Delaney & Bonnie “I Know How It Feels To Be Lonely” from D & B Together (Sony Legacy 1972) —Bonnie Bramlett sings the heck out of this soul ballad.Buy it!
Leon Russell “Delta Lady” from Leon Russell (DCC 1970) —A true barn burner.Buy it!
Joan Armatrading “Love and Affection” from Joan Armatrading (A&M 1976) —What a gorgeous song I hadn't heard in years - I am not in love, but I am open to persuasion. Thanks to Said for reminding me of it.Buy it!
Esperanza Spalding “A Knowledge of Good and Evil” from Chamber Music (Heads Up www.headsup.com 2010) N —Unbelievable vocal tour de force here! And no words.Buy it!
Janelle Monáe “Dance Or Die” from The ArchAndroid (Wondaland/Bad Boy 2010) N —That cyborg beat really gets me going.Buy it!
The Clash “Jimmy Jazz” from London Calling CD ALBUM (Epic 1979) —It couldn't have been easy to write a traditional sounding outlaw song out of whole cloth, but the Clash pulled it off masterfully.Buy it!
The Remains “Don't Look Back” from The Remains (Epic 1966) —One of the first classic reissues I ever bought, back in 1978, when I got it on red vinyl. This, however, is a regular colored CD.Buy it!
13th Floor Elevators “You're Gonna Miss Me” from Garage Rock Classics (Varese Sarabande 2004) —Let's hear it for the electric jug!Buy it!
Nick Lowe “Big Kick, Plain Scrap” from Labour of Lust (Columbia 1979) —When oh when will the marvels of Nick Lowe's second album be available on CD?Buy it!
Flamin' Groovies “You Tore Me Down” from Shake Some Action (Aim 1976) —The whole album is great, but there are two absolute masterpieces on it; this is the one sometimes overlooked.Buy it!
Beatles “I'm a Loser” from For Sale (CAPITOL 1964) —In glorious mono - thanks always to Lindsay.Buy it!
Crowded House “Falling Dove” from Intriguer CD ALBUM (Fantasy 2010) N —Includes a Liam Finn guitar freak-out, patent pending.Buy it!
Sarah Blasko “Down On Love” from As Day Follows Night (Dramatico 2010) N —Produced by Bjorn without Peter or John.Buy it!
Joni Mitchell “For Free” from Ladies of the Canyon CD ALBUM (Reprise 1970) —I don't really think all street musicians are as good as the pros out there, but it's a nice romantic thought that they could be. Again, thanks to Said for the inspiration - Facebook is so cool.Buy it!
Patty Griffin “I Smell a Rat” from Downtown Church CD ALBUM (CMG 2010) N —I thought last week's True Blood was pretty weak, but I was certainly pleased to hear this song at the end.Buy it!
Tom Jones “Lord Help” from Praise & Blame (Lost Highway 2010) N —I just can't get enough of this record - Jones has never sang with such restraint and consequent power.Buy it!
Fitz & the Tantrums “MoneyGrabber” from Pickin' Up the Pieces (Dangerbird 2010) N —Excellent new 60s soulish record.Buy it!
Marvin Gaye “Trouble Man” SINGLE (Motown 1972) —Spectacular Marvin!Buy it!
Steely Dan “My Old School” from Countdown to Ecstasy (Geffen* Records 1973) —My old friend Keith suggested this as a song that has an amazing amount of cowbell in it.Buy it!
Tim Finn “Spiritual Hunger” from Big Canoe (Virgin 1986) —Very 80s production, but Finn makes it work - and throws in a cowbell on the bridge.Buy it!
Richard Thompson “Crimescene” from Dream Attic (Shout Factory 2010) N —Finally in stores this coming Tuesday - it lives up to the wait.Buy it!
Punch Brothers “You Are” from Antifogmatic (Nonesuch 2010) N —I think this one will be in my fave albums at the end of the year.Buy it!
