Briefs: OA Top Ten Albums September 12, 2008
1. Little Feat and Friends, “Join the Band.” Just like its title says, it’s Little Feat with some great friends covering a batch of “Feat” tunes as well as some other great tunes. All this inspired by Jimmy Buffett.
2. Rodney Crowell, “Sex and Gasoline.” All about the fairer sex and the role they have played in his life. This may well be on of Rodney Crowell’s best recordings. This superb CD can be described as strong, bold, sensitive and thought provoking.
3. Mudcrutch, “Mudcrutch.” This is Tom Petty’s original band reunited to for the first time in years. There are 14 great tracks featuring 10 originals and four terrific covers including “Shady Grove,” “Six Days on the Road” and the Byrds’ “Lover of the Bayou.”
4. James McMurtry, “Just Us Kids.” This excellent CD from the “ultimate observer” is every bit as good as its predecessor, “Childish Things.” It has more stories that are full of hard-edged characters mostly down on their luck.
5. Emmylou Harris, “All I Intended To Be.” This incredible lady has been entertaining listeners with top quality work for almost 40 years. Her new CD is definitely one of the best of her illustrious career, which started as a backup singer for Gram Parsons.
6. JJ Grey and Mofro, “Orange Blossoms.” This fairly young band is at once soulful, swampy, rockin’, funky and bluesy with great rhythm and impeccable vocals from Grey. Translated, think CCR meets Otis Redding, George Clinton and the Subdudes.
7. Joe Cocker, “Hymn For My Soul.” Cocker’s new CD is good for your soul because he has so much of it to share with you. Here he pulls out all of the stops and comes up with one of his finest recordings.
8. The Byrds, “Live at the Royal Albert Hall 1971.” Roger McGuinn, Clarence White, Gene Parsons and Skip Battin on a magical night when it all came together. This may be one of the best representations of The Byrds ever recorded.
9. 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 in his excellent work in the Wallflowers.
10. Buddy Guy, “Skin Deep.” Buddy Guy is still the most vibrant old school blues artist on the scene today. Guest appearances by several great artists such as Susan Tedeschi and Eric Clapton help make this guitar driven CD a great one.