Playlist
The Very Best of Eagles

Eagles
Desperado
Year: 1973

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The Very Best of Eagles

Eagles
The Last Resort
Year: 1976

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The Very Best of Eagles

Eagles
Peaceful Easy Feeling
Year: 1972

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For all the delight their fans take in parsing their wry and obstinately obscure lyrics, Steely Dan wouldn't command the kind of following they have if they weren't such consummate craftsmen in shaping melodies, layering keyboard and guitar effects and applying sophisticated doses of jazz, funk and soul. On his own albums, of which Morph the Cat is only the third--and the first since 1993's Kamakiriad--the group's sardonic co-mastermind Donald Fagen avails himself to more socially observant and personally revealing themes. But here, too, it's the music's dark shimmer and bumptious grooves that get under your skin, carrying his serious intentions with them. The grandly allusive "Morph," named after what Fagen describes as a "vast, ghostly cat-thing" that hovers in the Manhattan sky (not unlike Woody Allen's catty mother in "New York Stories"), reflects with no loss of irony or oblique meaning on the angst and sense of loss felt in the post-9/11 world. There are visions of death--including his own--and political oppression. There's a comic romantic encounter with a female airport security guard and a reverent faceoff with the ghost of Ray Charles, whose essence is nailed: "Well, you bring some church but you leave no doubt/As to what kind of love you love to shout about." Even when Fagen's hipster sensibility flirts with preciousness, the music is so richly, radiantly alive, the collective power of the songs can't be denied. --Lloyd Sachs
Morph the Cat

Donald Fagen
The Great Pagoda of Funn
Year: 2006

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For all the delight their fans take in parsing their wry and obstinately obscure lyrics, Steely Dan wouldn't command the kind of following they have if they weren't such consummate craftsmen in shaping melodies, layering keyboard and guitar effects and applying sophisticated doses of jazz, funk and soul. On his own albums, of which Morph the Cat is only the third--and the first since 1993's Kamakiriad--the group's sardonic co-mastermind Donald Fagen avails himself to more socially observant and personally revealing themes. But here, too, it's the music's dark shimmer and bumptious grooves that get under your skin, carrying his serious intentions with them. The grandly allusive "Morph," named after what Fagen describes as a "vast, ghostly cat-thing" that hovers in the Manhattan sky (not unlike Woody Allen's catty mother in "New York Stories"), reflects with no loss of irony or oblique meaning on the angst and sense of loss felt in the post-9/11 world. There are visions of death--including his own--and political oppression. There's a comic romantic encounter with a female airport security guard and a reverent faceoff with the ghost of Ray Charles, whose essence is nailed: "Well, you bring some church but you leave no doubt/As to what kind of love you love to shout about." Even when Fagen's hipster sensibility flirts with preciousness, the music is so richly, radiantly alive, the collective power of the songs can't be denied. --Lloyd Sachs
Morph the Cat

Donald Fagen
Brite Nightgown
Year: 2006

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Sky Full of Holes

Fountains Of Wayne
The Story In Your Eyes (Amazon MP3 Exclusive Bonus Track)
Year: 2011

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Grinderman 2

Grinderman
Evil (Factory Floor Remix #2) [Bonus Track]
Year: 2010

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Catholic Boy

The Jim Carroll Band
People Who Died
Year: 1980

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Blues of Desperation

Joe Bonamassa
Drive
Year: 2016

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Crown of Creation

Jefferson Airplane
Ice Cream Phoenix
Year: 1968

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Crown of Creation

Jefferson Airplane
Crown of Creation
Year: 1968

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Man Made Object

GoGo Penguin
Weird Cat
Year: 2016

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Complicated Game

James McMurtry
Forgotten Coast
Year: 2015

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Unity Band

Pat Metheny
Roofdogs
Year: 2012

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Unity Band

Pat Metheny
New Year
Year: 2012

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Arvo Pärt: Tabula Rasa

Gidon Kremer, Saulus Sondeckis, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Tatjana Grindenko & Alfred Schnittke
Tabula Rasa: II. Silentium (Live from Bonn, 1977)
Year: 1984

