Electric Light Orchestra “Above the Clouds” from A New World Record (UA 1976) —A short but very sweet little tune from Jeff Lynne, featuring one of them new-fangled synthesizers.Buy it!
Roy Wood “Premium Bond Theme” from Through the Years: The Best of Roy Wood (EMI 1996) —Have you noticed over the years that I really love this Roy Wood guy? This is as cool as any James bond theme ever.Buy it!
Ocean Colour Scene “The Riverboat Song” from Moseley Shoals (MCA 1996) —My favorite riff-rocker of the 90s. These guys should have been huge.Buy it!
Lindsey Buckingham “End of Time” from Seeds We Sow (Eagle Rock 2011) —He still knows how to write a catchy hook-filled chorus.Buy it!
The Pretenders “Rosalee” from Break Up the Concrete (Shangri-La 2008) —One of Ms. Hynde's best songs, hidden on this late-career record owned by comparatively few. Really seductive groove here.Buy it!
The Band “King Harvest (Has Surely Come)” from The Band (CAPITOL 1969) —Will the crops grow or won't they?Buy it!
Garland Jeffreys “I'm Alive” from The King of In Between (Luna Park 2011) N —An exclamatory statement of continued existence.Buy it!
Bhi Bhiman “Time Heals” from Bhiman (Boocoo Music 2012) N —Well, Roy Kasten called and told me I pronounced his name right, so I feel pretty good this morning. I only just heard this guy for the first time because Robert Christgau loved the album; it's pretty darn good stuff.Buy it!
Glen Campbell “Nothing But the Whole Wide World” from Ghost on the Canvas (Surf Dog Records 2011) N —Glen Campbell sings my fave Jakob Dylan song. Gorgeous.Buy it!
Jakob Dylan “Oh, Mama, Come Home” from The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams (Columbia 2011) N —Given some lyrics written by Hank Williams, I think it's nice that the younger Dylan picked up on the blues element, rather than the waltzes that almost everyone else on this record went with.Buy it!
Bill Monroe “Molly and Tenbrooks (The Race Horse Song)” from Columbia Country Classics Vol. 1: The Golden Age (Columbia 1990) —I love a good race horse song. More interesting actually than the race horse TV show on HBO.Buy it!
Del McCoury Band “I'm Lonesome I'm Blue” from Old Memories: The Songs of Bill Monroe (MCCOURY Music www.mccourymusic.com 2012) N —I never get tired of hearing this man sing.Buy it!
Tony Rice “Muleskinner Blues” from The Bill Monroe Collection (Rounder www.rounder.com 2012) —Tony Rice, Bela Fleck, and Vassar Clements go to town on Monroe's best known song.Buy it!
Count Basie “Jumpin' at the Woodside” from Complete Decca Recordings (MCA Records/GRP Records 1992) —Where is Gene Gene the Dancing Machine?Buy it!
Dave Edmunds “Girls Talk” from Repeat When Necessary (Swan Song 1979) —One of the earliest and one of the best Elvis Costello covers - except I think this came out before Costello's version.Buy it!
The Notorious Cherry Bombs “Sweet Little Lisa” from The Notorious Cherry Bombs (Universal South 2004) —Vince Gill & Rodney Crowell do the killer song I first heard on the same Dave Edmunds album which gave us "Girls Talk."Buy it!
Elvis Costello “Lipstick Vogue” from This Year's Model (Columbia 1978) —Pete Thomas and Bruce Thomas had a lot of incredible moments over the years - this may be their greatest triumph together.Buy it!
Lord Large & Dean Parrish “Left Right and Centre” from Dig The New Breed (Acid Jazz Records 2010) —A British record from 2002 that sounds like it was made in 1966. Either way, I only recently heard it for the first time, so it's an unheralded classic to me.Buy it!
Dave Alvin “Harlan County Line” from Eleven Eleven (Yep Roc 2011) N —Who would have ever predicted back when Dave Alvin started making solo records that he'd find a way to turn that voice into something entirely effective? I love the way he intones this song.Buy it!
Steve Forbert “On the Streets of This Town” from Streets Of This Town (Geffen 1988) —There are a lot of Steve Forbert albums out there, but this is the one I've turned to more often than the others.Buy it!
Emory Joseph “Bird Song” from Fennario (Megaforce 2008) —What if Grateful Dead songs were performed by somebody with talent? Here's a great example.Buy it!
Sarah Jarosz “Floating In the Balance” from Follow Me Down (Sugar Hill Records ww.sugarhillrecords.com 2011) N —Yeah, it helps if you can call Jerry Douglas in on dobro, and Stuart Duncan on fiddle, but I suspect this would be a great performance even without them.Buy it!
Martha Wainwright “Hearts Club Band” from I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too (Drowned In Sound 2008) —"You look better under water where my eyes can't see." Ouch.Buy it!
Alyssa Graham “'til My Heart Quakes” from Lock Stock and Soul (100% Womon 2012) N —Meshell Ndegeocello plays bass on this record, which seems appropriate to the kind of songs Graham sings.Buy it!
Fairport Convention “White Dress” from Meet On the Ledge: The Classic Years (1967-1975) (A&M 1999) —Sandy Denny. Swoon.Buy it!
The Secret Sisters “The One I Love Is Gone” from The Speaking Clock Revue: Live From the Beacon Theater (Shout! Factory 2011) —Guess I should have played this one back when I was doing the other Bill Monroe songs, huh?Buy it!
Danny Barnes “Dirt On the Angel” from Dirt On The Angel (Terminus Records 2003) —I hadn't heard this album in a long time, and then this song just stunned me the other day when it came up on my itunes.Buy it!
John Hiatt “Detroit Made” from Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns (New West www.newwestrecords.com 2011) N —It's harder to write good songs about cars nowadays, but I think Mr. Hiatt did all right this time.Buy it!
Jamey Johnson “Poor Man Blues” from The Guitar Song (Mercury 2010) —I wonder if Mitt Romney likes this one.Buy it!
Bert Deivert “Cypress Grove” from Kid Man Blues (Hard Danger 2011) N —Swedish folk harmonica, Thai guitar and Mississippi Delta blues. Stunning.Buy it!
Robbie Fulks “Billie Jean” from Happy (Boondoggle 2010) —Another way of performing a song so ubiquitous.Buy it!
The Blind Boys of Alabama “Lead Me Home” from Take the High Road (Saguaro Road 2011) N —These guys can still sing, even without Clarence Fountain. I've never been disappointed by a record under this brand name.Buy it!
Johnny Adams “Lonely Man” from Heart & Soul (Vampi Soul vampisoul.com 1969) —Speaking of singing!Buy it!
Ray Charles “Love's Gonna Bite You Back” from Rare Genius The Undiscovered Masters (Concord 2010) —I don't remember the story behind these really nice songs that weren't released until a couple years back. Late 70s Ray, still a genius.Buy it!
Kevin Gordon “Colfax / Step In Time” from Gloryland (Crowville Collective 2010) N R —Not just anybody can make a 10 minute song this fascinating.Buy it!
Randy Newman “Remember” from For the Love of Harry: Everybody Sings Nilsson (MusicMasters 1995) —It only made sense for Randy Newman to appear on a tribute to the man who made a whole album of Newman's songs.Buy it!
The Creation “How Does It Feel to Feel (Previously Unreleased Version)” from Complete Collection Vol. 1 Making Time (Sin-Drome 1998) —I like this version because it's 35 seconds longer than the regular one - why weren't these guys more famous? They strike me as being in the top 10 British bands of their era.Buy it!
The Redwalls “Love Her” from De Nova (CAPITOL 2005) —If I was gonna try to list the great songs of the first decade of this century, this one would have to be on it - just so ferociously exuberant.Buy it!
Brian Eno “Backwater” from Before and After Science (Virgin 1977) —I can't count those beats per minute like the fancy club djs, but I think I nailed this seque.Buy it!
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