Sound Salvation (Music)
With Steve Pick
Fri Aug 17th 2012 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Dirty Dozen Brass Band “We Gon' Roll” from Twenty Dozen (Savoy Jazz 2012) —Robert Christgau says these guys are one of the best "you-had-to-be-there" acts, and he's right that their records don't kick as hard as their live shows. But, dammit, this is some funky stuff right here.Buy it!
Kool & The Gang “Hollywood Swinging” from Wild & Peaceful (Mercury 1973) —Asked to do a cover of "Soul Makossa," the Gang came up with this original instead. Thank you, Allmusic.com - I did not know that.Buy it!
Janiva Magness “I'm Alive” from Stronger For It (Alligator 2012) N —There is a lot to love about this Shelby Lynne cover, but I'm gonna single out exceptionally smart drumming by former St. Louisian Matt Tecu as the thing that makes this perfect.Buy it!
Art Neville “That Rock & Roll Beat” from A History of the Neville Brothers - A Family Affair (Charly 1999) —I do enjoy the Art Neville solo career - this is, of course, an Allen Toussaint number.Buy it!
Patti Smith “Constantine's Dream” from Banga (Columbia 2012) N —A lot to unpack here - St. Francis of Assisi, Piero Della Francesca, Constantine, Columbus, art, animals, God, man, sleep, unrest, beauty, destruction.Buy it!
John Scofield “Already Septemeber” from A Moment's Peace (Decca 2011) —Because I just don't have the ability to think ahead, and remember to play this song in two weeks, when the title will hold true.Buy it!
Kronos Quartet “Don't Think Twice, It's All Right” from Chimes of Freedom: Songs of Bob Dylan (Amnesty International 2012) N —I continue to be surprised and delighted by unexpected versions on this 4-disc set that I dip into now and again.Buy it!
Duncan Dhu “Cuento De La Cancion En La Botella” from Autobiographia (East West 1990) —The best Spanish pop/rock band I've ever heard. Alright, they're the only Spanish pop/rock band I've ever heard, but they were really good.Buy it!
Kelly Hogan “Sleeper Awake” from I Like to Keep Myself in Pain (Bloodshot 2012) N —That John Wesley Harding knows his pop traditions - this sounds like something Dusty Springfield could have scored with back in the day.Buy it!
Mott the Hoople “The Golden Age of Rock N' Roll” from The Hoople (Columbia 1974) —I wasn't exactly cool back in the 70s, but I did fall in love with this song while most of the country was ignoring it.Buy it!
The Pirates “Shakin' All Over” from Don't Munchen It: Live In Europe 1978 (RPM 2000) —Scorching live version of the song they'd played backing up Johnny Kidd (though guitar genius Mick Green didn't play the original).Buy it!
The Jam “All Around the World” from Compact Snap (Polydor 1983) —I don't spend a lot of time looking for new, but I love this song anyway. Of course, "Can't dismiss what's gone before / But there's foundations for us to explore" is a great concept.Buy it!
Chris Smither “What They Say” from Hundred Dollar Valentine (Signature Sounds www.signaturesounds.com 2012) N —They say the good die young but it ain't for certain / I've been good all day and I ain't hurtin'.Buy it!
The Bobbettes “Mr. Lee” from Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947 to 1974 vol. 3 (1955-1958) (Atlantic 1985) —Screwy enough for me.Buy it!
Otis Rush “If You Were Mine” from Essential Collection: The Classic Cobra Recordings 1956-1958 (Varese Sarabande 2000) —Otis Rush can no longer perform, but he can sure be proud of what he accomplished in his life.Buy it!