Santana “As the Years Go Passing By” from Live at the Fillmore 1968 (Columbia 1997) —A simply beautiful and extraordinarily powerful blues from the time when this band could do no wrong.Buy it!
Manu Dibango “Super Kumba” from Soul Makossa (Accord 1972) —It's not "Soul Makossa" but an incredible simulation from the same guy.Buy it!
Don Byron “Highway to Heaven” from Love, Peace, and Soul (Savoy Jazz 2012) N —Jazz meets Gospel, everybody wins.Buy it!
Lyle Lovett “Brown Eyed Handsome Man” from Release Me (Curb / Lost Highway 2012) —I like this slowed-down take on the Chuck Berry masterpiece.Buy it!
Willie Nelson “Living in the Promiseland” from Songs For Tsunami Relief: Austin to South Asia (Lost Highway 2005) —This live version has Willie's guitar way up in the mix, which always makes me happy - there's no other sound in music like it.Buy it!
Tom Waits “Chicago” from Bad As Me (Anti 2011) —As good an album opener as Mr. Waits has come up since "16 Shells From a 30 Ought Six."Buy it!
The Neon Boys “That's All I Know (Right Now)” from Spurts: The Richard Hell Story (Rhino 2005) —Early pre-Television, pre-Voidoids single from Tom Verlaine and Richard Hell.Buy it!
The Plimsouls “Magic Touch” from Beach Town Confidential (Alive 2012) —I saw the Plimsouls the year before this album was recorded - man, they rocked.Buy it!
Elvis Costello “Big Boys” from Armed Forces (Rhino 1979) —It's been just a little more than 33 years since the first time I saw Elvis Costello live. This album was new then, so he may have done this song.Buy it!
Craig Finn “Apollo Bay” from Clear Heart Full Eyes (Vagrant www.vagrant.com 2012) N —I really wasn't expecting to enjoy this solo album from the Hold Steady front-man, but it sounds better and better every time I hear any of it.Buy it!
Sinead O'Connor “4th and Vine” from How About I Be Me (And You Be You)? (One Little Indian 2012) N —This is still a new experience for me, liking Sinead O'Connor. But I dare you to resist this song.Buy it!
The Monkees “Valleri” from Greatest Hits (Rhino 1995) —It was quite a shock to hear of Davy Jones' passing the other day. This was my fave song he sang, and I've loved it since I got it off the back of a cereal box 45 years ago.Buy it!
The Monkees “Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)” from More of the Monkees (Colgems 1966) —One of those Neil Diamond hook-filled pop songs.Buy it!
The Monkees “Daydream Believer” from Greatest Hits (Rhino 1995) —An obvious choice, but that's mostly because I thought I had Headquarters with me, but I didn't, and then I had to throw something on fast. Still, it's a great cut.Buy it!
The Grass Roots “Let's Live For Today” from 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Grass Roots (Geffen* 2001) —Contemporaries of the Monkees, and just about as good, though without a TV show.Buy it!
The Cyrkle “Cloudy” from Red Rubber Ball (Sundazed 2001) —They had more than 2 songs, you know.Buy it!
The Beatles “If I Needed Someone” from Rubber Soul (Parlophone 1965) —On George Harrison's birthday (last Saturday), this song came up on my itunes shuffle. I took that as a sign.Buy it!
Tommy James & The Shondells “(I'm) Taken” from Mony Mony (Roulette 1968) —Here's one you don't hear every day.Buy it!
The Bongos “Numbers With Wings” (Sony 1983) —Shoulda been a big hit back in the year of Thriller.Buy it!
Paul Westerberg “Looking Up in Heaven” from This Is Music (Uncut 2004) —I honestly don't remember hearing this song until the other day, and yet it's really pretty strong.Buy it!
Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker & Yim Yames “Changing World” from New Multitudes (Rounder 2012) N —You know me, I'm no supporter of My Morning Jacket, but I have to give Mr. Yames props for the job he does on this Woody Guthrie lyric.Buy it!
Butch Hancock & Jimmie Dale Gilmore “Special Treatment” from Two Roads (Caroline 1992) —Hancock and Gilmore were on tour in Australia, so they brought Paul Kelly on stage to sing one of his songs with them.Buy it!
The Chieftains (w/ the Pistol Annies) “Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies” from Voice of Ages (Hear Music 2012) N —Miranda Lambert and her pals sing this one so darn purty.Buy it!
Jim Lauderdale “Up My Sleeve” from Patchwork River (Thirty Tigers www.thirtytigers.com 2010) —Who would have thunk Jim Lauderdale and Robert Hunter would become such prolific partners?Buy it!
Kevin Gordon “Bus to Shreveport” from Gloryland (Crowville Collective 2010) N —A song about ZZ Top, arena concerts, teenage drinking, fear of drugs, fights, a gun, and secrets.Buy it!
Marlon Grisham “Ain't That a Dilly” from Feel Like Rockin’: Tennessee Rock’n’Roll (Fantastic Voyage 2011) —I can't help loving a song that talks about the fun to be had in a record shop.Buy it!
Chuck Prophet “Willie Mays Is Up to Bat” from Temple Beautiful (Yep Roc 2011) N —He'll be at Off Broadway three weeks from last night.Buy it!
Joan Osborne “I Want to Be Loved” from Bring It On Home (Saguaro Road 2012) N —Very strong cover of the Muddy Waters classic.Buy it!
Ruthie Foster “Welcome Home” from Let It Burn (Blue Corn Music 2012) N —Ruthie Foster joined by the Blind Boys of Alabama makes for one lovely sound.Buy it!
Gretchen Peters “Five Minutes” from Hello Cruel World (Proper 2012) N —West Texas Capulet and Montague. Nice.Buy it!
Patty Larkin “Chained To These Lovin Arms” from 25 (Signature Sounds www.signaturesounds.com 2010) —One of her greatest songs, sung here with help from Mary Chapin Carpenter.Buy it!
John Prine “Blue Umbrella” from Great Days: The John Prine Anthology MP3/FILE COMP (Rhino 1993) —I'd almost completely forgotten this little gem from Prine's early days. I don't think he's ever done it live in the many times I've seen him.Buy it!
Punch Brothers “Kid A” from Who's Feeling Young Now? (Nonesuch 2012) N —Everybody covers Radiohead.Buy it!
Bobby Bare “Everybody's Talkin'” from The Moon Was Blue (Dualtone 2005) —Very nice version of the Fred Neil classic.Buy it!
Ha Ha Tonka “No Great Harm” from Death of a Decade (Bloodshot 2011) —Even when they don't emphasize the harmonies, it's the harmonies that get me.Buy it!
The Explorers Club “Weight of the World” from Grand Hotel (Rock Ridge 2012) N —These guys make me think it's 1966, in a good way.Buy it!
Gary Lewis & The Playboys “Sure Gonna Miss Her” from Greatest Hits (Curb 1986) —Speaking of the mid sixties.Buy it!
Macy Gray “Maps” from Covered (429 2012) N —An interesting version of what might be my fave indie-rock song of the 00s.Buy it!
Orgone “Crabby Ali” from The Killion Floor (Ubiquity Recordings, Inc. www.ubiquityrecords.com/ 2007) —This band can handle just about any kind of funk, including this tasty New Orleans style.Buy it!
Amy Winehouse “Our Day Will Come” from Lioness: Hidden Treasures (Universal 2011) N —I dig the ska beat, and the strings, and the backing vocals, and the absolutely riveting way she sings this song.Buy it!
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