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Wed, 13 Oct 2004

Wolves at My Door / Annie Moscow
Wolves at My Door Part of the fun of the iTMS is the chance to play stream of consciousness games and see where they lead. In yesterday's selection I mentioned Natacha Atlas's cover of From Russia With Love, which is unavailable at the store. But a bunch of other versions are available, both traditional versions like Matt Monro's original and goofier versions by Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen and a Jamaican band called Roland Alphonso & Soul Vendors. The latter came from a disc of ska tracks, including a marvelous cover of Guns of Navarone by The Skatalites. But it was the Kenny Ball collection that had the real prize, a cover of an old Russian folk tune I remember from my childhood. They called it Midnight in Moscow, although I remember it as Moscow Nights.

That got me thinking. So I told the iTMS to search for Moscow. And among the results were several other versions of the song, under both names. And some classic movie recordings by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra. And a disc by a woman named Annie Moscow. Which I might have ignored, if one of the tracks hadn't been entitled Buy the Bitch a Cadillac. How could I resist that?

A couple of minutes later I had another album downloading to my iPod. Ms. Moscow has the gentle voice of a classic folk singer and lyrics that are rather more direct. A sweet delivery of a snarky message; just what I was looking for. Or would have been, if I'd been doing more than just poking around aimlessly.

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