music mix | marina soul club 016

Though I’m blogging about this here on December 1st, this sixteenth episode of Marina Soul Club Radio went up on Mixcloud back on November 13th. It starts off with a third MSC appearance by Daryl Hall & John Oates and their 1981 feel-good smash You Make My Dreams Come True. I heard it on television playing in the background during the 2020 Biden-Harris victory celebration and wanted to mark that moment in history here on the show. Besides, it’s a great pop tune and I’d been waiting for the right time to get it on the playlist.

I’d been looking for the right opportunity to insert a couple of other tunes that I’d repeatedly add and then delete because the surrounding musical context never seemed quite right for them. First is Barry Manilow‘s Let’s Get On With It–a great and unexpectedly fit entry into the realm of yacht rock, as well as the beloved Ace classic, How Long, which nestled nicely among songs 11-14 both in tempo and easiness.

We also find the MSC debut of celebrated yacht rock duo Nielsen/Pearson, a respective pair of luscious tunes by Bill Champlin and Seals & Crofts, an anachronistic but glorious 1992 hit by Neil Young (I wish he’d recorded it in the 70s!), plus a triad of sweet Fleetwood Mac-related goodies.

As this is one of my most recent mixes and hasn’t made nearly the number of ‘rotations’ on my laptop or iPod like other Marina Soul Club episodes, I think it’s going to become a favorite. I hope it becomes one of yours too. Enjoy.

ARTIST / Tracklist

  1. DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES / “You Make My Dreams Come True”
  2. BARRY MANILOW / “Let’s Get On With It”
  3. NIELSEN/PEARSON / “Too Good To Last”
  4. LAUREN WOOD / “Gotta Lotta”
  5. MARTI CAINE / “Who”
  6. LE ROUX / “It Doesn’t Matter”
  7. BILL CHAMPLIN / “Gotta Get Back To Love”
  8. SEALS & CROFTS / “Stars”
  9. MARC JORDAN / “Generalities”
  10. NEIL YOUNG / “Harvest Moon”
  11. MARTY BALIN / “Hearts”
  12. ACE / “How Long”
  13. RICHIE HAVENS / “Dreams”
  14. FLEETWOOD MAC / “Rhiannon”
  15. PETER GREEN / “Slabo Day”

 

music mix | marina soul club 012

We’re now at a dozen Marina Soul Club mixes in the Mixcloud! Twelve finds us navigating from Honolulu to Chicago to Toronto in just the first 10 minutes, with a later stop in Rio de Janeiro for some authentic MPB and samba by Joyce and Airto Moreira, respectively.

For me, however, the quality that I enjoy most from this twelfth upload is the even balance between more obscure artists like Greenwood, John Valenti and Craig Ruhnke, and artists from the pantheon of smooth, such as Ambrosia, Robbie Dupree, Kenny Loggins, and Michael McDonald.

Hope you dig this one too!

ARTIST / Tracklist
01. GREENWOOD – “Sparkle (1985)”
02. JOHN VALENTI – “Time After Time”
03. CRAIG RUHNKE – “Reach Out”
04. KARLA BONOFF – “Isn’t It Always Love”
05. AMBROSIA – “You’re The Only Woman (You & I)”
06. ROBBIE DUPREE – “Steal Away”
07. JOHN LUCIEN – “The Pleasure Of Your Garden”
08. JOYCE – “Curação de Criança”
09. AIRTO MOREIRA – “The Happy People”
10. BRIAN ELLIOT – “Tickets To Rio”
11. SISTER SLEDGE – “Thinking Of You”
12. YVONNE ELLIMAN – “If I Can’t Have You”
13. KENNY LOGGINS – “This Is It”
14. MICHAEL McDONALD – “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)”
15. LIONEL RICHIE – “All Night Long (All Night)”