My office & holiday playlist:

I got a call a day back asking me, among many other things, for an idea of what I might like to listen to. Something that could withstand repeated plays. My first response was to look at one of my play lists when I was an exhibitor at the 2008 Heathrow High Fidelity Show. On my feet for 8 hours and in the main, talking to thoroughly decent people without any money to spend. "Hey - I'm just a DJ" I thought at the time. Anyway ...

The track listing below proved very popular Some visitors sat through at least 6 consecutive tracks. It’s a reasonable cross section of well-recorded (but very much not audiophile-quality) material and yes, I do from time to time still play this set. Despite at least 50 plays, to me it still stands up well.

First things first; #1 only means the first of a few. It doesn’t mean it’s my favourite.

Mr. Tambourine Man / Byrds (Rare uncompressed version)
Sarabande / Ivo Janssen
Tom’s Diner / Suzanne Vega (Bootleg live “Little Big woman”)
Serenade For Winds, K. 361; 3rd Movement/ Mozart / Sir Neville Marriner & The Academy of St Martins In The Fields,
Whatever You Want / Status Quo
The Desert Is A Circle / Six Organs Of Admittance
Carefully Taught / Ian Matthews
The Supernatural / Peter Green Splinter Group
Let My Love Open The Door / Pete Townshend
Rene And Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After The War / Paul Simon
Vivaldi-Concerto in G, RV532 I Allegro
Black Books / Nils Lofgren
Amelia / Joni Mitchell
Main Title (Ipcress File) / John Barry
Clarinet Sonata In F Minor - Vivace / Johannes Brahms.
Grace / Jeff Buckley
Procedentem Sponsum / Jan Garbarek