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Quarantunes: Turntable Tuesday

Isolate In Place Like a Bat out of Hell

Another one from my Columbia House one-penny deal in 8th grade, Meat Loaf's debut album Bat Out of Hell blasted out of nearly three years of record company rejection to become one of the best-selling albums of all time. Built on the musical genius of collaborator Jim Steinman, hot summer night standards here include "You Took The Words Right Out of My Mouth," "Paradise by the Dashboard Light," and my personal favorite "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad." And for tonight's movie choice, let's do the time warp again to The Rocky Horror Picture Show where they literally have Meat Loaf for dinner.

More Red Red Wine Please

UB40's "Red Red Wine" is a fitting anthem for our passing the quarantime with beverage therapy, and the rest of the ten covers on their Labour of Love album provide some great bouncy reggae to accompany your isolation. Another go-to for Hamilton College lawn parties, I don't recall being aware that the worldwide #1 hit "Red Red Wine" wasn't their own, but I actually don't feel too bad since it turns out they chose that song thinking it was a reggae original by Tony Tribe when it's actually a Neil Diamond song. Other bubbly fun ones here are "Guilty," "Cherry Oh Baby," "Keep On Moving," "Johnny Too Bad," and Jimmy Cliff's "Many Rivers To Cross"

Traffic Jam Like The Good Old Days

Before Steve Winwood moved on to a higher love with his solo career in the '80s, Traffic and their self-titled second album from 1968 brings back vivid memories of growing up on Savage Island with our battery-powered record player when Dad had this along with their John Barleycorn Must Die album. This one plays like a greatest hits compilation with quarantitles like "You Can All Join In," "Pearly Queen," "Don't Be Sad," "Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring," "Vagabond Virgin," "Crying To Be Heard," and "Feeling Alright?"

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