Vanilla Fudge “Ticket to Ride” from Psychedelic Sundae The Best Of Vanilla Fudge (Rhino 1993) —Vanilla Fudge just took everything to such a ridiculous extreme - but somehow they always make me smile when I hear them.Buy it!
Todd Rundgren “All the Children Sing” from Hermit of Mink Hollow (Rhino 1978) —Such a happy little melody.Buy it!
Rolling Stones “Can You Hear the Music” from Goats Head Soup (Promotone Records RCA 1973) —A very underrated Stones song, with that fat, underwater riff and a structure that more than almost anything else they did, sounds like something Brian Jones might have liked in the years after his death.Buy it!
Keith Richards “Take It So Hard” from Talk Is Cheap (Virgin 1988) —Steve Jordan just locks down the rhythm on this greatest of Stones solo records.Buy it!
Tom Petty “Honey Bee” from Wildflowers (Warner Bros. 1994) —A song I really fell in love with when I discovered it for the old cowbell segment.Buy it!
Tom Waits “Face to the Highway” from Bad As Me (Anti- 2011) N —How many songs have been written about hitting the road, and yet, the trope still can seem fresh.Buy it!
Dion “Ride's Blues (For Robert Johnson)” from Tank Full of Blues (Blue Horizon 2012) N —Here's a fresh take on the legend of Robert Johnson, from a man who has been making great records for over 50 years.Buy it!
Elvis Costello “License to Kill” from Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan (Fontana 2012) N —No surprise here - Costello comes up with an incredible arrangement for this song, and makes it sound new.Buy it!
David Olney “The Song” from Migration (Loudhouse 2005) —One of America's great songwriters, and I really should listen to him more than I do.Buy it!
Ruthie Foster “This Time” from Let It Burn (Blue Corn Music 2012) N —A nice soulful cover of the Los Lobos song from a few years back.Buy it!
Ike Reilly “The Golden Corner” from Hard Luck Stories (Rock Ridge 2009) —Seriously, this guy deserves to be acclaimed as one of the very best songwriters of the last ten years.Buy it!
Etta James “Something's Got a Hold on Me” from Her Best (Chess 1997) —I did not realize she co-wrote this classic. RIP Etta James.Buy it!
Etta James “Shaky Ground” from Seven Year Itch (Island 1989) —From as great an album as she ever made.Buy it!
Etta James “Mama Told Me” from Come a Little Closer (Chess 1974) —Of course, this was a pretty great album, too. Really, Etta James was one of the all-time masterful singers who had great taste in songs.Buy it!
Johnny Otis “Crazy Country Hop” from THE CAPITOL YEARS (CAPITOL 1989) —Another giant of American music who passed away last week - in fact, he discovered Etta James in the first place. This has long been one of my fave songs, period.Buy it!
Dwight Twilley “You Were So Warm” from Sincerely (THE RIGHT STUFF 1975) —Oh, those ringing Rickenbackers. Those harmonies. That warm bubbly bass. The perfection.Buy it!
Nick Lowe “Love So Fine” from Labour of Lust (Columbia 1979) —Rockpile cooking on all burners.Buy it!
Foster and Lloyd “It's Already Tomorrow” (Effin Ell 2011) —The country version of Rockpile, in my mind.Buy it!
Hoodoo Gurus “Axegrinder” from Magnum Cum Louder (RCA 1989) —Another cowbell gem. I hadn't remembered liking this album, but in retrospect, it sounds pretty good.Buy it!
Miranda Lambert “That's the Way That the World Goes 'Round” from Revolution (Sony 2009) —John Prine never rocked it quite like this.Buy it!
The Little Willies “Foul Owl on the Prowl” from For the Good Times (Milking Bull 2012) N —Neat duet by Richard Julian and the incomparable Norah Jones.Buy it!
Justin Townes Earle “Ain't Waitin'” from Harlem River Blues (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2010) —Rockin' and rollin', this young Earle.Buy it!
Eddie Cochran “Jeanie, Jeanie, Jeanie” from Somethin' Else: The Fine Lookin' Hits of Eddie Cochran (Razor & Tie 1998) —Speaking of rockin' and rollin'.Buy it!
Wanda Jackson “Let's Have a Party” from As Good As It Gets: Rockabilly (Disky 2000) —I would not miss a party with an invitation that sounds like this.Buy it!
Dick Dale “Miserlou” from King Of The Surf Guitar: The Best Of Dick Dale And His Del-Tones (Rhino 1989) —They never surfed in the Middle East, so Dick Dale had to bring the tune to California.Buy it!
Magic Slim And The Teardrops “Carla” from Midnight Blues (blind pig 2008) —One of the deepest, most majestic blues players still working.Buy it!
Bert Deivert “Goin' Down South” from Kid Man Blues (Hard Danger 2011) N —Truly incandescent take on the R.L. Burnside song, mixing influences and instruments from around the world.Buy it!
The Skyliners “Since I Don't Have You” from Greatest Hits (Original Sound Entertainment 1986) —I think I first heard this one in American Graffiti. Just gorgeous.Buy it!
En Vogue “Runaway Love” from Best of En Vogue (Atlantic 1999) —This was the follow-up single to all those gigantic hits, and I like it even more than the others, but it somehow failed to really take the world by storm, and the group quickly dissolved over arguments about who should sing lead.Buy it!
Madonna (featuring Justin Timberlake) “4 Minutes” from Hard Candy (Warner Brothers 2008) —The last close to great Madonna single?Buy it!
Johnny Colon “Merecumbe” from Hot! Hot! Hot! Caliente de Vicio (fania www.vampisoul.com 1972) —This is one heck of a great jazz/salsa arrangement.Buy it!
Sonny Rollins (featuring Roy Hargrove) “I Can't Get Started” from Road Shows Volume Two (Doxy 2011) N —Roy Hargrove's trumpet is so elegant here, and then Sonny Rollins just burns on this ballad.Buy it!
Dinah Washington “Such a Night” from What a Difference a Day Makes (Mercury 1959) —Even with a corny backing vocal, Dinah Washington sounds so thrilled to tell us about that night!Buy it!
Loleatta Holloway “Part Time Lover Full Time Fool” from Cry To Me: Golden Classics of the 70s (Collectables 1992) —An unhappy shopping trip leads to a stunning vocal performance.Buy it!
Mayer Hawthorne “Get To Know You” from How Do You Do (Universal Republic Records 2011) N —I assume Mayer may turn out to be the kind of guy Loleatta wound up with, but his come-on is pretty enticing, I gotta admit.Buy it!
Meshell Ndegeocello “Crazy and Wild” from Weather (Naive 2011) N —This is a song of obsession. But a good obsession.Buy it!
Dusty Springfield “I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself” from The Very Best of Dusty Springfield (Mercury 1998) —Bacharach & David and Dusty - that's one heck of a combination.Buy it!
Patty Griffin “Top of the World” from Impossible Dream (ATO www.atorecords.com 2004) —As beautiful and heart-breaking a song as I've heard this century.Buy it!
Son Volt “Windfall” from Trace CD ALBUM (Warner Bros. 1995) L —May the wind take your troubles away.Buy it!
Harold Dorman “Mountain of Love” from Hard To Find 45s On CD, Vol. 10: 1960-1965 (Eric 2007) —I like this obscure version as much as any of them (though I'll always be partial to the Tony Fafoglia live version that taught me to love this song back in the late 80s).Buy it!
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