuck Berry wants to know why Maybelline can’t be true.

Bass player Eberhard Weber’s Pendulum album is flawless. This is Delirium

Flying to New Orleans I watched The Sting. Think ragtime, Scott Joplin and The Entertainer

Sinead O’Connor, with the heartrending Paddy’s Lament

Here’s Buddy Holly to tell us, as if we needed telling, that Love is Strange

Bon Jovi at their peak at Wembley Stadium with Dry County

Underrated Canadian guitarist Jean Paul Albert. This is Busic Hall

Carolyn Wonderland, Bonnie Raitt and Ain’t Nobody’s Fault But Mine

Lee Moses: this is a song about a Bad Girl

Pink Floyd Mandolin Orchestra: Shine on Crazy Diamond

Virtuoso playing, exquisite melodies. Oud player Anouar Brahem with C’est alleurs

Great song. Great video. The Boss: Tougher than the Rest

Mr Crosby’s last Xmas saw him duet with Mr Bowie: Little Drummer Boy

David Grey with Marc Almond’s Say Hello and Wave Goodbye

Did Mozart ever put a foot wrong? Did Karajan? Here in full is Requiem in D minor

Oliver Nelson’s Blues and the Abstract Truth opens with wickedly Stolen Moments

Eric Satie on Once Upon a Time in Paris

Little Eva urges that we come on, come on and do the Locomotion with her

Amazing Amy (with Paul Weller) pleads: Don’t talk to strangers

Here from 1958, long before Eric Clapton, Johnny Otis is doing the Hand Jive

John Lennon’s post primal therapy farewell to a Mother lost in childhood.

From Officium, 1994, Jan Garbarek and Hilliard Ensemble: Parce Mihi Domine

Blatant 1942 innuendo as Rudy Vallée bids Claudette Colbert Goodnight Sweetheart

The Moody Blues arrangement was a direct steal from that of Bessie Banks’s Go Now

Jimi’s soaringly repeated riff opens and sets the tone for House Burning Down

Some say Henry VIII penned this for John Coltrane: Greensleeves

Joan Baez with a cautionary tale about one Matty Groves

A nobler cause than patriotism. Billy Bragg sings The Internationale

Taste the whip, in love not given lightly. Velvet Underground/Nico – Venus in Furs

Rossini and the Big Lucy demand we make way – that we Largo al factotum

Sledge on, Percy! Here’s Michael Bolton on When a Man Loves a Woman

Ella walks the wayward ways of a wayward town in Cole Porter’s Love for Sale

Keith Jarrett’s legendary 1975 gig in Cologne’s Opera House: the Köln Concert

Leeds shoppers ambushed by Ravel’s Bolero

Gordon Lightfoot on the night Lake Superior claimed the Edmund Fitzgerald

Springsteen’s Cautious Man was an honest man, who wanted to do what was right.

Heartwarming: the love and respect between David and Tina on Tonight

Guys, we’ve all been there. Dr Hook on gatekeeping matriarch, Sylvia’s Mother

Stevie on the subject of Superstition

Nottingham indie trio, London Grammar, with Chris IsaaksWicked Game

Who’d hang around as Danish National Symphony Orchestra do Good, Bad & Ugly?

The Bangles urge us to Walk Like an Egyptian

Ill starred but seriously good Mancunian indie outfit, James. This is Sound

Like Macy G, Norah J and Ms D, David Grey never followed through: This year’s love

What do they want, guys? Cyndi lays it out for us: Girls just wanna have fun

Beck, and something about a Broken Drum

Lucinda, told she couldn’t dispose of her (dead) man in Lake Charles, did it anyway.

Pink Floyd on the subject of Us and Them

1962, Cuba Missile Crisis and a Minnesota boy in NYC is Talking WW3 Blues

Return of Cab Calloway? Lou Bega and Mambo No 5 (A little bit of)

Florence and the Machine: What the Water Gave Me.

