Tatsuro Yamashita & Sparkle

From the album For You (1982).

Tatsuro Yamashita (electric guitar, electric piano, percussion, backing vocals, writing & arranging), Minako Yoshida (lyrics, backing vocals), Shunzo Sunahara (baritone saxophone), Kohki Itoh (bass), Jun Aoyama (drums), Hiroyuki Namba (piano, synthesizer), Takeru Muraoka (tenor saxophone), Shigeharu Mukai and Tadanori Konakawa (trombone), Masahiro Kobayashi, Susumu Kazuhara (trumpet).

Herbie Hancock & Space Captain

Recording session of “Space Captain” (written by Matthew Moore, popularized by Joe Cocker in 1970), with Herbie Hancock and other greats.

Herbie Hancock (piano), Susan Tedeschi (lead/backup vocals), Derek Trucks (slide guitar), Oteil Burbridge (bass, backup vocals), Kofi Burbridge (organ, backup vocals), Mike Mattison (backup vocals), Vinnie Colaiuta (drums). Epic “trading fours” back and forth between piano and slide from 3:34.

Oh Happy Day & Sunday Music & Sister Act 2

“Oh Happy Day” from Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993), with Whoopi Goldberg, and Ryan Toby doing the solo.

UPDATE: Thanks for the likes for this particular post, which triggered an automatic announcement informing me that I have received 1,000 likes on this blog. At 506 posts, that’s almost exactly . . . let’s see here . . . two likes per post!

By gosh, that’s gotta mean something.

I’m just not sure exactly what.

Sunday Music & Aretha Franklin & God Will Take Care of You

From Aretha Franklin, Gospel Greats (1972, re-released 1999 and 2003), with the Southern California Community Choir, directed by Rev. James Cleveland.

Whilst our Sunday offering as always urges this humble blog’s honored readers toward . . . higher matters, I regret that I am compelled, by a damnable oath sealed with drops of my own blood, to link to Nightsky’s (shudder) second Rocktober Countdown!!!!!!!!!!!!! post.

O, do not go there, good friends, I beg you. Or if you do, AVERT YOUR EYES!!!!

Sunday Offering & Mariah Carey & O Holy Night

Recorded in LA (2000) I think.

This is the best rendition of O Holy Night that I know. The studio version on Mariah’s classic Christmas album (1994) is also great, but this one has some additional touches (i.e. the organ, and a bigger role for the choir) and is even better. Also, great live Gospel energy.