Doin' the Friday Shuffle
1. "No Place Like London" - Stephen Sondheim - Sweneey Todd Live in Concert 2000
From the Lincoln Center concert, featuring opera and musical theater performers. The concert's balance got unfortunately shifted too far to the musical theater side when Bryn Terfel had to pull out as Sweeney at the last minute.
2. "Hollywood (Medley): It Only Happens When I Dance with You" - Mandy Patinkin - Mandy Patinkin
A rollicking good time.
3. "When the Saints Go Marching in" - Louis Armstrong - The Essential Louis Armstrong
New Orleans' most famous son sings its most famous song.
4. "Poison Moon" - Elvis Costello - My Aim Is True
Slight acoustic thing.
5. "Talkin World War III Blues" - Bob Dylan - The Bootleg Series, Vol 6: Bob Dylan Live 1964 - Concert at Royal Philharmonic Hall
I have to admit that I've never really cared for this song.
6. "Gloomy Sunday" - Elvis Costello - Trust
See, but here Elvis shows that he can do a fine, gorgeous job with just an acoustic guitar and a standard.
7. "Love Is Blindness" - U2 - Achtung Baby
A somber, steeped-in-sadness song, and one that features one of my favorite Edge guitar solos, a short solo comprised of one stabbing note that he somehow manages to wring deep emotions from.
8. "Cheer Up! Smile! Nertz!" - Thomas Newman - Cinderella Man
A depression ditty (not really written by Thomas Newman; I just don't have the original artist info in my iPod).
9. "Peter, we've come to take you home." - Benjamin Britten - Peter Grimes
The end of the opera. Peter's last two supporters in the town tell him to take his boat to see and sink it before the townspeople arrive to lynch him. He does.
10. "Digging a Ditch" - Dave Matthews Band - Busted Stuff
Some nice acoustic guitar in this one.