Hadden Sayers “Room 155” from Hard Dollar (Blue Corn 2011) N —One powerful blast from the depths of the blues.Buy it!
Maria McKee “My Lonely Sad Eyes” from You Gotta Sin to Get Saved (Geffen 1993) —One of my all-time fave Van Morrison covers.Buy it!
Small Faces “Sorry She's Mine” from Anthology 1956-1967 (Polygram 1996) —Now that's a pop song, sung with the potent pipes of Steve Marriott.Buy it!
The Who “Disguises” from A Quick One (Happy Jack) (MCA 1966) —What is that slashing sound that comes every few bars? I've never figured it out, but it works.Buy it!
Sloan “Green Gardens, Cold Montreal” from The Double Cross (Yep Roc 2011) N —A sweet but short little tune.Buy it!
The Dukes of Stratosphear “Have You Seen Jackie?” from Psonic Sunspot (Geffen 1987) —Jackie is a name for a girl and a boy, see.Buy it!
Roky Erickson “Bermuda” from You're Gonna Miss Me:the Best of Roky Erickson (Restless 1991) —I grew up near Bermuda Road, so the whole Bermuda Triangle thing confused me when I was a kid.Buy it!
Patti Smith “Words of Love” from Rave On Buddy Holly (Fantasy 2011) N —This is one of those tribute album cuts that make the whole idea worthwhile, no matter how many wrong-headed modern artists you can cram into a Buddy Holly comp.Buy it!
Jerry Lee Lewis “You Are My Sunshine” from Mean Old Man (Shangri-La Roots, LLC 2010) —He still has that fire on this one.Buy it!
Joe Ely “You Can Bet I'm Gone” from Satisfied at Last (Rack 'Em 2011) —You can measure your riches by the ones you love.Buy it!
Steve Earle “Little Emperor” from I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive (New West www.newwestrecords.com 2011) N —I think this is probably Earle's best album in a dozen years.Buy it!
Beausoleil “La Dance de la Vie” (Rhino 1993) —One of my favorite bands in the world will be in town next Wednesday at the Old Rock House.Buy it!
Jim Lauderdale “Jack Dempsey's Crown” from Reason and Rhyme (SUGAR HILL ww.sugarhillrecords.com 2011) N —I don't much care for boxing, but I do like a good boxing song.Buy it!
Court Yard Hounds “I Miss You” from Court Yard Hounds CD ALBUM (Columbia 2010) —I keep on enjoying this record from 2/3 of the Dixie Chicks whenever I hear it.Buy it!
Foster and Lloyd “Watch Your Movie” from It's Already Tomorrow (Effin Ell 2011) N —Reunion album of the year?Buy it!
Etta James “Let's Burn Down the Cornfield” from The Essential Etta James (Chess MCA 1993) —Etta James sings the hell out of this Randy Newman number.Buy it!
Solomon Burke & De Dijk “My Rose Saved From the Street” from Hold On Tight (Verve Forecast 2011) N —One of the great voices of all time.Buy it!
Thea Gilmore “All Along the Watchtower” from John Wesley Harding (Fulfill 2011) N —A truly cool and original take on a song that I didn't think could sound this fresh again.Buy it!
Marianne Faithfull “Past, Present and Future” from Horses And High Heels (Naive 2010) N —Okay, I'm blanking on who did the original of this. Tell me.Buy it!
Mott the Hoople “Momma's Little Jewel” from The Ballad Of Mott: A Retrospective (Columbia 1998) —There is plenty of cowbell to be found in the Mott ouevre.Buy it!
Paul McCartney “Oo You” from McCartney (Apple 1970) N —Rigorous cowbell from Macca.Buy it!
Mott the Hoople “Sweet Jane” from The Ballad Of Mott: A Retrospective (Columbia 1998) —Though the original didn't have cowbell, all the best covers of this song seem to add it.Buy it!
Richard & Linda Thompson “Wall of Death” from Shoot Out the Lights (Hannibal 1982) —Up there among the greatest songs of all time.Buy it!