Jeff Buckley on that dangerously seductive Lilac Wine

Jane Birkin tells Serge Gainsbourg, je t’aime. Gallantly he replies, moi non plus.

John Lennon’s sardonic ode to the Maharishi, covered by Paul Weller: Sexy Sadie

“IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole’s troubles melt like lemon drops somewhere over the rainbow

Sinatra says – and not in a shy way – “I did it My Way

Best song ever on sex dialectics? Carol King asks, Will you still love me tomorrow?

RB Greaves covers barefoot Sandie’s first hit. Always something there to remind me

Discovered in my mid teens, I still love Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture

Undisputed king of the lutelike kora, Mali’s Toumani Diabaté live in Seville

Dylan’s fifties Minnesota high school sweetheart was a Girl from the North Country

Etta James: she did powerful, tender – and raunchy. You can leave your hat on

Who’s afraid of John Cage? He wasn’t all avant-garde for 1948’s In a Landscape

Another sultan of swing, Oscar Peterson, plays the Bach Suite

1978. Dire Straits fused Shadows with Grateful Dead to give us Sultans of Swing

Hot Club D’Europe segue from d’Orange Juice into Joseph Joseph

George Winston with The Holly and the Ivy

Mike Oldfield and crew on the best known bit of Tubular Bells: The Bell

Tine to tango. Tine Thing Helseth’s trumpet on Astor Piazzolla’s Libertango

Julian Bream with his Memories of the Alhambra

Bryan Ferry and a high octane crew, live in Lyon, suggest we Stick Together

Joan Baez with a tale of woe from Olde England – Geordie

Two of Canada’s finest. Diana Krall covers Joni Mitchell’s A Case of You

Annie Lennox, live. She wants to know Why …

After Astral Weeks, Van Morrison gave us Moondance to take us Into the Mystic

Last word in serene minimalism? That’ll be Arvo Pärt with Spiegel im Spiegel

“Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord!” Big Youth + Proverbs 12:22 = Natty Dread

Guys, you want your cake and eat it? Better fix that Lipstick on your collar

Unsurprisingly, given rooftop venue, John Lennon pleads: Don’t Let Me Down

Chamber jazz at its ECM finest. Tord Gustavson Trio with some Deep Love

Grand Pianola from American minimalist, John Adams:  On the Dominant Divide.

Terry meets Julie … What’s that you say? Greatest pop song of the 60s? Agreed

Inverted snob? False consciousness? John meant the latter in Working Class Hero

Cocteau Twins: nonsense lyrics that always sounded classy. This is Iceblink Luck

Throaty staccato from Gene Pitney in life changing motel just 24 Hours from Tulsa

UK Election 2017. It’s Captain SKA wot (nearly) done it, with Liar Liar

From banal domesticity, Ms Mercury and the girls just Want to Break Free

Creedence Clearwater Revival coming home soon – Long As I Can See the Light

Lisa Hannigan, like her compatriot Sinead, does Prince’s Nothing Compares 2 U

Jimmy Dean’s 1961 tale of a man you didn’t give no lip to: Big Bad John

Marvin Gaye, live at Montreux, on how he Heard it through the Grapevine

Robert Ridley, Grandpa Elliott and musicians across the world: Dock of the Bay

Bugger Orff! Here’s Philip Pickett et al  with their take on Carmina Burana

Mozart’s Turkish March meets electronica with the Tribal version

Barnsley oldsters tell Pretenders they can’t go to the gig: No brass in us pockets

Tenor Jussi Björling, baritone Robert Merrill and Bizet’s Pearl Fishers’ Duet

Glittering word play, dark misogyny. Eminem (with Dido) does Stan

Adele’s question is as old as love forgotten: Don’t you remember?

