Thursday, October 11, 2007

Bob Dylan - Theme Time Radio Hour #4 & 10

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Bob Dylan, Theme Time Radio Hour #4 (Baseball) (YSI link) (Sendspace link)

Bob Dylan, Theme Time Radio Hour #10 (Summer) (YSI link) (Sendspace link)

Okay, I'm working on some new Dylan posts, non-Theme Time Radio Hour stuff. But, no reason to stop chronicling the first season of the XM Radio show. I've clearly abandoned doing this in numerical order, now I'm relying on my natural wit in combining shows.

Episode 4 is a bittersweet one, as we are less than a week out from the elimination of the Philadelphia Phillies from the NL Playoffs. It was an amazing season for the team, appearing down and out in early September, then putting together one of the greatest comebacks in league history. It was kinda sad that they went so quickly in the first round of the playoffs, kinda took a little off of such an amazing season. But, it was a great run and hopefully a sign of a great season ahead. Sadly, I can't say that this is one of the better episode of Theme Time Radio Hour. There's a lot of cool novelty items, great pop tunes from the 50s featuring Willie Mays and about Don Newcombe, but nothing that really made me sit and take notice. There is a hilarious taped interview with Charlie Sheen that needs to be heard for the sheer ridiculousness of this guy talking down to people who don't love to watch baseball ("the game within a game").

Episode 10, Summer, is one of the best on the musical selection front. Lots of classic tunes, all-time favorites like Eddie Cochran's "Summertime" and Martha and the Vandellas' "Heat Wave" (quite a one-two punch early in the show), favorite artists like Van Morrison and favorites that I had never know the artist or name like Mungo Jerry's "In The Summertime," plus new ones like Bobby Hebb's "Sunny." There's also a great mix of music, from samba and rocksteady to the more typical folk and early rock stuff, which I've come to feel is a necessary ingredient to best episodes. This one's highly recommened. Hope everyone is enjoying, more Dylan to come.

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