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Any Major Decade: Favourites Vol. 2

March 30th, 2017 Leave a comment Go to comments


Thank you, all you lovely people, for your kind comments on the first Any Major Decade mix, which marked this site”s 10th birthday. It was so good to read how this site has made a difference to a number of people”” some in ways that are incidental, a few more profoundly.


One bit of feedback that I treasure precedes that post by quite a while. Regular commenter Johnny Diego reported back to me that he had made CDs the mixes of the Germany”s Hitparade 1930-37 and Germany”s Hitparade 1938-45 to surprise his aged German mother, who came to the US in 1949, with these compilations of songs from her young days. She received these waves of nostalgia with tears “” of joy and, I”m sure, also of memories. Johnny”s feedback, and his words of appreciation, touched me deeply as well.

I must say, I think the posts that came with those mixes “” the extensive linernotes, so to speak “” are among the best I have produced.

I was pleased to learn from the more recent comments that there are people who appreciate the CD-R length of the mixes and that some actually print out the covers. I play these mixes off my smartphone, so I have no use for the covers. I make them for the fun of it, in the hope that one or the other reader has use for them. So knowing that they are being used is great.

I will post more of these Any Major Decade mixes over the next few months. The songs included in the first two come from what I have selected as my Top 40 Any Major Mixes; thereafter I”ll compile them more randomly, as the mood grabs me.

Thank you all for sticking around. And please keep the comments coming.

This mix is, as always, timed to fit on a standard CD-R. I”ve not made covers for it. PW in comments.

1. The Chi-Lites – Give More Power To The People (1970)
Any Major Protest Soul Vol. 1
2. Honey Cone – Stick-Up (1971)
Any Major Soul 1970/71
3. Young Rascals – Groovin’ (1967)
Any Major Summer Vol. 1
4. The Byrds – All I Really Want To Do (1065)
Any Major Dylan Covers Vol. 2
5. Peggy Lipton – Red Clay Country Line (1969)
Any Major Jimmy Webb Collection Vol. 2
6. Richie Havens – Handsome Johnny (1967)
Songs About Vietnam Vol. 1
7. Big Star – Watch The Sunrise (1972)
Any Major Morning Vol. 2
8. Steve Earle – N.Y.C. (1997)
Any Major Road Vol. 2
9. Counting Crows – Richard Manuel Is Dead (live, 2006)
Any Major American Road Trip – Stage 4 (California)
10. Aloe Blacc – I Need A Dollar (2010)
Any Major TV Themes Vol. 2
11. Marlena Shaw – So Far Away (1972)
Covered With Tapestry
12. Carolyn Franklin – Soul Man (1976)
Saved Vol. 2
13. Kenny Loggins – Heart To Heart (1982)
Not Feeling Guilty Vol. 3
14. Little River Band – Home On Monday (1977)
Any Major Telephone Vol. 1
15. Kris Kristofferson – Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again) (1971)
Any Major Flute Vol. 3
16. Deb Talan – Cherry Trees (2001)
Any Major Love Vol. 1
17. Ben Folds – Gracie (2004)
Any Major Fathers Vol. 1
18. Bobby Darin – Sunday In New York (1964)
NYC – Any Major Mix Vol. 1
19. Mel Torm̩ РAll Of You (1956)
Any Major Cole Porter
20. Edith Piaf – Notre-Dame de Paris (1952)
Any Major Paris in Black & White

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  1. halfhearteddude
    March 30th, 2017 at 07:41 | #1

    PW – amdwhah

  2. JOI
    March 30th, 2017 at 09:44 | #2

    Morning dude, thanks for this … but the download link is leading to the youtube video for Clem Curtis ‘Point of no return’ …

  3. March 30th, 2017 at 15:05 | #3

    I missed your earlier 10th anniversary post, so best wishes to you, sir. Your broad, deep, and scholarly passion is the envy of many of us who also write about music, and you’ve enriched all of our collections with your generosity. Thank you for everything.

    March 30th, 2017 at 15:17 | #4

    just to say thank you for the care taste and diligence you put into this blog – and all the fun and happiness it bring to so many of us, mate – more strength to your CD making muscles! :L)

  5. halfhearteddude
    March 30th, 2017 at 15:25 | #5

    Thanks for the heads-up. The link is fixed now.

  6. March 31st, 2017 at 02:22 | #6

    Happy Anniversary! Long may you wave!

  7. JohhnyDiego
    April 4th, 2017 at 17:14 | #7

    Sadly to say my mother now has dementia and my sister and I had to admit her to and ambulatory home for those with dementia and Alzheimer’s. She is pushing 94 years of age and made it deep into her ninety third year living alone in her home of 66 years.
    Her mind has gone enough that she now peppers her speech with German, something she has never before done. She has her moods but I must say, Dude, that when I play her those CDs that I made from your German Hit Parade my mother never ceases to brighten up and toothlessly smile. She then recalls Elfrieda, Maria, and Renada, her childhood and teenage friends and how they would all listen to the radio. She recognizes most of those tunes.
    You brought a little happiness into my aging mother’s life and I am greatful for that. And you made the final years of her life with all its complications a little more joyous. For all of this we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

  8. halfhearteddude
    April 5th, 2017 at 13:28 | #8

    Sorry to hear of your mother’s illness. But how wonderful that those old songs can bring her happiness and evoke warm memories.

  9. el bandito
    April 6th, 2017 at 18:47 | #9

    Dude: Thank you for all of your great posts, covers and mixes. I love reading how you think these mixes out, background and overall care with which you use to give us some much great music. It’s like having another friend who throws together mixtapes (like we did in the 80’s!) and gives you one here and there. I love your site and I just wanted to let you know I appreciate all you do.

    After reading your comments about not getting feedback I just wanted to let you know I’m one of those who has taken and not given thanks or feedback. I’ll do that more often because your point is well taken.

    Thanks for 10 wonderful years – please keep up the great work!

  10. JohhnyDiego
    April 19th, 2017 at 12:21 | #10

    Just want to mention, Dude, Mom died on Friday April 14. She was 2 months short of her 94th birthday and died, apparently, in her sleep. She told me that she thinks in English but sings in German. When my sister and I were kids instead of calling us home for dinner, she yodeled.
    I can’t thank you enough for the German Hit Parade. I only wish we had had them several years earlier, she loved them so.
    Again, I thank you. And my mother thanks you as well.

  11. halfhearteddude
    April 20th, 2017 at 07:19 | #11

    My condolences, JD. She must have had a quite remarkable life. I like that: thinking in English, singing in German.

  12. Horace
    May 3rd, 2017 at 15:08 | #12

    Infinitely grateful for your contribution, always valuable. Thank you….

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