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[Round 1] Decode a Decade Rec Comp

Another rec comp but this time it will be specifically based on decades/years and not necessarily genres.
1Marty Robbins
Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs

Round 1: 1950's

Pick any song released between January 1, 1950 and December 31, 1959 and I'll listen to it, rate it, and write about. I will eliminate the two lowest rated songs.

I'll take up to 18 participants.
2Fats Domino
This Is Fats Domino!


Blue Monday - An energetic and short song but about the struggle of the working week. I love how Fats pronounces some of his words with letters that aren’t supposed to be there. The repetitive horn and drum melody throughout the two minutes stays exciting and interesting for the two and a half minutes and everything just fits perfectly together.

3Nina Simone
The Amazing Nina Simone


My Baby Just Cares For Me - The upright bass and the piano compliment each other well and the backing drum beat holds everything together nicely. Nina’s singing style is simple and effective. It sounds like she means what she says and she doesn’t try to go above and beyond to prove it. Her singing at the end bumps this up a bit.

4Clifford Brown
Memorial Album

Papa Universe

Hymn Of The Orient - I’ve never been the biggest fan of jazz if I’m being honest. Maybe I just don’t understand it? I mean, it sounds great, but I typically can’t really get into it without singing on top. This song is very fun and upbeat which helps and it sounds organized and arranged well (another problem I often have with the genre) which is a big plus.

5Boris Vian
Chansons "Possibles" et "Impossibles"


La Complainte du Progres - Damn French sounds really cool sung, at least how this singer does it. The backing music isn’t super special but it’s definitely not the focus of the music. If I knew what he was saying I might enjoy this more but the vocal melody throughout is very nice to listen to and even though I don’t know what he’s saying it’s strangely comforting.

6Screamin' Jay Hawkins


Frenzy - Woah. I had no idea this is what Screamin’ Jay Hawkins sounded like. It’s interesting and entertaining but i don’t think I’d regularly put it on to listen to. I don’t know. It was nice and the length definitely helped it not get old but the lack of melody in his singing (at least on this track) isn’t very engaging.

7Thelonious Monk
Brilliant Corners


Brilliant Corners - Same thing with Clifford Brown but this is much longer. It sounds good but i would never listen to it on my own because it’s just not very memorable for me and there’s nothing for me to latch on to with it. The rating will seem harsh but really it was a nice listen.

3.2/5 *eliminated*
8The Drifters
Ben E. King & The Drifters


Drifting Away From You - Now THIS is what I think of when I think 50’s music. The singer soars over the chorus in the background and it creates a great atmosphere of voice that I just love. I approve of the drifting going on here.

9Ornette Coleman
Virgin Beauty


Lonely Woman - Now this is an interesting jazz track. I love how the two saxophones play dominantly in separate ears. It almost sounds like a competition but at the same time they’re working together. The quick percussion in the background sets a perfect stage for what’s happening. This is a jazz song I actually wish was much longer because I could listen to them go at it for much longer. I can definitely get down with this.

10Ray Charles
The Complete Atlantic Rhythm and Blues Recordings


Drown In My Tears - Ray Charles’ singing is beyond passionate. When his voice cracks and trembles it’s just amazing. While I can’t get into it much as a sad song, it’s still enjoyable and i like the background singers complimenting Ray’s voice. Not much to say about this one really.

11The Kingston Trio
Greatest Hits


Tom Dooley - That was interesting. Throughout listening to this it was both catchy and not catchy. I don’t know it’s strange. It’s a fairly plain song with a simple bassline and group of voices creating a chorus but it was enjoyable.

12Duane Eddy
Have 'Twangy' Guitar Will Travel


Stalkin’ - I always thought Duane Eddy was like old school country (maybe he is?) but i definitely wasn’t expecting this. I don’t have much to say other than it was enjoyable and did indeed sound like stalking lol.

13Chuck Berry
The Best of Chuck Berry


Roll Over Beethoven - I was hoping someone would submit a song from Chuck on here. The guitar playing is obviously impressive and really cool. The verses are standard 50s popular music but it’s done perfectly. His energetic voice and guitar playing go together really nicely.

14Frank Sinatra
My Way: The Best of Frank Sinatra


In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning - Yeah, this is pretty great. Frank had one of the greatest voices in music imo and this is just a testament to how he could carry such a simple song with his voice. I’m sure the lyrics would make this better if I could relate to them but even still this is a great song.

15Miles Davis
Miles Smiles


Ah-leu-Cha - My opinion on most jazz [3]. Sorry to break it to you folks, I just don’t understand the great appeal for it. Although that moment when the woodwinds come back in at the 5 minute mark is pretty sweet not gonna lie. Maybe if I played these instruments I would care more.

16Tom Dissevelt and Kid Baltan
The Fascinating World Of Electronic Music


Syncopation - What the… how did they… i didn’t know they could… ?????

17Robert Berry
Pilgrimage to a Point


Luck Be A Lady - This sounds like christmas music, music for a chase scene, and music for a musical. Pretty good classic pop. Kind of surprised how good the quality of the vocals are. They’re crystal clear.

18Erol Alkan


Autumn Leaves - To me this was just nice background music. There’s not much happening really but its pleasant in the back.

3.2/5 *eliminated*
Honey Bee


Big Tench-Inch Record - Standard rock and roll from the 50’s. Not the best, not the worst.

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