Briefs: OA Top Ten Albums November 14, 2008
1. 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.
2. Old Crow Medicine Show, “Tennessee Pusher.” A folksy, blue/grassy, rock ’n’ roll revival band with maybe its best effort to date as these young men continue to grow into an incredibly cohesive unit. This,
the band’s third commercial release, is its best yet.
3. Lucinda Williams, “Little Honey.” Great singer/songwriter’s music often reflects what is going on in their personal lives and Williams is part of that group. On this disc, she is happy and in love and it shows. It is her best since “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road.”
4. 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 tunes. All this is inspired by Jimmy Buffett.
5. Rodney Crowell, “Sex and Gasoline.” All about the fairer sex and the role they have played in his life, this may well be one of Crowell’s best recordings. Strong, bold, sensitive and thought-provoking help describe this superb CD.
6. Grateful Dead, “Rocking the Cradle: Egypt 1978.” The best music from the 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.
7. Van Morrison, “Still On Top — The Greatest Hits.” This is an excellent collection of songs for a single disc best-of from one of the world’s greatest singer/songwriters and a wonderful introduction to Morrison’s music.
8. Todd Snider, “Peace Queer.” Originally discovered by Jimmy Buffett, Snider is a cross between Buffett and John Prine with a bit ornerier delivery of his music. This EP is typical of his style and is a must for all of his fans.
9. Elvin Bishop, “The Blues Rolls On.” From his early days with Paul Butterfield, Bishop has always been a great guitar player with a distinct voice. On this great new disc, he enlists the help of fellow blues artists Tommy Castro, James Cotton, BB King and several others.
10. Michael Franti & Spearhead, “All Rebel Rockers.” This is one of the most popular bands around among the under-30 crowd. Its new CD is, as usual, full of political and social commentary from a different point of view.