The Who “The Kids Are Alright” from The Who Sings My Generation (Brunswick 1965) —Just plain ol' perfect song, isn't it?Buy it!
The Jam “Away from the Numbers” from In the City (Polygram 1977) —Every once in a while, I am struck once again by just how great the Jam could be. Right there on their first album, they came up with a song that could have been by the Who.Buy it!
Bruce Springsteen “It's So Hard to Be a Saint in the City” from Hammersmith Odeon, London '75 (Live) (Columbia 2006) —There's no question that Bruce can still be a powerful live performer - there is equally no question that he will never again be as great as he was here.Buy it!
Willie Nile “Run” from House of a Thousand Guitars (River House 2009) —I don't know, has Willie Nile released even 6 albums in 30 years? Every one of them is great, though.Buy it!
Alejandro Escovedo “Anchor” from Street Songs of Love CD ALBUM (Fantasy 2010) N —Now this is rock'n'roll!Buy it!
Rolling Stones “Torn and Frayed” from Exile On Main Street Expanded Edition (UMe 2010) N —Beautiful shambolic country song.Buy it!
Deadstring Brothers “Heavy Load” from Silver Mountain (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2007) —I've always wanted to play these guys right after something from Exile, their obvious template. Now I have.Buy it!
Tom Jones “Strange Things” from Praise and Blame (Lost Highway www.losthighwayrecords.com 2010) N —Yeah, Tom Jones is covering Sister Rosetta Tharpe! And it works!Buy it!
Bob Marley “Lively Up Yourself” from Trench Town Rock (Charly 2001) —The early version of this classic, slower and with beautiful Wailers harmonies.Buy it!
The Budos Band “Unbroken, Unshaven” from Budos Band III (Daptone 2010) N —Crazy odd instrumental funk - I dig it.Buy it!
James Brown “Give It Up or Turn It Loose” from Love Power Peace - Live at the Olympia, Paris 1971 (Polydor 1992) —R.I.P. rhythm guitarist Catfish Collins, who was part of this amazing band before moving on with his brother Bootsy to P-Funk.Buy it!
Funkadelic “Standing on the Verge of Getting It On” SINGLE (Westbound Records Inc. 1974) —Too darn many of these guys are passing away too young.Buy it!
Dr. John “Feel Good Music” from Tribal COMP (429 2010) N —Another gem from the Dr., who has made more great records this past decade than he'd done in a long time.Buy it!
Charles Brown “Black Night” from Blues n' Brown (Jewel 1972) —I never knew Charles Brown co-wrote this song - I remember hearing local blues singer Rondo make this his own a few years back.Buy it!
Buddy Guy & Junior Wells “Stone Crazy” from Chicago Bluesfest 1964 (Stardust 2003) —What an amazing performance captured live 46 years ago!Buy it!
Carl Perkins “Matchbox” from Original Sun Greatest Hits CD COMP (Rhino 1957) —I'd forgotten how amazing this record is - or at least I'd relegated it in my head to one of those accepted premises that needed some reinforcement.Buy it!
Bob Seger System “Black Eyed Girl” from Ramblin' Gamblin' Man VINYL SINGLE (Starline 1968) —It's hard to figure how the guy who made this psychedelic blues with the prominent cowbell ever turned into the dork he became, but it's true. Thanks to Mark Hyken for giving me a copy of this stuff.Buy it!
Bob Seger System “Lucifer” from Mongrel (CAPITOL 1970) —Another cowbell song from Seger, this time a rocker!Buy it!
Peter Case “Dig What You're Puttin Down” from Wig! CD ALBUM (Yep Roc 2010) N —I love the sound of this cut, with all that guitar reverb and the harp breaking through, and the one two drum beat.Buy it!
Dusty Springfield “Take Another Little Piece of My Heart” from Dusty In London (Rhino 1999) —There are several great versions of this song, aren't there?Buy it!
Roy Orbison “Dream Baby (How Long Must a I Dream)” from Definitive Collection (Sony 2004) —So many great records from this man.Buy it!
Charlie Rich “Lonely Days” from mohair sam SINGLE (Charly 2006) —A lovely gem from Mr. Rich, with just his great voice & a piano.Buy it!
Dakota Staton “The Late, Late Show” (Marathon Media International Ltd. 2009) —What a hip record!Buy it!
Peggy Lee “When the World Was Young” from Black Coffee & Other Delights (MCA 1994) —An unusual old-school pop song, with 2 minutes out of 3 devoted to the intro before we get to a short rendition of the verses.Buy it!
Teddy Edwards Octet “Avalon” from Back to Avalon (Contemporary 1960) —A great swinging tenor player - this cut cooks.Buy it!
Charlie Rouse “Samba De Orfeu” from Bossa Nova Bacchanal (Blue Note 1962) —Quite probably the best record to come out of jazz's fascination with the sounds of Brazil.Buy it!
Les Copeland “Ry Cooder” from Don't Let the Devil In (Earwig 2010) N —Beautiful tribute to the slide guitar stylings of Ry Cooder.Buy it!
Abigail Washburn “City of Refuge” (Rounder 2011) N —Another great record from this modern folkie - lots of banjo, but no Chinese songs this time. It's released Aug. 31.Buy it!
Ben Sollee “A Few Honest Words” from Learning to Bend (Thirty Tigers www.thirtytigers.com/) —Sollee has worked with Washburn in the Sparrow Quartet - he's my favorite young folk cello player (actually, I've only heard this song, but I like it a lot, and want to hear more).Buy it!
Tim O'Brien “My Girl's Waiting For Me (River Driving)” from Chicken and Egg CD ALBUM (Howdy Skies 2010) N —Another one of those songs about going back home to see your loved one.Buy it!
Rockhouse Ramblers “If You Want Me To” from Lies & Dam Lies (Rockhouse Ramblers 2010) N L —The CD Release Party and official reunion of the Rockhouse Ramblers is tonight at the Duck Room.Buy it!
Merle Travis “So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed” from The Merle Travis Story - 24 Greatest Hits (CMH 1989) —They sure don't write 'em like this no more.Buy it!
Asleep at the Wheel and Leon Rausch “Rosetta” from It's a Good Day CD ALBUM (Bismeaux 2010) N —A lovely little Earl Hines number.Buy it!
Jerry Lee Lewis “Middle Age Crazy” from Mean Old Man (Verve 2010) N —It's been a long time since Jerry Lee was middle aged, but I guess he remembers.Buy it!
Teeny Tucker “I Wish We Could Go Back” from Keep the Blues Alive (Te-Bo 2010) N —My review of this record: http://blues.about.com/od/cddvdreview1/fr/Teeny-Tucker-Keep-The-Blues-Alive-2010.htmBuy it!
Donna Summer “I Feel Love” from Gold (Universal 1977) —One of my all-time favorite records right here.Buy it!
Richard Thompson “The Money Shuffle” from Dream Attic (Shout Factory 2010) N —Powerful rocker making vicious fun of Wall Street rip-off artists. New album due Aug. 31.Buy it!
Los Lobos “Burn It Down” from Tin Can Trust CD ALBUM (Shout! Factory 2010) N —A tough song about moving on with your life.Buy it!
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