Bob Dylan “Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat” from Bootleg Series Vol. 4 - Live 1966 (Columbia 1998) —For a long time, I just didn't like Robbie Robertson's guitar playing - I'm not sure what I was thinking, 'cause now I think he's cool.Buy it!
Rolling Stones “Miss Amanda Jones” from Between the Buttons (APKO 1967) —How come this wasn't a hit single? What a great record, it just drives!Buy it!
The Rationals “Respect” from Cameo Parkway 1957-1967 (Original Hit Recordings) (Universal 2005) —Rocking out of Detroit, this is a killer version of the Otis Redding / Aretha classic.Buy it!
James Brown “Think” from Think! (Federal 1960) —Can't argue with this song.Buy it!
J. Geils Band “Homework” from Full House (Live) (Atlantic 1972) —I wanted to play Otis Rush's original, but I couldn't find my copy - and this one is pretty darn great, too.Buy it!
Jerry Byrne “Lights Out” from Creole Kings of New Orleans (Specialty 1992) —Now this is rock'n'roll!Buy it!
Mickey Baker “Midnight to Midnight” from The Wildest Guitar (Rhino 1959) —One of the most important rock'n'roll guitarists of his time - this cut is a killer instrumental.Buy it!
Red Prysock “Hand Clappin'” from Loud Fast and Out of Control (Rhino 1999) —Blowin' that sax and rockin' that beat.Buy it!
Bobby "Blue" Bland “You've Got Bad Intentions” from Anthology (MCA 2001) —Sheer perfection - the loping groove, the killer guitarist, the amazing vocals.Buy it!
Percy Mayfield “Please Believe Me” from It's Spelt Specialty (Specialty 1994) —One of the most amazing vocalists of his time, and a killer songwriter - he really should be more revered.Buy it!
Creedence Clearwater Revival “Effigy” from Willy and the Poor Boys (40th Anniversary Edition) [Remastered] (Fantasy Records 2008) —One of the very best songs from one of the very best bands.Buy it!
Alejandro Escovedo “Undesired” from Street Songs of Love CD ALBUM (Fantasy 2009) N —He'll be at LouFest a week from Sunday - I'm not very excited about the Fest as a whole, but Alejanro is always a major treat live (and you can catch the Carolina Chocolate Drops right before him).Buy it!
The Call “Scene Beyond Dreams” (Mercury 1984) —Very sad to learn last night that Michael Been, lead singer and songwriter of this band, passed away. I had no idea he was the father of a guy in Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.Buy it!
Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey “Here and Now” (bar none 2009) —It's always good to concentrate on what you're doing - what a sweet song about making music and how it affects people.Buy it!
The Velvet Underground “Sunday Morning” from The Velvet Underground & Nico (Verve 1967) —Featured beautifully in "The Extra Man," a new flick I heartily recommend.Buy it!
Elvis Costello “Sunday's Best” from Armed Forces (Rhino 1979) —One of the eeriest tracks of Costello's baroque pop era - Steve Nieve's organ makes like a merry-go-round spinning off its axis.Buy it!
The Gap Band “You Dropped a Bomb on Me” from Gold (Hip-O 2006) —Robert Wilson, the great bsssist for these funk heroes, passed away the other day at only age 53.Buy it!
The J.B.'s “Givin' Up Food for Funk, Pts. 1 & 2” from Funky Good Time: The Anthology (Universal Records 1995) —Showin' us how to make it funky.Buy it!
Little Feat “Fat Man In the Bathtub” from Dixie Chicken (Warner Brothers 1973) —I was gonna play this song for the cowbell segment anyway, and then I found out drummer Richie Hayward passed away last week. The man propelled some hot grooves.Buy it!
Spencer Davis Group “I'm a Man” from Best of (EMI 1998) —Here's a classic cowbell cut with a very young Steve Winwood sounding spectacular.Buy it!
Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose “Treat Her Like a Lady” from Classic Masters (CAPITOL 2002) —One of the toughest rhythm tracks in pop! Who the heck played bass and drums on this? They were amazing.Buy it!