Jorma Kaukonen “Hamar Promenade” from Quah (Relix 1974) —Though it seems so obviously like a record I should have loved for years, I only heard this for the first time five days ago.Buy it!
John Mellencamp “Save Some Time to Dream” from No Better Than This CD ALBUM (Rounder www.rounderrecords.com 2010) N —T Bone Burnett's production style is different in mono - interesting little record, I need to hear more of it.Buy it!
Linda Ronstadt “You're No Good” from Greatest Hits Vol. 1 (Asylum 1976) —Guitarist Kenny Edwards played on and helped shape this cut. He passed away a few days ago.Buy it!
Macy Gray “The Sellout” CD ALBUM (Universal/Concord 2010) N —Still loving this new record which fulfills all the promise she's had for years.Buy it!
Cannibal And The Headhunters “Land of 1000 Dances (Naa, Na, Na, Na, Naa)” from I Love Rock n Roll Vol 14 (Collectables 2004) —I just found out Richard "Scar" Lopez of this band passed away at the end of July.Buy it!
Paul Collins “Don't Blame Your Troubles On Me” from King of Power Pop (Alive Natural Sound 2010) N —A short and rockin' number from a guy who's been coming up with catchy songs for over 30 years now.Buy it!
Little Big Town “Little White Church” from The Reason Why (CAPITOL NASHVILLE 2010) N —Sparkling new single from this sparkling contemporary country band.Buy it!
Hank Williams “Move It On Over” from 40 Greatest Hits (Mercury 1978) —Somebody other than Hank was singing this at the beginning of the latest episode of "Memphis Beat," and it made me want to hear the original.Buy it!
Cyndi Lauper “Don't Cry No More” from Memphis Blues (Mercer Street 2010) N —Cyndi sounds like she's snuck into Bobby Blue Bland's recording session back in 1959.Buy it!
Aretha Franklin “Ain't No Way” from Lady Soul (Atlantic 1967) —Al Becker, host of Voices in the Dark every Sunday night here on KDHX, says this is his fave Aretha song. Can't argue with that.Buy it!
Stevie Wonder “Summer Soft” from Songs In The Key Of Life CD ALBUM (Motown 1976) —I've been reminded of so many great songs just by scrolling through my Facebook wall - but I can't remember who posted this one the other day. Whoever it was, thanks a bunch!Buy it!
Betty Davis “They Say I'm Different” (MPC Limited 1974) —This one was posted by former KDHX DJ Rene Saller, and it's a corker of a great song.Buy it!
Jimmy Smith “Funky Broadway” from Respect (Verve 1967) —I'm not sure who the guitarist is on this cut, but he's got a nice feel here.Buy it!
Piano Red “Ain't Gonna Be Your Lowdown Dog No More” from The Lost Atlanta Tapes (Landslide 2010) N —Read my review of this album here: http://blues.about.com/od/cddvdrevie2/fr/Piano-Red-The-Lost-Atlanta-Tapes-2010.htmBuy it!
Clyde McPhatter “I Told Myself a Lie” from Lover Please: The Complete MGM and Mercury Singles (Universal 2010) N —I don't think I even knew McPhatter made all these records after he left Atlantic - very nice new compilation of rarities.Buy it!
William Bell “You Don't Miss Your Water” from Stax 50 - A 50th Anniversary Celebration (stax url 2007) —This one breaks my heart every time I hear it.Buy it!
Marshall Crenshaw “Mary Anne” from Marshall Crenshaw (Warner Brothers 1982) —Master of melodic hooks!Buy it!
Raul Malo “Saint Behind the Glass” from Sinners & Saints (Fantasy 2010) N —Brilliant cover of the Los Lobos classic.Buy it!
Alejandro Escovedo “Street Songs” from Street Songs of Love CD ALBUM (Fantasy 2010) N —I'm not overly enamored with the line-up at LouFest this weekend, but you can't argue with Alejandro being on the bill (or, for that matter, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Adam Reichman, and the Bottle Rockets).Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate.
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