Miles Davis “Milestones” from Miles Davis in Europe (Columbia 1964) —Miles on trumpet, George Coleman on tenor, Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter on bass, Tony Williams on drums, music on fire.Buy it!
Itals “Ina Disa Time” from Early Recordings 1971-1979 (nighthawk 1984) —Lloyd Ricketts, harmony vocalist supreme of this Jamaican trio, passed away the other day. He wasn't actually on this record, but he sang it live many times - their first hit.Buy it!
Itals “Brutal” from Brutal Out Deh (Nighthawk Records 1982) —One of the all-time great reggae records - and Ricketts was a part of it.Buy it!
The Rolling Stones “Everything Is Turning to Gold” from Sucking in the Seventies (Polydor Ltd. 2008) —I love the overdriven rock/disco feel of this one.Buy it!
Marianne Faithfull “The Stations” from Horses And High Heels (Naive 2010) N —I'm no expert - Greg Dulli co-wrote this, so did he record it in one of his bands?Buy it!
Tom Waits “Downtown Train” from Rain Dogs (Island 1985) —Remember back in the 80s when everybody was covering this?Buy it!
k.d. lang & The Siss Boom Bang “Perfect Word” from Sing It Loud (Nonesuch 2011) N —So many great songs on this record I almost forgot this gem.Buy it!
Tara Nevins “Who Would You Tell” from Wood and Stone (Sugar Hill Records www.sugarhillrecords.com 2011) N —New rule: if it's produced by Larry Campbell, it at least deserves attention.Buy it!
Eilen Jewell “Reckless” from Queen of the Minor Key (Signature Sounds Recording Company 2011) N —I keep checking if this is some classic country hit from 1964, but nope, Jewell wrote it herself, and I don't think she was alive back then.Buy it!
Bettye Swann “Tell It Like It Is” from Bettye Swann (Astralwerks 2004) —Shh - don't let this get around, but there are days I like this version better than the Aaron Neville hit.Buy it!
Imelda May “Tainted Love” from Mayhem (Decca 2010) N —How do you take a song that's a classic in both soul & electro-pop and make it fresh? Would you believe rockabilly?Buy it!
Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three “River Rock Bottom” from Middle Of Everywhere (Free Dirt www.freedirtrecords.com 2011) N L —This St. Louisian lives in a world outside of time; I don't know how he does it, but he writes & sings as if he was alive 80 years ago.Buy it!
Grace Basement “Broke Up Man” from Broke Up Man EP (Eastern Watts 2011) N L —Ah, Kevin Buckley - a terrific Irish fiddler, a terrific pop songsmith. How can we get him to do more?Buy it!
The Blind Eyes “Satisfactory” from With A Bang (self-released 2011) N L —These St. Louisians can write some tunes, can't they?Buy it!
They Might Be Giants “Canajoharie” from Join Us (Rounder 2011) N —What the heck is that song title? A great hook, that's what.Buy it!
Magazine “The Light Pours Out of Me” from Where The Power Is (Virgin 2000) N —While ideally all of Magazine's work should be readily availalble, in the real world, we should be thankful newcomers can at least feast on this strong collection.Buy it!
The Move “Feel Too Good” from Boogie Nights Vol. 2 (CAPITOL 1998) —This song would be good without a cowbell, but it's great with it.Buy it!
Little Feat “Old Folks Boogie” from Waiting For Columbus (Rhino 1978) —The cowbell is more prominent on the studio version, but I couldn't find my copy of that; it's here on the live version, just not as loud.Buy it!
Amy Winehouse “Valerie” from Back To Black (Deluxe / Standard Edition) (Universal 2006) —The quieter version of the Zutons masterpiece - Amy Winehouse owned this song.Buy it!
Amy Winehouse “Someone to Watch Over Me” from Frank (Universal 2003) —She could sing jazz, r'n'b, pop, all of it together or separately. It's a terrible loss of further music we've suffered.Buy it!
Amy Winehouse “Tears Dry on Their Own” from Back to Black (Universal 2006) —Brilliant song!Buy it!
AC/DC “Show Business” from '74 Jailbreak (Sony 1984) —These early recordings by AC/DC knock me out - I don't know how I've missed them since they were released 27 years ago.Buy it!
Leon Russell “Alcatraz” from Live in Japan (CAPITOL 2011) N —Actually, this cut is live in Houston, but that's because there are 9 songs recorded in Japan in 73, and 7 more in Houston in 71, which makes this set pretty enticing.Buy it!
Joe Ely “Not That Much Has Changed” from Satisfied at Last (Rack 'Em 2011) N —How many images can he fit in one 4 minute song? More than you might think.Buy it!
Terry Hanck “Appreciate What You Got” from Look Out! (Delta Groove 2011) N —A powerful and witty blues about the problems of the world.Buy it!
David Bromberg “You Don't Wanna Make Me Mad” from Use Me (Appleseed Recordings www.AppleseedMusic.com 2011) N —Bromberg's new album is chock full of guest stars - Dr. John is on this cut.Buy it!
John Hiatt “I Love That Girl” from Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns (New West 2011) N —Simple but magnificent.Buy it!
Amy LaVere “Stranger Me” (Archer Records 2011) N —My review of this album: http://blurt-online.com/reviews/view/3208/Buy it!
The Feelies “Nobody Knows” from Here Before (Bar/None Records 2011) N —The Feelies are a band I love that I have the hardest time trying to describe - they sound like lightning bugs eluding the grasp of little hands.Buy it!
Sleepy Kitty “Speaking Politely” from Infinity City (Euclid Records 2011) N L —St. Louis band makes some noise, but doesn't forget to write a good song.Buy it!
Sloan “The Answer Was You” from The Double Cross (Yep Roc 2011) N —A typical hook-fest from these pop masterminds.Buy it!
Steve Earle “Heaven or Hell” from I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive (New West 2011) N —A duet with Earle's wife Alison Moorer.Buy it!
Sarah Jarosz “Ring Them Bells” from Follow Me Down (SUGAR HILL ww.sugarhillrecords.com 2011) N —Bob Dylan wrote it, Vince Gill sings harmony, Jerry Douglas and Stuart Duncan play on it - yeah, it's good. She'll be at the Duck Room Thursday, Aug. 4.Buy it!
Guy Clark “Maybe I Can Paint Over That” from Songs and Stories (Dualtone 2011) N —A live album with 14 songs and 9 introductions from one of our best songwriters.Buy it!
Slaid Cleaves “Black T Shirt” from Sorrow & Smoke (Music Road 2011) N —A double live album with 21 songs from one of our best songwriters.Buy it!
Kasey Chambers “Beautiful Mess” from Little Bird (Liberation 2010) N —I can almost dip into her entire catalogue at random and pick out a good song to play.Buy it!
Randy Newman “Suzanne” from The Randy Newman Songbook Vol. 2 (Nonesuch 2011) N —My gosh, he's written a lot of great songs, some like this one I'd pretty much missed out until this live record.Buy it!
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