Count Basie “Smarty (You Know It All)” from Complete Decca Recordings (Decca 1992) —Such an enticing swing, such lovely solos. I love when Basie takes his turn in the spotlight!Buy it!
Fred Astaire “Night & Day” from You're the Top: Cole Porter in the 30s (Koch 1992) —A lot of great versions of this perfect song. This early one makes me swoon.Buy it!
Johnny Hodges “A Gentle Breeze” from Castle Rock (Verve 1955) —Oh, gosh, the lush sounds of Hodges on alto. As allmusic says, "possessor of the most beautiful tone in jazz."Buy it!
Charlie Parker “Donna Lee” from Yardbird Suite: The Ultimate Collection (Rhino 1997) —A different kind of alto playing.Buy it!
Ohio Players “Skin Tight” from Funk on Fire: The Mercury Anthology (Mercury 1995) —I actually saw the Ohio Players back in 1976. I remember a strobe light and crazy dancing and just feeling full of funk.Buy it!
Con Funk Shun “Ffun” from Soul Hits of the 70s: Didn't It Blow Your Mind Vol. 19 (Rhino 1995) —You need that extra "f" in the word to feel the tightness of this groove!Buy it!
Syl Johnson “I Only Have Love” from The Best of Syl Johnson: the Hi Records Years (CAPITOL 1995) —That Hi Records groove, that sweet harmonica, that Syl Johnson vocal on the precipice of propulsive and laid back.Buy it!
The McCrary Sisters “Train” from All the Way (self 2013) N —Funky gospel singers rock!Buy it!
Booker T. “Feel Good” from Sound the Alarm (Stax Records url 2013) N —Not your grandpa's Booker T. record. But, man, it's got a good beat and you can dance to it.Buy it!
Daft Punk “Doin' It Right” from Random Access Memories (Columbia 2013) —If you're doin' it right, everybody will be dancing. I've never actually heard Panda Bear anywhere else, but I love this cut.Buy it!
Nataly Dawn “Even Steven” from How I Knew Her (Nonesuch 2013) —I've never heard her band Pompaloose, but I do dig the rockin' pop energy of this solo record.Buy it!
Teddy Thompson “Let Me Roll It” from Let Us In Americana: The Music of Paul McCartney for Linda (Reviver 2013) N —Now this is how you do a tribute record!Buy it!
Ian Hunter & Mick Ronson “How Much More Can I Take” from Y U I Orta (Mercury 1989) —What a magical pair!Buy it!
Brave New World “Train Kept a Rollin'” from Pop Fiction (FGL 2009) —The Pacific Northwest rockers had a fuzzbox and knew how to use it.Buy it!
The Ventures “Yellow Jacket” from Walk - Don't Run: The Best of the Ventures (EMI 1990) —Listen to that twangy guitar!Buy it!
Marlon Grisham “Ain't That a Dilly” from As Good As it Gets: Rockabilly (As Good As It Gets 2000) —Really, any song that works in the word "dilly" has won my heart from the git-go.Buy it!
Jerry Miller “Detour” from New Road Under My Wheels (Signature Sounds 2013) N —Some sweet pickin' from a guitarist you really should check out!Buy it!
Swamp Dogg “Why Must We Fall (When We Fall in Love)” from Gag a Maggott (Alive 1973) —I've heard of Swamp Dogg for decades; I've only really heard him with this recent batch of reissues. Great songwriter & producer.Buy it!
The Blazers “Come On Baby” from Seventeen Jewels (Little Dog 2003) —This record has come circling back around to me a few times of late. Are these guys still around? I haven't seen anything in ages.Buy it!
Delbert & Glen “World of Hurt” from Blind, Crippled & Crazy (New West 2013) N —I am never disappointed by Delbert McClinton. I don't know his old friend Glen Clark, but the two together are really great.Buy it!
