Updated August 6

The following is a listing and summary of one of my Music Library entries recorded since 1982. They are picked totally at random. Track number in blue highlight indicates that the track appears on one of my "special" series ("Best Of".."Decade".."Year End" and/or "500")...If a track appears on my "500"..its ranking is shown on the far right column.

 
#551
created January 19, 2009

Format: Digital

Track

Artist

Title

Album

'500'
1

A Fine Frenzy

Hope For The Hopeless

One Cell In The Sea

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2

Bruce Springsteen

Tomorrow Never Knows

Working On A Dream

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3

Eagles

I Dreamed There Was No War

Long Road Out Of Eden

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4

John Frusciante

Song To The Siren

The Empyrean

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5

Coldplay

Prospekts March

Prospekt's March (EP)

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6

Celine

Un Reve

Elapsed Time

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7

Eluvium

Seeing You Off The Edges

Copia

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8

Fennesz

Glass Ceiling

Black Sea

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9

Bruce Springsteen

The Wrestler (video)

Working On A Dream

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10

Siobhan Donaghy

Halcyon Days

Ghosts

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11

Depeche Mode

Strangelove (MadTracker Mix)

Tracker Mode

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12

Madonna

Liquid Love

Rare Orbit

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13

Isaak Hypnotizer

A Matter Of Time

CD single

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14

Tearwave

Under The Milky Way

Different Shade Of Beauty

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15

VNV Nation

Illusion

Judgement

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16

Coldplay

Talk (Ulrich Schnauss Remix)

{digital}

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17

Hector Zazou

Lies Will Follow (feat. Caroline Lavelle)

L'Absence

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#551
highlights

  

Tracks 2, 9
"Tomorrow Never Knows" .."The Wrestler" - Bruce Springsteen

The above two songs are taken from Working on a Dream, the sixteenth studio album by Bruce Springsteen, released on January 27, 2009 through Columbia Records. It has sold more than 3 million copies worldwide, with over 585,000 in the United States as of September 2010. On January 12, 2009, the album leaked onto the internet. On January 19, NPR.org scheduled a streaming of it free for a week, in advance of the actual release. Sony BMG's Irish website also began streaming it. An extensive and carefully planned promotional push for Springsteen and the album was put together, incorporating appearances at the Golden Globe Awards, the Barack Obama presidential inauguration, a new greatest hits album, the half-time show of Super Bowl XLIII and an anticipated appearance at the 81st Academy Awards. The last of these went awry when, in what Rolling Stone termed "shocking news," "The Wrestler" was snubbed by the Academy and failed to gain a nomination. Nevertheless, all the activity led Springsteen to say, "This has probably been the busiest month of my life." "The Wrestler" is the title song from the 2008 film The Wrestler. The origins of the song are based in a lost and resumed friendship between Springsteen and Wrestler lead actor Mickey Rourke; Rourke told Springsteen about his upcoming film and asked if Springsteen could write a song for it. Springsteen subsequently did, played it for Rourke and director Darren Aronofsky before a concert. When they liked it, Springsteen gave them the song for no fee.

 

"Working on a Dream"

Track 4
"Song To The Siren" - John Frusciante

John Frusciante is an American guitarist, singer, producer and composer. He is best known as the former guitarist of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, from 1988 until 1992, and again from 1998 until 2009. He recorded five studio albums with them. Frusciante has an active solo career, having released eleven solo albums and five EPs; his recordings include elements ranging from experimental rock and ambient music to new wave and electronica. His only appearance on my Music Library was with his cover of "Song To The Siren." The Empyrean was his eighth solo album, released worldwide on January 20, 2009 through Record Collection. The Empyrean peaked at number 151 on the US Billboard 200 as well as number seven on the Top Heatseekers. On release it made number 105 on the UK Albums Chart. "Song to the Siren" is a song written by Tim Buckley and his writing partner Larry Beckett and was first released on Buckley's 1970 album Starsailor. However, the song has become perhaps Buckley's most famous due to a number of artists covering the song after his death in 1975, notably This Mortal Coil. It was released as a single in September 1983 and spent three weeks on the UK Charts where it peaked at #66 on October 23, 1983. This Mortal Coil was a collective name for a number of artists on the 4AD label, with Elizabeth Fraser and Robin Guthrie of the Cocteau Twins performing the song. Physically, the artwork is a photograph of prints arranged to form a collage. The upper left region of the image contains various references to the natural world, such as the multiple images of green leaved trees and several superimposed images of mountains. Considering John's philosophy on life, it is plausible to draw that this arrangement is a reference to the Tree of Life.

 

"The Empyrean"

Track 15
"Illusion" - VNV Nation

"Illusion" is the first of 11 total tracks by VNV Nation to make a showing on my Music Library. VNV Nation is a European-based alternative electronic project led by Ronan Harris in the roles of singer, songwriter and producer. VNV Nation's sound blends poetic and thought provoking lyrics with a sound that ranges from melodic dance beats and indie-electronic anthems, to haunting ballads and post-classical soundtrack pieces. The live shows are known for their energy and positive emotion, drawing a devoted fanbase from across the musical spectrum to sold out tours and headline appearances at festivals in Europe and America. Over the course of the project's career, VNV Nation success has continued to grow, with its last 3 albums charting top 10 in Germany. Ronan Harris was born in Dublin, Ireland, and lives in Hamburg, Germany. The "VNV" in the name stands for "Victory Not Vengeance", in keeping with the group's motto, "One should strive to achieve, not sit in bitter regret." "Illusion" was the only track from Judgement, his sixth studio album by the one-man German-based alternative electronic band to appear. It was released in 2007. It charted at no. 55 on the mainstream German charts, staying around for three weeks. His most recent release, 2013's Transnational, yielded three songs.

 

"Judgement"

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