When in doubt, whip the BilliPod out. Although I am currently listening to Pearl Jam's recent (7/7) San Diego concert via a French website, which allows streaming audio of recent shows. The site is here. Worth a peek/listen.
Anyway, let's see what our random five are today.
1) "Little Red Corvette" - Prince, from 1999. This is Prince when he was at his popular peak, or just before the hugeness of Purple Rain.
2) "African Blues" by Larry Young from Young Blues. Young is known as one of the great jazz organists of all time. I don't know why I have this album on my iPod, probably because I read somewhere, perhaps on eMusic, that it was an essential jazz record. From 1960, it's quite good. Read more about Larry Young here.
3) "Hard Times" by Ray Charles, from Martin Scorcese Presents: The Blues. The track was originally from the album Here's Ray Charles.
My mother told me
'Fore she passed away
Said son when I'm gone
Don't forget to pray
'Cause there'll be hard times...
4) "Graceland" by Paul Simon from the album of the same name.
From what many consider Simon's crowning glory of his solo career. Brilliant.
5) "Gratitude" by The Beastie Boys from their anthology The Sounds of Science (interesting juxtaposition with Mr. Simon, no?)
Anyway, that's it from me. Please share a quintet in the comments section should you feel so inclined.
Happy Bastille Day!