New York Dolls “Looking For a Kiss” from New York Dolls (Mercury 1973) —When I say I'm in love, you best believe I'm in love. L-U-V!Buy it!
Dictators “Teengenerate” from Go Girl Crazy (Epic 1975) —He's no boy, and he ain't no man.Buy it!
Let's Active “Writing the Book of Last Pages” from Big Plans for Everybody (IRS 1986) —I just haven't heard these guys in too long.Buy it!
Dwight Yoakam “Santa Claus Is Back in Town” from Christmas Country (Warner Brothers 1996) —Dwight does such a great version of this Lieber/Stoller classic.Buy it!
Bruce Springsteen “The Promised Land” from Darkness On the Edge of Town (Columbia 1978) —When are they gonna just release the remastered version of this album without the giant box set?Buy it!
Chuck Berry “Promised Land” from You Never Can Tell: His Complete Chess Recordings 1960 -1966 (Hip-O Select 2009) —One of the greatest songs ever written about this country.Buy it!
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.Buy it!
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.Buy it!
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.Buy it!
Allen Toussaint “Winter Wonderland” from Christmas on KYULE 2010 (KYULE 2010) —A little New Orleans holiday flavor.Buy it!
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.Buy it!
Freddie King “Lowdown In Lodi” from Texas Cannonball (DCC Compact Classics 1972) —Thanks to James Weber for reminding me on Facebook how cool this is.Buy it!
Mavis Staples “Wrote a Song For Everyone” from You Are Not Alone (Anti www.anti.com 2010) N —One good John Fogerty cover deserves another.Buy it!
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.Buy it!
Rough Shop “Santa's Last Stop” from Just Because It Was Christmas (Santa's Last Stop 2009) L —Just Andy Ploof on guitar and vocals, and a sweet gem of a song. How is it nobody ever thought of this idea before?Buy 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.Buy it!
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.Buy it!
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.Buy it!
Fleetwood Mac “Homeward Bound” from Bare Trees (Warner 1972) —Another cowbell gem pointed out by my cowbell-centric co-worker Jim Varvaris.Buy it!
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.Buy it!
Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs “Marquee Moon” from Under the Covers Vol. 2 (Shout Factory www.shoutfactory.com 2009) —I only just discovered the bonus disc from this album - Hoffs may or may not contribute some backing vocals here - this is Matthew's vocal showcase, and I'm presuming Richard Lloyd handles the lead guitar duties - at any rate, the solos are worthy of him.Buy it!
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.Buy it!
Robert Plant “The Only Sound That Matters” from Band Of Joy (Rounder www.rounder.com 2010) N —Who is Gregory Vanderpool, the guy who wrote this one? 'Cause I love this song and would like to know what else he's done.Buy it!
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.Buy it!
Ben Webster “Late Date” from Soulville (Verve 1957) —Backed by the Oscar Peterson Quartet - Herb Ellis rocks on this one.Buy it!
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!Buy it!
Marti Jones “Sleep of the Just” from My Long-Haired Life (SUGAR HILL 1996) —Lovely take on the Elvis Costello song.Buy it!
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.Buy it!
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.Buy it!
The Ronettes “Frosty the Snowman” from A Christmas Gift For You (ABKCO 1963) —Ah, joy!Buy it!
Southern Culture on The Skids “Bad Boys” from The Kudzu Ranch (Kudzu Records 2010) N —Probably my fave cut on a generally enjoyable new record.Buy it!
Allison Moorer & Steve Earle “After the Fire Is Gone” from Coal Miner's Daughter: Tribute to Loretta Lynn (Sony 2010) N —A slightly raucous take on the Conway & Loretta template.Buy it!
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.Buy it!
Junior Wells & The Aces “I Don't Know” from Live in Boston 1966 (Delmark 2010) N —Raw recording, pure energy, spectacular blues.Buy it!
Diplomats of Solid Sound “Promise of a Brand New Day” from What Goes Around Comes Around (Pravda 2010) N —I'd suggest you dance to this one. As if you can resist.Buy it!
Bobby Lloyd & the Skeletons “Do You Hear What I Hear / You Really Got Me” from Christmas Party With Eddie G (Columbia 1990) —I'm not usually a fan of mash-ups, but this one's pretty clever, and it was done by a real band coming up with a clever arrangement.Buy it!
Graham Parker and Nona Hendryx “Soul Christmas” from Christmas on KYULE 2010 (KYULE 2010) —I vaguely remember knowing this song existed, but leave it to John Wendland to give it a prominent place on a KYULE comp.Buy it!
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