Thin Lizzy “Waiting For an Alibi” from Black Rose: A Rock Legend (Wounded Bird 1979) —Gary Moore, who played guitar on this iteration of Thin Lizzy, passed away a few days back - the man was quite talented.Buy it!
Gary Moore “Still Got the Blues” (Charisma 1990) —His exquisite tone on this one reminds me of the late Danny Gatton.Buy it!
Eden Brent “Later Than You Think” from Ain't Got No Troubles (Yellow Dog 2010) N —A little bit of old-fashioned piano blues - I think this woman is terrific.Buy it!
Over the Rhine “Undamned” from The Long Surrender (GSD 2011) N —Produced by Joe Henry, and with an effectively strange guest vocal appearance by Lucinda Williams.Buy it!
Hayes Carll “Grand Parade” from KMAG YOYO (Lost Highway www.losthighwayrecords.com 2011) N —This album comes out Tuesday - and I fully expect it will be as great as his first one was.Buy it!
Neil Young “Barstool Blues” from Zuma (Columbia 1975) —As if I can say anything other than it's great.Buy it!
Beach Boys “You Need a Mess of Help to Stand Alone” from Carl and the Passions - So Tough (CAPITOL 1972) —I do rely on my friends - this is one of those records I've never really explored, but I believe it was Steve Scariano who raved about this song the other day, and he was right.Buy it!
Fitz & the Tantrums “Pickin' Up the Pieces” (Dangerbird www.dangerbirdrecords.com 2010) N —You may be lucky enough to have tickets, but their show at the Duck Room tomorrow night is sold out. Bet they tear it up.Buy it!
Bobby Womack “Lookin' For a Love” from Midnight Mover: the Bobby Womack Collection (EMI 1993) —Just a joyous romp of a song.Buy it!
Teddy Thompson “Looking For A Girl” from Bella (Verve Forecast 2011) N —Everybody's looking. I read the other day that Teddy's records sell on average only 21,000 copies, and this just ain't right - so buy one today.Buy it!
Sandy Denny “It'll Take a Long Time” from Sandy (Island 1972) —Oh, her voice was so lovely.Buy it!
David Lowery “Marigold” from The Palace Guards (429 2011) N —I'm really digging everything I've heard from his first solo record - he's got some really pretty songs, like this one.Buy it!
Kate Jacobs “Rey Ordonez” from Home Game (Kate Jacobs 2010) N —In honor of spring training beginning, here's one of the most gorgeous songs I've heard that's partially about baseball.Buy it!
Merle Haggard “Mama Tried” from Ultimate Collection (Hip-O 2000) —There aren't many songs with a better guitar figure than this one.Buy it!
Buck Owens “Cryin' Time” from Very Best of Buck Owens Vol. 2 (Rhino 1994) —For a while there, you could pretty much pick anything the man ever did, and it would always be great.Buy it!
Hank Snow “I'm Movin' On” from Essential Hank Snow (RCA 1997) —Get on that train and move along.Buy it!
Ray Charles “I'm Movin' On” from More Music From Ray (Atlantic 2005) —That train got super-charged.Buy it!
Arthur Prysock “Woke Up This Morning” from Morning, Noon and Night (Polygram 1998) —He coulda been one heck of a blues shouter.Buy it!
NRBQ “Rocket #9” from NRBQ (Columbia 1969) —I haven't heard the Sun Ra version in a while - was there a cowbell on that one, too?Buy it!
NRBQ “You Can't Hide” from NRBQ (Columbia 1969) —A cowbell-laden Q rocker.Buy it!
Paul McCartney “Venus & Mars / Rockshow” from Venus & Mars (CAPITOL 1975) —McCartney remembered the value of the cowbell from his previous outfit.Buy it!
Savoy Brown “A Hard Way to Go” from Raw Sienna (Deram 1970) —The proto-Foghat line-up of Savoy Brown rocked a nice cowbell.Buy it!
Allman Brothers Band “Don't Keep Me Wonderin'” from Idlewild South (Capricorn 1970) —Duane Allman on slide and a cowbell to boot!Buy it!
