Rob Fraboni: A Legendary Producer’s Playlist

It’s not every day you create a playlist based on a person’s career. That’s exactly what we did with our Rob Fraboni playlist.

As you recall (or maybe not), Rob is part of the Timbreo team. If you’ve never heard of Rob, the playlist speaks volumes about his accomplishments in the music industry.

While the list represents only a small portion of Rob’s work, the Producer Rob Fraboniplaylist does indicate how Rob is woven through rock and roll’s historical fabric.

We dropped in a few surprises. After all, a playlist with nothing more the Dylan, The Band, Rolling Stones, and Keith Richards fills out damn fast, but we wanted to show you more of Rob’s work.

So, we start off with Dylan, The Stones, and The Band. Throw in a little Melissa Etheridge, Bonnie Raitt, and Emmylou Harris. Sprinkle in Eric Clapton, Bob Marley, and Beach Boys and you have a legendary playlist forming.

More Playlist Highlights:

  • Keith Richard’s cover of Hank William’s classic, You Win Again, sits at track 6. The track, recorded in Keith Richard’s basement, took a minimal approach in an imperfect room. Rob says about the recording, “The thing about You Win Again that’s really interesting is this. This is one of the things about how Keith works that’s really part of his brilliance. It’s all instinctive. I shouldn’t say that like an authority, but I think so. He has a thing where he’ll play a song once or twice and then he’ll say, “Okay, that’s enough. We don’t want to chase this thing down the road. Let’s just let it rest and we’ll come back to it.” The song appeared on Timeless: Hank Williams Tribute album which won the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Country Album.
  • Rob did quite a bit of work with Joe Cocker, including the classic You Are So Beautiful (track 22). One of Rob’s best stories comes from the time Joe Cocker met his idol, Ray Charles. Rob says, “Joe idolized Ray Charles. I don’t mean he liked him – he idolized him. He gets in the room and grabs Ray and before he can get a word out of his mouth, Ray Charles says, “I’ve waited a long time for this.” It’s a touching story.
  • A personal favorite of mine, Tonio K’s debut album, Life In The Foodchain, was one of 1979’s most talked about records. Rolling Stone Magazine music critic Tom Carson said, “Here’s a record that grabs you by the lapels and shakes you right from the start—and the pace never lets up.” Tonio K said “We have everything but the kitchen sink on this record”. One thing for sure, this album bites hard and drips with satirical venom. The playlist features two songs, Funky Western Civilization, and the completely over-the-top, H-A-T-R-E-D. There’s quite a story behind H-A-T-R-E-D and the AK-47 firing at the song’s end.

That wraps up this list. Feel free to pass it around.

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Texas Rock Playlist

Like the state, Texas music is a big sprawling mish mash of different people and influences which end up sounding distinctly Texan.

It’s as though a country full of influences landed in one state and mutated. There’ve been giants who played blues, outlaw country, rock, rap, soul, swing, psych, garage, and cojunto. It’s all been mixed up into a spicy stew called Texas music.

Texas rock and roll borrows liberally from these styles into a distinct Texas sound. Many legendary Texas musicians slide from one style into another which indicates how close all the styles are related. If you’re not certain what I mean, spend an hour listening to Doug Sahm or Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown. You’ll get a good idea of what I’m talking about.

This playlist skitters across various genres and the tracks lean on guitar. So, if you don’t dig guitar, you may be disappointed. The list includes lesser known bands such as Sparkles, Bubble Puppy, and The Moving Sidewalks. Of course, Texas guitar greats as Z.Z. Top, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and The Reverend Horton Heat get represented.

Some notable bands:

  • Bloodrock – for a short time in the early ’70’s, this band had considerable chart success. Yet, conversations about 70’s rock bands rarely include Bloodrock.
  • Roky Erickson – the driving force behind psychedelic pioneers, 13th Floor Elevators, Roky faded away due to mental and legal problems. He came back many years later and reveled in the adulation an important influencer should get.
  • Butthole Surfers – notorious punk, psych and whatever other label you tack on to them, this band can get downright weird. And fun.
  • Titty Bingo – who are these guys? If you’ve ever been to Austin, you’ve probably seen their stickers. The band has a number of big Texas music names and, by the way, the song rocks.

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After Midnight Playlist

Have you ever found some songs sound better outdoors after midnight, bathed in a cool summer night? Or, in bed with lights turned off while music dances around your imagination?

After publishing a Not So Pretty Music playlist and an Alone and Rockin: One Man Band playlist, we’re changing the mood and slowing down.

The After Midnight playlist embraces eclectic music spanning several generations and styles.

For example, Sidney Bechet’s 1939 recording, Summertime, evokes summer and night-time New Orleans to perfection. A decade later, you can hear the ultra cool Louis Jordan or Django Reinhardt.

Other songs journey into the trip hop of Tricky and Massive Attack, Nick Hakim’s recent soul track, Bet She Looks like You, and the quiet pulse of Cigarettes After Sex. There are two lovely Bob Marley ambient re-mixes which put the focus on Marley’s beautiful melodies.

As you move toward the end, you’ll find a trio of unusual choices.

The dubstep (no wob wob’s here)  track Archangel by Burial looks to change the speed limit, but ends up as a perverse plunge off a cliff into William Basinki’s, The Disintegration Loops. Wikipedia says, “The music was recorded from a series of ambient music fragments played in tape loops that gradually deteriorated each time they passed the tape head. The completion of the recording coincided with the 9/11 attacks, which Basinski witnessed from a rooftop in Brooklyn.” Now, while you’re at the bottom, the music goes full circle back to the ’30’s.

If you’ve seen Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, you’ll recognize the creepy final track, Al Bowlly’s, Midnight, The Stars and You. Yeah, it’s from the ballroom scene as you watch Jack Torrance disintegrate from humanity.

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