Procol Harum “A Salty Dog” (Westside 1969) —Damn, these guys had some songs. Beautiful tune that builds to a glorious crescendo.Buy it!
Rory Gallagher “Edged in Blue” from Calling Card (Chrysalis Records 1976) —Starting off with that slow majestic intro, then turning into a raucous, powerhouse boogie.Buy it!
Thin Lizzy “Soldier of Fortune” from Bad Reputation (Polygram 1977) —Twin guitar heaven!Buy it!
Paul Simon “The Afterlife” from So Beautiful or So What (Universal 2011) N —In the grand tradition of songs about the ways the afterlife turns out to resemble the sillier aspects of the present life.Buy it!
Ha Ha Tonka “Made Example of” from Death of a Decade (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2011) N —See, you can even end a song title with a preposition if you want to.Buy it!
Shelby Lynne “I Won't Die Alone” from Suit Yourself (CAPITOL 2005) —I love the relaxed groove of this cut, and the way she coaxes the words into the melody.Buy it!
Patsy Cline “I Fall to Pieces” from The Definitive Collection (MCA NASHVILLE 2004) —Is there anything more perfect?Buy it!
Roy Buchanan “Sweet Dreams” from Roy Buchanan (Polydor Virgin 1972) —I love the way Buchanan wrings every drop of emotional nuance from this lovely song.Buy it!
Dale Hawkins “Daredevil” (Norton 1997) —Some wild rockabilly instrumental sounds.Buy it!
Little Willie John “I'm Shakin'” from Loud, Fast & Out of Control (Rhino 1999) —Man, this guy could belt 'em out.Buy it!
Nick Lowe “Big Kick, Plain Scrap” from Labour of Lust (Columbia 1979) N —It's the drums that rule on this track.Buy it!
The Walker Brothers “After the Lights Go Out” from Portrait (Mercury 1966) —John Walker of the Walker Brothers passed away the other day.Buy it!
The Walker Brothers “The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore” from The Best of the Walker Brothers (Polygram 2000) —This is the giant hit that fueled Scott Walker's rep - but you know, John Walker contributes to the glory as well.Buy it!
The Beach Boys “Just Once In My Life” from 15 Big Ones (Caribou 1976) —I could have been perverse and played the Righteous Brothers version, but Scott Summers reminded me on Facebook that this version is pretty great itself.Buy it!
Laura Nyro “Time and Love” from New York Tendaberry (Columbia 1969) —One of the many classics from Nyro - I love the push and pull effect of slowing down and speeding up as the song goes along.Buy it!
The Jacksons “Can You Feel It” from Triumph (Epic 1980) —The signs were there that Michael was a little off his rocker, but the music so makes up for lyrics that conflate world peace with suffering and horror. I love this track to death.Buy it!
Booker T. Jones “Representing Memphis” from The Road From Memphis (Anti www.anti.com 2011) N —Matt Nathanson from the National and the great Sharon Jones make effective tag team vocalists on this nifty little tour of Booker's home town.Buy it!
Raphael Saadiq “Stone Rollin'” (Columbia 2011) —I've only heard 2 tracks so far, but it sounds like another triumph from Saadiq, finding a new way to update retro.Buy it!
Beastie Boys “Make Some Noise” from Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 (Capitol Records) N —I don't understand the choice to record all the vocals as though they're underwater,but on any given cut, the new stuff sounds great. Also - cowbell!Buy it!
The Gap Band “Steppin' (Out)” from Ultimate Collection (Hip-O 2001) —A classic example of cowbell funk.Buy it!
Delaney and Bonnie and Friends “When the Battle Is Over” from Accept No Substitute (Collector's Choice 1969) —Another fabulous cowbell cut from one terrific record.Buy it!
Stevie Nicks “Ghosts Are Gone” from In Your Dreams (Reprise 2011) N —Yeah, she's singing a rockin' number for 6 minutes - what about it?Buy it!
Phantom Planet “Making a Killing” from Phantom Planet (Sbme Special Markets 2004) —Sometimes loud explosive rock is just perfect.Buy it!
The Cars “Sad Song” from Move Like This (Hear Music 2011) N —Okay, this is the only song I've heard, but this sounds like classic Cars to me, and I want to hear the rest.Buy it!
Sloan “She's Slowin' Down Again” from The Double Cross (Yep Roc 2011) N —Hooks and hooks and hooks, that's Sloan.Buy it!
Teddy Thompson “Delilah” from Bella (Verve Forecast 2011) —I've never actually met a Delilah, but I've enjoyed songs about her for years.Buy it!
Peter Case “(Give Me) One More Mile” from The Case Files (Alive 2011) N —I love the way Case puts everything he has into this acoustic blast.Buy it!
Tracy Nelson “Lead A Horse to Water” from Victim of the Blues (Delta Groove 2011) N —One of my fave albums this year, for sure.Buy it!
Brook Benton “Rainy Night in Georgia” from Brook Benton Today (Cotillion 1970) —Tha amazing session guitarist Cornell Dupree passed away the other day - this was probably his best known recording, but he played on thousands.Buy it!
Stuff “Foots” from Stuff (Warner Brothers 1976) —A bunch of session players put together their own band and, while they didn't have hits, they did come up with this little treasure featuring Dupree.Buy it!
Aretha Franklin “Rock Steady” from Young Gifted and Black (Rhino 1971) —I wish I had the better mix of this with me, but this still features a great Cornell Dupree lick.And bonus cowbell.Buy it!
Oscar Brown, Jr. “But I Was Cool” from Sin Is Soul . . . And Then Some (Columbia 1961) —They just don't write 'em like this no more.Buy it!
French Frith Kaiser Thompson “Now That I Am Dead” from Invisible Means (Windham Hill 1990) —Drummer John French (who used to play with Beefheart) wrote this masterpiece of sarcasm.Buy it!
Dengue Fever “2012 (Bury Our Heads)” from Cannibal Courtship (Concord 2011) N —When the world ends, will you be prepared? These guys have some suggestions.Buy it!
Pelvic Girdles “Red Shoes White Socks” from Sad Hammer (self 2011) N L —St. Louis band tricks out a Creedence lick into a cool little art-rock song about footwear.Buy it!
Meat Puppets “Way That It Are” from Lollipop (Megaforce 2011) N —They still have it.Buy it!
The Feelies “Morning Comes” from Here Before (Bar/None Records 2011) N —They still have it, too.Buy it!
Randy Newman “Dixie Flyer” from The Randy Newman Songbook Vol. 2 (Nonesuch 2011) N —A new version of one of my all-time fave Randy Newman songs.Buy it!
k.d. lang & The Siss Boom Bang “The Water's Edge” from Sing It Loud (Nonesuch 2011) N —Beautiful song on a beautiful album.Buy it!
Jimmie Dale Gilmore “I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes” from Heirloom Music (Redeye) —This song in its original incarnation by the Carter Family was one of my faves back in the 80s - nice to hear a lovely new version.Buy it!
Kate & Anna McGarrigle “Was My Brother In the Battle” from Oddities (Querbeservice 2010) —This collection of ancient and recent songs - this cut is by Stephen Foster - snuck into the marketplace late last year as an import.Buy it!
Chris Thile & Michael DAvis “Sleep With One Eye Open” (Nonesuch 2011) N —My goodness, Thile can churn out the musical projects.Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate.
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