Monkees “Words” from Definitive Monkees (Warner Brothers 2002) —An easily overlooked masterpiece from the catalog.Buy it!
The Who “Disguises” from A Quick One (Happy Jack) [Remastered] (MCA 1966) —An essential bonus track from the remastered version of the Who's second album.Buy it!
The Beatles “Tell Me Why” from a hard day's night CD ALBUM (Parlophone 1964) —You probably already know this one.Buy it!
Iggy Pop “Some Weird Sin” from Lust for Life (Virgin Records America 1977) —I hadn't pulled this record out for a long time, but there it was, sitting in the store the other day, so I played it and was struck once again by the sheer power (as opposed to raw) of this cut. And bonus cowbell.Buy it!
Aretha Franklin “Spanish Harlem” from Queen Of Soul: The Atlantic Recordings (Rhino 1992) —I'll never forget the day when this record was new, back in '72, when my btothers, dad and I found it playing on six or seven radio stations simultaneously.Buy it!
Buddy Guy “Too Soon” from Living Proof (Silvertone 2010) N —Buddy's new album is just a blues pleasure - probably not for the woman he's dismissing from his life in this song, though.Buy it!
Robin Rogers “What We Are Worth” from Back In the Fire (blind pig blindpigrecords.com 2010) N —The very talented Robin Rogers passed away a couple weeks back, a great loss to the blues world.Buy it!
Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes “The Love I Lost” from Collector's Item (All Their Greatest Hits) (Philadelphia International 1976) —Bernie Wilson, one of the Blue Notes, passed away the other day - this record never grows old, though.Buy it!
Orange Juice “In a Nutshell” from Coals to Newcastle (Domino 2010) N —It makes complete sense to learn they wrote this hoping Nico would sing it.Buy it!
Heart “Wheels” from Red Velvet Car (Eagle 2010) N —A criminally overlooked gem from these veteran rockers.Buy it!
Alejandro Escovedo “Down In the Bowery” from Street Songs of Love CD ALBUM (Fantasy 2010) N —An essentially sweet song.Buy it!
Brothers Lazaroff “Riverboat Gambler” from Give 'Em What They Need (self-released 2010) N L —The Riverboat Gambler's not a thing of the past - how to turn a mundane visit to one of the boats into a mythical masterpiece. Sounds like somebody beat the odds.Buy it!
Tom Verlaine “The Scientist Writes a Letter” from Flash Light (Collectors Choice 1987) —It's funny how attractive indifference can be. Show me another songwriter who can get away with a lyric like that.Buy it!
David Hidalgo & Louie Perez “Till The Hands Fall Of The Clock” from The Long Goodbye (Gonzolandia 2010) —Some of these songs are as good as the ones on the Los Lobos album - Hidalgo & Perez must have had a flurry of inspiration.Buy it!
Captain Beefheart “Run Paint Run Run” from Doc at the Radar Station (Blue Plate 1980) —The great Captain passed away just before Christmas - one of the greatest voices of the 20th Century.Buy it!
Captain Beefheart “Zig Zag Wanderer” from Safe As Milk (Buddha 1967) —There is no special rhyme or reason to the songs I chose to pay tribute to Don Van Vliet - there are so many great ones I could make no mistakes.Buy it!
Captain Beefheart “Harry Irene” from Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller) (Bizarre / Straight 1978) —Sometimes I simply don't understand what people think was weird about Beefheart.Buy it!
Captain Beefheart “Low Yo Yo Stuff” from Clear Spot (Warner Brothers 1972) —And he knew how to make use of a cowbell.Buy it!
Spirit “Nature's Way” from Twelve Dreams Of Dr. Sardonicus (Ode/Epic/Legacy 1970) —I never noticed the cowbell in this until I heard it the other day - which is crazy, considering it pretty much goes through the whole thing, even the quiet bits.Buy it!
Paul McCartney “Too Many People” from Ram (Apple www.applerecords.com 1971) —The cowbell plays a small but significant role in the bridge about half way through.Buy it!
Deep Purple “Lay Down, Stay Down” from Burn (Friday Music Records 1974) —A rockin' cowbell number!Buy it!
Buzzcocks “Autonomy” from Singles Going Steady CD ALBUM (IRS 1970) —Steve Diggle wrote some pretty cool songs,too - he got overshadowed often by Pete Shelley.Buy it!
Dukes of Stratosphear “The Mole From the Ministry” from 25 O'Clock (Virgin 1985) —XTC's great psychedelic side project.Buy it!
Sagittarius “My World Fell Down” from Present Tense (Columbia 1967) —Glen Campbell's finest pop music moment.Buy it!
Aaron Neville “Don't Let Him Ride” from I Know I've Been Changed (Tell It 2010) N —Put Allen Toussaint and Aaron Neville in a room together, you're gonna get some results.Buy it!
Cassandra Wilson “Blackbird” from Silver Pony (Blue Note 2010) N —A lovely take on the Beatles classic.Buy it!
TEENA MARIE “Congo Square” (stax 2009) —It's still hard to believe Teena Marie passed away suddenly the other day - she was only 54, and just last year, she'd released a record this good.Buy it!
TEENA MARIE “Square Biz” from It Must Be Magic (Motown 1981) —She made a lot of very good records, but this one is the one that always makes me feel like jumping around.Buy it!
Billy Taylor Trio “Bit of Bedlam” from The Billy Taylor Trio with Candido (Ojc 1954) —Another great musician, pianist Billy Taylor, passed away just a couple days ago. This is just the tip of the Taylor iceberg.Buy it!
John Lee Hooker “I Cover the Waterfront” from Mr. Lucky CD ALBUM (Point Blank 1991) —Hooker and Van Morrison - a match for the ages.Buy it!
Pat Metheny Group “American Garage” (ECM 1980) —I've only recently realized that Metheny was actually doing something interesting on this record, melding jazz with folk influences (and a rock beat).Buy it!
The Blind Eyes “January” from Modernity CD ALBUM (Blind Eyes 2008) —They're playing tonight sans cover charge at Off Broadway.Buy it!
Steve Wynn & The Miracle 3 “Colored Lights” from Northern Aggression (Yep Roc 2010) N —You can get lost in the sound of these guitars.Buy it!
Jon Hardy & The Public “A Hard Year” (Jon Hardy & The Public 2010) N L —This St. Louis band needs to put out more music - everything I hear is so darn good.Buy it!
Elvis Costello “That's Not the Part of Him You're Leaving” from National Ransom (Hear Music 2010) N —Yeah, the guy is good.Buy it!
Eden Brent “Right To Be Wrong” from Ain't Got No Troubles (Yellow Dog 2010) N —Here's my review of this record: http://blues.about.com/od/cddvdreview1/fr/Eden-Brent-Aint-Got-No-Troubles-2010.htmBuy it!
Buckwheat Zydeco “Too Much Time” from Lay Your Burden Down (Alligator Records www.alligator.com 2009) —One last Captain Beefheart song, done wonderfully by somebody you wouldn't have expected.Buy it!
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