Birth Of Joy “Three Day Road” from Prisoner (Suburban Records 2014) N —This is how they rock in the Netherlands.Buy it!
Prince & 3rdEyegirl “Fixurlifeup” from Plectumelectrum (Warner Brothers 2014) N —A tough rocker from the man who doesn't believe in spaces between words.Buy it!
Macy Gray “Bang Bang” from The Way (Happy Me! Boopy Touring Co 2014) N —Songs with the word "bang" in the title tend to please me.Buy it!
Oliver Sain “The Prayer” from St. Louis Breakdown: The Best of Oliver Sain (Sain Sound 2009) L —Oliver Sain was known for his masterful version of "Soul Serenade," but he did virtually the same solo on this original composition, and it's worth hearing this take.Buy it!
Davell Crawford “Junco Partner Cud'in Joe (feat. Walter Wolfman Washington)” from My Gift to You (Basin Street 2014) —The grandson of Sugarboy Crawford carries on the New Orleans traditions.Buy it!
Ray Charles “I'm Gonna Keep On Singin'” from Ray Charles: The Undiscovered Masters (Concord 2010) —While many of the songs on this album were demos that needed musical fleshing out years after they were recorded, this gem was a finished track that is pure Ray at his most delightful.Buy it!
Ann Peebles “I Feel Like Breaking up Somebody's Home” from Straight From the Heart (THE RIGHT STUFF 1972) —How can you resist that Hi Rhythm Section?Buy it!
MARY WELLS “Two Lovers” from Compact Command Performances (Motown 1985) —Spoiler Alert: it turns out she really just loves one guy, but he is sometimes sweet and sometimes mean.Buy it!
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga “Firefly” from Cheek to Cheek (Columbia 2014) N —I'm not familiar with this gem of a song, and I truly love the way Bennett leaps into its swingin' complexity.Buy it!
Helen Merrill “Born To Be Blue” from The Definitive Clifford Brown (Verve/Blue Note 2002) —I have only recently discovered the wonderful vocalist Helen Merrill - this cut with Clifford Brown on trumpet is spectacular.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “I'm a Fool to Want You” from Shadows in the Night (Columbia 2015) N —My initial reaction to this new look at the standards from the Great American Songbook is that it's quite beautiful. Dylan has never shown us he could sing like this before, and if he's more reliant on phrasing & emotion than pitch accuracy, I like it.Buy it!
Flying House “Gifted But Blind” from Blues For Wolfman (self 2013) L —In the 90s, Fiveofthese was my favorite St. Louis band by a country mile. This was a song they did back in the day, from the new band led by the Ibur brothers Jim & Ted who were in that glorious band. It sounds incredible.Buy it!
Eleni Mandell “Meant To Be In Love” from Wishbone (Mr. Charles Records 2002) —From her debut album, co-produced by the great Jon Brion.Buy it!
Jackson Browne “Here” from Standing In the Breach (Inside 2014) N —The best songs on this record are so darn good. This is one of them.Buy it!
Jesse Winchester “Don't Be Shy” from A Reasonable Amount of Trouble (Appleseed www.appleseedrec.com 2014) N —Before he died, he managed to record one last album's worth of really good songs.Buy it!
Flaco Jimenez “Juarez” from The Best of Flaco Jimenez (Arhoolie 1999) —I could listen to this man on accordion all day long. Nobody was ever better.Buy it!
Incredible String Band “Black Jack David” from First Girl I Loved (Live In Canada 1972) (Sanctuary 2001) —A bit more acoustic but just as much in love with old folk songs.Buy it!
Fairport Convention “Tam Lin” from Liege & Lief (A&M 1969) —A rock classic about a girl who gets pregnant by a man who gets turned into lots of animals.Buy it!
Robert Plant “Poor Howard” from lullaby and . . . The Ceaseless Roar (Nonesuch 2014) N —Plant's roar never ceases.Buy it!
Jimbo Mathus “Fire in the Canebrake” from Dark Night of the Soul (Fat Possum/Hostess 2014) —Deep, powerful groove.Buy it!
Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas “Sorry I Stole Your Man” from Secret Evil (Dead Owl Records 2014) N Buy it!
Rain Parade “My Secret Country” from Crashing Dream (Island 1986) —These guys hold up really well after approximately 30 years.Buy it!
The Beatles “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” from The Beatles (CAPITOL 1968) —Augmenting a great band with a magnificent Eric Clapton solo.Buy it!
Them “Richard Cory” from The Story Of Them Featuring Van Morrison (Decca 1997) —A young Van Morrison sings a young Paul Simon.Buy it!
The Rolling Stones “Lies” from Some Girls (Rolling Stones Virgin 1978) —They were such a finely oiled machine on the Some Girls record.Buy it!
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