Platter Playlists

An all vinyl playlist blog and 365 songs for 365 days.

Nothing Lasts

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Link Wray – Girl From North Country
Buffy Sainte-Marie – Helpless
Freddie Scott – I’ll Be Leaving Her Tommorow
Dave Van Ronk – Clouds (From Both Sides Now)
Dion – Knowing I Won’t Go Back There
Incredible String Band – excerpt from A Very Cellular Song
Karen Beth – Nothing Lasts
Majestic Arrows – If I Had A Little Love
PP Arnold – Do You Believe?
Vashti Bunyan – Coldest Night Of The Year
Everly Brothers – Christmas Eve Can Kill You

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Someday I’ll Be A Farmer

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Melanie – Someday I’ll Be A Farmer
Paul & Linda McCartney – Ram On
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – Monkberry Moon Delight
Lena Horne & Gabor Szabo – Rocky Raccoon
Sir Douglas Quintet – I Don’t Want To Go Home
Terry Allen – Cortez Sail
Oscar Benton – Bensonhurst Blues
John Cale – Cable Hogue
Prelude – After The Gold Rush
Nina Simone – The Desperate Ones
Kim Jung Mi – Haenim

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Day 258: Hazel & Alice – My Better Years

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Now a little timeless Americana for your Turkey Day. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Day 257: Jerry Jeff Walker – Well of the Blues

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Jerry Jeff goin’ deep as the well he’s singin’ of.

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Day 257: The Byrds – Oil In My Lamp

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One of my least rotated Byrds records has been getting a lot of spins later.

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Day 256: Small Faces – Stone

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A little bit of British Americana from the mind of Ronnie Lane.

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Day 255: Bee Gees – You’ll Never See My Face Again

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Incredibly smooth Bee Gees gem to close out the week.

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Day 254: Fairport Convention – I’ll Keep It With Mine

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The beautiful combination of Sandy Denny’s vocals back by Fairport with the words of Dylan.

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Day 252: John Cale – Buffalo Ballet

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John Cale’s story of a small western town from 1974′s Fear.

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Day 251: Melanie – Leftover Wine

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Not much to say about this one. Just very chilling. A spot on portrait of the fear of being alone.

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Day 250: Dion – Loving You is Sweeter Than Ever

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Here Dion takes the Motown hit and makes it smoother than ever.

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Day 250: Tom Waits – In Between Love

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And now a sad rarity by Waits.

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Day 249: Kevin Ayers – Eleanor’s Cake (Which Ate Her)

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This one is out of this world. Ayers isn’t always on but when he is it is this great. This is lullaby stuff.

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Day 248: The Rolling Stones – Backstreet Girl

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This one first appeared on the UK version of Between The Buttons but not the US version. It wasn’t until 1967′s Flowers that we got it.

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Day 247: Steve Young – Seven Bridges Road

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Once I came to the heartbreaking conclusion that I’d never be able to afford a copy of 1969′s Rock Salt & Nails I decided to post up this 1972 version which isn’t very far off from the original and just as magical.

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Day 246: Buffalo Springfield – On The Way Home

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Something about this song brings on waves of nostalgia that I feel I’m not old enough to deserve.

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Day 245: Alex Chilton – All We Ever Got From Them Was Pain

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Switching over to the other side of the post- Big Star output.

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Day 244: Chris Bell – Look Up

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It took me a while to dig this one. It wasn’t until I heard it in a mix that I did a double take. It is super Christian but that was Bell doing his thing. Still very Big Star-esque.

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Day 243: Karen Dalton – Are You Leaving For The Country?

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…dripping with autumn tones.

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Day 242: Phil Ochs – Half A Century High

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Though it was slow coming at first, I’ve been coming around to Phil Ochs lately. And it’s definitely songs like this lo-fi, personal song that warms me up.

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Day 241: Odetta – Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right

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What a fine example of the teacher learning from the student.

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Day 240: Bob Dylan – Oh, Sister

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Another one of my favorite songs that was used beautifully in Transparent.

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Day 239: Ted Lucas – It Is So Nice To Get Stoned

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Not a lot of complexity to this one and nor should there have to be. A song whose melody and tone are perfectly representative of it’s subject.

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Day 238: Loudon Wainwright III – Come A Long Way

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Just a perfectly paced song from a musician whose words have dug deep his whole career.

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Day 237: David Blue – The Grand Hotel

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Here’s a little treat from one of Dylan’s contemporaries in the Greenwich Folk scene.  Originally released in a stripped down version in 1966, this song was revamped two years later and featured on These 23 Days in Semptember.

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Day 236: Ralph McTell – First Song

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After flipping past this record for years, I decided to pick it up for a buck this weekend. Sure enough, it’s got a couple of really strong folk songs on it. British folk/blues that’d interest fans of Bert Jansch and Nick Drake.

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Day 235: Townes Van Zandt – Greensboro Woman

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Close the week out with the Late Great.

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Day 234: Tom Rush – Joshua Gone Barbados

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The first few Tom Rush records are riddled with gems like this one. I thoroughly recommend them.

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Day 233: Cliff Gober – A Poor Wayfaring Stranger

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Insanely soulful rendition of a traditional classic. Thanks to the folks at Numero Group.

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Day 232: Abner Jay – I’m Georgia Bound

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Abner Jay makes me love blues and totally forget about boring repetitive blues lyrics and melodies. Maybe it is because he’s completely out of his mind and wildly original. This is the only reissue I’ve scooped up and I can’t wait to get more.

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Day 231: Bob Lind – The Times They Are A Changin’

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Like the saying goes: Another day; Another Dylan cover. Okay, that isn’t a saying… but it should be. This echoey, jingle-jangle cover is straight-up hypnotizing.

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Day 230: Cat Stevens – Trouble

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Father John Misty’s amazing cover of this song recently drove me to blow the dust off this one and take it for a spin. Not to mention it provides the soundtrack to one of the best film endings ever.

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Day 230: Moby Grape – 8:05

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“I can’t go on without you… it’s useless to try.” Perfect song.

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Day 229 : Joe Cocker – Just Like A Woman

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As you can probably tell, I am a sucker for Dylan covers. I make a habit of supplying the best.

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Day 228: Neil Young – Razor Love

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I heard this amazing song on “Transparent” and had totally forgot I owned this record. Had to share it.

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Day 227: Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Hey Little

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It’s always a treat to highlight a Bonnie “Prince” Billy song. Particularly one I feel like a lot of people don’t know about. This came out on the Chijimi EP that came out with 2009′s Beware. What follows is a swooning story of a father’s love for his son, but the greatness in it’s sentimentality so outways the possible badness.

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Day 226: My Morning Jacket – Old September Blues

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A newish song compared to the other stuff I play but a song that I hold dear to my heart. And seeing as it is now October, it seems apropos.

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Day 225: Michael Hurley – The Vt.-Ore. Floor

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Here is an interesting question I posed to myself recently: “When did you start exclusively listening to music that couldn’t walk a mile within radius of a radio station in a million years?” And I think my answer is just when I woke up and when I started respecting the stories of songs. Hurley is a songwriter like no other. Take this song for example. It overrides like EVERY songwriting standard but seems to capture dozens or poetic feelings that makes it truer than almost everything else.

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Day 224: Nick Drake – Rider On The Wheel

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I am so grateful for the existence of the posthumous album that houses this and many more unreleased gems.

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Day 223: Donovan – Ramblin’ Boy

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Though it holds a strong resemblance to Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe,” it was written the same year and I hold nothing against either. They are both equally heroes of mine and it’s a lot more fun not to judge.

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