Sound Salvation (Music)
With Steve Pick
Fri Aug 5th 2011 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Terry Reid “Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace” from Superlungs (Astralwerks 2005) —Honestly, everybody says Cheap Trick did a great version of this, but I can't remember hearing it. This original is a masterpiece, though.Buy it!
Jimmie Vaughan “Teardrop Blues” from Plays More Blues, Ballads and Favorites (Shout! Factory 2011) N —Somewhere along the line, Jimmie Vaughan's singing has gotten to be almost as interesting as his guitar playing. And damn! I love his guitar playing!Buy it!
Ha Ha Tonka “Problem Solver” from Death of a Decade (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2011) N —I love the line about speaking in Esperanto, but she was kind enough to let me know what they were talking about.Buy it!
Frank Foster “Shiny Stockings” from Swing (Challenge 1998) —One of the great tenor saxophonists in jazz, who played with Basie, who understood Coltrane, who forged ahead with his own sound, passed away the other day. Here's a classic cut from Foster as a leader.Buy it!
Gene McDaniels “A Hundred Pounds of Clay” from A Hundred Pounds of Clay: The Best of Gene McDaniels (EMI 1995) —Gene McDaniels passed away this week, too. Great singer, great songwriter.Buy it!
Gene McDaniels “Tower of Strength” from A Hundred Pounds of Clay: The Best of Gene McDaniels (EMI 1995) —His biggest hits as a singer were written by others - I couldn't find the classics he wrote himself for other singers.Buy it!
The Sweet Inspirations “Don't Let Me Lose This Dream” from The Sweet Inspirations (Atlantic 1967) —Whitney Houston's mama Cissy and her friends sing even better with a cowbell in the background.Buy it!
The Civil Tones “S'Caliente” from City Stoopin' (Pravda 2011) N L —St. Louis instrumental combo comes back with an incredible new record - and just about half the songs (including this one), have cowbell!Buy it!
Steve Cropper “Right Around the Corner” from Dedicated: A Salute to The 5 Royales (429 2011) N —Delbert McClinton sings this 5 Royales classic - lots of great vocalists on this new one from the master guitarist.Buy it!
Lloyd Price “No Ifs, No Ands” from Greatest Hits: The Original ABC-Paramount Recordings (MCA 1994) —Heck of a cool song.Buy it!
Laura Cantrell “Kitty Wells Dresses” from Kitty Wells Dresses - Songs of the Queen of Country Music (Diesel Only 2011) N —Cantrell wrote this gem and then proceeded to cover a bunch of Kitty Wells songs to accompany it. The great Fats Kaplin plays on this record, too.Buy it!
The Byrds “Chestnut Mare” from Untitled (Columbia 1970) —Co-written by Roger McGuinn and Jacques Levy (which then inspired Bob Dylan to work with Levy on the album Desire). I've always loved this song.Buy it!
Son Volt “L Train” from The Search (Transmit Sound 2007) —Jay Farrar utilizes all his vocal tricks - speeding up and slowing down the melody so the words can resonate their best - and a great rhythm track to boot.Buy it!
Steve Earle “I Am a Wanderer” from I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive (New West 2011) N —I can't believe I under-rated this record when I first heard it - it's Earle's best in 15 years, every song a perfect jewel.Buy it!
Earth, Wind & Fire “Got To Get You Into My Life” from The Essential Earth, Wind & Fire (Columbia Legacy 2002) —The one good thing that came out of the atrocious 1978 film of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.Buy it!
The Animals “Don't Bring Me Down” from The Best of Eric Burdon and the Animals (1966-1968) (Polydor 1991) —I don;'t think I ever realized this was a King/Goffin/Jeff Lynne credit. Jeff Lynne? Huh?Buy it!