Trippy surrealism in the visuals for the fab four’s Strawberry Fields

Uganda’s Geoffrey Oryema is joined by Peter Gabriel for Land of Anaka

Malvina Reynolds, not Pete Seeger, penned this ode on bourgeois Little Boxes

How could someone this good not follow through? Macy Gray, 2000: I Try

Incontestably the greatest ever Dylan cover. Jimi’s All along the Watchtower

A taste of Cambodia, this: Khmer Surin

Lucinda Williams showing how classy Country can be. This is Greenville

From the eighties and Philip Glass’s sumptuous Songs from the Trilogy: Protest

Jake Thackray on unspeakable pagan rites at the Castleford Ladies Magical Circle

One of the lighter moments in the film Deliverance was Dueling Banjos

Dame Sutherland’s take too mannered? Try Enya’s Marble Halls

Mozart’s Figaro: Barenboim glides East-West Divan through its blazing Overture

Trane knew how to strip the syrup from melodic gems: My Favourite Things

Another old factory Mahogany Session. Colouring: Everything has Grown

High octane duo The Proclaimers can do poignant too: Act of Remembrance

We love this! Christine and the Queens dance on a block to Tilted

Strand of Oaks with Radio Kids

From sound/venue specialists Mahogany Sessions: Rag’n Bone Man, Bitter End

David’s cover of John’s Across the Universe

Janis Joplin, whose own Summertime burned brief but bright .

People bowed and prayed to the neon gods they’d made. S & G: Sound of Silence

Men at arms: the late great Leonard Cohen mines a familiar theme in The Partisan

Irish songbird Lisa Hannigan in an East London factory: Prayer for the Dying

First aired on BBC’s Peaky Blinders: Cohen’s 2016 title track, You Want it Darker

AIDS benefit, Red Hot & Blue. Debbie and Iggy do Cole Porter’s Did You Evah

John McLaughlin & Zakir Hussain with an unnamed piece from Shakti

Happened on while travelling in Rajasthan in 2016: Kalibelia folk

Wynton Marsalis pays homage to Jelly Roll Morton: New Orleans Bump

Gertrude Lawrence cuts glass on Cole Porter’s lyric genius: The Physician

George Winston’s arrangement of JS Bach’s sublime Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

Brit soulster Michael Kiwanuka with the title song of 2016 release, Love and Hate

New York based Peurto Ricans, Balún, with Camila

“We’d all play like Stan Getz if we could”, said Trane. This is Samba Triste

Too didactic by half but Dory Previn had her moments: Lady with the Braid

Poetic licence in Shaffer’s take on what inspired Mozart’s Queen of the Night aria

40 years on, live in Rome, Bruce Springsteen revisits NYC Serenade

Maura O’Connell & Karen Matheson follow WB Yeats down by the Sally Gardens

Cohen rasps eloquent on the Johnny Walker wisdom running high at Closing Time

Some like it hot – not Curtis, Lemon & Monroe but 70s dubster, Big Youth

National anthem? Here’s Edith Piaf with a real one from the Paris Commune

Sonny wrote it for Cher. Nancy sang it too. Lady Gaga: Bang Bang My Baby shot ..

