Mellow Gold #1

Mellow Gold #1 - a hand-picked series of mellow tunes to relax to ft. Elton John, George Harrison, James Taylor and The Beatles

Feat. Elton John, George Harrison, James Taylor, The Beatles etc.

And so, the playlist to kick my Gold Series off. I had actually started by compiling a playlist titled 'Starting Gold #1' (meant to be a round-up of some spectacular favorites) but I ended up jotting down titles for a separate playlist, which we find here. As Naval Ravikant has said - inspiration is perishable - so I decided to act on the inspiration right away.

In due course, the list below should have links to each artist as well - but as that is very much still a work in progress, please bear with me.

Track List

  1. Your Song - Elton John

    The first success out of the legendary partnership between lyricist Bernie Taupin and Elton John. Legend has it that the song was written in about 15 minutes or less. Its lyrics are lovely in their universality, which I think is why the song appeals to so many.
  2. All Things Must Pass - George Harrison

    Released in 1970, a few months after the breakup of the Beatles was confirmed, the album this song is on (also called All Things Must Pass) has become 'synonymous with suppressed brilliance', and this song is no different. In moments of anxiety, All Things Must Pass is a wonderful anecdote.
  3. Fire and Rain - James Taylor

    A deeply vulnerable and raw song - and one that helped to usher in the era of the singer-songwriter in the 1970s, proving to be a huge hit upon release, despite it bucking the trend at the time. There's an undeniably magnetic connection that's impossible to forget.
  4. Have You Ever Seen The Rain - Creedence Clearwater Revival

    Written by John Fogerty about his brother Tom leaving the band - John once said (paraphrasing): "We wanted to grow up and be [rock n' roll stars]. I guess we achieved half of that". The melody and lyrics are infectious as they are painfully hopeful, carrying with them a heart-aching nostalgia.
  5. The Long And Winding Road - Naked Version - The Beatles

    The first thing that comes to mind with The Long And Winding Road is that it's a timeless piece of music. It's a Paul McCartney composition (though credited, as always, to the Lennon/McCartney songwriting partnership), it's beautiful and overwhelming. I've chosen the Naked Version as I prefer it to the orchestral and choral overdubs of the original release. In any case, Paul McCartney was incensed by the 'over-production' of the original release by Phil Spector - a genius in his own right, but one known for his trademark 'wall of sound'.
  6. 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover - Paul Simon

    This whole song is arranged to a catchy marching drum riff; Simon wanted to keep the song simple and the result is an easy, confident song about the idea of freedom after marriage.
  7. Dreams - Fleetwood Mac

    If there's ever a rabbit hole to go down, it's the origin story of Fleetwood Mac's celebrated album, Rumours, which was written amongst a whole lot of strife within the band (a separation, a break-up, and a divorce). Dreams is Stevie Nick's attempt at being philosophical about her break up from guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, and its dreamy tone is unforgettable.
  8. Pink Moon - Nick Drake

    Perhaps the least well-known of the songs in this playlist - and certainly not celebrated until after Drake's passing in 1974, Pink Moon is an example of how the same piece of music can be hopeful and bleak at the same time. Nick Drake's songwriting is masterfully sparse and his guitar playing has a wonderfully clean sound.
  9. Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

    A hauntingly introspective piece of music with a memorable guitar riff, Wish You Were Here is permeated by founding member Syd Barrett's absence. Barrett's destructive LCD addiction had led to his exit from the band several years prior, but he cast a long shadow on Roger Waters' songwriting.
  10. Fast Car - Tracy Chapman

    In the tail end of 1988, this song was everywhere - partially propelled to superstardom by Chapman filling in for Stevie Wonder at Nelson Mandela's 70th birthday concert. It's a gritty, hopeful tale about a woman trying to make things work by escaping her life circumstances, and a story that many can find something within to relate to.

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