Sound Salvation (Music)
Fri Dec 17th 2010 7.00am–10.00am
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Elvis Presley “Trying to Get to You”
from Elvis Presley (RCA 2011) —Eric Ambel raved on Facebook about Scotty Moore's guitar part on this cut, and you know what? He's right! It is like a whole orchestra.
Aaron Neville “I Know I've Been Changed” (Tell It 2010) N —Aaron Neville sings the Staple Singers - gorgeous. The piano player is Allen Toussaint; the producer is Joe Henry; the record is magic.
The Meters “They All Ask'd For You”
from Fire On the Bayou CD Album (Sundazed 1975) —Aaron's brothers Cyrille and Art came up with this classic along with their Meters buddies George and Ziggy.
Jason Moran “I'll Play the Blues For You”
from Same Mother (Blue Note 2005) —An astounding jazz take on the Albert King song - some great guitar work by Marvin Sewell.
Solomon Burke “Vicious Circle”
from Nashville (Shout! Factory Records 2006) —A stunning little song from this delightful album I hadn't heard in a long time until the other day, when I gave it a spin and kicked myself for forgetting about it.
James Moody “Wail, Moody, Wail” (Prestige 1955) —The great James Moody passed away just over a week ago - here he plays both tenor and alto, and shows his chops and imagination to great effect.
James Brown “My Thang”
from Number 1's (Polydor 2007) —James Brown didn't use cowbell a whole lot, but, whatever he did, it's got to be funky.
Harry Nilsson “So You Think You've Got Troubles”
from Spotlight on Nilsson (Tower 1967) —My friends Edward Burch and Rachel Liebowitz have been on a heavy Nilsson trip of late, and they sent me this not-often heard early Nilsson track to reveal his cowbell love before he jumped into the fire.
Fleetwood Mac “Homeward Bound”
from Bare Trees (Warner 1972) —Another cowbell gem pointed out by my cowbell-centric co-worker Jim Varvaris.
Emitt Rhodes “With My Face on the Floor”
from Emitt Rhodes (Dunhill 1970) —I'm pretty sure it was James Weber who posted this song on Facebook - I try to credit my inspirations when I can remember them. Anyway, great song.
Neil Young “Love and War”
from Le Noise (Reprise 2010) N —The more I hear it, the more I think this is Young's best record in at least 15 years. This song is devastating.
T Bone Burnett “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”
from Acoustic Christmas (Columbia 1990) —I pretty much think of this as the definitive version of this hymn, with the great Jerry Douglas on dobro and the great Mark O'Connor on violin. I'm also pretty darn sure that's an uncredited Sam Phillips on harmony vocal.
Ray Charles “Wheel of Fortune”
from Ray Rare Genius (Concord 2010) N —All this stuff from the vaults, some of it augmented by modern musicians fleshing out parts, is just terrific - masterful Ray!
Elvis Costello “You Hung the Moon”
from National Ransom (Hear Music 2010) N —Costello tried a whole album of this sort of thing a few years back, but now he's really mastered the Great American Songbook form. Beautiful.
Crowded House “Twice If You're Lucky”
from Intriguer CD Album (Fantasy 2010) N —If I was gonna name one song that stands out more than any other of what I've heard this year, it just might be this one.
Tony Joe White “Ain't Doing Nobody No Good”
from The Shine (Swamp 2010) N —I'm always happy to hear something new from this deep-voiced swamp dog.
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