Chi-Lites “We Are Neighbors” from For God's Sake Give More Power to the People (Brunswick 1971) —I listened to this album the other day - pound for pound, song for song, it's just right up there with the best r'n'b records of all time.Buy it!
Warren Zevon “Nightime in the Switching Yard” from Excitable Boy (Rhino 1978) —When I discovered this album a million years ago, I played side one like a zillion times, which means that "Lawyers, Guns & Money" aside, I'd forgotten everything about side 2 until Jim Varvaris threw this on at work yesterday. A rare funk foray fr Zevon.Buy it!
XTC “Yacht Dance” from English Settlement (Geffen 1982) —Tony Renner unearthed a live performance of this song from the Old Grey Whistle Test (by that, I mean he posted it to Facebook). Man, what a wonderful song.Buy it!
Soulive “Drive My Car” from Rubber Soulive (Royal Family 2010) N —Jazz funk group covers the Beatles - nicely done, actually.Buy it!
Charles Fambrough “A Little This, A Little That” from Keeper of the Spirit (audioquest 1995) —Bassist Fambrough played brilliantly for a long time - he passed away on New Year's Day at the age of 60, too young.Buy it!
Afrocubism “Dakan” from Afrocubism (World Circuit/Nonesuch 2010) N —This is a damn perfect fusion of African and Carribean rhythm - but a heavily African sound. Beautiful.Buy it!
Joni Mitchell “Hana” from Shine (Hear Music 2007) —There is a clave in this rhythm, too. And a wonderful off-kilter feel.Buy it!
Elvis Costello “National Ransom” (Hear Music 2010) N —After seeing Costello perform this on one of the late-night TV shows, I always expect it to rock harder - it rocks enough, mind you, but it goes further live.Buy it!
Dave Alvin “Haley's Comet” from Blue Blvd (Hightone 1991) —A song Alvin and Tom Russell co-wrote which perfectly captures the humanity of one of rock'n'roll's first stars.Buy it!
Raspberries “I Wanna Be With You” from Fresh (CAPITOL 1972) —Oh, those ringing guitars, those earnest and horny vocals, those pounding rhythms! Damn! This is pop music!Buy it!
Dumptruck “Back Where I Belong” from Lemmings Travel to the Sea (Devil in the Woods 2001) —This is one of those bands that should have owned the world back in the 80s - they had the songs, the sound, the look. But the zeitgeist went a different direction.Buy it!
Yardibirds “Evil Hearted You” from Having a Rave-Up (Repertoire 1965) —A great song written by Graham Gouldman, later of Ten CC.Buy it!
Los Saicos “Demolicion” (Munster 2010) N —The greatest three-chord rock'n'roll song you've never heard before.Buy it!
Brothers Lazaroff “What Are You Telling Me?” from Give 'Em What They Need (self-released 2010) N L —A rich and complex little three minute song - and it's plenty catchy, too.Buy it!
The Beau Brummels “Just a Little” from Best of the Beau Brummels: Golden Archive Series (Rhino 1987) —These guys were on the Flintstones!Buy it!
Garnett Mimms “Cry Baby” from Best of Garnett Mimms: Cry Baby (CAPITOL 1993) —Look, I love the Janis Joplin version - and she taught me the song, which counts for a lot - but the original is pitch perfect.Buy it!
Bobby "Blue" Bland “Cry Cry Cry” from Greatest Hits Vol. 1: The Duke Recordings (MCA 1998) —Speaking of pitch perfect - oh my goodness! Bobby "Blue" Bland could do no wrong.Buy it!
Johnny Cash “Cry Cry Cry” from The Essential Johnny Cash (Columbia Legacy 2002) —A completely different song from the same time frame as Bland's - and one of Cash's greatest singles.Buy it!
Justin Townes Earle “Learning to Cry” from Harlem River Blues (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2010) N —A beautiful and sweet little country number from Steve's boy.Buy it!
