Secret Love

Secret Love for Valentine's Day & Opinions on Bob Dylan.

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Secret Love Songs for Valentine's Day

secret As Aimee Mann once sung, "Hush Hush, keep it down now…voices carry!" But despite that plea and desire for secrecy, musicians have been coming clean about their loving feelings since the beginning of the rock era. So to celebrate Valentine's Day this year, Jim and Greg reveal their favorite "Secret Love Songs." These could be admissions of an illicit romance, expressions of forbidden emotions or professions of a secret crush. Enjoy (but keep it on the down-low).

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Bob Dylan Shadows in the Night

One of Bob Dylan's strengths is his ability to reinvent himself, especially in the '90s when he became his own producer under the pseudonym Jack Frost. Now in his seventies, he consistently takes his touring band into the studio every few years, giving his career a new surge of energy. So it's with that goal that he gives us Shadows in the Night, which is built around songs recorded by Frank Sinatra. Jim recognizes that while Dylan and Sinatra are two of the most important voices in the last half-century, they don't go well together. Dylan is great when he sings songs that suit him (folk, country) but it just doesn't work here; he gives it a Trash It. Greg believes that the production of this album and the choices Dylan made saved the record. He said if you care for Bob Dylan at all you should take a listen, giving it a Try It.


Featured Songs

  1. Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Doggy Dogg, Nuthin‘ but a ’G' Thang, Nuthin‘ but a ’G' Thang (Single), Death Row, 1992
  2. Journey, Don‘t Stop Believin’, Escape, Columbia, 1981
  3. Kanye West feat. Jay-Z, Diamonds from Sierra Leone (Remix), Late Registration, Roc-A-Fella Records, 2005
  4. Atlantic Starr, Secret Lovers, As the Band Turns, A&M, 1985
  5. Red Kross, I Don't Know How to Be Your Friend, Third Eye, Atlantic, 1990
  6. The Beatles, Happiness is a Warm Gun, The White Album, Apple, 1968
  7. Joy Division, Love Will Tear Us Apart, Love Will Tear Us Apart (Single), Factory, 1980
  8. Millie Jackson, If Loving You is Wrong (I Don't Wanna Be Right), Caught Up, Spring, 1974
  9. Johnnie Taylor, Who's Making Love, Who's Making Love (Single), Stax, 1968
  10. 'Til Tuesday, Voices Carry, Voices Carry, Epic, 1985
  11. Deep Purple, Hush, Shades of Deep Purple, Tetragrammaton, 1968
  12. Pulp, Babies, His ‘n’ Hers, Island, 1994
  13. The Pharcyde, Passin' Me By, Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde, Delicious Vinyl Records, 1992
  14. Olivia Newton-John, I Honestly Love You '98, I Honestly Love You (Single), MCA, 1998
  15. Portishead, Glory Box, Dummy, Go! Beat, 1994
  16. Styx, Mr. Roboto, Mr. Roboto (Single), A&M, 1983
  17. Sophie B. Hawkins, Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover, Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover (Single), Columbia, 1992
  18. Billy Paul, Me and Mrs. Jones, 360 Degrees of Billy Paul, Philadelphia International Records, 1972
  19. Bob Dylan, I'm a Fool to Want You, Shadows in the Night, Columbia, 2015
  20. Bob Dylan, Why Try to Change Me Now, Shadows in the Night, Columbia, 2015
  21. Squeeze, 853-5937, Babylon and On, A&M, 1987
  22. The Replacements, I'll Be You, Don't Tell a Soul, Sire/Reprise, 1989
  23. Tom Petty, Into the Great Wide Open, Into the Great Wide Open, MCA, 1991
  24. Grateful Dead, Ripple, American Beauty, Warner Bros., 1970
  25. Lupe Fiasco feat. Troi and Terrace Martin, Body of Work, Tetsuo & Youth, Atlantic Records, 2015

Footnotes Frank Sinatra's favorite meatballs Suge Knight charged with murder SoundExchange royalties up Jay Z bids for Aspiro Spotify cancels Russian launch Greg's Dylan review Dylan does Sinatra