Delaney & Bonnie “Livin' On the Open Road” from Duane Allman: An Anthology (Polydor 1972) —The Bramletts sure did associate with some great musicians. This cut kills!Buy it!
Mike Zito “Death Row” from Gone to Texas (Ruf www.rufrecords.de 2013) N L —This is some St. Louis blues right here.Buy it!
Melody Den “Life He Had” from Storylines (Perdition 2013) N L —This song is just full of love. This record is one of my faves so far this year.Buy it!
Richard Thompson “Another Small Thing in Her Favour” from Electric (New West 2013) N —Sometimes customers at the record store ask me if this new album is all electric, and I tell them I honestly don't notice, because it's just all great, so what difference does it make? I mean, I like rock, but I like great even more!Buy it!
Thee Dirty South “Stop” from Down in the Bottoms (self-released) L —I stumbled across this Bob Reuter record from a few years back on my itunes. I'd forgotten it, and it's really good, so here we are.Buy it!
John Lennon “#9 Dream” from Walls And Bridges (Apple Records 1974) —Dreamy!Buy it!
Sun Sawed In 1/2 “Ocean” from Elephants Into Swans (self 2013) L —Tuneful and emotionally devastating.Buy it!
Villagers “Nothing Arrived” from Awayland (Domino 2013) N —Every time I hear anything on this record, I like it more. That's a good thing.Buy it!
Ethan Johns “Morning Blues” from If Not Now Then When? (Three Crows 2013) N —I had to restart itunes, so I grabbed this CD randomly, and it sounded really nice.Buy it!
The Bulgarian State Radio & Television Female Vocal Choir “Stani Mi Maytcho” from Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares, Vol. 2 (4AD 1988) —Still possibly the most beautiful music on the planet.Buy it!
Jefferson Airplane “The Son of Jesus” from Long John Silver (Bark 1972) —Hands up if you've heard this one in the last 20 or 40 years.Buy it!
Marianne Faithfull w/ Kate & Anna McGarrigle “Flandyke Shore” from Son of Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys COMP (Anti- 2013) N —Marianne Faithfull singing a traditional folk song with those gorgeous McGarrigle harmonies? I'm in!Buy it!
Christine Collister “Human Nature” from Live (Green Linnet 1996) —You bet that's the Michael Jackson song.Buy it!
Luluc & Lisa Hannigan “Saturday Sun” from Way to Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake (Story Sound 2013) N —I don't know these singers, but this is a lovely take on one of my fave Nick Drake songs.Buy it!
Simone “Cigarra” from The EMI Years (Blue Note 1997) —Playful and beautiful.Buy it!
The Roches “Mr. Sellack” from The Roches (Warner Brothers 1979) —Terri Roche begs for her job back, and whether she gets it or not, we're all winners.Buy it!
The Shangri-Las “Right Now and Not Later” from The Best Of The Shangri-Las (Mercury 1996) —They sure did have their share of masterpieces, didn't they?Buy it!
The Cookies “I Never Dreamed” from Girl Group Sounds: Lost and Found: One Kiss Can Lead to Another (Rhino 2005) —So many great records in the girl group genre.Buy it!
Wanda Jackson “Lonely For You” from Heart Trouble (CMH 2003) —This is still probably my fave latter-day Wanda Jackson record.Buy it!
Natalie Maines “I'd Run Away” from Mother (Columbia 2013) N —A Jayhawks cover, but I don't actually remember the original. This is a great version, though.Buy it!
Rosanne Cash “Beautiful Pain” from Rules of Travel (CAPITOL 2003) —An amazing song with some nice harmony from Sheryl Crow.Buy it!
Steve Earle and Allison Moorer “I Will” from Let Us In Americana: The Music of Paul McCartney for Linda (Reviver 2013) N —A perfect choice to cover this love song.Buy it!
Nicholas Tremulis Orchestra “Push It” from For the Baby Doll (self 2013) —I don't know anything about this band, but I dig their rockin' sensibility.Buy it!
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