Muddy Waters “I Can't Be Satisfied” from His Best: 1947 to 1955 (Chess 1997) —If it was just that slippery slide guitar part, you'd have enough reason for celebration, but this record jumps out of the speakers in every way.Buy it!
Canned Heat “Poor Moon” from Uncanned: The Best of Canned Heat (EMI 1994) —One of the coolest sounding recordings from a band that could really sound cool.Buy it!
Fats Domino “Bo Weevil” from Greatest Hits: Walkin' to New Orleans (CAPITOL 2008) —I've always loved songs about the bo weevil, even wrote one myself once. It's probably because I was never a cotton farmer.Buy it!
Rolling Stones “Tell Me” from The Rolling Stones (ABKCO 1964) —Was this the first self-penned Stones song? Where are my scholars?Buy it!
The Long Ryders “Final Wild Son” from The Best of (Prima 2011) N —Very cool to have some of this stuff back in print after all these years.Buy it!
Robert Plant “Big Love” from Manic Nirvana (Es Paranza 1990) —Back when this record was new, I just dismissed it as another big dumb rock record from a washed up metal guy. I've since revised my opinion - Plant never was washed up.Buy it!
Hayes Carll “Stomp and Holler” from KMAG YOYO (Lost Highway 2011) N —My review of this album is here: http://blurt-online.com/reviews/view/2858/Buy it!
Lucinda Williams “Convince Me” from Blessed SINGLE (Lost Highway 2011) N —Lucinda is back! This song convinces me, anyway.Buy it!
Tim Lee 3 “Sirens (vers. 2)” from Raucous Americanus (Cool Dog Sound 2010) N —A song so good they put it on their new double album twice - though I gotta admit, the two versions aren't so different that I really know why.Buy it!
Robert Pollard “Space City Kicks” (Guided By Voices 2011) N —The ideas just keep pouring out of Mr. Pollard.Buy it!
The Electric Prunes “I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)” from Too Much to Dream - Original Group Recordings Reprise 1967-1968 (Rhino 2007) —Mark Tulin, bassist for the Electric Prunes, passed away the other day at only age 62.Buy it!
The Electric Prunes “Are You Lovin' Me More (But Enjoying It Less)” from Too Much to Dream - Original Group Recordings Reprise 1967-1968 (Rhino 2007) —Though of course, "Too Much to Dream" is the classic, these guys made some other cool records.Buy it!
George Harrison “All Things Must Pass” (Apple 1970) —All those great songs George had saved up, all that Phil Spector lushness, what an album!Buy it!
The Ronettes “Walking in the Rain” from Be My Baby: The Very Best of the Ronettes (Phil Spector Records 2011) N —One of the greatest records ever made right here.Buy it!
Darlene Love “Run Run Runaway” from Sound of Love: Very Best of Darlene Love (Phil Spector Records 2011) N —One of the greatest singers ever right here.Buy it!
The Crystals “Then He Kissed Me” from Da Doo Ron Ron: The Very Best of the Crystals (Phil Spector Records 2011) N —Another of the greatest records ever made. All these nicely done new compilations of Spector stuff reminds us that he was a major talent back in the day.Buy it!
Blactstreet “No Diggity” from No Diggity: The Very Best of Blackstreet (Interscope 2003) —My neice posted a video of this song to Facebook the other day, and she was astonished to learn that I've always loved it. I admit, though, I hadn't thought of it in years until she did that.Buy it!
Bloodstone “Natural High” from The Very Best of Bloodstone (Rhino 1997) —Truly exquisite - like floating on clouds of soul.Buy it!
The Miracles “Love Machine” from The Disco Years Vol. 3: Boogie Fever (Rhino 1992) —I bet Smokey was a little jealous when his ex-mates came up with this gem.Buy it!
David Bowie “Fascination” from Young Americans (Ryko 1997) —Bowie, Sanborn, Vandross, cowbell - that's a combination.Buy it!
