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A NOTE: Yer Furry Servant puts together all sorts of Faves, but only one
"Christmas In December." And the last parcel was it. Period. No more. Really.
Think of it as the musical equivalent of... oh, I don't know... fruitcake?
Okay. End of note. And with that... here comes...


FURRBALL'S FAVOURITES '07 v1
This disc is a hodgepodge of tracks that I never got around to installing 
last year for one reason or another, but are here now. 
Ready? Here goes:

 1 PILOT OF THE AIRWAVES/Charlie Dore (Island)
Ah, they just don't make a capella intros and outros like this anymore. Lionel
adopted this as his theme song back in the Acme Loo days and has yet to relinquish it.
Not quite coincidentally, Ms. Dore is also the co-author of the following:
 2 JAM SIDE DOWN/Status Quo (Universal/Hip-O)
From their 2003 US comeback album, here's Quo! (CD: Heavy Traffic)
 3 RIPPLES.../Genesis (The Famous Charisma Label/Atlantic)
Steve Hackett, Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks, and some Collins named Phil. This is
the ultra-rare 1974 single version (shorter than the one on "Trick Of The Tail").
(Word of warning: the volume is tricky on this one!)
 4 THE COMEDY #1: THE UNCLE FREDDIE SHOW/Bob Newhart (Warner Bros.)
There can't be just one defining Bob Newhart track; however, one's all I got
room for, so this is it. Yer furry servant grew up in the era of local kiddie shows
like Bob describes here. Trust me... he got it right. (CD: "Something like this..."/
the Bob Newhart anthology (Warner Archives/Rhino))
 5 LIME STREET BLUES/Procol Harum (Deram)
Almost everybody's heard "A Whiter Shade Of Pale". Well, here's the flip side of
the disc that introduced Gary Brooker, Keith Reid, Matthew Fisher, Robin Trower,
B.J. Wilson and David Knights to the world back in '67, a throwback to their
earlier R&B incarnation as The Paramounts. (CD: Procol Harum (Repertoire))
 6 MORNING DEW/The Jeff Beck Group (featuring Rod Stewart and Ron Wood)
(EMI Columbia/Epic) (CD: Beck-Ola (Epic Legacy))
Okay, follow me on this one: After leaving the Yardbirds, Jeff Beck (who'd replaced
Eric Clapton, and would himself be replaced by Jimmy Page) formed the above named
combo (heard here taking a whack at the above named Tim Rose classic). Meanwhile, 
at about the same time, Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane, Ian McLagan and Kenny Jones 
(better known as The Small Faces, who were more Mod than The Who could ever hope to 
be!) left UK Decca to sign with Giorgio Gomelsky's Immediate label and - lo and behold! -
finally scored a Top 20 US hit [whether they wanted it or not!!]:
 7 ITCHYCOO PARK/The Small Faces (Immediate) (CD: The Best of The Small Faces
(EMI Australia)) Okay. Fast forward a few years. Marriott left to form Humble Pie with 
Peter Frampton, and the remaining trio recruited... you got it... Stewart and Wood, 
and the Faces were no longer small... 
 8 OOH LA LA/Faces (Warner Bros.)
This track is the title cut from what would turn out to be the Faces' fourth WB album,
and a song that Rod himself would re-record years later at the tail end of his
Warner period (before he went off to be the next Tony Bennett). Boy, it's hard
trying to keep track of all this! (CD: Ooh La La (Warner Archives))
 9 THE COMEDY #2: DO YOU EXPECT US TO BELIEVE THAT?/Bob and Ray (RadioArt)
Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding had the kind of career that most comedians envy: long-
lasting. We're talking 44 YEARS, here (1946-1990)! (That's longer than most marriages
these days!) When once asked why they lasted so long, they replied, "We make each
other laugh." Here they are, putting Bob Ripley through the wringer and hanging him out 
to dry. As always with B&R, it's through the gentle cycle. Apologies to any sissies
listening in... (CD: Classic Bob & Ray - Selections From A Career 1946-1976 Volume 2)
10-30 FINGERTIPS/They Might Be Giants [unofficial Furrball re-edit](Elektra)
"Hey, I've already heard this track! What's the dang deal?" I hear you ask. Here 'tis, 
I answer: When Elektra pressed the "Apollo 18" album back in '92, Fingertips was divvied 
into 21 seperate tracks, to make it fun for those whose CD players have shuffle mode. 