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Arvo Pärt: Tabula Rasa

Gidon Kremer, Saulus Sondeckis, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Tatjana Grindenko & Alfred Schnittke
Tabula Rasa: I. Ludus (Live from Bonn, 1977)
Year: 1984

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Arvo Pärt: Tabula Rasa

Gidon Kremer & Keith Jarrett
Fratres (For Violin and Piano)
Year: 1984

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On first thought, the idea of the Man in Black recording such covers as "Bridge over Troubled Water," "Danny Boy," and "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" might seem odd, even for an artist who's been able to put his personal stamp on just about everything. But American IV: The Man Comes Around, which also draws on Cash's original songs as well as those by Nine Inch Nails ("Hurt"), Sting ("I Hung My Head"), and Depeche Mode ("Personal Jesus"), may be one of the most autobiographical albums of the 70-year-old singer-songwriter's career. Nearly every tune seems chosen to afford the ailing giant of popular music a chance to reflect on his life, and look ahead to what's around the corner. From the opening track--Cash's own "The Man Comes Around," filled with frightening images of Armageddon--the album, produced by Rick Rubin, advances a quiet power and pathos, built around spare arrangements and unflinching honesty in performance and subject. In 15 songs, Cash moves through dark, haunted meditations on death and destruction, poignant farewells, testaments to everlasting love, and hopeful salutes to redemption. He sounds as if he means every word, his baritone-bass, frequently frayed and ravaged, taking on a weary beauty. By the time he gets to the Beatles' "In My Life," you'll very nearly cry. Go ahead. He sounds as if he's about to, too. Unforgettable. --Alanna Nash
American IV: The Man Comes Around

Johnny Cash
The Man Comes Around
Year: 2002

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Villains

Queens of the Stone Age
Head Like a Haunted House
Year: 2017

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Good Thing

Leon Bridges
Bad Bad News
Year: 2018

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Life

KNOWER
The Government Knows
Year: 2016

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Marc Cohn

Marc Cohn
Ghost Train
Year: 1991

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Marc Cohn

Marc Cohn
Walking In Memphis
Year: 1991

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Welcome to My Dream

MC 900 Ft. Jesus
Falling Elevators
Year: 1991

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Let Love In (2011 Remastered Version)

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
I Let Love In (2011 Remastered Version)
Year: 1994

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Musas

Natalia Lafourcade
Soledad y el Mar (feat. Los Macorinos)
Year: 2017

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Musas

Natalia Lafourcade
Tonada de Luna Llena (feat. Los Macorinos)
Year: 2017

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Let Love In (2011 Remastered Version)

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Red Right Hand (2011 Remastered Version)
Year: 1994

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Nostalgia Kills

Jill Sobule
Where Do I Begin

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Djesse (Vol. 1)

Jacob Collier, Metropole Orkest & Jules Buckley
All Night Long (feat. Take 6)
Year: 2018

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Djesse (Vol. 1)

Jacob Collier, Metropole Orkest & Jules Buckley
Once You (feat. Suzie Collier)
Year: 2018

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Djesse (Vol. 1)

Jacob Collier, Metropole Orkest & Jules Buckley
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
Year: 2018

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Bellybutton

Jellyfish
I Wanna Stay Home
Year: 1990

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Bellybutton

Jellyfish
The King Is Half-Undressed
Year: 1990

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Bellybutton

Jellyfish
That Is Why
Year: 1990

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Remarkably Human

Nick Johnston
Ignore Alien Orders
Year: 2016

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22, A Million

Bon Iver
29 #Strafford APTS
Year: 2016

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22, A Million

Bon Iver
715 - CR∑∑KS
Year: 2016

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22, A Million

Bon Iver
10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄
Year: 2016

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22, A Million

Bon Iver
22 (OVER S∞∞N)
Year: 2016

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Bad Witch

Nine Inch Nails
God Break Down the Door
Year: 2018

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Bad Witch

Nine Inch Nails
Play the Goddamned Part
Year: 2018

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Regina

Becca Stevens
Regina
Year: 2017

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The Search for Everything

John Mayer
In the Blood
Year: 2017

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