Paul Revere & The Raiders “Just Seventeen” from Indian Reservation / Collage (Raven 2009) —I gotta admit, I didn't realize these guys rocked like this at the end of their career - and with a perfect use of cowbell, too.Buy it!
Paul Revere & The Raiders “Let Me” from Complete Columbia Singles (Collector's Choice 2010) —And another classic cowbell track from one of America's greatest rock bands back in the day.Buy it!
The Band “Time To Kill” from Stage Fright CD ALBUM (CAPITOL 1970) —I can't believe I hadn't noticed this cowbell gem until the other day - I wonder if Robbie Robertson was listening to some Doug Sahm when he wrote this.Buy it!
The Easybeats “Good Times” from Singles As & Bs (Repertoire 2005) —Never get tired of playing these guys.Buy it!
Tim Finn & Phillip Judd “Precious Time” from Other Enz (Raven 1999) —Thanks to Pat Wolf for loaning me this gem of a compilation of Split Enz off-shoots.Buy it!
Crowded House “Saturday Sun” from Intriguer CD ALBUM (Fantasy 2010) N —And then there's this off-shoot that's done well for itself.Buy it!
Villagers “Becoming a Jackal” (Domino 2010) N —Tom Lunt has been singing the praises of these guys (really, this guy) and it's easy to hear why. What a gorgeous song!Buy it!
Kate Bush “Wow” from Lionheart (EMI 1978) —Dreamy!Buy it!
Richard Barone “Odd Girl Out” from Glow (Bar/None 2010) N —A great song about how difficult it was to be gay before Stonewall.Buy it!
Chris Isaak “Except the New Girl” from San Francisco Days (Reprise 1993) —One of dozens of classic songs from Mr. Isaak.Buy it!
Robert Plant “You Can't Buy My Love” from Band Of Joy (Rounder www.rounderrecords.com 2010) N —Plant might have sung songs like this when he was very young - this has a Merseybeat feel, albeit tougher than that.Buy it!
Gregg Allman “Floating Bridge” from Low Country Blues (Rounder www.rounderrecords.com 2011) N —I forgot to record Letterman last night - wanted to catch Allman on that. By the way - holy moley! This cut is great!Buy it!
Swississippi Chris Harper “I Smell Trouble” from Four Aces And A Harp (Swississippi Records 2010) N —My review of this fine album: http://blues.about.com/od/cddvdreview1/fr/Swississippi-Chris-Harper-Four-Aces-And-A-Harp-2010.htmBuy it!
Big Mike Aguirre & the Blu-City All-Stars “Killing My Love” from Live at BB's (self 2010) L —A regular customer at the record store hepped me to this - this young man can sing the blues, and plays a mean guitar, along with Rich McDonough on this record.Buy it!
Cassandra Wilson “Beneath a Silver Moon” from Silver Pony (Blue Note 2010) N —A lovely and mysterious number.Buy it!
Joe Lovano Us Five “Donna Lee” from Bird Songs (Blue Note 2011) N —Two drummers, piano, and excellent bass playing from Esperanza Spalding, all in support of Lovano's exquisite tenor.Buy it!
Mavis Staples “You Are Not Alone” (Anti 2010) N —One of Jeff Tweedy's strongest songs, sung by one of the world's greatest voices.Buy it!
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings “She Ain't a Child No More” from I Learned the Hard Way (Daptone 2010) —I kind of forgot about this great record for a while.Buy it!
The Impressions “Woman's Got Soul” from Very Best of the Impressions (Rhino 1997) —She may not be the best looking woman I ever did see or have the charms of high society, but the woman's got soul.Buy it!
Neil Young “Revolution Blues” from On the Beach (Reprise 1974) —One of Neil's many classics.Buy it!
Thin Lizzy “We Will Be Strong” from Chinatown (Mercury 1980) —Clearly a Mr. T favorite, as it opens with the words "Pity the fool."Buy it!
Rascals “See” (Collectors Choice 1969) —A real blue-eyed soul stomper!Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate.
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