Shirley & Lee “Comin' Over” from Legendary Masters Series (EMI 1990) —These two had such distinctive voices - nothing else like them.Buy it!
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas “(We've Got) Honey Love” from 50th Anniversary: The Singles Collection 1962-1972 (Motown 2013) —Not one of their biggest hits, but darn good enough to be one.Buy it!
Paul McCartney “See Your Sunshine” from Memory Almost Full (Hear Music 2007) —A song as good as anything he's done in the last 35 years at least.Buy it!
The Bee Gees “You Win Again” from Their Greatest Hits: The Record (Polydor 2001) —It never occurred to me that they made a record this great as late as 1987.Buy it!
Joseph Arthur “Wild Child” from Lou (Vanguard 2014) N —These interpretations of Lou Reed songs have a real sweetness to them - I mean, the songs are still just as complex as Lou Reed made them, but the love Arthur has for these songs is palpable.Buy it!
Ed Sheeran “I'm a Mess” from X (Asylum/Atlantic 2014) N —Pop success for a guy with some melodic chops.Buy it!
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers “Burnt Out Town” from Hypnotic Eye (Reprise 2014) N —A very solid new Tom Petty record.Buy it!
Tommy Keene “Running For Your Life” from Behind the Parade (Second Motion Records 2011) —Thick crunching chords and string bending lead guitar - the Tommy Keene sound!Buy it!
Richard Thompson “You Don't Say” from Live at the BBC (Universal 2005) —Do you think she still cares?Buy it!
The Fast “These Boots Are Made For Walking” from The Best of the Fast 1976-1984 (Bullseye Records 2004) —A crazy sneering take - that was the punk rock way back in our day.Buy it!
Guided By Voices “Bad Love Is Easy to Do” from Cool Planet (GBV Inc 2014) N —This song sounds like classic Robert Pollard to me.Buy it!
The Youngbloods “Don't Play Games” from This Is the Youngbloods (Wounded Bird 1972) —These guys had their moments when they remind me of an American version of the Zombies. This is one of them.Buy it!
Eric Burdon & The Animals “Help Me Girl” from The Singles Plus (BR Music 1994) —Catchy little gem.Buy it!
Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers “Pilgrim of Sorrow” from The 2 Sides of Sam Cooke (Specialty 1970) —I never get tired of Sam Cooke's Gospel records.Buy it!
The Persausions “Thank You For One More Day” from Sunday Morning Soul (Bullseye Blues www.rounder.com 2000) —Some pretty spectacular a cappella singing here.Buy it!
Linton Kwesi Johnson “Street 66” from Independant Intavenshan - The Island Anthology (Island 1998) —A friend gave me a mix tape some 30 years ago, and this song was on it. It became a fave, but I never tracked down the actual record until recently.Buy it!
The Jellybricks “Not So Old” from Youngstown Tune-Up (Pop Detective 2014) N —Modern sharp-edged pop with big hooks and big sound.Buy it!
Magazine “Burst” from The Complete John Peel Sessions (Virgin 2008) —John McGeoch was one heck of a guitar player.Buy it!
Psycho Sisters “Numb” from Up on the Chair Beatrice (Rockbeat Records 2014) N —Vicki Peterson and Susan Cowsill. That should be enough to get you as excited as I am about this record.Buy it!
Destroyer “El Rito” from Five Spanish Songs (Merge 2013) —I don't have a clue what this song is about - but, yeah, I'm dancing to it.Buy it!
André Cymone “It's Alright” from The Stone (Blindtango 2014) N —It's been a long time since I've thought of this guy, but his new album is really, really good.Buy it!
Ike & Tina Turner “Louie Louie” from The Hits Collection (Music Club Deluxe 2012) —Apparently Uncontrollable Urge laid down the gauntlet to play Louie Louie versions, and The Big Bang and Memphis to Manchester and The Greaser's Lunchbox picked it up. My turn.Buy it!
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles “Doggone Right” from The 35th Anniversary Collection (Motown 1994) —Marv Tarplin was Smokey's guitar player, and he shines in his understated way on this cut.Buy it!
Major Lance “The Monkey Time” from Everybody Loves a Good Time! The Best of Major Lance (Epic Legacy www.epicrecords.com 1995) —A Curtis Mayfield masterpiece!Buy it!
Sun Ra and His Arkestra/Harry Nilsson “Pink Elephants on Parade / Zip-A-De-Doo-Dah” from Stay Awake: Various Interpretations of Music From Vintage Disney Films (A&M 1988) —Hal Wilner's tribute albums helped shape my musical perspective - blur genre distinctions.Buy it!
Jimmy Rushing “Please Come Back” from Five Feet of Soul (Collectables 1963) —One of my all-time fave jazz singers - he just has a perfect mix of grit, swing, pitch, and phrasing.Buy it!
Dizzy Gillespie “Shaw 'Nuff” from Odyssey 1945-1952 (Savoy Jazz 2002) —Early bebop - such a pleasure.Buy it!
Buddy Guy & Junior Wells “Come On In This House / Have Mercy Baby” from Play the Blues (Rhino 1972) —In the history of album covers, no two people have ever looked less comfortable being in the same space than these two long-time partners on this album.Buy it!
Jarekus Singleton “Hero” from Refuse To Lose (Alligator 2014) N —The kid is just a smokin' hot blues songwriter, singer, and guitarist.Buy it!
Kenny Wayne Shepherd “Looking Back” from Goin' Home (Concord 2014) N —I'm not usually a big fan of Mr. Shepherd, but this new record is pretty tasty, and this cut just demanded to be shared.Buy it!
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