Roy Wood “Any Old Time Will Do” from Exotic Mixture: Singles A's & B's (Repertoire 1999) —A typical gem from the prolific pen of Mr. Wood.Buy it!
Phil Judd “Rendezvous (With a Girl Like You)” from Other Enz: Split Enz & Beyond (Raven 1997) —Cool song from the former Split Enz member.Buy it!
Graham Parker & The Rumour “Pouring It All Out” from Live in San Francisco 1979 (IAM 2010) —Holy moley! GP and the Rumour were absolutely on fire this night, when they could legitimately claim to be one of the best bands in the world.Buy it!
The English Beat “Ackee 1-2-3” from Special Beat Service (sire 1982) —This was the final single from one of my fave bands - should have been a hit.Buy it!
Paul Simon “So Beautiful or So What” (Universal 2011) N —Still the best album I've heard this year - You know life is what we make of it, so beautiful or so what.Buy it!
Brian Eno & John Cale “Been There Done That” from Wrong Way Up (Warner Bros. 1990) —One of John Cale's many, many great moments.Buy it!
Lowell Fulson “Reconsider Baby” from Chess Blues (MCA/Chess 1992) —Just a perfect blues record.Buy it!
Rufus Thomas “Do the Funky Chicken” from Best of Rufus Thomas: Do the Funky Somethin' (Atlantic 1996) —The world's oldest teenager was hilarious and funky at the same time.Buy it!
Fenton Robinson & the Dukes “Tennessee Woman” from Complete Meteor Blues R&B & Gospel Recordings (Ace 2006) —A different kind of blues funk.Buy it!
Los Saicos “Te Amo” from Demolicion! The Complete Recordings (Munster 2010) —As great as any garage rock record I've heard, and from Peru!Buy it!
Dion “Donna the Prima Donna” from Bronx Blues: the Columbia Recordings (1962-1965) (Columbia 1991) —I had the 45 of this one when it was relatively new - I knew nothing about the singer, but I recognized genius when I heard it.Buy it!
Laura Nyro “Monkey Time / Dancing In the Street” from Gonna Take a Miracle (Columbia 1971) —Laura Nyro backed by the ladies from LaBelle - delightful.Buy it!
The Bo-Keys “Got to Get Back (To My Baby)” from Got to Get Back (Electraphonic 2011) N —They'll be playing at Euclid Records next Friday at 3 pm. This cut has Otis Clay with them, but he won't be at the instore.Buy it!
Sade “The Moon and the Sky” from Soldier Of Love (Epic 2010) —A darn near perfect distillation of what makes Sade good.Buy it!
Ben Hall “I Feel Fine” from A Little More Ben Hall (iTunes 2011) N —Very cool guitar hotshot sounding like Chet Atkins playing the Beatles, produced by Eric Ambel.Buy it!
Brenda Lee “Sweet Nothin's” from Anthology (1956-1980) (MCA 1991) —It's that rhythm that sucks me in, then those vocals that keep me happy.Buy it!
Wynonie Harris “Sittin' On It All the Time” from Bloodshot Eyes: the Best of Wynonie Harris (Rhino 1993) —Thanks to Tony C for reminding me of this gem.Buy it!
Love “My Little Red Book” from Love (Elektra 1966) —I never get tired of this cover that annoyed Burt Bacharach because they didn't play all the chords.Buy it!
Liam Finn “Don't Even Know Your Name” from Fomo (Yep Roc 2011) N —This record hasn't grabbed me by the shoulders the way his debut did, but it's got some good songs, that's for sure.Buy it!
Michael Fracasso “Saint Monday” (Michael Fracasso 2011) N —It just hit me how excited Larry Weir would have been to have a new record from Michael Fracasso.Buy it!
John Hiatt “Damn This Town” from Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns (New West www.newwestrecords.com 2011) N —Still a little thrilled from that John Hiatt and Lyle Lovett concert last week. Or was that the week before? Time flies.Buy it!
Tim Easton and The Freelan Barons “What Do You Live For” from Beat the Band (Campfire Propaganda 2011) N —Another fine song chosen at random from this new record - I need to hear the whole thing some time.Buy it!
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