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Any Major Rain

Last week we had really bad weather. Rain, rain and more rain. Which is a blessing, of course, if you are living in regions of drought, but a curse when you have no secure home or live in a territory that floods in times of heavy rains.

So I put together a mix of songs about rain — real the actual meteorological phenomenon, and about wet weather as a metaphor. Some of the tracks are obvious. It was while humming Rainy Night In Georgia in the shower — artificial rain! — that I decided to compile this collection. A few obvious ones are missing: no raindrops keeping falling on heads, no always raining on me, no Beatles backward sound-noodling… Maybe in Volume 2, should here be one.

I think the result is a great way of spending a rainy day — or a hot day when one could do with a downpour. Funny enough, as I’m writing this, the sun is shining!

As ever, this mix is timed to fit on a standard CD-R and includes home-dried covers. PW in comments.

1. Love Unlimited – Walking In The Rain (1972)
2. Lea Roberts – Laughter In The Rain (1975)
3. Randy Crawford – Tender Falls The Rain (1980)
4. Ray Charles – Rainy Night In Georgia (1972)
5. The Pogues – A Rainy Night In Soho (1986)
6. The Jesus And Mary Chain – Happy When It Rains (1987)
7. Jimi Hendrix Experience – One Rainy Wish (1967)
8. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Have You Ever Seen The Rain (1970)
9. Flying Burrito Brothers – Wind and Rain (1975)
10. Lovin’ Spoonful – Rain On The Roof (1966)
11. Joni Mitchell – Rainy Night House (1970)
12. Keith Whitley – I’m No Stranger To The Rain (1989)
13. Chris Isaak – Waiting For The Rain To Fall (1987)
14. Justin Townes Earle – Memphis In The Rain (2012)
15. Richard Hawley – Early Morning Rain (2009)
16. The Everly Brothers – Crying In The Rain (1961)
17. Johnnie Ray – Just Walking In The Rain (1956)
18. Irma Thomas – It’s Raining (1962)
19. Bobby Womack – It’s Gonna Rain (1969)
20. Marvin Gaye – I Wish It Would Rain (1970)
21. Margie Joseph – How Beautiful The Rain (1971)
22. Carrie Smith – Some Rainy Day (1983)
23. Donald Fagen – Walk Between Raindrops (1982)
24. Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Rain, Rain, Beautiful Rain (1987)


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  1. amdwhah
    July 29th, 2021 at 10:56 | #1

    PW = amdwhah

  2. Toxteth
    July 29th, 2021 at 21:38 | #2

    The Cult, Rain (and yes Rain the Beatles, like you said)

  3. robert chase
    July 30th, 2021 at 15:12 | #3

    nice. thank you.

  4. Tom
    August 27th, 2021 at 08:57 | #4

    you can’t imagine how much fun your compilations deliver here in a humid and grey Germany ;-)

    We still hope for the ultimate rain song to sing along:

    Can you hear me?
    That when it rains and shines
    (When it rains and shines)
    It’s just a state of mind
    (When it rains and shines)
    Can you hear me?
    Can you hear me?

    Sdeah reiht edih dna nur yeht
    Semoc niar eht fi
    Senihs nus

  5. rat-a-tat-tat
    November 8th, 2021 at 20:15 | #5

    Excellent. Thanks for your hard work. My daughter and I have burned it and printed your art work for a fine cover. Could not fit the final three songs on a 80m CD, but I’ll save those for your Vol 2 hopefully some day.

  6. rat-a-tat-tat
    November 8th, 2021 at 20:20 | #6

    My error, it fit! (queue Michael Scott saying “that’s what she said”

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