Briefs: OA Top Ten Albums September 05, 2008

1. Little Feat, “Join the Band.” This is a 15-song collection of classic Little Feat songs plus others featuring Jimmy Buffett’s “I Will Play For Gumbo,” “See You Later Alligator” and the Band classic “The Weight.” Most of these songs were performed by the band with guest vocalists on all of the songs but one.

2. John Hiatt, “Same Old Man.” Same old Memphis rhythm and bluesy Hiatt here, which is a very good thing. This subtle and understated recording will sneak up on you, and before you know it you will be listening to it again and again, which is also a good thing.

3. James McMurtry, “Just Us Kids.” To quote the ultimate observer himself, “Just us kids hangin’ out today. Watchin’ our long hair turnin’ gray. Not so skinny maybe not so free. Not so many as we used to be.” Enough said!

4. Emmylou Harris, “All I Intended to Be.” A beautiful recording from a beautiful lady with a beautiful voice. This CD will take you back to the days of Harris classics such as “Luxury Liner,” “Elite Hotel” and “Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town.”

5. Van Morrison, “Keep It Simple.” This is classic Van Morrison in every way. Nothing new here, just great songs with no horns or strings, sung by one of the greatest singers in the history of rock ’n’ roll. He’s not a bad songwriter, either.

6. Shawn Mullins, “Honeydew.” Mullins’ second effort for Vanguard Records is every bit as good as “9th Ward Pickin’ Parlor.” Armed with a batch of great songs and a world class voice, this CD is proof that Mullins is in the top of the list when it comes to singer/songwriters.

7. Jakob Dylan, “Seeing Things.” Bob’s son has got more than a little bit of his father’s talent. It is also obvious that it comes through more clearly on this mostly acoustic laid-back effort than his excellent work in the Wallflowers. His best yet!

8. Gary Louris, “Vagabonds.” This great CD is the first release from this former member of the Jayhawks and contains a great batch of songs in the style of the great singer/songwriters of the early 1970s. Another CD that gets better with each listen.

9. Jackson Browne, “Solo Acoustic, Vol. 2.” If you are a Browne fan, this CD is a must have. This disc is the perfect follow-up to the first volume. This is for all of those who wished they would put out the rest of the best from his great solo acoustic tour of 2005-2006.

10. Buddy Guy, “Skin Deep.” A dozen great blues tracks with seven written or co-written by Guy. Guest appearances by Robert Randolph, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi and Eric Clapton help to round out the sound on this guitar driven CD.


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