Ike And Tina Turner “River Deep Mountain High” from Back to Mono (ABKCO 1995) —Mark Hyken ended with a Spur cover of this song - so I thought I'd play the original.Buy it!
The Hollies “Here I Go Again” from 30th Anniverary Collection 1963-1993 (EMI 1993) —Just sublime.Buy it!
Joe South “Don't It Make You Want to Go Home” from Classic Masters (Collectables 2002) —Yeah, this guy wrote some good songs, didn't he?Buy it!
Kate & Anna McGarrigle “Dancer With Bruised Knees” (Hannibal 1977) —Title track of their second album and one of Anna's greatest.Buy it!
Three Dog Night “Liar” from 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Three Dog Night (Geffen unk 2007) —You know, this was one heck of a song - Russ Ballard wrote it, but I love the whole sound of this record.Buy it!
Lovin' Spoonful “She Is Still a Mystery” from Greatest Hits (Buddha 2000) —One of the greatest choruses in pop music.Buy it!
Roy Orbison “She's a Mystery to Me” from Mystery Girl (Virgin 1989) —One mysterious woman deserves another, I always say.Buy it!
Jackie Greene “Grindstone” from Till the Light Comes CD ALBUM (429 2010) N —I often wonder how this guy gets along with the Deadheads - he puts out records with solid rhythms and well-developed melodies.Buy it!
Crowded House “Saturday Sun” from Intriguer CD ALBUM (Fantasy 2010) N —I always feel like this Crowded House album is a beautiful pool, and I'm just floating along inside it.Buy it!
Grace Basement “Back of the Moon” from Gunmetal Gray (Undertow 2009) L —Such a sweet love song from this St. Louis band.Buy it!
Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3 “Sickie Boy” from Propellor Time (Sartorial 2010) N —Has there been a more consistent songwriter these past 33 years? This is a typical nutty delight.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “One of Must Know (Sooner or Later)” from Blonde on Blonde (Columbia 1966) —I didn't mean to make you so sad, you just happened to be there, that's all.Buy it!
The Byrds “Chestnut Mare” from Untitled (Columbia 1970) —I never get tired of this one - I've loved it since I was about 14.Buy it!
The Grascals “Last Train to Clarksville” from The Famous Lefty Flynn's (Rounder www.rounder.com 2010) N —Great bluegrass version of a song we all know.Buy it!
Rory Gallagher “Tattoo'd Lady” from Tattoo (Buddha 1973) —Back in 1973, Rory Gallagher couldn't have imagined how many tattoo'd ladies there would one day be.Buy it!
Roy Buchanan “I'm a Ram” from Sweet Dreams: The Anthology (Polydor 1992) —One amazing guitarist - and a cool version of the Al Green song.Buy it!
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers “Good Enough” from Mojo (Reprise 2010) N —While this is far from a great album, there are some great cuts, none finer than this one, on which Mike Campbell shows he's listened to some Roy Buchanan in his day.Buy it!
Jeff Beck Group “Morning Dew” from Truth (Sundazed Records 1969) —What? We've got that guitar, that voice (Rod Stewart's in his prime), and a cowbell on top? An embarrasment of riches, I tell you!Buy it!
The Association “Along Comes Mary” from Greatest Hits (Rhino 1968) —The band that deserves way more respect than they get - and this hit has cowbell!Buy it!
Bobby Hebb “Sunny” (Vivid Sound 1966) —His song was way better known than his name, but this guy had some talent - he passed away the other day.Buy it!
Bobby Hebb “Yes or No or Maybe Not” from Sunny (Vivid Sound 1966) —He didn't write a lot of his songs, but he wrote this one, and he wrote "Sunny," so he did alright.Buy it!
The Mamas and the Papas “My Girl” from Gold (Geffen unk 2005) —Undaunted by covering the Temptations, they turn it into their own pop genius rendition.Buy it!
Jerry Lee Lewis “You Can Have Her” from Mean Old Man (Verve 2010) N —Sitting on the shelves here is a sampler from this upcoming release - this cut features Jerry Lee with Eric Clapton and James Burton.Buy it!
Cyndi Lauper “Shattered Dreams” from Memphis Blues (Mercer Street 2010) N —Cyndi is joined by the great Allen Toussaint on what I presume is an old Lowell Fulsom song.Buy it!
Richard Thompson “If Love Whispers Your Name” from Dream Attic (Shout Factory www.shoutfactory.com 2010) N —The album comes out in about 3 weeks - it's a barn-burner, recorded live but all the songs are new.Buy it!
Bettye Lavette “Maybe I'm Amazed” from Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook CD ALBUM (Anti www.anti.com 2010) N —She's at the Old Rock House tonight.Buy it!
Marty Stuart “Ghost Train Four-Oh-Ten” from Ghost Train (Sugar Hill Records ww.sugarhillrecords.com 2010) N —I'm always pleased to find a new Marty Stuart album on the shelves here at the station - don't know the release date, but I'd imagine it's coming soon.Buy it!
Los Lobos “Burn It Down” from Tin Can Trust CD ALBUM (Shout! Factory 2010) N —I was reminded yesterday that, aside from the Disney album last year, Los Lobos hadn't released any new music in over 4 years. Their return is very welcome.Buy it!
Tom Jones “Don't Knock” from Praise & Blame (Lost Highway 2010) N —Tom Jones goes deep into the Staple Singers catalog for this gem.Buy it!
Patty Griffin “The Strange Man” from Downtown Church CD ALBUM (CMG 2010) N —Some of my fave records this year are gospel - this one, the Tom Jones, and upcoming Mavis Staples (which you'll hear in a couple weeks, I think).Buy it!
Macy Gray “That Man” from The Sellout CD ALBUM (Universal/Concord 2010) N —I think you could dance the frug to this one.Buy it!
Janelle Monáe “Cold War” from The ArchAndroid (Wondaland/Bad Boy 2010) N —You'd throw your back out trying to dance the frug to this one, though.Buy it!
Eli "Paperboy" Reed “I Found You Out” from Come And Get It CD ALBUM (CAPITOL 2010) N —I'll take this retro soul thing any time you want to offer it.Buy it!
Aretha Franklin “Spirit in the Dark” (Atlantic 1970) —Of course, I'll take the original soul stuff, too.Buy it!
Dr. John & The Lower 911 “When I'm Right, I'm Wrong” from Tribal COMP (429 2010) N —The Doctor is having quite the artistic renaissance these past few years.Buy it!
Downchild “These Thoughts Keep Marching” from I Need a Hat (Linus 2009) —I love this song about all the problems of the world wandering through one's brain.Buy it!
Loudon Wainwright III “Middle of the Night” from 10 Songs for the New Depression (Cummerbund 2010) N —If death is the real test, this is just a quiz.Buy it!
Graham Parker “Always Greener” from Imaginary Television (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2010) N —It's not as optimistic as Loudon, but hey, there's a little hope here.Buy it!
The New Pornographers “Moves” from Together CD ALBUM (Matador 2010) N —Man, I wish these guys would loosen up rhythmically, but the tunes are still quite nice.Buy it!
Allison Moorer “The Broken Girl” from Crows (Rykodisc 2010) N —This is a delightful tune about a miserable life.Buy it!
Shelby Lynne “Rains Came” from Tears, Lies, and Alibis (Everso 2010) N —These sisters each have a strong record this year.Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate.
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