Jacques All Time Top Ten compositions
1- Johann Sebastian Bach
"Goldberg-Variationen : Variatio 19"
The 19th Goldberg variation. The most beautiful '54 of music ever. All human condition in less than a minute. Beat that.
2- The Rolling Stones "19th
Forever young. No one will never be younger than these cockney bad boys, no one will never hit the strings with such cheerful angst. THIS is rock'n'roll. Period.
3- Elton John "Tower of Babel"
How strange: his best record is the more obscure. Tough to choose one song from this incredible gold mine, but It is hard to compete with "tower" musical perfection and electric guitar counterpoints by Davey Johnstone himself.
4- Chris Whitley "Narcotic
See my "din" page , please.
5- The Beach Boys " Farmer's daughter"
I have always been a Beach Boys fan, but this song imposes itself slowly to my mind. Its sheer simplicity hides so much emotions it's magic. The best version is a joke piece of tape you can found in "best" albums, where they start ,laughing, the intro singing harmony so easy, so natural you may think you've got the voice of a frog.
6- Paul Simon "Rene
and Georgette Magritte with their dog after the war"
Hard to choose ONE Simon's song. But this one definitely bring tears to my eyes every time I hear it. So perfect, such beautiful lyrics. No competition.
7- Deep Purple "Rat
Are you talking to me? Are you talking to me guitar riffs ? See why all metal bands are funny.
8- Todd Rundgren "Compassion"
Really a healing song. When soothing music can make you better. Includes bonus Todd's chords.
9- Stevie Wonder "Cause
we ended as lovers"
The Jeff Beck version of course. Anyway, I have never heard a Stevie Wonder's version of this splendid spleen rainy-afternoon song. Does it exist?
10- Leonard Cohen "Hallelujah"
"I've heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord"