Sound Salvation (Music)
Fri May 25th 2012 7.00am–10.00am
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War “Lonely Feelin'”
from War (Avenue Records Catalog P&D 1971) —As long as it feels like summer, we might as well start with the world's most perfect band for the season.
Allen Toussaint “Long, Long Journey”
from The Bright Mississippi (Nonesuch 2009) —Toussaint is such a brilliant songwriter and pianist, it's sometimes forgotten just how well he can deliver on the vocal front. This is perfect blues singing.
Dion “Two Train”
from Tank Full of Blues (Blue Horizon 2012) N —There are only a handful of musicians who can make records 53 years into their career that stand with the best of their work. Dion is one of them.
The Clash “The Guns of Brixton”
from London Calling CD Album (Epic) —Paul Simonon was not a great vocalist, but I can't imagine this cut being delivered by anybody with a prettier voice.
Ebo Taylor “Ayesama”
from Appia Kwa Bridge (Strut 2012) N —A great fresh take on the Afrobeat sound. And this isn't even the only kind of thing the guy does on this record.
Alejandro Escovedo “Headstrong Crazy Fools”
from Big Station (Fantasy 2012) N —Alejandro rocks out on a song where he recites the words. The new album comes out soon, and we're loving everything we sample from it here.
Donna Summer “Hot Stuff”
from Gold (Universal 1977) —For a few years there, she and Giorgio Moroder had an astounding symbiotic musical relationship. RIP Donna Summer. You made us dance.
Robin Gibb “The Worst Girl In This Town”
from Robin's Reign (Spectrum 1970) —I love so much Bee Gees music, right through their disco smashes, but I thought this virtually unheard gem from his solo album would make a good tribute to Robin Gibb, who passed away last week.
Sara Watkins “Lock & Key”
from Sun Midnight Sun (Nonesuch 2012) N —I've only heard this album once, but damn! My real question is why did I virtually ignore Nickel Creek when they were around? What was wrong with me? Because Sara Watkins and Chris Thile are astounding musicians.
Lila Downs “La Bamba”
from Una Sangra (One Blood) (Narada 2004) —A gorgeous take on the traditional tune which acknowledges that it's also a rock classic without losing its roots in Mexican folk.
Chris Isaak “Lonely With a Broken Heart”
from San Francisco Days (Reprise 1993) —You can almost dip in at random on Chris Isaak records and come up with something great. Oh, yeah, I just did that.
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