One Track Mind

One Track Mind: Cat Stevens, “Dying to Live” from Tell ‘Em I’m Gone (2014)

One Track Mind: Cat Stevens, “Dying to Live” from Tell ‘Em I’m Gone (2014)

Both the singer and the song are revitalized here.

One Track Mind: Robert Wyatt, “Shipbuilding” from Different Every Time (2014)

One Track Mind: Robert Wyatt, “Shipbuilding” from Different Every Time (2014)

A moment of artistry that’s so complete it became definitive.

One Track Mind: George Harrison, “Dark Horse (early take)” from The Apple Years (2014)

One Track Mind: George Harrison, “Dark Horse (early take)” from The Apple Years (2014)

The sad truth is that this song was always much better than its execution.

One Track Mind: David Lee Roth, “Tobacco Road” from Eat ‘Em and Smile (1986)

One Track Mind: David Lee Roth, “Tobacco Road” from Eat ‘Em and Smile (1986)

It’s corny and completely over the top, but that’s what I want from Dave.

One Track Mind: Dennis DeYoung, “Lorelei” from Music of Styx: Live in Los Angeles (2014)

One Track Mind: Dennis DeYoung, “Lorelei” from Music of Styx: Live in Los Angeles (2014)

Unbent by the years, DeYoung reclaims one of his best early Styx songs.

One Track Mind: Jon Kanis, “Make A Wish” from Fundamentalism Is The Only Way (2014)

One Track Mind: Jon Kanis, “Make A Wish” from Fundamentalism Is The Only Way (2014)

Frugally arranged, yet intense, “Make A Wish” is a real keeper.

One Track Mind: Deep Purple, “Space Truckin'” from Live in Verona (2014)

One Track Mind: Deep Purple, “Space Truckin'” from Live in Verona (2014)

Times change, members change, but Deep Purple remains.

One Track Mind: Lucinda Williams, “Magnolia” from Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone (2014)

One Track Mind: Lucinda Williams, “Magnolia” from Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone (2014)

A perfectly calibrated tribute, one full of broken Stonesy grandeur.

One Track Mind: Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, “Our Story” (2014)

One Track Mind: Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, “Our Story” (2014)

Heartfelt and elegant, this is a new swamp-pop standard in the making.

One Track Mind: Paul McCartney, “Hope” from Destiny (2014)

One Track Mind: Paul McCartney, “Hope” from Destiny (2014)

Another shamelessly corny moment – but this time oddly placed.