Ray Barretto “Prestame Tu Mujer” from The Best (fania www.vampisoul.com 2004) —Simple rule in the world of salsa - if it's on Fania, it's probably great.Buy it!
Robert Glasper featuring Musiq Soulchild & Chrisette Michelle “Ah Yeah” from Black Radio (Blue Note www.bluenote.com 2012) —After dancing fast, let's dance slow.Buy it!
War “Sun Oh Son” from Anthology (Avenue 1994) —One of many exhibits I keep in my brain against an ill-considered statement a friend made 25 years ago about how flutes are never good - and then it gets funky.Buy it!
Robert Cray “Fix This” from Nothin' But Love (Provogue www.mascotlabelgroup.com 2012) N —Tight groove on this one, and a typically impassioned vocal.Buy it!
Etta James “Wet Match” from the right time (Ekektra 1992) —Her spoken intro cracks me up - "After the love-making, I said I don't mean to embarrass you but listen . . ."Buy it!
Little Willie John “Take My Love (I Want to Give It All to You)” from Fever: The Best of Little Willie John (Rhino 1993) —One of the major talents of the fifties, who needs to be much better remembered.Buy it!
The MC5 “Come Together” from The Big Bang: The Best of the MC5 (Rhino 2000) —The perfect mixture of aggression, energy, love, and power.Buy it!
Free Energy “Electric Fever” from Love Sign (Free Energy 2013) N —A cowbell and twin guitars - how can you go wrong?Buy it!
The Kinks “Johnny Thunder” from The Village Green Preservation Society (Castle 1968) —Has anyone ever counted the brilliant songs of Ray Davies? There are a lot.Buy it!
Procol Harum “T.V. Caesar” from Grand Hotel (Repertoire 1973) —Late but still great.Buy it!
Sun Sawed In 1/2 “My Only Lonely Soul” from Elephants Into Swans (self 2013) N L —One of St. Louis's best bands (though they live in several different cities now) has a new album out, and it's darn good.Buy it!
Jon Brion “I Believe She's Lying” from Meaningless (self 2001) —Catchy tune.Buy it!
Lindsey Buckingham “In Our Own Time” from Seeds We Sow (Eagle Rock 2011) —I love what he does on guitar here - sometimes his fingerpicking excesses get annoying, but sometimes they are beautiful.Buy it!
Curtis Johnson “I Need You Baby to Love” from That'll Flat Git It Vol. 20 (Bear Family www.bear-family.de 2004) —Buddy Holly style with saxophone. That'll git it, alright.Buy it!
Creedence Clearwater Revival “Susie Q (Part 1)” from The Singles Collection (Fantasy 2009) —Dig that guitar tone - jeeminy!Buy it!
Creedence Clearwater Revival “Susie Q (Part 2)” from The Singles Collection (Fantasy 2009) —The rarely heard b-side. Weird stuff.Buy it!
Jimbo Mathus & the Tri-State Coalition “Run Devil Run” from White Buffalo (Fat Possum 2013) N —A perfect follow-up to CCR.Buy it!
Ray Wylie Hubbard “Ask God” from The Grifter's Hymnal (Bordello 2012) —Hypnotizing.Buy it!
Melody Den “Day-Old Papers” from Storylines (Perdition 2013) N L —Rocking a blues form, with horns and blistering guitar.Buy it!
Guided By Voices “Twilight Campfighter” from Isolation Drills (TVT Records) —When Robert Pollard gets inspired - well, that's some inspirational stuff.Buy it!
Tommy James & The Shondells “(I'm) Taken” from Anthology (Rhino 1989) —This guy made more good records than most of us remember.Buy it!
The Kennedys “Home” from Closer Than You Know (Planned Effervescence 2012) N —Right pretty, with the strings and all.Buy it!
Eleni Mandell “Who You Gonna Dance With” from I Can See the Future (Yep Roc 2012) N —Mandell isn't fancy, but she's intoxicating.Buy it!
Bobbie Gentry “Benjamin” from An American Quilt 1967-1974 (Raven 2002) —Go ahead, try to resist the charm of this one.Buy it!
Shelby Lynne “Old #7” from Tears, Lies & Alibis (Everso 2010) —After I saw her at Pridefest last year, singing without a microphone, I gained an even greater respect for her vocal skills.Buy it!
Richard Thompson “Auldie Riggs” from Electric (New West 2013) N —Richard with a string section - and it's great! One of his best folk ballads.Buy it!
Kathy Mattea “Gone, Gonna Rise Again” from Calling Me Home (SUGAR HILL ww.sugarhillrecords.com 2012) N —Beautiful song - she's singing better than ever.Buy it!
Solomon Burke “The Judgement” from Don't Give Up On Me (Anti 2002) —Magnificent version of a great Elvis Costello song.Buy it!
Ryan Shaw “Can't Hear the Music” from Real Love (Dynotone 2012) —Great voice, great beats, great song.Buy it!
Curtis Salgado “Let Me Make Love to You” from Soul Shot (Alligator 2012) —How do you take an O'Jays classic and make the hairs on your neck stand up even more? Don't ask me, ask Curtis Salgado.Buy it!
Dirty Dozen Brass Band` “Jook” from Twenty Dozen (Savoy 2012) —Now's the time on Sprockets Salvation when we dance.Buy it!
Charles Mingus “Fifty-First Street Blues” from East Coasting (Shout Factory 1957) —Just a sweet, gentle blues with amazing harmony.Buy it!
Van Morrison “Born to Sing” from Born to Sing: No Plan B (Blue Note www.bluenote.com 2012) N —I'm glad Van Morrison didn't have a plan B - he's made a lot of music that I love.Buy it!
Buddy Guy “I Suffer With the Blues” from I Left My Blues in San Francisco (Chess 1967) —At times he's my fave blues singer as well as guitarist.Buy it!
The Wandering “The Outlaw” from Go On Now, You Can't Stay Here: Mississippi Folk Music, Vol. 3 (Songs of the South www.nmallstars.com/ 2012) —A Sid Selvidge song given a 1930s country treatment.Buy it!
Waylon Jennings “What You'll Do When I'm Gone” from Will the Wolf Survive? (MCA 1985) —I love the feel of this one, that shuffling beat and melancholy fiddle, even the flute-like keyboards.Buy it!
Hayes Carl “Another Like You” from KMAG YOYO (Lost Highway 2011) —Prepare to laugh at this loving couple.Buy it!
Woody Guthrie “Talking Sailor” from Pastures of Plenty (Naxos 1999) —Woman awaiting.Buy it!
The Flatlanders “Story of You” from The Odessa Tapes (New West 2012) N —Gorgeous Jimmie Dale Gilmore vocal.Buy it!
Middle Class Fashion “Jamie” from Girl Talk (Blip Blap! 2012) L —My fave song on a very good record from this St. Louis outfit.Buy it!
The Helium Tapes “Stone Faced” from The Helium Tapes (self 2008) L —Man, I liked this band a lot when they existed.Buy it!
Dengue Fever “Sui Bong” from Escape from Dragon House (BRG 2005) —Cambodian style rock.Buy it!
Menahan Street Band “Driftwood” from The Crossing (Daptone 2012) N —Another mesmerizing instrumental with exotic flair.Buy it!
The Searchers “Bumble Bee” from 30th Anniversary Collection (Collectables 1992) —The British Invasion b-division was still pretty darned fun.Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate.
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