Shirley Bassey “Goldfinger” from Goldfinger: The Best of Shirley Bassey (CAPITOL 1995) —First, let's give a giant shout-out to Adam Frick, who woke up early just to come pick me up when I've got two cars in front of my house that aren't going anywhere. Second, let's pay tribute to composer John Barry, who wrote this, and passed away recentlyBuy it!
Ike & Tina Turner “Come Together” from Proud Mary: The Best of Ike & Tina Turner (EMI 1991) —I love how they make this song so much hotter without really changing it much.Buy it!
Wilson Pickett “Fire and Water” from A Man And A Half: The Best Of Wilson Pickett (Atlantic 1992) —I found out the other day that Free actually wrote this song with Wilson Pickett in mind - perfect cover version, that's for sure.Buy it!
The Nazz “Under the Ice” from Nazz Nazz (Rhino 1969) —One of the great Cheap Trick influences right here.Buy it!
Steve Wynn and the Miracle 3 “Cloud Splitter” from Northern Aggression (Yep Roc 2010) N —Weird and enjoyable psychedelic steel guitar on this one.Buy it!
The Dirtbombs “Sharivari” from Party Store (In The Red 2011) N —I'm pretty sure this is the finest garage rock tribute to the Detroit techno scene of the 80s I've ever heard.Buy it!
The Bridge “Rosie” from National Bohemian (Woodberry 2011) N —I don't know anything about these guys except they're produced by Steve Berlin, and they rock!Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Tombstone Blues” from Highway 61 Revisited (Columbia 1965) —From the mono sampler! Wouldn't mind snagging the whole mono set.Buy it!
Raul Malo “San Antonio Baby” from Sinners & Saints (Fantasy 2010) N —Where would we be without Tex-Mex party songs?Buy it!
Southern Culture on The Skids “Bone Dry Dirt” from Kudzu Ranch (Kudzu 2010) N —I love when these guys just lean in to a rocker - and hey, bonus cowbell! I forgot all about that.Buy it!
Los Lobos “West L.A. Fadeaway” from Tin Can Trust CD ALBUM (Shout! Factory 2010) N —Hey, if the Grateful Dead had ever nailed a groove this deep, I'd play the original versions of their songs. But it just never happened.Buy it!
Elmore James “Look on Yonder Wall” from The Very Best of Elmore James (Rhino 2003) —Yeah, he was the most influential slide guitarist ever - but I also just love the way he spat out his vocals.Buy it!
Billie Holiday “Summertime” from The Lady Sings (Charly 1992) —An odd Dixielandish arrangement behind her, but Billie delivers the song beautifully.Buy it!
Lionel Hampton “Jivin' With Jarvis” from 1937-1940; Small Combos (Giants of Jazz 1998) —This number swings hard, and Hamp's vibes are luminescent.Buy it!
Dinah Washington “I'm a Fool to Want You” from Complete Dinah Washington on Mercury Vol. 7 (Mercury 1989) —One of the greatest singers ever!Buy it!
Ella Fitzgerald “What Am I Here For?” from Ella Swings Brightly With Nelson (Verve 1962) —One of Ella's strongest and most consistently enjoyable records.Buy it!
Beverly Kenney “Try a Little Tenderness” from Sings For Playboys (Decca 2006) —Here's a great jazz vocalist championed by my friend James Weber, who has definitely sold me on her skills.Buy it!
Cake “Mustache Man (Wasted)” from Showroom Of Compassion (Upbeat 2011) N —I have mostly pretty much ignored this band - and when I've come into contact with them, I haven't really liked or disliked them - but this cowbell track is pretty catchy.Buy it!
Trouble Funk “Hey Fellas” from Sugar Hill Story: To the Beat Y'all (SEQUEL rhino.com 1994) —Thanks to Kevin Johnson of the Post for reminding me of how cool these guys were - and they used cowbell to make the funk go-go.Buy it!
Marianne Faithfull “The Ballad of Lucy Jordan” from Broken English (Island 1980) —At the age of 37 - man, when I first heard this, I was 21, and 37 seemed ancient; now, at 52, 37 seems like such a young age.Buy it!
Carolina Chocolate Drops & Luminescent Orchestrii “Escoutas (Diga Diga Diga)” from Carolina Chocolate Drops/Luminescent Orchestrii (Nonesuch 2011) N —I'm digging this collaboration so much, I need to check out the Orchestrii itself one of these days.Buy it!
Iron & Wine “Glad Man Singing” from Kiss Each Other Clean (Warner Bros. 2011) N —This is why I never give up hope; I never got this guy at all until a couple years ago I noticed he was starting to become interesting, and now he's really making compelling music.Buy it!
John Renbourn “Palermo Snow” (Shanachie 2011) N —I don't know the details about who's playing with this acoustic guitar giant on this cut, but I know the whole piece is stunning.Buy it!
Slapp Happy “King of Straw” from Ca Va (V2 1998) —I'd almost forgotten about this great record. I don't know why it popped back in my brain the other day, but I'm happy to share it with you.Buy it!
Van Morrison “Listen to the Lion” from Saint Dominic's Preview (Warner 1972) —Epic and majestic, yep.Buy it!
Robert Glasper “Maiden Voyage / Everything In It's Right Place” from In My Element (Angel 2007) —A lovely mash-up for piano trio of two pieces that seemingly come from different places.Buy it!
Aaron Neville “Stand By Me” from I Know I've Been Changed (Tell It 2010) N —One of Aaron's most heart-felt vocals ever right here.Buy it!
The Dells “There Is” from Ultimate Collection (Hip-O 2004) —One of the greatest soul records of all time - I hadn't heard it in ages until Cary Baker posted it on Facebook the other day.Buy it!
Tony Joe White “Season Man” from The Shine (Swamp 2010) N —I wonder what that deep baritone sounds like in his own head.Buy it!
Gregg Allman “Devil Got My Woman” from Low Country Blues (Rounder 2011) N —Gregg Allman with a relaxed acoustic blues take on the Skip James classic.Buy it!
Marty Stuart “Branded” from Ghost Train (SUGAR HILL www.sugarhillrecords.com 2010) N —Just a killer rockin' country number from a guy who can do this sort of thing as well as anybody.Buy it!
Tim Lee 3 “Burning Down (With the House)” from Raucous Americanus (Cool Dog Sound 2010) N —So many strong songs on this double-set.Buy it!
Kate Jacobs “Make Him Smile” from Home Game (Kate Jacobs 2010) N —The album is produced by Dave Schramm, and it's a pure delight of crafty songwriting with devilish hooks.Buy it!
David Lowery “Deep Oblivion” from The Palace Guards (429 2011) N —It's interesting to hear Lowery in a whole different context like this.Buy it!
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