Miles Davis “Gemini/Double Image” from Live-Evil (Columbia 1971) —Some tough John McGlaughlin guitar on this dark, entrancing cut.Buy it!
Neil Young “Hitchhike” from Le Noise (Reprise 2010) N —Neil Young's heavily reverbed guitar flows nicely out of the Miles cut, if I do say so myself.Buy it!
The Animals “When I Was Young” from House of the Rising Sun CD SINGLE (self 2000) —For girls I had a bad yen. They don't write 'em like that no more. (But, seriously, this is a great record, withone stupid line.)Buy it!
The Band “Going Back to Memphis” from Moondog Matinee (CAPITOL 1973) —A terrific outtake of a song that only reached the light of day nine years back when they reissued this CD.Buy it!
The SteelDrivers “Ghosts of Mississippi” from Reckless (Rounder Records www.rounderrecords.com 2010) N —The whole album is good, but his dark, brooding and intense cut really stands out from the pack.Buy it!
Elvis Costello “Jimmie Standing In the Rain” from National Ransom (Hear Music 2010) N —My first time hearing anything from this record - this song is one of those 7th chord laden early 30s pastiches, and I think I love it.Buy it!
Justin Townes Earle “Slippin' and Slidin'” from Harlem River Blues (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2010) N —Apparently Justin is trying to emulate his daddy's old desires for self-destructive behavior, but this is still a great record.Buy it!
Robin Rogers “You Don't Know” from Back In the Fire (blind pig blindpigrecords.com 2010) N —My review of this is here: http://blues.about.com/od/cddvdreview1/fr/Robin-Rogers-Back-In-The-Fire-2010.htmBuy it!
Roy Head “Treat Her Right” from Billboard Top Rock & Roll Hits: 1965 (Rhino 1989) —One of the greatest dance records ever. Of course, all the dancing I ever did to this song was when the Morells used to play it.Buy it!
ZZ Top “Precious and Gone” from Tres Hombres (Warner Brothers 1973) —An atypical spproach to the guitar solo, but a typically spectacular result. Billy Gibbons and his pals rule!Buy it!
James Brown “Super Bad (Single Version) [Parts 1 & 2]” from The Singles Vol. 7: 1970-1972 (Hip O Select 2009) —Make it funky!Buy it!
Monareta “Matanza Funk” from Picotero (Nacional Records 2008) —They have a brand new album, but I haven't heard it yet - this cut, however, is weird and very cool.Buy it!
Janelle Monáe “Dance or Die” from The ArchAndroid (Wondaland/Bad Boy 2010) N —She'll be in town next Thursday with Of Montreal at the Pageant.Buy it!
Of Montreal “Coquet Coquette” from False Priest (Polyvinyl 2010) N —They'll be in town next Thursday with Janelle Monae at the Pageant.Buy it!
Thin Lizzy “Do Anything You Want To” from Black Rose: A Rock Legend (Wounded Bird 1979) —Just a masterful song and recording - thanks to Brian Henneman's Facebook posting for reminding me.Buy it!
Johnny Thunders “Ask Me No Questions” from So Alone CD ALBUM (sire 1978) —A great song made even greater by the cowbell.Buy it!
Pete Townshend & Ronnie Lane “Misunderstood” from Rough Mix (Hip-O 1977) —The cowbell makes this one even better, too.Buy it!
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts “Too Bad on Your Birthday” from Bad Reputation (JVC 1981) —I don't know where Joan got this song, but it rocks - and it has cowbell.Buy it!
Warren Zevon “Down in the Mall” from Transverse City (Virgin 1989) —Warren probably thought malls would never fade away - they're not dead yet, but they ain't what they once were, that's for sure.Buy it!
Solomon Burke “Medley: If You Need Me/Tonight's the Night/You're Good for Me/I Almost Lost My Mind/What Am I Living For/Just Out of Reach” from Soul Alive! (Rounder 1988) —From one of the greatest live albums of all time - we lost a great one when we lost the King of Rock'n'Soul.Buy it!
Solomon Burke “Just Out of Reach (Of My Two Empty Arms)” from Only the Best of Solomon Burke (Collectables www.oldies.com 2009) —I figured it wouldn't hurt to hear the original of that last song.Buy it!
Solomon Burke “Oh What a Feeling” from Nothing's Impossible (E1 Entertainment 2010) N —He still made great music right up until the end.Buy it!
Solomon Burke “Proud Mary” from Proud Mary: The Bell Sessions (Sundazed 2000) —Solomon Burke actually did this before Ike & Tina, I believe.Buy it!
Albertina Walker and The Caravans “Sail Away” from This is Gospel: Sail Away Some Bright Morning (Calvin 2007) —Another great vocalist passed away this past week, too.Buy it!
Chairmen of the Board “That's My Story (And I'm Sticking To It)” from Soul Tapestry (Surfisde 2009) —General Norman Johnson of this great soul group passed away yesterday - this was all I could track down on short notice, and it's still terrific.Buy it!
Brian Eno “Third Uncle” from Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) (Editions E.G. 1974) —Eno made dance music for nerds like me back in the day.Buy it!
Mark Ronson & the Business “Lose It (In the End)” from Record Collection (RCA 2010) N —Ghostface Killah sounds cool in this dance context.Buy it!
Fairport Convention “Genesis Hall” from Unhalfbricking (Carthage/Hannibal 1969) —I just read on allmusic.com that Richard Thompson's contributions to this album weren't memorable. Excuse me? You don't remember this masterpiece?Buy it!
Richard Thompson “Big Sun Falling In the River” from Dream Attic (Shout Factory 2010) N —And he still writes memorable songs.Buy it!
Raul Malo “Sinners & Saints” (Fantasy 2010) N —The first cut of the album, and the first song Raul Malo played live last week - magnificent.Buy it!
Mexican Institute of Sound “Cumbia” from Soy Sauce (Nacional 2009) —Okay, this Nacional label seems to have some things on the ball - DJ music out of Mexico!Buy it!
Them “Here Comes the Night” from Them Featuring Van Morrison (Polygram 1987) —The young Van Morrison sounds so sanguine here - I love this cut.Buy it!
The Move “Flowers in the Rain” from Omnibus: The 60s Singles As and Bs (Edsel 1999) —Happy music.Buy it!
John Mayall “Key to Love” from Bluesbreakers With Eric Clapton (Deram 1966) —One of the all-time great Clapton solos here.Buy it!
Robert Plant “House of Cards” from Band Of Joy (Rounder 2010) N —I forgot I could have played this back when I was talking about Richard Thompson and his memorable songs.Buy it!
Jamey Johnson “By the Seat of Your Pants” from The Guitar Song (Mercury 2010) N —Barry Mazor says this is the best country record of the past 25 years - I haven't heard nearly as much as he has, but I doubt there's much better.Buy it!
Mavis Staples “Creep Along Moses” from You Are Not Alone (Anti 2010) N —It bothers me to read all the reviews calling this her best record in ages, when it's not as good as the one that came before it - but it's sure awfully good, and I'm glad to see Mavis getting some attention again at last.Buy it!
Mollie O'Brien & Rich Moore “The Ghost of You Walks” from Saints & Sinners (Remington Road 2010) N —Going out with one final example of Richard Thompson's memorable songwriting.Buy it!
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