Briefs: OA Top Ten Albums September 19, 2008

1. Rodney Crowell, “Sex and Gasoline.” Crowell doesn’t miss a trick and this CD is proof. Here is a man troubled by the times we are in, yet very content with where he is at in life. A songwriting masterpiece and a must for all of his fans!

2. Little Feat and Friends, “Join the Band.” This CD is just what the title says and is just what this band deserves. A laid-back recording with friends covering some of Little Feat’s classic songs as well as a few others.

3. Byrd, “Live at the Royal Albert Hall 1971.” This CD features a latter makeup of this great band with Roger McGuinn, Clarence White, Gene Parsons and Skip Battin on a magical night. The recording was recently rediscovered in McGuinn’s garage after 36 years.

4. Mudcrutch, “Mudcrutch.” Tom Petty, Benmont Tench, Mike Campbell and Tom Leadon reunite for the first time in almost 30 years. The results are absolutely one of Petty’s finest efforts and one of this year’s best recordings.

5. Emmylou Harris, “All I Intended To Be.” This incredible lady has been entertaining listeners with top quality work for almost 40 years and this CD is definitely one of the best of her illustrious career that started singing backup for Gram Parsons.

6. Joe Cocker, “Hymn For My Soul.” Cocker is good for your soul because he has enough of it to share with others. On this CD, he pulls out all of the stops and comes up with one of his most accomplished works to date.

7. John Hiatt, “Same Old Man.” This is Hiatt’s 20th album since 1974 and one of his best. I am not sure if it is the subtle delivery or the classic Hiatt–style Memphis rhythm and blues. Whatever it is, it all works on this excellent set of songs.

8. Van Morrison, “Keep It Simple.” Speaking of soul, this CD is full of it. “Soul,” “How Can a Poor Boy?” and “Behind The Ritual” are three of the great soulful songs on this excellent stripped down recording.

9. James McMurtry, “Just Us Kids.” This is McMurtry’s bestselling disc. After a few listens, it is obvious as to why. From the catchy hook of the title track to the heartbreak of “Ruby and Carlos” and the biting commentary of “Cheney’s Toy,” this disc has something for all McMurtry’s fans.

10. Steve Cropper and Felix Cavaliere, “Nudge It Up A Notch.” Twelve great brand new recordings from iconic guitarist Cropper from Booker T. and the MG’s and the Blues Brothers, and legendary vocalist Felix Cavaliere from the Young Rascals.


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