Damon Fowler “28 Degrees” from Devil Got His Way (blind pig www.blindpigrecords.com 2011) N —There are some really good songs on this record - young blues singer/guitarist well worth hearing. And he uses cowbell!Buy it!
The Dictators “Next Big Thing” from The Dictators Go Girl Crazy (Epic 1975) —I try not to play the same cowbell songs twice, so we'll consider this a bonus cowbell track which I played over a year ago and wanted to hear again.Buy it!
Iggy Pop “Girls” from New Values (Arista 1979) —I love girls, they're all over this world. Man, I should have played Cars and Girls by the Dictators before this, shouldn't I?Buy it!
XTC “Statue of Liberty” from White Music (Geffen 1978) —You've been the subject of so many dreams since I climbed your torso. What a great line.Buy it!
Orange Juice “Consolation Prize” from Coals to Newcastle (Domino 2010) N —Speaking of great lines - "I wore my fringe like Roger McGuinn's."Buy it!
Edwyn Collins “Come Tomorrow, Come Today” from Losing Sleep (Heavenly 2010) N —Edwyn Collins, former leader of Orange Juice, keeps on keeping on - this is his first recording after having to relearn everything after a cerebral hemmorhage a few years back.Buy it!
Nicole Atkins “Cry Cry Cry” from Mondo Amore (Razor & Tie 2011) —She'll be in town tomorrow night at the Firebird.Buy it!
The Monkees “She Hangs Out” from Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. (Colgems 1967) —An extremely cool Davy Jones sung track.Buy it!
Eddie Kirkland “Saturday Night Stomp” from Three Shades of the Blues (Tru-Sound 1962) —The very talented blues guitarist passed away the other day at the age of 88 in a car accident.Buy it!
Eddie Kirkland “Walk in the Dark” from Democrat Blues (Blue Suit 2004) —The man recorded with John Lee Hooker, played with Otis Redding, and was still going strong onstage at the age of 88.Buy it!
Billy Bragg “There Is Power in a Union” from Talking With The Taxman About Poetry (Elektra 1986) —A good song to keep in mind in these crazy times.Buy it!
Emmylou Harris “How She Could Sing the Wildwood Flower” from All I Intended to Be (Nonesuch 2008) —Such a beautiful, sweet song.Buy it!
Elizabeth Cook “Heroin Addict Sister” from Welder CD ALBUM (31 Tigers 2010) —A touching, heart-breaking song.Buy it!
Tas Cru “Glad To Be Alive” from Jus' Desserts (Crustee Tees 2013) N —My review of this record is here: http://blues.about.com/od/cddvdreview1/fr/Tas-Cru-Jus-Desserts-2010.htmBuy it!
Joan Armatrading “Heading Back to New York City” from Live at Royal Albert Hall (Savoy Jazz 2011) N —Love her rocking guitar.Buy it!
New York Dolls “Funky But Chic” from Dancing Backwards In High Heels COMP (429 2011) N —They've re-done one of David Johansen's greatest songs. David & Syl Sylvain will be out touring the sheds opening for Motley Crue & Poison this summer. Will those audiences understand?Buy it!
Fairport Convention “I'll Keep It With Mine” from What We Did On Our Holidays (A&M 1969) —Easily one of the greatest Dylan covers ever.Buy it!
Over the Rhine “Infamous Love Song” from The Long Surrender (GSD 2011) N —Which came first? They wrote songs that sound just like a Joe Henry song, or they asked Joe Henry to produce this record?Buy it!
Vinicius Cantuaria & Bill Frisell “Lagrimas de Amor” from Lagrimas Mexicanas (Naive 2011) N —Here's my review of this excellent record: http://blurt-online.com/reviews/view/2846/Buy it!
Ian Walsh & Kevin Buckley “La Partida” from Keeping It Reel (Mountain Rose www.buckleyandwalsh.com 2011) N L —Irish fiddlers go to Venezuela for a gorgeous waltz.Buy it!
Devotchka “The Common Good” from 100 Lovers (Epitaph 2011) N —I can't believe this weird little band I once saw at the Way Out Club is making such great records.Buy it!
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