Bryan Ferry “Me Oh My” from Olympia (Virgin UK 2010) N R —This David Gilmour fellow who plays guitar on this cut - has he ever done anything else?Buy it!
Rod Stewart “Lady Day” from Gasoline Alley (Mercury 1970) —Not only was Rod Stewart one of the greatest interpretative singers ever, he could write great songs. Thanks to Said for reminding me of this one.Buy it!
Donny Hathaway “Giving Up” from Donny Hathaway (ATCO 1971) —Another classic Said brought back to my mind this week. (He was also responsible for the Sandy Denny cut earlier.)Buy it!
April Smith “Colors” from Songs For a Sinking Ship (April Smith 2010) N —This is such an infectious little song - I know next to nothing about this woman, but she's got some terrific songwriting skills.Buy it!
Elvis Costello “A Slow Drag With Josephine” from National Ransom (Hear Music 2010) N —Costello now fingerpicks his guitar - dude will eventually be able to do anything.Buy it!
The Beatles “Ticket to Ride” from Help! CD ALBUM (EMI UK www.themeatpuppets.com 1965) —Guitar ringing beauty!Buy it!
Richard Barone “Girl” from Glow (bar none 2010) N —A beautiful pop melody, and Barone sounds a bit like Lennon on this one.Buy it!
Paul Revere & The Raiders “Good Thing” from The Essential Ride: The Best of Paul Revere & the Raiders (Columbia 1995) —These guys pretty much ruled!Buy it!
The Creation “Making Time” from Rushmore (Polygram 1999) —King of the woulda-shoulda-coulda bands of the 60s. What a monstrous song this is.Buy it!
The Move “(Here We Go Round) The Lemon Tree” from Omnibus (The 60s Singles As and Bs) (Edsel 1999) —These guys were huge in England, but barely dented the States - I'd rank them up there in the top 5 or 10 bands of their time.Buy it!
The Chocolate Watchband “Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go” from The Inner Mystique (Sundazed 1968) —Crazy little number.Buy it!
Willie Wright “Nantucket Island” from Telling The Truth (The Numero Group 2011) N —Very interesting discovery of an obscurity from the 70s - the Numero Group keeps on finding stuff that fell deep between the cracks.Buy it!
Joshua Redman “You've Got a Friend In Me” from Disney Jazz Volume 1 (Walt Disney 2011) N —A very cool take on the Randy Newman composition.Buy it!
Ladysmith Black Mambazo “Ntulube (Away, You River Snakes)” from Songs From A Zulu Farm (Listen 2 2011) N —I'm completely down with anything that opposes snakes. (Unless they're on the other side of glass, in which case I find them fascinating.)Buy it!
Johnnie Taylor “Love Bones” from Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits (stax 1977) —Johnnie was intent on that good lovin'.Buy it!
Betty Wright “He's Bad, Bad, Bad” from The Best of Betty Wright (Rhino 1992) —She was just feeling her way into that big bold voice she'd use in a couple years, but it's still a joy to hear.Buy it!
Rolling Stones “Fool to Cry” from Black and Blue (Rolling Stones Virgin 1976) —A deep r'n'b cut from the Stones. Beautiful.Buy it!
Free “I'm a Mover” from Tons of Sobs (Island 1968) —Now this was a great rock band.Buy it!
Bob Marley & The Wailers “Them Belly Full” from Live Forever (Island 2011) N —A hnugry mob is an angry mob.Buy it!
The Jam “Going Underground” from Setting Sons (Collector's Choice 1979) —Just a singles machine, they were.Buy it!
New York Dolls “Fool For You Baby” from Dancing Backwards In High Heels COMP (429 2011) N —I don't know the release date - this just appeared on our shelves, and I didn't know they were even doing another record.Buy it!
Gang Of Four “I Can't Forget Your Lonely Face” from Content (Yep Roc 2011) N —I still haven't had a chance to check out this album, but this sounds like an interesting track right here.Buy it!
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