One problem: The editing wasn't too good. Since Elektra dropped the ball, I figured it 
was my duty... no, my obligation (jeez, how pompous can ya get?)... as a TMBG fan to 
correct their mistake. This is the result. Shuffle mode ready? Enjoy!
31 (OH!) PRETTY WOMAN/Roy Orbison And The Candymen (Monument)
Another Fabulous Furrball Forgotten Fact™! 1964 was a pivotal year, not only for "The 
Big 'O'", but also for yer furry servant. (Roy, we'll get back to in a minute. Trust me.)
But imagine the scene for a moment, if you will: there you (or rather, I) are (am), on 
the boring bus ride to school, when out of someone's transistor radio, one after 
the other, in this order, comes "(Oh!) Pretty Woman", "The House Of The Rising Sun" 
(Animals), "It Hurts To Be In Love" (Gene Pitney), and "Do-Wah Diddy" (Manfred Mann). 
It was an ear opener, and yours truly was never the same from that point on. [You get 
very few musical 'rush moments' like that at age 10.] But back to Roy. This was his 
farewell single for Monument before jumping ship to MGM, and the last record with his 
backing band, The Candymen. If you're gonna jump ship, do it with a #1, right? Well,
not exactly. The MGM years turned out to be one of the worst career moves in history,
and Roy had to wait until the 1980s to be rediscovered (his Grammy-winning duet with
Emmylou Harris ["That Lovin' You Feeling"], his remake of "Crying" with k.d. lang,
and just before he left us, the double whammy of "You Got It" and the Traveling
Wilburys Vol. 1). But "Pretty Woman" was the kind of hit you only get once, and he got
it. (More about The Candymen in a bit. Trust me.) (CD: The All-Time Greatest Hits Of 
Roy Orbison (Monument))
Now, since this is called "Furrball's Favourites" and not "Polka Time with Jimmy Sturr"...
32 THE HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN/The Animals (MGM)
(CD: The Best Of The Animals (Abkco))
33 IT HURTS TO BE IN LOVE/Gene Pitney (Musicor)
(CD: Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart: The Anthology (Castle Music))
34 DO WAH DIDDY/Manfred Mann (Ascot)
(CD: Mega Beat Box (Disky))
See what I mean about musical rush moments? Okay, back to the Candymen (and if
you're keeping track, John Rainey Adkins, Rodney Justo, Bob Nix, Dean "Ox" Daughtry
and Bill Gilmore). They went back to Atlanta and perfected their stage show to the 
point where they could do live versions of the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations" and the 
entire Sgt. Pepper album (a WEEK after it was released, yet!); but this is the song 
I always remember them by (recorded earlier by the likes of The James Gang and Tony 
Joe White), even though it was never a big hit (not to mention one I've spent 
39 years tracking down!):
35 GEORGIA PINES/The Candymen (ABC) (LP: The Candymen)
So what happened next? They got saddled with the gawd-awful slogan "Candypower" and 
were never able to shake it. (I hate gawd-awful slogans.) Two albums later, the Candymen 
were a footnote in rock history; or would've been, if they hadn't splintered into two 
separate bands in the 70s. One, Beaverteeth, you may never have heard of, but there's 
no way you could have turned on a radio in the 70s and not heard the other one:
36 I'M NOT GONNA LET IT BOTHER ME TONIGHT/Atlanta Rhythm Section (Polydor)
(CD: The Best Of Atlanta Rhythm Section)
Now since I'm in the mood for perpetual optimism around here...
37 YOU AND ME/The Moody Blues (Threshold)
One of the better non-single tracks from an LP which yielded the singles "Isn't Life 
Strange?" and "I'm J