J. Geils Band “Freeze Frame” (EMI 1981) —Or as it popped into my head - "Freese Frame"!Buy it!
Phantom Planet “Do the Panic” from The Guest (Epic 2002) —I was doing some panic last night, but it all worked out - was that a great ballgame or what?Buy it!
Randy Newman “Last Night I Had a Dream” from Where The Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets 1965-1968 (Rhino 2009) —Hard to believe, but Randy Newman could have headed in a psych-rock direction.Buy it!
New York Dolls “Dance Like a Monkey” from One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This (Roadrunner 2006) —A rocker mocking creationism - cool!Buy it!
Ry Cooder “John Lee Hooker For President” from Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down (Nonesuch 2011) N —Ry does a pretty good John Lee Hooker imitation.Buy it!
Tony Joe White “Willie and Laura Mae Jones” from Black And White (Warner Brothers 1969) —One of White's typically brilliant swamp blues/country hybrids.Buy it!
Allen Toussaint & Elvis Costello “Wonder Woman” from The River in Reverse (Verve Forecast 2006) —Costello & Toussaint redo an old Toussaint number which I don't know in its original.Buy it!
The McCrary Sisters “Other Side of the Blues (Since I Met You)” from Our Journey (McC 2011) N —It's the blues, it's gospel, it's great! And Delbert McClinton is there, too.Buy it!
Bunny Wailer “Unity” from Crucial! Roots Classics (Shanachie 1994) —A plea for strength together.Buy it!
Steve Cropper “Thirty Second Lover” from Dedicated (429 2011) N —I love Steve Winwood singing like when he was a kid again.Buy it!
Chuck Berry “Come On” from You Never Can Tell: The Complete Chess Recordings 1960-1966 (Hip-O Select 2009) —I love all of Chuck Berry's great songs, but I have a special place in my heart for this enumeration of more adult problems.Buy it!
Elvis Presley “Blue Moon of Kentucky” from The Sun Sessions (RCA 1976) —Still a masterpiece after 57 years.Buy it!
Chris Isaak “Trying To Get to You” from Beyond The Sun (Vanguard vanguardrecords.com 2011) —Chris Isaak pays homage to the Sun greats.Buy it!
Wynonna “I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry” from Sing: Chapter 1 (Curb 2009) —Now that's some singing!Buy it!
Shelby Lynne “I Don't Need a Reason to Cry” from Revelation Road (Everso 2011) N —Yep, her best record in ten years.Buy it!
Sam Phillips “No Explanations” from Don't Do Anything (Nonesuch 2008) —I haven't been able to keep up with Sam Phillips and her new-fangled downloads, but this one from 3 years ago still sounds good.Buy it!
Joe Henry “Sticks & Stones” from Reverie (Anti 2011) N —Perfect song, performance, and recording.Buy it!
Edith Piaf “Bravo Pour Le Clown!” from Voice of the Sparrow: The Very Best of Edith Piaf (CAPITOL 1991) —I bet Joe Henry could have had a time producing La Piaf.Buy it!
Kasabian “Acid Turkish Bath (Shelter From the Storm)” from Velociraptor (Sony 2011) N —Cat played this on her show the other day, and I had to copy her - it's a cool song, and it's got cowbell!Buy it!
Blue Öyster Cult “(Don't Fear) The Reaper” from Agents of Fortune (Columbia 1976) —The song that made the cowbell famous.Buy it!
Patti Smith “Dancing Barefoot” from Outside Society (Arista 2011) N —Patti's sexy love songs are so very cool.Buy it!
Finn's Motel “The Physics of Drunk Driving” from Escape Velocity (Scat 2006) —It's been five years - when will this St. Louis band do a follow-up?Buy it!
Lindsey Buckingham “She Smiled Sweetly” from Seeds We Sow (Buckingham 2011) N —A perfectly lovely Rolling Stones cover.Buy it!
Tim Finn (with the Herbs) “Parihaka” from Other Enz: Split Enz & Beyond (Raven 1997) —One of my fave Tim Finn songs - that family sure does know a thing or three about melody.Buy it!
Pajama Club “Can't Put It Down Until It Ends” from Pajama Club (Lester 2011) N —Brother Neil Finn's latest; it's not his best, but it's still catchy.Buy it!
Orchestra Baobab “Papa Ndiaye” from Made In Dakar (World Circuit 2008) —Yes - I got it right on the air. They are from Senegal.Buy it!
Isaac Hayes “Truck Turner (Main Title)” from Baadasss Cinema (Beyond 2001) —Bonus cowbell on this attempt to follow up Shaft with another winner. Good song, but not as great as Shaft.Buy it!
Paul Weller “Moonshine” from Wake Up the Nation (Yep Roc 2010) —One of my fave songs last year, 'cause it rocked.Buy it!
Cash Box Kings “That's My Gal” from Holler and Stomp (blind pig blindpigrecords.com 2011) N —As good a tribute to Slim Harpo as can be imagined. They'll be in town Nov. 18 at BB's Jazz Blues and Soups.Buy it!
Joe Liggins “One Sweet Letter” from Specialty Legends of Jump Blues Vol. 1 (Specialty 1994) —I can't remember who the female vocalist is, but this is a swingin', jumpin' pleasure.Buy it!
Little Richard “Ready Teddy” from The Very Best of Little Richard (Concord Records, Inc. 1956) —As wild as it gets!Buy it!
Tom Waits “Bad As Me” (Anti- 2011) N —I've only heard about three songs, but so far, this new Tom Waits is sounding amazing. Here he has Marc Ribot back on guitar with him, and Charlie Musselwhite on harp!Buy it!
Bruce Springsteen “Born In the USA” from The Bridge School Concerts 25th Anniversary Edition (Reprise 2011) N —The amazing solo version of the song - it can't be misunderstood as a jingoistic anthem this way.Buy it!
Marah “Jesus In the Temple” from Angels of Destruction! (Yep Roc 2008) —Have these guys really not released anything in 3 years?Buy it!
Big Star “Way Out West” from Radio City (Ardent 1974) —I've been listening to the Big Star box set and hearing these songs with brand new ears - holy cow! That's the best remastering job ever.Buy it!
The Posies “The Glitter Prize” from Blood / Candy (Ryko 2010) —This has to be the best album from 2010 that I didn't get to hear until late in 2011.Buy it!
Vince Gill “Guitar Slinger” (MCA NASHVILLE 2011) N —Gill put out so much music in 2006 - 4 disc set, remember? - that it's taken a while to produce a follow-up. But this song kicks hard!Buy it!
Mark Hummel “Funky Way” from Retro-Active (Electro-fi 2010) —This is a tough rockin' blues number that sticks to the ribs.Buy it!
Foster & Lloyd “Hold That Thought” from It's Already Tomorrow (Effin Ell 2011) N —So many excellent songs on this reunion of great singers/writers/players. And Tom Petersson of Cheap Trick plays bass (& guitar on this cut).Buy it!
Bela Fleck & the Flectones “Prickly Pear” from Rocket Science (E One www.eonemusic.com 2011) N —It's so cool to have Howard Levy back with the Flecktones - he adds some needed grit to an already great band.Buy it!
John Scofield “I Want To Talk About You” from A Moment's Peace (Decca 2011) N —My review of this very nice new record is here: http://blurt-online.com/reviews/view/3413/Buy it!
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