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Any Major Morning Vol. 2

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Last October ago I posted what has turned out to be my favourite mix of 2013, one I have listened to more than any other collection of music, on the theme of mornings. Likewise, I have played the present, second morning mix practically on loop over the past few months. It’s that good, and it is high time I share it with you.

The previous mix simply featured songs with the word “morning” in the title, provided the lyrics were set in the morning. The titles in this lot don’t all include the word “morning”, but they abide broadly by the latter rule. So I disqualify songs like “Touch Me In The Morning” or “Angel Of The Morning” wherein the singer is anticipating behaviours that still lie ahead. I’ve not been steadfast with that rule; the Crash Test Dummies survived it, as did Hall & Oates.

Obviously I have tried to avoid songs that use the idea of “morning” as a metaphor, so no “It’s Morning Britain” by Aztec Camera. And, Faron Young: 4 am is hardly “morning”, chum.

I’m surprised by how few songs there are about that great morning activity: breakfasts. The songs included here are not exactly about croissants and flapjacks (unless those can be applied as euphemisms), though the cute and amusing K’s Choice song sort of is.

As always, the mix is timed to fit on a standard CD-R and includes home-yawned covers (with graphics sourced from the fine morguefile.com site). PW in comments.

1. The Beatles – Good Morning Good Morning (1967)
2. The Pretty Things – She Says Good Morning (1968)
3. Big Star – Watch The Sunrise (1972)
4. Richie Havens – Morning, Morning (1968)
5. Badfinger – Sweet Tuesday Morning (1971)
6. Daryl Hall & John Oates – When The Morning Comes (1973)
7. Neil Diamond – Deep In The Morning (1969)
8. Jimmy James & The Vagabonds – Good Day Sunshine (1968)
9. Chuck Jackson – I Wake Up Crying (1961)
10. The Rascals – A Beautiful Morning (1968)
11. The Monkees – Sometime In The Morning (1967)
12. Dusty Springfield – Breakfast in Bed (1969)
13. Gil Scott-Heron – I Think I’ll Call It Morning (1971)
14. The Bar Kays – Memphis At Sunrise (1972)
15. Bill Withers – Lovely Day (1977)
16. The Partridge Family – I Woke Up In Love This Morning (1971)
17. Glen Campbell – Sunflower (1977)
18. George Strait – Amarillo By Morning (1982)
19. Cowboy Junkies – Sun Comes Up, It’s Tuesday Morning (1990)
20. Crash Test Dummies – Get You In The Morning (1999)
21. The Boo Radleys – Wake Up Boo! (1995)
22. Eels – Saturday Morning (2003)
23. Richard Hawley – As The Dawn Breaks (2009)
24. Billy Bragg & Wilco – Someday Some Morning Sometime (2000)
25. K’s Choice – Breakfast (1993)
26. Norah Jones – Sunrise (2004)

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  1. halfhearteddude
    August 21st, 2014 at 07:36 | #1

    PW = amdwhah

  2. JohnnyDiego
    August 21st, 2014 at 12:55 | #2

    Nice touch, Dude, sneaking Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, and Debbie Reynolds in there. A great song from a great movie.
    A song I’ve always loved (but not really in the same mode as your comp) is 1966’s “Can’t Explain” by Love from their eponymous first album containing the immortal line, “Well now, you wake up in the mornin’, find your poor self dead.” Let’s all hope we don’t discover ourselves in that situation anytime soon.

  3. dogbreath
    August 21st, 2014 at 15:51 | #3

    Loved Volume 1 & now I’m loving Volume 2. Perfect for giving your day a kick-start. And don’t forget Pink Floyd’s “Alan’s Psychedelic Breakfast” from their “Atom Heart Mother” album – although at 13 minutes it’s probably a tad long for one of your compilations. Every time I listen to it the sound of bacon frying and cereal popping, not to mention the word “toast” being repeated, whets my appetite! Nice job again, many thanks.

  4. anthony michaels
    August 21st, 2014 at 16:53 | #4

    banal and unimaginative….sorry….I don’t know what you hear most of the time….

    maddog

  5. halfhearteddude
    August 21st, 2014 at 22:34 | #5

    Send me your account details and I’ll refund you, maddog.

  6. JohnnyDiego
    August 23rd, 2014 at 14:05 | #6

    Banal and unimaginative — perhaps. But, as I’ve said in the past, if you feed yourself a steady diet of Dostoyevsky and James Joyce, soon you will need a little John Grisham and Patricia Cornwall or your head will explode. I have (not an exaggeration) 40,000+ songs on my iPod all of which are songs that I myself have added. I know what I like and it is usually not the songs that are included in this comp. Neil Diamond and Badfinger are not artists that I would pay money to own but with my iPod on shuffle, and after a steady stream of non-banal and imaginative songs, my head needs a break. When, say, The Partridge Family pops up it is a gentle relief and a relaxing moment. Then it’s back to more serious music for my serious ears.
    But I don’t really know what to listen to when I want banal. In the past several years I have downloaded many of your comps and they are not all in this vein. Nowhere else is there a more comprehensive history of country music than in your 23 part series. But your Guilty Pleasures series has allowed me to hear (and enjoy) what I used to consider as that stupid music that assaulted me every time I turned on the radio. Now some of that same music is on my iPod. Thanks, Dude for what you do.

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