Unnamed Azerbaijani orchestra with catchy take on Floyd’s Brick in the Wall

Dave Brubeck Quartet with one of jazz’s best loved tunes: Take Five

Larry Williams on the legendary Chess label with My Baby’s Got Soul

The Beach Boys with – what else? – Good Vibrations

Mick & John do fun intro to a Lennon song with unusual line-up: Yer Blues

Garbarek, Metheny et al pay tribute to a bass ace: Hommage à Eberhard Weber

1960 footage of the Shadows in terrific form with Apache

In Japan it’s a recognised illness. So tell us, Zola Jesus, about Hikikomori 

From Gerry Mulligan’s 1971 classic, Age of Steam: K-4 Pacific

Lemonade pies & living bra? Gotta be John Fred with Judy in Disguise

John Renbourne with Donne’s metaphysical conceits on fickle womanhood: Song

You couldn’t call it soul, you have to call it heart. Sinead says Thank you

Art Pepper, from Intensity 1960: I can’t believe you’re in love with me

Mancunian indie band James, vocalist Tim Booth hitting the high notes in Laid

Ravi Shankar’s love child, Norah J, with her seductive waltz, Come Away With Me

Amy: she told you she was trouble, you know that she’s No Good

60’s icon Julie Driscoll works wonders with Donovan’s Season of the Witch

Tepidity in love damned by Ismael Lo & Marianne Faithful: Without Blame 

Penguin Cafe with Helen Lieberman’s soul-stirring cello: Prelude & Yodel

Its spit venom was the rock shock of ’65. Bob Dylan: Positively 4th Street

South Koreans Sumi Jo and Ah-Kyung with Léo Delibes’ exquisite Flower Duet

Ethiopian star Gigi sings Balewashintu

Charles Mingus, jazzman with a sense of drama. This is Pithecanthropus Erectus

Leonard Cohen is caught in the grip of an Undertow

The Animals did this better than Nina: Please Don’t Let Me be Misunderstood

Get verse 2. I don’t think the censors did! Cab Calloway and Minnie the Moocher

Alabama Shakes, led by Brittany Howard, do Hold on

Late great Eva Cassidy: secular gospel on Pete Seeger’s Had I a Golden Thread

Johnny Thunder & his ladies kick wellie into an old nursery rhyme: Loop De Loop

Alpine scene from Cabaret. 1933: a Hitler Youth sings Tomorrow Belongs to Me

Heavy metal men Disturbed with another cover of Paul Simon’s Sound of Silence

1967 saw rock masterpieces like Forever Changes. Arthur Lee: You Set the Scene

“I can hold a note longer than Caruso”. Boy Bob Dylan and Freight Train Blues

The late great David Bowie in Tokyo: Rock ‘n Roll Suicide

From The Rising, Springsteen’s album on 9/11: You’re Missing

G.G. Yunupingnu – so good he got two slots running: History (I Was Born Blind)

The incredible sound of Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu: Wiyatha and Bapa

Bags of Rock ditch lyrics in barnstorming Hootenanny take on Whisky in the Jar

Thanks to Richard of Wakefield for this: Bon Iver at Air Studios

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen? When MJQ do it, it’s England’s Carol

Beyoncé does to Sex on Fire what Jimi did to All Along the Watchtower

Kings of Leon on Jools Holland Show do Sex on Fire

Garbarek, McLaughlin, Hari Prasad Chaurasia & Zakir Hussain Making Music

Steve Earl’s tale of one family defying two Prohibitions: Copperhead Road

Faure’s Requiem: lighter than Wolfie’s but, well, to die for: Sanctus, Pie Jesu ..

Hyde Park, 2012. McCartney joins Springsteen for two of the Beatles’ earliest.

Susheela Raman with a fine cover of Joan Armatrading’s Save Me

Inspired by Mikhail Sholokhov, Joan Baez asks Where have all the Flowers Gone?

Miles was so fond of this putdown he made it the opener to Kind of Blue: So What

BBC Panorama pinched the Karelia by Sibelius. This is the intermezzo.

Afroman’s morality tale is steeped in remorse, and all because he got high

Striking miners, reight brassed off tha knows, do t’ Lone Ranger.

Sonny’s Lettah from Brixton Jail brings bad news to a mother in Jamaica.

Scandi-noir fans know this one. Choir of Young Believers and their Hollow Talk

If I love you, watch out!  Elina Garanca, as sex terrorist Carmen, does Habanera

Tunisian oud player Anouar Brahem, La Pas du Chat Noir

Greatest rock’n roll band in the world? Gimme shelter!

Jennifer Warnes duels with Leonard Cohen on Joan of Arc

La Fiesta: Stan Getz blows for Spain as Chick Corea smokes the keyboard.