Colin Blunstone “Say You Don't Mind” from Some Years: It's the Time of Colin Blunstone (EPIC/LEGACY 1995) —A beautiful song from the under-rated solo years of the former Zombies frontman.Buy it!
The Rain Parade “Talking In My Sleep” from Emergency Third Rail Power Trip (Enigma 1983) —I was so fond of these guys back in the day - just a gorgeous hypnotic melody and groove.Buy it!
Three O'Clock “Jetfighter” from Sixteen Tambourines (Frontier 1983) —Really, I loved the whole Paisley Underground thing. How could you resist songs this good?Buy it!
Los Saicos “Te Amo” from Demolicion! The Complete Recordings (Munster 2010) N —That's one mighty aggressive love song.Buy it!
The Nomads “Ain't No King of Rock & Roll” from Coolest Songs In the World, Vol. 6 (Wicked Cool www.wickedcoolrecords.com 2008) —One of Sweden's greatest exports.Buy it!
Southern Culture on The Skids “Highlife” from Kudzu Ranch (Kudzu 2010) N —I bet you could do a mean frug to this one.Buy it!
Marshall Crenshaw “Calling Out For Love (At Crying Time)” from MaryJean & 9 Others (Wounded Bird 1987) —Marshall Crenshaw hooked up with his new backing band, the Bottle Rockets, for a fine concert at Off Broadway the other night.Buy it!
The Jayhawks “I'd Run Away” from Tomorrow the Green Grass (remastered) (American 2011) N —I still think this was their best album - the first one that actually grabbed me at all.Buy it!
The Records “Teenarama” from Smashes, Crashes & Near Misses: The Best of the Records (Caroline 1995) —I remember when this was an actual pop hit on KWK back in the day.Buy it!
Cheap Trick “I'll Be With You Tonight” from Dream Police (Epic 1979) —I hadn't heard this album in years until Jim put it on at work the other day - I forgot what a great rocker this one is.Buy it!
Shoes “Too Late” from Present Tense (Elektra 1979) —Concluding a little set of the power pop sounds of 1979.Buy it!
Tim Lee 3 “Bullets in the Barn” from Raucous Americanus (Cool Dog Sound 2010) N —This ought to get your blood moving a bit.Buy it!
Steve Wynn “No One Ever Drowns” from Northern Aggression (Yep Roc) —Every time I throw on a cut from this record, I get a nice intoxicating rock'n'roll moment.Buy it!
David Lowery “Deep Oblivion” from The Palace Guards (429 2011) N —As if carrying on two bands hasn't been enough for him, Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker front-man comes up with a solo album - sounds pretty nice.Buy it!
Neil Young “Someone's Gonna Rescue You” from Le Noise (Reprise 2010) N —Daniel Lanois meets a perfect partner here - Neil Young won't stand for the music being subservient to production, and Lanois won't stand for production being subservient to music - tie goes to the listener.Buy it!
The Roches “Love Radiates Aroudn” from Another World (Warner Brothers 1985) —This song, written by some guy named Mark Johnson, remains on the short list of most beautiful experiences in the world.Buy it!
Bruce Springsteen “The Little Things (My Baby Does)” from The Promise (Columbia 2010) N —I'm not sure I've ever heard Bruce sound more tender than he does here.Buy it!
Detroit “Rock & Roll” from Detroit (MCA 1971) —Not only a stone-cold cowbell classic, but probably the best version of this Velvet Underground masterpiece.Buy it!
Dr. John “I Been Hooddood” from Mos' Scocious (Rhino 1993) —Some cowbell-laden gris gris.Buy it!
Marvin Gaye “Stubborn Kind of Fellow” from Complete Motown Singles Vol. 2 (Motown 2006) —A cowbell makes this early Motown classic work!Buy it!
Stevie Wonder “I Call It Pretty Music But the Old People Call It the Blues Pt. 1” from Complete Motown Singles Vol. 2 (Tamla 1962) —Stevie was just a baby when he did this one.Buy it!
Bobby McClure “I'm Not Ashamed” from CHess Soul: A Decade of Chicago's Finest (Chess 1997) —A beautiful example of the Chess soul sound.Buy it!
The Stylistics “You Are Everything” from The Best of the Stylistics CD ALBUM (Amherst 1975) —There is no more believable declaration of love lost in falsetto anywhere.Buy it!
Eddie Kendricks “Keep On Truckin'” from At His Best (Motown 1978) —The long version, because you can't keep on truckin' for only a couple minutes.Buy it!
Lee Dorsey “Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley” from Workin' In a Coalmine: The Best of Lee Dorsey (Music Club 2001) —Cat played the very good Robert Palmer version the other day - which made me want to hear the original.Buy it!
Trombone Shorty “Backatown” CD ALBUM (Verve Music Group 2010) N —Some newer New Orleans funk.Buy it!
James Booker “Please Send Me Someone to Love” from New Orleans Piano Wizard: Live! (Rounder 1977) —Sublime.Buy it!
John Carter Cash “Swimming Song” from The Family Secret (Unknown 2010) N —Nifty little take on the Loudon Wainwright classic.Buy it!
Jon Hardy & The Public “Restless Again” from A Hard Year (Jon Hardy & The Public 2010) N L —St. Louis band will rock the Sheldon tonight.Buy it!
Bryan Ferry “You Can Dance” from Olympia (Virgin UK 2010) N —Nice sultry number.Buy it!
Raul Malo “Sinners & Saints” (Fantasy 2010) N —I sold a copy of this album to John McHenry the other day - wonder if it will turn up on Blursday?Buy it!
John Fahey “Spanish Dance” from The Best of John Fahey 1959-1977 (TAKOMA 1977) —Once upon a time, when the only options in my car were the mainstream radio (which stunk) or cassettes, I had a cassette of this album which I played over and over and over. Magnificent stuff.Buy it!
Farewell Drifters “I've Got Your Heart In My Hand, and I'm Gonna Squeeze” from Yellow Tag Mondays (Heart Squeeze 2010) N —This little instrumental fit nicely after Fahey - I've got to check out the vocal cuts from these guys.Buy it!
John Hartford “The Vamp from Back In the Goodle Days” from Good'le Days: Essential Recordings (Rounder 2009) —Oh, this man was talented.Buy it!
J.J. Cale “Clyde” from Naturally (Shelter Records 1997) —I love the fiddle on this track.Buy it!
Gregg Allman “I Believe I'll Go Back Home” from Low Country (Rounder 2011) N —Dig that mandolin.Buy it!
Rich DelGrosso & Jonn Del Toro Richardson “Katalin” from Time Slips On by (Mandolin blues www.mandolinblues.com 2011) N —Jonn Del Toro Richardson has one of the sweetest guitar tones I've ever heard, and he writes and sings a bit like Los Lobos when they get bluesy.Buy it!
Los Lobos “Burn It Down” from Tin Can Trust CD ALBUM (Shout! Factory 2010) N —These guys sound like Los Lobos, too.Buy it!
Bobby Charles “I Must Be In a Good Place Now” from Bobby Charles (bearsville www.rhino.com 1972) —Gorgeous song from a record that deserves more attention.Buy it!
Mavis Staples “Last Train” from You Are Not Alone (Anti 2010) N —If you think about it for one second, you can always identify an Allen Toussaint song.Buy it!
Amber Digy & Justin Trevino “That Makes the Two of Us” from Keeping Up Appearances (Unknown 2010) N —Barry Mazor never steers me wrong - this is the classic country duet sound.Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate.
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