Well-known South Island vintner and promising young actor Sam Neill, has a website twopaddocks.com on which he presents selections of music chosen by people with whom he has been on the turps. Here is John’s list of songs (original Two Paddocks post here), in no particular order
1. She’s Not There. The Zombies
1964. The year I sat School Cert. Beatles up and running. British music going well. Colin Blunstone in fine voice.
2. Why Don’t You Try Me. Ry Cooder
Ryland Peter Cooder is a Latin expression meaning ‘made of rhythm.’
3. Arthur McBride. Paul Brady
Great anti-recruiting song sung by Paul Brady, a key figure in the Irish music revival and in its fusion with other music.
4. We Can Work it Out. Teddy Thompson, Martha Wainwright
Nice version of the song. Good singing together. Maximum musical pedigree permissible in one youtube clip.
5. The Ship Song. Camille O'Sullivan
Great version of the song. If you like this, try Camille doing ‘Look Mummy, No Hands’.
6. Hey Joe. Tim O'Brien and Jerry Douglas (dobro)
What a cracker this is. Top flight musicians going for the doctor. Stand well back.
7. Nowhere Man. Natalie Merchant
Best version of the song I’ve heard. Natalie sings like Clive Lloyd used to hit sixes; slowly, majestically and with ridiculous ease.
Great writing and beautiful singing, as always. One of the songwriters of the age. ‘The Harrow and the Harvest’ is the album.
9. Don’t Leave Nobody But the Baby. Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, Alison Krauss.
Just three voices. What pleasure.
10. Killing the Blues. Alison Krauss, Robert Plant
Alison Krauss sings on this album? Thank you. No further questions Your Honour.