The Meters “Hey! Last Minute” from Funky Miracle (Charly Records 2006) —Just some typically great funk from the funkiest band ever.Buy it!
Aaron Neville “Hercules” from Ultimate Collection (Hip-O 2001) —An Allen Toussaint masterpiece, and one of Aaron's sharpest vocals.Buy it!
Temptations “I Wish It Would Rain” from Gold (Universal 2005) —No seriously, I wish it would rain. That's not a metaphor for me. I want rain.Buy it!
Johnny Adams “A Losing Battle” from I Won't Cry (Rounder 1991) —I guess Johnny doesn't care if it rains - his album is called I Won't Cry so he has nothing to hide.Buy it!
Irma Thomas “Cry On” from Sweet Soul Queen of New Orleans: (Razor & Tie 1996) —Another gem from Toussain't pen.Buy it!
Raul Malo “Living For Today” from Sinners & Saints (Fantasy 2010) N —I'm not sure when this hits stores, but line up and get it when it does - it's the best Malo record in several years.Buy it!
Brian Capps “Saturday Night Is New Year's Eve” from Studio Project (none 2010) N —Brian Capps has recorded a terrific new record - now somebody needs to release it.Buy it!
Jim Lauderdale “Jawbone” from Patchwork River (Thirty Tigers 2010) N —If you're counting, this is the second song I've played with the name "Juanita" in the lyrics. There may be a third before we're done.Buy it!
Max Roach “Driva' Man” from We Insist! - Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite (Candid 1960) —Max Roach and his then-wife Abbey Lincoln teamed with Oscar Brown, Jr. to make this incredible Civil Rights plea. Lincoln passed away the other day, and I thought this was an essential part of her career.Buy it!
Abbey Lincoln “Afro-Blue” from Abbey Is Blue (riverside 1959) —One of the greatest vocal versions of this perfect song.Buy it!
Esperanza Spalding “Apple Blossom” from Chamber Music (Heads Up www.headsup.com 2010) N —I've heard good things about her - this is my first time hearing her. That's Milton Nascimento joining her on this one.Buy it!
Les Copeland “Long Lost Love” from Don't Let the Devil In (Earwig 2010) N —Here's my review of this fantastic guitar player's record: http://blues.about.com/od/cddvdreview1/fr/Les-Copeland-Do-Not-Let-The-Devil-In-2010.htmBuy it!
Los Lobos “West L.A. Fadeaway” from Tin Can Trust CD ALBUM (Shout! Factory 2010) N —Always a pleasure to hear more talented musicians cover the Grateful Dead.Buy it!
Otis Taylor “She's Ice in the Desert” from Clovis People Vol. 3 (Telarc 2010) N —Some very nice understated lead guitar from Gary Moore on this cut.Buy it!
Susan Cowsill “Could This Be Home” from Lighthouse CD ALBUM (Threadhead Records 2010) N —What happens to "home" when there is a disaster like Katrina, which really affected Susan.Buy it!
Van Morrison “This Weight” from The Healing Game (Polydor 1997) —I read an interview with Greil Marcus in which he says this was the last great Van Morrison album, and I realized I'd never heard it. I'm very impressed with this song - gotta check out the rest.Buy it!
Jackie Greene “A Moment of Temporary Color” from Till the Light Comes CD ALBUM (429 2010) N —This guy doesn't get enough attention - he can really write strong songs, and he's a heck of a singer.Buy it!
Court Yard Hounds “Fear of Wasted Time” from Court Yard Hounds CD ALBUM (Columbia 2010) N —I love the sense of peace tempered by longing in this song.Buy it!
Chuck Willis “Juanita” from Stroll On: the Chuck Willis Collection (Razor & Tie 1994) —The third Juanita song of the day.Buy it!
Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers “Farther Along” from Sam Cooke & the Soul Stirrers (Specialty 1964) —Ending with a classic Gospel tune from the masters.Buy it!
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