Mixtapes 2016 & Musical In Memoriam
Sound Opinions closes out 2016 with the year in song. Jim and Greg present a mixtape of tracks that helped define the past year. And they remember some of the many musicians who passed away in 2016.Subscribe via iTunesDownload This Episode
The deaths of important rock musicians has been a constant theme in 2016. This is partially a factor of demographics, as the first and second generation of rockers are reaching old age. But the monumental losses of artists like David Bowie, Prince, and Leonard Cohen felt staggering. Even with all the coverage they've given this year, Jim and Greg felt there were still more musical losses that deserved attention.
Trumpet player Wayne Jackson died in June at the age of 74. As part of the house band of Stax Records and as a member of The Mar-Keys and The Memphis Horns, he helped define the sound of Memphis soul. Jackson played on an astounding number of iconic songs by artists like Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, U2, and Peter Gabriel.
In 2016, we lost both Keith Emerson and Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, one of the cornerstone bands of progressive rock. Before forming that supergroup, Lake was lead vocalist and bassist on the first and possibly greatest of prog albums, In the Court of the Crimson King by King Crimson. Emerson started off as the flamboyant organist of The Nice and later turned the Moog synthesizer into an essential rock instrument.
Songwriter and producer Prince Buster was at the ground floor of ska, rocksteady, and reggae. He produced "Oh Carolina" by The Folkes Brothers in 1960, sometimes credited as the first reggae song. He then gave us countless other classic Jamaican hits like "Madness," "One Step Beyond," and "Judge Dread." Prince Buster died this year at 78 after leaving a permanent imprint on reggae.
Richard Lyons, a founding member of the experimental plunderphonics collective Negativland, died at 57. This follows the deaths of two other members of the band, Ian Allen and Don Joyce, in 2015. Negativland was a groundbreaking band in the use of sound collage, cutting up strange audio and reassembling it in fascinating ways. The group is most notorious for its 1991 U2 EP, featuring a vulgar tape of Casey Kasem ranting about the Irish band while a rendition "I Still Haven‘t Found What I’m Looking For" plays underneath.
2016 in Song
As is tradition, Sound Opinions closes out the year with a mixtape that sums up the year. Generally, Jim and Gregeach dub a tape with their favorite tracks of the year. This time, Jim saw Greg's mix early and felt he couldnt compete. So this year's show is all Greg and the mixtape he titled: "How Many Times". Greg says these are the songs that "speak to the moment we live in", songs that touch on the Black Lives Matter movement and the desire to break away from societal ills which seem to repeat over and over.
- Otis Redding, Try a Little Tenderness, Complete & Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul, Volt, 1966
- Wilson Pickett, In the Midnight Hour, In the Midnight Hour, Atlantic, 1965
- Dusty Springfield, Son of a Preacher Man, Dusty in Memphis, Atlantic, 1968
- Aretha Franklin, Respect, I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You, Atlantic, 1967
- Sam & Dave, Soul Man, Soul Men, Stax, 1967
- U2, Angel of Harlem, Rattle and Hum, Island, 1988
- Peter Gabriel, Sledgehammer, So, Charisma, 1968
- The Mar-Keys, Last Night, Last Night!, Atlantic, 1961
- Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Promenade, Pictures at an Exhibition, Island, 1971
- King Crimson, The Court of the Crimson King, In the Court of the Crimson King, Island, 1969
- Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Lucky Man, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Island, 1970
- The Folkes Brothers, Oh Carolina, Oh Carolina (Single), Buster Wild Bells, 1960
- Prince Buster, Judge Dread (Judge Four Hundred Years), Judge Dread (Judge Four Hundred Years) (Single), Blue Beat, 1967
- Negativland, I Still Haven‘t Found What I’m Looking For (Special Edit Radio Mix), U2, SST, 1991
- Lightnin' Hopkins, Happy Blues for John Glenn, Walkin' This Road By Myself, Prestige Bluesville, 1962
- Eryn Allen Kane, How Many Times, Aviary: Act II, 1552 Music, 2016
- Mavis Staples, History, Now, Livin' On A High Note, Anti-, 2016
- Michael Kiwanuka, Black Man In A White World, Love & Hate, Polydor, 2016
- Sir The Baptist, Raise Hell, Raise Hell (feat. ChurchPeople), Tympa Chapel, 2016
- Radiohead, Burn The Witch, Moon Shaped Pool, XL Recordings, 2016
- Helen Money, Become Zero, Become Zero, Thrill Jockey, 2016
- Wild Belle, I'm Giving Up On You, Dreamland, Columbia, 2016
- Warpaint, New Song, Heads Up, Rough Trade, 2016
- Brian Eno, Fickle Sun (iii) I'm Set Free, The Ship, Warp, 2016
- Brenda Lee, Ring-A-My Phone, Ring-A-My Phone, Decca, 1958
- Metallica, Moth Into Flame, Hardwired…To Self-Distruct, Blackened, 2016
- The Royal Guardsmen, Snoopy's Christmas, Snoopy And His Friends The Royal Guardsmen, Laurie, 1967
- Long John SIlver and the Silver Elves, Harvey The Hippo, Harvey The Hippo, Star Brite, 1959
- The Mekons, Last Dance (Live on Sound Opinions), Fear and Whiskey, Sin, 1985