The Beatles “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” from The Beatles (CAPITOL 1968) —You know, that quiet one could write some songs.Buy it!
Terry Reid “Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace” from Superlungs (Astralwerks 2005) —Honestly, everybody says Cheap Trick did a great version of this, but I can't remember hearing it. This original is a masterpiece, though.Buy it!
Supermoon “When the Lights Are On” from demo SINGLE (none 2011) N L —St. Louis band that rocks!Buy it!
RoyWood's Wizzo Band “The Stroll” from Exotic Mixture: Singles A's & B's (Repertoire 1999) —Hey, man, that's some bonus cowbell, isn't it? Roy never got over his 1950s youth.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Rollin' and Tumblin'” from Modern Times (Columbia 2006) —Bob Dylan covers Muddy Waters, except he writes a bunch of new lyrics. I still love this.Buy it!
Jimmie Vaughan “Teardrop Blues” from Plays More Blues, Ballads and Favorites (Shout! Factory 2011) N —Somewhere along the line, Jimmie Vaughan's singing has gotten to be almost as interesting as his guitar playing. And damn! I love his guitar playing!Buy it!
Imelda May “I'm Alive” from Mayhem (Decca 2010) N —This woman can sing and she can write!Buy it!
k.d. lang & The Siss Boom Bang “Sing It Loud” (Nonesuch 2011) —Speaking of great singers and writers. Still one of my fave records this year.Buy it!
Joni Mitchell “Dreamland” from Don Juan's Reckless Daughter (Asylum 1977) —Joni plus percussion - love this cut!Buy it!
Dengue Fever “Cement Slippers” from Cannibal Courtship (Concord 2011) N —My girlfriend loves everything at the beach except the wind and the waves and the sun! That's an opening line.Buy it!
Ha Ha Tonka “Problem Solver” from Death of a Decade (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2011) N —I love the line about speaking in Esperanto, but she was kind enough to let me know what they were talking about.Buy it!
Big Star “Mod Lang” from Radio City (Ardent 1974) —More bonus cowbell, and one of the greatest songs ever.Buy it!
Frank Foster “Shiny Stockings” from Swing (Challenge 1998) —One of the great tenor saxophonists in jazz, who played with Basie, who understood Coltrane, who forged ahead with his own sound, passed away the other day. Here's a classic cut from Foster as a leader.Buy it!
Gene McDaniels “A Hundred Pounds of Clay” from A Hundred Pounds of Clay: The Best of Gene McDaniels (EMI 1995) —Gene McDaniels passed away this week, too. Great singer, great songwriter.Buy it!
Gene McDaniels “Tower of Strength” from A Hundred Pounds of Clay: The Best of Gene McDaniels (EMI 1995) —His biggest hits as a singer were written by others - I couldn't find the classics he wrote himself for other singers.Buy it!
Dr. John “Save Our Wetlands” from City That Care Forgot COMP (429 2008) N —A cry from the wilderness for help, with cowbell.Buy it!
The Sweet Inspirations “Don't Let Me Lose This Dream” from The Sweet Inspirations (Atlantic 1967) —Whitney Houston's mama Cissy and her friends sing even better with a cowbell in the background.Buy it!
The Civil Tones “S'Caliente” from City Stoopin' (Pravda 2011) N L —St. Louis instrumental combo comes back with an incredible new record - and just about half the songs (including this one), have cowbell!Buy it!
Bettye Lavette “God Bless the Child” from Changes is Gonna Come: Sessions (Epitaph 2009) —Bettye LaVette as torch singer - nice!Buy it!
Johnny Adams “Hell Yes I Cheated” from An Introduction to Johnny Adams (fuel 2006) —The Tan Canary croons an ultimate country number.Buy it!
Steve Cropper “Right Around the Corner” from Dedicated: A Salute to The 5 Royales (429 2011) N —Delbert McClinton sings this 5 Royales classic - lots of great vocalists on this new one from the master guitarist.Buy it!
Lloyd Price “No Ifs, No Ands” from Greatest Hits: The Original ABC-Paramount Recordings (MCA 1994) —Heck of a cool song.Buy it!
Johnny Cash “Hidden Shame” from Boom Chicka Boom (Polygram 1989) —I think Elvis Costello wrote this with Cash in mind - at any rate, it fits him to a t.Buy it!
Laura Cantrell “Kitty Wells Dresses” from Kitty Wells Dresses - Songs of the Queen of Country Music (Diesel Only 2011) N —Cantrell wrote this gem and then proceeded to cover a bunch of Kitty Wells songs to accompany it. The great Fats Kaplin plays on this record, too.Buy it!
Southern Culture on The Skids “Rose Garden” from Countrypolitan Favorites (Yep Roc 2007) —This is my all-time fave version of this classic song.Buy it!
Jewel Akens “The Birds and the Bees” from 20 Sweet Soul Classics (Double Play 1998) —Here's one of those songs I've know practically all my life without knowing who sang it. Until now.Buy it!
John Hiatt “Damn This Town” from Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns (New West www.newwestrecords.com 2011) N —Here's my review of this typically fine new record: http://blurt-online.com/reviews/view/3231/Buy it!
Bottle Rockets “Rural Route” from Not So Loud (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2011) N L —A great banjo-driven version of this ancient Chicken Truck number.Buy it!
The Byrds “Chestnut Mare” from Untitled (Columbia 1970) —Co-written by Roger McGuinn and Jacques Levy (which then inspired Bob Dylan to work with Levy on the album Desire). I've always loved this song.Buy it!
Ollabelle “Swanee River” from Neon Blue Bird (Thirty Tigers www.thirtytigers.com 2011) N —This new album comes out Tuesday - it's been five years!Buy it!
Son Volt “L Train” from The Search (Transmit Sound 2007) —Jay Farrar utilizes all his vocal tricks - speeding up and slowing down the melody so the words can resonate their best - and a great rhythm track to boot.Buy it!
Steve Earle “I Am a Wanderer” from I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive (New West www.newwestrecords.com 2011) N —I can't believe I under-rated this record when I first heard it - it's Earle's best in 15 years, every song a perfect jewel.Buy it!
Joe Simon “Get Down, Get Down (Get On the Floor)” from Disco Inferno (K-Tel 2003) —Nobody else ever sang like Joe Simon - and this song should definitely get the dance floor filled.Buy it!
Donna Summer “Hot Stuff” from The Donna Summer Anthology (casablanca 1993) —A groove I never want to end.Buy it!
Earth, Wind & Fire “Got To Get You Into My Life” from The Essential Earth, Wind & Fire (Columbia Legacy 1978) —The one good thing that came out of the atrocious 1978 film of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.Buy it!
The Animals “Don't Bring Me Down” from The Best of Eric Burdon and the Animals (1966-1968) (Polydor 1991) —I don;'t think I ever realized this was a King/Goffin/Jeff Lynne credit. Jeff Lynne? Huh?Buy it!
James Carr “What Can I Call My Own?” from The Essential James Carr (Razor & Tie 1995) —One of the all-time greatest soul vocalists.Buy it!
The Cascades “Rhythm of the Rain” from Best One Hit Wonders in the World Ever (Virgin 2004) —Another of those songs I've known all my life but only recently discovered the name of the artists.Buy it!
Pat Metheny “Cherish” from What's It All About (Nonesuch 2011) N —And here's a song I've loved all my life given an exquisite new rendering on solo baritone guitar.Buy it!
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