Briefs: OA Top 10 Albums November 28, 2008
1. Grateful Dead, “Rocking the Cradle: Egypt 1978.” The best music from four great shows in Egypt in 1978 is now commercially available in a two-CD set with a bonus DVD of concert footage and rare home videos.
2. Bob Dylan, “The Bootleg Series, Vol. 8: Tell Tale Signs, Rare and Unreleased 1989–2006.” With 27 tracks on two CDs and all but three previously unreleased, this set is a must especially for Dylan’s fans. It also shows how remarkable and significant he remains as a songwriter.
3. Todd Snider, “Peace Queer.” Snider is a cross between Jimmy Buffett and John Prine, but he is ornerier than both of them. This eight–song EP is full of clever, socially significant songs.
4. Lucinda Williams, “Little Honey.” In love again and happy most of the time, Williams has one of her most positive and uplifting CDs to date. Don’t worry, there is still some classic Williams style folk/blues tracks full of heartache.
5. Jimmy Herring, “Lifeboat.” This is the solo debut CD from the current guitarist of Widespread Panic and former member of Phil Lesh and Friends. Derek Trucks and Greg Osby are guest on the disc.
6. Little Feat and Friends, “Join the Band.” Just like the title says, this is Little Feat with some great friends covering a batch of “Feat” tunes as well as some other great songs.
7. Rodney Crowell, “Sex and Gasoline.” This CD is all about the fairer sex and the role they have played in Crowell’s life. This is one of Crowell’s finest recordings. Strong, bold, sensitive and thought provoking help describe this superb CD.
8. Lindsey Buckingham, “Gift of Screws.” This is an introspective rock ’n’ roll record from this former and, I guess, future member of Fleetwood Mac. Buckingham has never sounded better on the guitar. That and a great batch of tunes make this CD of the year’s best releases.
9. Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, “Cardinology.” Adams and band mates have their best release since their first two CDs. This time, the focus is on the band, and the results are a terrific mix of music performed superbly by an excellent group of musicians backing a focused Adams.
10. Jackson Browne, “Time the Conqueror.” This is Browne’s 13th studio album and first in six years since “Naked Ride Home.” It is a mix of classic Browne with his ’80s political side showing some. Highlights include the title track and “Going Down to Cuba.”